Woodward Racing Endures Tough Time at Eldora Speedway ROSSBURG, OH (April 13) -- Friday the 13th definitely proved to be unlucky for Woodward Racing in the World of Outlaws' Fed-Ex Outlaws Thunder event at Eldora Speedway. ...
Woodward Racing Endures Tough Time at Eldora Speedway
ROSSBURG, OH (April 13) -- Friday the 13th definitely proved to be unlucky for Woodward Racing in the World of Outlaws' Fed-Ex Outlaws Thunder event at Eldora Speedway.
Brooke Tatnell was unable to drive the #2 Volcano Joe's Coffee Schnee into the main event for the first time this season, finishing sixth in the First Heat Race and in the "B" Feature.
"We went to Eldora with a new car hoping that would pick us up," the three-time defending Australian Sprintcar champion said. "We also had a new motor. The motor was different than what we're used to, and we couldn't get a grip on it. You don't expect to have that many difficulties tuning a motor, but we did for whatever reason.
"It's definitely disappointing. It was our first TV race and when you're trying to put pieces together and impress people, sponsors and your car owner, last night wasn't the kind of night you need to have. The tough thing is; it's not due to a lack of effort. There's something missing, and we have to find it in a hurry. Sometimes when you lose your way a little bit and you start throwing more things at it and trying harder, it doesn't work. When you take your hood off the car during the night, you're pretty much shooting yourself in the foot. We made inroads by the end of the night, but the racetrack wasn't the old Eldora. It wasn't a racetrack where you could race up around the fence. That caught some people by surprise. In the first heat race, people were racing around the bottom. I had never seen that at Eldora before. You couldn't pass; it was follow-the-leader out there. You can't expect miracles when Wednesday or Thursday was the first time they could put vehicles on the racetrack. With the banking change they made, the ground being frozen and not being able to work it, it was a tough night. I feel badly for us and for our car owner right now."
Tatnell's 133.225-MPH lap around "The World's Fastest Half-Mile" was the 29th-fastest in the 41-car field and .539 seconds off fast-qualifier Jason Meyers' pace. Brooke challenged 20-time World of Outlaws champion Steve Kinser for fourth place early in the First Heat Race, but Justin Henderson's back-straightaway pass forced Woodward Racing into the "B" Feature for only fifth time in 13 races this season. Tatnell passed four cars, but couldn't get by Jeremy Campbell and Greg Wilson in the last-chance race.
"It's just a matter of us making our motor program the way we want it," Tatnell said. "We couldn't make any speed no matter what we did. By the end of the night, we got the motor to run better but, when you're behind the eight-ball from the start you know you have to play catch-up the rest of the night. We did everything we could to try to make it out of the heat (qualify for the "A" Feature). Then we started changing the wings around. I'm going to change my driving style to suit the changes we're making."