PERFECT DRIVING LEADS TO PERFECT SCORES FOR ROCCO
WATERFORD, CT (AUGUST 14, 2010) The World Series equivalent of NASCAR short track racing was held at the Waterford Speedbowl this weekend. VP Racing Fuels sponsored driver, Keith Rocco, clinched the Whelen All-American Series National Championship and did it in perfect fashion.
"This is just unbelievable," Rocco said. "I'm speechless. Absolultely speechless. I don't know what to say. All the hard work pays off. Great guys, great car owners, I can't say enough for everybody."
Rocco started the race in 12 th position, but worked his way up to fourth place by the time a caution flag flew. With 11 laps remaining, the race was restarted and Tom Abele Jr. took the lead from Kyle James, with Rocco following him into second place. With seven laps left, Rocco went under Abele off of turn two and dove into the lead going into turn three. The caution flew again with two laps remaining but Rocco quickly left his pursuers behind, with James beating Abele at the line for second place.
This win marked Rocco’s 18th victory of 2010 and granted him the maximum amount of points attainable under the series ranking. He joins Ted Christopher as the only Connecticut drivers ever to win the Whelen All-American Series National Championship.
Rocco went on to take the crown with a perfect score, only done twice in history. Nextel cup star, Greg Bifle, was the last racer to conquer this feat. Rocco will be the first racer to be crowned in the brand new Nascar Hall of Fame in NC, where his car will be displayed for the week. Other honors include earning a spot in the Toyota All Star Challenge in Irwindale.
Rocco doesn’t intend on having a slowdown of this remarkable season. "We're still here to win races, bottom line," Rocco said. "Nothing's changed, just the pressure's off."