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Gary Rowe of M.R. Gaebel, Inc.
Gates-Cole Associates SUNY Canton Automotive Technology program
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Wednesday, July 12th 2017
   New on the Audio Page from Weedsport Speedway:
 
After the heat races:
Todd Root led every lap to win his heat race and talked about tightening his Sportsman up a bit.
Kevin Ridley talked about his heat win and why he had to add an extra 50 pounds to his racecar.
Taylor Caprara explained how he was in his Sportsman heat race and why we don’t see him on TV.
Ben Wheeler won the final Sportsman heat and told me why he has only been out four times so far.
Brett Hearn got the win in the first Modified heat and thought back on some of his past at the track.
Larry Wight and his crew were thrashing on their winning Modified and told me what was wrong.
Erick Rudolph took the win in heat number three and talked about being fast right off the trailer.
Billy Decker was smooth in his heat win and told me why Weedsport always makes him nervous.

After the feature races:
Rocky Warner won the caution free Sportsman feature and talked about how tough competition is.
Dave Marcuccilli finished in second place and spoke about why he felt he was racing for second.
Taylor Caprara fell back a spot late to finish third and talked about how happy he was with the run.
Stewart Friesen held on after a late race restart and spoke about his win in the Hall of Fame 100.
Tim McCreadie led the first 51 laps before finishing second and talked about a mistake on a restart.
Larry Wight went from ninth to third and spoke about where he felt he was losing times in the turns.
Erick Rudolph explained why he felt he was a 4th place car and looked ahead to a busy time in Ohio.
Peter Britten started 2nd and finished 5th and told me why he felt that this result felt like a victory.


I had a fun day but a long one too as I went to Weedsport Speedway for the Hall of Fame 100 and the Sportsman Shootout Series. There were a lot of cars onhand and a big crowd as well. It was a fun night top to bottom.
 
I did some TV with the Sportsman as we continue to launch Speedway Showcase and I think you’ll really like these shows we’re doing from Weedsport as we truly have an all start cast working both in front of and behind the scenes. I’ll keep you updated on when the next shows are out and hopefully you’ll like them.
 
The Hall of Fame 100 was the headliner and it was quite the race with Stewart Friesen beating out Tim McCreadie by half a car length to take home the $10,000 first place prize. Only three cautions slowed the pace of this race and the final yellow with three laps to go really made for a fantastic finish.
 
The Sportsman did a 25 lap race and did so without a caution. The quality of the field at these Weedsport shows is exceptional with the best talent from so many tracks is truly something to see. Unlike last time out, Rocky Warner got to the front first and held off Dave Marcuccilli late to win this one which is exactly the opposite of what we saw two weeks ago.

I did a lot of pre race interviews and we’ll get to those in the next three days as I need to do some cruising as the Syracuse Nationals are in town. It’s a car lover’s dream and I can’t wait to see all of Detroit’s best take over the roadways of Central New York. I’ll be taking pictures and putting them up here so be sure to keep checking back to see some cool cars. 
 
Tuesday, July 11th 2017
   New on the Audio Page for today:

Chad Phelps told me about a recent jingle at Fulton and why he never gets to take a vacation.
Dave Thompson describes his job at Mohawk International and what the racers will see weekly.
Mike Mullen remembers his almost win in Weedsport and tells me some things he is trying.
Tony Veneziano gets us up to speed with the World of Outlaws as the Month of Money begins.

I’ll be back at it today as I’ll be heading to Weedsport Speedway for the Hall of Fame 100, past of the Super DIRTCar Series. We’ll be doing TV for the Sportsman while the MAV-TV crew will handle the Modifieds. It should be a fun day and I hope to see you all there.
 
I had a great weekend catching up with friends from out of town and having fun like we used to back in the old days. I really needed that to re-charge the old batteries and am feeling well rested and ready to go today.
 
Speaking of today let’s find out more about what we have for you to listen to on the Audio Page for you as we prepare for a big race tonight. Chad Phelps told me about a recent jingle at Fulton, wonders if he will race later today in Weedsport and why he never gets to take a standard vacation.  
 
Dave Thompson describes his job at Mohawk International, what the racers will see weekly and how he likes racing with his oldest son.
 
Mike Mullen remembers his almost win in Weedsport and tells me some things he is trying with a stiff right front shock as well as how the car has been handling before the adjustment. 

Tony Veneziano gets us up to speed with the World of Outlaws with reports on their last three races as the Month of Money begins tonight in Ohio.   
 
Monday, July 10th 2017
   New on the Audio Page for today:

Mike Maresca talked about how little he has raced so far and his recent stay in Central New York.
Bryan Howland described his recent Patriot Sprint Tour races and when he will suit up again.
Taylor Caprara explains how he lost a race on a late restart because of the low gear he was running.
Mike Prentice thought he had a nagging problem solved and wondered why his car still pushes.
Bailey Groves looked over her Sportsman and explained why she was confused on how to change it.


Another work week is here and for a lot of you it may be the first full five day week in a few so I can feel for you today. After a light weekend for me with family & friends I am back at it today myself with my usual Monday ahead of me.
 
I’ll be doing some writing, checking in on what happened in the racing world and getting back in the studio again. If you had a great weekend send me a message and we’ll be sure to give you a call today and work you in. I’m as happy as can be and thankful to all my friends in the racing world for helping me to feel this way. It’s a long way from a few months ago that’s for sure and it’s all thanks to all of you. Thank you!
 
Now let’s chat more about the interviews I have up for you on the Audio Page as you will learn a little about each of these racers by listening. Mike Maresca talked about how little he has raced so far, his recent stay in Central New York for a race weekend and how close he is to picking up that first Modified win. 

Bryan Howland described his recent Patriot Sprint Tour races, how long it will be until he suits up again while looking forward to a fishing trip for striped bass. Nothing like fresh fish! 

Taylor Caprara explains how he lost a race on a late restart because of the low gear he was running as well as why he chose that particular strategy. Wanna a great deal on a new bike? See Taylor!  
 
Mike Prentice thought he had a nagging problem solved and wondered why his car still pushes as he prepared for a race night against 64 other Sportsman drivers.

Bailey Groves looked over her Sportsman and explained why she was confused on how to change it as well as how concerned she is when she has to take the car over the scales.   
 
Sunday, July 9th 2017
   New on the Audio Page for today:

Larry Wight told me about his win in Thursday’s Super DIRTcar Series race at Airborne Park.
Max McLaughlin talked about his second place finish at Airborne and passing his teammate late.
Jimmy Phelps spoke about his 3rd place Thursday night and analyzed the July 3rd show in Weedsport.
Pat Ward described his fifth place finish Thursday night and the two tracks he will race on next.
Mark Effner just moved to crate Sportsman and told me how he is adapting to the new division.


I have some really good ones for you today as we look back at the last Super DIRTcar Series race at Airborne Park Speedway and preview what is to come tonight at Cornwall and Tuesday in Weedsport. It’s a great time to be a race fan and I hope you all had a great weekend and are fortunate enough to be hitting another track today.
 
I had a pair of graduation parties to go to on Saturday and am spending time with friends today as a group of us who rarely can get together will do so today. I’ll still have cool stuff for you tomorrow so be sure to come back and I’ll be back in the studio on Monday. Plus we have Weedsport written in pen as our plan for Tuesday so if you can’t make it we’ll have audio up for you the next day.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you to listen to today on the Audio Page as we chat with four of the top five from Thursday night. Larry Wight told me about his win in Thursday’s Super DIRTcar Series race at Airborne Park while looking ahead to Cornwall Sunday night and Weedsport Speedway on Tuesday.

Max McLaughlin talked about his second place finish at Airborne while passing his teammate late, offered his takes on the next two SDS stops and showed me his lucky hat. 

Jimmy Phelps spoke about his 3rd place Thursday night as the Super DIRTcar Series visited Airborne Park Speedway and analyzed the July 3rd show in Weedsport.

Pat Ward described his fifth place finish Thursday night Airborne Spark Speedway, the two tracks he will race on the Super DIRTcar Series beginning tonight and how his new puppy is doing. 

Mark Effner just moved to crate Sportsman and told me how he is adapting to lesser power under his right foot as well as how is doing as he learns open wheel racing after years in a Pro Stock. Oh…and he won went out and won his first career Sportsman race a few hours later!  
 
Saturday, July 8th 2017
   New on the Audio Page from Brewerton Speedway:
 
After the heat races:
Joe Garafolo screamed his way to a Mod Lite heat andtold me how he was driving his racecar.
Lowell Zehr wondered what happened to the leader in his heat win after passing him earlier.
Jim Witko won the first Modified heat race and described the line he used to get the victory.
Jeremy Smith showed me what a fellow competitor showed him about his line in his heat win.
Ronnie Davis III made an outside move just past halfway to win his heat and talked about adjusting.
Tyler Trump pulled away to win his Sportsman heat and told me how fast his car felt in the victory.  
Glenn Forward got the win in the final heat race and explained why he liked the track surface.


After the feature races:
Casey Sykes won his second Mod Lite race of the year and talked about staying calm at the end.
Jim Witko picked up his first win at Brewerton and spoke about when he thought he could win.
Andrew Ferguson finished second in a close Modified feature and told me what he told the winner.
Pat Ward moved up a spot late to finish third and described what was hurting his ability to turn.
Max McLaughlin came home with a fourth place and told me how much better they have been.
Tim Sears Jr. described how much damage a flat did to his car as they rebounded to finish fifth.
Stephen Denton was a first time winner in the Sportsman feature and described a post heat fix.


It was a fun night Friday at Brewerton Speedway as the fans go to see a pair of first time winners. Jim Witko won his career first at Brewerton, after two at Fulton, while Stephen Denton picked up his first Sportsman win anywhere at a track where he was the dominant Four Cylinder Super Stock driver for many years. Congrats guys!
 
Witko really had to earn his victory as he and Andrew Ferguson, another driver still looking for his first win, swapped the lead six times before Witko moved ahead for good on lap 22. And if the yellow had not come out when it did on lap 32 it could have been different as Ferguson was just making a move for the lead. Great side by side race and the top two never touched. That’s what I enjoy about our sport guys and gals.
 
It was nice to see Stephen Denton win his first as he has been racing Sportsman since 2011 when he split time between that and his four cylinder. He was super excited and stomped on his roof as he celebrated in victory lane.

Congrats also going out to Casey Sykes and Dakota Bechler as well as they also got to celebrate down trackside. The car counts were a little off as the dog days of summer are here and money is getting tight for a lot of teams. Many have trimmed their schedule from two nights to one and are now looking hard at what they have left and how many races they can realistically do.
 
It’s a tough time as nobody is flush with cash and new parts at this time of the year. It is so hard to race weekly for so many reasons and my hat is off to everyone who does it. I wish you all the best as you do your best and I can only imagine the sacrifices some of you are making. Love you all and have more respect for what you do than you can imagine.
Have a great Sunday and I’ll be back tomorrow with some racers who will be at Cornwall Sunday night as well as a driver who won his first of the season one week ago at Utica Rome.  
 
Friday, July 7th 2017
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
George Suprick talked about his Speedweek races and discussed different ways to prepare tires.
Billy Whittaker compared the Utica Rome Speedway of today to the track he ran in the 1990’s.
Jeremy Dygert showed off a brand new Sportsman and explained why this may be his last season.
Andrew Wren told me how he is doing as he is in his second full season in a Sportsman at Can Am.
 
It was a beautiful day on Thursday and I hope you were fortunate enough to get out and enjoy it as today may not be quite as nice. I was able to get some work done and have a little fun too as I hope Mother Nature cuts us a break today and we can go racing.
 
I am planning on Brewerton tonight and Utica Rome on Sunday. I am really looking forward to the Sunday show as I don’t get to see small blocks run all the much. It will be fun to see some different drivers and think back to when small block Modified racing was the normal Sunday show in Vernon.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page for today as we hope for a storm free race day. George Suprick talked about his Speedweek races and discussed different ways to prepare tires as well as well as where he will be racing in the coming weeks. 

Billy Whittaker compared the Utica Rome Speedway of today to the track he ran in the 1990’s and remembered the last time he ran the Super DIRTcar Series at the place. 

Jeremy Dygert showed off a brand new Sportsman as he prepared to race Monday in Weedsport and explained why this may be his last season behind the wheel for a while. 

Andrew Wren told me how he is doing as he is in his second full season in a Sportsman at Can Am and what he needs to do to get his first top five finish.  
 
Thursday, July 6th 2017
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Stewart Friesen talks about why he is taking a brief break for the Camping World Truck Series.
Marc Johnson summed up how he has been doing with his big block and his small block as well.
Glenn Forward told me about a wreck he was in Friday night and how it could have been worse.
Jessica Power spoke about spending the holiday weekend in New York and her race night at Fulton.
Tony Veneziano reports on the World of Outlaw Sprint Cars while giving us some updated news.

It was another beautiful day on Wednesday and I was able to get a lot doe around the house and get some work done as well. I’ll be getting more done today while at the same time making back up plans n case we rain out on Friday. Stupid weather!
 
I have some good stuff up for you today and will be back with more for you tomorrow. Of course I will not be going to races on Saturday as I have a pair of graduation parties to go to for the children of some close friends so I need to be ready to get some work done!
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page as we get close to another big race weekend. Stewart Friesen talks about why he is taking a brief break for the Camping World Truck Series, when he is getting back at it and how much he is learning about how to race on asphalt compared to dirt. 

Marc Johnson summed up how he has been doing with his big block, what he has been doing with his spec small block and the search for a baseline set up with the big block. 

Glenn Forward told me about a wreck he was in Friday night before finishing in third place, how it could have been worse and what to do to fix a tow problem on the front of a Sportsman. 

Jessica Power spoke about her race night at Fulton on Saturday, how much she enjoyed camping in New York over the weekend and gave us a Canadian impression of the Fourth of the July.  
 
Tony Veneziano reports on the World of Outlaw Sprint Cars while giving us some updated news on Kyle Larson’s recent Sprint Car victories as well as a new ride for Joey Saldana.   
 
     
 
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