Pittman charges to score two top ten finishes. San Felipe Pueblo, NM (March 4) - Daryn Pittman and the SherDon Motorsports team continued the 2003 O'Reilly World of Outlaws season with two top ten finishes JD Byrider Outlaw Nationals at The Dirt...
Pittman charges to score two top ten finishes.
San Felipe Pueblo, NM (March 4) - Daryn Pittman and the SherDon Motorsports team continued the 2003 O'Reilly World of Outlaws season with two top ten finishes JD Byrider Outlaw Nationals at The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. His charges from 15th to 9th in the preliminary program and run from 20th to 10th in Saturday's finale kept the 24 year-old in fourth place in the WoO standings.
"The biggest thing is that we've been consistent," said Pittman, the reigning World Series Sprintcars Champion. "It's encouraging to know that we haven't had any breaks or had things go our way, yet we've still been able to fight back and get top ten finishes. I do also think our car has been fast enough to win or at least one of the fastest in the feature night in and night out. That's encouraging. We know that when the breaks do begin to go our way that we'll be able to take advantage of them."
Daryn Pittman continued to show his ability to qualify well in the #21 Mopar/Pepsi J&J as he earned the sixth best qualifying time in Friday's preliminary program. The next time on the track proved to be the defining moment of the evening, and possibly the weekend, when Pittman couldn't crack the top five in the third heat race forcing him into the "B" feature. He finished second in the "B" feature and started the "A" feature 15th. He raced his way to ninth in the 25-lap feature race.
On Saturday, the team had motor problems in hot laps and were forced to change engines. The change wasn't made in time for Pittman to qualify in his spot, but he did take one lap at the end of qualifying, which turned out to be seventh fastest. By rule, he was credited with 17th. After finishing fifth in his heat race, the team began preparing the car for the feature. In the 30-lap "A" feature, Pittman was a rocket as he raced up to 10th on the very fast half-mile dirt oval.
"Friday night was my fault for missing the transfer spot in the heat race," continued Pittman. "If we had made it through, then we would have started on the front row. On Saturday, we had a problem in hot laps and we just kind of fought back from there. In the feature, the J&J car was great and we were really fast. We had to be one of the fastest cars on the track, but we kind of ran out of time. There were about five or six guys right in front of me so if we would have had a few more laps, we might have gotten a couple more. I think it was pretty obvious we were one of the fastest guys out there."
The SherDon Motorsports battled an oil leak early on Friday and ultimately had a major problem with that motor on Saturday in hot laps. The team used the same Mopar motor that helped them finish fifth and seventh in the first weekend to capture two more top ten finishes.
"We're really pleased with the Mopar motor that we used in the opening weekend and it has plenty of power," said Pittman. "It's a good running motor and I think it's really helping us. We've been plenty quick in qualifying and that's a big key. The performance they have shown in the features has been terrific."
The team will head to New Mexico for a two-day program at the Hollywood Hills Speedway. It's the same track where Pittman injured his back during a freak qualifying accident last spring that forced him to miss six events. The track is in its second season and so far the feature races at the 3/8-mile oval have been follow-the-leader one-lane races.
"One-lane racetracks are good and bad," said Pittman. "If you start in the back they are no good, but if you can qualify in the right spot and start up front they are great. I know they are working hard at Hollywood Hills to get the track straightened out. I like to race, so we're hoping for a couple of grooves and a good race."