|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.
|Friday, August 1st 2014
| New on the Audio Page from the Syracuse Microd and Quarter-Midget Club:
Tom Wilcox talks about his role with the club and gives me advice on how to get kids started.
Jason Duke told me about his kids racing efforts in Syracuse as well as his own on the asphalt.
Chris Hulsizer remembered his brief time in a go cart and talked about his Sunday race in Weedsport.
Mark Weaver explained why he brought out his Sportsman and why this may be his last season.
Mark Johnston has been racing a four cylinder at Fulton and talked about a recent tough night.
Larry Wight thought back on his start with the Syracuse Microd and Quarter-Midget Club.
The kids and I had a great time last night as we headed to the New York State Fairgrounds to check out the action at the Syracuse Microd and Quarter-Midget Club. I had never seen these young people in action before and I must say that I was impressed.
All the stuff I saw on the track was fast and some were super fast. My youngest, Katie, had never shown any interest in racing before yesterday and she only went with us because mom was working. Now she wants one and is looking forward to going on Sunday.
I have a couple of interviews with parents of young racers and hopefully their conversations with me will help you guys get a handle on what it takes to turn a young person into a racer. They run every Thursday through the summer and admission is free! So get on out and check it out.
Speaking of Sunday, Utica-Rome Speedway has changed it’s policy on kids admission and now will let kids under 15 in for free. It will be that way for every race with the exception on the Night of Legends, the New Yorker and the Cole Cup. Plus with each paid adult admission you will receive a $5 voucher for food. And any kids over 15 will get in for just $10. It’s a good deal and we’ll bring both my girls with me Sunday to help promote that.
Now let’s talk more about the folks I chatted with on Thursday which are up now on the Audio Page. I begin with some specific conversations on how easy it is to get your kid racing at an early age. Tom Wilcox talks about his role with the club and gives me advice on how to get kids started. He told me about the different divisions, the cost to race and how someone can ease into it to start.
Jason Duke told me about his kids racing efforts in Syracuse as well as his own on the asphalt. He talked about the different options there are within the Syracuse Microd and Quarter-Midget Club as well as how he is doing at his own deal.
Chris Hulsizer remembered his brief time in a go cart and talked about his Sunday race in Weedsport. He told me how he liked the track after only seeing it from the pit area and his hopes to move up in the points at Fulton.
Mark Weaver explained why he brought out his Sportsman out to Autograph Night and why this may be his last season. He also reacted to the racing he has seen at Syracuse Microd and Quarter-Midget Club and wondered if it would have made him a better racer. Yep, I wish I would have done this for sure!
Mark Johnston has been racing a four cylinder at Fulton and talked about a recent tough night. He hinted at what went wrong, explained how it hurt him in the point standings and how tough the racing is at Fulton.
Larry Wight thought back on his start with the Syracuse Microd and Quarter-Midget Club. He told me what he learned at the tiny track at the New York State Fairgrounds, what he did next and how he has been doing in his recent races.
|Thursday, July 31st 2014
| New on the Audio Page for today:
Jeff Brownell Jr. is back racing again and told me how it feels getting back in the driver’s seat.
Bret Belden answered our five questions for the Atomic Power Racing Hour while at Can Am.
David Marcuccilli spoke about setting fast time in the hot laps with his Sportsman in Weedsport.
Gregg Kimball was coming off a tough night at Fulton and told me what he thinks went wrong.
Chris Hulsizer remembers coming to Weedsport with his dad as he got ready for his first laps.
Well Wednesday didn’t work out like I had hoped as wet weather cancelled the show at Canandaigua that I was planning on doing. But fortunately I had enough interviews left in the can to get new stuff today although now the can is empty.
I’ll be heading to the Syracuse Microd Club show today at the New York State Fairgrounds and will be bringing both of my daughters with me. They are having autograph nite and several racecar we know well from the tracks of Central New York will be on hand as well. So look for audio from this event up on the site tomorrow.
It was sad to see what some people were writing on forums about Sunday’s show in Weedsport. It is amazing to me what some people will complain about. I thought I could be negative at times but some of these people take the cake. Instead of focusing on the great things that have happened at the place overall they chose to focus on two things they didn't like and thise two things only. And sorry guys, but standing next to a wall with cars coming straight at you is different than standing at a wall with cars going by you into a corner. Geez!
When are folks going to realize how fortunate we are to live where we live and see all the different types of racing that we have? Is everything perfect? Probably not. But the fact that some people are always looking for the negatives says alot about their personality. No need to hang with them huh? Racing in New York State is the best kept secret in the industry but some people are only happy when they are complaining about something. Again, geez!
Now let’s chat more about what we have on the Audio Page for today. I start with a driver who was truly happy to be at the racetrack again. Jeff Brownell Jr. is back racing again and told me how it feels getting back in the driver’s seat. He talked about some troubles he had the first few races out, remembered the last time he towed to Rolling Wheels and how much he will race for the rest of the season.
Bret Belden answered our five questions for the Atomic Power Racing Hour while at Can Am. This is a fun one as you can see how tough it can be to get the quotes you are looking for.
David Marcuccilli spoke about setting fast time in the hot laps with his Sportsman in Weedsport. He talked about how impressed he was with the facility, described the racetrack he was just on and how nice it would be to take home some of the special awards offered.
Gregg Kimball was coming off a tough night at Fulton and told me what he thinks went wrong. He talked about what they changed before Sunday at Weedsport, wonders if the fixes he made worked and how happy he was to be a part of the show on Sunday.
Chris Hulsizer remembers coming to Weedsport with his dad as he got ready for his first laps. He told me how anxious he was to get out on the 1/3 mile, compared it to a track he knows well and his 4th place on Saturday at Fulton.
|Wednesday, July 30th 2014
| New on the Audio Page for today:
Tom Deery talked about being back in Central New York and how World Racing Group is doing.
Jeremy Pitcher has a few championships at Weedsport and told me how much he likes the place.
Sean Beardsley remembers some of his past in Weedsport as he got ready to race on Sunday.
Rick McCready told me about his 3rd place at Can Am and why he made sure to come to Weedsport.
Rocco Leone recapped a tough night at Fulton and thought back on one memory that put him on TV.
Kyle Sopaz answers some questions on the Go Nuclear Late Model Series up north at Can Am.
We’re back on a Wednesday with some good stuff for you to listen to including an update on how things are going big picture wise with Tom Deery of World Racing Group. Plus we have more from the Weedsport opener as well.
It’s a big day as The Big Show 6 concludes at Albany Saratoga. Just ten bucks gets you in for the last 89 laps and a brand new show after that wit the Modifieds racing a complete program.
I’ll be at Canandaigua Motorsports Park as they have a big block/small block shootout and the GRIT Sportsman series. Go back to yesterday and you can find previews of both of these shows.
Now let’s talk more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page. I start with a nice conversation on the state of racing right now with someone who knows. Tom Deery talked about being back in Central New York and how World Racing Group is doing. He told me how the World of Outlaws is doing as they say goodbye to their biggest name, how the Super DIRTcar Series is coming along and the need to be consistent.
Jeremy Pitcher has a few championships at Weedsport and told me how much he likes the place. He told me what he noticed when he looked around, why he likes the walls on the inside of the track and what he thought would happen to the racing surface later on.
Sean Beardsley remembers some of his past in Weedsport as he got ready to race on Sunday. He told me how different Sunday would be with a crate under the hood, how nice it was to see the old girl fixed up and the first thing that jumped out at him.
Rick McCready told me about his 3rd place at Can Am and why he made sure to come to Weedsport. He remembered the open motor Sportsman days of the 90’s, how much he used to come to the track back in the day and why he would have come on Sunday whether the place was fixed up or not.
Rocco Leone recapped a tough night at Fulton and thought back on one memory that put him on TV. He talked about racing a Sportsman versus a Mod Lite, why he thought he struggled the night before and what will be going through his head in the staging area as he gets ready for his first laps.
Kyle Sopaz answers some questions on the Go Nuclear Late Model Series up north at Can Am. Sure does sound like there is a really good vibe on this series.
|Tuesday, July 29th 2014
| New on the Audio Page for today:
Brett Hearn previews the completion of The Big Show 6 on Wednesday at Albany-Saratoga.
Jeremie Corcoran talks about Wednesday’s Modified and GRIT Sportsman show at Canandaigua.
Steve Gray is a multi-time champion at Cayuga County and talked about being part of the opener.
Beth Schneider spoke about her 2 race win streak at Fulton and her hopes for Sunday in Weedsport.
Earl Rudy took Saturday night off to get ready for Sunday and told me why Weedsport was special.
Dale Caswell answered our five questions at Can Am for the Atomic Power Racing Hour show.
Joe Marotta offers his take on the newly re-vamped Weedsport Speedway and shared a memory.
Monday was the perfect time for a much needed rainy day and it rained pretty good alright. We were watching the radar Sunday night in Weedsport and were happy it allowed us to get a complete show in without any interruptions. So rain all you want…we’re cool with it. Well, as long as you’re out of here by Wednesday anyway.
I did get a little studio work done on Monday as well as my write ups for the Syracuse Post Standard and Syracuse.com. You can check those out today. Plus we’ll be at Canandaigua on Wednesday for their big block/small block shootout with the GRIT Series also on the card. It should be a good one.
Now let’s chat more about the good stuff we have for you on the Audio Page. I start with a look ahead at a pair of shows running on Wednesday. Brett Hearn previews the completion of The Big Show 6 on Wednesday at Albany-Saratoga. He told me about the final 89 laps that will be run on Wednesday, the 35 lap complete show he has added for after that is done and why he wanted the admission price to be a cool ten dollars. Not bad huh guys?
Jeremie Corcoran talks about Wednesday’s Modified and GRIT Sportsman show at Canandaigua. He reminded me what was originally on the card for this night, what the rules are for the big block/small block shootout and how he is feeling these days after a recent medical issue. Get well soon Jeremie!!!
Steve Gray is a multi-time champion at Cayuga County and talked about being part of the opener. He told me what he was seeing from his pit area, how nice it was for him to have the night off on Saturday to get ready and why he likes racing on the slick 1/3 mile track.
Beth Schneider spoke about her two win race streak at Fulton and her hopes for Sunday in Weedsport. She told me how she came from 15th to win on Saturday, how the extra laps helped and offered her take on the improvements she saw on Sunday.
Earl Rudy took Saturday night off to get ready for Sunday and told me why Weedsport was special. He explained why the track has a special place in his heart, why the 1/3 mile track is a great place to learn on and how important it was for the Sportsman to be included in the first show in Weedsport.
Dale Caswell answered our five questions at Can Am for the Atomic Power Racing Hour show. Good stuff here so look for these quotes in our Can Am TV show.
Joe Marotta offers his take on the newly re-vamped Weedsport Speedway and shared a memory. He told me when he first started working at the track, how much has changed and how excited he was to get the show going.
|Monday, July 28th 2014
| New on the Audio Page from the Weedsport Speedway opener:
Pre race conversations:
Kevin Britten told me how he got a crate Sportsman together and compared it to back home.
Jimmy Spano won a lot of championships in Weedsport and thought back to his first racecar.
Rob Pratt shared some of his past racing at Weedsport and tells me about Saturdays at Raceway 5.
Tommy Juhl remembered starting his career at Cayuga County and his hopes for later in the night.
Nate Peckham had his Sportsman in the pits at Weedsport and remembers the 40 lap Enduros.
Darryl Ruggles thought back on his win at Rolling Wheels and reminds me who was fastest!
After the heat races:
Greg Martin walked me through his pass for the lead and the win on the outside of the last corner.
Kevin Britten led every lap to win the second heat and told me how hot laps got him comfortable.
James Michael Friesen explained why his car was a little tight in his win in heat race number 3.
Eric Giguere walked to the draw after his heat win and told me how he made up with the wall.
Rocky Warner told me about his pass for the lead and the win with just two laps left in the heat.
Jonathon Preston won the final 305 Sprint Car heat and told me some of his dad’s Weedsport past.
After the feature races:
Nick Cooper chats with Joe Marotta after leading all 20 laps to win the 305 Sprint Car A-Main.
Steve Dole finished in 2nd place and told Joe Marotta how much better his season is getting.
Jonathon Preston came home in 3rd place and spoke with Joe Marotta about his loose racecar.
James Michael Friesen won the 75 lap Sportsman Classic and spoke about it with Shane Andrews.
Rocky Warner led a lot of laps on his way to a 2nd place and told Shane about losing to a Friesen.
David Marcuccilli moved up 14 spots to finish 3rd and explained how a poor draw hurt his night.
I had a real fun last night as did thousands of others as we finally got to see the new Weedsport Speedway hold their first race of the season and their new era. I was away on vacation when the first show was rained out two weeks ago so I may have been the only one who was happy about that but there were happy faces all over the place last night.
Not only was the facility nicer than maybe it ever was, but it was new, well laid out and they had a top notch team in place to run it. The racing was like I remembered as the track got slicker as the night went on but the new grandstands are closer to the track than before and at a steeper angle making viewing easier.
The stage in the infield was gone and it just seemed so weird not to have to crane your neck to see the cars came out of turn two. Of course us hard cores from the past got used to the great view quickly and really didn’t give it another thought until I went down on the track for the Sportsman draw. It was nice.
A great field of 49 cars were on hand as well as 14 Sprint Cars of the 305 variety. Some were expecting more but field like that and a nice crowd like that for a Sportsman headlined race does not happen every day. It was fun to be a part of it and many more will say they were there but I have the audio to prove it.
I stayed pretty much with people I knew had a past at the track as I wanted to let the stories fly for this first show. So next time at the track I’ll branch out a little and do more but for this one I wanted to keep it pretty much to people I knew had a lot of laps on the track.
I was able to save 12 pre race interviews and still have a small handful in the can. Plus I saw Steve Ovens and he will be sending us lots of great stuff from his travels so look for that any day now.
But again what a great show this was. The Sportsman did a great job as did the 305 Sprint Cars which a lot of people are predicting are going to take off around here. And the speedway already has something different about it and that was in victory lane.
I dubbed it Victory Hill in my clip but the winner of the Sportsman Classic got to drive up on the mound in the infield and celebrate while second and third place were talked to below. It could be a thing now as drivers will look forward to their first drive up the hill. See, it could be a thing! And maybe it’s already starting.
I’ll be at Canandaigua on Wednesday and don’t forget about the Big Show 6 at Albany Saratoga on Wednesday. Then on Thursday we’re going to the Microd and Quarter Midget track in Syracuse for a special night. We’ll have a lot going on this week sandwiched around my Saturday golf so keep coming back as we’ll be very busy this week!!!
|Sunday, July 27th 2014
| New on the Audio Page for today:
David Marcuccilli returned to Fulton on Wednesday and spoke about getting back to Weedsport.
Eric Giguere told me about winning his first race in 3 years and shares a memory from Weedsport.
Mike Walton talked about his ride for Wednesday at Fulton and gets ready for today in Vernon.
Ronnie Davis III spoke about his history in Weedsport and looks ahead to going back there today.
Matt Smith explained how he picked up a ride for 2014 and how his half dozen starts have gone.
Hilary Ward has been racing in the 602 class at Skyline and talked about leading the points.
James Sweeting describes how he is doing as a rookie in the Novice Sportsman at Canandaigua.
Sunday is here and there are a pair of racetracks you can check out today. Utica-Rome has a great show on tap and the Weedsport Speedway is set to open their gates for the first time. It’s a great day to be a racefan and I hope you make it out to see some live racing today.
In honor of the Sportsman Classic, we show that division some love today as all 7 interviews are with drivers who plan on racing today at each speedway. I’ll be in Weedsport as I did work there for 11 years and it will be fun to see all the changes at the track.
Now let’s talk more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page. I start with a few drivers who will share some Weedsport memories. David Marcuccilli returned to Fulton on Wednesday and spoke about getting back to Weedsport. He talked about seeing a new driver win in his old Modified ride, how well he is doing and thinks back on his days running an Enduro on Sundays.
Eric Giguere told me about winning his first race in 3 years and shares a memory from Weedsport. He explained why he was almost done after wrecking the first night out in 2014, who has helped him get a handle on his new Hig Fab car and how nice it is to have a coach at the racetrack.
Mike Walton talked about his ride for Wednesday at Fulton and gets ready for today in Vernon. He told me about the bitey racetrack he saw last Sunday at Utica-Rome, how happy he was with his 6th place finish with the Race of Champions and the need to get better on tacky tracks.
Ronnie Davis III spoke about his history in Weedsport and looks ahead to going back there today. He told me how that first night in a racecar went, how much better he got as that night went on and what makes the track so tricky.
Hilary Ward has been racing in the 602 class at Skyline and talked about leading the points. She talked about the need to drive the car harder into the corner, why she chose to race at a short track weekly and looks ahead to going to Weedsport on Sunday.
Matt Smith explained how he picked up a ride for 2014 and how his half dozen starts have gone. He told me how he has been doing running at Canandaigua, what he is learning about the car after a few years off and how he ended up running at Rolling Wheels on Thursday.
James Sweeting describes how he is doing as a rookie in the Novice Sportsman at Canandaigua. He talked about how seat time has helped, the veteran Sportsman racer who has been helping and looks ahead to a mid week July 30th at Canandaigua.
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