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Monday, January 16th 2017
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Adam Hilton tells me about his plans to run a Modified at Freedom Motorsports Park.
Tony Veneziano reports on the Chili Bowl and tells me about some of the competitors.

I got a lot done later Sunday afternoon and into Sunday night and as I wrote this up I am just in time to watch the end of the Green Bay/Dallas game. What a game! And of course right after this I’ll switch over to KC/Pitt. Go Chiefs!

Half of my house is sick with a cold and I am hoping I am not next. Ever since I got pneumonia a few years back I am always nervous when people around me start to cough and blow their noses. I’ve been taking Zicam, Vitamin C, drinking every fluid I can get ahold of and washing my hands with hot, soapy water every chance I get. Wish me well.

Now let’s chat more about what we have on the Audio Page as we start the work week with a day off for most of us. Adam Hilton tells me about his plans to run a small block Modified at Freedom Motorsports Park on Fridays, how he put the deal together and what he was working on Sunday morning.  

Tony Veneziano reports on all five nights of the Chili Bowl and tells me about some of the competitors while evaluating the significance of this huge event.  

 
Sunday, January 15th 2017
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Ricky Newton talks about his racing business and running a Modified on Friday nights.
Pat LaPage tells me about the Bicknell Open House and some of what he learned at it.

I had a fun day again on Saturday as I got some work done and watched both football and basketball before switching over to some Chili Bowl later in the night. I wrote this up ahead of time so I can’t talk about that but we’ll have analysis up for you tomorrow as we check in with our open wheel guru Tony Veneziano.

I will be in the studio hard today and need to get a lot done so if you are available let me know and I will work you in. I also wonder about the KC playoff game which was already pushed back to tonight from the original 1 p.m. starting time. I predict that game will have to be played on Monday with the ice storm set to last until Monday morning. We’ll see I guess.

Now let’s chat more about what we have for today on the Audio Page starting with a driver who has branched out to help his fellow racers. Ricky Newton talks about his racing businesses, gives some advice to racers on adjusting from American Racers to Hoosier Tires and his plans to run a Modified on Friday nights at Freedom.  

Pat LaPage tells me about the Bicknell Open House on Saturday, described some of what he learned on his trip north as well as some new things that are at his race shop.  

 
Saturday, January 14th 2017
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Vinnie Vitale tells me why he has made the move from Modifieds to a 360 Sprint Car.
Doug Smith talks about his season in a Sportsman and his struggles on Hoosier Tires.

It got cold again on Friday as winter is making a comeback in Central New York. It may be cold here but it will be warm inside the Tulsa Expo Center as the final day of the 31st Annual Chili Bowl is upon us.

It is going to be quite the day and quite the night as some of the best racing talent in the business is busy today trying to make it into the first big race of the season. I know I’m watching later tonight and I hope you are too. It is going to be an amazing evening.

Tomorrow we’ll be back with more of course as we will get into the studio some time later this afternoon to get some more new stuff recorded. I love weekends as I can get a lot done and hopefully get your favorite driver on.

Now let’s chat more about what we have on the Audio Page starting with a man who is making a big change for 2017. Vinnie Vitale tells me why he has made the move from Modifieds to a 360 Sprint Car, what he liked the last time he drove one and how welcoming the drivers were to newcomers.  

Doug Smith talks about his season in a Crate Sportsman, his struggles on Hoosier Tires and what he is working on this off season to get ready for 2017.

 
Friday, January 13th 2017
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Randy Williamson talks about tomorrow’s Open House and the activities at Bicknell.
Doug’s Thoughts on this weekend’s race, some recent racing news and what is coming up.

I got a lot done on Thursday as I did four interviews and a Doug’s Thoughts. It is going to be a busy few days so I wanted to get a little ahead. Thanks to everyone who made time for me on Thursday, it was much appreciated.

Big night tonight at the Chili Bowl as it is the final qualifying night before what is certainly going to be a long, long day on Saturday. I hope you all have made arrangements to watch the event. I know not everyone gets MAV-TV so I hope you have found somewhere fun to watch what is the first big race of the season.

Now let’s chat more on what we have for you on the Audio Page as we get closer to the big day on Saturday. Randy Williamson talks about tomorrow’s Open House at Bicknell Racing Products starting at 9 a.m. and describes some of the activities as well as giving some advice on set ups for different tires.  

Doug’s Thoughts on this weekend’s Chili Bowl race which will feature one of our own, some recent racing news locally & nationally and what is coming up over the next few weeks.  

 
Thursday, January 12th 2017
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Tim Sears Jr. talks about the work he is doing in his shop and his new chassis for 2017.
Travis Smith tells me about the new car he’ll have for 2017 and what he needs to get for it.

It was another fun day as I got to do some writing and some interviews here in the home studio. Lots of news out including Larry Wight making the Chili Bowl, Stewart Friesen announcing that he will be full time on the Craftsman Truck Series this season and Carl Edwards shocking announcement. I’ll have a Doug’s Thoughts up for you tomorrow on all that and more.

Our friend Kim Bogett told me that she will give all of you a 10% discount at Firehouse Subs by just mentioning the Chili Bowl. They are located at 5308 West Genesee St. in Camillus so be sure to stop by. If you have not tried their steamed subs than you are really missing out. Stop by in the next few days and get a great meal and a great deal at the same time.

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page as we get closer to the big race this weekend. Tim Sears Jr. talks about the work he is doing in his shop, explains why he feels things went so well for him last season and his new chassis for 2017.  

Travis Smith tells me about the new car he’ll have for 2017, how many parts he still needs to get for it and encourages bowlers to come to his tournament on January 28th.  

 
Wednesday, January 11th 2017
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Wade Hendrickson talks about his two win season and wonders where he’ll race in 2017.
Tommy Collins Jr. tells me about his best season in years and what he thinks made that happen.
Brandon Kuhn runs down how he did in 2016, why he switched homes and why he needs a chassis.

We have a special bonus interview for you today as we did get a lot done on Monday. All three of these were recorded Monday actually and I was able to get a little ahead so I figured why not? And here they are.

I had a nice day off and am ready to get back at it today. There is a lot of news out so writing today will flow nicely with many cool things to talk about. Of course we’re following the Chili Bowl like a lot of you and can’t wait for the big day on Saturday.

Soo they’ll be racing at Daytona, East Bay and Volusia so it won’t be long and we’ll have lots to talk about. I am so ready for the season to start and I wish all of you the best as you get your racecars ready for the 2017 season.

Now let’s chat more about what we have for today on the Audio Page starting out with a driver may be ready for a bit of a change this year. Wade Hendrickson talks about his two win season at Bridgeport, the realities of racing a small block against big blocks and wonders if he will travel more in 2017 rather than running weekly.

Tommy Collins Jr. tells me about his six win season, his best season in years, what he thinks made that happen and runs down his tentative plans for this coming year.

Brandon Kuhn runs down how he did in 2016 in a Crate Sportsman, why he switched homes at mid-season and why he needs a different chassis for 2017.  

 
Tuesday, January 10th 2017
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Mike Colsten talks about his one win season, why he switched chassis and how he did afterwards.
Rob Keller tells me what he has been doing since his retirement and the IMCA Modified he’s selling.

It was a busy day on Monday as I wrote up a Chili Bowl preview for the Syracuse Media Group and did some interviews here in the home studio. It was a productive day and since it was so productive you’ll get an extra interview on Wednesday. Yay!

Tonight is the first race day of this year’s Chili Bowl as many of the best racers in the country begin the long week in Oklahoma. Plus tonight they have their Race of Champions with $6,363,63 going to the winner. It is to honor the memory of Bryan Clauson and of course his number was 63.

I will be off today as usual for bowling and of course some online racing later tonight. My usual racing buddy is out of town for this week on a trucking run so if any of you would like to swing by and check it out please message me. And of course we’ll be watching the Chili Bowl Saturday night.

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page starting with a season in review with a driver who is not supposed to be with us anymore according to his doctors. Mike Colsten talks about his season that included a win at Five Mile Point, why he switched chassis during the season and how he did afterwards.

Rob Keller tells me what he has been doing since his retirement from racing after the 2014 season, how tough it was that first season and the IMCA Modified he’s finally selling. I wondered if he might come back!

 
     
 
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