Speed51.com's "The Big 10"
Our Take on the Week That Was in Short Track Racing
by Speed51.com Staff

A perfect season in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series National Championship would consist of 18 victories against fields of at least 20 cars each race.   It's a feat that might seem impossible, but after losing out on the National Title for the last few years, Keith Rocco wanted to take no risks and he aspired for a perfect season in 2010.  Well, Rocco did what seemed unlikely and with his victory in the SK Modified feature at Waterford Speedbowl on Saturday night, he locked down a perfect season - and will be the 2010 NASCAR WAAS National Champion because of it.  Now there's setting a goal and following through to reach it!

Second Again

After finishing second countless times in PASS North competition, Trevor Sanborn broke through to win recently at Riverside Speedway (NH).  Ironically, it didn't take long for him to fall back into his old habits by finishing…you guessed it…second in the next PASS North race on the schedule at Seekonk Speedway (MA).  There's no shame in that though as he beat both Clarks, Ben Rowe, Adam Bates, Derek Ramstrom and many others to the finish line.

Beating the Big Guns

So far in his young career, Stephen Masse hasn't even started a NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race.  But the young Massachusetts driver basically won one on Saturday night at the Waterford Speedbowl (CT) during the running of the Modified Racing Series feature.  Masse held off three guys who have won races on the NASCAR Tour - Ted Christopher (who was later disqualified), Doug Coby and Rowan Pennink.

Not His Night

Things went from good to bad very quickly for Jerry Burns at Coastal Plains Speedway (NC) on Saturday night.  Howard saw the white flag come out and then passed T.J. Baron for the lead in the Limited Late Model feature.  Afterwards, he celebrated what he thought was a victory by doing some doughnuts.  But the white flag came out at the conclusion of lap 60 and the flagman when have been throwing the checkered flag instead.  So Baron was named the race winner.  Meanwhile, Burns had a bent racecar after the event because when he was celebrating, he managed to spin his car into the wall and damaged the rear end.  It wasn't his night it seems.

Helping Out

Not everyone in racing is going to be the next Jimmie Johnson or Chad Knaus, nor have their earning potential, so pursuing a high education is key to a solid future.  Thanks to one sanctioning body, that goal is closer to the reach of several young people this year.  The ASA Educational Fund has awarded $150,000 in scholarships to recent high school graduates at Wisconsin's Madison International Speedway and Dells Raceway Park.  It's great to see those students get an opportunity like this and also good to see a sanctioning body help out the community in ways that go beyond the racetrack.

Dead Heat

At Anderson Speedway (SC), last Saturday night, Randy Porter and Ralph Carnes crossed the finish line at the conclusion of the Late Model feature in a dead heat.  That's not exaggeration either.  A video replay couldn't determine that one driver crossed the line in front of the other.  So track officials pulled out the rulebook and found a passing that in the event of a tie, the driver on the inside would take the victory.  That made Carnes the winner.

Golden Wheels

It's hard to get an entire group of racers to do anything the same.  But on Saturday night, the entire field of Street Stocks at Dunn Tire Raceway Park (NY) painted their wheels gold for the Tom Agen Memorial race.  Agen was a competitor at the track known for his gold colored wheels before his death, so the entire field of 24 starters honored him by sporting his colors in the race.

Like Wife, Like Husband

On Saturday night at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway (ME), Pro Series point leader Dan McKeage finished fourth.  But that finish was overshadowed by a runner-up finish by his wife Laura in the Wildcat feature.  The next day, in the PASS Sportsman race at Riverside Speedway, Dan evened up the score in the race for bragging rights by placing second in that event.  So it was a pretty good weekend for the couple.  Patty Moise and Elton Sawyer never had it this good back in the old days of the NASCAR Busch Grand National Series

Open House

The NASCAR K&N Pro Series West is doing something great to promote their series, and all of short track racing, during an upcoming NASCAR Sprint Cup Series weekend.  The West Series usually runs on a Thursday night at Phoenix International Raceway (AZ), but they've moved their event to Saturday this time around.  On Friday, there will be a fan friendly open house in the West Series garage with autograph sessions, up-close looks at the racecars and demonstrations of the technical inspection process.  We're thinking that more than a few people will leave Phoenix as new fans of the West Series, and short track racing as a result.

Invading Canada?

A few Americans have headed up North of the Border lately to enter a few big Canada short track events and they've done pretty well.  Cassius Clark won the Atlantic CAT 250 in Nova Scotia, Brian Hoar beat the beat of the U.S. and Canadian ACT tours in the combination race at Quebec's Riverside Speedway last weekend and Scott Chubbuck came close to winning in the Max 1 Advanced Synthetic Pro Stock 150 at New Brunswick's Speedway 660.  The Yanks can't get too cocky about this success though.  It hasn't been that long since Junior Hanley and the late Scott Fraser used to cross down into America and spank some of our own countrymen on short tracks all around.