STAFFORD – A week ago at Stafford Motor Speedway Eric Berndt got edged by a bumper at the checkered flag by Woody Pitkat in the battle for surpremacy in the SK Modified division.
Friday at Stafford Berndt allowed no such drama.
In dominating style, Berndt ran away with victory in the 40-lap NASCAR Whelen All-American Series SK Modified feature.
It was the first victory of the season for Berndt, of Cromwell.
“This was a tough one. I lost my uncle Saturday,” Berndt said. “… We came here with one purpose and we’re here. It’s a special night. I’ve got to thank my crew, they stuck behind me.”
Rowan Pennink of Huntingdon Valley, Pa. was second and Keith Rocco of Wallingford third.
Berndt used a low move off of turn two following a lap 21 restart to go by Stephen Kopcik for the lead.
From there Berndt left the field deep behind.
Pennink got under Rocco for second on lap 38, but by then Berndt was in another zip code.
“We had a really good car last week,” Berndt said. “We needed a few fine tune adjustments. We weren’t as good on the bottom last week and that’s where Woody kept us on the outside. We got the changes we needed to do. And what a great way to end a tragic week. Words can’t explain it.”