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|Friday, July 20th 2012
| New on the Audio Page for today:
Shawn Donath tells Mike Mallett about racing with the All Stars and the last time he did it.
Dick Spadaro explained why he has not raced much this year as he gets ready for a busy streak.
April Wilson described an issue they had with her car and how much RACE 101 has helped.
Derrick McGrew talked about his season at Albany Saratoga and his son’s racing successes.
Rick LaMonte ran down some of the problems he has had trying to qualify at Albany Saraotga.
Johnny Scarborough won last week at Fonda and talked about getting engaged in victory lane.
Justin Thompson just got married this past Saturday and told me about his understanding wife.
Bob Henry Jr. celebrated his birthday at the track and thought back to a birthday in his past.
Earl Rudy was in a different car on Wednesday and told me why they made the car switch.
It was a nice day on Thursday and I got some more work done as I wrote up a Q&A for the Syracuse Post Standard with Tony Stewart and did some website work as well. As you can see we are showing some love to the Sportsman today with lots of interviews from the show at Brewerton on Wednesday
Now let’s talk about what I do have on the Audio Page for today. Shawn Donath tells Mike Mallett about racing with the All Stars and the last time he did it. He talked about learning the Goodyear tires, remarked on what he did wrong and what happened once the tire got hot.
Dick Spadaro explained why he has not raced much this year as he gets ready for a busy streak behind the wheel. He told me why he enjoys it more than maybe than ever before, why he enjoys working on the cars so much and what he learns from racing against the best in the business.
April Wilson described an issue they had with her car and how much RACE 101 has helped. She also told Rich Vleck how much she enjoys running her 410, her hopes to race it more and some recent issues they have had with the car.
Derrick McGrew talked about his season at Albany Saratoga and his son’s racing successes. He wondered how similar the Brewerton Speedway would be compared to his weekly home and wonders how many ore years he will have as a driver. Nine maybe?
Rick LaMonte ran down some of the problems he has had trying to qualify at Albany Saraotga. He listed the areas of the car he has had to work on, described how much better he was last time out and what his goals were for the Brewerton show on Wednesday.
Johnny Scarborough won last week at Fonda and talked about getting engaged in victory lane. He told me how long he had been planning this, what his girlfriend said in response and how nice the photo turned out with the Pizza Logger giving his approval as well.
Justin Thompson just got married this past Saturday and told me about his understanding wife. He remembered the day, told me what they did afterwards to celebrate and where they will go later on their official honeymoon. You’re a fortunate man Justin!
Bob Henry Jr. celebrated his birthday at the track and thought back to a birthday in his past when he raced to a Modified victory. He talked about why we have not seen him race much this year, wondered how he would feel the next day and how the deal came together to drive Earl Rudy’s Sportsman.
Earl Rudy was in a different car on Wednesday and told me why they made the car switch. He told me when he told Bob Henry Jr. that he was going to drive his car, ran down some of the history of the car he would drive and his struggles with American Racer tires.
|Thursday, July 19th 2012
| New on the Audio Page from a packed Brewerton Speedway:
Pre race conversations:
Cap Henry spoke with Mike Mallett about his initial impressions of the d-shaped dirt demon.
Daryn Pittman told Mike Mallett how much he likes small tracks and why the shows are better.
Marty Perovich talked about his night at Lernerville with the WoO and how out of shape he is.
Justin Barger explained why he was going to run his 360 Sprinter and leave the 410 in the trailer.
Colby Womer doesn’t make a lot of long tows and told Rich Vleck about his New York history.
Jessica Zemken described the atmosphere at this show and how nice it was to race 410’s close by.
Bob Howard tells Rich Vleck about the big week of racing he has with both 410’s and 360’s.
Michael Parent is still learning the 410 Sprint Car game and talked about racing tonight at Fonda.
Danny Smith and I watched the Sportsman hot laps and told me what he was trying to learn.
After the UNOH All Star Circuit of Champions heat races:
Danny Smith led ever lap in his heat win and told me if the surface turned out like he thought.
Logan Schuchart talked about his heat win and how stories spread quickly after a recent injury.
Justin Barger won his heat with a 360 under the hood and told about the line he was running.
After the 30 lap A-Main:
Tim Shaffer spoke with Mike Mallet in victory lane about the breaks he got on the racetrack.
David Gravel almost ran down the leader and talked with Mike Mallett about his 2nd place.
Daryn Pittman finished in third place and told Mike Mallett about the need for a victory.
Tony Stewart talked about his fourth place finish, why he likes New York and Sprint Car racing.
Cap Henry told me about his fifth place run, how much he liked the track and the way it changed.
Kevin Ridley was the best of a 54 car Sportsman field and told Bill Foley how big the win was.
What a night it turned out to be at the Brewerton Speedway. The biggest crowd ever was on hand as the place was packed from turn four all the way to turn one. And unlike what the fans saw Friday, it was close to a perfect racetrack. Fast, tacky, smooth and changeable in the A-Main.
The UNOH All Star Circuit of Champions was on hand and so was Tony Stewart who thanks to a sponsor was publicized for a long time leading up to the event. I’d like to think the extra money spent was well worth it. Traffic was backed up for miles leading to the track. I’m glad I know the back roads and was able to scoot around it.
We also had Mike Mallett and Rich Vleck do some interviews for me as they both know the Sprint Car world a lot better than I do. Plus if you include Bill Foley’s victory lane interview, we had a total of four people on the site today asking questions. I love giving other voices a place to be heard and if you want to do it, send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll see if we can’t make that happen. Track announcers and wanna be fans, I’m talking to you!
The racing was darned good and it was fun to watch some of these guys just drive into turn one a little hard. But they are professionals in a lot of cases so they figured it out and it was fun to watch them learn. I did ten races and won a feature last year at Brewerton and I don’t think I ever hit turn one properly. It’s a tough corner and it was a blast to watch the pros do it.
Of course a lot of people in the crowd were there to see Tony Stewart and he did not disappoint. He had a shot at the win in his heat after his second career World of Outlaw win the night before and came from 7th to 4th in the A-Main. Afterwards three of us media types caught up with him and he took a break from signing autographs to chat with us. It’s six minutes long and it is real good. I know you’ll like it.
The Sportsman were also on hand for this one and a whopping 54 of them showed up. I knew this race was going to be big but I figured 40, maybe 45, but not 54. I did a bunch of interviews with them and those will be up tomorrow. But with the 410’s racing again tonight at Fonda, I wanted to get all those out today as once they race again, those interviews are now old in my warped mind.
And like I said, the All Stars will be at Fonda today and yes, Tony Stewart will be there. He has never raced there but has seen it from afar, probably from the Thruway. So if you have never been, this would be the time go. But get there early and buy a pit pass. Trust me, it will be worth the extra money.
I also wanted to thank everyone who made time for me last night. There were a lot of true professionals in that pit area and I had a great time. I have now been to two awesome shows back to back if we remember Fulton from Saturday. And thanks to one of the Commercial Roofing boys for helping me last night. We are still looking for that $20 show of support from fans and drivers, so when you see me, slap me a twenty to keep me rolling in this tough in between time for us.
Have a great day today and I’ll be back tomorrow with lots more. And who knows, maybe we’ll get some new pics in too! So keep checking back.
|Wednesday, July 18th 2012
| New on the Audio Page for today:
Larry Wight offered his thoughts right before taking his first ever hot laps in a 410 Sprinter.
Todd Milton described the experimental suspension on his Modified and how it is working.
Mike Ward explained why we have not seen him much this year and where his focus is this season.
Dan Humes spoke about his hopes to run the Super DIRTcar Series and what has gone wrong.
Bailey Groves summed up how her season has been going in the Novice division at Fulton.
Pat Chandler is a rookie in the IMCA Modified division and told me how his season is so far.
Boy it was a hot one for sure on Tuesday as the mercury hit 100 degrees for a brief moment here in Central New York. It was just plain brutal and I was out and about in it before settling in at the home studio. I did not get nearly as much done as I would have liked but we do still have new audio and photos for you today.
Of course tonight the Brewerton Speedway hosts the UNOH ALL Star Circuit of Champions and Tony Stewart will be joining in both tonight and tomorrow at Fonda. It does sound better weather wise than it did so it should be a good time.
I will get there at about 4 PM and I will be back tomorrow with lots of stuff from the event. Then I’ll be back in the studio on Thursday. Still making my plans for the weekend and I’ll keep you posted as I firm them up.
Now let’s chat more about what is new for today on the Audio Page. I begin with a man who was just getting ready to drive something he had never been in before. Larry Wight offered his thoughts right before taking his first ever hot laps in a 410 Sprinter. He told me what his goals were for the shakedown, what his concerns were and his hopes for today’s show at the Brewerton Speedway.
Todd Milton described the experimental suspension on his Modified and how it is working. He talked about making some gains the last time out, explained what his rear suspension should do and his hopes to do something different than the rest.
Mike Ward explained why we have not seen him much this year and where his focus is this season. He told me how his big block has been doing, how happy he was with a recent top ten at Utica Rome and evaluated how his daughter is doing in her rookie season.
Dan Humes spoke about his hopes to run the Super DIRTcar Series and what has gone wrong so far this year. He ran down the bad luck they had in their first few starts, what has prevented him from making all the shows and what he was hoping to have happen at Fulton this past Saturday night.
Bailey Groves summed up how her season has been going in the Novice Sportsman division at Fulton. She told me how she is doing as a driver, what she has been working on since the start of the year and how careful you have to be if you want to hold the car to the inside.
Pat Chandler is a rookie in the IMCA Modified division and told me how his season is so far. He talked about the dings he has put in the body, where he feels he needs to be better and how his time working on a crew helped.
|Tuesday, July 17th 2012
| New on the Audio Page for today:
Andrew Harpell previews tonight at Five Mile Point and Race of Champions Weekend at Oswego.
Jimmy Horton talks about his pair of races at New Egypt and his hopes for tonight at Five Mile.
Bobby Varin remembered his Albany Saratoga Super DIRTcar Series win and his 2nd place at Fonda.
Jeff Crambo will do double duty tonight at Five Mile Point and wondered about a Sportsman ride.
Johnny Hill blew a motor recently at Utica Rome and talked about possibly getting back on the track.
Beth Schneider will race tomorrow night at Brewerton and told me about her hopes for the event.
Corey Barker described his season in a Novice Sportsman at Fulton and why he runs the number 31.
I had a busy day on Monday as I did some writing, some recording and some work for the website. It was a very busy day but I had fun and got a lot done including the top four interviews you see on the site today.
Of course tonight the ROC Modified and Sportsman tours visit Five Mile Point while tomorrow the UNOH All Star Circuit of Champions visits the Brewerton Speedway with Tony Stewart joining the mix. Then on Thursday, Race of Champions Weekend at Oswego Speedway kicks off with some practice sessions.
I hope you enjoy all the new audio up today and be sure to come back tomorrow for lost more form the weekend and the home studio. It’s a great time to be a racefan for sure. Let’s just hope Mother Nature is good to us in the next few days although again, we could surely use some rain, let’s just make it happen after midnight ok?
Now let’s chat more about what is new for today on the Audio Page. I begin with more on tonight’s big show in the Southern Tier. Andrew Harpell previews tonight at Five Mile Point and Race of Champions Weekend at Oswego. He talks about how racing has been at the tiny quarter mile dirt track, runs down what happens on each of the three days at Oswego and how fans can meet Geoff Bodine on Saturday.
Jimmy Horton talks about his pair of races at New Egypt and his hopes for tonight at Five Mile. He told me how pleased he is overall with his Modified, the ups& down of running an alcohol fueled car and remembered some very hot days in racecars in his past.
Bobby Varin remembered his Albany Saratoga Super DIRTcar Series win and his 2nd place at Fonda. He told me how he ended up with a last minute ride in the 97, how much better he was on Saturday and how much he needed a rainout on Sunday to relax a little.
Jeff Crambo will do double duty tonight at Five Mile Point and wondered about a Sportsman ride. He spoke about his race there last Saturday, described how the track has been so far this year and looks ahead to a weekend off from racing!
Johnny Hill blew a motor recently at Utica Rome and talked about possibly getting back on the track. He told me how bad the blow up was, how good it ran beforehand and thanked the people who loaned the motor to him.
Beth Schneider will race tomorrow night at Brewerton and told me about her hopes for the event. She told me who did most of the leg work to make it happen, how big the show could be and how much she is looking forward to being part of the show.
Corey Barker described his season in a Novice Sportsman at Fulton and why he runs the number 31 on the side instead of his dad’s #12. He told me how he has been doing in the car, shared the advice dad John has given him and the need to not “overdrive”.
|Monday, July 16th 2012
| Monday, Jul 16 2012
New on the Audio Page for today:
Jimmy Phelps talks about his Modified win at Canandaigua and Tuesday’s show at Five Mile Point.
Jessica Zemken runs down where she will race next and gets ready for Brewerton this Wednesday.
Sam Piazza told me how he picked his up his first career Modified win and what happened later.
Katelyn Kane explained how she successfully lobbied to get the Sportsman at Brewerton this week.
Gary Hoppins has been close to winning in the Novice Sportsman class and talked about his season.
Derek Warren evaluated how his season is going and where he has shown some improvement.
Hillary Ward described how she has been doing as a rookie and when she found out she was racing.
Well just as I was about to change my mind and go to a race after all I decided to check the Utica Rome website only to find out they had cancelled. After a great night on Saturday at Fulton with some of the raciest conditions I had seen in a few weeks, I was pumped and ready to go again. But let’s face it, we need the rain and with the busy schedule I am sure there were more than a few drivers that were not overly disappointed by the rain out.
Too bad it did not rain as hard and as much as we would have liked. Here in Liverpool, we picked up hardly anything so I doubt it will make much of a dent in the dry conditions we have now. But there is still a chance we could get some more today and let’s hope we get it.
So I got going in the studio and put up the interviews I did there with some I did over the four day stretch. It was a lot of fun but my knees could clearly use the day off too as that hill in the pit area at Fulton seems to get steeper every time I go there.
Now let’s chat more about what is new for today on the Audio Page. I begin with a winner from Saturday who was the third member of his family tree to win a Modified race this past weekend. Jimmy Phelps talks about his Modified win at Canandaigua and this Tuesday’s ROC show at Five Mile Point. He told me about the tough luck he had on Saturdays the past two weeks, how they bent a frame and how much he is enjoying the atmosphere in Ontario County.
Jessica Zemken runs down where she will race over the next few weeks and gets ready for Brewerton this Wednesday. She remembered the only time she has been on the tricky 1/3 mile track, wondered if she may hit some PST races and tells me how her equipment is holding up at mid season.
Sam Piazza told me how he picked his up his first career Modified win and what happened later that same night. He explained what it was like knowing he would start on the pole while having a week to think about it, how he held off a multi-time winner when the yellow came out with one to go and looks ahead to Friends of Mike this week at New Egypt.
Katelyn Kane explained how she successfully lobbied to get the Sportsman at Brewerton this week as a support class for the UNOH All Star Circuit of Champions show on Wednesday. It sounds like this will be well supported to say the least!
Gary Hoppins has been close to winning in the Novice Sportsman class and talked about his season. He told me about his multiple second place finishes, his hopes to lead in the feature and how tough it is to start towards the back after his consistent solid finishes.
Derek Warren evaluated how his season is going and where he has shown some improvement. He told me where he needs to be better, how tough it was to learn dirt after an asphalt background and thought back on his recent third place.
Hillary Ward described how she has been doing as a rookie in the Novice Sportsman division and when she found out she was racing. She remembered hitting a ute tire on the last lap, explains when she gets nervous on the track and how tough it is to sit in the staging area right before the race.
|Sunday, July 15th 2012
| New on the Audio Page from the Fulton Speedway:
Pre race conversations:
Andrew Ferguson got ready for the night and wondered how his car would feel with 4 new tires.
Chad Phelps had something break that he had never broken before and told me what it was.
Mike Bowman ran down his tough night Friday at Brewerton and his hopes for fun at Fulton.
Dan Vauter was coming off of a tough night and talked about using tear offs in the hot laps.
Ryan Phelps remembered his Modified win at Brewerton and told me how he picked up spots late.
After the heat races:
Dan Vauter talked about his heat win and described what he had to do to run up on the cushion.
Mike Bowman told me about his win in the second heat and how he hit the cushion wrong once.
Chad Phelps led every lap on his way to a heat win and told me about the changing surface.
Corey Barker won the first Novice Sportsman heat and described where he needs to improve.
Tom Cook picked up his first ever Novice Sportsman heat win and told me how good it felt.
After the features:
Jeremy Pitcher saved the drama for late and told Bill Foley about his pass for the lead on lap 19.
Mike Bowman talked about his Modified feature win and how he almost lost it in the last corner.
Roy Bresnahan finished third in the Modified race and told me how his car changed in 35 laps.
Pat Ward came home in fourth place and described how the fast groove moved in the feature.
Chad Phelps led ten laps in the feature finishing fifth and told me what he did to the left front.
I had a real fun night last night at the Fulton Speedway as the new clay was fast and there were three grooves of racing although most of the teams chose either the extreme bottom or the cushion up top. Yeah, it was great actually! Yeah, I’ll go that far.
After a tough night on Friday, the teams enjoyed a very racy track at Fulton on Saturday and the Novice Sportsman, Sportsman and Modified races were in doubt until the final corner. This night reminded me why the Fulton Speedway has always been one of my favorites and when it is right, it showcases some of the best racing in the northeast!
Mike Bowman came back after a tough one on Friday and got by his cousin Chad Phelps on lap twenty and then held off a charging Billy Decker in the closing laps to get the win. Decker came from 17th and moved into second place with just seven laps to go.
Bowman ran up top as Decker chased him down and Decker was able to get underneath several times before almost getting by in the final corner. I actually thought he had him but Bowman got a great run off the top and held on for his third career feature win and his second ever at Fulton.
I was able to chase him down afterwards but just missed Billy Decker as he scooted away before I could get to him. Darn it! But I did get the rest of the top five as well as the Novice Sportsman winner which was first timer Chris Hulsizer, the son of Steve. Yep, he has that Hulsizer blood in him alright as he ran the top side to get the win after finishing second in his heat.
We highlighted the Modifieds and the Novice class tonight and I had a great time catching up with the young talent in the division. I also got a lot of pre race chats with them as well and was able to save nine conversations for the week.
Once again, I can’t say how much fun I had with a great racing surface and some great side by side racing. It was just plain awesome. And with all the heat and dry weather out there, you have to take your hat off to the track crew for what they did…great job guys!
I also took a lot of photos and those are up now. Although I will be home today as I need to catch up in the studio and I need some new microphone cables. I had a problem last night with my last good one and somehow made it through the night with it. But fortunately four teams donated to the site last night so I now have the money to get them made on Monday. The short ones I use are special order.
The teams that helped with money last night wanted to remain anonymous and I thank them very much. Again, just a $20 gift from even half or a third of the teams we cover as well as the same percentage from fans can keep us going through these lean times until we get out of this funk our economy is in. And if you can’t help and are in the same boat as me, enjoy the site and help out later if you can.
Enjoy all the new stuff and if you want to help, you can send a check or money order or cash in a card to Elkins Media Service, Po Box 2276, Liverpool, NY 13089. Have a great Sunday and I’ll see you tomorrow with lots more.
|Saturday, July 14th 2012
| New on the Audio Page from the Brewerton Speedway:
Tony Steiner talked about last week at Brewerton and the wild car he won with at Evans Mills.
Peter Britten thought back on his runs last weekend and his top ten in a Super DIRTCar Series race.
Chuck Bower recapped his last race at Brewerton and the top five finish he enjoyed at Fulton.
Kevan Cook came into the night as the IMCA point leader and talked about last week’s victory.
Jim Money had his Four Cylinder Super Stock back at the track and talked about his goals.
After the heat races:
Peter Britten walked me through the last lap pass he made to win the first Modified heat race.
Steve Hulsizer told me how good it felt to get a heat win in the Deek Decker owned Modified.
Rob Bellinger won his heat race and told me about a change they made that they were undoing.
Jim Money made a nice low move to win his heat race and told me how he got to the front.
Jessica Redhead described the pass she made to get the win in the final Four Cylinder heat race.
Rich Keller won his IMCA Modified heat race and talked about the work they did during the week.
After the first two features:
Mike Mullen spoke with Adam Buchanan after making a late race pass to win the Mod Lite race.
Ryan Phelps made the pass for the win on lap 30 and told Bill Foley how tough it was out there.
Peter Britten led twenty four laps in the Modified feature and explained how he lost the lead.
It was another hot one Friday night at the Brewerton Speedway as the hot & dry weather certainly had an effect on the racetrack. It was real dry in hot laps, better in the heats but less than ideal in the features. Listen to Ryan Phelps in victory lane and he pretty much says it all.
And when there are nights like this I don’t do as much post race as there is not much to say. Sometimes you get nights like this and with the lack of rain, the dry ponds and the scorching hot sun day after day, you get nights like we had last night.
There was a pop up storm that was just sitting in place about five miles south of the racetrack and a part of me said, “Come on up this way, forget that it’s race night, we need rain!” And we don’t need a pop up mid afternoon thunderstorm that evaporates as quickly as it arrives, we need a good soaking rain. Let’s hope we get it soon as I have seen a lot of parched racetracks out there that almost no matter what you do, they are going to get dry and dusty.
I did do some pre race chats, talked to some of the heat winners and some after the features. I also took close to 75 photos and all but three of those pre race chats are up today. I was just pounding water and trying to stay hydrated on a brutally hot day. Imagine how tough it was on those drivers as they baked in the staging area in their hot racing suits. When you’re on the racetrack, it doesn’t matter how hot it is. But when you are sitting there in a hot race car with nothing but your thoughts, it can be brutal.
You have to hand it to the drivers who still put on a real good show for the fans. There was a lot of passing in the Modified feature and a late race pass in the Mod Lites. So again, I commend these drivers for their skill on a tough night.
Now let’s hear more from what we did in the pit area on the Audio Page. I begin with my first conversation of the night. Tony Steiner talked about his tough night in the race last week at Brewerton and the wild car he won with on the asphalt at Evans Mills.
Peter Britten thought back on his runs last weekend at Brewerton & Canandaigua and his top ten in a Super DIRTCar Series race at Albany Saratoga.
Chuck Bower recapped his last race at Brewerton and the top five finish he enjoyed at Fulton Speedway last week as he got ready for some Friday night action.
Kevan Cook came into the night as the IMCA point leader at the Brewerton Speedway and talked about last week’s victory in the feature.
Jim Money had his Four Cylinder Super Stock back at Brewerton for the second time this year and talked about his goals for the night.
Peter Britten walked me through the last lap pass he made to win the first Modified heat race of the night at the Brewerton Speedway.
Steve Hulsizer told me how good it felt to get a heat win in the Deek Decker owned Modified at Brewerton and how different the track was from the hot laps.
Rob Bellinger won his heat race and told me about a change they made after hot laps that they were undoing for the feature.
Jim Money made a nice low move to win his Four Cylinder Super Stock heat race at Brewerton Speedway and told me how he got to the front.
Jessica Redhead described the pass she made to get the win in the final Four Cylinder heat race at the Brewerton Speedway and a change she was making.
Rich Keller won his IMCA Modified heat race and talked about the work they did during the week as well as what they found that was broken.
Mike Mullen spoke with Adam Buchanan after making a late race pass to win the Mod Lite feature race at the Brewerton Speedway.
Ryan Phelps made the pass for the win on lap 30 and told Bill Foley how tough it was to see out there as he went into the first corner.
Peter Britten led twenty four laps in the Modified feature and explained how he lost the lead as he fell back to finish in fourth place at Brewerton.
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