|Wednesday, August 7th 2013
| New on the Audio Page for today:
Michael Printup previews this weekend at Watkins Glen and explains what makes it different.
Alan Johnson was in a 14j car for Sunday and talked about some possible changes in rides.
Michael Muldoon described a brake issue he had in practice and how much better the car was.
Tony Steiner updated us on his progress as a rookie driving a powerful Supermodified at Oswego.
Tom Denton talks about the rescheduled Paul Denton Memorial for Pro Stocks on August 14th.
Lonnie Rood tells me about his involvement in racing and remembers his years as a driver.
I had a good day on Tuesday as I started things out by meeting and interviewing Michael Printup, the President of Watkins Glen International. I was able to chat with him about the big weekend they have coming up with both the Zippo 200 on Saturday at the Cheez-it 355 on Sunday.
His interview is up first and I hope a lot of you take advantage of this opportunity to check out the sport’s biggest stars as they take on the demanding road course in scenic New York State. This is my favorite NASCAR race of the year and I hope you all get a chance to go see some action in person this weekend.
I also have some nice dirt stuff up today for you as well so hit the Audio Page and check it out as you get your day started. And you have to wonder what discussions are taking place with Tony Stewart behind the scenes right about now don’t you?
I am wondering if this might be the straw that broke the camels back. I know Tony owns his own race team but his sponsors might be the ones that convince him that the time to concentrate on just Sprint Cup racing may be upon him. What do you think?
Now let’s chat more about what is new for today on the Audio Page. I begin with a look ahead. Michael Printup, President of Watkins Glen International, previews this weekend at Watkins Glen and explains what makes it different. He talked about the special events taking place, reminds fans that every ticket includes access to place you can’t go at other events and how affordable it really is to go.
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.
Michael Muldoon described a brake issue he had in practice and how much better the car was. He told me about some other adjustments they made afterwards, why he likes to scuff his tires before the heat race and what new tires are like the first half a lap or so.
Tony Steiner updated us on his progress as a rookie driving a powerful Supermodified at Oswego. He talked about some set up changes he had made, what condition he was trying to fix and how a wreck early in the year hurt him.
Tom Denton talks about the rescheduled Paul Denton Memorial for Pro Stocks on August 14th. He wondered if the date might help or hurt the attendance, updated us on the $1,394 to win show and what he is hearing from Pro Stock teams.
Lonnie Rood tells me about his involvement in racing and remembers his years as a driver. He talks about his role with both Dale Planck & Jason Rood, what excites him about his role and how working with a knowledgeable driver helps.
|Tuesday, August 6th 2013
| New on the Audio Page for today:
Dave Gruel was coming off a crash and ran down the work they had to do to get ready for Oswego.
Mike Mahaney talked about his race at Fonda on Saturday and looks ahead to Accord on Tuesday.
Keith Shampine was at Oswego for the 4th time this year and talked about his hopes for later on.
Adam Ellis has not raced much this year and explained why he made it to Utica Rome on Sunday.
Stephen Denton spoke about seeing his old racecar get a win and how happy he was to see it.
Rich Keller just got back on the track a few weeks ago and talked about the need for a new car.
Ryan Lund told me how he put together a deal to race a Pro Stock after two years off from racing.
I got a lot done on Monday as I wrote up another column for the Syracuse Post Standard and did some website work. I was saddened to hear of the passing of Sprint Car driver Kramer Williamson after a crash at Lincoln Speedway on Saturday night.
Anyone who had the pleasure of meeting Kramer came away with a smile on their face. He was a unique individual and quite a racecar driver as well. For media people like me, he was a breath of fresh air and always had time to tell stories and promote to sport of Sprint Car racing. He will be sorely missed!
I met Kramer many years ago while working for Rolling Wheels Raceway. He was always up in Central New York for the ESS/URC Challenge series and was one of the first drivers I chatted with. I’ll miss him too. It’s a tragic loss. May he rest in peace.
We have a lot of good stuff on the site today and I hope you like all the new interviews we have for you. We’ll be back tomorrow with more and will be in the studio on Wednesday. Later today I will be interviewing the President of Watkins Glen as they get ready for a big weekend. I’ll have that up tomorrow as well as some new stuff later this week, so keep checking back.
Now let’s chat more about what is new for today on the Audio Page. I begin with a man who has had some tough weeks on the asphalt in Oswego. Dave Gruel was coming off a crash and ran down the work they had to do to get ready for Oswego. He explained what happened on the track, how concerned he was that the car got the cage and the motor work they had to do as well. And wouldn’t you know it, another car ended up on top of him later that night.
Mike Mahaney talked about his race at Fonda on Saturday and looks ahead to Accord on Tuesday. He told me how frustrating it was not to move forward, what his hopes were for Sunday and wished his car owner a speedy recovery after a surgery. Get well soon Skip!
Keith Shampine was at Oswego for the 4th time this year and talked about his hopes for later on. He told me about a long time issue they solved at practice the night before, how happy he is with the engine he has in the car and some adjustments they made to try to cure a loose condition.
Adam Ellis has not raced much this year and explained why he made it to Utica Rome on Sunday. He remembered his first race of the season at Fulton, a handling condition he dealt with on that night and how nice it was to have his family with him helping in the pit area.
Stephen Denton spoke about seeing his old racecar get a win and how happy he was to see it happen. He also told me how his Sportsman has been going, how much fun he has been having doing some road racing and some tough luck they have had at the end of events.
Rich Keller just got back on the track a few weeks ago and talked about the need for a new car. He explained why he did not get a new car this season, why the old girl is not as competitive as most and wonders what he will do this off season.
Ryan Lund told me how he put together a deal to race a Pro Stock after two years off from racing. He explained what his first intention was when he offered a motor to help move the car around, what they did to get it race ready and an issue they were working on after hot laps at Utica Rome.
|Monday, August 5th 2013
| New on the Audio Page from the Utica Rome Speedway:
Pre race conversations:
Ron Hawker got ready for the Summer Pure Stock Championship and talked about his season.
Mike Bowman spoke about racing from the back after a flat to get a tenth place run at Canandaigua.
Stewart Friesen talked about his Sprint Car win Friday at Malta and his Modified win at Fonda.
Claude Hutchings Jr. tells Allie about the need to race more and his last few runs at Utica Rome.
Ryan Phelps now has wins at each of his three weekly homes and told me about his latest victory.
Eldon Payne Jr. explained why he towed east to Vernon and the need to get more seat time.
After the heat races:
Matt Janczuk drove away from the field in his heat win and told me how deep he drove the car in.
Randy Shantell almost lost the lead in the final corner and explained what was wrong with his car.
Claude Hutchings Jr. won the final Sportsman qualifier and told Allie how tight his racecar was.
Jimmy Davis walked me through his heat win and the work he had to do just to get to the race.
Pat Ward led every lap on his way to a heat win and explained how he decided which car to run.
After the features:
Matt Janczuk won a Sportsman feature that saw five different leaders and told the crowd all about it.
Claude Hutchings Jr. talked about his second place finish and where the race winner was better.
Jimmy Davis made a last lap pass to win the Modified feature and told Mike Mallett how he did it.
Pat Ward told me about his second place finish and how not being able to move around hurt him.
Dave Bruno got the win in his first race of the season and explained why we didn’t see him early.
Allie and I hit the road on Sunday driving out to Vernon, New York and the Utica Rome Speedway on a cool but sunny afternoon. A few rain drops did hit our windshield on the way out but none hit the ground once we were at the track.
It was a really good night too as all four features had late race passes for the win. First Matt Janczuk made a pass late to win the Sportsman feature followed by Jimmy Davis in the Modifieds, Pete Stefanski in the Pro Stocks (I missed him last night and need to call him this week.) and Mike Bruno in the Pure Stock Championship.
The best race was probably the Modified feature as Jimmy Davis caught Pat Ward late and passed him down low in turn one on the final lap after getting under him at the line. Ward was slowed up a bit by some slower traffic and afterwards told me his car was not maneuverable enough to get through there as well as he would have liked. Davis took advantage of that fact and got a win.
By the way, both were small blocks too. Ward by choice, Davis by necessity as that’s all he has left. Davis thought about trimming his schedule to one track but is trying to make a go of both Utica Rome & Fonda. I’ll bet he’s glad he came out last night huh?
In another nice story, Mike Bruno won in his first start of the year. He also did so on the first night ever that his kids have been there to watch…and he goes out and wins. He gave them the trophy in victory lane and their smiles were ear to ear. We chatted with him right after that too. It was a nice moment and he sounded so relaxed and happy afterwards. Nice story!
I did a lot of interviews and was able to save 10 of them. So we do have stuff in the can to put out this week and I will be in the studio between getaways with the kids. We have a couple of quick day trips planned to get them out more and I am really looking forward to them.
I’ll be busy writing today and have a nice interview scheduled for Tuesday that I think you guys will really like. I’ll put up new photos when I get them and we’ll be back tomorrow with lots more from the weekend. And don’t forget the Super DIRTcar Series is at Merrittville today and I-96 in Michigan on Tuesday. Plus Brett Deyo has a good one at Accord on Tuesday as they run their first mid week show in ten years.
|Sunday, August 4th 2013
| New on the Audio Page from the Oswego Speedway:
Pre race conversations:
Davey Hamilton explained why he made a surprise appearance and what his goals were for the day.
Otto Sitterly talked about his practice session, how loose he was and why he was not concerned.
Dan Connors Jr. finished his final practice laps and talked about taking a chance with a set up.
Tim Jedrzejek wondered where a vibration he felt was coming from and if they had it figured out.
Joe Gosek described his consistent season so far and why he doesn’t make big set up changes.
Brandon Bellinger had some trouble down in turn one and explained why he was saving tires.
After the heat races:
Josh Kerr won his Small Block Supermodified heat and talked about a fix they did with the rear.
Jack Patrick has been battling some engine issues and wondered if he had them fixed in his win.
Anthony Losurdo can’t legally drive on the roads and told me about his win in the final heat.
Tim Devendorf led every lap to win his Supermodified heat and described his drivable push.
Danny Connors Jr. took a gamble on his set up in his win and talked about the need to be tighter.
Brandon Bellinger talked about his fastest heat laps of the year and how happy he was afterwards.
After the feature races:
Danny Abt won his first career Small Block Supermodified feature and described it to Keith Zehr.
Mike Bruce finished in 2nd place and told Keith Zehr what he would do if he had it to do over again.
Otto Sitterly put on a show late to win the title of Mr. Supermodified and chatted with Keith Zehr.
Brian Sweeney led a lot of laps before finishing in 2nd and told Keith Zehr about 3 wide action.
Jerry Curran made a late race pass to come home in 3rd and talked about his difficult season.
Dan Connors Jr. held on for a 4th place finish and described what his car was doing in the last laps.
Tim Jedrzejek told me how he got airborne early and worked his way back to a 5th place finish.
What a night it was at the Oswego Speedway as the titles of Mr. Supermodified and Mr. Small Block Supermodified were on the line. It was a perfect day for racing too and the action was wild to say the least.
I’ll jump right into the 75 lap Supermodified and tell you that a big crash got things started on lap 2. The 4th and 5th place cars got together and carnage ensued behind them. At one point, Tim Jedrzejek leaped over the right rear tire of the Otto Sitterly car ending up on top of Dave Greul.
It was amazing that nobody was hurt in the crash and more amazing when Otto Sitterly came back to win and Tim Jedrzejek was able to take a car that didn’t even roll evenly on pit road to a 5th place finish.
Sitterly was fast late and gobbled up cars left and right in the closing laps. He passed for 4th on lap 35, 3rd in lap 40 and 2nd on lap 42. On lap 44 he passed Brian Sweeney in traffic for the lead and then drove away from the field.
While that was going on, Jerry Curran made a late race pass for 3rd and Jedrzejek was in hot pursuit of 4th after having one of the fastest cars in the last 20 laps. Yeah, it was one of those nights alright and we had a blast watching it.
The Small Block Supers saw a first time winner as Dan Abt led every lap on his way to a win. There was a lot of good racing going on behind him and in the final laps you can really see guys make some great moves as the margin between the faster cars & the slower ones gets bigger.
I did a total of 27 interviews on the day and most of those are up today. Others will show up during the week as I always save some for release later on so they don’t get lost in the shuffle of a 27 interview day. Hey, who has time for all that? So I have 8 that I held on to and if we race today, that will make for a two a day between Tuesday and Friday.
I also took some photos in the pits as I always do and those are up also. Before I head out today I will put up more if I get any so be sure to come on back. And let’s keep our fingers crossed for Utica Rome today and hope they get a nice day for a change. They, the drivers and fans could use one.
I also had a nice time last night showing Allie around another new racetrack for her. It was also her first time at an asphalt track so I told her she could wear her good sneakers and leave the safety glasses in the car. She did bring her ear protection as those Supers let out a pretty good roar.
Thanks to everyone at Oswego as they really make it easy to cover and they take such good care of everybody in the tower. You feel like you’re in first class on an airplane. Not like I’ve ever been in first class before in my 5 career flights, but if it is like this, it will be cool someday to do it. We had a ball and will be back again soon. Look for us today at Utica Rome as we continue a summer of racing fun.
|Saturday, August 3rd 2013
| New on the Audio Page from my quick trip to Brewerton:
Jimmy Phelps talked about his hopes for the two Super DIRTcar Series races early next week.
Pat Ward explained why he was dirty already in the pits and how he is doing at his weekly tracks.
Jon Kuleszo showed of his Vintage Car and explained how they found a 1982 Showcar Modified.
Tim Devendorf told me why he was racing both his Mod Lite and his Supermodified this weekend.
Dale Planck remembered his win at Kutztown on Wednesday and how tough the field is down there.
Rob Keller is now sold on his crate engine after last week’s win and talked about how it did.
I did a quick trip last night as I had to pick up my kids at 8:30 last night. I had hoped to be able to see some racing but rain moved into Brewerton and although it never poured, it was enough to delay the start of the show.
It was too darned bad for me as the track was excellent! The hot laps were amazing as the track was smooth and tacky. It was going to be a great night but life got in the way for me and off I went without seeing a heat race.
I did get some photos taken and did 11 interviews, putting up 6 of those today. I saved the other 5 as the rest of the weekend is not a given at this point. I plan on Oswego today and Utica Rome on Sunday. So let’s keep our fingers crossed and hope for three solid days of racing!
Now let’s chat more about what is new for today on the Audio Page. I begin with a man who will race four times in five days. Jimmy Phelps talked about his hopes for the two Super DIRTcar Series races early next week. He told me how tough Merrittville can be, how tough the small blocks can be at this 1/3 mile track and explains why I-96 Speedway is nothing like any track we see in Central New York.
Pat Ward explained why he was dirty already in the pits and how he is doing at his weekly tracks. He told me which track he seems to be better at, how he did last time at Brewerton and where he feels he needs to be better.
Jon Kuleszo showed of his Vintage Car and explained how they found a 1982 Showcar Modified. He talked about the work it took to get it ready after sitting in a garage for many years, how the car has done since coming back to life and how some newer shocks have helped.
Tim Devendorf told me why he was racing both his Mod Lite and his Supermodified this weekend. He talked about how nice the racetrack was early on, explained how the handicapping will change on Saturday at Oswego and how an extra 25 laps changes your strategy.
Dale Planck remembered his win at Kutztown on Wednesday and how tough the field is down there. He explained why those cars are so fun to drive, how the racing surface reminded him of the good old days and looks ahead to a pair of Super DIRTcar Series races next week.
Rob Keller is now sold on his crate engine after last week’s IMCA win at Brewerton and talked about how it did. He explained the set up changes he had to make, how he had to adjust his driving style a little and what he noticed after watching the in car video.
|Friday, August 2nd 2013
| New on the Audio Page for today:
Steve Poirier talks about his ESS win at Mohawk International as he regained the point lead.
Ryan Watt tells me about his win at Bridgeport and how changes they made last year are helping.
Ryan Susice won his first race of the year last week at Ransomville and talks about his busy weekend.
I had a good day on Thursday as I got some work done and did a few interviews in the home studio. I got to speak with three winners from the past weekend and all three of those are up today.
It got a lot cooler out there after a late day front moved through our area and it will remain cooler all weekend long. Today sounds good but we could have some weather this weekend so keep your fingers crossed as there are some tracks out there that could really use a break.
I’ll be staying local this weekend and am looking for someone from Central New York to ride with to go to Accord next week. I’ve never been there and would like to share driving with someone. If you’re going, let me know with an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Now let’s speak more about what we have for you on the Audio Page. I begin with the first of three feature winners up today. Steve Poirier talks about his ESS win at Mohawk International as he regained the point lead in the series. He told me how well he continues to do at this big half mile track, why he thought about his 410 again after a trip to Drummond and gets ready for a race at Albany Saratoga later today.
Ryan Watt tells me about his win at Bridgeport and how changes they made last year are helping in 2013. He talked about his knowledge of shocks, his flat tire at Grandview on Tuesday and how an incorrect tire choice hurt him late at I-88 Speedway last week. He has double features this Saturday at Bridgeport by the way.
Ryan Susice won his first race of the year last week at Ransomville and talks about his busy weekend. He told me how quickly he made his way to the front, how much of a relief it was to win and how nice it will be to have his second car ready to race this weekend.
|Thursday, August 1st 2013
| New on the Audio Page for today:
Bobby Varin tells me about his win last Friday at Glen Ridge and his tough night at Grandview.
Paul Kinney chats about his race at Mohawk International and updates me on his dad’s condition.
Chip Burdick previews some events at Can Am including their Night of Fireworks & Destruction.
It was a real nice day on Wednesday and I got a lot done as I wrote up another article for the Syracuse Post Standard and did some website work here at the home studio. After that I got to get out and do a few things as well so it was a nice day indeed.
Today I will be back in the studio again and will hope to get a lot done to get the weekend started. Remember, there are only a few race weekends left in the regular season…five to be exact, so get out and support your favorite track this weekend as summer 2103 winds down.
Now let’s chat more about what is new for today on the Audio Page. I begin with a winner from the past weekend. Bobby Varin tells me about his win last Friday at Glen Ridge and his tough night at Grandview. He explained how he went from 3rd to 1st in the blink of an eye, how he got caught up in a jingle on Tuesday and wonders if he’ll make it to Utica Rome this Sunday to shake down the 00 car.
Paul Kinney chats about his race at Mohawk International and updates me on his dad’s condition. He told me what happened to his dad one week ago, how he is doing now and how nice it was for him to have an incident free night this past weekend after his bad crash at Canandaigua a few weeks beforehand.
Chip Burdick previews the next few events at Can Am including their Night of Fireworks & Destruction. He told me which monster trucks will be competing on August 24th, how folks can catch a free night of racing the day before it by purchasing advance sale tickets and looks forward to this Friday.
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