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Wednesday, March 26th 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Jimmy Horton wonders why his Modified shut off several times and looks ahead to Bridgeport.
Billy Pauch Jr. told me about his shake down run in New Jersey and his hopes for Big Diamond.
 
I got a lot done yesterday as we continued to feel better after a rough weekend. We have a pair of drivers up today that raced last weekend in New Jersey and each will be racing this weekend too as Bridgeport has the 60 Over Special on Saturday and Big Diamond hosts their first race of the year on Sunday.
 
Tomorrow we’ll chat with Saturday’s winner as Ryan Godown will join us to talk about how good it felt to win in his first race in his home state in 2014. Ryan will be at Bridgeport this Saturday too and he’ll tell us how much he would like to win as we remember Doug Hoffman with a race in his honor.
 
For you guys in Central New York, you can see some racecars this weekend in Auburn as Fingerlakes Speedworld runs this Saturday and Sunday inside the Fingerlakes Mall. We’ll be out as a family on Saturday and we hope to see you there as we chat with drivers and take some photos of the new, shiny racecars.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page. We start with a veteran who had a tough day on Saturday in New Jersey. Jimmy Horton wonders why his Modified shut off several times and looks ahead to Bridgeport’s 60 Over Special. He told me what they will do to track down the problem in the shop, how he reacts when things like this happen and runs down his plans for the 2014 season.
 
Billy Pauch Jr. told me about his shake down run in New Jersey and his hopes for Big Diamond on Sunday. He talked about what happened once he got in the top ten at the Cabin Fever 60, his big goal for this season at his Friday home and looks down the road at the many types of cars he will drive this year. 

 
Tuesday, March 25th 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Dan Harpell talked about his new role as promoter at Black Rock and how it all came about.
Lyle DeVore updates us on the status of both Albany Saratoga and Lebanon Valley Speedways.
 
I had a busy day on Monday as I wrote up another column for the Syracuse Post Standard and tracked down a story that broke on Sunday night. Yep, Dan Harpell, who we know well from Five Mile Point and Utica Rome, will be the new promoter at the Black Rock Speedway in Dundee, New York.
 
He told me how much his phone has been blowing up since the announcement was made public and how excited he is for this new challenge. I hope you enjoy the interview and hope it clears up what will happen there this year. And he did hint that another announcement will be coming in the next few weeks, so we’ll stay tuned for that.
 
Plus we chatted with Lyle DeVore about how things are going in the capital region with Albany Saratoga and Lebanon Valley. There is so much to do to get a track going again after a long winter and I hope you enjoy and learn something from this conversation.
 
Today I will be back in the studio and this weekend we’ll be heading out to the Fingerlakes Mall in Auburn for Fingerlakes Speed World. There will be lots of racecars inside the mall that both my wife and I have a special place in our heart for.
 
Our first lunch together back when we met in 1987 was at Fingerlakes Mall in the food court. Taco Bell is believe it was. She was in my history class as I was back to school after getting laid off from GE. I came to school as a 26 year old sophomore with two goals, get my education and meet a nice girl. Thankfully I did both! So this weekend will bring back a lot of memories to say the least.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page. I begin with first hand news of a big change at a speedway. Dan Harpell talked about his new role as promoter at Black Rock and how it all came about. He told me about his goals for the show, what he needs to do first and why they pushed the start of the season back by a month. 
 
Lyle DeVore updates us on the status of both Albany Saratoga and Lebanon Valley Speedways. He talked about the surfaces, some changes at both places and how his two jobs differ at both tracks. 

 
Monday, March 24th 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Dan Creeden tells me about a chassis change, how his shop looks and his plans for the 2014 season.
Joe Funk talks about starting his season out with an ROC Sportsman win Saturday at New Egypt.
 
We eased back into work on Sunday after being sick for two days. We’re doing much better but the voice is not where it needs to be. So rather than push it, I did just a little work with hopes of going at it full bore today.
 
We uploaded some new photos from Thunder inn the Thousand Islands and those are in the filmstrip at the side of this page. There are a lot of real good ones in there and a big thanks goes out to Rick Young and Rebecca Eisele for their help. Thanks guys!
 
Like I said, I do have a few things set up for today and hope to get lots done including a new column for the Syracuse Post Standard. The New Egypt race will be in there plus lots more. Look for that later today online at www.syracuse.com/motorsports or get it on the newsstand tomorrow.

I was also able to track down the ROC Sportsman winner from New Egypt through Facebook. I know you'll enjoy this chat with 47 year old Joe Funk who upped his game for 2014 and reaped the rewards from it on Saturday. I always love to meet and chat with new racers and I hope you enjoy this one as much as I did doing it.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you to listen to on the Audio Page. I begin with a driver who was busy in his shop on Sunday. Dan Creeden tells me about a chassis change, how his shop looks and his plans for the 2014 season. He also talked about why he decided not to run this past weekend, shares some childhood memories and how his daughter has changed his thinking. 
 
Joe Funk talks about starting his season out with an ROC Sportsman win Saturday at New Egypt. He explained why he felt confident coming into the day, how much they had to change after seeing the track and ran down his background that started with karts & slingshots. Good one here guys! 

 
Sunday, March 23rd 2014
   Yesterday did not turn out as I had hoped as I stayed home sick all day. But we did get some good news as my father in law improved as the day went on. That is great news as my wife spent the day in Oswego with him. We are not out of the woods by any means but at least it was a good day.
 
As for me, I got worse as the hours went by and am trying to find a medication that will make me better. I am super stuffed up, coughing and probably contagious. I hope to get in the studio today and get some work done. I tried by calling a good friend but I could not talk very long without coughing so I abandoned the effort quickly.
 
I am hopeful like I said that today will be better and this cold will run it’s course and be out of here soon. I am sorry but I’ll do the best that I can.

 
Saturday, March 22nd 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Andrew Harpell previews today’s Cabin Fever 60 at New Egypt with ROC Mods and Sportsman.
Ronnie Johnson showed off his Modified in Schenectady and talked about his 2014 race plans.
 
Finally we’ll get to see some Modified racing as New Egypt is set to run today with the Cabin Fever 60 for Mods and Sportsman. I spoke with Andrew Harpell yesterday and he said there is no reason to cal the track, just come on down as the weather is supposed to be close to 70 degrees making for a perfect race day. Race time by the way is 4 PM with the grandstand opening at 2 PM and the pits at 10 AM.
 
The plan for today was to be on the road today heading up north with Allie to check out Thunder in the Thousand Islands at the Clayton Ice Arena just north and west of Watertown. But my father in law is in ICU and Camille will be going up there this morning while the kids will be with me. Not sure if we'll be able to make it or not on this one as things are happening fast. Please add Camille's Dad to your prayers as he could sure use some right now and I'll do the best I can.
 
As for me, I got sick and am fighting a terrible cold. If I had a dollar for every time I sneezed yesterday, I'd have hundreds of one dollar bills staring me in the face. It started last weekend but did not really get going until late Thursday night. But we’ll do the best we can today while recording the SU game and hoping they don’t have a similar fate to some of the other big seeds that have already lost. What an event this NCAA tournament is.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page. I begin with a look at what will happen today in New Jersey. Andrew Harpell previews today’s Cabin Fever 60 at New Egypt that features ROC Mods and Sportsman. He told me how nice the weather will be today in New Jersey, how things look right now at Five Mile Point and then we talk some hoops. Andrew did have a PR stint with the Nets back in the early 90’s. 
 
Ronnie Johnson showed off his Modified in Schenectady and talked about his 2014 race plans. He told me about the brand new car his car owner will have for Fonda, wonders which engine combination will be best at Fonda and why he may head to some more DIRTcar Series races. Our thoughts and payers are with you guys on the loss of Jo Jo. May he rest in peace!

 
Friday, March 21st 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today.
 
Mark Mortensen spoke about his 6 win Sportsman season and talked about his hopes for 2014.
Ricky Quick finished in the top five in the points at Fonda and told me about his solid season.
J.J. Courcy told me about the three different types of racecars he hopes to drive this coming year.
 
We’re back today after a day off on Thursday and will be getting in the studio around dinner time and after the early games today. I have a great chat with Ronnie Johnson that we will be airing tomorrow and we’ll see who we get ahold of today to join him.
 
Today Allie and I will be heading up north to the Thunder in the Thousand Islands show at the Clayton Ice Arena. There will be a lot of cars there not just from Can Am but from all the area tracks. We’ll be taking photos and doing interviews so be sure to stop back later today to see what we will be seeing later this afternoon.
 
Now let’s chat about what we have on the Audio Page. We have three good ones up for you today. Mark Mortensen spoke about his 6 win Sportsman season and talked about his hopes for 2014. He told me why he was a little off at the beginning of the year, how the finally tightened his racecar up and why they did not put the engine in for the mall show at Rotterdam. 
 
Ricky Quick finished in the top five in the points at Fonda and told me about his solid season. He told me how close his car was to being ready to race, how well things went for him at Syracuse and looks forward to putting together a new car in the next few weeks. 
 
J.J. Courcy told me about the three different types of racecars he hopes to drive this coming year. He talked about the Late Model ride he has for some specials, his own Sportsman deal, his IMCA hopes and the new arrival they have coming soon. Congratulations guys! 
 

 
Thursday, March 20th 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Vinnie Sanganetti explained why he did not get out much last season and why he was at the show.
Rocky Warner showed off a new look to his Sportsman and talked about winning at 5 racetracks.
Barb Clark updated me on how the track looks at Utica Rome and talked about the open house.
 
Another storm is set to hit our area today and hopefully it will be more rain than snow. A lot of snow has melted and we sure don’t need any more. Keep your fingers crossed on this one and keep on your toes today as it could be a little tricky when it switches from rain and sleet to snow. Be careful guys.
 
Speaking of snow and weather, that is what my latest column is about in today’s Syracuse Post Standard. I have quotes from several tracks inside the story and you can read it in print form or online at www.syracuse.com/motorsports.
 
I am off today as I will be watching basketball all day long with a brief break in between for the bowling league which we only have two weeks left in now. I am on a goo streak of late and unlike most years, I wish it would go on for a while longer as I am bowling that well.
 
Now let’s chat more about the new stuff we have for you to listen to on the Audio Page for today. Vinnie Sanganetti explained why he did not get out much last season and why he was at the show. He told me how a wreck sidelined them at mid season, how a new sponsor helped get them back on the track and what kind of questions he was fielding at Rotterdam Square. 
 
Rocky Warner showed off a new look to his Sportsman and talked about winning at 5 different tracks. He told me why he was hoping for one more victory, what he will be doing this year and some changes they made for 2014. 
 
Barb Clark updated me on how the track looks at Utica Rome and talked about the open house on April 16th. She reminded teams that this open house would be the perfect time to get NASCAR licenses, talked about having tires available also and encouraged teams to RSVP for the event if possible. The open house will be behind turn two at 4580 Wood Road. 

 
     
 
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