Woody Pitkat Shows He Deserves Mo Tour Ride By Winning at Stafford Connecticut Racer Scored Three Podium Finishes in One Weekend, Gets Ready for First Test in Hillbilly ...
Woody Pitkat Shows He Deserves Mo Tour Ride By Winning at Stafford
Connecticut Racer Scored Three Podium Finishes in One Weekend, Gets Ready for First Test in Hillbilly #79 Modified
STAFFORD, CT (June 18, 2007) -- Woody Pitkat has had a whirlwind few days as a racecar driver. On Wednesday, he was announced as the new driver for the Hillbilly Racing #79 Modified on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour. Stories about Pitkat graced the pages of newspapers in his homestate of Connecticut and went up for the world to see on the Internet.
While the attention was nice, Pitkat really got down to what he loves to do on Thursday and Friday nights by wheeling three different racecars at two different tracks to three podium finishes -- including a victory in the SK Modified feature on Friday night at Stafford Motor Speedway.
"It's been a pretty crazy week," said Pitkat, looking back at the last few days of his life."
The highlight of the racing weekend was the Stafford victory, which was Pitkat's second in the division this season behind the wheel of the #52 Modified. Pitkat started deep in the pack for the 40-lap race and getting to the front wasn't easy -- even though he made it look simple.
"I got into the SK and started picking them off," said Pitkat. "I started 12th and just passed cars on the outside. We've had a fast car at Stafford all year, we just needed a little bit of luck."
On the last lap, Pitkat and Willie Hardie made contact battling for the lead, but it was far from intentional.
"I really didn't want to win the way that I did," said Pitkat. "I know that they are mad at me, but I watched the tape and it didn't look too bad. I did get into him, but I lifted for him to straighten up. He got a little too sideways, maybe he overcorrected it a little bit, and I got by to win. It's a part of racing. You've got to do what you've got to do. Wins are hard to come by and you might give some away on some nights."
To start out the race weekend, Pitkat drove the #99 Sunoco Modified to a third-place finish at Thompson International Speedway.
"We had struggled a little bit at Thompson, but we've been getting better," said Pitkat. "Thursday night was good. We probably weren't good enough to win on that night, but we had a top-three car and that is where we ended up."
Pitkat's best performance of the weekend, though, might have come on Friday night when he finished third in the Late Model feature at Stafford. His #48 machine had some handling problems early in the going there, but Pitkat kept at it and drove up to another podium finish.
"In the Late Model, we were struggling all day. We pitted three or four times. The last time that we pitted, I pretty much took command. I told them what I wanted done to the car and to be ready. They did and got it better. I managed to finish third, and I never thought that we would have been up there. After the race my crew chief came over the radio and told me that this is why I got the call [for the Hill ride]. That made me feel really good."
Pitkat now sits fourth in the Sunoco Modified point standings at Thompson, seventh in the SK Modified standings at Stafford and third in the Late Model points at Stafford. He's not out of the running for any of the three championships yet and with momentum on his side, moving up the point ladder is a good possibility.
"We're in good shape because we have a lot of races left, but there is not much margin for error. It's almost like we've used up all of our lifelines."
Now Pitkat will get ready to make his NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour debut in the Hillbilly Racing Coors Light #79 on Thursday at Thompson. To be prepared for that, he'll be heading down to the team's North Carolina shops and testing the car at a short track in Virginia.
"We're going to change seats on Monday and work in the shop. On Tuesday, we're going to Motor Mile to test. I can't wait to work with them. I wish that I could be down there already. I'm so excited to be working with them."
Pitkat will compete in Thursday's NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour event and the Sunoco Modified feature, as well, at Thompson International Speedway. He's also racing his SK Modified and Late Model at Stafford on the following night.