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Sunday, October 6th 2019
   

New on the Audio Page from Fulton Speedway:

Michael Storms took his spec small block to a heat win and talked about why he was nervous before
Ronnie Davis III won the second Modified heat race and told about a problem they thought they had.
Billy Whittaker was the first car to make the outside work and described what he found finishing 2nd.
Mike Maresca got the win in the third heat race and described the move he made on a veteran driver.
Erick Rudolph made the move of the heats and told me how he went from 9th to 4th in a just over a lap.  
Gary Tomkins drove his car hard coming from 6th to 1st and told me why he chose to run the outside.
Chris Hile did not have a good draw earlier and talked about how he came from ninth to finish second.
A.J. Kingsley nursed an injured car across the line to qualify in 4th and told me how bad the car was.
Billy Dunn held off a fellow North Country driver to win his heat and spoke about a shock problem.
Rob Bellinger gained five spots to win his heat and told me how he avoided a jingle along the way.
Tim Sears Jr. got spun out in his heat and explained what he noticed as he raced back up to fourth.
Rocky Warner led his consi before finishing 2nd and told me what was happening to the surface..
Kyle Inman spoke to the crowd in victory lane after winning the 50 lap Sportsman Shootout race.
Matt Janczuk led 43 laps before finishing second and spoke about his back to back runner ups.
Brad Rouse was the Hard Charger coming from 29th to 3rd and spoke about how he did so well.
Matt Sheppard came across as the leader after the first 100 laps and a described his racecar.
Mike Maresca picked up the surprise win and talked about why he had to be careful on the top.
Mat Williamson almost ran down the leader and spoke about his second place finish in the 200.
Tim Sears Jr. charged from 31st to 3rd and celebrated after his career best Outlaw 200 finish.

I had a really fun day at the one day show that I enjoy the most…the Outlaw 200 at Fulton Speedway. I first went to this race in 1990 and saw a guy from New Jersey named Billy Pauch come in and beat all the drivers I had been watching in my first year as an announcer at the trac. I’ve only missed a few since then and this one on was a classic.

After Gary Tomkins jumped out to an early lead after his heat win to start the day Matt Sheppard took the lead on the outside of turn four on lap 47. Fellow heat winner Mike Maresca worked his way to second getting by Tomkins and would finish second to Sheppard at the lap 100 break. Sheppard spoke about the need to tighten up his car for the second half of the race as he headed to the pit area.

Sheppard started the second half in the lead but just 20 laps into the run Maresca was able to get by Sheppard on the high side and take off. While Maresca tried to pull away Sheppard was trying to hold on. His car was not as good in the second half as Mat Williamson, Tim Sears Jr., Stewart Friesen and Tim Fuller would all find their way by to finish in the top five.

As for Maresca, things got really interesting in the closing laps as both Wiliamson and Sears were on his tail as they worked through slower traffic, which did get tougher to get through as the race wore on. Maresca would go on for the biggest win in his career and he almost didn’t know what to say in victory land leading to a very open and honest interview with announcer Bill Foley.

This race totally lived up to the hype and a packed house was on hand. If you saw pictures from the heat races don’t let those fool you. It was a full house come feature time as fans like to hang out in the sun during the day before they hit their seats at night. This event has always been that way.

I’ve got a lot for you today as I stayed busy to try to forget about how bad my leg was feeling. I toughed it out and will pay for it today but I got some really good stuff that I know you’ll like. Plus I saved a lot of pre-race stuff too and will be in the studio today getting more.

Enjoy the new stuff and have a great Sunday. Best of luck to all of you who are in your race shops today. Hope it goes smoothly, no excessive wrenching is needed and that you have all the parts you need so you dot have to dip into that thin wallet that we all have at this time of the year. I’ll talk to you guys tomorrow. 
 
Saturday, October 5th 2019
    New on the Audio Page from Fulton Speedway:

Cory Reed looks over the packed pit area in Fulton and ran down what it on the card for later today.
Tyler Thompson talked about his breakout season on asphalt and his hopes for the Modified team.
Tim Sears Jr. described what he brought to the Outlaw 200 and talked about his top five in 2018. 
 Michael Storms tells me what he has been doing the last few years and how got back into racing
David Marcuccilli spoke about his hopes for the Outlaw 200 and runs down his late season schedule
Matt Janczuk thought back to last week’s 2nd place in Canandaigua and talked about racing at Fulton.
Bret Belden won three races this season in two different cars and spoke about coming back for 2020.
Will Shields will race today in the Joe Beyea owned 121 Modified and told me how it came together.

I had fun as I went up north to Fulton Speedway to do my usual check in at the Outlaw 200. It always seems that I have things to on this Friday night as I had to be free to pick up Allie from basketball practice. So I left a about six so I would have plenty of time to pick her up at 7.

I’ll be at Fulton all day today hoping to load up on interviews and check out what I consider to be the best one day show in racing. It’s gonna be nice although maybe a little chilly after the sun goes down but this is the big one for me as drivers can win from anywhere on this track and especially on this particular weekend.

Come on out and see your favorite drivers as it was a packed house yesterday. I heard the Sportsman count was 88 and they will be doing last chance races today as well as their 50 lap feature. It’s gonna be a blast and I hope to see you there.

Now let’s chat about what is new on the Audio Page for today as we get ready for the big finish here in Central New York. Cory Reed looks over the packed pit area in Fulton and ran down what it on the card for later today at Outlaw 200 Weekend as both Modifieds and Sportsman hit the track. 

Tyler Thompson talked about his breakout season on asphalt and his hopes for the Modified team at the Outlaw 200 while remembering how he did in his first hot laps at the track. He’s come a long way guys and gals! 

Tim Sears Jr. described what he brought to the Outlaw 200 and talked about his top five finish in last year’s event as well as why this particular race is such a draw for both racers & fans.

Michael Storms tells me what he has been doing the last few years away from racing, how he recently got back into racing and how things have been going for him 0n the track.  

David Marcuccilli spoke about his hopes for the Outlaw 200 at Fulton, remembers some of his past at the track and runs down his late season schedule that includes big block and small block races. 

Matt Janczuk thought back to last week’s 2nd place in Canandaigua, explained why he lost the lead late in the race and talked about racing at Fulton in race number 2 of the DIRT Sportsman Fall Championship Series. 

Bret Belden won three races this season in two different cars and spoke why he has done so much better this season as well as how excited he is to come back to race Late Models again in 2020. 

Will Shields will race today in a Joe Beyea owned 121 Modified and told me how recently the whole deal came together as well as why he had to say, “let me check on something first” before accepting the ride.  

 
Friday, October 4th 2019
    New on the Audio Page for today:

Ronnie Johnson explained why he chose to run at Canandaigua last weekend and ran down his plans.  
Jack Lehner talks about his hopes for Land of Legends and why running a dash beforehand could help.
Jessica Power got ready for a consolation race on Saturday and explained the problem they had early. 
 Tommy Juhl tells me why he was at Paradise Speedway  and how he is doing down in Tennessee.

Man yesterday sucked didn’t it? Cold and rain were the words for the day but the good news is that all that should be out of here this morning with sunshine to follow. It will still be cold but racing will go on today as Fulton Speedway begins Outlaw Weekend.

I’ll get there early and get some interviews and then come home before dark as I have some running around to do with the kids after 8 p.m. I’ll be at Fulton nice and early tomorrow and ready for my favorite race of the season.

It was the first big race I ever heard about back in 1990 and I still believe it is the best of the bunch as track position does not matter at Fulton. You can come from last and win it. I love that! And with it being a draw show, the heat races are often the best drama of the night.

Now let’s chat about what’s on the Audio Page today as we bring you all interviews from my travels in the pit area on this Friday. Ronnie Johnson explained why he chose to race in Canandaigua last weekend, remembers coming to the track as a kid with his dad and ran down his late season plans.  

Jack Lehner talks about his hopes for Land of Legends and why running a dash beforehand could help in a couple of ways and told me what he learns about what he watches racing. 

Jessica Power got ready for a consolation race on Saturday and explained the problem they had in time trials while explaining what she did to try to fix the problem before they went green. 

Tommy Juhl tells me why he was at Paradise Speedway on Saturday, how much he was looking forward to driving a Four Cylinder that night and remembers some stories from the Outlaw Circuit days.     

 
Thursday, October 3rd 2019
    New on the Audio Page for today:

Mike Mahaney talks about his third place in the Fonda 200 and gets ready for Fulton and Oswego.
Chad Brachmann described what he needed to do on Saturday and runs down his late season plans.
Tim Hartman Jr. told me about his Sportsman win at Fonda and why he knew the top would be fast.
Pete MacDonald previews the Legends of the Fall 75 for Modifieds this Saturday at New Egypt.

I got a lot done n a cold day in Central New York as it now looks like we’ve seen 80 degrees for the last time till after the snow flies this winter. It was fun to have a nice day on Tuesday but it did make it seem that much colder yesterday.

It’s gonna rain for most of the day today and into tomorrow but the good news is that it will be out of here well before the actions starts at Fulton Speedway. I’ll be making a quick trip up there on Friday and then spend the whole day there on Saturday.

Now let’s chat more about what is new on the Audio Page for today starting with a man who got enjoyed his best pay day ever for a third place run. Mike Mahaney talks about his lucrative third place in the Fonda 200 and describes what he is doing in the shop right now as his team gets four cars ready for Fulton, Oswego and the satellite shows. 

Chad Brachmann described what he needed to do on Saturday to make the field at Land of Legends, what he thought would happen later that day and runs down his late season plans for Fulton and the satellite shows during Super DIRT Week. 

Tim Hartman Jr. told me about his Sportsman win at Fonda, why he knew the top would be fast for the first few laps and looks ahead to a potential series championship if all goes well two weeks from now at Afton. 

Pete MacDonald previews the Legends of the Fall 75 for Modifieds this Saturday at New Egypt, talks about the rules for the Mods and runs down the races they still have left for 2019.   

 
Wednesday, October 2nd 2019
    New on the Audio Page for today:

Billy VanPelt still had some work to do on Sunday and talked about some changes to the Modified. 
 Peter Britten looked forward to running a dash on Sunday and told me how that could help later.
David Schilling described his 9th place finish at Fonda and remembered a big crash from 2 weeks ago.

I had a nice day off on Tuesday although I did do some recordings in the studio but did not have to worry about updating the site for today as I already did that on Monday. I also did my usual time online racing last night and had a good time.

Now we’re back at it today and feeling better about the weekend as the forecast did get better than it was on Sunday. I’ll be at Fulton for at least Saturday but may go for a while on Friday too. We’ll see. The kids always have something going which is good, especially for young girls, so we’ll see how it goes.

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page starting with a driver who was searching for a better set up on Sunday afternoon. Billy VanPelt still had some work to do on Sunday in Canandaigua and talked about some changes he was making to the Modified while reminding teams to stop and see him at Super DIRT Week in the Bicknell tent. 

Peter Britten looked forward to running a dash on Sunday and told me how that could help later as well as the need to find the right balance with his racecar. 

David Schilling described his 9th place finish at Fonda and remembered a big crash from 2 weeks ago that was the scariest of his career while explaining what he was doing on Monday to get ready for Super DIRT Week.  

 
Tuesday, October 1st 2019
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Ryan Watt talks about his big block Modified win at Bridgeport and talks about his work for SDW.
Mike Stanton spoke about his move from Sportsman to a 358 as he got ready for his first laps in it.
Tony Veneziano reports on the latest WoO Sprint Car races and gets us ready for the National Open.

Make sure you get outside today as it sounds like this may be our last 80 degree day of the year. After a crappy and cold day on Monday it sounds like we better enjoy this one today. I am off so I know I’ll be out there finding something fun to do.

I got some studio work done in the afternoon and again after dinner and will maybe get a few more done today if I can find a few people to chat with. Then tomorrow we’ll be back at it again. I may do both days this weekend in Fulton as the Outlaw 200 Weekend is soon to be upon us. I hope you all get to go see some racing this weekend and get to get a little dirty at the same time.

Now let’s chat more about what is new on the Audio Page for today as we begin with a winner from the weekend. Ryan Watt talks about his big block Modified win at Bridgeport on Saturday night, described the unique format for the teams that qualified through their heat races and talks about the work he was doing on Monday for Super DIRT Week. 

Mike Stanton spoke about his move from Sportsman to a 358 as he got ready for his first laps with the new under his foot and wondered what to expect as he prepared for Land of Legends on Sunday. 

Tony Veneziano reports on the latest WoO Sprint Car races, runs down how a 74 point swing at the top has altered the points and gets us ready for the National Open.   
 
Monday, September 30th 2019
   

New on the Audio Page from Land of Legends Raceway:

Kevin Root spoke about his win in the 50 lap series race and his back & forth battle at the front.
Matt Janczuk led a lot of laps before finishing second and described what he was doing in turn 2.
Kane Bristol came home in third after starting second and explained where he was having issues.
Hear from some of the drivers and a well known photographer as I walk along the front stretch.
Erick Rudolph led all but one lap on his way to a 50 lap win and talked about how good his team is.
Larry Wight finished in 2nd place and explained where he needed to be better to catch the leader.
Mat Williamson spoke about his race night as he came from the LCQ to 4th to be the Hard Charger.
Gary Lindberg was the fastest small block finishing 4th and talked about how the slick track helped.
Justin Haers told me about his 5th place finish and described a handling condition that didn’t help.
Alan Johnson gained 8 spots to finish 6th and told me what it was like on the daytime slick track.

We had a fun day as Allie and I traveled to Canandaigua and Land of Legends Raceway for the completion of the Jerry Haers Memorial that was rain shortened on Saturday night. They got all the heat races but had consis, last chance qualifiers, a dash and of course the two feature races associated with it.

It was an emotional day for the Haers family and close friends as they celebrated the life of their patriarch with racing in his honor. You know Jerry would have wanted that right? But it was tough. You could see that and I must give the entire family a lot of credit. We are so sorry for your loss and we wish you all the best moving forward.

Erick Rudolph led all but one lap on his way to the Modified win against a star studded field that included many surprises. Larry Wight could stay with him and at times would gain on him a little in traffic. With about 10 to go Rudolph hit some slower traffic that allowed the gap to shrink to the smallest of the night but once he got through that the race was essentially over.

The first race in the DIRTcar Sportsman Fall Championship Series was one worthy of inclusion into a time capsule. Kevin Root and Matt Janczuk swapped the lead five times before Root got by for good with just three laps to go. It was one of the best races I’ve seen all year and like I said it was time capsule worthy indeed!

I saved some of my stuff from the pre-race and will start putting some of that up today. I’ll be in the studio later and again tomorrow. I’m planning on Fulton Speedway next weekend and a pair of SDW satellite shows next week. We’re also working on lots of things for down the road so be sure to keep stopping back every day.

We hope you had a great weekend, enjoy your Monday and stop back to see us again tomorrow. See ya later! 
 
     
 
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