Spoiler: Ryan Preece Ends Keith Rocco Domination In SK Modified At Thompson

Ryan Preece celebrates victory in the SK Modified feature Saturday at Thompson Speedway

THOMPSON – Keith Rocco’s ownership of the SK Modified division at Thompson Speedway in 2018 came to an end Saturday night.

Ryan Preece held off the charges of Rocco over the closing stages to win the 30-lap NASCAR Whelen All-American Series SK Modified feature Saturday at Thompson Speedway.

Rocco had won the first three SK Modified features of the season at Thompson coming into Saturday’s event.

“It was fun,” said Preece, of Berlin. “I had fun because I ended up winning. It was a race that’s for sure.

Rocco, of Wallingford, ended up second. Woody Pitkat of Stafford was third.

Rocco rocketed to the lead at the start with Todd Owen following him to second and Preece to third in the opening stages. Preece made work of Owen soon after and after stalking Rocco for a spell, made the move for the lead on lap 20. But the pass was negated when a crash at the back of the field brought out the caution.

Rocco was able to hold off Preece on two ensuing restarts but on lap 24 it was Preece using the low lane into turn three to grab the lead.

A lap later Rocco tried a diving move into three and briefly regained the lead. But Preece deftly slowed hard through the corner and let Rocco drift up the track. Preece went low to retake the lead before the close of the lap. From there Preece controlled the rest of the way to victory.

“With the SK Modifieds the draft comes into play,” Preece said. “I knew my car was better through the corners. Just sometimes when you get that guy, if he can stay within a half [a car length] off of you coming off the corner he can usually get to you or try to pull a dive bomb on you when you’re getting [into the corner]. That’s what happened in [turn] three, so I checked up hard and got back under him and tried to make sure I had two solid corner to kind of inch away to where he couldn’t get that sniff of a draft.”


  1. I didn’t realize Preece was driving the 31 tonight, when I saw the pass on Owen I thought for sure it was Glen Reen. So much for Thompson’s no contact rule!

  2. Must be blind says

    Must have been Reen driving the 81 on lap 2 when he about stuffed the 00 in the fence.

    But maybe we all just see what we want

  3. wmass01013 says

    Have you never seen Preece drive a Modified before?
    contact or spinning on purpose when close to a lap down are his specialties

  4. Lee, Kid Rock usually uses the nerf bars to run the other car up to the wall forcing them to lift!! That’s the no contact rule……..

  5. Let em rub

  6. It is called selective enforcement guys and girls!

  7. Wmass sounds like sour apples to me. He has made it light years ahead of your boy in racing and has the talent to go further in good equipment. That’s the truth and deep down inside you know it too.

  8. wmass01013, I think you mean his specialty is winning. Slapnuts, you’re right, sour grapes for sure. Someone has a severe case of envy.

  9. wmass01013 says

    1st I have no favorite driver, so that ends that, never said that Preece is not very talented driver, does he use his bumper? YES, did he spin on purpose at a tour race last year at Thompson? Yes, did he spin on purpose in the sk icrebreaker race and put a lap down? yes, I JUST SAY what I see, others must see that as well.

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