Gary Rowe - CPA
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Gary Rowe of M.R. Gaebel, Inc.
Gates-Cole Associates SUNY Canton Automotive Technology program
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Sunday, September 30th 2018
   New on the Audio Page from Fulton Speedway:
 
After the heat races:
Tim Sears Jr. talked about his win in the first Modified heat and how close things were at the end.
Pat Ward lost second place late to finish third and told me some of what he learned in the heat.
Ryan Arbuthnot bettered his starting spot with his heat win and told me how starting spot helped.
Jimmy Phelps beat out his teammate for a heat win and talked about how slow the racetrack was.
Max McLaughlin finished second in his heat and told me how hard he raced with his teammate.
Tim Fuller got the win in heat number five and described how little he was changing for later on.
Billy Dunn earned a third place in his heat race and wondered where he would start in the 200.
Rob Bellinger took his small block to a heat win and how he changed his turns to get a little better.
Brett Hearn gained two spots to finish third and predicted how things might go in the feature. 
 
After the feature races:
Brad Rouse led all but 11 laps in the 50 lap Sportsman race and talked about the bottom line.
Dave Marcuccilli went from 6th to 2nd and spoke about how tough it was to make some passes.
Shane Pecore had a third place finish and told the crowd how tough it was getting stuck outside.
Danny Johnson spoke with Adam Buchanan after being the race leader at the lap 100 break.
Jimmy Phelps won his third Outlaw 200 and spoke about the work the track crew did at ½ way.
Erick Rudolph was second at the checkered flag and talked about being on the outside early.
Brett Hearn described how he came from 18th to 3rd and how good the leader was at the end.
Stewart Friesen was the hard charger going from 39th to 4th and told me how passed so many.
Tim Sears Jr. told me about his fifth place finish as well as what happened in the 2nd 100 laps.
 
It was quite the day and night at Fulton Speedway as better weather than expected caused the track to take rubber in the heat races and make it a bottom groove track for most of the day. The Sportsman 50 lapper was a race to the bottom as was the first 100 laps of the Outlaw 200 until the grader made an appearance got things back to normal.
 
In the first few heats it was the typical Outlaw Weekend surface. Black, wide and slippery with cars slipping and sliding all over the place as they searched for traction. But somewhere along the way as the sun and wind got going more and more, the bottom slowly became the primary place to be. When the fifth heat got going I wrote down “Track taking rubber?” and showerd it to who was next to me. They said no but once I got into the pits afterwards and started talking to the drivers I realized that yes, it was.

Now sometimes rubbered up tracks can be okay. Sure, it limits passing and makes it tough for the cars on the outside but it is racing and becomes much like watching an asphalt race at Martinsville. You pressure the car in front of you, let them slip up the track and get a spot.

But what happened here was cautions that bred cautions as drivers knew they had maybe a lap or two on the outside before the bottom would heat up again and become basically the only way around. Tomorrow I’ll put up a chat I did with Tim Fuller on topic as he tells me how it happens, what you do and what was unique about the way the rubber was scrubbed of last year at Super DIRT Week.
 
Congrats to Jimmy Phelps and Brad Rouse on their strong victories. For Phelps it was his third Outlaw 200 victory while Rouse took home his first trophy from Fulton. The track moved things along very well, there was a huge crowd and in the end people saw a pretty good race. Maybe not one to stuff away in the time capsule but day racing is hard across the board.
 
I’ll be back with lots of fun stuff tomorrow as well as educate you on rubbered up tracks and let you hear from a good percentage of the Modified drivers as they drew for starting spots in their respective heat races. It’s a nice long clip that you’ll be able to hit ‘Play” on and then sit back and relax.
 
Enjoy your Sunday and I hope you get to go outside and do something fun. Winter will be here before you know it! 
 
Saturday, September 29th 2018
   New on the Audio Page from Fulton Speedway:
 
Jack Lehner talked about his first full season in a Modified and why he chose his big block for Fulton.
Chris Hile spoke about being back at Fulton with his big block after running Brewerton all year long.
Rob Bellinger had his Fulton small block at the race and talked about how well the car has done.
Todd Root explained why he brought his 358 engine instead of the W-16 powered number 11.
Billy Whittaker brought a pair of Modifieds with him and talked about which one he chose to run.
Tim Sears Jr. told me which of his cars he was running and how the weather could change his mind.
Rocky Warner thought back to last week at Fonda and ran down his unsure plans for next week.
Ryan Jordan described the rough season he has had and his plans to finish next week at Thunder.
D.J. Forbes recapped how he did in his two small block races and his hopes for the Outlaw 200.
 
I had some fun yesterday as I took a quick trip to Fulton Speedway to see some of the people and racecars on hand for this weekend’s Outlaw 200. On the site today are all driers who will be racing today and hoping for a big $20,000 victory in the biggest one day Modified show in the northeast.

I’ll be there nice and early and hoping that Mother Nature is a race fan today as they are saying some lake effect showers could be a factor. But I also know that management does not want this to carry over to Sunday with Super DIRT Week looming so be ready for a one day extravaganza today. And if you can’t make it I’ll have lots of good stuff up for you tomorrow.
 
Now let’s chat a little more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page with these interviews aired in the order they were recorded in. Jack Lehner talked about his first full season in a Modified, a problem he had with the car he had with him on Friday and why he chose his big block for Fulton. 
 
Chris Hile spoke about being back at Fulton with his big block after running Brewerton all year long, analyzed the rules for this year’s 200 lapper and what sail panels do to help big blocks. 
 
Rob Bellinger had his Fulton small block at the race and talked about how well the car has done in six races this year while describing why he left the big block home.

Todd Root explained why he brought his 358 engine instead of the W-16 powered number 11 he raced earlier in the year while running down his plans for Super DIRT Week.  
 
Billy Whittaker brought a pair of Modifieds with him and talked about which one he chose to run while wondering if the weather could change his mind.  
 
Tim Sears Jr. told me which of his cars he was running, how the weather could change his mind while explaining what the advantages were for each option. 
 
Rocky Warner thought back to last week at Fonda where he finished fifth in his 358, looked ahead to Fulton’s 200 lapper and ran down his unsure plans for next week. 
 
Ryan Jordan described the rough season he has had in 2018 finishing just six races, his hopes for his big block at Fulton and his plans to finish out the year next week at Thunder Mountain. 
 
D.J. Forbes recapped how he did in his two small block races after moving up from Sportsman, how much faster the car was and his hopes for the Outlaw 200 after a bad draw on Friday night.  
 
Friday, September 28th 2018
   New on the Audio Page for today:

Stewart Friesen speaks about racing Modifieds the next few weeks and looks ahead to Talladega.
Kyle DeMetro tells me how he teamed up with Andrew Ferguson to form a new 358 Modified team.
Joe Williams talked about what he has driven since his Utica Rome days and why now a Sportsman.
Marc Minutolo recapped his weekend at Outlaw Speedway where he won two of three feature races.
Paul Cole shows us his generator business and tells you how you can have a new one next week.

Allie and I had a nice day as we traveled west to Newark to see Paul Cole at Super Gen Products and learn a few things about generators. They sell new and re-furbished Champion Generators and in our chat I try to help you find the one that might be right for you whether new or refurbed. It was cool.
 
Then we met Marc Minutolo at Big Mike Auto Repair, looked over his extensive trophy collection, talked racing and then went to dinner at a local diner. It was good too. We had so much fun and we both went some place we had never been to before.

I have those two chats up as well some I did in the studio and last weekend at Fonda. Of course I’ll be at Fulton today and tomorrow as it is Outlaw 200 Weekend. This was the first big race I was associated with when I got started in 1990 so it has always had a special place in heart regardless of what they call it. Hope to see you there although I am laying low today.
 
Now let’s find out more about the five new interviews we have up for you today on the Audio Page starting with someone we’ll be seeing a lot of the new few weekends. Stewart Friesen speaks about racing Modifieds the next few weeks in New York State, and looks ahead to Talladega while describing how much the air moves the Camping World Trucks around the track. 
 
Kyle DeMetro tells me how he teamed up with Andrew Ferguson to form a new 358 Modified team, described the work they had to do to get the car ready for this weekend and what they’ll do after that.  
 
Joe Williams talked about what he has driven since his Utica Rome days, why he now drives a Sportsman and how much he has raced with it this past season.  
 
Marc Minutolo recapped his weekend at Outlaw Speedway where he won two of three feature races and spoke about getting to get on the track again in a few weeks as well as a little about the family business. It was nice to have dinner with you Marc and learn more about you. 
 
Paul Cole shows us around his generator business, describes the different options of Champion Generators available at SuperGen Prodcuts and tells you how you can have a new or re-furbished unit in just a few days. www.supergenprodcuts.com
 
Thursday, September 27th 2018
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Pat Ward talked about his recent win at Fonda and the work he is doing to get ready for Fulton.
Tommy Sears looks ahead to the Outlaw 200 at Fulton and explained why he is bringing his 358.
Mark Mortensen summed up how his season went at Fonda and a chassis switch at mid-season.
David Schilling explained why he did not run a weekly track and how he has done on the road.

It was a rainy day on Wednesday and that’s okay as hopefully Mother Nature will get all of this our of her system before the weekend and before next week’s start of Super DIRT Week. I’ll be on the road with Allie today as we are heading to Newark to meet with friends and we’ll have some interviews up from that trip tomorrow.
 
When I get back I’ll update the website and start getting the little things ready for our big stretch run here as the busiest time of the year for me is right around the corner. We wish all of you the best as you get your stuff ready and hope everything is going well in the shop.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page as we begin with a pair of Modified racers who will be in action this weekend. Pat Ward talked about his recent win at Fonda and the work he is doing to get ready for his favorite race of the year at Fulton Speedway as well as why he feels sail panels were not a part of this year’s deal. 
 
Tommy Sears looks ahead to the Outlaw 200 at Fulton and explained why he is bringing his 358 Modified to this year’s event as well as how this year’s rule package affected his decision. 
 
Mark Mortensen summed up how his three win season went at Fonda, a chassis switch at mid-season and talks about what he has been hearing about torsion bars versus coil overs.  
 
David Schilling explained why he did not run a weekly track and how he has done on the road starting at the back on many weeks as well as his hopes to pick up his first win of the season.   
 
Wednesday, September 26th 2018
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Danny Creeden told me about his win at Thunder Mountain and his thoughts on Five Mile Point.
Jeremy Wilder talked about his tough season in a 358 and how he has been hoping for a feature win.
Corey Barker looked at Fonda Speedway for the first time and told me what he saw in some videos.  
Charlie Tibbitts remembered his second career Sportsman win and talked about his late season plans.

Let’s hope al that rain we got yesterday is out of here for a while as we have a big weekend planned here in Central New York as Outlaw Weekend is at Fulton Speedway this Friday and Saturday. I’ll be there both days at what is my favorite event of the season.
 
I missed the 200 lapper last year as Allie had a race that day but there are not conflicts this year. Remember, rain pushed it back to Sunday last year and it killed me to miss it. This year new grandstands are in place too and ready for the fans for this year’s event.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page starting with a driver who just won his fourth race of the season. Danny Creeden told me about his win at Thunder Mountain on Sunday, described a little bit of how things have gone for him this year and offered his thoughts on Five Mile Point and Andrew Harpell.

Jeremy Wilder talked about his tough season in a 358, how he has been hoping for a feature win and how close he has came to winning at Fonda eleven days ago. 
 
Corey Barker looked at Fonda Speedway for the first time and told me what he saw in some videos he watched online while wondering where he was exactly in New York State. If any of you have an old map of NY please give it to Cory. Ha ha.

Charlie Tibbitts remembered his second career Sportsman win and talked about why the victory was a little unexpected from his end and described his late season plans. 
 
Tuesday, September 25th 2018
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Steve Poirier talks about winning the ESS Championship at Fonda and his win Sunday at Airborne.
Erick Rudolph spoke about his limited laps at Fonda and talked about racing dusting off his 358 Mod.
A.J. Miller explains why he travels to Central New York to race and what he likes about those tracks.
Tony Veneziano reports on the pair of World of Outlaw Sprint Car races from Eldora and Lernerville.

I had a better day on Monday and got a good night’s sleep after a tough day on Sunday. I got to work nice and early and did some writing and some chats in the studio. When you are grieving they say to be busy and that does help. I am still thinking about the young man’s family and friends as we wish them all the best these next few days, months and years.
 
I will be back in the studio this afternoon and then again later in the night as we have practice for bowling from 5-8. I’ll do a game or two and then get back home. I wish this league started later as I am still in racing and golf mode. Maybe that’s why the sport is suffering.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have on the Audio Page as we begin with a driver who had a pretty good weekend. Steve Poirier talks about winning the ESS Championship with a second place at Fonda, his win Sunday at Airborne and tells me what he is thinking about doing in 2019. 
 
Erick Rudolph spoke about his limited laps at Fonda and talked about racing dusting off his 358 Modified as well as looking ahead to the next few races he has on his schedule. 
 
A.J. Miller explains why he travels to Central New York to race his Sportsman, what he likes about those tracks and tells me how aggressive you need to be on the track while still being careful.  
 
Tony Veneziano reports on the pair of World of Outlaw Sprint Car races from Eldora and Lernerville, runs down what happened at the Four Crown Nationals and shares some thoughts on Greg Hodnett.   
 
Monday, September 24th 2018
   I don’t do this much but the website is dark today in memory of my friend Filippo D’Agostino who passed away on Saturday after a motorcycle accident in Liverpool. “Little Phil” as we called him -his dad was Big Phil- was a fine, respectful young man who sadly left is way too soon at the tender age of 24.

He was like a lot of us in the racing community as he loved anything fast but unfortunately it was that love of speed that cost him his life. As I spoke to his dad at the vigil Sunday night, who was my neighbor across the street in Bayberry, he spoke about his hope that this tragedy could possibly slow the next young man or women down as they decided how fast to go or what move to make on the road.

To all of you who take risks on the road, please head this message and save that love of speed for the racetrack in a supervised and safe situation. When I was Little Phil’s age I wish I could tell you that I was the poster child for safety but I also was as far from that as possible. I myself am truly lucky, not fortunate, lucky to still be here.

Please hug your kids, your significant other, your friends and even the people that are in your life that maybe you don’t know too much about and take a moment to think about how lucky and fortunate we all are to still be here, still be doing well and be able to do the things we love most. Little Phil can’t do any of that anymore.

And for those of you who street race, drive fast or do some things that we shouldn’t please remember that it can happen to any of us, sometimes regardless of our actions. Enjoy your day today. Enjoy every day and don’t hold back your feelings. Tell your kids you love them. Tell your folks you love them and tell the people you value in your life how much you value them.

Please do that for me today. I am sad and maybe a little mad but my life goes on. My thoughts and prayers go out to his mom and dad, his step mom and all the people that were fortunate enough to know Filippo and have him be a part of their life. I’ll miss you young man and I hope to see you again some day in a place up high. Rest in peace Filippo. 
 
     
 
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