Scott Taylor Sweeps Crandon -- Makes it Three in Row - Opens up a Slight Lead in the Points Chase Belvidere, IL (September 6, 2007) -- Scott Taylor and his ...
Scott Taylor Sweeps Crandon -- Makes it Three in Row - Opens up a Slight Lead in the Points Chase
Belvidere, IL (September 6, 2007) -- Scott Taylor and his #8 Skyjacker Suspensions Roush Performance Justice Brothers Miller Electric BFGoodrich Tires Ford F-150 entered the biggest weekend of racing on the World Series of Off-Road Racing schedule, the BorgWarner Off-Road World Championships, in a tight three-way battle for the 2007 PRO-2WD championship.
When the weekend was complete, Taylor Racing had not only won Rounds 10 and 11, but finished second overall (first 2WD truck) in the prestigious BorgWarner World Championship Manufacturers' Shootout. By winning Round 10, Scott was also awarded another World Championship ring to add to his trophy case.
In the process of taking the top spots, Scott increased his Championship points lead to thirteen points, over second place driver Mike Oberg.
Saturday -- Round 10
The start saw Scott tuck in behind #99 Kevin Probst, as the field exited Potowatomi Turn One. The two short course veterans held their positions until lap 6, when Probst went wide going through the Barn Turn, giving the Skyjacker Ford an opening to take the lead.
The finishing order was Scott Taylor-1st, Kevin Probst-2nd, and Todd LeDuc-3rd.
Sunday -- Round 11
The land rush start saw Scott come out of the first turn in second place, right behind #80 Mike Oberg. As the two leaders went through Turn One, a second time, Scott passed Oberg on the outside of the turn to take the lead. The #8 Ford F-150 took the win with an eight second cushion over the second place finisher. The top three finishers, in order, were: 1st-Scott Taylor, 2nd-Mike Oberg, and 3rd-Carl Renezeder.
That makes it three wins in a row for Taylor Racing.
BorgWarner World Championship Manufacturers' Shootout
The PRO-2WD trucks started in front of the main grandstand, giving them about a fifteen second head start over the quicker PRO-4x4 trucks. The start saw Oberg quickly jump out in front. Then going down the back straightaway, Scott passed Oberg for the lead. Now the nearly 50,000 spectators, watched in anticipation, as Johnny Greaves weaved his way through the pack, trying to catch Scott Taylor in his Roush Performance powered Ford F-150. Scott's best defense would be the trail of trucks between the two hard charging crowd favorites.
With three laps to go, Greaves caught the Skyjacker Ford, and took over the lead for good. The official BorgWarner Shootout finishing order was: 1st -- Johnny Greaves, 2nd-Scott Taylor (1st 2WD), 3rd-Carl Renezeder, 4th-Scott Douglas, 5th --Mike Oberg (2nd 2WD).
Afterwards, Scott Taylor had some time to look back on this weekend.
"The truck and the team, worked flawlessly this weekend," commented Scott Taylor. "Saturday's race, we cracked the inside of the right front wheel, causing the tire to go flat early on, but the BFGoodrich Tire stayed together and we came home first. In today's points race we used that Roush motor to get by Oberg and we never missed a beat. The Cup race I thought we had a chance. Early on the track gave the 2WDs an advantage, but as good as the BFGoodrich tires work for us, they do the same for Johnny. Congrats to Johnny on the win. Going into Wheatland we have our biggest lead in the Championship, but it's only thirteen points. The top three trucks are so closely matched; the championship is far from decided."
The Final Race of the Lucas Oil World Series of Off-Road Racing Tour 2007 September 22-23 "Showdown in the Show-Me State" Lucas Oil Speedway -- Wheatland, Missouri