“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.”