Looking to Repeat: Daryn Pittman Seeks Another Win at 81 Speedway Even though Wichita is 190 miles from his hometown of Owasso, Okla., Daryn Pittman considers 81 Speedway in Kansas to be a home race. The always competitive 3/8-mile track will...
Looking to Repeat: Daryn Pittman Seeks Another Win at 81 Speedway
Even though Wichita is 190 miles from his hometown of Owasso, Okla., Daryn Pittman considers 81 Speedway in Kansas to be a home race. The always competitive 3/8-mile track will host the World of Outlaws in the Third Annual Wichita Twister Showdown on Friday night.
The event also is near and dear to Pittman because when he won it last year for his car owner Reeve Kruck, that made him the first Australian car owner to win with the World of Outlaws. That jumped started Pittman's season, as he went on to win four more races after picking up that always elusive first win of the year, en route to his third straight Top-10 finish in the point standings.
The driver of the Titan Garages/Hop-n-Sack Convenience Stores Maxim, is one step ahead of that this year, having swept the Eagle Nationals at Eagle Raceway on June 9-10, for his first A-Feature win of the campaign. He is fifth in points, with 11 Top-Five finishes. He also has led 95 laps on the year, which is third best in the series. In addition to this, Pittman has started from the pole position on three different occasions this season.
"I enjoy the racetrack there, it is really nice and racy," Pittman said. "It's always good to go back after a win, that's a positive."
Rain wreaked havoc the first time the World of Outlaws were set to invade the Jayhawk state back in early May. With the hard work of series and track officials, a suitable date was found to make the event up. For Pittman, it is a chance to race in Kansas two nights in a row, as the series will head west to Dodge City Raceway Park on Saturday night.
"Hopefully the weather cooperates a little better than last time, since they had to reschedule," said Pittman. "We look for a good crowd, and we'll go out there and try to repeat."
Pittman knows the crowd will be excited as the best sprint car drivers in the world come into their own backyard to do battle. The fans only get to see the World of Outlaws twice all season in the state of Kansas, so expect them to come out in full force on Friday night at 81 Speedway as well as Saturday night at Dodge City Raceway Park. The forecast calls for clear skies and warm temperatures and the action on the track will be even hotter.
"They do pretty well out there," Pittman said. "It's about as close as we to Tulsa, so we get a lot of people from the Oklahoma area out there. It's not exactly a hometown crowd, but as close as we get."
Pittman knows it will take a near perfect night from start to finish, to repeat at the Wichita Twister Showdown. The early part of the season has been one of the most competitive in World of Outlaws history. There have been 13 different winners in the first 25 A-Features run so far this year, as well as four different preliminary feature winners. Pittman has his name in both of those columns, and looks to add to it this weekend.
"We just want to come back and pick up some more wins," said Pittman. "We've been pretty steady, and had a little bit of bad luck at Knoxville. We're steady and we'll keep plugging away with the car and look for good finishes. Getting wins just makes you hungry for more."
Pittman like most drivers feel he is at his best when racing as many times as possible. If it was up to him, he would race every night of the week. He will have the chance to turn plenty of laps this week as the series will race three times over a four day period.
"I'm pumped," Pittman said. "I don't care how far the race tracks are apart from each other. I'm ready to go and run three nights."
It has been a little bit over a month since the Mean 15 have competed on a 3/8-mile track, but Pittman knows that his team is well prepared, and has learned some things the last couple weeks that will help them out. In the five races so far this season on 3/8-mile tracks, he has brought home four Top-10 finishes including fifth place runs at Sharon Speedway and U.S.A. Race Park.
"Knowing that we won it last year, all the fans will be coming out looking for a good showing," Pittman said. "It's a lot of people we don't get to race in front of all that much, so it's a good deal and we try to make the most of it."
This will be the World of Outlaws fourth race at the track which is situated in Park City, Kan., just outside of Wichita. If Pittman wins the event, he would become the first two-time winner at the facility. He also is looking to add to his 15 career World of Outlaw A-Feature wins, which ironically have him tied for 15th on the all time list.
For ticket information about tickets for the Wichita Twister Showdown visit www.81speedway.org or call the ticket hotline at: 316-755-1781. On Friday adult tickets will be $25, while children's tickets will be just $10. Tickets purchased for the May 6 show that was rained out, will also be honored.