Thomas cools off Rocco

Waterford - Groton's Bruce Thomas Jr. ended Keith Rocco's 10-race win streak in the Late Model division at the Waterford Speedbowl on Saturday night.

Rocco had won the final five Late Model features to end the 2013 season and the first five to open the 2014 season before Thomas took the checkered flag in the 30-lap feature. Thomas took the lead on lap 2 and never relinquished it. Rocco finished second and Anthony Ryan Jr. third.

In other features Saturday night, Salem's Joe Gada won the 35-lap SK Modified feature, his first win of the season, while Groton's Ray Christian III won the 25-lap Mini Stock race, Franklin's Josh Galvin won the 25-lap Street Stock feature for the third straight week, Corey Barry won his second SK Light Modified feature of the season and Mike Christopher Jr. captured the 25-lap Legend Cars feature.

Gada had a strong night in the SK Modified race. Starting from the pole position, Gada set a blistering pace early. Ed Puleo, who finished second, eventually pushed Gada over the final 10 laps, but Gada prevailed by a car length in a race that never had a caution. Rocco finished a distant third.

In a special 28-lap SK Light Modified race, Barry took advantage of a caution on lap 21 to overtake race leader Chris Ignazio from the outside on the restart. Barry never trailed again while Ignazio finished second and Paul Buzel third.

Christian passed pole sitter Pete Zaikarite of Niantic on the opening lap and raced from the front the rest of the race. Lisbon's Ken Cassidy Jr. finiished third and Garrett Denton third.

Galvin won his third consecutive Street Stock race and fourth of the year. He passed Travis Jurcik on the outside on lap 15 and survived a late charge by Franklin's Chris Meyer, who was eventually edged by Ryan Waterman for second.


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