‘Lucky’ Daryn Pittman Stars In Dodge City
DODGE CITY, Kan. — The fireworks flew early Friday night at Dodge City Raceway Park where contact on the first turn of the first lap between Paul McMahan and Sammy Swindell left Swindell on his roof and out of the race, setting the stage for Daryn Pittman’s eighth World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series win of the season at the Boothill Showdown presented by Roto-Mix.
As the green flag waved on the race, three-time champion Swindell led the field to the start-finish line. He jumped out to the lead as the three cars behind him, McMahan, Pittman and Sides jockeyed for position. McMahan drove low into turns one and two, looking for the lead.
“(Swindell) opened the corner up and I tried to dive in on the bottom and it’s a little greasy,” McMahan said. “And as soon as I got down there, the car took off and I got into him.”
Swindell climbed from his damaged race car with his night ended prematurely. McMahan, who finished the night in second in his CJB Motorsports car, apologized to Swindell following the race.
“I know it doesn’t make him feel any better,” McMahan said. “It wasn’t intentional – it’s not the way I race. We’ve run all year long with Sam and never had a problem. I hate it for him and all the Big Game guys.”
Pittman, who went on to lead all 30 laps in his Great Clips car, holding off challenges from McMahan, said in victory lane he was not sure what happened, but that the first lap incident between McMahan and Swindell was a big break for he and his team.
“You know what they say, I’d rather be lucky than good any day,” Pittman said.
“This is a good win. This is too good of a team for us to run the way we have the last couple of races and nobody got down.”