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Monday, May 27th 2019
   New on the Audio Page from the Short Track Super Series race at Thunder Mountain Speedway:

After the heat races:
Mike Mahaney told me how getting the best draw in the pit area helped him win the first heat race.
Stewart Friesen described what he did to win his heat race as he came from ninth place to first.
Ryan Jordan was the only track regular to win a heat and talked about running down the race leader.
Jerry Higbie Jr. won heat number 4 and explained how he changed his line after jumping the cushion.
Matt Sheppard pulled away to win his heat race and told me how wide and racy the track seemed. 
Duane Howard got the win in the final Modified qualifier and explained why decided to run down low.

After the features:
Dylan Ceece led every lap top win the Street Stock feature and talked about his brand new racecar.
Billy Decker won his second race of the season and talked about winning his first STSS feature.
Stewart Friesen started second, finished second and spoke about being a little loose in the race.
Mat Williamson picked up eight spots to finish third and wondered if he used his stuff up early on.
Ryan Jordan continued his nice start to the season with a fourth and talked about racing his heroes.
Mike Gular drove his loose racecar to a fifth place finish and told me why they didn't change enough.

I had a fun night as I traveled south to Thunder Mountain Speedway for a Sunday special featuring the Short Track Super Series. I'll admit that I felt a little lost at times as I have not seen a lot of these racers that follow that tour in way too long. I did some catching up and surely need to hit more of these races to have a better overall view of the Modified world. Thanks for havkng me down guys!

Billy Decker was the big winner as he won his first race since February in Volusia and he had to really drive well as Stewart Friesen was right on his tail. Actually he was a little lower as Billy ran the top and Stewie kept it low for most of the race. Stewie would catch him a little going in but Billy was able to jump on the throttle cquicker using his high line and drove to the victory.

Matt Sheppard was going for his 12th win in a row after winning 11 in a row at 7 different racetracks and despite winning his heat and starting fourth he fell back quickly and later was involved in a multi-car crash with 15 laps to go essentially ending his chances at win number 12 in a row. Hey, it is still quite the win streak and I still have not seen anything like it in this era. Nice streak Matt!

We've got a lot of good stuff on the Audio Page and will have a lot this week as I have close to 30 chats in the can from Brewerton, Land of Legends and Thunder Mountain so don't miss a day. 

I'll be off from the track today to celebrate the holiday with both sides of my family but I do have an interview set up for later tonight. I'll be busy Tuesday and then Wednesday Allie gets her first laps in the Dirt Modified Noastalgia Tour car as we plan on going to Paradise Speedway in Geneva for her to get in some laps and hopefully some of you can come out and wish us the best in person. It's going to be quite the summer and we can't wait. I'm nervous She's nervous too but all good things we do make us nervous at first.

I hope you all have a wonderful Memorial Day and be sure to pause to thank all the men and women who gave their lives for the freedoms we stil enjoy today. Thank you for making the ulitmate sacrifice and thanks to all of you who take that risk today. Thank you so much! 
 
Sunday, May 26th 2019
   New on the Audio Page before the storm hit at Land of Legends Raceway:

Eric Kurtz explained what happened when his 305 Sprint Car flipped and looked over the damage.
Adam DePuy won yet another heat race in Canandaigua and talked about the lack of changes. 
Jimmy Grant notched another Street Stock heat race win and explained why this one was special.
Trevor Years got the win in his 305 Sprint Car heat race and explained why he lost a wheel earlier.
Darryl Ruggles won the last 305 Sprint Car race and talked about racing against his daughter. 
Eric Giguere described the line he ran on the outside as he won his first heat race of the season. 
Nick Guererri bounced back with a heat win and talked about the need for some luck later on.
Matt Guererri took the win in the third Sportsman heat and talked about his hopes for the feature.
Ricky Newton spoke with me about his Sportsman heat win and how close the race was up front.
Danny Johnson finished first in his Modified heat race and talked about his hopes for a finish later.
Phil Vigneri III earned his first Modified heat win in 2019 and told me how nice it is to be at the front. 
Erick Rudolph was the last heat winner of the night and told me how he made the pass for the win.

It was a wild night and a short one for many of us here in New York as a big line of storms hit where we were in Canandaigua at a little past 8 p.m. and then raced across the state ending several shows early. We were hustling as everyone knew what was coming and we did the best we could. Nice job everyone to get as far as we got but you can't beat Mother Nature. It's just that simple.

And once it hit it hit hard with strong winds and driving rain. Check out my Facebook page as I did a live hit right before it started. The teams packed up as quickly as they could and the Street Stocks had to get to their pits quickly as it began to rain while they were still on the track for their feature. Obviously look at the track's website for information on make up dates as the features do need to be made up as all the qualifying heat races were complete. 

Up till then we were having a ball as the track was super fast and super racy. Just listen to the chats I did with the heat winners. The term "mint" was actually used to describe the surface. And keep in mind that they did have some weather at about 3 p.m. too so give all the credit in the world to the track crew for (a) not cancelling and (b) delivering such a nice surface. You know...the racers don't lie to me!

I was able to can some stuff from earlier and we are planning on hitting Thunder Mountain Speedway tonight for a pair of Short Track Super Series races and a topless Street Stock special. It wil be nice to see some people I haven't seen in a while and I hope the weather gets out of the area quickly and we can have some fun on a Sunday for the first time this year. Keep your fingers crossed.

Be safe today. Thanks to everyone who served this country in the military and be sure to stop and pause on this Memorial Day Weekend to think about how fortunate we are to live in the best country on the planet.
 
Saturday, May 25th 2019
   New on the Audio Page from the Brewerton Speedway opener:

After the heat races:

Dave Axton talks about his win in the first ESS heat race and why he seems to always be good early. 
Hear from many of the top three finishers in the ESS heat races as they prepared for the redraw. 
Ronnie Davis III won in his first ever big block Modified heat race and talked about learning brakes. 
Chris Mackey described the unique rear suspension on his Sportsman that got him a heat win. 
Joey Buonagurio described how some advice they recieved in the off season got them a heat win.
Billy Clark pulled away to win his Sportsman heat and talked about waiting to make some changes.
Kevin Root won the last Sportsman qualifier and explained why he did not move off the bottom. 

After the feature races:
Jason Barney explained why his second ESS A-Main victory at Brewerton was so special to him. 
Danny Varin came home in second place and spoke about how happy he was for the race winner.
Davie Franek spoke with Mike Mallet after his third place and explained why he was not happy.
Ronnie Davis III described what it was like as he won his heat and the feature in his very first start. 
Tommy Sears fell back initially and explained how he worked his way up to a nice second place run.
Pat Ward led the first fifteen laps before falling back to fourth and told me what happened to the car.
Chris Mackey won the first Sportsman feature and explained why he and the leader came together. 
Kevin Root won the second Sportsman race and told me why he moved from the top to the bottom. 

It was a fun night and a cold night at the Brewerton Speedway as they finally got in thier season opener with the Empire Super Sprints joining the show. The pit area was packed and a nice crowd was on hand on what turned out to be a super night as the track conditions were not of the typical season opener variety.

I sat with some friends in the family section and really enjoyed what we had on the track. Rookie Ronnie Davis III did something that just doesn't happen in today's world as he passed Pat Ward and went on to win in his first career start in a big block Modified. I mean really, this stuff just doesn't happen but it did on this night. Make sure to check out both of his interviews including the heat race and you'll see why this had to be a total surprise for him, his team and his family. Nice job!

Jason Barney made it two in a row on the ESS Tour as he won at the track he considers his home as he only lives a few miles away. Barney got by early leader Dave Axton and handled the slower traffic very well on his way to hia second win on the season. There were 33 Sprint Cars and hand which bodes well for the club.

I also got Sportsman winners Chris Mackey and Kevin Root too so be sure to give them a listen. I was able to can twelve interviews from earlier in the pits and it's good I did as today does not sound good. Hopefully the storms I am seeing on the radar to our west will break up and we can have some fun. If they don't I'll still javbe good stuff up for you tomorrow. 

Overall the show could not have gone much better and I hope that all of you had a great Friday too. We'll see how today goes and hopefully we'll all have fun no matter where we end up. Thank you to all my friends in the military both past and present and we thank you so much for your service. Have a great weekend guys and gals and we'll see you tomorrow.
 
Friday, May 24th 2019
   New on the Audio Page for today:

Dillon Groover tells me how he is adapting to the big block engine and Hooiser tires in Canandaigua. 
Brett Deyo talks about last week's packed house in Fonda and Sunday's race at Thunder Mountain.
Toby LaGrange previews this year's CRSA Tour and talked about his announcing gigis for 2019.

I had a good day on Thursday as I got a little work done and got ready for what I hope is a nice four day race weekend for everyone. Today looks good and we're hoping once again that the people who forecast weather for a job might be wrong this weekend and we can see four straight days of racing. Keep your fingers crossed.

I am planning an Brewerton tonight, Land of Legends tomorrow and Thunder Mountain on Sunday. Monday I'll be going to a family get together that I usually have to miss but I wanted to make sure I was there for this one. You never know what can happen and family is important so we'll be sure to be at this one on Monday.

Now let's chat more about what we have on the Audio Page for today starting with a talented young driver who is embracing a new challenge this season. Dillon Groover tells me how he is adapting to the big block and Hooiser tires in Canandaigua after years running a differemt tire and engine combination at Woodhull Raceway and analyzes his first two weeks at his new Saturday home. 

Brett Deyo talks about last week's packed house in Fonda as they charged just one dollar for admission, tells me abot a rescheduled race at New Egypt and previiews Sunday's race at Thunder Mountain featuring STSS races for Modifieds and Sportsman.

Toby LaGrange previews this year's CRSA Tour as they prepared ao race at Land of Legends Raceway and talked about the growth in 305 Sprint Car racing as well as some of his other announcing gigis for 2019.
 
Thursday, May 23rd 2019
   New on the Audio Page for today:

Peter Britten told me about picking his first ever feature win on Saturday night at Labanon Valley. 
Justin Wright explained why he missed Friday night's races and how his season is going so far.  
Marc Minutolo told me about his win on Friday night in  the Hobby Stock class at Outlaw Speedway. 
Chip Gauthier tells me why he got back into racing in 2018 and he chose to run a Vintage Modified. 

They say to get ready today if you are in the northeast as some big storms could be around and could do some damage. It will obviously be tough to top last Sunday and we truly hope that today is nothing like that and not too much as a couple of Friday tracks have yet to open their gates for a race day. Let's hope we can do that this week.

I laid low yesterday and actually went and hit a few golf balls at the local driving range. It went about as it should and hopefully I can get out for real here soon for some stress relief and enjoyment. It's always fun but sometimes it is even more fun!

Now let's chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page starting out with a driver who did something last weekend he had never done before. Peter Britten told me about picking his first ever feature win on Saturday night at Lebanon Valley, how things went for him on Friday at Albany Saratoga and looks ahead to racing three times this Memorial Day Weekend. 

Justin Wright explained why he missed Friday night's races at Outlaw Speedway, compared how different things were the first two weeks at Canandaigua and why he still misses the mile at Syracuse. 

Marc Minutolo told me about his win on Friday night in  the Hobby Stock class at Outlaw Speedway, described the move he made on the outside to get the top spot and how inconsistent his Street Stock has been so far. 

Chip Gauthier tells me why he got back into racing in 2018 after 27 years off, what he did starting his career at age 16 and he chose to run a Vintage Modified instead of the many other options that are out there.
 
Wednesday, May 22nd 2019
   New on the Audio Page for today:

Billy Pauch Jr. tells me about his win at New Egypt and his busy plans for the holiday weekend.
Jimmy Phelps previews the coming weekend as Weedsport Kartway and Speedway have shows. 
Kevin Root and Kyle Coffey run down the differences between a Sportsman and a big block Modified. 
Luke Horning talks about his Pro Stock win at Fonda and his hopes to finallly race at Glen Ridge. 
Dylan Zacharias explains how he went from his hospital bed to victory lane in just five short days. 

We are loaded for bear here today as we have five strong interviews up. I've been very fortunate to have a lot of people pick up the phone when I call this week and for that we are truly thankful. 

I'll be back at it today and may even hit a golf course later this week as I am a little bit ahead right now. We're planning on Brewerton, Land of Legends and Thunder Mountain this weekend as I am hopeful to get in three race nights in three days. Yeah baby!

Now let's chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page as we start out with a big winner from down in New Jersey. Billy Pauch Jr. tells me about his win at New Egypt on Saturday night, described how cool it was to win on the same night as his dad and ran his busy plans for the upcoming holiday weekend.

Jimmy Phelps previews the coming weekend as Weedsport Kartway and Speedway both have shows, describes some work they did on Tuesday and recaps his Saturday night in Canandaigua.

Kevin Root and Kyle Coffey run down the differences between a Sportsman and a big block Modified for the crowd at Land of Legends Raceway on Saturday. Look for this video to show on up their website soon.

Luke Horning talks about his Pro Stock win at Fonda Speedway last Saturday, how much he enjoyed seeing the huge crowd on hand and his hopes to finallly race at Glen Ridge this Sunday.   

Dylan Zacharias explains how he went from his hospital bed to victory lane in just five short days, what put him in the hospital in the first place and how he rebounded for a Sportsman win at Fulton Speedway. 
 
Tuesday, May 21st 2019
   New on the Audio Page for today:

Rocky Warner 
talked about 2nd Modified win in a row at Fonda and how he came from 3rd to 1st.
Ryan Jordan won his 2nd in a row at Thunder Mountain and talked about his charge from 11th. 
Brad Steinruck talked about his Cananadaigua Street Stock and what happens when it stalls. 
Tony Venezianno reports on the 3 race Pennsylvania swing for the World of Outlaw Sprint Cars. 

We had a nice day on Monday as Allie's Liverpool High School Unified basketball team won their championship game. They beat Fulton in overtime and finished the season as champions. Congratulations to everyone who had anything to do with this team and unified basketball in general. It's a great thing for everyone involved and I could not be more proud of this team. Way to go guys and gals.

I did not get back here till close to 8 o'clock and as soon as I gobbled down some food I got right to work. Fortunately the four people I had set up to talk to were all available and I made the most of my time and got those done in time to tuck my youngest into bed. It was a perfect day.
 
Now let's chat more about what we have on the Audio Page for today as we begin with a pair of drivers who have each won at thier Saturday night track twice in the last two weeks. Rocky Warner talked about 2nd Modified win in a row at Fonda Speedway, how he came from 3rd to 1st late in the race and how cool it was to see the packed grandstands. 

Ryan Jordan won his 2nd Modified feature in a row at Thunder Mountain and talked about his charge from 11th using the top side late as well as wondering if maybe his big block is the preferred package for Saturdays. 

Brad Steinruck talked about his Cananadaigua Street Stock, described what went wrong in a crash in week two as well as what happens when it stalls. Keep in mind this is a two speed similar to a Modified. 

Tony Venezianno reports on the 3 race Pennsylvania swing for the World of Outlaw Sprint Cars as they visited Lincoln and Williams Grove Speedways as well as a preview of the race tonight in Bridgeport. Get up to spped if you're going tonight and listen to this one. 
 
     
 
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