Stafford Springs, CT — Stafford Speedway kicked off its Friday Night NASCAR Whelen All-American Series schedule with 5 divisions of racing on Friday night, May 6th. Keith Rocco picked up his first win of the 2011 season in the 40-lap SK Modified® feature event, Adam Gray took down his first career victory in the 30-lap Late Model feature, Matt Galko was declared the winner of the 20-lap SK Light Modified feature after race winner Zach Aszklar’s car did not meet the minimum ride height requirement, Norm Sears returned to victory lane after a year away from Stafford Speedway in the 20-lap Limited Late Model feature, and Don Wood drove to victory in the 15-lap DARE Stock feature.
In the 40-lap SK Modified® feature event, Bo Gunning took the lead at the green flag, but Keith Rocco went around Gunning on the high side to grab the lead on the first lap. Rocco’s car was hooked up early on as he immediately began to pull away from Gunning in second. On lap-5, Mark Bakaj moved to the inside of Gunning for second and the two cars began to run side by side. Sean Foster was fourth with Woody Pitkat and Brian Sullivan side by side behind Foster for the fifth position.
Rocco was widening his lead lap by lap, but his lead was erased by the caution flag with 11 laps complete for Fran Siana, who had a flat left front tire.
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