|Monday, July 20th 2015
| New on the Audio Page for today:
Jeff Rockefeller had an early season win and told me what’s happened since as well as Syracuse.
Chad Edwards is part of a two car team and spoke with me about winning at his weekly homes.
Stan Wetmore thinks back on his long career in racing and tells me how he first got started.
That was quite a stormy day on Sunday wasn’t it? I spent most of the day icing a hamstring pull and laying low while it heals. I might have done a little too much on Saturday as I wanted to do as much as I could on one of my favorite days of the year. Yes, I had a great time cruising the Syracuse Nationals and walking the fairgrounds but I did do too much. And with the footprint so big at Utica Rome I knew I couldn’t do my usual thing so I figured it was best to lay low and let it heal.
But I still have a lot of good stuff for you today and will be in the studio later today to add more to the site for tomorrow. So be sure to get back here tomorrow and enjoy what we have for you today.
This week I have a show on Thursday at Rolling Wheels to do as Modifieds will be joined by Sprint Cars and Sportsman. If you can’t make it, I’ll have lot of stuff from the show here for you the next day.
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page today starting with a man who shocked Super DIRT Week just two years ago with his top four effort in time trials. Jeff Rockefeller had an early season win and told me about falling on some hard times since then as well as his plans to hit Syracuse one last time in October.
Chad Edwards is part of a two car team and spoke with me about winning at both his weekly homes as well as what it was like to beat the travelers in a GRIT Series race.
Stan Wetmore thinks back on his long career in racing that goes back to the early 60’s and tells me how he first got started as well as how well things are going for him now in vintage racing.
|Sunday, July 19th 2015
| New on the Audio Page for today:
Jeremy Wilder told me how he is doing at Glen Ridge and Fonda with two different Modifieds.
John Lutes won his first race in a Modified in 17 years and told me how he won not once but twice.
Harry Shaffer leads the Sportsman points at Glen Ridge and explained why a win early helped.
John Constantino explained how he pulled an old Champ Car out of the weeds to race again.
I had a great day on Saturday as we went to the Syracuse Nationals as a family on one of the hottest days of the year at the New York State Fairgrounds. We saw more cool cars than you could possibly want and then sat out front watching some of them leave so we could hear the engines. It was a great day!
And as I type this up I am getting ready to do some cruising of my own as my Camaro is running the best it has ever run before. I can’t wait to get out and be a part of it and see the other cool cars that are around too.
Today I’ll be back at the racetrack as I will be heading to Utica Rome for some Sunday fun. I’ll have stuff up from Utica Rome tomorrow for you guys. But before then I have four real good chats up from Glen Ridge and three of these people I never met before Friday night. Give them a listen as they are real nice. And thanks again to all the people who trusted me to help tell their stories.
Now let’s talk more about that stuff on the Audio Page starting with a driver I only get to see a few times a year. Jeremy Wilder told me how he is doing at Glen Ridge and Fonda with two different Modifieds as well as how close he is to a win on Saturday night.
John Lutes won his first race in a Modified in 17 years and told me how he won not once but twice as well as how he made sure he was not going to get passed late.
Harry Shaffer leads the Sportsman points at Glen Ridge and explained why a win early helped as well as the fun they have both before and afterwards.
John Constantino explained how he pulled an old Champ Car out of the weeds to race again as well as why he likes racing in the vintage class after years in a Sportsman.
|Saturday, July 18th 2015
| New on the Audio Page from Glen Ridge Motorsports Park:
Pre race conversations:
Shaun Pangman is learning a new car this season and talked about how he has been doing so far.
Jim King summed up how things have been going at Glen Ridge, Fonda and the motorcycle world.
Richie Tobias explained why he was at Glen Ridge, his race tonight at Airborne and Syracuse.
Craig Hanson described the track he saw in hot laps and wondered how it would do later on.
Willy Decker came in as a three time winner and told me how fast his car was during hot laps.
After the heat races:
Bobby Varin showed a lot of smoke in his heat win and spoke about needing to get the back up.
Bob Vedder won his Modified heat race and told me about the slicker track and a hot lap issue.
Ray Zemken made a late race pass to win his heat and told me when he saw the inside open up.
Ivan Joslin told me about the tight car he had in his heat and what he would change for the feature.
After the open wheel feature races:
Dave Constantino subbed as a driver and told Mark Krosky about his late race pass for the win.
Shaun Pangman won his first career Modified feature race and spoke about it with Mark Krosky.
Bobby Varin earned the hard charger award coming from last to third and talked about his crew.
Allie and I had fun and beat Mother Nature last night as we traveled east to Glen Ridge Motorsports Park. It was only the second time I had ever been there and we had a great time. The people everywhere could not have been nicer from the people at the gate, the people in the pits and the people we sat around in the grandstand. It was a lot of fun.
Unfortunately Mother Nature did give us a bit of trouble from time to time as sprinkles hit on and off all night until they picked up during the Sportsman feature. The track rushed things along and went right from that race to the Modified feature without doing victory lane and it allowed them to get in 22 laps until a yellow flag brought the night to a stop.
As the cars circles under yellow I pointed to a spot on the track. “Look there.” I told Allie. Next thing you knew that spot got wetter and wetter without the cars to help keep it dry. “They’re done. The track’s gone.” I told her and sure enough we were.
It’s too bad too as I did not get to check in with some of the new people I met during the night. I did get to stop by and wish Shaun Pangman congratulations as he loaded up his winning car. I had a nice talk with him before the race and the fact that I got to see him have his best night as a racer was very special to me.
Somebody asked me a while back how I can go to track after track and ask seemingly the same questions night after night. It is on nights like this that I get my reward by sharing special time with the drivers as they do amazing things, sometimes first time things like last night. Yes, I love my job and have a great time every time I go to the track.
I will be back at Glen Ridge soon as I want to get to meet some more new people that race there. Several names were new to me and I met so many new folks on Friday that I can’t wait to go and meet the rest of them. And for those of you I missed, friend me on facebook or send me an email to email@example.com. I’ll catch up with you this week.
Tomorrow I will have more from Glen Ridge as I am cruising (hopefully) to the Syracuse Nationals to see some cool cars and then take my old hot rod around for some late night road time. It’s the one Saturday I take off every year and have for a long time now.
For those of you racing today have a great day and I hope to see some of you on Sunday at Utica Rome and Thursday at Rolling Wheels. Those are my next two events.
Thanks to everyone for all your help on Friday. I had a great time and can’t wait to see you all again. Have a great Saturday and as always, race safe, be fast and have fun!
|Friday, July 17th 2015
| New on the Audio Page for today:
Jimmy Phelps picked up his first win of the year last weekend and talked about a 7th at Five Mile.
Bobby Varin remembers his win at the Fonda Speedway and his second place run at Glen Ridge.
Jamie Paige tells me about the season so far at I-88 and looks forward to their Crazy 8’s show.
Geoff VanRiper discusses what he has been working on and why it’s best to take small swings.
Brent Joy talks about his rookie season in a Sportsman and how well things have been progressing.
We’re ready for another race weekend and I will be doing a pair of shows. Allie and I will head out to Glen Ridge today and then I will do a solo at Utica Rome as Allie has a birthday party then. Hey, she’s 12. We want her doing that kind of stuff.
I have a nice mix for you today as we chat with a couple of veteran drivers who are used to winning races and a pair of relative newcomers who are still looking for that first Sportsman win. Plus we look ahead to a big show coming up at I-88 Speedway.
Of course tomorrow I will be cruising in Syracuse as The Nationals are in town and fast cars are here from all over the northeast. If you have some time before racing this weekend, head over to the event or just drive the streets of our area and you’ll see more cool cars than you ever have before.
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you to listen to on the Audio Page starting with a driver who is feeling relief after his run last Saturday. Jimmy Phelps picked up his first win of the year last weekend and talked about how relieved he was after the victory as well as his 7th at Five Mile’s series race on Wednesday.
Bobby Varin remembers his win at the Fonda Speedway, described how he ran down a veteran and his second place finish at Glen Ridge one week ago.
Jamie Page tells me about the season so far at I-88 as he enjoyed a night off by taking in a show at Brewerton Speedway and looks forward to their Crazy 8’s show.
Geoff VanRiper discusses some things he has been figuring out as he makes some gains with his Sportsman and why it’s best to take small swings instead of just trying something.
Brent Joy talks about his rookie season in a Sportsman after moving up from the Novice class and how well things have been progressing.
|Thursday, July 16th 2015
| New on the Audio Page for today:
Joe Marotta talks about balancing his racing duties and his duties at the Syracuse Nationals.
Brandon Kuhn tells me about a different car he is learning and where he is with the ride right now.
Mike Taylor is struggling a bit so far this year and described some motor problems he has had.
Kelly Smith has had a recurring issue with his Sportsman and told me how he is trying to improve.
Today we talk about why this weekend is my favorite of the entire summer and introduce you to some drivers you may not know too well as they try to make a name for themselves in this crazy business. I know you’ve seen these drivers at the track and now you’ll know what they are doing to try to be faster and become a feature winner in central New York.
I did some studio work and will have more for you tomorrow from the studio as well as my travels last weekend. Friday we are heading to Glen Ridge and Sunday Allie and I will be at Utica Rome. Saturday is for the Syracuse Nationals as it has been for several years now.
If you are not familiar with this car show, come into Syracuse and just drive around. You’ll see hot rods and classic cars everywhere you turn and of course the show at the New York State Fairgrounds is where you can see over 8,000 cars.
The hot spots around town are 7th North Street in Liverpool, Route 11 all the way up & down in the area as well as Erie Boulevard. But like I said you can see them everywhere this weekend so make sure you take a day and do some cruising. It is really something
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page starting with a break down of what is happening for car lovers this weekend in Syracuse. Joe Marotta talks about balancing his racing duties and his duties at the Syracuse Nationals on what is his and my favorite weekend of the entire year. It’s Christmas in July baby!
Brandon Kuhn tells me about a different car he is learning, where he is with the ride right now and what makes this car different from the one he had before.
Mike Taylor is struggling a bit so far this year and described some motor problems he has had as well as what the car has been doing in the corners.
Kelly Smith has had a recurring issue with his Sportsman and told me how he is trying to improve as well as some things he has changed with the car.
|Wednesday, July 15th 2015
| New on the Audio Page for today:
Glenn Donnelly talks about the July 1st show at Rolling Wheels and what he learned on that night.
Tim Sears Jr. told me what it is like racing without his uncle in the pits and where he can improve.
Mike Welch spoke about the Pro/Street Series between Utica Rome, Canandaigua and Can Am.
It was a stormy day on Tuesday leading to the postponement of the Super DIRTcar Series race at Five Mile Point Speedway. That race will be run tonight so for those of you who could not go yesterday, this could be a blessing in disguise.
I got some work done in the studio although most of the people I was trying to get ahold of were unavailable. It happens that way some days. Sometimes I can get going and everyone picks up the phone when I call. Keep in mind I am kind of like a cold call salesperson. I have to talk someone into speaking with me everyday. So some days when it is not happening you have to call it a day and move on. That’s when it is nice to have interviews in the can from the weekend and thank goodness I still have some left in there.
I start out today on the Audio Page with a man we all know well as he reflects on his first show in over a decade. Glenn Donnelly talks about the July 1st show at Rolling Wheels, what he learned on that night and how pleased he was with the entire venture.
Tim Sears Jr. told me what it is like racing without his uncle in the pits, where he can improve on the slick surfaces and what the value is to running hot laps on a slippery, wet racetrack.
Mike Welch spoke about the Pro/Street Series between Utica Rome, Canandaigua and Can Am, how pleased he was with the opener and his hopes to add another track.
|Tuesday, July 14th 2015
| New on the Audio Page for today:
Pat Ward spoke about his weekend coming into Sunday and looked ahead to Five Mile Point.
Claude Hutchings Jr. has had a tough year engine wise and told me about his current combination.
Dan Harpell talks about tonight’s Super DIRTcar Series race at Five Mile Point Speedway.
Tony Veneziano reports on the pair of World of Outlaw Sprint Car races from Cedar Lake Speedway.
Dylanne Hodge tells me about a health scare she had and encourages women to do self examinations.
We’re back today with two new interviews from the studio and three from my weekend travels. And ladies, we have a special interview for you with Dylanne Hodge who is Ms. AARN. She will encourage all of you to do self examinations of your breasts and get your physicals in a timely fashion. This is serious stuff guys and we need all of you to healthy so please give it a listen!
Tonight I will be heading to Five Mile Point Speedway in Kirkwood for their first Super DIRTcar Series race in over 20 years. It should be quite a show and I am excited to see this. There could be some weather issues so if in doubt, use our Track Links Page or call the speedway at 1-607-775-5555.
Now let’s chat more about what we have on the Audio Page starting with a driver who will be at Five Mile Point tonight. Pat Ward spoke about his weekend coming into Sunday, what he saw happening with the track at Utica Rome and looked ahead to Five Mile Point’s SDS race tonight.
Claude Hutchings Jr. has had a tough year engine wise and told me about his current combination as well as some purchases he has made for the Sportsman.
Dan Harpell talks about tonight’s Super DIRTcar Series race at Five Mile Point Speedway, the first time the series has visited the track in over 20 years.
Tony Veneziano reports on the pair of World of Outlaw Sprint Car races from Cedar Lake Speedway and previewed the big races coming up as the Month of Money begins. Note: The Brad Doty Classic has been pushed back to Thursday.
Dylanne Hodge tells me about a health scare she had, how she is doing now and encourages women to do self examinations of their breasts. Ladies, this one is for you!
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