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Saturday, December 24th 2011
   Top five downloaded interviews from January 2011 on the Audio Page:
 
Gary Tomkins updates us on his search for a ride and described what he did have offered to him. 
Pat O’Brien remembers his 2010 season at Brockville and talks about the new chassis at the shop.
Joe Skotnicki talks about DIRTcar’s new Weekly Awards Program and the new sponsor for it.
Justin Wright remembers his nine win season and wonders if he will be moving up in 2011.
Larry Wight talked about his trip down to Georgia this week to begin his 2011 Late Model season.
 
 
Gary Tomkins updates us on his search for a ride and described what he did have offered to him. He explained why he turned down an opportunity to run weekly at Orange County, ran down another option that was presented to him by a car owner and thinks back on this same time last year. 
 
Pat O’Brien remembers his 2010 season at Brockville and talks about the new chassis at the shop. He told me about the need to evaluate his program after last year, described the type of car he likes to drive and how some new rules for 358’s last year cost the teams some extra money. 
 
Joe Skotnicki talks about DIRTcar’s new Weekly Awards Program and the new sponsor for it, Safety Kleen. He explained how it will work, how it helps put the focus on the weekly racer and described what was happening at Motorsports 2011 on Saturday. 
 
Justin Wright remembers his nine win season and wonders if he will be moving up in 2011. He talked about the options he has if he decides to make that move, comments on how many races he won and how his job with Coffey/McCreadie Enterprises helps. 
 
Larry Wight talked about his trip down to Georgia this week to begin his 2011 Late Model season. He told me about the racetracks he will be competing at, what his big goal is for this coming season and how tough it can be to balance school, work and racing. Whew!  

 
Friday, December 23rd 2011
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Chris Busta talks about his 2011 season at Utica Rome and going back to Albany Saratoga. 
Mike Cooper spoke about his return to racing and how good it felt to finish with a pair of wins. 
 
If all goes as I hope it will, we will be back tomorrow with our first of twelve straight days of fun as we look back at the interviews you listened to most this past season. We’ll give you the top five downloads on a monthly basis one day at a time wrapping up just past New Years Day.
 
I enjoy seeing what you guys listened to and from the numbers we see from our end, so do you. So be sure to come back tomorrow for the top five from January and then see if your favorite driver shows up on multiple months. 
 
Up on the site today are our final new interviews for the year and we will be back with new ones in 2012. And knowing me, even though I am beginning my vacation for the Christmas Holiday, I will surely squeeze a few interviews in along the way as I can never go that many days in a row without working. It’s just how I am.
 
So enjoy what we have today and know that I am as committed as ever to this website, to racing and will do what I can do to help it out any way I can. Have a great holiday and I hope to see you back again tomorrow. 
 
Now let’s chat more about what is new on the Audio Page for today. I begin with a young driver I got to know a lot better this past season. Chris Busta talks about his 2011 season at Utica Rome and looks forward to going back to Albany Saratoga in 2012. He told me what he learned about his Sunday home, how much he enjoyed the traveling he did and how one of his worst nights became one of the best after a tow to the pits. This is a two parter. 
 
Chris Busta in part two of his Season in Review interview continues to answer the six questions and talks about the realities of the towing business which is not what you see on realty TV. 
 
Mike Cooper spoke about his return to racing and how good it felt to finish with a pair of wins. He talked about a handling issue he had to figure out, what he did to make it better and remembers when he almost sold the car altogether. 

 
Thursday, December 22nd 2011
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Jeremie Corcoran talks about his decision to keep Canandaigua DIRTcar sanctioned for 2012. 
Cody Bleau remembers his sophomore season driving a crate Sportsman at Fonda Speedway. 
 
I had another good day on Wednesday as I wrote up another column for the Syracuse Post Standard and did some interviews in the home studio. There is only one more day of new content and it comes tomorrow. Then beginning the next day we’ll do our top five downloads one month at a time in our own Season in Review.
 
On the site today is a chat with Canandaigua Promoter Jeremie Corcoran about his decision to keep the DIRTcar sanctioning for 2012. I’m sure the forums are going strong on this topic today and rest assured they would have been humming along no matter what decision was made. 
 
As for my column, I ask what NASCAR would be like if it followed the same format we use in local, weekly racing. I for one think it would be great if qualifying actually meant something and also if a handicap system like we have for weekly racing would work there. I think heat races, a consi and a shorter feature might be just what Sprint Cup Racing needs to boost their sagging product.   I’d watch it a lot more than I do now! 
 
Now let’s chat more about what is new for today on the Audio Page. I begin with more on the decision that came out yesterday. Jeremie Corcoran talks about his decision to keep Canandaigua Motorsports Park DIRTcar sanctioned for 2012. He told me how tough the decision was, when he actually made it and why he is going to add 305 Sprints on a bi-weekly basis next year. 
 
Cody Bleau remembers his sophomore season driving a crate Sportsman at Fonda Speedway. He talked about what he learned over the course of the year, how solid the class is car count wise and tells me how Kenny Tremont is as a teacher, not a racecar driver. 

 
Wednesday, December 21st 2011
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Glenn Donnelly takes me around CNY Raceway Park and talks about what is happening now. 
Wade Hendrickson talks about his season at New Egypt and explained why he did not run for points. 
 
I had a fun day on Tuesday as I got out in the sunshine to see the progress taking place at Central New York Raceway Park. I met Glenn Donnelly up there and he took me around the place in his four wheel drive. I took some photos as we drove around the property just north of the Brewerton Speedway and again from just south of Central Square High School.
 
I had the place reversed in my mind with the front stretch on the route 11 side, but actually that will be on the route 81 side. I also have an overhead map in there too so take a look at that and see what I saw as I rode around with the man who is the driving force behind the project. If all goes well…Central New York could be the true northeast hub of racing, even more so than it is now. 
 
I have two more days on new content before we do our top five downloads for each and every month here in 2011. Those will begin on Saturday if all goes well so I am hopeful to get four more interviews done and then I’ll be ready. So keep coming back as we have a lot of good stuff coming up.
 
Now let’s go into more detail on what is new for today on the Audio Page. I begin with the man I was fortunate enough to sit next to and work for as an announcer at many DIRT Motorsports events for ten years.  Glenn Donnelly takes me around CNY Raceway Park as the work continues and talks about what is happening right now. He also told me when they hope to get the first racecar on the road course, how busy other road courses are and how accessible it will be to the public. Sounds great doesn’t it?   
 
Wade Hendrickson talks about his season at New Egypt and explained why he did not run for points. He told me how long it took him to learn this track, which veteran driver helped him with some set up advice and his plans to run next year as a weekly competitor at Grandview Speedway. 

 
Tuesday, December 20th 2011
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Jimmy Horton III reviews his season at New Egypt and remembers wrecking two cars in one night. 
Dan Vauter talked about his season in Central New York and the bad luck he had all year long. 
 
I got a lot done on Monday and as I type this up, I am getting ready to bowl for the championship in the first half of my bowling league. I have a broken toe so I am hoping for a Willis Reed moment. I’ll tell you on facebook if I did it or not.
 
On the site today we have a pair of Modified drivers doing Season in Review interviews with me. Both are very good and I know you’ll like them. Also in the Syracuse Post Standard is a column I wrote on why I like local racing better than the big time. I hope you guys like it.
 
I re-watched the Richie Evans documentary again Sunday night and I cannot get over what a great job Speed TV did with the piece. I am pleasantly surprised that they voted him into the Hall of Fame so early and it is a great tribute to our area and the era that he ran in. 
 
I remember even as recently as the late 1990’s when you could go to a show a day for sometimes as much as three weeks at a time. There were a lot of mid week shows and before the internet and the “get it now” world we live in; racing at the local level was huge. Can we ever get back to that? Never say never I always say…but it would be a tall order to say the least. 
 
Now let’s talk about what is new for today on the Audio Page. I begin with a driver who still races today and remembers the era I was just talking about very well. Jimmy Horton III reviews his season at New Egypt and remembers wrecking two cars in one night. He told me how they fell off after a good start, described some of the driveline problems they had along the way and wondered where he will race weekly in 2012. 
 
Dan Vauter talked about his season in Central New York and the bad luck he had all year long. He told me how close he came to a win in his first race of the year, why he travels so far to race weekly and explained how racing etiquette determines how and when you pass. 

 
Monday, December 19th 2011
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Chris Hile recaps his season driving a Modified in Central New York and talks about tires. 
Johnny Scarbrough talked about his season at Fonda Speedway and the new car at his shop. 
 
I had another fun day on Sunday as I watched some football and got some more interviews done for the website. On today is a chat I recorded on Friday and one I did just before dinnertime on Sunday. And in the can is one with Dan Vauter so look for that one to show up on Tuesday.
 
Still a lot of unknowns in Central New York as there are more rumors that you can shake a stick at. Almost everyone is keeping their cards close to their vest in a poker game that would make the folks in Las Vegas smile. We’re hoping for some announcements soon, but as of now…we know very little for sure.
 
And depending on what you wanna believe, you can find it somewhere. The big factor right now is tires. And I know that a lot of people would like to see tire rules go away altogether, but tracks make money off of tires deals and some of that money makes its way back into the hands of racers at banquets through point funds. So racers do too!
 
Don’t forget what happened in NASCAR years ago when Hoosier and Goodyear ran head to head. Many races came down to which tire you had on and neither had the advantage at every track. So are tire rules necessary? I believe they are or you could turn local racing into the WoO Late Model Series where you almost need an additional trailer just for all the tires you could use. 
 
I know it’s frustrating, but just hang in there as we do still have a lot of time. But for the teams who are working on cars right now…it is an inconvenience to say the least. 
 
Enough about all that…now let’s chat more about what we do know and that is what is new on the Audio Page. I begin with a young man who is still getting better as a driver. Chris Hile recaps his season driving a Modified in Central New York and talks about learning about a new set of tires. He talked about how fortunate he was to have an incident free year, how tight the points were at Fulton Speedway and the need for more seat time to improve as a driver. 
 
Johnny Scarbrough talked about his season at Fonda Speedway and the new car he is assembling at his shop. He also told me why he feels the crate engine class is not for him anymore, what he learned in 2011 and what he songs he sings to himself as he is passing cars on the racetrack. 

 
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. 

 
     
 
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