Taylor Competes with All Star Circuit of Champions Two Weekends in a Row
JOLIET, Ill. (July 3, 2018) – Gary Taylor competed with the All Star Circuit of Champions last weekend at Plymouth Speedway in Plymouth, Ind., and the Dirt Oval at Route 66. Taylor drove the Sam McGee No. 11 and will race it again this weekend at Sharon Speedway in Hartford, Ohio.
On Friday at Plymouth Speedway, Taylor qualified fourth in his group, which started him on the pole of his heat race. He finished second in his heat and drew a seven for the dash.
“We started seventh and finished eighth in the dash,” Taylor said. “It wasn’t ideal, but it wasn’t terrible. I didn’t do too well in the feature and we finished 12th.”
Saturday at Route 66, Taylor once again qualified fourth in his group earning him the pole of the heat race.
“We won our heat, but we had to put in a new engine after it,” said Taylor. “Our heat win put us in the dash, but we weren’t too focused on it, and we got the engine changed just in time.”
Taylor started third in the dash and finished fifth, starting him on in the third row of the feature, where he finished ninth.
“Overall it was okay,” Taylor said. “It was a new car for me, but it went well enough for them to want me to run it this weekend. I felt like I didn’t drive my best, but I also haven’t done a whole lot of racing this year. Hopefully this weekend will be better.”
He’ll jump back in the Sam McGhee No. 11 on Saturday at the Lou Blaney Memorial at Sharon Speedway.
Taylor Kicks Off 2018 Season with Top-Notch Performances
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (May 17, 2018) – Gary Taylor has started off the 2018 season in great fashion. Though he’s only raced seven times, he has shown great results.
Taylor began the season with three ASCS Southwest Region races in the Bob Ream, Jr. owned Beaver Stipes No. 8 360ci sprint car. At Arizona Speedway in Queen Creek, Ariz., which was also his first race of the season, Taylor picked off a win after finishing second in his heat race and starting third in the feature.
Next up was Central Arizona Speedway in Casa Grande, Ariz, again with the ASCS Southwest Region. After charging four positions from eighth to fourth in the heat race, Taylor started fifth and finished second in the A Main, logging his second straight podium finish with the series.
Back to Arizona Speedway for his last race with the ASCS Southwest Region, Taylor had another impressive run. Finishing sixth in the heat race didn’t help his starting position in the feature. He lined up 11th and was deemed hard charger after gaining eight spots to finish third.
“Bob Ream has been a great friend for a number of years, and you couldn't ask for a better group of guys to go racing with,” Taylor said. “I'm glad I was able to get him a win and hopefully several more before the season is over.”
Most recently, Taylor ventured to Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio for a double header in the Ron Gorby No. 57 410ci sprint car. On Friday, May 11, he qualified sixth out of 37 cars and finished second in his heat race, sending him to the Sears Craftsman Dash and finished seventh. Taylor stayed consistent in the feature and gained one positon to finish sixth.
Saturday didn’t bring as great of a finish as Taylor had hoped to follow up with. He qualified 26th and finished sixth in his heat race. That finish put him in the Last Chance Showdown where he again finished sixth and missed the show by just two positions.
“I always love going to Eldora, and I was really excited to be sitting in the Gorby 57,” said Taylor. “Friday night things went about perfect besides a couple mistakes by myself, but to be able to battle at the front at Eldora is very gratifying. Saturday, I just drew a later number and stubbed my toe qualifying. I wasn't able to rebound and put it in the show. Overall, we had good speed and were respectable both nights.”
Taylor will next hit the track tonight at Attica Raceway Park in Attica, Ohio, in the Ron Gorby No. 57.
Gary Taylor Article in Flat Out Magazine
Taylor Topples Lone Stars at Cowtown!
Lonnie Wheatley, KENNEDALE, Texas (April 30, 2011) – A last minute change of plans proved fruitful for Snohomish, WA, native Gary Taylor, as he topped Saturday night’s 25-lap The Oil Medics ASCS Lone Star Region main event atop the high-banked, ¼-mile Cowtown Speedway clay oval.
With original plans of a Rock ‘N Roll 50 tuneup at West Memphis becoming increasingly bleak early in the day, Taylor’s Little Rock-based Ronnie Pitts-owned team shifted sights towards Texas, where they topped the opening night of last year’s November Sprint Shootout.
Taylor made it just in time for the night’s action from his current Louisiana home and ultimately took the lead away from Andy Shouse on the tenth circuit en route to his 12th career ASCS Regional feature win and third atop Cowtown clay.
While Taylor started the feature outside the front row, it was pole starter Andy Shouse gunning into the lead at the outset and pacing the early circuits. Taylor soon reclaimed the top spot from the former ASCS Sooner Region champion and raced on to the checkered flag in the No. 1x GF1-chassis.
Taylor crossed the stripe ahead of a pair of Lucas Oil ASCS National contenders that both rallied from eight rows deep, Brady Bacon and Tony Bruce, Jr. Following podium finishers Taylor, Bacon and Bruce was Shouse in fourth, with Claud Estes rounding out the top five.
Justin Spoerl was sixth, Evan Pardo raced from 19th to seventh and Matt Covington rebounded from a pair of trips to the tail to finish eighth and assume the series points lead. Brandon Corn was ninth, with defending series champion Eric Baldaccini completing the top ten.
Corn, Estes, Taylor and Covington topped heat race action for the 27-car field, with Michael Lang winning the 12-lap “B” Main.
The Oil Medics ASCS Lone Star Region Results from Cowtown Speedway:
First Heat (8 Laps): 1. 30-Brandon Corn, 2. 14b-Robert Byrom, 3. 45-Martin Edwards, 4. 66-Nick Clinkenbeard, 5. 76-John Ricketts, 6. 58-Gary Floyd. DNS: 20-Chad Wilson.
Second Heat (8 Laps): 1. 74e-Claud Estes, 2. 6-Justin Spoerl, 3. 40-Junior Jenkins, 4. 18-Tony Bruce, Jr., 5. 64j-Johnny Miller, 6. 54-Evan Pardo, 7. 11-Justin Melton.
Third Heat (8 Laps): 1. 1x-Gary Taylor, 2. 36-Andy Shouse, 3. 2-Logan Payne, 4. 99-Brady Bacon, 5. 4-Eric Baldaccini, 6. 1-Ty Williams, 7. 33-Mark Huddleston.
Fourth Heat (8 Laps): 1. 95-Matt Covington, 2. 50-Cody Whitworth, 3. 79-Ryan Hall, 4. 15b-Michael Brown, 5. 14-Michael Lang, 6. 20x-Mike George.
“B” Main (12 Laps): 1. 14-Michael Lang, 2. 15b-Michael Brown, 3. 64j-Johnny Miller, 4. 54-Evan Pardo, 5. 33-Mark Huddleston, 6. 1-Ty Williams, 7. 11-Justin Melton, 8. 20-Chad Wilson, 9. 20x-Mike George, 10. 76-John Ricketts. DNS: 58-Gary Floyd.
"A" Feature (25 Laps): 1. 1x-Gary Taylor, 2. 99-Brady Bacon, 3. 18-Tony Bruce, Jr., 4. 36-Andy Shouse, 5. 74e-Claud Estes, 6. 6-Justin Spoerl, 7. 54-Evan Pardo, 8. 95-Matt Covington, 9. 30-Brandon Corn, 10. 4-Eric Baldaccini, 11. 45-Martin Edwards, 12. 14b-Robert Byrom, 13. 15b-Michael Brown, 14. 66-Nick Clinkenbeard, 15. 64j-Johnny Miller, 16. 40-Junior Jenkins, 17. 2-Logan Payne, 18. 50-Cody Whitworth, 19. 79-Ryan Hall, 20. 14-Michael Lang (DNS).
The Oil Medics ASCS Lone Star Region Points (Top Ten): 1. Matt Covington 258, 2. Eric Baldaccini 235, 3. Claud Estes 233, 4. Martin Edwards 227, 5. Junior Jenkins 200, 6. Johnny Miller 190, 7. (tie) Evan Pardo and Michael Lang 184, 9. Justin Melton 175, 10. Robert Byrom 171.
Gary Taylor posts his second win aboard Bobby Sparks #91 at RIS.
Jimmy Jones, WEST MEMPHIS, AR. (May 16th, 2009) - Last month Gary Taylor made his first visit to the historic Riverside International Speedway in West Memphis, Arkansas where he watched from the stands as Tim Kaeding won the World of Outlaws event. Taylor returned Saturday night and tallied his second Feature win of the 2009 season behind the wheel of the Bobby Sparks Racing #91 Eagle.
Taylor earned a front row spot for the feature by racing his way from the rear of his heat race, finishing second. Pole sitter and I-30 Speedway regular Cody Gardner of Benton, Arkansas piloting the #1G XXX, also raced his way from the back of his heat on a track that was pretty much locked down. Veteran Shoe Terry Gray of Bartlett, TN won his heat aboard the Rislone #10 Maxim and started the main event behind Gardner.
Gardner and Taylor battled hard on the opening lap, with Taylor winning a drag race down the back straight with Gray in hot pursuit. Gray got around Gardner, who retired with a broken radius rod from an incursion with an infield tire. Gray then set his sights on Taylor and began to reel him in.
With the track locked down on the bottom, Taylor was having a hard time negotionating lapped traffic. But, with Gray behind him and closing, he would have to make a choice. Stay low or change his line and power around. Meanwhile, Gray was patiently waiting for the moment to pounce.
He made his move in turn 3, when Taylor was forced to change his line from the bottom to the middle to get around a slowing lapped car. Gray dove under Taylor for the pass, but the yellow dropped simultaneously erasing Gray’s brilliant move and his chance for the win at his home track.
Taylor then expertly worked traffic, keeping plenty of room between himself and Gray for the balance of the race.
Gary Taylor Wins Shoot Out at the Mag
Jimmy Jones, COLUMBUS, Mississippi (April 4, 2009) - Snohomish, WA’s Gary Taylor showed why he is considered one of the rising stars in the Sprint Car world Saturday night in Columbus, Mississippi, winning the 30 Lap Parts Plus USCS A Feature in dramatic fashion. Taylor, in just his second race weekend behind the wheel for Olive Branch, Mississippi’s Bobby Sparks, dueled with Jeff Swindell and Tim Crawley for the better part of the 30 lap Feature, but in the end, Taylor made a brilliant move between turns 3 and 4, diving under Swindell and held on for his first victory in a winged Sprint Car in 2009.
Two for Taylor with ASCS Speedweek Win at OKC
Lonnie Wheatley, OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. (July 18, 2008) – Washington state native Gary Taylor added his second O'Reilly American Sprint Cars on Tour National series feature win just seven days after his first score by topping the 25-lap main event in the Fifth Round of the 16th Annual Toyota Tundra ASCS Sizzlin' Summer Speedweek at State Fair Speedway.
Taylor, who topped the Speedweek opener on the previous Friday night in Texarkana, charged by early leader Tim Crawley on the ninth round and then withstood a late charge from Travis Rilat to secure his fifth overall ASCS feature win of the year aboard Mike and Megan Eubanks' Tel-Star Communications No. 5* Triple-X chassis.
Taylor gridded the feature field outside the front row, but it was three-time ASCS National champion Crawley gunning into the lead from the pole position at the outset with Taylor, Andy Shouse, Kevin Ramey and Gary Wright in tow.
Vying for his first ASCS National Tour triumph since 2005, Crawley reached lapped traffic by the sixth round as Taylor kept the pressure on. And when Crawley slipped off the top of the banking exiting turn four, Taylor wasted no time taking advantage of the miscue to snare the lead.
"I could hang with him alright, but getting around him was going to be another thing," Taylor explained afterward. "I probably needed for something like that to happen to get by."
Slicing through traffic with Crawley nipping at his heels over the ensuing laps, Taylor found open track after the red flag flew for Eric Baldaccini's turn four flip after 16 laps. However, it wasn't going to be that easy.
"Something happened to the car after that red, it didn't feel right," Taylor relayed. "I ran it in up top and nearly did the same thing Tim did earlier, so after that I moved my line down and just tried to protect my position."
Crawley had challenged aboard Mike Ward's McCarver-powered Boater Sports No. 88 Maxim, but had little for the leader when Taylor moved lower on the track.
Taylor's biggest threat suddenly emerged in the form of Travis Rilat, who had been on the move from his 12th starting position. Rilat had moved to sixth by the time the red flag flew after 16 laps. And when the final caution flew four laps later when Joe Wood, Jr., bounced to a stop outside of turn four, Rilat had moved to fourth behind Taylor, Crawley and Shouse.
Rilat wasted no time disposing of Shouse on the restart and then battled past Crawley for second upon the completion of the 27th lap. Rocketing around the top side of the track in the F&J Construction No. 29 Triple-X, Rilat gobbled up Taylor's meager advantage and set up the leader for a move through turns three and four.
But Rilat's shot at victory missed when he overdrove the fourth corner, allowing Taylor to slip away and Crawley back into second. Taylor raced on to the checkered flag with a half-dozen car-length advantage over Crawley, who posted his second runner-up finish of the week just ahead of Rilat.
Shouse crossed the stripe in fourth, with four-time and reigning series champion Gary Wright rounding out the top five aboard the Wesmar-powered Richwood Construction No. 9 Maxim.
Garry Lee Maier claimed sixth in front of past Sooner Region champs Danny Jennings and Kevin Ramey.
After running outside the top ten at the lap 16 red flag stoppage, Jason Johnson picked off some late spots to finish ninth, extending his series record string of top-ten feature finishes to 42 in a row.
Eighteen-year-old Washington racer J.J. Hickle posted his first top ten finish of the week by completing the top ten.
Ramey, Taylor, Chris Lloyd and Shouse topped heat race action, with Wayne Johnson winning the "B" Main.
Jason Johnson escaped the night with a 32-point advantage over Zach Chappell heading into Saturday night's 16th Annual Toyota Tundra ASCS Sizzlin' Summer Speedweek finale at Lawton Speedway. Johnson can secure his second career ASCS Speedweek crown with a finish of 15th or better in Saturday night's main event.
16th Annual Toyota Tundra ASCS Sizzlin' Summer Speedweek Round Five Results from State Fair Speedway:
Heat Races (Top 16 in Passing Points to "A" Main; Balance to "B" Mains):
Brodix Heat One (8 Laps): 1. 7m-Kevin Ramey, 2. 61J-Danny Jennings, 3. 15s-Nick Smith, 4. 29-Travis Rilat, 5. 15k-Kerry McAlister, 6. b4-Eric Baldaccini, 7. 5$-Danny Smith, 8. 74-Claud Estes.
Wesmar-Shaver Heat Two (8 Laps): 1. 5*-Gary Taylor, 2. 88-Tim Crawley, 3. 41-Jason Johnson, 4. 22-Koby Barksdale, 5. 94-Wayne Johnson, 6. 15-Brad Bowden, 7. 81au-Gavin Punch, 8. 95-Matt Covington.
Brodix Heat Three (8 Laps): 1. 28-Chris Lloyd, 2. 7-J.J. Hickle, 3. 11x-Garry Lee Maier, 4. 50z-Zach Chappell, 5. 2-Kenneth Walker, 6. 13-Kathryne Minter, 7. 3R-Michael Beckerman. DNS: 72-Sherman Davis.
Wesmar-Shaver Heat Four (8 Laps): 1. 27-Andy Shouse, 2. 9-Gary Wright, 3. 03-Joe Wood, Jr., 4. 25-Robert Sellers, 5. 36-Darren Stewart, 6. 1-Sean McClelland, 7. 31-Matt Clevenger.
"B" Main (Top 6 Advance to "A" Main):
"B" Feature (12 Laps): 1. 94-Wayne Johnson, 2. 25-Robert Sellers, 3. 36-Darren Stewart, 4. b4-Eric Baldaccini, 5. 15-Brad Bowden, 6. 95-Matt Covington, 7. 72-Sherman Davis, 8. 81au-Gavin Punch, 9. 13-Kathryne Minter, 10. 3r-Michael Beckerman, 11. 74-Claud Estes, 12. 2-Kenneth Walker, 13. 1-Sean McClelland, 14. 5$-Danny Smith. DNS: 31-Matt Clevenger.
O’Reilly ASCoT "A" Main Event:
“A” Feature (25 Laps): 1. 5*-Gary Taylor, 2. 88-Tim Crawley, 3. 29-Travis Rilat, 4. 27-Andy Shouse, 5. 9-Gary Wright, 6. 11x-Garry Lee Maier, 7. 61J-Danny Jennings, 8. 7m-Kevin Ramey, 9. 41-Jason Johnson, 10. 7-J.J. Hickle, 11. 50z-Zach Chappell, 12. 94-Wayne Johnson, 13. 22-Koby Barksdale, 14. 36-Darren Stewart, 15. 15s-Nick Smith, 16. 2-Kenneth Walker, 17. 15-Brad Bowden, 18. 03-Joe Wood, Jr., 19. 25-Robert Sellers, 20. b4-Eric Baldaccini, 21. 95-Matt Covington, 22. 74-Claud Estes, 23. 28-Chris Lloyd, 24. 15k-Kerry McAlister.
Lap Leaders: Tim Crawley 1-8, Gary Taylor 9-25.
Note: Kenneth Walker utilized an ASCoT provisional and Claud Estes utilized an ASCS Speedweek provisional to start the "A" Main.
O’Reilly ASCoT Points (Top Fifteen): 1. Jason Johnson 2,959, 2. Gary Wright 2,874, 3. Wayne Johnson 2,857, 4. Zach Chappell 2,793, 5. Garry Lee Maier 2,622, 6. Eric Baldaccini 2,435, 7. Nick Smith 2,302, 8. Kenneth Walker 2,119, 9. Travis Rilat 1,989, 10. Gary Taylor 1,876, 11. Kathryne Minter 1,806, 12. Jack Dover 1,648, 13. Matt Covington 1,229, 14. Aaron Berryhill 1,174, 15. Jason Sides 1,130.
16th Annual Toyota Tundra ASCS Sizzlin' Summer Speedweek Points (Top Fifteen – Through Round Five of Six): 1. Jason Johnson 718, 2. Zach Chappell 686, 3. Wayne Johnson 680, 4. Garry Lee Maier 654, 5. Brad Bowden 634, 6. (tie) Gary Wright and Travis Rilat 625, 8. Gary Taylor 613, 9. Eric Baldaccini 606, 10. Nick Smith 589, 11. J.J. Hickle 563, 12. Claud Estes 526, 13. Matt Covington 516, 14. Kenneth Walker 504, 15. Kathryne Minter 465.
Taylor Takes First ASCS National Win in Speedweek Opener at Texarkana!
Lonnie Wheatley, TEXARKANA, Ark. (July 11, 2008) – There was a new face in O'Reilly American Sprint Cars on Tour National victory lane on Friday night, as Gary Taylor wired the field to top the opening round of the 16th Annual Toyota Tundra ASCS Sizzlin' Summer Speedweek at Sixty-Seven Speedway for his first career National win.
The Washington state native now residing in Sapulpa, OK, took full advantage of his pole starting position to lead all 30 circuits around the tight, ¼-mile clay oval, narrowly escaping a late skirmish in lapped traffic to secure the win aboard Mike and Megan Eubanks' Wesmar-powered Tel-Star Communications No. 5* Triple-X.
While the former ASCS Rocky Mountain Region champion had the race well in hand much of the way, Wayne Johnson closed in as heavy lapped traffic became a factor in the final ten rounds. And when Justin Sturch and Brad Bowden tangled and spun directly in front of the leaders on the 24th lap, it nearly spelled disaster for Taylor.
"I had to get on the brakes so hard to keep from getting into them that I about locked it up," Taylor explained. "The rear end actually did lock up for just a split second, I was just thinking 'There it went!' I was about ready to reach up and flip the switch and then it got going again."
With clear track over the final seven circuits, there was no stopping Taylor, who added his first ASCS National Tour feature win to three Sooner Region triumphs earned earlier this season along with a handful of past Rocky Mountain Region scores.
Taylor led from the outset after outgunning fellow front row starter Gary Wright, pacing the early rounds with Wright and Johnson in tow.
Holding down the runner-up slot through a pair of early cautions, Wright's championship hopes took a hit when a right front hub broke exiting turn four on the eighth lap. Wright was forced pitside and credited with a 20th place finish, surrendering the series points lead in the process.
Wayne Johnson assumed the second position upon Wright's departure and held the spot the rest of the way in Mike and Tim Hammers' H&H Enterprises/Pearson Farms No. 94 Maxim.
"If we would have stayed in traffic, he was going to have to move around some and I think I could have got him," Johnson commented. "But in open track, he was working the bottom and there wasn't anything I could do."
After struggling in heat race action, Jason Johnson raced through the field from the 18th starting position. Working the top side of the track, Johnson had cracked the top ten by the time the second caution flew after six laps for a Ryan Hall spin. Johnson kept clawing forward, taking fifth from Matt Covington soon after a lap 15 caution.
Jason Johnson completed his forward drive by battling past Garry Lee Maier for fourth entering turn one on the 27th lap and then taking third away from Nick Smith less than a lap later, settling for show honors aboard Lanny Row's Wesmar-powered The Shop Motorsports/Custom Equipment Design No. 41 Eagle and taking over the series points lead in the process.
Nick Smith crossed the stripe fourth in the Wesmar-powered Sooner Network Solutions No. 15s J&J, with Maier rounding out the top five in Scott Brown's ASI-powered Lubbock Wrecker Service No. 11x Maxim.
Covington crossed the stripe in sixth, with Kevin Ramey, Zach Chappell, Jamie Passmore and Travis Rilat completing the top ten.
Kenneth Walker, Nick Smith and Wayne Johnson each posted heat race victories.
Following an engine change after heat race action, Sean McClelland climbed from 23rd to 12th in his first outing aboard the Bobby Sparks No. 91 entry.
Cody Gardner scratched from the main event after damaging a rear end in a heat race incident.
16th Annual Toyota Tundra ASCS Sizzlin' Summer Speedweek Results from 67 Texarkana Speedway:
Brodix Heat One (8 Laps): 1. 2-Kenneth Walker, 2. 9-Gary Wright, 3. 5*-Gary Taylor, 4. 7m-Kevin Ramey, 5. 74-Claud Estes, 6. 41-Jason Johnson, 7. 8z-Zach Pringle, 8. 15-Brad Bowden.
Wesmar-Shaver Heat Two (8 Laps): 1. 15s-Nick Smith, 2. 11x-Garry Lee Maier, 3. 4J-Jamie Passmore, 4. 50z-Zach Chappell, 5. 29-Travis Rilat, 6. 9x-Justin Sturch, 7. 7-J.J. Hickle, 8. 33-Mark Huddleston.
Brodix Heat Three (8 Laps): 1. 94-Wayne Johnson, 2. 95-Matt Covington, 3. 79h-Ryan Hall, 4. 13-Kathryne Minter, 5. 71-Channin Tankersley, 6. b4-Eric Baldaccini, 7. 1g-Cody Gardner, 8. 91-Sean McClelland.
O’Reilly ASCoT "A" Main Event:
“A” Feature (30 Laps): 1. 5*-Gary Taylor, 2. 94-Wayne Johnson, 3. 41-Jason Johnson, 4. 15s-Nick Smith, 5. 11x-Garry Lee Maier, 6. 95-Matt Covington, 7. 7m-Kevin Ramey, 8. 50z-Zach Chappell, 9. 4J-Jamie Passmore, 10. 29-Travis Rilat, 11. b4-Eric Baldaccini, 12. 91-Sean McClelland, 13. 9x-Justin Sturch, 14. 15-Brad Bowden, 15. 7-J.J. Hickle, 16. 13-Kathryne Minter, 17. 71-Channin Tankersley, 18. 74-Claud Estes, 19. 79h-Ryan Hall, 20. 9-Gary Wright, 21. 8z-Zach Pringle, 22. 2-Kenneth Walker, 23. 33-Mark Huddleston. DNS: 1g-Cody Gardner.
Lap Leaders: Gary Taylor 1-30.
O’Reilly ASCoT Points (Top Fifteen): 1. Jason Johnson 2,385, 2. Gary Wright 2,359, 3. Wayne Johnson 2,323, 4. Zach Chappell 2,241, 5. Garry Lee Maier 2,108, 6. Eric Baldaccini 1,957, 7. Nick Smith 1,855, 8. Kenneth Walker 1,721, 9. Jack Dover 1,648, 10. Travis Rilat 1,494, 11. Kathryne Minter 1,459, 12. Gary Taylor 1,413, 13. Aaron Berryhill 1,174, 14. Jason Sides 1,130, 15. Don Droud, Jr. 902.
16th Annual Toyota Tundra ASCS Sizzlin' Summer Speedweek Points (Top Ten – Through Round One of Six): 1. Gary Taylor 150, 2. Wayne Johnson 146, 3. Jason Johnson 144, 4. Nick Smith 142, 5. Garry Lee Maier 140, 6. Matt Covington 138, 7. Kevin Ramey 136, 8. Zach Chappell 134, 9. Jamie Passmore 132, 10. Travis Rilat 130.
Taylor Tames ASCS Sooner Region at Cowtown
Lonnie Wheatley, KENNEDALE, Texas (May 17, 2008) – Washington native Gary Taylor snared his third American Bank of Oklahoma ASCS Sooner Region feature win of the season by topping Saturday night's 30-lap main event atop Cowtown Speedway's high-banked, ¼-mie dirt oval.
Leading from the outset, Taylor survived some dicey moments in lapped traffic over the final rounds to secure the third win in his last four Sooner Region outings aboard Mike and Megan Eubanks' Wesmar-powered Tel-Star Communications No. 5* Triple-X.
"That got a little sketchy there at the end, I had two or three lapped cars either trying to spin or wreck right in front of me," the former ASCS Rocky Mountain Region champion explained.
After advancing from sixth to second on a wild opening lap in the fourth heat race and then holding the position to the line, Taylor drew the pole position for the feature. And after outgunning fellow O'Reilly ASCS National Tour Rookie of the Year contender Eric Baldaccini for the point at the drop of the green flag, Taylor led every lap.
Wading through four cautions over the first half of the race, Taylor amassed a half straightaway advantage as the final 15 circuits ran off in non-stop fashion. The advantage quickly dissipated however, when heavy lapped traffic became a factor, allowing Oklahoma City's Joe Wood, Jr., to close in on a potential first career ASCS feature win.
Wood, who took over second when Baldaccini bounced off the top of turn four in the opening circuits, closed to within a car-length of Taylor's tailtank with just two laps to go. But Taylor adeptly worked his way around a lapped car and then beat Wood to the checkered flag by five car-lengths.
Wood settled for second, while past series champion Sean McClelland climbed from tenth to claim the show position. After jumping Wood's right rear tire while challenging for second on the seventh lap and falling back several positions in the process, Travis Rilat battled past Sherman Davis in the final rounds to capture fourth.
After advancing from "B" Main action, Davis charged from the 15th starting position to round out the top five, with Marvin Lough, 20th-starter Johnny Miller, Baldaccini, 17th starter Michael Lang and fellow ninth row starter and defending series champion Brian McClelland completing the top ten.
Current series points leader Kolt Walker suffered nose wing damage early in the going after starting 16th and was ultimately forced pitside after contact with the turn four wall at the midway point, settling for 16th in the final rundown. Walker escaped the night with a 21-point lead in the championship points chase over Brian McClelland.
Jeff Dodd, Wood, Michael Brown, Scott Reneau and Rodney Henderson topped heat race action for the 41-car field, with Davis and Walker winning the twin "B" Main.
Billy Melton walked away uninjured after flipping on the opening lap of the second "B" Main.
American Bank of Oklahoma ASCS Sooner Region Results from Cowtown Speedway:
Heat One (8 Laps): 1. d99-Jeff Dodd, 2. 20s-Sheldon Barksdale, 3. 20h-Jason Hart, 4. 1-Sean McClelland, 5. 87-Brian McClelland, 6. 74-Claud Estes, 7. 04J-Joshua Hemby, 8. 85-Jerry Bell, 9. L23-Landon Brown.
Heat Two (8 Laps): 1. 03-Joe Wood, Jr., 2. 71-Chris Tarrant, 3. 11-Justin Melton, 4. 1s-Trey Robb, 5. 95-Matt Covington, 6. 72-Sherman Davis, 7. 81au-Gavin Punch, 8. 45-J.P. Bailey.
Heat Three (8 Laps): 1. 15b-Michael Brown, 2. 39-Marvin Lough, 3. 14-Michael Lang, 4. 20-Rick Barksdale, 5. 64J-Johnny Miller, 6. 1w-George White, 7. 87a-Aaron Reutzel, 8. 76-John Ricketts.
Heat Four (8 Laps): 1. 1r-Scott Reneau, 2. 5*-Gary Taylor, 3. 29-Travis Rilat, 4. 79-Ryan Hall, 5. 65-Skip Wilson, 6. 7m-Kevin Ramey, 7. 87x-Billy Melton, 8. 9-Brian Parker.
Heat Five (8 Laps): 1. 67-Rodney Henderson, 2. 25-T.J. Herrell, 3. b4-Eric Baldaccini, 4. 45k-Kolt Walker, 5. 12-Shawn Mize, 6. 11F-Darrell Fletcher, 7. 26-Dalton Steed, 8. 22-Koby Barksdale.
First "B" Main (12 Laps): 1. 72-Sherman Davis, 2. 14-Michael Lang, 3. 87a-Aaron Reutzel, 4. 7m-Kevin Ramey, 5. 11-Justin Melton, 6. 45-J.P. Bailey, 7. 81au-Gavin Punch, 8. L23-Landon Brown, 9. 9-Brian Parker, 10. 79-Ryan Hall, 11. 95-Matt Covington, 12. 26-Dalton Steed, 13. 12-Shawn Mize, 14. 65-Skip Wilson.
Second "B" Main (12 Laps): 1. 45k-Kolt Walker, 2. 87-Brian McClelland, 3. 64J-Johnny Miller, 4. 1w-George White, 5. 76-John Ricketts, 6. 22-Koby Barksdale, 7. 74-Claud Estes, 8. 20-Rick Barksdale, 9. 04J-Joshua Hemby, 10. 11F-Darrell Fletcher, 11. 1s-Trey Robb, 12. 85-Jerry Bell, 13. 87x-Billy Melton.
"A" Feature (30 Laps): 1. 5*-Gary Taylor, 2. 03-Joe Wood, Jr., 3. 1-Sean McClelland, 4. 29-Travis Rilat, 5. 72-Sherman Davis, 6. 39-Marvin Lough, 7. 64J-Johnny Miller, 8. b4-Eric Baldaccini, 9. 14-Michael Lang, 10. 87-Brian McClelland, 11. 15b-Michael Brown, 12. 20s-Sheldon Barksdale, 13. 20h-Jason Hart, 14. 87a-Aaron Reutzel, 15. 67-Rodney Henderson, 16. 45k-Kolt Walker, 17. d99-Jeff Dodd, 18. 25-T.J. Herrell, 19. 1r-Scott Reneau, 20. 71-Chris Tarrant.
American Bank of Oklahoma ASCS Sooner Region Points (Top Ten): 1. Kolt Walker 806, 2. Brian McClelland 785, 3. Sherman Davis 711, 4. Gary Taylor 708, 5. Michael Brown 707, 6. Joe Wood, Jr. 674, 7. Matt Covington 662, 8. Justin Melton 618, 9. Eric Baldaccini 605, 10. Travis Rilat 558.
Taylor Trumps ASCS Sooners Again at Mid-America
Lonnie Wheatley, SOUTH COFFEYVILLE, Okla. (May 3, 2008) – Gary Taylor racked up his second consecutive American Bank of Oklahoma ASCS Sooner Region win by wiring the field in Saturday night's 25-lap main event at Mid-America Speedway.
Piloting Mike and Megan Eubanks' Wesmar-powered Tel-Star Communications No. 5* Triple X, Taylor jumped into the outset and then survived a skirmish in lapped traffic to secure the win.
Starting from the front row outside, Taylor outgunned polesitter Rafe Essary for the lead at the drop of the green. Lapped traffic came into play in less than a handful of laps, and at the midway point Taylor and Sapulpa's Danny Smith crossed paths.
“I made a move to keep up my momentum and I got into Danny Smith and turned him around," Taylor explained. "I feel bad for doing that, but when you get out in front you don’t know if anyone is close so you just try and keep your speed going.”
Taylor survived the close call and with several lapped cars between him and his chasers, he withstood another pair of late cautions before dashing away to a near straightaway victory over Jamie Passmore, who snared runner-up honors after starting eighth.
Texas shoe Kolt Walker assumed the ASCS Sooner Region points lead by claiming the show position, with defending series champion Brian McClelland and Michael Brown rounding out the top five.
The balance of the top ten included Matt Covington, Sheldon Barksdale, 18th-starter Joe Wood, Jr., Travis Jenkins and Justin Melton.
McClelland, Covington and Essary each earned heat race victories.
American Bank of Oklahoma ASCS Sooner Region Results from Mid-America Speedway:
Heat One (8 Laps): 1. 87-Brian McClelland, 2. 20-Rick Barksdale, 3. 4J-Jamie Passmore, 4. 5$-Danny Smith, 5. 11-Justin Melton, 6. 4am-Travis Jenkins.
Heat Two (8 Laps): 1. 95-Matt Covington, 2. 5*-Gary Taylor, 3. 61-Earnest Jennings, 4. 85s-Forrest Sutherland, 5. 72-Sherman Davis, 6. 15k-Kerry McAlister.
Heat Three (8 Laps): 1. 26-Rafe Essary, 2. 15b-Michael Brown, 3. 45k-Kolt Walker, 4. 20s-Sheldon Barksdale, 5. 11z-Zack Beeler. DNS: 03-Joe Wood, Jr.
"A" Feature (25 Laps): 1. 5*-Gary Taylor, 2. 4J-Jamie Passmore, 3. 45K-Kolt Walker, 4. 87-Brian McClelland, 5. 15B-Michael Brown, 6. 95-Matt Covington, 7 20S-Sheldon Barksdale, 8. 03-Joe Wood, Jr., 9. 4AM-Travis Jenkins, 10. 11-Justin Melton, 11. 85s-Forrest Sutherland, 12. 5$-Danny Smith, 13. 61-Earnest Jennings, 14. 11Z-Zack Beeler, 15. 72-Sherman Davis, 16. 26-Rafe Essary, 17. 20-Rick Barksdale, 18. 15K-Kerry McAlister.
American Bank of Oklahoma ASCS Sooner Region Points (Top Ten): 1. Kolt Walker 544, 2. Brian McClelland 505, 3. Matt Covington 461, 4. Michael Brown 451, 5. Kerry McAlister 437, 6. Sherman Davis 435, 7. Justin Melton 429, 8. Travis Rilat 416, 9. Gary Taylor 412, 10. Joe Wood, Jr. 398.