EAGLE, NE (Sept 19) - The last time Daryn Pittman and the Sherdon Motorsports World of Outlaws team made their way to Eagle Raceway the sweet taste of victory was very familiar. The team entered June's 20th annual Eagle Nationals fresh off a...
EAGLE, NE (Sept 19) - The last time Daryn Pittman and the Sherdon Motorsports World of Outlaws team made their way to Eagle Raceway the sweet taste of victory was very familiar. The team entered June's 20th annual Eagle Nationals fresh off a victory at Lakeside Speedway just six days before. After their recent long West Coast swing, Pittman and his crew hope returning to Midwest will help their chances of getting back to victory lane.
"It seems likes it's been forever since we won a race," said Pittman, who's last victory just happened to be the biggest of his career as he won the $100,000 Historical Big One at Eldora Speedway on August 9th. "Since the Big One, we really haven't been in a position to win and that's what's really tough. We had some decent nights, but once we come back from the West Coast trip you know in your mind the season is winding down. You want to win as many as you can from here on out."
Even with the huge win in August, Pittman hasn't been totally pleased with his 2003 campaign. He currently ranks fourth in the World of Outlaws standings, which easily is a career-best, but he started the season fresh off winning the Australian World Series Sprintcar title and had high expectations.
"We won six World of Outlaws "A" features last year and realistically thought we could do better than that this year," continued Pittman. "I wanted to get 10 wins and we still can, but we've got to start getting hot here. Things do seem to go in cycles, and we had a stretch there in early August that was awesome. If we can get on another roll like that, we can get the wins we hoped for."
Pittman and the Sherdon Motorsports team made up of Joe Gaerte, Glenno Inglis and Bingo Jenkins had the #21 Hop & Sack/Gaerte/Mopar J&J hitting on all cylinders from the July 31st Freedom 40 at K-C Raceway through the Historical Big One. Pittman led all 40 laps at K-C Raceway and at the next WoO event at Beaver Dam Raceway, he made a last-lap pass of Jason Sides to score back-to-back WoO wins for the first time in his career. Six days later, he led 36 of the 40-lap Historical Big One to pocket $100,000 victory.
"To be able to say that we've won one of the biggest races in the sport was a career defining moment," said Pittman. "We went on to the Knoxville Nationals with a ton of momentum and ended up starting Saturday night's "A" feature seventh. We didn't finish where we wanted to and have just seemed to be plugging along out West. Maybe things will go better for us at Eagle."
This weekend's 14th Annual One/Third-Mile Short-Track Nationals at Husker Auto Group Eagle Raceway Friday and Saturday will be a challenge for Pittman since he admits to not having mastered the high-banked 1/3-mile clay oval yet during his career.
"Eagle is one of the best places we race at in the country, but I just haven't had the best of the luck there," said Pittman. "It seems to be one of those places where you are really good at or just plain ordinary. There are a lot of guys that are really good there. If we can figure it out this weekend, it will be quite an accomplishment. I know our motor program will give us a great chance. Joe and everybody at Gaerte have given us a Mopar motor that has been really strong all season."
"I've said this before, but I believe that Eagle probably ranks right up there with Eldora as far as being a physically demanding racetrack that we go to. With how bad I want to win and the fact that our last win came at Eldora, maybe we can put it all together and get our first win at Eagle this weekend."
In June at the Eagle Nationals, Pittman finished seventh and tenth in the two-night program. His best career-finish at the facility came in the 2002 Eagle Nationals when he raced from 10th to a fifth place finish in the second preliminary program. Pitman's consistency has been the back bone to his run into fourth in the WoO standings finishing in the top ten 50 times this year including 16 out of the last 22.
This weekend's program can be heard live on SCN: The Sprint Car Network via the world wide web at: www.sprintcarnet.com.