LAS VEGAS, NV (Oct. 30) -- The long journey that is the 2003 O'Reilly's World of Outlaws season is almost complete. This weekend the trek from February to November concludes with the season finale event at The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Daryn Pittman and his Sherdon Motorsports team are on the verge of career-best finishes with sprint car racing's premiere series, and they are hoping to end on a high note.
"Everybody wants to win the final race of the year," said Pittman, who ranks fourth in the WoO standings just 27 points out of third. "It's been a long season. Heck, I can't even remember how we did here in March, but we've had some really good runs and had good consistency to end the season."
Pittman will take the #21 Hop & Sack/Gaerte/Mopar/GLR CMC Chassis sprinter into Friday's action on the half-mile dirt oval. He's raced in 92 events this season and will be looking to put himself in a position to end the season with w in number six.
"I wanted to win 10 World of Outlaws races this year," said the Owasso, OK native. "We have only won four Outlaw races and also the Historical Big One, so we can't make our goal of 10, but we can send everyone on this team home with a big smile on their face."
The Sherdon Motorsports crew is made up of Joe Gaerte, Bingo Jenkins and Glenno Inglis. They've worked since last winter to help make this year a success and Pittman realizes their importance daily.
"My crew has given me a great car all year long," continued the 25 year-old, who won last year's World Series Sprintcar title in Australia before beginning this year's Outlaw campaign. "They've stuck in there when times were tough, and I'm awful proud to work with them."
This season also provided some challenges as the Sherdon team worked with Mopar and Gaerte Engines on continuing development of their Mopar short track motor program. After a rough go early on, Gaerte and the people at Gaerte Engines came up with some good combinations that have Pittman really excited about next year.
"Any time you are working with a new program there are going to peaks and valleys," said Pittman. "We got going really good in late July and August (winning consecutive Outlaw "A" features and the $100,000 Historical Big One) and they kept trying to get us something better. We had a new Mopar in Texas and we were able to win that race, so I know we're all looking to just keep getting better and better with these motors."
With an impressive stat line that includes five wins, 32 top five and 62 top ten finishes in 92 starts, Pittman and the entire team can feel good about the 2003 season. Their work isn't' done however as Pittman, who received the Manufacturers' Hard Charger award at the World of Outlaws Awards Banquet following the 2002 season, is also waged in a strong battle for the Motorsport Video's Hard Charger award. Entering last Friday's race at Lone Star Speedway, he had passed 253 cars this season, only 19 fewer than leader Donny Schatz.
"We've got a couple of battles still to be determined this weekend that's for sure," concluded Pittman. "We certainly are out here to finish up strong so that everyone has a good feeling to end the season on."
Both races from Las Vegas Motor Speedway can be heard live on The Sprint Car Network (www.sprintcarnetwork.com). The Outdoor Channel will tape action from both programs and will air them on November 19th.