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Wednesday, December 21st 2011
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Glenn Donnelly takes me around CNY Raceway Park and talks about what is happening now. 
Wade Hendrickson talks about his season at New Egypt and explained why he did not run for points. 
 
I had a fun day on Tuesday as I got out in the sunshine to see the progress taking place at Central New York Raceway Park. I met Glenn Donnelly up there and he took me around the place in his four wheel drive. I took some photos as we drove around the property just north of the Brewerton Speedway and again from just south of Central Square High School.
 
I had the place reversed in my mind with the front stretch on the route 11 side, but actually that will be on the route 81 side. I also have an overhead map in there too so take a look at that and see what I saw as I rode around with the man who is the driving force behind the project. If all goes well…Central New York could be the true northeast hub of racing, even more so than it is now. 
 
I have two more days on new content before we do our top five downloads for each and every month here in 2011. Those will begin on Saturday if all goes well so I am hopeful to get four more interviews done and then I’ll be ready. So keep coming back as we have a lot of good stuff coming up.
 
Now let’s go into more detail on what is new for today on the Audio Page. I begin with the man I was fortunate enough to sit next to and work for as an announcer at many DIRT Motorsports events for ten years.  Glenn Donnelly takes me around CNY Raceway Park as the work continues and talks about what is happening right now. He also told me when they hope to get the first racecar on the road course, how busy other road courses are and how accessible it will be to the public. Sounds great doesn’t it?   
 
Wade Hendrickson talks about his season at New Egypt and explained why he did not run for points. He told me how long it took him to learn this track, which veteran driver helped him with some set up advice and his plans to run next year as a weekly competitor at Grandview Speedway. 

 
Tuesday, December 20th 2011
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Jimmy Horton III reviews his season at New Egypt and remembers wrecking two cars in one night. 
Dan Vauter talked about his season in Central New York and the bad luck he had all year long. 
 
I got a lot done on Monday and as I type this up, I am getting ready to bowl for the championship in the first half of my bowling league. I have a broken toe so I am hoping for a Willis Reed moment. I’ll tell you on facebook if I did it or not.
 
On the site today we have a pair of Modified drivers doing Season in Review interviews with me. Both are very good and I know you’ll like them. Also in the Syracuse Post Standard is a column I wrote on why I like local racing better than the big time. I hope you guys like it.
 
I re-watched the Richie Evans documentary again Sunday night and I cannot get over what a great job Speed TV did with the piece. I am pleasantly surprised that they voted him into the Hall of Fame so early and it is a great tribute to our area and the era that he ran in. 
 
I remember even as recently as the late 1990’s when you could go to a show a day for sometimes as much as three weeks at a time. There were a lot of mid week shows and before the internet and the “get it now” world we live in; racing at the local level was huge. Can we ever get back to that? Never say never I always say…but it would be a tall order to say the least. 
 
Now let’s talk about what is new for today on the Audio Page. I begin with a driver who still races today and remembers the era I was just talking about very well. Jimmy Horton III reviews his season at New Egypt and remembers wrecking two cars in one night. He told me how they fell off after a good start, described some of the driveline problems they had along the way and wondered where he will race weekly in 2012. 
 
Dan Vauter talked about his season in Central New York and the bad luck he had all year long. He told me how close he came to a win in his first race of the year, why he travels so far to race weekly and explained how racing etiquette determines how and when you pass. 

 
Monday, December 19th 2011
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Chris Hile recaps his season driving a Modified in Central New York and talks about tires. 
Johnny Scarbrough talked about his season at Fonda Speedway and the new car at his shop. 
 
I had another fun day on Sunday as I watched some football and got some more interviews done for the website. On today is a chat I recorded on Friday and one I did just before dinnertime on Sunday. And in the can is one with Dan Vauter so look for that one to show up on Tuesday.
 
Still a lot of unknowns in Central New York as there are more rumors that you can shake a stick at. Almost everyone is keeping their cards close to their vest in a poker game that would make the folks in Las Vegas smile. We’re hoping for some announcements soon, but as of now…we know very little for sure.
 
And depending on what you wanna believe, you can find it somewhere. The big factor right now is tires. And I know that a lot of people would like to see tire rules go away altogether, but tracks make money off of tires deals and some of that money makes its way back into the hands of racers at banquets through point funds. So racers do too!
 
Don’t forget what happened in NASCAR years ago when Hoosier and Goodyear ran head to head. Many races came down to which tire you had on and neither had the advantage at every track. So are tire rules necessary? I believe they are or you could turn local racing into the WoO Late Model Series where you almost need an additional trailer just for all the tires you could use. 
 
I know it’s frustrating, but just hang in there as we do still have a lot of time. But for the teams who are working on cars right now…it is an inconvenience to say the least. 
 
Enough about all that…now let’s chat more about what we do know and that is what is new on the Audio Page. I begin with a young man who is still getting better as a driver. Chris Hile recaps his season driving a Modified in Central New York and talks about learning about a new set of tires. He talked about how fortunate he was to have an incident free year, how tight the points were at Fulton Speedway and the need for more seat time to improve as a driver. 
 
Johnny Scarbrough talked about his season at Fonda Speedway and the new car he is assembling at his shop. He also told me why he feels the crate engine class is not for him anymore, what he learned in 2011 and what he songs he sings to himself as he is passing cars on the racetrack. 

 
Sunday, December 18th 2011
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Kevin Hartnett talked about his Penn Can Speedway championship and how good his racecar was. 
Matt Janczuk remembered his Sportsman championship and some of the good fortune he enjoyed. 
 
It was birthday central here at the home studio as my oldest daughter Allie celebrated her ninth birthday. As I type this up, the first party is just getting ready to start. It’s hard to believe we are at this point as it seems like only recently we brought her home from the hospital wondering what to do. And now, she is a beautiful, intelligent girl who genuinely cares about the people around her. I am very fortunate.
 
Not as fortunate from a physical standpoint as I broke a toe on my left foot Friday after stubbing it on a door. Not sure if I am going to go to the doctor or not as I broke one a few years ago and all they did was x-ray it and tell me it was broken. There’s really not much they can do. So I’m not sure about that.
 
I enjoyed the Richie Evans documentary on Speed TV as I had never seen him race and had only heard his name mentioned. I learned so much about him and it was great that Speed TV took the time to do this and do it right. Everything they did was great and I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did.
 
Now let’s chat more about the new stuff on the Audio Page for today. And on the site we have a pair of champions. Kevin Hartnett talked about his Penn Can Speedway championship and how good his racecar was. He explained how an early practice session helped track down a problem, how two wins to start the year helped his cause and remembered coming from 20th to victory lane on one night. 
 
Matt Janczuk remembered his Sportsman championship and some of the good fortune he enjoyed along the way. He talked about the five week stretch he had where he seemingly could do no wrong, how he felt about the way he was going at that time and his hopes to run more 358 shows in 2012. 

 
Saturday, December 17th 2011
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Mike Schane recaps his season racing a Modified at Penn Can and told me about his new racecar. 
Bill Trexler talked about winning the Rookie of the Year award in the Modified class at Utica Rome. 
 
I had a busy day as I recorded four new conversations in the home studio. And as you can see we have made good on our promise to include more Pennsylvania Modified racers on the site and we are still working hard to get you more. 
 
On the site today is a pair of Modified drivers. One has been racing in the division for several years while the other is coming off of a successful rookie season. Both of these chats are very good, very thorough and I know you; will enjoy them.
 
Up tomorrow will be Penn Can Champion Kevin Harnett and Utica Rome Sportsman title holder Matt Janczuk. Today I will try to get in the studio but it is my oldest daughter’s 9th birthday, so it is her day. That is why it was nice for me to get ahead on Friday and thanks to the drivers who helped me do that.
 
Now let’s chat more about what is new for today on the Audio Page. I begin with a man who races at a track that is becoming more and more popular with drivers. Mike Schane recaps his season racing a Modified at Penn Can and told me about learning his new racecar. He talked about the different ends of the racetrack, the traveling shows he did and described his hopes to someday race on the mile at Syracuse in top notch stuff. 
 
Bill Trexler talked about winning the Rookie of the Year award in the Modified class at Utica Rome. He told me about some issues he had to work out at some other tracks before his Sunday home opened, remembers how Billy Decker passed him for the lead in a big ROC show and when he realized he was having a special year. 

 
Friday, December 16th 2011
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Alan Rudalavage talks about his seven win season and how tough it is for the young drivers. 
Danny Tyler spoke about his season at Accord and how close he is to beating the top dogs. 
 
I had a good day on Thursday as I got some more interviews recorded in the studio and did some more Christmas shopping. I still have more to go but am not in the bad a shape considering where I usually am. I also noticed not as many shoppers as I first thought so we are hoping everyone has a great holiday.
 
On the site today are a couple of real nice interviews with a couple of Modified drivers. One is very established and won several times this past year while the other is an up and coming driver who is right on the cusp of being one of those guys.
 
Both of these chats are very good and of course any of you who know Alan know he is not shy and is about as easy of an interview as you can get. And yes, he is going to do the Season in Review interview with me as he did when I got my first win. We have that slated for early 2012.
 
Now let’s chat more about what is new for today on the Audio Page. I begin a driver who is never at a loss for words, except when he is behind the wheel. Alan Rudalavage talks about his seven win season and how tough it is for the young drivers who are trying to establish themselves in the Modified division.   He told me how much he enjoyed his Saturdays at Woodhull, how he struggled on Fridays at Penn Can and what he is doing this off season to change that. 
 
Danny Tyler spoke about his season at Accord and how close he is to beating the top dogs. He explained how he picked up two spots on the final point night to finish third, what he learns from watching the experienced drivers he races against and how badly he wants to take his career to the next level. 

 
Thursday, December 15th 2011
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Jeremie Corcoran talks about possibly adding 305 Sprints and ponders the big decision he has. 
John Currier tells me how his wife got him involved in the Christmas Elf program in Cayuga County.

Let’s talk  about what is new for today on the Audio Page. I begin with a chat with a man who has a lot on his mind these days. Jeremie Corcoran talks about possibly adding 305 Sprints at Canandaigua for 2012 and ponders the big decision he has. He wondered if he would make an announcement on the future at Saturday’s banquet, encouraged interested 305 teams to attend the meeting Sunday at noon at the Thirsty Turtle and described what he learned in his rookie season at The Land of Legends. 
 
John Currier tells me how his wife got him involved in the Christmas Elf program in Cayuga County. He explained how the race shop became the new distribution center, how happy he is to be a part of it and how needed it is in these tough times. 

 
     
 
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