As Pittman ran the bottom, Montieth, dominate at the top in his Premiere Auto Works car, picked up position after position. Montieth caught Pittman in turns one and two with 18 complete. As Pittman slid to the top onto the backstretch, Montieth moved to the bottom, drag racing Pittman. Montieth took one last shot, sliding out of four, trying to hold the lead.
“Anybody who’s raced here very long knows the last car number they want to see behind them with a couple of laps to go is that 21,” Pittman said. “I moved to the top in one and two and the top in three and four and thought that’s probably where he’s at and I thought if I can make a couple of good laps here, I think we’ll be OK.”
Montieth was able to close the gap a couple of times as Pittman battled lapped traffic, but was never able to find a way around the Outlaws champion.
With the win, Pittman notched his first double-digit win season with the World of Outlaws. He is also now the winningest driver of the season.
“This is a big accomplishment for me personally,” Pittman said. “I’ve never gotten to double-digit wins in one year with the Outlaws so I’m pretty proud of that. This is a tough part of the country to come in and win, and this is probably one of the toughest racetracks to come in and win — just a great accomplishment for this team.”
Montieth said he has raced with Pittman enough to know not to show him his line around the track until he knew he could get around Pittman.
“He’s raced with me,” Montieth said. “I didn’t really want to show him my nose until I knew I could get by him. If it weren’t for the double restarts; I really made a lot of time up on them. We just keep finishing second a lot — we’ll see what happens tomorrow night (at Williams Grove).”
Krimes, who finished the night in third in his Midnight Antiques car, said he was pleased to represent the Pennsylvania Posse fans and drivers.
“It always feels good to represent the local guys here,” said Krimes. “We’ve got a great group of guys that run here weekly and anytime you add the Outlaws to the mix there are probably 25 to 30 cars that can win on any given night here. To come out of here in the top three — we beat a lot of really good cars.”
Pittman’s win, combined with a 14th-place finish by point leader Donny Schatz helped him continue to close the gap in the race for the Outlaws championship. Schatz’s lead is now only 50 points over Pittman.
Earlier in the night, Joey Saldana scored the quick time during time trials. It was his 18th quick time of the season.