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Gary Rowe of M.R. Gaebel, Inc.
Gates-Cole Associates SUNY Canton Automotive Technology program
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Sunday, May 12th 2019
   New on the Audio Page from Land of Legends Raceway:
 
After the heat races:
Parker Smith wins his Street Stock heat race for the second win in a row and talked to the crowd.
Jimmy Grant spoke about winning the second Street Stock heat and his second place at Outlaw.
Mike Welch got the win in the final Street Stock heat and told me about getting the car better.
Johnny Kolosek ran well for the second week in a row and talked about his heat and A-Main win.
Jason Whipple won a good back and forth race out front and told me how hard they were racing.
Ricky Newton has won both his Sportsman heats in Canandaigua and spoke about his latest win.
Kevin Ridley took the checkered in the 2nd heat and talked about how he made the move outside.
Kevin Root described the need for more side bite after his win in the third Sportsman heat race.
Steve Gray chatted with me about his Sportsman heat win and why he liked the outside groove.
Alan Johnson spoke to me after his Modified heat win and told me how close he was on weight.
Gil Tegg Jr. had a different motor in his big block in his heat and wondered what he was hearing.
Erick Rudolph smiled for the camera after his Modified win and told me how good his racecar was.
A.J. Lloyd won the Sportsman consolation race and talked about the three car battle at the front.
 
After the feature races, the A- Main and the Sportsman B-Main:
Adam DePuy survived a late race restart to win his second in a row and talked about his racecar.
Darryl Ruggles made a late race move to win the 305 A-Main and told me who he was missing.
Kevin Ridley won his 27th career Sportsman race and talked about how he used the outside.
Matt Sheppard stretched his win streak to eight and described how he went from third to first.
Garrison Krentz got the win in the Sportsman B-Main and talked about what went wrong earlier.


I had a fun Saturday night once again as I got to work again at Land of Legends Raceway. I stayed in the pits for the most part again and did victory lanes as I am totally having a blast getting to announce and stay with al my buddies in the pits who I have gotten to know better these last 13 years after giving up the booth.
 
It was more like typical Canandaigua as yes, it was still pretty muddy in spots but the track ended up being more like it usually is on the big, sweeping half mile. We did heat race winner interviews for the crowd and did some beforehand as we tried to teach the crowd some things about Modifieds. We had fun!
 
Matt Sheppard continues to be on a roll like nobody before as he won his eighth Modified feature race in a row. (He also won Friday night at Outlaw.) He downplayed it a little in his interview but he went from third to first in one move as the leaders caught traffic. Wow! Again, what he is doing in today’s ultra-competitive Modified world is just plain impressive and maybe unprecedented. Again, wow!
 
Go to www.landoflegendsraceway.com for more and look on the Audio Page for all the heat and feature winners. As usual we did save the pre-race chats and some of those will be up tomorrow. I am hoping to go to Utica Rome Speedway today but the forecast changed dramatically from the time I left till the time I got back from Canandaigua.

I know I promised a Doug’s Thoughts on Canandaigua and I just plan forgot. I was reminded about it last night so I will get it done this week for sure.
 
Have a great Sunday everyone and hopefully we will get to see some racing later today. I hope you all had a great Saturday night at your favorite track or maybe someplace you don’t go to as much. 
 
Saturday, May 11th 2019
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Davey Sammons talks about his Modified win at New Egypt and why he moved away from Sprints.
Craig Pritchard describes damage from an early crash and gets ready for Adirondack and Utica Rome.
Bob Kilburn told me about his Sportsman Coupe win at Bear Ridge and why he was a rookie at 58.
Paul Cole goes over the season opener at Land of Legends Raceway and why he wanted to race.  

It was another rainy Friday and many tracks fell victim to the weather. I stayed in the studio and got some work done so that’s why you have four new clips to listen to today.
 
I’ll be in Canandaigua today and doing more pit reporting as I really dig being in the mix with all my buddies and seeing things firsthand. I’ve gotten so used to being in the pits these last 14 years that it just seems comfortable to be there. And you’ll see me on the big screen there tonight for what should be quite the show.
 
Now let’s chat more about what is on the Audio Page on what will be another chilly Saturday at the racetrack…but at least we’re going right? Davey Sammons talks about his Modified win at New Egypt, how man years it has been between victories and why he moved away from Sprints after 12 years.  

Craig Pritchard describes damage from a practice crash to start the season and gets ready for today on the asphalt Adirondack International and Sunday on the clay at Utica Rome. 
 
Bob Kilburn told me about his Sportsman Coupe win at Bear Ridge last weekend, why he prefers this form of racing and why he became a rookie at age 58. Way to go Bob! 
 
Paul Cole goes over the season opener at Land of Legends Raceway, explains why he wanted to race so badly and why he took on a “WWGDD” philosophy.  
 
Friday, May 10th 2019
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Billy Van Pelt talks about his Modified win at Woodhull and recaps his first three races of 2019.
Dave Constantino tells me how he won the Modified feature in just his fourth big block start.
Jack Meeks started his season off with a win at Fulton and told me about his happy birthday.

We have a nice line-up for you today as we visit with some feature winners from the weekend and hope that today is not as rainy as the prognosticators say it will be. Brewerton pulled the plug yesterday afternoon and we hope your Friday night home fairs a little better. Best of luck guys and gals.
 
Now with a rainout in my forecast I got busy and even set up a few things for today so be sure to come back tomorrow as we may have four new chats for you. I’ll be back at Land of Legends and back in the pits as I love being where all the action is and with my friends. Sure, calling races is fun but I am totally grooving on this and I get to ride around in a cool four wheeler. Yep, sign me up! And thanks for trusting me with your ride Jim!
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page as we hope to see a lot of racing this weekend. Billy Van Pelt talks about his Modified win at Woodhull this past Saturday, explains what makes his new car different than before and recaps his first three races of 2019.   
 
Dave Constantino tells me how he won the Modified feature in just his fourth big block start, explains how he worked the outside to pass two experienced shoes and the new shop for DKM fabrication. 
 
Jack Meeks started his season off with his first ever win at Fulton and told me about the car they worked on since last summer as well as his happy birthday on Thursday.  
 
Thursday, May 9th 2019
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Matt Janczuk tells me about his Sportsman win at Fulton and his hopes for a rain free Sunday.
Nate Peckham spoke about his Sportsman efforts for this year and talked about his 2019 race plans.
Hear some of the Motor Sounds that were in the pit area Saturday at Land of Legends Raceway.

I had a nice semi-day off on Wednesday as we opened the pool, got in some basketball and got caught up on some much needed lawn work. With all that rain the lawn was tall and wet so there was a lot to do and it took a good amount of time.

I am now out of stuff and will be back at it again today with hopes to see some racing on Friday. I know, they say we have very little chance of seeing racing but you never know. I am getting desperate after having so much fun last Saturday that I wanna get right back at it but Mother Nature keeps getting in the way. At least I know I am not alone in my frustrations.

Now let’s chat more about what I have for you on the Audio Page finishing up with a long clip I know you’ll wanna put in the background and just listen to. Matt Janczuk tells me about his Sportsman win at Fulton Speedway on Saturday night, how good the racetrack was for their season opener and his hopes for a rain free Sunday. 
 
Nate Peckham spoke about his Sportsman efforts for this year and talked about his 2019 race plans that include some asphalt racing as well as his years running Enduros at Weedsport. 
 
Hear some of the Motor Sounds that were in the pit area Saturday at Land of Legends Raceway as they first fired up for the early practice laps on the still very tacky half mile. It’s a nice long one. Hit play and turn it up!!!   
 
Wednesday, May 8th 2019
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Derrick Podsiadlo offered his thoughts as we both stood in the mist Saturday night in Canandaigua.
Luke Horning talked about his Pro Stock win at Fonda Speedway and some changes to his racecar.
Matt Roberts is back behind the wheel of an IMCA Mod and talked about his Thunder Mountain win.
Lenny Sammons previews this week’s AARN and talks about some early season trends in the N. East.
 
Rain was once again the big story on Tuesday as the Super DIRTCar Series race was rained out at Outlaw Speedway in Dundee. For a while it looked like the weather was going to stay north but once it dropped south it pummeled the place. We had rain in the Syracuse area for hours on end and it was a lot. C’mon Mother Nature…cut us some slack please!
 
I used my time well getting a lot done in the studio and I still have a long list of people to call today. At least we have some Saturday action to talk about and we’re hoping for at least two days of racing this weekend. Keep your fingers crossed!
 
Now let’s chat more about what’s on the Audio Page starting with some racers who were at the racetracks this past Saturday. Derrick Podsiadlo offered his thoughts as we both stood in the mist Saturday night in Canandaigua and talked about switching up his cars for 2019 as well as how the weather is affecting his mood. 
 
Luke Horning talked about his Pro Stock win at Fonda Speedway, explained how he held off a good friend in the closing laps and describes some changes he made to his racecar during the off-season. 
 
Matt Roberts is back behind the wheel of an IMCA Modified and talked about his Thunder Mountain win on opening day while recapping what he has been doing the past few seasons. 
 
Lenny Sammons previews this week’s AARN and talks about some early season trends in the Northeast as well as how much of a factor the weather has been so far. C’mon sunshine!  
 
Tuesday, May 7th 2019
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Matt Sheppard talks about his winning month in April and what makes each of his wins different.  
Ryan Watt explains how he erased a straightaway lead and won with a last lap, last corner pass.
Billy Dunn tells me about the big block he had at Canandaigua and his hopes for Utica Rome as well.
Tony Veneziano reports on the World of Outlaw Sprint Car Series as they rained twice last weekend.
 
What a great day it was on Monday. I dug out my shorts and showed off my milky white legs because I could. I didn’t care how I looked I was just happy to be wearing shorts for the first time and hopefully not the last time anytime soon.
 
Keep your fingers crossed today as the Super DIRTcar Series is set to take on Outlaw Speedway. It will be a wide open show as the track does not run Hoosier Tires so even the regulars will not be able to use their regular Friday night set ups. There is supposed to be a line coming through with potentially damaging winds, hail and maybe even a tornado. Let’s hope they’re wrong as they have been on every other storm so far this spring. C’mon Mother Nature…cut us a break!
 
Now let’s chat more abut what’s on the Audio Page for today as we bring you an all-star line-up of Modified racers. Matt Sheppard talks about his winning month in April, the different combinations he has won at and how cool it was to win at tracks he doesn’t run much. It could be a tough year for the competition!
 
Ryan Watt explains how he erased a straightaway lead and won with a last lap, last corner pass at Bridgeport on Saturday as well as his plans to race today at Outlaw Speedway. 
 
Billy Dunn tells me about the big block he had at Canandaigua, his hopes for Utica Rome and the need to shake down the 358 Modified which has yet to hit the track. 
 
Tony Veneziano reports on the World of Outlaw Sprint Car Series as they rained twice last weekend and looks ahead to Eldora and a trip through Pennsylvania & New York.  
 
Monday, May 6th 2019
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Justin Haers spoke about the two Modifieds in his trailer and told me how he decided which one.
Jared Zimbardi told me about his 2018 season and the unique Sprint Car he was running Saturday.
Joe Trenca described the conditions he was seeing on Saturday and his hopes to get on the track.
Nick Cooper explained why his team took some time off and why they returned with a Sportsman.
 
Sunday once again saw some rain hit our area and depending on where you were you may have got a good amount of like we did in Liverpool, a somewhat steady drizzle. Weedsport Speedway got their practice in but once again Utica Rome fell victim to the weather. From what I heard they tried and tried but that rain from the south just kept coming.

I feel badly for everyone involved here as there is not much you can do when you get weather like this seemingly every Sunday. The track wants to race, the drivers want to race they just can’t catch a break. Let’s all hope this wet weather from April won’t hold over much longer.
 
Camille went to a re-union show for a band that used to play back in the early 80’s. We know a couple of the guys from Full Tilt and the show was under a tent at Ricky Breed’s property. Yeah, ex-racer and unofficial mayor of Memphis, New York Ricky Breed. We had a great time and stayed dry for the most part. It was a nice date night for me and my wife as we don’t get many of those, especially in the summer.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have on the Audio Page for today starting with an early conversation from last night as the mist was falling. Justin Haers spoke about the two Modifieds in his trailer for the season opener in Canandaigua and told me how he decided which one to use while thinking back on his first race up at Can Am. 
 
Jared Zimbardi told me about his 2018 season as he split time between 360’s & 410’s, his plans this year to focus more on 360’s and the unique Sprint Car he was debuting Saturday at Land of Legends. 
 
Joe Trenca described the conditions he was seeing on Saturday at Land of Legends, how happy he was with the promoter’s decision to go for it on a misty night and his hopes to get on the track. Yeah, Joe wanted to race! 
 
Nick Cooper explained why his team took some time off from the track, why they returned with a Sportsman and what they plan to do this season.  
 
     
 
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