PR- TUCSON - Dennis Taylor wrap up

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  1. Will Hanna

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    For Immediate Release April 3, 2005

    Contact: Randy Fish

    Tucson Tricky, Heavy Hearts Abound

    ANAHEIM, CA — Going into this past weekend’s Lucas Oil Series Division 7 event, NHRA Top Alcohol Funny Car racer, Dennis Taylor, was anticipating the opportunity to compete on a fresh racing surface in Tucson. Following Thursday’s testing for Mickey Thompson Tires and the culmination of qualifying from Friday and Saturday, anticipation quickly turned to consternation. The new asphalt portion of the racing surface proved treacherous, at best, and by most accounts it was similar to racing on an ice skating rink. Taylor’s three qualifying attempts were consistent, but not up to the Plumbing Concepts Team’s expectations. Dennis ran 5.938, 5.935, and 5.951 seconds, landing in the number six position to start Sunday’s Eliminations.

    When race day dawned, a pall was cast over Tucson International Raceway, as competitors learned of a tragic testing accident in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on Saturday that claimed the life of Top Alcohol Dragster driver Shelly Howard and that of her son Brian. Dennis Taylor and his entire team were terribly shaken by the news and pass along their heartfelt condolences to Dr. Paul Howard, daughters Jennifer and Tracy, Tuner, Tom Conway, and Shelly’s entire family.

    The racing fraternity in Tucson was forced to grit its collective teeth and report to the staging lanes when called upon Sunday. That was a bit more difficult for Dennis Taylor, since he’s devoted his career to manufacturing racing safety equipment and his long list of valued friends stretches across all racing disciplines. The Plumbing Concepts Camaro prevailed in its Round 1 match-up with Brett Williamson, as Taylor left first, remained consistent, and recorded a 5.92-second victory to Brett’s fine 5.98.

    Round 2 saw familiar foes lining up side by side, as Taylor drew Steve Gasparrelli who qualified in the second slot. After a slight starting line advantage, Gasparrelli hung on for a very narrow win, running 5.87 seconds to Taylor’s 5.90. The quickest run of the weekend was still not enough to turn back the same car Dennis had beaten just a few weeks ago in Phoenix.

    In just two weeks time, the Plumbing Concepts Camaro will be competing at the NHRA Nationals, set for The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. At this time, no less than 26 Top Alcohol Funny Cars are pre-entered for the 16-car field and it promises to be a veritable dog fight from start to finish.

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