STAFFORD, Conn. – By Tim Southers, NASCAR — Darren McCollester/Getty Images for NASCAR photo — After winning 71 times at Stafford Motor Speedway in weekly modified 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 resume.
The veteran driver dominated the Call Before You Dig 811 150 and beat Ron Silk to the line by over four seconds to pick up his first career tour win in his 86th tour start.
Pitkat started second to pole sitter Bobby Santos and quickly drove his No. 88 Buzz Chew Chevrolet/Elbow East Chevrolet to the lead on the first lap and he remained out front until a caution on Lap 76 for Patrick Emerling stalling on the track brought the leaders to the pits.
Pitkat came out of the pit stop in eighth place with Donny Lia in the lead, Ryan Preece seocnd and Ron Silk third.
Pitkat quickly moved up through the field and was up to fourth by Lap 92 and was second to then leader Ron Silk by Lap 102. Pitkat closed in and passed Silk on Lap 115 for the lead where he remained the rest of the night. Pitkat’s previous best finish on the tour was second – three times.
Lia followed Silk in third with points leader Doug Coby and Eric Goodale completing the top five. Rowan Pennick finished sixth and Ted Christopher seventh. Justin Bonsignore, Ryan Preece and Matt Hirschman rounded out the top 10.
The race was slowed just two times by caution with the first yellow flag given to the field on Lap 7 after Tommy Barrett stopped on the track with a flat tire.
The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will remain in the Constitution State for the Budweiser King of Beers 150 next Thursday at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park.