Last Lap Drama Gives Woody Pitkat Late Model Victory At Stafford Motor Speedway

STAFFORD – Division points leader Woody Pitkat used a last lap push to take the lead and win the 30-lap Late Model feature Friday at Stafford Motor Speedway.

It was the third Late Model victory of the season for Pitkat and kept up a torrid pace of late in the divison for him. Pitkat has finished first or second in the last six events.

Overall Pitkat has finished in the top-four in eight of 11 events this year. His worst finish of the season is eighth.

Mike Quintiliano of Shelton edged Mark St. Hilaire of Berlin at the checkered flag for second place.

St. Hilaire went past Tom Butler for second on lap four and then got by Scott Cook for the lead on lap five. Pitkat followed St. Hilaire past Cook to take over second and then spent the next 25 laps stalking him.

On the final lap Pitkat got was under St. Hilaire going into turn one and came out of turn two with the lead.

“That was the hardest I’ve probably driven in a while, if not all year,” Pitkat said. “He was really good. I got one crack on him down into [turn] three and he got high and I almost had him but I was too loose off [the corner]. Then at the end he just moved up just a little bit. Those were just the little mistakes he made. He ran a flawless race. I feel bad, he ran a good race and should have won, but we work our butts off and we deserve to be here too.”

Quintiliano got under St. Hilaire and the two went side-by-side the line at the finish.

“I had no brakes at the end of the race,” St. Hilaire said. “Nothing for Woody. He’s just always fast. What are you going to do?”

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