WATERFORD – Keith Rocco held off the charges of Jim Banfield late in the race to win the 30-lap Late Model feature Saturday at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl.
It was the third consecutive Late Model victory and sixth overall this season for Rocco, of Wallingford.
Banfield, of Glastonbury, held on for second and Jason Palmer of Berlin was third.
Banfield started on the pole but was second place starting the field Rocco grabbing the lead out of turn two on the first lap.
Rocco was able to extend his lead over a long green flag run, after an early caution, but with seven laps left Banfield got back to Rocco’s bumper.
Banfield tried to make a move under Rocco for the lead with six laps left. But a lap later Banfield got slightly sideways in turn two, losing his momentum in chasing Rocco.
“He could have moved me out of the way, but he’s got a lot of class,” Rocco said. “He’s a good guy to race with. I’ve got to thank him for running me clean and not rooting me out of the way. I was pretty tight in the middle [of the corners].”
Said Banfield: “We were making runs on Keith. He was a little tight in the center [of the corners] and our car was pretty good. We were trying to get a run on him on the bottom. I tried a couple times. We were coming up on a lapped car and I kind of missed my line just a little bit going into turn one and I got a little loose.”
Charles Canfield rallied from a flat right front tire with 17 laps remaining and came back to win the 25-lap Mini Stock feature.
Wayne Burroughs Jr. of Oakdale was second and Jordan Hadley of Waterford third.
After coming back through the field, Canfield lined up second to Burroughs for the green-white-checkered finish. Canfield led by a bumper at the white flag and held that advantage over the final lap.
“I was a sitting duck,” Canfield said. “I didn’t know I had a right front tire going down. Quick pit stop fixed that situation. I was able to come through the field with a couple cautions. Thanks to my crew, they changed that tire real quick.”
Cory DiMatteo scored his first career SK Light Modified victory on Aug. 6. Saturday he made the wait for his second happen in no time.
DiMatteo, of Farmington, led every lap on the way on the way to victory in the 25-lap SK Light Modified feature.
Corey Barry of Plainfield was second and Brett Gonyaw of Vernon third.
Chris Meyer scored his fourth victory of the season in the 25-lap Limited Sportsman feature.
Monte Gibbs of Killingworth was second and Al Stone III of Durham third.
Meyer got by Charles Beal for the lead with 16 laps remaining and never trailed again.