Looking Straight Ahead: Pittman Seeks First Win at Wilmot Speedway Wilmot, WI-- July 31, 2008--The last time that Daryn Pittman visited Wilmot Speedway in Wisconsin, he didn't see the checkered flag, despite leading the majority of the 35-lap...
Looking Straight Ahead: Pittman Seeks First Win at Wilmot Speedway
Wilmot, WI-- July 31, 2008--The last time that Daryn Pittman visited Wilmot Speedway in Wisconsin, he didn't see the checkered flag, despite leading the majority of the 35-lap event. It's not because he didn't finish the race, but rather he was spinning backwards after battling for the win exiting the fourth turn with two other drivers and the rear of his car crossed the finish line before the front of the car.
Pittman looks to avenge that near miss as he makes his third career start at Wilmot Speedway on Friday, August 1 as the Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series contests the Badger Classic at the track, followed by a stop at Charter Raceway Park the following night.
"That one was pretty close, especially since we led most of the race and wound up third coming off turn four and I was backwards coming across the line," he recalled of the event in 2006. "It was a good race. It's an exciting race track. That was only the second time I had ever been there. I'm looking forward to going back and Wisconsin is always a good place to race. They have a good group of fans up there. We'll see if we can't redeem one and get a win."
Pittman, Jeremy Campbell and Mark Dobmeier all battled for the win on the last lap in the Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series debut at Wilmot Speedway on a very chilly October evening in 2006, after the event had been postponed by rain earlier that season. The trio raced side-by-side down the backstretch trading the lead several times on the white flag lap. The lap began with Pittman in the lead, until Campbell inched to the front in turn three, then Pittman charged back to retake the lead in turn four, and finally Dobmeier squeezed by both of them right under the checkered flag, with Campbell coming home second and a spinning Pittman crossing the finish line backwards to take the third spot.
"The biggest thing was trying to keep it straight so that I made sure I finished," explained Pittman, who is a native of Owasso, Oklahoma. "It would have been very disappointing to have led the whole race and gotten together with two cars off turn four and not finish. At least we wound up third, but we really would have liked to have won that one."
Pittman has two career starts at the semi-banked 3/8-mile, finishing fifth in his debut at the track in 2001 in a World of Outlaws Gumout Series event. In the Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series visit to Wilmot Speedway in 2006, he began the night by turning in the third-fastest lap in time trials with a very strong field in attendance. He followed that up with a runner-up finish in the third heat race to earn a spot in the Crane Cams Dash, where he would come home fourth to earn a second row starting spot in the A-Feature. He wound up leading 23 laps of the A-Feature even en route to a third-place finish.
"We'll look back at our notes when we get there and hopefully we'll be fast again and can repeat our strong performance and be good all night," Pittman said. "It's a tricky place to get around, and they had changed since the first time I had been there. Flat race tracks are generally hard to get two grooves on, but there were two if not three grooves over there last time. We'll make adjustments as the night goes on and try to get it better as the races go on."
After having bad luck plague him early in the season, Pittman and his team have gained some momentum since winning the $50,000 Kings Royal at Eldora Speedway a couple of weeks back. He followed that up with a win on the opening night of the Summer Nationals at Williams Grove Speedway in Pennsylvania and also recently moved into the Top-10 in the series championship standings. He has picked up 17 Top-10 finishes aboard the Titan Garages Maxim, and his main focus for the rest of the season is to win races.
"It's still a long way from over, but that definitely got us going in the right direction," noted the veteran driver of his Kings Royal triumph. "I think we have been a lot faster ever since. We picked up a win at Williams Grove and were fast both nights there. Our results have not gotten extremely better, but I know for a fact that we're more competitive than we were and the car is capable."
For a large portion of the season, Pittman and crew chief Glenno Inglis made up the entire team, as they searched for additional crew members. They recently added two new crew members, which allows Inglis to focus on making the car as fast as possible each night and not having to worry about doing every single task by himself.
"We have some new crew guys that recently started with us and that has helped a lot," said Pittman. "We have three guys so that helps everyone stay a little bit rested up, so they can keep doing their jobs and stay sharp. I'm happy with the two guys that I got. We have a good group of guys and one of the best teams I have ever had and this is the most confident I have been in a long time. I'm really looking forward to the rest of the year."
In his career in the state of Wisconsin, Pittman has three wins, all coming at Charter Raceway Park in Beaver Dam where the World of Outlaws will compete on Saturday night in the finale of the Badger Classic. He has 17 Top-10 finishes in his career in the state, with 13 of those being Top-Five performances.
"We have always been pretty good at the race track up there, for no particular reason," he said with a shrug. "We set a track record the first time we went to Beaver Dam (Charter Raceway Park) and have always been fast there. I enjoy it and it has always been a good race track to me. We have done well at Wilmot also and have won a few other races in Wisconsin. We always seem to do pretty good up that way."
On Friday, August 1 at Wilmot Speedway, adult reserved tickets will be $35, with reserved tickets for children ages 12-under $15. Adult general admission tickets will be $32, with general admission tickets for children 12-under $15, while kids 5-under will be admitted free to the general admission seats. Pit combos are available for $38 if purchased in advance and includes a reserved tickets and a pit pass.
Two-day passes are also available for $66, when purchased in advance for the events at Wilmot Speedway and Charter Raceway Park, which includes a reserved seat for each day. For ticket information visit: www.slspromotions.com.