|Saturday, October 29th 2011
| New on the Audio Page for today:
Gary Tomkins remembers last weekend’s heartbreaker at Orange County and his flat tire woes.
Kane Bristol had his Sportsman at Black Rock last weekend and talked about making changes.
Walt Allen explained how they got 67 Street Stocks at Black Rock and compared rule packages.
Well after a busy Thursday I finally got enough work done to be able to take a day off and that day off was yesterday. All but one of the conversations on the site today was recorded on Thursday night and don’t forget that Five Mile Point is scheduled to go today so check their website out just to be sure. UPDATE: They have postponed the show till Sunday at 3PM.
Today I will be in the home studio and doing chats from there as I am still sick. I’ll take aspirin, antibiotics and steroids today and hopefully be better soon. But to go to a cold racetrack and stand outside was just not an option for me today.
I hope you enjoy the chats that I have up for Saturday and I hope to see you back here tomorrow. Jeremiah Fish has one of my recorders and may be able to go down on Sunday. If not, we will be working in the studio this weekend and will have lots of good stuff for you.
Now let’s find out more about what is new for today on the Audio Page. I begin with a man who had a tough time at his last race. Gary Tomkins remembers last weekend’s heartbreaker at Orange County and his flat tire woes. He told me about the tough start they got off to on Friday, how good he was feeling while in second place on Sunday and looks ahead to next weekend’s season finale in Charlotte.
Kane Bristol had his Sportsman at Black Rock last weekend and talked about making changes after hot laps. He told me about his tough season that included a roll at Canandaigua, how fortunate they were to get it back on the track later that night and described some handling issues he dealt with.
Walt Allen explained how they got 67 Street Stocks at Black Rock and compared rule packages. He talked about how even the cars were in time trials, describes the three different kinds of stock cars out there and why a “home track rules” show is not as easy to do as it sounds. Good chat here!!!
|Friday, October 28th 2011
| New on the Audio Page for today:
Andrew Harpell previews the weekend at Five Mile Point and confirms that Sunday is a rain date.
Mike Bills described his season at Woodhull and explained why his Modified was a little tight.
Chris Fleming gets ready to take his IMCA Modified to Five Mile Point and talks about his hopes.
Ben Wheeler drew number one last week at Black Rock and wondered if it was the one he wanted.
Well it finally happened this morning and yesterday as snow fell and ice was formed on our coldest day since early spring. The good news I guess is that today is going to get better as it goes on and tonight will be fine for Five Mile Point.
Now tomorrow’s outlook is not as good as today is but in my chat with Andrew Harpell you will hear that he is going to do everything he can to get the show in. But Sunday is listed as a rain date and if they have to use it they will. Check out their website from my Track Links Page and see for yourself.
I will not be going this weekend and will actually begin the first Season in Review interviews that day. So look for those to show up on Sunday. I think I have my series of questions ready but can always use more feedback, so send me your thoughts to firstname.lastname@example.org and maybe I’ll use them.
Now let’s chat more about what is new for today on the Audio Page. I begin with info on this weekend’s big show in the Southern Tier. Andrew Harpell previews the National Quarter Mile Dirt Track Championship Weekend at Five Mile Point and confirms that Sunday is a rain date. He talked about the ROC finales that are on tap, the big money Sportsman race happening tonight and reminded everyone about the swap meet taking place rain or shine on Saturday morning.
Mike Bills described his season at Woodhull and explained why his Modified was a little tight at Black Rock last weekend. He told me why he was hoping the car would rotate a little more, what he was supposed to do to cure the condition and explained why this year was different as he did his own deal.
Chris Fleming gets ready to take his IMCA Modified to Five Mile Point tomorrow and talks about his hopes. He told me how some bad draws have hurt his chances this year, how much he enjoys the tiny ¼ track and how he will evaluate whether to get a new chassis or not after next week’s season ender at Black Rock.
Ben Wheeler drew number one last week at Black Rock and wondered if it was the one he wanted. He told me how his car was in hot laps, described the adjustment he made and wondered if he would have to go away from that later in the feature.
|Thursday, October 27th 2011
| New on the Audio Page for today:
Eric Fisher was the fast timer with the Mods at Black Rock and talked about his tight racecar.
Ryan Susice made the move up to Modified for 2011 and described how things have been going.
Loren Lincoln talked about his Friday night practice and how he got a good pit stall at Black Rock.
Megan Allen won the Rookie of the Year award with the Pizza Logs Tour and told me about it.
It was yet another cold and rainy fall day in Central New York and we were all home sick today with the exception of my wife Camille who had to deal with all of us. As I write this up just before dinnertime I am hoping to do some new interviews if I have time as I will be off Thursday no matter what as I need to get better.
So I will be back in the studio tomorrow and if I am better, I will head to Five Mile Point on Saturday. But if it is cold, I will stay home as I need to get healthy as this sinus infection is kicking my butt. It has been a tough week with both me and my wife dealing with issues with our parents. Many tears have been shed as we are starting to get ourselves ready for the inevitable.
I was distracted from all of that as I wrote a new column for the Syracuse Post Standard that will be in today’s edition so look for that on newsstands. Not much else to say except to urge you all to get out of the house and check out a show this weekend. Then Black Rock and Charlotte run next weekend with Penn Can finishing things out the following Sunday.
The race season is not over yet if you want it to be, so get out, get dirty and cheer on your favorite driver.
Now let’s chat more about what is new on the Audio Page. I begin with a few DIRTcar drivers who were having some issues with sail panels this past weekend. Eric Fisher was the fast timer with the Mods at Black Rock and talked about his tight racecar. He told me what he was doing to try to loosen it up, how that change would affect the car in the middle of the corner and how much the sail panels affect the handling.
Ryan Susice made the move up to Modified for 2011 and described how things have been going. He talked about how tight his sail paneled car was, wondered if he might take them off for later on and how much tougher the competition is compared to his Sportsman days.
Loren Lincoln talked about his Friday night practice and how he got a good pit stall at Black Rock. He reacted to the huge field of 199 cars in the pit area, wondered if his weekly experience at the track would help and described some of the work he has been doing to get his Sportsman dialed in after some early season crashes.
Megan Allen won the Rookie of the Year award with the Pizza Logs Tour and told me about the experience. She talked about her fifth place finish last weekend, explained why she was late getting to the track and how her go-cart days helped her in the 600 cc Micro Sprint she drives now.
|Wednesday, October 26th 2011
| New on the Audio Page for today:
Chad Homan talked about his hopes for Black Rock as he prepared for his 9th race of the season.
Gary Roberts tells me about his IMCA Modified win at Black Rock and gets ready for Five Mile.
Katelyn Kane came back to a track she knows well this past weekend and talked about her hopes.
Matt Smith offered his thoughts on his day on Saturday and looked ahead to racing this weekend.
Craig Revelle explains how easy it is for him to create driver websites, hero cards and much more.
It was a good day for me as I got some work done in the studio and actually got a little ahead work wise. And it’s a good thing too as I found out that I have another sinus infection. I kind of thought that was happening and it good to see my suspicions were correct.
So now today we begin the steroid/anti-biotic deal again with hopes of getting better by the weekend so I can go to Five Mile Point. And I am also looking to do some interviews with people who are going to race there this weekend, so if you are in that boat, send me an email at email@example.com or message me on facebook and we’ll get it done.
Today I will be back in the studio and writing again as I have a column due for tomorrow’s Syracuse Post Standard. Which by the way has been a great help to the local community as they allow me total freedom and my editor has become a racefan and frequently adds columns of his own. Thanks so much for all your support of local racing.
Now let’s chat more about what is new for today on the Audio Page. I begin with a man who is busy trying to make up for lost time this summer. Chad Homan talked about his hopes for Black Rock as he prepared for his 9th race of the season. He told me how the track was in hot laps, remembered the last time he came to the track with his Micro Sprint and how much differently he had to drive it with his Modified.
Gary Roberts tells me about his IMCA Modified win at Black Rock and gets ready for Five Mile Point Speedway this weekend. He talked about getting together with a slower with just three laps to go, described how that contact changed the way his car handled and how the southern tier is dealing with its second flood in five years. Wish you all nothing but the best down there!
Katelyn Kane came back to a track she knows well this past weekend and talked about her hopes for the day. She told me about a carburetor issue she had early on, reflected on her breakout season and how big it was for her to earn her first Sportsman feature win.
Matt Smith offered his thoughts on his day on Saturday and looked ahead to racing this weekend at Frozen Ocean. He talked about racing in the cold temperatures, how much the track might change later on and how the changes to the speedway opened things up.
Craig Revelle explains how easy it is for him to create driver websites, hero cards and much more. He talked about what is included in the cost for a website, how racers can see examples of his work and why now is the best time to get set for the 2012 season. Check him out at www.finishlinewebdesign.ca.
|Tuesday, October 25th 2011
| New on the Audio Page for today:
Phil Vigneri had his Modified at Black Rock and told me what he has been doing this season.
Donnie Lawson described the pair of racecars he hadthis past weekend and how he is doing.
Dusty Waters talks about his rookie season in a BRP Can Am Late Model and his feature win.
Cory Reed thanks the racing community for their support of Fulton Speedway and previews 2012.
Charlie Donk tells me about the Paradise Speedway Racers Swap meet taking place this Sunday.
It was a cold and rainy day on Monday as I stayed inside to do some work and got my first night of bowling in at my long time league. After the knee problems I have had for the past year, it was great to be able to come into the alley ready to roll.
On the site today we have five new conversations. Two were recorded yesterday and the other three were from my Saturday at Black Rock. I also wrote up a new racing column for the Syracuse Post Standard that you can read in today’s edition.
It was a sad weekend for the MotoGP Motorcycles as long time racer Marco Simoncelli was killed in a crash in Malaysia. It was the second death in as many weekends and has really shook up his home country of Italy. It’s a tough time to be a race fan and let’s hope this is the last story like this that we hear for quite some time. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all who knew him. Rest in peace!
Today I will be back in the studio as I try to ignore everything going on around me and concentrate on my work. That is what they tell you to do when you have a lot on your mind. As of Monday both my mom and my father in law are in the hospital so we are very distracted right now as our thoughts are with them.
Now let’s chat about what keeps me going right now…racing. Here is more about what is new on the Audio Page for today. Phil Vigneri had his Modified at Black Rock and told me what he has been doing this season. He explained why he has not been out as much as in years past, how well he did when he did get out and how nice it is not to be chasing points at a weekly track.
Donnie Lawson described the pair of racecars he hadthis past weekend and how he has been doing. He told me why he feels his win total is down a little compared to last season, how his big block felt in the time trials and why he would rather see the car a little loose instead of a little tight.
Dusty Waters talks about his rookie season in a BRP Can Am Late Model and his feature win. He told me what his goals were coming into the year, how unexpected his Little Valley Speedway win was and how the people around him helped him do as well as he could.
Cory Reed thanks the racing community for their support of Fulton Speedway and previews 2012. He told me how pleasantly surprised he was at the turnout for the public hearing on the proposed noise ordinance, how well the track did as the season went on and confirmed that Modifieds will be back at Fulton next season. Yes!
Charlie Donk tells me about the Paradise Speedway Racers Swap Meet taking place this Sunday. He talked about what vendors have to do to be a part of it, described some of what is usually available at this event and reminds us of what he’ll be driving next year. Set up is from 8-9AM with the meet running from 9AM till 1PM.
|Monday, October 24th 2011
| New on the Audio Page for today:
Dave Allen described how his Modified felt after hot lapping it with sail panels for the first time.
Jim LaRock had a pair of racecars in the pit area and talked with me about his busy race day.
Jeremy Wonderling talked about winning the BRP Can Am Late Model championship with a win.
Rich Green chatted about his World 100 Street Stock win and how nerve racking the restarts were.
Mike Cooper did not race much this year and explained why he will be running more in 2012.
I had a nice day on Sunday as I spent some time with my family, went to Olive Garden with my mother in law and got some work done in the studio as well. It could not have been a better day and I am thankful to be where I am.
On the site today we have three interviews from my Saturday at Black Rock and two from the studio on Sunday. And both of the studio interviews are really good too so be sure to give a listen to everything we have on the site today.
I also put up some new photos after dinner time last night and those are up and ready for you to view today. Thanks to J Fish and Jeff Martz for sharing their stuff for all of us to see. We are very fortunate that them and many other great photographers choose to show their work here…thanks guys!
And a special thanks goes out to Ernie Kreis for helping us with our furnace which for some reason stopped working. They cleaned it up for us and got us back above 60 degrees by Sunday morning. Fortunately nothing major was wrong and with as poor as we are now, that was a good thing. Thanks guys!
Now let’s chat more about the new stuff that is on the Audio Page for today. I begin with a racer who had a shorter season than he would have liked due to some motor issues. Dave Allen described how his Modified felt after hot lapping it with sail panels for the first time ever at Black Rock. He told me about his hopes to free his car up for the heat races, his tough year at Canandaigua and how he is adjusting to some new stuff he picked up later in the season.
Jim LaRock had a pair of racecars in the pit area and talked with me about his busy race day at Black Rock. He told me about some bugs he had to work out with his open motor Sportsman car, described some changes they had to make and how things felt to him in time trials.
Jeremy Wonderling talked about Black Rock and winning the BRP Can Am Late Model championship. He told me how good his CRS chassis was in the feature, how much he enjoyed the format for the race and what made this season such a special one for him.
Rich Green chatted about his World 100 Street Stock win and how nerve racking the late race restarts were. He walked me through his final lap, talked about the racecar that got him the victory and how helpful one veteran driver was with his coaching. Nice one!
Mike Cooper did not race much this year and explained why he will be running much more in 2012. He talked about helping his son in his quest for an Original Pizza Logs 600 series title, how his car felt earlier at Black Rock and wonders if his son will be able to move up to a 360 Sprinter next year.
|Sunday, October 23rd 2011
| New on the Audio Page from the Black Rock Speedway:
Pre race conversations:
Mike O’Brien reflected on his solid finish at Syracuse and told me about his small block Modified.
Eldon Payne talked about his 2011 season and the need to add some more races to his 2012 schedule.
Alan Johnson thought back on his past at Black Rock and wondered about the changes to the track.
Steve Hulsizer tried to remember the last time he came to Dundee as he got ready on Saturday.
Jeremy Wonderling explained how he would approach his day as the BRP Late Model series leader.
Casey Williams was ready to call it a season last weekend and told me why they decided to continue.
Jeremy Pitcher described the race surface he saw in hot laps and why he likes it much slicker.
After the dashes and heats:
Jeremy Wonderling won the first BRP Can Am Late Model dash and talked about sharing set ups.
Jason Knowles spun on lap two and explained to me how he got back up to win his five lap dash.
Eric Fisher talked about how his Modified was working after winning the first heat of the night.
Alan Johnson looked smooth in his Mod heat win and told me how hard he was driving the racecar.
Dylan Dewert led every lap on his way to a heat win and talked about small blocks on slick tracks.
Ray Bliss Jr. swept the outside to get the win in his heat and told me about adjusting his racing line.
I had a fun day on Saturday as Jeremiah Fish and I headed out to the Black Rock Speedway for what was a very big show with 199 cars in the pit area. As you can imagine, we saw a lot of action but after seven hours we called it quits and came home about halfway through the consis.
I did get a lot of interviews done and took a lot of photos as well. Make sure to check out the early ones too as you can see how busy it was at this show as even getting hot laps done took a lot of work. Many of the teams got to the track before 8AM and it was a long day for them to say the least. But if you wanted to see race after race after race…Black Rock Speedway was the place to be. And the racing we saw was darned good!
I have worked long shows like this in the past and I must give a shout out to all the employees for all their hard work, especially the ones in the tower who really earned their pay on this one. They did time trials for well over 100 cars, ran over a dozen heat races, over a half a dozen consis and of course the five feature events.
We would have loved to stay but after waking up early we were both pretty spent by the time we called it a night at 6PM after getting to the track just before 11 AM. And yes, I did wake up in the morning so mark that down on your calendar.
In the pits for this show unofficially were 36 Modifieds, 28 BRP Can Am Late Models, 20 Micro Sprints, 48 Sportsman and 67 Street Stocks. It was also the first time I ever saw both the Sportsman and Street Stock winners get paid more than the Modified winner.
Now as I finish up writing this front page entry I am getting ready to head to “Kegs” in Jordan to see some friends of mine play on stage. They play HARD rock…the kind I love. So if you see this early enough, come out and join us as the show will run till close to 2AM I believe.
And be sure to come later in the week as we plan to have three new chats from Saturday on each day as I have fifteen in the can right now. A big thanks goes out to everyone for all their help and for coming here today to check this out. Next weekend we plan on heading to Five Mile Point so we hope to see you there.
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