Stafford Springs, CT — This weekend’s CARQUEST Fall Final at Stafford Motor Speedway has four track championships up for grabs. Although Ryan Preece has already staked his claim to the SK Modified® track championship, there are 4 track championships that will be decided on the track this weekend.
In Stafford’s Late Model division, the championship race comes down to a pair of hometown drivers, Ryan Posocco and Woody Pitkat. Posocco already holds the Stafford record with 5 Late Model championships, and he will be looking to add a sixth title to his resume, while Pitkat is in search of his second Late Model track title. Posocco took the points lead after the second race of the season, but soon he fell behind Jim Mavlouganes in the standings after a 15th place finish on May 20th. Posocco regained the points lead after the June 10th race and he has been at the front of the standings ever since. The road for Pitkat has been a bit bumpier than Posocco’s as he had only one top-5 finish in the first four races of the 2011 season, which left him in 15th place in the standings and nearly 100 points behind. But since that May 20th event, Pitkat hasn’t finished lower than fourth and he has won 5 times to get him to within 24 points of Posocco entering this weekend’s CARQUEST Fall Final. Should Posocco finish 12th or better, he will clinch his sixth championship regardless of where Pitkat finishes. Pitkat needs to finish at least 12 spots ahead of Posocco to lay claim to the Late Model title for the second time in his career.
After 1-2 finishes in the first two SK Light features this season, defending track champion Matt Galko and Joey Cipriano served notice that they were going to be counted among the title contenders. Between the two of them, Galko and Cipriano have accounted for 10 of the 18 race wins in the SK Light division this season and they enter the CARQUEST Fall Final separated by 36 points in the title fight. Galko needs to finish 18th or better to wrap up his second consecutive track title, while Cipriano needs to finish at least 18 spots ahead of Galko in order to become the 2011 SK Light track champion.