Pittman Powers to Opening Night Victory at Volusia Speedway Park’s DIRTcar Nationals
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Justin Fiedler
Wins First Race Out with Roth Motorsports

BARBERVILLE, FL – Daryn Pittman is no stranger to winning at Volusia Speedway Park. However, when he pulled his Sprint Car into Victory Lane during the opening night of the World of Outlaws NOS® Energy Drink Sprint Car Series at the DIRTcar Nationals it was like a first win.

NOS Energy Drink dawned Victory Lane for the first time as the new title sponsor of the Series, but the biggest change for Pittman was the car he drove to the win – the legendary Roth Motorsports No. 83.

“There is nothing better than starting the year off with a win,” said Pittman, who won for the 82nd time in his World of Outlaws career. “It’s hard to do. Everyone of these wins is hard to come by. But to start the season off like this, I don’t think we could have scripted it any better.”

For the past six years, Pittman drove the No. 9 for Kasey Kahne Racing – winning his only Series championship in 2013, his first year with the team. He lost that ride at the end of 2018, as car owner Kasey Kahne planned to run more Sprint Car races this year. Losing that ride didn’t put any more pressure on him to perform, though. The pressure is always there.

“I put enough pressure on myself every day, no matter who I’m driving for or what I’m racing,” Pittman said. “At my age (40), I’m not young anymore. The truth is, you have too many bad seasons and you get to my age, people start wondering ‘Man has he lost it or not?’. I just have pressure on myself to get out there and perform.”

Pittman added his goal with Roth Motorsports is to build a long-lasting, competitive program.

He showed speed all day, qualifying second, finishing second in his Heat Race and finishing third in the DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash – behind fellow Oklahoma-natives Shane Stewart in the CJB Motorsports No. 5 car and Christopher Bell in the Swindell SpeedLab No. 39 car, who he battled for the win during the 30-lap caution free Feature.

Stewart, who is also in a new ride this year with the CJB Motorsports team, shot to the lead on the opening lap of the Feature. He utilized the top side of the track to his advantage most of the night, holding off attacks by Bell and Pittman for the lead. He switched to the bottom of the track for a few laps, allowing Bell, on the high side, to make his best attempt to steal the lead. Bell was able to pull side-by-side with Stewart, but never able to clear him.

Bell and Pittman traded second-place a few times throughout the race. By lap 15, Pittman was able to clear Bell for second, utilizing the traction at the bottom of the track.

Sticking to the bottom, Pittman began to reel in Stewart, who had entered lap traffic. With 10 laps to go, Stewart looked to have the race under control, keeping a healthy distance between he and Pittman while maneuvering through lap cars. Until five laps later.

Coming off turn four on the high side, Stewart’s run was disrupted by a slower lap car, allowing Pittman to get underneath him in turn one, then clearing him on the backstretch. Once Pittman stole the lead, Stewart was unable to challenge for it back and had to settle for second.

“I wish I had a couple of them laps back,” Stewart said. “I got caught behind (Jason) Sides, and I wasn’t really sure what to do. And to win these races you can’t make little mistakes like that. We had a solid night. This car has been fast since I’ve set foot in it and I’m really excited about this year.”

Bell finished third, ahead of Brad Sweet in fourth and Donny Schatz in fifth. However, Schatz and David Gravel – also in a new ride this year – tied coming to the line for fifth. Schatz was awarded fifth, because per Series rules, going back to the previous lap Schatz was ahead of Gravel.

Gravel did earn the KSE Racing Hard Charger honor, coming from 17th to sixth.

For Pittman, while he is dealing with a lot of new, Friday night’s win is the start to showing people he will be a threat to win every night, he said.

World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series action at the DIRTcar Nationals resumes tomorrow at Volusia Speedway Park. As always, you can catch all the action from the Nationals and the World of Outlaws on DIRTVision.com.

HIGHLIGHTS

ABBREVIATED RESULTS FROM VOLUSIA SPEEDWAY PARK, FEB 8, 2019 

NOS Energy Drink Feature (30 Laps): 1. 83-Daryn Pittman [3][$10,000]; 2. 5-Shane Stewart [1][$5,500]; 3. 39-Christopher Bell [2][$3,200]; 4. 49-Brad Sweet [5][$2,800]; 5. 15-Donny Schatz [10][$2,500]; 6. 41-David Gravel [17][$2,300]; 7. 21-Brian Brown [4][$2,200]; 8. 5W-Lucas Wolfe [6][$2,100]; 9. 2-Carson Macedo [8][$2,050]; 10. 26-Cory Eliason [11][$2,000]; 11. 87-Aaron Reutzel [12][$1,500]; 12. 1S-Logan Schuchart [14][$1,200]; 13. 71-Parker Price-Miller [16][$1,100]; 14. 13-Paul McMahan [13][$1,050]; 15. 11K-Kraig Kinser [23][$1,000]; 16. 70X-Spencer Bayston [7][$900]; 17. 18-Ian Madsen [9][$800]; 18. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [25][$]; 19. 17W-Shane Golobic [19][$800]; 20. 7S-Jason Sides [22][$800]; 21. 7K-Cale Conley [21][$800]; 22. 19-Brent Marks [26][$]; 23. 70-Brock Zearfoss [15][$800]; 24. 1A-Jacob Allen [24][$800]; 25. 33M-Mason Daniel [20][$800]; 26. 49X-Tim Shaffer [18][$800]; Lap Leaders: Shane Stewart 1-15, Daryn Pittman 16-30; KSE Hard Charger Award: 41-David Gravel[+12]

Qualifying: 1. 18-Ian Madsen, 13.024; 2. 83-Daryn Pittman, 13.097; 3. 70X-Spencer Bayston, 13.11; 4. 39-Christopher Bell, 13.121; 5. 2-Carson Macedo, 13.133; 6. 49-Brad Sweet, 13.188; 7. 21-Brian Brown, 13.225; 8. 1K-Kyle Larson, 13.238; 9. 13-Paul McMahan, 13.302; 10. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 13.309; 11. 26-Cory Eliason, 13.341; 12. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 13.405; 13. 5-Shane Stewart, 13.433; 14. 15-Donny Schatz, 13.439; 15. 7K-Cale Conley, 13.441; 16. 33M-Mason Daniel, 13.52; 17. 41-David Gravel, 13.501; 18. 49X-Tim Shaffer, 13.535; 19. 1A-Jacob Allen, 13.552; 20. 5W-Lucas Wolfe, 13.598; 21. 9-Kasey Kahne, 13.601; 22. 7S-Jason Sides, 13.634; 23. 17W-Shane Golobic, 13.706; 24. 71-Parker Price-Miller, 13.752; 25. 19-Brent Marks, 13.77; 26. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 13.771; 27. 48-Danny Dietrich, 13.786; 28. 87-Aaron Reutzel, 13.859; 29. J4-John Garvin, 13.875; 30. 84-Tom Harris, 13.898; 31. 70-Brock Zearfoss, 14.055; 32. K4-Chad Kemenah, 14.079; 33. 47-Brant O’Banion, 14.259

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DIRTCAR NATIONALS POINTS – SPRINT CARS:

CAR # NAME TOTAL POINTS 2/6/19 2/7/19 2/8/19
83 Daryn Pittman 740 246 244 250
5 Shane Stewart 726 250 230 246
41 David Gravel 720 244 238 238
49 Brad Sweet 720 228 250 242
15 Donny Schatz 714 242 232 240
1S Logan Schuchart 712 240 246 226
13 Paul McMahan 686 230 234 222
2 Carson Macedo 686 234 220 232
87 Aaron Reutzel 682 232 222 228
49X Tim Shaffer 674 236 240 198
71 Parker Price-Miller 656 206 226 224
17 Sheldon Haudenschild 654 222 218 214
18 Ian Madsen 654 226 212 216
21 Brian Brown 654 216 202 236
17W Shane Golobic 626 208 206 212
1A Jacob Allen 622 204 216 202
39 Christopher Bell 620 134 242 244
11K Kraig Kinser 586 142 224 220
26 Cory Eliason 582 212 140 230
1K Kyle Larson 578 238 214 126
9 Kasey Kahne 570 220 208 142
5W Lucas Wolfe 570 126 210 234
70 Brock Zearfoss 564 140 220 204
19 Brent Marks 556 214 136 206
K4 Chad Kemenah 480 218 132 130
48 Danny Dietrich 472 202 134 136
84 Tom Harris 470 132 204 134
70X Spencer Bayston 470 114 138 218
33M Mason Daniel 468 138 130 200
7K Cale Conley 468 118 142 208
14 Tony Stewart 460 224 236  
7S Jason Sides 420 210   210
47 Brant O’Banion 388 128 128 132
J4 John Garvin 370 122 120 128
97 Caleb Helms 258 136 122  
40 George Hobaugh 256 130 126  
91S Rob Siegel 124 124    
91 Sadie Siegel 124   124  
40B David Byrne 120 120    
M1 Mark Smith 116 116    

WORLD OF OUTLAWS NOS ENERGY DRINK SPRINT CAR SERIES POINTS – TOP 20

Pos. Car Driver Total Diff Wins Top 5’s Top 10’s Entered Started Earnings
1 83 Daryn Pittman 150 0 1 1 1 1 1 $10,000
2 5 Shane Stewart 146 -4 0 1 1 1 1 $5,500
3 39 Christopher Bell 144 -6 0 1 1 1 1 $3,200
4 49 Brad Sweet 142 -8 0 1 1 1 1 $2,800
5 15 Donny Schatz 140 -10 0 1 1 1 1 $2,500
6 41 David Gravel 138 -12 0 0 1 1 1 $2,300
7 21 Brian Brown 136 -14 0 0 1 1 1 $2,200
8 5W Lucas Wolfe 134 -16 0 0 1 1 1 $2,100
9 2 Carson Macedo 132 -18 0 0 1 1 1 $2,050
10 26 Cory Eliason 130 -20 0 0 1 1 1 $2,000
11 87 Aaron Reutzel 128 -22 0 0 0 1 1 $1,500
12 1S Logan Schuchart 126 -24 0 0 0 1 1 $1,200
13 71 Parker Price-Miller 124 -26 0 0 0 1 1 $1,100
14 13 Paul McMahan 122 -28 0 0 0 1 1 $1,050
15 11K Kraig Kinser 120 -30 0 0 0 1 1 $1,000
16 70X Spencer Bayston 118 -32 0 0 0 1 1 $900
17 18 Ian Madsen 116 -34 0 0 0 1 1 $800
18 17 Sheldon Haudenschild 114 -36 0 0 0 1 1 $250
19 17W Shane Golobic 112 -38 0 0 0 1 1 $800
20 7S Jason Sides 110 -40 0 0 0 1 1 $800


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