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|Friday, August 3rd 2012
| New on the Audio Page for today:
Rob Bellinger came to Fulton Speedway last weekend and his limited experience at the track.
Matt Fink recalled last week’s race at Brewerton and described an issue he had with a tire.
Jack Gentile has driven a lot of racecars in his twenty sixseasons and told me about his last race.
Mike Jeske talked about his season at Albany Saratoga and getting a win in his rookie season.
Rick Donovan explained why he does not race every week and why he couldn’t do it without dad.
It was another hot one yesterday and my family spent a lot of it at my parent’s pool while I worked in the studio. It was not a super busy day so it was not so bad.
I also did some more voice tracks for our new show, The Atomic Power Racing Hour which will debut on Time Warner Cable Sports on August 13th. I’ll let you know more as that date gets closer. We’re doing something a little different from Hot Wings TV and I think you’ll like it.
Today I have a bunch of non racing stuff to do and Saturday we will be back at a racetrack somewhere. Then we’ll hit the road again on Sunday to catch another show. It’s that time of the year and I hope everyone has a good night, stays patient and does not let the dog days of August get to them too much.
Now let’s chat more about the new stuff for today on the Audio Page. I begin with a man who raced on Saturday even though his weekly track was off. Rob Bellinger came to Fulton Speedway last weekend and his limited experience at the track. He explained how this night he would be getting advice instead of giving it, how much better the surface has been in recent weeks and described where he normally runs at the track.
Matt Fink recalled last week’s race at Brewerton and described an issue he had with a tire. He wondered if he should have used a different one for the feature, explained what it looked like afterwards and how different the two ends of the track were.
Jack Gentile has driven a lot of racecars in his twenty sixseasons and told me about his last race. He talked about the huge Sportsman fields he sees at Albany Saratoga, how pleased he is to have made every show and how his car felt in the hot laps at Utica Rome Speedway.
Mike Jeske talked about his season at Albany Saratoga and getting a win in his rookie season. He told me how his second place turned into a first, how cool it was to get his picture taken in victory lane and what he thought about his first ever laps at Utica Rome.
Rick Donovan explained why he does not race every week and why he couldn’t do it without dad. He told me how his twelve starts have gone, the need to get used to some changes they made in the offseason and how much better the car is in the corners.
|Thursday, August 2nd 2012
| New on the Audio Page for today:
Mike Bowman ran down how his new Modified has been doing as he got ready to race at Fulton.
Dan Humes told me about his first night at Brewerton and what he learning about American Racers.
Tim Hartman Jr. spoke about racing at Albany Saratoga and offered his first take on Utica Rome.
Chris McCoy talked about running his crate against open motors and his 2012 season so far.
Dick Stark gets ready for Buzzie and David Reutimann to race at Thunder Mountain this Friday.
It was another stormy day in our area although nothing to the extent of what we saw the day before. I got a lot done as I wrote up another column, did some voice tracks for the Atomic Power Racing Hour and did some work in the studio.
It is hard to believe that August is finally here. It seems like just the other day we got started on the 2012 season, now we only have a few months left before it is history. Where did the time go?
I also put up a lot of work from Rick Young yesterday which includes some World of Outlaw action from Canada. There are four big bins there so I hope you enjoy all the new stuff we have for you.
Speaking of new stuff, let’s find out more about what is new for today on the Audio Page. I begin with a man who is learning something new. Mike Bowman ran down how his new Modified has been doing as he got ready to race at Fulton. He talked about the problem free night he had at Brewerton, why he thought he should have done better than fourth and why he has some work to do to learn what this car wants adjustment wise.
Dan Humes told me about his first night at Brewerton and what he learning about American Racers. He talked about the track he just hot lapped on at Fulton, the need for more seat time and the end of the track at Brewerton he had trouble with.
Tim Hartman Jr. spoke about racing at Albany Saratoga and offered his first take on Utica Rome. He talked about what he heard about how to get around the place, compared it to another big track that he has experience on why he is trying to travel more to improve as a driver.
Chris McCoy talked about running his crate against open motors and his 2012 season so far. He told me where the open motors leave him, how pleased he is with where he is at as a driver right now and why he chose not to run with the crates this past Sunday at Utica Rome.
Dick Stark gets ready for Buzzie and David Reutimann to race at Thunder Mountain this Friday. He told me how the deal came together, how Buzzie has done at his last few races at Thunder Mountain and why you can’t always believe what you see concerning rainouts on forums. Always call guys!
|Wednesday, August 1st 2012
| New on the Audio Page for today:
Jimmy Phelps returned to Fulton this past Saturday and told me how nice it was to come back.
Ted Teal was making his first Modified start of the year and told me what happened in hot laps.
Ricky Quick won the last Sportsman race at Fonda and talked about his hopes for Utica Rome.
Tommy Denton shared some of the advice he gave to a competitor and explained why he did it.
Tyler Walker talks about his Paradise win, his ten win season and the Pizza Logs race at Brewerton.
It was a hot and stormy day on Tuesday as we got close to 90 degrees again and many of you had big storms with high wind and hail to deal with. Hopefully we’re all okay today. And I write this up, I see a line of storms coming my way and hopefully we’ll be alright too.
We have more from my weekend and more from the studio for you and today we’ll be back in the studio again as I have a few things set up and back writing again as I have another column due for tomorrow.
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Now let’s chat more about what is new for today on the Audio Page. I begin with a man who came back to a place he knows well. Jimmy Phelps returned to Fulton this past Saturday and told me how nice it was to come back as his regular home, Canandaigua was off for the fair. He talked about what he has heard about the track surface, what his goals were for the night and the fast track was the night before at Brewerton.
Ted Teal was making his first Modified start of the year and told me what happened in hot laps. He wondered how much he should be concerned about the hose, how tough it is to learn the sump systems on big blocks and wonders what how much he will race later this year.
Ricky Quick won the last Sportsman race at Fonda and talked about his hopes for Sunday in Vernon. He told me about the need for a new motor, the tough night he had at Brewerton in a mid week show and what happened when he hit a ute tire in turn four.
Tommy Denton shared some of the advice he gave to a competitor and explained why he did it. He also gives some real good advice to you stock cars guys on wedge and what it does to the car. Real good one here drivers!
Tyler Walker talks about his win at Paradise, his ten win season and the Pizza Logs race at Brewerton. He told me how he dodged trouble late in the race to win on Saturday, the bad flip he had at Susquehanna and wishes racer Paul Habeck a speedy recovery after his injuries at Ransomville on Friday.
|Tuesday, July 31st 2012
New on the Audio Page for today:
Danny Serrano previews tomorrow night’s Friends of Mike race at New Egypt Speedway.
Donnie Wetmore got ready for his first ever laps in a late model and told me what he has been doing.
Tommy Sears talked about his season so far and explained how he keeps track of his tear offs.
Steve Way told me about his two race streak at Utica Rome and why he does not take hot laps.
Jeremy Pitts almost won this past Friday at Albany Saratoga and told me how close he came.
Billy Pauch Sr. talks about tonight at Grandview, tomorrow at New Egypt and Super DIRT Week.
I had a busy day on Monday as I wrote up a story for the Syracuse Post Standard, put some photos up for you to see, did an interview in the studio and did some voice tracks for the Atomic Power Racing Hour which will debut soon. More on that later.
Today there is a big show at Grandview Speedway as the Thunder on the Hill Series visits the track. Then tomorrow New Egypt Speedway will run the Friends of Mike show that was rained out this past Saturday. Listen to Danny Serrano’s chat for more on that.
Plus I have some real good interviews up as well including the return of Donnie Wetmore for one night at Fulton and nice tip on keeping track of tears offs during the race with veteran driver Tom Sears Jr. All that and more are up today.
And added late was a chat I did with Billy Pauch as he sat on his porch Monday just before dinner. There is so much good stuff in this one including his plans to race Super DIRT Week this year. Yeah, we are the first to get that news and we thank Billy for giving it to us. And the only reason that one is last on the page is because I had already updated the site.
So now let’s chat more about those new clips up today on the Audio Page. I begin with news about a rescheduled race set for tomorrow night in New Jersey. Danny Serrano previews tomorrow night’s Friends of Mike race at New Egypt Speedway. He told me about the multiple storms that hit the track on Saturday when they originally tried to run it, ran down some rules for the teams who will be coming and remembers the man for whom the race is named after.
Donnie Wetmore got ready for his first ever laps in a late model and why he was up in Central New York this past weekend. He also told me what he has been doing for the Richard Petty Driving School and encourages fans and racers alike to come down and take some laps.
Tommy Sears talked about his season so far and explained how he keeps track of his tear offs while on the track. He told me how he knows when he is down to his last one, how many he stacks on his helmet and what he thought would happen with the Fulton Speedway surface later on.
Steve Way told me about his two race streak at Utica Rome and why he does not take hot laps. He talked about how racing at one track helps him know what to do, why cost is a factor and what can happen that could make it tough to be ready for your heat race.
Jeremy Pitts almost won this past Friday at Albany Saratoga and told me how close he came. He described what the last lap was like with slower traffic in front of him, the line he used to try to get around the eventual winner and how the track has changed over the course of the season.
Billy Pauch Sr. talks about tonight at Grandview, tomorrow at New Egypt and Super DIRT Week. He told me how his home track has been to him this year after winning ten days ago, what they are working on for Syracuse and remembers a fire he had with his car two weeks ago. Good one here!
|Monday, July 30th 2012
| New on the Audio Page from the Utica Rome Speedway:
Pre race conversations:
Brian Gleason talked about picking up first career Sportsman feature win Friday at Malta.
Stewart Friesen explained how he missed his heat and came from last to first at Five Mile Point.
Pete Stefanski won his first ever last week and told me how another driver helped with advice.
Stephen Denton walked me through his Brewerton win and explained why he had to be there.
Ryan Phelps thought back on his win Saturday at Fulton when he won his 1st ever at the track.
After the heat races:
Brian Gleason talked about how surprised he was to win and the experienced driver he passed.
Jeremy Pitcher had a good race out front in his heat and told me how he picked up the victory.
Robert Bublak spoke about his pass for the lead in his heat and the man who helped with set up.
Johnny Scarborough won the final heat race and talked about starting on the outside pole.
Pat Ward won the first Modified qualifier and told me how an ill timed yellow didn’t help.
Steve Hulsizer told me about his Modified heat win and how well his son ran his Sportsman.
Alan Johnson got the win in the final qualifier and ran down what he did with his Saturday.
After the features:
Jeremy Pitcher talked about his back & forth battle up front and how he got the lead for good late.
Pat Ward passed for the lead in the final corner and told Mike Mallett how good he was down low.
Ronnie Johnson led a bunch of laps before finishing 2nd and talked about his run down trackside.
Mike Mahaney finished third in the Modified feature and compared himself to the top three.
Matt Janczuk took the lead at halfway and told Mike Mallett about his convincing feature win.
It was a wild one last night at Utica Rome as August is almost here and the usual August happenings started. Several drivers were not pleased with others in their divisions and the fans got to see three examples of it last night. Where many of them liked the extra drama I’m not so sure the officials upstairs in the booth.
Now in the past I have gotten up on my soapbox and preached calmness and I still hope that cooler heads prevail but after the way I handled a not nearly as serious deal the year before as a driver, I can’t say too much because I did not handle myself well at all…quite poorly actually. So if I were to preach here I would be a hypocrite. Therefore I cannot.
A big field of cars was on hand last night with 38 Crate Sportsman, 28 Modifieds and 16 Open Sportsman as well as a good field of Pro Stocks. The crates had a little trouble getting their race started with three cautions in three laps but after that they ran the reaming 17 without a yellow. Nice job guys and gals.
Eventual winner Jeremy Pitcher and Johnny Scarborough put on a great show out front but both got bottled up behind slower cars that were two wide in front of them. It made for a great show for the fans although it had to be tough for both of them to race as there was literally nowhere to go. And it was tough for the slower cars who saw the passing flag as they were running for position.
In the Modified race after some early race drama between a pair of 1x cars, Pat Ward got by Ronnie Johnson in the final corner down low to take the victory. Ward was visibly excited as he pounded the roof of his Modified in victory lane. And a bonus point goes to Ronnie Johnson for the class he showed as walked right by announcer Mike Mallett to congratulate Ward after the win. I’ll get him his sticker later!
Matt Janczuk won the Sportsman race but another incident in the middle of this one is what most folks will be chatting about today. One driver hit the wall hard after the car inside of him came up a little. He got out of his car to point to him and the second time around the driver on the track swerved as if he was going to run him over. I don’t know how close it was but it looked close. He was blackflagged for the move.
After that I decided to call it quits and head home. Late July and August is the time of year you see these kinds of things and I truly understand how high emotions are. An entire season of work is on the line and every driver has everything they own and care about on the line every time they are out there. I always hated this time as an announcer as I was the one who had to say something…let’s hope I calmed things down rather than escalated them.
I have a lot of new audio up from the event and was able to save 13 clips from my travels in the pits before the heats. And I was successful with my goal of getting new drivers as I bagged seven of them. Two of those are up today.
I do have some photos that I will put out there this afternoon so look for those and be sure to come back tomorrow for more. Thanks again for everyone who helped including the member of Bret Belden’s bunch who paid for my gas to come there and back. Thanks! See ya tomorrow.
|Sunday, July 29th 2012
| New on the Audio Page from the Fulton Speedway:
Pre race conversations:
Jeremy Pitcher walked me through last week’s win which saw him pass again on the last lap.
Dan Vauter told me about getting his first ever Fulton Modified win and his 6th place at Brewerton.
Beth Schneider explained why she had some new tin work on her car and today at Utica Rome.
Jim Witko remembered his runner up finish at Brewerton and how his head helped let Billy by.
Tim Schneider predicted what might happen later on and told me how fast the track was in hot laps.
After the heat races:
Tim Schneider won the second Sportsman heat and talked about how fast his lap times were.
Katelyn Kane took the win in the third heat and told me what she asked the crew afterwards.
Matt Hulsizer led every lap to win the first Modified heat and talked about easing off a little.
Jim Witko had a good battle up front in his heat and explained why he stayed in the top line.
Chuck Bower looked at the memory on his tachometer and spoke about how good his car was.
After the features:
Sean Beardsley won the Late Model feature and talked it down in victory lane with Adam Buchanan.
Jim Spano won his first feature at Fulton in a long time and told Bill Foley about his late race pass.
Ryan Phelps went from third to first in one lap and spoke with Bill Foley about his new racecar.
Chuck Bower finished in second place and explained why he was just a little disappointed.
It was one of those nights last night. There was rain all around and several tracks had already rained out or were off for various reasons. Fonda and New Egypt rained out earlier in the day and Fonda was on my list for today as choice number one. Canandaigua and Oswego were off so Fulton was really the only game in town.
The track was real good once again as they really have this place sorted out and have had three weeks in a row with real good track conditions. It started out faster than the previous two weeks but slickened up later fooling more than a few teams.
We looked good for most of the night until the storm clouds to our east suddenly backed up and started heading our way. The track staff though did not seem to be in a hurry so we figured they knew something we didn’t and sure enough they did. There was maybe a quick few drops but even as that was happening you were still asking yourself, “Did I feel anything?”
I got a lot of interviews done and was able to save eight for release during the week including Donnie Wetmore who was taking his first ever laps in a Late Model and Tommy Sears who showed me a nice trick he does to keep track of his tearoffs as he uses them. You’ll like them and they’ll be up later in the week.
Ryan Phelps had a new chassis out for its second run and he was able to get by Chuck Bower right after half way to record his first win with the new car. He was second with it the first time out so watch out, Ryan could be peaking at the right time.
Jim Spano won his first race at the track since back when the DIRT Sportsman visited the track so you know it has been quite some time since he has won. He moved around Katelyn Kane with three to go to pick up the win there.
The ten car Late Model field put on a good show with Sean Beardsley earning the victory there. Again the track was super smooth with a top & bottom but was not as fast as it had been the previous two weeks. And sometimes the track can be too fast which does not lend itself to a lot of side by side racing as I heard was the case at Brewerton the night before. But what does it say when under these dry conditions that they can get a track super fast and tacky? It says a lot for the track prep they do!
Today I will be heading back to the Utica Rome Speedway as the crate Sportsman will join the show there. I have a goal today to chat with some drivers I have not met before or have not chatted with in a while. I’ll get a few favorites too of course, but that is a goal for today.
I hope to see you there and it sounds like it will be a beautiful summer day. Make it a good one as we don’t have that many Sunday’s left this summer so treasure them while you still can.
|Saturday, July 28th 2012
| New on the Audio Page for today:
Lance Yonge spoke about his second place at Mohawk and how nice it was to see a new winner.
Justin Barger came into Wednesday as the ESS point leader and talked about a flat last weekend.
Jeff Cook just put heat in his 360 and talked about racing Sprints and Late Models on the same card.
Mike Stelter and Bill Foley share some memories of their early days at the Oswego Speedway.
Paul Kinney remembered his flip at Mohawk and summed up how they have been doing since then.
Joe Trenca is improving in his rookie season and talked about racing on slick track surfaces.
Lots of new stuff up for you today on the Audio Page and today we will be hoping to stay dry and get some racing in. I’ll go with closest available as they are calling for a 50% chance of some weather.
We have a lot from Wednesday’s show at Utica Rome up today and if today is a wash out I will get busy in the studio to track down some new stuff for you tomorrow. As I write this up at 3:30 things till look pretty good out there and we are hoping everyone hit with the strong storms and tornadoes yesterday are ok and doing just fine.
Now let’s chat more about what is new for today on the Audio Page. I begin with the first of six chats with drivers from the Empire Super Sprints. Lance Yonge spoke about his second place at Mohawk last weekend and how nice it was to see a new winner. He explained why he had to settle for the runner up spot, how he was unable to take advantage of the one bobble the leader made and gives some well wishes to some racers we miss.
Justin Barger came into Wednesday as the ESS point leader and talked about surviving a flat last weekend. He told me how fortunate he was that a late race yellow didn’t come out, how good it felt to win at Woodhull and the two lines you tend to run at the high banked track.
Jeff Cook just put heat in his 360 and talked about racing Sprints and Late Models on the same card. He recapped his tough night last time out, explained why he decided to pull it in early and why sometimes it is best to call it a night.
Mike Stelter and Bill Foley share some memories of their early days at the Oswego Speedway. They spoke about his hopes for Utica Rome, why he has an Oswego Speedway reunion in his pit area and remembers his start in racing watching his uncle run at the track.
Paul Kinney remembered his flip at Mohawk and summed up how they have been doing since then. He talked about how quickly his fortunes changed, what he learned from watching the video of the crash and how he did the next time they unloaded one night later.
Joe Trenca is improving in his rookie season and talked about racing on slick track surfaces. He told me how well he did last time he was on a tacky surface, how they dodged a bullet at Mohawk and the hunting they had to do to find some parts at the track.
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