Saturday 10/12 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Results
Waterford, CT (October 12, 2013) – Waterford Speedbowl was back in action Saturday to wrap up its NASCAR Whelen All-American Series season. Keith Rocco of Meriden continued to rewrite track history books, picking up victories in both the SK Modified® and Bob Valenti Auto Mall Late Model races to set a new single season record for wins at the track. Rocco first won Saturday in the Late Models then came back to double up in the day’s main attraction, the 50-lap SK Modified® race. Josh Galvin of Franklin scored a popular victory in the Street Stock race and Garrett Denton of Hope Valley, RI won a special Mini Stock Shootout event.
Rocco’s record-setting victory in the SK Modified® race was not easy. He made a steady march to the front to move into second position on lap-16, trailing leader Kyle James. James, from Ashaway, RI looked strong at the front and pulled away from Rocco during a green flag run that brought the race to lap-33. A caution flag enabled Rocco to pull outside of James for the restart, which he timed perfectly to power into the lead as the field completed lap-34. James wrecked out of second position on lap-38 trying to mount a challenge to reclaim the lead from Rocco, looking to have a car to contend. He made contact with the front stretch retaining wall before his car came to rest in turn one with suspension damage. Rocco had to master two restarts over Ted Christopher of Plainville the rest of the way to earn the victory. Rocco got away following the final one to race to the win, his tenth of the year in the SK Modifieds®. Christopher finished in second and Craig Lutz of Miller Place, NY was third.
The win was the 24th of Rocco’s memorable season, eclipsing the mark set by Speedbowl legend Don Collins. Collins won 23 races in 1960 between the Modified and Non-Ford divisions. Collins is one of the Speedbowl’s all-time best and most popular competitors, claiming five titles and 101 race wins, one of only two drivers to post over 100 career victories at the track. Rocco’s 24 victories came among four divisions, he won 12 Bob Valenti Auto Mall Late Model races, ten times in the SK Modifieds® and once each in two touring series that made Speedbowl appearances in 2013 – the Valenti Modified Racing Series and New England Pro Four Modifieds. Just two weeks ago Rocco became the first driver in track history to win two championships in the same season at the track after clinching the SK Modified® and Late Model crowns.
In Saturday’s 50-lap Bob Valenti Auto Mall Late Model feature, Rocco had already claimed the lead when the race was suspended by weather last Sunday. Rocco picked up where he left off when the race restarted, surviving a brief challenge from Ray Christian III of Groton before pulling ahead for the win. Glenn Boss of Danielson finished second and Old Lyme’s Jeff Smith outdueled Bruce Thomas Jr. of Groton to earn a podium finish with third. Rocco’s win was his 12th of the season in the division and tied him with Collins’ mark of 23 victories before Rocco’s record-setting win in the SK Modified race.
Galvin topped division champion Corey Hutchings in the 50-lap Street Stock race, driving away following the final restart with ten laps remaining. Galvin got past the inside of early leader Lloyd Anderson Jr. of Wauregan on lap-6 after a two lap battle. Hutchings pulled in line behind Galvin on lap-19 and the two dueled over the middle race, eventually swapping the lead as they battled side-by-side for several laps. Hutchings took the spot momentarily only to see Galvin fight back on the outside of the track and take the lead for good on lap-28. The battle intensified again on lap-38 as Hutchings made a final charge, however Galvin was able to hold off the move and cruised to the victory from there. Hutchings, from Salem, finished in second and Al Stone III of Durham was third.
The Mini Stock division competed in a special 25-lap Shootout race added to the schedule for Saturday’s event. Denton dominated the non-points race, which was slowed by two caution flags. He took the lead from Smithfield, RI driver Jeff Moffat early and powered ahead to a convincing advantage. As Denton pulled ahead, track champion Ken Cassidy Jr. Lisbon took second but was unable to run Denton down. The race ran without further incident to the checkered flag and Cassidy finished several cars back. Groton’s Glen Thomas Jr. finished on Cassidy’s rear bumper in third.
The next event at the Speedbowl is Saturday, October 26 when the annual Smacktoberfest closes the season. A Demolition Derby, Trailer Race, Figure 8 race and four and eight cylinder Enduro racing plus more are all part of the card. Details for the event are available on Speedbowl.com.
Saturday 10/12 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Results:
NASCAR Whelen All-American Series SK Modifieds® (50-laps): 1. Keith Rocco, Meriden; 2. Ted Christopher, Plainville; 3. Craig Lutz, Miller Place, NY; 4. Joe Gada, Salem; 5. Diego Monahan, Quaker Hill; 6. Nichole Morgillo, Wallingford; 7. Rob Janovic Jr., Waterford; 8. Ed Puleo, Branford; 9. Jeffrey Gallup, Agawam, MA; 10. Shawn Thibeault, Plainville; 11. Jim Larsen, East Hartland; 12. Tom Abele Jr., Norwich; 13. Wendell Dailey, Gales Ferry; 14. Shawn Monahan, Waterford; 15. Kyle James Ashaway, RI; 16. Frank Mucciacciaro Jr., Milford; 17. Rich Duranti, Quaker Hill; 18. Matt Galko, Meriden; 19. Mark Panaroni, Ivoryton; 20. Corey Coates, Ledyard; 21. Adam Gada, Bozrah
NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Bob Valenti Auto Mall Late Models (50-laps): 1. Keith Rocco, Meriden; 2. Glenn Boss, Danielson; 3. Jeff Smith, Old Lyme; 4. Bruce Thomas Jr., Groton; 5. Rich Staskowski, Hope Valley, RI; 6. Ray Christian III, Groton; 7. Anthony Ryan Sr., Danbury; 8. Robert Barcsansky Jr., North Haven; 9. Rich Duranti, Quaker Hill; 10. Mike Sweeney Jr., Meriden; 11. Jason Palmer, Berlin; 12. Tony Macrino, Waterford; 13. Chris Garside, Waterford; DNS – Robert Leblanc Jr., Norwalk; DQ – Vin Esposito, Seymour
NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Street Stocks (50-laps): 1. Josh Galvin, Franklin; 2. Corey Hutchings, Salem; 3. Al Stone III, Durham; 4. Ryan Waterman, Danielson; 5. Dwayne Dorr, Ledyard; 6. Chris Meyer, North Franklin; 7. Norm Root Jr., Old Saybrook; 8. Lloyd Anderson Jr., Wauregan; 9. Joseph Fogarasi, Columbia; 10. Bill McNeil, Preston; 11. Tom Shea, New London; 12. Dan Darnstaedt, Durham; 13. Kelsey Rottino, Willimantic; 14. Travis Jurcik, Chaplin; 15. Ed Gertsch Jr., East Haven; 16. Don Spence Jr., Oakdale; 17. Tim Morse, Waterbury; 18. Steve Barrett, Preston; 19. Joe Arena, Bristol; DQ – Jack Aquilina; DNS – Ed Puleo, Branford; DNS – Phil Evans, Uncasville
Mini Stock Shootout (25-laps): 1. Garrett Denton, Hope Valley, RI; 2. Ken Cassidy Jr., Lisbon; 3. Glen Thomas Jr., Groton; 4. Charles Canfield, New Haven; 5. Dave Trudeau, Manfield; 6. Eric Bourgeios, East Haddam; 7. Jeff Moffat, North Smithfield, RI; 8. John Bowes, Willington; 9. Jeffrey Lee, Uncasville; 10. Sean Caron, East Hampton; DQ – Pete Zaikarite, Niantic