Keith Rocco Makes Waterford History
WATERFORD, Conn. – Waterford Speedbowl overcame a slow start Saturday due to early rain, but rebounded for another night of NASCAR Whelen All-American Series action.
The racing was highlighted by an extra-distance feature for the SK Modified division, which was claimed by Keith Rocco, who turned in a record setting performance. A pair of drivers picked up their ninth wins of the year, Rocco again in the Valenti Auto Mall Late Model division and Josh Galvin in the Street Stocks.
Joining them in the winner’s circle were Corey Barry and Ken Cassidy Jr., each winning for the fifth time of the season in the respective SK Light Modified and Mini Stock divisions. Dan Meservey Jr. won the Pro 4 Modifieds of New England feature.
Rocco’s SK Modified win was the 63rd of his career. More significantly, that makes him the division’s all-time wins leader in the track’s 64-year history. Rocco dodged early incidents which plagued the 40-lap feature, eliminating multiple cars from competition. The race began with Jeff Gallup and Craig Lutz on the front row but only one lap was completed before Shawn Monahan was collected in bumper tag throughout the field, bringing out the yellow flag.
Gallup briefly led before Lutz got around him on lap three. Tim Jordan moved into second position and Ed Puleo third before Ted Christopher got caught up in a skirmish on the backstretch to bring out the caution flag on lap eight. A major incident occurred after the restart among cars battling for a spot among the top five. Several cars wrecked in turn one on lap nine including Nichole Morgillo, Kyle James, Rob Janovic Jr., Jeff Rocco and Jeff Goodale, who were each done for the evening with considerable damage. Keith Rocco also received damage in the wreck, however he stayed on the race track.
Jordan got by the outside of Lutz on the next restart, leading lap 10. Lutz and Puleo made contact entering turn one on lap-12 battling for second sending Lutz around, dropping both from the lead cars as caution waved again. Rocco jumped up to third for the ensuing restart, then moved to second on lap 13 inside Paul Kusheba. He stayed on Jordan’s rear bumper until he found room to his inside on lap 15, pulling into the lead.
The remainder of the race ran without another yellow flag and the field fired off the final stretch of laps under the green flag. Jordan finished runner-up and Tyler Chadwick was third. Kusheba and Diego Monahan completed the top five.