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Friday, January 25th 2019
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Joe Marotta and I discuss the local paper’s decision to end local racing coverage and what it means.
Kenny Hammond tells me about his 2018 race season where he ran both Sportsman and Modified.

We’ll we’re back from our little trip underground and we’re back at it today. You guys know me, when I get bad news I dig in and go underground for a few days to think. I chat with people close to me and try to make sure I don’t make a rash decision. And I know that I often don’t think well in the days right after bad news so I just sat back, took it all in and now have a rough idea of what to do.
 
I got back in the studio on Sunday and had a nice chat with my good friend Joe Marotta, who’s knowledge and experience I always seek out when I am looking for a different perspective on things. Thanks Joe.

I’ll be alright but this latest news on Syracuse.com and the Syracuse Post Standard ending their local coverage is something that has happened in other areas and something that is quite problematic for the sport at the local level. And with big time racing also going through an adjustment period the sport is truly at a crossroads.

Keep in mind they are going the pay only route and with so much information online and free, myself included, why would someone pay just to read my two columns a week? I know right? They’re not! Case closed!
 
We’ll keep doing what we can and we’ll still do what we love to do even though most of the people we know and work with could care less about what we do on the weekends. I love it, I know you guys love it too but as to where the future could take us is still a big unknown.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page for today as we get back on the horse and hopefully ride with our head high once again although that last part could take a while.  Joe Marotta and I discuss the local paper’s decision to end local racing coverage, wonder why it is that many people just do not see racing as a sport and why the sport has fallen off in overall numbers. 
 
Kenny Hammond tells me about his 2018 race season where he ran both Sportsman and Modified, explained how a big late season win helped his bottom line and what he plans on for 2019.   
 
Thursday, January 24th 2019
   I got a bit of bad news on Wednesday as Syracuse.com and the Syracuse Post Standard, who have been my employer for 12 years, has decided they are not covering local racing anymore. It is a huge blow to me and even a bigger blow to the racing community as they said the stories just did not get enough eyes on them to make it worth it.

 So now I need to figure a few things out and think about what I need to do next. I’ll still be here of course as I love the sport so much and have a tremendous amount of respect for those of you who participate in it. I’m thinking of some options, some temporary and some long term and some totally out of this realm altogether.

But I also know that I am not thinking clearly right now as this only happened Wednesday afternoon. So I am going to take a few days to think. Those of you who know me please feel free to reach out to me as I am devastated right now and sad to know that a mainstream media outlet had to make the tough decision to end their coverage of what I think is the best local sport around.

 Thanks for understanding! 
 
Wednesday, January 23rd 2019
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Tim Buckwalter recaps his Chili Bowl experience and talks about racing indoors this weekend.
Matt Janczuk talks about the work he is doing right now and what it takes to keep the racecar running.
Tyler Harpell tells me about his new job taking over Five Mile Point with his two younger brothers.

I had a nice day on Tuesday as I was able to get an interview done before heading out for bowling and because of that I have an extra bonus clip for you today. I hope you like what we have up for you today and hope that you stop back tomorrow as we’ll visit with a pair if drivers who drive Modifieds this past season.
 
Allie and I will be heading out tonight to LeMoyne College to see their basketball team in action. We feel like we know them now after playing with them last week at Allie’s first Unified Basketball game for Liverpool High School and the boys and girl’s teams could not have been nicer. They worked with the kids and really made an impression.

Now let’s chat about what we have for you today on the Audio Page as we kick off with a man we saw briefly on TV this past Saturday. Tim Buckwalter recaps his Chili Bowl experience that saw him make the C-Main, talks about racing indoors this weekend in New Jersey and runs down his plans for the rest of the 2019 season.  
 
Matt Janczuk talks about the work he is doing right now in his shop and what it takes on a weekly basis to maintain his Sportsman while running down what he does on each day in between starts. You think it’s easy? Listen to this!  
 
Tyler Harpell tells me about his new job taking over Five Mile Point with his two younger brothers, remembers some of what he has done at the track in the past and reminds drivers about the rules meeting this Saturday.   
 
Tuesday, January 22nd 2019
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Cody Bleau talks about his deal for 2019 that will see him running a Modified weekly at Fonda.
Tony Veneziano reports on the Chili Bowl, some racing down under and some WoO sponsor news.

It was a cold one on Monday and it worked out well as the kids were able to stay home on the holiday and not have to freeze at the bus stop. I had a lot to do with non-race plans dominating my schedule for today and tomorrow and I was able to get it all done thanks to some racers who made time for me on Monday. Thanks guys!
 
I’ll be bowling tonight and have some work set up before that and of course we’ll be doing some online racing tonight. If any of you racer types wanna give it a try, it’s not I-Racing, but it is a lot of fun.

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page for today starting with a young man who is set up pretty well for the coming season. Cody Bleau talks about his deal for 2019 that will see him running a Modified weekly at Fonda as well as some specials at Glen Ridge, describes how things look in the shop and how nice it is to be ahead at this time of the year.  
 
Tony Veneziano reports on the Chili Bowl from this past weekend, some racing down under with some well known American racers and some WoO sponsor news.   
 
Monday, January 21st 2019
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Cory Sparks talks about why he may be cutting back his schedule a little bit this coming season.
Casey Williams tells me about his return to a Sportsman and why they got out a few years back.

We made out fairly well snow wise compared to most parts of NY State as we had only 8-9 inches here. I heard some of you had close to two feet of snow. Glad I’m not where you are!
 
So after dealing with our snow I got to work in the studio but did not have a lot of success. I got one done and will now have to load up today as I have a busy Tuesday and Wednesday ahead of me. It always works out though and today many people have off, not all, but many so hopefully that will make my job a little easier.

Now let’s chat more about what is new for today on the Audio Page as we check in with a couple of drivers getting ready for the 2019 season. Cory Sparks talks about why he may be cutting back his schedule a little bit this coming season, how things went in 2018 and the home built chassis they have had success with.

Casey Williams tells me about his return to a Sportsman after two years off, why he stopped racing after 2016 and why he probably will not be going back to a 305 Sprint Car anytime soon.   
 
Sunday, January 20th 2019
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
David Russell tells me about the road course cars he owns that will compete next weekend at Daytona.
Kane Bristol talked about a last minute trip before the storm and the new car they are assembling.
 
The snow started here just after lunchtime and stayed pretty steady although it was not really piling up much as I write this up at 5:45. I’m planning on going out at about 9 on Saturday to get some of the snow off the driveway so I don’t have to deal with all of it today. My old Airens has 20 winters on it and I don’t want to push it too much.
 
I hope you all are surviving the storms alright and I hope none of you were stranded by it as depending on where you live is a big factor on whether you get just snow or snow and ice which is a whole other deal. So we’ll be thinking about all of you and wishing you the best today.

Of course I watched the Chili Bowl after I wrote this up as it usually goes past midnight so we’ll talk more about that tomorrow so be sure to stop by.

Now let’s talk in more detail about the stuff we have for you to listen to on the Audio Page beginning with someone who will see his cars race this Friday. David Russell tells me about the road course cars he owns that will compete next weekend at Daytona, describes some of his own racing background and why he selected dirt racer Brandon Kidd to be one of his drivers. Good one here guys!  
 
Kane Bristol talked about a last minute trip to the store before the storm, the new car they are getting ready to assemble and what his strategy is when building from the frame up.  
 
Saturday, January 19th 2019
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Mike Martin talks about his race party next Saturday and how he is doing in his Novice Sportsman.
Alyssa Sharman previews today’s Ms. Motorsports pageant and describes what it’s like to be in.

We had a good day on Friday as we sit ready and waiting for whatever Mother Nature may have for us today and tomorrow. The predicted snow totals are all over the place but one thing we do seem to know for sure is that snowblowers will be operational this weekend.
 
I’ll be in the studio today trying to get work done before tonight’s Chili Bowl on MAV TV. If any of you locally don’t have it and want to brave your way to our place you are more than welcome. It’s gonna be a lot of fun and hopefully a safe day as well as those Midget cars sure do flip a lot in Tulsa.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page starting with a driver who is helping to kick off the off season race party season. Mike Martin talks about his race party next Saturday, describes some of the activities around it and how he is doing in his Novice Sportsman.  
 
Alyssa Sharman previews today’s Ms. Motorsports pageant and describes what it’s like to be a part of and what it can mean for a young lady’s future. Good one here guys!  
 
     
 
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