Pittman Heads to Williams Grove to Defend Summer Nationals Win Daryn Pittman had been waiting a long time to win a race at Williams Grove Speedway. He had been close in the past, finishing second in the National Open in 2005, as well as...
Pittman Heads to Williams Grove to Defend Summer Nationals Win
Daryn Pittman had been waiting a long time to win a race at Williams Grove Speedway. He had been close in the past, finishing second in the National Open in 2005, as well as recording a number of other Top-Five finishes in preliminary features.
The long awaited victory came last July in the Cleveland Brothers Summer Nationals Presented by Advance Auto Parts, as Pittman led all 30 laps of the event to win in convincing fashion. After earning two Top-Five finishes in the two preliminary features, he earned enough points to be locked into the Crane Cams Dash in the finale. He won that event to earn the pole position for the A-Feature.
"I definitely will always remember that one," said Pittman, driver of the Titan Garages Maxim. "That was my first win up there and it was a big one. Two years ago we began to run well there and we have kept it up ever since. I'm looking forward to going back there."
Pittman's win last July capped a sweep of the Cleveland Brothers Summer Nationals Presented by Advance Auto Parts for World of Outlaws drivers, with Craig Dollansky and Terry McCarl claiming preliminary feature wins leading up to the finale. While the $20,000 payday he earned for the win was nice, Pittman was more proud of the fact that he had won on a track that has historically been one of the toughest for drivers that only make a handful of starts on it each season.
"As far as who wins, it's good for argument sake and to keep the fans excited," he noted of the rivalry between the World of Outlaws and Pennsylvania Posse. "We think of it from the aspect of the competition is that much harder. We're not only racing again our guys, but all of the local guys that are very capable of winning."
Pittman especially enjoys competing at Williams Grove due to the passion that the fans have for sprint car racing. No matter what the weather conditions, the fans always pack the stands and are some of the most vocal in all of the sport when it comes to showing where their allegiances lie.
"The fans definitely live for it and that adds to the excitement, especially when they boo for you and cheer for their regulars, that they normally would boo for on a weekly occasion," he noted. "It's always good to win there because of how tough it is."
With some of the biggest fields of the season traditionally present at Williams Grove, Pittman looks forward to the high level of competition. With a record number of teams following the World of Outlaws full-time this season, the competition on a nightly basis has been at an all-time high, thus preparing Pittman and his fellow competitors for events like the Summer Nationals that will have a large contingent of drivers that compete weekly at the storied half-mile.
"Those guys are really good there," said the former World of Outlaws Gumout Series champion. "It's the only place we go to in the country where the locals can win. They are almost expected to win and to have just as good of a shot at winning as do any of our guys. Its fun to race when you have locals that run good and the fans enjoy it."
With long straightaways and tight sweeping corners, Williams Grove has always been a challenge for drivers to negotiate. Pittman tries to keep things as simple as he can when he takes to the track whether for hot laps, time trials or a racing event. He has two Top-10 finishes at Williams Grove this season with the World of Outlaws.
"It's a tricky place," said the native of Owasso, Oklahoma. "I think the biggest thing is to remember to race the race track and not your competitors. It is a very demanding place where you have to hit your marks and slow down and carry the right speed. You have to do the right thing whether you about to get passed or you are trying to pass someone. You see a lot of guys overdrive the place and that generally is not fast. The biggest thing is to concentrate with what you need to do with your race car and not worry about what is going on around you."
Pittman is excited for the three straight nights at Williams Grove, which will be part of a very demanding five races in five nights at three tracks for the World of Outlaws. With 44 races already in the books this season, Pittman is fifth in championship with three A-Feature wins. He has five Crane Cams Dash wins that have earned him the same number of pole positions in A-Feature events.
"It's all about the preparation, especially what we did over the wintertime and the weeks leading up to it," he explained, of the demanding week of races facing his team. "There is no time to be behind in cars and motors. You just have to know that if you crash a car, you have a couple more built that are ready to go and pick right up and not miss a beat. We're in good shape there. The more we race, the better. We enjoy it."
On Thursday, July 19 at Williams Grove Speedway pit gates will open at 4 p.m., with grandstand gates opening for advanced ticket holders at 5:15 p.m., with the ticket gates opening at 5:30 p.m. and hot laps set for 7:15 p.m.
On Friday, July 20 at Williams Grove Speedway pit gates will open at 4 p.m., with grandstand gates opening for advanced ticket holders at 5:15 p.m., with the ticket gates opening at 5:30 p.m. and hot laps set for 7:15 p.m.
On Saturday, July 21 at Williams Grove Speedway pit gates will open at 4 p.m., with grandstand gates opening for advanced ticket holders at 5:15 p.m., with the ticket gates opening at 5:30 p.m. and hot laps set for 7:15 p.m.