FULTON, N.Y. — Daryn Pittman charged to his 11th World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series victory of the season Wednesday night at Fulton Speedway.
Pittman, who sits just 55 points out of the championship lead, said the win was the most uncomfortable he has had this season.
“I just knew we were going to get smoked,” Pittman said. “I honestly thought we were going to go from the lead to fourth or fifth in a lap. I just didn’t know what to do. I was lost as a driver. The pace of the race just changed dramatically there.
“I was good on top in one and two and when I could run the top in one and two that really helped me hit the top in three and four.”
Pittman said as he approached lapped traffic in his Great Clips No. 9, he noticed the cars were getting away from him.
“When I started running the bottom all the way around, I started making really bad laps in three and four on the bottom,” he said. “I just kept waiting for somebody to show me their nose…It’s an uncomfortable feeling as a driver when you’re doing the wrong thing on the race track and you just don’t know what to do. I was looking for the checkered about five laps before that and luckily it was just enough.”
Pittman credited his crew chief Kale Kahne for making substantial changes after his dash win to give him the car he needed at the end of the feature.
After winning the dash, Pittman started on the front row with David Gravel. As Pittman jumped out to an early lead, Gravel had his hands full with Cody Darrah. The two battled through the opening laps but Donny Schatz looked to take advantage in his STP/Armor All car. He got around Darrah by lap 10, as Gravel maintained the second position.
Farther back, Jessica Zemken was making her push forward, getting around Kraig Kinser in the fifth position and then taking the fourth spot from Darrah.
With less than 10 to go, Schatz got around Gravel for the second spot and set his sights on Pittman. As the A main entered its final laps and Pittman battled through lapped traffic, Schatz took one last look at Pittman.