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Sunday, February 26th 2012
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Fred Woodward talks about the American Racer Cup and explains how tracks are added to the mix. 
Chad Homan remembers his abbreviated season in 2011 and told me where he race weekly. 
 
It was a return to winter here in Central New York as we got about five inches or so between early Saturday morning and yesterday afternoon. We got the snowblower out and it finally felt like winter around here. It was not all bad as far as I can tell and hopefully the snowmobiliers got to get out and have some fun as north of us got a lot more.
 
While I did some work in the studio, Jeremiah Fish and John Meloling headed down to Lincoln Speedway for their Saturday show. Somehow all the snow and cold did not make it down there and they were able to get in a quick 2 and a half hour show. He did have one of my recorders with him too, so look for interviews from that event right here tomorrow.
 
As for today, I will be heading to a Daytona Party like many of you will be. I have been going to the one at my high school friend Kelly Skinner’s house for decades and will go again today and see people that I do not see enough. I need to change that this year for sure. No predictions from me, but I hope that Nationwide finish is not what we get today.
 
Now let’s chat more about what is new for today on the Audio Page. I begin with some clarification on a story that recently was written in a racing publication concerning a track in the southern tier. Fred Woodward talks about the American Racer Cup and explains how tracks are added to the mix based on how close they are to other members. He told me about one situation that was recently written about, evaluated how the program has done as it gets ready for its third season and how two Central New York tracks helped make the Mod world a little smaller. www.dirtmodcup.com is how you can find out more.  
 
Chad Homan remembers his abbreviated season in 2011 and told me where he race weekly in 2012. He talked about blowing a motor at Tri City, how he did later in the year with a back up engine and ran down some show plans he has in the next few months. And thanks for all your help at Brewerton Chad!!!  

 
Saturday, February 25th 2012
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Tim Sears Jr. talks about his plans to race a Fastrak Late Model next weekend in Taccoa, Georgia. 
Stephen Denton describes the work they are doing to get ready for a 16 hour race in South Carolina. 
 
I had a good day on Friday and got a total of three recordings done in the home studio. Two of those are up today and the other will air tomorrow along with whatever the next interview I get is. I do have a few things set up for today, so it should be another real good day.
 
On the site today we look ahead to a pair of races happening next weekend with a pair of drivers we know from here in Central New York. Both will face new challenges at new speedways so I know they are both super excited to get going. Best of luck guys!
 
And I know everyone is all set for tomorrow’s Daytona 500 and many of you have parties to attend. I do! I am excited this time around as the Gatorade Duels were very entertaining as they seem to have found an aero package that does not make the three wide, twenty row non-racing pack like before and it is not the two car draft like last year. (Which I did like better than the 40 car pack racing from the past.)
 
It is going to be a great weekend. And of course today they wrap up action from Volusia with Late Models and Modifieds on the card. Best of luck to all of them as well.
 
Now let’s chat more about what is new for today on the Audio Page. I begin with a young man who is all set and ready for a trip next week. Tim Sears Jr. talks about his plans to race a Fastrak Late Model next weekend in Taccoa, Georgia. He told me how he has learned a little bit about this track that he’ll see for the first time, how much he is looking forward to doing some more traveling and wonders if he’ll get the Sportsman out this year or not. 
 
Stephen Denton describes the work they are doing to get ready for a 16 hour race in South Carolina next weekend. He told me about the car they are building, how he did in his first road race last fall and his hopes to maybe move up to Modified this year. And he has a championship 4 Cylinder Super Stock for sale for just $2500. 

 
Friday, February 24th 2012
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Peter Britten talked about his Volusia practice on Tuesday and compared Florida to back home. 
Greg Birosh told me why he is focusing on driving this year and his hopes for Canandaigua. 
 
It was a nice day on Thursday as I got some work done in the studio and did some running around with my youngest daughter later in the day. I was also able to catch up with one of the racers down in Florida. 
 
Be sure to give my Peter Britten interview a listen and hear what he thinks of the scenery and the racing down in Florida. It’s the first time the Australian driver has been there and it sure seems to remind him a lot of home, especially in the Daytona Beach area.
 
Also on today is a chat with a friend of mine who is going back to driving after a few years off. Greg Birosh is more known for his work as an announcer and TV reporter, but this year he is going all out with a small block Modified. Hear what he is doing and what he hopes happens as he gets ready to race against the best Modified racers around.
 
And if the weather works out this weekend, we could get out first actual race day of reporting in as Jeremiah Fish is planning a trip to Lincoln this weekend. If everything goes to plan, expect to see some new people from J Fish up sometime after the event. 
 
Now let’s chat more about what is new for today on the Audio Page. I begin with a man who may be suited up as you are listening to him. Peter Britten talked about his Volusia practice on Tuesday and compared Florida to back home. He told me how fast his car was in the hot lap sessions, described how he did back in Australia this winter and told me what he knows about his 2012 plans. 
 
Greg Birosh told me why he is focusing on driving a 358 Modified this year and his hopes for Canandaigua. He talked about how the car is coming along, how tough it will be with a small block under the hood and described what he is doing to the car to honor his father. Shhh! You can’t tell him!  

 
Thursday, February 23rd 2012
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Michael Barnes talks about a benefit for his team this Saturday and his plans for the 2012 season. 
Bob Bennett told me about the shop work he was doing last night and his quest for his first win. 
 
I ended up getting a lot of work done on Wednesday after falling behind early after some car trouble. I must have gotten some bad gas or something as the problem seemed to fix itself, but it put me behind and today I hope to get done what I should have done on Wednesday.
 
But as you can see I hustled afterwards and did get a total of three new interviews recorded in the home studio. Two of those are up today while my chat with soon to be Modified driver Greg Birosh will air tomorrow. 
 
In case you didn’t know, Volusia was rained out last night and they are having a double header on Friday to make up for it. It is bad news for the fans down there yesterday but its great news for the people who will be there on Friday as they are going to see on heck of a show.
 
Now let’s chat more about what is new for today on the Audio Page. I begin with a man who will race full time at his home track for the first time since 2007. Michael Barnes talks about a benefit for his Super Modified team this Saturday at Lighthouse Lanes in Oswego and his plans for the 2012 season. He told me how he got back behind the wheel last year, how well they did in the second half of the season and remembered his start in a ¼ Midget at age 6. 
 
Bob Bennett told me about the shop work he was doing last night and his quest for his first win. He talked about how much he enjoys racing with his son, what he likes about Fulton Speedway and looks ahead to racing with his grandson in a few years as well. 

 
Wednesday, February 22nd 2012
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
David Van Horn talks about his season at New Egypt and wonders where he’ll race in 2012. 
Dylan Evoy tells me how he ran away with the title at Mohawk and just missed it at Brockville. 
 
I got a lot done on Tuesday as I did some more interviews and set up a few more for today. On the site today is a pair of racers that I have not spoken to in a while. And I’ll be doing more of that for a bit here as I reconnect with some folks and see how they’re doing. 
 
And we’re still banging out requests too as the David Van Horn one was from Diamond Dog and the Dylan Evoy chat came indirectly from a request I had last week to chat with Dillon Sallows. The Evoy chat today has led to another one that I’ll try to get right after I am done typing here.
 
Speaking of typing, I’ll be doing a lot of that today as I will be writing a preview of what will happen when our own Dirt Modifieds hit the track at Volusia. Racing begins there tonight and runs through Saturday. If you are already down there, I am officially jealous. One of these years we’ll be able to do it I hope.
 
Now let’s chat more about what is new for today on the Audio Page. I begin with a man who is still undecided on what he’ll be doing this year. David Van Horn talks about his season at New Egypt and wonders where he’ll race this year. He told me how racy the surface was last year in New Jersey, why he has a lot of DIRT legal 358’s to sell and runs down what his three options are as far as weekly tracks are concerned. Good one! 
 
Dylan Evoy tells me how he ran away with the title at Mohawk and just missed it at Brockville. He talked about the great start he had to the season, why they called him Mr. August for a while and wonders if he’ll race a pair of weekly tracks this year or not. 

 
Tuesday, February 21st 2012
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
George Cushman tells me about his 35th place finish in the ARCA race Saturday at Daytona. 
Andy Bachetti talks about what he brought down to Florida and what his goals are for the week. 
 
We’re back today with more from the Sunshine State. We have a driver who already raced at Daytona as well as one of our New York Modified racers who is getting ready for tonight’s first practice at Volusia. 
 
Both of today’s interviews were recorded on Sunday so I could get a day ahead. And be sure to give them both a listen as I am sure that all of us have wondered what it is like to strap into a racecar at Daytona. You can find out today by listening to the George Cushman chat. 
 
And Andy Bachetti is one of the better Modified drivers out there and he’ll talk about what makes Volusia so tough. As I said, both of these are real good and I hope you like them and I hope it keeps you pumped up about what is gong on right now in Florida. 
 
Now let’s chat more about what is new on the Audio Page for you to listen to today. I begin with a good story about a family team taking one of America’s most known and successful racetracks. George Cushman tells me about his 35th place finish in the ARCA race Saturday at Daytona. He told me what it was like to learn how to draft, remembers one very anxious moment in turn one and his background in racing that led to his experience on Saturday. We need to get this New York driver some backing before his next race! 
 
Andy Bachetti talks about what he brought down to Florida and what his goals are for the trip. He explained why tonight’s practice session is so important, how changeable the surface is at Volusia and thought back to how the team did last year when they were “a little off”. 

 
Monday, February 20th 2012
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Matt DeLorenzo talks about the car will race in Florida and why he was leaving a little early. 
Michael Storms relaxed in the sun and thought back to how he was feeling last year at this time. 
 
We had a nice day on Sunday as my youngest daughter celebrated her fifth birthday a day early with a party here at the house. She is five now (Where did the time go?) and on her way to kindergarten next year. What a fun day!
 
On the site for you today is a pair of interviews with people who are getting ready to have some fun of their own. Of course our Modifieds hit the track at Volusia tomorrow night for practice and then they race Wednesday through Saturday. Good luck guys and have a great time.
 
And be sure to come back tomorrow to hear from ARCA racer George Cushman as he tells us about his race there this past Saturday.  Plus we'll hear from Labanon Valley small block champion Andy Bachettit as he talks about his hopes for this week in Volusia.   And we’ll have another column in the Syracuse Post Standard tomorrow too so look for that.
 
Now let’s chat more about the new stuff we have for today on the Audio Page. I begin with a man who only drives a big block a few times a year. Matt DeLorenzo talks about the car will race in Florida and why he was leaving a little early. He spoke about learning the new chassis, getting comfortable with a big block under his right foot and looked ahead to some ice racing when he gets back. 
 
Michael Storms relaxed in the sun and thought back to how he was feeling last year at this time. He talked about getting to race again at Volusia for the first time since 2007, compared the surface to tracks up our way and wondered if he would become a prospect for a local motorcycle gang…just kidding!  

 
     
 
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