|Saturday, May 25th 2013
| New on the Audio Page for today:
Danny Varin remembers his Fonda win from last Saturday and talked about a busy weekend.
Tim Schneider told me how his rookie season was going in a big block Modified at Fulton.
David Marcuccilli spoke about a recent win at Canandaigua and the transition to a half mile.
Rocky Warner was doing double duty on Wednesday and told Jay Fish how it came about.
Alan Fink remembered his win last Saturday at Fulton and how close the Late Model racing is.
Brandon Hagan is the defending Can Am Champion and talked about defending his title.
Kyle Fink spoke with Jay Fish as he got ready to race his Sportsman Wednesday at Can Am.
Steve Pesarek got to work after hot laps and explained why he was checking under the hood.
Nick Dandino just finished hot laps last week at Canandaigua and told Jay Fish how the car was.
Wow did we get a lot of rain. I was not surprised at all when I saw some rainouts yesterday and as I write up this home page entry at 4:30 on Friday it is still raining. Let’s hope it was not enough to affect today.
Jeremiah Fish and I have big plans for this weekend as he will hit Skyline Raceway for the big IMCA Empire Series race on Sunday. This one could be the biggest IMCA Modified field in the state so far this year so it will be a lot of fun.
I’ll be at Utica Rome for the ESS show on Sunday and then again on Monday for the Victoria 200. It will be a fun weekend as I am looking forward to getting back to the track after taking care of some business today.
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page. I begin with a winner from last weekend. Danny Varin remembers his Fonda win from last Saturday and talked about a busy Memorial Day Weekend. He explained how he worked his way from 9th to 3rd, how he fell back and how he made his way back up front for the victory.
Tim Schneider told me how his rookie season was going in a big block Modified at Fulton. He talked about adjusting to the extra power, how the setups differ from his Sportsman and a recent mistake he made.
David Marcuccilli spoke about a recent win at Canandaigua and the transition to a half mile. He talked to Jay Fish about how long it took him to adjust, how much better he feels at the track this year and wonders if he has improved as a driver as well.
Rocky Warner was doing double duty on Wednesday and told Jay Fish how it came about. He talked about the big money on the line for this show, what type of Sportsman racing he prefers and who helped him put this deal together.
Alan Fink remembered his win last Saturday at Fulton and how close the Late Model racing is. He talked with Jay Fish about his hopes for Can Am, how the Go Nuclear Late Model series is growing and how much he likes mid week shows that are close to home.
Brandon Hagan is the defending Can Am Champion and talked with Jay Fish about defending his title. He told him how his season has gone so far, how they recovered for a top five after a crash and his plans to do a little traveling.
Kyle Fink spoke with Jay Fish as he got ready to race his Sportsman Wednesday at Can Am. He talked about getting his first ever laps at the track, what his expectations were for this show and how different the regular Sportsman are compared to the Novice division.
Steve Pesarek got to work after hot laps and explained why he was checking under the hood. He talked about a motor issue they had the week before, how important the driver is in stock car racing as well as the ability to read the track.
Nick Dandino just finished hot laps last week at Canandaigua and told Jay Fish how the car was. He talked about a suspension change they made during the week, how much research you have to do to be fast and what he thought would happen to the track surface.
|Friday, May 24th 2013
| New on the Audio Page for today:
Tim Sears Jr. recapped his tough race night at Brewerton last week and the mistake he made.
Chris Hile remembered the big crash at Brewerton and how nice it was to be ahead of action.
Sean Beardsley brought his Late Model to Can Am and talked about the level of competition.
A.J. Kingsley tells Jay Fish about his win last week at Can Am and his hopes for Wednesday.
Taylor Caprara explained why they had last year’s body on his Sportsman after a recent wreck.
Justin Thompson has been a Can Am regular this year and spoke about some recent improvements.
Matt Vanderlinden talked about how his season has been going running weekly at Brighton.
Matt Parkhurst spoke with Jay Fish about his expectations for the mid week show at Can Am.
Wow, what happened outside huh? When I was running around Syracuse doing some errands on Thursday it was a beautiful day. Then the rain came and down went the temperature. And it sounds like it may be that way all weekend long. Well, at least it is not raining right?
We have a lot up today and will be back with about the same for the next two days. Jeremiah Fish is the man and he was at Can Am on Wednesday when they beat the rain by just minutes. I understand it started pouring on the victory lane ceremonies. Nice timing guys and way to hustle.
The holiday weekend is upon us and there are big races at almost every track. Check out what is going on at your favorite track to see what is added to the show this weekend and get out to show your support.
It is a busy stretch we have coming up and I hope you all enjoy this holiday weekend. And save up space on your dvr’s as Indy and Charlotte run on Sunday plus F1 will be on network TV too as they visit the historic street circuit of Monaco. Good times! I wonder if I have space for two of those three.
Now let’s chat more about what is new for today on the Audio Page. I begin with some chats with drivers who will be racing tonight. Tim Sears Jr. recapped his tough race night at Brewerton last week and the mistake he made. He talked about what he did to lessen the impact, how his dad helped fix it before he got to the shop and how the bad nights really stay with you more than maybe they should.
Chris Hile remembered the big crash at Brewerton and how nice it was to be ahead of action. He told me how many good cars were involved in the deal, how it impacts people who are not involved why nobody takes delight in another driver’s misfortune.
Sean Beardsley brought his Late Model to Can Am and talked about the level of competition he races against. He talked with Jay Fish about how many cars are capable of running for the win, how luck can pay a part in it and how much he enjoys the series he races with now.
A.J. Kingsley tells Jay Fish about his win last week at Fulton and his hopes for Wednesday at Can Am. He talked about the bad luck he had getting to the track, how good the Go Nuclear Late Model series has been doing and how much he enjoys supporting it.
Taylor Caprara explained why they had last year’s body on his Sportsman after a wreck last weekend. He told Jay Fish how his transition has gone from stock cars, how it helps to get comfortable at one track before traveling and runs down his plans for the rest of 2013.
Justin Thompson has been a Can Am regular this season and spoke about some recent improvements. He told Jay Fish why he felt more confident coming into Wednesday, described some changes they made and how important a good draw is for a mid week show.
Matt Vanderlinden talked about how his season has been going running weekly at Brighton. He told Jay Fish what type of track he prefers, how hitting the road helps him learn and how he has adjusted to working on a Late Model rather than a Modified.
Matt Parkhurst spoke with Jay Fish about his expectations for the mid week show at Can Am. He talked about leading laps for three weeks in a row, how good the season has been as he got used to the car that dad once drove and how good the competition is at the big half mile.
|Thursday, May 23rd 2013
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Rick Laubach was back at Utica Rome on Sunday and talked about coming back this weekend.
Tommy Kinsella talked about racing this past weekend at Fulton and how little has changed.
Dave Allen won his Modified heat Saturday at Canandaigua and told Jay Fish about the victory.
Joe August Jr. explained why he had to be pushed from the staging area back to his pit in hot laps.
Nick Guererri remembered his 4th place finish in his Sportsman heat as they went three wide.
Jeff Davoli just finished 6th in his heat at Canandaigua and told Jay Fish about his struggle.
Jake Karlnoski spoke with Jay Fish about his season so far driving a Pure Stock at Canandaigua.
It was another stormy day in the northeast but fortunately for us we missed all the weather. I hope you did too!
Jay Fish had one of our recorders out last night as he traveled north to Can Am for a mid week special. We’ll have some of his chats up tomorrow as well as the rest of mine from the weekend.
We have a busy weekend ahead of us with specials at almost every track. Check out www.syracuse.com/motorsports for my rundown of what is taking place locally here and make your plans for the Memorial Day Weekend.
Now let’s chat more about what is new for today on the Audio Page. I begin with a man who was in New York State to pick up a motor and do some racing. Rick Laubach was back at Utica Rome on Sunday and talked about coming back this weekend. He talked about the other reason he came from Pennsylvania to Central New York, why he is not too concerned about starting at the back and how he did the last time he got out his traveling car.
Tommy Kinsella talked about racing this past weekend at Fulton and how little has changed. He told me about some damage that happened to the car the night before at Brewerton, how happy he was to have his number 3 on the side of the car and how much trust he has that the work was done right!
Dave Allen won his Modified heat Saturday at Canandaigua and told Jay Fish about the victory. He talked about the need for more seat time, how tough it was to switch from car to car in 2012 and his hopes for Modified feature win number one at one of the area’s toughest places to win.
Joe August Jr. explained why he had to be pushed from the staging area back to his pit in hot laps. He told me how he knew the car was out of gas, how much fuel they go through a night and how the cost of fuel is usually offset by your pay in the feature.
Nick Guererri remembered his 4th place finish in his Sportsman heat as they went three wide for second. He talked about how tough it would be later as he would start 16th, the need for some well timed yellows and the good people he has around him.
Jeff Davoli just finished 6th in his heat at Canandaigua and told Jay Fish about his struggle. He explained what he learned in the heat, why they chose to leave a feature set up in the car and why they did not want to change too much at one time.
Jake Karlnoski spoke with Jay Fish about his season so far driving a Pure Stock at Canandaigua. He talked about a change they made during the week, how important it is to get off the corners well and his win the night before at Black Rock.
|Wednesday, May 22nd 2013
| New on the Audio Page for today:
Ronnie Johnson talked about his win at Albany Saratoga Speedway with a brand new racecar.
Justin Wright told Jay Fish about his Modified heat win and his recent struggles with his big block.
Jeremy Pitcher described how he has been doing at Oswego as he got ready for Fulton on Saturday.
Karl Comfort won his Sportsman heat at Canandaigua and told Jay Fish how his car was doing.
Bob Dreste spoke with Jay Fish about how his move to a 305 Sprint Car has been going so far.
It was a stormy day in most of the country and we were not immune here in Central New York. But as of 4:30, the storms have spilt us and we are pretty much rain free except for the overnight deluge we got. And our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone affected by the weather.
Tonight there is a mid week show at Can Am as they have three divisions on tap tonight. Jeremiah Fish is taking on of our recorders up there and we’ll have stuff from that up later this week. Keep your fingers crossed as we hope Mother Nature is a race fan today.
We’re still working on the photo issue as I had some things happen as I tried to put them up that tell me that we are not fully fixed in that area yet. I’m going to hold off for a bit and see if we can’t make a change that may fix it for good. So stay with us and know that we are working hard to get everything back to where it was and hopefully even better.
Now let’s chat about what is new on the Audio Page for today. I begin with a man who visited victory lane last weekend. Ronnie Johnson talked about his win at Albany Saratoga Speedway with a brand new racecar. He explained what forced them to get a new chassis, how common it really is to be fast right away with a new piece and how long it took them to take it from a bare chassis to a feature winning car.
Justin Wright told Jay Fish about his Modified heat win and his recent struggles with his big block. He explained who helped him get his car back to square one, how hard he raced in his heat and how much tougher the feature is compared to heat races.
Jeremy Pitcher described how he has been doing at Oswego as he got ready for Fulton on Saturday. He talked about switching from asphalt to dirt, how fast the small block’s are at Oswego and how tough it was to see two drivers leave the track in an ambulance.
Karl Comfort won his Sportsman heat at Canandaigua and told Jay Fish how his car was doing. He spoke about some off weeks that had for a while, how much they might tinker with the car for the feature and how much better the car handled with some new torsion bars.
Bob Dreste spoke with Jay Fish about how his move to a 305 Sprint Car has been going so far. He talked about his first race in the car at Canandaigua the week before, how much fun he had in a caution free feature and how big of a jump it is compared to the 270 Micro he drove before.
|Tuesday, May 21st 2013
| New on the Audio Page for today:
Matt Sheppard talks with Jay Fish after winning his third Modified win of the year at Canandaigua.
Jimmy Phelps finished second at Canandaigua and told Jay Fish about his up & down race night.
Aaron Jacobs described how his season has been going as he runs at Glen Ridge and Utica Rome.
Tommy Juhl got ready at Fulton and talked about Marcia Wetmore going into the Hall of Fame.
Steve Cummings prepared for his first race of the year and talked about his time off from racing.
Greg Cool earned his very 1st Sportsman feature win and told Jay Fish how he felt about the victory.
Frank Burnell had a good 9th place finish at Canandaigua and talked about his early struggles.
Dale Caswell is looking for his first Late Model win of the year and wonders about his aggression.
We have a lot of new audio for you today from three different speedways. I have stuff from my trips to Fulton and Utica Rome while Jay Fish also has some stuff up today from his night at Canandaigua.
We also have a lot in the can with nineteen chats already recorded and I should be back in the studio today to get more. And again it is so nice to have another voice on the site besides mine. I have offered the opportunity to many but Jeremiah is the only one to take me up on the offer. Thanks again buddy!
Now let’s chat more about what is new for today for you to listen to on the Audio Page. I begin with some stuff from Saturday night. Matt Sheppard talks with Jay Fish after winning his third Modified feature of the year at Canandaigua. He spoke about how he knew how good his car was, where he was making his moves as he came from 18th and how tough it was to pass a good friend for the lead.
Jimmy Phelps finished second at Canandaigua and told Jay Fish about his up & down race night. He told him why he almost pulled in early, how a well timed yellow helped and where he feels he is right now.
Aaron Jacobs described how his season has been going as he runs at Glen Ridge and Utica Rome. He told me how his small block does at the smaller track, how different his car is in the rear suspension and wonders if he has to back things off a bit.
Tommy Juhl got ready at Fulton and talked about Marcia Wetmore going into the DIRT Hall of Fame. He shared some stories of her involvement on the Outlaw Circuit, explained how he keeps his trailer level on the hill in the pit area and how important it is to support the back of the Sportsman while on the road.
Steve Cummings prepared for his first race of the year and talked about his time off from racing. He talked about the help he had with his new Troyer, what his plans are for the season and described his background in the sport as well as what put him out of the sport 15 years ago.
Greg Cool earned his very 1st Sportsman feature win and told Jay Fish how he felt about the victory. He explained what he started thinking about at the half way point of the race, how tight he is with the drivers he races against and how nice it was to get congratulations from the people he races with.
Frank Burnell had a good 9th place finish at Canandaigua and talked about his early struggles. He told Jay Fish how he felt his car was, how a slower car got him in the infield and how his fellow racers tease him during the week on facebook. Good stuff here!
Dale Caswell is looking for his first Late Model win of the year and wonders about his current level of aggression. He spoke about how to find the perfect balance point, how good he has been overall and looks forward to racing tomorrow night at Can Am.
|Monday, May 20th 2013
| New on the Audio Page from the Utica Rome Speedway:
Pre race conversations:
Claude Hutchings Jr. remembered last week’s win and when he showed his car to school kids.
Shane Andrews talked about his return to Utica Rome to help and his demo derby on Saturday.
Pat Ward spoke about his win Saturday at Fulton and what happened on the last lap at Brewerton.
Bill Knapp recently blew up a Ford engine and talked about the older one he had in for Sunday.
Mark Weaver described the help he received to get a motor back together after blowing one early.
After the heat races:
Chris Carr walked me through his pass for the lead as he won the first Pro Stock heat of the night.
Bill Knapp won his heat with an old motor and talked about how good it was on the tacky track.
Casey Williams led all but one lap to win his heat and spoke about his battle at the front of the field.
Rob Bellinger was in a loaded heat and talked about his move on lap six that got him the victory.
Dale Planck took a car that was in a bad crash on Friday to a heat win and told me how it felt.
After the feature races:
Pete Stefanski won is first Pro Stock race of the year and described his battle up front for the win.
Matt Sheppard was part of a great Modified feature and walked us through the final few laps.
Stewart Friesen finished in second place leading one lap and offered his take on the race up front.
Willy Decker had a nice third place run in the Modified race and told me where he felt he was better.
It was a fun night at the Utica Rome Speedway as the track really moved things along on an overcast, cold night. The track was tacky early on and from what I heard stayed tackier than usual all night long. And the Modified feature was one that people will be talking about this week for sure.
Matt Sheppard took the lead from Casey Williams with 14 laps to go. The two had battled in a heat race earlier in the night with Williams taking the checkered flag after Sheppard got by on the white flag lap.
In the feature, Sheppard coolly got by Williams with a low move in turn four but this one was far from over as last week’s winner Stewart Friesen caught the leader on lap 24. There laps later he tried a slide job that Sheppard looked ready for and quickly re-took the lead.
But with the white flag waving, Friesen was able to get by with a slide job that stuck only to have Sheppard come back with a similar move in turn two on the final lap. The two made contact but there was no retaliation or harsh words afterwards. It was just a super competitive Modified race.
I recorded the victory lane interview and then hit second and third place in the pit area afterwards. It was a race that like I said, people will be talking about this week. And if you missed this, you need to be sure to get back there next week for their big Memorial Day Weekend two day show.
All in all it was another real good show at a track that is currently putting together one of the best Modified fields around. The Pro Stock race was very entertaining as well as the Sportsman which saw another good race there. Plus at the end of the night the Mods put on sail panels to practice for next week where they will be allowed on both days.
We may have some photos up today as I will try them at some point with Webmaster Andy here to make sure it goes well. We’re still working hard to see if we have our issues solved and we will keep you posted.
We also have 29 interviews in the can for release this week and will be in the studio again tomorrow to get more. And don’t forget that Can Am has a show on Wednesday so go to their website off our Track Links Page to learn more. Have a great Monday. I know I will!
|Sunday, May 19th 2013
| New on the Audio Page from the Fulton Speedway:
Pre race conversations:
Chad Phelps talked about his Modified win at Fulton last weekend and how he got some help.
Rob Bellinger explained how he went from 3rd to 1st on the last lap to win Friday at Brewerton.
Chuck Bower described the lap one crash he was involved in the night before and how bad it was.
Ronnie Davis III came from way back the week at Fulton before and talked about his feature win.
Matt Hulsizer was also involved in Friday’s big crash at Brewerton and described the damage.
After the heat races:
Chris Hulsizer talked about his win in the first Sportsman heat and an issue they found on his car.
Greg Mrzywka won the second Sportsman heat and told me about some radiator problems.
Joe Kline led every lap to win the final heat and told me why the body on his car was so beat up.
Katelyn Kane picked up her first Modified heat win and talked about how close it was at the line.
Dale Planck crossed the line second but was awarded the win and told me about some recent gains.
After the feature races:
Alan Fink spoke with Bill Foley after winning the Late Model feature with a lap fourteen pass.
Jason Occhino won his career first at Fulton and celebrated in victory lane with Adam Buchanan.
Pat Ward picked up his first win since the Outlaw 200 last year and talked about it with Bill Foley.
I had a nice time as I stayed close to home to spend more time with my kids as my wife had to work last night. Fortunately they were able to spend some time with my folks letting me head out.
It was a pretty good night at Fulton and a food night to drive a red Modified as the Gypsum cars swept the top three spots. Early on it looked like Dale Planck might get a win with the experimental chassis designed by Larry Wight and assembled by the Donath’s. But the car started to fade and eventually finished outside of the top ten.
Larry Wight looked like he might get the win but Pat Ward, who was bouncing off a tough night on Friday at Brewerton, got by on lap 22 and never looked back earning his first victory since the Outlaw 200 last year.
Billy Decker got by Wight late to pick up second while Ryan Phelps and Chad Phelps rounded out the top five. Only two cautions slowed the pace of this one with 20 cars taking the green flag in the feature.
Jason Occhino won his career first in the Sportsman race and despite a yellow flag with six laps to go, Occhino stayed calm and drove away from the field for the win. And here’s the thing, he had not been in the top five before this night. Talk about a surprising win for one of the good guys.
I did record twenty one interviews and was able to save eight for during the week. And Jeremiah Fish was also at Canandaigua with my primary recorder so look for more from him during the week. Thanks again buddy.
I’ll be heading out to Utica Rome today with hopes of chasing down some of the weekend winners. I hope to see you guys there and I hope all of you have a great Sunday.
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