Daryn Pittman Aiming to Repeat His World of Outlaws Victory on Saturday At 81 Speedway Norman, OK -- May 2, 2006 -- For drivers there are certain wins in their careers that stick out more than others. For some it's their first win. For others,...
Daryn Pittman Aiming to Repeat His World of Outlaws Victory on Saturday At 81 Speedway
Norman, OK -- May 2, 2006 -- For drivers there are certain wins in their careers that stick out more than others. For some it's their first win. For others, it's a win in a marquee event. For veterans, it is often the last race they win before calling it quits.
One of the wins that will forever be etched in Mean 15 racer Daryn Pittman's memory came last season at 81 Speedway in the Wichita Twister Showdown. He had won on the grueling World of Outlaws circuit prior to that, as well as picking up other wins and accolades with various series and sanctions, but the win was so memorable because it was the first for his car owner Reeve Kruck on the World of Outlaws circuit and in America. Kruck has made a name for himself as a successful businessman and sprint car owner in Australia, running the powerhouse Titan Racing team.
"It's something that he will always remember," Pittman said. "It was a big boost for the entire team, and it helped us build for the rest of the season. It was still fairly early in the season, and it's good to pick up a win at that time of the year. It took a monkey off of our back and gave Reeve his first win."
Pittman and Kruck have teamed up to win some of the biggest Australian sprint car races, and the 2003 World Series Sprint Car title. As with many partnerships in racing, the two met by chance.
"Right place, right time," said Pittman, of Owasso, Okla. "I happened to be racing for another guy in Australia and Reeve had the night off and came out to watch. We won that night and he came down and introduced himself, we ran a few races for him that year and it kept growing from there."
Before last season, the duo joined forces to attack the full World of Outlaws schedule. The team is based in the Indianapolis area in an immaculate shop that provides all the tools needed to win races on the most widely known and competitive sprint car series in the world. The racing operation is very structured as Kruck is very meticulous and plans out all of his ventures.
"He has a very successful business over in Australia and he runs every aspect of his life like he runs his business," Pittman said. "He gives us everything that we need. He does it because he wants to win, and he wants to win because he knows he has the right team together. It's a fairly high-pressure situation, but he knows that if the results aren't there, that we are better than that, and we should be getting them. He's in this for the long haul and wants to be successful and knows that he will be."
In his first season for the Titan team on the Outlaws circuit, Pittman racked up five wins, to go along with 29 top-10s to secure a seventh-place finish in points.
Pittman will look to repeat the triumph at the Wichita Twister Showdown on the 3/8th-mile oval at 81 Speedway aboard his No. 21 Titan Garages & Carports Maxim. He is currently seventh in points on the strength of four top-five finishes and eight top-10s. Pit gates open at the Park City, Kan., oval at 2 p.m. with grandstands opening at 4 p.m. and on-track action at 6:30 p.m. For tickets, call the track at 316-755-1781 or SLS Promotions at 815-344-2023.
With the inaugural Missouri High-Banked Nationals Presented By Weld Wheels on Friday in Osborn, Mo., and the season-opener on Sunday at Huset's Speedway on Sunday in Brandon, S.D., Pittman can't wait to hit the track. He knows the team is more than ready to mix it up and compete for wins.
"Our team is a year round deal," Pittman said. "We don't start building cars two weeks before the first race. We have five or six cars ready to go. All the hard work that we put in during the off-season pays off in June and July when we get to racing and are running up and down the road a bunch. We feel like we are ready and prepared, more so than last year. We've got a great crew that works really hard to make sure that no matter how much we race or how much we crash, we are never behind we can stay on top of it, and that is a big key."
Following the event, Pittman and the rest of the Mean 15 will quickly load their trucks and head north to Huset's Speedway to help open another season at the fast-and-exciting 3/8-mile oval.
"I'm pumped," Pittman said. "I don't care how far the race tracks are apart from each other. I'm ready to go and run three nights. We're looking forward to it. We backed up to seventh [in points] but the same week we gained on first and second in points. We closed up the gap. It's extremely close racing right now and we look forward to getting some racing in and getting into the routine of racing a couple, three, or four times a week."
Once the triple-header weekend is over, the World of Outlaws Sprint Series will embark on its first Eastern Swing of the season that will take the best sprint car drivers in the world to Ohio for two exciting races at Attica Raceway Park on May 12th, followed by the Ohio Challenge II May 13 at Jim Nier's K-C Raceway. Then it's out to Pennsylvania to do battle in the Thunder on the Hill Series May 16 at Grandview Speedway. On May 19 is the Commonwealth Clash at Lernerville Speedway that sets the stage for the $50,000 Challenge on May 20 at Sharon Speedway.