SUNOCO ROOKIE OF THE YEAR AWARD
Takes Top Rookie
Honor In NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour
Rocco has been named the 2012 Sunoco Rookie of the
Year Award winner in the NASCAR Whelen Modified
Rocco, from Wallingford, Conn., recorded five top-10
finishes in eight starts during the season. He
posted an average finish of 13th with a best result
of third place in the Spring Sizzler at Stafford
(Conn.) Motor Speedway on April 29.
Rocco missed six events – nearly half of the 14-race
schedule – due to an injury suffered in practice for
a NASCAR Whelen All-American Series race at Thompson
(Conn.) International Speedway in July. He ranked
ninth in the overall points standings after six
races prior to the injury.
The 27-year-old was able to compete in the season’s
final two Whelen Modified Tour races to secure
Sunoco Rookie of the Year honors. In his eight total
starts he also captured Sunoco Rookie of the Race
honors on five occasions. Seven of his eight
appearances came in the Boehler Racing Enterprises
No. 3 “Ole Blue” Chevrolet.
In spite of the injury, Rocco was also able to
finish as the national runner-up in Whelen
All-American Series competition for the third time
in the last four seasons. The one year Rocco wasn’t
the runner-up, 2010, he captured the national title.
Rocco will be recognized for his Sunoco Rookie of
the Year Award at the NASCAR Night of Champions
Awards on Saturday, Dec. 8 at the Charlotte (N.C.)
Convention Center in the NASCAR Hall of Fame.
Source: Jason Christley / NASCAR