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|Friday, July 26th 2019
| New on the Audio Page from Genesee Speedway:
Kyle Inman talks about using the top to win the Tim Downs Memorial and his win in his heat race.
Ray Bliss Jr. got ready to draw for another's starting spot and talked about his Modified heat win.
Hear from several of the top finishers in the Modified heat races as as they gathered for the draw.
Ricky Newton explained why he missed racing last night and how starting on the outside helped.
Jim Harbison won his Sportsman heat race and told me what he learned about the 2 race grooves.
Dante Mancuso spoke with Rick Vleck and the crowd after winning the 16 lap Mini Stock feature.
Erick Rudolph spoke about his pass for the lead as well as how he moved around to get the win.
Alan Johnson finished second in The Gladiator and spoke about how a loose condition hurt him.
Billy VanPelt came home in 4th place in The Gladiator and explained why he almost spun out.
Ryan Susice led laps 3-25 in the race and explained what happened that caused his car to stop.
Brad Rouse won a crash filled GRIT Sportsman feature and talked about getting the lead late.
I hit the road again and headed west to Genesee Speedway in Batavia for a very special night. Many were honored in the Mini Stock and Sportsman races while The Gladiator brought Modifieds back to the track for their only visit of the year.
Erick Rudolph won a very exciting Modified race with a nice move on Alan Johnson with seven laps to go. Ryan Susice led early until he broke an engine and came to a stop in turn four on lap 26. Johnson inherited the lead and kept it until Rudolph got by. It was a fun race to watch.
The first Sportsman race was with the BEI Lightning Series and it was honoring fallen racer Tim Downs. Rain fell 17 laps into the 50 lapper and they made the rest of this one up at the start of the night on Thursday. I only met Tim Downs once and he coached my daughter Allie without any hesitation and without ever meeting either of us before. He was one heck of a nice guy and we truly miss him. It was also nice to see his #50 on the track and you'll meet the driver who bought the car in the next few days.
Kyle Inman won that race after grooming up the outside while running in third. The leaders hit slower traffic, which was running on the bottom, so Inman beat them to the top and won the race. The GRIT Series race had a lot of wrecks and a lot of torn up cars as a series of double file restarts led to back to back to back crashes. Brad Rouse survived those double file restarts and avoided the chaos going from third to first late.
I was impressed with the Mini Stocks as they put on quite a show. Dante Mancuso came from deep to win his heat and was equally as impressive in the feature race. It's a nice mix of cars and skill levels so there's lots to root for. Some of the crowd reaction for these drivers when they were introduced was louder than any others. My hat's off to you guys and gals. Nice job. Lots' to like here.
And there is lot's to like about this place too as a really good Thursday night crowd was on hand. It was the biggest mid-week crowd I've seen around here in a while and the regulars tell me that they get more on Saturdays. It would seem that Genesee County's racing future is in good hands right now and doing just fine! The passion from these fans is impressive as it seems they all know somebody who races there. Color me blown away again by the fans!
I'm off this weekend to take care of my leg and hopefully get it better. I'm avoiding the doctor at all costs as I just saw a good friend in the hospital for weeks and I would hate that this could be something that puts me there as I would never survive it. I wonder if it's back or nerve related as my knee was fine today but my lower back not so much. I loaded up on pre-race stuff as I limped around and I'll be putting some of that up over the next three days. Have a great weekend all and have a great weekend at the track. Treasure your health and take care of yourself.
|Thursday, July 25th 2019
| New on the Audio Page for today from Land of Legends Raceway:
Adam DePuy won the first Street Stock heat race and explained what went wrong last time he raced.
Josh Pangrazio brought a damaged car to the scales after his win and talked about what happened.
Chris Hulsizer had not been to Canandaigua in many years and told me about his Sportsman heat.
Kane Bristol ran away to win his heat race and talked about how he held it wide open on the track.
Andrew Smith led every lap to win his heat and told me how fast he has been all year in heat races.
Adam Leslie made the long trip down to race and spoke about his win in his Sportsman qualifier.
Kevin Ridley got the win in the last Sportsman heat and described what he learned on the restarts.
Darryl Ruggles described some of the work they did to get a new car ready to win his qualifying heat.
Brandyn Griffin got dirty in his 305 Sprint heat win and talked about how fast the racing surface was.
Zach Payne explained what went wrong in his heat and how he rebounded to win his consolation race.
Andrew Smith picked up the win in the Dash for Cash and talked about what he noticed on the track.
Hear the top 2 finishers as they draw for starting spots and find out who won the Donath crate engine.
After the features, the A-Main and the B-Feature:
Josh Pangrazio won the Street Stock feature race and told me how he survived a late race restart.
Johnny Kolesek picked up A Main win number two and remembered going three wide for the top spot.
Kane Bristol dominated the Sportsman field in his win while the rest of the top three spoke as well.
Jeff Taylor was strong in his B-Feature win and told me some of what he learned in his 20 lap race.
An early after storm made the grounds on the Ontario County Fairgrounds a muddy mess and 40 Sportsman teams kept their cars clean and geared up more than normal for the Cabin Fever 40. Yeah, I just got that too. 40 cars, 40 laps...cool. Of course not all of them made the feature race and it was quite the show. Kane Bristol who ran away early and held on late as he picked up the $1,500 first place prize. Kyle Inman came from 16th to 2nd late making it interesting while low buck Sportsman veteran Nate Peckham won the Donath Motor Worx crate engine. Nice huh?
The race was free on DTD-TV and even though we did have a few technical difficulties early we rebounded strong and gave the audience watching from their computers and phones a very interesting and fun show. As always I had a ball in the pits, in victory lane and on the frontstretch. I hope you all enjoyed it and if you have feedback please let me know...please. And yeah, I look horrible on camera. That I do know!
Congratulations to Josh Pangrazio as he was the dominant car in the Street Stock division beating out point leader Adam DePuy. Adam ran hard but Pangrazio's car was stuck to the track both in the corners and as he blasted down the straights. Yeah, that car was working!
Johnny Kolosek picked up win numer two in the 305 Sprint Car feature race as they were turning in some blistering lap times. And since we had extra time because of the county fair, we were not in a hurry and got to meet the top three in the Sprint and Sportsman races. It was fun!
I'll be hitting the road just after lunch time today as I'll be at Genesee Speedway in Batavia tonight for The Gladiator. It's the only Modified race the track runs all year long so it is truly anybody's race. Look for stuff from that tomorrow and then I need to give my knee a few days off. It is getting better but just not as fast as I'd want. If ya see me limping tell me to sit down as I do stand too much which makes the problem worse.
I'll be loading up the can today so look for more from my two race nights this week later on. I hope you guys all have a fun Thursday, I hope your shop work goes well and that you're feeling pumped up about a rain free summer weekend. I know I am!
|Wednesday, July 24th 2019
| New on the Audio Page for today:
Mike Bowman talked about his win on Saturday at Thunder Mountain and his sixth place on Sunday.
Todd Titus told me about his GRIT Sportsman win at Skyline and his 2nd place at Five Mile Point.
Johnny Scarborough explained why he made the tow to Canandaigua and compared it to another.
Brandyn Griffin described how hot it was this past Saturday and what a driver can do to stay cool.
It was really nice day on Tuesday and I used it to get caught up on a few things before back to back race nights for me beginning tonight. After that I got busy in the studio recording a few new clips before settling back to watch one of my favorite TV shows called Animal Kingdom. It's as close to Sopranos and Sons of Anarchy as anything else out there including the new SOA reboot that is just way too much like the original in my opinion. Check it out. If you liked those other shows you'll like this too.
I'll be off to Land of Legends Raceway tonight for a 40 lap Sportsman race that is not part of a series. 305's and Street Stocks are also on the card. And then tomorrow Allie and I will head out to Genesee Speedway in Batavia for The Gladiator for Modifieds. I'm looking forward to both of these shows and then some golf on Friday so it should be a fun week.
Welcome home too for Webmaster Andy as he is back at his house after 25 days in the hospital. We wish you all the best and hope you don't go back for a long, long time.
Now let's take a better look at the four interviews we have for you on the Audio Page starting with a driver who has now won races on back to back weekends. Mike Bowman talked about his win on Saturday at Thunder Mountain, explained how that helped make his next day a little easier and described his sixth place finish in Sunday's Wade Decker Memorial.
Todd Titus told me about his GRIT Sportsman win at Skyline last Thursday, how tight things got just past halfway and remembered his 2nd place Saturday night at Five Mile Point.
Johnny Scarborough explained why he made the tow to Canandaigua with his CRSA Sprinter last Saturday, compared it to another. track he knows very well and remembered the big fire he was in the middle of a few years back.
Brandyn Griffin described how hot it was this past Saturday and what a driver can do to stay cool on a night like this one and explained how he has the point lead in the 305 Sprint Car class despite the fact that he hasn't won a race yet.
|Tuesday, July 23rd 2019
| New on the Audio Page for today:
Jeff Trombley talked about why he switched from Mods to Sprints and remembered his first racecar.
Jesse Pruchnik told me about racing on a hot day and why later in the night would not be as bad.
Ronald "Bundy" Metcalf brought out a new racecar and talked about the help he had to get ready.
Tony Veneziano recapped 4 nights of racing at Eldora while previewing this week in Pennsylvania.
Monday we visited Webmaster Andy in the hospital and the good news is that he gets out today. He'll be moving at a slower speed and will have some things to get used to but we are optimistic that he'll be able to get back to the point where he can go places, get around with ease and get back to a normal life. We're praying for you Andrew and we're here for you when you need us.
So since I did not get into the studio I will be today and already set a few things up. I'm planning on Land of Legends Raceway on Wednesday and Genesee Speedway on Thursday as I am actually off this Saturday and have several non-racing things planned with the famly before a night out with my wife on Sunday. It's gonna be fun!
Now let's chat more about what we have on the Audio Page for today starting with a driver who has a lot of laps under his belt over a long and successful career. Jeff Trombley talked about why he switched from Mods to Sprints a few years back, remembered his first homemade racecar and explained why what he is doing now is fun!
Jesse Pruchnik told me about racing on a hot day as he prepared to suit up on Saturday, why later in the night would not be as bad and explained how big his recent A-Main win did for his confidence.
Ronald "Bundy" Metcalf brought out a new Street Stock and talked about the help he had to get ready as race day got closer, what his goals were for this first night and what he learned about racing since his started last season.
Tony Veneziano recapped 4 nights of racing at Eldora including the King's Royal on Saturday, described how close the championship battle is right now and looked ahead to this week in Pennsylvania beginning tonight at Lernerville.
|Monday, July 22nd 2019
| New on the Audio Page for today:
Phil Vigneri III previewed Thursday's Gladiator race for Modifieds at Genesee Speedway in Batavia.
Matt Farnham spoke about how he is doing with his small block on Friday and his big block Saturday.
Chris Beyea told me how he got into racing at age 37 and what his goals were for his second race.
I had a nice day on Sunday as I hung out with a friend in the afternoon and then my family after that. I limped around the golf course and somehow shot an 86...don't ask me how but I just didn;t have many bad shots. Maybe the bad leg and knee slowed me down or something but it was one of my best rounds ever.
I'll be in the studio today and I can't wait to hear more about the World of Outlaws as I saw some of the photos from Eldora and the place was packed. It has been quite the year so far with that series as there is quite a battle at the top of the points. We'll have more on that tomorrow as well as some from later today when I get back in the studio.
Now let's chat more about the three conversations I have on the Audio Page as we begin another work week. Phil Vigneri III previewed Thursday's Gladiator race for Modifieds at Genesee Speedway in Batavia, ran down some specifics for drivers who plan on attending and wondered if his dad may join him at this race.
Matt Farnham spoke about how he is doing with his small block on Friday and his big block Saturday, explained why he was hoping for a slick track in his first year with the big block and spoke about the nice surface the drivers have been seeing at Ransomville.
Chris Beyea told me how he got into racing with a Street Stock at age 37, how helping a friend got the bug to bite him and described what his goals were for his second race.
|Sunday, July 21st 2019
| New on the Audio Page from Land of Legends Raceway:
Quinn Sutherland explained how the racing surface fooled him a little in his Street Stock heat win.
Brad Steinruk led every lap to win his Street Stock heat and talked about some contact in the pits.
David Ferguson told me how he won his CRSA heat race in just his first time back in the racecar.
Jeff Trombley got the win in the second CRSA heat and described what it was like looking for bite.
Johnny Scarbrough watched the leader have a problem and talked about his CRSA heat victory.
Andrew Smith described how the racetrack was different than he thought as he won his heat race.
Paul Guererri won his heat race and talked about how the top and bottom grooves were different.
Ricky Newton started on the pole and won his heat race while explaining why he started up front.
C.J. Castelletti summed up how he has done the past few weeks as he won his Sportsman heat.
Alan Johnson took the win in his Modified heat and talked about being fortunate in his starting spot.
Gil Tegg had the big block back under his hood and described a last second change he made before.
Jeff Daugherty got the early lead to win his Modified heat and talked about his first heat win of 2019.
After the featurer races:
Jimmy Grant took the lead on lap six and talked about getting his first ever win at Land of Legends.
Ricky Newton pulled away to win the Sportsman race convincingly and talked about some off weeks.
Matt Sheppard picked up win number 22 and dedicated the win to a man we lost earlier in the week.
Zach Payne finished the night with a B- Feature win and talked about how close to came to qualifying.
It was a hot one on Saturday in Canandaigua but it was not nearly as bad as Friday was. We had some cloud cover to block the sun and a pretty good breeze blew in from the west which felt good and kept the dust off of the folks in the grandstand.
It was slick as you could imagine but the teams adjusted, stayed hydrated and put on a pretty good show. A good crowd was on hand and it was a quick night even with an autograph session after the heat races. We have a hard curfew there and we made it by about 4 minutes. Whew!
I've got a lot up for you today and we will have more tomorrow as I'll highlight some pre race chats. We'll be back to Land of Legends on Wednesday for a three division show with Sportsman, 305's and Street Stocks. I love county fairs and this one is like all should be with a race for the new fans to see. Hopefully they'll like it and come back next time.
It's late and I am extremely tired from two long days so I am gonna stop writing and call it a night...or morning in this case. Come back tomorrow for more and we hope you all have a great Sunday.
|Saturday, July 20th 2019
| New on the Audio Page for today:
Dylan Swinehart talks about winning his first career Modified feature one week ago at Grandview.
Casey Williams told me about his Sportsman feature win at Fulton and how a new exhaust helped.
Ernie Saxton and I chat about the hot weekend, some stories followed at the national level and more.
Saturday is here and if yesterday was any indication, to day is going to be a scorcher. Yesterday's hot temperature led to a lot of late day storms which got the hot rods at the Syracuse Nationals a little wet before heating up once again. It was a typical stormy hot, summer day with a few extra degress on the old thermometer just to make it interesting.
I'll be sweating it out tonight in Canandaigua as we are a go as of this morning. I see both sides of this cancelling because of the heat thing but there is one thing I do. I am glad I'm not the one who has to make the decision.
Now let's chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page starting with a first time winner from Pennsylvania. Dylan Swinehart talks about winning his first career Modified feature one week ago at Grandview, recaps his racing past that started in Quarter Midgets and describes how a big set up changed helped his car.
Casey Williams told me about his Sportsman feature win at Fulton one week ago, how nice it was to notch his first win in a crate engine powered car and how a new exhaust system helped.
Ernie Saxton and I chat about the hot weekend that led to several cancellations, some stories followed at the national level including NASCAR & Indy Car and much, much more.
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