May 01

Taylor Earns First Career Non-Wing Sprint Car Win During Debut ILP 4/29/19

Taylor Earns First Career Non-Wing Sprint Car Win During Debut

Inside Line Promotions – CALHAN, Colo. (April 29, 2019) – Zac Taylor began his sprint car season in unfamiliar territory last Saturday.

Not only was he in a 360ci powered sprint car – he drove mainly midgets and 305ci winged sprint cars in 2018 – but he was also in a non-wing sprint car for the first time. Taylor adapted very quickly and he scored the feature win at El Paso County Raceway while competing with the Lucas Oil POWRi Warrior Sprint Series.

It was Taylor’s first race since the Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Midget Nationals in January.

“We really didn’t know what to expect,” he said. “I thought it would be really, really different, but it kind of felt like a midget just bigger.”

Taylor started last in his heat race and finished fifth.

“I got stuck behind a slower car who was like a dart without feathers,” he said. “I didn’t want to tear the car up in the heat so I just followed him. We turned more RPMs than we wanted in the heat due to wheel spin so we changed the gear, put on different shocks, a bigger tire and made some weight adjustments for the feature.”

Taylor started fifth in the main event and moved into second early. He rode there for most of the race.

“With about five laps to go I took the lead just before the caution came out,” he said. “When we went back to green it was clear sailing to the checkers. I earned the Hard Charger Award, too.

“Hopefully that’s just the start of more wins in the 360 sprint and hopefully in the midget this season.”

Taylor will continue his growth in racing by competing in a full-bodied modified on asphalt this Saturday at I-25 Speedway in Pueblo, Colo.

“We got to race that car a couple of times last year,” he said. “It teaches me to be smooth and how to save tires and brakes for the end of a race. My goal is to get as much experience in different cars as possible. We plan to be back in Todd Henry’s midget on May 18.”

QUICK RESULTS –

April 27 – El Paso County Raceway in Calhan, Colo. – Heat race: 5 (7); Feature: 1 (5).

SEASON STATS –

1 race, 1 win, 1 top five, 1 top 10, 1 top 15, 1 top 20

UP NEXT –

Saturday at I-25 Speedway in Pueblo, Colo., with the Grand American Modifieds

SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT – Pitt Stop Motorsports

Pitt Stop Motorsports, which is located in Rock Springs, Wyo., is the official parts dealer and warehouse for Speedway Motors, Day Motor Sports, Wright Race Cars and 1st Class Chassis. From rivets to safety gear, Pitt Stop has everything you could need to hit the track. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/PSMracingproducts/ .

“They helped us with an awesome wrap on our sprint car this year and I can’t thank them enough for all they have done for our family run team,” Taylor said.

Taylor would also like to thank SuperClean, Gator Stakes, SafeTop, a division of Industrial Manufacturing Machining, USA Performance Racing, Buckeye Welding and Supply, H&H Resurfacing and Progressive Signs for their continued support.

 

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May 01

Taylor Starting Season in Non-Wing Sprint Car Saturday at El Paso County Raceway ILP 4/24/19

Taylor Starting Season in Non-Wing Sprint Car Saturday at El Paso County Raceway

Inside Line Promotions – GREEN RIVER, Wyo. (April 24, 2019) – Zac Taylor will begin his 2019 sprint car season in a different way – non-wing style.

Taylor, who hasn’t raced since the Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Midget Nationals in January, will be embarking on a different experience – a non-wing sprint car powered by a 360ci engine. In the past few years he has competed in midgets and in a 305ci winged sprint car.

“We had horrible luck at the Chili Bowl,” he said. “I’m ready to put that behind me and get this racing season started. I’m very excited to race a non-wing sprint car. Then in a couple of weeks I get to race a modified on asphalt. I’m just trying to gain as much experience in as many forms of racing as possible.”

Taylor said the family-owned sprint car had to be stripped to have the new safety bars added to the roll cage as many organizations are now requiring.

“It’s at the powder coating place and we should pick it up Friday and get it assembled and ready to go for Saturday,” he said. “Everything is new on the car this year.”

Saturday’s event is with the Lucas Oil POWRi Warrior Sprint Series at El Paso County Raceway in nearby Calhan, Colo.

“We have a lot of laps around that place with the 305 winged car,” he said. “This will be completely different and I’m excited for the challenge.”

As for the 2019 season, Taylor said he and Todd Henry will once again team up for midget events. Taylor added that the plans for his family owned 360ci winged sprint car are to “get to some bigger races in the region.”

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 has been a phenomenal partner with our race team and I’m excited to get this season underway with them once again helping us achieve our goals and dreams,” Taylor said. “It is truly a partnership as they help us and we help get their product in the hands of customers.”

Taylor would also like to thank Gator Stakes, SafeTop, a division of Industrial Manufacturing Machining, USA Performance Racing, Buckeye Welding and Supply, H&H Resurfacing, Progressive Signs and Pitt Stop Motorsports for their continued support.

 

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Aug 01

Taylor Nabs Runner-Up Result in First-Ever Appearance at Honor Speedway – ILP 8-1-18

Taylor Nabs Runner-Up Result in First-Ever Appearance at Honor Speedway

Inside Line Promotions – PUEBLO, Colo. (Aug. 1, 2018) – There’s a fine line between being aggressive behind the wheel of a race car and being too timid. Zac Taylor is quickly learning how to be aggressive in a midget and it’s paying off.

Taylor scored a runner-up finish last Saturday during his first-ever appearance at Honor Speedway. He said the new track had skeptics as the track wasn’t in the best shape the first few races.

“They really worked hard on the surface the two weeks leading up to our race and the track was fantastic,” he noted.

Taylor won his heat race from the pole position and started 10th in the feature aboard Todd Henry’s midget while competing with the Lucas Oil POWRi Rocky Mountain Midget Racing Association.

“I ran up to sixth and we were kind of stuck there,” Taylor said. “There was a red with about five laps to go and during the caution laps I checked out the cushion. It was one of those deals where if you were going to run up there you had to be aggressive; be on the gas and drive the car very hard. I figured I had nothing to lose so that’s what I did. I got up there and pushed the car harder.

“We were catching Keith (Rauch), but just ran out of laps. With Todd not being able to be with us. It was a friend of his, and ours Greg Schaefer (that used to drive for him) my dad and I. All we did all night was put a round in the right rear for the heat and take it out for the feature. The car was fantastic.”

Taylor is fifth in the Lucas Oil POWRi Rocky Mountain Midget Racing Association championship standings following the second-place finish.

He will compete in his family owned 360ci sprint car with the ASCS Frontier Region this Friday at Gallatin Speedway in Belgrade, Mont., where he recorded a fifth-place finish earlier in the season.

QUICK RESULTS –

July 28 – Honor Speedway in Pueblo, Colo. – Heat race: 1 (1); Feature: 2 (10).

SEASON STATS –

13 races, 0 wins, 7 top fives, 8 top 10s, 10 top 15s, 12 top 20s

UP NEXT –

Friday at Gallatin Speedway in Belgrade, Mont., with the ASCS Frontier Region

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

“I can’t thank Todd (Henry, the owner of H&H Resurfacing) enough for putting me in a car and giving me a chance to race,” Taylor said. “He couldn’t be with us this weekend, but he allowed one of his friends and me to take the car and have fun.”

Taylor would also like to thank GatorStake, SuperClean, Open Season Construction, Redline Performance Roofing & Roof Coating Systems, Pitt Stop Signs and Graphix, Joe Gibbs Driven Racing Oil, the Kaiser Family, Pro Shocks, Triple X Racing Company and Hoosier Racing Tires for their continued support.

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