|Sunday, August 4th 2019
| New on the Audio Page from Thunder Mountain Speedway:
Matt Meade won the Limited Sportsman feature race and told me how he came from fourth to first.
Bailey Boyd finished first in the 600 cc Modified race and told me about his three years as a driver.
Eric Rowley talked about his win in his 4 Cylinder and why his second win this year was so special.
Scott Gauthier won his fourth in a row with the Dirt Modified Nostalgia Tour and spoke about his nite.
Kristen Chamberlain told me how she was doing after a very bad flip in the 600 cc Modified feature.
Mike Bowman won his third race of the season on the mountain and told me about the lines he ran.
Bob Johnson spoke about his Dirt Modified Nostalgia Tour win and remembered his last race there.
The Elkins family had a fun night as we headed south to Thunder Mountain Speedway in Center Lisle, New York. The ride took just over an hour so it was a piece of cake after the three hour ride to Malta the night before. And with the entire family together we took our time, stayed until the last lap was turned and had a great time.
I did my usual role with the Dirt Modified Nostalgia Tour as I announce in the tower and help out with pre-race stuff to make sure the track knows what we're doing and visa versa. It's fun because I know most of the people at these tracks anyway and the ones I don't know I meet and get to know over the course of the night. It's fun to put my experience in race nights to work as I sometimes forget how many races I have been a part of in verious ways and the ways that knowledge can help things along today. Yeah, my odometer has surely been around a few times.
Thunder Mountain is an interesting place as they have a ton of cars, a very dedicated fan base and a track that looks like it's slick and dusty but actually holds bite extremely well. Every dirt track has something that makes it unique and as I race with my daughter Allie and talk deeper with everyone about what's taking place on these race nights I learn so much. My learning curve is heading upwards very quickly as is Allie's. What a fun summer we are having as we learn, learn, learn about the sport we love, love, love so much.
Speaking of Allie, she was 5th out of 6 cars in her heat but went from tenth to fifth in the feature. I think the track was a little too technical for her as she said she thought she lost if three different times but she did well chopping the field in half as I always say. If you listen to Mike Bowman's interveiw with me you'll hear him talk about what it's like at Thunder Mountain and you can see (and hear) why experience matters so much at this track.
I'll be back tomorrow and would like to write more but I am spent as I sit here typing at 2:30 in the morning. I'll get into the studio later today after some much needed relaxation and I did save some good stuff from the weekend. Thanks to everyone at Thunder Mountain for their hospitality and we hope to see you all again soon.
|Saturday, August 3rd 2019
| New on the Audio Page from Albany Saratoga Speedway:
Jason Powers told the crowd about his win in the Dirt Modified Nostalgia race for his 2nd in a row.
Scott Gauthier added to his win total at Albany Saratoga and spoke about some help under the hood.
Scott Duell made a pass with 3 to go to win the Sportsman feature and talked about a needed win.
Mike Mahaney talked about how he won his second Modified feature and a big problem he had late.
Peter Britten explained how he almost fell out of the top five and rallied late to finish in second place.
Bobby Hackel IV came home in third place and explained how he lost a position on the final circuit.
Kenny Tremont described why the top groove was the fastest way to go after his fifth place finish.
We had a blast last night going out to Malta and Albany Saratoga Speedway for the first time in a whole bunch of years. Allie had never been there and most of us from the Dirt Modified Nostalgia Tour had not been there either so I enjoyed showing them around and introducing them to a lot more people that I thought as I did remember and work with alot of these folks before. Yeah, we had a blast.
The racetrack was amazing and was the tackiest non rain influenced heat race track I have seen in a long time. It was great to watch those drivers throw those cars around and see such an amazing racing surface. Ask anyone that was there last night. They'll tell you. But then it went dry and got dry in a hurry. There was still a cushion, still some brown down low and it was table top smooth. Nice!
I got a few pre-race interviews as we ended up having an issue right off the trailer. It was one of those tricky electrical issues that can often take more time than you'd like to figure out. Car owner Derrick Flynn was great and with some help from our friend Andrew from the 19 car and Allie's I-Racing coach Jeff, they were able to get the car started right before hot laps and off we went.
Allie drove the car onto the frontstretch after hot laps, parked it at the flag stand and then went up to the starter's stand and sung the Canadian and American national anthems. Then she went and made a last lap pass in her heat to from from fifth third and we were off and running. And dad was so proud!
Then the inevitable happened and she spun three laps into the feature. Then the 00 had nowhere to go and hit her in the left front damaging the rim and causing her tire to go flat. Fortunately the car that got into her was able to continue but Allie's night was done. We inspected the left front and it seems to be fine although we will be giving it another look today.
We'll be on the road again today and heading to Thunder Mountain Speedway in Center Lisle, NY just south of Cortland and north of BInghamton. It is one of my favorites as you sit on the side of a mountain to watch the races and have one of the most beautiful views around to gaze at when there is a break. It's another 1/3 mile d-shaped track and Allie is getting more comfortable at those every time she gets on one so come on down and see us and see some cool cars at a very healthy Saturday night track that has a lot to offer.
We hope you all had a fun night on Friday, we hope today goes well also and we hope you like the new stuff you can listen to from our trip last night at Albany Saratoga Speedway. Thanks to everyone who was so nice to us and we can't wait to come back and see you again. It was so much fun and you made us feel so welcome. Thanks all!
|Friday, August 2nd 2019
| New on the Audio Page for today:
Doug Manmiller remembered his recent Grandview feature win and described a problem on Tuesday.
Micky Wilbur is just getting started in Sportsman competition and talked about what he's learning.
Ronnie Ford tells me how the well new clay has worked out this season at Afton Motorsports Park.
Today is going to be a fun day as we'll be traveling east to Malta and Alabany Saratoga Spedway. It has been a few years since I have been there and I hear wonderful things about what they are doing there this year. It's going to be a blast and I cannot wait.
We'll be racing tonight as Allie is set to drive the Dodge Challenger Modified with the Dirt Modified Nostalgia Tour. We'll be at a pair of 1/3 mile tracks this weekend as tomorrow nighe we'll be at Thunder Mountain Speedway in Center Lisle. It's gonna be so much fun and Allie and everyone with the club is super excited.
Now let's chat more about what is new on the Audio Page as we begin the first weekend of racing in August. Doug Manmiller remembered his recent Grandview feature win, his slow start to the 2019 season and described a problem they had on Tuesday at Grandview.
Micky Wilbur is just getting started in Sportsman competition and talked about what he's been learning so far as well as his background in the US Navy.
Ronnie Ford tells me how the well new clay has worked out this season at Afton Motorsports Park what it has done to improve the racing and how man dump truck fulls made their way from Central New York to Afton.
|Thursday, August 1st 2019
| New on the Audio Page for today:
Rocky Warner talked about his weekend where he won at Albany Saratoga, Fonda and The Ridge.
Tyler Trump speaks about his Modified win on Saturday at Fulton Speedway and his 3rd at Brewerton.
Lyle DeVore looks ahead to Friday night at Albany Saratoga and tells me how their season is going.
Sam Kozak describes what it is like taking photos at the track and what he enjoys most about the job.
It was a great day on Wednesday as I stayed busy to keep my mind off of things and got a lot done. You'll also be getting four chats tomorrow to as we'll get ready for a big weekend with the Dirt Modified Nostalgia Tour. We're visiting Albany Saratoga on Friday and Thunder Mountain on Saturday so come on out and see us.
I don't know if you guys have checked the weather but the 5 day forecast does not even mention that ugly word. It's amazing isn't it? We had so much rain earlier in the year and now we are going at a crazy pace. I wish all you teams all the best, hope your cars are holding up well and that your wallett isn't empty yet. Keep going guys and gals as I still don't know how you all do it.
Now let's chat more about what's on the Audio Page today starting with a pair of winners from the weekend. Rocky Warner talked about his weekend where he won his first ever Modified feature race at Albany Saratoga, his fifth of the season at Fonda and a very special race honoring the memory of his father at The Ridge.
Tyler Trump speaks about his 358 Modified win on Saturday at Fulton Speedway and his 3rd place at Brewerton Speedway on Friday and how a vibration he felt in the car turned out to be something that will need to be welded.
Lyle DeVore looks ahead to Friday night at Albany Saratoga and tells me how their season is going heading into August as well as how things are going on the high banks of Lebanon Valley. Hope you had a nice birthday Lyle!
Sam Kozak describes what it is like taking photos at Genesee Speedway weekly, what he enjoys most about the job and encourages you to look at his work on Facebook which now includes in car videos. Good stuff!
|Wednesday, July 31st 2019
| New on the Audio Page for today:
Jimmy Phelps talks about his Tuesday rainout at Sharon Speedway and tonight's racing at Eldora.
Mike Bowman told me about his win last Saturday at Merrittville and his 3rd at Ransomville Friday.
Larry Vick described how he is keeping the memory of Tim Downs going by racing his Sportsman.
It was another stormy day here in Central New York State and as I wrote this another storm is bearing down on us as I can hear the thunder getting closer. The worst of this one is going south of us by a few miles and from what they are saying it is hailing right now in Syracuse.
I got busy in the studio recording three new chats and two of those are up today as well as one I did last week as I met someone new. I have more set up for today and we wish everyone in Eldora all the best as they are set to race there tonight and tomorrow as a companion to the NASCAR trucks. Yeah, I'll be watching that as it is one of my favorite races of the season.
Now let's chat more about what is new for today on the Audio Page beginning with a man who had very little to do after a long ride on Tuesday. Jimmy Phelps talks about his Tuesday rainout at Sharon Speedway, tonight's Super DIRTcar Series race at Eldora and remembers his fourth place last Sunday in the last SDS race at Weedsport Speedway.
Mike Bowman told me about his small block Modified win last Saturday at Merrittville, his 3rd place at Ransomville on Friday and looks ahead to the Super DIRTcar Series coming to both tracks this Monday and Tuesday.
Larry Vick described how he is keeping the memory of Tim Downs going by racing his Sportsman car at Genesee Speedway, explained how he came into owning the car and how he has been doing on the track. Hopefully Tim is smiling as he watches his car go around the track. We miss ya man!
|Tuesday, July 30th 2019
| New on the Audio Page for today:
Billy Pauch Jr. talked about his wins at Kutztown and Big Diamond while looking ahead to tonight.
Brett Baldwin came to the track alone and spoke about how he is doing as he begins his race career.
Steve Krawczyk told me about his Mini Stock and how his very first racecar went in his first event.
Tony Veneziano reports on the World of Outlaws as they raced at Lernerville and Williams Grove.
It was a stormy day on Monday and it sounds like we'll be having another day like this today before things clear out for what should be a great weekend. We'll be heading to Albany Saratoga and Thunder Mountain this weekend with the Dirt Modified Nostalgia tour and we are both very excied about that.
I have a couple of chats up today from the studio as well as a couple with some drivers who are new to the website. I hope you like them and are ready to meet some more new folks as that was my goal in my racetrack interviews last week.
I have some things to do back in the studio today so look for more tomorrow including a conversation with first time Modified winner Tyler Trump. And I have a list of folks to try again too so be sure to come back tomorrow for more good stuff.
Now let's chat in more detail about what we have on the Audio Page for today. Billy Pauch Jr. talked about his wins at Kutztown and Big Diamond this past week, looks ahead to tonight's show at Grandview feauring Mods and USAC Sprints while windering what he will race once the regular season is complete.
Brett Baldwin came to the track alone and spoke about how he is doing as he begins his racing career in a Sportsman at Land of Legends Raceway and tells me how valuable seat time is to him right now.
Steve Krawczyk told me about his Mini Stock and how his very first racecar went in his first event at Genesee Speedway as well as why he is familiar with the feeling of butterflies in his stomach and likes it. Thanks for everything you do for us Steve!
Tony Veneziano reports on the World of Outlaws as they raced at Lernerville and Williams Grove, helps me define what makes a driver a Pa. Posse member and we both speculate on why car counts were so low at The Grove. Am I right? Thoughts?
|Monday, July 29th 2019
| New on the Audio Page for today:
Donnie Lawson tells me how his 2019 season has been going and talked about his last trip to Batavia.
Bob Henry Jr. talked about his ride for last Wednesday in Canandaigua and told me how he's doing.
Zach Payne describes how he is doing in his rookie season driving a crate Sportsman in Canandaigua.
I had a nice weekend and I hope you did too. I laid low like I planned and hopefully we will get better every day this week and be ready for a big weekend. I'll be in the studio today and have some new people that I'll be putting up this week as I met a lot of new folks in my last two shows.
I'm looking for requests too so be sure to send those along and let me know if there is a track you think I should go to. It's gonna be a fun week as I look to catch up with some drivers and I hope you like what we'll be giving you every day this week.
Now let's chat about the three chats I have up today on the Audio Page starting with a teacher who is on summer vacation. Donnie Lawson tells me how his 2019 season has been going and talked about his last trip to Batavia as well as why he was going to take this weekend off to spend time with his kids. Nice!
Bob Henry Jr. talked about his ride for last Wednesday in Canandaigua and told me how he's doing in the 10J car as well as how happy he is to see drivers doing well running his exhaust systems.
Zach Payne describes how he is doing in his rookie season driving a crate Sportsman in Canandaigua, what he has learned from growing up around the sport as well as what he will doing now that he has graduated high school.
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