Pittman Looks for First Win at Lernerville in First Commonwealth Bank Clash Sarver, PA-- May 12, 2008-- Daryn Pittman has visited the winner's circle at some of the most famed tracks in all of sprint car racing during his career, including:...
Pittman Looks for First Win at Lernerville in First Commonwealth Bank Clash
Sarver, PA-- May 12, 2008-- Daryn Pittman has visited the winner's circle at some of the most famed tracks in all of sprint car racing during his career, including: Eldora Speedway, Manzanita Speedway, Silver Dollar Speedway and Williams Grove Speedway. One track that is missing from that list is Lernerville Speedway in Sarver, Pennsylvania. He has come close on a number of occasions to winning at the high-banked four-tenths mile which has hosted the Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series each and every season since 1979.
Pittman will have two chances this season to pick up a win at the track, with the first of those coming on Tuesday, May 13 in the First Commonwealth Bank Clash. Last season, he finished third in the Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup at the track and has finished fourth or better in three of his last four starts at the facility. In his career, he has seven Top-Five finishes at Lernerville Speedway.
"I know what it takes to be fast, I just don't know what it takes to win," quipped Pittman about his experiences at Lernerville. "We have always been pretty good there, we just haven't been able to find victory lane. It's a hard place to get a hold of. It's a very sticky place and it's a hard track to free your car up when it's wet and it's also hard to get a hold of when it's slicks up. We're always good there. We'll definitely try to figure out how to get to victory lane on Tuesday."
While he is still searching for that elusive first win at Lernerville, Pittman always enjoys going to the track located in the scenic mountains of Western Pennsylvania that will host its 65th World of Outlaws A-Feature event this week. His first start at the track was in 1999 and he earned his Top-10 finish the following year.
"It's a beautiful race track and an awesome facility," noted the driver of the Titan Garages Maxim. I really like going there."
Lernerville Speedway is one of three four-tenths-mile tracks that dot the Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series schedule this season. Pittman has won in the past at The Dirt Track @ Lowe's Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina which is the same sized track, but he is quick to note the stark contrast between Lernerville and any other tracks on the World of Outlaws calendar.
"Lenerville is in a class of its own all the way around," explained the native of Owasso, Oklahoma. "The shape is a bit odd and the corners seem to be completely different. It is built right into the side of a mountain, so I don't think you can compare it to anywhere. The dirt may be comparable to come other places, but other than that, it's a standalone place."
Like the rest of the World of Outlaws drivers, Pittman's biggest foe this season has been Mother Nature. After starting the season with finishes of second, fifth and sixth in Australia, the veteran driver turned in a very solid performance at the Alltel DIRTcar Nationals, earning four Top-10 finishes, including two in World of Outlaws events. After a seventh-place run in the last World of Outlaws event on May 3 at Knoxville Raceway, Pittman moved into the Top-10 in championship points.
"I feel like our whole team and myself personally run better the more that we race," said the 2001 World of Outlaws Gumout Series champion. "Sitting around and running once a week is not for me. It is no one's fault. Mother Nature just doesn't want to be in our favor. It seems like its really nice all week long and then when Thursday, Friday and Saturday come, it doesn't turn out nice. We have plenty of races on the schedule, so hopefully the rain stays away and we can get them in."
During the interruptions in the World of Outlaws schedule, Pittman and his team have gone far and wide to find races to compete in. He picked up a win last weekend at 34 Raceway in Iowa, where the series will make its debut on July 30. He also competed at Attica Raceway Park in Ohio, where the World of Outlaws will make a stop at the end of this month, earning a runner-up finish. He also competed at Eldora Speedway in a tune-up for the Kings Royal, where he also finished second.
"It has helped some," he said of getting some races in when series events were rained out. "I just like to race. We want to run races and we want to win. We definitely didn't start the year the way we wanted, but the last few weeks I think we have gotten some things turned around. I know we have the car going in the right direction. I am excited to get to Outlaws shows to see how good we really are."
Pittman and his team have had a familiar face in the pit area, as longtime crewman Bingo Jenkins has been helping turn the wrenches for the last couple of week. With Jenkins assisting crew chief Glenno Inglis, the team has wracked up five consecutive finishes of seventh or better, including two runner-up performances and the win last weekend. The team looks to capitalize on Jenkins experience this week in his home state of Pennsylvania.
"He'll be with us through Williams Grove, and then he has some prior commitments," shared Pittman. "We hate to see him leave again, but we know its coming, so we'll just have to find somebody to replace him."
Pittman and his team will do everything they can to pick up a win in the First Commonwealth Bank Clash on May 13, as well as learn as much as they can for when the series returns to Lernerville Speedway on July 15 for the Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup, which will pay a record $40,000 to the winner this season.
"It would be huge to win there," he said. "It would be great to win on Tuesday, but the Don Martin Memorial is the one that we are gearing up for. That's one of the biggest five or six races of the year. It pays good and the prestige is there. I want to find victory lane up there, so we know how to find it in July, because that is the one we definitely want to win."
On Tuesday, May 13 at Lernerville Speedway, General admission tickets will be $25 for those 18-over, $22 for Seniors and $20 for those ages 11-17, with kid 10-under admitted free of charge. Reserved tickets will be $27 for those 18-over, $24 for Seniors and $22 for those age 17-under. For ticket information visit http://www.lernerville.com or call 724-353-1511. There will be an autograph session under the main grandstand at 5:45 p.m. featuring: Chad Kemenah, Kraig Kinser, Jason Meyers and Tim Shaffer.