Waterford Notes: Keith Rocco Continues Late Model Roll; Avery Stoehr Gets First NEMA Midget Win

Keith Rocco

Keith Rocco

WATERFORD – A team setback last week at Thompson Speedway wasn’t enough to throw off the balance with Keith Rocco and his Scott Fearn owned Late Model team.

Rocco rolled easily to victory in the 50-lap Late Model feature Sunday at the Waterford Speedbowl.

Bruce Thomas Jr. of Groton was second and Jason Palmer of Berlin third.

The same Fearn owned car that won Sunday was disqualified from a victory on April 6 in the Late Model feature at Thompson Speedway for having an illegal flex plate in this transmission.

Sunday Rocco took the lead with 44 laps remaining and went virtually unchallenged the rest of the way.

“It went pretty smooth,” Rocco said. “This car was absolutely awesome. Granted we had to switch flex plates this week, but it didn’t seem to really hurt us. Maybe a little bit on the restarts, but this thing was still stout on the restarts.”

It was the second victory in as many Late Model events this season at Waterford for Rocco, the division’s reigning champion.

“He’s just fast,” Thomas said. “I don’t really have any excuses because I really wasn’t going that bad. He just had a little bit more bite off the corners than I did, he could lay into the throttle a little bit heavier than me. That was the difference.”

Avery Stoehr of Bridgewater, Mass. won the 25-lap Northeastern Midget Association feature.

“We built a new car over the winter and everything went exactly the way we wanted it to,” Stoehr said. “It wasn’t really running all that great at the end of the straightaways, it was breaking up a little bit, but, I gave it all I could and we ended up just where I wanted to be.”

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