Pittman Fights Off Schatz At Rolling Wheels

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Daryn Pittman, shown at Eldora Speedway, won Tuesday's World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series race at Rolling Wheels Raceway Park. (Julia Johnson photo)
Daryn Pittman, shown at Eldora Speedway, won Tuesday’s World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series race at Rolling Wheels Raceway Park. (Julia Johnson photo)

ELBRIDGE, N.Y. — Daryn Pittman swept into the lead on a restart just one lap into Tuesday night’s World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series event at Rolling Wheels Raceway Park and held off Donny Schatz on another restart three laps from the finish to earn his eighth victory of the season.

Pittman, the championship leader, was on the inside of row two for the start behind polesitter Chad Kemenah and Schatz when he slipped past Schatz and into second when two separate incidents brought out a caution with only one lap complete. On the ensuing double-file restart another caution waved, leaving Chad Kemenah to choose once again which lane would propel him back to the lead.

Kemenah tried the outside lane, but Pittman got a great jump and held his lead as they raced into turn one. Kemenah and Schatz jockeyed for the second spot before Schatz cleared Kemenah exiting turn two on lap nine but the caution flew again, allowing Kemenah to retain his position before he exited the track for an overheating motor that would end his night.

That meant Pittman in the Kasey Kahne Racing Great Clips car and Schatz in the Tony Stewart Racing STP/Armor All car — the top two in the championship battle – would square off in a bout for the victory. Pittman quickly jumped back into the lead and pulled away before Schatz moved back in, sliding right up on Pittman’s tail.