Brown, Sweet and Schatz then went three wide in the battle for the lead, with Brown still holding off the challengers. Then for the second consecutive night, Sweet’s car sustained damage, forcing him out of the race. This time it set up a double-file restart with 14 laps complete.
Schatz charged Brown on the restart, and working the bottom in turn one, moved into lead but only for an instant as Brown again slid back to the front.
A determined Brown stretched his advantage until a caution on lap 22 when Sheldon Haudenschild spun in turn four. The crowd was eager to see if Schatz could make a slide job stick on this restart, but when the green flag flew it was Pittman with the dive bomb to the lead.
“I think I gained at least one spot if not two on every restart,” said Pittman, who extends his lead in the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series championship standings with the victory. “It made all difference in the world. On those double file restarts, they’re tricky they either go for you or against you and luckily tonight they helped us.”
Brown in the Casey’s General Stores/FVP Maxim held off Schatz’s STP/Armor All J&J the rest of the way to finish second.
“I was thinking maybe I should go to the outside, but the bottom had worked pretty good the whole time,” said Brown, of Grain Valley, Mo. “You don’t want to say, ‘Well gosh, you ran the bottom the whole time on those restarts, why did you choose the top and get beat that way.’ The driver has to do his job for 30 laps, and I just had 28 good ones and a bad restart.”
Schatz finished third with Jac Haudenschild and Joey Saldana rounding out the top five.
Jon Henry won the UMP modified feature.