Stafford Springs, CT — Friday, May 6th will mark the first of 20 consecutive weeks of Friday night NASCAR racing at Stafford Motor Speedway. The 2011 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series kicked off last weekend with the 40th Annual CARQUEST Tech-Net Spring Sizzler, and last week’s feature winners were Ryan Preece in the SK Modified® feature, Keith Rocco in the Late Model feature, Joey Cipriano in the SK Light Modified feature, George Nocera, Jr. in the Limited Late Model feature, and Kyle Casagrande in the DARE Stock feature.
In his first full season of SK Modified® competition, Preece drove a strong race to take down his second career SK Modified® victory. Chris Matthews, who is the winningest driver in Stafford’s SK Light Modified division with 17 career wins, took a career best 2nd place finish behind Preece, driving around 7-time SK Modified® champion Ted Christopher to take the position. Christopher rounded out the podium finishers in third place with Dan Avery and Glen Reen making up the remainder of the top-5 cars. Defending Whelen All-American Series National Champion and SK Modified® track champion Keith Rocco came to pit road early in the feature and fought his way through traffic to a 6th place finish.
The Late Model division saw Rocco end up as the winner of the race after Woody Pitkat was issued a post-race penalty. Tom Fearn was second and Jim Mavlouganes rounded out the podium finishers, while defending track champion Ryan Posocco had a strong effort to finish in fourth place. Pitkat’s teammate, Corey Hutchings, came home in fifth position after running among the front-runners all race long.