It may just be a 10 point lead, two races into the World of Outlaws NoS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series for Daryn Pittman, but it’s a lead nonetheless. True enough, the championship for the highest level of Sprint Car racing can’t be won in Florida, but it can be nearly lost or chances for badly damaged. So as the tour heads west for the resumption of the 2019 campaign, the lead is his and the hottest foot in Sprint Car racing so far this season thus far belongs to him to.
Pittman, who went through an off season transition that saw him part ways with Kasey Kahne Racing while landing the open seat of the #83 Roth Motorsports entry, has been nothing short of on point to start the year. In four events at Volusia which included two starts with the Ollies Bargain Outlet All Star Circuit of Champions and two Outlaw shows, Pittman went four for four in terms of podium appearances. He saved the best for last though, as he took the lead from Shane Stewart with five laps to go and never looked back in the first Outlaw show of the season and came out on top after a thrilling battle with Christopher Bell on night two to sweep the Outlaw portion of the weekend.
Gravel’s Early Charge
David Gravel has had a bit of an uphill climb to start the season, but has made the most of it indeed. While taking the seat of the Jason Johnson Racing #41 entry in the offseason, Gravel has been in the process of acclimating to a new team and thus far, the results point to good things on the horizon. In Volusia, Gravel suffered mechanical gremlins on opening night but found speed, progressing from 17th to 6th and on night two he passed another nine cars as his bid for a second consecutive hard charger award came up just short.
The action turns to a Texas Two-Step of racing this weekend as the Outlaws tackle the Cotton Bowl Speedway in Paige, Texas on Friday while visiting LoneStar Speedway in Kilgore, Texas on Saturday night. Last year, Gravel took the win at the twice postponed race at Cotton Bowl Speedway and Brad Sweet crossed the finish line first there in their 2016 appearance. Donny Schatz took came home first in the last Outlaw appearance at LoneStar in 2017.
Outside the touring regulars, Aaron Reutzel, Kasey Kahne, Sam Hafertepe Jr., Cory Eliason and Parker Price-Miller and Kyle Larson have all indicated they are racing this weekend via their schedules, Brian Brown and Spencer Bayston will sit the weekend out.
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Points Coming Into The Weekend (Top 5)
- Daryn Pittman-300
- Christopher Bell- 290
- Brad Sweet- 284
- Donny Schatz 284
- David Gravel- 276