Rocco earns another SK Modified win at Speedbowl

Keith Rocco captured the 35-lap SK Modified feature at the Waterford Speedbowl on Saturday night.

Rocco worked his way near the front and eventually moved up behind race leader Kyle James on lap 11. James hung on through a pair of restarts, until another caution on lap 18 when Rocco gained the edge and took the lead for good on lap 19. He survived a pair of late restarts to close out the win with James finishing second and Craig Lutz, last week's winner, placing third.

In other NASCAR Whelen All-American Series feature races Saturday night, Jason Palmer won his second straight 30-lap Late Model race, Ryan Waterman captured the Street Stock feature, Dave Trudeau won the Mini Stock race and Mike Christopher Jr. prevailed for the third time this season in the Legend Cars series. The SK Light Modified feature finished too late for this edition.

Nichols Sowa lead from lap 4 until lap 25 until he crashed with Anthony Ryan Jr. sending out a caution flag. Bruce Thomas Jr. of Groton masterfully avoided becoming collected and inherited the lead, but Palmer proved too much on the outside lane and outmuscled Thomas following the restart. Thomas finished second and Rocco was third.

Waterman came out on top of a wild 25-lap Street Stock race. He led just one lap, the final one, passing Franklin's Josh Galvin through turns three and four coming to the checkered flag. Five yellow flags stopped the race. Waterman's victory snapped Galvin's four-race win streak in the division. Galvin took second and Waterford's Chris Douton, a former division champion, made his first start of the year and finished third.

Trudeau took the lead late in the night's 25-lap Mini Stock race. Uncasville's Jeff Lee led much of the way before succumbing to Groton's Ray Christian on lap-22. Trudeau passed Christian on a lap-23 restart and took his first victory at the track since 2002. Garrett Denton rebounded from a mid-race skirmish to take home second and Groton's Doug Curry bounced back from early race trouble to finish third.

- Day Staff Reports


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