DODGE CITY, Kan. — After battling Kerry Madsen for much of the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series feature Saturday night, Daryn Pittman completed a sweep of the Boot Hill Showdown presented by Roto-Mix.
Pittman, who started the race in fourth in his Great Clips car, had to fight past Madsen, Joey Saldana and polesitter David Gravel.
“I kind of love Dodge City — this place has been really nice to me,” Pittman said.
The first caution came out on lap two. On the restart, Madsen and Pittman jumped into the first and second positions, passing Gravel. The two battled, with Pittman looking for a way around Madsen. He got his first opportunity as Madsen hit lapped traffic for the first time on lap eight, but Pittman was not able to make up ground.
When the caution again came out on lap 17, Pittman got the opportunity he had been looking for. Madsen chose the bottom lane putting Pittman on top. As the green flag waved, the drivers drag raced down the front stretch with Pittman taking the lead from Madsen as they dove into turn one.
Madsen looked for opportunities to pilot his American Racing Custom Wheels car around Pittman in the remaining 13 laps and almost had his chance in the final laps as Pittman worked his way through lapped traffic and almost made contact with an inside barrier.
“When it gets rubbered like that, (lapped cars are) in the groove and the worst thing you can do as the leader is move out of the groove and give up the race,” Pittman said. “So I was pretty committed to staying on the bottom and trying to make [the lapped car] bobble at least enough that I could get my nose underneath him, but it just wasn’t going to happen… Luckily, (the lapped car) opened up the door there just enough at the end that I was able to get by on the front stretch and I thought that might be enough to get us to the end as long as the tires held up and luckily it was.”