Dennis Tayor Sonoma wrap up

Taylor just misses win in Sonoma SONOMA, Calif. - The season just keeps getting better for NHRA Top Alcohol Funny Car ace Dennis Taylor. Taylor and his Cooner Wire backed team just missed picking up their first win of the year in a ...

Taylor just misses win in Sonoma

SONOMA, Calif. - The season just keeps getting better for NHRA Top Alcohol Funny Car ace Dennis Taylor. Taylor and his Cooner Wire backed team just missed picking up their first win of the year in a runner-up finish at this past weekend's Division 7 Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, Calif.

Taylor, who runs his racing safety equipment company, Taylor Motorsports Products, in Anaheim, Calif., qualified his Randy Goodwin tuned Cooner Wire Camaro second with a 5.725 second time at 249.90 mph. In round one, he took out John Weaver with a 5.702 at 250.55 mph, a career best speed and was low e.t. of the round. He then took out current Division 7 points leader Doug Gordon in the semifinals with a 5.746 at 249.81 mph.

In the final Taylor would square off against No. 1 qualifier Bret Williamson. Taylor grabbed a huge .037 to .123 starting line advantage and was driving away when a mechanical failure lead to a blower explosion, rendering him helpless. Williamson sped by to take the win with a 5.709 at 250.13 mph.

"It was a pretty good weekend for the team," said Taylor. "Everything went very well until the final. We don't know exactly what caused it to kick the blower off, but it was a mechanical failure of some sort; it wasn't tune-up related. We've finally got this car where it runs really well without hurting parts. These Mickey Thompson tires we are running now are really working great as well. I can't say enough about how well they work. These tires really are working great with our tune-up."

"This team is really coming together," Taylor continued. "Everyone is on the same page, and with the way the car has been running, we're always pumped about getting to the next race. I can't say enough about how much of a help Randy has been this year. With as good as the car has been running and the way the crew has been working, it is making my job as a driver a lot easier. My reaction times are getting a lot better because I know the car can perform."

The next event for the Cooner Wire team will be the Fram-Autolite Nationals at the same track Aug 1-3. There Taylor hopes to hop the car up some more.

"We should be able to go out there and step it up another click or two," stated Taylor. "The NHRA crew does a great job of keeping the track in tip top condition for the nationals. After running the way we did this weekend, we are pretty pumped heading into that race."

-TaylorMotorsports.com

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Series NHRA
Drivers Doug Gordon , Dennis Taylor
Teams Williams