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Gary Rowe of M.R. Gaebel, Inc.
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Thursday, October 16th 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Ryan Godown walked me through his week at Syracuse and wondered how tight to make his car.
Tim Hindley got ready to walk across the stage and explained why he did not know the strategy.
Wayne Jelley described how his week had gone at Syracuse as he got ready to go on Saturday.
Nick Guererri was at Syracuse for the first time and told Steve Ovens about the need for speed.
Brian Krummel spoke with Steve Ovens after his win in the Futures Race Friday at Syracuse.
Randy Cosselman described the crash he was in during the Pro Stock feature race at Syracuse. 
 
More stuff for you today from Super DIRT Week. And we still have much more to go. So be sure to keep coming back.
 
It was a rainy day on Wednesday and as I write this I am getting ready to watch some playoff baseball and see if my KC Royals can punch their ticket to the World Series. Who would have predicted that? Not me and I am the biggest Royal I know.
 
And don’t forget that Brockville Ontario Speedway and Penn Can have big season ending shows while the Fulton Speedway hosts their Eve of Destruction Show with demo derbies, boat races, crash stunts and the final Novice Sportsman race of the season. That show is this Saturday.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page for today. Ryan Godown walked me through his week at Syracuse and wondered how tight to make his car as well as what he learned in the late practice on Saturday. 
 
Tim Hindley got ready to walk across the stage and explained why he did not know what his team’s strategy is for the 200 lapper. 
 
Wayne Jelley described how his week had gone at Syracuse as he got ready to go on Saturday as well as how little they were able to learn in the morning hot laps. 
 
Nick Guererri was at Syracuse for the first time and told Steve Ovens about the need for speed as well as who was helping the team with some advice on how to get around the mile.
 
Brian Krummel spoke with Steve Ovens after his win in the Futures Race Friday at Syracuse and described how he got the lead in his first race at the mile. 
 
Randy Cosselman described the crash he was in during the Pro Stock feature race at Syracuse. This was a hard crash for this young man! 

 
Wednesday, October 15th 2014
   New on the Audio Page from Super DIRT Week: 
 
Matt Sheppard spoke with Steve Ovens after winning his twenty lap qualifier on Friday night.
Eddie Marshall went old school with the look of his car and spoke about his time in Syracuse.
Rex King Jr. would start 40th on Sunday and talked about getting better as the week went on.
Brian McDonald talked about a good day on Friday and what he hoped would happen on Saturday.
Matt Billings spoke about his fast laps in the Modified practice and how much better things got.
Lance Willix won the Modified non-qualifiers race and described a pair of problems they had.
Mike Butler won his Sportsman race on Friday and talked about improving from the Futures Race.
 
What a streak of great weather we’re having. Tuesday was another great day and I was able to get out and about with the girls as my wife had to work last night. It was a fun day and a much needed one as they haven’t seen daddy a lot the past week or so.
 
We’ve got more great stuff from Syracuse for you today and more to come as we rehash a great Super DIRT week. Don’t forget that Brockville Ontario Speedway runs this weekend as does Penn Can so it you are not yet ready to call it a season, there are still some shows for you.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page starting with a clip from a good friend who has really helped a lot in the racing community and on this website. Matt Sheppard spoke with Steve Ovens after winning his twenty lap qualifier on Friday night and told him about the fast racetrack he just raced on. 
 
Eddie Marshall went old school with the look of his car and spoke about his time in Syracuse as well as how he hopes to find the right level of aggression starting 20th. 
 
Rex King Jr. would start 40th on Sunday and talked about getting better as the week went on as well as his win in the Future’s Race. 
 
Brian McDonald talked about a good day on Friday and what he hoped would happen on Saturday as well as what he was hearing about the racetrack. 
 
Matt Billings spoke with Steve Ovens about his fast laps in the Modified practice and how much better things got after a slow start on the sheets earlier in the week. 
 
Lance Willix won the Modified non-qualifiers race and described a pair of problems they had in the Friday night race as well as a new one they had on Saturday. 
 
Mike Butler won his Sportsman qualifier on Friday and talked with Steve Ovens about improving from the Futures Race as well as what a difference clean air makes. 

 
Tuesday, October 14th 2014
   New on the Audio Page from Super DIRT Week: 
 
 
Jimmy Horton got ready to race his small block and talked about trouble with the big block.
Rick Laubach had his son with him on pit road and talked about his chances with the small block.
Jeff Hoetzler ran down how he put together a car for Syracuse and how his friends & family helped.
Jimmy Davis explained how he landed a new sponsor on his Modified for Super DIRT Week.
Jimmy Spellmon talked with Steve Ovens after winning the Sportsman Championship at Syracuse.
James Henry came home in second place with his Sportsman and compared himself to the winner.
Shane Pecore finished in third place and told Steve Ovens how good a point night it was for him.
Mike Butler caught up with Steve Ovens and talked with his about his solid fourth place finish.
Cody McPherson was fifth in the Sportsman race and told Steve Ovens about the outside lane.
 
Life is getting back to normal for many in the racing community as we all survived Super DIRT Week. It was one of the best in recent memory in both the quality of the racing and the crowd that was on hand to see it. What a week it was alright!
 
I’ve got more from the event for you today as I play catch up on some things here at the house. We have some pre race stuff for you as well as the top five in the Sportsman Championship thanks to Steve Ovens. And we’ll have at least 8 a day this week and maybe more depending on how the weather looks.
 
I have Penn Can in my plans for Friday and I’m looking forward to trying to keep the season going for a few more weeks just like many of the teams are. For those of you who raced at Syracuse or one of the satellite shows for your final race, I hope it went well and I hope you are psyched to come back and do it again next year.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you to listen to on the Audio Page for today. Jimmy Horton got ready to race his small block and talked about trouble with the big block on Friday in the twenty lap qualifiers that saw him finish one spot out.   
 
Rick Laubach had his son with him on pit road and talked about his chances with the small block as well as how recently this deal came about.
 
Jeff Hoetzler ran down how he put together a car for Syracuse and how his friends & family helped get him back to the mile for the first time since 2006. 
 
Jimmy Davis explained how he landed a new sponsor on his Modified for Super DIRT Week and thought back to his last time on the mile over a decade ago. 
 
Jimmy Spellmon talked with Steve Ovens after winning the Sportsman Championship at Syracuse and explained why he thought the outside would be good later on. 
 
James Henry came home in second place with his Sportsman and compared himself to the winner and explained to Steve Ovens why a late yellow may not have helped.  
 
Shane Pecore finished in third place and told Steve Ovens how good a point night it was for him as he gets ready to head to Brockville Ontario Speedway this weekend. 
 
Mike Butler caught up with Steve Ovens and talked with his about his solid fourth place finish as well as what went bad for him late in the race. 
 
Cody McPherson was fifth in the Sportsman race and told Steve Ovens about the outside lane at each end of the racetrack at Syracuse. 

 
Monday, October 13th 2014
   New on the Audio Page from Super DIRT Week: 
 
Rob Yetman talks about his pass to win the Pro Stock feature, his second win in a row at Syracuse.
Glenn Forward finished in 2nd place in the Pro Stock race and talked about the need for a yellow.
Ryan Susice earned his way into the race and told me about his win the night before at the Wheels. 
Vic Coffey thought back on what it takes to win the Syracuse 200, a race he has won twice.
Tim McCreadie thought back on his 2nd place on Saturday and compared it to the Syracuse 200.
Stewart Friesen reacted to the boos from the crowd and told me who he felt got a louder ovation.
Hear from the top five qualifiers from the Syracuse 200 as they got ready to walk on the stage.
 
After the Syracuse 200:
 
Stewart Friesen talked about the difficulties they had early and how he took the lead late.
Matt Hearn rejoiced with his crew on the frontstretchand explained how the fixed their Modified.
Matt Sheppard explained what his strategy was for the race and how he got passed in turn 3.
J.R. Heffner finished third on the day and spoke about how strong the cars were in front of him.
Duane Howard was happy with his fourth place and talked about how his car’s handling changed.
Vic Coffey told me about fuel concerns and how tough it can be to make it with late race yellows.
 
It was a final to Syracuse and Super DIRT Week unlike many of us had seen before. In what is normally a track position and fuel mileage race, Stewart Friesen came back from a broken shock mount, a fuel pick up problem and raced his way from the back of the field to the front after pitting much later than any of the frontrunners to win his third Syracuse 200 in the last five years.
 
I got some great audio and had my primary recorder with me instead of my back up as I did on Saturday so the audio sounds much better. So make sure to go to the Audio Page to give it a listen and be sure to show up this week as we’ll have more from me and from Steve Ovens who has sent us a lot of what he did during the week. So be sure to check us out every day this week.
 
Congratulations to Stewart Friesen and crew chief Matt Hearn as not many people can say they spent that much time on pit road and ended their day in victory lane. Friesen was able to get by Matt Sheppard with a bold move on the outside of turn three with just ten laps top go.
 
A big hole down low in turn one forced the teams to run higher on the track than they normally would and once that groove was formed it just kept moving up. There were more passed on the outside since Brett Hearn won a rain shortened event back in 2012. Yep, it was quite a show.
 
Feeling badly for some drivers who were in hard crashes including Jimmy Horton, Ryan Susice, Pete Stefanski and Chad Homan who I understand was in a scary crash the night before at Rolling Wheels. It’s a cruel sport indeed and those four know that better than anyone else right about now.
 
I’ll have more like I said but I need to get to the doctor today just to make sure I am alright from my car crash on Thursday. I would have cancelled as I am doing much better thanks to Dr. Hulk in Chicago but I already have the appointment so I might as well go.
 
Thanks to all the teams, all the media and DIRTcar for making it easy to cover the event. I had a ball like always and am super psyched about the rest of the season. We hope to go to Penn Can on Friday and hope to get out and golf this week as well.
 
See you tomorrow and like I said, keep checking back as we have a lot of great stuff still to come this week. 

 
Sunday, October 12th 2014
   New on the Audio Page from Super DIRT Week: 
 
Kody Swanson explained how he won the USAC feature as well as their season championship.
A.J. Fike talked about his second place finish in the USAC race plus how close it was late.
Bobby East came home in third in the USAC race and talked about his first race at Syracuse.
Stewart Friesen described how he picked up spots late and avoided trouble to finish in fifth.
Richie Tobias finished in eighth place and told me what went wrong with his car with 20 laps to go.
Brett Hearn took the lead on lap 146 and explained how he spilt the middle to get the race lead.
Tim McCreadie walked me through what happened with four to go on his way to a second place.
Carey Terrance put on a show on the outside and explained how he found the groove to finish 3rd.
Chris Raabe spoke about his fourth place finish and told me where he feels he needs to be better.
Wayne Jelley had an eighth place run and explained why he could not seem to work the outside.
 
It was a great day at Syracuse as taking the night off to work on my sore neck really helped. Thanks to a good friend of mine, Dr. Hulk in Chicago, I was able to treat it and be much better on Saturday. Was I still a little sore, absolutely! But I was able to get things done!
 
In the Salute to the Troops 150, it looked like Billy Decker would take the win but he ran out of gas coming out of turn four with four laps to go ending his day. Tim McCreadie was on his back bumper and was too close as he caught the back of Decker as he pulled into the pit area.
 
The two split and Brett Hearn ran through the middle to get the lead and the eventual win. Listen to the audio I have for you and he’ll tell you what he as concerned about after that. Yeah, it was certainly a legitimate concern indeed.
 
Carey Terrance was the show for a good deal of this race as he worked the outside like Richie Tobias used to back in the day. He worked his was up from 10th and tried to pass Decker on a lap 105 restart and fell back to fourth. But he did come him in third and yes, they knew he was there for sure.
 
Congrats to Kody Swanson who came into the day as the USAC point leader as he won the race and therefore the series as well. Stewart Friesen came from way back to finish in fifth while Richie Tobias came home in eighth.
 
I saved a lot of what I did today for during the week as I know some of you are going other places for new this week and that’s just fine. I am only one guy where some of these other sites have an entire crew of people. It’s great for the sport and my ego is small enough in this area so it does not bother me at all. Really!
 
So be sure to check out DTD, Race Pro Weekly, 360 Nitro and Turn 5 Live as they all were doing some great work today. I am happy to work with them on the biggest dirt race in the northeast.
 
I’ll be back today with lots more from the Sportsman, Pro Stocks and of course the Syracuse 200. It will be a lot of fun and I can’t wait. 
 
Now let’s chat more about what I have for you on the Audio Page. I start with some USAC stuff. Kody Swanson explained to announcer Dan Martin how he won the USAC feature as well as their season long championship in the season finale at Syracuse. 
 
A.J. Fike talked with Dan Martin about his second place finish in the USAC race plus how close it was late in the race as he tried to run down the race leader. 
 
Bobby East came home in third in the USAC race and talked about his first race at Syracuse as well as how disappointed he was not to win the series title.
 
Stewart Friesen described how he picked up spots late and avoided trouble down in turn one to finish in fifth in his first USAC Silver Crown race ever. 
 
Richie Tobias finished in eighth place in the USAC race at Super DIRT Week and told me what went wrong with his car with 20 laps to go.
 
Brett Hearn took the lead on lap 146 when the leader ran out of fuel and explained how he spilt the middle to get the top spot  and the win in the Salute to the Troops 150. 
 
Tim McCreadie walked me through what happened with four to go at Syracuse on his way to a second place finish in the Salute to the Troops 150. 
 
Carey Terrance put on a show on the outside passing several cars who pitted before him and explained why he should have been a little more patient on his way to a 3rd place. 
 
Chris Raabe spoke about his fourth place finish and told me where he feels he needs to be better as well as how the timing of the second yellow hurt a little. 
 
Wayne Jelley had an eighth place run in the Salute to the Troops 150 and explained why he could not seem to work the outside like many of the cars who finished ahead of him. 

 
Saturday, October 11th 2014
   I am so sorry. That crash I was in on Thursday may have done some damage after all. I woke up stiff and the back of my head is hurting big time. As I wrote this I am making the proper appointments and hoping that some medication I can take at home will help me enough to make today tolerable.
 
I WILL get there today if it kills me. Don’t worry it won’t. But we figured I’d be better treating this Friday rather than toughing it out and making it worse for the big days. If I have to stay close to the media center then that will have to be the way it is.
 
I’ll be alright I’m sure as I am not the first person to feel this way the day after an accident. But I am also 53 years old and don’t bounce back as quickly as I did 20 years ago. I will see you guys today and I hope everything went well last night.
 
A big thanks goes out to everyone at the Syracuse Media Group for their understanding and to Dick O’Brien for writing the column you see today. Thanks so much guys! Wish me well and if you have any magic potions or magic cures, let me know and I’ll get on it. So sorry guys.

 
Friday, October 10th 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today from Super DIRT Week:
 
Billy Decker talked about earning the pole for the Salute to the Troops 150 for small blocks.
Carey Terrance will start on the front row on Saturday and talked about his second place effort.
Chris Raabe time trialed in third place and talked about the racecar and the racetrack he saw.
Ronnie Johnson timed in 4th place and told us about the narrow track and the need to analyze.
Tim McCreadie will start in row 3 after time trialing 5th and explained why he was not comfortable.
Stewart Friesen grabbed the final guaranteed spot and talked about how he got a USAC ride.
Matt Sheppard did something he has never done before and talked about setting the fast time.
Brett Hearn talked about his second place time trial effort as well as what went wrong on the scales.
Jimmy Phelps is locked in with his 3rd place run and told me about the racetrack he raced on.
Billy Decker finished 4th in the small block time trials and explained why he wanted to do better.
Billy Dunn had the 5th fastest big block time and talked about what was going on in turn four.
Duane Howard explained how he knocked something off his bucket list with a sixth place run.
Dan Wiesner was on the front stretch with his big block for a bit and explained how it came together.
 
It was a cold but sunny day in Syracuse on Thursday and both the big blocks and small blocks took to the track for time trials. The track was fast too with 15 teams breaking the 30 second barrier in the big block division.
 
Matt Sheppard continued with his year of firsts as he took home his first pole at Syracuse with a lap of 29.410 just .002 second ahead of second place Brett Hearn in one of the closest margins in recent memory.
 
Billy Decker nailed down the pole in the Salute to the Troops 150 and he and 10 other drivers are now locked in for their respective races. Tonight’s qualifiers will set the rest of the field and today’s Future’s Races will see fist timers take to the mile in what can often provide some of the best results of the whole week.
 
I have the top six in each division up today for you as well as one surprise entry from a driver we know well in Central New York. Today we’ll be there to cover those Futures Races as well as the qualifiers. Now this race does usually run late so be patient as my new stuff tomorrow may not be up until well after midnight.
 
I had some off track drama too as I was rear ended by a lady who dropped her GPS and looked down to pick it up. I saw it happening but with cars all around me there was nothing I could do. The car is damaged by drivable so look for me in the not no nice Mercury later today.
 
Now let’s talk more about what we have for you on the Audio Page for today. I start with early time trial action. Billy Decker talked about earning the pole for the Salute to the Troops 150 for small blocks as well as how little they had to change on the car from practice. 
 
Carey Terrance will start on the front row on Saturday for the Salute to the Troops 150 for small blocks and talked about his second place effort. 
 
Chris Raabe time trialed in third place and talked about the racecar, the racetrack he saw and why third could hurt on Friday while helping on Saturday.
 
Ronnie Johnson timed in 4th place and told us about the narrow track and the need to analyze things a little more after their 20 lap qualifier later today. 
 
Tim McCreadie will start in row 3 after time trialing 5th and explained why he was not comfortable as well as what the track felt like it was “bolted up”. 
 
Stewart Friesen grabbed the final guaranteed spot and talked about how he messed up in one corner and how he nabbed a USAC ride for the weekend. 
 
Matt Sheppard did something he has never done before and talked about setting the fast time in the big block time trials after being 18th on the grid after practice. 
 
Brett Hearn talked about his second place time trial effort for the Syracuse 200 as well as what went wrong on the scales with his small block. 
 
Jimmy Phelps is locked in with his 3rd place run and told me about the racetrack he raced on and wondered how much running later in the time trial order helped. 
 
Billy Decker finished 4th in the small block time trials and explained why he wanted to do better despite the fact that he now locked in to both races. 
 
Billy Dunn had the 5th fastest big block time and talked about what was going on in turn four where he felt his car was a little looser. 
 
Duane Howard explained how he knocked something off his bucket list with a sixth place run putting him in the Syracuse 200 no matter what happens later today. 
 
Dan Wiesner was on the front stretch with his big block for a bit and explained how this ride came together as well as how it felt compared to his Sportsman. 
 

 
     
 
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