Woodward Racing Seeks Consistency in Ohio HARTFORD, OH (May 30) -- While recording 11th-or-better finishes in both races since returning from a trip to visit his late father in Australia, Brooke Tatnell is driving like he never left the...
Woodward Racing Seeks Consistency in Ohio
HARTFORD, OH (May 30) -- While recording 11th-or-better finishes in both races since returning from a trip to visit his late father in Australia, Brooke Tatnell is driving like he never left the cockpit of the Woodward Racing's #2 Volcano Joe's Coffee Schnee.
But, like all true champions, Tatnell isn't satisfied. The five-time World Series Sprintcar champion won't be happy until he wins a World of Outlaws "A" Feature and starts consistently finishing in the top five.
What better place to start such a streak than a racetrack where he almost won last May -- Sharon Speedway -- where "the greatest show on dirt" races Friday. Tatnell paced the qualifying session at the semi-banked, 3/8-mile oval run by the Blaney family, then led the first 23 laps and finished second -- just .12 seconds shy of a $10,000 victory -- on May 21, 2006.
"We should have won at Sharon last year," Tatnell said recently. "We've always been pretty good there. We had a racecar that was good enough to win, but the front end got bent in one of the holes. It toed the steering out, so I couldn't turn the steering wheel. After that, we were in a bit of trouble. I had to slide the car around to make it work. We were still as good as (Jac) Haudenschild when we got going, but the restarts killed us.
"We're trying to build consistency this year. We just want to turn things around and start running consistently."
While Tatnell is looking to improve on a near-miss at Sharon, he desperately wants to right the wrong that transpired at Eldora Speedway on April 13th, when he qualified 29th-quick and failed to qualify for the "A" Feature. The World of Outlaws is scheduled to race at Eldora Saturday.
"We need to turn things around at Eldora," Tatnell said. "We had a disastrous run there earlier in the year. We just need to keep moving forward."