Daryn Pittman Holds Off Donny Schatz for World of Outlaws Victory at Jackson Speedway Jackson, MN -- Sept. 23, 2005 -- Daryn Pittman raced into the lead on the first lap Friday night at Jackson Speedway and held off hard-charging Donny Schatz as...
Daryn Pittman Holds Off Donny Schatz for World of Outlaws Victory at Jackson Speedway
Jackson, MN -- Sept. 23, 2005 -- Daryn Pittman raced into the lead on the first lap Friday night at Jackson Speedway and held off hard-charging Donny Schatz as they came to the checkered flag to win his fourth World of Outlaws Sprint Series A-feature event of the season.
With a motor Pittman felt was beginning to let go after a red flag with 12 laps down, the Titan Garages & Carports Maxim had just enough muscle to fight off Joey Saldana on a series of restarts before eventually holding off Schatz in his ParkerStore J&J in the 30-lap feature on the half-mile oval as 2006 Outlaws Pittman and Schatz showcased what fans can expect to see next season.
Tim Shaffer worked his Casey's General Store Maxim to a third-place finish ahead of Saldana's Volcano Joe's/Bridgestone Presents the Champ Car World Series Maxim and pole-sitter Steve Kinser's Quaker State Maxim.
Jason Meyers came from 18th to finish sixth in the Elite Landscaping Maxim. Another 2006 Outlaw, Terry McCarl, moved back into the top 10 in the championship standings with a seventh-place run in the Big Game Treestands Eagle after breaking the track record in time trials. Tim Kaeding, back in the Beefpackers Eagle, was eighth with'06 Outlaw Craig Dollansky in the VMAC/Karavan J&J and Danny Lasoski in the Bass Pro Shops Eagle rounding out the top 10.
Pittman and Kinser raced side-by-side into the first corner before Pittman slid in front and began to pull away. After four laps, he caught the rear of the field and worked the top and bottom to push his way through the traffic. With Saldana tailing Kinser in a battle for second, Brooke Tatnell, another '06 Outlaw, was digging on the bottom in an effort to grab fourth from Sammy Swindell.
When a red flag flew for Jason Sides, who flipped in Turn 3 after it appeared his right rear tire let go, Pittman began to sense his motor was stumbling. He managed to fend off Kinser on the restart, then Kinser slid up over the banking in Turn 2 and allowed Saldana to race underneath and swipe second. Just then Schatz mounted his charge, slipping past Swindell and Tatnell as the top six cars pulled away.
After several attempts, Schatz finally worked his way past Kinser as they came off of Turn 4 and began to run down Saldana when another caution waved. On the restart, Pittman took off smoothly but couldn't shake Saldana, who drove into the lead but slid up the track in Turn 2 and allowed Pittman back in front down the long backstretch.
After another caution with 22 laps down that turned into a red flag to refuel the machines, Shaffer found himself in fifth, staring down the tail of Kinser's car. Pittman led Saldana into Turn 1, then Saldana closed fast on Pittman coming off of Turn 2, actually making contact with Pittman, who held his ground as Shaffer worked to the inside of Kinser to grab fourth.
With five laps to go, Pittman started to pull away again and Schatz got a run on Saldana to move into second off of Turn 4 to complete Lap 26. Schatz tried to run down Pittman, closing fast in Turns 3 and 4 on the final lap, but Pittman had just enough horsepower left down the front stretch to hold on for his fourth A-feature win of the season.
"It was getting tougher and tougher," said Pittman, a Mean 15 racer and native of Owasso, Okla., who has moved to eighth in points with his second victory in the past three A-feature events. "On those restarts, I was a sitting a duck. I knew once we got our speed up it was going to be tough for them to pass me. I kept trying to start as early as I could so I could get going faster. I got lucky because Joey actually slid me but left just enough room so I could get back underneath him. I was able to learn what those guys were going to have to do to try to pass me and I was able to block that from then on. We've had a great racecar. I was going to be disappointed to give that one away."
Pittman knew it would be a struggle with a motor that wasn't generating maximum horsepower on the restarts, but with clear track in front he was able to maneuver his machine smoothly in each corner.
"When it blew up I was going to be happy to finish in the top five," he said. "This car has just been awesome and we're trying to make the most of it. It's been a long season and the last couple of months have just been great. We went so long without being able to win a race after we won at Wichita we never thought come back and win as many as we have. The season's not over yet. I feel like we can get a least a couple more yet. It's a lot of fun to show up and drive this car right now."
With Pittman and Schatz already signed up to run the 2006 World of Outlaws Sprint Series tour, the two knew a finish that brought the fans in the packed grandstands to their feet could be a significant indicator of the future. Still, Schatz believed he might have been able to catch Pittman if not for the cautions down the stretch.
"We didn't need them," said Schatz, a Mean 15 racer from Fargo, N.D., who has six A-feature victories this season. "That kind of hurt us, but that's the way it is. I like to see a race where you take out all those yellows. It was a good race and Daryn did a good job. We're awful excited. Tonight the race was between me and him and that made it a lot of fun, especially since I know who I get to race with next year. That makes it all the more fun, and that's what we want to make this. We want to make it fun and put on a good show, that's what people come out to see."
Shaffer, who moved to seventh in points with his third-place finish, continues to close out the season with impressive runs. He's posted top-five finishes in four of the past five A-feature events.
"We had a great racecar," said Shaffer, a Mean 15 racer from Aliquippa, Pa., who has three victories this season, including a win in the Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup at Lernerville Speedway. "We had to change engines after having a little valve problem in the Dash and the guys did a great job. They changed engines and we still stayed on top of it where we could work on the car and get it right for the feature. My hat's off to my guys. They gave me a great racecar and when you have a great racecar it makes me look good."
The Outlaws roll Saturday into The Raceway at Powercom Park before shifting Tuesday to K-C Raceway; Sept. 30-Oct. 1 to Williams Grove Speedway in Mechanicburg, Pa.; and back across the Midwest for a two-night event Oct. 7-8 at Dodge City Raceway in Dodge City, Kan. >From there the series drops into Manzanita Speedway in Phoenix to complete the Cactus Classic that was rain-delayed after the preliminary feature in March. The Outlaws close out the year with a two-day show Oct. 14-15 at Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare, Calif.; and a two-day show Oct. 21-22 at the Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
JACKSON SPEEDWAY NOTEBOOK
* Terry McCarl in the Big Game Treestands Eagle paced the 33 cars that went through time trials with record-breaking AMB i.t.-timed lap around the semi-banked, half-mile oval in 15.795 seconds at 113.960 mph. Craig Dollansky had set the single-lap record of 15.800 seconds on Sept. 24, 2004. Brooke Tatnell was second fastest Friday night with a 15.939-second lap at 112.931 mph.
"This was the second track I've ever raced at after Knoxville," said McCarl, a six-time Knoxville Raceway champion from Altoona, Iowa, who was 26th to go through time trials. "The bulk of my sponsors are from this area so we really wanted to do well tonight. I knew we had a shot at it. Drawing a late number kind of hurt us, but the cool air makes our motor run a lot better. The Wesmars really like the cool air. I knew we had a chance at a good time tonight because of the way the air is."
* Daryn Pittman's victory Friday night at Jackson Speedway was his fourth of the season. -- Steve Kinser has a series-leading 19 A-feature victories and six preliminary feature wins this season. -- There have been 17 different A-feature winners this season. Including preliminary features, 22 different drivers have visited Victory Lane this season with the Outlaws. -- Kraig Kinser captured the Knoxville Nationals on Aug. 14 for his sixth A-feature victory of the season. He also has a preliminary feature win at Las Vegas. -- Donny Schatz's victory on Sept. 4 at Calistoga Speedway was his sixth of the season. -- Jason Meyers earned his fourth win of the season July 2 at Red River Valley Speedway in West Fargo, N.D. -- Tim Shaffer's victory July 19 in the Silver Cup was his third of the season, going with wins Lake Ozark Speedway and Thunderbowl Raceway. -- Craig Dollansky has two A-feature victories and three preliminary feature wins. -- Brian Paulus won June 28 at Huset's Speedway for his second victory of the season, and picked up a preliminary feature win in the following race at Red River Valley Speedway. -- Brooke Tatnell has two A-feature victories, winning at Cedar Lake and Fulton speedways, as well as a preliminary feature win at Princeton Speedway. -- Sammy Swindell won his second A-feature of the season June 4 at Eldora Speedway. Swindell also has a preliminary feature win April 8 at Eldora and Aug. 14 at Knoxville Raceway in the Nationals' non-qualifiers event. -- Danny Lasoski won Aug. 30 at Cottage Grove Speedway and has three preliminary feature wins. -- Fred Rahmer won the Summer Nationals crown July 23 and picked up a preliminary feature win in the Knoxville Nationals on Aug. 10. -- Single-event winners include Jac Haudenschild on Aug. 5 at Eldora Speedway, Stevie Smith July 13 at Attica Raceway Park, Tim Kaeding June 11 at Sheboygan County Fair Park, Chad Kemenah July 9 at I-55 Raceway, and Jeff Shepard Feb. 11 at Volusia Speedway Park. -- In preliminary features, Joey Saldana, Paul McMahan, Jason Johnson and Shane Stewart have each won once.
* Including preliminary features, the series has raced 34 times this year on half-mile circuits with Steve Kinser winning nine times (Volusia, Eldora three times, Knoxville, Williams Grove, Hartford, Red River Valley and Calistoga), Sammy Swindell winning four times (twice at Eldora, once at Hagerstown and Knoxville), Craig Dollansky winning twice (Manzanita and Williams Grove), Kraig Kinser winning three times (Las Vegas, and twice at Knoxville), Jason Meyers winning twice (Granite City and Red River Valley), Donny Schatz winning three times (Las Vegas/Route 66 Raceway/Calistoga), Fred Rahmer winning twice (Williams Grove and Knoxville), Danny Lasoski winning twice (Knoxville/Calistoga), and Daryn Pittman (Jackson), Brian Paulus (Red River Valley), Jeff Shepard (Volusia), Jason Johnson (Williams Grove), Paul McMahan (Williams Grove), Jac Haudenschild (Eldora) and Shane Stewart (Knoxville) each winning once.
* Drivers who have raced to victory in preliminary features this season include (in alphabetical order) Craig Dollansky three times (Manzanita/Williams Grove/Silver Dollar), Jason Johnson once (Williams Grove), Kraig Kinser once (Las Vegas), Steve Kinser six times (Eagle twice/Billings/Elma/Calistoga/Silver Dollar), Danny Lasoski three times (Australia/Knoxville/Calistoga), Kerry Madsen once (Australia), Paul McMahan once (Williams Grove), Brian Paulus once (Red River Valley), Fred Rahmer once (Knoxville), Joey Saldana once (Lernerville), Shane Stewart once (Knoxville), Brooke Tatnell once (Princeton), Sammy Swindell twice (Eldora/Knoxville).
* In the Stacker 2® Dash that set the inside top six rows for the main event, Steve Kinser worked the bottom in the first corner, sliding into the lead and holding off Joey Saldana to pick up the win and the pole. Terry McCarl was third, followed by Donny Schatz, Kevin Swindell and Tim Shaffer.
* In the second Dash that set the outside top six rows for the A-main, Daryn Pittman raced into the lead in Turn 1 and pulled away to the checkered flag. Justin Henderson cruised to a second-place run followed by Sammy Swindell, Kraig Kinser, Brooke Tatnell and Danny Lasoski.
* In the B-main, Craig Dollansky jumped out to an early lead before a caution bunched the field. On the restart, Brandon Wimmer wouldn't let Dollansky out of his sight and raced past him as they came to the to checkered flag. Kerry Madsen held on to third as Jason Sides was able to pick up the final transfer spot by working around Brian Paulus on the restart and holding him off to the checkered flag.
* In the first heat, Dusty Zomer shot around Jason Solwold on the high side coming out of Turn 4 as the field came to the white flag. With clear track, Zomer stretched his advantage over the final half-mile circuit to win. Solwold held onto second, with Danny Lasoski, fast-qualifier Terry McCarl and Daryn Pittman earning the other transfer spots.
* In the second heat, Wayne Johnson fought off Shane Stewart in the first corner and pulled away to lead all eight laps. Stewart held on to finish second ahead of Joey Saldana, Brooke Tatnell and Steve Kinser, who was able to work the bottom groove to hold off hard-charging 2005 Knoxville Raceway champion Kerry Madsen.
* In the third heat, Jason Meyers darted to the front on the first lap as the field exited Turn 2. Once in front, Meyers extened his advantage to the checkered flag with Tim Kaeding, Donny Schatz, Justin Henderson and Kevin Swindell earning the other transfer spots.
* In the fourth heat, Paul McMahan slid into the lead in the first corner and led flag-to-flag to pick up the victory. Tim Shaffer cut from fourth to second in Turn 1 right behind McMahan with Gregg Bakker, Kraig Kinser and Sammy Swindell earning the other transfer spots.
* The Outlaws roll Saturday into The Raceway at Powercom Park before shifting Tuesday to K-C Raceway, Sept. 30-Oct. 1 to Williams Grove Speedway in Mechanicburg, Pa., and back across the Midwest for a two-night event Oct. 7-8 at Dodge City Raceway in Dodge City, Kan. From there the series drops into Manzanita Speedway in Phoenix to complete the Cactus Classic that was rain-delayed after the preliminary feature in March. The Outlaws close out the year with a two-day show Oct. 14-15 at Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare, Calif., and a two-day show Oct. 21-22 at the Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
* The Outdoor Channel will air at 8 p.m. Eastern on Sept. 28 the 1/3-mile Short Track Nationals from O'Reilly Auto Parts Eagle Raceway and on Oct. 5 the event from The Raceway at Powercom Park.