Dennis Taylor Phoenix preview

Taylor pumped about Div. 7 opener CHANDLER, Ariz. - After having a strong outing at the K&N Filters Winternationals, NHRA Top Alcohol Funny Car pilot Dennis Taylor is excited about this weekend's Division 7 Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series opener at...

Taylor pumped about Div. 7 opener

CHANDLER, Ariz. - After having a strong outing at the K&N Filters Winternationals, NHRA Top Alcohol Funny Car pilot Dennis Taylor is excited about this weekend's Division 7 Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series opener at Firebird Raceway just outside of Phoenix. Taylor feels the team should be able to put the Cooner Wire Camaro into the 5.6 second zone this weekend.

Taylor, who runs his racing safety equipment company Taylor Motorsports Products in Anaheim, Calif., cites the team's optimism has never been higher than heading into this weekend's race.

"The whole team is pretty pumped after the potential the car showed in Pomona," said Taylor. "My tuner Randy Goodwin really has the car flying. The car was on a low .60 if not high .50 pass against Mert [Littlefield] in the first round in Pomona before the ignition quit, so we know the car has the potential to run. We've never been this pumped up about going to a race, we've all been waiting on this weekend since Pomona. It's definitely a good feeling."

Being from Anaheim, Taylor has been a big Anaheim Angels fan for years. To commemorate their baseball World Championship, Taylor will run the team's logo on the deck lid of his Camaro Funny Car. Taylor also cites that the Angels' training camp is just a few miles down the road from the track.

"I've always been a big Angels fan," stated Taylor. "With them winning the World Series last year, we decided to put the team's logo on the back deck lid as a tribute. I was fortunate enough to go to one of the World Series games here in Anaheim last year, and that was really an awesome deal. Their training camp is right up the road from the track this weekend, so hopefully we can bring home a win for them and for us."

Qualifying begins on Friday for the alcohol cars with one session, followed by two more sessions on Saturday. Final eliminations will conclude the event on Sunday. Stay tuned to InsideTopAlcohol.com for the latest news in alcohol racing.

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