Woody Pitkat Captures Pole For Whelen Modified Tour Sunoco World Series 150 At Thompson

Woody Pitkat at track at Thompson Speedway during Icebreaker weekend (Photo: Jim Rogash/Getty Images for NASCAR)

Woody Pitkat at track at Thompson Speedway during Icebreaker weekend (Photo: Jim Rogash/Getty Images for NASCAR)

THOMPSON – When the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour opened the 2014 season the festivities kicked off with Woody Pitkat winning his first career pole in qualifying for the April 6 Icebreaker 150 at Thompson Speedway.

Saturday Pitkat completed the bookending performance.

Pitkat, of Stafford, was fastest in qualifying Saturday at Thompson Speedway to set the field for Sunday’s Whelen Modified Tour Sunoco World Series 150 at Thompson Speedway.

It was the second career series pole for Pitkat, who is completing his first season competing for Buzz Chew Racing.

Pitkat goes looking Sunday to finish the weekend one spot better than he did when the season opened. In the Icebreaker Pitkat dominated most of the event before losing the lead late and settling for a second place finish to Justin Bonsignore of Holtsville, N.Y.

Since then, Pitkat went on to win his first two series events, capturing victories at Stafford Motor Speedway (Aug. 8) and New Hampshire Motor Speedway (Sept. 20).

Pitkat toured the .625-mile Thompson Speedway oval in 18.816 seconds (119.579 mph).

“We unloaded really fast so I thought we would be really good,” Pitkat said. “I was just trying to keep my calm and keep my composure because you get all amped up throughout the day to get going and then with the rain it just kind of stops your momentum. I just tried to concentrate. I knew we had a really good car. I just tried to lay down the best lap that I could for the circumstances and the weather and stuff. I knew we would have a good car, I just had to go out there and put it down and we did.”

Ryan Preece of Berlin, coming off a victory in the most previous series event on Sept. 28 at Stafford Motor Speedway, was second fastest at 18.846 seconds (119.389 mph).

Series rookie Tommy Barrett Jr. of Millis, Mass. was third fastest of the 36 cars in time trials at 18.893 seconds (119.092 mph).

Doug Coby of Milford, looking to clinch his second series title Sunday, will start fourth after a qualifying lap of 18.984 seconds (118.521 mph). Coby won his first series title in 2012 and finished second to Preece in the series standings in 2013.

Ted Christopher of Plainville goes into the final event 28 points behind Coby in second place in the standings. Christopher is the only driver with a chance to catch Coby. Christopher will start eighth (19.042 seconds, 118.160 mph).

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