Keith Rocco beat defending champion Tyler Chadwick in a photo finish to captured the 35-lap SK Modified feature at the Waterford Speedbowl on Saturday night.
The two ran side-by-side over the final half lap but Rocco, on the inside, just beat Chadwick to the finish line by .001 seconds, the closest official finish on record at the track.
In other NASCAR Whelen All-American Series races Saturday night, Jason Palmer won his first Late Model race of the season, Salem's Corey Hutchings won the Street Stock feature and took over the division point lead, Ian Brew won in the Mini Stock division, Giovanni Giarratana won the Legend Cars race and Duane Noll too checkered in the New England Truck Series.
Chadwick, who led from the initial green flag, took advantage of a solid restart following a lap 32 caution to hold the top spot.
He held off Rocco through lap 33, but as they came off the fourth corner prior tothe start of the final lap, Rocco tucked in behind Chadwick and gave a bump to his rear bumper as the cars entered turn one.
That allowed Rocco to dive under Chadwick who drifted up the track just enough to leave the opening. The two ran side-by-side to the checkered flag and photo finish.
Rocco also finished second in the Late Model race and third in the truck feature.
- Day staff reports