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Friday, May 16th 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Dan Vauter got ready for his second race of the season and talked about his opener at Malta.
Chris Hile talked about the switch to Hoosier tires and wondered how much stagger to go with. 
Dane Keller Jr. was part of a 27 car IMCA Modified field and talked about the big field of cars.
Hear the Modifieds and IMCA Modifieds as they get ready at Brewerton in our Motor Sounds clip.
 
I don’t know about you, but I’ve been watching that long line of rain for the past two days. I kept hoping it might break up and am still hoping that it might not be as bad as the weather people are saying. They have been known to be wrong and I am so hoping they are wrong this time as well. Keep your finger crossed.
 
But with it looking like it did, I did not want to do a bunch of interviews promoting events taking place today. So I am going to wait and see what happens and if I can’t go to the track, I have a few things set up.
 
Now let’s chat about what we do have on the Audio Page as I finally finished up all mu work at home on Thursday. Dan Vauter got ready for his second race of the season and talked about his opener at Malta. He told me how he liked the place, when he had been there before and compared it to the Brewerton Speedway. 
 
Chris Hile talked about the switch to Hoosier tires and wondered how much stagger to go with. He told me about the god draw he had, how that affected his tire choice and described the familiar car he had with him at Brewerton. 
 
Dane Keller Jr. was part of a 27 car IMCA Modified field and talked about the big field of cars. He told me about his comfort level in the car, how he did at the Fulton show and how his uncles help him at the track. 
 
Hear the Modifieds and IMCA Modifieds as they get ready at Brewerton in our Motor Sounds clip. Nice clip with them in the staging area and then letting it all hang out on the track as well. 

 
Thursday, May 15th 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Tim Sears Jr. described a handling issue he had at the Fulton opener and how his car changes.
Joe August Jr. told me about a change he was going to make after his hot laps Saturday at Fulton.
Chris Mackey made the move from Sportsman to Modified and talked about his 2014 plans.
Corey Barker just got off the track at Fulton and talked about trying to get one in down south.
 
What a night of storms we had on Tuesday into Wednesday huh? It must have made promoter Dan Harpell happier as he saw the big storms come in right at about the time in between heats and consis. Yep, he made the right call alright.
 
As for me, I was tied up with so much yesterday that I was not able to get in the studio at all. Heck, I was lucky just to find time to write up this front page entry and put up some new audio files. Yep, it was that type of day alright.
 
Still making my plans for the weekend and will probably start out at Brewerton as I need to see the conclusion from last week. The heat races and 5 laps of the first feature was only a tease for me so I need to get back to see how things go in the first point races of the season.
 
Skyline will be my Saturday stop and then we’ll be at Utica Rome on Sunday to do some TV with the Go Nuclear Late Models. It will be a fun weekend. Let’s just keep our fingers crossed for Friday as that looks a little iffy weather wise. Yeah, what a surprise right?
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you to listen to today on the Audio Page. I begin with some stuff from Friday at Brewerton. Tim Sears Jr. described a handling issue he had at the Fulton opener and how his car changes as the laps wind down. He told what he did to try to figure out what was going on, what he may do to try to get it where he needs to be and the need for more seat time in he car. 
 
Joe August Jr. told me about a change he was going to make after his hot laps Saturday at Fulton. He explained why he was going to lean out his carb a little, which night will be tough for him to make it to the track and why he changed his number to 88. 
 
Chris Mackey made the move from Sportsman to Modified and talked about his 2014 plans. He told me how he did the first time out with the car, why he decided to call Brewerton his weekly shows and how much different the car feels compared to his open motor car. 
 
Corey Barker just got off the track at Fulton and talked about trying to get one in down south at Skyline last weekend. He told me about his hopes to run there again, how it felt in the hot laps on Saturday and where we will see him race this season. 

 
Wednesday, May 14th 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Bobby Varin talks about his Modified win Sunday at Glen Ridge and how he felt afterwards.
Jim Witko told me about his first 2 races of the season and how his Friday went before the rain.
Jeremy Pitcher will be back on the clay this year and talked about his season up at Oswego.
Matt Spencer won his first race since 2006 and told me about the issues they had on this night.
Dan Harpell explained how bad weather in the morning led to the rain out at Yates County.
 
What a crazy weather day it was on Tuesday huh? If you were in the eastern part of New York State you’re probably wondering what I am talking about but if you were out west, you know.
 
As I was getting the kids on the bus I was watching the radar that was full of orange and red all the way from Lake Erie east to the Fingerlakes. It looked like it was going to march across New York State and get us all wet. So I went and took a nap fully expecting a rain out.
 
I woke up a few hours later and checked the radar first thing. I saw that all I had seen on there earlier was gone. Huh? So then I checked the Yates County website and saw they had pulled the plug and rescheduled the show for June 3rd. So I called promoter Dan Harpell and did a nice interview with him on how he made his decision. Heck, I would have done the same thing.
 
Plus I have two more chats from the studio as well as some from my Saturday night with Allie and Fulton. I still have more in the can and will be back in the studio today so be sure to come back tomorrow.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page. I start out with a man who is feeling sore but relieved today. Bobby Varin talks about his Modified win Sunday at Glen Ridge and how he felt afterwards. He told me how good the racing surface was at the ¼ mile track, how starting on the front row put additional pressure on him and what a relief if was to get the first win in the books. 
 
Jim Witko told me about his first 2 races of the season and how his Friday went before the rain. He talked about his wreck in the Fulton opener, how badly damaged the car was and where we will see him in 2014. 
 
Jeremy Pitcher will be back on the clay this year and talked about his season up at Oswego. He told me why he prefers the dirt, how nice it will be to get back on the road to travel and why he had the old body on for this past weekend at Fulton. 
 
Matt Spencer won his first race since 2006 and told me about the issues they had on this night. He told me how he lost the lead in the middle stages of the race at Thunder Mountain, how he ran down the leader and how close he came to calling it quits after a tough 2013 season. Wow! 
 
Dan Harpell explained how bad weather in the morning led to the rain out at Yates County. He told me how that weather went away as the day went on, how he used the day to get ahead for Friday and described the special challenges that go with changing a speedway’s name. Good, honest chat here that will help you understand how tough days like Tuesday can be on promoters.  

 
Tuesday, May 13th 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Matt Billings got ready for some action at Brewerton and compared it to his old Saturday home.
Tony Finch II got to the track a little late and told me about his solid run the last time he raced.
Kevan Cook talked about the big field of IMCA Modifieds and how he is helping other drivers.
James Carlson just moved up to the Sportsman division and talked about changing up his look.
Dan Harpell tells me about tonight’s ROC Modified race at Yates County Speedway in Dundee.
 
I got a lot done on Monday as we wrote up a new story for the Syracuse Post Standard, did some results for the paper as well and got some work done in the studio. In between we were tackling a big plumbing issue at our house that has set us back a bit but we are hoping everything is now set and we’re good to go for a while. Hey, it’s reality when you have a 53 year old house.
 
We’re hoping for some good weather today as Yates County Speedway in Dundee, New York has the Race of Champions Dirt Modified Tour coming to town for a show tonight at 7:30. I know, Mother Nature could step in and ruin this for us so we’ll have to see what happens and be sure to check out www.blackrockspeedway.net for more info.
 
If they do go, I will be there and have my schedule clear so I can do it. If not, I’ll get back in the studio and I do still have many things in the can now too so one way or another you’ll get new stuff from us tomorrow. Hopefully it is from a racy Tuesday night!
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page today. I start out with stuff from my weekend travels. Matt Billings got ready for some action at Brewerton and compared it to his old Saturday home. He also told me how his car felt in hot laps, how helpful his fellow competitors were in helping him with his gear selection and who he has to wave to while he is out there. 
 
Tony Finch II got to the track a little late and told me about his solid run the last time he raced. He talked about a car switch he made last season, where he plans to race this season and his hopes to get out on the road more. 
 
Kevan Cook talked about the big field of IMCA Modifieds and how he is helping other drivers. He told me about some bad luck he had on his way to the track, wondered if it would affect the rest of his weekend and described a handling issue he was dealing with. 
 
James Carlson just moved up to the Sportsman division and talked about changing up his look. He talked about an upgrade he made to be safer in the car, wondered about a vibration he felt in the car and explained why the novice division is not as tough as the regular class. 
 
Dan Harpell tells me about tonight’s ROC Modified race at Yates County Speedway in Dundee. He talked about what he was working on for the event, how the weather could end up being a big factor and how the rest of his weekend went at Five Mile Point & Utica Rome Speedways. 

 
Monday, May 12th 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Tom Sears Jr. had a pair of Modifieds on Friday and explained what he was doing with each.
Tommy Kinsella got ready to race Saturday at Fulton and talked about his first race earlier.
John Cunningham was part of an Outlaw Circuit reunion and spoke about Fulton Speedway.
Jim Spano talked about his hopes for Saturday and wonders if his Hoosier knowledge will help.
Mike Button is back for a full season in a crate Sportsman and told me what keeps him going.
Todd Root just ran his first ever laps in a Sportsman and talked about his go cart background.
Jim Bogett explained how the two types of Mod Lites are different and this Friday’s special.
 
With the promise of a good time with my family, I decided to stay home on Sunday. My dad came over and Camille’s mom came over as well for dinner so rather than try to stay busy as I had originally planned, I decided to stay home to get some family time on Mother’s Day.
 
Fortunately we had a lot of interviews in the can and were able to dip into it to get you new stuff to listen to today. Plus we’ll be heading to Yates County on Tuesday for an ROC show and we’ll be able to get a lot done there.
 
So now we’ll watch some of the TPC from Sawgrass and Allie and I will start to watch the NASCAR Cup race from Kansas. Both events are my favorites so I am looking forward to that.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page. I start with an interview from the Brewerton opener.
 
Tom Sears Jr. had a pair of Modifieds on Friday and explained what he was doing with each. He talked about an issue with the older car, what his plans are for the new car and where the Syracuse car is sleeping until October. 
 
Tommy Kinsella got ready to race Saturday at Fulton and talked about his first race earlier. He told me how that first night went, how he is doing as he get used to a big block and how his teammate helps him get the car they way he likes it. 
 
John Cunningham was part of an Outlaw Circuit reunion and spoke about Fulton Speedway. He told me why he had to take two years off due to an injury, how he is feeling now and his hopes to run the track weekly in 2014. 
 
Jim Spano talked about his hopes for Saturday and wonders if his Hoosier knowledge will help. He told me why he got to the track a little late and who is helping him to get the car ready on race day. 
 
Mike Button is back for a full season in a crate Sportsman and told me what keeps him going after close to 30 years. He tells me about the people he runs into, what part of racing he does not miss and how experience helps. 
 
Todd Root just ran his first ever laps in a Sportsman and talked about his go cart background. He told me about the little things he needs to learn, when they made the decision to make the move and who helped him put it together. 
 
Jim Bogett explained how the two types of Mod Lites are different and this Friday’s special. He told me how he crinkled his roof line in the first race of the year, how to tell the difference between the two types of cars and how many in the division are in each class. 

 
Sunday, May 11th 2014
   New on the Audio Page from Fulton Speedway
 
Pre race conversations:
 
Chris Hulsizer has a few races under his belt this season and told me how things were going.
Nick Krause talked about his practice laps at Brewerton and his hopes for the night at Fulton.
Greg Martin explained why he towed to Fulton from Wilson and how ready he was to get racing.
A.J. Kingsley had his Late Model at the track and told me about some tough luck in 2013.
Sam Reakes IV was the only 360 in the pit area and talked about getting some hot laps on Saturday.
Gordy Button turned a bare chassis into a racecar in 7 days and told me about the 305 Sprinter.
 
After the heat races:
 
Jason Occhino won the first Sportsman heat race and told me what he was doing for the dash.
Gregg Kimball took the win in heat number two and what he was changing for his 2nd dash ever.
Sean Beardsley was a surprise entry in the Sportsman and talked about his novice teammate.
Billy Decker talked about his win in the first Modified heat and his plans to follow the series.
Jimmy Phelps spoke about his heat win and the damage they had to fix after a lap one jingle.
Willy Decker was a busy man after his heat win and told me about the multiple fixes taking place.
 
After the feature races:
 
Greg Martin made a pass with two to go to win the Sportsman race and talked with Bill Foley.
Gordy Button won in dominating fashion in the 305 feature and spoke to Adam Buchanan.
Larry Wight led every lap to win his first of the season and talked about traffic with Adam Buchanan.
Jimmy Phelps came home in second place and talked about the work his crew did after the heat.
Rob Bellinger picked up 6 spots to finish 3rd and told me how good he was late in the feature.
Tim Currier had a nice fourth place run and talked about how good his Modified was all night.
Pat Ward moved from 19th to 5th and told me how good his car was especially in the middle.
Wayne Christman won his first ever in the Novice Sportsman class and had fun with Bill Foley.
Justin Buskey also won his first career race and talked about how close he came to doing it before.
 
Well finally I got to go to the racetrack without having to look at the weather radar all night to see if we were going to race. The moon was visible all night long on what was a pretty good night of racing on the Saturday opener at the Fulton Speedway.
 
Allie and I sat in the grandstand with friends and watched the action on the high banks while recording 31 interviews along the way including 10 pre race chats that I saved for later in the week. We had a ball!
 
The fields were strong as 31 Sportsman and 24 Modifieds took to the track on this night. A real good crowd was also on hand and the racing was real good. We had a few new winners and some new people are therefore on the site today including Greg Martin, Wayne Christman and Justin Buskey. All three were first time winners at Fulton.
 
Larry Wight dominated the Modified feature as he ran the high groove for most of the race and handled lapped traffic well on his way to a win. The 21 year old held off Jimmy Phelps who had a lot of work to do after a crash on the first lap of his qualifying heat. Go to the Audio Page to hear what happened.
 
But the moment a lot of people will be talking about was Billy Decker’s hard crash in turn three. I did not see him until he was already over but reports were that he nosed into the wall hard and flipped after getting the rear end several feet in the air. Billy seemed okay afterwards and walked away from the crash although he did seem to limping just a bit. Crew Chief Scott Jeffery told me that the throttle stuck which caused the crash. Hope you’re feeling okay today Billy and thank god it was not more severe.
 
Wilson New York’s Greg Martin towed out to Fulton after two rainouts in a row at Ransomville and passed James Carlson with two to go to win his first at the track. Carlson just moved up from the Novice division and was hoping for his first win. You’ll get it James so keep working hard!
 
I hope you enjoy all the new audio and know that there will be more from both Brewerton and Fulton showing up later in the week. We’ll be at Utica Rome today and Yates County on Tuesday. So look for this to be a busy week. It’s my first Mother’s Day without my mom around so I will keep busy today to keep my mind on other things. 
 
I hope you have a great day and give your mom an extra big hug today. See you soon guys.

 
Saturday, May 10th 2014
   New on the Audio Page from Brewerton Speedway before the rain:
 
Pre race conversations:
 
Rob Bellinger got ready for the opener and talked about the two races he has run this year.
Matt Hulsizer had a new piece at Brewerton and told me about his 12th place in the Fulton opener.
Willy Decker went up in smoke in his last race at Utica Rome and told me what went wrong.
Rob Keller sponsored the night of action and talked about the big field at the Dean Hubbs Memorial. 
Pat O’Brien brought his small block down for a shakedown and talked about tonight in Brockville.
 
After the heat races:
 
Chris Fleming led every lap to win the first IMCA heat and told me about a shock change.
Jason Amidon took the lead late in his heat win and talked about the need to keep things cool.
Pat Ward led the final 8 laps to win his heat and told me about the nice racing surface he was on.
Vinnie Vitale watched his heat win with Steve Ovens on his lap top and told him what he saw.
Jimmy Phelps got ready to draw for his starting spot and talked about his win in the final Mod heat.
 
Well we hustled last night but fell short as big rain and a wall cloud hit the Brewerton Speedway just past 8:30 as the IMCA Modifieds were five laps into the Dean Hubbs Memorial. They moved things along as quickly as they could as everyone with radar on their smart phone could see what was coming but when you only get about an hour of track time, there is not much you can do.
 
It’s really too bad too as a nice field of 26 Modifieds, 26 IMCA Modifieds and strong fields also for the Mod Lites and Four Cylinder Super Stocks were on hand the this season opener. I did get 16 pre race interviews done as well as 5 of the 6 heat winners in the Modified division. Again, they were hustling things along in an attempt to get things in and it is too bad as they did the best they possibly could under the circumstances.
 
I did save a bunch of my pre race conversations as today is a little iffy. My plan is to hit Fulton and then Utica Rome tomorrow. But if it does rain, I’ll watch some NASCAR from Kansas with Allie and call it a night.
 
Again, kudos to the track. They ran fast, the track was smooth and a good crowd was on hand. More information will be coming on when the features will be made up so keep checking www.brewertonspeedway.com to see what they will do.
 
Enjoy the new audio and hopefully we’ll be up with more new audio from today. If not, I have some in the can right now and may be able to hit the studio as well. One way or another, we’ll be back with more tomorrow. 

 
     
 
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