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Sunday, December 18th 2011
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Kevin Hartnett talked about his Penn Can Speedway championship and how good his racecar was. 
Matt Janczuk remembered his Sportsman championship and some of the good fortune he enjoyed. 
 
It was birthday central here at the home studio as my oldest daughter Allie celebrated her ninth birthday. As I type this up, the first party is just getting ready to start. It’s hard to believe we are at this point as it seems like only recently we brought her home from the hospital wondering what to do. And now, she is a beautiful, intelligent girl who genuinely cares about the people around her. I am very fortunate.
 
Not as fortunate from a physical standpoint as I broke a toe on my left foot Friday after stubbing it on a door. Not sure if I am going to go to the doctor or not as I broke one a few years ago and all they did was x-ray it and tell me it was broken. There’s really not much they can do. So I’m not sure about that.
 
I enjoyed the Richie Evans documentary on Speed TV as I had never seen him race and had only heard his name mentioned. I learned so much about him and it was great that Speed TV took the time to do this and do it right. Everything they did was great and I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did.
 
Now let’s chat more about the new stuff on the Audio Page for today. And on the site we have a pair of champions. Kevin Hartnett talked about his Penn Can Speedway championship and how good his racecar was. He explained how an early practice session helped track down a problem, how two wins to start the year helped his cause and remembered coming from 20th to victory lane on one night. 
 
Matt Janczuk remembered his Sportsman championship and some of the good fortune he enjoyed along the way. He talked about the five week stretch he had where he seemingly could do no wrong, how he felt about the way he was going at that time and his hopes to run more 358 shows in 2012. 

 
Saturday, December 17th 2011
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Mike Schane recaps his season racing a Modified at Penn Can and told me about his new racecar. 
Bill Trexler talked about winning the Rookie of the Year award in the Modified class at Utica Rome. 
 
I had a busy day as I recorded four new conversations in the home studio. And as you can see we have made good on our promise to include more Pennsylvania Modified racers on the site and we are still working hard to get you more. 
 
On the site today is a pair of Modified drivers. One has been racing in the division for several years while the other is coming off of a successful rookie season. Both of these chats are very good, very thorough and I know you; will enjoy them.
 
Up tomorrow will be Penn Can Champion Kevin Harnett and Utica Rome Sportsman title holder Matt Janczuk. Today I will try to get in the studio but it is my oldest daughter’s 9th birthday, so it is her day. That is why it was nice for me to get ahead on Friday and thanks to the drivers who helped me do that.
 
Now let’s chat more about what is new for today on the Audio Page. I begin with a man who races at a track that is becoming more and more popular with drivers. Mike Schane recaps his season racing a Modified at Penn Can and told me about learning his new racecar. He talked about the different ends of the racetrack, the traveling shows he did and described his hopes to someday race on the mile at Syracuse in top notch stuff. 
 
Bill Trexler talked about winning the Rookie of the Year award in the Modified class at Utica Rome. He told me about some issues he had to work out at some other tracks before his Sunday home opened, remembers how Billy Decker passed him for the lead in a big ROC show and when he realized he was having a special year. 

 
Friday, December 16th 2011
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Alan Rudalavage talks about his seven win season and how tough it is for the young drivers. 
Danny Tyler spoke about his season at Accord and how close he is to beating the top dogs. 
 
I had a good day on Thursday as I got some more interviews recorded in the studio and did some more Christmas shopping. I still have more to go but am not in the bad a shape considering where I usually am. I also noticed not as many shoppers as I first thought so we are hoping everyone has a great holiday.
 
On the site today are a couple of real nice interviews with a couple of Modified drivers. One is very established and won several times this past year while the other is an up and coming driver who is right on the cusp of being one of those guys.
 
Both of these chats are very good and of course any of you who know Alan know he is not shy and is about as easy of an interview as you can get. And yes, he is going to do the Season in Review interview with me as he did when I got my first win. We have that slated for early 2012.
 
Now let’s chat more about what is new for today on the Audio Page. I begin a driver who is never at a loss for words, except when he is behind the wheel. Alan Rudalavage talks about his seven win season and how tough it is for the young drivers who are trying to establish themselves in the Modified division.   He told me how much he enjoyed his Saturdays at Woodhull, how he struggled on Fridays at Penn Can and what he is doing this off season to change that. 
 
Danny Tyler spoke about his season at Accord and how close he is to beating the top dogs. He explained how he picked up two spots on the final point night to finish third, what he learns from watching the experienced drivers he races against and how badly he wants to take his career to the next level. 

 
Thursday, December 15th 2011
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Jeremie Corcoran talks about possibly adding 305 Sprints and ponders the big decision he has. 
John Currier tells me how his wife got him involved in the Christmas Elf program in Cayuga County.

Let’s talk  about what is new for today on the Audio Page. I begin with a chat with a man who has a lot on his mind these days. Jeremie Corcoran talks about possibly adding 305 Sprints at Canandaigua for 2012 and ponders the big decision he has. He wondered if he would make an announcement on the future at Saturday’s banquet, encouraged interested 305 teams to attend the meeting Sunday at noon at the Thirsty Turtle and described what he learned in his rookie season at The Land of Legends. 
 
John Currier tells me how his wife got him involved in the Christmas Elf program in Cayuga County. He explained how the race shop became the new distribution center, how happy he is to be a part of it and how needed it is in these tough times. 

 
Wednesday, December 14th 2011
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Billy Pauch Jr. reviewed his 2011 season that saw him race both a Modified and a 358 Sprinter. 
Tim Currier explained why his shop was converted into Cayuga County’s Christmas Elf headquarters.
 
I had a fun day on Tuesday as I headed out to the Currier Racing Shop in Auburn, New York to see how they turned it into the headquarters for the Cayuga County Christmas Elf program. And I have an interview with Tim Currier about that up today and his dad John will join us tomorrow to chat about it. Plus a new photo bin will show you what the shop looks like now. 
 
It is not too late for those of you in Cayuga County to help. You can drop off toys at the Wegmans in the middle of Auburn, or the race shop at 34 Wright Ave. or at Currier Plastics at 101 Columbus Street. It would be a great way to bring joy to a young child who will enjoy it all year long. I will also have a column in tomorrow’s Syracuse Post Standard as well.
 
Also on the site today is a Season in Review with the always well spoken Billy Pauch Jr. We talk about a lot of good stuff in this one including his move to a Sprint Car at Lincoln. I know you’ll like this one too. 
 
Then tomorrow in addition to John Currier’s interview, we have a chat with Canandaigua’s Jeremie Corcoran as he mulls over his decision on the future of the track. He is hopeful to have announcement at this weekend’s banquet so stay tuned. 
 
Now let’s find out more about the new clips on the Audio Page for today. I begin with more on how one race team is helping to make Christmas better for some needy families. Billy Pauch Jr. reviewed his 2011 season that saw him race both a Modified and a 358 Sprinter. He talked about his mid season win at Big Diamond, his rookie of the year award at Lincoln and explained why he would really like to drive a winged Super Modified at the Oswego Speedway. 
 
Tim Currier explained why his shop was converted into Cayuga County’s Christmas Elf headquarters. He told me why he felt it was so important to do this, how many families will benefit from it and described the racecars that were pushed to the rear of the shop for this effort. Look in my latest photo bin to see it for yourself! 

 
Tuesday, December 13th 2011
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Chad Brachmann remembers his 2011 season that saw him win the Ransomville championship. 
Heath Waldron reviewed his championship season in a Four Cylinder Sprint Car at Paradise. 
Ryan Swartz talked about his win in the Pro 4 Class at the Indoor Karting Championship in Syracuse. 
 
Well I was eventually able to get enough recordings done on Sunday that I could get a day ahead for Tuesday. So all the chats you will listen to today were done that day and I’m sure that some were done somewhere along the way on Monday too. So be sure to keep checking back to see who we get to next!
 
In today’s Syracuse Post Standard is my latest column with news from the New York State Indoor Karting Championship as well as a breakdown of some of the uncertainties that are present right now in New York State. So make sure to get your copy today!
 
On the site today are three conversations. The first two are with a pair of champions and the other is with the big winner from Syracuse this past weekend. All three are well worth a listen so head over to the Audio Page and check them out. 
 
Let’s find out more about what we have for you on the Audio Page. I begin with a driver who finished strong at his Friday night home. Chad Brachmann remembers his 2011 racing season that saw him win the Ransomville Modified championship for the first time. He told me how he went from 3rd to 1st on the final point night, how great it felt to win again at Rolling Wheels and why he would like to see the Modified world a little more united. 
 
Heath Waldron reviewed his championship season in a Four Cylinder Sprint Car at Paradise Speedway. He talked about winning six of his twenty four starts, how much better the class did in 2011 and described his hopes to maybe someday race a 305 or 360 Sprinter. 
 
Ryan Swartz talked about his win in the Pro 4 Class at the Indoor Karting Championship in Syracuse. He told me how some well timed yellow flags helped his cause, why he likes the sticky track so much and why the winning kart will now go back on the wall for another year. 

 
Monday, December 12th 2011
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Mike Mahaney reviews his 2011 racing season that saw him win his first career feature at Fulton.
Rick Martell tells me how the Indoor Karting Championship went and how well attended it was. 
 
I had a real good day on Sunday as I recorded four interviews in the home studio and finally got feeling a little better with my latest sinus infection. It’s nice not to be constantly coughing and to finally feel like my head is clearing up. Those of you who have had these know how it goes…so you know I am smiling now.
 
Today I will be writing up my next column for the Syracuse Post Standard and it will be primarily about the Indoor Karting Championship this past weekend. I will throw in a few tidbits about some other things happening in our area so be sure to get yours on Tuesday.
 
Also be sure to come back on Tuesday to meet the winner of the Pro 4 Class from the weekend and hear what it is that he feels makes him fast on the syrupy Syracuse track. And I hope all of you who went there enjoyed the final race weekend of 2011 in New York State.
 
Now let’s chat more about what is new for today on the Audio Page. I begin with a man who did something this past year he had never done before. Mike Mahaney reviews his 2011 racing season that saw him win his first career feature at Fulton. He told me why that victory was so special to him, what he learned about American Racer tires and how the Race 100 program helped him increase his knowledge in a lot of areas including shocks. 
 
Rick Martell tells me how the Indoor Karting Championship went this past weekend and how well attended it was. He talked about the big crowd & full pit area he saw, described how good the racing was and how impressed he was with the new clone powered karts. 

 
     
 
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