|Check out some new photos from Can Am Speedway now in our newest photo bin. Thanks Rebecca!
|Sunday, March 17th 2019
| New on the Audio Page from the Viaport Mall Car Show in Rotterdam:
Luke Horning talked about the car he had at the show and why he changed the number to the 97.
Buck Gasner spoke about winning a rookie of the year award at 40 and a special cause he supports.
Joe Williams remembers his time racing on asphalt and talked about his return to Sportsman racing.
Bob James thanks all the sponsors and the racers that made this year’s racecar show a big success.
I had a nice day as I traveled east to Rotterdam to their annual car at the Viaport Mall. It was fun to see all the racecars and boy there were a lot of them. Well over 70 cars were on hand and will still be there today for you to see so be sure to stop on by.
A big thanks to Crash Mender for his help as he fed me a lot of drivers, many of which I had never met before and some I had not seen in quite some time. And of course a big thank you to the drivers who I met who trusted me enough to chat with me. I means the world to me guys.
I was able to can a few of those interviews for later this week and I may get some from Steve Ovens as well as he is out at the Arnot Mall car show this weekend. That show also runs through today too so be sure to check that out if your out that way.
Now let’s talk more about how my day was and let you hear some things from the Audio Page that I recorded at the mall. Luke Horning talked about the car he had at the show, why he changed the number to the 97 on this car and what he has planned for his 2019 race season.
Buck Gasner spoke about winning a rookie of the year award at 40 and a special cause he supports. Look for his number 99 at the show today and help if you are able to.
Joe Williams remembers his time racing on asphalt, explained what cost him the most money doing that and talked about his return to Sportsman racing that’s started last year.
Bob James thanks all the sponsors and the racers that made this year’s racecar show a big success at the Viaport Mall and tells me about some new equipment he has on order to make his videos look even better.
|Saturday, March 16th 2019
| New on the Audio Page for today:
Chuck Hebing showed off a new look on his Sprint Car and talked about his 2019 race plans.
Tim Sears Jr. walked the aisles at Motorsports Expo and told me how his cars are coming along.
Shane Andrews offered his take on the indoor races at Syracuse and shares some memories.
Jody London previews the Dave London Memorial for Super Stocks on Classic Weekend in Oswego.
I had another great day on Friday as I enjoyed the warm weather and had some friends stop by to say hi. Now today I will be on the road heading east to Rotterdam and the car show featuring cars from Fonda, Glen Ridge and Albany Saratoga. It should be a lot of fun and I can’t wait.
I’ll be making the trip myself as Allie is going to be glued to the TV watching the ACC tournament. That young lady watches more basketball and Sports Center than anyone I know. Wanna know something about college or NBA basketball? Just ask her. She’ll tell ya!
Now let’s find out more about what we have going on today on the Audio Page starting with a pair of drivers who are going to win more than a few races this coming season. Chuck Hebing showed off a new look on his Sprint Car at Motorsports Expo and talked about how his daughter Kelly did the design as well as his 2019 race plans.
Tim Sears Jr. walked the aisles at Motorsports Expo and told me how his off season life is going, what keeps him going when things get tough and how his Modifieds are coming along at the shop.
Shane Andrews offered his take on the indoor races at Syracuse, tells us how much we may hear him this year at the races and shares some of our collective memories. “Great story Shane!”
Jody London previews the Dave London Memorial for Super Stocks on Classic Weekend in Oswego, explains why he is excited to bring the race to this track and what he will race this coming season.
|Friday, March 15th 2019
| New on the Audio Page for today:
Eldon Payne Jr. talks about how he helps his sponsor at shows and racing with his 13 year old son.
Ryan Bartlett described how Friday was going for him as he raced his TQ Midget in Syracuse.
Jesse Pruchnik showed off his 305 Sprint Car last weekend and talked about his 2019 race plans.
In my latest Doug’s Thoughts I recap the weekend in Syracuse and talks about our racing in 2019.
It was a really nice day on Thursday and was made that much better thanks to a great comeback performance by our city’s college basketball team. It was quite the night on Wednesday and local basketball fans are feeling pretty good here in the Syracuse area. Nice job boys!
As I wrote this up I am getting ready for a full night, and weekend for that matter, of college basketball. Sure, we’ll be in Rotterdam on Saturday but every other minute will be spent watching hoops with Allie as she gets ready for full practices and games for her Unified team at Liverpool High School. And fortunately that ends May 24th which is the weekend before we first race. Perfect huh?
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page for today starting out with news on a long time driver that ties in with both me and my daughter. Eldon Payne Jr. talks about how he helps his sponsor at shows related to the product, racing with his 13 year old son and what the two of us are going to do together this summer. Thanks so much Eldon…really!
Ryan Bartlett described how Friday was going for him as he raced his TQ Midget indoors at the NYS Fairgrounds in Syracuse and told me how things looked back at his race shop while looking ahead to the Can Am opener.
Jesse Pruchnik showed off his 305 Sprint Car last weekend and talked about his 2019 race plans as well as what he needs to do in school to keep racing.
In my latest Doug’s Thoughts I recap the weekend’s events at the NYS Fairgrounds in Syracuse, speak a little about each event and about the racing both my daughter and I will be doing in 2019.
|Thursday, March 14th 2019
| New on the Audio Page for today:
Al Heinke tells me how his time in the Army shaped his life and made him the man he is today.
Brett Wright talks with Andrew McGill about his 360 Sprint Car and his recent races in Florida.
Greg Birosh spoke about racing his Ford powered Modified at Outlaw and shared some memories.
Carl Crawford just ran his first laps in thirteen years and told me how his TQ midget was handling.
It sounds like today could be the first short sleeve day of the year with temperatures predicted in the high 50’s for us today. Sounds like Allie will be able to play a little basketball in the driveway for a bit before her unofficial Friday practice. And it could stay warm through Thursday too. Yay!
I plan on being on the road this weekend to hit the car show in Rotterdam and see some people I don’t get to see enough. I plan on hitting the road about noon on Saturday and staying until just past diner time. Hope to see you guys there.
Now let’s chat more about what we have on the Audio Page for today starting with the man who has made the big changes happen at one of our favorite racetracks in Central New York. Al Heinke, Weedsport Speedway’s owner,tells me how his time in the Army shaped his life, helped him become a Civil Engineer and made him the man he is today.
Brett Wright talks with Andrew McGill about his 360 Sprint Car in 2018, what his hopes are for the coming season and recapped his recent races in Florida. How bout Andrew? Heck of a job huh?
Greg Birosh spoke about racing his Ford powered Modified weekly at Outlaw Speedway, described how the car is coming along back at the shop and shared some memories.
Carl Crawford just ran his first laps in thirteen years and told me how his TQ midget was handling in the inaugural race in Syracuse as well as what his expectations were for the weekend.
|Wednesday, March 13th 2019
| New on the Audio Page for today:
Billy Van Pelt swung by the Expo on his way home and gave some advice on buying a new helmet.
Josh Flint showed off his #41 Sprint Car and talked about what he learned last season with the ESS.
Tyler Thompson told me how he liked the TQ Midget at Syracuse and why he has a new mustache.
Taylor Caprara was racing a Champ Kart this past weekend and told me how things were going.
Ben Bushaw is moving up this year from Sportsman and talked about running a 358 Mod at Fulton.
I had a nice day off on Tuesday and hopefully had a great time at bowling. I wrote this up on Monday night so we can only hope what I just wrote was true. And I hope you are having a nice week too.
I’ve got more good stuff up for you today and will be back tomorrow with more from the weekend and the studio as I do have some things planned for today. I hope to head out to Rotterdam on Saturday as usual and if the weather cooperates I’m pretty sure that’s gonna happen. Now how long I stay is up for debate. I know you guys like to party out there so I may have to make arrangements so I can stay and not have to worry about driving. We’ll see.
Now let’s chat more about what I have for you on the Audio Page today beginning with a man who stopped in Syracuse for a reason on Saturday night. Billy Van Pelt swung by the Expo on his way home from some snowmobiling and gave some advice on buying a new helmet while explaining why he felt it was time for a new one.
Josh Flint showed off his #41 Sprint Car and talked about what he learned last season with the ESS as he visited some new tracks and remembered a big crash he had in a Modified at Fonda.
Tyler Thompson told me how he liked the TQ Midget at Syracuse, why he has a new mustache and what he plans on doing on both asphalt and dirt in the coming season. He rocks it alright!
Taylor Caprara was racing a Champ Kart indoors this past weekend in Syracuse and told me how things were going as well as how his Sportsman cars are coming along.
Ben Bushaw is moving up this year from Sportsman and talked about running a 358 Modified weekly at Fulton as well as what it will be like working on racecars for both of his young sons.
|Tuesday, March 12th 2019
| New on the Audio Page for today:
Tommy Sears remembered his 1 win season and talked about running big blocks and small blocks.
Jonathan Reid talks about the TQ Midget he was driving and how cool it was to be at Syracuse.
Mike Welch tells me about the two different racecars he will drive this year and his racing future.
Kyle Keenan describes the various Zamp Racing Helmets and some of his own racing background.
Tony Veneziano reports on race # 5 for the World of Outlaw Sprint Cars at Thunderbowl Raceway.
I don’t know about you but I was pretty tired after the busy weekend. Hoofing around those concrete floors can be brutal but I got better as the day went on and even had enough energy to get in my workout.
We’re going to try to bowl tonight as my ailing shoulder and neck are about 90 some percent right now. I’m gonna stretch beforehand and do what I need to do afterwards while hoping for the best. Keep your fingers crossed for me. There are only three weeks left and it would be night to be able to finish it out as our team is still in the hunt.
On the site are some conversations from the weekend as well as one I did in the studio on Monday. We still have a lot to come so be sure to keep checking back with us. And I’ll do a Doug’s Thoughts here later in the week too so look for that as well.
Now let’s chat more about what is going on today on the Audio Page and the brand new stuff you can listen to now. Tommy Sears remembered his 1 win season and talked about running big blocks and small blocks, tells me what he has been doing in the off season and describes how his cars look right now.
Jonathan Reid talks about the TQ Midget he was driving this past weekend, how cool it was to be involved in the first indoor race at the new venue and what he’ll race during the regular season.
Mike Welch tells me about the two different racecars he will drive this year at Land of Legends Raceway and Utica Rome while wondering a little about his racing future.
Kyle Keenan describes the various Zamp Racing Helmets and other products they had available at Motorsports Expo as well as some of his own racing background from behind the wheel.
Tony Veneziano reports on race # 5 for the World of Outlaw Sprint Cars at Thunderbowl Raceway in California and describes a runaway victory and the tight point standings.
|Monday, March 11th 2019
| New on the Audio Page from the 33rd Annual Syracuse Motorsports Expo:
Tyler Bartlett offers his take on the indoor races and looks ahead to his second season at Can Am.
Lenny Sammons describes how the indoor show went from his end and recaps his very long night.
Cory Reed talks about 2019 at Brewerton and Fulton Speedways as well as his Expo experience.
Frank Nortz tells me about his recent race at Adirondack International and their plans for 2019.
Jimmy Phelps runs down how the weekend went at the Weedsport Speedway both at the Expo.
Bill Shea is looking ahead this year at Utica Rome and talked about why he is not looking back.
It was a whirlwind weekend as we visited the Center of Progress Building three days in a row and saw the very first indoor race ever in the Exposition Center on Friday night. What a GREAT weekend it was.
On Sunday I tried to focus on the tracks a little more and all of the interviews I put up today are all about the racetracks here in New York State. I still believe we are one of the best kept secrets in the racing world and later this week I’ll let you hear from someone who will back me up on that as he came all the way out from his home in the state of Washington. They’ll be that plus loads more so do not miss a day this week.
We also met some new friends at Velocita Premium Motorsports Apparel and both Allie and I got some new gear from them. They have great looking stuff and I love the story of how this company was formed. I’ll talk more about that as we go here as we have more exciting news coming for both Allie and myself. Big thanks to everyone at Velocita as we now safer than we were and look better too!
Also a big thanks to everyone who made our weekend so much fun. I could have recorded more but it was just so great to see some of you this weekend and get caught up on our lives away from racing. We wish all of the best and we hope it is a great season, and a safe season, for all of us.
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page as we begin with my first interview as I came through the front gate at 2:30 and still saw a lot of people milling around. Tyler Bartlett offers his take on the indoor races as he watched his brother & friends race and looks ahead to his second season as owner at Can Am Speedway. You’ll never guess what he learned!
Lenny Sammons describes how the indoor races went from his perspective, recaps his very long night on Saturday and tells me how much fun he had at a very busy Motorsports Expo.
Cory Reed talks about the coming 2019 seasons at Brewerton and Fulton Speedways, how small block racing is growing and how things went for him at Motorsports Expo.
Frank Nortz tells me about his recent race in the snow at Adirondack International, how it was different than the first race and runs down some of their plans for 2019.
Jimmy Phelps runs down how the weekend went at the Weedsport Speedway both at Motorsports Expo, highlighted some coming races and ran down some of the he’ll be doing in the 98h car.
Bill Shea is looking ahead this year at Utica Rome Speedway after getting in just eight races in 2018 and talked about what fans have been saying to him about their rough luck as well as some of what they have coming up this year.
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