Podium Finish: Week Ending July 3

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Each week we take a look at the weekend that was from around the region.

The holiday was here and the proverbial "fireworks" were all over race tracks in the northeast. Tour races, weekly races, extra-distance shows – we had all of it.

Without further ado, here we go...

1. Keith Rocco, Wallingford, Conn.

Rocco made history this weekend, winning SK Modified features at three different Connecticut short tracks on three consecutive nights. Rocco, who recently separated his shoulder in a crash at Stafford Motor Speedway, was at his best as the summer started to heat up.


Rocco started with a 30-lap victory at Thompson International Speedway on Thursday and followed up with a 40-lap win the next night at Stafford. Not done yet, he went to Waterford Speedbowl on Saturday and won the 100-lap main event. For good measure, Rocco hopped into a Late Model at Stafford and won in that, too, to make it a four-win weekend.

2. Ted Christopher, Plainville, Conn.

Christopher put on a drive reminiscent of the late Dale Earnhardt's final Sprint Cup Series victory at Talladega – charging from 14th over the final 26 laps to win the Budweiser King of Beers 150 at Thompson on Thursday night. The impressive win was Christopher's seventh NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour win in the last nine Tour races at the track.

3. Tommy Ricker, Poland, Maine

"Two-Lap" beat a big field of Late Models at Oxford Plains Speedway on Saturday, coming out on top of a caution-free 40-lap event. A total of 37 cars showed up for just 30 starting spots as the weeks start to wind down to the TD Bank Oxford 250 in less than three weeks.

Honorable mention

Brian Whitney of Burnham, Maine, won the 75-lap Late Model feature at Unity Raceway on Saturday for his second-straight extra distance win at Unity... Jon McKennedy of Chelmsford, Mass., won the Valenti Modified Racing Series Firecracker 100 at Monadnock Speedway on Saturday for his second win of the season.