Waterford Speedbowl Celebrates 2013 Season At Annual Banquet

With divisional championships under his belt from numerous tracks, and even a NASCAR National championship, Keith Rocco knows well what it’s like to be the man of the hour at a racing banquet.

Keith Rocco celebrates an SK Modified victory in 2013 at the Waterford Speedbowl

Keith Rocco celebrates an SK Modified victory in 2013 at the Waterford Speedbowl

Saturday night he got to understand what it feels like for it to be doubly good.

Rocco, Corey Hutchings, Ken Cassidy Jr. and Randy Churchill were toasted Saturday in Groton for their 2013 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series championships.

Rocco got twice the celebration after becoming the first driver in track history to win titles in two divisions in the same year. Rocco won both the SK Modified division title and the Late Model title at Waterford in 2013.

More than 400 guest were on hand to celebrate the champions and the season at Waterford.

Not to be outdone in setting memorable marks by Rocco, Cassidy was celebrated for his Mini Stock division record fifth championship. Hutchings was collecting the hardware for his second Street Stock title at the track. Churchill won his first SK Modified Light division title in 2013.

The Speedbowl also recognized champions in their Legends division (Dylan Izzo), Banoleros division (Anthony Marvin), Super X-Cars (Jon Porter) and X-Cars (Brad Vogelsong).

Rookie of the Year awards were presented to Corey Coates (SK Modified), Chris Garside (Late Model), Ryan Waterman (Street Stock), Jeff Fialkovich (SK Light Modified) and Mike Christopher Jr. (Legends).

Sportsman of the year awards went to Ed Puleo (SK Modified), Rich Duranti (Late Model), Larry Goss (SK Light Modified), Waterman, (Street Stock) and Cassidy (Mini Stock).

Most improved awards went to Craig Lutz (SK Modified), Ray Christian III (Late Model), Phil Evans (Street Stock), Chris Ivory (Mini Stock) and Victoria Bergenty (SK Light Modified).

The Pit Crew of the Year awards went to Kyle James Racing (SK Modified), Jason Palmer’s J&J Racing team (Late Model), Josh Galvin’s team (Street Stock), Garrett Denton’s team (Mini Stock) an Churchill’s team (SK Light Modified).

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