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Monday, March 6th 2017
    New on the Audio Page from Fingerlakes Speedworld:

Dave Axton tells me about the work he had to do on his Sprint Car and his booming business.
Darryl Ruggles showed off a new look for 2017 and talked about a chassis change he made.
Josh Reome told me about his two win season at Can Am and looked ahead to getting back.
Jim Olin speaks with Paul Harkenrider and thanks all the teams that helped this past weekend.

Allie and I had another fun day as we headed west to Auburn and Fingerlakes Speedworld. We had a great time seeing some old friends and meeting someone new as well. We did seven interview and aired all but three of those today so be sure to come back as we have a lot for you this week.

I have some more chats I will be doing today too so it is going to be quite the week. And don’t forget that this weekend is Motorsports Expo at the New York State Fairgrounds so make your plans now to be in Syracuse this weekend to get your schedules, see the new racecars and get pumped up for the coming season.

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page starting with my first interview on Sunday with a man who grew up at the dirt tracks of Central New York. Dave Axton tells me about the work he had to do on his Sprint Car, why he has not had the time so far to get it done and how busy he has been with his business Highside Racewear.

Darryl Ruggles showed off a new look for 2017 and talked about a chassis change he made as well as how much he is looking forward to running his 360 without a wing.  

Josh Reome told me about his two win season at Can Am, how consistent the track surface was last year and how winning early made those top fives later seem not as special.  

Jim Olin speaks with Paul Harkenrider and thanks all the teams that helped this past weekend at Fingerlakes Speedworld and confirms the dates for next year’s show in Auburn.  

 
Sunday, March 5th 2017
   

New on the Audio Page f rom Southern Tier Speedworld:

Glenn Knapp talks about his season at Five Mile Point and the one win that slipped away.
Dan Harpell looks over the Five Mile Point schedule and highlights some of their race nights.
Chuck Akulis reacts to seeing a tribute car in his name and talks about his early days in racing.
Dan Burman explains why he got back into racing after 20 years off and his 2017 race plans.

Allie and I had a great time yesterday as we traveled south to Southern Tier Speedworld at Oakdale Mall in Johnson City. We had a great time catching up with old friends and meeting lots of news ones. The day literally could not have gone better.

Of course there is still one more day for this show and the one I’m going to today in Auburn. Today I will be going to Fingerlakes Speedworld at the Fingerlakes Mall and we’ll be sure to have lots of clips up from that for you tomorrow. Once again I can’t wait and hope to be in Auburn before 3 o’clock so I can check out the R/C demo derby and catch the teams before they load up.

I did get a lot of extra interviews done on Saturday and have 14 in the can right now. I hope to add even more to that today so you should have a lot to listen to this week as we get ready for Motorsports Expo this Saturday and Sunday in Syracuse. Yep, we’re almost there guys so hang in there a few more weeks.

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page as we run the first three interviews I did and the second to last one. Glenn Knapp talks about his season in a Modified at Five Mile Point Speedway, the one win that slipped away and thinks back on his start in racing at a young age in a different time.  

Dan Harpell looks over the Five Mile point schedule for 2017 and highlights some of their race nights as they get ready for their opener in just three weeks.

Chuck Akulis reacts to seeing a tribute car in his name and talks about his early days in racing while looking over another car that is close to what he ran in the 70’s.  

Dan Burman explains why he got back into racing after 20 years off, runs down his 2017 race plans and tells me how he lost a race in the final corner last season. Oh man!  

 
Saturday, March 4th 2017
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Jim Olin talks about the racecars at Fingerlakes Speedworld and the activities this weekend.
Kenny Peoples Jr. talks with Steve Ovens about the work he has to do and his 2017 race plans.

Today and tomorrow are going to be a lot of fun for me as I get to check out mall shows on back to back days. Today I will be heading to the Oakdale Mall in Johnson City for Southern Tier Speedworld and tomorrow I’ll be off to Auburn for Fingerlakes Speedworld inside the Fingerlakes Mall. So be sure to look for lots of new audio up tomorrow and for many days to come.

I always love these shows and feel they are so important to the growth of our sport. I don’t want to sound like the old man who yells at kids to get off his lawn but most of today’s kids don’t know what fast cars are all about. Putting a loud muffler on your dad’s Honda does not make a hot rod and these mall shows give kids of all ages and their parents a chance to see what it is that excites us so much about racecars.

  Be on your best behavior, wear racing shirts and jackets to they know who we are and spend some money. That will ensure that these types of events continue.

Now let’s chat more about what we have today on the Audio Page starting with a breakdown of what is happening today. Jim Olin talks about some of the racecars at Fingerlakes Speedworld inside the Fingerlakes Mall in Auburn and the activities taking place today and tomorrow. I’ll see you there!  

Kenny Peoples Jr. talks with Steve Ovens about the work he has to do as he rebuilds his racecar, when he hopes to have it done and what he plans on doing this season.  

 
Friday, March 3rd 2017
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Shawn Donath walks me through M & W Aluminum and talks about the parts they make.
Dan Harpell previews Southern Tier Speedworld starting today at Oakdale Mall in Johnson City.

I had another great day as I once again got out of the house and saw something new. On Thursday I visited M & W Aluminum and saw how they make Sprint Car parts. Yep, pretty much everything except engines, transmissions and rear ends are made right here in Syracuse and some of those bolt on parts go to some of the biggest names in the sport. And it is all happening right here in Syracuse. Who Knew?

Well as of next week more people are going to know as I just got an idea for next week’s column in the Syracuse Post Standard. I did get there a little late but will be there earlier on Monday so I can see the whole operation at work. Thanks Shawn for the invite!

Today I will be back in the studio and then back on the road Saturday for Southern Tier Speedworld and Sunday it will be Fingerlakes Speedworld. It will be great to get out and see some familiar faces and I hope you’re one of them. Wave to me and say hi please as it is tough to recognize some of you guys when you’re al cleaned up and out of your race suits.

Now let’s talk more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page starting with my trip to a place that left me pretty darned impressed.   Shawn Donath walks me through M & W Aluminum and talks about the Sprint Car parts they make, where some of those parts go and recaps his trip to East Bay last week. This is quite an operation boys and girls!  

Dan Harpell previews Southern Tier Speedworld starting today at Oakdale Mall in Johnson City and tells me what you can see while hinting that some news for Five Mile Point will come out as well.  

 
Thursday, March 2nd 2017
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Phil Burkart Jr. talks about being back on the NHRA tour fox 6 races with a Top Fuel Funny Car.
Torrey Stoughtenger tells me about his two cars and this weekend’s Fingerlakes Speedworld.

I had another nice day on Wednesday and was able to get more work done and write up a story on the driver you’ll hear from first on the Audio Page. It is so great to see Phil Burkart Jr. back in a Top Fuel Funny Car and it was great to catch up with him. And don’t forget he did race Modifieds at Utica Rome a while back too is he is truly one of us and more!

I’ll be busy this weekend as I plan on checking out Southern Tier Speedworld on Saturday and then Fingerlakes Speedworld on Sunday. It is going to be a fun weekend and I can’t wait to see some of you guys and gals. I’m getting out more and doing something fun every day and am really looking forward to these activities this weekend.

Now let’s chat more about what we have on the Audio Page as start out by talking about drag racing at the highest level. Phil Burkart Jr. talks about being back on the NHRA tour fox 6 races with a Top Fuel Funny Car, explained how the ride became available and how he has done in his first two starts.  

Torrey Stoughtenger tells me about his two Sportsman cars, what his plans are for those cars and gets ready for this weekend’s Fingerlakes Speedworld at the Fingerlakes Mall in Auburn, NY.  

 
Wednesday, March 1st 2017
   New on the Audio Page for today:

Tim Fuller tells me about his two races in Florida and the work he is doing in the shop now.
Billy Whittaker recaps his races at Volusia and talks about the need for a good practice session.

We’re back today with a pair of drivers who raced this past weekend in Florida and I hope to do more of these conversations as the week rolls on. There is a lot going on right now and racing really starts to pick up now. Great time to be a fan isn’t it?

After a semi-day off on Tuesday I am back at it full bore today and hope to get a lot done. Of course there are two cars shows this weekend one in Johnson City and another in Auburn. We’ll be at Southern Tier Speedworld on Saturday and Fingerlakes Speedworld on Sunday. And I hope to see some of you there. I can’t wait!

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page starting with a man who came close to winning this past Saturday. Tim Fuller tells me about his two races in Florida, how different each night was and the work he is doing in the shop now to get things ready for 2017.  

Billy Whittaker recaps his two races at Volusia, tells me about some tire issues they had on the final day and talks about the need for a good practice session before the season starts.  

 
Tuesday, February 28th 2017
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Alan Johnson recapped his two races in Florida and told me what he learned on the trip south.
Jeremie Corcoran talks about cancelling Syracuse Snocross and the other ventures he has going.

I got a lot done on Monday both work related and in other areas as well. I am excited about what the future holds and have many different ways I can depending on how the next few months go. One way or another I’ll be fine and now have a solid plan in place to get my head to a much better place. Yes, I am excited and feeling positive about what is going to happen down the road. Yeah!

Tomorrow come back to hear from another Florida racer and even though I usually take today off I am going to do some work in the afternoon before bowling to keep things rolling along in a positive direction.

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page starting with who came back to New York State with a smile on his face. Alan Johnson recapped his two races in Florida and told me what he learned on the trip south as well as how different each of the nights were.  

Jeremie Corcoran talks about cancelling this weekend’s Syracuse Snocross for obvious reasons, the work he is doing to get ready for his Stadium Cross show in late March and Canandaigua’s opener.  

 
     
 
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