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Thursday, September 5th 2019
    New on the Audio Page for today:

Billy Pauch Jr. recaps his last race weekend that included a win, a fourth place and a flat on Sunday.
Marc Johnson explained how he won the Albany Saratoga Speedway championship with his 3rd place.
Jonathan Preston spoke about his dream season in a 360 Sprinter before winning two at Brewerton.
Ernie Saxton and I talk about IndyCar leaving Pocono, the downside of big tracks and Bobby Allen.
Paul Cole gives us details on the New York Nationals this Friday and Saturday at Land of Legends.

I got back to work on Wednesday getting a lot done in the studio before calling it a day at about 8 o’clock. It’s going to be a fun weekend for us as we have two races on back to back days at Can Am and they found some things wrong with the Dirt Modified Nostalgia Tour ride even after she notched her best finish. Yeah, it’s gonna be a fun weekend and thanks so much to Derrick and Pete for all their hard work.

Allie and her sister got to enjoy their last day of summer vacation as today they go back to school. Allie will be in 11th grade this year while our youngest begins middle school. It’s that time of the year alright and there is even an NFL game on tonight. Bye, bye summer. We’ll miss you.

Now let’s chat more about what is new for today on the Audio Page beginning with a winner from this past weekend who is becoming a weekly fixture here. Billy Pauch Jr. recaps his last race weekend that included a win, a fourth place and a flat on Sunday, told me where he’ll be this weekend and how much he’ll race in what’s left of 2019. 

Marc Johnson explained how he won the Albany Saratoga Speedway championship with his 3rd place, how he did at the big Super DIRTcar Series race at Lebanon Valley runs down his plans for Oswego. 

Jonathan Preston spoke about his dream season in a 360 Sprinter before winning two ESS A-Mains at Brewerton, the cool donut he did at Weedsport and how much of a reaction he got from it. 

Ernie Saxton and I talk about IndyCar leaving Pocono Raceway for the 2020 season, the downside of big racetracks and a column he read on WoO owner Bobby Allen plus lots more. Don’t miss this one! 

Paul Cole gives us details on the New York Nationals this Friday & Saturday at Land of Legends Raceway, describes how the format will work and reminds us about their season finale on September 28th. 

 
Wednesday, September 4th 2019
    New on the Audio Page for today:

Danny Varin described a handling condition he would like to get sorted out on his 360 Sprint Car.
Marc Minutolo told me how he won the Hobby Stock title at Outlaw for the second time in a row.
Tony Veneziano reports on the World of Outlaws Sprint Cars at Skagit and Grey’s Harbor Raceway.

It was back to reality for us after a few days partying with friends here at the house. I think we may have had a little too much fun on Monday though as I was clearly a step slower yesterday. Oh well.

I have a mix of stuff for you today and will be back at it again today as the weekend will be here before you know it. We’ll be at Can Am twice as the Super Series continues for us on the big half mile. I’m nervous obviously but know that Allie will drive within her limits and surely learn from this big test this weekend.

Now let’s chat more about what’s new on the Audio Page for today beginning with a driver who started the weekend off with a problem and finished with a victory. Danny Varin described a handling condition he would like to get sorted out on his 360 Sprint Car, explains what it feels like on the straightaways and who has been helping give him advice.

Marc Minutolo told me how he won the Hobby Stock title at Outlaw for the second time in a row, how tough these cars are to drive compared to some and how much he will race in the late season. 

Tony Veneziano reports on the World of Outlaws Sprint Cars at Skagit and Grey’s Harbor Raceway in Washington State, looks ahead to a show tonight in Oregon as well as the Gold Cup this weekend.  

 
Tuesday, September 3rd 2019
    New on the Audio Page for today:

Ryan Coniam explains why he recently got back in the seat and remembers his time in NASCAR.
Paulie Colagiovanni speaks about attacking a race night when you have heat races and two A-Mains.
Derrick Podsiadlo explains why we have not seen him much and what he’s been doing on Saturdays.
Sam Reakes IV tells me how his season has been going and compares this year to his best season.

Summer is officially over and we hope your Labor Day was a great finish to the weekend. We spent the time here with a friend from college who came up to stay we us. We had a great time catching up with her and stayed up way toooo late. It was fun but now it is time to get back to business today.

I’ll be back in the studio today and hoping to load up tonight. My kids don’t go back to school until Thursday so we’re hoping to have some fun today and tomorrow in their last days off.

Now let’s chat more about what is on the Audio Page for today starting with a man who has a long resume both on asphalt and dirt. Ryan Coniam explains why he recently got back behind the wheel of a racecar, explains why seat time is so important right now and remembers his time in NASCAR. 

Paulie Colagiovanni speaks about attacking a race night when you have heat races and two A-Mains, describes his mind set at this time of the year and what it is like to lead the point standings. 

Derrick Podsiadlo explains why we have not seen him much, what his hopes were for last Saturday night in Canandaigua and what he’s been doing on Saturdays that has kept him up on what’s been happening.   

Sam Reakes IV tells me how his season has been going, describes some of the bad luck he’s had the past few years and compares this year to his best season just a few years ago.  

 
Monday, September 2nd 2019
    New on the Audio Page for today:

Tyler Trump talks about the big block under the hood of his Modified and how it felt in hot laps.
Brett Wright explained why he had to take some races off and runs down this weekend’s tire bill.
Rich Townsend picked up a Sportsman win last weekend and told me how he got to the front.

It was a nice day for most of the time on Sunday although some weather did move in later in the day. It was enough to halt the action at Utica Rome and hopefully it will be out of here in time for Weedsport to have some fun today.

I’m laying low today as it is the last day of vacation for my wife and then tomorrow she’ll be back to school although the kids don’t have to make it until Thursday so we’ll find some fun stuff for them to do. Hope you all have some fun plans for today and that your work week is a good one.

Now let’s chat more about what is on the Audio Page for today starting with a man who was smiling ear to ear when we chatted on Friday. Tyler Trump talks about the big block under the hood of his Modified, how it felt in hot laps at Brewerton Speedway and compared it to the small block he’s driven the past two years. 

Brett Wright explained why he had to take some races off with his Sprint Car, runs down how much he will spend in tires this weekend and talks about a big change coming in his life. 

Rich Townsend picked up a Sportsman win last weekend at Brewerton for his first win in almost a year and told me how he got to the front as well as what he’ll be doing after Labor Day.  

 
Sunday, September 1st 2019
    New on the Audio Page from Land of Legends Raceway:

Parker Smith won the first Street Stock heat race and talked about what changes in the features.
Jason Quigley was all smiles as he spoke to me after winning his first career Street Stock heat race.
Matt Guererri finished first in the first Sportsman heat race and talked about his winless season.
Nick Guererri came from eighth to first quickly and described the big wreck he saw in front of him.
Alex Payne rebounded from a long night to win his heat and explained why he was up till 7 a.m.
Alan Johnson got his night off to a good start with a heat win and talked about change from earlier.
Justin Haers spoke to the crowd after winning the final heat and told me about looking around.
Marc Minutolo reacted after winning his first Street Stock feature race of the 2019 race season.
Adam DePuy had his first DNF of the season and spoke about holding on to win the championship.
Daryl Ruggles led every lap to win the 305 Sprint Car A-Main and dedicated it to Dan Willmes.
Kane Bristol pulled away to win the Sportsman feature and told me about doing what he intended.
Kevin Root won his second championship in as many days and spoke about his phenomenal year.
Alan Johnson spoke about keeping his 45 year winning season streak intact with his 1st of 2019.

It was a fun night and a darned right cold one as Allie and I headed out to Land of Legends Raceway. The track was racy and smooth and we had a darned good time.

Champions were crowned in the Street Stock, Sportsman and 305 Sprint Car divisions and all the drivers that came into the night with the point lead left as champions. We have all three of them up for you to listen to as well as the other winners on the final Saturday night of the summer in beautiful Canandaigua.

Alan Johnson kept his streak alive with his first win of the season and later in the week I’ll air the chat we had right before the night began where we talked about that very thing as well as why last night was the best chance left that he had to do it.

Darryl Ruggles had a very emotional win after his win and dedicated it to long time friend Danny Willmes. Unfortunately Danny has taken a turn for the worse and may not be with us much longer.

There are so many of us who will miss him myself included as Danny put me in his Vintage Modified back in the fall of 2011 and has been a fan of what I’m doing with Allie from day one. Danny has done a lot for a lot of people in the sport and we are going to miss his jokes at the track, his slicked up golf cart and his easy going attitude which for a guy who went through dialysis for longer than anyone I’ve ever heard about is nothing short amazing. We’ll miss you horribly buddy!!!

I’ll be home stretching and trying to get my back sorted out as each day is different than the last. Some better, some worse and some where I think I’m almost through it. We have a friend in from out of town for a few days and much talk about the 1980’s will take place in our house as well as some after midnight fun. It’s gonna be our goodbye to summer fling.

 I’ve got some really good stuff in the can before I get back in the studio on Tuesday so be sure to come back tomorrow. Have a great Sunday guys and gals!

 
Saturday, August 31st 2019
    New on the Audio Page from Brewerton Speedway:

Mike Fowler described a change he was making to the right rear of his Sportsman after his heat victory.
Quinn Wallis talked about his Sportsman heat win and how busy it gets on nights when he races twice.
Brandon Carvey explained how he won his Sportsman heat and how he won his 1st feature in 10 years.
Danny Varin won the second ESS heat race and explained where he would like to be a little bit better.
Tim Sears Jr. went from sixth to first in a flash and described what he saw at the top of the racetrack.
Denny Peebles told me what it was like as he sat in his car on fire and why it took a moment to get out.
Jonathan Preston spoke about his ESS A Main win along with Billy Van InWegen & Danny Varin.
Larry Wight won the Modified feature, the championship and wondered what happened to the 83x.

I had a fun night at Brewerton Speedway as they ran their final point’s night of the year and it was wild alright and a little scary. Denny Peebles got everyone’s attention as his Sprint Car caught on fire after coming to a stop on the frontstretch right in front of the crowd.

He got out quickly and came out of the car with his right arm on fire. Obviously his suit was soaked in methanol and he ran from the car before stopping and rolling in the wet grass. Safety officials did everything right and they grabbed him as he laid on the ground and got the fire out. After a few anxious moments he leaped to his feet and we all breathed a sigh of relief.

I’ve known Denny for years and he was my daughter’s teammate in a kart race a few years ago so I rushed right over to see how he was doing. His suit was no longer usable but the nomex shirt underneath his suit was as good as new. Thank God he was alright. And as he and crew rushed to get the car ready for the second feature I kind of said to myself, “I think that’s enough for me.”

I’ll be honest. It scared the crap out of me. As he sat in the car I pictured his hands in the fire frantically reaching for the release. He said it did not release the first time and I can only imagine what goes through a racer’s mind at that moment. I guess you don’t really have time to think that this could be the day you die as you rely on instincts to find a way to safety but I’m sure somewhere along the way it has to hit you in the face like a train! Oh my God. That could have been it!

All his safety equipment did was it is there to do and like I said the safety crew could not have handled it better. But that was it for me. I nervously watched the Modified feature and by then my back was aching hard so I called it a night. I’ll get this crap figured out and hopefully be back to full strength soon. And I’ll see some of you today in Canandaigua.

No matter where you go tonight I hope you see a safe night of good, hard racing as the regular season is almost complete. Where did the time go? Be safe, be fast and have fun guys and gals!

 
Friday, August 30th 2019
   New on the Audio Page for today:

Mike Maresca remembers how he lost the lead late and finished 2nd in the 150 lapper in Cornwall.
Louie Jackson Jr. talked about winning his third 358 Modified race ever and his first at Mohawk.
Billy Cook tells me about his start in racing back in 1970 and how it caught on up in Akwesasne.
Ben Wheeler explains why he changed his weekly home and updated me on his new racetrack.
Robby Knowles describes some of what he’s learned as a rookie promoter at Plattsburgh Airborne.
Marty Preis talks about Marty’s Motorized Mayhem and the videos he has on his Youtube channel.

It was a beautiful day on Thursday as I laid low after hoofing around the NYS Fair the night before. I was shocked how much the rain earlier in the day kept the crowd down as the kids were able to get off and right back on most of the rides without a wait. Yeah, it was a fun day as we dodged the puddles more than the crowd.

Last night we did voice tracks for the MAV-TV race from Fonda earlier this year. Paul Szmal and I had a blast covering the race and I’ll be sure to let you know when it will air. I’m hearing some time in September but when I know for sure you will be among the first to know.

I’m off to Brewerton tonight and Canandaigua tomorrow before spending time with a friend from college the rest of the weekend. I hope you all enjoy the last weekend of the summer…Where did it al go?

Now let’s chat more about what is new on the Audio Page for today starting with a pair of Modified racers from up north. Mike Maresca remembers how he lost the lead late before finishing 2nd in the 150 lapper in Cornwall, described what changed with his car with five to go and wonders what could have been different. 

Louie Jackson Jr. talked about winning his third 358 Modified race ever and his first ever at Mohawk International Raceway, looked ahead to their big race in September and wonders how much he’ll travel after that. 

Billy Cook tells me about his start in racing back in 1970, how the sport caught on with others in Akwesasne and remembers the early days of Frogtown Speedway before if became Mohawk International Raceway. 

Ben Wheeler explains why he changed his weekly home, what makes racing up at MIR a little different and how much an adjustment it has been getting used to the surfaces up north. 

Robby Knowles describes some of what he’s learned as a rookie promoter at Plattsburgh Airborne Speedway, looks ahead to the final two shows of 2019 and a new year in 2020. 

Marty Preis talks about Marty’s Motorized Mayhem, the videos he has on his Youtube channel and the different types of motorsports related events he covers. Look him up on Youtube and follow him on Facebook.   

 
     
 
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