Stafford Motor Speedway, Stafford Springs, Ct.
Monadnock Speedway. Winchester,N.H.
“It was a decent run, we ended up second but got beat by that spect motor again, its a hundred pounds lighter, handles better and better on tire wear. At 80 laps we were just as good as them but as the race progressed it was hard to keep up so we got a second place finish. The American Racer (tire) doesnt have the grip like a Hoosier but they last a lot longer and seem to repeat a lot better, overall they’re a good tire”.
Woody Pitkat of Stafford Springs, Ct is rarely at a loss for words but when the three time champion at the Stafford Motor Speedway found out that Mayhew Tools would be sponsoring his Modified Racing series, Tri-Track series and The Modified Touring series efforts, Woody was extra chatty.
“I am so excited with the addition of Mayhew Tools to our 2017 racing schedule. It’s awesome to see what they have done with Doug Coby on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour this year and what they did with Bob Garbarino and Jimmy Blewett last season.” Woody said recently.
“I am thrilled to see what they are doing with the modified cars whether it be the modified tour or one of the other modified series, they must figure that it is their best interest to be a part of modified racing and we are happy that they have chosen us to be a part of this season.”
Dan Stebbins, car owner of the #52 modified is equally thrilled with the sponsorship and what it means. “We are definitely thrilled with our affiliation with Mayhew Tools. They are a local company and have had been a big name in Western Massachusetts for a long time. Anytime you have a local company with a national name step up, it’s a big deal.”
Stebbins says they plan on running all of the Tri-Track series races, 5-6 of the Modified Racing series and 8-10 of the Modified Touring series races.
“There sponsorship enables us to pursue more races and hopefully get Mayhew Tools into Victory Lane.”
For Mayhew Tools president John Lawless, he too, is equally excited about the fit. “This is a natural extension for us. Our brand name is well known in the automotive industry. We want to expand and reinforce our reputation in the market place and we believe this will help us. We are a Made in America Company and can’t wait to see Woody in action.”
Lawless said that while they are relatively new to the sport, they see the love for the sport and the best part, it’s local.
“To be part of not only the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour but to now be able to be in the other modified series, we feel that we have all of those fans covered.” Lawless said adding, “We are one of the oldest tool companies in the country and we are there for not only the professional mechanic but the serious do it yourselfer.”
Pitkat is of the belief that if they have been around since 1856, they must know what they are doing. “You look at how many companies come and go, but there is Mayhew Tools, still producing high quality tools after all these years, it says a lot about them and the high standards they have. I just hope that we are able to produce the results that will get them the best exposure possible.” Woody said.
When Pitkat was asked if he and good friend and competitor, Doug Coby might have a contest to see who can get the most wins for Mayhew Tools, Woody just laughed.
“You look at how tough Doug has been on the modified tour, it would be very hard to go against him but it would be fun as far as the most wins. I know that would be great for Mayhew Tools, regardless of who wins.”
Lawless said he is excited about getting to the track and seeing everything he has heard about, especially the passion.
“The biggest thing that people tell me is the passion that not only these drivers, crews and fans have for the sport and that the modified people might be the most passionate around in short track racing.”
So as the 2017 season kicks off, Mayhew Tools will be found regardless of the modified series and they are hoping to see Woody Pitkat in Victory lane many times during the season.
ABOUT MAYHEW TOOLS
Founded in 1856, Mayhew Steel Products (Mayhew Tools) is the oldest punch and chisel manufacturer in the United States. As we’ve grown from a small tool house to the industry leader, there’s only one thing that hasn’t changed—our dedication to quality, reliability, and craftsmanship. That’s why we’ve become the tool of choice for certified technicians and professional mechanics across the country, and have found a home in the belts of do-it-yourselfers as well.
Over time our product line has grown but our passion for manufacturing quality hand tools continues as we serve the Industrial, Automotive and Hardware industries.
During our more than 160-year history, we’ve been able to expand both our physical size and breadth of products without losing sight of our heritage. That includes staying true to our American roots, by keeping our newly constructed headquarters in the heart of the original tool country—Western Massachusetts, home to our corporate office and 100,000 square foot warehouse and manufacturing facilities. Mayhew controls all functions from raw material receiving to final tool inspection and packaging. Our recent expansion continues with the creation of two distinct product lines (MayhewPro and MayhewSelect) geared specifically for our hardworking customers—both the professional and occasional user that wants to know what the Pros know. Mayhew is ISO 9001:2008 Certified.