Holds off Joey Saldana and Tyler Walker for fifth World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series win of the season
ANTIOCH, Calif. – Sept. 13, 2015 – Daryn Pittman picked up the 2015 Antioch Speedway sweep Sunday night after winning his second World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series feature of the season at the track.
Pittman fought a hard battle past Joey Saldana and then held off him and Tyler Walker through the remaining laps of the feature. It was the fifth series win of the season for Pittman and his Kasey Kahne Racing with Mike Curb team.
“Hats off to this whole Great Clips team,” Pittman said. “They do a great job. This was a different track than what we’re used to. Really dried up and we were free all night. I haven’t yelled much at (my crew chief Kale Kahne) all year that I was loose and all night we were pretty free. He got it pretty good there for the end. Obviously, we had some breaks go our way but man these guys just keep working their tails off.”
Pittman picked up the earlier win during the series’ appearance at Antioch on March 29.
Saldana brought the field to the green flag and was wheel-to-wheel with Schatz through much of the first lap. He held him off through the next three laps and then Schatz caught him again. Side-by-side once again, Schatz battled past on the bottom of turn four to take the lead.
The move was short lived for Schatz though as rare bad luck struck. A flat right rear tire forced him to the work area on a lap nine caution. As he reentered the track at the tail end of the field, Joey Saldana took over the lead. On the restart, Pittman looked to the lead as Tyler Walker took over second.
“Donny got the lead and I was hanging right with Joey and even Joey was staying right with the 15 before the caution,” Pittman said. “I think Joey just messed up a little going into one and two. He didn’t commit to the top and missed the bottom and just kind of got stuck there in the middle. I luckily got by him.”
Pittman crossed the line first with Saldana, Walker, Sweet and Paul McMahan following.
With his wife and two daughters in victory lane, Pittman thanked them for their support.
“This can be a tough schedule as many races as we run and as long as we’re gone from home,” Pittman said. “To have my family out here, it means the world for them to be at all the races, especially when we win… Great win, great way to leave California and hopefully we can keep it going here for the rest of the year.”
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