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Wednesday, April 25th 2018
   New on the Audio Page from the Fulton Speedway practice:
 
Shane Pecore had a brand new car at the practice and talked about his hopes for Friday & Saturday.
Charlie Tibbitts recapped his race last weekend at Fonda and ran down his plans for this weekend.
Chad Phelps spoke about the big block he’ll run this Saturday and wondered if he’ll run a 358 Mod.
Mike Mullen ran down some changes he made to his Mod Lite and talked about a change to Stars.
Mike Button explained why he had a 42p body on his car and when the decided to race in 2018.
Jason Barney remembered his win at Outlaw on Saturday and analyzed the 17 Sprinter in hot laps.
Phil Vigneri III told me why he traveled to Fulton and offered his thoughts on his first laps at the track.
Tommy Sears hot lapped a pair of cars on Tuesday and compared the power between the two cars.

We had fun on Tuesday as Allie and I headed up to Fulton Speedway for their practice. I forgot that Allie has lessons on Tuesday and didn’t get done till 3 p.m. so Albany Saratoga would have ben tough to make but hopefully we will make it out there in the next few weeks as I really want her to see the place. And yes, I heard they hit a grand slam homerun at their show.
 
There was a really good field of cars at Fulton and I got 15 interviews done before I headed up the hill for the last time. And yes, I was one of the last dozen or so people to leave so we did as much as we could.
 
We’ll be back in studio today with hopes of possibly taking a day off on Thursday but we’ll see how that goes. It is that time of the year. I plan on being at Fulton both days and then Allie races again on Sunday. If they get done early enough I’ll try to make it to Utica Rome for their big small block show. Keep your fingers crossed.
 
Now let’s find out more about the new stuff on the Audio Page from a very successful practice in Fulton. Shane Pecore had a brand new car at Fulton’s practice and talked about his hopes for Friday & Saturday as well as where he will be running weekly in 2018. 
Charlie Tibbitts recapped his race last weekend at Fonda and ran down his plans for this weekend that include racing on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. 
 
Chad Phelps spoke about the big block he’ll run this Saturday, described what he can learn by starting his season at a series race and wondered if he’ll run a 358 Mod on other weeks at Fulton. 
 
Mike Mullen ran down some changes he made to his Mod Lite and talked about a change to Stars from TUSA sanctioning while describing what that means for the teams.  
 
Mike Button explained why he had a 42p body on his car, when the decided to race in 2018 and why racers in his division should pay attention to the t-shirt’s he’s wearing on race day.
 
Jason Barney remembered his win at Outlaw on Saturday, explained why he is looking forward to the ESS show at Fulton on Friday and analyzed the 17 Sprinter in hot laps.

Phil Vigneri III told me why he traveled to Fulton for the Tuesday night practice, offered his thought in his first laps at the track and reminded us about a Modified race he is sponsoring at Genesee Speedway.

Tommy Sears hot lapped a pair of cars on Tuesday and compared the power between the two cars while explaining why he thinks the move to small blocks will be good in the long run.  
 
Tuesday, April 24th 2018
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Ryan Watt talks about his win on Saturday night at Grandview and his race on Sunday at Bridgeport.
Katelyn Hile ran her first ever laps at Land of Legends Raceway and told me she learned on Saturday.
Nate Peckham analyzed how his practice laps went on Saturday and told me where he’ll race in 2018.
Cory Reed previews tonight’s practice at Fulton Speedway and looks ahead to a 2 day race weekend.
Tony Veneziano reports on the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series races from this past weekend.

The days just keep getting nicer here in Central New York State as I saw 80 degrees on my little thermometer on the porch outside my studio window. I may not have been that warm actually but boy it sure felt it. Finally, some nice weather has come our way.
 
And just in time too as Albany Saratoga has a big 44 lap Modified race tonight and Fulton Speedway hosts their first practice. Soon every track will be open and the racing machine will be at full song. I can’t wait.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page starting with a winner from this past weekend who has now won three times early on. Ryan Watt talks about his win on Saturday night at Grandview, his race on Sunday at Bridgeport where he almost flipped his Modified and his second place last Thursday at Georgetown.
 
Katelyn Hile ran her first ever laps at Land of Legends Raceway and told me she learned in Saturday’s practice while looking forward to some big changes in 2018.

Nate Peckham analyzed how his practice laps went on Saturday at Land of Legends Raceway, described some changes he made at the track and told me where he’ll race in 2018.  
 
Cory Reed previews tonight’s practice at Fulton Speedway and previews both days of Highbank Hold Up Weekend featuring the ESS Sprints and a Super DIRTcar Series race.  
 
Tony Veneziano reports on the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series races from this past weekend as the series visited Riverside International Speedway and I-55.  
 
Monday, April 23rd 2018
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Scott Kerwin described an issue he had with his W-16 engine and ran down this year’s race plans.
Chris Hile spoke about his Saturday practice sessions and wondered how often he’d race at LOLR.
Wade Chrisman told me how his practice went and explained why three sessions were enough.
Bubby Pawlak explained why he started Sportsman racing at age 62 and how he did in 2017.
Allie Elkins talks about her first race day with the Syracuse Microd Club and the teams’ big win.

It was another beautiful day on Sunday and we spent it racing at the NYS Fairgrounds with the Syracuse Microd Club. It was their annual fun race and it started out with inspections, hot laps, heats and then features. It was a great day and was so much fun to see a lot of our new friends at what has now become Allie’s favorite place.
 
I have a chat up with Allie as she recounts her day and put it up with four more chats from my Saturday in Canandaigua. I’ll be back in the studio today and I have a long list of people to call as I look over results from the weekend. I’ll do my best and as always am happy to take suggestions.

Now let’s chat more about what’s new on the Audio Page as the 2018 race season officially began for a lot of us this past weekend. Scott Kerwin described an issue he had with his W-16 engine at the Land of Legends practice, explained what his goals were for the day on Saturday and ran down this year’s race plans.

Chris Hile spoke about his Saturday practice sessions, wondered how often he’d race at Land of Legends Raceway and looked ahead to a series race this Saturday in Fulton. 
 
Wade Chrisman told me how his practice went on Saturday, how much he liked his first trip to Canandaigua and explained why three sessions were enough.

Bubby Pawlak explained why he started Sportsman racing at age 62, how he did as a rookie in 2017 and what he thought of his first laps at Canandaigua. 
 
Allie Elkins talks about her first race day with the Syracuse Microd Club, describes some of the action on the track in Syracuse and congratulates her teammate on her big win!  
 
Sunday, April 22nd 2018
   New on the Audio Page from Land of Legends Raceway’s practice:
 
Paul Habeck talked about beating throat cancer and how he feels after getting some practice laps.
Brandon Ford explained how his practice session was going and ran down his Sportsman race plans.
Tyler Trump took some laps with his small block and talked about how he was adjusting to it.
Rich Vinson told me why he didn’t race for a while and looks forward to racing with his son.
Kane Bristol was happy with his lap times and ran down how they cycle new tires into the rotation.

I had a fun day as I went to the practice at Land of Legends Raceway. I had to be home by 5:30 for an event with my youngest and I was home before 4:30. Things went smoothly and you’ll hear from the racers how smooth the track was which is just what you want for an opening day practice.
 
I got a lot of interviews and as always saved most of them as we are racing today with Allie at the NYS Fairgrounds. It is their annual fun race with no points for the drivers. It’s a nice way to ease into the season and we hope to have a smooth day where nobody does any damage to their cars at all right? Right!
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page as racecars hit the track for the first time this year in Ontario County. Paul Habeck talked about beating stage 4 throat cancer, how he feels now that he is cancer free and how he feels after getting in some practice laps.

Brandon Ford explained how his practice session was going and ran down his Sportsman race plans while describing the day job he has that can bring something new every day.  
 
Tyler Trump took some laps with his small block at the Land of Legends Raceway practice and talked about how he was adjusting to it as well as where we will see him race next weekend. 
 
Rich Vinson told me why he didn’t race for a while, described the injury he had to deal with and looks forward to racing this season with his son as they will share their Sportsman. 
 
Kane Bristol was happy with his lap times at the practice in Canandaigua and ran down how they cycle new tires into the rotation while evaluating the track surface he saw.  
 
Saturday, April 21st 2018
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Jessey Mueller tells me how he set a new track record at Malta and looks forward to Tuesday night.
Tyler Thompson talked about his hopes for today at Outlaw Speedway and his two races so far.

We had a nice day on Friday as we got some work done in the studio and did some other fun things as well. It’s an interesting world we live in today and Allie learned a lot about things on Friday. To say her eyes are wide open would be an understatement.
 
We’re ready for the weekend as we’ll hit Land of Legends for their practice today and then we’ll be racing tomorrow with the Syracuse Microd Club at the NYS Fairgrounds. It’s a fun race with no points so we’re hoping to be able to get some fast laps in and make some adjustments along the way. No matter what it will fun and we can’t wait.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page as we get ready to see some actual racecars on a track today. Jessey Mueller tells me how he set a new track record at Malta’s practice last week, looks forward to the re-scheduled show on Tuesday night and runs down his plans to race weekly on Friday & Sunday. 
 
Tyler Thompson talked about his hopes for today at Outlaw Speedway, how he did in his two races so far this year and a problem that sidelined them early last weekend.  
 
Friday, April 20th 2018
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Lyle DeVore talks about Albany Saratoga Speedway moving tonight’s show to Thursday, April, 24th.
Paul Cole tells me why Land of Legends Raceway postponed Saturday’s race while keeping practice.
Shawn Miller spoke about how he founded Inside Line Promotions and what they do for race teams.

A lot of news came out yesterday as both Albany Saratoga and Land of Legends Raceway each postponed their openers that were set for this weekend. We’ll visit with the people who made those calls today and find out what adjustments they made to deal with Mother Nature.
 
I’ll be in the studio today getting more stuff to listen to as there is no racing for me to cover today. On Saturday I’ll make it to the Land of Legends practice as we have a thin for my youngest later in the day. That will work out perfectly.

And if everything works out Allie and I should be able to make it to Albany Saratoga this Tuesday. We’re both off from school so I think it would be a great time to head out. I have not been there in close to ten years so I can’t wait.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have on the Audio Page today including a first timer with a man who has turned his love of the sport and writing into a full time job, but first...Lyle DeVore talks about Albany Saratoga Speedway moving tonight’s show to Thursday, April, 24th, tells me some of the racers who will be there and reminds you about Lebanon Valley’s opener this Saturday. 
 
Paul Cole tells me why Land of Legends Raceway postponed Saturday’s season opening race while keeping the practice set for Saturday afternoon going.  
 
Shawn Miller spoke about how he founded Inside Line Promotions, what he does for race teams and what he did leading up to this to prepare for a career as a writer. For more go to www.insidelinepromotions.com
 
Thursday, April 19th 2018
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Tommy Collins recaps his win last weekend at Five Mile Point and remembers his first race of 2018.
Jimmy Steffenhagen talked about his move to Sportsman after 5 years in an Asphalt Super Stock.
Tyler Siri tells me why he moved his Friday show at Saturday and why he is starting the show early.

I had another fun day as I got to do some writing previewing the local racing for this weekend and got into the studio for a while as well. Plus I met someone new thanks to a Facebook request so we are cruising along here.
 
Not sure exactly what I am doing this weekend as I am jammed up on Saturday but I may be able to hit the practice in Canandaigua ahead of a 4:30 event for my youngest daughter back here. I’ll be hustling for sure on Saturday. And then Sunday we race will Allie so it should be a fun weekend.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page starting with a winner from last weekend. Tommy Collins recaps his win last weekend at Five Mile Point, explained how he survived the late race yellows and remembers his first race of 2018 at Georgetown which resulted in an 11th place. 
 
Jimmy Steffenhagen talked about his move to Sportsman after 5 years in an Asphalt Super Stock, explains why he made the move and looks forward to getting out this Saturday in Canandaigua.

Tyler Siri tells me why he moved his Friday show at Outlaw Speedway to Saturday, why he is starting the race early and how things went at last week’s practice. 
 
     
 
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