PITKAT FORCED TO MISS NS SHOOTOUT FOR GOOD REASONS
Wedding, Championship Banquet Force Modified Aces to Miss
the entry list for the 13th Annual John Blewett III
Memorial North-South Shootout for the Dunleavy's
Truck and Trailer Repair Tour-type Modifieds is full
of star power from all walks of Modified life, Eric
Goodale and Woody Pitkat are a couple drivers that
will not be at the shootout.
But both drivers are missing the Shootout for pretty
"My cousin and fellow Whelen Modified Tour driver
Timmy Solomito is getting married," said Goodale. "I
can't believe it. I couldn't believe I got married
either. It feels like just a couple of years ago we
were racing scooters around his mother's kitchen.
Now we're banging wheels every weekend."
Pitkat will be at the Valenti Modified Racing Series
banquet where he will officially be crowned the 2015
"I probably could go (to Concord) if I wanted to,"
said Pitkat. "I have a great car owner and crew that
understand that I'm a race car driver and I want to
race, but I just don't think that's fair to those
guys. They worked so hard all year. We weren't even
thinking about running the full season. There were
times when I had to ask them to go to the next track
because we were doing so good. So I want to be there
for them. We'll have a good time and celebrate."
According to 51's The Third Turn, Goodale has made
two prior starts at Concord Speedway in North
Carolina. He finished seventh in his first race
there and 10th in the second.
"I ran well there the last time I raced there but
the kill switch did us in," Goodale said. "I think
we were running second or third in the closing laps
but my engine shut off and the kill switch was all
messed up and that really killed our chances of
winning that race."
Pitkat has had a fair amount of success in the
North-South Shootout as well. He won in his first
ever trip down to the Shootout in a SK car at
Concord, and then won again in a SK car when the
event was moved to Caraway Speedway in Sophia, North
In addition to his success, he really just wanted to
race at Concord again just because the track is such
a cool place to race.
"That place is so unique," said Pitkat. "It's hard
to explain the rush you get going through that
dogleg at full throttle. I look forward to going
back there someday soon."
Goodale also said he hopes to get back to Concord,
but he's quite alright with missing the race this
"It was a blast to race at that track," Goodale
said. "That track is like nothing else that we ever
race at. It's a neat opportunity to go there and
race but this year it just wasn't in the cards.
Family has to come first."
Even though Goodale and Pitkat will not be at the
race this year, the event is still full of some of
Modified racing's biggest stars. Three-time NASCAR
Whelen Modified Tour champion Doug Coby, four-time
NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour champion George
Brunnhoelzl, and five-time North-South Shootout
winner Matt Hirschman will all be there, as will so
For those race fans that cannot attend the 13th
Annual North-South Shootout, Speed51 TV is offering
a live broadcast of the race on a pay-per-view
basis. Visit Speed51.com for more details on how to
purchase the event.
Entry forms for the $10,000-to-win John Blewett III
Dunleavy's Truck and Trailer Repair Tour-Type
Modified North-South Shootout event, as well as the
$5,000-to-win Mr. Rooter SK Modified event, are
currently available by visiting
Practice day kicks off the 13th Annual North-South
Shootout on Thursday, November 5. Additional
practice and qualifying will take place on Friday,
November 6, with the North-South Shootout main
events taking the green flag on Saturday, November
7. The features will consist of a 125-lap race for
the Pro All-Stars Series South Super Late Models, a
60-lap event for the Southeast Trucks, 75-laps for
the Limited Late Models, the Mr. Rooter 50 for the
SK Modifieds and the John Blewett III Memorial 125
for the Dunleavy's Truck and Trailer Repair
For more on the 13th Annual North-South Shootout,
51 Sports / North-South Shootout
November 5, 2015