Anthony Anders Remains Atop Short Track National Standings; Keith Rocco, Ryan Preece Stay Near Top

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Local drivers Keith Rocco of Wallingford and Ryan Preece of Berlin remained in the top six this week in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national standings.

Rocco, the 2010 national champion from Wallingford, remained in the third place. Preece, of Berlin, was sixth for second consecutive week.

Anthony Anders continued to lead the national standings.

The 43-year old Anders has 19 wins, 30 top-five’s and 33 top-10’s in 35 starts this year between Greenville (S.C.) Pickens Speedway, Anderson (S.C.) Motor Speedway, Myrtle Beach (S.C.) Speedway and Hickory (N.C.) Motor Speedway. He has 694 points.

Under the point structure for the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Division I standings, a race winner receives two points for every car in the event up to 18 cars. Second place receives two fewer points and so on through the field. Three bonus points will be awarded to a race winner with a single-digit starting position and five bonus points will be awarded to a race winner with a double-digit starting position.

Two-time defending national champion Lee Pulliam of Semora, N.C. moved closer to the top of the standings with 681 points. Pulliam has 13 victories and 24 top five’s in 28 starts this year between Southern National Motorsports Park in Kenly, N.C., South Boston and Motor Mile.

Rocco, who competes full-time in the Whelen All-American Division I SK Modified ranks at the Waterford Speedbowl, Stafford Motor Speedway and Thompson Speedway, has eight victories, 18 top-fives and 21 top-10’s in 22 starts this year for 646 points. In 13 starts at Waterford he has seven wins, five seconds and a third. His other victory came at Thompson.

Preece has 586 points on the strength of eight victories, 17 top-five’s and 21 top-10’s in 22 starts. Preece competes full-time in the SK Modified divisions at Stafford and Thompson and part-time in the Tour Type Modified division at Riverhead (N.Y.) Raceway and the SK Modified division at Waterford.

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  1. Lots of field fillers and start an parks down here. Anything remotely resembling a Late Model gets to start in the feature. Not the way it was intended to be but does NASCAR really care. Me thinks not….

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