Selinsgrove, Pa. – March 11, 2012
Daryn Pittman of Pittsboro, Ind., drove to a convincing win in the 50th sprint car opener Sunday afternoon at Selinsgrove Speedway. The victory was the third of Pittman’s career in 410 sprint car racing at the Snyder County oval while driving the Weld Racing wheel equipped Lelands.com No. 27.
In the early laps of the race, Pittman dueled with second-place starter Fred Rahmer for the runner-up position. Pittman eventually secured the second spot and set his sights on Marks. On the 10th circuit, Marks’ right rear tire exploded entering the third turn of the track, causing his car to make an impact with the fourth turn wall and flip over several times. Marks escaped injury.
When the race resumed, Pittman inherited the lead and set a torrid pace on the slick daytime surface, while Rahmer and fifth-place starter Greg Hodnett challenged each other for the second position. Meanwhile, fourth-place starter Aaron Ott and ninth-place starter Chad Layton raced in the top five.
The race’s final caution occurred on lap 20 due to debris on the track. On the restart, Pittman pulled into a comfortable lead and posted a 1.6-second margin of victory.