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Saturday, June 25th 2011
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Peter Britten spoke about his 3rd place at OCFS and his standing on the Super DIRTcar Series.
Jimmy Phelps talked about his weekend homes, his tire gains and leading points at two speedways. 
Jeff Hachmann previewed the Stars and Stripes 100 coming up on the 4th of July at Rolling Wheels.
 
We had a late rain out last night so there was not time for me to make alternate plans or go hog wild in the studio. So I made a few calls in the studio and was still able to get you some new stuff for today. It is only three I know, but each is real good. 
 
Today I am hopeful to get in some racing but Mother Nature could be on a rampage. So if it does not work out, I will get into the studio again and make sure you have new stuff one way or another.
 
And I also heard about a deal that Charlie Caprara is doing up at FX Caprara. He is giving away tickets to the Stars & Stripes 100 and is also offering DIRTcar license holders a $250 discount on your vehicle purchase. 
 
Technically he is not one of our sponsors anymore but I have known the Caprara family for a long time and they do a lot for racing. So in these tough times $250 is a lot of money. Go up today and see them as my wife is doing and get yourself a great deal. And if you guys mention my name enough, maybe we can get him back.
 
Now let’s chat more about what is new for today on the Audio Page. I begin with a man who is coming off of a real good night on Tuesday. Peter Britten spoke about his 3rd place at Orange County and his standing on the Super DIRTcar Series. He described how quickly he adapted to the big 5/8th mile track in his first ever race there, how a flat at Canandaigua while leading taught him something about tire conservation and what he was going to do with his rainout on Friday night. 
 
Jimmy Phelps talked about his weekend homes, his tire gains and leading points at two speedways. He also told me how happy he was to see a new winner last week at Brewerton, which of his weekly tracks he is best at and how busy his life is away from racing. Wow! 
 
Jeff Hachmann previewed the Stars and Stripes 100 coming up on the Fourth of July at Rolling Wheels. He told me how fans can get a free pit pass with an advanced ticket sale, thought back on Tuesday’s Big Show III and how competitive the Super DIRTcar Series is right now. 

 
Friday, June 24th 2011
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Jason Rood talks about how his sophomore season is going in Mods and why he has scaled back.
Terry Cheetham spoke with Jeremiah Fish about his 2011 season running with the ROC Modifieds.
Jody London told J Fish about the tough start he has had and his expectations for the ROC tour.
Dave Emmons explains why he got off to a late start this year and what his goal was for Friday.
Ernie Saxton breaks down Grandview’s season so far and talked about Hall of Famer Richie Evans.
 
I had a nice day as I headed out to Sauquoit to visit with car owner Claude Hutchings Jr. and see how work was coming along on the Tired Iron Repair Saab that was damaged last week in a crash.   The bent rear axle is replaced and if Mother Nature cooperates we’ll be at Brewerton tonight to run clean and hopefully make up for last week’s bad break. And I will be preaching clean racing to anyone who is listening. 
 
It was a lot of fun as my daughter Allie and I saw all the racecars, played with the dogs and had lunch in town at a local diner that had great food by the way. I can see why people like it out that way as it is a beautiful place to live. 
 
On the site today are four new conversations from the weekend and one that I recorded on Thursday. I hope you all liked my story on the six things I learned in six races that was in yesterday’s Post Standard. Early reviews are positive so I hope we taught their non-racing audience something about the sport we love so much.
 
Also I had the power go out (happens a lot in National Grid’s territory) and my uninterruptable power supply did exactly what it was supposed to do and kept me working the whole time. I knew that one hundred dollars was well spent.
 
Now let’s chat more about what is new for today on the Audio Page. I begin with a chat I had on Sunday in Vernon. Jason Rood talks about how his sophomore season is going in Modifieds and why he has scaled back his activity on Friday a little. He told me how good it is for his sponsor to have the car running at Brewerton with another driver, why he is sticking on American Racer tires for now and wondered how the day would go at Utica Rome. 
 
Terry Cheetham spoke with Jeremiah Fish about his 2011 season running with the ROC Modifieds. He talked about the good run he had at Oswego Speedway, described the challenges of racing at Spencer Speedway and how long it took to get used to their new asphalt surface. 
 
Jody London told J Fish about the tough start he has had and his expectation for the ROC Modified tour. He talked about finding the foam at another speedway, who the people are that help keep him on the track racing and wondered where he would be on the track next. 
 
Dave Emmons explains why he got off to a late start this year and what his goal was for Friday. He told me what he did right before he came to the Brewerton Speedway, who had the car before he did and ran down his plans for the rest of the 2011 season. 
 
Ernie Saxton breaks down Grandview’s season so far and talked about future NASCAR Hall of Famer Richie Evans. He told me about his efforts to get him into the HOF, who else he believes is deserving of the honor and what he is trying to do to get them in. 

 
Thursday, June 23rd 2011
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Tommy Cloce talked about his Hemi Cuda and told J Fish how well this season is going so far.
Patrick Emerling told Jeremiah Fish about his ROC Modified heat win at Spencer Speedway.
Matt Fink gave himself a grade for his 2011 season and talked about the Brewerton surface.
Earl Rudy graded his performance so far this year and spoke about some suspension issues.
Chris Cunningham described his recent Pure Stock win at Utica Rome and his off season changes.
Heath Waldron told me about getting his first Sprint win of the year and his shoulder injury.
Joe Marotta talks about Oswego, Cayuga County, Rolling Wheels and then interviews me.
 
It was a stormy day on Wednesday and because of that the big ROC race at Big Diamond was postponed. As I write this no rain date has been announced yet but I am sure we will hear more about that soon.
 
We have another busy day on the website as we put up two chats I did yesterday and added five more that myself and Jeremiah Fish did over the weekend. There are still more for tomorrow and I should be able to get back in the studio to do some more today.
 
I also penned a new column for the Syracuse Post Standard about the six things I have learned (Of course there are more than that but I picked what I thought were the top six) and that is in today’s edition. If you do not live in Central New York you can also read it at www.syracuse.com/motorsports
 
I’m getting a little nervous about Friday and now Saturday as weather could be an issue. Car owner Claude Hutchings is fixing the Four Cylinder Saab at Tired Iron Repair and hopefully it is only a bent left rear axle. So we should be ready to go although the work load this week on the car is more than usual. If I can get out there today, I might. 
 
Now let’s check in on what is new fore today on the Audio Page. I begin with a couple of conversations from Spencer Speedway on Friday. Tommy Cloce talked about his famous Hemi Cuda and told J Fish how well this season is going so far. He told him what he was thinking as he was getting ready for his heat, how hard he figured he had to drive to win it and how important track position would be in the feature. 
 
Patrick Emerling told Jeremiah Fish about his ROC Modified heat win at Spencer Speedway this past Friday night. He talked about the quality field he just bested, described his ride for the series and ran down his plans fore the 2011 season. 
 
Matt Fink gave himself a grade for his 2011 season and talked about the Brewerton Speedway surface. He told me how good his set ups have been this year, described some of the bad luck he has had along the way and how much of a help his wife is on race days. 
 
Earl Rudy graded his performance so far this year and spoke about some suspension issues he had with a brand new set of torsion bars. He talked about adjusting to the American Racer tires, shared some advice he has heard from other drivers and analyzed how he has been doing on Sunday in Weedsport. 
 
Chris Cunningham described his recent Pure Stock win at Utica Rome and his off season motor work. He told me how good it felt to win early in the year, what they found at the end of the 2010 season and how much better the car works now when the track is black.
 
Heath Waldron told me about getting his first Four Cylinder Sprint win of the year at Paradise Speedway and his shoulder injury. He talked about driving away from his brother for the victory, what he learned from reading a book by a well established Sprint Car driver during the off season and wonders how much the class may grow this year. 
 
Joe Marotta talks about Oswego, Cayuga County, Rolling Wheels and then interviews me about my driving. He talked about the big field of Super Modifieds, the growing crowds on Sundays and the spruce up of the place they call The Fast Track. 

 
Wednesday, June 22nd 2011
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Jimmy Davis told me about his season so far and some of the good runs he has had in 2011.
Doug Reaume explained why he likes asphalt Modifieds as he spoke with J Fish at Spencer.
Mike Bowman recapped his weekend that included his first Modified feature win since August 2008.
A.J. Filbeck is off to a good start with his Sportsman at Utica Rome and talked about 2011. 
Chris Fleming spoke about his recent IMCA Mod feature wins and some set up changes they made.
Shayne Tenace previews this Friday’s Go Nuclear Late Model Challenge Series race at Brewerton.
J.R.Kennerup talks with Jeremiah Fish about the Race of Champions Tour on dirt and asphalt.
 
It was a nice start to summer on Tuesday as the temperatures neared 90 degrees out in Liverpool. I did some work in the studio and in between took my girls over to my parent’s pool. So as I write this up I am feeling nice and cool sitting in the a/c after a nice swim.  
 
And for you Modified fans, remember that you have two more shows you can check out this week as Big Diamond has an ROC race tonight and tomorrow Mohawk International hosts the 358 DIRTcar Series. So make sure to get your butts on out and show your support to these fine racetracks. 
 
On the site today are some chats I recorded yesterday, some from my weekend travels and some from Jeremiah Fish’s voyage to Spencer Speedway on Friday. And he is going to Big Diamond tonight with one of my recorders so look for more from that show on Friday. 
 
Keep your fingers crossed too as it sounds like we might have a big weather maker coming in later this week and hopefully it will not affect the weekend. Remember that weather radar from the tracks in our area is available on our Track Links Page so you can always stay up to speed with that. 
 
Now let’s chat more about what is new on the Audio Page for today. I begin with a man who is learning a lot about a new racetrack for him. Jimmy Davis talked about his season so far and some of the good runs he has had in 2011. He described how much he has learned about the Brewerton Speedway, which end of the track was tougher to pick up and wonders if some changes he has made might work out. 
 
Doug Reaume explained why he likes asphalt Modified as he spoke with J Fish at Spencer. He talked about how tough the competition is, how a long family history can help and why his team has a real good idea what “not do to”. 
 
Mike Bowman recapped his weekend that included his first Modified feature win since August 2008. He explained how many changes they made with the car, how little they changed going from Brewerton to Fulton and wonders if he may get in three races this coming weekend. 
 
A.J. Filbeck is off to a good start with his Sportsman at Utica Rome and talked about 2011. He told me what they were checking after the hot lap session on Sunday, how the track has changed a little from last year and explained why he does not like to run the middle groove. 
 
Chris Fleming spoke about his recent IMCA Mod feature wins and some set up changes they made. He talked about where the car was lacking, what they did to fix it and how much money he won on one particular night. 
 
Shayne Tenace previews this Friday’s Go Nuclear Late Model Challenge Series race at the Brewerton Speedway. He told me how the first race in the series went two weeks ago at Can Am, how many cars were at the event and what the point fund money will be at the end. 
 
J.R.Kennerup talks with Jeremiah Fish about the Race of Champions Tour on dirt and asphalt. This is a real in depth and straight forward conversation with a lot of good information in it so give it a listen. And they race tonight at Big Diamond. 

 
Tuesday, June 21st 2011
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Brett Hearn previews tonight’s Big Show III at Orange County and recaps his Saturday night.
Casey Williams spoke about the tough start he has had and described where he is struggling.
Jimmy Zacharias told Jeremiah Fish about his season so far and his family’s long racing history. 
Jim LaRock talked about racing a crate Sportsman at Brewerton and an open motor at Skyline.
Rich Keller gave himself a grade on his 2011 performance and explained why he is having fun.
Lisa Thomas described the motor woes they have had this year and what they did to get back.
Roland Fiske was getting ready for his second race on Friday and talked about taking time off.
 
It was a beautiful day on Monday and I got a lot done. I wrote up a new column for the Syracuse Post Standard highlighting the weekend action and did some interviews as well. 
 
I want you guys to listen to the first chat on the Audio Page as Brett Hearn previews his Big Show III taking place tonight at Orange County. It is race number three of the Super DIRTcar Series and this should be a real good one. I hope all of you can make it out for this one.
 
On the site today are also two new people. Can you guess who they are? And I also have another one of Jeremiah Fish’s chats from the asphalt world at Spencer Speedway and will be putting up at least three from him tomorrow.
 
Speaking of J Fish, he will be taking a recorder with him to Big Diamond on Wednesday so we will be hearing from him a lot this week. I am stuck this week here at home as my daughter has half days all week while my wife works till 5PM all week long. But school is done as of Friday so I should be able to hit more mid week shows after that.
 
As for me, I have made my decision after talking with my facebook friends and we will be racing this Friday at Brewerton. Time can give a man perspective and I think I have a better handle on things now than I did over the weekend. 
 
I did not handle things well from my end and I have spoken with several of my racer buddies about it. So once again, the learning to become a better person never stops. And hopefully the learning on the track will continue this Friday. 
 
Now let’s talk about what is new on the Audio Page for today. I begin with news on a truly big show tonight. Brett Hearn previews tonight’s Big Show III at Orange County Fair Speedway and recaps his Saturday night at The Valley. He told me who should be on hand for this Super DIRTcar Series event, remembers how he has done in the two previous Big Shows and welcomes the Sportsman as well. 
 
Casey Williams spoke about the tough start he has had and described where he has been struggling. He explained what he was doing to shift some weight around, how it felt in the hot lap session and gave me some advice on how to deal with an on track altercation. 
 
Jimmy Zacharias told Jeremiah Fish about his season so far and his family’s long racing history. He talked about whether that legacy creates pressure on him, how much his family has helped and discusses his weekly racing at Chemung. 
 
Jim LaRock talked about racing a crate Sportsman at Brewerton and an open motor at Thunder Mountain. He told me how much he has enjoyed being part of the show on Fridays, how he has done in the big money shows on Saturdays and how he enjoys running for a car owner. 
 
Rich Keller gave himself a grade on his 2011 performance and explained why he is having fun behind the wheel once again. He described his realistic outlook, how pushing a third place car to second can bite you and why you have to have some restraint at various times. 
 
Lisa Thomas described the motor woes they have had this year and what they did to get back. She talked about what broke the last time they had a problem, why she pulled off the track after hot laps and where the latest engine came from. 
 
Roland Fiske was getting ready for his second race of the season this past Friday and talked about taking some time off from the sport. He explained how quickly everything came back to him, how fast his new Four Cylinder Super Stock has been and what he is trying to do to get rid of a throttle push. 

 
Monday, June 20th 2011
   New on the Audio Page from the Utica Rome Speedway:
 
Paul Carey tells me how he picked up a Sportsman ride and thinks back on his racing past.
Stewart Friesen recapped his weekend that included a pair of top 5 finishes at his weekly homes.
Matt Janczuk walks me through his early season finishes and how big the Sportsman field is. 
Bobby Varin talks about his weekend shows and the bad luck he found last night at Fonda.
Brad Alger described a brake issue he has had early on and why he put a new body on the car.
Willy Decker just hot lapped his Modified at Utica Rome and told me what he saw on the track.
 
After the heat races:
 
Jeff Leslie talked about his late race pass for a Sportsman heat win and how to sweep high in 4.
Claude Hutchings Jr. told me how he raced the low side of the track to pass on the final lap.
Matt Janczuk made a last lap pass in the middle of turn 2 and described his Sportsman heat win.
Willy Decker won the first Modified heat and talked about when to race hard in a qualifier.
Stewart Friesen explained how he worked the outside for a win and how carefully you do it.
Brad Alger was the only driver to lead every lap in a heat and updated me on his brake issue.
 
After the features:
 
Mark Effner, Bret Belden and Tom Denton talk with Mike Mallet about their top three finishes.
Stewart Friesen won his second Modified feature in a row and spoke about it with Mike Mallett.
Paul Kinney led some laps, finished second and talked with Mike Mallett about his nice run.
Ronnie Johnson raced his way from 17th to 3rd and told Mike Mallet how bad he was earlier.
Bill Trexler finished fourth and described the extensive work they did at Troyer during the week.
Todd Burley had a fifth place run and evaluated where he thought they could have been better.
Matt Janczuk explained how cool it was to win the Sportsman race on his first father’s day. 
 
After a day on Saturday spent stewing, plotting and eventually questioning my own commitment as a racer, I headed to the Utica Rome Speedway to get some other things on my mind. I had a great time on what was a beautiful day and spoke with many of my racing buddies.   Thanks for the talks guys!
 
It was a nice night for Stewart Friesen as he picked up his second win in a row with a move in the feature that was almost exactly like the one he made in the heat race for the win there. He was able to sweep the outside of early leader Paul Kinney on lap thirteen and then drive away from the field.
 
Paul held on for second, Ronnie Johnson made a late race charge for third while Bill Trexler took home a nice fourth place finish. I have interviews with them and fifth place runner Todd Burley. But as I usually do at Utica Rome, I recorded many victory lane interviews as I like hearing other people besides myself on the site. 
 
Even though Friesen ran away and hid at the end, there was a lot of good racing going on behind him as 3rd through 6th was fun to watch. And be sure to listen to the Bill Trexler interview to hear how the unlevel floor in his shop gave him some incorrect weights that really affected how his racecar handled. How is the floor in your shop? Might want to check it!
 
In the Sportsman race, Officer Matt Janczuk picked up his first win of the season as he came from 14th to 1st. Mark Effner had a great run to win the Pro Stock feature while Ron Hawker finished the night out with a Pure Stock victory. 
 
The only hard crash of the night came in hot laps as a pair of Mod Lites came together. Fortunately everyone was ok but as you will see in my photo bin, one driver had an ice pack on afterwards and another had a heavily wrecked racecar. It was a tough deal for everyone involved.
 
The crowd at Utica Rome was big as the sunny skies and ideal temperatures gave many families a great reason to take dad out to the racetrack. And the open motor Sportsman division has all of a sudden grown! They had 28 cars on hand including one driver who just moved from a crate back to an open. 
 
I will have that chat up tomorrow and it is something that you are hearing more and more about these days. Crates! The once huge car counts are down at a lot of tracks and questions about the legality of some of these engines are getting more frequent. 
 
It is too bad that nobody has come up with an accurate way to tech these sealed engines. But just look in the back of any racing publication and look at the cheater parts advertised. These companies would not be throwing money at those ads if they weren’t working would they? I wonder. The increase in open motor Sportsman car counts does say a lot doesn’t it?
 
Enough about that though…I recorded 25 interviews and took over 80 photos including a large number of shots of the cars in the staging area. If you like one, it is yours! Just click on the full size image and hit the download button above it. It is that easy!
 
Plus I was able to save some chats and have more photos to put up today from some of out friends. So if you missed them this morning, come back as there will be more later in the day. We will also be in the studio today so look for more new chats coming as well as least five from the can each and every day this week.
 
Not sure if we will be able to do a mid week show this week or not as my oldest daughter’s school lets out before noon everyday. And with my wife getting home after 4PM it may not work out. But this is the last week of school so I should be freed up more after this. Yeah! So look for more mid weeks to come!
 
Now I need to go and watch the in car footage I have from Friday night and try to stay under control while I do. Maybe I’ll just watch my heat win and call it a night. Yeah, that is probably a good idea. I don’t need to get any more worked up as the boil I was at all weekend is finally down to a low simmer. Ahhh…breathe my friend, breathe!
 
Have a great Monday and keep checking back. I’ll have more for you to see later today. And at some point today I will also be checking my facebook page as I have not looked at that since Saturday night.

 
Sunday, June 19th 2011
   New on the Audio Page from Jeremiah Fish at Spencer Speedway:
 
Chuck Hossfeld told J Fish about his 2011 season and why he enjoys the Race of Champions.
Daren Scherer talked about how he was doing this year and his quest for the elusive feature win.
Erick Rudolph recapped his season so far and explained how tough the last two weeks have been.
Matt Hirschman won the last ROC race at Dunn Tire Raceway Park and spoke about momentum.
Chuck Hossfeld spoke with Jeremiah Fish after winning the Race of Champions Modified show.
Wilbur Hebing came home in second place and told J Fish about the need to pace himself.
Daren Scherer finished third with his Mod and won with the Legends Car and spoke about it.
 
From Doug’s trip to Brewerton on Friday night:
 
Matt Sheppard told me what happened to his car in the closing laps on Tuesday at Canandaigua.
Dale Caswell had a new Late Model at the track and described an issue they were working on.
Jim Money talked about getting his first Four Cylinder win at a mid week show at Woodhull.
 
I had a nice day on Saturday as I got a lot of things done here at the home studio and gave more thought to my unfortunate incident on Friday. I am feeling better about things but still mad at being taken out by someone who has now taken out every fast car in that division. Some people can win with talent and race cleanly while others cannot. Guess we know where he is on that scale huh?
 
We uploaded a lot of new pictures on Saturday and also we have a lot of new audio as Jeremiah Fish was at the ROC Modified show at Spencer Speedway on Friday. So I threw up some clips from his night as well as mine at Brewerton. So you do have a lot to listen to today.
 
Speaking of today, I will be at Utica Rome to see my car owner and see some great racing. I have not been to Utica Rome since Memorial Day Weekend and it will be fun to be back at the track that was the second dirt track I had ever seen.
 
And yes, we will be back at Brewerton racing again this Friday and hopefully the field in the Four Cylinder Super Stock division will be one car fewer as one driver needs to move on as he has lost the respect of everyone he races against.
 
I hope you all have a great Sunday and this is the last I will write about the incident. 
 
Now let’s find out more about what is new for today on the Audio Page. We begin with some interviews with a friend of the site who was working hard Friday night. Chuck Hossfeld told J Fish about his 2011 season and why he enjoys the Race of Champions asphalt tour so much. He spoke about a recent win, ran down his plans to follow the ROC this year and why location is a big factor in that decision. 
 
Daren Scherer talked about how he was doing this year and his quest for that elusive feature win. He told J Fish about the last time he got a win, remembered the last time he came to Spencer and looked ahead to his next few shows. 
 
Erick Rudolph recapped his season so far and explained how tough the last two weeks have been. He talked about his history at Spencer Speedway, evaluated the new paving and described what broke to take him out of the top five last weekend. 
 
Matt Hirschman won the last ROC race at Dunn Tire Raceway Park and spoke about his newfound momentum. He talked about getting that first win of the season, how late it came in the year compared to seasons past and why he is changing things up a little this year. 
 
Chuck Hossfeld spoke with Jeremiah Fish after winning the Race of Champions Modified show at Spencer Speedway. He told him how good it felt to win the event for the second year in a row, how good his car was and why he is so proud of his team. 
 
Wilbur Hebing came home in second place and told J Fish about the need to pace himself. He explained when his car was best, how the late cautions hurt his chances to get the win and how one yellow flag can often lead to another one. 
 
Daren Scherer finished third with his Modified, won with the Legends Car and spoke about his night at Spencer Speedway. He told J Fish about something he did that he had never done before, why he did not try the high side right away and his hopes to get the first Modified win. 
 
Matt Sheppard told me what happened to his car in the closing laps on Tuesday night at Canandaigua’s Jan Corcoran Memorial. He remembered when the car started to fall off, how it affected his driving and when he knew he was in a little trouble. 
 
Dale Caswell had a new Late Model at the track and described an issue they were working on. He talked about why they were waiting on racing the car for real, why he didn’t learn as much in his hot laps that he had hoped and why it is not uncommon to have issues with a brand new piece. 
 
Jim Money talked about getting his first Four Cylinder win at a mid week show at Woodhull. He told me how he came from way back to the front, how the rear wheel drive cars handle the high banks and how he knew what groove to run against the regulars. 

 
     
 
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