Rocco survived a rash of cautions to hold on and win the 35-lap NASCAR Whelen All-American Series SK Modified feature Saturday at the New London-Waterford Speebdowl.
It was the seventh SK Modified victory of the season for Rocco. The race concluded at 11:58 p.m.
“We made a lot of changes right before the race,” Rocco said. “They weren’t small changes either. I’ve got to thank my whole team. They work real hard and stick behind me.”
Matt Galko of Meriden was second and Ronnie Williams of Tolland third.
Bo Gunning took the field to green from the pole but quickly disappeared from the front of the pack.
Todd Owen went to second place by Tyler Chadwick on the opening lap and the first caution flew on lap two.
On the next restart Gunning held Owen at bay briefly by driving into his side at the drop of the green flag, but Owen was able to move past him to the lead a lap later.
The caution flew again with 32 laps left and on the next restart it was Rocco going by Gunning for second place before Gunning wrecked in turn three to bring the caution out again.
With 31 laps left Rocco got under Owen for the lead off of turn four. He would never trail again, but there was plenty of drama left behind.
Diego Monahan moved to second place with 29 laps left. With 21 laps remaining caution was back out again after Gunning punted Adam Gada into the turn two wall deep in the field.
The race rolled to an extended green flag run before Monahan spun in turn two out of second place and collected Ted Christopher in the process.
Under caution Owen gave up second place to move Galko to the spot and Williams to third.
Williams got by Galko on the restart and looked ready to make a move on Rocco at the front before the caution waved with two laps left after Gunning sent Frank Mucciacciaro Jr. spinning in turn four. Race officials removed Gunning from the event at that point for over aggressive tactics.
On the final restart Rocco was able to check out easily and it was Galko getting by Williams for second.
“I think we were a little better than Keith but no one is better than him on the restarts,” Galko said. “I think I used up all my luck on the restarts last week because he smoked me on that one.”