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Saturday, August 27th 2016
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Adam Roberts had a new Modified with him on Saturday and thanked his brother in law.
Ryan Arbuthnot talks about coming to Fulton after a rainout and his late season race plans.
Casey Cunningham prepared for just his second race and told me how the first one went.
Paul Harkenrider recapped the PST race at Brockville and looked ahead to some combo races.

We’re going to get back after it after a few days off with the family. We are all going to Futon tonight as they have demo derbies on the card after everything else is done. Allie, my oldest, will go to any race anytime but my youngest, Katie, is not really a fan. But she does like demo derbies so each of them will have fun tonight.

We hope you all get to get out today and see some action at your favorite track as weekly racing will end after Labor Day Weekend. Where did the summer go? Now you see why I wanted to take a few days off.

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page starting with some conversations from last week at Fulton. Adam Roberts had a new Modified with him on Saturday, told me what the final things were that he was waiting on and thanked his brother in law for letting him use his back up car.  

Ryan Arbuthnot talks about coming to Fulton after a rainout earlier at Canandaigua, explains how he has done at Fulton in the past and ran down his late season race plans.  

Casey Cunningham prepared for just his second race this past Saturday and told me how the first one went as well what his goals are for the rest of the 2016 season.  

Paul Harkenrider recapped the PST race at Brockville, told me how his first season on the tour has been going as he visited several new racetracks and looked ahead to some combo races beginning September 2nd at Brewerton.  

 
Friday, August 26th 2016
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Larry Wight spoke about what he did with his weekend off to regroup after 26 races in 31 days.
Tommy Sears reacted to a sun shower at Fulton and described a problem they had with a head.
Ryan Phelps tells me about his top ten at Brewerton and looks forward to getting back to teaching.
Jack Meeks talks about running much better of late with 3 wins and why he made a chassis switch.

We have a good amount of new stuff for you and tonight is the start of a nice three day stretch. There are only two more weekends left before summer is over so get out and support your local racetrack.

I will be at the NYS Fair tonight as a college friend is coming into town with her mom. Her brother works at the fair so I am hoping to see him there too. We are not riding rides tonight as we will come back during the week to do that. The lines will be smaller. So tonight we will check out the buildings, eat dinner and see what changes have been done to the grounds. And yes, it will be strange not to see the racetrack there.

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page starting with some drivers who just had a weekend off thanks to Mother Nature.Larry Wight spoke about what he did with his weekend off to regroup after 26 races in 31 days and described some of the work he did in the shop as well as how busy things are at Gypsum Express.  

Tommy Sears reacted to a sun shower at Fulton and described a problem they had with a head as well as a win they had the week before with their back up Modified.

Ryan Phelps tells me about his top ten at Brewerton and looks forward to getting back to teaching while examining what he should have done differently on Friday night.   

Jack Meeks talks about running much better of late with 3 wins, why he made a chassis switch and how he plans to get ready for some big races after Labor Day.  

 
Thursday, August 25th 2016
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Kyle Petty previews this weekend’s Sprint Cup race at Michigan and talks about some surprises.
Vic Coffey spoke about having a weekend off from racing and what he did in the race shop.
Tim Kerr talked about winning at Brewerton with a brand new car and how long it took to ding it.
Tim Sears Jr. ran down what he did on his rainout weekend and how he enjoyed the Olympics.
Pat LaPage just took his first ever laps at Brewerton and described how he got around the track.

As you can see we had a real nice day on Sunday as I got to speak with somebody new here and somebody that I’m sure you guys all know a few things about. I was fortunate enough to be contacted by NBC Sports and you know I jumped at the chance to interview Kyle Petty. And luckily for me Allie and I have been watching the Sprint Cup races lately so I had some god stuff to talk to him about.

He could not have been nicer and I hope you all really enjoy this one. Hopefully I can chat with Kyle or more of the guys in the future but for today I am just gonna sit back and enjoy. I hope you do to.

I will be doing two tracks this weekend as we’ll hit Fulton on Saturday as Allie will sing the national anthems and then Sunday at Utica Rome which I feel like it has been forever since I have been there because of all these rainy Sundays. I am truly looking forward to this weekend.

Now here is more about what we have on the Audio Page for today starting with a man who truly does a great job in the booth for NBC SN. Kyle Petty previews this weekend’s Sprint Cup race at Michigan, what racing with the new low downforce package is like and talks about some surprises these past few races including the great runs by rookie Chris Buescher.   

Vic Coffey spoke about having a weekend off from racing and described what he did in the race shop as well as a problem he found with one of his Modifieds.  

Tim Kerr talked about winning at Brewerton with a brand new car, how little time it took to ding it and how he got caught up in someone else’s issue.  

Tim Sears Jr. ran down what he did on his rainout weekend, how much he enjoyed watching the Olympics and evaluated how things have been going this year behind the wheel.

Pat LaPage just took his first ever laps at Brewerton and described how he got around the track as well as what his goals were for the night.  

 
Wednesday, August 24th 2016
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Peter Britten talked about being back at Brewerton and what his family did with a weekend off.
Chris Hile tells me what he did with his weekend off and the long dry spell we’ve had in CNY.
Jason Occhino explains why he’ll miss a few weeks at Fulton and what his job is like a the NYS Fair.

It was a beautiful day on Tuesday and I had a lot more to do here at the house than I thought. The next thing I knew it was getting dark and another nice summer day was history. But it was fun to get a little ahead on some projects and enjoy doing it on a really nice summer day.

Today I will be back in the studio and have a few things set up already so be sure to come back for that. Plus I still have a lot of great stuff in the can for you to listen to. Three of those chats are up today including on with Jason Occhino that I know you’ll like. I bet a lot of you didn’t know that he is a New York State Trooper?

I will be doing Saturday and Sunday shows this weekend and Allie will be singing the national anthems at Fulton Speedway on Saturday night. My youngest is excited about the demolition derby. I remember last time she asked me why I didn’t do it but then she saw it and said, “I’m glad you’re not out there daddy.” Truer words were never spoken. No thanks guys!

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page starting with a few drivers who had some time off recently. Peter Britten talked about being back at Brewerton, what his family did with a weekend off and how well things have been going for him at Canandaigua this year.  

Chris Hile tells me how nice it was to have a weekend off, how much he was looking forward to getting back on the track and how busy the big traveling teams were in the summer.

Jason Occhino explains why he picked up a Sportsman to go with his Late Model, why he’ll miss a few weeks at Fulton and what his job is like a the NYS Fair.

 
Tuesday, August 23rd 2016
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Tim Fuller talked about returning to Fulton Speedway after a rainout and seeing some old friends.
Chad Phelps spoke about his hopes for a win at Brewerton and what he did with his weekend off.
Colby Herzog prepared for his fourth Sportsman race and explained how me made the move up.
Tony Veneziano reports on last week’s World of Outlaw Sprint Car races and this week in N. Dakota.

We’ve got some more good stuff for you on the Audio Page and I have a lot of calls to make over the next few days to get more. I did get in the studio briefly on Monday to do my weekly World of Outlaws update with Tony Veneziano and today we’ll be in at dinner time to get more.

Plus I still have more in the can from my two day weekend so we’ll have a good supply of interviews for the rest of the week. We’re going to the NYS Fair on Friday to meet a friend from my first attempt at college back in the early 80’s so that will be fun.

Now let’s chat more about what we have on the Audio Page starting with a driver who returned to his former home on Saturday night. Tim Fuller talked about returning to Fulton Speedway after a rainout and seeing some old friends as he breaks in a new frame for the late part of the season.  

Chad Phelps spoke about his hopes for a win at Brewerton, how close he feels he is to that elusive trip to victory lane and what he did last weekend while off for some rainy weather.    

Colby Herzog prepared for his fourth Sportsman race and explained how me made the move up as well as what he is trying to correct with the set-up of the car.

Tony Veneziano reports on last week’s World of Outlaw Sprint Car races at Junction Motor Speedway and Angell Park and looked ahead to this weekend in North Dakota.  

 
Monday, August 22nd 2016
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Max McLaughlin explains how racing simulators at a young age accelerated his learning curve.
Beth Bellinger talks about moving up to Modified, why she made the move and how race #1 went.
Brandon Walters tells me how he is adapting to a big block after racing open Sportsman and 358s.

What do you know, it was another rainy Sunday and Utica Rome rained out yet again. Man do they need a break or what? Weedsport Speedway also rained out and will now run the ESS show on Monday, September 5th. Yep, it was that kind of a day alright.

Also there was news from Canandaigua and Rolling Wheels and it read like this…

  Jeremie Corcoran has resigned as the promoter of Canandaigua Motorsports Park effective immediately. He als o will not be promoting at Rolling Wheels Raceway effective immediately.

Canandaigua Motorsports Park will continue it’s Saturday Night show for the next two weeks as scheduled being run by Lori, Greg Emerson, and Lee Depew. Jeremie Corcoran will not have any dealings with nor be present in any way at CMP for the remainder of the year.

We have taken this immediate action to put on the last two shows of the year without conflict, for racers and fans, and ask for your support.

No word yet on how that may affect this Thursday’s show at The Fast Track.

  I’ve still got some good stuff for you today as well on the Audio Page starting with drivers new to the Modified division. Max McLaughlin explains how racing simulators at a young age accelerated his learning curve and helped him pick up the skills needed to race at eleven years old.  

Beth Bellinger talks about moving from a crate Sportsman up to Modified, why she made the move late in the season and how race #1 went at Utica Rome Speedway.

Brandon Walters tells me how he is adapting to a big block after racing open Sportsman and 358s as he prepared for a night of racing Friday at Brewerton Speedway.

 
Sunday, August 21st 2016
   

New on the Audio Page from Fulton Speedway:

After the heat races:

Jim Spano won the first heat race of the night and talked about the tacky yet slippery surface.
Mike Button got the win in his heat and told me why he knew second place would run him cleanly.
Mike Stanton talked about winning his Sportsman heat while his sponsor watched him in the booth.
A.J. Kingsley came from last to win his Late Model heat and talked about a very special day today.
Kevan Cook made a last corner pass to win his heat and told me about an early race incident.
Tim Kerr brought out a new car the night before and spoke about winning his Modified heat race.
Adam Roberts started out well with his new car and spoke about getting a heat win with his Mod.
Chuck Bower led every lap to win his Modified heat and spoke about the need to be better at Fulton.

After the feature races:

A.J. Kingsley won his third Late Model feature in a row and talked about coming from deep.  
Kyle Perry notched his first career win in the Novice Sportsman and chatted about his race night.
Richie Riggs dominated the second Novice Sportsman race and spoke about win number four.
Jimmy Phelps led the final 23 laps to win the Modified race and talked about his chassis change.
Chris Bonoffski swept the weekend again and spoke about how good his engine had been of late.
Todd Root dominated the Sportsman feature and talked about getting his program turned around.
Anna Mortimer spoke about winning the Sportsman Ladies Race and how much it meant to her.

I had a fun night although it was a hot one at Fulton Speedway. There was some wild action and more than a few racecars that are gonna need a lot of work before they hit the track again. Yep, it’s August alright and people ae pushing it hard.

Jimmy Phelps won the Modified race and in the process tightened up the point standings trimming Larry Wight’s lead to just six unofficially. Wight raced his way up to third which means he loses eight points but still keeps the lead. The night before was a tough one for Phelps as he pitted early to make a shock change and in the process lost the Brewerton point lead. There are still two races to go at each place to those two battles are not over by any means.

I felt badly for Jason Occhino and Johnny Hill as each had heave damage on their cars and Johnny was leading when he got punted from a car on the inside. His car may be junk. Best of luck to both of you and I hope we see you again real soon.

Todd Root dominated most of the Sportsman feature although point leader Ronnie Davis III came from 20th to second and was the only car who seemed to be faster than the race winner. Those two were clearly in a class to themselves on this night.

A.J. Kingsley is getting married today and celebrated his last night as a bachelor with a dominating feature win. He is going to have quite the day today. Don’t sweat the little stuff today A.J. just roll with it and have fun. It will be over before you know it so enjoy every minute.

The ladies put on a nice show although one of the Four Cylinders ended up on it’s roof. I always enjoy these ladies races and never leave before they were over. And congrats to Anna Mortimer for her Sportsman win and Jenn Cook for hewer Late Model victory.

Let’s hope Mother Nature is a race fan today as races are scheduled at Utica Rome and Weedsport. The people who make their living predicting weather say it won’t be a good day but let’s hope they are wrong as they often are. Keep your fingers crossed and let’s hope for the best.

 
     
 
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