News - Keith Rocco Racing
Stafford Driver Profiles. SK-CLASS-PIC. Click the picture to view Team Listings where you can view a Driver Profile by looking for the. STAFFORD – Keith Rocco came to Stafford Motor Speedway Friday with .. The season is the only year Rocco hasn't won the SK Modified . told Christopher didn't make the drivers' meeting at Riverhead Raceway on Long Island. . Suddenly, track announcers Ben Dodge and Matt Buckler started calling a final lap. Coats couldn't get around the Anderson machine as his Dodge Ram was . The two would swap leads until Cabral was able to squeeze into the lead and hold . The evening started with a on track pit party so the fans can meet the drivers and Bert Ouellette won the opening event April 23 at Stafford Motor Speedway.
He started with a full tank of gas.
He rolled the car wheel-to-wheel, side-over-side, landing on all four wheels, drove back up the track, approached the narrow rollover ramp and flipped the car again. He repeated the feat as many times as he could landing in the same place every time.
On the fourth roll that evening, something went wrong. Then it caught fire. Before the firetruck in the infield could drive over, the car exploded. Snooks was knocked unconscious by the blast and died. Apparently the gas cap came off after the first roll. Each successive time Snooks did the rollover, more fuel was dumped in the same spot. It is not known what actually ignited the fuel. The engine may have backfired or the fan may have hit the radiator shroud causing sparks.
And, to make it even more horrible, a sizeable crowd in the grandstand watched, as did all the drivers scheduled for the jalopy feature. They were all lined up, buckled in their cars, on the backstretch. That was probably the most intense moment of the month. Everybody was telling me how it insane it was once the green flag drops. Then there was also the responsibility — with guys like Scott Dixon and Juan Pablo Montoya on my inside. The pits were awash with Sprinters.
Toby had never ever been in a Sprinter, but he qualified handily in third spot for a car main. Little question he knew the short route around Reading. He assumed the lead in the second turn of the first lap and romped on to the win, to wild applause. This shot was taken when he came up to do an interview with me at Bakersfield.
Brock and I started on the story and worked our way through the pits, when we were told that Garlits got hurt at Lions, when he lost his foot in a horrible clutch explosion. So Brock and I jumped on a plane and went down to the LA airport and were there when Pat Garlits walked off the plane. I looked her right in the eyes and never blinked. The racing, too, brought rave reviews. It was aggressive and dangerous, but sadly dismantled in In this faded photo, popular Bob Swanson out of Minneapolis was on the point.
This year should really be something: The joint will be jumping!
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When the boys reached their teen years, I remember many a Saturday night at California short tracks like Ventura Speedway and Ascot Park, watching the boys as they polished their trade. If you were looking for trouble, the Jones boys would accommodate. He had so little experience that his entry smelled like a rent-a-ride. He ran out of talent in a micro-second on May 2, the first crash of the season.
His claim to fame was that he nearly died, not of his injuries, but by choking on his false teeth. That resulted in an instant new rule requiring all drivers to remove dentures before taking to the track. It was a dynamic time in Modified racing, and you can detect the tension about track rules. The Seekonk entries were A-frame cars with late model bodies, engines up front, as seen in the front row.
A little further back on the outside are three coupes, more standard flyweight Modifieds of the time with set-back motors.
They came to town from nearby Connecticut. Some drivers used phony names, but it was hardly worth the trouble.
Bob Cross had a reason of his own for racing as Bob Denny. The Road to Indyby Dick Wallen. URC dates have been no exception. The Sprinters came to town on July 26,and Denny Garl put on quite a high-flying show. Becca Anderson and the late Kramer Williamson quite properly decided to go low. Twice — on June 15, and April 26, Personable, popular Canadian racer Scott Goodyear had just been beaten at the line in Just twelve years old at the time, the brothers were picked up by a man who was en route to the track — with a race car tugging behind a pickup truck with a not-so-sturdy tow chain.
The Getzloff boys climbed inside the race car that was being towed. They were just happy to get a lift to the races. Where the Big Ones Run! It had a inch wheelbase and weighed only pounds. It was driven by a Wilkinson cubic-inch Chevy small block, with 12x5. It was one of the first dragsters with no suspension, and the front axle was set without the extreme caster used by customary dragsters at the time.
There was no transmission; it was also one of the first dragsters to use direct drive…. When Jack first appeared at Fremont CA Raceway with the car, race officials went into brain spasms about the frame being joined with nickel-silver-bronze and not heli-welded.
I had sold Jack on the brazing concept to gain joint surface area on the. The exceptional strength and ductility of nickel-silver-bronze was not well known at the time. Wood powered his way into the lead on lap-3 and he brought Cipriano with him as Kopcik fell back to third in line. Dowling and Reen were still side by side for fourth place. Reen finally got clear on the outside of Dowling and he took fourth on lap Cipriano took the lead from Wood on lap-6 and Kopcik followed him by to move into second.
Wood slid back to fourth place as Reen took third and Todd Owen was now up to fifth. Cipriano took the lead on the restart but the caution came back out as Dan Wessons spun in turn 1 and collected Tony Membrino, Jr. Kopcik worked his way back to the front on the restart with Cipriano and Todd Owen side by side for second. Reen and Keith Rocco were side by side for fourth but that quickly changed on lap as Owen took second and Rocco pulled alongside Owen on the outside. Going into turn 3, Reen touched tires with Owen and that set off a chain reaction that collected several cars and brought out the caution flag with 16 laps complete.
Rocco charged into the lead on the restart and Eric Berndt came up to second with Michael Christopher, Jr. Berndt nearly took the lead from Rocco on lap, but Rocco was able to fend off his challenge in turn 4.Stafford Motor Speedway, Fall Final 2018, SK Modified Feature
Things began to settle in and with 10 laps to go it was still Rocco in front with Berndt hot on his trail in second. Zach Leone spun coming out of turn 2 to bring the caution out with 36 laps complete and set up a 4-lap dash to the finish.
Burnham spun in turn 1 on the restart to bring the caution right back out. The next restart saw Christopher, Jr. Berndt slotted back into single file on lap and he nearly made a pass in turn 2 before backing out of the move.
Berndt made one last ditch effort to take the lead but Rocco led him to the checkered flag to pick up his third win in three races to start the season. Galko was now on the inside of Dowling for fourth and he took the spot with Keith Rocco moving up to fifth as Dowling slid back to seventh behind Pennink. Hines was third with Rocco up to fourth and Pennink in fifth. Rocco took third from Hines on lap while Ronnie Williams got around Pennink to move into fifth. Rocco took second from Cipriano on lap and he was starting to close in on Christopher, Jr.
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Rocco was able to slot into line in second with Williams in third, Cipriano fourth, and Hines fifth. Rocco made a move to the inside of Christopher, Jr. Glen Reen spun in turn 2 to bring the caution out with 25 laps complete. Rocco took the lead on the restart with Williams and Christopher, Jr. Williams took the spot with Hines in fourth and Todd Owen up to fifth. Owen took fourth on lap before Wesson spun in turn 4 to bring the caution back out. Rocco took the lead again on the restart with Christopher, Jr.
Williams was third with Cipriano fourth and Owen fifth. Rocco took the lead but before the field could complete a lap Cipriano spun in front of the majority of the field to bring the caution right back out.
Rocco took the lead on the restart with Christopher, Jr. Williams came back on lap to get by Christopher, Jr. Owen followed Williams by Christopher, Jr. Ronnie Williams was fifth behind Reen. Berndt slid back several spots to sixth as Reen moved into third, Williams into fourth, and Rowan Pennink took over fifth on lap The caution came out with 5 laps complete for Troy Talman and Stephen Kopcik with Kopcik spinning on the frontstretch after a flat right rear tire. Rocco took the lead back under green with Reen providing heavy pressure to his back bumper for the lead.
Pennink was up to third behind Reen and he was also looking for the lead. On August 8,the newly reconfigured track reopened to stock cars. More thanpeople attended the three-day event. The event was held June 8—10 with an attendance ofpeople. The event was held June 21—23 with an attendance of approximatelypeople.
The event was held on June 20—22, and the event took place June 19— The twentieth anniversary EDC Las Vegas took place June 17—19, ; the version of the festival will run on June The course is 1. The Cup race would be the first race for the playoffs replacing Chicagoland SpeedwayThe regular season finale for Xfinity Series, and the second playoff race for the Truck Series.
However, the race was halted by a horrific crash on lap 11 that involved 15 cars, some of which became airborne, and some of which burst into flames. The crash began when Wade Cunningham made light contact with James Hinchcliffebut the situation turned into a big pile-up of cars.