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Saturday, May 30th 2015
   New on the Audio Page from the Brewerton Speedway:
 
After the heat races:
 
Brent Joy talked about winning his first heat race and who helped him with some car changes.
Steve Abt finished in second in the first heat and told me about some recent gains with his car.
Nick Krause told me about his win in the second heat and the steering box they had to change.
Tim Kerr described how he got the lead in the first corner going on to win his Modified heat race.
Larry Wight won going away on a tacky heat race track and talked about some recent hard luck.
Jim Witko led every lap to win his heat race and told me what he saw as they groomed the track.
Jeff Sykes explained how he got hooked up with Lowell Zehr’s Mod Lite and his heat victory.
Joe Garafolo got the win in his heat race and described an anxious moment he had in turn four.
 
After the feature races:
 
Nick Krause won his first career feature at Brewerton and spoke about it trackside with Bill Foley.
Larry Wight picked up his first Brewerton win since 2013 and talked about how good it felt.
Tim Kerr worked his way up to a second place finish and explained why it felt like a win to him.
Chris Mackey had his best career finish coming home 3rd and told me about wrenching on his car.
Vinnie Vitale picked up six spots to finish fourth and talked about how much the racetrack changed.
Jim Witko enjoyed a nice top five run and told me how he worked back up to finish in fifth.
 
I had a fun night and a quick one to as I hit the Brewerton Speedway for their fourth race of the season. I paced myself well and got a lot done. And boy did that racetrack change fast or what guys. It went from hammer down in the heats to black in no time once the Sportsman started their feature.
 
Nick Krause won his first ever in the Sportsman race and Larry Wight picked up his first Brewerton win since late 2013. Jeff Isabell won the Mod Lite race and Chuck Powelczyk remained undefeated in the 4 cylinder race winning his fourth in a row.
 
I got to almost all the heat winners but saved all my pre race interviews after looking at the forecast for today. So you’ll get some of those tomorrow. I was hoping to maybe get in 9 holes today but that is looking doubtful although I will make every effort after making a substantial grip change.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page starting with the first heats of the night. Brent Joy talked about winning his first heat race, who helped him with some car changes and how tight crate powered cars can be on a heavy racetrack. 
 
Steve Abt finished in second in the first heat and told me about some recent gains with his car as well as the need for some give & take at times. 
 
Nick Krause told me about his win in the second heat, the steering box they had to change after hot laps and how much different he has to drive the car now. 
 
Tim Kerr described how he got the lead in the first corner when the pole sitter pushed up in turn two and how his car felt all alone at the front of his heat race. 
 
Larry Wight won going away on a tacky heat race track and talked about some recent hard luck the last few weeks that led to a first row starting spot. 
 
Jim Witko led every lap to win his heat race and told me what he saw as they groomed the track as well as why he stayed at the top side of the racetrack. 
 
Jeff Sykes explained how he got hooked up with Lowell Zehr’s Mod Lite, how he won his heat and how much different these cars are compared to the full blown Modified. And yes, we’ll tell that other story on another night! 
 
Joe Garafolo got the win in his heat race and described an anxious moment he had in turn four as he was working the outside of a slower car. Whew!
 
Nick Krause won his first career Sportsman feature at Brewerton and spoke about it trackside with Bill Foley as he and his team celebrated. 
 
Larry Wight picked up his first Brewerton win since 2013 and talked about how good it felt to get the monkey off his back at the D-shaped Dirt Demon. 
 
Tim Kerr worked his way up to a second place finish in the Modified feature at Brewerton and explained why it felt like a win to him. 
 
Chris Mackey had his best career finish coming home third and told me about wrenching on his car more and how that has helped him behind the wheel. 
 
Vinnie Vitale picked up six spots to finish fourth and talked about how much the racetrack changed as well as how tough it was as people changed lanes. 
 
Jim Witko enjoyed a nice top five run and told me how he worked back up to finish in fifth after choosing the wrong lane at the start of the race. 

 
Friday, May 29th 2015
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Sam Reakes IV tells me about his Patriot Sprint Car wins at Stateline and Eriez Speedways.
Dan Creeden explained how he won two races in less than a week at Five Mile Point Speedway.
Mike Mahaney runs down how he did this past weekend as he got ready to run on Sunday.
Parker Evans told me how he did at Fonda on Saturday as he got ready for a race at Utica Rome.
Mike Mullen has been running his Mod Lite at Brewerton and talked about his top ten finishes.
 
The weekend is here and we’ll get you ready with five new clips today. Three are from my weekend travels and the other two are from the studio. And we hope all you racers out there have a great weekend.
 
We’ll be at Brewerton tonight and Utica Rome on Sunday. So I’ll have more on the site from tonight on tomorrow and we’ll make sure we get some extra stuff for you to check out on Sunday before we head out again.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page starting out with a pair of interviews from the studio. Sam Reakes IV tells me about his Patriot Sprint Car wins at Stateline and Eriez Speedways as well as how changing his wing angle helped. 
 
Dan Creeden explained how he won two races in less than a week at Five Mile Point Speedway and runs down his plans to return to Orange County this Saturday. 
 
Mike Mahaney runs down how he did this past weekend at I-88 and Thunder Mountain as he got ready to run on Sunday at Utica Rome. 
 
Parker Evans told me how he running against the 410’s at Weedsport helped and how he did at Fonda on Saturday as he got ready for a race at Utica Rome. 
 
Mike Mullen has been running his Mod Lite at Brewerton and talked about his top ten finishes as well as some changes he made in the rear end of the car. 

 
Thursday, May 28th 2015
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Bobby Varin recaps his weekend that included a win at Glen Ridge, a sixth and a twelfth.
Shawn Donath described the work they had to do to his Sprint Car after a tough night at Fonda.
Matt Janczuk is still looking for his first crate win of the year and told me how he has been doing.
Claude Hutchings Jr. has had an up & down season so far and talked about his newer chassis.
Jim Bogett talked about winning a 3 wide battle at Brewerton for his first win at the track since 2013.
 
I got back in the studio yesterday after a day filled with computer issues. I think I have it figured out so keep your fingers crossed for me. You know they can get some days…ugh!
 
I have a two interviews from my time in the studio and will have more up tomorrow as I still have some folks I need to get ahold of. Plus we still have a few in the can from the weekend so you’ll get at least five more tomorrow and maybe more.
 
This week I’ll be at Brewerton on Friday and Utica Rome on Sunday. And unlike last week I am going to stay indoors and cool so I can go the whole night. I was stupid in trying to do my usual thing on a hot night at Utica Rome and should have stuck with the original plan rather than run around as much as I did. Live and learn they say right?
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page starting with a winner from last Friday. Bobby Varin recaps his weekend that included a win at Glen Ridge, a sixth at Fonda and a twelfth at Utica Rome after mistakenly setting his car up for sail panels. 
 
Shawn Donath described the work they had to do to his Sprint Car after a tough night at Fonda as well as how good his new car has been right out of the box. 
 
Matt Janczuk is still looking for his first crate win of the year at Utica Rome and told me how he has been doing as well as where he feels he needs to be better. 
 
Claude Hutchings Jr. has had an up & down season so far with two wins and two dnf’s and talked about his newer chassis compared to the older one which has those wins. 
 
Jim Bogett talked about winning a 3 wide battle up front at Brewerton for his first win at the track since 2013 and explained where his Mod Lite was better than in weeks past. 

 
Wednesday, May 27th 2015
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Tim Fuller talked about his top tens to start the weekend and how he is adjusting to a Modified.
Rob Bellinger explained how a bad torsion bar led to some up and down finishes last weekend.
Danny Varin remembered running out of gas on Saturday and his hopes for double duty on Sunday.
A.J. Filbeck is driving a crate Sportsman after several years in an open car and talked about it.
Gregg Kimball summed up how his season has been going as well as some last minute changes.
 
Some days just don’t go like you plan them huh? I had one of those days as I was busy and running around all day and the next think I knew it was time to get the kids to bed. Dad has a sore muscle and has been limping around so I helped him out with a few things along the way.
 
I did dip into the can to get you some stuff to listen to and today I really will get in the studio as I have nothing pressing that I need to do. I have a long lost of people to get ahold of and I also have a new column to write as well.
 
Now let’s chat about what we have for you on the Audio Page starting with a man who won a big race just a few hours after we chatted with him on Sunday. Tim Fuller talked about his top tens to start the weekend and how he is adjusting to a Modified after several years racing primarily Late Models.  
 
Rob Bellinger explained how a bad torsion bar led to some up and down finishes last weekend at both Brewerton and Fulton Speedways.  
 
Danny Varin remembered running out of gas on Saturday while running 3rd with the ESS and his hopes for double duty on Sunday. 
 
A.J. Filbeck is driving a crate Sportsman after several years in an open car and talked about adjusting to it as well as how his finishes have been so far. 
 
Gregg Kimball summed up how his season has been going as driving a crate powered Sportsman well as some last minute changes he was making before Brewerton. 

 
Tuesday, May 26th 2015
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Anthony Perrego explained why he took Friday & Saturday off to get ready for Utica Rome.
Brett Wright recapped a big flip he had at Malta and an accident he had while on the highway.
Corey Barker had a plain white car with tape numbers on the side and told me why he did.
Jordan Bennett described the work they did during the week to get his Sportsman back out.
“Junkyard” Jim Thomas told me why he moved from stock cars after 40 years to a Sportsman.
 
I got to spend some time with the family on Memorial after a day at Utica Rome on Sunday. After running out of gas while trying to do my normal thing I decided it was best to lay low and get to work in the studio this week which I will start doing today. I did not want to bother folks on their day off.
 
Allie and I have a lot of catching up to do as we plan to watch both the World 600 and the Indy 500. I know…we better get going huh?
 
Now let’s talk about what we have for you to listen to today on the Audio Page as we start out our short work week. Anthony Perrego explained why he took Friday & Saturday off to get ready for two days of racing at Utica Rome and talked Super DIRTcar Series race at Canandaigua. 
 
Brett Wright recapped a big flip he had at Malta and an accident he had while on the highway. That’s two flips in under 24 hours for the young man. 
 
Corey Barker had a plain white car with tape numbers on the side and told me why the car looked that way as well as how it has been doing at Utica Rome. 
 
Jordan Bennett described the work they did during the week to get his Sportsman back out to race Friday night at Brewerton Speedway. 
 
“Junkyard” Jim Thomas told me why he moved from stock cars after 40 years to a Sportsman and how he has been doing weekly at Utica Rome. 

 
Monday, May 25th 2015
   New on the Audio Page from the Utica Rome Speedway:
 
Pre race conversations:
 
Erick Rudolph recapped his weekend that included a Modified feature win Friday at Ransomville.
Stewart Friesen had an up & down night at Fonda and spoke his Mod win and Sprint Car trouble.
Vic Coffey was fresh of a runner up finish at Canandaigua and talked about getting acclimated.
Jeremy Vunk told me about some early season engine trouble after a victory on opening day.
Steve Poirier finished second at Fonda on Saturday and described how being tried late hurt.
 
After the heat races: 
 
Randy Shantel recalled his race out front in his win and described what was wrong with the car.
Jeremy Vunk led ever lap on his way to a heat win and talked about good his Sportsman was.
Bryan Howland walked me through his pass for the win in the first ESS heat of the evening.
Matt Tanner took advantage of a late race restart to get a win and talked about where he was fast.
Steve Poirier walked away for an ESS heat win and told me about trying something different.
Marc Johnson made a nice three wide move down low to win his heat and talked about the pass.
Rocky Warner ran down the leader in his Sportsman heat and described how he ran the top.
Geoffrey VanRiper had his work done after a heat win and wondered about the slick racetrack.
 
What a day it was at Utica Rome on Sunday. The pits were packed and so were the grandstands as this Memorial Day Weekend show featuring the Empire Super Sprints and the Modifieds was a smash.
 
I got there nice and early and maybe did a little too much too fast as I ran out of gas fast towards the end of the qualifying heats. I did get to interview most of the heat winners but I was on empty by that time as you can hear in my Bryan Howland interview as I stumbled with the facts I had written on my sheet.
 
I had a great time up till then and unlike last weekend where I stayed inside, out of the dust and in the air conditioning, this time I tried to sit in the grandstand where it was hot. I really wanted to smell the smells of a racetrack and do so with my daughter Allie and that was probably where the mistake was made.
 
The Victoria 200 is today and I may go back right before the heats if I feel alright. If not I still have a lot in the can and a studio at my disposal so you’ll have new stuff tomorrow one way or another.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you to listen to on the Audio Page for today starting out with my first interview of the day. Erick Rudolph recapped his weekend that included a Modified feature win Friday at Ransomville as well as an almost top ten finish at Canandaigua on Saturday. 
 
Stewart Friesen had an up & down night at Fonda and spoke his Modified feature win and his Sprint Car engine trouble that resulted in a motor swap. 
 
Vic Coffey was fresh of a runner up finish at Canandaigua and talked about getting acclimated to a Modified again after concentrating on his Late Model for so long. 
 
Jeremy Vunk told me about some early season engine trouble after a victory on opening day and how it has set his team back a bit in the points. 
 
Steve Poirier finished second at Fonda on Saturday and described how being tried late hurt his chances for a win on a hammer down racetrack. 
 
Randy Shantel recalled his race out front in his Sportsman heat win and described what was wrong with the car as his crew worked hard on fixing the problem. He won the feature later!
 
Jeremy Vunk led ever lap on his way to a heat win and talked about good his Sportsman with a spec engine was in the victory. 
 
Bryan Howland walked me through his pass for the win in the first ESS heat of the evening and wondered if there was something wrong with the car he passed. 
 
Matt Tanner took advantage of a late race restart to get a win and talked about where he was faster than the experienced driver he was able to pass on lap 6. 
 
Steve Poirier walked away for an ESS heat win and told me about trying something different set up wise as well as where he still needs to be better. 
 
Marc Johnson made a nice three wide move down low to win with two laps to go in his heat and talked about the pass that got him the victory. 
 
Rocky Warner ran down the leader in his Sportsman heat and described how he ran outside to get to the front of the field. 
 
Geoffrey VanRiper had his work done after a heat win and wondered what the track prep crew would do at the break to the slick racetrack. 

 
Sunday, May 24th 2015
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Pat Ward told me about his season so far as he comes into today as the point leader at Utica Rome.
Matt Fink has a new car for 2015 and explained how well things have been going so far this season.
Chris Hile is sporting a new look these past few months and talked about debuting a different car.
Earl Rudy has picked up where he left off in 2014 and told me about some off season upgrades.
 
I had a day off on Saturday as I did not want to push myself too much on this holiday weekend. I will be at Utica Rome the next two days as the ESS Sprint Cars join the show tonight followed by the Victoria 200 on Monday. It is going to be quite a weekend.
 
I did get some stuff done on Friday at Brewerton that I saved for today and you can listen to it now on the Audio Page as you get ready to head out tonight.
 
Pat Ward told me about his season so far as he comes into today as the point leader at Utica Rome as they get ready for two days in a row. 
 
Matt Fink has a new car for 2015 and explained how well things have been going so far this season while comparing it to a frustrating year in 2014. 
 
Chris Hile is sporting a new look these past few months and talked about debuting a different car as well as how much has not changed since he got married. 
 
Earl Rudy has picked up where he left off in 2014 and told me about some off season upgrades plus how his fellow co-workers are doing in their efforts. 

 
     
 
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