Claims his 14th World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series victory of the season after winning on night two of the Bad Boy Buggies World of Outlaws World Finals, the second to last race of the season
CONCORD, N.C. – Nov. 7, 2014 – In front of a packed house at Friday night’s Bad Boy Buggies World of Outlaws World Finals at the Dirt Track at Charlotte, Rico Abreu tried to hold off an insurgent Daryn Pittman, but the past champion’s push proved too much for the young driver.
With seven to go, Pittman got around the 22-year-old Abreu and scored his 14th World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series victory of the season.
“Hats off to my crew. (Crew Chief) Kale Kahne – he’s just been working really hard to try to get us that next little step that we need to win more races and win races from not on the front row,” said Pittman who started the A main in sixth. “We’ve been creeping up on it. We had a really good car.”
“(Crew members) Kale, Kolten and David – I just couldn’t do it without them…. I’m only as good as the people around me and I’ve got some of the best. It’s just a lot of fun to come out here and try to finish the year off on a good note.”
Pittman entered the night with the quick time award under his belt, but after the dash inversion left him in eighth, he set to work. In the Dash he advanced his No. 9 Great Clips car up to sixth. When the green flag fell on the feature, Pittman quickly advanced through the field, challenging for third by lap two. He eventually passed Terry McCarl for the position on lap seven.
Working the low-side of the track, Pittman got around Danny Lasoski following a mid-race restart and quickly reeled in Abreu, who worked the high side of the track much of the night.
As the two drivers rounded the .4 mile oval into turns three and four with just eight laps to go, Pittman rode the bottom and was able to take over the lead from Abreu on the front stretch.
Even as the race extended beyond the scheduled distance due to a late race caution, Pittman was never seriously challenged for the lead again.
Pittman said by the end of the night that he and his Kasey Kahne Racing with Mike Curb crew were surprised by the track conditions.
“Everybody was pretty much banking that it was going to lay rubber and went with harder tires, and we went with harder tires also and it just didn’t lay rubber,” said Pittman, an Owasso, Okla. native. “Hats off to the track crew for this to run this many cars and this many laps, and start when the sun was up and they never touched the track and they never went out and did any track prep at all.”
Pittman maintained his second place position in the championship standings.