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Tuesday, November 20th 2018
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Max McLaughlin answers questions from Jack Lehner as they talk about last weekend’s activities.
Bret Belden spoke about getting back to victory lane twice in 2018 and what he is doing next year.
Jessica Power recapped her trip to Syracuse and tells me about the off season work they are doing.
Bobby Hearn described what is new at Teo Pro Car and what an exciting time it is in racing right now.
Tony Veneziano gives us some WoO Sprint Car news and comments on those from 1st to 6th in pts.

I had a nice day on Monday as I got some work done, got my car fixed by some good friends and headed back to get more work done. After a busy day today and tomorrow I should be able to be off for a few days although I plan on taking a bite out of a big non-racing project that I have been putting off and after I do one last check in this morning I’ll be off and running on that.
 
A big thanks to Jim and Mike Bowman for squeezing me in at Bowman Automotive as I needed to get a pair of tie rods changed and fix a small exhaust issue. They took care of me in under an hour and I could not be more thankful. Great to see you guys and I’ll swing by and say hi today.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page starting with a pair of young drivers having some fun with the microphone. Max McLaughlin answers questions from Jack Lehner as they talk about last weekend’s activities as well as the best way to eat a chicken sandwich at Chick Fil A. 
 
Bret Belden spoke about getting back to victory lane twice in 2018, how those wins rejuvenated him & the team and what he is going to be doing next year. 
 
Jessica Power recapped her trip to Syracuse and tells me about the off season work they are doing to get ready for next season and why he just loves her 9 year old chassis.  
 
Bobby Hearn described what is new at Teo Pro Car for 2019, how things went for him at the show in Syracuse and what an exciting time it is to be a chassis builder right now.

Tony Veneziano gives us some WoO Sprint Car news and comments on those from 1st to 6th in the final points on the series while putting some perspective on the dominance of Donny Schatz.  
 
Monday, November 19th 2018
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Mike Mahaney talks about the split from Buzzchew Racing and where he will go forward from here.  
Rocky Warner runs down his tentative plans for next season and talks about how fortunate he is.
Denny Peebles describes how he’ll celebrate Thanksgiving and how getting more seat time helped.
Dan Gill tells me about Atomic Sign Works at the show and their t-shirt line with catchy phrases.
Frank Simonetti talks about Swift Springs and their successes this past season in various disciplines.

I had a nice lazy day on Sunday after a busy couple of days on Friday and Saturday which were just wall to wall racing. I loved it and it was so great to see some friends, make some new ones and talk racing for two straight days. Yeah!
 
Now I will have a little bit of work to do today and should actually be able to take several days off this week for family and Thanksgiving. We should have about 12 people over this year and my wife and dad make a great turkey. And she makes the stuffing just like my mom used to make. We miss you mom and will be thinking of you a lot this week.
 
Now let’s chat more about what is on the Audio Page today featuring three drivers and two businesses that were at the show this past weekend. Mike Mahaney talks about the split from Buzzchew Racing, thanks them for all their efforts and tells where he will go forward from here.  
 
Rocky Warner runs down his tentative plans for next season and talks about how fortunate he is before we tease one of his friends on the phone. Good one!  
 
Denny Peebles describes how he’ll celebrate Thanksgiving, how getting more seat time at the end of the year helped and what he is thinking about for next season. 
 
Dan Gill tells me about Atomic Sign Works at the show, described some of the cars they had in Syracuse and their t-shirt line with catchy phrases.  
 
Frank Simonetti talks about Swift Springs presence at the NE Racer’s Auction and Trade Show, how the company came to be and their successes & championships this past season in various disciplines. Check them out at www.swiftsprings.com
 
Sunday, November 18th 2018
   New on the Audio Page from the DIRTcar Northeast Banquet:
 
Jocelyn Roy spoke about his third championship on the Pro Stock Super DIRTcar Series for 2018.
Kevin Root and his son Nicholas talk about winning his first Sportsman Super DIRTcar championship.
Larry Wight won his first Super DIRTcar Series championship and talked about his 358 successes.
Danny Johnson talks briefly about his fourth place in two different cars on the Super DIRTcar Series.
Max McLaughlin gets Shane Andrews good as they talk about his third place finish on the BB SDS.
Erick Rudolph finished in 2nd place on the series and spoke about how well things went this summer.
Brian Carter introduces this year’s champion Matt Sheppard and they talk about his up & down year.
 
We had a fun day but a long one as we were somewhere pretty much every minute of the day. I started at the Northeast Racing Products Trade Show, came home for a few minutes and then headed out to the DIRTcar Northeast Banquet with Camille to have some fun and see some good friends of ours.
 
I saved most of what I did as this week is always a tough one to get ahold of people so look for lots this week. Up today is strictly banquet stuff so the audio is a little low in spots and a little hot in others. The rest of the stuff this week will be different and I do have a lot of it.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page for today starting with some Super DIRTcar Series champions.
Jocelyn Roy spoke about his third championship on the Pro Stock Super DIRTcar Series for 2018 and thanks the many people who have helped him out along the way.  
 
Kevin Root and his son Nicholas talk about winning his first Sportsman Super DIRTcar championship while Kevin runs down the any who have helped in his 4 years in the division. 
 
Larry Wight won his first Super DIRTcar Series championship and talked about his 358 successes as well as where he hopes to be someday.  
 
Danny Johnson talks briefly about his fourth place finish in the points in two different cars on the Super DIRTcar Series while explaining why he does not look to far ahead in life. 
 
Max McLaughlin gets Shane Andrews pretty good as they talk about his third place finish on the BB SDS as well as what is down the road for this young man. 
 
Erick Rudolph finished in 2nd place on the series and spoke about how well things went this summer as well as how proud he was of what they accomplished in their first full season on the tour. 
 
Brian Carter introduces this year’s champion Matt Sheppard and they talk about his up & down year as well as how different things were this time around.  
 
Saturday, November 17th 2018
   New on the Audio Page from the NE Racers Auction & Trade Show:

Mel Thomas talks about the Thomas Racing Videos booth and a new project they are starting.
Lenny Sammons tells me about the special edition of Area Auto Racing news and his indoor shows.
Ryan Watt stopped by on his way home and told me about the big Mod race today at Bridgeport.
Billy Colton shows off the new Troyer Cars for 2019 and tells me a little bit about each of them.
Brad Smith explains the products made by Velocita and tells me how his parents started the biz.
Pete Bicknell runs down some of what is in the Bicknell booth and how the day went on Friday.
Tim Evans describes the line of products in the Schaeffer Lubricants booth and the show deals.
 
I had a fun day on a snow day. My kids and my wife all had the day off and I got to clear 11 inches of wet snow from the driveway. Yeah, we got a really good amount of snow but by 11 a.m. the roads were clear and we were good to go.
 
Allie went with me to the Northeast Racer’s Auction & Trade Show and boy can she handle herself. I could not have been more proud. I got a lot of interviews done and each of the ones that is on today is with someone you should visit with today so be sure to stop by and see what’s inside.

It’s auction time today and there is a lot of good stuff that will roll across the block. I’ll get there right before that starts and then I need to back here at 5 p.m. to meet a friend who is in from out of town and then to the DIRTcar banquet in time for cocktails and some interviews at 6 p.m.

Yeah, we’re that tight today but you need to enjoy these good times when you can regardless of how busy it makes you. We’ve been to too many wakes & funerals this year and will have another one coming up this week so don’t sit home today, get out, enjoy life and tomorrow is not a guarantee for any of us. I hope to see some of you today.
 
Now let’s chat more about what is new for today on the Audio Page from the show in the order in which they were recorded. Mel Thomas talks about the Thomas Racing Videos booth, what they are selling at the show this weekend and a new project they are starting in Geneva. 
 
Lenny Sammons tells me about the special edition of Area Auto Racing news available at the show, the racecar builder’s guide inside and his indoor shows coming up soon. 
 
Ryan Watt stopped by on his way home and told me about the car he picked up beforehand, what he plans to do with it and he hopes happens today in the big Modified race today at Bridgeport.  
 
Billy Colton shows off the new Troyer Cars for 2019 and tells me a little bit about each of them as well as how exciting a time it is for chassis manufacturers.  
 
Brad Smith explains the products made by Velocita and tells me how his parents started the business back in 1970 and the trade shows he will be attending. Check them out at www.velocita-use.com
 
Pete Bicknell runs down some of what is in the Bicknell Racing Products booth at this year’s show, how the past year has gone foe them and how the day went on Friday.  
 
Tim Evans describes the line of products in the Schaeffer Specialized Lubricants booth, how they did with the racers on Friday  and the special show deals he is offering today.  
 
Friday, November 16th 2018
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Jeremy Wonderling talks about the Late Model he is showing off this weekend at the RUSH booth.
Mike Walton tells me about a change at Fastline Performance and shows me his pull down machine.
Phil Vigneri III explains how racers can win a free wrap for their car and how tough scheduling can be.
 
I had a quick day on Thursday as I headed over to see how the set up was going for the Northeast Racer’s Auction & Trade show at the NYS Fairgrounds. I got there about 3 and stayed till 4:30 or so and beat the snow which they say is fast approaching.

The good thing is that the snow will be out of here before most people wake up here in Central New York so the rest of the day will be good as they clear snow pretty well around these parts. I should be to the show by a little after 4 p.m. as I need to wait for my wife to get home from school before I can take off.
 
Allie and I will be there today and I will fly solo on Saturday as we’ll do the show in the afternoon and the DIRTcar Banquet at night. It’s gonna be a fun weekend and it is nice to be busy once again as we try o head off the off season let down.

Now let’s chat more about what we have fort you on the Audio Page starting with the three chats I had yesterday afternoon. Jeremy Wonderling talks about the Late Model he is showing off this weekend at the RUSH booth, tells me how the car did in the three races he ran it and what he is thinking about for next season.  
 
Mike Walton tells me about a change at Fastline Performance, explains why shocks are not always the first thing to change and shows me his pull down machine. 
 
Phil Vigneri III explains how racers can win a free wrap for their car for next season, how his business is going and how tough scheduling a race in the summer can be.  
 
Thursday, November 15th 2018
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Stephen Denton talks about his season that saw him win on dirt and in asphalt endurance races.
Phil Claussen tells me about his Dirt Modified Nostalgia Tour win and why he likes Vintage cars.
 
The big snow we were promised turned out to be just a few inches and by lunchtime it was melted off my driveway so I did not even have to fire up the snowblower. I am totally cool with that!
 
I’ll be checking in at the NYS Fairgrounds today as the NE Racing Products show is this weekend. I’ll grab a few people while they’re setting up and have those up for you tomorrow. And of course I’ll be at the show on Friday and Saturday as well as the DIRTCar banquet Saturday night. It will be a fun weekend that’s for sure.
 
Now let’s chat more about what is new for today on the Audio Page as we check in with a pair of winners from this past season. Stephen Denton talks about his season that saw him win on dirt and in asphalt endurance races, runs down some work he has to do this off season and explains a problem he had with valve springs. 
 
Phil Claussen tells me about his Dirt Modified Nostalgia Tour win, explains why he likes Vintage racing so much and describes some of the work he does outside of racing.  
 
Wednesday, November 14th 2018
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
A.J. Kingsley talks about his move to a Sportsman and wonders is that will lead to 358 Mod racing.
Jeremie Corcoran previews the Northeast Racing Products Trade Show this Friday and Saturday.

I had a fun but mellow day on Tuesday as I did some preparation for the weather they are predicting for later today. The snowblower is in the garage and has been test fired and is now ready for whatever we have to go. I am still hoping to do some mulching with the leaves so we’ll keep the lawn mower ready too just in case.
 
I have some writing to do today and will see if I can’t get a few more interviews done as well. I’ll be at the set up for the NE Products Trade Show tomorrow and chat with a few people with plans to be there both Friday and Saturday with the DIRT banquet finishing out our weekend.

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page starting out with a driver who will be in something he has not been in since 2009. A.J. Kingsley talks about his move to a Sportsman for 2019, explains why he had to make a change from Late Model racing and wonders is this move will eventually lead to 358 Modified racing.  
 
Jeremie Corcoran previews the Northeast Racing Products Trade Show taking place Friday & Saturday, tells me about some of the vendors that will be on hand as well as what is going through the auction.   
 
     
 
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