SHELBY TOWNSHIP, Mich. — May 9, 2014 — The more laps Taylor Ferns turns in a 410-winged sprint car, the faster she seems to get. She has improved on her finish in each of her first two starts this season in the high-horsepower machines, highlighted by a sixth-place run last weekend at Atomic Speedway in Ohio. The winningest female driver in USAC history looks to get twice as many laps in this weekend, as she makes her debut at Attica Raceway Park and Brushcreek Motorsports Complex, both in Ohio.
Ferns will make her first start at Attica Raceway Park on Friday, May 9 in the Jimmy’s Towing/Indy Race Parts Maxim. She will follow that up with her first appearance of the season with the Ohio Valley Sprint Car Association (OVSCA) at Brushcreek Motorsports Complex in Peebles, Ohio on Saturday, May 10.
Attica Raceway Park, located in Northwestern Ohio, is a high-banked third-mile that features some of the most competitive weekly 410-sprint car racing in the country. Brushcreek Motorsports Complex is a high-banked three-tenths-mile in Southern Ohio.
“I’ve been to Attica (Raceway Park) a few times when I was younger to watch some races, but that was a long time ago,” said Ferns. “Since I’ve never been Brushcreek (Motorsports Complex), I was getting some pointers from Cole Duncan last weekend about the track, since he has raced there before. I’ve watched a few videos online this week to see both the tracks and what they are like and that should help a bit as well.”
Last weekend, after a last-minute decision to switch venues and race at Atomic Speedway in Ohio, Ferns qualified third-fastest of the 21 entries. She finished second in the third heat race at the high-banked three-eighths-mile, after lining up fourth. In the main event, the 18-year-old started on the outside of the third row and ran as high as fourth, before crossing the line in sixth to record her best finish of the season.
“It seems like every time I get in the car I am getting more comfortable and have the confidence to try new things,” she shared. “Going back to Atomic (Speedway) for the second week in a row last weekend really helped and I had a good idea of the tack. It’s hard to put into words how much fun I am having in the winged car right now. It’s been a blast.”
Ferns, who is in the midst of a season that will see here race an aggressive schedule of 410-winged sprint car races in Ohio, Indiana and Illinois, will also contest the full Traxxas USAC Silver Crown Series campaign, along with competing in select Honda USAC National Midget Series events on the dirt.
“It will be great experience this weekend to get to a couple of new tracks and try some new things,” Ferns said. “I’m still learning every time I get in the car. Our results have been getting better each time we go out. I really want to get that monkey off my back and get a win soon. We feel like the wins will come if we keep getting solid finishes.”
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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