Daryn Pittman Holds off Paul McMahan to Score Victory at Antioch

This was the second World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series win of the year for Pittman

ANTIOCH, Calif. – March 29, 2015 – Through Sunday night’s 30 lap World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series feature at Antioch Speedway, Paul McMahan tried everything he could think of to get around leader Daryn Pittman. McMahan tried the high line and the low line; he got side by side with Pittman off of turn four and even briefly worked his way past Pittman. In the end though, Pittman held off McMahan to score his second series victory of the season.

“This is for my crew – this Great Clips team is just incredible,” Pittman said. “You know how good of a race team you’re part of when… you go to race tracks that aren’t part of my forte and places I don’t normally excel at and they continuously give me cars that are capable of going out and winning with.”

Pittman, who started on McMahan’s outside, jumped to the lead on the start. As Pittman worked to build up a lead in the opening laps, McMahan chased him down, challenging him on every inch of the track. While the two drivers battled for the lead, Kerry Madsen pushed his American Racing Custom Wheels car up to third and then into contention with the two drivers.

Madsen found an opening on lap six, clearing McMahan’s CJB Motorsports car in turns three and four to take over the second spot. The move was short lived however as McMahan battled past Madsen one lap later. A determined McMahan then set his sights back on Pittman, whom he quickly caught.

“I could hear him,” Pittman said of McMahan. “He wanted it pretty bad. You could hear he was running the car quite a bit harder than I was.”

Through laps nine, 10 and 11, McMahan tried to find a way around.

The only caution of the night flew on lap 11, as Justyn Cox slowed and then came to a stop on the backstretch.

When the field returned to green, the battle between Pittman, McMahan and Madsen continued. On lap 15 it looked like McMahan may have finally found his path to the lead. He got a run on Pittman off of turn two and drag raced the No. 9 car down the backstretch. As the two dove into turn three, McMahan cleared the leader. Pittman slid his No. 9 car through the turn though and took back the lead.

Madsen got in on the act four laps later as Pittman and McMahan caught lapped traffic. Madsen tried to slide the two cars through turns three and four, but he was not able to hold on to any gained positions.

As Pittman fought his way through lapped traffic in the final laps, McMahan continued his quest for a way around Pittman. But ultimately, he came just short.

“I think we were better than Daryn – it’s just that the place is so narrow that I would get a big run on him and there’s just nowhere to go anymore,” said McMahan, who closed out the night in second. “He beat me on the start and got out front and that was the key.”

“The track was in great shape. It was real wet and made for an exciting race. I just needed a few more lapped cars. My car got real tight there at the end and I couldn’t run the line I was with everybody on the bottom throwing that wet stuff up around the top. When it comes down to the start, I lost it.

Pittman agreed with McMahan that the initial start was the key for success in the night’s event. As he wheeled his way around the track, the lapped traffic that McMahan sought was making Pittman nervous.

“Everybody was so fast and I just didn’t want to make a mistake, and I could hear him breathing down my neck but I didn’t know how hard to push,” Pittman said. “So I was just trying to make a clean race. I haven’t been able to put together 30 good lap many times this year so luckily we were good enough.

This was Pittman’s second win of the season. He is just the third different driver – joining Rico Abreu and Donny Schatz – to score more than one win so far this season.

After battles throughout the night, Madsen stood on the front stretch in third at Antioch.

“It was a fantastic weekend for us. We led some laps and we actually got into second tonight but Paul drove back around me,” Madsen said. “And he was driving pretty aggressively there and I was quite happy to finish in third place tonight.”

Madsen closed out the Silver Dollar Speedway and Antioch Speedway weekend with two straight podium finishes.

After a hiatus for the Easter weekend, the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series takes on Placerville Speedway for the first time since 1992 on Wednesday, April 8. General admission and reserved tickets are still available for Brad Sweet’s Placerville Short Track Outlaw Showdown presented by Riebes by calling 1-877-395-8606 or visiting http://www.WorldofOutlaws.com/Tickets. Listen live onhttp://www.DIRTVision.com and follow live timing and scoring at http://www.WoOSprint.com/live-scoring.

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Antioch Speedway Notebook

RACE NOTES: Daryn Pittman’s win tonight makes him just the third driver to score multiple wins on the season… Pittman’s last podium finish came during DIRTcar Nationals… Donny Schatz’s championship points lead over second place Shane Stewart shrank to four points Sunday night’s feature… Jason Statler took home the night’s KSE Racing Hard Charger award after advancing 4 positions to finish in 14th… Brad Sweet picked up his second quick time of the season on Sunday night at Antioch.

CONTINGENCY WINNERS – MSD Ignitions ($25 cash): Justyn Cox; MSD Ignitions ($50 cash): Paul McMahan; Sweet Manufacturing ($50 cash): Brad Sweet; Penske Shocks ($50 cash): Tanner Thorson; Mobil 1 ($50 cash): Tanner Thorson; JE Pistons ($50 cash): Bud Kaeding; Lincoln Welders ($50 cash): Joey Saldana; VP Racing Fuels ($50 cash): Tanner Thorson; Edelbrock ($50 cash): Jason Johnson; Comp Cams ($50 cash): Kraig Kinser; Cometic Gasket ($50 cash): Shane Stewart;Superflow ($50 cash): Jason Statler; Sweet Manufacturing ($50 product certificate): Daryn Pittman;KSE Racing Products ($100 product certificate): Jason Statler; Comp Cams ($50 product certificate): Daryn Pittman; Mobil 1 (20% off Mobil1RacingStore.com): David Gravel; JE Pistons (Set of Rings): Ian Madsen; JE Pistons (Set of Rings): David Gravel.

SEASON WINNERS: Donny Schatz – 3 (Silver Dollar Speedway on March 28, Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 14, Stockton Dirt Track on March 21); Rico Abreu – 2 (Stockton Dirt Track on March 22, Thunderbowl Raceway on March 14); Daryn Pittman – 2 (Antioch Speedway on March 29, Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 13); Brian Brown – 1 (USA Raceway on March 7); Tim Kaeding – 1 (Thunderbowl Raceway on March 13); Terry McCarl – 1 (The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 5); Shane Stewart – 1 (The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 5); Brad Sweet – 1 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 15)

World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series Statistical Report; Antioch Speedway; Antioch, Calif.; March 29, 2015

A-Main – (30 Laps) – 1. 9-Daryn Pittman [2] [$10,000]; 2. 51-Paul McMahan [1] [$5,500]; 3. 29-Kerry Madsen [4] [$3,200]; 4. 49-Brad Sweet [6] [$2,800]; 5. O-Bud Kaeding [3] [$2,500]; 6. 71M-Joey Saldana [7] [$2,300]; 7. 24-Rico Abreu [5] [$2,200]; 8. 88X-Tanner Thorson [8] [$2,100]; 9. 41-Jason Johnson [9] [$2,050]; 10. 83J-Tim Kaeding [11] [$2,000]; 11. 11K-Kraig Kinser [10] [$1,500]; 12. 2-Shane Stewart [12] [$1,200]; 13. 22K-Shane Golobic [14] [$1,100]; 14. OO-Jason Statler [18] [$1,050]; 15. 15-Donny Schatz [15] [$1,000]; 16. 5V-Colby Copeland [13] [$900]; 17. 18-Ian Madsen [19] [$800]; 18. 17W-Bryan Clauson [16] [$800]; 19. 7-Craig Dollansky [21] [$800]; 20. 3C-Jonathan Allard [20] [$800]; 21. 83-David Gravel [24] [$800]; 22. 7S-Jason Sides [22] [$800]; 23. 88-Terry McCarl [23] [$800]; 24. 31C-Justyn Cox [17] [$800]. Lap Leaders: Daryn Pittman 1-30. KSE Hard Charger Award: OO-Jason Statler [+4]

Qualifying – 1. 49-Brad Sweet, 11.639; 2. 71M-Joey Saldana, 11.652; 3. 24-Rico Abreu, 11.810; 4. 88X-Tanner Thorson, 11.825; 5. 41-Jason Johnson, 11.889; 6. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 11.901; 7. 83J-Tim Kaeding, 11.903; 8. 2-Shane Stewart, 11.926; 9. 5V-Colby Copeland, 11.944; 10. 9-Daryn Pittman, 11.973; 11. 22K-Shane Golobic, 11.973; 12. 29-Kerry Madsen, 11.977; 13. O-Bud Kaeding, 12.075; 14. 15-Donny Schatz, 12.078; 15. 51-Paul McMahan, 12.093; 16. 17W-Bryan Clauson, 12.109; 17. 31C-Justyn Cox, 12.203; 18. OO-Jason Statler, 12.209; 19. 18-Ian Madsen, 12.211; 20. 3C-Jonathan Allard, 12.215; 21. 7-Craig Dollansky, 12.238; 22. 7S-Jason Sides, 12.269; 23. 88-Terry McCarl, 12.299; 24. 83-David Gravel, 12.302; 25. 1s-Logan Schuchart, 12.305; 26. 68-Chase Johnson, 12.333; 27. 44-Chris Martin, 12.390; 28. 1A-Jacob Allen, 12.424; 29. 44W-Austen Wheatley, 12.489; 30. 35M-Kyle Hirst, 12.524; 31. 99T-Skylar Gee, 12.714; 32. 98-Sean Watts, 12.739; 33. 88N-DJ Netto, 12.900; 34. 7H-Jojo Helberg, 12.947; 35. 12X-Jarrett Soares, 13.164

Heat 1 – (10 Laps – Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature) – 1. O-Bud Kaeding [1]; 2. 5V-Colby Copeland [2]; 3. 49-Brad Sweet [4]; 4. 41-Jason Johnson [3]; 5. 7-Craig Dollansky [6]; 6. 44W-Austen Wheatley [8]; 7. 31C-Justyn Cox [5]; 8. 88N-DJ Netto [9]; 9. 1s-Logan Schuchart [7]; 10. 71M-Joey Saldana [-]

Heat 2 – (10 Laps – Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature) – 1. 9-Daryn Pittman [2]; 2. 71M-Joey Saldana [4]; 3. 15-Donny Schatz [1]; 4. 11K-Kraig Kinser [3]; 5. 7S-Jason Sides [6]; 6. OO-Jason Statler [5]; 7. 68-Chase Johnson [7]; 8. 35M-Kyle Hirst [8]; 9. 7H-Jojo Helberg [9]

Heat 3 – (10 Laps – Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature) – 1. 51-Paul McMahan [1]; 2. 22K-Shane Golobic [2]; 3. 24-Rico Abreu [4]; 4. 83J-Tim Kaeding [3]; 5. 88-Terry McCarl [6]; 6. 18-Ian Madsen [5]; 7. 44-Chris Martin [7]; 8. 99T-Skylar Gee [8]; 9. 12X-Jarrett Soares [9]

Heat 4 – (10 Laps – Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature) – 1. 29-Kerry Madsen [2]; 2. 2-Shane Stewart [3]; 3. 88X-Tanner Thorson [4]; 4. 83-David Gravel [6]; 5. 3C-Jonathan Allard [5]; 6. 1A-Jacob Allen [7]; 7. 98-Sean Watts [8]; 8. 17W-Bryan Clauson [1]

Dash – (8 Laps, finishing order determined first 8 starting positions of A-feature) – 1. 51-Paul McMahan [1]; 2. 9-Daryn Pittman [4]; 3. O-Bud Kaeding [2]; 4. 29-Kerry Madsen [3]; 5. 24-Rico Abreu [6]; 6. 49-Brad Sweet [8]; 7. 71M-Joey Saldana [7]; 8. 88X-Tanner Thorson [5]

Last Chance Showdown – (12 Laps – Top 4 finishers transfer to the A-feature) – 1. 17W-Bryan Clauson [1] [-]; 2. 31C-Justyn Cox [2] [-]; 3. 18-Ian Madsen [4] [-]; 4. OO-Jason Statler [3] [-]; 5. 68-Chase Johnson [6] [$300]; 6. 44-Chris Martin [7] [$250]; 7. 1s-Logan Schuchart [5] [$225]; 8. 35M-Kyle Hirst [10] [$200]; 9. 1A-Jacob Allen [8] [$200]; 10. 44W-Austen Wheatley [9] [$200]; 11. 7H-Jojo Helberg [14] [$200]; 12. 98-Sean Watts [12] [$200]; 13. 99T-Skylar Gee [11] [$200]; 14. 12X-Jarrett Soares [15] [$200]; 15. 88N-DJ Netto [13] [$200]

World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series Championship Standings

Pos

Car

Driver

Total

Diff

Wins

Top 5’s

Top 10’s

QT

1

15

Donny Schatz

1651

0

3

6

10

1

2

2

Shane Stewart

1647

-4

1

5

9

1

3

49

Brad Sweet

1638

-13

1

6

9

2

4

51

Paul McMahan

1633

-18

0

7

9

1

5

9

Daryn Pittman

1624

-27

2

6

9

0

6

29

Kerry Madsen

1612

-39

0

4

10

4

7

71M

Joey Saldana

1603

-48

0

4

9

1

8

83

David Gravel

1536

-115

0

1

6

0

9

7s

Jason Sides

1492

-159

0

2

3

0

10

24

Terry McCarl

1481

-170

1

3

6

0

11

41

Jason Johnson

1474

-177

0

1

5

0

12

11k

Kraig Kinser

1458

-193

0

0

2

0

13

1S

Logan Schuchart

1316

-335

0

0

1

0

14

7

Craig Dollansky

1271

-380

0

0

1

0

15

24

Rico Abreu

1173

-478

2

3

5

1

16

1A

Jacob Allen

1128

-523

0

0

0

0

17

18

Ian Madsen

963

-688

0

0

1

0

18

21

Brian Brown

927

-724

1

2

2

0

19

44W

Austen Wheatley

855

-796

0

0

0

0

20

83JR

Tim Kaeding

822

-829

1

2

5

0

 

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