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Wednesday, January 1st 2014
   Top five downloads from October 2013:
 
Jimmy Horton had a racecar that sounded sick and told me when the header on his car broke. 
Jimmy Phelps tells me who bought the Cayuga County Fairgrounds and his role at the track.
Brett Hearn talked about the end of the 200 lapper and how it played out like he thought it would.
Stewart Friesen shared his thoughts on his tough day at Syracuse as he ran out of fuel late.
Matt DeLorenzo talks about the proposal he hopes will earn him the job as promoter at Fonda.
 
 
Jimmy Horton had a racecar that sounded sick and told me when the header on his car broke as well as how his day went at Syracuse. 
 
Jimmy Phelps tells me who bought the Cayuga County Fairgrounds and his role at the track. He talked about how the work is coming along at the track, what he sees as the long term vision for the future and the challenges they will face initially. 
 
Brett Hearn talked about the end of the 200 lapper, how it played out like he thought it would and why they decided to take a risk. 
 
Stewart Friesen shared his thoughts on his tough day at Syracuse as he ran out of fuel late while leading the Syracuse 200. 
 
Matt DeLorenzo talks about the proposal he hopes will earn him the job as promoter at Fonda. He told me when the idea came about, who is with him on the venture and runs down his late season plans that include racing on back to back weekends. 

 
Tuesday, December 31st 2013
   Top five downloads from September 2013:
  
Brian Swartzlander told me what happened last time in Elbridge and how his season was.
Matt Sheppard told me how he won two track championships and why he needed a helicopter.
Charlie Caprara previews the next two Saturdays at Evans Mills featuring Dirt Mods on asphalt.
Matt Sheppard talks about his two wins at Mohawk International and his Syracuse prep work.
Pete Bicknell gives some very specific tips on set and driving style for the mile at Syracuse.
 
 
Brian Schwartzlander told me what happened last time in Elbridge and how his season was. He talked about how many series races we will see him at, wonders if he’ll run the last change race during Super DIRT Week and how his five win season went at Lernerville. Note: In a bit of a surprise, this was the most requested interview in 2013 by a substantial margin.
 
Matt Sheppard told me how he won track championships at Brewerton and Canandaigua and why he looked into getting a helicopter for Sunday. Yeah, it’s true! 
 
Charlie Caprara previews the next two Saturdays at Evans Mills featuring Dirt Mods on asphalt. He told me about the big car count he is expecting, how well the season has gone at The Mills and the extra lap money available for teams. 
 
Matt Sheppard talks about his two wins at Mohawk International and his Syracuse prep work. He told me the great battle he enjoyed up front with MIR champion Billy Dunn, when the track took rubber on Sunday and looks ahead to this weekend. 
 
Pete Bicknell gives some very specific tips on set and driving style for the mile at Syracuse. He talked about weight changes, suspension changes and how each end of the track drives differently. Great tips here for both newcomers and drivers with laps under their belts. 

 
Monday, December 30th 2013
   Top five downloads from August 2013:
 
Alan Johnson was in a 14j car for Sunday and talked about some possible changes in rides.
Alan Johnson spoke about his 118th win at Canandaigua and thinks back to his very first win.
Bobby Varin told me how he landed a ride in the 1j and what their plans are as of right now.
Stewart Friesen talked about his Sprint Car win Friday at Malta and his Modified win at Fonda.  
Bobby Varin talked about a fix he did to his Modified and why they switched cars for Sunday.
 
 
 
Alan Johnson was in a 14j car for Sunday and talked about some possible changes in rides. He told me what was different with this car, a problem they had with the 10 car he has been running at Canandaigua and the problem his car owner had on Saturday. 
 
Alan Johnson talked about his 118th win at Canandaigua and thinks back to his very first win. He told me how much fun he is still having, the small block car he drove at Canandaigua and hints at some things he has going on for next season. 
 
Bobby Varin told me how he landed a ride in the Jake Spraker owned 1j and what their plans are as of right now. He talked about how their first race night went, an engine issue they felt and wonders when the 00 car will get out again. 
 
Stewart Friesen talked about his Sprint Car win Friday at Malta and his Modified win at Fonda that saw him come from 22nd in a green to checkered finish. That’s 17 wins on the season for Stewy. 
 
Bobby Varin talked about a fix he did to his Modified and why they switched cars for Sunday. He told me where he has been running position wise at Utica Rome, what his goals were for the day and reacted to see a fellow racer hit a trash can as they pulled into the pits. And yes, that next interview I promised is on today! 

 
Sunday, December 29th 2013
   Top five downloads from July 2013:
 
Tony Stewart chats with the fans at Fulton and talks about the Canandaigua crash and Sprint Cup. 
Stewart Friesen talked about his Sprint Car win at Brewerton and his win on Saturday at Fonda. 
Cory Reed previews the upcoming shows at Brewerton and Fulton that include the ESS sprints. 
Jessica Zemken reacted to her boyfriend’s big win at Brewerton in just his 5th Sprint Car race.
Stewart Friesen finished second in his first 410 Sprint Car race and described the power he felt. 
 
 
Tony Stewart chats with the fans at Fulton and talks about the Canandaigua crash and Sprint Cup, his race teams plus lots, lots more. 
 
Stewart Friesen talked about his somewhat unexpected Sprint Car win at Brewerton and his Modified win on Saturday at the Fonda Speedway. 
 
Cory Reed previews the upcoming shows at Brewerton and Fulton that include the ESS sprints. He talked about how the idea first came about, described the bonuses in place for the Brewerton Sportsman shows and how underrated Fulton is as a Sprint Car track. I agree! 
 
Jessica Zemken reacted to her boyfriend’s big win at Brewerton in just his 5th Sprint Car race. She talked about how she usually does at Fulton Speedway, the need to fix the situation the next day at Utica Rome and what he was saying to her after beating her for the first time. 
 
Stewart Friesen finished second in his first 410 Sprint Car race and described the power he felt as he raced three wide with some of the sport’s best drivers. 

 
Saturday, December 28th 2013
   Top five downloads from June 2013:
 
Dale Planck talked about his win at Fulton and why he switched from the experimental car. 
Dale Planck talked about being 2nd fastest in time trials and how he landed the Mike Payne ride.
Jimmy Phelps explained how he drove in the pond trying to miss a crash and how he qualified. 
Pat Ward talks about his appendix, when he knew something was wrong and how he is right now.
Billy Pauch tells me about his win at New Egypt, Wednesday fun at Kutztown and Mods in general. 
 
 
Dale Planck talked about his win at Fulton, why he switched from the experimental car and how nice it will be to be in similar cars all three nights. 
 
Dale Planck talked about being 2nd fastest in time trials at Rolling Wheels and how he landed the Mike Payne ride for some special shows, not weekly. 
 
Jimmy Phelps explained how he drove in the pond trying to miss a crash and how he qualified for the race with a last lap move after being under water for several minutes...not him, but his car. But yes, this could have been real bad. 
 
Pat Ward talks about his appendix taken out earlier in the week, when he knew something was wrong and how he is feeling right now. Great news! 
 
Billy Pauch tells me about his win at New Egypt, Wednesday fun at Kutztown and Mods in general. He talked about how he rolled the outside for win number 696, how he hurt an engine in last week’s Super DIRTcar Series race and how he decides when to travel. 

 
Friday, December 27th 2013
   Top five downloads from May 2013:
 
 Stewart Friesen told Jeremiah Fish how running the consi helped him with the 75 lapper in Vernon. 
Jordan Bennett made a nice move with two to go and told Bill Foley about his opening day win. 
Ronnie Johnson reacted to seeing Mark Kislowski win his career first Saturday night at Fonda. 
Bobby Varin talks about his pair of wins last weekend and the excellent track conditions he saw. 
Stewart Friesen finished in second place leading one lap and offered his take on the race up front. 
 
 
Stewart Friesen told Jeremiah Fish how running the consi helped him with the 75 lapper in Vernon.  He talked about what he learned in that race, how finding some grip down low helped him work he way to the front and how nice it was to win a big one at Utica Rome. 
 
Jordan Bennett made a nice move with two to go and told Bill Foley about his opening day win as well as how hard he raced to catch the leader. 
 
Ronnie Johnson reacted to seeing Mark Kislowski win his career first Saturday night at Fonda. He told me how far in front Mark was when he got to second place, how he greeted him in victory lane and the trick they played on him afterwards at the pizza place. Nice! 
 
Bobby Varin talks about his pair of wins last weekend and the excellent track conditions he saw. He explained how he passed for the lead at Glen Ridge, how he held the lead at Orange County and the work he has to get done to get the 00 back on the track. 
 
Stewart Friesen finished in second place leading one lap in the Utica Rome Modified feature and offered his take on the race up front. 

 
Thursday, December 26th 2013
   Top five downloads from April 2013:
 
 Alan Johnson talked about the work he was doing and a different ride he’ll be in on Sunday.
Tim McCreadie talks about racing today at Five Mile Point and how little he has raced in 2013. 
Dale Planck showed off his Utica Rome ride and talked about how much has changed at the track. 
Bobby Varin walks me through his win at Bridgeport and shares a story about Doug Hoffman. 
Steve Paine talked about the new chassis he had at Canandaigua Opener and described it for me. 
 
 
Alan Johnson talked about the work he was doing and a different ride he’ll be in on Sunday. He told me how this deal came about, ran down his plans for 2013 and remembered his win at Canandaigua a few weeks ago. 
 
Tim McCreadie talks about racing today at Five Mile Point and how little he has raced in 2013. He told me when the deal came about to drive the Vinnie Salerno number 4, how he has done in his previous races at the track and how he did last week at Farmer City. 
 
Dale Planck showed off his Utica Rome ride and talked about how much has changed at the track. He spoke about some of his past at the track, how being at the track more than occasionally should help and explained how the car has acted recently. 
 
Bobby Varin walks me through his win at Bridgeport and shares a story about Doug Hoffman. He told me about the wild last lap, when he noticed the leader was slowing and how big this win was for him personally. 
 
Steve Paine talked about the new chassis he had at Canandaigua Opener and described it for me. He told me what his goals were for the day, what he thought of the new clay at the track and how hopeful he is to get back to victory lane this year. 

 
     
 
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