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Gary Rowe of M.R. Gaebel, Inc.
Gates-Cole Associates SUNY Canton Automotive Technology program
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Monday, August 31st 2015
    New on the Audio Page from the Utica Rome Speedway:
 
After the heat races:
 
Tom Tophoven led every lap to win his heat race and explained what changes he was making.
Heath Carney won the second open Sportsman heat and told me how much bite was in the track.
Danny Varin made a bold move on lap one to win his Modified heat and talked about turn three.
Pat Ward explained how the leaders miscalculation helped him get the lead and a heat win.
Rocky Warner came from 7th to 1st in two laps and talked about his strategy for heat races.
A.J. Filbeck made a nice move on lap two to go quickly from 6th to 1st and talked about his race.
 
After the feature races:
 
Jack Miller made it two in a row benefiting from a late race caution and spoke with Camden Proud.
Matt Sheppard won his ninth feature at Utica Rome and talked about it with announcer Bill Foley.
Matt Janczuk talked with Mike Mallett after his Sportsman win and talked about consistency.
Glenn Forward won a very entertaining Pro/Street race and spoke about the nice racing surface.
 
I had a fun time on a beautiful Sunday as I traveled to Utica Rome Speedway for some four division fun. It was a good night and a smooth one as everything went really well. Plus we got to see some spectator racing which is always entertaining. And yep, don’t underestimate those four wheel drive Subaru’s as many of them make over 300 horsepower.
 
I have a lot of good stuff up today although I did not get to walk around much after the features as my left leg is bothering me again. Sorry about that guys and know that I’ll be working on that this week to get it loosened up for the big stretch run here at the end of the season.
 
I have all the open wheel heat winners and all the victory lanes up today and I saved a lot of stuff for during the week so you’ll have at least five new chats every day. We will be at Rolling Wheels on Thursday and Fulton on Saturday. The rest we’ll play by ear.
 
I will be busy today and hope to get in the studio so look for more tomorrow and of course every day this week. I hope your work week gets off to a great start and hope you all get time to check out the Great New York State Fair. We’ll be there on Tuesday. Take care and I’ll see you back here tomorrow.

 
Sunday, August 30th 2015
    New on the Audio Page from the Fulton Speedway:
 
After the heat races:
 
Will Shields talked about his win in the first Sportsman race and how he ended up on the pole.
Timmy Gareau led every lap in his Sportsman heat win and told me about his hopes for later on.
Randy Gates won the final Sportsman qualifier and talked about getting a handle on the Fulton track.
Dane Keller Jr. spoke about his Late Model heat win in just his fourth week at the Fulton Speedway.
A.J. Kingsley led every lap to win his Late Model heat and described some recent issues he’s had.
Jim Witko was fast in his Modified heat win and wondered how to keep the left front tire down.
Pat Ward told Allie Elkins about his Modified heat win and thought back to Friday at Brewerton.
Jimmy Phelps talked about his Modified heat win and the last few races of the year out in Weedsport.
 
After the features:
 
Billy Clark won the Sportsman feature with a pass for the lead on lap 9 and spoke with Bill Foley.
Chris Fleming came into the night tied for the Late Model point lead and talked about his win.
Billy Decker came 11th to the lead in 22 laps and spoke about his sweep after a win at Fulton.
Tommy Sears talked about the fun he had in his 2nd place run until the race winner came along.
Pat Ward told me about his third place after a runner up finish on Friday and looked ahead.
Larry Wight finished in fourth place at Fulton and told me how his car faded a little at the end.
Chris Hile led eleven laps in the Modified feature and explained how he knew he was in trouble.
Jim Witko was fastest early on leading the first 10 laps and talked about how fell back to tenth.
 
We had a great time last night at the Fulton Speedway as a nice show of cars was joined by a pair of demo derbies. Although now after watching the Youth Demo Derby my oldest daughter Allie wants to try it. No, I don’t think we’ll be letting her do that!
 
Billy Decker followed up Friday night’s win at Brewerton with another one at Fulton on Saturday. He already had a point lead bigger than 60 points so he will win the championship regardless of what happens in the season finale. Congrats to Billy and his team on a job well done.
 
Still to be decided however are the rest of the championships and with his win on Saturday Chris Fleming takes over the Late Model point lead over his long time rival Kevan Cook with one more race to go. And the Sportsman is wide open too so it should be quite a finale at Fulton this coming Saturday and as of now I plan to be there.
 
Today I head to Utica Rome for what should be a dandy of a race today. I will be at Rolling Wheels on Thursday and then we’ll see about next Sunday as Utica Rome has moved their championship back an extra week.
 
Keep coming back as we’ll have more for you and be back during the week as well as we are saving all our pre race stuff until then. Have a great Sunday and I’ll see you at the racetrack. 

 
Saturday, August 29th 2015
    New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Jason Barney explains how he can adjust shocks while in the car and what the knobs inside do.
George Suprick told me about the car he raced this past week and why they did a motor swap.
Mike Stelter had a pick up ride for I-88 and told me how he flipped his car in Weedsport.
Parker Evans remembered how he got on his tail in Weedsport and what they had to do to fix it.
Rich Vleck talks about the next Atomic Power Racing Hour and how you can watch them all.
 
We’re back today after a day off for golf on Friday and we’re ready to head to the Fulton Speedway tonight. Allie and I will be there nice and early while my wife Camille and youngest daughter Katie will be by later. I told Katie what a demolition derby was and she really wants to see it. It will be her first race since I raced in 2011 and she was only 4 then.
 
So it will be a fun night and one that hopefully will turn her into one of us. Allie already is but it would be nice if Katie could join us. I guess we’ll have to see. And tomorrow I’ll be at Utica Rome so look for lots of good stuff up here everyday.
 
Now let’s talk more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page from my night at I-88 Speedway on Tuesday. Jason Barney explains how he can adjust shocks while in his 360 Sprint Car and, what the knobs inside do and why it cannot solve every handling issue that comes up. 
 
George Suprick told me about the car he raced this past week and why they did a motor swap as well as the realities of running a Ford in a Chevy dominated sport. 
 
Mike Stelter had a pick up ride for the ESS show at I-88 and told me how he flipped his car in Weedsport in the race before this one. 
 
Parker Evans remembered how he got on his tail in Weedsport, what they had to do to fix it and how some friends of his picked on him afterwards. Yep, could’ve used a wheelie bar or two for sure! 
 
Rich Vleck talks about the next Atomic Power Racing Hour airing on Time Warner Cable Sports next week and how you can watch them all online. 

 
Friday, August 28th 2015
    New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Danny Varin tells me how he is recovering from burns he suffered on his foot at Rolling Wheels.
Paul Kinney has been close to a win this season and talked about his past at I-88 Speedway.
Doug Crews explained why he moved up to a 360 and how he helps returning service men.
Corey Barker talked about the work he did to fix his wrecked car and his good run at Fulton.
Tony Veneziano reports on the last three World of Outlaws Sprint Car racesin the Midwest.
 
It sounds like it will finally warm up a bit today as we get ready for an important weekend at the dirt tracks of the northeast. Most tracks have just two more weekends to go in their regular season so every lap this weekend takes on new importance. We’re wishing all the teams the best at this very stressful time of the year.
 
I got back in the studio for a new interview and to do voice tracks for the next Atomic Power Racing Hour. Look for that show to be on Time Warner Cable Sports in the next few days. I’ll let you know when it shows up and I hope to have Rich Vleck on tomorrow to talk about it.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page starting with a driver who will remind you all to invest in some good safety equipment to protect you in the case of a fire. Danny Varin tells me how he is recovering from burns he suffered on his foot at Rolling Wheels and what he has to do daily to keep it healing properly. 
 
Paul Kinney has been close to a win this season with several runner up finishes and talked about his past at I-88 Speedway as well as the need for a good draw. 
 
Doug Crews explained why he moved up to a 360 and how he helps returning service men through the Wounded Warrior Project & The Veterans Association. 
 
Corey Barker talked about the work he did to fix his wrecked car, how he kept his composure at the time and his good run at Fulton that saw him pick up 13 spots. 
 
Tony Veneziano reports on the last three World of Outlaws Sprint Car racesin the Midwest and compares what Donny Schtaz is doing now to what The King did back in the day. 

 
Thursday, August 27th 2015
    New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Mike Mahaney explains how he landed a ride in the Doug Emery Sprinter and ran down his plans.
Paulie Colagiovanni told me how he moved from Micro Sprints at Paradise to a 360 Sprint Car.
Jack Miller describes what he has been learning racing his Open Sportsman against the Modifieds.
Kelly Hebing tells me how she is doing this season as she gets ready with her 305 at I-88 Speedway.
Pat LaPage speaks about how his racing sponsorships have helped his business 911 Restoration.
 
It was a cool and cloudy day on Wednesday here in Central New York. I got a lot done after a big travel day on Tuesday and have lots of new stuff to listen to on the Audio Page for today.
 
I waited for the rain to wash off my dirty car but it never came so I did have to head to the car wash to spray it clean. Rain never falls when you need it does it?
 
Today Rich Vleck will be over and we will do the voice tracks for the next Atomic Power Racing Hour featuring Aaron Jacob’s big win from Utica Rome. It was quite the race and I can’t wait to see it again. You can see it soon on Time Warner Cable Sports and I’ll keep you posted on when it airs.
 
Now let’s talk more about what we have for you to listen to today on the Audio Page starting with a driver who was in his fourth different type of racecar on Tuesday night. Mike Mahaney explains how he landed a ride in the Doug Emery Sprinter for the ESS show at I-88 Speedway and ran down their plans for the rest of the year. 
 
Paulie Colagiovanni told me how he moved from Micro Sprints at Paradise to a 360 Sprint Car on the Empire Super Sprints Tour as he gets ready to start high school in a few weeks. 
 
Jack Miller describes some of what he has been learning racing his Open Sportsman against the big block Modifieds at the Utica Rome Speedway. 
 
Kelly Hebing tells me how she is doing this season including her top ten finish last Saturday at Canandaigua as she gets ready with her 305 at I-88 Speedway. 
 
Pat LaPage speaks about how his racing sponsorships at the tracks, on the cars and here on this website have helped his business 911 Restoration of CNY. 

 
Wednesday, August 26th 2015
    New on the Audio Page from I-88 Speedway:
 
After the heat races:
 
Dave Axton described how his Sprint Car was after leading every lap to win his heat race.
Thomas Radivoy won the second ESS heat race and told me how his 360 and his 305 were doing.
Danny Varin told me when his 360 Sprint Car got better as he led every lap in his heat win.
Tommy Wickham spoke about some recent struggles with Mike Mallett after winning the dash.
Various drivers react to the draw on the front stretch as they get ready for the 25 lap A-Main.
 
After the A-Main:
 
Matt Tanner won his first race of the year and spoke with Mike Mallett after inheriting the lead.
Danny Varin came from 11th to 2nd and told Mike Mallet about where he made most of his moves.
Jason Barney finished third and described a key restart as well as how that lane affected him.
Mike Mahaney told Allie Elkins about his run that saw him come from fifteenth to finish fourth.
Shawn Donath explained how some issues with wing adjustments hurt him in his 5th place run.
 
Allie and I had fun last night as we traveled the hour and half south to I-88 Speedway as the Empire Super Sprints headlined a show there. I have always liked I-88 a lot as I remember what the old Afton Speedway was like especially after the floods. It’s nice to see what they have done with the place.
 
The Empire Super Sprints were 23 cars strong and every car started the A-Main. Chuck Hebing started from the front row and avoided trouble from a lapped car first but then he and Parker Evans came together while racing for the lead and each driver’s night was over.
 
From there Matt Tanner went on to the victory to match the win his girlfriend had earlier in her 305. Now there’s a sweep I haven’t see before.
 
It was also nice to see Mike Mahaney make his debut in the Doug Emery owned Sprint Car. It was his second ever start in a 360 and he did very well. I’ll have an interview with him that I did before the race up within the next two days as well as many others I have from the night and my weekend.
 
Our next show is Fulton on Saturday followed up by Utica Rome on Sunday. At least that is the plan now although Friday and Saturday could flip flop for me. We’ll see.
 
On the way down I got Allie associated with Rush as she has been a fan of their music for years now. I played her the Chronicle CD and played her a lot of their earlier stuff. She liked it and learned a lot about one of her favorite bands. Next time they play in Rochester we are so there!
 
Have a great day today and be sure to look for more tomorrow including my latest column in the Syracuse Post Standard. See you tomorrow and have a great Hump Day!

 
Tuesday, August 25th 2015
    New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Jimmy Davis made just his sixth start of the season and wondered how to make his Modified better.
Chris Mackey discusses his options for next season and wonders if he’ll race a Modified in 2015.
Joel Thomas thought back on his storied career as he got ready to race his Modified on Sunday.
Keith Shay explained why he was back at Brewerton and how his other race this season went.
 
It is going to be a busy day for a lot of racers as a pair of shows hit the track tonight. The Super DIRTcar Series travels to Lebanon Valley for Mr. Dirt Track USA while the Empire Super Sprints head south to I-88 Speedway in Afton.
 
Allie and I will be heading south to the Sprint Car show and we’ll have audio up from that tomorrow for all you guys. It will be fun to see the 360’s on this tiny track and I am really looking forward to taking this trip.
 
On the site today we have some stuff from the weekend with three Modified racers as well as a well traveled Four Cylinder Super Stock driver who was making a return to his former weekly home. I hope you like all the stuff we have today and be sure to come back tomorrow for lost more.
 
Until then let’s speak more about what we have for you to listen to today on the Audio Page starting with a driver who is hoping to get his car figured out for some late season shows. Jimmy Davis made just his sixth start of the season and wondered how to make his Modified better at Utica Rome on Sunday while looking ahead to Syracuse. 
 
Chris Mackey discusses his options for next season and wonders if he’ll race a Modified in 2015 while thanking Rood Racing for the opportunity they gave him. 
 
Joel Thomas thought back on his storied career that began back in the 1960’s as he got ready to race his Modified on Sunday at the Utica Rome Speedway. 
 
Keith Shay explained why he was back at Brewerton, wonders if he’ll be able to make it back more this season and recalled how his other race this season went. 

 
     
 
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