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Keepin’ it Short – A tough blow for Rocco

Keith Rocco was the closest pursuer to Lee Pulliam in the Whelen All-American points championship. Rocco won the title in 2010 and had hoped become the third driver in the 31 year history of the National Championship to win more than one title. His efforts came to a crashing halt on Sunday during a practice session for an SK modified race at Thompson International Speedway. Rocco reportedly cut a tire and spun hard into the wall. The impact fractured Rocco’s left arm and has all but ended his pursuit of the second national title. According to Rocco’s fiance’s Facebook page, he will have surgery today to repair the wrist. Depending on the recovery time, he could potentially get in a few more races before the point cutoff, but the odds are pretty long on Rocco making up the 42-point deficit that he currently has to Pulliam.

Last week Rocco picked up a win and a top 5, which trimmed eight markers off of Pulliam’s lead. Now that he is done accumulating points for the foreseeable future, he will most likely drop to the second half of the top 10 in points. Rocco’s misfortune is almost certainly going to make the battle for the National Title a southern affair, as C.E. Falk, III and Nate Monteith are the next two drivers behind Rocco in the standings. Ted Christopher and Ryan Preece are the Northeast representatives who’ll be left to try and make a charge at Pulliam but they’re 73 points behind with just over a month until the September 16th cutoff.

Another ramification of this misfortune for Rocco is that, depending on how many points the remaining eight drivers in the top 10 in National Points can garner, he could fall out of the top 10, which would mean he would not have a guaranteed spot in the Modified race at the Battle at the Beach next year during Speedweeks. The Battle is a huge event that is going to offer quite a bit of exposure to sponsors and, similar to the top 35 rule in the Cup series, a locked in spot will afford local drivers the option to secure sponsorship deals with the potential television exposure going a long way for companies interested in it.

It is a shame when an injury happens to any racer, especially one when the driver is embroiled in a heated point’s battle for a championship. When it is the National Championship it is even more disturbing. Hopefully Rocco will mend quickly and be back in the battles on the bullrings of the Northeast sooner rather than later.

God Speed Keith

*Whelen All-American Points*

Lee Pulliam put another maximum point win in the books at Motor Mile Speedway this past weekend. That gives him 15 wins this season with eight of them being maximum point wins. Pulliam has seven weeks left to score points toward what he hopes will be his first national championship. With double features and multiple tracks running on a few weekends, Pulliam will have roughly 10 races to try and score maximum points. If he can put seven more maximum point wins in the books, he’d be the second driver to score the 810 points of a maximum point title chase.

With Rocco’s injury, the battle to dislodge Pulliam from the top rung of the point ladder falls to C.E. Falk, III and Nate Monteith. The two drivers, especially Falk, have direct opportunities to prevent Pulliam from notching max point wins. Pulliam is not running for a track championship so he’s travelling among different tracks in the Southeast. Pulliam has visited Kinsgsport several times this year to add to his point total including this past Friday. Unfortunately for Pulliam, after setting fast time, he only completed 19 laps while Monteith went on to the win.

While Pulliam was redeeming his weekend with a win at Motor Mile on Saturday, Falk was running in the Hampton Heat 200, the biggest race of the Summer at Langley. Unfortunately for Falk, Matt Bowling made a rare trip over to the eastern side of NC to run at Langley and he pulled off the upset, beating Falk at his home track and taking home $10,000 in the process. While Falk did come home second, he missed a prime opportunity to notch a max point win.

In the end, it is still Pulliam’s title to lose. If he can score three more wins he’ll have the maximum number of bonus points while seven wins should lock the title in for him as the first driver to the maximum points.

Position Name Races Wins Top 5s Top 10s Total Points

1. Lee Pulliam 23 15 19 20 741
2. Keith Rocco 32 11 21 25 699
3. C. E. Falk III 24 13 20 22 687
4. Nate Monteith 23 8 16 19 674
5. Ted Christopher 34 6 26 29 668
6. Ryan Preece 32 9 22 27 650
7. Deac McCaskill 21 13 19 21 647
8. Tim Brown 21 7 11 15 619
9. Anthony Anders 37 3 24 34 589
10. Jason Kaser 22 6 14 18 580

*ASA National Points Race*

Shelby Stroebel and Lance Gatlin had the last weekend off but are both still on top of their respective point division races. There are two months left in the ASA National Points Championship race. While it is going to be difficult for anyone to catch Stroebel or Gatlin, the possibility is still there which is why the racers are still hitting the tracks and doing their best to win races at the ASA tracks across the United States.

Western Region Point Standings:

Position Name Average
1. Shelby Stroebel 3.6429
2. Matt Wallace 3.4144
3. Mike Slone 3.3191
4. Jim Vanzandt 2.9149
5. Rus Ward 2.8666

Eastern Region Point Standings:

1. Lance Gatlin 3.5027
2. Dennis Queen 3.3428
3. Taylor Coffman 3.1233
4. Wayne Webb 3.0479
5. Taylor Nesbitt 2.9640

*This Weekend’s Race Schedule*

Fri : Aug 3rd – Stafford Speedway ; Stafford Springs : CT – 22nd Annual Stafford 150 Late Models
Fri : Aug 3rd – Stafford Speedway ; Stafford Springs : CT – 22nd Annual Stafford 150 Limited Late Models
Fri : Aug 3rd – Stafford Speedway ; Stafford Springs : CT – 22nd Annual Stafford 150 SK Lights
Fri : Aug 3rd – Stafford Speedway ; Stafford Springs : CT – 22nd Annual Stafford 150 SK Modifieds
Fri : Aug 3rd – Stafford Speedway ; Stafford Springs : CT – 22nd Annual Stafford 150 Whelen Modified Tour
Fri : Aug 3rd – Bloomington Speedway ; Bloomington : IN – World of Outlaws Sprint Cars
Fri : Aug 3rd – Speedrome ; Indianapolis : IN – Hornets
Fri : Aug 3rd – Speedrome ; Indianapolis : IN – Legends
Fri : Aug 3rd – Speedrome ; Indianapolis : IN – Mel Kenyon Midgets
Fri : Aug 3rd – Cedar County Raceway ; Tipton : IA – USMTS National Championship Series
Fri : Aug 3rd – Iowa Speedway ; Newton : IA – NASCAR K&N Pro East Series
Fri : Aug 3rd – Iowa Speedway ; Newton : IA – NASCAR K&N Pro West Series
Fri : Aug 3rd – Knoxville Raceway ; Knoxville : IA – 22nd Annual ASCS Knoxville Nationals Lucas Oil ASCS Sprints
Fri : Aug 3rd – Chateau Raceway ; Lansing : MN – USRA Modifieds
Fri : Aug 3rd – Chateau Raceway ; Lansing : MN – IMCA Stock Cars
Fri : Aug 3rd – Chateau Raceway ; Lansing : MN – WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds
Fri : Aug 3rd – Chateau Raceway ; Lansing : MN – WISSOTA Street Stocks
Fri : Aug 3rd – Malden Speedway ; Malden : MO – Comp Cams Super Late Models
Fri : Aug 3rd – Malden Speedway ; Malden : MO – Modifieds
Fri : Aug 3rd – Malden Speedway ; Malden : MO – Street Stocks
Fri : Aug 3rd – Valley Speedway ; Grain Valley : MO – United Late Model Association Late Models
Fri : Aug 3rd – Eagle Raceway ; Eagle : NE – AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Cars
Fri : Aug 3rd – Ace Speedway ; Altamahaw : NC – USAC Eastern Focus Midgets
Fri : Aug 3rd – Carolina Speedway ; Gastonia : NC – Late Models
Fri : Aug 3rd – Carolina Speedway ; Gastonia : NC – Open Wheel Modifieds
Fri : Aug 3rd – Carolina Speedway ; Gastonia : NC – Street Stocks
Fri : Aug 3rd – Tri-County Motor Speedway ; Hudson : NC – UARA Stars Late Models
Fri : Aug 3rd – Jackson County Speedway ; Jackson : OH – Late Models
Fri : Aug 3rd – Jackson County Speedway ; Jackson : OH – Modifieds
Fri : Aug 3rd – Jackson County Speedway ; Jackson : OH – Street Stocks
Fri : Aug 3rd – Big Diamond Speedway ; Minersville : PA – 358 Modifieds
Fri : Aug 3rd – Big Diamond Speedway ; Minersville : PA – Sportsman
Fri : Aug 3rd – Autodrome Chaudiere ; Vallee Jonction : Quebec – ACT Castrol Late Models
Fri : Aug 3rd – Black Hills Speedway ; Rapid City : SD – Late Models
Fri : Aug 3rd – Black Hills Speedway ; Rapid City : SD – Street Stocks
Fri : Aug 3rd – Black Hills Speedway ; Rapid City : SD – Super Stocks
Fri : Aug 3rd – Mountain Creek Speedway ; Grand Prairie : TX – IMCA Modifieds
Fri : Aug 3rd – Mountain Creek Speedway ; Grand Prairie : TX – IMCA Sport Modifieds
Fri : Aug 3rd – Mountain Creek Speedway ; Grand Prairie : TX – IMCA Stock
Fri : Aug 3rd – Mountain Creek Speedway ; Grand Prairie : TX – Street Stock
Fri : Aug 3rd – Cedar Lake Speedway ; New Richmond : WI – World of Outlaws Late Models
Fri : Aug 3rd – Cedar Lake Speedway ; New Richmond : WI – Late Models
Fri : Aug 3rd – Madison International Speedway ; Oregon : WI – ASA Midwest Tour
Fri : Aug 3rd – Oshkosh Speedzone Winnebago County Fairgrounds ; Oshkosh : WI – Leroy Dehn Memorial IMCA Modifieds
Fri : Aug 3rd – Oshkosh Speedzone Winnebago County Fairgrounds ; Oshkosh : WI – Leroy Dehn Memorial IMCA Sport Modifieds
Fri : Aug 3rd – Oshkosh Speedzone Winnebago County Fairgrounds ; Oshkosh : WI – Leroy Dehn Memorial Street Stocks
Sat : Aug 4th – Green Valley Speedway ; Glencoe : AL – Crate Late Models
Sat : Aug 4th – Green Valley Speedway ; Glencoe : AL – KMSA
Sat : Aug 4th – Green Valley Speedway ; Glencoe : AL – Outlaw Thunder
Sat : Aug 4th – Green Valley Speedway ; Glencoe : AL – Sportsman
Sat : Aug 4th – Green Valley Speedway ; Glencoe : AL – Street Stock
Sat : Aug 4th – Green Valley Speedway ; Glencoe : AL – Super Late Models
Sat : Aug 4th – Huntsville Speedway ; Huntsville : AL – Southern Superstars Super Late Models
Sat : Aug 4th – Huntsville Speedway ; Huntsville : AL – Modifieds
Sat : Aug 4th – Huntsville Speedway ; Huntsville : AL – Sportsman
Sat : Aug 4th – South Alabama Speedway ; Kinston : AL – Viper Pro Late Models
Sat : Aug 4th – I-30 Speedway ; Little Rock : AR – Comp Cams Super Late Models
Sat : Aug 4th – Riverside International Speedway ; West Memphis : AR – 305 Winged Sprints
Sat : Aug 4th – Riverside International Speedway ; West Memphis : AR – 360 Winged Sprints
Sat : Aug 4th – Riverside International Speedway ; West Memphis : AR – Late Models
Sat : Aug 4th – Riverside International Speedway ; West Memphis : AR – Modifieds
Sat : Aug 4th – Calistoga Speedway ; Calistoga : CA – Calistoga Cup California Civil War Series Sprint Cars
Sat : Aug 4th – Madera Speedway ; Madera : CA – Late Models
Sat : Aug 4th – Madera Speedway ; Madera : CA – 410/360 Super Modifieds
Sat : Aug 4th – Madera Speedway ; Madera : CA – Hobby Stocks
Sat : Aug 4th – Madera Speedway ; Madera : CA – Sport Modifieds
Sat : Aug 4th – New Smyrna Speedway ; New Smyrna Beach : FL – Pro Late Models
Sat : Aug 4th – New Smyrna Speedway ; New Smyrna Beach : FL – E-Modifieds
Sat : Aug 4th – New Smyrna Speedway ; New Smyrna Beach : FL – Sportsman
Sat : Aug 4th – New Senoia Raceway ; Senoia : GA – Late Models
Sat : Aug 4th – Grundy County Speedway ; Morris : IL – USAC Mopar D1 Stars
Sat : Aug 4th – Peoria Speedway ; Peoria : IL – Late Models
Sat : Aug 4th – Peoria Speedway ; Peoria : IL – Limited Late Models
Sat : Aug 4th – Peoria Speedway ; Peoria : IL – Modifieds
Sat : Aug 4th – Peoria Speedway ; Peoria : IL – Street Stocks
Sat : Aug 4th – South Bend Speedway ; South Bend : IN – Late Models
Sat : Aug 4th – South Bend Speedway ; South Bend : IN – Sportsman
Sat : Aug 4th – South Bend Speedway ; South Bend : IN – Street Stocks
Sat : Aug 4th – Speedrome ; Indianapolis : IN – Hornets
Sat : Aug 4th – Speedrome ; Indianapolis : IN – Late Model Figure 8
Sat : Aug 4th – Speedrome ; Indianapolis : IN – Stock Figure 8
Sat : Aug 4th – Independence Motor Speedway ; Independence : IA – IMCA Late Models
Sat : Aug 4th – Independence Motor Speedway ; Independence : IA – IMCA Modifieds
Sat : Aug 4th – Independence Motor Speedway ; Independence : IA – IMCA Stock Cars
Sat : Aug 4th – Independence Motor Speedway ; Independence : IA – IMCA Sport Mods
Sat : Aug 4th – Knoxville Raceway ; Knoxville : IA – 22nd Annual ASCS Knoxville Nationals Lucas Oil ASCS Sprints
Sat : Aug 4th – Seekonk Speedway ; Seekonk : MA – PASS North Super Late Models
Sat : Aug 4th – Oxford Plains Speedway ; Oxford Plains : ME – Late Models
Sat : Aug 4th – Oxford Plains Speedway ; Oxford Plains : ME – Rebels
Sat : Aug 4th – Oxford Plains Speedway ; Oxford Plains : ME – Strictly Stock
Sat : Aug 4th – Hagerstown Speedway ; Hagerstown : MD – Dukes Family Day Late Model Sportsman
Sat : Aug 4th – Hagerstown Speedway ; Hagerstown : MD – Dukes Family Day Pure Stocks
Sat : Aug 4th – Berlin Raceway ; Marne : MI – Jeg’s All Stars Pro Late Models
Sat : Aug 4th – Kalamazoo Speedway ; Kalamazoo : MI – Outlaw Super Late Models
Sat : Aug 4th – Kalamazoo Speedway ; Kalamazoo : MI – Super Stocks
Sat : Aug 4th – Kalamazoo Speedway ; Kalamazoo : MI – Pro Stocks
Sat : Aug 4th – Columbus Speedway ; Columbus : MS – James Nickoles Memorial Super Late Models
Sat : Aug 4th – Columbus Speedway ; Columbus : MS – NeSmith Late Models
Sat : Aug 4th – Columbus Speedway ; Columbus : MS – Street Stocks
Sat : Aug 4th – I-44 Speedway ; Lebanon : MO – Coca-Cola Night at the Races ASA Late Models
Sat : Aug 4th – I-44 Speedway ; Lebanon : MO – Coca-Cola Night at the Races Modifieds
Sat : Aug 4th – I-44 Speedway ; Lebanon : MO – Coca-Cola Night at the Races Lucky 21 Sportsman Doubleheader
Sat : Aug 4th – I-44 Speedway ; Lebanon : MO – Coca-Cola Night at the Races Road Warriors
Sat : Aug 4th – I-44 Speedway ; Lebanon : MO – Coca-Cola Night at the Races Chargers
Sat : Aug 4th – I-55 Speedway ; Peavely : MO – World of Outlaws Sprint Cars
Sat : Aug 4th – Lucas Oil Speedway ; Wheatland : MO – Factory Stocks
Sat : Aug 4th – Lucas Oil Speedway ; Wheatland : MO – A-Mods
Sat : Aug 4th – Lucas Oil Speedway ; Wheatland : MO – B-Mods
Sat : Aug 4th – Lucas Oil Speedway ; Wheatland : MO – United Late Model Association Late Models
Sat : Aug 4th – Valley Speedway ; Grain Valley : MO – AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Cars
Sat : Aug 4th – Ace Speedway ; Altamahaw : NC – Southeast Limited Late Models
Sat : Aug 4th – Bowman-Gray Stadium ; Winston-Salem : NC – NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour
Sat : Aug 4th – Concord Motorsports Park ; Concord : NC – Late Models
Sat : Aug 4th – Hickory Motor Speedway ; Newton : NC – Late Models
Sat : Aug 4th – Hickory Motor Speedway ; Newton : NC – Limited Late Models
Sat : Aug 4th – Hickory Motor Speedway ; Newton : NC – Street Stock
Sat : Aug 4th – Hickory Motor Speedway ; Newton : NC – USAC Eastern Focus Midgets
Sat : Aug 4th – Southwest Speedway ; Dickinson : ND – IMCA Modifieds
Sat : Aug 4th – Southwest Speedway ; Dickinson : ND – Wissota Street Stocks
Sat : Aug 4th – Shady Bowl Speedway ; DeGraff : OH – Main Event Super Late Models
Sat : Aug 4th – Emo Speedway ; Emo : Ontario – Wissota Midwest Modifieds
Sat : Aug 4th – Emo Speedway ; Emo : Ontario – Wissota Modifieds
Sat : Aug 4th – Emo Speedway ; Emo : Ontario – Street Stocks
Sat : Aug 4th – Peterborough Speedway ; Peterborough : Ontario – OSCAAR Super Late Models
Sat : Aug 4th – Oyster Bed Speedway ; Oyster Bed Bridge : Prince Edward Island – Parts for Trucks Pro Stocks
Sat : Aug 4th – Lincoln Speedway ; Abbottstown : PA – 600 cc Micro Sprints
Sat : Aug 4th – Lincoln Speedway ; Abbottstown : PA – 358/360 Sprint Car Challenge
Sat : Aug 4th – Lincoln Speedway ; Abbottstown : PA – All-American Outlaws
Sat : Aug 4th – Little Diamond Speedway ; Minersville : PA – Slingshots
Sat : Aug 4th – Little Diamond Speedway ; Minersville : PA – Thunder Cars
Sat : Aug 4th – Mountain Speedway ; St. John’s : PA – Sport Modifieds
Sat : Aug 4th – Mountain Speedway ; St. John’s : PA – Late Models
Sat : Aug 4th – Mountain Speedway ; St. John’s : PA – Factory Stocks
Sat : Aug 4th – Mountain Speedway ; St. John’s : PA – TQ Midgets
Sat : Aug 4th – Motor Mile Speedway ; Radford : VA – Late Models x2
Sat : Aug 4th – Motor Mile Speedway ; Radford : VA – Limited Sportsman
Sat : Aug 4th – Motor Mile Speedway ; Radford : VA – Street Stock
Sat : Aug 4th – South Sound Speedway ; Tenino : WA – Miller 200 Super Late Models
Sat : Aug 4th – Cedar Lake Speedway ; New Richmond : WI – World of Outlaws Late Models
Sat : Aug 4th – Cedar Lake Speedway ; New Richmond : WI – Late Models
Sat : Aug 4th – Madison International Speedway ; Oregon : WI – ASA Midwest Tour Madison 100
Sat : Aug 4th – TNT Speedway ; Three Lakes : WI – Wissota Midwest Modifieds
Sat : Aug 4th – TNT Speedway ; Three Lakes : WI – Wissota Street Stocks
Sun : Aug 5th – U.S. 36 Raceway ; Cameron : MO – AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Cars
Sun : Aug 5th – U.S. 36 Raceway ; Cameron : MO – A Mods
Sun : Aug 5th – U.S. 36 Raceway ; Cameron : MO – Sport Mods
Sun : Aug 5th – Thunder Mountain Speedway ; Bottineau : ND – Wissota Midwest Modifieds
Sun : Aug 5th – Thunder Mountain Speedway ; Bottineau : ND – Sport Stocks
Sun : Aug 5th – Circuit de Trois-Rivieres ; Trois-Rivieres : Quebec – NASCAR Canadian Tire Series
Mon : Aug 6th – Southern Iowa Speedway ; Oskaloosa : IA – AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Cars
Mon : Aug 6th – Merrittville Speedway ; Thorold : Ontario – DIRTCar Big-Block Modifieds
Tue : Aug 7th – Southern Iowa Speedway ; Oskaloosa : IA – AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Cars
Wed : Aug 8th – Knoxville Raceway ; Knoxville : IA – World of Outlaws Sprint Cars
Wed : Aug 8th – Oxford Plains Speedway ; Oxford Plains : ME – Outlaws
Wed : Aug 8th – Oxford Plains Speedway ; Oxford Plains : ME – Rebels
Wed : Aug 8th – Oxford Plains Speedway ; Oxford Plains : ME – Renegades
Thu : Aug 9th – Thompson International Speedway ; Thompson : CT – NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour
Thu : Aug 9th – Knoxville Raceway ; Knoxville : IA – World of Outlaws Sprint Cars
Thu : Aug 9th – Valley Speedway ; Grain Valley : MO – USMTS Hunt for the Casey’s Cup Modifieds

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