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Gary Rowe of M.R. Gaebel, Inc.
Gates-Cole Associates SUNY Canton Automotive Technology program
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Saturday, December 10th 2011
   New on the Audio Page from the New York State Fairgrounds:
 
Kevin Ward Sr. explains how he coats the surface with coke syrup and what it does to the track. 
Brian Sobus tells me how his karting background helped him in his Super Modified at Oswego. 
Christopher Sour thought back on his successes at Syracuse and told me why he likes karting. 
Kylie Sanford talked about her karting season on the dirt and wonders about her clone motor. 
 
It was a fun time for me as I got to see some premier racing karts at the New York State Fairgrounds as the 19th Annual Indoor Karting Championship by FX Caprara began last night with practice sessions. 
 
Today the racing action begins at noon with another practice taking place earlier in the morning. If you have never been to this event I urge you to come check this out as these karts are blazingly fast and put on a great show.
 
Plus every ticket is a pit pass so you can see these karts up close, meet the races and learn about what may be the most popular form of racing in the country. On the site today are some photos from the pre race last night and four interviews.
 
Three of the four chats are with people who will be racing today and the other one with Kevin Ward Sr. talks about how they prepare the track and what they look for as the event unfolds. It’s going to be a great day today and if all goes well, we’ll have some action shots on here tomorrow…if everything goes well.
 
Now let’s chat more about what is on the Audio Page and what is happening today at the New York State Fairgrounds. I begin with some background on what they are racing on. Kevin Ward Sr. explains how he coats the surface inside the Center of Progress Building with coke syrup, what it does to the track and what would happen if they didn’t do it at all. 
 
Brian Sobus tells me how his karting background helped him in his Super Modified at Oswego, thinks back on his early days in the sport and explains why he might be at a disadvantage compared to current karters.  
 
Christopher Sour thought back on his successes at Syracuse over the last five seasons that has seen him win eight times and told me why he likes the karting world so much. 
 
Kylie Sanford talked about her karting season on the dirt at Can Am & Paradise, describes what makes the track at Syracuse so tough and wonders about her new clone motor. 

 
Friday, December 9th 2011
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Mike Bowman reviews his 2011 racing season that included his first ever Modified win at Fulton.
Tony Finch II described his karting past as he gets ready for his first ever laps indoors at Syracuse. 
Gary Montgomery talked about the season for the BRP Can Am Late Models and looks ahead.
 
We had some snow on the ground Thursday morning but before you knew it, it was gone. And it sounds like some of you had a lot more than that so I wish you the best as you deal with it. But that is good news for people who make money off and love the snow, so best wishes to all you skiers, snowmobilers and plow operators…it’s go time!
 
On the site today we have three nice interviews up for you to listen to. One is a Season in Review, one is with a racer who will suit up this weekend and the other is about one of the more successful touring series in our area. I hope you enjoy them all.
 
Today I will be heading to the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse for the practice sessions for the 19th Annual New York State Indoor Karting Championship by FX Caprara. It is going to be a great time and I will have photos up either later tonight or early Saturday.
 
Then on Saturday I will be a guest on Joe Marotta’s radio show. It is always fun to chat with Joe on the air but I will have to get up at 8AM to do so. Well I can always come back and take a nap I guess. So make sure to tune in and give us a listen. 
 
Now let’s chat more about what is new for today on the Audio Page. I begin with a man who did something this year he had never done before. Mike Bowman reviews his 2011 racing season that included his first ever Modified win at Fulton. He told me how relieved he was to finally get that trip to victory lane, how he struggled at his other weekly home and described the gains he made at another speedway. 
 
Tony Finch II described his karting past as he gets ready for his first ever laps indoors at Syracuse. He told me about winning in his first race ever on dirt, ran down the advice he has been getting on concrete racing and talked a little about his season in a Sportsman. 
 
Gary Montgomery talked about the season for the BRP Can Am Late Models and looks ahead to 2012. He told me about the money that was handed out at the Parts Peddler, how tight the points battle was and how well the split format worked in the season finale at Black Rock. 

 
Thursday, December 8th 2011
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Luke Whitteker tells me about his season in a 358 Modified and what he learned along the way. 
Robby Eastman gets ready for this weekend in Syracuse and recaps his year driving a go cart. 
Rick Martell goes over specifics for this weekend’s New York State Indoor Karting Championship. 
 
It was a cold and rainy day in Central New York and I hit the road to do some visiting with sponsors and see how one race driver was evaluating the engines he had on hand. It was a great day! 
 
Once I got home I got right to work writing up a new column for today’s Syracuse Post Standard and doing some more interviews for this website. As I type this up after dinner time I am hopeful to get in one or two more chats before the night is done.
 
On the site today we have three interviews up and two of those pertain to this weekend’s big indoor kart race at the New York State Fairgrounds inside the Center of Progress building. I’ll be there on Friday for a while and will have lots from that event up the following day.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we do have on the Audio Page for today. I begin with a driver who began his second year in a tough division north of the border. Luke Whitteker tells me about his 2011 season in a 358 Modified in Canada and what he learned along the way. He reacted to going winless after four victories the year before, told me what he has been learning at Race 101 and how big the PRI show is down in Orlando. 
 
Robby Eastman gets ready for this weekend in Syracuse and recaps his year driving a go cart. He talked about following the New York Dirt Karting Series, described some of the new racetracks he saw and the fun he had at his first Autocross event. 
 
Rick Martell goes over specifics for this weekend’s New York State Indoor Karting Championship by FX Caprara at the New York State Fairgrounds. He talked about the different divisions that will be competing, explained how inexpensive it is to get started and what it is that makes this event so unique. 
 

 
Wednesday, December 7th 2011
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Jimmy Phelps remembers his seven win season, his early season struggles and his strong finish. 
Kevin Warren explained how he got into karting in his late 30’s and why he likes the racing so much.
 
I had a real good day on Tuesday and as I write this up I am getting ready to watch the SU basketball team as they try to continue their undefeated season. I recorded four new interviews and put half of those up today. I also put up a nice photo bin from Alex & Helen Bruce with some great old time photos in it. 
 
So up for tomorrow will be Modified racer Luke Whitteker and go-cart racer Robby Eastman. Of course the final race of the 2011 season in New York State takes place this weekend in Syracuse at the Center of Progress Building.
 
The 19th Annual Indoor Karting Championship by FX Caprara will see well over 150 teams compete with practice on Friday night and racing on Saturday. I’ll be there as usual on Friday night and will have lots from the practice session up here for you on Saturday.
 
Now let’s chat more about what is new for today on the Audio Page. I begin with a man who is finally breathing a little easier after a very busy time in his life.   Jimmy Phelps remembers his seven win season, his early season struggles and his strong finish. He talked about how he finally figured out the American Racer tire, why he feels Modified racing is doing better now and how busy his life has been away from the racetrack. 
 
Kevin Warren explained how he got into karting in his late 30’s and why he likes the racing so much. He told mw about his one season in a Street Stock, how he turned that into a pair of karts and why this weekend’s race in Syracuse is so important to him.  

 
Tuesday, December 6th 2011
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Lee Ladouceur tells me about his SOS Championship and recaps his career that began in the 1990’s. 
Tyler Brehm talked about his big win on Fourth of July Weekend and his season in a 600 Micro. 
 
We have a winged theme on the site today as we come back on a Tuesday with a pair of Season in Review’s from the weekend. Canada and Pennsylvania are represented today and don’t worry Central New Yorkers, I’ll be back with more for you real soon. 
 
I’ll be back in the studio hard today and after laying low a little on Monday, I will be working non-stop today. Still looking for more requests and trying to get to the ones that I have yet to do, but keep them coming as I have them all written down and will do my best to get to them all.
 
Now let’s chat more about the new interviews on the site for today on the Audio Page. I begin with a man who is the youngest in a proud Canadian racing family. Lee Ladouceur tells me about his SOS Championship and recaps his career that began in in the 1990’s. He talked about how good it felt to win his first title in 14 years, how he ended up getting behind the wheel of a Sprinter and his hopes to someday race a 410.   
 
Tyler Brehm talked about his big win on Fourth of July Weekend and his season in a 600 Micro. He told me about his years in a 270 Sprinter, how his in car camera helps him as a driver and how tough it was to end his season on a bit of a sour note. 

 
Monday, December 5th 2011
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Matt DeLorenzo recaps his 2011 season and tells me why he is looking forward to racing Fridays. 
Joey Ladouceur talked about the five championships he won and wonders about the 2012 season. 
 
I had another good day on Sunday as I watched football and did some interviews along the way. I was also able to get a little ahead and now today all I have to do is write up my next column for the local paper, send out some bills and try to bowl a little better in my weekly league. Yep, it should be a fun day…till I get to the lanes anyway!
 
On the site today we have Season in Review interviews with a pair of drivers who are well known in their respective divisions. And tomorrow we’ll meet Pennsylvania Micro Sprinter racer Tyler Brehm and SOS Champion Lee Ladouceur who is Joey’s younger brother. 
 
We’ll have another few weeks of Season in Reviews before we put up our top downloads of the year month by month and as always we’ll do that right before Christmas and through New Years Day. 
 
Now let’s chat more about what is new for today on the Audio Page. I begin with a man who is going to be very busy in the next few months as he also races on the ice. Matt DeLorenzo recaps his 2011 season and tells me why he is looking forward to racing Fridays again this year. He also told me why he feels the Fonda Speedway does so well with car counts, wonders why he just can’t seem to figure out Utica Rome and describes the need to get better on Hoosier tires. He’ll be on them in February in Florida. 
 
Joey Ladouceur talked about the five championships he won and wonders what he’ll drive in the 2012 season. He told me about racing against his protégé in the Pro Stocks, how good his new chassis handled and remembers the night he got stuck in a Sprint Car while his feature was lining up. Hurry Joey! 

 
Sunday, December 4th 2011
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Dylan Swiernik remembers his go cart days as a kid as he gets ready for next weekend in Syracuse. 
Daryl Barrett talks about his Sportsman races in 2011 and his time with some road course teams. 
 
I was very busy on Saturday as I recorded three interviews during the afternoon and then another one after the kids went to bed. And once again today we have a young driver who will be competing at the Indoor Karting Championship next weekend here in Syracuse. Plus we visit with a man who has learned a lot from him time as an engineer with some road course teams.
 
Today I have several things set up so Monday should be all about doing some writing and taking care of business as well as I need to shop and need some cash to do so. But as I have said before, I am a terrible businessman but my wife is helping to remind me of what I need to do otherwise I would just keep doing recordings and not even thing about it.
 
Still working away at the new Need for Speed video game on my PS3 and we are almost through the race from California to New York. It is hard and you need super fast reflexes but this game is recommended for those of you who liked the older Need for Speed games. It is more about traffic than it is racing, but it does keep you sharp. And the graphics are real good. So if you are looking for a game for the loved ones on your list, get this one as it does get my seal of approval unlike their last two offerings. 
 
Now let’s chat more about what is new for today on the Audio Page. I start with a young driver who will be returning to his roots. Dylan Swiernik remembers his go cart days as a kid as he gets ready for next weekend in Syracuse. He told me how much he is looking forward to racing against someone he has been racing against as long as he can remember, explained how tough the track at Syracuse is and what he is doing to get his Sprinter ready for 2012.  
 
Daryl Barrett talks about his Sportsman races in 2011 and his time with some road course teams. He told me how he won three of his first five Legends races, how nice it was to see Canandaigua make a comeback last season and how what he learned in his years away from dirt helped when he came back. 

 
     
 
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