SCORES SECOND VMRS WIN
CT’s, Keith Rocco drove to victory Saturday night,
August 10, winning the 100-lap Valenti Modified
Racing Series feature at Waterford Speedbowl,
The win was Rocco’s second VMRS victory in 10
starts. His first was two years ago at Stafford
Rocco started fifth in a 26-car field, took the lead
on lap eight from Chris Pasteryak, of Lisbon, CT.,
and was never headed. Rocco twice developed full
straightaway leads only to be slowed by caution
flags for minor spins or crashes.
Rowan Pennink, of Huntingdon Valley, PA., made
another late race charge from his 17th starting spot
to finish runner-up.
Pasteryak enjoyed another strong third place finish.
The two-time series champion never ran outside the
Tommy Barrett, of Millis, MA, and 40-year veteran
Dwight Jarvis, of Ascutney, VT, rounded out the top
five finish. Barrett started sixth, and Jarvis came
Sixth through tenth were, Steve Masse, Woody Pitkat,
Richard Savary, Rob Goodenough, and Louie
Eight caution flags slowed the race including an
opening lap crash knocking Ted Christopher from the
event. Christopher suffered a minor thumb injury.
“It is my left thumb, but its not too bad. Just like
my right thumb I injured last Friday. Now they
match,” Christopher said Sunday afternoon.
Heat winners; Annarummo, Pasteryak, K. Rocco, Wrenn
won the 15-lap consolation race.
The 10th anniversary seasons continues next Saturday
night with a stop at Seekonk (MA) Speedway.
The recently rained out race at Thompson (CT)
Speedway has been rescheduled for Thursday, Aug 22.
Race No. 9 of 17- Waterford
Entrants: 32 (26 starters)
Distance: 100 laps
Time of Race: 1:08:37.507
Best Lap Time: 14:164 (K. Rocco)
Lead Changes: 2 (among 2 drivers)
Lap Leaders: Owen (1), Pasteryak (2-8), K.
Cautions: 8 (Lap 0, 8, 43, 89, 91, 91, 95,
Unofficial Order of Finish; (1) K. Rocco, (2)
Pennink, (3) Pasteryak, (4) Barrett, (5) Jarvis, (6)
Masse, (7) Pitkat, (8) Savary, (9) Goodenough, (10)
Mechalides, (11) Kopec, (12) Smith, (13) Schneider,
(14) Pearl, (15) Wrenn, (16) Zachem (17), Holdridge,
(18) J. Rocco, (19) Nocella. (20) Annarummo, (21)
Mead, (22) Owen, (23) Boniface, (24) Cates, (25)
Christopher, (26) Bakaj DQ.
Source: John Spence / Valenti Modified Racing Series