Schatz Gets Flat Tire & Pittman Triumphs
DODGE CITY, Kan. — With 20 laps in the books in the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series Boot Hill Showdown finale at Dodge City Raceway Park on Saturday, it seemed like Donny Schatz was a lock for his ninth feature win of the season.
On the next lap, as fate would have it, a flat right-rear tire, the same fate that gave him the feature win on Friday, would strike Schatz and hand the lead, and ultimately the win, to Daryn Pittman.
Schatz pulled into the pits under a caution on lap 21 brought out by James McFadden, who shredded a left rear tire. Cody Darrah moved into the second spot and Paul McMahan moved into third.
On the restart, Pittman pulled out to a small lead while McMahan jockeyed past Darrah. McMahan fell in behind Pittman and that is where the finished. Darrah held onto third, where he started the race. Jason sides picked up three spots to finish fourth and earn an average finish at the Boot Hill Showdown of third. Tim Kaeding rounded out the top five on Saturday night
Pittman’s win ties him for the second most this season just behind Donny Schatz, and extends his point lead over runner-up McMahan.
“There was a big break tonight, unfortunate for Donny, fortunate for us,” said Pittman, the championship leader and driver of the Great Clips GF1. “We could hang with him the whole time, I don’t think we were going to be able to get by him unless he made a pretty big mistake, which is pretty un-Schatz-like. The track was fast, way better than last night, so I’ve got to give credit to Tommy Estes and the whole Dodge City crew.”