Pittman Surges to His First World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Victory of Season

Defending champ takes checkered flag at Thunderbowl Raceway

TULARE, Calif. – March 15, 2014 – Daryn Pittman charged to his first World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series victory of the season on Friday night at Thunderbowl Raceway after a thrilling battle with polesitter Logan Schuchart.

After 22 laps, Pittman finally surged ahead of Schuchart, with Donny Schatz and Paul McMahan also motoring ahead of the rookie for podium finishes. Kerry Madsen followed his runner-up finish at Tucson with a fourth-place finish and Joey Saldana rounded out the top five.

Schuchart started the 35-lap main event from the pole at the high-banked, third-mile oval and jumped to the early lead over second starting Schatz. In the early going the battle was for third as Brad Sweet, a two-time winner this season, moved up to battle McMahan and the CJB Motorsports #51 for fourth. Sweet earned the position and immediately set his eyes on third, a position he quickly captured from Kasey Kahne Racing teammate Pittman. Schuchart continued to lead as the laps clicked away.

Pittman fired back in his Great Clips #9 car as a lapped car slowed Schatz’s Tony Stewart Racing STP/Armor All #15 car. As Schuchart was faced with lapped traffic, Pittman and Schatz swept through to pass Schuchart and the race was on for the win with just 13 circuits remaining. Pittman was determined not to let the win slip away as it was his first victory since last July.

“I hated to admit how bad this has been burning me up personally and I’m sure this whole team how long it’s been since we’ve won a race,” admitted Owasso, Okla., native Pittman. “We had such a good year last year that I can’t complain about anything … but we haven’t won a race since July of last year. This has been the kind of voodoo place for me that I’ve never felt comfortable, and last year we came here and ran third and fifth and real well. To snap our non-winning streak here in Tulare, I’ll tell you what, I couldn’t be any happier.”

On the tight track, Schatz was in constant traffic as he sought a way past Pittman.

“We weren’t biding any time we were going for it. Logan was setting a really good pace and I was doing everything I could to chase him,” said Schatz, a five-time series champion from Fargo, N.D. “We just needed lapped traffic to do that. We got going there and made some [spots] up there at the end.”

McMahan, who had been under the weather all week, extended his championship points lead with his podium finish.

“It’s been a heck of week, I’ve been sick all week,” said the Elk Grove, Calif., native McMahan. “To come out here and put 35 laps together is pretty tough on me. The top started getting cleaned off a little bit the more cars got up there to clean it off. We were having a little problem getting off the corners with the motor stumble a little bit, but we’ll get that fixed up and come back and try again tomorrow night. ”

Schuchart held on to finish eighth, marking his first top-10 finish of the season.

Steve Kinser, the 20-time World of Outlaws champion celebrating his Salute to the King tour, was seventh for his sixth top-10 in seven starts this season.

World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car touring drivers from California registered strong runs as McMahan earned the third place and Tim Kaeding who finished sixth and earned the KSE Hard Charger award picking up 11 spots in the feature event. Brad Sweet was running third until he had a motor let go forcing him off of the track.

The World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series returns Thunderbowl Raceway Saturday night March 15. All of the action can be seen on www.DIRTVision.com.

THUNDERBOWL RACEWAY NOTEBOOK

Joey Saldana, who celebrated his 42nd birthday on Friday, was the fastest qualifier around the high-banked, third-mile of Thunderbowl Raceway with a time of 12.800 seconds to earn five championship points. Also earning points were Paul McMahan (4 points), Trey Starks (3), Daryn Pittman (2) and Kraig Kinser (1). Donny Schatz, Cody Darrah and Kerry Madsen won heat races. … The dash draw was a 6 for the third time this year… Logan Schuchart won the dash for the first time this year and his career… McMahan is the only driver to finish in the top 10 in all seven events so far this season, and he leads the championship.

World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series Statistical Report; Tulare (Calif.) Raceway; March15, 2014

A-Main – (35 Laps) – 1. 9-Daryn Pittman [3] [$10,000]; 2. 15-Donny Schatz [2] [$5,000]; 3. 51-Paul McMahan [4] [$3,000]; 4. 29-Kerry Madsen [10] [$2,700]; 5. 71M-Joey Saldana [7] [$2,500]; 6. 83-Tim Kaeding [17] [$2,200]; 7. 11-Steve Kinser [12] [$2,000]; 8. 1S-Logan Schuchart [1] [$1,800]; 9. O-Bud Kaeding [8] [$1,600]; 10. 4-Cody Darrah [9] [$1,450]; 11. 24-Rico Abreu [20] [$1,300]; 12. 83SA-David Gravel [14] [$1,200]; 13. 11K-Kraig Kinser [11] [$1,100]; 14. 83JR-Kyle Hirst [21] [$1,000]; 15. 82-Bryan Clauson [24] [$950]; 16. 88-Terry McCarl [18] [$900]; 17. 5W-Lucas Wolfe [16] [$850]; 18. 7S-Jason Sides [19] [$750]; 19. 21M-Jason Meyers [23] [$725]; 20. 1-Sammy Swindell [13] [$700]; 21. 44W-Austen Wheatley [15] [$700]; 22. 88N-DJ Netto [22] [$700]; 23. 49-Brad Sweet [5] [$700]; 24. 55-Trey Starks [6] [$700]. Lap Leaders: Logan Schuchart 1-22, Daryn Pittman 23-35. KSE Hard Charger Award: 83-Tim Kaeding [+11]

Qualifying – 1. 71M-Joey Saldana, 12.800; 2. 51-Paul McMahan, 12.944; 3. 55-Trey Starks, 12.951; 4. 9-Daryn Pittman, 12.953; 5. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 12.953; 6. 11-Steve Kinser, 12.988; 7. 15-Donny Schatz, 13.005; 8. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 13.005; 9. O-Bud Kaeding, 13.039; 10. 49-Brad Sweet, 13.051; 11. 4-Cody Darrah, 13.070; 12. 29-Kerry Madsen, 13.081; 13. 1-Sammy Swindell, 13.101; 14. 83SA-David Gravel, 13.116; 15. 44W-Austen Wheatley, 13.117; 16. 5W-Lucas Wolfe, 13.130; 17. 83-Tim Kaeding, 13.158; 18. 88-Terry McCarl, 13.165; 19. 7S-Jason Sides, 13.181; 20. 24-Rico Abreu, 13.184; 21. 21M-Jason Meyers, 13.217; 22. 83JR-Kyle Hirst, 13.254; 23. 82-Bryan Clauson, 13.267; 24. 88N-DJ Netto, 13.334; 25. 3-Craig Stidham, 13.357; 26. 21-Brian Brown, 13.377; 27. 3C-Jonathan Allard, 13.463; 28. OO-Cory Eliason, 13.509; 29. 41-Dominic Scelzi, 13.600; 30. 1A-Jacob Allen, 13.672; 31. 4F-Mike Faria, 13.889

Heat 1 – (8 Laps – Top 6 finishers transfer to the A-feature) – 1. 15-Donny Schatz [2]; 2. 49-Brad Sweet [1]; 3. 9-Daryn Pittman [3]; 4. 71M-Joey Saldana [4]; 5. 1-Sammy Swindell [5]; 6. 83JR-Kyle Hirst [8]; 7. 7S-Jason Sides [7]; 8. OO-Cory Eliason [10]; 9. 5W-Lucas Wolfe [6]; 10. 3-Craig Stidham [9]; 11. 4F-Mike Faria [11]

Heat 2 – (8 Laps – Top 6 finishers transfer to the A-feature) – 1. 4-Cody Darrah [1]; 2. 1S-Logan Schuchart [2]; 3. 83-Tim Kaeding [6]; 4. 11K-Kraig Kinser [3]; 5. 24-Rico Abreu [7]; 6. 51-Paul McMahan [4]; 7. 83SA-David Gravel [5]; 8. 21-Brian Brown [9]; 9. 41-Dominic Scelzi [10]; 10. 82-Bryan Clauson [8]

Heat 3 – (8 Laps – Top 6 finishers transfer to the A-feature) – 1. 29-Kerry Madsen [1]; 2. O-Bud Kaeding [2]; 3. 11-Steve Kinser [3]; 4. 55-Trey Starks [4]; 5. 88-Terry McCarl [6]; 6. 88N-DJ Netto [8]; 7. 21M-Jason Meyers [7]; 8. 44W-Austen Wheatley [5]; 9. 3C-Jonathan Allard [9]; 10. 1A-Jacob Allen [10]

Dash – (6 Laps, finishing order determined first 10 starting positions of A-feature) – 1. 1S-Logan Schuchart [1]; 2. 15-Donny Schatz [2]; 3. 9-Daryn Pittman [3]; 4. 51-Paul McMahan [5]; 5. 49-Brad Sweet [8]; 6. 55-Trey Starks [4]; 7. 71M-Joey Saldana [6]; 8. O-Bud Kaeding [7]; 9. 4-Cody Darrah [9]; 10. 29-Kerry Madsen [10]

Last Chance Showdown – (12 Laps – Top 6 finishers transfer to the A-feature) – 1. 83SA-David Gravel [1] [-]; 2. 44W-Austen Wheatley [2] [-]; 3. 5W-Lucas Wolfe [3] [-]; 4. 7S-Jason Sides [4] [-]; 5. 21M-Jason Meyers [5] [-]; 6. 82-Bryan Clauson [6] [-]; 7. 3C-Jonathan Allard [9] [$200]; 8. OO-Cory Eliason [10] [$180]; 9. 3-Craig Stidham [7] [$175]; 10. 41-Dominic Scelzi [11] [$160]; 11. 4F-Mike Faria [13] [$150]; 12. 1A-Jacob Allen [12] [$150]; 13. 21-Brian Brown [8] [$150]

World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series Championship Standings

Pos. Driver Total Diff Wins T-5 T-10 QT
1 Paul McMahan 1015 0 1 4 7 3
2 Donny Schatz 1005 -10 2 6 6 0
3 Daryn Pittman 995 -20 1 4 6 1
4 Steve Kinser 988 -27 1 4 6 0
5 Brad Sweet 970 -45 2 4 6 0
6 Kerry Madsen 965 -50 0 4 6 0
7 Joey Saldana 909 -106 0 2 5 3
8 Tim Kaeding 908 -107 0 1 4 0
9 Cody Darrah 891 -124 0 1 5 0
10 Kraig Kinser 873 -142 0 0 2 0
11 Sammy Swindell 846 -169 0 0 2 0
12 Jason Sides 840 -175 0 1 2 0
13 Terry McCarl 748 -267 0 1 2 0
14 Rico Abreu 720 -295 0 0 1 0
15 Lucas Wolfe 690 -325 0 0 0 0
16 Logan Schuchart 681 -334 0 0 1 0
17 Danny Lasoski 678 -337 0 0 0 0
18 Jac Haudenschild 626 -389 0 0 1 0
19 Jacob Allen 525 -490 0 0 0 0
20 Greg Wilson 516 -499 0 0 0 0

The World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series is brought to fans across the country by many important sponsors and partners, including: American Racing Custom Wheels (Official Custom Wheel), Armor All (Official Car Care Products), Lincoln Welders (Official Welder), STP (Official Fuel Treatment), Hoosier Racing Tire (Official Tire), VP Racing Fuels (Official Racing Fuel); in addition to contingency sponsors, including: Bruce High Performance Transporters, Cometic Gasket, Comp Cams, Edelbrock, JE Pistons, KSE Racing Products, MSD, Sweet Manufacturing, and Superflow Dynos; along with manufacturer sponsors, including: ButlerBuilt, Intercomp, J&J Auto Racing, Jake’s Carts, Racing Electronics, S&S Volvo and TNT Rescue.

Sources: Sam Martin/World of Outlaws STP Sprint Cars PR


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