Rocco took the win in the Sunoco Modified feature, then backed it up by holding off Ronnie Williams and Ryan Preece during a 25-lap shootout to close out the Nutmeg State 75 Outlaw Open Modified Series feature.
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Jon McKennedy led most of the first 50 laps of the 75-lap event. However, a caution at the lap-50 mark brought teams to pit road. Rocco and Dave Sapienza battled for the top spot on the ensuing restart, with Rocco pulling into the top spot.
It was not smooth sailing for “Kid Roc” from there, however, as Rocco withstood pressure from both NASCAR Cup Series competitor Ryan Preece as well as Ronnie Williams. Just like earlier in the evening, when Rocco held off Michael Christopher, Jr. for the Sunoco Modified win, Rocco prevailed in the late-race battle for his second checkered flag of the night.
After holding off some stiff competition all night long, Rocco looked back on the accomplishment in victory lane and even cracked a joke about past battles with Preece.
What a group of talent up front,” said Rocco. “It was great to race with Ryan Preece. That was probably cleaner than some in our past, but we’ve got to laugh about that. That was a lot of fun.
“I’ve got to thank Rob Fuller. He talked us into going with this TA4 over the winter. Man, this thing’s stout.”
Williams worked his way around Preece for the second spot, but ran out of time to challenge Rocco for the win.
“We had two laps to try to get Keith,” said Williams. “We just got too loose at the end. We know what we need to do now, and hopefully we’ll be there next time.”
“Ronnie was just really good on the outside, where I needed to be. I needed to protect the outside. My car was pretty decent on the bottom, it was a pretty good car, but Keith had a good enough car, right? It’s not a bad day, the car’s going in the trailer. We’ll try them again in two weeks.”
The Thompson Outlaw Open Modified Series takes the track again on Wednesday, July 7. Sunoco Modifieds, Late Models, Limited Sportsman, Mini Stocks and SK Lights Modifieds will also be in action on that evening.
-Story by: Zach Evans, Speed51 Content Supervisor – Twitter: @ztevans
-Photo credit: Speed51 Photo
Nutmeg State 75 Unofficial Results
- Keith Rocco
- Ronnie Williams
- Ryan Preece
- Matt Swanson
- Chris Pasteryak
- Jon McKennedy
- Mike Christopher, Jr.
- Dave Sapienza
- Anthony Nocella
- Max Zachem
- Andrew Krause
- Rob Richardi, Jr.
- Shawn Monahan
- Anthony Flannery
- Josh Zentek
- Dan Meservey
- Brian Weber