Pittman Returns to his Winning Ways at Salina

Led every lap in the feature at Salina Highbanks

PRYOR, Okla. – Oct. 22, 2016 – Daryn Pittman returned to his winning ways on the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series tour Saturday night, winning the O’Reilly Auto Parts Twister Showdown at Salina Highbanks Speedway. Pittman’s trip down victory lane was his eighth of the season.

With the win, Pittman – like his teammate Brad Sweet the night before – shattered a winless streak that spanned four months. His last victory was at Williams Grove (Pa.) Speedway on July 22. Pittman made his return to victory lane convincing, as he led all 31 laps of the night’s feature in his No. 9 Kasey Kahne Racing with Mike Curb GF1 car.

“We haven’t really been struggling, but I haven’t been able to finish the job and get the win,” Pittman said. “We’ve been there knocking on the door, and it’s the driver’s job to be able to finish and get the win. Our team has really been working hard and the car’s fast. It’s good to finally reward them with a win. It’s been too long. Hopefully we can use this momentum headed into Charlotte – we always seem to run well there – and get the win there.”

By the courtesy of the Craftsman Club® Draw, Pittman led the 24-car field into the green flag.  Pittman held his ground in the opening laps. A notably shift in the podium was last year’s winner and Oklahoma-native Shane Stewart, who moved into the podium by passing David Gravel’s No. 5 CJB Motorsports GF1 racecar.

Two cautions on the seventh lap ultimately caused a single-file restart. While Pittman extended his lead to nearly a .400-second margin, the same interval separated Stewart and Gravel. The two battled side-by-side, until Gravel reclaimed third position.

Pittman consistently extended his lead. Pittman had a 2.323 advantage with 10 laps remaining, and behind him, the podium began to shuffle. Jason Johnson, who was forced to use a backup car because of a wreck the night before, began to charge to the front. Johnson solidified fourth position; he started eighth in the feature.

Pittman led as much as 3.799 seconds with six laps remaining, and was on his way to the checkers. But, the race’s final caution on the last lap of the race regrouped the field, giving hope to those drivers behind him. In a green-white-checkered scenario, Pittman led the single-file restart with Gravel behind him. Johnson’s No. 41 Jason Johnson Racing Maxim car was in fourth.

On the restart, Gravel dove to the bottom of the 3/8-mile oval to contend with Pittman for the lead. Pittman slammed the door on Gravel exiting turn four and turn two heading to the checkers. Though Gravel ran out of real estate, Johnson did not for third position. In the closing lap, Johnson made his move into the final podium position in turn three, redeeming the weekend from an 11th place finish on Friday night.

“This car is a car we ran previously this season,” Johnson said. “We had a lot of confidence in it, and all of our Maxim cars. We build a chain of them through the winter months, and they have a lot of similarities. Tonight, when we get in a predicament like that to get a car down, we know what to expect. We had to get down tonight after the wipeout last night in the heat race.”

Pittman joined fellow Kasey Kahne Racing teammate Sweet as the weekend’s feature winners. The duo ended their droughts that dated back to July. Both picked up their eighth win of the season.

The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series heads into Concord, North Carolina for the season finale Bad Boy Off Road World Finals on October 27-29.

Sweet Silences the Field at Lakeside

Kasey Kahne Racing Teammates Finish 1-2

KANSAS CITY, Kans. – Oct. 21, 2016 – Brad Sweet steamrolled ahead Friday night to his eighth win of the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series season at Lakeside Speedway. The O’Reilly Auto Parts Rumble on the River did not only give Sweet an advantage to finish the season’s points race in the top-three, but the victory also snapped a 33-race drought for Sweet.

Sweet had not won a feature in the series since Badlands (S.D.) Motor Speedway on July 2. His best finish at Lakeside came in June 2014, when he placed sixth in the feature.  Sweet started on the pole for this year’s 30-lapper, which initially put him in position to break his winless streak.

“It was a little bit frustrating after a while,” said Sweet, who also won the $10,000 purse. “We were off to a great start. Then we hit a slump and haven’t been in victory lane. But it feels like the monkey is off our back. It’s a bigger leap. Tonight we had a fast car, and we were able to move through lapped traffic.”

In the opening lap Ian Madsen, who started second in the feature, claimed Sweet’s spot in turns one and two. However in the five-caution feature frenzy, yellow flags prevented any of the three race-leaders throughout the race from putting any comfortable cushion between them and the 24-car feature. Though Madsen survived the race’s first restart on the third lap, it gave other drivers the chance to make their move.

In turn four of the best lap Joey Saldana, seeking his 100th career series win, joined Madsen and Sweet in a three-wide drag race down the front stretch for the top spot. Saldana managed to overtake both of them and led nearly the remainder of the first-half of the feature.

With two laps before the halfway point – and the race’s fourth caution – Sweet challenged Saldana riding the bottom of the track. Closing into the second half of the race, the front of the pack caught up to the back. Saldana, with less than a half-second lead at the time, got swept-up in the traffic, leaving Sweet enough room to claim the top spot.

The top-five underwent its biggest shuffle on the fourth restart, as Daryn Pittman led the charge into second position Pittman, who started third in the feature, regained a podium spot in turn two and through the backstretch overpowered Saldana. Logan Schuchart, with his most recent win the race before, followed Pittman’s charge in his No. 1s Bobby Allen Triple X racecar.

Though Pittman carried momentum through that sequence in his No. 9 Kasey Kahne Racing with Mike Curb GF1 winged-sprint, the race’s final caution on lap 19 reset the field. From there, Pittman challenged Sweet, at times side-by-side and within a quarter of a second to the No. 49 Kasey Kahne Racing GF1 car. Sweet ultimately won by a half-second margin. Sweet and Pittman are fellow teammates on Kasey Kahne Racing.

“We ran some pretty hard tires, and [the track] was really abrasive on tires,” said Pittman, who thought the setup hurt him. “We gambled with some pretty hard tires, and the longer we ran the better we were. So I didn’t need to see the yellows.  We were close. This is one of my favorite half-miles that we run. If we can’t win, I guess it’s okay to get beat by your teammate, but I thought I had a shot on the last lap. But, I got a little too close to the lap cars and got caught in their dirty air.”

Schuchart rounded-out the podium. Schuchart carries back-to-back podium finishes into the final regular series race, the O’Reilly Auto Parts Twister Showdown at Salina (Okla.) Highbanks Speedway.

Daryn Pittman Pounces on the Posse at Williams Grove Summer Nationals

Great Clips team picks up seventh win of 2016

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. – July 22, 2016 – Daryn Pittman held off the Pennsylvania Posse in Friday night’s Champion Racing Oil Summer Nationals opener at Williams Grove Speedway to score his seventh World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series victory of the season.

Posse regulars Lance Dewease and Greg Hodnett both tried to run down the No. 9 Great Clips car, but Pittman held tough and gave the Outlaws their second win in Posse territory this season.

“I don’t know if I’m more nervous with (Hodnett) behind me or (Dewease) – neither one of them you want to see on the scoreboard,” Pittman said in victory lane. “Man, we won again at Williams Grove… this is a special race track to win at.”

Pittman was fast all night taking a late run in the qualifying flight two that catapulted him to the top of the charts and his fifth quick time award of the season. After a second place finish in Heat three, Pittman was poised to start the Dash in sixth until the Dash inversion draw which ultimately put Pittman on the Dash pole.

When the initial green fell on the night’s 25-lap feature, Pittman jumped out to a strong early lead as Hodnett battled past Aaron Ott to take over the second position. Through a series of early cautions, Jason Johnson battled into the third position and then had to deal with a challenge from Dewease who drove his No. 69K Henry R. Sharman Builders, Kreitz Racing machine into the third spot and then second following a mid-race caution.

When the field returned to green, contact between Schatz and Johnson caused Johnson to flip and brought out a red flag, the final stoppage of the night.

Through the remaining laps, Pittman built up a nearly two second lead as Dewease worked to run him. Lapped traffic on the final lap was nearly problematic for Pittman as Dewease closed the gap but Pittman escaped and earned the win at Williams Grove.

“You knew the 69K came from a ways back and I wasn’t sure what (crew chief Kale Kahne) was going to tell me to do under the red. I was kind of thinking ‘man, I need to change my line.’ And he said, ‘just keeping running the top.’ And I was like, ‘man. are you sure?’ That 69, I guarantee he’s not running the top,” Pittman said. “We got hung up in some lap traffic on the last lap and I felt like I made a pretty bad corner but luckily was able to hold onto it down the backstretch and was able to slide myself through three and four.”

The win gives Pittman his seventh of the season, good enough for the second-mostand propelled him to third in the championship point standings over his teammate Brad Sweet. The win is also the second for the Outlaws, who, with Schatz’s victory at Lincoln Speedway earlier in the season, now have a two-to-one lead over the Pennsylvania Posse.

The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series continue their battle with the Pennsylvania Posse tonight as the two close out the Champion Racing Oil Summer Nationals at Williams Grove Speedway. One driver will take home $25,000 and claim the coveted Morgan Cup Trophy for the Outlaws and Posse. For more information and to learn how to purchase tickets, visit WoOSprint.com/Summer-Nationals.

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Daryn Pittman Tops in Knight Before the Kings Royal Victory

Leads wire-to-wire for sixth victory of the season

ROSSBURG, Ohio – July 15, 2016 – Daryn Pittman dominated the Knight Before the Kings Royal at Eldora Speedway on Friday night, as he cruised to his sixth World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series victory of the season.

For Pittman, the win was his first at the historic half-mile oval in Rossburg, Ohio since May 4, 2013. Even with the victory, Saturday night’s $50,000-to-win Kings Royal, one of the most coveted wins in all of motorsports, was on Pittman’s mind.

“Hats off to this Great Clips team. We had a really great car,” Pittman said. “It doesn’t matter how good you are tonight. We can’t do exactly what we did, tomorrow night. Tomorrow night is a new race track. Try to go after my second Kings Royal. It was a pretty special win in 2008.”

The win did not come without a little adversity for the No. 9 Great Clips team though. Pittman, started on the outside front row and battled to the lead on the opening lap. As he put distance between he and second-place Joey Saldana, he bounced off the wall in turn four.

“I was out front and I was slow and I didn’t think I was getting through three and four fast enough and tried to pick up the pace a little bit,” Pittman said. “I didn’t think I was close to the fence, and I hit it and hit it hard. I ran about the next three laps thinking I was going to have a flat or did some damage but luckily the car held on.”

Donny Schatz was charging in his No. 15 Bad Boy Off Road/Chevrolet Performance/J&J. After dispensing with Shane Stewart, Schatz caught the No. 83 of Joey Saldana and looked for a line around. The two were side-by-side as they worked to complete lap 10 but Saldana held the spot. A lap later, Schatz got another run on Saldana and took over second as the two dove into turn three.

As Pittman worked his way through traffic, Schatz closed the gap briefly but then Pittman began to pull away again.

“The (No. 9) car was awful good,” Schatz said. “I couldn’t even get through traffic… (We were gaining on Pittman) until the fuel load came off.”

Through the closing laps, Pittman adeptly worked his way through traffic and built a sizeable gap on Schatz, Abreu and the field.

When the checkered flag fell, Pittman scored his sixth win of the season. Schatz and Abreu matched their finishing positions from the night before at Eldora.

“It’s a dream come true to come drive for this team and I’m just doing my part to try to stay in it,” Pittman said of Kasey Kahne Racing with Mike Curb. “It was a great win for us.”

The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series takes on the 33rd Annual Kings Royal on Saturday night. For more information and to learn how to purchase tickets, visit

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Brad Sweet Has a Good Night at Badlands Motor Speedway

badlands win

Chips away at Donny Schatz’s points lead

BRANDON, S.D. – July 2, 2016 – Brad Sweet led early and led often at Badlands Motor Speedway on Saturday night as he found luck and persevered to score his seventh World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series victory of the season.

Sweet, who took the checkered flag at the track for the first time in his career, lost the lead to Rico Abreu on lap 10. When Abreu got too low on the track and caught a tire barrier sending him flipping on to the front straight, Sweet regained the lead. Through a couple of close calls, it was smooth sailing to the end.

Sweet’s win is his first since May 13 at Plymouth Speedway.

“It feels good. This team needed that win – we’ve been in a bit of a slump,” Sweet said. “We just haven’t been able to compete for wins over the last 10 or 15 races. We started out the season really strong and then kind of fell off there. So it’s nice to get back to victory lane and give these guys some confidence.”

Matt Juhl kicked off the night by scoring his first ever World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series quick time award. It was the second series event in a row where the quick time award was presented to a driver who had never received it before.

Sweet led early in the feature as the battle behind him turned intense. Joey Saldana battled to fifth by lap three while Kerry Madsen moved in to second. A charging Abreu though was the man to watch as he picked off multiple positions and set his sights on Sweet. As Sweet worked his way through lapped traffic with eight laps complete, Abreu caught Sweet and then passed him as the two worked their way off of turn three.

Abreu’s lead was short-lived though as he dove low off of turn four he caught a tire barrier which sent him flipping. Abreu was OK but his night was over.

When the field returned to green, Sweet retook the lead as the jockeying for the second and third place positions got underway. Saldana got around Kerry Madsen for third and then Jason Johnson began his assault on the top spots.

Johnson took over third on lap 16 and then took over second on lap 30. As the field bunched up in traffic, Johnson looked to have a shot at Sweet in the lead but a tire gave way, sending Johnson into the turn one wall. Johnson was alert following the crash but was transported to an area hospital for further evaluation.

When the field returned to green, Sweet built up a strong lead over Saldana and David Gravel.

“The Ollie’s Bargain Outlet car was phenomenal all night long,” Sweet said. “In the A main we could really get moving around the top. We could move around too. I was just waiting to see if someone was going to show me a nose.

“40 laps around here is a long race. It’s a California kind of race. It’s short and you’ve got to attack the corners. I’m really proud of my guys.”

With his win, Sweet chipped away at Donny Schatz’ championship points lead, bringing the lead to 72.
The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series wraps up its double header at Badlands Motor Speedway tomorrow, Sunday, July 3. For more information and to learn how to purchase tickets, visit WoOSprint.com/Badlands-Motor-Speedway.