Like he chases down leads on the track, Keith Rocco is closing in on the top when it comes to the national short track standings.
Rocco, of Wallingford, moved from third to second in the country in this week’s edition of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national standings.
Rocco has gone from fifth to second over the last three weeks in the standings.
Despite not competing last week, Anthony Anders continued to lead the standings once again this week.
The 43-year old Anders has 17 wins, 24 top-five’s and 26 top-10’s in 27 starts this year between Greenville (S.C.) Pickens Speedway, Anderson (S.C.) Motor Speedway, Myrtle Beach (S.C.) Speedway and Hickory (N.C.) Motor Speedway. He has 684 points.
Under the point structure for the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Division I standings, a race winner receives two points for every car in the event up to 18 cars. Second place receives two fewer points and so on through the field. Three bonus points will be awarded to a race winner with a single-digit starting position and five bonus points will be awarded to a race winner with a double-digit starting position.
Rocco, the 2010 Whelen All-American Series National Champion, competes full-time in the Whelen All-American Division I SK Modified ranks at the Waterford Speedbowl, Stafford Motor Speedway and Thompson Speedway.
Rocco has six victories, 16 top-fives and 18 top-10’s in 18 starts this year for 608 points. In 11 starts at Waterford he has five wins, five seconds and a third. His other victory came at Thompson.
Two-time defending national champion Lee Pulliam of Semora, N.C. fell from second to third with 585 points. Pulliam has 11 victories and 15 top five’s in 18 starts this year between Southern National Motorsports Park in Kenly, N.C., South Boston and Motor Mile.
Ryan Preece of Berlin remained fifth in the standings with 540 points on the strength of six victories, 14 top-five’s and 18 top-10’s in 19 starts. Preece competes full-time in the SK Modified divisions at Stafford and Thompson and part-time in the Tour Type Modified division at Riverhead (N.Y.) Raceway and the SK Modified division at Waterford.
Peyton Sellers of Danville. Va., who competes at Caraway Speedway in Sophia, N.C., South Boston and Motor Mile, sits fourth in the standings with 543 points.