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PITKAT SRVIVES TO SCORE WALL MODIFIED TOUR WIN

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

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

Woody Pitkat taking the Jersey Shore 150 checker flag at Wall Stadium Speedway May 18th 2019-Michael Jaworecki Myracenews Photo

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. Justin Bonsignore and Andrew Krause took turns leading early before Doug Coby took control of the race on lap 66 after starting sixth. He led a race-high 72 laps.

Coby was in control of the field on a restart on lap 138, and after contact with home town favorite Krause entering turn three, both of their chances ended. Krause, who was fastest in practice and led 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.

Ron Silk #85 led late but a spin ended his hopes for at win at Wall Stadium Speedway May 18th 2019 Michael Jaworecki Myracenews photo.

From there, the battle for Pitkat was underway 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, Pitkat powered by to the lead and never looked back, as the No. 82 Horton Avenue Materials Chevrolet started smoking when the nerf-bar starting rubbing on the right-rear tire.

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

In the late dash, rising star and local favorite 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. Sapienza crashed into an infield barrier at the finish, but no injury was reported.

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

Kyle Scisco of Jackson won his second 25-lap main event of the young season in the companion Center State Engineering Sportsman main event. Scisco’s win came after he and fellow Jackson resident Jarret DiGiantomasso touched and tangled on a couple of occasions during the closing laps. Mancester’s Shanon Mongeau was able to slip into second spot in front of Carsten DiGiantomasso while Christian LaCicero of Lavallette and Howell’s Kevin Davison wrapped up the top five.

Elliott Wohl of Beachwood led most of the way to top the 25-lapper for the O’Shea’s Auto Repair Factory Stocks. Defending class champion Mike Montano of Freeport, N.Y. was the runner-up, while Farmingdale’s Kenny Green, Tim Majek of Scotch Plains and Union’s Joey Helberg wrapped up the top five.

Neil Rutt III of Edison took the lead on lap 17 and won the 25-lapper for the Surfside Collision 4 Cylinder Stocks. Early leader Jeffrey Loesch of Neptune City was second, with Alonzo Morales of Mt. Ephraim, Edison’s Darianne McLaren and Brick’s Randy Hart were third through fifth.

The 2019 Saturday night regular season then continues on Saturday (May 25) evening with the Modifieds, Sportsman cars, Legend Cars and the Limited Late Models in action The open cockpit Three Quarter Midgets will make their first appearance of the season.

In observance of Memorial day weekend, all active military and veterans will enjoy free grandstand admission when providing proper identification. Grandstands will open at 5:00 p.m. Qualifying starts at 5:45 p.m. and main event action starts at 7:00 p.m.

Saturday night racing action continues through early October with schedule details at wallspeedwayracing.com.

Wall Stadium is located on Route 34 in Wall Township, N.J., just one mile north of Garden State Parkway exit 98 and Interstate 195 exit 35B. The speedway hotline number is 732-681-6400 and email address isckmotorsports@aol.com.

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RACE RESULTS

TOUR MODIFIED FEATURE – 150 Laps – 1. WOODY PITKAT, STAFFORD, CT., 2. Blake Barney, 3. Rob Summers, 4. Tim Catalano, 5. Dave Sapienza, 6. Eric Goodale, 7. Ken Heagy, 8. Ron Silk, 9. Tommy Catalano, 10. Doug Coby, 11. Wade Cole, 12. Jimmy Blewett, 13 Justin Bonsignore, 14. Matt Swanson, 15. Melissa Fifield, 16. Calvin Carroll, 17. Andrew Krause, 18. Chris Pasteryak, 19. Kyle Elwood, 20. J.B. Fortin, 21. Anthony Sesely, 22. Sam Rameau, 23. Patrick Emerling, 24. Jamie Tomaino, 25. Tim Solomito, 26. Craig Lutz, 27. Danny Bohn, 28. Joey Mucciacciaro

SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 25 Laps – 1. KYLE SCISCO, JACKSON, 2. Shanon Mongeau, 3. Carsten DiGiantomasso, 4. Christian LaCicero, 5. Kevin Davison, 6. John McCormack, 7. Larry Thompson, 8. Tommy Martino, Jr., 9. Jonathan Laureigh, 10. Robert Sutphin, 11. Jarrett DiGiantomasso, 12. Jake Nelke, 13. Robert Vassilatos, 14. Michael Rising, 15. Michael Carr, 16. Joe Cooley, 17. Eric Lane

FACTORY STOCK FEATURE – 25 Laps – 1. ELLIOTT WOHL, BAYVILLE, 2. Mike Montano, 3. Kenny Green, 4. Tim Majek, 5. Joey Helberg, 6. Scott Riggleman, 7. Richie Byrne, 8. John Carpenter, 9. Eric Bodenschatz, 10. John Bowers, 11. Brian O’Shea, 12. Waylon Spear, 13. Robert Ptaszynski, 14. Tony Bartone, 15. Kevin Flores, 16. Matt Badessa, 17. Theresa Collins, 18. Nancy Riggleman, 19. Billy Both, 20. Robert Stack, 21. Anthony Pancoast, 22. Gerry Koenig, 23. Tom Rajkowski, 24. Nick Kilmer, 25. terry Cain

4 CYLINDER STOCK FEATURE – 25 Laps – 1. NEIL RUTT III, Edison, 2. Jeffrey Loesch, 3. Alonzo Morales, 4. Darianne McLaren, 5. Randy Hart, 6. Mike Lavery, 7. Sal Liguori, 8. Chuck McDonald, 9. Doug Ashford, 10. Jennifer Schultz, 11. Ryan Maher, 12. Nicole Razzano, 13. Marko Vulsanic, 14. Deanna McLaren, 15. Bill Schwarz

65TH ANNIVERSARY NIGHT ‘SPENCER SPEEDWAY 100’ IN PLACE AS FRIDAY, JULY 26, 2019

30th ANNUAL TRIBUTE TO TOMMY DRUAR AND TONY JANKOWIAK RETURNS TO LANCASTER

– 65th Anniversary Celebration on with a 100-lap feature at Spencer-

Williamson, New York (May 10, 2019) – The 30th Annual Tribute to Tommy Druar and Tony Jankowiak will now be run at Lancaster National Speedway, home of New York International Raceway Park. The race, previously scheduled at Spencer Speedway will now become the 65th Anniversary Night at Spencer featuring a 100-lap Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Series race.

The schedule has been adjusted based on the initial agreements which were detailed in a press release that was distributed on April 5, 2019.

“This is a great day for racers and fans,” stated Joe Skotnicki, Race of Champions. “It has always been our intent to maintain the Druar and Jankowiak family traditions and legacies, their desires were paramount in this and can’t be put aside. With that said, we now have the ability to have another great night at a track with an extremely passionate fan and competitor base and salute 65 years of great competition with what Spencer Speedway was built on, Modified racing. We are really looking forward to 2019.”

The feature event for the Modifieds on Friday, July 26 will be 100-laps in distance with teams having the opportunity to change a single tire during the race.

The Spencer Speedway season opens on Friday, May 31, with the running of the Tribute to Don Pratt 62 for the Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Series. Open practice will be held at Spencer on Friday, May 24 for all divisions.

The Race of Champions is a sanctioning body presenting Modified and Stock Car racing on asphalt and dirt surfaces throughout the Northeast, with events in New York, Pennsylvania and New Jersey with primary marketing partners Hoosier Racing Tire, VP Racing Fuels, US Army, Upstate Automotive Group, Waddell Communications, Pilat Graphic Design, TDH Refrigeration, Sherwood Racing Wheels, PavedTrackDigest.com and Speed51.com. The 69th annual Race of Champions weekend will take place in 2019 at Lake Erie Speedway in North East, Pennsylvania and is the second longest consecutive auto-racing event in North America, second only to the Indianapolis 500.

Pitkat Crowned 2018 Valenti Modified Racing Series Champion

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.