Pevely, MOJuly 8, 2006-by: Tony Veneziano, WoO Sprint Series PR Director
Once in a while a good luck charm is needed to turn the fortunes around for a driver or team. Brooke Tatnell had already won two races this season, but knew he easily could have had a half dozen or more victories if luck was on their side.
Always looking to get a step up on the competition, and to stand out in a crowd, the crew of the Race Outfitters/Castrol Eagle, led by Troy Renfro, brought out their retro car for the second time this season on Saturday night at I-55 Raceway, looking for a spark. The white car with the distinctive red stripes down the middle of the top and front-wings, turned many heads in the pit area, then showed on the track that it was not only sharp looking, but ultra fast.
Tatnell certainly showed he was the class of the field, leading 33 of the 40 laps in the A-Feature to make his third trip of the season to RacinSoles Victory Lane, in an event that pit the Mean 15 against the best from the All Star Circuit of Champions.
The fan favorite earned the pole position after winning the dash, and jumped out to the initial lead when the green flag flew. Tatnell was setting a blistering pace early, as he began to encounter lapped traffic on only the sixth lap of the race on the high-banked 1/3-mile. Joey Saldana in the Mopar-powered Dodge/Curb Records JEI, stayed right on Tatnells bumper as the pair weaved their way in and out of traffic for the first ten circuits around the track co-owned by NASCAR star Ken Schrader.
Tatnell then pulled away again until he got into more lapped traffic, and that is when he had a torrid battle with current point leader Donny Schatz in the ParkerStores J & J , as well as Daryn Pittman in the Titan Garages/ Hop-n-Sack Convenience Stores Maxim. Pittman used a late surge to roll into the second spot.
Tatnell and Schatz swapped the lead countless times, but at the line, it was Tatnell leading the bulk of those laps, three separate times, while Schatz was credited with leading twice. The native of San Souci, NSW, Australia fought off repeated attempts by Pittman to take the top spot. While signing autographs for the long line of well wishes after his win, Tatnell simply smiled when describing his night.
Im pretty happy and proud of this team right now, said Tatnell.
Being a veteran, he knows that races are often won and lost not at the track, but in the days preparing for the event at the shop and on the road. With one of the hardest working crew in the pit area, Tatnell knows he will have a fast car most nights of the week
The guys did an awesome job tonight, Tatnell said. We made the decision to change the car after the dash, even though we were good in the dash. We win together as a team and we lose together as a team. We all made the decision.
One thing that Tatnell knew would come into play during the A-Feature was tires. He that his team put the right rubber on the car, and that allowed him to keep the hammer down all night long.
I felt pretty comfortable, Tatnell said. I always look around and see what everyone else puts on before we go out. I knew Pittman was close to us at the end and had the same tires as us. He usually runs a little harder tire than we do. Once we got around Donny the last time, I felt pretty comfortable. We freed the car up under yellow and it was really good.
Tatnell is always confident when he arrives at a track, whether it is a short track or a bigger faster and wider oval. He has shown that this season by winning on the tight 3/8-mile track at Husets Speedway, as well as on the sprawling and always fast 5/8 mile at Orange County Fair Speedway, and backed that up on Saturday night.
We knew we would be good tonight, said Tatnell. Its good for the whole morale of the team. We are looking forward to the Month of Money coming up and stepping up the pace. Its good to be running out front right now.
During his battle with Schatz, it appeared a couple times that the duo, made a little contact. Being in the drivers seat, Tatnell was in the best position to know that for sure, and he said there was not. Schatz finished fourth on the night.
I enjoy racing with Donny, said Tatnell. Theres a mutual respect there. I think in all the years we have been racing, we have banged wheels maybe twice. I love racing with guys that you can race hard and not have to worry about getting tore up. Hes probably disappointed right now, but it was a great race. I am glad the fans got to enjoy it.
Pittman ran solidly in the top-five for most of the race and came home second after getting close to Tatnell a couple of times as the laps wound down. The native of Owasso, Ok., was fast all night long, after qualifying in the third spot, and running fifth in the dash.
All in all, it was a good run for us. Pittman said. We needed it. We feel like we have been in as bad of a slump as we have been all year. A top-five is not a win, but it gains us some points and hopefully it gets us back on track over the next few weeks.
Like Tatnell, Pittman felt that his team is turning the corner and has some luck on their side now to go along with the countless hours of hard work that the team is putting in. He moved his car around the track all night long looking for a little more grip and speed, as he kept the leader in his sight.
The first half of the race was great, said Pittman. I though we had a chance to win about halfway through as I was closing. I just didnt catch rubber quick enough in turns three and four and Schatz got by both of us.
The runner-up finish was his 13th top-five finish of the year as he looks for his second A-Feature win of the season. Pittman swept the Eagle Nationals at Eagle Raceway last month. With one more race left on the Bullring Swing, then a trip back to Eldora, he believes the team is well prepared as the series hits the traditional month of big purse races.
Im looking forward to both races next week, especially Eldora, said Pittman. We have been so bad there before, and I dont dread it anymore, I am excited for it. Im really looking forward to the Kings Royal and all the big money races coming up, especially Lernerville. That is one of my favorite race tracks and we have not won a race there yet, so hopefully we can pick one up.
Greg Wilson aboard the All Star Plumbing and Heating Maxim was the highest finishing driver from the All Stars in the third spot. He started in the fourth spot on the night, and fell back to fifth early on, before patiently working his way up a couple of spots. He was nothing but smiles after the race.
It was an awesome night for us, Wilson said. Its our best ever finish with the World of Outlaws. Weve been running strong all season with the All Stars and its good to go into the Month of Money, with a good finish.
Being a native of Benton Ridge, Ohio, Wilson is excited for the races that the World of Outlaws contests this week. He will definitely be on hand for the Bray Doty Classic along with the rest of the All Stars on Wednesday night, an event he has won in the past. He also is looking forward to the Kings Royal weekend at Eldora, as he continues to have a strong season.
Its pretty exciting for us, said Wilson. Lima is one of our home tracks. My owner is giving me great equipment and we have had some great weather. We are excited to go back to Ohio.
Schatz continued his streak of strong finishes, coming home fifth after leading a couple of times. He had the crowd on their feet midway through the race as he and Tatnell ran side-by-side and used traffic to stage a thrilling battle. He did all of this while battling an ill handling car for the second night in a row. He still has finished no worse than seventh since May 24.
I think I had the right tires on, said Schatz, of Fargo, ND. Something happened to the car and I dont know if it was tire-related. The tire did have a real weird shape when we got done, and it can happen. We used it pretty hard, and it had enough to finish the race. The last 10 laps, I could not turn. I dont know what is broken, but something definitely happened. We will have to find out what it was.
Craig Dollansky in the Karavan Trailers Maxim rounded out the top-five. He was fast from the instant his car hit the track, as he turned in the second quickest qualifying effort before a very large crowd on hand.
A top-five is good, said Dollansky, of Elk River, Minn. I went to the wrong place on the race track, in the beginning and tried to make something happen that just wasnt there. I tried to make some headway at the end. It was a race of survival at the end, and well take the fifth and get ready for the week ahead.
Dollansky lined up for the feature in the sixth spot, and worked his way into fifth on the second lap of the race. Like many of the other drivers, he moved around the track and searched high and low for that little bit of extra speed.
I wanted to see it go green a bit longer, and get into more lapped traffic, said Dollansky. That was working into our favor. We could have been a little bit better, but well take what we got.
On the season, Dollansky has 14 top-five finishes, which have him solidly in the third position in points. He also has two wins to go along with that, one of those coming at Eldora, the sight of the famed Kings Royal next weekend.
Its always good to have diversity in the schedule, said Dollansky. Thats World of Outlaws racing. There are a lot of different race tracks that we get to go to throughout the country. Were definitely looking forward to going to Lima and then the Kings Royal weekend.
The rest of the top-ten was Joey Saldana in the Dodge/Mopar-powered Curb Records JEI in sixth. He ran among the leaders for the first half of the race, battling numerous times with Tatnell.
Terry McCarl in the Big Game Treestands Eagle was seventh after winning a heat. Chad Kemenah who won earlier this season at I-55 and continues to lead the chase for the Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year Presented by Maxim Racing and ButlerBuilt, was eighth in the Underground Utilities Inc. Eagle. In ninth, it was Brandon Wimmer in the Alan Barton Motorsports Maxim, with Jeremy Campbell in the Americas Best Value Inn Maxim rounding out the top-ten.
The World of Outlaws wrap up the Bullring Swing on Wednesday night with the 18th annual Brad Doty Classic, which will take place this year at Limaland Motorsports Park. The series will stay in the Buckeye state next week as they take part in the 23 annual Kings Royal at the always fast Eldora Speedway.
I-55 RACEWAY NOTEBOOK
FAST QUALIFIER: Randy Hannagan paced the 38 cars in time trials with an AMB i.t.-timed lapped around the 1/3-mile high-banked oval at 10.681 seconds at 94.970 mph. For his qualifying effort, Hannagan earned five bonus points. The next four fastest qualifiers also earned bonus points, including Craig Dollansky (4), Daryn Pittman (3), Donny Schatz (2), and Brian Carlson (1). Stevie Smith holds the track record of 10.189 seconds established on March 30, 2002.
QUALIFYING EVENT WINNERS: Heat race winners included Mean 15 drivers, Brooke Tatnell, Chad Kemenah, Terry McCarl, and Donny Schatz. Justin Henderson won the B-Main Brooke Tatnell picked up the win in the dash.
FEATURE WINNERS: Brooke Tatnells win on Saturday night at I-55 Raceway was his third World of Outlaws A-feature victory of the season. There have been 14 different winners in 30 A-feature events to visit the RacinSoles Victory Lane with the World of Outlaws this season. The win list includes: Donny Schatz (March 9 at The Dirt Track @ Las Vegas Motor Speedway, March 31 at Batesville Speedway, April 1 at I-55 Raceway, May 16 at Grandview Speedway, May 30 at Rolling Wheels Raceway Park, June 18 at Red River Valley Speedway, and June 30 at 81 Speedway), Joey Saldana (Feb. 10 at Volusia, June 4 at Terre Haute, June 23 at Knoxville Raceway, and July 1 at Dodge City Raceway Park), Jac Haudenschild (May 6 at U.S. 36 Raceway, May 20 at Sharon Speedway, June 14 at The Raceway @ Powercom Park, and July 7 at Lawrenceburg Speedway), Brooke Tatnell (May 7 at Husets Speedway, May 29 at Orange County Fair Speedway, and July 8 at I-55 Raceway), Sammy Swindell (April 8 at Eldora Speedway and March 10 at the Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway), Craig Dollansky (April 15 at Tri-State Speedway and June 4 at Eldora Speedway) Fred Rahmer (May 27 at Williams Grove), Paul McMahan (March 4 at USA Race Park), Danny Lasoski (March 3 at Manzanita), Chad Kemenah (Feb. 9 at Volusia), Kevin Swindell (May 24 at The Dirt Track at Lowes Motor Speedway) and Dean Jacobs (May 31 at Lernerville Speedway), Daryn Pittman (June 10 at Eagle Raceway), and Terry McCarl (July 3 at Husets Speedway).
PRELIMINARY FEATURE WINNERS: There have been four preliminary features run this season by the World of Outlaws. The winners list included: Donny Schatz who won the prelim night June 17 at Red River Valley, Fred Rahmer, who won the prelim night on May 26 at Williams Grove Speedway and Sammy Swindell, who won the prelim feature on April 7 at Eldora Speedway, and Daryn Pittman who won the prelim night at Eagle Raceway on June 9.
1/3-MILE WINNERS: I-55 Raceway is a high-banked 1/3-mile oval. The World of Outlaws Sprint Series have raced six times this season on a track that size, including preliminary features. Winners include Donny Schatz (I-55 Raceway, Grandview Speedway), Daryn Pittman (Twice at Eagle Raceway), Jac Haudenschild (The Raceway at Powercom Park), and Brooke Tatnell (I-55 Raceway).
ON TELEVISION: The Outdoor Channel will air at 8 p.m. (ET) on July 12 the Boot Hill Showdown from Dodge City Raceway Park that ran on July 1. The Outdoor Channel is available nationwide through the DISH Network (Channel 153) and DIRECTV (Channel 606).
ON THE WEB: The Official World of Outlaws Sprint Series Web site is at http://www.dirtmotorsports.com/sprint. Among the features are updated driver biographies with individual statistics and pictures, race-by-race statistics, detailed track information and race coverage, series news and team press releases. Also, links to the Media Guide and 2006 Official Rulebook can be found at the bottom of the home page.
LISTEN ONLINE: If fans cant get to a track to see the series, they can experience the excitement of the World of Outlaws Sprint Series live on Dirtvision.com through the DIRT Radio Network. To listen to the audio broadcasts, log on to www.dirtvision.com and click on the DIRT Radio Network logo. Listeners will need Windows Media Player 9 or higher to listen to the DIRT Radio Network. For technical support or questions, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
UP NEXT: The Bullring Swing wraps up on Wednesday with the 18th Annual Brad Doty Classic. This year it will be contested at the tight quarter-mile at Limaland Motorsports Park in Lima, Ohio. On July 14, it will be the Knight before the Kings Royal at the famed Eldora Speedway. On July 15, its the 23rd Annual Kings Royal that will pay $50,000 to the winner, to kick off the Month of Money.
SPONSOR SUPPORT: The World of Outlaws Sprint Series is brought to the fans across the country by several sponsors and partners, including series sponsors Hoosier Racing Tire and The Outdoor Channel. Promotional Partners include AMB i.t. and The University of Northwestern Ohio. Associate sponsors are ButlerBuilt Motorsports Equipment, Maxim Racing, RacinSoles and Snap-on. Contingency sponsors include DART Machinery, MSD Ignitions and Wrisco Industries.
World of Outlaws Sprint Series Statistical Report; I-55 Raceway; Pevely, Mo.; July 8, 2006
1) Randy Hannagan, TH Racing 1X, 10.681
2) Craig Dollansky, Karavan 7, 10.731
3) Daryn Pittman, Titan Racing USA 21, 10.825
4) Donny Schatz, Schatz 15, 10.961
5) Brian Carlson, SC Motorsports 18, 10.977
6) Greg Wilson, Warnimont 20W, 10.999
7) Jim Moughan, Moughan 1M, 11.004
8) Joey Saldana, Kahne-Curb 9, 11.041
9) Brooke Tatnell, Rush Racing 8, 11.041
10) Chad Blonde, Blonde 5B, 11.041
11) Becca Anderson, Woodring 19, 11.118
12) Jac Haudenschild, Wright 35, 11.121
13) Brock Mayes, Mayes 11B, 11.138
14) Terry McCarl, McCarl 24, 11.176
15) Dion Hindi, Hindi 11D, 11.188
16) Brandon Wimmer, Barton 7TW, 11.246
17) Danny Smith, Smith 4, 11.275
18) Chad Kemenah, Kemenah 15K, 11.333
19) Paul May, May 71M, 11.343
20) James Mosher, Mosher 12M, 11.361
21) A.J. Bruns, Bruns 44, 11.368
22) Jeremy Campbell, Campbell 10C, 11.395
23) Troy Little, Little 20AU, 11.403
24) Tommy Worley, Jr., Worley 97, 11.471
25) Justin Henderson, Oswalt D1, 11.488
26) Joey Moughan, Moughan 2M, 11.534
27) Jon Agan, Sloan D12, 11.545
28) Brandon Martin, Martin 11, 11.570
29) Bill Rose, Rose 6, 11.593
30) Tom Busch, Busch 4B, 11.640
31) Barry Ruble, Ruble 63, 11.657
32) Jason Martin, Martin 36, 11.666
33) Kelly Kinser, Kinser 4K, 11.678
34) Tom Dickerman, Dickerman 57D, 11.708
35) Steve Short, Short 8S, 12.011
36) Tiffany Wyzard, Wyzard 5W, 12.065
37) Adam Jones, Jones 1A, 12.138
38) Jay Landolt, Clayborn 4C, 12.489
First Heat Race (10 laps, top 5 finishers transferred to A-feature)
1) Brooke Tatnell
2) Danny Smith
3) Joey Saldana
4) Randy Hannagan
5) Brandon Wimmer
6) Justin Henderson
7) Tommy Worley, Jr.
8) Kelly Kinser
9) Adam Jones
10) Bill Rose (DNS)
Second Heat Race (10 laps, top 5 finishers transferred to A-feature)
1) Chad Kemenah
2) Chad Blonde
3) Troy Little
4) Craig Dollansky
5) Joey Moughan
6) Jim Moughan
7) Tom Busch
8) Tom Dickerman
9) Jay Landolt
10) Dion Hindi
Third Heat Race (10 laps, top 5 finishers transferred to A-feature)
1) Terry McCarl
2) Paul May
3) Greg Wilson
4) Jeremy Campbell
5) Daryn Pittman
6) Becca Anderson
7) Steve Short
8) Jon Agan
9) Barry Ruble
Fourth Heat Race (10 laps, top 5 finishers transferred to A-feature)
1) Donny Schatz
2) Jac Haudenschild
3) Jason Martin
4) A.J. Bruns
5) Brandon Martin
6) Brock Mayes
7) Brian Carlson
8) James Mosher
9) Tiffany Wyzard (DNS)
Dash (8 laps, finishing order determined first 10 starting positions of A-feature)
1) Brooke Tatnell
2) Chad Blonde
3) Joey Saldana
4) Greg Wilson
5) Daryn Pittman
6) Craig Dollansky
7) Donny Schatz
8) Jac Haudenschild
9) Randy Hannagan
10) Terry McCarl
B-main (12 laps, top 4 finishers transferred to A-feature)
1) Justin Henderson
2) Brian Carlson
3) Jim Moughan
4) Tommy Worley, Jr.
5) Kelly Kinser [$200]
6) Bill Rose [$180]
7) Brock Mayes [$175]
8) Tom Busch [$160]
9) Dion Hindi [$150]
10) Tom Dickerman [$150]
11) Jay Landolt [$150]
12) James Mosher [$150]
13) Steve Short [$150]
14) Adam Jones [$150]
15) Becca Anderson [$150]
16) Jon Agan [$150]
17) Barry Ruble [$150]
18) Tiffany Wyzard (DNS) [$150]
A-main (40 laps)
1) Brooke Tatnell [$10,000]
2) Daryn Pittman [$5,500]
3) Greg Wilson [$3,200]
4) Donny Schatz [$2,800]
5) Craig Dollansky [$2,500]
6) Joey Saldana [$2,300]
7) Terry McCarl [$2,200]
8) Chad Kemenah [$2,100]
9) Brandon Wimmer [$2,050]
10) Jeremy Campbell [$2,000]
11) Danny Smith [$1,500]
12) Jason Martin [$1,200]
13) Joey Moughan [$1,100]
14) Randy Hannagan [$1,050]
15) Chad Blonde [$1,000]
16) Paul May [$900]
17) Jac Haudenschild [$800]
18) Justin Henderson [$800]
19) Brian Carlson [$800]
20) Brandon Martin [$800]
21) Troy Little [$800]
22) A.J. Bruns [$800]
23) Jim Moughan [$800]
24) Tommy Worley, Jr. [$800]
Lap leaders: Brooke Tatnell 1-16, 20-28, 33-40; Donny Schatz 17-19, 29-32
Pevely, MO (July 8, 2006) Bobby Bittle of Smithton, IL stormed to another victory in the UMP Modified division to extend his commanding point lead in that division. Rick Stevenson assumed the lead in the opening laps from the pole position and led the first twelve circuits until Bittle worked his way to the front. Bittle then drove away from the pack to pick up the win. Stevenson then held off former multi-time track champion Scott Weber in the closing laps to earn his season best second place finish. Weber took the third position with Jerry Grither and Mark Miner completing the top five.
UMP Modifieds – 25 Entries
1. 77 Rick Stevenson
2. 12 Tom Ratajczyk
3. 7 Mark Miner
4. C6 Ray Wagner
1. 15 Jerry Grither
2. 9W Doug Wood
3. 4J Scott Weber
4. 18 Brent Thompson
1. 89 Bobby Bittle
2. 88 Joe Puricelli
3. 51 Tim Hill
4. 29 Jeff LeBaube
1. 88 Joe Puricelli
2. 77 Rick Stevenson
3. 89 Bobby Bittle
4. 4J Scott Weber
1. 89 Bobby Bittle
2. 77 Rick Stevenson
3. 4J Scott Weber
4. 15 Jerry Grither
5. 7 Mark Miner
6. 88 Joe Puricelli
7. 59 Rich Whaley
8. 18 Brent Thompson
9. C6 Ray Wagner
10. 87 Gary Haynes
11. 444 Matt Simpson
12. 12 Tom Ratajczyk
13. 7Z Matt Zimmerly
14. 16 Jon Paul Reando
15. 66 Paul Bauman
16. 11 Derek Shipman
17. 9W Doug Wood
18. 14 Billy Smith
19. 17X Shannon Blair
20. 45M Eric Mabery
21. 99 Robby Helms
22. 51 Tim Hill
23. 31P Mitch Parmeley
24. 29 Jeff LeBaube
25. 72 Jeremy Roth