|Wednesday, October 7th 2015
| New on the Audio Page for today
Stewart Friesen reacted to his tough draw at Fulton and told me how ahead he is for Syracuse.
Gary Tomkins showed off an old school look at Fulton and talked about his late season plans.
Bobby Varin spoke about his hot laps at Fulton, what he had to change and where he’ll race next.
Bob Henry Jr. talked about his Modified heat win at Fulton and wondered if they fixed a problem.
Andrew Ferguson prepared for the Outlaw 200 and told me about an issue he had with sail panels.
Rocky Warner remembered his Sportsman heat win at Fulton and talked about slick racetracks.
Tony Veneziano reports on the WoO from Williams Grove and talks about Rolling Wheels.
I had a fun day on Tuesday as I got a lot of work done both for the website and for the Syracuse Post Standard and their online presence at Syracuse.com. Today I’ll be checking in at the New York State Fairgrounds as the Modifieds hit the track for the first time later today with a 3 p.m. hot lap session on the card.
Tonight is the first of three straight nite shows for the 358 Modified Super DIRTcar Series as they hit Weedsport tonight, Brewerton on Thursday and Rolling Wheels on Friday. And Saturday’s Salute to the Troops 150 is also a series race so the title in that could be decided in this four race streak.
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page starting with my last interviews from Fulton this past weekend as well as an update on the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series. Stewart Friesen reacted to his tough draw at Fulton for the Outlaw 200, his hopes to make up for that late on and told me how ahead he is for Syracuse.
Gary Tomkins showed off an old school look at Fulton and talked about his ride for the Outlaw 200 as well as his late season plans.
Bobby Varin spoke about his hot laps at Fulton, what he had to change after getting out on the track and where he’ll race in the next few weeks.
Bob Henry Jr. talked about his Modified heat win at Fulton and wondered if they fixed a problem that he had in the last half of the 15 lap qualifier.
Andrew Ferguson prepared for the Outlaw 200 and told me about an issue he had getting his car to turn with sail panels and wondered if he would race again in 2015.
Rocky Warner remembered his Sportsman heat win at Fulton and talked about slick racetracks as well as the two types of tires he has won on this year.
Tony Veneziano reports on the WoO from Williams Grove, Donny Schatz clinching championship number seven and talks about Rolling Wheels this Saturday as well as the close points battle for 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th in the series standings.
|Tuesday, October 6th 2015
| New on the Audio Page for today
Billy Pauch Jr. talked about the track he saw at Fulton as he visited the track for the second time.
Chuck Bower told me about his Friday night heat race and his strategy for Saturday’s heat.
Chad Phelps locked himself into the Outlaw 200 with a Friday heat win and talked about the race.
Elmo Reckner drew for his starting spot at Fulton and talked about his weekend before at Fonda.
Jeff Crambo spoke about his season in a Modified at Five Mile Point and his new addition.
Tommy Juhl explained how he found a ride in the Mike Payne owned Modified for Fulton.
Super DIRT Week begins tonight as the Modifieds heat to Utica Rome Speedway in Vernon for the first of three night shows. Weedsport runs tomorrow and Brewerton on Thursday. Also some teams will be at the track today for early bird inspection and if I can free myself up I will get over there to see what’s happening.
Now let’s chat more about what we have on the Audio Page for today starting with a man who traveled a long way to get to Saturday’s big race. Billy Pauch Jr. talked about the track he saw at Fulton as he visited the track for the second time and got ready for what was a loaded first heat.
Chuck Bower told me about his Friday night heat race, his strategy for Saturday’s heat and how tough it is to find the fast groove in the 200 lap feature race.
Chad Phelps locked himself into the Outlaw 200 with a Friday heat win and talked about the race as well as how he hoped he could better his starting spot even more.
Elmo Reckner drew for his starting spot at Fulton and talked about his weekend before at Fonda where he had to switch cars after an overheating issue on the first night.
Jeff Crambo spoke about his season in a Modified at Five Mile Point, why he had neon pink on his racecar and told me about his eight day old baby boy at home.
Tommy Juhl explained how he found a ride in the Mike Payne owned Modified for Fulton and what his expectations were for the Outlaw 200.
|Monday, October 5th 2015
| New on the Audio Page for today
Rocky Warner won the Sportsman feature race after a rain delay and talked with Adam Buchanan.
Jim Spano and Mike Button share some stories from when they raced together on the DIRT Circuit.
Chris Mackey talked about his Sportsman heat win at Fulton and adjusting to a crate engine.
Dan Kapuscinski summed up how his Friday night went and his plans for Super DIRT Week.
Kevin Root told me about his Friday night heat win and how good he has been the last few weeks.
Ryan Scott tells me about his move from an IMCA Modified to a Sportsman at Brockville.
Jeremy Dygert got ready to take hot laps on Saturday and talked about Friday night heat victory.
What a great day it was on Sunday. After a few colder days the sun was out and short sleeves could be worn. We only have a few more days like this so I hope you got out for a bit and got to enjoy it.
I did some work and did some running around before getting to work. I wanted to highlight the Sportsman division today as they were so strong with 82 cars this past weekend at Fulton. So we have seven chats with some of them today.
So now let’s chat more about the new stuff we have on the site today on the Audio Page from some of the top Sportsman teams in our area. Rocky Warner won the Sportsman feature race after a rain delay taking the lead on lap with 19 laps to go and spoke about it with Adam Buchanan.
Jim Spano and Mike Button share some stories from when they raced together on the DIRT Circuit as well as how the qualified for Fulton’s 50 lap Sportsman race.
Chris Mackey talked about his Sportsman heat win at Fulton and adjusting to a crate engine after two seasons in a Modified.
Dan Kapuscinski summed up how his Friday night went with his Sportsman at Fulton and his plans for the final Super DIRT Week.
Kevin Root told me about his Friday night heat win, how a well timed yellow flag helped and how good he has been the last few weeks.
Ryan Scott tells me about his move from an IMCA Modified to a Sportsman at Brockville and described how well his winning season went.
Jeremy Dygert got ready to take hot laps on Saturday and talked about Friday night heat victory as well as how he visualized what he would do on the track.
|Sunday, October 4th 2015
| New on the Audio Page from Outlaw Weekend at Fulton Speedway:
After the heat races:
Billy Decker talked about his win in the first Modified heat race and why his draw doesn’t matter.
Tim Fuller came home second in the first heat and talked about picking up three spots to draw.
Pat Ward won the second Modified heat race and told me what he learned from looking around.
Billy Whittaker explained how Friday night’s practice with sail panels helped him win his heat.
Chris Hile spoke about finishing second in his heat race and drawing pole for the Outlaw 200.
Dale Planck ran away with his heat to get the win and told me how good his Modified was.
Danny Johnson caught the leader with an outside move and talked about starting in 7th later.
Ryan Jordan finished second after leading some laps and explained why he moved to the inside.
Larry Wight used the outside to run down the leader and talked about winning the last heat.
After the feature races:
Billy Decker told Adam Buchanan after leading at the break and the changeable racing surface.
Billy Decker won the Outlaw 200 and told Bill Foley how nervous he was after leading lap 100.
Danny Varin passed a lot of cars late to finish in 2nd and told Bill Foley a big problem he had.
Larry Wight finished in third place and told Bill Foley about getting by some of the slower cars.
Tim Fuller ran as high as 2nd before finish 4th and talked about being fast but not maneuverable.
Ryan Phelps picked up 17 spots to come home in fifth and told me how his car changed late.
Mike Mahaney explained why he fell from 2nd to 6th and how a jingle messed up his car’s handling.
Jimmy Phelps came from 33rd to 5th before fading to 9th and talked about being real fast early.
Chris Hile told me how he went from the pole to last before getting back up to finish in tenth.
It was a cold day but a fun one at the Fulton Speedway as the Outlaw 200 finished out their 2015 season. The camping area was full, there was a real nice crowd in the grandstand and the racing was intense with Billy Decker winning his second Outlaw 200 and his second big race in a row after winning last weekend’s Super DIRTcar Series race at Fonda.
After leading six laps earlier in the feature he took the lead for good on lap 85 and dominated the race from there on. He talked about being “plumb wore out” after the first 100 laps but he sure didn’t look it as he was clearly the fastest car all day as well as the most maneuverable.
The race did not get off to a roaring start however as 12 cautions in the first 68 laps made for more yellow flag laps than green ones but once they got going only 2 yellows were seen the rest of the way. And with the long green flag runs the track got black and wide becoming a somewhat typical 200 lap track. Up until then it had stayed like a regular Saturday night track.
A weather delay during the Sportsman feature may have been to blame as rain water does do different things to a clay track compared to that same water if it is taken out of a pond some time afterwards. Give the track crew huge kudos as it was less than 10 minutes after the rain stopped that the Sportsman came down the ramp to race.
I’ll have the Sportsman winner up tomorrow as well as many other drivers in that division who were at the track this weekend. They were 82 cars strong with 21 more cars than were in the Modified division. I don’t think that has ever happened in this race before. It shows how strong this class is right now!
I felt badly for Billy Pauch Jr. after he flipped violently in his heat race ending his day before he completed a lap. I spoke with Billy afterwards and he told me that he was okay although he was icing his right knee. His car is done but fortunately he is okay. Sorry Billy, that was a real bad deal.
I’ll be back tomorrow with more but make sure you give all the interviews a listen and see what it was like to be at this prestigious event. I’ll have lots more tomorrow so be sure to stop back.
|Saturday, October 3rd 2015
| New on the Audio Page from Outlaw Weekend at Fulton Speedway:
Darwin Greene tells me what he likes out the Outlaw 200 and trouble after his win at I-88 Speedway.
Bret Belden remembers the first 200 at Fulton and A.J. Kingsley reacts to a theft of Zeus buttons.
Mike Bowman talks about a car he sold to a crewman and why he is in the Roger Phelps #3 Modified.
Chris Hile thought back in his 7th place in last year’s Outlaw 200 and why he likes sail panels.
Nick Petrilak got ready for his first laps at Fulton and told me about his season down at Penn Can.
Billy Whittaker prepared for his first Outlaw 200 since 1993 and talked about his hopes for today.
Today is my favorite race day of the year as Fulton Speedway hosts the Outlaw 200. I know I’m not supposed to have favorites but this one is my favorite race. It was the first big race I was associated with and I love the format with no time trials which makes each heat race a can’t miss affair.
You guys know how today will go. A few drivers with little experience will get a pole in their heat and a multi-time champion will start in the last row. The drama that these heat races will create today are half of what makes this so much fun. The fans watch each heat come out and marvel at the quality of the field and wonder which drivers will be a bit of a surprise and which drivers will have to come from the dreaded consolation races. It’s a great day!
And we don’t have to worry about any weather either except the cold. So bring your heavy jackets, your gloves and your hats and come out today for what is sure to be a great show.
I left early as we had some good news here for my wife and we had some celebrating to do. If everything works out we could be on our way up the food chain and hopefully back to being fully sufficient. Yeah, wouldn’t that be nice! Keep your fingers crossed for her.
Now let’s chat more about what we have on the Audio Page from my quick trip to a cold Fulton Speedway yesterday. Darwin Greene tells me what he likes out the Outlaw 200, why he makes sure he runs this race every year and the trouble he had trying to do a donut after his win at I-88 Speedway.
Bret Belden remembers the first 200 at Fulton, tells me some stories from that event while A.J. Kingsley reacts to a theft of Zeus buttons by a fellow racer.
Mike Bowman talks about a car he sold to a crewman, explained why he is in the Roger Phelps owned #3 Modified and what his plans are for the end of 2015.
Chris Hile thought back in his 7th place in last year’s Outlaw 200, his hopes to do well again and why he likes sail panels on Modifieds so much.
Nick Petrilak got ready for his first laps at Fulton and told me about his season down at Penn Can as well as his recent move to a Modified after years in a Sportsman.
Billy Whittaker prepared for his first Outlaw 200 since 1993 and talked about his hopes for today as well as how running more races than he originally planned has him more ready.
|Friday, October 2nd 2015
| New on the Audio Page for today:
Matt Tanner talks with Allie Elkins about the nice draw he had at Fonda and his past struggles.
Joe Trenca tells Allie about his 2015 season in a Sprint Car and his hopes for that first win.
Jeff Hachmann speaks about Andrew Cuomo coming to Central New York and Super DIRT Week.
I am excited as we get ready to head to Fulton Speedway for their season ending Outlaw Weekend. I’ll be there tonight and tomorrow and have lots of audio up from the event. And the weather concerns we had about Saturday have gone away as the hurricane should not be an issue. Yay!
I also wrote up a story on the growth of the Sportsman division and how the Novice class has helped it. That will be in Sunday’s Syracuse Post Standard as well as online at Syracuse.com. I had a ball writing it and hope it tells a nice story to the non-racing public which I hope makes them more likely to come see what we all do.
Now let’s chat about what is new for today on the Audio Page starting with a pair of interviews my daughter did at Fonda last Friday night. Matt Tanner talks with Allie Elkins about the nice draw he had at Fonda, some of his past struggles at the track as well as his plans for the end of 2015.
Joe Trenca tells Allie Elkins about his 2015 season in a Sprint Car, his hopes for that first win as well as what his plan was for Fonda as well as his plans for 2016.
Jeff Hachmann speaks about Andrew Cuomo coming to Central New York to meet with race people, the future of Super DIRT Week and gets ready for the finale at the fairgrounds next week.
|Thursday, October 1st 2015
| New on the Audio Page for today:
Mike Mahaney got ready for a three day weekend and talked about his comfort level in a Sprint Car.
Tim Axton explained why he was without his Sprint Car and what happened inside the engine.
Cory Reed previews Outlaw 200 Weekend and talks about the rules, camping and lots more.
It was a big day for race fans in Central New York as Governor Cuomo was in town to announce the state’s help in moving Super DIRT Week to Glenn Donnelly’s new Central New York Raceway Park. I wrote about the effects in my latest column available on newsstands today as well as online at www.syracuse.com.
I have always said that racing in New York State is the best kept secret in the industry and hopefully with the governor and his help the rest of the world and average people will now know what we all have known for quite some time. And with Watkins Glen adding new pavement and CNYRP opening their gates next year with help from the state, New York will now be known nationwide as the place for racing in the northeast!
Part of me wonders if the state underestimated the passion of racers and fans. I wonder if they thought that closing the mile would have a minimal effect. And since the number one goal of every politician is to get re-elected, this would certainly paint them all in a positive light with race fans who up till now were not necessarily enthralled with the end of the mile at Syracuse.
What does the future hold? We won’t know for a while but now that the powers that be in New York State appear to be excited to work with all of us racer types, the sky could be the limit.
Now let’s get away from that and focus on the here and now with our new stuff on the Audio Page that you can listen to right now. Mike Mahaney got ready for a three day weekend and talked about his comfort level in a Sprint Car as well as the championship he won at Thunder Mountain.
Tim Axton explained why he was without his Sprint Car at Fonda and what happened inside the engine that caused him to end his season early.
Cory Reed previews Outlaw 200 Weekend and talks about the rules, why the race is so different than the others and lots more on this 30th annual event.
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