WATERFORD, CT — Keith Rocco of Meriden, CT had himself a milestone night at Waterford Speedbowl, winning his 50th career SK Modified feature on Wings and Wheels night, driving his own SK #88 to a hard fought win over Kyle James of Ashaway, RI and Ed Puleo of Branford, CT. Rocco steadily advanced to the front of the field using the outside lane to his advantage.
Kid Rock returned to the track in the Valenti Modified Racing Series portion of the event in the John and Maina Rufrano #68 to win qualifying heat #3, then go on to ace a stellar field of drivers. Rocco mastered every restart to take his first series VMRS win at the Speedbowl, marking the seventh different division he has won at the Waterford track. “It’s awesome to win two feature races on the same night, no matter what divisions were running,”
32 potent modifieds signed in for the 100-lap grind. After three heats and a consi, the stage was set for some exciting wheel-to-wheel racing, and that is just what the packed grandstands got. As soon as chief starter Rich Keator dropped the green flag on the field, the first of eight yellows flags was displayed when Ted Christopher of Plainville, CT, driving the Joe Brady #00, pile drove the turn four wall, eliminating him from contention. ‘TC’ was unshaken but his mount suffered heavy front-end damages, and his crew was left with unanswered questions as to how this happened.