At A Glance: Pittman, Outlaws Take on the Posse for National Open Title
World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series driver Daryn Pittman talks about what it takes to win in Central Pennsylvania
CONCORD, N.C. – Oct. 1, 2014 – The World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series takes on Williams Grove Speedway and the Pennsylvania Posse this weekend in a battle for the coveted National Open title.
One driver who knows Williams Grove and the competition well is Daryn Pittman. The Kasey Kahne Racing driver has two Outlaw wins at the track this season and three in previous seasons. He is also one of just two Outlaw drivers to pick up a win at the track in the last two years. The other is current point leader Donny Schatz.
Last season, Fred Rahmer edged Pittman for an emotional National Open victory. It was not the first time Pittman has finished second at the event – a title he has yet to claim. Pittman said winning one of the most coveted prizes in sprint car racing would mean a lot to him and his team.
“I feel like I’ve been really close to winning for a lot of years,” he said. “I’m ready to win. It’s one of the races that I put a lot of emphasis on. It’s one of the pinnacles of our sport… We go there with a lot of confidence but winning there once is no guarantee that you’re going to win there again.”
Pittman spent three seasons (2010, 2011 and 2012) with Heffner Racing competing with the Posse in Central Pennsylvania. The experience gives Pittman a unique perspective on the track and on the Posse.
“It has helped for sure,” Pittman said. “Before I went to running Williams Grove in the weekly series, I had a fair amount of success racing there before with the Outlaws.”
“A big difference for me is that it has always been a track that I’ve enjoyed and have looked forward to going to. A lot of the Outlaw guys dread going… It’s a place I’ve always felt pretty comfortable at.”
Pittman said the challenges of the historic 1/2 mile clay oval are two-fold.
“The competition is good,” he said. “But I think when you add the competition is good and the track is unique and tricky, it makes it that much more difficult… You add those two things together and it makes for a tough environment to be successful.”