From Rolling To Reveling: Nicole Chambrello Wins Street Stock Feature At Stafford

Nicole Chambrello celebrates victory in the Street Stock feature Friday at Stafford Speedway (Photo: Fran Lawlor)

STAFFORD – A week ago at Stafford Motor Speedway Nicole Chambrello went from battling for the lead on the track to rolling on her roof across it.

Friday at Stafford Motor Speedway Chambrello returned from the roll to grab victory.

Chambrello won the 20-lap Street Stock feature Friday at Stafford Motor Speedway.

“You don’t know how this feels after this entire week,” Chambrello said. “My poor dad slaved over this car all week. To make it into victory lane after being on my roof is amazing.”

It was the first victory of the season for the Kensington driver.

“We didn’t know what the car was going to do,” Chambrello said. “We knew had it back, but we were having issues all day with the brakes, with the transmission. It feels really really really good to be in victory lane.

George Bessette Jr. of Danbury was second and Jason Lafayette of Somers third.

On June 22 Chambrelle was in a tight battle for the lead when there was a multi-car wreck in turn three, Chambrello’s car got lifted, rolled on its roof and then rolled back onto four wheels.

“It wasn’t the most fun experience, but I think it opens your eyes a little bit to how dangerous this can be,” Chambrello said. “I woke up the next morning with bumps, bruises, sore. It also shows that something like that can’t really stop me.”

Friday she went by Lafayatte for the lead following a lap 12 restart and never trailed again.


  1. The Streets are not everyone’s cup of tea but following Nicole through the years is just one of the best stories at Stafford. An auto trans, kind of clunky car at the start she drove like a girl pardon the sexist phrase from a geezer. Then through perseverance and smarts her dad made the car very competitive and at the same time Nicole crafted herself into a hard nosed, skilled driver. Not organically like some drivers do but hard self examination and race analysis.
    Last week she did what looked to be an elegant, almost slow motion roll, nailing the landing on all fours. It’s looked relatively benign but being upside down never is. Then she comes back from that, dad cobbles the car back into a front runner and the rest is history. Just amazing.
    The raspberry goes to Travis Hydar who sat out the night as the result of a mandatory one race suspension. In the Streets no less what isn’t easy to do. Showing what a problem he has been in the two years he’s raced spinning out Nicole and others more then once. Prospects of changing his driving style……….nil.

  2. Now THAT is how you come back from a bad week! Nicely done!

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