Gary Rowe - CPA
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Gary Rowe of M.R. Gaebel, Inc.
Gates-Cole Associates SUNY Canton Automotive Technology program
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Sunday, June 2nd 2019
   New on the Audio Page from Land of Legends Raceway before the rains came:

Jon Kuleszo and Richard Taggart talks about their wins in the Dirt Modified Noastalgia Tour opener.
Adam DePuy made it four for four at Land of Legends and talked how hard he had to race to get it. 
Alysha Baye pulled away to win her 305 Sprint Car heat and told me about changing up her race line.
Erik Karlsen won his second heat race in a row and talked about a bobble he had down in turn one. 
Andrew Smith got his first heat race win and told me why he thought the track would smooth out later.
Nick Guererri wins yet another Sportsman heat race and talked about his hopes to be good later on.
Matt Guererri followed his brother's heat win with one of his own and talked about his outside move.
Tyler Vinson spoke about improving so far this season and the need to settle down a little as a driver.

It was another short night in Canandaigua as rain came in right after the Sportsman heat races setting up what should be a show with lots of feature races on tap this coming Saturday. The Dirt Modified Nostalgia Tour was also on hand and with weather on the way they started thier heat races at 5:45 and ran their feature race after the regular divisions finished their hot laps.

It was great to see those cars out there as it is a nice mix of peroid correct cars from the 50's, 60's, 70's and 80's as well as some other cars that have older Modified chassis underneath older bodies. All the cars are cool as heck and we can't wait to see them again on their three day weekend June 14-16th as they visit Penn Can, Five Mile Point and Utica Rome Speedways.

Now since we started earlier than usual and I announced for the club I was not able to get much in the can but hopefully Mother Nature will be nice to us today as I have plans to head out to Utica Rome Speedway in Vernon for some Sunday fun which includes a 100 lap Sportsman race. I'll be there nice and early and will be ready to go once we hit the ground. Look for us there and hopefully we'll have lots of stuff up tomrorow from this race.

Have a great Sunday everyone and count your blessings every day! 
 
Saturday, June 1st 2019
   New on the Audio Page for today:

Mike Bowman talked his season so far at Thunder Mountain and why it is tough to be one of 2 Mikes.
Ryan Jordan spoke about his two race win streak and his hopes against the STSS regular racers.
Byron Worthing described his three finishes on Saturdays at Thunder Mountain and an engine swap. 
Eric Giguere explained how his first race of the season went and why he can't race the track weekly. 
Jimmy Grant told me why last Saturday night at Land of Legends Raceway was so special to him. 
Brad Steinruck tells me and the crowd some details about his Street Stock as well as how you shift it.

I had a really nice day as I got out for my first round of golf this season. For us golfers it has beena very similar start to the season as wet grounds have kept some courses closed and others are still trying to catch up on mowing and grooming. Luckily the place we went to yesterday is on a hill and drains very well so even though the rough was taller than usual, we still had fun. And I finished two over par on the last four holes. Yay!

We'll be on the road today and headed to Canandaigua as we have the first show of the year for the Dirt Modified Nostalgia Tour. Allie will sit in her ride for the first time today and we'll see if she gets to take any laps or not. She has never drove on dirt and we don't want to overwhelm her today so we'll see how her comfort level is and go from there. We do have a practice session scheduled for Wednesday at Paradise and I'm sure that will help alot. One way or another we will learn today and it will be a blast. Come out and see us!

Now let's chat more about what's on the Audio Page for today featuring three Modified racers who call the same place home on Saturday nights. Mike Bowman talked his season so far at Thunder Mountain and why it is tough to be one of two Mike Bowmans in the racing world and how his wife is doing in her secons season in a Sportsman.

Ryan Jordan spoke about his two race win streak in regular Saturday night competition at Thunder Mountain, and his hopes against the STSS regulars and wonders if his crew will ever let him change engines.

Byron Worthing described his three finishes on Saturdays at Thunder Mountain, how they are adjusting to a big block engine and explained how tough they are to get slowed down for the corners.

Eric Giguere explained how his first race of the season went at Land of Legends Raceway, why he showed up a little bit late and why he can't race the track weekly.  

Jimmy Grant told me why last Saturday night at Land of Legends Raceway was so special to him, evaluates how he is compared to the cars that finish in front of him and why he likes this track so much. 

Brad Steinruck tells me and the crowd some details about his Street Stock as well as how you shift it, what adjustments he can make behind the wheel and who rides with him during every race.
 
Friday, May 31st 2019
   New on the Audio Page for today:

Steve Poirier talked about his first two races of the season and the search for more grip on the track. 
Danny Varin desribed his first Sprint Car laps of the season and how he has being doing in the Mod.
Jim Witko prepared for his first race of the season and talked about his life away from the racetrack.
Andrew Ferguson got ready for the season opener at Brewerton and talked about his new trailer. 
Dave Marcuccilli just took his first laps at Brewerton with a big block and talked about his hot laps.

We had a really nice day on Thursday after earlier forecasts predicted a lot of rain. That rain stayed south and we are now in good shape for what will be the first beautiful Friday we have had this season. How cool is that for a change huh?

I'll be golfing today with no practice swings under my belt so it won't be pretty but it will be fun as golf always is. We're playing a course on a hill that is historically dry when other places are not so it will be nice to get my mind off of racing for a day and think only about how far away the next hole is.

Allie's car got a lot of attention last night and we are optimistic about doing something Saturday. Whether it is just getting comfortbale in the car, driving around the pits or maybe even getting a few laps on the track we do know that we will learn something and take a step forward so it's all good. The season is a long one and we're just happy to be in a racecar and learning. Thanks to everyone from the Dirt Modified Nostalgia Tour for all thier work and we'll see you at Canandaigua on Saturday.

Now let's chat more about the star studded line up we have for you on the Audio Page as we begin a three day race weekend. Steve Poirier talked about his first two races of the season, the search for more grip on the track and describes the big expansion  he is doing back at home with his foundation business.   

Danny Varin desribed his first Sprint Car laps of the season, explains how tough it is to be good both going into and coming out of a corner as well as how he has being doing in the Mod.

Jim Witko prepared for his first race of the season and talked about his life away from the racetrack as well as how his day went as he traveled from Pennsylvania to New York State.

Andrew Ferguson got ready for the season opener at Brewerton and talked about the brand new big block Modified he unloaded at the track as well as his brand new trailer. 

Dave Marcuccilli just took his first laps at Brewerton with a big block and talked about what he noticed about the car compared to the Sportsman and runs down his plans for the Mike Payne owned car.  
 
Thursday, May 30th 2019
   New on the Audio Page for today:

Jerry Higbie talked about being a crew chief for his son racing a Sportsman at Accord Speedway. 
Chris Hile described the new Modified he will race this season as well as the Modified for his wife.
Matt Hulsizer explains why he did not have a lot of off season work to do to get ready for 2019.
Jim Housworth tells me about his two win season so far and his hopes for Thunder Mountain. 
Brett Wright talked about his hopes for a 3 day weekend with the ESS and his expanding family.
Mike Prentice has a new home for Friday and talked about being back at Brewerton Speedway.

I had a nice day on Wednesday as I got some busy work done in between some other things that I really needed to get done. It was nice to have some extra time as things just seem to get away from you especially in the early months of the race season. I'll be at Land of Legends Raceway on Saturday and will make my second trip to Utica Rome Speedway on Sunday as they will get in their season show of the season. I was there for a practice and look forward to being at an actual race there this Sunday.

I have a meeting later today to and that should be fun as it with someone I have a lot of respect for and it is always great to get advice and counsel from people I respect. I did that Wednesday night and it really helped. So to those of you I rely on for your wisdom and perspective I say thank you so much. I often don't see the forest through the trees and often need help in seeing things properly. Thanks again.

Now let's chat more about what is on the Audio Page today starting out with three Modified drivers who raced this past weekend. Jerry Higbie talked about being a crew chief for his son racing a Sportsman at Accord Speedway, described the old school approach he is taking to the start of his career and described what has been going on at Orange County Fair Speedway.

Chris Hile described the new Modified he will race this season as well as the Modified for his wife, what he feels would make a successful season and how calm he was for opening day at Brewerton Speedway.

Matt Hulsizer explains why he did not have a lot of off season work to do to get ready for 2019, described why he changed something with the set up and the need to get some laps in to see where he is with his newer car.

Jim Housworth tells me about his two win season so far as he has mostly top five finishes, recapped his Saturday night top five finish and described his hopes for Sunday at Thunder Mountain. 

Brett Wright talked about his hopes for a 3 day weekend with the ESS, the need to be a little looser for his qualifying heat race at Brewerton Speedway and his expanding family.

Mike Prentice has a new home for Friday and talked about being back at Brewerton Speedway as well some changes he made with his shocks while describing whhat those changes should do to the car on the entrance.

 
Wednesday, May 29th 2019
   New on the Audio Page for today:

Stewart Friesen talks about his recent races and tells me how he got started driving a packer truck. 
Danny Creeden tells me about his rough start to the season and why he likes Thunder Mountain. 
Sam Reakes IV talked about coming back to Brewerton and a rough crash he had a few weeks ago.
Tony Velez explained how doing an unofficial race last year led to him getting his own Sportsman.
Tim Bordon talked about moving up to a Sportsman and how his first three weeks have gone so far.
Tony Veneziano reports on the World of Outlaws from New Jersey, North Carolina and Indiana. 

We had a good day as we ran around doing errands as the kids both had the day off from school because we used one less snow day that we were allocated so they were darned happy to have some time. We went up to Scott Jeffery's Performance for some last minute things we needed for the helmet and are now all set for Allie's first race.

That race will have to wait as an unforseen problem arose on her car and we had to shelve plans to get in some practice at Paradise Speedway. We are hopeful that the car will be ready for Saturday at Canandaigua but we'll have to see about that. Dad always said, "Good things come to those who wait," and we're hoping it plays out just like that. And thanks also to a close friend who gave me some good advice last night. I'm fortunate to have good people around me that'sa for sure. Thank you!

We'll be at Canandaigua on Saturday regardless and we are planning on Utica Rome on Sunday. I'm hoping to get in a round of golf on Friday and get myself in a good frame of mind for the weekend. It's amazing how even a bad round of golf can do that isn't it?

Now let's chat more about what's on the Audio Page starting with a driver who had a hearbreaker of epic proportions just a few weeks ago. Stewart Friesen talks about his recent races and tells me how he got started driving a packer truck at his family's racetrack as a kid and wonders if he will take practice laps later tonight at Orange County Fair Speedway as they work on their racing surface.

Danny Creeden tells me about his rough start to the season, describes some of what has gone wrong at his weekly stops and why he likes Thunder Mountain Speedway so much. 

Sam Reakes IV talked about coming back to Brewerton and described the damage he did to his car in a rough crash he had a few weeks ago while explaining how that led to a much needed shock change.

Tony Velez explained how doing an unofficial race last year led to him getting his own Sportsman, runs down some of the early season bugs they have been sorting out and how important his family is to his racing efforts.  

Tim Bordon talked about moving up to a Sportsman and how his first three weeks have gone so far including some damage last week and described how he is coming along after eight race days.

Tony Veneziano reports on the World of Outlaw Sprint Cars from New Jersey, North Carolina and Indiana while looking ahead to a weekend at a temporary dirt track in Nashville, Tennesee. 
 
Tuesday, May 28th 2019
   New on the Audio Page for today:

Andy Bachetti ran down how his weekend went on Friday & Saturday including a win at the Valley. 
Billy Dunn talked about his second place at Can Am and how he is doing weekly out in Canandaigua.
Brett Tonkin only has a few races in so far in 2019 and told me and talked almost winning early on. 
Kyle Moffitt has a new Sprint Car ride for this season and recapped how evertthing came together.
Bailey Groves and her dad Randy Groves describe what it was like moving up from Quarter Midgets.
Carl Johnson tells me why he got out of racing 25 years ago and why he is back  in a Street Stock.

I had a nice relaxing Memorial Day as we visited my mother in law and came back to get some much needed lawn work done after a three race weekend for me. Yeah, I was pretty beat up on Monday but felt good knowing I got a lot done and now have a lot up on the website this week.

I have some running around to do today as I have a couple of stops to make and then we'll get ready to head to Paradise Speedway on Wednesday for a few test and tune sessions. Allie is nervous but I know it will be a day she will not soon forget. Come on out and see us and get a preview of the Dirt Modified Nostalgia Tour opener this Saturday at Land of Legends.

I hope you all had a nce day too and anjoy all the cool stuff we have for you today. And the World of Outlaws did run Monday as we've pushed Tony's chat back to tomorrow so be sure to join us for that and lots more.
 
Monday, May 27th 2019
   New on the Audio Page from the Short Track Super Series race at Thunder Mountain Speedway:

After the heat races:
Mike Mahaney told me how getting the best draw in the pit area helped him win the first heat race.
Stewart Friesen described what he did to win his heat race as he came from ninth place to first.
Ryan Jordan was the only track regular to win a heat and talked about running down the race leader.
Jerry Higbie Jr. won heat number 4 and explained how he changed his line after jumping the cushion.
Matt Sheppard pulled away to win his heat race and told me how wide and racy the track seemed. 
Duane Howard got the win in the final Modified qualifier and explained why decided to run down low.

After the features:
Dylan Ceece led every lap top win the Street Stock feature and talked about his brand new racecar.
Billy Decker won his second race of the season and talked about winning his first STSS feature.
Stewart Friesen started second, finished second and spoke about being a little loose in the race.
Mat Williamson picked up eight spots to finish third and wondered if he used his stuff up early on.
Ryan Jordan continued his nice start to the season with a fourth and talked about racing his heroes.
Mike Gular drove his loose racecar to a fifth place finish and told me why they didn't change enough.

I had a fun night as I traveled south to Thunder Mountain Speedway for a Sunday special featuring the Short Track Super Series. I'll admit that I felt a little lost at times as I have not seen a lot of these racers that follow that tour in way too long. I did some catching up and surely need to hit more of these races to have a better overall view of the Modified world. Thanks for havkng me down guys!

Billy Decker was the big winner as he won his first race since February in Volusia and he had to really drive well as Stewart Friesen was right on his tail. Actually he was a little lower as Billy ran the top and Stewie kept it low for most of the race. Stewie would catch him a little going in but Billy was able to jump on the throttle cquicker using his high line and drove to the victory.

Matt Sheppard was going for his 12th win in a row after winning 11 in a row at 7 different racetracks and despite winning his heat and starting fourth he fell back quickly and later was involved in a multi-car crash with 15 laps to go essentially ending his chances at win number 12 in a row. Hey, it is still quite the win streak and I still have not seen anything like it in this era. Nice streak Matt!

We've got a lot of good stuff on the Audio Page and will have a lot this week as I have close to 30 chats in the can from Brewerton, Land of Legends and Thunder Mountain so don't miss a day. 

I'll be off from the track today to celebrate the holiday with both sides of my family but I do have an interview set up for later tonight. I'll be busy Tuesday and then Wednesday Allie gets her first laps in the Dirt Modified Noastalgia Tour car as we plan on going to Paradise Speedway in Geneva for her to get in some laps and hopefully some of you can come out and wish us the best in person. It's going to be quite the summer and we can't wait. I'm nervous She's nervous too but all good things we do make us nervous at first.

I hope you all have a wonderful Memorial Day and be sure to pause to thank all the men and women who gave their lives for the freedoms we stil enjoy today. Thank you for making the ulitmate sacrifice and thanks to all of you who take that risk today. Thank you so much! 
 
     
 
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