Stafford Springs, CT — Stafford Speedway was back on track with a 5-division NASCAR Whelen All-American Series event on Friday, July 15. Keith Rocco picked up his fifth victory of the 2011 season in the 40-lap SK Modified® feature event, Ryan Posocco took his first feature win of the 2011 season in the 30-lap Late Model feature, Matt Galko recovered from an early race incident to take his third feature win of the 2011 season in the 20-lap SK Light Modified feature, Shawn Thibeault picked up his third win of 2011 in the 20-lap Limited Late Model feature, and Kyle Casagrande picked up his fourth feature victory of the season in the 15-lap DARE Stock feature. Casagrande’s feature victory tied him with Stacey Botticello and Norm Sears as the winningest drivers in DARE Stock history with 10 career feature wins each.
In the 40-lap SK Modified® feature event, Nichole Morgillo took the lead at the green flag, driving around Mark Bakaj. Bakaj settled into second with Dan Avery, Glen Reen, and Ted Christopher making up the top-5. Reen moved into second with Avery and Christopher also getting by Bakaj to drop him back to fifth place.
Christopher went to the inside of Avery on lap-10 to take over second, while Reen was trying to take the lead from Morgillo. Reen made a move on lap-10, but he came up short. Not fazed, Reen came back the very next lap and this time was able to complete the pass on Morgillo to take over the race lead. Christopher was now right on Morgillo’s bumper while Ryan Preece and Bakaj came together in turn 4 and came to a stop to bring the caution out with 12 laps complete. Preece came to pit road where his team was working on the front of his car and he was able to continue at the rear of the field for the restart.
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