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Rocco Continues To Roll Along At The Speedbowl

WATERFORD, CT= Keith Rocco took down the 35-lap SK Feature for the fourth time in 2017, and for the 142nd time in his career. It was Todd Owen’s grabbing the lead as the green flag flew. It wasn’t long for Teddy Christopher to power his way to the lead. With Christopher pacing the field it was Rocco working around the high side to move into second. The Berlin, CT driver used the inside groove to move past Christopher and had to hold off a quick charging Kyle James and cruised to the checkered flag for the win. Rounding out the top five was Rocco, Kyle James, Christopher, Owens and Dylan Izzo.

It was the first event for The Mr. Rooter Pro Truck Series event since merging with The NLWS Trucks. The duo held group qualifying with the first group representing positions 11th to 20th as the second group would battle for the pole. The 35-lap feature has a twist to it tonight. The caution laps would count for the first thirty laps with the remaining five laps to be run under green flag conditions. Mr. Rooter regular Frank Dumicich Jr started on the pole and shot out to the lead. Dumicich Jr held off the challenges first by NLWS Regular Duane Noll for two restarts then had to worry about Joshua Stringer. With the red flag waving as Jordan Churchill planted his #25 Truck into the turn three wall. The restart saw the #42 of Dumicich Jr running on the high side leaving the inside open for Stringer. The duo would battle side by side coming to the finish line. It appeared that the #42 Truck of Dumicich Jr crossed the line ahead of Stringer. But the outcome had Dumicich Jr penalized one sport for aggressive driving giving Stringer the win. It was a clean sweep for Stringer as he also took down TNLWS Truck win as well.

North Franklin, CT Chris Meyer took down his second win of the season in the 25-lap Limited Sportsman feature. It was a two-car battle as Meyer and Al Stone battled and swapped the lead a few times but Meyer’s car was getting stronger while Stone’s #52 was going away. As the dual checkers waved it was Meyer, Stone, Jordan Hadley who was trying to make it a three-car race, Monte Gibbs followed by Adrien Paradis.

The first of four races for the Pro 4 Modified Connecticut Championship was taken by Rob Richard in the #0. Richard who had issues in practice and in group qualifying started scratch on the field and maneuvered through the field for win number one in the championship. Doug Meservey Jr looked like he had his sites on the first win but just faded at the end and Richard claimed the 25-lap event. Rounding the top five were Richard, Dan Meservey (who put this championship together) Meservey Jr, PJ Peters and Steve Dumas. PJ Peters was the first Light car to cross the finished capturing the awards with that feat.

Shelton, CT Andrew Molleur is starting to make a name for himself in the SK Lite division at The Speedbowl. The fourteen-year-old Molleur show pure power and grabbed the lead from Ethan Durocher, who is also fourteen years old. For Durocher, it was his highest finish in just his sixth career race, the two youngsters battled side by side for a handful of laps until Molleur powered his way for the win using the outside lane to claim the 25-lap event. The win for Molleur was his second in 2017.

The 25-lap Mini Stock feature started off quick, with anybody in the top ten able to take the checkered flag. As the dust settled it was Wayne Burroughs Jr taking his second win of the season. When the green waved it looked like it was going to be all Nicholas Pappacoda in the #6 car, then joining the duo was Jordan Hadley and the group battled for the lead. The trio went three wide at times, but when it was over it was Burroughs Jr taking his second win this season. Joining Burroughs Jr in the top five were Hadley, Sean Caron, Pappacoda and Charles Canfield.

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