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Hometown: Wallingford, CT
Stafford Motor Speedway: John Rufrano owned SK Modified
Thompson International Speedway: Keith Rocco owned Mr. Rooter Racing SK Modified
Waterford Speedbowl: Keith Rocco owned Mr. Rooter Racing SK Modified
Waterford Speedbowl: Scott Fearn owned Late Model
NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour: John Rufrano Racing
Valenti Modified Racing Series: John Rufrano Racing
Bio: Rocco is a second generation racer who followed in the footsteps of his father, legendary Modified driver Ronnie Rocco.
Rocco began racing Go-Karts at 13. At 16 years old he was part of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national championship winning crew for driver Ted Christopher in 2001.
Rocco began racing at the Waterford Speedbowl in the Street Stock division, with his twin brother Jeff as his crew chief, in 2003. In 2004 he won the division’s championship and after that season made the vault to SK Modifieds.
In 2005, driving for Jean-Guy and Brigitte Poulin in the SK Modified division at Stafford Motor Speedway, Rocco recorded his first victory in the division and finished seventh in the standings.
In 2006 he raced the Poulin owned SK Modified to two victories at Thompson International Speedway. In 2007 Rocco drove the Bannister Motorsports SK Modified to four victories and the Thompson Speedway championship. He also had four victories and a third place finish in the standings at Stafford Speedway in the Poulin owned SK Modified that season.
In 2008 Rocco recorded 15 victories overall while racing SK Modifieds at Stafford, Thompson and Waterford. He finished the season fourth in the Whelen All-American Series national championship chase and grabbed the SK Modified division championship at Stafford.
In 2010 Rocco had a season to remember. He won his first Whelen All-American series national championship, doing it by recording a statistically perfect outcome. The championship was clinched in August, more than a month before the finally tally was completed for the national standings. He finished the season with 10 victories at both Stafford and Waterford, then records at both tracks, giving him championships at both tracks for the season. He was later named the Connecticut Male Athletes of the Year by the Connecticut Sportswriters Alliance.
In 2011 Rocco kept up his torrid pace of SK competition around Connecticut’s three short tracks. He went on to finish second again in the Whelen All-American Series national standings while grabbing SK Modified division championships at Thompson and Waterford. In 2012 Rocco finished as the national runner-up for the third time in four years. Competing full-time in the SK Modified divisions at Connecticut’s three tracks, while also running full-time on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, he overcame a broken wrist in late July. He finished the season with 14 victories in 43 SK Modified starts and also won Rookie of the Year on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour.
In 2013 Rocco had another historic year. At the Waterford Speedbowl Rocco set a track record by winning 24 features in one season. He also became the first driver in the track’s history to win more than one division championship in the same year, taking titles in both the SK Modified division and the Late Model division. He also won the SK Modified championship at Thompson Speedway and had two victories in the SK Modified division at Stafford Speedway. He finished the year third in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national standings, It marked the seventh consecutive year that he has finished fourth or better in the national standings. He also drove part-time on the Valenti Modified Racing Series and had two wins coming at Waterford and Thompson.
In 2014, for the second consecutive year, Rocco won both the SK Modified and Late Model division championships at the Waterford Speedbowl. He finished with 11 wins in both the SK Modified division and Late Model division to run away with the championships in both. At Stafford Speedway he had two wins and finished fourth in the SK Modified division standings. At Thompson Speedway Rocco won four of nine SK Modified features at the track in 2014 and finished second in the standings. He also had three Valenti Modified Racing Series victories.
In 2015 Rocco plans to once again run full-time in the SK Modified divisions at Stafford, Thompson and the New London-Waterford Speedbowl and also run full-time in a Late Model at the Speedbowl and Thompson.
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