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Sunday, April 29th 2018
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Coleman Gulick describes how his season has been going so far as he has raced over a dozen times.  
Denny Peebles ran down some of his past at Fulton and recaps his first race of the year in Dundee.
Brett Wright got ready for his second season in a Sprinter and told me where he needs to be better.
Corey Barker talked about some health issues in the off season and wondered about 358’s later on.
Tom Juno explained how he is doing after a surgery and how much better he is doing as of right now.

It was a cold and rainy day and today we will add a little wet snow into the mix as we struggle to hit 40 degrees. The good news is that things warm up after today and this week sounds like it should be a good one. Hopefully today is the last day like this that we'll have to deal with.

So I may or may not be able to get into the studio today depending on how things go (not sure if we're racing with Allie today or not when I typed this up) and if not I still have some stuff from Friday night I can get to you. The next event on my schedule is a Thursday practice at Utica Rome as they pulled the plug on their show today.
 
Now let’s chat more about what is new on the Audio Page as we endure one more day of cold here in the New York State…at least I hope! Coleman Gulick describes how his season has been going so far as he has raced over a dozen times, his hopes to get his season going a little better and where he plans to race next. 
 
Denny Peebles ran down some of his past at Fulton Speedway, recaps his first race of the year in Dundee and tells me how his brother is doing as he recovers from a crash last December. 
 
Brett Wright got ready for his second season in a Sprinter and told me what types of tracks he needs to be better at and how easy it is to over-think in racing.

Corey Barker talked about some health issues he dealt with in the off season, the two Sportsman he has in his shop this year and wondered about doing a 358 somewhere down the road. 
 
Tom Juno explained how he is doing after a surgery, how much better he is doing as of right now and described what it was like moving up from the Novice division.  
 
Saturday, April 28th 2018
   New on the Audio Page from the Fulton Speedway opener:

After the heat races:
 
Dalton Herrick led every lap to win the first ESS heat race and told me why his car was smoking. 
Danny Varin talked about his heat win and what it was like in the first few laps after a caution flag.
Parker Evans it the wall hard in his heat race and told me what broke as well as how hard the hit was.
Shawn Donath explained why he had a 358 Modified motor between the rails of his winning Sprinter.
Sam Reakes IV used the top side on his way to a heat win and told me why he ran his car up high.
David Schilling won his heat, drew the pole and told me how good his night was going in Fulton.
Alan Fink got the win in the second Sportsman heat race and talked about some tough decisions.
Brad Rouse took the checkered flag in the final Sportsman race and talked about his bad draws.
Scott Prentice was fastest in his consolation race and told me what brought him back to racing.

After the A-Main and the Sportsman feature:
 
Paul Kinney reacted to picking up his fifth ESS A-Main victory and his first in the United States.
Jason Barney talked about the race up front after finishing 2nd and wondered about next time.
Danny Varin spoke about his third place finish and how tough it was starting back in eleventh.
Shane Pecore picked up his first win at Fulton and talked about the different grooves he ran.
Matt Janczuk gained on the leader late before finishing 2nd and talked about his love of Fulton.
Kevin Root finished in third place after leading briefly and talked about the battle he was in late.
Jessica Power explained how she fell back and how she worked her way back up to finish fourth.
Dave Marcuccilli came from 20th to finish 5th and told me what he realized that he had a problem.

I had fun at my first official race of the season as the Empire Super Sprints and the DIRTcar Sportsman Tour shared the stage. Both divisions were well represented and the racing was pretty good.
 
Paul Kinney picked up his first in in the states after four in Canada and did so with a pass of Shawn Donath on a lap 12 restart. He held off Jason barney in the closing laps with the two getting together in the final corner on their way to the checkered flag. Listen to the interviews afterwards on the Audio Page.
 
Shane Pecore earned his first ever Fulton Speedway win in the Sportsman A-Main and did so after losing the lead just before halfway to Kevin Root. He got it back three laps later and held on for the win. Dave Marcuccilli raced up to third from his twentieth place starting spot but broke a shock tower with just over ten laps to go and faded to fifth.
 
It was quite the fun night as the predicted rain never got anywhere near the place although as I write this up at 12:15 it is raining there now and will be doing so for a while. Today is looking a little iffy so we’ll wait to see what everyone does as we wind down the action here in April.
 
I am planning on going back to Fulton so we’ll see what the day brings. Keep your fingers crossed. 
 
Friday, April 27th 2018
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Tim Sears Jr. told me about the cars he practiced with and the realities of starting with a series race.
Mike Bowman talked about his pair of practice sessions and how the 358 compared to his big block.
Glenn Forward got ready for his first laps in a 358 and told me about his plans to travel more in ’18.
Jimmy Steffenhagen described how he did in his first ever laps on the dirt with a crate Sportsman.
Stephen Marshall prepared for his 2nd season in a Sportsman and told me what he learned in 2017.  
Tyler Vinson turned laps in a Sportsman for the first time on Saturday and described what it was like.

I had a nice day off on Thursday and am now ready to have some fun for three days in a row. Hopefully the weather will allow us to race today as we have some big shows on tap all across the racing landscape.
 
I’ll be at Fulton the next two nights as long as Mother Nature cooperates and I am ready to go. The practice on Tuesday got me all fired up and I can’t wait to smell some race fuel and methanol tonight. And be sure to come back tomorrow to see who I chat with as the season finally gets going here locally.
 
Now let’s chat more about what is new for tomorrow on the Audio Page as a big race weekend is finally upon us. Tim Sears Jr. told me about the cars he hot lapped at Fulton’s practice, described how the DIRTcar legal 358 engine felt and the realities of starting the season off with a series race. 
 
Mike Bowman talked about his pair of practice sessions and how the 358 compared to his big block as well as why he feels small blocks are the wave of the future.
 
Glenn Forward got ready for his first laps in a 358 and told me how much he liked seeing the car shake with the extra power and about his plans to travel more in ’18.

Jimmy Steffenhagen described how he did in his first ever laps on the dirt with a crate Sportsman as he attended the practice session last Saturday at Land of Legends Raceway. 
 
Stephen Marshall prepared for his 2nd season in a Sportsman and told me some of what he learned in 2017 as well how he was doing on the racetrack as he searched for the proper aggression level.  
 
Tyler Vinson turned laps in a Sportsman for the first time on Saturday in Canandaigua and described what it was like while remembering his time in a kart as a young man.  
 
Thursday, April 26th 2018
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Billy Pauch Jr. recapped his race weekend which included coming from 24th to 1st at New Egypt.
Sam Reakes IV described his Tuesday practice at Fulton Speedway and looked ahead to Friday.
Chuck Miller ran down how he did in his first show and talked about his plans to jump around.
Jeff Davoli got in some practice last weekend in Canandaigua and told me how his day was going.
Tye-Scott Rood talked about his Sportsman ride for 2018 and ran down his plans for the season.
Anthony Kimble told me about his first practice laps of the season and talked about his Sportsman.
Chase Hargrave analyzes Bristol’s big NASCAR weekend and offered his thoughts on attendance.

It was a colder and rainy day on Wednesday so I stayed inside and got a lot of work done. Today sounds like the rain should be out of here fairly early so we’re hoping Utica Rome Speedway gets their practice in tonight. Best of luck to all who go.
 
We’ll be at Fulton two nights in a row before racing with Allie on Sunday. And with Utica Rome not starting until 6 p.m. we are optimistic about getting out there after we’re all done in Syracuse.
 
We’re off today as I have a lot of non-racing things to do but I have lots of stuff for you tomorrow already taken care of and of course if my phone rings today we’ll answer it and do an interview if needed.

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page starting out with a guy who picked up a nice win on Saturday night. Billy Pauch Jr. recapped his race weekend which included coming from 24th to 1st at New Egypt and told me about his plans to race three times this coming weekend.

Sam Reakes IV described his Tuesday practice at Fulton Speedway with his 360 Sprint Car and looked ahead to Friday’s ESS show while explaining why he likes the track so much. 
 
Chuck Miller ran down how he did in his first show while getting laps in at Fulton’s practice and talked about his plans to jump around more this season. 
 
Jeff Davoli got in some practice last weekend in Canandaigua and told me how his day was going after two sessions as well as what he was seeing out on the slick, daytime racetrack.

Tye-Scott Rood talked about the Sportsman ride he is sharing for 2018 and ran down the plans for the car for the season as well as what he likes about his new Friday night home.

Anthony Kimble told me about his first practice laps of the season and talked about needing to tighten up his Sportsman while looing ahead to this weekend’s season opener. 
 
Chase Hargrave analyzes Bristol’s big NASCAR weekend and offered his thoughts on attendance as a long time NASCAR fan and season ticket holder. 
 
Wednesday, April 25th 2018
   New on the Audio Page from the Fulton Speedway practice:
 
Shane Pecore had a brand new car at the practice and talked about his hopes for Friday & Saturday.
Charlie Tibbitts recapped his race last weekend at Fonda and ran down his plans for this weekend.
Chad Phelps spoke about the big block he’ll run this Saturday and wondered if he’ll run a 358 Mod.
Mike Mullen ran down some changes he made to his Mod Lite and talked about a change to Stars.
Mike Button explained why he had a 42p body on his car and when the decided to race in 2018.
Jason Barney remembered his win at Outlaw on Saturday and analyzed the 17 Sprinter in hot laps.
Phil Vigneri III told me why he traveled to Fulton and offered his thoughts on his first laps at the track.
Tommy Sears hot lapped a pair of cars on Tuesday and compared the power between the two cars.

We had fun on Tuesday as Allie and I headed up to Fulton Speedway for their practice. I forgot that Allie has lessons on Tuesday and didn’t get done till 3 p.m. so Albany Saratoga would have ben tough to make but hopefully we will make it out there in the next few weeks as I really want her to see the place. And yes, I heard they hit a grand slam homerun at their show.
 
There was a really good field of cars at Fulton and I got 15 interviews done before I headed up the hill for the last time. And yes, I was one of the last dozen or so people to leave so we did as much as we could.
 
We’ll be back in studio today with hopes of possibly taking a day off on Thursday but we’ll see how that goes. It is that time of the year. I plan on being at Fulton both days and then Allie races again on Sunday. If they get done early enough I’ll try to make it to Utica Rome for their big small block show. Keep your fingers crossed.
 
Now let’s find out more about the new stuff on the Audio Page from a very successful practice in Fulton. Shane Pecore had a brand new car at Fulton’s practice and talked about his hopes for Friday & Saturday as well as where he will be running weekly in 2018. 
Charlie Tibbitts recapped his race last weekend at Fonda and ran down his plans for this weekend that include racing on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. 
 
Chad Phelps spoke about the big block he’ll run this Saturday, described what he can learn by starting his season at a series race and wondered if he’ll run a 358 Mod on other weeks at Fulton. 
 
Mike Mullen ran down some changes he made to his Mod Lite and talked about a change to Stars from TUSA sanctioning while describing what that means for the teams.  
 
Mike Button explained why he had a 42p body on his car, when the decided to race in 2018 and why racers in his division should pay attention to the t-shirt’s he’s wearing on race day.
 
Jason Barney remembered his win at Outlaw on Saturday, explained why he is looking forward to the ESS show at Fulton on Friday and analyzed the 17 Sprinter in hot laps.

Phil Vigneri III told me why he traveled to Fulton for the Tuesday night practice, offered his thought in his first laps at the track and reminded us about a Modified race he is sponsoring at Genesee Speedway.

Tommy Sears hot lapped a pair of cars on Tuesday and compared the power between the two cars while explaining why he thinks the move to small blocks will be good in the long run.  
 
Tuesday, April 24th 2018
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Ryan Watt talks about his win on Saturday night at Grandview and his race on Sunday at Bridgeport.
Katelyn Hile ran her first ever laps at Land of Legends Raceway and told me she learned on Saturday.
Nate Peckham analyzed how his practice laps went on Saturday and told me where he’ll race in 2018.
Cory Reed previews tonight’s practice at Fulton Speedway and looks ahead to a 2 day race weekend.
Tony Veneziano reports on the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series races from this past weekend.

The days just keep getting nicer here in Central New York State as I saw 80 degrees on my little thermometer on the porch outside my studio window. I may not have been that warm actually but boy it sure felt it. Finally, some nice weather has come our way.
 
And just in time too as Albany Saratoga has a big 44 lap Modified race tonight and Fulton Speedway hosts their first practice. Soon every track will be open and the racing machine will be at full song. I can’t wait.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page starting with a winner from this past weekend who has now won three times early on. Ryan Watt talks about his win on Saturday night at Grandview, his race on Sunday at Bridgeport where he almost flipped his Modified and his second place last Thursday at Georgetown.
 
Katelyn Hile ran her first ever laps at Land of Legends Raceway and told me she learned in Saturday’s practice while looking forward to some big changes in 2018.

Nate Peckham analyzed how his practice laps went on Saturday at Land of Legends Raceway, described some changes he made at the track and told me where he’ll race in 2018.  
 
Cory Reed previews tonight’s practice at Fulton Speedway and previews both days of Highbank Hold Up Weekend featuring the ESS Sprints and a Super DIRTcar Series race.  
 
Tony Veneziano reports on the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series races from this past weekend as the series visited Riverside International Speedway and I-55.  
 
Monday, April 23rd 2018
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Scott Kerwin described an issue he had with his W-16 engine and ran down this year’s race plans.
Chris Hile spoke about his Saturday practice sessions and wondered how often he’d race at LOLR.
Wade Chrisman told me how his practice went and explained why three sessions were enough.
Bubby Pawlak explained why he started Sportsman racing at age 62 and how he did in 2017.
Allie Elkins talks about her first race day with the Syracuse Microd Club and the teams’ big win.

It was another beautiful day on Sunday and we spent it racing at the NYS Fairgrounds with the Syracuse Microd Club. It was their annual fun race and it started out with inspections, hot laps, heats and then features. It was a great day and was so much fun to see a lot of our new friends at what has now become Allie’s favorite place.
 
I have a chat up with Allie as she recounts her day and put it up with four more chats from my Saturday in Canandaigua. I’ll be back in the studio today and I have a long list of people to call as I look over results from the weekend. I’ll do my best and as always am happy to take suggestions.

Now let’s chat more about what’s new on the Audio Page as the 2018 race season officially began for a lot of us this past weekend. Scott Kerwin described an issue he had with his W-16 engine at the Land of Legends practice, explained what his goals were for the day on Saturday and ran down this year’s race plans.

Chris Hile spoke about his Saturday practice sessions, wondered how often he’d race at Land of Legends Raceway and looked ahead to a series race this Saturday in Fulton. 
 
Wade Chrisman told me how his practice went on Saturday, how much he liked his first trip to Canandaigua and explained why three sessions were enough.

Bubby Pawlak explained why he started Sportsman racing at age 62, how he did as a rookie in 2017 and what he thought of his first laps at Canandaigua. 
 
Allie Elkins talks about her first race day with the Syracuse Microd Club, describes some of the action on the track in Syracuse and congratulates her teammate on her big win!  
 
     
 
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