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Thursday, June 21st 2018
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Scott Boudinot got ready for race #3 on Friday and talked about how much he will be racing in 2018.
A.J. Costley spoke with Steve Ovens after his Sportsman win and told him about the work they did.
Travis Welch told me how he got the lead, lost it and got it back to win his 1st career Pro Stock race.
A.J. Niedermaier won the IMCA Hobby Stock race and talked about Steve Ovens about his Charger.
Kirk Reynolds talked aboput getting into racing late and remembered his time in the armed service. 

School is almost over for my youngest and summer will officially be here as of Friday. It’s a good thing too as we have been way too busy trying to balance things here. I can’t wait for summer and I can’t wait to start going to more races.
 
I have a nice mix for you today as we have some from my Friday trip to Dundee, some from Outlaw Speedway and Steve Ovens as well as a studio chat with a first time winner. I hope you like the nice mix today and hope you come back tomorrow for more.
 
I’ll be racing with Allie tonight at the NYS Fairgrounds and hope to see some of you there. And if you are thinking about getting your son or daughter into racing this would be the right place to be. Either way, hope you have a great day.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page starting with a veteran racer who is still having fun on the track. Scott Boudinot got ready for race #3 on Friday and talked about how much he will be racing in 2018 and why he does not want to run less to enjoy more. 
 
A.J. Costley spoke with Steve Ovens after his Sportsman win and told him about the two years of work they did to finally get the car right as well as what he did to hold onto the lead late. 
 
Travis Welch told me how he got the lead early on a wild move on the first lap, lost it to a multi-time champion and got it back to win his 1st career Pro Stock race at Utica Rome. 
 
A.J. Niedermaier won the IMCA Hobby Stock race for his first win ever and talked about Steve Ovens about his early 70’s Dodge Charger as well as some issues they had earlier in the season.  
 
Kirk Reynolds told me how he got into racing late, remembered some of his time in the military and ran down how he is doing with his Sportsman at Outlaw Speedway.  
 
Wednesday, June 20th 2018
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Billy Van Pelt recapped his winning weekend and looked ahead to tonight’s race at Outlaw Speedway.
Dayton Brewer talks about getting his 1st Mod win and is joined by Cory Costa and Billy Van Pelt.
Codie Baker spoke with Steve Ovens after his win Saturday night win in a Four Cylinder at Woodhull.
Tyler Bartlett previews tonight’s 50 lap big block/small block race taking place at Can Am Speedway.
Tony Veneziano reports on the World of Outlaw Sprint Car races from this past weekend in N. Dakota.

I had another crazy day on Tuesday as I was running around doing stuff till well after 9 p.m. My wife is back to school starting this week so I have a heavier load to carry. It’s gonna be like that for about the next 11 months or so. I’ll do as much racing stuff as I can but this could cut my road time down considerably.
 
I was hoping to go to a show today but once again won’t get free till after 5 p.m. and with each show more than an hour away it’s just not possible. I’m planning on Brewerton Friday and have hopes for double duty on Sunday as it is not supposed to be as brutally hot as last Sunday.
 
We race tomorrow and if all goes well we may have a Facebook Live for you with someone we know here in racing in Central New York. And Allie is going to do it so be sure to check that out. She is too smooth that one!
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have on the Audio Page starting with a man who won and solid finishes all weekend long. Billy Van Pelt recapped his winning weekend that included three top three finishes, described how Freedom & Woodhull and looked ahead to tonight’s race at Outlaw Speedway.

Dayton Brewer talked to Steve Ovens after getting his first Modified win, described how nerve racking it was with some late yellows and is joined by Cory Costa and Billy Van Pelt
 
Codie Baker spoke with Steve Ovens after his win Saturday night win in a Four Cylinder at Woodhull and explained why he was racing for second place for a good part of the race. Colorful guy! 
 
Tyler Bartlett previews tonight’s 50 lap big block/small block race taking place at Can Am Speedway, goes over some specifics for drivers and looks ahead to the return of the Pabst Shootout on July 4th.  
 
Tony Veneziano reports on the World of Outlaw Sprint Car races from this past weekend in N. Dakota, looks ahead to this weekend and analyzes where things stand at the top of the points.  
 
Tuesday, June 19th 2018
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Jimmy Phelps previews tonight’s USAC Sprint race in Weedsport and recaps his most recent races.
Shawn Donath tells me how he won his first Sprint Car race in four years this past Sunday in Vernon.
Justin Wright got ready to race Friday at Outlaw Speedway and talked about being well prepared.
Jason Knowles spoke about his nice start to the year and wondered why he is doing so well so far.
Chris Cunningham talked about finally getting his first career win at Brewerton Speedway on Friday.

I had a nice day on Monday as I did some writing and got some new interviews recorded in the home studio. All but one of what I did is up today as well as a couple I did on Friday at Outlaw Speedway.
 
Summer is almost here and the mid week action is heating up. Tonight the USAC Sprints are part of a three division show at Weedsport Speedway while on Wednesday Can Am Speedway has a small block/big block shootout while Outlaw Speedway hosts a Short Track Super Series event. If all goes well I should be able to hit one of these shows but we’ll have to wait and see as we’re still in school mode here.
 
I know a lot of you look forward to out chats with Tony Veneziano but he was on the road all day on Monday. We hope to get with him today and have that up for you tomorrow as the World of Outlaw Sprints had two races this past weekend.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page starting with a preview of what is on tap tonight in Cayuga County. Jimmy Phelps previews tonight’s USAC Sprint race in Weedsport, recaps his pair of top five finishes from the weekend and tells me about the new Kartway on the property set to open this fall. 
 
Shawn Donath tells me how he won his first Sprint Car race in four years with the Empire Super Sprints this past Sunday in Vernon, how quickly he made his way to the front and how special it was to share with his dad. 
 
Justin Wright got ready to race Friday at Outlaw Speedway and talked about being well prepared at the racetrack and why they are making small adjustments to try to get top five finishes. 
 
Jason Knowles spoke about his nice start to the year with three wins so far and wondered why he is doing so well and how the racing has been so far at Outlaw Speedway & Woodhull Raceway. 
 
Chris Cunningham talked about finally getting his first career win at Brewerton Speedway on Friday, explained how he went from third to first late and how he did on Sunday at Utica Rome.  
 
Monday, June 18th 2018
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Billy Ward talked about racing with his son, remembers his first time as a driver and his race past.
Allison Teed was fresh off her first top ten in the Street Stock class and talked about starting early.
Dennis French walked me through his IMCA Hobby Stock and told me what he likes about the class.
Shawn Hort told me how he is doing in his Mod Lite and how much he is enjoying racing with his son.

We had a very nice Father’s Day as we got to race with Allie and the Kuleszo Race Team at the New York State Fairgrounds. We had a rained out feature from two weeks ago to make up so Allie got in two features, practice and a heat race. She did the best she has done so far in the Modified division and we could not be happier.
 
I have all new people up on the site today as I met a lot of new folks this past weekend. Sure, these may not be drivers you know but each has their own unique story. And if you know me, I’ve always said every driver has a story so I hope you enjoy hearing about some new people too.
 
I’ll be at Outlaw Speedway on Wednesday night and was hopeful that I’d be able to do double duty on Sunday but I was just so wiped out after a hot day on the asphalt. There was no place you could go to avoid it and we were all just so tired afterwards. Sorry about that!
 
 Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page today as we get ready for the final week of school for the kiddies. Billy Ward talked about racing with his son in the IMCA Modified division at Outlaw Speedway, remembers his first time as a driver and why he decided to start driving at on dirt at age 42. 
 
Allison Teed was fresh off her first top ten in the Street Stock class at Outlaw Speedway, ran down her goals for the features and talked about starting racing with her dad at an early age.

Dennis French walked me through his IMCA Hobby Stock, described some of car’s past in the Midwest and told me what he likes about the class.  
 
Shawn Hort told me how he is doing in his Mod Lite, where he feels he may be lacking and how much he is enjoying racing with his son and the Syracuse Microd Club.  
 
Sunday, June 17th 2018
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Eldon Payne Jr. remembered when we had some fun a few years back and some changes he’s made.
Tyler Siri spoke about his race day role at Outlaw Speedway and looks ahead to a big show Wednesday.
Brian Knowles talked about balancing racing with his kids and wonders if his youngest could race.

Got tied up with things here on Saturday but am ready for a nice day today as we race with Allie this afternoon and then hopefully I will be able to make it out to Utica Rome as they have a lot of really good stuff on tap for tonight.

Let’s keep our fingers crossed as they have been rained out in all but one show so far so they really need this. Hopefully the afternoon stuff they are talking about skips us and allows us to get in an uninterrupted race day.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page as we get ready for our last weekend before the kids get out of school. Eldon Payne Jr. remembered when we had some fun a few years back, offered me another chance to do it and described some changes he’s made with his Modified. 
 
Tyler Siri spoke about his race day role at Outlaw Speedway and looks ahead to a big show Wednesday while running down the rules for the show that racers need to know. 
 
Brian Knowles talked about balancing racing with his kids, wonders if his youngest could race soon and sums up how his season has been going so far.  
 
Saturday, June 16th 2018
   New on the Audio Page from Outlaw Speedway:
 
Austin LaBarr talked about his win in the Bandit feature race and described a problem he had.
Glenn Whritenour told me about his Street Stock feature win and a handling change they made.
Shawn Gleason took the lead early, never looked back and talked about his 4 Cylinder victory.
Eric Williams won a wild Hobby Stock feature and told me how long he was out of the sport.
Alan Johnson made a 3 wide move on his way to a win and talked about his pass in the middle.
Dale Welty spoke about his Sportsman win and how close he came to wrecking while out front.
Chad Homan ran away in his RUSH Late Model race and talked about some changes to the racecar.
Brad Smith explained why his IMCA win was so special and why he didn’t know if he’d race again.
Courtney Lakomy and Olivia Paradiso talked about the cardboard boat race today in Watkins Glen.

I had a blast last night at Outlaw Speedway as I was a substitute announcer for Paul Szmal. I had a great time and everyone there really made feel welcome. I wish I knew the cars better but I had fun and hope I didn’t make too many mistakes.

It was nice to see some old friends and get out of my comfort zone a little. I met some new people before the race started and hope to do the same today at Fulton as I am going to try to concentrate on people I have not chatted with yet this year.
 
I put all mu post race interviews up today and will hold the pre-race chats until a later time. I hope to go to Utica Rome after the races get over with my daughter on Friday and am thinking about a possible mid week show…maybe Outlaw for their Deyo Series race on Wednesday. We’ll see I guess.

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page from a very entertaining night in Dundee. Austin LaBarr talked about his win in the Bandit feature race and described a problem he had right after the race was over while wondering how serious it was. 
 
Glenn Whritenour told me about his Street Stock feature win, a handling change they made during the week and told me who is the driving force behind his efforts. 
 
Shawn Gleason took the lead early, never looked back and talked about his 4 Cylinder victory while telling me what he likes about his Acura RSX stocker. 
 
Eric Williams won a wild Hobby Stock feature and told me how long he was out of the sport as well as why he liked returning to this particular division.  
 
Alan Johnson made a 3 wide move on his way to his second Modified win of the season at Outlaw Speedway and talked about his pass in the middle coming out of turn number two. 
 
Dale Welty spoke about his Sportsman win at Outlaw Speedway, how his brother helped with his set up choice and how close he came to wrecking while out front.

Chad Homan ran away in his RUSH Late Model race and talked about some changes to the racecar as well as how he found that the outside was the fastest line. 
 
Brad Smith explained why his IMCA Modified win at Outlaw Speedway was so special, why he didn’t know if he’d ever race again and how it felt to get his first win since his off season accident. 
 
Courtney Lakomy and Olivia Paradiso talked about the cardboard boat race today in Watkins Glen, explained how they put the craft together and how things went at the race last year. That’s happening today guys and gals!  
 
Friday, June 15th 2018
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Pete Bicknell talks about his win last week at Ransomville and gives drivers some valuable set up tips.
Pat Ward remembers his recent win at Fulton Speedway and how close things were at the finish line.  
Jimmy Steffenhagen switched racetracks last weekend and talked about getting used to his Sportsman.
Steve Ovens tells me about the first class inducted the Woodhull Raceway Hall of Fame on Monday.
Allie Elkins explains why she moved up to Modified and how the car likes having a lot more power.

I had a nice day on Thursday although I did not go golfing as it was a little chilly for that. Plus I had a few things come up to deal with so I just stayed home, fixed some things and did some studio work later.
 
We’ll be at Outlaw Speedway tonight as Paul Szmal needs a sub as an announcer. I have not been in that booth to announce in close to ten years so it will be fun. And I know and have worked with most of the people in the tower and elsewhere at the track so I know I will have fun. That’s why I am doing it! Maybe I’ll see you there.
 
Now let’s chat more about the stuff we have for you to listen to on the Audio Page starting out with some tips for you drivers out there from a man who knows and is always willing to share what he knows. Pete Bicknell talks about his win last week at Ransomville, explains how he got into a jingle after the checkered flag and gives drivers some valuable set up tips. Want help? Call them at 905-685-4291. 
 
Pat Ward remembers his recent win at Fulton Speedway, how close things were at the finish line and how he did a basic math error in a recent qualifying heat race. It happens! 
 
Jimmy Steffenhagen switched racetracks last weekend and talked about getting used to his Sportsman as well as who was helping him at Fulton Speedway last Saturday night. 
 
Steve Ovens tells me about the 1st class inducted the Woodhull Raceway Hall of Fame earlier this week, describes how things are going at the track and highlights some action taking place in the next few weeks. 
 
Allie Elkins explains why she moved up to Modified with the Syracuse Microd Club, how the first week went and how much she likes the way the car handles with more power under her right foot.  
 
     
 
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