|Monday, June 16th 2014
| New on the Audio Page from the Utica Rome Speedway:
Pre race conversations:
Tom Denton has all wins and one second place this season and talked about his fast Pro Stock.
Mike Walton discovered a problem during the week and wondered how his car could change.
Eddie Ostrander summed up how his season has been going and a problem on corner entry.
Butch Green explained why he pulled out of line and headed back to his pits before hot laps.
Shannon Whaley picked up his first win the night before and talked about moving to Sportsman.
Mike Mahaney spoke about his 4th place at Thunder Mountain and his flip in a SpeedSTR.
After the heat races:
Heath Carney won the first RoC Sportsman heat and thought back on his win the week before.
Claude Hutchings Jr. explained why he was in such a hurry to get to the top in his heat win.
Larry Wight ran the inside lane on his way to a heat win and had some dinner before the feature.
Willy Decker got the win in the final Modified heat and told me how much he likes his Modified.
Mark Effner walked me through his pass for the lead and explained why he is using an older car.
Eddie Ostrander looked good in his heat win and wondered if his handling issue may be fixed.
After the feature races:
Claude Hutchings Jr. won his first feature of the season and told Mike Mallett about the victory.
Jeremy Vunk kept his point lead with a second place finish and compared himself to the winner.
Steve Way raced his way to a third place finish and told Mike how his car faded at the end.
Stewart Friesen passed for the top spot with two to go and talked about his tenth win so far.
Mike Mahaney spoke about his fourth place finish and why he had to start the race in last place.
I hope you all had a nice Father’s Day whether you were wishing it to your dad or receiving well wishes from family. We had a nice day on a very sunny Sunday afternoon as Allie and I rolled out to the Utica Rome Speedway.
The Race of Champions Sportsman Tour was onhand and 21 cars were set to go for it on the big, slick half mile track. Claude Hutchings Jr. got a yellow right at the right time on his way to his first win of the season.
You see, on a lap 13 restart he lost the lead to Jeremy Vunk. Hutchings chose the outside, a lane that had been good to him all day long, and Vunk was simply able to drive away. But fortunately for Hutchings, the yellow flag waved before the lap was completed giving him his first place spot back.
On the second restart, Hutchings chose the bottom groove and was able to hold off Vunk for the lead and the eventual win. Thirteen cautions slowed the pace of this race as it took forever to complete. Utica Rome regulars swept the top five positions.
In the Modified race, Stewart Friesen ran down Pat Ward and got to the inside of him in turn one to complete the pass and get his tenth win of the season. Ward would hold on for second followed by Matt Sheppard, Mike Mahaney and Ryan Phelps.
I did save 12 chats from before things go started and I’ll throw those up this week with the 13 interviews I saved from Oswego on Saturday to give you at least six a day every day this week.
I am however very tired so I am going to cut this short. I’ll be in the studio today as I have a few things on the docket to get done. If you have any requests, send them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org or message me on facebook.
Have a great start to your work week. And thanks for checking is out.
|Sunday, June 15th 2014
| New on the Audio Page from the Oswego Speedway:
Pre race conversations:
Randy Ritskes spoke about his recent win in a Supermodified and how his day was going.
Jack Patrick came into the night 3rd in Small Block Super points and spoke about consistency.
Andrew Schartner was the point leader in the small blocks and talked about his good start.
Dave Gruel is working with a new Supermodified this season and summed up how it is going.
Tim Snyder missed the first week at Oswego and told me how his new car has been racing.
Otto Sitterly leads the Supermodified points and talked about coming from back in the field.
After the heat races:
Jack Patrick made his pass for the lead on lap six and told me why the number 9 may be lucky.
Mark Castiglia won his heat race and explained how he got the lead when the leader had trouble.
Barry Kingsley got settled for the feature race and spoke about his win in the final qualifier.
Dave Gruel described the move he made up high in turn four to go from third to first in one corner.
Shaun Gosselin got the win in the second heat and talked about an accident he had in practice.
Tim Snyder earned his first Oswego win in his heat and wondered how good his racecar was.
After the features:
Jason Simmons held on to win the small block feature and spoke about it with Dan Kapuscinski.
Andrew Schartner came from 11th to 2nd in the 30 lapper and talked about his philosophy.
Barry Kingsley finished in third place and told Dan Kapuscinski about the nice night for his team.
Michael Barnes pulled away late for his first win of the season and told the crowd how he did it.
Otto Sitterly was the runner up in the 50 lapper and told Dan how he picked up nine spots.
Dave Gruel brought a damaged racecar home in third and talked about how his car was affected.
I had a great night at the Oswego Speedway on Saturday and every time I go there I leave saying the same thing, “I need to come here more!” I always have a great time there and the people could not be nicer or better at helping me understand the nuances of asphalt racing. It is so much fun and thanks so much everybody. I’m truly humbled!
As for the racing, it was real good too. Jason Simmons won his first of the season and second of his career in the Small Block Supermodified feature. Former dirt racer Andrew Schartner (who also leads the points) worked his way from 11th to 2nd but could not find a way around Simmons.
He tried too! On several occasions he went to the outside in three and four but just could not get ahead. There was a bad crash on lap number 20 that saw only four cars drive away. There were a few at the back that missed the contact but it damaged a lot of cars and a few racecar drivers.
Both Mike Bond and Mark Castiglia were transported to the hospital in an ambulance after they came together. Castiglia was slowing when Bond got airborne and drove into the cage of his car. There was nothing either could have done. It was a scary deal to say the least and we are hoping they are both feeling well today.
In the Supermodified feature, it was all Michael Barnes. He passed early leader Brandon Bellinger on lap 9 and held off Otto Sittterly for a few laps before pulling away in the end. Barnes started in ninth too and came to the front very quickly while Sitterly’s march to the front was more methodical.
Dave Gruel was involved in a lap two crash the red flagged the field leading to a refuel of the cars left on the frontstretch just in case. He worked his way up to third with both wings damaged. Only three yellows slowed the pace of this one with the final 34 laps being run under green which led to just 6 cars on the lead lap when the checkered flag waved.
I did 19 pre race interviews and got all 6 of the heat winners. I let Dan Kapuscinski handle the load and aired his chats from victory lane with the top three finishers in each division. I got to tell ya, they are so fortunate to have a guy like Dan working for them.
His on track reporting is about as good as it gets and he knows more about the sport than alot of guys who race now. Plus he can write, sell sponsors, run a race and wield a car around pretty well too. What more could you want? Way to go Dan! You are the man!!! And I’m sure a lot of tracks would like to get you at their place.
Like I said, I could not have had a better time. Well, I take that back. It could have been a warmer day. I had my winter jacket on as it is always cold next to the lake. But the fact that they did autograph nite really helped me. I did 15 interviews in the 45 minutes or so they were on the track greeting the fans.
Usually I don’t get as many done at Oswego as I do at other tracks because there are usually cars on the track and it becomes tough to interview drivers with the loud engines. (Maybe that has kept me away a little in the past as I always leave there feeling like I didn’t get enough done.) So with the autograph session, I was able to get a lot done. Maybe more than I ever have there. Sounds like I’ll be at their next autograph nite for sure and maybe before then.
Today Allie will join me as we head to Utica Rome Speedway for Father’s Day. I have not been there in a few weeks so it will be fun to go and catch up on what I missed. I’ll be at Glen Ridge next Sunday and then we’ll start expanding out a little more from there.
Remember today is Father’s Day so do something nice for your dad like taking him to a speedway or whatever his favorite activity may be. And for those of you who lost your dad, I hope you have nice thoughts today as you remember. I’ll give my kids and my dad big hugs today so be sure to do the same.
Have a great Sunday and be sure to come back for more tomorrow.
|Saturday, June 14th 2014
| New on the Audio Page for today:
Vic Coffey tells me about his recent Late Model races in Pennsylvania and taking a weekend off.
Ray Jashembowski described how he has been doing at Orange County and the need for balance.
Charlie Donk remembered some of his Modified past at Fulton as he got ready last Saturday.
Katelyn Kane just did a brake fix and talked about how her days in the Novice class helped.
Sean Beardsley just got a Late Model back together two weeks ago and told me how it happened.
Kyle Demetro talked about picking up his first career Sportsman win at Glen Ridge on Sunday.
Joe Kline is a graduate of the Novice Sportsman division and talked about what he learned there.
Jeremy Warren recalled his two race winning streak and told me what has gone wrong since then.
Hopefully your Friday night track dodged the rain and got one in last night. I know the weather looked bad and that was one of the reasons I decided to load up during the week so I could take Friday off.
I have a lot of great stuff on the page today and some of these are nice, long chats so if you’re going to listen to them all then you’d better sit down and get comfortable. I’m not going to write a lot today but I will tell you my plans are to go to Oswego Speedway for my first time this year as they have Autograph Night on tap.
Tomorrow I’ll be back at Utica Rome and next Sunday I hope to hit Glen Ridge for the first time this season. Plus I will be in studio on Monday and Tuesday with a similar goal for the week.
Now let’s chat more about the new stuff on the Audio Page for you to listen to today. Vic Coffey tells me about his recent Late Model races in Pennsylvania and taking a weekend off. He explains why he likes events like the ones he ran in last week, what his goals were for Tuesday at Penn Can and why it is so important to him to make sure to strike a balance between racing & family.
Ray Jashembowski described how he has been doing at Orange County and the need for balance. He talked about the fine tuning he has been doing, why he chose to hit Penn Can on Tuesday and how he learned something about it while crewing at the track before.
Charlie Donk remembered some of his Modified past at Fulton as he got ready last Saturday. He talked about how good he was in his Modified days, how he did the night before at Ransomville and how a crash early ended his night.
Katelyn Kane just did a brake fix and talked about how her days in the Novice class helped. She also talked about what to do when you put new brake pads in the car, what she learned in her early days and why she thinks the Sportsman class is thriving at Fulton.
Sean Beardsley just got a Late Model back together two weeks ago and told me how it happened. He told me how he did up north at Humberstone, what went wrong in the consi and an issue he had with his msd box.
Kyle Demetro talked about picking up his first career Sportsman win at Glen Ridge on Sunday. He told me when he knew that he had someone on his tail, how almost made a mistake on the final lap and how it felt to get the victory.
Joe Kline is a graduate of the Novice Sportsman division and talked about what he learned there. He described a brake bias issue they just fixed, how much different things look from the seat compared to the grandstand and the need to be consistent lap after lap.
Jeremy Warren recalled his two race winning streak in a Four Cylinder at Five Mile Point and told me what has gone wrong since then. He told me what broke the next week out, what division he hopes to race in next and how much he enjoys shooting races with a video camera.
|Friday, June 13th 2014
| New on the Audio Page for today:
Andy Bachetti summed up how his 2014 season has been going at Accord and Lebanon Valley.
Danny Creeden spoke about being a new dad and recapped his up & down weekend last time.
Sam Crogan runs down how he has been doing at Ransomville and remembers his first night.
Sam Reakes IV talks about how much his dad has helped get the car ready while he was working.
Brian White had his Sportsman at Penn Can and talked about winning 3 of 4 at Five Mile Point.
Claude Hutchings Jr. described what he had with him at Penn Can and how he has done before.
Alec Gennarelli was making his 8th start ever on Tuesday and summed up how he is doing.
Mike Mullen tells me why he has not driven so far this season and his hopes to change that today.
From victory lane at Yates County Speedway:
Allison Teed speaks with Tyler Harpell after her feature win last Friday in the Bandit division.
Casey Pavlick talks to the crowd after his feature win in the crate Sportsman feature event.
Daryl Ruggles told Tyler Harpell after his second win of the season in the 305 Sprint Car race.
Jake Karnoski also won his second in a row in the Street Stocks and talked about his car’s handling.
Jared Spaulding got the chance to celebrate in victory lane after his IMCA Modified win.
Jason Knowles took home the victory in the Late Model feature and told Tyler Harpell about it.
Scott Bradley ran away from the field for a Four Cylinder win and thanked all his helpers.
Boy do we have a lot for you today or what? Yep, we’ve got a lot from my recent travels as well as some victory lanes from Yates County Speedway that our friend Steve Ovens sent us. Of course you can check out what he does at http://turn5.podbean.com/ and
I am off today but we have eight new clips showing up tomorrow as we hopefully will get out of this wet weather long before then. But if you got rained out today, spend some time on the Audio Page as we have a lot there from the past few days.
Now let’s talk more about what is on the Audio Page for today and yes it is a lot more than a normal Friday. Andy Bachetti summed up how his 2014 season has been going at Accord and Lebanon Valley. He told me about his win early on, how good the racing has been on Saturday night and his hopes for the new car he had at Penn Can.
Danny Creeden spoke about being a new dad and recapped his up & down weekend last time. He talked about the nice run he had on Friday, the wreck he was in on Saturday and how much traveling he will do this season.
Sam Crogan runs down how he has been doing at Ransomville and remembers his first night behind the wheel. He told me how an injury to his uncle helped get him started, how important tire prep is these days and why he cut his season short a few years ago after a night one crash.
Sam Reakes IV talks about how much his dad has helped get the car ready while he was working. He talked about why he was looking forward to getting back to Fulton last Saturday, how happy he was to see the track slick and the need for that perfect set up.
Brian White had his Sportsman at Penn Can and talked about winning 3 of 4 at Five Mile Point. He told me how good his car was right out of the box, how well the three car team is doing as a whole and why he was the only one in the pit area on this night.
Claude Hutchings Jr. described what he had with him at Penn Can and how he has done before. He talked about where he tends to get in trouble, what happened in the race last year and how competitive crates are against the open motors at this 1/3 mile track.
Alec Gennarelli was making his 8th start ever on Tuesday at Penn Can and summed up how he is doing. He told me some of what he leas learned so far, what the toughest thing was on the first nights and explains why the people around him wanted to get a cage around him.
Mike Mullen tells me why he has not driven so far this season and his hopes to change that today. He talked about how his injury is doing now, who helped get the car on the track and how badly he feels to relieve him of his duties.
Allison Teed speaks with Tyler Harpell after her feature win last Friday in the Bandit division at Yates County Speedway.
Casey Pavlick talks to the crowd and Tyler Harpell after his feature win in the crate Sportsman feature event at Yates County Speedway.
Darryl Ruggles told Tyler Harpell after his second win of the season in the 305 Sprint Car race at Yates County and how much he hopes more cars come.
Jake Karnoski also won his second in a row in the Street Stock class at Yates County and talked about his car’s handling with Tyler Harpell.
Jared Spaulding got the chance to celebrate in victory lane after his IMCA Modified win at Yates County and got the chance to speak with Tyler Harpell.
Jason Knowles took home the victory in the Late Model feature and told Tyler Harpell about it as well as what went wrong the week before at Yates County.
Scott Bradley ran away from the field for a Four Cylinder win and thanked all his helpers as ht spoke with Tyler Harpell in victory lane at Yates County.
|Thursday, June 12th 2014
| New on the Audio Page for today:
Pat O’Brien told me why he has changed his plans up this year to run weekly at Brewerton.
Erick Rudolph recapped his win last week at Ransomville and his second place asphalt finish.
Danny Tyler explains why he had to cut back on his racing efforts to run one night a week.
Dale Welty made the trip to Penn Can and talked about racing both Modifieds and crate Sportsman.
Matt Fink described some issues he has been having with his Modified and how his car handles.
Butch Green has had a tough season to this point and told me how he is doing at Thunder Mountain.
Rich Keller is learning a new chassis this year and talked about how his IMCA Mod was handling.
Todd Titus just moved up to the Sportsman division and tells me how he has been doing so far.
I got a lot done on Wednesday as I wrote up a story on the Penn Can show for the Syracuse Post Standard and got some studio work dine as well. We recorded three new clips to go with the ones we recorded at out last three shows plus we’ll have some victory lanes from Yates County up tomorrow and Saturday.
I need to take a couple of days off to take care of a few things so it was nice to be a little ahead. And with the weather forecasts for the next two days, it is probably best although I was hoping to do outdoor activities with my kids the next two nights. Hey, we’ll make it work.
Be sure to come back tomorrow and Saturday as we’ll have ten or more on each day. We have a lot from Brewerton, Fulton and the mid week show at Penn Can. So keep coming back and don’t miss a day.
Now let’s chat about what we have for you to listen to today on the Audio Page. I start with driver who has a new home track this season. Pat O’Brien told me why he has changed his plans up this year to run weekly at Brewerton. He talked about having a big block under his foot for the first time in several years, how he is adjusting to that and described some of what he is working on as he strives for a better heat set up.
Erick Rudolph recapped his win last week at Ransomville and his second place asphalt finish. He told me how well he has been running on Fridays, how close he came to winning on Saturday and wonders how things will go in his first ever start at Penn Can.
Danny Tyler explains why he had to cut back on his racing efforts to run one night a week. He talked about the good start he had at Orange County, when he overheated his engine and how he decided on which track to stay at for the rest of the season.
Dale Welty made the trip to Penn Can and talked about racing both Modifieds and crate Sportsman. He told me why he got off to a late start, how he did at a recent mid week at Thunder Mountain and talks about some of his racing past.
Matt Fink described some issues he has been having with his Modified and how his car handles. He explained the evil things it has been doing on corner entry, what they did during the week and an issue they found in the brake system.
Butch Green has had a tough season to this point and told me how he is doing at Thunder Mountain. He remembers letting one get away at Five Mile Point to start the season, talks about the need for a little racing luck and runs down his road trips so far this year.
Rich Keller is learning a new chassis this year and talked about how his IMCA Mod was handling. He talked about his three finishes so far, some things he should have paid more attention to and how optimistic he is about how good the car can do.
Todd Titus just moved up to the Sportsman division and tells me how he has been doing so far. He talked about how he cut his teeth in a 4 cylinder class, what he learned in the division and how important it is to be respectful while having the proper attitude.
|Wednesday, June 11th 2014
| New on the Audio Page from Penn Can Speedway:
Pre race conversations:
Kevin Hartnett is the defending Modified champion at Penn Can and spoke about his 2014 season.
Rick Laubach told me about his results last weekend at Big Diamond and Bridgeport Speedways.
Adam MacGeorge described how he did in his last feature race as he lost the lead to finish 2nd.
Brian Malcolm has had a tough season so far and ran down some of what has gone wrong.
Mike Colsten explained how he is feeling these days, how he got a new car and his tough luck.
Anthony Perrego has a winning streak at Five Mile Point and spoke about his last two victories.
Nick Rochinski came into the night as the Modified point leader and talked about his nice runs.
Stewart Friesen picked up some extra money at the meeting and spoke about today in Canandaigua.
Alan Rudlavage was the last Modified feature winner at Penn Can and talked about his late pass.
After the Modified heat races:
Adam MacGeorge walked me through his pass for the lead that earned him a victory in heat one.
Brian Malcolm pulled away in his heat win and told me how he was seeing the racetrack change.
Danny Johnson drove a car that knows Penn Can well to a heat win and told me how it went.
Rick Laubach led every lap to win the final qualifier and talked about changes after warm-ups.
After the 60 lap Clash at the Can:
Hear the announcers chat as the crowd waits to heat who won the race after a super close finish.
Kevin Harnett and Danny Johnson speak in victory lane after their dead heat in the feature.
Ryan Watt came from 21st to finish 3rd and told the crowd how he wished a yellow came out late.
Anthony Perrego led the first two laps before finishing 4th and told me about finding the outside.
Tyler Dippel chopped the field in half to finish 5th and talked about the lane his car liked most.
Last night at Penn Can Speedway’s Clash at the Can I saw something I had never, ever, seen before. A dead heat! I’ve been in racing for a while and this is my 25th season working in it and I have never seen that before.
It was a real good night at Penn Can and this race has a history of interesting things happening but this one has to top the others. Danny Johnson was out front after taking the lead from Anthony Perrego on lap 3 using the outside groove. He was cruising on a long 32 lap green flag run but defending track champion Kevin Hartnett perhaps used a little local knowledge and gained on Johnson late.
As they drove under the white flag it looked like Hartnett might indeed have something for Johnson. He had moved his line up from the bottom where he had been while chasing Johnson through traffic and now was ready to try to try the outside.
The two went into three and four with Danny low and Kevin high. As they came to the line it got close, real close. The people around me jumped and about half were saying their guy won while the other half was saying the same.
The place grew silent after the final finisher had crossed the line and we waited to hear who had won. It did take a few minutes as the tower officials chatted while the announcers updated us on the other finishers. Like Ryan Watt!
Watt had to come from the consolation race and started the race in 21st spot. He was 12th by lap 40, 5th by lap 24 and moved to 3rd with 13 laps to go. It was a real nice run for last year’s winner and I did get to chat with him and many other drivers both before the race and after. I did save 12 chats there and they will show up along with 9 others over the next 3 days.
So we waited we watched as both cars pulled into victory lane and each driver got out of their car to await the decision. I did record what the announcers told the crowd as this was a first time experience for me although I am sure many of you long time fans saw this more back in the day. Or did you?
When they announced who the winner was there was obviously a mixed reaction to say the least. I guess half the scorers had it one way, the other not that way and it was the same between the two flaggers. So what else can you do with the cards you are dealt in that situation? And I do not know of Penn Can has a transponder loop or not.
So while a few folks were not so pleased with a tie, in what I thought was a great race with a lot of excitement late as drivers moved into and out of the top five, I was ecstatic. I had never seen a dead heat before. So I’ll remember this one and reference it down the road.
As for the event itself, there were 33 Modifieds and 22 Sportsman of a mixed variety. The track was maybe the best I have ever seen it in and had a lot of bite. The overcast skies helped keep moisture in it longer than if the sun would have been beating down on it all day so yeah, it was an excellent show.
I will be in studio today and doing three days of work so we can do a few things as a family Thursday and Friday. Plus the weather does not look all the great so we may not be able to do what we want but at least I have a lot of new clips to put up and I will do at least 7 a day for the next 3 days. And I will be at shows on Saturday and Sunday which do sound the best weather days.
If you missed this one, you missed a real good one. Hope you enjoy all the new stuff we have for you to listen to today so at least you can hear what it was like at a show people will be talking about for a while.
|Tuesday, June 10th 2014
| New on the Audio Page for today:
Bobby Varin told me how he lost the lead late and came back to win his 3rd at Glen Ridge.
George Suprick explained why he was changing his wing angle after seeing Fulton’s slick track.
Matt Billings talks about the Wednesday night show at Canandaigua with the All Star Sprints.
Ryan Arbuthnot towed down to Brewerton on Friday and told me how is doing at his home tracks.
Wade Chrisman just moved up from the Novice Sportsman and talked about what he learned.
It was a cloudy and overcast day on Monday. Kind of gloomy which I am sure matched the mood a lot of you felt when your alarm clock went on Monday morning huh?
We’re hoping that weather gets out of here in time to go racing tonight as we have RoC Modifieds and Sportsman ready to go at Penn Can tonight for the Clash at the Can. There are a lot of teams who will be there tonight and hopefully the weather is out of here in time. Go to www.penncan.com to find out more.
If that show is a little far aawy for you, you can check out Canandaigua tomorrow as the All Star Sprints and in town and will be joined by the Modifieds and Sportsman. Both shows start at 7:30.
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you to listen to today on the Audio Page. I start with a winner from the weekend. Bobby Varin told me how he lost the lead late and came back to win his 3rd at Glen Ridge. He talked about how the driver who passed him showed him the line he would use later to get the lead back, how quickly his soft tires came back after the yellow and runs down his plans for special shows over the next few months.
George Suprick explained why he was changing his wing angle after seeing Fulton’s slick track. He told me what raising the back of the wing would do, recalled his heart attack last year and described how good he is feeling now. Glad you’re alright George!
Matt Billings talks about the Wednesday night show at Canandaigua with the All Star Sprints. He explained why he is happy it is a show up point event, wonders if he might play with some set ups at the race and how well things have been going overall this season.
Ryan Arbuthnot towed down to Brewerton on Friday and told me how is doing at his home tracks. He talked about how tough it was to get the season going on Fridays, how he did in his first time out with the big block at Brockville and wonders if the track will race differently with more power than the 358 he had last time at the track.
Wade Chrisman just moved up from the Novice Sportsman and talked about what he learned. He told me about winning three in a row in the division, how much different he expects things to be in the Sportsman class and what it was like when he ran hot laps with them the week before.
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