Pomona: Dennis Taylor preview

Taylor looking to start year strong in Pomona. POMONA, Calif. - After having a year he would just as soon forget, NHRA Top Alcohol Funny Car ace Dennis Taylor is ready to get the 2003 season started at this weekend's K&N Filters Winternationals...

Taylor looking to start year strong in Pomona.

POMONA, Calif. - After having a year he would just as soon forget, NHRA Top Alcohol Funny Car ace Dennis Taylor is ready to get the 2003 season started at this weekend's K&N Filters Winternationals at Pomona Raceway. Taylor cites that the return of primary sponsor Cooner Wire and tuner Randy Goodwin has his team pumped up about this season.

Taylor, who runs his racing safety equipment company, Taylor Motorsports Products, in Anaheim, Calif., feels his team started to turn the corner at last year's AAA Auto Club Finals, held at the same racetrack. He hopes this weekend will just be a continuation.

"We really feel like we have things heading in the right direction," said Taylor. "We have really worked hard over the offseason for this weekend. The first thing we did was stripped the car down to the bare frame and started over. Everything that didn't need to be on the car didn't go back on. If there was a way to put the stuff we did need on in a lighter way, we did that. Everything on the car is much more streamlined, and we took a lot of weight off the car, and that's important. Randy really studied our computer data from last year this winter, so I'm pretty confident we'll be back on track this year."

Taylor is also pleased to have all of his sponsors from last season back on board.

"We're really happy to have everyone back on board," stated Taylor. "Without the help of Cooner Wire, Plumbing Concepts, Valvoline, Pepsi, Shaker Shirts, Ultimate Designs, Bear State Heat and Air, and Taylor Motorsport Products it would be very difficult to do this. Pomona is always our biggest race because most of these companies are based out here. We're going to do our best to give them a good showing this weekend."

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