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Jeff Gallup of Agawam, Mass., recorded his first career SK Modified victory in a wild finish at the Waterford Speedbowl on Saturday during the seventh annual Wings & Wheels event, earning the win when Keith Rocco was disqualified for rough driving.
Randy Churchill of Oakdale took his third SK Light Modified win; John Zych of Mendon, Mass., won the Midget feature; and Dan Cugini of Marshfield, Mass., took the companion NEMA Lite race, while two races were still not finished at press time.
Gallup battled Waterford's Shawn Monahan for most of the 35-lap SK Modified race, riding the outside of the track to stay in contention for the win. Monahan seemed to have control throughout, with heavy hitters Ted Christopher and Rocco trailing behind in third and fourth position.
Rocco, from Berlin, got by Christopher with four laps remaining and sat behind the Monahan-Gallup duel. Monahan finally cleared Gallup on the final lap, and Rocco followed suit by diving inside Gallup. As the lead pack entered turn three coming to the checkered flag, Rocco made contact with Monahan's rear bumper, sending his car up the track. Monahan feverishly tried to keep his car from spinning but could not, dropping through the field as he spun off turn four to the infield. Rocco crossed the finish line first, but was disqualified.
Woody Pitkat of Stafford steered through the crazy conclusion and finished second while Christopher, from Plainville, wound up third.
- Day Staff Reports