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Monday, June 2nd 2014
   New on the Audio Page from Yates County Speedway:
 
Brian Knowles talked with Tyler Harpell after winning the Late Model feature race on Friday.
Fran Hilton keeps his unbeaten streak alive ands talked about his win with announcer Tyler Harpell.
Jake Karlnoski won the Street Stock feature race and spoke with Tyler Harpell in victory lane.
Jonathon Preston picked up his first win of the season and talked about it with Tyler Harpell.
Scott Bradley takes the victory in the Four Cylinder class and told Tyler Harpell about the win.
 
I had a tough weekend as computer problems kept me home on Sunday. As I sit here on Sunday night I think I have things fixed and if you are seeing this now then I guess I do. To say it was frustrating would be an understatement.
 
It will mean a busy week for me as I really need to get going in the studio to get you guys some new stuff to listen to. But we’ve been here before and made it work so I am hopeful that everything will work out fine.
 
Tomorrow I will head to Yates County for a mid week RoC show and next Sunday I will make my plans to go to Glen Ridge as I should have yesterday. I am so sorry that I have had these two bad days in a row but I’ll figure out what went wrong on Sunday and make sure it does not happen again.
 
Now let’s talk about what we do have thanks to Steve Ovens at Turn 5 Racing Podcast. He sent us what we have on the Audio Page for today. 
 
Brian Knowles talked with Tyler Harpell after winning the Late Model feature race on Friday. He spoke about his hopes for more cars, how he adapted to the changing track conditions and who helped him do it. 
 
Fran Hilton keeps his unbeaten streak alive ands talked about his win with announcer Tyler Harpell. He talked about the line he ran, the cautions that kept coming and how he got out of the corners well. 
 
Jake Karlnoski won the Street Stock feature race and spoke with Tyler Harpell in victory lane. He talked about seeing someone spin out right next to him and what went through his mind as he came through turn four. 
 
Jonathon Preston picked up his first win of the season and talked about it with Tyler Harpell. He talked about some changes he made before the feature, how he stayed focused and who helped his efforts. 
 
Scott Bradley takes the victory in the Four Cylinder class and told Tyler Harpell about the win. He talked about the clean racing he was a part of, how he got the lead and what was going through his mind at the time. 

 
Sunday, June 1st 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Pat Ward talked about his Modified feature win at Brewerton, his first since the 2009 season.
Jimmy Phelps recalls his runner up finish and updates me on how work is going in Weedsport.
 
Things did not go as planned on Saturday and I apologize for that. Our church had a mass for my mom and it was more emotional that I thought it would be. So I headed to Fulton Speedway fast to get a few chats in before the racing started and headed back home to be with my family.
 
I will on the road today as I will make my first Glen Ridge Motorsports show in several years. I am really looking forward to getting there today and have been invited into the tour to hang out with Jim King. Thanks for the invite Jim and I’ll see you later today.
 
On Tuesday we’ll make our way to Yates County Speedway for a mid week ROC show. I have heard nothing but good things about the place this season and can’t wait to see it for myself. I hope to see you guys there too.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you to listen to today on the Audio Page. I begin with a winner from Friday. Pat Ward talked about his Modified feature win at Brewerton, his first since the 2009 season. He told me about the line he ran while up front, how tough it was to negotiate slower traffic and how good it feels to have two wins already. 
 
Jimmy Phelps recalls his runner up finish and updates me on how work is going in Weedsport. He wondered if a late race caution could have helped his cause, described how different things look at the Cayuga County Fairgrounds and looks ahead to their first race of the season in mid July. 

 
Saturday, May 31st 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Eldon Payne Jr. was coming off a nice 7th place the night before and an issue they had late.
Brad Alger came back to Utica Rome for the first time this year and spoke about his 2014 season.
Justin Wright remembered his recent top ten finish and how much better he was that week.
Mike O’Brien got ready to go last Saturday at Canandaigua and talked about two races so far.
Tom Keyes just turned his first laps ever in a big block and told me how much power he felt.
Corey Barker picked up his second career win at Fulton and explained why this win was different.
Dan Kuhn talked about his 2014 season so far running in the 305 Sprint Car class at Canandaigua.
Steve Pesarek caught me up on how his unique suspension has been doing on his Stock Car.
 
Another Saturday is upon us and I will be back on the road today although I am not sure just where I will be at this time. I have a few stops I am thinking about but I will make it somewhere today and then tomorrow I’ll make a stop at Glen Ridge.
 
I hope all of you are having a greet weekend so far and I hope everything went well last night for all of you that raced. Now let’s hope tonight goes well also and everyone rolls their cars onto the trailers with no issues.
 
I have 8 more chats for you today and I hope you all enjoy them. I’ll be loading up again today and have plans to hit Yates County on Tuesday.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page. I start with a man who was happy with some recent changes. Eldon Payne Jr. was coming off a nice 7th place the night before and an issue they had late. He told me how pleased he is with the car so far, what he hoped would happen at Utica Rome and how he did at the end of 2013 with his older car. 
 
Brad Alger came back to Utica Rome for the first time this year and spoke about his 2014 season. He talked about his Friday night at I-88 Speedway, where he would like the car to be better and what happens in the first 20 laps. 
 
Justin Wright remembered his recent 7th place finish and how much better he was that week. He talked about missing the first show he attempted to qualify for, how far back he fell in his second start and who helped him get a better handle on the car. 
 
Mike O’Brien got ready to go last Saturday at Canandaigua and talked about two races so far. He talked about working on his new shock package, how big shocks are in today’s game and how anxious you get when the handicapping puts you at the front. 
 
Tom Keyes just turned his first laps ever in a big block and told me how much power he felt. He wondered how he would adjust his driving style for the extra power, what he was looking at most of the time and why now the time is right to make the move up. 
 
Corey Barker picked up his second career win at Fulton and explained why this win was different. He told me how he worked his was up from 6th place, why he had a good feeling when he saw the track change and how slowly he felt he was running as he stayed glued to the bottom. 
 
Dan Kuhn talked about his 2014 season so far running in the 305 Sprint Car class at Canandaigua. He told me about his hopes to get better weekly, how he did in his first year in the car and how changeable the surface is on Saturdays. 
 
Steve Pesarek caught me up on how his unique suspension has been doing on his Stock Car. He told me where he feels he has been gaining, what the first issue was he had to deal with and how he let one slip away the week before. Uh oh! 

 
Friday, May 30th 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Jimmy Davis had the familiar number 41 car at Utica on Sunday and talked about his plans.
Jeff Cook described his nice top five at Albany Saratoga and how much he liked his new car.
Paul Habeck talked about his 11th place in his first night out and learning a new type of chassis.
James Hanson got his weekend off to a tough start and explained why they had to leave early.
Kory Gurney told me how a push truck hurt his chances on Friday and what exactly went wrong.
 
 
From Steve Ovens at Ransomville Speedway on Friday:
 
Ryan Susice spoke with Steve before he got ready for the 50 lap feature Friday at Ransomville.
Tim McCreadie won the 50 lap Modified feature and told Steve how much the win means to him.
Randy Chrysler and Robbie Krull talked with Steve about their 2nd and 3rd place finishes.
Danny Johnson finished fourth after a tough restart and talked about getting stuck down low.
Sam Crogan came home in fifth place and talked with Steve about how his car got better.
 
We’re all hoping for some racing luck tonight as Friday has been a tough night so far this year. Several tracks have been rained out on multiple occasions and others still have make up features to do. So let’s hope we can catch a break tonight and get in some racing.
 
We’re got a lot up for you today and lots more coming for tomorrow as well. Plus we wrap up last weekend’s interviews from our good friend Steve Ovens who sent us a lot from the big 50 lap Modified race at Ransomville one week ago.  
 
To hear more from Steve just go to http://turn5.podbean.com or check him out on facebook. And we’ll have more from Steve tomorrow as he interviews the top finishers from that race so be sure to check back in.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page. We start with some of my chats from last weekend at Utica Rome. Jimmy Davis had the familiar number 41 car at Utica on Monday and talked about his plans. He told me how much he has enjoyed driving the 33x car, how the 41 did the night before and what went wrong with a handful of laps to go. 
 
Jeff Cook described his nice top five at Albany Saratoga and how much he liked his new car. He told me why he thinks that car could help on the slick at Utica Rome, what engine set back changes do and wonders how much of a difference one inch can make. 
 
Paul Habeck talked about his 11th place in his first night out and learning a new type of chassis. He told me how the car is supposed to be different than what he had before, why he was looking ahead to trying it at a track he knows and how good his car seems coming out of the corner. 
 
James Hanson got his weekend off to a tough start and explained why they had to leave early. He told me how he ended up getting another competitor on their lid, what he was doing after the first hot laps and what a challenge Utica Rome is to him. 
 
Kory Gurney told me how a push truck hurt his chances on Friday and what exactly went wrong. He talked about the work they did to the fuel system, how the filters helped save the engine and described his hopes after being out for a year and a half. 
 
Ryan Susice spoke with Steve Ovens before he got ready for the 50 lap feature Friday at Ransomville. He talked about the adjustments he was trying to make, what he was hoping those adjustments would do and why the extra 15 laps make a big difference. 
 
Tim McCreadie won the 50 lap Modified feature and told Steve Ovens how much the win means to him. He told him how hard the people around the car worked to get him the victory, recalled some of his past runs in the car and what the big goal was for the night. 
 
Randy Chrysler and Robbie Krull talked with Steve Ovens about their 2nd and 3rd place finishes. They talked about how happy they were with their results, thanked their people and what they saw on the racetrack. 
 
Danny Johnson finished fourth after a tough restart and talked with Steve Ovens about getting stuck down low in the 50 lap Modified feature at Ransomville. 
 
Sam Crogan came home in fifth place and talked with Steve Ovens about how his car got better. He described the condition he dealt with early on, what his plans are for the year and how happy he was to finish with a top five in just his second night out with the car. 

 
Thursday, May 29th 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Jessica Zemken recapped the early part of her weekend when she finished second and fifth.
Ryan Phelps talked about his Sunday night at Utica Rome and an exhaust change they made.
Paul Kinney described his top ten run at Albany Saratoga and how he kept the fans cheering.
Joe Trenca told me about his 15th place on Friday and how good it felt to win his heat race.
Josh VanBrocklin towed to Canandaigua on Saturday and talked about the need for seat time.
 
From Steve Ovens at Ransomville Speedway on Friday:
 
Tim McCreadie spoke with Steve Ovens after winning the first Modified heat race on Friday.
Danny Johnson won the second Modified heat race and told Steve how good his racecar was.
Jeff McGinnis took the win in the final heat and talked about how good the car was after a wreck.
Pete Bicknell came into the night with a win the week before and talked about his heat race.
Billy Van Pelt finished fifth in his first heat race ever at the track and told Steve about his hopes.
 
I told you we had a lot for you this week and we live up to that promise today with ten interviews total. Five are from me and five are from our friend Steve Ovens from Turn 5 Racing Podcast as he got to check out the big Modified race from Ransomville last Friday.
 
To hear more from Steve just go to http://turn5.podbean.com or check him out on facebook. And we’ll have more from Steve tomorrow as he interviews the top finishers from that race so be sure to check back in.
 
We’re hoping for a dry Friday as there are some tracks that have yet to get in a complete show. Let’s keep our fingers crossed for them and hope tomorrow is a dry one filled with lots and lots of racing.
 
We’ll be back with at least 9 interviews each over the next two days and we are still firming up our plans for the weekend that include a trip to Glen Ridge on Sunday. We’re still working on Saturday’s plans and will have those up as soon as we figure that out.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page. I start with a lady who had a very busy and productive weekend. Jessica Zemken recapped the early part of her weekend when she finished second and fifth. She told me how close she came to winning at Albany Saratoga, how she did in the Supermodified as Oswego and the need to communicate better on Saturdays as she continues to learn. 
 
Ryan Phelps talked about his Sunday night at Utica Rome and an exhaust change they made. He told me how close he feels he is to where he needs to be, how starting position helped him get a top three and how a timing issue caused the car to feel a little doggy. 
 
Paul Kinney described his top ten run at Albany Saratoga and how he kept the fans cheering. He told me how unruly Sprint Cars can be when they wheelie, how good the racing surface was and where his team is right now. 
 
Joe Trenca told me about his 15th place on Friday and how good it felt to win his heat race. He talked about a mistake he made in his choice of racing groove, how his car felt at Utica Rome and why he still needs to get better on the slicker surface. 
 
Josh VanBrocklin towed to Canandaigua on Saturday and talked about the need for seat time. He told me how race starved he is, offers his initial take on Canandaigua and how his car felt on at a new track in hot laps. 
 
Tim McCreadie spoke with Steve Ovens after winning the first Modified heat race on Friday. He told him how good the car was in the heat, described how the opportunity to drive the car and how much he loves coming to Ransomville. 
 
Danny Johnson won the second Modified heat race and told Steve how good his racecar was. He thanked everyone who made the ride happen and looked ahead to a good run later it the feature at Ransomville. 
 
Jeff McGinnis took the win in the final heat and talked with Steve Ovens about how good the car was after a wreck last week. He spoke about the keys to winning the $3,000 in the 50 lap feature and what they might do to the car beforehand.  
 
Pete Bicknell came into the night with a win the week before and talked about his heat race. He told Steve Ovens how good his car was the week before, a brake issue they had and why he was putting a set up into the car for the feature that was exactly what he ran last season. 
 
Billy Van Pelt finished fifth in his first heat race ever at the track and told Steve about his hopes. He talked about some adjustments he was making before the feature, why he wanted to do something different than his teammate and how it felt to win the week before at Woodhull. 

 
Wednesday, May 28th 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Billy Dunn spoke about tonight’s Super DIRTcar Series opener before he went out and won.
Steve Poirier is going for his 5th ESS Championship and talked about his Friday night race.
Peter Britten told me about his Friday night at Albany Saratoga and his hopes for Brockville.
Billy VanInwegen qualified for his first ever start at Utica Rome and told me he learned on Sunday.
Claude Hutchings Jr. talked about landing his first big sponsor and his new job fresh out of college.
Chris Stevens brought his Sportsman up for the GRIT Series and talked about Orange County.
Mike White explained why he towed to Canandaigua to race and looked forward to a Sunday test.
Jeremie Corcoran previewed the All Star Sprint show at Canandaigua Motorsports Park on June 11.
 
Boy was I beat on Tuesday or what? After working late on Monday the crew came nice and early on Tuesday to finish insulating our house. The good news is that they are done and they did a great job. The bad news is that I got little sleep and really am hoping to catch up a little today.
 
I have eight new clips up for you today and they are all from this past weekend. I hope to get into the studio today and get some more but if not we’re still good with lots of good stuff still in the can.
 
Don’t forget tonight is the Super DIRTcar Series opener up north at the Brockville Ontario Speedway. Because it is race number one, expect a big car count at this 1/3 mile d-shaped track.
 
If you have never made the trip up there, then this would be a great time to do it. This is a real nice track with a high grandstand, a great view and some darned good racing at these night time shows. So if you can, come on up and see the show. And for those of you who will be coming, I have three drivers up today who will tell you about what they hope to get done tonight.
 
So let’s talk about those and the other stuff we have on the Audio Page for you to listen to today. Billy Dunn spoke about tonight’s Super DIRTcar Series opener at the Brockville Ontario Speedway before he went out and won. He talked about how he has done at the track in the past, how Brockville is different compared to the tracks he normally runs and why this show will be different than the fall race. 
 
Steve Poirier is going for his 5th ESS Championship and talked about his Friday night race at Albany Saratoga. He told me how that new car did in its first voyage, the need to learn it some more and wondered if the car would do well on the big, slick half mile in Vernon. 
 
Peter Britten told me about his Friday night at Albany Saratoga and his hopes for Brockville. He talked about how blessed the Malta track seems to be weather wise, who passed him on his way to the front and looks ahead to tonight’s Super DIRTcar Series race at the BOS. 
 
Billy VanInwegen qualified for his first ever start at Utica Rome and told me he learned on Sunday. He talked about how scaled his car for the event, how slippery it is in Vernon compared to Orange County and his hopes for the Super DIRTcar Series opener tonight at Brockville. 
 
Claude Hutchings Jr. talked about landing his first big sponsor and his new job fresh out of college. He described how the new people on board came about, what happened on Tuesday at Thunder Mountain and reminds us all to pay attention in math & science. 
 
Chris Stevens brought his Sportsman up for the GRIT Series and talked about Orange County. He told me some of what he learned about Utica Rome on Sunday, how he did in time trials and his plans for the 2014 season.
 
Mike White explained why he towed to Canandaigua to race and looked forward to a Sunday test. He told me why it is good for him to get a handle on the track, how much different it is compared to Can Am and wonders if he has a knife at a gun fight with a crate under the hood. 
 
Jeremie Corcoran previewed the All Star Sprint show at Canandaigua Motorsports Park on June 11. He talked about giving away some tickets at Utica Rome, hinted at an added attraction for that show and explained why he has a cast on his arm. Sorry, I forgot to hit the stop button here. 

 
Tuesday, May 27th 2014
   New on the Audio Page from the Victoria 200 at Utica Rome Speedway:
 
Pre race conversations:
 
Bobby Varin thought back on his past successes in long distance races and recapped his Sunday.
Brett Hearn told me about his feature win at Albany Saratoga and his hopes for Brockville.
Rocky Warner has a past at Utica Rome with crates and talked about his win at Glen Ridge.
David Marcuccilli described his side by side battle at Canandaigua and how tight his car got.
Tim McCreadie spoke about his win at Ransomville, his 5th with a Late Model and Utica Rome.
 
After the qualifying heats:
 
Rocky Warner won the first Sportsman qualifying heat and talked about losing the lead briefly.
David Marcuccilli had a good battle up front on his way to a win and told me about the track.
Rocco Leone led every lap as he pulled away for a win and talked about the need to tighten more.
Vic Coffey switched cars after Sunday and talked about his win in the first Modified heat race.
Tim McCreadie got the win in his qualifier and spoke about his plan coming from thirteenth.
Stewart Friesen ran his race winning streak to six after his heat win and talked about his Sunday.
Matt Sheppard and Rick Laubach talked about their one-two finish in heat number four.
Tyler Dippel told me about his win in the final Mod heat and his Late Model plans for this weekend.
 
After the feature races:
 
Rocky Warner spoke with Shane Andrews after his win in the 30 lap GRIT Sportsman feature.
Nick Guererri ran down the leader to finish second and talked about how a late race caution hurt.
Stewart Friesen took home a cool $10,000 for his victory and told Mike Mallett all about it.
Matt Sheppard came home in second place for the third day in a row and spoke with Mike Mallett.
Danny Johnson raced hard for his third place finish and told Mike Mallett about his nice run.
 
It was a beautiful day on Memorial Day as I headed to the Utica Rome Speedway for the Victoria 200 which was joined by the GRIT Series for Sportsman. There were 40 Modifieds and 39 Sportsman on what was a black, slick racetrack for all.
 
It was challenging as this race always is and a good crowd was on hand to watch Stewart Friesen take his winning streak at the track to 7 as he won his qualifier and the 100 lap feature which was worth $10,000. And just like the night before, Matt Sheppard led early and finished in second place although Monday did pay considerably more.
 
Sheppard led the first 25 laps before Friesen got by and then extended his lead as he got into lapped traffic. In the end only 9 cars were on the lead lap as a 57 lap green flag run saw a lot of folks go down a lap to the leader. Danny Johnson and Dale Planck raced for what seemed like darned near every lap with Johnson taking third place. Planck was fourth and Tim McCreadie fifth.
 
In the GRIT Sportsman feature Rocky Warner was out front and cruising until Nick Guererri started to reel him in. Warner had a full straightaway lead until Guererri started to close the gap with 8 to go. On the final lap it looked like Guererri had the lead but the yellow flag waved for a caution that coincidentally involved his brother.
 
Warner survived the last lap and went on to the win. It was an awesome race and I can only imagine what it felt like for Nick when that 79 car started to get bigger. You know what they say right? The race isn’t over till the…oh no, wait. That’s Joe Marotta’s phrase.
 
I have a lot saved in the can and lots of audio for you this week as we’ll get a minimum of 8 per day so be sure to come back for more. Have a great Tuesday and remember it is a short week. Next weekend will be here before you know it.

 
     
 
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