Mar 29

TAYLOR BATTLES BRAKE AND MECHANICAL GREMLINS THROUGHOUT TURNPIKE CHALLENGE ILP 3/28/18

Taylor Battles Brake and Mechanical Gremlins Throughout Turnpike Challenge

Inside Line Promotions – OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. (March 28, 2018) – Zac Taylor fought a couple of gremlins last weekend when he competed in the 5 th annual Turnpike Challenge at I-44 Riverside Speedway.

The Lucas Oil POWRi National Midget Series event drew more than 60 midgets from across the country and Taylor had a lot of confidence going into the weekend following his most successful effort to date in the Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Midget Nationals last January. Unfortunately, brake issues on Friday followed by fueling system problems Saturday left him frustrated.

“Todd (Henry, the car owner) went through the car completely after the Chili Bowl,” Taylor said. “For some reason we had no brakes on Friday, but the car was really fast. I really like that track. It’s not just a track you show up to and go fast. You have to put laps in to get a handle on it. I found out this car does not want to be finessed. You have to drive it in hard.”

Taylor charged from seventh to fourth place in his heat race on Friday, giving him an outside front row starting spot in a B Main.

“We thought we had the brake issue fixed,” he said. “I had plenty in the pits, but when we got racing they were gone. We got up Saturday and replaced the entire brake system so we thought we were good to go Saturday.”

Taylor placed 12th in the consolation race on Friday before Saturday brought a new set of problems. In the heat race Taylor drove from eighth to sixth, putting him in one of the two C Mains.

“The good news is the brakes worked great, but we had some sort of problem with the fuel system,” he said. “Todd and I talked and we would much rather have issues now when we aren’t chasing points. We learned a lot about the car and what we need to do to be a great midget team. I also want to thank Keith Rauch for coming along to tune on the car.”

A fifth-place result in the C Main capped the weekend.

Taylor, who is coming off a year that saw him claim multiple championships in 305ci sprint car racing, plans to race more midget events in 2018 with Henry along with 360ci and 305ci sprint races in the family machine.

“I will also compete in five races with the Grand American Modifieds on asphalt,” he said. “But the midget is the priority this year and we will fill in with the sprint car.”

QUICK RESULTS –

March 23 – I-44 Riverside Speedway in Oklahoma City, Okla. – Heat race: 4 (7); B Main: 12 (2).

March 24 – I-44 Riverside Speedway in Oklahoma City, Okla. – Heat race: 6 (8); C Main: 5 (2).

SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT – H&H Resurfacing in Englewood, Colo.

“H&H is Todd’s business,” Taylor said. “I can’t thank him enough for the fantastic opportunity he’s given me to drive his midget. I’m going to work very hard to get him wins and a championship this year.”

Taylor would also like to thank SuperClean, GatorStake, Pitt Stop Signs, Open Season Construction, Bessemer Auto, RADCO,  Joe Gibbs Driven Racing Oil, the Kaiser Family, Pro Shocks, Triple X Racing Company and Hoosier Racing Tires for their continued support.

UP NEXT –

TBD

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Twitter: https://twitter.com/zac86taylor

Website: http://www.zactaylorracing.com

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCA1su-PDXOb8wWUoLAw_POQ/videos

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Jan 17

TAYLOR PRODUCES BEST CHILI BOWL OUTING OF HIS YOUNG CAREER – ILP 1/17/18

Taylor Produces Best Chili Bowl Outing of His Young Career

Inside Line Promotions – TULSA, Okla. (Jan. 17, 2018) – The little team that could sums up last week’s experience for Zac Taylor at the 32 nd annual Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Midget Nationals.

In only his third ever Chili Bowl attempt, the teenager made it into a Saturday C Main, which is quite the accomplishment considering there were nearly 350 competitors at the event, including multi-car teams with NASCAR stars behind the wheel.

The marquee midget event, held inside the River Spirit Expo Center, divided competitors into four qualifying nights. Taylor competed last Wednesday, Jan. 10, against nearly 90 other drivers. A pill draw started him last in his heat race with passing points awarded in addition to the finishing position. Taylor stormed to a fourth-place showing, putting him in a qualifier where he earned more points.

“The heat was the key to the entire week,” he said. “I concentrated on hitting my marks and keeping my nose clean. Todd (Henry, the car owner) gave me an outstanding car. I was able to make passes. My crew guys told me I was the second-fastest car on the track.”

Taylor rolled off second in the qualifier and he held his own.

“The car was just so good,” he said. “All I had to do was not make mistakes and at least hold on to second.”

Taylor accumulated enough points to lock into Wednesday’s A Main, a feat he had never accomplished.

“When I went up to the lineup board and saw I made the A …. it’s a feeling I’ll never forget,” he said. “For a low-budget team like ours to make the feature against the equipment and talent that’s here is amazing.”

Taylor faded toward the back early before calming himself and focusing on hitting his marks. He stayed out of trouble while charging to a 12 th-place result, which locked him into a C Main on Saturday.

“To know I was in a C Main was such a confidence booster,” he said. “Not to have to worry about having to get to the track first thing Saturday morning, that I would get to race in front of the TV cameras … what a feeling.”

Taylor rolled off fourth in the C Main and he needed to finish in the top four to transfer to a B Main.

“I immediately got to third,” he said. “Once again my car was outstanding. I went into a corner and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. checked up. I had nearly run over him several times. I hit the brakes and lost tire speed. I hit the cushion and packed the right rear with mud. It vibrated really bad and slowed me down. I was so angry with myself, I didn’t perform the rest of the race like I should have.

“Still, it was really cool to get to race on TV. I had so many friends and family Snap Chatting my name from TV. Todd had people he hadn’t talked to in years telling him congratulations. It was so encouraging having all the people rallying behind us.”

Taylor ended eighth and he said the key to the great Chili Bowl performance was bringing the familiar Henry Motorsports car to the event. In past years Taylor leased a midget ride.

“To come here with Todd and my dad – those who have worked with me the past two summers – was such a comfort,” he said. “When you are that comfortable and confident in the car good things are going to happen. It took so much pressure off me.”

QUICK RESULTS –

Jan. 10 – Tulsa Expo Raceway in Tulsa, Okla. – Heat race: 4 (8); Qualifier: 2 (2); Feature: 12 (13).

Jan. 13 – Tulsa Expo Raceway in Tulsa, Okla. – C Main: 8 (4).

MEDIA LINKS –

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Zac-Taylor-Racing/176561235888527

Twitter: https://twitter.com/zac86taylor

Website: http://www.zactaylorracing.com

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCA1su-PDXOb8wWUoLAw_POQ/videos

SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT – SuperClean

SuperClean was formed on the foundation of two core values: 1. To help people keep the things they love clean and functional. 2. To supply a powerful product that saves time and energy so people can get back to doing the things they love. SuperClean products can be used on automotive parts like engines, underbodies, small parts, wheels and more; outdoor equipment, such as tools, grills and lawn equipment; recreation vehicles, including boats, RVs, bikes, fishing rods, golf clubs and more; and indoor appliances, such as carpets, showers and tubs and even laundry. For more information, visit http://www.SuperClean.com.

“We handed out a ton of SuperClean products during the Chili Bowl,” Taylor said. “We are building a fantastic relationship and I look forward to carrying their banner throughout 2018.”

Taylor would also like to thank H&H Resurfacing, GatorStake, Open Season Construction, Redline Performance Roofing & Roof Coating Systems, Pitt Stop Signs, The Kaiser Family, Triple X Racing Company for their continued support.

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Jan 17

TAYLOR FILLED WITH CONFIDENCE FOLLOWING CHILI BOWL NATIONALS PRACTICE – ILP 1/9/18

Taylor Filled With Confidence Following Chili Bowl Nationals Practice

Inside Line Promotions – TULSA, Okla. (Jan. 9, 2018) – Zac Taylor is carrying a ton of confidence into the 32ndannual Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Midget Nationals this week inside the River Spirit Expo Center.

In past years Taylor leased a midget ride, but this year he teamed up with Todd Henry, who Taylor has driven for the past two seasons, to bring a familiar machine to the event. The team practiced on Monday and will participate in a preliminary night on Wednesday prior to Saturday’s finale.

“I can say after practice Monday this is one of the best years out here for me,” Taylor said. “I’m real comfortable in the car. I’ve got Todd and my dad and the whole crew I’m used to working with. I’m very excited about our chances.”

The Chili Bowl has more than 350 entries this year with teams being split into four nights of competition, which means Taylor will battle with approximately 90 other drivers on Wednesday.

“Every night there are a ton of talented, experienced drivers competing,” he said. “It’s a fine line between driving too aggressive and not aggressive enough. I plan to watch Tuesday and see what other drivers are doing and hopefully pick up on some things that will help me Wednesday.”

Taylor said the Henry Motorsports machine was fast right out of the trailer on Monday.

“We tightened the car up after the first practice and it helped me get around the bottom,” he said. “I was also able to run through the middle and get off the turns better. Todd was happy about that because that’s the worst part of the track and I was good there.”

After the Chili Bowl, Taylor, who is coming off a year that saw him claim three championships in 305ci sprint car racing, plans to move into 360ci winged sprint cars along with some pavement modified racing as well as piloting Henry’s midget.

UP NEXT –

Wednesday and Saturday at the River Spirit Expo Center in Tulsa, Okla., for the 32nd annual Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Midget Nationals

MEDIA LINKS –

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Zac-Taylor-Racing/176561235888527

Twitter: https://twitter.com/zac86taylor

Website: http://www.zactaylorracing.com

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCA1su-PDXOb8wWUoLAw_POQ/videos

SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT – SuperClean

SuperClean was formed on the foundation of two core values: 1. To help people keep the things they love clean and functional. 2. To supply a powerful product that saves time and energy so people can get back to doing the things they love. SuperClean products can be used on automotive parts like engines, underbodies, small parts, wheels and more; outdoor equipment, such as tools, grills and lawn equipment; recreation vehicles, including boats, RVs, bikes, fishing rods, golf clubs and more; and indoor appliances, such as carpets, showers and tubs and even laundry. For more information, visit http://www.SuperClean.com.

“SuperClean continues to be a huge help to us and keeps our equipment looking good for the Chili Bowl,” Taylor said.

Taylor would also like to thank H&H Resurfacing, GatorStake, Open Season Construction, Redline Performance Roofing & Roof Coating Systems, Pitt Stop Signs, The Kaiser Family, Triple X Racing Company for their continued support.

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