Waterford, CT — Woody Pitkat led the final 17 laps to take the win at Waterford Speedbowl’s 15th annual Budweiser Modified Nationals Saturday evening. The event was one of eight features as part of the track’s Thunder on the Sound program, presented by the Connecticut National Guard. The win, carrying a $5,000 payday, was Pitkat’s first at the Speedbowl and came in just his second career start in the SK Modified® division at the track. Ted Christopher was second and Diego Monahan finished third.
Pitkat’s run to the checkered flag came on the heels of a wild chain of events in which Pitkat inherited the lead when Todd Ceravolo ran out of fuel following the final caution flag on lap-133. Ceravolo’s fuel problem may have triggered a multi-car accident on a previous attempt to restart the race on lap-133. The incident drew the red flag for clean up and when the race went back to caution, Ceravolo discovered the fuel issue.
The Budweiser Modified Nationals rolled to the green flag with Joe Perry and Nichole Morgillo pacing the field. Perry got the jump at the green to lead lap-1. The action picked up right away as several side-by-side battles ensued as the field sorted out. Keith Rocco asserted himself early, making his way into the top-five in the first five laps. He picked off cars one at a time until he got past Perry’s inside and into the race lead on lap-9. The first caution waved on lap-10 when Gregg Hurley spun in turn three.