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Brett Taylor took over the No. 3 Chevrolet for Ed Hakonson Racing in 2021. (Photo by Matthew Manor/NASCAR)

Season Rewind: Brett Taylor

In January 2021, Ed Hakonson Racing announced that Pinty’s FanCave Challenge Champion, Jason Hathaway would be stepping away from driving and taking over the team’s driver development initiative.

A month later, the team announced that fellow EHR driver, Brett Taylor would be taking over the iconic No. 3 Chevrolet for the upcoming season.

During the FanCave Challenge, Taylor amassed two to-fives and five top-tens in the COVID shortened season.

RACING REFERENCE: Brett Taylor 2021 Season Stats

SUNSET SPEEDWAY

Mm2 2553The season kicked off at Sunset Speedway for the first doubleheader and oval race of the season. For the Frontline Workers 125, Taylor qualified 13th and for most of the race, he battled for positions within the top ten. However, with three laps remaining, the No. 3 hit the outside wall, causing him to drop multiple positions, finishing 15th.

Next up was the General Tire 125. Taylor earned a tenth place starting position based on his lap times from the Frontline Workers 125. Continuing his speed from before, the No. 3 TCB Trailers/ Fast Eddie Speedwear Chevrolet chipped away at the top-ten positions. As the race went into NASCAR Overtime, Taylor was able to pick up three spots, bringing the car home in fifth.

 

GRAND PRIX DE TROIS-RIVIÈRES

For the first road course of the season, the series headed to the streets of Trois-Rivières. The Calgary, Alb. native qualified 17th for his second time racing on the famed circuit. Throughout the race, he collected spot after spot, making it up to 13th place. At halfway, the No. 3 car began to have trouble and became slow on the race track bringing out the caution.

Once the car made it to the garage, it was determined that Taylor would not be able to rejoin the field and finished 21st, 32 laps down.

CIRCUIT ICAR

Making his first start at Circuit ICAR, Taylor was looking for redemption after GP3R. After starting the La Fernandiere 75, he managed to hold onto his position until lap 25 when he and the No. 98 of Sam Fellows got into each other, bringing out a caution.

On lap 35, Taylor was given the free pass as the race resumed in the rain. In the end, the No. 3 TCB Trailers/Fast Eddie Speedwear Chevrolet finished tenth, two laps down and also cracked the top-ten in the points standings.

CANADIAN TIRE MOTORSPORT PARK

Taylor’s best finish at CTMP was ninth back in 2018, so returning to the historic road course, the team was optimistic for a good result. The first race of the weekend, the Olymel Grand Prix of Ontario, was a 30 lap sprint race around the 2.459-mile track and Taylor was starting 12th.

The then 37-year-old remained inside the top-ten for most of the race, eventually finishing in eighth, improving on his best finish at the track.

But the weekend wasn’t done yet. The next day was the full 51 lap Clarington 200 and Taylor snagged a tenth place starting position. After the green flag pit stops, he began to fight back and reclaim a top ten position. Eventually, he made his way to the eighth and brought the car home there. 

FLAMBORO SPEEDWAY

Back on the ovals for the first time in over a month, the No. 3 team was confident they would pick up good finishes. In 2020, Taylor had finished third and seventh, respectively, in the doubleheader events. 

He qualified great, starting the MotoMaster 125 on the second row in fourth and as rain threatened the event, the race got underway. During the entirety of the 126 laps, Taylor remained in the top five, putting pressure on the leaders. When the checkered flag flew, he brought the car home in 3rd, claiming his sole podium of the season. 

DELAWARE SPEEDWAY

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With one more weekend to go, the No. 3 team was headed to Delaware Speedway for the final three races.

First up was the Canadian Tire 125 on Friday night. Taylor struggled during qualifying, picking up the 17th starting position and when the green flag dropped, he quickly fell off the lead lap. About halfway through, he was given the free pass and began picking up positions. The Calgary, Alb. native finished the race in 12th, still on the lead lap and held on to eighth place in the standings. 

On Sunday, it seemed that Taylor found speed at the 1/3-mile oval. Qualifying 11th, he battled for top ten positions until 21 to go, when the No. 3 TCB Trailers/Fast Eddie Speedwear Chevrolet started to slow on track, eventually coming to rest on the backstretch and bringing out the caution. After needing to come down pit road multiple times for repairs, he rejoined the field 14th and battled for the remaining laps, finishing 13th, a total of two laps down. 

One race to go and it was time for the Pinty’s Fall Brawl. Based on his lap times in race one, Taylor picked up the sixth position to start and continued that speed for the remaining 150 laps of the 2021 season. In the end, the No. 3 car came home in eighth, on the lead lap and secured eighth in the point standings also.