|Saturday, August 31st 2013
| New on the Audio Page for today:
Heath Carney talked about celebrating his birthday last week and what he hoped would happen.
Joe Palmer described the feel of his Pro Stock after having to put the back up engine in the car.
Dana Camegna remembered a crash he had and described the damage that happened in the deal.
Dan Hofmann explained why he took a few years off and how he has done since coming back.
It was another super nice day on Friday and it sounds like we should be good all weekend for the most part. I had a ton of non-racing stuff to get done on Friday and I did get it all done thank goodness so I’ll be good to go the rest of the weekend.
I’ll be at Fulton tonight, Rolling Wheels tomorrow and Utica Rome on Monday. It will be fun but sad at the same time as the regular season ends this weekend. Sure, the specials are fun but soon it will the off season and it always saddens me when this time of the year rolls around.
But we will all get our fill over the next month and a half and there will be some great shows going to keep us occupied. Best of luck to all of you who are racing this weekend and let’s hope we all have a great time.
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page. I begin with a man who was having a special day last Sunday. Heath Carney talked about celebrating his birthday last week and what he hoped would happen. He told me how good he felt about things, some changes they made to the car and the need to hold it together for the entire 20 laps.
Joe Palmer described the feel of his Pro Stock after having to put the back up engine in the car. He talked about the motor that was in the car, how he felt it would do and the need to stay in the top ten in points.
Dana Camegna remembered a crash he had and described the damage that happened in the deal. He told me how it all happened, how fortunate it was that it was not worse and why they thought they were done for the year.
Dan Hofmann explained why he took a few years off and how he has done since coming back. He talked about the work he did to get it ready, how long the car has been racing and how it did the first night out.
|Friday, August 30th 2013
| New on the Audio Page for today:
Bobby Varin told me how he landed a ride in the 1j and what their plans are as of right now.
Paul Kinney talked about his 2nd place run at I-88 with the ESS and looks ahead to Sunday.
Dan Wiesner described his season so far at Canandaigua and why he likes Rolling Wheels so much.
Jim Money has had some better finishes of late with his Pro Stock and told me how he is doing.
We had a fun day on Thursday as we took in the New York State Fair in Syracuse. The kids had a great time and so did I. We'll be back tomorrow here with lost of stuff as I will be back in the studio today to get you ready for a big day on Saturday.
We will be at races the next three days and with a short week coming up after that, we’ll have a lot for you next week. And of course after this weekend we’ll have track champions to talk to and a lot of big races to preview as well.
I love this time of the year but also get a little sad around now too as the end is now closer than it was a few weeks ago. There are going to be some great memories taking place this weekend so be sure to get to your favorite track to cheer on all your favorites.
Now let’s chat more about what is new for today on the Audio Page. I begin with news on a driver change. Bobby Varin told me how he landed a ride in the Jake Spraker owned 1j and what their plans are as of right now. He talked about how their first race night went, an engine issue they felt and wonders when the 00 car will get out again.
Paul Kinney talked about his 2nd place run at I-88 with the ESS and looks ahead to Sunday at Utica Rome. He told me how much fun he had racing side by side in his heat race for the entire distance, how he was compared to the race winner and wonders if he can pick up another spot in the points.
Dan Wiesner described his season so far at Canandaigua and why he likes Rolling Wheels so much. He told me how some bad luck put him 3rd in the points at his Saturday home, thinks back on his win at The Fast Track in the last race and explains why he will be off for about a month before getting back in the seat at Syracuse. Best of luck to you Dan!
Jim Money has had some better finishes of late with his Pro Stock and told me how he is doing. He talked about when the car started to tighten up, what they did to try to cure the problem and wishes a fellow competitor the best as he recovers. Get well Pete!
|Thursday, August 29th 2013
| New on the Audio Page for today:
Justin Haers talked about his hopes for Rolling Wheels and some changes for Super DIRT Week.
Darwin Greene remembered how one got away from him Friday at I-88 when his motor expired.
Quentin Burton described a problem he had in hot laps at Utica Rome in his first race of 2013.
Mike Sowle told me about his involvement at several tracks and why he helps out the sport.
It was a wonderful summer day on Wednesday and I hope you got to get out and enjoy it. Today seems like it will be pretty good too and we are hoping to have some family fun today as the summer winds down.
We’ll be doing Saturday, Sunday and Monday races this Labor Day Weekend so that means that next week will be action packed here on the site. We have a lot of good stuff on the site for today so be sure to go to the Audio Page and check it out.
Plus we’ll be back tomorrow with Paul Kinney, Dan Wiesner and much more. Championship weekend is upon us as well as The Classic at Oswego so there is a lot to choose from on our final race weekend of the summer. Where did the time go?
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page to listen to. Justin Haers talked about his hopes for Rolling Wheels and some changes for Super DIRT Week. He told me how close he has come to winning his first Super DIRTcar Series race, how he did last year in this race and wondered about his strategy for the 200 at Syracuse.
Darwin Greene remembered how one got away from him Friday at I-88 when his motor expired. He told me what he took away from the event, how he did the last time out at Fonda and the work he hopes to do to get the Modified he had with him better.
Quentin Burton described a problem he had in hot laps at Utica Rome in his first race of 2013. He told me what he was able to see when his hood came off, why he took several years off from the sport and how he was doing in his final race of racing.
Mike Sowle told me about his involvement at several tracks and why he helps out the sport so much. He explained what he is doing to increase the purse at Glen Ridge on September 7th, what he is doing for Friday night at Super DIRT Week and looks forward to racing his Vintage Car.
|Wednesday, August 28th 2013
| New on the Audio Page for today:
Tim Buckwalter described how he won his first career Modified feature Friday at Big Diamond.
Danny Varin explained why he was at Utica Rome on Sunday and why he had a Saturday off.
Beth Schneider talked about wrapping up the Fulton Sportsman Championship Saturday night.
Stephen Denton has been running better of late and talked about his recent top ten finishes.
Corie Locke was coming off a nice run and told me where his Pro Stock could be a little better.
Joe Skotnicki previews Sunday’s race at Rolling Wheels and talks about changes for Syracuse.
It turned out to be a pretty nice day on Tuesday as the sun was out and the rain left us early. I got a lot done as I was busy in the studio and I got to see the new digs for my friends at Syracuse.com. It is nice and today I’ll be down there to interview Justin Haers as he makes the media tour of the area to promote Sunday’s race at Rolling Wheels.
Earlier in the day we had our first conference call with the DIRTcar Northeast folks as we begin to gear up for Super DIRT Week. Make sure to listen to my chat with Joe Skotnicki as there are some significant changes coming that will be sure to influence the team’s strategy in Sunday’s 200.
Tomorrow be sure to come back as we’ll have lots more for you including a chat with a man who is having quite an impact behind the scenes. I know you’ll like it.
Now let’s chat more about the good stuff we have for you to listen to today on the Audio Page. I begin with a new feature winner. Tim Buckwalter described how he won his first career Modified feature Friday at Big Diamond. He told me how he held off a multi-time champion, how good his new car was and where he will race this coming weekend.
Danny Varin explained why he was at Utica Rome on Sunday and why he had a Saturday off. He talked about some things he figured out with the car the last few weeks, how the car was handling before the changes and looks ahead to a busy weekend that includes Mod & Sprint.
Beth Schneider talked about wrapping up the Fulton Sportsman Championship Saturday night. She told me how the goal of a championship was not even in her head at the start of the year, what her goals were coming in and where she will race once the regular season is over.
Stephen Denton has been running better of late and talked about his recent top ten finishes. He told me how a flat tire hurt him late on Friday at Brewerton, how happy he was with his pair of good finishes at Utica Rome and where he feels he is better.
Corie Locke was coming off a nice run and told me where his Pro Stock could be a little better. He talked about adjusting to a more powerful motor this year, how much faster he is now and remembers when Pete Stefanski helped him with a part. Get well soon Pete!
Joe Skotnicki previews Sunday’s race at Rolling Wheels and talks about changes for Syracuse. He tells me how fans can get $5 off this Sunday’s race, why the Sportsman have been added to Friday night at Super DIRT Week and why a softer tire will now be allowed for Sunday’s 200.
|Tuesday, August 27th 2013
| New on the Audio Page for today:
Larry Wight talked about his Brewerton win on Friday and what slowed him down at Fulton.
Dylan Swiernik gets ready for tonight’s ESS show at I-888 and remembers his Brewerton win.
Adam MacGeorge tells me how he won his first Modified feature Friday night at Penn Can.
Lance Willix had a new chassis with him on Sunday and talked about this Sunday at Rolling Wheels.
Greg Tower prepared for his third race day of the season and talked about motor issue they had.
Pete Demitraszek previews the big show he has at Glen Ridge on Sept 7th paying $4,007.11.
It was a rainy day on Monday and that was okay as there was no racing scheduled. We’ve been a little luckier of late as earlier we were having trouble getting in any races so it is nice to be where we are now.
Don’t forget that tonight the Empire Super Sprints will be at I-88 Speedway for the first time. I have the last winner on the tour on today too and he’ll tell you what he has been doing as he gets ready for a new track.
And take it from me, if you are going don’t stop for food on the way, eat at the track! This place has some of the best food in the business and they move you right along at the windows so get there hungry, you won’t regret it. My recommendation is the Chicken Speidie (was that spelled right?) sandwich. It gets two thumbs up!
We got a lot done in the studio on Monday and will be back at it today as I only have about three canned interviews per day to put up. I recorded four yesterday and have a list of folks to get to today. If you have a suggestion, please send it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll do my best to get to it. And Ty, we should have your request on here tomorrow.
Now let’s talk about what is on the Audio Page that is new for today. Larry Wight talked about his Brewerton win on Friday and what slowed him down at Fulton the next night. He told me how he got the lead at Brewerton, where the new car is better than what he ran earlier in the season and how much he is hoping for a win at Utica Rome.
Dylan Swiernik gets ready for tonight’s ESS show at I-888 and remembers his Brewerton win. He talked about how he is studying for a track he has never raced on before, how happy he is with his new chassis and how nice it will be to be at Utica Rome on back to back weekends starting Sunday.
Adam MacGeorge tells me how he won his first Modified feature Friday night at Penn Can. He talked about going from 1st to 3rd quickly, how he knew someone was on him late and how he survived a late caution with 1 lap to go to get the victory.
Lance Willix had a new chassis with him on Sunday and talked about this Sunday at Rolling Wheels. He told me why he went with a Hig Fab car, what would make for a successful debut and what he has heard about the way they drive.
Greg Tower prepared for his third race day of the season and talked about motor issue they had. He told me what motivated him to get a Pro Stock, how his comfort level is in the car right now and a change they were making in the pits at Utica Rome.
Pete Demitraszek previews the big show he has at Glen Ridge on Sept 7th paying $4,007.11 to the Modified winner. He told me about the other divisions on the card for that day, examines how his rookie season as a promoter has gone and reminds everyone about their big crate Sportsman race on October 19th.
|Monday, August 26th 2013
| New on the Audio Page for today:
Stewart Friesen talked about his Friday night at Albany Saratoga where he won his 21st race.
Mike Mahaney summed up how his weekend went as he raced at I-88 Speedway and Canandaigua.
Tom Denton remembered his recent Pro Stock win and sent out get well wishes to Pete Stefanski.
Jeremy Vunk told me how well he has been running of late and how tough it is to make up points.
Jimmy Davis came off a night off on Saturday and told me about some issues with the new chassis.
After the heat races:
Bret Belden won the first Pro Stock heat of the night and explained why he was deep in thought.
Chris Carr grinded up a rear tire and told me about his win in the second Pro Stock heat race.
Alan Johnson talked about his win in the first Modified heat race and what they were working on.
Brad Alger got the win in the second Modified heat and wondered how to be strong for 30 laps.
Jimmy Davis drove away for a comfortable heat race win and told me how good his Modified was.
Jeremy Vunk described how his Sportsman felt in his heat win and wondered about the track.
Claude Hutchings Jr. explained why they were working under the hood after his heat victory.
After the feature races:
Tom Denton talked with Mike Mallett after his win which saw the early leader get in a wreck.
Jimmy Davis spoke about his Modified feature win which was the 1st race his new car finished.
Stewart Friesen recapped his third place finish as well as a wild moment on the front stretch.
Mike Mahaney finished in 4th place in the Modified feature and described the early race shuffle.
Willy Decker went from 9th to 3rd before finishing 6th and told me how happy he was with the run.
A.J. Filbeck won the Sportsman feature in dominating fashion and talked about it with Mike Mallett.
Ricky Breed picked up the Pure Stock win and told me what he saw running from his car afterwards.
It was a fun night as we were back in full force after our mini three day power vacation. I really wanted the girls to have some summer memories to take back to school and share so I felt it was important to do that. But now we’re back and ready to rock.
We had a fun night as I said as Allie and I were at the Utica Rome Speedway for what turned out to be a super quick show. They kept things moving along with only took a 10 minute intermission to spritz and pack the track. When the final checkered flag waved it was 8:24 PM, so it was under two and a half hours. Excellent!
There was a threat of rain and we did hit a little bit on the way back but it was not even enough to turn on the wipers. As I type this up at 11:30 PM, it is still dry outside my studio window.
It was the Jimmy Davis show as he led all but one lap all night long. He led every lap in his heat win and then led from lap 2-30 in the Modified feature. He had his new car out too and this night was the first night the car finished a feature. Listen to our chat after his heat win and he’ll run down the issues they had before last night. There were several!
If my math is correct, Stewart Friesen and Matt Sheppard should be tied atop the Modified point standings. And if it rains next Sunday it may stay that way. But if it is nice, Matt will be at Rolling Wheels for a Super DIRTcar Series which would give Stewy the title at Utica Rome if he holds off the rest of the field. So no, this is not over yet anyways.
It was nice to see A.J. Filbeck pick up his second Sportsman win of the season. He was fast and held off Jeremy Vunk and Matt Janczuk to get the victory. Chris Carr looked to be on his way to his first Pro Stock feature win but tangled up with a slower car ending his night. Tom Denton went on to his second win in a row after that.
And in the Pure Stock race, Ricky Breed had a mouse run from his car in victory lane after winning the feature. I’ve heard of chickens and other animals riding in racecars on the road but never one that did hot laps, a heat and then the feature, let alone win it. Wow, just when you think you’ve seen it all, here comes a real life Speedy Gonzalez!
We’ll be back with more this week and I have 14 interviews in the can to get out over four days this week. We’ll be doing a lot this weekend too so I hope to see you guys back again real soon. Also we do tend to get new photos in on Mondays so check back later too as you never know when new stuff is going up.
|Sunday, August 25th 2013
| Aaron Jacobs tells me about his best Modified finish to date and a motor issue they are fixing.
Mike Button talked about getting back behind the wheel and his recent top ten at Brewerton.
Bobby Heintz described how his car was early on and how tough it is to get hooked up at Utica Rome.
J.J. Courcy explained why he picked up a crate Sportsman and where he plans to race with it.
Scott Wheelock was coming off a good run with his Pure Stock and told me why he scaled back.
Well my mini three day vacation is done and it is time to go back at it today. I’ll be at Utica Rome with Allie and we will be ready for some fun after watching water rush over a cliff at a high rate.
We have some new stuff for you today and a big thanks goes out to everyone who let me interview them so I could take my kids on their first mini vacation. But now we will be buckling down and getting some work done to give you a lot to listen to tomorrow.
Now let’s chat about the stuff available for you to listen to on the Audio Page right now. Aaron Jacobs tells me about his best Modified finish to date and a motor issue they are fixing. He talked about passing cars at Glen Ridge, how long he has been in the Modified division and how it felt to run with the roof on the car. Good point Aaron, never thought of that before.
Mike Button talked about getting back behind the wheel and his recent top ten at Brewerton. He told me how the opportunity came about to drive again, how happy he is to be back and wonders if he may put his own car together for next season.
Bobby Heintz described how his car was early on and how tough it is to get hooked up at Utica Rome. He talked about his last mid week show, some changes he made with torsion bars and why the type of car you use can make a big difference.
J.J. Courcy explained why he picked up a crate Sportsman and where he plans to race with it. He talked about the growth he is seeing in the crate division, the big money shows he sees for the cars and his hopes to really go for it next season.
Scott Wheelock was coming off a good run with his Pure Stock and told me why he scaled back. He told me why he had so much fun in his 7th place run, why he almost didn’t bring the car with him last Sunday and why he decided to stop running for points. Nice one here!
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