Extends Kasey Kahne Racing with Mike Curb dominance to three wins in-a-row
TUCSON, Ariz. – April 18, 2016 – Daryn Pittman pulled out to an early lead then held off challenges from both Joey Saldana and Donny Schatz to capture the NAPA Wildcat Shootout at USA Raceway, his second World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series win in-a-row, and third this season.
Pittman’s win continues Kasey Kahne Racing with Mike Curb’s hot-streak to three wins in-a-row after he captured the victory at Perris Auto Speedway on Saturday and teammate Brad Sweet won at Bakersfield Speedway on Friday.
“It was just a great win,” Pittman said. “I am a lot happier about the win tonight than I was at Perris, I felt pretty bad there about getting together with Paul [McMahan].
“These guys have worked hard this whole west coast swing, we have had really good cars. I am really happy with how our car performed as I feel this is one of my weak spots on the tour, and it just shows that hopefully we can be this strong all year.”
Pittman, piloting the No. 9 Great Clips/Sage Fruit car, showed his speed early in the night, capturing the quick-time award and dominating his heat race to gain access to the 6-lap dash.
The Owasso, Okla. native held off a challenge from Saldana in the dash to claim the win and the first-place starting position for the 30-lap feature. Saldana, in the Roth Enterprises/HR Livestock settled for second, and started to Pittman’s outside.
Once the feature kicked-off, it appeared as if Pittman’s control over the top spot could come under fire early. Saldana stayed glued to the leader’s bumper as well as fourth-place starter Shane Stewart, who drove around Jason Johnson on the opening lap for the third position.
With just a few laps remaining, the top three were only separated by less than a second. The seven-time World of Outlaws champion Schatz, made his move on second place Saldana but did not have enough laps to catch up to the leader.
The first feature in the state of Arizona since early March went caution free, as Pittman pulled out front early and led flag-to-flag to capture the victory. He joined Schatz as only other driver to win back-to-back races. Pittman’s third win of the season comes on crew chief Kale Kahne’s birthday.
“It was just a flawless night for our whole team,” Pittman said. “We started out unloading fast – quickest in hot laps, time trials, won our heat, dash and the A-Main, so it couldn’t of gone any better.
“Our car was really good and it was Kale’s [Kahne] birthday today, so we got a win for him which is pretty special too.”
The World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series invades the Lone Star State for the Texas Outlaw Nationals double-header at Devil’s Bowl Speedway in Mesquite, Texas on Friday, April 22 and Saturday April 23. Great seats are still available, and can be purchased at 844-DIRT-TIX or by visiting WorldofOutlaws.com/DevilsBowl.