|Saturday, October 6th 2018
| New on the Audio Page from Super DIRT Week on Friday:
Jimmy Phelps speaks with Bill Foley after winning the pole for Sunday’s Billy Whittaker Cars 200.
Keith Flach talked about qualifying 2nd for Sunday’s 200 lapper and how could have been better.
Gary Lindberg timed in third place for Sunday’s big race and talked about being better in the 467.
Peter Britten was fourth fastest in time trials and talked about why he hoped for one more spot.
Tim Sears Jr. came to Oswego for the first time and spoke about being fourth fastest on the board.
Stewart Friesen got the last locked in position timing sixth and talked about just squeaking in.
Tim Fuller led every lap and spoke about winning his heat race with the Wegner W-16 engine again.
Erick Rudolph won the second 358 qualifier and spoke about what he was seeing on the track.
Mat Williamson led them all to win the final 358 race and explained why he did not need a red.
Peter Britten made a nice pass to win his 30 lap race and talked about his three wide move.
Danny Johnson spoke with Adam Ross and talked to him about his pass for a win in race #2.
Gary Lindberg told me how he got a big block ride and how surprised he was to win a 30 lapper.
Robert Bublak won the first 15 lap Sportsman qualifier and told me about moving up early.
Will Shields survived a long race to win his heat and talked about how close he was on the scale.
Dave Constantino benefited from an empty front row to win his heat and wondered about a mask.
Ryan Stabler got the win in the final qualifier and talked about how fast he was out of the box.
It was the long day we knew was coming on Friday as racecars were on the track at Oswego Speedway from 10 a.m. to nearly midnight as time trials and initial qualifiers were on the card.
The top six in big blocks were Jimmy Phelps, Keith Flach, Gary Lindberg, Peter Britten, Tim Sears Jr., and Stewart Friesen. For Lindberg it was his first race ever in a big block while Tim Sears Jr. got himself locked in as a first time Oswego Speedway visitor.
The top six in the 358 race were Tim Fuller, Erick Rudolph, Mat Williamson, Matt Sheppard, Ronnie Davis III and again Stewart Friesen. Fuller was fast timer for the third year in a row with that W-16 engine under the hood while rookie Ronnie Davis III was impressive and also finished second in his heat.
Sportsman were a plenty with Dave Marcuccilli leading the pack followed by Kevin Root, Adam McAuliffe, Jackson Gill, David Schilling and Robert Delormier. Most of those top six skipped the qualifying races with only Marcuccilli choosing to start at the rear just to get in some laps.
Today should be fun although the weather could be an issue. Depending on where you look for a forecast we could be in big trouble, very little trouble or maybe just an inconvenience. We’ll have to wait and see which it is.
And don’t forget about Fulton Speedway tonight as the Win and You’re In race is on tap as well as the World of Outlaw Sprint Cars. It’s one of the best shows of Super DIRT Week so don’t miss it. C’mon out and get dirty with us today.
|Friday, October 5th 2018
| New on the Audio Page from Super DIRT Week in the order recorded:
Jimmy Horton told me about a recent chassis change and reacted to the news of Thursday’s rain out.
Larry Wight talked about he agreed with the decision not to race and looked ahead to Brewerton.
Chris Hile remembered his laps at Oswego before Super DIRT Week and previewed a long day.
Eldon Payne compared Oswego to Canandaigua & Fonda and told me about his son’s racing.
Bobby Varin spoke about the new car he had with him and why he could still use some laps.
For the second day in a row weather was the big story at Super DIRT Week as a late morning thunderstorm soaked the track and washed out Thursday qualifying. That qualifying session and practice have been moved to this morning. Practices are at 10 and 11 followed by time trials at noon 1 p.m. with small blocks out first followed by big blocks.
That means today is going to be a long one indeed. I’ll get there before time trials and hang out the rest of the time as heat races take place later tonight starting at 6:45. Bring an extra layer and then bring another one too as it can get cold off the shores of Lake Ontario. If you have not been there at this time of the year, trust me. That wind can cut right through you.
The nice thing is that we’ll have a clean racetrack to begin on today. Sure, we may have been able to get cars out there yesterday but what good what it have done? It was better to sit, wait and let it dry out. The sun and wind picked up about an hour after we pulled the plug and it was exactly what that racetrack needed.
Here now is more about what we have on the Audio Page as I took it easy and didn’t want to bother everyone too much. I have three more days to do that. (Insert laugh here) Jimmy Horton told me about a recent chassis change, his rough season so far and reacted to the news of Thursday’s rain out. Yeah, the decision was announced right when we were talking.
Larry Wight talked about he agreed with the decision not to race, explained why extra laps at Oswego are not as important as they were at Syracuse and looked ahead to Brewerton.
Chris Hile remembered his laps at Oswego before the first Super DIRT Week, ran down how he would pace himself on a long day on Friday and why he didn’t really need laps on his familiar big block.
Eldon Payne compared Oswego to Canandaigua & Fonda, explained why they went back & forth about going to Super DIRT Week and told me how well his son has been doing.
Bobby Varin spoke about the new car he had with him, explained why he was not overly concerned about not getting any shake down laps and told me about his finish Wednesday night at Weedsport.
|Thursday, October 4th 2018
| New on the Audio Page from Super DIRT Week:
Billy Pauch Jr. talked about why he came up to Oswego and predicted how things could go for him.
Jack Lehner explained why his Modified was at the Bicknell tent and what he hoped he would learn.
Mike Mahaney showed me the two cars he would drive this week and talked about track time.
Billy VanInwegen told me about the Modified he brought and why he decided to race at Oswego.
Peter Britten spoke about the need for practice laps and how he was going to try to get a little ahead.
Randy Williamson encouraged teams to stop at the Bicknell booth and told me how they can help.
Mark Hitchcock described some of what the DIRTcar officials are looking for as cars go through tech.
It was a wet and soggy day as an all day rain on Tuesday washed out the first day of practice. The teams were not upset by any means and understood that beating the track up when wet was not going to help them and could cause damage to the fragile clay surface.
There could be some storms in the morning and a little rain after that but every time I see the forecast it does not look as bad as the last time. Time trials for small blocks and then big blocks are on the card so keep your fingers crossed.
Now let’s talk a bit about the new stuff on the Audio Page and remember to keep checking my Facebook feed for stuff during the day as you never know what I might put up. Billy Pauch Jr. talked about why he came up to Oswego and predicted how things could go for him while explaining how he would figure things out in his first trip to the track.
Jack Lehner explained why his Modified was at the Bicknell tent, what he hoped he would learn from the time on the scales and gave me some numbers that they were looking for.
Mike Mahaney showed me the two cars he would drive this week and talked about why one needed more track time than the other as well as how he would shake down an unfamiliar car.
Billy VanInwegen told me about the Modified he had with him and why he decided to race at Oswego for the first time as well as what he will do after this.
Peter Britten spoke about the need for practice laps at Oswego, what might happen if they don’t get any before Friday and how he was going to try to get a little ahead.
Randy Williamson encouraged teams to stop at the Bicknell booth and told me how they can help while offering up some numbers you race teams can use. Remember it’s free for all so don’t be shy!
Mark Hitchcock described some of what the DIRTcar officials are looking for as cars go through tech and described how the day went for them on Wednesday as they inspected hundreds of racecars.
|Wednesday, October 3rd 2018
| New on the Audio Page for today:
Eric Kingsley talks about Tuesday’s rain at Oswego Speedway and what they did to stay ahead of it.
Alan Johnson spoke about his hopes for last Saturday and offered his take on the SDW racetracks.
Max McLaughlin told me about his win in a Friday qualifier at Fulton and his hopes for the 200 laps.
Nick Krause prepared for his first 200 lap Modified race and talked about what a good day would be.
Josh Reome described what he had to do on Saturday and what his worries were for the consi.
Ben Bushaw ran down some of what he learned about his Sportsman after a consultation in CNY.
That was a lot of rain on Tuesday wasn’t it? Certainly more than last year. So we’ll have to see what today brings as the first practice laps of Super DIRT Week are scheduled for today at three. And don’t forget the parade at noon through the streets of Oswego. It is quite the sight to see.
I have some good stuff for you today and I will be at Oswego today as yesterday was just too wet to go up. I had bowling last night and as I type this I am getting ready for eat dinner and get out the door for that. It will be a nice distraction as my head is spinning already. Heck, it Super DIRT Week so I know I am not alone there.
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page starting with report on the track from Tuesday afternoon. Eric Kingsley talks about Tuesday’s rain at Oswego Speedway, compares it to last year and described the work they did to stay ahead of it.
Alan Johnson spoke about his hopes for last Saturday at the Outlaw 200 and offered his take on the SDW racetracks while telling me what his plans are for this week.
Max McLaughlin told me about his win in a Friday qualifier at Fulton, his hopes for the 200 lapper and offered his thoughts on the night time racetracks that are featured this week.
Nick Krause prepared for his first 200 lap Modified race and talked about what a good day would be for him as well as how excited he was to get on the track for this prestigious show.
Josh Reome described what he had to do on Saturday, what his worries were for the Sportsman consolation race and talked about how much better they ran at the end of the season.
Ben Bushaw ran down some of what he learned about his Sportsman after a consultation with Scott Jeffery and told me where he will be racing this week as he continues to learn Hoosier Tires.
|Tuesday, October 2nd 2018
| New on the Audio Page for today:
Steve Paine talks about returning to Fulton for the Outlaw 200 and runs down his 2019 race plans.
J.R. Hurlburt tells me about his love if heavy metal music and a big change at Fonda for next year.
Chuck Miller updated me on his travels this season and talked about his upcoming Sportsman consi.
Michael Wagner-Fitzgerald spoke about his win in a Sportsman consi as well as his win on Friday.
Tony Veneziano reports on the World of Outlaws at The National Open and looks ahead to Fulton.
Hear some of the different engine options drivers had for the Outlaw 200 in a Motor Sounds clip.
It was a tough day for me and a lot of people on Monday as we said goodbye to Fillippo Stefano D’Agostino after he died in a motorcycle crash last weekend. Funerals are never easy but when it is for a 24 year old that everybody loved and never had a bad word said about him, it is even tougher.
We were reminded of the frailty of life and how any one of us could go at any time. So don’t live life like it is your last day and do something stupid but don’t put off seeing someone you haven’t seen in a while, don’t put off saying “I love you” to a family member or friend as we do never know if we may get that opportunity again.
I know I’m going to enjoy my life and what I do more than ever as I am truly fortunate to be here after some of the stuff I did when I was 24. In 1985 I was about as wild as you could get and did a lot of dumb things. I am counting my blessings everyday. I have a family I love who loves me back.
I have jobs I love doing and am so thankful that my second family in racing trusts me and knows that I have their best interests at heart and respect what they do so, so much. Now go out and be thankful for what you have today and know that the only person who can your life is you.
Now let’s talk more about what we have on the Audio Page today including a type of clip I haven’t done in a while that I know you guys and gals really like. Steve Paine talks about returning to Fulton for the Outlaw 200, how well things have been going late in the season and runs down his family’s 2019 race plans. Good one!
J.R. Hurlburt tells me about his love if heavy metal music, offers his take on the big change at Fonda for next year as well as how much he likes his big small block engine.
Chuck Miller updated me on his travels this season and talked about his upcoming Sportsman consi on Saturday at Fulton as well as how he got behind a little on Friday night.
Michael Wagner-Fitzgerald spoke about his win in a Sportsman consi, his season in a Novice car at Albany Saratoga and how well things have gone for him this year.
Tony Veneziano reports on the World of Outlaws at The National Open from Williams Grove, the Pa. Posse veteran who took home the $56,000 and looks ahead to Fulton Speedway on Saturday.
Hear some of the different engine options drivers had for the Outlaw 200 in a Motor Sounds clip as the cars got staged in line for the hot lap sessions on Saturday at Fulton. Turn it up and shock your co-workers!
|Monday, October 1st 2018
| New on the Audio Page for today:
Hear from many of your favorite Modified drivers as they draw for starting spots Saturday at Fulton.
Tim Fuller explains why racetracks take rubber and what happened at SDW to take that rubber off.
Mitch Gibbs talked about his Friday qualifier at Fulton and compared today’s racing to 20 years ago.
Bret Belden spoke about his nice season in a Late Model and looks ahead to returning in 2019.
Dan Kapuscinski told me how Sportsman plans and offered his take on rule changes at Oswego.
It sure was a fall day on Sunday wasn’t it? We dodged the rain drops in Fulton to get in a round of golf but my sore foot did not help my cause. I had fun and made one totally amazing shot so it was all good.
I am going to a funeral for the young man we’ve been talking about who left this earth way too soon. This will be a tough one as he was only 24 years old. We’ll be there for his mom and dad and hope we can make their day not as horrible as it is going to be. Rest in peace young man.
Now let’s chat more about what we have on the Audio Page for today beginning with a nice long piece that you can just hit play on and then sit down and listen. Hear from many of your favorite Modified drivers as they draw for starting spots Saturday at Fulton for the heat races in the Outlaw 200. This is a long, continuous clip that I know you’ll enjoy.
Tim Fuller explains why racetracks take rubber, what it would feel like if you could touch it during a race and what happened last year at Super DIRT Week to take that rubber off.
Mitch Gibbs talked about his Friday qualifier at Fulton and compared today's racing to what we saw 20 years ago while talking about his daughter's upcoming wedding.
Bret Belden spoke about his nice season in a Late Model and looks ahead to returning to Fulton again in 2019 as well as why he likes the speedway so much.
Dan Kapuscinski told me how Sportsman plans for the next week, the rough start they got off to and offered his take on rule changes at Oswego Speedway for 2019.
|Sunday, September 30th 2018
| New on the Audio Page from Fulton Speedway:
After the heat races:
Tim Sears Jr. talked about his win in the first Modified heat and how close things were at the end.
Pat Ward lost second place late to finish third and told me some of what he learned in the heat.
Ryan Arbuthnot bettered his starting spot with his heat win and told me how starting spot helped.
Jimmy Phelps beat out his teammate for a heat win and talked about how slow the racetrack was.
Max McLaughlin finished second in his heat and told me how hard he raced with his teammate.
Tim Fuller got the win in heat number five and described how little he was changing for later on.
Billy Dunn earned a third place in his heat race and wondered where he would start in the 200.
Rob Bellinger took his small block to a heat win and how he changed his turns to get a little better.
Brett Hearn gained two spots to finish third and predicted how things might go in the feature.
After the feature races:
Brad Rouse led all but 11 laps in the 50 lap Sportsman race and talked about the bottom line.
Dave Marcuccilli went from 6th to 2nd and spoke about how tough it was to make some passes.
Shane Pecore had a third place finish and told the crowd how tough it was getting stuck outside.
Danny Johnson spoke with Adam Buchanan after being the race leader at the lap 100 break.
Jimmy Phelps won his third Outlaw 200 and spoke about the work the track crew did at ½ way.
Erick Rudolph was second at the checkered flag and talked about being on the outside early.
Brett Hearn described how he came from 18th to 3rd and how good the leader was at the end.
Stewart Friesen was the hard charger going from 39th to 4th and told me how passed so many.
Tim Sears Jr. told me about his fifth place finish as well as what happened in the 2nd 100 laps.
It was quite the day and night at Fulton Speedway as better weather than expected caused the track to take rubber in the heat races and make it a bottom groove track for most of the day. The Sportsman 50 lapper was a race to the bottom as was the first 100 laps of the Outlaw 200 until the grader made an appearance got things back to normal.
In the first few heats it was the typical Outlaw Weekend surface. Black, wide and slippery with cars slipping and sliding all over the place as they searched for traction. But somewhere along the way as the sun and wind got going more and more, the bottom slowly became the primary place to be. When the fifth heat got going I wrote down “Track taking rubber?” and showerd it to who was next to me. They said no but once I got into the pits afterwards and started talking to the drivers I realized that yes, it was.
Now sometimes rubbered up tracks can be okay. Sure, it limits passing and makes it tough for the cars on the outside but it is racing and becomes much like watching an asphalt race at Martinsville. You pressure the car in front of you, let them slip up the track and get a spot.
But what happened here was cautions that bred cautions as drivers knew they had maybe a lap or two on the outside before the bottom would heat up again and become basically the only way around. Tomorrow I’ll put up a chat I did with Tim Fuller on topic as he tells me how it happens, what you do and what was unique about the way the rubber was scrubbed of last year at Super DIRT Week.
Congrats to Jimmy Phelps and Brad Rouse on their strong victories. For Phelps it was his third Outlaw 200 victory while Rouse took home his first trophy from Fulton. The track moved things along very well, there was a huge crowd and in the end people saw a pretty good race. Maybe not one to stuff away in the time capsule but day racing is hard across the board.
I’ll be back with lots of fun stuff tomorrow as well as educate you on rubbered up tracks and let you hear from a good percentage of the Modified drivers as they drew for starting spots in their respective heat races. It’s a nice long clip that you’ll be able to hit ‘Play” on and then sit back and relax.
Enjoy your Sunday and I hope you get to go outside and do something fun. Winter will be here before you know it!
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