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Gary Rowe of M.R. Gaebel, Inc.
Gates-Cole Associates SUNY Canton Automotive Technology program
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Friday, November 23rd 2018
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Bobby Varin toured the show last weekend and told me what changes at Fonda means to him.
Josh Reome tells me about his winless season in a Sportsman and describes the different fuels.
Travis Welch won the Pro Stock title at Utica Rome and talked about his weekend getaway.
Mike Mallett talks about racing on DTD TV and tells me about their hopes to be better in 2019.

I hope you all had a great day on Thursday and we hope the cold weather did not mess with your plans. We had a great time here and have lots of leftovers to go through. And yes, it is Black Friday but I will not be going near any stores today as I have some non-racing stuff to do.
 
I’ll have four interviews per day up through Monday when I will get back to work after a much needed break. Stay thankful for what you have and remember how fortunate we all are compared to most of the world. I hope your Friday is a good one and we hope to see you back tomorrow with more from the dirt racing world.

Now let’s chat more about what is new on the Audio Page starting with a man who is excited at the possibilities at his long time Saturday home. Bobby Varin toured the show last weekend and told me what changes at Fonda Speedway for next season means to him and talks about the many engine combinations. 
 
Josh Reome tells me about his winless season in a Sportsman, describes the different fuels he uses and runs down his plans to hit the road more in 2019.  
 
Travis Welch won the Pro Stock championship at Utica Rome and talked about his weekend getaway with his wife at the DIRTcar banquet and the new car he has coming. 
 
Mike Mallett talks about live racing on DTD TV, how the live look in’s help the track & the venture and tells me about their hopes to be better in 2019. John Tiff and Gary Tomkins also join us here. 
 
Thursday, November 22nd 2018
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Brett Wright talked about his season in a 360 Sprinterand explained why less stroke means more laps.
Chris Fleming told me about some issues they had in their Late Model and what he's thinking for 2019.
Dylan Zacharias described what he was doing at the Troyer booth and what’s he learned on the road.
Brian Carter explained how he found a racecar for Charlotte and runs down his background as a driver.
 
Happy Thanksgiving to all of you and I hope you all have a wonderful day. I hope the turkey turns out great, the people you have at your table are doing well and that you are truly thankful for what you have.
 
Now as much as I want you all to make the most of this special day I also know you could use a little bit of a racing fix so I have four nice chats for you today. And don’t forget that Super DIRT Week is on MAVTV tonight starting at 7 p.m. The Billy Whittaker Cars 200 runs in two parts from 7-9 p.m. so set your dvrs or watch it live.
 
Now let’s chat more about what is new for you today on the Audio Page as we begin by learning something about Sprint Car engines. Brett Wright talked about his season in a 360 Sprinterand explained why less stroke inside the engine means more laps between rebuilds as well as what that means on the track.  
 
Chris Fleming told me about some issues they had in their Late Model, what he was bidding on at last weekend’s auction in Syracuse and what he is thinking for 2019. 
 
Dylan Zacharias described what he was doing at the Troyer booth, what’s he learned on the road working with a Modified team and what he is going to do this winter in his shop. 
 
Brian Carter explained how he found a Pro Stock for Charlotte and describes his background as a driver as well as how he went from that to CEO of World Racing Group. Nice story and a lot of good stuff here.  
 
Wednesday, November 21st 2018
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Jimmy Phelps talks about the coming 2019 season both at Weedsport Speedway and the Kartway.
Claude Hutchings Jr. explained why he is going to be running 358 and big block Modifieds in 2019.
Chad Homan spoke about his 14 win season and his work this past weekend showing off his ride.
Michelle Courcy described how things went in her three races and her work at the Velocita booth.
 
It was a nice day for me on Tuesday as I got a lot done here at the house. I did some writing and then went bowling as I continue to struggle on the lanes. I have a lot of good stuff up for you today as we get another day closer to turkey day tomorrow.
 
Be sure to stop and think about all that we are thankful at Thanksgiving and stop to think about those less fortunate than ourselves. It’s so nice that we have a day like we do tomorrow and I truly hope your is a wonderful one filled with family and friends.

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page as schedules are beginning to show up. Jimmy Phelps talks about the coming 2019 season both at Weedsport Speedway and the Kartway as well as some other events for both cars and music fans. 
 
Claude Hutchings Jr. explained why he is going to be running 358 and big block Modifieds in 2019, how much he is looking forward to getting back to Utica Rome and maybe Brewerton. 
 
Chad Homan spoke about his 14 win season and his work this past weekend showing off his ride while describing what changes he had to make with his new chassis. 
 
Michelle Courcy described how things went in her three races, how she lost her car along the way and her work this past weekend at the Velocita booth.  
 
Tuesday, November 20th 2018
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Max McLaughlin answers questions from Jack Lehner as they talk about last weekend’s activities.
Bret Belden spoke about getting back to victory lane twice in 2018 and what he is doing next year.
Jessica Power recapped her trip to Syracuse and tells me about the off season work they are doing.
Bobby Hearn described what is new at Teo Pro Car and what an exciting time it is in racing right now.
Tony Veneziano gives us some WoO Sprint Car news and comments on those from 1st to 6th in pts.

I had a nice day on Monday as I got some work done, got my car fixed by some good friends and headed back to get more work done. After a busy day today and tomorrow I should be able to be off for a few days although I plan on taking a bite out of a big non-racing project that I have been putting off and after I do one last check in this morning I’ll be off and running on that.
 
A big thanks to Jim and Mike Bowman for squeezing me in at Bowman Automotive as I needed to get a pair of tie rods changed and fix a small exhaust issue. They took care of me in under an hour and I could not be more thankful. Great to see you guys and I’ll swing by and say hi today.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page starting with a pair of young drivers having some fun with the microphone. Max McLaughlin answers questions from Jack Lehner as they talk about last weekend’s activities as well as the best way to eat a chicken sandwich at Chick Fil A. 
 
Bret Belden spoke about getting back to victory lane twice in 2018, how those wins rejuvenated him & the team and what he is going to be doing next year. 
 
Jessica Power recapped her trip to Syracuse and tells me about the off season work they are doing to get ready for next season and why he just loves her 9 year old chassis.  
 
Bobby Hearn described what is new at Teo Pro Car for 2019, how things went for him at the show in Syracuse and what an exciting time it is to be a chassis builder right now.

Tony Veneziano gives us some WoO Sprint Car news and comments on those from 1st to 6th in the final points on the series while putting some perspective on the dominance of Donny Schatz.  
 
Monday, November 19th 2018
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Mike Mahaney talks about the split from Buzzchew Racing and where he will go forward from here.  
Rocky Warner runs down his tentative plans for next season and talks about how fortunate he is.
Denny Peebles describes how he’ll celebrate Thanksgiving and how getting more seat time helped.
Dan Gill tells me about Atomic Sign Works at the show and their t-shirt line with catchy phrases.
Frank Simonetti talks about Swift Springs and their successes this past season in various disciplines.

I had a nice lazy day on Sunday after a busy couple of days on Friday and Saturday which were just wall to wall racing. I loved it and it was so great to see some friends, make some new ones and talk racing for two straight days. Yeah!
 
Now I will have a little bit of work to do today and should actually be able to take several days off this week for family and Thanksgiving. We should have about 12 people over this year and my wife and dad make a great turkey. And she makes the stuffing just like my mom used to make. We miss you mom and will be thinking of you a lot this week.
 
Now let’s chat more about what is on the Audio Page today featuring three drivers and two businesses that were at the show this past weekend. Mike Mahaney talks about the split from Buzzchew Racing, thanks them for all their efforts and tells where he will go forward from here.  
 
Rocky Warner runs down his tentative plans for next season and talks about how fortunate he is before we tease one of his friends on the phone. Good one!  
 
Denny Peebles describes how he’ll celebrate Thanksgiving, how getting more seat time at the end of the year helped and what he is thinking about for next season. 
 
Dan Gill tells me about Atomic Sign Works at the show, described some of the cars they had in Syracuse and their t-shirt line with catchy phrases.  
 
Frank Simonetti talks about Swift Springs presence at the NE Racer’s Auction and Trade Show, how the company came to be and their successes & championships this past season in various disciplines. Check them out at www.swiftsprings.com
 
Sunday, November 18th 2018
   New on the Audio Page from the DIRTcar Northeast Banquet:
 
Jocelyn Roy spoke about his third championship on the Pro Stock Super DIRTcar Series for 2018.
Kevin Root and his son Nicholas talk about winning his first Sportsman Super DIRTcar championship.
Larry Wight won his first Super DIRTcar Series championship and talked about his 358 successes.
Danny Johnson talks briefly about his fourth place in two different cars on the Super DIRTcar Series.
Max McLaughlin gets Shane Andrews good as they talk about his third place finish on the BB SDS.
Erick Rudolph finished in 2nd place on the series and spoke about how well things went this summer.
Brian Carter introduces this year’s champion Matt Sheppard and they talk about his up & down year.
 
We had a fun day but a long one as we were somewhere pretty much every minute of the day. I started at the Northeast Racing Products Trade Show, came home for a few minutes and then headed out to the DIRTcar Northeast Banquet with Camille to have some fun and see some good friends of ours.
 
I saved most of what I did as this week is always a tough one to get ahold of people so look for lots this week. Up today is strictly banquet stuff so the audio is a little low in spots and a little hot in others. The rest of the stuff this week will be different and I do have a lot of it.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page for today starting with some Super DIRTcar Series champions.
Jocelyn Roy spoke about his third championship on the Pro Stock Super DIRTcar Series for 2018 and thanks the many people who have helped him out along the way.  
 
Kevin Root and his son Nicholas talk about winning his first Sportsman Super DIRTcar championship while Kevin runs down the any who have helped in his 4 years in the division. 
 
Larry Wight won his first Super DIRTcar Series championship and talked about his 358 successes as well as where he hopes to be someday.  
 
Danny Johnson talks briefly about his fourth place finish in the points in two different cars on the Super DIRTcar Series while explaining why he does not look to far ahead in life. 
 
Max McLaughlin gets Shane Andrews pretty good as they talk about his third place finish on the BB SDS as well as what is down the road for this young man. 
 
Erick Rudolph finished in 2nd place on the series and spoke about how well things went this summer as well as how proud he was of what they accomplished in their first full season on the tour. 
 
Brian Carter introduces this year’s champion Matt Sheppard and they talk about his up & down year as well as how different things were this time around.  
 
Saturday, November 17th 2018
   New on the Audio Page from the NE Racers Auction & Trade Show:

Mel Thomas talks about the Thomas Racing Videos booth and a new project they are starting.
Lenny Sammons tells me about the special edition of Area Auto Racing news and his indoor shows.
Ryan Watt stopped by on his way home and told me about the big Mod race today at Bridgeport.
Billy Colton shows off the new Troyer Cars for 2019 and tells me a little bit about each of them.
Brad Smith explains the products made by Velocita and tells me how his parents started the biz.
Pete Bicknell runs down some of what is in the Bicknell booth and how the day went on Friday.
Tim Evans describes the line of products in the Schaeffer Lubricants booth and the show deals.
 
I had a fun day on a snow day. My kids and my wife all had the day off and I got to clear 11 inches of wet snow from the driveway. Yeah, we got a really good amount of snow but by 11 a.m. the roads were clear and we were good to go.
 
Allie went with me to the Northeast Racer’s Auction & Trade Show and boy can she handle herself. I could not have been more proud. I got a lot of interviews done and each of the ones that is on today is with someone you should visit with today so be sure to stop by and see what’s inside.

It’s auction time today and there is a lot of good stuff that will roll across the block. I’ll get there right before that starts and then I need to back here at 5 p.m. to meet a friend who is in from out of town and then to the DIRTcar banquet in time for cocktails and some interviews at 6 p.m.

Yeah, we’re that tight today but you need to enjoy these good times when you can regardless of how busy it makes you. We’ve been to too many wakes & funerals this year and will have another one coming up this week so don’t sit home today, get out, enjoy life and tomorrow is not a guarantee for any of us. I hope to see some of you today.
 
Now let’s chat more about what is new for today on the Audio Page from the show in the order in which they were recorded. Mel Thomas talks about the Thomas Racing Videos booth, what they are selling at the show this weekend and a new project they are starting in Geneva. 
 
Lenny Sammons tells me about the special edition of Area Auto Racing news available at the show, the racecar builder’s guide inside and his indoor shows coming up soon. 
 
Ryan Watt stopped by on his way home and told me about the car he picked up beforehand, what he plans to do with it and he hopes happens today in the big Modified race today at Bridgeport.  
 
Billy Colton shows off the new Troyer Cars for 2019 and tells me a little bit about each of them as well as how exciting a time it is for chassis manufacturers.  
 
Brad Smith explains the products made by Velocita and tells me how his parents started the business back in 1970 and the trade shows he will be attending. Check them out at www.velocita-use.com
 
Pete Bicknell runs down some of what is in the Bicknell Racing Products booth at this year’s show, how the past year has gone foe them and how the day went on Friday.  
 
Tim Evans describes the line of products in the Schaeffer Specialized Lubricants booth, how they did with the racers on Friday  and the special show deals he is offering today.  
 
     
 
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