Woody Pitkat To Run K&N Pro Series East Event Saturday At NHMS; Skipping Modified All-Star Event

Woody Pitkat

Woody Pitkat will get Friday off from competition this week at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, but it doesn’t mean the schedule is growing any lighter for the Stafford driver.

While Pitkat might be missing out on the action of the Whelen Modified Tour’s Whelen All-Star event Friday in Loudon, he has added to his schedule with a ride for Saturday’s NASCAR K&N Pro Series East United Site Services 70.

Pitkat will start for the NextGen Motorsports/On Point Performance team in the event. Pitkat will take the seat in the No. 9 car in place of regular driver Enrique Baca.

Pitkat said the deal came together this week after talks with Teddy Brown from the team this weekend at Thompson Speedway, where the K&N Pro Series East was running the Busch North Throwback 100 Saturday.

Pitkat said he had been in talks with the team before Thompson but couldn’t put a deal together for that event.

“I had talked to him a little bit and introduced myself to them at Thompson so they knew who I was,” Pitkat told RaceDayCT. “They said [Baca] had to go back to Mexico and they were looking to do something for Loudon. I just tried to see what I could come up with. I told them what I could get and they agreed and said we were good to go. It’s kind of a last minute deal. It would have been nice to have had a couple weeks to plan it, but I think it will work out pretty good.”

It will mark the second K&N Pro Series East start for Pitkat, a regular on the Whelen Modified Tour. Pitkat made his first series start in 2008, driving for car owner Mike Olsen at Stafford in an event where he finished sixth. Pitkat also made a start in the exhibition All-Star Showdown for the K&N Pro Series East at Irwindale (Cal.) Speedway in 2007.

“I’m pretty excited,” Pitkat said. “I’m looking to have a good run. [Baca], I don’t think he has much experience on [ovals]. I think he’s more of a road course guy. Obviously I’m looking forward to going to New Hampshire because I feel like I’ve run there pretty good in the last four or five years and I’ve got the place figured out. Hopefully we’ll be able to have a good a run and hopefully run in the top-five or possibly contend for a win.”

Pitkat has a win, two top-five’s and 12 top-10’s in 20 Whelen Modified Tour starts at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. He has finished in the top-10 in six of his last eight starts there.

Baca has started six of eight K&N Pro Series East events this year for team. He two top-10 finishes. He was 14th Saturday at Thompson.

Pitkat said his Jeff Goodale owned Whelen Modified Tour team has decided to skip Friday’s Whelen All-Star Shootout to focus on Saturday’s Eastern Propane & Oil 100 points event. Pitkat is ninth in the Whelen Modified Tour standings after six events this year, with two top-10 finishes.

“We’ve been struggling this year to try to figure out what we need to get that Spafco car to work,” Pitkat said. “So we’re going to bring our Troyer “car and we’re going to concentrate on the Saturday race. Every week we’ve gone backwards instead of moving forward, so we’re going to take a step back and just concentrate. We just want to focus on the big picture and get more aquainted with the Troyer car and just focus on Saturday. … It stinks, but it makes sense to focus on the bigger picture.”

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  1. NH Mark says:

    Between Woody and Suess running K&N and Preece running Busch, mod fans will be hanging out all day on Saturday.

  2. Good luck Woody, Fri and Sat

  3. What does Woody’s quote mean?

    “I just tried to see what I could come up with. I told them what I could get and they agreed and said we were good to go.”

    Did he scrounge up all of his cash to pay for the opportunity?

  4. Brian D says:

    Congratulations Woody. Show them what you got!

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