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Wednesday, June 1st 2016
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Shaun Pangman describes his Modified win at Glen Ridge and why he switched to a big block.
Alex Bright spoke about his Midget win at Susquehanna and winning with his brother’s engine.
Dave DuBois tells me how his season in a Late Model has been going so far and a carb issue.
Olivia Coniber talks about racing a Bandit at age 13 and some of what she has learned in the racecar.
Tony Veneziano reports on the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series and the race of the year so far.

We are back with more good stuff today as I got a lot done in the studio on Tuesday after my morning round of golf. Yes, that’s right I golfed in the morning. I have some retired friends that go every Tuesday and Thursday. Yes, I hit it a lot farther than them but they beat me every time. Distance is overrated in golf. Yes it is!

We still have more from Batavia and have more people to call today as we get closer to going again this coming weekend. So be sure to come back tomorrow as I did chat with Tony Finch II about his win at Fulton and something that happened to him at Brewerton that I had never heard of before. I wonder if you have? Come back tomorrow to find out what it was.

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page for today starting with a pair of winners from this past weekend. Shaun Pangman talks about his Modified win at Glen Ridge, why he switched to a big block and why he likes his brand new car so much.  

Alex Bright spoke about his Midget win at Susquehanna with his brother’s engine between the rails, what happened to the other engine and the value of video games.  

Dave DuBois tells me how well his season in a Late Model has been going so far, described a carburetor issue that have had so far and his hopes for Batavia.  

Olivia Coniber talks about racing a Bandit at age 13 and describes some of what she has learned in the racecar since last year as well as what her friends think about what she does.  

Tony Veneziano reports on the latest World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series shows that included a rookie winner and the race of the year so far according to announcer Johnny Gibson.  

 
Tuesday, May 31st 2016
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Kyle Inman told me about his racing background and how good the last few seasons have been.
Loren Lincoln described a recent brake issue he had and how his racecar business is going.
Damian Long explained why he had some work to do to his Sportsman while starting at the back.

I hope you all had a great Memorial Day Weekend. I had two easy days on Sunday and Monday but will be getting back after it today after a round of golf to start my day. I am going to a new course for me so I am super excited.

We have more for you from Batavia on Saturday and still have eight more chats from Saturday that will be coming up for you in the next few days.

Now let’s chat more about what we have on the Audio Page for you as we begin a short 4 day work week. Kyle Inman told me about his racing background, how good the last few seasons have been and why he likes racing on days when it is hot and the track is slick.  

Loren Lincoln described a recent brake issue he had, how the bias adjuster can help or hurt you and how his racecar business is going.

Damian Long explained why he had some work to do to his Sportsman after a hold closed up quickly and how he is doing as he learns the racecar.  

 
Monday, May 30th 2016
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Jon Rivers talked about how switching to a crate from a 360 has changed his Late Model’s handling.
Phil Vigneri III told me how he is doing with his Sportsman at Batavia and his Mod in Ransomville.
Brandon Michaud is new to the Sportsman class and told me how he is adapting to his new ride.

It was a stormy day on Sunday but for a while I thought I was going to be able to see some racing anyway…but no. Utica Rome cancelled right as I was heading out the door so that makes it a month of rain in Vernon with all rainouts except for last week when the rain at least waited until after the heats.

I hope you all enjoy your day off today and I will have only a small amount of work do to as I will write my column and then head up to my Mother in law’s for a holiday get together. I will be back in the studio on Tuesday.

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page from my Saturday in Batavia. Jon Rivers talked about how switching to a crate from a 360 has changed his Late Model’s handling and ran down some of his recent finishes.  

Phil Vigneri III told me how he is doing with his Sportsman at Batavia under a new management team at the track and his Modified race in Ransomville on Friday.  

Brandon Michaud is new to the Sportsman class and told me how he is adapting to his new ride as well as why he got out of motocross a few years back.  

 
Sunday, May 29th 2016
   

New on the Audio Page from Genesee Speedway:

After the heat races:

Tony Pangrazio told me about his 3rd heat win of the year and what tends to go wrong in the feature.
Jon Ellsworth hit the chip hard in his heat win and explained why it wasn’t because of gearing.
Ray Bliss Jr. walked me through his three wide move on the first lap that led to a heat race win.
Mike Jackson won his 1st Street Stock heat race of the year and talked about how he lost the lead.
Butch Zimmerman got the win in his Street Stock heat and compared his racecar to a Late Model.
Jon Rivers led every lap to win his Late Model heat and told me where his racecar was better.
Dave DuBoise talked about his heat win and described what he was fixing in the car afterwards.

After the feature races:

Kyle Inman won his first race of the season and talked about it in victory lane with Rich Vleck.
Butch Zimmerman picked up his 2nd win of the season and told Rich Vleck how good he was.
Cole Hicks won the Bandit feature and told Rich Vleck how getting some extra feedback has helped.
Jeremy Wonderling gets by his brother for the win and talked about the victory with Rich Vleck.
Brady Wonderling talked with Rich Vleck after seeing his brother pass him in a three wide move.

I hit the road last night as I traveled west to Batavia and Genesee Speedway. We did an Atomic Power Racing Hour and had a nice time at a track I had not been to in many years.

I met a lot of new people and there is certainly a lot to like about what is happening in Batavia. The only thing was that it was brutally hot and boy was it hot. Some cloud cover came in later in the day and cooled things down a bit but it was a hot summer night in May for sure.

I did a lot of interviews beforehand and those will be up during the week for you as well as some stuff I will get for you today at Utica Rome. I’m going to brave the heat once again and do the best I can to bring you more good stuff.

Now let’s chat more about who we talked to once the racing started last night at Genesee Speedway.

Tony Pangrazio told me about winning his 3rd Sportsman heat race win of the year at Genesee Speedway and what tends to go wrong in the feature.

Jon Ellsworth hit the rev chip hard in his Sportsman heat win at Genesee Speedway and explained why it wasn’t because of his choice of gear.  

Ray Bliss Jr. walked me through his three wide move on the first lap at Genesee Speedway that led to a heat race victory.  

Mike Jackson won his 1st Street Stock heat race of the year in Batavia and talked about how he lost the lead as well as how his mindset changed after that.  

Butch Zimmerman got the win in his Street Stock heat, explained what can happen with a tight car on a rough track and compared his racecar to a Late Model.  

Jon Rivers led every lap to win his Late Model heat and told me where his racecar was better as well as some adventures he had while out front.  

Dave DuBoise talked about his Late Model heat win at Genesee Speedway and described what he was fixing in the car afterwards. 

Kyle Inman won his first race of the season early in the year and talked about it in victory lane with Rich Vleck.  

Butch Zimmerman picked up his 2nd win of the season and told Rich Vleck how good he was as well as how nice it was to earn some extra money on this night.

Cole Hicks won the Bandit feature in convincing fashion at Genesee Speedway and told Rich Vleck how getting some extra feedback has helped.

Jeremy Wonderling gets by his brother for the win in the Late Model feature at Genesee Speedway and talked about the victory with Rich Vleck.

Brady Wonderling talked with Rich Vleck after seeing his brother pass him in a three wide move in slower traffic at Genesee Speedway.  

 
Saturday, May 28th 2016
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Danny Varin talks about his season so far at Utica Rome and how little he had been racing.
Alan Barker showed up with a home built Modified and talked about who helped put it together.
Chris Cunningham analyzed how he is doing in his second season in the Sportsman division.
John West had a hard wreck in his first race and told me what happened and how bad things were.

We had a busy day here at the house on Thursday as we are getting ready to open our pool. As I speak we are draining the water off the top of the cover and hopefully, if everything goes well we can possibly swim this weekend if the water is not too cold.

I will be on the road today as we are doing some TV out at Genesee Speedway and tomorrow I will be at Utica Rome as the ESS join the show for their most popular race event of the year. It will be a fun couple of days.

And don’t forget that race number two of the 358 Super DIRTcar Series travels to Ransomville. There are some new folks doing well in the series as the title there is totally up for grabs. So be sure to check out the 75 lapper at Ransomville on Monday.

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page starting with a man who had not raced in almost a month.   Danny Varin talks about his season so far at Utica Rome, how little he had been racing and how tough it is to hear racing going on at your house.  

Alan Barker showed up with a home built Modified and talked about who helped put it together as well as what they did differently than others.  

Chris Cunningham analyzed how he is doing in his second season in the Sportsman division and where he feels they have improved compared to last year.  

John West had a hard wreck in his first race and told me what happened in the crash as well as how bad things were for him and the car.  

 
Friday, May 27th 2016
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Pete Bicknell told me about his Modified win at Merrittville and his three races this weekend.
Chris Hile interviews Tim Sears Jr. and talks with him about his hopes for Friday at Brewerton.
Jim Graham explained why he brought his Four Cylinder to Brewerton and who put him up to it.

It was another scorcher on Thursday and for many people their Memorial Weekend off starts today so enjoy the weekend and show your support for your favorite racetrack. I will be at Genesee Speedway on Saturday and Utica Rome on Sunday.

I got the chance to golf with a good friend on Thursday and I’d like to tell you that we tore the course up but I can’t lie. I was horrible bit we had fun and Marcia, you’ve got a real nice swing. I can’t wait till we can do it again and hopefully I will do a little better.

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page starting with a winning driver from this past weekend. Pete Bicknell told me about his Modified win at Merrittville and his three races this weekend that include a 358 Super DIRTcar Series race Monday at Ransomville.  

Chris Hile interviews Tim Sears Jr. and talks with him about his hopes for Friday at Brewerton as well as how his car has been so far in 2016.  

Jim Graham explained why he brought his Four Cylinder to Brewerton, who put him up to it as well as where his racecar came from.  

 
Thursday, May 26th 2016
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Marc Johnson picked up his second win in a row at Albany Saratoga and talked about his night.
Bobby Varin recapped his weekend that included a 2nd at Glen Ridge and an 11th at Fonda.
Dave Brown explained how he got a motor for his Mod Liter after losing one in a flip last week.
Tana Robinson previews the weekend at Ransomville that includes a 358 SDS race on Memorial Day.
Jim Olin looks ahead to this weekend at Can Am as they have two 15 lap small block features.

It was a hot one on Wednesday and our new house does not have central air conditioning. We are meeting with someone today to try to figure out what to do and the studio room where I do my work is the hottest in the whole house. C’mon A/C…I need ya badly.

I did get some more work done in the studio and tomorrow I have some things set up that I know you’ll like so be sure not to miss what we will have for you on Friday.

A big weekend is ahead of us so be ready to celebrate and remember the fine servicemen and women who gave their lives for the freedom we hold dearly today. So be sure to pause sometime this weekend and give thanks to those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page starting with a man who is on a roll in the capital district.

Marc Johnson picked up his second win in a row at Albany Saratoga and talked about winning on the same night as his brother as well as what made it so special.  

Bobby Varin recapped his weekend that included a 2nd at Glen Ridge, an 11th at Fonda and what his hopes were for Sunday’s show at Utica Rome which rained out after the heats.

Dave Brown explained how he got a motor for his Mod Liter after losing one in a flip last week and talked about the different power plant options they have in the division.  

Tana Robinson previews the weekend at Ransomville that includes a 358 SDS race on Memorial Day, autograph night on Friday and tells me how they are doing three races into the season.  

Jim Olin looks ahead to this weekend at Can Am as they have two 15 lap small block features and tells me how the racing has been so far in 2016.   

 
     
 
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