K-C: Race report

Pittman wins Freedom 40 at K-C Raceway. CHILLICOTHE, OH (July 31) -- Daryn Pittman battled through dense lapped on his way to winning the Freedom 40 Thursday as the largest crowd in the history of K-C Raceway experienced the O'Reilly World of ...

Pittman wins Freedom 40 at K-C Raceway.

CHILLICOTHE, OH (July 31) -- Daryn Pittman battled through dense lapped on his way to winning the Freedom 40 Thursday as the largest crowd in the history of K-C Raceway experienced the O'Reilly World of Outlaws Series for the first time.

Pittman, who also led very lap while winning at Lakeside Speedway June 21st, won the Freedom 40 two years ago when he claimed the World of Outlaws Gumout Series championship.

"I don't know what it is about this place," Pittman said. "We came here and won this race a couple of years ago. Jim Nier has taken over since then, and he's made some tremendous improvements. This is a great facility.

"Joe Gaerte and all the guys back at Gaerte Engines have been working on these motors, and this is the best one we've had all year. This thing was just so strong all night long, and "Bingo" (Eugene Jenkins), Glenno (Ingliss) and Joe have been working hard through what has been not so good a year. The car was perfect tonight -- we could drive it anywhere on the race track."

Pittman, the sixth-fastest qualifier in the 37-car field, earned the privilege of starting the O'Reilly World of Outlaws Series' 46th main event of the season on the pole. Dale Blaney, who won the Second Heat Race from outside the second row, also started on the front row of the "A" Feature after winning the Second Dash Race.

Pittman, who received the Manufacturers Hard Charger Award last year, drove Sher-Don Motorsports' #21 Hop & Sack J&J into the lead as the green flag fell in the main event. Daryn was 10 car-lengths ahead of Blaney when he entered lapped traffic five laps into the race. Blaney narrowed the gap to four car-lengths in dense lapped traffic two laps later. Pittman regained his 10-car-length advantage with several daring moves past back-markers during the 10th lap.

O'Reilly World of Outlaws Series points leader Danny Lasoski lost seventh place five laps later when a flat left rear tire forced him to stop on the back straightaway. Blaney surrendered second place when he also pitted to replace a flat left rear tire during the caution period. A flat right rear tire cost Rob Chaney 10th place three laps after the race resumed.

Pittman controlled the 18th-lap restart and immediately started building a comfortable advantage. A full straightaway separated Daryn from Johnny Herrera when he entered lapped traffic during lap 24. Joey Saldana steered his family's #17 Eagle Raceway Maxim to the lowest point in the fourth corner to pass Herrera for the runner-up spot four laps later.

Jac Haudenschild, who started outside the fifth row, used a similar move to pass Nick Naber for fourth place late in the 29th lap. Naber stopped in turn two when he lost his right rear wheel four laps later.

"The Wild Child" challenged Herrera for three laps before passing for third place with an inside move in the fourth corner with 2¼ laps remaining.

Saldana was racing into turn three as Pittman took the checkered flag for the eighth "A" Feature victory of his O'Reilly World of Outlaws Series career.

"You try not to hesitate in traffic, but a couple of times I had some close calls," Daryn said. "In fact, I thought I lost it there with Jeremy Campbell going into three, but we got through it. Sometimes you can win races in traffic, but other times it will come back to bite you."

Herrera finished in fourth place, ahead of Heat Race winners Jason Meyers and Byron Reed, Paul McMahan, 17th-starting Steve Kinser, John Ivy and Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year candidate Jason Sides.

Mechanical problems in Kinser's #11 Quaker State Maxim during the last lap of the Third Heat Race forced him to qualify for the main event through the "B" Feature. "The King of the Outlaws" closed to within three points of Lasoski in their battle for the O'Reilly World of Outlaws Series 25th Anniversary championship by passing nine cars while "The Dude" finished in 15th place.

Lasoski paced the qualifying session for the 22nd time this season, circling the high-banked, 3/8-mile oval in 11.212 seconds, an average speed of 120.407 M.P.H. Only 1.393 seconds separated the 35 fastest qualifiers.

Kraig Kinser beat his father across the finish line in the "B" Feature, then raced into 11th place from outside the ninth row in the main event.

Crew chief D.J. Lindsey and Bryan Sundby replaced the engine in Karavan Motorsports' #7 VMAC Maxim after Meyers won the Fourth Heat Race. Jason earned the right to start the "A" Feature inside the fifth row by passing three cars in the First Dash Race.

The O'Reilly World of Outlaws Series will return to The Raceway @ Powercom Park in Beaver Dam, WI, Sunday to run the $51,600 event originally scheduled for July 9th.

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Danny Lasoski , Steve Kinser , Daryn Pittman , Jason Meyers , Jason Sides , Joey Saldana , Kraig Kinser , Paul McMahan , Jac Haudenschild