(Stafford Springs, CT)—For hometown driver Woody Pitkat, the Call Before You Dig 150 will always hold a special place in his heart as it was the site of his first career NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour victory one year ago. Fast forward one year and Pitkat finds himself at the top of the NWMT points standings for the second time during the 2015 season. Pitkat was the points leader after his victory in the NAPA Spring Sizzler back in April but his point lead only lasted one race. While Pitkat says he isn’t even thinking about points at this stage of the season, he is hoping for a repeat performance in the CBYD 150 that would keep him at the top of the standings for at least one more race.
“I’m not even thinking about points right now,” said Pitkat. “We don’t want to put any extra stress on ourselves by thinking about that too much. Obviously everybody’s talking about it and knows about it, but there’s a lot of racing left and there’s a lot of things that can happen. The guys we’re racing with have all been Modified Tour champions and they’ve been in this situation before, so they probably look at it a little differently and they know what they need to do where we’ve never been there before. We just look at it like another race and try to prepare ourselves to the best of our ability to go to Stafford and contend for the win like we did last year. There’s no doubt in my mind why we shouldn’t be on the podium. Our focus at Stafford, like at any track we go to, will be to time trial well and get a good position for the start so you don’t have to work the car too hard to get up into the top-5. Last week at Monadnock we weren’t very good in practice and we straightened things out and we ended up qualifying fourth, which made the night a lot easier. We tried a few new things with the car in the shootout race at Loudon and they seemed to work really good and we’re excited to see how it works at another track since the car was so good on Friday at Loudon.”
The 2014 season saw Pitkat win his first 2 career NWMT races behind the wheel of the #88 Buzz Chew Chevrolet Troyer machine and he tied a career best with a 9th place finish in the points standings. Things have only gotten better in 2015 as Pitkat has recorded 7 top-5 finishes in the first 8 races and he leads the points standings. Pitkat says that his newfound success is a direct result of the quickly developed chemistry he has with the #88 team and the fact that the #88 crew has remained together.
“Last year when I got the ride with Buzz and Bryon [Chew], I started going to the track with a different mindset and attitude,” said Pitkat. “You’re having fun and you know you’re going to every race with a chance to be at the top of the board, it makes things fun and exciting for me and all the guys on the crew. It’s tough to go through an entire season and not get upset but knock on wood, we haven’t had that this year. This is a great group of guys and they’ve been together for so long and that’s what I really love about this team. These guys have been together since Bryon was driving a Busch car and they’ve stayed together through thick and thin. A lot of guys over the years you’ll see they jump from team to team but these guys haven’t done that. They make it fun for me and I’ve tried to prepare myself better this year by eating healthier and going to the gym so that I can stay up on the wheel. I want to contend for wins and contend for championships and I think when the guys on the team see me doing that, I think it helps them work just as hard or even harder than I am. I like to win races but I like winning for Buzz, Bryon, Spot, and all the guys even more. Those guys could have put anybody in this car but they elected to pick me and it’s really gratifying when we can win a race.”
While Pitkat has been riding high with his Whelen Modified Tour effort, he is looking to get things turned in a positive direction with the #50 Flamingo Motorsports SK Modified® that he drives for the Skowyra family. Pitkat has only recorded 3 top-5 finishes in his 8 starts this season, but he is hopeful that he can still put the car into victory lane before the 2015 season has concluded.
“I think we should be pretty fast that night the with the SK car as well,” said Pitkat. “We’ve regrouped some things with that car and hopefully we can get things firing on all 8 cylinders to get Adam [Skowyra] and all of his guys a win before the season is over.”
Tickets for the August 7th Call Before You Dig 150 are on sale now and are priced at $33.00 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. Reserved seating is $35.00 for all ages and all ticket prices include 10% CT Admission Tax. Stafford Motor Speedway offers plenty of free parking along with overnight parking available for self-contained Recreational Vehicles.
For more information, contact the Stafford Motor Speedway track office at 860-684-2783 or visit us on the web at www.staffordspeedway.com.