First title in division; second overall at track
Waterford, CT — Waterford Speedbowl’s 60th anniversary season turned out to be one for the record books for several reasons. Champions Taylor Martin (Bandolero’s) and Anthony Flannery (Legends Cars) already set Speedbowl records with their track title efforts, however nobody had a bigger season than SK Modified® competitor Keith Rocco.
Rocco, of Wallingford, clinched the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national championship with a win at the Speedbowl back on August 14, the first driver from the track to claim that prestigious honor, then continued his hot season all the way to the SK Modified® track championship – his first in the division. Rocco was also the 2004 Sportsman (Street Stock) division champion. The second generation racer secured the title in last Saturday’s event over Ron Yuhas Jr. of Groton, the 2009 division champion, with one points event remaining. To date, Rocco’s 10 wins this year are a single season record for the SK Modified® division. The division debuted at the track in 1985.
The Pane owned, Rocco-piloted #57 Troyer racecar got off to a red-hot start. Rocco took the season opening 60-lapper at the Budweiser Blastoff event then went on to win another four of the next five events. That streak bolted Rocco out to a lead in the points he’d never look back on. He has a current 20-race streak of top-ten finishes going. The potent combination of wins and consistency overpowered some tough competition in the division. Yuhas has not had a finish worse than ninth all season to date, yet Rocco’s performances have trumped that impressive effort.