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Daryn Pittman Surges to Victory at Eldora Speedway

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ROSSBURG, Ohio – May 4, 2013 – Eight laps to go Saturday night at Eldora Speedway and a restart with Brian Brown and Donny Schatz on the front row had the crowd on its feet, but it was Daryn Pittman who took their breath away with a stunning slider past the leaders for his fourth World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series victory of the season.

Brown, who stormed into the lead from the pole position, withstood several barrages by Brad Sweet and Schatz to maintain the top spot through the first 22 laps, but Pittman was too much on what was the final restart of the 30-lap conclusion to Outlaw Thunder weekend at Eldora.

Pittman started seventh in his Kasey Kahne Racing Great Clips GF1 at the Tony Stewart-owned high-speed half-mile oval and methodically worked his way forward. While everyone was watching Brown battle Sweet and Schatz, it was Pittman who was putting himself in position to pounce on the leader.

By lap 8, Sweet had closed the gap on Brown, and a lap later went to the bottom in turn three and drew even with the leader. Brown and Sweet drag raced down the front stretch, with Brown edging Sweet by just one-hundredth of a second. Sweet again would charge on lap 10, but still fell short.

The intense battle for the lead eased momentarily when Sam Hafertepe Jr. collided with the wall in turn one, bringing out a caution on lap 12. Brown then rolled to a stop on the front stretch, where he explained to series officials his belts had come loose. By rule, a safety-related issue allows the driver to maintain his track position, putting Brown back in front on the restart with Sweet.

Brown, Sweet and Schatz then went three wide in the battle for the lead, with Brown still holding off the challengers. Then for the second consecutive night, Sweet’s car sustained damage, forcing him out of the race. This time it set up a double-file restart with 14 laps complete.

Schatz charged Brown on the restart, and working the bottom in turn one, moved into lead but only for an instant as Brown again slid back to the front.

A determined Brown stretched his advantage until a caution on lap 22 when Sheldon Haudenschild spun in turn four. The crowd was eager to see if Schatz could make a slide job stick on this restart, but when the green flag flew it was Pittman with the dive bomb to the lead.                       

“I think I gained at least one spot if not two on every restart,” said Pittman, who extends his lead in the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series championship standings with the victory. “It made all difference in the world. On those double file restarts, they’re tricky they either go for you or against you and luckily tonight they helped us.”

Brown in the Casey’s General Stores/FVP Maxim held off Schatz’s STP/Armor All J&J the rest of the way to finish second.

“I was thinking maybe I should go to the outside, but the bottom had worked pretty good the whole time,” said Brown, of Grain Valley, Mo. “You don’t want to say, ‘Well gosh, you ran the bottom the whole time on those restarts, why did you choose the top and get beat that way.’ The driver has to do his job for 30 laps, and I just had 28 good ones and a bad restart.”

Schatz finished third with Jac Haudenschild and Joey Saldana rounding out the top five.

“We had a good enough car I felt like to win at one point, but we just kind of faded a little bit,” said Schatz, a five-time World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series champion from Fargo, N.D.

Steve Kinser, making the 200th start of his career at Eldora, earned the KSE Hard Charger Award after starting 15th and finishing seventh in the Bad Boy Buggies/J.D. Byrider Maxim.

Next up, the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series invades Minnesota’s Elko Speedway for “FVP Outlaws at Elko” on Friday, May 10, and Iowa’s Knoxville Raceway for the “Mediacom Shootout” on Saturday, May 11.

 

ELDORA SPEEDWAY NOTEBOOK

NOTES – For the third time this season, Joey Saldana set quick time in qualifying at the high-banked half-mile in 13.185 seconds. … Sam Hafertepe Jr., Jac Haudenschild, Tim Shaffer and Chad Kemenah won heat races. … The dash draw was a 6 for the 11th time this year. … Brian Brown won the dash for the first time this year. … The World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series has raced at Eldora every year since its inaugural 1978 season. … Eldora Speedway is celebrating its 60th anniversary season. … The maximum point total a driver can earn in a World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series race is 155 points (150 for a win, 5 for quick time). Pittman earned 154 points on Saturday with a victory after posting the second-quickest time of the night in qualifying, which was worth 4 points. No driver who has posted quick time has won a race yet this season.

WINNERS – Daryn Pittman – 4 (Perris Auto Speedway on April 13, Tucson International Raceway on March 9, Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 15 and Eldora Speedway on May 4); Tim Kaeding – 3 (Thunderbowl Raceway on March 15, The Dirt Track at Las Vegas on March 7 and Tri-State Speedway on April 20); Craig Dollansky – 2 (Thunderbowl Raceway on March 16 and Salina Highbanks Speedway on April 27); Donny Schatz – 2 (Kings Speedway on April 12 and The Dirt Track at Las Vegas on March 6); Shane Golobic – 1 (Antioch Speedway on April 5); Kyle Larson – 1 (Stockton 99 Dirt Track on March 22); Danny Lasoski – 1(Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 17); Paul McMahan – 1 (Silver Dollar Speedway on March 23); Terry McCarl – 1 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 16), Sammy Swindell – 1 (Merced Speedway on March 29), Steve Kinser – 1 (El Paso Speedway Park on April 16) Kerry Madsen – 1 (EldoraSpeedway on May 3).

TIME TRIALS – Joey Saldana was the fastest qualifier around the half-mile oval with a time of 13.185 seconds to earn five championship points. Also earning points were Daryn Pittman (4 points), Paul McMahan (3), Brian Brown (2) and David Gravel (1).

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CONTINGENCY WINNERS – Penske Shocks ($100 certificate): David Gravel; MSD Ignitions ($50 cash): Donny Schatz; Comp Cams ($50 certificate): Kerry Madsen; STP ($50 cash): Donny Schatz; Bruce High Performance Transporters ($50 cash): Joey Saldana; JE Pistons ($50 cash): Joey Saldana; UNOH ($50 cash): Paul McMahan; American Racing Custom Wheels ($50 cash): Steve Kinser; VP Racing Fuels ($50 cash): Chad Kemenah; Edelbrock ($50 cash): Craig Dollansky; Comp Cams ($50 cash): Craig Dollansky; Cometic Gasket ($50 cash): Jason Sides; Bruce High Performance Transporters ($200 certificates): Joey Saldana, Jason Sides, Kerry Madsen; Superflow ($50 cash): David Gravel; JE Pistons (set of rings): Tim Kaeding and Kerry Madsen; Klotz Synthetic Lubricants($50 cash): Sheldon Haudenschild; MSD Ignitions ($25 cash): Kerry Madsen; Armor All (case of product): Jac Haudenschild; KSE Racing Products ($100 certificate): Steve Kinser.

World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series Statistical Report; Eldora Speedway; Rossburg, Ohio; May 4, 2013

A-Main – (30 Laps): 1. 9-Daryn Pittman [7] [$10,000]; 2. 21-Brian Brown [1] [$5,000]; 3. 15-Donny Schatz [5] [$3,000]; 4. 59-Jac Haudenschild [8] [$2,700]; 5. 71M-Joey Saldana [6] [$2,500]; 6. 51-Paul McMahan [3] [$2,200]; 7. 11-Steve Kinser [15] [$2,000]; 8. 63-Chad Kemenah [9] [$1,800]; 9. 4-Cody Darrah [12] [$1,600]; 10. 1-Sammy Swindell [14] [$1,450]; 11. 7-Craig Dollansky [16] [$1,300]; 12. 82-Lucas Wolfe [13] [$1,200]; 13. 7S-Jason Sides [21] [$1,100]; 14. 6-David Gravel [18] [$1,000]; 15. 24-Terry McCarl [23] [$950]; 16. 83-Tim Kaeding [22] [$900]; 17. 14-Tony Stewart [11] [$850]; 18. 11K-Kraig Kinser [24] [$750]; 19. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild [20] [$725]; 20. 83X-Tim Shaffer [10] [$700]; 21. 2-Dale Blaney [17] [$700]; 22. 49-Brad Sweet [2] [$700]; 23. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr [4] [$700]; 24. 29-Kerry Madsen [19] [$700]. Lap Leaders: Brian Brown 1-22, Daryn Pittman 23-30. KSE Hard Charger Award: 11-Steve Kinser [+8]

Qualifying – 1. 71M-Joey Saldana, 13.185; 2. 9-Daryn Pittman, 13.187; 3. 51-Paul McMahan, 13.206; 4. 21-Brian Brown, 13.282; 5. 14-Tony Stewart, 13.330; 6. 49-Brad Sweet, 13.336; 7. 4-Cody Darrah, 13.345; 8. 82-Lucas Wolfe, 13.353; 9. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr, 13.367; 10. 1-Sammy Swindell, 13.388; 11. 11-Steve Kinser, 13.394; 12. 63-Chad Kemenah, 13.403; 13. 15-Donny Schatz, 13.405; 14. 59-Jac Haudenschild, 13.405; 15. 83X-Tim Shaffer, 13.407; 16. 7-Craig Dollansky, 13.414; 17. 2-Dale Blaney, 13.416; 18. 6-David Gravel, 13.449; 19. 29-Kerry Madsen, 13.488; 20. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild, 13.494; 21. 7S-Jason Sides, 13.590; 22. 13-Jason Leffler, 13.618; 23. 83-Tim Kaeding, 13.620; 24. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 13.630; 25. 28-Brian Paulus, 13.635; 26. 24-Terry McCarl, 13.641; 27. W20-Greg Wilson, 13.788; 28. 24H-Bryan Sebbetto, 13.804; 29. 17B-Bill Balog, 13.804; 30. 66-Randy Hannagan, 13.805; 31. 99-Brady Bacon, 13.835; 32. 3B-Brad Greer, 13.867; 33. 9W-Brandon Wimmer, 13.890; 34. 7K-Chad Blonde, 13.896

Heat 1 – (8 Laps – Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature): 1. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr [2]; 2. 15-Donny Schatz [1]; 3. 71M-Joey Saldana [4]; 4. 7S-Jason Sides [6]; 5. 2-Dale Blaney [5]; 6. 17B-Bill Balog [8]; 7. 9W-Brandon Wimmer [9]; 8. 28-Brian Paulus [7]; 9. 14-Tony Stewart [3]

Heat 2 – (8 Laps – Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature): 1. 59-Jac Haudenschild [1]; 2. 49-Brad Sweet [3]; 3. 1-Sammy Swindell [2]; 4. 9-Daryn Pittman [4]; 5. 24-Terry McCarl [7]; 6. 6-David Gravel [5]; 7. 7K-Chad Blonde [9]; 8. 66-Randy Hannagan [8]; 9. 13-Jason Leffler [6]

Heat 3 – (8 Laps – Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature): 1. 83X-Tim Shaffer [1]; 2. 51-Paul McMahan [4]; 3. 11-Steve Kinser [2]; 4. 4-Cody Darrah [3]; 5. 29-Kerry Madsen [5]; 6. 83-Tim Kaeding [6]; 7. W20-Greg Wilson [7]; 8. 99-Brady Bacon [8]

Heat 4 – (8 Laps – Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature): 1. 63-Chad Kemenah [2]; 2. 21-Brian Brown [4]; 3. 7-Craig Dollansky [1]; 4. 82-Lucas Wolfe [3]; 5. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild [5]; 6. 11K-Kraig Kinser [6]; 7. 24H-Bryan Sebbetto [7]; 8. 3B-Brad Greer [8]

Dash – (6 Laps, finishing order determined first 10 starting positions of A-feature): 1. 21-Brian Brown [3]; 2. 49-Brad Sweet [2]; 3. 51-Paul McMahan [4]; 4. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr [1]; 5. 15-Donny Schatz [8]; 6. 71M-Joey Saldana [6]; 7. 9-Daryn Pittman [5]; 8. 59-Jac Haudenschild [9]; 9. 63-Chad Kemenah [7]; 10. 83X-Tim Shaffer [10]

Last Chance Showdown – (12 Laps – Top 4 finishers transfer to the A-feature): 1. 14-Tony Stewart [1] [-]; 2. 6-David Gravel [2] [-]; 3. 83-Tim Kaeding [4] [-]; 4. 11K-Kraig Kinser [5] [-]; 5. 28-Brian Paulus [6] [$200]; 6. 24H-Bryan Sebbetto [8] [$180]; 7. 7K-Chad Blonde [14] [$175]; 8. W20-Greg Wilson [7] [$160]; 9. 13-Jason Leffler [3] [$150]; 10. 99-Brady Bacon [11] [$150]; 11. 66-Randy Hannagan [10] [$150]; 12. 9W-Brandon Wimmer [13] [$150]; 13. 3B-Brad Greer [12] [$150]; 14. 17B-Bill Balog [9] [$150].