The Washington Times-Herald

Local Sports

June 29, 2013

Taylor making way on race track

(Continued)

WASHINGTON —

“Since we’ve had this engine work in the last year, our whole racing program has taken off,” Taylor said. “I can’t give them enough credit for what they have done.” Taylor has several area races coming in the near future. He is racing at Linton this weekend before preparing for an outing at Southern Illinois Raceway (SIR) in Marion, Ill. That leads to the Monster Energy High Banks Hustle, July 11, 12 and 13, featuring a handsome payday.

The field is expected to include 80 to 100 in Taylor’s class, and the top 24 get to race in the final.

That may sound like pretty tough odds, but Taylor enjoyed a year of success last season that provides confidence.

Taylor won a 24-car feature at Marion last August before winning the 44-car Dave Shelton NW Classic at I-24 Raceway in Charleston, Ill.

A season-ending win came at SIR in the Terry Sprague Classic in a 24-car final.

In between, Taylor was putting in a good performance at SIR in the Power I show, featuring 122 entries running for a first-place prize of $10,000 before mechanical failure ended his day.

Taylor soon competes at Charleston on July 16, and July 18-20 at Belleville, Ill., in a $10,000 to win feature. All the races are dirt, which is what Taylor prefers.

“I think we (Taylor and relatives that compose his racing team), have the car to compete there (Belleville),” Taylor said. “We haven’t run there yet, but it looks to be a really fast one-eight mile track. I think we have a chance to do well there.”

Text Only
Local Sports
  • SPT-WT-073014-ANDREW LUCK PIC Luck still learning in Year 3 ANDERSON — Wind chill estimates put the temperature at 59 degrees Monday morning at Anderson University.During one stretch of his fifth training camp practice of the year, however, it likely felt much colder to Andrew Luck.The Indianapolis Colts quar

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • Sports Briefs Par 3 Tournament ResultsMike and Ellen McKittrich were the first place gross winners of the Par 3 Tournament Sunday at Washington Country Club with a 54. Mark Smith-Susan Chambers and Nate and Blythe Wildridge followed with a 55. Pat and Joanne Bahr

    July 30, 2014

  • Blu-chip 3 pic Blu-Chip takes over Complex The Washington Sports Complex played host to the 3rd Annual Blu-Chip 3v3 tournament, which is in memory of Zach Blubaum and Derek Arvin. The tourney was the largest of the three that have been played and helps to raise funds for the Derek Arvin Schol

    July 28, 2014 3 Photos

  • Better police needed for college teams enticed to cheat Cheating has been part of college athletics probably for as long as people have bothered to keep score.Sometimes it could be as simple as a C-note handshake or a little cash slipped into a player’s socks outside his locker with a note telling him to

    July 25, 2014

  • Blu Chip ready for its third year Time is supposed to heal all wounds, but of course, that isn’t the case. Some tragedies are so severe that the healing process might never be complete, but rather a daily reminder of what has been lost. Whether it is a bumper sticker on a car, a funn

    July 25, 2014

  • Colts' 'monster' now preparing to 'hunt' ANDERSON — There’s a different kind of buzz surrounding the Indianapolis Colts as they prepare to report for training camp today at Anderson University.Expectations have been high inside the locker room since Chuck Pagano arrived in January 2012 and

    July 23, 2014

  • Sports Briefs WHS PhysicalsWashington High School athletic office would like to announce Physical Examinations for athletes will be held at Dr. Cullen’s office on Tuesday July 29, 9 am to 3 pm. All Washington athletes may use this service including High School, Ju

    July 23, 2014

  • SPT-WT-071914-ADAM GRABER PIC Barr-Reeve hands out Spring Awards MONTGOMERY — After the Fall and Winter sports seasons included a team reaching the state championship, Barr-Reeve’s final sport season had some catching up to do. Spring didn’t result in any state championship apperances, but it did see the Vikings c

    July 19, 2014 2 Photos

  • Posturing, predictions fly as SEC turns to a new season There’s plenty to enjoy about the Southeastern Conference’s annual cattle call in Hoover, Ala., where media of every description join players and coaches from each of the league’s 14 football teams to discuss the coming season. The best aspect is tha

    July 18, 2014

  • MadiWebster Webster to compete at Gymnastics Championships LOUISVILLE — More than 1,600 of the nation’s top gymnasts in acrobatic gymnastics, rhythmic gymnastics and trampoline/tumbling will be in Louisville, this week for the 2014 USA Gymnastics Championships. Madi Webster of Odon, who just placed third in

    July 15, 2014 1 Photo