|Three more photo bins were added Monday night including an interesting one from the Circuit of the Americas.
|Tuesday, July 30th 2013
| New on the Audio Page for today:
Doug Manmiller talks about tonight’s ROC race at Grandview and how his 2013 season is going.
Ernie Saxton evaluates the truck race from Eldora and tells me about some changes in TV coverage.
Brett Deyo previews his show next week at Accord and looks back to last week at I-88 Speedway.
We’re back today with more from the dirt racing world. We did manage to get five interviews recorded during the day and we put up three saving the other two for tomorrow.
All three of these are lengthy and well worth giving a listen. And tomorrow we’ll be back with Matt Billings as he talks about his Brockville win and Bobby Henry will tell us about his performance exhaust systems. Mention this website and get a special deal.
Now let’s chat more about what is new for today on the Audio Page. I begin with a driver who will be racing later today. Doug Manmiller talks about tonight’s ROC race at Grandview and how his 2013 season is going. He explained how he feels the track has changed from last year, how a flip a few weeks ago forced them to bring out their back up car and recapped last week’s show at I-88 Speedway.
Ernie Saxton evaluates the truck race from Eldora and tells me about some upcoming changes in TV coverage. He talked about what he would have liked to see, why it might be tough to get the cup guys on dirt and previews this week’s column in AARN.
Brett Deyo previews his show next week at Accord and looks back at last week’s show at I-88 Speedway. He explained why this show at Accord is so special to him, why he likes this ¼ mile track so much and how happy he was to hand out all the money he did last week. 9 of the top 10 took home more than $1,000.
|Monday, July 29th 2013
| New on the Audio Page for today:
Pete Bicknell looks ahead to the big Super DIRTcar Series race at Merrittville next Monday.
Brett Tonkin talks about his Modified win at I-88 and why he switched to his brother’s car.
Well Sunday was another wash out as a tough summer of racing continues. I’m not sure how many that is for Utica Rome but it has to be close to half of the season that has rained out.
I hustled to get a few interviews for you after picking up kids and taking care of some other duties at home. I have messages out to a lot of folks as I am trying hard to get new stuff for you guys. Hopefully today I’ll be able to get a lot done and get you more new stuff for tomorrow.
And don’t forget that the ROC Modifieds roll into Grandview this Tuesday so be sure to make your plans to come down for this special show. If you have never been, you must go as this is a great place to watch a race with huge grandstands, a high banked racy track and some great local competition.
Now let’s chat more about what we do have for you today on the Audio Page. I begin with news on a gig race taking place a week from today. Pete Bicknell looks ahead to the big Super DIRTcar Series race at Merrittville next Monday. He told me how special Bob St. Amand Sr. Memorial is, how well the small blocks tend to do against the big blocks and how you can turn your trip to Canada into a three day deal by going both Saturday & Monday.
Brett Tonkin talks about his Modified win at I-88 and why he switched to his brother’s car. He explained how a tough night on Wednesday helped make that decision, why they took the big block out to replace it with a small block and gets ready for his first ever race at Accord next week.
|Sunday, July 28th 2013
| New on the Audio Page from the rainout at Skyline Raceway:
Jim LaRock talks about his season in an open motor Sportsman at Skyline and Thunder Mountain.
Kevan Cook told me why he doesn’t mind a rain out and how he did in his two races at Brewerton.
Colton Wilson described how his rookie season has gone in a Sportsman and what he raced before.
Dominic Fuller explained why he had to take some weeks off and how a crash set them back.
Walt Allen told me about the big multi-division show taking place today at Black Rock Speedway.
How does that line go about the best laid plans of mice and men? Oh yeah. They often go astray. Well that’s about how yesterday worked out for me as I chased a race down at Skyline Raceway just south of Cortland.
I checked the radar before I left and it looked like they had several hours before the rain would hit. But a bunch of stuff that was not on the radar developed and it rained cats & dogs for about 20 minutes. And with more showers on the radar still to come, it ended the night. As we left, it just started to rain again!
I thought about trying to catch some racing at Fulton after that but by the time I got back to Syracuse the rain had already beaten me there and they had pulled the plug too. So with that, my day was done.
Now I’ll hope for better luck today as I head to Utica Rome Speedway. They have a big Pro Stock race on the card to honor the memory of Paul Denton, the father of multi-time champion Tommy Denton. Last I knew this race is paying more than most Modified races so expect a huge field of cars today.
Now let’s chat a little about the five interviews I did do that are on the Audio Page today. And yes, I’ll try to make it back on the hill before the season ends. Jim LaRock talks about his season in an open motor Sportsman at Skyline and Thunder Mountain as we sit in his hauler watching the rain come down on the hill.
Kevan Cook told me why he doesn’t mind that Skyline rained out and how he did in his two IMCA Modified races at Brewerton the night before.
Colton Wilson described how his rookie season has gone in a Sportsman at Skyline Raceway and the different types of racecars he has driven in his past.
Dominic Fuller explained why he had to take some weeks off with his Street Stock at Skyline and how a crash sidelined them for more than a month.
Walt Allen told me about the big multi-division show taking place today at Black Rock Speedway and they came to race on this Sunday instead of their regular Friday.
|Saturday, July 27th 2013
| New on the Audio Page for today:
Chad Kemenah ran down his last few WoO Sprint Car races and how much better things are.
Kraig Kinser remembered his Outlaw win in New York and how last weekend went on the road.
James McFadden is new with the Outlaws and told me how he has done in his month in America.
Billy Van Pelt wondered how he did at time trials at Afton and how important that could be.
Todd Hoddick is new to the 410 Sprint Car world and talked about getting ready for his 2nd start.
Craig Pope told me how his season has been going and how a recent wreck put them back a little.
Dave Pope explained why he took some time off from racing and how he is feeling right now.
Hear some of the engines warming up in the pits on Wednesday at I-88 in a Motor Sounds clip.
It was a nice day on Friday and I got to spend some time with the family before heading out again today. Allie and I will be going to Skyline Raceway south of Cortland for the first time this year.
I have always liked this track and it has a lot going for it. There is a nice family atmosphere at the place plus inexpensive food and some darned good racing too on a tiny paper clip shaped track.
The open motor Sportsman are fast at this track and the IMCA Mods also put on some nice shows as well. It should be a real good time and I can’t wait to go.
Now let’s talk more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page. I begin with some World of Outlaw Sprint Car drivers who were in town just a few days ago. Chad Kemenah ran down his last few WoO Sprint Car races and how much better things are. He told me a little about his past at Rolling Wheels, what types of tracks he tends to do well at and how much Sprint Car racing takes place in his home state of Ohio.
Kraig Kinser remembered his Outlaw win in New York and how last weekend went on the road. He talked about how racy Rolling Wheels can be, where he is running well and how nice it was to have his family with him on the road.
James McFadden is new with the Outlaws and told me how he has done in his month in America. He talked about racing at some of the big tracks here in the states, the adjustments he has had to make and compares our country to Australia.
Billy Van Pelt wondered how he did at time trials at Afton and how important that could be. He told me why he likes I-88 Speedway, how his average season has gone so far and how a blown motor early put them behind before weekly racing started.
Todd Hoddick is new to the 410 Sprint Car world and talked about getting ready for his 2nd start. He talked about his goals for the night, when he will get the car out again and summed up how he is doing weekly at Ohsweken.
Craig Pope told me how his season has been going and how a recent wreck put them back a little. He described a handling issue they were trying to fix, how he spun out under caution and how tough it can be to restart a hot racing engine.
Dave Pope explained why he took some time off from racing and how he is feeling right now. He told me how close he was to having a heart attack, how much he enjoys being back in the racecar and what he plans to do for the rest of the season.
Hear some of the engines warming up in the pits on Wednesday at I-88 in a Motor Sounds clip. There are Late Models and Modifieds in this one so see if you can tell the difference.
|Friday, July 26th 2013
| New on the Audio Page for today:
Lance Yonge was a spectator on Tuesday and talked about losing a car last week at Canandaigua.
Michael Parent came into Rolling Wheels with 3 wins so far and talked about racing his 410.
Danny Varin met some fans at I-88 and talked about the fun he’s having as he drives Mods & Sprints.
Donnie Lawson leads the points at two tracks and remembered his last time at I-88 Speedway.
Elmo Reckner won at Glen Ridge two weeks ago and told me about his many runner up finishes.
Jeff Rockefeller recalled how he won his career first Modified win last weekend at Glen Ridge.
Adam MacGeorge told me about watching someone else in his car and an issue at Five Mile Point.
Chad O’Hara took several years off from racing and talked about his new deal to drive a Modified.
Brandon Hagan won 17 races last year and wondered what is different this year as he sits at one.
It was a nice day on Thursday as I did some work on the website to start the day before getting some much needed stuff done here at home. I still have a lot of stuff for you tomorrow including another Motor Sounds clip that I recorded on Wednesday.
There are only 5 more regular season race weekends so be sure to show your support to your favorite track this weekend. And for those of with kids, that means only five more weeks of fun so make sure to make some extra special plans to give them some great summer memories. I know I am.
Now let’s chat more about what is new for today on the Audio Page. I begin with a pair of drivers who will race with the Empire Super Sprints tonight in the shadow of Canada. Lance Yonge was a spectator on Tuesday and talked about losing a car last week at Canandaigua. He told me how he became a part of the crash, why damaging the cage requires throwing the racecar away and how all the other bolt on parts were.
Michael Parent came into Rolling Wheels with 3 wins so far and talked about racing his 410. He talked about the new tires he had to buy to run with the World of Outlaws, why he will stay pretty close to the set up he ran in his win a few weeks ago and looks forward to three WoO races in his home country.
Danny Varin met some fans at I-88 and talked about the fun he’s having as he drives Mods & Sprints. He told me how cool it was to sign some autographs, how much he struggles at I-88 and what drew him to this show in Afton.
Donnie Lawson leads the points at two tracks and remembered his last time at I-88 Speedway. He compared the place to others he knows, what motor he feels is the right tool for the job and runs down his plans for the weekend.
Elmo Reckner won at Glen Ridge two weeks ago and told me about his many runner-up finishes. He talked about his back & forth battle up front, what line he used to drive away and how nice it was to see a new winner the following week.
Jeff Rockefeller recalled how he won his career first Modified win last weekend at Glen Ridge. He told me how surprised he was to win this quickly, how big his lead was at various times and who he saw on some restarts.
Adam MacGeorge told me about watching someone else in his car and an issue at Five Mile Point. He described how everything went at the scales, what they learned in the deal and how close he came to his first win a few weeks ago.
Chad O’Hara took several years off from racing and talked about his new deal to drive a Modified. He told me how his first night went a few weeks ago, how he is adjusting to the power of a big block after many years in a Sportsman and his hopes to put other people in his car on occasion.
Brandon Hagan won 17 races last year and wondered what is different this year as he sits at one. He talked about a new deal he has with another racer this year, why he brought the 21h car to Rolling Wheels and how he is dealing with a tough season.
|Thursday, July 25th 2013
| New on the Audio Page from the Crazy 8’s special at I-88 Speedway:
Pre race conversations:
Pat Ward updated me on how he was feeling after Sunday’s crash and which car he had with him.
Mike Ricci explained why he was driving his brother’s car and why he scaled back his racing.
Mitch Gibbs summed up how things have been going for him in Afton and when he’ll travel.
Ryan Watt was at a new racetrack to him and offered up his initial impressions of the place.
Brian Weaver described a few problems he had in hot laps and what he was doing to fix them.
Shaun Walker is an I-88 Speedway regular and talked about recently catching a break in a win.
Matt Sheppard spoke about his Canada trip, his tough night on Monday and the win on Tuesday.
Jimmy Phelps ran down how he did as the Super DIRTcar Series visited Canada for two shows.
After the heat races:
Ryan Watt won his first ever heat race at I-88 Speedway and told me how good his racecar was.
Bobby Varin walked me through the pass he made on lap 4 to get himself a heat win at Afton.
Brian Weaver told me about his heat win and updated me on the fixes they did after time trials.
Mike Gular got the win in the final heat race and talked about the fans that helped him get there.
After the features:
Bruce Miller won a very entertaining BRP Can Am Late Model feature and spoke to the crowd.
Mike Mahaney led all 48 laps to win the feature race and talked about it with Leon Andrus.
Matt Sheppard came from 14th to 2nd and told Leon Andrus how he hard he raced the winner.
Shaun Walker picked up 11 spots to finish 3rd and told the crowd happy he was with his run.
Danny Creeden drove to 5th from the 19th starting spot and explained how a late tire change helped.
Jimmy Phelps explained why he fell back to as far back as 12th before moving back up to 6th place.
Allie and I hit the road again last night as we get her farther and farther from our home. We traveled south and east to I-88 Speedway in the sleepy town of Afton, New York. It is still amazing to see the turnaround from what I saw after the floods a few years back (Twice actually) and to see how nice this facility is. If you have yet to make it down, you must before the season is over.
A nice field of 44 top notch Modifieds were on hand as well as 13 BRP Can Am Late Models. The Mods did group time trials and ran five heats to decide the 24 car field.
Yes, you may hear from some how dusty it was but the racing was good. Some will say that Mike Mahaney led every lap so how could it have been a good show? Well I’m here to tell you that it really was a real good show at one the best facilities around.
Three of the top five came from 14th place or further. Tim McCreadie started last in a car he had never sat in before to my knowledge (I could be wrong.) and came from 24th to 7th in just 48 laps. Yes, there was a lot of racing going on.
Matt Sheppard started 14th and caught leader Mike Mahaney in heavy lapped traffic on lap 36 and raced him hard as a wall of cars kept them from advancing. Mahaney was able to hold on as the two raced side by side, but Sheppard was never able to officially get by.
The second yellow of the race came out on lap 38 and after that Mahaney was able to keep distance between himself and Sheppard to claim the win, the halfway bonus and all the lap money, probably close to or around $9,000. Wow, what a day huh?
I-88 regular Shaun Walker put on quite a show as well as he picked up 13 spots to finish 3rd. Danny Creeden made a last second tire change, buying a new tire right before the feature, and raced his way from 19th to 5th. So don’t let anyone tell you that there wasn’t any racing going on…there was plenty
The BRP Can Am Late Models were a little low in numbers but made up for it by putting on a very entertaining feature. Bruce Miller picked his way through the field and made a bold three wide move with 12 to go in turn 2 to pick up a hard earned victory.
Both features had just two cautions each and a big crowd got to see a real good show. Yeah, they were a little dirty afterwards but I don’t mind that when there is racing going on, not at all.
As always, this facility is one of my favorites period! It has the charm of a county fairground from the early 20th century with enough upgrades to make it nice without losing the old school feel. The food is excellent and the people they have really hustle to get it to you hot and fast! The chicken speidie (I know that is not spelled right) sandwich was exceptional…a new favorite. Bonus points awarded there for sure both on the grandstand and pit side.
In the pit area they had several flat screens that showed the live video feed from atop the tower. It really helps for people like me who have to back and forth from the pits to the grandstand. Sometimes it is just not possible to get there and to see what is going on so this was a huge help. Again, this is a really nice place with a lot of little touches that make all the difference. But boy did I do a lot of walking.
I did a bunch of interviews and put up all but 8. I’ll put those up over the next two days as I need to catch up on things at home here today and tomorrow. I’ll also throw in my World of Outlaws stuff from Tuesday and more.
We’ll be back at Skyline this Saturday as I want Allie to see as many new tracks as she can this summer in the time we have left. And Skyline is also a lot of fun, on top of a mountain and all. She’s keeping a journal and who knows, maybe we’ll convert it to text and let you see what she sees and likes so much about the sport we love.
If I get in any new photos I’ll put them up right away. I put up my bin as well as some World of Outlaw photos from Alex and Helen Bruce. My wife and I have a nice catered affair to go to tonight to honor the 50th wedding anniversary of a special couple who have taught me a lot about racing and life over the years. Thanks Gene for all your wise counsel. You know I need all the help I can get sometimes!
Have a great Thursday and come back tomorrow for more from my busy week with Mods and Sprints.
|Wednesday, July 24th 2013
| New on the Audio Page from the World of Outlaws at Rolling Wheels:
Pre race conversations:
Stewart Friesen offered his thoughts on his first Outlaw start and a big one today at I-88 Speedway.
Donny Schatz has won three of the last for Outlaw races and talked about his win at Lebanon Valley.
Steve Kinser talked about the rough season he is having and reflected on his past at Rolling Wheels.
Jessica Zemken spoke about her top ten at Lebanon Valley and her tough luck at The Wheels.
Jason Sides was looking for his first Outlaw win of the year and told me how close he has come.
Ronnie Davis III is enjoying a multi-win season and talked about why he was a little shocked.
Adam Hilton explained why he left Canada after a race on Monday and why he stopped in Elbridge.
After the heats and time trials:
Joey Saldana talked about setting fast time in time trials and how happy he is to still be on the road.
Ronnie Davis III won the first Sportsman qualifier and told me who was giving him some advice.
Adam Hilton led every lap to win his heat race and what he did to get it ready for the feature.
After the feature and the A-Main:
Dan Wiesner drove away from the field to win convincingly and talked about it with Joe Marotta.
Daryn Pittman talked to the crowd in victory lane after his 8th win of the season with The Outlaws.
Donny Schatz finished in second place and talked about his battle at the front of the field.
Cody Darrah had a nice third place and spoke about how his car changed in the closing laps.
Steve Kinser picked up eight spots to finish fifth and told he what broke on the very first lap.
Kerry Madsen told me about his 6th place finish and what went wrong in the dash as he hit the wall.
Jason Sides came home in 7th place and talked about his run as well as the excitement in the dash.
Jessica Zenken flirted with a top ten finish and told me why she shut her car down on the final lap.
Stewart Friesen ran as high as 8th picking up 11 spots and explained why he came to a stop.
The Outlaws were in town as they visited Rolling Wheels Raceway Park in Elbridge on a beautiful summer day. As always, they are the best show in dirt and the fans came out in force to see these legendary drivers take on the big, fast 5/8 mile track.
And they were fast as Joey Saldana ran a lap at 16.267 seconds at an average speed of 138.317 miles an hour. In the feature, point leader Daryn Pittman led all but one lap on his way to his first ever win at Rolling Wheels and the eighth of the season.
Donny Schatz chased Pittman almost the entire race but was unable to find a way by. He finished second followed by Cody Darrah. I got 6 of the top 7 as well as some of our local racers afterwards, two of which had some tough luck on this night as they were on their way to top ten finishes.
Once again the World of Outlaws showed everyone that they can draw crowds with the best of them. And after three weeks of top notch Sprint Car racing in our area, I wondered how this show would do…and I was not the only one. But the place was packed even with weather moving in and the threat that the show could end early.
Allie and I watched from several locations on the stands and in the tower as well as I needed access to a speaker to record some interviews. We saw some of the bunch from FX Caprara including a slim, trim Frankie Caprara. Really Frank, you looked great!
It was fun top to bottom and it was great to have my sidekick with me as she continues to learn about the sport. There are three photo bins up as of 2 AM so enjoy all the great stuff we have for you today including all the new interviews with some of racing’s best drivers.
We’ll be on the road today as both Allie and I will head to the Crazy 8’s Special at I-88 Speedway in Afton. I encourage you to check this place out as the new promoters have really spruced the place up and if you were there many years ago, then you have not seen what they have done. Trust me…it’s really nice!
We’ll have new audio up from that as well as photos (although my primary camera died right before the race forcing me to use a back up) and lots more. I’ll have lots for you on Friday and Saturday too as we’ll empty the can on those two days before filling it up again on Saturday night.
Have a great hump day and I’ll see you back tomorrow with some Modified chats and more.
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