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Tuesday, October 4th 2016
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Bobby Varin talks about his Friday night win in a qualifier and how Saturday got easier.
Otto Sitterly drove a dirt Modified for the first time since 1997 and talked about his weekend.
Tim Kerr spoke about his qualifying heat win on Friday and how that helped lower his stress.
Rick McCready explained how he put a 358 Modified together to try to qualify at Fulton Speedway.
Claude Hutchings Jr. told me when they got a big block together to run at the Outlaw 200.
Jim Gleason described working with Willy Decker as car owner and their long term race plans.

It sounds like this week is going to be good with nice warm days and not much weather to speak about. It is the perfect time to run Super DIRT Week at its new home. I will be there today and be in the studio as well as I will get my first look at Oswego Speedway with clay on it and try to get a feel for how this whole thing will go this week.

I will have more good stuff up for you tomorrow and we may even have another special guest from the NASCAR world. Plus we’ll preview Brockville’s big season finale as well so be sure to come back for stuff from Oswego and the studio.

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page starting with a driver who ran right around the top ten all day at Fulton on Saturday.

Bobby Varin talks about his Friday night win in a qualifier at Fulton Speedway for the Outlaw 200, how good the racing surface was and how Saturday got a little easier.

Otto Sitterly drove a dirt Modified for the first time since 1997 in this past weekend’s Outlaw 200 at Fulton and talked about what he learned over the weekend while wondering if he may do more dirt down the road.  

Tim Kerr spoke about his qualifying heat win on Friday, how that helped lower his stress level for the Outlaw 200 and what he might do if he fails to qualify in the heat.  

Rick McCready explained how he put a 358 Modified together to try to qualify at Fulton Speedway, how long the car has been sitting and how his season went driving in the Sportsman class at Can Am.  

Claude Hutchings Jr. told me when they got a big block together to run at the Outlaw 200, described the work they did to get it ready and runs down some late season shows where he will run it again.  

Jim Gleason described working with Willy Decker as car owner and their long term race plans as he hopes to run himself in Modifieds and possibly Sprint Cars.  

 
Monday, October 3rd 2016
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Billy Dunn spoke about his Friday night heat win and how he has been doing in his big block.
Tommy Sears told me why they switched cars from Friday and who has the advantage at Fulton.
Chad Phelps talked about winning a 15 lap qualifier and why he was concerned about his engine.
Ryan Jordan shared some memories he had on Friday as he raced with some big name drivers.
J.R. McGinley explained why he added the Outlaw 200 to his schedule and his season back home.
Bill Shea runs down what is on tap on Tuesday as Utica Rome helps kick off Super DIRT Week.

It was a nice lazy Sunday for me and I needed it as I was pretty wiped out after the long day on Saturday. It was nice as I got to relax a little as we get ready for Super DIRT Week. A lot of us were talking about it over the weekend and we’re all a little unsure as we just don’t know what to expect. Where do I go for this, how do I get from here to there and what is the racing going to be like? All good questions that will be answered soon.

Today I have some writing to do and may head up to Oswego if I get the time. Tuesday I will be up there either in the morning or afternoon. I will wait and see which option works best on that date. But we will get there by Tuesday and try to get a lay of the land and see where everything is going to be.

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page for today starting out with more from Saturday at Fulton. Billy Dunn spoke about his Friday night heat win the put him no worse than 17th in the Outlaw 200 and told me how he has been doing in his limited big block starts in 2016.  

Tommy Sears told me why they switched cars from Friday and who has the advantage at Fulton during the 200 lap feature and the one race he has left on his schedule.  

Chad Phelps talked about winning a 15 lap qualifier and why he was concerned about his back up engine as well as what he may do this week depending on how things go.  

Ryan Jordan shared some memories he had on Friday as he raced with some big name drivers and hinted that he may come to Central New York to race more in 2017.  

J.R. McGinley explained why he added the Outlaw 200 to his schedule, his first impressions of Fulton Speedway and his season back home at Lernerville.  

Bill Shea runs down what is on tap on Tuesday as Utica Rome helps kick off Super DIRT Week and reminds fans and teams of things they need to know especially with rain checks.  

 
Sunday, October 2nd 2016
   

New on the Audio Page from Fulton Speedway’s Outlaw 200:

Early in the day:

Billy Dunn told me how he bettered his starting spot by winning the first Modified heat race.
Alan Johnson finished second place in heat # 2 and how fun it was for the first couple of laps.
Tim Sears Jr. won his heat race and spoke about how well things are going at the end of the year.
Mike Mahaney led every lap to win the fourth heat and talked about big changes from Friday.
Matt Sheppard described how he worked the middle of the track to get the lead and the win.
Bobby Varin had the lead early, finished 2nd and wondered if he should have experimented.
Pat Ward explained how important his heat race win was and wondered how good he was.
Claude Hutchings Jr. spoke about making the show and why he was nervous at the scales.

After the Sportsman Super DIRTcar Series 50 lapper and the Outlaw 200:

Ronnie Davis III talked to Bill Foley after coming from 17th to win the 50 lap Sportsman Series race.
Brad Rouse explained how he was compared to the winner and why his 2nd place car was blank.
Rocky Warner picked up spots late coming from 18th to 3rd and explained why the over-adjusted.
Larry Wight had the lead at the break after lap 101 talked about being first in lapped traffic.  
Jimmy Phelps spoke to the crowd after winning the Outlaw 200 in a shorter 188 lap version.
Mike Mahaney was fast late finishing 2nd and talked about getting his best finish with the 88 car.
Alan Johnson may have been the fastest car late and spoke about how happy he was with 3rd.

I had a fun day although a much quicker one than any of would have anticipated as I headed to Fulton for the best one day show in racing, The Outlaw 200. This year’s event was only 188 laps as the caution flew late as it was starting to rain. They attempted one restart but the track was too slick and Jimmy Phelps was in front and took home the big check and the big money to go along with it.

Phelps took the lead from Larry Wight just one lap after the restart which was on lap 102 as they ran one extra lap in the first half just in case the rain came. They also started about an hour and a half early as they moved everything up as they watched the radar. You have to give the track crew a lot of credit for hustling and it didn’t hurt that there were only six cautions in the 188 lap race. It’s like everyone knew they had to hustle and they did.

It surely would have interesting if a) The final yellow didn’t come out at al as Mahaney was gaining on Phelps and b) They would have gotten in the last twelve laps with Phelps, Mahaney and AJ Slidways racing without traffic. I know right?

Still an amazing day and an amazing run for Chris Hile who came from 31st to 4th running as high as 3rd. I felt badly for Matt Sheppard who was fast until contact with a slower car ended his day while in second. And Billy Decker led early until he stalled or something as he was working traffic in turn three. He needed to be pushed and went from 1st to the last car on the lead lap. And that was on lap 15 when there were still a lot of cars on the lead lap.

Great effort again by Ronnie Davis III as he just seems un-touchable right now with his crate Sportsman. He came from 17th to the lead in 34 laps to pick up his 15th win of the season. The Sportsman ran a great feature race with 3 and 4 wide racing everywhere you looked. What a great sign for Super DIRT Week. We have teams that are ready and don’t have to create whole new cars for the event. It will be an event for the memory banks that’s for sure.

I will be back tomorrow with more and will either get to Oswego Monday or Tuesday. I have to see how a few things away from racing go first. Be sure to come back for more tomorrow as we get ready for Racing’s Biggest Party Version 2.0.

 
Saturday, October 1st 2016
   

New on the Audio Page from Fulton Speedway:

Ryan Godown told me about a recent win and the big block he brought up to run at Fulton.
Chuck Bower talked about his goals for the Friday night program and his hopes for the Outlaw 200.
Brett Tonkin is used to running sail panels but explained why he may not have an advantage.
Chris Hile
reflected on his best season to date and described what a hot box does to save engines.
Tim Sears Jr. thought back on his best SDS finish ever and explained why he was hot lapping a 358.
Billy Whittaker explains why he feels more comfortable lately and his history at the Outlaw 200.
Ronnie Davis III spoke about his recent success on the road as he hopes to win the series title.
Mitch Gibbs added the Outlaw 200 to his schedule and thought about his past at the race in the 90’s.

I had a fun time at Fulton Speedway as I got there early and got some interviews and did some TV before heading home to see my girls. Today is going to be a great day but a long one so I always skate out early on the Friday show as the next nine days is going to be busy.

The track surface was great last night end even though a few sprinkles hit the track during some of the heat races it stayed nice and racy. There were over 200 cars in the pit area and the folks that were there saw a lot of racing at a track is as wide and racy as it has ever been.

I got some people you will see racing there today so be sure to add this one to your plans as I still call this the best one day show in racing. Don’t let the fact that there could be a little weather stop you from going as whatever happens today is supposed to be light and short lived. Heck it might not do anything at all so get your butt out and come see this show.

Now let’s chat more about what we have on the Audio Page starting with my first interview of the day with a driver who was making his first start at Fulton. Ryan Godown told me about a recent win, the big block he brought up to run at Fulton to race in the Outlaw 200 and his Canadian Crew Chief joins us later in the chat.

Chuck Bower talked about his goals for the Friday night program at Fulton, how god the racing was this season and his hopes for the Outlaw 200later today.  

Brett Tonkin is used to running sail panels as he runs them at a weekly track but explained why he may not have an advantage because of his lack of knowledge on Hoosier tires.  

Chris Hile reflected on his best season to date, how finishing a season well can roll into next year and described what a hot box does to save engine wear.  

Tim Sears Jr. thought back on his best SDS finish ever and explained why he was hot lapping a 358 instead of the big block he plans to run in the Outlaw 200.  

Billy Whittaker explains why he feels more comfortable lately in a big block Modified, his history at the Outlaw 200 and why he feels the traveling teams might have an advantage.  

 
Friday, September 30th 2016
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Jimmy Davis explains why we haven’t seen much of him this year and what the future holds.
Max McLaughlin spoke about racing tracks he’s never seen and looks ahead to Oswego.
Steve Glover posed next to his Sprint Car and talked about the benefits of starting back a little.
Krista Voda talks about last week in Loudon, this week in Dover and her duties with NBC.

The big weekend is upon us and tonight at Fulton Speedway there will be so many cars in the pit area that it won’t even be funny. The first night of Outlaw Weekend is here and there is a lot on tap tonight. I will be there doing some TV for the Atomic Power Racing Hour as the Go Nuclear Late Models have a 50 lap feature race as part of a six division show.

Don’t even bother looking at the weather forecast as you can see pretty much whatever you want. Best bet is just to go to the track and get comfortable for what is my favorite weekend of the year. The racing is always top notch at Fulton when the track gets wide and slick so if you have never taken in this show I highly recommend it.

Now let’s talk about what we have for you today on the Audio Page including a preview of the Sprint Cup race this weekend in Dover. Man do I wish I had a clone as I’d love to be in two places this weekend.

Jimmy Davis explains why we haven’t seen much of him on the tracks this year as he got ready for Fonda last Saturday, how he landed a ride in the #34 Modified and what the future holds for him.  

Max McLaughlin spoke about racing tracks he’s never seen as he prepared to run the Super DIRTcar Series race at Fonda, who helped him with some advice on the place and looks ahead to Oswego.  

Steve Glover posed next to his Sprint Car and talked about the benefits of starting back a little versus on the front row as well as how he did his first time at Fonda.  

Krista Voda talks about last week’s Sprint Cup Series race in Loudon, what to look for this week in Dover and her duties with NBC as their host of pre- and post-race coverage with Kyle Petty and Dale Jarrett.  

 
Thursday, September 29th 2016
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Tim Fuller made a change after hot laps at Fonda and talked about the big races of the next 2 weeks.
Gary Tomkins talks about his big win at Rolling Wheels and looks ahead to the Outlaw 200 at Fulton.
Cory Gurney explained why we haven’t seen much of him and why he was calling it a season.
Dave Just spoke about his DNF on Friday and why he might be winning a hard luck award this year.
Rob Yetman told me about his Pro Stock Series win at Mohawk and looks forward to Oswego.

It is getting closer by the day. The biggest races of the year in our area begin this weekend at Fulton Speedway and end at Super DIRT Week which begins in just a few days. It’s still hard to believe that we are here as the season just flew by but it is going to be a great stretch of races at some of the best tracks around.

I have some good interviews up today to help get you ready as well as a new column on Fulton in the Post Standard that you can pick up on newsstands today or read at Syracuse.com/motorsports. I am stoked and can’t wait for it to start.

Now let’s talk more about what we do have for you to listen to today on the Audio Page as we get ready for the best time of the year in local dirt track racing. Tim Fuller made a change after hot laps at Fonda and talked about the big races of the next 2 weeks starting this weekend at Fulton and ending with Super DIRT Week at Oswego Speedway.    

Gary Tomkins talks about his big win at Rolling Wheels last Sunday and looks ahead to the Outlaw 200 at Fulton Speedway while explaining what makes this event so special.  

Cory Gurney explained why we haven’t seen much of him this season, why he was calling it a season after last Saturday at Fonda and ran down what they are thinking about for next year.  

Dave Just spoke about his DNF on Friday at Outlaw Speedway, how scary it was to be bathed in race fuel and why he might be winning a hard luck award this year.

Rob Yetman told me about his Pro Stock Series win at Mohawk, how he won the championship at Lebanon Valley and looks ahead to the unknowns of this year’s Super DIRT Week.  

 
Wednesday, September 28th 2016
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Jimmy Phelps tells me about his limited laps at Fonda, The Outlaw 200 and Super DIRT Week.
Danny Creeden runs down his weekend that included a win at Thunder Mountain and a 4th place.
Elmo Reckner brought out a car with not many runs on it and talked about what makes it different.
Devon Camenga spoke about his three years in a Pro Stock and how he took over the family ride.
Cory Reed previews this weekend in Fulton and the final five races in the Sportsman Series.

The big push here in Central New York is in full swing as driver prepare for some big events that begin this Friday a Fulton. We have two days at Fulton and then we switch to Super DIRT Week races which start early this year at Utica Rome this coming Tuesday.

It is hard to believe that we are here as the season has just flown by. I will be at Fulton both days and I will be covering the daytime race at Oswego while Dick O’Brien will be doing the night time shows. It will be a lot of fun and a new challenge for all involved including drivers and media people like me who will all be getting used to soemthing new for the first time.

And we did fix our audio and it now works on all devices and the auto play button now works too. Great job by Andy to fix that and he will get on pictures next. Hopefully we can get that figured out this off season so we can ease into it a little to see how we handle the volume.

Now let’s chat more about what we have on the Audio Page starting with Saturday’s SDS winner as he spoke before taking to the track. Jimmy Phelps tells me about his limited amount of laps at Fonda, looks ahead to this Saturday’s Outlaw 200 at Fulton and Super DIRT Week at Oswego Speedway.  

Danny Creeden runs down his weekend that included a win at Thunder Mountain, a 4th place at Outlaw Speedway and why he feels he has done so well this season.  

Elmo Reckner brought out a car with not many runs on it, talked about what makes it different and how he liked it when he put a small block engine in it.  

Devon Camenga spoke about his three years in the Albany area, how he took over the family ride from his brother and how he has been doing behind the wheel.  

     
 
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