Pittman Wins All Star Feature at Screven

By Brian Liskai

SYLVANIA, GA. (2-10-11) – The difference a few months can

For Daryn Pittman, when the rescheduled Winter Freeze at Screven Motor
Speedway was postponed late in 2011, it took away the opportunity to win
the University of Northwestern Ohio All Star Circuit of Champions Eastern
Region championship. Pittman came back to Screven determined to not let
that championship get away again. Friday night he proved he will be a
contender for that All Star title, leading all 30 laps to claim the $5,000
prize to open the series’ 2012 season.

Pittman finished just 17 points behind Lance Dewease in the UNOH All Stars’
final Eastern Region points and its $20,000 payday in 2011. On Friday, the
Owasso, Oklahoma native and now Pittsboro, Indiana resident held off
several challenges from young gun David Gravel of Watertown, Connecticut –
including a green-white-checkered finish – to claim his sixth career All
Star win.

“You can’t live in the past. Obviously we would have loved to have battled
Lance for the championship last year. He was hurt and couldn’t race for the
championship and I didn’t want to win it like that. But, for us to come
down here and win…you couldn’t ask for a better start to the year,” said
Pittman beside his Heffner Racing machine.

“This proves Shawn and guys worked their tails off over the off season. The
opening races are about preparation…who has done the best job in the
off-season. We took the car we won the last race of the year with and
shipped it to Australia to use. So this was a new car, but this team knows
what they are doing,” added Pittman about his Lelands.com, Pasquariello’s
Body Shop, Danny’s Auto Sales backed #27.

The All Star opener began with Tim Shaffer, who has won the last three
straight series’ championships, grabbing the lead, but it was short-lived
as The Steel City Outlaw suffered a broken front end in turn one. On the
complete restart, Pittman grabbed the lead with Gravel and fellow
19-year-old driver Logan Schuchart in pursuit.

The caution would fly on lap eight when Gregg Hodnett spun in turns three
and four. The running order was Pittman, Schuchart (the grandson of
legendary sprint driver Bobby Allen), Gravel, Mark Smith and Aaron Ott. By
the halfway mark of the 30-lap affair, Pittman was trying to pick his way
through traffic and could not shake Schuchart or Gravel as NASCAR champion
Tony Stewart and Hodnett go pit side.

The Wild Child Jac Haudenschild would spin on lap 16 and retire to the
pits. When the race returns to green, Gravel would drive around Schuchart
for second and stay on Pittman’s rear bumper. With six laps to go, Gravel
begins battling with Pittman for the lead. As the field comes to the white
flag, Sam Hafertepe Jr. spins to necessitate a green-white-checkered
finish. Pittman would hold off Gravel to take the opening night of the
second annual Winter Freeze.

Gravel, Schuchart, Smith, Ott, Paul McMahan (up from 15th), Alan Krimes,
Dale Blaney, Terry McCarl and Jason Sides (up from 20th) would round out
the top 10.

After winning one of the final World of Outlaw races of 2011, Gravel
couldn’t wait to get back to competition in 2012 and his second place run
proved he will be a contender for the UNOH All Star title.

“I was so excited to get back to racing. I think we are building something
here. Tyler (Swank) had the car great tonight,” said Gravel beside his DDR
Motorsports #89.

“That last caution killed us…I think we might have had something for Daryn.
I had pulled the wing back and it made the car very tight on the restarts.
It took me two or three laps to get going,” added Gravel beside his JRC
Transportation, Musco Fuels, P&M Transportation, Model Craft backed

Schuchart, in his first full season of 410 sprint racing, showed his Shark
Motorsports, Speedway 94, Don Ott Racing Engines backed team will also be a
force to be deal with throughout 2012.

Screven Motor Speedway – 2/10/2012

All Star Circuit of Champions (26 Cars)

[#]-Starting Position

Qualifying – Kistler Engines

1. 89G-David Gravel, 12.739; 2. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 12.798; 3. 27-Daryn
Pittman, 12.830; 4. 77-Aaron Ott, 12.887; 5. 33-Danny Lasoski, 12.939; 6.
83-Tim Shaffer, 12.992; 7. 39-Greg Hodnett, 12.996; 8. 2-Dale Blaney,
13.001; 9. M1-Mark Smith, 13.021; 10. 54-Cap Henry, 13.092; 11. 87-Allan
Krimes, 13.102; 12. 24-Terry McCarl, 13.147; 13. 9-Joey Saldana, 13.158;
14. 14-Tony Stewart, 13.239; 15. 45-Paul McMahon, 13.255; 16. 4-Danny
Smith, 13.342; 17. 4D-Cody Darrah, 13.342; 18. 51-Fred Rahmer, 13.401; 19.
1-Sam Hafertepe Jr., 13.433; 20. 7S-Jason Sides, 13.444; 21. O7-Mark
Coldren, 13.475; 22. 3-Pete Miller III, 13.583; 23. 7T-T.J. Winegardner,
13.604; 24. 5-Jack Haudenschild, 13.666; 25. 94-Jack Sodeman Jr., 13.971;
26. 6W-Brd Wickham, 14.287

Heat 1 – Kears Speed Shop (8 Laps – Top 6 finishers transfer to the

1. 9-Joey Saldana[2] ; 2. 4-Danny Smith[1] ; 3. 77-Aaron Ott[5] ; 4.
39-Greg Hodnett[4] ; 5. 54-Cap Henry[3] ; 6. 89G-David Gravel[6] ; 7. 1-Sam
Hafertepe Jr.[7] ; 8. 3-Pete Miller III[8] ; 9. 94-Jack Sodeman Jr.[9]

Heat 2 – All Pro Heads (8 Laps – Top 6 finishers transfer to the A-feature)

1. 14-Tony Stewart[2] ; 2. 4D-Cody Darrah[1] ; 3. 2-Dale Blaney[4] ; 4.
7S-Jason Sides[7] ; 5. 1S-Logan Schuchart[6] ; 6. 87-Allan Krimes[3] ; 7.
33-Danny Lasoski[5] ; 8. 6W-Brd Wickham[9] ; 9. 7T-T.J. Winegardner[8]

Heat 3 – Dragon Race Fuels (8 Laps – Top 6 finishers transfer to the

1. 45-Paul McMahon[2] ; 2. 83-Tim Shaffer[5] ; 3. 51-Fred Rahmer[1] ; 4.
24-Terry McCarl[3] ; 5. 27-Daryn Pittman[6] ; 6. M1-Mark Smith[4] ; 7.
5-Jack Haudenschild[8] ; 8. O7-Mark Coldren[7]

Dash – Outerwears Performance Products (6 Laps, finishing order determined
first 6 starting positions of A-feature

1. 83-Tim Shaffer[2] ; 2. 27-Pittman Daryn[4] ; 3. 89G-David Gravel[1] ; 4.
39-Greg Hodnett[3] ; 5. 1S-Logan Schuchart[6] ; 6. 77-Aaron Ott[5]

B-Main – MSD Ignition (12 Laps – Top 6 finishers transfer to the A-feature)

1. 1-Sam Hafertepe Jr.[2] ; 2. 33-Danny Lasoski[1] ; 3. 5-Jack
Haudenschild[6] ; 4. 3-Pete Miller III[4] ; 5. O7-Mark Coldren[3] ; 6.
94-Jack Sodeman Jr.[7] ; 7. 6W-Brd Wickham[8]

A-Main – University of Northwestern Ohio (30 Laps)

1. 27-Daryn Pittman[2]; 2. 89G-David Gravel[3]; 3. 1S-Logan Schuchart[5];
4. M1-Mark Smith[8]; 5. 77-Aaron Ott[6]; 6. 45-Paul McMahon[15]; 7.
87-Allan Krimes[10]; 8. 2-Dale Blaney[7]; 9. 24-Terry McCarl[12]; 10.
7S-Jason Sides[20]; 11. 1-Sam Hafertepe Jr.[19]; 12. 51-Fred Rahmer[18];
13. 4-Danny Smith[16]; 14. 4D-Cody Darrah[17]; 15. 54-Cap Henry[9]; 16.
9-Joey Saldana[13]; 17. 3-Pete Miller III[22]; 18. 5-Jack Haudenschild[23];
19. 39-Greg Hodnett[4]; 20. 14-Tony Stewart[14]; 21. 94-Jack Sodeman
Jr.[24]; 22. O7-Mark Coldren[21]; 23. 33-Danny Lasoski[11]; 24. 83-Tim
Shaffer[1]; 25. 6W-Brd Wickham[-]

Hard Charger: 7S-Jason Sides[+10]