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Sunday, May 21st 2017
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Pat Ward recaps his Super DIRTcar Series race at Bridgeport and looks ahead to Monday.
Mike Mahaney had a tough week and talked about his wreck on Tuesday and a blown engine.
Tim Kerr told me about his two races last weekend and how much he may travel in 2017.
Todd Root got ready for a five day race streak and spoke about why teams are wrapping tires.

I enjoyed my Saturday very much as I got on the golf course for the first time this year. There were some good shots in there and really I did much better than I thought I would. Color me optimistic although there is work to do although as they said in Animal House, “Don’t think of it as work. They key is to have fun!”

I’ll be back at speedways now for two days in a row as we head to Weedsport today and tomorrow. The World of Outlaw Sprint Cars are there tonight and the Super DIRTcar Series is there tomorrow. Plus Sportsman are there both days.

We’ll be doing TV today with the Sportsman as out new Speedway Showcase hits the ground running. We’re excited and happy with what we have going on for this year and I’ll be sure to let you know when the first episode airs.

Now let’s chat more about what we have on the Audio Page for you today as we get ready for the Greatest Show on Dirt. Pat Ward recaps his Super DIRTcar Series race at Bridgeport, explains why it was a struggle for him and looks ahead to crewing Sunday and racing Monday.  

Mike Mahaney had a tough week and talked about his wreck on Tuesday, his blown engine on Wednesday and looks ahead to going back to Weedsport on Monday.  

Tim Kerr told me about his two races last weekend at Fulton and Brewerton as well as how much he may travel in 2017.  

Todd Root got ready for a five day race streak and spoke about getting his season started with a victory as well as why teams are wrapping tires.

 
Saturday, May 20th 2017
   

New on the Audio Page from Brewerton Speedway:

After the heat races:

Jack Meeks talks about his win in the first Sportsman while Alan Fink joins our conversation.
Ronnie Davis reacts to a bad Modified crash and talks about his heat win while Todd Root joins.
Bobby Varin led every lap to win his heat race and explained why he is not running the track weekly.
Tim Sears Jr. won the final Modified heat race and talked the improved surface after the grader.

After the feature races:

Jeff Sykes won his first feature race of the season and spoke about his hopes for his teammate.
Chuck Powelczyk picked up his Brewerton Four Cylinder win in a row and spoke about his car.
Larry Wight came from 18th to win his second race in a row and talked about the racetrack he saw.
Alan Fink also won his second in a row and spoke about what his hopes were before the green.

Well it was not exactly one for the time capsule last night as rough track conditions and many on track incidents turned a lot of racers early season smiles upside down. The track was rough despite multiple efforts to fix it, (They really did work hard.) it just would not stay smooth down in turn one.

On nights like this I get a little gun shy to put microphones into racer’s faces because what can they say? Like I said at the end of my interview with Alan Fink at the end of the night, no track tries to put out a rough surface.

  Just like racers, track groomers feel badly when the surface is rough and costs team’s money. It stays with them maybe more than a bad run for a racer because they know it affects everyone and not just one team.

And then we I see guys I know getting together and bad things happening it upsets me. I never want to help pour more gasoline on the fire so I tend to sit back and choose carefully when to stick my microphone in there. I politely declined a few offers because as my dad drilled into me as a kid, “Don’t ever give anybody enough rope to hang themselves.” So I don’t!

Today I will go golfing and it’s probably a good thing. I won’t be keeping score and won’t really care how I do. It is that first time out on the course in 2017 so I know I will be all over the place. I’ll just concentrate on the good shots and take it how it comes.

I’ll be back tomorrow with some pre-race conversations and we’ll be back to Weedsport both tomorrow and Monday. Have a great Saturday guys. We’ve got a lot of season to go. Be safe, be fast, run cleanly like the car next to you is your child (I added that part.) and have fun!

 
Friday, May 19th 2017
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Justin Haers remembered his heartbreaking loss at Canandaigua and his hopes for Fulton.
Matt Hulsizer told me about his rough start in race one and how tough the big series races are.
Rob Bellinger had three races in before last weekend and summed up how it has gone so far.
Tim Mayne explained why he was at Fulton Speedway last week and wonders about his plans.
Andrew Ferguson tells us how tough it can be when you have just 30 starts in a Modified.
Nick Krause prepared for action on Saturday and talked about how his first few races have gone.

Another weekend is upon us and unfortunately the warm weather we had these past two days is gone. It was fun and as I write this up I am trying to beat the big storm coming our way so I can shut my system down.

I’ll be at Brewerton tonight and then Weedsport on Sunday and Monday. In between we hope to hit the golf course for the first time this year and those of you who golf know how humbling that first round can be. We’ll see I guess.

Now let’s chat more about the chats I have for you today on the Audio Page all from the pit area this past weekend. Justin Haers remembered his heartbreaking loss at Canandaigua when he had a tire go down while leading and his hopes for Fulton’s show this past Saturday with his new car.  

Matt Hulsizer told me about his rough start in race one and how tough the big series races are especially when you have a brand new car you’re trying to learn.  

Rob Bellinger had three races in before last weekend and summed up how it has gone so far as well as what he has been working on set up wise on his Modified.  

Tim Mayne explained why he was at Fulton Speedway last week and wonders about his plans for the year as well as how the track came back to him after 20 years off.

Andrew Ferguson tells us how tough it can be when you have just 30 starts in a Modified and you’re racing against drivers who been racing longer than you’ve been alive.  

Nick Krause prepared for some Sportsman action on Saturday and talked about how his first few races have gone as well as why he thinks the Sportsman numbers are so high.  

 
Thursday, May 18th 2017
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Ryan Watt talks about his Super DIRTcar Series win at Bridgeport, his first ever win on the series.
Jeremy Pitcher tells me about his early win and why he is going to call it a career after this season.
Scott Duell explained why he came to Fulton as he was ready for his first race at the speedway.
Allie Elkins recaps her weekend at the State’s Race and runs down how all three days went.

From victory lane at Woodhull Raceway:

Hear from top three PST finishers Bryan Howland, Steve Collins and George Suprick in this clip.
Brady Fultz speaks with Steve Ovens about the familiar Modified he won with on Saturday night.
Brian Knowles
celebrates his Late Model win with Steve Ovens and talks about win number one.
Kurt Stebbins won the Street Stock feature and talked about the battle he had for the race lead.
Brian Grant Sr. talked about his Mini Stock win down in victory lane at Woodhull with Steve Ovens.

Summer is finally here! Well at least for a couple of days anyway. I hope you were able to get out yesterday and today to do some outdoor activities and I hope you all are doing well. I had the A/C on in the studio and the car for the first time this year and no…I’m not complaining at all!

We have a lot for you today and will have a good deal of stuff up tomorrow. I did get a few studio interviews done ad hope to do more today. Plus we have victory lane chats up from Steve Ovens at Woodhull so we hope you like those too!

Now let’s go ahead and talk more about the good stuff we have for you on the Audio Page as we get ready for a big weekend. Ryan Watt talks about his Super DIRTcar Series win at Bridgeport on Tuesday night for his first ever win on the series and runs down where we will see him next.  

Jeremy Pitcher tells me about his early win, what he is bringing to the track weekly and why he is going to call it a career after this season.  

Scott Duell explained why he came to Fulton as he was ready for his first race at the speedway as well as what they had in the car for a set up based on what he had heard from others.  

Allie Elkins recaps her weekend at the State’s Race for the Syracuse Microd Club and runs down how all three days went while looking forward to singing the national anthems at Weedsport Monday.  

Hear from top three PST finishers Bryan Howland, Steve Collins and George Suprick in this clip from Woodhull Raceway on Saturday night.

Brady Fultz speaks with Steve Ovens about the familiar Modified he won with on Saturday night as well as how a pair of late cautions altered his thinking.  

Brian Knowles celebrates his Late Model win with Steve Ovens at Woodhull and talks about win number one after thanking all the fans for sticking around on a cold night.

Kurt Stebbins won the Street Stock feature and talked about the battle he had for the race lead as well as how having Sprint Cars at the track did not change his plan of attack.

Brian Grant Sr. talked about his Mini Stock win down in victory lane at Woodhull with Steve Ovens while wondering if it might be his last feature win.  

 
Wednesday, May 17th 2017
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Lee Gill explained why he was driving his son’s car on Friday and how close he came to flipping it.
Chris Hile
is off to a tough start so far this year and talked about life both on and off the racetrack.
Zach Sobotka thought back to his days racing as a child and how that experience has helped him.
Max Hill ran his first heat race in a Late Model and explained why the car was pushing up the track.
Chris Mackey got ready for his 5th show of the year and summed up how he is doing so far in 2017.

I had a nice semi-day off on Tuesday and am now ready to get back at it today. I ran myself pretty ragged over the weekend and really need a day to unwind and think about some things other than racing. But you know me…it’s still all I think about.

We’ve got some good stuff up for you today as we get closer to a big weekend that includes the World of Outlaw Sprint Cars. They are at Lincoln Speedway tonight and then Williams Grove Friday and Saturday. Then on Sunday I’ll be in Weedsport to chat with them and see them take on one of the premier facilities in the northeast.

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page starting with a driver who had an anxious moment on Friday night. Lee Gill explained why he was driving his son’s car on Friday, what he has planned for Friday nights during the regular season and how close he came to flipping it in the heat.  

Chris Hile is off to a tough start so far this year and talked about life both on and off the racetrack as he got ready for the Brewerton opener on Friday night.  

Zach Sobotka thought back to his days racing as a child and how that experience has helped him and how long it took for him to get a feel for it initially.  

Max Hill ran his first heat race in a Late Model and explained why the car was pushing up the track as well as what he had to do to get it to go through the corners correctly.  

Chris Mackey got ready for his 5th show of the year at Fulton on Saturday and summed up how he is doing so far in 2017 as he adjusts to a new chassis.  

 
Tuesday, May 16th 2017
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Tommy Sears prepared for his third race of the year and talked about what he learned early on.
Adam Roberts
talked about their new baby girl, how they are doing now and how racing is so far.
Bob Bennett goes over three different tech issues for Brewerton and Fulton Speedway drivers.
Tony Veneziano reports on the World of Outlaw Sprint races from Eldora and Tri City Speedways.
Danny Serrano previews tonight’s Super DIRTcar Series race at Bridgeport Speedway in New Jersey.

Tommy Sears prepared for his third race of the year at the Brewerton opener and talked about what he learned early on as well as how tough it is to get up to speed with limited laps.

Adam Roberts talked about their new baby girl back home, how they are doing now as young parents and how he has been doing on the track so far this year.

Bob Bennett goes over three different tech issues for Brewerton and Fulton Speedway drivers concerning fuel cells, head & neck restraint systems and air filters. It’s a must listen drivers!  

Tony Veneziano reports on the World of Outlaw Sprint races from Eldora and Tri City Speedways while looking ahead to races this week in Pennsylvania and Weedsport on Sunday.  

I had a busy but fin day on Monday as I got a lot done both here and for the Syracuse Post Standard and Syracuse.com. I even worked late into the night to get you ready for today’s Friend’s of Mike Race at Bridgeport Speedway which this year is part of the Super DIRTcar Series.

  I really wish I could go but midweeks that aren’t local are out of the picture for me during the school year. But this summer…look out as I will be everywhere!

Now let’s chat more about what we have on the Audio Page today as we get ready for a big night in New Jersey. Tommy Sears prepared for his third race of the year at the Brewerton opener and talked about what he learned early on as well as how tough it is to get up to speed with limited laps.

Adam Roberts talked about their new baby girl back home, how they are doing now as young parents and how he has been doing on the track so far this year.

Bob Bennett goes over three different tech issues for Brewerton and Fulton Speedway drivers concerning fuel cells, head & neck restraint systems and air filters. It’s a must listen drivers!  

Tony Veneziano reports on the World of Outlaw Sprint races from Eldora and Tri City Speedways while looking ahead to races this week in Pennsylvania and Weedsport on Sunday. 

Danny Serrano previews tonight’s Super DIRTcar Series race at Bridgeport Speedway in New Jersey, explains why this is the final Friend’s of Mike race while reporting on Monday at Georgetown.

 
Monday, May 15th 2017
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Bobby Varin told me why he towed east to Brewerton and where his own 00 car was racing.
Ryan Watt explained why he was in New York State to run a big block Modified at Brewerton.
Will Shields walked me through his heat race cross-over move and how much he enjoyed it.
Stephen Denton spoke about starting his 10th year at Brewerton and recapped his season so far.
Dorian Wahdan talked about his move up from the novice class and described how tough it is.

We wrapped up a busy weekend at the NYS Fairgrounds on Sunday for the State’s Race for the Syracuse Microd Club and it was a very fun day. We are meeting so many new people and good people at that. Allie finished 9th but ran her fastest laps of the day at the beginning of the feature. For a few laps there we thought she was going to make her first competitive pass! I’ll have my chat with her up tomorrow.

Utica Rome rained out early so we ended our day early as we headed out to beat the rain that ended up skipping over the track. I had to drop my car off to get some work done to it so I missed the post race presentations. Sorry guys, I didn’t even know you did that.

So up today we have some chats from my weekend and I’ll be busy in the studio today. And unlike last Monday when I had nothing to talk about but rainouts, this Monday will be different with lots to talk and write about. And don’t forget that the Super DIRTcar Series visits Bridgeport Speedway in New Jersey tomorrow.

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page for today starting with a few surprises from the pit area on Friday night. Bobby Varin told me why he towed east to Brewerton on Friday, where his own 00 car was racing and how much came back to him after an almost 15 year break.

Ryan Watt explained why he was in New York State to run a big block Modified at Brewerton and why he hoped to pick up some knowledge to help him in Tuesday’s SDS race at Bridgeport. I did not hit the stop button correctly so you do pick up some chatter at the end of this…sorry!  

Will Shields walked me through his heat race cross-over move to finish second, how much he enjoyed it and what he saw that convinced him it was the right move at the time.  

Stephen Denton spoke about starting his 10th year at Brewerton, explained why it is his favorite speedway and recapped how he has done in two starts so far this year.  

Dorian Wahdan talked about his move up from the novice class and described how tough the competition level is as well as what his plans are while he is still in school.

 
     
 
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