Taylor looking to keep momentum in Tucson TUCSON, Ariz. - As the Division 7 Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series rolls into Southwestern International Raceway in Tucson, Ariz., for race number two of the series, Top Alcohol Funny Car racer Dennis Taylor...
Taylor looking to keep momentum in Tucson
TUCSON, Ariz. - As the Division 7 Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series rolls into Southwestern International Raceway in Tucson, Ariz., for race number two of the series, Top Alcohol Funny Car racer Dennis Taylor hopes to keep his hot streak of final round appearances alive. Taylor is currently riding a streak of three straight final round appearances with one win at the season-opening K&N Filters Winternationals. This weekend, Taylor hopes to up that mark to four straight final rounds and two wins in his Plumbing Concepts backed Camaro.
Taylor, who runs his racing safety equipment company in Anaheim, Calif., enters the race second in national points standings and second in Division 7. While he is enthused about the team's success thus far, he realizes there is a lot of racing left to go in the 2004 season.
"It's great to be close to the top nationally right now," said Taylor. "But we realize it's early in the year, and some of the heavy hitters haven't even raced yet. We're just going to take it one race at a time and do the best we can and let the points take care of themselves. Just because we've done good the past few races doesn't mean we'll do good in the future. You can't take anything for granted out here in Division 7. It's very tough. Anyone who qualifies for the eight car show is capable of winning; qualifying isn't even guaranteed. With as tough as it is, that's why I'm glad to have this great team led by Ora Vasquez and backed by Plumbing Concepts. It gives me a lot of confidence as a driver."
Taylor and the team also hope the event will give them some momentum going into next weekend's SummitRacing.com Nationals in Las Vegas.
"There's some altitude up here in Tucson just like there is in Vegas," stated Taylor. "So it helps you start to get a handle on your altitude tune-up. More than that, we would love to have another strong showing to keep our momentum up going into the next race. We just hope to stay in this zone as long as we can."
Qualifying starts on Friday for the alcohol cars, with two more sessions on Saturday. Final eliminations will conclude the event on Sunday.