|Date: 5/28/2009 9:49:10 PM|
Taylor Urban Making the Grade among Micro Sprinters
By Dino Oberto … “Keeping Track”
After a successful tenure in quarter midgets that began at age seven, 15-year old Taylor Urban from Tamaqua has begun her second season of racing a 270cc micro sprint and in short order is making a name for herself.
The Tamaqua Area High School freshman got off to blistering start this year by winning her first four races in the rookie class at Greenwood Valley Action Track in Millville and that success has allowed her to join the ranks of the regular 270 division.
“My goal at the end of last season was to win the first race out and I was very excited when we did that,” said Taylor.
“I was very surprised. We even took a week off just to let things settle down because I had hoped to have a little more time in the rookie class so I can have her and I get on the same page and really learn how to adjust the car,” added her father and crew chief, Greg Urban.
When Taylor first began to race it was with quarter midgets on the pavement at Oaklane Speedway in Trumbauersville where she found Victory Lane early and often. In a six year span she won over 100 main events.
“When we started I didn’t really think much of it. I just thought it was going to be something she’d like but it really snowballed on me,” said Greg Urban.
The Urban’s made the venture into micro sprints through their acquaintance with Don Edgar, whose son, Brandon, is a popular micro sprint driver from Lehighton and our now teammates.
“It’s been a big difference but a lot more fun in the micro sprint compared to the quarter midget. I’m getting more comfortable each week with the car and it’s a continuing learning experience,” said Taylor.
“It was difficult at first to get use to the dirt surface but I’m getting the hang of it now and really enjoy it.”
At first she and dad chose to compete at Borger’s Speedway in Saylorsburg where she raced most of 2008. At that track there is no separate division for the rookies which made for a challenging learning curve but Taylor proved herself nicely by earning a handful of respectable finishes including a pair of runner-ups. It was near the end of last season that she made the switch to Greenwood Valley and once there took a liking to the ¼-mile Orangeville oval.
When Taylor moved from Greenwood’s rookie class and into the regular micros, her first time out she faced off against top guns Ross Perchak and Sean Stolz. Perchak is the two-time and defending champ and Stolz has been wining almost weekly in both the 270cc and 600cc micro divisions.
Proving her four wins with the rookie class was no fluke, her first time with the regulars was also a victory and she beat the likes of Perchak and Stolz in the process.
“The first week out in the regulars at Greenwood we drew the heat with Sean Stolz and Ross Perchak in it. I told her, ‘You know Taylor we’ve been really fast and if you get the lead, run your line and if Ross and Sean go by you then just do what you can,’ said Greg Urban.
“She won the heat and I couldn’t believe it. I know those two guys are going to hand it to us but in just our first heat race out and for her to do that, it was taken back. I felt she was more than ready to move up with the regulars.”
Taylor also made visits to Selinsgrove Raceway Park and the Kutztown Fairgrounds where each Wednesday night a star studded field of micro racers assembles.
For someone who is still relatively new to micro racing, Taylor qualified in both her Kutztown attempts which is a track where some of the best micro drivers in the business come together and fail to make the main.
“It (Kutztown) was a lot more competition. The first time there I qualified third in my heat which got me into the feature. My second time there I had to run the consi and finished it second behind Ross Perchak which also got me into that night’s feature,” recalled Taylor.
Perchak is the defending Kutztown champ.
For the time being most of her racing will take place at Greenwood Valley where she seems the most comfortable with an occasional stop at a few other venues.
Given her impressive showing thus far along with her taking her talent to the A-division, it should come as no surprise to see her etching her name among the winners and become a driving force amongst the top names in micro sprints.
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