Big Daddy: Keith Rocco Rolls To SK Modified Victory At Waterford Speedbowl

WATERFORD – Victory lane for the SK Modified division at the Waterford Speedbowl has been owned of late by the Rocco family.

Keith Rocco

And Saturday came news that the family of Rocco racers could be expanding into a new generation.

Keith Rocco has shown over his career that he likes to get things done in dramatic fashion and that was once again the case Saturday at the Waterford Speedbowl.

Rocco, of Wallingford, drove away from his father-in-law Todd Ceravolo over the closing laps to win the 35-lap SK Modified feature Saturday at Waterford.

In victory lane after the race, Rocco announced that he and his wife Cassie are expecting their first child in January.

Rocco said the couple has known they were expecting for about a month. He said he had been waiting to announce the news to fans in victory lane at an event.

“I was kind of planning on saying something to everyone,” Rocco said. “I chickened out on Thursday [after winning the SK Modified feature at Thompson International Speedway]. Good thing I got another chance tonight, I would have never heard the end of it.”

Ceravolo of Gales Ferry was second and Kyle James of Ashaway, R.I. third.

It was the fourth SK Modified victory of the season at Waterford for Rocco, and his second at the track since sustaining a broken left wrist in a heat race crash on April 27. Rocco, who watched his twin brother Jeff win the SK Modified feature at Waterford on June 1, had a cast removed from the wrist earlier this week and is now racing with a brace.

“I’ve got almost one and half hands now,” Rocco said.

With 19 laps left Rocco used the outside lane to go by Justin Gaydosh for second and three laps later he used the same move to go around James for the lead. He never trailed again.

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