CONCORD, NC (DECEMBER 10, 2010) Keith Rocco’s Friday night was a landmark for his exciting career as the racer was crowned the 2010 national champion of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series. The coronation occurred during an awards banquet for the series held in Charlotte at the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

Rocco, a twenty-five year old representing the state of Connecticut, was chosen champion after taking home big trophies at the All-American Connecticut championship, as well as the asphalt Modified Division track titles at Stafford Motor Speedway and

Rocco did well in previous years, finishing within the top 4 spots from 2007-2009, but this year he was out for perfection and a season that would surely make his mark in the record books. All in all, Rocco finished the 2010 season with 21 wins, 39 finishes in the top 5 and 50 finishes in the top 10. Overall, the racer collected 810 points – the most one driver can tally up.

"Nine years ago, we came to this same banquet as national champions," Rocco said. "The only difference was I was a crew member (with Ted Christopher) and a 16-year-old kid who was happy to get out of school for the week...I wondered if anyone would ever win a national championship from the Northeast again. Little did I know that it would be me.”

Rocco became the first national champion to accomplish this feat under the NASCAR championship format since the late Larry Phillips and current NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Greg Biffle in 1995.

VP congratulates Keith Rocco, not only a friend of VP, but an avid user and new national champ!