Wilbraham’s Glen Reen will be making a return to the SK Modified division at Stafford Motor Speedway driving for Dan Avery Last season, Reen took down in the Late Model race at the NAPA Auto Parts Spring Sizzler and almost won the SK Modified race.
Reen feels the team has a bigger notebook for this year. Last year at the NAPA Auto Parts Spring Sizzler, it was Reen’s first time in a Troyer and this year will be a huge stepping stone for Reen towards a lot of success.
RaceDayCT.com reported that Woody Pitkat will be a teammate with Reen at Stafford in the SK Modified division. Reen told 22News how excited he is to be teammates with Pitkat.
“I am super excited. Woody and I and I don’t know if people know this but we’ve been close for years and since my first season in SK Lights. He’s took me under his wing. He stayed at my house when I lived in North Carolina. We were running the (NASCAR Whelen Modified) Tour together when we both started pretty much at the same time. A lot of respect for each other. I consider us close friends,” said Reen.
Reen said it all started when Dan Avery got suspended last year for one race last season and Reen texted Pitkat and asked about racing in Avery’s car and that’s how it all started. Reen believes Pitkat will be a great asset to the team along with the whole organization.
When Reen started driving for Avery, Avery told Reen as time progressed that he was going to step away and he wanted two drivers. There was already fillers out there for multiple drivers.
“Dan and I talked about who do you think would be good for the team. Who do you think this? Who do you think that? It was multiple drivers that still raced SK’s at Stafford rignt now and if you’re asking me who I would pick. I would say, Woody. Dan likes Woody. Woody like Dan. We all get along. That was actually the perfect scenario for us to try it out,” said Reen.
Reen will not be driving in the Late Model division at Stafford this year as Michael Bennett will take over. Reen wishes the whole team nothing but the best for the 2019 season. Reen talked to car owner Rob Russell that if he needed anything on or off the race track that he was a phone call away. Reen and Russell are still good friends. Reen wanted to focus 100 percent on the SK Modified this season.
The SK Modifieds will get a chance to race at the New England Short Track Showdown this June at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in an opportunity where the Saturday night short track racer can have the opportunity to come and race on the big stage. Richmond Raceway and Bristol Motor Speedway have done short track events where they have Saturday night grassroots racer come and race on the special platform. Reen told 22News he hopes this a sign of things to come.
“I hope so. Think about this, how many people can say I have run at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. How many people can honestly say they have run at New Hampshire Motor Speedway even at Stafford say I have raced at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. In the SK division, there is probably 10 guys. That’s it. It’s all you get. If you start to bring SK Lights up there and Late Models and SK’s. Do you know how many people are going to jump at that opportunity? You’re going to get a crowd. I think it’s a great idea. I really do because you finally give people the chance that would never have the chance to do it. I think it’s our Daytona’s short track if you will. Everyone is going to be excited. Everyone is going to get a car ready for it and they are going to have a huge turnout,” said Reen.
Reen and Avery have talked about Loudon and Reen is getting his other car ready to race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in June. Woody Pitkat will also be racing the SK Modified event up there. The last time Reen ran at the Magic Mile was on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour back in September 2014.
Reen believes the SK Modified division at Stafford Motor Speedway is hands down the toughest division in the country.
“You look at a time sheet on a Friday night practice just in the SK’s and there is only a few tenths that differ first to last and there is 25 cars or 28 cars. Sometimes the cup level isn’t that close,” said Reen.
Reen took down the win in the inaugural TC 13 SK Shootout. Reen told 22News that this race is a helluva race to win. Reen’s car is painted in honor of Ted Christopher. Christopher is the all-time winningest driver at Stafford. Christopher passed away in September 2017.
“It was insane. It was the most weird victory lane I have ever been in. You’re so excited yet at the same time, it was almost silent. It was surreal. It was a lot of sadness. You can feel it but at the same time. You were excited. It was a very weird feeling. Definitely blessed at the same time. It wasn’t time for me to celebrate. That race was for Ted. It wasn’t for me. It wasn’t for anyone else. It was Ted’s race. He was the one being remembered not me,” said Reen.
Kevin Harvick and KHI Management have stepped up the bonuses at Stafford Motor Speedway for this season where the SK Modified driver will receive $250 for leading the 13th lap and for finishing in 13th position. Reen believes it stands out.
The NAPA Auto Parts Spring Sizzler will be held on Saturday and Sunday. The SK Modifieds will run their 40 lap feature on Sunday as the race will kick off at 1:00 p.m.