There is going to be a new driver and team combination in town when the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour rolls into New Hampshire Motor Speedway for the Musket 250 presented by Whelen next month.
Woody Pitkat will team with Eddie Harvey Racing for the longest race of the season, and will also drive the No. 1 for the final two races of the year at Stafford Motor Speedway and Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park.
The hope is that the combination will make a run at the Whelen Modified Tour title in 2020.
“It‘s just been a 10 year friendship and the timing is right,” Harvey told NASCAR.com. “For the last three years, every time we have come north to race, I‘ve been going out to dinner with Woody at least one of the nights. How we have never come together before is beyond me, but we never really thought about it.”
Pitkat is no stranger to winning success. He has four career Whelen Modified Tour wins, with the most recent of them coming with Danny Watts Racing this season in May at Wall Stadium Speedway in New Jersey. He‘s a former NASCAR Whelen All-American Series track champion at both Stafford and Thompson as well.
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“I think it‘s a good deal,” Pitkat told NASCAR.com. “I‘ve had a long relationship with Eddie back since I was running with David Hill and going down south. Eddie called me and I‘m really looking forward to it. I‘m fortunate enough that he is giving me the opportunity to do it.”
This season, Harvey has competed in 10 of the 11 races with three different drivers behind the wheel. Burt Myers drove the car to four finishes inside the top seven in the first four races of the season, before chasing and eventually earning his 10th NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Modified championship at Bowman Gray Stadium. Jeff Rocco and George Brunnhoelzl III have also competed for the North Carolina based car owner.
Harvey is a former championship car owner on the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour.
“I‘ve never really driven an LFR car in a race, I practiced Bobby Santos‘ a few times, but I‘ve never been able to race it. I‘m looking forward to something new, and I‘ve seen what the LFR brand has accomplished on the tour,” Pitkat said. “You‘ve seen what some of the people who have switched have done. Every time I have talked to Eddie has been really fun. I‘m hoping we will be good right off the trailer.”
Pitkat and Harvey have picked the most prestigious race of the 16-event championship points schedule to begin their pairing. The Musket 250 presented by Whelen puts drivers, equipment and teams to the test, with live pit stops and strategy playing a major role in the final laps.
“They finished third in the race last year and I think it was the first time Burt Myers had ever seen the place,” Pitkat said. “The race comes down the strategy, and if anything, it will give me a chance to get acclimated to the equipment. We will have to stay on the lead lap and be in contention at the end. I‘m going to places like Loudon, Thompson and Stafford, and I feel like those are my key tracks.”
“I just want to give him an opportunity to turn it up and have some good races under him,” Harvey said.