|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.
|Wednesday, July 5th 2017
| New on the Audio Page for today:
Billy VanInwegen summed up his first four nights of Speedweek’s and his Mod runs at Orange County.
Alan Barker raced with the Super DIRTcar Series and talked about running unfamiliar tires & panels.
Jessey Mueller prepared to race last Sunday and told me how he is doing at Malta and Airborne.
Vinnie Vitale talked about his laps in a Sprint Car at Utica Rome and why he ended the day early.
Shane Pecore raced at Can Am last Wednesday night and talked about his one win season so far.
Brianna Ladouceur talked about how her season has been going as well as her Sunday at Cornwall.
I hope you all had a nice fourth of July and are ready now for a short three day work week. Must have been cool to have five days off in a row and I really hoped it was fun for you. The way the holiday worked out was really great and I hope it’s not too hard to get back at it today.
I had a few days off on the stretch and now will get back at it today. I will be writing for the Syracuse Post Standard and Syracuse.com, talking in the studio and doing some more work here again too. I am planning on Friday and Sunday shows as I am almost sure we have graduation parties for the kids of closefriends so I think this is the Saturday I need to be off. But you know me…I’m ADHD and have a horrible memory so we’ll see.
I saved some chats from my recent travels for you today and tomorrow we’ll have more from the same bins as well as some new stuff from sometime today. I’m having a ball. Can’t wait to see what the rest of the summer brings and feel blessed to be doing what I do for a living. Thanks everyone!
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page for today as we get closer to another race weekend. Billy VanInwegen summed up his first four nights of Speedweek’s with the ESS, how he has been doing at Orange County in a Modified as well as what he likes about Sprint Cars.
Alan Barker raced with the Super DIRTcar Series and talked about running unfamiliar tires & panels as well as where he thought he needed to be better at Utica Rome.
Jessey Mueller prepared to race on Sunday and told me how he is doing at Malta and Airborne, how close he is to that first dirt Modified win as well as where he has been improving.
Vinnie Vitale talked about his laps in a Sprint Car on Sunday at Utica Rome, why he ended the day early after an engine issue and described wet sump & dry sump engines.
Shane Pecore raced at Can Am last Wednesday night and talked about his one win season so far as well as the need to get some dry days to race more.
Brianna Ladouceur talked about how her season has been going, why she struggled a little in the year as well as her Sunday night at Cornwall.
|Tuesday, July 4th 2017
| New on the Audio Page from Weedsport Speedway:
Kevin Ridley talked about his win in the first Sportsman heat race and how he likes his new racecar.
Zach Sobotka spoke about his Sportsman heat win with Jeff Stevenson as he ran away for the victory.
Tyler Walker dominated the NY6A Micro Sprint race and talked about winning two races in a row.
Joe Isabell made a last corner pass to win the Mod Lite race and spoke about timing the pass right.
Dave Marcuccilli remarked on winning the 75 lap Sportsman Classic for the second year in a row.
Rocky Warner picked up thirteen spots to finish second and talked about his rough start to the night.
Corey Barker explained how he went from 20th to 3rd and why he was at the hospital the night before.
Kevin Ridley went from 10th to 4th and told me why he was tight as well as how he compensated for it.
Glenn Forward led the first 13 laps before fading to fifth and told me what happened late in the race.
Ronnie Davis III came from last to finish sixth and told me how his night got off to such a rough start.
Taylor Caprara talked about his eighth place finish and explained why he had a different driver’s suit.
David Schilling took a starting spot from the B-Main, started last and talked about his 9th place finish.
We had a fun night as a family as we all went to Weedsport Speedway for the Sportsman Classic. It was a three division show with the Sportsman headlining the show and it was a $20 a car load show with fireworks which led to a huge crowd on hand.
And for once we did not have to watch radar and look to the west for the oncoming storm. There was a huge field of 65 Sportsman on hand and maybe the best quality field that we’ve seen anywhere for the Sportsman so far in 2017. So getting in was not a given and the teams that did got in earned it!
It showed on the racetrack too as there were just five cautions and lots of long, green flag runs. In the end it was Weedsport Master Dave Marcuccilli who stood on victory hill winning the Sportsman Classic for the second year in a row. It was a really good show at a place that is a model for others to follow and my family, who had not been there since the remodel, was blown away!
The NY6A Micro Sprints were strong running four heats with the always personable Tyler Walker winning the race. Mod Lites were also on hand and they were strong as well with Joe Isabell passing Mike Mullen in the final corner to get the win.
Allie got to sing the national anthems in front of the crowd for the first time and I got to do some TV with the Speedway Showcase crew. What a fun night it was. And you could tell that the $20 carload deal really brought in some people that were not your typical race fans. Hopefully they liked what they saw and will come back either to Weedsport or another racetrack in their area.
I’m off today for the holiday but picked out some nice interviews for you guys to listen to on Wednesday. Have a great 4th of July and we’ll see you back tomorrow.
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