Schatz & Pittman Split Lernerville Twins
SARVER, Pa. — World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series title combatants Daryn Pittman and Donny Schatz each won a feature during Tuesday night’s Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup at Lernerville Speedway.
Schatz claimed the overall victory, passing Jac Haudenschild with 10 laps to go in the opening feature, while Pittman won the second A-main after moving in front with one to go and surviving a green-white-checkered finish over hard-charging Kyle Larson, who started 26th.
Schatz was the overall Silver Cup champion based on his victory and a seventh-place finish in the second A-main as compared to Pittman’s win and 14th-place run in the first A-main. Schatz and Pittman each collected $10,000 for their victories, with Schatz earning an additional $5,000 as the overall winner.
Schatz took the money, the glory and some crucial points by winning the first A-main, which counted toward the season-long championship. Chad Kemenah started second in the opening feature and led early. Following a lap-10 restart, Kemenah couldn’t hold off Haudenschild, who led until a lap-20 caution caused by a scary-looking Stevie Smith flip. Smith walked away from the incident and on the ensuing restart Schatz charged ahead of Haudenschild and into the lead in the Tony Stewart Racing STP/Armor All car.
Haudenschild mounted several attempts to take the lead back, but to no avail, and finished a close second to Schatz at the completion of the first 30-lap A-main. Sam Hafertepe Jr. finished third with Kemenah and Joey Saldana rounding out the top five.
“It was a good run for us, the first feature was great and we got the win,” said Schatz, who now has a series-high 10 victories this season. “To come through the second one and we had to go a long ways, wish we could’ve gotten up a little further, but it is what it is, it’s over with and we won the Silver Cup again. We’ve been decent everywhere we go, and we’ve had a decent car that’s been competitive and that’s all you can ask for.”
While the first A-main of the night featured great action, including several tight races for the lead, the second A-main stole the show. All 19 lead-lap cars from the first A-main were inverted for the second race, moving Schatz to the 19th-starting position and putting Jason Sides on the pole.