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Monday, April 25th 2016
   

New on the Audio Page from Utica Rome Speedway:

After the heat races:

Marc Johnson won his Modified heat for the 2nd week in a row and told me about his early move.
Mike Mahaney walked me through his pass for the lead on the last lap to get a heat victory.
Jason Rood won the first crate Sportsman heat and told me why he moved down from a Modified.
Kyle Kiehn made a nice low move to get a Sportsman heat win and talked about improving.
Corey Barker brought out his new Sportsman for the first race and told me about his heat win.
Jack Miller looked over some lap time after his heat win and talked about a motor issue last week.
Claude Hutchings Jr. talked about his heat win and the borrowed engine they installed that morning.

After the features:

Jim Normoyle won career feature number 17 with his Pro Stock and talked about it with Bill Foley.
Pete Stefanski was all by himself and talked about his 2nd place as well as his 2016 racing plans.
Russ Marsden started his season with a third place finish and told me when he dug the car out.
Matt Sheppard explained why he had trouble getting his helmet off after his Modified victory.
Jason Rood survived a wild finish to win his first race in years and talked about having fun again.
Claude Hutchings Jr. went three wide for his win in traffic and thanked his engine builder.

It was a cold one last night at Utica Rome as we doubled, tripled and quadrupled up on our layers of clothing for what turned out to be a night with a lot of real good stories in it.

We also did the next installment of the Atomic Power Racing Hour featuring the Go Nuclear Late Models with myself, Rich Vleck, Paul Szmal and Matt Thomas. Things went very well and you can look for that to show up on Time Warner Cable Sports in about 6 weeks or so.

I don’t watch the Late Model heats or the features on TV nights as we call the audio at a later time and I like to surprised. So sorry, no heat winners or victory lanes from these guys tonight but you will see them on Time Warner so stay tuned. If you can’t get the show and want to see it search Atomic Power Racing Hour on You Tube.

Matt Sheppard won with no power steering which in today’s world is incredibly hard. He also went two for two on the weekend and is has won four of five races between Utica Rome and Canandaigua.

Jason Rood won for the first time in many years as his move to a Sportsman has brought back fun once again. Listen to his heat race interview as he really opens up about how tough it was to realize that Modified racing just wasn’t working out for him and why he just wasn’t having fun anymore. I thought it was nice that just after he told me that he went out and won. He must be having fun now huh? I’m happy for you Jason and thanks for trusting me with the interview. And oh by the way, he was coming of a DNQ last week.

And after blowing up a brand new engine the week before while going for the lead, Claude Hutchings Jr. won with a loaned motor from the same builder and did so with a three wide move through traffic with three laps to go.

Why do I love local racing so much? Do you really have to ask after that? Yeah, the storylines are so much better here aren’t they? Gotta go but know we’ll have more during the week. Got 17 interviews in the can and we plan on hitting shows Friday and Saturday this weekend before taking my birthday off on Sunday! See you later and thanks to all the guys who chatted with me tonight. Lovin life and love racing!  

 
Sunday, April 24th 2016
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Wade Hendrickson talked about his Modified win one week ago at Bridgeport in New Jersey.
Pat Ward recapped his first race of the season and told me about his hopes for last week in Vernon.
Jeremy Vunk told me about the new chassis he had in the pit area and why he changed the look.
Bret Belden got his first laps of the year and talked about the need to change his driving style.

We’re back for another Sunday with a lot of good stuff including four racers who will all be on a track today. I will be at Utica Rome today after a brief trip to Fulton on Saturday for a practice. The sun may have been out but it was darned cold. I only had about an hour so I did what I could before heading back.

Today we do some TV as the Atomic Power Racing Hour kicks off their season with the Go Nuclear Late Models. It will be a five feature show and I hope to see a lot of you there.

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page starting with a winner from last weekend. Wade Hendrickson talked about his Modified win one week ago at Bridgeport in New Jersey as well as what happened right after the checkered flag waved. Whew!  

Pat Ward recapped his first race of the season and told me about his hopes for last week in Vernon as well as what to do to get around a choppy track.

Jeremy Vunk told me about the new chassis he had in the pit area, why he changed the look and his plans to race twice weekly in 2016.  

Bret Belden got his first laps of the year and talked about the need to change his driving style for the different Late Model chassis he will race later today in Vernon.  

 
Saturday, April 23rd 2016
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Billy Whittaker returned to Utica Rome last Sunday and remembered his races there last season.
Ryan Arbuthnot talks about learning a big block and how his first laps went at Canandaigua.
Chris Mackey is adapting to a crate Sportsman and described how his team will work together.
Claude Hutchings Jr. had a new piece with him on Sunday and told me about some late work.  
Beth Bellinger recapped her first race at Canandaigua and described an issue they needed to fix.

We are back today with some race day interviews as we get ready to go at it here on what may be a somewhat chilly Saturday. I am going to head to Fulton today for some practice laps and have some stuff up from there as well as some other chats I’ve been holding on to.

Sunday we are doing our first TV show of the year as Atomic Power Racing Hour kicks off with the Go Nuclear Late Models from Utica Rome. It will be great to see the guys again and have some fun bringing the races to the Time Warner Cable Sports audience.

Now let’s chat about what we have for you today on the Audio Page starting with a racer who may be changing things up this season. Billy Whittaker returned to Utica Rome last Sunday and remembered his races there last season and talked about his goals for the afternoon in Vernon.  

Ryan Arbuthnot talks about learning a big block, how his first laps went at Canandaigua and why sometimes you can’t help racing when you said you wouldn’t.

Chris Mackey is adapting to a crate Sportsman after some time in a Modified and described how his four car team will work together.

Claude Hutchings Jr. had a new piece with him on Sunday and told me about some late work they did to get it ready as well as when he will get his big block out.  

Beth Bellinger recapped her first race at Canandaigua and described an issue they needed to fix as well as some changes they made for Utica Rome.  

 
Friday, April 22nd 2016
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Steve Poirier tells me about his hopes to race twice this weekend and why he is scaling back.
Stephen Denton talks about his race last Friday at I-88, his road racing and his 2016 race plans.
Dean Catlin gets ready for his first race as Skyline’s owner and how today’s rain might help him.
Paul Szmal spoke about announcing at Glen Ridge and Fonda as he gets ready for race number one.

If all went well I got a day off yesterday after going at it pretty hard this past week. It was fun to be busy again and even more fun to have some actual racing to talk about. I’ll be back in the studio again today and have family plans for Saturday.

Balancing work, racing and family is something a lot of us deal with and I am still working on doing that myself. So is the driver in our first interview today. It’s not easy when the sport you love means time away from your family not just at the events but in the shop as well.

I hope you like all that we have today and be sure to come back as we’ll have more each day and Monday you’ll get a lot from Utica Rome as we are recording our first Atomic Power Racing Hour of the season. I can’t wait!

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page starting with a man who is ready to hit the track. Steve Poirier tells me about his hopes to race twice this weekend, how much it costs to drive to a rain out and why he is scaling back a little this season.  

Stephen Denton talks about his top ten finish in his first race of the year race last Friday at I-88, his road racing efforts and his 2016 race plans.

Dean Catlin gets ready for his first race as Skyline’s owner, how today’s rain might help the racing surface and runs down some of his long term goals.  

Paul Szmal spoke about announcing this year at Glen Ridge and Fonda as he gets ready for his first race weekend behind the mic. See ya Sunday Paul!  

 
Thursday, April 21st 2016
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Tony Veneziano reports on the most recent WoO Sprint Car races as the California swing ends.
Max McLaughlin is a Modified rookie this year and talked about learning the cars with his dad.
Tony Farone was at Utica Rome on Sunday with his Sportsman and talked about Fonda’s practice.
Tyler Meeks prepared for hot laps at Canandaigua and told me about his new Sportsman car.
A.J. Digsby took his first laps in a Sportsman and spoke about why he got out of stock cars.
Dean Reynolds previews the ESS opener on Friday at the newly named Outlaw Speedway.

It was another beautiful day in Central New York and hopefully all the weather we are hearing about for tomorrow will stay away so we can get some Friday night racing in.

I’ve been cranking along pretty well here in the home studio and, we have one conversation from there and lots more to come as I try to figure out what to save, what to air now and what to do if Friday goes away. One way or another you’ll get a minimum four new chats till Sunday when we will be back at Utica Rome for some TV fun.

Now let’s chat more about what we have for today on the Audio Page starting with an update from the busiest racing series on the planet. Tony Veneziano reports on the most recent WoO Sprint Car races as the California swing ends and Kasey Kahne Racing continues to dominate the season so far.  

Max McLaughlin is a Modified rookie this year and talked about learning the cars with his dad while analyzing his first ever laps at Canandaigua.  

Tony Farone was at Utica Rome on Sunday with his Sportsman and talked about Fonda’s practice the day before as well as why he likes it when the track gets slick.  

Tyler Meeks prepared for hot laps at Canandaigua and told me about his new Sportsman car, the first brand new car he has ever had.  

A.J. Digsby took his first laps in a Sportsman last Sunday at Utica Rome and spoke about why he got out of stock cars after 18 years in the division.  

Dean Reynolds previews Friday’s ESS opener at Outlaw Speedway as they start season number 33 and highlights some big races on their schedule.

 
Wednesday, April 20th 2016
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Glenn Donnelly showed me around CNY Raceway Park and updated me on how it is coming along.
Ernie Saxton and I chat about racing as well as TV at Bristol, Indy Car, NHRA and Grandview so far.
Josh Hohenforst talked about his first race of the year at OCFS and his plans for the 2016 season.
Corey Barker gets ready for his first race of the year and explained why he ran his older chassis.
Kane Bristol prepared for the Canandaigua opener and told me what went wrong late last season.
Ray Bliss Jr. reflected on his 100th feature win, told me what that means and his hopes for 2016.

I had a busy but fun day on Tuesday as I got to head up to Central Square and get a personal tour of what is going on at CNY Raceway Park. They have got a lot done and you can really see what it is going to be like and it will be spectacular.

Listen to the chat with Glenn and you can hear his excitement and how well things worked out in so many areas. It will be a game changer in our area and all of us racer types will benefit either directly or indirectly.

Not much else to write about as I am whipped after another long day. We have a lot of good stuff still to come so be sure to keep checking back every day as we are jam packed from here on in.

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page starting with my afternoon trip to Central Square. Glenn Donnelly showed me around CNY Raceway Park and updated me on how it is coming along. Things look real good out there guys!  

Ernie Saxton and I chat about what went wrong at Bristol, Indy Car, NHRA and Grandview. Good conversation and a lot of ground covered here.

Josh Hohenforst talked about his first race of the year at Orange County, the jingle he was involved in and his plans for the 2016 season.  

Corey Barker gets ready for his first race of the year on Sunday at Utica Rome and explained why he ran his older chassis instead of his new car.  

Kane Bristol prepared for the Canandaigua opener and told me what went wrong late last season as well as what his plans are for this season.  

Ray Bliss Jr. reflected on his 100th feature win last season, told me what that number means and his hopes for 2016 as he races closer to home this year.  

 
Tuesday, April 19th 2016
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Darryl Ruggles remembers Friday’s crash at Canandaigua and tells me how badly he feels.
Jimmy Phelps ran down his goals for Friday’s practice and updated us on Weedsport Speedway.
Paul Habeck would put his racing suit on the first time and talked about racing more 360 stuff.
Shaun Pangman told me why he was at Utica Rome while reviewing his practice at Fonda.  
Ryan Bartlett talks about the indoor racing he did this off season and the Modified he is racing.
Doug Smith ran his first race of the year on Friday and ran down where he will race this season.
Mike Welch reacted to the big field of Pro Stocks at Utica Rome and talked about the new tires.

Long day for me on Monday as I worked hard to make sure to get out the accurate and first hand information on our friend Charlie Donk as he recovers in a Rochester hospital. To find out more go to www.syracuse.com/motorsports and read for yourself.

We are praying for you Charlie and wish you all the best in your recovery. I spoke to Darryl Ruggles several times on Monday and if you listen to his interview you can hear in how voice how badly he feels about things so yes I am worried about him too. If any of you racers have been in his shoes please get ahold of him as I just don’t have the background to know what to tell him. Message me or send me an email and I’ll give you his contact info.

There’s a lot on the page today and I hope you like all that but let’s get right to what is new for you today on the Audio Page starting today with a man who feels badly physically and mentally. Darryl Ruggles remembers Friday’s 305 Sprint Car crash at Canandaigua and tells me how badly he feels as well as how his body felt on Monday. We’re all praying for you Charlie. Get well soon!  

Jimmy Phelps ran down his goals for Friday’s practice, explained how his new hydraulic jack works and updated us on Weedsport Speedway.

Paul Habeck would put his racing suit on the first time and talked about racing more 360 stuff as well as a chassis change he made in the off season.  

Shaun Pangman told me why he was at Utica Rome while reviewing his practice at Fonda with both his Modifieds and his plans for the 2016 season.  

Ryan Bartlett talks about the indoor racing he did this off season, the Modified he was racing with Sunday at Utica Rome and his brother’s plans to run a small block at Can Am.  

Doug Smith ran his first race of the year on Friday, remembered some of his past in a Street Stock at Canandaigua and ran down where he will race this season.

Mike Welch reacted to the big field of Pro Stocks at Utica Rome and talked about the new tires and other rule changes for the DIRTcar Pro Stocks.  

 
     
 
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