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Monday, September 12th 2016
    New on the Audio Page from Utica Rome Speedway:

After the heat races:

Alan Fink won the first qualifier of the night and spoke about liking the car he switched to.
Rocky Warner pulled away in his heat win and told me what he hoped would not happen later.
Matt Janczuk got the win in the final heat and talked about being a little better than last night.
Mike Mahaney explained what they were working on after winning their 360 Sprint Car heat.
Steve Poirier ran down how he got to the front to win his heat and why his car was off earlier.
Danny Varin picked up wins in his Sprint Car and his Mod and explained why he needed to change.
Mark Smith enjoyed a good race out front and talked about winning the final 360 Sprint Car heat.
Matt Sheppard told me about his five race feature win streak and how he won the first Mod heat.

After the features and The Cole Cup:

Rocky Warner told the crowd how he lost the lead and how a well-timed caution helped get it back.
Mark Smith took home $10,000 after his Cole Cup win and spoke about his first Utica Rome victory.
Danny Varin worked his way up to second place in The Cole Cup and talked about being a little loose.
Chuck Hebing led four laps on his way to a third place and wondered if he sealed up a right rear tire.
Matt Sheppard ran his win streak to six in a row and spoke about how fast he was all night long.
Danny Varin earned a pair of second place runs and talked about why he likes it smooth and slippery.
Marc Johnson moved to third with a last corner pass and spoke about how hard he team worked. 

I had a fun night as 360 Sprint Cars, Modifieds and Sportsman were all on the card at the Utica Rome Speedway. It was their second day in a row with racing so the track was slick from top to bottom and if you’ve been there a time or two you know that usually means good racing.

The Cole Cup was amazing with a great field of 47 cars including Aaron Ott, Mark Smith, Sam Hafertepe Jr. who was all the way up from his home state of Texas. Plus all of our Pa, NY and Canadian drivers were there to make a truly start studded event.

Mark Smith has been getting better and better on the slick tracks of New York State and he was the best on this night winning the $10,000 and the coolest trophy I know of…The Cole Cup. Danny Varin made a run at him late and Chuck Hebing got by just after halfway to lead four laps but Smith was just too good on this night.

By the way the race was run without a yellow flag and took 10 minutes and 59 seconds to complete on the super slick racing surface. Shows how good these guys are doesn’t it?

Rocky Warner and Matt Sheppard won their races comfortably as they each started on the pole. Warner actually lost the lead to Kevin Root but the yellow came out before the lap was scored and he was put back to second. He is now up to 18 wins total.

As for Sheppard he was gone from the time they threw the green flag. Danny Varin, who finished second twice, actually ran him down a little bit in the closing laps but Matt may have been taking it easy so we don’t know if he was actually faster.

It was a real good show and I was able to get a lot of pre race interviews which put the total in the can at 28. So be sure to come back this week as we will have a lot of good stuff for you on the Audio Page. I hope your week gets off to a good start and I hope to see you back here tomorrow.

 
Sunday, September 11th 2016
    New on the Audio Page from Utica Rome Speedway:

Byron Wescott won the first Pro Stock heat and talked about racing three wide out front.
Nick Stone
told me about his heat win in his Pro Stock and when he started driving one handed.
Chris Carr got the win in the last Pro Stock heat and explained how a late caution bunched it up.
Connor Cleveland enjoyed a snack after his heat win and talked about not eating on race days.
Rocky Warner earned the victory in his Sportsman heat and told me what he found on the top.
Casey Williams talked about the cash he won in his heat as Mike Button joins our conversation.

After the feature races:

Nick Stone picked up his second Utica Rome win in a row and celebrated down in victory lane.
Byron Wescott
finished in second place in the KOD Pro Stock race and talked about the fun he had.
Rocky Warner picked up his 17th win of the year and spoke about his successes at Utica Rome.
Matt Janczuk described an issue he had in his heat race and how he picked 23 spots to finish 2nd.
David Marcuccilli talked about the need for better draws as he worked his way up to finish in 3rd.
Stephen Denton enjoyed his best finish of the year at Utica Rome and wondered about his engine.

I had a fun Saturday night as I headed out to Utica Rome for a quick three division show featuring the King of Dirt Pro Stocks & Sportsman as well as the CRSA Sprints. With the Sportsman and Pro Stocks all pitted together and the 305’s well off the back stretch I decided to cover the two KOD Series races.

I got a lot done and have all the heat winners as well as some of the top finishers. We were fortunate as we saw lightning off of turn three late in the night but the storms got backed up in the Rochester and Buffalo area so I know they got some major rain fall there.

The weather also cancelled the Super DIRTcar Series race at Autodrome Drumond and that race will not be made up. That might make for some more cars today at Utica Rome as they run a 40 lap Race of Champions event.

If all goes well I will be there today to have some fun and I hope we have a great day. And if you can’t make it be sure to get there tomorrow as we will have more audio for you then.  

 
Saturday, September 10th 2016
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Shawn Donath explained why he took Saturday off and why he loaned one of his Sprint Cars.
Paul Kinney described his up & down weekend as well as how he made it in the show on Friday.
Parker Evans got ready for his qualifying heat race and told me what music he listens to before.
Ryan Jordan tells me how he picked up his first win of the season down at Thunder Mountain.
Ernie Saxton previews the Freedom 76er and talks NASCAR, INDY car and other forms of racing.

Saturday is here and it is race day! Allie and I will be heading out to Utica Rome Speedway for a pair of King of Dirt races with Sportsman and Pro Stocks on the card. It will be fun to see some people I have not seen much of and it will also be fun to see the 305 Sprinters as I don’t get to see them much.

Tomorrow I will be at The Cole Cup and some of the best 360 Sprint Car drivers around will be at that one. Plus the RoC Modifieds will be on hand as well to make it a super fun day.

I hope you all get out this weekend to see some racing and get rid of those back to school blues. I still cannot believe that summer is over as the season just flew by. It does go quicker every year doesn’t it?

Now let’s chat more about what we have on the Audio Page starting with some drivers who will be racing twice this coming weekend. Shawn Donath explained why he took Saturday off, why he loaned one of his Sprint Cars to a Modified driver and shared the advice he gave him beforehand.  

Paul Kinney described his up & down weekend as well as how he made it in the show on Friday with a last corner pass and the need to get better starting spots.

Parker Evans got ready for his qualifying heat race Sunday at Utica Rome, spoke about the need for some good luck and told me what music he listens to before he climbs into the car.  

Ryan Jordan tells me how he picked up his first win of the season down at Thunder Mountain as well as his hopes for a win this Saturday in the final point night at the track.  

Ernie Saxton previews this year’s Freedom 76er at Grandview Speedway and talks NASCAR, INDY car and other forms of racing that we can see on TV.  

 
Friday, September 9th 2016
    New on the Audio Page for today:

Ryan Susice talks about winning the Modified championship for the 2nd time at Ransomville.
Matt Tanner runs down how he did at Brewerton Speedway and Saturday night at Thunder Mountain.
Jonathon Preston spoke about his crash at Brewerton and how he took the front end out Saturday.
Chad Miller described a recent motor issue, how they fixed it and why he likes Thunder Mountain.
Steve Poirier had a new motor in his Sprint Car and ran down how changed his plans for 2016.

At least the storms came this week on a Thursday instead of on the weekend. Some big storms rolled through our area and hit right as the kids were getting out of school. It was crazy and more than a few kids came home more than a little soaked. Mine missed it so I got lucky.

We have lot of good stuff today and will be back with more on Saturday as well as we get ready for a big weekend. The Super DIRTcar Series will be north of the border for a pair of shows while Utica Rome goes Saturday and Sunday. Can Am hosts the ESS tomorrow and Skyline has a Sunday special. And don’t forget the Freedom 76er is also this weekend at Grandview.

Wanted to take time to thank a long time sponsor who we will miss. Thanks to Craig Pritchard from Picture Perfect Pools for all his help over so many years. I first met Craig when he raced a Street Stock on the old Outlaw Circuit and I’m sure he didn’t get much for all the help he gave us. Thanks so much for everything Craig and I'm soerry we could not live up to your expectations.

Now let’s chat more about what we have on the Audio Page for you as we get ready for a big weekend. Ryan Susice talks about winning the Modified track championship for the 2nd time at Ransomville with his fourth place finish and runs down his late season plans.  

Matt Tanner runs down how he did at Friday night at Brewerton Speedway, Saturday night at Thunder Mountain and how his Sprint Car was early on Sunday at Utica Rome.  

Jonathon Preston spoke about his crash at Brewerton, how he took the front end out Saturday at Thunder Mountain and how he lost two cars at the midway point of the season.

Chad Miller described a recent motor issue, how they fixed it, why he likes Thunder Mountain and remembers getting his first win at Utica Rome.

Steve Poirier had a new motor in his Sprint Car and ran down how changed his plans for 2016 as well as how some rainouts at the right time helped him decided to run for a championship.  

 
Thursday, September 8th 2016
    New on the Audio Page for today:

Steve Letarte talks about NASCAR at Darlington and looks ahead to the last race before The Chase.
Pete Bicknell tells me about his weekend, his championship and wonders about Merrittville in 2017.
Larry Wight speaks with Bill Foley about his Friday night at Brewerton and his Fulton championship.
Matt Janczuk ran down what he hoped would happen Sunday at Utica Rome in his Sportsman.
Keith Granholm described his flip at Brewerton, his 360 in the b-main and Thunder Mountain.
Bill Shea explains what went wrong last week at Utica Rome and looks ahead to this weekend.

I had a busy day on Wednesday as we did some writing for the Syracuse Post Standard and Syracuse.com as well as a lot of chats in the studio including someone new who we got to listen to this past weekend in NBC’s coverage at Darlington. Steve Letarte joins us for the first time today and gives us some great thoughts from Darlington while getting us ready for this Saturday’s race at Richmond.

Plus we were able to get a lot of other conversations as well as we get ready for a big weekend all across the board. I can’t wait!

Today the kids here in my neck of the woods go back to do and will do so on a summer like day. It is going to be hot in those classrooms today and I hope all of you young folks are well rested and ready. Well rested might be a stretch but you will be tired at the end of today so I wish you all well as you get used to those early morning hours.

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page for today starting out with some great information for all you Sprint Cup fans thanks to our new friends at NBC Sports. Steve Letarte talks about NASCAR’s Throwback Weekend at Darlington, analyzes the racers who are feeling pressure right now and looks ahead to Richmond on Saturday, the last race before The Chase.  

Pete Bicknell tells me about his two races this past weekend, his championship on Saturday and wonders about the future of Merrittville Speedway.  

Larry Wight speaks with Bill Foley about his Friday night at Brewerton that saw him finish second in the points and his Fulton championship on Saturday that he earned with a feature win.

Matt Janczuk ran down what he hoped would happen Sunday at Utica Rome in his Sportsman as he tried for his fourth championship at the racetrack. He did win the title later that night.  

Keith Granholm described his flip in hot laps at Brewerton, his 360 in the b-main (which was cool by the way although it did cost him some spots on the track) and his race night Thunder Mountain.

Bill Shea explains what went wrong last week at Utica Rome, apologizes to the fans who were there and looks ahead to this weekend.  

New on the Audio Page for today:

Marc Johnson explained how he won the Modified championship at Albany Saratoga Speedway.
Matt Billings tells me how he found a Sprint Car ride for Sunday and his 358 races back home.
Chip Burdick talks about the sale of Can Am and looks ahead to their season finale on Saturday.
Tim Axton came into Sunday with two solid finishes and talked about the two draws his daughters did.
Tony Veneziano reports on the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series and their 2 races in Washington.

Summer is hanging on for a few more days and I could not be happier. The temperature here peaked at 88 degrees so enjoy these last few hots days before colder ones come.

We got back in the studio and have several things on tap for today as well as many others in the can from the weekend. We’ll be doing Saturday & Sunday this weekend as Friday is my dad’s birthday. I may be able to sneak in some golf first but Friday night we are having a small get together for him here at the house. Don’t tell him though okay?

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page starting with a track champion who was trying something new on Sunday. Marc Johnson explained how he won the Modified championship at Albany Saratoga Speedway, how cool it was to finally get it after years of trying with his dad and looked ahead to his first time in a Sprint Car.

Matt Billings tells me how he found a Sprint Car ride for Sunday at Utica Rome, how it went earlier in the weekend and his 358 races back home in Brockville.  

Tim Axton came into Sunday with two solid finishes and talked about the two draws his daughters did with different results and what would make him happy at Utica Rome.  

Chip Burdick talks about the sale of Can Am after seven years with Tiger Chapman and looks ahead to their season finale on Saturday that includes the ESS and Fireworks. Note: Start time has been moved up to 4 p.m.  

Tony Veneziano reports on the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series as they visited Skagit Speedway in Washington State and previews this coming weekend in Oregon & California.

 
Tuesday, September 6th 2016
    New on the Audio Page for today:

Jason Barney explained how he missed the scales Friday and rebounded for a 2nd on Saturday.
Justin Barger
talked about his pick up ride for Sunday and what the plans are for this Sprinter.
Mike Mahaney
ran down his weekend coming into Sunday including his first trip to The Valley.
Rocky Warner
spoke about his hopes for a Utica Rome title and his championship at Glen Ridge.
Dylan Swiernik
told me about a loaned motor he had and how it kept him racing for the big finish.

I hope you all had a great weekend as I know I did. We have some real good chats up for you today as we get ready for the first week after summer. The kids go back to school this week and things get back to the norm after a great summer. It is hard to believe it is over but for the kids they at least have a few days of fun left and I plan to show them a good time today.

I also plan to get back in the studio as we have a lot to talk about and I have a list of people I want to get ahold of and will start chipping away at that today.

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you to listen to today on the Audio Page starting with a driver who had a good night go bad quickly on Friday. Jason Barney explained how he missed the scales Friday after a top five finish, how badly he feels about the mistake and how rebounded for a 2nd on Saturday at Thunder Mountain.  

Justin Barger talked about his pick up ride for Sunday, what the plans are for the #39 Sprint Car and talks about his young daughter who joined us later in the interview.  

Mike Mahaney ran down his weekend coming into Sunday including his first trip to Lebanon Valley, how he did at Canandaigua and how cool it was to see a family friend win at I-88. Mike did too!  

Rocky Warner spoke about his hopes for a Utica Rome title on Sunday, winning the Sportsman championship at Glen Ridge the night before and looks ahead to some big races this fall.  

Dylan Swiernik told me about a loaned motor he had this past weekend, how it kept him racing for the big finish of the season including the Cole Cup & the Canadian Sprint Car Nationals.

 
     
 
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