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|Friday, June 29th 2012
| New on the Audio Page for today:
Kraig Kinser walked me through his win at The Boot Hill Showdown and looked ahead to Kansas.
Mike Mahaney led every lap to win the ROC Modified show at I-88 and told me how he did it.
Chad Homan spoke about being one of the twelve Modified drivers to race Tuesday at Canandaigua.
Jason Knowles remembers his emotional BRP Late Model win Saturday night at Woodhull.
Chris Busta explained how they got their motor repaired so they could be ready last Sunday.
Dan Wiesner leads the Sportsman points at Canandaigua and talked about wonderful season.
Paul Guererri wondered where he would be in points if he had not blown a motor in week one.
Nick Nye ran down how his season has been going and explained the damage on the right rear.
Frank Burnell told me how his return to Sportsman racing is going and talks about his expectations.
Rich Green talked about his Street Stock win last week at I-88 and what he learned at Skyline.
John Cooper Jr. had a week old stock car at Skyline and told me how the first race went in the car.
Frank Payne described the season so far at Skyline Raceway and the monster trucks this Saturday.
Hear the World of Outlaw Late Models as they idle in the staging area in our latest Motor Sounds.
I had a busy day on Thursday and got a lot done. I did three studio interviews, wrote up a Q&A piece for the Syracuse Post Standard that will show up in the Sunday edition and put up a lot of photos too.
And as you can see we have a whole lot of interviews for you today. Twelve total as well as a Motor Sounds clip and we also have another ten coming tomorrow with some drivers who will be racing tomorrow night at their home tracks.
I’ll be heading to a track again tomorrow although I am not sure just where yet. Then Sunday we’ll be at the ESS show at Utica Rome and again Tuesday at Rolling Wheels. It’s a great time to be a fan and I am happy to bring all this stuff to you today.
On the site tomorrow with be chats with Justin Haers, Shawn Donath, Derrick Podsiadlo, Todd Henderson, Greg Cool, A.J. Lloyd, Dwight Johnson, A.J. Filbeck, Jeff Leslie and Seth Smith. And who knows, maybe I’ll get in the studio if I get some calls. So be sure to come back for that and more!
Now let’s talk more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page. I begin with the hottest driver right now on the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series. Kraig Kinser walked me through his win at The Boot Hill Showdown and looked ahead to Kansas. He told me about the lines he ran as he led all 30 laps of the A-main, why he thinks he is not necessarily much faster these past few races and how to know when to show your nose to a fellow racer.
Mike Mahaney led every lap to win the ROC Modified show at I-88 and told me how he did it. He talked about how good his car was right off the trailer, how his experience there a few years ago helped and why he almost felt bad about not racing anyone out front…well, not too bad anyway!
Chad Homan spoke about being one of the twelve Modified drivers to race on Tuesday at Canandaigua. He talked about how his season has been going, the new chassis he will be getting soon and how nice it was to be included on this invitational deal with the World of Outlaw Late Models.
Jason Knowles remembers his emotional BRP Late Model win Saturday night at Woodhull. He explained why he changed his number to 43 for the event, why he had to stop looking at the crowd under yellow and what is was like to bury a friend earlier that day and then finish it up with a win. Wow, what a story!
Chris Busta explained how they got their motor repaired so they could be ready last Sunday. He told me how spectacular his engine explosion was, when they got the motor back and why he was not happy to see a tacky surface at Utica Rome…too bad it rained out a few minutes after we did this.
Dan Wiesner leads the Sportsman points and Canandaigua and talked about wonderful season. He remembered beating the driver who pits next to him last time out, how it felt to win both the shows so far at Rolling Wheels and how tough it was going to be on Tuesday with some outsiders in the pits.
Paul Guererri wondered where he would be in points if he had not blown a motor in week one. He told me how good his car has been lately, how tough it can be starting at the rear and how the Canandaigua track felt on Tuesday night.
Nick Nye ran down how his season has been going and explained the damage on the right rear. He told me about his last race at Skyline, some shock things he is working on and the condition he is trying to fix.
Frank Burnell told me how his return to Sportsman racing is going and wonders about his expectations. He talked about some braking issues he has had, a wreck he had last time out and why he has not been making many friends the last few weeks.
Rich Green talked about his Street Stock win last week at I-88 and what he learned at Skyline. He remembered watching someone else win in the car a month or so back, how he made his way from 9th to first last Friday and why he needs to put his last time at Skyline in perspective.
John Cooper Jr. had a week old stock car at Skyline and told me how the first race went with the car. He explained why they got out a little late, what they were hoping the new chassis would do and who helped him put the car together. And yes, this car was beautiful, almost too nice to race.
Frank Payne described the season so far at Skyline Raceway and the monster trucks this Saturday. He talked about how big the crowds have been, how good the racing has been and reminds fans which monster trucks will be performing at intermission.
|Thursday, June 28th 2012
| New on the Audio Page for today:
Kent Robinson talks about his season with the World of Outlaws and his start back in Indiana.
Dan Stone was on vacation all week and talked about spending it with the World of Outlaws.
Dave Zona tried his luck with The Outlaws at Canandaigua and talked about the track fooling him.
Peter Britten spoke about his goals for the dash races at Canandaigua and Late Models back home.
Sean Beardsley got reflective on his traveling days and wished he knew then what he knows now.
Ryan Jordan ran down some of the things that have gone wrong since he was involved in a jingle.
Kenny Hammond looked over some set up notes and talked about his season so far at Skyline.
Tyler Walker thought back on his Micro Sprint weekend that included two wins and a second.
Andy Szewczyk told me about his season in a Pure Stock running weekly at Utica Rome Speedway.
I had another fun day on Wednesday as I spent some time down at The Post Standard as Sprint Car driver Shawn Donath was making the media rounds to promote next week’s ESS race at Rolling Wheels Raceway. I interviewed him for a Q&A piece that will go in Sunday’s paper. And you’ll get to hear it for yourself soon.
I also wrote up a mid season article for the paper talking about the trends we are seeing so far and how each of the local tracks are doing. You can read it in today’s edition available on newsstands now!
I also added a whole bunch of new clips to the Audio Page so you have a lot to listen to today. And we span the ranks of Late Models to Pure Stocks today so you really get a lot of variety today too.
And we did get our final bit of good news we were hoping for so we are all good to go here now and are set to celebrate a little bit over the next few days. I’ll be doing shows Saturday, Sunday and Tuesday so it will get busy here again real soon.
Now let’s chat more about what is new for today on the Audio Page. I begin with my final conversations with the Late Model guys from Tuesday as the get ready for Lernerville tonight. Kent Robinson talks about his first season with the World of Outlaws Late Model Series and his start back in Indiana. He told me about his days in a Modified, why he likes Late Models so much and explained how he lost a racecar in a recent crash.
Dan Stone was on vacation all week and talked about spending it with the World of Outlaws Late Model Series. He told me about the sudden rainout on Sunday in Cornwall, why he decided to make a true vacation after that and why staying on the road instead of going home saved some money.
Dave Zona tried his luck with The Outlaws at Canandaigua Tuesday night and talked about the track fooling him. He told me about a change he was making for time trials, remembered the last time he came to Ontario County and summed up how his season has gone so far.
Peter Britten spoke about his goals for the dash races at Canandaigua and what late Late Models are like back home. He told me how the class is doing as a whole, how they are different than what we see here and the one big difference.
Sean Beardsley got reflective on his traveling days and wished he knew then what he knows now. He told me how little he knew when he ran with the World of Outlaw Late Models, how down on power he was the event at Canandaigua and how he felt he would do if he made the show.
Ryan Jordan ran down some of the things that have gone wrong since he was involved in a mid week jingle at Thunder Mountain. He told me why he missed last week at Skyline, what went wrong the next time he came out and the need for some good luck for a change.
Kenny Hammond looked over some set up notes and talked about his season so far at Skyline. He told me how the car is doing, what has been experimenting with and where he feels he needs his open motor Sportsman to be better.
Tyler Walker thought back on his Micro Sprint weekend that included two wins and a second. He talked about his improvement this year compared to last, how close he came to a sweep and looked ahead to Speedweeks in Pennsylvania.
Andy Szewczyk told me about his season in a Pure Stock running weekly at Utica Rome Speedway. He evaluated where he is as a driver right now, described the lines he likes to run on the track and a loose condition he has been dealing with.
|Wednesday, June 27th 2012
| New on the Audio Page f rom Canandaigua Motorsports Park:
Pre race conversations:
Rick Eshelman ran down how the season has been going with the World of Outlaw Late Models.
Vic Coffey returned to a track he knows well and talked about the need to be better earlier.
Rick Eckert came into the night second in the points and talked about how his season is going.
Darrell Lanigan has won 6 of 18 WoO races this year and told me how consistent he has been.
Clint Smith was coming off of a good run at Autodrome Granby and spoke about his repaired motor.
Chub Frank explained how he got a flat up at Granby and how he worked his way back to 11th.
Bub McCool is the top rookie on the tour this year and told me his initial impressions of New York.
After time trials and the World of Outlaw Late Model heats:
Rick Eckert was fast timer with a lap of 17.972 at 100.150 mph and talked about the surface.
Tim McCreadie made the pass for the lead on the outside and told me why he was 18th in time trials.
John Lobb won his heat race at a track he had never seen and told me why it seemed familiar.
Tim Fuller spoke about his heat win and why his motor was already running on seven cylinders.
After the 12 lap Modified dashes and the WoO Late Model feature:
Dave Rauscher won the first Modified dash and explained how he ended up with the pole position.
Peter Britten talked with Shane Andrews after winning the second twelve lap Modified dash.
Darrell Lanigan spoke with Rick Eshelman about winning his 7th WoO feature of the year.
Tim McCreadie finished second in the 40 lapper and told Rick Eshelman about his tire choice.
Tim Fuller came home third running on seven cylinders and told the crowd why it may have helped.
Clint Smith told me how happy he was with his 4th place and the work he did on Tim Fuller’s motor.
Bub McCool picked up some spots late to finish 5th and told me how much he enjoyed Canandaigua.
I had a great time last night as I traveled west to Canandaigua Motorsports Park for the World of Outlaw Late Models. Of course interest for this series at Canandaigua is high as three drivers who the fans know well were on hand as well as current Modified drivers Billy Decker and Dale Planck. Now throw in The Outlaws, the Tim’s & Vic and you can see why it was a BIG night!
As usual the track surface has hard and table top smooth. Just listen to the interviews and you’ll hear. And on this night, the wind was blowing away from the grandstand so promoter Jeremie Corcoran had a lot to smile about...except when someone switched a few letters on his sign out front to play a joke on him. But that was the only thing that was not 100% to plan.
The World of Outlaw Late Models were impressive as usual as they really sling these huge cars around these big tracks. The motors really sing at tracks like Canandaigua, they lay over like crazy and a big crowd was on hand to watch them…and why not?
Tim McCreadie gave them a lot to cheer for early as he came from 7th to the lead in 4 laps in his heat and drove away for the win after an 18th place effort in time trials. And Tim Fuller won the final heat with Vic Coffey in 2nd. I got to chat with both Tims and the other heat winner as well as a total of 20 pre race chats and over 50 photos. I’ll have the other chats available on the site over the course of the next three days as my next show is Saturday.
But in the end, it was the driver who has been dominating the series all year long who came home first. Darrell Lanigan started 6th in this one after Shane Clanton lead the first 22 laps of the 40 lapper from the pole. But by lap 6, Lanigan was up to 5th. Up to 4th on lap 10, 3rd on lap 15 and 2nd on lap 17. Then he went to the outside of Clanton in turn 4 on lap 23 and never looked back.
The race went green to checkered too so once Lanigan got out front, that was it for everyone else. Bub McCool was fast late as he went from 7th to 5th in the last 5 laps getting by Clanton and Vic Coffey. I did get the entire top five as well as the two Modified winners as well. They are all on the Audio Page.
Tim Fuller had a tough night despite his 3rd place finish and winning a heat. He lost a cylinder (I believe it was a push rod but don’t quote me) and ran his heat and the feature on 7 cylinders. They actually took the spark plug out so it sounded pretty bad as it ticked and ticked around the track. And yes, they are going to have to take that one back to the builder as it may have gotten a lobe on the cam too.
The Modifieds were also on hand in an invitational style format. Twelve cars were there for a pair of twelve lap dashes. They drew initially and then had to pass the number they drew to another. It was interesting and colorful for the fans to watch. Dave Rauscher and Peter Britten won them and both of them went green to checkered. And yes, they are on the Audio Page too.
I left after the World of Outlaw Late Model feature and it was 9:39 went I got to my car. And that was after doing some interviews. Yeah, they had just the right amount of stuff on the card and running the Sportsman last gave people who had to be up early (like me today) the chance to leave early. And if they still wanted, they could stay and still be out by 10PM which I have always said is your magic number on a weekday show.
David Marcuccilli beat Justin Henderson in that Sportsman race which included several outsiders going for the $800 first place prize money. I did chat with several of your Canandaigua Sportsman teams and those interviews will be up over the course of the next three days as well as some of the Modified chats I did too!
LATE ADD: The carmel corn there is unreal! I've never really liked it but bought it for my wife to take home. I needed a snack while waiting for some photos to upload and grabbed a few handfuls. Those handfuls turned into many more and the next thing I knew, I made a pretty good dent in the bag. Uh oh! So a Doug's Dirt Diary bonus sticker is coming to the people who make it right there at the track. Crazy good!
Now don’t forget that today I-88 Speedway has an ROC Modified show and from what I have been hearing, there will be a real good turnout! The buzz surrounding this place is real! I went myself about a month or so ago and had a great time. So if you can, get down and support this show tonight. If you went before this year, then you haven’t been yet. Trust me!!! You’ll want to be there.
Now today we have one more little thing to deal with and then if that goes well, it will be celebration time here until the next bump in the road of life occurs. But so far our suspension is handling them pretty well. Keep your fingers crossed for us and I’ll see you tomorrow. Have a great Wednesday and keep checking as I know I’ll get some more photos in today!
|Tuesday, June 26th 2012
| New on the Audio Page for today:
Tim McCreadie talks about his WoO win at Granby and his early days in Modified racing.
Alan Johnson won his first race at Canandaigua since 2008 and told me how good it felt to win.
Pat Ward recapped his top ten finishes this past weekend at Brewerton and Five Mile Point.
Mike Colsten got his second win in a row at Five Mile and talked about tomorrow at I-88 Speedway.
Tom Collins Jr. came into Saturday at Skyline as the point leader and talked about his busy day.
Randy Brokaw remembered a big wreck he had at Skyline and how badly damaged the car was.
John Morse told me about his season at Skyline and the need for more side bit when it’s slick.
Andrew Harpell previewed tomorrow night’s ROC race at I-88 and next Monday at Five Mile Point.
Boy did we get a lot done yesterday or what? We did about five chats in the studio and wrote up another article for the Syracuse Post Standard. It was a busy day but a fun one as I love this job and love the interview we get to bring to you.
Two jump out today that fall into the “must listen to” category. The first is the first on the Audio Page today. Tim McCreadie will be at Canandaigua today with the World of Outlaw Late Models but he was once a new driver trying to make a name for himself.
We chatted about getting respect from your fellow racers, how he did it early and how one night in Canada he learned what can happen when you don’t. This is a must listen especially for drivers who are new or have just moved up in class. There are certain etiquette rules to follow out there and so many new drivers just either don’t want to follow them or don’t know. Listen and learn people!
Also the Mike Colsten one is real good too. You guys know Mike, he’ll tell you the deal and that is why I have always enjoyed my chats with him. But his story from Afton a few years ago when the track washed his car after getting stuck in the mud is a classic. You’ll love it!
Of course there are many more on there so get on the Audio Page now and look for your favorite. First up is that first one I was talking about. Tim McCreadie talks about his World of Outlaw Late Model win at Granby and how good his program has been of late. He also remembered his early days in Modified racing, some lessons he learned and how to earn the respect of your fellow racers. Some of you newer racers out there really need to listen to that part. Respect is a two way street in racing!
Alan Johnson won his first race at Canandaigua since 2008 and told me how good it felt to win. He described the groove he ran in to get to the front, the pass that saw him go from third to first and the reaction he heard in victory lane.
Pat Ward recapped his top ten finishes this past weekend at Brewerton and Five Mile Point. He told me how he got trapped a little bit on Saturday, how fast the feature winner was and looked ahead to a mid week ROC show at I-88 Speedway. 2:09 UR Pat Ward Mod pre race Jun 24.MP3
Mike Colsten got his second win in a row at Five Mile and talked about tomorrow at I-88 Speedway. He told me how well his new Modified is doing in the corners, why he will miss this Saturday and shared a story from back in the Afton Speedway days when the track officials washed his car for him. This is a good one!
Tom Collins Jr. came into Saturday at Skyline as the point leader and talked about the busy day he had before getting to the track. He also spoke about his quest for win number one of the year, how sometimes you can see a wreck getting ready to happen and how valuable his crew is on days like this one.
Randy Brokaw remembered a big wreck he had at Skyline and how badly damaged the car was. He showed me the visual damage that was still on the car, why he thought it would still be ok and how nice it is to be able to share race days with his college age daughter. And I watched, she does a lot of work!
John Morse told me about his season at Skyline and the need for more side bit when it’s slick. He walked me through his feature win four weeks ago, how changeable the surface has been week to week and why he will not travel much till later in the year.
Andrew Harpell previewed tomorrow night’s ROC race at I-88 and next Monday at Five Mile Point. He talked about the addition of sail panels for Wednesday’s race, why car counts were lower than expected at last week’s shows and gives teams details on the Sportsman rain out from Utica Rome on Sunday. For more go to www.rocdirt.com.
|Monday, June 25th 2012
| New on the Audio Page from Utica Rome Speedway before the rainout:
Eddie White told me how he extended his Sportsman winning streak to five at Thunder Mountain.
Matt Janczuk explained how he put his wrecked car back together and how it has been since.
Larry Wight remembered his Brewerton Speedway win from Friday and talked about Tuesday.
Jeff Crambo had a second place Modified finish at Five Mile and told me about his past in Vernon.
Danny Tyler did not have a lap in so far this weekend and talked about his hopes for Utica Rome.
Ronnie Johnson just won his first feature of the year and told me how got the win at Fonda.
Mike Mahaney got a ride in the #4 Troyer on Sunday and thought back to Wednesday at Can Am.
Well Mother Nature was not a racefan on Sunday as she rained us out at Utica Rome Speedway just as we were ready to get the first heat races of the night on the track. Right as Shannon Terrier was wrapping up the national anthem it began to rain ever so slightly.
It picked up and then actually slowed down for a while before opening up again just as the weather radar said it would. I knew the plug was getting pulled as I was up there as Race Director John Tiff came out to tell owner Gene Cole that the radar did not look good.
But with all of the online Monday morning quarterbacks out there who think they know how to run a racetrack, knowing when to pull the plug officially is necessary. When it began to pick up again, the call was made. And it rained all the way back to Syracuse and as I wrote this up at 8:39 PM, it is still drizzling out there.
This is really too bad as a lot of the Sportsman teams traveled a long way to get to the ROC race at Utica Rome but there is nothing that could have been done outside of waiting around and getting done as about 2AM or so. And as soon as I hear about rescheduling, I’ll let you know.
It was also too bad for me as I had my daughter Allie with me. You’ll see her smiling face in some of the driver photos as she continues to learn the ropes of dirt track racing. The guys were great with her and she enjoyed meeting them.
I saved seven interviews from my travels and put up all the photos that I shot. I now have 17 interviews in the can right now and will put a lot of those up tomorrow as well as whatever I can get done in the studio. So be sure to come back for that and more.
Now let’s talk more about the new stuff on the Audio Page that includes some winners from this past weekend. Eddie White told me how he extended his Sportsman winning streak to five at Thunder Mountain as he got ready for his first ever laps at Utica Rome.
Matt Janczuk explained how he put his wrecked Sportsman back together and how it has been since they got it back on the track.
Larry Wight remembered his Brewerton Speedway win from Friday and talked about getting the Late Model back for a World of Outlaw race this Tuesday.
Jeff Crambo had a second place Modified finish at Five Mile Point Speedway on Saturday and told me about his past runs at Utica Rome.
Danny Tyler did not have a lap in so far this weekend thanks to Mother Nature’s actions on Friday and talked about his hopes for Utica Rome.
Ronnie Johnson just won his first Modified feature race of the year and told me how got the win at Fonda on Saturday night.
Mike Mahaney told me how he picked a ride in the #4 Troyer of Skip Seymour on Sunday and thought back to Wednesday at Can Am.
|Sunday, June 24th 2012
| New on the Audio Page from Skyline Raceway:
Pre race conversations:
Kevan Cook talked about his top ten from Friday and his season so far on Saturday nights.
Jim LaRock won the last Sportsman race at Skyline and told me how he got to victory lane.
Byron Worthing came into the night with one top five and spoke his need for more seat time.
Scott Conover explained why was a little down physically and why he moved away from asphalt.
Chris Fleming explained what went wrong with his car on Friday and why the fix was an easy one.
Randy Shantel ran down some handling issues he has had and what he did to make it better.
After the heat races:
Mike Wilbur won the first IMCA Modified heat race and talked the other car he had with him.
Chris Fleming made a last lap pass for his win and showed me something he did to his suspension.
Byron Worthing ran away from the field to win his heat and explained how different the ends were.
Kevin Jordan talked about his heat win and the people who loaned him an engine to be able to race.
After the features:
Kevan Cook won a great side by side race in the IMCA Modified feature and talked about it.
Randy Shantel shared his with me thoughts after winning his first Sportsman feature since 2010.
Jim LaRock fell one spot short of winning on back to back weeks and talked about the final laps.
Scott Conover explained how he came back from getting sideways to a nice third place finish.
Butch Green had a 4th place finish for the second night in a row and talked about his move up.
Jim Rothwell looked over some damage on his Sportsman and told me about his fifth place run.
Dad and I had a great time as we went to Skyline Raceway just south of Cortland. Every time I go to this track I have a great time and every time I tell myself the same thing on the way home, “I need to get here more!”
Of course I have fond memories of Skyline as back in my early days I would travel there with then Modified driver Tommy Juhl as they always ran late season Modified events. I always liked the place back then and I still do today. If you have never been here, please add it to your summer destination list.
Now this mind you is graduation weekend, one of the toughest weekends of the season for racetrack operators and promoters and there was still a real good crowd on hand at this place. I took a few pics from the infield after the appliance race (Which was very entertaining by the way.) and you can see how many people are there. Owner Frank Payne said this is half of what they have been getting on a weekly basis.
It’s refreshing to see a track doing well and hear an owner talking about how well things are going. And let’s face it, Skyline Raceway is a destination. You are not just going to stumble on it during a drive so if you don’t know it’s there, it might as well be on an island. And the fact that they do as well as they do says a lot about the way they run the show and the fan base they have been able to cultivate.
As for the racing, two features were so close at the line you had trouble telling who won while the Sportsman saw a late attempt by Jim LaRock on leader Randy Shantel and that was still in doubt coming into the final corner. Kevan Cook won the IMCA Modified feature with a last lap pass while Brett Miller got passed with one to go and retook the lead on the final lap top beat Rich Green to the line.
And as you can see from the photos in my bin, it is lawn chair and grandstand seating at Skyline. There are a lot of young people as well as an atmosphere that reminded me of going to the drive in with my parents as a kid. For you young folks who may have never experienced that, it was great! And when you got older…well I’ll save that for another night. But you guys missed it!
The food is inexpensive with drinks going for a dollar and they move the lines along pretty well. Frank & Audrey Payne seem to have clones working for them as well as everywhere I turned, there they were. Again, it was a totally refreshing night and a fun one at that. It’s like racing was when I first got started. You really need to get there! And this coming Saturday they have Monster Trucks, so this week would be a good time to make it there.
I have a lot of new clips on the Audio Page too as we covered the Sportsman and IMCA Modifieds. I was able to save ten of those clips for the can and they will show up between now and the next race they have. Today I will be at Utica Rome and I may be able to get some pics up before I go. I’ll have my oldest daughter Allie with me so say hi when you see us.
Have a great Sunday and I hope you get to see a race live today…you can’t smell racefuel and get dirty watching TV!
|Saturday, June 23rd 2012
| New on the Audio Page for today:
Chuck Hebing talks about his win last Saturday at Lebanon Valley and racing 360’s against 410’s.
Randy Chrysler told me how he won his first ever Modified feature race in a BRP race in Pittsburgh.
Justin Wright just won his first Modified heat race and Canandaigua and talked about his growth.
Bob Hoefer spoke about why he is a car owner at Oswego and remembered his early days as a kid.
Dean Patterson explained why Dale Caswell was in his car and why his arm was in a sling.
Mike Prentice summed up how his 2012 season has been going in a Sportsman at Can Am.
Beth Schneider came back to a track she knows well and talked about the need to race this weekend.
Mike White is the Pro Stock point leader at Can Am and told me how close he is to a feature win.
Tiger Chapman offered his take on Wednesday night at Can Am and his own tech issues.
Hear some Modified motors as they sit in the staging area this past Wednesday at Can Am.
It was another beautiful day on Friday and I spent it home with my family. I have four races coming up over the next five days and with my daughter enjoying her first day off from school, I wanted to spent it with her.
Today dad and I will be heading to Skyline Raceway for some open Sportsman fun and then on Sunday Allie will join me at Utica Rome. It is so nice to be including my family more in my road trips and it makes it more fun at the track as I also have an extra set of eyes to point things out.
I have a lot of new stuff for you today so enjoy all the new stuff on the Audio Page. I begin with a big winner from one week ago. Chuck Hebing talks about his win last Saturday at Lebanon Valley and racing 360’s against 410’s. He remembered some of his double file restarts from the race, how quickly the slower cars came up and how hard he had to drive when he raced against the All Stars.
Randy Chrysler told me how he won his first ever Modified feature race in a BRP race in Pittsburgh. He explained why he had no idea where he was in the running order, when he figured out that he had won and how big the moment was for him personally. Wow!
Justin Wright just won his first Modified heat race and Canandaigua and talked about his progression this year. He told me about the drivers who were chasing him, the need to repeat the feat for 35 laps and how good the victory was for his morale.
Bob Hoefer spoke about why he is a car owner at Oswego and remembered his early days as a kid. He talked about watching the red number 9 go around the track, how much he enjoys watching his drivers go to the front and how nice it is that his two loves are less than a ¼ mile apart.
Dean Patterson explained why Dale Caswell was in his car and why his arm was in a sling. He told me about the crash that made this all happen, how it felt initially and when the doctor’s say he may be able to race again.
Mike Prentice summed up how his 2012 season has been going in a Sportsman at Can Am. He told me about a recent second place finish, how quickly he saw the winner go by and evaluated where he feels his car needs to be better.
Beth Schneider came back to a track she knows well and talked about the need to race this weekend. She wondered if she should bring her car out with old tires to Canandaigua, how tough it is to qualify when you have to start at the back and how nerve racking it was to watch her boyfriend’s last win.
Mike White is the Pro Stock point leader at Can Am and told me how close he is to a feature win. He talked about some changes he made during the week, described what the changes should do and wondered if he would back that off a bit after seeing the tacky surface.
Tiger Chapman offered his take on Wednesday night at Can Am and his own tech issues as a driver. He talked about why they went with co-winners, the line between being innovative & cheating as well as the time he had a driveshaft in his car that was legal but ended up being dq’d.
Hear some Modified motors as they sit in the staging area this past Wednesday at Can Am in my latest Motor Sounds clip. Small blocks and big blocks in this one. See if you can tell the difference.
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