Taking the Scenic Route: Daryn Pittman Excited for Southern Oregon Speedway Medford, OR--August 28, 2006--Daryn Pittman enjoys every second he is in his race car, but he also enjoys being able to get out of the car every once in while and head...
Taking the Scenic Route: Daryn Pittman Excited for Southern Oregon Speedway
Medford, OR--August 28, 2006--Daryn Pittman enjoys every second he is in his race car, but he also enjoys being able to get out of the car every once in while and head off to a far reaching place to relax and unwind. That is exactly what he and his wife Mandy did last week as they traveled from Minot, North Dakota to the scenic Pacific Northwest to begin the Gold Rush Tour for the World of Outlaws Sprint Series.
Before they headed to Skagit Speedway in Northern Washington for two nights of racing, the couple stopped in Idaho at one of their favorite places, that they make it a point to visit every season when the series hits the Northwest. They also expect to do a little more sight seeing this week as they travel south on I-5 to Southern Oregon Speedway for Wednesday night's event, and then make there way down to Northern California for the Harvest Classic at Calistoga Speedway over the weekend.
"Before we head to Washington, we always head as quickly as we can to Lake Coeur d'Alene in Idaho," Pittman said. "We spent a week at the lake. It is one of the few times and probably the only time during the season we can spend a week at the lake. We don't miss a chance to go there that is for sure. We had a blast and some time to relax, but now it's time to get back to business."
When they got back to business, Pittman and his Titan Garages & Carports team were fast right out of the box, as they turned in two solid performances on the always fast 3/10-mile oval at Skagit Speedway. Pittman was fourth on Friday night to lock himself into the A-Feature on Saturday night, where he also finished fourth.
The team currently is fourth in series championship points on the strength of three A-Feature wins. Pittman also has picked up two preliminary feature wins that led to weekend sweeps. He will have six opportunities to visit RacinSoles Victory Lane during the Gold Rush Tour over the next week and a half.
"We love it anytime we come out West," said Pittman. "I love the whole West Coast swing and anything from the (Knoxville) Nationals on is a lot less pressure. It's a lot more fun. Our team has been running well, and to come out here on a good note, is great."
The strong runs the team have been putting in have definitely been notice by many people, including those at Doyle's Harley-Davidson based in Eugene, Oregon and also with a location in Roseburg. They have been involved in sprint car racing for the past seven years and jumped on board with Pittman and his team before the race at Skagit and will remain with them for the duration of the Gold Rush Tour.
"To be able to pick up Doyle's Harley-Davidson for seven races is a lot of fun and we look forward to going back down to Medford," he said. "We were there in 1999 and I enjoyed racing there. The last time it was an awesome facility and a really neat race track. I am definitely looking forward to it. It is a beautiful part of the country that I think everyone enjoys coming to."
The event on Wednesday will be the sixth time the series has raced on the high-banked oval, but for many of the drivers it will be their first time at the track. Pittman is not too worried about the fact that it has been seven years since he turned a lap on the third-mile.
"We'll just treat it like the places we have never gone to," said Pittman. "It's been so long ago that so much has changed in the cars and the tires. There's not a whole lot you can carry over from six or seven years ago. Everybody will probably be on an equal playing field. We are out here with the best in the business and everyone picks up on it really quick. We just have to pick up on it quick, if not quicker than everybody else."
Pittman, who has won on a third-mile track this season as he swept the Eagle Nationals in June, knows how to get around tight high-banked tracks. He also won at Princeton (Minn.) Speedway, a quarter-mile in July. Showing his versatility, he won at the sweeping half-mile at Williams Grove (Penn.) Speedway in July as well. This all bodes well for the always optimistic and well-spoken driver who celebrates his 28th birthday on Tuesday. Even though the race is a day after his birthday, a win would be the perfect gift for himself as he won a race earlier this season on his wife Mandy's birthday.
"It's a small third-mile, or even three-eighth's (mile)," he said. "I enjoy the small race tracks. They are great for the fans. They are great to race on, and you never know what can happen in a 40-lap race."
After the race at Southern Oregon Speedway, the series will head to Calistoga Speedway in the win country of Northern California, a track that Pittman won at in 2002. With 17 more race dates on the calendar, Pittman and his team have a simple goal.
"We want to pick up a few more wins before the season gets up," Pittman said.
With plenty of momentum and a large cheering section that will be on-hand Wednesday from Doyle's Harley-Davidson, look for Pittman to be near the front all night long at Southern Oregon Speedway. Being only 38 points out of third place in the standings, he has plenty of motivation to stand on the gas and put on a great show for the fans.
For ticket information about tickets the race at Southern Oregon Speedway visit www.sospeedway.com, or call 1-800-963-3367. Adult general admission tickets, as well as senior citizen and children can be purchased in advance for $33. They will be $38 the day of the race, with reserved seats $50.