Texas: Daryn Pittman preview

Daryn Pittman and the Sherdon Motorsports team are looking forward to returning to the Texas Motor Speedway Dirt Track this weekend in Fort Worth, TX. During the World of Outlaws visit to TMS last October, Daryn piloted the No. 21 ...

Daryn Pittman and the Sherdon Motorsports team are looking forward to returning to the Texas Motor Speedway Dirt Track this weekend in Fort Worth, TX. During the World of Outlaws visit to TMS last October, Daryn piloted the No. 21 Sherdon Motorsports, Pepsi, Hop & Sack, Gaerte, Mopar, GLR, CMC sprinter to victory lane on his preliminary night and is hoping for a repeat performance of last year. "I feel really good about going back to Texas Motor Speedway. Anytime you can return to a track where you run well, it gets the whole team excited. We won the prelim show last year and we were running second to Steve (Kinser) on the final night when our motor started going away with five laps left. We finished fourth, but we knew we had a car that could've won both nights," said Daryn.

Daryn is currently 8th in the World of Outlaws point standings, but this early in the season a few good night can make a world of difference. As of now, only 41 points separate Pittman from second place. To close that gap the team plans to keep their consistent finishes coming. They have six top-ten finishes in the eight World of Outlaws features this season and have third and fourth place finishes with the O'Reilly Sprint Bandits. When asked about his view on the season so far Daryn said, "As a whole, I don't think we have been that good at all. We have struggled qualifying and that is really hurting us because we haven't started better than 10th all year. Looking on the bright side, we have passed cars in every feature we've raced in except for when we broke opening night. And the last few weeks we have been getting better and better. But the days of passing 10-15 cars for a win with the Outlaws are few and far between, so we just need to qualify better. If we can do that and start towards the front, I know we have a good enough car to win," he said.

The TMS race is ran in conjunction with the NASCAR weekend, which leads to larger crowds and star-studded pits. "This past weekend was pretty uplifting for our team. I felt that we ran pretty well. We needed that coming into TMS. We typically qualify pretty well there and I believe we still hold the Track Record. This is always a big race with NASCAR running the same weekend. I can't wait to get back there," Daryn said.

With all the excitement at the big track, will Daryn and Mandy watch any of the racing at the Speedway? "If we get there early enough Friday I want to watch Danny (Lasoski) and Steve (Kinser) run the IROC race. But other than that I doubt we will stay for anything else," said Pittman.

Fans may also notice something new as they arrive to the numerous tracks the Outlaws visit during their season. Following in the footsteps of the larger traveling series', many of the Outlaw drivers will now bring apparel trailers to each event and park them on the facility's midway. "We will debut our apparel trailer this weekend. I think this will be a neat deal. Fans will be able to buy driver merchandise before, during and after the races. We are planning to do autograph sessions to build driver-to-fan connections that may not be made after the races. Sometimes the shows run late and it is tough for the families to make it down to the pits following the races. I'm excited about this being a way we can reach more fans," he explained.

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Daryn Pittman