Belvidere, IL (June 26, 2007) - Scott Taylor came to Crandon with back-to-back wins in Minnesota, and was looking to extend his lead in his quest of the 2007 World Series of Off-Road Racing PRO-2WD championship. Round 3 The drop of the flag...
Belvidere, IL (June 26, 2007) - Scott Taylor came to Crandon with back-to-back wins in Minnesota, and was looking to extend his lead in his quest of the 2007 World Series of Off-Road Racing PRO-2WD championship.
The drop of the flag saw Scott Taylor follow Mike Oberg, and Dan Vandenhuvel out of Turn One and down the front straightaway. The next fifteen laps saw Scott and his #8 Skyjacker BFGoodrich Tires 2007 Ford F-150 battle Vandenhuvel for the second spot. On the final lap, Scott made the pass for position on Vandenhuvel as the two went over the Boss Snow Plow jump. Then as the two trucks came into the final turn, contact was made and Scott came across the Skyjacker Suspension Finish Line with Vandenhuvel on top of Scott's hood. WSORR officials had to review the video to determine that Scott Taylor finished just ahead of Vandenhuvel for second place.
Afterwards, Scott Taylor talked with BUMPRACER.COM about the wild finish.
"We had a good race today. Once again the competition was intense. I had a hard time getting around Vandenhuvel. He's fast, but there was plenty of blocking. Then add the roost from trucks in front of me, suddenly this made the track very narrow. I made a clean pass over the Boss Snow Plow Jump and then tried to push me out of the final turn, but we held out ground and came home second. The Roush powerplant ran great, the ATD trans kept us up front, the BFGoodrich tires were awesome, and of course the Skyjacker engineered suspension made the Ford F-150 easy to drive today."
The start saw Scott battling with the #99 Kevin Probst for the lead. On lap two, the #8 Skyjacker Ford made the pass stick to take over the top spot. Unfortunately a few laps later, the engine in the #8 lost oil pressure and quickly Scott pulled off the track, ending his race early. Officially Scott finished in seventh place.
Quickly, with only a few hours before the FCP Chairman's Cup Race, Scott and his crew went to work replacing the powerplant. Along with Mike Kasch and Alan Brenner, several individuals from Skyjacker and Roush Performance assisted Taylor Racing with the engine change. As the competitors were called to staging, Scott fired up the fresh Roush Performance powerplant and took his position in the lineup.
Forest County Chairman's Cup
This unique high stakes heavy metal challenge pits the four-wheel drive trucks against the two-wheel drive trucks for one of the largest paydays in short-course off-road racing. To makes the event more interesting, the two-wheel drive trucks get a quarter mile head start for the 10-lap affair.
The two-wheel drive trucks started out in front of the main grandstands, LeMans style, which made things very interesting. At the drop of the flag, a few of the trucks bounced off each other looking to grab the early lead. The lead was taken by #99 Probst, with Oberg and Taylor right behind. Within three laps, Scott began to shred a left rear tire that was flattened from the starting line contact. Quickly Scott came into the Hot Pits for a quick tire change, but the lost time ended any chance for a top finish. At the checkered flag, Scott finished seventh overall.
Currently Scott Taylor is 2nd place in the inaugural season of the World Series of Off-Road Racing PRO-2WD Championship.
Comments from Scott Taylor after his long day in Crandon:
"I can't thank my crew, family, friends and supporters who all pitched in with the motor change. They gave me the chance not only to compete, but the opportunity to go for the win. There was some contact on the start, and that's probably where the flat came from. The truck itself doesn't have any issues. The chassis setup is great. We'll just get back to the shop and perform the usual maintenance for Bark River."
Thanks to all the fans that stopped by our trailer that offered support this weekend, and everyone that asked about the Vemma Nutritional Program.
Next Race - July 14-15, the WSORR Boss Snow Plow Challenge in Bark River, Michigan.