Spring Sizzler 2012, Great Weekend for Locals


Kyle Casagrande in Victory Lane

The 41st Annual Spring Sizzler is in the books and it was a great weekend for local drivers with at least 1 driver from Stafford finishing in the top ten in all six feature events. Many were on hand this cool and windy weekend at Stafford Motor Speedway, including my children and I, to witness the “Greatest Race in the History of Spring”. On Saturday, Stafford natives Kyle Casagrande (pictured above) and Albert Saunders finished first and second in the Dare Stock feature. Cory Casagrande placed second and David Arute fourth in the Limited Late Model race and Bob Charland finished sixth in the SK Light feature.

On Sunday, Woody Pitkat made his way through traffic to finish ninth after getting tied up in a crash midway through the SK Modified race. Woody also had to pass many cars en route to a second place finish in the Late Model feature after starting deep in the field. J.J. Hill looked strong as well finishing ninth. In the final race of the day, the 200 lap Modified Tour feature, Woody finished with an impressive eighth place finish. He started 20th and made it up to as high as fifth. Overall, it was a great weekend for our local Stafford drivers. Make sure to visit Stafford Speedway this Friday night, it’s only $17.50 for adults and $5 for children 6 to 14. See you there.

Interviews with Local Drivers from Stafford Speedway


Cory Casagrande #1

Kate, my son Noah, and myself were lucky enough to be invited to watch some local drivers gear up for an exciting new season of auto racing at Stafford Motor Speedway. This is just a small preview of what you will see on The Inside Line with Kurt Vail on MyStaffordSprings this coming race season. We caught up with Cory Casagrande (pictured above) who had three featured wins in 2011, his rookie season in the Limited Late Model division! Kyle Casagrande is looking for a track championship in the DARE stock division after posting 5 feature wins in 2011. We, also, chatted with “Magnum” Mike Bennett who will be competing in the SK Modified division full-time in 2012. We will showcase these Stafford drivers as well as many more in the weeks to come, don’t miss it! Don’t forget the Spring Sizzler at Stafford Motor Speedway on April 28 and 29, 2012. Watch it below.

Local Drivers at Stafford Speedway This Year


Nascar season is in full swing and racing at Stafford Motor Speedway is right around the corner. I’m excited about the coming season at our local track. There are many entries already on the Stafford Speedway website, and I’m sure many more to come. The SK modifieds have over 40 entries in what looks to be one of the most competitive fields ever.
Last year saw Stafford’s own Ryan Posocco win yet another track championship in the Late Model division and Woody Pitkat nail down 7 feature wins between the Late Model and SK modified divisions. Young guns Kyle and Cory Casagrande each had multiple feature wins in their divisions as well. We will also hear from Michael Bennett who was a regular contribuor to the show last year. Here’s the current list of Stafford drivers who will be competing this year:

Nascar Nationwide Series:

Charles Lewandoski #70

Whelan Modified Tour:

Woody Pitkat #11

SK Modified:

Chris Matthews #9
Michael Bennett #64
Ky Jensen #78
Woody Pitkat #89

Late Model:

Tom Butler #4
J.J. Hill #41
Ed Ricard #77
Woody Pitkat
Ryan Posocco

SK Lights:

Jay Goff #07
Bob Charland #1
Harry Wheeler #2
Shayne Prucker #86

Ltd Late Model:

Cory Casagrande #1

DARE Stocks:

Albert Saunders #04
Cliff Saunders #4
Kyle Casagrande #7
Austin Bessette #64

A Big Weekend @ New Hampshire Motor Speedway


 

This weekend the Nascar Sprint Cup series comes to New England for the first

#28 Woody Pitkat

of two trips to New Hampshire Motor Speedway. It is jam packed full of action. Saturday, Stafford’s Woody Pitkat will be taking on Sprint Cup driver Ryan Newman and the rest of the talented Whelan Modified Tour drivers in the F.W. Webb 100 at 1:10pm.

Woody is not the only local driver racing this weekend in Loudon, Stafford’s Charles Lewandoski will be driving the #40 Nationwide series car in the New England 200. Charles is having a great rookie season and he gives Stafford Springs some props in this interview he did with NASCAR.com below. Check it out.

#40 Charles Lewandoski

Charles Lewandoski interview                        

Remember there is also a full slate of action this weekend at our very own Stafford Motor Speedway. Check out all the local drivers tonight, Woody Pitkat, Ryan Posocco, Magnum Mike Bennett, Albert and Cliff Saunders, Kyle Casagrande, Cory Casagrande, Austin Bessette,  J.J. Hill, Tommy Butler, Harry Wheeler, Bob Charland, the up-and-coming Shayne Prucker, and many more. $15 for adults, $5 for kids, children under 5 FREE! See you there.

Stafford’s Charles Lewandoski racing in Richmond


Charles Lewandoski

 Stafford native Charles Lewandoski will be racing again this Friday night in the Nationwide Series in Richmond. He will be driving the Go Green #39 in the Bubba Burger 250 at Richmond International Speedway this Friday @ 7:30pm, televised on the Speed Channel. Chalew got his start right here at our very own Stafford Motor Speedway being the youngest driver to record a feature win at the age of 16 back in 2002. Despite his busy schedule, he took a few minutes to answer a few questions for me.

 

 

Kurt: “So far this year you’ve finished in the top 25 both times you’ve raced the complete race, what is your goal for this weekend in Richmond?”

Chalew: “Really, the main goal is to have a smooth and uneventful weekend and finish in the top 20. Any time you go on the track your goal is to win the race, but I think we’d be very happy with a top 20 finish.”

Kurt: “Have you ever raced at Richmond before?”

Chalew: “No. It’s a little tricky from what I’ve been told, but there are some similarities to tracks I’ve raced in the past, so I will try to piece together my experiences from two or three other tracks and that should help alittle.”

Kurt: “What makes Richmond different from the other races you’ve raced this year?”

Chalew: “It is a short track, anything under one mile is considered a short track, and the other races were a similar distance but obviously the shorter track has more laps. On the shorter track the driver has more input, on the bigger tracks has more to do with the car. I think it will be easier than my first time racing at California, which is two miles, because I’ve raced at short tracks all my life.”

Kurt: “You have a lot of support here in your home state. As you know racing kicks off this weekend in Stafford with the 40th Annual Spring Sizzler. Do you have any predictions?”

Chalew:”Sure, I’m hoping for Kyle Casagrande to win the Dare Stock, Limited Late Model, Cory (Casagrande). Ryan Posocco or Magnum Mike(Bennett) to win the Late Model. Ted Christopher to win the SK and Shayne Prucker to win SK Light. And I think Bobby Santos III is going to win the tour race.”

Kurt: “Thank you again for taking time out of your busy schedule and good luck Friday night.”

Chalew: “Thank you, and I’m going to try to make it home this weekend to see Kyle and Cory race, maybe I’ll see you down at the track.”

It’s going to be a big weekend in racing right here in Stafford. Go to staffordmotorspeedway.com for all the info and ticket prices. Sunday morning at 11:00am is a meet and greet with all the drivers and their cars in the infield that is included with the price of admission. It’s a great event as I can vouch for personally, my kids had a blast last year. I will be down there all day Sunday with my camera, so keep an eye out for me and be in my next Inside Line video. We got Chalew’s picks for this weekend, now tell me who you think is going to win and either win a $15 ticket voucher to Stafford Motor Speedway or a $10 gift card to Express Wireless, just click this link ——–> Sizzler Survey. See you this weekend.

Inside Line with Kurt Vail week 3


Jeff Gordon winner in Phoenix

Congrats to Stafford’s own Charles Lewandoski, the Polish Rocket, for an impressive 21st place finish in Phoenix last weekend. Stay abreast of all of Chalew’s racing stats here on my blog as we follow his career in the Nationwide series. Congratulations to my daughter Hannah who filled out the survey last week and was the only one to pick the winner, Jeff Gordon. Fill out the survey this week and win a gift certificate to Express Wireless and Rockville Lanes, hit this link now—>Vegas Race Poll .

This week Rick Casagrande was gracious enough to invite me up to Casagrande Motorsports to check out there new Limited Late Model car that will be racing at Stafford Motor Speedway this season. I caught up with Cory Casagrande while I was up there and he answered a few questions for me. I also stopped by Bosco’s Market & Deli to get a sponsor’s perspective on things. Local business owners should seriously consider sponsoring a local driver here in Stafford. Please watch the video below and hit this link and tell me who’s going to win this weekend—–> Vegas Race Poll .