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Friday, October 7th 2016
   

New on the Audio Page from Super DIRT Week:

Roch Aubin showed off his bowling ability and talked about his hopes for Oswego Speedway.
Mike Mahaney spoke about hitting the wall at Oswego and what he learned from the incident.
Brad Rouse
won the bowling event at the press conference and recapped last week at Fulton.
Tim Fuller described the deal he put together to run a W-16 engine in a small block at SDW.
Billy Dunn qualified his small block in second and spoke about the engine he had under the hood.
Brett Hearn locked his 358 Modified into 3rd starting spot and talked about day time qualifying.
Matt Sheppard will start Saturday’s Salute to the Troops 150 from 4th and talked about the 14 car.
Marc Johnson time trialed his 358 in 5th and wondered if he’d try it again with the big blocks.
Carey Terrance qualified in sixth and offered his opinion on DIRT allowing the W-16 engine.
Matt Sheppard earned the pole position for Sunday’s race and spoke about how good his car was.
Tim McCreadie qualified his big block in 2nd place and explained why time trials were important.
Justin Haers time trialed 3rd with a familiar car and told me how hard all his crew worked to get it.
Danny Varin spoke about time trialing in fourth in his first attempt to qualify for Super DIRT Week.
Carey Terrance talked about being one of three drivers who locked in for both Modified races.
Brett Hearn will start sixth on Sunday and talked about why he thought the track would change.
Billy Colton describes what teams have been telling him and gives advice to Troyer customers.
Randy Williamson shares what drivers have been telling him and gives advice to Bicknell teams.
Matt Hearn tells me what he had been hearing and offers advice to drivers of Teo Pro Cars.

It was another beautiful day on Thursday as time trials highlighted the day at Super DIRT Week. The top six are now locked in for both the big blocks and the small blocks for the weekend.

I did get the top six in each division and some other cool stuff too including some advice from the three major chassis manufacturers for all of you who may be struggling or have yet to hit the track.

I will be back today as we have a lot on the card so look for more tomorrow. I am pretty gassed so be sure to come back and listen to all the audio which now works on all devices.

Now let’s talk more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page starting at a noon luncheon. Roch Aubin showed off his bowling ability at the Super DIRT Week press conference at Lighthouse Lanes and talked about his hopes for Oswego Speedway.  

Mike Mahaney spoke about hitting the wall at Oswego and what he learned from the incident while commenting his Wednesday night race at Weedsport.  

Brad Rouse won the bowling event at the press conference and recapped last week at Fulton and spoke about the young man who has been fast on the Sportsman series.  

Tim Fuller described the deal he put together to run a W-16 engine in a small block at SDW and how cool it felt to put then engine in the pole.  

Billy Dunn qualified his small block in second and spoke about the engine he had under the hood as well as why they almost didn’t bring it to the track at Oswego.  

Brett Hearn locked his 358 Modified into 3rd starting spot and talked about day time qualifying at Oswego as well as how much fun he was having at this new venue.

Matt Sheppard will start Saturday’s Salute to the Troops 150 from 4th and talked about the 14 car he drove at Oswego on the slippery 5/8 mile surface.  

Marc Johnson time trialed his 358 in 5th and explained how he got through turn one while wondering if he’d try it again with the big blocks after adding some weight.  

Carey Terrance qualified in sixth for the Salute to the Troops 150 on Saturday and offered his opinion on DIRT allowing the W-16 engine in the small block race.  

Matt Sheppard earned the pole position for Sunday’s Bud Light 300 at Super DIRT Week and spoke about how good his car was with a regular Saturday night set up in it.  

Tim McCreadie qualified his big block in 2nd place and explained why time trials were important for him as well as what they did to make the car quicker after hot laps.  

Justin Haers time trialed 3rd with a familiar car and told me how hard all his crew worked to get it as well as how important it was to be fast in the earlier in the practice. Ah!

Danny Varin spoke about time trialing in fourth in his first attempt to qualify for Super DIRT Week as well as why decided to give this race a shot after passing on it for many years.  

Carey Terrance qualified 5th for the Bud Light 300 on Sunday and talked about being one of three drivers who locked in for both Modified races.

Brett Hearn will start sixth on Sunday and talked about why he thought the track would change on Friday night and again after some weather hits the area on Saturday.  

Billy Colton describes what teams have been telling him about the conditions they are seeing at Oswego Speedway and gives advice to Troyer customers who have yet to hit the track.

Randy Williamson shares what drivers have been telling him about getting around Oswego Speedway during Super DIRT Week and gives advice to Bicknell teams.  

Matt Hearn tells me what he had been hearing from drivers and teams at Oswego Speedway and offers advice to drivers of Teo Pro Cars.

 
Thursday, October 6th 2016
   

New on the Audio Page from Super DIRT Week:

Joey Ladouceur told me how his rookie season in a 358 went and his hopes for Oswego.
Corey Wheeler spoke about his one win season and the need to get some laps at Oswego.
Vic Coffey wondered what to expect at Oswego and compared it to other tracks he knows.
Stewart Friesen talked about his 19th place finish with the Camping World Truck Series in Vegas.
Ronnie Johnson ran down how he dad last weekend at Fulton and looked ahead to hot laps.
Mike Mahaney finished 5th on Tuesday night at Utica Rome and wondered what to do at Oswego.
Marc Johnson recapped his 9th place on Tuesday at Utica Rome and why he had a pair of cars.
Lenny Sammons offered his initial take on Oswego and told us how to get a free copy of AARN.
Marc Johnson just got back to the pit area after hot laps and told me what he saw on the track.
Jamie Mills was back at Super DIRT Week and explained why he came back after 18 years away.

It was a perfect day on Wednesday as the sun was out and the cars got to take to the track at Oswego Speedway as the first action of Super DIRT Week got underway. It all started with a parade through the streets of Oswego at 40 mph. It looked super cool and there a ton of fan videos out there so do a search and see what it was like. Had to be super cool for all the spectators and those who just happened to see it by accident.

The anxiety everyone was feeling was eased a bit as the hot lap sessions went well. There were a few spots on the track, especially in turn four, but overall it was very good with lots of passing primarily on the bottom of turn four and on the bottom of turn one. It was a lot of fun and now the teams will fine tune this morning before time trials for both the 358’s and big blocks today.

Now let’s chat more about the new clips on the Audio Page today that will take you in the pit area at Super DIRT Week. Joey Ladouceur told me how his rookie season in a 358 Modified up in Canada went and his hopes for Oswego and Super DIRT Week.    

Corey Wheeler spoke about his one win season in a 358 Modified, the need to get some laps in at Oswego and the biggest difference between Sportsman and Mods.  

Vic Coffey wondered what to expect at Oswego and compared it to other tracks he knows while explaining what his goals were on Wednesday at Super DIRT Week.  

Stewart Friesen talked about his 19th place finish with the Camping World Truck Series in Las Vegas and how cool it was to drive more than 180 miles an hour. Wow!

Ronnie Johnson ran down how he dad last weekend at Fulton’s Outlaw 200, how even everyone was in the closing laps and looked ahead to hot laps.

Mike Mahaney finished 5th on Tuesday night at Utica Rome and wondered what to do at Oswego while sharing what set up they were going to start with on Wednesday.  

Marc Johnson recapped his 9th place on Tuesday at Utica Rome, explained why they changed an engine afterwards and why one motor he had with him is extra special.  

Lenny Sammons offered his initial take on Oswego as the Modifieds hit the track for the first time and told us how to get a free copy of AARN at Super DIRT Week as well as a special subscription offer. I get it in the mail and you guys should too!  

Marc Johnson just got back to the pit area after hot laps and told me what he saw on the track as well as where the passing was taking place.  

Jamie Mills was back at Super DIRT Week and explained why he came back for the first time since 1998 as well as an injury he had that could have been a lot worse. Glad you’re okay!  

 
Wednesday, October 5th 2016
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Kyle Petty takes a look back at Dover on Sunday and looks ahead to Charlotte on Saturday.
Steve Abt describes what Super DIRT Week will be like for him as a former Oswego racer.
Tony Veneziano previews this Saturday’s World of Outlaw Sprint Car Series race at Fulton.
Paul Kirkland looks ahead to the Northeast Fall Nationals at Brockville Ontario Speedway.

I finally got to get up to Oswego Speedway yesterday as I got all my credentials and looked over the grounds. It is amazing to see all the work that has gone into transforming an asphalt track into the new home of Super DIRT Week. You see a lot of anxious faces as nobody really knows what to expect but we’ll know a lot more today as the first laps will taken later this afternoon.

I will be there to speak with some drivers and check out the procession of racers that will take to the streets of Oswego at noon. It will be quite the kickoff and anyone who lives in town and hasn’t heard about the event yet will surely know about it after today.

Also I had the chance to chat with Kyle Petty from NBC again as he gets us all ready for the big Sprint Cup race this weekend in Charlotte. Let’s hope the hurricane does not mess this up and we pray for all of you who are in the path of this storm. Be safe and don’t try to tough it out. That’s how people get hurt.

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page starting with a look at the top series in North America with a man who knows it very well. Kyle Petty takes a look back on the Sprint Cup Series race at Dover last Sunday and previews Charlotte on Saturday and gives me some tips on how to get around this unique racetrack.

Steve Abt describes what Super DIRT Week will be like for him as a former Oswego racer and tells me why it is a true trip into the unknown as well as the reactions he had gotten from fans as well as neighbors.

Tony Veneziano previews this Saturday’s World of Outlaw Sprint Car Series race at Fulton and runs down who has been fast on the series after the first 74 races of the season.  

Paul Kirkland looks ahead to the Northeast Fall Nationals at Brockville Ontario Speedway and encourages fans to come to the final Super DIRTcar Series races before Charlotte.  

 
Tuesday, October 4th 2016
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Bobby Varin talks about his Friday night win in a qualifier and how Saturday got easier.
Otto Sitterly drove a dirt Modified for the first time since 1997 and talked about his weekend.
Tim Kerr spoke about his qualifying heat win on Friday and how that helped lower his stress.
Rick McCready explained how he put a 358 Modified together to try to qualify at Fulton Speedway.
Claude Hutchings Jr. told me when they got a big block together to run at the Outlaw 200.
Jim Gleason described working with Willy Decker as car owner and their long term race plans.

It sounds like this week is going to be good with nice warm days and not much weather to speak about. It is the perfect time to run Super DIRT Week at its new home. I will be there today and be in the studio as well as I will get my first look at Oswego Speedway with clay on it and try to get a feel for how this whole thing will go this week.

I will have more good stuff up for you tomorrow and we may even have another special guest from the NASCAR world. Plus we’ll preview Brockville’s big season finale as well so be sure to come back for stuff from Oswego and the studio.

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page starting with a driver who ran right around the top ten all day at Fulton on Saturday.

Bobby Varin talks about his Friday night win in a qualifier at Fulton Speedway for the Outlaw 200, how good the racing surface was and how Saturday got a little easier.

Otto Sitterly drove a dirt Modified for the first time since 1997 in this past weekend’s Outlaw 200 at Fulton and talked about what he learned over the weekend while wondering if he may do more dirt down the road.  

Tim Kerr spoke about his qualifying heat win on Friday, how that helped lower his stress level for the Outlaw 200 and what he might do if he fails to qualify in the heat.  

Rick McCready explained how he put a 358 Modified together to try to qualify at Fulton Speedway, how long the car has been sitting and how his season went driving in the Sportsman class at Can Am.  

Claude Hutchings Jr. told me when they got a big block together to run at the Outlaw 200, described the work they did to get it ready and runs down some late season shows where he will run it again.  

Jim Gleason described working with Willy Decker as car owner and their long term race plans as he hopes to run himself in Modifieds and possibly Sprint Cars.  

 
Monday, October 3rd 2016
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Billy Dunn spoke about his Friday night heat win and how he has been doing in his big block.
Tommy Sears told me why they switched cars from Friday and who has the advantage at Fulton.
Chad Phelps talked about winning a 15 lap qualifier and why he was concerned about his engine.
Ryan Jordan shared some memories he had on Friday as he raced with some big name drivers.
J.R. McGinley explained why he added the Outlaw 200 to his schedule and his season back home.
Bill Shea runs down what is on tap on Tuesday as Utica Rome helps kick off Super DIRT Week.

It was a nice lazy Sunday for me and I needed it as I was pretty wiped out after the long day on Saturday. It was nice as I got to relax a little as we get ready for Super DIRT Week. A lot of us were talking about it over the weekend and we’re all a little unsure as we just don’t know what to expect. Where do I go for this, how do I get from here to there and what is the racing going to be like? All good questions that will be answered soon.

Today I have some writing to do and may head up to Oswego if I get the time. Tuesday I will be up there either in the morning or afternoon. I will wait and see which option works best on that date. But we will get there by Tuesday and try to get a lay of the land and see where everything is going to be.

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page for today starting out with more from Saturday at Fulton. Billy Dunn spoke about his Friday night heat win the put him no worse than 17th in the Outlaw 200 and told me how he has been doing in his limited big block starts in 2016.  

Tommy Sears told me why they switched cars from Friday and who has the advantage at Fulton during the 200 lap feature and the one race he has left on his schedule.  

Chad Phelps talked about winning a 15 lap qualifier and why he was concerned about his back up engine as well as what he may do this week depending on how things go.  

Ryan Jordan shared some memories he had on Friday as he raced with some big name drivers and hinted that he may come to Central New York to race more in 2017.  

J.R. McGinley explained why he added the Outlaw 200 to his schedule, his first impressions of Fulton Speedway and his season back home at Lernerville.  

Bill Shea runs down what is on tap on Tuesday as Utica Rome helps kick off Super DIRT Week and reminds fans and teams of things they need to know especially with rain checks.  

 
Sunday, October 2nd 2016
   

New on the Audio Page from Fulton Speedway’s Outlaw 200:

Early in the day:

Billy Dunn told me how he bettered his starting spot by winning the first Modified heat race.
Alan Johnson finished second place in heat # 2 and how fun it was for the first couple of laps.
Tim Sears Jr. won his heat race and spoke about how well things are going at the end of the year.
Mike Mahaney led every lap to win the fourth heat and talked about big changes from Friday.
Matt Sheppard described how he worked the middle of the track to get the lead and the win.
Bobby Varin had the lead early, finished 2nd and wondered if he should have experimented.
Pat Ward explained how important his heat race win was and wondered how good he was.
Claude Hutchings Jr. spoke about making the show and why he was nervous at the scales.

After the Sportsman Super DIRTcar Series 50 lapper and the Outlaw 200:

Ronnie Davis III talked to Bill Foley after coming from 17th to win the 50 lap Sportsman Series race.
Brad Rouse explained how he was compared to the winner and why his 2nd place car was blank.
Rocky Warner picked up spots late coming from 18th to 3rd and explained why the over-adjusted.
Larry Wight had the lead at the break after lap 101 talked about being first in lapped traffic.  
Jimmy Phelps spoke to the crowd after winning the Outlaw 200 in a shorter 188 lap version.
Mike Mahaney was fast late finishing 2nd and talked about getting his best finish with the 88 car.
Alan Johnson may have been the fastest car late and spoke about how happy he was with 3rd.

I had a fun day although a much quicker one than any of would have anticipated as I headed to Fulton for the best one day show in racing, The Outlaw 200. This year’s event was only 188 laps as the caution flew late as it was starting to rain. They attempted one restart but the track was too slick and Jimmy Phelps was in front and took home the big check and the big money to go along with it.

Phelps took the lead from Larry Wight just one lap after the restart which was on lap 102 as they ran one extra lap in the first half just in case the rain came. They also started about an hour and a half early as they moved everything up as they watched the radar. You have to give the track crew a lot of credit for hustling and it didn’t hurt that there were only six cautions in the 188 lap race. It’s like everyone knew they had to hustle and they did.

It surely would have interesting if a) The final yellow didn’t come out at al as Mahaney was gaining on Phelps and b) They would have gotten in the last twelve laps with Phelps, Mahaney and AJ Slidways racing without traffic. I know right?

Still an amazing day and an amazing run for Chris Hile who came from 31st to 4th running as high as 3rd. I felt badly for Matt Sheppard who was fast until contact with a slower car ended his day while in second. And Billy Decker led early until he stalled or something as he was working traffic in turn three. He needed to be pushed and went from 1st to the last car on the lead lap. And that was on lap 15 when there were still a lot of cars on the lead lap.

Great effort again by Ronnie Davis III as he just seems un-touchable right now with his crate Sportsman. He came from 17th to the lead in 34 laps to pick up his 15th win of the season. The Sportsman ran a great feature race with 3 and 4 wide racing everywhere you looked. What a great sign for Super DIRT Week. We have teams that are ready and don’t have to create whole new cars for the event. It will be an event for the memory banks that’s for sure.

I will be back tomorrow with more and will either get to Oswego Monday or Tuesday. I have to see how a few things away from racing go first. Be sure to come back for more tomorrow as we get ready for Racing’s Biggest Party Version 2.0.

 
Saturday, October 1st 2016
   

New on the Audio Page from Fulton Speedway:

Ryan Godown told me about a recent win and the big block he brought up to run at Fulton.
Chuck Bower talked about his goals for the Friday night program and his hopes for the Outlaw 200.
Brett Tonkin is used to running sail panels but explained why he may not have an advantage.
Chris Hile
reflected on his best season to date and described what a hot box does to save engines.
Tim Sears Jr. thought back on his best SDS finish ever and explained why he was hot lapping a 358.
Billy Whittaker explains why he feels more comfortable lately and his history at the Outlaw 200.
Ronnie Davis III spoke about his recent success on the road as he hopes to win the series title.
Mitch Gibbs added the Outlaw 200 to his schedule and thought about his past at the race in the 90’s.

I had a fun time at Fulton Speedway as I got there early and got some interviews and did some TV before heading home to see my girls. Today is going to be a great day but a long one so I always skate out early on the Friday show as the next nine days is going to be busy.

The track surface was great last night end even though a few sprinkles hit the track during some of the heat races it stayed nice and racy. There were over 200 cars in the pit area and the folks that were there saw a lot of racing at a track is as wide and racy as it has ever been.

I got some people you will see racing there today so be sure to add this one to your plans as I still call this the best one day show in racing. Don’t let the fact that there could be a little weather stop you from going as whatever happens today is supposed to be light and short lived. Heck it might not do anything at all so get your butt out and come see this show.

Now let’s chat more about what we have on the Audio Page starting with my first interview of the day with a driver who was making his first start at Fulton. Ryan Godown told me about a recent win, the big block he brought up to run at Fulton to race in the Outlaw 200 and his Canadian Crew Chief joins us later in the chat.

Chuck Bower talked about his goals for the Friday night program at Fulton, how god the racing was this season and his hopes for the Outlaw 200later today.  

Brett Tonkin is used to running sail panels as he runs them at a weekly track but explained why he may not have an advantage because of his lack of knowledge on Hoosier tires.  

Chris Hile reflected on his best season to date, how finishing a season well can roll into next year and described what a hot box does to save engine wear.  

Tim Sears Jr. thought back on his best SDS finish ever and explained why he was hot lapping a 358 instead of the big block he plans to run in the Outlaw 200.  

Billy Whittaker explains why he feels more comfortable lately in a big block Modified, his history at the Outlaw 200 and why he feels the traveling teams might have an advantage.  

 
     
 
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