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Monday, November 21st 2011
   New on the Audio Page from the Parts Peddler Trade Show:
 
Rich Vleck talked about a change for next years Patriot Sprint Tour that’s based on geography. 
Andy Bachetti had his new Modified on display and wondered what his plans for 2012 will be. 
Paul Kinney told me why his new Sprint Car was red and why he selling lots of Modified motors. 
Dean Reynolds reacted to having rookies in the ESS booth and described a wing change for 2013.
Larry Wight remembered his races in Charlotte and told me about some house motors on sale.
Jim Mahaney thought about what happened in his three races and confirmed that he is coming back. 
Joe Marotta summed up his experience at the Parts Peddler show and talked about an old friend. 
 
It was a good day for me on Sunday as I got done nice and early and before the 1 o’clock football games were done too. And of course you know I am ready for tonight’s Patriot/Chiefs game and you know who I’ll be rooting for. Go KC…although I am not holding my breath about it.
 
I had a good time as I went to the NYS Fairgrounds to watch the Parts Peddler show wind down on its final day. I was able to get an additional ten interviews and put seven of those up for today. The can is now swelled to thirty so that means you will be getting a minimum of five a day through Saturday and I can take the last part of the week off.
 
It’s going to be a short week for us as I cannot believe that Thanksgiving is here already. But the nice thing is that the show was the weekend before so unlike some years where I am hustling to get stuff for the week, I am in great shape right now.
 
Let’s talk more in detail about what I have for you on the Audio Page. And yes, we do have a bit of a Sprint Car feel to today’s offerings. Rich Vleck talked about a change for next years Patriot Sprint Tour that’s based on geography and could allow one driver to pick up a big bonus. 
 
Andy Bachetti had his new Modified on display and wondered what his plans for 2012 will be as they got ready to take the car back to Teo. 
 
Paul Kinney told me why his new Sprint Car was red and why he selling lots of Modified motors as he gets ready for a new challenge in 2012. 
 
Dean Reynolds reacted to having rookies in the ESS booth and described a wing change for 2013 as well as an adjustment to the tire rule as well. 
 
Larry Wight remembered his two races in Charlotte and told me about some house motors on sale back at their race shop in Phoenix.  
 
Jim Mahaney thought about what happened in his three Modified races in 2011 and confirmed that he is coming back once again next season. 
 
Joe Marotta summed up his experience at the Parts Peddler show and talked about an old friend of ours that made a big splash this past weekend. 

 
Sunday, November 20th 2011
   New on the Audio Page from Parts Peddler and the DIRTcar Banquet:
 
Corky Stockham talked about the weekend so far and previewed Sunday at the Parts Peddler. 
Kenny Tremont looked over some new stuff at Parts Peddler and talked about innovations. 
Rob Yetman explained why he was a little ahead of things as he gets ready for the 2012 season. 
Peter Britten told me some of what he learned in his season following the Super DIRTcar Series. 
Jeff Cook did something he had never done before in 2011 and wondered if it was a good thing. 
Glenn Donnelly described some of the conversations he was having about CNY Raceway Park. 
Tom Deery went over what happened at the DIRTcar promoter’s meeting earlier on Saturday. 
Tim Currier was attending the DIRTcar banquet for the 1st time and described his runs on the series. 
 
It was another busy day on Saturday as I spent about three hours at the Parts Peddler Trade Show at the Fairgrounds and then came back home to change before heading to the DIRTcar Northeast Banquet at Turning Stone Resort & Casino. It was a busy day as I said, but a super fun one as well.
 
I recorded 23 new interviews and put 8 of those up for today. 15 of those were during the Parts Peddler and the other 8 were done in the hour before the banquet. So that means the can grows from 14 to 29. I hope to bang out a bunch more today as the show closes and with Thanksgiving this week it means I may be able to take Wednesday, Thursday and Friday off. Yeah!
 
So if you see me today, stop and chat as I am looking to hear about your season, your plans for 2012 and anything else that is going on. I’ll be there from 1-3PM and I hope to see you there. Don’t forget, this is the day of values as many vendors would prefer not take their stuff home, so don’t be afraid to wheel & deal.
 
Plus on the site are two biggies today as I know the Glenn Donnelly and Tom Deery chats will be listened to hard. And just so you know, I put the interviews up in the order in which that were recorded just as I do on any race/event day. Don’t read anything into anything. It’s sad I have to say that, but the last time my finger slipped I got called out for it. Sadly it’s the nature of the world we live in.   
 
I hope to see you all today at the Parts Peddler show and be sure to keep checking back this week as we are going to have a lot of great interviews up as I have a lot of wonderful interviews in the can. 
 
Now let’s talk about what is new for today on the Audio Page. I begin with the man who is making it happen this weekend in Syracuse. Corky Stockham talked about the weekend so far and previewed Sunday’s activities at the Parts Peddler Trade Show at the New York State Fairgrounds. 
 
Kenny Tremont looked over some new stuff at Parts Peddler and talked about latest innovations he was seeing in the dirt Modified world. 
 
Rob Yetman spoke to me at the Parts Peddler Trade Show explained why he was a little ahead of things as he gets ready for the 2012 season. 
 
Peter Britten told me some of what he learned in his season following the Super DIRTcar Series and how much he is looking forward to getting back home. 
 
Jeff Cook did something he had never done before in 2011 and wondered if he would trade that feat for an A-Main win instead. Hmmm…not sure about that one. 
 
Glenn Donnelly described some of the conversations he was having about CNY Raceway Park with the people who toured the Parts Peddler show on Saturday. 
 
Tom Deery went over what happened at the DIRTcar promoter’s meeting earlier on Saturday and explained why he does not see any big changes over the horizon. 
 
Tim Currier was attending the DIRTcar banquet for the first time and described what he learned in his runs on the Super DIRTcar Series. 

 
Saturday, November 19th 2011
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Corky Stockham ran down some of the activities taking place today at the Parts Peddler show.
Charlie Donk talked about buying a new driver’s suit and his rookie season in a 360 Sprint Car.
Chris Fleming was doing some shopping on Friday and told me what he was in the market for. 
Mel Thomas describes the new Smash ‘n Crash DVD selling at the Thomas Productions booth. 
Brady Fultz showed me the new Troyer Modified chassis and talked about some changes for 2012. 
Michael Storms looked over the new Teo Modifieds and told me what he likes about them. 
Pete Bicknell sold a lot of Bicknell’s Friday and described how his surgically repaired back is feeling.
Tony Pettinelli had his Outlaw 600 sleds at the show and described exactly what these things are. 
 
I had a real good time yesterday as I walked the aisles at the Parts Peddler Racer’s Auction and Trade Show at the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse. There were a lot of people and I took a lot of photos and did 21 new interviews as well. Eight are up today.
 
I’ll be back again today and also be in Oneida tonight for the DIRTcar Northeast Banquet as well so it will be a busy Saturday that is for sure. For you racers, the best day to network and get info at the Parts Peddler is today and the time to wheel & deal hard is tomorrow. So be sure to be there both days.
 
As I type this up I am getting ready to watch the new Smash ‘n Crash DVD from Thomas Video Productions. This has always been one of my favorite nights of the year as I watch this year’s edition for the first time. Make sure to get yours today at the Parts Peddler show. And I understand I am in there twice…one is good and one is not so good. Hey, at least I’m there! 
 
Look for me today and of course I’ll be getting more interviews at each venue so be sure to come back tomorrow to see who we get. We’ll take photos at the show but probably can’t at the banquet as I leave that work to the professionals. 
 
Now let’s chat more about what is new for today on the Audio Page. I begin with a man who spent a lot of cash on Friday afternoon. Corky Stockham ran down some of the activities taking place today at the Parts Peddler show in the Center of Progress Building at the New York State Fairgrounds. 
 
Charlie Donk talked about buying a new driver’s suit and his rookie season in a 360 Sprint Car as he toured the Parts Peddler show in Syracuse. 
 
Chris Fleming was doing some shopping on Friday and told me what he was in the market for as he walked around the Parts Peddler show. 
 
Mel Thomas describes the new Smash ‘n Crash DVD selling at the Thomas Video Productions booth at the Parts Peddler show in Syracuse. 
 
Brady Fultz showed me the new Troyer Modified chassis and talked about some changes for 2012 as well as his season driving one at Black Rock. 
 
Michael Storms looked over the new Teo Modifieds on display at the Parts Peddler show and told me what he likes about them. 
 
Pete Bicknell sold a lot of Bicknell chassis on Friday at the Parts Peddler show and described how his surgically repaired back is feeling. 
 
Tony Pettinelli had his Outlaw 600 sleds at the show and described exactly what these things are. Make sure you check these out today as they look super cool. 

 
Friday, November 18th 2011
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Billy Pauch Jr. talks about his hopes for this weekend as he finishes he year out at Bridgeport. 
Stephane LaFrance told me about the deals he is doing for racers at the Parts Peddler show. 
Jeff Hachmann gets ready for a weekend that includes the DIRTcar Banquet and Parts Peddler. 
 
I had a fun day on Thursday as I got some work done and headed over to the New York State Fairgrounds to see how the set up was going for the Parts Peddler Trade Show taking place today through Sunday.
 
I did not take too many pics as I want to make sure you guys show up to check it out for yourselves. And Modified and Sportsman guys, make sure you see Stephane LaFrance at Trick Race Parts and get some special deals on his small inventory of scratch and dent parts. Hey, we’re gonna scratch and dent them on the track anyway, so why not save a few bucks.
 
As for me, I’ll be there early and then again after dinnertime. I’ll be chatting with whoever I see and put up some photos later in the day. The interviews will air tomorrow as I am hoping to get a lot done. Then on Saturday I’ll be there during the afternoon before heading to the DIRTcar banquet later that night.
 
Now let’s chat more about what is new for today on the Audio Page. I begin with a man who will be racing in New Jersey on Sunday. Billy Pauch Jr. talks about his hopes for this weekend as he finishes he year out at Bridgeport. He told me about the last time he raced there, described the new motor they’ll have in the car for Sunday and how much his recent Sprint Car races have helped. 
 
Stephane LaFrance told me about the deals he is doing for racers at this weekend’s Parts Peddler show. He talks about the types of parts he will be selling, how quickly his scratch & dent pile will go as well as his championship season in Canada. Look for him at the show today!  
 
Jeff Hachmann gets ready for a weekend that includes the DIRTcar Banquet and the Parts Peddler Trade Show. He told me how much he is looking forward to meeting up with fans & drivers at the New York State Fairgrounds, why he feels the show is so important and previews Saturday’s promoter meetings at Turning Stone Resort & Casino. 
 

 
Thursday, November 17th 2011
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Ronnie Johnson talked about his year at Utica Rome and why it was different than Saturdays.
Ryan Simmons told me about his plans to race this weekend on the tiny track at Bridgeport. 
Claude Hutchings Jr. had one of his worst years in racing and discussed some of what went wrong. 
 
It was a good day for me on Wednesday although I did not get as much work done as I would have liked. I did write a new story for the Syracuse Post Standard that will go in today’s edition and headed out to Pilat Graphic Design to pick up some new stickers.
 
Along the way, I crossed paths with a truck driving friend of mine who was just a few miles behind us and got to show my youngest daughter Katie what the inside of an 18 wheeler looks like as we met up at a rest stop just down the road.
 
As I type this up at six o’clock I am hoping to another interview or two before I call it a day and also hoping to head out to pick up the latest Need for Speed video game for my PS3. And yes, I will be up late tonight as I race on my set-up till the wee hours of the morning. 
 
Plus the Parts Peddler Racer’s Auction and Trade show begins tomorrow at the New York State Fairgrounds so plan to be at that! I know I will…all three days as a matter of fact. 
 
Now let’s talk more about what is new for today on the Audio Page. I begin with a driver who is looking forward to returning to his former Friday night home this coming year. Ronnie Johnson talked about his year at Utica Rome and why it was different than Saturdays at Fonda. He spoke about winning a fifty lapper towards the end of the year, why he chose not to use a provisional at Five Mile Point where he will race on Fridays this coming season. 
 
Ryan Simmons told me about his plans to race this weekend on the tiny ¼ mile track at Bridgeport. He talked about how his open motor Sportsman should do against the Modifieds, remembered how things went at his weekly home and the first time he went to Bridgeport. 
 
Claude Hutchings Jr. had one of his worst years in racing and discussed some of what went wrong. He told me what they found out about their primary engine, how much he enjoyed his nights in a Four Cylinder Super Stock and looks forward to doing some ice racing this winter. 

 
Wednesday, November 16th 2011
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Bobby Varin talked about finishing third at Utica Rome after watching one of his big wins. 
Mike Trapp reviewed his 2011 season in a Late Model and remembered surviving a plane crash. 
Bill Knapp finished in the top five with his Pro Stock and talked about his pair of feature wins. 
Jeremie Corcoran talked about three changes to the Street Stock rules at Canandaigua for 2012. 
 
It was a busy day on Tuesday as I got a lot of new recordings done and defended the purpose of this website on my facebook page. It’s fun to listen to people when they get riled up and fortunately I was the target this time instead of the fine drivers, racetrack operators and others who make the sport what it is. 
 
But when you are on an island like me, you have to expect shots to be taken at you by people in the sea. So I let that motivate me to get alot done in the studio and I did that very thing.  In the can now are alot of good chats including Billy Pauch Jr. and Ronnie Johnson.  So make sure to keep coming back. 

And don't forget to check out the Parts Peddler Racer's Auction & Trade Show this weekend at the New York State Fairgrounds.  Firsthand information on everything will be there so you won't have to rely on a buddy to tell you what is up, you can find out5 for yourself firsthand and in a face to face way which is so rare these days.
 
Now let’s chat more about what is new for today on the Audio Page. I begin with a man who sported a new look this past weekend.  Bobby Varin talked about finishing third in the points at Utica Rome after watching one of his big wins on the big screen right before the banquet. He told me why he was trying out a new look, how cool it was to win both their big money races and discussed his tentative plans for 2012.  
 
Mike Trapp reviewed his 2011 season in a Late Model and remembered surviving a plane crash in July that received national attention. He talked about winning with a motor that he knew was not going to pass tech, how crazy fast “Fastrack” motors are and explained what was going through his mind as he treaded water in Lake Huron. Good one! 
 
Bill Knapp finished in the top five with his Pro Stock at Utica Rome and talked about his pair of feature wins. He told me about his unexpected birthday win at Fonda, what he learned about the big track and how important suspension is in the stock car world. 
 
Jeremie Corcoran talked about three changes to the Street Stock rules at Canandaigua for 2012. He wondered why the rumor was out there that they were dropping the class, reaffirmed his commitment to the track and urged everyone to see him at the Parts Peddler show in Syracuse this weekend. Be there and be informed firsthand. 

 
Tuesday, November 15th 2011
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Jessica Zemken chatted about her year in a Sprint Car and doing her own deal next season.
Butch Green tells me about his win at Penn Can and his hopes to race his Sportsman more.
Dave Pope talked about his Pure Stock races at Utica Rome as well as the traveling he did. 
Greg Smith explains why Thunder Alley Speedpark will continue to race on Saturdays in 2012. 
 
It was a busy day for me on Monday as I wrote up another column for the Syracuse Post Standard and did some new interviews in the studio. Two of those chats are up for today as well as two more from the Utica Rome banquet on Saturday, so enjoy.
 
I also have a lot of things set up for today and hope to be able to really go to town in the studio. I am also getting to some overdue requests and wanted to publically yell at myself for not doing a better job. Sure, I have had a lot of distractions over the past six months, but that’s no excuse. Sorry, I got a little too wrapped up in my own fledgling career as a driver…and I use the term “driver” loosely when referring to myself.
 
And I have to thank my facebook friends for helping me get in touch with Butch Green. Within ten minutes of asking if anyone knew how to get ahold of him, I had his number. Ah, the power of facebook. If you are a driver and are not on there you really need to be.
 
Now let’s talk more about what is new on the site on the Audio Page today. I begin with a young lady who logged a lot of miles on the road this past summer. Jessica Zemken chatted about her year in a Sprint Car and doing her own deal next season. She talked some of the new racetracks she visited, what she learned about 410 racing and remembers some of the highlights she had at some of the most storied tracks out there. 
 
Butch Green tells me about his win at Penn Can and his hopes to race his Sportsman more in 2012. He talked about how he went from third to first in one corner, how concerned he was about being stuck in third gear and what he’ll be looking for this weekend at the Parts Peddler show.  
 
Dave Pope talked about his Pure Stock races at Utica Rome as well as the traveling he did. He told me where he felt he was lacking on the big half mile, how happy he was to finish in third place in the standings and compared the surface he saw in 2011 to the one he raced on years ago. 
 
Greg Smith explains why Thunder Alley Speedpark will continue to race on Saturdays in 2012. He told me why Can Am switching to the same night should not affect them too much, described how well things are going at the track and encouraged dirt teams to come down on the Wednesday practices to give it a try before an actual race night. 

 
     
 
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