Tatnell Looks Forward to Kokomo, Eagle Events ROSSBURG, OH (June 2) -- Brooke Tatnell and the Larry Woodward Racing team certainly aren't sorry to see Ohio in their rear-view mirror. The only luck the team had during World of Outlaws races at ...
Tatnell Looks Forward to Kokomo, Eagle Events
ROSSBURG, OH (June 2) -- Brooke Tatnell and the Larry Woodward Racing team certainly aren't sorry to see Ohio in their rear-view mirror. The only luck the team had during World of Outlaws races at Sharon Speedway and Eldora Speedway over the weekend was bad.
Tatnell stopped the #2 Volcano Joe's Coffee Schnee when it jumped out of gear early in Friday's "A" Feature at Sharon Speedway and eventually finished in 23rd place. Twenty-four hours later, a flat right rear tire damaged the suspension and led to a 24th-place finish.
The team is looking forward to this week's World of Outlaws races at Kokomo Speedway (Tuesday) and the Eagle Nationals at Eagle Raceway (Saturday).
"That's a good thing about sprint car racing; you don't usually have to wait too long before the next round," Tatnell said. "It wasn't the most inspirational of weekends, but we'll keep plugging away. We kept running into problems. We had a good car in qualifying, but we just didn't have good qualifying times. The car felt good, but two laps into the feature the right rear tire picked up something and eventually exploded it. Unfortunately, it also damaged some radius rods and torsion arms. The guys (Crew Chief Troy Renfro and Mechanic Rob Beattie) tried to fix it, but just didn't get it done in time. I felt like we had a good car in the 'B' main; we were actually moving forward. We didn't get off to a very good start in the 'A' main, and something got into the side of the tire to make it start leaking and it kept gradually going down."
The Woodward Racing team definitely isn't one to give up when times are tough.
"We're still keeping our heads up and figuring out what to do to make things better," Tatnell said. "Larry (Woodward, the team's owner) has been out with us since Charlotte (May 25th), and he understands we're doing everything we can to get going forward. At Charlotte, we were running really well and were running third when we blew a shock. We're just having a terrible runabout of bad luck right now, but a strong team is a team that gets through adversity. At Sharon, the car jumped out of gear. We're not sure why it came out of gear; we just it to become a major issue like a blown rear end or motor."
The five-time World Series Sprintcar champion was the World of Outlaws' most consistent racer at Eagle Raceway in 2006, finishing second in both "A" Features. Tatnell led 38 of 40 laps and was the runner-up behind Donny Schatz in the 1/3-Mile Short-Track Nationals last September 15th. He set fast-time and followed Daryn Pittman under the checkered flag in the Eagle Nationals last June 10th.
"We have some races at short tracks coming up," Tatnell said. "We've been good at those racetracks in the past, but we've had a lot of bad luck lately. I'm looking forward to it though. We'll get there. We're coming up to "The Month of Money" and we know we have to start hitting our stride and make up for the tough year we've had. Everybody on the team is trying their best. We're doing everything we can to improve."