Perseverance Pays off for Nick Rochinski at Big Diamond, Notes – DTD Exclusive

By KEN BRUCE

The saying is that if you at first do not succeed, try again and that is exactly what Nick Rochinski did last Friday night at Big Diamond Speedway. The Dickson City, Pa., wheelman has called Big Diamond his Friday night home for the past three years. Rochinski has had some good runs along with some struggles, but the perseverance put in by himself, his brother Kyle and father Brian finally paid off last Friday night when Rochinski held off the “Diamond Cutter” himself Duane Howard to take the crowd popular win.

“We needed this, it’s been three years since we started running here,” said a thrilled and relieved Rochinski while taking in what just happened in the team’s trailer. “We have been testing this coil combination, this and that and have kept trying to get it right. I really owe Alex Yankowski a pat on the back for helping me out with the shock package.

“If you know me, I am an extremely competitive person and for us to be racing here without a win is unusual, but I don’t give up and tonight it made all the hard work worth it. My brother and my dad have been working so hard and I so glad I have my team here tonight.”

Rochinski wasted little time getting to the lead as blasted through the field in his TEO ProCar, Murray engines powered No. 20R from the eighth starting spot to take lead when leader Corey Renninger stopped in turn two very early in the race.




“I was able to take advantage of a good start in the beginning of the race,” explained Rochinski. “Then it went my way, and we had a long green flag run there. I did catch a break early on; we pinched a brake line and luckily I was able to pump the brakes back up and we didn’t have any more issues with it for the rest of the race. Man, this feels good, really really good!”

Once Rochinski was in front, he was able to run his race and despite some challenges as came up to lap cars running at the tail end of the field was able to hold off the challenges of Howard who was poised to make a last lap challenge only to lose the nose of his car as he went through turn one thus ending his bid for the win. Rochinski kept racing his line to take the big win not only for himself but for his small family-owned race team.

“Like you said, we are a small family-owned team consisting mostly of myself, my brother and my dad,” mentioned Rochinski. “It is pretty much just us; we have a couple of small sponsors who help us out and I am very thankful for their help. But if it wasn’t for TEO ProCar and my family I wouldn’t have stood in victory lane tonight.”

In a funny note, Rochinski said in victory lane that his five-year-old son told him he sucked at Big Diamond, and I asked if had spoken to him after winning the feature.

“I did call him and told I don’t suck anymore, and he answered, “not tonight,” said Rochinski. Being a little bit older now, he will expect me to win which will make it difficult on me and my brother, but we are enjoying every second of it. I am hoping once we got this first win covered, they will start rolling in more frequently.”

Friday night capped off a great week of racing for the Rochinski team as Nick was able to get the win at Five Mile Point Speedway the Tuesday prior.

“Man, we had an awesome week,” commented Rochinski. “Definitely cannot complain, whatsoever. I really owe it all to my brother, he does such a kick ass job in setting up these cars. It just feels really good be the only ones with a TEO ProCar and cleaning up on these guys this week. I don’t know what he (TEO Fabrications) has going on with these cars, but I hope he keeps it up. Like I said we had a helluva week and we earned this one tonight. I think after Howard, it was (Brett) Kressley and (Craig) Von Dohren behind us and it was nice to beat those guys because they the best here and now maybe we can throw our name onto that list as well.”

You couldn’t have asked for a happier driver and crew afterwards. You could see the sense of pride on the face of Father Brian as people stopped by to congratulate the team on their popular win along with the smile on crew chief and brother Kyle’s face.

Diamond Nuggets:

Eddie Strada, who has quietly asserted himself into the top five in points with some very strong runs, had engine issues on Friday night in his heat race. A nice gesture from Dan Hineline allowed Strada to race his car in the modified feature to try and keep his top five ranking in the points race. Strada finished in the 13th position which dropped him to 6th is points. Strada told me they have another motor ready to go and will be back this Friday…

Ryan Watt and the Fitzpatrick No. T102 team once again experienced engine problems, this time while Watt had a solid top five run going…

Jordan Henn was back at Big Diamond on Friday night albeit driving the Reber Racing No. 4R in the Crate 602 Sportsman division. Henn showed that he hasn’t lost a step at Big Diamond racing to second place finish in the feature…

This Friday night the PA Spec 358 Tri-Track Series returns to Big Diamond Speedway for the second and final time. Brett Kressley was the winner of the first Tri-Track race at Big Diamond. Timmy Buckwalter is the current points leader of the series…

With Friday night being a Tri-Track Series race, we can look for a few invaders to permeate the field. Billy Pauch Jr has indicated to me that he will be there along with up-and-coming driver Jack Butler and others…

Look for Jeff Strunk to return this Friday night after taking off a couple of Friday nights after his hard crash here a few weeks ago. Strunk might have a surprise in store for everyone on Friday night…

A fantastic battle took place last Friday night for the third spot between rivals Brett Kressley and Craig Von Dohren. These two have been going at it all year at Grandview and it continued to Big Diamond on Friday. After swapping the third spot multiple times, Kressley won the battle to finish third…

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