A 71-time winner at Stafford Motor Speedway in weekly division competition hometown driver Woody Pitkat can now call himself a NASCAR Whelen Modified tour winner at the track as well. Pitkat scored his first career Whelen Modified Tour win in his 86th start Friday night in the Call Before Your Dig 811 150 at Stafford Motor Speedway.
Pitkat is piloting the No. 88 Buzz Chew Motorsports Chevrolet this season and it is the first win for the team in their fourth year of competition in the Whelen Modified Tour.
“You can’t get any more special than winning at your home track,” Pitkat said. “It’s just a dream come true to finally be able to get that win, get it here with the [track owners] Arutes, it’s great to be able to do it here.”
Bobby Santos was on the pole and led the first two laps but Pitkat, who started second, drove past Santos for the lead on lap 3. Ron Silk, who started sixth, was on the move early. He grabbed the lead from Pitkat on lap 11 after a restart from the first caution which was for a flat tire by Tommy Barrett Jr. Pitkat fought back and took the lead again on lap 12.
The second and final caution flew on lap 76 when Patrick Emerling stopped on track. Pitkat pitted and fell back to eighth for the restart on lap 82. It was Donny Lia who inherited the lead and he would pace the field until lap 95 when Silk passed him. Pitkat was on the move and on lap 115 he passed Silk for the lead and would pull away to a 3.268 second margin of victory over the final 36 laps.
Finishing second was Ron Silk with Donny Lia third, points leader Doug Coby fourth, Eric Goodale fifth, Rowan Pennink sixth, Ted Christopher seventh, Justin Bonsignore eighth, Ryan Preece ninth, and Matt Hirschman tenth. Also on the lead lap were rookie Timmy Solomito in 11th and Bobby Santos in 12th. Mike Stefanik finished 14th, Tommy Barrett Jr 15th, and Patrick Emerling 19th in the 23 car field.
After eight races Doug Coby holds an eight point lead over Justin Bonsignore. Bobby Santos is 15 points back in third, Ted Christopher is 16 back in fourth and Ryan Preece and Ron Silk are 38 points back in fifth and sixth. Woody Pitkat is seventh, Eric Goodale eighth, Timmy Solomito ninth, and Matt Hirschman tenth.
The next race is right around the corner as the tour heads to Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park for the Budweiser King of Beers 150 on Wednesday, August 13th.
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Tags: Bobby Santos, Donny Lia, Doug Coby, Eric Goodale, Justin Bonsignore, Matt Hirschman, Motorsports, NASCAR, NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, Ron Silk, Ryan Preece, Stafford Motor Speedway, Ted Christopher, Timmy Solomito, Woody Pitkat