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Sunday, September 17th 2017
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Chris Hile talks about his recent Brewerton win in September and offers his take on 358 Modifieds.
Adam Roberts tells me why he took some time off and offers his take on small block Modifieds.
Kyle Inman had a good time trial effort and talked about the big topless show today at Genesee.
Mark Yorker explained why he was in the Tony Finch Sportsman and his twelve year break from it.


It was another really nice day on Saturday and I hope you got to get out and enjoy it. So nice to see summer making a comeback and it sounds like it may be this way well into next week. Great!
 
I’ll be racing today with Allie at the NYS Fairgrounds with the Syracuse Microd Club and Kuleszo Racing. They bought a pair of new cars for their daughter and they are really nice cars. The fall series starts today and some new people may be in Allie’s division so things will be a little different.
 
I’ll be back in the studio tomorrow and back writing and recording again. Hoping that all of you who are racing or spectating today have a great day and we’ll be back tomorrow with more. And if we get back early enough we’ll try to get some work done later tonight.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page as we get one more nice day of weekend weather to enjoy. Chris Hile talks about his recent Brewerton win in September, offers his take on 358 Modifieds from the perspective of Mod racers as well as Sportsman. 

Adam Roberts tells me why he took some time off and offers his take on small block Modifieds at Fulton & Utica Rome while thinking about what he’ll do next season. 

Kyle Inman had a good time trial effort in his first race at Brewerton and talked about the big topless show today at Genesee while giving some tips to racers who have never been there before. 

Mark Yorker explained why he was in the Tony Finch Sportsman, how the opportunity came about and who really wanted to see him back racing again after twelve years off.  
 
Saturday, September 16th 2017
   New on the Audio Page from Brewerton Speedway:
 
After the heat races:
 
Larry Wight described the nice back and forth battle he had up front as he won the first heat.
Tim Fuller led every lap to win his qualifying heat race and wondered what to do for later on.
Justin Haers ran the high side on his way to a heat win and talked about what was new on his car.
Brett Hearn walked me through the criss-cross move made while Jimmy Phelps offers his take.
Jessica Power won a nice side by side battle up front and told me why she didn’t want to move.
Alan Fink spoke about his Sportsman heat win and the mix up that happened with the draw.  
Dave Marcuccilli walked to the draw with me and told me why he was guessing what to do later.
Brad Rouse got ready to draw and talked about how he took the lead early from the front row.
Kevin Ridley got the win in the final qualifier and explained why he wanted a slow, slick track.

After the feature races:
 
Matt Sheppard took the lead for good with ten laps to go and spoke about his late race pass.
Larry Wight led a lot of laps before finishing second and wondered if he had sealed up a tire.
Jimmy Phelps finished in third and spoke about falling back and then getting some spots late.
Tim Sears Jr. was 4th at the checkered flag and talked about his hopes for the track to get slick.
Mike Mahaney explained why he was happy with his 6th place and how much better he was low.
Max McLaughlin worked his way from 25th to 8th and told me how good his car was in both lanes.
Corey Barker won his first SDS Series race and talked about his first Brewerton win in two years.
Jeremy Pitcher almost won the Sportsman race and spoke about how happy he was with the run.
Ronnie Davis III came home in third place and explained how the cautions lengthened the race.  
 
It was a fun night at Brewerton as big car counts and summer like weather greeted the fans who came to see the Modified Super DIRTcar Series as well as the Sportsman Series race as well. The track was amazing early on and got slick in the features which led to some good racing.
 
Matt Sheppard made an aggressive move resulting in heavy contact with Billy Decker for second place and then passed Larry Wight with just ten laps to go to win the race. Decker greeted Sheppard with a bump after the two got off the scales and the crowd greeted Sheppard with a mixed reaction to say the least afterwards. Stay tuned guys. Racers have good memories!
 
The series now moves to Mohawk International Raceway today and Cornwall Sunday. I got six out of the top eight and yes, there was no way I was shoving a mic in Billy Decker’s face afterwards. Dad always told me growing up, “Don’t ever give someone enough rope to hang themselves.” I take that advice to heart and never try to stir a pot that is already boiling.

Dave Marcuccilli seemed to have the Sportsman race in the bag and looked like he was on his way to his 14th win of the season until the yoke on the transmission broke ending his night with a slow turn into the infield with just thirteen laps to go. Jeremy Pitcher took over from there but his lead was shortlived.
 
Corey Barker had been hanging around the top spots and running second on several occasions. He got by Pitcher with ten laps to go and went on to win his first race at Brewerton Speedway in two years. His last win was the regular season finale in 2015. And to make it that much better, he got the win on his 22nd birthday. Ah…a writer’s dream! Of course if Jeremy would have win it would have been easy to write up too so I guess I was good one way or another.
 
Really good night like I said and I really, really enjoyed it. Chatted with some fans and I always like getting their take on the racing. Thanks Scott and Josh. I enjoyed chatting with you. Hope to see you again!
 
Today I’ll be in the studio after running around with my girls. I do have some I did beforehand that I’m saving and those will be up soon as well as whatever I can get done in the studio today. There is a lot still happening this weekend so get out and support your favorite speedway. See you tomorrow.  
 
Friday, September 15th 2017
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Ryan Newman recaps last week’s race at Richmond and looks ahead to this weekend in Chicago.
Matt Kenseth talks about the damage that sidelined him at Richmond and how unique Chicago is.
Peter Britten tells me about his big crash at Granby and how a friend helped keep him on the track.

I had a really nice day on Thursday and was able to interview two of NASCAR’s biggest stars. That’s how my day started as I was lucky enough to be included on NASCAR’s call list as they begin the playoffs this weekend at Chicagoland.
 
Also I tracked down a dirt Modified racer who trashed a car last weekend in Canada and had to rely on a good friend to get him to the next series race. Speaking of the Super DIRTcar Series, it gets really busy this weekend with races at Brewerton, Mohawk International and Cornwall. I’ll be at Brewerton tonight as the Sportsman SDS joins what should be a great card of racing.

Now let’s talk in more detail about the stuff we have for you on the Audio Page as we get ready for a big race weekend. Ryan Newman recaps last week’s race at Richmond, explains how he moved up six spots after the final caution and looks ahead to this weekend in Chicago.  
 
Matt Kenseth talks about the damage that sidelined him at Richmond, how strange the events were that led to it and how unique the surface at Chicagoland is.  
 
Peter Britten tells me about his big crash at Granby and how a friend helped keep him on the track the next night at Le RPM and what he will drive in three series races this weekend.   
 
Thursday, September 14th 2017
   New on the Audio Page for today:

Danny Creeden recapped his last race weekend and looked ahead to three big shows this weekend. 
Rocky Warner talked about his 2 wins last weekend and wonders if he is done with Sportsman racing.
Jessica Power ran down how her last three races went as she bets ready for a pair of series races. 

I had a good day on Wednesday although I ran into some computer issues after the latest upgrade. We'll be addressing those issues today but basically it makes it tougher for me to do these updates on the website. We'll get it doen and I'll have more up for you to read tomorrow.

I have some good things coming up today so be sure to come back tomorrow for those. Keep your fingers crossed as they are big indeed.

I'l be at Brewerton Speedway on Friday night, in the studio on Saturday and racing with Allie on Sunday. Big thigs are coming and I am excited and happy to be going dwown a good road. Stay positive guys and I'll see you tomorrow. 

 
Wednesday, September 13th 2017
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Jeff Hachmann showed me the clay on Oswego Speedway and talked about Super DIRT Week.
Pat LaPage talked about the hurricane damage he has seen in Texas and now in Florida.
 
I had a good day as I was tied up earlier and missed the media event at Oswego Speedway but Jeff Hachmann was able to meet me after I took care of my commitments and show me the work they are doing as they turn The Steel Palace into a dirt track.
 
Allie went up with me and we took some pictures after we talked to Jeff and those photos are up right now for you to see. Then I came back home and after running a few errands checked in with our friend Pat LaPage who was helping out in Texas last week before just getting to Florida on Tuesday. I thought you might like hearing a first hand perspective and that’s what he’ll give you.
 
Today I will be back writing and back in the studio to get more cool stuff for you to listen to tomorrow. And we’ll be at Brewerton Speedway this Friday as the Super DIRTcar Series has three races on tap with Mohawk on Saturday and across the bridge into Canada for Sunday at Cornwall.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page starting with an update on the clay at Oswego as Super DIRT Week gets closer. Jeff Hachmann showed me the clay that was put down on Oswego Speedway, what the next things are they have to get done and talked about details concerning Super DIRT Week.  
 
Pat LaPage talked about the hurricane damage he has seen in Texas with all the heavy rain and now in Florida where the wind was more of an issue. Keep up the good work Pat!   
 
Tuesday, September 12th 2017
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Steve Poirier talked about his ESS A-Main win at Can Am and his hopes for this weekend at Osweken.
Joey Ladouceur spoke about his move from a Sportsman to a 358 and the growing pains with it.
Tony Veneziano reports on the WoO Sprint Cars and the many drivers who had career best finishes.
 
I had a really nice day on Monday as I did some writing for the Syracuse Post Standard and If everything works out well I should get to Oswego Speedway later in the day to see how things look as they clay is going down at The Steel Palace as they get ready for Super DIRT Week. Check back as I should have some photos to put up as well.

After that I’ll be back here and back in the studio to make sure you guys have some new things to listen to. I have a list of drivers I’m planning on talking to but am always looking for suggestions so send them to me if you can.
 
Now let’s chat about what we have for you on the Audio Page as we start with a driver who is coming off a win on Saturday. Steve Poirier talked about his ESS A-Main win at Can Am, his hopes for this weekend at Osweken’s Canadian Sprint Car Nationals while remembering his runner up finishes in 2015 and 2016. 

Joey Ladouceur spoke about his move from a Sportsman to a 358, why it was not exactly as he thought it would be and how spending more under the hood leads to less on other things. 

Tony Veneziano reports on the WoO Sprint Cars and the many drivers who had career best finishes at Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico, California.   
 
Monday, September 11th 2017
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Ryan Jordan summed up some of what he learned in his first season in a big block Modified.
Kevin Ward Sr. talked about helping a Sprint Car team and how his racing grandsons are doing.

We had a fun day at the NYS Fairgrounds as Allie raced with the Syracuse Microd Club and learned a lot. It was the final race of the summer series and next weekend she’ll race with some new drivers who are just moving into her division. We had a lot of fun and got to introduce the sport to some friends of ours as well.
 
I’ll be busy today as I need to get in the studio and get some interviews done. I have a busy Tuesday on tap but will be working hard this week with lots of studio chats as I took it easy with my strained calf this past weekend.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page as we start with a driver who had a very interesting season in a new division. Ryan Jordan summed up some of what he learned in his first season in a big block Modified, how happy he was with the end result as well as how close he came to his first victory in the class. 

Kevin Ward Sr. talked about helping a Sprint Car team this season, what his strong suits are when working on the racecar and how his racing grandsons are doing.   
 
     
 
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