And Saturday Woody Pitkat tested just how incensed he could get them.
Pitkat came out on top of a late race restart skirmish for the lead with Steve Masse and the held off Jon McKennedy on the closing lap to win the 50-lap Valenti Modified Racing Series feature at the Sunoco World Series Saturday at Thompson Speedway.
The boo’s rained down heavily on Pitkat as he got out of his car in victory lane and gladly saluted the crowd with raised checkered flag.
On a lap 45 restart hard racing between Pitkat and Masse for the lead sent Masse into the turn two wall.
“Whatever,” Pitkat said of the crowd reaction. “I’m here to win. I’ve had such a bad year. I don’t care if people are spitting and kicking at me. It is what it is. The leader dictates what line he wants to take. It was just two people going for the win. One guy has to lift when you get down into the corner and it wasn’t going to be me. I was the leader and I felt like I was dictating. I didn’t think I killed him that bad. I guess I’ll have to watch the tape and see.
“I’m here to win and you’ve got to do what you’ve got to do. The car was obviously not great towards the end there. … I knew if I drove it in there pretty good it was probably going to send him up the hill. But nobody is doing anything intentional out there. Everybody is driving as hard as they can because they want to win.”
McKennedy, of Chelmsford, Mass., was second and Anthony Nocella of Woburn, Mass. third.
It was the first Valenti Modified Racing Series victory of the season for Pitkat, who was the series champion in 2015.
“I’ve got to thank my guys for working so hard,” Pitkat said. “We had such a bad year this year. It’s a new team, jumped on board and I think they thought we were going to be just as good as last year with the other team and it didn’t work that way. It’s good to end here on a good note and have a good momentum for the race next weekend and try to have a good [off season] and build for next year.”