From Williams Grove
MECHANICSBURG, PA — Daryn Pittman won his second consecutive Mitch Smith Memorial for sprint cars Friday night at Williams Grove Speedway.
Pittman, the ex-Outlaw from Owasso, Oklahoma, had won just about everywhere else in Pennsylvania this year, but scored his first victory of the season at Williams Grove Friday night, and it was also the first ever Grove win for his car owner, Michael Heffner.
Pittman’s sixth career Williams Grove triumph was worth $10,000.
Friday’s race, the sixth leg of Pennsylvania Sprint Speed Week, began with Stevie Smith taking the lead on the first lap. Pittman, who started outside Smith on the front row, took the lead with an inside move exiting turn four on the third lap,
Greg Hodnett, who started fifth, took second place from Smith on lap five and began to chase the leader, but had to deal with Don Kreitz, who got by Smith on lap six.
With Hodnett running the outside and Kreitz the bottom they dueled for second place until Kreitz took over on lap fourteen,
While the battle for second was raging Pittman had opened a substantial margin, but Kreitz immediately began to run him down.
By lap 20 Kreitz appeared to have the faster car and was challenging for the lead, but a red flag for Doug Esh on lap 22 changed things.
Pittman gave up his high line on the restart, went to the bottom and began to get away from Kreitz. Hodnett took back second place on lap 26, but was unable to challenge Pittman, who won by a margin of 1.56 seconds.
Hodnett was second with Kreitz third. Speed Week point leader Alan Krimes was fourth and Lance Dewease came from the 12th starting position to finish fifth.
Mark Smith, S. Smith, Chad Layton, Curt Michael and Mike Wagner finished in positions six through ten respectively.
Krimes set fast time in qualifications with a lap of 17.477 seconds,
Heats for the 30 sprint cars were won by Pittman, Hodnett and Layton.
Justin Henderson claimed the B-main.
Williams Grove Speedway Feature Finish – July 2, 2010
Sprint Car Feature – 30 laps – 1. Daryn Pittman, 2. Greg Hodnett, 3. Don Kreitz, Jr., 4. Alan Krimes, 5. Lance Dewease, 5. Mark Smith, 7. Stevie Smith, 8. Chad Layton, 9. Curt Michael, 10. Mike Wagner, 11. Rick Lafferty, 12. Fred Rahmer, 13. Keith Kauffman, 14. Brian Montieth, 15. Danny Dietrich, 16. Todd Shaffer, 17. Johnny Mackison, Jr., 18. Jim Siegel, 19. Brent Marks, 20. Doug Esh, 21. Cory Haas, 22. Gerard McIntyre, Jr., 23. Justin Henderson, 24. Adam Wilt. DNQ: Ryan Bohlke, Chris Meleason, Bob Howard, Nicole Bower, Derek Sell, Brian Leppo