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Sunday, May 20th 2018
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Chris Hile spoke about being on a local TV station and how happy he was to get his big block out.
Camden Proud will race next weekend at Oswego Speedway and talked about his Small Block Super.
Brent Joy told me how his season has been going so far and an issue he is having finding stagger.
Joe Garafolo got ready for his first race of the season and told me about some changes to his car.
Ernie Saxton talks about the potential sale of NASCAR and looks at this year’s Indianapolis 500.

I had a nice day as my golf date was rained out but we did make it over to the NYS Fairgrounds to watch our friends in the Syracuse Microd Club. It’s a state race so we decided to sit it out as we won’t be traveling on the series this year but we saw a lot of good racing and we hope their features go well today.
 
I’ll be in Weedsport today to do some TV and I’ll probably do a Facebook Live from there at some point and give you some behind the scenes on our work in TV so look for that.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page as we include some stuff from Friday as well as Saturday in the studio. Chris Hile spoke about being on local TV station News Channel 9, why he felt that time was so important to the sport and how happy he was to get his big block out at the Brewerton opener. 
 
Camden Proud will race next weekend at Oswego Speedway and talked about his Small Block Super as well as his hopes to pick up his first win. Check out his stuff at www.centralnewyorkmotorsports.com.

Brent Joy told me how his season has been going so far and an issue he is having finding the right stagger and why he is not in a hurry to get a 358 Modified.  
 
Joe Garafolo got ready for his first race of the season and told me about some changes to his Mod Lite and to his families business on Oswego as summer grows near. 
 
Ernie Saxton talks about the potential sale of NASCAR, how big this year’s Indianapolis 500 could be and what is coming up next at Grandview Speedway.  
 
Saturday, May 19th 2018
   New on the Audio Page for the Brewerton Speedway opener:
 
After the heat races:
 
Billy Clark Jr. won the first Sportsman heat of the night and talked about the slick track he’d see later.
Mike Stanton ran away in his Sportsman heat win and described a problem he had on corner entry.
Kevin Root finished grinding a tire and spoke to me about his heat win and how fortunate he really is.
Mark Yorker gave up racing 12 years ago and told me how quickly things came back in his heat win.
Willy Decker blasted the top on his way to a heat win and talked about running down the race leader.
Rob Bellinger really gave the fans a show in his heat win and told me about learning his brand new car.
Larry Wight explained why he hunted the bottom in his heat win and how much the racetrack changed.

After the features:
 
Justin Williams won convincingly in the Mod Lite feature and talked about last minute engine fix.
Larry Wight started the season out with a win and described how he handled the heavy lapped traffic.  
Jimmy Phelps described how his car was in his 2nd place finish and reminded everyone about Sunday.
Tim Sears Jr. worked his way from eighth to third and told me how he grabbed a spot at the line.
Willy Decker talked about how he felt after leading nine laps early and falling back to finish in fourth.
Gary Tomkins moved up seven places to finish fifth and talked about being faster in the later laps.
Dave Marcuccilli made a late race move to win the 1st Sportsman race and talked about who he passed.
Corey Barker drove the Tom Juno car to a win and explained why he was in that ride on Friday night.

I had a blast last night on a beautiful night for racing at the Brewerton Speedway opener. There was a nice crowd on hand and I’ll be honest with you, after two nights of DIRTcar small blocks last weekend, I forgot how fast the big blocks are at Brewerton. What fun it was!
 
Larry Wight passed early leader Willy Decker and held off Jimmy Phelps in the closing laps to win his second race of the season. Remember he won last week’s 358 feature at Fulton. There were 21 Modifieds in the pit area which is more than many speculated there would be.

And there were 39 Sportsman so two features were run. Dave Marcuccilli beat out his high school buddy Kevin Root in the first feature and then Corey Barker picked up a win in the Tom Juno car holding off Mark Yorker in the second feature.
 
It was a strong night from top to bottom and even though the track had some dust it was smooth as a pool table which is always the big goal on night one. It’s going to be quite a season at Brewerton as they are replacing the grandstands one by one starting towards turn one. It is going to fun to watch the transformation.
 
Today I am hoping that somehow all the people who get paid for predicting the weather are 100% wrong as they are using that same 100% when talking about that they think will happen today.
 
The good news is that Sunday should get better as the day goes on so I am optimistic about it. I’m doing TV at Weedsport Speedway on Sunday and I’ll do some Facebook Live while we are doing it. They wanna go so get ready race teams as I predict Sunday will be a go! Just listen to my Jimmy Phelps interview. He’ll tell ya!
 
Have a great Saturday and we hope to see you on Sunday. 
 
Friday, May 18th 2018
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Jordan McCreadie ran down his plans for the year and talked about getting used to Fulton Speedway.
Ryan Bartlett talked about the changes at Can Am and why he did not need too many practice laps.
Ronnie Davis III tells me what he thinks of 358 racing and offers advice to current Sportsman racers.
Jack Meeks has a different car for 2018 and talked about his hopes for his first Can Am Championship.
Garett Rushlow made a change in tracks this year and explained why he has been coming to Fulton.
Kyle DeMetro talked about his crash in his heat race and all it took to get his Sportsman back together.

I had a great day off and am now ready for whatever the weekend will bring. I’ll be at the Brewerton opener tonight, probably stop by the fairgrounds tomorrow to help out and hit Weedsport’s first show on Sunday as we are doing TV with all three divisions.
 
We are finally at critical mass with the dirt tracks of CNY as all are open this weekend. And don’t forget that Oswego Speedway kicks off next weekend too. It’s finally here and I could not be happier.
 
Hopefully you’ll be happy listening to the new stuff up on the Audio Page as we meet with another half a dozen racecar drivers. Jordan McCreadie ran down his plans for the year, talked about getting used to Fulton Speedway and the two different tires he can use on the right rear. 
 
Ryan Bartlett talked about the changes at Can Am, why he did not need too many practice laps to get ready for the opener and why he prefers his older chassis. 
 
Ronnie Davis III tells me what he thinks of 358 racing and offers advice to Sportsman thinking about it while comparing how the cars drive on the racing surfaces. 
 
Jack Meeks has a different car for 2018 and talked about his hopes for his first Can Am Championship while describing what he thinks should help a nagging handling issue. 
 
Garett Rushlow made a change in tracks this year and explained why he has been coming to Fulton as well as how close he came to wining on the first point night. 
 
Kyle DeMetro talked about his crash in his heat race at Fulton Speedway, the all hands on deck effort it took to get his Sportsman back together and thanked all those who helped.  
 
Thursday, May 17th 2018
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Pat Ward told me how has been doing so far and how little he knew about his small block competition.
Billy Dunn offered his take on the move to 358 Modifieds and how much he likes the engine package.
Tyler Meeks got ready for his second race of the year and ran down his plans to race at three tracks.
Chris Fleming talked about married life and how he has done in his Late Model starts so far this year.
Jessica Power had a power steering issue on Friday night at Can Am and told me how they fixed it.
Mike Phelps remembered his race on Saturday night and how he kept it clean on his way to a 10th.

It was another beautiful day on Wednesday and today sounds like it will be just as good. I’m taking the afternoon off to go golfing for the first time this year. I may even try to sneak in another round later this weekend but we’ll see how that goes. I can’t find anyone not working today to go with me but it will be fun anyway.
 
I’ve got six good ones up today and will have six more tomorrow so be sure to come back for those as we get ready for a pair of local tracks to open. Both Brewerton and Weedsport are opening and I will be at each and will be doing some TV on Sunday. Fun, fun fun!
 
Now let’s chat more about what is new on the Audio Page for today starting with a pair of big name Modified racers. Pat Ward told me how has been doing so far, how little he knew about his small block competition and wonders what the future may look like locally. 
 
Billy Dunn offered his take on the move to 358 Modifieds, how much he likes the engine package and the impact it should have down the road in Sportsman competition. 
 
Tyler Meeks got ready for his second race of the year and ran down his plans to race at three tracks with two different cars as well as how he will make it all work around his busy schedule. 
 
Chris Fleming talked about married life, remembered the fastest day he’s ever had in his life and recapped how he has done in his Late Model starts so far this year.  
 
Jessica Power had a power steering issue on Friday night at Can Am and told me how they dealt with it at the track as well as why she had to stick it out rather than pull in. 
 
Mike Phelps remembered his race on Saturday night, how he kept it clean on his way to a 10thplace finish as well as how strong the Sportsman division is right now.  
 
Wednesday, May 16th 2018
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Billy Whittaker recapped his opening night at Fulton and talked about the need to learn his 358.
Rocky Warner gets interviewed by car owner Jason Simmons and talked about his hopes for Friday.
Jason Parkhurst started his season off with a victory and told me how comfortable his Late Model is.
Nate Higgins told me about the Sportsman he brings to the track and remembered his fourth place.
Jeff Barrett tells me how he found his way back to Can Am to announce and what he has been doing.

I had a nice day on Tuesday although the wet weather prevented me from hitting the links for the first time this year. I did get to do a little chipping and putting though so at least I did something. I’m hoping to get out Thursday afternoon for round one of the season.
 
Hitting Brewerton on Friday and then I’ll see how the weather looks for the rest of the weekend. It’s too early to know for sure and last weekend was not as bad as they predicted here in CNY so we’ll just wait and see.
 
Good stuff up today on the Audio Page so let’s find out a little more about each of the clips that was have up for you today. Billy Whittaker recapped his opening night at Fulton and talked about the need to learn more about his 358 while comparing it to the big block he has been driving the past few years. 
 
Rocky Warner gets interviewed by car owner Jason Simmons and talked about his hopes for Friday as well as what his plans were if he were to pick up a victory. 
 
Jason Parkhurst started his season off with a victory and told me about some upgrades he made to his racecar and how comfortable he is in his crate Late Model. 
 
Nate Higgins told me about the Sportsman he brings to the track, explained why he did not strip his car down to the frame in the off-season and remembered his fourth place on opening day. 
 
Jeff Barrett tells me how he found his way back to Can Am to announce and what he has been doing these past few years as well as the need to get back up to speed after being out for a few years.  
 
Tuesday, May 15th 2018
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Peter Britten talks about his two win weekend and shares some nice stories about Maynard Troyer.
Phil Vigneri III offered his take on Fulton Speedway after running his first ever race at the track.
Addison Bowman told me what it was like to win in his very first race as a Novice Sportsman driver.
Tony Veneziano reports on the World of Outlaw Sprints as they visited Eldora and Tri State Speedways.
Jeff Ciglich tells me about the Dirt Modified Nostalgia Club as they start their season this Friday.
 
I had a nice day on Monday as we got over 80 degrees here. I was able to do some walking and spend some time outside although we still have not golfed yet. When my back and head feel a little better we will so hopefully we’ll get out soon.
 
I have a nice mix for you today as we have a lot of different things up for you as we look back at the weekend and looks ahead at what’s to come as well. I’ll be semi-off today although I can always squeeze in something when needed.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page as we take a breath from a busy stretch. Peter Britten talks about his two win weekend, his fifth place to start the weekend and shares some stories about Maynard Troyer. 
 
Phil Vigneri III offered his take on Fulton Speedway after running his first ever race at the track, described the tendencies of the track and how he learned from watching some video. 
 
Addison Bowman told me what it was like to win in his very first race as a Novice Sportsman driver and describes what it was like to drive on the track in the Fulton’s second race of the year. Btw, he won again a few hours later. 
 
Tony Veneziano reports on the World of Outlaw Sprints as they visited Eldora & Tri State Speedways and updated us on the winners as well as the current points. 
 
Jeff Ciglich tells me about the Dirt Modified Nostalgia Club as they start their season Friday at Mohawk International Raceway and describes the many different types of cars that race with them.  
 
Monday, May 14th 2018
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Jimmy Phelps talks about his second place in Canandaigua and the influences of Maynard Troyer.
Tim Sears Jr. remembered his opening night win at Fulton and told me how the small block performed.
Jeff Sykes told me how it feels to be back in a Modified and how he was able to get a 358 together.
Ben Bushaw recapped his weekend that included a wreck at Malta and an 11th place at Skyline.
Adam DelGrosso explained how he came back from a serious crash to win the opener at Woodhull.

We had a fun Mother’s Day as we raced at the NYS Fairgrounds with Allie and the Syracuse Microd Club. We changed right rear shocks and the car was not the same as it was. We made some changes along the way but now with a week off this week we’ll have time to get it better and get it back where it was. You guys know how finicky racecars can be.

I have up a bunch of stuff from the weekend as I tried to give you a nice mix for your Monday. We’ll be in the studio again today and will be loading up as the season kicks into high gear this weekend with more tracks hosting openers.
 
Now let’s chat more about what is new for you on the Audio Page starting out with an experienced driver who was racing with his daughter on Sunday in Syracuse. Jimmy Phelps talks about his second place at Land of Legends Raceway, his pans for later on Sunday and reflected on the influences of Maynard Troyer.

Tim Sears Jr. remembered his opening night win at Fulton, explained how a late caution helped and told me how the small block performed. 
 
Jeff Sykes told me how it feels to be back in a Modified, how thankful he was for his time in a Mod Lite and how he was able to get a 358 team together for the Can Am opener. 
 
Ben Bushaw recapped his weekend that included a wreck at Malta on Friday, an 11th place at Skyline at Skyline on Saturday and chatted about his oldest son’s heat race in Syracuse. 
 
Adam DelGrosso explained how he came back from a serious crash to win the opener at Woodhull, how little he knows about working on cars and why his overall view on racing has changed.  
 
     
 
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