Scott Taylor Takes Two in Minnesota (Belvidere, IL) -- May 23, 2007 - The opening weekend of the 2007 Lucas Oil World Series of Off-Road Racing saw Scott Taylor come to Owatonna, Minnesota with a brand new PRO-2WD truck for the 2007 season.
Scott Taylor Takes Two in Minnesota
(Belvidere, IL) -- May 23, 2007 - The opening weekend of the 2007 Lucas Oil World Series of Off-Road Racing saw Scott Taylor come to Owatonna, Minnesota with a brand new PRO-2WD truck for the 2007 season. Taylor Racing had built a new truck for 2006, but Scott and his crew decided to take advantage of some lessons learned from the 2006 season, and build another Ford F-150. Scott called upon Russ Wernimont, once again, to aid in the design of the new truck.
"Russ and I began talking immediately after the final race of the year," commented Scott Taylor. "I knew we could lighten up the truck. Russ had some different thoughts on the front suspension as well. So we got together, just after Thanksgiving, and went to work."
The new truck was put through its initial paces, behind the Taylor Racing shop, just a week before the season opener. After some minor changes, Scott was confident his latest build would keep him at the top of his game.
Scott brought the #8 Skyjacker BFGoodrich Tires Ford F-150 out for its first real test session. The five laps of practice went well, in fact, Scott recorded the fast lap of the day, 54.48 seconds (56.165mph), on the .8-mile track.
Saturday -- Round One
When the green flag dropped, the field charged down the Steele County Fairgrounds front straightaway with Mike Oberg out front, Kevin Probst second, and Scott Taylor in third place.
By lap 3, the BFGoodrich Tires really put the Roush Performance horsepower to the ground as Scott moved into the lead. On lap 9, with Evan Evans right on his tail, without any warning, Scott's truck lost grip, and spun out. Somehow Scott kept the truck off the concrete wall, and headed in the right direction. This put the Skyjacker Ford F-150 in second place. Just ahead of the #99 of Kevin Probst.
With three laps to go, Scott was able to retake the lead and hold it to the finish. Mike Oberg came home second and Kevin Probst in third.
As Mike Kasch, Doug Mahurin, and Alan Brenner prepped the truck for Sunday, the crew discovered several broken teeth on the ring gear of the differential. Once a new differential was installed, Scott and Mike decided on a few setup changes on the shocks and springs.
Sunday - Round Two
On Sunday morning, all the WSORR competitors were greeted to a racetrack that was literally underwater. Needless to say, practice was cancelled, as WSORR needed extra time for track prep.
Once again the start saw Scott in fourth place after the first turn. Immediately, he realized the suspension changes they made between rounds were in the wrong direction. The truck seemed to be very harsh while going through the infield whoops.
On lap 10, Scott began to catch the trucks in front of him. Two laps later, he grabbed the lead and came home victorious once again. Kevin Probst finished second, while Mike Oberg cam home in third. During Round 2, Scott and his #8 Skyjacker BFGoodrich Tires Ford F-150 recorded the fastest lap of the weekend, 50.735 sec, the only competitor to average a lap speed over 60mph (60.325mph).
"The truck handled the track fair well on Saturday, but we thought we had room for improvement," commented Scott Taylor. "The changes we made in the suspension setup for Round Two, really made it a handful to drive. Somehow we turned the fastest lap of the weekend. I really don't know how we did that. Overall, I'm really proud of this new truck. It does everything the way it's suppose to. I need to get a little more comfortable inside the cockpit. Move the seat up and the steering wheel over slightly. Once that's done we'll go even faster."
This currently puts Scott Taylor on the top spot for the race for the WSORR Tour 2005 PRO-2WD Championship.