ABBOTSTOWN, Pa. — The Pennsylvania Posse gave Daryn Pittman a run for his money Thursday night at Lincoln Speedway — ultimately though the Posse was no match for Pittman as he notched his 10th World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series win of the season.
Pittman, who earlier this season swept both nights at Williams Grove after finishing third at Lincoln in his Great Clips car, credited his crew for providing him with the car he needed Thursday night to hold off strong challenges from J.J. Grasso, Alan Krimes and Brian Montieth.
“How about that crew I’ve got? Hats off to Kale Kahne. Man, he does a great job,” Pittman said. “Kolten (Grouse), (Michael) Carber — these guys work their tails off every day and just give me a really good car. I’m only as good as the equipment I use and this car is pretty good every night.”
Twenty-time champion Steve Kinser led the field to the green flag but it was Pittman who led the first lap. Early on, J.J. Grasso challenged Pittman, before an issue sidelined Grasso for the night. As Kinser fell back in the field, Posse members Krimes and Montieth made their moves.
As cautions plagued the early laps of the race, Krimes, who started in fourth, advanced his way to second by lap seven. Through restart after restart, Krimes challenged Pittman but was not able to get around. Farther back in the field, Montieth, who started in 15th, had moved into the top-ten by lap eight.
As the laps ticked by, Krimes faced a challenge from Joey Saldana, but was able to hold him off. By lap 11, Montieth, who was dominate on the high side of the track, had moved into the top-five and shortly after, found his way around Saldana. With his sights set on the lead, just a few laps later, Montieth took over the second spot.
“I knew when there was a car going around me on the outside it was more than likely him,” Krimes said. “He gets going around the top pretty good around here. I tried to move up a little bit when he got around us and I was alright in three and four up there, but I wasn’t very good in the top of one and two.”