|Thursday, June 22nd 2017
| New on the Audio Page for today:
Rob Bellinger shared some memories from his early Modified days and how he learned the big blocks.
Andrew Ferguson describes a tough weekend in his Modified and talked about getting tires right.
Kevin Poitras explains how he went from road racing to Sportsman and how is doing on the clay.
I had a busy day catching up with more chores here at the house, writing a new article for the Syracuse Post Standard & Syracuse.com and getting some new interviews recorded in the studio. And one of those interviews plays off the Andrew Ferguson clip that is up today.
I’ll bet a lot of you racers are struggling with various things right now and tomorrow Pete Bicknell will not only talk about his win last Friday at Ransomville but he’ll also give you guys some great advice on rough tracks, slick tracks and how to get your tires to stop chunking up. It’s stuff you’ll love so be sure to come back tomorrow for that.
Of course I’ll be racing with Allie tonight at the 1/10 mile track at the NYS Fairgrounds. Yep, there is still racing going on at the small asphalt track just like there has been since 1955. There is no admission charge so come on out and see some racing as tomorrow’s forecast does not look as good as it needs to. We pit behind turn two so come on over and say hi.
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page starting with a look back with one of our area’s talented, young Modified racers. Rob Bellinger shared some memories from his early Modified days, how big the jump is from Sportsman and how he learned the big blocks the old fashioned way…one lap at a time.
Andrew Ferguson describes a tough weekend in his Modified as he worked his way backwards on two occasions and talked about getting tires right. I’ll have advice for him from Pete Bicknell tomorrow.
Kevin Poitras explains how he went from road racing to Sportsman, what some of his favorite road courses were and how is doing adjusting to dirt racing. Welcome to our world Kevin! Glad to have you.
|Wednesday, June 21st 2017
| New on the Audio Page for today:
Jeremy Smith talked about racing at Brewerton and Thunder Mountain on two different sets of tires.
Rocco Leone tells me how he has been doing at Brewerton and why he really hoped to do well Friday.
Tyler Thompson spoke about leading a race until late and how he is doing as a driver right now.
Pam Fraser describes what it was like to see the NHRA in person at Englishtown two weekends ago.
I had a busy day on Tuesday as I played catch up here at the house. I have more good stuff up for you today from my weekend and will be in the studio a while today as we have a race night tomorrow with Allie. No rain!
As you listen today I want to make sure you give my chat with Pam Fraser a listen. She married to videographer extraordinaire Mike Fraser and goes to the races with him most nights. Like me she is a life long NHRA fan and finally got to see them in person two weekends ago in Englishtown where I used to go yearly before I got started in dirt racing in 1990.
Pam had never seen the cars in person and I really want you to hear her try to described what it is like. I mean when we first went I knew in my mind how fast these cars were going to appear. I watched drag racing at ESTA as a kid and saw Sox and Martin back in the day. So I knew how fast these cars would be in person. NOT! Check it out and go see these things in person. You won’t believe your eyes and ears.
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page as we get ready for a big weekend. Jeremy Smith talked about racing at Brewerton and Thunder Mountain on two different sets of tires while explaining how using two different cars with those tires helps.
Rocco Leone tells me how he has been doing at Brewerton, why he really hoped to do well Friday and described a health issue he had with his father. Take care Pappa Rock!
Tyler Thompson spoke about leading a race until late, how he lost the lead at Brewerton and evaluated how he is doing as a driver right now as he looks for his first Sportsman victory.
Pam Fraser describes what it was like to see the NHRA in person at Englishtown two weekends ago after being a fan who watched on TV for years and reacted to hast fast, loud and powerful the cars are in person. Yeah guys…TV does not do these cars justice!
|Tuesday, June 20th 2017
| New on the Audio Page for today:
Danny Creeden talks about his Friday night win at Afton and his fourth place at Thunder Mountain.
Dale Planck tells me what he has been doing as he works behind the scenes in the family business.
Andy Noto explained why he was at Brewerton Friday night and what he was hoping to learn.
Tony Veneziano reports on the World of Outlaw Sprits as they prepare to race tonight in Minnesota.
It was yet another rainy day on Monday but it cleared out nicely by the end of the day. Don’t forget tonight the Super DIRTcar Series visits Outlaw Speedway with DIRTcar Sportsman and the Fight Night Street Stocks joining the show as well.
I have to stay home tonight unfortunately as I’ve got just too many things going on to get away for the third time in five nights. I’m figuring out my schedule for this weekend and will be at two shows for sure. Plus Allie races Thursday and Sunday so we’ll be very busy for sure. But it will be fun!
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page starting with a winner from the past weekend who went to the track Friday despite being rained out at his weekly home. Danny Creeden talks about his Friday night win at Afton and his fourth place at Thunder Mountain while looking ahead to a Deyo Series race Wednesday at the place he won at on Friday.
Dale Planck tells me what he has been doing as he works behind the scenes in the family business with his son while helping drivers get faster on the track.
Andy Noto explained why he was at Brewerton Friday night and what he was hoping to learn at the track. It was a tough night for Andy as he blew an engine. Darn!
Tony Veneziano reports on the World of Outlaw Sprits as they prepare to race tonight in Minnesota and wonders if anyone has ever won with the Outlaws and then won with the NASCAR Cup Series in the same week.
|Monday, June 19th 2017
| New on the Audio Page from Weedsport Speedway before the rain:
Larry Wight told me how came from 18th to 1st to record his 2nd Modified win in a row at Fulton.
Kyle Coffey talked about his weekend so far and how he worked his way up from Micros to Mods.
Erick Rudolph recapped his weekend that included a pair of 4th place finishes and a win at Merrittville.
Justin Haers finished 3rd at Canandaigua on Saturday and told me how his season is going so far.
Paul Szmal explained how things went at Outlaw Speedway on Friday and Canandaigua on Saturday.
It was a short day for me on Sunday as Weedsport Speedway was rained out for the fourth time in four tries. We were set to do TV both for the Sportsman and MAV TV for the Modifieds. It started with a gentle rain before hot laps and they pulled the plug with a full screen of weather still to come.
By the time I got home I went to the store and by the time I got out the rain chased me home and it down poured not one more time but twice so if anyone tells you that they could have gone just laugh them off and move on. Man they need a break and hopefully they’ll get it next Sunday.
I did get some interview done before the rain forced us under the pavilion roof for dinner. As I chomped on my favorite, The Port Burger, they announced the show was rained out. Half of those are up today and more will show up tomorrow and during the week. I am planning on Outlaw Speedway on Tuesday and then Allie will get back behind the wheel on Thursday. Yay!
Now let’s chat more about what we have on the Audio Page for you today starting with a winner from this past weekend who is really on top of his game right now. Larry Wight told me how came from 18th to 1st to record his second Modified win in a row at Fulton and looked ahead to Weedsport’s wingless Sprint Car show this Sunday, June 25th.
Kyle Coffey talked about his weekend so far and how he worked his way up from Micro Sprints to Modifieds as well as how tough it is racing against the best in the business. Real good one here!
Erick Rudolph recapped his weekend that included a pair of 4th place finishes and a win at Merrittville while telling me what he plans on doing later this season as well as Outlaw Speedway on Tuesday.
Justin Haers finished third at Canandaigua on Saturday and told me how his 2017 season is going so far while thinking back on some of his past in Weedsport.
Paul Szmal explained how things went at Outlaw Speedway on Friday and Canandaigua on Saturday while looking forward to a big three division show featuring the SDS Tuesday at Outlaw.
|Sunday, June 18th 2017
| New on the Audio Page for today:
Pat Ward recaps his last full race weekend that included a SDS race at Five Mile Point Speedway.
Max McLaughlin remembered his sixth place in the last SDS and talked about setting fast time.
Zach Sobotka told me how he won his second career Sportsman race and his first at Brewerton.
Brendan Schweigart and Robert Gardner have a nice chat about four cylinders with Steve Ovens.
I had a nice day on Saturday as I spent some time with friends on the golf course, got to swim in the pool with the kids and took the Camaro out to use up some bad fuel I got late last year. We’ll put some good Sunoco Ethanol Free Premium in her today and then get her tuned up nice. And new exhaust from Bob Henry will follow which he says will give me about 20 more hp. Nice!
I’ll be in Weedsport today as we are doing TV with the Sportsman while Allie will be running the lap counter at the 1/10 mile track in Syracuse. She has a lot of races coming up and she is ready to go and can’t wait. I’ll have full reports here!
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page starting with a pair of racers racing today at different tracks before they each head to Outlaw Speedway on Tuesday for the next race in the Super DIRTCar Series. Pat Ward recaps his last full race weekend that included a SDS race at Five Mile Point Speedway and talked about racing four nights in five days. Watch Pat race tonight in Vernon and Tuesday at Outlaw.
Max McLaughlin remembered his sixth place in the last SDS and talked about setting fast time as well as how Outlaw Speedway’s Tyler Siri helped him with a ride early in his Modified career. Come out and watch Max tonight in Weedsport.
Zach Sobotka told me how he won his second career Sportsman race and his first at Brewerton as well as how he was able to get the lead when the first place car moved up the track.
Brendan Schweigart and Robert Gardner have a nice chat about four cylinders with Steve Ovens as they talks about picking up some sponsors and how some other drivers helped them learn early.
|Saturday, June 17th 2017
| New on the Audio Page from Brewerton Speedway:
Mike Stanton talked about winning the first heat race and why he was adding the rear spoiler.
Glenn Forward told Mike Walton about his heat win as the two teased each other about shocks.
Nick Krause made a bold move to get the lead and told me how he held on to win his heat race.
Tim Kerr won the first Modified heat race and talked about his move for the lead on lap four.
Pat Ward walked me through his pass for a heat race win and told me how close he was to the wall.
Jeremy Smith explored a new part of turn three and explained why he got a little bit too high.
Matt Hulsizer spoke about his Modified heat win and the damage they had Saturday at Fulton.
After the feature races:
Casey Sykes reacted to his Mod Lite win after coming up light after an apparent win 1 week ago.
Ryan Bartlett led every lap to record his second Brewerton win and told me about the smooth track.
Mike Mahaney told me how happy he was after his second place finish in the Modified feature.
Chad Phelps rebounded after a tough weekend to finish third and described his nice race night.
Pat Ward came home in fourth place and told me why he may have had the fastest car late.
Chris Hile explained why he fell back out of the top ten and worked his way back to finish fifth.
Todd Root was fast late in his Sportsman win and talked about winning his first at Brewerton.
Nick Krause described how pleased he was with his second place run in some heavy traffic.
Brent Joy told me how he caught the top three in traffic and snuck in there to finish in third.
From victory lane one week ago at Woodhull Raceway:
Dillon Groover talked with Steve Ovens after winning his second Modified feature of the season.
Dale Welty spoke with Steve Ovens after winning his 100th race last week in the Sportsman race.
The top three finishers speak with Steve Ovens after the CRSA 305 Sprint Car A-Main.
Dylan Cecce won the Street Stock feature and told Steve Ovens about his second victory in a row.
James LaGrange celebrated in victory lane after his first career win in his very first year of racing.
Shawn Gleason got the win in the FWD division and spoke to Steve Ovens down in victory lane.
I had a fun night as Allie and I headed to Brewerton Speedway for some Friday night fun. The track surface was much improved after they dug up the new clay and had some good old fashioned warm, sunny and windy days. What a difference! But don’t listen to me, listen to the racers as they will tell you.
Ryan Bartlett won just his second ever race at Brewerton in a caution free Modified feature race. Rather than record the victory lane I decided to do this one myself as I noticed something that happened late. Great night for Ryan. Nice job guys.
Todd Root won his first ever at Brewerton after what he told me was ‘about 80 seconds’ in what was a very entertaining race through slower traffic after a bit of a rough start for the Sportsman. They also teched the top five for the second week in a row and everyone passed. Nice!
And Casey Sykes won after winning the week before but coming up light on the scales. I can only imagine how he felt as he was getting ready to pull on to the scales again. So happy he mad weight and got to celebrate what I believe was just his second ever win at the track.
I also have some bonus stuff from Steve Ovens last Saturday night at Woodhull. I saved it because I did not know if Friday would rain out and I might have needed it for today. So that is why that is up today and I hope it encourages you to go there today and see this unique high banked track. And there was one he did that I really liked and I am saving that one for the next few days at the most.
I’ll be golfing today and if I get done in time I’ll try to make it to Fulton. One way or another we’ll be back with new stuff. We’re planning on Weedsport Sunday and Outlaw Speedway on Tuesday for their Super DIRTcar Series race. Have a great Saturday and I’ll see you at the tracks.
|Friday, June 16th 2017
| New on the Audio Page for today:
Danny Creeden recapped his two win weekend and talked about helping younger drivers.
Andrew Smith summed up how he is doing so far and how close he is to the first win of 2017
James Cornell talked about his tribute to Chuck Akulis and how well 2017 season is going so far.
Dustin Jordan told me how he is doing at Thunder Mountain and where he is off a little bit.
Jeffrey Cardinale explained why he likes Skyline and how he got his wife into racing with him.
Corey Cormier has won five races this season and told me how he is doing at Accord and Thunder.
That was quite a stormy and rainy day on Thursday. So not knowing what today might hold I held on to some interviews that Steve Ovens sent us from last week at Woodhull. I will be airing those tomorrow and the only question is whether I’ll have some from tonight at Brewerton to put with them. We’ll keep our fingers crossed.
I am hitting Fulton after an afternoon round of golf so I may be there some time during the show. I’ll get done what I can and then head to Weedsport on Sunday as we are doing an episode of Speedway Showcase there as we highlight the sportsman. The mod show will air later on MAV TV.
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page featuring racers who will be in action tonight. Danny Creeden recapped his two win weekend with victories at Accord and Thunder Mountain and talked about leading the points at both tracks while helping younger drivers.
Andrew Smith summed up how he is doing so far, how consistent he has been week to week and how close he is to the first win of 2017.
James Cornell talked about his tribute to Chuck Akulis, what his reaction was to seeing the car in person and how well 2017 season is going so far.
Dustin Jordan told me how he is doing at Thunder Mountain and where he is off a little bit on Saturdays and what he was thinking as he examined the back of his Sportsman.
Jeffrey Cardinale explained why he likes Skyline and how he got his wife into racing with him as well as the sacrifices it takes for both of them during the season.
Corey Cormier has won five races this season and told me how he is doing at Accord and Thunder Mountain as well as some of what he is learning from a pair of Modified drivers.
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