Pittman Captures Clean-O World Challenge at Knoxville Knoxville, IA -- August 12, 2005 -- For the second consecutive year, World of Outlaws Sprint Series Mean 15 racer Daryn Pittman celebrated a victory Friday night at Knoxville Raceway in the...
Pittman Captures Clean-O World Challenge at Knoxville
Knoxville, IA -- August 12, 2005 -- For the second consecutive year, World of Outlaws Sprint Series Mean 15 racer Daryn Pittman celebrated a victory Friday night at Knoxville Raceway in the 20-lap Clean-O World Challenge, an international invitational featuring drivers from Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United States.
Pittman, who only minutes earlier had raced to a top-five finish in his Titan Racing Maxim in the A-main on the second qualifying night for the 45th Annual Knoxville Nationals, started ninth but quickly worked his way to fifth as Brent Antill and Tim Kaeding set the pace.
Kaeding wasted little time grabbing the lead as Shane Stewart, the Outlaws top rookie contender who won the A-main and had barely finished celebrating when he had to climb back aboard his Snap-On Tools Maxim to start the Clean-O Challenge, seemed to pick up where he left off and closed on the leaders from the 12th starting spot.
But once Kaeding had clear track in front of him, he pulled away from the field, adding distance on each lap. Then disaster struck. Stewart and Kerry Madsen made contact on the frontstretch, leaving Stewart's machine with severe front-end damage. At the same time, Cody Geldart flipped into the wall in Turn 4, bringing out a red flag.
On the restart, the leader Kaeding appeared to cut a tire as he took his car directly to the pits. Pittman had gotten around Antill and with six laps to go tried to stretch his advantage. But Donny Schatz, a four-time winner this season with the Outlaws, wouldn't let Pittman relax. Schatz got up to Pittman on the final lap but Pittman fought him off in the final corner to earn the $10,000 victory.
Schatz was second, followed by Brooke Tatnell, Antill, Kerry Madsen and Travis Rilat.
<pre> Clean-O World Challenge Pos. Car Name, Hometown 1 21 Daryn Pittman Owasso, OK 2 15 Donny Schatz Fargo, ND 3 8 Brooke Tatnell San Souci, NSW, Aust. 4 1B Brent Antill Ankeny, IA 5 55 Kerry Madsen Sydney, NSW, Aust. 6 29 Travis Rilat Forney, TX 7 22J Jason Johnson Eunice, LA 8 1x Randy Hannagan Pittsboro, IN 9 5m Jaymie Moyle Knoxville, IA 10 2AU Skip Jackson Sydney, NSW, Aust. 11 NZ3 Jamie McDonald Birkenhead Point, NI, NZ 12 4AU Lynton Jeffrey Sydney, NSW, Aust. 13 46 Ryan Coniam Burlington, ONT, Can. 14 18JP Jack Pillon Belle River, ONT, Can. 15 6NZ Bill Clarkson Jr. Auckland, NI, New Zealand 16 83 Tim Kaeding San Jose, CA 17 26 Shane Stewart Bixby, OK 18 6G Cody Geldart Mossley, ONT, Can. 19 22 Billy Alley Lincoln, NE