|Sunday, July 24th 2011
| New on the Audio Page from the Oswego Speedway:
After time trials and qualifying:
Chuck Hossfeld talked about earning the quick time award as the ROC Modifieds took over Oswego.
Ray Graham won the first Super Modified heat race and explained how he got to the front.
Joey Payne picked up seven spots to win his heat and talked about how some racing luck helped.
Dan Connors Jr. led every lap to win his Super Modified heat and told me about his loose car.
Kyle Ebersole walked me through the low move he made on lap six to get the ROC Modified win.
Jan Leaty told me about his win and the work they were doing to another one of their Modifieds.
Rusty Smith picked up the win in the final Modified heat and told me what he was worried about.
After the features:
Ray Graham talked about passing his son for the lead and described the mistake that Kody made.
Joe Gosek explained how he picked up four spots in the last 13 laps to finish in third place.
Bobby Haynes Jr. finished in fourth place and described how drained he was after 61 laps.
Joey Payne had some contact with the car in front of him and explained why it happened.
Zane Zeiner drove a smoking car to victory lane and talked about having zero oil pressure.
Tony Hirschman came home in second place and explained how the car changed after a pit stop.
Erick Rudolph had an up & down day and told me why they did not change much in the race.
I had a fun day but before I got into the gates at the Oswego Speedway I lost a point as I failed to look at the start time and got there during the heat races. “Oh no!” I said to myself as I signed in looking like a dummy. I should have looked, I assumed it started later and I was lucky to get what I got yesterday. Sorry guys…bonus point subtracted!
So I hustled upstairs to see the heats that were left and then rushed into the infield to talk with the six heat winners in the open wheel divisions. It was tough for me as I do not know these people very well so I do not know the faces well enough to pick them out of a crowded pit box. I also did not know where they pit and a lot of them don’t know me so it was not easy.
Fortunately whenever I looked lost enough someone who either worked at the track or knew from the dirt side of things would help me out and I would get back on track. So first I would like to thank all the super nice people who went out of their way to help me find people or just be where I should be, especially afterwards in victory lane. Thank you!
I enjoy Oswego Speedway very much and I feel just like I did my first few races at the Fulton Speedway way back in 1990 as I just don’t have a good feel for the asphalt world. But I went more back then and it got better so I can only assume it will here too! By the end of the night I was in a groove and the victory lane people made it easy for me to get to the people I needed and I went out on a high note after screwing up to start my day.
I did get seven interviews after the heats and then another seven after the features were over. It was a special night and it had all the feel of a big show because it was! I love it when Super Modifieds and Asphalt Modifieds get together as I love watching these cars but no very little about them. So listen to my stuff on the Audio Page and learn with me as I marvel at the speed of these cars and what it takes to make them faster.
I go back and forth however on which I like better. I like the speed of the Super Modifieds and the fact that no two are exactly alike. But I also like the look of the asphalt Modifieds and that they can rub a little like we do on the dirt side. Plus they are like the perfect mix of old and new with the coupe body and the slick tin work. But those Supers are fast and they can really slingshot around that track. See what I mean?
I got to watch the action from a new location too as I found the upper deck outdoors near turn one to be a great vantage point. Unfortunately I saw a lot of action too as there were several hard crashes and almost all of them happened right in front of me. Those are some expensive cars to be wrecking and asphalt jingles seem to hurt more than they do on dirt.
In the Super Modified feature it was a one, two, father, son finish as Ray Graham beat his son Kody to the line with a pass around the youngster on lap 36 of the 61 lap special honoring Richie Evans. It was a proud moment for him although it was too bad that he missed his son getting back by Joe Gosek in the final corner after Gosek got by briefly with a bonsai move of sorts. But he was busy winning so I think he’s ok with it!
In the ROC Modified race, Erick Rudolph led early until he got tangled with a slower car to bring out the first caution. Four laps later a big cruncher happened on the frontstretch with several cars getting flat bedded back to the pits and others with heavy damage.
Matt Hirschman led until he pitted on lap 120 with dad Tony leading the next lap before he too went pitside. Ryan Pierce led after that until Zane Zeiner got by him with 42 laps to go and held off a very fast Tony Hirschman to get the win.
Again, make sure to listen to the chat with Zeiner as it was a very emotional win for him and one that he did with nothing showing on the oil pressure gauge. That’s right…0. But a phone call during the race gave him the permission to go for it and he smoked his way to a big win with the Modified letting out smoke from both sides almost every time he picked up the throttle in the turns.
The Super Stocks got a little silly as I have been told they can be at this show as the two fastest cars took each other out on back to back occasions late in the 75 lapper. The crowd that does not normally like the full fendered stuff as much as they do the Supers and Modifieds did get loud at the end of this one as at one time there were just five racecars left on the track after all the on track mayhem.
So outside of the fact that I dropped the ball to start the day, it turned out to be a lot of fun. Thanks to Robin Delaney for all his help in the tower as he and I go way back to the Glenn Donnelly days in Weedsport and Matt Thomas who took a lot of time in between races to get me pointed in the right direction. And again, thanks to everyone else who made my trip a lot easier than it could have been without them!
Today I will take my oldest daughter Allie with me to Utica Rome. She has never been there and she is excited to come out and see the racing at this big half mile. Say hi to us if you read this far down the page and be sure to keep checking back as you never know when new stuff will come up. So I hope to see you today and if not, have a great Sunday!
|Saturday, July 23rd 2011
| New on the Audio Page from Rolling Wheels Raceway Park:
Pre race conversations:
Jessica Zemken went over what a struggle it was for her team to make it to Central New York.
Jared Zimbardi told me about his last weekend of racing that included a win at Brockville.
Curt Michael remembered the last time he came to Rolling Wheels and his win last weekend.
J.J. Grasso summed up how he has been doing this year as he has won three of twelve starts.
Steve Poirier thought back to last weekend’s win at Fulton and why he did not want to see restarts.
Sam Reakes IV reflects on his Sportsman accomplishments and wonders about the next challenge.
After the heat races:
Jim Spano talked about his win in the lone Sportsman heat and heading to Utica Rome on Sunday.
Tim Kelly told me about his Sprint Car heat win and how hairy it got when they hit a slower car.
Jason Barney won heat number two and wondered what to do to his car for the fast surface.
Bryan Howland explained why he was not happy after his heat win and how his motor felt.
Curt Michael described the move he made to get the lead and what happened right before that.
After the feature and A-Main:
Sam Reakes IV won the 15 lap Sportsman feature and told Shane Andrews about his victory.
Steve Poirier spoke with Rich Vleck after he won the A-Main with a pass in slower traffic.
Jessica Zemken led the first 19 laps finishing second and explained how that would motivate her.
J.J. Grasso picked up two spots to finish third and talked with Rich Vleck in victory lane.
Chuck Hebing finished in fifth place and described the super fast racetrack he was just on.
I had a fun night on Friday as I went to Rolling Wheels Raceway in Elbridge for the Fast Track Sprint Car Summer Shootout. It was a hot one and a dry/slick racetrack was to be expected. But somehow it was fast and tacky all night! It was probably the best I have ever seen the racetrack for a mid summer show. Wow!
This threw the teams into a frenzy as the slick track they anticipated was no where to be found. The tough part of this night was it did take a while for the track to come with the humidity as high as it was and there was a very small crowd. It’s too bad as the people who thought about coming and did not missed one heck of a show.
Jessica Zemken was fast on this night as she timed in the top four and started the 25 lap ESS/PST URC A-Main from the outside pole. Unlike at her home track, Utica Rome, Jessica was blasting the top side and was able to keep the lead after a challenge on a restart just past halfway.
But slower traffic would be her demise on this night as she saw Steve Poirier get by while she tangled with another driver. Zemken would race hard but Poirier was faster on this night and he got the trip to victory lane. It was the second race win in a row for the Canadian as he also won the last time out at Fulton one week ago.
Zemken was fired up afterwards as you could imagine and said she will use that as motivation for today’s show, which has a bigger pay day attached to it. I got her interview recorded s well as four of the top five and those as well as the heat winners and six pre race chats are up for you to listen to today on the Audio Page.
Also up today are some new photos that I took as I sweated in the pit area at Rolling Wheels. There are a lot I know you guys are going to like as well as some shots of blank spaces. I’m not sure if it was the online Sportsman boycott I heard about or if teams just didn’t want to race on a Friday before their Saturday track, but there were only ten Sportsman.
The guys that were there did a good job racing with just one yellow in their 15 lapper and from what a few teams told me, the pay was real good. Much better than they expected. I’ll look into that.
Again, this was a tough one as the racing and the track surface turned out to be excellent. But it is always difficult to attract fans on a Friday night special at mid season. Several teams are already committed to a track and their fans will often stay with them. And any time you race on a night that you normally stay quiet on it is always a tough go.
And maybe you can help me on this one. On big Sprint Car shows like this, especially when they have drivers from New York, Canada, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware, don’t most of the fans that come to see them come long distances to do so? If that is the case, I wonder if many of them just could not get out of work soon enough and decided to go today.
As always, I am trying to figure out why some shows are hits with fans & teams while others are not. Any suggestions please send them to me at email@example.com or hit me on facebook. I hope you enjoy all the new stuff I have for you today and be sure to come back tomorrow for some asphalt stuff as I should be heading to the Oswego Speedway for some Saturday fun.
This is a good night to go as they have the Supers, the ROC Modifieds and Super Stocks. I am looking forward to it and am hoping for as much help I can get as I don’t know this world very well. So if any of you are there in the pits and can steer me in the right direction, please do so. Thanks.
Have a great Saturday and I hope to see you back here tomorrow for more!
|Friday, July 22nd 2011
| New on the Audio Page for today:
Jessica Zemken talks about last weekend at Eldora and looks forward to racing at Rolling Wheels.
Dave Shulick Jr. explained why he was at Oswego last week and where he has been running.
Ray Graham spoke with Jeremiah Fish about his practice session and how the changeable track.
Mike Bowman recapped his races last weekend and the bad night that he had at Fulton Speedway.
Johnny Hill explains what happened to get him back behind the wheel of a big block Modified.
Jami Russell remembered his Friday night race at Glen Ridge as he got ready to race at Fulton.
J.J. Courcy offered his take on being a spectator at Utica Rome and who he was helping out.
Katelyn Kane ran down how her season has been going driving a Sportsman weekly at Fulton.
Well if all went well yesterday, I was able to take a day off of sorts and relax a little on what may turn out to be the hottest day of the year. I hope you were all able to make it through and hopefully what we do here keeps you up so speed and gives you insight into the world of racing.
You know I almost said dirt track racing there, but as you can see we are paying special attention to the big asphalt track in our area as we show some love to the Oswego Speedway courtesy of our friend J Fish. So welcome to any of you who may have just found us.
On the site today we have a lot of good stuff including a young lady who will be racing tonight in Elbridge. I hope you guys are all able to make it to a racetrack tonight and show your support. It is the fun time of the year as there is a lot going on so get out and support you favorite track at a time that it is sorely needed.
No racing in the seat for me tonight as Car Owner Claude Hutchings has some things to do. Like I said on facebook, I was surprised he went as long as he did with me as his driver on a weekly basis. But we will be back, you can count on that and now by missing some weeks we will have to come through the field. Can we win again? Maybe…but I know I had the time of my life last week and it is all because of Claude. Thank you!
Now let’s chat more about what is new for today on the Audio Page. I begin with a fan favorite who will be making a trip back to her home state. Jessica Zemken talks about last weekend at Eldora and looks forward to racing at Rolling Wheels and Lebanon Valley this coming weekend. She told me what she has been learning on the road, how much she enjoyed coming back to Utica Rome a few weeks ago and why she was stuck at the raceshop for a few days.
Dave “DJ” Shullick Jr. explained why he was at Oswego last week and where he has been running mostly this season. He also told Jeremiah Fish how different the non-winged cars are, how the heat would affect the night of racing and thanked the people around him who made it happen.
Ray Graham spoke with Jeremiah Fish about his practice session and how the track could change later in the night. He also talked about the role that the heat plays, how he would change the car over the course of the night and describes what attracts him to the super fast Super Modifieds.
Mike Bowman recapped his Modified races two weekends ago and the bad night that he had at Fulton Speedway. He told me how the missed the set up, how jumping the cushion kept him out of the top five two weeks ago and compared the surfaces he has seen at Brewerton the last few weeks.
Johnny Hill explains what happened to get him back behind the wheel of a big block Modified. He told me about the one very important thing he was missing, how he has done in his first outings and ran down the tentative plans he has for the rest of the year.
Jami Russell remembered his Friday night race at Glen Ridge as he got ready to race at Fulton this past Saturday. He told me why he was looking forward to that race, wondered how he would do in his first ever time at Fulton and described why hitting a new racetrack is always fun.
J.J. Courcy offered his take on being a spectator at Utica Rome and told me who he was helping out at their fan appreciation night. He also told me about a Modified he hopes to have ready soon, where he will race it and what he hopes to do in some late season specials.
Katelyn Kane ran down how her season has been going driving a Sportsman weekly at the Fulton Speedway. She talked about coming off of a strong run the week before, described how good she feels in the car now and how much better the racing has been the last few weeks.
|Thursday, July 21st 2011
| New on the Audio Page for today:
Billy Pauch Sr. talked about winning his tenth of the year at New Egypt and the fun he is having.
Jason Barney had a top five Friday night at Glen Ridge and spoke about the track he saw at Fulton.
Dan Connors Jr. spoke to J. Fish about his 2011 season driving a Super Modified at Oswego.
Guard Nearbin is hoping for a rookie of the year award and talked about his Super Modified.
Alan Rudalavage interviews Doug Elkins about his feature win in a Four Cylinder Super Stock.
A.J. Bernys is in his first year in a Small Block Super and told J Fish about his 11 year history.
Otto Graham told me how he got the idea to create Otto’s Race Action and what the website is.
Jeff Hachmann previews this weekend's Fast Track Sprint Car Summer Shootout at Rolling Wheels.
I had a fun day on Wednesday although I can tell you I did not go outside for much. I went out to get dinner, coach my daughter with her running and then hit the pool with her to cool off afterwards. Yep, that was about it for outside activities.
I was busy in the studio and with the keyboard as well as I wrote up a story for the Syracuse Post Standard concerning the situation in Weedsport. If you are not in the area and want to read it, you can go to www.syracuse.com.motorpsorts. And we have eight more interviews set for tomorrow including a chat with Jessica Zemken.
On the site today are lots of conversations including four with people who are making their first appearance on Doug’s Dirt Diary. Do you know who they are? Three of them are from Jeremiah Fish as he continues to do some great work for us here on the site. And I will be at Oswego Speedway this weekend myself so look for more from the Steel Palace next week.
Now since I am ready to go out the door for that swimming I told you about, I’ll go ahead and tell you more about the new stuff on the Audio Page today. It begins with an icon of Modified racing who I caught just as he was getting ready to head out. Billy Pauch Sr. talked about winning his tenth Modified race of the year at New Egypt and the fun he is having. He also told me how he came from 18th this past weekend, how a late race restart helped him get the opportunity to go for the lead and explained why winning number 100 at the track will be just another night for him.
Jason Barney had a top five Friday night at Glen Ridge and spoke about the track he saw at Fulton. He told me how much he remembers about Fulton after starting his career there in a Sportsman, described how happy he was with his finish the night before and how he made up for a bad draw with a strong run.
Dan Connors Jr. spoke to J. Fish about his 2011 season driving a Super Modified at Oswego. He explained how a recent race helped get some confidence back, how the competition level has been increased this season and what it is like to wonder if you’ll make it into the feature.
Guard Nearbin is hoping for a rookie of the year award and talked about his Super Modified. He told Jeremiah Fish how his experience in a Limited Super didn’t help much, how he did when he got back behind the wheel of one recently and how sloe it felt compared to the Super.
Alan Rudalavage interviews Doug Elkins about his feature win in a Four Cylinder Super Stock at the Brewerton Speedway. He asked him how it felt to win a race, how the opportunity came about as well as a series of eight prepared questions that he put together many months ago. Thanks for your time on this one Alan!
A.J. Bernys is in his first year in a Small Block Super and told J Fish about his 11 year history. He talked with him about his start in a Quarter Midget, how he reacted to a bad string of luck to start the year at Oswego and how important it is not to dwell on the negatives.
Otto Graham told me how he got the idea to create Otto’s Race Action and what the website is all about. I know you guys are going to love this so be sure to go to www.ottosraceaction.com and do some poking around. Great website! And you can also access it on my Friends Links page.
Jeff Hachmann previews the Fast Track Sprint Car Summer Shootout this weekend at Rolling Wheels. He told me who is set to compete at this two day event, what else is on the card both days and how fans can get a free pit pass for Friday with advance sale purchase today. Call 315-834-6606 or go to www.dirtcar.com/tickets.
|Wednesday, July 20th 2011
| New on the Audio Page for today:
Bobby Varin talks about his weekend that included a pair of wins Friday night at Glen Ridge.
Craig Rayvals was on his way to the consi at Oswego and talked with J Fish about his struggles.
Chuck Hebing thinks back on his two ESS races and looks ahead to Rolling Wheels this weekend.
Dan Vauter has had a tough 2011 season and explained what has been going on in recent weeks.
Paul Habeck explains why he is getting out of Modified racing and why he likes Sprint Cars.
Brian Sobus spoke with J Fish about moving from a small block to a powerful Super Modified.
Art Halliday told me why someone was driving the car with his name on the roof while he wasn’t.
Claude Hutchings Sr. discusses the costs associated with running a top notch open Sportsman.
It was a busy day for me on Tuesday as I did a lot of work in the studio as well as some busy work. It was another hot one so we made sure to take a dip in the folk’s pool at dinnertime and again after I mowed my overgrown lawn.
On the site today we have a lot of new stuff including interviews with some people who have never been on before thanks to Jeremiah Fish. And tomorrow I have my much anticipated interview with Alan Rudalavage as he turns the tables on me with his series or prepared questions. We did that yesterday afternoon and we both had a lot of fun. And you know Alan, he is so reserved and shy…not!
Today I hope to buckle down and get a lot more done as I would like to lay low on Thursday and maybe take the girls out to Car Owner Claude’s to clean the racecar. It needs it after last week although part of me wants to keep the winning dirt on the racecar for the next time.
I don’t know about you but the heat just has me whipped something fierce. As I sit here typing at 11PM, I almost didn’t make it back down to the studio as I was just being lazy with my wife watching Caddyshack. But I made the midnight deadline no problem.
So be sure to come back tomorrow as we have a lot more coming your way including a website you are gonna love. Try www.ottosraceaction.com and come back tomorrow to meet the man responsible for it. And again, I know you are gonna love it.
Now let’s chat more about what is new for today on the Audio Page. I begin with a man who did something this past weekend he had never done before. Bobby Varin talks about his weekend that included a pair of wins Friday night at Glen Ridge. He told me how cool it was to earn his first ever victory in a 360 Sprint Car, how they missed the set up on Saturday and how slick & smooth the track was on Sunday.
Craig Rayvals was on his way to the consi at Oswego and talked about his struggles with Jeremiah Fish. He explained how the car was off, what they were going to do before the last chance race and why he was hoping to get the car a little tighter in the next race.
Chuck Hebing thinks back on his two ESS races at Glen Ridge & Fulton and looks ahead to Rolling Wheels this weekend. He talked about why he will not be worrying about points this Friday & Saturday, why many drivers from other forms of racing have been getting Sprinters and compares the cost to a Modified.
Dan Vauter has had a tough 2011 season and explained what has been going on in recent weeks. He talked about the effect a broken motor & rear end has had, how busy he is during the week and how having just one car to work on will free him up for the family business. Yeah, golf and 95 degree weather do not mix well.
Paul Habeck explains why he is getting out of Modified racing and why he likes Sprint Cars more right now. He talked about his hard charger award at Glen Ridge, why Sprint Car racing has to be cleaner just because of what it is and how much he enjoyed his first trip to Utica Rome.
Brian Sobus spoke with J Fish about moving from a small block to a powerful Super Modified. He compared the feeling to what he did before, described some of the problems they had at the beginning of the year and what the team was working on during that day’s practice sessions.
Art Halliday told me why someone was driving the car with his name on the roof while he was not. He also offered his impressions on the newer Late Model chassis they picked up, how he tore it up on the first night out and how he managed to forget for a moment that he was in the racecar. That’s a good one!
Claude Hutchings Sr. discusses the costs associated with running an open Sportsman in dollars & cents. He talked about how much a recent wreck at Five Mile Point Speedway cost to fix, how much open Sportsman motors are going for these days and the total money you would need for a winning car. Real honest chat here! Wanna race one? Better have lots of extra $$$.
|Tuesday, July 19th 2011
| New on the Audio Page for today:
Paul Kinney talks with me about his Utica Rome Modified win, his first since the year 2006.
Lance Yonge remembered his ninth place finish with the ESS when they visited Glen Ridge.
Rod Sauter spoke with Jeremiah Fish about how his car felt in his hot lap sessions at Oswego.
Michael Muldoon told J Fish what they were doing to try to loosen up his Super Modified.
Bob Henry Jr. was at the Fulton Speedway in a Sportsman and told me how it all came about.
Rich Keller explained why he had to take a week off and how proud he was of his nephew.
Eric Kingsley tells us why he is no longer promoting at the New Cayuga County Speedway.
It was a dark and stormy day in Central New York as thunderstorms hit us in the morning and then again at 7:30 as I type up this front page entry. Fortunately my uninterruptable power supply will keep me working even if the power goes off. And yes, it has happened before. Best one hundred bucks I ever spent right there!!!
I got a lot of work done on Monday, recorded some new interviews and set up even more for today. Plus I put up a lot of new photo bins as well with still more to do today. And as you guys know, I only put so many up at a time so you guys who only check once a day or every other day don’t miss too much.
The rest of my day was very good too as we spent some good time together as a family as we watched the storms. And my girls are not nearly as afraid of thunder as they once were. As for me, I love storms and will watch them whenever I can. I always wanted one of those old houses with the widow’s watch on top as I could have a great time watching the weather in one of those.
Today I have a lot going on so be sure to come back tomorrow as we will have new stuff from the studio and from the weekend which includes my race events at Brewerton and Fulton as well a Jeremiah Fish’s trip to Oswego Speedway. And he is doing a great job with the interviews isn’t he? I always knew he could do it.
Now let’s talk more about what is new on the Audio Page for today. I begin with a man who rebounded from a tough Thursday with a big win. Paul Kinney talks with me about his Utica Rome Modified win, his first since the year 2006. He told me about the intense battle he was in the final lap in the final corner, explained what went wrong while he was leading on Thursday and recapped his ninth place finish Friday at Glen Ridge.
Lance Yonge remembered his ninth place finish with the ESS as they visited Glen Ridge on Friday. He explained how the night could have been much worse, how much better his motors have been running and thinks back on a bad heat race crash many years ago that had long lasting effects.
Rod Sauter spoke with Jeremiah Fish about how his car felt in his hot lap sessions at the Oswego Speedway. He talked about his goals for the older chassis he was running, described some of the history of his racecar and how his lap times compare to the cars he is competing against.
Michael Muldoon told J Fish what they were doing to try to loosen up his Super Modified Saturday at Oswego. He talked about how the car’s handling would change after the sun goes down, ran down some of his racing background and explained why he moved up to the ultra fast, ultra technical world of Super Modifieds.
Bob Henry Jr. was at the Fulton Speedway in a Sportsman and told me how it all came about. He compared the crate powered car to what he has driven in the past, talked about the finishes he has had so far and looks ahead to getting the Modified back out here in the next few weeks perhaps.
Rich Keller explained why he had to take a week off and how proud he was of his nephew who subbed for him in the car. He also talked about why it was not a big deal for him to miss a week, how his new “have fun” attitude allowed him to do that and wonders how he would do later that night.
Eric Kingsley tells us why he is no longer promoting races at the New Cayuga County Speedway. This was recorded at 8:30 PM Monday night after the site was already updated, that is why it is at the bottom of the page.
|Monday, July 18th 2011
| New on the Audio Page from Jeremiah Fish at the Oswego Speedway:
Randy Ritskes won the second Super Modified heat and told J Fish about his move on the outside.
Dave McKnight came into the night as the point leader and talked about how his season has gone.
Jack Patrick talked with Jeremiah Fish about the start he had and how tough his competition is.
Kreig Heroth won the first Small Block Super heat race and spoke about getting in first quickly.
Joe Gosek got the win in his Super Modified heat and described some changes he made earlier.
Jeff Holbrook tells J Fish why we have not seen as much of him this year compared to the past.
Kreig Heroth got the win in the Small Block Super Modified feature and told J Fish about it.
Mike Bond came home in the runner up finish with his Small Block and talked about the run.
Otto Sitterly picked up another Super Modified win and talked about picking his way through.
Tim Snyder finished second in the feature and told him how hairy the race was in the first laps.
Joey Payne talked about his race night at Oswego and how the season changed two weeks ago.
Another work week is upon us and I figured I start things out with some much deserved attention to a track that has really turned the corner this year…the Oswego Speedway. Thanks to Jeremiah Fish and the good folks up in Oswego, we have a lot of stuff from their Saturday night show on the site today with even more to come later this week.
I spent the day hanging out with my family and then at my parent’s house after that as it was a great day for swimming. (We also had cake with a nice message on it to celebrate my first win.) My oldest is really progressing nicely with her swimming and her running as she is getting in shape for basketball this winter. Yep, that’s my girl. Let’s just hope she did not inherit my bad knees.
A lot of photos were added and more should be coming today if all goes well. And during the week we have a lot of people to track down so it should be a good one here with a minimum of five new chats per day.
I also plan on bringing the kids out to Car Owner Claude’s place, Tired Iron Repair to see the Saab Guys and help clean the winning dirt off the winning car. And if we have time, we may even see if the fish are biting in the pond. I’ll talk pictures too and make sure I put those up.
Now let’s chat more about what is on the Audio Page today from our good friend Jeremiah Fish who recorded 20 clips on Saturday. Randy Ritskes won the second Super Modified heat and told J Fish about his move on the outside. He talked with him about how his hot laps the day before helped, discussed the need to tighten his racecar for the feature and described how his car would change over the course of 50 laps.
Dave McKnight came into the night as the point leader in the Super Modified division and talked to J Fish about how his season has gone. He also spoke about racing with more cars, how his heat race went and how tough it is to come from last after having some good runs of late.
Jack Patrick talked with J Fish about the start he had to his night with his Small Block Super at Oswego and how tough the class is. He described the energy level he sees at the track this season, how much he likes seeing the stands fuller and how much improvement has been done at the track this year.
Kreig Heroth won the first Small Block Super heat race and spoke with J Fish about the good start he had. He also talked about being in the hunt for a championship, how last week’s finish hurt him a bit and how confident he was feeling after his heat win.
Joe Gosek got the win in his Super Modified heat and described some changes he made earlier in practice. He talked about the role the hot temperatures play, how good he feels about the comeback the track is enjoying this year and how excited he is to be a part of the resurgence.
Jeff Holbrook tells J Fish why we have not seen as much of him this year compared to the past. He told him how he lost his spot in the seat of the winged car, ran down his plans for the rest of 2011 and how an injury in the off season has set him back a bit physically.
Kreig Heroth got the win in the Small Block Super Modified feature and told J Fish about it. He also thought back to last week’s misfortune, explained how much a mid season win can help momentum and what they did to get some advice on the chassis along the way.
Mike Bond came home in the runner up finish with his Small Block and talked about the run. He spoke about the need for a caution at some point, explained how tough it is to come from the back and how the second place keeps his championship hopes alive.
Otto Sitterly picked up another Super Modified win and talked about picking his way through the field. He remembered some close calls with some lapped car, how the victory does not change his team’s game plan and what the goals are on any race night.
Tim Snyder finished second in the feature and how hairy the race was in the first few laps. He talked about a handling condition he was dealing with, explained how the eventual race winner got by him and wondered if the leader was running out of fuel late.
Joey Payne talked about his race night at Oswego and how the season changed two weeks ago. He told J Fish about how fast he was after going to the back, how good his racecar felt and how it felt to pass some of the big name drivers in the feature.
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