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Friday, May 31st 2019
   New on the Audio Page for today:

Steve Poirier talked about his first two races of the season and the search for more grip on the track. 
Danny Varin desribed his first Sprint Car laps of the season and how he has being doing in the Mod.
Jim Witko prepared for his first race of the season and talked about his life away from the racetrack.
Andrew Ferguson got ready for the season opener at Brewerton and talked about his new trailer. 
Dave Marcuccilli just took his first laps at Brewerton with a big block and talked about his hot laps.

We had a really nice day on Thursday after earlier forecasts predicted a lot of rain. That rain stayed south and we are now in good shape for what will be the first beautiful Friday we have had this season. How cool is that for a change huh?

I'll be golfing today with no practice swings under my belt so it won't be pretty but it will be fun as golf always is. We're playing a course on a hill that is historically dry when other places are not so it will be nice to get my mind off of racing for a day and think only about how far away the next hole is.

Allie's car got a lot of attention last night and we are optimistic about doing something Saturday. Whether it is just getting comfortbale in the car, driving around the pits or maybe even getting a few laps on the track we do know that we will learn something and take a step forward so it's all good. The season is a long one and we're just happy to be in a racecar and learning. Thanks to everyone from the Dirt Modified Nostalgia Tour for all thier work and we'll see you at Canandaigua on Saturday.

Now let's chat more about the star studded line up we have for you on the Audio Page as we begin a three day race weekend. Steve Poirier talked about his first two races of the season, the search for more grip on the track and describes the big expansion  he is doing back at home with his foundation business.   

Danny Varin desribed his first Sprint Car laps of the season, explains how tough it is to be good both going into and coming out of a corner as well as how he has being doing in the Mod.

Jim Witko prepared for his first race of the season and talked about his life away from the racetrack as well as how his day went as he traveled from Pennsylvania to New York State.

Andrew Ferguson got ready for the season opener at Brewerton and talked about the brand new big block Modified he unloaded at the track as well as his brand new trailer. 

Dave Marcuccilli just took his first laps at Brewerton with a big block and talked about what he noticed about the car compared to the Sportsman and runs down his plans for the Mike Payne owned car.  
 
Thursday, May 30th 2019
   New on the Audio Page for today:

Jerry Higbie talked about being a crew chief for his son racing a Sportsman at Accord Speedway. 
Chris Hile described the new Modified he will race this season as well as the Modified for his wife.
Matt Hulsizer explains why he did not have a lot of off season work to do to get ready for 2019.
Jim Housworth tells me about his two win season so far and his hopes for Thunder Mountain. 
Brett Wright talked about his hopes for a 3 day weekend with the ESS and his expanding family.
Mike Prentice has a new home for Friday and talked about being back at Brewerton Speedway.

I had a nice day on Wednesday as I got some busy work done in between some other things that I really needed to get done. It was nice to have some extra time as things just seem to get away from you especially in the early months of the race season. I'll be at Land of Legends Raceway on Saturday and will make my second trip to Utica Rome Speedway on Sunday as they will get in their season show of the season. I was there for a practice and look forward to being at an actual race there this Sunday.

I have a meeting later today to and that should be fun as it with someone I have a lot of respect for and it is always great to get advice and counsel from people I respect. I did that Wednesday night and it really helped. So to those of you I rely on for your wisdom and perspective I say thank you so much. I often don't see the forest through the trees and often need help in seeing things properly. Thanks again.

Now let's chat more about what is on the Audio Page today starting out with three Modified drivers who raced this past weekend. Jerry Higbie talked about being a crew chief for his son racing a Sportsman at Accord Speedway, described the old school approach he is taking to the start of his career and described what has been going on at Orange County Fair Speedway.

Chris Hile described the new Modified he will race this season as well as the Modified for his wife, what he feels would make a successful season and how calm he was for opening day at Brewerton Speedway.

Matt Hulsizer explains why he did not have a lot of off season work to do to get ready for 2019, described why he changed something with the set up and the need to get some laps in to see where he is with his newer car.

Jim Housworth tells me about his two win season so far as he has mostly top five finishes, recapped his Saturday night top five finish and described his hopes for Sunday at Thunder Mountain. 

Brett Wright talked about his hopes for a 3 day weekend with the ESS, the need to be a little looser for his qualifying heat race at Brewerton Speedway and his expanding family.

Mike Prentice has a new home for Friday and talked about being back at Brewerton Speedway as well some changes he made with his shocks while describing whhat those changes should do to the car on the entrance.

 
Wednesday, May 29th 2019
   New on the Audio Page for today:

Stewart Friesen talks about his recent races and tells me how he got started driving a packer truck. 
Danny Creeden tells me about his rough start to the season and why he likes Thunder Mountain. 
Sam Reakes IV talked about coming back to Brewerton and a rough crash he had a few weeks ago.
Tony Velez explained how doing an unofficial race last year led to him getting his own Sportsman.
Tim Bordon talked about moving up to a Sportsman and how his first three weeks have gone so far.
Tony Veneziano reports on the World of Outlaws from New Jersey, North Carolina and Indiana. 

We had a good day as we ran around doing errands as the kids both had the day off from school because we used one less snow day that we were allocated so they were darned happy to have some time. We went up to Scott Jeffery's Performance for some last minute things we needed for the helmet and are now all set for Allie's first race.

That race will have to wait as an unforseen problem arose on her car and we had to shelve plans to get in some practice at Paradise Speedway. We are hopeful that the car will be ready for Saturday at Canandaigua but we'll have to see about that. Dad always said, "Good things come to those who wait," and we're hoping it plays out just like that. And thanks also to a close friend who gave me some good advice last night. I'm fortunate to have good people around me that'sa for sure. Thank you!

We'll be at Canandaigua on Saturday regardless and we are planning on Utica Rome on Sunday. I'm hoping to get in a round of golf on Friday and get myself in a good frame of mind for the weekend. It's amazing how even a bad round of golf can do that isn't it?

Now let's chat more about what's on the Audio Page starting with a driver who had a hearbreaker of epic proportions just a few weeks ago. Stewart Friesen talks about his recent races and tells me how he got started driving a packer truck at his family's racetrack as a kid and wonders if he will take practice laps later tonight at Orange County Fair Speedway as they work on their racing surface.

Danny Creeden tells me about his rough start to the season, describes some of what has gone wrong at his weekly stops and why he likes Thunder Mountain Speedway so much. 

Sam Reakes IV talked about coming back to Brewerton and described the damage he did to his car in a rough crash he had a few weeks ago while explaining how that led to a much needed shock change.

Tony Velez explained how doing an unofficial race last year led to him getting his own Sportsman, runs down some of the early season bugs they have been sorting out and how important his family is to his racing efforts.  

Tim Bordon talked about moving up to a Sportsman and how his first three weeks have gone so far including some damage last week and described how he is coming along after eight race days.

Tony Veneziano reports on the World of Outlaw Sprint Cars from New Jersey, North Carolina and Indiana while looking ahead to a weekend at a temporary dirt track in Nashville, Tennesee. 
 
Tuesday, May 28th 2019
   New on the Audio Page for today:

Andy Bachetti ran down how his weekend went on Friday & Saturday including a win at the Valley. 
Billy Dunn talked about his second place at Can Am and how he is doing weekly out in Canandaigua.
Brett Tonkin only has a few races in so far in 2019 and told me and talked almost winning early on. 
Kyle Moffitt has a new Sprint Car ride for this season and recapped how evertthing came together.
Bailey Groves and her dad Randy Groves describe what it was like moving up from Quarter Midgets.
Carl Johnson tells me why he got out of racing 25 years ago and why he is back  in a Street Stock.

I had a nice relaxing Memorial Day as we visited my mother in law and came back to get some much needed lawn work done after a three race weekend for me. Yeah, I was pretty beat up on Monday but felt good knowing I got a lot done and now have a lot up on the website this week.

I have some running around to do today as I have a couple of stops to make and then we'll get ready to head to Paradise Speedway on Wednesday for a few test and tune sessions. Allie is nervous but I know it will be a day she will not soon forget. Come on out and see us and get a preview of the Dirt Modified Nostalgia Tour opener this Saturday at Land of Legends.

I hope you all had a nce day too and anjoy all the cool stuff we have for you today. And the World of Outlaws did run Monday as we've pushed Tony's chat back to tomorrow so be sure to join us for that and lots more.
 
Monday, May 27th 2019
   New on the Audio Page from the Short Track Super Series race at Thunder Mountain Speedway:

After the heat races:
Mike Mahaney told me how getting the best draw in the pit area helped him win the first heat race.
Stewart Friesen described what he did to win his heat race as he came from ninth place to first.
Ryan Jordan was the only track regular to win a heat and talked about running down the race leader.
Jerry Higbie Jr. won heat number 4 and explained how he changed his line after jumping the cushion.
Matt Sheppard pulled away to win his heat race and told me how wide and racy the track seemed. 
Duane Howard got the win in the final Modified qualifier and explained why decided to run down low.

After the features:
Dylan Ceece led every lap top win the Street Stock feature and talked about his brand new racecar.
Billy Decker won his second race of the season and talked about winning his first STSS feature.
Stewart Friesen started second, finished second and spoke about being a little loose in the race.
Mat Williamson picked up eight spots to finish third and wondered if he used his stuff up early on.
Ryan Jordan continued his nice start to the season with a fourth and talked about racing his heroes.
Mike Gular drove his loose racecar to a fifth place finish and told me why they didn't change enough.

I had a fun night as I traveled south to Thunder Mountain Speedway for a Sunday special featuring the Short Track Super Series. I'll admit that I felt a little lost at times as I have not seen a lot of these racers that follow that tour in way too long. I did some catching up and surely need to hit more of these races to have a better overall view of the Modified world. Thanks for havkng me down guys!

Billy Decker was the big winner as he won his first race since February in Volusia and he had to really drive well as Stewart Friesen was right on his tail. Actually he was a little lower as Billy ran the top and Stewie kept it low for most of the race. Stewie would catch him a little going in but Billy was able to jump on the throttle cquicker using his high line and drove to the victory.

Matt Sheppard was going for his 12th win in a row after winning 11 in a row at 7 different racetracks and despite winning his heat and starting fourth he fell back quickly and later was involved in a multi-car crash with 15 laps to go essentially ending his chances at win number 12 in a row. Hey, it is still quite the win streak and I still have not seen anything like it in this era. Nice streak Matt!

We've got a lot of good stuff on the Audio Page and will have a lot this week as I have close to 30 chats in the can from Brewerton, Land of Legends and Thunder Mountain so don't miss a day. 

I'll be off from the track today to celebrate the holiday with both sides of my family but I do have an interview set up for later tonight. I'll be busy Tuesday and then Wednesday Allie gets her first laps in the Dirt Modified Noastalgia Tour car as we plan on going to Paradise Speedway in Geneva for her to get in some laps and hopefully some of you can come out and wish us the best in person. It's going to be quite the summer and we can't wait. I'm nervous She's nervous too but all good things we do make us nervous at first.

I hope you all have a wonderful Memorial Day and be sure to pause to thank all the men and women who gave their lives for the freedoms we stil enjoy today. Thank you for making the ulitmate sacrifice and thanks to all of you who take that risk today. Thank you so much! 
 
Sunday, May 26th 2019
   New on the Audio Page before the storm hit at Land of Legends Raceway:

Eric Kurtz explained what happened when his 305 Sprint Car flipped and looked over the damage.
Adam DePuy won yet another heat race in Canandaigua and talked about the lack of changes. 
Jimmy Grant notched another Street Stock heat race win and explained why this one was special.
Trevor Years got the win in his 305 Sprint Car heat race and explained why he lost a wheel earlier.
Darryl Ruggles won the last 305 Sprint Car race and talked about racing against his daughter. 
Eric Giguere described the line he ran on the outside as he won his first heat race of the season. 
Nick Guererri bounced back with a heat win and talked about the need for some luck later on.
Matt Guererri took the win in the third Sportsman heat and talked about his hopes for the feature.
Ricky Newton spoke with me about his Sportsman heat win and how close the race was up front.
Danny Johnson finished first in his Modified heat race and talked about his hopes for a finish later.
Phil Vigneri III earned his first Modified heat win in 2019 and told me how nice it is to be at the front. 
Erick Rudolph was the last heat winner of the night and told me how he made the pass for the win.

It was a wild night and a short one for many of us here in New York as a big line of storms hit where we were in Canandaigua at a little past 8 p.m. and then raced across the state ending several shows early. We were hustling as everyone knew what was coming and we did the best we could. Nice job everyone to get as far as we got but you can't beat Mother Nature. It's just that simple.

And once it hit it hit hard with strong winds and driving rain. Check out my Facebook page as I did a live hit right before it started. The teams packed up as quickly as they could and the Street Stocks had to get to their pits quickly as it began to rain while they were still on the track for their feature. Obviously look at the track's website for information on make up dates as the features do need to be made up as all the qualifying heat races were complete. 

Up till then we were having a ball as the track was super fast and super racy. Just listen to the chats I did with the heat winners. The term "mint" was actually used to describe the surface. And keep in mind that they did have some weather at about 3 p.m. too so give all the credit in the world to the track crew for (a) not cancelling and (b) delivering such a nice surface. You know...the racers don't lie to me!

I was able to can some stuff from earlier and we are planning on hitting Thunder Mountain Speedway tonight for a pair of Short Track Super Series races and a topless Street Stock special. It wil be nice to see some people I haven't seen in a while and I hope the weather gets out of the area quickly and we can have some fun on a Sunday for the first time this year. Keep your fingers crossed.

Be safe today. Thanks to everyone who served this country in the military and be sure to stop and pause on this Memorial Day Weekend to think about how fortunate we are to live in the best country on the planet.
 
Saturday, May 25th 2019
   New on the Audio Page from the Brewerton Speedway opener:

After the heat races:

Dave Axton talks about his win in the first ESS heat race and why he seems to always be good early. 
Hear from many of the top three finishers in the ESS heat races as they prepared for the redraw. 
Ronnie Davis III won in his first ever big block Modified heat race and talked about learning brakes. 
Chris Mackey described the unique rear suspension on his Sportsman that got him a heat win. 
Joey Buonagurio described how some advice they recieved in the off season got them a heat win.
Billy Clark pulled away to win his Sportsman heat and talked about waiting to make some changes.
Kevin Root won the last Sportsman qualifier and explained why he did not move off the bottom. 

After the feature races:
Jason Barney explained why his second ESS A-Main victory at Brewerton was so special to him. 
Danny Varin came home in second place and spoke about how happy he was for the race winner.
Davie Franek spoke with Mike Mallet after his third place and explained why he was not happy.
Ronnie Davis III described what it was like as he won his heat and the feature in his very first start. 
Tommy Sears fell back initially and explained how he worked his way up to a nice second place run.
Pat Ward led the first fifteen laps before falling back to fourth and told me what happened to the car.
Chris Mackey won the first Sportsman feature and explained why he and the leader came together. 
Kevin Root won the second Sportsman race and told me why he moved from the top to the bottom. 

It was a fun night and a cold night at the Brewerton Speedway as they finally got in thier season opener with the Empire Super Sprints joining the show. The pit area was packed and a nice crowd was on hand on what turned out to be a super night as the track conditions were not of the typical season opener variety.

I sat with some friends in the family section and really enjoyed what we had on the track. Rookie Ronnie Davis III did something that just doesn't happen in today's world as he passed Pat Ward and went on to win in his first career start in a big block Modified. I mean really, this stuff just doesn't happen but it did on this night. Make sure to check out both of his interviews including the heat race and you'll see why this had to be a total surprise for him, his team and his family. Nice job!

Jason Barney made it two in a row on the ESS Tour as he won at the track he considers his home as he only lives a few miles away. Barney got by early leader Dave Axton and handled the slower traffic very well on his way to hia second win on the season. There were 33 Sprint Cars and hand which bodes well for the club.

I also got Sportsman winners Chris Mackey and Kevin Root too so be sure to give them a listen. I was able to can twelve interviews from earlier in the pits and it's good I did as today does not sound good. Hopefully the storms I am seeing on the radar to our west will break up and we can have some fun. If they don't I'll still javbe good stuff up for you tomorrow. 

Overall the show could not have gone much better and I hope that all of you had a great Friday too. We'll see how today goes and hopefully we'll all have fun no matter where we end up. Thank you to all my friends in the military both past and present and we thank you so much for your service. Have a great weekend guys and gals and we'll see you tomorrow.
 
     
 
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