WATERFORD – The chase for a second consecutive Limited Sportsman championship, and fourth overall, was on the positive upswing Saturday for Al Stone III.
Stone, of Durham, scored his fifth victory of the season in the 25-lap Limited Sportsman feature Saturday at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl.
Chris Meyer of Norwich was second and Ed Gertsch Jr. of East Haven third.
With three events remaining this season Stone holds a 23-point lead over Meyer, who has lived on the podium over the last two months of events.
“The car is running great,” said Stone, who has division championships in 2008, ’10 and ’15 “… It’s been great. We had double features a few weeks ago that we struggled. We had our worst finish of the year, eighth. We gave some points back. Chris has been strong, there’s no doubt about it. He’s doing everything he needs to do to reel us in. We just have to keep doing what we’re doing, finishing up front and staying with him or ahead of him.”
Stone went to the lead past Jacon Chicolas two laps into the event Saturday and never trailed again.
Untouchable has been the word to describe Keith Rocco of late in the Late Model division at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl and that continued Saturday.
Rocco got his fourth consecutive victory in the 30-lap Late Model feature. It was the seventh victory overall in the division for the Wallingford driver.
Ray Christian III of Uncasville was second and Jeff Smith of Old Lyme third.
Christian took the field to green from the pole with Rocco quickly moving to second place. With 14 laps remaining Rocco was all over Christian’s bumper.
With 10 laps remaining Rocco went to the outside of the leader. A lap later Rocco was able to finish the pass of Christian for the lead off of turn four and lead the rest of the way.