Archive for September 3rd, 2011

Woody Pitkat wins 15th annual Budweiser Modified Nationals

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.

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Andronaco, Puleo, Pappacoda and Webb score NWAAS victories; Dimatteo, Morin and Logan other winners

Waterford, CT — Waterford Speedbowl was busy Saturday with its annual Thunder on the Sound racing program, featuring eight main events including the Budweiser Modified Nationals SK Modified-150. Woody Pitkat of Stafford Springs made his first visit of the year to the Speedbowl worthwhile, taking his first career win at the track in the biggest race of the season. Other winners on the night included Brian Andronaco of Wilton who took the checkered flag in the Bob Valenti Auto Mall Late Models, Ed Puleo of Branford who came out on top of an exciting conclusion to the Street Stock event and David Webb of New Milford who scored his first career Speedbowl victory in the SK Light Modified race. Nick Pappacoda of Branford won the night’s Mini Stock feature, Dana Dimatteo of Farmington was the Legends Cars winner and Ken Morin Jr. of Old Saybrook won the night’s Bandolero feature. In the visiting Allison Legacy Series tour race, James Logan of Dighton, MA scored the victory.

The 30-lap Bob Valenti Auto Mall Late Model feature ran virtually trouble free. Andronaco led from the opening green flag ahead of a battle for second between Joe Curioso and Dennis Botticello. Behind that pair, Anthony Flannery and Bruce Thomas Jr. were in the mix of the top-five as well. The only caution period of the race brought the field back to Andronaco on lap-11 due to a minor spin back in the field.

Andronaco had to fight off Curioso on the restart. Curioso was able to lead laps 12 and 13 from the outside before Andronaco drove back ahead, while Curioso ultimately succumbed to both Flannery and Thomas who took over second and third positions. However neither were able to challenge Andronaco, who went on to win his second feature on the season, but first since May. Flannery, Thomas, Curioso and Rich Staskowski finished second through fifth.

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