Tatnell Looks to Rebound at Attica, Tri-State ATTICA, OH (April 16) -- Brooke Tatnell and his Woodward Racing teammates are eager to get the ...
Tatnell Looks to Rebound at Attica, Tri-State
ATTICA, OH (April 16) -- Brooke Tatnell and his Woodward Racing teammates are eager to get the #2 Volcano Joe's Coffee Schnee back on the racetrack and turn their season around. They will get their chance this weekend when the World of Outlaws visits Attica Raceway Park and Tri-State Speedway.
"We'll get there," Tatnell said of the team's recent struggles. "We're going through a character-building experience, but some days I feel like we have more characters than Disneyland. We're just trying to figure out what adjustments we need to make. We're struggling, but we've always run strong at Attica and Tri-State, so that helps.
Tatnell finished second in a battle with Stevie Smith and Craig Dollansky in the 17th Annual Brad Doty Classic at Attica Raceway Park last July 13th. The semi-banked, 1/3-mile oval is located on the Attica Independent Fairgrounds in Attica, OH.
"Attica is a small bullring that's really slick," Tatnell said. "Last year, we sealed a tire toward the end of the race which definitely helped Stevie Smith -- who was running McCreary's or American Racer Tires -- beat us. We learned from that, but I think the new tire rule throws another variable into the equation. The last few races, we've had tires seal up on us, but that's happening to almost everybody out there. We're just going to have to change our package a little bit."
Tatnell has enjoyed considerable success at Tri-State Speedway the last few years. The three-time defending Australian Sprintcar champion finished fifth at Haubstadt, IN's high-banked, ¼-mile oval on April 15th of last year and chased "King of the Outlaws" Steve Kinser around the 50-year old facility for 40 laps on his way to a runner-up run on April 16, 2005. Brooke was running second when Erin Crocker spun into him as she steered clear of leader Brian Paulus at Tri-State on October 8, 2004.
"I enjoy Tri-State," Tatnell said. "It's definitely not a finesse racetrack. If you try to have a nice racecar there, you're going to be slow. You have to just get up, manhandle it and thrash it. I grew up racing on rough racetracks that taught me how to drive racecars that don't handle properly. I think that's why we race well on those tracks."