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Gary Rowe of M.R. Gaebel, Inc.
Gates-Cole Associates SUNY Canton Automotive Technology program
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Wednesday, April 29th 2015
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Tim Fuller talked about how much has changed with Modifieds since he last ran them exclusively.
Claude Hutchings Jr. told me about his Sportsman win at Utica Rome after a tough start in race #1.
Steve Ovens reports on the season opener at Black Rock as they welcomed the Modifieds back.
 
We’re back today with more interviews for you as the 2015 season starts to really heat up. A lot is happening this weekend with Brewerton, Can Am, Canandaigua and Weedsport set to open locally with their first shows of the season. And at Canandaigua the Sprint Cars will be back for the first time since that tragic day last August.
 
I’ll be in the studio again today and will have lots more for you tomorrow too although I am still pretty run down and may only make brief appearances at some tracks this weekend. I need to ease into this or I’ll be right back where I was so ease into it I will.
 
Now let’s chat more about the new stuff we have for you today on the Audio Page as we reach hump day. Tim Fuller talked about how much has changed in the Modified world since he last ran them exclusively as he got ready for the Super DIRTcar Series race at Fulton. 
 
Claude Hutchings Jr. told me about his Sportsman win at Utica Rome after a tough start in race one the week before and wonders how much Modified racing he may do in 2015. 
 
Steve Ovens reports on the season opener at the Black Rock Speedway as they welcomed the Modifieds back to weekly competition. 

 
Tuesday, April 28th 2015
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Bobby Varin talks about getting his first win at Fondaand what wentwrong in the season opener.
Nick Rochinski told me how he won the Thunder Mountain opener and his new baby girl back home.
Tony Veneziano recapped the last World of Outlaw Sprint Car races and some driver changes.
 
We got back in the studio on Monday as I continue to recover from my bout with pneumonia and I’m still getting better every day. I have three of those conversations up for you today and still have some in the can from Fulton that we’ll put up later this week so be sure to come back daily now as we’re back.
 
I also have a new column up in today’s Syracuse Post Standard so be sure to look for that on newsstands in the Central New York area. We also have results in there too so get one today and get up to speed.
 
We’ll be in the studio again today and have lots more for you tomorrow so get back in the rhythm of stopping here daily. And thanks again to everyone for being so patient and sticking with me. It means the world to me.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have on the Audio Page for today starting with a pair of weekend winners. Bobby Varin talks about getting his first win at Fonda, how he survived a lot of restarts at the frontand what wentwrong in the season opener. 
 
Nick Rochinski told me how he won the Thunder Mountain opener, how much he enjoyed his first career Modified win at the track and his new baby girl back home. 
 
Tony Veneziano recapped the last World of Outlaw Sprint Car races and some driver changes as they get ready to come to the northeast later in May. 

 
Monday, April 27th 2015
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Jimmy Phelps tells me about his plans for 2015 and looks ahead to this Sunday in Weedsport.
Chris Hile recapped his first race weekend of the year and talked about his two different Modifieds.
 
We have finished our medication and are still continuing to get better on a daily basis. Today we’ll be in the studio and busy writing for the Post Standard as we enjoyed a big race weekend in Central New York. I hope you all got to get out and have some fun and see some action at your favorite speedway.
 
There are still a few tracks that have yet to open and that should change this weekend as Brewerton, Canandaigua, Weedsport and Oswego all have their season starters on tap. Hopefully I’ll be out and be able to make it to one of these shows or maybe even more.
 
Now let’s chat about the two conversations I have for you on the Audio Page starting with a preview of one of those events. Jimmy Phelps tells me about his plans for 2015, looks ahead to this Sunday in Weedsport and runs down some off season improvements at the speedway.
 
Chris Hile recapped his first race weekend of the year, described his hopes for the Fulton opener and talked about his two totally different Modifieds. 

 
Sunday, April 26th 2015
   New on the Audio Page from the Fulton Speedway:
 
Doug Elkins thanks everyone for their understanding and support as he continues to recover.
Chuck Bower talks about his hopes for the night at Fulton and his race plans for the 2015 season.
Rob Bellinger recapped last Sunday at Utica Rome and described what went wrong & right.
Brett Hearn was fresh off a night off on Friday and summed up how his races have gone so far.
Tommy Sears told me about last week’s practice went and what would make for a good night.
 
It was fun to get out of the house finally on Saturday but it will probably be the only racetrack I visit this weekend. I knew I could not stay as they want me away from the dust from the tracks for a while but at least I get to see some folks, shake some hands and hear a few race motors.
 
I did get nine interviews done but in the last one I did with Tommy Sears I hit the wall. I got tired real fast and decided to end it right then. But I did do more than I thought I could on what was a very busy day.
 
There was a great field of racecars on hand as the Modified and Sportsman each had Super DIRTcar Series races. I wish I could have stayed but there will be more opportunities in the future and I need to get back to 100%.
 
In the can are chats with Tim Fuller, Tyler Dippel, Jimmy Phelps, Chris Hile and Jessica Power. I probably won’t try to go to Utica Rome today as it is a 45 minute drive each way and as quickly as I got tired today I really don’t think I’d be up for it today.
 
If all goes well I may get into the studio and have something for you tomorrow from that. But at least I am getting a little better every day which is a good thing.
 
Now let’s talk more about what we have to listen to on the Audio Page starting with one with me. Doug Elkins thanks everyone for their understanding and support as he continues to recover from pneumonia. Really guys, thanks so much for everything! 
 
Chuck Bower talks about his hopes for the night at Fulton, his race plans for the 2015 season and his wishes that he could have got a few practice laps in earlier.
 
Rob Bellinger recapped last Sunday at Utica Rome as he notched a pair of 13th place finishes and described what went wrong and what went right.  
 
Brett Hearn was fresh off a night off on Friday and summed up how his races have gone so far including what could have been a real bad night last weekend in Malta. 
 
Tommy Sears told me how last week’s practice went and explained what would make for a good night at Fulton’s opener considering the big boys were in town. 

 
Saturday, April 25th 2015
   We’ll see how today goes. I am not back by any means and still get tired very quickly. I am hoping to make it to Fulton for a bit but we’ll see how it goes. Keep your fingers crossed as I continue to get a little better every day but we’re still maybe 60% at best.

 
Friday, April 24th 2015
   So here is the plan. I will lay low today for one final day and then head to Fulton Saturday afternoon for an hour or two or until it gets cold. Then, to make sure my pneumonia does not come back, I’ll head home. Then if all goes well we may try to do the same on Sunday at Utica Rome or maybe even more.
 
The issue I am having is with my cough. Yes, it gets better each day but it is not gone by any means. If it was 70 degrees this weekend that would be one thing but it is going to be cold. And as my research has told me, pneumonia came come back if you don’t take care of yourself.
 
I have a follow up appointment at the doctors today and the biggest question outside of what to do in the cold is what to do if the track gets dusty. I already have fluid in my right lung and I would think breathing in clay dust would be the worst thing I could get in there.
 
So that is the plan as I have to think long term. I’ll keep you updated tomorrow and tell you what my doctor says.

 
     
 
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