Tatnell Looks to Improve on Recent Success TUCSON, AZ (February 26) -- Brooke Tatnell has finished in the top 11 in all five World of Outlaws feature races this season. He raced into second place twice in Arizona last year. Although he's pleased...
Tatnell Looks to Improve on Recent Success
TUCSON, AZ (February 26) -- Brooke Tatnell has finished in the top 11 in all five World of Outlaws feature races this season. He raced into second place twice in Arizona last year. Although he's pleased with those results, the driver of the #2 Volcano Joe's Coffee Schnee wants to do better.
Tatnell, whose seventh- and eighth-place runs at Thunderbowl Raceway last weekend pushed him into sixth place in the point standings, is eager to return to USA Race Park (Friday) and Manzanita Speedway (Saturday).
"We got off the plane and went straight there (to USA Race Park) and had a good run," Tatnell said Monday. "We're expecting nothing less than what we had last year. We should be pretty good. We've always run pretty strong there. We just have to run a little harder. We just have to concentrate and do the best we can.
"We don't have any new motors yet, but we're rebuilding one from last year. We're just going to have to make ends meet and make it through the next few weeks.
Tatnell, who visited his father in Australia before returning to the United States last fall, followed World of Outlaws points leader Donny Schatz across the finish line last October 21st.
"We came on strong at the end," Tatnell said. "We were 'green' for the first five or 10 laps because I think we were on a much harder tire than most guys. We had a good run. We messed around with a lapped car too long and, in the end, that was the deficit between first and second."
When asked how his father is feeling these days, Tatnell said, "He's doing pretty good. He's fighting along with what he has and doing the best he possibly can."
Tatnell set fast-time, won the Dash Race and led the first five laps on his way to a runner-up run behind Danny Lasoski at Manzanita Speedway last March 3rd.
"I made a mistake," Tatnell said. "I hit a hole on the restart and got a little bit loose and it gave Donny and Danny a run. My dad once said to me, 'you have to be slow in to be fast out.' Tonight, I was too slow in and too slow out, but we got back behind Danny and in clear traffic we ran him down a bit after he gapped us. I thought we were going to get him back, but he got to a lapped car and changed his line to pass and found the line I was running and he pulled away. All in all, it's a pleasing result. You're never satisfied with second. It hurts a lot more in pride and ego and the bank account, but it's a lot better than what we had at the start of the year."
Tatnell was challenging Daryn Pittman for the lead when his left rear tire lost air pressure midway through the 30-lap main event at Manzanita last October 20th. Brooke raced back through the field on his way to an eighth-place finish.
The Volcano Joe's Coffee team can hardly wait to get back to Arizona, but Tatnell knows it will be tough to continue his consistent streak.
"These two racetracks have a different shape than what we've run so far," he said. "They have longer straightaways and tight corners. They're definitely horsepower racetracks. You better be on your 'A' game when you go there, especially this year with all the competition. You have to make every lap perfect."
Tatnell is only four points behind former World of Outlaws Gumout Series champions Craig Dollansky and Pittman, who are tied for fourth place. Only 48 points separate him from the lead.
"I haven't even looked at the point standings," Tatnell said. "That's a good place to be, but we have a long way to go. I'm pleased with how consistent we've been so far this year, but we want to step it up a few more notches."