Minot results 2007-08-14

Minot Magic: Pittman Wins Magic City Showdown at Nodak Speedway Daryn Pittman knew it would be no easy task to win at Nodak Speedway on Tuesday night in the Magic City Showdown. He knew that the man to beat was reigning World of Outlaws...

Minot Magic: Pittman Wins Magic City Showdown at Nodak Speedway

Daryn Pittman knew it would be no easy task to win at Nodak Speedway on Tuesday night in the Magic City Showdown. He knew that the man to beat was reigning World of Outlaws champion Donny Schatz, who was born and raised in Minot, and was fresh off his second consecutive Knoxville Nationals win last Saturday night. On top of that, Schatz began the night by blistering the existing track record in time trials by over three-tenths of a second.

None of that stopped Pittman, as he battled Schatz along with 20-time World of Outlaws champion Steve Kinser for the $10,000 winner's check and after 35 hard fought laps, he came out on top to earn his fourth A-Feature win of the season and second on a 3/8-mile track.

"Any win is good," said Pittman, driver of the Titan Garages Maxim. "This is great for this whole team. We've been fast, but we haven't been giving ourselves a chance to win a race. I'm tickled to death to get this, in front of this great crowd."

The green flag dropped with Kinser taking the lead from the outside front row starting spot, with Pittman in toe. Pittman started fourth and gained two spots on the opening circuit, powering around Terry McCarl and Jason Meyers and setting his sights on the lead.

Kinser opened a sizeable advantage early in the race, with Pittman gaining ground in lapped traffic. On the 10th lap, Pittman took the lead on the low side exiting the third and fourth turns.

Schatz, started fifth and moved to fourth on the 10th lap getting around Tim Shaffer. Three laps later he charged past Jason Meyers and began to close on Kinser. The first caution of the race flew on the 17th lap, putting Kinser and Schatz right on Pittman's bumper.

"We had to work for it," said Pittman. "We didn't get a good draw in the dash and had to start sixth. We were good from the second the green flag flew. My crew never gave up on me and I never gave up on them. That's what it takes. Hopefully we can get a few more of these on the West Coast."

Pittman and Schatz thrilled the standing room only crowd, as they ran side-by-side for nearly six laps near the halfway point of the race, with Pittman holding the low line and Schatz looking high for the lead. As the pair charged down the front straightaway on the 23rd lap, they made contact as Schatz was looking for the lead. Pittman retained the lead, while Schatz came to a stop with a broken front end.

"I honestly thought I knocked the right rear down immediately," explained Pittman, a native of Owasso, Oklahoma. "I saw him (Schatz) on the outside and the lapped car we were coming up on, was right in the middle of the race track. I thought I had room to squeeze up around the lapped car and as soon as I moved we made some pretty good contact. Luckily we didn't have any damage and I was able to hold on. I haven't even looked at it yet, but the car felt fine after that."

Tim Shaffer, who started sixth, made a late charge in lapped traffic as he chased Pittman in search of his first A-Feature win of the season. He first got around Jason Meyers and then had a thrilling battle with Kinser as they pair exchanged slide jobs a couple of times in the waning laps of the race. As the checkered flag flew he was just behind Pittman.

"Five more laps would have helped," said Shaffer, driver of the Casey's General Store Maxim. "I felt like we were getting better as the race went on, but it was a 35-lap race and we just came up a little short. The late cautions definitely helped us. It seemed like everyone was getting loose on the restarts and we were pretty good and able to gain some ground."

Pittman endured three restarts, with Kinser lining up behind him each and every time. The former World of Outlaws Gumout Series champion held his line on each restart and opened a lead as he exited the first and second turns.

"They have the transponder sheet (on the scoreboard) on the front stretch so you usually know who is there," said Pittman. "The (No.) 15 and (No.) 11 cars are not ones you want to see behind you. We were running the top early and that's how we got to second early and almost got by Steve (Kinser) on the outside. I was hitting my marks and felt good. Lapped traffic on the last lap definitely scared me."

Pittman won with his car owner Reeve Kruck on hand. Kruck, a native of Australia, does not make it to very many World of Outlaws events during the season due to his busy schedule back home. Pittman's last win at Dodge City Raceway Park in Kansas on June 23 also came with his car owner in attendance.

"For any driver out here that wins in front of their car owner, who isn't able to come to all the tables, it is huge," smiled Pittman in Victory Lane. "That will give me some job security for a few weeks. We can forget about wins awful quick, but they are priceless when the car owner is there and they can see where their money goes and all the hard work that we all put in."

Shaffer earned his 25th Top-10 finish of the season with his runner-up performance, in his first ever to Nodak Speedway. He was quick to credit his crew for their hard work in the days leading up to the event.

"The guys did a great job with the car," said Shaffer. "Everything fell into place and everyone did a good job. We just came up a little bit short."

Kinser led the first nine laps of the event after starting on the outside of the front row in the Q Oil Maxim. He battled with Shaffer late in the race for the second spot and wound up third to earn his 25th Top-10 finish of the season. He handily won the first heat and ran a very solid second in the Crane Cams Dash.

Jason Solwold earned his 29th Top-10 finish of the season as he came home fourth in the City Wide Insulation Maxim. The native of Mt. Vernon, Washington lined up seventh for the 35-lap A-Feature. He fell back one spot on the opening lap, before gaining two spots in the next two laps. He moved into fifth on the 23rd lap and was fourth with just five laps to go.

Jason Meyers started on the pole of the A-Feature after winning his sixth Crane Cams Dash of the season aboard the Primerica Financial Maxim. His fifth place finish was his 34th Top-10 of the season.

Shaffer began the night by finishing third in the third heat, and followed that up with a sixth-place effort in the Crane Cams Dash. After his heat race, he was not sure what to expect from the track, but a brief intermission to bring the heavy equipment out on the high-banked 3/8-mile solved that.

"The track was great for the feature," said the 1999 World of Outlaws Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year. "It took a little rubber in the third heat and they reworked it and that made it a lot better."

Joey Saldana finished sixth in the Mopar-powered JEI to gain 29 points on current point leader Donny Schatz, who finished 23rd after the contact with Pittman. The difference in the championship standings in now 64 markers.

Terry McCarl was seventh in the Big Game Tree Stands Eagle, with Kerry Madsen eighth in the Selma Shell Maxim. Jac Haudenschild was ninth in the Wright One Construction Maxim and Randy Hannagan was 10th in the Penthouse Magazine Maxim.

The World of Outlaws return to action on Friday, August 17 and Saturday, August 18 with their inaugural visit to Castrol Raceway in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

NODAK SPEEDWAY NOTEBOOK

* ON THE MEND: Chad Kemenah, the reigning World of Outlaws Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year, missed the event at Nodak Speedway on Tuesday night after suffering a concussion last Saturday night during the Knoxville Nationals.

* FAST QUALIFIER: Donny Schatz paced the 30 cars that took time with a record setting AMB i.t. timed lap around the high-banked 3/8-mile oval in 13.331 seconds at 101.268 mph. For his qualifying effort, Schatz earned five bonus points. The next four fastest qualifiers also earned bonus points, including: Jason Solwold (4), Jason Meyers (3), Jason Sides (2) and Terry McCarl (1).

* UP NEXT: The Gold Rush Tour kicks off for the World of Outlaws with a two-night event at Castrol Raceway in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada on August 17-18.

World of Outlaws Statistical Report; Nodak Speedway; Minot, ND; Aug. 14, 2007

Qualifying
1) 15-Donny Schatz 13.331
2) R19-Jason Solwold 13.423
3) 14-Jason Meyers 13.455
4) 7S-Jason Sides 13.477
5) 24-Terry McCarl 13.490
6) 1X-Randy Hannagan 13.518
7) 11-Steve Kinser 13.525
8) 18T-Tony Bruce Jr. 13.559
9) 6-Tim Shaffer 13.560
10) 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr. 13.565
11) 35-Jac Haudenschild 13.570
12) 21-Daryn Pittman 13.581
13) 11H-Kerry Madsen 13.604
14) 2-Brooke Tatnell 13.675
15) 83-Danny Lasoski 13.676
16) 9-Joey Saldana 13.692
17) D1-Justin Henderson 13.709
18) 10C-Jeremy Campbell 13.712
19) 20-Paul McMahan 13.816
20) 5C-Chad Hillier 13.890
21) 7-Craig Dollansky 13.930
22) 9K-Brent Kronfuss 14.024
23) 6N-Greg Nikitenko 14.258
24) 8-Casey Mack 14.281
25) 57C-Chris Schmelzle 14.311
26) 91K-Kyle Fedyk 15.113
27) 67X-Justin Berg 15.230
28) 20K-Kevin Lawson 15.486
29) 44S-Stan Mayer 16.772
30) 20L-Dusty Lawson 17.882

Heat 1 (10 Laps, top 6 finishers transferred to A-feature)
1) 11-Steve Kinser
2) 15-Donny Schatz
3) 7S-Jason Sides
4) 9-Joey Saldana
5) 11H-Kerry Madsen
6) 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr.
7) 20-Paul McMahan
8) 57C-Chris Schmelzle
9) 9K-Brent Kronfuss
10) 20K-Kevin Lawson

Heat 2 (10 Laps, top 6 finishers transferred to A-feature)
1) 24-Terry McCarl
2) R19-Jason Solwold
3) 18T-Tony Bruce Jr.
4) 2-Brooke Tatnell
5) D1-Justin Henderson
6) 5C-Chad Hillier
7) 35-Jac Haudenschild
8) 6N-Greg Nikitenko
9) 91K-Kyle Fedyk
10) 44S-Stan Mayer

Heat 3 (10 Laps, top 6 finishers transferred to A-feature)
1) 21-Daryn Pittman
2) 14-Jason Meyers
3) 6-Tim Shaffer
4) 1X-Randy Hannagan
5) 7-Craig Dollansky
6) 83-Danny Lasoski
7) 10C-Jeremy Campbell
8) 8-Casey Mack
9) 67X-Justin Berg
10) 20L-Dusty Lawson

Crane Cams Dash (8 laps, finishing order determined first 10 starting positions of A-feature)
1) 14-Jason Meyers
2) 11-Steve Kinser
3) 24-Terry McCarl
4) 21-Daryn Pittman
5) 15-Donny Schatz
6) 6-Tim Shaffer
7) R19-Jason Solwold
8) 1X-Randy Hannagan
9) 7S-Jason Sides
10) 18T-Tony Bruce Jr.

B-main (12 laps, top 6 finishers transferred to A-feature)
1) 10C-Jeremy Campbell
2) 9K-Brent Kronfuss
3) 35-Jac Haudenschild
4) 20-Paul McMahan
5) 8-Casey Mack
6) 6N-Greg Nikitenko
7) 57C-Chris Schmelzle [$200]
8) 91K-Kyle Fedyk [$180]
9) 20K-Kevin Lawson [$175]
10) 67X-Justin Berg [$160]
11) 20L-Dusty Lawson [$150]
12) 44S-Stan Mayer [$150]

A-main (35 laps) - Starting Position [#]
1) 21-Daryn Pittman[4] [$10,000]
2) 6-Tim Shaffer[6] [$5,500]
3) 11-Steve Kinser[2] [$3,200]
4) R19-Jason Solwold[7] [$2,800]
5) 14-Jason Meyers[1] [$2,500]
6) 9-Joey Saldana[16] [$2,300]
7) 24-Terry McCarl[3] [$2,200]
8) 11H-Kerry Madsen[13] [$2,100]
9) 35-Jac Haudenschild[12] [$2,050]
10) 1X-Randy Hannagan[8] [$2,000]
11) 20-Paul McMahan[19] [$1,500]
12) 7-Craig Dollansky[21] [$1,200]
13) 83-Danny Lasoski[15] [$1,100]
14) 2-Brooke Tatnell[14] [$1,050]
15) D1-Justin Henderson[17] [$1,000]
16) 18T-Tony Bruce Jr.[10] [$900]
17) 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr.[11] [$800]
18) 10C-Jeremy Campbell[18] [$800]
19) 8-Casey Mack[23] [$800]
20) 5C-Chad Hillier[20] [$800]
21) 9K-Brent Kronfuss[22] [$800]
22) 6N-Greg Nikitenko[24] [$800]
23) 15-Donny Schatz[5] [$800]
24) 7S-Jason Sides[9] [$800]

Lap Leaders: Steve Kinser 1-9, Daryn Pittman 10-35
KSE Hard Charger Award: Joey Saldana

-credit: woo

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Tim Shaffer , Danny Lasoski , Donny Schatz , Steve Kinser , Craig Dollansky , Brooke Tatnell , Daryn Pittman , Jason Meyers , Jason Sides , Joey Saldana , Kerry Madsen , Paul McMahan , Randy Hannagan , Jac Haudenschild , Chad Kemenah , Sam Hafertepe Jr. , Tony Bruce Jr. , Kyle Fedyk