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Thursday, April 27th 2017
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Danny Creeden tells me about his win at Five Mile Point and his big crash at Orange County.
Dale Welty spoke to Steve Ovens after his Sportsman win at Woodhull that was worth $1000.
John Waters ran away with the Crate Late Model feature and talked about some help he had.
Dylan Cecce won the Street Stock feature at Woodhull pulling away and spoke with Steve Ovens.
Shawn Gleason took the win in the Front Wheel Drive class at Woodhull and talked about his line.
Chris Woodard talks to Steve Ovens about his Mini Stock win at Woodhull Raceway Saturday.
Cory Reed previews Fulton Speedway’s Highbank Holdup with two big nights of racing.

What a nice streak of weather we’ve been having around here huh? Today we are supposed to make it into the mid 80’s so summer time here we come. And I don’t want to hear anybody complaining about the heat. Remember that big snow storm not so long ago? I do. So no talking about the heat till at least July how’s that?

We have a lot of good chats for you to listen to today thanks to our Friend Steve Ovens who sent us some winning interviews from Woodhull Raceway’s first point night. It’s great stuff and two of these folks are making their debut on this site. Welcome aboard gentlemen, hope to hear from you again soon.

Tomorrow I’ll have my final pre race chats from Fulton and Steve will have some pre race chats from Woodhull. There’s a lot to learn as everything has changed somewhere for each of our drivers so now is the time I like to catch up and see what’s going on. So I;’ll get a lot of those tomorrow at Fulton, as many I can at Canandaigua before I hit the tower to announce and we’ll take it from there.

Now let’s chat about what we have for you to listen to on the Audio Page as we get ready for a big weekend with more tracks opening for the first time. Danny Creeden tells me about his win at Five Mile Point after the original race winner came up light, describes what different fuels do in different ways and his big crash at Orange County. So there is a lot to learn about fuel these days huh?  

Dale Welty spoke to Steve Ovens after his Sportsman win at Woodhull that was worth $1000, why he was better on the long runs and why he gets a little ragged early on.  

John Waters ran away with the Crate Late Model feature at Woodhull Raceway and talked with Steve Ovens about some help he had from an unlikely source away from the track.  

Dylan Cecce won the Street Stock feature at Woodhull pulling away in the closing laps and spoke with Steve Ovens about his rough first week as well as how different his car is compared to others.  

Shawn Gleason took the win in the Front Wheel Drive class at Woodhull and talked with Steve Ovens about his line he ran as well as what they did to the car in the off season.  

Chris Woodard talks to Steve Ovens about his Mini Stock win at Woodhull Raceway Saturday, what went wrong the week before and how he held off a strong field for the victory.  

Cory Reed previews Fulton Speedway’s Highbank Holdup with two big nights of racing including the Empire Super Sprints & Sportsman SDS on Friday and the big block SDS race on Saturday.  

 
Wednesday, April 26th 2017
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Mike Bowman told me about his recent practice laps and looked ahead to a busy weekend.
Andrew Ferguson
took his first laps of the season in a new car and told me how practice went.
Donnie Lawson spoke about his runner up finish in the Sportsman feature at Outlaw Speedway.
Chris Fisher had a good third place finish at Outlaw Speedway and where his Sportsman was fast.
Quinn Sutherland talks with Steve Ovens about his Street Stock win Friday at Outlaw Speedway.

We’re back after our standard Tuesday off and boy do I have work to do today! I have several things set up and will be busy most of the day writing and talking about the racing we love best.

Thanks to our good friend Steve Ovens we have his final clips from Outlaw Speedway on Friday night and we may get some Woodhull audio too so we’ll hopefully have that up real soon too. I am hoping that the weather forecast that’s out there now is not coming true as they have us under a cloud till Sunday. Be wrong for once guys…please!

Now let’s chat more about what we have on the Audio Page for today as we talk to some people who have turned in some laps. Mike Bowman told me about his recent practice laps, the new chassis he has for the 2017 season and looked ahead to a busy weekend with two days of racing at Fulton.  

Andrew Ferguson took his first laps of the season in a new car and told me how practice went, explained how a new steering box kept him on his toes and the work he has to do this week.  

Donnie Lawson spoke to Steve Ovens about his runner up finish in the Sportsman feature at Outlaw Speedway, how he found a lane to run in late and what it was like on the track.  

Chris Fisher had a good third place finish at Outlaw Speedway, told Steve Ovens where his Sportsman was fast and how his car was in the same groove that was faster earlier.  

Quinn Sutherland talks with Steve Ovens about his Street Stock win Friday at Outlaw Speedway, thanked all the people who helped make it happen and what it is that makes the car unique.  

 
Tuesday, April 25th 2017
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Alan Johnson talks about his Outlaw Speedway victory and a problem they had early in the night.
Jared Zimbardi tells Steve Ovens about his win in the Empire Super Sprints first A-Main of 2017.
Dave Marcuccilli spoke about his win in the curfew shortened GRIT Sportsman race at Outlaw.
Rick Raner describes his first laps in a Sportsman and talked about his new role at Frozen Ocean.
Tony Veneziano updates us on the first 17 races for the WoO Sprints as they rained out two shows.

I had a really nice day on Monday as I got some work done and ran the lawnmower for the first time after taking the snowblower out of the garage and moving it to the backyard shed. From the sound of it I may need a boat for the rest of the week as rain is in the forecast for most days.

I have some good stuff up from our friend Steve Ovens as he covered racing at Outlaw Speedway on Friday night. So nice to see Alan Johnson keep his streak intact with wins now in 43 straight years. It is quite an accomplishment and I wonder if it is without parallel in racing. Anybody know for sure? If so, send me a message.

Now let’s chat more about what we have on the Audio Page for today starting with a man who has won more Modified races than many have ever competed in. Alan Johnson talks to Steve Ovens about his Outlaw Speedway victory, how tough it was out there on the racetrack and described problem they had early in the night that forced them to change cars.    

Jared Zimbardi tells Steve Ovens about his win in the Empire Super Sprints first A-Main of 2017, how hard he had to race in his heat to get a redraw spot and how big track position was.  

Dave Marcuccilli spoke about his win in the curfew shortened GRIT Sportsman race at Outlaw, how he raced his way around the early season track conditions and took it easy when needed.  

Rick Rainer describes his first laps in a Sportsman as he did some practice at Fulton Speedway, how different it was from what he thought going into it and talked about his new role at Frozen Ocean.

Tony Veneziano updates us on the first 17 races for the WoO Sprints as they rained out two shows this past weekend and comments on each of the teams following the tour this season.  

 
Monday, April 24th 2017
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Sam Reakes IV ran down how his Saturday practice went and talked about his new car and job.
Max McLaughlin spoke about his early practice laps and looks ahead to Fulton’s big race Saturday.
Adam Roberts
explained why his Modified was not at practice and the game they played in the pits.
Allie Elkins talks about her Sunday race day, her wreck in the heat and some of what she learned.

It was a beautiful day on Sunday and Allie and I got to spend it at the NYS Fairgrounds racing with the Syracuse Microd Club. It was an eventful day with a lot of ups and downs. Allie will tell you all about it in her clip but she finished 6th, 2 laps down which was much better than her practice race two weeks ago when she was 6 laps down. Small steps right?

By the time we got done it was too late to head to Vernon and that will probably be the case this Sunday too but once they move to their usual 6 p.m. start time I will be able to make it although probably not till just about the time the heat races start.

I will be in studio today looking to track down some racecar drivers and racing people so if you see me on your caller ID pick up and we’ll talk.

Now let’s tell you more about what I have for you on the Audio Page as we get closer again to every track you know being open. Sam Reakes IV ran down how his Saturday practice went despite the one issue they had, and talked about the new car he was shaking down and a cause he is trying to support with his racing efforts.    

Max McLaughlin spoke about his early practice laps, looks ahead to Fulton’s big Super DIRTcar Series race Saturday and tells me how the new I-Racing game is helping him learn.  

Adam Roberts explained why his Modified was not at the Fulton Speedway practice, the game they played in the pits in between sessions and the work they had to do after Oswego.    

Allie Elkins talks about her Sunday race day with the Syracuse Microd Club, her wreck in the heat and some of what she learned in her sixth place finish.

 
Sunday, April 23rd 2017
   

New on the Audio Page from the Fulton Speedway practice:

Mike Button got ready for his first laps of the year and talked about what he will be racing in 2017.
Chris Fleming described his first practice session and what he had to do to get the car to turn in.
Tim Sears Jr. told me how his Modified felt in practice and what his big goal was for the day at Fulton.
Tommy Sears just finished his first practice laps and talked about his new motor and car combination.
Ryan Jordan took his first ever laps in a big block and described an issue they had in practice.
Jessica Power had a pair of Sportsman at the practice and talked about his racing at Fulton helped.

I had a nice afternoon as I headed up to where it all started for me and had some fun watching the first practice of the year at Fulton Speedway. It was nice to see everyone and great to smell all those smells we only get at a racetrack. It was a blast!

I put six of the fourteen interviews I did up for you today and will put more up tomorrow. Don’t forget that Utica Rome Speedway is kicking off their season tonight with twin 20’s for Sprints plus Mods, Sportsman and Pro Stocks. If I get done early enough I’ll head out so we’ll see what happens.

Allie has her first race day today at the NYS Fairgrounds and she is as excited as can be. She is running in a division where everyone else has experience so the question is not if she will get lapped today the question is how many times? She will get better every week I am sure and with Jon and Michelle Kuleszo behind her as car owners the future is bright. Thanks so much guys!!!

Now let’s chat more about what we have on the Audio Page for today starting with my first interview on Saturday. Mike Button got ready for his first laps of the year at Fulton Speedway’s practice and talked about what he will be racing in 2017 as well as what he was seeing with the racetrack.  

Chris Fleming described his first practice session with his Late Model, what he had to do to get the car to turn in and what he was concerned about when he got out of the groove.  

Tim Sears Jr. told me how his Modified felt in practice, what his big goal was for the day at Fulton and where he will be racing in the 2017 season.  

Tommy Sears just finished his first practice laps on a very fats racetrack and talked about his new motor and car combination while wondering if he’ll hit Utica Rome later today.  

Ryan Jordan took his first ever laps in a big block at the Fulton Speedway practice and described an issue they had in practice as well as how the Outlaw 200 convinced him to become a Fulton regular.

Jessica Power had a pair of Sportsman at the practice and talked about his racing at Fulton weekly in 2016 helped her develop as a driver and her plans to run Fulton and Cornwall regularly.   

 
Saturday, April 22nd 2017
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Brad Szulewski remembered his 2nd place finish in the Mod opener at Five Mile Point Speedway.
Cory Reed previews the open practice at 2 p.m. today at Fulton Speedway and the season opener.
Steve Ovens looks ahead to Woodhull’s Saturday show and talks about shelving Turn 5 Live for now.

We’re back today with more good stuff as we look to a few tracks that will be running later today. There is a lot going on and I hope you get to get out there and see some racing. Bring your winter gear as it will be cold but hopefully the racing will be so exciting you’ll forget all about it.

I will be at the Fulton Speedway practice today hoping to see some old friends and make some new ones. Allie’s first race is tomorrow so we’ll be at the NYS Fairgrounds and if it gets done early enough Utica Rome after that although it will be tough with the 4 p.m. start time.

Now let’s chat more about what we have for today on the Audio Page with three people who will be busy today although each in a different capacity. Brad Szulewski remembered his 2nd place finish in the Mod opener at Five Mile Point Speedway, what he did after the final caution to try to run down the leader and looks forward to racing again today.  

Cory Reed previews the open practice at 2 p.m. today at Fulton Speedway, looks ahead to the season opener on the28th & 29th and talks about the DIRTcar Sportsman series new regional format.  

Steve Ovens looks ahead to Woodhull’s Saturday show and talks about shelving Turn 5 Live for now as well as what he will be doing this season. Yes, you’ll be hearing a lot from Steve here too!  

 
Friday, April 21st 2017
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Claude Hutchings Jr. talked about his practice last Friday and his hopes for Sunday at Utica Rome.  
Pete Stefanski
gets ready for Sunday in Vernon and wonders how much traveling he may do.
Craig Pritchard tells me about his return to racing and how his first practice laps went last week.

I had a really nice day with the kids on Thursday as I drove out to Utica and visited some of the places I used to go when I was in the TV business at WCNY. A lot has changed in Utica but it was fun to get back to some places I know well and get some good memories going as I contemplate my long term future.

We also met up with Camille’s cousin and got some pastries from Caffe Caruso which is owned by Camille’s relatives. We visited the MWPAI museum, the Hotel Utica and the train station as well. Every stop we made brought back so many memories or my time in TV and it was a great day.

On the way home we headed out to see Claude Hutchings Jr. and Sr. and get some dinner in Sauquoit. I got see the big block and the Sportsman and catch up on how everyone is doing. It was the perfect end to the day and we also have lots of fine Italian Pastries to eat. Yum!

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page starting with the interview I did to finish my day. Claude Hutchings Jr. talked about his practice last Friday with his Open Sportsman at Afton Motorsports Park, his hopes for Sunday at Utica Rome with his big block and a big project he has going on at home.  

Pete Stefanski gets ready for Sunday’s Pro Stock opener at Utica Rome Speedway in Vernon, tells me how happy he is about DIRTcar sanctioning and wonders how much traveling he may do now that he has a home track.  

Craig Pritchard tells me about his return to racing in an Open Sportsman, why he feels the time is right to get back to racing for the first time since 2003 and how well his first practice laps went last week.  

 
     
 
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