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Gary Rowe of M.R. Gaebel, Inc.
Gates-Cole Associates SUNY Canton Automotive Technology program
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Sunday, May 5th 2019
   New on the Audio Page from a wet and misty Land of Legends Raceway:
 
Before the features:
John Tiff talked about seeing his Sprint Car buddies and previewed today at Utica Rome Speedway.
Parker Smith spoke with me and the crowd at Land of Legends after his Street Stock heat victory. 
Adam DePuy walked us through his dramatic last lap pass to win the second Street Stock heat race.
Jeff Trombley won the first 305 Sprint Car heat race and told me how hard he raced the outside.
Justin Miles was on the video board speaking with me after his win in the second 305 Sprint race.
Mike Stanton chatted with me after getting off the scales and winning Sportsman heat number 1.
Kane Bristol took the win in the second Sportsman heat and talked about how good his car was.
Ricky Newton pulled away to win his Sportsman heat race from the outside pole starting spot.
Loren Lincoln finished first in the final Sportsman qualifier and talked about his off season work.
Thomas Radivoy was fastest in the first Patriot Sprint Tour heat and talked about his big win.
Shawn Donath never lifted in his Patriot Sprint Tour win and spoke about being on a tacky track.
Paulie Colagiovanni took the lead on a restart and spoke to me about winning heat number 3.
Pete Richardson got the win in his Patriot Sprint Tour heat and the man who builds his engines.
Erick Rudolph won the first Modified heat and spoke about how a problem he had in the race.
Adam Roberts spoke with me in his pit area after his Mod heat win and talked about being tight.
 
After the features and A-Main:
Adam DePuy defended his championship with an opening day win and spoke about the track.
Chuck Hebing blew away the field for a PST A-Main win and explained why he didn’t lift at all.
Matt Sheppard pulled away on a restart to win the feature and talked about winning 6 in a row.
Kane Bristol described how he did something he had never done before, win on opening day.
Johnny Kolosek got out of his car and greeted the fans after his career first 305 Sprint victory.
Alex Payne reacted to winning his first Sportsman B-Main and talked about how he stayed calm.
 
It was the season opener at Land of Legends Raceway and to say it got off to a good start would not be accurate. It was a muddy mess and a persistent drizzle greeted those of us who got there early and a traffic jam ensued as we had to detour around the regular route from the thruway.

Once we got in there were haulers everywhere including outside the racetrack. Many spots were just too wet to park but a bulldozer and a front loader were on hand to help things along both before and afterward. There were not a lot of smiles until they started to work that racetrack in and then things got better in a hurry.
 
A super fast, super tacky and surprisingly smooth surface saw some unbelievable racing and some unbelievable lap times. The Patriot Sprint Tour lap times were in the 14 second range which is anywhere from 120-130 mph average so they had to be darned close to 150 mph on the backstretch. They were flying in what has to be some of the fastest laps ever turned at the sweepy half mile. Yeah, I made a word up there or is my spellchecker wrong?
 
I did pit reporting and victory lanes and we broadcast live on the big screen as I spoke to the heat winners right after they got off the scales. After a few to get a rhythm going we sailed smoothly through the rest of the night. So you’ll notice these heat winning interviews are a little different than usual as I walk you through the whole thing as it happens. They had to be tight and fast as we only had a quick moment before the next race began.
 
All the night’s winners except one are on the page today and I’ll have some pre-race stuff up tomorrow and a Doug’s Thoughts on the whole night later in the week. Plus I did a super long motor sounds clip that I know some of you will like. I had a lot more fun that I thought I would and really enjoyed the fast pace as well as being in the middle of the action. I loved it!
 
I am going to a concert to hear some friends play in a much anticipated reunion show. But with lots of racing to talk about from the weekend I’ll have lots of people to call this week.

Enjoy your Sunday. Don’t forget Utica Rome has their opener today. Support local racing both with your dollars and your kind words on line. Have a great day. 
 
Saturday, May 4th 2019
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Ricky Breed remembers his stock car racing days and talks about his new job flagging at Fulton.
In the latest Doug’s Thoughts I wish all of you racing tonight and tomorrow all the best on the track.
 
Keep your fingers crossed for today and let’s hope Mother Nature is done with us for the weekend. I hope you all have a great time no matter where you go tonight and I hope the racing is good and safe as these early races always make me nervous.
 
I know you all have worked hard and I also know that all that hard work does not mean that everyone will have success tonight. It’s a long season and I hope it will be a great one for all of you. You guys work so hard it’s almost not fair that some of you are gonna wreck, some are gonna have a parts failure but some of you are going to start out with a run better than you thought too.

No matter what don’t let one night define your season. Do the best you can. Carry yourself with class and show respect to your fellow racers, the track you race at and the sport in general. And most of all…have fun.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page starting with a man many of you know from stock car racing in the 90’s and 2000’s. Ricky Breed remembers his stock car racing days, the time a mouse shared the spotlight with him in victory lane and talks about his new job flagging at Fulton. 
 
In the latest Doug’s Thoughts I wish all of youracing tonight and tomorrow all the best on the track. Be safe tonight boys and girls and have fun!  
 
Friday, May 3rd 2019
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Ryan Susice talks about his hopes for this weekend’s season openers at Ransomville and Merrittville.
Frank Nortz previews Saturday’s opener at Adirondack and next week’s big dirt Sportsman race.

The tracks close to me have already been rained out for today but there are still tracks out there that are optimistic about tonight. And our first person up today is hoping to get dirty and race at one of those tracks tonight.
 
I’ll be here in the studio and will be at Land of Legends Raceway tomorrow where I will be pit reporting and doing victory lanes. I am finally feeling better on day three of the antibiotics and am excited to finally get out now that that dull headache is gone. Yay! Finally! Race day is almost here for me. Again...yay!
 
Now let’s chat more about what is in the Audio Page for today starting with a man who, like a lot of us, can’t wait to get to the track and race. Ryan Susice talks about his hopes for this weekend’s season openers at Ransomville and Merrittville, describes what they can learn from spring smashers and his plans to race again at Outlaw on Tuesday. 
 
Frank Nortz previews Saturday’s opener at Adirondack International, next week’s big dirt Sportsman race and talks about some big shows later in the season as well.  
 
Thursday, May 2nd 2019
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Jimmy Phelps talks about his only race so far in 2019 and previews Weedsport’s practice on Sunday.
Bobby Varin recaps his 4th place at Fonda last Saturday and talks about his 358 and Sprint Car plans. 

I had a nice day on Wednesday as I got to celebrate my birthday with my family here at the house. It was a really nice day and I am happy to have another birthday. I’m not happy about the number associated with it but it’s better than the alternative right?
 
I’m hoping to get feeling better in the next few days as it usually take a few days fore the antibiotics to kick in. But I should be much better for the weekend as we are optimistic about both Saturday and Sunday. Let’s go racing…I hope.
 
Now let’s chat more abut what is on the Audio Page today starting with a look ahead to something happening this Sunday. Jimmy Phelps talks about his only race so far in 2019 and previews Weedsport Speedway’s practice this Sunday while looking ahead to their first race of the season on May 19th featuring the World of Outlaws. 
 
Bobby Varin recaps his 4th place at the Fonda Speedway opener last Saturday, explains how his car was after he tightened up a little too much before the feature and talks about his 358 and Sprint Car plans as well.  
 
Wednesday, May 1st 2019
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Rocky Warner walks me through his Saturday at Fonda Speedway where he finished in sixth place.
Kyle DeMetro will be racing a 358 Modified this year and told me about his plans for this weekend.

I had a nice day off on Tuesday as I began my antibiotics to rid myself of a nagging sinus infection. I haven’t felt right for a few weeks now and it’s good to know there is a reason why. Usually by day three I’m doing much better and after checking with the doc on Monday, it has been almost four years since I have had one. Let’s hope this was just a fluke.
 
Nice thing is that I should be much better by Saturday when we are set to run the first race at Land of Legends Raceway. It will be fun to see you all on a race night and I’m just happy to be a small part of the show as of course, the racers are THE SHOW! My job is to get you more information to help you enjoy it a little more.
 
Now let’s chat more abut what is on the Audio Page today starting with a man who raced on a very cold day this past Saturday. Rocky Warner walks me through his Saturday at Fonda Speedway where he finished in sixth place, describes what happened during the course of the feature and runs down this weekend’s plans. 
 
Kyle DeMetro will be racing a 358 Modified this year and told me about his plans for this weekend while thinking back to the last time he ran small blocks back in 2015.  
 
Tuesday, April 30th 2019
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Ryan Watt tells me about his first ever race at Fonda last week and his race tonight down in Delaware.
Andrew Ferguson recapped his first race of the season and talked about his hopes for Brewerton.
Tony Veneziano reports on the World of Outlaw Sprint Cars as they raced at Lake Ozark Speedway.

It was another cold and rainy day on Monday and that trend is set to continue at least for a few more days anyway. The practice at Brewerton Speedway that was set for tonight was cancelled on Sunday and we are hoping things stay dry this week so we can get in their season opener on Friday…we’ll see!
 
Delaware International runs tonight as they host the Diamond State 50 and the driver at the top of our page today will be there tonight. I hope the weather down there is nicer and I hear temps will be in the 80’s so we hope things go well there tonight.
 
Now let’s chat more about what is on the Audio Page today as we chat with a pair of Modified drivers and get caught up on the busiest traveling series on the planet. Ryan Watt tells me about his first ever race at Fonda last week that resulted in an 8th place finish, his race tonight down in Delaware at the Diamond State 50 and where he’ll race this weekend. 
 
Andrew Ferguson recapped his first race of the season that he used as a shake-down run, how good he looks with his engine program right now and talked about his hopes for Brewerton. Yes, tonight’s practice did get rained out right after we recorded this! 
 
Tony Veneziano reports on the World of Outlaw Sprint Cars as they raced at Lake Ozark Speedway, the race on Sunday that rained out right before the B-Main and looks ahead to a busy month of May.   
 
Monday, April 29th 2019
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Ryan Krachun talks about his win at New Egypt and his plans to race a lot in the 2019 season.
Tim Sears Jr. ran down how his first race went and looks forward to racing twice this weekend.
Brett Deyo previews the Diamond Sate 50 tomorrow at Delaware International and talks Fonda.
 
I had a nice day on Sunday as I was able to do some work in the studio and go with Allie over to the fairgrounds to see our friends in the Syracuse Microd Club get in their season opener. It was cold but the sun was out so it wasn’t too bad at all. I’m still trying to fight off a cold or something and will probably head to the doctor today to see if I need so antibiotics like my wife got a few days ago.
 
I got a lot done and that’s why you have three interviews to listen to today. And you’ll have three more tomorrow too. I’ll be working late tonight as Allie has a basketball game at dinner time but I will be sure to have more good stuff to listen to tomorrow.
 
Now let’s chat in more detail about what’s new on the Audio Page starting with a young man who just notched his fourth career Modified feature win. Ryan Krachun talks about his win at New Egypt, how he came from 10th to victory lane and his plans to race a lot in the 2019 season.

Tim Sears Jr. ran down how his first race went, describes some troubles they had with their big block at Can Am and looks forward to hopefully racing twice this weekend.  
 
Brett Deyo previews the Diamond Sate 50 tomorrow at Delaware International, goes over some specifics for fans & drivers and talks about Saturday’s opener at Fonda.  
 
     
 
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