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Pittman wins wild Kings Royal - Rossburg, OH— July 13, 2008 - By Tony Veneziano - Daryn Pittman has been searching for a spark all season long, as he has been close a number of times to breaking through for his first win of the campaign. He has had a number of strong runs cut short by bad luck, but that all changed on Sunday night as a fast race car and a little good fortune found him, as he was victorious in the 25th Annual Kings Royal at the famed Eldora Speedway in Ohio, with the cameras from SPEED capturing all of the action. Pittman inherited the lead on the 28th lap after Joey Saldana who was leading came to a stop after making contact with the back straightaway wall due to a flat right rear tire. Pittman would lead on the restart and held off Jason Meyers on the last lap in traffic to pick up his first World of Outlaws win of the season. It was his third career win at Eldora Speedway, and he became the 14th winner of the famed Kings Royal and the fifth different winner in the last five years, as he donned the traditional purple robe, received the crown and held the sceptre as he sat atop the throne with the Kings Court. The $50,000 triumph was his 26th career World of Outlaws win, which moved him into 15th on the all-time list. (Read more)
WoO week sees Schatz and Pittman win - HD Staff, September 18, 2007 - After leaving California - the World of Outlaws made the cross country trek to Spencer, IA where Donny Schatz won the feature event on Wednesday September 12th. Schatz continued his success at Heartland Park in Topeka, Kansas with another victory Friday night. Sunday - Daryn Pittman won the at Charter Raceway park in Beaver Dam, WI. ...Schatz extended his lead in the WoO standings to 53 points over Joey Saldana. ...Next up for the barnstorming series is a fifth 2007 appearance at Eldora Speedway Friday night. The event will be taped by Speed TV.
Pittman does The Ditch right - HD Staff - W. Memphis, AR. - May 5, 2007 - Daryn Pittman won as the World of Outlaws returned to Riverside Speedway for the first time since 1981 Saturday night. Pittman drove Reeve Kruk's Titan Garages #21 to the 40-lap feature win over quick-qualifier Jason Solwold. Steve Kinser finished third, followed by Paul McMahan, and Tim Shaffer. The track, known as "The Ditch", is a quarter-mile clay oval that produced past WoO champions Sammy Swindell, and Bobby Davis Jr. Pittman's win was worth maximum points in the Racer's Racing Series. (Read the WoO story, and summary)
Pittman puts $50,000 into his first Gold Cup - By Bobby Gerould - September 9, 2006 - Chico, CA. ...Daryn Pittman led all 40 laps of the 53rd Gold Cup Race of Champions Saturday night at Silver Dollar Speedway. The Owasso, OK driver weathered multiple caution periods and restarts en route to the $50,000 victory aboard the Titan Garages #21. Jac Haudenschild closed with a late rush on the quarter-mile clay oval but came up a car-length short of Pittman. Craig Dollansky finished third followed by Danny Lasoski, and Paul McMahan. Bud Kaeding put on a show driving from 18th to sixth in a rare winged sprint car start. ...Donny Schatz took a provisional, started 25th and finished eighth. (Read more)
Pittman is hot. He sweeps Princeton National. – By Chris Dolack – Princeton, MN. July 29, 2006 - In one of the most thrilling races of the season, Daryn Pittman held off a hard charging Jac Haudenschild, Craig Dollansky, and Donny Schatz for the A-Feature win in the finale of the PolyDome Princeton Nationals. Pittman driving the Titan Garages/Hop-n-Sack Convenience Stores Maxim took the lead on the third lap of the race, and led until the 10th lap. The he regained the lead after falling back to third, when Brooke Tatnell sustained a shredded right rear tire on lap-11, and Donny Schatz on the ensuing restart slid off the banking in the first turn, and subsequently had to restart at the rear of the field. From there, Pittman led the final 28 laps, but was challenged countless times by Haudenschild in the Wright One Construction Maxim, as well as Dollansky in the Karavan Trailers Maxim. Haudenschild just edged Dollansky at the finish line for the runner-up spot. (Read it all)
Pittman's first Grove win is worth 20 grand in Summer Nationals - Mechanicsburg, PA – By Chris Dolack - July 22, 2006 - Daryn Pittman dominated the final night of the Cleveland Brothers Summer Nationals on Saturday to earn the first victory of his career at historic Williams Grove Speedway. Pittman, who entered the finale as the Summer Nationals points leader in the Titan Garages and Carports Maxim, won the JakesKarts.com Dash, started on the pole and held off Donny Schatz’s ParkerStore J&J for 30 caution-free laps to roll into the RacinSoles Victory Lane with a $20,000 share of the Month of Money. Craig Dollansky, who won the second night of the Summer Nationals, finished third in the Karavan Trailers Maxim with Brooke Tatnell in the Race Outfitters Eagle and Joey Saldana in the Mopar-powered Dodge/Curb Records JEI completing a top-five sweep for the Mean 15 in the heart of Pennsylvania Posse country. (Read the whole deal Neal)
Pittman sweeps Eagle, Dollanksy takes RRS points lead - Eagle, Neb. — June 10, 2006 — By Chris Dolack, VP Public Relations Daryn Pittman shook off a season of bad breaks and tough luck in one weekend by rolling to victory on Saturday night and capturing the Eagle Nationals title for the first time. Pittman fought past Craig Dollansky on a restart on Lap 9 of the 40-lap World of Outlaws Sprint Series A-feature event, then held off a furious charge by Brooke Tatnell to put the Titan Garages & Carports Maxim into the RacinSoles Victory Lane for the second night in a row. It marks the first time in his career with the World of Outlaws that Pittman swept a multi-day event. He also becomes the World of Outlaws 13th different main-event winner this season. Tatnell charged to second and tried to pull alongside Pittman on a restart, but he wound up chasing Pittman to the checkered flag in the Race Outfitters/Castrol Eagle, holding off Dollansky’s Karavan Trailers Maxim during a thrilling mid-race, two-groove duel. Points-leader Donny Schatz brought the ParkerStore J&J to the checkered flag in fourth with Joey Saldana rounding out the top five in the Dodge/Curb Records JEI. (Read it all)
Last lap pass nets Eagle preliminary win for Pittman - Eagle, Neb. — June 9, 2006 — By Chris Dolack, VP Public Relations ...The last time the World of Outlaws Sprint Series raced on a track the size of Eagle Raceway, it seemed as if Daryn Pittman was going to drive off to an easy victory. But traffic and Donny Schatz with three laps to go relegated Pittman to a runner-up finish. On Friday night in the Eagle Nationals Preliminary Feature, Pittman evened the score by passing Schatz on the final lap and powering to the checkered flag for the first time this season. Pittman started on the pole in the Titan Garages & Carports Maxim and jumped out to a quick lead at 1/3-mile Eagle Raceway. Craig Dollansky ran him down on Lap 16 and swiped the lead with Schatz watching the action in third and Jeremy Campbell in fourth. On Lap 22, Schatz first busted past Pittman and then Dollansky to slide in front and pull away to what looked like a sure victory. But a caution for a spinning car in Turn 4 with three to go bunched the field with Schatz in front, Dollansky second and Pittman third. (Read it all)
Daryn Pittman Sweeps World of Outlaws Sprint Series Weekend With Victory at Powercom Park Beaver Dam, WI — Sept. 24, 2005 — By Chris Dolack, WoO Sprint Series Public Relations Director ...In mid-summer, Daryn Pittman wondered if his team would win again this season. Now, the rest of the teams are wondering when Pittman’s going to give them a turn. For the second night in a row, Pittman drove his Titan Garages & Carports Maxim into the lead on the first lap and showed the way to the checkered flag, holding off Steve Kinser for 40 laps on Saturday night at The Raceway at Powercom Park for his third victory in the past four World of Outlaws Sprint Series A-feature events and his fifth win overall. (More)
Daryn Pittman Holds Off Donny Schatz for World of Outlaws Victory at Jackson Speedway Jackson, MN — Sept. 23, 2005 — By Chris Dolack, WoO Sprint Series Public Relations Director Daryn Pittman raced into the lead on the first lap Friday night at Jackson Speedway and held off hard-charging Donny Schatz as they came to the checkered flag to win his fourth World of Outlaws Sprint Series A-feature event of the season. With a motor Pittman felt was beginning to let go after a red flag with 12 laps down, the Titan Garages & Carports Maxim had just enough muscle to fight off Joey Saldana on a series of restarts before eventually holding off Schatz in his ParkerStore J&J in the 30-lap feature on the half-mile oval as 2006 Outlaws Pittman and Schatz showcased what fans can expect to see next season. (Read it all)
Daryn Pittman Cruises to World of Outlaws Sprint Series Victory in Wichita - Wichita, KS — April 23, 2005 — By Chris Dolack, World of Outlaws Senior Writer ...It had been so long since his last World of Outlaws Sprint Series victory that even Daryn Pittman wondered whether he would win again. But in the Wichita Twister Showdown Saturday night at 81 Speedway, the Mean 15 driver erased any doubts with a dominating performance in his Titan Racing USA machine. Pittman was the fastest qualifier, he won the Stacker 2® Dash and drove away from Steve Kinser on a restart in the main event with six laps to go for his first A-main feature victory since winning Aug. 3, 2003. The victory Saturday night also marks the first win on the World of Outlaws Sprint Series circuit for car owner and Australia native Reeve Kruck. Following Pittman and Kinser to the checkered flag were Brooke Tatnell, Jason Meyers, Kraig Kinser, Danny Lasoski and Paul McMahan. “They’re all good, but this win ranks probably as high as my first one,” said Pittman, whose troubled 19th-place run Friday at Outlaw Motor Speedway made leading all 35 laps Saturday for the $10,000 victory all the more sweet as the series next heads to historic Knoxville Raceway. “It’s been so long since we won a race. I’ve had a lot of really good people stay behind me throughout that whole time. They probably wondered if we were ever going to win another one, and it had entered my mind a lot, too. It would probably rank up there in the top two or three.” (More)
...Daryn Pittman is right on the money when he says of race team continuity, "Having everyone return is so important to us. When you look at the guys and teams that have been really successful, their teams have been together for a while. Steve (Kinser) and Scott Gerkin, Mark and Karl Kinser, Danny (Lasoski) and Jimmy Carr prove that to win consistently you need to have consistency within your race team. I hope someday people will throw Daryn Pittman and Joe Gaerte into that same category." Pittman and Joe G. won the Historical Big One last year at Eldora, good for $100,000.
...Daryn Pittman is running strong right now. The Oklahoma driver will be among the outlaws trying the Delta Bowl Speedway. Daryn said this week, “I'm excited about our first race at Delta Bowl. Any time you go to a new track, the playing field is a little more even. My father-in-law (Mike Ward) has raced there quite a bit this year and won a bunch so he loves it there. He said it reminds him a lot of Lone Star Speedway (in Kilgore,TX), a high-banked 4/10-mile oval. Any time there's more bank to a track I seem to do better."
...Daryn Pittman is excited about his motor program right now. After a recent win, Pittman said, "Joe (Gaerte) and the guys at Gaerte Engines have got us some new motors and these Mopars really run strong. I can't tell you how excited I am about the potential for next year. When you have a strong combination like what we had tonight, you want to race everyday."
Daryn Pittman Opens WoO at Texas Motor Speedway - HD Staff - October 10, 2003. - ...Owasso Oklahoma's Daryn Pittman won the World of Outlaws preliminary feature event at Texas Motor Speedway Friday night. The top five was Pittman, Steve Kinser, Brooke tatnell, Shane Stewart, and Sammy Swindell. (read more)
Pittman Scores $100,000 at Eldora Big One - HD Staff & Bill Klingbeil, 08/09/03, New Weston, OH. ...Owasso Oklahoma's Daryn Pittman earned the third largest top prize of the 2003 sprint car season Saturday night at Eldora Speedway. The $100,000 to-win, Historical Big One triumph was easily the largest win of the soon to be 25 year old's career. Driving the Hop-N-Sack #21, Pittman led 36 of the 40 laps in the 11th annual race. The Sherdon Motorsports sprinter is powered by Gaerte/Mopar, and is a J&J chassis. (More on the HBO)
Pittman Wins, Kinser Regains Points Lead at Powercom Park By Richard Day BEAVER DAM, WI (August 3) – Daryn Pittman spun under the checkered flag just inches ahead of Jason Sides Sunday to win the "A" Feature at The Raceway @ Powercom Park in one of the most exciting finishes in O’Reilly World of Outlaws Series history. Pittman, who passed early leader Steve Kinser for second place early in the final lap, raced wheel-to-wheel with Sides the third and fourth corners. They collided close to the finish line, spun and the 2002 Manufacturers Hard Charger Award winner stopped in the infield in turn one as the winner. Kinser, who led the first 33 laps, passed Danny Lasoski for the series points lead by finishing in third place. (read it all)
Daryn Pittman won the $100,000 top prize Saturday at Eldora Speedway. (Photo by Jim Fisher )
Pittman Bursts into Victory Column at Lakeside By Richard Day KANSAS CITY, KS (June 21) – It was only a matter of time before Daryn Pittman won his first “A” Feature of the O’Reilly World of Outlaws Series’ 25th Anniversary Season. Pittman received the Manufacturers Hard Charger award in 2002 for winning six “A” Features while racing only a partial schedule. The Owasso, OK, driver, who won his first Dash Race and led his first 10 laps in a 2003 “A” Feature Friday, won his first main event of the year 24 hours later at Lakeside Speedway. Pittman, who led all 30 laps from the pole, became the 14th driver to win an O’Reilly World of Outlaws Series “A” Feature this season. “It’s been a long time,” said Pittman, who last won a main event in October of 2002. “The SCN (Sprint Car Network) guys reminded me again today that last night was the first dash I’ve won all year, and I knew we hadn’t been starting up front. But I love Joplin, and I love this place, and to get out of here with a first and a second is pretty good.” (read it all)
Daryn Pittman rides in the Hop & Sack #21 as Danny Lasoski pushes up the track. (Photo by Doug Johnson)
...Joe Gaerte knows motors. He says of his new deal to build Mopars for Daryn Pittman, "They (Mopar) are getting into this thing pretty big. ...People are looking for changes, and this would seem to be as good as any. I think by the time Daryn and Danny Lasoski get going running these Mopars you'll see a lot more guys running them too. The blocks are lot more durable, and the parts seem to be a lot more refined and easier to work with. The people at Mopar also have been real receptive to making changes, and that's important to make this become better and better. I really see a lot of potential with this program."
Daryn Pittman rolls in the Mopar #21. (Jim Fleming Photo)
Pittman, Saldana Are #1 & 2 Down Under - KNOXVILLE, IOWA (January 16, 2003) - World Series Sprintcars (WSS) point leader Daryn Pittman of Oklahoma and Parramatta City Raceway Parts Plus $50,000 winner Joey Saldana of Indiana are ranked first and second, respectively, in the 2003 “Salute to the Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic” poll, as selected by the voting panel of the Australian National Sprintcar Poll. The two American World of Outlaws (WoO) stars garnered nine first-place votes each from the nineteen cast by the select panel of Australian manufacturers, media members, promoters and sanctioning officials. Pittman outpointed Saldana 1400 to 1150, though, in the overall balloting. Two-time defending Aussie “Driver of the Year” Max Dumesny of Victoria received the only other first-place ballot cast. (read it all)
Walker’s Misfortune lets Pittman Win at Charlotte - ...By Richard Day CONCORD, NC (October 12) – Tyler Walker was 2 2/3 laps from sweeping the Charlotte Outlaw Championship Saturday at The Dirt Track @ Lowe’s Motor Speedway when disaster struck. His flat right rear tire gave Daryn Pittman the lead. Pittman, who passed Craig Dollansky just seconds before, restarted in first place and beat Danny Lasoski under the checkered flag by 10 car-lengths to claim the $12,000 first prize. “My guys – Joe Gaerte, Bob Curtis, and Sean Young – gave me a great car tonight,” Pittman said, “My hat’s off to Tyler Walker. He probably had the fastest car the whole weekend – that was pretty obvious – but we’re just happy to get a win. I was really glad we got by (Craig) Dollansky when we did, because that was the only lap that was scored before Tyler stopped over there, and it gave us the lead. We probably had the second-fastest car tonight, and it really means a lot for us to get a win down here. This is one of the nicest facilities we come to all year long, and the atmosphere with the big track right next door is just awesome.” (read it all)
From Positivity Column: The late, Steve Evans nicknamed Daryn Pittman, "The Package". He said, the kid has it all. True. Pittman, now 23 years old, was double impressive in racking up his fourth Pennzoil World of Outlaws win of the year at Eldora, the Night Before the Kings Royal. With Joe Gaerte turning wrenches on the Woodburn #21, Pittman comfortably won his first career event at the Big E. Pittman is 12th in WoO points, but ranks fourth in A-main wins. Pittman missed races early in the year due to injury.
Pittman Harvests Calistoga Cash - By Bobby Gerould - 09/01/02 - Calistoga, CA. ...Happy birthday Daryn Pittman. Actually, Pittman turned 24 three days ago, but the party has been extended after Pittman used a quick start, and then preserved a canvassed right rear tire to win the $20,000 top prize in the Harvest Classic. In front of an enthusiastic, large crowd, Pittman drove the Pepsi/Tom's Snacks #21 J&J/Gaerte, on Hoosier tires to the 30-lap win. Pleasonton, California driver, Brad Furr, returning home to the Golden State, looked as if he might just run away from the rest of the field. Furr had a large lead on lap 25 when disaster struck in turn one. Furr's right rear tire shredded, sending the San Mina Eagle #2 into the Calistoga Speedway concrete. Furr was uninjured in the heartbreaking incident. (more)
...Daryn Pittman has agreed to drive the JMO/Gilbert Motorsports 410 Sprint Car at Lincoln Speedway's 50th Anniversary event May 15, 2002. Pittman, of Owasso, Oklahoma, reached an agreement with Gene Franckowiak and JMO/Gilbert Motorsports to compete on off nights from the World of Outlaws Series. "I met Daryn in Indianapolis a couple of years ago, and he is a real nice guy who stands on the gas," said Gene Franckowiak. "Jan and Larry Gilbert and myself would like to get the best driver we can driving our car, and Daryn fits the bill. We look forward to competing with him as our driver at Lincoln and some of the Thunder on the Hill events at Grandview." Pittman is the 2001 World of Outlaws Gum Out Series champion.
ADD: Pittman will not defend his World of Outlaws Gumout series championship. Pittman said recently, "The Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series is where we need to be to attract sponsorship, and our goal is to run good and win races."
Pittman Wins WoO Hagerstown Race From 5th Row - HD Staff - 05/18/02 - Hagerstown, MD. - ...Owasso, Oklahoma's Daryn Pittman brushed aside the fact that he was starting Saturday's Pennzoil World of Outlaws A-Main from the 5th row. Not that it's out of the question to win from mid-pack, but it doesn't happen that often on the world's finest sprint car circuit. Pittman passed Tyler Walker on lap 25 of 30 to claim his first Hagerstown Speedway triumph. The 23 year-old Pittman, was chased to the checkered by Walker, pole-sitter Stevie Smith, Greg Hodnett, and Paul McMahan. (summary)
Pittman Hurt in New Mexico Crash - Rough track conditions that led to a grinding crash for Daryn Pittman at the new Hollywood Hills Speedway,has resulted in Pittman being hospitalized. READ the Injured List for the entire story
Pittman Survives Perris for BIG WoO Win - HD Staff (02/23/02) Lake Perris, CA. Perris, CA. - Daryn Pittman won a thrilling drag race to the finish-line with 16-time World of Outlaws Champion, Steve Kinser, to capture the A-Main, on the second night of the 2002 WoO season. Pittman started on the pole of the feature and withheld the challenges of Steve Kinser, and Sammy Swindell. Pittman lucked out on lap 8 when he bicycled his Woodburn #21 and dropped back to fifth place, only to have a Caution Flag save him when Joey Saldana's front end went awry at the same time. Reverting back to the last completed lap, Pittman regained his number one standing. ...Swindell and Steve Kinser raced hard for second, exchanging slide jobs on restarts. Sammy ended up third, while Donny Schatz and Mark Kinser rounded out the top five. ...Check out the updates we received via cell phone from race fan, Steve Gomez who was in the Perris grandstand.