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Friday, August 8th 2014
   New on the Audio Page from the Weedsport Speedway:
 
Brett Hearn talked about the breakthrough design of the first Teo Pro Cars and when he got one.
Ray Bliss Jr. remembers his TV win at Weedsport when the motor blew up on the final lap.
Alan Johnson thinks back to his first laps at Cayuga County when he went off the track in turn 1.
Lance Willix cut his teeth in the Sportsman class in Weedsport and talked moving to a Modified.
Willy Decker cut up a tire and thought back on his runs at the track in his early Sportsman days.
Mark Kislowski brought his Modified to the show and talked about racing the track in spec cars.
Justin Wright has both Modified and Sportsman laps at the track and talked about the old days.
Tim Currier explained why he was not missing this show and thought back on his first races.
 
I’ve got a lot of great audio from last night in Weedsport as I tried to hunt down drivers that I knew had a past at the track. I also talked about the Super DIRTcar Series races earlier in the week with some drivers too. I had a family obligation last night from 7-9 p.m. so I did had to leave but it was looking like a great show indeed.
 
I was able to save some extra audio which I will put up tomorrow along with some of what Steve Ovens did as well last weekend. I’ll be at Utica Rome next on Sunday for Autograph night as Katie was really excited to see the cars until it rained out last week. So yes, we have unfinished business there for sure!
 
Now let’s talk more about the really nice stuff you have to listen to today on the Audio Page. There are some great stories here so make sure to check them all out.
 
Brett Hearn talked about the breakthrough design of the first Teo Pro Cars and when he got one. He told me how optimistic his brother was about his new idea, when it became clear to him that the car was innovative and remembered some of his past in Weedsport. 
 
Ray Bliss Jr. remembers his TV win at Weedsport when the motor blew up on the final lap. He told me when he knew the motor might have an issue, what happened in the final corner and how important that night was in his career.
 
Alan Johnson thinks back to his first laps at Cayuga County when he went off the track in turn 1. He told me how it felt to spin out in his second lap in a Modified, how he did the next week and when he got his first top five in Weedsport. Good one here! 
 
Lance Willix cut his teeth in the Sportsman class in Weedsport and talked moving to a Modified. He told me his initial impressions of the renovation, why he is happy the racetrack didn’t change and how he has been doing running a 358 at Mohawk International. 
 
Willy Decker cut up a tire and thought back on his runs at the track in his early Sportsman days. He remembered running well at the track, told me some of the guys he used to run against who are now also in Modified and when they made the decision to make it part of their day on Thursday. 
 
Mark Kislowski brought his Modified to the show and talked about racing the track in spec cars. He told me how much he enjoyed his laps at the track, when he first started in racing and where we’ll see him race for the rest of the year. 
 
Justin Wright has both Modified and Sportsman laps at the track and talked about the old days. He remembered his early struggles he had that first year, who showed him that slow is fast at the track and what the keys are to being fast at the always slick surface.
 
Tim Currier explained why he was not missing this show and thought back on his days in a Sportsman. He talked about running Weedsport weekly in 2006, how tough it was as he tried to run the outside and one bad wreck he had a few years later. 

 
Thursday, August 7th 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Tommy Sears thought back to his days racing in Weedsport and looks ahead to racing there tonight.
Danny Varin prepared to race a new Modified at Utica Rome and told me about Rolling Wheels.
Matt Janczuk updated me on how he has been doing as he returns to the driver’s seat in his Modified.
Brad Knab talked with Steve Ovens after his win in the first heat as the Patriot’s visited Woodhull.
Bruce Miller won the Late Model feature at Woodhull and talked to the crowd in victory lane.
Bryan Howland spoke with Steve Ovens after his third place in his heat race at Woodhull Raceway.
George Suprick picked up the win in his Patriot heat at Woodhull and told Steve Ovens about it.
 
It was a fun day as I headed out to Weedsport for the DIRT Hall of Fame inductions for 2014. It was great to see everyone and I’ll have the interviews I did last night up for you on Sunday.
 
Today will be a good one too as I will head to Weedsport again, this time for the Hall of Fame 100 which is part of the Super DIRTcar Series. It will be the first time the big blocks have been on the track since 2011 and to say excitement is high would be an understatement.
 
In addition to some audio I did over the weekend, we have more from Steve Ovens at Turn 5 Racing Podcast. We have stuff from Woodhull as the Patriot Sprint Tour visited the high banked track. We’ll have more on Saturday and Sunday from Steve so be sure to come back for that.
 
And you can listen to more from Steve by going to http://turn5.podbean.com/ or you can go to http://www.creeksideentertainmentdj.com/turn_5_racing_podcast. He also does a live show on Tuesday nights. Thanks for all the help Steve!
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have on the Audio Page for today. I start with a driver who is really looking forward to tonight. Tommy Sears thought back to his days racing in Weedsport and looks ahead to racing there tonight. He talked about picking up his first career Modified win at the track, compared it to the similarly shaped track in Brewerton and why he feels Weedsport is more technical. 
 
Danny Varin got ready to race a new Modified at Utica Rome and told me what went wrong at Rolling Wheels. He told me how much work it was to get the new car together, why they went with a Hig Fab car and how it felt to run out of gas while leading at The Fast Track. 
 
Matt Janczuk updated me on how he has been doing as he returns to the driver’s seat in his Modified. He talked about his three top ten finishes, how good he felt about coming from the back the week before and what broke that caused them to go home to get the back up car. 
 
Brad Knab talked with Steve Ovens after his win in the first heat as the Patriot’s visited Woodhull. He told him who was gaining on him in the race and why he was hoping he did not draw the pole. Interesting! 
 
Bruce Miller won the Late Model feature at Woodhull and talked to the crowd in victory lane. He talked about picking up win number one, how long it had been since he had won and what type of conditions he has been struggling on. 
 
Bryan Howland spoke with Steve Ovens after his third place in his heat race at Woodhull Raceway. He told him about his hopes for the dash, how good the racing surface as and the need to make some set up changes to get better. 
 
George Suprick picked up the win in his Patriot heat at Woodhull and told Steve Ovens about it. He talked about the importance of the draw, how nice the track was and why he figured it would not slow down too much as the night goes on. 

 
Wednesday, August 6th 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Jimmy Phelps analyzed how the first show went at Weedsport Speedway as Thursday approaches.
Ryan Phelps talked about racing two of his cousins on Friday and getting the win at Brewerton.
Dwight Johnson came back for his first race of 2014 and told me why he took a few years off.
Brady Fultz got ready with a pair of racecars at Yates County and talked with Steve Ovens.
Chris Fisher offered to do some beat box audio as he got ready to race his crate Sportsman.
Derrick Podsiadlo brought his Modified to Yates County and spoke about running different tires.
Derrick Podsiadlo talked with Steve Ovens after drawing the pole for the show at Yates County.
Scott Boudinot and Chris Mashewske spoke with Steve Ovens before a show at Yates County.
Alysha Ruggles prepared for her first race ever at Woodhull and wondered about her set up.
 
We hit the mid way point of the week and I’ll be writing today for tomorrow’s Syracuse Post Standard and heading out to the DIRT Hall of Fame in Weedsport for their annual induction ceremonies. It will be a fun night for sure and I hope to see you there. They will be letting folks in for cocktails at 6 p.m. with the actual ceremony starting at 7 p.m.
 
We have some audio from me as well as Steve Ovens who continues to send us a lot of great stuff. Check out more from him at Turn 5 Racing Podcasts. You can listen to more of what he does by going to http://turn5.podbean.com/ or you can also check him out at
http://www.creeksideentertainmentdj.com/turn_5_racing_podcast. Thanks again for all you help Steve and great job!
 
Then of course tomorrow we’ll be heading to Weedsport Speedway for their Super DIRTcar Series race. The Hall of Fame 100 should see the top Modified drivers in the northeast all at the tine 1/3 mile track. If you missed the opener, then you need to come check this out.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page for today. I start with some of mine from this past weekend. Jimmy Phelps analyzed how the first show went at Weedsport Speedway as Thursday’s Super DIRTcar Series race approaches. He talked about what went well, what is still to be done and how fortunate they are to have a lot of good people helping.
 
Ryan Phelps talked about racing two of his cousins on Friday and getting the win at Brewerton. He told me when he felt his car start to come in, when he realized that he had a shot at the victory and how conscious he was about who he was racing with. 
 
Dwight Johnson came back for his first race of 2014 and told me why he took a few years off. He talked about what is the same, what he did to get his Pro Stock ready for Sunday and remembered some handling issues they dealt with before. 
 
Brady Fultz got ready with a pair of racecars at Yates County and talked with Steve Ovens. He talked about a weight break he got, how tough it is to pull weight off a car properly to keep it handling properly and offered his first take of the racetrack he saw. 
 
Chris Fisher offered to do some beat box audio for Steve Ovens as he got ready to race his crate Sportsman. He talked about the advantages of racing weekly versus every other week and how long it has been since his brother has had his small block at Yates County. 
 
Derrick Podsiadlo brought his Modified to Yates County and spoke about running different tires. He told Steve Ovens about what he saw on the racetrack, what he found at a recent practice and how he drew for later on. 
 
Derrick Podsiadlo talked with Steve Ovens after drawing the pole for the show at Yates County. This is a quick one here! 
 
Scott Boudinot and Chris Mashewske spoke with Steve Ovens before a show at Yates County. Nice fun interview for you here!
 
Alysha Ruggles prepared for her first race ever at Woodhull as she spoke with Steve Ovens and wondered about her set up as she got ready for both the dash and the feature race. 

 
Tuesday, August 5th 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Tana Robinson previewed tonight’s Alex Friesen Summer Nationals race at Ransomville.
Matt Sheppard recalls watching the Weedsport Speedway transformation take place from his shop.
Chris Hile thinks back on some memories from Weedsport and talked about his Friday fortunes.
Jim Money is back with a Pro Stock at Utica Rome and spoke about an overheating issue on night 1.
 
New from the travels of Steve Ovens from Turn 5 Racing Podcasts:
 
Vic Coffey tells Steve Ovens about his win in the big block/small block shootout on July 22nd.
Billy Van Pelt spoke to the crowd at Woodhull on July 26th after his Modified feature victory.
Bob Buono told the fans how he won his 1st Street Stock race of the season at Woodhull on July 26th.
Chris Mashewske talks about his win in the Four Cylinder race on July 22nd at Yates County.
 
We’ve got a good amount of new stuff for you today with four from me and four from Steve Ovens at Turn 5 Racing Podcast. We have a lot from Steve as he sent us a ton of new stuff on Sunday so we’ll start with his older stuff and move forward from there. So be sure to come back for lots of great audio this week. And to listen to more from Steve go to http://turn5.podbean.com/ or check him out at his other location at http://www.creeksideentertainmentdj.com/turn_5_racing_podcast.
 
Don’t forget about tonight’s Alex Friesen Sumer Nationals at Ransomville and this year the big blocks will be in town along with the Super DIRTcar Series. And I’ll be in Weedsport on Tuesday for the series race there.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page. I start with a preview of what’s happening tonight in Western New York. Tana Robinson previewed tonight’s Alex Friesen Summer Nationals race at Ransomville. This race tonight is part of the Super DIRTcar Series and if needed a rain date has been added for tomorrow. 
 
Matt Sheppard recalls watching the Weedsport Speedway transformation take place from his shop. He told me how fun it was to see it happen on a daily basis and how much he is looking forward to a busy week that wraps up on Thursday with a Hall of Fame 100 in Weedsport. 
 
Chris Hile thinks back on some memories from Weedsport and talked about his Friday fortunes. He told me how happy he is to be fifth in points at Brewerton and how much he is looking ahead to Thursday night in Weedsport. 
 
Jim Money is back with a Pro Stock at Utica Rome and spoke about an overheating issue on night 1. He told me what he thinks caused the issue and his hopes for the next time out. 
 
Vic Coffey tells Steve Ovens about his win in the big block/small block shootout on July 22nd as well as how different the two ends of the track were at Yates County. 
 
Billy Van Pelt spoke to the crowd at Woodhull on July 26th after his Modified feature victory as well as how hard things got at the end of the race with many yellow flags. 
 
Bob Buono told the fans how he won his 1st Street Stock race of the season at Woodhull on July 26th and thanked everyone who helped him get to victory lane. 
 
Chris Mashewske talks with Steve Ovens about his win in the Four Cylinder race on July 22nd at Yates County as well as how hard he had to drive in the final laps. 

 
Monday, August 4th 2014
   New on the Audio Page before the rain fell at Utica-Rome Speedway:
 
Mike Walton remembers his recent feature at the track as well as his crate race at Fulton Speedway.
Alan Barker talked about picking up win number six at I-88 Speedway and his Modified hopes.
John DeForest recalled how his season has been going as well as an almost win in the feature.
Claude Hutchings Jr. spoke about being one of five drivers with a chance at a championship.
Mike Mahaney recapped his weekend that included a win at Thunder Mountain and a tenth place.
Stewart Friesen ran down how he picked up a win the night before at Fonda and his busy week.
Jeremy Vunk leads the Sportsman division in wins and talked about how close the points are.
Jack Miller told me how consistent finishes have given him the point lead and possible retirement.
 
Well it was going to be quite a race night until Mother Nature stepped in. We had just run hot laps on a very fast racing surface and then a few drops started to fall. Of course with Utica-Rome’s reputation, I was still hopeful of getting a show in.
 
Then I went to the pit shack to get the line-ups and saw there were none written down. I asked an official about it and he pointed to the sky. I said, “We’re done huh?” He nodded his head. And within a few minutes the sprinkle turned into a downpour with lightning and thunder. Yeah, we were done alright.
 
On the way home we had to slow down for several miles and drive with the flashers on as it was raining so hard. But we made it home okay and were able to record 14 interviews before the rain ended the night early.
 
It is really too bad as I had both my daughters with me on Sunday. After seeing some action from the Syracuse Microd and Quarter Midget club last Thursday, Katie is now on her way to becoming a race fan.
 
And thanks to Claude Hutchings Sr. for letting me use the golf cart for my pre race chats. My left leg is always a little sore after golf and being able to use the cart helped a lot. So thank Claude when you see him as there would not be as many interviews without his help.
 
Also we have dozens of clips from Steve Ovens who was at Yates County and Woodhull this past weekend. We’ll put his stuff up over the next three days as well as what I have left from my weekend. And my next race will be Thursday at Weedsport!
 
Hope you’re work week gets off to a great start and keep coming back as we have a lot for you this week. 

 
Sunday, August 3rd 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Chuck Bower remembered some of his past in Weedsport and how TV made it more special.
Rob Bellinger talked about his Syracuse ride as well as what he was hoping to do at Brewerton.
Matt Fink spoke about the racetrack he saw in hot laps and some tough luck he has had of late.
Tim Sears Jr. thought back to his Sportsman days at Weedsport and his thoughts on the walls.
Carmen Vona Jr. just got back into weekly racing and told me how he has been doing so far.
John Tiff told me about Utica-Rome’s new 15 and under free shows and the free food voucher.
 
We’re back with more from the dirt racing world after I took a day to golf on Saturday. I’ll be in Vernon today at the Utica-Rome Speedway and I’ll have both of my daughters in tow. It’s the prefect time too as many families will hopefully be there with their new 15 and under free policy for the Sunday shows in August.
 
My wife is working tonight so this works out perfectly for me and hopefully for many other busy race fans. Let’s face it. It is tough to be a parent especially when you want to check out a race. But if it costs you a lot to take your kids, you are a heck of a lot less likely to go which hurts in two ways.
 
First of all you don’t go and second of all your kids don’t go which actually hurts the whole racing machine even more. At too many tracks I see too many people I have always seen and not enough young fans. Hopefully policies like this will make it easier for young fans to go and become old fans like us many years from now and say, “I remember when…”
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have on the Audio Page as I hopefully hit them straight on the course today while trying to dodge any potential weather. Chuck Bower told me about his hopes to make Weedsport and remembered his Sportsman past. He explained what made it so special back in the day, what he heard about the show last weekend and how much TV helped make it even more special. 
 
Rob Bellinger talked about his Syracuse ride as well as what he was hoping to do at Brewerton. He told me about going to far with his adjustments, remembered his time in a Sportsman at Weedsport and ran down what he has been doing in a special deal for the mile.  
 
Matt Fink spoke about the racetrack he saw in hot laps and some tough luck he has had of late. He told me why he thought what we saw early won’t be what we see late, why he can’t race this Thursday in Weedsport and what he was doing at the opener. Might not be what you thought!  
 
Tim Sears Jr. thought back to his Sportsman days at Weedsport and his thoughts on the walls. He told me what he has been doing to research the place on line, why it is important to show support for these big money Modified shows and where he feels the track is toughest. 
 
Carmen Vona Jr. just got back into weekly racing and told me how he has been doing so far. He told me what he has learned from his teammate, what kind of situation could lead to a great finish and what he has been working on as a driver. 
 
John Tiff told me about Utica-Rome’s new 15 and under free shows running on Sundays in August and the free food voucher. He ran down all the specifics and I’ll have my daughters with me there this Sunday. Can’t wait! 

 
Saturday, August 2nd 2014
   New on the Audio Page from the Brewerton Speedway:
 
Pre race conversations:
 
Chris Mackey offered his take on the Microd racing he saw the night before as he got ready.
Matt Billings talked about his Modified win at the Brewerton Speedway last Friday night.
Mike Bowman is learning a new chassis and told me about the other issues he has been chasing.
Rich Keller told me how close he came to winning last week and what he gains from sponsorship.
Chris Fleming leads the nation in IMCA Modified wins and reacts to how well things are going.
 
After the heat races:
 
Joe Garafolo won the first Mod Lite heat race of the night and talked about the wet racetrack.
Nick Graziano got the win in the second Mod Lite heat and remembered his early days in racing.
Pat Ward spoke about his win in the first Modified heat race and thanked everyone for their support.
Ryan Phelps wondered what happened on the initial start of the heat race that he got the win in.
Mike Bowman led every lap to win the last Modified heat and talked about the need for laps.
Rich Keller described how his car felt as he won the IMCA heat and adjustments they were making.
 
After the feature races:
 
Mike Mullen speaks with Bill Foley after his win in the stock class in the Mod Lite feature race.
Ryan Phelps won the Modified feature after an intense 3 car race and spoke with Bill Foley.
Mike Bowman explained why he fell back to second after leading a lot of laps in the feature.
Matt Sheppard came from 17th to 3rd with a last corner pass and talked about his late charge.
Pat Ward spoke about his 5th place run and thanked the track for a special pace lap they did.
Chris Fleming won his 9th race of the season at Brewerton and reacted to yet another victory.
 
It was quite a night of racing at the Brewerton Speedway with one of the more exciting Modified feature races I have seen so far this season. It was a three car battle of cousins with Mike Bowman leading and Ryan & Jimmy Phelps chasing him. The action was intense and several times three wide.
 
But in the end, it was Ryan Phelps making a low move three laps to go who made his way to victory lane. Bowman held on to second while Matt Sheppard passed Jimmy Phelps for third in the final set of corners. It was quite a show indeed!
 
Before the feature race started, Pat Ward led a pace lap from the outside row with the inside position left open for his departed father who we lost on Monday. It was quite an emotional moment and I still wonder how Pat was able to race just a few laps later with no way to brush the tears from his eyes. We’ll miss ya Bud!
 
Chris Fleming is now 9 for 9 in IMCA Modified features at the track and leads the nation in wins. Once again he made a late race move to pick up the victory. What a season he is having.
 
It was a rough night for several Mod Lite racers as two big crashes slowed the start of their feature. We’re thinking good thoughts today for Terry Lapham who flipped his car violently in turn one. He took his time getting out of the car but did walk to the ambulance on his own. We’re hoping you’re doing okay today Terry and we hope to see you back real soon.
 
I did get a lot of audio and some of it I saved for tomorrow and some for next week to help promote Weedsport’s Hall of Fame 100. I’ll be golfing again today but will put up six clips for you tomorrow from my travels on Friday. Then we’ll be at Utica Rome with both my daughters on Sunday and we’ll have lots of audio from that up on Monday.
 
Have a great Saturday and I’ll see you again tomorrow.  

 
     
 
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