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Wednesday, August 8th 2018
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Justin Haers tells me how his last few races have been going and the new car they debuted Saturday.
Jeremy Smith described his latest win at Thunder Mountain and looks forward to Woodhull Thursday.
Joe Trenca recaps his recent run with the World of Outlaws and talked about the super slick track.
Max Hill speaks about his third place finish at Fulton Speedway and the advice his dad gives to him.
Allie Elkins talks about winning her second heat race of the season and what happened at the end.

I got a lot done on Tuesday after a long night on Monday. I did sleep late I’ll confess to that but I made up for it doing interviews well into the evening hours. It was fun catching up and nice to get off my sore toe for a few days.
 
I’ll be in the studio early today and then will go hang out and fish with some friends and Allie. We’ll be doing some other stuff to and I’ll have some photos up on Facebook showing what we are doing as both Allie and I hope t learn a lot today.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you guys on the Audio Page today as the end of the regular season gets another day closer. Justin Haers tells me how his last few races have been going, how he is doing since his big heat race crash at Land of Legends and the new car they debuted Saturday.

Jeremy Smith described his latest win at Thunder Mountain, explains how the track was a little different on his third win in a row and looks forward to racing at Woodhull this Thursday.   
 
Joe Trenca recaps his recent run with the World of Outlaws and talked about the super slick track while wondering if the 410’s or the 360’s had the advantage on this night in Weedsport. 
 
Max Hill tells me about his career best third place finish in the RUSH Late Model feature at Fulton Speedway, describes how the race went and shares some of the advice his dad gives to him. 
 
Allie Elkins talks about winning her second heat race of the season in the Modified division with the Syracuse Microd Club, compared how her car was to how it was in her first win and what happened at the end.   
 
Tuesday, August 7th 2018
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Billy Dunn told me about his 358 Modified win at Can Am and compares this season to last year.
Sam Reakes IV hadn’t raced in a month and talked about the new car they were shaking down.
Ricky Newton spoke about his quest for his first win of 2018 and told me how close he may be.
Pete Stefanski talked about his Pro Stock win on his birthday and the accident he had on Tuesday.
Tony Veneziano reports on the two night Ironman 55 and looks ahead to this weekend in Knoxville.


We had an excellent night on Monday as we waited out the rain and got to pick up heat win and feature win number two for Allie. Thanks so much to the Kuleszo family for all their help and thanks to everyone who made it possible for us to do this. Great job Allie!
 
It was a tough night however for Allie’s youngest teammate as she flipped in her feature race. It really shook her up and she almost didn’t drive her open wheel car but we convinced her to get back in the car and she did very well. Very proud of her. These are the big lessons that racing teaches. When you flip you get back in the car just like falling off the horse. So proud.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page starting with a winning driver from last Friday night. Billy Dunn told me about his 358 Modified win at Can Am, compares this season to last year and remembers his Super DIRTcar series race at Weedsport last weekend. 
 
Sam Reakes IV hadn’t raced in a month and talked about the new car they were shaking down in Canandaigua on Saturday as well as what happened to his former car after he sold it. Oh really? 
 
Ricky Newton spoke about his quest for his first win of 2018 and told me how close he may be to getting it as well as what he plans to do for the rest of the season. 
 
Pete Stefanski talked about his Pro Stock win on his birthday at Utica Rome Speedway, his plans to race tonight as part of the Super DIRTcar Series race at Ransomville and the accident he had on Tuesday.

Tony Veneziano reports on the two night Ironman 55 in Missouri, tells me what some of the Outlaws did on Sunday night and looks ahead to this weekend in Knoxville.    
 
Monday, August 6th 2018
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Alan Johnson talks about his last few starts and the only other kind of racing he was thinking about.
Coleman Gulick told me how he celebrated his birthday and how he gained confidence as a youngster.
Brian Sage raced his small block on Saturday night and talked about getting a big block in the car soon.
Keith Granholm offered his first take on Canandaigua and the young people he saw race on Thursday.  
 
Boy that was a hot one on Sunday wasn’t it? I stayed cool and did some work in the studio in between dips in the pool. It was a lazy day but a much needed day as I was just wiped out after Saturday night in the heat.
 
I have four nice chats for you to listen to today and I’ll be in the studio early on Monday before heading to the NYS Fairgrounds to race with Allie. It’s a rain out make up from a Monday a while back and we race again on Thursday so we have a busy stretch ahead of us.

Now let’s chat more about what’s new on the Audio Page for today starting with a veteran who tells me a form of racing he really wanted to try and it is probably not one you’re thinking about. Alan Johnson talks about his last few starts in a Modified, remembers an opportunity to try something different that he would have liked to have tried and what track gave him the most butterflies. 
 
Coleman Gulick told me how he celebrated his birthday, how he gained confidence as a youngster and how racing brought him out of his shell as a racecar driver. 
 
Brian Sage raced his small block on Saturday night and talked about getting a big block in the car soon while telling me the big end of the year shows he plans on using it at. 
 
Keith Granholm offered his first take on Canandaigua after his very first laps on the track, described how he was doing at each end and spoke about the young people he saw race on Thursday.   
 
Sunday, August 5th 2018
   New on the Audio Page from Land of Legends Raceway:
 
Early in the night:
 
A.J. Lloyd won his 1st Sportsman feature of the year and told me why how tough it is to be chased.
Paul Guererri talked about his win in the first Sportsman heat and what went wrong in the make-up.
Steve Gray led every lap to win his heat race and talked about the race line he used in turn three.
Dan Douville got the win in the first ESS heat race and told me why drawing ninth was not that bad.
Paul Kinney told some stories after his ESS heat win and talked about running the top groove early.
Matt Tanner described how he made a pass on an early restart to get the lead and win his heat race.
Josh Pieniazek pulled away twice to win his heat race and explained why he had to peddle in 1 & 2.
Justin Wright looked over his winning Modified and wondered what to do set up wise for the feature.
Steve Paine explained how he was in his Mod heat win and how badly the last three weeks went.
Gll Tegg Jr. started out front in his heat win and told me how his lap times were compared to others.

After the features and A-Main:
 
Marc Minutolo walked me through his Street Stock feature win and talked about growing collection.
Dave Marcuccilli methodically went to 1st late and told me how those last few laps came together.
Steve Poirier made a three wide move through the middle to get the lead and talked about his win.
Chuck Hebing worked his way from 13th to 2nd and explained why he needed a late yellow flag.
Matt Tanner got a spot on the last lap to finish third and talked about passing a lot of good cars.
Josh Pieniazek led laps early before finishing fifth and told me about a problem he had in turn 2.
Paul Kinney took the lead for two laps finishing sixth and talked about why the outside fell off.
Justin Wright earned his 1st ever Mod win at Land of Legends and explained why it was so nice.

Allie and I has a really nice night at one of my old stomping grounds as we headed to Canandaigua and Land of Legends Raceway. Everyone was so nice and we got here nice and early and got a lot done.

Having her with me after she has picked up so much more about racing makes me better at the track plus having an extra set of knowing eyes to watch with me helps a lot. She ran down people I needed to talk to and helped me get a season high 34 interviews recorded. Thanks Allie!
 
They had a lot to do on this night as they had a make-up Sportsman feature and the Empire Super Sprints on hand so they rushed, rushed and rushed some more. They took a quick break at intermission to water the top and then they went at it taking pictures of the winners afterwards but no more than that as time was a key with an 11 o’clock curfew.
 
There were two first time winners as A.J. Llloyd won the make up race for his first win of the season while Justin Wright won his first in the Modified feature. And to make it that more special many of his family and friends were on hand as he celebrated his 32nd birthday.
 
I got a lot of good stuff as I was loose and comfortable because I had some extra help and because the drivers were so nice and encouraging to Allie as it seemed like everyone has been watching her races. Thanks to all of you for a great night.

I’ll be in the studio today as a blister I’ve been worried about has gone nationwide. I was limping last night for most of the night and thanks to Dan for giving us a few rides when I really needed it. I’m going to stay out of shoes today and for as long as I can to let it heal. Outside of that I could not be happier. Thanks again to everyone who we ran into last night. 
 
Saturday, August 4th 2018
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Jeff Burton previews NASCAR at The Glen this weekend and explains what makes the track special.
Gary Lindberg told me how his season is going so far and described an injury he had as a young man.
Tyler Thompson talked about his move to a Supermodified and last weekend when he put a wing on.
Bob Henry Jr. spoke about some of his past in Weedsport as well as a problem he had last time out.
Greg Doust recapped his Fulton win from last weekend and remembered some of his racing past.
Allie Elkins interviews some of her fellow racers at the Syracuse Microd Club’s Autograph Night.

I had a nice day on Friday and by 1 p.m. all my work was done. We started early as Rich Vleck and I did voice tracks for the final Speedway Showcase of the season. It is the county fair race from Genesee Speedway and we had a nice time. I even got to voice a commercial which I have not done in a while. Fun!
 
Now at 1 p.m. the rain looks like it is holding off so I am going to go out and swing the clubs. I was very good and very bad my last two times out so we’ll see which Doug shows up on Friday. You just never know.
 
Now let’s chat more about our offerings on the Audio Page today starting out with a look ahead at the biggest show in New York State this weekend. Jeff Burton previews NASCAR at The Glen this weekend and explains what makes the track so special as well as what he feels is the biggest take on the season so far. 
 
Gary Lindberg told me how his season is going so far, explains why he decided to run Brewerton last Friday and described an injury he had as a young man that he still deals with today.

Tyler Thompson talked about his move to a Supermodified this season, how well things have been going so far and thought back to last weekend when he put a wing on to run ISMA in Ohio. 
 
Bob Henry Jr. spoke about some of his past in Weedsport as well as a problem he had last time out with the right front brake shut off and the ride he has for the rest of the season. 
 
Greg Doust recapped his Fulton win from last weekend and remembered some of his racing past including his start in a top notch Street Stock.   
 
Allie Elkins interviews some of her fellow racers at the Syracuse Microd Club’s Autograph Night inside the New York State Fairgrounds and asks them how their Thursday night was going so far. 
 
Friday, August 3rd 2018
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Mat Williamson talked about some of his racing past at Brewerton and his good season with 11 wins.
Chris Hile recapped his recent heartbreaker at Brewerton and explained how he got passed on last lap.
Mike Bowman described how he has been doing racing at Merrittville and a nice off season addition.
Ronnie Davis III spoke about racing his 358 against the big blocks and last week with all small blocks.
Phil Vigneri III told me about his win Friday at Freedom Raceway and looks ahead to the Gladiator.

We had a nice day and an excellent night as we raced with Allie at the NYS Fairgrounds with the Syracuse Microd Club. She finished second but ran the wheels off her car and caught the leader of the race after being half a straightaway back. It was her best night ever even though she finished second and she ran the leader cleanly and never touched her. I was very proud.
 
Today I am doing some voice work this morning and then have plans with a friend in the afternoon. Allie and I will be at Land of Legends Raceway on Saturday and then I’ll go to Utica Rome Speedway on Sunday.

I have a lot of stuff in the can as well as a preview of NASCAR at The Glen with 21 time Cup winner Jeff Burton. That will be up tomorrow as well as some nice chats with drivers who will be racing later that night. Be sure to come back for that.

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page as we check in with five Modified racers to see how they’re doing. Mat Williamson talked about some of his racing past at Brewerton, his eleven win season and how his car lost prime in the fuel cell as it sat on the banking under red. Never heard that before! 
 
Chris Hile recapped his recent heartbreaker at Brewerton and explained how he got passed on the last lap while thinking about some of his season at Weedsport as he got ready last Saturday. 
 
Mike Bowman described how he has been doing racing at Merrittville, the nice off season addition to his family and compared Brewerton to his weekly Saturday home. 
 
Ronnie Davis III spoke about racing his 358 against the big blocks at Brewerton, looked forward to last week with all small blocks on the track and how surprised we both were at home competitive they are on a regular Friday night. 
 
Phil Vigneri III told me about his win last Friday at Freedom Raceway, his run last Saturday at Outlaw Speedway and looks ahead to the Gladiator at Genesee Speedway later this month.  
 
Thursday, August 2nd 2018
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Adam Roberts talks about racing on the Super DIRTcar series and his most recent trip to Canada.
Ryan Jordan got ready for a pair of races in Central New York and talked about racing small blocks.
Lance Willix came to Central New York last weekend and told me about a recent issue on the track.
Tyler Meeks spoke about his season so far at Can Am and his up & down year so far here in 2018.

The big storms they predicted for our area never really materialized but they did get going to our east and Fonda specifically so for those of you who wondered, it did rain there and rained pretty good from what I could tell.
 
Today is race day for Allie and the big cars join the show tonight as the young drivers host their own autograph night. It’s going to be fun and if everything works out I may have some stuff from this event up tomorrow with the drivers who bring their big cars out as well as Allie’s interview session with the drivers if the parents say it’s ok.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page today as we get closer to the first big race weekend of August. Adam Roberts talks about racing on the Super DIRTcar series exclusively, his most recent trip to Canada and why he likes it so much when the series travels north of the border.

Ryan Jordan got ready for a pair of races in Central New York and talked about racing small blocks the last few weeks while wondering which type of 358 he will concentrate on more. 
 
Lance Willix came to Central New York last weekend and told me about a recent issue on the track as well as the need to get better in the second half of the feature races. 
 
Tyler Meeks spoke about his season so far at Can Am, his up & down year so far here in 2018 and the changes he is making between two different style chassis.  
 
     
 
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