|Saturday, September 6th 2014
| New on the Audio Page from the Utica Rome Speedway:
Pre race conversations:
Parker Evans talks about his 3rd place at Brewerton and breaks down how his season is going.
Matt Tanner had extra motivation to do well and talked about how he has done with a new motor.
Mark Effner explained why he was in the older Pro Stock while the newer one had a new driver.
Tommy Wickham worked on some shock adjusters and spoke about the tough day coming today.
Jeff Cook told me about his fast lap in time trials and how tacky the surface was early in the night.
Robbie Stillwaggon set the fast time in time trials and talked about how different the track was.
After the heat races:
Russ Marsden won his Pure Stock heat race and talked about his nice championship season.
Mark Effner got the win in his heat race and spoke about beating the other car his dad owns.
Tommy Wickham described his win in the first heat race and how the wind affected his toss.
Matt Tanner walked me through the move he made to get the lead and the win in his heat race.
After the features and the Kevin Ward Jr. Shootout:
Glenn Forward won an entertaining Pro Stock race and talked about it in victory lane with Mike.
Russ Marsden won an even better Pure Stock feature and told Mike Mallett about the race.
Matt Tanner won the Kevin Ward Jr. Shootout with Kevin’s motor and talked about the big win.
Steve Poirier came home in 2nd place in the shootout and talked about what he did to try to win.
Davie Franek made a late race move to pick up a third place and described what he learned.
Kevin Ward Sr. talked about seeing his motor win and thanked all the racers for all their help.
What a night it was at the Utica Rome Speedway as Cole Cup Weekend kicked off with the Kevin Ward Jr. Shootout. The Pure Stocks and Pro Stocks also joined the show and both did an excellent job entertaining the crowd.
Well the story could not have better for media people like me, the fans and especially the Ward family as one of Kevin’s motors won the race with Matt Tanner behind the wheel of his family’s car. I mean what more could you ask for?
I know. I’m supposed to be a journalist who does not have favorites and does not root for drivers but how could you not root for this. And seeing Kevin Sr. climb up the wing with Matt was a sight I will never forget. Make sure to listen to my interview with him and hear what it meant to his family and how much the racers have helped him while in turn, he has been helping the racers.
What can I say? It was one of those special nights that only comes along a few times a season. And like I said, both the stock car divisions put on excellent shows with great side by side racing. Great job by everyone across the board!
Now today the weather should be out of here early so we do have a better than good chance to race the Cole Cup today. I mean sure, things can happen and we don’t know how big the line of storms will be today so keep your fingers crossed. If they run, I’ll be there!
I did save 11 pre race chats and will put those in the can for release later in the week. I hope to add lots more today so be sure to come back tomorrow for more and I hope you enjoy all the good stuff I have for you today.
|Friday, September 5th 2014
| New on the Audio Page for today:
Steve Poirier talks about the next two days at Utica Rome as the Cole Cup finishes the season.
Jeff Hachmann gets us ready for Super DIRT Week and talks about special promotion for The King.
Pete MacDonald previews the next 3 weeks at New Egypt ending with their All Star Cup Shootout.
Bret Belden describes the work it took to repair his Late Model after a big crash up at Can Am.
Rich Karlnoski spoke with Steve Ovens after winning the IMCA Modified title at Yates County.
Dave Matwiejow won the Street Stock race at Yates County and told Steve Ovens about his win.
Craig Mahrt prepared for the driver’s meeting and told Steve Ovens about his recent feature win.
What a hot one it was on Thursday and it sounds like today will have more of the same. I’ll be heading out to Utica Rome Speedway tonight for the Kevin Ward Jr. Shootout as the Pure Stocks and Pro Stocks join the show.
I hope to be there both days and hope the weather forecast for tomorrow looks a little better than they are saying now. We have some stuff on today from the studio and from both my travels and those of Steve Ovens who was at Yates County last week.
It is going to a busy weekend and I hope everything goes well for all of you. We got the kids back to school on Thursday and they’ll be back today for day #2. Hard to believe the summer is over and the second season is here.
And to listen to more from Steve Ovens, just go to www.blogtalkradio.com/turn5live. And of course we have more from him on our Audio Page as well.
Speaking of the Audio Page, let’s find out more about what we have for you on there today. Steve Poirier talks about the next two days at Utica Rome as the Cole Cup finishes the season. He told me why he likes the slick half mile so much, how his season has gone and how important tonight’s Kevin Ward Jr. Shooutout is important to the teams that will compete in it.
Jeff Hachmann gets us ready for Super DIRT Week and talks about special promotion for The King. He talked about the new VIP packages available for the WoO show at Rolling Wheels, how fans can get involved in the media race at Pole Position Raceway and some new camping sites at Syracuse that are going fast. www.superdirtweekonline.com is where to go!
Pete MacDonald previews the next three weeks at New Egypt ending with their All Star Cup Shootout. He talked about the point championships still to be decided, how consistency has helped the current Modified leader and runs down specifics for the big show on September 27th.
Bret Belden describes the work it took to repair his Late Model after a big crash up at Can Am. He told me what he learned when he watched the in-car video, how much racing more has helped and how much better his Pro Stock has been doing of late.
Rich Karlnoski spoke with Steve Ovens after winning the IMCA Modified title at Yates County. I don’t know about you but this guy seems like a great guy to hang out with! Congratulations.
Dave Matwiejow won the Street Stock race at Yates County and told Steve Ovens about his win. He spoke about the wreck he avoided, how frustrated he was coming into the night and how big the win was to him & his team.
Craig Mahrt prepared for the driver’s meeting and told Steve Ovens about his recent feature win. He talked about some tough luck he has had on the track, described the one corner of the car that has had issues and what messed up his plans for the season.
|Thursday, September 4th 2014
| New on the Audio Page for today:
Chris Mackey reflected on his rookie season in the Modified class and wonders about the future.
Johnny Hill remembered his big crash at Can Am and spoke about his season in a Late Model.
Mike Phelps described his first night in a Novice Sportsman as he got ready for night #2 at Fulton.
Casey Pavlick was the champion of the Sportsman division at Yates County and talked about it.
Jayson Smart talked with Steve Ovens after winning the Four Cylinder feature at Yates County.
Allison Teed won the Bandit feature and the championship and talked about her perfect season.
Busy day on Wednesday as we had final back to school shopping to do and the “Meet your teacher” event at out kid’s elementary school. It was a fun day and a sad one as we tried to do some fun things with the kids on their final day off before school starts today.
I hope your day goes well and for some of you yesterday was that first day back to the reality that will exist until next summer rolls around in ten months. Where did the time go huh?
I have three of my interviews from the weekend up today and now need to get in the studio later today no matter what. Plus our friend Steve Ovens from Turn 5 Live sent us some more from Yates County.
You can hear more from Steve tomorrow or go to www.blogtalkradio.com/turn5live which is their new location. I hope you like his stuff as much as I do and I hope you check out the link to hear more from him.
Now let’s talk about the good stuff on the Audio Page for you to listen to as you get your Thursday started. Chris Mackey reflected on his rookie season in the Modified class and wonders about the future. He explained why he didn’t even look at points, what his big goals were for the season and why he will smile no matter what the future will hold.
Johnny Hill remembered his big crash at Can Am and spoke about his season in a Late Model. He told me about the racing surface he saw at Fulton, how much work he had to do to fix the car and how much he will race the rest of the season.
Mike Phelps described his first night in a Novice Sportsman as he got ready for night #2 at Fulton. He told me how they got the Peter Britten car ready to race at Fulton, how much fun he had behind the wheel and what his goals were for the first night.
Casey Pavlick was the champion of the Sportsman division at Yates County and talked about it with Steve Ovens. He explained why he was holding on at the end of the race, how tough it was not knowing where everybody else was and thanked everyone who helped this season.
Jayson Smart talked with Steve Ovens after winning the Four Cylinder feature at Yates County. He spoke about his good starting spot, how the track was and wonders when he will make it back to race again.
Allison Teed won the Bandit feature and the championship and talked with Steve Ovens about her perfect season. She also talked about getting ready for the adult division feature race later on.
|Wednesday, September 3rd 2014
| New on the Audio Page for today:
Rob Bellinger walks me through his Modified win at Fulton and talks about a side bet he has.
Brad Godshalk explains why we have not seen him much and what he has been doing in Ohio.
Brady Fultz spoke with Steve Ovens as he prepared his Sportsman for the final points night.
Rich Karlnoski talked with Steve Ovens about what he wants to do on his nights at Yates County.
Brad Smith won the IMCA Modified feature at Yates County and talked about it with Steve Ovens.
Ross Vleck prepared for his Sportsman heat and told Steve Ovens what he hoped would happen.
It was nice day for the first part of Tuesday as I had a lot of running around to do including a doctor’s appointment. Then some rain and storms moved through the state ending the day on a wet note. But that’s okay. Let it rain now and be dry this weekend as we have a big two days of action at Utica Rome as well as many other speedways as the second season begins.
Thanks again to Steve Ovens from blogtalkradio.com/turn5live as he helped us again with some great audio. It’s been so nice to have another voice to listen to here and it was I had always envisioned from the time I started this website. I always wanted multiple voices from all kinds of tracks. Hopefully somebody else will join us too and if you’re interested, just get ahold of we and we’ll get you started.
Now let’s talk about the six new chats we have for you guys on the Audio Page. I start with a man who just picked up his second win of the season. Rob Bellinger walks me through his Modified win at Fulton and talks about a side bet he has. He explained why a caution flag helped, how he went to the low side to get the lead late and what he has going on for Syracuse.
Brad Godshalk explains why we have not seen him much and what he has been doing in Ohio. He told me how often he gets behind the wheel, how tough it is when everyone around him has been racing all year and what his goals were for Saturday at Fulton.
Brady Fultz spoke with Steve Ovens as he prepared his Sportsman for the final points night. He talked about how close the points were at Yates County, why he couldn’t lay back in the heat and what his focus has been on this year.
Rich Karlnoski talked with Steve Ovens about what he wants to do on his race nights at Yates County. He spoke about the quality field he was racing against and the need for a solid finish to win the championship.
Brad Smith won the IMCA Modified feature at Yates County and talked about it with Steve Ovens. He spoke about the need to be precise with his line, what it felt like when he missed it a little and who helped him get to victory lane.
Ross Vleck prepared for his Sportsman heat race and told Steve Ovens what he hoped would happen. He talked about some of his bad luck in a rough year, how good it was to win a few weeks ago and how nice it was that it happened when his brother was there to see it.
|Tuesday, September 2nd 2014
| New on the Audio Page for today:
Jimmy Phelps talked about the need for a win at Fulton and why the season has been so tough.
John Christian told me how he is doing with his Sportsman as he returns to racing after years off.
Jeremy Potrzebowski talked about taking the championship with his Street Stock on the final night.
Dylan Cecce got ready to race his Street Stock at Yates County and spoke about it with Steve Ovens.
Jeremy Lueck recalled his start in racing and explains how the army brought him to race with us.
Scott Bradley won the Four Cylinder track champions at Yates County and told Steve about it.
Well things didn’t work out quite like I had hoped on Monday as I screwed up something on the website and it took me most of the day to figure out what I had done. In the process of trying to fix it, I made another mistake but seem to have everything back up to speed.
By the time I got that figured out it was past 7 p.m. so home I stayed. I’ll make it up to you guys with lots of good stuff this week as I’ll be sure to get in the studio today and as much as I can this week. If you have some requests, send them to me as I know I have missed some of you lately. Send me names and info to firstname.lastname@example.org. Make sure to tell me what you want me to ask and be as specific as you can and I’ll do my best to get them done.
A big thanks again goes out to Steve Ovens at Turn 5 Live. You can listen live tonight at 7:00 p.m. on the internet at Blogtalkradio.com/turn5live. Thanks again for all your help Steve.
Now let’s talk more about what we have for you guys to listen to today on the Audio Page. I start with a driver who had an outside chance at a championship on Saturday. Jimmy Phelps talked about the need for a win at Fulton and why the season has been so tough. He spoke about the high level of competition, described some equipment struggles they have had and how much better they have run in recent weeks.
John Christian told me how he is doing with his Sportsman as he returns to racing after years off. He talked about the family he had in the meantime, how things changed with today’s crate engines and the handling issues he has been working on.
Jeremy Potrzebowski talked about taking the championship with his Street Stock on the final night. He described to Steve Ovens how he missed a big wreck on his way to the front at Yates County.
Dylan Cecce got ready to race his Street Stock at Yates County and spoke about it with Steve Ovens. He explained how he landed a different ride for the night, the big 100 lapper he will race with it later and how tough it would be on this night starting at the back.
Jeremy Lueck recalled his start in racing and explains how the army brought him to race with us. He told me how he got started thanks to an ad on the radio on the state of Washington, what he learned working on IMCA Modifieds and describes the job he has fueling military helicopters.
Scott Bradley won the Four Cylinder track champions at Yates County and told Steve about it. He talked about how close the racing was on Friday night, how it felt to win his first ever track title and looks ahead to 2015.
|Monday, September 1st 2014
| New on the Audio Page for today:
Ted Barcomb talks about a car he is putting together for Syracuse to honor his dad Cliff Barcomb.
Alan Fink remembered his big crash at Can Am and compared Sportsman to Late Models.
Karen Finch spoke about her win in the ladie’s race in a Sportsman at the Fulton Speedway.
Brian Knowles speaks with Steve Ovens after winning the Late Model race at Yates County.
Casey Pavlick prepared to race his Sportsman at Yates County and told Steve about last week.
Dave Matwiejow got ready at Yates County and told Steve Ovens about recent improvements.
Josh Keesey won the Sportsman race at Yates County and told Steve Ovens and his up & down year.
Darn the rain. At first I thought we might be okay to run yesterday but the rain took care of that. It’s too bad as the whole family was coming with me on Sunday to see what I think is the best twosome in racing…Modifieds and Sprint Cars.
Now we’ll hope for better weather today as we are set to go to the New Yorker 200 at Utica Rome. Plus crate Sportsman are on the card. Let’s hope for better weather.
With not much else to say, let’s get right into what we have for you today on the Audio Page. I start with a nice story that will unfold this year at Super DIRT Week. Ted Barcomb talks about a car he is putting together for Syracuse to honor his dad Cliff Barcomb. He told me how the idea came about, how things look right now and describes the job he had working for Hendrick Motorsports for 8 years. And guess what, they won Friday night with Rob Bellinger.
Alan Fink remembered his big crash at Can Am and compared Sportsman to Late Models. He told me what went wrong in the crash, how baldy damaged the car was and his hopes to get back out soon. Look for a new Atomic Power Racing Hour coming to Time Warner Cable this week in New York State.
Karen Finch spoke about her win in the ladies’ race in a Sportsman at the Fulton Speedway. She talked about what she was most nervous about before getting in the car, why she thought something might be a little fishy with the leader and how she handled the two speed transmission.
Brian Knowles speaks with Steve Ovens after winning the Late Model race and the championship at Yates County on Friday night.
Casey Pavlick prepared to race his Sportsman at Yates County and told Steve Ovens about last week as well as the close points battle he was involved in.
Dave Matwiejow got ready for laps at Yates County and told Steve Ovens about recent improvements as well as how his season has gone in a Street Stock.
Josh Keesey won the Sportsman race at Yates County and told Steve Ovens and his up & down year as well as how much he likes the top side of the racetrack.
|Sunday, August 31st 2014
| New on the Audio Page ffrom the Fulton Speedway:
Ronnie Davis III told me what he hoped would happen as he went for the Sportsman championship.
Jeremy Vunk just took his first laps in a crate Sportsman and talked about when he’ll do it again.
Tim Sears Jr. spoke about his two win Modified season and why a Late Model title would be okay.
Beth Schneider ran down what had to happen for her to win her second Sportsman championship.
Vinnie Vitale explained why he was racing at Fulton and why he had a Ninja Turtles band-aid on.
After the heat races:
Jason Occhino led every lap to win the first heat and talked about the typical Fulton surface.
Jeremy Pitcher won the second heat leading every lap and described the rough season he has had.
Matt Hulsizer had some issues last time he raced and spoke about his win in the 1st Modified heat.
Tommy Sears enjoyed a nice race with his nephew and told me why he likes racing with Timmy.
Ryan Phelps wondered about a vibration he felt in his Modified after his win in the heat race.
A.J. Kingsley held on to win his heat and explained why he didn’t know someone was on him late.
After the feature races:
Nick Webb dedicated his win to fallen racer Brandon Hagan and recalled their last conversation.
Ronnie Davis earned the track championship with 6th place finish and spoke with Bill Foley.
Chuck Powelczyk won his second championship in as many days and chatted with Adam Buchanan.
Matt Hulsizer led every lap to win the Modified feature and spoke with announcer Bill Foley.
Larry Wight won the Modified championship with his 3rd place run and talked with Bill Foley.
Haiden Burdick won his second Novice race in a row and spoke about how good he was on restarts.
Tim Sears Jr. won the race and the championship and spoke about his love of Late Models.
It was a fun night at Fulton but a tough one too as word started to spread about the death of Sportsman racer Brandon Hagan. I first heard about it as I was interviewing heat race winners in the pit area. Then a tearful Nick Webb dedicated his Sportsman win to him and told the crowd what Brandon had told him earlier in the day. There were now a lot of folks who were tearful.
I knew Brandon and interviewed him many times over the past six years and watched him grow into a fine young man. When he found out he was going to be a father it changed him and gave him focus and purpose. We are so sad today for his family, friends and everyone who got to know him and saw him grow up right in front of their eyes.
I must admit that I got so into the racing that I kind of put it in the back of my mind as we racing people do, but then to hear Nick speak in victory lane brought it right back to the front. Once again a talented young man who had a bright future in front of him has left us way too soon. And he left a child that won’t get to really know him and have him in their life. It’s sad for so many reasons. Rest in peace Brandon and I pray that everyone who is hurting today finds the strength to go on as that is exactly what he would have wanted us to do. We’ll miss you buddy.
It does feel kind of uncomfortable going right from that into the racing but that is what we do. We race on as I’m sure Brandon would have wanted and championships were to be decided at Fulton.
Ronnie Davis III survived a spin in his heat race, had to run the consi and avoided the half dozen or so cautions as he came from 19th to 6th to win the Sportsman championship. All he had to do was finish 12th or better but for a while there it looked like that might be a stretch. Way to persevere Ronnie!
In the Modified race it was whoever finished ahead of the other that would win there and Larry Wight, who came into the night one point back, finished ahead of point leader Billy Decker to win the championship. Matt Hulsizer bounced back from a tough Friday at Brewerton to pick up his first at Fulton this year.
Tim Sears Jr. made it easy in the Late Model race as he came into the night with the point lead and won the race. He and Shawn Beardsley put on quite a show at the front but Timmer was able to get him in traffic late to get the win. It was fun watching these two at the front.
Today we’re hoping for a dry day as the whole family is going with me to Utica-Rome. The Empire Super Sprints will be joining the Modifieds and the rest of the regular classes for a regular season finale. Champions will be crowned and hopefully the rain will stay away so we can race.
We also have Utica-Rome on our schedule for Monday as well so we hope to see you both days in Vernon. Have a great Sunday and let’s hope Mother Nature is a race fan today.
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