Todd Owen Gets Sunoco World Series SK Mod Win; Keith Rocco Scores Championship

Todd Owen celebrates victory in the SK Modified feature Sunday at the Sunoco World Series of Speedway Racing at Thompson Speedway

THOMPSON – Three days of racing, three days of celebrating Modified victories at the Sunoco World Series of Speedway Racing this year for Todd Owen.

Owen, of Somers, capped off a weekend of wins by scoring victory in the 30-lap NASCAR Whelen All-American Series SK Modified feature Sunday at Thompson Speedway.

Owen held off Ryan Preece of Berlin for the win. Preece was making his final start as a regular in the division before heading to the NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series full-time in 2019.

Despite being involved in a mid-race wreck, Keith Rocco won his third consecutive track championship and SK Modified title overall at the track.

Owen started the weekend as a winning car owner when Bryan Narducci won the SK Light Modified feature Friday evening.

Saturday night at Thompson Owen got his second career Valenti Modified Racing Series victory in the 50-lap feature for the series.

“It’s just a dream weekend,” Owen said. “I got three wins this weekend. … You can’t ask for a better script. Being around great people, great equipment, you get the results that you need. We were focused all weekend on coming here for one goal.”

Owen moved from fourth to second following a lap 16 restart. Owen then used a lap 17 restart to power by Kyle James for the lead.

Preece got under James for second on lap 24 and challenged Owen late, but couldn’t find the lane to the lead.

“That was a fun race,” Owen said. “[Preece] was definitely a gentleman out there too. When two guys are battling that you know you don’t have to worry about having any stupid incidents happen, it was a lot of fun.”

Keith Rocco celebrates his seventh SK Modified championship at Thompson Speedway

Rocco got caught up in a multi-car wreck in turn three on lap 16 and was forced to retire with a 19th place finish. Rocco needed only to take the green flag to start the race Sunday to clinch the championship.

“It’s a good thing that we just had to start the race because I’d be pretty upset for the stupidity on that one,” Rocco said of the wreck that took him out. “The yellow lights were on, my spotter told me the yellow was out and somebody behind us just never lifted and cleaned out a handful of cars.”

Rocco won four of the eight SK Modified events at Thompson this season.

“We’ve really had really good success here,” Rocco said. “Ever since the first time I drove a Modified here I fell in love with the place, the high banks, the speed and the racing.”

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  1. It’s official. Owen had a very good weekend.
    Christopher was doing pretty well also until he wasn’t.

  2. Congrats to Todd Owen. He puts a huge effort in to run at 3 tracks and deserves a weekend like this.

  3. Hillary 2028 says:

    Anbody else see the fire truck come out on the track while the cars were still at speed? Crazy

  4. The fire truck came out on the track after the yellow flag was waved. However, the officials forgot to hit the switch to turn on the caution lights around the track

  5. Dramabaga says:

    Congratulations Todd and race team(s) at Thompson. Very productive weekend with great results.

  6. Dramabaga says:

    Congratulations Keith Rocco and race team on your championship … Yet another successful season!

  7. They were having problems with the switch to activate the caution lights

  8. congrats to todd owens do not know him i have to say in all the races i watched him in never seen him take someone out

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