|Tuesday, May 22nd 2018
| New on the Audio Page for today:
Alan Johnson picked up win number 122 in Canandaigua and explained how his experience helped.
Rusty Smith talks about his Modified win at Afton and looks forward to a weekend of dirt & asphalt.
Brett Kressley explained why he changed directions on the Thruway and headed west to Weedsport.
Mike Bowman finished second in his heat race on Sunday and talked about how his 358 was so strong.
Tony Veneziano reports on a rainy week for the World of Outlaws and previews the coming weekend.
It was a super nice day on Monday and I had a good day getting some work done and playing with my kids. We even went out for ice cream after dinner. It was a nice day.
Two of the clips I have up today were recorded yesterday and I’ll be back in the studio again today hoping to take Wednesday off. Allie has a concert Wednesday night up at SU so we’ll go to that after I get in a round of golf in the morning with some friends of mine. We’re hitting a really nice course too so I hope I do well.
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page as we begin with a veteran racer who picked up a good one on Saturday night. Alan Johnson picked up win number 122 in Canandaigua at Land of Legends Raceway and explained how his experience helped while looking forward to a night of big block racing in Weedsport.
Rusty Smith talks about his Modified win at Afton, describes the nice back and forth race he was a part of at the front and looks forward to a weekend of dirt & asphalt.
Brett Kressley explained why he changed directions on the Thruway and headed west to Weedsport while talking about how the rain has kept him from racing at Grandview the past two weeks.
Mike Bowman finished second in his heat race on Sunday and talked about how his 358 was so strong against the big blocks after giving up several hundred horsepower.
Tony Veneziano reports on a rainy week for the World of Outlaws and previews the coming weekend while offering his take on the overall state of racing right now.
|Monday, May 21st 2018
| New on the Audio Page from Weedsport Speedway:
After the heat races:
Kevin Ridley led every lap from the pole to win his heat and talked about how to race a choppy track.
Dave Marcuccilli won the fifth Sportsman heat race and told me about the car he heard behind him.
Rob Bellinger told me about his Modified heat win as well as what he was doing with ride heights.
Alan Johnson was fresh off a win on Saturday and spoke about how he was at each end of the track.
Jimmy Phelps made a nice move to win his heat race and talked about the race surface he was just on.
Matt Hulsizer talked about how he fixed his car after Friday and how easy it is to get back to square 1.
After the feature races:
Kevin Ridley dominated the 25 lap Sportsman feature and told the crowd why he was concerned.
Matt Sheppard came from 20th to win and talked about how much better his car was late in the race.
Chris Hile led eleven laps before falling to second and told me how good he was in the outside lane.
Jimmy Phelps told me what went wrong with his car while leading and how he held on for 3rd place.
Alan Johnson led the first five laps and talked about how happy he was with his fourth place finish.
Gary Tomkins recorded his second fifth place of the weekend and talked about grabbing spots early.
I had fun on Sunday night as I traveled to another one of my former weekly homes and headed to Weedsport for their 2018 season opener. We did TV for Speedway Showcase and actually shot two shows as the Modified and Sportsman features will be shown at a later date.
As always TV is fun at Weedsport as their production truck is a wonderful tool. They shoot with multiple cameras and we get the line feed which we add to as we put the show together. Matt Thomas does the live switching while Rich Vleck does the final editing adding in car shows, interviews and more. We have a great team and I am truly happy to work with these guys as well as Paul Szmal and everyone on the crew.
Kevin Ridley started the night out with a dominating win in the Sportsman feature as Weedsport is truly his best track. I did not get as many of the Sportsman heat winners as we were doing TV standups at that time so I was never able to get over and get as many of them as I wanted. They were strong with 57 cars. Nice job showing up racers!
Matt Sheppard came from 20th to 1st to win the 50 lapper passing Chris Hile with six to go. Hile was fast on the top earlier passing leader Jimmy Phelps on lap 34 on the outside. Problem was, as you’ll hear in his interview, the top was the only lane he was good in. And you’ll hear how losing brakes may have cost Jimmy Phelps the race.
I’ll be in studio today and I got lots more interviews from the weekend to put up so be sure to keep checking us out this week. We may hit a Wednesday practice too. And don’t miss my latest stuff on Facebook as I showed you the TV truck on Sunday.
Have a great Monday and I’ll see you back here tomorrow.
|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.
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