Hagerstown race report

Pittman wins, Kinser regains points lead at Hagerstown HAGERSTOWN, MD (May 18) - The defending World of Outlaws Gumout Series champion and its current points leader staged a classic battle in Saturday's Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series event at...

Pittman wins, Kinser regains points lead at Hagerstown

HAGERSTOWN, MD (May 18) - The defending World of Outlaws Gumout Series champion and its current points leader staged a classic battle in Saturday's Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series event at Hagerstown Speedway.

Daryn Pittman, who won the 2001 World of Outlaws Gumout Series championship, passed Tyler Walker for the lead late in the 25th lap and led the final 4 1/3 laps to claim his second "A" Feature victory of the season. Pittman also won the main event at Perris Auto Speedway February 23rd. Walker was also the runner-up Thursday at Williams Grove Speedway.

"That was all my crew tonight - I had the best car out there," Pittman said. "Bob Curtis, "Glenno (Ingliss) and everyone else did a fantastic job, especially Joe Gaerte. He's been helping us a bunch with our motors. It didn't matter where I was or what I did, this car was absolutely perfect, and that's what it takes to win out here. The #21 Hop & Sac J&J just got better as the race went on. I didn't think we had much of a shot at Tyler (Walker) until I ran down Stevie (Smith) so quick.

"We've had some good runs this year, and been pretty consistent. I've never really had much success here before, but you like any track where you can win, so right now Hagerstown's my favorite!"

Steve Kinser, a four-time winner at Hagerstown Speedway, regained the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series points lead by finishing in ninth place, one position ahead of defending champion Danny Lasoski.

Pittman, the ninth-fastest qualifier in the 28-car field, finished fourth in the Third Heat Race and earned the privilege of starting the "A" Feature inside the fifth row by finishing fifth in the First O'Reilly Auto Parts Dash.

Walker, who won the Second O'Reilly Auto Parts Dash, raced into the lead from outside the front row as the green flag fell in the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series' 21st main event of the year.

The right rear wheel on the #2 Sanmina/SCI Eagle was packed with mud two laps later, forcing Brad Furr to stop in turn two and bringing out the caution flag. Pittman, who passed three cars during the first three laps, raced past fellow Oklahoman Danny Wood on the back straightaway to take over fifth place as the race resumed.

Joey Saldana and Tim Shaffer were battling for seventh place the next time around when their first-corner collision sent Shaffer and the #83 Beef Packers Eagle flipping. Shaffer's crew, led by Mark Ellis, replaced his top wing and he restarted at the rear of the field.

Smith, who started on the pole, challenged Walker for the lead as the green flag replaced the red. Hodnett passed Smith deep in turn four late in the eighth lap, but Stevie came back with an inside move between the first and second corners to regain second place several seconds later.

Pittman took over fourth place with an inside move past McMahan early in lap 12. Walker was 20 car-lengths ahead of Smith when he entered lapped traffic the next time around.

Lasoski and Kinser battled around every inch of Hagerstown's semi-banked, ½-mile oval during the race's middle stages. Lasoski drove NASCAR Winston Cup star Tony Stewart's #20 J.D. Byrider Eagle into eighth place on the front straightaway, only to have Kinser ride the rim around him between turns three and four the next time around.

Donny Schatz, who started outside the eighth row, steered the #15 Parker Stores J&J into the low groove between turns one and two to pass "The Dude" for ninth place early in lap 17. Furr's fourth-corner flip brought out the red flag one lap later.

Pittman started making a strong move toward the front following the final red period. He passed Hodnett in the low groove between turns three and four as the race resumed and used a similar move exiting the first corner to pass Smith for second place early in lap 20. Pittman challenged Walker for five laps before taking the lead in the high groove between turns three and four.

Pittman opened a five-car-length advantage within three laps and raced through lapped traffic with ease to claim the $10,000 first prize with 20 car-lengths to spare.

Wood lost eighth place and six more positions when the #6 Casey's General Stores Maxim lost its right rear wheel during the final lap.

Smith finished in third place, ahead of Hodnett, McMahan, Schatz, Saldana, Mark Kinser, Steve Kinser and Lasoski.

The Pennzoil World of Outaws Series will sanction the XM Satellite Radio Outlaws Showdown at The Dirt Track at Lowe's Motor Speedway Friday and Saturday.

-WoO

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Tony Stewart , Tim Shaffer , Brad Furr , Mark Kinser , Danny Lasoski , Donny Schatz , Steve Kinser , Tyler Walker , Daryn Pittman , Joey Saldana , Mark Ellis
Teams Williams