|Thursday, October 9th 2014
| New on the Audio Page for today from Super DIRT Week:
Chris Cunningham talked about the pair of Pro Stocks he has and his open motor package.
Dave Allen told me about the newer car he had and what went wrong early in the season with it.
Eldon Payne Jr. had a pair of Modifieds at the track and talked specifics about each of them.
Jeff Rockefeller thought back on his break out run last season and shared advice he received.
Well what was predicted to happen by the meteorologists did happen on Wednesday as early morning showers followed by more in the afternoon put a halt to the first practice session on the mile at Super DIRT Week.
I watched the radar from my home not ten minutes away from the track and then headed over after it stopped. The teams were still moving in and many were already out of the pit area and heading to Weedsport Speedway for the night show.
I was only able to get a few chats recorded as several teams were thrashing and I did not want to interrupt them. They’ll be more time for that later. And several teams I saw were guys I just saw a few days ago so not much had changed with them. But I’ll get more today as we’ll surely get in some action in on Thursday.
I did get a chance to go around the cinder track to look at the surface and it did not look bad at all. In fact, had it rained a little earlier they probably could have gotten some laps in. But there were a few spots down low that were wet so maybe it is best that we kept the track quiet.
Now let’s talk about what I do have for you on the Audio Page from today in the pit area at Syracuse. Chris Cunningham talked about the pair of Pro Stocks he has, his open motor package and where he will be showing the Breast Cancer Awareness car today.
Dave Allen told me about the newer car he had and what went wrong early in the season with it as well as how simple the fix was once they found it.
Eldon Payne Jr. had a pair of Modifieds at the track and talked specifics about each of them as he got his pita area all set for Super DIRT Week.
Jeff Rockefeller thought back on his break out run last season and shared some advice he received on now to know when to lift off the gas pedal.
Jeff Rockefeller in part two of this chat at Syracuse. Sorry, I hit the stop button on the recorder by mistake.
|Wednesday, October 8th 2014
| New on the Audio Page for today from the inspection line at Syracuse :
Tommy Sears explained why he took last weekend off and how inspection went at Syracuse.
Billy VanInwegen talked about the car he brought to Super DIRT Week and how it did in 2014.
Stephane Lafrance has not raced on Syracuse in many years and told me he is doing it this year.
Dan Vauter has never raced on the mile and talked about when they decided to race Syracuse.
Peter Britten described the pair of Modifieds he had and wondered if a cold would slow him down.
Joe Skotnicki told me how many cars made it through tech and gave advice to the race teams.
Joe Marotta has announced every Super DIRT Week and told me what makes Syracuse special.
Super DIRT Week is here and it began on Tuesday with inspections at the New York State Fairgrounds. The teams are moving in today as campers get to get to their spots and hopefully the Modifieds will hit the track later today for their first laps of the year on the mile.
The weather could be an issue early today and if there is some rain the practice may not happen as you’d hate to mess up the track on the first day. And don’t forget later tonight they will race at the newly renovated Weedsport Speedway. If you missed the other shows you’ll want to hit this one for sure. And take my advice…get there early!
I spoke to Judy from Mid State Golf Car and they do still have some two seat golf carts available. Get there early today and be sure to check with them on availability before you get your sticker. But hurry and you’ll be cruising in style at the mile just like me. Thanks guys!
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page from the inspection line at Syracuse. Tommy Sears explained why he took last weekend off, how inspection went at Syracuse and what his goals are for the start of Super DIRT Week. 3:22
Billy VanInwegen talked about the car he brought to Super DIRT Week, how it did in 2014 and why he added a lot of pink to the Ten car.
Stephane Lafrance has not raced on Syracuse in many years and told me he is doing it this year as well as the special challenges he has running a unique racecar.
Dan Vauter has never raced on the mile and talked about when they decided to race Syracuse as well as what his goals are for his first Super DIRT Week.
Peter Britten described the pair of Modifieds he had in the tech line at Syracuse and wondered if his fall cold would slow him down.
Joe Skotnicki told me how many cars made it through tech and gave advice to the race teams on what to expect as they go through the line. For more go to www.superdirtweekonline.com.
Joe Marotta has announced every Super DIRT Week and told me what makes Syracuse special while sharing some memories of his past at the track.
|Tuesday, October 7th 2014
| New on the Audio Page for today:
Billy Decker tells mehow he looks for Super DIRT Week and his friendship with Tim Fuller.
Stewart Friesen ran down how much money he and his wife have made since they got married.
Justin Haers reminded me why he likes Fulton and ran down how his Syracuse car looks now.
Mat Williamson explained why he stayed close to home and what he will be doing at Syracuse.
Mike Bowman came back to his former home on Saturday and talked about being back at Fulton.
Justin Wright hit the road a little his year and spoke about the competition in Central New York.
Jordan McCreadie attempted to qualify for the Outlaw 200 and spoke about his 2014 season.
Tim Kerr spoke about his hopes for the Outlaw 200 and how many racecars he saw in the pits.
Katelyn Kane had some time off before Fulton and told me what the have been working on.
Rick Miller started the night off well and told me why the regulars don’t have an advantage.
Beth Schneider ran down what would have to happen for her to win the Industrial Tire Series.
Jordan Bennett had a guaranteed starting spot for the race and explained how he got an engine.
It’s finally here! Super DIRT Week begins today with early bird inspections until 6 p.m. today. Those inspections continue tomorrow and if all goes well the racecars will hit the racetrack for the first time.
To get you ready I have a lot of stuff from this past weekend at Fulton and several drivers on the page today will be at Syracuse today. So give them a listen and get yourself ready for Racing’s Biggest Party.
I’ll be at the inspection this afternoon and will have pictures up on my Facebook page. We still need to fix our photo script and will do so this off season if we are able to secure enough sponsorship to pay for the extra bandwidth needed to take on the extra traffic.
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you to listen to on the Audio Page for today. I start with three drivers who will race on the mile this week. Billy Decker tells mehow he looks for Super DIRT Week and how his friendship with Tim Fuller began as well as how they started hanging out.
Stewart Friesen ran down how much money he and his wife have made since they got married about a month ago as he looked ahead to Fulton & Super DIRT Week.
Justin Haers reminded me why he likes Fulton, thinks back to his win in the season opener and ran down how his Syracuse car looks now.
Mat Williamson explained why he stayed close to home and what he will be doing at Syracuse as well as his hoped would happen in his first Outlaw 200 qualifying effort.
Mike Bowman came back to his former home on Saturday and talked about being back at Fulton as well as how good the track was on Friday night.
Justin Wright hit the road a little his year and spoke about the competition in Central New York as well as what he likes best about this ten day stretch of heavy action.
Jordan McCreadie attempted to qualify for the Outlaw 200 and spoke about his 2014 season as well as how close he came to getting his first Modified win.
Tim Kerr spoke about his hopes for the Outlaw 200 and how many racecars he saw in the pits as well as why he likes the race at Fulton so much.
Katelyn Kane had some time off before Fulton’s finale and told me how cool it was to run the 5h car at Sharon Speedway in Ohio.
Rick Miller started the night off well and told me why the regulars don’t have an advantage as the Go Nuclear Late Models visited the Fulton Speedway.
Beth Schneider explained what would have to happen for her to win the Industrial Tire Series as well as how she ended up finishing second in the points at Fulton.
Jordan Bennett had a guaranteed starting spot for the race and explained how he got into the race as well as he worked a deal to get an engine for the finale at Fulton.
|Monday, October 6th 2014
| New on the Audio Page for today:
Bob McCreadie talked about the family reunion at Fulton and what he sees in racing today.
Danny O’Brien runs down his late season plans and talks about the loss of a friend of racing.
Tommy Kinsella had hopes for a third win in the 200 and explains what the toughest part is.
Vinnie Vitale thought back on his racing past at Fulton and tells how he looks for Syracuse.
Brian Malcolm told me how close he has come to making the Outlaw 200 feature at Fulton.
Darwin Greene recapped his last few races at Fonda, I-88 and his hopes for Fulton’s Outlaw 200.
Dan Humes was finishing his season at Fulton and told me about a big problem they were chasing.
David Marcuccilli explained why he likes the track at Fulton and reacts to a new driver’s success.
Anthony Stockman had 6 wins this past season and remembered the last time he was at Outlaw 200.
Shayne Tenace reacted to the big field of Late Models and talked about the costs to run the class.
J.J. Courcy talked about racing several classes in 2014 and his hopes to trim it down for 2015.
I’m still sore on Sunday after a long day on Saturday that saw a lot of the people there for over 12 hours. It was quite a day and again you can’t stress enough how great of a job everyone did to get that show in. From the track prep crew to the employees in the tower and all the race teams and fans, everyone should be proud of what they accomplished on a cold, wet day.
I have half of my stuff from the weekend up today and the other half will come up tomorrow. Speaking of tomorrow, Early Bird Inspections are taking place and I’ll be there a few times during the day to chat with drivers and take a few photos that I’ll put up on my facebook page.
Not much else to chat about so let’s jump right into the new stuff on the Audio Page. I begin with a candid chat with a DIRT Hall of Famer. Bob McCreadie talked about the family reunion at Fulton, what he sees in racing today and how little he has seen of his oldest son of late. Honest chat here with a guy who’s been there, done that and did not want his sons to follow in his footsteps!
Danny O’Brien talks about the loss of a friend of racing, the role Craig Revelle played in the community and where he will race at the end of his 2014 season.
Tommy Kinsella had hopes for a third win in the 200 and explains what the toughest part of the day is as well as how tough it is to race every few weeks.
Vinnie Vitale thought back on his racing past at Fulton, how good his record is there considering the number of laps he has and tells how he looks for next week.
Brian Malcolm told me how close he has come to making the Outlaw 200 feature at Fulton as well as how much he likes the racy Fulton configuration.
Darwin Greene recapped his last few races at Fonda, I-88 and his hopes for Fulton’s Outlaw 200 as well as where he’ll race at the end of the year.
Dan Humes was finishing his season at Fulton and told me about a big problem they were chasing as well as a problem they had on the way to the track. Oh no.
David Marcuccilli explained why he likes the track at Fulton and reacts to a new driver’s success with the big block team he drove with last season.
Anthony Stockman had 6 wins this past season and remembered the last time he was at Outlaw 200 as well as why he cut his season short on Saturdays.
Shayne Tenace reacted to the big field of Late Models and talked about the costs to run the class as well as why he does not have any numbers on his racecar.
J.J. Courcy talked about racing several classes in 2014, his hopes to trim it down for 2015 and what would be his ideal situation.
|Sunday, October 5th 2014
| New on the Audio Page from night two of the Outlaw 200 at Fulton Speedway:
Pre race conversations:
Alan Johnson remembered his win in the 200 and talked about what it takes to run at Syracuse.
Brett Hearn described a problem they had right when they got ready to fir the engine on Friday.
Rob Bellinger talked about how fast the end of the year came and how he looks for Syracuse.
Ronnie Davis won the Fulton Sportsman championship and spoke about the other title on the line.
Tim McCreadie told me how little experience he has in this race and his return to Syracuse.
After the heat races:
Corey Barker won the first Sportsman qualifier and told me what he saw happening to the track.
Kurtis Hohensheldt led every lap to win his Sportsman heat and talked about making adjustments.
Ronnie Davis III talked about his win and how ugly the racing was in the Sportsman consis.
Mike Button watched the Modified consolation races and told me about his Sportsman heat win.
Tim McCreadie didn’t waste much time in his heat and told me how he went from eighth to first.
Brett Hearn came from 11th to the lead in 9 laps and explained how he picked up so many spots.
Danny Varin picked up the lead on lap two on his way to a win and explained why he ran low.
Rob Bellinger described the battle he had up front in his win and explained how yellows helped.
Doug Manmiller took the lead with two to go to win his heat and spoke about today’s tear-offs.
After the Sportsman feature and the Outlaw 200:
Rocky Warner celebrated after winning the Sportsman race and spoke with Adam Buchanan.
Matt Sheppard spoke with Adam Buchanan after taking the lead early and leading at the break.
Matt Sheppard summed up how his 200 laps went with Bill Foley after winning the Outlaw 200.
Jimmy Phelps came home in 2nd place and told Bill Foley how he was compared to the winner.
Larry Wight made a last lap pass to finish in 3rd and talked about a podium sweep for Troyer.
Danny Varin ran down some adjustments they made to be faster in the second half finishing 5th.
Chris Hile talked about how happy he was to record his best finish in the Outlaw 200 with a 7th.
Craig VonDohren worked his way up to 3rd and talked about the two things that went wrong late.
What a weekend it was at Fulton. Mother Nature tried her best raining on Friday night and Saturday up until about 2 p.m. or so. They almost got everything in on Friday and moved the Sportsman qualifiers to Saturday so it made for a full day of racing.
The heats didn’t start until 6:15 p.m. and once they started rolling they just didn’t stop until the heats and consolation races were done. Sure, things ran a little late but they got everything in and the racetrack was in great shape. Big time kudos go out to everyone on the track crew, the employees and the drivers who never complained about the hand they had been dealt.
The heats went off well with 65 Modifieds and 69 Sportsman. And as usual the heat races provided some of the best drama of the night with several drivers coming from outside the top 8 and even the top 10 to win. Yep, the track was that racy.
They were hustling at all times so I got most of the heat winners and tried hard to get the ones I missed but with drivers watching the racetrack it was tough to track them down. I did the best I could. Sorry if I missed your favorite driver.
Rocky Warner got the first feature win of the night and came from 15th place to do so. What is it about races in October and Rocky Warner huh? Great job.
In the Outlaw 200 it was a caution fest early on with 13 yellow flags in the first 100 laps and 21 altogether. There were just 29 green flag laps in the first 100 and then after that they ran the first 29 laps in the second 100 without a yellow flag. There were so few green flag laps that at the break management decided that the final 50 laps would be run under green no matter what and caution laps would not count.
Hey, these things happen sometime. And when the drivers had flats, the infield was so wet that nobody wanted to drive down there. I’m sure that contributed to a few of the yellows. Yes, there were four grooves of racing but nowhere to go when you had a problem. Again, with rain for 14 hours, it gets that way.
In the end it was Matt Sheppard showing the way after taking the lead on lap 24 on a restart. I got the chats from victory lane as well as 6 of the top 7. It was late, cold and teams were packing up fast. Again, I did the best I could.
I’ll be back tomorrow with more from my two days in Fulton and we’ll rock those chats through Tuesday. Then we’ll switch to Super DIRT Week mode and have stuff from the inspection line for you on Wednesday.
It’s a great time to be a race fan and a great time to come here to hear firsthand from the drivers themselves. I have almost two dozen interviews in the can including one with Hall of Famer Bob McCreadie that we’ll air tomorrow. Hope to see you then!
|Saturday, October 4th 2014
| New on the Audio Page from night one of the Outlaw 200 at Fulton Speedway:
Jeff Crambo talked about a life changing event he had and his hopes for the first night at Fulton.
Rylee Gill spoke about his winning season in a Novice Sportsman at Can Am and Fulton Speedways.
Rob Keller explained why Friday night be his final race and what he plans to do after this season.
Tim Currier spoke about the small block Modified he had with him and his plans for next week.
Vic Coffey ran down where he has raced of late and runs down what he has for Super DIRT Week.
Shawn Donath had a big block Ford powered Modified with him and talked about his past.
Johnny Hill was fastest in Late Model hot laps and talked about what he needs for next year.
Doug Manmiller recapped his multi-season at Grandview and ran down his late season race plans.
What a turnout they had last night at the Fulton Speedway. I had to leave early as my wife was working but while I was there I was able to get 21 interviews done and do the TV stuff we had to get done for the next Atomic Power Racing Hour.
A record 247 cars were in the pit area and people were pitting in areas that have never had a racecar on them maybe ever! To say it was impressive would be an understatement. Wow. What a turnout.
When I left it had sprinkled once but everything was going well as they were ripping through the qualifying heat races. Yes, they do know how to move things along when they need to.
We’re hoping the weather that is predicted for today moves out quickly and we can get to racing on time. Best bet would be to check www.fultonspeedway.com before you leave or hit their facebook page just to be sure. But knowing them, they’ll do everything they can to run today so just go ahead and head out. We’ll be waiting for you.
I hope you enjoy the new audio for today and be sure to come back tomorrow as I have nothing to do today except go to Fulton. It is my favorite one day event so I hope to see you there. Bring a warm jacket and have some fun with us.
See you tomorrow and be sure to check out all the new stuff on the Audio Page. I know you’ll like it.
|Friday, October 3rd 2014
| New on the Audio Page for today:
Jimmy Phelps talks with Bill Foley in victory lane after his win in the Outlaw 200 in 2013.
Pat Ward celebrated and spoke with Bill Foley after winning the Outlaw 200 for his biggest win.
Brett Hearn came from deep in the field to win in 2010 and spoke about it with Bill Foley.
With big races all over the place for the next ten days, I decided not to bug the drivers as they were getting ready and instead look back at the big winners the past three seasons at the Outlaw 200. All three of these racers won their first 200’s at Fulton and new winners have won the event in each of the last three years. Will it continue tomorrow? We’ll have to wait and see.
I’ll be there nice and early today and hope to get a lot of interviews done. Plus we are doing TV as the Atomic Power Racing Hour crew will be on hand to record the Go Nuclear Late Models in one of their biggest races of the season. It’s going to be a lot of fun!
Be sure to come back tomorrow as we’ll have lots of stuff from the event and more tomorrow as we concentrate on the Modifieds. It’s going to be a great weekend and I hope to see all of you there.
Now let’s chat about the interviews we have on the Audio Page today from the last three Outlaw 200’s. Jimmy Phelps talks with Bill Foley in victory lane after his first career win in the Outlaw 200 at the Fulton Speedway one year ago in 2013.
Pat Ward celebrated in victory lane in Fulton and spoke with Bill Foley after winning the Outlaw 200 for his biggest win back in 2012.
Brett Hearn came from deep in the field to win his first Outlaw 200 after several years of trying back in 2010 and spoke about it trackside with Bill Foley.
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