September 8 marked the annual running of Holley LS Fest, where thousands of fans and competitors bring their LS powered V8 vehicles to Bowling Green, KY to do battle on the asphalt. There is drag racing, autocross, and many other events through the weekend, but the big show on Saturday night always features the Drift Challenge.
Taylor had a small issue during qualifying, rendering his Cadillac ATS to only 7 cylinders which only allowed him to qualify 8th in the field of 22 cars. Hull would first battle Wood in his LS swapped Nissan, with Taylor getting the win and moving on to the Elite 8. The competition would really heat up from that point on. Hull battled three straight drivers that all carry Formula Drift licenses in Geoff Donati, Jonathan Hurst, and Andrew Schulte. These drivers qualified 1st, 4th, and 2nd respectively, so Hull had no easy path to the top.
One by one, Hull’s Magnuson supercharged RHS LS7 propelled him ahead in the lead and allowed him to keep very close proximity in the chase. The speed of the Cadillac and great handling on Achilles 123s Radials landed Taylor in the final battle, right where he had hoped and planned to be. Confidence was high as everything had gone perfectly until Hull experienced an alternator failure pulling to the starting line for the finals. The ATS had enough charge to complete the chase, but died coming across the finish line where the team was forced to use their 5 minute competition timeout.
Thanks to some quick thinking on the fly by The Memphis based COMP Cams crew, Hull made it back to the starting line with seconds to spare. Borla exhaust echoed through the compound while Taylor had his best run of the weekend in the moments that followed.
The top 3 finishers were called to the finish line to announce the winner right in front of the fans. Taylor was announced the winner. Fans cheered, and Gregg Bucell approached Taylor for an interview. With a smile from ear to ear Taylor said “This is easily the biggest win of my career. This is an event that everyone in drifting would love to have in their trophy case and we got it! I thought we were about to give it away there in the final, but we pulled it together somehow. I just finished putting the engine back in yesterday too, I just want to thank the guys from Comp Cams and Logan at Jon Kaase Racing. Trent, Dave, Billy…all those guys have put a lot of time and effort getting a reliable piece together for me and look at us now! It’s great too for our partners like Affirm Consulting and Stickershark to finally get a win for them after supporting us so long.”
Taylor held up his trophy, his engraved steering wheel and a box of brand new Fortune Auto coilovers as his wife and spotter made it to the ceremony. Taylor will compete next at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas for round 7 of the Formula Drift Pro Championship.
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