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Pittman Holds Off Bell in Epic DIRTcar Nationals Victory at Volusia

Two Oklahomans swap lead four times in crowd-thriller

BARBERVILLE, FL — Feb. 9, 2019 — Daryn Pittman and Christopher Bell waged an epic back-and-forth battle Saturday night at jam-packed Volusia Speedway Park’s DIRTcar Nationals, with Pittman making his final charge with two to go for his second consecutive World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series victory to start the season.

Bell, a NASCAR Xfinity star and three-time Chili Bowl winner, led the first 18 laps before Pittman slid to the front on lap 19. Bell dove back in front a lap later then the two exchanged slidejobs for the lead on laps 26 and 27. Pittman regained the lead on Lap 28 and held off Bell to the checkered flag to complete the second caution-free 30-lap feature in a row.

 

Pittman, of Owasso, Okla., switched to the legendary Roth Motorsports #83 during the offseason. His victory on Saturday night was the 83rd of his World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car season. The last time Pittman switched rides was in 2013, when he dominated the DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia for Kasey Kahne Racing and powered his way to the season-long championship.

“That was a hell of a race! That was a lot of fun,” Pittman said. “Christopher Bell is a hell of a talent. I can’t beat him in a midget, but I love racing with him. I’m a big fan. For as little as he races these cars, he’s good.”

Bell was trying to win his fifth race and first at Volusia.

“It sucks to lose them like that, but Pittman ran a perfect race,” Bell said. “I don’t really know what I could have done any different. That’s something I’m going to be proud of when I get down the road. It really sucks to get beat at the end. This place is a ton of fun, I love this racetrack.”

Tony Stewart Racing’s Donny Schatz was third, Kasey Kahne Racing’s Brad Sweet was fourth and multi-time Knoxville Raceway champion Brian Brown was fifth.

DIRTcar UMP Modifieds: The first of two nights of qualifying races for Monday’s Gator Championship event wound up falling to rain with heat races completed shortly after the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series feature was completed. Two Last Chance Showdowns and the feature will be run on Monday ahead of the regularly scheduled races.

DIRTcar Nationals continues tomorrow with the final night of World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series action at Volusia Speeway. For more information and tickets visit DIRTcarNationals.com.

DIRTcar Nationals Race Report; Volusia Speedway Park; Feb. 9, 2019

World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series (30 laps): 1. Daryn Pittman ($10,000), 2. Christopher Bell, 3. Donny Schatz, 4. Brad Sweet, 5. Brian Brown, 6. David Gravel, 7. Aaron Reutzel, 8. Logan Schuchart, 9. Jason Sides, 10. Carson Macedo, 11. Lucas Wolfe, 12. Tim Shaffer, 13. Sheldon Haudenschild, 14. Cory Eliason, 15. Kraig Kinser, 16. Parker Price-Miller, 17. Paul McMahan, 18. Spencer Bayston, 19. Shane Stewart, 20. Kasey Kahne, 21. Cale Conley, 22. Brent Marks, 23. Brock Zearfoss, 24. Shane Golobic, 25. Ian Madsen, 26. Jacob Allen; 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

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HIGHLIGHTS

 

DIRTCAR NATIONALS POINTS

2019 DCN GATOR POINT ROLLUP

CAR #

NAME

TOTAL POINTS

2/6/19

2/7/19

2/8/19

2/9/19

2/10/19

83

Daryn Pittman

990

246

244

250

250

 

49

Brad Sweet

962

228

250

242

242

 

41

David Gravel

958

244

238

238

238

 

15

Donny Schatz

958

242

232

240

244

 

1S

Logan Schuchart

946

240

246

226

234

 

5

Shane Stewart

938

250

230

246

212

 

87

Aaron Reutzel

918

232

222

228

236

 

2

Carson Macedo

916

234

220

232

230

 

13

Paul McMahan

902

230

234

222

216

 

49X

Tim Shaffer

900

236

240

198

226

 

21

Brian Brown

894

216

202

236

240

 

17

Sheldon Haudenschild

878

222

218

214

224

 

71

Parker Price-Miller

874

206

226

224

218

 

39

Christopher Bell

866

134

242

244

246

 

18

Ian Madsen

854

226

212

216

200

 

17W

Shane Golobic

828

208

206

212

202

 

1A

Jacob Allen

820

204

216

202

198

 

11K

Kraig Kinser

806

142

224

220

220

 

26

Cory Eliason

804

212

140

230

222

 

5W

Lucas Wolfe

798

126

210

234

228

 

9

Kasey Kahne

780

220

208

142

210

 

70

Brock Zearfoss

768

140

220

204

204

 

19

Brent Marks

762

214

136

206

206

 

70X

Spencer Bayston

684

114

138

218

214

 

7K

Cale Conley

676

118

142

208

208

 

7S

Jason Sides

652

210

 

210

232

 

K4

Chad Kemenah

616

218

132

130

136

 

33M

Mason Daniel

606

138

130

200

138

 

48

Danny Dietrich

604

202

134

136

132

 

84

Tom Harris

600

132

204

134

130

 

1K

Kyle Larson

578

238

214

126

   

47

Brant O'Banion

522

128

128

132

134

 

14

Tony Stewart

460

224

236

     

J4

John Garvin

370

122

120

128

   

97

Caleb Helms

258

136

122

     

40

George Hobaugh

256

130

126

     

91S

Rob Siegel

124

124

       

91

Sadie Siegel

124

 

124

     

40B

David Byrne

120

120

       

M1

Mark Smith

116

116