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Thursday, June 28th 2018
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Max McLaughlin talked about his second place at Albany Saratoga and the truck he’ll drive in July.
Alex Yankowski reviewed his seven win season to date and told me about his most recent victory.
Dale Caswell spoke about his Late Model win at Fulton and his return to Brewerton last Friday.
Rich Vleck previewed some future shows at Genesee Speedway and the next Speedway Showcase.

I had a good day on Wednesday as we did some writing, did some voice tracks for the next episode of Speedway Showcase and then got to work in the studio. Three of the four chats I did on Wednesday are up today and we’ll have more for you tomorrow.
 
We’ll be racing today as we are now on Thursday nights at the NYS Fairgrounds. Allie loves night racing and her car was right where she wanted it last week before the rain came and washed away her heat. But as we all know just because it was good last week does not mean it will be as good today. You know how finicky racecars of all kinds can be.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page starting with a driver who is improving vast right now. Max McLaughlin talked about his second place at Albany Saratoga, a major change they made at Land of Legends Raceway last Saturday and the truck he’ll drive in July at Eldora. 
 
Alex Yankowski reviewed his seven win season to date and told me about his most recent victory at Big Diamond this past Friday as well as his plans to race twice this coming weekend. 
 
Dale Caswell spoke about his Late Model win at Fulton two weeks ago, his return to Brewerton last Friday and talked about how little track has changed over the years. He went out and won later! 
 
Rich Vleck previewed some future shows at Genesee Speedway, reminds the fans about some of their Thursday night specials and the reminds us about the next Speedway Showcase show from Ransomville.  
 
Wednesday, June 27th 2018
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Tommy Sears remembers his 358 Modified win at Fulton and talked about learning to drive again.
Willy Decker describes what it is like to try to get your car to run better and what they are working on.
Brandon Kuhn tells me about his Sportsman at Afton and how a change they made has helped the car.
Drake Troutman talks about his season so far driving an E-Mod and recaps his latest win last weekend.

I got out and enjoyed a nice day on Tuesday as we did some work in the studio and then hit the road with dad to a local car cruise. Boy does my Camaro need a tune up! Ugh! We need to work on that for sure.
 
I have a nice mix of stuff up for you today as we get closet to a big stretch here with Fourth of July and all that comes with happening next week. I’ll try to balance family and racing during that week and have fun. Although my youngest does love Sprint Cars…hmm.
 
Now let’s talk more about the new clips we have for you on the Audio Page including a new driver who at age 13 is making quite a name for himself as our final interview today. Tommy Sears remembers his 358 Modified win at Fulton and talked about learning to drive the lower horsepower small block after many years at the track in a big block.

Willy Decker describes what it is like to try to get your car to run better at your weekly home, how frustrating it can be in the moment and what they are working on to try to improve. 
 
Brandon Kuhn tells me about his Sportsman at Afton this past Friday, how a change they made has helped the car and how he still tries to recapture his younger days by playing softball.  
 
Drake Troutman talks about his season so far driving an E-Mod, recaps his most recent win last weekend and remembers starting his career at age three in karting.  
 
Tuesday, June 26th 2018
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Tony Veneziano reports on the tragic weekend for the World of Outlaws as we lost Jason Johnson.
Peter Britten talked about racing at The Big Show X happening tonight at Albany Saratoga Speedway.
Brian McDonald runs down how he did on Friday at Mohawk and looks ahead to Sunday at Cornwall.
Teddy Starr told me how he lost over half his body weight to get behind the wheel of a Sportsman.

It is race day as tonight the Super DIRTcar Series will head to Albany Saratoga for The Big Show X promoted by racer Brett Hearn. It should be quite the night at one of the northeast’s most well attended racetracks both by fans and drivers alike. We hope you all have a great time.
 
I’ll be working today and again tomorrow as we’ll be doing voice tracks for the next Speedway Showcase Wednesday morning. I am going to have to shut down golf for a few weeks as my left leg is bothering me. I was lazy on my workout and am paying for it now. We’ll get back on track this week.
 
We’ll start today on the Audio Page however on a sad note as we continue to mourn the loss of Sprint Car racer Jason Johnson with a man who knew him well. Tony Veneziano reports on the tragic weekend for the World of Outlaws as we lost Jason Johnson on Sunday morning and shares some memories of the type of person he was both on & off the racetrack. Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone he touched in his 41 years.
  
Peter Britten talked about racing at The Big Show X taking place tonight at Albany Saratoga Speedway, describes how the tracks has been this year and looks ahead to a three day race weekend. 
 
Brian McDonald runs down how he did on Friday at Mohawk, looks ahead to Sunday’s Super DIRTcar Series race at Cornwall and tells me what the top cars are using in their rear suspensions. 
 
Teddy Starr told me how he lost over half his body weight to get behind the wheel of a Sportsman, how he has been doing behind the wheel and when the moment was that he knew he had to change his life. Real nice one here guys and gals. 
 
Monday, June 25th 2018
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Tim Mayne tells me how hewon his second career Modified feature ever this past Friday at Afton.
Kyle Inman talked about his first ever win at Land of Legends Raceway and the traits of Hoosier Tires.
Nick Krause ran down how he picked up his third win of the year and offered his take on the NHRA.
Clayton Koch described some of the history of the AMC Spirit Four Cylinder he drove this past Friday.
 
We, like a lot of you, were shocked to hear about the death of Sprint Car driver Jason Johnson at a World of Outlaws Sprint Car race on Saturday night. Our deepest sympathies and condolences go out to all his family, friends, fellow competitors and fans who are still probably trying to grab a hold of everything that has happened. It’s a cruel reminder of how dangerous this sport can be and we wish we could heal their pain today. We are so very sorry.
 
I found out at the track when we were under a rain delay and could not believe it when I saw it. He was having a great season and was one of the up and coming young guns in the sport. I love Sprint Car racing when everything goes right but this is when I hate it. I wish all of you who do this all the best and we continue to pray for your safety on a daily basis.
 
Now let’s chat more about what is on the site for you to listen to today on the Audio Page starting with some folks that did well this past weekend. Tim Mayne tells me how hewon his second career Modified feature ever this past Friday at Afton, how close he came to getting it the week before and described a problem they found on Saturday. 
 
Kyle Inman talked about his first ever win at Land of Legends Raceway, described the traits of Hoosier Tires and explained why he was disqualified from a series race at Utica Rome a few weeks ago. 
 
Nick Krause ran down how he picked up his third Sportsman win of the year on Friday, described what happened between the top two cars and offered his take on seeing his first NHRA race in person. 
 
Clayton Koch described some of the history of the AMC Spirit Four Cylinder he drove this past Friday, what they had to do to get it race ready and how it felt in his first competitive laps.  
 
Sunday, June 24th 2018
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Chris Hile talks about race strategy for heat races while describing how aggressive a driver could be.
Stephen Denton describes some of the work he has been doing to keep his older Sportsman racing.
Tom Juno tells me about the heart attack he suffered at Fulton Speedway and how he is doing now.

I hope you all had a nice day on Saturday as a lot of you were celebrating with family & friends wishing our newest graduation class all the best. It’s hard nowadays and these young people have to put in a lot of work. Congrats to all of you on your accomplishment and we hope your next few years are productive and fun.
 
I’ll be racing with Allie today at the NYS Fairgrounds as she continues to learn the Modified division with the Syracuse Microd Club. She is learning fast in the Kuleszo Racing #75 and the team is coming off a win on Thursday with Isabelle Kuleszo earning her first open wheel victory. We’re hoping for a fun, safe and fast day today.

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page as we begin with a discussion that every racer has with either their car owner, crew chief of family. Chris Hile talks about driving strategy for heat races while describing how aggressive a driver should be based on the situation and when you need to nestle in & relax. 
 
Stephen Denton describes some of the work he has been doing to keep his older Sportsman racing, talks about the keys to getting around Brewerton and looks ahead to racing today. 
 
Tom Juno tells me about the heart attack he suffered at Fulton Speedway two weeks ago, how he is doing now and what he still has to take care of to get healthy. Our prayers are with you Tom. Get well soon!   
 
Saturday, June 23rd 2018
   New on the Audio Page from Brewerton Speedway:

Early in the night:
Alan Fink talks about his win in the held over Sportsman race and why he likes running down low.
Jason Parkhurst joked with another driver about the feature and talked about his Late Model win.
Charlie Sandercock explained why he came down to the US, his heat win and his weekend plans.
Jimmy Phelps threw his Modified around in his heat win and talked about how much fun it was.
Billy Decker made a nice pass down low to win his heat and spoke about the need to race more.
Donny Rider walked me through his heat win and talked about power steering versus none at all.
Justin Williams remains undefeated on the season and explained why he is selling his Mod Lite.
Mike Mullen tells me what he learned at Fulton and ran down what they change does to the car.

 
After the feature races and before the rain came:
Ray Bechler took the lead with 2 to go and talked about his win in the Four Cylinder feature race.
Dale Caswell worked the bottom to win the Late Model race and talked about the last few laps.
Chad Phelps led the final five laps to win the Mod feature and spoke about the final restart.
Chris Hile described his Modified feature as he led, fell back to third and ended up in second.
Jim Witko told me how he lost the lead on a restart with five to go and then fell back to fourth.
Tim Sears Jr. came home in fifth place and explained why most of the Modifieds ran the bottom.

Well rain ended the night early at Brewerton and what a night it was. Tempers would flare and late race passes for the lead were numerous. I know how it gets in the racecars and heck, I didn’t handle it well myself when it happened to me (I was wrong by the way) so I do get it. But it is sad to see for multiple reasons.

A big field of cars was on hand including some new RUSH Late Models as they put on an amazing feature as the leaders ran through heavy lapped traffic for the race’s final five laps. It was a lot of fun to watch.

The Modifieds had late race action too as Chad Phelps took the lead with five to go for his first Brewerton win in several years. Ray Bechler made a late race move to win the Four Cylinder feature while Alan Fink and Nick Krause won Sportsman races. The rain washed out the second Sportsman feature as well as the Mod Lites so stay tuned to see when those will be made up.
 
Those new grandstands are really nice and now over half of the stands have been refurbished. It says a lot to the teams to see the track continue to make improvements and it shows how solid things really are in CNY right now.
 
I’ll be in the studio some time today as the weather could be a little iffy. I know a lot of you are going to graduation parties so maybe that won’t a bad thing for some. We’ll race with Allie tomorrow in Syracuse as we have a rain out to make up and I’ll get her on tomorrow to talk about how she is doing. Then we'll start hitting some Sunday races elsewhere. 
 
Have a great Saturday guys and gals and we’ll se you tomorrow. 
 
Friday, June 22nd 2018
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Chad Homan told me about the new Late Model he is learning and how well things have been going.
Ben Bushaw tells me what he has been learning as he adjusts from American Racer to Hoosier tires.
Max Hill talked about winning his very first Late Model heat race and what happened in the feature.
Dylan Cecce won the Street Stock feature at Woodhull and told Steve Ovens how he came from 9th.
Jason McGregor described how he got the lead and talked with Megan DuPuy in victory lane.
Chris Woodard spoke to Steve Ovens after winning a back and forth battle in the Mini Stocks.

We had a really day as we headed to the NYS Fairgrounds for the first of the Thursday races with the CNY MIcord Club. It was a real nice night as Isabelle Kuleszo won the team’s first feature race of the season. She did it in a car she had not driven yet that hadn’t even been scaled yet. They inspected it, checked the air in the tires and off she went and right to victory lane. Congratulations!
 
Allie did well in the Modified and stayed with the top two for the first 1/3 of the feature before falling back. She did not get lapped and learned a lot as she continues to get used to the extra power she now has under her right foot. No more keeping floored all around the track like before. She’s driving with the right foot now.
 
Off to Brewerton today to see some big block action. Plus the RUSH Late Models will be there too so it will be a packed night in the pit area. I may have a friend from back in the day joining me and she has never seen or heard about anything like this before. I hope she goes and I can’t wait to hear what she thinks of all of this.
 
Now lets chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page as we have a half a dozen up for you today. Chad Homan told me about the new Late Model he is learning, how well things have been going so far and why he still thinks things can improve even more. 
 
Ben Bushaw tells me what he has been learning as he adjusts from American Racer to Hoosier tires, what the biggest changes are and remembered a fuel issue they had this past weekend. 
 
Max Hill talked about winning his very first Late Model heat race, described what happened in the feature and how things went for him in ninth grade as he made the honor roll. 
 
Dylan Cecce won the Street Stock feature at Woodhull and told Steve Ovens how he came from 9th as well as how he got the lead on a restart after catching the leader. 
 
Jason McGregor described how he got the lead to win the Crate Late Model feature race at Woodhull Raceway and talked about it with Megan DuPuy in victory lane.
 
Chris Woodard spoke to Steve Ovens after winning a back and forth battle in the Mini Stocks and talked about he different race lines they were using while battling for the lead.  
 
     
 
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