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Tuesday, April 25th 2017
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Alan Johnson talks about his Outlaw Speedway victory and a problem they had early in the night.
Jared Zimbardi tells Steve Ovens about his win in the Empire Super Sprints first A-Main of 2017.
Dave Marcuccilli spoke about his win in the curfew shortened GRIT Sportsman race at Outlaw.
Rick Raner describes his first laps in a Sportsman and talked about his new role at Frozen Ocean.
Tony Veneziano updates us on the first 17 races for the WoO Sprints as they rained out two shows.

I had a really nice day on Monday as I got some work done and ran the lawnmower for the first time after taking the snowblower out of the garage and moving it to the backyard shed. From the sound of it I may need a boat for the rest of the week as rain is in the forecast for most days.

I have some good stuff up from our friend Steve Ovens as he covered racing at Outlaw Speedway on Friday night. So nice to see Alan Johnson keep his streak intact with wins now in 43 straight years. It is quite an accomplishment and I wonder if it is without parallel in racing. Anybody know for sure? If so, send me a message.

Now let’s chat more about what we have on the Audio Page for today starting with a man who has won more Modified races than many have ever competed in. Alan Johnson talks to Steve Ovens about his Outlaw Speedway victory, how tough it was out there on the racetrack and described problem they had early in the night that forced them to change cars.    

Jared Zimbardi tells Steve Ovens about his win in the Empire Super Sprints first A-Main of 2017, how hard he had to race in his heat to get a redraw spot and how big track position was.  

Dave Marcuccilli spoke about his win in the curfew shortened GRIT Sportsman race at Outlaw, how he raced his way around the early season track conditions and took it easy when needed.  

Rick Rainer describes his first laps in a Sportsman as he did some practice at Fulton Speedway, how different it was from what he thought going into it and talked about his new role at Frozen Ocean.

Tony Veneziano updates us on the first 17 races for the WoO Sprints as they rained out two shows this past weekend and comments on each of the teams following the tour this season.  

 
Monday, April 24th 2017
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Sam Reakes IV ran down how his Saturday practice went and talked about his new car and job.
Max McLaughlin spoke about his early practice laps and looks ahead to Fulton’s big race Saturday.
Adam Roberts
explained why his Modified was not at practice and the game they played in the pits.
Allie Elkins talks about her Sunday race day, her wreck in the heat and some of what she learned.

It was a beautiful day on Sunday and Allie and I got to spend it at the NYS Fairgrounds racing with the Syracuse Microd Club. It was an eventful day with a lot of ups and downs. Allie will tell you all about it in her clip but she finished 6th, 2 laps down which was much better than her practice race two weeks ago when she was 6 laps down. Small steps right?

By the time we got done it was too late to head to Vernon and that will probably be the case this Sunday too but once they move to their usual 6 p.m. start time I will be able to make it although probably not till just about the time the heat races start.

I will be in studio today looking to track down some racecar drivers and racing people so if you see me on your caller ID pick up and we’ll talk.

Now let’s tell you more about what I have for you on the Audio Page as we get closer again to every track you know being open. Sam Reakes IV ran down how his Saturday practice went despite the one issue they had, and talked about the new car he was shaking down and a cause he is trying to support with his racing efforts.    

Max McLaughlin spoke about his early practice laps, looks ahead to Fulton’s big Super DIRTcar Series race Saturday and tells me how the new I-Racing game is helping him learn.  

Adam Roberts explained why his Modified was not at the Fulton Speedway practice, the game they played in the pits in between sessions and the work they had to do after Oswego.    

Allie Elkins talks about her Sunday race day with the Syracuse Microd Club, her wreck in the heat and some of what she learned in her sixth place finish.

 
Sunday, April 23rd 2017
   

New on the Audio Page from the Fulton Speedway practice:

Mike Button got ready for his first laps of the year and talked about what he will be racing in 2017.
Chris Fleming described his first practice session and what he had to do to get the car to turn in.
Tim Sears Jr. told me how his Modified felt in practice and what his big goal was for the day at Fulton.
Tommy Sears just finished his first practice laps and talked about his new motor and car combination.
Ryan Jordan took his first ever laps in a big block and described an issue they had in practice.
Jessica Power had a pair of Sportsman at the practice and talked about his racing at Fulton helped.

I had a nice afternoon as I headed up to where it all started for me and had some fun watching the first practice of the year at Fulton Speedway. It was nice to see everyone and great to smell all those smells we only get at a racetrack. It was a blast!

I put six of the fourteen interviews I did up for you today and will put more up tomorrow. Don’t forget that Utica Rome Speedway is kicking off their season tonight with twin 20’s for Sprints plus Mods, Sportsman and Pro Stocks. If I get done early enough I’ll head out so we’ll see what happens.

Allie has her first race day today at the NYS Fairgrounds and she is as excited as can be. She is running in a division where everyone else has experience so the question is not if she will get lapped today the question is how many times? She will get better every week I am sure and with Jon and Michelle Kuleszo behind her as car owners the future is bright. Thanks so much guys!!!

Now let’s chat more about what we have on the Audio Page for today starting with my first interview on Saturday. Mike Button got ready for his first laps of the year at Fulton Speedway’s practice and talked about what he will be racing in 2017 as well as what he was seeing with the racetrack.  

Chris Fleming described his first practice session with his Late Model, what he had to do to get the car to turn in and what he was concerned about when he got out of the groove.  

Tim Sears Jr. told me how his Modified felt in practice, what his big goal was for the day at Fulton and where he will be racing in the 2017 season.  

Tommy Sears just finished his first practice laps on a very fats racetrack and talked about his new motor and car combination while wondering if he’ll hit Utica Rome later today.  

Ryan Jordan took his first ever laps in a big block at the Fulton Speedway practice and described an issue they had in practice as well as how the Outlaw 200 convinced him to become a Fulton regular.

Jessica Power had a pair of Sportsman at the practice and talked about his racing at Fulton weekly in 2016 helped her develop as a driver and her plans to run Fulton and Cornwall regularly.   

 
Saturday, April 22nd 2017
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Brad Szulewski remembered his 2nd place finish in the Mod opener at Five Mile Point Speedway.
Cory Reed previews the open practice at 2 p.m. today at Fulton Speedway and the season opener.
Steve Ovens looks ahead to Woodhull’s Saturday show and talks about shelving Turn 5 Live for now.

We’re back today with more good stuff as we look to a few tracks that will be running later today. There is a lot going on and I hope you get to get out there and see some racing. Bring your winter gear as it will be cold but hopefully the racing will be so exciting you’ll forget all about it.

I will be at the Fulton Speedway practice today hoping to see some old friends and make some new ones. Allie’s first race is tomorrow so we’ll be at the NYS Fairgrounds and if it gets done early enough Utica Rome after that although it will be tough with the 4 p.m. start time.

Now let’s chat more about what we have for today on the Audio Page with three people who will be busy today although each in a different capacity. Brad Szulewski remembered his 2nd place finish in the Mod opener at Five Mile Point Speedway, what he did after the final caution to try to run down the leader and looks forward to racing again today.  

Cory Reed previews the open practice at 2 p.m. today at Fulton Speedway, looks ahead to the season opener on the28th & 29th and talks about the DIRTcar Sportsman series new regional format.  

Steve Ovens looks ahead to Woodhull’s Saturday show and talks about shelving Turn 5 Live for now as well as what he will be doing this season. Yes, you’ll be hearing a lot from Steve here too!  

 
Friday, April 21st 2017
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Claude Hutchings Jr. talked about his practice last Friday and his hopes for Sunday at Utica Rome.  
Pete Stefanski
gets ready for Sunday in Vernon and wonders how much traveling he may do.
Craig Pritchard tells me about his return to racing and how his first practice laps went last week.

I had a really nice day with the kids on Thursday as I drove out to Utica and visited some of the places I used to go when I was in the TV business at WCNY. A lot has changed in Utica but it was fun to get back to some places I know well and get some good memories going as I contemplate my long term future.

We also met up with Camille’s cousin and got some pastries from Caffe Caruso which is owned by Camille’s relatives. We visited the MWPAI museum, the Hotel Utica and the train station as well. Every stop we made brought back so many memories or my time in TV and it was a great day.

On the way home we headed out to see Claude Hutchings Jr. and Sr. and get some dinner in Sauquoit. I got see the big block and the Sportsman and catch up on how everyone is doing. It was the perfect end to the day and we also have lots of fine Italian Pastries to eat. Yum!

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page starting with the interview I did to finish my day. Claude Hutchings Jr. talked about his practice last Friday with his Open Sportsman at Afton Motorsports Park, his hopes for Sunday at Utica Rome with his big block and a big project he has going on at home.  

Pete Stefanski gets ready for Sunday’s Pro Stock opener at Utica Rome Speedway in Vernon, tells me how happy he is about DIRTcar sanctioning and wonders how much traveling he may do now that he has a home track.  

Craig Pritchard tells me about his return to racing in an Open Sportsman, why he feels the time is right to get back to racing for the first time since 2003 and how well his first practice laps went last week.  

 
Thursday, April 20th 2017
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Danny Varin talks about getting ready to run his Modified and Sprint Car Sunday at Utica Rome.
Brent Ayers described the new racing surface he was at the Outlaw Speedway practice on Friday.
Bill Shea previews the Utica Rome opener on Sunday and talks about the move to DIRTcar.

It was a cold and rainy day in Central New York and it sounds like we’ll have one more of those days before the weekend gets here. The good news is that it should be out of here early on Friday so we’re hoping it does not mess up our race plans.

I have a pair of interviews up for you today as we get closer to the weekend and closer to full capacity in the local racing world. Each weekend now more tracks will open and by May we’ll be at full song and have more races you can go to than you can shake a stick at. I never quite got that phrase did you?

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page for today starting with a man who will have a very busy day this Sunday. Danny Varin talks about getting ready to run his Modified and Sprint Car Sunday at Utica Rome and tells me what is different with his Modified and the same with the Sprinter.  

Brent Ayers described the new racing surface he was at the Outlaw Speedway practice on Friday, ran down his 2017 race plans and how he grew up at the track watching his dad race.  

Bill Shea previews the Utica Rome Speedway opener this Sunday and tells me how the DIRTcar sanctioing has been recieved as well as why they moved the start time up to 4 p.m. for the first two shows.

 
Wednesday, April 19th 2017
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Darryl Ruggles explained why he switched chassis manufacturers and why he’ll be on the phone a lot.
Brandon Smith talked about his goals for the practice and the updates he did to his IMCA Modified.
Tony Harris explained why he had an old school number on his car and why it is significant to him.

We enjoyed a nice day off on Tuesday and will be back at it in the studio later today. I can’t tell you how Tuesday’s practice went for us as I wrote this up on Monday night but I will have a Doug’s Thoughts on it tomorrow so look for that and more as we get busy again today.

We’ll also be trying to get everything straight as we look ahead to a busy weekend starting on Thursday as Sprint Cars visit Outlaw Speedway. I’ll be on the road with the kids tomorrow so I may miss that but will be at Outlaw Speedway on Friday. I’m looking for suggestions for Saturday so send those along if you have time.

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page starting with a driver who has a cart that will be easy to see on track this year. Darryl Ruggles explained why he switched chassis manufacturers for 2017, why he’ll be on the phone a lot on race days and talked about being a grandfather for the first time. So happy for you guys!  

Brandon Smith talked about his goals for the practice at Outlaw Speedway, the updates he did to his IMCA Modified during the off season and described how tough it was to drive last year.

Tony Harris explained why he had an old school number on his car, why it is significant to him to keep that number on the track and an experiment he was trying at the practice.  

 
     
 
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