Pitkat Triumphs At Stafford
August 9, 2014 | 12:03 A.M. EST
Woody Pitkat celebrates his NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour win Friday at Stafford Motor Speedway. (Photo: Getty Images)
STAFFORD, Conn. – After winning 71 times at Stafford Motor Speedway in weekly competition, there was never any doubt that Woody Pitkat knew his way around his home track. Now Pitkat can add a NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour win to his résumé.
The veteran driver dominated the Call Before You Dig 811 150 and beat Ron Silk to the line by more than four seconds to earn his first career win in his 86th tour start.
Donny Lia finished third with points leader Doug Coby and Eric Goodale completing the top five. Rowan Pennink finished sixth and Ted Christopher seventh. Justin Bonsignore, Ryan Preece and Matt Hirschman rounded out the top 10.
Pitkat started second to pole sitter Bobby Santos and quickly drove his No. 88 Buzz Chew Chevrolet/Elbow East Chevrolet to the lead on Lap 3. He stayed out front for the bulk of the first half of the race until a caution on Lap 76 for Patrick Emerling stalled on the track brought the leaders to the pits.
Pitkat came out of the pit stop in eighth place with Lia in the lead, Preece second and Silk third.
Pitkat quickly moved up through the field and was up to fourth by Lap 92 and second by Lap 102. Pitkat took the lead on Lap 115 and remained there the rest of the race.
Pitkat's previous best finish on the tour was second - three times.
The race was slowed just two times by caution with the first yellow flag given to the field on Lap 7 after Tommy Barrett Jr. stopped on the track with a flat tire.
The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will remain in Connecticut for the Budweiser King of Beers 150 Wednesday at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park.