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Thursday, July 18th 2019
   New on the Audio Page for today:

Chris Hile talks about the race engine heaters he builds and why that is so important in today's world. 
Jeremie Corcoran talks about Thursday Night Thunder tonight in Cicero and the work done at OCFS.
Joe Marotta tells me how things are going in Oswego and gets ready for Syracuse Nationals Weekend. 

It was a nice, cool day on Wednesday and I got some work done around the house and also got into the studio as well as two of the three interviews up todwere recorded yesterday. I'll be doing a show at Land og Legends Raceway on Saturday and possibly Utica Rome on Sunday. The weather could be an issue on any of the next few days so let's hope Mother Narure is a race fan.

Today Allie will be doing some on-line racing with our friend Jeff and I'll be in the studio again as I have three things set up. And I'm always looking for more to do so senc me your thoughts and anyone's name who you think I should call. Thanks!

Now let's chat in more detail about the stuff you can listen to on the Audio Page today starting with a driver who won a few hours after we spoke. Chris Hile talks about the race engine heaters he builds, explains why they are so important in today's world while remembering a jingle he was involved in the week before at Brewerton Speedway. 

Jeremie Corcoran talks about Thursday Night Thunder tonight in Cicero at ESTA Safety Park Dragstrip, what you can do to be a partofthe fun during the Syracuse Natiionals and the work did at Orange County Fair Speedway to make it a multi-groove track. PS-They race there tonight!

Joe Marotta tells me how things are going at Oswego Speedway on Saturday nights, remembers the big fire a few weeks ago and gets ready for Syracuse Nationals Weekend which begins officially today with the event in Cicero. 
 
Wednesday, July 17th 2019
   New on the Audio Page for today:

Danny Varin talks about his win at Fonda to finish his weekend and the tough luck he had before. 
Ben Bushaw talks about how he is doing with his Modified as he learns to drive Fulton Speedway. 
Kyle Inman talked about his Sportsman win at Ransomville and his big crash Saturday in Batavia. 
Dwight Nichols describes some repairs he had to make and his hopes to test today at Paradise.

Before we get started today we would like to extend our deepest sypathies to the Haers family after losing Gerald earlier this week. He was a great man who did a lot for racing and the business community. He was a hard working man who was loved by everyone who met him, myself included. His legacy lives on with his two sons, daughter and his grandkids. You will be sorely missed Gerald and may you rest in peace.

I stayed busy most of the day and visited Webmaster Andy at the hospital. He is getting better slowly and hopes to be out possibly next week. How well he will do and how well he will recover is still unknown but he is very opitimistic which is better than I would do after being laid up for two weeks. We're praying for you Andrew and hope you are back with us soon.

Now let's chat more about what is on the Audio Page today starting with a man who's weekend started badly but ended with a victory. Danny Varin talks about his Modified win at Fonda to finish his weekend, the tough luck he had before that as he wrecked in the first 20 lapper and lost a sprak plug wire while running 5th the night before with the All Star Sprints. 

Ben Bushaw talks about how he is doing with his 358 Modified as he learns to drive Fulton Speedway, a much more powerful car and what his goals were for Saturday night including the need to be better as the laps wind down. Good news is that he won his heat race about an hour after we spoke.

Kyle Inman talked about his Sportsman win at Ransomville on Friday, described how much better the track surface has been and described his big crash on a restart Saturday in Batavia while running in second place. Lots of work to do for Kyle and his crew to do this week. 

Dwight Nichols describes some frame repairs he had to make to his Sportsman, explains how they made sure there were no more problems than that and described his hopes to test today at Paradise weather permitting of course.
 
Tuesday, July 16th 2019
   New on the Audio Page for today:

Billy VanPelt talked about Saturday night's win at Woodhull and how he is liking his new coil car.
Mike Bowman spoke about his Mod wins at Utica Rome on Friday and Thunder Mountain Saturday.
Tim Hegarty talks about honoring Ovid Doiron with his latest Dirt Modified Nostalgia Tour racecar.
Tony Veneziano talks about the WoO Sprint Car races from Wilmot Raceway & Hartford Speedway. 

I had a nice day on Monday as I let my knee rest, hung out with some of my neighbors and did some work here in the studio. Three of the four you have to listen to today were recorded on Monday and I'll be getting more today.

I'll be back at Land of Legends Raceway this Saturday and will do either a Friday or Saturday show to go along with it. I'll decide that later this week as I see how I am doing and decide how much hoofing around is appropriate for the weekend. I'm having a blast, just wish my knee could keep up.

Now let's chat more about what is new for today on the Audio Page that you can listen to right now. Billy VanPelt talked about Saturday night's Modified feature win at Woodhull, how he is liking his new coil car and describes how a change in his exhaust led to a cut tire last Tuesday at Accord.

Mike Bowman spoke about his Modified feature wins at Utica Rome on Friday and Thunder Mountain Saturday while explaining why his engine choice was a big help on Friday and how cool it was to double up on the weekend, something he had not done since his Sportsman days.

Tim Hegarty talks about honoring Canadian racecar driver Ovid Doiron with his latest Dirt Modified Nostalgia Tour ride, why this Vega bodied car is so special to him and why it is so different than what he has driven in the past. It's a nice ride!

Tony Veneziano talks about the latest WoO Sprint Car races in Wilmot Raceway & Hartford Speedway, explains why the point race has tightened up and looks forward to five straight nights of racing in The Buckeye State. 


 
Monday, July 15th 2019
   New on the Audio Page for today:

Pat Ward talked about the value of pre-heating the water in the car and remembered his first races. 
Mike Prentice spoke about his recent Sportsman win and why his car is finally handling like he likes. 
Dave Brown showed off his new Sportsman and talked about what his hopes were for night number 1.

I laid low on Sunday as my left knee has been having a tough few weeks. So much so that I am going to call the doctor today and see what I can do to make it better. It has not been great for a few years but now I am limping on a constant basis and for me to seek help shows you how things are as I hate doctors. I always feel like they're gonna find something I don't like and it will break our family financially. Keep your fingers crossed.

I am going to be back in the studio today as no matter how badly I'm getting around I can still do that. We're off from the Dirt Modified Nostalgia Tour for the next two weekends but will be back on the road the first weekend in August as we hit Albany Saratoga and Thunder Moutain that weekend. It's gonna be fun. 

Now let's chat more about what is on the Audio Page for today starting with a look back at the beginning with a veteran Modified driver.  Pat Ward talked about the value of pre-heating the water in the engine before starting it, how nice it was to see his old car win at Fulton the week before and remembered his first few races as a teenager. 

Mike Prentice spoke about his recent Sportsman win at Brewerton Speedway, how happy he is to finally get rid of a nagging handling issue on the car while hinting at what he did to make it better. Way to stay with it Mike!

Dave Brown showed off his new Sportsman at Fulton Speedway on Saturday night, described what they did to get it together and talked about what his hopes were for night number one in a new class.

 
Sunday, July 14th 2019
   New on the Audio Page from Fulton Speedway:

Robert Gage celebrated in a rainy victory lane and spoke about his very first career Sportsman win.
Cody Manitta talked about his Novice Sportsman heat win and how well his rookie season is going. 
Jessica Power told me about her first Sportsman race and what they would change after the rain.
Jason Powers won the DMNT Mod feature and talked about going back to Brockville to fix the car. 
Scott Gauthier swept the weekend with his Nostalgia car and wondered if he might have to move. 

We had a great weekend and a really fun day on Saturday. It started early as many of the drivers from the Dirt Modified Nostalgia Tour came down for a backyard pool/racecar party here at the house in Liverpool. We grilled, talked racing and relaxed before heading to Fulton Speedway for our second night in a row.

My knee has been killing me all weekend so I wanna thank Adam Buchanan and Bill Foley for thier help. Bill helped on the mic in the tower while Adam saved me knees and did the DMNT victory lanes. The club had so much fun and loved Brewerton and Fulton Speedways. 

Allie did well for the second night in a row as she passed cars in the heat and the feature finishing 6th and on the lead lap. She passed a couple of cars and even lapped one as well. She did get a ding in the left rear quarter panel, which she was very upset about, when a car tapped her in the first corner of the heat race. She recovered like she'd been doing it for years and really had her best night so far on a very tacky track at Fulton. 

We'll be laying low today as I am wiped out and if I get back from some errands early enough I'll hit the studio. I've been taking notes and already have a long list of people to get ahold of. I'll start on that either tonight or tomorrow. I hope all of you guys and gals who have been racing all weekend are happy and those of you racing today have a great time. I admire all of you who do this and my respect level for the sport is at an all-time high.

Thanks to Derrick Flynn and Pete Stapper for letting Allie drive their wonderful Dodge Challenger Modified. Thanks to Jeff Barker for his I-racing coaching as it really kicked in this weekend and made a huge difference. Thanks to Mikayla Abbott for getting Allie fired up before getting in the car. And thanks to all of you who watch the videos and encourage her at the track. It means the world to us. Thank you all so much.
 
Saturday, July 13th 2019
   New on the Audio Page for today:

Ronnie Davis won the second Modified heat race and talked about how much the track changed. 
Tommy Sears joked with his nephew and told me how good he was in his modified heat victory. 
Chris Hile led some laps before finishing second in his heat and explained why everyone was tight.
Kenny Polite made a late race pass to get 1st and spoke about his Dirt Modified Nostalgia Tour win.
Scott Gauthier made it two in a row on the Dirt Modified Nostalgia Tour and talked about his racecar.
Chris Hile celebrated in victory lane after earning his first Modified win of the season at Brewerton.
Jimmy Phelps explained why a late race caution did not help and how that made him settle for 2nd. 
Tommy Sears picked up 12 spots to finish in 3rd and talked about what happened on the late restart. 
Alan Fink won the very first Sportsman feature of the night and spoke about some recent struggles. 
Ryan Dolbear pulled off a shocker to win his Sportsman feature and explained why he needed help. 

It was quite the night at Brewerton Speedway as the Dirt Modified Nostalgia Tour visited the track for the first time. I think we did a pretty good job and we have a nice field of 24 cars on hand. And with no weather in the area we did not have to rush as we have at every other show we've been at this year. I'll be at Fulton Speedway later today with the DMNT and yes, Allie will be there too. More on that later. 

Chris Hile won the Modified feature race and held off Jimmy Phelps and Tommy Sears after a late race yellow to win his first of the season. After a dry start to the night in hot laps they watered the track and it turned out fantastic. Very little dust and three race lanes amde for quite the race night.

Nice story in the Sportsman as Fulton Speedway Novice Sportsman regular Ryan Dolbear won his first race at Brewerton and did so in convincing fashion. Go back and search him on my Audio Page to see what makes this so special. We're so happy for you Ryan and hope it is just the first of many.

As for Allie, she was slow in her heat but thanks to come encouragement from her former Microd Teammate she was much better in the feature and ran her best race so far with the DMNT finishing 8th out of 10 cars. She even made her first competitive pass and was right there for most of the race. Now she can't wait to go again today as we are set for Fulton tonight.

A big thanks to everyone with the DMNT especially car owners Derrick Flynn and Pete Stapper who trusted her ability enought to give this a shot and thanks to Jeff Ciglich for helping to set this up. We know it's a long road that will have some bumps in it but we are so happy to have a nice night at the track. Thank you.

Come back tomorrow as we'll have more and please come out and see us or support your local racetrack tonight. You can record the stuff on TV so see some racing live tonight. That's my homework assignment for you. 
 
Friday, July 12th 2019
   New on the Audio Page for today:

Vern Lafave tells me how he is recovering from burns sustained in a crash at Oswego Speedway. 
Doug Heveron shares some racing memories and explains why he does not drink strawberry shakes. 
Billy VanInwegen describes his season so far as he has won in both Sprint Cars and Dirt Modifieds. 

We had a nice day on Thursday as the big storms that were predicted stayed to the north for the most pasrt. We had a few rumbles later in the day and as I look at the radar at 8:38 p.m. I can see a few things may hit us before the night is over. That's fine with me as I love a late night thunderstorm and today should be just fine as only a few early morning showers are in the forecast.

I have some really good ones up today as I visit with a man who alot of us have been thinking about and praying for these last few weeks. Good news is that he is doing fine and may even be back to the track suited up somewhere down the road. And I catch up with a fellow Liverpool High Schooler from back in the 70's. I did not know Doug in high school but we traveled in the same circles afterwards. And any and all stories from that time are firmly denied even though they may or may not be true. Hey, it was the 70's man so cut us some slack!

We're excited as the Dirt Modified Nostalgia Tour is set to roll into Brewerton Speedway tonight and Fulton Speedway tomorrow. Allie has been going to these tracks for over a decade and she can't wait to see what they look like from on the surface. It's gonna be a fun day. Now don't expect too much as she is still learning but she will improve and if what happened before with the Microd happens here she'll be fine in 2020.

Now let's chat more about what is new on the Audio Page beginning with a man who is truly happy to be with us here today. Vern Lafave tells me how he is recovering from burns sustained in a crash three weeks ago at Oswego Speedway, explains what went wrong and wonders if he may race again soon. So happy you are doing well Vern and we hope you are back to 100% soon.

Doug Heveron shares some racing memories from extensive past, tells mhat he is doing these days in sunny Florida and explains why he does not drink strawberry milk shakes anymore. Good one here!

Billy VanInwegen describes his season so far as he has won in both Sprint Cars and Dirt Modifieds, remembers the start to Speedweeks at Can Am and gives himself a letter grade on his season while his dad adds a few comments. 


 
     
 
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