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Gary Rowe of M.R. Gaebel, Inc.
Gates-Cole Associates SUNY Canton Automotive Technology program
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Tuesday, September 18th 2018
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
James Sweeting got ready for his first race at Brewerton and talked about his late season plans.
Tim Devendorf told me why he is back on dirt in a Sportsman and the swap they made to do it.
Casey Doll talks about coming from the back to win the Limited Open Wheel feature in Syracuse.
Tony Veneziano reports on the World of Outlaws final races in California and the strong locals.

We hope you all stay dry today and for those of you who don’t we hope that the remains of the hurricane don’t affect you that much. We should be fine here in Central New York and from what they say it might be out of our area before you read this. Best of luck to all of you.
 
We have a nice mix on the page today and we have messages out to a lot of the winners this past weekend. I still have some stuff in the can and am going to be focused on getting more today so be sure to check in tomorrow.
 
Now let’s go into a little more detail about what we have for you on the Audio Page as we can finally say goodbye to the bad weather for hopefully the rest of the week. James Sweeting got ready for his first race at Brewerton and talked about his late season plans as well as what he thought about running sail panels at the Land of Legends Finale while describing what they do.  
 
Tim Devendorf told me why he is back on dirt in a Sportsman at Brewerton this past Friday, the swap they made to do it and why it is really tough to be a part time Supermodified driver.  
 
Casey Doll talks about coming from the back to win the Limited Open Wheel feature in Syracuse, how they fixed the car after the heat race and how he feels when the right time is to make his moves.

Tony Veneziano reports on the World of Outlaws final races in California, the strong finishes by the locals and looked ahead to this weekend at Eldora & Lernerville.   
 
Monday, September 17th 2018
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Peter Britten explains how he came up light at a race and how much weight can be lost with tires.
Matt Janczuk talked about racing at Brewerton for the second time and remembered his 1st night.
Jessica Power tells me how a trip to the chassis builder helped her find some issues with her car.
Ben Bushaw describes what he is going to do this week before running some big races in CNY.

We had a nice day on Sunday as Allie was feeling well enough to head out to the microd track at Syracuse and say hi to some of her friends. She also called the action on the mic as well although she was a little raspy at times. I recorded one of them and I’ll put that up later this week.
 
Of course after baking in the 90 degree sun we were both pretty wiped out, me more than her I’m sure, but we had fun and saw some really good racing. Today I’ll be in the studio getting lots done and will be very busy all week long as there is lots to talk about.
 
Now let’s tell you a little more about our offerings on the Audio Page from my travels this past weekend. Peter Britten explains how he came up light at a race, how much weight can be lost with tire wear as well as how much of a race fan his young daughter is. 
 
Matt Janczuk talked about racing at Brewerton for the second time and remembered his top three finish in his first night at the track and recapped his last trip to Can Am. 
 
Jessica Power tells me how a trip to the chassis builder helped her find some issues with her car, described some of what they found as well as why she traveled west last weekend.  
 
Ben Bushaw describes what he is going to do this week before running some big races in CNY, remembered his last race at Thunder Mountain and wonders what he may do next season.   
 
Sunday, September 16th 2018
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Chad Brachmann talked about his hopes for his first win of the season and his growing sunflowers.
Tommy Sears watched the track at Brewerton after his 3rd place heat finish and described what he saw.
Billy Whittaker spoke to me after staying on the bottom in his second place finish in his heat race.
Tom Juno tells me how he is doing after suffering a heart attack and the two procedures he had done.
 
I had a mellow day on Saturday as I stayed home with Allie for a while but she got much better as the day went on and that was great to see. She missed school on Friday and we had an overlap with the kids today so I stayed home and got to see SU beat Florida State in football. Wow. What an upset. Or was it? Hmm.
 
We’ll see what today brings as Allie really wants to go announce at the Syracuse MIcrod Club race. She’s never done it but as you know she is not bashful so we’ll see if she is up to it. If you want, swing by as the racing is really good and these young racers really do some amazing things. They start today at noon at the NYS Fairgrounds and admission is free.
 
I hope you like all the stuff on the Audio Page as you can learn some good stuff from the first three and hear a nice story in the fourth one. Make sure to listen to Tommy Sears and I talk as he watches the racing surface on Friday night and shares with me what he is seeing as the cars go around in the consolation race. You’ll like it.
 
Now let’s talk a little more about those new clips on the Audio Page as we get ready for another summer like day on Central New York. Chad Brachmann talked about his hopes for his first win of the season, his growing sunflower business and why his start to the night at Brewerton on Friday was already off to a better start that last time. 
 
Tommy Sears watched the track at Brewerton after his 3rd place heat finish and described what he saw in the consolation race while explaining what he thought would happen in the 100 lapper. 
 
Billy Whittaker spoke to me after staying on the bottom in his second place finish in his heat race, told me why he didn’t move up and how a fortunate draw helped him early in the night.  
 
Tom Juno tells me how he is doing after suffering a heart attack, the how he is feeling after the second procedure while wondering if he might be able to get back in the car one more time this year.  
 
Saturday, September 15th 2018
   New on the Audio Page from Brewerton Speedway:
 
After the heat races:
Larry Wight led every lap to win the first heat race and talked about what he was seeing on the track.  
Matt Hulsizer won his heat in just his 2nd time in a new car and told me about some early changes.
Max McLaughlin and his teammate finished 1st & 2nd in the heat and described why he was confused.
Billy Decker took the win his heat and explained why the draw at Brewerton is not that important.
Corey Barker prepared to draw for his starting spot and talked about his win in his Sportsman heat.
Alan Fink brought his repaired Sportsman to a heat win and described the work they did to fix the car.
Will Shields won Sportsman heat #3 and talked about how he compensated for a car on the tight side.
Jackson Gill watched the Sportsman consi and described an issue he had in the middle of the corner.
 
After the pair of Super DIRTcar Series races:
Matt Sheppard led the last lap to win his 26th race of the year and explained how he got up front.
Pat Ward spoke about finishing in second place as he almost won his first SDS race since 2005.
Tim Sears Jr. was out front for six laps before coming home 3rd and talked about his solid race finish.
Alan Fink talked about his Sportsman Series victory and how fast his car got towards in the final laps.
Kevin Root finished second in the 50 lapper and spoke about why he was hoping for one more spot.
Corey Barker came home in 3rd place and talked about how tough things were on the final restarts.
 
It was a packed house on Friday night as Brewerton Speedway hosted a pair of Super DIRTcar Series races with the big block Modified and Sportsman drivers in tow. There were 35 Modifieds and 44 Sportsman for this last race before Super DIRT Week and it was quite the night.
 
Matt Sheppard won his 26th race of the season as he passed Pat Ward in traffic going three wide on the backstretch on the final lap. Ward led since lap 42 and when the final yellow flag waved with ten laps to go it set up a finish that a lot of people will be talking about for quite some time.
 
In the Sportsman race it was a battle of track champions as Alan Fink went three wide out front as well taking the lead from Kevin Root with fifteen laps to go. It was quite the three car battle as the Sportsman put on a real nice show.
 
I’ll be home today as Allie has come down with a cold and missed Friday at school. Our whole weekend is now up in the air and depending on his she feels on Sunday we’ll go from there. School is her number 1,2 and 3 priority so we’ll make a last minute call on that one. I’m going to try to get in the studio later today but if I can’t I still have some stuff from last night that I can air.
 
Have a great Saturday and we hope to see you back on here tomorrow. 
 
Friday, September 14th 2018
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Tim Fuller described the track he saw early on Friday and evaluated his up and down season so far.
Billy Van Pelt talks about his championships, his win last week and gives advice on buying& selling.
Danny Varin recapped his last few races and looked ahead to racing this weekend at Ohsweken.
Tim Sears Jr. spoke about some of his history at Can Am and runs down his late season race plans.
Rusty Smith tells me about his 3 win season so far and looks ahead to racing Saturday and Sunday.  
Jack Meeks gets ready for the Can Am finale and talked about his fourth place last Friday night.
Andrew Harpell previews National Quarter Mile Dirt Championship Weekend at 5 Mile Point.

I had a fun day as I started out by going to Oswego Speedway to see some clay get laid down on the asphalt. I did a Facebook Live that I hope you really liked as we hung out with John Wight as he picked up a load, dumped it and then headed back for more.
 
After that I got busy in the studio and did some writing as well from my press conference with NBC on Wednesday. That should be up sometime today at www.syracuse.com/motorsports. And I will be at Brewerton today so look for more from there tomorrow.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page starting out with some heavy hitters here on a Friday. Tim Fuller described the track he saw early on Friday and evaluated his up and down season so far while explaining why he had to drop off the Super DIRTcar Series. Nice honest chat! 
 
Billy Van Pelt talks about his championships at Freedom & Woodhull, recalls his win last week in the Lyle Sherwood Memorial and gives advice on buying& selling a chassis as well as should be expected from each end of the deal.  
 
Danny Varin recapped his last few races and looked ahead to racing this weekend at Ohsweken as well as what he will do for the rest of the season. 
 
Tim Sears Jr. spoke about some of his history at Can Am, remembers a hallmark win early in his career and runs down his late season race plans.

Rusty Smith tells me about his 3 win season so far and looks ahead to racing Saturday at Thunder Mountain Speedway and Sunday at Five Mile Point while describing life in tiny Oxford, New York.   
 
Jack Meeks gets ready for the Can Am finale and talked about his fourth place last Friday night as well as the adjustments they made to free his car up for the feature.  
 
Andrew Harpell previews National Quarter Mile Dirt Championship this Saturday & Sunday at 5 Mile Point Speedway and tells me about some work he has been doing as floods hurt the region once again.   
 
Thursday, September 13th 2018
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Steve Poirier described when things changed for him and when he decided to go for the ESS crown.
Jeremy Smith explained how he picked up his 8th win of the season last week at Thunder Mountain.
Rocky Warner recapped his third place last Friday in Malta and talked about why it was so special.
Denny Peebles spoke with Allie about how his car was handling in the hot lap session at Can Am.
Ronnie Davis III talked about the need to find some speed and how his rookie season in 358 went.
Jeff Hachmann told me about the work going on at Oswego Speedway as the clay goes down today.

Lots to listen to today as we have been very busy this week. Plus I am taking a trip up north to see how things are going at Oswego Speedway will see it’s first loads of clay today. I’ll do a Facebook live sometime this afternoon so look for that if you are one of my Facebook friends.
 
After that I’ll be in the studio looking to get some work done and will be at Brewerton Speedway tomorrow, with Allie at Thunder Mountain on Saturday and then again with Allie Sunday as she is going to try some announcing with the Syracuse Microd Club.
 
Now let’s chat about what we have for you on the Audio Page starting with a driver who has a chance at a championship with a tough touring series. Steve Poirier told me when things changed for him, when he decided to go for the ESS crown and looked ahead to this weekend’s Canadian Sprint Car Nationals at Ohsweken.  
 
Jeremy Smith explained how he picked up his 8th win of the season last week at Thunder Mountain, ran down his plans for the rest of the season and spoke about the new style transmissions in today’s Modifieds. 
 
Rocky Warner recapped his third place last Friday in Malta and talked about why it was so important for him to be at the race as well as wondering how good he would be last Saturday at Can Am. 
 
Ronnie Davis III talked about the need to find some speed this past Saturday at Can Am, looks ahead to an off weekend this time around and how his rookie season in 358 went.  
 
Denny Peebles spoke with Allie about how his car was handling in the hot lap session at Can Am, explained a change they were making to the right rear and how happy he was with his time trial effort.

Jeff Hachmann told me about the work going on at Oswego Speedway as the clay goes down today to prepare for Super DIRT Week and describes some of the changes for this year.   
 
Wednesday, September 12th 2018
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Justin Haers explained why he was in the #11 with a W-16 engine and how the first practice went.
Sam Reakes IV told me how he was feeling after his hard landing the week before at Brewerton.
Kenny Hammond explains how he came from the back twice to win the 602 Crate Topless 100.
Bob Henry Jr. talked about how he won his first DIRTcar Sportsman Series race since the early 2000’s.
Karl Spoonhower Jr. previews this weekend’s Wade Decker Memorial and the rest of the season.

It was a rainy day for the early part of the day so we moved our Tuesday plans to today and we should have lots of fun today as we will visit with a friend in our final shooting lesson of the season. I plan on being at Brewerton on Friday, please don’t rain as I love this show, and then Allie will join me at Thunder Mountain on Saturday as the weather looks good for Saturday as of now.

Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone who is bracing for the hurricane today and we hope that it is not as bad as they are saying. I know a lot of people who fly will be affected by this and hopefully won’t be stuck in airports for an extended time.

And we’ll wrap up our weekend on Sunday as Allie will be announcing for the Syracuse Microd Club. If she does victory lane interviews I will share them with you. Let’s hope Mother Nature does not mess us up this weekend.
 
Now let’s chat more about what is new for today on the Audio Page as we show some love to a pair of Sportsman winners this past weekend. Justin Haers explained why he was in the #11 with a W-16 engine, how the first practice went on Friday night and what he learned about his two big blocks at the Land of Legends finale.  
 
Sam Reakes IV told me how he was feeling after his hard landing the week before at Brewerton, how trying to mow the lawn let him know how hurt he was and listens to Billy Whittaker as he adds his thoughts. Note: He did not finish the night at Can Am as his back still bothered him.  
 
Kenny Hammond explains how he came from the back twice to win the 602 Crate Topless 100 at Thunder Mountain Speedway, why he missed seeing the flagger in the closing laps and runs down his late season race plans.

Bob Henry Jr. talked about how he won his first DIRTcar Sportsman Series race since the early 2000’s Friday night at Can Am, what went wrong the next night and how much he’ll race in the next few weeks. 
 
Karl Spoonhower Jr. previews this weekend’s Wade Decker Memorial at Thunder Mountain, looks ahead to the rest of the season and runs down some upgrades they have made in recent years. 
 
     
 
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