It started with a phone call late last season.
Kasey Kahne's offer to Daryn Pittman to drive the KKR No. 9 in 2013 resulted in the two celebrating their first win together in Friday night's season-opening World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series A-Main at Volusia Speedway Park.
"We were stout from the time we unloaded and we were just lucky enough to come out on top," Pittman said. "I'm as happy as I've ever been driving a race car."
Pittman started on the outside of row two in the 30-lap contest then passed teammate Brad Sweet on a lap 10 restart before reeling in leader Sammy Swindell. The Oklahoma native used a slider on Swindell in turn three to take the point and survived two double-file restarts to claim his 31st career World of Outlaws victory.
"You weren't going to pass eight or 10 cars to win tonight, so I think our dash, gaining that row, helped and put us in position to win," Pittman explained. "And just being in the right place at the right time in the A (Main) and just having a car that was good enough that I could move around. Some nights you've just got to get what you can in a short amount of time and just hope it's enough at the end."
Swindell ran out of gas on the final lap moving Jac Haudenschild to second at the stripe with Sweet completing the podium. Swindell and fast qualifier Paul McMahan completed the top-five.
"I followed Sammy for quite a while," said Haudenschild. "It was just tight back there behind cars. The track was narrow, but we're happy with a second-place finish"
Sweet joined the KKR celebration with Pittman and Kahne.
"We started up front was the key to getting a podium," Sweet said. "Daryn was just really fast. He was able to get by me and Sammy there and kind of showed us something."
Kahne, who made the trip from Daytona International Speedway after Sprint Unlimited practice, had a lot to be happy about Friday night at VSP.
"They built a really strong team over the offseason and it's fun to watch," Kahne said of Pittman's effort. "I'm glad we were able to get him in our car. I think he's done really well for a long period of time and now hopefully he can do really well all year for us.
"I was super happy to see him start off like this, but I didn't know how quickly they would gel and get things rolling."
World of Oultaws Sprint Car Series Results Friday, February 15, 2013
A-Main - (30 Laps)
1. 9-Daryn Pittman  [$10,000]
2. 59-Jac Haudenschild  [$5,500]
3. 49-Brad Sweet  [$3,200]
4. 1-Sammy Swindell  [$2,800]
5. 51-Paul McMahan  [$2,500]
6. 7-Craig Dollansky  [$2,300]
7. 7S-Jason Sides  [$2,200]
8. 15-Donny Schatz  [$2,100]
9. 11K-Kraig Kinser  [$2,050]
10. 11-Steve Kinser  [$2,000]
11. 63-Chad Kemenah  [$1,500]
12. 71M-Joey Saldana  [$1,200]
13. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr  [$1,100]
14. 4-Cody Darrah  [$1,050]
15. 14-Fred Rahmer  [$1,000]
16. 29-Kerry Madsen  [$100]
17. 6-Bill Rose  [$];
8. 27-Lance Dewease  [$800]
19. H07-Justin Henderson  [$800]
20. 89G-David Gravel  [$800]
21. 2-Dale Blaney  [$800]
22. 19-Brooke Tatnell  [$800]
23. 54-Cap Henry  [$800];
24. 45-Danny Holtgraver  [$800]
25. 24-Terry McCarl  [$800]
26. W20-Greg Wilson  [$800].
Lap Leaders: Sammy Swindell 1-10, Daryn Pittman 11-30.
KSE Hard Charger Award: 15-Donny Schatz [+14].
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