For much of Saturday at Stafford Motor Speedway (CT) it appeared that nobody would keep Stafford’s own Woody Pitkat from winning the pole for the Spring Sizzler 200-lap event. Throughout much of practice he appeared to be in his own zip code. But that didn’t faze Ryan Preece who went out and set down a lightning fast lap to claim the top starting spot for Sunday’s race.
“This feels great. It feels even better knowing that my stock may have gone up a little bit,” joked Preece in reference to episode three of Speed51.com’s “51 War Room” presented by PFC Brakes. “Honestly, this car is phenomenal. It was really good in practice all day, so to go out there and lay a pretty good lap down feels pretty good.”
Preece put down a lap of 17.960 seconds for an average speed of 100.223 mph. He beat out Pitkat by just one-tenth of a second. Pitkat’s lap of record was 18.047 seconds.
Pitkat said that his car was just a bit too tight for his lap, and if he could do things over again he’d have his crew make a different adjustment.
“I tried harder the second lap and I went slower,” laughed Pitkat. “Sometimes you have to go slower to go fast. So I’ll start in the same place I started last year.”
Preece narrowly missed out on the Stafford track record of 17.924 seconds that he set in 2012 at this event.
While he can clearly qualify well for this event and has shown that in the past, Preece still has yet to win “The Greatest Race in the History of Spring,” and that’s something he desperately wants to change.
“We’ve come close to winning it before and I haven’t been able to do it,” said Preece. “We’ve won every other race here as far as the Tour goes. To be able to win here would make everything real nice.”
For an on-demand replay of our Trackside Now coverage of qualifying as well as all of Saturday’s action at Stafford Motor Speedway, click here: http://speed51.com/trackside-now-spring-sizzler-saturday-at-stafford-ct/
-By Rob Blount, Speed51.com Northeast Editor -Twitter: @RobBlount
-Photo Credit: Speed51.com
NWMT Spring Sizzler Qualifying Results
Stafford Motor Speedway, Stafford Springs, CT
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