Pittman Claims $5,000 At New Egypt
NEW EGYPT, N.J. – Daryn Pittman pocketed $5,000 for winning Tuesday’s Jersey Rush 2 sprint-car feature at New Egypt Speedway.
In the 30 lap Jersey Rush 2 for the 410 sprint cars, pole sitter Frank Cozze remained the pace setter with Ryan Smith and Logan Schuchart in the chase.
All eyes were on Pittman, who was on his way to the front of the pack. On several occasions, Smith challenged Cozze for the lead, but the former New Egypt Speedway modified champion held on to the top spot.
At the halfway mark, Cozze was still the race leader followed by Ryan Smith, Schuchart, Pittman and Aaron Ott.
On lap 17, Cozze, Smith and Pittman were now in a three car battle for the lead. Just one lap later, the yellow was displayed for Ryan Bohlke, who stopped in turn two. The restart saw Cozze in control with Smith and Pittman just a car length behind.
Lap 21 saw Smith move to the front of the pack with Cozze not looking for a way to regain the lead. The only red flag of the feature was displayed on lap 27 when Greg Hodnett took a wild flip exiting turn four. Hodnett walked away uninjured.
The turning point of the entire race took place on the restart. At the drop of the green flag, race leader Ryan Smith developed motor problems and fell off the pace. Cozze took the spot for just a short time as Daryn Pittman took the high groove and the lead exiting turn two.
Logan Schuchart followed Pittman and took over second with Cozze now in third. For the remaining two laps, Pittman set the pace to score the win with Schuchart second with local favorite Cozze third followed by Mark Smith and Aaron Ott.
The 30-lap modified feature was equally exciting. David Van Horn led the first lap before mechanical problems sidelined him before the completion of lap two. Jimmy Horton took over the lead spot at the time followed by Sam Martz and Sammy Piazza.
The restart saw Horton waltz away from the rest of the field as Ryan Godown and Billy Pauch were heading to the front of the pack. Horton, Martz and Piazza held down the top three spots through the halfway point of the race with Godown and Mike Iles making up the top five.
On lap 19, Ryan Godown moved into third and set his sights on the front runners. Godown moved into second on lap 26 and now had to catch and pass Horton for the win.
With just two lap remaining, Godown pulled alongside of Horton but didn’t make the pass. The veteran Horton pulled out all the stops and kept Godown chasing his rear bumper to the checker flag.
Horton took the win followed by Ryan Godown, Sam Martz, Sammy Piazza and Billy Pauch.