After winning the Valenti Modified Racing Series championship in 2015 with car owner Peter Kulessa, Woody Pitkat will be racing for a different team in 2016.  Well, sort of a different team.  Pitkat and a handful of team members from the Kulessa team are joining forces with the Stebbins Racing No. 52 car for the 2016 campaign.


“We’re kind of combining teams,” said Pitkat.  “Pete has been doing it for a while and wanted to end on a high note. Some of the crew guys from our team are combining with the Stebbins team, so I think it will be a really good deal. It’s a pretty top-notch VMRS ride. We’ll have a couple cars available and a couple engines available too. I’m looking forward to running for them and winning races and contending for a championship.  I’m very thankful for West County Equipment Rentals, NAPA, Allstates Asphalt and Patterson Farms for helping us out this year.”


While Pitkat now has his VMRS plans complete, he is still without a ride for the 2016 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour campaign. It was announced in late 2015 that his Buzz Chew Racing team was transitioning to dirt racing, leaving Pitkat to look for a new team.


“I haven’t found anything yet,” said Pitkat. “Unfortunately the people I’ve talked to have already had things set in stone.”


Pitkat will also be returning to his home track of Stafford Motor Speedway in Connecticut to race weekly in the Gunsmoke Stables Racing-owned SK Modified with Les’s Service Center and Adam Skowyra in NASCAR Whelen All-American Series competition.


-By Rob Blount, Southeast Editor – Twitter: @RobBlount

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Defending VMRS Champ Switching Teams for 2016 Season