Dodge City results 2007-06-23

Pittman Cashes in at Dodge City in Summer of Money Daryn Pittman has always considered Dodge City Raceway Park in Kansas to be a home track, even though he was born and raised in Owasso, Oklahoma which is five-and-a-half hours away, and now...

Pittman Cashes in at Dodge City in Summer of Money

Daryn Pittman has always considered Dodge City Raceway Park in Kansas to be a home track, even though he was born and raised in Owasso, Oklahoma which is five-and-a-half hours away, and now lives in Pittsboro, Indiana.

Heading into the Boot Hill Showdown Presented by Max Jantz Excavating on Saturday night, Pittman had finished fourth or better in his last three starts at the state-of-the-art 3/8-mile facility.

In front of a number of family and friends on Saturday night, as well as his car owner Reeve Kruck, Pittman earned the win in the second event of the "SuperClean Summer of Money" on ESPN2 for the World of Outlaws. The event will air on Sunday at 12:30 p.m. Eastern, 11:30 a.m. Central.

"Any win is awesome," said Pittman, driver of the Titan Garages Maxim. "I am just pumped. I'm glad to be back in victory circle. I've loved this place every time I have been here. For it to be on ESPN2 is even better. My car owner is here, my parents are here, and I have a lot of family members here."

Pittman used a strong start on the high side of the race track to take the lead heading into the first turn with Joey Saldana in-toe. Early in the race he built some sizeable advantages that were negated by the caution flag right as he was about to enter heavy lapped traffic. On each restart Pittman would quickly pull away and ended up winning by over two seconds. After being bound up in lapped traffic for most of the race on Friday night, Pittman was the benefactor of a couple of cautions that opened up the track for him on Saturday night.

"I don't know if I was happy to be in traffic or not," said the winner. "I felt like we were the fastest car in clean air. Every time we got to lapped traffic I was able to get by them without having to slow up. I got by a few of them and the way in which I got by them, I figured that some of the other guys were struggling to get around the lapped cars. Lapped traffic is part of racing and sometimes it works with you, and it didn't hurt us tonight."

After winning the second heat from the outside of the front row, Pittman lined up second for the Crane Cams Dash. He won that event to earn the pole position for the A-Feature. At the end of the night, his A-Feature win was the only event that saw a winner come from a non-outside front row starting spot.

"I really wanted to run second in the dash," admitted Pittman. "When we won the dash, I felt a little better that we could get a good start. They moved the tires down a little (on the track) and it got a little wetter. I was a bit nervous, but still confident we could beat him into the first corner."

After celebrating his win in the second event of the "SuperClean Summer of Money," Pittman and his team quickly began to pack their truck and trailer for the 631 mile trip north that awaits the World of Outlaws as they head to Black Hills Speedway in South Dakota.

"We like to win and have a week off to celebrate, but we have a 10 hour driver tomorrow and then race again Monday," he said. "We just have to do it again then. We've been a Top-Five car the last month and a half. The car is fast and that makes it fun to show up and drive every night."

Saldana started the A-Feature on the pole after winning the Crane Cams Dash. He stuck with Pittman for a number of laps after the opening green flag. His second-place finish was his 20th Top-Five of the season.

"It was a good run for us," said Saldana, driver of the Open Joist Mopar-powered JEI. "We are doing things a lot different here. Justin (Adams- Team Director) and I are trying to get on the right page. When you come out here and race with these guys they are all pretty tough."

After winning the first event of the "SuperClean Summer of Money" last Saturday night at Knoxville Raceway, Terry McCarl turned in another strong run at Dodge City. His third-place finish was his sixth Top-Five of the season. He gained three spots on the opening lap of the race after a strong start, and ran third the rest of the way.

"ESPN2 has been great for us, hasn't it," smiled McCarl, driver of the Big Game Treestands Eagle. "We really have things turned around and are on track. My crew is really gelling and doing a great job for me. We are gelling more and more and that is very important. We are running good and I can't say enough."

Tim Shaffer lined up 10th for the A-Feature and methodically worked his way to the front, as he finished fourth. He gained two spots on the opening lap of the race and two more on the second lap, as he got around Donny Schatz and Danny Lasoski. On the fourth lap he moved around Steve Kinser for the fifth spot. He contended with Jason Solwold for the next several laps before moving into fourth. For the last half of the race, the native of Aliquippa, Pennsylvania battled with McCarl for the third spot.

"The guys gave me a great car," said Shaffer, driver of the Casey's General Store Maxim. "It was operating well. We finally had a little luck for the feature. In the dash we had a (fuel) nozzle get knocked off. To start 10th and pass cars like we did and get up there is a great run for us."

After having a long night in the opener of the Boot Hill Showdown Presented by MJE, Saldana was very satisfied with the performance of his team. He also made up some ground in his battle with Donny Schatz for the World of Outlaws championship.

"I would have liked to have won, but you can't be picky when you run seventeenth on the first night and second on the second night," said the 2006 winner of the Boot Hill Showdown. "We learned something and did a better job. The first night we struggled and paid the price and tonight we did a lot better and got a good result."

During a couple of late cautions, McCarl repeatedly pulled down below Saldana and Pittman, as he studied the track. For the native of Altoona, Iowa, who finished seventh on the opening night of the Boot Hill Showdown Presented by MJE, it was his fourth straight Top-10 finish.

"I was just trying to see if there was any rubber laying down there, and figure out a game plan," he explained. "If you are going to run third, you might as well run fourth. I was trying to make a run on Joey (Saldana) on the starts and see if we could get up there to Daryn (Pittman) in traffic but we never got it done. If you lose a spot trying to do that who cares, we are trying to win these races."

Shaffer like many of his fellow competitors had nothing but positive things to say about the way that track officials prepared the surface for racing both nights, despite battling temperatures that were well into the 90's, as well as heavy winds and some light rain that hit the track right before hot laps.

"This place has a great surface," he said. "They do a great job of preparing it, and it doesn't take them very long. There was a little bit of a bottom in the feature, so we had two lanes in different corners. It was a great track."

Steve Kinser started and finished fifth in the Q Oil Maxim. He fell back to seventh on the 12th lap, before getting around Donny Schatz on the 13th lap to move into sixth. He then got around Jason Solwold on the 17th lap to earn his 16th Top-Five finish of the season.

Jason Solwold finished sixth in the City Wide Insulation Maxim, with Craig Dollansky seventh in the Karavan Trailers Maxim, Danny Lasoski eighth in the Roth Motorsports JEI, Jac Haudenschild ninth in the Wright One Construction Maxim and Donny Schatz rounded out the Top-10 in the Snap-on Tools J&J.

The World of Outlaws return to action on Monday, June 25 at Black Hills Speedway in Rapid City, South Dakota.


* FAST QUALIFIER: Steve Kinser paced the 30 cars that took time with an AMB i.t. timed lap around the semi-banked 3/8-mile oval in 13.236 seconds at 101.995 mph. For his qualifying effort, Kinser earned five bonus points. The next four fastest qualifiers also earned bonus points, including: Joey Saldana (4), Justin Henderson (3), Terry McCarl (2) and Chad Kemenah (1).

* QUALIFYING WINNERS: Danny Lasoski, Daryn Pittman and Donny Schatz won heat races... Paul McMahan won the B-Main... Daryn Pittman won the Crane Cams dash.

* UP NEXT: A trip to Black Hills Speedway in Rapid City, South Dakota on Monday, June 25.

World of Outlaws Statistical Report: Dodge City Raceway Park; Dodge City, KS; June, 23, 2007

1) 11-Steve Kinser 13.236
2) 9-Joey Saldana 13.332
3) D1-Justin Henderson 13.343
4) 24-Terry McCarl 13.386
5) 3X-Chad Kemenah 13.511
6) 36-Jason Martin 13.512
7) 83-Danny Lasoski 13.528
8) 21-Daryn Pittman 13.544
9) 15-Donny Schatz 13.556
10) 6-Tim Shaffer 13.563
11) R19-Jason Solwold 13.628
12) 35-Jac Haudenschild 13.690
13) 2-Brooke Tatnell 13.695
14) 20-Paul McMahan 13.727
15) 10C-Jeremy Campbell 13.745
16) 7-Craig Dollansky 13.784
17) 7S-Jason Sides 13.799
18) 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr. 13.803
19) 18T-Tony Bruce Jr. 13.809
20) 1X-Randy Hannagan 13.810
21) 8K-Zach Chappell 13.838
22) 19-Stevie Smith 13.870
23) 11H-Kerry Madsen 13.917
24) 5C-Chad Hillier 13.918
25) 18-Brian Carlson 13.980
26) 14-Jason Meyers 14.049
27) B4-Eric Baldaccini 14.057
28) 11D-Dion Hindi 14.108
29) 81AU-Gavin Punch 14.130
30) 11X-Gary Lee Maier 14.251

Heat 1 (10 Laps, top 6 finishers transferred to A-feature)
1) 83-Danny Lasoski
2) 11-Steve Kinser
3) 6-Tim Shaffer
4) 24-Terry McCarl
5) 7-Craig Dollansky
6) 2-Brooke Tatnell
7) 19-Stevie Smith
8) 18T-Tony Bruce Jr.
9) 18-Brian Carlson
10) 11D-Dion Hindi

Heat 2 (10 Laps, top 6 finishers transferred to A-feature)
1) 21-Daryn Pittman
2) R19-Jason Solwold
3) 9-Joey Saldana
4) 7S-Jason Sides
5) 3X-Chad Kemenah
6) 11H-Kerry Madsen
7) 14-Jason Meyers
8) 20-Paul McMahan
9) 1X-Randy Hannagan
10) 81AU-Gavin Punch

Heat 3 (10 Laps, top 6 finishers transferred to A-feature)
1) 15-Donny Schatz
2) 36-Jason Martin
3) 35-Jac Haudenschild
4) 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr.
5) 8K-Zach Chappell
6) 10C-Jeremy Campbell
7) 5C-Chad Hillier
8) 11X-Gary Lee Maier
9) D1-Justin Henderson
10) B4-Eric Baldaccini

Crane Cams Dash (8 laps, finishing order determined first 10 starting positions of A-feature)
1) 21-Daryn Pittman
2) 9-Joey Saldana
3) 15-Donny Schatz
4) R19-Jason Solwold
5) 11-Steve Kinser
6) 24-Terry McCarl
7) 3X-Chad Kemenah
8) 83-Danny Lasoski
9) 36-Jason Martin
10) 6-Tim Shaffer

B-main (12 laps, top 6 finishers transferred to A-feature)
1) 20-Paul McMahan
2) D1-Justin Henderson
3) 1X-Randy Hannagan
4) 19-Stevie Smith
5) 18T-Tony Bruce Jr.
6) 5C-Chad Hillier
7) 14-Jason Meyers [$200]
8) 11D-Dion Hindi [$180]
9) 18-Brian Carlson [$175]
10) 11X-Gary Lee Maier [$160]
11) B4-Eric Baldaccini [$150]
12) 81AU-Gavin Punch [$150]

A-main (30 laps) - Starting Position [#]
1) 21-Daryn Pittman[1] [$10,000]
2) 9-Joey Saldana[2] [$5,000]
3) 24-Terry McCarl[6] [$3,000]
4) 6-Tim Shaffer[10] [$2,700]
5) 11-Steve Kinser[5] [$2,500]
6) R19-Jason Solwold[4] [$2,200]
7) 7-Craig Dollansky[16] [$2,000]
8) 83-Danny Lasoski[8] [$1,800]
9) 35-Jac Haudenschild[12] [$1,600]
10) 15-Donny Schatz[3] [$1,450]
11) 2-Brooke Tatnell[13] [$1,300]
12) 11H-Kerry Madsen[22] [$1,200]
13) 20-Paul McMahan[14] [$1,100]
14) D1-Justin Henderson[11] [$1,000]
15) 3X-Chad Kemenah[7] [$950]
16) 18T-Tony Bruce Jr.[23] [$900]
17) 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr.[18] [$850]
18) 10C-Jeremy Campbell[15] [$750]
19) 8K-Zach Chappell[20] [$725]
20) 5C-Chad Hillier[24] [$700]
21) 7S-Jason Sides[17] [$700]
22) 14-Jason Meyers[25] [$0]
23) 19-Stevie Smith[21] [$700]
24) 1X-Randy Hannagan[19] [$700]
25) 36-Jason Martin[9] [$700]

Lap Leaders: Daryn Pittman 1-30

KSE Hard Charger Award: Kerry Madsen

Note: Jason Meyers used a provisional to start the A-Feature.

-credit: woo

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Tim Shaffer , Danny Lasoski , Donny Schatz , Steve Kinser , Craig Dollansky , Brian Carlson , 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.