|Saturday, August 27th 2011
| New on the Audio Page from the Penn Can Speedway:
Pre race conversations:
Kevin Harnett talked about leading the Modified standings and what has gotten him to this point.
Darwin R. Greene summed up how his year has been going as well as his late season schedule.
Butch Tittle told me about his ride at Penn Can and the fun he has as part of a two car team.
Mike Colsten reminded me why he is only racing on Fridays and talked about his season at Penn Can.
Mike Schane watched his son start his Modified and wondered how many years he has left.
Bud Phillips described how his Late Model has been and his hopes to travel more next season.
After the heat races:
Paul Strohl won the first Late Model heat race and talked with me about a set up change they made.
Bud Phillips told me about his Late Model win and how a late yellow made him a little nervous.
Darwin R. Greene talked about his Modified heat win and trouble they had starting the race.
Alex Tonkin got the win in the second Modified heat and told me about his switch to alcohol.
Mike Schane spoke about his Modified heat win and the low move he made to get to the front.
After the feature races:
Butch Tittle explained how good it felt to win his first Modified feature at the track in eight years.
Mike Schane finished in second place and told me how the racetrack changed in the final laps.
Kevin Hartnett raced his way up to a third place finish and wondered how fast his Modified was.
Bobby Trapper Jr. talked about his first night in a big block where he led laps and finished 4th.
Mike Colsten had a fifth place finish and told me how he changed his driving as the track slickened.
I had a fun night last night as I traveled south to the Penn Can Speedway for some Friday night fun on the tight paper clip shaped track. I had not been there since early on and it was great to see everyone. Every time I go there it reminds me why I like the place so much and last night was one of those nights yet again.
But unlike a lot of nights many of the people in this area came from south and east of the track so a lot of the chatter was about the hurricane and their loved ones back home. And on the way back home around midnight going north on route 81 I saw a lot of New Jersey and Delaware license plates heading away from the hurricane. We’re praying for you guys and hope all will be ok.
The racing was a great distraction and it was real good racing too. In the feature, young Bobby Trapper Jr. led the first twelve laps of the thirty lapper only to see veteran Butch Tittle get to his inside in turn three and go on to the win. Trapper held on for a nice fourth place finish in just his first night with a big block under his right foot.
It was a great night for Tittle as he had not won at Penn Can since way back in 2003 when the racing world was a whole different place than it is today. So a bonus point goes out to Butch for his big win. Imagine how much has changed in the forty years he has been behind the wheel.
I have a pair of nice interviews with Butch as well as lots more from my night in northern Pennsylvania. And since I was there when the first cars pulled in the pit area, I was able to record eighteen pre race interviews. Six of those are up today and the rest will go into the can for release later next week.
The Modified race really was a good one as you just kind of had the feeling that the young rookie would not hold off the veteran and once Tittle got out front he was chased by Mike Schane and point leader Kevin Hartnett who would eventually finish second and third respectively.
Danny Snyder made a real nice last lap move on the inside to get around leader Paul Strohl who led nineteen of the twenty laps in the Late Model feature. It was a classic case of leaving the inside door open and Snyder was able to get to the inside. It was a great race for the fans and it was an intense last lap!
The Sportsman race saw Adam MacGeorge come from last to first but the down side here was there were only seven cars. Crate Sportsman are new at Penn Can and this is the first year for the class in an area surrounded by tracks that run open motors. But I must say the feature was a lot of fun to watch even though the field was not big. Really!
The Stock Cars and Four Cylinders were also a lot of fun to watch and the drivers did some excellent racing out on the track. And the Street Stocks down here are loud, fast and a lot of fun to watch. And yes, I would love to try a Street or Pro Stock someday. Any takers?
So once again I had a great time at Penn Can and only wish it was a little closer to my home in Central New York. The surface came out real nice and with the heavy rain that fell on Thursday it was tacky for a good portion of the night. They have two more point weekends to go and of course the King of the Can is one week after Super DIRT Week. So make your plans to get to this track and see a show.
Today I will be heading up to the Oswego Speedway where I always marvel at the speed and sleekness of the Super Modifieds. It is their final point night before Classic Weekend seven days from now. I’ll do the best I can as I don’t know the ropes there and I will chat with as many drivers as I can on this high pressure night.
Sunday we will be home with the family and be in the studio hoping and chatting with people who will hopefully be fine after the hurricane comes through our area. I’ll be thinking a lot about all of you I know who are in the affected areas and I’ll be wishing you the best.
Take care everyone and take shelter if you need to. This is not time to be a hero. Things are replaceable but we are not. Stay safe everyone!
|Friday, August 26th 2011
| New on the Audio Page for today:
Casey Williams tells us about a car wash to benefit Autism research at Acrylic Design in Wampsville.
Tyler Rand remembered a flip he had at Utica Rome and how it could have been a lot worse.
Jim Rothwell reacted to his presence in the Utica Rome book and thinks back on his start in 1979.
Craig Pope chatted with me about some recent good runs and explained how good his set up is.
Shayne Tenace looks ahead to the Go Nuclear Series race for Late Models at Fulton on Saturday.
Bill Knapp told me about his Pro Stock hot laps and how fast the half mile was at Utica Rome.
Mike Jones showed what the kids did to his car in the Autograph session and why he did it.
Steve Malbouf explains how he announces and races his Four Cylinder on Fridays at Can Am.
We had a pretty good storm roll through our area on Thursday and it came through at about 4AM which woke up the whole house. The kids are still afraid of storms so we watched some Loony Tunes for a while and then got them back to bed.
It sounds like the weather could be a big story in the northeast this weekend as Hurricane Irene is predicted to come up the coast from North Carolina and eventually hit New York City. It could be pretty messy so we wish all of you in the effected area nothing but the best as you deal with this hurricane.
As for me I did some work at home and put up eight new interviews for you to listen to on the Audio Page. I also added some more photos from Jeremiah Fish’s trip to the Slobberknocker at Thunder Mountain and those are up right now. Not sure where I will be tonight just yet but we will be at a show and ready to go.
So now let’s chat more about what is new for today on the Audio Page. I begin with a chat with a driver who won a big race a few hours after we spoke. Casey Williams tells us about a car wash to benefit Autism research at Acrylic Design in Wampsville tomorrow. He also remembered the 50th anniversary show at Utica Rome, how tough it was to get in the show and what he takes away from a DNQ. A few hours later, Casey won his first feature of the year.
Tyler Rand remembered a flip he had at Utica Rome and told me how it could have been a lot worse. He talked about how it felt in the seat, what happened to get himself in the situation at the first place and when he knew he was going over.
Jim Rothwell reacted to his presence in the Utica Rome Speedway 50th Anniversary book and thinks back on his start in 1979. He talked about the Late Model he drove then, how well he did in the division and why he feels the class went away in the early 1980’s.
Craig Pope chatted with me about some recent strong runs and explained how good his set up is. He told me what has happened on off nights, how easy it is to outthink yourself as a driver and what he does when he feels the car is a little off. Nice to have a good baseline!
Shayne Tenace looks ahead to the Go Nuclear Series race for Late Models at Fulton Speedway this Saturday. He gives the teams some rule specifics, talks about the money the race pays out and runs down what is left on the series for 2011.
Bill Knapp told me about his Pro Stock hot laps and how fast the half mile was at Utica Rome. He talked about some things the drivers have done, explained what hitting a ute tire did the week before and described what he did to the car during the week to loosen the car up a bit.
Mike Jones showed what the kids did to his car in the Autograph session and why he had them do it. He told me how much the youngsters enjoyed signing his roof, how much he enjoyed it too and invited me to add my name to it which I did. There is a photo of Mike and the roof in my Brewerton bin from last week.
Steve Malbouf explains how he announces for the crowd and races his Four Cylinder on Fridays at Can Am. He told me why he can’t race every night, how much better things have been going recently and what he learns from watching other drivers from the tower.
|Thursday, August 25th 2011
| New on the Audio Page for today from Doug’s studio:
Joe Gosek talks about his hopes for an Oswego Super Modified title and thinks back to 2003.
From Jeremiah Fish’s trip to The Slobberknocker at Thunder Mountain:
Tom Collins told Jeremiah Fish explained why he was having his first race of the 2011 season.
Ryan Jordan spoke with J Fish about the level of competition he saw going for the big money.
A.J. Filbeck talked about his last race Sunday at Utica Rome and his hopes for Thunder Mountain.
Chris Mackey explained what he did to learn more about the track one week before coming.
Mike Nagel described his season driving a Modified and some of the bad luck he has endured.
Brian White was defending his home turf at this show and talked about his last feature race.
Nick Robinson has never won at Thunder Mountain and described his nice season down at I-88.
Randy Brokaw finished in second place and told Jeremiah Fish how he picked up nine places.
Bob Henry Jr. won the Slobberknocker and talked about when he got a call to run the event.
It was a fun day for me on Wednesday as I got some work done in the studio and headed out to Paradise Speedway in Geneva to hot lap the Dan Willmes Vintage Car. On the site today is the studio interview I did with Joe Gosek as he hopes to win the Oswego Speedway championship this Saturday. Plus lots of interviews that Jeremiah Fish did for us at Thunder Mountain Speedway.
There are also three new people that are on today and J Fish was the one who got them for us. All nine interviews that he did are up today as well as photos we took from our trip to Geneva.
Now I had never been on the track at Paradise and had heard nothing but good things from people who had. I must tell you how impressed I was with the surface and the way they ran the practice. We were fortunate enough to get three sessions for close to thirty laps and we had a great time.
It is a real nice deal that they have going on over there. For $15 you get to come and practice at the ¼ mile track and you get enough time in between to work on the racecar. It’s a great way for a driver coming off of a wreck, a blown motor or anything else to shake down the car and make sure everything is alright.
And for wanna be racers like me, it is a great way to get seat time and learn. I did a lot of that on Wednesday as Dan Willmes and Charlie Donk helped get me comfortable in Dan’s Vintage Car and coached me along the way. I am very coachable and worked hard on my line, the right foot and getting used to a rear wheel driver after eleven races in a front wheel drive Saab.
My experience in the Tired Iron Saab at Brewerton certainly helped but the power of a V8 and the twitchiness associated with a rear wheel drive car was different alright. What I drove may look like a Vintage Car but it is a 1999 Teo Chassis with a coupe body. It has the two speed just like the Modifieds with about half the power. And it is almost as tight inside.
A big thanks goes out to Dan and Charlie for taking that many hours out of their busy lives to come out and do this with me. I have a long way to go in the car but improved with every session. And the feel of having a V8 under your foot is quite a feeling. It was loud, fast and a lot of fun to drive. Thanks a lot guys!
And thanks also goes out to Paradise Speedway as they were great! They put the V8 cars out by themselves and gave us a lot of laps. Now we are going to look at doing some shows next year with Dan and having even more fun. But don’t look for me to win the 9th time in the car like we did at Brewerton.
Be sure to come back tomorrow for more as we have at least seven new interviews to air. I hope you all have a great Monday and I hope to see you back on Friday before you head to the track.
Now let’s talk more about what is new for today on the Audio Page. I begin with a man who has a big day ahead of him this Saturday. Joe Gosek talks about his hopes for an Oswego Super Modified championship and thinks back to how he got his first title in 2003. He explained how the situation is different this time around, how he approaches holes on the track when he sees them and why he was in Missouri this week on assignment.
Tom Collins told Jeremiah Fish explained why he was having his first race of the 2011 season at Thunder Mountain on Wednesday. He talked about the older chassis he is running, how his story is one of life getting in the way of racing and what his goals were for this first night of 2011. Nice story!
Ryan Jordan spoke with J Fish about the level of competition he saw going for the big money at the Slobberknocker. He talked about how fast his Sportsman has been of late, how he has been doing at other big shows and thought back to the slow start he had in 2011.
A.J. Filbeck talked with Jeremiah Fish about his last race Sunday at Utica Rome and his hopes for Thunder Mountain. He also told him how he picked up a guaranteed starting spot for the show, described his goals for the heat race and summed up how his season has been going at the big half mile.
Chris Mackey explained to Jeremiah Fish what he did to learn more about Thunder Mountain one week before coming with his Sportsman. He talked about some handling issues he had early on, how he has been doing at his Sunday home and looked ahead to putting a four barrel on later this year.
Mike Nagel described his season driving a Modified at Five Mile Point and some of the bad luck he has had as a rookie. He talked to Jeremiah Fish about the drivers he measures himself against, why he is happy overall with the way things have been going and explains where he feels he needs a little bit more.
Brian White was defending his home turf at this show and talked about his last feature race. He told J. Fish about the driver he is racing against for a championship, why he prefers dirt over anything else and described the job he has during the week as well as what he does for fun away from the track.
Nick Robinson has never won at Thunder Mountain and described the nice season he is enjoying down at I-88 Speedway. He talked to Jeremiah Fish about how fast his racecar has been this year, why he likes the mid week shows and remembered his start as a racer at age 12.
Randy Brokaw finished in second place in the Slobberknocker and told Jeremiah Fish how he picked up nine places. He also remembered a jingle he was in during the heat, wondered if a caution would have helped in the feature and spoke about his weekly home, Skyline Raceway.
Bob Henry Jr. won the Slobberknocker and talked to Jeremiah Fish about when he got a call to run the event. He also explained why he has not been in his own car too much, how he got back in the seat at Fulton and how much fun he has been having in the Sportsman division.
|Wednesday, August 24th 2011
| New on the Audio Page for today:
Joe Marotta previews this week’s final point races at Oswego Speedway as well as Classic Weekend.
Paul Kinney described a problem they have had with their Modified twice in the last few weeks.
Ryan Smith walked me through his season in an ARDC Midget and his plans to run with USAC.
Chris Fleming talked about his recent IMCA Mod shows and what he needs to win a championship.
Stephen Denton told me how he blew his Sportsman motor and his hopes to sell his Four Cylinder.
Lane Bush explained how he put together his Mod Lite by getting one piece at a time till it was done.
Mike Doughterty Jr. talks about his season at Five Mile Point and tells me where he is improving.
Greg Blair spoke about his hot lap session in his first laps at Brewerton with his IMCA Modified.
It was an interesting and scary day for a lot of folks here on the east coast. I’d like to tell you my story from the earthquake but there is no story. I was in the dentist’s chair getting a filling repaired when it hit. Moments later I came out, got in my car and heard about the quake on the radio. So sorry, no story for me on this one.
After I got back I got busy in the studio recording several new conversations and one with someone who has never been on the site before. As a matter of fact there are four new people on today. So enjoy the chats with Ryan Smith, Lane Bush, Mike Dougherty Jr. and Greg Blair as they make their first appearances here.
I also added a lot of new photos after I got back so if you have not checked out the filmstrip since yesterday morning, then you need to get over there. I also have some stuff from Watkins Glen a few weeks ago so check those out as well. And Dan Harrington sent us a bin from the Casey Williams race shop.
As for me, I’ll be hot lapping the Dan Willmes owned Vintage Car tonight at Paradise. We hope to get a lot of laps in and get me comfortable in the car. Unfortunately it does not look like we will get to race it this year as there are not a lot of dates left, but it sounds like Dan and I will be having some fun next year in the car.
And as usual, I already have the butterflies going in my stomach. I have not been in a rear wheel driver racecar since 2006 when I did some laps in the old spec Modifieds at Cayuga County. So we’ll just try to go a little faster each lap, hope to roll the car on the trailer and of course have fun. My oldest daughter will be with me as well so I hope to make her proud of her daddy.
Big thanks go to Dan as he and Charlie Donk are taking time out from their busy schedules to make this happen for me. Gosh am I lucky or what. Seriously, thanks a lot guys. It is humbling to say the least.
Now let’s chat about what is new for today on the Audio Page. I begin with some news on a track that will crown its champions this Saturday. Joe Marotta previews this week’s final point races at Oswego Speedway and looked ahead to Classic Weekend in nine days. He talked about the competitors that have a shot at the title, explains how one driver fell out of the chase last week and why the speedway has been doing so well this year. See you there this Saturday!
Paul Kinney described a problem they have had with their Modified twice in the last few weeks. He wondered aloud as to why it is happening, talked about what happened to his leg last Wednesday and how often you change this part.
Ryan Smith walked me through his season in an ARDC Midget and his plans to run with USAC more next year. He told me how he did this past weekend at Port Royal, described the racing businesses he & his family are involved in and talked about his hopes for last night’s show at New Egypt.
Chris Fleming talked about his recent IMCA Modified shows and what he needs to win a championship at Skyline. He also told me how his opening night hurt his chances at Brewerton, how happy he is to finish second to one driver who has won a lot of races there and what he hopes happens this weekend.
Stephen Denton told me how he blew his Sportsman motor and his hopes to sell his multi-time winning Four Cylinder Super Stock. He talked about what they were trying to do when the motor went, how little use he got out of it and what he hopes to do more of next season. Best of luck Stephen!
Lane Bush explained how he put together his Mod Lite by getting one part at a time till it was done. He talked about how long it took to get everything he needed, what parts he bought first and how he has been doing this year at Brewerton. Nice story huh?
Mike Doughterty Jr. talks about his season at Five Mile Point and tells me where he is improving as a driver. He told me why he switched from a crate to an open motor, how he changed his set up to compensate for the extra power and remembered the last time he came to Utica Rome.
Greg Blair spoke about his hot lap session in his first laps at Brewerton with his IMCA Modified. He told me about the times the car had been on the track with other drivers, remembered what happened in the feature last week and what his goal was for the night.
|Tuesday, August 23rd 2011
| New on the Audio Page for today:
Jeremie Corcoran talks about his new role in Weedsport and the ESS show at Canandaigua.
Bobby Varin told me about his fourth place finish at Fonda and explained why it was a good fourth.
Rick Wilson explained why we have not seen him much and talked about a suspension change.
Claude Hutchings Jr. had an up & down night at Thunder Mountain and told me about his two races.
Sam Usborne showed me his new nickname and talked about a jingle he was in during hot laps.
It was a nice day for me on Monday as I got some writing done and did some recording in the studio as well. And don’t forget that tonight Thunder Mountain has their Slobberknocker. It is a $1,000 to win Sportsman race and Street Stocks are also on the card. Plus Lebanon Valley has Mr. Dirt Track USA on Thursday.
Jeremiah Fish is heading to this event tonight and will have a recorder and his camera with him. So look for some from that show to be here tomorrow and keep checking back today as I have some new photos I will be putting up at lunch time.
Tomorrow I will be at Paradise Speedway to hot lap the Dan Willmes owned Vintage Car. I have not been in a rear wheel drive car in a while so I am a little nervous about it. But I know Dan has top notch stuff so I will just go a little harder every lap until I feel comfortable. Then we’ll look at our date books and see if we can’t find a race.
But one thing we know for sure as I will not be winning in this car for quite some time if ever. The competition in the Vintage ranks is super tough and a lot of the people who race those cars have decades of experience behind the wheel. So a good solid finish that would please car owner Dan would be just what the doctor ordered.
On the site today we have five new conversations including one with the new man in charge in Weedsport. As always, my chats with Jeremie are straight forward and honest as both of us are pretty much cut from the same cloth. And I always try to ask the questions I know you guys would want me to ask.
Now let’s talk more about that conversation and the other things I have for you today on the Audio Page. I hope you enjoy them. Jeremie Corcoran talks about his new role as Promoter at Weedsport and the ESS show at Canandaigua two weekends ago. He explains how the opportunity came about, why he felt it was best to tackle it on his own and described some of the work he did to the place on Monday. Very honest chat here guys!
Bobby Varin told me about his fourth place finish at Fonda on Saturday and explained why it was a good fourth. He told me why he ended up starting in last place, remembered the 100 lapper at Utica Rome on Thursday and why he wished that race was a few more laps longer.
Rick Wilson explained why we have not seen him much and talked about a suspension change he was making for his heat at Brewerton. He told me how the track fooled him, what he thought would happen later on and shared what some of the regulars told him about the surface.
Claude Hutchings Jr. had an up & down night at Thunder Mountain and told me about his two races. He talked about blowing up his motor in the back up Sportsman, his win in the Four Cylinder Super Stocks and explained how he is the only freshman I know of who lost weight that first year at college. That’s backwards from how it works for most!
Sam Usborne showed me his new nickname and talked about a jingle he was in during hot laps. He told me who gave him the name “airborne”, remembered the incident where he was in the air and told me how it all happened. Hopefully he’ll be known by a new nickname soon!
|Monday, August 22nd 2011
| New on the Audio Page from the Utica Rome Speedway:
Pre race conversations:
Phil Burkhart talked about a recent crash he was involved in and the need for more knowledge.
Alan Barker remembered the show from Wednesday and told me how tough the field was.
Chris Busta almost made the field in the last race and wondered if he’ll have to get a big block.
Matt Janczuk spoke about his love affair with Lady Luck and how fortunate he has been of late.
Jeff Crambo remembered his second place at Five Mile Point and told me how close he came.
Dave Moyer showed off a new look on his Pro Stock as well as a tribute he had to his grandfather.
After the heat races:
Jason Rood made a final corner pass for the win in his heat and talked about how good his car was.
Pete Taylor spoke about his Modified heat win and how his racecar was at that specific moment.
Mark Kislowski talked about his heat win as he contemplated what to do to his Modified.
Jeremy Vunk won the first ROC Sportsman heat and reacted to me drawing a two for him.
A.J. Filbeck told me about his Sportsman win and the wreck that was fortunately behind him.
Craig Pope described the move he made on the outside to get the lead and win his heat race.
After the feature races:
Matt Janczuk spoke with Mike Mallett in victory lane after winning the ROC Sportsman race.
Casey Williams won his second career Modified feature and spoke about it with Mike Mallett.
Ronnie Johnson talked with me about his runner up finish and how his car changed at the end.
Bill Trexler remembered some close calls he had on the track on his way to a fourth place finish.
Somehow we dodged the rain and almost got everything in at the Utica Rome Speedway. When I left the house at 3 o’clock, there was a line of storms that was following me as I headed east on the New York State Thruway. I thought for sure I was headed for a rainout.
My dad thought so too so he was making his famous ribs at his house a few blocks away from mine. I told my wife I would come back when the rains hit and would probably still make dinner. So when it began to rain lightly on my fourth interview of the day I thought to myself, “OK, this is it.” But it wasn’t.
Things cleared up and the big front that seemed to be bearing down on us split and left us relatively dry. But it was a stormy day and after the Modified victory lane and just a few laps into the Pro Stock feature it began to rain slightly. Soon it turned into a hard rain with lightning and we were done just like that.
But it was still hard to believe that we almost got in a complete show. It was 8:30 when I began to run to the parking lot so that means they did all but two features in two and a half hours. Not bad huh?
Casey Williams won his second career Modified feature and I think this was his first 30 lap win as the other was on a twin twenty night. But I could be wrong. For a while it looked like Ronnie Johnson was going to run him down but he faded at the end. If you listen to my chat with him afterwards he’ll tell you happened and what he did to try to narrow the gap.
I was only able to get three of the top four in the Modified race as I only had a few minutes before the rains came. I got lucky as Bill Trexler just happened to walk by while I was waiting for Ronnie Johnson to get into street clothes. And as I was talking to Ronnie was the exact moment that it began to rain.
Matt Janczuk had another wonderful day although it surely did not start out that way. He was involved in a crash when Claude Hutchings Jr. broke a left front spindle and spun. Janczuk had nowhere to go and ended up heading to the pits with a pair of broken shock towers among other things.
His car hopped and stumbled as he pulled it back on to the track at the back of his heat. Somehow he took that injured racecar with the left front shock flapping in the breeze and raced from last to third. Then he drew an up front number in the feature and never looked back. Look in my photo bin from the night and you can see the work they did after going back to the shop for some body panels.
And yes, my dad did make a plate for me and my wife brought it home. I took a break right before I wrote up this front page entry and enjoyed ribs, salt potatoes and corn on the cob. Now I am full and ready to get my mind off of racing. We hope to be back this Friday in the Tired Iron Saab and are looking forward to hot lapping the Dan Willmes Vintage Car Wednesday at Paradise.
Have a great Monday and keep checking back as I may have more photo bins to upload later today. See you later!
|Sunday, August 21st 2011
| New on the Audio Page for today:
Doug Emery recapped his race on Wednesday and told me what he learned about breathing.
Michael Parent described an engine problem he had and talked about using his back up Sprinter.
Kevin Ward Jr. talked about what they found on Thursday morning after Wednesday at Utica Rome.
Kory Gurney had a chunking issue with a tire on Wednesday and talked about a tire prep change.
April Wilson told me how her Sprint Car felt in hot laps and why we have not seen her much.
It was a real nice day on Saturday and we got to do a lot of fun things together as a family. There are only two more Saturdays of Summer left after yesterday and it was nice that we got to make the most of it.
But today it is back to business as we will be heading back to the Utica Rome Speedway for some Sunday fun. I know weather could be an issue and if it is we’ll get busy in the studio. And we do have eight more chats in the can from Friday as well so you’ll get new stuff tomorrow one way or another.
Keep checking back as you never know when new photos will show up and it is possible that we get some in today. And give these interviews a listen as several of them are very specific. Most of the drivers on the site had issues of one kind or another on their last race and I just love to hear how they diagnose and fix these problems as they arise. That may be the part I admire most…well except the balls to the wall driving they do!
Now let’s talk more about these new interviews up for today on the Audio Page. First up I find out how one driver’s return to the seat went. Doug Emery recapped his race on Wednesday at Utica Tome and told me what he learned about his breathing. He told me when he started to feel better, how cracking his visor helped and how happy he was with his top ten finish in his first year in a year.
Michael Parent described an engine problem he had and talked about using his back up Sprinter. He talked about what they did in an attempt to fix the problem, explained how they figured out what was wrong and how close he came to flipping when his left rear tire blew.
Kevin Ward Jr. talked about what they found on Thursday morning after Wednesday at Utica Rome. He explained how a bad shock hurt his handling, why he normally likes more shock pressure than most and how happy he was with how fast he was in hot laps Friday at Brewerton.
Kory Gurney had a chunking issue with a tire on Wednesday and talked about a tire prep. He also told me what they are going to change to make sure it does not happen again, explained why they switched injection systems and described some changes they made Friday morning.
April Wilson told me how her Sprint Car felt in hot laps at Brewerton and why we have not seen her much. She talked about staying ahead of dad on the track, wondered if she might need some more gear and described the type of conditions she prefers.
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