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Gary Rowe of M.R. Gaebel, Inc.
Gates-Cole Associates SUNY Canton Automotive Technology program
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Tuesday, October 10th 2017
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Hear from many Modified drivers as they get ready to walk the stage Sunday at Oswego Speedway.
Marc Johnson offered up his thoughts as he prepared to race the Scott Kerwin owned 358 Mod.
Todd Root tells me how he put together a 358 ride and what his plans are for the 2018 season.
Tony Veneziano reports on the WoO Sprint race from Fulton and looks ahead to this weekend.

I was a little bit tired on Monday as I am sure a lot of you are after a busy stretch of racing at Super DIRT Week. It was quite the event and I hope you all had a great time watching one of the most exciting races ever at the event. Yeah, that was something alright!
 
I did a little work in the studio. Did some writing as well as we looked back at the week that was and did some work here as well. I have some fun things to do today and hope to get back in the studio later tonight. Racers, if you want in send me a message or an email and we’ll work you in.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page for today as we get back to reality after several days of nothing but racing. Hear from many Modified drivers as they get ready to walk the stage Sunday at Oswego Speedway. This is always one of the most popular clips we air all year long. Enjoy! 

Marc Johnson offered up his thoughts as he prepared to race the Scott Kerwin owned 358 Mod and told me how the opportunity came around to run the car at SDW.

Todd Root tells me how he put together a 358 ride as he prepared to race last Friday at Super DIRT Week and what his plans are for the 2018 season.

Tony Veneziano reports on the WoO Sprint race from Fulton and looks ahead to this weekend’s race in Pa. and NY while chatting about life on the road with the series.   
 
Monday, October 9th 2017
   New on the Audio Page from Super DIRT Week on Sunday:
 
Dave Marcuccilli spoke about winning the Chevy Performance 75 for the second year in a row.
Rob Yetman made it five in a row and spoke about his win in the 75 lap Pro Stock Championship.
Rick Laubach explained why he pulled his car behind the wall after bringing out a yellow flag.
Matt Sheppard spoke about his last lap pass to win the 200 lapper and take the SDS point lead.
Peter Britten described how he ended up finishing second after leading until the final lap.
Larry Wight talked about how he gained spots late and what teams did to counter act the rubber.
Danny Johnson won the Hard Charger Award and told me how he came from 33rd to finish 6th.
Brandon Walters was named Rookie of the Race and talked about he picked up over 20 spots.

After a fairly uneventful start to the day thing got very interesting very quickly in the last half of the last race of Super DIRT Week. Earlier in the day Dave Macuccilli and Rob Yetman won the Sportsman and Pro Stock races respectively leading every lap and after the first half of the Billy Whittaker Cars 200, it looked like that race was going to be a yawner too. But then things changed.
 
After being a bottom groove only racetrack for 100 laps the surface changed almost as fast as hitting a light switch. Multiple grooves opened up and from there it became one of the best 200 lap races Super DIRT Week has ever seen.
 
Matt Sheppard led early, cycled back around as the leader after pit stops were complete and seemed to be on cruise control. But then Peter Britten got rolling and picked up five spots in ten laps to take the lead. Teams were pitting for harder tires which worked the rubber off the track as the sun became hidden behind the clouds.

Listen to Larry Wight’s interview as he explained it pretty well. The hard tires basically scrub the surface clean which allowed the teams to switch to a softer tire and make moves. It was a Super DIRT Week race unlike any other and it was a dandy to watch.
Wight caught Britten and actually passed him with five to go but Britten was ready and got back around Wight before the lap was completed. Sheppard got by Wight one lap later and passed Britten on the last lap to sweep the weekend and notch a career high 39th victory. It was something alright.
 
I’ll have more up tomorrow from this but I am pretty beat even after being a good boy and coming home every night to my family. Believe me, I really wanted to hang around Saturday night. I really did. But I was good and did what I was there to do.
 
Now let’s chat more about what I have for you on the Audio Page and be sure to come back tomorrow for my traditional pre-race chat with the Modified drivers as they walk across the stage. I know you’ll really like it.
 
Dave Marcuccilli spoke about winning the Chevy Performance 75 for the second year in a row leading every lap in the process and surviving a restart with five laps to go. Sorry about my grandstanding at the end.  
 
Rob Yetman made it five in a row and spoke about his win in the 75 lap Pro Stock Championship as well as what it means to him to be so good at Super DIRT Week for so many years in a row.

Rick Laubach explained why he pulled his car behind the wall after bringing out a yellow flag with 50 laps to and tried to explain how the track surface changed then changed again. 

Matt Sheppard spoke about his last lap pass to win the 200 lapper, what they did on pit road to get better and with the win take the SDS point lead.

Peter Britten described how he ended up finishing second after leading until the final lap and how heartbreaking it was for him after coming so close to the big win. Some post race analysis here too! 

Larry Wight talked about how he gained spots late and what teams did to counter act the rubber as well as what they had to do once the rubber was no longer as big of a factor. Hmm. Interesting!

Danny Johnson won the Hard Charger Award and told me how he came from 33rd to finish 6th while describing his strategy with the tire changes that they made. Good one!

Brandon Walters was named Rookie of the Race and talked about he picked up over 20 spots after starting the race at the back in 40th place. Nice job!   
 
Sunday, October 8th 2017
   New on the Audio Page from Super DIRT Week on Saturday:
 
Michael Parent tells me about his win in the first last chance qualifier for the 358 Modifieds.
Carey Terrance spoke about his victory in the second last chance qualifier for the 358 Modifieds.
Rob Yetman set fast time in Pro Stock qualifying and told me how they fixed an engine issue.
Matt Sheppard explained how he lost the lead, got it back and made his car tighter in his win.
Mat Williamson told me how he grabbed the lead and what he did in the closing laps while 2nd.
Billy Dunn picked up a lot of spots early and explained how the track changed after going green.
Brett Hearn turned his week around for a 4th place and talked about the rubber down racetrack.
Kyle Inman won the first last chance Sportsman race and told me how he fell behind in time trials.
Tom Collins Jr. grabbed the win in the last LCQ and talked about how nervous he was beforehand.
 
It turned out to be another beautiful day on Saturday despite a heavy rain in the morning. Saturday at Super DIRT Week got off to a little bit of a late start but once they started moving they kept it moving. It was tough for me being stuck in the infield for five hours but it was great to see everyone and catch up on life and racing.
 
It was quite the day for Matt Sheppard as he led 167 of the last 173 laps to win the Great Outdoors RV 150 for small blocks. Mat Williamson was able to get by on lap 58 but by lap 63 Sheppard moved back around taking the lead for good.
 
The track did take rubber as many drivers expected so it was not one for the time capsule by any means as only two positions in the top ten changed over the last 100 laps. But there was very little dust and no hard, crunching crashes like last year.

I got the top four as with the way things are set-up here it is extremely tough to get access to the drivers. I have found the inspection area by turn two is the best.
 
Now let’s talk about what I was able to get today on the Audio Page on what was a busy, high stress day for a lot of people. Michael Parent tells me about his win in the first last chance qualifier for the 358 Modifieds and how the win helped him understand what to change for the 150 lapper.

Carey Terrence spoke about his victory in the second last chance qualifier for the 358 Modifieds while telling me how he ended up running the race initially.

Rob Yetman set fast time in Pro Stock qualifying and told me how they fixed an engine issue that had been nagging them for quite some time. 

Matt Sheppard explained how he lost the lead in the Great Outdoors RV 150, got it back a few laps later and made his car tighter overnight on his way to the win.

Mat Williamson told me how he grabbed the lead and what he did in the closing laps while 2nd and how happy he was overall after initially planning on skipping the Great Outdoors RV 150. 

Billy Dunn picked up a lot of spots early on his way to a third place finish and explained how the track changed just a few laps after every restart.

Brett Hearn turned his week around for a 4th place and talked about getting around the rubber down racetrack while comparing it to another event that often does the same thing.

Kyle Inman won the first last chance Sportsman race and told me how he fell behind in time trials as well as how he corrected for it in this race. 

Tom Collins Jr. grabbed the win in the last LCQ and talked about how nervous he was beforehand as well as what made him a little uncomfortable.   
 
Saturday, October 7th 2017
   New on the Audio Page from Super DIRT Week on Friday:
 
Mark Sullivan tells me why Rocky Warner pitted while leading and what they did to the car.
Dave Marcuccilli explained why he took a scratch in his heat race and how fast the track was.
Tyler Trump inherited the lead to win his heat and told me about a big gear issue they had.
Ronnie Davis III talked about the tough week they had until they won their heat race Friday.
Connor Cleveland picked up the win in the final Sportsman race and talked about some changes.
Mat Williamson told me why he almost didn’t go to SDW and his win in the first 358 qualifier.
Justin Haers interviews Mat Williamson after his win and asked him about his winning night.
Peter Britten took the lead with 6 to go and told me how he was able to pass the race leader.
Matt Sheppard won the first big block heat and talked about his second place finish in the 358.
Max McLaughlin walked me through his pass for the lead and explained why they were risky.
Billy Decker led every lap to win the final qualifier and told me about working lapped traffic.

It was a really nice night at Super DIRT Week as the Sportsman, 358 Modified and big block Modifieds all had their heat races. As has been the case all week long the track was smooth, fast and racy. Just listen to the guys. They’ll tell you. Ask someone who has been. They’ll tell you. So get your butts out here before it’s over and have some fun with us.
 
It’s late so I am not going to write a lot as I am going to try to be there early. I was fortunate enough to park at Alan Rudalavage’s campsite which helps a lot. It’s a little closer and that media lot gets full fast on the weekend so that’s one less thing to worry about. And thanks Alan for the dinner and the quite sit down afterwards. I’ll see you for lunch today buddy!!!
 
Little things like that really make things easier. The teams have haulers to hang out in and relax when they need to and many have campsites or friends that do as sometimes you just need to sit down and take a breath during a hectic day. So just being there for even a few minutes really helped.

Today the 358’s race in the Great Outdoors RV 150 and Pro Stocks run their time trials and there are last chance qualifiers for 358’s, Sportsman and Pro Stocks. It is sure to be an action packed day so get your butts out here.

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page starting with an explanation on what happened to the leader in the first heat race. Mark Sullivan tells me why Rocky Warner pitted while leading in his Sportsman qualifier and what they did to the car to try to cool it down. Update: They believe the fixed the problem.

Dave Marcuccilli explained why he took a scratch in his Sportsman qualifying heat race, how impressed he was with the track and compared this year to last. 

Tyler Trump inherited the lead to win his heat and told me about a big gear issue they had and how that hurt their chances to run down the leader.   
 
Ronnie Davis III talked about the tough week they had until they won their heat race Friday and wondered what he would see for track conditions on Sunday. 

Connor Cleveland picked up the win in the final Sportsman race and talked about some changes they made right to the car before they went out. No, I wasn’t in victory lane. I leaned over the fence as gracefully as I could.  
 
Mat Williamson told me why he almost didn’t go to SDW at all, how he made a pass to win the first 358 qualifier and how much fun he had racing out front. What was that he said about the W-16 compared to his 358? 

Justin Haers interviews Mat Williamson after his win and asked him about his winning night as well as his big win at Utica Rome on Tuesday. 

Peter Britten took the lead with 6 to go and told me how he was able to pass the race leader on the bottom as well as what his strategy was while running in second. 

Matt Sheppard won the first big block heat and talked about his second place finish in the 358 as well as how much he wished that car drove like his big block. 

Max McLaughlin walked me through his pass for the lead and explained why they were “risky” as well as how you had to race the track as it got slicker as the night went on. 

Billy Decker led every lap to win the final qualifier and told me about working lapped traffic as well as how tight the track was at the end of the night.   
 
Friday, October 6th 2017
   New on the Audio Page from Super DIRT Week on Thursday:
 
Peter Britten talked about his morning practice sessions and reacted to his time on the clocks.
Tim Fuller set fast time for the small blocks and told me what was similar to his run last year.
Matt Sheppard was second fastest with his 358 and talked about an issue with his big block.
Mat Williamson will start third on Saturday and spoke about some work they had to get done.
Peter Britten time trialed 4th with his 358 and told me about being locked into Saturday’s race.
Pat Ward is locked into fifth position for Saturday and spoke about how little they did to the car.
Erick Rudolph set the 6th fastest time with his 358 and talked about how his focus now changes.
Matt Sheppard will start Sunday’s race on the pole and reacted to setting a new track record.
Rick Laubach talked about his young car owner who provided the second fastest big block.
Billy Decker watched the laps late time trialing third and talked about the changing track.
Keith Flach had the fast time for less than a few seconds and compared this year to last year.
Dominic Buffalino explained why he only had one lap to get himself into the fifth starting spot.
Tim McCreadie achieved his goal timing in 6th and described some major work the crew did.

Day two of Super DIRT Week went very well as the top six in both the Modified features is now set. I got the entire top six in each division for you to listen to today and I hope you like them. If you’ve been staying away worried about track conditions then you need to make your plans to come as it is beautiful.
 
Don’t take my word for it, listen to the drivers and they’ll tell you. The track got faster as the day went on and after the sun started to heat up the surface and it only took rubber in one little spot and right at the end of time trials.

Tonight is going to be fun so get on out to Oswego for some qualifying heat races under the lights. The weather forecast has improved so we should be, as Billy Whittaker likes to say, good to go. If you can’t make it I’ll have some facebook live stuff up and of course you can read my stuff at www.syracuse.com/motorsports.

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page as we get ready for a busy day at Oswego. Peter Britten talked about his morning practice sessions and reacted to his time on the clocks as they got ready for the first set of time trials. 

Tim Fuller set fast time for the small blocks and told me what was similar to his run last year and what was different this time around.
 
Matt Sheppard was second fastest with his 358 and will start Saturday’s race from the outside of the front row and talked about an issue with his big block.  
 
Mat Williamson will start third on Saturday with his small block Modified and spoke about some work they had to get done before that race. 

Peter Britten time trialed 4th with his 358 and told me about being locked into Saturday’s race while looking ahead to the next time trial session.

Pat Ward is locked into fifth position for Saturday and spoke about how little they did to the car to get ready for time trials as well as the conditions the car likes. 

Erick Rudolph set the 6th fastest time with his 358 and talked about how his focus now changes while describing the racetrack he was just racing on. 

Matt Sheppard will start Sunday’s race on the pole and reacted to setting a new track record after some major repairs under the hood.

Rick Laubach talked about his young car owner who provided the second fastest big block and how they kept the deal a secret until arriving at Super DIRT Week.

Billy Decker watched the laps late time trialing third and talked about the changing track surface as well as how happy he was with the way things changed late for him.  
 
Keith Flach had the fast time for less than a few seconds before ending up in fourth and compared this year to last year at Oswego Speedway. 

Dominic Buffalino explained why he only had one lap to get himself into the fifth starting spot and how surprised he was with the outcome. 

Tim McCreadie achieved his goal timing in 6th and described some major work the crew did after hit the wall not just once but twice.  
 
Thursday, October 5th 2017
   New on the Audio Page from Super DIRT Week in the order they were recorded in:
 
Corey Barker, Todd Root and Alan Fink talked about their start to Super DIRT Week on day one.
Tim McCreadie spoke about his success on the Lucas Oil Late Model Tour and this coming week.
Justin Haers remembered last season at SDW and told me how his day was going on Wednesday.
Tyler Siri talked about the season at Outlaw Speedway and reminded fans of the upcoming show.
Billy Colton explained how instrumental Peter Britten was in the design of the latest Troyer Car.
Alan Johnson showed off a pair of Modifieds in Oswego and thought back on his last SDW win.
Sam Reakes IV told me about his ride for Super DIRT Week and what he likes about the track.
Billy Decker set fast time for the 358 practice and talked about the track and one issue he had.
Rick Eshelman watched practice with me in turn one and offered his early take on the race surface.
Ryan Godown offered his first take on the surface he saw as he ran his first ever laps at Oswego.
Matt Farnham was the fastest Sportsman on the day and told me about doing some extra work.
Kearra Backus reacted to her first laps at Oswego and talked about some changes she had to make.
Tom Deery recaps the first day of Super DIRT Week including the parade and the track surface.
Tim McCreadie sat atop the chart for the big blocks and talked about his big goal for today.

Day one of Super DIRT Week is complete at Oswego Speedway and outside of the rain that shortened the modified practice it could not have gone better. The track was smooth, not dusty at all and everyone seemed generally quite pleased as to how things went. You could not have hoped for a better start.
 
Billy Decker, Matt Farnham and Tim McCreadie set fast times in the practice and this afternoon the clocks will be turning for real with time trials for the big block and small block divisions. Of course small blocks go first as they have a show tonight at Brewerton Speedway and unfortunately last night’s show in Weedsport was rained out.

I got a lot of interviews and did two Facebook Live hits. No, I don’t show racing I just want to get all of you who are not at the event into your cars to come up. So all that Facebook Live stuff is just going to be a tease and a reminder to come up to this show and support Racing’s Biggest Party!

I’ll get there right as the morning practice ends and will be there till the end of time trials. I’ll probably do a live hit when I get there but it should be my only one as I don’t do results. You’ve got to be there for that!
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have on the Audio Page from the first day of action on the clay at The Steel Palace. Corey Barker, Todd Root and Alan Fink talked about their start to Super DIRT Week on day one as they got ready for some practice laps later in the day. 

Tim McCreadie spoke about his success on the Lucas Oil Late Model Tour, where he’ll race with the series this weekend and the need to get locked into the top six in time trials. 

Justin Haers remembered last season at SDW and told me how his day was going on Wednesday as well as what the goals were for the first practice session. 

Tyler Siri talked about the season at Outlaw Speedway, reminded fans of the upcoming show in two weeks and commented on his season behind the wheel as a Modified racer. 

Billy Colton explained how instrumental Peter Britten was in the design of the latest Troyer Car and encouraged teams racing Troyers to stop by their booth at Oswego Speedway for some advice. 

Alan Johnson showed off a pair of Modifieds in Oswego and thought back on his last SDW win while talking about the types of racetracks he likes to race on. 

Sam Reakes IV told me about his ride for Super DIRT Week, what he likes about Oswego Speedway and remembers when he raced on the asphalt one time at the track. 

Billy Decker set fast time for the 358 practice with the fastest lap of the day at 20.167 and talked about the track he was on and the one issue they had to look at. 

Rick Eshelman watched practice with me in turn one and offered his early take on the race surface while talking about his role this weekend in victory lane. 

Ryan Godown offered his first take on the surface he saw as he ran his first ever laps at Oswego and told me what he liked about the configuration of this racetrack. 

Matt Farnham was the fastest Sportsman on the day and told me about doing some extra work they did to get ready and the race they had to miss to be 100% ready.  
 
Kearra Backus reacted to her first laps at Oswego and talked about some changes she had to make to how she enters the corner as well as how happy she is to be a part of it. 

Tom Deery recaps the first day of Super DIRT Week including the parade that stated the day, the smooth track surface and how well everyone did getting in and settled. 

Tim McCreadie sat atop the chart for the big blocks and talked about why he wanted to have a few more laps his big goal for today as he tried to lock himself in for Sunday.   
 
Wednesday, October 4th 2017
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Tim Kerr has struggled a little this year and told me why things haven’t gone as well in 2017.
Rusty Smith explained what he did to solve a motor issue and how things have gone since then.
Mike Dougherty Jr. talked about his season at Penn Can and explained why he only ran six shows.
A.J. Kingsley told me about his mid season surgery and how much better he feels right now.

Today it all begins in Oswego. The parade of racecars through the streets of the Port City kicks off the day at noon and then at 3 p.m. the cars hit the track for the first official hot laps of Super DIRT Week. I’ll be there to get lots of audio and if you are a friend of mine on Facebook you’ll also get a live report somewhere along the way as well.
 
But that live report will not include any on track action as I do not believe it is right to do so. Facebook live does cost track owners fans and money so I encourage you not to do that this week. If you had the right friends you could stay home and watch without paying a dime. It is gonna ruin the sport…trust me! So post responsibly guys and girls.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page as we get ready to start racing biggest party. Tim Kerr has struggled a little this year and told me why things haven’t gone as well in 2017 as well as the adjustments he had to make for sail panels this past weekend. 

Rusty Smith explained what he did to solve a motor issue, how easy it was to fix once they found out what the problem was and how things have gone since then.

Mike Dougherty Jr. talked about his season at Penn Can and explained why he only ran six shows as well as the nice turnaround he saw at his Friday home. 

A.J. Kingsley told me about his mid season surgery, explained what it was like and how much better he feels right now after losing a lot of weight. You look great A.J. Wish you all the best! 
 
 
     
 
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