Tatnell to Return to 'Black Deuce' at Lowe's CHARLOTTE, NC (May 23) -- Brooke Tatnell is back and ready to return to the cockpit of Woodward Racing's ...
Tatnell to Return to 'Black Deuce' at Lowe's
CHARLOTTE, NC (May 23) -- Brooke Tatnell is back and ready to return to the cockpit of Woodward Racing's #2 Volcano Joe's Coffee Schnee. The five-time World Series Sprintcar champion will be back in "The Black Deuce" Friday in the Eckerd Outlaw Showdown at The Dirt Track at Lowe's Motor Speedway after missing eight races while visiting his late father in Australia.
"We didn't leave or return to the country on good circumstances, but that (family) is a big part of life, and we're back and it's time to go racing again," Tatnell said Wednesday. "We're going to be 100% focused on what we're doing. It's not just my job; it's also up to the crew guys (Crew Chief Troy Renfro and Mechanic Rob Beattie). Timmy (Kaeding) did a good job for us; he put up some good results. I appreciate him standing in for us, and Larry (Woodward) and Lori (Felts) for being so understanding of what we've been going through and what we had to deal with. Now it's time to get back into it.
"I wouldn't be getting back in the car if I didn't feel like I was ready. The fact is; my dad (George Tatnell) is the one who mentored me and told me, 'don't get in the racecar unless you're mentally 100%.' I know me being in a racecar is an opportunity he created and he sacrificed a lot to get me here. We'll just get back in the car and do our best."
Tatnell ranked 13th in the World of Outlaws point standings after racing into ninth place at Knoxville Raceway on April 28th. He has recorded eight top-10 finishes in 2007, including a third-place run in the Cactus Classic at Manzanita Speedway on March 3rd.
When asked about racing at The Dirt Track at Lowe's Motor Speedway, Tatnell said, "It's not the shape of a racetrack I like because it's hard to pass, but we've had some good results there. Last year, we finished third even though we had a stumbling engine that didn't help us. We were pretty good on the bottom, and that's how we got up to where we were. We've been good there, and now it's a whole new ballgame for us. We're out of the point race, so we can throw more caution to the wind and take a few more chances. It's time for us to prove to Larry and Lori, our sponsors and everyone else that we were worth waiting around for. It's good to be back."
Tatnell, the second-fastest qualifier, started fifth and passed Daryn Pittman and Jason Meyers en route to the third-place finish in last year's Eckerd Outlaw Showdown.
Friday's action will be taped for a June 10th telecast on SPEED.
Tatnell is glad that Woodward Racing has several recent additions to the team.
"We're pleased to have two of the top motor men in the world working with us now -- Don Ott and Ronnie Shaver," Tatnell said. "We also got a new trailer and S&S Volvo of Lima, OH, donated a truck, so we're ready to go again. We have the right ingredients; we just have to put it together."
-credit: woodward racing