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Sunday, June 12th 2016
    New on the Audio Page for today:

Stewart Friesen talks about his five win season so far and how things are going with a new baby.
Vinnie Vitale finished 7th at Utica Rome on Thursday and evaluated how they are doing now.
Lowell Zehr tells me about the three Mod Lites he has and remembers his late start in go-carts.
Bill Shea told me how happy he was to get a show in on Thursday and ESS at Utica Rome today.

I had a fun day on Saturday as the weather did move through the area quickly and I was able to get in a round of golf. I don’t know if it is possible to be more inconsistent than I am right now on the course. I need to hit the range more and golf less.

Big show today in Vernon as the Empire Super Sprints join the regular racers at Utica Rome. This is always a great show to attend and I hope you all can make it out today. I have too many things to do to hit the road again but I will have lots of new stuff for you tomorrow so be sure to come back.

Now let me tell you about the new stuff on the Audio Page starting out with a racer I have not seen much of this season so far. Stewart Friesen talks about his five win season so far, how things are going with a new baby and how his wife Jessica is doing.  

Vinnie Vitale finished 7th at Utica Rome on Thursday and evaluated how they are doing now as well as how happy he was with the way the car reacted.

Lowell Zehr tells me about the three Mod Lites he has and remembers his late start in go-carts while wondering how many expensive race parts he has turned into scrap over the years.  

Bill Shea told me how happy he was to get a show in on Thursday and the rescheduled Empire Super Sprints show at Utica Rome today.

 
Saturday, June 11th 2016
    New on the Audio Page from Brewerton Speedway:

After the heat races:

Tony Finch II described the wild initial start and how he made the middle work to get a win.
Rich Townsend won his first heat of the year and talked about the win and his wreck last week.
Gregg Kimball used the low side to get the lead and explained why he was fading at the end.
Matt Hulsizer led every lap to win his Modified heat and told me why he liked the track he saw.
Vic Coffey pulled away to win his Modified heat race and described a problem from last week.
Chris Hile ran the outside to win the final Modified heat and talked about who he saw to the inside.
Josh Kinney made the outside work to win his heat and spoke about another type of racing.
Jim Bogett got the win in his heat using the outside groove and talked about the need for a win.

After the feature races:

Glenn Forward picked up his first ever Sportsman win and talked about picking up 12 spots.
Jim Bogett won his first race of the season after 3 second places and spoke about getting it done.
Chuck Powelczyk got turned around early and talked about coming from the back to the win.
Chris Hile earned his first Brewerton Speedway win and thanked his family for all their help.
Jimmy Phelps came from 9th to 2nd and told me about some struggles they had on restarts.
Tommy Sears described how his fourth place car was early and what went away in the late laps.
Chad Phelps had a solid 5th place run and explained why he thinks his car tightened up gradually.

It was a fun night at Brewerton Speedway as we saw some new winners in the open wheel divisions and some real good side by side racing. Chris Hile and Glenn Forward each notched their first wins. Jim Bogett got the monkey off his back with a win after losing the lead in the last corner the week before while Chuck Powelczyk got taken out on the first lap and raced his way to the win without bringing out a yellow. Classy!

The track was in super shape and those Sportsman heat races were intense. With four heats and only the top four qualifying, those drivers have no time to waste and in each heat you saw feature winners failing to qualify. And of you come from the consi you don’t have much time to get ready for the features as Sportsman run first so it is in your best interest to do everything you can to get in through the heat.

Today I am hoping to golf but Mother Nature may be affecting all our outdoor plans today. Let’s hope that whatever may be coming hits hard and fast and is out of here quickly so as not to ruin our day. Keep your fingers crossed. If the rain does win out I will fire up the studio and get some stuff done.

Hope you all have a great day and come back tomorrow as we will have more good stuff for you with racers you know and some you don’t. Have a great Saturday guys!

 
Friday, June 10th 2016
    New on the Audio Page from Utica Rome Speedway:

Chris Carr got the win in the very first Pro Stock heat race and described his late race pass.
Mike Welch had a tough first lap and explained how he worked his way from the back to the front.
Charlie Tibbitts picked up his 1st career Sportsman heat win and talked about where he’s improved.
JaMike Sowle recapped a crazy 1st corner and explained how he missed the other racers in his win.
Jason Rood talked about his modest two race win streak as he won the final Sportsman heat.
Rob Bellinger enjoyed a nice back and forth battle and talked about what he learned in his win.
Marc Johnson ran the low line on his way to a heat win and told me why he wished he didn’t.
Jack Miller described his low move to get the lead and how close he came to a last lap wreck.

After the feature races:

Mike Welch pulled away late to win the Pro Stock feature and why he didn’t change his set up.
Matt Janczuk went from 5th to 1st in one lap and talked about picking up his first win of the season.
Rob Bellinger won his first race since 2014 and spoke about how good it felt to get a victory.  
Jack Miller thanked his wife after his Sportsman win which happened to be on their anniversary.

I had a fun night as I traveled to Vernon for a show at Utica Rome Speedway. This show was not originally on the schedule but after six rainouts in a row they decided to run on this night just to get back in a rhythm and get their racers some laps.

It was a good show with a lot of action on the half mile. Mike Welch ran away and hid running the bottom on his way to a Pro Stock win. Matt Janczuk went from fifth to first in one lap using the high line to pick up his first Crate Sportsman victory of the season.

In the Modified race Rob Bellinger was smooth and fast as picked up his first Modified win at the track since 2012 and his first overall win since 2014. Yeah, he was winless all last season so this one had to feel good.

65 year old Jack Miller celebrated his wedding anniversary with a win, also his first of the season, although Jeremy Vunk was closing a little in the last few laps.

Today I will be heading to Brewerton as they have their $20 car load night. Don’t forget if you are doing that and bringing all your friends you need to use the CNY Raceway Park entrance which is located just north of the speedway on route 11.

I hope you all enjoy all the new stuff we have for you today and I hope you have a great Friday. Support your local speedway and have some fun this weekend.

 
Thursday, June 9th 2016
    New on the Audio Page for today:

Danny Creeden talked about his win at Thunder Mountain on Saturday and his races at Accord.
Matt Hulsizer had a problem on Friday night at Brewerton and described what damage was done.
Billy Whittaker ran down how his first two races went and how tough it is for a part time racer.
Andrew Ferguson told me some of his bad luck he had before racing last Friday at Brewerton.
Tyler Graves is off to a tough start with his Sprint Car and talked about last Friday at Ransomville.
Kevan Cook recently picked up his first Late Model win and talked about being a little down early.
Kelly Smith summed up how his second season is going in the Sportsman at Brewerton & Fulton.
Chuck Powelczyk described some of the things that have gone wrong early on with his Four Cylinder.

It is time to go racing! Today I will be back to Utica Rome as they added this Thursday show to try to get something in after six straight rain outs. And wouldn’t you know it…this Sunday’s forecast is for rain. Darn it.

I will also be at Brewerton as they will have some new fans in attendance with their $20 a car load pack the track night. It’s great that they are running this promotion early so hopefully some new fans will show up, like what they see and come back again later.

I have a lot for you today on the Audio Page so let’s take a look at all the cool interviews we have for you today and we’ll back tomorrow with more from Utica Rime.   Danny Creeden talked about his win at Thunder Mountain on Saturday, his races at Accord on Fridays and how busy he will be with 5 races in the next 7 days.  

Matt Hulsizer had a problem on Friday night at Brewerton and described how he got together with another car and what damage was done in the incident.  

Billy Whittaker ran down how his first two races went and how tough it is for a part time racer who has to compete against drivers who race multiple times weekly.  

Andrew Ferguson told me some of his bad luck he had before racing last Friday at Brewerton as well as how happy they are with the way things are going so far. Note: He enjoyed his best two finishes ever in the next two races.  

Tyler Graves is off to a tough start with his Sprint Car and talked about last Friday at Ransomville as well as how he started to fall back in the later laps.  

Kevan Cook recently picked up his first Late Model win and talked about being a little down early in the season as well as some problems he found when going through the car.

Kelly Smith summed up how his second season is going in the Sportsman at Brewerton & Fulton and how close he has come to leading some laps on the track.

Chuck Powelczyk described some of the things that have gone wrong early on with his Four Cylinder as he got ready for some Friday fun at Brewerton. Note: He won later on.  

 
Wednesday, June 8th 2016
    New on the Audio Page for today:

Bobby Varin talked about his Modified win at Fonda as well as his fifth place at Glen Ridge.
Michael Kiser got ready for just his 3rd 360 Sprint Car race and explained why he made the move.
Gregg Kimball spoke about his 7th place finish at Brewerton and remembered his first race memories.
Ricky Yelle Jr. just finished hot laps at Brewerton and the early season struggles they are having.
Brent Joy enjoyed a third place early this year and spoke about improving with his new chassis.
Pat LaPage is a 45 year old Novice Sportsman and talked about some of what he has learned.
Mike Mullen told me about his pair of top tens with his Mod Lite and the new stuff he is trying.
Tony Veneziano reports on the World of Outlaws races from Fremont Speedway and I-96 Speedway.

We had a nice day as we celebrated my wife’s birthday and got to go out for a nice dinner. We had gifts although my wife wanted to hold off on the cake until this weekend. Sounds good to me. Ice cream cake on Sunday!

We had hoped to possibly get in some golf but the weather did not cooperate. And by did it get cold later in the day didn’t it? What a shocker. I wish Mother Nature would make up her mind don’t you?

And I did get some work done in the studio too and we’ll start out on the Audio Page today with one of those conversations. Bobby Varin talked about his Modified win at Fonda, why the victory meant so much to him as well as his fifth place at Glen Ridge.  

Michael Kiser got ready for just his 3rd 360 Sprint Car race and explained why he made the move as well as how it is different from the 305’s.  

Gregg Kimball spoke about his 7th place finish at Brewerton and remembered his first race memories as a kid working on dad’s racecars at the house.  

Ricky Yelle Jr. just finished hot laps at Brewerton and the early season struggles they are having especially with the big fields that often have you starting at the back.  

Brent Joy enjoyed a third place early this year and spoke about improving with his new chassis while he learns how to drive a different manufacturer.  

Mike Mullen told me about his pair of top tens with his Mod Lite at Brewerton, the new stuff he is trying and the need to get rid of a throttle push.  

Pat LaPage is a 45 year old Novice Sportsman and talked about some of what he has learned as well as what his goals are this early in his career.  

Tony Veneziano reports on the World of Outlaws Sprint Car races from Fremont Speedway and I-96 Speedway as well as how tight the points are now at the top.    

 
Tuesday, June 7th 2016
    New on the Audio Page for today:

Sam Reakes IV prepared to race at Fulton on Saturday and talked about his hopes for a top ten.
Paul Habeck has 4 races under his belt so far and talked about a switch back to a familiar chassis.
Nick Cooper just made the move up to a 360 and explained what he has noticed about it so far.
Chris Fleming had a win already in 2016 and talked about the need to be better on the slick stuff.
Sam Curcie talks about some recent on track issues that included a fire when he blew an engine.
Quinn Willis is a rookie in the Four Cylinder division and talked about what he has learned.

It was another beautiful day on Monday and I used the day to get a bunch of stuff done. Today is my wife’s birthday so we will be busy but hope to get in the studio this afternoon and again after dinner tonight.

I do have a list of people of people to call and hopefully today I can take a bite out of that list. I plan on doing Utica Rome Thursday and seeing how it goes after that. I will get in at least two shows in four days and hope to get to go to the air show this Saturday in Syracuse as I know my kids will get a big kick out of that.

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page starting out with some 360 Sprint Car drivers. Sam Reakes IV prepared to race at Fulton on Saturday and talked about his hopes for a top ten as well as what went wrong the last time he raced a Sprinter on the high banks.  

Paul Habeck has 4 races under his belt so far and talked about a switch back to a familiar chassis as well as why this one seems to be more comfortable for him.  

Nick Cooper just made the move up to a 360 this season and explained what he has noticed about it so far after many years in a 305 Sprint Car.  

Chris Fleming had a win already in 2016 and talked about the need to be better on the slick stuff while remembering how it went last time out in similar conditions.  

Sam Curcie talks about some recent on track issues that included a fire when he blew an engine as well as why he does not seem to get along with one particular car.   

Quinn Willis is a rookie in the Four Cylinder division and talked about what he has learned in the first three weeks as well as who has been helping him.  

 
Monday, June 6th 2016
    New on the Audio Page for today:

Bryan Howland returned to Fulton on Saturday and spoke about getting good finishes but no wins.
Chad Phelps tells me about his recent Fulton Speedway win and how good it felt to win early.
Katelyn Kane evaluates how she is doing this year in Modifieds after a season off back in 2015.
Jeff Sykes talks about getting off to a good start in 2016 and remembers working with Doug Fuller.
Allie Elkins described her experience driving a Quarter Midget in Volney on Saturday afternoon.
Jeff Empie talks about Oswego County Quarter Midget Club’s annual Try a Quarter Midget Day.

It was yet another rainy Sunday for the sixth week in a row. Racing action stopped and once again we had a two day race weekend. Hopefully soon we can get a sunny Sunday and get back to normal.

Utica Rome did cancel so now they will be running this Thursday night with a full show as their regulars need to get back on the track and have some fun. And I will be there this Thursday and let’s hope they get a nice day to race on.

We did some TV here at the home studio on the hot box as the first race of the Atomic Power Racing Hour from Utica Rome is now just about ready for air on Time Warner Cable Sports in New York State.

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page including my two clips from Saturday afternoon in Volney. Bryan Howland returned to Fulton on Saturday and spoke about getting good podium finishes sp far and the need to get down to victory lane as a winner.  

Chad Phelps tells me about his recent Fulton Speedway win, how good it felt to win early and how hard he drove when he saw some big names on the scoring tower behind him.  

Katelyn Kane evaluates how she is doing this year in Modifieds after a season off back in 2015 and tells me where she needs to improve on the track.  

Jeff Sykes talks about getting off to a good start in 2016, why he went work this off season to get better and remembers working with Doug Fuller back in the 90’s.  

Allie Elkins described her experience driving a Quarter Midget in Volney on Saturday afternoon at the Oswego County Quarter Midget Club’s annual Try a Quarter Midget Day.

Jeff Empie talks about Oswego County Quarter Midget Club’s annual Try a Quarter Midget Day while highlighting the racing action they have on Sunday mornings.

 
     
 
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