Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park was back in action with the night’s highlight events were a pair of Sunoco Modified Series races in a double feature that made for a massive points night and a total purse of over $11,000 across the two 25-lap races. The car count was down with regulars #5 Keith (Cam) McDermott (1 win) and #14 Nikki Ouellette among the no shows.
In the SK Standings to start the night we had with 3 point races to go in 2015.
#6 Woody Pitkat at 300 Points
#31 Ryan Preece at 274 -26
#16 Kid Rocco at 272 -28
#79 Kerry Malone at 255 -45
The first of the two races saw complete domination by one of the best in the business, Keith Rocco. Rocco started in the top ten and worked his way up quickly to the lead, taking advantage of an early caution when Adam Norton, who had concerns during practice about the engine in his car, made hard contact with the turn three wall. Rocco raced his way to second with 23 laps to go and engaged in a neck-and-neck battle with Nick Ladyga for several laps before another caution slowed the field with 19 laps remaining.
Rocco would benefit from a great restart and never look back to claim the first of the two Sunoco Modified races of the night, and his first of the season in the series, holding off heavy hitters Woody Pitkat, Ryan Preece, Nick Ladyga and his own teammate Eric Berndt who rounded out the top five.
And all this with one hand and the other in a cast with a broken wrist from a earlier season SK collision which has caused other problems for Rocco with his very full plate of rides throughout the East Coast and Bristol,Tenn. A National Championship is at stake and the good news is that the cast should be taken off this Wed. according to Rocco.
Following the win Rocco commented on his dominating performance in Victory Lane. “We finally got the car turning really good. It was turning a little too good. I was pretty free through the middle there. I was holding on for dear life trying to get a good run off the corner,” said Rocco. “It’s pretty awesome to win this.”
Rocco’s return to victory lane would not be short lived as he continued to run up front in the second Sunoco Modified event as well. Rocco worked his way to the top three with fifteen of the twenty-five laps remaining and engaged in a neck-and-neck battle for the lead with Ryan Preece, who claimed a victory in Bristol the week before. A daring dive-bomb with ten to go gave Rocco the lead and it was full steam ahead as he held off Preece to sweep the Sunoco Modified double header.
One Race to Go ! World Series on October 16th to 18th for the 2015 Sunoco SK Modified Championship ! Inclement Weather dates are Oct. 23rd to 25th
|The cast should be removed this week.|
Pepsi Night: Sunoco Modified Feature 2
Race 1 Results