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Wednesday, April 4th 2012
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Chris Hile thanks everyone for their help at the team’s fundraiser and at Motorsports Expo. 
Doug Kline told J Fish about his hopes for Saturday’s Kenny Moore Classic at Black Rock. 
Scott Waters spoke with J Fish as he got ready for his first ever race day in a crate Sportsman. 
 
We have more good stuff on the site today including one from the studio and two from Jeremiah Fish’s trip to the Black Rock Speedway on Saturday. Plus we still have an additional ten chats that are still in the can from that event so look for more of those to show up between tomorrow and Saturday.
 
There is a lot coming up this weekend including the first Super DIRTcar Series race of the 2012 season. Canandaigua Motorsports Park is coming off their best season in years and they will get it started this Saturday. 
 
Also up this weekend, Glen Ridge and Fonda will get things going with The Ridge running on Friday and Fonda on Saturday. The Five Mile Point show that was rained out on Sunday will be run this coming Sunday, April 7th
 
Now let’s chat more about what is new for today on the Audio Page. I begin with a man who is felling pretty thankful right about now. Chris Hile thanks everyone for their help at the team’s fundraiser and at Motorsports Expo. He told me how humbled he has been throughout this whole thing, how big the event was on Saturday and what they are doing this week to get ready for the Fulton practice. 
 
Doug Kline told Jeremiah Fish about his hopes for Saturday’s Kenny Moore Classic at Black Rock. He talked about his mindset coming into his first race at the 4/10 mile track, thought back on his 2011 season and how he did with an older crate car at Woodhull. 
 
Scott Waters spoke with J Fish as he got ready for his first ever race day in a crate Sportsman. He talked about how he got ready for the show after years racing on two wheels, ran down what he plans to do with the car this year and who helped him put his deal together. 

 
Tuesday, April 3rd 2012
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Tyler Siri talks about his Saturday at Black Rock and where he is in his plans to buy the speedway. 
Jeff Frasier was getting his season started with his 305 and talked about his goals for the day.
Adam Leslie told J Fish about his hopes for Saturday and why he towed down from Canada.
Ryan Tracy had his Sportsman at Black Rock and told J Fish about his expectations for Saturday.
Dean Reynolds previews the upcoming ESS season and looks ahead to their opener at Can Am.
 
I had a real fun day on Monday as I continue to feel better and continue to get a lot of work done. I did two new interviews, one of which is up today and also put up some chats from Jeremiah Fish had with three drivers who have never been on this site before. Nice huh?
 
And I also have a chat that a lot of you guys have been asking for as Tyler Siri joins me to talk about where he stands on buying the Black Rock Speedway. This happened after I called him Sunday night to thank him for trusting J Fish in the interview the two of them did on Saturday. 
 
Had J Fish bombarded him with that question at that time and pulled a Jim Gray/Pete Rose type of stunt, it might not have happened. But he was interviewing driver Tyler Siri, not the guy who was trying to buy the track. And that led to my chat that you can hear today. There’s a time and place for everything people!
 
I also wrote up an article on the weekend’s racing for the Syracuse Post Standard and you can read that in today’s edition. This Thursday we’ll preview the SDS race at Canandaigua and everything else that kicks off this weekend. Glen Ridge and Fonda are also set to open. Am I missing anyone else here in CNY? Let me know if you can with an email.
 
Now let’s chat more about what is new for today on the Audio Page. I begin with a much requested interview. Tyler Siri talks about his Saturday at Black Rock and where he is in his plans to buy the speedway. He told me about getting spun in the feature, the problems he had at tech and explains why he is still hoping to be running the racetrack soon. 
 
Jeff Frasier was getting his season started with his 305 and talked with Jeremiah Fish about his goals for the day. He talked about running weekly at Canandaigua, why he needs to stay closer to home this year and ran down some of the crazy life he has away from the racetrack. 
 
Adam Leslie told Jeremiah Fish about his hopes for Saturday and why he drove all the way down from Canada to Black Rock. He spoke about the back up car he brought down to the show, who will drive it weekly at Merrittville and thinks back on his 2011 season. 
 
Ryan Tracy had his Sportsman at Black Rock and told J Fish about his expectations for Saturday. They talked about the conditions they saw early on, what they did to the racecar during the off season and why they went with a newer chassis with lots of new parts on it. 
 
Dean Reynolds previews the upcoming ESS season and looks ahead to their opener at Can Am on April 28th. He also talked about some tracks that are returning to the schedule this year, how well a change they made from handicap to draw has worked out and tells me how four ESS drivers did this past weekend at Selinsgrove. 

 
Monday, April 2nd 2012
   New on the Audio Page from Jeremiah Fish’s trip to Black Rock Speedway:
 
Pre race conversations:
 
Cory Sparks talked about the 305 Sprinter he was driving and described his goals for the day. 
Chris Ostrowski had a newer Modified at Black Rock and told J Fish about his racing trip to Florida. 
Geoff Powell was ready for the Kenny Moore Classic and talked about his reasons for returning.
Stephen Swarthout spoke about the work he did to get ready for Saturday and why they were late. 
Danny Varin was at Black Rock for the first time and offered up his initial impressions to J Fish.
 
After the Kenny Moore Classic:
 
Ajay Potrzebowksi talked about his big win in the event and why he felt it was not about the money. 
Donnie Lawson led a lot of laps in the 60 lapper and told J Fish how he lost the lead at the end. 
Tyler Siri raced his way from the back after an incident to finish third and told J Fish all about it.
 
It was a cold and rainy day in Central New York and that rainy weather ended up moving the season opener at Five Mile Point back to this coming Sunday, April 7th. At least Saturday was a successful day with Black Rock and Bridgeport getting in their season openers.
 
On the site today we have a lot of stuff from Jeremiah Fish as he took the trip to Black Rock on Saturday. He did 19 pre race interviews (Wow) and got the top three finishers from the Kenny Moore Classic honoring the Flyin’ Milkman. It was a fun day of racing and J Fish was there for us…thanks. 
 
So up today are some of his pre race chats as well as the top three from the Sportsman race. We’ll have more of them up tomorrow as well as some other stuff as well as I may be able to get back in the studio. 
 
Now let’s chat more about what is new for today on the Audio Page. We begin with the first conversation that was recorded Saturday in Dundee. Cory Sparks talked to Jeremiah Fish about the 305 Sprinter he was driving at the Black Rock Speedway opener and described his goals for the day. 
 
Chris Ostrowski had a newer Modified at Black Rock for their opener and told Jeremiah Fish about his racing trip to Florida as well as an issue they discovered when they got back home. 
 
Geoff Powell was ready for the Kenny Moore Classic and talked with Jeremiah Fish about his reasons for returning to the seat as well as why this particular race was so important to him. 
 
Stephen Swarthout spoke to Jeremiah Fish about the work he did to get ready for Saturday and why they were a little bit behind due to other obligations. 
 
Danny Varin was at Black Rock for the first time and offered up his initial impressions to J Fish and talked about the different racecars he will be running this year. 
 
Ajay Potrzebowksi talked with J Fish about his big win in the event, why he felt it was not about the money and how happy he was with his new rubber floor car. 
 
Donnie Lawson led a lot of laps in the 60 lapper before finishing second and told J Fish how he lost the lead towards the end due to a parts failure. 
 
Tyler Siri raced his way from the back after an incident in the Kenny Moore Classic at Black Rock to finish third and told J Fish all about his charge to the front. 

Now...wait for it! 

 
Sunday, April 1st 2012
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Bobby Varin was getting ready for the practice at Glen Ridge and talked about his weekly homes. 
Dan Hineline talked about today’s opener at Big Diamond and how well his car did in practice. 
Rich Green told me how his Saturday practice went as he gets ready for today at Five Mile Point. 
 
It was a chilly day on Saturday but Mother Nature cut us a break and ended the rain early enough for some racing to take place. Jeremiah Fish was at Black Rock and had one of my recorders with me so look for stuff from him to show up tomorrow.
 
I was busy in the studio and busy on some new ideas that I had. After a great day on Friday I am now ready to go. Every now and then you have a day when ideas just come to you and they keep coming. Friday night those ideas were flowing and I’m going to go with them.
 
Also I was able to make a bit of a breakthrough with an issue I’ve been dealing with and I feel very good right now. A doctor friend of mine (who is also a racer) gave me some great advice on how to fix and issue I have been dealing with for years and that advice already has me feeling better just hours after getting it. Thanks “Hulk”.
 
Now let’s chat more about what is new for today on the Audio Page. I begin with a driver who was about ready to get suited up when I called. Bobby Varin was getting ready for the practice at Glen Ridge and talked about his weekly homes. He told me what makes each of them so special, described the pair of cars he had at the practice and remembers a moment he had recently that reminded him how fortunate he truly is. Nice! 
 
Dan Hineline talked about today’s opener at Big Diamond and how well his new car did in last week’s practice. He told me why he made a manufacturer change, what he forgot to bring with him last week and described his hopes for the first show at his Friday night home. 
 
Rich Green told me how his Saturday practice went as he gets ready for today at Five Mile Point. He described a problem he had early on with his Street Stock, explained how happy he was with his lap times and thought back on some of his past at the tiny ¼ mile track. 

 
Saturday, March 31st 2012
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Danny Hieber talks about racing at Big Diamond’s opener and his tough season back in 2011. 
Jeff Crambo gets ready for tomorrow at Five Mile Point and tells me how to get around the place. 
Donnie Lawson will do double duty at Black Rock and talked about going back and forth.
 
After a busy day on Thursday where I recorded five new interviews, I was able to take a day off yesterday and lay low. Today is a big day and hopefully Mother Nature will cooperate. If you are wondering if your destination today is running, go to our Track Links Page and see for yourself.
 
There are three big interviews on the site today so be sure to sit down, get comfortable and get listening. Not sure what we have tomorrow but know that we will be back for sure. And J Fish is set to take a recorder with him to Black Rock if all goes well so we’ll just wait and see I guess.
 
Don’t forget that tomorrow Five Mile Point and Big Diamond host their first shows of the year so make sure to get on out and show your support. Both shows start in the late afternoon so you should be home in plenty of time to be ready for work on Sunday.
 
Now let’s chat more about the new stuff we have for you on the Audio Page. I begin with a man who is ready for an injury free year in 2012. Danny Hieber talks about racing at Big Diamond’s opener and remembers his tough season in 2012. He told me about the familiar car he will run tomorrow, how he did in his first few ROC Modified races of the season and wonders where he’ll run the big block. 
 
Jeff Crambo gets ready for tomorrow at Five Mile Point and tells me how to get around the place. He described the work he did on Thursday to get his car all set, compared crate cars to open Sportsman and talked about tire stagger. Good stuff for you new drivers here! 
 
Donnie Lawson will do double duty at Black Rock and talked about going back and forth between a Sportsman and a Modified. He also told me why he may not run for points on Fridays, remembers what he was doing at age nine and wonders if some kids start racing too early. Hmm… 

 
Friday, March 30th 2012
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Jimmy Horton gets ready for Bridgeport’s ROC Mod race and thinks back on New Egypt. 
Mike Smith talks about his hopes for tomorrow at Black Rock and offers tips to new IMCA drivers.
Jake Smulley describes his roles at Big Diamond as they get ready for their opener on Sunday. 
 
I had a busy day as I felt a little better after a couple of days of heavy medication. As of 6 o’clock I have not taken anything so maybe that is behind me. I’ll keep my fingers crossed. 
 
As you can see we’re back in a big way today with three real good interviews that I know you’ll like as well as three ore tomorrow.  And as you can see we have news on three shows that are happening this weekend as the 2012 season begins to pick up a little. 
 
Of course they did mention the four letter word that starts with s, (I mean snow…stop it!) for Saturday so you might want to keep checking the Black Rock site. But if any track can get it in, they can as they have a real good track record in the past. And they are only saying 40% as I look here today. 
 
So keep your fingers crossed there too and hopefully Bridgeport, Big Diamond and Five Mile Point will all get in their shows this weekend too. And I’ll have news on the Five Mile Point show up tomorrow. So be sure to come back for that.
 
Now let’s chat about what is new for tomorrow on the Audio Page. I begin with a driver who is coming off of a solid run this past weekend in New Jersey. Jimmy Horton gets ready for Bridgeport’s ROC Mod race on Saturday and thinks back on New Egypt. He told me how good the small blocks were as the race went on, the importance of tires on that slick track and runs down what he does know about where he will race here in 2012. 
 
Mike Smith talks about his hopes for tomorrow at Black Rock and offers tips to new IMCA drivers. He told me about winning 26 of 42 races last season, how much IMCA is growing as of now and how he is hoping to have a car of his own design available soon. Driver tips are 12:41 into the interview. 
 
Jake Smulley describes his roles at Big Diamond as they get ready for their opener this Sunday. He talked about balancing his two jobs, remembers his years as a driver and the huge practice session they had last week that saw 99 cars hit the racetrack. 

 
Thursday, March 29th 2012
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Alan Johnson remembers his Black Rock win from last year as he gets ready to race there Saturday.
Beth Schneider talks about the Hile Racing Benefit on Saturday and her hopes to race more. 
 
It was a slow day for me on Wednesday as I did one interview in the studio, paired it with one I did earlier on Tuesday and wrote up a new column for the Syracuse Post Standard. It previews what is coming up this weekend and there is a lot going on for sure.
 
All of you newbie Sportsman racers should give the Alan Johnson interview a listen as he gives some tips to you towards the latter part of the conversation. No, it is not too specific as every handling problem creates its own issues, but I know you’ll get some good info out of it. And as Rick Crego told me in a pre interview conversation, “Why would I not want to listen to a multi time champion?” 
 
As for me, I have been told to take it easy for a few days as an issue I had from a surgery many years ago is rearing its ugly head. No big problem though, its just pain. But thanks to a trip to the doctors yesterday I now have what I need to work through it although I may be a little slow here for a few days…but they told me to do that.
 
Now let’s chat more about what is new for today on the Audio Page. I begin with a chat with DIRTCar’s all time Modified feature win leader. Alan Johnson remembers his Black Rock win from last year as he gets ready to race there this Saturday. He told me what he feels are the most important things to do to get around the track well, ran down his tentative 2012 plans and gives tips to Sportsman drivers who are just getting started. 
 
Beth Schneider talks about the Hile Racing Benefit on Saturday and her hopes to race more this coming season. The benefit is from 12-4PM at Barbagallo’s Restaurant at 6344 E. Malloy Road and kids 12 and under are free! 

 
     
 
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