Taylor has accumulated seven wins this season, has clinched the regular season points championship and is the favorite heading into the final round championship bracket race following Georgia-Pacific NEXTEL Cup Qualifying on Oct. 26.
Racing is in the Taylor family history, but not of the drag racing variety. Taylor's father, Jesse James Taylor ran several NASCAR sanctioned races at tracks like South Carolina's Greenville-Pickens Speedway, Lowe's Motor Speedway and the now defunct Lakewood Speedway in Georgia. The elder Taylor even raced at AMS in the 1961 Dixie 400, driving against racing legends like David Pearson, Junior Johnson, Ralph Earnhardt and Fireball Roberts.
"My dad ran in the very early years of NASCAR," Frank Taylor said. "Later in his life, he didn't talk about it all that much though. Racing was a thing in the past for him, but when I expressed interest in racing he did tell me that racing was a crazy way to waste money ... and it probably is. He wasn't really into me racing anything."
Frank Taylor originally had dreams of becoming a dirt track racer, following in his father's circle track footsteps, but quickly found out how expensive it could become just as his father warned him. Being able to race on a budget prompted Taylor to test his straight-line skills and just three years after getting started, he has numerous trophies to back his success.
"I found my current car, a 1993 Chevrolet Lumina, on the Internet," Taylor said. "I purchased it pretty much like it is right now. I just built an engine for it and went racing."
Taylor didn't skimp on the engine, building a 632 cubic inch monster that has been dynoed at more than 1,200 horsepower. He also changed the number as a tribute to his father.
"Frank's father ran the No. 13 until some tracks told him it was bad luck and wouldn't let him run it," Frank Taylor's wife Tabatha explained. "Then his father went to the No. 31. Frank decided to put a zero in front of it and use the No. 31 as a small tribute."
While the modest Taylor won't fully disclose the significance of him racing on the same track his father did, his wife understands the importance to Taylor.
"It really means a lot to him to be able to say that he raced on the same track his father did, even if it is in a different capacity," Tabatha said. "He told me he wants to race all the races at AMS he can so his kids can say their father and grandfather raced there."
While Taylor, a Gray, Ga. resident, may enjoy carrying on a family tradition, he also enjoys coming to AMS and tearing down the drag strip after a week of running his paving and grading business, Taylor Enterprise.
"Atlanta Motor Speedway is neat and clean," Taylor said. "The crowds get rowdy at some places but AMS is a nice family atmosphere that I don't mind taking the kids to."
While Taylor says his wins at AMS are some of his most memorable racing moments, he could add a jewel to his racing crown if he were to capture the final-round win in the championship bracket race during the Pep Boys Auto 500 NEXTEL Cup race weekend.
"That championship race is going to be great for the fans to watch," Taylor said. "I know people get tired of seeing the same person win all the time, so I expect some great competition."