It’s All Pittman At Williams Grove
MECHANICSBURG, Pa. — Daryn Pittman dominated at Williams Grove Speedway on Friday night, holding off Joey Saldana to claim his fourth World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series win of the season.
Point leader Saldana, in the Motter Equipment car, joined defending series champion Pittman on the front row to lead the 28-car field to the green flag. Tony Stewart Racing teammates Donny Schatz and Steve Kinser, with 26 championships between them, were poised in row two to chase them down.
Steve Buckwalter brought out the first caution of the night after going around in turn three before a lap could be completed. The field reset but only made it to lap four before another yellow flew. Paul McMahan, Pat Cannon and Don Kreitz Jr. were all caught up in a wreck in turn one. McMahan was the only one able to continue.
When the green flag flew again, the battle between Kinser and Schatz for third took center stage. After working the high line, Kinser eventually found his way around Schatz on lap fve.
Kinser’s run forward was short-lived, though, as rear-end issues forced him off the track on lap 13.
Saldana, in second, closed in on Pittman in the final laps of the race as the two worked their way around lapped traffic. It was Pittman though who took the checkered flag and the win followed by Saldana, Schatz and David Gravel.
Pittman, who finished third two nights earlier at Lincoln Speedway just down the road in Abbottstown, said this win meant a lot for him and for his team.
“This place is tough,” Pittman said. “This track is like a chess match. You don’t really know what to do at certain times.
“We had a fast car from the first time we came here with the No. 9 and they don’t have many good notes here so we kind of came here with a blank slate last year and we just keep getting better every time we come back…This place means a lot to win at just like Eldora and Knoxville so it’s big for me and I know the whole No. 9 team is pretty proud.”