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Gates-Cole Associates SUNY Canton Automotive Technology program
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Monday, March 21st 2016
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Kelly Hebing toured Motorsports Expo last weekend and told Steve Ovens about her 305 Sprinter.
Dane Keller Jr. talked about what he learned his Late Model starts and compared it an IMCA Mod.
Johnny Kolosek told me about his rookie season in a 600 Micro and his hopes for this season.

The mall shows are over for the most part and now the race teams of our area will get back in the shop to finish their racecars to get them ready for their first action of the year.

I had a great day on Sunday as I got to spend some time with my kids and fish out some babies from the fish tank. We started one a few weeks ago with live breeders and are hoping that soon we’ll have enough new fish to start a second tank for my youngest. It was an exciting day!

On the site we meet some young people who are heavily involved in the sport of auto racing. One of these young people I met for the first time and once again I am impressed with how well these young racers carry themselves. Nice job!

Now let’s chat more about each interview I have up for you today on the Audio Page as we get closer to the start of racing at your favorite speedway. Kelly Hebing toured Motorsports Expo last weekend and told Steve Ovens about her 305 Sprinter as well as how hard everyone is working right now.  

Dane Keller Jr. talked about what he learned his Late Model starts, how hard the car likes to be driven and compared it the IMCA Modified he drove previously.  

Johnny Kolosek told me about having his car in shows on back to back weekends, his rookie season in a 600 Micro at Paradise and his hopes for this season.

 
Sunday, March 20th 2016
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Jim Olin previews the final day of Finger Lakes Speedworld and talks about how happy he is.
Tori Kaplan showed off her 600 Micro Sprint and told me about a big change they made last season.
Gary Palone tells me how Paradise Speedway looks right now and looks ahead to the coming season.
Dylan Zacharias described some of the things he learned in his rookie season in a Sportsman.

We had a fun day although an abbreviated one as Allie was a little under the weather. But I was able to get to Finger Lakes Speed World at the Finger Lakes Mall in Auburn. The place was packed when I got there and there were cars all the way from one end of the mall to the other. I was impressed.

You still have one more day to go so get your butts out and have some fun. Plus the Rotterdam Mall show is still going today as is the Fontenac Mall (I hope I got that right.) with cars from Brockville Ontario Speedway. Show your support with dollars spent at the mall and we can keep these shows going for many more years to come.

And on the way home Allie and I stopped by the Firehouse Subs shop in Camillus on Genesee Street. I was impressed. Allie goes to another sub chain that is closer to our house but from here on in I think we’ll be taking more drives to Camillus. The place was spotless and the young employees were very vigilant in keeping it that way. Like I said I was impressed. And our friend Jim Bogett from Mod Lites is a big reason why it is there. Give it a try and let me know what you think.

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page for today from the mall show. Jim Olin previews the final day of Finger Lakes Speedworld and talks about how happy he is with the turnout as well as the support of the Finger Lakes Mall. Yeah guys, this is the best one yet!  

Tori Kaplan showed off her 600 Micro Sprint and told me about a big change they made last season under the hood while describing what it is like to race against the boys.  

Gary Palone tells me how Paradise Speedway looks right now, looks ahead to the coming season and remembers his first exposure to racing back in the late 60’s.  

Dylan Zacharias described some of the things he learned in his rookie season in a Sportsman and looks ahead to sharing some of that knowledge with his little sister.  

 
Saturday, March 19th 2016
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Darryl Ruggles talks about improving in his 360 and the plans to do less 305 racing in 2016.
Jeffery Cardinale showed off his IMCA Modified and talked about the work it took to get ready.
Mike Welch tells me how nice it is to be ahead with his Pro Stock and his 2016 race plans.
Tommy Juhl recaps his 2015 season in various cars and tells me why he likes racing Pure Stocks.
Andrew Harpell speaks with Steve Ovens about Five Mile Point Speedway and their practice.

The weekend is here and I hope you all get to go someplace fun today and either see some cars in a mall show or on the track as Selinsgrove is running and the ROC Modified tour will begin.

I will be at Finger Lakes Mall in Auburn for Finger Lakes Speedworld and I can’t wait to see what Jim Olin has done with this year’s show. As you know I love Auburn and it holds a special place in my heart so it will be fun to get there today and drive around town to point out the special places for both me and my wife.

Tomorrow I will be back in the studio again so if you have been wanting to chat with me that would be a great time to do so. Plus we still have a few in the can and will release those soon so keep coming back.

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page starting out with an award winner from last weekend’s Motorsports Expo 2016 in Syracuse. Darryl Ruggles talks about improving in his 360 and the plans to do less 305 racing in 2016 while recalling a very tough night at Freedom.

Jeffery Cardinale showed off his IMCA Modified and talked about the work it took to get the car ready for Motorsports Expo as well as how proud he is with the results.  

Mike Welch tells me how nice it is to be ahead with his Pro Stock and his 2016 race plans which include a change in his Saturday night race place.  

Tommy Juhl recaps his 2015 season in various cars, tells me how much he enjoyed racing a top notch Modified in the Outlaw 200 and tells me why he likes racing Pure Stocks at Paradise.

Andrew Harpell talks with Steve Ovens about Five Mile Point Speedway and their successful early practice while comparing it to last spring.  

 
Friday, March 18th 2016
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Chris Hile talks about teaming up with his wife for a two car Modified team for the 2016 season.
Kreig Heroth showed off his Small Block Super at Motorsports Expo and talked about his 2 racecars.
Alysha Ruggles-Bay told me about her plans to race more 360 stuff in 2016 and less 305 races.
Pat LaPage gets ready for his rookie season in a Crate Sportsman and talked about his goals.
Mike Emhof ran down the schedule for the CRSA & Patriot Sprint Tour and highlighted some dates.

I had a nice day as I did very little work and mostly watched NCAA basketball. I love that the tournament starts right after Motorsports Expo as it gives me an easy week and allows me to watch some hoops.

I will doing much of the same as I need to shuttle the kids around today but I will be able to head out to Auburn tomorrow for Finger Lakes Speedworld. I lived in Auburn for a time and I met my wife there at CCC so I always enjoy my trips to Auburn and I will see you there tomorrow.

Don’t forget that racecars will be in Rotterdam Square starting tonight and for more an each of these mall shows you can go back to yesterday to find out more.

Now let’s find out more about what we have on the Audio Page for today starting out with half of a husband and wife Modified team. Chris Hile talks about teaming up with his wife for a two car Modified team for the 2016 season as they showed off their racecars this past weekend at Motorsports Expo.  

Kreig Heroth showed off his Small Block Super at Motorsports Expo and talked about his 2 racecars as well as the new people they have on board for this season.  

Alysha Ruggles-Bay told me about her plans to race more 360 stuff in 2016 and less 305 races as well as how busy her salon has become as well as why that may curtail her efforts a little.  

Pat LaPage gets ready for his rookie season in a Crate Sportsman and talked about his goals as well as why the time is right to start his racing career.  

Mike Emhof ran down the schedule for the CRSA & Patriot Sprint Tour and highlighted some dates for each of the traveling series.  

 
Thursday, March 17th 2016
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Mike McLaughlin talks about the challenges that lie ahead as he will crew chief for his son Max.
Greg Birosh will be back racing a Modified this year at Canandaigua and told me how it is going.
Jim Olin previews this weekend’s Finger Lakes Speed World at Finger Lakes Mall in Auburn.
Pete Demitraszek tells me about the mall show at Rotterdam Square and who will have cars there.
Dan Harpell speaks about Penn Can’s 2016 season with Steve Ovens at Motorsports Expo 2016.

Storms rolled through our area on Wednesday and the sounds and smells of that first thunderstorm of the year signal that racing season is almost upon us. I got a lot done yesterday as I wrote up a new story and got some interviews done here in the home studio. Plus Steve Ovens sent us a few clips from the weekend that we begin airing today.

We’ll be back tomorrow and may be able to hit both mall shows this weekend if things work out. We may hit Rotterdam Square on Friday and Finger Lakes Mall on Saturday. We’ll let you know when the time gets closer.

Now let’s chat more about what we have on the Audio Page for you to listen to today starting out with a DIRT Hall of Famer. Mike McLaughlin talks about the challenges that lie ahead as he will be the crew chief for his son Max as they both learn the world of Dirt Modifieds.  

Greg Birosh will be back racing a Modified this year at Canandaigua and told me how it is going back at the shop as well as why they took the 2015 season off from racing.  

Jim Olin previews this weekend’s Finger Lakes Speed World at Finger Lakes Mall in Auburn and tells me some of the interactive aspect of this year’s show.  

Pete Demitraszek tells me about the mall show at Rotterdam Square, who will have their cars on display and the pit stop competition at the show.  

Dan Harpell speaks about Penn Can’s 2016 season with Steve Ovens at Motorsports Expo 2016 and updated him on some of the track work he has been able to get done.  

 
Wednesday, March 16th 2016
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Mike Mahaney showed off his new ride for 2016 and talked about a change in Saturday homes.
Ronnie Davis III had his Sportsman ride at the show and told me about his hopes for 2016.
Todd Town explained how he kept his schedule at 8 races and his plans to race a little more.
Tana Robinson tells me about her new job as GM at Ransomville and the new ownership for 2016.
Kevin Ward Sr. talks about getting his grandson ready for kart racing and how his family is doing.

I enjoyed a nice day off on Tuesday as I got to bowl and do some online racing. And if any of you racers out there want top see what it is like to race online just give me a call or message me and we can make that happen.

Tomorrow I will be back with more and be back in the studio again as I have some folks I really need to get ahold of. Plus we still have a lot in the can from the show this past weekend and that will be coming out over the next few days.

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you to listen to on the Audio Page from this past weekend’s Motorsports Expo in Syracuse.   Mike Mahaney showed off his new ride for 2016 and talked about a change in Saturday homes as well as what he will run at his other weekly stops.  

Ronnie Davis III had his Sportsman ride at the show in Syracuse and told me about his hopes for 2016 as well as how close he came to winning a championship.

Todd Town explained how he kept his schedule at 8 races while not letting racing take over his life, his plans to race a little more in 2016 and wonders if he’ll get a road course racecar later.  

Tana Robinson tells me about her new job as GM at Ransomville, describes some upgrades at the track and how smoothly the transition went with the new owners.  

Kevin Ward Sr. talks about getting his grandson ready for kart racing, how nice it was to see many of his friends at Motorsports Expo 2016 and how his family is doing.

 
Tuesday, March 15th 2016
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Rocky Warner describes how he is feeling after a long stay in the hospital and thanks everyone.
Brandon Ford will race just Late Models this year and told me why he scaled back to one division.
Jack Miller talks about getting ready for 2016 and wonders if he may run some Modified races.
Tyler Walker tells me about his three races in Florida at East Bay Raceway and his 2016 race plans.
Tony Veneziano reports on race # 9 for the World of Outlaws and the IndyCar opener from Florida.

It was a cold and rainy day on Monday which is okay after the nice weather we had this past weekend for Motorsports Expo 2016. It was a great show and we learned a lot about what is happening this season at the tracks of the northeast and specifically here in New York State.

I was able to get in the studio and put together another column for the Syracuse Post Standard and Syracuse.com. And I still have more news to put out on Thursday so look for that on newsstands and online.

I will be off today and back in the studio tomorrow as we get ready for Fingerlakes Speedworld this weekend in Auburn at the Fingerlakes Mall. I will be there and will have more on the event in the next few days.

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page from this weekend and the home studio. Rocky Warner describes how he is feeling after a long stay in the hospital, wonders when he may get back behind the wheel again and thanks everyone who helped in so many different ways. Good to see you Rocky and we hope to see you back to 100% soon.  

Brandon Ford will race just Late Models this year and told me why he scaled back to one division after pulling double duty with a Sportsman in 2015.  

Jack Miller talks about getting ready for 2016 as he toured Motorsports Expo and wonders if he may run some Modified races when the open Sportsman are off.  

Tyler Walker tells me about his three ten finishes in Florida at East Bay Raceway, how nice it was to visit with family on the trip his 2016 race plans that include getting his younger brother in a Micro Sprint.  

Tony Veneziano reports on race # 9 for the World of Outlaws, tells me about a former champion who missed the show and the IndyCar opener from Florida.

 
     
 
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