Pittman Scores First Win of 2017 at I-55

PEVELY, MO – August 5, 2017 – It’s been a long time coming for Daryn Pittman, who secured his first win of the season Friday night at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55. The 2014 World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series Champion has had a trying season by his standards. Friday night, he was able to fend off the eight-time and defending Series Champion Donny Schatz, including on a late-race restart with six laps to go.

“Man, I needed that. I think this team needed that,” a relieved Daryn Pittman said upon exiting his Great Clips No. 9 for his first win of the 2017 season Friday night at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55.

The Craftsman Club Dash draw was four putting Sheldon Haudenschild and Paul McMahan on the front row. Haudenschild and McMahan led laps in the dash before giving way to Pittman on the third circuit.

“I’m blessed to be able to drive for Kasey [Kahne],” Pittman said in Victory Lane. “I was on the phone with him all night. He worked on this thing during the week and put in a setup that I would have bet everything in the world would not have worked,” Pittman said with a smile. “Thanks to DIRTVision.com for the great coverage so he could watch up in New York.”

Although Pittman led all 35 laps it was far from an easy victory. Donny Schatz stalked the Owasso, Oklahoma-native for the majority of the race.

“You get nervous when you’re leading, even when it is hard to pass, when that No. 15 car is behind you. He has stolen more than one rubber race away from me pretty late,” Pittman said of the eight-time series champion, Schatz.

Schatz took a peak to the outside of the Kasey Kahne Racing No. 9 momentarily in turn three, “You got to try something if given the opportunity,” the current Series point leader said.” All around it’s a decent finish. We haven’t been in the top three here in a little bit, so I’m glad to get to a good finish.”

Kraig Kinser and Brad Sweet completed the top five. The first twelve drivers across the finish line were World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series regulars, with last year’s Ironman 55 winner, Rico Abreu, finishing 13th. Brandon Hanks was the KSE Hard Charger coming from 23rd to 16th aboard his No. 84 machine.

The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series returns to the Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 Saturday night August 5th for the running of the Ironman 55, which pays $20,000 to win. Grandstands open at 2pm.

Shark Week invades Outlaws

Great Clips and Discovery’s Shark Week have partnered with Kasey Kahne Racing’s driver Daryn Pittman for the month of July to be featured on the No. 9 World of Outlaws sprint car.

Great Clips is donating $1 to Oceana for every Great Clips Online Check-In app downloaded during the month of July. Shark Week premiers Sunday July 23 at 7pm on Discovery Channel.

Catch Pittman in the Shark Week car at these scheduled races:

July 11 – Attica Raceway Park (Attica, Ohio)
July 13 – Eldora Speedway (Rossburg, Ohio)
July 14 – Eldora Speedway (Rossburg, Ohio)
July 15 – Eldora Speedway (Rossburg, Ohio)
July 18 – Lernerville Speedway (Sarver, Pa.)
July 21 – Williams Grove Speedway (Mechanicsburg, Pa.)
July 22 – Williams Grove Speedway (Mechanicsburg, Pa.)
July 23 – Ransonville Speedway (Ransomville, N.Y.)
July 25 – Ohsweken Speedway (Ohsweken, Ontario Canada)
July 28 – Hartford Speedway (Harford, Mich.)
July 29 – Wilmot Raceway (Wilmot, Wisc.)

Sweet Claims Jackson Victory

JACKSON, MN. – June 3, 2017 – Brad Sweet looked at the first two nights of the 39th annual AGCO Jackson Nationals for the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series at Jackson Motorplex as battles that would ultimately put him in position to win the war. He did exactly that on Saturday night to the tune of $25,000, adding his name to the illustrious list of past winners of the tradition-laden event.

For Sweet, it was his third win of the season and second on a half-mile. Sweet now has 23 career World of Outlaws Feature wins, which ties him for 19th on the Series’ all-time win list with fellow competitors David Gravel and Shane Stewart, who also both finished in the top-five on Saturday night.

“It feels awesome to win the Jackson Nationals,” said Sweet. “We’re just ecstatic. I can’t thank Tod Quiring and all the guys enough for taking a chance and putting on a three-day show that pays big money like this. It’s a breath of fresh air and great to race for that kind of money. Hopefully the fans saw a good show.”

Sweet lined up second for the 30-lap main event and challenged pole sitter Kerry Madsen in the early going. Sweet hung with Madsen for a number of laps, especially in lapped traffic, mainly while working the bottom lane of the track.

Just before the halfway point of the race, Donny Schatz got by Sweet for second, with the latter getting back by a couple of laps later. Sweet took the lead from Kerry Madsen on the back straightaway on lap 18 and led the remainder of the race. He did have to withstand a pair of restarts with 11 laps remaining. The first was a double-file restart and the second single-file. Strong restarts each time propelled him to a solid lead over Madsen.

“I was in attack mode the whole time,” noted Sweet. “I was a little frustrated with myself. When I got behind Kerry (Madsen) I made a few mistakes and let Donny (Schatz) get by me. Usually you don’t get that back. Then I was able to get by both of them. Once I was able to get in control of the race, I knew I was in good shape and just tried not to screw it up. I almost messed up a few times and didn’t know how big of a lead we had, but I drove as hard I could those last 11 laps.”

Kerry Madsen finished second followed by David Gravel in third. Shane Stewart finished fourth, with Schatz in fifth and Joey Saldana crossing the line sixth. Daryn Pittman was seventh, followed by Mark Dobmeier in eighth, Ian Madsen in ninth and Logan Schuchart in 10th.

The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series will next be in action on Friday, June 9 and Saturday, June 10 at Iowa’s famed Knoxville Raceway.

2017 Spring Charlotte Race Week

KKR Fans! The Outlaws are coming to Charlotte May 26th, and we want you all to come and check out all of the new Kasey Kahne and Kasey Kahne Racing merchandise! Come in for new item specials, snacks, and more! You will also be able to get a glimpse of the shop and see the teams at work.

On Thursday, May 25 at 2pm Daryn Pittman and Brad Sweet will be in the KKR store signing autographs and Winged Nation will be here recording for MAVTV. Wristbands will not be required for autographs, just swing by and spend some time with us.

Store hours for race week:

  • Monday, May 22 9:30am-4:30pm
  • Tuesday, May 23- 9:30am-4:30pm
  • Wednesday, May 24- 9:30am-4:30pm
  • Thursday, May 25- 9:30am-4:30pm
  • Friday, May 26- 9:30am-4:30pm
  • Saturday, May 27- 10am-2pm

We’re located at
265 Cayuga Drive
Mooresville, NC 28117

For questions call the KKR store at (704) 662-8549 ext. 201

 

 

Sweet Wins at Devil’s Bowl

MESQUITE, TX – April 15, 2017 – For the second night in a row, Brad Sweet worked his Kasey Kahne Racing 49 machine along the bottom of the high-banked half-mile oval at Devil’s Bowl Speedway, this time sticking it out for the win. With only five laps to go, Sweet stole the win from David Gravel, who had led all previous laps but was having some trouble getting his CJB Motorsports No. 5 out of lap traffic.

“Awesome race there with David [Gravel],” said Sweet. “Lap traffic was just crucial. My car seemed like it was a little bit better. We were just right on him. Once I got a little clean air I was able to start picking off those lap cars and it felt good.”

Gravel had been working on the bottom all race, but he got caught behind Shane Stewart and met his demise when he tried to go high to pass him.

“I cleared a lot of lap cars really good, and then I got to Shane and I just could’t do anything with him,” said Gravel. “He was running the bottom in 3 and 4. I tried to pass him on the outside, and obviously the bottom of three and four was the best lane to be in. That’s where Brad was. That’s just the advantage sometimes of sitting back there watching, seeing what happens.”

Third through the checkers was Danny “The Dude” Lasoski, who took his position from Christopher Bell early in the race and held it through the checkers. Lasoski, the 2001 World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series Champion, has previous wins at Devil’s Bowl in 1999 and 2000. He was also right there at Devil’s Bowl Speedway in 1978 for the first-ever World of Outlaws Sprint Car race.

This year’s Texas Outlaw Nationals was a tribute to the late Lanny Edwards. A number of superstars – including Tony Stewart, Kasey Kahne, Johnny Rutherford, and Christopher Bell – joined the Outlaws to honor the legendary promoter and World of Outlaws co-founder (along with Ted Johnson).

“Lanny went out on a limb and really got something going that has been pretty spectacular and pretty amazing,” said Tony Stewart during the opening ceremony, “and definitely pretty entertaining for all of America to watch.”

The opening ceremony continued with World of Outlaws CEO Brian Carter presenting the Ted Johnson Award to the Edwards family in recognition of their outstanding contribution to sprint car racing.

“We really want to recognize all of the people that helped us get to where we are today,” said Carter. “We are the World of Outlaws: the fans here, the community, the racers, the teams, everybody here. We are what the World of Outlaws was meant to be 40 years ago. What happened here 40 years ago next year impacts sprint car racing around the world; all were impacted by Ted Johnson and Lanny Edwards.”

The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series will return to action Friday, April 21 for the Bull Ring Outlaw Blitz at Riverside International Speedway in West Memphis, AK.

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Sweet Captures First Win of 2017 at Stockton

STOCKTON, CA – March 26, 2017 – An exhilarating late-race battle between the top-two in World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series points thrilled the crowd on Saturday at the Stockton Dirt Track, which ultimately ended with Grass Valley, California’s Brad Sweet coming out on top to earn his first victory of the 2017 campaign.

Sweet out-dueled eight-time World of Outlaws champion and current series point leader Donny Schatz in a back and forth fight to claim his first ever Stockton triumph at the annual FVP Western Spring Shootout. After earning back-to-back podium finishes last weekend in Tulare the win on Saturday marked the 14th of Sweet’s career with the “Greatest Show on Dirt.” 

“That was a tough race with Donny Schatz right there and I’m definitely glad we came out on top,” said the driver of the NAPA Auto Parts/Sage Fruit/ASE No. 49 mount. “You don’t have many opportunities to beat Donny the way he’s running, so you always want to capitalize whenever you have the chance. Sometimes the cautions work in your favor and sometimes they don’t, luckily they fell at the right times for me tonight. It’s always the hardest to get that first win out of the way and I’m excited to do it with a lot of friends and family here tonight. Big thanks to all of my guys for working hard and continuing to give me great cars.” 

The 30-lap feature started out with pole sitter Jason Sides jumping into the lead, but it didn’t last long as the caution lights came on after just one-lap was complete. On the restart Sweet blasted around the outside to take the lead away, with Schatz also coming along for second. Shortly after that Sides slowed with reported steering issues that unfortunately ended his night prematurely.

A number of yellows and a couple of reds slowed the pace over the first half of the feature, but through it all Sweet did a solid job out front.

Following a restart with 11-laps remaining things began to heat up as Schatz started to reel in the leader once lapped traffic hit. The duo then proceeded to exchange the lead a couple of times through heavy traffic as the crowd came to their feet. Sweet was able to fend him off until Schatz executed a picture perfect move entering turn one on lap 27 to grab the lead. At that same time however, the caution lights came on for a stalled car off the second corner, which saved the lead for Sweet.

With the champ on his back bumper Sweet knew he had to be perfect on the restart with just three-circuits remaining. When the green came back out he hammered the throttle and put together three perfect laps to take the Ed Entz checkered flag by 1.065 seconds back to runner up Schatz.

On the heels of his first victory this season Sweet now puts his promoters hat on, as he brings the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series back to the Placerville Speedway this coming Wednesday night.

“We’re really looking forward to Placerville on Wednesday and we hope all the fans can make it out. Kyle Larson is coming out to run and of course all the Outlaws will be there so it should be a great show. Our cars have been really good lately so hopefully we can take this momentum there and get another win.”

The remainder of the top-10 was filled out by Owasso, Oklahoma’s Daryn Pittman; Rutherford, California’s Rico Abreu; Australian Ian Madsen; Myerstown, Pennsylvania’s Brent Marks and San Jose, California’s Tim Kaeding, who earned the KSE Hard Charger Award coming from 24th to 10th.

As noted the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series will return to action this coming Wednesday March 29 for  Brad Sweet’s Placerville Short Track Showdown at the Placerville Speedway.

iRacing Teams with Kasey Kahne Racing in World of Outlaws

Bedford, MA (March 14) – iRacing.com today announced a sponsorship agreement with Kasey Kahne Racing for the 2017 World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series. The popular online motorsports simulation service will be the primary sponsor of the #4 Sprint Car that Kahne plans to run in selected events this season and an associate sponsor on the #9 Kasey Kahne Racing entry piloted by former champion Daryn Pittman throughout the 2017 World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series.

The news dovetails with the recent announcement that iRacing will be the official online racing partner of the World of Outlaws and comes as iRacing prepares to launch its highly-anticipated dirt racing feature later this month.

“On behalf of our more than 235,000 member subscribers around the world, iRacing is really excited to be joining forces with Kasey Kahne Racing,” says Otto Szebeni, iRacing.com Director of Sales and Marketing.  “Kasey certainly ranks among America’s most popular and successful race drivers, and our association with his Sprint Car team, and especially with a World of Outlaws champion in Daryn, is a great way to introduce fans to our dirt sim racing.”

“We are very happy to have iRacing come on board as a new partner at Kasey Kahne Racing,” said team owner Kasey Kahne. “Everyone loves iRacing, from fans to drivers. It is great that they’re adding dirt racing to their already impressive lineup of cars and series. It will be an awesome experience for everyone to try. I know Daryn and I are looking forward to getting some virtual dirt on our computer screens.”

iRacing will make its debut as an associate sponsor on Pittman’s Sprint Car this weekend at Thunderbowl in Tulare, CA, while Kahne will unveil the iRacing livery on his Sprint Car later this spring.

To learn more about iRacing and to take advantage of special offers go here: http://www.iracing.com/

About iRacing.com
The world leader in the online racing simulation and gaming market, iRacing was founded in 2004 by Dave Kaemmer and John Henry. Kaemmer was co-founder of Papyrus Design Group, developers of award-winning racing simulations including “Grand Prix Legends” and NASCAR 2003.” Henry is principal owner of the Boston Red Sox and Liverpool Football Club, as well as co-owner of NASCAR’s Roush Fenway Racing. iRacing.com has developed dozens of formal partnerships in the motorsport industry to help create the most authentic racing simulation in the world including with NASCAR, IndyCar, International Speedway Corporation, Speedway Motorsports, IMSA, the SRO Motorsports Group, World of Outlaws, Mazda Motorsports, McLaren Racing, Williams F1, Audi, BMW, Ferrari, Ford, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, Volkswagen, the Skip Barber Racing School and General Motors.