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Saturday, August 13th 2016
   

New on the Audio Page for today:  

Jimmy Horton thinks back to his past at Weedsport twenty years ago and talked about his season.
Tommy Kinsella runs down how he has done in his limited time and what his plans are for later.
Chris Fleming described how he ran down the leader and made a last corner pass for a Fulton win.
Taylor Caprara talks about the Caprara family’s involvement at Can Am and his season so far.

Another Saturday is here and let’s hope it is a dry one as we can use all the help we can get according to the people who work on it for a living. Let’s all hope they are wrong and we can get in some racing today. Keep your fingers crossed.

Also keep your fingers crossed for me as today is the first day that I will be working officially with my new computer and studio. I hate learning new things but am excited to be spending less time waiting for script errors and other slow downs that my old system was famous for. Wish me well.

Now let’s chat more about the new stuff we have for you today on the Audio Page starting with a true veteran of racing who has been there and done that. Jimmy Horton thinks back to his past at Weedsport twenty years ago s he prepared to race there again on Tuesday and talked about his 2016 season.  

Tommy Kinsella runs down how he has done in his limited time behind the wheel of a big block Modified this season and what his plans are for later.

Chris Fleming described how he ran down the leader and made a last corner pass for a Fulton Late Model win as well as the reaction the other driver had afterwards.

Taylor Caprara talks about the Caprara family’s involvement at Can Am, his season so far in a Sportsman and a change at the dealerships that most won’t even notice.  

 
Friday, August 12th 2016
   

New on the Audio Page for today:   

Stewart Friesen thinks back on his NASCAR truck race at Eldora and looks ahead to Bristol.
Billy Pauch Jr. talked about his dad’s induction into the DIRT Hall of Fame and a new Modified.
Billy Whittaker remembered his finishes from this past weekend and his one race in Weedsport.
Luke Horning offers his take on the state of Pro Stock racing as he got ready to race on Friday.
Randy Williamson gives some advice to teams on slick track set ups as we hit the dog days.
Jerrod Dennis talks about the Fight Night Street Stocks and his time as a soldier fighting overseas.

Here is to hoping the weather people are wrong and we can get in some racing today. I am hopefully fully engrossed in my new computer and if you see me on Facebook then everything is going well.

I am off of racing today but will probably try to hit a show on Saturday and possibly Sunday. But we’ll see how things go as there is a lot of weather around. So keep your fingers crossed. One way or another we still have a lot of good stuff up for you today.

Let’s talk in more detail about the cool stuff on the Audio Page starting out with big news for one of our Modified racers. Stewart Friesen thinks back on his NASCAR truck race at Eldora, tells me what went wrong when he was running in fifth and looks ahead to joining the series again at Bristol next weekend.

Billy Pauch Jr. talked about his dad’s induction into the DIRT Hall of Fame on Monday, how his 2016 season has been going and a new Modified they’re working on for Big Diamond.  

Billy Whittaker remembered his finishes from this past weekend, his one race in Weedsport twenty years ago while looking ahead to his night at Fulton where $20 bucks gets a car load in.

Luke Horning offers his take on the state of Pro Stock racing as he got ready to race on Friday night at Glen Ridge Motorsports Park.  

Jerrod Dennis talks about the Fight Night Street Stocks as he got ready to race at Skyline and his time as a soldier fighting for our country overseas. Real good one here!  

Randy Williamson gives some advice to teams on slick track set ups as we hit the dog days of August while reminding us that the new 2017 Bicknell will be out soon.

 
Thursday, August 11th 2016
   

New on the Audio Page for today:   

Brett Hearn pulled into the infield on Tuesday and told me what went wrong with his Modified.
Pete Bicknell tells me about his Friday night win at Ransomville and Saturday at Merrittville.
Alton Palmer talks about putting Bobby Varin in his Modified for Weedsport and his last race.
Mike Button recalls his recent Sportsman win and tells me what he does after the races are over.
Jason Occhino lost a heartbreaker in his Late Model and talked about that final set of corners.
Chris Curtis is a 16 year old Sportsman racer and tells me how he is doing on Friday nights.
Jason Casey talks about being part of a father/son team and how they’re 2016 season is going.

If you’re reading this than things went well for me with the old and slow computer I was trying to nurse through one last day of action. I have two more days of stuff from my last four shows and those should be up for you tomorrow and Saturday.

I am ripping apart my old studio and building a new one with a friend today. Then Andy will bring the new computer over later tonight and the learning will begin. Let’s hope it all goes well as it is tough to teach an old dog new tricks.

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page that is packed with great stuff today. Brett Hearn pulled into the infield in Tuesday’s Hall of Fame 100 in Weedsport and told me what went wrong with his Modified.

Pete Bicknell tells me about his Friday night win at Ransomville and Saturday at Merrittville as he checked out the action in Weedsport on Thursday.  

Alton Palmer talks about putting Bobby Varin in his Modified for Weedsport, where else they plan to race and his plans as a driver for the rest of 2016.  

Mike Button recalls his recent Sportsman win at Fulton, why it was nice to get one in July and tells me what he does after the races are over.  

Jason Occhino lost a heartbreaker in his Late Model and talked about that final set of corners as well as when he knew he was in trouble.  

Chris Curtis is a 16 year old Sportsman racer and tells me how he is doing on Friday nights at Glen Ridge as well as how his friends react to him being a teenage racer.  

 Jason Casey talks about being part of a father/son Pro Stock team and how they’re 2016 season is going while remembering when he almost caught dad for a win.  

 
Wednesday, August 10th 2016
   

New on the Audio Page from Weedsport Speedway:

After the heat races:

Casey Williams talked about his win in the first Sportsman heat and some of his past in Weedsport.
Rocky Warner won the second Sportsman heat and talked about he bad draw he had for later on.
Adam Hilton spoke about his win in Sportsman heat #3 and how he could get more rear percentage.
David Marcuccilli got the win in the final heat and talked about having to start in twelfth place.
Stewart Friesen made a low move to turn 1 to win his heat and explained where he saw a hole.
Brett Hearn told me about his win in the second Modified heat and wondered about win number 900.
Erick Rudolph started second, took the lead right away and explained what happened to the leader.
Matt Sheppard led every lap to win the final heat and talked about the keys to doing well later.

After the feature races:

Adam Hilton described what he saw happening to the leader in his pass for the lead and the win.
Gary Tomkins led only one lap to win the Hall of Fame 100 and spoke about his big victory.
Erick Rudolph spoke to Dan Kapuscinski after leading 99 of 100 laps and finishing in second.
Stewart Friesen ran as high as 2nd before falling to third and described a handling issue he had.
Matt Sheppard told me about his fourth place finish and how happy he was to still lead the points.
Danny Johnson picked up ten spots to finish fifth and told me how he could have been better.
Rob Bellinger raced his way from 9th to 6th and talked about why he didn’t over-tighten the car.
Pat Ward
came from 21st to 8th and told me how he got some breaks starting down low on restarts.
Chris Hile enjoyed a ninth place finish and talked about being fast as soon as they unloaded.

It was a fun night last night in Weedsport as the Super DIRTcar Series came to town for the Hall of Fame 100. A nice field of 41 cars was on hand for the Modified race while 38 Sportsman were also in the pits as well as some Vintage Modifieds.

The race had all the drama you could have wanted with Erick Rudolph leading every lap until the final one as Gary Tomkins was able to get to the outside on the final lap and take the win in one of the more exciting Weedsport races in quite some time.

It was a packed house as well as a lot of people chose to come out and have some fun on a hot night. As always, the facility provides quite an experience. The food is real good for track food and the prices are affordable enough so you don’t have to be sure to hit the drive through or pack a few sandwiches. I got the Port Burger and it was restaurant quality!

Beforehand I met Rich Vleck and we did some TV work for our next Atomic Power Racing Hour. And it is going to be a good one. I’ll keep you posted on that.

I did a lot of work afterwards and was one of the last people out of the pit area which means you get a lot of past race coverage as we have interviews with eight out of the top nine Modified finishers. We were also able to get some good pre race chats too and those as well as many others will begin showing up tomorrow if everything goes well today.

My computer only needs to make it through today and we will start installing the new one and build the new studio. It is quite an undertaking but I am optimistic although a little cautious about learning new software and a new operating system. Wish me well as I have two long days ahead of me and Friday to learn. OH NO!

Be sure to come back tomorrow for more as I have alot of good ones in the can and keep your fingers crossed that all goes well here and my 11 year old computer can hold on for one more day. Please!!!

 
Tuesday, August 9th 2016
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Tom Sears Jr. told me about his win at Fulton, why it is tough to lead and wonders about today.
Chuck Bower led 33 laps on Friday at Brewerton and explained how he lost the lead falling to 4th.
Jay Casey races with his son in the Pro Stock division and spoke about his recent win at Fonda.
Teddy Morseman Jr. just saw the track at Skyline for the first time and talked about his season.
Don Greco tells me about the 86 Showcar Modified he races and how he found his way in the seat.

We are ready to hit another speedway today as Weedsport hosts the Super DIRTcar Series Hall of Fame 100. It will be great to go back to my old stomping grounds where I worked as an announcer from 1995 till 2005. Memories flow all over me like maple syrup every time I go there and today will be no exception. I can’t wait to see everyone and check out the action on the track.

And don’t forget that Fonda is honoring Jack Johnson with a race on Wednesday night. We are all thinking about you Jack and wishing you all the best. I hope you all have a great time tomorrow.

We’re also praying for the family and friends of racer Bryan Clauson who died in a crash Sunday night while leading a race in Kansas. He was trying to become the first racer to get in 200 starts in a season and he will be surely missed. I first met Bryan when he was a fresh faced 16 year old with all the talent in the world. This is a tough loss and our hearts and prayers go out to all of the people who are sad today. Rest in peace Bryan.

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you to listen to on the Audio Page today. And we missed Tony on Monday but we will have a WoO report for you later in the week. Tom Sears Jr. told me about his win at Fulton, why it is tough to lead from the drop of the green flag and wonders if he might be able to make it out to Weedsport today.  

Chuck Bower led 33 laps on Friday at Brewerton and explained how he lost the lead falling to 4th as well as how nice it was to be able to race again on Saturday to try for another victory.

Jay Casey races with his son in the Pro Stock division and spoke about his recent win at Fonda as well as his start in racing as a young man and his recent comeback.  

Teddy Morseman Jr. just saw the track at Skyline for the first time and talked about his season on the road with the Fight Night Street Stocks as well as his weekly racing at Woodhull.  

Don Greco tells me about the 86 Showcar Vintage Modified he was racing Friday night at Glen Ridge, how he found his way in the seat and how he did the first night coming in green.  

 
Monday, August 8th 2016
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Jimmy Phelps tells me about Monday’s HOF induction and Tuesdays SDS race in Weedsport.
Larry Wight talks about his late race pass for a win at Brewerton and looks ahead to Weedsport.
Jim Nagle found a Sportsman ride for Friday at Glen Ridge and explained how it all happened.
Chuck Miller spoke about returning to racing and thinks back on racing the Outlaw Circuit.
Todd Hoffman explains why he was out of racing for a month and recaps his background.
Art Palmer runs down how he is doing in a Four Cylinder Stock at Skyline and the need for power.

Monday is here and it is going to be a great Monday for those being inducted into the DIRT Hall of Fame in Weedsport tonight. Jimmy Phelps is up today to give us all the details on tonight’s induction ceremony (starting at 7 after two hours of hanging out beforehand.) as well as tomorrow’s Super DIRTCar Series race at Weedsport Speedway.

I will be in Weedsport tomorrow for the Hall of Fame 100 and if time permits I will try to head out there before things start go get a few clips for you. Everything needs to go perfectly as I have a get together here at dinner time but we can hope. I’ll make a few phone calls and see what I can work out.

Now let’s chat more about what is on the Audio Page today as we travel back to the last three speedways I went to. Jimmy Phelps tells me about Monday’s DIRT HOF induction ceremony at 7 p.m. and Tuesdays SDS race in Weedsport as well as his two chances for a track championship.  

Larry Wight talks about his late race pass for a win at Brewerton, explains why he thinks the late caution with two to go didn’t matter much and looks ahead to Tuesday’s Super DIRTcar Series race in Weedsport.

Jim Nagle found a Sportsman ride for Friday at Glen Ridge and explained how it all happened while thinking back to the last time he drove a crate powered car.  

Chuck Miller spoke about returning to racing after many years off, how well things have been going in his comeback and thinks back on racing the Outlaw Circuit in the 90’s. Real good one here!  

Todd Hoffman explains how a crash with his Pro Stock sidelined him for a month and recaps his start in racing, his time off and his recent return after many years off.    

Art Palmer runs down how he is doing in a Four Cylinder Stock at Skyline, the need for some more power and how much fun he has getting in the car every week.  

 
Sunday, August 7th 2016
   

New on the Audio Page from Fulton Speedway:

After the heats:

Wade Chrisman watched the changing race surface and talked about his win in the first heat race.
Jeremy Pitcher won his Sportsman heat from the front row and explained why he started out front.
Mike Stanton got the win in the final Sportsman heat and told me who was catching him late.  
Johnny Hill led every lap to win his Late Model heat and talked about his old, tired 604 motor.
Jason Occhino survived a ragged start he had and told me how he held on in the last few laps.
Mike Bowman ran the high side for a Modified heat win and explained what he saw on the track.
Adam Roberts showed a new look in the pit area and told me about his fast laps in his heat victory.
Chuck Bower put a new memory in his heat with a heat win and talked about making good choices.

After the features:

A.J. Kingsley ran the outside to get a Late Model feature win and spoke about why he ran up high.
Chad Phelps led early, lost the lead, got it back and spoke about some recent bad luck they’ve had.
Larry Wight finished second in a great Modified feature and talked about how close he came.
Mike Bowman led five laps in the feature finishing third and explained what went wrong late.

I had fun last night as I stayed close to him hitting Fulton Speedway for some Saturday night fun on the high banks. It was a classic Modified race as Chad Phelps beat Larry Wight by just over a car length after crossing the line together on the two to go and white flag laps.

It was a great four car race with Phelps, Wight, Mike Bowman and Jimmy Phelps for a good portion of the caution free 35 lap feature race. This was a great one alright and it was so much fun for both me and the fans to watch it. Yep, it was another classic alright.

I did get a lot of the heat winners and some pretty good pre race interviews which will start showing up tomorrow as well as some from Glen Ridge and Skyline. I will be off today as I have so many things to take care of here at the house and I do want to try to get out for a round of golf if I can get everything done here first.

I already have the site undated for Monday with six new chats coming your way that I know you’ll like. Two from Fulton, two from Glen Ridge and two from Skyline so be sure to come back for those.

 
     
 
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