ALMA, OH - Confidence is a huge aspect of racing and following Thursday night's victory at K-C Raceway, Daryn Pittman has plenty. Pittman scored his second career Freedom 40 victory leading all 40 laps in the ...
ALMA, OH - Confidence is a huge aspect of racing and following Thursday night's victory at K-C Raceway, Daryn Pittman has plenty. Pittman scored his second career Freedom 40 victory leading all 40 laps in the #21 Sherdon Motorsports Gaerte Engines/Mopar J&J for his second O'Reilly World of Outlaws victory of the season.
"There's just something about this place, I don't know what it is," said Pittman, following the World of Outlaws first ever visit to the high-banked, 3/8-mile dirt oval. "We won this race when it was a (World of Outlaws) Gumout show during our championship season in 2001 and tonight, we just came back and had an excellent showing. This certainly will keep us going in the right direction. The next two weeks are key and the team's confidence is getting stronger."
In Thursday night's program, Pittman began the evening by qualifying sixth in the field of 37 cars, and he finished third in the third heat race. He earned the poll position by winning the first dash event and beat Dale Blaney at the drop of green flag to take command of the 40-lap feature. For most of the race, Pittman was in complete control, only a couple of occasions when he was forced to work through lapped traffic did his lead get threatened. He won the race by a straightaway to claim his eighth career World of Outlaws "A" feature.
"The J&J car was perfect tonight--we could drive it anywhere on the race track," said Pittman, who continues to hold fourth position the WoO standings. "The track was really fast and when you got to traffic you had to do some slicing and dicing, but when we had an open track we were awesome."
The victory helped continue what Pittman hopes is a turning point in the season. After a dreadful start to the "Month of Money" (missing the King's Royal feature) and struggling all three nights at the Cleveland Brothers Summer Nationals at Wiliams Grove Speedway, the 24 year-old driver from Owasso, OK, bounced back with a fifth place finish on Monday at New Egypt Speedway. On Tuesday night, he used a rare off night from the Outlaws to build his confidence by winning a $5000-to-win open show at Fonda (NY) Speedway passing Lance Dewease on the final lap. The following night he debuted a new Gaerte Mopar and raced from 12th to finish fifth in the feature event at Sharon Speedway.
"Joe Gaerte and all the guys back at Gaerte Engines have been working on these Mopar motors all year, and this is the best one we've had," continued Pittman. "This motor was just so strong all night long, and Bingo (Eugene Jenkins), Glenno (Inglis) and Joe have been working hard through what has been a not so good year. The big thing is that we've got something here. Our qualifying program is back on track with this motor and we've raced really good with it."
Pittman will hope to continue his recent success on Sunday when the Outlaws race at Powercom Park Raceway in Beaver Dam, WI. Following Sunday's race, the team will prepare for Wednesday's event at Hartford Speedway in Michigan. The team will then travel to Eldora Speedway for the Historical Big One festivities. Last August, Pittman won the World of Outlaws "A" feature the night before the Big One.