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Thursday, July 19th 2018
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Ryan Truex talks about his next three races in the Northeast and how his older brother helps him.
Glenn Forward is halfway through his rookie season in a 358 and talked about some recent changes.
Matt Janczuk won his second in a row at Utica Rome Speedway and told me how traveling helps.
Mike Phelps recaps his flip at Fulton Speedway and explained the work they did to get it back.
Megan Ciglich gets ready for Paradise Speedway on Saturday and talks about driving a vintage car.

I had a nice day as I got to begin with a chat with Xfinity racer Ryan Truex. He was in town the throw out the first pitch at the Syracuse Chiefs game on Wednesday and since I got there early I was able to sit down with him for a good amount of time and have a really nice talk with him. That leads off today’s interviews. Thanks to NASCAR and Watkins Glen for thinking of me.
 
I’ll be on the road today as we head to Genesee Speedway in Batavia for some Thursday night fun. We are doing a Speedway Showcase from there but it does mean that I will miss Allie’s race in Syracuse. It will be the first one that I’ve ever missed but you have to do what you have to do. I hope everyone at both locations has a safe and productive night.
 
Now let’s chat more about what is on the Audio Page today starting with a young man who is on the rise in the NASCAR ranks who was also in town in Wednesday. Ryan Truex talks about his next three races in the Northeast, examines each of the tracks we will see NASCAR at over the next three weekends and explains how his older brother helps him.  
 
Matt Janczuk won his second in a row at Utica Rome Speedway and told me how traveling more this season helps while running down some upcoming events he has off the track to promote racing. 
 
Glenn Forward is halfway through his rookie season in a 358 and talked about some recent changes they made to the car as well as the need to get more laps to see how it works. 
 
Mike Phelps recaps his flip at Fulton Speedway, describes how he ended up on his roof and explained the work they did to get the car back on Saturday. Note: He won later that night! 
 
Megan Ciglich gets ready for Paradise Speedway on Saturday and talks about driving a vintage car as well as how she got started in go carts on dirt at a young age. 
 
Wednesday, July 18th 2018
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Andy Noto talked about why he always plans to race and a problem he had while running up top.
Dale Caswell describes how he has been doing with his Late Model and two recent feature wins.
Wily Decker Jr. tells me about a brake issue he had at Fulton, why it happened and how they’ll fix it.
Michele Payne Kuleszo gets ready for racing at Paradise Saturday and talked about racing with Allie.
Tony Veneziano reports on the World of Outlaw Sprint Cars from Attica Raceway Park and Eldora.

I had a really nice day on Tuesday as I got some studio work done and got to take a nice drive in the Camaro as we got it running right thanks to Bob Bennett. I’ll be cruising today as it is Syracuse Nationals Week and with the car now running as it should and sounding good with the new Bob Henry Jr. exhaust we are ready to go!
 
Along the way we’ll be doing some writing and if everything goes to plan I may have a surprise for you tomorrow and if we do it should be something. So be sure to come back tomorrow with more from the world of racing.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have today on the Audio Page as we begin with some chats from my Saturday night at Fulton Speedway. Andy Noto talked about why he always plans to race, what can happen when you expect a rainout that doesn’t happen and described a problem he had while running up on the cushion. 
 
Dale Caswell describes how he has been doing with his Late Model as he got ready for a night of fun at Fulton Speedway and two recent feature wins at two different tracks

Wily Decker Jr. tells me about a brake issue he had at Fulton that caused the rears to lock up while glowing red, why it happened and how they’ll fix it at the shop this week. 
 
Michele Payne Kuleszo gets ready for racing this Saturday at Paradise and talked about her two previous races with the Dirt Modified Nostalgia Tour and her time racing with Allie.

Tony Veneziano reports on the World of Outlaw Sprint Cars from Attica Raceway Park and Eldora, tells us how Donny Schatz extended his point lead and some of the surprises along the way.  
 
Tuesday, July 17th 2018
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Alan Rudalavage talks about his third win of the season at Penn Can and how well things are going.
Max McLaughlin tells me about his Brewerton win and runs down his schedule for Eldora Speedway.
Travis Welch explained how a caution with two to go helped get him his second win of the season.
Kyle Demetro describes how things have been going of late and wondered how tires can seal up.  
Jeremy Corcoran speaks about an event for hot rodders this Thursday at ESTA Safety Park Dragstrip.

It was another brutally hot day in Syracuse on Monday and I got all my work done before the early evening thunderstorm so I could go on the deck and watch it. I know I’m not the only one who loves a good thunderstorm am I? Of course we don’t want it to be too bad but enough where there is something to watch.
 
I did some writing earlier and then hit the studio with the top three chats on the site coming from that time I spend on the phone on Monday. I still have a list of people to call and will be busy again today. My next race event in Thursday as we do TV at Genesee Speedway. I’ll miss Allie’s race night unfortunately but you have to do what you have to do.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have on the Audio Page starting out with three winning drivers from this past weekend. Alan Rudalavage talks about his third win of the season at Penn Can, how well things are going for him this year and confirms my theory on why car counts have fallen off these past few weeks. 
 
Max McLaughlin tells me about his Modified feature win at Brewerton, describes how things were Saturday at Land of Legends Raceway and runs down his schedule for Eldora Speedway as he gets his first start in a Camping World Truck. 
 
Travis Welch explained how a caution with two to go helped get him his second win of the season in the Pro Stock division at Utica Rome as well as what he’ll do with his week off from work. 
 
Kyle Demetro describes how things have been going of late, wonders how he sealed a tire in a recent race and why he and many other racers wrap their tires before they get to the track. 
 
Jeremy Corcoran speaks about an event for hot rodders this Thursday at ESTA Safety Park Dragstrip and tells both fans and drivers of street cars how they can participate in this Syracuse Nationals related event. 
 
Monday, July 16th 2018
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Paul Cole talks about what happened Saturday in Canandaigua and what he’ll do to try to fix it.
Tim Sears Jr. recapped his rough night Friday at Brewerton and explained why he had no steering.
Larry Welling spoke about how he has been doing at Fulton and ran down his racing background.
Rich Vleck previews the next Speedway Showcase from Weedsport and Thursday at Genesee.
Allie Elkins reacts to getting her first feature win and tells me what was going through her head.

The day kind of got away from me on Sunday but I di still get a lot done and got my Camaro back from getting it’s new exhaust. Thanks to Bob Henry Jr. for waking the old girl up and making her sound more like what she is.
 
I’ll be working hard today doing my usual Monday thing with some writing and some time in the studio. It’s gonna be a fun day and one what will surely see a trip to the pool somewhere along the way as summer is here and kicking our butts.
 
Now let’s chat more about what is on the Audio Page for today starting with how that hot summer weather affected one local track. Paul Cole talks about what happened Saturday night at Land of Legends Raceway in Canandaigua, what he’ll do to try to fix it as well as why it happened in the first place. 
 
Tim Sears Jr. recapped his rough night Friday at Brewerton and explained why he had no steering as well as what a pittman arm is on a Modified. 
 
Larry Welling spoke about how he has been doing in his small block at Fulton Speedway, some advice he got from a friend and ran down his racing background that started in a kart. 
 
Rich Vleck previews the next Speedway Showcase from Weedsport featuring the Sportsman Classic and reminds fans about this Thursday at Genesee Speedway.

Allie Elkins reacts to getting her first feature win and tells me what was going through her head as the lap wound down as well as how much fun she is having on the track.  
 
Sunday, July 15th 2018
   New on the Audio Page from Fulton Speedway:
 
Wade Chrisman won the first Sportsman heat of the night and talked about a big wreck last week.
Chris Mackey ran the cushion to make a late race pass and told me how he won the 2nd heat race.
Nate Higgins led every lap to win his heat race and wondered if his nice start was a little too good.
Alan Fink told me about his win in Sportsman heat number four and his feature win at Brewerton.
Tyler Trump kept his 358 Modified up high in his heat win and talked about why he was bouncing.
Todd Root was the second rookie to win a 358 heat race and told me how good his lap times were.
Jason Parkhurst talked about his Late Model heat win and the super fast racing surface he was on.
Chris Fleming got the win in the final heat race and told me what has happened on similar nights.
 
After the feature races:
 
Austin Germinio picked up his first Novice Sportsman win and talked about adjusting from 4 cyl.
Chris Mackey and Mike Phelps talked about their dramatic Sportsman feature wins in Fulton.
Bobby Herrington made the bottom work and spoke about his first career Modified win at Fulton.
Todd Root finished 2nd in the 358 Modified feature and told me about some slide jobs out front.
Tommy Sears moved up 8 spots to finish 3rd and described a problem he had late in the race.
Jason Parkhurst won a caution free feature and talked about closing the gap on his two sons.

What a night it was at Fulton Speedway as late race passing and a super wide racetrack were the rules of the evening. We didn’t even know if we would race early as there was a lot of green on the radar and it rained a little several times before hot laps which kept many cars in their trailers until the call went out from the pit shack.
 
So what you had early on was a tacky track with lots of bite and a growing cushion of clay around the outside groove. The heat races were a lot of fun to watch and both Sportsman features had last lap action for fans to watch.
 
Chris Mackey pulled off a last lap, last corner pass on the top to win the first race while Mike Phelps lost the lead and got it back all on the last lap to win his first of the year after wrecking the week before. Yep, it was some great racing!
 
Bobby Herrington won just his second race in the states as the Canadian simply raced the track and went down low where the leaders weren’t and went slow to go fast. It was his second win in a short period of time so he was really pumped up as he should have been.

Jason Parkhurst got his second of the year with a late race move in the RUSH Late Model feature while Austin Germinio won the Novice Sportsman race in just his second start in the class.

I was able to save some nice pre-race chats and plan on airingthose during the week. After doing some voice tracks for the next Speedway Showcase TV show I’ll head out to Utica Rome to finish out my weekend. So be sure to come back tomorrow for more. 
 
Saturday, July 14th 2018
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Ryan Harrison described the F1 Stock Cars he drives in England and his initial take on Sprint Cars.
Jeff Trombley recaps how he is doing this year as he splits tie between 360 and 305 Sprint Cars.
Ryan Jordan runs down how he picked up a win at Thunder Mountain and how good it felt to win.
Matt Janczuk talks about getting his first win of the season at Utica Rome and a last minute problem.
Steve Petty tells me how the season’s going at Humberstone and previews some upcoming shows.

Lots more good stuff on the website today as we introduce you to a few new folks and get you ready to hit your favorite Speedway later tonight. It’s gonna be a fun day for all of us so let’s keep our fingers crossed for Mother Nature to be in a good mood and let’s go out and have some fun.
 
We had a fun week as Allie threw herself to the wolves at the Liverpool High School Girls Basketball Camp and she did a great job and hopefully left a good impression. She is new and has only been shooting in the driveway since the snow melted but she is hoping to make the JV team this fall. Best of luck Allie!
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page for today starting with a driver who came to our country to try something new this past week. Ryan Harrison described the F1 Stock Cars he drives back home in England, offers his initial take on Sprint Cars here in the states and compares life here to what he sees back home. Good one! 
 
Jeff Trombley recaps how he is doing this year as he splits tie between 360 and 305 Sprint Cars, remembers his last time racing at Brewerton and how much fun he is having this year. 
 
Ryan Jordan runs down how he picked up a win at Thunder Mountain and talked about how good it felt to win after a bit of a rough go and described some motor issue they are having. 
 
Matt Janczuk talks about getting his first win of the season at Utica Rome, remembers some of his road trips so far and describes a last minute problem he found on race day morning. 
 
Steve Petty tells me how the season’s going at Humberstone Speedway and previews some upcoming shows while describing what the racing is like at this 3/10 mile track.   
 
Friday, July 13th 2018
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Jason Barney described what makes Speedweek so special and how tight the bond is with drivers.
Danny Varin spoke about his early win in Speedweek and how nice it is to occasionally eat track food.
Shawn Donath explains what happens when they put heat in the engine of a 360 Sprint Car early on.
Darwin Greene tells me about his win at Afton on Friday and some tough luck in the engine dept.
Jack Lehner just moved up to a big block Modified and described how it differs from his small block.
Alex Yankowski talked about his eighth win of the season and how he did in his first SpeedSTR race.
 
It was another nice day on Thursday as the summer of 2018 keeps getting better and better. We had fun racing with Allie last night and will cherish every chance we get to go to the track together as a family. Hey, you never know when it could end so enjoy every day like it’s your last.
 
I’ll be off today for some golf and have a race planned for tomorrow night and for Sunday too. It’s been a while since I have had a total day off to worry about nothing so I am going to enjoy this day no matter how poorly I golf. I hope you have a great day too.

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page starting with some Sprint Car drivers who had a very busy week. Jason Barney described what makes Speedweek so special, what can make it tough for out of towners and how tight the bond is with drivers.

Danny Varin spoke about his early win in Speedweek, how he was in the second race of the week and how nice it is to occasionally eat track food.

Shawn Donath explains what happens when they put heat in the engine of a 360 Sprint Car, how they bring it up to temperature and how quickly it comes back later on. 
 
Darwin Greene tells me about his Modified feature win at Afton on Friday, some tough luck in the engine dept and what he had to do on Thursday to be ready for tonight. 
 
Jack Lehner just moved up to a big block Modified this season and described how it differs from his small block as well as how tough the longer distance races can be.  

Alex Yankowski talked about his eighth win of the season, his third place at Five Mile Point and recaped his first ever race in a SpeedSTR at Kutztown. 
 
     
 
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