|Wednesday, August 9th 2017
| New on the Audio Page from Skyline Raceway:
After the heat races:
Tyler Yeagle talked about his win in the first Street Stock heat and how well things have been going.
Bob Buono got teased about his initial start and told me about leading every lap to win his heat race.
Brian White pulled away to win his Sportsman heat and talked about how good his racecar was.
Bill Deckelman won the second heat race and told me how good his car was and where he is running.
Jimmy Zacharias beat the open motors with his crate and talked about what he had to do to win.
Chuck Miller evened the score for crates with his heat win and described what he needed to do later.
After the feature races:
Tyler Yeagle dominated the Street Stock feature for a win and talked about dealing with slower cars.
Brian White lead all but two laps on his way to a win and talked about how much the racetrack was.
Bill Deckelman picked up a lot of spots late to finish 2nd and compared himself to the race winner.
Jim Rothwell finished 3rd in his backup car and told me what he needed to do to be a little faster.
Chuck Miller led the first two laps before fading to fourth and spoke about how he fell back late.
Nate Powers won the final race of the night and celebrated with his CNY friends in victory lane.
Allie and I had a fun night as we headed south on route 81 to Skyline Raceway park just south of Cortland. As all of you probably know by now Skyline has always been one of my favorite tracks. I just love the family atmosphere and the uniqueness of the place. And it was fun last night.
A nice field of 26 Sportsman were on hand as the open engines took on the crates. They split the heat races 2-2 but the open motors had the top three spots in the feature. Brian White, who also won Saturday night at Thunder Mountain, took the lead on a lap three restart and won by a comfortable margin despite Bill Deckelman closing late.
As is the case with a lot of Sportsman racing these days there were just three cautions. When we look back at 2017 many years from now we’ll remember this as the golden age of Sportsman racing. With the costs of running a Modified higher than most can even think about, many great racers are stuck in Sportsman and the competition level is higher than it’s ever been in my opinion with talented new drivers joining the veterans.
Tyler Yeagle dominated the night with his Street Stock and the only problem he had was when his car shut off on its way to the scales. Let’s hope he does not have a problem that will show up this weekend huh?
Nate Powers took the Chris Bonoffski car to victory lane in a caution filled Four Cylinder feature race. He had some fans in his fellow racers in the stands and they got to celebrate in victory lane with Nate. As for Chris…I’ll have news on him up Saturday as someone was shaking down a new car for him in a new division. Hmmm.
I’ll be back in the studio today and will be joined by one of the best up and coming motocross racers as they get ready for Unadilla this weekend. I’ll put that one tomorrow as well as one I did with one of our local riders who hopes to do well this weekend. Plus I’ll have some with our dirt racers too so be sure to come back.
|Tuesday, August 8th 2017
| New on the Audio Page for today:
Mike Mahaney chats about his Saturday night at Grandview as well as last week’s big win at Fonda.
Tommy Collins discussed a gear change he was making as well as a fuel cell issue they had Saturday.
Kyle Inman remembers a frustrating night on Saturday and talked about racing on the cheap Sunday.
Dean Catlin previews tonight’s three division show at Skyline featuring 602 crates versus opens.
Tony Veneziano reports on the World of Outlaws from I-55 and looks ahead to the Knoxville Nationals.
I had a good day on Monday as I got some work done in the studio and did some writing for the Syracuse Post Standard and Syracuse.com. How about Joe Gosek at Oswego huh? And for the 61 year old to win on Retro Night just seemed right didn’t it? Nice job 00 Joe!
Two races for you to attend tonight as the SDS races at Ransomville and a three division show at Skyline. I need to be up early on Wednesday so I’ll be heading to Skyline with Allie so look for stuff from that race up here tomorrow. And Monday’s race at Merrittville was rained out and has been moved to Wednesday.
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page starting with a racer who had a big win last week. Mike Mahaney chats about his Saturday night at Grandview, why we haven’t seen him in a 360 Sprint Car of late as well as last week’s big win at Fonda.
Tommy Collins discussed a gear change he was making as well as a fuel cell issue they had Saturday as well as how bad things seem to happen when you start towards the back.
Kyle Inman remembers a frustrating night on Saturday at Genesee, why it seems only new tires get cut on the track instead of older rubber and talked about racing on the cheap Sunday.
Dean Catlin previews tonight’s three division show at Skyline featuring 602 crates versus opens and tells me about a big change he is making for the 2018 season.
Tony Veneziano reports on the World of Outlaws from I-55, looks ahead to the Knoxville Nationals later this week and gives us a schedule update on Ransomville. That date is October 16th.
|Monday, August 7th 2017
| New on the Audio Page for today from Utica Rome Speedway:
After the heat races:
Matt Janczuk spoke about winning the first Sportsman heat race and how fast the racetrack was.
Brent Joy walked me through the three wide move he made on the top to win with a last lap pass.
Bobby Varin won the first Modified heat race and told me how he made it to the front quickly.
Matt Sheppard remembered his win at Canandaigua on Saturday and spoke about his race victory.
Frank Hyatt led every lap to win his Pro Stock heat and talked about his love of tacky racetracks.
Brad Williams finished third in his first ever Sportsman heat and told me how wide he went once.
After the features:
Matt Janczuk told the crowd how he made a move in the final corner to get the Sportsman win.
Matt Sheppard won his 22nd feature of the year and spoke about seeing the leader have an issue.
Mike Maresca spoke about his third place finish and compared himself to the eventual race winner.
Bobby Varin went from ninth to fourth and told me why he thought he was a fourth place car.
Claude Hutchings Jr. talked about his eighth place finish and wished his sponsor a speedy recovery.
Danny Varin led the first 19 laps before going up in smoke and told me what he thinks went wrong.
Mike Welch won the Pro Stock race after a tough night on Saturday and talked about the fast track.
Jimmy Moyer got the win in the Novice Sportsman feature and spoke about his in car phone call.
I had a fun night as Allie and I went to Utica Rome Speedway on a night when the clay track surface was lightning fast. It was fun to see the cars hauling the mail around this track and the racing was really good too.
Matt Sheppard picked up his 22nd win of the season and went undefeated on the weekend as he also won on Saturday night at Canandaigua. Danny Varin led early but hurt an engine after crossing the line on lap 20 ending his night. Even though Varin was leading Sheppard was closing at the time and then had the lead on the restart pulling away from there for the victory.
Matt Janczuk made last corner pass of Mark Effner to win the Sportsman race although I found out later that Effner ran out of gas. I wondered how the gap shrunk so quickly in the final laps.
They also had Autograph Night so the fans got to meet the drivers up close and personal on the front stretch. As I chatted with drivers Allie took some photos for me so look for those and lots more on the Audio Page.
I also recorded another 13 chats that we will save for during the week so look for those to come up really soon.
And thanks to Aaron Jacobs and his crew for plugging a tire for me at the track. I pulled out and knew something was wrong. My right rear was almost flat as I ran over a screw. They pulled out the screw, used a plug kit we borrowed from another racer and then they put air in it and off we went. I knew the right thing to do was turn around and handle that in the pits. Thanks guy…really. If I had a flat on the Thruway it would have been really expensive.
I’ll be back in the studio today so look for chats from there up tomorrow as well as some of what we did on Sunday. I hope your week gets off to a great start and I hope to see you back here tomorrow. Sorry about yesterday!
|Saturday, August 5th 2017
| New on the Audio Page for today:
Chase Purdy described his laps at Watkins Glen as he turned in his first ever laps at the road course.
Scott Heckert spoke about his past wins in this race and the brand new car they had at the event.
Chase Cabre talked about starting twelfth in his first ever road course race after laps on ovals.
Matt Tifft summed up qualifying and described the difference between this and the Xfinity car.
Enrique Baca explained what took him out of the race and described racing back home in Mexico.
Will Rodgers picked up his first win on the K&N Series and talked about his race up front for the win.
Michael Printup encouraged fans to get their tickets for this weekend for NASCAR at Watkins Glen.
It was quite a day as I got to return to Watkins Glen for the first time in over thirty years. I did not recognize the place as it is truly a wonderful facility. The people were nice and the area is beautiful. I got to watch the race from pit road and the new media center and had a ball.
The Xfinity race is today and of course the Monster Energy Cup race will be on Sunday. The K&N Series put on quite a show with Will Rodgers winning with a pass with ten laps to coming out of turn seven. Those K&N cars put on a real good show and they are a lot of fun to watch. The guys were easily approachable as I went where I was not allowed to go (Pit road) to chat with them.
But I found out that all media passes are not the same and I was not fortunate enough to get a hot pass so today and tomorrow I will not be allowed within 100 feet of these drivers so I will be going to a dirt race instead.
I don’t blame them one single bit as they don’t know me at all but I am a little disappointed as I always wanted to cover a NASCAR race like I do at every other race I go to. Who knows…maybe it can still happen in the future but I don’t want to just sit in the media center and record other people’s interviews. I want to work! Ah…the dream will have to stay just a dream for now.
But you guys need to go as this place is amazing. It is a wonderful atmosphere and it is not sold out yet so rush to get your tickets now. Listen to my interview with Watkins Glen President Michael Printup to hear how you can get yours.
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page as I skirted race officials to get you what I could without getting in trouble. Chase Purdy described his laps at Watkins Glen as he turned in his first ever laps at the road course and told me his goals for the race as well as where he could have been better in qualifying.
Scott Heckert spoke about his past wins in this race at Watkins Glen, the brand new car they had at the event and where this car was better.
Chase Cabre talked about starting twelfth in his first ever road course race after laps on ovals as we paused for the invocation.
Chase Cabre resumed our conversation at Watkins Glen right before he hopped into his Toyota to compete in the Finger Lakes Wine Country 100.
Matt Tifft summed up qualifying and described the difference between this and the Xfinity car as well as which car you can hustle around the track harder.
Enrique Baca explained what took him out of the race early at Watkins Glen, what his strategy was for the race and described racing back home in Mexico.
Will Rodgers picked up his first win on the K&N Series and talked about his race up front for the win as well what he saw happen to the leader.
Michael Printup encouraged fans to get their tickets for this weekend for NASCAR at Watkins Glen and spoke about some recent upgrades at the facility.
|Friday, August 4th 2017
| New on the Audio Page for today:
J.R.Hurlburt just finished hot laps and told me about a chassis change during the off season.
Ryan Jordan spoke about a good run he had in a small block and what he’s learned about tires.
Bret Belden talked about making up points with his Late Model and his hopes for a big victory.
Butch Klinger remembered a recent second place run and talked about his consistent season so far.
Tyler Ward told me how he has been doing at Afton and why a recent 2nd place was a heartbreaker.
Bailey Groves recapped a tough night on Friday and told me how close she came to a big wreck.
It was a beautiful day on Thursday and as I write this up I am getting ready to head out the door to race with my daughter at the NYS Fairgrounds. We have some of my wife’s family coming to check it out and I hope they have a good time as racing is not something they have ever seen before. Allie is nervous but I know she’ll do just fine.
Later today I head down to Watkins Glen to try to figure out where everything is and where I need to be for the next few days. Talk about being out of my comfort zone. I’ll get what I can and I will be taking lots of photos of what I see with my media pass. It should be a fun day.
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page starting with some of my travels from this past weekend. J.R.Hurlburt just finished hot laps and told me about a chassis change during the off season, why he made the switch and how he has been adjusting to it.
Ryan Jordan spoke about a good run he had in a small block recently at Fulton, why he had his big block back at the builders and what he’s learned about keeping tires from sealing.
Bret Belden talked about making up points with his Late Model, why fifth sounds a lot better than seventh and his hopes for a big victory.
Butch Klinger remembered a recent second place run to a car he used to sponsor, why he had mixed feelings about it and talked about his consistent season so far.
Tyler Ward told me how he has been doing at Afton, why a recent 2nd place was a heartbreaker as well as how important it is to keep your head after a rough finish.
Bailey Groves recapped a tough night on Friday and told me how close she came to a big wreck as well as how they missed some damage that cost her to miss the feature.
|Thursday, August 3rd 2017
| New on the Audio Page for today:
Ty Dillon talked about his Xfinity races at Watkins Glen as he gets ready for double duty this weekend.
Parker Kilgerman describes his role with NBCSN’s coverage and his road racing background.
Jim Becker tells me why he switched Friday night homes and how he has been adapting to Afton.
Mike Button has been struggling this year and talked about how some motor woes set him back early.
Brandon Kuhn moved to an Open Sportsman for 2017 and talked about picking up a win early on.
Dennis Clapperton explained how he picked up a win in his first year of Crate Sportsman racing.
Dorian Wahdan talked about fixing his Sportsman after a flip and described what they had to fix.
What a fun day I had on Wednesday. I got to speak with Ty Dillon in the morning and Parker Kligerman in the afternoon as we try to get you all excited about his weekend’s action in Watkins Glen.
I’m already getting nervous as I am as cool as a cucumber at all the local tracks and feel like I am in my element but I have not been to Watkins Glen since the mid 80’s and I’m sure a lot has changed. Of course I love this weekend at The Glen and have always watched it on TV from the start. Remember the foot cam with Ricky Rudd? If you do you’re old like me.
I’ll do my best this weekend but am not sure how much I can get from an audio standpoint as I just don’t know how all this works. I’ve never seen a cup race in person and am I’m just a little (try a lot) intimidated by the whole thing. One thing I know for sure is that it will be a weekend I’ll remember for the rest of my life.
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you to listen to on the Audio Page as we check in with a pair of folks who will be at the track this weekend although in very different capacities. Ty Dillon talked about his Xfinity races at Watkins Glen as he gets ready for double duty this weekend, what makes the place so special and what would make for a good weekend for him.
Parker Kilgerman describes his role with NBCSN’s Saturday coverage, where he will be stationed for tier MRN style coverage and his road racing background.
Jim Becker tells me why he switched Friday night homes early in the season and how he has been adapting to Afton Motorsports Park with his Modified.
Mike Button has been struggling this year and talked about how some motor woes set him back early as well as some other bad luck that has happened over the course of the season so far.
Brandon Kuhn moved to an Open Sportsman for 2017 and talked about picking up a win early on in his new division as well as why this year was the right time to make the change.
Dennis Clapperton explained how he picked up a win in his first year of Crate Sportsman racing why he was relieved to see who was behind him and what he started in as a young kid.
Dorian Wahdan talked about fixing his Sportsman after a flip and described what they had to fix as well as the need to stick with his plan and his line when in heavy traffic.
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