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Steve Masse Secures Third Career Win!
August 14,2010
Steve Masse, of Bellingham, MA., started on the pole, took the lead at the drop of the green flag, and went on to score his 2nd win of the season Saturday night, capturing the 3rd annual “Wings & Wheels 100” at the Waterford, CT., Speedbowl before a large crowd. The Modified Racing Series, sponsored by Bob Valenti Automall.com, sanctioned the race. In post race interviews, Masse was quick to point out the importance of winning your qualifying race to get a good starting spot for the main event. “Getting a good number draw is a key factor. To start up front means you can save tires, set your own pace, and hope to be there in the end," said the 20-year old driver. He won the first heat race, earning a front row start in the 25-car field.


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Rocco Powers To National Championship
Earns 20th win of the season to achieve maximum points total
Official Release ~ Nascar.com
August 15, 2010 - 10:20am
Keith Rocco celebrates his 20th win of the season Saturday on the front stretch at the Waterford (Conn.) Speedbowl. Keith Cyr/Race Dog Photography
 

WATERFORD, Conn. -- Keith Rocco record win No. 20 Saturday night at the Waterford (Conn.) Speedbowl and unofficially clinch his first NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national championship.

The 25-year-old Wallingford, Conn., driver started 12th and took the lead from Tom Abele Jr. on Lap 29 of the 35-lap SK Modified division feature. He weathered one subsiquent restart to claim the win. It was his 10th at Waterford, where he is the points leader.

Rocco also has eight wins at Stafford (Conn.) Motor Speedway and two at Thompson (Conn.) International Speedway, and has 810 points -- the maximum available -- under the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series points system.

"This is just unbelievable," Rocco told the Hartford (Conn.) Courant after the race. "I'm speechless. Absolutely speechless. I don't know what to say. All the hard work pays off. Great guys, great car owners, I can't say enough for everybody."

All points are unofficial pending verification and confirmation by the NASCAR Points & Membership Department. The official points are released each Tuesday.

Of Rocco's wins this season, 18 have come against a field of 20 or more cars. Twenty-one cars started Saturday's feature.

A driver’s best 18 results through Sunday, Sept. 19 are counted toward their state and national points totals, and the champions are decided on overall points total.

Under the points structure for the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series, the race winner received two points for every car in the event up to 20. Second place received two fewer points, and so-on through the field. Race winners received an additional five bonus points. For example, if there are 20 cars, the winner received 45 points, second gets 38 and third 36. If there are 15 cars, the winner received 35 points, second gets 28 and third, 26.

If two drivers finish the season with identical points, final positions are determined by a tiebreaker procedure. If two drivers finish with the maximum 810 points, the deciding tiebreaker is the first driver to have achieved the 18th 45-point win.

Overall, Rocco has 20 wins, 30 top fives and 38 top 10s in 41 starts. Craig Preble of Yuma, Neb., entered the weekend second in points at 769. Preble also has 19 wins -- 11 coming against the maximum 20-car field.

Rocco picked up his 19th win Friday night at Stafford with a last lap pass of Ted Christopher. Christopher, the 2001 champion, is the last Connecticut driver to win the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series championship. Rocco is the third asphalt Modified driver from New England to earn the title, joining Christopher and New Hampshire's Peter Daniels (2002).

"We've been there every year for the last two or three years," Rocco told the Hartford Courant. "Every year we got a little bit better and better and better. I surround myself around great people. When you surround yourself with great people you get results. The people I surrounded myself with is what got me to where I am today."

Rocco's clinching win came at the track where he got his racing start. He was the 2004 Sportsman Division champion at Waterford, a tight, banked third-mile, before moving up to the Feature Division, the SK Modified, in 2007.

He has finished in the top five in the nation each of the last three years, including as runner-up last year to three-time national champion Philip Morris of Ruckersville, Va. This season, Rocco won six of his first eight starts and never relinquished the top spot.

Track, state and provincial champions and the top three finishers in the national standings earn invitations to the 2010 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Awards Banquet. Rocco also earnedd a secure spot in the NASCAR Toyota All-Star Showdown, the NASCAR K&N Pro Series postseason race in January that has earned the title as the 'Daytona 500 of short-track racing.'

Keith Rocco takes the checkered flag for his 20th win of the season Saturday night at the Waterford Speedbowl. Keith Cyr/Race Dog Photography

Keith Rocco's NASCAR Whelen All-American Series National Championship Winning Day
By Shawn Courchesne ~The Hartford Courant on August 15, 2010 12:51 AM
 
WATERFORD - All year long Keith Rocco has piled the staggering numbers up.
 
Win after win after win, Rocco just kept finding victory lane.
Saturday at the Waterford Speedbowl, the fruits of the efforts paid off for the 25-year old driver from Wallingford as he won his 18th full field SK Modified feature of the year, in the process clinching the Whelen All-American Series national short track championship by putting together a perfect season by the standards of the national rankings system.
 
His victory Saturday at the Waterford Speedbowl was his division record 10th of the season at the shoreline oval. He also has eight full-field victories at Stafford Motor Speedway. All told Rocco has recorded 20 SK Modified victories this year between Stafford, Waterford and the Thompson International Speedway.
 
Check out below for a look at Rocco's championship winning day at the 'Bowl Saturday, from practice until the champagne corks were popping on the frontstretch.
 

JIMMY OWENS PREVAILS IN EXCITING NORTH/SOUTH 100!
August 15, 2010
The Jimmy Owens Racing team recorded their second 'North/South 100' title in exciting fashion on Saturday night, August 14 at the venerable Florence Speedway in Union, Kentucky! After timing in sixth fastest in his group during Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series qualifying on Friday evening, Jimmy Owens won his stacked heat race on Saturday to earn the inside third row starting spot in the 100-lap crown jewel event. In front of a jammed-packed, standing-room-only grandstand, Jimmy helped put on one of the best shows of the 2010 racing season.
Racing just outside of the top five early in the 'North/South 100,' Jimmy turned up the wick around the lap forty mark to climb up to the fifth position. His march to the front did not stop there, as he eventually overtook race leader Don O'Neal on lap 78 to grab the point. The Newport, Tennessee native held the top spot until lap 88 when Earl Pearson, Jr. went by his #20 Team Zero entry on the hub. Undeterred, Jimmy got up on the wheel in the final ten circuits, found the extreme high line around the 1/2-mile oval, and passed Pearson, Jr. for the lead and the win coming to the white flag. Jimmy pocketed the hefty $50,000 payday by defeating Pearson, Jr., Don O'Neal, Steve Francis, and Ray Cook!

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