Tatnell Wins in Return to Australia Concord, NC--Jan. 10, 2007 -- Brooke Tatnell returned to the track in Australia this week and picked up right where he left off in November, in Victory Lane. Tatnell, a native of San Souci, New South Wales ...
Tatnell Wins in Return to Australia
Concord, NC--Jan. 10, 2007 -- Brooke Tatnell returned to the track in Australia this week and picked up right where he left off in November, in Victory Lane. Tatnell, a native of San Souci, New South Wales headed to his native land after finishing sixth in the World of Outlaws standings in 2006 on the strength of five A-Feature wins and one preliminary feature triumph, and promptly won the first two rounds of the World Series Sprintcars season on November 8th at Kalgoorlie Raceway and November 11 at Perth Motorplex.
The fan favorite then returned to the United States to be with his wife Amy for the birth of their daughter, Emma. After celebrating the holiday season in Minnesota, he returned to the track on Wednesday night at Brisbane International Speedway for the 14th Round of the WSS Championship. He was quick to get up to speed after his five weeks away from the track.
Tatnell, who is a five-time WSS title winner, started on the pole and picked up the win over the father-son duo of Brent and Bud Kaeding of California. Tatnell lead all 30 laps as he earned his third WSS win of the 2006/2007 season.
Bud Kaeding driving the Titan Racing No. 21 edged out his father Brent for the runner-up spot. Paul McMahan also driving for Titan Racing came home fifth.
In preliminary action, each driver took part in two heat races, per WSS race night format. McMahan, who drives for two-time NASCAR Champion Tony Stewart on the World of Outlaws trail, finished sixth in a very tough first heat won by Brent Kaeding. Fellow American drivers in the first heat included: Michael Carber, Dean Jacobs, who won his first career World of Outlaws A-Feature in 2006 at Lernerville Speedway, and Shane Stewart, the 2005 World of Outlaws Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year.
In the second heat won by Bud Kaeding, Tatnell finished eighth, followed by a sixth-place finish in the fourth heat, which was also won by Bud Kaeding.
McMahan finished sixth in the fifth heat, an event won by Pennsylvania teenager Michael Carber, who led 12 laps of World of Outlaws competition at Williams Grove Speedway during the 2006 season.
Tatnell lined up on the pole for the first dash and led all six laps to earn the top starting spot for the 30-lap Main Event. In the second dash, McMahan finished third behind Bud and Brent Kaeding.
In time trials, Tatnell was second quick of the 31 cars that took to the track, with McMahan turning in the seventh fastest lap.
Tatnell and McMahan will be in action again on Friday and Saturday night in the World Series Sprintcars Final from Brisbane International Speedway.
The 2007 World of Outlaws season opens for Tatnell and McMahan on February 9 at Volusia Speedway Park with the 36th Annual DIRTcar Nationals Presented By Mopar Speedshop.