Beaver Dam, WI (August 3) - Finding the right combination in racing is a good thing. When the calendar turns to August, every sprint car team in America is looking for it. Daryn Pittman and the Sherdon Motorsports team seem to have found the ...
Beaver Dam, WI (August 3) - Finding the right combination in racing is a good thing. When the calendar turns to August, every sprint car team in America is looking for it. Daryn Pittman and the Sherdon Motorsports team seem to have found the combination with the #21 Gaete-powered Mopar J&J as evidenced by their consecutive World of Outlaws feature event wins in the last four nights including Sunday night's thriller at Powercom Raceway Park in Beaver Dam, WI.
"I wish we could have the last month back-we've struggled all year long it seems, but my guys have been working really hard," said Pittman, who dominated Thursday night's Freedom 40 at K-C Raceway in Chillicothe, OH. "We've got our motor program turned around, and things have really come together for us lately. These Mopar motors are running great. We've been qualifying really well and that helps your entire program when you can be fast all night long. This is a great time to have things come together and hopefully this carries over the next couple of weeks as well."
After struggling dreadfully at the King's Royal and Williams Grove just last weekend, the Sherdon Motorsports team looked to be in for a long Month of Money. With a pair of fresh Mopar powerplants built by Joe Gaerte and Gaerte Engines, the team is making a strong statement.
"This was another Mopar that Joe and the guys put together for us and we couldn't be happier," said Pittman, who had Glenno Inglis and Bingo Jenkins keeping the J&J with Mopar power tuned on Sunday night. "We started running one last Wednesday at Sharon and Thursday it won, so we figured we keep that one fresh for the big money shows. Then we come out tonight with this one and it runs awesome, too."
In Sunday's event, Pittman was stout early qualifying second in the field of 44 cars. He finished the second heat race in third position after starting sixth and finished second in the second dash race to Jason Sides. In the 35-lap feature, Pittman found himself battling for third place for much of the race before making a charge late.
On lap 32, he passed third place running Jason Meyers. Just after Jason Sides passed Steve Kinser for the lead on the white flag lap, Pittman passed Steve Kinser for second low in turn two. He continued his charge on the final circuit by going low in turns three and four racing side by side with Sides for the lead out of turn four. The two made contact near the finish line, with both cars spinning sideways across the stripe. Pittman got the win, and skidded to a stop on the infield entering turn one.
"I didn't know what was going to happen when we got to that traffic," said Pittman, who now has three $10,000 paydays in 2003. "Nobody wants to see Jason (Sides) win more than I do-he and his guys are doing a great job for their first year out here. He gave me just enough room on the last corner, and I used every bit of it. I had a couple of races stolen from me here with the Gumout series, so it's really nice to come back here and get a win like this."
Pittman will look to win his third consecutive WoO feature event on Wednesday at Hartford Speedway Park in Hartford, MI. Pittman won the 2001 WoO Gumout feature event at Hartford and also won last year's "Night before the Big One" WoO feature at Eldora Speedway, which is where the Sherdon Motorsports crew will headed after Wednesday's race.