May 20th, 2018
Rocco Makes SK Modified History At Stafford Motor Speedway
A staffordspeedway.com PR w/ KRR Headline
In the 40-lap SK Modified® feature event, Chase Dowling led the first lap of the race but Joey Cipriano took the lead on lap-2 but the caution came out for spins on the backstretch by several cars, putting Dowling back up front for the restart.
Cipriano stayed even with Dowling on the restart and he got clear into the lead on lap-3. Tom Bolles and Michael Gervais, Jr. were side by side for third with Eric Berndt in fifth. Gervias went by both Bolles and Dowling on lap-5 to move into second while Bolles took third from Dowling. Berndt was now side by side with Dowling for fourth after nearly going 3-wide with Dowling and Bolles and he took that spot and then took third from Bolles on lap-8.
Keith Rocco was on the charge since the green flag and he moved into fifth on lap-10 and then took fourth from Bolles on lap-11. Todd Owen tried to follow Rocco by Bolles, but Bolles was able to hold him off. Owen made a pass on Bolles stick on lap-14 and he moved up to fifth as Cipriano continued to lead. Bolles and Zach Leone came together in turns 1+2 to bring the caution out with 14 laps complete.
Gervais briefly took the lead from Cipriano but Cipriano came back strong and got clear into the lead on lap-17. Ronnie Williams and Rocco were now side by side for third before the caution came out for Cory DiMatteo, who came to a stop sideways in the middle of turns 1+2.
Gervais took the lead on the restart with Cipriano and Rocco side by side for second. Cipriano got clear to second on lap-19 and he took the lead from Gervais on lap-20. Rocco was side by side Owen for third but he moved into second behind Cipriano and Gervais was back to third. Owen was in fourth with Williams right behind him in fifth. The top-5 got into single file on lap-24 with Rocco taking the lead from Cipriano while Gervais was leading Williams and Berndt in the chase for third.
Williams got by Gervais for third on lap-26 and Berndt pulled alongside Gervais in a fight for fourth as Cipriano was still glued to the back bumper of Rocco for the lead. Gervais and Berndt ran side by side until lap-30 when Berndt got clear into fourth behind Williams. Cipriano took a look to the inside of Rocco in turn 4 on lap-31 but fell back into line in second.
With 5 laps to go, Rocco, Cipriano, and Berndt were running nose to tail in a 3-car train for the lead with Williams, Gervais, and Rowan Pennink in a 3-car train for fourth behind the lead trio. Rocco took the checkered flag to pick up his fourth win in four starts this season and his sixth consecutive SK Modified® win dating back to the end of the 2017 season, setting a Stafford Speedway SK Modified® record for consecutive wins. Cipriano finished second with Berndt, Williams, and Gervais making up the top-5.
May 13th, 2018
Rocco Wins Again, 3 For 3 In SK Modifieds At Stafford
In the 40-lap SK Modified® feature event, Stephen Kopcik took the early lead while it was 2 by 2 behind him with Josh Wood and Joey Cipriano side by side for second and Chase Dowling and Glen Reen side by side for fourth. Wood powered his way into the lead on lap-3 and he brought Cipriano with him as Kopcik fell back to third in line. Dowling and Reen were still side by side for fourth place. Reen finally got clear on the outside of Dowling and he took fourth on lap-6.
Cipriano took the lead from Wood on lap-6 and Kopcik followed him by to move into second. Wood slid back to fourth place as Reen took third and Todd Owen was now up to fifth. Tom Bolles spun in the middle of turns 3+4 to bring the caution out with 12 laps complete.
Cipriano took the lead on the restart but the caution came back out as Dan Wessons spun in turn 1 and collected Tony Membrino, Jr. before a host of cars took a spin through the backstretch grass.
Kopcik worked his way back to the front on the restart with Cipriano and Todd Owen side by side for second. Reen and Keith Rocco were side by side for fourth but that quickly changed on lap-16 as Owen took second and Rocco pulled alongside Owen on the outside. Going into turn 3, Reen touched tires with Owen and that set off a chain reaction that collected several cars and brought out the caution flag with 16 laps complete.
Rocco charged into the lead on the restart and Eric Berndt came up to second with Michael Christopher, Jr. third, Kopcik fourth, and Michael Gervais, Jr. fifth. Berndt nearly took the lead from Rocco on lap-21, but Rocco was able to fend off his challenge in turn 4. Things began to settle in and with 10 laps to go it was still Rocco in front with Berndt hot on his trail in second. Christopher, Jr. was third with Kopcik in fourth and Gervais in fifth. Zach Leone spun coming out of turn 2 to bring the caution out with 36 laps complete and set up a 4-lap dash to the finish.
D.J. Burnham spun in turn 1 on the restart to bring the caution right back out. The next restart saw Christopher, Jr. nearly stick his car in a 3-wide move for the lead but he settled back into third as Rocco and Berndt were side by side for the lead. Berndt slotted back into single file on lap-38 and he nearly made a pass in turn 2 before backing out of the move. Berndt made one last ditch effort to take the lead but Rocco led him to the checkered flag to pick up his third win in three races to start the season. Christopher, Jr. finished third with Kopcik and Gervais rounding out the top-5.