Belvidere, IL (August 14, 2012) – After landing on the podium at Crandon and Chicagoland, the multi-time champion racer continued his string of podium finishes with a third place finish in Round 10 at the UP Off-Road 100 in Bark River, Michigan. The thirty-nine year short-course veteran racer continues to thrill capacity crowds week in and week out with his never say quit attitude on and off the track.

The 1.3 mile long all-natural terrain track is quite familiar to Scott Taylor and his #8 Miller Welders/AMSOIL/Roush Yates Engines/BFGoodrich Tires Ford F-150 and over the years it hasn’t always been kind to the champion driver. Just last year, during qualifying, Taylor took a hard end over end crash that had his crew working a twelve hour shift to get the truck ready for last year’s event. After witnessing Scott Taylor’s racing this past weekend, last year’s incident definitely didn’t affect his performance.

Belvidere, IL – Scott Taylor began his race season at the Super Speedway of short-course off-road racing Crandon International Off-Road Raceway. The veteran of the sport did not disappoint as a near perfect run put the man from Belvidere, Illinois on the podium at the track he considers home. The weekend wasn’t just about racing for Taylor and his team; it was time of reflection, and dedication to racers that made a difference to off-road racing at Crandon.

The weekend began Thursday with the dedication of the four section 1,000 seat grandstand that was constructed facing Crandon’s infamous Turn One. Each section was named after famous Crandon racers, Chad Schleuter, Farmer John Konitzer, Rick Huseman, and Jack Flannery. Scott Taylor was among the crowd that helped dedicate the structure to these great competitors.

Friday afternoon it was time to get back on the race track for the first time since last September. Taylor and the #8 Miller Welders Roush Yates Engines BFGoodrich Tires Ford F-150 qualified fifth fastest in the PRO-2WD field. Amazingly the top seven PRO-2WD competitors all qualified within one second of each other, a feat not seen before at the Big House.

The new season brought many changes for the hardworking LeDuc family as they returned to Firebird International Raceway for the first Lucas Oil Off Road Racing (LOORS) short course event of the season.  This is the same track where Kyle LeDuc won the $30,000 Rockstar Energy Lucas Oil Off Road Challenge Cup in his ROCKSTAR Energy Drink / Makita Tools Ford just three months prior, so expectations were high coming into the new season.

The elder LeDuc added a new title sponsor in Truxxx Lift and Level, Curt’s son Kyle LeDuc committed to running both Pro4 Unlimited and Pro Lite for the entire season in search of dual championships, and Kyle’s brother Todd LeDuc unveiled a new truck.  No, Todd wasn’t behind the wheel of the Blue Thunder monster truck that he has been piloting in Monster Jam, at Firebird Todd debuted a brand new Pro4 Unlimited truck to join the rest of the family in short course racing’s fastest class.

“ROCKSTAR Energy Drink is well represented in Pro2 Unlimited with Rob MacCachren and Brian Deegan,” Todd explained.  “I love to race regardless of the class or venue, and Pro4 suits me really well.”  Backing up those words, Todd qualified sixth for Saturday’s race, which put him on the front row next to Carl Renezeder when the green flag dropped.  At the half way mark of the race the three LeDucs were sitting in third, fourth, and fifth place and ready to pounce on the drivers in front of them.