Photo by Derrick Mahone
After winning her second straight Outlaws division race at Thursday Thunder, Stockbridge native Taylor Jergensen (right) and her mother, Amy, celebrate in victory lane at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Thursday.
It’s kind of hard for racers to taunt their opponents from inside their cars, but Taylor Jorgensen has found away.
On the back of her white No. 3 car, Jorgensen has a sticker that reads: “You’ve just been passed by a girl.” It was something she had been wanting to place on her car since she started racing at age 11, but her mother Amy at first said “not yet.”
“We made her wait a couple of years,” Amy Jorgensen said. “We said she had to do better than just a win in order to put that there. We knew that when guys would see that they’d want to try to clip her. And they still try.”
Try as they might, Taylor’s second consecutive Thursday Thunder racing series win has shown that her prowess on the track more than backs up the words on her car.
The 16-year old from Stockbridge won a hard fought race where she worked her way into first place on the eighth lap after overcoming a middle-of-the pack start. She traded the lead for several laps with Tyler Lester but solidified herself in lap 14 to take home the checkered flag.
“It was hard, but I hung in there and tried to avoid the things that I needed to avoid,” Taylor Jorgenson said.
The victory Thursday in the Outlaws division was no doubt a great accomplishment for Taylor, who’s younger brother Jensen was among those she had to fight off for the win. But it’s also not a surprise, given her recent successes on the track.
Just this year, she has already won the Atlanta Motor Speedway’s Winter Flurry race, as well as the Winter Nationals in Auburndale, FL. She said she likes to think of her early good fortune in the Thunder Thursday series as a continuation of the momentum she’s built this year.
“I’ve got two in a row here on Thursdays and it’s only week two,” she said. “So I’d say we’re looking pretty good here so far.”