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Gary Rowe of M.R. Gaebel, Inc.
Gates-Cole Associates SUNY Canton Automotive Technology program
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Monday, July 18th 2016
    New on the Audio Page from Skyline Raceway:

After the heat races:

Eddie Sites awoke from his nap to talk about his IMCA Modified heat win and the race surface.
Danny Johnson won the first Modified heat race and explained how he learned about the place.
Nick Nye told me about his Modified heat win, how the water was helping and his crate heat race.
Tyler Siri was surprised when the water truck came out before his heat win and talked about Skyline.
Sam Allen celebrated his heat win with a victory lap and talked about wining for the first time.
Taylor Lamb got the win in the first Sportsman heat and told me about some recent improvement.
Danny Creeden drove the Kinser Hill Sportsman to a heat win and compared it to a go cart.
Dustin Jordan told me how his numerous family members who helped him get a Sportsman win.
Casey Pavlick took the victory in the final heat race and talked about the groove he was running in.

After the heat races:

A.J. Ward came all the way from Michigan for an IMCA win and talked about his race up front.
Danny Creeden led the last half a lap to win the Modified race and spoke about the last lap.
Brett Tonkin talked about his second place finish and what he saw when the leader got spun out.

It was a fun night but a long one at Skyline Raceway as Modifieds raced on the track for the first time in over twenty years. I got see a lot of old friends I had not seen in a while and meet some new people which is always great!

There was a nice crowd on hand and over 100 cars in the pit area for this special four division Sunday special. The racetrack was less than ideal but when you haven’t had Modifieds at your track you might do things a little differently when it comes to preparing the surface and I am sure the folks at Skyline learned a lot last night.

We left at around midnight and there was still some racing to go but overall we had a nice time, sat with some real nice people and as usual I was impressed with this jewel on top of the mountains. And wow, they have some beautiful sunsets.

I felt badly for Danny Johnson who had the race in hand until a lapped car tapped him in the final corner. I don’t believe he did it on purpose but guys…when the leader comes up on you and you are getting lapped you need to get the hell away from them and not screw them up. I don’t like to throw people under the bus but it was a bad deal and hopefully this driver learned a valuable lesson although a hard one.

You had to give The Doctor a lot of credit as a lot of racers I know would have decked this guy, taken whatever penalty would come and send a message. He did none of that so way to go Danny. A lot of class was shown.

Johnny on the spot was Danny Creeden as he passed Brett Tonkin for second place with less than two laps to go and that pass ended up being the one for the win. Both Creeden and Tonkin missed Danny Johnson as he did a 360 before crossing the line in third place. And no, I didn’t have the heart to put a mic in Danny’s face afterwards. That would have been cruel. I mean what is he supposed to say?

And to the fans of the 27j who said a yellow should have been thrown, if it had Johnson would have had to go to the back for bringing out the yellow. That would have only made it worse. That’s the rules guys!

I got a lot of interviews in the can and will have them all up this week. Plus I have some calls to make in the studio too so be sure to cone back all week long as we’ll have a lot of great stuff for you including some first timers to the website.

 
Sunday, July 17th 2016
    New on the Audio Page for today:

Vic Coffey talks about the Super DIRTcar Series races and reacts to Super DIRT Week in Oswego.
Rich Scagliotta tells me how things went at Five Mile Point & Grandview and this week’s races.
Billy Whittaker explained why he will be at Brewerton for a few weeks and the need for seat time.
Jimmy Phelps recaps his pair of sixth places on the SDS and looks ahead to racing at Eldora.

What a nice day in was on Saturday with temperatures very comfortable in the high 70’s It was a nice change from some of the sweltering heat we have seen in recent weeks.

It was a prefect day to cruise and we did just that hitting the fairgrounds and some of the local roads later in the day. It was what I enjoy doing every Saturday of the Syracuse Nationals and we had a great time as a family.

Now today Allie and I will be heading to Skyline for a Sunday special featuring Modifieds, GRIT Sportsman, Empire State Series IMCA Modifieds and Four Cylinders. I love Skyline and can’t wait to see how the re-configured track changes the racing in turn three.

Now let’s chat about the stuff I recorded on Friday to put on the Audio Page for today. Vic Coffey talks about the Super DIRTcar Series races this past week, looks ahead to Eldora and reacts to Super DIRT Week in Oswego.

Rich Scagliotta tells me how things went at Five Mile Point & Grandview and this week’s races in Ohio as well as Super DIRT Week’s move to Oswego Speedway.

Billy Whittaker explained why he will be at Brewerton for a few weeks for seat time and thinks back on some of his past Modified races.  

Jimmy Phelps recaps his pair of sixth places on the Super DIRTcar Series and looks ahead to racing at Eldora, Sharon and Oswego in October.  

 
Saturday, July 16th 2016
   

New on the Audio Page from Brewerton Speedway:

After the heat races:

Kyle Fink talked about the close race he had in his heat win and wondered why he is called “Cat”.
Chuck Powelczyk told me about his Four Cylinder heat win and why he was honoring a friend.
Doug Williams talked about his Mod Lite heat win and his milestone feature win two weeks ago.
Ryan Bartlett had to work for his Modified heat win and talked about the new engine in the car.
Max McLaughlin spoke about his comfortable heat win and why it reminded him of another track.
Rich Scagliotta described what he saw in his heat win and how he knew where to put his car.  

After the feature races:

Ray Bechler won the Four Cylinder feature race and spoke about the back & forth battle up front.
Doug Williams made a late race pass to win the Mod Lite feature and spoke about 2 wins in a row.
Glenn Forward picked up the lead with seven laps to go and talked about the rough racetrack.
Ryan Bartlett led every lap to win his first at Brewerton and spoke about how good it felt to win.

I had a fun night at Brewerton as we saw a first time winner in the Modified division. Watertown’s Ryan Bartlett notched his first ever big block Modified victory and his first since 2006 when he won at Thunder Alley Speedpark. Remember that place guys?

The track was rough as new clay was put down the week before last. Hey, sometimes that happens as this is not an exact science. But I do know that Harvey and John will get it sorted out fast as they both know this track very well. The drivers put on a great show as they wrestled with their cars and it was a tribute to how good these racers really are. Well done!!

I did get there late as I had some work done to my Camaro and now have it ready to cruise today. It is all legal and everything works. Oh…and it’s sorta fast too. Not racecar fast, but enough to put you back in the seat a little.

So I will be cruising in Syracuse today as the Nationals ramps up but I did record five special interviews at Brewerton for you guys and gals to check out tomorrow. There is a lot to talk about and you’ll get to heat that tomorrow. Then I head to a Sunday special at Skyline and we’ll have lots from there up on Monday.

Have a great Saturday and I will see you tomorrow.

 
Friday, July 15th 2016
    New on the Audio Page for today:

Marc Johnson explained how he did Friday at Albany Saratoga and the damage he had in the heat.
Jack Miller described the fast track he hot lapped on and talked about a tight championship.
Jeremy Vunk spoke about the tight point battle taking place in the Open Sportsman at Utica Rome.  
Luke Horning talked about Pro Stocks at Utica Rome and how the switch to DIRTCar rules helped.
Mike Welch told me about his Canandaigua win on Saturday and the experimenting he does there.
Dean Catlin previews the Sunday special at Skyline Raceway that includes an open Mod race.

It is race time as Friday is finally here. I plan on hitting Brewerton tonight, doing a little car cruising tomorrow as the Syracuse Nationals are in town and then hitting Skyline on Sunday for their special show featuring Mods, The Empire State IMCA Modified series and GRIT Sportsman.

Last night we checked out the hot cars here in town and it was a blast. Allie loves them and can’t wait till we get the Camaro back today so we can join them. It is my favorite weekend of the year.

Now let’s chat more about what is happening on the Audio Page today as he get ready for some racing and fast cars all weekend long. Marc Johnson explained how he did Friday at Albany Saratoga and the damage he had in the heat as well as the blown motor he had in the back up car.  

Jack Miller described the fast track he hot lapped on and talked about a tight championship as well as his runner up finish the last time out at Utica Rome.  

Jeremy Vunk spoke about the tight point battle taking place in the Open Sportsman at Utica Rome and recapped his Friday night at I-88 Speedway.  

Luke Horning talked about Pro Stocks at Utica Rome, how the switch to DIRTCar rules helped and wonders why the good paying races are not supported by more drivers.  

Mike Welch told me about his Canandaigua win on Saturday, the experimenting he does there and when he will finally have to get a crate engine under the hood.  

Dean Catlin previews the Sunday four division special at Skyline Raceway that includes an open Modified race as well as the GRIT & Empire State Series. I will see you there!  

 
Thursday, July 14th 2016
    New on the Audio Page for today:

Mike Mahaney recapped his weekend heading into Sunday and reflected on his Sprint Car win.
Danny Varin talked about how he is doing on Sundays and the need to be consistent race to race.
Steve Way came into Sunday leading the Open Sportsman points and talked about season so far.
Matt Janczuk prepared for a cool & rainy day on Sunday and told me about the bitey race track.
Claude Hutchings Jr. spoke with Allie Elkins about his hopes for a victory later in the afternoon.
Ernie Saxton previewed tonight’s Super DIRTcar Series race at Grandview and much, much more.

It was a stormy day on Wednesday as we got a little break from the heat after a line of strong weather moved through the area. I actually shut everything down for a little while as I was worried about a lightning strike burning up my studio. Fortunately everything was alright.

I have my plans for the weekend as I will check out Brewerton Speedway on Friday before heading to Skyline Raceway on Sunday for their special featuring Modifieds, GRIT Series Sportsman, Empire State IMCA Modifieds and Four Cylinders. They run Sunday night at 6 p.m. and Allie and I will be there.

Now let’s chat more about what we have on the Audio Page starting with a driver who did something a few weeks ago that he had never done before. Mike Mahaney recapped his weekend heading into Sunday and reflected on his surprising Sprint Car win a few weeks ago at Brewerton Speedway with the ESS.  

Danny Varin talked about how he is doing on Sundays with his Modified, the need to be consistent race to race and how Speedweeks went with his Sprint Car.  

Steve Way came into Sunday leading the Open Sportsman points and talked about season so far while explaining why he is not looking at the numbers just yet.  

Matt Janczuk prepared for a cool & rainy day on Sunday and told me about the bitey race track as well as how tough it can be on a crate engine.  

Claude Hutchings Jr. spoke with Allie Elkins about his hopes for a victory later in the afternoon as well as how he has been doing running weekly at I-88 Speedway.  

Ernie Saxton previewed tonight’s Super DIRTcar Series race at Grandview and talked about NASCAR, INDYCar, NHRA and much, much more.  

 
Wednesday, July 13th 2016
    New on the Audio Page for today:

Larry Wight spoke about his Modified win at Fulton, what was happening late and new clay.
Alan Barker
signed autographs and told me why his Modified is leaning to the right too much.
Tom Tophoven
talked about his battle for forward bite and why the tacky track didn’t help.
Craig Pope describes something he found wrong with his Sportsman and what he hopes will happen.
Mark Effner switched to a Sportsman after 19 years in stock cars and told me how it is going.

After a couple of cooler days the mercury soared on Tuesday and it may even soar higher today. I spent a good amount of time under water and in the pool with my kids as it was the kind of day where you were happy to have one in the backyard. It’s the main reason I moved back into the house I grew up and we were darned happy about it on Tuesday.

It is also Syracuse Nationals Week here in Central New York as fast cars will be all over the roads here in town. It is my favorite week of the year. Tonight there is a burnout competition and I will check out races on either Friday or Saturday plus Sunday for sure as all the cars start heading out then.

Now let’s chat about the fastest cars I know and the people who drive them as we preview what is on the Audio Page for you to listen to today. Larry Wight spoke about his Modified win at Fulton, what was happening in the closing laps and the new clay that was put down at Brewerton Speedway.  

Alan Barker signed autographs and told me why his Modified is leaning to the right too much as well as how much of a handful the car was on the tacky track at Utica Rome.  

Tom Tophoven talked about his battle for forward bite and why the tacky track didn’t help him figure out of he solved the problem and how hard the engine was pulling.  

Craig Pope describes something he found wrong with his Sportsman, how he decided to look at his shock slider on the right front and what the change will do.  

Mark Effner switched to a Sportsman after 19 years in stock cars and told me how it is going as well as where his comfort level is after a half a season.  

 
Tuesday, July 12th 2016
    New on the Audio Page for today:

Alan Johnson told me about his win at Outlaw Speedway which keeps his win streak alive.
Rob Bellinger had a night off on Friday and talked about what he and his wife did with the time.
Taylor Jackson describes the injury she had in a crash at Fulton and how it has altered her plans.
Torrey Stoughtenger talks about his hard crash and who stepped up go get him back on the track.
Andrew Harpell previews tonight’s Super DIRTcar Series race at Five Mile Point Speedway.
Tony Veneziano reports on the latest WoO Sprint Car races as the Month of Money begins.

It was nice again on Monday after a weekend of colder temperatures and rain. I got a lot done as I wrote up a new column for the Syracuse Post Standard and Syracuse.com that you can read on the newsstands or online. I hope you like it!

I also got some work done in the studio and both of the conversations I recorded are up for you to enjoy today. Plus I hope to get back in the studio again today to do some more. Plus we have a lot in the can too so we should have a nice week for you here on the site.

Now let’s chat more about what is new for today on the Audio Page as we get ready for the Super DIRTcar Series to resume tonight at Five Mile Point Speedway. Alan Johnson told me about his win at Outlaw Speedway which keeps his streak of winning at least one race a year going for another season. That streak started in 1975.  

Rob Bellinger had a night off on Friday and talked about what he and his racing wife Beth did with the time. Nice to see you two had fun!  

Taylor Jackson describes the injury she had in a crash last Saturday at Fulton and how it has altered her plans to join the Marines later this summer. Get well soon Tay!  

Torrey Stoughtenger talks about his hard crash at Fulton in a Novice Sportsman and who stepped up go get him back on the track this past Saturday.

Andrew Harpell previews tonight’s Super DIRTcar Series race at Five Mile Point Speedway, tells me who is coming and how the track has been so far in 2016.  

Tony Veneziano reports on the latest WoO Sprint Car races from Wisconsin as the Month of Money begins and looks ahead to Eldora and the King’s Royal.  

 
     
 
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