Gary Rowe - CPA
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Gary Rowe of M.R. Gaebel, Inc.
Gates-Cole Associates SUNY Canton Automotive Technology program
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Tuesday, September 25th 2018
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Steve Poirier talks about winning the ESS Championship at Fonda and his win Sunday at Airborne.
Erick Rudolph spoke about his limited laps at Fonda and talked about racing dusting off his 358 Mod.
A.J. Miller explains why he travels to Central New York to race and what he likes about those tracks.
Tony Veneziano reports on the pair of World of Outlaw Sprint Car races from Eldora and Lernerville.

I had a better day on Monday and got a good night’s sleep after a tough day on Sunday. I got to work nice and early and did some writing and some chats in the studio. When you are grieving they say to be busy and that does help. I am still thinking about the young man’s family and friends as we wish them all the best these next few days, months and years.
 
I will be back in the studio this afternoon and then again later in the night as we have practice for bowling from 5-8. I’ll do a game or two and then get back home. I wish this league started later as I am still in racing and golf mode. Maybe that’s why the sport is suffering.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have on the Audio Page as we begin with a driver who had a pretty good weekend. Steve Poirier talks about winning the ESS Championship with a second place at Fonda, his win Sunday at Airborne and tells me what he is thinking about doing in 2019. 
 
Erick Rudolph spoke about his limited laps at Fonda and talked about racing dusting off his 358 Modified as well as looking ahead to the next few races he has on his schedule. 
 
A.J. Miller explains why he travels to Central New York to race his Sportsman, what he likes about those tracks and tells me how aggressive you need to be on the track while still being careful.  
 
Tony Veneziano reports on the pair of World of Outlaw Sprint Car races from Eldora and Lernerville, runs down what happened at the Four Crown Nationals and shares some thoughts on Greg Hodnett.   
 
Monday, September 24th 2018
   I don’t do this much but the website is dark today in memory of my friend Filippo D’Agostino who passed away on Saturday after a motorcycle accident in Liverpool. “Little Phil” as we called him -his dad was Big Phil- was a fine, respectful young man who sadly left is way too soon at the tender age of 24.

He was like a lot of us in the racing community as he loved anything fast but unfortunately it was that love of speed that cost him his life. As I spoke to his dad at the vigil Sunday night, who was my neighbor across the street in Bayberry, he spoke about his hope that this tragedy could possibly slow the next young man or women down as they decided how fast to go or what move to make on the road.

To all of you who take risks on the road, please head this message and save that love of speed for the racetrack in a supervised and safe situation. When I was Little Phil’s age I wish I could tell you that I was the poster child for safety but I also was as far from that as possible. I myself am truly lucky, not fortunate, lucky to still be here.

Please hug your kids, your significant other, your friends and even the people that are in your life that maybe you don’t know too much about and take a moment to think about how lucky and fortunate we all are to still be here, still be doing well and be able to do the things we love most. Little Phil can’t do any of that anymore.

And for those of you who street race, drive fast or do some things that we shouldn’t please remember that it can happen to any of us, sometimes regardless of our actions. Enjoy your day today. Enjoy every day and don’t hold back your feelings. Tell your kids you love them. Tell your folks you love them and tell the people you value in your life how much you value them.

Please do that for me today. I am sad and maybe a little mad but my life goes on. My thoughts and prayers go out to his mom and dad, his step mom and all the people that were fortunate enough to know Filippo and have him be a part of their life. I’ll miss you young man and I hope to see you again some day in a place up high. Rest in peace Filippo. 
 
Sunday, September 23rd 2018
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Rich Ricci Jr. talks about racing with his daughter Allison and remembers how he first got started.  
Demetrios Drellos recapped his season so far and talked about the pair of cars he had at Fonda.
Ray Zemken described how he did in a Sportsman at Fonda and what it is like to be a grandfather.
Nick Stone told me how he did in his Sportsman and the big crash he had with it one week ago.

We had a really nice day as some friends who were in town stopped by for dinner and drinks. It was great catching up and hanging out like a normal person on a Saturday. It was a lot of fun.
 
I’ll be in the studio tonight after an outing during the day and then we have a day trip planned for Allie and I as we hope to see some of you out in Newark. Never been there before and look forward to seeing someplace new.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page today starting with a racing dad who has quite a few laps under his belt over the years as well. Rich Ricci Jr. talks about racing with his daughter Allison and remembers how he first got started as well as some of the crazy stuff he did as a young man. Yeah, me too!   
 
Demetrios Drellos recapped his season so far and talked about the pair of cars he had at Fonda as well as his plans to do some small block racing at Super DIRT Week.  
 
Ray Zemken described how he did in a Sportsman at Fonda this year, why he had to borrow a second car to use and what it is like to be a grandfather.

Nick Stone told me how he did in his Sportsman, the big crash he had with it one week ago that pretty much finished that car and reminds folks that he is taking orders now for Pro Stocks.   
 
Saturday, September 22nd 2018
   New on the Audio Page from Fonda Speedway:
 
After the heat races:
Dave Constantino won the first Sportsman heat from the pole and remembered his last race at Fonda.
David Schilling described how hard he was driving his Sportsman on the tacky track in his heat victory.
Chad Edwards talked about the narrow groove in his heat win and when his good luck turned to bad.
Mark Mortensen led every lap to win his heat race and told me about why the outside was better.
Pat Ward won a fun side by side race in his heat and described how aggressive the racetrack was.
Larry Wight got the win in the final heat and explained the big reason he was at Fonda on Friday.
 
After the 358 Super DIRTcar Series race:
Stewart Friesen explained how he made his pass for the win and how close he came to wrecking.
Bobby Varin led the first 19 laps before finishing 2nd and told me how he gained some ground late.
Pat Ward talked about the tech they do to these DIRTcar 358 engines and why they are all so equal.
Erick Rudolph came in fourth place and talked about what he learned about this unfamiliar track.
Jeremy Wilder raced his way from last to fifth and explained why he had to take his car pit side.

I headed east last night to Fonda Speedway for day one of Thunder by the Mohawk. The track was lighting fast and the 358’s and Sportsman turned in a lot of laps that they didn’t even lift on. It was fast!
 
Stewart Friesen had a few weeks off from the Camping World Truck Series and came out and won the 60 lap DIRTcar 358 Modified Series race. He got by Bobby Varin on the inside on lap 20 and pulled away for a convincing win. Varin gained a little in the closing laps but was still a long way back.
 
I got the top five as they were being teched after the race, and thanks to the DIRTcar officials for letting me do that, and got the heat winners as well. Only sixteen 358 Modifieds were in the pit area and only 35 Sportsman. I guess the rain that everyone knew was coming at some point kept some folks away. Too bad as these were some of the fastest laps you’ll see at Fonda.
 
I left early myself wanting to be on the road when the storm his rather than stuck at the track. It was not as bad as it went through as I saw some of the footage from Outlaw Speedway where they did have to cut their show short. I thought that Fonda would get that in and this time I was right.
 
Fonda runs again today as does Outlaw Speedway and Thunder Mountain wraps up their season tomorrow. I’m gonna put up some of my fourteen pre-race chats for you tomorrow as I have friends in from out of town today. I hope you all gave a great day and look for more from me on Sunday. 
 
Friday, September 21st 2018
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Justin Wright recapped his last weekend behind the wheel and looked ahead to Outlaw Speedway.
Marc Minutolo compared his last two seasons and prepared for two nights of racing in Dundee.
Ernie Saxton talks about the 76er and offers his thoughts on a wide variety of racing disciplines.
Lew Boyd runs down some of the latest racing books, dvds and more available at Coastal 181.

Please rain, stay away today. We have some big shows to get in. That’s my thought on the day as I am slated to go to Fonda tonight for a pair of SDS races featuring 358s and Sportsman. Maybe the front will stall and we’ll be able to rush it along and be fine. Keep your fingers crossed guys and gals.
 
I have a nice mix for you starting with some folks going to Outlaw this weekend as I found two drivers yesterday with plans to go there tonight. Plus we have another pair o chats that I know you’ll like. And I know that if you visit www.coastal181.com you’ll be like me, “One of everything please sir.”
 
Now let’s chat more about that new stuff on the Audio Page starting out with a driver who enjoyed a pretty good season. Justin Wright recapped his last weekend behind the wheel and looked ahead to racing at Outlaw Speedway this weekend while running down his very busy late season plans. 
 
Marc Minutolo compared his last two seasons and prepared for two nights of racing in Dundee while comparing his Hobby Stock to his Street Stock.  
 
Ernie Saxton talks about the 76er and offers his thoughts on a wide variety of racing disciplines including NASCAR, INDYCar and the growth of NHRA. Good stuff as always! 
 
Lew Boyd runs down some of the latest racing books, dvds and more available at Coastal 181 while I highlight a few movies that I will be adding to my collection. Check them out at www.coastal181.com   
 
Thursday, September 20th 2018
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Eric Kingsley updated us on track prep for Super DIRT Week and ran down the work still to be done.
Tommy Collins remembers last weekend’s feature wins and why the right gear choice was important.
Butch Green talks about his two wins last weekend and his hopes for Thunder Mountain on Sunday.
Mark Krosky aka Krash Mender tells me about the NE Stock Car Old Timers Calendar available now.

We are almost to the weekend and it is going to be a big weekend with shows at Fonda, Outlaw and thunder Mountain Speedways. I am heading to Fonda tomorrow for the first time this year and I hope I can get a lot done. And I still have more studio chats to put up tomorrow.
 
The house is still sick although I think I may be just about back after whatever this was that I have had. I have basically allergy type symptoms while Allie was down almost all day on Wednesday. She may even miss school today although she really wants to go so she doesn’t fall too far behind.
 
Now let’s chat more about what is on the Audio Page today starting with news from Oswego Speedway from the man in charge of turning the surface from asphalt to clay. Eric Kingsley updated us on track prep for Super DIRT Week, ran down the work that is still to be done while explaining what would happen if they just left it alone for the next two weeks.  
 
Tommy Collins remembers last weekend’s feature wins, explains why making the right gear choice was important and also ran down his late season race plans.  
 
Butch Green talks about his two wins last weekend, the nice streak he had earlier when he won 10 of 11 races and his hopes for Thunder Mountain on Sunday. 
 
Mark Krosky aka Krash Mender tells me about the new 2019 NE Stock Car Old Timers Calendar available now, how people can win cash from it and what they do for the racing community. Check them out at www.nescotracing.com   
 
Wednesday, September 19th 2018
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Bobby Varin talks about his two races last weekend and looks forward to Friday & Saturday at Fonda.
Taylor Caprara tells me about his season racing weekly at Can Am and his responsibilities at his job.
Shane Andrews explains why he has stepped back a little from announcing and the search for balance.
Allie Elkins calls the racing action last Sunday in the Limited Open Wheel feature race in Syracuse.

I got a lot done on Tuesday and was able to stay ahead by a day as we get closer to a big race weekend. I am planning on hitting Fonda on Friday night as they have a pair of SDS races with small blocks and Sportsman headlining the show. And I have someone up today to help me preview this weekend.
 
Everyone is sick here and even I am getting a little something. Allie has taken a turn and is now on antibiotics for an ear infection. She was doing well for a few days but took step back yesterday. Her voice is very raspy so she will be home today waiting for the medication to kick in.
 
I am doing alright as I think I have that virus that mimics allergies. I haven’t felt great in a week and I know this runs just over that so hopefully I’ll be good to go this weekend.

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page beginning with a look ahead at a big show coming up this weekend. Bobby Varin talks about his two races last weekend, looks forward to Friday & Saturday at Fonda as well as the double duty he is planning on the final day of Thunder Along the Mohawk Weekend. 
 
Taylor Caprara tells me about his season racing weekly at Can Am, explains what he’ll be racing this off-season and describes his new responsibilities at his job at the family business. 
 
Shane Andrews explains why he has stepped back a little from announcing recently, the search for balance between racing and life while both of us share some memories. Nice honest talk here with two guys who have been around the block a few times in racing.
  
Allie Elkins calls the racing action last Sunday in the Limited Open Wheel feature race with the Syracuse Microd Club in Syracuse. This was her first attempt at doing this!  
 
     
 
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