August 16, 2017
Flip Flop: Keith Rocco Bounces Back At Thompson Speedway With SK Modified Win
A www.racedayct.com article
THOMPSON – When the SK Modifieds last raced at Thompson Speedway on July 8, it proved a short evening for Keith Rocco.
The Wallingford driver got involved in a first lap wreck that left him on the sidelines to watch Todd Owen win and Ryan Preece pul away at the top of the division’s standings.
Wednesday Rocco bounced back in perfect fashion.
Rocco held off a charging Steve Masse over the closing laps to win the 30-lap NASCAR Whelen All-American Series SK Modified feature Thursday at Thompson.
It was the second victory of the season at Thompson for Rocco.
Masse, of Bellingham, Mass., was second and Ted Christopher of Plainville third.
“It was frustrating the last time we were here we had such a good car and we didn’t make it past turn one,” Rocco said. “… Tonight the car was just awesome.”
Rocco came into the evening second in the standings, 13 points behind Ryan Preece. But a rough night for Preece saw Rocco vaulting to the point lead. Preece pulled off the track with mechanical issues after 14 laps and finished 18th of 20 cars in the field.
On a lap 18 restart Ted Christopher got by leader Woody Pitkat through turn one, but contact from Pitkat sent Christopher spinning. Pitkat and third place running Troy Talman got collected in the mess.
“Teddy cleared him and then Woody kind of tried to do the cross over it looked like,” Rocco said. “Next thing I knew everybody went spinning.”
On the restart it was Masse leading with Rocco in second. On lap 22 Rocco got low on Masse in turn three to take over the lead. Masse tried a crossover move in turn four, but Rocco defended the lead.
Masse spent the final seven laps hounding Rocco’s bumper right to the checkered flag.
“He was pushing us pretty good down the straightaway,” Rocco said. “But making the move to dive bomb somebody and make it stick is pretty tough. I think his car was too free to do that.”
August 7th, 2017
Rocco Continues To Roll Along At The Speedbowl
A www.speedbowlct.com press release
WATERFORD, CT - Keith Rocco took down the 35-lap SK Feature for the fourth time in 2017, and for the 142nd time in his career. It was Todd Owen’s grabbing the lead as the green flag flew. It wasn’t long for Teddy Christopher to power his way to the lead. With Christopher pacing the field it was Rocco working around the high side to move into second. The Berlin, CT driver used the inside groove to move past Christopher and had to hold off a quick charging Kyle James and cruised to the checkered flag for the win. Rounding out the top five was Rocco, Kyle James, Christopher, Owens and Dylan Izzo.
It was the first event for The Mr. Rooter Pro Truck Series event since merging with The NLWS Trucks. The duo held group qualifying with the first group representing positions 11th to 20th as the second group would battle for the pole. The 35-lap feature has a twist to it tonight. The caution laps would count for the first thirty laps with the remaining five laps to be run under green flag conditions. Mr. Rooter regular Frank Dumicich Jr started on the pole and shot out to the lead. Dumicich Jr held off the challenges first by NLWS Regular Duane Noll for two restarts then had to worry about Joshua Stringer. With the red flag waving as Jordan Churchill planted his #25 Truck into the turn three wall. The restart saw the #42 of Dumicich Jr running on the high side leaving the inside open for Stringer. The duo would battle side by side coming to the finish line. It appeared that the #42 Truck of Dumicich Jr crossed the line ahead of Stringer. But the outcome had Dumicich Jr penalized one sport for aggressive driving giving Stringer the win. It was a clean sweep for Stringer as he also took down NLWS Truck win as well.
North Franklin, CT Chris Meyer took down his second win of the season in the 25-lap Limited Sportsman feature. It was a two-car battle as Meyer and Al Stone battled and swapped the lead a few times but Meyer’s car was getting stronger while Stone’s #52 was going away. As the dual checkers waved it was Meyer, Stone, Jordan Hadley who was trying to make it a three-car race, Monte Gibbs followed by Adrien Paradis.
The first of four races for the Pro 4 Modified Connecticut Championship was taken by Rob Richard in the #0. Richard who had issues in practice and in group qualifying started scratch on the field and maneuvered through the field for win number one in the championship. Doug Meservey Jr looked like he had his sites on the first win but just faded at the end and Richard claimed the 25-lap event. Rounding the top five were Richard, Dan Meservey (who put this championship together) Meservey Jr, PJ Peters and Steve Dumas. PJ Peters was the first Light car to cross the finished capturing the awards with that feat.
Shelton, CT Andrew Molleur is starting to make a name for himself in the SK Lite division at The Speedbowl. The fourteen-year-old Molleur show pure power and grabbed the lead from Ethan Durocher, who is also fourteen years old. For Durocher, it was his highest finish in just his sixth career race, the two youngsters battled side by side for a handful of laps until Molleur powered his way for the win using the outside lane to claim the 25-lap event. The win for Molleur was his second in 2017.
The 25-lap Mini Stock feature started off quick, with anybody in the top ten able to take the checkered flag. As the dust settled it was Wayne Burroughs Jr taking his second win of the season. When the green waved it looked like it was going to be all Nicholas Pappacoda in the #6 car, then joining the duo was Jordan Hadley and the group battled for the lead. The trio went three wide at times, but when it was over it was Burroughs Jr taking his second win this season. Joining Burroughs Jr in the top five were Hadley, Sean Caron, Pappacoda and Charles Canfield.
SK Modified (35-laps) Keith Rocco, Kyle James, Ted Christopher, Todd Owen, Dylan Izzo, Rob Janovic Jr, Paul Buzel, Jeff Fialkovich, Joshua Zentek
Mr. Rooter Pro Truck Series (35-laps) Joshua Stringer, Frank Dumicich Jr, Duane Noll, Corey Coates, Todd Taylor, Gerard Giordano Jr, Jim Boyle, Rick Ashlaw, Dave Koening, Andy Linderman, Dale Owen, Shayne Young, Eric Finkbein, Jordan Churchill, Alex Canestrari, Brian Norman, Allen Coates, Frank Dumicich Sr, Jeff Karns
NLWS Trucks (Combination Race) Joshua Stringer, Duane Noll, Todd Taylor, Jim Boyle, Shayne Young, Jordan Churchill, Brian Norman, Jeff Karns
Limited Sportsman (25-laps) Chris Meyer, Al Stone III, Jordan Hadley, Monte Gibbs, Adrien Paradis III, Charles Beal, Jason Chicolas, Jon Porter, Bo Norman, Jaysin Beal, Darrell Carlson, Ryan Waterman, Ritt Shawn, Brandon Fisher
Pro 4 Modifieds (25-laps) Rob Richard, Dan Meservey Sr, Doug Meservey Jr, PJ Peters, Steve Dumas, Mark Charette, Dion Doyle, Jacob Perry, Henry Sarigno
SK Lite Modifieds (25-laps) Andrew Molleur, Ethan Durocher, John O’Sullivan, Alan Gombos, Dana DiMatteo, John Bergenty, Chris Gombos, Glenn Griswold, Calvin Therrien, Wayne Burroughs, Bert Ouellette, Scott Witt, Brian Narducci
Mini Stock (25-laps) Wayne Burroughs, Jordan Hadley, Sean Caron, Nicholas Pappacoda, Charles Canfield, Christopher Ivory, Matthew Guertin, Andrew Krzeminski, Evan Bourgerois, Ken Kerttula, Jacob Perry, Ken Cassidy Jr, Ian Brew, Matt Brown, Dale Sherman, Douglas Curry, Bill Sylvia