By Richard Day
PEVELY, MO (July 13) - Before winning "A" Features at Perris Auto Speedway and Hagerstown Speedway this season, one of Daryn Pittman's fondest Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series memories was his runner-up run at I-55 Raceway on July 24, 1999.
The defending World of Outlaws Gumout Series champion improved on that Saturday, driving the #21 Hop & Sac J&J past pole-sitter Blake Feese early in the second lap on his way to winning the "A" Feature at I-55 Raceway.
"We knew it was just a matter of time before the track took rubber again, so we had to be aggressive and get the lead early," said Pittman, whose right rear tire was flat in victory lane. "We tried a 55 (hard compound tire) at Fargo, and it cost us some positions. So I told Joe Gaerte we'd try a 20 tonight, and if it went flat, well, at least we gave it a shot. Joe, Bob (Curtis), and Billy (McTighe) have given me great race cars all year long, and we've had some pretty good finishes lately. I think about what would have happened if we had been able to run all the races, but then maybe if we had we wouldn't be running so good right now. We'd like to think we'd be right up there in the points, but now we just concentrate on winning races. Maybe we'll get a few more before the year's over."
Although a back injury caused Pittman to miss nine events in March and April, his three victories tie him with Mark Kinser for third place on the list of Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series main event winners.
Pittman, the sixth-fastest qualifier in the 34-car field, earned the right to start the "A" Feature outside the second row by following Craig Dollansky across the finish line in the Second O'Reilly Auto Parts Dash.
Feese, a 20-year-old driver from Saybrook, IL, burst into the lead as the green flag fell in the 40-lap main event. Pittman raced into second place late in the opening lap, passing Dollansky in the low groove between turns three and four.
Pittman took the lead the next time around, steering Sher-Don Motorsports' #21 J&J to the deepest point in the second corner to pass Feese. Feese was chasing Pittman two laps later when he flipped in turn one.
Jac Haudenschild, a three-time winner at I-55 Raceway, started the race inside the seventh row. "The Wild Child" raced past 12th-starting Danny Lasoski deep in turn four to take over fifth place late in lap five.
Pittman was 1.8 seconds ahead of his closest pursuers when he entered lapped traffic nine laps into the race.
Randy Hannagan, whose only Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series "A" Feature victory came at I-55 on March 24, 2001, drove TH Racing's #1x K&C Drywall Eagle into fifth place the next time around, passing Haudenschild in the inside groove between the third and fourth corners.
Danny Wood and Jan Howard were battling for 15th place midway through the race when they collided in turn four. Howard flipped, bringing out the red flag and tightening the field. Wood restarted at the back of the pack and raced back into 14th place during the final 20 laps.
Pittman controlled the ensuing restart and was 2.08 seconds ahead of Dollansky when he caught the back-markers five laps later. The 2000 Gumout Series champion narrowed the gap to .8 seconds by the 28th lap, however.
Fast-qualifier Brad Furr surrendered third place with 7 2/3 laps remaining when he stopped in turn two with a flat right rear tire. Hannagan (sixth), Stevie Smith (eighth) and Donny Schatz (14th) also lost their positions when they replaced their flat tires during the caution period.
Pittman raced away from the field as the green flag replaced the yellow, and was .9 seconds ahead of Dollansky when he entered lapped traffic with two laps remaining. He claimed the $10,000 first prize with .65 seconds to spare.
"This is great to win with both of my parents here," Pittman said. "My girl friend, Mandy, (Ward) has never seen me win an Outlaw race. I'm not sure she believed me when I told her we won before."
Joey Saldana finished in third place, ahead of Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series points leader Steve Kinser, Lasoski, Haudenschild, Tim Shaffer, 24th-starting Mark Kinser, Furr and Hannagan.
Furr paced the qualifying session for the third time this season, circling the high-banked, 1/3-mile oval in 11.122 seconds, an average speed of 107.894 M.P.H. WoO
2002 Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series
I-55 Raceway, Pevely, MO
Saturday, July 13, Feature Program #39
Qualifications: 1. Brad Furr, Furr 2, 11.122; 2. Steve Kinser, Kinser 11, 11.133; 3. Joey Saldana, Saldana 17, 11.140; 4. Tim Shaffer, Roth 83, 11.219; 5. Randy Hannagan, TH Racing 1x, 11.235; 6. Daryn Pittman, Sher-Don Motorsports 21, 11.241; 7. Blake Feese, Feese 1F, 11.275; 8. Craig Dollansky, Karavan Racing 7, 11.290; 9. Stevie Smith, Helm 11H, 11.309; 10. Donny Schatz, Schatz 15, 11.332; 11. Jac Haudenschild, Forbrook 5, 11.346; 12. Danny Lasoski, Stewart 20, 11.544; 13. Danny Wood, Parsons 6, 11.602; 14. Jim Moughan, Moughan 1M, 11.644; 15. Tom Busch, Busch 4B, 11.673; 16. Toni Lutar, Lutar 4x, 11.699; 17. Tim Montgomery, Montgomery 32, 11.708; 18. Joey Montgomery, Montgomery/Lysell C21, 11.766; 19. Sammy Swindell, Roth 83jr, 12.016; 20. Ricky Ferkel, Ferkel 0, 12.035; 21. Jerrod Hull, Hull 12H, 12.051; 22. Jan Howard, Benton/Campbell 11J, 12.103; 23. Dale Howard, Howard 47, 12.175; 24. Paul Sides, Sides 11S, 12.241; 25. Mark Kinser, Kinser 5M, 12.246; 26. Steve Short, Short 8, 12.402; 27. Jason Keith, Keith 28x, 12.423; 28. Mike Deavers, Deavers 72, 12.472; 29. Tommy Worley, Worley 97, 12.502; 30. Casey Barnhouse, Jackson 69, 12.504; 31. Jason Evans, Evans 88, 12.516; 32. Jay Landolt, Landolt 25, 12.800; 33. Kraig Kinser, Kinser 11K, 12.967; 34. Brian Paulus , P and P Motorsports 28, no time.
First Heat Race (10 laps): 1. Craig Dollansky, 2. Paul Sides, 3. Tim Montgomery, 4. Stevie Smith, 5. Brad Furr, 6. Mark Kinser, 7. Kraig Kinser, 8. Toni Lutar, 9. Tommy Worley, Jr. (first five qualified for the "A" Feature)
Second Heat Race (10 laps): 1. Joey Montgomery, 2. Donny Schatz, 3. Steve Kinser, 4. Blake Feese, 5. Tom Busch, 6. Dale Howard, 7. Steve Short. (first five qualified for the "A" Feature)
Third Heat Race (10 laps): 1. Sammy Swindell, 2. Daryn Pittman, 3. Jac Haudenschild, 4. Joey Saldana, 5. Jim Moughan, 6. Jan Howard, 7. Jason Keith. (first five qualified for the "A" Feature)
Fourth Heat Race (10 laps): 1. Jerrod Hull, 2. Danny Lasoski, 3. Randy Hannagan, 4. Danny Wood, 5. Tim Shaffer, 6. Jay Landolt, 7. Mike Deavers, 8. Ricky Ferkel. (first five qualified for the "A" Feature)
First O'Reilly Auto Parts Dash (seven laps): 1. Blake Feese, 2. Randy Hannagan, 3. Joey Saldana, 4. Brad Furr, 5. Stevie Smith, 6. Danny Wood, 7. Jac Haudenschild, 8. Tom Busch. (finish determined the inside starting positions in the first eight rows in the "A" Feature)
Second O'Reilly Auto Parts Dash (seven laps): 1. Craig Dollansky, 2. Daryn Pittman, 3. Steve Kinser, 4. Tim Shaffer, 5. Donny Schatz, 6. Danny Lasoski, 7. Jim Moughan, 8. Tim Montgomery. (finish determined the inside starting positions in the first eight rows in the "A" Feature)
B Feature (12 laps): 1. Toni Lutar, 2. Mark Kinser, 3. Dale Howard, 4. Jan Howard, 5. Steve Short ($200); 6. Kraig Kinser ($180); 7. Jay Landolt ($150); 8. Mike Deavers ($120); 9. Tommy Worley, Jr. ($100). (first four qualified for the "A" Feature)
A Feature (40 laps): 1. Daryn Pittman  ($10,000); 2. Craig Dollansky  ($5,500); 3. Joey Saldana  ($3,200); 4. Steve Kinser  ($2,800); 5. Danny Lasoski  ($2,500); 6. Jac Haudenschild  ($2,300); 7. Tim Shaffer  ($2,200); 8. Mark Kinser  ($2,120); 9. Brad Furr  ($2,050); 10. Randy Hannagan  ($2,000); 11. Donny Schatz  ($1,500); 12. Stevie Smith  ($1,200); 13. Tim Montgomery  ($1,100); 14. Danny Wood  ($1,050); 15. Jim Moughan  ($1,000); 16. Sammy Swindell  ($900); 17. Jerrod Hull  ($800); 18. Tom Busch  ($800); 19. Joey Montgomery  ($800); 20. Toni Lutar  ($820); 21. Dale Howard  ($820); 22. Jan Howard  ($820); 23. Blake Feese  ($800); 24. Paul Sides  ($800).
Lap leaders: Blake Feese 1, Daryn Pittman 2-40
Pevely, MO (July 13, 2002) Benton, Kentucky's Terry English visited I-55 Raceway for only the third time the season. After finishing in the runner up position in his two previous visits, English was on a mission to claim his first ever feature win at I-55 Raceway.
Ed Dixon jumped out to the early lead using the heavy cushion around the top. English moved past pole sitter Dave Jumper on the first lap to take second, setting up a repeat of last week's Dixon-English battle. Dixon held off English as the two tore through lapped traffic. Meanwhile, Tim Ratajczyk moved into third and began to hunt down the leaders. On lap fifteen, Dixon and English got into lapped cars racing two and three wide, English used the low side to shoot past Dixon and into the lead. On the twenty third lap the caution flew for the spin of Chuck Baird, but at the same time Dixon's car let out a big puff of smoke and a scattering of sparks and flames. Dixon's night was over and it looked as if Ratajczyk would be able to mount a challenge on the restart, but his car too began to slow as his motor blew a head gasket and began to severly overheat. This allowed English to pull away and claim the $2000 winner's check. Dave Jumper followed him across the line in the second position, with Mark Oller third, Ratajczyk holding on to fourth and Danny Haynes fifth.
UMP LATE MODELS 23 Cars
1. 9B Chuck Baird
2. 2J Dave Jumper
3. 16 John Hobson
4. 12 Mark Schaefer
1. 96 Terry English
2. 112 Tim Ratajczyk
3. 32M Danny Maguire
4. 76 Butch Kruckeberg
1. 50 Ed Dixon
2. 67 Mark Oller
3. 51 Steve Shive
4. 14U Bruce Unterbrink
1. 2J Dave Jumper
2. 50 Ed Dixon
3. 96 Terry English
4. 67 Mark Oller
1. 96 Terry English
2. 2J Dave Jumper
3. 67 Mark Oller
4. 112 Tim Ratajczyk
5. 47 Danny Haynes
6. 32M Danny Maguire
7. 12 Mark Schaefer
8. 3D Jim Durbin
9. 16 John Hobson
10. 76 Butch Kruckeberg
11. 11S Kyle Steffens
12. 51 Steve Shive
13. 9B Chuck Baird
14. 82 Billy Laycock
15. 150 Mark Miner
16. 28 Don Klein
17. 4E Scott Geaschel
18. 11W Don Wilson
19. 77 Clay Baumann
20. 50 Ed Dixon
21. 30 Mark Voigt
22. 14U Bruce Unterbrink
DNS. 23 Brian Garner