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Thursday, January 1st 2015
   Top five downloaded interviews for September 2014:
 
Nick Webb dedicated his win to fallen racer Brandon Hagan and recalled their last conversation.
Jessica Zemken talks about her wedding day on Thursday and spending the honeymoon at the track.
Stewart Friesen described his wedding day and his hopes to win the Cole Cup for the second time.
Johnny Scarborough talks about the new car he had at Utica-Rome and his season on the asphalt.
Matt Sheppard talked about the work he has to do to get a brand new Modified ready for Syracuse.
 
Nick Webb dedicated his win to fallen racer Brandon Hagan and recalled their conversation earlier in the day as he was getting ready to go race at Fulton Speedway. Rest in peace Brandon! 
 
Jessica Zemken talks about her wedding day on Thursday and spending the honeymoon at the track as her and Stewart get ready to race at the Cole Cup. 
 
Stewart Friesen described his wedding day, how cool it was to marry his best friend and his hopes to win the Cole Cup for the second time. 
 
Johnny Scarborough talks about the new car he had at Utica-Rome and his season on the asphalt. He told me how fast he was in the car during a Saturday practice, reflects on his career in the sport and what his main goal is at the track. 
 
Matt Sheppard talked about the work he has to do to get a brand new Modified ready for Syracuse as well as what happened on the racetrack for him this past weekend. 

 
Wednesday, December 31st 2014
   Top five downloaded interviews for August 2014:
 
Stewart Friesen dedicated his Modified win to Kevin Ward Jr. and talked about the fast racetrack. 
Matt Sheppard talks about his hopes for three championships and what he is doing for Syracuse.
Brett Hearn introduces his brother Bobby Hearn before his induction and each tell some stories.
Brett Hearn talked about the breakthrough design of the first Teo Pro Cars and when he got one.
Dean Reynolds talks about Kevin Ward Jr., Friday’s show at Brewerton and the need to race.
 
Stewart Friesen dedicated his Modified win to Kevin Ward Jr. and talked about the fast racetrack. He talked with Shane Andrews about why Kevin would have loved that track and how he tried to drive it just like he would have. 
 
Matt Sheppard talks about his hopes for three championships and what he is doing for Syracuse. He told me how he is doing at each of his weekly homes, his hopes to pick up a small block ride for Super DIRT Week and what he will race on Tuesday at Georgetown. 
 
Brett Hearn introduces his brother Bobby Hearn before his induction and each tell some stories. They talk about Bobby’s suspension idea, how much it changed dirt Modified racing and how that same idea is still being used today. What a story! 
 
Brett Hearn talked about the breakthrough design of the first Teo Pro Cars and when he got one. He told me how optimistic his brother was about his new idea, when it became clear to him that the car was innovative and remembered some of his past in Weedsport. 
 
Dean Reynolds talks about Kevin Ward Jr., Friday’s show at Brewerton and the need to race. He told me how is dealing with the loss of a friend, how close the racing family is right now and encourages fans to wear orange to the track this Friday. 

 
Tuesday, December 30th 2014
   Top five downloaded interviews for July 2014:
 
Pat Ward told me how he got started in racing, what he learned building cars and his future.
Stewart Friesen remembers hanging out at grandpa’s racetrack and the packer trucks he drove.
Stewart Friesen talked about his win in his ESS heat and why he knew Jessica was in trouble.
Brett Hearn previews The Big Show 6 taking place tonight at Albany Saratoga Speedway.
Bobby Varin told me what he traded for his first racecar and what motivated him to start racing.
 
Pat Ward told me how he got started in racing, what he learned building cars in the transformative years of Modified design and his future. He told me what his first love was, the car he used to steer when he couldn’t reach the pedals and the famous 1986 Show Car he drove for almost a decade. 
 
Stewart Friesen remembers hanging out at grandpa’s racetrack and the packer trucks he drove. He talked about racing go carts at Ransomville, some of the other things he has driven over the years and how tough his first few years were in a big block Modified. 
 
Stewart Friesen talked about his win in his ESS heat and why he knew his girlfriend Jessica Zemken was in trouble as the two lined up side by side on a restart. 
 
Brett Hearn previews The Big Show 6 taking place tonight at Albany Saratoga Speedway. He told me how surprised he is at how quickly the time has flown by, what the keys are to getting around the track well and gives the teams some specifics on the rules for this Super DIRTcar Series race. 
 
Bobby Varin told me what he traded for his first racecar and what motivated him to start racing. He talked about the field cars that they drove around, when he won his first race and some of the amazing race drivers he raced against in his first few seasons. 

 
Monday, December 29th 2014
   Top five downloaded interviews for June 2014:
 
Pete Bicknell talks about what he is seeing in racing now and how to handle better on slick tracks.
Kevin Harnett and Danny Johnson speak in victory lane after their dead heat in the feature.
Billy Pauch Jr. talks about his win at Big Diamond and his multiple races tonight at Grandview.
Jimmy Phelps recalls his runner up finish and updates me on how work is going in Weedsport.
Mitch Gibbs tells me how he is doing at I-88 and remembers his start in racing back in 1980.
 
Pete Bicknell talks about what he is seeing in racing now and how to handle better on slick tracks. He spoke about the growth of the Sportsman class, how to change percentages to be better when the track gets slick and why we are seeing these conditions more and more. Good one! 
 
Kevin Harnett and Danny Johnson speak in victory lane at Penn Can after their dead heat in the 60 lap Clash at the Can. Wow! 
 
Billy Pauch Jr. talks about his win at Big Diamond and his multiple races tonight at Grandview. He also told me how he came from the back to get a fourth at New Egypt, remembers breaking while leading last week at Kutztown and tells me how cool it will be to race 5 different cars in 5 days of racing. 
 
Jimmy Phelps recalls his runner up finish and updates me on how work is going in Weedsport. He wondered if a late race caution could have helped his cause, described how different things look at the Cayuga County Fairgrounds and looks ahead to their first race of the season in mid July. 

Mitch Gibbs tells me how he is doing at I-88 and remembers his start in racing back in 1980. He told me about the Mercury Late Model he built with a friend, how they decided who would drive it the first night out and shares some stories of his time with Alex Friesen. Another real good one here. 

 
Sunday, December 28th 2014
   Top five downloaded interviews for May 2014:
 
Billy Pauch talks about winning the opener at Kutztown and how tough the field is there weekly.
Brett Hearn summed up how his four win season has been so far and how consistent he has been.
Billy Decker talks about his crash last week at Fulton, how he is feeling and his new Modified.
Duane Howard told me about his seventh place finish and how he has been doing at other shows.
Danny Johnson talked about his fifth place at Thunder Mountain and his win at Merrittville.
 
Billy Pauch talks about winning the opener at Kutztown and how tough the field is there weekly. He told me how me worked his way up from 6th to the front, how much some changes in the cars have helped the way they drive and what he will be doing as he is off from the track this weekend. 
 
Brett Hearn summed up how his four win season has been so far and how consistent he has been. He told me how fortunate they have been to get in all but one Friday show, why he will miss this Saturday at Lebanon Valley and remembered the last time he came to Thunder Mountain. 
 
Billy Decker talks about his crash last week at Fulton, how he is feeling one week later and the new Modified his crew chief put together during the week. 
 
Duane Howard told me about his seventh place finish after starting twenty-first and how he has been doing at his other weekly homes. 
 
Danny Johnson talked about his fifth place at Thunder Mountain and his win at on Monday in the Super DIRTCar Series 358 show in Merrittville. 

 
Saturday, December 27th 2014
   Top five downloaded interviews for April 2014:
 
Matt Sheppard recapped his two win weekend and described what it means to go this good early.
Alan Johnson talked about how they got the 10j car together for this season at Canandaigua.
Billy Pauch talked about picking up his second win of the season at New Egypt. That’s # 704.
Mike Mahaney recapped his Friday night at I-88 where he had to borrow a ride for the races.
Danny Johnson came from second to win his heat and reacted to drawing two for the feature.
 
Matt Sheppard recapped his two win weekend and described what it means to go this good early. He talked about his last lap pass at Fonda, how they led the final 95 laps to win on Sunday and where he will race this coming weekend. 
 
Alan Johnson talked about how they got the 10j car together for this season at Canandaigua. He remembered winning the Jan Corcoran Memorial last year, how he did in the Friday night practice and why he likes the slick racetracks. 
 
Billy Pauch talked about picking up his second win of the season at New Egypt, the 704th of his career. He also told me about something they discovered right before the feature, how his latest driving school went and why it is important to pace yourself early in the season. 
 
Mike Mahaney recapped his Friday night at I-88 where he had to borrow a ride for the races. He told me what went wrong inside his engine and described the car they had with them at Canandaigua. 
 
Danny Johnson came from second to win his Modified heat at Canandaigua and reacted to drawing the number two spot for the Jan Corcoran Memorial. 

 
Friday, December 26th 2014
   Top five downloaded interviews for March 2014:
 
Dan Harpell talked about his new role as promoter at Black Rock and how it all came about.
Bobby Varin updates us on how his recovery from a skiing accident is coming almost 2 months later.
Bobby Varin updated us on how his injury is healing as he showed the 1j he will drive at Fonda.
Jimmy Horton wonders why his Modified shut off several times and looks ahead to Bridgeport.
Ronnie Johnson showed off his Modified in Schenectady and talked about his 2014 race plans.
 
Dan Harpell talked about his new role as promoter at Black Rock and how it all came about. He told me about his goals for the show, what he needs to do first and why they pushed the start of the season back by a month. 
 
Bobby Varin updates us on how his recovery from a skiing accident is coming almost 2 months later. He told me about the rehabbing he is doing to get stronger, what his plans are for the coming season and thanks everyone who called or sent cards. 
 
Bobby Varin updated us on how his injury is healing as he showed the Jake Spraker owned 1j he will drive at Fonda. He told me about a humbling moment he had at the gym, how tough it was to get out of the car at the mall show and how optimistic he is to be ready for the opener in early April. 
 
Jimmy Horton wonders why his Modified shut off several times and looks ahead to Bridgeport’s 60 Over Special. He told me what they will do to track down the problem in the shop, how he reacts when things like this happen and runs down his plans for the 2014 season. 
 
Ronnie Johnson showed off his Modified in Schenectady and talked about his 2014 race plans. He told me about the brand new car his car owner will have for Fonda, wonders which engine combination will be best at Fonda and why he may head to some more DIRTcar Series races. Our thoughts and payers are with you guys on the loss of Jo Jo.  May he rest in peace!

 
     
 
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