SECOND VMRS VICTORY FOR 2014
4th annual Lincoln Tech VMRS 80 lap feature looked
like Keith Rocco would cruise to victory early on in
the race, as he came from his second row starting
position and took control on lap five, passing
points leader and defending champion Rowan Pennink.
The Meridan, CT driver pulled out to a comfortable
lead while behind him racing action was heating up
as Pennink, Todd Szegedy, Ted Christopher, and a
host of others were bumping and grinding on each
other, trying to gain any advantage.
On lap 15 Szegedy got loose on the backstretch and
found himself at the rear of the field by the time
he regained control. That moved Christopher into
third and on the next lap T. C. side slammed Pennink
taking over second-place. By the 20 lap mark Tommy
Barrett Jr. was picking off competitors one at a
time, moving into the third spot, then set his
sights on leader Rocco and second-place Christopher.
For the next 30 laps, Rocco set a blistering pace
trying to run away from the pack, but a lap 50
yellow changed everything. On the restart Barrett
saw his chance to lead but got sideways in turn one,
then Christopher took advantage and came away with
the lead on lap 52. It was the only lap TC would
lead as Rocco took control again on lap 53.
Barrett got back to a full head of steam, and out
dueled Rocco taking command for the next two
circuits. Woody Pitkat, making his first start of
the year in the car vacated by Tom Carey Jr, looked
very comfortable on his home track as he joined the
action at the front and outraced Barrett to lead one
lap, but Tommy roared back leading until lap 59 when
Rocco once again took command of the race and let
the others fight for second place.
At the finish line Rocco beat Barrett by 0.365
seconds to record his second win of the year. Justin
Bonsignore turned in another outstanding performance
to bring the Art Barry mount home in third. Pitkat
and Szegedy would round out the top five.
Lincoln Tech 80 -
July 18, 2014 - Stafford Speedway
Distance: 80 Laps
Heat Race winners: Preece, K. Rocco,
Did Not Start Feature: # 77 Matt Mead
(Engine), # 19 David Schneider (Engine)
Time of Race: 52:59.208
Margin of Victory: 0.365
Best Speed: 96.884
Best Lap Time: 18.579
Best Lap By: Ryan Preece (#31)
Lap Leaders: 1-4 (Pennink) 5-51 (K. Rocco) 52
(Christopher) 53 (K. Rocco) 54-55 (Barrett) 56
(Pitkat) 57-59 (Barrett)
60-80 (K. Rocco)
Unofficial Finish: 1. Keith Rocco 2. Tommy
Barrett Jr 3. Justin Bonsignore 4. Woody Pitkat 5.
Todd Szegedy 6. Chris Pasteryak
7. Rowan Pennink 8. Max Zachem 9. Eric Goodale 10.
Norm Wrenn 11. Dylan Kopec 12. Dan Meservey Jr 13.
14. Mike Willis Jr 15. Chris Bakaj 16. Dave
Etheridge 17. Carl Medieros Jr 18. Richard Savary
19. Ted Christopher
20. Tom Abele Jr 21. Ryan Preece 22. Jeff Rocco 23.
Roy Seidel! Jr
Next Event: Waterford Speedbowl August 9,
Source: Crystal Snape / Valenti Modified Racing Series
July 19, 2014