Schatz, who was trying to win his third consecutive race, was pressuring Pittman when a final caution waved with three to go for Glenn Styres’ slowing car on the front stretch. Now in a single-file restart on lap 27, Pittman quickly jumped back in front and cruised to victory lane.
“After the dash draw and starting fifth in the dash, I thought winning was going to be a tough chore, especially with the guys up front,” said Pittman, who increased his championship lead to 114 points with the win and a second-quick effort in qualifying. “The car was really good in the A and fun to drive. I felt like I could move around and run the top of one and two and that gave me a lot of confidence.”
Schatz settled for a runner-up finish, keeping his run of podium finishes going.
“We hot-lapped strong, and in qualifying we weren’t so good and it seemed like every time we hit the track we weren’t as good, and that’s the way it goes some nights,” said Schatz. “These STP guys are doing a great job and the only thing you can do is just keep rolling. We seem to run good in Canada so we’re looking forward to going there.”
Cody Darrah drove his way up to a third-place finish to grab a spot on the podium, giving Kasey Kahne Racing two cars in the top three.
“We got a good feel for our car in the dash and just had to make a few changes for the A,” said Darrah. “We were pretty good in the feature, but we got held up in lap traffic, and on the final restart I thought we had a chance. On the restart it felt like the left rear was going down and with just a few laps to go we ran out of time.”
Craig Dollansky moved up to finish fourth after starting sixth. Steve Kinser earned the KSE Hard Charger award, finishing fifth around starting 13th.