|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 email@example.com 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!
|Saturday, August 24th 2013
| New on the Audio Page for today:
Tim Schneider talks about his pit stall in the shade and how much better he is doing in the Modified.
Greg Mrzywka made his first trip back to the track after a crash and talked about his racecar.
Beth Schneider spoke about her hopes for a championship and how she is handling the pressure.
Tony Finch II told me about the chassis he bought and how happy he is with the way it works.
Corey Barker recently won a Sportsman feature when the winner was light and talked about it.
Well we should be back from our mini vacation today as we headed out to Niagara Falls for a few days so the kids could have some memory of a summer vacation before they head back to school real soon. Later this week we’ll get them to the fair and soon enough it will be back to reality for all of us.
So with the end of summer in sight, it is a great time to get to your local racetrack and see some great racing. There are so many great stories set to unfold tonight and over the next few weeks. So come to the track and see the excitement that only racing can bring.
We’ll all be at a wedding today so we will not be at a track tonight but we will be looking for photos and putting up anything we get, so keep checking back for that.
Now let’s chat more about what we have on the Audio Page for today. Tim Schneider talks about his pit stall in the shade and how much better he is doing in the Modified. He told me where he is now compared to earlier in the season, why he will not travel until he gets a better handle on his car and his hopes to get to Brewerton some day soon.
Greg Mrzywka made his first trip back to the track after a crash and talked about his repaired racecar. He told me what happened in the wreck, how bad the car was and how he tried to inject some humor into it by putting “this side up” on his Sportsman.
Beth Schneider spoke about her hopes for a championship and how she is handling the pressure. She told me when she looks at the points, the need to stay consistent and how surprising it is after coming into the season winless in the Sportsman division at Fulton.
Tony Finch II told me about the chassis he bought and how happy he is with the way it works. He explained why the car was a little beat up after last Friday, how nice it is to see changes with slight changes and why he switched his number back to 0.
Corey Barker recently won a Sportsman feature when the winner was light and talked about it. He told me how he felt about winning that way, why he’d still like to be first across the line and looks forward to doing some traveling with dad after his retirement. Congrats John!
|Friday, August 23rd 2013
| New on the Audio Page for today:
Kevin Hartnett is the Modified point leader at Penn Can and talked about his 2013 season.
George Kostelansky described some motor issues he has having and how he got back into racing.
Mike Schane explained why he missed a couple of weeks and how consistent his season is.
Ken Titus talked about having his best runs of the season so far on Friday nights at Penn Can.
Shane Wolf Jr. just switched to a crate engine to power his Street Stock and tells me how he likes it.
It is here! Another race weekend is upon us and let’s be honest, there aren’t all that many left. This weekend will go a long way to deciding champions o get out and support your local track as the regular season winds down.
Soon football will rule the roost so be sure to get your fill of racing in. the next thing you know, we’ll be packing hoodies and winter jackets to take with us to the track so I hope you all get out and get dirty this weekend.
We have five more chats up for today and will be back with five each on the next two days.
Now let’s chat more about what we have for today on the Audio Page. I begin with a man who is going for a championship in northern Pennsylvania. Kevin Hartnett is the Modified point leader at Penn Can and talked about his 2013 season. He told me how his finishes don’t necessarily reflect how he has been running, remembers being in this situation two years ago and the need to get wins to finish it out.
George Kostelansky described some motor issues he has having and how he got back into racing. He told me why he sold his equipment, how a deal came about to get a car together for this year and why he switched out the big block after a few weeks.
Mike Schane explained why he missed a couple of weeks and how consistent his season is. He talked about some changes he made for the track, how nice it is to have a fresh motor for some late season specials and ran down where he hopes to be at the end of the year.
Ken Titus talked about having his best runs of the season so far on Friday nights at Penn Can. He told me how much better they are in the late laps recently, what they did to change that and the fun he has been having on Saturday’s in a Sportsman.
Shane Wolf Jr. just switched to a crate engine to power his Street Stock and tells me how he likes it. He talked about trying to get closer to the weight break he gets, how a direct drive transmission helps the car pull and compares how his car goes down the straight-aways compared to an open motor.
|Thursday, August 22nd 2013
| New on the Audio Page for today:
Joey Colsten talks about his Modified win at Five Mile Point and holding off his dad late.
Brian Malcolm told me about his goal to get another win and how nice it felt to get one earlier.
Bobby Trapper Jr. spoke about an engine they lost and how a wreck a few weeks ago helped.
Christine Martin updated me on how things are going as she adjusts the driving a big block.
Taylor Haydt got ready for his second start in a Modified and told me why he switched from asphalt.
We are back today with a bunch of new interviews for you including one of the new feature winners that we had last Saturday at Five Mile Point. We’re showing some love today to the Southern Tier with drivers from FMP and Penn Can on the site today.
Plus we put up a bunch of new photos yesterday from the big stunt show at the Fulton Speedway on Tuesday. I heard this show was a blast and from the looks of the photos, I will need to add this one to the calendar and bring the kids with me.
Tomorrow another race weekend begins and today I have a column in the Syracuse Post Standard about what it takes mentally to win a championship. Get it today or read it online at www.syracuse.com/motorsports.
Now let’s chat more about what is new for today on the Audio Page. I begin with a first time winner in Kirkwood. Joey Colsten talks about his Modified win at Five Mile Point and holding off his dad late. He told me when he realized who was behind him, how it felt to be part of a pair of father & son teams in victory lane and how great it felt to win his first at Five Mile Point.
Brian Malcolm told me about his goal to get another win and how nice it felt to get one earlier. He talked about his “hit or miss” race nights, how nice the racetrack at Penn Can has been and how he has been doing at Five Mile Point on Saturdays.
Bobby Trapper Jr. spoke about an engine they lost and how a wreck a few weeks ago helped. He wondered why things got better after that, how nice it feels to be heading in the right direction and if there was something wrong with the car that the fix changed.
Christine Martin updated me on how things are going as she adjusts the driving a big block. She talked about her 2013 season so far at Penn Can, how surprised she was at how much faster the car is and why getting used to the motor is the number one priority.
Taylor Haydt got ready for his second start in a Modified and told me why he switched from asphalt. He talked about how “terrible” he did on his first night, how different the dirt Modified is compared to the asphalt version and how tough it was to handle the bert transmission.
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