Keith Rocco Wins Big At Waterford
WATERFORD, Conn. - A quick paced and action packed racing program was the order of the night Saturday at Waterford Speedbowl as the track played host to its Thunder on the Sound event, highlighted by the Budweiser Modified Nationals SK 150 feature event.
Keith Rocco was the nights big winner, picking up the $5,000 payday along with the checkered flag in the Budweiser Modified Nationals SK 150. In total, seven drivers notched victories on the evening. Joining Rocco in the winners circle included a first-time Speedbowl winner as David Farrington Jr. picked up an impressive victory in the Bob Valenti Auto Mall Late Model division.
Corey Hutchings won another Street Stock race while Ray Christian III and Glenn Griswold each picked up their second wins of the season in the respective Mini Stock and SK Light Modified divisions. In INEX racing Paul Kusheba won an exciting Legend Cars event and Andrew Morin won his first ever race in the Bandoleros.
Rocco began the Budweiser Modified Nationals from deep in the 25-car starting field of NASCAR Whelen All-American Series SK Modifieds. He rose from seventeenth position at the start to take the race lead on lap-83 from Tom Abele Jr. with some early patience then timely firepower.
The race began with Jeff Gallup taking the lead on the opening lap. The first caution flag of the race was not far behind however, as Adam Gada was sent to the pit area for leaking fluid on the racing surface with just one lap scored complete. When the race resumed the field quickly settled in for a lengthy run of green flag racing.
Gallup continued to lead as Ted Christopher moved to second. He challenged Gallup by lap-8, eventually racing by his outside into the lead on lap-9. Behind Gallup, Rob Janovic raced in third with Todd Ceravolo fourth. As the top cars ran single file feeling out their rides for the long race, Woody Pitkat and Tyler Chadwick were both on the move after starting the race outside the top ten. Ahead, Christopher was already placing cars at the tail of the field down a lap as the race worked towards lap-35.
Moments later, John Montesanto spun off the front stretch into the grass to bring out the yellow flag on lap-38. During the caution period Ceravolo ducked to the pit area, giving up his position among the top-four.
Christopher quickly got away from Gallup on the restart. Abele lined up fourth when Ceravolo departed, getting past Janovic on lap-39 before challenging Gallup. He was second on lap-40 and Janovic got by Gallup into third on lap-42. Pitkat restarted the race from fifth, climbing past Gallup on lap-43 to get to fourth. Once in line those four cars ran single file through another stretch of clean racing, remaining unchanged through the next yellow flag on lap-68. While the top four ran in order, Rocco began to assert himself during the run. He ended up fifth to Pitkat for the ensuing restart at lap-71.