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Saturday, September 14th 2019
    New on the Audio Page from Brewerton Speedway:

After the Modified heat races:

Ryan Godown finished second in the first Modified heat and told me about his small block past.
Keith Flach lost a spot to finished third in the heat and spoke about slowing down to run down low.
Tommy Sears won the 2nd Modified heat race and spoke about saving a tire for late in the race.
Chris Hile looked over a pile of tires in the pit next to him and told me about his 2nd place finish.
Rob Bellinger fell from first to third and talked about what happened to cause him to fall back.
Tim Sears Jr. borrowed a drink from his son and told me how he won the third Modified heat race.
Tyler Trump raced his way from 5th to 2nd in his heat and spoke about getting to make the draw.

After the feature races:

Mat Williamson picked up his first SDS win of the season and talked about fading at the very end.
Chris Hile finished second in the series race and wondered if he may have needed a few more laps.
Larry Wight led early, fell back and spoke about racing his way back up to finish in third place.
Matt Sheppard came from eleventh and told me why his progress stopped after reaching fourth.
Tim Sears Jr. explained why his car fell back as the track changed and how he ended up in sixth.
Peter Britten was the Hard Charger finishing 7th from 25th and talked about when the car improved.
Ryan Godown explained what happened during the final caution that caused him to fall to tenth.
Kyle Inman told me how he won the Sportsman Series race and why he changed his engine again.

Lots of audio up today from a really good show last night as the big block Super DIRTcar Series shared the bill with a Super DIRTcar Sportsman race. There 35 big blocks and 46 Sportsman so each division was well represented on a track surface that black, smooth and wide…old school if you will compared to what the track has been like the last few months.

There was a pretty good sized crowd on hand as well as the races are winding down as are the chances to each track we love so much one more time. Fortunately Brewerton has a night show during Super DIRT Week so they’re not done yet and if you were there last you are now a little happier that they still have a show to go as the racing was really good.

Mat Williamson is now one win away from tying his career high as he passed Brewerton Speedway’s 2019 Modified champion Larry Wight on lap ten and went unchallenged from there. Brewerton regular Chris Hile was able to close to within a few car lengths in the final laps as they hit slower traffic but this one was all Mat!

I got interviews with many of the drivers both in the heat races and after the features as my leg didn’t fell as badly as it has and I was able to do some walking around almost like the good old days at times. That was nice!

The Sportsman race was excellent despite some post race friction as Kyle Inman and Kevin Root put on quite a show up front swapping the lead three times in the last nine laps with Inman coming out on top. I did not do a lot of interviews as you may have been able to hear some of the friction in the background of Inman’s interview.

I’m off to Paradise Speedway today for Allie’s and the Dirt Modified Nostalgia Tour’s final race. Where did the season go? They are calling for rain early and hopefully it is not enough to cause a cancellation of this show. Keep your fingers crossed for me as I am so hoping for one more race and one more chance to see all the new friends I made this year.

The season could have not gone any better for us as we exceeded expectations at every level. I can’t thank everyone enough from the people in the club, the tracks that welcomed us, the fans that rooted us on and all of you for all your support on so many levels. It’s been great and we can’t wait to do it again next year!

I hope you all have a great Saturday and safe one too. See you tomorrow with more. 

 
Friday, September 13th 2019
   New on the Audio Page for today:

Pat Ward spoke about his hopes for Can Am last Saturday and look ahead to Brewerton today.
Ryan Watt recaps a great day for his family on Saturday as both he and his son won feature races.
Billy VanInwegen talked about some motor swapping and how he makes it through a long season.
Ryan Susice explained how one slipped away from him at Ransomville and why he was still happy.
Jackson Gill told me about his Fulton Speedway championship and how close it got at the end.

It was a lazy day for me as I ran around town doing errands and getting Allie some more laps on I-Racing with our buddy Jeff. It was a fun day that was finished off with a visit with friends at a local bowling alley and some Thursday night football.

Today I am off to Brewerton for a Super DIRTcar Series race and tomorrow I’ll be getting in the final race with Allie for this year as the Dirt Modified Nostalgia Tour visits Paradise Speedway in Geneva. I find it interesting that we finish our season at the place where Allie first saw the Dodge Challenger Modified and got her first laps in it. What a wild ride it has been. Can’t wait to see where next year will take us in that car.

Now let’s chat more about what is on the Audio Page for today as we are loaded up with talent here on Friday to get you stoked for the weekend. Pat Ward spoke about his hopes for Can Am after the storm last Saturday and look ahead to Brewerton today as well as a busy stretch with the Outlaw 200 & Super DIRT Week. 

Ryan Watt recaps a great day for his family on Saturday as both he and his son won feature races at different tracks, how made a last corner move to win at Bridgeport and looks ahead to Georgetown tonight. 

Billy VanInwegen talked about some motor swapping and how he makes it through a long season that consists of more races than one engine can do and what he does to them for the off-season. 

Ryan Susice explained how one slipped away from him at Ransomville last Friday night, why he was still happy afterwards and runs down his plan for the next month or so. 

Jackson Gill told me about his Fulton Speedway championship and how close it got at the end with a 19th place finish and why trying to drive cautiously can be very hard to do.  

 
Thursday, September 12th 2019
    New on the Audio Page for today:

Danny Bouc picked up his first of the year at New Egypt and tells me how he raced his way up front.
Jeff Sykes summed up how his season has gone at Can Am and what he would do after the rain.
Kane Bristol talks about his Sportsman win last Saturday in Canandaigua and a change that helped.
Johnny Bangs tells me how he won his 2nd Sportsman race of the season Saturday at New Egypt.
Luke Horning recapped his weekend that saw him win at Albany Saratoga and also at The Ridge.
Brett Deyo previews Friday’s night’s races at Georgetown Speedway and Saturday night at Fonda.

What a great day it was on Wednesday as we got close to 90 degrees here in Syracuse. It was that second summer everyone was talking about. I wish it lasted longer but at least we have one more summer like day to enjoy. Yay!

I spent some time outside early, visited a friend and then did a bunch of interviews in between as you can see. And I have five more for you tomorrow including a couple of big winners from the weekend so be sure to come back.

Now let’s chat more about what’s new on the Audio Page for today starting with a man who got to smile for cameras on Saturday night in New Jersey. Danny Bouc picked up his first of the year at New Egypt and tells me how he raced his way up front from seventh place as well as where he will be racing in the next two months. 

Jeff Sykes summed up how his season has gone at Can Am and what he would do after the rain slowed down the day as well as what you have to do when you are starting third. 

Kane Bristol talks about his Sportsman win last Saturday in Canandaigua, how a significant suspension change helped and how he now has to drive the car differently. 

Johnny Bangs tells me how he won his 2nd Sportsman race of the season Saturday at New Egypt, what his goals were coming into the season and remembers his start in racing at age 7. 

Luke Horning recapped his weekend that saw him win Pro Stock features at Albany Saratoga and The Ridge as well as a championship at his Sunday home. 

Brett Deyo previews Friday’s night’s races at Georgetown Speedway and Saturday night at Fonda while looking ahead to some other big shows down the road.  

 
Wednesday, September 11th 2019
    New on the Audio Page for today:

Billy Pauch Sr. talks about his championship at Bridgeport and looks ahead to Georgetown Friday.
Alan Johnson spoke to me about a question from a listener as well as his thoughts on suspensions.
Phil Vigneri III explained how another driver’s misfortune helped him get his 1st Ransomville win.
Mark Yorker and Mike Fowler fact check each other and talk about the realities of Sportsman racing.
Gary McColman tells me how he got involved in racing and how he likes Vintage racing with his son.

I had another very productive day on Tuesday getting lots of interviews done in the studio while shuttling the kids around as needed. I also got a reminder from a listener that I forgot to air a chat from last week. Darn. Thanks for reminding me Daniel.

I have a few to do today but then will take tomorrow off and do some I-Racing with Allie at a friend’s house. We have one more race left this weekend and I have one more race to do at Land of Legends later this month and that may do it for me.

My leg needs to get better and even though I get better during the week the hoofing around I do at the track every weekend puts me right back where I was before. So I am thinking about shutting down my travels after my last two commitments so I can get better. I can still do studio stuff and yes, it will suck missing the big races but I have to think big picture. Any thoughts please send them to me.

Now let’s chat more about what is new for today on the Audio Page starting with a heavily requested interview. Billy Pauch Sr. talks about his championship at Bridgeport, how much it means to him at this time in his career and looks ahead to Georgetown Friday. Really good one here! 

Alan Johnson spoke to me about a question from a listener about his winning season streak before he won later that night, his thoughts on coil cars and which engine combination works at different tracks. Sorry, this one got lost in the can. My bad!

Phil Vigneri III explained how another driver’s misfortune helped him get his 1st Modified feature win at Ransomville, how he survived four late restarts and looks ahead to running a big block at Brewerton on Friday. 

Mark Yorker and Mike Fowler fact check each other and talk about the realities of Sportsman racing including what happened to the car counts late as well as what happens when funds get low. Nice realistic talk here.   

Gary McColman tells me how he got involved in racing early in his life, how he likes Vintage racing with his son now and compares Big G to his everyday persona on the radio.  

 
Tuesday, September 10th 2019
    New on the Audio Page for today:

Steve Poirier recaps his perfect weekend in Canandaigua and explains why he fell off early.
Chris Raabe talked about his season in a 358 Modified as he won another track championship.
Mike White told me how he turned around his worst season evet to win Saturday at Can Am.
Tony Veneziano reports on the tight points battle as the WoO Sprints race on the west coast.

I had a nice day on Monday as I got some work done and went to get more tear offs for Allie was we get ready for our last race of the season at Paradise Speedway this Saturday. What a whirlwind it has been and I could not be more proud of what Allie has done both on and off the track.

I have a nice mix for you today featuring a couple of winners from this past weekend and we even got more than that as we were very busy in the studio on Monday. We’ll be doing the same today so be sure to come back tomorrow for four more interviews from the world of dirt racing.

Now let’s chat more about what is on the Audio Page today starting with a man who just enjoyed his best race weekend of the season. Steve Poirier recaps his perfect weekend in Canandaigua at Land of Legends as he won all four races he competed in, explains why he fell off early in the season and described his hopes for the Canadian Sprint Car Nationals this weekend at Ohsweken.  

Chris Raabe talked about his season in a 358 Modified as he won another track championship, remembered some of his past at Can Am and how little he has left on his 2019 race schedule. 

Mike White told me how he turned around his worst season ever to win Saturday at Can Am, how much fun he had coming from 30th to 12th at Albany Saratoga the night before and looks ahead to Mohawk International this Friday. 

Tony Veneziano reports on the tight points battle as the WoO Sprints race on the west coast, analyzes the low car counts in the upper northwest and looks ahead to three races in the next four days.  

 
Monday, September 9th 2019
    New on the Audio Page for today:

Michael Parent tells me about his season running 358 Modifieds and his late season race plans.
Kyle Inman walks us through the last minutes of his engine change and we hear the engine fire.
Jerrod Dennis talks about his Hobby Stock championship at Woodhull and racing with his father.
Jeremie Corcoran previews the Northeast racing Products Trade Show November 22nd and 23rd.

I slept late on Sunday to make up for a no sleep night on Friday into Saturday. I’m not going to tell you how late I slept but I am now fully rested and ready to get back at it. I did a few chats yesterday and one of those is up for today as well as some of what I did at Can Am over the rainy weekend.

I have to give them an incredible amount of props as the officials had maybe one of the longest days they’ve ever had. The teams got wet twice on the weekend and never showed any anger or displeasure at any time. It’s racing. You get that sometimes especially early and later in the season. Way to go everyone. Gold stars all the way around.

Now let’s chat more about what you can listen to on the Audio Page today starting with two chats from the long night on Saturday. Michael Parent tells me about his season running 358 Modifieds in Quebec, Canada, his hopes for Saturday night at Can Am after some rain altered the track conditions and his late season race plans.

Kyle Inman walks us through the last minutes of his engine change after a Sportsman feature win at Can Am, thanks everyone for their hard work and then let’s us hear the engine as they fire it.

Jerrod Dennis talks about his Hobby Stock championship at Woodhull, the tough night he had on the final point night and what it is like racing with his father who by the way finished second in points. Nice story here! 

Jeremie Corcoran previews the Northeast racing Products Trade Show on November 22nd and 23rd, tells drivers how they can get free admission and describes an injury he is working through right now. Get better soon man!  

 
Sunday, September 8th 2019
    New on the Audio Page from a long day, night and morning at Can Am Speedway:

Jason Powers spoke about his win in the DMNT/EOVSCC Super Series race made up from Friday.
Scott Gauthier won the Nostalgia portion of the DMNT/EOVSCC Super Series and told me how.
Kyle Inman had a problem at the end of his Sportsman win and explained what they had to do now.
Taylor Caprara finished second in the Sportsman feature and compared Saturday’s track to Friday.
Matt Janczuk described the challenging track he just raced on at Can Am as he finished in third.
Quinn Wallis dominated the Ron White Memorial and spoke about his win that was worth $1,000.
Jason Powers swept the night in the Super Series and remembered how he used the top to pass.  
Tim McColman got the win in the Nostalgia class and talked about how fast the track was later on.

Well that was something alright. What a night it was at Can Am! After going home early on Friday we came into Saturday with a green racetrack and more rain clearly on the radar and bearing down on us once again. But with no rain date for a season finale we all knew what we were in for and yes, it was a long, long day.

We got in some time trial action early and even got in our rained feature from the night before. Then as the rained out Sportsman feature finished it began to sprinkle and lightning was seen in the distance. The teams were ready and so was the track. The cars were pulled off quickly and everyone began the covering up and loading process.

We all knew we weren’t going home as clear skies could be seen behind the storm. Both Allie and Katie asked me what they were going to do and I said simply, “Stay till we get it done.” And that’s what we did.

Gold stars should go out to everyone from the drivers, teams, track employees and of course the fans who had no choice but to sit on wet grandstands. I watched Brian score in the tower for lap after lap and hour after hour and said to myself, “Whatever he’s getting paid it’s not enough.” Great job everyone and extra gold stars for those who made it to the end. We left at 12:45 a.m. and they still had a b-main and two features to go.

I’ll have more on this tomorrow but it’s 3:20 a.m. and I’m on only got a few hours sleep as our power went off in the morning. No power, no fan to listen to means no sleep for me. I’ll make some calls today and have more for you tomorrow including a Doug’s Thoughts on the day as well as the need for shrinking gray areas in rule books.

Have a great day and enjoy your Sunday guys and gals!

 
     
 
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