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Gary Rowe of M.R. Gaebel, Inc.
Gates-Cole Associates SUNY Canton Automotive Technology program
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Sunday, September 23rd 2018
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Rich Ricci Jr. talks about racing with his daughter Allison and remembers how he first got started.  
Demetrios Drellos recapped his season so far and talked about the pair of cars he had at Fonda.
Ray Zemken described how he did in a Sportsman at Fonda and what it is like to be a grandfather.
Nick Stone told me how he did in his Sportsman and the big crash he had with it one week ago.

We had a really nice day as some friends who were in town stopped by for dinner and drinks. It was great catching up and hanging out like a normal person on a Saturday. It was a lot of fun.
 
I’ll be in the studio tonight after an outing during the day and then we have a day trip planned for Allie and I as we hope to see some of you out in Newark. Never been there before and look forward to seeing someplace new.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page today starting with a racing dad who has quite a few laps under his belt over the years as well. Rich Ricci Jr. talks about racing with his daughter Allison and remembers how he first got started as well as some of the crazy stuff he did as a young man. Yeah, me too!   
 
Demetrios Drellos recapped his season so far and talked about the pair of cars he had at Fonda as well as his plans to do some small block racing at Super DIRT Week.  
 
Ray Zemken described how he did in a Sportsman at Fonda this year, why he had to borrow a second car to use and what it is like to be a grandfather.

Nick Stone told me how he did in his Sportsman, the big crash he had with it one week ago that pretty much finished that car and reminds folks that he is taking orders now for Pro Stocks.   
 
Saturday, September 22nd 2018
   New on the Audio Page from Fonda Speedway:
 
After the heat races:
Dave Constantino won the first Sportsman heat from the pole and remembered his last race at Fonda.
David Schilling described how hard he was driving his Sportsman on the tacky track in his heat victory.
Chad Edwards talked about the narrow groove in his heat win and when his good luck turned to bad.
Mark Mortensen led every lap to win his heat race and told me about why the outside was better.
Pat Ward won a fun side by side race in his heat and described how aggressive the racetrack was.
Larry Wight got the win in the final heat and explained the big reason he was at Fonda on Friday.
 
After the 358 Super DIRTcar Series race:
Stewart Friesen explained how he made his pass for the win and how close he came to wrecking.
Bobby Varin led the first 19 laps before finishing 2nd and told me how he gained some ground late.
Pat Ward talked about the tech they do to these DIRTcar 358 engines and why they are all so equal.
Erick Rudolph came in fourth place and talked about what he learned about this unfamiliar track.
Jeremy Wilder raced his way from last to fifth and explained why he had to take his car pit side.

I headed east last night to Fonda Speedway for day one of Thunder by the Mohawk. The track was lighting fast and the 358’s and Sportsman turned in a lot of laps that they didn’t even lift on. It was fast!
 
Stewart Friesen had a few weeks off from the Camping World Truck Series and came out and won the 60 lap DIRTcar 358 Modified Series race. He got by Bobby Varin on the inside on lap 20 and pulled away for a convincing win. Varin gained a little in the closing laps but was still a long way back.
 
I got the top five as they were being teched after the race, and thanks to the DIRTcar officials for letting me do that, and got the heat winners as well. Only sixteen 358 Modifieds were in the pit area and only 35 Sportsman. I guess the rain that everyone knew was coming at some point kept some folks away. Too bad as these were some of the fastest laps you’ll see at Fonda.
 
I left early myself wanting to be on the road when the storm his rather than stuck at the track. It was not as bad as it went through as I saw some of the footage from Outlaw Speedway where they did have to cut their show short. I thought that Fonda would get that in and this time I was right.
 
Fonda runs again today as does Outlaw Speedway and Thunder Mountain wraps up their season tomorrow. I’m gonna put up some of my fourteen pre-race chats for you tomorrow as I have friends in from out of town today. I hope you all gave a great day and look for more from me on Sunday. 
 
Friday, September 21st 2018
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Justin Wright recapped his last weekend behind the wheel and looked ahead to Outlaw Speedway.
Marc Minutolo compared his last two seasons and prepared for two nights of racing in Dundee.
Ernie Saxton talks about the 76er and offers his thoughts on a wide variety of racing disciplines.
Lew Boyd runs down some of the latest racing books, dvds and more available at Coastal 181.

Please rain, stay away today. We have some big shows to get in. That’s my thought on the day as I am slated to go to Fonda tonight for a pair of SDS races featuring 358s and Sportsman. Maybe the front will stall and we’ll be able to rush it along and be fine. Keep your fingers crossed guys and gals.
 
I have a nice mix for you starting with some folks going to Outlaw this weekend as I found two drivers yesterday with plans to go there tonight. Plus we have another pair o chats that I know you’ll like. And I know that if you visit www.coastal181.com you’ll be like me, “One of everything please sir.”
 
Now let’s chat more about that new stuff on the Audio Page starting out with a driver who enjoyed a pretty good season. Justin Wright recapped his last weekend behind the wheel and looked ahead to racing at Outlaw Speedway this weekend while running down his very busy late season plans. 
 
Marc Minutolo compared his last two seasons and prepared for two nights of racing in Dundee while comparing his Hobby Stock to his Street Stock.  
 
Ernie Saxton talks about the 76er and offers his thoughts on a wide variety of racing disciplines including NASCAR, INDYCar and the growth of NHRA. Good stuff as always! 
 
Lew Boyd runs down some of the latest racing books, dvds and more available at Coastal 181 while I highlight a few movies that I will be adding to my collection. Check them out at www.coastal181.com   
 
Thursday, September 20th 2018
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Eric Kingsley updated us on track prep for Super DIRT Week and ran down the work still to be done.
Tommy Collins remembers last weekend’s feature wins and why the right gear choice was important.
Butch Green talks about his two wins last weekend and his hopes for Thunder Mountain on Sunday.
Mark Krosky aka Krash Mender tells me about the NE Stock Car Old Timers Calendar available now.

We are almost to the weekend and it is going to be a big weekend with shows at Fonda, Outlaw and thunder Mountain Speedways. I am heading to Fonda tomorrow for the first time this year and I hope I can get a lot done. And I still have more studio chats to put up tomorrow.
 
The house is still sick although I think I may be just about back after whatever this was that I have had. I have basically allergy type symptoms while Allie was down almost all day on Wednesday. She may even miss school today although she really wants to go so she doesn’t fall too far behind.
 
Now let’s chat more about what is on the Audio Page today starting with news from Oswego Speedway from the man in charge of turning the surface from asphalt to clay. Eric Kingsley updated us on track prep for Super DIRT Week, ran down the work that is still to be done while explaining what would happen if they just left it alone for the next two weeks.  
 
Tommy Collins remembers last weekend’s feature wins, explains why making the right gear choice was important and also ran down his late season race plans.  
 
Butch Green talks about his two wins last weekend, the nice streak he had earlier when he won 10 of 11 races and his hopes for Thunder Mountain on Sunday. 
 
Mark Krosky aka Krash Mender tells me about the new 2019 NE Stock Car Old Timers Calendar available now, how people can win cash from it and what they do for the racing community. Check them out at www.nescotracing.com   
 
Wednesday, September 19th 2018
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Bobby Varin talks about his two races last weekend and looks forward to Friday & Saturday at Fonda.
Taylor Caprara tells me about his season racing weekly at Can Am and his responsibilities at his job.
Shane Andrews explains why he has stepped back a little from announcing and the search for balance.
Allie Elkins calls the racing action last Sunday in the Limited Open Wheel feature race in Syracuse.

I got a lot done on Tuesday and was able to stay ahead by a day as we get closer to a big race weekend. I am planning on hitting Fonda on Friday night as they have a pair of SDS races with small blocks and Sportsman headlining the show. And I have someone up today to help me preview this weekend.
 
Everyone is sick here and even I am getting a little something. Allie has taken a turn and is now on antibiotics for an ear infection. She was doing well for a few days but took step back yesterday. Her voice is very raspy so she will be home today waiting for the medication to kick in.
 
I am doing alright as I think I have that virus that mimics allergies. I haven’t felt great in a week and I know this runs just over that so hopefully I’ll be good to go this weekend.

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page beginning with a look ahead at a big show coming up this weekend. Bobby Varin talks about his two races last weekend, looks forward to Friday & Saturday at Fonda as well as the double duty he is planning on the final day of Thunder Along the Mohawk Weekend. 
 
Taylor Caprara tells me about his season racing weekly at Can Am, explains what he’ll be racing this off-season and describes his new responsibilities at his job at the family business. 
 
Shane Andrews explains why he has stepped back a little from announcing recently, the search for balance between racing and life while both of us share some memories. Nice honest talk here with two guys who have been around the block a few times in racing.
  
Allie Elkins calls the racing action last Sunday in the Limited Open Wheel feature race with the Syracuse Microd Club in Syracuse. This was her first attempt at doing this!  
 
Tuesday, September 18th 2018
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
James Sweeting got ready for his first race at Brewerton and talked about his late season plans.
Tim Devendorf told me why he is back on dirt in a Sportsman and the swap they made to do it.
Casey Doll talks about coming from the back to win the Limited Open Wheel feature in Syracuse.
Tony Veneziano reports on the World of Outlaws final races in California and the strong locals.

We hope you all stay dry today and for those of you who don’t we hope that the remains of the hurricane don’t affect you that much. We should be fine here in Central New York and from what they say it might be out of our area before you read this. Best of luck to all of you.
 
We have a nice mix on the page today and we have messages out to a lot of the winners this past weekend. I still have some stuff in the can and am going to be focused on getting more today so be sure to check in tomorrow.
 
Now let’s go into a little more detail about what we have for you on the Audio Page as we can finally say goodbye to the bad weather for hopefully the rest of the week. James Sweeting got ready for his first race at Brewerton and talked about his late season plans as well as what he thought about running sail panels at the Land of Legends Finale while describing what they do.  
 
Tim Devendorf told me why he is back on dirt in a Sportsman at Brewerton this past Friday, the swap they made to do it and why it is really tough to be a part time Supermodified driver.  
 
Casey Doll talks about coming from the back to win the Limited Open Wheel feature in Syracuse, how they fixed the car after the heat race and how he feels when the right time is to make his moves.

Tony Veneziano reports on the World of Outlaws final races in California, the strong finishes by the locals and looked ahead to this weekend at Eldora & Lernerville.   
 
Monday, September 17th 2018
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Peter Britten explains how he came up light at a race and how much weight can be lost with tires.
Matt Janczuk talked about racing at Brewerton for the second time and remembered his 1st night.
Jessica Power tells me how a trip to the chassis builder helped her find some issues with her car.
Ben Bushaw describes what he is going to do this week before running some big races in CNY.

We had a nice day on Sunday as Allie was feeling well enough to head out to the microd track at Syracuse and say hi to some of her friends. She also called the action on the mic as well although she was a little raspy at times. I recorded one of them and I’ll put that up later this week.
 
Of course after baking in the 90 degree sun we were both pretty wiped out, me more than her I’m sure, but we had fun and saw some really good racing. Today I’ll be in the studio getting lots done and will be very busy all week long as there is lots to talk about.
 
Now let’s tell you a little more about our offerings on the Audio Page from my travels this past weekend. Peter Britten explains how he came up light at a race, how much weight can be lost with tire wear as well as how much of a race fan his young daughter is. 
 
Matt Janczuk talked about racing at Brewerton for the second time and remembered his top three finish in his first night at the track and recapped his last trip to Can Am. 
 
Jessica Power tells me how a trip to the chassis builder helped her find some issues with her car, described some of what they found as well as why she traveled west last weekend.  
 
Ben Bushaw describes what he is going to do this week before running some big races in CNY, remembered his last race at Thunder Mountain and wonders what he may do next season.   
 
     
 
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