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Friday, July 1st 2016
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Jason Barney explains why he doesn’t like to look at points and the pressure of running Brewerton.
Mike Mahaney recapped last weekend’s Modified races as he got ready to race at Brewerton.
Danny Varin tells me about his Modified win last week at Utica Rome and his 360 Sprint Car.
Paul Kinney ran down how he did at Merrittville and why he needed to take a break on Sunday.
Jeff Cook described the track he saw on hot laps and evaluated how his 2016 season has been going.
Joe Trenca talked about his plans for this weekend and ran down how he has done at those tracks.
Corey Barker remembers his last race at Brewerton and getting off the bottom to lose by .072.

The Fourth of July weekend is upon us and I hope you guys all have some great plans to hit some racetracks and spend some time with family and friends. I had a good day on Thursday as we voiced the next Atomic Power Racing hour with my buddy Rich Vleck and that show from Genesee Speedway will be on Time Warner Cable Sports in New York State very soon.

I am having a golf day today before hitting Fulton and Utica Rome to finish out the weekend. I’m still doing well and can’t wait to see the Empire Super Sprints at two of my favorite racetracks.

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page starting with some Sprint Car drivers from Wednesday night in Brewerton. Jason Barney explains why he doesn’t like to look at points and the pressure of running at Brewerton with many friends on hand as Speedweeks kicked off Wednesday.  

Mike Mahaney recapped last weekend’s Modified races including his first ever trip to Cornwall as he got ready to race the Doug Emery Sprinter at Brewerton.  

Danny Varin tells me about his Modified win last week at Utica Rome, how happy he was to see some new cars in the pit area and his 360 Sprint Car.  

Paul Kinney ran down how he did at Merrittville last weekend with the Empire Super Sprints and why he needed to take a break on Sunday and hit the lake.  

Jeff Cook described the track he saw on hot laps and evaluated how his 2016 season has been going after getting a bit of a rough start in the early going.  

Joe Trenca talked about his plans for this weekend and ran down how he has done at those tracks as well as the good momentum he has after notching his best finish so far.  

Corey Barker remembers his last race at Brewerton and getting off the bottom to lose by .072 seconds and wonders what he could have done differently.  

 
Thursday, June 30th 2016
   

New on the Audio Page from Brewerton Speedway:

After the heat races:

Dave Axton led every lap to win the first heat race and told me what he did on the initial start.
Bryan Howland walked me through the pass for the lead he made on lap 2 on his way to a win.
Sam Reakes IV told me about his ESS heat win and talked about how tricky it was in turns 3 & 4.
Mitch Brown talked about winning the final ESS heat race and told me how it is going at Ohsweken.
Rocky Warner described the race he had out front and why he ended up going up high for the win.
Tyler Trump won his heat race from the pole and told me what he saw in the eight lap qualifier.
Stephen Denton earned his second heat win in a row and talked about turning things around.
Glenn Forward spoke with Anna Mortimer after leading every lap to win his Sportsman heat.

After the A-Main and the feature race:

Mike Mahaney picked up his first career Sprint Car race and described how he did it at Brewerton.
Doug Emery watched his car win with another Modified driver in it and talked about the victory.
Danny Varin finished in second place and spoke about when he lost his momentum on the track.
Steve Poirier went from 12th to 3rd and talked about the hard racing he was a part of in the end.
Sam Reakes IV was as high as second before falling to fourth and told me what happened late.
Mark Smith came home 5th and told me how a caution helped him pick up some spots before fading.
Rocky Warner endured a caution filled race for a win and talked about a key race restart.

The first of five nights of Donath Motor Work CNY Speedweek is now in the books and what a night it was at Brewerton. A nice field of 38 Sprint Cars was on hand as well as 33 Sportsman which made for a nice and tidy 71 car, 2 division show.

Second generation driver Mike Mahaney won his first career Sprint Car race as yet another Modified driver gets a win driving for car owner Doug Emery. He really does have a tremendous record with guys a lot like Mike as he gives them in many cases their first winged experiences.

Another Modified guy in Danny Varin finished second with former 358 Modified racer Steve Poirier in third. I see a trend here.

I was a fun A-Main with only three yellow flags to slow the show down. The racing from 3rd to 7th was intense for a long time especially in the closing laps as positions swapped every lap. The track was slick and racy with two good grooves to make moves in.

Rocky Warner notched his 7th win of the season getting by Todd Root on a lap 13 restart before winning comfortably as he tried a lot of different lines while running up front. More than a few drivers had their blood pressure high in this one as a good share of yellow flag waving will certainly have many teams getting out the tools today.

Today the Donath Motor Work CNY Speedweek races continue at Canandaigua as they will be joined by the Super DIRTcar Series. Talk about a top notch show. Plus Sportsman are on the card as well. Things happen quickly at the Land of Legends so you don’t want to miss this one!

I have some TV to do today that I was originally supposed to do on Tuesday until my bout with a kidney stone happened. So now I will make that up today as we will work on the Atomic Power Racing Hour from Genesee Speedway. I will let you know when that one goes on the air so you won’t miss it.

As for me I am doing just fine after that adventure on Tuesday. I will tell you that I was telling my wife to run traffic lights and speed up on the way to the emergency room as I was in a lot of pain and more than a little scared. And the people there could tell and really got to me quickly.

Everyone at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Syracuse was great and I was getting at CT scan within 20 minutes of walking in that door. Thank you so much to everyone I met that day. I could not work in that field as I would freak out when someone comes in like I did or much worse. My hat is off to all of you. It takes a special person to do work in that field and we are so thankful for all you do when we really need you the most. Thank you!

 
Wednesday, June 29th 2016
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Chris Fleming recapped his night racing against the Outlaws and talked about coming to Brewerton.
George Sanford told me why he came down to Brewerton on Friday and how it is going at Can Am.

I had an interesting day that started at the emergency room at St. Joseph’s Hospital. After waking up with a dull ache in my left side all of a sudden it became an all out level pain event. It didn’t take me long to come downstairs and ask my wife to get me to the hospital.

On the way I was in bad shape and urged her on several occasions to go through traffic lights as I was in that much pain. Turns out I had a kidney stone that I am pretty sure I passed later in the day. At least I hope I did.

So that is why we have just two interviews up for you today and if everything continues to go well I will try to go to Brewerton tonight for Sprints and Sportsman. It was a scary deal to say the least and it looks like I need to drink a lot more water as I am sure dehydration was an issue here.

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page for today as we get ready for CNY Speedweeks starting tonight.   Chris Fleming recapped his night racing against the World of Outlaws last week in Weedsport and talked about coming back to Brewerton Speedway last Friday.

George Sanford told me why he came down to Brewerton on Friday and how it has been going at Can Am as well as an issue they have been working on.  

 
Tuesday, June 28th 2016
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Steve Poirier recaps his two race weekend as he prepares for a busy week for 360 Sprinters.
Charlie Sandercock told me why he towed to Brewerton and how happy he is with his 1 win season.
Chris Bonoffski talked about picking up his first Brewerton win and some changes he made.
Tony Veneziano reports on the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series as Donny Schatz pulls away.

It was a nice day on Monday and for a lot of racers it was a much needed day off. After rainouts dominated the early part of the season the teams have been racing a lot of late and have a lot going on this week as well.

The Super DIRTcar Series is on again today at Albany Saratoga with Big Show 8 and then heads to Canandaigua on Thursday where they share the stage with the Empire Super Sprints. The ESS has shows Wednesday at Brewerton, Friday at Can Am, Saturday at Fulton and Sunday at Utica Rome. Plus the Patriot Sprint Tour runs Little Valley, Mercer and Eriez this weekend.

I will be back in the studio today and may be able to sneak in nine holes on the golf course. Then I will go to Brewerton on Wednesday, possibly Canandaigua Thursday and then Fulton and Utica Rome are strong possibilities.

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page starting with a driver who is going to be very busy this week. Steve Poirier recaps his two race weekend and talks about the differences between wings as he prepares for a busy week for 360 Sprinters with races for both the ESS and PST.

Charlie Sandercock told me why he towed to Brewerton with his Late Model this past Friday night and how happy he is with his one win season that includes a lot of runner up finishes.  

Chris Bonoffski talked about picking up his first Brewerton win, some changes he made and how much better he is feeling about his set ups.  

Tony Veneziano reports on the latest World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series races as Donny Schatz pulls away a bit in the point standings.    

 
Monday, June 27th 2016
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Jim Spano tells me why he was at Brewerton Friday night and shares thoughts on Weedsport.
Johnny Hill spoke about returning to Brewerton where he won a lot of IMCA Modified races.
Joey Buonagurio ran down how he is doing as he continues to learn the ropes in the Novice Sportsman.

It was a scorcher on Sunday and I must have done a little too much on Saturday as I was as beat as beat can get. I did a little work on Sunday and now will have to do a lot this week. But the studio is here and I will get going today as we will have a lot from the weekend to discuss.

Two Super DIRTcar Series races are in tap this week as tomorrow the traveling big blocks visit Albany Saratoga for Big Show 8 before hitting Canandaigua on Thursday. I plan on being at Canandaigua and then we’ll look at what weather we may have next weekend.

Now let’s chat about what we have for you today on the Audio Page as we get ready for the first week of summer vacation for our kids. Jim Spano tells me why he was at Brewerton Friday night and shares thoughts on the renovation at Weedsport Speedway where he began his career as a teen in the 70’s.  

Johnny Hill spoke about returning to Brewerton where he won a lot of IMCA Modified races and his hopes to get his son in his Late Model towards the end of 2016.  

Joey Buonagurio ran down how he is doing as he continues to learn the ropes in the Novice Sportsman and describes a change they are working on right now.  

 
Sunday, June 26th 2016
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Jimmy Phelps analyzed the Tuesday show at Weedsport Speedway and looked ahead to a busy streak.
Pat Ward told me about last Sunday’s win at Utica Rome and this week’s Super DIRTcar races.
Lance Willix recaps his 1st Modified win in a while at Cornwall and looks ahead to today.
Lou Long tells me some of the things he learned by chatting with a fan new to dirt track racing.

I hope you all had a great Saturday whether you went to a graduation party or checked out your local speedway. Or maybe you stayed home on a hot day and hit the neighbor’s pool. I will tell you that I hit ours a few times on Saturday. It was a great way to cool off after golf.

I have four nice ones up for you today as we look ahead to a busy streak for the drivers who follow the Super DIRTcar Series as they race tonight at Cornwall, Tuesday at Albany Saratoga and Thursday at Canandaigua. Yep, school is out and things will really heat up now both on the track and off.

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page as we check in with a racetrack GM/driver who is going to be very busy this week. Jimmy Phelps analyzed the Tuesday’s World of Outlaw Late Model show at Weedsport Speedway and looked ahead to a busy streak that starts tonight in Cornwall.  

Pat Ward told me about last Sunday’s Modified feature win at Utica Rome and this week’s three Super DIRTcar Series races starting tonight in Cornwall.  

Lance Willix recaps his 1st Modified win in a while at Cornwall last Sunday and looks ahead to today’s Super DIRTcar Series race at the tiny ¼ mile track.  

Lou Long tells me some of the things he learned by chatting with a fan new to dirt track racing and what we all can learn about how to help new fans pick up the small nuances of our sport. This is a must listen guys!!!  

 

 
Saturday, June 25th 2016
   

New on the Audio Page from Brewerton Speedway:

After the heat races:

Zach Sobotka led every lap to win the first Sportsman race and talked about where he was good.
Will Shields won his heat for the second week of the row and spoke about running the bottom.
Stephen Denton looked over some set up notes after his heat win and talked about some changes.
Tim Dunn pulled away in his heat win and talked about why he switched to Fridays at Brewerton.  
Chris Fleming talked about his win in the first Late Model heat and how he overcooked turn one.
Alan Fink told me about his Late Model heat win and talked about a problem with his Sportsman.
Jim Witko made an aggressive inside move to win his Modified heat and talked about a day off.
Mike Bowman ran the outside line on his way to a heat win and told me how good it was up there.

After the feature races:

Chuck Powelczyk won career feature number 85 and talked about how nice the surface was.
Kevan Cook took the lead on lap three and spoke about winning the Late Model feature race.
Will Shields
picked up first career victory in the Sportsman feature and spoke about how it felt.
Pat Ward explained how he picked up a pair of spots late to win his second feature in a row.
Jimmy Phelps told me how he ended up off the track and how he came back to finish second.
Chad Phelps finished in third place and wondered if he should have been a little more aggressive.
Chris Hile gained some spots late in his fourth place run and spoke about the line he was running.
Max McLaughlin described how he hit a ute tire with three to go and how the car was damaged.

It was a super fun night at Brewerton Speeedway as the crate Late Models joined to make it a five division show. The track was super fast in the heat races and as usual changed a lot for the feature races and those features had all the drama you’d want.

In the Modified feature it was a classic back and forth battle for the first 33 laps as rookie Max McLaughlin and multi-time winner Tim Kerr swapped the lead four times. McLaughlin was he first to have bad luck as he clipped a ute tire in turn four breaking his suspension and sending him spinning inside of turn one and back into traffic in turn two. Some slick driving by others saved this from becoming a big wreck.

Now Tim Kerr was up front and he kept the lead until a yellow came out with two to go. Under yellow his car came to a stop while leading the victim of a bad shifter cable. His car went into neutral, he did not maintain his position under yellow and he went to the back.

From there Pat Ward now found himself up from and led the final two laps to make it two in a row. He also won his last race on Sunday at Utica Rome. He’ll be off today and then race again Sunday as the Super DIRTcar Series visits Fulton. Come back tomorrow and he’ll talk about running three series races in five days starting this Sunday.

Will Shields won his first career race as he hugged the inside the entire 25 laps. He took the lead on lap six getting by birthday boy Zach Sobotka and held off Corey Barker on the final lap. Barker, who loves the inside line, went to the outside in the final corner and lost at the line by .072 seconds. That’s inches people! That was one heck of a race.

Come back tomorrow as we will have four new chats for you including one that is a must for every announced out there. Check out the Lou Long interview tomorrow and I hope it changes your perspective a little.

I am off today to golf and will be back on Monday with some good stuff from Utica Rome. I plan on hitting Canandaigua next week on Thursday so be sure to keep checking back as the season is well underway now.

 
     
 
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