Drop The Mic: Nicole LaRose Wins Ladies Challenge Street Stock Charity Event At Stafford

Nicole LaRose celebrates victory in the Ladies Challenge Street Stock charity event at the NAPA Fall Final Saturday at Stafford Speedway (Photo: Jim DuPont/RaceDayCT)

STAFFORD – It’s often said in racing that the need for speed is genetic. 

Saturday at Stafford Motor Speedway Nicole LaRose showed her passion for the short track racing could take her to victory lane. 

LaRose, a multi-media host at Stafford Speedway, rolled to victory in the 10-lap Ladies Challenge Street Stock race Saturday at the NAPA Fall Final. 

LaRose was one of 11 drivers in the field, each with a specified charity they were raising money for. The field raised over $18,000 for their various charities. 

Debbie DeSanctis, winner of the event last year, was second. Laura Secore was third. 

“That was insane,” LaRose said. “I can’t believe I pulled that off. I was pretty nervous starting next to Deb. She’s so good.” 

LaRose is the daughter of longtime local racer Ernie LaRose.

“I just wanted to get this win for my dad,” Nicole LaRose said. “Two generations of Street Stock racers and he had all girls, so here I am. 

Nicole LaRose was racing for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, in support of Stafford Speedway employee Heather Chaponis, who works with the track’s TV production team. 

“Last year around the Fall Final she was diagnosed with breast cancer and we beat it,” Nicole LaRose said. “And she is so inspiring to me. She would send us updates and she was always so smiley and so optimistic about the whole thing and she really is my hero and I wanted to race for her this year and I’m so glad we got her the win.” 

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  1. Winning, linking a charity to a fellow employee all good stuff. They all won.
    Those one drive wheel Streets must be a hand full for a novice when you get out of your groove in the corner.
    Nice interview of Santos too. Asking him if he’d care to comment on the chassis situation and Santos giving the perfect response. Said he was just a “dumb driver” and knew nothing . Perfect deflection from a seasoned pro. No sir re. Won’t see Bobby volunteering to stand under that knife.

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