Sonoma: Dennis Taylor wrap up

Cooner Wire Racing Way Cool! Motorsports Broken belt leads to DNQ for Taylor. SONOMA, Calif. - It can't be said that NHRA Top Alcohol Funny Car racer Dennis Taylor hasn't got a 'break' this year. After having a dismal year filled with ...

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Broken belt leads to DNQ for Taylor.

SONOMA, Calif. - It can't be said that NHRA Top Alcohol Funny Car racer Dennis Taylor hasn't got a 'break' this year. After having a dismal year filled with disappointments associated with various 'gremlins' in the car, Taylor received a 'break,' but not exactly the break he was looking for during this past weekend's Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, Calif. The break he received was in the form of a broken blower belt in the final qualifying session, that eventually lead to a DNQ for the Cooner Wire backed team.

Some might even say if it wasn't for bad luck, Taylor would have no luck at all; but Taylor's spirits are still high.

Taylor, who runs his racing safety equipment company, Taylor Motorsports Products in Anaheim, Calif., appeared to be on a very competitive run by virtue of his .946 60' time (one of the quickest of the session), but had the blower belt snap around the 300' mark, rendering his car helpless. In the team's other two sessions, Taylor cites green track conditions as a factor at the new Infineon Raceway surface.

"The track was a little green, and on the first two runs, we had a problem applying the power to the track," said Taylor. "We finally have the motor back happy and making good power, we just didn't have the right clutch set up for it those two runs. Then when it looked like we got everything lined out on the final run, it left hard, but then the blower belt came off."

Despite coming short of their goals for the weekend, Taylor cites that the final run offered a glimmer of hope for their next event at the same track, the Fram-Autolite Nationals Aug. 2-4.

"It had a strong 60' time on that last run," commented Taylor. "I think it would have been a real good pass. I think our year is about to turn around, and in a big way. If we can just get things to go our way, this car has the potential to run with the guys at the top of the pack."

"I think being a little older has helped me take seasons like we are having better," Taylor added. "When I was younger and had a season like we are having, it would eat me up. I would really like to thank all my sponsors for hanging in there with us, it really shows the quality people behind us at Cooner Wire, Plumbing Concepts, Valvoline, Pepsi, Shaker Shirts, Ultimate Designs, Bear State Heat and Air, and Taylor Motorsport Products. We're just going to keep plugging at it, and I know that this deal is going to turn around soon."

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