Gada Continues Waterford Family History
Meanwhile Monahan was trying to find room to Lutz’s inside. That battle cooled down when caution came back out on lap 18 as Adam Gada was stalled on the track in distress. Rocco pulled off the track from second into the pits during the caution and did not return.
Gada got the better of Lutz for the third time in the race on the restart. Monahan and Christopher were able to keep Lutz in the outside lane, taking over second and third positions on lap 19. Gada hustled away from the combination of Monahan and Christopher with the race staying green. Lutz held fourth position while Keith Rocco made his way into the top-five past Tyler Chadwick.
Rocco got by Lutz on lap 24 to take fourth as Christopher turned up his pressure on Monahan. Meanwhile Gada’s lead once again grew to a straightaway.
Christopher made a move on Monahan’s outside on lap 27 to get to second position however time was not on his side. Without any further caution flags Gada continued his romp to the checkered flag. The victory marked the first time a third generation driver has ever won in the SK Modified division. Christopher finished second ahead of Monahan, who ended up third.
Dennis Gada, Joe’s father, is the only driver in track history to claim seven championships and is the all-time leader in SK Modified division wins with 62. Joe’s grandfather Bob Gada was also a winner in the Modified division and a champion in support divisions. In total, the Gada family has won a total of 11 track championships and greater than 120 races at the famed shoreline oval.