Pittman Powers to Win at Red River Valley Speedway West Fargo, ND-- August 12, 2008--It took Daryn Pittman 13 starts over the course of five seasons to earn his first Top-10 finish at Red River Valley Speedway, but since that event in 2002,...
Pittman Powers to Win at Red River Valley Speedway
West Fargo, ND-- August 12, 2008--It took Daryn Pittman 13 starts over the course of five seasons to earn his first Top-10 finish at Red River Valley Speedway, but since that event in 2002, he has picked up a total of 10 Top-10 finishes at track located in West Fargo, North Dakota and had been inching his way closer to a win.
He broke through at the high-banked half-mile on Tuesday night, leading all 30 laps to earn his fourth Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series A-Feature win of the season and his first at Red River Valley Speedway. He now has two career wins in the state of North Dakota.
The $10,000 victory for Pittman was the 29th of his career with the Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series and his third season on a half-mile track. The race served as the finale of the Duel in the Dakotas as well as the second event of the Gerdau Ameristeel Northern Tour which encompasses all four events this season in the state of North Dakota.
"It was a great team effort," Pittman said. "Anytime in the last two months that we have qualified for the dash, I feel like we have been tough to beat. That's what we did tonight. Our biggest problem is still qualifying and we are inconsistent there. If we can get in the inversion, then we have been awfully good. Maxim built me a few new cars before we won the Kings Royal and they are awesome. These cars have been fast and Don Ott is building us great engines and they are running well. I have a great crew behind me. I'm not doing anything different, so obviously the crew has stepped up their game and it makes me look better."
Pittman started on the pole in the Titan Garages Maxim after winning the Crane Cams Dash. He won a drag race with Shane Stewart on the start, though a red flag followed for an accident involving: Paul McMahan, Kraig Kinser, Kerry Madsen and Lucas Wolfe, who was in his first race back after suffering a back injury in June, before a full lap was complete.
Pittman again led the field into the first turn on the complete restart, with Joey Saldana working his way past Stewart for the runner-up spot. Craig Dollansky also gained a spot on the opening lap, moving into third, while Jac Haudenschild who started sixth found himself in fourth after just one lap.
Pittman quickly opened a sizeable lead and just eight laps into the race was already in lapped traffic on the blazing fast half-mile. That lead evaporated on the 10th lap when the caution flag flew. On the ensuing restart, Saldana kept pace with Pittman for a couple of laps, before the latter began again to pull away.
"I felt like we were getting through traffic pretty good," noted Pittman who is a native of Owasso, Oklahoma. "It's always easier to run in clean track. The track was actually getting faster and stickier. I was getting pretty tight when I was behind some of the lapped cars. I'm glad we didn't catch any of the really fast lapped cars, because they would have gotten very hard to pass and made the race car very tight."
The red flag flew again on the 15th lap as Tony Bruce Jr. had a vicious wreck in which his car went up and over the turn two wall. The second-year driver was transported to a local hospital for precautionary measures.
Pittman used another strong restart when the race got back underway, to quickly jump out to a comfortable lead. He encountered lapped traffic with a handful of laps remaining and wound up picking up the win by nearly two seconds over Saldana.
After heavy overnight rains left the track and pit area soaked on Monday night, officials from SLS Promotions and Red River Valley Speedway worked feverously all day on Tuesday to prepare the racing surface and pit area for the event, which was originally postponed by rain and high winds at the end of June.
"For as much rain as they had here, this place was in great shape," Pittman said. "Everything else was flooded around the track, and this may have been the smoothest track we have ever had in Fargo. Everyone was concerned about it getting rough and they did a great job. The track was as good as it could be for as much rain as they got yesterday."
Saldana, who finished second, earned his 24th Top-Five finish of the season aboard the Budweiser/Open Joist Mopar-powered JEI. He held off Jac Haudenschild who made a late charge for the runner-up position. Saldana began the night by winning the second heat race to earn a spot in the Crane Cams Dash.
"We were able to start up front in the heat and redraw for the dash and that played a big part in where everyone finished," shared Saldana. "On the first start, I was fourth and we had that red and on the second start, I came out second. The first red definitely helped me and I got a good second start."
Haudenschild, who won at Red River Valley Speedway in 2007, finished third to earn his 30th Top-10 finish of the season. He powered his way past Jason Meyers and Shane Stewart on the opening lap. He then chased Craig Dollansky for a number of laps, before moving into third at the halfway point of the race, piloting the Owens-Corning Fiberglass Maxim.
"The car felt real good tonight and we got up there," said Haudenschild. "Leonard (Lee) had the car working really well. I think we started sixth tonight and ended up third. The track was pretty tough to pass on tonight. It was pretty fast and tacky."
Craig Dollansky aboard the Aggressive Hydraulics Maxim finished fourth on Tuesday night, which coupled with a runner-up finish at River Cities Speedway back in June in the opener of the Duel in the Dakotas, earned him the overall title for the two race mini-series.
"To win the overall title is great for our race team," said Dollansky. "I'm glad they put that on and SLS (Promotions) did a great job getting this race in and did a great job up at Grand Forks (River Cities) in the first race of the Duel (in the Dakotas) as well."
Jason Meyers, who began the night by setting a new track record in time trials finished fifth in the GLR Investments KPC to earn his 32nd Top-Five finish of the season as he continues to chase his first career World of Outlaws title.
Sam Hafertepe Jr. finished sixth aboard the G.H. Plumbing J&J to earn his 12th Top-10 of the season. Steve Kinser was seventh in the Q Oil Maxim, with Shane Stewart in eighth in the Roth Motorsports machine. Jason Sides picked up his fifth consecutive Top-10 finish with a ninth-place performance in the Wetherington Tractor Service Maxim. Donny Schatz rounded out the Top-10 in the Armor All J&J at his home track and remains the only driver that has finished in the Top-10 in every World of Outlaws event this season.
Pittman consistently turned the fastest laps during the 30-lap A-Feature event, and recorded the fastest lap of the entire contest at the halfway point of the race. Saldana kept pace with him a couple of times on restarts, but once a couple of laps were in the books, Pittman would steadily pull away each and every time.
"I pretty much had nothing for (Daryn) Pittman," said Saldana. "He was gone and we held our own. They said the guys behind me were racing pretty good. It was just one of those races that was wide open and you couldn't really do much. We got a second and we'll go to the next track and try to do better."
For Haudenschild, the second start of the race was very beneficial as he gained two spots. He also used the restart at the halfway point of the race to work his way around Craig Dollansky. Late in the race, Haudenschild gained ground on Saldana, but also was doing his best to fight off Dollansky who was running fourth.
"The restarts are a lot on these big tracks before everyone gets spread out," noted Haudenschild. "We did pretty good on the restarts and the car felt good all night."
Dollansky lined up fourth for the 40-lap event and got by Shane Stewart on the opening lap to move into third, where he would run for the first half of the race. Prior to the final red flag of the night on the 15th lap, Dollansky had gained some ground on Saldana, but never had an opportunity to try to attempt a pass.
"It was tough to pass tonight," said the native of Elk River, Minnesota. "We were just kind of cruising there in the third spot and gave it up on a restart trying to keep going. It was a good run to come home fourth for this Larry Woodward team tonight. It's another Top-Five and we'll keep on working hard."
The Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series returns to action on Thursday, August 14 with an inaugural event at Gillette Thunder Speedway in Gillette, Wyoming.
RED RIVER VALLEY SPEEDWAY NOTEBOOK
* FAST QUALIFIER: Jason Meyers paced the 24 cars that took time with a record setting AMB i.t. timed lap around the high-banked 1/2-mile oval at 14.736 seconds at 122.150 mph. For his qualifying effort, Meyers earned five bonus points. The next four fastest qualifiers also earned bonus points, including: Sam Hafertepe Jr. (4), Jac Haudenschild (3), Donny Schatz (2), and Terry McCarl (1).
* QUALIFYING WINNERS: Daryn Pittman, Steve Kinser and Joey Saldana won heat races... Daryn Pittman won the Crane Cams Dash.
* UP NEXT: The series inaugural visit to Gillette Thunder Speedway in Gillette, Wyoming on Thursday, August 14.
Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series Statistical Report; Red River Valley Speedway; West Fargo, ND; August 12, 2008
1) 14-Jason Meyers 14.736
2) 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr. 14.783
3) R19-Jac Haudenschild 14.871
4) 15-Donny Schatz 14.903
5) 24-Terry McCarl 14.910
6) 8K-Chad Kemenah 14.910
7) 21-Daryn Pittman 14.923
8) 11-Steve Kinser 14.952
9) 2-Craig Dollansky 15.024
10) 5W-Lucas Wolfe 15.080
11) 83-Shane Stewart 15.087
12) 9-Joey Saldana 15.100
13) 56-Davey Heskin 15.109
14) 20-Kraig Kinser 15.127
15) 7S-Jason Sides 15.135
16) 5C-Chad Hillier 15.181
17) 55-Kerry Madsen 15.239
18) 18-Tony Bruce Jr. 15.250
19) 13-Mark Dobmeier 15.271
20) 6-Paul McMahan 15.450
21) 9N-Wade Nygaard 15.601
22) 29-Leigh Thomas 15.755
23) 8-Casey Mack 15.995
24) 6N-Greg Nikitenko -.---
Heat 1 (8 Laps, top 6 finishers transferred to A-feature)
1) 21-Daryn Pittman
2) 14-Jason Meyers
3) 15-Donny Schatz
4) 5C-Chad Hillier
5) 5W-Lucas Wolfe
6) 13-Mark Dobmeier
7) 56-Davey Heskin
8) 29-Leigh Thomas
Heat 2 (8 Laps, top 6 finishers transferred to A-feature)
1) 11-Steve Kinser
2) 83-Shane Stewart
3) 24-Terry McCarl
4) 20-Kraig Kinser
5) 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr.
6) 6-Paul McMahan
7) 55-Kerry Madsen
8) 8-Casey Mack
Heat 3 (8 Laps, top 6 finishers transferred to A-feature)
1) 9-Joey Saldana
2) 2-Craig Dollansky
3) R19-Jac Haudenschild
4) 8K-Chad Kemenah
5) 7S-Jason Sides
6) 18-Tony Bruce Jr.
7) 9N-Wade Nygaard
8) 6N-Greg Nikitenko
Crane Cams Dash (6 laps, finishing order determined first 10 starting
positions of A-feature)
1) 21-Daryn Pittman
2) 83-Shane Stewart
3) 9-Joey Saldana
4) 2-Craig Dollansky
5) 14-Jason Meyers
6) R19-Jac Haudenschild
7) 11-Steve Kinser
8) 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr.
9) 15-Donny Schatz
10) 24-Terry McCarl
A-main (30 laps) - Starting Position [#]
1) 21-Daryn Pittman [$10,000]
2) 9-Joey Saldana [$5,500]
3) R19-Jac Haudenschild [$3,200]
4) 2-Craig Dollansky [$2,800]
5) 14-Jason Meyers [$2,500]
6) 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr. [$2,300]
7) 11-Steve Kinser [$2,200]
8) 83-Shane Stewart [$2,100]
9) 7S-Jason Sides [$2,050]
10) 15-Donny Schatz [$2,000]
11) 13-Mark Dobmeier [$1,500]
12) 5C-Chad Hillier [$1,200]
13) 6N-Greg Nikitenko [$1,100]
14) 56-Davey Heskin [$1,050]
15) 8-Casey Mack [$1,000]
16) 29-Leigh Thomas [$900]
17) 8K-Chad Kemenah [$800]
18) 18-Tony Bruce Jr. [$800]
19) 24-Terry McCarl [$800]
20) 9N-Wade Nygaard [$800]
21) 20-Kraig Kinser [$800]
22) 6-Paul McMahan [$800]
23) 55-Kerry Madsen [$800]
24) 5W-Lucas Wolfe [$800]
Lap Leaders: Daryn Pittman 1-30
Chicken Hawk Hot Lap Award: Daryn Pittman
Penske Power Position Award: Jac Haudenschild
SuperClean Start of the Night Award: Joey Saldana
KSE Hard Charger Award: Greg Nikitenko