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Friday, April 4th 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Mike Cooper thinks back on last year’s career ending crash and tells me what he is doing now.
Greg Emerson looks ahead to the start of the season at Canandaigua as he meets fans in Auburn.
 
Well we’re finally caught up on all the little things I had to take care of in a busy but sad week for us. Today I should finally be able to get in the studio and get some new recordings done. And don’t forget that racecars will be inside the Great Northern Mall in Clay all weekend long starting today.
 
I’ll be at the mall tomorrow and will take some photos and chat with some of the drivers who have their cars there. These mall shows are huge as they are our best recruiting tool to bring in new fans. The new fans don’t stumble on racetrack websites and many have no idea what a modified is.
 
I hope you all have fun at the show and for those of you who are hoping to get on the track this weekend we wish you all the best. You know someone will wreck a new racecar this weekend. It is sure to happen. So we wish you some good racing luck as hopefully your 2014 season will get off to a great start or at least an inexpensive one.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for today on the Audio Page. I begin with a driver who ended his 2013 season in spectacular form. Mike Cooper thinks back on last year’s career ending crash and tells me what he is doing now. He told me how helping his son has made the transition easier and tells me who will be driving the car this year. Notice the hesitation in his voice when I ask if he is done…maybe huh? 
 
Greg Emerson looks ahead to the start of the season at Canandaigua as he meets fans in Auburn. He talked about the people he was seeing at the mall and the need to get those fans to the racetrack to see what we are doing. 

 
Thursday, April 3rd 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
David Marcuccilli showed off his Sportsman last weekend and talked about his off season.
Gary Palone gives us on the latest news from Paradise Speedway and how the track looks now.
 
It was another nice day on Wednesday as I got some work done late in the day in the studio and went to get our taxes done. No, I did not wait until the last minute, I still had a few days to go before that. And we did well and what we get back will help us tremendously over the course of the long summer if it ever gets here.
 
We stayed pretty busy on Wednesday although I was behind all day and not able to do all that I had hoped. But today should be a little better and hopefully I’ll get all caught up on everything.
 
A big thanks goes out to everyone who sent messages to me and my wife in emails or on facebook. It meant the world to us. Let’s hope the rest of the year is relatively incident free as the last 7 months or so has not been great by any means.
 
Now let’s talk more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page. I begin with a man who had his car at Fingerlakes Speedworld. David Marcuccilli showed off his Sportsman last weekend and talked about his off season. He told me about getting his twin brother back in the car a few times, ran down his plans for the season and how nice it is to have several big money shows to compete in. 
 
Gary Palone gives us on the latest news from Paradise Speedway and how the track looks now. He talked about how some drainage work helps them keep the track dry, some of the phone calls he receives and a new 4 cylinder truck class he is trying to get going on a weekly basis.

 
Wednesday, April 2nd 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Brian Malcolm talked about a chassis change for 2014 and his hopes to get on the track real soon.
Don Edds tells me about his role as track photographer at Frozen Ocean and why he likes it there.
 
We’re back today after a tough day on Tuesday. Life has sure changed a lot this season and hopefully everything will be fairly boring from here on in with no more surprises. Thanks for all the kind wishes, phone calls and messages you guys have sent to both myself and Camille. They mean the world to us.
 
I’ll be back working and even snuck in a little work last night after we got home. I am so happy to have you all in my life and even though I hate talking so much about it here, I know a lot of you have gone through similar things and may even be going through something like this now yourself. My thoughts and prayers are with any of you who are in that boat. Life can be hard sometimes.
 
Now let’s chat more about the new stuff I have for you to listen to on the Audio Page. I begin with a driver who can’t wait to get back in his racecar. Brian Malcolm talked about a chassis change for 2014 and his hopes to get on the track real soon. He told me how those racecars look right now, why he decided to make a change and what his big goal is for the coming season. 
 
Don Edds tells me about his role as track photographer at Frozen Ocean and why he likes it there. He talked about how fast the track is, how diverse the field is and previews some big dates on the 2014 schedule. 

 
Tuesday, April 1st 2014
   I am sorry to say we are dark today as we will be pausing to remember my father in law Gordon “Skip’ Sheldon who passed away early Sunday after a brief illness. My wife’s dad was a good man, a hard working man and a man I was proud to call my father in law.
 
Some people are fortunate enough to find a partner they love and certainly I was very fortunate in that regard. But you don’t get to pick your in-laws like you do with your spouse and I could not have picked a better father and mother in law. They were great to me from day one and with Camille bringing home a boyfriend who was 7 years her senior, they could have had a problem with me but didn’t.
 
I still remember the first day I met him as if it was yesterday. Camille had me take her home to meet the family fairly early in our relationship and to say I was nervous would be an understatement. I really liked her and knew I had only one chance to make a first impression.
 
She brought me into the barn where the cows were getting their late afternoon milking. I met her dad as he milked the cows one by one. I realized right away that what you saw with Skip was what you got. He was an honest man who treated me like part of the family from the first moment I met him.
 
We grieve today for his loss and hope that his wife, my mother in law, continues to do well and be with us for many years to come. With the loss of my mom just 2 months ago, our family is tighter than ever and our love greater as well. But today will be tough as we lay him to rest and remember his life.
 
The website will be dark today but we will be back tomorrow with more new stuff for you to listen to. So take the extra time you may have spent with us here and call or talk to a loved one or a close friend and have a conversation with them. Life is all too fragile as we are reminded in moments like these. So take the time to treasure life today and rejoice is what is brings. Thank you. 

 
Monday, March 31st 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Eddie White talks about his hopes for Five Mile’s practice and an injury he had with a chainsaw.
Matt DeLorenzo explained why he has pushed the Fonda Speedway opener back to April 12th.
 
It was a tough day for us on Sunday as my father in law passed away after a short illness. He was a great man, a hard working man and there are many people who are sad today after his passing, myself included.
 
I remember the first time meeting him as he was milking the cows as my wife brought me home to meet her parents for the first time. He was a kind man who loved the farm, loved his work and loved his family even more. He had been in a nursing home for quite some time and only in recent weeks had his health taken a turn for the worse.
 
The services will be held on Tuesday so out of respect for my father in law the site will be dark tomorrow. We’ll be back on Wednesday and on Sunday I was able to get enough work done where we will still be able to have two interviews a day at minimum between now and Friday.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you to listen to today on the Audio Page. I begin with a man who is hoping for a practice later today. Eddie White talks about his hopes for Five Mile’s practice and an injury he had with a chainsaw. He told me how close he came to having a serious problem in the woods, why he stayed away from the ROC opener in New Jersey and how he decides when to travel. 
 
Matt DeLorenzo explained why he has pushed the Fonda Speedway opener back to April 12th. He talked about how the rain both hurts & helps at this time, what is next on his to do list and what fans will notice right away when they come to Fonda for the first time. 

 
Sunday, March 30th 2014
   New on the Audio Page from Fingerlakes Mall in Auburn:
 
Alysha Ruggles showed off her 305 Sprinter and talked about spreading goodwill at the show.
Nick Cooper had his 305 at the show in Auburn and explained how he landed a national sponsor.
Jim Olin talked about his job as flagger at Starlight Speedway and the interactive display they have.
Paul Szmal told me how Fingerlakes Speedworld went on Saturday and his hopes for the final day.
 
I had a good time on Saturday as Allie and I headed out to Auburn and the Fingerlakes Mall for Fingerlakes Speedworld. Being back at the mall again brought back several memories from the 80’s and 90’s as this is a special place to both me and my wife as our first lunch date was at a restaurant inside way back in 1987. Ahh…memories.
 
We got to see some racecars, took some photos and chatted with 9 people about the coming season. The Bass Pro Shop was hopping and we went in and bought an assortment of breadings for both fish and chicken as well as some NASCAR memorabilia for Allie.
 
And of course we looked at the fish tank as well as I was able to point out some of the fish we hope to catch later this summer. Yep, I’m raising a girl who is not afraid to get her hands dirty.
 
We put up four of the interviews we did and the rest will show up this week. Don’t forget you have one more day to see the show today so get your butts out there, see the racecars and spend some money.
 
After that I took a scenic drive through Auburn to remember some of the places I frequented and lived at. A lot has changed but a lot is still the same. I will always have a soft spot in my heart for Auburn.
 
Now let’s chat more about the new stuff we have for you on the Audio Page. I begin with the first interview I did on Saturday with a sweetheart of a young lady that I have watched grow into quite a racecar driver. Alysha Ruggles showed off her 305 Sprinter and talked about spreading goodwill at the show. She told me about the different people she was chatting with, quelled a rumor about her racecar and told me her how back feels after injuring it in a crash last summer.
 
Nick Cooper had his 305 at the show in Auburn and explained how he landed a national sponsor. He told me how happy he is to represent them, the work it took to make it happen and how his online racing helps him keep sharp in the off season. 
 
Jim Olin talked about his job as flagger at Starlight Speedway and the interactive display they have at the mall this weekend. He told me how he ended up finding the track after years racing a 4 Cylinder Super Stock, what they run on each night and what it is that makes Starlight Speedway a little different. Check out their display today from 10-6. 
 
Paul Szmal told me how Fingerlakes Speedworld went on Saturday and his hopes for the final day. This is your last chance today so go on out to Auburn and support this show.

 
Saturday, March 29th 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Shawn Fitzpatrick recapped his practice at Big Diamond as he gets ready for Sunday’s opener.
Josh Parker spoke with Steve Ovens about his Street Stock and what he likes about Woodhull.
Mick Seely talked about his Late Model with Steve Ovens and the family atmosphere at the track.
Teddy Morseman wins a lot of big Street Stock races and talked with Steve about his hopes for 2014.
 
It was a rainy Friday but at least it was not snowing. The long term forecast looks good as we do finally get into the 40’s and 50’s instead of the teens. So even though we could get a little wet this weekend, know that Sprint is coming and better days are right around the corner.
 
I got back in the studio Friday to take care of a request and also added the final interviews we got from Steve Ovens at Turn 5 Racing Podcast. You can check his stuff out at www.turn5.podbean.com or search for Turn 5 Racing Podcast on either I-Tunes or You Tube. Thanks again Steve for letting g us hear what you are doing and we wish you all the best in the future.
 
You can see Steve today at the Fingerlakes Mall in Auburn as he’ll be doing his show from 11:30-12:15 at the mall. There will be lots of racecars there too so be sure to stop by and show your support. Allie and I will be there this afternoon to speak with folks and take pictures. 
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you to listen to today on the Audio Page. Shawn Fitzpatrick recapped his practice at Big Diamond as he gets ready for Sunday’s opener. He talked about the pair of Modifieds he hot lapped, described some changes they made for 2014 and how good it felt to finally win last season after 10 years of trying. 
 
Josh Parker spoke with Steve Ovens about his Street Stock and what he likes about Woodhull. He spoke about some of his best runs at the track, how close he came to a win back in 2008 and his hopes to finally make it to victory lane.
 
Mick Seely talked about his Late Model with Steve Ovens and the family atmosphere at the track. He told him about how tough it can be to set up at Woodhull, how different the ends of the racetrack are and where he likes to be when driving down to the checkered flag. 
 
Teddy Morseman wins a lot of big Street Stock races and talked with Steve about his hopes for 2014. He explained how they figured out where they need to improve, runs down his plans to race weekly at Woodhull and some new folks that jumped on board to help him.

 
     
 
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