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Wednesday, September 7th 2016
    New on the Audio Page for today:

Marc Johnson explained how he won the Modified championship at Albany Saratoga Speedway.
Matt Billings tells me how he found a Sprint Car ride for Sunday and his 358 races back home.
Chip Burdick talks about the sale of Can Am and looks ahead to their season finale on Saturday.
Tim Axton came into Sunday with two solid finishes and talked about the two draws his daughters did.
Tony Veneziano reports on the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series and their 2 races in Washington.

Summer is hanging on for a few more days and I could not be happier. The temperature here peaked at 88 degrees so enjoy these last few hots days before colder ones come.

We got back in the studio and have several things on tap for today as well as many others in the can from the weekend. We’ll be doing Saturday & Sunday this weekend as Friday is my dad’s birthday. I may be able to sneak in some golf first but Friday night we are having a small get together for him here at the house. Don’t tell him though okay?

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page starting with a track champion who was trying something new on Sunday. Marc Johnson explained how he won the Modified championship at Albany Saratoga Speedway, how cool it was to finally get it after years of trying with his dad and looked ahead to his first time in a Sprint Car.

Matt Billings tells me how he found a Sprint Car ride for Sunday at Utica Rome, how it went earlier in the weekend and his 358 races back home in Brockville.  

Tim Axton came into Sunday with two solid finishes and talked about the two draws his daughters did with different results and what would make him happy at Utica Rome.  

Chip Burdick talks about the sale of Can Am after seven years with Tiger Chapman and looks ahead to their season finale on Saturday that includes the ESS and Fireworks. Note: Start time has been moved up to 4 p.m.  

Tony Veneziano reports on the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series as they visited Skagit Speedway in Washington State and previews this coming weekend in Oregon & California.

 
Tuesday, September 6th 2016
    New on the Audio Page for today:

Jason Barney explained how he missed the scales Friday and rebounded for a 2nd on Saturday.
Justin Barger
talked about his pick up ride for Sunday and what the plans are for this Sprinter.
Mike Mahaney
ran down his weekend coming into Sunday including his first trip to The Valley.
Rocky Warner
spoke about his hopes for a Utica Rome title and his championship at Glen Ridge.
Dylan Swiernik
told me about a loaned motor he had and how it kept him racing for the big finish.

I hope you all had a great weekend as I know I did. We have some real good chats up for you today as we get ready for the first week after summer. The kids go back to school this week and things get back to the norm after a great summer. It is hard to believe it is over but for the kids they at least have a few days of fun left and I plan to show them a good time today.

I also plan to get back in the studio as we have a lot to talk about and I have a list of people I want to get ahold of and will start chipping away at that today.

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you to listen to today on the Audio Page starting with a driver who had a good night go bad quickly on Friday. Jason Barney explained how he missed the scales Friday after a top five finish, how badly he feels about the mistake and how rebounded for a 2nd on Saturday at Thunder Mountain.  

Justin Barger talked about his pick up ride for Sunday, what the plans are for the #39 Sprint Car and talks about his young daughter who joined us later in the interview.  

Mike Mahaney ran down his weekend coming into Sunday including his first trip to Lebanon Valley, how he did at Canandaigua and how cool it was to see a family friend win at I-88. Mike did too!  

Rocky Warner spoke about his hopes for a Utica Rome title on Sunday, winning the Sportsman championship at Glen Ridge the night before and looks ahead to some big races this fall.  

Dylan Swiernik told me about a loaned motor he had this past weekend, how it kept him racing for the big finish of the season including the Cole Cup & the Canadian Sprint Car Nationals.

 
Monday, September 5th 2016
   

New on the Audio Page from Utica Rome Speedway:

After the heat races:

David Schilling won the first Sportsman heat race of the night and talked about his season at Malta.
John Christian explained how he adjusted his ill handling hot lap car and got it to win his heat race.
Jason Barney told Allie how he lost the lead only to get it back later and how he chipped away at it.
Matt Tanner was fast leading every lap to win his ESS heat and talked with Allie about the key thing.  
Mark Smith spoke about his ESS heat win, what’s different about NY and his win on Saturday night.
Danny Varin lost the lead when his right rear was packed with clay and described how it felt to him.
Chuck Hebing would start eleventh on the ESS A-Main and told me what he learned in his heat win.
Larry Wight found something on the bottom to win his heat and told me why he decided to be busy.
Matt Sheppard talked to Allie about the racetrack he saw, his championship and getting it with a win.
Heath Carney described how bad his car was in hot laps and some things they found on the scales.
Jeremy Vunk lost the lead briefly leading all but 1 lap in his win and talked about being a little tight.
Pete Stefanski ran down the 2 changes he was planning for the night and how the track was for him.

After the A-Main and the features:

Danny Varin explained how he lost the lead and got it back to win a big ESS race on his 26th birthday.
Matt Tanner ran out of gas while leading and told me when he knew he was in trouble with 2 to go.
Matt Janczuk won the race and championship while describing some tough luck for a fellow driver.
Matt Sheppard won the Modified championship for the second night in a row with a feature win.
Claude Hutchings Jr. picked up his second win of the season and talked about falling 2 points shy.
Steve Way became the Open Sportsman champ and spoke about his fourth place feature finish.

The Labor Day finale at Utica Rome was a hotly contested night with all the drama you could want both on the track and in the pit area. The ESS A-Main was crazy with Danny Varin doing a Danny Sullivan type thing as he drove off the track while leading and took the top spot back with then leader Matt Tanner ran out of fuel during the final caution of the race. Wow! What a heartbreaker. And considering he broke his hand the night before and was at the Emergency Room till 5 in the morning, this would have been quite the story right?

But Danny Varin was quite a story too! Earlier in the night he drove a bucking bronco as clay got in his right rear causing his car to shake so violently that his front wing supports broke. Then he looked to have things well in hand in the feature, just he did in his heat, and he drove off track in turns 3 & 4 falling back to third and giving Tanner the lead.

Now he holds off Steve Poirier to get the win, his second in a row, and the bolts at the rear of his wing fall out and his wing collapses on the backstretch as he is on his way to victory lane. Could have been from all the shaking in the heat right? Sure sounds that way.

Matt Sheppard won the Modified race and championship just like every driver hopes to it. So did Matt Janczuk although some tough luck to Kyle Kiehn gave Janczuk the lead and the championship while Kiehn has a lot of work to do on his car. Man…what a tough break for a young driver who really showed a lot of improvement this year.

Claude Hutchings Jr. won the Open Sportsman race and fell just two points shy of Steve Way who raced his way back up to fourth to win the championship. It was a great night but unfortunately we missed the end of it.

There was some extra track prep at the break and it took a little more work with the real high humidity than anticipated to get it right but once they did the feature races were really good. There were some issues with the public address system too so for a while the fans chatted amongst themselves as we all helped each other with details. It was actually kind of cool, certainly different but we missed hearing the announcers.

These things happen and I hope people understand. I am sure they’ll get all that stuff ironed out for this big weekend with The Cole Cup topping it all off on the final day. Allie and I had a ball and she is doing more interviews and getting better. I’m not sure what I am doing today as I have work and family obligations plus we are temporarily down to one car but if all goes well I may make it to Weedsport. Don’t forget the have the ESS Hall of Fame ceremony, a full ESS show and the Super DIRTcar Series as well. Racing starts at 6 p.m.

 
Sunday, September 4th 2016
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Vic Coffey told me about his first career Brewerton win and the spin he had the week before.
Bryan Howland talked about his busy Sprint Car weekend and a new addition coming to his family.
Andrew Ferguson spoke about getting back to the track after 7 weeks off and his late season plans.
Tom Tophoven just turned 28 years old and told me about what happens when you cut your tires.

We will be back at it today as Utica Rome hosts Modifieds and Sprint Cars which is my favorite combination. The same groups will be at Weedsport tomorrow too as the Mod race is a Super DIRTcar Series event.

I had a nice golf day yesterday as I only have a few more of those days left too so I am trying hard to balance my two summer loves. Monday I have a lot of work to do but I still may be able to make it to Weedsport although it would certainly not be when the gates open. So if I go I’ll just get what I get. We’ll have to see.

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page as we give you four drivers who will be racing today in Vernon. Vic Coffey told me about his first career Brewerton win and the spin he had the week before which saw him looking at the cars coming at him as well as his plans to run Utica Rome today and Weedsport Monday.  

Bryan Howland talked about his busy Sprint Car weekend, a big crash he saw happen in front of him in hot laps and a new addition coming to his family very soon.

Andrew Ferguson spoke about getting back to the track after 7 weeks off, what he did during the time he waited to get his engine back and his late season plans.  

Tom Tophoven just turned 28 years old and told me about what happens when you cut your tires a little too much as well as the differences between the two tracks he competes at.  

 
Saturday, September 3rd 2016
   

New on the Audio Page from Brewerton Speedway:

After the heat races:

Danny Varin won the first Sprint Car heat and explained how he fell back in some dirty air.
Tommy Wickham led every lap to win his heat and talked about getting some good luck in the win.
Paulie Colagiovanni spoke about his team’s pair of heat win and spoke changes with his new car.
Tim Axton spoke with Paul Harkenrider and told him about his caution filled heat win and his draw.
Ricky Yelle won the first Sportsman heat and explained who helped with a much needed rear end.
Todd Root ran down how he made a pass for a Sportsman heat win and talked about wrapping tires.
Rich Townsend explained where he felt his Sportsman could have been better in his heat win.
Tommy Sears was coming off three bad weeks and told me about some issues he had in his heat win.
Chris Hile described the fast racing surface in his heat win and the hope for some slicker conditions.
Max McLaughlin led the heat, lost the lead and got it back and explained to me how his car got loose.

After the feature races:

Joe Isabell won a close Mod Lite race against his brother and spoke about a right front shock issue.
Jeff Sykes earned the Mod Lite title and talked about how his good start to the season helped.
Danny Varin spoke about his Sprint Car win at Brewerton and the battle he had with a veteran racer.
Sam Reakes IV made a last lap pass to finish second and talked about how he pulled the move off.
Mark Smith finished in third place and explained how he used up a tire as he came to the front.
Jimmy Phelps won the Modified feature and the championship and how track position helped.  
Ronnie Davis III came from the back after a jingle and spoke about winning the race and the title.

It was a fun night at Brewerton Speedway and a very big crowd was on hand for the regular season finale. I know. How can that be? It seems like only a few weeks ago we hit the halfway mark and just like that the summer is gone. Wow!

Wow is a good word to describe the racing as well as the Sprint Cars put on a great show although a few did get upside down early in the night. Everyone was okay and one of cars actually flipped into the wall outside of turn one. He was able to repair his car and did a nice 360 (not on purpose) in the B-Main that was pretty cool. That guys was rookie Keith Granholm.

Danny Varin led all but three laps to get a well earned A-Main win and drove the inside to perfection. There was also a time when he had to go off the bottom to get through slower traffic and his car seems just as good up top as down low. I felt badly for Chuck Hebing who raced his way from 8th to 2nd quickly but got caught up with a slower car costing him the chance at a win.

Jimmy Phelps won the Modified feature and the championship as he came to the front from his tenth place starting spot. The key moment for him was the final restart when he was able to get by second place running Ryan Bartlett and set his sights on the leader. Larry Wight, who trailed Phelps by one point coming into the night, did not qualify in his heat and finished 7th after starting 19th.

Ronnie Davis III survived an early race crash on a restart that saw everyone in the top three in points, and a lot of others, get caught up in the melee. Davis methodically worked his way to the front and won the championship just like Jimmy Phelps and every other driver I know wants to do it, with a feature win.

Jeff Syles did not have his best run of the season by any means but did enough to win the Mod Lite championship. It was his third championship ever and his first in the division.

There is a lot going on today and I will be back at the track on Sunday as Allie will join me at Utica Rome. I am still not sure about Labor Day as I have a lot to do on that day so we will see. It’s the last weekend of summer so go out and enjoy it.

 
Friday, September 2nd 2016
    New on the Audio Page for today:

Billy Pauch Jr. talks about his Big Diamond win, his 2nd at New Egypt and a DNF at Georgetown.
Marc Johnson has a chance at a championship at Albany Saratoga and what he hopes will happen.
Ryan Susice tells me about his hopes to win his second Modified championship at Ransomville.
Chris Mackey sums up how his season has gone as he learns the ins and outs of a Crate Sportsman.
Sean Beardsley remembers his strong run at Rolling Wheels and why he is driving Late Models more.

Today we start out with drivers who are hoping for a championship this weekend and are hoping for some good luck on their final points night. The big interview I was hoping for didn’t pan out but there is still a chance it could happen somewhere down the road.

We went to the fair last night so the kids could hit the rides and today we’ll be going to Brewerton for some Modified and Sprint Car fun. The gates are opening nice and early so I am hoping to load up and get a lot done.

Don’t forget that Watkins Glen is also hosting the IndyCar series this weekend so that is great news for our area as a busy Labor Day Weekend just got a little busier. And I don’t want to jinx it but Sunday’s forecast at the time I wrote this up had a 0% percentage of, well, you know what. So keep your fingers crossed.

Now let’s chat more about what we have today on the Audio Page as we check in with three drivers who are hoping for a good weekend. Billy Pauch Jr. talks about his Big Diamond win last Friday night, his 2nd place run at New Egypt and looks ahead to the Coalcracker on Sunday.  

Ryan Susice tells me about his hopes to win his second Modified championship in a row at Ransomville, his seventh place at Rolling Wheels and a big event coming up in his life.  

Marc Johnson has a chance at a championship at Albany Saratoga, his second place last time out and what he hopes will happen this Friday night.  

Chris Mackey sums up how his season has gone as he learns the ins and outs of a Crate Sportsman and the need to get his set up better as well as a shock issue they found.  

Sean Beardsley remembers his strong run at Rolling Wheels, why he is driving Late Models more and how his Sportsman teammates have been doing.  

 
Thursday, September 1st 2016
    New on the Audio Page for today:

Jeff Burton talks about this weekend’s Southern 500 and Kyle Larson’s breakthrough win.
Jason Simons tells me about the brand new big block Modified he is building for Otto Sitterly.
Mike Bowman recaps his top ten finish at Brewerton and tells me about the new baby on the way.Mike Maresca talked about his recent big block races and why a career move changed his plans.

 We have another nice surprise for you today as we visit with NBC NASCAR analyst Jeff Burton as he prepared to record some TV down in Connecticut. We talked about a lot of things from last weekend in Michigan to this coming weekend at Darlington. I hope you like it and I hope that we can continue this down the road as I just love getting to chat with these guys and get the inside scoop on the Sprint Cup world. I hope you like it too!

Plus we give you some big news on Oswego Speedway and Super DIRT Week as it was revealed that Otto Sitterly will be driving a big block Modified. It is quite a story and one that will surely make it more appealing to the asphalt only crowd. He has driven Modifieds before but was in the early 90’s so it will be fun to see him on a track he knows well and on a surface he has not been on in decades.

If things work out I could possibly have another big interview tomorrow so keep your fingers crossed. We are heading to the NYS Fair today so the kids can ride the rides but hopefully I will be able to get that next interview done before I leave. I’m gonna try like heck to get it done so we will see how it goes.

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you to listen to on the Audio Page beginning with a 21 time Sprint Cup winner. Jeff Burton talks about this weekend’s Southern 500 at Darlington, what it is that makes that racetrack so different than the rest and Kyle Larson’s breakthrough win last week at Michigan.   Really good one here guys!

Jason Simons tells me about the brand new big block Modified he is building for Otto Sitterly to drive during Super DIRT Week at Oswego Speedway and his other racecars. Wow, what an operation he has!  

Mike Bowman recaps his top ten finish at Brewerton, a recent issue he had at Fulton Speedway and tells me about the new baby they are expecting. Congratulations and nice job going old school here!  

Mike Maresca talked about his recent big block races in Ohio, how an internship for college changed his plans and his hopes to possibly graduate this December. Smart guy huh?  

 
     
 
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