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New Smyrna Speedway

Polly Reid

The modifieds were back in action at New Smyrna Speedway Wednesday night for the annual John Blewett III Memorial 76 lap in honor of a special modified family member lost too soon. Tonight was indeed special for one particular team. Wearing a new drivers suit with the III emblem embroidered on the back as well as sporting a JB III pendant on a gold chain, it was quite fitting that this driver would be the one to take the checkered flag. Woody Pitkat of Stafford, CT made the winning move with ten to go with a run on the backstretch. A heated side by side battle with Chuck Hossfeld, Pitkat completed the pass and never looked back taking his second victory of the week in the JB III Memorial 76 lap event at the New Smyrna World Series of Asphalt Racing.

Starting on the pole after the top six inverted in the field, Pitkat kept his Hill Enterprises modified out front from the drop of the green keeping the field behind him including Eric Goodale, Ron Silk, Patrick Emerling and Andy Seuss.

Ron Silk was on the move and catching Pitkat, became the new leader on lap 10.Pitkat remained in second and using patience kept the pace with Silk as the long green run continued. The duo of Silk and Pitkat broke from the pack as the long green run continued. Then just before the half way mark, Pitkat fired back to take the lead on lap 32. At the halfway mark it was Pitkat, Silk, Hossfeld, Seuss, and Goodale the top five. A caution on lap 46 reigned in the field as several teams made the trip down pit row for adjustments including Ron Silk, Burt Myers, Eric Goodale, Jason Myers and Patrick Emerling.

On the restart with 29 to go, the lineup was Pitkat on the point, with Chuck Hossfeld, Seuss, Emerling and Goodale the top five. As Pitkat and Hossfeld broke from the pack, Hossfeld became the new leader six circuits later. Hossfeld appeared to have the edge but Pitkat never waived and appeared to be calculating his next move which came with just ten to go. As the green flag run continued, Pitkat made the winning move with 10 circuits to the finish to become the final leader of the night. Hossfeld crossed second with Seuss third, Emerling fourth, Jimmy Zacharias fifth, Silk, Danny Watts, Goodale, Jason Myers and J.R. Bertuccio the top ten.

“I wanted to set my own pace,” said Pitkat in victory lane. “Chuck was setting his own pace and he got away then I could see he was wagging the tail so I thought I'm just going to keep doing what I'm doing- roll on the throttle, don't push it until you're straight.” Pitkat kept to his game plan. “On that caution, I knew Chuck was going to be tough- I don't get to race with him often but I have a huge respect for him. When we went back to green there was a lot of buildup on the right front I just couldn't get it clean enough so when we went back to green it took a little while to get going. I was a little too tight in his groove so I started moving down and I found something and it worked.”

Pitkat took a moment to reflect on what this particular win really means to him. “This is unbelievable- to win the John Blewett Memorial, I have so much respect for him- we had such a good time in Las Vegas years back- we were just talking about that, about racing - he is a loss to the sport. Obliviously I want to win this one for him.”

A mention of the late Roger Hill, car owner Sandra Hill, crew chief David Hill and the entire team, Pitkat carries even more momentum heading into the 35 lap feature tonight at New Smyrna Speedway.

Note: After the post-race inspection, Hossfeld’s finish was disallowed moving Seuss into second and Emerling onto the podium.

Source: Polly Reid / TheChromeHorn.com
Posted: February 21, 2013

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