Pitkat Survives Wild Finish
Woody Pitkat Earns First NHMS Win
It took 86 races for Woody Pitkat to find victory lane for the first time in the Whelen Modified Tour. It only took him three races after that to find it again. With Todd Szegedy draped all over him for the final three laps, Pitkat held off the pesky veteran to win Saturday's F.W. Webb 100 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
Pitkat is the fourth different winner in the last four Modified races at the Magic Mile. He entered the race with only one top-five and 15 laps led in 15 career starts on the 1.058-mile oval.
"It definitely starts in the garage. Races are won or lost in the shop," said Pitkat, who got his first career Modified win on Friday, August 8 at Stafford Motor Speedway. "These guys work harder than anybody and I will repeat it over and over until I don't race with these guys anymore: They're unbelievable."
Szegedy, Doug Coby, Ted Christopher, and Rowan Pennink round out the top-five.
Szegedy tried to make a move around Pitkat on a number of occasions during the final few laps, but couldn't find the right line to get around the 88.
"I feel that every time we go to track we have at least a top-five car, so we got that," said Szegedy, a three-time winner of the Magic Mile. "We got a good run; I am very happy with the finish. Woody had a strong car and he deserved that win."
Coby also threatened for the win, but didn't have the horses to challenge the top two front-runners.
"I just tried to pick the right lines and put ourselves in a position to get a good solid finish," said Coby. "It was a really, really solid finish. It could have been much worse."
The green-white-checkered finish came at the heels of a huge wreck involving Melissa Fifield, Danny Watts Jr., Timmy Solomito, and Ron Yuhas Jr - who took the hardest bump, hitting the Turn 2 wall so hard it left him on his roof.
The race was red-flagged for more than 30 minutes before a stressful final three laps that saw Pitkat hold on for his first career win at New Hampshire.
"Don't give them the bottom, that's what I did," said Pitkat. "My car was so dominant on the bottom and I prayed we would get to Victory Lane and I'm so glad we did."