This weekend the Nascar Sprint Cup series comes to New England for the first
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.
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 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.
Talk about the best of both worlds, meet baseball greats Graig Nettles, Bob Stanley, and Bill Lee, get some good eats, have some good laughs and, most importantly help Stafford Little League and The Connecticut Children’s Medical Center in the process, all for $45. Call us today for your tickets @ Paradiso Insurance (860)684-5270. It’s a fantastic night and it’s for a great cause, make it happen! Check out the video below, to see if Stafford prefers the Yankees or the Red Sox.
STAFFORD LITTLE LEAGUE
in association with
6th Annual Legends Night
Featuring former stars:
Bill “Spaceman” Lee Graig Nettles Bob “Steamer” Stanley
Thursday April 7, 2011
Fairground Banquet Facility @ Stafford Motor Speedway
Half of all proceeds will go to Stafford Little League to help families that cannot afford the cost to register a child for the upcoming season. The other half will go to the Connecticut Children’s Hospital which has help hundreds of children from Stafford Springs and throughout the state.
With football season over and Nascar Sprint Cup season approaching, it’s time to switch gears. Go to this link –> 2011 Daytona 500 poll, and pick the winner to this years Daytona 500 and win a gift certificate to a local business. Look for me tomorrow as I will be going around town to see who the Stafford residents think is going to win! Video to follow.