PITTMAN TAKES CHARLOTTE OUTLAW CHAMPIONSHIP IN NEW J&J McKenzie, TN (October 15) - In the 2002 season, Daryn Pittman has become a formable competitor in sprint car racing's premiere series, The Pennzoil World of Outlaws. Pittman drove the ...
PITTMAN TAKES CHARLOTTE OUTLAW CHAMPIONSHIP IN NEW J&J
McKenzie, TN (October 15) - In the 2002 season, Daryn Pittman has become a formable competitor in sprint car racing's premiere series, The Pennzoil World of Outlaws. Pittman drove the #21 SherDon Motorsports J&J to victory in front of a record crowd at The Dirt Track @ Lowe's Motor Speedway in Concord, NC on Saturday night.
"What an awesome feeling," recalled Pittman about his sixth WoO victory of the season. "We've worked hard all year and this is the time you start working on things for next year. We just built this new J&J last week and ran the first Gaerte Mopar the past few nights. These cars are great, because the consistency is tremendous. Everything that we were doing with the J&J's that we ran all year, we can do with this one. For a young team that's really important."
Pittman's success with the new J&J and Mopar power has been evident with his finishes of fourth at Talladega on October 5, fourth in the Charlotte Outlaw Championship opener on Friday night, and Saturday's win. Engine Builder Joe Gaerte was pleased with the quick success of the motor.
"We talked about building a Mopar following the Knoxville Nationals," said Gaerte. "We started working on it right after that and we just finished it up and got it race ready. We simply changed around some head castings so that they were similar to our other motors and went from there. Daryn and his guys did a good job and we're going to continue to develop this motor."
The victory helped the 24 year-old driver from Owasso, OK pulled into a tie for 11th place in the WoO standings, which is quite an accomplishment since he missed nine events recovering from a back injury in March. Only Steve Kinser and Danny Lasoski have won more "A" Feature wins this season.
"To be able to win races all over the country and at places like Eldora and Charlotte is incredible," explained Pittman, who has 2002 WoO wins at Perris Auto Speedway, Hagerstown Speedway, I-55 Raceway, Eldora Speedway, Calistoga Speedway, and The Dirt Track @ Lowe's Motor Speedway. "There were a lot of things I wanted to prove this year and I can't thank Donnie and Sherrie Woodburn enough for giving me the chance to drive their car. Working with J&J Auto Racing and Gaerte Engines and our other product sponsors really makes this all possible. Joe (Gaerte) helps us, but Bob Curtis and Sean Young are on the road doing all the detail work that keeps us going strong. We've got six events left and we want to finish the season really strong."
Other Notable J&J Performances:
Memphis Motorsports Park -
Mike Ward finished second in the 1st Annual Memphis Motorsports Nationals. He won his heat race and started 6th in the feature and finished 2nd driving the #88 J&J.