It has been a frustrating two months for Keith Rocco at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl. Since collecting his last SK Modified win back on July 4, Rocco found himself facing a much sturdier field of cars and receiving a significant handicap due to a wrist injury suffered during a crash at Thompson on July 29.
But on Saturday night, Rocco tossed his cast and woes to the wind with a dominating win to propel him back into championship contention for the SK Modifieds and the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Division I National standings.
“It was probably the longest drought we’ve ever had,” Rocco said after the race. “The last win we had we skipped the following week and ran Monadnock, week after that it rained out and we just got out of our rhythm. Then we had the cast for four or five weeks that threw us off but I think we’re back in contention now.”
It wasn’t an easy road to the front in the beginning for “Kid Roc” with a rambunctious number of drivers scrambling for position early in the 35-lap feature.
“All the guys up front looked like they wanted to dice it up really good,” Rocco explaind. “They seemed pretty wild, things got pretty rough up there, but we just kept it in line and waited for them to single out and show them what we had.”
The win on Saturday is the sixth Speedbowl SK Modified win for Keith Rocco in 2015 which puts him in a tie with Ted Christopher for most wins so far this season. He also moves to second in the SK standings, just eight points behind Diego Monahan.
Saturday night at the Speedbowl also saw the Legend Cars hold a 50-Lap National Qualifier won by Dana DiMateo. Jason Palmer won in the Late Models, Ed Gertsch Jr in Limited Sportsman, and Jordan Hadley in the Mini Stocks.
-By Connor Sullivan, Speed51.com Northeast Correspondent
-Photo credit: Speed51.com