|Friday, April 18th 2014
| New on the Audio Page for today:
Justin Wright talked about his hot laps at Canandaigua and how nice it is to help a young driver.
Adam DePuy was a test driver on Saturday and talked about the new Street Stock he was driving.
Ryan Watt talks about his Modified win at Bridgeport and looks ahead to a three race weekend.
Another weekend is upon us and hopefully Mother Nature will be a fan and let us all have some fun. I’ll be in the studio tonight and at Canandaigua on Saturday before a nice Easter Dinner on Sunday with our family.
We have three conversations for you today on the Audio Page and I know you’ll like all three. And for those of you who saw the Steve Pesarek stock car doing laps on Saturday, you’ll get to hear from the man who helped figure it out. A lot has changed in the division and this will be an interesting story to follow.
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page. I start with two of my conversations from my first night out and another I did on Thursday. Justin Wright talked about his hot laps at Canandaigua and how nice it is to help a young driver. He spoke about how his new car felt, what his goals were for the day and his hopes to travel a little more in 2014.
Adam DePuy was a test driver for Steve Pesarek on Saturday and talked about the new Street Stock he was driving. He explained why he spun the car out twice in the first session, what they were doing to tighten it up a little and how happy he was with how it was doing.
Ryan Watt talks about his Modified win at Bridgeport and looks ahead to a three race weekend. He told me how good his car was in the victory, how much he is looking forward to driving a Midget on Saturday and how his young son did in a ¼ midget on Wednesday.
|Thursday, April 17th 2014
| New on the Audio Page for today:
Billy Pauch talked about picking up his second win of the season at New Egypt. That’s # 704.
Gil Tegg told me how his practice laps were going at Canandaigua and his hopes for the 2014 season.
Jon Ellsworth had his Sportsman at the Canandaigua practice and talked some offseason upgrades.
I could not believe it when I looked outside Wednesday morning. There was snow on the ground and I muttered a few unkind words when I saw it. But by lunchtime it was gone thank goodness.
It’s been that kind of a year but we do look good for this weekend as several tracks are set to open their gates for the first time. Cancelled unfortunately is the opener at Skyline Raceway as they will run next Saturday and open the gates two hours early for practice.
Also the Rolling Wheels opener that was set for April 27th is also in jeopardy. According to DIRTcar’s Series and Sanctioning Director Joe Skotkicki, “The real estate transaction has yet to be completed. Therefore the schedule is in limbo.” With just over a week left before that date, a lot will need to happen between now and then to make this happen. DIRTcar’s schedule has the track opening on July 3rd with Modifieds and the ESS.
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 just keeps on winning at age 57. Billy Pauch talked about picking up his second win of the season at New Egypt, the 704th of his career. He also told me about something they discovered right before the feature, how his latest driving school went and why it is important to pace yourself early in the season.
Gil Tegg told me how his practice laps were going at Canandaigua and his hopes for the 2014 season. He talked about a brake issue he had in the first set of hot laps, how much better the car felt in the second set and why he was glad he got the car dirty at the shakedown.
Jon Ellsworth had his Sportsman at the Canandaigua practice and talked some offseason upgrades. He told me about his hopes for his first top five finish, where he feels he could be better and why the extra help at the shop could help make the difference.
|Wednesday, April 16th 2014
| New on the Audio Page for today:
Doug Manmiller talked about his win in the first 20 lapper at Grandview and his wreck in the second.
Derrick Podsiadlo told me how his Modified was handling at Canandaigua and his big weekend.
Steve Pesarek had a pair of stock cars at Canandaigua and talked about some suspension changes.
I got busy on a cold and snowy day and recorded a few new interviews in the home studio. And yeah, you read that right. We had snow in Central New York. It did stick on the grass a little and I saw several cars with significant snow on them but the roads did not ice up. I’m still glad though that I did not take my snow tires off yet.
On the site today we have one of the two winners from Grandview on Saturday night as well as more from the Canandaigua practice on Saturday. Tomorrow we’ll find out how Bobby Varin did in his first time back in the seat after an accident in the winter on a ski slope. Good to see he is back.
We’re still working on our plans for the weekend and am still not sure where we’ll go. Looks like may be able to do both Friday and Saturday but we’ll have to wait and see.
Now let’s chat more about the three things we have for you to listen to on the Audio Page for today. Doug Manmiller talked about his win in the first 20 lapper at Grandview and his wreck in the second. He told me how came from 4th to 1st in 10 laps, how described the line he was using to make his passes and how badly damaged the car was after his wreck in the second feature.
Derrick Podsiadlo told me how his Modified was handling at Canandaigua and his big weekend. He talked about how nice the car was working, how nice it was to knock the rust off the driver and why he won’t be at the season opener this weekend…Don’t worry guys, he has a real good excuse.
Steve Pesarek had a pair of stock cars at Canandaigua and talked about some big suspension changes. He told me about the differences between the two cars, who he had in the pit area to help him figure out the new set ups and why the pressure is on to do well this year. Go get ‘em Steve and we wish you all the best in your fight!
|Tuesday, April 15th 2014
| New on the Audio Page for today:
Matt Sheppard recapped his two win weekendand described what it means to go this good early.
Matt Hulsizer talked about his practice laps at Canandaigua and his plans for the 2014 season.
Dan Heschke will be a 40 year old Sportsman rookie and talked about an issue he had at practice.
We’re back today with more from the world of dirt track racing including a chat with the man who won both the big modified races in New York State. I also added a few conversations from the Canandaigua practice as well. We’ll have more tomorrow from that practice as well as from the studio as we are going to get busy there today.
It is so nice to be talking about actual racing instead of speculating on how it will go. More tracks opened last weekend and more will do the same this weekend so it is finally time to have some fun.
At least Mother Nature is cooperating a little better although it sounds like she wants to have one more finale before she is done with her snowy side. They actually use that word several times over the next few days and hopefully this will be the last gasp that winter has. See, it was good I kept my snow tires on for one more week.
Now let’s chat more about what we have on the Audio Page for you today. I begin with a man who enjoyed a wonderful weekend. Matt Sheppard recapped his two win weekendand described what it means to go this good early. He talked about his last lap pass at Fonda, how they led the final 95 laps to win on Sunday and where he will race this coming weekend.
Matt Hulsizer talked about his practice laps at Canandaigua and his plans for the 2014 season. He told me how the car was feeling so far on Saturday, the big change he made in his suspension and how nice the racing surface was on this day.
Dan Heschke will be a 40 year old Sportsman rookie and talked about an issue he had at practice. He explained why he was smoking during the first session, how the car felt and who helped get him behind the wheel.
|Monday, April 14th 2014
| New on the Audio Page for today:
Eric Chapman talked about his Pure Stock and how he bought the racecar kind of by accident.
Tyler Meeks had a brand new Sportsman at Canandaigua and talked about last year’s season.
James Sweeting just turned in his first laps in a big car and told me about his go cart background.
Alysha Ruggles ran her first laps since her crash last year and described what it was like to race.
What a nice day it was on Sunday huh? I actually got out a pair of shorts as it was that warm. Yep, it was the best day we’ve had so far as Spring finally gets a grip on our area. Let’s hope it doesn’t lose its hold.
I was going to get some work done but just could not tear myself away from having fun with the kids. So I dug into the can to get four new interviews from the Canandaigua practice for you. I’ll get to some work today and still have 8 interviews left from the weekend so you’ll get two of those on each day.
We welcome three new people to the site today and tell the story of what it is like to get back in a racecar after a life altering crash. I hope you enjoy all four and hope you come back tomorrow for more.
Now let’s chat about what we have for you to listen to on the Audio Page. I begin with a racer who actually shared a car with me 15 years ago. Eric Chapman talked about his Pure Stock and how he bought the racecar kind of by accident. He told me what he was originally thinking, ran down his hopes for the practice session and tells me a little bit about his racing past.
Tyler Meeks had a brand new Sportsman at Canandaigua and talked about last year’s season. He told me how happy he was to finally get the car on the track, why they decided to up their game with a new piece and recapped his two years in the division.
James Sweeting just turned in his first laps in a big car and told me about his go cart background. He told me what was different from what he did before, who will drive the car in the bigger shows and how having a veteran in the car helps with set up.
Alysha Ruggles ran her first laps since her crash last year and described what it was like to be back on the track after a long absence. She told me how the practice was the perfect way to get back in slowly, how each session went and what her dad told her after session three.
|Sunday, April 13th 2014
| New on the Audio Page from the Canandaigua Motorsports Park practice:
Mike Welch showed off his championship stock car and talked about rule changes for 2014.
James Henry has a ride this year for Canandaigua and told me about driving someone else’s car.
Darryl Ruggles shared the advice he gave his daughter as she got ready for the first laps of the year.
Scott Kerwin explained why he brought his 358 to the practice and looked ahead to Ransomville.
David Marcuccilli talked about his 8th place run last weekend and his hopes for the practice.
Mike Bowman had a new Modified at the practice and spoke about his basic goals for the day.
Ronnie Davis III was learning a new car and explained how the luck of the draw made it happen.
Eldon Payne told me why he had his small block at the practice and his hopes to race it today.
It was a beautiful day on Saturday and Allie and I headed out to Canandaigua Motorsports Park for their practice session. My wife had to work early so Fonda was out of the question as I would have been lucky to make it there by the time they started the heat races, so we’ll hit that soon.
Like I said it was a real nice day with over 20 Sportsman and just shy of 10 Modifieds in the pit area. Plus there were stock cars of all kinds there as well. Outside of one car hitting the wall and a Sprint Car with motor issues, most of the day went as planned for the racers.
The track was slick but tabletop smooth. I chatted with a lot of the drivers afterwards and many told me they did not see one bump on the racetrack. So that is a good sign for this coming weekend where Canandaigua will kick off their 2014 season with the Jan Corcoran Memorial.
It was also nice to see some new drivers learn as they turned laps. James Sweeting and Dan Heschke turned their first laps in a Sportsman and each got quicker and quicker with each session. You could see their confidence growing with every corner they took. A lot of folks ask me what keeps me going as I enter my 25th year in the sport and watching newcomers like this get better is something I really enjoy.
Now let’s chat more about what is new on the Audio Page. And also there are 12 conversations in the can from the event that will come out this week. Mike Welch showed off his championship stock car at the Canandaigua Motorsports Park practice and talked about rule changes for the division in 2014.
James Henry has a ride this year for Canandaigua and told me about driving someone else’s car as well as the extra pressure he feels to bring it back like he took it out.
Darryl Ruggles shared the advice he gave his daughter as she got ready for the first laps of the year after a season ending crash last season at Canandaigua in a 305 Sprint Car.
Scott Kerwin explained why he brought his 358 to the practice and looked ahead to Ransomville’s first practice which sets up your first race night at the track.
David Marcuccilli talked about his 8th place run last weekend in the first race for the GRIT Series and his hopes for the practice at Canandaigua Motorsports Park.
Mike Bowman had a new Modified at the practice and spoke about his basic goals for the day as well as his hopes for the 2014 season that may include more tracks.
Ronnie Davis III was learning a new car at Canandaigua’s practice and explained how the luck of the draw helped him get a new piece to race this season.
Eldon Payne told me why he had his small block at the practice his hopes to race it today at Five Mile Point and described the work still to be done with his big block.
|Saturday, April 12th 2014
| New on the Audio Page for today:
Danny Tyler spoke with Steve Ovens after his 358 Mod heat win last weekend at Orange County.
Jeremy Markle won a heat race at Orange County and spoke about the victory with Steve Ovens.
Jerry Higbie was happy to race at a race and told Steve Ovens about this perfect day for racing.
Scott Ford has made the move to a Late Model and explained why he decided to make the change.
Saturday is here and it is supposed to be a nice day. If all goes well, I hope to be somewhere today to smell some racefuel and get in a racing fix. I took a day off yesterday and am pumped up about finally being able to get some more tracks going.
We have more from the folks at Turn 5 Racing Podcast and Steve Ovens. He did a great job covering the Hard Clay Open and hopefully we’ll be hearing from Steve some more this season. You can keep up with where he goes at www.turn5.podbean.com.
I won't have time to do a shoow today but I will head to Canandaigua with Allie for their practice. I spoke with Jeremie on Friday and they look good. So we'll head out today and get some new audio and put a few pics up on facebook after that. I hope to see you guys there. And Fonda looks good too so they should be fine there as well. Let's hope for a great day...an incident free day where all the cars roll on to the trailer with no damage. Yeah!
Now let’s chat more about what we have on the Audio Page for today. I start with some post heat conversations from this past weekend. Danny Tyler spoke with Steve Ovens after his 358 Mod heat win last weekend at Orange County. He talked about the racecar he was running, his past wins with sail panels on and how a good draw in the feature could help.
Jeremy Markle won a heat race at Orange County and spoke about the victory with Steve Ovens. He described a big issue he had in his heat race, how bad his right rear tire looked afterwards and the one big thing they did that was different than a regular Saturday night.
Jerry Higbie was happy to race at a race and told Steve Ovens about this perfect day for racing. He talked about his heat win, the different combinations that were in the pit area and how different his car was with the sail panels.
Scott Ford has made the move to a Late Model and explained why he decided to make the change. He talked about how a mechanic’s race gave him the opportunity to try it, how things went in that race and how his son still lets him hear about it on occasion.
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