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Monday, May 8th 2017
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Steve Poirier tells me about a car he was showing off on Facebook and how he is doing so far.
Jim Olin looks forward to the Can Am opener and talks about activities at the DIRT Hall of Fame.

It sounds like the rain my finally be done and it is about time. Our race weekend was totally rained out as we were washed out on Sunday with the Syracuse Microd Club. This coming week is the first State Race and we are excited and ready.

After that we spent some time with the Kuleszo’s and had a nice lunch at a local restaurant. They are so nice and Allie is having a blast getting to know them and their young daughter who is Allie’s teammate. I’ll be back in the studio again today and will have more for you tomorrow.

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page starting with a driver who had a tough start to the season. Steve Poirier tells me about a car he was showing off on Facebook, explained why he was going with something a little different and how he is doing so far.

Jim Olin looks forward to the Can Am opener and talks about activities at the DIRT Hall of Fame as well as his Four Cylinder race.  

 
Sunday, May 7th 2017
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Billy Pauch Jr. told me about his recent win at New Egypt and why he was at Bridgeport Saturday.
Rocky Warner recapped his two win weekend and described a handling issue he is working on.

We’ve got a couple of quick ones up for you today as we chatted with people who were not racing last night but were still going to the track. Most tracks rained out and Utica Rome has already rained out today but there were a few who were trying last night and we give them all the credit in the world. There are some hearty race fans out there for sure.

I don’t know how hearty I feel today as we may or may not race with Allie today at the NYS Fairgrounds. There is a 60% chance of rain and the high will only be 42 so I would not totally mind if they pull the plug on this one. I was a lot heartier when I was younger that’s for sure.

If we do rain out I’ll be here in the studio getting some work done for all of you to listen to tomorrow and I’ll be sure to have some good stuff here waiting for you when you get here.

Now let’s chat more about what’s on the Audio Page starting with a young man who was helping dad with a new car. Billy Pauch Jr. told me about his recent win at New Egypt, how he killed a bunch of mosquitos at the track and why he was at Bridgeport with his dad on Saturday.  

Rocky Warner recapped his two win weekend at Fonda & Utica Rome, remembered a jingle he was in at Albany Saratoga and described a handling issue he is working on with his new car.  

 
Saturday, May 6th 2017
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Danny Creeden tells me about his win at Thunder Mountain and his top ten finish at Accord.
Ryan Susice picked up his first career win at Merrittville and talked about the line he used.
Eldon Payne Jr. got ready for his second race of 2017 and talked about a return to an old look.
Claude Hutchings Jr. talked about his Sportsman win at Afton and his 7th place at Utica Rome.  

So are we going to get anything in this weekend? I am really starting to wonder as this early May rain is having quite an effect on local racing. We’ll hope for the best and if we don’t get anything in this weekend well then the teams will be more than ready go next weekend.

I’ll be in the studio today and have some good stuff that I did on Thursday anticipating the Friday rain so it’s all fresh and waiting for you to give it a listen. And if you’re around today send me a message and we’ll talk.

Now let’s find out more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page starting with some winners from last weekend. Danny Creeden tells me about his Modified win at Thunder Mountain and his top ten finish at Accord as well as how good it feels to have two wins before May.  

Ryan Susice picked up his first career win at Merrittville and talked about the line he used to get the topo spot as well as a problem he had the week before.    

Eldon Payne Jr. got ready for his second race this year and talked about a return to an old look with his car as well as what his plans are for the 2017 season.  

Claude Hutchings Jr. talked about his Sportsman win at Afton, his 7th place finish in a big block at Utica Rome and how it felt to be mixing it up with the big boys.   

 
Friday, May 5th 2017
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Jimmy Horton talks about his win at Orange County and his 10th place at Bridgeport on Sunday.
Shawn Donath returned to Fulton last Friday and talked about how his car felt early on.
Brandon Kidd told me about his first race weekend of the season and his top ten on the night.
Mike O’Brien showed off a new look for 2017 and talked about racing a fairly new Modified.

I got a lot done yesterday but was reluctant to put some of it up today as the weather looks so crappy the next few days. I mean heck, we could lose the whole weekend from the sounds of things.

Brewerton Speedway already pushed back their opener and that decision was made early on Thursday and I can see the same things happening today as most promoters will cancel early when they know and let teams make other non-racing plans.

I’ll be back in the studio again today and possibly on Saturday as well. I am working through a list of winners from last weekend and will be hitting up as many of them as I can so be sure to come back tomorrow.

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page today as we begin with a veteran who is off to a nice start in 2017. Jimmy Horton talks about his win at Orange County, how good it felt wo pick up his second win of the season so early and recapped his 10th place at Bridgeport on Sunday.

Shawn Donath returned to Fulton last Friday with the ESS and talked about how his car felt early on and the three tracks he has the most laps at.  

Brandon Kidd told me about his first race weekend of the season, his top ten to start the Empire Super Sprints Tour and   his hopes to make the A-Main on Friday at Fulton.  

Mike O’Brien showed off a new look for 2017 at the Canandaigua opener and talked about racing a fairly new Modified that used to be a #91 and what would make for a successful opener.  

 
Thursday, May 4th 2017
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Pat Ward talked about getting in shape this off season and how he did in the Utica Rome opener.
Chad Phelps
brought a new Modified to Fulton last weekend and talked about his spec engine.
Dave Allen got ready for his first race of 2017 and explained why he had a lot of off season work.
Brett Wright has moved from Mods to Sprint Cars and told me when he made the decision to switch.
Glenn Forward told me why he missed opening weekend and how he is healing after an injury.

It turned out to be a nice day after all on Wednesday as the rains seem to just keep coming. Don’t look at that weather forecast either as it does not look that great. I’m hoping they are wrong and hoping we don’t lose multiple days of racing this weekend. Keep your fingers crossed guys!

I plan on Brewerton, Fulton, Syracuse and Utica Rome this weekend with hopes to do double duty on Sunday if Mother Nature allows. Allie has signed up to do the national anthems on Monday, May 22nd at Weedsport Speedway for their Super DIRTcar Series race. Like I have said publicly, she may outshine us all in this game!

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page for today as we get closer to the weekend. Pat Ward talked about getting in shape this off season and how he did in the Utica Rome opener and wonders when he will race his brand new car.  

Chad Phelps brought a new Modified to Fulton last weekend and talked about the less expensive spec engine he runs and how he gets around the track with it.

Dave Allen got ready for his first race of 2017 and explained why he had a lot of off season work as well as why he dug out an older car for Canandaigua on Saturdays.  

Brett Wright has moved from Mods to Sprint Cars and told me when he made the decision to switch as well as how he did on the opening weekend.

Glenn Forward told me why he missed opening weekend with his Sportsman, how he is healing after an off season snowmobile injury and why he originally thought it would sideline him longer.

 
Wednesday, May 3rd 2017
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Gary Tomkins talked about his Brewerton Speedway Modified as he got ready for hot laps Friday.
Rich Richner spoke about his recent big block travels, his small block racing and his 2017 race plans.
Jim Witko brought a brand new Modified to Fulton and explained why he did many upgrades.
Kyle Inman spoke about adding a Sunday track to his plans and his hopes for Fulton on Saturday.
Allie Elkins recaps her race weekend that included racing in Syracuse and singing in Canandaigua.

I had another nice day on Tuesday as we got to have a special day late birthday dinner and spent a lot of time with my family. It was really nice.

I have more good stuff up for you today and will be back tomorrow as well as I need to get into the studio today. I have a long list of drivers to get ahold of and if I miss you today be sure to send me a message and we’ll work you in.

Brewerton this Friday and Fulton on Saturday is the tentative plan. I need to stay fairly close to home on Saturdays with racing Sunday mornings here in Syracuse but once school lets out they move to Thursday and that means I’ll be hitting the road more. And if they get out in time on Sunday I’ll try to make it to Utica Rome as they push their start time back to 6 p.m. this Sunday.

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page starting with a pair of Modified racers who were out this past weekend. Gary Tomkins talked about his Brewerton Speedway Modified as he got ready for hot laps Friday, how much he was looking forward to Saturday’s SDS opener at Fulton.  

Rich Richner spoke about his recent big block travels to Ohio, his small block racing and his 2017 race plans that include weekly racing at Canandaigua and Ransomville.  

Jim Witko brought a brand new Modified to Fulton and explained why he did many upgrades for 2017 and why we didn’t see him after the halfway mark of the 2016 season.  

Kyle Inman spoke about adding a Sunday track to his plans, his hopes for Fulton on Saturday and how long it has been since he had been to the high banked 3/8 mile track.  

Allie Elkins recaps her race weekend that included racing Sunday in Syracuse and singing the national anthems at Canandaigua before working in the tower with Donna Spaid.  

 
Tuesday, May 2nd 2017
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Danny O’Brien brought his 358 to Canandaigua for a shake down and talked about his plans.
Andy Noto is racing Modifieds on dirt this year and explained why he made the switch.
Tom Keyes spoke about adapting to dirt with his Modified after several years on the asphalt.
Corey Barker talked about an issue they had at tech and where we will see him this season.  
Tony Veneziano reports on David Gravel’s World of Outlaw Sprint Car victory in Indiana.

I had a really nice day on Monday and thanks to all of you who sent birthday wishes. They mean the world to me. No time however for a celebration as we had work to do and more work to do today. I’ll be heading out to Brewerton for their test and tune if all goes well and we’ll have audio from that up on Thursday.

I hope all of you had a great weekend and if your favorite track is not open yet it sure will be soon so stay patient, travel to your south to see some shows and support your local speedways.

Now let’s chat more about what is up on the Audio Page for today as I try to hurry to get this typed up before the storm gets here. Danny O’Brien brought his 358 to Canandaigua for a shake down and explained why he preferred a race to a practice and talked about his plans for the coming season.  

Andy Noto is racing Modifieds on dirt this year and explained why he made the switch as well as how he is doing as he adapts to a new surface with a blue oval in the hood.  

Tom Keyes spoke about adapting to dirt with his Modified after several years on the asphalt as he got ready for the first Modified race of the year at Canandaigua.  

Corey Barker talked about an issue they had at tech, who he thought would have the advantage in the Sportsman Series race at Futon and where we will see him this season.  

Tony Veneziano reports on David Gravel’s 5th World of Outlaw Sprint Car victory of the season on Saturday in Indiana and looks ahead to two races this weekend in the midwest.  

 
     
 
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