WOODY PITKAT HAS BUSY WEEK AFTER WINNING NASCAR TITLE
Young Driver Is In The Limelight as a Weekly Series Regional Champion
Woody Pitkat is used to being a winner. He’s even been a champion before. But the week since he earned the NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series Division IV championship has been a whole new experience for the young Connecticut driver. Pitkat clinched the title, along with the track championship [in the Sunoco Modified division] at Thompson International Speedway, last Thursday night and even though he is a low-key kind of guy, life hasn’t really been the same since.
Woddy Pitkat in victory lane at Thompson.
“It’s been pretty crazy,” said Pitkat. “I’m not usually the type of person who it hits right away. But, it’s pretty cool. The champagne and speeches were cool. After the race, we hung out at the clubhouse [TIS is located on the same grounds as a golf course and restaurant] where we ate and drank. Don Hoenig, the track owner, took care of our bill. We enjoyed that, but on Friday it was back to the track. We were at Stafford focusing on the Late Model.”
But even then, Pitkat couldn’t escape the limelight.
“On Friday at Stafford, people who I never even talked to before congratulated me. NASCAR wanted to come up and do some photos. It’s starting to sink in now and by the time that we get to the banquet in Las Vegas, I’m sure that I’ll be saying ‘holy cow.’”
Even if Pitkat is a little uncomfortable being the center of attention, it sure beats the hours leading up to the final points race of the season at Thompson.
Thursday morning, my boss came in and asked me if I was sick and I said, ‘No, I’m just a nervous wreck.’ So he let me leave work early. I drove to the track, unloaded and just focused on what I needed to do that night. The first race, I started eighth and finished third. I probably could have tried
to go for the win, but I didn’t want to take chances. In the last race, we just needed to survive. It wasn’t the way that I like to race because I just like going to the front, but there was so much on the line. We finished fifth.”
Pitkat still has plenty of racing left this season. Last weekend, the Fall Final at Stafford Motor Speedway (CT) was rained out after qualifying took place. Pitkat races an SK Modified and a Late Model [where he is tied for the point lead] at the track.
“Saturday, we finished second with the Late Model and won our heat race with the SK Modified. We’ll start in the top 10 with both cars. Now we just have to sit around and wait for those races.”
This Saturday night, Pitkat will make his True Value Modified Racing Series debut at Seekonk Speedway’s DAV Memorial.
“I talked to Luther Hosmer about a month ago and we’re going to Seekonk this week. I’ve never even been there before. If all goes well, we will probably go to Lee. It’s been pretty busy. We’ve still got plenty of racing left this year.”
Pitkat poses by the #52 SK Modified that he races at Stafford - he's still got one race left to go in that division before the end of the season.