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Gary Rowe of M.R. Gaebel, Inc.
Gates-Cole Associates SUNY Canton Automotive Technology program
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Saturday, November 26th 2011
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Doug Emery thought back on his two starts in 2011 and talked about how well his team did. 
Billy Dunn won seven races on his way to a track championship and described running a 358. 
Mike Mahaney thought back on his early days in racing as he hung out at the Slingshot booth. 
Justin Wright just missed the Sportsman championship and spoke about his hopes to move up.
Earl Rudy listened to some music and described the consistent season he had with his Sportsman. 
Reed Miller toured the Parts Peddler Trade Show and talked about the season at Penn Can. 
 
My mini vacation is up and I am going to get back into the studio today. It was nice to have some time off after a long season and it was great to have all these fine racing people spend some time with me so we could have new things to listen to everyday as well as some much needed time off. Thanks guys.
 
I have a lot of good things coming up including some shop shoots, so keep checking back as I should be able to get one done sometime this coming week. I hope you are all ready for a good weekend and are getting your holiday shopping started or in some cases wrapped up.
 
But since I wrote this up on Tuesday before my vacation, I don’t have much else to say, so let’s talk more about what is up for today on the Audio Page. I begin with a guy who had a pretty good year as a car owner. Doug Emery thought back on his two Sprint Car starts in 2011 and talked about how well his team did. He told me how he met the two big goals he had set, remembered when the bad luck kicked in and how tough it was to try to catch a pair of drivers who just did not fall off at all. 
 
Billy Dunn won seven races on his way to a track championship and described running a 358 versus a big block. He talked about how long it took for him to get the hang of it, how he enjoyed his Sprint Car races and tells me where he will get Modified points in 2012. 
 
Mike Mahaney thought back on his early days in racing as he hung out at the Slingshot booth this past weekend. He ran down his tentative plans for 2012, described the new chassis he is working on back at the shop and how much he enjoyed his new home, Utica Rome Speedway. 
 
Justin Wright just missed the Mr. DIRTcar Sportsman championship and spoke about his hopes to move up. He talked about some of the lumps he endured along the way, described what he was doing at the Parts Peddler show as well as his hopes for next season. 
 
Earl Rudy listened to some music and described the consistent season he enjoyed with his Sportsman. He talked about the tracks he raced at, how wild things can get at one particular half mile track and how tough it was for him to adjust to the American Racer tire. 
 
Reed Miller toured the Parts Peddler Trade Show and talked about the season at Penn Can. He told me how tough it was to get the final show in, how happy he has been with the track’s standing in the racing world and how a change at two Central New York tracks helped him at his special shows. You’re next Al! 

 
Friday, November 25th 2011
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Jan Leaty talked about his season in an asphalt Modified and about his hopes for the 2012 season. 
Gary Tomkins told me about his races down in Charlotte and his pair of top ten finishes at the event.
Johnny Scarborough described his plans to run a Modified weekly in 2012 at the Fonda Speedway. 
Rick Miller got back into racing this past season and explained what it was like to race again.
Christine Martin talked about her 2011 season that included a very hard crash up at Can Am.
Chuck Powelczyk remembered his season driving a Four Cylinder Super Stock and a Lawnmower. 
 
The busiest shopping day of the year is here as Black Friday will see millions of shoppers hitting the malls and stores looking for that elusive bargain…but not me. I will be at home today and the only store I may see will be the local Wegmans.
 
But if you are going out today, remember the best time to shop is between 1-4PM as that is the slow time. I worked in retail for a long time selling computers and home office equipment and that is always the slowest time. So good luck to all you brave souls as you wait in line, figure out how you’re going to pay for it and search for everything on your list. 
 
When you get done, you can catch up with the new stuff on the Audio Page for today. I begin with a legendary driver who was in Syracuse this past weekend. Jan Leaty talked about his season in an asphalt Modified and about his hopes for the 2012 season. He told me what he was seeing at the Parts Peddler Trade Show, how much he was enjoying chatting with his friends and how much more refreshed he is two months away from the end of his season. 
 
Gary Tomkins told me about his races down in Charlotte and his pair of top ten finishes at the event. He talked about a jingle he was involved in, the need for a well timed caution and how the track fooled him a little on Saturday. 
 
Johnny Scarborough described his plans to run a Modified weekly in 2012 at the Fonda Speedway. He told me how the opportunity is coming together, why he wanted to stay at his Saturday home and where he feels the biggest challenge will be when he suits up next year. 
 
Rick Miller got back into racing this past season and explained what it was like to race again. He talked about his plans for 2012, what appeals to him about the Late Model world and how much he has enjoyed getting to some new tracks. See Rick, nobody gives up racing. 
 
Christine Martin talked about her 2011 season that included a very hard crash up at Can Am. She told me about some damage the crash did to her, how she is feeling now and how long it will take for her to heal. Get well Christine! 
 
Chuck Powelczyk remembered his season driving both a Four Cylinder Super Stock and a Lawnmower. He told me about a motor problem he had along the way, the need for some newer tires and described what it is like racing against his wife on a weekly basis. 
 
Thursday, November 24th 2011
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Danny O’Brien described his 2011 season that included a championship at his Saturday home.
Jimmy Phelps remembered his last race of the season at Penn Can as he visited the show. 
Paul Habeck talked about his move from Modified to Sprint Cars and why he was so comfortable. 
Alan Fink won three races this past season and told me what he was doing at the Parts Peddler. 
Chris Thurston ran a pair of different cars in 2011 and thought back on one very hard crash.
Roy Sova watched the season at Oswego Speedway from the booth and talked about the comeback.
 
Happy Thanksgiving everyone! We hope you all have a great day and get to spend lots of time with your family and friends. As you read this, the smell of turkey is surely filling my home and a big family dinner is on tap. I hope you guys have as much fun as we are having right now.
 
I do have a lot of good stuff on the site today for you to listen to so be sure to get right over to the Audio Page and hear from your favorite driver. And we’ll be back tomorrow as well with six more conversations and again on Saturday. Then we’ll be back in the studio and back to work. But for now, enjoy your day and be sure to take some time to think about how thankful we all are to still be here and involved in the greatest sport out there!
 
Now let’s chat more about what is new for today on the Audio Page. I begin with a man who wishes he could have gotten ten more points on his traveling series. Danny O’Brien described his 2011 season that included a championship at his Saturday home. He talked about how close he came to winning the 358 Super DIRTcar Series, why he could not take his weekly car to Syracuse and what he would have had to do to win the series. 
 
Jimmy Phelps remembered his last race of the season at Penn Can as he visited the show this past weekend. He told me why he felt it was important to attend the Parts Peddler, how good it was to see everyone in one place and looked forward to getting dressed up with his lovely wife later that night at the DIRTcar banquet. 
 
Paul Habeck talked about his move from Modified to Sprint Cars and why he was so comfortable. He wondered if he should have done this earlier, explained why he made the change and remembered some of his better moments on the season. 
 
Alan Fink won three races this past season and told me what he was doing at the Parts Peddler. He told me about the racecars he was disassembling, the new car he is working on and ran down his tentative plans for the 2012 season. 
 
Chris Thurston ran a pair of different cars in 2011 and thought back on one very hard crash he had at Can Am. He talked about the adjustment to the Sportsman, how much he is still learning about the way they drive and how happy he was with the move in general. 
 
Roy Sova watched the resurgence of Oswego Speedway from the booth and talked about the comeback he witnessed. He told me why he feels it happened, previewed the schedule for the coming season and wondered about a third class of cars. 

 
Wednesday, November 23rd 2011
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Rich Scagliotta thought back on his two win season as he attended the Parts Peddler show.
Mike Leaty won a lot of races in 2011 and talked about what he was wanting at the trade show. 
Rob Bellinger told me about his season on the Super DIRTcar Series as he attended the banquet. 
Jeremy Wonderling showed off his BRP Can Am Late Model car and talked about his championship.
David Marcuccilli remembered the last time he came to Syracuse and the scary crash he had. 
Dick Stark explained why Thunder Mountain Speedway will move from Saturday back to Friday. 
 
Well if everything went as I hoped it would on Tuesday, I am on a three day vacation right now. It will be nice to get some extra family time and get ready for the big Thanksgiving dinner we are hosting here tomorrow. 
 
It will be a lot of fun and with the way things have been health wise with our family, it will be nice to have everyone back together. And we hope and pray that my father in law is out of the hospital so he can join us. 
 
We’ll be back with six interviews a day through Saturday so we hope you keep checking in with us in between mouthfuls tomorrow as we’ll provide a nice distraction for you with stories from the world of local racing.
 
Now let’s talk more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page. I begin with a man who had a breakout season in the tough world of Modified racing. Rich Scagliotta thought back on his two win season as he attended the Parts Peddler show. He talked about how fortunate he was to get his first ever Modified wins, how the correct mindset can help make the difference and how just one mistake can put you back fast. 
 
Mike Leaty won a lot of races on the asphalt in 2011 and talked about what he was wanting at the trade show. He told me how well he did at his weekly track, how things went on the ROC tour and described his hopes to travel even more in 2012. 
 
Rob Bellinger talked about his season on the Super DIRTcar Series as he attended the annual banquet.  He told me how consistent his year was, what he learned about some of the tracks he raced on and where he felt he improved. 
 
Jeremy Wonderling showed off his BRP Can Am Late Model car and talked about his championship season. He talked about why he likes the cars so much, why the series works and what he would have to do to get his car race ready. 
 
David Marcuccilli remembered the last time he came to Syracuse and the scary crash he had. He told me how good his car was before the wreck, how it felt to be on his side for the first time ever and how tough it was to get out. 
 
Dick Stark explained why Thunder Mountain Speedway will move from Saturday back to Friday. He told me how they did in the past on Friday, what they will be running at the track weekly and his hopes for a couple of mid week shows. 

 
Tuesday, November 22nd 2011
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Brett Hearn talked about finishing his 2011 season out with a pair of feature wins at Hagerstown. 
Richie Tobias ran down how his business did at the show and his hopes to get back to Syracuse. 
Lance Yonge had some things to take care of this past weekend and told me what he was selling. 
Shayne Tenace explained how things went on the Go Nuclear Late Model series and his 2012 plans. 
Dan Neagele recapped his season in a 600 Micro at Paradise and remembered being at a TV event. 
Mike Lauterborn tells me why he is going to run motorcycles next year at South Arcade Speedway. 
 
It was a nice day on Monday but cold as we stayed in the 40’s all day long. It should get nicer this week and it sounds like Thanksgiving Day will be a good one. I stayed inside most of the afternoon doing work and as I write this I am getting ready to head out to bowling. And no, I won’t tell you the scores as I am coming back from a knee injury and am a shadow of my former self.
 
On the site today are six chats from my weekend at the Parts Peddler Show and the DIRTcar Northeast banquet. You’ll be getting six chats a day up till Saturday and I am going to work my butt off today doing the work for the rest of the week so I can have three days off. 
 
In the can right now are eight interviews with Modified drivers, two Sprint Car folks and lots of others from the Sportsman, Late Model, Four Cylinder and asphalt worlds. It’s gonna be a great week with a lot of new stuff for you to help keep your mind on the sport we all truly love, racing!
 
I also have a new article on today’s Syracuse Post Standard and I could not help but write about Tony Stewart winning the Sprint Cup Championship. I was rooting for him for obvious reasons (he is a dirt track Sprint Car guy) and was pleased to see him win the championship and another dirt guy (Ricky Stenhouse Jr.) win the Nationwide Series. 
 
I have never been a Carl Edwards fans and especially after that stunt he pulled last year but even I had to admit he was classy in defeat. So Carl did go up a notch in my book. I know everyone can have a bad day and even I reacted terribly to getting taken out by accident by a fellow competitor, so maybe I shouldn’t be so critical. Live and learn I always say!
 
Now let’s find out more about what is new for today on the Audio Page. I begin with a man who did exactly what he was hoping for to finish out his year. Brett Hearn talked about finishing his 2011 season out with a pair of feature wins at Hagerstown. He also told me how well he has been doing there in recent years, how badly needed the victories were after a “lackluster fall” and what he is doing back at his shop in New Jersey. 
 
Richie Tobias ran down how his business did at the show and his hopes to get back on the mile at Syracuse next year. He told me how the Slingshot division is doing, how the SpeedSTR’s have been selling and how tough it was for him to watch people running his favorite outside groove during Super DIRT Week.   
 
Lance Yonge had some business to take care of this past weekend and told me what he was selling in the parking lot of the Parts Peddler show. He talked about what he was going to do with the money he made off the sale, what he was picking up at the show and his plans to follow the ESS again in 2012. 
 
Shayne Tenace explained how things went on the Go Nuclear Late Model series and his 2012 plans. He talked about how happy he was with the car counts, how the series is growing for next year and how nice it will be to have the series on TV locally. 
 
Dan Neagele recapped his season in a 600 Micro at Paradise and remembered being at a TV event. He talked about how smooth the surface is on a weekly basis at Paradise, what attracted him to the place initially and how much he enjoyed traveling with the Pizza Logs Tour. 
 
Mike Lauterborn tells me why he is going to run motorcycles next year at South Arcade Speedway. He talked about how the economy has influenced his decision, why he feels the change will help the track and wonders if he may eventually bring the racecars back when things get better. 

 
Monday, November 21st 2011
   New on the Audio Page from the Parts Peddler Trade Show:
 
Rich Vleck talked about a change for next years Patriot Sprint Tour that’s based on geography. 
Andy Bachetti had his new Modified on display and wondered what his plans for 2012 will be. 
Paul Kinney told me why his new Sprint Car was red and why he selling lots of Modified motors. 
Dean Reynolds reacted to having rookies in the ESS booth and described a wing change for 2013.
Larry Wight remembered his races in Charlotte and told me about some house motors on sale.
Jim Mahaney thought about what happened in his three races and confirmed that he is coming back. 
Joe Marotta summed up his experience at the Parts Peddler show and talked about an old friend. 
 
It was a good day for me on Sunday as I got done nice and early and before the 1 o’clock football games were done too. And of course you know I am ready for tonight’s Patriot/Chiefs game and you know who I’ll be rooting for. Go KC…although I am not holding my breath about it.
 
I had a good time as I went to the NYS Fairgrounds to watch the Parts Peddler show wind down on its final day. I was able to get an additional ten interviews and put seven of those up for today. The can is now swelled to thirty so that means you will be getting a minimum of five a day through Saturday and I can take the last part of the week off.
 
It’s going to be a short week for us as I cannot believe that Thanksgiving is here already. But the nice thing is that the show was the weekend before so unlike some years where I am hustling to get stuff for the week, I am in great shape right now.
 
Let’s talk more in detail about what I have for you on the Audio Page. And yes, we do have a bit of a Sprint Car feel to today’s offerings. Rich Vleck talked about a change for next years Patriot Sprint Tour that’s based on geography and could allow one driver to pick up a big bonus. 
 
Andy Bachetti had his new Modified on display and wondered what his plans for 2012 will be as they got ready to take the car back to Teo. 
 
Paul Kinney told me why his new Sprint Car was red and why he selling lots of Modified motors as he gets ready for a new challenge in 2012. 
 
Dean Reynolds reacted to having rookies in the ESS booth and described a wing change for 2013 as well as an adjustment to the tire rule as well. 
 
Larry Wight remembered his two races in Charlotte and told me about some house motors on sale back at their race shop in Phoenix.  
 
Jim Mahaney thought about what happened in his three Modified races in 2011 and confirmed that he is coming back once again next season. 
 
Joe Marotta summed up his experience at the Parts Peddler show and talked about an old friend of ours that made a big splash this past weekend. 

 
Sunday, November 20th 2011
   New on the Audio Page from Parts Peddler and the DIRTcar Banquet:
 
Corky Stockham talked about the weekend so far and previewed Sunday at the Parts Peddler. 
Kenny Tremont looked over some new stuff at Parts Peddler and talked about innovations. 
Rob Yetman explained why he was a little ahead of things as he gets ready for the 2012 season. 
Peter Britten told me some of what he learned in his season following the Super DIRTcar Series. 
Jeff Cook did something he had never done before in 2011 and wondered if it was a good thing. 
Glenn Donnelly described some of the conversations he was having about CNY Raceway Park. 
Tom Deery went over what happened at the DIRTcar promoter’s meeting earlier on Saturday. 
Tim Currier was attending the DIRTcar banquet for the 1st time and described his runs on the series. 
 
It was another busy day on Saturday as I spent about three hours at the Parts Peddler Trade Show at the Fairgrounds and then came back home to change before heading to the DIRTcar Northeast Banquet at Turning Stone Resort & Casino. It was a busy day as I said, but a super fun one as well.
 
I recorded 23 new interviews and put 8 of those up for today. 15 of those were during the Parts Peddler and the other 8 were done in the hour before the banquet. So that means the can grows from 14 to 29. I hope to bang out a bunch more today as the show closes and with Thanksgiving this week it means I may be able to take Wednesday, Thursday and Friday off. Yeah!
 
So if you see me today, stop and chat as I am looking to hear about your season, your plans for 2012 and anything else that is going on. I’ll be there from 1-3PM and I hope to see you there. Don’t forget, this is the day of values as many vendors would prefer not take their stuff home, so don’t be afraid to wheel & deal.
 
Plus on the site are two biggies today as I know the Glenn Donnelly and Tom Deery chats will be listened to hard. And just so you know, I put the interviews up in the order in which that were recorded just as I do on any race/event day. Don’t read anything into anything. It’s sad I have to say that, but the last time my finger slipped I got called out for it. Sadly it’s the nature of the world we live in.   
 
I hope to see you all today at the Parts Peddler show and be sure to keep checking back this week as we are going to have a lot of great interviews up as I have a lot of wonderful interviews in the can. 
 
Now let’s talk about what is new for today on the Audio Page. I begin with the man who is making it happen this weekend in Syracuse. Corky Stockham talked about the weekend so far and previewed Sunday’s activities at the Parts Peddler Trade Show at the New York State Fairgrounds. 
 
Kenny Tremont looked over some new stuff at Parts Peddler and talked about latest innovations he was seeing in the dirt Modified world. 
 
Rob Yetman spoke to me at the Parts Peddler Trade Show explained why he was a little ahead of things as he gets ready for the 2012 season. 
 
Peter Britten told me some of what he learned in his season following the Super DIRTcar Series and how much he is looking forward to getting back home. 
 
Jeff Cook did something he had never done before in 2011 and wondered if he would trade that feat for an A-Main win instead. Hmmm…not sure about that one. 
 
Glenn Donnelly described some of the conversations he was having about CNY Raceway Park with the people who toured the Parts Peddler show on Saturday. 
 
Tom Deery went over what happened at the DIRTcar promoter’s meeting earlier on Saturday and explained why he does not see any big changes over the horizon. 
 
Tim Currier was attending the DIRTcar banquet for the first time and described what he learned in his runs on the Super DIRTcar Series. 

 
     
 
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