Pitkat used just about every lane on the track over the closing circuits to hold off Keith Rocco and win the 40-lap NASCAR Whelen All-American Series SK Modified feature Friday at Stafford Motor Speedway.
It was the first SK Modified win of the season at Stafford for Pitkat, of Stafford.
Rocco, of Wallingford, held on for second and Ronnie Williams of Tolland was third.
Rocco went to the lead past Tom Bolles on lap three and looked on cruise control to victory before a caution bunched the field up on lap 28.
On the ensuing restart Williams went to second past Mike Christopher Jr. with Pitkat following him to third.
On lap 30 Pitkat found the way by Williams to second and quickly closed on Rocco.
On lap 32 Pitkat went diving under Rocco into turn three and came out of turn four as the new leader.
But Rocco didn’t let Pitkat get away. The problem for Rocco over the final six laps was Pitkat wasn’t allowing him even a chance to make a bid to the outside lane, blocking all his attempts to set up a side-by-side battle.
“I hate to race Keith like that, but I wanted to win so bad,” Pitkat said. “He did an awesome job. He had a great car. I thought I really was going to drive by him and pull away, then I looked and he was staying with me and I said ‘Man, I’ve got to do what I’ve got to do to win this race.’ We worked out butts off this whole week.”
Rocco was left seething over Pitkat’s tactics.
“I just needed a lane to race,” Rocco said. “Pitkat wanted to use the whole racetrack. As far as I’m concerned that’s not racing. I’d be embarrassed to win like that.”