Pittman Pulls Off World Finals Victory

Claims his 14th World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series victory of the season after winning on night two of the Bad Boy Buggies World of Outlaws World Finals, the second to last race of the season

CONCORD, N.C. – Nov. 7, 2014 – In front of a packed house at Friday night’s Bad Boy Buggies World of Outlaws World Finals at the Dirt Track at Charlotte, Rico Abreu tried to hold off an insurgent Daryn Pittman, but the past champion’s push proved too much for the young driver.

With seven to go, Pittman got around the 22-year-old Abreu and scored his 14th World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series victory of the season.

“Hats off to my crew. (Crew Chief) Kale Kahne – he’s just been working really hard to try to get us that next little step that we need to win more races and win races from not on the front row,” said Pittman who started the A main in sixth. “We’ve been creeping up on it. We had a really good car.”

“(Crew members) Kale, Kolten and David – I just couldn’t do it without them…. I’m only as good as the people around me and I’ve got some of the best. It’s just a lot of fun to come out here and try to finish the year off on a good note.”

Pittman entered the night with the quick time award under his belt, but after the dash inversion left him in eighth, he set to work. In the Dash he advanced his No. 9 Great Clips car up to sixth. When the green flag fell on the feature, Pittman quickly advanced through the field, challenging for third by lap two. He eventually passed Terry McCarl for the position on lap seven.

Working the low-side of the track, Pittman got around Danny Lasoski following a mid-race restart and quickly reeled in Abreu, who worked the high side of the track much of the night.

As the two drivers rounded the .4 mile oval into turns three and four with just eight laps to go, Pittman rode the bottom and was able to take over the lead from Abreu on the front stretch.

Even as the race extended beyond the scheduled distance due to a late race caution, Pittman was never seriously challenged for the lead again.

Pittman said by the end of the night that he and his Kasey Kahne Racing with Mike Curb crew were surprised by the track conditions.

“Everybody was pretty much banking that it was going to lay rubber and went with harder tires, and we went with harder tires also and it just didn’t lay rubber,” said Pittman, an Owasso, Okla. native. “Hats off to the track crew for this to run this many cars and this many laps, and start when the sun was up and they never touched the track and they never went out and did any track prep at all.”

Pittman maintained his second place position in the championship standings.

Abreu, who is making his first appearance at the Dirt Track at Charlotte this weekend, started on the front row with polesitter McCarl. Before the field could make a full lap, Abreu had charged to the lead in his No. 24R Abreu Vineyards car. Through lapped traffic, Abreu held off challenges from Lasoski and then Pittman.

Ultimately though, Pittman proved too strong. Abreu finished the night in second.

“The bottom just got really clean there at the end and I knew (Pittman) was going to be there at some point, I just wasn’t sure when,” Abreu said. “I was trying to watch and judge off of lap cars. I thought I did really good running in lap traffic… I thought I had a really good car tonight. I felt like I just needed to make some better decisions just judging cars.

Abreu said a season of success, good equipment and his strong faith in his crew members has given him the confidence to come into a place like Charlotte with no-experience and finish on the podium.

“I’m so confident in my cars this year so I feel like everywhere we go we’ve got a good baseline and we just roll out of the trailer good,” said Abreu, who has one World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series win this season. “I’m looking forward to tomorrow night… obviously this race wasn’t won from the front row so if you’ve got a good car you’re going to go to the front.”

Brad Sweet, Pittman’s Kasey Kahne Racing teammate, had one of the more impressive performances of the night. After a heat race run that left him outside of the transfer, Sweet raced his No. 49 Surepoint Medical car into the A main from the Last Chance Showdown and took home a podium finish.

After starting in 12th, Sweet was able to use the high line on the track to gain the spots he needed to advance through the field. Through restart after restart, Sweet was able to make strong runs off of turns one and two onto the backstretch that gave him the momentum he needed. In the closing laps it helped propel him past Danny Lasoski, who spent the whole night up front, and put him in position to battle Abreu for the second spot.

On the final lap Sweet tried to get around Abreu for second, but Abreu closed the door.

“Yeah, we’ll take (third),” Sweet said. “Hats off to my guys. They gave me a great car. You can’t run that close to the wall without a good racecar. I made a lot of mistakes and I still ran third. That just shows you how good our car was.”

“I’ve got to thank my guys – Mike Carber is my new crew chief, so it was nice to come out here and run top-three. We’ve got a new guy, Austin, and George has been with us all year long. It just shows with Daryn winning and us running third, (Kasey Kahne Racing is) real strong.”

David Gravel was the KSE Hard Charger recipient of the night. After being forced to use a provisional to start the feature, Gravel advanced 16 positions to finish in ninth.

The World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series returns to action on Saturday night at The Dirt Track at Charlotte for the Bad Boy Buggies World of Outlaws World Finals, the final race of the season.

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WORLD FINALS NOTES: Daryn Pittman claimed his 14th win of the season – the most single season Outlaws wins of his career…Following Thursday night’s qualifying session, Pittman took the quick time for Saturday night…Terry McCarl, Joey Saldana, Kody Swanson, Bill Balog and Rico Abreu all won their heat races… Abreu scored a second place finish in his first ever start at The Dirt Track at Charlotte… Brad Sweet finished third after advancing into the feature from the Last Chance Showdown… David Gravel received the KSE Hard Charger Award after advancing 16 positions to finish in ninth.

SEASON WINNERS: Donny Schatz – 26 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 15, The Dirt Track at Las Vegas on March 6, Devil’s Bowl Speedway on April 19, Lawrenceburg Speedway on May 27, I-96 Speedway on May 31, River Cities Speedway on June 20, 34 Raceway on June 27, Cedar Lake Speedway on June 29, Lernerville Speedway on July 15, Autodrome Drummond on July 26, Cornwall Motor Speedway on July 27, Ohsweken Speedway on July 29, Knoxville Raceway on Aug. 9, Junction Motor Speedway on Aug. 12, Nodak Speedway on Aug. 17, Castrol Raceway on Aug. 22 and Aug. 23, Skagit Speedway on Aug. 29 and Aug. 30, Grays Harbor Raceway on Sept. 1, Kokomo Speedway on Sept. 16, Terre Haute Action Track on Sept. 17, Bloomington Speedway on Sept. 26, Berlin Raceway on Sept. 27, Rolling Wheels Raceway Park on Oct. 12, Fremont Speedway on Oct. 19); Daryn Pittman – 14(Thunderbowl Raceway on March 14, Calistoga Speedway on April 6, Devil’s Bowl Speedway on April 19, Williams Grove Speedway on May 16 and May 17, Orange County Fair Speedway, May 18, New Egypt Speedway, May 20, Dodge City Raceway Park on July 4 and 5, Lincoln Speedway on July 17, Fulton Speedway on July 23, River Cities Speedway on Aug. 15, Southern Oregon Speedway on Sept. 3 and The Dirt Track at Charlotte on Nov. 7); Joey Saldana – 7(Perris Auto Speedway on April 12, Salina Highbanks on April 25, The Dirt Track at Charlotte on May 23, I-80 Speedway on June 6, Jackson Speedway on June 13, Eldora Speedway on Sept. 19 and Lernerville Speedway on Sept. 20); Kerry Madsen – 6(Stockton Dirt track on March 22, El Paso Speedway Park on April 15, Lakeside Speedway on June 7, Eldora Speedway on July 12 and Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 on Aug. 3 and Antioch Speedway on Sept. 8); David Gravel – 5(Merced Speedway on March 28, Eldora Speedway on May 3, Wilmot Raceway on May 9, Lebanon Valley Speedway on July 20 and Williams Grove Speedway on Oct. 5); Paul McMahan – 5(The Dirt Track at Las Vegas on March 5, Tri-State Speedway on May 10, Limaland Motorsports Park on July 9, Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 on Aug. 1 and Deer Creek Speedway on Sept. 13); Brad Sweet – 5 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 14, Tucson International Raceway on March 8, Calistoga Speedway on April 5, Knoxville Raceway on June 14 and Beaver Dam Raceway on June 28); Cody Darrah – 2(Kings Speedway on April 11 and Lernerville Speedway on July 15); Shane Stewart – 2(Eldora Speedway on May 2 and Willamette Speedway on Sept. 2);Sammy Swindell – 2(Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 on April 26 and Eldora Speedway on July 11);Rico Abreu – 1(Thunderbowl Raceway on March 15); Jonathan Allard – 1 (Silver Dollar Speedway, Sept. 6);Christopher Bell – 1(Jacksonville Speedway on May 7); Dale Blaney – 1 (Attica Raceway Park on May 30);Roger Crockett – 1(I-94 Speedway on June 21); Lance Dewease – 1 (July 20 at Williams Grove Speedway);Greg Hodnett – 1 (July 18 at Williams Grove Speedway); Mark Dobmeier – 1 (Huset’s Speedway on July 2);Kraig Kinser – 1 (Clay County Fair Speedway on Sept. 12); Steve Kinser – 1 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 16);Carson Macedo – 1 (Silver Dollar Speedway on Sept. 5); Ryan Smith – 1 (Port Royal Speedway on Oct. 25); Stevie Smith – 1 (Lincoln Speedway on May 14).

World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series Statistical Report; The Dirt Track at Charlotte; Concord, N.C.; Nov. 7, 2014

A-Main – (30 Laps) – 1. 9-Daryn Pittman [6] [$12,000]; 2. 24R-Rico Abreu [2] [$5,500]; 3. 49-Brad Sweet [12] [$3,200]; 4. 2D-Danny Lasoski [4] [$2,800]; 5. 27-Greg Hodnett [5] [$2,500]; 6. 19M-Brent Marks [14] [$2,300]; 7. 51S-Stevie Smith [8] [$2,200]; 8. 71M-Joey Saldana [3] [$2,100]; 9. 83-David Gravel [25] [$1,050]; 10. 24-Terry McCarl [1] [$2,000]; 11. W20-Greg Wilson [23] [$1,500]; 12. 63-Kody Swanson [10] [$1,200]; 13. 15-Donny Schatz [13] [$1,100]; 14. 94-Ryan Smith [17] [$1,050]; 15. 29-Kerry Madsen [21] [$1,000]; 16. 11K-Kraig Kinser [18] [$1,000]; 17. 1s-Logan Schuchart [16] [$1,000]; 18. 1A-Jacob Allen [26] [$]; 19. 7-Craig Dollansky [11] [$1,000]; 20. 17B-Bill Balog [9] [$1,000]; 21. 4-Cody Darrah [24] [$1,000]; 22. 51-Paul McMahan [7] [$1,000]; 23. 98H-Dave Blaney [19] [$1,000]; 24. 7S-Jason Sides [15] [$1,000]; 25. 45-Tim Shaffer [20] [$1,000]; 26. 14-Lance Dewease [22] [$1,000]. Lap Leaders: Rico Abreu 1-22, Daryn Pittman 23-30. KSE Hard Charger Award: 83-David Gravel [+16]

Qualifying – 1. 9-Daryn Pittman, 12.579; 2. 51S-Stevie Smith, 12.579; 3. 2D-Danny Lasoski, 12.591; 4. 51-Paul McMahan, 12.620; 5. 27-Greg Hodnett, 12.627; 6. 7-Craig Dollansky, 12.634; 7. 49-Brad Sweet, 12.671; 8. 15-Donny Schatz, 12.671; 9. 19M-Brent Marks, 12.674; 10. 7S-Jason Sides, 12.689; 11. 1s-Logan Schuchart, 12.719; 12. 71M-Joey Saldana, 12.729; 13. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss, 12.742; 14. 94-Ryan Smith, 12.764; 15. 24R-Rico Abreu, 12.767; 16. 24-Terry McCarl, 12.797; 17. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 12.802; 18. 63-Kody Swanson, 12.807; 19. 17B-Bill Balog, 12.816; 20. 98H-Dave Blaney, 12.818; 21. 40-Caleb Helms, 12.819; 22. 1Z-Jessica Zemken, 12.874; 23. 12-Lynton Jeffrey, 12.894; 24. 77X-Wayne Johnson, 12.911; 25. 11N-Randy Hannagan, 12.917; 26. 45-Tim Shaffer, 12.942; 27. 11-Steve Kinser, 12.946; 28. 29-Kerry Madsen, 12.949; 29. 14-Lance Dewease, 12.949; 30. 14K-Dale Blaney, 12.956; 31. 18-Ian Madsen, 12.979; 32. 19-Paige Polyak, 12.983; 33. 21-Brian Brown, 12.987; 34. 13K-Ryan Bohlke, 12.988; 35. W20-Greg Wilson, 13.005; 36. 10H-Chad Kemenah, 13.054; 37. 4-Cody Darrah, 13.136; 38. 49X-Cole Duncan, 13.166; 39. 4C-Tyler Courtney, 13.174; 40. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild, 13.208; 41. 2L-Ed Lynch Jr, 13.229; 42. 4S-Danny Smith, 13.265; 43. 49H-Bradley Howard, 13.275; 44. 83-David Gravel, 13.283; 45. 59-Danny Holtgraver, 13.303; 46. 1A-Jacob Allen, 13.336; 47. 2-Shane Stewart, 13.390; 48. 24B-Justin Barger, 13.406; 49. RG3-Logan Wagner, 13.426; 50. 25-Chris Myers, 13.445; 51. 9X-Paul Nienhiser, 13.538; 52. 16-Jac Haudenschild, 13.586; 53. 12W-Troy Fraker, 13.666; 54. 47-Eric Riggins Jr, 13.713; 55. 60-Kory Crabtree, 13.903; 56. 36D-Wayne Dadetto, 13.910

Heat 1 – (8 Laps – Top 4 finishers transfer to the A-feature) – 1. 24-Terry McCarl [1]; 2. 9-Daryn Pittman [4]; 3. 1s-Logan Schuchart [2]; 4. 45-Tim Shaffer [6]; 5. 18-Ian Madsen [7]; 6. 40-Caleb Helms [5]; 7. 10H-Chad Kemenah [8]; 8. 9X-Paul Nienhiser [11]; 9. 2L-Ed Lynch Jr [9]; 10. 1A-Jacob Allen [10]; 11. 36D-Wayne Dadetto [12]; 12. 7-Craig Dollansky [3]

Heat 2 – (8 Laps – Top 4 finishers transfer to the A-feature) – 1. 71M-Joey Saldana [2]; 2. 11K-Kraig Kinser [1]; 3. 51S-Stevie Smith [4]; 4. 4-Cody Darrah [8]; 5. 49-Brad Sweet [3]; 6. 2-Shane Stewart [10]; 7. 11-Steve Kinser [6]; 8. 19-Paige Polyak [7]; 9. 16-Jac Haudenschild [11]; 10. 4S-Danny Smith [9]; 11. 1Z-Jessica Zemken [5]

Heat 3 – (8 Laps – Top 4 finishers transfer to the A-feature) – 1. 63-Kody Swanson [1]; 2. 15-Donny Schatz [3]; 3. 29-Kerry Madsen [6]; 4. 2D-Danny Lasoski [4]; 5. 49X-Cole Duncan [8]; 6. 21-Brian Brown [7]; 7. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss [2]; 8. 12-Lynton Jeffrey [5]; 9. 49H-Bradley Howard [9]; 10. 24B-Justin Barger [10]; 11. 12W-Troy Fraker [11]

Heat 4 – (8 Laps – Top 4 finishers transfer to the A-feature) – 1. 17B-Bill Balog [1]; 2. 19M-Brent Marks [3]; 3. 51-Paul McMahan [4]; 4. 14-Lance Dewease [6]; 5. 94-Ryan Smith [2]; 6. 83-David Gravel [9]; 7. 77X-Wayne Johnson [5]; 8. 4C-Tyler Courtney [8]; 9. RG3-Logan Wagner [10]; 10. 13K-Ryan Bohlke [7]; 11. 47-Eric Riggins Jr [11]

Heat 5 – (8 Laps – Top 4 finishers transfer to the A-feature) – 1. 24R-Rico Abreu [2]; 2. 98H-Dave Blaney [1]; 3. W20-Greg Wilson [7]; 4. 27-Greg Hodnett [4]; 5. 14K-Dale Blaney [6]; 6. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild [8]; 7. 7S-Jason Sides [3]; 8. 11N-Randy Hannagan [5]; 9. 59-Danny Holtgraver [9]; 10. 60-Kory Crabtree [11]; 11. 25-Chris Myers [10]

Dash – (6 Laps, finishing order determined first 10 starting positions of A-feature) – 1. 24-Terry McCarl [1]; 2. 24R-Rico Abreu [2]; 3. 71M-Joey Saldana [3]; 4. 2D-Danny Lasoski [6]; 5. 27-Greg Hodnett [4]; 6. 9-Daryn Pittman [8]; 7. 51-Paul McMahan [5]; 8. 51S-Stevie Smith [7]; 9. 17B-Bill Balog [10]; 10. 63-Kody Swanson [9]

D-Main – (6 Laps – Top 2 finishers transfer to the C-feature) – 1. 2-Shane Stewart [1] [-]; 2. 24B-Justin Barger [2] [-]; 3. 25-Chris Myers [4] [$100]; 4. 9X-Paul Nienhiser [5] [$100]; 5. 60-Kory Crabtree [8] [$100]; 6. 36D-Wayne Dadetto [9] [$100]; 7. 12W-Troy Fraker [7] [$100]; 8. RG3-Logan Wagner [3] [$100]; 9. 16-Jac Haudenschild [6] [$100]; 10. 47-Eric Riggins Jr [10] [$100]

C-Main – (10 Laps – Top 2 finishers transfer to the Last Chance Showdown) – 1. 21-Brian Brown [1] [-]; 2. 49X-Cole Duncan [4] [-]; 3. 10H-Chad Kemenah [3] [$125]; 4. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild [6] [$125]; 5. 2-Shane Stewart [13] [$125]; 6. 83-David Gravel [10] [$100]; 7. 4S-Danny Smith [8] [$100]; 8. 2L-Ed Lynch Jr [7] [$100]; 9. 24B-Justin Barger [14] [$100]; 10. 59-Danny Holtgraver [11] [$100]; 11. 13K-Ryan Bohlke [2] [$100]; 12. 1A-Jacob Allen [12] [$100]; 13. 4C-Tyler Courtney [5] [$100]; 14. 49H-Bradley Howard [9] [$100]

Last Chance Showdown – (12 Laps – Top 4 finishers transfer to the A-feature) – 1. 49-Brad Sweet [2] [-]; 2. 7-Craig Dollansky [1] [-]; 3. 94-Ryan Smith [5] [-]; 4. 7S-Jason Sides [3] [-]; 5. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss [4] [$200]; 6. 12-Lynton Jeffrey [8] [$180]; 7. 40-Caleb Helms [6] [$175]; 8. 11-Steve Kinser [11] [$160]; 9. 14K-Dale Blaney [12] [$150]; 10. 21-Brian Brown [15] [$150]; 11. 11N-Randy Hannagan [10] [$150]; 12. 1Z-Jessica Zemken [7] [$150]; 13. 49X-Cole Duncan [16] [$150]; 14. 18-Ian Madsen [13] [$150]; 15. 77X-Wayne Johnson [9] [$150]; 16. 19-Paige Polyak [14] [$150]

World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series Championship Standings

Pos

Car

Driver

Total

Diff

Wins

Top 5’s

Top 10’s

QT

1

15

Donny Schatz

12285

0

26

62

79

8

2

9

Daryn Pittman

12002

-283

14

49

75

6

3

51

Paul McMahan

11795

-490

5

42

74

10

4

29

Kerry Madsen

11639

-646

6

43

68

7

5

71M

Joey Saldana

11584

-701

7

37

59

23

6

49

Brad Sweet

11365

-920

5

29

58

2

7

4

Cody Darrah

10939

-1346

2

17

44

4

8

11

Steve Kinser

10709

-1576

1

11

40

0

9

11k

Kraig Kinser

10408

-1877

1

7

30

0

10

83

David Gravel

10385

-1900

5

25

53

11

11

7s

Jason Sides

9875

-2410

0

3

22

0

12

1S

Logan Schuchart

9218

-3067

0

5

15

1

13

1A

Jacob Allen

7861

-4424

0

0

1

0

14

1

Sammy Swindell

5990

-6295

2

11

19

1

15

2

Shane Stewart

4846

-7439

2

12

25

4

16

59

Tim Kaeding

4478

-7807

0

3

14

0

17

5W

Lucas Wolfe

4152

-8133

0

2

9

2

18

21

Brian Brown

3269

-9016

0

5

12

0

19

W20

Greg Wilson

3262

-9023

0

0

4

0

20

77X

Wayne Johnson

2805

-9480

0

0

0

0

 

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