SHELBY TOWNSHIP, Mich. — September 18, 2014 —In sprint car racing, the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series is the top of the mountain. The best sprint car drivers in the world race for the best purses in short track racing at some of the most famed dirt tracks in the world. Racing nearly 90 times a year the series is unmatched. Taylor Ferns will get her first opportunity to race with the “Greatest Show on Dirt” this week at the legendary Eldora Speedway in Ohio, as part of the Four-Crown Nationals.
The World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series portion of the Four-Crown Nationals takes to the track on Friday, September 19. Hot laps will open the festivities, followed by heat races, a dash, Last Chance Showdown and 30-lap A-Feature.
“One of our goals all season was to race with the World of Outlaws before the year ended,” said Ferns, who drives the Jimmy’s Towing/Indy Race Parts Maxim. “I know we’ll be facing the best competition and at a place like Eldora, and that’s a big challenge, but I am really looking forward to it. The World of Outlaws are the best of the best and that’s who every driver wants to compete against.”
Ferns has raced in the Four-Crown Nationals in each of the last two years. Last season, she pulled double duty, finishing a career-best fourth with the Traxxas USAC Silver Crown Series at the high-banked half-mile, while she was 11th with the Honda USAC National Midget Series. In the Silver Crown race, the native of Shelby Township, Michigan, who now calls the Indianapolis area home, carved her way through the field after starting 13th, which earned her the Hard Charger Award.
Prior to racing at Eldora last year during the Four-Crown Nationals, she also hit the track at Kentucky Speedway with the ARCA Racing Series Presented by Menards, coming home 12th, making for a three-race day/night.
The winningest female driver in USAC history made her Eldora debut in 2012, during the Honda USAC National Midget Series portion of the Four-Crown Nationals, finishing 11th.
“Anytime you have laps at a track helps, even if it’s in different cars, like my laps at Eldora are,” she noted. “Having those laps and an idea of how to drive the track helps you adjust and I’ll certainly have to make some adjustments driving the winged car at a place like Eldora. We are hoping to qualify well, make through the heat and earn a spot in the main event, and that will make for a good trip to Eldora.”
Last weekend, Ferns competed in the Jim Ford Classic at Fremont Speedway in Ohio, with the UNOH All Star Circuit of Champions. She finished18th in the opener and just missed qualifying for the main event in the finale. Eldora Speedway will mark the eighth track she has raced at in the state of Ohio this season.
Ferns earned her first 410-winged sprint car win earlier this season at Southern Ohio Speedway with the Ohio Valley Sprint Car Association. Racing at a variety of tracks across the Midwest this season, she has picked up seven top-10 finishes.
In addition to competing with the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series this weekend at Eldora, Ferns is tentatively scheduled to race with the series in the season-ending World Finals at the Dirt Track at Charlotte in November.
Taylor Ferns and Ferns Racing would like to thank their valued partners: Jimmy’s Towing Recovery & Transport, Indy Race Parts, Motor City Auto Transport Inc., National Auto Placement, Project Podium, Women’s Sports Foundation, Lyn St. James Women in the Winner’s Circle Foundation, FK Rod Ends, Lucas Oil, K&N Filters, Lansing Sanitary Supply (LSS), Simpson Race Products, ButlerBuilt, Allstar Performance, Stanton Racing Engines, Hoosier Tire Midwest, Race4Girls and Racing2Cure.
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