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Tuesday, April 1st 2014
   I am sorry to say we are dark today as we will be pausing to remember my father in law Gordon “Skip’ Sheldon who passed away early Sunday after a brief illness. My wife’s dad was a good man, a hard working man and a man I was proud to call my father in law.
 
Some people are fortunate enough to find a partner they love and certainly I was very fortunate in that regard. But you don’t get to pick your in-laws like you do with your spouse and I could not have picked a better father and mother in law. They were great to me from day one and with Camille bringing home a boyfriend who was 7 years her senior, they could have had a problem with me but didn’t.
 
I still remember the first day I met him as if it was yesterday. Camille had me take her home to meet the family fairly early in our relationship and to say I was nervous would be an understatement. I really liked her and knew I had only one chance to make a first impression.
 
She brought me into the barn where the cows were getting their late afternoon milking. I met her dad as he milked the cows one by one. I realized right away that what you saw with Skip was what you got. He was an honest man who treated me like part of the family from the first moment I met him.
 
We grieve today for his loss and hope that his wife, my mother in law, continues to do well and be with us for many years to come. With the loss of my mom just 2 months ago, our family is tighter than ever and our love greater as well. But today will be tough as we lay him to rest and remember his life.
 
The website will be dark today but we will be back tomorrow with more new stuff for you to listen to. So take the extra time you may have spent with us here and call or talk to a loved one or a close friend and have a conversation with them. Life is all too fragile as we are reminded in moments like these. So take the time to treasure life today and rejoice is what is brings. Thank you. 

 
Monday, March 31st 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Eddie White talks about his hopes for Five Mile’s practice and an injury he had with a chainsaw.
Matt DeLorenzo explained why he has pushed the Fonda Speedway opener back to April 12th.
 
It was a tough day for us on Sunday as my father in law passed away after a short illness. He was a great man, a hard working man and there are many people who are sad today after his passing, myself included.
 
I remember the first time meeting him as he was milking the cows as my wife brought me home to meet her parents for the first time. He was a kind man who loved the farm, loved his work and loved his family even more. He had been in a nursing home for quite some time and only in recent weeks had his health taken a turn for the worse.
 
The services will be held on Tuesday so out of respect for my father in law the site will be dark tomorrow. We’ll be back on Wednesday and on Sunday I was able to get enough work done where we will still be able to have two interviews a day at minimum between now and Friday.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you to listen to today on the Audio Page. I begin with a man who is hoping for a practice later today. Eddie White talks about his hopes for Five Mile’s practice and an injury he had with a chainsaw. He told me how close he came to having a serious problem in the woods, why he stayed away from the ROC opener in New Jersey and how he decides when to travel. 
 
Matt DeLorenzo explained why he has pushed the Fonda Speedway opener back to April 12th. He talked about how the rain both hurts & helps at this time, what is next on his to do list and what fans will notice right away when they come to Fonda for the first time. 

 
Sunday, March 30th 2014
   New on the Audio Page from Fingerlakes Mall in Auburn:
 
Alysha Ruggles showed off her 305 Sprinter and talked about spreading goodwill at the show.
Nick Cooper had his 305 at the show in Auburn and explained how he landed a national sponsor.
Jim Olin talked about his job as flagger at Starlight Speedway and the interactive display they have.
Paul Szmal told me how Fingerlakes Speedworld went on Saturday and his hopes for the final day.
 
I had a good time on Saturday as Allie and I headed out to Auburn and the Fingerlakes Mall for Fingerlakes Speedworld. Being back at the mall again brought back several memories from the 80’s and 90’s as this is a special place to both me and my wife as our first lunch date was at a restaurant inside way back in 1987. Ahh…memories.
 
We got to see some racecars, took some photos and chatted with 9 people about the coming season. The Bass Pro Shop was hopping and we went in and bought an assortment of breadings for both fish and chicken as well as some NASCAR memorabilia for Allie.
 
And of course we looked at the fish tank as well as I was able to point out some of the fish we hope to catch later this summer. Yep, I’m raising a girl who is not afraid to get her hands dirty.
 
We put up four of the interviews we did and the rest will show up this week. Don’t forget you have one more day to see the show today so get your butts out there, see the racecars and spend some money.
 
After that I took a scenic drive through Auburn to remember some of the places I frequented and lived at. A lot has changed but a lot is still the same. I will always have a soft spot in my heart for Auburn.
 
Now let’s chat more about the new stuff we have for you on the Audio Page. I begin with the first interview I did on Saturday with a sweetheart of a young lady that I have watched grow into quite a racecar driver. Alysha Ruggles showed off her 305 Sprinter and talked about spreading goodwill at the show. She told me about the different people she was chatting with, quelled a rumor about her racecar and told me her how back feels after injuring it in a crash last summer.
 
Nick Cooper had his 305 at the show in Auburn and explained how he landed a national sponsor. He told me how happy he is to represent them, the work it took to make it happen and how his online racing helps him keep sharp in the off season. 
 
Jim Olin talked about his job as flagger at Starlight Speedway and the interactive display they have at the mall this weekend. He told me how he ended up finding the track after years racing a 4 Cylinder Super Stock, what they run on each night and what it is that makes Starlight Speedway a little different. Check out their display today from 10-6. 
 
Paul Szmal told me how Fingerlakes Speedworld went on Saturday and his hopes for the final day. This is your last chance today so go on out to Auburn and support this show.

 
Saturday, March 29th 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Shawn Fitzpatrick recapped his practice at Big Diamond as he gets ready for Sunday’s opener.
Josh Parker spoke with Steve Ovens about his Street Stock and what he likes about Woodhull.
Mick Seely talked about his Late Model with Steve Ovens and the family atmosphere at the track.
Teddy Morseman wins a lot of big Street Stock races and talked with Steve about his hopes for 2014.
 
It was a rainy Friday but at least it was not snowing. The long term forecast looks good as we do finally get into the 40’s and 50’s instead of the teens. So even though we could get a little wet this weekend, know that Sprint is coming and better days are right around the corner.
 
I got back in the studio Friday to take care of a request and also added the final interviews we got from Steve Ovens at Turn 5 Racing Podcast. You can check his stuff out at www.turn5.podbean.com or search for Turn 5 Racing Podcast on either I-Tunes or You Tube. Thanks again Steve for letting g us hear what you are doing and we wish you all the best in the future.
 
You can see Steve today at the Fingerlakes Mall in Auburn as he’ll be doing his show from 11:30-12:15 at the mall. There will be lots of racecars there too so be sure to stop by and show your support. Allie and I will be there this afternoon to speak with folks and take pictures. 
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you to listen to today on the Audio Page. Shawn Fitzpatrick recapped his practice at Big Diamond as he gets ready for Sunday’s opener. He talked about the pair of Modifieds he hot lapped, described some changes they made for 2014 and how good it felt to finally win last season after 10 years of trying. 
 
Josh Parker spoke with Steve Ovens about his Street Stock and what he likes about Woodhull. He spoke about some of his best runs at the track, how close he came to a win back in 2008 and his hopes to finally make it to victory lane.
 
Mick Seely talked about his Late Model with Steve Ovens and the family atmosphere at the track. He told him about how tough it can be to set up at Woodhull, how different the ends of the racetrack are and where he likes to be when driving down to the checkered flag. 
 
Teddy Morseman wins a lot of big Street Stock races and talked with Steve about his hopes for 2014. He explained how they figured out where they need to improve, runs down his plans to race weekly at Woodhull and some new folks that jumped on board to help him.

 
Friday, March 28th 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Paul Szmal previews Fingerlakes Speedworld taking place this weekend at the Fingerlakes Mall.
Phil Yaw talks with Steve Ovens about the car he showed off as well as his plans for 2014.
Ryan Austin drives a font wheel drive stock car at Woodhull and talked about his car’s theme.
Kevin Parsons had his Street Stock at the Woodhull Raceway show and spoke about the big purse.
 
We have more good stuff for you today with a highlight given to our friend Steve Ovens who was nice enough to give us some new audio to use from his trip to the Woodhull Raceway car show last weekend. There are three new chats up that I hope you will like with three drivers we have not met here before.
 
If you like what Steve is doing, you can check his stuff out at www.turn5.podbean.com or search for Turn 5 Racing Podcast on either I-Tunes or You Tube. Hopefully we’ll hear more from Steve this summer and we do have three more of his interviews set to release for tomorrow.
 
As you can see, we have a few more car shows of our own before we go racing and one of those is this weekend in Auburn at the Fingerlakes Mall. This mall has a Bass Pro shop in it too so for you outdoorsman, this can be a great time for you to get ready for hunting & fishing and see some new, shiny racecars. I’ll see you guys there on Saturday.

And we had our final week of bowling and went out with a nice 640 series. No back issues and we are loose and wishing the season was not over yet. Plus my 78 year old dad bowled a nice 616 which motivated me in the final game to beat him. Hey, I can't let the old man beat me can I? But it was great for both of us to finish out the season with good scores.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you to listen to today on the Audio Page. I begin with a preview of what is in store this weekend in Auburn. Paul Szmal previews Fingerlakes Speedworld taking place this weekend at the Fingerlakes Mall. He talked about some of the racecars that will be on display and we share a story from our time on the road back in the late 90’s. The show runs from 10-9 on Saturday and 10-6 on Sunday. 
 
Phil Yaw talks with Steve Ovens about the car he showed off as well as his plans for 2014. He told him how excited he is to be back at the track, how happy he was with the new look on his racecar and wonders if the season will start on time. 
 
Ryan Austin drives a font wheel drive stock car at Woodhull and talked with Steve Ovens about his car’s theme. He talked about his family’s involvement in the military, describes the reaction he gets from fans and how nice it was to be featured in a magazine. Way to go Austin! 
 
Kevin Parsons had his Street Stock at the Woodhull Raceway show and spoke about the big purse. He talked with Steve Ovens about his updated racecar, his hopes to do some traveling with the ROC and wonders if this new car will require some different set ups. 

 
Thursday, March 27th 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Ryan Godown told me about his win in the Cabin Fever 60 and looks ahead to the 60 Over Special.
Dean Hoag explains why he will be leasing the Black Rock Speedway to promoter Dan Harpell.
Dillon Groover speaks with Steve Ovens last weekend about his rookie season in a Sportsman.
Paul Harkenrider was at the Woodhull Mall Show and talked about his job with Steve Ovens.
 
We’re back with more good stuff today here on the website and we even have a new voice on the site today as our friend Steve Ovens offered up some audio for us from the Woodhull Raceway mall show last weekend. Steve saw I was sick on Saturday and offered to help. How nice is that?
 
Steve does a show called the Turn 5 Racing Podcast and you can listen to more of his stuff at www.turn5.podbean.com or search Turn 5 Racing Podcast on You Tube or I Tunes. Big thanks goes out to Steve for his help and you can meet him this Saturday at the Fingerlakes Speedworld show at the Fingerlakes Mall in Auburn as he’ll be broadcasting from 11Am-12:15 PM. Thanks so much Steve. And you’ll hear more from Steve over the next two days as we have six more interviews for you.
 
I have last weekend’s winner from New Egypt up as well as a nice interview with Black Rock Speedway owner Dean Hoag. You’ll hear why he decided it was time for a change and time to double down on family. It’s a nice story and one I hope you like.
 
Now let’s go into more detail on the new stuff I have for you today on the Audio Page. I start with a guy who is now 1 for 1 in his home state. Ryan Godown told me about his win in the Cabin Fever 60 and looks ahead to the 60 Over Special. He explained how good his car was as he drove up from the number 12 starting spot, how clean the racing was up front and how special it would be to win the Bridgeport opener on Saturday. 
 
Dean Hoag explains why he will be leasing the Black Rock Speedway to promoter Dan Harpell. He told me how a reflective off season helping his dad Dutch influenced his decision, how quickly things happened after a meeting at Southern Tier Speedworld and how much he is looking forward to getting the family back together to race a small block supermodified with his son Alex. Nice story huh?
 
Dillon Groover speaks with Brad Ovens last weekend about his rookie season in a Sportsman. He talked about how much he enjoyed Woodhull, how good the competition is at the track and remembers his start in racing. 
 
Paul Harkenrider was at the Woodhull Raceway Car Show and talked about his job with Steve Ovens. He spoke about the fun he was having at the show, the need for some good weather to get the track ready and looks ahead to the opener on April 12th

 
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. 

 
     
 
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