Troy Taylor grew up in Dallas and as a child, he and his family attended dirt tracks across North Texas including the Sportsdrome Speedway in Grand Prairie, Devil’s Bowl Speedway in Mesquite and the local track in Mineola.
Taylor began racing in 1980 at the age of 17. Local newspaper articles have pointed out that he began his racing career against his mother’s wishes – which is absolutely true! His dad was definitely his biggest fan and also the most dedicated member of his team – “momma never did get on board.”
Taylor’s first year of racing at Sportsdrome Speedway, he won the Rookie of the Year Award. He followed that with his first track championship in 1981 driving in the Economy Late Model division.
The first 15 years of his racing career were spent in various divisions – Economy Late Model, Hot Stock, Late Model, Winged Modified and Sprint cars. His first year in the Modified division was 1995, and a few years later he added the Limited Modified to his weekly racing. He currently competes in Modified, Limited Modified and SUPR Late Model divisions.
Taylor loves to travel out of town to race, but his work schedule and budget can be limiting. Racing is a hobby for Taylor and his team, not a full-time career. Over the years, Taylor has competed in Louisiana, Oklahoma, Arkansas as well as Eldora Speedway in Ohio and the IMCA SuperNational race in Boone, Iowa.
Taylor and his team worked out of the same race car shop in Cockrell Hill from 1984 to the end of 2012. They recently built a new race shop on their Midlothian property in 2011 and finally moved all of the contents of the old shop at the end of last year.
Taylor has not kept track of all his feature wins, but following some statistical research of the local dirt tracks, it’s estimated that he has over 1,000 feature wins in his career. He has won 46 track championships in various divisions. He is a five-time Dirt South Late Model Series Champion and five-time UMP (United Midwest Promoters) Modified Texas State Champion. In 2003, Taylor was awarded the UMP National Sportsman of the Year – an award based on sportsmanship on and off the track.
This year marks Taylor’s 33rd year of dirt track racing. It’s also the first year he has ever taken “time off” during a race season. After moving the shop, he focused on preparing his Modified for the Port-A-Cool U.S. National Dirt Track Championship-Texas Motor Speedway Dirt Track race which was the only race he ran this spring.
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