The runner-up finish on Saturday was a great rebound race for Pittman, the championship points leader who gave up valuable ground to Donny Schatz on Friday night at LaSalle Speedway when he was involved in a couple of incidents that resulted in a 14th-place finish.
“We were good all night and I always enjoy coming here,” said Pittman. “This is one of my favorite race tracks. We put ourselves in position, just maybe needed to time trial a little better and really got up there and had a shot to win, just came up a little short. I think we were good enough to get around him on the bottom if any lapped cars would have held him up at all or if I hit it right. I passed him twice under green flag, once running second and third and once for the lead, but anytime you pass a good car like that you have to take advantage of it.”
Tim Kaeding’s Roth Motorsports KPC started in the 11th starting position after qualifying sixth and missing a dash transfer position in the heat race. Kaeding charged the high side of the track to pick up eight spots.
“We worked on the car all night got it way better in the feature, and my moto ‘live and die by the high-side’ and that’s where I went straight to the top,” said Kaeding, of San Jose, Calif. “We had a good car on the bottom too so I could jump around and move around and have a little fun, like crisscross back in the day.”
Schatz salvaged a fourth-place finish and earned the KSE Hard Charger award by picking up nine spots.