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Friday, June 14th 2019
   New on the Audio Page for today:

Kyle DeMetro tells me how he is doing so far in his small block and what it's like racing big blocks. 
Tim Murphy told me about his two races at Brewerton and explains how he is gaining on the field.  
A.J. Lloyd 
told me about his Sportsman at Land of Legends and looked ahead to a very busy day. 
Chad Towner previews tonight at Penn Can Speedway and sums up the first four weeks of racing.

It was a rainy day on Thursday as The Gladaitor was rained out at Genesee Speedway. They have rescheduled that race for Thursday, July 25th which is good for me as I can go that day. And if you wondered, it rained several times after the annoucement as we had showers in the area till past midnight.

I'll be on the road today for Allie's first race with the Dirt Modified Nostalgia Tour as we visit Penn Can Speedway in Northern Pennsylvania. All three of the tracks we will visit this weekend have a special place in Allie's heart and mine too and we can't wait to hit the track...although she is nervous. Who could blame her right? And wait till you see the #75 Challenger she is driving. It kicks butt and looks great! Nice job guys.

Now let's chat more about what we have on the Audio Page for today starting with a pair of Modified drivers from here in Central New York. Kyle DeMetro tells me how he is doing so far in his small block and what it's like racing against big blocks at Brewerton as he hopes to get racing more on Sundays at Utica Rome.   

Tim Murphy told me about his two races at Brewerton and explains how he is gaining on the field as he gets more seat time as well as what he does not worry about as he races against some of the sport's drivers.  

A.J. Lloyd told me about his Sportsman at Land of Legends as he looked ahead to a very busy day, described what it is like with the peft side panhard bar and his hopes for a consolation race later in the evening.

Chad Towner previews tonight at Penn Can Speedway and sums up the first four weeks of racing while describing how much the car counts are up this year at the track. We'll see you there tonight! 
 
Thursday, June 13th 2019
   New on the Audio Page for today:

Tyler Trump just finished hot laps and talked about racing a 358 versus big blocks at Brewerton. 
A.J. Kingsley described his first small block race at Fulton and wondered about levels in the fuel cell. 
Willy Decker remembered his Fulton Speedway Sportsman win as he got ready to race at Brewerton.
Tyler Vinson tells me how his sophomore season is going after moving up to a full fledged Sportsman.
Carl Whittaker told me what got him into racing last season and how he's doing in his Street Stock.

Allie and I had a GREAT time on Wednesday as we met the #75 Dirt Modified Nostalgia Tour car at Paradise Speedway and got to turn some laps. Jeff Ciglich brought the car down from Canada and car builder Derrick Flynn met us at the track and we got into four sessions each eight laps long. She started slowly but got going faster quicker than we all thought, Allie included, and are now feeling much better as the tour goes to Penn Can, Five Mile Point and Utica Rome Speedways this weekend.

If you are a Facebook friend of mine check it out as we did two live hits that inlcuded some pre race thoughts from Allie, just like we've been doing with the Microd, and her second session on the track. We also saw a lot of friends there and thanks to all of you who came out to root Allie on. It meant the world to her. THANK YOU.

I'll be in the studio today and have a lot to do as I am way behind on calls. I was climbing the walls on Wednesday and so was Allie but as soon as we got out of the car the calmness took over and it was smooth sailing from there. I'll have the rest of my stuff from last weekend up as well as whatever I can do today in the studio. 

Now here is more about what is on the Audio Page today as we begin with a pair of newer drivers to the 358 Modified division. Tyler Trump just finished hot laps and talked about racing a small block against the big blocks at Brewerton as well as the bigger than expected Modified cars counts at Fulton Speedway.  

A.J. Kingsley described his first small block race at Fulton, explained why it was so much different from what he has ben doing in recent years and wondered about levels in the fuel cell as we asked members of the Sears family. Hmm, not sure if we figured that out or not? 

Willy Decker remembered his Fulton Speedway Sportsman win as he got ready to race at Brewerton, wondered how much was the new car and how much was the driver as he notched his first ever win in the division.

Tyler Vinson tells me how his sophomore season is going after moving up to a full fledged Sportsman from Novice, how cool it felt to win a heat the race before and what he is learning right now as he races in tight confines against a full field.

Carl Whittaker told me what got him into racing last season as a 34 year old rookie, how he's doing in his Street Stock now and what they are trying to get the car to do as he races against a pair of his old high school friends. Nice one here especially for those of you who have always wanted to race!
 
Wednesday, June 12th 2019
    New on the Audio Page for today:

Danny Varin recapped his weekend that included top 5's with the AllStars and a Modified featrure win.
Phil Vigneri previews The Gladiator at Genesee Speedway this Thursday and talked about the race. 
Tim Devendorf talks about his return to dirt racing in a Sportsman at a track he knows from Mod Lites.
Brent Joy has six races under his belt so far this year and described what it like running on coil springs.
Aksul Jensen tells me about his Street Stock win at Outlaw, his first ever feature win in his career. 

I had a nice day on Tuesday as I got caught up on som things here at the house and did some chatting in the studio. I'll be back with more tomorrow as we are heading to Paradise Speedway tonight to get Allier her first laps in the Vintage Modified. Come on out and join us and watch a young lady learn as she makes the move from a Microd to a full sized car. 

Of course we're not sure how this will go but Derrick Flynn has a plan to teach her throttle control first as she will take her first ever laps on dirt. What a great opportunity for her and it's a great opportunity for you to see someone learn lap after lap as we have races this weekend at Penn Can, Five Mile Point and Utica Rome. One thing we do know is that both her and I will know alot more by this time next week...that's for sure.

Now let's chat more about what is new for today on the Audio Page starting with a young man who is coming off of a pretty darned good weekend. Danny Varin recapped his weekend that included a pair of  top 5's with the All Stars, how close he came to winning at Weedsport and a Modified featrure win at Fonda Speedway as they ran two 20's.

Phil Vigneri previews The Gladiator at Genesee Speedway this Thursday and talked about the Modified rules for the race as well as the way the qualifying will work for this $2000 to win, $200 to statt event.

Tim Devendorf talks about his return to dirt racing in a Sportsman at a track he knows from Mod Lites, explains how he worked out a deal to do so and describes how things are going so far in 2019.

Brent Joy has six races under his belt so far this year and described what it like running on coil springs with a crate engine as well as what he is thinking as he evaluates what might be the best set up at all three of his tracks.

Aksul Jensen tells me about his Street Stock win at Outlaw, his first ever feature win in his career, described a handling condition he fixed and compared the cars of today to what they were fifteen years ago when he drove Super Stocks.
 
Tuesday, June 11th 2019
   New on the Audio Page for today:

Willy Decker explains why he has been sidelined the last few weeks and when they hope to return. 
Jeff Daugherty talked about getting ready for his second Modified race and how he finds balance. 
Jason Doty tells me how he Street Stock is doing at Canandaigua and some tough luck so far in '19.
Tony Veneziano reports on the World of Outlaws and a change at the top of the series point stanings.

I had a good day on Monday although I forgot that we were celebrating my wife's birthday officially on Monday. I went and got her Mother and then brought her back home so I only got one interview done in the studio. Good news is that there is nothing on my planner today except an eye exam this afternoon so I should be good to go today.

We're excited about this weekend as the Dirt Modified Nostalgia Tour has races at Penn Can, Five Mile Point and Utica Rome Speedways. I'll be chatting alot about them as well as the other divisions on the card that night. Wee look forward to getting back to these places and are hopeful for some practice laps tomorrow at Paradise Speedway.

Now let's chat more about what we have on the Audio Page for today starting with a driver who is waiting on a motor. Willy Decker explains why he has been sidelined the last few weeks and when they hope to return to the racetrack as well as what it is like racing at a different Saturday night track than his son. 

Jeff Daugherty talked about getting ready for just his second Modified race of the season, how he is enjoying his hgih school life and where we may see him race this season. 

Jason Doty tells me how he Street Stock is doing at Canandaigua and some tough he has had in his first few weeks as well as how many people he races against that went to high school with him. 

Tony Veneziano reports on the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series, a change at the top of the point stanings and how something that had not happened in years helped make that change happen.  
 
Monday, June 10th 2019
   New on the Audio Page for today:

Hear from a bunch of Brewerton Speedway regulars as they chat with me and meet fans on Friday. 
Eric Williams tells me how he is doing at Land of Legends after moving from Sportsman to Modified.
Jimmy Spano explains how he used the low side of Brewerton to earn his first Sportsman win of 2019.
Rich Townsend has yet to finish out of the top ten and talked about the great deal he got on a suit.

What a great weekend it was. I had a blast taking in two shows and getting in a round of golf on Sunday. I still haven't been able to practice yet so we are all over the place but a bad day at golf is still better than a lot of other days.

I have four nice ones up for you today and one is a nice long one that I did as the driers met the fans at Brewerton Speedway's Autograph Session on Friday night. I've seen the numbers and I know you guys like these long ones so here ya go.

I'll be back in the studio as I never seem to have much luck on Sundays so I have found Monday to be the better day. So be sure to come back tomorrow as we have stuff in the can and some suggestions to go off of as well. I hope you come back tomorrow as we get ready for Allie to hopefully hit the track four times in five days. Jump in with both feet right?

Now let's chat more about what's on the Audio Page starting with one that you can hit play on and then sit back and relax for a while. Hear from a bunch of Brewerton Speedway regulars in the Modified and Sportsman divisions as they chat with me and meet fans on the frontstretch during the first Autograph Night of 2019. I know alot of you like these long clips with multiple drivers so enjoy this one too!

Eric Williams tells me how he is doing at Land of Legends after moving from Sportsman to Modified, described a problem he had in his last start and wonders what might be the best way to keep cars out of the infield in the corners.

Jimmy Spano explains how he used the low side of Brewerton to earn his first Sportsman win of 2019, how good he felt he was as soon as he took the green from 12th place and explained why he was not sure if he had won his last race after a few lean years.

Rich Townsend has yet to finish out of the top ten and talked about the great deal he got on a suit before the season started as well as the need to find a cure for a nagging tight condition on his Sportsman.
 
Sunday, June 9th 2019
   New on the Audio Page from Land of Legends Raceway in the order they were recorded:

Paul Guererri 
came from to 3d to 1st late to win the Sportsman rainout race and talked about the win.
Jesse Pruchnik won the rained out 305 A Main and talked about working traffic in the closing laps. 
Parker Smith won his third Street Stock heat of the year and talked about what he would do later on. 
Jimmy Grant described how he made an inside move to win his heat and the new engine they put in. 
Mike Welch dominated in his heat win pulling away late and talked about how he took the lead early.
Erick Rudolph made a late race pass to win his heat and talked about the strong field on Saturdays. 
Derrick Podsiadlo explained what he learned his heat win and why the heat race track was different.
Adam Roberts talked about how a good starting spot helped in his win and what he saw on the track.
A.J. Lloyd led every lap to win the Sportsman consi and told me why he stayed down on the inside. 
Adam DePuy won his fifth Street Stock feature in a row and told me what made this win a bit different.
Alysha Baye survived a wild last few laps and talked about racing with her dad through slower traffic. 
Nick Guererri won his first feature race in two years and talked about how he let one slip away earlier. 
Erick Rudolph won his 2nd Modified feature of the weekend and talked about be as good as needed.
Wesley Hayes won the B- Feature and told me why his Sportsman came to a stop with after the victory. 

It was another summer like day on Saturday and summer like race conditions greeted the cars and fans at Land of Legends. There were rainout makeup races on the card and only six heat races as most of the pre-feature program from the previous week wes complete before the weather got to us.

They started out with a rainout Sportsman feature but the sun and wind were too much and the cars were sent back to the pit area after a few dusty laps and a yellow flag. The water brigaide came out and we even did a live video for the fans following one of the water trucks and explaining what was going on with the racetrack. I drove the four wheeler and cameraman Mike shot from the seat behind me. It was cool. Hope it looked that way to the fans. And you guys wonder why I came out of announcer retirement for Canandaigua...wonder no more.

All the winners are on the site today and we did get to can seven interviews beforehand as I tried to get to some racers I had not spoken to yet. There are still a few and we hope to get to all of them soon.

I'll be off today to get in a round of golf. It will only be the second time this year and with all the driving ranges closed last week we'll be going out again with no practice. Watch out trees! I'm coing for ya. I hope you all have a reat Sunday no matter what you choose to do and be thankful to be alive and respecful of those around you. Be fun to be around. See ya tomorrow. 
 
Saturday, June 8th 2019
   New on the Audio Page from Brewerton Speedway:

After the heat races:
Jimmy Phelps won the first Modified heat race and talked about the small block he passed to get it. 
Tim Sears Jr. walked me through his last lap move for a heat win using the inside of the final corner.
Matt Hulsizer notched his second heat win at Brewerton and talked about what he learned in the race.
Mark Yorker used the outside on a restart in his heat win and wondered if he needed to apologize.
Tyler Murray signed some autographs on the front stretch and talked about using the outside for a win. 
Jeff Prentice won his 4th heat race this season and talked about being a 55 year old Sportsman rookie.
Tyler Corcoran took first in the final Sportsman heat and talked about struggling the last two weeks. 

After the first two feature races:
Justin Williams described how they came back from a wreck at Fulton last weekend to victory lane.
Rob Bellinger won his 5th career Modified race at Brewerton and talked about how close it was late. 
Tim Sears Jr. came from 12th to 3rd and talked about falling back early before coming back forward.
Matt Hulsizer picked uo six spots to finish fourth and talked about how the early laps hurt his chances.
Chris Hile looked over front end damage to his nose and wondered what he hit out on the racetrack. 

It was a fun night at Brewerton Speedway as a regular show with Autograph Night was on the card. It was a beautiful day in Brewerton and I made it all night without my hoodie. I could have used it at the end but I was okay and did not need to take the run to the car to get it.

The heat races were full of passes for the lead and only one of the top ten starters finished in the top five when the checkered flag waved. It was a little dusty and there were a few holes in the turns but the racing was excellent. Rob Bellinger picked up Modified win number five at Brewerton and did so by getting by early leader Joe August on lap 22. There was only one caution so you had to pay attention in this one. Larry Wight caught Bellinger late but could do no more than poke a nose underneath as the top was the fast groove late in the race and that was that.

I did leave early as Friday was my wife's birthday and I did want to spend some time her. She gets up at 5 in the morning so getting her to stay up meant that I needed to be home early. I'm sorry for those of you in the Sportsman and Four Cylinder features and I will try to reach out to you this week and get you on. 

I'll be at Land of Legends Raceway tonight as we have some rainout out makeup action and I'll be on the glf course on Sunday to enjoy some calm and quiet. I did can a lot of stuff tonight including a long one I did during the autograph session that I know you will like. We'll have Canandaigua stuff up tomorrow and then be back in the studio on Monday. It's gonna be a fun weekend and even more fun next weekend. I'll have more on that later.

Enjoy the rest of the weekend. Race safe, race fast and have fun!
 
     
 
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