Rocco wins SK Modified feature at Speedbowl
Keith Rocco, who suffered a broken left arm during a race last week, captured the 35-lap SK Modified feature at the Waterford Speedbowl on Saturday night.
Other winners in the weekly Saturday night NASCAR Whelen All-American series were Cam McDermott in the SK Light Modified race, Garrett Denton in the Mini Stock feature - his third win in five races - Dylan Izzo in the Legends Cars and Chris Meyers of Franklin in a speical 50-lap Street Stock feature.
Rocco took the lead on lap-12 from Jeff Gallup and survived numerous restarts. On lap 23, an incident collected over half of the field in a pileup in turn one. Once the race resumed, Rocco had to hold off serious bid from Craig Lutz.
The two made contact and swapped the lead twice over the final five laps, but Rocco held off Lutz to earn a trip to victory lane. Todd Ceravolo of Gales Ferry finished third.
Denton trailed leaders Ray Christian III of Groton and Oakdale's Wayne Burroughs Jr. for most of the 25-lap Mini Stock race. Christian and Burroughs raced side-by-side, swapping the lead for nearly 20 laps as Denton patiently bided his time.
Contact in turn three on lap 21 sent both cars out of shape, Denton was able to thread his way between the two to take over the lead and race on to the checkered flag.
McDermott won his first 25-lap SK Light Modified race of the season, executing a pass on race leader Randy Churchill of Oakdale on lap 17.
Izzo, meanwhile, followed up his first career win back on April 13 with a repeat victory Saturday. He overcame a spin on lap-1 to win in dramatic fashion, coming through the field to execute a final lap pass for the win.
Meyers outdueled Salem's Corey Hutchings in the final event of the night. The two went door-to-door over the final seven laps. Hutchings took the white flag a bumper ahead of Meyers, who was able to take control through turns three and four and edge Hutchings.
Preston's Steve Barrett, who returned from a deployment in Afghanistan last month and was honored by the Speedbowl community prior to the race (see Mike DiMauro column above), entered his rebuilt car and placed 11th.
- Day Staff Reports
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