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Sunday, June 21st 2015
   New on the Audio Page from Canandaigua Motorsports Park:
 
Pre race conversations:
 
Justin Haers recapped his recent races and told me where he will race next this Wednesday.
Vic Coffey explained why he was not going to run his Late Model at Weedsport on Tuesday.
Alan Johnson described the ride he has for Canandaigua and remembered Black Rock on Friday.
Nick Cooper came into Saturday night winless so far and explained how good the competition is.
Dave Marcuccilli has fallen off a bit of late and wondered when he would get back to victory lane.
 
After the heat races:
 
James Sweeting won the first Sportsman heat race and talked about the tacky track he was on.
Dave Marcuccilli walked me through the move he made to get the lead and wondered about set up.
Paul Guererri passed his nephew for the lead to win his heat and spoke about the clean pass.
Sean O’Day earned his first ever heat win and talked to me about the new motor they installed.
Jason Whipple picked up his first ever heat win and spoke about needing to run the inside.
Brian Sage beat the big blocks with his small block and talked about how his 2015 season is going.
 
After the feature races:
 
Nick Cooper got the win in the 305 Sprint Car feature and spoke to Shane about win number one.
Dave Marcuccilli methodically worked his way through the field and spoke about his feature win.
Matt Sheppard won the Modified feature going away and spoke with Shane about the victory.
Gary Tomkins followed up last week’s win with a 2nd place and compared his car to the winners.
Justin Haers came from last to finish 4th and explained why he had to start at the back of the lineup.
Alan Johnson led some laps on his way to a 5th place run and talked about the need for more power.
 
I had another fun night as I hit the road again traveling back to my old stomping ground, Canandaigua Motorsports Park. It did rain there hours before the pit gates opened and I did check with some friends before I left to see if they were still running but promoter Jeremie Corcoran wanted to race and race they did.
 
You have to give Jeremie a lot of credit too as he worked his butt off all night long cleaning off the cushion every chance he got. During yellows and between races he had the front loader out there and stayed on top of the track all night long. He even battled a generator problem that delayed the show for a few minutes between features and still was done before ten o’clock. Way to go!

I talked more off the mic than on it as I usually do at the first trip to a track on the season but still got a lot of recordings done. And a big thanks goes out to John Roth from Dig Safely 811 as he invited me up to his VIP booth to watch the race and snack on pulled pork & macaroni and cheese. Thanks John!
 
Today will be staying home as my family has requested my presence for Father’s Day, My wife is making my favorite meatloaf for dinner and I am really looking forward to an easy day after two days on the road. Fear not…I’ll be back with at least seven new chats tomorrow.
 
Now let’s find out more about the Audio Page and what is new for today from Canandaigua. Justin Haers recapped his recent races, looks ahead to this Wednesday’s Super DIRTcar Series race at Utica Rome and wondered how the wet track would change at Canandaigua.
 
Vic Coffey explained why he was not going to run his Late Model at Weedsport on Tuesday and his struggles so far in his return to Modified racing. 
 
Alan Johnson described the Modified ride he has for Canandaigua and remembered his race at Black Rock on Friday night. 
 
Nick Cooper came into Saturday night winless so far at Canandaigua and explained how good the competition is in the 305 Sprint Car division. 
 
Dave Marcuccilli has fallen off a bit of late with is Sportsman at Canandaigua and wondered when he would get back to victory lane. Look down the page to see when! 
 
James Sweeting won the first Sportsman heat race and talked about the tacky track he was on while hoping the surface would slicken up a little. 
 
Dave Marcuccilli walked me through the move he made to get the lead and wondered about some set up changes for later on as he spoke with Mike Payne. 
 
Paul Guererri passed his nephew for the lead to win his heat and spoke about the clean move he made on the bottom on lap six at Canandaigua. 
 
Sean O’Day earned his first ever heat win and talked to me about the new motor they installed that has changed the way the car handles.
 
Jason Whipple picked up his first ever heat win and spoke about being comfortable running the outside and the need to get better on the bottom. 
 
Brian Sage beat the big blocks with his small block for a heat win at Canandaigua and talked about how his 2015 season is going so far. 
 
Nick Cooper got the win in the 305 Sprint Car A-Main at Canandaigua and spoke to Shane Andrews about finally getting win number one on the season. 
 
Dave Marcuccilli methodically worked his way through the field taking the lead in the Sportsman feature with five laps to go and spoke about his feature win with Shane Andrews
 
Matt Sheppard won the Modified feature going away and spoke with Shane Andrews about the new chassis that got him the victory. 
 
Gary Tomkins followed up last week’s win at Canandaigua with a 2nd place finish and compared his car to the one that sat in victory lane. 
 
Justin Haers came from last to finish 4th in the Modified feature at Canandaigua and explained why he had to start at the back of the lineup.
 
Alan Johnson led some laps on his way to a 5th place finish in the Modified feature race at Canandaigua and talked about the need for more power. 

 
Saturday, June 20th 2015
   New on the Audio Page from Can Am Motorsports Park:
 
Pre race conversations:
 
Charlie Sandercock summed up how his season has been going and his hopes for the series.
Chub Frank explains how he found a crate ride for the event and remembers his 2nd place at Fonda.
Dave Rogers told me why he was giving up his Sportsman ride for the night to Taylor Caprara.
Taylor Caprara gets ready to drive an unfamiliar car and thanked Dave Rogers for the opportunity.
Chris Fleming had never raced at Can Am before and offered his initial thoughts on the racetrack.
Jessica Power is running three nights a week and told me how that has helped her run better.
 
After the heat races:
 
Anthony Stockman told me how his Sportsman was as he won the first qualifier of the night.
Rick McCready described how his car was in his heat win and how he got through the corners.
Lee Gill won the first Late Model heat and talked about why he was wary about his starting spot.
Alan Fink led every lap to win his Late Model heat and told me about some adjustments he made.
Chris Fleming got the win in his first heat at Can Am and talked about staying in the gas longer.
 
After the features:
 
Zach Sobotka won his first career race in the Novice Sportsman and spoke about it with John Burr.
Matt Parkhurst lost the lead, got back even later and spoke with John Burr about his feature win.
Taylor Caprara earned his first victory of the year and thanked Dave Rogers for the winning ride.
Charlie Sandercock took the lead with six laps to go and spoke to Clayton Johns about his win.
Lee Gill came from the back after a spin finishing second and talked about it with Clayton Johns.
Darrell Lannigan led some laps before fading to third and described his night to Clayton Johns.
 
It was a late night but a fun night for me as I left the house for Can Am at 3 p.m., left the track to start my ride back at 12:20 a.m. and finished up work just before 3 a.m. I was a little apprehensive coming in as this was the longest day I had attempted since recovering from pneumonia and I wasn’t sure if I could do it. Heck, that’s just under three hours of road time too. But, I was fine and had a great time doing it.
 
We did TV for the Atomic Power Racing Hour and it was great to see Matt Thomas, Paul Szmal and the guy who puts it all together for the show, Rich Vleck. I did all six of my takes without a stumble and all six were good. Yes, it was fun to be on camera again and to do it without any stumbles, mumbles or flat out mistakes was encouraging.
 
I have audio from the winners as well as some pre race stuff. And since I got there nice and early, I was able to stick 13 interviews in the can for release later. I plan on Canandaigua today as I now know I can make longer trips and will have more from there tomorrow.
 
Sunday my wife and kids are kidnapping me for Father’s Day and then I plan to be at Weedsport early on Tuesday (My oldest has kindergarten graduation at 7 p.m. that same night so I will be at that!) and Utica Rome on Wednesday for the Super DIRTcar Series race.
 
Now since it is late as I write this up I need to call it a night, or morning in this case, and sleep so I can feel well rested for Canandaigua today. I’ll be there nice and early too so look for more tomorrow from there as well as a lot of stuff from both nights on Monday. Yeah baby…we’re back!
 
Here is more on the new stuff on the Audio Page you can listen to right now: Charlie Sandercock summed up how his season has been going and his hopes for the Go Nuclear Late Model series as he opens up the defense of his championship.
 
Chub Frank explains how he found a crate ride for the event, how he’ll pay back the favor Saturday night at Brighton and remembers his 2nd place Thursday at Fonda. 
 
Dave Rogers told me why he was giving up his Sportsman ride for the night to Taylor Caprara after Taylor lost his raceshop & his racecar in a fire on Thursday. 
 
Taylor Caprara gets ready to drive an unfamiliar car and thanked Dave Rogers for the opportunity to keep his position in the point standings and maybe more! Check down the page… 
 
Chris Fleming had never raced at Can Am before and offered his initial thoughts on the racetrack as well as his season so far which has yielder a lot of runner up finishes. 
 
Jessica Power is running three nights a week and told me how that has helped her run better while wondering is she can somehow drop one of those three nights later on. Hmmm…maybe not huh? 
 
Anthony Stockman told me how his Sportsman was as he won the first qualifier of the night for the division on the big half mile track at Can Am. 
 
Rick McCready described how his car was in his heat win, how he got through the corners and what specifically he was changing for the Sportsman feature. 
 
Lee Gill won the first Late Model heat and talked about why he was wary about his starting spot as well as what he thought would happen to the racetrack. 
 
Alan Fink led every lap to win his Late Model heat and told me about some adjustments he made as well as what he saw when he was out front alone. 
 
Chris Fleming got the win in his first Late Model heat at Can Am and talked about staying in the gas longer at this track than any other track he has run at. 
 
Zach Sobotka, a second generation driver, won his first career race in the Novice Sportsman and spoke about it in victory lane with John Burr.
 
Matt Parkhurst lost the lead after he bobbled in turn two, got back even later and spoke with John Burr in victory lane about his Pro/Street feature win. 
 
Taylor Caprara earned his first victory of the year in a car he had never driven before and thanked Dave Rogers for the winning ride. 
 
Charlie Sandercock took the lead with six laps to go to win the opener of the Go Nuclear Late Model Series and spoke to announcer Clayton Johns about his win. 
 
Lee Gill came from the back after a spin to avoid a crash finishing second and talked about his strong run in the Go Nuclear Series opener with Clayton Johns
 
Darrell Lannigan led some laps before fading to third in Greg Belyea’s crate powered Late Model at Can Am and described his night to Clayton Johns

 
Friday, June 19th 2015
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Gary Tomkins talks about his latest Modified win at Canandaigua, the 51st of his long career.
Tony Veneziano reports on the World of Outlaws as they continue their swing through the Midwest.
 
I had a busy day as I had a lot of non-racing things to get done. I only had a small window to get interviews done and actually missed some folks as I ran late on pretty much everything I needed to get done. Yep, it was just one of those days. 
 
Today I will be heading up north to Can Am as the Go Nuclear Late Models finally get to run their first race after four straight rainouts. We’ll be doing TV so it will be fun to work with Rich Vleck, Paul Szmal and Matt Thomas. I have not worked with those guys since out highlight show at Motorsports Expo so it will be a fun night to say the least.
 
Saturday I have Canandaigua penciled in and if we’re not too wiped out from the late night at Can Am we’ll make our first appearance there of 2015.
 
Now we’ll talk more about the pair of chats on the Audio Page you can listen to as we wrap up a work week. Gary Tomkins talks about his latest Modified win at Canandaigua, the things he had to look out for while running the bottom and his plans to hit the road real soon. 
 
Tony Veneziano reports on the World of Outlaws as they continue their swing through the Midwest as Donny Schatz won three out of four extending his big point lead. 

 
Thursday, June 18th 2015
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Tim Fuller talks about Late Model racing again in New York and his 10th place at Grandview.
Joe Trenca gets ready for a trip to Pa. this weekend and talks about a busy streak upcoming.
Pete Broderson tells me about his Pro Stock victory at Fonda and tonight’s big series race.
 
I had a nice day on Wednesday as I wrote up a column for Syracuse.com & the Syracuse Post Standard and got some work done in the studio as well. I even got to go to a race shop to get some work done on a story I am working on for graduation weekend. Yep, it was an alright day to say the least.
 
Don’t forget that tonight the World of Outlaws Late Model Series visits the Fonda Speedway and also on the card is race #1 of the Pro Stock Super DIRTcar Series. I don’t know if you’ve caught this or not, but Fonda has been drawing between 25-29 Pro Stocks weekly and with this being the first race in the SDS, expect a nice car count tonight as it could be the biggest stock car race of the season so far.
 
Now let’s talk more about what we have today on the Audio Page starting with someone who we will see back at the track tonight in a familiar division. Tim Fuller talks about Late Model racing again in New York tonight at Fonda and Tuesday in Weedsport as well as his 10th place at Grandview with the Super DIRTcar Series. 
 
Joe Trenca gets ready for a trip to Pa. this weekend that includes a new track for him and talks about a busy streak upcoming as he gets some work done in the shop. 
 
Pete Broderson tells me about his Pro Stock victory at Fonda, how close the racing has been all season long and tonight’s big series race, the first in the Mr. DIRT Pro Stock series. 

 
Wednesday, June 17th 2015
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Danny Creeden talks about his latest win at Five Mile Point, his fourth in a row in Kirkwood.
Jim King previews Thursday night’s show at Fonda featuring the WoO Late Models & Pro Stocks.
Pete Stefanski tells me about his win at Canandaigua and why he struggled for a few weeks.
 
It was a nice day on Tuesday and the Super DIRTcar Series visited Grandview Speedway last night. I caught Danny Creeden as he was on his way to the event and we’ll see if we can’t track some of the folks that did well here in the next couple of days. 
 
I do have three new chats for you today as well as a reminder to check out Fonda Speedway on Thursday as the World of Outlaw Late Models will be joined by the first race of the Pro Stock Super DIRTcar Series. And they have been getting between 25-29 Pro Stocks weekly so look for lots of cars on the track tomorrow night in Fultonville.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page starting with a driver who is on a tear at his new Saturday home. Danny Creeden talks about his latest win at Five Mile Point, his fourth in a row in Kirkwood as well as his hopes for Tuesday’s Super DIRTcar Series race at Grandview. 
 
Jim King previews Thursday night’s show at Fonda featuring the WoO Late Models & the DIRTcar Pro Stock Tour as well as how things have been going Friday at Glen Ridge. 
 
Pete Stefanski tells me about his win at Canandaigua, why he struggled for a few weeks and helps me analyze where stock cars are as a group right now. 

 
Tuesday, June 16th 2015
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Brett Wright summed up how his season has been going running at Albany Saratoga and Utica Rome.
Barb Clark talked about her induction into the DIRT Hall of Fame and her start in racing.
 
It turned out to be a nice day on Monday after a rainy Sunday night. I saw some photos and see that some of you are dealing with some flooding today. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you and let’s hope the water recedes soon.
 
I have some new stuff for you today as we chat with a driver who was dealing with a rainout on Sunday and meet one of the members of the new class of inductees to the DIRT Motorsports Hall of Fame.
 
All of us have our own stories as to how we first came to this great sport of ours and I know you’ll enjoy hearing Barb Clark’s story. So make sure to give that a listen and be there when she and the other members of this year’s class take their place in history at the home of DIRT in Weedsport.
 
I’ll be back in the studio today and the can is empty so we’ll be looking to put lots of good stuff into it. Drivers, message me or call as I can sure use some content this week.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page that you can listen to right now. Brett Wright summed up how his season has been going running at Albany Saratoga and Utica Rome after the show rained out this past Sunday. 
 
Barb Clark talked about her induction into the DIRT Motorsports Hall of Fame later this summer, her first job in racing and how she worked her way up to become Director of Operations at Utica Rome Speedway. Good one here!!! 

 
Monday, June 15th 2015
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Danny Varin talked about his most recent races and what he was going to do with his rainout.
Bill Shea explained why he held out for a while on Sunday and why he really wanted to race.
 
Well that didn’t work out like I had hoped. I tried to not look at the weather radar but when my friend called to tell me he was not going to seal our driveway and that it was going to rain later, I finally bit the bullet and looked. What I saw was not good but I still had hope to race and would have been happy even if I only got to see a few heats. You know what? I was not the only one.
 
I did get lucky and caught three people at the track as I got there within minutes of them making their decision at Utica Rome. I made the left hand turn onto route 5 from route 31 and saw two race haulers heading away from the track and said, “Oh crap!”
 
If you want to know why Bill Shea held out as long as he did and why he waited to make the call, just listen to my interview with him and put yourself in his shoes. So you want to be a race track owner? Listen to this and go back to my chat with Dan Harpell from Saturday and you may rethink your decision especially in a time when every decision a track owner makes is Monday morning quarterbacked by keyboard commandos on the internet who have never run a business let alone a racetrack. Yeah, it is not easy!
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page starting with the first conversation I had once I got out my vehicle at the track. Danny Varin talked about his most recent races, remembers a mistake he made at Fulton and wondered what he was going to do with his rainout on Sunday. 
 
Bill Shea explained why he held out for a while on Sunday before bowing to Mother Nature, what he has learned so far and why he likes to spend time working the racetrack. 

 
     
 
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