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Wednesday, September 20th 2017
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Max McLaughlin talks about his recent streak of top ten finishes on the SDS and his brand new car.
Ricky Newton recapped his weekend that saw him pick up his second Sportsman win of the season.
Jason Simmons chatted about the idea of moving his son up to a 358 and how things are in Oswego.

I had a fun day on Tuesday as I continue to learn new things and work on my away from the track skill set. It’s been a blast and I am really feeling good about things. I have some big plans but just need some background knowledge. If everything continues as it is I’ll be good to go come June or so. Think long term as short term fixes never last. Just like in racing!
 
I’ll be back in the studio tomorrow as the can will be empty buy then and I can’t wait to see who I’ll be able to speak with as the week goes on. It’s a fun time of the year with all big sows on the schedule but it is also sad as we know the season is almost complete so get out as much as you can before Mother Nature shuts us down for winter.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page as we hit hump day and get one day closer to the weekend. Max McLaughlin talks about his recent streak of top ten finishes on the SDS, his brand new car they debuted on Friday and speculated on what things have been going so well. 

Ricky Newton recapped his weekend that saw him pick up his second Sportsman win of the season, remembered his 4th place run on Saturday and reminded racers about his swap meet at Genesee Speedway on October 21st.   
 
Jason Simmons chatted about the idea of moving his son up to a 358, explained why they needed to think about the idea a little more and how things are coming along at Oswego Speedway.   
 
Tuesday, September 19th 2017
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Tony Veneziano reports on the World of Outlaws in California and gives us some driver news as well.
Dave Marcuccilli talks about 358 Mod racing while Randy Williamson gives drivers some set up tips.
Billy Clark Jr. tells me what he thinks about 358’s at Fulton and examines some different scenarios.

I had a very productive day on Monday as I did some writing and some interviews in the studio You can read what I wrote in today’s Post Standard and online at www.syracuse.com/motorsports. I hope you like what we did.
 
I have a couple of busy days coming up with some non-racing stuff as I try to knock tings off my career to do list and work out some computer issues here at the house. I’m not sure what I’ll be doing this weekend but we’ll get in a show Friday if we can and then get back with Allie to race on Sunday.

Now let’s chat about what we have on the Audio Page as we start out with an update on the busiest racing series on the planet. Tony Veneziano reports on the World of Outlaws in California, a big race night at the Clay County Fair and gives us some driver news as well.  

Dave Marcuccilli talks about 358 Mod racing while Randy Williamson gives drivers some set up tips as he stopped by to say hi and the need for racers to not be afraid to ask for help. 

Billy Clark Jr. tells me what he thinks about 358’s at Fulton and examines some different scenarios while looking at the pros and cons of making the move up from Sportsman.  
 
Monday, September 18th 2017
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Tommy Sears talked about his races at Brewerton and offered his take on 358 Modifieds at Fulton.
Beth Bellinger shared the advice Dale Planck gave her as she got ready for her first race at Brewerton.
Larry Fink tells me about his job at Oswego Speedway and how the clay looks for Super DIRT Week.


Allie and I had a tough day as she got caught up in a wreck that happened in front of her and damaged the car pretty badly. Jon Kuleszo, with very little help from me because I can’t do anything with tools, got the car back together enough where she could take a lap and get some points. Some people weren’t even fortunate enough to do that as wrecks and flips were common on Sunday.
 
Life lessons in racing right? And of course the two cars that were in the wreck first drove away. Isn’t that the way it always goes? Once again…it’s a cruel sport.
 
Today is another day however and I’ll be busy writing and doing work in the home studio. And of course I’ll be icing down my legs and knees as they are bad today. I need to get in better shape or at least some kind of shape.

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you to listen to on the Audio Page starting with a good conversation on the big change in Central New York. Tommy Sears talked about his races at Brewerton, explained why time trials can be tough for a weekly racer and offered his take on 358 Modifieds at Fulton.

Beth Bellinger shared the advice Dale Planck gave her as she got ready for her first race at Brewerton and explained why she added this show to her late season plans. 

Larry Fink tells me about his job at Oswego Speedway, how the clay looks for Super DIRT Week and who has been helping to get the track ready for racing biggest party.   
 
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. 

 
     
 
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