Woody Pitkat Awarded Late Model Win After Ryan Morgan Disqualification At Thompson

Woody Pitkat gets in a post event Late Model victory lane celebration Sunday at Thompson Speedway (Photo: Shawn Courchesne/RaceDayCT)

THOMPSON – After moving Woody Pitkat out of the lead on a green-white-checkered restart to get a win in the Late Model feature Sunday at Thompson Speedway, Ryan Morgan was apologetic for the move. 

In the end no apology was necessary, Morgan ultimately handed the win right back to Pitkat well after the conclusion of the feature. 

Morgan was disqualified from the victory after his team refused to allow their car to be inspected in post-race inspection. Track officials were inspecting carburetors following the Late Model feature. 

“I guess you could say it was karma,” Pitkat said. “I didn’t think he would run me like he did. I know everybody wants to win, I guess some people just do what they want to do out there. But it worked out.” 

Before the disqualification Morgan had commented on the aggressiveness he used on the final restart to take the lead. 

“I wasn’t sure if Woody was going to take the top or the bottom,” Morgan said. “All I knew was that I was pretty tight on the bottom. I apologized to Woody. I think I bottomed out because I drove it in so hard. That’s hard racing. From lap one it was hard.”

With the Morgan disqualification, Matt Lowinki-Loh of Milford, Mass. was moved to second place and William Wall of Shrewsbury, Mass. to third.

Pitkat also won the 30-lap NASCAR Whelen All-American Series SK Modified feature.  It was the second time this season that Pitkat has won both the SK Modified and Late Model feature’s on the same day at Thompson. 

“It’s pretty cool to do the double again,” Pitkat said. “Cool enough to do it once, so it’s really cool to do it again. 

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  1. Yeah, like Woody’s never dumped anyone. Lol

  2. It seems nowadays that dumping is acceptable, and at some venues actually expected. The only difference is it’s not called “dumping” it’s called “moving someone out of the way. Gone are the days of the “gentleman” racer. Aggressiveness is the new normal, and aggressive driving is encouraged and sometimes rewarded. Drivers no longer “lean” on each other they punt each other out of the way with no regard for the consiquences, and no respect for each other.

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