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Pittman Captures World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car NAPA Outlaw Classic at New Egypt

World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series welcomes STP as their  title sponsor. (Courtesy of WoO)
World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series welcomes STP as their title sponsor. (Courtesy of WoO)

In addition to it being his fifth win, Daryn Pittman has also earned 16 top-five finishes and a staggering 22 top-10s this season in 25 events.

Courtesy: WoO Sprint Car Series Media Relations

 

NEW EGYPT, N.J. – May 21, 2013 – World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series championship leader Daryn Pittman is having the best season of his career, but he outdid himself Tuesday night in the NAPA Auto Parts Outlaw Classic at New Egypt Speedway.

First he led 17 drivers in shattering the nearly 12-year-old track record in qualifying, then worked past Sammy Swindell on Lap 6 in the A-main and drove to his series-leading fifth victory of the season in the Kasey Kahne Racing Great Clips GF1, becoming the first driver in 2013 to set quick time and then go win the feature.

In addition to it being his fifth win, Pittman has also earned 16 top-five finishes and a staggering 22 top-10s this season in 25 events. He’s even tied with Paul McMahan with five quick-time awards to lead the series.

Pittman started the 30-lap A-main in third behind Sammy Swindell and Jason Sides. Pittman kept the pressure on, making his move to the front when Swindell was bottled up in traffic on Lap 6. Pittman never looked back, as Swindell, Sides, Tony Stewart and Donny Schatz rounded out the top five.

“I just had a good car all night we were fast from hot laps,” said Pittman, an Oklahoma native who was clearly racing with a heavy heart after seeing the catastrophic storm-related damage in his home state the past few days. “Honestly I just couldn’t ask for a better night it’s always fun when you feel like you’ve got the best car and it’s even better when you can put it to use all night long and come out with a win. [Swindell] just kind of opened it up in four getting tight and we were just really good running around the bottom and I kind of knew that would be the key the way the track was.

“Our prayers go out to everyone back in Oklahoma. It’s pretty close to home, friends actually lived in the neighborhood, and it’s unbelievable the devastation that those people are going through. I’m just praying that they can have the strength to try and get through it and that they’re definitely on our minds.”

Swindell, who started on the pole in the Big Game Treestands Eagle, led the opening five laps, but when he encountered traffic, Pittman made his move.

“We just did the best we could and still got the second,” said Swindell, of Germantown, Tenn. “You kind of hate to start on the front and not finish there, but the car is in one piece and we’ll work on it and go from there. Everything’s different from what we’ve ever run before and we’ve got to put it together and we’re close, we’ll just keep hammering on it.”

Sides started second and finished third in the Wetherington Tractor Service Maxim despite having a motor issue in the early going that forced him to fend off Stewart and Schatz in the waning laps.

“Sammy got out to a little bit of a lead, and Daryn got right past us in turn four,” said Sides, of Bartlett, Tenn. “On the second or third lap it broke a rocker arm and it started spraying fuel everywhere. If there was a caution I was just really going to pull in and go, but since it did go green we just stayed out there and got a good run. Anytime you can run top three with a broke motor that’s still pretty good.”

For the second night in a row some of the best racing on track was between Tony Stewart and his Tony Stewart Racing driver, Donny Schatz. The two eventually finished where they started, with Stewart in fourth and Schatz one position behind, but as they were forced to weave through lapped traffic, the battle grew intense.

Pittman was not the only driver to best the previous track record. In fact, the previous track record would have only been good for the 18th qualifying position.

For the second night in a row, the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series feature event ran the full distance caution free. Working his way through the field and collecting the KSE Hard Charger award was Kasey Kahne Racing’s Cody Darrah, who advanced from 22nd to 15th.

There were several drivers representing the PA Posse on Tuesday night. Greg Hodnett was the highest finishing Posse member, collecting an eighth place finish.

The World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series takes a quick breather before heading to the Dirt Track at Charlotte in Concord, N.C. Friday night to kick off Memorial Day weekend with the Circle K/NOS Energy Outlaw Showdown.

NEW EGYPT SPEEDWAY NOTEBOOK

 

NOTES – Daryn Pittman set quick time in qualifying at the 7/16-mile “D” shaped oval in 13.396 seconds. ... Greg Hodnett, Joey Saldana, Ryan Smith and Craig Dollansky won heat races. ... The dash draw was an 6 for the 15th time this year. ... Sammy Swindell won the dash for the second time this year.

 

QUALIFYING – Daryn Pittman was the fastest qualifier with a time of 17.027 seconds to earn five championship points. Also earning points were Kraig Kinser (4 points), Paul McMahan (3), Tony Stewart (2) and Donny Schatz (1).

CONTINGENCY WINNERS – MSD Ignitions ($25 cash): Justin Henderson; MSD Ignitions ($50 cash): Sammy Swindell; STP ($50 cash): Sammy Swindell; Bruce High Performance Transporters ($50 cash): Jason Sides; JE Pistons ($50 cash): Joey Saldana;UNOH ($50 cash): Joey Saldana; American Racing Custom Wheels ($50 cash): Paul McMahan; VP Racing Fuels ($50 cash): Craig Dollansky; Edelbrock ($50 cash): Craig Dollansky; Comp Cams ($50 cash): Kraig Kinser; Cometic Gasket ($50 cash): David Gravel; Superflow ($50 cash): Cody Darrah; Klotz Synthetic Lubricants ($50 cash): Chad Kemenah;KSE Racing Products ($100 certificate): Cody Darrah; Penske Shocks ($100 certificate): Joey Saldana;Armor All (case of product): J.J. Grasso; Comp Cams ($50 certificate); Daryn Pittman; Bruce High Performance Transporters ($200 certificates): Jason Sides, David Gravel, Chad Kemenah; JE Pistons (set of rings): David Gravel and Chad Kemenah.

WE’RE ONLINE – Make sure to check out WoOsprint.com for the latest news and results, plus exclusive driver interviews, video and pictures. Also listen to every event live atDIRTVision.com .

World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series Statistical Report; NAPA Outlaw Classic; New Egypt (N.J.) Speedway; May 21, 2013

A-Main (30 Laps): 1. 9-Daryn Pittman [3] [$6,000]; 2. 1-Sammy Swindell [1] [$3,500]; 3. 7S-Jason Sides [2] [$2,000]; 4. 14-Tony Stewart [4] [$1,800]; 5. 15-Donny Schatz [5] [$1,500]; 6. 71M-Joey Saldana [8] [$1,400]; 7. 51-Paul McMahan [6] [$1,350]; 8. 39-Greg Hodnett [9] [$1,300]; 9. 7-Craig Dollansky [7] [$1,250]; 10. 11K-Kraig Kinser [11] [$1,200]; 11. 25-J.J. Grasso [17] [$900]; 12. 27-Lance Dewease [14] [$800]; 13. 11-Steve Kinser [18] [$700]; 14. 92-Ryan Smith [10] [$650]; 15. 4-Cody Darrah [22] [$600]; 16. 6-David Gravel [23] [$550]; 17. 1S-Logan Schuchart [12] [$500]; 18. 63-Chad Kemenah [19] [$500]; 19. O7-Justin Henderson [15] [$500]; 20. 18-Ryan Bohlke [20] [$500]; 21. 1Z-Jessica Zemken [16] [$500]; 22. 15B-Mark Bitner [24] [$500]; 23. 19M-Brent Marks [21] [$500]; 24. 89-Robbie Stillwagon [13] [$500]. Lap Leaders: Sammy Swindell 1-5, Daryn Pittman 6-30. KSE Hard Charger Award: 4-Cody Darrah [+7]

Qualifying: 1. 9-Daryn Pittman, 13.396; 2. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 13.419; 3. 51-Paul McMahan, 13.434; 4. 14-Tony Stewart, 13.510; 5. 15-Donny Schatz, 13.566; 6. 1-Sammy Swindell, 13.582; 7. 7S-Jason Sides, 13.643; 8. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 13.652; 9. 39-Greg Hodnett, 13.698; 10. 71M-Joey Saldana, 13.701; 11. 89-Robbie Stillwagon, 13.713; 12. 27-Lance Dewease, 13.721; 13. O7-Justin Henderson, 13.726; 14. 1Z-Jessica Zemken, 13.727; 15. 92-Ryan Smith, 13.753; 16. 7-Craig Dollansky, 13.775; 17. 25-J.J. Grasso, 13.819; 18. 11-Steve Kinser, 13.846; 19. 63-Chad Kemenah, 13.851; 20. 18-Ryan Bohlke, 13.857; 21. 19M-Brent Marks, 13.897; 22. 4-Cody Darrah, 13.905; 23. 6-David Gravel, 13.912; 24. 6R-Bill Rose, 13.961; 25. 747-Davey Sammons, 13.996; 26. 175-Billy Pauch, Jr., 14.001; 27. 21-Kyle Reinhardt, 14.057; 28. 13-Jason Leffler, 14.094; 29. 45-Kevin Nagy, 14.099; 30. 5-Justin Barger, 14.131; 31. 29-Kerry Madsen, 14.211; 32. 15B-Mark Bitner, 14.231; 33. 1A-Jacob Allen, 14.395

Heat 1 (8 Laps - Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature): 1. 39-Greg Hodnett [2]; 2. 15-Donny Schatz [3]; 3. 9-Daryn Pittman [4]; 4. O7-Justin Henderson [1]; 5. 25-J.J. Grasso [5]; 6. 747-Davey Sammons [7]; 7. 19M-Brent Marks [6]; 8. 1A-Jacob Allen [9]; 9. 45-Kevin Nagy [8]

Heat 2 (8 Laps - Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature): 1. 71M-Joey Saldana [2]; 2. 1-Sammy Swindell [3]; 3. 4-Cody Darrah [6]; 4. 1Z-Jessica Zemken [1]; 5. 11-Steve Kinser [5]; 6. 175-Billy Pauch, Jr. [7]; 7. 5-Justin Barger [8]; 8. 11K-Kraig Kinser [4]

Heat 3 (8 Laps - Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature): 1. 92-Ryan Smith [1]; 2. 7S-Jason Sides [3]; 3. 63-Chad Kemenah [5]; 4. 51-Paul McMahan [4]; 5. 6-David Gravel [6]; 6. 29-Kerry Madsen [8]; 7. 89-Robbie Stillwagon [2]; 8. 21-Kyle Reinhardt [7]

Heat 4 (8 Laps - Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature): 1. 7-Craig Dollansky [1]; 2. 14-Tony Stewart [4]; 3. 1S-Logan Schuchart [3]; 4. 27-Lance Dewease [2]; 5. 15B-Mark Bitner [8]; 6. 6R-Bill Rose [6]; 7. 13-Jason Leffler [7]; 8. 18-Ryan Bohlke [5]

Dash (6 Laps, finishing order determined first 10 starting positions of A-feature): 1. 1-Sammy Swindell [2]; 2. 7S-Jason Sides [1]; 3. 9-Daryn Pittman [6]; 4. 14-Tony Stewart [4]; 5. 15-Donny Schatz [3]; 6. 51-Paul McMahan [5]; 7. 7-Craig Dollansky [10]; 8. 71M-Joey Saldana [8]; 9. 39-Greg Hodnett [7]; 10. 92-Ryan Smith [9]

Last Chance Showdown (12 Laps - Top 4 finishers transfer to the A-feature): 1. 11K-Kraig Kinser [1] [-]; 2. 89-Robbie Stillwagon [2] [-]; 3. 18-Ryan Bohlke [3] [-]; 4. 19M-Brent Marks [4] [-]; 5. 747-Davey Sammons [6] [$200]; 6. 29-Kerry Madsen [12] [$180]; 7. 6R-Bill Rose [5] [$175]; 8. 21-Kyle Reinhardt [8] [$160]; 9. 13-Jason Leffler [9] [$150]; 10. 5-Justin Barger [11] [$150]; 11. 1A-Jacob Allen [13] [$150]; 12. 45-Kevin Nagy [10] [$150]; 13. 175-Billy Pauch, Jr. [7] [$150]

World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series Championship Standings

Pos.

Driver

Total

Diff

Wins

T-5

T-10

QT

1

Daryn Pittman

3556

0

5

16

22

5

2

Paul McMahan

3403

-153

1

12

17

5

3

Donny Schatz

3396

-160

4

12

19

0

4

Sammy Swindell

3301

-255

1

6

15

2

5

Joey Saldana

3293

-263

0

5

15

3

6

Craig Dollansky

3245

-311

2

6

14

1

7

David Gravel

3179

-377

0

4

10

1

8

Cody Darrah

3170

-386

0

2

10

1

9

Chad Kemenah

3104

-452

0

7

9

2

10

Steve Kinser

3076

-480

1

1

7

0

11

Kraig Kinser

2985

-571

1

4

11

0

12

Kerry Madsen

2972

-584

1

5

10

0

13

Jason Sides

2836

-720

0

3

8

0

14

Tim Kaeding

2429

-1127

4

11

13

0

15

Sam Hafertepe Jr.

2019

-1537

0

0

3

1

16

Brian Brown

1852

-1704

0

3

6

0

17

Greg Wilson

1714

-1842

0

0

1

0

18

Bill Rose

1567

-1989

0

0

0

0

19

Jac Haudenschild

1546

-2010

0

4

5

0

20

Terry McCarl

1436

-2120

1

1

1

0




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