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Sunday, August 19th 2018
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    Mike Welch explained how he went from third to first late to win his first of the season in Canandaigua, wonders what happened in front of him and how rarely things work out like they did on this night.   
Running Time - 2:41
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    Kevin Ridley told me about winning his first Sportsman race of the season at Land of Legends, how the fast track played into his hand and the work they did in the afternoon before the race.    
Running Time - 4:20
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    Darryl Ruggles explained why he didn’t feel he was the best 305 Sprinter as he won the CRSA A- Main, how close he came to wrecking the car while going for the lead and reacted to his championship.     
Running Time - 2:47
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    Brandyn Griffin finished in 2nd place and talked about how familiar the race outcome seemed to him as he finished in the same spot the week before.     
Running Time - 0:36
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    Johnny Koloesk came home in third place in the CRSA A-Main and talked about the new chassis he had under him while thanking those who helped him get a podium finish.     
Running Time - 0:37
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    Tyler Vinson won his 3rd of the year in the New Legends Sportsman and spoke about why he wished his pass for the lead was a little cleaner as well as what he’s learned this season.     
Running Time - 2:50
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    Matt Sheppard methodically made his way to the front for a win and described the lines he was using as well as how the high line ended up being the best one in the closing laps.     
Running Time - 2:36
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Saturday, August 18th 2018
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    Sean Beardsley talked about racing a topless Late Model and told me how fast his car was last week as well as how much air affects things in the back of the car.     
Running Time - 2:39
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    Joe Shields tells me why he got out racing a few decades ago and why now was the time to come back as well as how he is doing as he learns what has changed over the years.    
Running Time - 4:12
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    Travis Welch described how he won his third Pro Stock race at Utica Rome and how relaxed he can be when behind the wheel as well as how a bold move early got him out front.    
Running Time - 16:06
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    John Strickler recapped his first top ten finish at Brewerton and how they were struggling up till then as well as how they have been learning as a relatively new race team.     
Running Time - 4:03
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Friday, August 17th 2018
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    Max McLaughlin talks about his Brewerton Speedway victory, his sixth place at Land of Legends Raceway and described the work he was doing on Thursday to get ready for the weekend.     
Running Time - 11:12
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    Ryan Arbuthnot tells me about his three win season so far and described how some extra work on shocks has helped as well as what he will do once weekly competition ends.    
Running Time - 3:51
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    Bobby Herrington remembers a recent win going slow, how he has been liking the track at Fulton and runs down his plans once September rolls around.     
Running Time - 4:49
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    Kevin Poitras describes how he is doing in his second year in dirt and how he is adapting to a 358 Modified as well as some experimenting he is doing along the way.     
Running Time - 4:42
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    Shawn Kirby came into last Friday as the Can Am point leader and talked about a consistent season so far in 2018 as well as how being in a tight points battle is nothing new for him.     
Running Time - 3:40
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Thursday, August 16th 2018
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    Alan Rudalavage talks about win number 4 at Penn Can last Friday, how quickly he was able to get up front and explains why he doesn’t travel more at this stage of his career.    
Running Time - 18:08
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    Billy Van Inwegen spoke about racing primarily Sprint Cars now, what it is like seeing tracks for a second time & third time as well as what his hopes were for Friday night at Can Am.     
Running Time - 3:57
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    Dylan Swierkick remembered the last time he raced, described how bad the crash was and explained why he changed the look on his car to something new.    
Running Time - 2:57
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    Dave Rogers had won two of his last four at Can Am and told me why he feels he has been doing of late and gave us all some tips on adjusting shock pressures during the race night.    
Running Time - 6:05
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    Earl Rudy shared his take on seeing the local Microd racers, what his impressions were of the show and recapped his last top ten finishes at Brewerton & Fulton.     
Running Time - 3:30
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Wednesday, August 15th 2018
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    Billy Van Pelt recaps his last two races that included a win as well as a third place and talks about checking torsion bars and finding a basic set up as well as how to tweak based on track conditions.    
Running Time - 27:50
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    Bobby Varin tells me about his Fonda win on Saturday and explains how he ran down the race leader in a multi-groove track as well as how he hurt one of his engines. Ouch!    
Running Time - 11:32
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    Matt Janczuk got ready to race Saturday and talked about his race plans after the summer is complete as well as his hopes to try to get behind the wheel of a Sprint Car.    
Running Time - 4:12
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    Corey Barker remembered his win on Friday at Brewerton and told me how good he is in the 25 car as well as his hopes to somehow move up to a 358 Modified next season.    
Running Time - 3:49
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    Emily Van Inwegen talked about racing her 305 against the ESS on Friday night up north at Can Am, described how her season has been going and what the biggest plus is on the year.   
Running Time - 3:21
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    Ryan Shanahan explained why he knew who it was when another car bumped him in the staging lane Friday night at Can An, the rivalry that exists between them and how close he is to his first win.    
Running Time - 4:44
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    Jeremie Corcoran describes how well Thursday Night Thunder went at ESTA Safety Park Dragstrip, wonders about expanding it for next year and looks ahead to the Northeast Racing Products show in November.    
Running Time - 4:59
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Tuesday, August 14th 2018
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    Marc Johnson told me how he won his first ever Modified race at Utica Rome, explained why it was special and looks forward to a busy streak of racing continuing tonight at Albany Saratoga.    
Running Time - 12:37
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    Denny Peebles spoke about life away from racing, what he does to the shocks on a slick racetrack as well as why that is exactly the type of surface he could use some improvement on.    
Running Time - 5:33
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    Phil Vigneri III recapped his Friday at Ransomville and previewed The Gladiator this Thursday at Genesee Speedway while telling me some of the drivers coming to this special Modified race.    
Running Time - 7:45
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    Chris Fleming described what it’s like running a topless Late Model, why he was trying something different on this night and teases a friend of mine from the Microd track who is on his crew. Smile Dennis! You’re on ddd!     
Running Time - 5:24
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    Nick Krause walked me through his 5th win of the season as he won again Friday night at Brewerton, what he did to rebound from a mini slump and a repair they made at the track.    
Running Time - 2:48
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    Brandon Ford explains the job he does for HBR Racing, a big requirement he has to fill to stay on the job full time and how that job has helped with his own Sportsman team.    
Running Time - 3:47
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    Tony Veneziano reports on the four nights of the Knoxville Nationals, explains how the teams got qualified for the $150,000 to win race and tells me about the close finish at the checkered.    
Running Time - 20:30
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Monday, August 13th 2018
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    Tim Sears Jr. described the crash he was involved in at Brewerton, how badly his big block Modified was damaged and the new car he’s now building.    
Running Time - 2:57
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    Mike Mahaney runs down his plans for a busy weekend that continue tonight at Fonda, tomorrow night at Albany Saratoga and how much fun he had racing Thursday night at Woodhull.    
Running Time - 3:47
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    Bret Belden explained how he picked up his 2nd win  of the year at Fulton, how some updates from a well known Late Model driver helped what it means to run the car topless.    
Running Time - 3:40
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    Dorian Wahdan told me how he won his very first career Sportsman race two weeks before college and how he compensated for losing is brakes just four laps in the feature.    
Running Time - 9:59
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    Addison Bowman spoke about some recent tough luck and how the move has been from Novice to a regular Sportsman while remembering his first laps of the season.    
Running Time - 5:32
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