Daryn Pittman Goes Wire-To-Wire For $10K Payday In Port Royal’s Night Before The Tuscarora 50

Story By: TYLER ALTMEYER / ALL STAR CIRCUIT OF CHAMPIONS – PORT ROYAL, PA – For the first time in over six seasons, Owasso, Oklahoma’s Daryn Pittman earned himself a trip to FloRacing All Star Circuit of Champions presented by Mobil 1 victory lane, securing $10,000 in the process during Port Royal Speedway’s Night Before the Tuscarora 50 on Friday night, September 10.

Pittman, aboard the Swindell Speedlab/Shipley Energy No. 39 sprint car, led all 30 circuits in the Night Before program, forced to fend off early and mid-race charges by Rudeen Racing’s Cory Eliason, as well as a brief, late surge by Mechanicsburg’s Lucas Wolfe.

Daryn Pittman is now the proud owner of ten All Star Circuit of Champions victories over the course of his career, with the Night Before the Tuscarora 50 triumph being a first-ever Series victory at the Juniata County “Speed Palace.” In addition, the victory locked Pittman into Saturday’s $54,000-to-win Tuscarora 50 finale.

Wolfe held on to finish second Friday night, followed by KCP Racing’s Gio Scelzi, Port Royal Speedway track champion, Logan Wagner, and former Knoxville Raceway track champion, Brian Brown.

“I just have to thank Kevin (Swindell). This car has been so fun to drive,” Pittman said in Port Royal Speedway victory lane. “I’m happy with what we’ve been able to do. I don’t think we met our expectations early in the season, but to get a win tonight…a big win at Port Royal Speedway during Tuscarora 50 weekend…says a lot. Our goal is to come back here tomorrow night and do this again.”

Although a wire-to-wire effort for the former World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series champion, Pittman did face some challenges. For example, as the frontrunners were approaching traffic for the first time on lap eight, dirty air came into play creating a noticeable momentum change in Pittman. The momentum shift allowed Cory Eliason, Anthony Macri, and Rico Abreu to build a brief four-car battle for the top-three positions. Unfortunately for Macri and Abreu, contact between the two in turn one on lap 10 ultimately led to a caution; they both would restart at the tail.

In his quest to get around Pittman, Eliason would also find some back luck, actually ending his night on the hook after getting upside-down in turn four on lap 22; he walked away unharmed. From that point forward, it was all Daryn Pittman at the top of the leaderboard. Wolfe showed his nose during the lap 22 restart, but Pittman’s momentum proved too strong in clean air.

“I think cautions played into our favor tonight, for sure,” Pittman continued. “After watching the B-Main, I really thought that the top was going to give out and the middle would come in, because it normally does here. Not getting into traffic helped me stay in clean air…honestly, I felt that my car wasn’t that great when I did have some time in dirty air.”

Tuscarora weekend will cap with the 54th running of the 50-lap Tuscarora 50 on Saturday, September 11. Commemorating its 54th edition, the 2021 Tuscarora 50 will award a $54,000 payday, with a minimum of $1,500 being awarded to each A-Main starter. In addition, a $2,000-to-win Non Qualifiers Race will be conducted with the winner earning an automatic starting position in the 2022 Tuscarora 50 main event.

Contingency Awards/Results: Port Royal Speedway | Friday, September 10, 2021:
Event: The Night Before the Tuscarora 50 | $10,000-to-win
Entries: 55
C&R Racing Hot Laps: Brian Brown | 15.791
Dixie Vodka Fast Qualifier: Lucas Wolfe | 15.810
Ford Performance Heat #1 Winner: Daryn Pittman
All Pro Aluminum Cylinder Heads Heat #2 Winner: AJ Flick
Hunt Brothers Pizza Heat #3 Winner: Dylan Cisney
Mobil 1 Heat #4 Winner: Sye Lynch
Kistler Racing Products Heat #5 Winner: Rico Abreu
Kear’s Speed Shop Dash #1 Winner: Daryn Pittman
Elliott’s Custom Trailers and Carts Dash #2 Winner: Cory Eliason
Classic Ink USA B-Main Winner: Justin Whittall
Rayce Rudeen Foundation First Non-Transfer: Zeb Wise
FloRacing A-Main Winner: Daryn Pittman
Hercules Tires A-Main Hard Charger: Lance Dewease (+16)

Qualifying

Group (A)
1. 39-Daryn Pittman, 15.851; 2. 55-Hunter Schuerenberg, 16.168; 3. 6-Ryan Smith, 16.173; 4. 51-Freddie Rahmer, 16.262; 5. 23-Pat Cannon, 16.277; 6. 97-Brie Hershey, 16.349; 7. 29-Zach Newlin, 16.399; 8. 47K-Kody Lehman, 16.463; 9. 35-Tyler Reeser, 16.581; 10. 24B-Dustin Baney, 16.712; 11. 13S-Jon Stewart, 16.720

Group (B)
1. 39M-Anthony Macri, 15.952; 2. 19-Brent Marks, 16.049; 3. 5-Ian Madsen, 16.086; 4. 2-AJ Flick, 16.158; 5. 91-Kyle Reinhardt, 16.161; 6. 14T-Tyler Walton, 16.256; 7. 27-Devon Borden, 16.329; 8. 98-Jared Esh, 16.400; 9. 48-Danny Dietrich, 16.444; 10. 19s-Curt Stroup, 16.572; 11. 19m-Landon Myers, 16.769

Group (C)
1. 5W-Lucas Wolfe, 15.810; 2. 11-Spencer Bayston, 15.954; 3. 35H-Zach Hampton, 15.993; 4. 5C-Dylan Cisney, 16.028; 5. 55W-Mike Wagner, 16.076; 6. 67-Justin Whittall, 16.121; 7. 33-Gerard McIntyre, 16.163; 8. 8-Aaron Reutzel, 16.178; 9. O7-Skylar Gee, 16.417; 10. 880-Drew Ritchey, 16.897; 11. 12w-Troy Fraker, 17.497

Group (D)
1. 18-Gio Scelzi, 15.857; 2. 26-Cory Eliason, 15.939; 3. 17B-Bill Balog, 15.961; 4. 42-Sye Lynch, 16.004; 5. 0J-Lynton Jeffrey, 16.057; 6. 69K-Lance Dewease, 16.137; 7. 10-Zeb Wise, 16.217; 8. 4-Cap Henry, 16.269; 9. 12-Blane Heimbach, 16.337; 10. 40-George Hobaugh, 16.473; 11. 22-Richard Cisney, 18.339

Group (E)
1. 1-Logan Wagner, 15.813; 2. 21-Brian Brown, 15.836; 3. 24-Rico Abreu, 16.041; 4. 13-Justin Peck, 16.212; 5. 11T-TJ Stutts, 16.249; 6. 25-Tyler Bear, 16.261; 7. 99M-Kyle Moody, 16.268; 8. 17-Steve Buckwalter, 16.343; 9. 7BC-Tyler Courtney, 16.364; 10. 33W-Michael Walter, 16.615; 11. 2c-Cory Thornton, 17.903

Heat #1 – Group (A) (8 Laps) – Top 4 Transfer
1. 39-Daryn Pittman [4]; 2. 51-Freddie Rahmer [1]; 3. 55-Hunter Schuerenberg [3]; 4. 6-Ryan Smith [2]; 5. 23-Pat Cannon [5]; 6. 47K-Kody Lehman [8]; 7. 35-Tyler Reeser [9]; 8. 29-Zach Newlin [7]; 9. 97-Brie Hershey [6]; 10. 24B-Dustin Baney [10]; 11. 13S-Jon Stewart [11]

Heat #2 – Group (B) (8 Laps) – Top 4 Transfer
1. 2-AJ Flick [1]; 2. 5-Ian Madsen [2]; 3. 19-Brent Marks [3]; 4. 39M-Anthony Macri [4]; 5. 98-Jared Esh [8]; 6. 91-Kyle Reinhardt [5]; 7. 27-Devon Borden [7]; 8. 14T-Tyler Walton [6]; 9. 48-Danny Dietrich [9]; 10. 19S-Curt Stroup [10]; 11. 19M-Landon Myers [11]

Heat #3 – Group (C) (8 Laps) – Top 4 Transfer
1. 5C-Dylan Cisney [1]; 2. 5W-Lucas Wolfe [4]; 3. 55W-Mike Wagner [5]; 4. 11-Spencer Bayston [3]; 5. 67-Justin Whittall [6]; 6. 8-Aaron Reutzel [8]; 7. 33-Gerard McIntyre [7]; 8. O7-Skylar Gee [9]; 9. 880-Drew Ritchey [10]; 10. 12W-Troy Fraker [11]; 11. 35H-Zach Hampton [2]

Heat #4 – Group (D) (8 Laps) – Top 4 Transfer
1. 42-Sye Lynch [1]; 2. 17B-Bill Balog [2]; 3. 26-Cory Eliason [3]; 4. 18-Gio Scelzi [4]; 5. 69K-Lance Dewease [6]; 6. 10-Zeb Wise [7]; 7. 4-Cap Henry [8]; 8. 12-Blane Heimbach [9]; 9. 0J-Lynton Jeffrey [5]; 10. 40-George Hobaugh [10]; 11. 22-Richard Cisney [11]

Heat #5 – Group (E) (8 Laps) – Top 4 Transfer
1. 24-Rico Abreu [2]; 2. 13-Justin Peck [1]; 3. 21-Brian Brown [3]; 4. 1-Logan Wagner [4]; 5. 11T-TJ Stutts [5]; 6. 17-Steve Buckwalter [8]; 7. 7BC-Tyler Courtney [9]; 8. 99M-Kyle Moody [7]; 9. 25-Tyler Bear [6]; 10. 33W-Michael Walter [10]; 11. 2C-Cory Thornton [11]

Dash #1 (4 Laps)
1. 39-Daryn Pittman [2]; 2. 5W-Lucas Wolfe [1]; 3. 24-Rico Abreu [3]; 4. 18-Gio Scelzi [4]; 5. 55-Hunter Schuerenberg [5]; 6. 42-Sye Lynch [6]

Dash #2 (4 Laps)
1. 26-Cory Eliason [1]; 2. 1-Logan Wagner [2]; 3. 39M-Anthony Macri [6]; 4. 5C-Dylan Cisney [3]; 5. 21-Brian Brown [5]; 6. 2-AJ Flick [4]

C-Main (10 Laps) – Top 2 Transfer
1. 12-Blane Heimbach [3]; 2. 48-Danny Dietrich [8]; 3. 99M-Kyle Moody [2]; 4. 25-Tyler Bear [6]; 5. O7-Skylar Gee [5]; 6. 24B-Dustin Baney [12]; 7. 880-Drew Ritchey [9]; 8. 97-Brie Hershey [7]; 9. 12W-Troy Fraker [13]; 10. 13S-Jon Stewart [14]; 11. 22-Richard Cisney [16]; 12. 2C-Cory Thornton [15]; 13. 29-Zach Newlin [4]; 14. 40-George Hobaugh [10]

B-Main (12 Laps) – Top 4 Transfer
1. 67-Justin Whittall [3]; 2. 69K-Lance Dewease [4]; 3. 11T-TJ Stutts [5]; 4. 0J-Lynton Jeffrey [2]; 5. 10-Zeb Wise [10]; 6. 98-Jared Esh [7]; 7. 48-Danny Dietrich [19]; 8. 91-Kyle Reinhardt [8]; 9. 33-Gerard McIntyre [13]; 10. 23-Pat Cannon [6]; 11. 7BC-Tyler Courtney [16]; 12. 17-Steve Buckwalter [11]; 13. 4-Cap Henry [14]; 14. 27-Devon Borden [15]; 15. 12-Blane Heimbach [18]; 16. 35-Tyler Reeser [17]; 17. 47K-Kody Lehman [12]; 18. 8-Aaron Reutzel [9]

A-Main (30 Laps)
1. 39-Daryn Pittman [1]; 2. 5W-Lucas Wolfe [3]; 3. 18-Gio Scelzi [7]; 4. 1-Logan Wagner [4]; 5. 21-Brian Brown [10]; 6. 69K-Lance Dewease [22]; 7. 13-Justin Peck [15]; 8. 42-Sye Lynch [11]; 9. 11-Spencer Bayston [19]; 10. 19-Brent Marks [17]; 11. 17B-Bill Balog [13]; 12. 5C-Dylan Cisney [8]; 13. 39M-Anthony Macri [6]; 14. 7BC-Tyler Courtney [25]; 15. 51-Freddie Rahmer [16]; 16. 55W-Mike Wagner [18]; 17. 5-Ian Madsen [14]; 18. 33-Gerard McIntyre [26]; 19. 55-Hunter Schuerenberg [9]; 20. 11T-TJ Stutts [23]; 21. 98-Jared Esh [28]; 22. 91-Kyle Reinhardt [27]; 23. 0J-Lynton Jeffrey [24]; 24. 24-Rico Abreu [5]; 25. 26-Cory Eliason [2]; 26. 2-AJ Flick [12]; 27. 67-Justin Whittall [21]; 28. 6-Ryan Smith [20] Lap Leaders: Daryn Pittman (1-30)

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