|Monday, August 4th 2014
| New on the Audio Page before the rain fell at Utica-Rome Speedway:
Mike Walton remembers his recent feature at the track as well as his crate race at Fulton Speedway.
Alan Barker talked about picking up win number six at I-88 Speedway and his Modified hopes.
John DeForest recalled how his season has been going as well as an almost win in the feature.
Claude Hutchings Jr. spoke about being one of five drivers with a chance at a championship.
Mike Mahaney recapped his weekend that included a win at Thunder Mountain and a tenth place.
Stewart Friesen ran down how he picked up a win the night before at Fonda and his busy week.
Jeremy Vunk leads the Sportsman division in wins and talked about how close the points are.
Jack Miller told me how consistent finishes have given him the point lead and possible retirement.
Well it was going to be quite a race night until Mother Nature stepped in. We had just run hot laps on a very fast racing surface and then a few drops started to fall. Of course with Utica-Rome’s reputation, I was still hopeful of getting a show in.
Then I went to the pit shack to get the line-ups and saw there were none written down. I asked an official about it and he pointed to the sky. I said, “We’re done huh?” He nodded his head. And within a few minutes the sprinkle turned into a downpour with lightning and thunder. Yeah, we were done alright.
On the way home we had to slow down for several miles and drive with the flashers on as it was raining so hard. But we made it home okay and were able to record 14 interviews before the rain ended the night early.
It is really too bad as I had both my daughters with me on Sunday. After seeing some action from the Syracuse Microd and Quarter Midget club last Thursday, Katie is now on her way to becoming a race fan.
And thanks to Claude Hutchings Sr. for letting me use the golf cart for my pre race chats. My left leg is always a little sore after golf and being able to use the cart helped a lot. So thank Claude when you see him as there would not be as many interviews without his help.
Also we have dozens of clips from Steve Ovens who was at Yates County and Woodhull this past weekend. We’ll put his stuff up over the next three days as well as what I have left from my weekend. And my next race will be Thursday at Weedsport!
Hope you’re work week gets off to a great start and keep coming back as we have a lot for you this week.
|Sunday, August 3rd 2014
| New on the Audio Page for today:
Chuck Bower remembered some of his past in Weedsport and how TV made it more special.
Rob Bellinger talked about his Syracuse ride as well as what he was hoping to do at Brewerton.
Matt Fink spoke about the racetrack he saw in hot laps and some tough luck he has had of late.
Tim Sears Jr. thought back to his Sportsman days at Weedsport and his thoughts on the walls.
Carmen Vona Jr. just got back into weekly racing and told me how he has been doing so far.
John Tiff told me about Utica-Rome’s new 15 and under free shows and the free food voucher.
We’re back with more from the dirt racing world after I took a day to golf on Saturday. I’ll be in Vernon today at the Utica-Rome Speedway and I’ll have both of my daughters in tow. It’s the prefect time too as many families will hopefully be there with their new 15 and under free policy for the Sunday shows in August.
My wife is working tonight so this works out perfectly for me and hopefully for many other busy race fans. Let’s face it. It is tough to be a parent especially when you want to check out a race. But if it costs you a lot to take your kids, you are a heck of a lot less likely to go which hurts in two ways.
First of all you don’t go and second of all your kids don’t go which actually hurts the whole racing machine even more. At too many tracks I see too many people I have always seen and not enough young fans. Hopefully policies like this will make it easier for young fans to go and become old fans like us many years from now and say, “I remember when…”
Now let’s chat more about what we have on the Audio Page as I hopefully hit them straight on the course today while trying to dodge any potential weather. Chuck Bower told me about his hopes to make Weedsport and remembered his Sportsman past. He explained what made it so special back in the day, what he heard about the show last weekend and how much TV helped make it even more special.
Rob Bellinger talked about his Syracuse ride as well as what he was hoping to do at Brewerton. He told me about going to far with his adjustments, remembered his time in a Sportsman at Weedsport and ran down what he has been doing in a special deal for the mile.
Matt Fink spoke about the racetrack he saw in hot laps and some tough luck he has had of late. He told me why he thought what we saw early won’t be what we see late, why he can’t race this Thursday in Weedsport and what he was doing at the opener. Might not be what you thought!
Tim Sears Jr. thought back to his Sportsman days at Weedsport and his thoughts on the walls. He told me what he has been doing to research the place on line, why it is important to show support for these big money Modified shows and where he feels the track is toughest.
Carmen Vona Jr. just got back into weekly racing and told me how he has been doing so far. He told me what he has learned from his teammate, what kind of situation could lead to a great finish and what he has been working on as a driver.
John Tiff told me about Utica-Rome’s new 15 and under free shows running on Sundays in August and the free food voucher. He ran down all the specifics and I’ll have my daughters with me there this Sunday. Can’t wait!
|Saturday, August 2nd 2014
| New on the Audio Page from the Brewerton Speedway:
Pre race conversations:
Chris Mackey offered his take on the Microd racing he saw the night before as he got ready.
Matt Billings talked about his Modified win at the Brewerton Speedway last Friday night.
Mike Bowman is learning a new chassis and told me about the other issues he has been chasing.
Rich Keller told me how close he came to winning last week and what he gains from sponsorship.
Chris Fleming leads the nation in IMCA Modified wins and reacts to how well things are going.
After the heat races:
Joe Garafolo won the first Mod Lite heat race of the night and talked about the wet racetrack.
Nick Graziano got the win in the second Mod Lite heat and remembered his early days in racing.
Pat Ward spoke about his win in the first Modified heat race and thanked everyone for their support.
Ryan Phelps wondered what happened on the initial start of the heat race that he got the win in.
Mike Bowman led every lap to win the last Modified heat and talked about the need for laps.
Rich Keller described how his car felt as he won the IMCA heat and adjustments they were making.
After the feature races:
Mike Mullen speaks with Bill Foley after his win in the stock class in the Mod Lite feature race.
Ryan Phelps won the Modified feature after an intense 3 car race and spoke with Bill Foley.
Mike Bowman explained why he fell back to second after leading a lot of laps in the feature.
Matt Sheppard came from 17th to 3rd with a last corner pass and talked about his late charge.
Pat Ward spoke about his 5th place run and thanked the track for a special pace lap they did.
Chris Fleming won his 9th race of the season at Brewerton and reacted to yet another victory.
It was quite a night of racing at the Brewerton Speedway with one of the more exciting Modified feature races I have seen so far this season. It was a three car battle of cousins with Mike Bowman leading and Ryan & Jimmy Phelps chasing him. The action was intense and several times three wide.
But in the end, it was Ryan Phelps making a low move three laps to go who made his way to victory lane. Bowman held on to second while Matt Sheppard passed Jimmy Phelps for third in the final set of corners. It was quite a show indeed!
Before the feature race started, Pat Ward led a pace lap from the outside row with the inside position left open for his departed father who we lost on Monday. It was quite an emotional moment and I still wonder how Pat was able to race just a few laps later with no way to brush the tears from his eyes. We’ll miss ya Bud!
Chris Fleming is now 9 for 9 in IMCA Modified features at the track and leads the nation in wins. Once again he made a late race move to pick up the victory. What a season he is having.
It was a rough night for several Mod Lite racers as two big crashes slowed the start of their feature. We’re thinking good thoughts today for Terry Lapham who flipped his car violently in turn one. He took his time getting out of the car but did walk to the ambulance on his own. We’re hoping you’re doing okay today Terry and we hope to see you back real soon.
I did get a lot of audio and some of it I saved for tomorrow and some for next week to help promote Weedsport’s Hall of Fame 100. I’ll be golfing again today but will put up six clips for you tomorrow from my travels on Friday. Then we’ll be at Utica Rome with both my daughters on Sunday and we’ll have lots of audio from that up on Monday.
Have a great Saturday and I’ll see you again tomorrow.
|Friday, August 1st 2014
| New on the Audio Page from the Syracuse Microd and Quarter-Midget Club:
Tom Wilcox talks about his role with the club and gives me advice on how to get kids started.
Jason Duke told me about his kids racing efforts in Syracuse as well as his own on the asphalt.
Chris Hulsizer remembered his brief time in a go cart and talked about his Sunday race in Weedsport.
Mark Weaver explained why he brought out his Sportsman and why this may be his last season.
Mark Johnston has been racing a four cylinder at Fulton and talked about a recent tough night.
Larry Wight thought back on his start with the Syracuse Microd and Quarter-Midget Club.
The kids and I had a great time last night as we headed to the New York State Fairgrounds to check out the action at the Syracuse Microd and Quarter-Midget Club. I had never seen these young people in action before and I must say that I was impressed.
All the stuff I saw on the track was fast and some were super fast. My youngest, Katie, had never shown any interest in racing before yesterday and she only went with us because mom was working. Now she wants one and is looking forward to going on Sunday.
I have a couple of interviews with parents of young racers and hopefully their conversations with me will help you guys get a handle on what it takes to turn a young person into a racer. They run every Thursday through the summer and admission is free! So get on out and check it out.
Speaking of Sunday, Utica-Rome Speedway has changed it’s policy on kids admission and now will let kids under 15 in for free. It will be that way for every race with the exception on the Night of Legends, the New Yorker and the Cole Cup. Plus with each paid adult admission you will receive a $5 voucher for food. And any kids over 15 will get in for just $10. It’s a good deal and we’ll bring both my girls with me Sunday to help promote that.
Now let’s talk more about the folks I chatted with on Thursday which are up now on the Audio Page. I begin with some specific conversations on how easy it is to get your kid racing at an early age. Tom Wilcox talks about his role with the club and gives me advice on how to get kids started. He told me about the different divisions, the cost to race and how someone can ease into it to start.
Jason Duke told me about his kids racing efforts in Syracuse as well as his own on the asphalt. He talked about the different options there are within the Syracuse Microd and Quarter-Midget Club as well as how he is doing at his own deal.
Chris Hulsizer remembered his brief time in a go cart and talked about his Sunday race in Weedsport. He told me how he liked the track after only seeing it from the pit area and his hopes to move up in the points at Fulton.
Mark Weaver explained why he brought out his Sportsman out to Autograph Night and why this may be his last season. He also reacted to the racing he has seen at Syracuse Microd and Quarter-Midget Club and wondered if it would have made him a better racer. Yep, I wish I would have done this for sure!
Mark Johnston has been racing a four cylinder at Fulton and talked about a recent tough night. He hinted at what went wrong, explained how it hurt him in the point standings and how tough the racing is at Fulton.
Larry Wight thought back on his start with the Syracuse Microd and Quarter-Midget Club. He told me what he learned at the tiny track at the New York State Fairgrounds, what he did next and how he has been doing in his recent races.
|Thursday, July 31st 2014
| New on the Audio Page for today:
Jeff Brownell Jr. is back racing again and told me how it feels getting back in the driver’s seat.
Bret Belden answered our five questions for the Atomic Power Racing Hour while at Can Am.
David Marcuccilli spoke about setting fast time in the hot laps with his Sportsman in Weedsport.
Gregg Kimball was coming off a tough night at Fulton and told me what he thinks went wrong.
Chris Hulsizer remembers coming to Weedsport with his dad as he got ready for his first laps.
Well Wednesday didn’t work out like I had hoped as wet weather cancelled the show at Canandaigua that I was planning on doing. But fortunately I had enough interviews left in the can to get new stuff today although now the can is empty.
I’ll be heading to the Syracuse Microd Club show today at the New York State Fairgrounds and will be bringing both of my daughters with me. They are having autograph nite and several racecar we know well from the tracks of Central New York will be on hand as well. So look for audio from this event up on the site tomorrow.
It was sad to see what some people were writing on forums about Sunday’s show in Weedsport. It is amazing to me what some people will complain about. I thought I could be negative at times but some of these people take the cake. Instead of focusing on the great things that have happened at the place overall they chose to focus on two things they didn't like and thise two things only. And sorry guys, but standing next to a wall with cars coming straight at you is different than standing at a wall with cars going by you into a corner. Geez!
When are folks going to realize how fortunate we are to live where we live and see all the different types of racing that we have? Is everything perfect? Probably not. But the fact that some people are always looking for the negatives says alot about their personality. No need to hang with them huh? Racing in New York State is the best kept secret in the industry but some people are only happy when they are complaining about something. Again, geez!
Now let’s chat more about what we have on the Audio Page for today. I start with a driver who was truly happy to be at the racetrack again. Jeff Brownell Jr. is back racing again and told me how it feels getting back in the driver’s seat. He talked about some troubles he had the first few races out, remembered the last time he towed to Rolling Wheels and how much he will race for the rest of the season.
Bret Belden answered our five questions for the Atomic Power Racing Hour while at Can Am. This is a fun one as you can see how tough it can be to get the quotes you are looking for.
David Marcuccilli spoke about setting fast time in the hot laps with his Sportsman in Weedsport. He talked about how impressed he was with the facility, described the racetrack he was just on and how nice it would be to take home some of the special awards offered.
Gregg Kimball was coming off a tough night at Fulton and told me what he thinks went wrong. He talked about what they changed before Sunday at Weedsport, wonders if the fixes he made worked and how happy he was to be a part of the show on Sunday.
Chris Hulsizer remembers coming to Weedsport with his dad as he got ready for his first laps. He told me how anxious he was to get out on the 1/3 mile, compared it to a track he knows well and his 4th place on Saturday at Fulton.
|Wednesday, July 30th 2014
| New on the Audio Page for today:
Tom Deery talked about being back in Central New York and how World Racing Group is doing.
Jeremy Pitcher has a few championships at Weedsport and told me how much he likes the place.
Sean Beardsley remembers some of his past in Weedsport as he got ready to race on Sunday.
Rick McCready told me about his 3rd place at Can Am and why he made sure to come to Weedsport.
Rocco Leone recapped a tough night at Fulton and thought back on one memory that put him on TV.
Kyle Sopaz answers some questions on the Go Nuclear Late Model Series up north at Can Am.
We’re back on a Wednesday with some good stuff for you to listen to including an update on how things are going big picture wise with Tom Deery of World Racing Group. Plus we have more from the Weedsport opener as well.
It’s a big day as The Big Show 6 concludes at Albany Saratoga. Just ten bucks gets you in for the last 89 laps and a brand new show after that wit the Modifieds racing a complete program.
I’ll be at Canandaigua Motorsports Park as they have a big block/small block shootout and the GRIT Sportsman series. Go back to yesterday and you can find previews of both of these shows.
Now let’s talk more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page. I start with a nice conversation on the state of racing right now with someone who knows. Tom Deery talked about being back in Central New York and how World Racing Group is doing. He told me how the World of Outlaws is doing as they say goodbye to their biggest name, how the Super DIRTcar Series is coming along and the need to be consistent.
Jeremy Pitcher has a few championships at Weedsport and told me how much he likes the place. He told me what he noticed when he looked around, why he likes the walls on the inside of the track and what he thought would happen to the racing surface later on.
Sean Beardsley remembers some of his past in Weedsport as he got ready to race on Sunday. He told me how different Sunday would be with a crate under the hood, how nice it was to see the old girl fixed up and the first thing that jumped out at him.
Rick McCready told me about his 3rd place at Can Am and why he made sure to come to Weedsport. He remembered the open motor Sportsman days of the 90’s, how much he used to come to the track back in the day and why he would have come on Sunday whether the place was fixed up or not.
Rocco Leone recapped a tough night at Fulton and thought back on one memory that put him on TV. He talked about racing a Sportsman versus a Mod Lite, why he thought he struggled the night before and what will be going through his head in the staging area as he gets ready for his first laps.
Kyle Sopaz answers some questions on the Go Nuclear Late Model Series up north at Can Am. Sure does sound like there is a really good vibe on this series.
|Tuesday, July 29th 2014
| New on the Audio Page for today:
Brett Hearn previews the completion of The Big Show 6 on Wednesday at Albany-Saratoga.
Jeremie Corcoran talks about Wednesday’s Modified and GRIT Sportsman show at Canandaigua.
Steve Gray is a multi-time champion at Cayuga County and talked about being part of the opener.
Beth Schneider spoke about her 2 race win streak at Fulton and her hopes for Sunday in Weedsport.
Earl Rudy took Saturday night off to get ready for Sunday and told me why Weedsport was special.
Dale Caswell answered our five questions at Can Am for the Atomic Power Racing Hour show.
Joe Marotta offers his take on the newly re-vamped Weedsport Speedway and shared a memory.
Monday was the perfect time for a much needed rainy day and it rained pretty good alright. We were watching the radar Sunday night in Weedsport and were happy it allowed us to get a complete show in without any interruptions. So rain all you want…we’re cool with it. Well, as long as you’re out of here by Wednesday anyway.
I did get a little studio work done on Monday as well as my write ups for the Syracuse Post Standard and Syracuse.com. You can check those out today. Plus we’ll be at Canandaigua on Wednesday for their big block/small block shootout with the GRIT Series also on the card. It should be a good one.
Now let’s chat more about the good stuff we have for you on the Audio Page. I start with a look ahead at a pair of shows running on Wednesday. Brett Hearn previews the completion of The Big Show 6 on Wednesday at Albany-Saratoga. He told me about the final 89 laps that will be run on Wednesday, the 35 lap complete show he has added for after that is done and why he wanted the admission price to be a cool ten dollars. Not bad huh guys?
Jeremie Corcoran talks about Wednesday’s Modified and GRIT Sportsman show at Canandaigua. He reminded me what was originally on the card for this night, what the rules are for the big block/small block shootout and how he is feeling these days after a recent medical issue. Get well soon Jeremie!!!
Steve Gray is a multi-time champion at Cayuga County and talked about being part of the opener. He told me what he was seeing from his pit area, how nice it was for him to have the night off on Saturday to get ready and why he likes racing on the slick 1/3 mile track.
Beth Schneider spoke about her two win race streak at Fulton and her hopes for Sunday in Weedsport. She told me how she came from 15th to win on Saturday, how the extra laps helped and offered her take on the improvements she saw on Sunday.
Earl Rudy took Saturday night off to get ready for Sunday and told me why Weedsport was special. He explained why the track has a special place in his heart, why the 1/3 mile track is a great place to learn on and how important it was for the Sportsman to be included in the first show in Weedsport.
Dale Caswell answered our five questions at Can Am for the Atomic Power Racing Hour show. Good stuff here so look for these quotes in our Can Am TV show.
Joe Marotta offers his take on the newly re-vamped Weedsport Speedway and shared a memory. He told me when he first started working at the track, how much has changed and how excited he was to get the show going.
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