Dennis Taylor Seattle wrap up

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    Taylor Reaches Another Final

    ANAHEIM, CA — Pacific Raceways in Kent, Washington, had a great deal of rain dumped on it this past weekend. In spite of it all, the Plumbing Concepts team rallied on and made the most of its one-and-only qualifying attempt on Saturday. Before that important run, crew chief, Ora Vasquez told Dennis, “Stand on it! This track will take everything we can give it.” Taylor stood on it alright, and the scoreboards lit up with a 5.64 at 256 mph — good for the number two spot.

    After more rain on Sunday, things cleared and Dennis matched up against fellow Californian, Steve Gasparrelli, in Round 1, eclipsing his qualifying effort with a quicker 5.63-second run at 254.62. The hard working Plumbing Concepts crew did its normal between-rounds maintenance as co-crew chief, Terry Morrow, reviewed the computer data to develop the tune-up for Round 2. Vasquez and Morrow were right on target once again, as the Camaro Funny Car went a tick quicker, recording a stellar 5.62 at 254. Taylor said, “I was too conservative on the starting line, but this thing came on strong. It’s good to have some momentum here in Seattle. We’ve always loved to race here.”

    The Semi-Final found Dennis lined up against Jay Payne’s new Mustang-bodied entry and this is where things got odd. Payne left before the tree was activated, which resulted in a disqualification. Taylor got out of shape and crossed the centerline, but still gained the victory as the rule sates “first or worst,” and Payne’s infraction was both first and worst.

    Final-Round bound, Taylor kept an eye on the conditions as evening was upon them. Dennis had the better reaction time and lead almost to half-track, but the tune-up was just a bit off and he was outrun by Clint Thompson, 5.65 to a close 5.72. Sonoma is only four days away and the momentum is very helpful.

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