020919 DCN NIGHT5 WEB

Pittman Goes Two-for-Two at Volusia Speedway Park’s DIRTcar Nationals

Two Oklahomans swap lead four times in crowd-thriller

BARBERVILLE, FL – Feb. 9, 2019 – One of Daryn Pittman’s favorite drivers growing up was Stevie Smith. By capturing his 83rd win – in the 83 car – during the second night of World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series action at the DIRTcar Nationals he is now just one win away from tying his childhood hero.

“Just that number (83 wins) to me is pretty staggering,” Pittman said after winning his second race in a row at Volusia Speedway Park. To him, it’s surreal he would ever get close to Smith’s record.

He cruised to win number 82 Friday night, making each pass with ease on the bottom of the track. Win 83 wasn’t as easy. NASCAR Xfinity Series star Christopher Bell made sure of it.

Bell pulled to the lead at the start of the race and held it until lap 18 when Pittman’s quest for the top spot finally reached the No. 39 Swindell SpeedLab car. The two traded the lead five times – three times in the last five laps.

By the time Bell and Pittman began battling for the lead, lapped traffic came into play. The slower cars worked in Pittman’s favor Friday night, as leader Shane Stewart got hung up behind one, allowing Pittman to shoot by.

They weren’t an issue for Bell, maneuvering around them like an obstacle course he designed. If Pittman wanted the win, he had to outpower Bell without help.

Pittman was able to make the bottom of the track work for him early, clearing Bell on lap 19. But Bell fought back, reclaiming the lead just a lap later. Pittman was forced to regroup and try another method of catching Bell and getting back by him.

It took six laps to do so, using the high side and middle of the track as his path back to Bell’s bumper. Pittman was able to again clear him for the lead, but Bell was resilient, throwing his car to the bottom of turn one and again reclaiming the lead.

After trading slide jobs in the last five laps of the race, by lap 28 the No. 83 Roth Motorsports car finally found enough grip on the high side of turns one and two to clear Bell and pull away. However, he didn’t know he created gap between himself and Bell.

“As a driver I felt like once I got the lead that should have been the end of it, because I felt like my car was better, so once I gave it back, I thought I might be in trouble,” Pittman said. “Honestly I thought he passed me back on the last lap. I thought I gave the race away because I completely missed the bottom on the white flag lap, and I guess it was a lapped car.”

While Bell is happy with the speed he’s shown this week, finishing third in Friday’s Feature and winning Saturday night’s DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash, he’s left wondering what he could have done better.

“Most of the time, I feel like in winged cars, especially on half miles, you get beat in lapped traffic,” Bell said. “In this scenario, I didn’t really get beat in lap traffic. He (Pittman) was obviously better than me, somehow, some way, so just go back and watch what he was doing to make up time on me. It sucks because most of the time you don’t get beat in an open track like that.”

Pittman credits some of the early success his team has shown to the ideas his Crew Chief Brent Ventura has provided, and that he has more say with adjustments than he did with the No. 9 Kasey Kahne Racing car. While he is coming off two wins in a row, Pittman is not taking his latest wins for granted.

“Every win is special,” Pittman said. “Eighty-two is great. Eighty-three is awesome. You never know when your last one is going to be. We’ll enjoy this one, and hopefully we have a lot more left in us.”

If he wins the Series’ finale to the DIRTcar Nationals Sunday, not only will he claim his third DIRTcar Nationals championship, he’ll tie his childhood hero, Stevie Smith.

The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series will wrap up its DIRTcar Nationals championship tomorrow at Volusia Speedway Park. For more information and tickets visit DIRTcarNationals.com. As always, you can catch all the action from the DIRTcar Nationals and the World of Outlaws on DIRTVision.com.

DIRTcar Nationals Race Report; Volusia Speedway Park; Feb. 9, 2019

World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series (30 laps): 1. Daryn Pittman ($10,000), 2. Christopher Bell, 3. Donny Schatz, 4. Brad Sweet, 5. Brian Brown, 6. David Gravel, 7. Aaron Reutzel, 8. Logan Schuchart, 9. Jason Sides, 10. Carson Macedo, 11. Lucas Wolfe, 12. Tim Shaffer, 13. Sheldon Haudenschild, 14. Cory Eliason, 15. Kraig Kinser, 16. Parker Price-Miller, 17. Paul McMahan, 18. Spencer Bayston, 19. Shane Stewart, 20. Kasey Kahne, 21. Cale Conley, 22. Brent Marks, 23. Brock Zearfoss, 24. Shane Golobic, 25. Ian Madsen, 26. Jacob Allen; Lap Leaders: Christopher Bell 1-18, 20-25, 27; Daryn Pittman19, 26, 28-30; KSE Hard Charger Award: 1S-Logan Schuchart[+11]

Qualifying - 1. 71-Parker Price-Miller, 12.849; 2. 83-Daryn Pittman, 13.011; 3. 21-Brian Brown, 13.013; 4. 2-Carson Macedo, 13.015; 5. 39-Christopher Bell, 13.065; 6. 49-Brad Sweet, 13.073; 7. 15-Donny Schatz, 13.126; 8. 87-Aaron Reutzel, 13.147; 9. 7S-Jason Sides, 13.151; 10. 5W-Lucas Wolfe, 13.151; 11. 70X-Spencer Bayston, 13.162; 12. 18-Ian Madsen, 13.173; 13. 9-Kasey Kahne, 13.176; 14. 26-Cory Eliason, 13.217; 15. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 13.222; 16. 7K-Cale Conley, 13.24; 17. 1A-Jacob Allen, 13.248; 18. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 13.249; 19. 49X-Tim Shaffer, 13.266; 20. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 13.292; 21. 41-David Gravel, 13.319; 22. 70-Brock Zearfoss, 13.329; 23. 13-Paul McMahan, 13.347; 24. 5-Shane Stewart, 13.389; 25. 17W-Shane Golobic, 13.426; 26. 33M-Mason Daniel, 13.532; 27. 48-Danny Dietrich, 13.6; 28. K4-Chad Kemenah, 13.641; 29. 47-Brant O'Banion, 13.817; 30. 19-Brent Marks, 4.63126157407407E-03; 31. 84-Tom Harris, NT

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HIGHLIGHTS

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DIRTCAR NATIONALS POINTS

2019 DCN GATOR POINT ROLLUP

CAR #

NAME

TOTAL POINTS

2/6/19

2/7/19

2/8/19

2/9/19

2/10/19

83

Daryn Pittman

990

246

244

250

250

 

49

Brad Sweet

962

228

250

242

242

 

41

David Gravel

958

244

238

238

238

 

15

Donny Schatz

958

242

232

240

244

 

1S

Logan Schuchart

946

240

246

226

234

 

5

Shane Stewart

938

250

230

246

212

 

87

Aaron Reutzel

918

232

222

228

236

 

2

Carson Macedo

916

234

220

232

230

 

13

Paul McMahan

902

230

234

222

216

 

49X

Tim Shaffer

900

236

240

198

226

 

21

Brian Brown

894

216

202

236

240

 

17

Sheldon Haudenschild

878

222

218

214

224

 

71

Parker Price-Miller

874

206

226

224

218

 

39

Christopher Bell

866

134

242

244

246

 

18

Ian Madsen

854

226

212

216

200

 

17W

Shane Golobic

828

208

206

212

202

 

1A

Jacob Allen

820

204

216

202

198

 

11K

Kraig Kinser

806

142

224

220

220

 

26

Cory Eliason

804

212

140

230

222

 

5W

Lucas Wolfe

798

126

210

234

228

 

9

Kasey Kahne

780

220

208

142

210

 

70

Brock Zearfoss

768

140

220

204

204

 

19

Brent Marks

762

214

136

206

206

 

70X

Spencer Bayston

684

114

138

218

214

 

7K

Cale Conley

676

118

142

208

208

 

7S

Jason Sides

652

210

 

210

232

 

K4

Chad Kemenah

616

218

132

130

136

 

33M

Mason Daniel

606

138

130

200

138

 

48

Danny Dietrich

604

202

134

136

132

 

84

Tom Harris

600

132

204

134

130

 

1K

Kyle Larson

578

238

214

126

   

47

Brant O'Banion

522

128

128

132

134

 

14

Tony Stewart

460

224

236

     

J4

John Garvin

370

122

120

128

   

97

Caleb Helms

258

136

122

     

40

George Hobaugh

256

130

126

     

91S

Rob Siegel

124

124

       

91

Sadie Siegel

124

 

124

     

40B

David Byrne

120

120

       

M1

Mark Smith

116

116

       


SERIES POINTS - TOP 20

Pos. Car Driver Total Diff Wins Top 5's Top 10's Entered Started Earnings
1 83 Daryn Pittman 300 0 2 2 2 2 2 $20,000
2 39 Christopher Bell 290 -10 0 2 2 2 2 $8,700
3 49 Brad Sweet 284 -16 0 2 2 2 2 $5,600
4 15 Donny Schatz 284 -16 0 2 2 2 2 $5,700
5 41 David Gravel 276 -24 0 0 2 2 2 $4,600
6 21 Brian Brown 276 -24 0 1 2 2 2 $4,700
7 87 Aaron Reutzel 264 -36 0 0 1 2 2 $3,700
8 5W Lucas Wolfe 262 -38 0 0 1 2 2 $3,600
9 2 Carson Macedo 262 -38 0 0 2 2 2 $4,050
10 1S Logan Schuchart 260 -40 0 0 1 2 2 $3,300
11 5 Shane Stewart 258 -42 0 1 1 2 2 $6,300
12 26 Cory Eliason 252 -48 0 0 1 2 2 $3,050
13 71 Parker Price-Miller 242 -58 0 0 0 2 2 $2,000
14 7S Jason Sides 242 -58 0 0 1 2 2 $2,850
15 11K Kraig Kinser 240 -60 0 0 0 2 2 $2,000
16 13 Paul McMahan 238 -62 0 0 0 2 2 $1,850
17 17 Sheldon Haudenschild 238 -62 0 0 0 2 2 $1,350
18 70X Spencer Bayston 232 -68 0 0 0 2 2 $1,700
19 49X Tim Shaffer 228 -72 0 0 0 2 2 $2,000
20 18 Ian Madsen 218 -82 0 0 0 2 2 $1,600

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