KEITH "KID ROC"
ROCCO WINS 2010
WHELEN ALL-AMERICAN SERIES NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
Yourself and You Will Get Success
Rocco started out his dream weekend last week with an SK Modified victory at
Stafford Motor Speedway. Rocco passed veteran driver Ted Christopher on the
last lap of the race to steal the victory away from Christopher. “The
caution came out and it definitely played into our favor. I am sure that Ted
did not want to see it but that is part of racing. You have to expect that
no matter whether it is on my end of the stick or Ted’s end of the stick.
Both roles could have been reversed. It is just definitely played in our
favor. We had a real good car.”
The August “Friday the 13th” win brought Rocco one victory from perfection
with a point total for the Nationals Championship of 808 out of 810. (810
points is a perfect score.)
Rocco then went forward and met his perfect point target with an SK win at
his home track Waterford Speedbowl on Saturday, August 14th. “We had seven
or ten weeks to win one more race. Just to do it tonight at the Waterford
Speedbowl means a lot. This is where I started my racing career.”
This year NASCAR re-evaluated the Championship program and based on the
economy and other factors. For weekly racers like Rocco it made the run for
the Championship more feasible.” This year the lowered the amount of cars to
twenty for a full field that helped guys like me. With the way the economy
is the car count is dropping off so that change definitely helped us.”
on in his career Rocco was both mentored and influenced by two local race
favorites. One was Ted Christopher who gave him the opportunity to fill in
for him as he drove towards his own goal of a National Championship. “When
Teddy won the National Championship I was actually working with him (both my
brother and I). At that point I started my racing career I believe in 2003
down here (Waterford Speedbowl). And he (TC) gave me a shot at couple of
times to do the start and park the car to help him out or to practice his
car if he was not going to be around for another race track. That was great.
He really gave me the first opportunity to drive a good SK even if it was
only practice or a heat race. I respect Ted for that. Working with him
definitely helped my learning career.”
The second person was the mentor that taught him to swing a wrench and
hopefully someday fill his shoes, his father, Ronnie Rocco. “My father got
me to where I am at. He taught me from the day that I was old enough to
walk. He had me in the garage with wrenches. I was just brought up around
Rocco has been lucky to have the racing opportunities and support that he
has had to allow him to reach some pretty good milestones in his career.
“There is nothing more that my father wants to see is for me to succeed in
racing. My father did not have great equipment, but he did a lot with what
he had. He ran the tri-track series in 1988-89. He ran all three tracks with
one car. And he finished second in points.
If he had what I have today in his times he would be where I am today (A
National Champion). I want to thank NASCAR for giving us this All-American
Series to race in.”
On Tuesday, August 17th , NASCAR representatives gave Keith Rocco the news,
that he was officially the 2010 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national
Now that Rocco has secured the National Championship he is a racer so it
does not mean he stops racing. So what is his plan for the rest of the race
“We are still here to win races. The bottom line is nothing has changed but
the pressure is off.” And go forward, run and win races he did as “Kid Roc”
won the 40 lap SK Modified feature at Stafford Motor Speedway on Friday,
August 20th. It was his ninth SK Mod victory at Stafford and twenty-first SK
Modified 2010 win.
Notes from Keith “Kid Roc” Rocco:
What is Keith Rocco’s winning race strategy?
“Just surround yourself with great people and you will get success.”
What was father, Ronnie Rocco’s thoughts on the Waterford SK Modified
win and National Championship?
“It is what it is!”
Source: Denise DuPont