Tatnell Captures World of Outlaws Princeton National Preliminary Feature Princeton, MN -- July 29, 2005 -- Brooke Tatnell and the Rush Racing team proved Friday night just why they deserved their recently earned spot in the World of Outlaws...
Tatnell Captures World of Outlaws Princeton National Preliminary Feature
Princeton, MN -- July 29, 2005 -- Brooke Tatnell and the Rush Racing team proved Friday night just why they deserved their recently earned spot in the World of Outlaws Sprint Series "Mean 15" by dominating the Preliminary Feature of the Polydome Princeton National at Princeton Speedway. The Australia native recorded a strong performance by setting quick time and turned his second row starting spot into an advantage in the heavy lapped traffic of the Princeton bullring.
"Running second was our secret tonight," Tatnell laughed. "Sammy was leading out front early and wasn't being challenged. We were running the high line and were able to get him on that restart. There was a ton of traffic tonight but that is bullring racing and tracks like this one are what I was raised on. We had a fast car all night. This whole Steel Dreams, Segway Team just hasn't had too many bad nights. That is a great credit to this team. I have a team right here that is 120 percent committed to Brooke Tatnell and that is our real secret. We are locked in for tomorrow's Dash and that is a good position for us to be in."
The victory was Tatnell's first preliminary feature win to go with two main event titles. It also pushed the Rush Racing team into fourth place in the World of Outlaws owners' standings by 12 points, passing the Steve Kinser Racing 11k driven by Kraig Kinser. The two teams have been battling back and forth for the position since the first night of the Williams Grove Summer Nationals when Kraig Kinser was forced to leave the track with burns to his left hand and left leg.
Jac Haudenschild, driving Dennis Roth's Beef Packers machine, used his pole position starting spot to get the jump on fellow front row starter Sammy Swindell. Haudenschild led the first seven laps of the 30-lap A-main before Swindell took to the low side of Turns 1 and 2 to make the pass on Lap 8.
"I was leading there and got passed by Sammy in lapped traffic," Haudenschild said. "I dropped back a little but was able to get back up to second. Our car was getting better there at the end of the race but after 30 laps it was over. We might have had something for Brooke if the race was a little longer but we are happy with second tonight."
Although running a limited schedule, Sammy Swindell was looking for his third Outlaws victory of the season while piloting Guy Forbrook's Jackpot Junction and Casino Maxim.
"Our car was pretty good there at the start and I was able to maneuver a little bit better than some of those guys," Swindell said. "As the race went on the track got a little slicker than we thought and my car got real loose. Out in the open those guys were better but if we could have kept them in traffic, I think my car was more maneuverable. But that is the way it goes.
"Brooke got me there on that restart. My car got loose on the start and he slid under me. I kept the car up high and had a run on him when I came up on a lapped car and lost a little. He had me by a half a car when the yellow came out. But we are locked in for tomorrow and that is real important. We have a few things we have been wanting to try and this will give us that opportunity."
The fans at Princeton were treated to some intense action on the quarter-mile, banked dirt track. It was obvious many in the capacity crowd were there to see the hometown hero and eventual fourth-place finisher Craig Dollansky.
"It's great to race this close to home," said Dollansky, of Elk River, Minn. "There are a lot of family, friends and great fans that come out to see us and that is pretty special. The weather was a lot better than last year so I hope everybody enjoyed that. We are locked in for tomorrow and that is very important. We were getting better midway through the race and we didn't need that yellow. During the yellow I started losing some air pressure and I struggled after that so it hurt us. Tomorrow we will just watch and keep up with the track and see what we can do."
The World of Outlaws will resume racing Saturday in the Polydome Princeton National finale. The top four spots for Saturday's Stacker 2® Dash are now set, leaving the rest of the Outlaws fighting for the final two spots in the race that will fill out the top six positions in the starting grid. Stay tuned to www.dirtmotorsports.com/sprint for results of Saturday's program or tune into www.dirtvision.com to listen to the live simulcast of the event.
After departing Princeton, Minn., the series kicks off August with events Aug. 3 at Lawrenceburg Speedway in Lawrenceburg, Ind., and Aug. 5 at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio, before catching its collective breath heading into the $140,000-to-win Knoxville Nationals Aug. 10-13.
PRINCETON NATIONAL PRELIMINARY NOTEBOOK
* Brooke Tatnell won a World of Outlaws Sprint Series preliminary feature Friday night for the first time in his career. He also has two A-feature victories this season, winning at Cedar Lake and Fulton speedways. --Steve Kinser earned his series-leading 15th A-feature victory by winning Wednesday night at Hartford Speedway Park. Kinser, the Kings Royal winner, also has a preliminary feature victory this season in the Eagle Nationals at Eagle Raceway. -- Fred Rahmer's victory July 23 at Williams Grove made him the 15th different World of Outlaws A-feature winner this season, and the 19th different winner including preliminary events. -- Kraig Kinser won his fourth A-feature of the season in June at Knoxville Raceway. He also has a preliminary feature win at Las Vegas. -- Jason Meyers earned his fourth win of the season July 2 at Red River Valley Speedway in West Fargo, N.D. -- Donny Schatz also has four A-feature victories, at Parramatta, Las Vegas and Houston and Joliet, Ill. -- Tim Shaffer's victory July 19 in the Silver Cup was his third of the season, going with wins Lake Ozark Speedway and Thunderbowl Raceway. -- Brian Paulus won June 28 at Huset's Speedway for his second victory of the season, and picked up a preliminary feature win in the following race at Red River Valley Speedway. -- Sammy Swindell won his second A-feature of the season June 4 at Eldora Speedway. Swindell also has a preliminary feature win April 8 at Eldora. -- Craig Dollansky has won two features, most recently at Powercom Park, and he also has two preliminary feature wins. -- Single-event winners include Stevie Smith July 13 at Attica Raceway Park, Tim Kaeding June 11 at Sheboygan County Fair Park, Daryn Pittman April 23 at 81 Speedway in Wichita, Chad Kemenah July 9 at I-55 Raceway, and Jeff Shepard Feb. 11 at Volusia Speedway Park. -- In preliminary features, Danny Lasoski has won twice while Joey Saldana, Paul McMahan and Jason Johnson have each won once.
* The World of Outlaws action this weekend at Princeton Speedway is on a quarter-mile oval, marking the fourth time the series has raced on a track that size. Steve Kinser won April 16 at quarter-mile Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, Ind.; Tim Kaeding won June 11 at Sheboygan County Fair Park in Sheboygan, Wis.; Kraig Kinser won June 14 at Kokomo Speedway in Kokomo, Ind.; and Brooke Tatnell won July 29 at Princeton Speedway in Princeton, Minn.
* Brooke Tatnell paced the field of 25-car field with a lap around the quarter-mile oval in 10.555 seconds, just barely off of Craig Dollansky's single-lap record of 10.138 seconds established on May 21, 2004.
* After departing Hartford Speedway Park, the Outlaws invade Princeton, Minn., for the July 29-30 Princeton National. The series kicks off August with races Aug. 3 at Lawrenceburg Speedway in Lawrenceburg, Ind., and Aug. 5 at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio.
* The Outdoor Channel will air Aug. 3 the Kings Royal from Eldora Speedway. The Outdoor Channel will then broadcast the Silver Cup at 8 p.m. (ET) on Aug. 10. The Outdoor Channel will air the Cleveland Brothers Summer Nationals from Williams Grove at 8 p.m. (ET) on Aug. 17.