THOMPSON, Conn. – It was a run eight years in the making that saw Woody Pitkat capture his first NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Coors Light Pole Award as he topped the field in qualifying for Icebreaker 150 presented by Town Fair Tire Saturday at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park.
Pitkat, from Stafford, Conn., posted a fast lap of 18.724 seconds (120.167 mph) to take the Icebreaker pole in his first race with the Buzz Chew Motorsports No. 88 Chevrolet team.
For Pitkat, who has run a mix of part- and full-time schedules since 2007, Saturday’s pole was earned for what will be his 79th career Whelen Modified Tour race.
Justin Bonsignore posted a fast lap of 18.796 (119.706) to earn a front row starting position alongside Pitkat for Sunday’s season opener.
Both Pitkat’s and Bonsignore’s race cars are powered by the NASCAR-approved spec engine.
Donny Lia, reigning tour champion Ryan Preece and Rowan Pennink rounded out the top five qualifiers. Patrick Emerling, Matt Hirschman, Keith Rocco, Eric Goodale and Bobby Santos completed the top 10.
Feature racing in Thompson’s season-opening weekend will begin on Sunday at 12:30 p.m. The Whelen Modified Tour Icebreaker 150 presented by Town Fair Tire will go green at approximately 3:45 p.m.