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Sunday, August 20th 2017
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Danny Varin talks about his ESS win Saturday night at Fonda and why he was missing Utica Rome.  
Rocky Warner explained why he was not at his race hauler and what he bought in Weedsport.
Ronnie Davis III told me how he won a pair of feature races last Friday night at Brewerton Speedway.
Kurt Stebbins spoke with Steve Ovens after his Crate Late Model win one week ago at Woodhull.
Stone Keller won the 270 Micro Sprint feature and spoke about his victory with Steve Ovens.
Tess Johnson got the win in the Warrior feature race at Woodhull and talked about her first win.

It was a rainy day on Friday although not everyplace saw some rain. We hope you all had a good day as I used it to get a lot of things done for the fall. I’ll have more on that later as I have some big things planned.
 
I’ll be at Fulton Speedway today and Utica Rome tomorrow so look for loads of good stuff from there over the next few days. There are a lot of good shows on tap tonight at tracks all around so be sure to get out and show your support.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page as a busy Saturday awaits us all. Danny Varin talks about his ESS win Saturday night at Fonda, why he was missing Utica Rome to attend Weedsport and how little experience he had at the track in a Sprint Car. 

Rocky Warner explained why he was not at his race hauler and what he bought in The Gear Box at Weedsport Speedway and how his weekend was at other tracks. 

Ronnie Davis III told me how he won a pair of feature races last Friday night at Brewerton Speedway and explained how he came from 14th to first in each race.  
 
Kurt Stebbins spoke with Steve Ovens after his Crate Late Model win one week ago at Woodhull as well as the night before to sweep the weekend. 

Stone Keller won the 270 Micro Sprint feature and spoke about his victory with Steve Ovens as well as how he re-took the lead after losing it late at Woodhull.  
 
Tess Johnson got the win in the Warrior feature race at Woodhull and talked with Steve Ovens about her first ever feature race win as well as what happened on the last lap.   
 
Saturday, August 19th 2017
   
 
Friday, August 18th 2017
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Jonathon Preston told me about his late night at Fonda and how he fell back to finish in fourth.
Dave Axton somehow finished Saturday on a flat and told me about getting back to run Weedsport.
Dylan Cecce won the Street Stock feature at Woodhull and talked about his tight race up front.
Dayton Brewer spoke with Steve Ovens after winning the Woodhull Raceway King of the Ring.
Shawn Gleason picked up the win in the FWD Four Cylinder feature and talked about is competitors.
Rich Vleck talked about the new edition of Speedway Showcase debuting this weekend on Spectrum.
Michael Vaters previews the Monster Truck Show this Saturday night at Can Am Motorsports Park.  
 
It has been an absolutely beautiful week here in Syracuse. The kids have been active and been in the pool every day this week as has my dad. He may have sold us this house but the pool is his perhaps still. I hope you all a great week just like we did.
Lots of good stuff on the Audio Page for you today as we relive my weekend travels, play some studio stuff and hear from or friend Steve Ovens as he sent us some Woodhull raceway clips. I hope you enkoy them.
 
I have some work to do today away from racing but will be at Fulton Speedway on Saturday as Allie will be singing the national anthems. It is $20 a car load night so bring your non-racing friends and show tem what it is like in our world.
 
Can Am has Monster Trucks on Saturday and some of the trucks will be on display today at FX Caprara Honda in Watertown so get on out there and see what these things look like up close. And as they say, Go Team Honda!
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page starting with a racer who ended up with a pair of top five finishes this past weekend. Jonathon Preston told me about his late night at Fonda with the Empire Super Sprints, how he fell back to finish in fourth and how fast the track was after some rain.
 
Dave Axton somehow finished Saturday on a flat, explained how it affected the car during the A-Main at Fonda and how much he was looking forward to getting back to run Weedsport.

Dylan Cecce won the Street Stock feature at Woodhull and talked with Steve Ovens about his tight race up front while thanking the fans for both their cheers and boos as well. 

Dayton Brewer spoke with Steve Ovens after winning the Woodhull Raceway King of the Ring as well as who showed him the best way to get into turn one at the track.

Shawn Gleason picked up the win in the FWD Four Cylinder feature and talked about is competitors as well as how tough it can be to run the cushion late in the night.  
 
Rich Vleck talked about the new edition of Speedway Showcase debuting this weekend on Spectrum and what is coming up this Saturday at Genesee Speedway in Batavia. 

Michael Vaters previews the Monster Truck Show this Saturday night at Can Am Motorsports Park and reminds fans to come to Fx Caprara Honda today from 12-6 p.m. to see the trucks up close.   
 
Thursday, August 17th 2017
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Lucas Wolfe told me how close he came to making the Knoxville Nationals and his hopes for Sunday.
Paulie Colagiovanni recapped his third place finish at Fonda and how close he came to a victory.
Matt Billings showed some damage on his Sprint Car on Sunday and talked about Saturday’s wreck.
Steve Ovens talks about the tight point’s battles ay Woodhull and a big special race this Tuesday.
Jake Dgien won the crate Sportsman race at Woodhull and spoke about how crazy the race was.
Carter Dennis told Steve Ovens about his Hobby Stock win and described how big the right foot is.
Dylon Gleason spoke with Steve Ovens after his Mini Stock win and talked about winning his first.


It was a good day for me on Wednesday as I did some writing and got a lot of chores done around the house. I have a lot more to do today as I nurse a sore calf muscle. We golfed a hilly course on Tuesday and my calf is barking like a dog. I know…I need to get in better shape for as much golf as I do. Gonna start working out with Allie so I’ll handle that once I’m back to 100%.
 
As you can see in addition to some of my stuff we have some from Steve Ovens as well. He not only did a chat with me but sent me a bunch of his stuff from last Saturday at Woodhull. He sent me a lot so look for some of those today, tomorrow and Saturday as well.
I’ll try to get into the studio again today so if you want someone in particular just send me a message and I’ll do my best to get them for you. Thinking about Fulton and Utica Rome this weekend as I may need to limit my walking.

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page starting with a man who had a very busy weekend. Lucas Wolfe told me how close he came to making the Knoxville Nationals on Saturday night, how he made his way to Weedsport on Sunday and looks ahead to a busy stretch this weekend.

Paulie Colagiovanni recapped his third place finish Saturday night at Fonda and how close he came to a victory as well as how fast the racetrack was after a few showers. 

Matt Billings showed some damage on his Sprint Car on Sunday and talked about Saturday’s wreck as he prepared for some action on Sunday at Weedsport. 

Steve Ovens talks about the tight point’s battles ay Woodhull, runs down what is happening this Saturday as well as a big special race this Tuesday.  
 
Jake Dgien won the crate Sportsman race at Woodhull and spoke about how crazy this particular race was as well as how he got the lead despite some of what he saw up front. 

Carter Dennis told Steve Ovens about his Hobby Stock win and described how big the right foot is on this high banked track while thanking his son for the ride. 

Dylon Gleason spoke with Steve Ovens after his Mini Stock win and talked about winning his first. Nothing like a first time winner! Congrats Dylon!   
 
Wednesday, August 16th 2017
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Steve Paine talks about his Modified win at Canandaigua and his first night racing with his oldest son.
Ryan Susice thought back on a bust stretch of racing that included a small block win at Merrittville.
Tommy Wickham only had one run in so far and explained why we haven’t not seen him much.
Paul Kinney recapped his Saturday night at Fonda with the ESS that ended up running into the a.m.
Taylor Caprara explained why he was driving the 66w at Weedsport after a tough night on Saturday.

I had another fun day on Monday and Allie is still basking in the glow of her second place finish Monday night with the Syracuse Microd Club. My day started with a round of golf with Rich Vleck before we came back to the house to do voice tracks for the next edition of Speedway Showcase. I’ll tell you what…that Rich is one heck of a golfer. You’d do well to include him on a Captain n’ Crew as he smacks the heck out of the ball.
 
We have a lot of good stuff today on the audio Page but the big news was the release of the Super DIRT Week schedule for 2017. A lot of you who are in the know, myself included, had to breathe a sigh of relief as there was a reason you haven’t heard anything about this until yesterday. Good to hear the announcement and happy to see it back at Oswego Speedway.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page as we get hit hump day today on Wednesday. Steve Paine talks about his Modified win at Canandaigua, how he did when he put on a new set of tires and his first night racing with his oldest son.
Ryan Susice thought back on a bust stretch of racing that included a small block win at Merrittville on Saturday as he prepared for some 360 Sprint Car fun on Sunday in Weedsport. 

Paul Kinney recapped his Saturday night at Fonda with the ESS that ended up running into the a.m., how fast the track was after the rain and described what they had to do to get used to a new car. 

Tommy Wickham only had one run in so far with his 360 Sprint Car and explained why we haven’t not seen him much as well as how much fun he has had racing with his son. 

Taylor Caprara explained why he was driving the 66w at Weedsport after a tough night on Saturday, how he found a ride for Sunday and what the plan is to get the 21 car back on track.   
 
Tuesday, August 15th 2017
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Jimmy Phelps won just his 2nd race of the season Friday at Brewerton and told me how good he was.
Lance Yonge talked about being inducted into the ESS Hall of Fame and how much the honor meant.
Matt Guererri talks with Nick Guererri about his recent Canandaigua win as they ribbed each other.
Jessica Power explained how she ended up at Can Am Saturday and how she almost picked up a win.
Tony Veneziano reports on the Knoxville Nationals and how a NASCAR driver gave the race a boost.

I was on no sleep Monday…no sleep. I stayed up too late and could not get to sleep before the contractors came in the morning to swap out a bath tub that was peeling. They were loud and kept me awake except for an hour at lunch time so I was as tired as tired could be on Monday.
 
As I write this I am getting ready to head to the NYS Fairgrounds with Allie to do some racing on what I hope will be a very quick night. It’s her last race till September so I know she is hoping to do well.

I’ll be in studio this morning to do the next Speedway Showcase voice tracks and that new show will air sometime this weekend I believe. I’ll make sure I record something to let you guys know and I;’ll have that up for you tomorrow.
 
Now let’s chat more about the five clips we have for you today on the Audio Page as we chug along on a Tuesday. Jimmy Phelps won just his 2nd race of the season Friday at Brewerton and told me how good his car was as well as how much the track surface reminded him of classic Brewerton. 

Lance Yonge talked about being inducted into the ESS Hall of Fame, how much the honor meant to him after 22 years with the club and what he misses and does not miss about racing.

Matt Guererri, aka Gibz,  talks with Nick Guererri about his recent win at Canandaigua as they ribbed each other as well as another member of the family who was not racing on Sunday. Funny stuff here! 

Jessica Power explained how she ended up at Can Am on Saturday and how she almost picked up a win as well as how she almost pounded the wall while up front before finishing fifth. 

Tony Veneziano reports on the Knoxville Nationals, explained how Donny Schatz continued his dominance and how a NASCAR driver gave the race an extra boost.  
 
Monday, August 14th 2017
   New on the Audio Page from Weedsport Speedway:
 
After the heat races:
 
Rocky Warner talks about his heat win with Dave Marcuccilli as the two give each other a hard time.
Kevin Root described how his new car was in his heat win and why they decided it was time to upgrade.
Will Shields won the final Sportsman heat and told me why being tight into turn three is a big thing.
Scott Kreutter came from 4th to first in one lap and talked about winning his heat with a fast racecar.
Paul Kinney got the win in the second ESS qualifier and told me about a fuel system issue earlier.
Danny Varin told me how he faded early in his heat and why moving up to the top helped his finish.
Billy VanInwegen explained why the heat win was special and why he had a rough start on the top.
Paulie Colgiovanni walked me through a wheelie he did in turn four that turned the car sideways.


After the feature races:
 
Rocky Warner climbed victory hill after his Sportsman win and talked about his race up at the front.
Danny Varin made it two in a row winning his first in Weedsport and spoke about his big victory.
Lucas Wolfe was fast late coming from12th to 2nd and talked about how a bad draw hurt his chances.
Jason Barney picked up 11 spots to finish in third spoke about having a good run for the points.
Scott Kreutter finished in fourth and talked some issues during the race and the tricky race track.  
Jonathon Preston earned a pair of top five finishes on the weekend and talked about his 5th place.

I had a fun time last night at Weedsport Speedway for the ESS Legends Reunion show which also feature some crate Sportsman action. It was a beautiful day and a nice crowd as on hand as well as a good field of cars in the pit area. 31 ESS Sprinters and 32 Sportsman were there to entertain the fans.
 
Danny Varin won the ESS A-Main for his first ever win in just his second time at the track in a Sprint Car. He led every lap and held off a charging Lucas Wolfe in the closing laps. Wolfe flew in that morning from Knoxville after just missing the show by one spot while Varin won his second on the weekend after a victory the night before at Fonda.

Rocky Warner won a close battle up front with Zach Sobotka to make it two in a row in Weedsport. Warned had the lead at the line and was in front by a nose on the backstretch when the caution came out. Once they got back to racing he pulled away for the victory.
It was great to see a lot of people I hadn’t seen in a few weeks and catch up on things. And at some point all you racers are going to get sick of me bragging on my oldest daughter Allie’s racing. You are so nice to let me enjoy it and I thank you guys so much for all the encouragement.
 
There was a serious moment however when a tire came off a car in turn three. It bounced into the pit area at a pretty good clip and grabbed everyone’s attention very quickly. Fortunately it bounced off a hauler and into a car but nobody was injured. The car was that of ESS president Chuck Miller and it looked brand new before the dent on top of the right front fender. Sorry Chuck but better your car than anyone in the pits and nice car by the way. Those new Fords look sharp.
 
Today I’ll be in the studio, doing some writing and racing with Allie at the NYS Fairgrounds. It will be her last race until September 10th. Come on out and see us and these kids are really something. Race time 7 p.m.  
 
     
 
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