|Friday, July 25th 2014
| New on the Audio Page from Rolling Wheels Raceway Park:
Pre race conversations:
Alan Johnson talked about the ? mark car he was driving and looks ahead to today at Ransomville.
Vinnie Vitale told me about the new engine he was trying out and gets ready for Brewerton.
Peter Britten explained why he was driving his Friday night car and what his involvement is.
Jimmy Phelps remembered his Super DIRTcar Series races in Canada and talks about Weedsport.
Danny Varin won the last time he raced and talked about his new Modified as his new baby girl.
After the heat races:
Steve Glover won the first 305 Sprint Car heat race and talked about the wing he had up top.
Danny Varin walked me through his pass for the lead and looks ahead to the 305 Sprint feature.
Dan Wiesner told me about his Sportsman heat win and the 358 Modified ride he has set up.
Peter Britten described how good his Modified was in his win in the first qualifying heat race.
Jimmy Phelps talked about his win in the final Modified heat and how he got the pole position.
After the feature races:
Darryl Ruggles talked with Joe Marotta about his 305 Sprint Car win and the leader’s misfortune.
David Marcuccilli spoke with Joe Marotta after his dominating victory in the Sportsman race.
Jimmy Phelps led all 35 laps on his way to a Modified victory and told Shane Andrews about it.
I had another fun night as I headed to Rolling Wheels for a quick Thursday Night Thunder Show. There were 16 Modifieds, 8 Sportsman and 9 305 Sprint Cars. I know. I was surprised too but things do go like this sometimes. Mid week shows are numerous these days and tough to predict. That’s racing.
The track was nice and Jimmy Phelps liked it a lot as he led all 35 laps of the Modified feature to pick up what sounded like a much needed win. Peter Britten was strong as he ran second and Steve Paine got by Pat Ward to pick up the final podium spot.
Jeff Brownell Jr. was also on hand and finished in fifth place in the feature after third place in his heat race. It was good to see him back at the track and feeling good. He had a tough spring and you’ll hear about that on Sunday as I did get a chance to record something with him beforehand.
Danny Varin had the 305 Sprint Car feature wrapped up until his car slowed in turn three as he was coming around to get the parallel flags. Darryl Ruggles inherited the lead and held on for the victory. He also threw some praise Danny’s way and you can hear him do that on the Audio Page. He’s been around and he knew!
David Marcuccilli reversed his fortunes from the heat race and beat fellow Canandaigua regular Dan Wiesner for the victory. (Wiesner beat him the heat.) Both he and Darryl Ruggles are eligible for the bonuses from Dig Safely New York if they can win again Sunday in Weedsport. It’s nice of the folks from 811 to do that huh?
I was able to save 5 interviews from tonight and as of now the can swells with 20 clips in it. All but 1 will come up between tomorrow and Sunday so keep coming back for that.
Like I said these mid week shows are tough to predict and I’m sure that there were a lot of factors involved of which I am not going to talk about here as they are so numerous. But on a positive note, I'll bet the folks at Rolling Wheels did take some comfort in having a quick, incident free show after the rain delayed marathon last time out. See, there is always a good way to look at things.
Come back tomorrow as we’ll have the final World of Outlaws interviews I did plus lots more. Have a great Friday and we’ll see you tomorrow.
|Thursday, July 24th 2014
| New on the Audio Page from the World of Outlaws Sprint Car show at Fulton Speedway:
Pre race conversations:
Jason Sides talked about his last race at Lebanon Valley and how his 2014 season has been going.
Jessica Zemken told me about an issue she had last time out and her Sprint Car past at Fulton.
Donny Schatz came into the night as the point leader and remembered his third place last time.
David Gravel was fresh off a win at Lebanon Valley and talked about winning in front of friends.
Joey Saldana has more quick time awards than anyone else and talked about his fast run on Sunday.
Kraig Kinser spoke about his tough season in 2014 and his dad’s retirement at the end of the season.
Steve Kinser told me what went wrong last time while in 2nd and how he is feeling about retirement.
After the heat races and dashes:
Todd Root won the first Sportsman heat, the dash and talked about all the help he had with him.
Beth Schneider wondered what to do with her Sportsman after winning her heat race earlier.
Earl Rudy talked about his Sportsman heat win and explained where he’d like to be better.
Johnny Gibson interviewed all the World of Outlaw heat winners and the dash participants.
After the feature and the A-Main:
Beth Schneider spoke with Bill Foley about running the top on her way to a Sportsman win.
Daryn Pittman led all 25 laps to pick up the World of Outlaw win and spoke with Johnny Gibson.
Donny Schatz gained several spots late to finish in 2nd and talked about it with Johnny Gibson.
Jessica Zemken moved up three spots to finish third and spoke about her career best Outlaw finish.
David Gravel finished in fourth place and told me how the changeable track changes the lanes.
Kraig Kinser explained how a timing issue gave his team time to change the motor in his 410.
Larry Wight moved up five spots to finish in 9th place and talked about when he’ll race the 410 next.
Jason Sides talked about his tight racecar and how late it was before the car loosened up a little.
It was a fun night as Allie and I headed up to the Fulton Speedway for the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series event. The weather might have scared a few people away early on but the place filled up quickly on what turned out to be a very nice night of racing.
The 18 car field did the 25 laps without a caution as Daryn Pittman led ever lap on his way to his 11th win on the series, more than anyone else. Donny Schatz was fast late and gained on Pittman but was unable to make the pass. It would have been interesting if a yellow had come out as that may have been the break Schatz needed.
Local racer Jessica Zemken enjoyed her best finish ever with the World of Outlaws as she came home in third picking up 3 spots in the final 15 laps. You can hear the top three interviewed by Johnny Gibson on the Audio Page plus lots more from what turned out to be a really fun evening in Fulton.
I put up a lot of my pre race interviews with the Outlaws and will put up chats with Logan Schuchart, Brad Sweet, Lucas Wolfe and Kerry Madsen on Saturday along with lots more so be sure to keep checking back for that.
I also had a nice chat with Steve Kinser who leads the series with 577 A-Main victories. It was his last race at Fulton as he enjoys a well deserved farewell tour but if you did miss this you can catch him during Super DIRT Week at Rolling Wheels Raceway…which by the way is racing today. And yes, I’ll be at that too!
The Sportsman also were on hand as they ran a non-point show. Current point leader and defending champion Beth Schneider won the feature race as she and rookie Todd Root put on quite a show at the front of the pack. Beth was happy to have won that race running the outside. I had never considered her as a low only runner but from her reaction you can tell that is where she is more comfortable and it is definitely not on the outside.
All in all it was a very good show. It did get off to a slow start as the timing system or something in that area quit working right during the time trials. They had to start time trials again which proved to benefit both Kraig Kinser and Justin Barger as each used the extra few minutes to change motors. I’ll tell ya, these guys are good!
Today we’ll be heading to Rolling Wheels and have non-racing plans for Friday and Saturday. Sunday we’ll be at the Weedsport Speedway opener hoping for dry weather. I’ll be back tomorrow with stuff from Rolling Wheels and we already have a lot in the can for Saturday and Sunday.
Have a great Thursday and I hope to see you tonight in Elbridge.
|Wednesday, July 23rd 2014
| New on the Audio Page for today:
Jeff Hachmann previews tonight at Fulton, tomorrow at Rolling Wheels and Sunday in Weedsport.
Adam Turner answered our five questions for TV and talked about being down a little on power.
Chris Thurston got ready for a pair of features and told me how his car felt early in the night.
Johnny Hill updated me on how he is doing as a rookie with the Go Nuclear Late Model Series.
Matt Parkhurst talked about the Syracuse Nationals and how he has been doing with his stock car.
We have a nice two day stretch of racing starting tonight as we will see the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series take on the high banks of Fulton Speedway. Then we see Mods, Sportsman and 305 Sprint Cars at Rolling Wheels on Thursday. I plan to be at both shows and will have lots of audio up for you tomorrow.
I know some of you might be wondering about the weather today but know that back in 2010 a late day thunderstorm hit Fulton when the Outlaws were there and it led to record lap times in time trials as they showed us just how good they really are. So make your plans now to be at Fulton and maybe, we’ll see a repeat performance and some of the fastest laps that have ever been turned in at the place.
Rolling Wheels is offering $3 off with any ticket stub from any DIRTcar track this season. And pit passes are $20 and $25. That’s cheaper than a regular show!
And don’t forget that rescheduled Sportsman/305 show is back on this Sunday at Weedsport Speedway. Yes, I will be there and as a former employee for 16 years, I can’t wait to see the finished product.
Now though let’s talk about what I have on the Audio Page for you to listen to today. Jeff Hachmann previews tonight at Fulton, tomorrow at Rolling Wheels and Sunday in Weedsport. He talked about how nice it will be to see Steve Kinser in one of his final appearances in our area, how affordable the show is Thursday in Elbridge and how the Dig Safely Double could make a driver some extra money.
Adam Turner answered our five questions for TV and talked about being down a little on power. Later we will turn these answers into a piece for the Atomic Power Racing Hour.
Chris Thurston got ready for a pair of features and told me how his car felt early in the night. He talked about some issues he had the last time out, described a carburetor issue they were dealing with and how different the track was this past Friday.
Johnny Hill updated me on how he is doing as a rookie with the Go Nuclear Late Model Series. He talked about how he had to adapt his driving style initially, compared it to the IMCA Modified he drove and how pleased he is overall with his progress.
Matt Parkhurst talked about the Syracuse Nationals and how he has been doing with his stock car. He told me about the car his dad has that they have some fun with, some recent mechanical failures they have been working on with his racecar and how close they came to winning when it was running better.
|Tuesday, July 22nd 2014
| New on the Audio Page for today:
Dan Harpell talks about tonight’s big block/small block shootout at Yates County Speedway.
Cory Reed previews the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series race at Fulton Speedway on Wednesday.
Chris Fleming talked about his pair of IMCA wins this past weekend that brings his total to twenty.
Jack Meeks summed up how his last few weeks have been going with his Sportsman at Can Am.
Blane Smith explained why he towed to Can Am on Friday and how he has been doing weekly.
Jason Knowles helps us out for the Atomic Power Racing Hour and answers a series of 5 questions.
Caley Weese answers the 5 questions for the Atomic Power Racing Hour and talks about her season.
We were back at it on Monday as we did some writing for the Syracuse Post Standard and Syracuse.com and got some interviews done in the studio too. It was nice to get back at it and I even recorded more interviews after watching Allie’s soccer game as well so look for a lot this week.
Don’t forget that tonight is a Super DIRTcar Series up north in Canada and also there is a Big block/small block shootout at Yates County. Race of Champions Sportsman and Four Cylinders also join the show in Dundee tonight. Drivers, be sure to listen to Dan Harpell’s interview to hear about the many cash bonuses in place as well as guaranteed starting spots for their big show October 10th and 11th at Five Mile Point.
We also have a preview of the World of Outlaws Sprint Car show at Fulton on Wednesday as Steve Kinser will race there for the final time in his storied career. I’ll be there for sure and I’ll get there nice and early to bring you guys a lot. And if you buy your reserved tickets by midnight tonight, you will get a free fan pit pass. So act now by buying on the Fulton Speedway website or stop by before 5 p.m. today.
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page. I start with a look ahead at action tonight and tomorrow. Dan Harpell talks about tonight’s big block/small block shootout at Yates County Speedway. He told me why he scheduled this race on the same night as the Super DIRTcar Series race in Canada, how nice it will be to see the RoC Sportsman race there for the first time ever and describes some of the many bonuses in place for the event. That’s tonight at 7:30 p.m.
Cory Reed previews the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series race at Fulton Speedway on Wednesday. He told me how fans can get a great deal on a reserved seat that includes a pit pass if they buy today, thinks back on the last time the series raced at Fulton after a mid day thunderstorm and how nice it will be to see Steve Kinser on his farewell tour.
Chris Fleming talked about his pair of IMCA wins this past weekend that brings his total to twenty. He told me about a repair he had to make right before his heat at Brewerton, how he has run his win streak to 12 at Skyline and his hopes for a possible national championship.
Jack Meeks summed up how his last few weeks have been going with his Sportsman at Can Am. He talked about what happens when tires seal up, what you can do once a tire seals and what his hopes were for this past Friday.
Blane Smith explained why he towed to Can Am on Friday and how he has been doing weekly. He talked about what he felt was most important at the Sara Martin Memorial, how nice it was to see a big turnout for the event and thinks back on some of his past at The Nasty Track of the North.
Jason Knowles helps us out for the Atomic Power Racing Hour and answers a series of 5 questions. Look for these answers to show up on future episodes of the show featuring the Go Nuclear Late Model Series.
Caley Weese answers the 5 questions for the Atomic Power Racing Hour and talks about her season. We’ll have more of these clips up for you tomorrow.
|Monday, July 21st 2014
| New on the Audio Page for today:
Glenn Forward told me what made Can Am so special and why he supports memorial races.
Roch Aubin talked about how his one win Pro Stock season has been going up north at Cornwall.
Harry Halliday had two starts under his belt as he came to Can Am and told me how it is going.
Doug Gavette ran down some of his background as he got ready for the Go Nuclear Series race.
Joe Slawiak was back behind the wheel on Friday and hinted at a possible comeback to racing.
It was a nice day on Sunday and it will be a good week of racing coming up with lots of mid week stuff on the card. The Super DIRTcar Series visits Canada on Monday & Tuesday as Granby and Drummond each host series races.
Plus Yates County has a big block/small block shootout on Tuesday, Fulton has the World of Outlaws on Wednesday and Rolling Wheels comes back with big blocks headlining their Thursday Night Thunder Show. I’ll be at two of those three for sure.
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you to listen to today on the Audio Page. I start with some stuff from my busy Friday night. Glenn Forward told me what made Can Am so special and why he supports memorial races. He talked about how different it is compared to Utica Rome, why he thought his Sunday set up would work well and why things have been going better of late. CNM Glenn Forward PS pre race Jul 18.MP3
Roch Aubin talked about how his one win Pro Stock season has been going up north at Cornwall. He told me how often he gets to Can Am, why they got off to a late start in Canada and how tight the competition is weekly.
Harry Halliday had two starts under his belt as he came to Can Am and told me how it is going. He talked about an issue he was dealing with so far, when his car is better and his plans for the rest of the 2014 season.
Doug Gavette ran down some of his background as he got ready for the Go Nuclear Series race. He talked about how he is doing in his second year in the class, what went wrong with a pair of motors and offers his thoughts on Can Am.
Joe Slawiak was back behind the wheel on Friday and hinted at a possible comeback to racing. He told me what his goals were for Friday night, what they already found with the car and his spin out in hot laps.
|Sunday, July 20th 2014
| New on the Audio Page from Steve Ovens at Raceway 5 on Thursday night:
Adam DePuy talked with Steve Ovens after winning the first 360 Late Model heat of the night.
Jimmy Johnson redrew for his starting spot and told Steve Ovens about picking number two.
Tommy Kemp came home in third in the first heat and talked about what he saw on the racetrack.
Dave Dubois won the second heat race of the night and spoke about where his car was a little off.
John Waters finished 2nd in heat number two and spoke about the different lines he was running.
Jon Rivers spoke with Steve Ovens about his third place finish in his heat with a new set of tires.
After the feature race:
John Waters spoke with Steve Ovens after the feature win and described how the car came to him.
Jon Rivers finished in second place and told Steve Ovens about getting beat by the best in the class.
Dave Dubois came home in third place and talked about where he felt his car could have been better.
Jimmy Johnson spoke with Steve Ovens about his 4th place run and some mistakes he made.
Tommy Kemp had a fifth place finish and told Steve what he needed more of on the slick.
Jared Hill talked with Steve Ovens about picking up 5 spots in the feature to finish in sixth.
We’re back today with some action from Friday night at Raceway 5 in Batavia, New York. Our friend Steve Ovens sent us a lot of what he did that night and we are more than thankful for the work. I hope you enjoy it.
And remember to check Steve out as he will be doing a live program tonight at 7 PM and he will also be doing a location show at Yates County Speedway on Tuesday. You can hear Steve and the many racers he speaks with at http://turn5.podbean.com/
http://www.creeksideentertainmentdj.com/turn_5_racing_podcast. Or on facebook- www.facebook.com/Turn5Podcast and also on YouTube Channel- http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFG3j8G8qgd6x4PEEFEtvEQ?feature=watch.
As for me, after staying up till 4 AM on Saturday to work, I’ll be cruising a little as the Syracuse Nationals are in town this weekend. I may even put up a few photos on my facebook page so check that out later.
I plan on being at the World of Outlaw Sprint Car event at Fulton on Wednesday and then Rolling Wheels on Thursday. I can’t wait.
Now let’s talk about what we have on the Audio Page from Steve Ovens trip to Raceway 5 on Thursday night. Adam DePuy talked with Steve Ovens after winning the first 360 Late Model heat of the night and wondered who it was that drew the pole for later.
Jimmy Johnson redrew for his starting spot and told Steve Ovens about picking number two as well as how his car was after finishing second in the first heat.
Tommy Kemp came home in third in the first heat and talked about what he saw on the racetrack as well as the need to make big changes for the feature.
Dave Dubois won the second heat race of the night and spoke about where his car was a little off as well as where his car was better than the driver he was racing.
John Waters finished 2nd in heat number two and spoke about the different lines he was running as well as how different Raceway 5 is compared to others.
Jon Rivers spoke with Steve Ovens about his third place finish in his heat with a new set of tires as well as what the track will do as the night goes on.
John Waters spoke with Steve Ovens after the feature win and described how the car came to him as well as who he called to get advice on Raceway 5.
Jon Rivers finished in second place and told Steve Ovens about getting beat by the best in the class as well as how much he is improving at Raceway 5.
Dave Dubois came home in third place and talked about where he felt his car could have been better as well as where his car was lacking a little.
Jimmy Johnson spoke with Steve Ovens about his 4th place run and some mistakes he felt he made at Raceway 5 in Batavia.
Tommy Kemp had a fifth place finish and told Steve Ovens what he could have used more of on the slick feature race surface at Raceway 5.
Jared Hill talked with Steve Ovens about picking up 5 spots in the feature to finish in sixth after getting caught up in a jingle in his heat earlier.
|Saturday, July 19th 2014
| New on the Audio Page from Can Am Motorsports Park:
Dave Rogers told me how the idea came about for the memorial race and who helped it along.
Bret Belden updates us on how he has been doing as he is halfway through his rookie season.
Taylor Caprara remembered his feature win from last weekend and how good it was to win.
Pete Stefanski talked about winning 9 of 11 at Canandaigua and some of his Can Am history.
P.J. Peters hasn’t raced a lot this season and talked about the temperamental motor he had.
Steve Pesarek spoke about his recent races and thought back on his past up north at Can Am.
After the rained out feature and heat races:
Luke Whitteker won the held over Sportsman feature and talked about his last Sportsman win.
Matt Parkhurst got ready for the draw and spoke about his win in the first qualifying heat race.
P.J. Peters talked about his heat race win and why he was not going to loosen up his tight racecar.
Dave Rogers got the win in the 3rd stock car heat and told me where he felt the fast groove was.
Shawn Kirky told me about his win in heat number 4 and how he has earned the Can Am point lead.
Sid Harmer Sr. would start 6th after winning the last heat and talked about the long 40 lapper.
Steve Pesarek reacted after drawing the pole for the feature for the first time in his long career.
A.J. Kingsley celebrated his birthday with a heat win and talked about staying out front every lap.
Bryce Davis talked about his run in heat number three and compared it to his BRP Can Am days.
Alan Fink won heat number three and talked about why he didn’t think his car was that great.
Corey Earl earned the victory in the final Late Model heat and spoke about his poor re-draws.
After the feature races:
Pete Stefanski talked with Paul Szmal after his win in what was originally called a second place.
Charlie Sandercock dominated the Go Nuclear Late Model feature and spoke about his victory.
Corey Earl made late race charge to finish second and talked about being fast in a new groove.
Greg Belyea came home in third place and remembered the tough start he had to his race day.
Josh Van Brocklin made a late race move to win the Sportsman feature and talked about his race.
It was a fun night on my first day back to work but it was a busy one too. We headed to Can Am Motorsports Park to do TV for the Go Nuclear Late Models and ended up doing a lot more than that. It was a three division show with the Sportsman, the aforementioned Late Models and the Sara Martin Memorial for Pro/Street Stocks.
It was the largest stock car field I have seen assembled in quite some time with over 40 cars in the pit area. Plus there were 33 Late Models and over 20 Sportsman. There was also a real nice crowd on hand and they got their money’s worth alright.
There was a great finish in the Sara Martin Memorial as Pete Stefanski passed Matt Parkhurst in the final corner to win by inches. Originally Parkhurst was declared the winner but video replays and other information had Stefanski ahead and he was awarded the victory.
The transponder showed Parkhurst as the winner by .040 but his transponder was reported to be in a different location, ahead of that on Stefanski’s car. And since the race did not require the drivers to run transponders, you could not use those to determine the finish. Then they would have been inspected beforehand. I’ll betcha this race will require them next year. What do you think?
The Go Nuclear Late Models were on hand so Paul Szmal, Matt Thomas and Rich Vleck were there also. But with Paul helping announce and shooting video during the Late Model races, I was put into action announcing in the booth. Yes, I was rusty but it was fun and my daughter finally got to hear me announce.
Charlie Sandercock ran away and drove to a run away victory to solidify his lead in the series. A big crash on a lap 16 restart damaged a lot of good cars and I am sure that as you read this, many of them are still being worked on.
I got a lot done as you can see and was still able to save 16 additional interviews. Now tomorrow you’ll hear from Steve Ovens as he’ll bring us some action from the BRP Can Am race at Raceway 5. I’ll be cruising after a long sleep as I did not finish the website until after 4 AM. I know…what a long day for a first day back.
Allie and I will be at Utica Rome on Sunday, Fulton on Wednesday and Rolling Wheels on Thursday. Have a great Saturday and look for me and the Camaro as we cruise the Syracuse Nationals scene today.
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