Taylor Increases Championship Lead in Crandon Scott Taylor and his Skyjacker BFGoodrich Ford F-150 came to Crandon International Raceway looking to rebound from the troubled filled weekend in Bark River. The weather was uncharacteristically...
Taylor Increases Championship Lead in Crandon
Scott Taylor and his Skyjacker BFGoodrich Ford F-150 came to Crandon International Raceway looking to rebound from the troubled filled weekend in Bark River.
The weather was uncharacteristically hot and dry for the 35th anniversary Borg Warner Off-Road Championships. The lack of summer rains challenged the tire companies to come up with the right combination to keep their teams competitive.
Friday --Once everyone finished up with the downtown race festivities, Scott and the BFGoodrich came up with a tire package that would maximize the horsepower from the Roush Performance. The tire setup was perfect as Scott qualified on the front row for Sunday's BorgWarner Off-Road Championship Cup.
Round 11 --Scott Taylor in his Skyjacker, BFGoodrich, Ford F-150 came out the land rush start right behind Montana's Brian Hinman. As the two trucks went by the Ford Trucks Skyboxes, Scott made a great pass into the lead. At the finish, Scott crossed the line over 18 seconds ahead the second place finisher.
Round 12 --It was almost a repeat of Saturdays race, Taylor and the Skyjacker BFGoodrich Ford F-150 again came out of the first turn in 2nd place and soon thereafter passed Evan Evans for the lead. Quickly Scott built a healthy lead on the rest of the field. Suddenly at mid-race, Scott reported that the power steering unit failed. This made cornering a very difficult task. Taylor continued on and finished a very respectable 5th place. The 1st and 5th place finished gave a Scott Taylor an 18 point lead in the championship with only two rounds of racing left in the Lucas Oil CORR season.
The 10th Annual BorgWarner Shootout
As soon as Scott brought the truck back to the team's pit area, the entire team went to work replacing the power steering pump. Just as the truck was to head to the staging area for the Shootout, Scott realized the new pump wasn't working properly either. Quickly the team went to work installing a third pump. At a breakneck pace the crew pressed on and within 15 minutes the truck was headed the start line with a working steering system.
Almost immediately after Scott got into position, the green flag dropped. By lap three Scott passed Evan Evans for the lead, unfortunately the Pro-4 (4wd) trucks of Johnny Greaves and Curt LeDuc were right on Scott's rear bumper as well. On lap 5 both Pro-4 trucks passed Scott. The race finished with Johnny Greaves first, fellow Skyjacker competitor Curt LeDuc second, and Scott Taylor third. Once again Scott was the first Pro-2 (2wd) truck to finish the BorgWarner Shootout. Scott Taylor is the only driver to compete in all 10 BorgWarner Shootouts.
Afterwards Scott realized how important his pit crew is-- "I don't think we ever had a pressure situation like today. When it came to replacing the pump the final time, the crew really picked up the pace, but never panicked. I just can't say enough about them. Then to finish the race third overall and the first 2WD truck, it was just awesome."
The Lucas Oil CORR Pro Series will conclude September 18-19, in New Berlin, New York.
Don't forget to watch the exciting Round 8 broadcast on SPEED, Saturday, September 11 at 4pm eastern.