SPRINT CARS: Pittman, Bell Ink Entries, Begin Preparation For Grand Annual Classic

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WARRNAMBOOL, Australia – official track release — Mike Campbell photo —

Two of Oklahoma’s finest Sprintcar exports have both signaled their intentions to be at the 43rd Lucas Oil Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic.

Despite there being a gulf in experience between both Daryn Pittman and Christopher Bell, both have amazing respect for each other, with Pittman in particular all to aware of the talent that Bell possesses.

Despite being just 19 years of age, it was Bell who led home Pittman and multi time World of Outlaws Champion Donny Schatz to claim his maiden Outlaws at Jacksonville Speedway.

Aside from his first Outlaws triumph Bell has capped off an amazing 2014 by recording 26 feature race victories, with probably the most amazing statistic being that these wins came amidst a season that consisted of a number of racing disciplines.

Bell competed in Midget events such as the famed Chilli Bowl where he ran third behind Bryan Clauson and Kevin Swindell, 410 Winged Sprints, 360 Winged Sprints, Silver Crown, 410 Non Wing Sprints as well as Ashphalt Late Model Racing.

“It’s awesome to be able to race in Australia during our off time, and I’m really looking forward to running in the Classic for the first time. It’s a very prestigious event that attracts the best in the world in sprint car racing,” Bell said.

“Jerry Russell, my crew chief that’s going to be coming over with me to run these races, introduced me to Glenno (Brent Inglis) at Knoxville this year. Glenno and I stayed in touch and he introduced me to Gavin Rawlings and Michael Gee when he found out they were interested in running these events. I’m really thankful for the opportunity to travel to Australia and be able to compete for such a great amount of prize money. I was fortunate enough last year to get to travel overseas to New Zealand and Australia to run midget cars and really enjoyed it. I’m looking forward to going sprint car racing in Australia this time around, it’s awesome to be able to race in front of a different fan base.”

Pittman on the other hand needs no introduction as the popular 2013 World of Outlaws Champion again headed Down Under for a hit run mission that includes yet another appearance at the 43rd Lucas Oil Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic.

Like Bell, Pittman enjoyed a successful 2014 American racing season which began with an outstanding run at the Chilli Bowl where amongst the 250 entries he was able to qualify for the A-Main finally settling for a very respectable seventh place finish.

His World of Outlaws season running for Kasey Kahne Racing was again a picture of consistency.

The numbers don’t lie with Pittman recording 14 World of Outlaws Feature Race wins and 50 top five finishes en-route to a runner up result in the overall points standings to eventual winner Donny Schatz.

The 36 year old also was a direct beneficiary of the Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic being a qualifier for the Speed Sport News World Challenge event as held at Knoxville each August, as he walked away with the win and the cool sum of $10,000 for his efforts.

Joining Pittman in the two car Aprile Racing assault on the Classic will be the NQ42 of Brent Aprile.

CREDIT: Premier Speedway

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