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Winner Ian Madsen (Paul Arch Photo)



Madsen Dominates World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars in Tulare

TULARE, CA – March 9 – Last year’s World of Outlaws NOS® Energy Drink Sprint Car Series Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year Ian Madsen claims one of his weak points has been short tracks.
Not anymore.
The Australian won everything there was to win at the third-mile Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare, Calif., Saturday night. Not even a couple of rain showers could slow him down.

His team has been working hard to get the KCP Racing car better on the California short tracks, and “it showed tonight,” said Madsen, as he earned his first victory of the season with championship leader Daryn Pittman second and Sheldon Haudenschild in third.

Madsen, who hails from St. Mary’s, NSW, Australia, started the night fastest in practice — three tenths faster than second fastest Donny Schatz. He followed that up by claiming his second pole of the season.

Then he dominated the first Heat race of the night, crossing the line about one second ahead of second place Tim Kaeding. That led to him being the first driver to draw for the DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash and leaving seven other drivers disappointed by drawing the pole.

A heavy rain shower lingered over the track for about 15 minutes in between Madsen’s Heat and the Dash. It only made him faster. Again, in dominating fashion, he led every lap of the Dash, this time finishing close to two seconds ahead of second-place Pittman.

While he already dominated everything up to the Feature, Madsen showed his true speed in the final 35 laps of the night. He pulled away to an early lead, but “The Steel City Outlaw” Tim Shaffer showed muscle early on, keeping pace with Madsen. It didn’t last though.

By lap 10, Pittman slid his way underneath Shaffer for second and began to hunt Madsen. Pittman, coming off a heartbreaking runner-up finish in Las Vegas, looked to be the only driver all night who could contend with Madsen. While Madsen battled lap traffic, Pittman closed the gap between them to about a couple of car lengths.

And that was as close as he was going to get to the #18’s bumper. Madsen found his rhythm in lap traffic, pulling away to about a four second lead over Pittman, whose #83 Roth Motorsports car was able to close on Madsen again, but only to a second-and-a-half gap.

“Ian was good. We just got beat,” said Pittman, of Owasso, Okla. “I liked the track conditions before it rained, but it is what it is.”

Like Madsen, Pittman was unsure how he would perform at the Tulare short track, coming off strong performances at half-mile speedways.

“We were kind of curious how our car was going to shake out at a smaller place,” he said. “We kind of got both spectrums there of super dry early in the night and pretty wet after the rain and the car was really good.”

Both Madsen and Pittman drive a KPC Chassis, which is located nearby in Fresno, Calif.

Aside from leading every lap, Madsen’s dominance was showcased by him lapping the field up to 11th-place and catching 10th-place Donny Schatz toward the end of the race.

“It was just unreal,” Madsen said in almost disbelief, standing on the front stretch podium. “To get the clean sweep tonight is pretty awesome.”

Madsen’s best finish at Thunderbowl Raceway had been 12th. Of his previous three wins, the smallest track he had won at is the 3/8th-mile Deer Creek Speedway in Minnesota.

“I feel like we’ve been working hard toward this for the last two years,” Madsen said. “It’s really good to see some good results pay off.”

While Pittman finished second, he said he won’t hang his head on the finish. He continues to lead the Series’ championship standings over second-place Donny Schatz — adding 16 points to his cushion between the 10-time Series champion. This is the first time in the storied history of the California-based Roth Motorsports team it continues to lead the points through the Series month-long California swing.

The Series continues its trek through California next weekend on Friday, March 15, at Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico, Calif., and March 16 at the Stockton Dirt Track in Stockton, Calif.

Even though Madsen began the California tour dominating Thunderbowl Raceway, to him there is still a question on how he’ll perform at the upcoming races.

“We ran good at Stockton last year and Chico we’ve been hit or miss, so we’ll see what happens,” Madsen said. “Hopefully we can keep it (momentum) going through the Cali-swing.”

As always, you can catch all the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series action on DIRTVision.com.

NOS Energy Drink Feature (35 Laps) - 1. 18-Ian Madsen [1][$10,000]; 2. 83-Daryn Pittman [2][$5,500]; 3. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [4][$3,200]; 4. 49-Brad Sweet [5][$2,800]; 5. 49X-Tim Shaffer [3][$2,500]; 6. 5-Shane Stewart [10][$2,300]; 7. 26-Cory Eliason [11][$2,200]; 8. 2-Carson Macedo [7][$2,100]; 9. 87-Aaron Reutzel [14][$2,050]; 10. 15-Donny Schatz [9][$2,000]; 11. O-Bud Kaeding [15][$1,500]; 12. 41-David Gravel [12][$1,200]; 13. 9-Kasey Kahne [8][$1,100]; 14. 4-Terry McCarl [16][$1,050]; 15. 41S-Dominic Scelzi [22][$1,000]; 16. 45-Chad Kemenah [24][$900]; 17. 68-Chase Johnson [17][$800]; 18. 19-Brent Marks [20][$800]; 19. 1S-Logan Schuchart [25][$]; 20. 7S-Tim Kaeding [6][$800]; 21. 17W-Shane Golobic [13][$800]; 22. 83JR-Giovanni Scelzi [23][$800]; 23. 88N-DJ Netto [19][$800]; 24. 11K-Kraig Kinser [21][$800]; 25. 16A-Colby Copeland [18][$800]; Lap Leaders: Ian Madsen 1-35; KSE Hard Charger Award: 45-Chad Kemenah[+8]

Qualifying - 1. 18-Ian Madsen, 14.404; 2. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 14.467; 3. 49X-Tim Shaffer, 14.488; 4. 2-Carson Macedo, 14.532; 5. 15-Donny Schatz, 14.532; 6. 83-Daryn Pittman, 14.539; 7. 49-Brad Sweet, 14.559; 8. 9-Kasey Kahne, 14.561; 9. 7S-Tim Kaeding, 14.571; 10. 87-Aaron Reutzel, 14.572; 11. 26-Cory Eliason, 14.575; 12. 41-David Gravel, 14.576; 13. 41S-Dominic Scelzi, 14.592; 14. 5-Shane Stewart, 14.605; 15. O-Bud Kaeding, 14.61; 16. 4-Terry McCarl, 14.612; 17. 17W-Shane Golobic, 14.613; 18. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 14.663; 19. 88N-DJ Netto, 14.667; 20. 19-Brent Marks, 14.675; 21. 83JR-Giovanni Scelzi, 14.714; 22. W20-Greg Wilson, 14.715; 23. 45-Chad Kemenah, 14.775; 24. 71P-Parker Price-Miller, 14.777; 25. 24-Rico Abreu, 14.835; 26. 7-Jason Sides, 14.913; 27. 33M-Mason Daniel, 14.93; 28. 29-Willie Croft, 14.964; 29. 68-Chase Johnson, 15.054; 30. 16A-Colby Copeland, 15.067; 31. 21-Brian Brown, 15.128; 32. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 15.18; 33. 1A-Jacob Allen, 15.187

Heat #1 (8 Laps) - Top 5 Transfer - 1. 18-Ian Madsen [1]; 2. 7S-Tim Kaeding [3]; 3. 15-Donny Schatz [2]; 4. 17W-Shane Golobic [5]; 5. 68-Chase Johnson [8]; 6. 41S-Dominic Scelzi [4]; 7. 24-Rico Abreu [7]; 8. 83JR-Giovanni Scelzi [6]; 9. 1A-Jacob Allen [9]

Heat #2 (8 Laps) - Top 5 Transfer - 1. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [1]; 2. 83-Daryn Pittman [2]; 3. 5-Shane Stewart [4]; 4. 87-Aaron Reutzel [3]; 5. 16A-Colby Copeland [8]; 6. W20-Greg Wilson [6]; 7. 11K-Kraig Kinser [5]; 8. 7-Jason Sides [7]

Heat #3 (8 Laps) - Top 5 Transfer - 1. 49X-Tim Shaffer [1]; 2. 49-Brad Sweet [2]; 3. 26-Cory Eliason [3]; 4. O-Bud Kaeding [4]; 5. 88N-DJ Netto [5]; 6. 45-Chad Kemenah [6]; 7. 21-Brian Brown [8]; 8. 33M-Mason Daniel [7]

Heat #4 (8 Laps) - Top 5 Transfer - 1. 2-Carson Macedo [1]; 2. 9-Kasey Kahne [2]; 3. 41-David Gravel [3]; 4. 4-Terry McCarl [4]; 5. 19-Brent Marks [5]; 6. 1S-Logan Schuchart [8]; 7. 71P-Parker Price-Miller [6]; 8. 29-Willie Croft [7]

DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash (6 Laps) - 1. 18-Ian Madsen [1]; 2. 83-Daryn Pittman [2]; 3. 49X-Tim Shaffer [4]; 4. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [3]; 5. 49-Brad Sweet [5]; 6. 7S-Tim Kaeding [7]; 7. 2-Carson Macedo [6]; 8. 9-Kasey Kahne [8]

Last Chance Showdown (12 Laps) - Top 4 Transfer - 1. 11K-Kraig Kinser [2][-]; 2. 41S-Dominic Scelzi [1][-]; 3. 83JR-Giovanni Scelzi [3][-]; 4. 45-Chad Kemenah [5][-]; 5. 71P-Parker Price-Miller [6][-]; 6. 24-Rico Abreu [7][-]; 7. 29-Willie Croft [10][$300]; 8. 33M-Mason Daniel [9][$250]; 9. W20-Greg Wilson [4][$225]; 10. 7-Jason Sides [8][$200]; 11. 21-Brian Brown [11][$200]; 12. 1S-Logan Schuchart [12][$200]; 13. 1A-Jacob Allen [13][$200]

SEASON WINNERS

Daryn Pittman: 2 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb 8 and Feb 9)
Tim Shaffer: 1 (The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Feb 27)
Donny Schatz: 1 (The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Feb 28)
Ian Madsen: 1 (Tulare Raceway on March 9)

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Kasey Kahne #9 and Kyle Larson #57 (Melissa Coker Photo)



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World of Outlaws Racers See Positives in Competing with NASCAR Drivers

CONCORD, N.C. – Peanut butter and jelly. Movies and popcorn. Jimmie Johnson and Chad Knaus … well, maybe not that last one.

But World of Outlaws and NASCAR?

Even though three-time NASCAR champion Tony Stewart won a World of Outlaws crown with Danny Lasoski in 2001 and a truckload of titles and trophies with Donny Schatz, the two series being mentioned in the same sentence has become more commonplace of late. Most recently with the World of Outlaws NOS® Energy Drink Sprint Car Series and NASCAR K&N Pro Series West being paired together for the first time at The Dirt Track at Las Vegas.

The race drew a crowd of thousands, a larger media presence and NASCAR drivers. Some drivers were in the stands watching, and a few in the Sprint Car race themselves. Christopher Bell, Kyle Larson and retired NASCAR driver Kasey Kahne joined the stars of the World of Outlaws for the doubleheader race at the Las Vegas Dirt Track last week and will continue to compete periodically with the Series throughout the season.

When the NASCAR stars join the Series, the media spotlight is usually turned on them for the night. But that’s not an issue to some of the Series regulars.

“I don’t mind it at all,” said Series veteran Kraig Kinser, the 2005 Knoxville Nationals champion and son of Steve Kinser, the legendary King of the Outlaws. “The exposure they (NASCAR drivers) bring is always a plus. Anything that can highlight our Sprint Car racing is always a positive.”

From a veteran to a rookie, the opinion stays the same. Rookie contender Carson Macedo, who drives for Kyle Larson Racing, enjoys when his boss and others come to race with the World of Outlaws.

“I love it,” Macedo said. “I always said if you want to be the best, you got to race with the best. And those guys are proven to be some of the best in the world. That’s what’s unique about racing in the World of Outlaws, you never know who is going to show up to give you a run for your money every night.”

Bell, Kahne and Larson grew up racing Sprint Cars. It’s what they love, and they take every opportunity they get to drive one.

“I just love Sprint Car racing in general,” Larson said. “To me the Outlaws are the toughest series to race with, that’s why I really like competing with them. I hit a lot of different races, but I always have the most fun racing the Outlaw stuff.”

Kahne, who like Larson owns a World of Outlaws Sprint Car team, said he became enamored with Sprint Cars at a young age and never lost that passion. Even during his years in NASCAR when he wasn’t able to run many Sprint Car races. Through his Kasey Kahne Racing team, and watching the races on DIRTVision, he said he always stayed connected to it. He’s enjoyed watching his team’s accomplishments, such as winning the 2013 World of Outlaws championship and 2018 Knoxville Nationals crown.

This year Kahne is scheduled to run about 50 Sprint Car races. Bell is hoping to do about 20 to 25. And Larson sneaks in Sprint Car races to his schedule whenever he can.

“I just hit whatever is available,” Larson said. “I don’t have many days throughout the year that I can go race.”

Larson and Bell both stated while there may not be much of a comparison between a Stock Car and a Sprint Car, more seat time never hurts.

“The biggest thing for me is, the way I get better is by racing cars,” Bell said. “If I’m sitting on the couch, I’m not becoming a better race car driver.”

Larson echoed Bell saying, anytime he gets to race, he feels like he becomes a better driver.

“It’s why I try to run a lot,” Larson said.

Kinser said it is nice to be able to race with the NASCAR drivers while they’re in the peak of their career. And while they bring a lot of positive exposure to the sport, he said the Series is full of diehard fans that fill the stands most nights.

Unlike some other forms of motorsports, Kinser said World of Outlaws drivers are easily accessible to the fans right at their trailer.

“A lot of older fans know you can come down into the pit area afterwards, a lot of newer ones don’t realize that,” Kinser said. “It’s always nice to speak with the fans and get face time with them. That’s a positive for our sport, too.”

When Bell, Kahne or Larson attend a Series race, they’re just as accessible as Kinser or Macedo, making the World of Outlaws and NASCAR a favorable combination, like peanut butter and jelly or movies and popcorn.

The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Sprint Cars continue their West Coast Spring Break Tour this weekend at Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare, Calif., before heading north to Silver Dollar Speedway on Friday March 15 in Chico, Calif., and Saturday, March 16 in Stockton, Calif.

The next time the World of Outlaws and NASCAR intersect will be during Memorial Day Weekend, when the inaugural two-day World of Outlaws Patriot Nationals takes over The Dirt Track at Charlotte during the nights on May 24-25 while NASCAR runs its Coca-Cola 600 events during the day at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

For the complete 2019 tour schedule, plus all the latest news, results and media, go to www.WorldofOutlaws.com.

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Winner Donny Schatz (DB3 Imaging Photo Photo)



Schatz Defies Odds in Sin City

LAS VEGAS, NV – Feb. 28, 2019 – The final night of racing at The Dirt Track at Las Vegas was Donny Schatz’s to lose. He was hundredths of a second away from winning his Heat race, he won the DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash, and he pulled away with the lead at the start of the Feature in front of thousands that came to see a historic night of racing that paired the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series with the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West.

But on lap 14 he lost it. Series points leader Daryn Pittman had inched closer and closer to Schatz every lap, eventually finding grip in the middle of the track and darting by him.

He stretched the lead of the FVP Platinum Battery Showdown presented Star Nursery between he and Schatz to about a straightaway’s length. Even with multiple cautions and an Open Red, allowing teams to refuel their car, Pittman never fluttered, always knowing where to find grip on the rubbered down track, gradually moving from the top of the track at the beginning of the race to the bottom of the track by the end. The race was then his to lose.

And on the final lap of the race, he lost it. Blocked by a slower lap car – a situation Pittman used to his advantage to win his first race of the season – Schatz took advantage of a clear opening on the high side of the track to get his Tony Stewart Racing car back by Pittman and then held him off to claim a victory he thought he had lost.

“I didn’t think we’d get him (Pittman),” said 10-time Series Champion Schatz. “But we hit traffic on the last corner. He went there (low), and I was going the other place. It was either win it or wear it, and lucky we won it.”

Lady Luck was good to Schatz. Not only did he find luck in lap traffic, he found luck in his tires holding on until the end of the 30-lap Feature, extended by multiple cautions – as his right rear tire could have been mistaken for a slick stock car tire by the end of the race. Pittman cited drivers’ fear of blowing a tire is why he caught lap traffic in five laps after a late race caution, leading to him losing the race.

“We were lapping really good cars. The problem was everybody’s pace was off, because I think everybody was afraid of blowing tires,” Pittman said. “They were just going slower than I thought they would. Honestly if I could have replayed it, I probably would have just slowed down from the time we went green with five to go.”

However, Pittman acknowledged he couldn’t slow down too much because Schatz “will blow his tire trying to win a race and not think twice about it.”

The victory is Schatz’s 13th win at The Dirt Track at Las Vegas and his 284th World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series victory. He went winless in the first three races of the season for the first time since 2013 – a stat he laughed off, but is glad to get past.

“I went three races without a win. Holy hell, I’m glad we’re over that hump,” Schatz said.

Looking to spoil the Schatz and Pittman battle for the lead, which ended with a 0.071-sec. gap, was third place finisher Logan Schuchart. He quietly worked his way through the field, from 10th, getting to third by lap 13. He stalked the two Series champions throughout the race, staying close enough to pounce if one bobbled, but neither did.

“I thought I might have a shot right there at the end with both of them,” Schuchart said. “But these guys are World of Outlaws champions. They’re going to be tough to beat and they’re not going to make many mistakes.”

He too was worried about his tires at the end of the race, stating he slowed his pace a little to not blow one.

Tires plagued Cory Eliason’s night with his right rear tire blowing in the closing laps of the race, but he still managed to be the KSE Hard Charger for the second night in a row. He finished 13th after starting 24th.

While Schatz claimed the victory at the FVP Platinum Battery Showdown, Pittman remains the points leader – by just four points over Schatz.

World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series actions resumes March 8-9 at Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare, CA. As always, you can catch all the action on DIRTVision.com.

Historic wins

Donny Schatz’s last lap pass to claim his 284th win came on an historic night for the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Car Series. For the first time, the World of Outlaws and the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West were paired together for a thrilling night of racing at The Dirt Track at Las Vegas.

It was an event that drew a crowd of thousands in the stands and attracted a wide range of media attention.

“I’m glad to see a lot of the NASCAR fans here,” Schatz said. “We met a lot of NASCAR people the last couple of days, people who have never seen a Sprint Car before. So hopefully it opens their eyes to new things.”

Echoing the heart-pounding finish to the World of Outlaws race, the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West put on an equally exciting show, with rising NASCAR star Hailie Deegan making a last lap pass for the win in the 100-lap Star Nursery 100. While the 17-year-old is paving a bright future for herself in NASCAR, she couldn’t help but be drawn to the “gnarly” Sprint Cars.

“It’s sick,” Deegan said about NASCAR racing with the World of Outlaws Sprint Cars. “At Volusia (Speedway Park) was the first time I saw Outlaw racing, and man, I wanted to get into a car so bad… I think coming out here with the Sprint Cars definitely made for a good show.”

NOS Energy Drink Feature (30 Laps) - 1. 15-Donny Schatz [1][$10,000]; 2. 83-Daryn Pittman [4][$5,000]; 3. 1S-Logan Schuchart [10][$3,000]; 4. 18-Ian Madsen [3][$2,700]; 5. 57-Kyle Larson [5][$2,500]; 6. 2-Carson Macedo [6][$2,200]; 7. 41-David Gravel [11][$2,000]; 8. 17W-Shane Golobic [12][$1,800]; 9. 7-Jason Sides [2][$1,600]; 10. 5-Shane Stewart [14][$1,450]; 11. 49-Brad Sweet [7][$1,300]; 12. 83JR-Giovanni Scelzi [20][$1,200]; 13. 26-Cory Eliason [24][$1,100]; 14. 87-Aaron Reutzel [15][$1,000]; 15. 11K-Kraig Kinser [13][$950]; 16. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [25][$200]; 17. 49X-Tim Shaffer [21][$850]; 18. 15H-Sam Hafertepe [22][$750]; 19. 9-Kasey Kahne [23][$725]; 20. 13-Paul McMahan [18][$700]; 21. 1A-Jacob Allen [8][$700]; 22. 7S-Tim Kaeding [9][$700]; 23. 4-Terry McCarl [16][$700]; 24. 41S-Dominic Scelzi [19][$700]; 25. 71P-Parker Price-Miller [17][$700];
Lap Leaders: Donny Schatz 1-13, 30; Daryn Pittman 14-29;
KSE Hard Charger Award: 26-Cory Eliason[+11]

Qualifying Flight-A - 1. 83-Daryn Pittman, 14.805; 2. 18-Ian Madsen, 14.903; 3. 7S-Tim Kaeding, 14.907; 4. 41-David Gravel, 14.942; 5. 15-Donny Schatz, 14.959; 6. 2-Carson Macedo, 14.968; 7. 49X-Tim Shaffer, 14.974; 8. 87-Aaron Reutzel, 14.996; 9. 71P-Parker Price-Miller, 14.998; 10. 5H-Cole Macedo, 15.023; 11. 26-Cory Eliason, 15.053; 12. 9-Kasey Kahne, 15.066; 13. 17X-Christopher Bell, 15.067; 14. 41S-Dominic Scelzi, 15.146; 15. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 15.174; 16. 45-Chad Kemenah, 15.28; 17. 49D-Shawn Dancer, 15.326; 18. 17A-Austin McCarl, 15.394; 19. 16A-Colby Copeland, 15.582

Qualifying Flight-B - 1. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 14.92; 2. 57-Kyle Larson, 14.977; 3. 49-Brad Sweet, 15.043; 4. 1A-Jacob Allen, 15.112; 5. 7-Jason Sides, 15.19; 6. 17W-Shane Golobic, 15.227; 7. 13-Paul McMahan, 15.257; 8. 4-Terry McCarl, 15.279; 9. 15H-Sam Hafertepe, 15.333; 10. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 15.361; 11. 5-Shane Stewart, 15.419; 12. 33M-Mason Daniel, 15.461; 13. 21-Brian Brown, 15.491; 14. 83JR-Giovanni Scelzi, 15.516; 15. 24-Rico Abreu, 15.591; 16. 19-Brent Marks, 15.859; 17. 3C-Tanner Thorson, 15.894; 18. W20-Greg Wilson, 15.954; 19. 21P-Robbie Price, 16.063

Heat #1 - Flight (A) (8 Laps) - Top 5 Transfer - 1. 83-Daryn Pittman [1]; 2. 15-Donny Schatz [3]; 3. 7S-Tim Kaeding [2]; 4. 11K-Kraig Kinser [8]; 5. 71P-Parker Price-Miller [5]; 6. 17X-Christopher Bell [7]; 7. 26-Cory Eliason [6]; 8. 49X-Tim Shaffer [4]; 9. 16A-Colby Copeland [10]; 10. 49D-Shawn Dancer [9]

Heat #2 - Flight (A) (8 Laps) - Top 5 Transfer - 1. 18-Ian Madsen [1]; 2. 2-Carson Macedo [3]; 3. 41-David Gravel [2]; 4. 87-Aaron Reutzel [4]; 5. 41S-Dominic Scelzi [7]; 6. 9-Kasey Kahne [6]; 7. 5H-Cole Macedo [5]; 8. 45-Chad Kemenah [8]; 9. 17A-Austin McCarl [9]

Heat #3 - Flight (B) (8 Laps) - Top 5 Transfer - 1. 7-Jason Sides [3]; 2. 49-Brad Sweet [2]; 3. 1S-Logan Schuchart [1]; 4. 5-Shane Stewart [6]; 5. 13-Paul McMahan [4]; 6. 21-Brian Brown [7]; 7. 24-Rico Abreu [8]; 8. 3C-Tanner Thorson [9]; 9. 21P-Robbie Price [10]; 10. 15H-Sam Hafertepe [5]

Heat #4 - Flight (B) (8 Laps) - Top 5 Transfer - 1. 57-Kyle Larson [1]; 2. 1A-Jacob Allen [2]; 3. 17W-Shane Golobic [3]; 4. 4-Terry McCarl [4]; 5. 83JR-Giovanni Scelzi [7]; 6. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [5]; 7. 19-Brent Marks [8]; 8. 33M-Mason Daniel [6]; 9. W20-Greg Wilson [9]

DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash (6 Laps) - 1. 15-Donny Schatz [3]; 2. 7-Jason Sides [2]; 3. 18-Ian Madsen [1]; 4. 83-Daryn Pittman [4]; 5. 57-Kyle Larson [5]; 6. 2-Carson Macedo [7]; 7. 49-Brad Sweet [8]; 8. 1A-Jacob Allen [6]

Last Chance Showdown (12 Laps) - Top 4 Transfer - 1. 49X-Tim Shaffer [1][-]; 2. 15H-Sam Hafertepe [2][-]; 3. 9-Kasey Kahne [7][-]; 4. 26-Cory Eliason [5][-]; 5. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [4][$300]; 6. 5H-Cole Macedo [3][$250]; 7. 17X-Christopher Bell [9][$225]; 8. 21-Brian Brown [8][$200]; 9. 45-Chad Kemenah [11][$200]; 10. 24-Rico Abreu [10][$200]; 11. 19-Brent Marks [12][$200]; 12. 21P-Robbie Price [18][$200]; 13. 3C-Tanner Thorson [14][$200]; 14. 16A-Colby Copeland [17][$200]; 15. 33M-Mason Daniel [6][$200]; 16. W20-Greg Wilson [16][$200]; 17. 49D-Shawn Dancer [13][$200]; 18. 17A-Austin McCarl [15][$200]

SEASON WINNERS

Daryn Pittman: 2 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb 8 and Feb 9)
Tim Shaffer: 1 (The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Feb 27)
Donny Schatz: 1 (The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Feb 28)

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Winner Tim Shaffer



Lady Luck on Shaffer’s Side in Vegas

LAS VEGAS, NV – Feb. 27, 2019 – Tim Shaffer was en route to a dominating performance at The Dirt Track at Las Vegas for the FVP Platinum Battery Showdown presented by Star Nursery, leading every lap, but with five laps to go worry set in.

He could hear his motor sputtering. There was no doubt in his mind he was going to run out of fuel, with Giovanni Scelzi and Tim Kaeding – who made their first World of Outlaws appearance this season – breathing down his neck for the lead.

“I knew the laps had to be getting close,” Shaffer said, as the 30-lap Feature saw eight cautions by lap 26.

After multiple attempts at restarting the race on lap 26, Series officials called for an Open Red, stopping the cars on the front stretch and allowing the teams to refuel their cars.

“Everything worked out — the cautions, the red flag,” Shaffer said. “It was our night.”

After the cars were refueled, and the race went back to green on lap 26, Shaffer acted like nothing had changed, commanding the lead once again all the way to Victory Lane and claiming his 26th World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series win and his fourth win at The Dirt Track at Las Vegas.

While everything worked in Shaffer’s favor, Fresno, CA-native Giovanni Scelzi was not as fortunate. After falling to fourth, from third, at the beginning of the race, he worked his way to second place by lap 10 and began closing in on Shaffer while he entered lap traffic. Scelzi in the #83JR for Roth Motorsports never let Shaffer out of his sight in the closing laps of the race. He even stole the lead from him on one of the restart attempts on lap 26, but a caution was thrown before the field could complete at lap, putting him back in second place.

Once the field took the green flag, after stopping to refuel, Scelzi stayed on pace with Shaffer until entering turns three and four too aggressively, hitting the cushion and falling back two positions.

“I blistered my tires really, and kind of just overdrove the car and made some mistakes,” Scelzi said. “But first night in this car, it’s a good start with a top five.”

Roth Motorsports has had a strong start to the season with Daryn Pittman winning the two opening races at Volusia Speedway Park – also resulting in his third DIRTcar Nationals championship and Roth Motorsport’s first. Pittman finished seventh, maintaining his points lead from Florida, now eight points ahead of second place Donny Schatz.

Schatz also had a strong run coming from 11th to third – his second podium finish in three races.

“That’s the best we could do there,” Schatz said. “We’re gaining on things and feeling a little bit better.”

Like Schatz, Kaeding had to climb his way through the field, finishing second after starting 10th. When Shaffer entered lapped traffic, you could throw a blanket over he, Scelzi and Kaeding. While Scelzi stalked Shaffer, Kaeding in his Sides Motorsports car was close behind stalking them both.

After Scelzi bounced off the cushion, the 21-time Series winner capitalized on the opportunity, darting by the black #83JR to take second place. With a clear track in front of him he could focus on hunting down Shaffer. The only problem was Shaffer had mastered the high line of the track, keeping more than a second between himself and Kaeding by the end of the race.

“I think we just ran out of time,” Kaeding said “Right before that red flag came out, I knew something was wrong, he might run out of fuel.”

Understanding how to drive the Las Vegas track was key to winning according to Shaffer.

“It’s a tricky track,” he said. “It’s demanding. You know, you’ve got to be on your game. This place is so tough. You’ve got to be good in the slick to get to the tacky (spots). When your car is evil here, it’s a handful.”

He credits his team for giving him a good handling car that could handle the track conditions.

While Shaffer has more than 20 wins, and has raced with the Series for several years, beating the star-studded field of World of Outlaws drivers is still special to him.

“It’s just awesome to be competing with them (the Outlaws),” Shaffer said. “To come here and win this deal is pretty awesome.”

World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series action resumes tomorrow at The Dirt Track at Las Vegas for the final night of the FVP Platinum Battery Showdown. As always, you can catch all the action on DIRTVision.com.

NOS Energy Drink Feature (30 Laps) - 1. 49X-Tim Shaffer [1][$10,000]; 2. 7S-Tim Kaeding [10][$5,000]; 3. 15-Donny Schatz [11][$3,000]; 4. 24-Rico Abreu [8][$2,700]; 5. 83JR-Giovanni Scelzi [3][$2,500]; 6. 57-Kyle Larson [20][$2,200]; 7. 83-Daryn Pittman [6][$2,000]; 8. 26-Cory Eliason [23][$1,800]; 9. 49-Brad Sweet [22][$1,600]; 10. 17X-Christopher Bell [7][$1,450]; 11. 19-Brent Marks [26][$600]; 12. 1S-Logan Schuchart [9][$1,200]; 13. 71P-Parker Price-Miller [18][$1,100]; 14. 9-Kasey Kahne [21][$1,000]; 15. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [4][$950]; 16. 13-Paul McMahan [16][$900]; 17. 87-Aaron Reutzel [2][$850]; 18. 41-David Gravel [12][$750]; 19. 18-Ian Madsen [19][$725]; 20. 2-Carson Macedo [15][$700]; 21. 5-Shane Stewart [14][$700]; 22. 45-Chad Kemenah [13][$700]; 23. 21-Brian Brown [5][$700]; 24. 7-Jason Sides [17][$700]; 25. 11K-Kraig Kinser [25][$]; 26. 1A-Jacob Allen [24][$700];
Lap Leaders: Tim Shaffer 1-30;
KSE Hard Charger Award: Cory Eliason (+15)

Qualifying Flight-A - 1. 1A-Jacob Allen, 14.373; 2. 83JR-Giovanni Scelzi, 14.374; 3. 45-Chad Kemenah, 14.391; 4. 17X-Christopher Bell, 14.403; 5. 21-Brian Brown, 14.421; 6. 15-Donny Schatz, 14.427; 7. 83-Daryn Pittman, 14.432; 8. 2-Carson Macedo, 14.436; 9. 17A-Austin McCarl, 14.44; 10. 26-Cory Eliason, 14.441; 11. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 14.462; 12. 18-Ian Madsen, 14.563; 13. 7-Jason Sides, 14.605; 14. 41S-Dominic Scelzi, 14.711; 15. 17W-Shane Golobic, 14.728; 16. 4-Terry McCarl, 14.792; 17. 3C-Tanner Thorson, 14.805; 18. 5H-Cole Macedo, 14.851; 19. 15H-Sam Hafertepe, NT

Qualifying Flight-B - 1. 71P-Parker Price-Miller, 14.437; 2. 49X-Tim Shaffer, 14.509; 3. 87-Aaron Reutzel, 14.514; 4. 24-Rico Abreu, 14.538; 5. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 14.547; 6. 9-Kasey Kahne, 14.556; 7. 49-Brad Sweet, 14.601; 8. 13-Paul McMahan, 14.629; 9. 5-Shane Stewart, 14.64; 10. 41-David Gravel, 14.649; 11. 7S-Tim Kaeding, 14.666; 12. 57-Kyle Larson, 14.699; 13. 19-Brent Marks, 14.703; 14. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 14.786; 15. 33M-Mason Daniel, 14.819; 16. 49D-Shawn Dancer, 14.863; 17. 21P-Robbie Price, 14.978; 18. W20-Greg Wilson, 15.002; 19. 16A-Colby Copeland, 15.234

Heat #1 - Flight (A) (8 Laps) - Top 5 Transfer - 1. 83-Daryn Pittman [4]; 2. 21-Brian Brown [3]; 3. 1S-Logan Schuchart [6]; 4. 45-Chad Kemenah [2]; 5. 7-Jason Sides [7]; 6. 17A-Austin McCarl [5]; 7. 1A-Jacob Allen [1]; 8. 3C-Tanner Thorson [9]; 9. 17W-Shane Golobic [8]; 10. 15H-Sam Hafertepe [10]

Heat #2 - Flight (A) (8 Laps) - Top 5 Transfer - 1. 83JR-Giovanni Scelzi [1]; 2. 17X-Christopher Bell [2]; 3. 15-Donny Schatz [3]; 4. 2-Carson Macedo [4]; 5. 18-Ian Madsen [6]; 6. 26-Cory Eliason [5]; 7. 41S-Dominic Scelzi [7]; 8. 4-Terry McCarl [8]; 9. 5H-Cole Macedo [9]

Heat #3 - Flight (B) (8 Laps) - Top 5 Transfer - 1. 87-Aaron Reutzel [2]; 2. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [3]; 3. 7S-Tim Kaeding [6]; 4. 5-Shane Stewart [5]; 5. 71P-Parker Price-Miller [1]; 6. 49-Brad Sweet [4]; 7. 21P-Robbie Price [9]; 8. 16A-Colby Copeland [10]; 9. 33M-Mason Daniel [8]; 10. 19-Brent Marks [7]

Heat #4 - Flight (B) (8 Laps) - Top 5 Transfer - 1. 49X-Tim Shaffer [1]; 2. 24-Rico Abreu [2]; 3. 41-David Gravel [5]; 4. 13-Paul McMahan [4]; 5. 57-Kyle Larson [6]; 6. 9-Kasey Kahne [3]; 7. 11K-Kraig Kinser [7]; 8. 49D-Shawn Dancer [8]; 9. W20-Greg Wilson [9]

DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash (6 Laps) - 1. 49X-Tim Shaffer [1]; 2. 87-Aaron Reutzel [3]; 3. 83JR-Giovanni Scelzi [2]; 4. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [8]; 5. 21-Brian Brown [5]; 6. 83-Daryn Pittman [7]; 7. 17X-Christopher Bell [4]; 8. 24-Rico Abreu [6]

Last Chance Showdown (12 Laps) - Top 4 Transfer - 1. 9-Kasey Kahne [2][-]; 2. 49-Brad Sweet [4][-]; 3. 26-Cory Eliason [5][-]; 4. 1A-Jacob Allen [1][-]; 5. 11K-Kraig Kinser [8][$300]; 6. 19-Brent Marks [6][$250]; 7. 17A-Austin McCarl [3][$225]; 8. 41S-Dominic Scelzi [7][$200]; 9. 17W-Shane Golobic [9][$200]; 10. 4-Terry McCarl [11][$200]; 11. 16A-Colby Copeland [17][$200]; 12. 21P-Robbie Price [14][$200]; 13. 5H-Cole Macedo [15][$200]; 14. 33M-Mason Daniel [10][$200]; 15. 3C-Tanner Thorson [13][$200]; 16. W20-Greg Wilson [16][$200]; 17. 49D-Shawn Dancer [12][$200]; 18. 15H-Sam Hafertepe [18][$200]

SEASON WINNERS

Daryn Pittman: 2 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb 8 and Feb 9)
Tim Shaffer: 1 (The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Feb 27)

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Pittman Claims Third Golden Gator

BARBERVILLE, FL – Feb. 10, 2019 – Mother Nature put a halt to Daryn Pittman’s quest for three wins in a row at Volusia Speedway Park, canceling Sunday’s Sprint Car event, but handed him his third DIRTcar Nationals championship. And the first for his new Roth Motorsports team.

“To do it with a different team makes it that much more special,” Pittman said about getting another golden gator. “For us to come out here and be as fast and consistent every time we hit the track just speaks volumes for the guys working on this team.”

Pittman won two thrilling shows during Friday and Saturday nights’ World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series race at Volusia and finished on the podium during the Tuesday and Wednesday night Ollie’s Bargain Outlet All Star Circuit of Champions Presented by Mobil 1 races. His consistency gave him a 28-point lead over Brad Sweet coming into Sunday night’s race, and now his third DIRTcar Nationals championship – his two previous were in 2013 and 2015.

Last year, in his No. 9 Kasey Kahne Racing ride, Pittman never cracked the top-11 during the three Volusia Speedway Park DIRTcar Nationals races.

“To be able to bounce back this year and dominate the way that we did, by being the most consistent car every night, is pretty good redemption for myself, personally,” Pittman said. “There were a lot of questions about my move and changing teams, and you want to get off to a strong start. We’ll see what the rest of the year holds.”

The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series will trek forward with the schedule to Texas Friday Feb. 22 at Cotton Bowl Speedway and Saturday Feb. 23 at LoneStar Speedway for the East Texas Lonestar Shootout. As always, you can catch all the action from the DIRTcar Nationals and the World of Outlaws on www.DIRTVision.com.

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Winner Daryn Pittman



Pittman Goes Two-for-Two at Volusia Speedway Park’s DIRTcar Nationals

BARBERVILLE, FL – Feb. 9, 2019 – One of Daryn Pittman’s favorite drivers growing up was Stevie Smith. By capturing his 83rd win – in the 83 car – during the second night of World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series at the DIRTcar Nationals he is now just one win away from tying his childhood hero.

“Just that number (83 wins) to me is pretty staggering,” Pittman said after winning his second race in a row at Volusia Speedway Park. To him, it’s surreal he would ever get close to Smith’s record.

He cruised to win number 82 Friday night, making each pass with ease on the bottom of the track. Win 83 wasn’t as easy. NASCAR Xfinity Series star Christopher Bell made sure of it.

Bell pulled to the lead at the start of the race and held it until lap 18 when Pittman’s quest for the top spot finally reached the No. 39 Swindell SpeedLab car. The two traded the lead five times – three times in the last five laps.

By the time Bell and Pittman began battling for the lead, lapped traffic came into play. The slower cars worked in Pittman’s favor Friday night, as leader Shane Stewart got hung up behind one, allowing Pittman to shoot by.

They weren’t an issue for Bell, maneuvering around them like an obstacle course he designed. If Pittman wanted the win, he had to outpower Bell without help.

Pittman was able to make the bottom of the track work for him early, clearing Bell on lap 19. But Bell fought back, reclaiming the lead just a lap later. Pittman was forced to regroup and try another method of catching Bell and getting back by him.

It took six laps to do so, using the high side and middle of the track as his path back to Bell’s bumper. Pittman was able to again clear him for the lead, but Bell was resilient, throwing his car to the bottom of turn one and again reclaiming the lead.

After trading slide jobs in the last five laps of the race, by lap 28 the No. 83 Roth Motorsports car finally found enough grip on the high side of turns one and two to clear Bell and pull away. However, he didn’t know he created gap between himself and Bell.

“As a driver I felt like once I got the lead that should have been the end of it, because I felt like my car was better, so once I gave it back, I thought I might be in trouble,” Pittman said. “Honestly I thought he passed me back on the last lap. I thought I gave the race away because I completely missed the bottom on the white flag lap, and I guess it was a lapped car.”

While Bell is happy with the speed he’s shown this week, finishing third in Friday’s Feature and winning Saturday night’s DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash, he’s left wondering what he could have done better.

“Most of the time, I feel like in winged cars, especially on half miles, you get beat in lapped traffic,” Bell said. “In this scenario, I didn’t really get beat in lap traffic. He (Pittman) was obviously better than me, somehow, some way, so just go back and watch what he was doing to make up time on me. It sucks because most of the time you don’t get beat in an open track like that.”

Pittman credits some of the early success his team has shown to the ideas his Crew Chief Brent Ventura has provided, and that he has more say with adjustments than he did with the No. 9 Kasey Kahne Racing car. While he is coming off two wins in a row, Pittman is not taking his latest wins for granted.

“Every win is special,” Pittman said. “Eighty-two is great. Eighty-three is awesome. You never know when your last one is going to be. We’ll enjoy this one, and hopefully we have a lot more left in us.”

If he wins the Series’ finale to the DIRTcar Nationals Sunday, not only will he claim his third DIRTcar Nationals championship, he’ll tie his childhood hero, Stevie Smith.

The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series will wrap up its DIRTcar Nationals championship tomorrow at Volusia Speedway Park. As always, you can catch all the action from the DIRTcar Nationals and the World of Outlaws on www.DIRTVision.com.

NOS Energy Drink Feature (30 Laps) - 1. 83-Daryn Pittman [3][$10,000]; 2. 39-Christopher Bell [1][$5,500]; 3. 15-Donny Schatz [7][$3,200]; 4. 49-Brad Sweet [4][$2,800]; 5. 21-Brian Brown [2][$2,500]; 6. 41-David Gravel [15][$2,300]; 7. 87-Aaron Reutzel [8][$2,200]; 8. 1S-Logan Schuchart [19][$2,100]; 9. 7S-Jason Sides [9][$2,050]; 10. 2-Carson Macedo [6][$2,000]; 11. 5W-Lucas Wolfe [10][$1,500]; 12. 49X-Tim Shaffer [13][$1,200]; 13. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [12][$1,100]; 14. 26-Cory Eliason [14][$1,050]; 15. 11K-Kraig Kinser [18][$1,000]; 16. 71-Parker Price-Miller [5][$900]; 17. 13-Paul McMahan [17][$800]; 18. 70X-Spencer Bayston [11][$800]; 19. 5-Shane Stewart [21][$800]; 20. 9-Kasey Kahne [20][$800]; 21. 7K-Cale Conley [16][$800]; 22. 19-Brent Marks [25][$]; 23. 70-Brock Zearfoss [24][$800]; 24. 17W-Shane Golobic [23][$800]; 25. 18-Ian Madsen [22][$800]; 26. 1A-Jacob Allen [26][$];
Lap Leaders: Christopher Bell 1-18, 20-25, 27; Daryn Pittman19, 26, 28-30;
KSE Hard Charger Award: 1S-Logan Schuchart[+11]

Qualifying - 1. 71-Parker Price-Miller, 12.849; 2. 83-Daryn Pittman, 13.011; 3. 21-Brian Brown, 13.013; 4. 2-Carson Macedo, 13.015; 5. 39-Christopher Bell, 13.065; 6. 49-Brad Sweet, 13.073; 7. 15-Donny Schatz, 13.126; 8. 87-Aaron Reutzel, 13.147; 9. 7S-Jason Sides, 13.151; 10. 5W-Lucas Wolfe, 13.151; 11. 70X-Spencer Bayston, 13.162; 12. 18-Ian Madsen, 13.173; 13. 9-Kasey Kahne, 13.176; 14. 26-Cory Eliason, 13.217; 15. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 13.222; 16. 7K-Cale Conley, 13.24; 17. 1A-Jacob Allen, 13.248; 18. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 13.249; 19. 49X-Tim Shaffer, 13.266; 20. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 13.292; 21. 41-David Gravel, 13.319; 22. 70-Brock Zearfoss, 13.329; 23. 13-Paul McMahan, 13.347; 24. 5-Shane Stewart, 13.389; 25. 17W-Shane Golobic, 13.426; 26. 33M-Mason Daniel, 13.532; 27. 48-Danny Dietrich, 13.6; 28. K4-Chad Kemenah, 13.641; 29. 47-Brant O'Banion, 13.817; 30. 19-Brent Marks, 4.63126157407407E-03; 31. 84-Tom Harris, NT

Heat #1 (8 Laps) - Top 6 Transfer - 1. 2-Carson Macedo [2]; 2. 71-Parker Price-Miller [1]; 3. 15-Donny Schatz [3]; 4. 5W-Lucas Wolfe [4]; 5. 49X-Tim Shaffer [7]; 6. 7K-Cale Conley [6]; 7. 9-Kasey Kahne [5]; 8. 17W-Shane Golobic [9]; 9. 70-Brock Zearfoss [8]; 10. K4-Chad Kemenah [10]; 11. 84-Tom Harris [11]

Heat #2 (8 Laps) - Top 6 Transfer - 1. 83-Daryn Pittman [1]; 2. 39-Christopher Bell [2]; 3. 87-Aaron Reutzel [3]; 4. 70X-Spencer Bayston [4]; 5. 26-Cory Eliason [5]; 6. 13-Paul McMahan [8]; 7. 1S-Logan Schuchart [7]; 8. 1A-Jacob Allen [6]; 9. 33M-Mason Daniel [9]; 10. 47-Brant O'Banion [10]

Heat #3 (8 Laps) - Top 6 Transfer - 1. 21-Brian Brown [1]; 2. 49-Brad Sweet [2]; 3. 7S-Jason Sides [3]; 4. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [5]; 5. 41-David Gravel [7]; 6. 11K-Kraig Kinser [6]; 7. 5-Shane Stewart [8]; 8. 19-Brent Marks [10]; 9. 18-Ian Madsen [4]; 10. 48-Danny Dietrich [9]

DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash (6 Laps) - 1. 39-Christopher Bell [5]; 2. 21-Brian Brown [3]; 3. 83-Daryn Pittman [2]; 4. 49-Brad Sweet [6]; 5. 71-Parker Price-Miller [4]; 6. 2-Carson Macedo [1]

Last Chance Showdown (12 Laps) - Top 6 Transfer - 1. 1S-Logan Schuchart [4][-]; 2. 9-Kasey Kahne [2][-]; 3. 5-Shane Stewart [6][-]; 4. 18-Ian Madsen [1][-]; 5. 17W-Shane Golobic [7][-]; 6. 70-Brock Zearfoss [5][-]; 7. 19-Brent Marks [11][$300]; 8. 1A-Jacob Allen [3][$250]; 9. 33M-Mason Daniel [8][$225]; 10. K4-Chad Kemenah [9][$200]; 11. 47-Brant O'Banion [10][$200]; 12. 48-Danny Dietrich [12][$200]; 13. 84-Tom Harris [13][$200]

SEASON WINNERS

Daryn Pittman: 2 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb 8 and Feb 9)

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Pittman Powers to Opening Night Victory at Volusia Speedway Park’s DIRTcar Nationals

BARBERVILLE, FL – Feb. 8, 2019 – Daryn Pittman is no stranger to winning at Volusia Speedway Park. However, when he pulled his Sprint Car into Victory Lane during the opening night of the World of Outlaws NOS® Energy Drink Sprint Car Series at the DIRTcar Nationals it was like a first win.

NOS Energy Drink dawned Victory Lane for the first time as the new title sponsor of the Series, but the biggest change for Pittman was the car he drove to the win – the legendary Roth Motorsports No. 83.

“There is nothing better than starting the year off with a win,” said Pittman, who won for the 82nd time in his World of Outlaws career. “It’s hard to do. Everyone of these wins is hard to come by. But to start the season off like this, I don’t think we could have scripted it any better.”

For the past six years, Pittman drove the No. 9 for Kasey Kahne Racing – winning his only Series championship in 2013, his first year with the team. He lost that ride at the end of 2018, as car owner Kasey Kahne planned to run more Sprint Car races this year. Losing that ride didn’t put any more pressure on him to perform, though. The pressure is always there.

“I put enough pressure on myself every day, no matter who I’m driving for or what I’m racing,” Pittman said. “At my age (40), I’m not young anymore. The truth is, you have too many bad seasons and you get to my age, people start wondering ‘Man has he lost it or not?’. I just have pressure on myself to get out there and perform.”

Pittman added his goal with Roth Motorsports is to build a long-lasting, competitive program.

He showed speed all day, qualifying second, finishing second in his Heat Race and finishing third in the DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash – behind fellow Oklahoma-natives Shane Stewart in the CJB Motorsports No. 5 car and Christopher Bell in the Swindell SpeedLab No. 39 car, who he battled for the win during the 30-lap caution free Feature.

Stewart, who is also in a new ride this year with the CJB Motorsports team, shot to the lead on the opening lap of the Feature. He utilized the top side of the track to his advantage most of the night, holding off attacks by Bell and Pittman for the lead. He switched to the bottom of the track for a few laps, allowing Bell, on the high side, to make his best attempt to steal the lead. Bell was able to pull side-by-side with Stewart, but never able to clear him.

Bell and Pittman traded second-place a few times throughout the race. By lap 15, Pittman was able to clear Bell for second, utilizing the traction at the bottom of the track.

Sticking to the bottom, Pittman began to reel in Stewart, who had entered lap traffic. With 10 laps to go, Stewart looked to have the race under control, keeping a healthy distance between he and Pittman while maneuvering through lap cars. Until five laps later.

Coming off turn four on the high side, Stewart’s run was disrupted by a slower lap car, allowing Pittman to get underneath him in turn one, then clearing him on the backstretch. Once Pittman stole the lead, Stewart was unable to challenge for it back and had to settle for second.

“I wish I had a couple of them laps back,” Stewart said. “I got caught behind (Jason) Sides, and I wasn’t really sure what to do. And to win these races you can’t make little mistakes like that. We had a solid night. This car has been fast since I’ve set foot in it and I’m really excited about this year.”

Bell finished third, ahead of Brad Sweet in fourth and Donny Schatz in fifth. However, Schatz and David Gravel – also in a new ride this year – tied coming to the line for fifth. Schatz was awarded fifth, because per Series rules, going back to the previous lap Schatz was ahead of Gravel.

Gravel did earn the KSE Racing Hard Charger honor, coming from 17th to sixth.

For Pittman, while he is dealing with a lot of new, Friday night’s win is the start to showing people he will be a threat to win every night, he said.

World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series action at the DIRTcar Nationals resumes tomorrow at Volusia Speedway Park. As always, you can catch all the action from the Nationals and the World of Outlaws on DIRTVision.com.

NOS Energy Drink Feature (30 Laps): 1. 83-Daryn Pittman [3][$10,000]; 2. 5-Shane Stewart [1][$5,500]; 3. 39-Christopher Bell [2][$3,200]; 4. 49-Brad Sweet [5][$2,800]; 5. 15-Donny Schatz [10][$2,500]; 6. 41-David Gravel [17][$2,300]; 7. 21-Brian Brown [4][$2,200]; 8. 5W-Lucas Wolfe [6][$2,100]; 9. 2-Carson Macedo [8][$2,050]; 10. 26-Cory Eliason [11][$2,000]; 11. 87-Aaron Reutzel [12][$1,500]; 12. 1S-Logan Schuchart [14][$1,200]; 13. 71-Parker Price-Miller [16][$1,100]; 14. 13-Paul McMahan [13][$1,050]; 15. 11K-Kraig Kinser [23][$1,000]; 16. 70X-Spencer Bayston [7][$900]; 17. 18-Ian Madsen [9][$800]; 18. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [25][$]; 19. 17W-Shane Golobic [19][$800]; 20. 7S-Jason Sides [22][$800]; 21. 7K-Cale Conley [21][$800]; 22. 19-Brent Marks [26][$]; 23. 70-Brock Zearfoss [15][$800]; 24. 1A-Jacob Allen [24][$800]; 25. 33M-Mason Daniel [20][$800]; 26. 49X-Tim Shaffer [18][$800];
Lap Leaders: Shane Stewart 1-15, Daryn Pittman 16-30;
KSE Hard Charger Award: 41-David Gravel[+12]

Qualifying : 1. 18-Ian Madsen, 13.024; 2. 83-Daryn Pittman, 13.097; 3. 70X-Spencer Bayston, 13.11; 4. 39-Christopher Bell, 13.121; 5. 2-Carson Macedo, 13.133; 6. 49-Brad Sweet, 13.188; 7. 21-Brian Brown, 13.225; 8. 1K-Kyle Larson, 13.238; 9. 13-Paul McMahan, 13.302; 10. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 13.309; 11. 26-Cory Eliason, 13.341; 12. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 13.405; 13. 5-Shane Stewart, 13.433; 14. 15-Donny Schatz, 13.439; 15. 7K-Cale Conley, 13.441; 16. 33M-Mason Daniel, 13.52; 17. 41-David Gravel, 13.501; 18. 49X-Tim Shaffer, 13.535; 19. 1A-Jacob Allen, 13.552; 20. 5W-Lucas Wolfe, 13.598; 21. 9-Kasey Kahne, 13.601; 22. 7S-Jason Sides, 13.634; 23. 17W-Shane Golobic, 13.706; 24. 71-Parker Price-Miller, 13.752; 25. 19-Brent Marks, 13.77; 26. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 13.771; 27. 48-Danny Dietrich, 13.786; 28. 87-Aaron Reutzel, 13.859; 29. J4-John Garvin, 13.875; 30. 84-Tom Harris, 13.898; 31. 70-Brock Zearfoss, 14.055; 32. K4-Chad Kemenah, 14.079; 33. 47-Brant O'Banion, 14.259

Heat #1 (8 Laps) - Top 5 Transfer: 1. 2-Carson Macedo [2]; 2. 5-Shane Stewart [4]; 3. 18-Ian Madsen [1]; 4. 13-Paul McMahan [3]; 5. 41-David Gravel [5]; 6. 9-Kasey Kahne [6]; 7. 19-Brent Marks [7]; 8. 47-Brant O'Banion [9]; 9. J4-John Garvin [8]

Heat #2 (8 Laps) - Top 5 Transfer: 1. 49-Brad Sweet [2]; 2. 83-Daryn Pittman [1]; 3. 15-Donny Schatz [4]; 4. 1S-Logan Schuchart [3]; 5. 49X-Tim Shaffer [5]; 6. 7S-Jason Sides [6]; 7. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [7]; 8. 84-Tom Harris [8]

Heat #3 (8 Laps) - Top 5 Transfer: 1. 70X-Spencer Bayston [1]; 2. 21-Brian Brown [2]; 3. 26-Cory Eliason [3]; 4. 70-Brock Zearfoss [8]; 5. 17W-Shane Golobic [6]; 6. 1A-Jacob Allen [5]; 7. 7K-Cale Conley [4]; 8. 48-Danny Dietrich [7]

Heat #4 (8 Laps) - Top 5 Transfer: 1. 39-Christopher Bell [1]; 2. 5W-Lucas Wolfe [5]; 3. 87-Aaron Reutzel [7]; 4. 71-Parker Price-Miller [6]; 5. 33M-Mason Daniel [4]; 6. K4-Chad Kemenah [8]; 7. 11K-Kraig Kinser [3]

DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash (6 Laps): 1. 5-Shane Stewart [2]; 2. 39-Christopher Bell [1]; 3. 83-Daryn Pittman [5]; 4. 21-Brian Brown [3]; 5. 49-Brad Sweet [4]; 6. 5W-Lucas Wolfe [6]; 7. 70X-Spencer Bayston [8]; 8. 2-Carson Macedo [7]

Last Chance Showdown (12 Laps) - Top 4 Transfer: 1. 7K-Cale Conley [2][-]; 2. 7S-Jason Sides [5][-]; 3. 11K-Kraig Kinser [1][-]; 4. 1A-Jacob Allen [3][-]; 5. 9-Kasey Kahne [4][-]; 6. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [7][-]; 7. 19-Brent Marks [6][$300]; 8. 48-Danny Dietrich [8][$250]; 9. 84-Tom Harris [10][$225]; 10. 47-Brant O'Banion [12][$200]; 11. K4-Chad Kemenah [11][$200]; 12. J4-John Garvin [9][$200]; 13. 1K-Kyle Larson [13][$200]

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