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Monday, September 1st 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Ted Barcomb talks about a car he is putting together for Syracuse to honor his dad Cliff Barcomb.
Alan Fink remembered his big crash at Can Am and compared Sportsman to Late Models.
Karen Finch spoke about her win in the ladie’s race in a Sportsman at the Fulton Speedway.
Brian Knowles speaks with Steve Ovens after winning the Late Model race at Yates County.
Casey Pavlick prepared to race his Sportsman at Yates County and told Steve about last week.
Dave Matwiejow got ready at Yates County and told Steve Ovens about recent improvements.
Josh Keesey won the Sportsman race at Yates County and told Steve Ovens and his up & down year.
 
Darn the rain. At first I thought we might be okay to run yesterday but the rain took care of that. It’s too bad as the whole family was coming with me on Sunday to see what I think is the best twosome in racing…Modifieds and Sprint Cars.
 
Now we’ll hope for better weather today as we are set to go to the New Yorker 200 at Utica Rome. Plus crate Sportsman are on the card. Let’s hope for better weather.
 
With not much else to say, let’s get right into what we have for you today on the Audio Page. I start with a nice story that will unfold this year at Super DIRT Week. Ted Barcomb talks about a car he is putting together for Syracuse to honor his dad Cliff Barcomb. He told me how the idea came about, how things look right now and describes the job he had working for Hendrick Motorsports for 8 years. And guess what, they won Friday night with Rob Bellinger. 
 
Alan Fink remembered his big crash at Can Am and compared Sportsman to Late Models. He told me what went wrong in the crash, how baldy damaged the car was and his hopes to get back out soon. Look for a new Atomic Power Racing Hour coming to Time Warner Cable this week in New York State. 
 
Karen Finch spoke about her win in the ladies’ race in a Sportsman at the Fulton Speedway. She talked about what she was most nervous about before getting in the car, why she thought something might be a little fishy with the leader and how she handled the two speed transmission.
 
Brian Knowles speaks with Steve Ovens after winning the Late Model race and the championship at Yates County on Friday night. 
 
Casey Pavlick prepared to race his Sportsman at Yates County and told Steve Ovens about last week as well as the close points battle he was involved in. 
 
Dave Matwiejow got ready for laps at Yates County and told Steve Ovens about recent improvements as well as how his season has gone in a Street Stock. 
 
Josh Keesey won the Sportsman race at Yates County and told Steve Ovens and his up & down year as well as how much he likes the top side of the racetrack. 

 
Sunday, August 31st 2014
   New on the Audio Page ffrom the Fulton Speedway:
 
Ronnie Davis III told me what he hoped would happen as he went for the Sportsman championship.
Jeremy Vunk just took his first laps in a crate Sportsman and talked about when he’ll do it again.
Tim Sears Jr. spoke about his two win Modified season and why a Late Model title would be okay.
Beth Schneider ran down what had to happen for her to win her second Sportsman championship.
Vinnie Vitale explained why he was racing at Fulton and why he had a Ninja Turtles band-aid on.
 
After the heat races:
 
Jason Occhino led every lap to win the first heat and talked about the typical Fulton surface.
Jeremy Pitcher won the second heat leading every lap and described the rough season he has had. 
Matt Hulsizer had some issues last time he raced and spoke about his win in the 1st Modified heat.
Tommy Sears enjoyed a nice race with his nephew and told me why he likes racing with Timmy.
Ryan Phelps wondered about a vibration he felt in his Modified after his win in the heat race.
A.J. Kingsley held on to win his heat and explained why he didn’t know someone was on him late.
 
After the feature races:
 
Nick Webb dedicated his win to fallen racer Brandon Hagan and recalled their last conversation.
Ronnie Davis earned the track championship with 6th place finish and spoke with Bill Foley.
Chuck Powelczyk won his second championship in as many days and chatted with Adam Buchanan.
Matt Hulsizer led every lap to win the Modified feature and spoke with announcer Bill Foley.
Larry Wight won the Modified championship with his 3rd place run and talked with Bill Foley.
Haiden Burdick won his second Novice race in a row and spoke about how good he was on restarts.
Tim Sears Jr. won the race and the championship and spoke about his love of Late Models.
 
It was a fun night at Fulton but a tough one too as word started to spread about the death of Sportsman racer Brandon Hagan. I first heard about it as I was interviewing heat race winners in the pit area. Then a tearful Nick Webb dedicated his Sportsman win to him and told the crowd what Brandon had told him earlier in the day. There were now a lot of folks who were tearful.
 
I knew Brandon and interviewed him many times over the past six years and watched him grow into a fine young man. When he found out he was going to be a father it changed him and gave him focus and purpose. We are so sad today for his family, friends and everyone who got to know him and saw him grow up right in front of their eyes.
 
I must admit that I got so into the racing that I kind of put it in the back of my mind as we racing people do, but then to hear Nick speak in victory lane brought it right back to the front. Once again a talented young man who had a bright future in front of him has left us way too soon. And he left a child that won’t get to really know him and have him in their life. It’s sad for so many reasons. Rest in peace Brandon and I pray that everyone who is hurting today finds the strength to go on as that is exactly what he would have wanted us to do. We’ll miss you buddy.
 
It does feel kind of uncomfortable going right from that into the racing but that is what we do. We race on as I’m sure Brandon would have wanted and championships were to be decided at Fulton.
 
Ronnie Davis III survived a spin in his heat race, had to run the consi and avoided the half dozen or so cautions as he came from 19th to 6th to win the Sportsman championship. All he had to do was finish 12th or better but for a while there it looked like that might be a stretch. Way to persevere Ronnie!
 
In the Modified race it was whoever finished ahead of the other that would win there and Larry Wight, who came into the night one point back, finished ahead of point leader Billy Decker to win the championship. Matt Hulsizer bounced back from a tough Friday at Brewerton to pick up his first at Fulton this year.
 
Tim Sears Jr. made it easy in the Late Model race as he came into the night with the point lead and won the race. He and Shawn Beardsley put on quite a show at the front but Timmer was able to get him in traffic late to get the win. It was fun watching these two at the front.
 
Today we’re hoping for a dry day as the whole family is going with me to Utica-Rome. The Empire Super Sprints will be joining the Modifieds and the rest of the regular classes for a regular season finale. Champions will be crowned and hopefully the rain will stay away so we can race.
 
We also have Utica-Rome on our schedule for Monday as well so we hope to see you both days in Vernon. Have a great Sunday and let’s hope Mother Nature is a race fan today. 

 
Saturday, August 30th 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Richie Tobias talks about getting his old ride back together as USAC joins Super DIRT Week.
Barb Clark previews the big two days of racing at Utica-Rome and looks ahead to The Cole Cup.
 
Keep your fingers crossed today as hopefully Mother Nature will be a racefan and allow us to get in some action today. I have a plan and a back up plan in case and am hopeful to get out after a long day at the NYS Fair on Friday.
 
I have two nice conversations up for today and hopefully will be back with action from the racetrack tomorrow. We’re planning on hitting Utica-Rome with the entire family tomorrow and by myself on Monday.
 
Hard to believe the summer is almost over and the kids will be going back to school soon. Let’s hope this weekend is good for all of us as we get one last hurrah for Summer 2014.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you guys on the Audio Page. I start with a man who has big plans for Syracuse. Richie Tobias talks about getting his old ride back together as USAC joins Super DIRT Week. He told me the work he has to do to get the car ready, where he will race these next few weeks and how happy he is with what he has created at Kutztown. 
 
Barb Clark previews the big two days of racing at Utica-Rome and looks ahead to The Cole Cup. She explained what teams can do if they do not have a NASCAR license for Sunday, the added show they have coming up this Friday and how they will present the Cole Cup to the winner. 

 
Friday, August 29th 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Peter Britten talks about his hopes for this big weekend and his aggressive plans for Syracuse.
Chris Stockham spoke about his ten win season and how it earned him a championship at Lime Rock.
Jeremy Potrzebowski talked with Steve Ovens about turning his season around late in the year.
Allison Teed speaks with Steve Ovens after her win in a Four Cylinder Stock Car at Yates County.
 
We’re getting ready for a busy Labor Day Weekend and getting ready for intense action on the track as champions will be crowned at several local speedways. Make sure to get out and show your support on this final weekend of the summer. Where did the time go?
 
I have a pair of studio interviews as well as more from our good friend Steve Ovens and Turn 5 Racing Podcasts. To hear more from Steve just go to http://turn5.podbean.com/ or http://www.creeksideentertainmentdj.com/turn_5_racing_podcast. He’s doing a great job and it is so nice of him to share his stuff here for you guys to hear. Thanks Steve!
 
And be sure to come back tomorrow for a preview of the big weekend at Utica-Rome and hear what Richie Tobias is doing to get a USAC car together for Syracuse.
 
But first, let’s chat more about what we have for you to listen to today on the Audio Page. I begin with a man who will be very busy these next four days. Peter Britten talks about his hopes for this big weekend and his aggressive plans for Syracuse. He ran down what could happen at each of his two weekly homes, the need for some extra seat time to get ready for the New Yorker 200 and thinks back on the sport he played as a young man back home in Australia. 
 
Chris Stockham spoke about his ten win season and how it earned him a championship at Lime Rock. He talked about how nice it was to win the title, where he will race the next few weeks and how racing online helps keep him sharp.
 
Jeremy Potrzebowski talked with Steve Ovens about turning his season around late in the year. He explained what they have done to make the car better, how tough it is to drive when the left front comes off the ground and what it will take for him to win the championship. 
 
Allison Teed speaks with Steve Ovens after her win in a Four Cylinder Stock Car at Yates County. She spoke about her perfect season, how good her car was and where she will go after this. 

 
Thursday, August 28th 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Billy Van Pelt came from 12th to the lead in 3 laps and talked about his win with Paul Harkenrider.
Mike White described his last lap pass of his son to win the Sportsman feature race at Five Mile. 
Casey Pavlick just packed the track at Yates County and spoke about his lead in the points.
Jared Spalding talked with Steve Ovens about his hopes to move into the point lead at Yates County.
 
We’ll be back in the studio today after a day at the NY State Fair on Wednesday. Since I wrote this up Tuesday night I can’t tell you much about it but I know we had fun and are probably a little sore today from all that walking around. We’ll be back again on Friday before thee straight days of racing to finish out Labor Day Weekend.
 
Helping us this week is our good friend Steve Ovens. Two of these are with him doing the interviewing and the other one is from one of the best racing announcers around as he chats with Billy Van Pelt in victory lane at Woodhull.
 
To hear more from Steve just go to http://turn5.podbean.com/ or listen top him right here
http://www.creeksideentertainmentdj.com/turn_5_racing_podcast. He’s doing a great job and it is so nice of him to share his stuff here for you guys to hear. Thanks Steve!
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you to listen to today on the Audio Page. I start with a pair of winners from the weekend. Billy Van Pelt came from 12th to the lead in 3 laps and talked about his win with Paul Harkenrider. He spoke about those first few laps, how clean the race was out front and how he managed to pull away at the end. 
 
Mike White described his last lap pass of his son to win the Sportsman feature race at Five Mile Point Speedway. He explained why he was having trouble seeing in the final laps, what was happening with his son’s car that helped him catch up and what he is doing to be safe when cutting firewood. Yeah, listen here guys as we almost lost Mike this past spring. 
 
Casey Pavlick just packed the track at Yates County and spoke with Steve Ovens about his lead in the points. He described what he saw out on the racetrack, how tough it is to point race as he tries for a Sportsman championship. 
 
Jared Spalding talked with Steve Ovens about his hopes to move into the point lead at Yates County. He spoke about some tough luck the past few weeks, his hopes to turn things around last week and how appropriate it is that the championship will come down to the last night. 

 
Wednesday, August 27th 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Joe Skotnicki looks ahead to Super DIRT Week and talked about what is new & different this time.
Dale Welty won the crate Sportsman race at Yates County and told Steve Ovens about win # 1.
Darryl Ruggles talked with Steve Ovens after his 305 Sprint Car win last Friday at Yates County.
Allison Teed got ready to race as the point leader at Yates County and spoke about her great season.
 
We’re back with more good stuff as the last weekend of the summer of 2014 approaches. A lot of champions will be crowned this weekend as the dreams of some will be fulfilled while many others will see them dashed.
 
Then the second season as I like to call it will begin with big races taking place all over for September and October. I can’t believe the summer went by as fast as it did and just like Joe Marotta told me years ago, “They go faster every year.” He is right!
 
We’re going to the State Fair today so the kids can ride rides and then we’ll be back on Friday to see all the other stuff. We always go twice and today will be our first day of fun at a place I’ve been going to since I was a kid.
 
On Tuesday, Rich Vleck and I put the final touches on the next Atomic Power Racing Hour which will air beginning next week on Time Warner Cable Sports. This is the race from Can Am and I know you’ll like it. I’m so happy and proud to be part of the team with the best pit reporter around in Paul Szmal and veteran shooter Matt Thomas.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have today on the Audio Page. I start with a look ahead to the biggest party in racing. Joe Skotnicki looks ahead to Super DIRT Week and talked about what is new & different this time. He told me about the addition of the USAC Sprint Cars, the features only day on Sunday and the King’s last appearance in Central New York at Rolling Wheels. 
 
Dale Welty won the crate Sportsman race at Yates County and told Steve Ovens about win # 1. He talked about how tricky it is to set up these crate powered cars, how he was compared to the second place car and how the proper gear helped him get out of the corners well. 
 
Darryl Ruggles talked with Steve Ovens after his 305 Sprint Car win last Friday at Yates County. He described his battle at the front of the field, why he had to change his line to run down low and when his car seemed to get better. 
 
Allison Teed got ready to race as the point leader at Yates County and spoke with Steve Ovens about her great season. She spoke about changing things up this week, the bigger car she hopes to run next year and where she eventually wants to end up. 

 
Tuesday, August 26th 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Matt DeLorenzo tells me some of what he learned this year at Fonda as get ready for the fair.
Mike Walton explained how he came from 7th place top win his fourth of the year at Utica-Rome.
Brian Knowles spoke with Steve Ovens after winning the Late Model feature at Yates County.
James Kreidler III won the Street Stock race at Yates County and spoke about it with Steve Ovens.
 
We’re back with some more good stuff for you to listen to as we got some work done on Monday. As usual, we wrote up a new story for the Syracuse Post Standard that will be on newsstands today and will also be available online at www.syracuse.com/motorsports. I hope you like it.
 
I also hope you like what we have for you today on the Audio Page. Two of the chats are mine from the studio on Monday and two are from our good friend Steve Ovens who was at Yates County Speedway on Friday. His stuff is real good so give it a listen as he is in deep with the folks just like I am.
 
As a matter of fact, his Tuesday night show is live on-location from Oswego Speedway as they do a Budweiser Classic Preview show with Danny K. and Tom Baker from Race Chaser Online.
 
To listen live go to http://www.blogtalkradio.com/turn5live every Tuesday night from 7-8:3o. And they do have archived shows there as well so go, have fun and learn more about racing.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page. I start with a look back at the regular season that was with a Modified driver turned promoter. Matt DeLorenzo tells me some of what he learned this year at Fonda as get ready for the fair which starts today. He talked about what he had to do to get the facility fair ready, what he learned about racetrack prep and what he was thinking when things went badly early on. Next race at Fonda is September 13th with McDonald’s Weekend following. 
 
Mike Walton explained how he came from 7th place top win his fourth of the year at Utica-Rome Speedway. He told me how good it felt to win on a track that is not slick, how tough it is to sleep after a win and how happy he was to see Matt Tanner run well in Canada with a borrowed motor. Whose motor was it? You’ll have to listen to see. 
 
Brian Knowles spoke with Steve Ovens after winning the Late Model feature at Yates County. He told Steve about the unpredictable racetrack he saw, how surprised he was that the show was completed and how the class is doing these days. 
 
James Kreidler III won the Street Stock race at Yates County and spoke about it with Steve Ovens. He spoke about the battle he was in the final five laps, how the win helped his status in the points and then visited with Four Cylinder winner Chris Mashewske

 
     
 
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