He claimed his 75th win at Warrnambool on New Year’s Day – his first of two victories this season – the first being a few days earlier at Borderline Speedway.
The feat has taken the best part of three decades to achieve.
“In that three decades, there’s been probably three generations of racers too, when you consider that there was my dad’s generation which had Rush and Lacey and John Walsh at the top of their game, then there was the Brazier, Dumesny, Jackson, Farr and Madsen generation which was, and still is awesome, and then here I am with these new kids, like McFadden, Veal, Lines and Dillon, which have a totally different set of circumstances for their careers to what I did when I was starting,” Tatnell said.
The nine-time WSS champion said the numbers don’t tell the whole story.
“Numbers are numbers, but they don’t have the back story of those wins attached.
“There’s so many different circumstances surrounding those wins, like how I had three different crew chiefs over that time with Alan Felsch, Pete Caporn and Dylan Buswell, and even the 99/2000 season where I won five races and the championship and I was my own crew chief.
“In fact, that year was probably the sweetest championship win, being able to beat Donny (Schatz) after he started the season with six straight wins, and to claw back the points without a crew chief; that was very satisfying.”
Not only is Tatnell (who is from Sydney but now lives in America) seeking more wins but overall a 10th series championship – a very realistic prospective given he is equal leader in the points with Victorian Jamie Veal going into Saturday night’s bout.
He is one of 33 drivers locked into the show.