Woodward Racing Looks to 'Step it up' at Eldora ROSSBURG, OH (April 9) -- After recording top-12 finishes in the World of Outlaws' first eight "A" Features this season, Brooke Tatnell has finished 14th or worse in three of the last four. The ...
Woodward Racing Looks to 'Step it up' at Eldora
ROSSBURG, OH (April 9) -- After recording top-12 finishes in the World of Outlaws' first eight "A" Features this season, Brooke Tatnell has finished 14th or worse in three of the last four. The driver of Woodward Racing's #2 Volcano Joe's Coffee Schnee knows it's time to "step it up."
What better place to "step it up" than Tony Stewart's Eldora Speedway, the high-banked racetrack known as "The World's Fastest Half-Mile"?
"I'm looking forward to racing at Eldora Speedway again," Tatnell said. "It's a place where I actually thought I would win my first World of Outlaws feature. We've always been pretty good there. No matter where we start, we usually run up around the top five. It's just a place where we've always felt confident and comfortable. We've always been fast there but, in recent times, it's knocked our confidence around a bit. It's just a place where you have to step it up. We know our team is in a position right now where we have to step it up."
The three-time defending Australian Sprintcar champion ran well at Eldora in three World of Outlaws main events in 2006: 10th last April 8th, passing nine cars on his way to a 12th-place finish in the Kings Royal and a fourth-place run last August 4th.
"We're putting a new car together this week," Tatnell said. "There's really nothing wrong with the car we're running; it's just that sometimes when you put something new together, it turns things around. Ninety percent of this (racing) is in your head. Every car is just pieces of metal, and they all work. Whether it works the way you need it to or you can make the changes that make it right for you is a different story."
Tatnell would definitely like to change Woodward Racing's recent storyline.
"Our package just hasn't been there lately," Tatnell said. "As I've said the last few weeks, we're a far better team than what we're showing right now. We're just at a point now where we need to make some changes. We don't seem to have any luck going our way, and we haven't put ourselves in the right position so we can have luck carry us through. Once we get going, we'll be fine and come back from this stronger than we've ever been."