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Gary Rowe of M.R. Gaebel, Inc.
Gates-Cole Associates SUNY Canton Automotive Technology program
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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I took some candid driver shots Friday night at Brewerton. They are in our latest photo bin. Enjoy!
Saturday, June 2nd 2018
   New on the Audio Page from Ransomville Speedway:
 
After the heat races:
 
Joey Zimmerman talked about his Street Stock heat win and why we heard his car making some noise.
Bryce Richardson led every lap to win his Street Stock heat and talked about a serious problem he had.
Chuck Hebing told me how he grabbed the lead on the last lap to win the first Patriot Sprint heat race.
Derek Jonathon led all but one lap on his way to a 2nd place finish and walked me through the last lap.
Tommy Wickham won the second qualifying heat race and talked about how his car was handling.
Josh Azzi pulled away to win his heat race and told me about some small changes he made before.
Jordan Thomas fell from second to third in his heat and told me about a problem he dealt with.

After the Patriot Sprint Tour A-Main:
 
Chuck Hebing went from fifth to first in two laps and talked about how he ran the outside so hard.
Kyle Drum finished second in the A-Main and told me how tough it was to get that last position.  
Paulie Colagiovanni came from ninth to third and described some changes they made in the b-main.  
Scott Kruetter didn’t even run his heat race and talked about starting 20th and working up to fourth.
Dan Bennett led a few laps before falling to fifth and told me about a problem with his front wing.
Tommy Wickham ran as high as third, finished sixth and talked his experience with the moat.

I had a long night but a very fun one as we headed west through the strong afternoon storms and went to Ransomville Speedway to do an episode of Speedway Showcase featuring the Patriot Sprint Tour. It was a good move on our part as we were on of the, if not the only, track to New York State to get a show in.
 
I had a blast, met some new people and watched some fun racing on a tacky, fast and smooth racetrack with an od school cushion at the top. It really was a lot of fun and I hope to get back there soon when the weekly 358 Modifieds are on the card.
 
I have some post heat race stuff up today and will put up my pre-race chats sometime during the week as usual. I just love Ransomville and as you can see, their Street Stocks which put on a real nice show and look great going around the track. I never got the chance to run a V8 stock car of any kind and am holding out hope that it could still happen.
 
Chuck Hebing won his second race in a row going from fifth to third in one corner and then third to first in the same corner on the very next lap. It was impressive.

I’ll be heading out to Land of Legends Raceway today to see the Dirt Modified Nostalgia Tour as those cars really appeal to me. I’ll be doing some other divisions as well so be sure to come back tomorrow for lots of cool stuff from Canandaigua. 
 
Friday, June 1st 2018
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Joey Colsten tells me about winning his second in a row at 5 Mile Point and how versatile his car was.
Ryan Jordan described some issues he has had so far and talked about his big block and small block.
Matt Janczuk explained how he used his job as a police sergeant to help to educate young people.
Brian Mady talks about his Sportsman win at Thunder Mountain as he is not three for three in wins.
Glenn Styres previews tonight at Ohsweken Speedway as Ken Schrader will race with the UMP Mods.

I’m keeping my fingers crossed for today as the weather people say we could have some issues. He nice thing is that as warm as it is hopefully anything that does fall from the sky evaporates quickly and won’t hold up the shows scheduled for tonight.
 
I’ll be heading out to Ransomville Speedway as we are doing TV with the Patriot Sprint Tour. The Speedway Showcase crew will be there in full force and ready for some fun at one of my favorite tracks. They can dodge some weather there so let’s hope they can do that tonight.
 
Tomorrow I’ll be at Fulton for some Sprint Car fun there and then Sunday we’ll race with Allie and the Kuleszo race Team. It is going to be a busy but fun weekend and I hope you all get out and support your local racetracks.

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page as Friday is finally here. Joey Colsten talks about winning his second in a row at 5 Mile Point, how versatile his car was as he worked slower traffic and how a change he made during the race helped.  
 
Ryan Jordan described some issues he has had so far and talked about his big block at Weedsport Speedway and small block at Fulton Speedway. Hope you get things figured out! 
 
Matt Janczuk explained how he used his job as a police sergeant to help to educate some young people at a local school and how much he enjoyed the opportunity to give back. 
 
Brian Mady talks about his Sportsman win at Thunder Mountain as he is not three for three in wins this year and remembers the biggest battle of his life just a few years ago. Nice story here! 
 
Glenn Styres previews tonight at Ohsweken Speedway as Ken Schrader will race with the UMP Mods and tells me about last week’s flip as well as a problem his Sprint Car driver has after a shop accident.  
 
Thursday, May 31st 2018
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Glenn Forward described how the move to a 358 Modified has been working and how he likes it.
Bret Belden spoke about a recent second place and how close he is to his first Late Model victory.
Will Shields recapped his three race weekend and talked about his participation in a documentary.
Erica Bowman told me how she is doing as a Novice Sportsman rookie and where she can improve.
Cory Reed talks about the continued growth of the Sportsman division and the long term 358 plan.

Nice day and a productive one as well. Got a lot done and the pool is finally open and the kids got to try it out. It was 60 degrees so it was a little cold for me. Later…
 
We’ll be at Ransomville tomorrow for some TV as we are covering the Patriot Sprint Tour race for Speeedway Showcase. We’ll have a bear bones crew for this one so it will be a busy, long day but a fun one too.

Still trying to figure out Saturday but chances are we’ll be somewhere especially if weather is an issue on Friday. And we have some cool stuff for you tomorrow and I still have a few people to call. It will be a fun day I promise.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page as we get one day closer to the big weekend. Glenn Forward described how the move to a 358 Modified has been working, how he likes it and compared his two tire options on the right rear. 
Bret Belden spoke about a recent second place, how close he is to his first Late Model victory and remembers his first date with his future wife at Fulton Speedway many years ago. 
 
Will Shields recapped his three race weekend and talked about his participation in a documentary done by some Ithaca College students called Drivin’ Dirty: The Spirit of Dirt Racing. Look it up on Youtube or visit my Facebook page for a link. 
 
Erica Bowman told me how she is doing as a Novice Sportsman rookie, where she can improve and what she has learned about the sport in just a few races. Nice one here!  

Cory Reed talks about the continued growth of the Sportsman division, how surprised he has been by the car counts at Brewerton especially and the long term 358 plan to grow the class over the next five years.  
 
Wednesday, May 30th 2018
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Danny Creeden talks about getting his first win of the season by taking a long trip to Woodhull.
Jeff McGinnis explained why he towed to Fulton on Saturday and how he has been doing on Friday.
Greg Doust changed up his plans this year to run in Central New York and talked about his plans.
Nathan Berry gets ready for Outlaw and Land of Legends with the DIRT Modified Nostalgia Tour.
Tony Veneziano reports on the World of Outlaw Sprint Cars from Charlotte and Lawrenceburg.

We got a lot done around here on Tuesday and I also got to get in the studio for a while as well as we try to figure out how to keep my original plan in place and not let racing suck me in too much this summer. It’s a balancing act to say the least but it does need to happen. Wish me the best as I try to figure it out.
 
I’m searching for the balance I had when I was a producer/director at WCNY. That took up probably 60% of what I did and between that and the 40% I gave racing I was happy and able to pay my bills and afford a vacation. I’m not doing either of those things now and know enough to know that being in racing 100% is not going to put me in a good spot financially. I’ll have a kid in college soon and another one after that. I need to change my thinking.
 
Enough about that so now let’s chat more about the good stuff we have on the Audio Page starting with a winner from this past weekend. Danny Creeden talks about getting his first win of the season by taking a long trip to Woodhull Raceway on Saturday, remembers his 12th place on Friday and tells me where he’ll race this weekend.

Jeff McGinnis explained why he towed to Fulton on Saturday and how he has been doing on Fridays at Ransomville as well as an issue he had to fix after his race night. 
 
Greg Doust changed up his plans this year to run in Central New York and talked about his crash in the Weedsport opener and wonders if this might be his last year as a racer. 
 
Nathan Berry gets ready for Outlaw and Land of Legends with the DIRT Modified Nostalgia Tour and tells me about his racecar and some of the others he’ll race with this weekend. 
 
Tony Veneziano reports on the World of Outlaw Sprint Cars from Charlotte and Lawrenceburg while looking ahead at tier next three shows beginning tonight in Illinois.  
 
Tuesday, May 29th 2018
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Danny O’Brien tells me about his victory at Can Am on Friday and his sixth place at BOS on Saturday.
Brett Kressley won his second of the season at Grandview and explained how he came to 1st from 15th.
Tony Finch II talked about his Brewerton Speedway Sportsman win and the big thing they lost in a fire.
Colby Herzog struggled Friday night and explained how they figured out why his Sportsman was off.

I had a nice Memorial Day as I got some work done writing a new column for the Syracuse Post Standard and Syracuse.com and got done early enough to have some fun with the kids. It was a real nice day and we watched some historical shows on TV wo my kids got a proper perspective on the day.
 
I also got some work done in the studio as well and two of those chats are up as well. I know a lot of you look forward to my World of Outlaw updates with Tone Veneziano but they raced last night so Tony will join me today for an interview and we’ll have that one up for you tomorrow.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page as I continue to search for balance between racing, family and my new plan which took a bit of a detour these past few months. Danny O’Brien tells me about his victory at Can Am on Friday, his sixth place at BOS on Saturday after having to come from the back and how he used his book to dig out an old set-up.

Brett Kressley won his second of the season at Grandview and explained how he came to 1st from 15th as well as what he had to do to hold off the competition in the closing laps. 
 
Tony Finch II talked about his Brewerton Speedway Sportsman win, how he figured out that the bottom groove was faster and the biggest thing they lost in a fire.  
 
Colby Herzog struggled Friday night and explained how they figured out why his Sportsman was off as well as the work they had to do to fix it.   
 
Monday, May 28th 2018
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Larry Wight talked about winning his second in a row at Brewerton and his heat race on Saturday.
Chad Phelps remembered his crash last week in Weedsport and told me how that racecar looks now.
Corey Barker showed off his new short haircut and talked about how he found and fixed a bind.
Tye Scott-Rood tells me about his career best third place finish and why he liked the bottom groove.

It is Memorial Day today and I hope you all take a moment to reflect on the true meaning of the holiday and how fortunate we all truly are thanks to the fighting men and women who have helped shape our history. Thank you so much to all of you who have or are currently serving in the military. We would not have the freedoms we do without your tireless work and dedication. Thank you!
 
If course one of the traditions on Memorial Day in the racing community is to run a big race and there is a really big one today in Weedsport. It is race number one of the Super DIRTcar Series and all the best Modified drivers in the northeast and Canada will all be in Weedsport today. It is a can’t miss show and I hope you all can get there and enjoy a great day at one of the country’s premier dirt tracks.

Now let’s chat about the stuff I have on the Audio Page as we all get a day off to enjoy the summer’s first big holiday. Larry Wight talked about winning his second in a row at Brewerton, explained how he worked his way to the front and his second place finish in his heat race on Saturday.  
 
Chad Phelps remembered his crash last week in Weedsport, explained how hard the second hit was and how badly he felt for the car that hit him. 
 
Corey Barker showed off his new short haircut and talked about how he found and fixed a bind in his car as well as how you can track down this particular issue. Learn something here guys! 
 
Tye Scott-Rood tells me about his career best third place finish, why he liked the bottom groove and how staying in the bite helped him coming out of the corners. 
 
Sunday, May 27th 2018
   New on the Audio Page from Fulton Speedway:
 
After the heat races:
 
Chris Fleming talked about his win in the 1st Late Model heat and described the changes he was doing.
A.J. Kingsley spoke with Bret Belden about his heat win and teased him about beating him in the heat.  
Mark Yorker made a last lap pass to win his Sportsman heat and told me how he ran down the leader.
Jim Spano told me about his Sportsman heat win and wondered if he is the longest lasting in the class.
Joe Sobotka led every lap to win his heat race and talked about the wild action he saw on the start.
Kyle DeMetro drove away to win his Sportsman heat and talked about not having to fix his Sportsman.
Todd Root explained why he had to keep his Modified on the high side and reacted to a big crash.
Ronnie Davis III described what he saw on the racetrack after his low move to win his heat race.
 
After the feature races:
 
Chad Homan inherited the lead when the leader had a flat and talked about his Late Model victory.
Ronnie Davis III took the lead with six laps to go and spoke about his first Modified feature win.
Jackson Gill picked up his second Fulton Sportsman win and talked about his battle for the lead.
Kevin Root made a late race move to win the second Sportsman race and dedicated it to his mom.

I had a nice night at Fulton Speedway after disconnecting myself for a few days. There was a big crowd on hand, the racetrack was in beautiful shape and it was the first nice summer day of the year. Nice!
 
Ronnie Davis III became the first Sportsman graduate of the class of 2017 to win in the Modified division as he tracked down second year Modified driver Tyler Meeks and passed him down low in turn four with just six laps to go. You know what’s good for business as many current Sportsman drivers are watching him as they decide whether to move up or not.
 
There were 54 Sportsman so they race two features of 27 cars eash. Jackson Gill won the first one after a nice battle up front with former Modified racer Scott Prentice. Gill did a slide job with six laps to go to win there. Kevin Root passed Rich Riggs with three laps to go to win the second race and dedicated it to his mom who is recovering from heart surgery.
 
Chad Homan was racing with leader Chris Fleming in the Late Model race when Fleming had a right rear flat. Homan inherited the lead and held on fir his first Fulton win of the season.

It was a fun night and one I was not sure if I would see or not as we were set to open our pool on Saturday but by 4 p.m. we realized we were not able to get enough water off the cover and would have to postpone it. We’ll see if I can get it done today and if so that will mean no race for me. If not we’ll do it Monday so as of now my plans are uncertain. But we will have stuff for you tomorrow one way or another.
 
Enjoy your Sunday and enjoy the first big holiday race season of the year while at the same time remembering the fine men and women who gave the ultimate sacrifice to defend our country. Thank you so much! 
 
     
 
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