Not the fastest but still first, Taylor tops IMCA Stock Car J.D. Garrison Memorial

Peyton Taylor was the $3,200 IMCA Sunoco Stock Car winner at Batesville Motor Speedway’s J.D. Garrison Memorial. (Photo by Jason Brickey)

BATESVILLE, Ark. (May 20, 2023) – He didn’t have the fastest car but Saturday’s J.D. Garrison Memorial was just the right distance from Peyton Taylor’s point of view.

Taylor led from lap nine to the finish of the 32-lap feature at Batesville Motor Speedway, ultimately beating Patrick Linn across the stripe by half a second. Along with a check for $3,200, the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car win was good for B & B Racing Chassis All-Star Invitational qualifying eligibility.

“We got her done,” said Taylor, who had started third and passed Joe Payne for the point and battled back and forth with Randy Weaver much of the distance, running the top line in the first set of turns and middle to top in the second.

“We were able to get out front and just maintain,” he continued. “Patrick Linn had the fastest car out there and if the race had been 35 laps, he would have won.”

Linn made his way to second from 10th starting, Waver to third from eighth.

T.J. Herndon and Payne completed the top five.

Taylor had run third in his sole previous Batesville start this season, on opening night May 6.

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