While the entry list for the 13th Annual John Blewett III Memorial North-South Shootout for the Dunleavy’s Truck and Trailer Repair Tour-type Modifieds is full of star power from all walks of Modified life, Eric Goodale and Woody Pitkat are a couple drivers that will not be at the shootout.


graphic 51 tv north south shootout 2015But both drivers are missing the Shootout for pretty good reasons.


“My cousin and fellow Whelen Modified Tour driver Timmy Solomito is getting married,” said Goodale.  “I can’t believe it.  I couldn’t believe I got married either.  It feels like just a couple of years ago we were racing scooters around his mother’s kitchen.  Now we’re banging wheels every weekend.”


Pitkat will be at the Valenti Modified Racing Series banquet where he will officially be crowned the 2015 series champion.


“I probably could go (to Concord) if I wanted to,” said Pitkat.  “I have a great car owner and crew that understand that I’m a race car driver and I want to race, but I just don’t think that’s fair to those guys.  They worked so hard all year.  We weren’t even thinking about running the full season.  There were times when I had to ask them to go to the next track because we were doing so good.  So I want to be there for them.  We’ll have a good time and celebrate.”


According to 51’s The Third Turn, Goodale has made two prior starts at Concord Speedway in North Carolina.  He finished seventh in his first race there and 10th in the second.


“I ran well there the last time I raced there but the kill switch did us in,” Goodale said.  “I think we were running second or third in the closing laps but my engine shut off and the kill switch was all messed up and that really killed our chances of winning that race.”


Pitkat has had a fair amount of success in the North-South Shootout as well.  He won in his first ever trip down to the Shootout in a SK car at Concord, and then won again in a SK car when the event was moved to Caraway Speedway in Sophia, North Carolina.


In addition to his success, he really just wanted to race at Concord again just because the track is such a cool place to race.


“That place is so unique,” said Pitkat.  “It’s hard to explain the rush you get going through that dogleg at full throttle.  I look forward to going back there someday soon.”


Goodale also said he hopes to get back to Concord, but he’s quite alright with missing the race this year.


“It was a blast to race at that track,” Goodale said.  “That track is like nothing else that we ever race at.  It’s a neat opportunity to go there and race but this year it just wasn’t in the cards.  Family has to come first.”


Even though Goodale and Pitkat will not be at the race this year, the event is still full of some of Modified racing’s biggest stars.  Three-time NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion Doug Coby, four-time NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour champion George Brunnhoelzl, and five-time North-South Shootout winner Matt Hirschman will all be there, as will so many more.


For those race fans that cannot attend the 13th Annual North-South Shootout, Speed51 TV is offering a live broadcast of the race on a pay-per-view basis.  Visit Speed51.com for more details on how to purchase the event.


Entry forms for the $10,000-to-win John Blewett III Dunleavy’s Truck and Trailer Repair Tour-Type Modified North-South Shootout event, as well as the $5,000-to-win Mr. Rooter SK Modified event, are currently available by visiting www.northsouthshootout.net.


Practice day kicks off the 13th Annual North-South Shootout on Thursday, November 5. Additional practice and qualifying will take place on Friday, November 6, with the North-South Shootout main events taking the green flag on Saturday, November 7.  The features will consist of a 125-lap race for the Pro All-Stars Series South Super Late Models, a 60-lap event for the Southeast Trucks, 75-laps for the Limited Late Models, the Mr. Rooter 50 for the SK Modifieds and the John Blewett III Memorial 125 for the Dunleavy’s Truck and Trailer Repair Tour-Type Modifieds.


For more on the 13th Annual North-South Shootout, visit www.northsouthshootout.net.


-51 Sports/North South Shootout Press Release. Photo credit: Speed51.com

Goodale, Pitkat Forced to Miss NS Shootout for Good Reasons