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Thursday, July 17th 2014
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John Barker Jr. helps his son Corey race today but told me about his long and storied career.
Tommy Denton talked about getting his start in a Street Stock and how he got his first racecar.
 
Only one more day left to see how your favorite drivers got their careers started. We’ll finish things up with Jessica Zemken and Matt Janczuk. And today we’ll travel back to the past with John Barker Jr. and remember the old days of the Outlaw Circuit where coincidentally I got my career started as well.
 
John will tell you how instrumental his dad was in his career and how some advice he received from his dad is still being shared with his son today. Then Tommy Denton will tell you how he got his first racecar and how the man who sold it to him is still involved in his racing efforts today.
 
Now let’s chat more about the two drivers we’ll learn about today on the Audio Page. I start with a veteran who is still involved many years after getting out of the seat. John Barker Jr. helps his son Corey race today but told me about his long and storied career. He told me about some great advice his dad gave him early, remembered his days on the Outlaw Circuit and who he learned from early on. 
 
Tommy Denton talked about getting his start in a Street Stock and how he got his first racecar. He told me how he paid for the car weekly, how he did initially and when he started to keep up and eventually win some races. 

 
Wednesday, July 16th 2014
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Steve Poirier talked about his days making left & right turns and when he switched to Modifieds.
Matt Billings is making a name for himself in the states and talked about his start ten years ago.
 
Only three more days to go as we find out how the racers we watch on the track today got their start in some cases decades ago. You’ll be surprised to heat the early directions that Steve Poirier went in his career and how a failed effort turned him in a different direction.
 
As for Matt Billings, he sure sounds like a pretty driven young man to me. He saved his money at age ten to get a go cart. How many kids do that? The driven and smart ones do.
 
Plus we’ll be back tomorrow with John Barker Jr. and stock car ace Tom Denton. Then we’ll finish up on Friday before getting back to some racing this weekend. 
 
Now let’s chat more about the new stuff we have for you on the Audio Page for Wednesday. Steve Poirier talked about his days making left & right turns in off road racing and when he switched to Modifieds. He told me how different his first race vehicle was, how tough it was to get his second deal together and why he decided to move up to a 360 Sprint Car. 
 
Matt Billings is making a name for himself in the states and talked about his start ten years ago. He told me why he wasn’t going to follow in dad’s footsteps on the ice, remembers going to Brockville as a kid and how he saved up $400 as a ten year old to get a go cart. 

 
Tuesday, July 15th 2014
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Darryl Ruggles talked about his rise to a Modified and how he took a step back to help his daughter.
Larry Wight can drive just about anything and here you’ll see how he got started nice and early. 
 
We have a nice mix for you today as we check in with a driver with a long racing history and another who still has decades to go in what could be one of the most successful careers in Central New York.
 
Listen as Darryl Ruggles will tell you how quickly he moved up and how many races he won early in his career. He’ll also tell you how tough it was to compete with the big dogs of the Modified world by using a credit card.
 
As for Larry Wight, his career is really starting to take off and every year now he is still improving. And while some drovers concentrate on one car, Larry drives Modifieds, Sprints and Late Models.
 
I know you’ll like both of these and be sure to come back tomorrow as we’ll meet Matt Billings and Steve Poirier as we go with a Canadian feel for Wednesday.
 
Now let’s chat more about what you can listen to on the Audio Page today. Darryl Ruggles talked about his rise to a Modified and how he took a step back to help his daughter. He told me how he got started 32 years ago, how his body shop work got him involved initially and how broke they were trying to keep up in the Modified division. 
 
Larry Wight can drive just about anything and here you’ll see how he got started nice and early. He talked about starting in Microds at age six, when he knew he wanted to be a racecar driver and getting used to the power of the bigger cars. 

 
Monday, July 14th 2014
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Bryan Howland talked about starting at age 6 at Paradise and his dad’s racing at Oswego.
Willy Decker told me about his start in Street Stocks and the stiff competition he had early.
 
Only a few more days left in our, “How’d they get there?” segments as again we talk to a pair of well known Sprint Car and Modified drivers. I am having so much fun listening to these myself and I thought I knew a few things about how to get a racing career started.
 
For Utica Rome fans, you’ll love Willy Decker’s story especially when he tells you about a flat tire he had at one particular track. And Bryan Howland I am sure a lot of you saw in his early days at the Paradise Speedway.
 
Tomorrow Larry Wight and Darryl Ruggles will tell us about their early days. I know you’ll like that.
 
Now let’s chat more about the new stuff we have for you to listen to on the Audio Page for today. Bryan Howland talked about starting at age 6 at Paradise and his dad’s racing at Oswego. He told me when his dad got out of the sport as a driver, the first few types of racecars he drove and when he moved up to a full sized 360 Sprint Car. 
 
Willy Decker told me about his start in Street Stocks and the stiff competition he had early on in his career. He remembered one particular night at Brookfield, why he had to take it easy in his early years and how he made it up to the Modified division. 

 
Sunday, July 13th 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Ryan Phelps remembered driving the wrong way on the racetrack and his move to a Modified.
Jason Barney talked about starting his career in a Quarter Midget and switching gears at age twelve.
 
We have a couple of new guys up today at least in the big picture anyway. Both of them started at an early age and one was maybe a little too young. Each has had success as they advanced and each is now firmly established in their chosen form of racing.
 
We’re now more than halfway through our 11 day journey as we find out more about the people we watch race at the tracks in our area. Up tomorrow are chats with Willy Decker and Bryan Howland as we’ll learn how they go their careers started.
 
Now lets find out more about what we have for you to listen to on the Audio Page for today. Ryan Phelps remembered driving the wrong way on the racetrack and his move to a Modified. He told me why he might have been a little young the first time around, the fast car he drove at age 14 and the two years he had the most fun out at the racetrack. 
 
Jason Barney talked about starting his career in a Quarter Midget and switching gears at age twelve. He told me how much traveling he did early in his career, how tough it was for a young teenager to find a competitive class to race in and some of what he wishes he could do again. 

 
Saturday, July 12th 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Stewart Friesen remembers hanging out at grandpa’s racetrack and the packer trucks he drove.
Beth Schneider talks about driving anything she could find before getting into her first racecar.
 
Back today with a couple of young racers who are still making a name for themselves in the sport of racing. As we have learned each of the days we have done this so far, everyone’s route to the track is different and both of these today are too.
 
Stewart Friesen had the famous last name and maybe has the most talent behind of the wheel of anyone in his family. His reputation continues to grow and grew even more last weekend.
 
As for Beth Schneider, she became a champion last year at Fulton in the Sportsman division and she’ll tell you how driving construction equipment way before she was old enough to drive gave her real good hand eye coordination.
 
And tomorrow we’ll chat with Ryan Phelps and Jason Barney to find out how they got started in this crazy business. 
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have to listen to today on the Audio Page. I start with a man who won half of last week’s Speedweek events. Stewart Friesen remembers hanging out at grandpa’s racetrack and the packer trucks he drove. He talked about racing go carts at Ransomville, some of the other things he has driven over the years and how tough his first few years were in a big block Modified. 
 
Beth Schneider talks about driving anything she could find before getting into her first racecar. She told me about the many different things she learned to drive in her pre-teen years, how she got into a little trouble for lying about her age to drive an IMCA Modified and wonders what the future may hold for her. 

 
Friday, July 11th 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Mike Mahaney remembered growing up with a racing dad and how he carved out his own niche. 
Mike Stelter got a late start in racing and told me how he researched where he planned to race.
 
Back today as we hear how more drivers got their start in racing. Again, the two drivers we have today took different paths but each has ended up tasting success in the sport.
 
Mike Mahaney of course grew up in the sport and he’ll talk about how he got his career going as well as the year when things really took off. He will also tell you about his win last Saturday at Thunder Mountain.
 
As for Mike Stelter, his move to racing was more calculated. He had a plan and used his time in Oswego to learn about the sport from others. It’s really a pretty good plan he put together too.
 
Tomorrow we’ll hear from Stewart Friesen and Beth Schneider as they talk about how they each got on the track for the first time. 
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page. I start with a man who won two races last weekend including a dramatic one on Sunday. Mike Mahaney remembered growing up with a racing dad and how he carved out his own niche. He talked about going to the races with his mom & dad, what he learned in the slingshot class and the one year that really got his career well on his way. 
 
Mike Stelter got a late start in racing and told me how he researched where he planned to race. He talked about working on Supermodifieds while going to school in Oswego, how long it took him to get a racecar after he graduated and how surprised he was at how well he did in his first few Sprint Car races. 

 
     
 
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