Kasey Kahne Racing secures first World of Outlaws championship

Kasey Kahne Racing’s Daryn Pittman, driver of the No. 9 Great Clips/Sage Fruit/ ASE, did what he needed to do at the World of Outlaws World Finals at The Dirt Track at Charlotte to edge Donny Schatz for the 2013 World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series championship.

“Congrats to the whole team, because that’s what it is a team effort,” said Pittman, a native of Owasso, Okla., who earned eight victories, 45 top-five finishes, 59 top-10s and 13 quick times in the No. 9 Great Clips car this season. “That last race was not pretty. It was everything but what we were hoping it wouldn’t be, but it worked out ok. I’ve been a mess the last few weeks, just having way too much time to think about it. At the end of the day I just had to settle down and trust the car that Kale [Kahne] gave me.

“To lead from the first race to the last race, and lead it all is something you just dream about. Thanks to Kale, Kolten (Gouse) and Michael (Carber) they do a great job and they’re the ones who make this a reality. There are a lot of teams out here who have a lot of money and good equipment and we came out on top.”

Pittman scored a 12th-place finish on Saturday night to lock up the WoO Championship by 14 points, the closest in WoO history. This is the first championship for Kasey Kahne with Mike Curb, co-owners of Kasey Kahne Racing, Pittman and sponsors Great Clips, Sage Fruit and Team ASE.

“Great Clips has been a sponsor and friend of Kasey for over 13 years and we are thrilled, excited and exceptionally proud of him as he takes his first WOO Championship,” said Terri Miller V.P. of Marketing and Communications at Great Clips. “Way to go Kasey and Daryn – you have our entire Great Clips system – with over 30,000 stylists celebrating your championship.”

Kahne founded KKR in 2006 on a full-time schedule. Pittman is the first World of Outlaws driver to ever lead the point standings for the entire season from the first race to the last race.

“This is what we all started out to do,” said Kahne. “Our goal has always been to win a championship and we have come so close, but to finally accomplish it is so surreal. These guys work so hard year round and spend so much time away from their families, they deserve this championship. I can’t thank them enough and the support of Great Clips, Sage Fruit, Ollie’s Bargain Outlet, Surepoint Medical and Team ASE.”

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