WALPOLE, N.H. — After five races in the 2016 Granite State Pro Stock Series campaign, Cory Casagrande sits second in the points standings.
Casagrande is a native of Stafford Springs, Conn. and drives the No. 1 Shark Cycles/Casagrande Builders Chevrolet at each of the races on the GSPSS schedule.
So far in 2016, the season has had its ups and downs, but Casagrande is happy to be runner-up in the point standings going into the second half of the season.
“I think from this year to last year, we are 100% better,” Casagrande said. “I’ve been pretty happy with this season so far, we’ve had a couple of tough races but we’ve also had some top-fives and those are good to have. We’re going to a new track for basically everyone next in Riverhead, I’m probably one of the few people that run the tour that has even been there to watch a race, so I’m looking forward to going back there.
His season started with a part failure at White Mt. Motorsports Park, which forced him to finish at the tail end of the field — not the start to the season he had hoped for. However, Casagrande rebounded quickly, jumping to third at the finish at one of his favorite tracks, Monadnock Speedway.
From there, Casagrande finished 11th at both Lee USA Speedway and Claremont, but the Claremont finish did not show how strong the Casagrande Builders car was. He was running up towards the front before being collected in a crash that sent him to the tail and he could only rebound to 11th. The setup and knowledge that he gained at Claremont has him excited for when the series returns on Aug. 5.
“I’m looking to going back to Claremont,” Casagrande said. “We had a good run going there last time until we got caught up in a wreck late and I just wasn’t able to get back anything I lost. I also seem to always run pretty decent at Monadnock and Waterford as well.”
Though he is sitting second in the points and there are only six races left on the 2016 calendar, Casagrande isn’t looking at the point standings just yet. He currently trails GSPSS former winner Barry Gray by 14 points and leads Mike Parks by two points and Mike Mitchell by just four points. He is hoping to continue his hot streak by doing nothing different in the final few races.
“I try not to look at the points because it messes with you, so I am going to just continue what I am doing and pretend that I am not racing for points,” Casagrande said. “If we are there at the end, we will worry about it then. That would be great.”
As with every team on the GSPSS roster and every team involved in racing, without his sponsors, supporters and family and friends, Casagrande wouldn’t be able to do what he enjoys doing each week.
“I have to thank Bob Charland, Casagrande Builders, My mom and dad and everyone that helps out in the crew. It’s a true team effort every week, they travel with me and it’s a lot of work both at the shop and at the track.”
The GSPSS returns to action on July 30, with the series’ inaugural appearance at Riverhead Raceway on Long Island, N.Y.
For more information on the series, drivers, teams and fans are encouraged to visit www.gspss.net
CREDIT: Granite State Pro Stock Series