Eldora Kings Royal results 2008-07-13

Good to be King: Daryn Pittman Wins 25th Annual Kings Royal at Eldora Speedway Rossburg, OH-- July 13, 2008-- Daryn Pittman has been searching for a spark all season long, as he has been close a number of times to breaking through for his first ...

Eldora Kings Royal results 2008-07-13

Good to be King: Daryn Pittman Wins 25th Annual Kings Royal at Eldora Speedway

Rossburg, OH-- July 13, 2008-- Daryn Pittman has been searching for a spark all season long, as he has been close a number of times to breaking through for his first win of the campaign. He has had a number of strong runs cut short by bad luck, but that all changed on Sunday night as a fast race car and a little good fortune found him, as he was victorious in the 25th Annual Kings Royal at the famed Eldora Speedway in Ohio, with the cameras from SPEED capturing all of the action.

Pittman inherited the lead on the 28th lap after Joey Saldana who was leading came to a stop after making contact with the back straightaway wall due to a flat right rear tire. Pittman would lead on the restart and held off Jason Meyers on the last lap in traffic to pick up his first Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series win of the season. It was his third career win at Eldora Speedway, and he became the 14th winner of the famed Kings Royal and the fifth different winner in the last five years, as he donned the traditional purple robe, received the crown and held the scepter as he sat atop the throne with the Kings Court. The $50,000 triumph was his 26th career World of Outlaws win, which moved him into 15th on the all-time list.

"This is unbelievable right now," said Pittman. "To put my name with the guys that I was able to listen to last night is amazing. It's an honor for me. To be mentioned with (Doug) Wolfgang, (Jac) Haudenschild, Bobby Davis Jr., Sammy (Swindell), Steve (Kinser), Don Kreitz and all those guys is truly unbelievable."

Pittman entered the 25th Annual Kings Royal with two Top-Five finishes in three starts at Eldora Speedway in 2008. He finished 11th on Friday in the Knight Before the Kings Royal, before rain postponed the Kings Royal on Saturday night.

"To say that we were underdogs coming into this weekend would be an understatement," he commented. "We were good the first night and even better tonight. This is a turning point for our entire season hopefully. This is the time of the year to be good and the time of the year to make or break your season. We fell short early in the season and hopefully we can pick it up from here."

Pittman who is just outside of the Top-10 in the championship standings was quick to credit his Titan Racing USA team for all of their hard work this season. For a large part of the season, crew chief Glenno Inglis has been doing the bulk of the work, as the team searched for an extra set of hands. They had former full-time crew member Bingo Jenkins and his father Gene helping the team at Eldora.

"We've been missing some parts to our race team and had one of our guys leave and just haven't been able to fill them," he explained. "We got him back this weekend and he's not permanent, but he (Bingo Jenkins) and his dad (Gene) complete our race team in ways that are hard to describe. Glenno (Inglis) is an invaluable part and he was trying to carry the load on his own and it's great to have some help to relieve him. You are only as good as the team around you and the people around you. That was never as true as this weekend."

The race began with Saldana shooting to a quick lead on the high side of turns one and two. Pittman quickly charged by Dale Blaney and used a slide job to get around Meyers on the opening lap coming off turns three and four to move into second. Saldana opened a very sizeable lead in the first couple laps and by just the fourth lap was already in traffic.

He ran the high side of the track through traffic, with Pittman gaining ground on the seventh and eighth laps. On the ninth lap, Pittman was right on Saldana and was about to try a slide job coming off the fourth turn, when the red flag flew for a Shane Stewart flip. The open red flag period allowed the crews to come on the track and work on the cars.

On the restart, Pittman looked low on Saldana in turns one and two, but did not have enough momentum to make the pass. This allowed Saldana to again open a big lead, while Meyers and Dale Blaney closed in on Pittman.

The caution flag flew on the 15th lap after Dale Blaney spun while running fourth. Donny Schatz, the two-time defending Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series champion and current series point leader just avoided running into Blaney.

Saldana again used a strong restart to open a healthy lead. At the same time, Chad Kemenah worked his way around Schatz to snag the sixth spot. Saldana again was in traffic on the 18th lap and by this time had opened a very large lead, while Pittman had his hands full with Meyers as the pair battled for the runner-up spot.

Another caution flew on the 22nd lap, giving the leaders open race track with the lapped car going to the rear of the field. Saldana again used a strong restart to open a commanding lead, though the yellow flag would wave just two laps later as Terry McCarl got into the wall on the back straightaway while running fourth.

Saldana pulled away on the restart, though he lost a right rear tire on the 28th lap, making contact with the back straightaway wall and coming to a stop, thus giving the lead to Pittman. A caution just two laps later, setup a final 10 lap shootout to determine who "King 25" would be.

Pittman, piloting the Titan Garages Maxim, maintained his lead over Meyers as the laps wound down. He entered heavy traffic with five laps to go and this allowed Meyers to gain more ground each lap. With just three laps remaining, Meyers was all over Pittman. A lapped machine held up Pittman for the last two laps of the race, allowing Meyers to close in on the finale two laps.

"You don't get these opportunities very often and you have to take advantage of them," noted Pittman, who is a native of Owasso, Oklahoma. "You have to buckle down and drive your hardest laps. You know that if you make one mistake that it could cost you the race. I calmed myself down and hit my marks and tried not to hit the fence. I had to keep my tires under me because I knew the (No.) 14 car was definitely there and probably had a faster race car."

For the third consecutive race, Meyers aboard the GLR Investments KPC tried a slide job exiting the fourth turn on the last lap of the race. The move won him a race at Limaland Motorsports Park last Wednesday, and earned him runner-up finishes both nights at Eldora.

"It wasn't enough," said Meyers. "I had a lapped car in the way. I was going to slide him and a lapped car was in my way. I am truly disappointed. I had a good enough race car to win and didn't get it done."

Chad Kemenah lined up 13th for the 40-lap contest and worked his way to an impressive third-place finish aboard the Kantor Oil Company Maxim. After falling back to 15th on the opening lap, he steadily worked his way back to the front. The native of Findlay, Ohio found himself in the Top-10 on the ninth lap and was in the Top-Five by the 23rd lap.

"We were close and we were coming," Kemenah said. "We just started too far back. I think I used up the tires too much. My hat is off to my crew. My nephew A.J. (Havens) has stuck with me and we brought on Adam (Brough) a kid from around home. I have the best car owner in the world, Jon Kantor."

Donny Schatz, the 2007 Kings Royal winner finished fourth in the Armor All J&J. He remains the only driver that has finished in the Top-10 in all 30 events this season.

Steve Kinser, who has six Kings Royal wins during his career finished fifth driving the Q Oil Maxim. After having some trouble in the first heat race, his crew changed engines and won the B-Main to work his way into the A-Feature. He is the only driver that has started the main even in each and every Kings Royal.

Kenny Jacobs was sixth, piloting the Southern Crane & Tractor Supply JEI. He began the night by setting fast time for the second consecutive time in the Kings Royal. He was quickest in time trials on Friday night as well, which marked the second consecutive season that he has been fastest on both night of the Kings Royal event.

Stevie Smith was seventh aboard the R.A.C.E. Foundation JEI, with Kerry Madsen eighth in the TK Concrete Maxim, Paul McMahan ninth in the Casey's General Stores Maxim and three-time Kings Royal winner Jac Haudenschild was 10th in the Owens-Corning Fiberglass Maxim.

Meyers, who had a flat tire earlier this season at Eldora Speedway while leading the Crane Cams Dash, knew exactly how Saldana and a couple of the other drivers that lost tires were feeling. His third-place run was his 22nd Top-Five finish of the season and he recently moved back into the second spot in points.

"It's always a concern here, especially with our past here," he shared when asked about tires. "We have lost four tires here this year. We made it through this weekend with the tires on the car, so I guess you can call that a win."

Meyers would have liked to have seen longer green flag runs, as it was hard to get into a good rhythm with the five cautions and one red flag that interrupted the 40-lap contest. His crew made a few changes to his machine during the early red flag.

"It was hard to pass out in the open and we needed lapped traffic," said Meyers. "We never really got to it. We kept getting yellows and reds. Had we gotten to it, I think we would have had a better car in traffic."

Kemenah also could relate to what happened to Saldana as he been out front at Eldora in the past and encountered problems. In his Kings Royal career, Kemenah now has six Top-10 finishes, including five in a row.

"I've led this thing a lot too and not finished," commented Kemenah. "To win, you have to finish. I am just tickled to death for the crew. We are consistent and getting the Top-10's and Top-Fives. I want to thank Jon Kantor for this opportunity."

Kemenah made up a lot of ground in the last five laps of the race, as he tried to track down Meyers and Pittman. He battled with Schatz and McMahan for a number of laps before having a shot at the leaders.

"I wish we would have gotten to traffic a little earlier," said Kemenah. "We got there with about two laps to go and I could actually get down off the cushion and move, but we're not going to complain. We came from 13th to third, so we are happy."

The 25th Annual Kings Royal will air on SPEED on Saturday, July 19 from 4-6 p.m. Eastern.

The Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series returns to action on Tuesday, July 15 at Lernerville Speedway in Pennsylvania with the Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup, which will pay the winner $40,000.


* FAST QUALIFIER: Kenny Jacobs paced the 36 cars that took time with an AMB i.t. timed lap around the high-banked 1/2-mile oval at 13.801 seconds at 130.425 mph. For his qualifying effort, Jacobs earned five bonus points. The next four fastest qualifiers also earned bonus points, including: Terry McCarl (4), Joey Saldana (3), Sam Hafertepe Jr. (2), and Jason Meyers (1).

* QUALIFYING WINNERS: Jason Meyers, Donny Schatz, Joey Saldana and Daryn Pittman won heat races... Joey Saldana won the Crane Cams Dash... Steve Kinser won the B-Main.

* UP NEXT: The Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup at Lernerville Speedway in Sarver, Pennsylvania, which will pay the winner $40,000 on Tuesday, July 15.

Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series Statistical Report; Kings Royal; Rossburg, OH; July 13, 2008

1) 59-Kenny Jacobs 13.801
2) 24-Terry McCarl 13.817
3) 9-Joey Saldana 13.846
4) 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr. 13.910
5) 14-Jason Meyers 13.919
6) 15-Donny Schatz 13.952
7) R19-Jac Haudenschild 13.984
8) 83-Shane Stewart 13.984
9) 28-Brian Paulus 13.995
10) 6-Paul McMahan 14.000
11) 56R-Ryan Myers 14.013
12) 21-Daryn Pittman 14.032
13) 2B-Dale Blaney 14.056
14) 8K-Chad Kemenah 14.064
15) 19-Stevie Smith 14.066
16) 24H-Rob Chaney 14.068
17) 11-Steve Kinser 14.070
18) 20-Kraig Kinser 14.077
19) 5C-Chad Hillier 14.093
20) 55-Kerry Madsen 14.108
21) 5B-Chad Blonde 14.128
22) B20-Butch Schroeder 14.174
23) 83A-Tim Shaffer 14.174
24) 6R-Bill Rose 14.191
25) 2M-Dustin Daggett 14.195
26) 2-Craig Dollansky 14.244
27) 1X-Randy Hannagan 14.251
28) 18-Tony Bruce Jr. 14.255
29) 6X-Todd Kane 14.293
30) 4-Danny Smith 14.302
31) 7S-Jason Sides 14.309
32) 12-Caleb Griffith 14.328
33) 2H-Tim Hunter 14.330
34) 16-Lee Stark 14.341
35) W20-Greg Wilson 14.427
36) 96AU-Bruce White 15.648

Heat 1 (8 Laps, top 4 finishers transferred to A-feature)
1) 14-Jason Meyers
2) 2B-Dale Blaney
3) 28-Brian Paulus
4) 59-Kenny Jacobs
5) 5B-Chad Blonde
6) 11-Steve Kinser
7) 2H-Tim Hunter
8) 2M-Dustin Daggett
9) 6X-Todd Kane

Heat 2 (8 Laps, top 4 finishers transferred to A-feature)
1) 15-Donny Schatz
2) 6-Paul McMahan
3) 8K-Chad Kemenah
4) 24-Terry McCarl
5) 20-Kraig Kinser
6) 2-Craig Dollansky
7) B20-Butch Schroeder
8) 16-Lee Stark
9) 4-Danny Smith

Heat 3 (8 Laps, top 4 finishers transferred to A-feature)
1) 9-Joey Saldana
2) 19-Stevie Smith
3) 5C-Chad Hillier
4) R19-Jac Haudenschild
5) 1X-Randy Hannagan
6) 83A-Tim Shaffer
7) 56R-Ryan Myers
8) W20-Greg Wilson
9) 7S-Jason Sides

Heat 4 (8 Laps, top 4 finishers transferred to A-feature)
1) 21-Daryn Pittman
2) 83-Shane Stewart
3) 24H-Rob Chaney
4) 55-Kerry Madsen
5) 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr.
6) 12-Caleb Griffith
7) 18-Tony Bruce Jr.
8) 6R-Bill Rose
9) 96AU-Bruce White

Crane Cams Dash (5 laps, finishing order determined first 8 starting positions of A-feature)
1) 9-Joey Saldana
2) 14-Jason Meyers
3) 2B-Dale Blaney
4) 21-Daryn Pittman
5) 15-Donny Schatz
6) 83-Shane Stewart
7) 6-Paul McMahan
8) 19-Stevie Smith

B-main (12 laps, top 6 finishers transferred to A-feature)
1) 11-Steve Kinser
2) 83A-Tim Shaffer
3) 5B-Chad Blonde
4) 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr.
5) 4-Danny Smith
6) 1X-Randy Hannagan
7) 18-Tony Bruce Jr. [$600]
8) W20-Greg Wilson [$550]
9) 7S-Jason Sides [$500]
10) 2M-Dustin Daggett [$450]
11) 2H-Tim Hunter [$400]
12) 96AU-Bruce White [$350]
13) B20-Butch Schroeder [$350]
14) 2-Craig Dollansky [$300]
15) 20-Kraig Kinser
16) 12-Caleb Griffith [$300]
17) 16-Lee Stark [$300]
18) 6X-Todd Kane [$300]
19) 6R-Bill Rose [$300]
20) 56R-Ryan Myers

A-main (40 laps) - Starting Position [#]
1) 21-Daryn Pittman[4] [$50,035]
2) 14-Jason Meyers[2] [$12,535]
3) 8K-Chad Kemenah[13] [$7,535]
4) 15-Donny Schatz[5] [$5,535]
5) 11-Steve Kinser[18] [$4,640]
6) 59-Kenny Jacobs[9] [$3,835]
7) 19-Stevie Smith[8] [$3,335]
8) 55-Kerry Madsen[16] [$2,835]
9) 6-Paul McMahan[7] [$2,685]
10) R19-Jac Haudenschild[11] [$2,585]
11) 5C-Chad Hillier[15] [$2,285]
12) 83A-Tim Shaffer[20] [$2,240]
13) 1X-Randy Hannagan[21] [$2,190]
14) 28-Brian Paulus[12] [$2,035]
15) 24H-Rob Chaney[14] [$1,985]
16) 4-Danny Smith[22] [$2,040]
17) 56R-Ryan Myers[23] [$1,990]
18) 5B-Chad Blonde[19] [$1,940]
19) 9-Joey Saldana[1] [$1,785]
20) 24-Terry McCarl[10] [$1,735]
21) 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr.[17] [$1,790]
22) 2B-Dale Blaney[3] [$1,660]
23) 83-Shane Stewart[6] [$1,635]
24) 20-Kraig Kinser[24] [$1,690]

Lap Leaders: Joey Saldana 1-27, Daryn Pittman 28-40

Chicken Hawk Hot Lap Award: Joey Saldana
Penske Power Position: Chad Kemenah
SuperClean Start of the Night: Daryn Pittman
KSE Hard Charger Award: Steve Kinser

-credit: woo

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