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Sunday, June 26th 2016
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Jimmy Phelps analyzed the Tuesday show at Weedsport Speedway and looked ahead to a busy streak.
Pat Ward told me about last Sunday’s win at Utica Rome and this week’s Super DIRTcar races.
Lance Willix recaps his 1st Modified win in a while at Cornwall and looks ahead to today.
Lou Long tells me some of the things he learned by chatting with a fan new to dirt track racing.

I hope you all had a great Saturday whether you went to a graduation party or checked out your local speedway. Or maybe you stayed home on a hot day and hit the neighbor’s pool. I will tell you that I hit ours a few times on Saturday. It was a great way to cool off after golf.

I have four nice ones up for you today as we look ahead to a busy streak for the drivers who follow the Super DIRTcar Series as they race tonight at Cornwall, Tuesday at Albany Saratoga and Thursday at Canandaigua. Yep, school is out and things will really heat up now both on the track and off.

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page as we check in with a racetrack GM/driver who is going to be very busy this week. Jimmy Phelps analyzed the Tuesday’s World of Outlaw Late Model show at Weedsport Speedway and looked ahead to a busy streak that starts tonight in Cornwall.  

Pat Ward told me about last Sunday’s Modified feature win at Utica Rome and this week’s three Super DIRTcar Series races starting tonight in Cornwall.  

Lance Willix recaps his 1st Modified win in a while at Cornwall last Sunday and looks ahead to today’s Super DIRTcar Series race at the tiny ¼ mile track.  

Lou Long tells me some of the things he learned by chatting with a fan new to dirt track racing and what we all can learn about how to help new fans pick up the small nuances of our sport. This is a must listen guys!!!  

 

 
Saturday, June 25th 2016
   

New on the Audio Page from Brewerton Speedway:

After the heat races:

Zach Sobotka led every lap to win the first Sportsman race and talked about where he was good.
Will Shields won his heat for the second week of the row and spoke about running the bottom.
Stephen Denton looked over some set up notes after his heat win and talked about some changes.
Tim Dunn pulled away in his heat win and talked about why he switched to Fridays at Brewerton.  
Chris Fleming talked about his win in the first Late Model heat and how he overcooked turn one.
Alan Fink told me about his Late Model heat win and talked about a problem with his Sportsman.
Jim Witko made an aggressive inside move to win his Modified heat and talked about a day off.
Mike Bowman ran the outside line on his way to a heat win and told me how good it was up there.

After the feature races:

Chuck Powelczyk won career feature number 85 and talked about how nice the surface was.
Kevan Cook took the lead on lap three and spoke about winning the Late Model feature race.
Will Shields
picked up first career victory in the Sportsman feature and spoke about how it felt.
Pat Ward explained how he picked up a pair of spots late to win his second feature in a row.
Jimmy Phelps told me how he ended up off the track and how he came back to finish second.
Chad Phelps finished in third place and wondered if he should have been a little more aggressive.
Chris Hile gained some spots late in his fourth place run and spoke about the line he was running.
Max McLaughlin described how he hit a ute tire with three to go and how the car was damaged.

It was a super fun night at Brewerton Speeedway as the crate Late Models joined to make it a five division show. The track was super fast in the heat races and as usual changed a lot for the feature races and those features had all the drama you’d want.

In the Modified feature it was a classic back and forth battle for the first 33 laps as rookie Max McLaughlin and multi-time winner Tim Kerr swapped the lead four times. McLaughlin was he first to have bad luck as he clipped a ute tire in turn four breaking his suspension and sending him spinning inside of turn one and back into traffic in turn two. Some slick driving by others saved this from becoming a big wreck.

Now Tim Kerr was up front and he kept the lead until a yellow came out with two to go. Under yellow his car came to a stop while leading the victim of a bad shifter cable. His car went into neutral, he did not maintain his position under yellow and he went to the back.

From there Pat Ward now found himself up from and led the final two laps to make it two in a row. He also won his last race on Sunday at Utica Rome. He’ll be off today and then race again Sunday as the Super DIRTcar Series visits Fulton. Come back tomorrow and he’ll talk about running three series races in five days starting this Sunday.

Will Shields won his first career race as he hugged the inside the entire 25 laps. He took the lead on lap six getting by birthday boy Zach Sobotka and held off Corey Barker on the final lap. Barker, who loves the inside line, went to the outside in the final corner and lost at the line by .072 seconds. That’s inches people! That was one heck of a race.

Come back tomorrow as we will have four new chats for you including one that is a must for every announced out there. Check out the Lou Long interview tomorrow and I hope it changes your perspective a little.

I am off today to golf and will be back on Monday with some good stuff from Utica Rome. I plan on hitting Canandaigua next week on Thursday so be sure to keep checking back as the season is well underway now.

 
Friday, June 24th 2016
    New on the Audio Page for today:

Alan Rudalavage spoke about his first win of the season at Penn Can and how racy the track was.
Danny Creeden won two races this past weekend and talked about Accord and Thunder Mountain.
Chuck Bower has been fast of late with his Modified and told me how well the car is working.
Max McLaughlin recaps his runner up finish at Fulton and tells me how close 0.047 seconds is.
Rocky Warner tells me about his two win streak at Utica Rome and the car he has done it in.
Ronnie Davis III talks about his season so far in a Sportsman and how those around him help.
Jeff Stevenson described the work he and his family did to get their Sportsman to race number one.
Billy Clark Jr. just got off the track after hot laps and talked about turning things around of late.
Billy Pauch Jr. relives his big win at New Egypt and tells me about his many runner up finishes.

It is going to be quite the weekend from the sound of things as summer is officially here and so is summer vacation for school aged youngsters everywhere. So now we will get real busy with more mid week shows than you can shake a stick at.

I’ll be doing shows this weekend tonight and Sunday with a golf day sandwiched in between. Overall we’re doing better but still have our horrible days. That’s golf. It’s kind of like racing in that just when you think you’ve got it you’ll find out otherwise.

Now let’s talk about all the great stuff we have for you on the Audio Page to get you ready for the first weekend of summer. Alan Rudalavage spoke about his first win of the season at Penn Can and how racy the track was and wonders how we can get more fans to the racetracks.  

Danny Creeden won two races this past weekend and talked about Accord and Thunder Mountain as well as how happy he was to accomplish the feat for the first time.  

Chuck Bower has been fast of late with his Modified and told me how well the car is working as well as how tough it can be to pass cars in the last ten laps of a feature.  

Max McLaughlin recaps his runner up finish at Fulton, the best so far in his young Modified career and tells me how close 0.047 seconds is.

Rocky Warner tells me about his two win streak at Utica Rome, the familiar car he has done it in and the new one they had Tuesday in Weedsport. Dave Marcuccilli joins later as the two rip on each other.   

Ronnie Davis III talks about his season so far in a Sportsman and how those around him help when things don’t go as planned on the racetrack. Good one here!  

Jeff Stevenson described the work he and his family did to get their Sportsman to race number one and their hopes for last Friday night at Brewerton.

Billy Clark Jr. just got off the track after hot laps at Brewerton and talked about turning things around of late after a rough start to the season. 

Billy Pauch Jr. relives his big win at New Egypt and tells me about his many runner up finishes as well as his USAC Silver Crown race at Williams Grove.  



 

 
Thursday, June 23rd 2016
    New on the Audio Page for today:

Chub Frank speaks about the new chassis he had and wonders how much longer he will be racing.
Boom Briggs had a recent injury and told me what happened and described his hopes for the night.
Brian Shirley came into Weedsport 4th in WoO points and talked about the need for a turnaround.
Bobby Varin talks about his second win in a row at Fonda and what made the night so special.
Chad Homan told me how his first season is going in a Late Model and why he was in Weedsport.
Brandon Ford was coming off a win at Fulton and told me about win and his hopes for Weedsport.  
Todd Root picked up his 2nd Fulton win of the year and told me how close he is at Brewerton.  
Dave Marcuccilli has three wins at Canandaigua so far and talked about being hot and cold.

We sure do have a lot for you today as we have been very busy the last few days. I have some World of Outlaw Late Model drivers for you as well as some others who were at the show in Weedsport on Wednesday. Plus we have a Modified winner from the weekend and many more coming tomorrow.

It has been a crazy few days but it is a good kind of crazy as we are so happy to be giving you guys all of these interviews. Tomorrow we’ll talk to Alan Rudalavage, Danny Creeden, Chuck Bower and more. I will be doing races on Friday and Sunday this weekend and already have a couple of good ones saved for you on Sunday.

Now let’s talk about the eight interviews I have up for you on the Audio Page for today. Chub Frank speaks about the new chassis he had and wonders how much longer he will be racing while thinking back on his early races in Weedsport.  

Boom Briggs had a recent significant injury that required several surgeries and told me what happened and described his hopes for his first night back after two months.  

Brian Shirley came into Weedsport 4th in WoO points and talked about the need for a turnaround while running down some recent woes he has had with his Late Model.  

Bobby Varin talks about winning his second in a row at Fonda, what made the night so special and his hopes for some luck on Fridays at Glen Ridge.  

Chad Homan told me how his first season is going in a Late Model at Canandaigua, why he was in Weedsport and what he hoped to learn over the course of the night.  

Brandon Ford was coming off a win at Fulton where he raced the track on the inside and told me about win as well as his hopes for Weedsport’s WoO race.  

Todd Root picked up his 2nd Fulton win of the year and told me how close he is at Brewerton as he teased one of his fellow drivers who was pitted next to him.  

Dave Marcuccilli has three wins at Canandaigua so far and talked about being hot and cold while recapping an error he made this past Saturday.  

 
Wednesday, June 22nd 2016
    New on the Audio Page from Weedsport Speedway:

After time trials and the heat races:

Frank Heckenast Jr. set fast time in the World of Outlaw time trials and spoke about his quick lap.
Ricky Newton set fast time in his Sportsman and told me about his win in the first qualifying heat.
Rocky Warner won his Sportsman heat race and talked about the quickly changing race surface.
Dave Marcuccilli got the win in the 3rd Sportsman heat and told me about his hopes for the feature.
Connor Cleveland told me about his win in the final Sportsman heat and his win at Fonda.
Frank Heckenast Jr. led every lap to win the 1st WoO heat and told me about the inside line.
Josh Richards has won heats in 13 of 16 races so far and talked about his two jobs at the track.
Rick Eckert talked his heat race win and told me the story of how he got the nickname “Scrub”.

After the features:

Rocky Warner took over the lead on lap 9 and talked about his first trip to Weedsport’s Victory Hill.
Josh Richards lapped all but 4 cars on his way to a win and spoke about his dominating victory.
Shane Clanton was fast late and spoke about his race from sixth to second in the 40 lapper.
Frank Heckenast Jr. finished in third place and talked about getting better the last few races.
Brandon Overton picked up a spot late to finish fourth and spoke about the effect of lapped cars.
Rick Eckert started fifth, finished fifth and described how he lost a position late in the race.
Steve Casebolt faded from third to sixth and told me how he tried to work with his racecar.

What a fun night it was in Weedsport as the World of Outlaw Late Models were in town for the Fingerlakes 40. I forgot how fast these cars are and how sideways they get in the corners. After seeing a lot of crate Late Model stuff I quickly remembered why I was so into this series when it first started coming to Central New York.

A nice crowd was on hand as well as a few of our own local racers and they did well. Frank Heckenhast Jr. was the man to watch early as he set fast time and won his qualifying heat. But series point leader Josh Richards was fast also winning his heat as did veteran Rick Eckert.

Richards drew the pole and just flat out ran away from everyone as he lapped all but four cars and if the race was five laps longer he may have lapped all but two. Shane Clanton was the show to watch late as he came from sixth to second but he had nothing for Richards.

I got some nice interviews with some of the guys and you’ll hear more of those in the next two days as we plan on getting another show in Friday while debating on whether to go Saturday or Sunday. So be sure to come back here for more as we have a lot we will release on Thursday and Friday plus I hope to get back in the studio today.

Rocky Warner won his sixth race of the season in the 25 lap Sportsman feature and it now makes two in a row as he won last Sunday at Utica Rome. Connor Cleveland made a charge at one point but Warner was mostly unchallenged at the front and handled lapped traffic very well. Corey Barker led the first laps before falling to fourth but still enjoyed a top five.

Weedsport Speedway continues to impress as the new LED lighting is as good if not better than day light. Plus they can   pulse the lights to music and do all kind of fun things that were not possible before. It’s first class all the way people. If you haven’t been there you need to go…period.

Like I said be sure to come back as we have a lot of good things coming up as well as some WoO Late Model racers that we chatted with early on Thursday. Have a great hump day and we’ll see you tomorrow.

 
Tuesday, June 21st 2016
    New on the Audio Page for today:

Morgan Bagley talks about his season with the WoO Late Models as he gets ready for Weedsport.
Jeff Blackburn evaluates where he is six races into his first full season in a big block Modified.
Jack Meeks spoke about a handling issue he has been dealing with that hurts his corner entry.  
Nick Krause explained why his Sportsman win one month ago seems like it was last season.
Tony Veneziano reports on the World of Outlaw Sprint Cars and the tight point’s battle at the top.

I had a nice day but a busy one as well as we got a lot of work done ahead of today’s World of Outlaws Late Model show in Weedsport. Don’t let those overnight thunderstorms sway your decision to be a fan today as this show tonight is sure to be a good one.

We have a nice clip with a driver that you will see tonight in Weedsport as well as an update on the other WoO series plus some chats from my Friday night at Brewerton.

We are no longer sweating in the hot box studio as Ernie Kreis and his boys came over and installed an air conditioning unit for me. It works great and now I can spend time in the studio on a hot day without having to strip down to my shorts. Sorry for the visual guys but it was brutal. Thanks Ernie!

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page starting with a driver who came all the way from Texas to race today in New York. Morgan Bagley talks about his season with the WoO Late Models as he comes off his best finish of the season and describes some recent gains he’s made with a new chassis as he gets ready for Weedsport.   

Jeff Blackburn evaluates where he is six races into his first full season in a big block Modified and told me about a recent change that has his car working much better.  

Jack Meeks spoke about a handling issue he has been dealing with that hurts his corner entry and ran down some of what he did to try to fix the problem.  

Nick Krause explained why his Sportsman win one month ago seems like it was last season and how he bent his car which made him have to clip the car radiator forward.

Tony Veneziano reports on the World of Outlaw Sprint Cars and the tight point’s battle at the top of the standings as the series heads into the Midwest.  

 
Monday, June 20th 2016
    New on the Audio Page for today:

Shane Clanton talks about his season with the WoO Late Models as he gets ready for Weedsport.
Rich Scagliotta sums up how he is doing as he competes weekly at Brewerton and Canandaigua.
Ryan Bartlett tells me how his season has been going running Modifieds at Brewerton and Can Am.
Sam Usborne runs down some of the tough luck he had early on and his recent top six finishes.

I hope you all had a great Father’s Day on Sunday as I know I did. Dad was a little sore with a leg issue but we did still get to spend a lot of time together as we watched the end of the US Open golf championship. Wow, I could shoot 150 or so on that course easily. Yeah, it was that tough.

I was able to get some work done and World of Outlaw Late Model star Shane Clanton was nice enough to make some time for me on Sunday to help promote their show this Tuesday at Weedsport Speedway. It is going to rain Monday night so they say but it will be out in time for us to race so don’t let the forecast alter your plans to check out this show.

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page starting with a man we’ll see in town this Tuesday. Shane Clanton talks about his season with the WoO Late Models as he gets ready for Weedsport and tells me what he did on Father’s Day as well as the pros and cons of living on the road.  

Rich Scagliotta sums up how he is doing as he competes weekly at Brewerton and Canandaigua as well as how happy he is with the way things are going so far.  

Ryan Bartlett tells me how his season has been going running big block Modifieds at Brewerton on Fridays and a 358 Modified at Can Am on Saturdays.  

Sam Usborne runs down some of the tough luck he had early on with his Mod Lite, how down that got him mentally and his recent top six finishes.  

 
     
 
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