Rocco Blows Up and Ruocco Wins in Stafford SK 150 Lapper
Biggest SK Modified Event of the Stafford Season is in the Books
Track PR Report
Stafford Speedway returned to action with the biggest SK Modified® event of the 2009 season, the 6th Annual CARQUEST SK® 150.  Frank Ruocco came up the big winner, as he led the final 130-laps to score his first SK Modified® feature victory of the 2009 season.

The CARQUEST SK® 150 took the green with Matt Gallo going to the outside of Dave Salzarulo to take the lead.  Salzarulo settled into second, with Brad Hietala, Frank Ruocco, and Tom Bolles making up the top-5.
By lap-20, Ruocco had moved up to second and he went past Gallo to take the race lead on lap-21.  As Ruocco held the race lead, the car that was charging through the field was Eric Berndt.  By lap-50, Berndt had worked his way from the back of the grid to third place.  After a caution, Berndt moved into second on a lap-60 restart and began to put on a great battle with Ruocco for the race lead.  Lap after lap, Berndt would try the low and high grooves, but to no avail as Ruocco was too quick to be overtaken.

Just as Berndt had charged up to second, Todd Owen was now the car on the charge.  Owen was fifth on the lap-60 restart and by lap-80 he had run down the top-2 cars and sat in third place.  The top-3 remained the same until a lap-99 restart that saw Owen move by Berndt for second.  And just as Berndt had challenged Ruocco for the lead, Owen was doing the same, but again, Ruocco was too quick to be overtaken.  Berndt’s great run ended on lap-108 when he spun coming out of turn 2.

Over the final 42 laps, Owen kept trying Ruocco for the lead, but he was unsuccessful in making a pass for the lead as Ruocco was able to stay out front all the way to the checkered flag.  Owen finished second, with Bolles, Woody Pitkat, and Zach Sylvester rounding out the top-5.

Editor's Note - These results are unofficial.  Tom Bolles was reportedly penalized from his third-place finish after a left side weight issue in post-race technical inspection.  Stafford Motor Speedway typically does not release official results or penalty notices until the Tuesday following a race event.

Unofficial Results

1) Frank Ruocco, Cheshire
2) Todd Owen, Somers
3) Tom Bolles, Ellington
4) Woody Pitkat, Stafford Springs
5) Zach Sylvester, Lebanon
6) Jeff Malave, Manchester
7) Richie Pallai, Jr., Yorktown Heights, Ny
8) Curt Brainard, Canton
9) Jimmy Blewett, Howell, Nj
10) Ted Christopher, Plainville
11) Eric Berndt, Cromwell
12) Wade Mattesen, Tolland
13) Kerry Malone, Needham, Ma
14) Sean Foster, Ellington
15) Paul Charette, Woodstock
16) Dave Salzarulo, Monson, Ma
17) Willie Hardie, Jr., Willington
18) Matt Gallo, Kensington
19) Mark Bakaj, Lebanon
20) Nichole Morgillo, Yalesville
21) Doug Coby, Milford
22) Kenny Horton, Guilford
23) Donny Travaglin, Winsted
24) Keith Rocco, Wallingford
25) Brad Hietala, Ellington
26) Joe Allegro, Jr., Vernon
27) Keith Carzello, Enfield

There was plenty of three-wide racing in the SK 150 at Stafford.  (Jim Dupont Photo)
While Keith Rocco's #88 went up in smoke, it was Frank Ruocco's #91 that saw the checkered flag first.  (Top - Jim Dupont Photo, Bottom - Rick Ibsen Photo)
Frank Ruocco in victory lane.  (Rick Ibsen Photo)