Woody Pitkat Outlasts Competition To Score Wall Stadium Win

Jersey Shore 150

 

WALL TOWNSHIP, N.J. —  The wait was well worth it for Woody Pitkat.

The Stafford, Connecticut, native outlasted all other competitors in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour return to Wall Stadium Speedway on Saturday and took the checkered flag in the first event at the third-mile in 12 years.

It was the fourth career Whelen Modified Tour win for Pitkat, and his first in four years. It was also his first win driving for Danny Watts Racing in his 21st start with the team. Pitkat took over the ride after the passing of Ted Christopher in 2017.

“The biggest thing I told the guys today was that I wasn't going to be over-aggressive,” Pitkat said. “I figured we wouldn't qualify that great, but I knew I just needed to be there at the end. I was just trying to ride as much as I could. I really wasn't sure how it was going to work out.”

The race didn't look like it was going to fall into Pitkat's lap until the final stages. Doug Coby took control of the race on lap 66 after starting sixth and led a race-high 72 laps. He was in control of the field on a restart on lap 138, and after contact with home town favorite Andrew Krause entering turn three, both of their chances ended. Krause, who was fastest in practice and 35 laps himself, was done for the night.

That handed the lead to former series champion Ron Silk, who looked as though he would score his second win of the young season driving for Kevin Stuart. But, a restart with just five laps remaining ended Silk's chances as contact sent him spinning, in a wreck that collected many of the cars left on the track.

From there, the battle for Pitkat wasunderway. On a green-white-checkered restart in NASCAR overtime, Pitkat lined up to the outside of Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender Timmy Catalano on the front row. At the green, he powered by to the lead and never looked back, as the No. 82 Horton Avenue Materials Chevrolet started smoking while the nerf-bar starting rubbing on the right-rear tire.

In the end, he made it around to the checkered flag at the top of the field.

In the late dash, rising star Blake Barney powered his way to a second-place finish, his career best effort in Whelen Modified Tour competition. Veteran Rob Summers was third, followed by Catalano and Dave Sapienza.

Eric Goodale was sixth, followed by Ken Heagy, Ron Silk, Tommy Catalano and Doug Coby.

The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour returns to the track on Saturday, June 1, as the series makes a trip to Massachusetts and Seekonk Speedway.

FIN
STR
CAR#
DRIVER
SPONSOR
MAKE
LAPS
STATUS
   
1
19
82
Woody Pitkat
Horton Avenue Materials   (Danny Watts Jr.)
Chevrolet
157
running
   
2
18
14
Blake Barney
Atlantic Sprinkler   (Richard Barney)
Chevrolet
157
running
   
3
4
64
Rob Summers
Lumiere / Dell Electric / Rocky's Plumbing   (Mike Murphy)
Chevrolet
157
running
   
4
23
45
Timmy Catalano *
Catalano Motorsports   (Dave Catalano)
Chevrolet
157
running
   
5
11
36
Dave Sapienza
Sapienza Racing   (Judy Thilberg)
Dodge
157
running
   
6
16
58
Eric Goodale
GAF Roofing   (Edgar Goodale)
Chevrolet
157
running
   
7
22
18
Ken Heagy
Buoy One Seafood   (Robert Pollifrone)
Ford
157
running
   
8
3
85
Ron Silk
Stuart's Automotive   (Kevin Stuart)
Chevrolet
157
running
   
9
7
54
Tommy Catalano
Catalano Motorsports   (Amy Catalano)
Chevrolet
157
running
   
10
6
2
Doug Coby
Mayhew Tools / AJ Romano Const.   (Mike Smeriglio III)
Chevrolet
156
running
   
11
24
33
Wade Cole
Performance Engines / Kendal Oil   (Wade Cole)
Ford
155
running
   
12
14
21
Jimmy Blewett
Gershow Recycling / Blewett Recycling   (Joseph Bertuccio)
Chevrolet
154
running
   
13
1
51
Justin Bonsignore
Phoenix Communications Inc.   (Kenneth Massa)
Chevrolet
153
crash
   
14
10
3
Matt Swanson
Cape Cod Copper / WOW Media / USNE   (Jan Boehler)
Chevrolet
153
running
   
15
26
01
Melissa Fifield
Crowell's Towing   (Kenneth Fifield)
Chevrolet
153
running
   
16
25
25
Calvin Carroll
Power with Prestige / Cruising w / Betty   (Joe Carroll)
Chevrolet
149
running
   
17
2
24
Andrew Krause
Supreme Manufacturing   (Diane Krause)
Toyota
138
crash
   
18
12
75
Chris Pasteryak
Dawley's Collision & Custom   (Charles Pasteryak)
Chevrolet
132
running
   
19
21
38
Kyle Ellwood
Performance Engines / 1812 Auto Body   (Linda Rodenbaugh)
Chevrolet
125
crash
   
20
20
34
J.B. Fortin *
Discount Cesspool   (Nicole Fortin)
Chevrolet
124
crash
   
21
15
11
  Anthony Sesely
Blue Mountain Machine   (Joe Yannone)
Chevrolet
111
crash
   
22
13
06
Sam Rameau *
Racechoice.com   (Randy Rameau)
Chevrolet
104
ignition
   
23
8
07
Patrick Emerling
Sahlen's   (Jennifer Emerling)
Chevrolet
72
transmission
   
24
28
99
Jamie Tomaino
s and s   (Cheryl Tomaino)
Pontiac
57
crash
0
20
25
5
16
Timmy Solomito
RB Enterprises   (Eric Sanderson)
Ford
49
rear end
0
19
26
17
46
Craig Lutz
Riverhead Building Supply   (Russell Goodale)
Chevrolet
43
oil cooler
0
18
27
9
1
Danny Bohn
North American Construction   (Eddie Harvey)
Chevrolet
22
crash
0
17
28
27
47
Joey Mucciacciaro *
Logan Steel Pods
Chevrolet
12
brakes
0
16
Rookie drivers are denoted with an asterisk.
* Race extended to 157 laps due to overtime.