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Monday, June 30th 2014
   New on the Audio Page from the Utica Rome Speedway:
 
After the heat races:
 
Chad Ray talked about his Sportsman heat win, how good his car was and how the track raced.
Jack Miller dominated his heat to get the win and wondered what he should change for the feature.
Willy Decker spoke about his win in the first Modified heat and his two weeks at Glen Ridge.
Ryan Phelps told me about his Mod heat win and what he was watching before making changes.
Tom Denton made a late race move to win his Pro Stock heat and spoke about having patience.
Glenn Forward walked me through his last corner pass for the win and talked about the future.
Bill Mason won the first Pure Stock heat race and told me when he will finally paint his racecar.
 
After the feature races:
 
Jeremy Vunk took the lead on lap three on a restart and told Mike Mallett about his feature win.
Stewart Friesen picked up his 50th career Modified win at the track and spoke with Mike Mallett.
Glenn Forward won his third Pro Stock feature race in a row and told the crowd all about it.
Russ Marsden held off the field to win the Pure Stock race and told Mike Mallett how he did it.
 
It was a hot one on Sunday, maybe the hottest day we’ve had so far. At least it sure felt that way. I got a lot of interviews done but saved a good portion of them as we’ve got a busy week coming up.
 
The Utica Rome Speedway was where we were and the racing was real good on the big half mile. We were missing a few Modified drivers with the Super DIRTcar Series up in Cornwall, Ontario but don’t tell that to Stewart Friesen who picked up his 50th career win at the track in the Modified feature. And its 52 total at the track if you add in his two Sprint Car wins.
 
He’ll be busy this week too with ESS Sprint Speedweek as he’ll race the Doug Emery owned Sprinter Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. I also had a nice chat with him before the race where we plug what’s coming up as well as one where we go back to his start in racing in go carts and packer trucks at Ransomville.
 
Actually I did three of those and will do lots more as I am taking a trip here in a few weeks. We’re going out to Illinois to see my dad’s side of the family. My best estimates on how many cousins and second cousins I have out there is somewhere around 50. Most of them I have never met and the one’s I have met I have not seen in 34 years. Yeah, it is much needed.
 
But we’re going to have lots of stuff on the site while I’m away and Webmaster Andy is going to stay at our house to take care of my cat Tiger and help me with another project I am looking to get off the ground. No, not the picture fix! That is going to be a huge job that will have to wait till the off season but it will nice to have him here to stay with our cat to keep him company. Plus I have lots of channels for him to watch on the TV so he will be just fine.
 
I’ll be at all but one of the Sprint Car races this week and will be in Weedsport on Tuesday for a media event so we see where they are as they basically rebuild this speedway from the ground up. I can’t wait for that and to see the guys in the Peter Britten and Rich Scagliotta shops. They’re great guys!
 
So even though we have a potentially life changing trip back to where the Elkins family got started, we’ll have lots of good stuff for you with “how they got here” chats with the drivers plus as many as I can save over the next four races I do. Hey, you may even like what we do during that time more than what we do now. And if that is the case…hmmm.
 
Have a great week guys and I hope to see you tomorrow. 

 
Sunday, June 29th 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Brian Malcolm talked about his win at Penn Can and why it was so special for his car owner.
Ronnie Davis III skipped his high school graduation and told how it paid off with a feature win.
 
I had a fun day on Saturday as we spent the day with old friends reminiscing. It was a great graduation weekend and today we are ready to get back to the racetrack as Allie and I will head to Utica Rome Speedway.
 
I did get some work done in the studio for the website and also for the next Atomic Power Racing Hour as we’ll bring you Late Model action from Humberstone. Look for that one to begin showing up in a few weeks on Time Warner Cable Sports.
 
I have a busy week coming up as I plan on hitting 4 races in 5 days. SUNY Canton Sprint Speedweeks is coming up and I’ll be at Brewerton, Rolling Wheels, Fulton and Utica Rome.
 
Now let’s chat about the two chats I have for you to listen to on the Audio Page. I start with a pair of winners from Friday night. Brian Malcolm talked about his win at Penn Can and why it was so special for his car owner. He told me about the accident his car owner had during the week, how he held on in the final laps to get the victory and his hopes to keep it rolling last night at Thunder Mountain.
 
Ronnie Davis III skipped his high school graduation and told how it paid off with a feature win. He told me how he came from last to first to win his heat, how he got by two very experienced drivers to win and looks ahead to racing at Brewerton again on Wednesday. 

 
Saturday, June 28th 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Nick Guererri won his first race of the season and talked about winning on his sponsor’s night.
Mike Walton talks about picking up his second win of the season and what helped him get it.
Joe Krause just drove a crate Sportsman for the first time and described how the car felt to him.
 
It was a real nice day on Friday and I had a great time at a graduation party for a long time friend’s daughter. It will make you feel old for sure but it was still great to see some old friends and celebrate.
 
Not sure what I am doing today as something has come up. Not sure if I will be going to a race of doing some work in the studio. We’ll have to see but we will make sure we have some new stuff for you guys to listen to tomorrow one way or another.
 
Heading to Utica Rome tomorrow and hoping to chat with more people I have yet to speak with this year. That’s one of my goals for Sunday. Speaking of Sunday, don’t forget about the Super DIRTcar Series race in Cornwall, Ontario.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page. I start with a pair of winners from last weekend. Nick Guererri won his first race of the season and talked about winning on his sponsor’s night. He told me how he grabbed the lead on a lap 9 restart, how close he had come on several other occasions and where he plans to race next week. 11:45 
 
Mike Walton talks about picking up his second win of the season and what helped him get it. He described a motor issue they fixed, explained why he fell back at the start if the race and how his many years in a go cart are still helping him today. 
 
Joe Krause just drove a crate Sportsman for the first time and described how the car felt to him. He explained how the car seemed to be turning on its own, what his son Nick said to him afterwards and how happy he was to get a new perspective on the sport. 

 
Friday, June 27th 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Danny Creeden tells me how he picked up win number on with his 358 at Orange County.
Craig Hanson recapped his weekend that saw him win at Glen Ridge and finish 4th at Fonda.
Mike Mallett previews Sprint Speedweek, reviews the ESS season so far and talks some DTD.
 
It turned out to be a nice day after all on Thursday as I took in a ball game with the kids. We went out to Auburn to my old stomping grounds at Falcon Park to see the Doubdledays. The first job I ever wanted as a kid was as a major league baseball announcer but after three seasons in single-A I saw that as unattainable. But I still love the game and love showing it to my girls.
 
I will be at a graduation tonight and then Allie and I will be at Five Mile Point tomorrow for the 50th Heath Memorial and yes, we will hit the Sonic on the way down. I have always liked Five Mile Point and have been going there since 1991 when it was the first track I went to as a spectator.
 
I learned a lot from listening to Freddie Osman and always think of his train whistle when I go there. Freddie taught me to have fun and he always had lots of that when he announced.
 
On Sunday I’ll be at Utica Rome. Many of the big teams will be in Cornwall for the Super DIRTcar Series race so we may see a new winner. Plus I have some interviews I need to get done for future projects. Hope to see you guys there.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page. I start with a pair of winners from last weekend.
 
Danny Creeden tells me how he picked up win number on with his 358 at Orange County. He also talked about how cool it was to win the elimination race, how bad he was the night before at Accord and his plans to race at Five Mile Point on Saturday. 
 
Craig Hanson recapped his weekend that saw him win at Glen Ridge and finish 4th at Fonda. He told me how the first Friday went for Glen Ridge, why he likes the move to Friday and how much better things are at Fonda. 
 
Mike Mallett previews Sprint Speedweek, reviews the ESS season so far and talks some DTD. He told me about this past weekend at Lebanon Valley, looked ahead to Saturday at Merrittville and gets ready for 5 races in 5 days starting next Wednesday at Brewerton. 

 
Thursday, June 26th 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Gary Tomkins talks about his Modified feature win at Canandaigua and his busy traveling plans.
Amy Holland told me how she is doing as a driver in the Novice Sportsman division at 2 tracks.
Joe Skotnicki confirms next years SDS date at Utice Rome and looks ahead to a busy time.
 
Well Wednesday didn’t turn out like I had hoped as Utica Rome had no choice but to rain out there Super DIRTcar Series race. The good news is that the same date, June 24th, has already been booked for 2015. So it will return next year. Want to know why it was not rescheduled for this year? Then listen to my chat with Joe Skotnicki and we’ll both explain it to you.
 
Now today may be not so good either as a lot of rain has fallen over the past few days so you may want to check www.rollingwheelsraceway.com later today to see if they are going or not. Let’s keep our fingers crossed. And as I checked them out later last night I saw the did cancel. Hey, it's tough to rain when you can't get on the track I guess.
 
Now let’s chat about what we have for you to listen to on the Audio Page for today. I start with a driver who won his second race of the season at his weekly home. Gary Tomkins talks about his Modified feature win at Canandaigua and his busy traveling plans. He told me how he lost the lead briefly in the 35 lap race, how big it was to pick up his second win of the season and which end of Canandaigua tends to see the most passing. 
 
Amy Holland told me how she is doing as a driver in the Novice Sportsman division at Can Am and Fulton. She talked about her recent feature win, how long she has been racing and how she has been changing her race line as she learns. 
 
Joe Skotnicki confirms next years SDS date at Utice Rome and looks ahead to a busy time. He talked about how important it is to try to keep the races on repeatable dates, the busy week we have starting on Sunday and reminds fans to check the Rolling Wheels website for news on today. Check them out for news at www.rollingwheelsraceway.com
 
Wednesday, June 25th 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Jeff Rockefeller talked about picking up his 1st Mod win at Fonda after a wreck the week before.
Aron Backus missed the opener at Fulton and told me how his Late Model has done at Fulton.
James Carlson prepared for hot laps and wondered if he used up all his luck in the first week.
Josh Blackwell got ready for his second race of 2014 and explained why he switched to dirt.
Mike Parkhurst did his first race in a Novice Sportsman and told me how he liked his first heat.
 
We’re hoping that Mother Nature will behave today and let us race at Utica Rome Speedway as the Super DIRTcar Series is set to race there for the first time since 2003. If they go, I will be there to bring you the action later this morning or tomorrow if you go to sleep early.
 
But to be sure, I took a few of the chats I was originally going to air today and held on to them just in case. If I need them they will be there so let’s hope they are not needed.
 
And of course tomorrow looks much better for Rolling Wheels Raceway Park in Elbridge as they look to get in their first show of the season with Mods, Sportsman and Stock Cars. Next wThursday they run Mods and the Empire Super Sprints in a true can’t miss show.
 
Now let’s discuss what we have on the Audio Page for today as our first round of storms rumbles off in the distance. Jeff Rockefeller talked about picking up his 1st Modified win at Fonda after a wreck the week before. He told me about the work he had to do to get the car back together, why he almost didn’t show up this past Saturday and where his Syracuse car is right now as it awaits a return to the mile. 
 
Aron Backus missed the opener at Fulton and told me how his Late Model has done at Fulton. He told me about a mistake he made while going through the car, what it was not doing properly and how much better it is running of late. 
 
James Carlson prepared for hot laps and wondered if he used up all his luck in the first week. He talked about his comfort level in his first year in the Sportsman class, why he needs to be better when the track gets slick and what his goal was for this past Saturday at Fulton. 
 
Josh Blackwell got ready for his second race of 2014 and explained why he switched to dirt. He told me some of what went wrong the first week out, remembered the two seasons he drove these types of cars in the past and why he decided to try a small block Supermodified in 2013. 
 
Mike Parkhurst did his first race in a Novice Sportsman at Fulton this past week and told me how he liked his first heat. He explained why one end of the track was different than the other, how he dealt with the hand clutch and what his goal was for the feature race. 

 
Tuesday, June 24th 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Adam Roberts is running better these days and spoke about getting some top tens with his Modified.
Mike Prentice has been in a bit of a slump this year and talked about how tight the car is on entrance.
Tony Finch II summed up how his last few weeks have been and remembered a recent jingle.
Jeff Stevenson was making just his 2nd start of the season and told me why he is starting late.
Craig Collier is back after many years off from racing and compares the car of today to his Modified.
Jeff Hunter got back into racing after several years away and talked about some early struggles.
Mike White is off to a tough start and described some of what he is working on with his stock car.
 
We’re back today with more new stuff for you to listen to and there are a few new people on for you to meet and learn about today as well. Of course we are sad to hear of the death of mini stock driver Danny Lefebvre.
 
According to reports, Lefebvre hit the wall in turn two on lap 11 of a 12 lap mini stock feature at Cornwall Motor Speedway in Ontario, Canada. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends as well as everyone who saw the accident and may be shook up over it today.
 
Recently other forms of racing have seen fatalities but this points out that every racer in every division at every track out there shares the same risks as the forms of racing we usually consider to be most dangerous. I mean this was a four cylinder car at a 14 mile track. So yes, race safe everyone and double check your safety equipment as yes, it can happen to any of us.
 
Now let’s talk more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page. I start with a man who is looking good on the track. Adam Roberts is running better these days and spoke about getting some top tens with his Modified. He talked about a wreck he was involved in two weeks ago, why they had to take a trip to Canada to get it fixed and how happy he was with the good advice they picked up as well. 
 
Mike Prentice has been in a bit of a slump this year and talked about how tight the car is on entrance. He told me what they did to try to loosen the car up, how nice the track surface has been at Can Am and thinks back on his early days of racing as well as how he first got started.
 
Tony Finch II summed up how his last few weeks have been and remembered a recent jingle. He told me how he knocked a shock off on his way to a fifth place finish, how much he hopes to race this week and what he hopes to be learning next fall.
 
Jeff Stevenson was making just his 2nd start of the season and told me why he is starting late. He talked about adjusting to a new car, a new driver’s seat and his hopes to be on the track more in the future. 
 
Craig Collier is back after several years off from racing and compares the car of today to his Modified. He told me why he chose the crate powered Sportsman route, when he made the decision to come back and how much has changed in five years. 
 
Jeff Hunter got back into racing after several years away and talked about some early struggles. He told me how much fun he is having as he learns, how much he ran seven years ago and how he is doing on the racetrack. 
 
Mike White is off to a tough start and described some of what he is working on with his stock car. He told me about the four racetracks he has been to so far, how busy life has been away from racing and his hopes to learn something with two features on the docket last Friday. 

 
     
 
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