43rd Annual Spring Sizzler



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

I’m Back

Hello all, it’s been a long time since I last blogged, that’s all going to change. With exciting new things happening in Stafford we are going to have tons of interesting topics for myStaffordSprings and the LIVE with Kate & Kurt Show. Come down to our office at 4 East Main St and say “Hi”. Let us know what’s going on so that we can share it with the community! Email us @ mystaffordsprings@gmail.com. Shooting the Kate & Kurt show today, so I will be blogging about it and uploading it tonight. I am also looking forward to the upcoming racing season at Stafford Motor Speedway.

Kate & Kurt with Rotary Instructions

We have covered it briefly in the past, but in this week’s episode we actually drive through the rotary in downtown Stafford Springs from all three directions. We shot the show from the beautiful public beach at Staffordville Lake and of course there’s Tocka’s weather report and some birthdays. A special appearance from Stephen Duzsa and all your local news including a local driver that got his first win of the season at Stafford Speedway. Watch this action packed show below and tune in next week as Truck Barrows joins the Kate & Kurt show!

Kate & Kurt (Interview with Charles Lewandoski)

This week Kate and I brought our show to Stafford Motor Speedway. We were fortunate enough to catch up with Nationwide series driver and Stafford native Charles Lewandoski and he was gracious enough to sit down and talk with us. We was home after finishing 22nd at New Hampshire last weekend and off to Nashville this weekend for the Federated Auto Parts 300 Saturday night at 7:30pm (ESPN). Good luck Chalew. We also have Tocka’s weather report, a lot of birthdays this week, a dog that needs a home, and much more Stafford news. Make sure to watch this video and to watch all the Kate & Kurt videos click on them in the right side bar under mystaffordsprings—->


Inside Line (Darlington)

Bobby Santos III

An exciting weekend of racing concluded with Bobby Santos III winning the 40th Annual Spring Sizzler at Stafford Motor Speedway last Sunday. It came down to the wire as he edged out #93 Rowan Pennick. Stafford’s Woody Pitkat finished with an impressive top-ten finish. Ryan Preece won the SK Modified feature and Keith Rocco (Kid Rock) won the Late Model race. Saturday’s winners were Joey Cipriano in the SK Light, George Nocera in the Limited Late Models, and young Kyle Casagrande of Stafford took home the Dare Stock trophy. Another Stafford resident had a very impressive showing as #09 Chris Matthews finished second in th SK feature with a very impressive pass of all-time great Ted Christopher. Look for him to have a great season.

Kyle Casagrande

It was beautiful weather and great racing. The action will pick up again this Friday as its the opening night for all five series. Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for kids.

Last week there were 19 winners in ” Pick the Winners” contest, Kyle Casagrande not only won his race on Saturday but he was the only person to pick three winners last week. Congrats to all the winners. To see if you won be sure to watch the video below. It contains action from last weekend as well as picks from around Stafford.  

Inside Line No. 64 gets Decals


I got a chance to goto to “Magnum’s Hut” before the decals were put on Michael Bennett’s 2011 Late Model number 64. It was very interesting to watch the process, fellow driver Woody Pitkat put on all the decals. Wait until you see the difference. Thanks again to my cameraman Noah Vail for all his help. Michael also talks about his move up to the SK Modified division at Stafford Motor Speedway this year. Watch the video below for all the details. Do not forget the 40th Annual Spring Sizzler at the Stafford Motor Speedway is this weekend, April 30 and May 1st. Go root on all the local drivers, see you this weekend. Watch out for my Inside Line video and contest coming out later this week.

Local Driver Video

Michael Bennett #64

I threw together a quick video featuring our local Stafford Springs drivers. Check it out, see if you know anyone.

2010 Late Model Champion

Remember racing is an expensive sport, if you are a

2010 Cory Casagrande

business owner please consider sponsoring one of these guys, it’s a great way to be involved and you get awesome advertising to boot. Don’t forget to get your tickets to the Spring Sizzler at Stafford Speedway April 29th through May 1st. And if you would like to save money on your auto insurance call my cell @ (860)458-9366 or at the Paradiso Insurance office @ (860)684-5270. Watch out for next week’s video and survey.