51's NORTHERN EXPOSURE by Mike Twist
Moore Has Been Busy, Pitkat's Been Winning, Everyone Loves Andy and More

Ryan Moore hasn’t gotten to race much this fall.  He had to sit out the Busch North season finale at Thompson after a NASCAR penalty for roughhousing at Lime Rock.  He’s also had to endure a round of rumors that he was finished in his role as a member of the Dale Earnhardt, Inc. driver development program.  Where the rumors got started, it’s hard to say but the fact remains that Moore will be racing for the team in this weekend’s Busch Series event at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
“I love working on the cars and I love driving them,” said Moore.  “It’s good to be back in the seat, I had a month long vacation and it’s great to be back.  It doesn’t matter if it’s a Street Stock, Late Model, Busch North or Nextel Cup car.  I love racing and I hope that I can be good at that for a long time and still be good at it 20 years from now.”
Last week, Moore tested in preparation for that event.  It was all part of a very busy week that ended with a third-place finish in the Toyota All-Star Showdown at Irwindale Speedway.

“It’s been an awesome week,” Moore told Speed51.com at Irwindale.  “Monday, I left home in Mooresville and went to Homestead.  I tested all day Tuesday and Wednesday.  Pops and those guys wore me out down there.  Wednesday night, I jumped on a red-eye flight out here.  I got in the car and wrecked in practice.  We stayed up late and fixed the car.”

Moore has been busy, but he wouldn’t choose to do anything else.
Ryan Moore hasn't had much alone time these last few weeks.  (51 Photo)

Peter Daniels has had quite a career in cars with fenders, having been a regular in the NASCAR Busch Series, and in cars without fenders, with a long list of accomplishments in Modified racecars.  He was the 2002 NASCAR Weekly Racing Series champion based on his performance in one at Claremont (NH) Speedway.

Now, Daniels is hanging it up.  After two seasons of competition in the True Value Modified Racing Series, Daniels has announced his retirement as a driver.  Daniels finished second in the 2005 TVMRS point standings as is going out near the top of his game.
Peter Daniels (L) is hanging it up after an impressive career.  (51 Photo)

The True Value Modified Racing Series will venture into true Modified country, the state of Connecticut, in 2006 with a date at Waterford Speedbowl.  The official ’06 schedule has been announced and here it is:
April 15th - Monadnock Speedway, Winchester, NH
May 6th Canaan Fair Speedway, Canaan, NH
May 20th Lee USA Speedway, Lee, NH
May 27th Monadnock Speedway, Winchester, NH
June 3rd Seekonk Speedway, Seekonk, MA
June 17th Waterford Speedbowl, Waterford, CT
June 24th Star Speedway, Epping, NH
July 1st Monadnock Speedway, Winchester, NH
July 8th Lee USA Speedway, Lee, NH
July 15th Seekonk Speedway, Seekonk, MA
July 26th "Wednesday" Modified Madness Seekonk Speedway, Seekonk, MA, (Non-Points Race)
July 29th Monadnock Speedway, Winchester, NH
August 5th Beech Ridge Motor Speedway, Scarborough, ME
August 12th Star Speedway, Epping, NH
August 19th Seekonk Speedway, Seekonk, MA
August 26th Monadnock Speedway, Winchester, NH
September 2nd Canaan Fair Speedway, Canaan, NH
October 7th & 8th  Seekonk Speedway, Seekonk, MA, DAV Memorial
October 21st & 22nd Lee USA Speedway, Lee, NH, Oktoberfest


One of the strongest secondary divisions in New England got their moment in the sun two weeks ago at Concord Motorsport Park as the SK Modified took part in the North vs. South Shootout at the track.
models at Stafford contacted me and asked if I needed some help and they wanted to buy me a car and take care of everything.

“Everything turned out great. It just took us a long time to get going. It was like starting from ground one again. We never had to really work on an SK before with the other deal. We just showed up and drove the car. So we ended up buying a car that Kerry Malone drove and his crew chief helped us get going. Towards the end of the year we really started jelling.  We had two wins so that was pretty good. We were in the top five in most of the races towards the end of the year. So we are using that as a good morale booster for down here and next year. “

Pitkat was asked what his plans were for 2006.
Woody Pitkat from Stafford Motor Speedway was one of the SK cars here from the north for the first north South SK race. Woody drove the number 52 SK weekly at Stafford.

When Woody was asked to summarize his 2005 race season he said, “We started out sort of on a bad note. We ran a different car, actually the car parked next to us here. (referring to the DePisa 81SK)Then I got released, so I had a week or two off while I tried to find something else. An old sponsor that sponsored me in the late
“We are going to be running an SK next year and a late model at Stafford,” said Pitkat.  “The owners of the #48 late model were looking for a driver at the end of this year. They called me and I ran at the Fall Final show. They were having a bad year with a couple different drivers and wrecks.  I jumped in and finished third in the race.  This boosted the team and they are all pumped. The #48 car owners have been working on the car every day since the season ended at Stafford.  I was running a late model. At Thompson I finished second in points. We are just going to sell that car and see what [Kerry] Malone is going to do. If he sells his other SK, I might buy that car and run it at Thompson. It will be good
because I was running a late model at Thompson on Thursday and an SK at Stafford. So I might end up doing an SK at both tracks or not even ride at Thompson.”

Woody started 5th in the SK race and went on to win the 50 lap inaugural SK North South race, a  great show of his  talent behind an open wheel car. In victory lane, Woody stated that this was the biggest race that he has ever won as he thanked all of his many sponsors and supporters.  (By Denise DuPont)


Andy Seuss has been voted by fans as the 2005 True Value Modified Racing Series Most Popular Driver.  He was announced as the winner at last weekend’s banquet for the tour in White River Junction, Vermont.


Rip Michels couldn’t be further from the Northeast as a resident of California and regular in the NASCAR Southwest Series.  But he did have some insight on why so many drivers wrecked in last weekend’s NASCAR Toyota All-Star Showdown, which included many drivers from the NASCAR Busch North Series loading up some pretty mangled racecars.

“I think that the biggest thing is that a lot of these young guys don’t own their own cars,” said Michels.  “It’s not their money and it’s not their work.  It’s good for NASCAR to have these young guys, but they tear up some cars.  Me and my guys, we work on our own stuff, so I have a little appreciation for the cars.  It’s about racing, it’s not about wrecking.” 

Pitkat (#52) races with Jimmy Blewett's #12 at Concord.  (Howie Hodge Photo)
Pitkat and his team celebrate their victory.  (Howie Hodge Photo)
Jim DuPont Photo