Pittman Holds Off Schatz At River Cities
GRAND FORKS, N.D. — Daryn Pittman did not want to see the caution flag that flew with three laps to go in Friday night’s World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series event at River Cities Speedway.
For the previous 37 laps, Pittman had been fending off strong challenges from Kraig Kinser and current series point leader Donny Schatz, who won the last time the Outlaws were at the track.
“I didn’t really want to see the yellow,” Pittman said. “I don’t know what was happening behind me with three to go but I figured we were running out of laps and I just wanted to get them over with. You never want to get the field bunched back up.”
As the green-white-checkered finish got underway, Pittman built an early lead as Schatz tried to make a move. Pittman led lap one as Schatz closed. With lapped traffic still several laps away, Pittman had the clean air he needed to pull ahead.
Pittman drove his Great Clips car to victory, delivering the 12th win of the season for his Kasey Kahne Racing team.
Pittman, who said he has historically struggled at River Cities, credited his crew for providing him with the equipment he needed to score the 50th win of his World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series career. Pittman is the 13th winningest driver in World of Outlaws history.
“They gave me a great race car all night long,” Pittman said. “We’ve probably been here four times since I’ve been in this car and left with our tails between our legs every time and they just never give up. The best part about this crew is that they can get mad about our finish and how we do but they just don’t give up. We came back and tried something completely different.”
Pittman, who sits second in the race for the championship, closed the gap on leader Schatz to 133 points.
Pittman and Logan Schuchart led the field to the green flag for the 40-lap A main. Through the opening laps, Schuchart fought Pittman for the lead, as Kinser bore down on the two. Schuchart briefly took over the lead on lap six, before Pittman reclaimed it.