Tatnell Runs Eighth in Second Volusia Prelim BARBERVILLE, FL (February 10) -- Brooke Tatnell put together another solid performance Saturday when the World of Outlaws ran the second preliminary program of the 36th Annual DIRTcar ...
Tatnell Runs Eighth in Second Volusia Prelim
BARBERVILLE, FL (February 10) -- Brooke Tatnell put together another solid performance Saturday when the World of Outlaws ran the second preliminary program of the 36th Annual DIRTcar Nationals Presented by Mopar Speedshop at Volusia Speedway Park.
An eighth-place finish, coupled with a ninth-place run in the #2 Volcano Joe's Schnee on opening night, pushed Tatnell and Woodward Racing into sixth place in the World of Outlaws Sprint Series point standings.
"The crew gave me a good car again," Tatnell said. "We didn't get off to a good start in the feature though. We lost a couple of spots on the start, then we started moving around. We moved up to the high side to try to make something happen but, instead of going forward, we lost two more spots before we dropped back in line. Unfortunately, It was pretty much a freight train from then on. Sometimes, when you try different things, it doesn't work in your favor."
Tatnell, the fourth-fastest driver in hot laps, qualified ninth-quick among the 54 cars in the field with a 121.286 M.P.H. lap, only .156 seconds off the pace set by Joey Saldana. Brooke's second-place run in the First Heat Race qualified him for the Dash race. Finishing third in the Dash put the #2 Volcano Joe's Schnee inside the second row for the start of the 25-lap Preliminary Feature.
Although opening-night feature winner Donny Schatz and 2006 National Sprint Tour champion Danny Lasoski passed him during the opening lap and Craig Dollansky and Paul McMahan got by him several laps later, Tatnell kept the #2 Volcano Joe's Schnee in the top 10 throughout the race. He held off Terry McCarl and Saldana for eighth place.
Tatnell was pleased fellow Australian countryman Kerry Madsen was in victory lane following a World of Outlaws feature race for the first time in his career.
"Kerry did a really good job," Tatnell said. "He started outside the front row and led pretty much from start to finish. I'm glad for him, but I wish we could have been right up there with him."
Madsen, nicknamed "The Mad Man," was especially happy to win for his car owner, David Helm, who was unable to attend the event due to health problems.
Tatnell was looking forward to Sunday's 36th Annual DIRTcar Nationals Presented by Mopar Speedshop finale.
"We've learned a lot about the racetrack the first two nights, and we hope to keep improving," Tatnell said.