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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. 

 
Friday, April 11th 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
J.R. Heffner explained to Steve Ovens why sail panels work and what he was working on.
Matt Billings talked with Steve Ovens after his second place finish in his heat at Orange County.
Ryan Watt won the first hat race of the day and talked with Steve Ovens about his solid run.
Rick Miller showed off his Late Model last weekend and talked about the growth of the division.
 
It was another great day on Thursday as the sun was shining and any remaining snow was put on notice that it would be leaving soon. There is a lot set to happen this weekend and hopefully the weather will not be an issue. Best of luck to everyone.
 
We have some more from the folks at Turn 5 Podcast up for you today as they were at Orange County last weekend for the Hard Clay Open. A big thanks goes to Steve Ovens for letting you guys hear these. And if you want more, you can listen to more of his stuff at www.turn5.podbean.com.
 
I’ll be off today as I have a lot of non-racing things to get done but we’ll be back tomorrow with more and we will be somewhere on Saturday.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page. I begin with a chat from our friend Steve. J.R. Heffner explained to Steve Ovens why sail panels do what they do and what he was working on. He also talked about the passing points and how it might work better at these big shows. 
 
Matt Billings talked with Steve Ovens after his second place finish in his heat at Orange County. He told him about the new car he brought to the show, why he used the tires he used and offered his initial thoughts on the track.
 
Ryan Watt won the first hat race of the day and talked with Steve Ovens about his solid run. He remembered the last time he raced on the Hard Clay, explained how his tires looked after his heat and wondered what he would do for the feature. 
 
Rick Miller showed off his Late Model last weekend and talked about the growth of the division. He told me about the important things he needs to get done, runs down his plans for the season and where he is still learning.

 
Thursday, April 10th 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Anthony Perrego chats with Steve Ovens as he got ready last weekend at Orange County.
Billy VanInwegen met Steve Ovens for the first time and talked about how the sail panels felt.
Anthony Perrego won heat race number five at Orange County and talked about his heat race win.
Aaron Jacobs has a lot going on this season and talked about three different cars he will drive.
Shayne Tenace talked about the nice showing the Late Models had at last weekend’s mall show.
 
It was a nice day on Wednesday as it did not rain which allows the area racetracks to dry out a little more from some big rain earlier in the week. We’re back today with five more chats, two from me and three from Steve Ovens from Turn 5 Racing Podcast which airs later tonight and is available in podcast form at www.turn5.podbean.com.
 
We still have more from both Steve and I to put up later in the week and we’ll be trying to see if our latest photo fix works later today. We did change some things and Webmaster Andy is rewriting a new photo script but with his dad just back from the hospital and needing the help of his son, it may be a while before we can get that done.
 
Hey, I know what it is like. I lost my mom and my father in law this year and each had long health issues that just took the life out of me at times. Andy lost his mom last year too so he could use some good thoughts to come his way. I’m praying for him and hoping for the best for both he and his dad so the photo fix can wait!
 
And with the way the past few years has gone it has affected my mood as well as lately all I can see is the bad with everything outside of racing which I have been able to stay fairly positive on. I’m going to work on that as I adjust to life as it is today, not like it was in the past few years when you never knew what the next day was going to bring. I’m working on it and as they say, realizing you have a problem is the first step.
 
Now let’s find out more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page. I begin with some stuff for Steve as he checked out The Hard Clay Open. Anthony Perrego chats with Steve Ovens as he got ready last weekend at Orange County. He spoke about ending 2013 in a strong fashion, how his good runs in Florida helped and how surprised he is to be doing as well as he is. 
 
Billy VanInwegen met Steve Ovens for the first time and talked about how the sail panels felt after his heat race. He told me why they switched back to something they knew, why he had a big block in the car and what his goals were for the day. 
 
Anthony Perrego won heat race number five at Orange County and talked about his heat race win. He explained why he was happy to be in a later heat instead of early, the need for a good draw and why he was pleased to have a small block engine in between the rails.
 
Aaron Jacobs has a lot going on this season and talked about three different cars he will drive. He told me about the goals & plans for each car, his plans to hit the road for some special shows at his non-weekly tracks and how an enclosed trailer should help those efforts. 
 
Shayne Tenace talked about the nice showing the Late Models had at last weekend’s mall show. He spoke about some of the new teams that will be racing in the class this year, evaluated why he thinks there is an uptick in the division and looks ahead to a big two day show up north to get it all started. 

 
Wednesday, April 9th 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Andy Bachetti talked with Steve Ovens about his win and his decision on which engine to use.
Tim Hindley spoke about his second place finish at Orange County and his struggles early on.
Danny Tyler finished third at the Hard Clay Open and the flat tire he had on the front of the car.
Jeff Hoetzler came from 15th to 5th and talked about how he saved his tires in a methodical run.
Tom Mackey had his IMCA Modified at Great Northern Mall and talked about his return to racing.
 
As you can see we have some new audio from our friend Steve Ovens as he and Clint Miller were down in Middletown to cover the Hard Clay Open. We have their post race interviews up today and will have some pre race and post heat chats up later in the week so be sure to come back for those.
 
If you like what you hear, and I’m sure you do like to listen to someone besides myself all the time, you can hear more from them on Turn 5 Racing Podcast which airs on Thursday nights and is available in podcast form at www.turn5.podbean.com. A big thanks goes out to those guys and we wish them all the best! You can never have too many people shining the light on this great sport of ours and I am happy to welcome them onboard.
 
I wrote this up early in the day as I had the Time Warner people coming over to upgrade our service. I should be faster now and will get more channels for a lower rate thanks to a new deal they have going on right now. Maybe you should give them a call yourself and maybe you can save like we did.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page. I begin with the winner from Sunday at Orange County as he spoke with the guys from Turn 5 Racing Podcast. Andy Bachetti talked with Steve Ovens about his win and his decision on which engine to use. He spoke about the track he saw, how tire wear was and how big the win is for him at this time. 
 
Tim Hindley spoke about his second place finish at Orange County and his struggles early on. He talked about why he took his sail panels off for a bit, why he was not sure how it would affect the car and why he chose the tires he did.
 
Danny Tyler finished third at the Hard Clay Open and the flat tire he had on the front of the car. He talked about the help he had to get the finish he did, how he handled the restarts and where he will race next.
 
Jeff Hoetzler came from 15th to 5th and talked about how he saved his tires in a methodical run. He spoke about how happy he was to get a top five, what his race strategy was and what he told his guys after the race. 
 
Tom Mackey had his IMCA Modified at Great Northern Mall and talked about his return to racing. He told me about his past in the sport, how long it took to get his racecar together and the people who will help him on occasion. 

 
Tuesday, April 8th 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Brandon Ford showed off his Late Model at Great Northern Mall and talked about racing with dad.
Rocco Leone had his girls working the mall show on Saturday and told me about his Sportsman.
Carmen Vona Jr. will race for the first time in four years and talked about his IMCA Modified.
 
It was a nice but rainy day on Monday as another work week kicks off. But we are now racing in New York State and today I hope to track down some of the folks who got to get on the track this weekend. Monday did get away from me a little so I went into the can for new interviews. But today should be better and I should be able to get back in the studio.
 
I have a nice write up on the weekend’s activity in New York State in today’s Syracuse Post Standard and online at www.syracuse.com/motorsports. I hope you enjoy it and know that more is coming as we get going more and more in New York.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page. I begin with a young man who gets to do what only a few of us ever do, compete against dad. Brandon Ford showed off his Late Model at Great Northern Mall and talked about racing with dad. He told how his father did the first time in the car and what his goals are for the coming season as he plans to race both Sportsman and Late Models.
 
Rocco Leone had his girls working the mall show on Saturday and told me about his Sportsman. He spoke about some changes he made to the car, how anxious he is to get the car on the track and his thoughts on the tires he can run early in the season. 
 
Carmen Vona Jr. will race for the first time in 4 years and talked about his IMCA Modified. He explained why now is the right time to get back behind the wheel, how happy he is to have a proven car and ran down what he hopes will happen this season. 

 
Monday, April 7th 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Johnny Bell showed off his IMCA Modified and told me about a problem they found on the car.
Andy Kiefer talked about what he learned as a track official when he had to take a year off.
Tony Finch II explained how his auto accident and recovery helped him to refocus his priorities.
Andrew Ferguson had his open motor Sportsman at the mall and talked about his big sponsor.
 
What a beautiful day it was on Sunday. We got out and about showing my girls the cars in the Great Northern Mall in Clay. There were a few people I missed on Saturday and I wanted to make sure I got more done so we went back.
 
After that we headed to Heids for dinner. There was a long line outside as we were not the only folks who thought a meal outdoors at our favorite hot dog place was a great idea. I know a lot of you who moved from the area miss it as you can’t find white hots anywhere else. We were thinking about you.
 
I added some new audio from the mall as well as some banquet photos from Rick Young who was at the Brockville and Cornwall banquets. I hope you enjoy those. Plus we have 8 interviews from the mall in the can and they will show up 2 a day through Friday as well as any new stuff we get done in the studio.
 
Now let’s chat more about what is new for today on the Audio Page. I start with a man who is happy that they went over his racecar one more time. Johnny Bell showed off his IMCA Modified and told me about a problem they found on the car when they went through it. He talked about the need to shake the car down at a practice and how being in front of the FYE store was better than one other store. Good one guys! 
 
Andy Kiefer talked about what he learned as a track official when he had to take a year off. He told me why he thinks every driver should work behind the scenes for a night and described his hopes for his crate engine powered IMCA Modified. 
 
Tony Finch II explained how his auto accident and subsequent recovery helped him to refocus his priorities. He talked about his big goals for after high school as well as his goals for the coming season in his crate Sportsman. 
 
Andrew Ferguson had his open motor Sportsman at the mall and talked about his big sponsor. He told me about his plans for the year and how having more people involved adds some extra pressure to perform. 

 
Sunday, April 6th 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Nick Krause showed off his Sportsman and talked about his plans to run at Fulton and Utica Rome.
Colby Herzog talked about the 4 Cylinder Super Stock he built and his quest for his first feature win.
Cory Reed updated us on how Fulton & Brewerton look now and how the mall show was going.
Joe August Jr. toured the mall with his family and talked about his 15 race season back in 2013.
 
I had a fun day as I watched my Kansas City Royals win and then headed to the Great Northern Mall to see the cars and drivers who are showing off their stuff. It was a real nice turnout of 20 cars and you can still go today and check it out for yourself. This is a real nice mall and it was great to see the people checking out these fine looking racecars.
 
Like I said, you have one more day to go so get your butts out there to see the cars and shops inside. They have a real good food court, a Dick’s Sporting Goods and Sears plus lots of other great stores. I actually worked at Sears back in the late 80’s and early 90’s. I sold computers before windows and the mouse came along. So you know I was good.
 
I did a total of 10 interviews and put up some photos from the event from Mike Johnson as well. It is great to see Mike doing well and we are so happy his health is better. We need you around Mike so you can’t go anywhere yet. But seriously, we’re so happy for him.
 
I’ll be in the studio today so if any of you want to jump on board, just send me a message or call me and I’ll be sure to get ahold of you.
 
Now let’s chat more about what is new on the Audio Page from the Great Northern Mall in Clay, New York. Nick Krause showed off his Sportsman and talked about his plans to run at Fulton and Utica Rome. He told me how he got a new nickname, recalled his 2013 season and some changes they made in an effort to step things up for 2014. 
 
Colby Herzog talked about the 4 Cylinder Super Stock he built and his quest for his first feature win. He told me about the work it took to build his car, why he feels this is the car that can take him to victory lane and how close he is to having it ready to race. 
 
Cory Reed updated us on how Fulton & Brewerton look now and how the mall show was going. He told how he felt about the scheduled openers, how the changes for 2014 have been received and the feedback he got from the folks at Great Northern Mall. 
 
Joe August Jr. toured the mall with his family and talked about his 15 race season back in 2013. He told me why he will stay close to home this year, reacted to a tire change for this season and how tough it is to make the show when the Super DIRTcar Series comes to town. 

 
     
 
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