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Thursday, June 14th 2018
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Brian Macolm tells me about his win at 5 Mile Point on Saturday and his 6th place Friday at Penn Can.
Jeremy Smith recapped his weekend that included at win at Thunder Mountain and an 8th at Afton.
Corey Barker talked about his finish at Brewerton and wished his long time sponsor a speedy recovery.
Nick Krause ran down how he won on Friday at Brewerton and some fine tuning they did to the car.
 
We have all winners on the site today. Every one of the four drivers on with us today won last weekend and one even won just after we chatted with him. I’ll be back in the studio again today and will be chatting with more drivers as we already have a few things set up.
 
This weekend I will be at Outlaw Speedway on Friday subbing for Paul Szmal behind the microphone. I have not been there all year long and look forward to working with Mel Thomas and everyone at Outlaw Speedway. I have not announced there in a long time so it will certainly be fun.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page starting with a driver who just won his second feature of the season. Brian Macolm tells me about his win at 5 Mile Point on Saturday, his sixth place Friday at Penn Can and looks ahead to a $4100 to win show Sunday in Kirkwood as well as Wednesday at Outlaw. 
 
Jeremy Smith recapped his weekend that included at win at Thunder Mountain Speedway on Saturday, an 8th place finish at Afton on Friday and told me how Billy Decker did in his car on Tuesday in Malta.  
 
Corey Barker talked about his finish at Brewerton and wished his long time sponsor Tom Juno a speedy recovery. A few hours later he would win with Tom watching from his booth at Fulton. 
 
Nick Krause ran down how he got a win on Friday at Brewerton, explained how he worked his way to the front from eighth as well as some fine tuning they did to the car. 
 
Wednesday, June 13th 2018
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Alan Rudalavage talks about his win at Penn Can on Friday and a TV gig he had back in the 80's. 
Danny O’Brien recapped his weekend that included a win at Brockville and a fourth place at Can Am.
Lucas Heintz got ready for his very 1st Modified race and talked about why he grabbed a W-16 engine.
Pete Desalvo told me about the opener at ESTA Safety Park Dragstrip and explained how things work.

It was another beautiful day here in Central New York and we got to get out and cruise the Camaro a little bit. It’s not running a very well but even shaking like it is under acceleration it is still more fun than my daily driver. Not nearly ass comfortable but still fun.
 
I got a bunch of things done yesterday and three of the four chats up today were recorded on Tuesday. In addition to the usual types of stuff I also included a chat on our local drag strip here in the area and yes, I do need to get out there and check it out. I watch NHRA, although I am behind, and would love to see what it is like at the local level. More on that later.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page for today starting with one that is always popular with a driver we know well who revealed something from his past this time around. Alan Rudalavage talks about his win at Penn Can on Friday, his plans to add Five Mile Point to his schedule for the Dick Longstreet Memorial on Sunday and a TV gig he had for an Army/Navy store.  
 
Danny O’Brien recapped his weekend that included a win at Brockville Ontario Speedway on Saturday, his fourth place at Can Am Speedway on Friday and ran down how each of his weekly homes is doing.

Lucas Heintz got ready for his very first Modified race and talked about why he grabbed a W-16 engine for 2018 as well as why he decided to come to try Fulton this past Saturday. 
 
Pete Desalvo told me about the opener at ESTA Safety Park Dragstrip and explained how things work and what you would need to do to try out your hot rod on the quarter mile. I gotta get there soon!  
 
Tuesday, June 12th 2018
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Ryan Watt tells me about his Mod win at Bridgeport and Thursdays show with USAC at Grandview.
Dave Marcuccilli recaps his weekend that included Sportsman wins at Can Am and Land of Legends.
Lyle DeVore previews The Tribute taking place tonight at Albany Saratoga and runs down the specifics.
Tony Veneziano reports on the World of Outlaws races as they ran 3nights at the Jackson Nationals.
 
I had a nice day on Monday as a lot of the things I needed to get done here at the house are now done and I am breathing a little easier. I let my love for racing put me at racetracks instead of doing the things I needed to do around here. Now that is done so I am feeling pretty good.
 
I got a lot done in the studio as well and all the interviews that I have up for you today were recorded on Monday. And I was even able to put a few in the can as well so we are in pretty good shape. Plus I still have a list of people I am hunting down so be sure to keep checking back to see who I get ahold of next!
 
Now let’s chat more about what I have up for you today on the Audio Page starting with a pair of winners form this past weekend. Ryan Watt tells me about his Big Block Modified feature win at Bridgeport on Saturday, looks ahead to this Thursday’s show as Mods share the stage with USAC at Grandview and talks about racing with his son. 
 
Dave Marcuccilli recaps his weekend that included Sportsman wins at Can Am Speedway on Friday night, Land of Legends Raceway in Canandaigua on Saturday and offered a fan’s take on Sunday in Weedsport.

Lyle DeVore previews The Tribute, a race honoring C.D. Coville and Jack Johnson, taking place tonight at Albany Saratoga and runs down the specifics for both drivers and fans alike. Should be quite a show. 
 
Tony Veneziano reports on the World of Outlaws races as they ran three nights at the Jackson Nationals, talked about some of the nice surprises and looks ahead to two races this weekend.  
 
Monday, June 11th 2018
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Larry Wight tells me about his third win in a row at Brewerton and how good his big block is so far.
Phil Vigneri III talked about an engine issue he had at Fulton and what he felt before it happened.
Randy Shantel got ready for just his second race of the season and talked about a pre race problem.

I am finally caught up on stuff here at the house. The major problem we had with the pool is fixed and the house is ready for summer. It took a lot longer than I thought but we are finally where we need to be. Yay!
 
I’ll be busy all week as there is not much in the can so I will be cranking in the studio tonight hoping to get a lot done. I have a long list of calls to make and want to check in with some folks I have not talked to in a while as well. So who knows? Maybe I’ll be calling you.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page for today as we begin yet another work week. Larry Wight tells me about his third win in a row at Brewerton and how good his big block is so far on Fridays as well as how hard it is to work your way through the field in a small block. 
 
Phil Vigneri III talked about an engine issue he had at Fulton, what he felt before it happened and showed me one of the products he sells through his graphics business. 
 
Randy Shantel got ready for just his second race of the season and talked about a pre race problem he had at Fulton as well as the inexperienced pit crew he had on this night.  
 
Sunday, June 10th 2018
   New on the Audio Page from Fulton Speedway:
 
Jason Parkhurst talked about his Late Model heat win and some trouble they’ve had in recent weeks.
Mark Yorker made his pass down low and win his heat race and explained why he likes the bottom.
Brandon Carvey thought back on some of the cars he has driven and talked about his Sportsman heat.
Zach Sobotka told me about his Sportsman heat win and what he learned about the racetrack he saw.
Corey Barker lost the lead, got it back and talked about how he fought the wheel to inch by for a win.
Glenn Forward led every lap to win his Modified heat and talked about getting by a slower competitor.
Todd Root ran the high side on his way to a heat win and explained why he didn’t mind hitting the chip.
 
After the feature races:
Sean Beardsley ran down the leader and spoke about his pass with 4 to go for a Late Model victory.
Tim Sears Jr. made his winning pass for three laps to go and spoke about win number two at Fulton.
Corey Barker picked up his second win of the season and talked about how good the 2nd race was.
Mark Yorker went three wide on lap two to pull away for a win and shared some advice he heard.

I had a fun night as I headed north to Fulton Speedway for some Saturday night fun. It was a blast and we saw some really good racing. I did not run around as much as usual as my left leg was bothering me a little. I may have overdone things the past few days but we’ll let it rest a little today.
 
There was late race passing in both the Crate Late Model and Modified feature as the crowd got to see some vert entertaining side by side racing. The first Sportsman feature saw Corey Barker survive eight cautions to win his first of the year at Fulton while the second race went green to checkered as Mark Yorker ran away and hid for most of the event.
 
Don’t forget that the All Star Circuit of Champions are in Weedsport today with Tony Stewart set to compete. Plus there are a lot of other big name talent that will be there racing 410 Sprint Cars so you know it will be a good time and the stands will be packed. Our big blocks join the show too so enjoy. 
 
Saturday, June 9th 2018
   New on the Audio Page for today:

Mike McLaughlin looked over a 1980’s Showcar Modified and remembered his days working there.
Ricky Newton summed up how he’s doing at Land of Legends and how bad the 1st two weeks were.
Jeff Davoli talked about how things are in Canandaigua and explains how hard he is racing these days.
Tim Hegarty was racing with the Dirt Modified Nostalgia Tour and remembered last time we chatted.
Tyler Vinson came into racing green in 2018 and talked about his first four race nights in a Sportsman.
Dean Catlin told me what is going on this weekend at Skyline as they race both Saturday and Sunday.

I hope you all had a nice Friday and hope you’re enjoying the first nice weekend we’ve had in a while. Not too hot, not rainy and just about right to get out to your favorite Saturday night track and show your support.
 
And don’t forget tomorrow the All Star Sprints are in Weedsport and it should be quite the show. 410 Sprint Cars are a blast at this place and I hope all of you that go have a blast. But keep those things on the ground ok? They can make me a little nervous sometimes.
 
I’ll be somewhere before a much needed house clean-up day tomorrow. We’ve fallen behind on a lot of things here and I need to play some catch up. But we’ll be in the studio tonight and we’ll also have some stuff from my Saturday night up also. And if I have not checked in with your favorite driver just let me know and I’ll get it done for you.

Mike McLaughlin looked over a 1980’s Showcar Modified and remembered his days working there as a young man as well as how he made his way up in the company. 
 
Ricky Newton summed up how he’s doing at Land of Legends and how bad the first two weeks were for him and ran down how much he plans on racing this season. 
 
Jeff Davoli talked about how things are in Canandaigua and explains how hard he is racing these days as well what changes with his Sportsman when you take the spoiler off.   
 
Tim Hegarty was racing with the Dirt Modified Nostalgia Tour and told me how much he enjoys driving a true vintage car while describing some of the racecars history. 
 
Tyler Vinson came into racing green in 2018 and talked about his first four race nights in a Sportsman as well as what he has been learning as he continues to get much needed laps. 
 
Dean Catlin told me what is going on this weekend at Skyline as they have a bounty on Saturday, some fun on the small track on Sunday and reveals a new food item that is right up my alley.  
 
Friday, June 8th 2018
   New on the Audio Page for today:

Tommy Wickham talked about some similarity for 2018 and wondered if his bent car handles better.
Derrick Posiadlo saw a different track than he thought in Canandaigua and talked about changes.
James Sweeting explained why he was making some changes after hot laps and what he was doing.
Steve Glover told me what makes his Sprint Car different and how he has been doing as he learns.
Dan Bennett showed off a military themed car and talked about why he wanted to thank the troops.
Bubby Pawlak described how he has been doing as a 63 year old in Novice Sportsman at Ransomville.

I had a nice day on Thursday as I got in a morning round of golf and then got some work done to get ready for our party tonight for my wife’s 50th birthday. I know…it’s on a race night. Bonus point subtracted.
 
It is going to be a fun night and we’ll be back at a track tomorrow night to get more fun stuff up for you. I have six nice interviews I saved with you for tomorrow that I hope you’ll like to be sure to come back for that.

And we're teaching again today in the Derrick Podsiadlo and James Sweeting interviews as they tell me how they are going to change their car for a track that was slicker then they thought in hot laps. I love learning this stuff with you guys!
 
Now here’s more about our offerings today on the Audio Page as another weekend of racing begins tonight. Tommy Wickham talked about some similarity for 2018 and wondered if his bent car handles better while showing me where the car was tweaked in an earlier accident. 
 
Derrick Posiadlo saw a different track than he thought in Canandaigua and talked about changes he was making for the heat as well as what he did with his rain out night on Friday. 
 
James Sweeting explained why he was making some changes after hot laps and got specific on what he was doing with those changes as well as how he knew what to do to the car. 
 
Steve Glover told me what makes his Sprint Car different and how he has been doing as he learns as well as what people are doing to stop smoking. 
 
Dan Bennett showed off a military themed car and talked about why he wanted to thank the troops while remembering his time serving in the Air Force. 
 
Bubby Pawlak described how he has been doing as a 63 year old in Novice Sportsman at Ransomville and told me why he is not in a hurry to move up as well as what it felt like winning from the pole.  
 
     
 
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