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Tuesday, July 15th 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Darryl Ruggles talked about his rise to a Modified and how he took a step back to help his daughter.
Larry Wight can drive just about anything and here you’ll see how he got started nice and early. 
 
We have a nice mix for you today as we check in with a driver with a long racing history and another who still has decades to go in what could be one of the most successful careers in Central New York.
 
Listen as Darryl Ruggles will tell you how quickly he moved up and how many races he won early in his career. He’ll also tell you how tough it was to compete with the big dogs of the Modified world by using a credit card.
 
As for Larry Wight, his career is really starting to take off and every year now he is still improving. And while some drovers concentrate on one car, Larry drives Modifieds, Sprints and Late Models.
 
I know you’ll like both of these and be sure to come back tomorrow as we’ll meet Matt Billings and Steve Poirier as we go with a Canadian feel for Wednesday.
 
Now let’s chat more about what you can listen to on the Audio Page today. Darryl Ruggles talked about his rise to a Modified and how he took a step back to help his daughter. He told me how he got started 32 years ago, how his body shop work got him involved initially and how broke they were trying to keep up in the Modified division. 
 
Larry Wight can drive just about anything and here you’ll see how he got started nice and early. He talked about starting in Microds at age six, when he knew he wanted to be a racecar driver and getting used to the power of the bigger cars. 

 
Monday, July 14th 2014
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Bryan Howland talked about starting at age 6 at Paradise and his dad’s racing at Oswego.
Willy Decker told me about his start in Street Stocks and the stiff competition he had early.
 
Only a few more days left in our, “How’d they get there?” segments as again we talk to a pair of well known Sprint Car and Modified drivers. I am having so much fun listening to these myself and I thought I knew a few things about how to get a racing career started.
 
For Utica Rome fans, you’ll love Willy Decker’s story especially when he tells you about a flat tire he had at one particular track. And Bryan Howland I am sure a lot of you saw in his early days at the Paradise Speedway.
 
Tomorrow Larry Wight and Darryl Ruggles will tell us about their early days. I know you’ll like that.
 
Now let’s chat more about the new stuff we have for you to listen to on the Audio Page for today. Bryan Howland talked about starting at age 6 at Paradise and his dad’s racing at Oswego. He told me when his dad got out of the sport as a driver, the first few types of racecars he drove and when he moved up to a full sized 360 Sprint Car. 
 
Willy Decker told me about his start in Street Stocks and the stiff competition he had early on in his career. He remembered one particular night at Brookfield, why he had to take it easy in his early years and how he made it up to the Modified division. 

 
Sunday, July 13th 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Ryan Phelps remembered driving the wrong way on the racetrack and his move to a Modified.
Jason Barney talked about starting his career in a Quarter Midget and switching gears at age twelve.
 
We have a couple of new guys up today at least in the big picture anyway. Both of them started at an early age and one was maybe a little too young. Each has had success as they advanced and each is now firmly established in their chosen form of racing.
 
We’re now more than halfway through our 11 day journey as we find out more about the people we watch race at the tracks in our area. Up tomorrow are chats with Willy Decker and Bryan Howland as we’ll learn how they go their careers started.
 
Now lets find out more about what we have for you to listen to on the Audio Page for today. Ryan Phelps remembered driving the wrong way on the racetrack and his move to a Modified. He told me why he might have been a little young the first time around, the fast car he drove at age 14 and the two years he had the most fun out at the racetrack. 
 
Jason Barney talked about starting his career in a Quarter Midget and switching gears at age twelve. He told me how much traveling he did early in his career, how tough it was for a young teenager to find a competitive class to race in and some of what he wishes he could do again. 

 
Saturday, July 12th 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Stewart Friesen remembers hanging out at grandpa’s racetrack and the packer trucks he drove.
Beth Schneider talks about driving anything she could find before getting into her first racecar.
 
Back today with a couple of young racers who are still making a name for themselves in the sport of racing. As we have learned each of the days we have done this so far, everyone’s route to the track is different and both of these today are too.
 
Stewart Friesen had the famous last name and maybe has the most talent behind of the wheel of anyone in his family. His reputation continues to grow and grew even more last weekend.
 
As for Beth Schneider, she became a champion last year at Fulton in the Sportsman division and she’ll tell you how driving construction equipment way before she was old enough to drive gave her real good hand eye coordination.
 
And tomorrow we’ll chat with Ryan Phelps and Jason Barney to find out how they got started in this crazy business. 
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have to listen to today on the Audio Page. I start with a man who won half of last week’s Speedweek events. Stewart Friesen remembers hanging out at grandpa’s racetrack and the packer trucks he drove. He talked about racing go carts at Ransomville, some of the other things he has driven over the years and how tough his first few years were in a big block Modified. 
 
Beth Schneider talks about driving anything she could find before getting into her first racecar. She told me about the many different things she learned to drive in her pre-teen years, how she got into a little trouble for lying about her age to drive an IMCA Modified and wonders what the future may hold for her. 

 
Friday, July 11th 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Mike Mahaney remembered growing up with a racing dad and how he carved out his own niche. 
Mike Stelter got a late start in racing and told me how he researched where he planned to race.
 
Back today as we hear how more drivers got their start in racing. Again, the two drivers we have today took different paths but each has ended up tasting success in the sport.
 
Mike Mahaney of course grew up in the sport and he’ll talk about how he got his career going as well as the year when things really took off. He will also tell you about his win last Saturday at Thunder Mountain.
 
As for Mike Stelter, his move to racing was more calculated. He had a plan and used his time in Oswego to learn about the sport from others. It’s really a pretty good plan he put together too.
 
Tomorrow we’ll hear from Stewart Friesen and Beth Schneider as they talk about how they each got on the track for the first time. 
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page. I start with a man who won two races last weekend including a dramatic one on Sunday. Mike Mahaney remembered growing up with a racing dad and how he carved out his own niche. He talked about going to the races with his mom & dad, what he learned in the slingshot class and the one year that really got his career well on his way. 
 
Mike Stelter got a late start in racing and told me how he researched where he planned to race. He talked about working on Supermodifieds while going to school in Oswego, how long it took him to get a racecar after he graduated and how surprised he was at how well he did in his first few Sprint Car races. 

 
Thursday, July 10th 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Pat Ward told me how he got started in racing, what he learned building cars and his future.
Sam Reakes IV talked about starting to race at age 4 and why his dad had to bribe him to race.
 
Modified and Sprint Car drivers is what we’ll hear from today as we find out how each of these drivers got their start in racing. Again, I chose a pair of drivers from different eras so you can see how their paths differ greatly.
 
Of course Pat Ward has more laps than 99% of the racecar drivers I know about and his story is a great one. His years at Show Car taught him a lot and you’ll hear how hard they worked to try to duplicate one of his favorite racecars. No, they never got it quite right.
 
Plus Sam Reakes IV tells us about his Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle’s collection that grew every time he won a race. I just love hearing these stories and I hope you do too. And tomorrow we’ll hear from Mike Mahaney and Mike Stelter. 
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have today on the Audio Page. I start with a guy who has been racing longer than a lot of you have been alive. Pat Ward told me how he got started in racing, what he learned building cars in the transformative years of Modified design and his future. He told me what his first love was, the car he used to steer when he couldn’t reach the pedals and the famous 1986 Show Car he drove for almost a decade. 
 
Sam Reakes IV talked about starting to race at age 4 and why his dad had to bribe him to race. He told me what the reward was to him, when it started to become real and why he made the move from Sportsman to a Sprint Car. 

 
Wednesday, July 9th 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Billy Dunn talked about his family’s long racing history and his start up north in the go cart division.
Bret Belden recapped his start in racing, how he moved up to Modified and a new challenge.
 
We’re back today as we find out how two well known racecar drivers in our area got their start. Both of these drivers took different paths on their career and you’ll hear how the times they lived in as they grew up made their stories so much different.
 
Tomorrow we’ll be back with Pat Ward and Sam Reakes IV. Pat was there as Modifieds evolved and became what we know of today while Sam has been part of a famous racing family in Central New York from the time he was born.
 
Now let’s find out more about how these two drivers got started as we continue our look on the Audio Page back to the early years. Billy Dunn talked about his family’s long racing history and his start up north in the go cart division. He wondered how much he really understood what was happening in his first few seasons, what he learned in an IMCA Modified and what he feels the future may hold for him. 
 
Bret Belden recapped his start in racing, how he moved up to Modified and a new challenge. He told me how he got going as a senior in high school, what tracks he went to as a kid and why he had to take it easy to make sure he could flat tow it home. 

 
     
 
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