(Stafford Springs, CT)—What a difference one year can make. At this time last season, Woody Pitkat had two VMRS wins at Stafford and was on his way to winning the championship. Fast forward to now and Pitkat heads into the September 2 VMRS 80 at Stafford still in search of his first win of the season.
While Pitkat hasn’t won a race yet this season, Todd Szegedy did pilot the #52 machine to a win earlier this season at Claremont Speedway, so the team and the car are capable of winning. And what better track for Pitkat to get his first win of the season at than Stafford? Back in 2015, Pitkat won 2 Stafford races and finished second in the third race. This season he finished second in VMRS race in May at Stafford and he was fighting for the lead at the June VMRS event when he had to retire only 13 laps from the end of the race with mechanical issues.
“Being with a new team this year, we have a couple key guys who came over from last year’s team but the biggest thing has been trying to find what the car wants versus last year’s car,” said Pitkat. “They’re both SPAFCO Chassis and we have the same motor as last year in the car but for some reason they don’t react the same. I think a lot of that may have to do with the MRS tire being a little different than last year. The last couple of races we’ve really started to hit on what the car likes for the tires. The night that Todd [Szegedy] won at Claremont was a big help and I think that has kind of turned the page on us running a little better. We finished third at Waterford and we’ve had a few issues that have kept us from winning some races. I’m looking forward to the September 2 race at Stafford. We had a mechanical issue in the last race at Stafford but we finished second in the first Stafford race. All the guys on the team are working real hard on making the car better and we’re real close to getting things to fire on all 8 cylinders.”
One area that may give Pitkat an advantage is his weekly experience running in Stafford’s SK Modified® division. Pitkat’s SK Modified® car is the car that he drove to his Stafford wins and the VMRS championship last season and he has already notched two wins this season. But despite his weekly experience at Stafford, Pitkat says that the VMRS 80 is going to be a tough race to win.
“I think we’ll have a pretty good piece to challenge for the win,” said Pitkat. “Running the SK weekly is a big advantage but there’s 4 or 5 guys who run the MRS races who are fast and then there’s the guys like Keith Rocco and Rowan Pennink that come to the Stafford races, so it’s a tough race to win. We’ve been good at Stafford and hopefully we can have good runs at Monadnock and Oxford to bring some good momentum to Stafford and try to challenge for the win.”
The September 2nd VMRS 80 will be the third and final Valenti Modified Racing Series event to be held at Stafford during the 2016 season. Tickets are available and on sale now and are priced at $27.50 for adult general admission tickets, $5.00 for children ages 6-14, and children ages 5 and under are admitted free of charge when accompanied by an adult. All ticket prices include 10% CT Admission Tax. Reserved seating is $30.00 for all ages.
For more information, contact the Stafford Motor Speedway track office at 860-684-2783 or visit us on the web at www.staffordspeedway.com.