|Thursday, July 6th 2017
| New on the Audio Page for today:
Stewart Friesen talks about why he is taking a brief break for the Camping World Truck Series.
Marc Johnson summed up how he has been doing with his big block and his small block as well.
Glenn Forward told me about a wreck he was in Friday night and how it could have been worse.
Jessica Power spoke about spending the holiday weekend in New York and her race night at Fulton.
Tony Veneziano reports on the World of Outlaw Sprint Cars while giving us some updated news.
It was another beautiful day on Wednesday and I was able to get a lot doe around the house and get some work done as well. I’ll be getting more done today while at the same time making back up plans n case we rain out on Friday. Stupid weather!
I have some good stuff up for you today and will be back with more for you tomorrow. Of course I will not be going to races on Saturday as I have a pair of graduation parties to go to for the children of some close friends so I need to be ready to get some work done!
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page as we get close to another big race weekend. Stewart Friesen talks about why he is taking a brief break for the Camping World Truck Series, when he is getting back at it and how much he is learning about how to race on asphalt compared to dirt.
Marc Johnson summed up how he has been doing with his big block, what he has been doing with his spec small block and the search for a baseline set up with the big block.
Glenn Forward told me about a wreck he was in Friday night before finishing in third place, how it could have been worse and what to do to fix a tow problem on the front of a Sportsman.
Jessica Power spoke about her race night at Fulton on Saturday, how much she enjoyed camping in New York over the weekend and gave us a Canadian impression of the Fourth of the July.
Tony Veneziano reports on the World of Outlaw Sprint Cars while giving us some updated news on Kyle Larson’s recent Sprint Car victories as well as a new ride for Joey Saldana.
|Wednesday, July 5th 2017
| New on the Audio Page for today:
Billy VanInwegen summed up his first four nights of Speedweek’s and his Mod runs at Orange County.
Alan Barker raced with the Super DIRTcar Series and talked about running unfamiliar tires & panels.
Jessey Mueller prepared to race last Sunday and told me how he is doing at Malta and Airborne.
Vinnie Vitale talked about his laps in a Sprint Car at Utica Rome and why he ended the day early.
Shane Pecore raced at Can Am last Wednesday night and talked about his one win season so far.
Brianna Ladouceur talked about how her season has been going as well as her Sunday at Cornwall.
I hope you all had a nice fourth of July and are ready now for a short three day work week. Must have been cool to have five days off in a row and I really hoped it was fun for you. The way the holiday worked out was really great and I hope it’s not too hard to get back at it today.
I had a few days off on the stretch and now will get back at it today. I will be writing for the Syracuse Post Standard and Syracuse.com, talking in the studio and doing some more work here again too. I am planning on Friday and Sunday shows as I am almost sure we have graduation parties for the kids of closefriends so I think this is the Saturday I need to be off. But you know me…I’m ADHD and have a horrible memory so we’ll see.
I saved some chats from my recent travels for you today and tomorrow we’ll have more from the same bins as well as some new stuff from sometime today. I’m having a ball. Can’t wait to see what the rest of the summer brings and feel blessed to be doing what I do for a living. Thanks everyone!
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page for today as we get closer to another race weekend. Billy VanInwegen summed up his first four nights of Speedweek’s with the ESS, how he has been doing at Orange County in a Modified as well as what he likes about Sprint Cars.
Alan Barker raced with the Super DIRTcar Series and talked about running unfamiliar tires & panels as well as where he thought he needed to be better at Utica Rome.
Jessey Mueller prepared to race on Sunday and told me how he is doing at Malta and Airborne, how close he is to that first dirt Modified win as well as where he has been improving.
Vinnie Vitale talked about his laps in a Sprint Car on Sunday at Utica Rome, why he ended the day early after an engine issue and described wet sump & dry sump engines.
Shane Pecore raced at Can Am last Wednesday night and talked about his one win season so far as well as the need to get some dry days to race more.
Brianna Ladouceur talked about how her season has been going, why she struggled a little in the year as well as her Sunday night at Cornwall.
|Tuesday, July 4th 2017
| New on the Audio Page from Weedsport Speedway:
Kevin Ridley talked about his win in the first Sportsman heat race and how he likes his new racecar.
Zach Sobotka spoke about his Sportsman heat win with Jeff Stevenson as he ran away for the victory.
Tyler Walker dominated the NY6A Micro Sprint race and talked about winning two races in a row.
Joe Isabell made a last corner pass to win the Mod Lite race and spoke about timing the pass right.
Dave Marcuccilli remarked on winning the 75 lap Sportsman Classic for the second year in a row.
Rocky Warner picked up thirteen spots to finish second and talked about his rough start to the night.
Corey Barker explained how he went from 20th to 3rd and why he was at the hospital the night before.
Kevin Ridley went from 10th to 4th and told me why he was tight as well as how he compensated for it.
Glenn Forward led the first 13 laps before fading to fifth and told me what happened late in the race.
Ronnie Davis III came from last to finish sixth and told me how his night got off to such a rough start.
Taylor Caprara talked about his eighth place finish and explained why he had a different driver’s suit.
David Schilling took a starting spot from the B-Main, started last and talked about his 9th place finish.
We had a fun night as a family as we all went to Weedsport Speedway for the Sportsman Classic. It was a three division show with the Sportsman headlining the show and it was a $20 a car load show with fireworks which led to a huge crowd on hand.
And for once we did not have to watch radar and look to the west for the oncoming storm. There was a huge field of 65 Sportsman on hand and maybe the best quality field that we’ve seen anywhere for the Sportsman so far in 2017. So getting in was not a given and the teams that did got in earned it!
It showed on the racetrack too as there were just five cautions and lots of long, green flag runs. In the end it was Weedsport Master Dave Marcuccilli who stood on victory hill winning the Sportsman Classic for the second year in a row. It was a really good show at a place that is a model for others to follow and my family, who had not been there since the remodel, was blown away!
The NY6A Micro Sprints were strong running four heats with the always personable Tyler Walker winning the race. Mod Lites were also on hand and they were strong as well with Joe Isabell passing Mike Mullen in the final corner to get the win.
Allie got to sing the national anthems in front of the crowd for the first time and I got to do some TV with the Speedway Showcase crew. What a fun night it was. And you could tell that the $20 carload deal really brought in some people that were not your typical race fans. Hopefully they liked what they saw and will come back either to Weedsport or another racetrack in their area.
I’m off today for the holiday but picked out some nice interviews for you guys to listen to on Wednesday. Have a great 4th of July and we’ll see you back tomorrow.
|Monday, July 3rd 2017
| New on the Audio Page from Utica Rome Speedway:
After the heat races:
Mark Smith won the first ESS heat race and told me about what he was seeing on the slick racetrack.
Matt Tanner talked about his win in the second ESS race and wondered about some possible weather.
Coleman Gulick watched the dash and the b-main and told me about his hopes to rebound after a flip.
Yan Biladeau led every lap to win his heat race and talked about driving slowly to turn some fast laps.
Jason Barney came in from his ESS dash win on the hook and told me about his right rear flat tire.
Larry Wight described the grooves he ran in his heat win and why the Sprint Car was back at the shop.
Matt Sheppard reacted to drawing the pole and told me why starting position would not matter.
Tim Fuller smiled after his heat win and talked about how an early yellow flag may have helped him.
Stewart Friesen wondered if his past experience would help him after winning his qualifying heat.
After the A-Main and Modified Super DIRTcar Series race:
Chuck Hebing passed Danny Varin for the ESS A-Main win and talked about how he made the move.
Danny Varin won Speedweeks with his second place finish and spoke about the lesson he learned.
Matt Tanner finished in third place and spoke about two things he wished would have been different.
Stewart Friesen spoke to the crowd after his win in the New Yorker 100 at Utica Rome Speedway.
Pat Ward led eight laps before finishing second and spoke about how good he thought his car was.
Tim Fuller spoke about his third place finish and what he was really wondering about afterwards.
Danny Varin told me about his picking up 14 spots to finish 4th and reacted to his Sprint Car title.
It was a wild night to finish out the weekend at Utica Rome as the ESS wrapped up Speedweek and the Super DIRTcar Series driers competed in the New Yorker 100. But at the end of the day many will not be talking about Chuck Hebing’s pass just past halfway to win the ESS A-Main or Stewart Friesen’s big win at a track he used to run as a regular. Nope! They’ll be talking about the fight!
In the Modified feature both Matt Sheppard and Larry Wight were working feverishly trying to work their way back up after early race pit stops. They were racing hard for 7th place. Really hard. After some close calls the two got together at the end of the backstretch and Wight’s car flipped violently. The cars sat for a second and then Sheppard ran from his car to Wight’s pulling Wight from the car as he was attempting to exit.It got pretty ugly after that with video of the incident showing the two rolling around on the ground.
Both were done for the night and later on the NYS Troopers showed up. It is not clear at this time if penalties may be forthcoming as both the Super DIRTcar Series and Utica Rome Speedway will have clear video to show exactly what happened and make their decisions. I know some race fans like this kind of stuff and wish it happened more. I’m not one of those fans.
I know what it is like to feel like someone is not racing you cleanly or has shown disrespect in some way to you. The first time it happened to be on the track I acted poorly and wished later that I had had a cooler head. But all you see at the time is red! So I get it! Lives are on the line and people do get hurt and worse in these type of incidents but I don’t think it is what we need to bring our more fans.
The racing was pretty good and we dodged a storm that went to our south on two occasions. It was fun to see a big crowd on hand at Utica Rome as the fans clearly liked the Super DIRTcar Series and Sprints on the card. And everyone loves fireworks. As I left people were parked all around the speedway waiting for the firework show. I only wish that they would have come in the gates and joined us. I know they would have had fun!
Today we’re off to Weedsport Speedway for a three division show featuring the NY6A Micro Sprint Tour, the Sportsman Shootout Series and Mod Lites. It’s a $20 a car load show so bring all your non-racing friends and let’s try to convert them. Plus my oldest daughter Allie will be singing the national anthems so come on out and have some fun with us. Oh, and there are fireworks afterwards too so bring all the neighborhood kids!
|Sunday, July 2nd 2017
| New on the Audio Page for today:
Mark Smith spoke about his wingless win in Weedsport and what he does with his chassis business.
Sam Reakes IV talked about being very busy this weekend and how racing helps at his daily job.
Matt Tanner was deep in thought at Can Am and told me what to do with stagger on a slick track.
Paulie Colagiovanni described the slick track on Wednesday and why the bottom was the fast lane.
Emily VanInwegen prepared for his 2nd 360 Sprint Car race and talked about her early days as a kid.
I’ll be back at it today and tomorrow as well as we are all rested, recovered and ready after a much needed day to re-cooperate. We’ve been going at things pretty hard of late and have so much I want to accomplish this summer. I hope to see you all today at Utica Rome and tomorrow in Weedsport.
I don’t how these race teams do it especially the ones who work 40 plus hour jobs. The time, dedication and driver it takes to do what they do amazes me and makes me admire what they do even more. We love and respect you guys and hope you are having a good weekend.
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page starting with a hard working man who is also a tremendous Sprint Car racer. Mark Smith spoke about his wingless win in Weedsport a week ago, his plans to compete in the entire speedway schedule and what he does with his business, Mach 1 Chassis.
Sam Reakes IV talked about being very busy this weekend at his favorite racetracks, how busy speedweeks can be and how racing helps at his daily job selling tools.
Matt Tanner was deep in thought at Can Am and told me what to do with stagger on a slick track as well as the balance needed to be fast on the straights and the turns.
Paulie Colagiovanni described the slick track on Wednesday and why the bottom was the fast lane as well as the need to some luck & consistency this season.
Emily VanInwegen prepared for his 2nd 360 Sprint Car race Wednesday at Can Am and told me what the biggest differences are from her 305 and talked about her early days racing as a youngster.
|Saturday, July 1st 2017
| New on the Audio Page for today:
Dave Marcuccilli has enjoyed a good season so far and compared this year to his best year in 2015.
Nick Guererri told me about his recent feature win and how well his racing family is doing so far.
Tim Baker tells me how he is doing as he enters his fourth year of Sportsman racing at Canandaigua.
Brett Buono is often mistaken for his father and talked about how he is doing racing a Sportsman.
Dylan Cecee talked with Steve Ovens after his Street Stock feature win after a move with 7 to go.
Steve Simpson won the Hobby Stock race at Woodhull and told Steve Ovens about his 1st race.
John Hand picked up his second Mini Stock feature in a row and spoke about putting it all together.
Jason Kethrow spoke with Steve Ovens after winning the backwards dash turning right on the track.
I am hoping for a nice day today as Mother Nature has not been too happy with us of late. I’ll be off today while making plans to head to Utica Rome tomorrow and Weedsport on Monday. I got tide up with too many things on Friday and could not make it to a race but we’ll be going back two days in a row starting tomorrow.
I have some good stuff up from a pair of tracks that will be racing later today. And our good friend Steve Ovens has some stuff for us from Woodhull. You can really tell what a great time he is having and what a great addition he has been to our sport.
Now let’s chat more about what we have on the Audio Page today starting with some folks who will be racing later tonight at Canandaigua. Dave Marcuccilli has enjoyed a good season so far and compared this year to his best year in 2015 while explained why he feels that things are going so well.
Nick Guererri told me about his recent feature win and how well his racing family is doing so far and how you feel all week long after both good nights and bad.
Tim Baker tells me how he is doing as he enters his fourth year of Sportsman racing at Canandaigua and compares himself to the winning racers he competes against weekly.
Brett Buono is often mistaken for his father and talked about how he is doing racing a Sportsman as well as what he was doing with a shake down run last Saturday at Canandaigua.
Dylan Cecee talked with Steve Ovens after his Street Stock feature win after a move with 7 to go and described what he saw as he stalked the leader in the late race stages.
Steve Simpson won the Hobby Stock race at Woodhull and told Steve Ovens about his 1st race at the track as well as what his goals were as he headed away from his weekly homes for a week.
John Hand picked up his second Mini Stock feature in a row and spoke to Steve Ovens about putting it all together after working on nearly every aspect of the car in recent weeks.
Jason Kethrow spoke with Steve Ovens after winning the backwards dash turning right on the track at Woodhull after finishing in second place earlier in the night.
|Friday, June 30th 2017
| New on the Audio Page for today:
Paul Kinney explained why racing on five nights at five different tracks can really poop you out.
Joe Trenca described his crash at Ransomville that you can watch on today’s Speedway Showcase.
Ryan Bartlett got to enjoy his Brewerton win for an extra week and told me how much fun it was.
Taylor Caprara leads the Sportsman points at Can Am and talked about his consistent season so far.
Jack Meeks told me about the tight points battle in the Sportsman division at Can Am on Saturday.
Donnie Lawson took home the win in the Modified feature and talked to Steve Ovens about the race.
Codie Baker took the lead on a late race restart and told Steve Ovens how good he was on restarts.
A.J. Costley spoke with Steve Ovens as they celebrated down in victory lane at Woodhull Raceway.
Cole Youse returned to victory lane for the second time and told Steve Ovens about catching a break
We had a fun day again on Thursday as we went racing with Allie and the Kuleszo Racing team at the NYS Fairgrounds in Syracuse. Allie is improving every race now and in a green to checkered feature she was only one lap down and the entire field did not lap her. That’s the first time that’s happened. It is so much fun to watch her improve and thanks to the Kuleszo’s for some extra smoke under her right foot.
We’ve got a lot up for you today including pictures from my last two race nights. I am going to Brewerton tonight and will have good stuff up tomorrow from there so be sure to come back. Plus we still have some of last week’s winners from Woodhull thanks to Steve Ovens and we’ll have four more of those clips tomorrow.
I’m so happy right now things literally could not be better. I hope all of you are rocking and rolling too. Now we just need the weather to cooperate this weekend so I can do three nights of racing and one day of golf. Oh m’mon…make Doug happy Mother Nature.
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page starting with a mix of clips from all over the place that we hope you enjoy. Paul Kinney explained why racing on five nights at five different tracks can really poop you out, how grueling it can be and looked forward to running his brand new 360 engine.
Joe Trenca described his crash at Ransomville that you can watch on today’s Speedway Showcase on Spectrum Sports beginning today in Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse and Albany.
Ryan Bartlett got to enjoy his Brewerton win for an extra week and told me how much fun it was as he checked out Wednesday nights’ ESS race at Can Am.
Taylor Caprara leads the Sportsman points at Can Am and talked about his consistent but winless season so far as well as why he likes it when the track gets slick.
Jack Meeks told me about the tight points battle in the Sportsman division at Can Am on Saturday and explained why an uneven floor in his race shop that caused a tough season for him in 2016.
Donnie Lawson took home the win in the Modified feature at Woodhull and talked to Steve Ovens about the race as well as how he bounced back after a tough race weekend.
A.J. Costley spoke with Steve Ovens as they celebrated down in victory lane at Woodhull Raceway after some recent hardships at the track. Love the energy in this clip!
Codie Baker took the lead on a late race restart and told Steve Ovens how good he was on restarts as well as how close the racing was at the front at Woodhull.
Cole Youse returned to victory lane for the second time and told Steve Ovens about catching a break late to win the Warriors feature race at Woodhull.
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