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Friday, June 24th 2016
    New on the Audio Page for today:

Alan Rudalavage spoke about his first win of the season at Penn Can and how racy the track was.
Danny Creeden won two races this past weekend and talked about Accord and Thunder Mountain.
Chuck Bower has been fast of late with his Modified and told me how well the car is working.
Max McLaughlin recaps his runner up finish at Fulton and tells me how close 0.047 seconds is.
Rocky Warner tells me about his two win streak at Utica Rome and the car he has done it in.
Ronnie Davis III talks about his season so far in a Sportsman and how those around him help.
Jeff Stevenson described the work he and his family did to get their Sportsman to race number one.
Billy Clark Jr. just got off the track after hot laps and talked about turning things around of late.
Billy Pauch Jr. relives his big win at New Egypt and tells me about his many runner up finishes.

It is going to be quite the weekend from the sound of things as summer is officially here and so is summer vacation for school aged youngsters everywhere. So now we will get real busy with more mid week shows than you can shake a stick at.

I’ll be doing shows this weekend tonight and Sunday with a golf day sandwiched in between. Overall we’re doing better but still have our horrible days. That’s golf. It’s kind of like racing in that just when you think you’ve got it you’ll find out otherwise.

Now let’s talk about all the great stuff we have for you on the Audio Page to get you ready for the first weekend of summer. Alan Rudalavage spoke about his first win of the season at Penn Can and how racy the track was and wonders how we can get more fans to the racetracks.  

Danny Creeden won two races this past weekend and talked about Accord and Thunder Mountain as well as how happy he was to accomplish the feat for the first time.  

Chuck Bower has been fast of late with his Modified and told me how well the car is working as well as how tough it can be to pass cars in the last ten laps of a feature.  

Max McLaughlin recaps his runner up finish at Fulton, the best so far in his young Modified career and tells me how close 0.047 seconds is.

Rocky Warner tells me about his two win streak at Utica Rome, the familiar car he has done it in and the new one they had Tuesday in Weedsport. Dave Marcuccilli joins later as the two rip on each other.   

Ronnie Davis III talks about his season so far in a Sportsman and how those around him help when things don’t go as planned on the racetrack. Good one here!  

Jeff Stevenson described the work he and his family did to get their Sportsman to race number one and their hopes for last Friday night at Brewerton.

Billy Clark Jr. just got off the track after hot laps at Brewerton and talked about turning things around of late after a rough start to the season. 

Billy Pauch Jr. relives his big win at New Egypt and tells me about his many runner up finishes as well as his USAC Silver Crown race at Williams Grove.  



 

 
Thursday, June 23rd 2016
    New on the Audio Page for today:

Chub Frank speaks about the new chassis he had and wonders how much longer he will be racing.
Boom Briggs had a recent injury and told me what happened and described his hopes for the night.
Brian Shirley came into Weedsport 4th in WoO points and talked about the need for a turnaround.
Bobby Varin talks about his second win in a row at Fonda and what made the night so special.
Chad Homan told me how his first season is going in a Late Model and why he was in Weedsport.
Brandon Ford was coming off a win at Fulton and told me about win and his hopes for Weedsport.  
Todd Root picked up his 2nd Fulton win of the year and told me how close he is at Brewerton.  
Dave Marcuccilli has three wins at Canandaigua so far and talked about being hot and cold.

We sure do have a lot for you today as we have been very busy the last few days. I have some World of Outlaw Late Model drivers for you as well as some others who were at the show in Weedsport on Wednesday. Plus we have a Modified winner from the weekend and many more coming tomorrow.

It has been a crazy few days but it is a good kind of crazy as we are so happy to be giving you guys all of these interviews. Tomorrow we’ll talk to Alan Rudalavage, Danny Creeden, Chuck Bower and more. I will be doing races on Friday and Sunday this weekend and already have a couple of good ones saved for you on Sunday.

Now let’s talk about the eight interviews I have up for you on the Audio Page for today. Chub Frank speaks about the new chassis he had and wonders how much longer he will be racing while thinking back on his early races in Weedsport.  

Boom Briggs had a recent significant injury that required several surgeries and told me what happened and described his hopes for his first night back after two months.  

Brian Shirley came into Weedsport 4th in WoO points and talked about the need for a turnaround while running down some recent woes he has had with his Late Model.  

Bobby Varin talks about winning his second in a row at Fonda, what made the night so special and his hopes for some luck on Fridays at Glen Ridge.  

Chad Homan told me how his first season is going in a Late Model at Canandaigua, why he was in Weedsport and what he hoped to learn over the course of the night.  

Brandon Ford was coming off a win at Fulton where he raced the track on the inside and told me about win as well as his hopes for Weedsport’s WoO race.  

Todd Root picked up his 2nd Fulton win of the year and told me how close he is at Brewerton as he teased one of his fellow drivers who was pitted next to him.  

Dave Marcuccilli has three wins at Canandaigua so far and talked about being hot and cold while recapping an error he made this past Saturday.  

 
Wednesday, June 22nd 2016
    New on the Audio Page from Weedsport Speedway:

After time trials and the heat races:

Frank Heckenast Jr. set fast time in the World of Outlaw time trials and spoke about his quick lap.
Ricky Newton set fast time in his Sportsman and told me about his win in the first qualifying heat.
Rocky Warner won his Sportsman heat race and talked about the quickly changing race surface.
Dave Marcuccilli got the win in the 3rd Sportsman heat and told me about his hopes for the feature.
Connor Cleveland told me about his win in the final Sportsman heat and his win at Fonda.
Frank Heckenast Jr. led every lap to win the 1st WoO heat and told me about the inside line.
Josh Richards has won heats in 13 of 16 races so far and talked about his two jobs at the track.
Rick Eckert talked his heat race win and told me the story of how he got the nickname “Scrub”.

After the features:

Rocky Warner took over the lead on lap 9 and talked about his first trip to Weedsport’s Victory Hill.
Josh Richards lapped all but 4 cars on his way to a win and spoke about his dominating victory.
Shane Clanton was fast late and spoke about his race from sixth to second in the 40 lapper.
Frank Heckenast Jr. finished in third place and talked about getting better the last few races.
Brandon Overton picked up a spot late to finish fourth and spoke about the effect of lapped cars.
Rick Eckert started fifth, finished fifth and described how he lost a position late in the race.
Steve Casebolt faded from third to sixth and told me how he tried to work with his racecar.

What a fun night it was in Weedsport as the World of Outlaw Late Models were in town for the Fingerlakes 40. I forgot how fast these cars are and how sideways they get in the corners. After seeing a lot of crate Late Model stuff I quickly remembered why I was so into this series when it first started coming to Central New York.

A nice crowd was on hand as well as a few of our own local racers and they did well. Frank Heckenhast Jr. was the man to watch early as he set fast time and won his qualifying heat. But series point leader Josh Richards was fast also winning his heat as did veteran Rick Eckert.

Richards drew the pole and just flat out ran away from everyone as he lapped all but four cars and if the race was five laps longer he may have lapped all but two. Shane Clanton was the show to watch late as he came from sixth to second but he had nothing for Richards.

I got some nice interviews with some of the guys and you’ll hear more of those in the next two days as we plan on getting another show in Friday while debating on whether to go Saturday or Sunday. So be sure to come back here for more as we have a lot we will release on Thursday and Friday plus I hope to get back in the studio today.

Rocky Warner won his sixth race of the season in the 25 lap Sportsman feature and it now makes two in a row as he won last Sunday at Utica Rome. Connor Cleveland made a charge at one point but Warner was mostly unchallenged at the front and handled lapped traffic very well. Corey Barker led the first laps before falling to fourth but still enjoyed a top five.

Weedsport Speedway continues to impress as the new LED lighting is as good if not better than day light. Plus they can   pulse the lights to music and do all kind of fun things that were not possible before. It’s first class all the way people. If you haven’t been there you need to go…period.

Like I said be sure to come back as we have a lot of good things coming up as well as some WoO Late Model racers that we chatted with early on Thursday. Have a great hump day and we’ll see you tomorrow.

 
Tuesday, June 21st 2016
    New on the Audio Page for today:

Morgan Bagley talks about his season with the WoO Late Models as he gets ready for Weedsport.
Jeff Blackburn evaluates where he is six races into his first full season in a big block Modified.
Jack Meeks spoke about a handling issue he has been dealing with that hurts his corner entry.  
Nick Krause explained why his Sportsman win one month ago seems like it was last season.
Tony Veneziano reports on the World of Outlaw Sprint Cars and the tight point’s battle at the top.

I had a nice day but a busy one as well as we got a lot of work done ahead of today’s World of Outlaws Late Model show in Weedsport. Don’t let those overnight thunderstorms sway your decision to be a fan today as this show tonight is sure to be a good one.

We have a nice clip with a driver that you will see tonight in Weedsport as well as an update on the other WoO series plus some chats from my Friday night at Brewerton.

We are no longer sweating in the hot box studio as Ernie Kreis and his boys came over and installed an air conditioning unit for me. It works great and now I can spend time in the studio on a hot day without having to strip down to my shorts. Sorry for the visual guys but it was brutal. Thanks Ernie!

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page starting with a driver who came all the way from Texas to race today in New York. Morgan Bagley talks about his season with the WoO Late Models as he comes off his best finish of the season and describes some recent gains he’s made with a new chassis as he gets ready for Weedsport.   

Jeff Blackburn evaluates where he is six races into his first full season in a big block Modified and told me about a recent change that has his car working much better.  

Jack Meeks spoke about a handling issue he has been dealing with that hurts his corner entry and ran down some of what he did to try to fix the problem.  

Nick Krause explained why his Sportsman win one month ago seems like it was last season and how he bent his car which made him have to clip the car radiator forward.

Tony Veneziano reports on the World of Outlaw Sprint Cars and the tight point’s battle at the top of the standings as the series heads into the Midwest.  

 
Monday, June 20th 2016
    New on the Audio Page for today:

Shane Clanton talks about his season with the WoO Late Models as he gets ready for Weedsport.
Rich Scagliotta sums up how he is doing as he competes weekly at Brewerton and Canandaigua.
Ryan Bartlett tells me how his season has been going running Modifieds at Brewerton and Can Am.
Sam Usborne runs down some of the tough luck he had early on and his recent top six finishes.

I hope you all had a great Father’s Day on Sunday as I know I did. Dad was a little sore with a leg issue but we did still get to spend a lot of time together as we watched the end of the US Open golf championship. Wow, I could shoot 150 or so on that course easily. Yeah, it was that tough.

I was able to get some work done and World of Outlaw Late Model star Shane Clanton was nice enough to make some time for me on Sunday to help promote their show this Tuesday at Weedsport Speedway. It is going to rain Monday night so they say but it will be out in time for us to race so don’t let the forecast alter your plans to check out this show.

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page starting with a man we’ll see in town this Tuesday. Shane Clanton talks about his season with the WoO Late Models as he gets ready for Weedsport and tells me what he did on Father’s Day as well as the pros and cons of living on the road.  

Rich Scagliotta sums up how he is doing as he competes weekly at Brewerton and Canandaigua as well as how happy he is with the way things are going so far.  

Ryan Bartlett tells me how his season has been going running big block Modifieds at Brewerton on Fridays and a 358 Modified at Can Am on Saturdays.  

Sam Usborne runs down some of the tough luck he had early on with his Mod Lite, how down that got him mentally and his recent top six finishes.  

 
Sunday, June 19th 2016
    New on the Audio Page for today:

Dave Blaney talked about how he felt after recovering from a Sprint Car crash six week ago.
Casey Williams evaluated how he is doing as he continues to learn the crate Sportsman division.
Jason Rood spoke about his Sportsman win and how nice it was to ride the feeling for a long time.
A.J. Filbeck spoke about having six weeks off from racing and how nice it was to get back racing.
Beth Bellinger ran down some of her recent finishes and talked about qualifying with her Sportsman.

What a nice day it was on Saturday and I hope you all got to get out and see some racing at your favorite speedway. I got out to get in a round of golf as my two favorite things…racing and golf, are happening right now. And each is going well.

Today I have a few things set up in the studio and of course I will be wishing Happy Father’s Day to my dad and getting wished the same by my family here at home. I hope you all have a great day and a special welcome to the club Father’s Day wish goes out to all the new dads out there.

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page starting with a man who was happy to be back in a racecar Friday night. Dave Blaney talked about how he felt after recovering from a Sprint Car crash six week ago as he got back behind the wheel again Friday at Brewerton.  

Casey Williams evaluated how he is doing as he continues to learn the crate Sportsman division as well as a chassis that is new to him.  

Jason Rood spoke about his Sportsman win, how nice it was to ride the feeling for over a month and how badly he feels for the new owners at Utica Rome.  

A.J. Filbeck spoke about having six weeks off from racing and how nice it was to get back racing at Utica Rome as well as why time off doesn’t seem to hurt him.  

Beth Bellinger ran down some of her recent finishes and talked about qualifying with her Sportsman as she gets ready for today at Utica Rome Speedway.

 
Saturday, June 18th 2016
    New on the Audio Page from Brewerton Speedway:  

After the heat races:

Zach Sobotka won the first heat of the night and told me about what he doing on corner entry.
Will Shields pulled away to win his heat race going away and talked about three bad weeks.
Corey Barker earned his 1st Sportsman heat win of the year and spoke about the moved ute tires.
Jim Witko was fastest in hot laps, fastest in his heat and talked about why he had to switch cars.
Matt Hulsizer led every lap to win his heat and explained why he bobbled once in turns 3 & 4.
Tim Sears Jr. got the win in the final Modified heat and told me what he learned about the track.
Sam Curcie told me about his 4 Cylinder heat win as well as who hit his bumper late in the race.

After the feature races:

Jim Bogett won his second Mod Lite feature in a row and talked about how he got the lead.
Chris Bonoffski dominated the Four Cylinder feature and spoke about why he could not go low.
Tyler Trump talked about his first ever Sportsman win at Brewerton after last week’s DNQ.
Tim Sears Jr. spoke to me after winning his first Brewerton feature after so many second places.
Larry Wight finished in second place and spoke about changing his racing line three times.
Ryan Phelps ran as high as second place and told me how he fell back at the end to finish third.
Tommy Sears came home in fourth place and spoke about watching his nephew win the feature.
Pat Ward chatted about his sixth place finish, how a lapped car hurt and where he can be better.

It was a fast night on the track and on the watch as Brewerton Speedway changed up their format and complete their show in 2 hours and 15 minutes. They ripped right through everything and only took a break right before the final race of the night…the Modified feature.

Tim Sears Jr. won at Brewerton in a big block for the first time after a handful of wins at Fulton and celebrated with his family afterwards. Not much time to savor it for the Sears bunch as they are going to do it again at Fulton tonight so enjoy it guys and who knows…maybe they’ll do it again.

Sixteen year old Tyler Trump won his first at Brewerton also after failing to qualify the week before with multiple generations of his family on hand. Did you know his family once owned the Brewerton Speedway? I didn’t until I met some of his family last week at Brewerton. So you know this one felt really good.

Jim Bogett won for the second week in a row after several runner up finishes. This one was a little more comfortable that last week as he cruised in the final laps. And Chris Bonoffski became the third different winner in the Four Cylinders as he won in dominating fashion.

Like I said, the show was the quickest I can remember at Brewerton and they are really trying to bring in new fans and I think a quick, tidy 2 hour and fifteen minute show might do that. Most young people like to go out after the races and if you get done after 11 p.m. it becomes hard for them to do so. Of course the teams had to work harder to keep up the pace but if this works in the long run it will be good for everyone involved.

I’ll have more for you tomorrow including a chat with Dave Blaney who jumped back behind the wheel after six weeks off due to a concussion. Great to see you back Dave and nice to see you afterwards at the local McDonalds. I hope you had fun running with us.

I hope you all enjoy this summer like day and have a great Father’s Day on Sunday.

 
     
 
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