Knoxville: Daryn Pittman Spring Classic preview

April 29, 2004 -- Knoxville, IA--Owasso, Oklahoma's Daryn Pittman has been gaining momentum in World of Outlaws Sprint Series (WoO) competition as the traveling tour heads into Knoxville Raceway for this weekend's Spring Classic. Pittman has ...

April 29, 2004 -- Knoxville, IA--Owasso, Oklahoma's Daryn Pittman has been gaining momentum in World of Outlaws Sprint Series (WoO) competition as the traveling tour heads into Knoxville Raceway for this weekend's Spring Classic. Pittman has piloted the Sherdon Motorsports, Pepsi, Hop & Sack, Gaerte, Mopar, GLR, CMC Chassis sprinter into fifth place in the WoO point standings in one of the tightest point races in recent years. Only 40 points currently separate him from second place running Danny Lasoski and only 41 points separate third through ninth place. At this point, every race is important as one bad finish can really shuffle a driver towards the rear of the top ten.

Pittman has compiled 11 top-ten finishes including three top-fives, and has only finished out of the top ten in three of the 14 WoO races this season. So far, his top finish of the season came April 17 at I-55 Raceway in Pevely, MO when Daryn passed 11 cars in the A Feature to take the checkers in the runner-up position. "We have had some really good moments this year but we have also had some major disappointments. I feel like we have been really struggling but somehow we keep picking up top-five and top-ten finishes. Maybe we aren't as bad as what I think, but I do know we are making progress and that is what is important," said Pittman. "The guys on the crew have been working real hard. Joe Gaerte, Glenno Inglis and Bingo Jenkins have been doing a great job to make improvements. They all have great attitudes and work hard, really that is all you can ask for in a crew. A key to this (WoO) deal is having good people behind you," Daryn said.

With the big weekend ahead, Pittman is looking forward to getting back to the Marion County Fairgrounds. Knoxville Raceway is considered a special track for most drivers on the WoO tour and Pittman is no different. "Knoxville is special in several aspects. The facility is top-notch, the atmosphere, the fans, everything is different there. When you pull in you just know you are at one of, if not the finest track in the country. Not to mention the track hosts the biggest race of the year, the Knoxville Nationals," said Pittman. "That is the one race everybody wants to win."

Pittman took a moment to explain what racing Knoxville is like to a driver. "Knoxville is the easiest track to drive, but the hardest to run good at. Anybody can drive the track itself, but to run good you have to have your car perfect and drive next to perfect the entire race. That is hard to do without a lot of laps there. I have never won a race at Knoxville and it would be a huge confidence boost for my team and I if we could do that this weekend," he said. "Truthfully we would be happy with a top five, but I really want to win."

The early season trips to Knoxville can also be used as an R&D weekend for the big race in August. "We only run Knoxville twice before the Nationals so we use those weekends in particular to benchmark ourselves against the other teams. We are bringing out a brand new motor and car, our Nationals car, for this weekend. We were going to wait until July to shake down the car but decided now would be a better time. We will take the information from this weekend and apply it to the Nationals. But if we run bad then it will be back to the drawing board," he laughed.

To follow the progress of Daryn Pittman and the Sherdon Motorsports team log on to www.darynpittman.com/ for updated photos, stories, schedules, race results and stats relating to the team.

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