Ryan Preece Wins Stafford's SK 100
38th Annual Event Goes to a Young Gun
Track PR Report
Stafford Speedway’s SK Modified® division took center stage with the running of the 38th Annual Coors Light SK Modified® 100.  Ryan Preece took home the $2,600 winner’s check by taking the checkered flag in 38th Annual Coors Light SK Modified® 100.

The Coors Light SK Modified® 100 took the green flag with Mark Bakaj taking the lead ahead of Tom Bolles.  Dan Avery moved into third, with Sean Foster fourth and Woody Pitkat was fifth.  Bolles nearly had a pass for the lead on lap-4, but he fell back into line behind Bakaj.

Pitkat moved into fourth on lap-4 and he brought Eric Berndt with him past Foster.  The caution came out with 9 laps complete as Bakaj went around in turn 3.  Michael Gervias, Jr. also spun as he tried to avoid hitting Bakaj. Pitkat took the lead back under green with Avery moving into second.  Bolles was third, with Fosger and Berndt side by side for fourth place.  Nichole Morgillo went through the backstretch grass but was able to keep going. However the caution came out with 13 laps complete for a spin by Michael Bennett and Glenn Sullivan in turns 1+2.

Pitkat took the lead back under green with Avery and Berndt behind him. Bolles and Malave were side by side for fourth with Ted Christopher and Foster side by side behind Bolles and Malave.  Berndt was beginning to take a look to the inside of Avery for second and he made the pass on lap-17.  Ryan Preece moved into the fifth spot as he got by the cars of Christopher, Foster, Malave.  Preece continued his charge and he moved into third place on lap-20 behind Pitkat and Avery.

At the lap-25 mark, Pitkat, Berndt, and Preece were locked nose to tail while Avery, Bolles, Malave, Christopher, Glen Reen, Foster, and Todd Owen were in a single file train behind the lead trio.  The caution came back out with 31 laps complete as Bolles and Foster went around in turn 1.  Malave was sent to the rear of the field for contact with Bolles. Pitkat took the lead back under green with Preece moving into second.

Preece went under Pitkat in turn 4 on lap-32 to take over the race lead. Berndt was third behind Preece and Pitkat with Avery and Owen making up the top-5.  Glen Reen, who was running right behind the top-5 cars, lost an engine to bring the caution out with 33 laps complete.  Just as Reen’s engine expired, Morgillo’s car let loose a plume of smoke and she had to be pushed to pit road.  Morgillo would return to the race after several laps behind the wall.

Preece took the lead on the restart with Berndt moving to the inside of Pitakt for second.  Pitkat was able to hang tough in the outside groove and fought off the challenge from Berndt to maintain second behind Preece.
Avery was fourth with Owen in fifth.  Preece was comfortably in the lead ahead of Pitkat and Berndt when the caution came out with 52 laps complete for a spin by Chris Matthews, who was running in the fifth position.

Preece again took the lead back under green with Pitkat, Berndt, Avery, and Owen making up the top-5 behind him.  Jeff Baral was sixth, with Curt Brainard, Christopher, Malave, and Foster making up the second half of the top-10.  Christopher worked his way by both Brainard and Christopher before the caution came back out for a spin by Ron D’Alessandro in turns 1+2.

Preece took the lead on the restart with Berndt getting by Pitkat for second.  Owen got by Avery for fourth place and Christopher, Brainard, Foster, Matthews, and Baral in line behind him.  Christopher was hounding
Avery for fifth, but Avery was able to hold him off.  Up front, Pitakt was all over Berndt for second, but was unable to make a pass.  The caution came back out with 67 laps complete for Ron D’Alessandro, who stalled on the pit road exit.

Preece again took command on the restart with Pitkat getting back by Berndt for second.  Avery, Owen, and Christopher were locked in a three-car fight for fourth with Avery taking the spot.  Christopher fell into line in fifth and Owen settled into sixth.  Avery’s car suddenly dropped off the pace on lap-77 and he crawled around the track back to pit road.

At the front of the field, Preece had again opened up a comfortable margin over Pitkat in second, who was several car lengths ahead of Berndt in third. Christopher was fourth, with Curt Brainard and Frank Ruocco fighting for fifth.  Ruocco made the move on Brainard and took the spot on lap-84.

The caution came out with 88 laps complete for a spin by John Montesanto, which erased Preece’s lead and set up a 12 lap dash to the checkered flag. Preece took the lead on the restart but the caution came back out one lap after the restart as Berndt nearly spun in turn 4 and then Mark Bakaj went around in turn 4.  The new restart order was Preece and Pitkat on the front row with Christopher and Ruocco making up the second row.

Preece powered into the lead on the restart with Pitkat able to keep second ahead of Christopher, Ruocco, and Mathews.  The caution came back out with 89 laps complete as Brian Sullivan drove up and over the car of Jeff Malave as Todd Owen and Joe Gada also spun in turn 1.

Preece took the lead on the restart with Pitkat, Christopher, and Ruocco behind him.  Ruocco made a move inside of Christopher to take third on lap-91 as Preece was able to pull several car lengths on Pitkat.  The
caution came back out with 95 laps complete for a spin by Heather DesRochers and Montesanto.

Preece again charged into the lead on the restart with Ruocco moving to the inside of Pitkat for second.  Christopher closed in right behind the side by side duo of Ruocco and Pitkat while Preece was pulling away.  Ruocco was able to complete the pass on Pitkat on lap-99, but no one had anything for Preece as he took the checkered flag.  Ruocco nipped Pitkat at the line for second, with Christopher and Brainard rounding out the top-5.

SK MODIFIED® (100)

1) Ryan Preece, Berlin
2) Frank Ruocco, Cheshire
3) Woody Pitkat, Stafford Springs
4) Ted Christopher, Plainville
5) Curt Brainard, Canton
6) Jeff Baral, Enfield
7) Chris Matthews, Stafford
8) Michael Gervais, Jr., Southbury
9) Joe Gada, Salem
10) Vincent Anglace, Ansonia
11) Ron D'alessandro, East Hartford
12) Tom Bolles, Ellington
13) Heather DesRochers, Granby, Ma
14) Todd Owen, Somers
15) Eric Berndt, Cromwell
16) Sean Foster, Willington
17) Jeff Malave, Manchester
18) Brian Sullivan, South Windsor
19) Kurt Lenahan, Roxbury
20) Nichole Morgillo, Wallingford
21) John Montesanto, North Branford
22) Dan Avery, Somers
23) Donny Travaglin, Winsted
24) Glen Reen, Wilbraham, Ma
25) Michael Bennett, Stafford Springs
26) Glenn Sullivan, Westbury, Ny
27) Mark Bakaj, Lebanon



Ryan Preece's #40 SK Modified.  (Rick Ibsen Photos)
Ryan Preece in victory lane.