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|Sunday, September 25th 2011
| New on the Audio Page from Paradise Speedway:
Paul Szmal talks about his role at Frozen Ocean and what is happening at the track later today.
After the heat races, b-main and dash.
Dan Neagele won the first Pizza Logs 600 Tour heat race and talked about when he raced on water.
Kevin Carlson took the win in heat number two and told Greg Birosh how he got a little lucky.
Nick Cooper spoke with Greg Birosh about the outside line he used to get a win in his heat race.
Tyler Walker drove away for a convincing win in his heat and talked about it with Greg Birosh.
Cody Shurgot talked about his win in the b-main and what his car was doing wrong in the heat.
Darryl Ruggles rebounded from a broken axle and talked about finishing 2nd in the b-main.
Matt Farnham told Greg Birosh how he was able to race his way to the last transfer spot in the b.
Alysha Ruggles described her last lap pass in the final corner that gave her a win in the dash.
During and after the 50 lap Pizza Logs Micro Sprint Tour A-Main:
Darryl Ruggles walked us through the crash he had on the front stretch and how he was feeling.
Ryan Greth told Greg Birosh about being the leader at the fuel stop and restarting in third.
Alysha Ruggles talked about her first twenty five laps and how it felt to be out front at the end.
Nick Cooper would start the second 25 in first place and talked about his car with Greg Birosh.
Nick Cooper described his win in the 50 lap Pizza Logs race to me as well as what he heard late.
Ryan Greth finished second in the A-Main and told me how close he came to winning the race.
David Ferguson ran down how his day went and described what he was hoping the leaders would do.
A.J. Bogino had a solid run coming home in fourth and talked about the fast line he found late.
Tyler Walker had a fifth place finish and told me how his racecar felt after a tire glazed over.
I did something a little different with the way I put up the Audio Files today so be sure to let me know what you think. I had twenty pre race chats and eighteen during the action so since I had so much in race action I decided to shelve the pre race chats till tomorrow (and during the week) and let you hear more from Greg Birosh as I recorded his pit interviews that will be chopped up later for an episode of Hot Wings TV.
It was fun as Greg is our pit reporter (I am the host and Rich Vleck is the co-host/executive producer) so it was great to work with him and watch him do his job. We recorded the audio to my website and did video with a camera that did not have the capacity to get good audio in a noisy pit area. Now executive producer Rich Vleck will marry them together in his edit suite to make the clips for the next TV show. Cool huh?
As always Paradise Speedway is a great time and I enjoy seeing all the different classes of racing that call this place home. The people are great and many of them I have worked with at other racetracks. And lately many of the racers I know are having kids and a lot of them race at Paradise. That means I am getting old. No wait. I am already old. Older then…how’s that?
Also on the page are a bunch of new pictures from my night in Geneva and all of those are free for download as well. I know a lot of you are checking this out for the first time today so just click on the filmstrip at the right side of this page. Then click on the thumbnail you want to see. When it appears full screen hit the download button right about the photo. Tell it where you want it saved and it is yours.
The 600 Pizza Logs Tour race was a darned good one as Nick Cooper held off a late race charge from Pennsylvania’s Ryan Greth to get the win. Greth made a pass for second with three laps to go and in about twenty more feet he might have drove right around Cooper. But it is hard to say as things happen out there and there is a reason we run in a defined number of laps! Somebody is always gaining or fading at the end.
One way or another it was a lot of fun to watch and as always the surface at Paradise was table top smooth with no dust. And watching the ATV’s on the infield track, or the TT as they call it, was great. And no, that is not on my “I need to try that list”. Again…I’m too old at age 50. But if I was a young man again…hell yeah! Then I’d break a few bones and get a cage. But it would be fun for a while!
I have nineteen interviews saved from my day at Paradise and will be in the studio today. I originally planned to go to Fonda but I just can’t get away today. I am way behind some how and need to be here in Central New York. But I will be working in the studio and already have a few things set up for this afternoon. And I’ll be giving you a bunch of pre race interviews including one with a World of Outlaw Late Model driver who is now a crew chief and dad to his son.
Ah, the cycle of life in racing! Where’s Disney on this one huh? Droppin’ the ball they are! But seeing what Hollywood has done with racing maybe it is best to leave it alone for now. There hasn’t been a great racing since Grand Prix and that was in the 1960’s. Get it sometime at the video store and I’m sure you’ll agree. Sure, Days of Thunder had it’s moments but it was Top Gun on Wheels. Anyway…I digress!
Have a great Sunday everyone and make sure to get out to Fonda today or Frozen Ocean or the New York State Fairgrounds as the CNY chapter of the SCCA is holding an Autocross event in the parking lot by where we enter for Super DIRT Week. I may even make it over there today as I do have a few minutes in the middle open.
But get off your butts and do something before the snow gets here and it is too late! Take care and I hope to see you back tomorrow.
|Saturday, September 24th 2011
| New on the Audio Page for today:
Steve Poirier talks about what would have to happen for him to win the ESS title at Fonda.
Kevin Hartnett tells me how it feels to win his first Modified championship ever at Penn Can.
Dillon Sallows recaps his tough night at MIR last Friday and looks ahead to Super DIRT Week.
Tyler Walker described his Micro Sprint season so far, his luck on the tour and his hopes for today.
Joe Trenca gets ready for today’s Pizza Logs 600 Tour race and talks about Paradise Speedway.
What a crappy day it was on Friday huh? Rain, rain and then more rain was the theme for the day alright. But that means the racetracks that are running today will start out tacky and fast. There are three shows that I have been talking about all week. Of course Fonda has McDonalds Weekend beginning today. Grandview has a “run what ya brung” show on tap while Paradise Speedway in Geneva hosts the Pizza Logs 600 Micro Sprint Tour.
I will be in Geneva as we will be doing a Hot Wings TV show from there as it will be our third straight year highlighting the 600 Micros. I am really looking forward to today as I have always liked Paradise and after getting in about 25 laps or so a while back in the Dan Willmes owned Vintage Car, I can’t wait to see some racing on this tight ¼ mile track. I’ll be paying close attention to the lines these drivers will be running.
On the site today are five new studio interviews and two of those are to pump up that show. Of course Steve Poirier will be at Fonda today as the Empire Super Sprints wrap up their 2011 season and you can listen to him as well. Plus Kevin Hartnett and Dillon Sallows each talk about doing something this year that they had never done before.
So have a great Saturday and be sure to support your local dirt track as you never know when they could become a target of the town, city or village they are located in or even some busybody who just doesn’t like racing. Most had tough years so do all you can to show your support by picking up a ticket, enjoying some food and telling everyone good things about our community.
Now let’s talk more about what is new for today on the Audio Page. I begin with a man who is going to be going super fast today. Steve Poirier talks about what would have to happen for him to win the ESS title later today at Fonda. He also told me how he likes to get around this uniquely shaped racetrack, why it is tough to go all out in turn four and where he will finish out his 2011 season in a few weeks.
Kevin Hartnett tells me how it felt to win his first Modified championship ever at Penn Can. He told me how quickly they found a set up they liked with their new car, what he did wrong on the final point night and looks ahead to running two more races to finish out his season.
Dillon Sallows recaps his tough night at MIR last Friday and looks ahead to Super DIRT Week. He talked about the work he is doing to get ready for the mile, described his season at his two weekly homes and how nice it was to visit victory lane twice.
Tyler Walker described his Micro Sprint season so far, his luck on the tour and his hopes for today. He told me how close he has come to that first win on the Pizza Logs Tour, how tough Paradise Speedway can be and why he will probably wait one more year before moving up.
Joe Trenca gets ready for today’s Pizza Logs 600 Tour race and talks about Paradise Speedway. He told me about moving up from the amateur class, how much his Quarter Midget background helps him today and his plans to move up to a 360 Sprinter in 2012.
|Friday, September 23rd 2011
| New on the Audio Page for today:
Bobby Varin gets ready for a three day race weekend and talks about what he will be driving.
Ryan Phelps remembered his race in Vernon and told me what he hoped would happen at Mohawk.
Billy Dunn talked about his season in a big block and what makes tires important at MIR.
Peter Britten was going to run his first ever laps at MIR and talked about the show's atmosphere.
Nick Cooper leads the points in the Pizza Logs 600 Micro Series and talked about Saturday’s race.
It was another nice day on Thursday but as it went on the rain moved in and may stay a while. There are a couple of different weather models for the forecasters to choose from and hopefully the drier one will be the one we get!
I was very busy in the studio on Thursday as I recorded five new interviews. Two of those are up today as well as the final interviews from Mohawk International last Saturday. Tomorrow we’ll hear more about the two places I will be going this weekend with some drivers who will be racing there.
I’ll be starting tomorrow at Paradise Speedway in Geneva as the Pizza Logs 600 Micro Sprint Tour will headline the show there. (No, I’m not driving this time out) We will have our Hot Wings TV staff there for this one and will be putting together a show that will air on a future date on Time Warner Cable Sports. I’ll keep you posted on that!
Then on Sunday I will head to the Fonda Speedway for the finale of McDonalds Weekend. The Modifieds and Pro Stocks will be on hand for this one and so will I. So if the weather cooperates, we should have a great weekend. Keep your fingers crossed.
Now let’s chat more about what is new for today on the Audio Page. I begin with a man who will be very, very busy all three days this weekend. Bobby Varin gets ready for a three day race weekend and talks about what he will be driving. He told me why he likes doing double duty with a Mod & a Sprint, what he will be racing in the weeks following McDonalds Weekend and how shocked he is that we are this late in the year already.
Ryan Phelps remembered his race in Vernon and told me what he hoped would happen last Saturday at Mohawk International Raceway. He talked about the keys to getting around the track, how important it is to keep your speed up and wondered how much of a factor tires would be later on.
Billy Dunn talked about his season in a big block and what makes tires important at MIR. He told me what he was going to run in time trials, what he has done at Mohawk in the past and ran down his late season plans that include Fonda with the ESS tomorrow.
Peter Britten was going to run his first ever laps at MIR this past Saturday and talked about the atmosphere of the show. He told me some of what he learned as a crew chief for someone else at the track, shared some of the advice fellow drivers gave him and how tough he anticipates it getting later when the track slicks up.
Nick Cooper leads the points in the Pizza Logs 600 Micro Series and talked about Saturday’s race at Paradise Speedway in Geneva. He told me about his successful season to date, looks ahead to the final two races in the series after this weekend and described his hopes to move up to a full size Sprint Car.
|Thursday, September 22nd 2011
| New on the Audio Page for today:
Matt DeLorenzo remembered his run at Fonda last weekend and looked ahead to this weekend.
Justin Haers talked about being at Mohawk International and compared it to the old Frogtown.
Luke Whitteker ran down how his small block did on Friday and described his hopes for Saturday.
Dan Humes is following the Super DIRTcar Series this year and went over his racing background.
Jeff Hachmann tells us how fans can get free pit passes for SDW specials and other news.
Summer made a brief return appearance on Wednesday as we were close to 80 degrees here in Central New York. And since I was ahead on my work, I was able to get the Camaro out on the road and put some miles on her. She is running well and is as fast as a 602 crate engine can be.
It was also a nice day as my mom came back from her week long stay in the hospital. They ballooned an artery to her kidney (the only working one she has) and you have to believe that this was really hurting her. So we are optimistic as we have been in quite some time. And thanks too all of you who had her in your prayers.
Also along the way I wrote up another column for the Syracuse Post Standard previewing the next three weekends of action here in Central New York. If you are outside the area you can read it at www.syracuse.com.motorsports .
Now let’s find out more about the five clips that are new today on the Audio Page. I begin with a man who has a big two day race weekend coming up. Matt DeLorenzo remembered his run at Fonda last weekend and looked ahead to this weekend’s season finale at the track. He told me how he was trying hard to hold on to second place in the end, how he misinterpreted some hand signals that were given to the leader and ran down his plans for after McDonalds Weekend.
Justin Haers talked about being at Mohawk International and compared it to the old Frogtown Speedway. He remembered one particular rainy night that saw teams pit for a helmet change, explained why the track reminds him a little of Canandaigua and walked me through each end of the track. Good one!
Luke Whitteker ran down how his small block did on Friday at Mohawk International and described his hopes for Saturday. He talked about how well his racecar did earlier in the night, how he fought for an 11th place finish in the 358 series race and wondered if his smaller motor could have an advantage over the big blocks.
Dan Humes is following the Super DIRTcar Series this year as a rookie and went over his racing background. He told me about the scenic route he took to get to Mohawk International, what his goals are for this season and explained how much his chassis manufacturer has helped with set up advice.
Jeff Hachmann tells us how fans can get free pit passes for Super Dirt Week specials at Rolling Wheels and other news. He talked about the interview with Ted Christopher now up at www.superdirtweekonline.com as well as many other things happening during this year’s festivities.
|Wednesday, September 21st 2011
| New on the Audio Page for today:
Sam Hafertepe Jr. talks about his win in the Canadian Sprint Car Nationals and this weekend.
Pat Ward remembered his Friday night race at Mohawk and how cold it was in the pace laps.
Pierre Dagenais spoke about running his small block against the big blocks at Mohawk International.
Danny Varin described his “fantastic season” at Fonda and looked ahead to McDonalds Weekend.
Louie Jackson showed off his trim frame and summed up what he has been doing this season.
I got a lot done on Tuesday as I made some calls for the business, for Super DIRT Week and waited out mom’s surgery at the hospital. They did find an artery that was blocked so we are now more hopeful than we have been in a while that she can get better now. Whew! What a long week it has been.
But the nice thing for me is that I have a job I love that is a great distraction from the realities of everyday life. And when I feel the weight of everything upon me, it is nice to head to the studio and get my mind off that and onto my biggest love outside of my family…racing!
There is a lot of good stuff today and more coming as I still have more recordings to do. We will be at Paradise this Saturday and Fonda on Sunday so it will be nice to do a two race weekend at two totally different racetracks.
Now let’s chat more about what is new for today on the Audio Page. I begin with a man who just won a big show north of the border. Sam Hafertepe Jr. talks about his win in the Canadian Sprint Car Nationals and this weekend’s races at Eldora and Lernerville. He explained why he watched the races the two nights before Saturday, how he was able to run a line nobody else was running to get to the front and explained why he likes to hop around rather than follow a particular series.
Pat Ward remembered his Friday night race at Mohawk in his 358 Modified and described how cold it was in the pace laps. He explained how he ended up in the consi, how good he felt his Modified was and why he wished he had put a soft tire on the right rear.
Pierre Dagenais spoke about running his small block against the big blocks at Mohawk International. He explained why he has not been running as much this week, described where someone like him is compared to guys who race more and talked about his concerns for the Super DIRTcar Series race.
Danny Varin described his “fantastic season” at Fonda and looked ahead to McDonalds Weekend. He also talked about why believes things have gone so well for him this year, what went wrong last time he was in the 93 car and what ended is race last weekend while running in fifth.
Louie Jackson showed off his new trimmer frame and summed up what he has been doing this season. He told me why he lost so much weight, how his Pro Stock did the week before at Utica Rome and how much he has enjoyed getting his son’s career started in a Sportsman.
|Tuesday, September 20th 2011
| New on the Audio Page for today:
Ronnie Johnson told me about getting win number six at Fonda and who he held off to do it.
Rich Scagliotta talked about what he checks right before a race and explained his tire concerns.
Roy Tarbell spoke about his new chassis and his up & down season at Mohawk International.
Mike Adderly described the work they had to do to change motors right before the race on Saturday.
Ernie Saxton reported on the Freedom 76’r from Grandview and reacted to the big news for 2012.
I had a good day on Monday as I got some more work done in the studio and wrote up a new story for the Syracuse Post Standard. If you are out of the area, you can read it at www.syracuse.com/motorsports. It’s all about the Super DIRTcar Series race at Mohawk International and how tires ended up being the key. I hope you like it!
On the site today are two new interviews from the home studio and three from my night up north at Mohawk International. Plus I will be giving you three more a day from that show every day this week and lots more so be sure to keep coming back.
It will be a nerve racking day for me as mom is having an operation this morning so I will keep her in my prayers and hope for the best. She has been going in the hospital about every two months or so and we are hoping that this might be the last time for quite a while. So wish our small family well as we get through this today and hope for the best.
Now let’s chat about what is new for today on the Audio Page. I begin with a man who is enjoying his best season ever at his Saturday night home. Ronnie Johnson told me about getting win number six at Fonda and who he held off in the closing laps to do it. He also talked about what he learns from watching his races afterwards, how that helped him as a young racer and explained why his dad would often limit the number of questions he could ask him. Real good one here!
Rich Scagliotta talked about what he checks right before a race and explained his tire concerns for the series race at Mohawk International. He also told me about learning from others, how different driving styles make it tougher to use another’s set up and how much the Troyer guys share information in the pit area.
Roy Tarbell spoke about his new chassis and how well he has been doing at Mohawk International. He told me how busy he has been away from the track, how he did on the Friday 358 race and wondered who has the advantage when his home track slickens up.
Mike Adderly described the work they had to do to change motors right before the race on Saturday. He talked about why they made the change before the series race, where they will run it next and how much the extra weight in the front does to set ups.
Ernie Saxton reported on the Freedom 76’r from Grandview and reacted to the big news for next year that makes the winner’s share $50,000. He told me how Duane Howard held on after a late race caution, how Alan Johnson was almost able to run him down and looked ahead to an open competition Modified race this Saturday.
|Monday, September 19th 2011
| New on the Audio Page for today:
Brett Tonkin tells me how he went to victory lane in the Modified feature race at Penn Can.
Tommy Sears remembered his SDS race at Drummond and talked about an early race incident.
Brian McDonald talks to Jeremiah Fish about his time behind the wheel of a Modified this year.
Tim O’Brien led some laps on Friday at Mohawk and talked about racing against his brother.
Tim Currier ran down how his 2011 season has been going and his plans for the rest of the year.
I slept late on Sunday after a late night on Saturday and into Sunday morning. I was able to get in the studio and as I write this up I have a football game on pause on the DVR and will switch over to NFL mode as soon as I put this up.
On the page is one of the two studio interviews from Sunday as well as four of my saved chats from Mohawk International on Saturday. We also put up more new photos as well so be sure to check out the filmstrip at the right side of the page. And tomorrow I'll air the Ronnie Johnson chat I recorded last night. It's a real good one!
Today I will be back in the studio and will put some of what I record up with another three chats from my Saturday trip. My plan is to put at least of three of those up per day and add whatever I get to that total. Not a bad plan I think.
I also have some busy work to do today for some future races and hope to get all that done today. The next few weeks are always a little crazy, not just for me but for the race teams as well. So swing by your favorite racers shop and see if they need anything or buy them a right rear tire. Things are tight right now and they could sure use your help.
Now let’s chat more about what is new for today on the Audio Page. I begin with a man who just won a regular season finale. Brett Tonkin tells me how he went to victory lane in the Modified feature race Friday night at Penn Can. He talked about how good it felt to pick up win number two on the year, shared some advice he received from a friend and describes the relationship he has with his brothers on race nights.
Tommy Sears remembered his SDS race at Drummond last weekend and talked about an early race incident. He told me how he worked his way back up through the field, described how he keeps his emotions in check while concentrating on what he should be doing and what can make those emotions go away. Good one here!
Brian McDonald talks to Jeremiah Fish about his time behind the wheel of a Modified this year. He told him about his good run on Friday in the 358 race at Mohawk International, wondered if what he learned might help on Saturday and described his game plan was for the Super DIRTcar Series race.
Tim O’Brien led some laps on Friday night at Mohawk and talked about racing against his brother. He talked about how he lost the lead in the 358 series race, how his car changed in the final laps and how he ended up falling back to finish third.
Tim Currier ran down how his 2011 season has been going and his plans for the rest of the year. He also talked about his hopes to finish in the top twelve in Super DIRTcar Series points, remembered his 18th place finish at Mohawk International on Friday and how much he enjoyed his first trip to place.
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