South Windsor Connecticut – – Woody Pitkat, of Bellingham, MA, was crowned 2018 Valenti Modified Racing Series Champion Friday night,
Nov 30, at the series annual awards banquet held at Maneeley’s Banquet and Catering, So. Windsor. CT. The title was Pitkat’s second, his first was in 2015.
The 39-year old Pitkat thanked his wife Erica and family for their support throughout the season, the Valenti Auto Group, Series owner Jack Bateman, series officials and race fans.
Pitkat also recognized car owners Dan Stebbins, Stan Mertz, and Todd Patnode noting if it were not for them the championship would not have been attainable. Mertz and Patnode stepped up late season when Stebbins discontinued his 2018 campaign. Pitkat also recognized drivers, Anthony Nocella, Sammy Rameau, and Mike Willis Jr.
Pitkat was also the recipient of the Hoosier Tire East Award presented by Rob Summers, and the New England Race Fuel Award from John Holland.
Nocella, Wills Jr, Richard Savary, and Jacob Perry rounded out the top five in the standings, Donnie Lashua, Cameron Sontag, Derek Robbie, Todd Patnode, and Jeffrey Gallup, were sixth through tenth,
Tony Ricci, Dylan Rock, Andy Shaw, Brian Robie, and Dave Etheridge ranked 11th through 15th.
A.D.N. Motorsports (Anthony Nocella) won the Owners Points Title over Mike Willis Jr, Sammy Kramer, Stebbins, and long-time car owner Norm Perry.
Achievement Awards were presented to the following:
Rookie of the Year – Jacob Perry
Most Improved Driver – Cameron Sontag
Tough Luck award – CJ Bolton
Sportsmanship Award – Derek Robbie
Dedication To Racing – Roy Seidell
Seidell called it a career in October after 44- years of competition.
2019 MRS Schedule
For the first time the Valenti Modified Racing Series will be part of four opening events in 2019.
The series will be at Thompson Motorsports Park, April 6, Monadnock Speedway, May 4, New London – Waterford Speedbowl May 11, and Lee USA Speedway, May 18 & 19.
Monadnock welcomes the series back on June 8, July 6, and again on August 24.
June 22, & 23 are the dates for the third annual New England Short Track Showdown at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Loudon.
Lee USA Speedway will host the series on July 12 and October 6.
New London-Waterford’s annual Wings & Wheels happens August 17
Single events on the calendar include Speedway 51, July 27,
Beech Ridge Motor Speedway, August 3.
Claremont Speedway, August 9 with a rain date August 10
Stafford Motor Speedway, Stafford, CT August 30
Thompson Motorsports Park, October 11, & 12.