|Friday, June 27th 2014
| New on the Audio Page for today:
Danny Creeden tells me how he picked up win number on with his 358 at Orange County.
Craig Hanson recapped his weekend that saw him win at Glen Ridge and finish 4th at Fonda.
Mike Mallett previews Sprint Speedweek, reviews the ESS season so far and talks some DTD.
It turned out to be a nice day after all on Thursday as I took in a ball game with the kids. We went out to Auburn to my old stomping grounds at Falcon Park to see the Doubdledays. The first job I ever wanted as a kid was as a major league baseball announcer but after three seasons in single-A I saw that as unattainable. But I still love the game and love showing it to my girls.
I will be at a graduation tonight and then Allie and I will be at Five Mile Point tomorrow for the 50th Heath Memorial and yes, we will hit the Sonic on the way down. I have always liked Five Mile Point and have been going there since 1991 when it was the first track I went to as a spectator.
I learned a lot from listening to Freddie Osman and always think of his train whistle when I go there. Freddie taught me to have fun and he always had lots of that when he announced.
On Sunday I’ll be at Utica Rome. Many of the big teams will be in Cornwall for the Super DIRTcar Series race so we may see a new winner. Plus I have some interviews I need to get done for future projects. Hope to see you guys there.
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page. I start with a pair of winners from last weekend.
Danny Creeden tells me how he picked up win number on with his 358 at Orange County. He also talked about how cool it was to win the elimination race, how bad he was the night before at Accord and his plans to race at Five Mile Point on Saturday.
Craig Hanson recapped his weekend that saw him win at Glen Ridge and finish 4th at Fonda. He told me how the first Friday went for Glen Ridge, why he likes the move to Friday and how much better things are at Fonda.
Mike Mallett previews Sprint Speedweek, reviews the ESS season so far and talks some DTD. He told me about this past weekend at Lebanon Valley, looked ahead to Saturday at Merrittville and gets ready for 5 races in 5 days starting next Wednesday at Brewerton.
|Thursday, June 26th 2014
| New on the Audio Page for today:
Gary Tomkins talks about his Modified feature win at Canandaigua and his busy traveling plans.
Amy Holland told me how she is doing as a driver in the Novice Sportsman division at 2 tracks.
Joe Skotnicki confirms next years SDS date at Utice Rome and looks ahead to a busy time.
Well Wednesday didn’t turn out like I had hoped as Utica Rome had no choice but to rain out there Super DIRTcar Series race. The good news is that the same date, June 24th, has already been booked for 2015. So it will return next year. Want to know why it was not rescheduled for this year? Then listen to my chat with Joe Skotnicki and we’ll both explain it to you.
Now today may be not so good either as a lot of rain has fallen over the past few days so you may want to check www.rollingwheelsraceway.com later today to see if they are going or not. Let’s keep our fingers crossed. And as I checked them out later last night I saw the did cancel. Hey, it's tough to rain when you can't get on the track I guess.
Now let’s chat about what we have for you to listen to on the Audio Page for today. I start with a driver who won his second race of the season at his weekly home. Gary Tomkins talks about his Modified feature win at Canandaigua and his busy traveling plans. He told me how he lost the lead briefly in the 35 lap race, how big it was to pick up his second win of the season and which end of Canandaigua tends to see the most passing.
Amy Holland told me how she is doing as a driver in the Novice Sportsman division at Can Am and Fulton. She talked about her recent feature win, how long she has been racing and how she has been changing her race line as she learns.
Joe Skotnicki confirms next years SDS date at Utice Rome and looks ahead to a busy time. He talked about how important it is to try to keep the races on repeatable dates, the busy week we have starting on Sunday and reminds fans to check the Rolling Wheels website for news on today. Check them out for news at www.rollingwheelsraceway.com
|Wednesday, June 25th 2014
| New on the Audio Page for today:
Jeff Rockefeller talked about picking up his 1st Mod win at Fonda after a wreck the week before.
Aron Backus missed the opener at Fulton and told me how his Late Model has done at Fulton.
James Carlson prepared for hot laps and wondered if he used up all his luck in the first week.
Josh Blackwell got ready for his second race of 2014 and explained why he switched to dirt.
Mike Parkhurst did his first race in a Novice Sportsman and told me how he liked his first heat.
We’re hoping that Mother Nature will behave today and let us race at Utica Rome Speedway as the Super DIRTcar Series is set to race there for the first time since 2003. If they go, I will be there to bring you the action later this morning or tomorrow if you go to sleep early.
But to be sure, I took a few of the chats I was originally going to air today and held on to them just in case. If I need them they will be there so let’s hope they are not needed.
And of course tomorrow looks much better for Rolling Wheels Raceway Park in Elbridge as they look to get in their first show of the season with Mods, Sportsman and Stock Cars. Next wThursday they run Mods and the Empire Super Sprints in a true can’t miss show.
Now let’s discuss what we have on the Audio Page for today as our first round of storms rumbles off in the distance. Jeff Rockefeller talked about picking up his 1st Modified win at Fonda after a wreck the week before. He told me about the work he had to do to get the car back together, why he almost didn’t show up this past Saturday and where his Syracuse car is right now as it awaits a return to the mile.
Aron Backus missed the opener at Fulton and told me how his Late Model has done at Fulton. He told me about a mistake he made while going through the car, what it was not doing properly and how much better it is running of late.
James Carlson prepared for hot laps and wondered if he used up all his luck in the first week. He talked about his comfort level in his first year in the Sportsman class, why he needs to be better when the track gets slick and what his goal was for this past Saturday at Fulton.
Josh Blackwell got ready for his second race of 2014 and explained why he switched to dirt. He told me some of what went wrong the first week out, remembered the two seasons he drove these types of cars in the past and why he decided to try a small block Supermodified in 2013.
Mike Parkhurst did his first race in a Novice Sportsman at Fulton this past week and told me how he liked his first heat. He explained why one end of the track was different than the other, how he dealt with the hand clutch and what his goal was for the feature race.
|Tuesday, June 24th 2014
| New on the Audio Page for today:
Adam Roberts is running better these days and spoke about getting some top tens with his Modified.
Mike Prentice has been in a bit of a slump this year and talked about how tight the car is on entrance.
Tony Finch II summed up how his last few weeks have been and remembered a recent jingle.
Jeff Stevenson was making just his 2nd start of the season and told me why he is starting late.
Craig Collier is back after many years off from racing and compares the car of today to his Modified.
Jeff Hunter got back into racing after several years away and talked about some early struggles.
Mike White is off to a tough start and described some of what he is working on with his stock car.
We’re back today with more new stuff for you to listen to and there are a few new people on for you to meet and learn about today as well. Of course we are sad to hear of the death of mini stock driver Danny Lefebvre.
According to reports, Lefebvre hit the wall in turn two on lap 11 of a 12 lap mini stock feature at Cornwall Motor Speedway in Ontario, Canada. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends as well as everyone who saw the accident and may be shook up over it today.
Recently other forms of racing have seen fatalities but this points out that every racer in every division at every track out there shares the same risks as the forms of racing we usually consider to be most dangerous. I mean this was a four cylinder car at a 14 mile track. So yes, race safe everyone and double check your safety equipment as yes, it can happen to any of us.
Now let’s talk more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page. I start with a man who is looking good on the track. Adam Roberts is running better these days and spoke about getting some top tens with his Modified. He talked about a wreck he was involved in two weeks ago, why they had to take a trip to Canada to get it fixed and how happy he was with the good advice they picked up as well.
Mike Prentice has been in a bit of a slump this year and talked about how tight the car is on entrance. He told me what they did to try to loosen the car up, how nice the track surface has been at Can Am and thinks back on his early days of racing as well as how he first got started.
Tony Finch II summed up how his last few weeks have been and remembered a recent jingle. He told me how he knocked a shock off on his way to a fifth place finish, how much he hopes to race this week and what he hopes to be learning next fall.
Jeff Stevenson was making just his 2nd start of the season and told me why he is starting late. He talked about adjusting to a new car, a new driver’s seat and his hopes to be on the track more in the future.
Craig Collier is back after several years off from racing and compares the car of today to his Modified. He told me why he chose the crate powered Sportsman route, when he made the decision to come back and how much has changed in five years.
Jeff Hunter got back into racing after several years away and talked about some early struggles. He told me how much fun he is having as he learns, how much he ran seven years ago and how he is doing on the racetrack.
Mike White is off to a tough start and described some of what he is working on with his stock car. He told me about the four racetracks he has been to so far, how busy life has been away from racing and his hopes to learn something with two features on the docket last Friday.
|Monday, June 23rd 2014
| New on the Audio Page for today:
Tommy Sears talks about his Friday night at Brewerton and his hopes for Thursday in Elbridge.
Brandon Hagan got ready for week number 4 at Can Am and looked ahead to a big night on Tuesday.
Andy Howard told me about his season so far in a Sportsman and his recent victory at Can Am.
Sid Harmer Jr. was Can Am’s Pro Stock champion and told me about his move up to a Sportsman.
Jordan Miller remembered moving from a Thunder Car to a Sportsman and how he adapted.
Taylor Jackson explained how she found her way into a Sportsman and how the season is going.
Chip Burdick reminded racefans about the Tuesday show at Can Am featuring the GRIT Series.
I had a fun day off on Sunday as I went golfing with a long time friend. I wish I could tell you that we both kicked butt and golfed well but I’d be lying if I said that. I feel badly for all the trees we hit. It’s surprising we didn’t knock any down.
I have more stuff from the weekend that we’ve saved and we have a few new people on the site today. I hope you enjoy the chats with Jordan Miller and Taylor Jackson as they both make their debut on the website today.
Plus we have lots more as we get ready for a busy week. Don’t forget Can Am has a GRIT Series race for Sportsman on the card for Tuesday, Utica Rome welcomes back the Super DIRTcar Series on Wednesday and Rolling Wheels opens their gates for the first time on Thursday.
I’ll hopefully be at Utica Rome and Rolling Wheels this week although Wednesday is not a definite as my wife has to work. We’ll keep our fingers crossed on that one.
Now let’s chat more about the new stuff we have for you on the Audio Page for today. Tommy Sears talks about his Friday night at Brewerton and his hopes for Thursday in Elbridge. He told me about his love of motorcycles, remembers some of his close finishes in his past and how well his new car is handling as of now.
Brandon Hagan got ready for week number 4 at Can Am and looked ahead to a big night on Tuesday. He talked about getting a win early in the season, remembered a mistake they made last time out and his hopes to hit Can Am, Rolling Wheels and Mohawk International later this week.
Andy Howard told me about his season so far in a Sportsman and his recent victory at Can Am. He talked about why he came back this year, who has been helping him out and reflects on his days racing a 358 Modified.
Sid Harmer Jr. was Can Am’s Pro Stock champion and told me about his move up to a Sportsman. He explained why that championship made the decision to move up easier, the one thing he would still like to do in the stock car and how he has been doing in the open wheel division.
Jordan Miller remembered moving from a Thunder Car to a Sportsman and how he adapted. He told me about the need to be better at set ups, how the driver has been doing and his hopes for his first top ten finish in the division.
Taylor Jackson explained how she found her way into a Sportsman and how the season is going. She talked about the people who she knew who were already racing, where she is as a driver right now and what she needs to work on.
Chip Burdick reminded racefans about the Tuesday show at Can Am featuring the GRIT Series. That race is tomorrow night (Tuesday) so make your plans now to attend.
|Sunday, June 22nd 2014
| New on the Audio Page from Fulton Speedway:
Pre race conversations:
Nick Webb talked abouthis Friday night at Can Am and described why he fell back a little.
Dan Vauter recapped his night at the Brewerton Speedway and the hard hit he took in the feature.
Ronnie Davis III ran down how his new car is been doing and his hopes to keep making progress.
Mike Button chatted about his win at Fulton last week and the reaction he got from a friend.
Scott Ford is learning his Crate Late Model and told me about a dust up he had with his son.
Tim Sears Jr. told me how he lost by .003 seconds on Friday and his win with his Late Model.
After the heat races:
Nick Webb led every lap to a win in the first Sportsman heat and how nice the racetrack was.
Gary Hoppins won his heat race on a tacky track and talked about how much fun he had out there.
Jordan Bennett talked about blowing a motor the week before and his win in heat number three.
Tim Sears Jr. told me about his wins in the Modified & Late Model heats and evaluated each.
Jimmy Phelps came from fifth to win his Modified heat and updated me on progress in Weedsport.
Larry Wight ran his Modified about as hard as one can in his heat win and talked about the high lane.
Rick Miller spoke about his Late Model heat win and a handling condition he was trying to cure.
After the feature races:
Jordan Bennett led all but one lap to win the Sportsman feature race and spoke with Bill Foley.
Joe Isabell spoke with Adam Buchanan after his Mod Lite win in a nice side by side battle.
Nick Graziano celebrated his Mod Lite stock win and talked about why this was better than his 1st.
Tim Currier picked up his first career win at Fulton and told Adam Buchanan about his hot ride.
Tim Sears Jr. came across the line second and spoke about being awarded the Late Model victory.
Skip DeGroff took a new car to victory lane in the 4 Cylinder race and talked with Adam Buchanan.
I had a fun night at the Fulton Speedway and saw some real good racing. I heard how good the track was the week before so I had to check it out for myself. Yeah, it was real good and tacky.
It was nice to see a first time winner in the Modified division as Tim Currier picked up his first win at the Fulton Speedway in his first year as a regular. He won earlier at I-88 Speedway and has won at Canandaigua as well but this was number one at Fulton.
His car worked the top well and his engine was steaming in victory lane. Tim said it was because the motor worked so hard as his car grabbed the tacky surface. Hey, they’ll do that when you get them grunting and grabbing like they were last night.
I recorded almost all the victory lane interviews and did a lot of heat winners as well as 14 pre race interviews. I have been trying all weekend to try to go to some new people and some that I don’t chat with as much. So be sure to check us out over the next three days as we’ll welcome a lot of new folks to the Audio Page and find out how some old friends have been doing.
Again, what a fun night it was and a nice crowd was on hand as well. I watched the races with former Modified racer Louie Michaels and it is always a blast to watch with a real racecar driver, especially one like Louie who has a lot of laps at Fulton. Even though he says no, I bet we could get him back on the racetrack one more time if the situation was right. Hmmm.
I put up all but 9 of the interviews I did on Saturday and will put those up over the next three days because we have a busy streak next week with racing Wednesday at Utica Rome and Thursday at Rolling Wheels.
I am only working a little later tonight after I golf with one of my longtime friends. I was surprised by the way I played on the first time out in three years so you know that now that I have expectations, I’ll play like crap today. That’s golf.
Keep coming back as I have a lot of good stuff from the weekend for you guys. I’ll have at least 7 a day for the next 3 so don’t miss a day or you’ll miss a lot.
|Saturday, June 21st 2014
| New on the Audio Page from Can Am Motorsports Park:
Pre race conversations:
Phil Potts tells me about his season in a crate Late Model and a win he’ll never forget at Cornwall.
Anthony Stockman has 3 wins down at Skyline this year and wonders when he’ll win at Can Am.
Nick Krause is learning a car that is new to him and told me about gaining on things slowly.
Taylor Caprara described the track he saw in hot laps and his three finishes so far this year.
Josh VanBrocklin was back at his weekly home and spoke about the high level of competition.
Jack Meeks explains why he took some time off from racing and how he has been doing lately.
After the rained out feature and the heat races:
Rob Martin picked up his first win in the Pro/Street division and spoke about it with Rob Thackston.
Jack Meeks walked me through his pass for the lead on lap 4 that got him a heat race victory.
Taylor Caprara led all but one lap in his heat win and told me how his Sportsman felt out there.
Dave Rogers made a late race pass for a Pro/Street heat win and talked about the strange racetrack.
Shawn Kirby was out front in every lap and talked about his heat win and his earlier feature.
After the feature races:
Josh VanBrocklin picked up his second Sportsman win and spoke about it with Rob Thackston.
Jack Meeks had the lead for most of the Sportsman feature and told me what happened late.
Luke Whitteker came home in third place and told me how tough it was to run down the leader.
Charlie Sandercock won the Late Model feature race and got to talk with announcer John Burr.
Dave Rogers told me how he took the lead on lap seven and the mistake he saw the leader make.
I had a fun time as I traveled back to my old stomping grounds on Friday night. I worked at Can Am as an announcer with Paul Szmal for a few years back in the early 2000’s. A lot of the people that raced up there then still race there today and there were familiar faces everywhere I looked. Even a few guys out front in the parking lot are still in the same place they were years ago although I’m not sure if they’re drinking the same brand as back then.
The track was really good and really racy. It was uncommon to see someone lead every lap in the heat races which tells you how racy the track was. According to the racers it was a little slicker than in previous races but they all said the track has been excellent all year long. Well, in the three complete nights they have gotten in thanks to Mother Nature.
Now the big reason I went was to help promote the show they have coming up this Tuesday. The GRIT Sportsman Tour will headline the Thunder in the 100 Islands Series. In addition to the series race, the Sportsman regulars will run a make up race to get the night started. Plus the stock cars and both Thunder Car divisions will also be on hand.
I can’t be there on Tuesday so I wanted to chat with some people who will be and you’ll see lots of those interviews coming up starting Monday as we help get you ready for that Tuesday show.
I have a lot of interviews up for today and was able to save an addition eleven that I will hold on to. I also was able to speak with several people who will make their first appearance here and as always, I save those for during the week so you don’t miss them.
It was nice to see Dave Rogers pick up his first win in the Pro/Street class. It was emotional for him to say the least. If you know anything about him, things have been tough for him off the track and next month they are having a memorial race for Sara Rogers. I’m sure she was looking down and helping in his win. Congratulations Dave!
The Sportsman put on a real good show with Josh Van Brocklin making a low move for the lead and the win with just 8 laps to go. He and Jack Meeks put on a show at the front of the field running side by side for several laps before Van Brocklin took off after the race’s only caution. This was a good one.
I also got the winners in the Pro Street and Late Model divisions. Plus we got almost all the heat winners as well. And thanks goes out to John Burr who plugged the website several times. Thanks John. It was good to see you again.
Today I will be going to a racetrack but I have a lot to get done here first. I may not get out till late but I will be going to show and it will probably be Fulton. I heard the track was super last week.
Then I will be off Sunday for golf and will hit Utica Rome on Wednesday for a Super DIRTcar Series race and Rolling Wheels on Thursday for their first show of the season. It’s a great time to be a race fan so get out and show your support for your favorite Saturday night racetrack.
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