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Tuesday, September 9th 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Sam Reakes IV told me what he was looking for in the pit area and his past struggles in Vernon.
Paul Habeck had his 360 Sprint Car out for the first time in a month and talked about his season.
Casey Pavlick talked about his Sportsman championship at Yates County, his first ever on dirt.
Tom Denton won another Pro Stock title and talked about how well the racecar has survived.
Reed Miller previewed today’s rescheduled Hot Summer Night Special at Penn Can Speedway.
 
Today is a big day down in northern Pennsylvania as Penn Can Speedway hosts their Hot Summer Nights Special featuring a 60 lap Modified race paying $5000 to win as well as the GRIT Sportsman tour and Xcel Modified Tour race.
 
I have a lot of good stuff for you today and just got caught up with things Monday and was unable to get into the studio. I tried a few things but only had a small window to operate in. Sorry guys. I’ll do better today as I have less things to do to take me away.
 
Still firming up plans for this weekend as I need to go somewhere Friday, Saturday or both. If you have suggestions, send them my way.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page. I start with some Sprint Car drivers who were racing this past weekend. Sam Reakes IV told me what he was looking for in the pit area and his past struggles in Vernon. He talked about what he was seeing with a particular car, why it is tough to try to copy the set ups of others and the need for a magnifying glass. 
 
Paul Habeck had his 360 Sprint Car out for the first time in a month and talked about his season. He ran down some of his late race issues, remembered destroying a car a few weeks ago and described what he was seeing as he looked at the Utica Rome track early on. 
 
Casey Pavlick talked about his Sportsman championship at Yates County, his first ever on dirt. He told me about some of his wins, what was different at the track compared to the past and his plans to travel more at the end of the season. 
 
Tom Denton won another Pro Stock title and talked about how well the racecar has survived. He described some recent repairs they had to make, how long he has had the car and looks ahead to the Hondo race at Fonda in two weeks. 
 
Reed Miller previewed today’s rescheduled Hot Summer Night Special at Penn Can Speedway. He told me about the three divisions who will be racing, highlighted some of the Modified teams who will be in attendance and looks ahead to King of the Can Weekend in mid-October. 

 
Monday, September 8th 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Aaron Ott thought back to his start at Utica-Rome last year and talked about where he’s racing.
Dave Just explained why he got out of the Modified ranks and decided to go Sprint Car racing.
Matt Janczuk broke down how his rookie season went and what he hopes to do before it’s over.
Johnny Scarborough talks about the new car he had at Utica-Rome and his season on the asphalt.
Geoff Van Riper looked at the changing track on Saturday and told me why likes slick surfaces.
 
What a beautiful day it was on Sunday huh? I got to get out and do some things in between watching football and baseball on the TV. It was nice to have some times with the kids and my wife too as I had been busy Friday and Saturday.
 
We’ve got a lot of good stuff today including two new folks to the site today. Aaron Ott and Geoff VanRiper both did their first interviews with as we spent the early part of the weekend at Utica-Rome.
 
It’s back to school today and back to writing as I have a new story to write for the Syracuse Post Standard and www.syracuse.com. Fortunately for me good stories were all over the place this past weekend so it will be a lot of fun.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page. I start with a young man who was born into a well known racing family.  Aaron Ott thought back to his start at Utica-Rome last year and talked about where he’s racing these days. He told me what he has been running down home in Pennsylvania, recapped his last two races in New York and how easy these tracks are on tires. 
 
Dave Just explained why he got out of the Modified ranks and decided to go Sprint Car racing. He talked about when the decision was made, why they originally went with Modifieds and how dollars & cents became a big factor. 
 
Matt Janczuk broke down how his rookie season went and what he hopes to do before it’s over. He talked about how he did at the New Yorker, how much harder it is than the Sportsman division and the need for a fuel sponsor to race Outlaw Weekend. 
 
Johnny Scarborough talks about the new car he had at Utica-Rome and his season on the asphalt. He told me how fast he was in the car during a Saturday practice, reflects on his career in the sport and what his main goal is at the track. 
 
Geoff Van Riper looked at the changing track on Saturday and told me why likes slick surfaces. He talked about how much has changed since he got out of racing a few years back, thinks back on his days in the open Sportsman days and how much later people would stay at the track after the races were done. 

 
Sunday, September 7th 2014
   New on the Audio Page from the Utica Rome Speedway:
 
Pre race conversations:
 
Jessica Zemken talks about her wedding day on Thursday and spending the honeymoon at the track.
Corey Barker told me why he likes Utica-Rome and the many reasons it would be cool to win.
Stewart Friesen described his wedding day and his hopes to win the Cole Cup for the second time.
Steve Collins finished 2nd with the PST and talked about picking up his first A-main victory.
Jack Miller was fastest in his group in time trials and talked about the last crate race he ran in.
Rocco Leone ran down how his season went at Fulton and how nice it was to take a vacation.
 
After the heat races:
 
Mike Button interviews Rocco Leone in his own way after Rocco won the first Sportsman heat.
Corey Barker talked about his win in the second heat and how he changed up his racing line.
Matt Tanner made a late race move to win his heat and spoke about the need to stay patient.
Larry Wight came from 4th to win his heat and told me about a motor issue they were having.
Parker Evans led every lap to win his heat and talked about throwing away the set up from Friday.
Karl Reinhardt talked about his win in the final heat and how bad he was earlier in the evening.
 
After the feature and the A-Main:
 
Jack Miller took the lead with 8 laps to go and spoke with Mike Mallett about his big victory.
Stewart Friesen led every lap to win the Cole Cup for the 2nd year in a row and spoke with Mike.
Jessica Zemken picked up 2nd place with a move in the final corner and talked about her night.
Steve Poirier finished 3rd after a 2nd on Friday and told Mike Mallett about his good weekend.
Paul Kinney had a fourth place finish in the race and wondered if a change might come next year.
Matt Tanner come home in fifth place and explained how a fuel miscalculation hurt his car.
 
What a finale it was on Saturday at the Utica Rome Speedway as they wrapped up their season with the running of the Cole Cup for 360 Sprint Cars as well as a crate Sportsman race. And there were more than enough good stories to go around.
 
In the Cole Cup, Stewart Friesen dominated the 30 lapper to win the race for the second year in a row. And to make it that much better, his new bride Jessica Zemken made a move in the final corner to claim the runner up spot. Talk about a way to spend your honeymoon.
 
But think about it this way, most of us spend money on our honeymoon. Stewart and Jessica made money! Stewie made $10,000 plus lap money while his wife certainly made a good share of money too. Now they can afford an even nicer honeymoon when the season is over.
 
In the crate Sportsman race, Jack Miller won with a late race move around Johnny Scarborough. It was Jack’s first win in a year and his second with a crate engine in the cat.
 
We have lots of great audio and have 23 interviews in the can for this week. Plus we have some studio work we will be getting to on Monday so be sure not to miss a day this week as we’ll have a lot of good stuff for you guys.
 
Today of course is the first day of NFL so I will update the site somewhere along the way while watching game after game after game. It is one of my favorite days of the year and I know a lot of you feel the same way.
 
Have a great Sunday and we hope to see you tomorrow for more from the world of dirt track racing. 

 
Saturday, September 6th 2014
   New on the Audio Page from the Utica Rome Speedway:
 
Pre race conversations:
 
Parker Evans talks about his 3rd place at Brewerton and breaks down how his season is going.
Matt Tanner had extra motivation to do well and talked about how he has done with a new motor.
Mark Effner explained why he was in the older Pro Stock while the newer one had a new driver.
Tommy Wickham worked on some shock adjusters and spoke about the tough day coming today.
Jeff Cook told me about his fast lap in time trials and how tacky the surface was early in the night.
Robbie Stillwaggon set the fast time in time trials and talked about how different the track was.
 
After the heat races:
 
Russ Marsden won his Pure Stock heat race and talked about his nice championship season.
Mark Effner got the win in his heat race and spoke about beating the other car his dad owns.
Tommy Wickham described his win in the first heat race and how the wind affected his toss.
Matt Tanner walked me through the move he made to get the lead and the win in his heat race.
 
After the features and the Kevin Ward Jr. Shootout:
 
Glenn Forward won an entertaining Pro Stock race and talked about it in victory lane with Mike.
Russ Marsden won an even better Pure Stock feature and told Mike Mallett about the race.
Matt Tanner won the Kevin Ward Jr. Shootout with Kevin’s motor and talked about the big win.
Steve Poirier came home in 2nd place in the shootout and talked about what he did to try to win.
Davie Franek made a late race move to pick up a third place and described what he learned.
Kevin Ward Sr. talked about seeing his motor win and thanked all the racers for all their help.
 
What a night it was at the Utica Rome Speedway as Cole Cup Weekend kicked off with the Kevin Ward Jr. Shootout. The Pure Stocks and Pro Stocks also joined the show and both did an excellent job entertaining the crowd.
 
Well the story could not have better for media people like me, the fans and especially the Ward family as one of Kevin’s motors won the race with Matt Tanner behind the wheel of his family’s car. I mean what more could you ask for?
 
I know. I’m supposed to be a journalist who does not have favorites and does not root for drivers but how could you not root for this. And seeing Kevin Sr. climb up the wing with Matt was a sight I will never forget. Make sure to listen to my interview with him and hear what it meant to his family and how much the racers have helped him while in turn, he has been helping the racers.
 
What can I say? It was one of those special nights that only comes along a few times a season. And like I said, both the stock car divisions put on excellent shows with great side by side racing. Great job by everyone across the board!
 
Now today the weather should be out of here early so we do have a better than good chance to race the Cole Cup today. I mean sure, things can happen and we don’t know how big the line of storms will be today so keep your fingers crossed. If they run, I’ll be there!
 
I did save 11 pre race chats and will put those in the can for release later in the week. I hope to add lots more today so be sure to come back tomorrow for more and I hope you enjoy all the good stuff I have for you today.

 
Friday, September 5th 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Steve Poirier talks about the next two days at Utica Rome as the Cole Cup finishes the season.
Jeff Hachmann gets us ready for Super DIRT Week and talks about special promotion for The King.
Pete MacDonald previews the next 3 weeks at New Egypt ending with their All Star Cup Shootout.
Bret Belden describes the work it took to repair his Late Model after a big crash up at Can Am.
Rich Karlnoski spoke with Steve Ovens after winning the IMCA Modified title at Yates County.
Dave Matwiejow won the Street Stock race at Yates County and told Steve Ovens about his win.
Craig Mahrt prepared for the driver’s meeting and told Steve Ovens about his recent feature win.
 
What a hot one it was on Thursday and it sounds like today will have more of the same. I’ll be heading out to Utica Rome Speedway tonight for the Kevin Ward Jr. Shootout as the Pure Stocks and Pro Stocks join the show. 
 
I hope to be there both days and hope the weather forecast for tomorrow looks a little better than they are saying now. We have some stuff on today from the studio and from both my travels and those of Steve Ovens who was at Yates County last week.
 
It is going to a busy weekend and I hope everything goes well for all of you. We got the kids back to school on Thursday and they’ll be back today for day #2. Hard to believe the summer is over and the second season is here.
 
And to listen to more from Steve Ovens, just go to www.blogtalkradio.com/turn5live. And of course we have more from him on our Audio Page as well. 
 
Speaking of the Audio Page, let’s find out more about what we have for you on there today. Steve Poirier talks about the next two days at Utica Rome as the Cole Cup finishes the season. He told me why he likes the slick half mile so much, how his season has gone and how important tonight’s Kevin Ward Jr. Shooutout is important to the teams that will compete in it. 
 
Jeff Hachmann gets us ready for Super DIRT Week and talks about special promotion for The King. He talked about the new VIP packages available for the WoO show at Rolling Wheels, how fans can get involved in the media race at Pole Position Raceway and some new camping sites at Syracuse that are going fast. www.superdirtweekonline.com is where to go! 
 
Pete MacDonald previews the next three weeks at New Egypt ending with their All Star Cup Shootout. He talked about the point championships still to be decided, how consistency has helped the current Modified leader and runs down specifics for the big show on September 27th
 
Bret Belden describes the work it took to repair his Late Model after a big crash up at Can Am. He told me what he learned when he watched the in-car video, how much racing more has helped and how much better his Pro Stock has been doing of late. 
 
Rich Karlnoski spoke with Steve Ovens after winning the IMCA Modified title at Yates County. I don’t know about you but this guy seems like a great guy to hang out with! Congratulations. 
 
Dave Matwiejow won the Street Stock race at Yates County and told Steve Ovens about his win. He spoke about the wreck he avoided, how frustrated he was coming into the night and how big the win was to him & his team. 
 
Craig Mahrt prepared for the driver’s meeting and told Steve Ovens about his recent feature win. He talked about some tough luck he has had on the track, described the one corner of the car that has had issues and what messed up his plans for the season. 

 
Thursday, September 4th 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Chris Mackey reflected on his rookie season in the Modified class and wonders about the future.
Johnny Hill remembered his big crash at Can Am and spoke about his season in a Late Model.
Mike Phelps described his first night in a Novice Sportsman as he got ready for night #2 at Fulton.
Casey Pavlick was the champion of the Sportsman division at Yates County and talked about it.
Jayson Smart talked with Steve Ovens after winning the Four Cylinder feature at Yates County.
Allison Teed won the Bandit feature and the championship and talked about her perfect season.
 
Busy day on Wednesday as we had final back to school shopping to do and the “Meet your teacher” event at out kid’s elementary school. It was a fun day and a sad one as we tried to do some fun things with the kids on their final day off before school starts today.
 
I hope your day goes well and for some of you yesterday was that first day back to the reality that will exist until next summer rolls around in ten months. Where did the time go huh?
 
I have three of my interviews from the weekend up today and now need to get in the studio later today no matter what. Plus our friend Steve Ovens from Turn 5 Live sent us some more from Yates County.
 
You can hear more from Steve tomorrow or go to www.blogtalkradio.com/turn5live which is their new location. I hope you like his stuff as much as I do and I hope you check out the link to hear more from him.
 
Now let’s talk about the good stuff on the Audio Page for you to listen to as you get your Thursday started. Chris Mackey reflected on his rookie season in the Modified class and wonders about the future. He explained why he didn’t even look at points, what his big goals were for the season and why he will smile no matter what the future will hold. 
 
Johnny Hill remembered his big crash at Can Am and spoke about his season in a Late Model. He told me about the racing surface he saw at Fulton, how much work he had to do to fix the car and how much he will race the rest of the season. 
 
Mike Phelps described his first night in a Novice Sportsman as he got ready for night #2 at Fulton. He told me how they got the Peter Britten car ready to race at Fulton, how much fun he had behind the wheel and what his goals were for the first night. 
 
Casey Pavlick was the champion of the Sportsman division at Yates County and talked about it with Steve Ovens. He explained why he was holding on at the end of the race, how tough it was not knowing where everybody else was and thanked everyone who helped this season. 
 
Jayson Smart talked with Steve Ovens after winning the Four Cylinder feature at Yates County. He spoke about his good starting spot, how the track was and wonders when he will make it back to race again. 
 
Allison Teed won the Bandit feature and the championship and talked with Steve Ovens about her perfect season. She also talked about getting ready for the adult division feature race later on. 

 
Wednesday, September 3rd 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Rob Bellinger walks me through his Modified win at Fulton and talks about a side bet he has.
Brad Godshalk explains why we have not seen him much and what he has been doing in Ohio.
Brady Fultz spoke with Steve Ovens as he prepared his Sportsman for the final points night.
Rich Karlnoski talked with Steve Ovens about what he wants to do on his nights at Yates County.
Brad Smith won the IMCA Modified feature at Yates County and talked about it with Steve Ovens.
Ross Vleck prepared for his Sportsman heat  and told Steve Ovens what he hoped would happen.
 
It was nice day for the first part of Tuesday as I had a lot of running around to do including a doctor’s appointment. Then some rain and storms moved through the state ending the day on a wet note. But that’s okay. Let it rain now and be dry this weekend as we have a big two days of action at Utica Rome as well as many other speedways as the second season begins.
 
Thanks again to Steve Ovens from blogtalkradio.com/turn5live as he helped us again with some great audio. It’s been so nice to have another voice to listen to here and it was I had always envisioned from the time I started this website. I always wanted multiple voices from all kinds of tracks. Hopefully somebody else will join us too and if you’re interested, just get ahold of we and we’ll get you started.
 
Now let’s talk about the six new chats we have for you guys on the Audio Page. I start with a man who just picked up his second win of the season. Rob Bellinger walks me through his Modified win at Fulton and talks about a side bet he has. He explained why a caution flag helped, how he went to the low side to get the lead late and what he has going on for Syracuse.
 
Brad Godshalk explains why we have not seen him much and what he has been doing in Ohio. He told me how often he gets behind the wheel, how tough it is when everyone around him has been racing all year and what his goals were for Saturday at Fulton. 
 
Brady Fultz spoke with Steve Ovens as he prepared his Sportsman for the final points night. He talked about how close the points were at Yates County, why he couldn’t lay back in the heat and what his focus has been on this year. 
 
Rich Karlnoski talked with Steve Ovens about what he wants to do on his race nights at Yates County. He spoke about the quality field he was racing against and the need for a solid finish to win the championship. 
 
Brad Smith won the IMCA Modified feature at Yates County and talked about it with Steve Ovens. He spoke about the need to be precise with his line, what it felt like when he missed it a little and who helped him get to victory lane. 
 
Ross Vleck prepared for his Sportsman heat race and told Steve Ovens what he hoped would happen. He talked about some of his bad luck in a rough year, how good it was to win a few weeks ago and how nice it was that it happened when his brother was there to see it. 

 
     
 
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