Tatnell Drives Volcano Joe's Car Past 13 at Houston BAYTOWN, TX (March 16) -- On a night when everything seemed to be going against Woodward Racing, Brooke Tatnell drove the ...
Tatnell Drives Volcano Joe's Car Past 13 at Houston
BAYTOWN, TX (March 16) -- On a night when everything seemed to be going against Woodward Racing, Brooke Tatnell drove the #2 Volcano Joe's Schnee past 13 cars on his way to an amazing 12th-place finish Friday at Houston Raceway Park.
"We passed a couple on the outside in (turns) three and four, but the main thing was we were good on the bottom," Tatnell said. "We could run the car in on the bottom and get a good run down the straightaway. That's pretty much all we did; we just drag-raced."
Tatnell's eighth top-12 finish in as many races pushed the Volcano Joe's team to within one point of fourth place in the World of Outlaws point standings.
"We left our A-game somewhere tonight," Tatnell said. "We brought an F-game with us, but we fought through it and salvaged a 12th-place finish from the 25th-starting position. As I've said a million times, it's tougher this year. Last year, we could have probably salvaged a top-eight but, considering the miserable night we were having, 12th was good. You can't bring a B-game, much less an F-game.
"We didn't have a good night, but we salvaged something out of it. It's hard to get excited about salvages, unless you're in a salvage yard or wrecking yard. We did well as a team though. That's one thing about us; none of these guys or I will ever give up."
The Volcano Joe's team didn't give up after qualifying 29th-quick in the 34-car field. Nor did Crew Chief Troy Renfro or Mechanic Rob Beattie give up after sixth-place finishes in the First Heat Race and the "B" Feature. They used the team's first provisional of the year to get into the 35-lap main event, got the "Black Deuce" ready -- and Tatnell did the rest.
The three-time defending Australian Sprintcar champion passed two cars during the opening lap, and restarted in 22nd place after Danny Lasoski spun the next time around. Tatnell raced past Randy Hannagan deep in the third corner when the race resumed, and passed Chad Hillier and Chad Kemenah with a daring inside move through turn four six laps later. Tatnell blew past Tony Bruce, Jr., on the back straightaway midway through lap 19, and moved into 14th place when a collision sent Paul McMahan spinning in the second corner with 12 laps remaining. An awesome inside move past Terry McCarl and Jason Meyers in turn three on the ensuing restart put Tatnell in 12th place, but his fourth-corner maneuver past Tim Kaeding with three laps remaining was nullified by a caution.
"We don't change much on our racecars," Tatnell said. "We were using the engine we hurt at Tucson. It was rebuilt and it dynoed good, apparently, but it just wouldn't run good here tonight. We'll just go back and look at it and figure it out. It's probably not the best motor for this (1/4-mile) racetrack, but we know it will run a lot better than it did tonight. We changed the car around, and not much we did seemed to help us. We'll just look at it tomorrow and race again. That's the thing about sprint car racing; it's a new day every day."
A new day and a new racetrack await the #2 Volcano Joe's team Saturday at Pike County Speedway in Magnolia, MS.