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PODIUM FINISH: Week Ending May 8

Monday, May 9, 2011
Keith Rocco, Wallingford, Conn. Photo: Getty Images/NASCAR

Each Monday we take a look at the top performers from around the region over the weekend that was. A light Mother's Day weekend schedule and rain showers in the northeast didn't slow some drivers, while it washed away others entirely (well, not literally...).

Here we go:

1. Keith Rocco, Wallingford, Conn.

The reigning NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national champion picked up where he left off at Stafford Motor Speedway on Friday night, leading all 40 laps in the SK Modified feature to win the season opener. Rocco won a track-record 10 events at Stafford last season and is a perfect 1-for-1 this year as he attempts another run at the national crown.

 

2. Bruce Thomas Jr., Groton, Conn.

The former ACT Invitational at New Hampshire Motor Speedway participant won Waterford Speedbowl's 30-lap Late Model feature on Saturday by nearly half a straightaway, giving him his 45th career victory in the division. It was Thomas' second win already in 2011 at the Speedbowl.

3. Timmy Solomito, Islip, N.Y.

The 19-year-old nicknamed "The Natural" won the 50-lap Tour-type Modified feature at Riverhead Raceway on Long Island Saturday night, beating a field that included a half-dozen or so fixtures on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour. To top his night, Solomito finished second in is Legends car ride on the same card.

Honorable Mention

Rain claimed the Subway Fresh Fit 150 for ACT-legal Late Models at Canaan Fair Speedway on Saturday after qualifying was complete. The event has been rescheduled for the first weekend in June... Jeff Pearl won the SK Modified feature at Waterford Speedbowl... Adam Gray earned his first career victory in the Late Model division feature at Stafford Motor Speedway after three years of trying... Ted Christopher earned the top spot in the NASCAR Home Tracks "Hunter Index," which ranks the nation's top short-track drivers.

-- TB