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Gary Rowe of M.R. Gaebel, Inc.
Gates-Cole Associates SUNY Canton Automotive Technology program
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Saturday, October 5th 2013
   New on the Audio Page from the Fulton Speedway:
 
Matt Pappa described his first ever laps at Fulton and some of what he learned this past season.
Bob Henry Jr. thought back to his crash in last year’s Outlaw 200 and his limited runs in 2013. 
Chuck Bower explained why he switched cars for this event and how it was doing early on.
Adam Roberts told me about a recent motor issue they had and what they had to do to fix it.
Jim Mahaney was at the first Outlaw 200 back in 1986 and shared some memories from the event.
Chad Phelps missed hot laps and told me why he was suitless as well as his late season plans. 
Elmo Reckner got ready for just his second time at Fulton and talked about changes out his way.
Mitch Gibbs made a last minute decision to come to Fulton and explained what made the difference.
Matt Janczuk spoke about the big block he had in his 33x and his hopes to do that big time in 2013.
Mike Maresca is a dirt rookie and talked about moving from asphalt to the slick track at Mohawk.
Shawn Donath had his #53 small block with him and talked about his busy week coming up.
 
Wow! What a packed pit area it was last night at the Fulton Speedway. They were pitted in areas I have never seen used before. What a great atmosphere it was.
 
Today of course is the Outlaw 200 which is probably my favorite day of racing out there. The Victoria 200 in 1990 was the first big race I ever saw so this event has a special place in my heart.
 
There were about 50 Modifieds in the pit area last night so imagine how many there will be today. It is going to be a great one as always. And if you’re worried about the track, when I left it was in great shape with no issues. Great job by everyone.
 
I was only able to do a quick hitter on Friday but I will be there all day today as I hope to get there at about 12:30 or so. I’ll be loading up as you can imagine as the big stretch of racing here in Central New York is just getting started.
 
Now let’s talk more about the 11 interviews I got done before I left. Matt Pappa described his first ever laps at Fulton and some of what he learned this past season running a Sportsman at Lebanon Valley & Albany Saratoga. 
 
Bob Henry Jr. thought back to his crash in last year’s Outlaw 200, which is featured in this year’s commercial for the event, and his limited runs in 2013. 
 
Chuck Bower explained why he switched cars for the Outlaw 200 at Fulton and how it was doing early in the first hot lap session. 
 
Adam Roberts told me about a recent motor issue they had with his Modified and what they had to do to fix it to get it ready for Outlaw 200 Weekend. 
 
Jim Mahaney was at the first Outlaw 200 at the Fulton Speedway back in 1986 and shared some memories from the event as well as his 2013 season. 
 
Chad Phelps missed hot laps and told me why he was suitless while others were on the track as well as his late season plans. 
 
Elmo Reckner got ready for just his second time at Fulton and talked about changes out his way that have happened as well as some others that may occur. 
 
Mitch Gibbs made a last minute decision to come to Fulton and explained what made the difference as well as how he has done in the past at this event. 
 
Matt Janczuk spoke about the big block he had in his 33x, his hopes to do that big time in 2013 as well as the multi-time winning Sportsman car he was driving. 
 
Mike Maresca is a dirt rookie and talked about moving from asphalt to the slick track at Mohawk International Raceway as well as his hopes to move to Modified. 
 
Shawn Donath had his #53 small block with him and talked about his busy week coming up that includes Cayuga County and Brewerton on Wednesday & Thursday. 

 
Friday, October 4th 2013
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Danny Creeden talked about winning the 358 championship at Orange County and last weekend.
Jeff Crambo described the tough luck he had to finish out his season and his hopes for Fulton.
Jim LaRock told me about his 6 win season and his hopes for Fulton with his open motor Sportsman.
Alan Johnson ran down his rides for Fulton, Syracuse and the two night time shows next week.
 
It was a nice day off for me on Thursday as I get a brief pause before Fulton and Super DIRT Week. I wrote this up on Wednesday and the good news is that mom may be coming home from the rehabilitation home today. She has been walking better (How good we’ll see) and hopefully she will be able to get around better and stay home for q long, long time.
 
Dad is still getting better as he is an amazing healer. Let’s hope I heal that fast although if the past is any indication of the future, maybe not. I have a lot of good interviews for you today as we get ready for the big weekend at Fulton and I plan on being there both days getting lots of audio to take us up to Super DIRT Week.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for today on the Audio Page. I begin with a man who is very happy about his Saturday night achievement. Danny Creeden talked about winning the 358 championship at Orange County and last weekend. He told me why he is not racing this weekend, wondered about Sundays in 2014 and updated me on the latest baby news. They are expecting later this month. 
 
Jeff Crambo described the tough luck he had to finish out his season and his hopes for Fulton. He talked about how he picked up 31 spots in last year’s Outlaw 200, where he will race to finish out the 2013 season and how he is dealing with a winless season so far. 
 
Jim LaRock told me about his 6 win season and his hopes for Fulton with his open motor Sportsman. He remembered how close he as come in the past by bolting a four barrel carb on his engine, his hopes for a slick racetrack and how close he came to losing an engine just recently. 
 
Alan Johnson ran down his rides for Fulton, Syracuse and the two night time shows next week. He told me when everything came together for him, described the work he has to do to the cars to get them ready and shares some memories he has from the mile including his first crash. 

 
Thursday, October 3rd 2013
   New on the Audio Page for today: 
 
Jimmy Phelps tells me who bought the Cayuga County Fairgrounds and his role at the track.
Billy Pauch talked about winning the track championship at New Egypt with win number 700. 
Mike Mahaney recapped his weekend that saw him finish fifth, second and second again.
 
It was a busy day for me on Wednesday as we put together a plan for coverage of Super DIRT Week at the Syracuse Post Standard and Syracuse.com. The guys down there are great and we will have coverage for you every day next week both in print and on line.
 
I also got another interview done in the studio and it is on the situation at Cayuga County Fair Speedway. Yes, the speedway is sold and there is a lot of work going on right now to get ready for this coming Wednesday. I asked all the questions I thought you guys would want answered and more will be coming on this at next week’s press conference at the New York State Fairgrounds. 
 
I also talked to Judy from Mid State Golf Car and she tells me that they are renting carts at pretty good clip right now and if you want to be sure to rent one for Super DIRT Week to call now. I made my reservations yesterday and you should too. Call her today at 315-386-5988. And click on their ad here on the front page to see more.
 
Now let’s find out more about what is new for today on the Audio Page. I begin with the news from Weedsport. Jimmy Phelps tells me who bought the Cayuga County Fairgrounds and his role at the track. He talked about how the work is coming along at the track, what he sees as the long term vision for the future and the challenges they will face initially. 
 
Billy Pauch talked about winning the track championship at New Egypt with win number 700. He told me how dominant his car was in the win, what went wrong in the second 20 lapper and gets ready for tonight’s big show at New Egypt. 
 
Mike Mahaney recapped his weekend that saw him finish fifth, second and second again. He told me how he lost the lead on Friday at Glen Ridge, how he almost caught the leader on Saturday at I-88 and his hopes for the 3 shows he will run in 4 days starting tonight at New Egypt. 

 
Wednesday, October 2nd 2013
   New on the Audio Page for today: 
 
Gary Tomkins talks about his past at the Outlaw 200 and what he feels are the keys of the race.
Jimmy Davis described the work he has to do to get ready for two days this weekend at Fulton. 
Chad Brachmann runs down his busy plans for next week  that include big block & 358 racing.
 
I had a busy day on Tuesday as we got a lot done in the studio recording eight new interviews and put up three of those. I have meetings each of the next two days so I wanted to get ahead. And be sure to come back tomorrow as Billy Pauch will tell us about win number 700 as well as the track championship he won this past Saturday at New Egypt. I know you’ll like it as Billy and I really delve into some interesting things over the course of our chat. 
 
On today we have two drivers who will race this weekend and one who is getting ready to take on Super DIRT Week in a big way for the first time since 2007. Like I have been saying, we’re going after audio in a big way and we’ll still keep going on that doing as much as we can. 
 
And if I get lucky I may have some new on Weedsport as well as Jimmy Phelps and I are set to chat later today. There is a lot going on this weekend in addition to the big one at Fulton as Bridgeport and New Egypt are both running over the course of the next few days.
 
Now lets’ chat more about what we have for today on the Audio Page. I begin with a man who is hoping for his first win in the big one at Fulton. Gary Tomkins talks about his past at the Outlaw 200 and what he feels are the keys of the race. He told me how tough it is to get into the race, how important the half way break is and runs down his plans for next week as well. 
 
Jimmy Davis described the work he has to do to get ready for two days this weekend at Fulton. He told me how he hurt the engine he had in his new Teo car, how much he enjoys the high banked track and where he will race after this weekend if everything goes well. 
 
Chad Brachmann runs down his busy plans for Super DIRT Week that include big block & 358 racing. He explained how a new sponsor helped make it happen, what it will be like to drive someone else’s big block and the need to pace himself over the six day run. 

 
Tuesday, October 1st 2013
   New on the Audio Page for today: 
 
Ryan Watt told me how he won the Bridgeport Speedway championship with a 5th place finish.
Danny Varin talked about his win as the CRSA Sprint Cars visited I-88 Speedway on Saturday. 
Joe Skotnicki tells me about some big changes for Thursday & Friday night at Super DIRT Week.
 
The announcement we heard was coming hit the area on Monday as DIRTcar and the Brewerton Speedway announced changes to their scheduled races for Super DIRT Week. And although no change in racing is met with 100% approval, I think in the short term and long term this will end up as a very positive thing for all parties involved.
 
Brewerton will cancel their Patriot Sprint Tour race on Friday and Rolling Wheels will make their Thursday World of Outlaw Late Model race go away giving each a night to themselves. Brewerton’s SUNY Canton Hurricane 100 will now be a DIRT car 358 Modified show making for back to back shows on the series with Cayuga County running the night before. And the Friday night show at the mile will now run without competition for fans.
 
Like I said, I believe this to be a very positive thing for Super DIRT Week as fans no longer have a choice of shows which should make each show stronger at the front gate and this cooperation does give a positive signal to the future. Stay tuned on this story as I have a feeling it is not over yet!
 
I got a lot done on Monday as I did some more interviews and did some business things as well. I was shocked when putting together my numbers and will make the necessary changes to keep the website going and timely. We’re not going anywhere but like a lot of businesses in today’s climate, we need to streamline and be more aware of our bottom line.
 
Now let’s chat more about what is new for today on the Audio Page. I begin with a driver who is gong to be smiling all week long. Ryan Watt told me how he won the Bridgeport Speedway championship with a 5th place finish. He ran down how he cut the field in half early, how the track changed over the course of the feature race and his plans to make his first ever visit to Fulton this Saturday for the Outlaw 200. 
 
Danny Varin talked about his win as the CRSA Sprint Cars visited I-88 Speedway on Saturday. He told me the battle for the lead in heavy traffic, how nice it was to watch dad win the race right before his and wonders how much he’ll race in what is left of 2013. 
 
Joe Skotnicki tells me about some big changes for Thursday and Friday night at Super DIRT Week. He explained how the cooperation between DIRTcar and the Brewerton Speedway happened and how the feedback has been so far. Brewerton will rare alone on Thursday and not on Friday of Super DIRT Week. 

 
Monday, September 30th 2013
   New on the Audio Page for today: 
 
Bobby Varin tells meabout his Modified win at I-88 Speedway, his first of 2013 in the 00 car.
Alan Barker talked about winning a special Sportsman race, his wreck the next day and Fulton.
Dylan Cecce walked me through his Street Stock win at Woodhull and the changes he made.
 
It was another real nice day on Sunday and it sounds like this week will be more of the same. I got busy in the studio recording five new conversations over the course of the day as I watched my KC Chiefs go to 4-0 doubling their win total from last season.
 
I am going to be going again today and this week we’ll take one more shot at getting our photo upload issue taken care of. Plus I am meeting with an accountant this week to discuss the website and get some advice from an outside source as the numbers I crunched on the business side were not good. I’m basically doing this for pennies an hour and with expenses up here I have to make some decisions.
 
Don’t worry, we’re not going away but we may have to streamline a little and maybe lose the pictures altogether. You see, they make up about half our hits and as we accumulate more and more of them the amount of money we pay our server company has gone up as our income from sponsors has gone down.
 
Racing radio is why I started this site and the landscape of the internet world is way different than it was when I started this site back in 2006. So maybe that is the way to go. My dreams of having this site make more money so it can do more does not seem feasible with the economy the way it is today so we may have to stay with what we know.
 
We’ll figure it out as we always do and if we do go that way, look for more audio at the tracks as we can now focus on doing on thing rather than two. I’ll keep you posted. 
 
Now let’s chat more about what is new for today on the Audio Page. And all are winners this past weekend. Bobby Varin tells meabout his Modified win at I-88 Speedway, his first of 2013 in the 00 car. He told me how he lost the lead early a few times, how he got it back and how surprised he was to see someone fly by him after the checkered flag. 
 
Alan Barker talked about winning a special Sportsman race, his wreck the next day and this weekend. He told me how much he enjoyed his best pay day ever on Friday, how soon he was out of the action on Saturday and runs down his plans for the rest of the season. 
 
Dylan Cecce walked me through his Street Stock win at Woodhull on Friday and the changes he made to the car beforehand. He told me where the car was lacking in the past, how bad the damage was after a crash on Saturday and how close he came to winning a championship at Black Rock.

 
Sunday, September 29th 2013
   New on the Audio Page for today: 
 
George Cushman recapped his 17th place run with ARCA at Kentucky and gets ready for Kansas.
Jeff Cook told me about his ESS win at Fonda and what it felt like to end his long winless streak. 
 
It was another beautiful fall day on Saturday and lots of people got out to see some great racing as our 2013 season winds down. I did some work in the studio, checked in to see how mom was doing and helped dad with a few things as life continues to slowly get back to normal with both of them.
 
I have two nice interviews for you today and have several set up for today so be sure to check back. And we’re thinking about some changes for Super DIRT Week to streamline things so I’ll let you know about those sometime this week as I get my thoughts together on that.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page. I begin with a man who is going to one of my favorites tracks this Friday. George Cushman recapped his 17th place run with ARCA at Kentucky and gets ready for Kansas. He talked about the difficulties they had after they unloaded, how much better the car got as the day went on and how much he is looking forward to this coming weekend on one of the better surfaces on the tour. 
 
Jeff Cook told me about his ESS win at Fonda and what it felt like to end his long winless streak. He explained how he picked up a spot late on a rubbered up racetrack, what it felt like to get to victory land the two ladies who helped get his winning car ready to race. Nice! 

 
     
 
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