ROSSBURG, OHIO: Daryn Pittman heard the thud. The car jerked, and he thought his race and any chance of a victory was over.
It was Lap 4 when Pittman smacked the outside wall between Turns 3 and 4 at Eldora Speedway. That sort of lick that normally puts you in peril at a track as treacherous as this. At the very least, you get a flat tire.
But not in this case. Pittman's car kept trucking along at the front of the field, and he mowed down his competitors with ease.
Pittman was never challenged after his bobble. The car held together, and the Kasey Kahne Racing ace cruised to an easy $12,000 victory in the 30-lap Knight Before the Kings Royal at Tony Stewart's palace.
"I smoked it," Pittman said. "I hit it hard. I was confident that I blew my chance to win the race. I thought I would get a flat or at least it would be a handful, but these guys build a strong car.
Dsryn Pittman in Victory Lane at Eldora Speedway
"I thought my pace was too slow, and I tried to pick it up because I thought someone was going to go by. I just ran too hard.
"You know when you are going to hit the fence, and I had no idea. I thought it was going to grab some moisture, and the next thing I know, I hit it hard. We were just fortunate to make the big mistake and still hang on."
It wasn't luck as much as Pittman's talent behind the wheel and a car that worked flawless around the tricky Eldora surface.