HOPING FOR ANOTHER SOLID RUN IN
HILLBILLY RACING'S #79 IN STAFFORD'S CARQUEST FALL FINAL
Woody Pitkat, this weekend's CARQUEST Fall Final at
Stafford will be a return to where he got started.
Pitkat will be behind the wheel of the Sandra Hill
owned Hillbilly Racing #79, which is the car that
Pitkat made his NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour debut
with. Pitkat ran 10 races with the team during the
2007 season with a best finish of third at Mansfield
in Ohio. Pitkat rejoined the team last week at New
Hampshire, and after qualifying 22nd, he was racing
towards a top-5 finish before getting caught up in a
spin by Patrick Emerling. Despite the 14th place
finish, Pitkat is excited about his chances this
weekend at Stafford with how well the team performed
in New Hampshire.
"They were all pretty excited," said Pitkat. "Right
after the break we got up to third. We wanted to
hang out and wait until the end to show what we had,
but everyone came out like it was the last lap. We
had a real good car, we were a little tighter in the
second half of the race than we were in the first
half, but the more we ran, the better the car got.
That was probably one of the smoothest weekends I've
had on the Tour in a long time. It was definitely a
weekend that you want to have besides the finish.
Our staggers were matched up from the first set of
tires to the second set, the car was really good
when we unloaded it for practice, I just wish I
could have done a little better in time trials. I
talked to Sandra Hill after the race was over and
she said she was proud of me, I did a nice job, it
was nice to see the car up front again, and we got a
lot of good publicity on TV, so she asked me if I
wanted to be a Hillbilly at Stafford."
Pitkat is on a race-to-race basis with the #79 team,
but he knows another good finish will keep him
behind the wheel of the #79. Pitkat is also excited
to be working with Chris Kopec, who has been helping
the Hillbilly Team out.
"Chris Kopec and his guys were helping us out and
they're awesome people to work with," said Pitkat.
"I think with David Hill and Chris working together
and figuring out what the car needs, that's why the
team has been running better. With how well Dylan
Kopec has been running in the SK Lights this year,
Chris is pretty smart with the setup, so that should
be another positive for the team heading into
Stafford. At New Hampshire, I could have put my two
cents in too, but the car was so good, I didn't
really have anything to add. It's a race-to-race
deal for now. I want to run the last two races and
maybe the North/South Shoot-Out with these guys, so
there's a little extra pressure on me. I just need
to go out and do the best I can."
With Pitkat's experience at Stafford combined with
the combination of David Hill and Chris Kopec, all
signs are pointing in the right direction for Pitkat
to have another good run in the CARQUEST Fall Final.
"I've said all along that Stafford and Thompson,
obviously I race weekly and I have a million laps
around there, so it should be one of my better
tracks," said Pitkat. "Hopefully we can be in the
top-5 and it would be awesome to contend for the
win, but I'm not going to get greedy. The 79 car was
my first full-time ride in 2007, and I think they've
seen that I've gotten better and matured since then
and the team has gotten better. I'd like to see if I
can time trial a little better than I have, have a
comfortable car like we did at Loudon, and run in
the top-5 all day and be there for the end of the
Tickets for the September 29th & Sept. 30th 40th
Annual CARQUEST Fall Final Weekend are priced at
$38.50 for adult general admission tickets, $5.00
for children ages 6-14, and children ages 5 and
under are admitted free of charge when accompanied
by an adult. Reserved seating will be priced at
$42.00 for all ages. All CARQUEST Fall Final tickets
are good for admission on both Saturday and Sunday.
All ticket prices include 10% CT Admission Tax and
Stafford Motor Speedway offers free parking with
overnight parking available.
For more information on the 40th Annual CARQUEST
Fall Final Weekend, or to order tickets, contact the
Stafford Motor Speedway track office at 860-684-2783
or visit us on the web at
Source: Scott Running / Stafford Motor Speedway