Pittman Powers to Williams Grove Win
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Pittman Leads Outlaw Podium Sweep at Williams Grove

Earns World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car-leading fourth win of ’14

 

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. — May 16, 2014 — Daryn Pittman dominated at Williams Grove Speedway on Friday night, holding off Joey Saldana and claiming his fourth World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series win of the season and a breakout victory for his #9 Great Clips team at the storied half-mile track.  

 

Heavy rain showers threatened the race Thursday night into Friday, but by late morning the inclement weather gave way to drier conditions and a well-sealed track allowed for the event to continue as planned.

 

Saldana, the current points leader in the Motter Equipment car, joined defending series champion Pittman on the front row to lead the field of 28 to the green flag. Tony Stewart Racing teammates Donny Schatz and Steve Kinser, with 26 championships between them, were poised in row two to chase them down.

 

Steve Buckwalter brought out the first caution of the night after going around in turn three before a lap could be completed. The field reset but only made it to lap four before another yellow flew. Paul McMahan, Pat Cannon and Don Kreitz Jr. were all caught up in a wreck in turn one. McMahan was the only one able to continue.

 

When the green flag flew again, the battle between Kinser and Schatz for third took center stage. After working the high line, Kinser eventually found his way around Schatz on lap 5.

 

Kinser’s run forward was short-lived, though, as rear-end issues forced him off the track on lap 13.

 

Saldana, in second, closed in on Pittman in the final laps of the race as the two worked their way around lapped traffic. It was Pittman though who took the checkered flag and the win followed by Saldana, Schatz and David Gravel.

 

Pittman, who finished third two nights earlier at Lincoln Speedway just down the road in Abbottstown, said this win meant a lot for him and for his team.

 

This place is tough,” Pittman said. “This track is like a chess match. You don’t really know what to do at certain times.

 

“We had a fast car from the first time we came here with the No. 9 and they don’t have many good notes here so we kind of came here with a blank slate last year and we just keep getting better every time we come back … This place means a lot to win at just like Eldora and Knoxville so it’s big for me and I know the whole No. 9 team is pretty proud.”

 

He credited his crew chief Kale Kahne with being able to give him what he needed on the car. This was Kahne’s first win at Williams Grove as a crew chief, and the second win for Kasey Kahne Racing after Cody Darrah earned a win at the half-mile in 2012.

 

It’s one of the coolest feelings ever,” Kale Kahne said. “It’s pretty emotional really. All the Outlaw wins are big either way, no matter what you do, all the Outlaw wins are big, but to win at Williams Grove and to beat the guys around us … it’s pretty cool for the whole company because we’ve only won twice at Williams Grove as a company now in six or seven years.”

 

With unique track conditions at Williams Grove on Friday night, second place finishing Saldana said he thought the Dash was really the key to success in the A-main.

 

“I kept riding off [Pittman’s] right rear and I felt like I was OK. Even the long run there before the rubber came in [Pittman] was driving really good,” said Saldana, of Brownsburg, Ind. “It was just a good solid run for us. To qualify well, to run well, that’s what you strive to do every night and put yourself in position to win – tonight, we just came up a little short. We’ll come back tomorrow and try to do a better job.”

 

Schatz, who finished in third in the STP/Armor All car echoed Saldana, saying that the conditions made for a different dynamic on the racetrack.

 

“Obviously we’ll be in similar conditions tomorrow,” said Schatz, of Fargo, N.D. “We tried a few things with the car which is what you need to do this time of year. All the other races we come back here late in the year pay a lot of money so we want to be on our game and try to have things 100 percent. Everything we did, we had positive results so we know what direction we need to go for tomorrow.

 

“We had a decent night, but it wasn’t what we wanted,” Schatz said. “We’ll have to take the third place finish and come back tomorrow.”

 

Series points leader Saldana extended his lead to 19 points. McMahan, who had been in second following Lincoln, fell to fourth place, 43 points out of the lead. Pittman moved to second and Schatz to third, 22 points back.

 

The World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series returns to Williams Grove tomorrow as the Outlaws and Posse battle for bragging rights and the right to claim the Morgan Cup. On Sunday the series heads to Orange County Fair Speedway in Middletown, N.Y., and on Tuesday it makes its only stop in New Jersey this season for the NAPA Outlaw Classic at New Egypt Speedway.

 

NOTES: Friday night was the 26th World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series A-main of the season. … There have been 14 different winners this season, with Pittman leading the way at four victories. … The dash invert was a “0” for only the fifth time this season. … Joey Saldana was quickest in qualifying for a series-high 11th time this season.

 

SEASON WINNERS: Daryn Pittman – 4 (Thunderbowl Raceway on March 14, Calistoga Speedway on April 6 and Devil’s Bowl Speedway on April 19, Williams Grove Speedway on May 16); David Gravel – 3 (Merced Speedway on March 28, Eldora Speedway on May 3, and Wilmot Raceway on May 9); Donny Schatz – 3 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 15, The Dirt Track at Las Vegas on March 6 and Devil’s Bowl Speedway on April 19); Brad Sweet – 3 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 14, Tucson International Raceway on March 8 and Calistoga Speedway on April 5);Kerry Madsen – 2 (Stockton Dirt track  on March 22 and El Paso Speedway Park on April 15); Paul McMahan – 2 (The Dirt Track at Las Vegas on March 5, Tri-State Speedway on May 10); Joey Saldana – 2 (Perris Auto Speedway on April 12 and Salina Highbanks on April 25); Rico Abreu – 1 (Thunderbowl Raceway on March 15); Christopher Bell – 1 (Jacksonville Speedway on May 7); Cody Darrah – 1 (Kings Speedway on April 11); Steve Kinser – 1 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 16); Stevie Smith – 1 (Lincoln Speedway on May 14); Shane Stewart – 1 (Eldora Speedway on May 2); Sammy Swindell – 1 (Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 on April 26).

 

World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series Statistical Report; Williams Grove Speedway; Mechanicsburg, Pa.; May 16, 2014

A-Main – (25 Laps): 1. 9-Daryn Pittman [1] [$8,000]; 2. 71M-Joey Saldana [2] [$4,000]; 3. 15-Donny Schatz [3] [$2,500]; 4. 83-David Gravel [5] [$2,200]; 5. 51S-Stevie Smith [6] [$2,100]; 6. 87-Alan Krimes [12] [$2,000]; 7. 5-Justin Barger [7] [$1,800]; 8. 48-Danny Dietrich [10] [$1,600]; 9. 19M-Brent Marks [15] [$1,500]; 10. 25-Aaron Ott [9] [$1,300]; 11. 11K-Kraig Kinser [16] [$1,200]; 12. 8H-Doug Esh [21] [$1,100]; 13. 94-Ryan Smith [20] [$1,000]; 14. 10H-Danny Holtgraver [24] [$700]; 15. 2-Shane Stewart [19] [$600]; 16. 49-Brad Sweet [25] [$]; 17. 27-Greg Hodnett [26] [$]; 18. 4-Cody Darrah [27] [$]; 19. 51-Paul McMahan [8] [$600]; 20. 29W-Ryan Wilson [13] [$600]; 21. 16-Gerard McIntyre [28] [$]; 22. 17B-Steve Buckwalter [22] [$600]; 23. 29-Kerry Madsen [17] [$600]; 24. 21-Brian Montieth [14] [$600]; 25. 11-Steve Kinser [4] [$600]; 26. 3-Pat Cannon [11] [$600]; 27. 69K-Don Kreitz Jr [23] [$600]; 28. 1S-Logan Schuchart [18] [$600]. Lap Leaders: Daryn Pittman 1-25. KSE Hard Charger Award: 10H-Danny Holtgraver [+10]

 

Qualifying: 1. 71M-Joey Saldana, 17.765; 2. 15-Donny Schatz, 18.175; 3. 11-Steve Kinser, 18.253; 4. 9-Daryn Pittman, 18.257; 5. 25-Aaron Ott, 18.280; 6. 48-Danny Dietrich, 18.297; 7. 3-Pat Cannon, 18.318; 8. 87-Alan Krimes, 18.347; 9. 29W-Ryan Wilson, 18.357; 10. 21-Brian Montieth, 18.445; 11. 19M-Brent Marks, 18.492; 12. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 18.540; 13. 5-Justin Barger, 18.556; 14. 83-David Gravel, 18.574; 15. 51-Paul McMahan, 18.586; 16. 51S-Stevie Smith, 18.615; 17. 55-Trey Starks, 18.626; 18. 29-Kerry Madsen, 18.630; 19. 11C-Cory Haas, 18.631; 20. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 18.706; 21. 1-Sammy Swindell, 18.750; 22. 2-Shane Stewart, 18.751; 23. 1Z-Lucas Wolfe, 18.763; 24. 94-Ryan Smith, 18.782; 25. 27-Greg Hodnett, 18.789; 26. 4-Cody Darrah, 18.797; 27. 8H-Doug Esh, 18.808; 28. 16-Gerard McIntyre, 18.809; 29. 17B-Steve Buckwalter, 18.855; 30. 93-Glenndon Forsythe, 18.888; 31. 69K-Don Kreitz Jr, 18.894; 32. 7L-Chad Layton, 18.959; 33. 14-Lance Dewease, 18.964; 34. 49-Brad Sweet, 18.968; 35. 10H-Danny Holtgraver, 18.973; 36. 15A-Adam Wilt, 19.015; 37. 7S-Jason Sides, 19.089; 38. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss, 19.145; 39. 52-Austin Hogue, 19.148; 40. 21K-Kyle Reinhardt, 19.160; 41. 9W-Jac Haudenschild, 19.201; 42. 1A-Jacob Allen, 19.328; 43. 75-Nicole Bower, 19.352

 

Heat 1 – (8 Laps – Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature): 1. 5-Justin Barger [1]; 2. 71M-Joey Saldana [4]; 3. 17B-Steve Buckwalter [8]; 4. 29W-Ryan Wilson [2]; 5. 25-Aaron Ott [3]; 6. 14-Lance Dewease [9]; 7. 27-Greg Hodnett [7]; 8. 1-Sammy Swindell [6]; 9. 7S-Jason Sides [10]; 10. 9W-Jac Haudenschild [11]; 11. 55-Trey Starks [5]

 

Heat 2 – (8 Laps – Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature): 1. 83-David Gravel [1]; 2. 15-Donny Schatz [4]; 3. 48-Danny Dietrich [3]; 4. 2-Shane Stewart [6]; 5. 29-Kerry Madsen [5]; 6. 4-Cody Darrah [7]; 7. 93-Glenndon Forsythe [8]; 8. 49-Brad Sweet [9]; 9. 1A-Jacob Allen [11]; 10. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss [10]; 11. 21-Brian Montieth [2]

 

Heat 3 – (8 Laps – Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature): 1. 51-Paul McMahan [1]; 2. 19M-Brent Marks [2]; 3. 11-Steve Kinser [4]; 4. 10H-Danny Holtgraver [9]; 5. 8H-Doug Esh [7]; 6. 69K-Don Kreitz Jr [8]; 7. 3-Pat Cannon [3]; 8. 52-Austin Hogue [10]; 9. 1Z-Lucas Wolfe [6]; 10. 75-Nicole Bower [11]; 11. 11C-Cory Haas [5]

 

Heat 4 – (8 Laps – Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature): 1. 51S-Stevie Smith [1]; 2. 9-Daryn Pittman [4]; 3. 87-Alan Krimes [3]; 4. 11K-Kraig Kinser [2]; 5. 94-Ryan Smith [6]; 6. 7L-Chad Layton [8]; 7. 15A-Adam Wilt [9]; 8. 21K-Kyle Reinhardt [10]; 9. 16-Gerard McIntyre [7]; 10. 1S-Logan Schuchart [5]

 

Dash – (6 Laps, finishing order determined first 8 starting positions of A-feature): 1. 9-Daryn Pittman [4]; 2. 71M-Joey Saldana [1]; 3. 15-Donny Schatz [2]; 4. 11-Steve Kinser [3]; 5. 83-David Gravel [6]; 6. 51S-Stevie Smith [8]; 7. 5-Justin Barger [5]; 8. 51-Paul McMahan [7]

 

C-Main – (10 Laps – Top 2 finishers transfer to the B-feature): 1. 52-Austin Hogue [4] [-]; 2. 9W-Jac Haudenschild [6] [-]; 3. 7S-Jason Sides [2] [$125]; 4. 1A-Jacob Allen [7] [$125]; 5. 15A-Adam Wilt [1] [$125]; 6. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss [3] [$100]; 7. 21K-Kyle Reinhardt [5] [$100]; 8. 75-Nicole Bower [8] [$100]; 9. 11C-Cory Haas [9] [$100]

 

Last Chance Showdown – (12 Laps – Top 4 finishers transfer to the A-feature): 1. 21-Brian Montieth [2] [-]; 2. 1S-Logan Schuchart [4] [-]; 3. 3-Pat Cannon [1] [-]; 4. 69K-Don Kreitz Jr [11] [-]; 5. 1-Sammy Swindell [5] [$200]; 6. 4-Cody Darrah [8] [$180]; 7. 1Z-Lucas Wolfe [6] [$175]; 8. 55-Trey Starks [3] [$160]; 9. 14-Lance Dewease [13] [$150]; 10. 93-Glenndon Forsythe [10] [$150]; 11. 27-Greg Hodnett [7] [$150]; 12. 49-Brad Sweet [14] [$150]; 13. 52-Austin Hogue [15] [$150]; 14. 9W-Jac Haudenschild [16] [$150]; 15. 7L-Chad Layton [12] [$150]; 16. 16-Gerard McIntyre [9] [$150].

 

World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series Championship Standings

Pos.

Car

Driver

Total

Diff

Wins

T-5

T-10

QT

1.

71M

Joey Saldana

3670

0

2

16

21

11

2.

9

Daryn Pittman

3651

-19

4

14

21

1

3.

15

Donny Schatz

3648

-22

3

15

23

1

4.

51

Paul McMahan

3627

-43

2

15

22

5

5.

29

Kerry Madsen

3534

-136

2

10

21

2

6.

49

Brad Sweet

3498

-172

3

11

19

1

7.

11

Steve Kinser

3424

-246

1

6

17

0

8.

4

Cody Darrah

3323

-347

1

5

14

1

9.

11k

Kraig Kinser

3263

-407

0

2

9

0

10.

1

Sammy Swindell

3134

-536

1

5

10

1

11.

7s

Jason Sides

2990

-680

0

1

5

0

12.

1S

Logan Schuchart

2691

-979

0

1

3

0

13.

59

David Gravel

2620

-1050

3

6

13

2

14.

1A

Jacob Allen

2310

-1360

0

0

1

0

15.

83

Tim Kaeding

1992

-1678

0

3

10

0

16.

1Z

Lucas Wolfe

1829

-1841

0

0

2

0

17.

21

Brian Brown

1491

-2179

0

1

2

0

18.

W20

Greg Wilson

1443

-2227

0

0

0

0

19.

24A

Rico Abreu

1390

-2280

1

3

5

0

20.

9W

Jac Haudenschild

1207

-2463

0

1

3

0

 

The World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series is brought to fans across the country by many important sponsors and partners, including: American Racing Custom Wheels (Official Custom Wheel), Armor All (Official Car Care Products), Lincoln Welders (Official Welder), STP (Official Fuel Treatment), Hoosier Racing Tire (Official Tire), VP Racing Fuels (Official Racing Fuel); in addition to contingency sponsors, including: Bruce High Performance Transporters, Cometic Gasket, Comp Cams, Edelbrock, JE Pistons, KSE Racing Products, MSD, Sweet Manufacturing, and Superflow Dynos; along with manufacturer sponsors, including: ButlerBuilt, Intercomp, J&J Auto Racing, Jake’s Carts, Racing Electronics, S&S Volvo and TNT Rescue.