Frankie Taylor’s universe has returned to the proper rotation.
The past ADRL Pro Extreme series champion is no longer experimenting with a turbocharger combination. He has returned to his proven supercharger combination; and his pit area has even returned to the appearance of organized chaos.
Taylor also returned to the No. 1 qualifying position during the ADRL Dragstock event at zMax Dragway. His primary concern in the moments following his track record 3.665 elapsed time was not in improving his performance, but in picking up teammate Tim Tindle’s performance to the point they were the two quickest cars down the track.
Tindle came close, finishing as the third quickest, before going on and winning the event.
“We needed to be one and two,” Taylor said. “We need to be like Jason Scruggs and Mick Snyder are. It would have been great if he had taken the pole from me. As long as Scruggs and Snyder stayed behind us, would be fine with me.”
This kind of concentration would have been deemed a luxury during the first few races of the season. Taylor struggled with the nuances of a turbocharged combination and never qualified. He wasn’t even close.
Meanwhile, Tindle was able to make the cut at those races.
The turbocharged experiment lasted for two races before Taylor returned to what he knew and worked to move from behind the eight-ball. Taylor believes he’s reached the point, five races after returning to his supercharged combination, where he’s back where he should have been at the first race of the season.
“The turbo experience kind of got us behind and now we are trying to go through the car and un-program everything we put into the car trying to make the turbo work,” Taylor said. “We have found out the hard way, a time or two, what stuff we forgot to turn off or turn a different way. There were issues and at times we had traction control coming on too soon. I think we have it all back to baseline.”
Just because he’s shelved the turbo doesn’t mean Taylor isn’t willing to try again sometime.
“I’m still going to test some stuff over the winter,” Taylor admitted. “I’m going to watch [Todd] Tutterow and some of the other guys and see if they can get them close to the .60s and we might go back to playing with ours.”
And Taylor states he should be trusted because he’s learned his lesson already.
“It’s hard to abandon a combination which goes up and down the track time after time like a bracket car,” said Taylor.
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