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Wednesday, March 19th 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Bobby Varin updated us on how his injury is healing as he showed the 1j he will drive at Fonda.
Trevor Kobylarz told me what he picked up on a trip to Indiana and how his racecars are doing.
Mike VanDusen updates on the latest news on the CRSA tour and wondered if he may drive again.
 
I was busy on Tuesday as I got some new interviews recorded in the studio and went to a pair of local speedways to see how much snow was on the ground. There looked like there was a lot of snow at Fulton but Allie measured it at somewhere between 6-8 inches depending on where you looked. At Brewerton there was less but the ground looked a lot wetter. Hey, we’re still a lot better off than I thought we would be as we get close to the official start of spring.
 
I put up one of the new interviews I did for today and put up two more chats from the Fonda Speedway car show as well. We’ll have three a day through Friday and we are planning a trip north to Clayton on Saturday to cover the Thunder in the Thousand Islands show at the Clayton Ice Arena. If you are interested in getting your car in, check my interview with Chip Burdick from yesterday and he’ll tell you how easy it will be to do that.  
 
Now let’s chat more about the three chats we have for you to listen to on the Audio Page. I begin with a driver who is getting better every day after an off season skiing accident. Bobby Varin updated us on how his injury is healing as he showed the Jake Spraker owned 1j he will drive at Fonda. He told me about a humbling moment he had at the gym, how tough it was to get out of the car at the mall show and how optimistic he is to be ready for the opener in early April. 
 
Trevor Kobylarz told me what he picked up on a trip to Indiana and how his racecars are doing. He explained why he wants to give wingless 410 racing a try, looks ahead to the Eastern Storm Series in June and described the work they were doing in the shop on Tuesday. If you see Trevor today, wish him a happy 21st birthday! 
 
Mike VanDusen updates on the latest news on the CRSA tour and wondered if he may drive again. He talked about their aggressive schedule for 2014, looks forward to a new track and how well the 305 Sprint Car world is doing right now. 

 
Tuesday, March 18th 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Justin Boehler showed off his Modified this past weekend and talked about his move up to Mods.
Mark Sullivan has been out of the driver’s seat for 10 years and tells me how he got back in.
Chip Burdick previews the Thunder in the Thousand Island show this weekend in Clayton.
Paul Szmal looks ahead to next weekend’s Fingerlakes Speedworld at Fingerlakes Mall in Auburn.
 
It was a nice day on Monday as the sun was bright most of the day and hopefully it was enough to start to melt some of the snow we still have on the ground. And let’s ne honest, we still have a lot that needs to go away before we can start racing here in Central New York.
 
I was busy in the studio and recorded a few new conversations focusing on a pair of car shows coming up here in New York State. The first is this weekend in Clayton followed by another one next weekend in Auburn.
 
Plus we still have some stuff left from Rotterdam Square last weekend and we put up a couple of those for today too. Plus we have some calls out and are waiting to hear back from a few folks. It will be a good week here for sure so keep checking back.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page. I begin with two chats from the big mall show. Justin Boehler showed off his Modified this past weekend and talked about his move up to Mods. He told me how last season went, how big the jump is to a big block and how much changes because of the extra power. 
 
Mark Sullivan has been out of the driver’s seat for 10 years and tells me how he got back in for 2014. He talked about why he got out back in 2001, why now the time is right to get back and what he hopes will happen this year with his stock car. 
 
Chip Burdick previews the Thunder in the Thousand Island show this weekend in Clayton. He told teams how they can be a part of this even at the last minute, how things looks at the track and a purse change for the Sportsman weekly.
 
Paul Szmal looks ahead to next weekend’s Fingerlakes Speedworld at Fingerlakes Mall in Auburn. He told me about the racetracks that are participating, how many different forms of racing will be represented and how teams can still get their racecars into the show. 

 
Monday, March 17th 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Marc Johnson will return to Fonda after a 3 year absence and thinks back on his races at Syracuse.
Jeff Rockefeller reflected on his break through season in 2013 and tells me how anxious he is.
Michael Peek talked about his move up to Sportsman for 2014 after five races in a Street Stock.
Toby LaGrange gets ready for his new job announcing at Fonda and talked about his latest writings.
 
I’d like to sit here and tell you that I got a lot done on Sunday but I can’t lie. I got started watching tournament basketball, watched some of Bristol with Allie and the next thing I knew, it was too late. Darn. But I’ll get going today as I have a lot to do now.
 
We do have however four real good interviews for you today that include a couple of drivers who love the mile at Syracuse as well as a new Sportsman racers and Fonda’s new co-announcer who will sit with Jim King in the tower. Yep, lot’s of good stuff today.
 
Great job by the way to everyone who showed off their cars at the Fonda show at Rotterdam Square. Let’s hope we picked up a few new fans or even a few who are a little more curious about what we do thanks to the hard work everyone did over the weekend. Way to go!
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you to check out on the Audio Page. I begin with a winner from last October at the mile. Marc Johnson will return to Fonda after a 3 year absence and thinks back on his races at Syracuse. He also talked about his 2013 season at Albany Saratoga, his hopes to have similar success this coming year and wonders if his small block will be the ticket. 
 
Jeff Rockefeller reflected on his break through season in 2013 and tells me how anxious he is. He explained why he is so ready to race, what they did with the Syracuse car and runs down his plans for this coming season. 
 
Michael Peek talked about his move up to Sportsman for 2014 after five races in a Street Stock. He told me about the trouble he had in those five starts, how potential rule changes led to the move and thanked the people who helped make this happen.
 
Toby LaGrange gets ready for his new job announcing at Fonda and talked about his latest writings for AARN. He told me how the opportunity happened, how excited he is to get the chance to announce and remembers getting sponsor hats at the track as a kid. 

 
Sunday, March 16th 2014
   New on the Audio Page from the Fonda car show at Rotterdam Square.
 
Cody Clark told me how his rookie season went in a Sportsman and his hopes for this season.
Jimmy Davis had a brand new car at the mall and told me about some big gains late in 2013.
Jeff Trombley explained why we did not see him much last year and the motor issues sidelined him.
Matt DeLorenzo updated me on the improvements at Fonda and the need for some warm weather.
Kenny Gates set a new record for wins in the Pro Stock division and told me how it meant to him.
Ronnie Johnson tells Allie how his Modified is right now and how excited he it to get going.
 
Allie and I had a great time as we headed east to Schenectady and Rotterdam Square to see some of the cars that will be competing at the Fonda Speedway this year. There were 71 cars in the mall and I did not even make it all the way around in the 4 hours we were there.
 
I recorded 19 new interviews and Allie got to do one again to with one of the most popular Modified drivers around. She stumbled a little at the end but otherwise did a fine job.
 
We took some photos as well although not as many as I thought we did. Darn. Wish I had that to do over again. But you can go today yourself and see the cars that are on display as there is one more day today! And be sure to buy something while you are there. We ate at the food court and purchased some DVD’s from FYE. I encourage you to go to and spend some money as that will ensure that this show comes back.
 
In the can right now are another 13 interviews. I’ll put a good amount up tomorrow depending on how much I get done in the studio. But it will be another good week for sure with lots of good stuff as we get closer and closer to the start of the 2014 season here in the northeast.
 
Now let’s chat more about the new stuff we have for you today on the Audio Page. I begin with my first interview of the day with a very respectful young driver who did very well last season winning twice. Cody Clark told me how his rookie season went in a Sportsman and his hopes for this season. He talked about how he was helping fans understand what these cars are and his pair of wins at Glen Ridge. 
 
Jimmy Davis had a brand new car at the mall and told me about some big gains they made late in 2013. He told me why they decided to get another car just like it and his hopes to run a substantial amount of Super DIRTcar Series shows. 
 
Jeff Trombley explained why we did not see him much last year and the motor issues sidelined him. He told me how he looks right now, why he thinks a big block may be the way to go at Fonda and how much has changed with the switch to DIRTcar. 
 
Matt DeLorenzo updated me on the improvements at Fonda and the need for some warm weather. He also talked about the people who were buying DIRTcar licenses at the mall and how being in line with a popular Friday track will help.  
 
Kenny Gates set a new record for wins in the Pro Stock division and told me how it meant to him. He explained why he thought he would never break it, what he is doing with his show car and how much has changed with the new rules for 2014. 
 
Ronnie Johnson tells Allie how his Modified is right now and how excited he it to get going. My extended interview with Ronnie will air later in the week.

 
Saturday, March 15th 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Mike Mahaney showed off his I-88 Speedway ride and ran down his plans for this coming season.
Chris Hile went with a new look on his Modified and told me about his own in house vinyl guy.
Paul Habeck has upped his game for 2014 and told me about his first brand new Sprint Car.
Dean Reynolds spoke about the Empire Super Sprint presence at the show and how they did.
Mike Emhof talked about the pair of hats he was wearing last weekend and how the show went.
 
What a turnaround we had huh? We went from single digits on Thursday to 40, almost 50 degrees on Friday. But still not warm enough as we will have to wait a few more weeks it seems for the season to start. But fortunately we have a mall show in Rotterdam, NASCAR, Formula 1, NHRA and lots of college basketball tournaments this weekend as well. So enjoy March while we can.
 
Allie and I will be on the road today as we head to Rotterdam and we’ll be doing interviews and taking photos. Plus we’ll be checking out all that the mall has to offer as we will shop and eat there too to say thanks. I encourage you to do the same. These malls don’t have to do this and we appreciate them allowing us into their world.
 
Today we focus on Modifieds and Sprints with our final five interviews from last weekend. I did get some studio work done but we’ll save those for release at a later time. So be sure to keep coming back today as I hope to get some new photos up early tonight.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page. I begin with a pair of Modified drivers. Mike Mahaney showed off his I-88 Speedway ride and ran down his plans for this coming season. He told me about the car, where his new Saturday home will be and looks forward to getting the family ride out on Sundays. 
 
Chris Hile went with a new look on his Modified and told me about his own in house vinyl guy. He told me a little history of the car, why he has some red on the car this time around and looks forward to going to some local series races. 
 
Paul Habeck has upped his game for 2014 and told me about his first brand new Sprint Car. He told me why he decided to go that way, where he plans to race this season and what he hopes to accomplish this year. 
 
Dean Reynolds spoke about the Empire Super Sprint presence at the show and how they did. He talked about the nine cars he had at the event, a pair of new drivers we will see this year and how impressed he was with the Cole Cup. 
 
Mike Emhof talked about the pair of hats he was wearing last weekend and how the show went. He told me about the chassis he has been selling, looked at the 2014 season for the Patriot Sprint Tour and how he can help Sprint Car drivers pick the right car for them. 

 
Friday, March 14th 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Elmo Reckner had his booth in the BD Motorsports Media booth and talked about last season.
Andrew Ferguson showed off a new sponsor and explained how that led to a color change.
Alysha Ruggles explained how her back is feeling after a crash last year and how she feels now.
Kyle Kiehn ran down how he did in the Novice Sportsman at Fulton and who helped him learn.
Barb Clark updated me on how Utica Rome drivers can get NASCAR licenses now to save time.
Jeremie Corcoran told me about the big presence he had at the show and the track work he did.
 
I hope you all are all dug out from the latest weather event. We’re okay here now and hopefully you guys are too. Now you guys know I love winter, but I have officially had enough of it for now. And nobody can complain about the heat this summer…nobody!
 
We’re back today with six more new interviews and will have about the same or maybe even more for tomorrow. And on Saturday we’re heading out to Rotterdam Square to see what is new for the Fonda Speedway this season. We’ll leave here at about noon so we’ll see you guys in the afternoon in Rotterdam.

And my streak of good bowling continues after having having to take a few weeks off due to a nagging back issue. But my friend Dr. Hulk gave me some new stretches to do and they are totally working. I had a 629 with a 182 for a final game. No, I did not adjust properly when the oil moved. Still, feels good to bwol pain free. Thanks Hulk!
 
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 going to be at a new weekly home this season. Elmo Reckner had his booth in the BD Motorsports Media booth and talked about last season. He talked about his races at both Fonda & Glen Ridge and why he is changing things up this year by heading to Albany Saratoga. 
 
Andrew Ferguson showed off a new sponsor and explained how that led to a color change. He told me how happy he was with the look, how nice it feels to be ahead at this time of the year and how the extra help he has made the difference. 
 
Alysha Ruggles explained how her back is feeling after a crash last year and how she feels now. She told me how excited she got just sitting in the car and what the doctors are telling her now. 
 
Kyle Kiehn ran down how he did in the Novice Sportsman at Fulton and who helped him learn. He shared the advice he received and why he plans to return to the same division this season. 
 
Barb Clark updated me on how Utica Rome drivers can get NASCAR licenses now to save time. She explained what the benefits are and how things look right now at the speedway. Well, there may be a little more snow than when we spoke on Sunday. 
 
Jeremie Corcoran told me about the big presence he had at the show and the track work he did at Canandaigua. He talked about the 2014 schedule and some other special events he is working on at a different location. 

 
Thursday, March 13th 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Katelyn Kane had her Modified right up front at the show and told me about the new look.
Nick Guererri spoke about how nice his Sportsman car turned out and why he changed it up.
Mike Walton showed off his open motor Sportsman and talked about his rookie season in the class.
Tyler Graves will be a rookie in the 360 Sprint Car world and talked about the new challenge.
Brett Deyo told me about the big splash he made at the show and who helped with a banner.
Mike Mallett was hanging out at the Utica Rome booth and talked about the coming season.
 
Main, I can’t believe it. We looked so good just a few days ago. It was 50 degrees out and we were all so optimistic about things. Sure, we heard about this storm but these weather people have about the accuracy rating as a baseball player…wrong more than right. But not this time.
 
That was some real heavy snow and it is continuing into today for some folks. Of course we lost this weekend in Selinsgrove and you have to wonder about some of the other tracks. Even though most of the northeast did not get the snow we did, you have wonder about the long term effects of this latest blast. Darn it…I was so ready.
 
So now we’ll focus on the usual mall shows and such of which many are coming up. I’ll be at the Fonda show this weekend in Rotterdam as Allie and I will make the trip east. If you have not been to this one, I highly suggest it as there will be close to 70 cars in the mall for this one.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for today on the Audio Page. I begin with a young lady who is wondering if she may race more in 2014. Katelyn Kane had her Modified right up front at the show and told me about the new look. She told me about the two Modifieds she has, why one car will see more action and wonders of she may expand to include some specials. 
 
Nick Guererri spoke about how nice his Sportsman car turned out and why he changed it up a bit for this season. He talked about the newer car he picked up and how close he is to being ready. 
 
Mike Walton showed off his open motor Sportsman and talked about his rookie season in the class. He told me how surprised he was with his overall results and wonders how the big changes he made to the car will affect it. 
 
Tyler Graves will be a rookie in the 360 Sprint Car world and talked about the new challenge. He told me where he feels the car will act differently and runs down his goals for the coming year.
 
Brett Deyo told me about the big splash he made at the show and who helped with a banner. He talked about the people who stopped by the booth and looked forward to next weekend’s Hard Clay open at Orange County. 
 
Mike Mallett was hanging out at the Utica Rome booth and talked about the coming season. He offered his take on Motorsports Expo and how impressed he was with the Cole Cup. Yeah, that’s quite a cup. 

 
     
 
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