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Friday, July 1st 2011
   New on the Audio Page from Jeremiah Fish at Dunn Tire Raceway Park:
 
Chad Brachmann tells J Fish his thoughts as he got ready for his first ever laps on asphalt.
Patrick Dupree talked about his excitement level as he looked at Dunn Tire Raceway Park.
Jim “Timex” Morgan spoke with Jeremiah Fish about his 2011 season driving his TQ Midgets.
Andy Jankowiak chatted about running his TQ Midget and how busy he is on double duty nights.
 
From Doug’s studio and last week at Cayuga County:
 
Peter Britten talked about meeting the media on Tuesday and this weekend’s big series races.
Tim Currier was looking for his first top five of the year and told me how the season is going.
David Marcuccilli wondered why it was raining on Sunday and if we would race at Weedsport.
Mike Vaughn described some recent gains he has been making with his Crate  Late Model.
 
It was a nice day for a semi day off for me and I enjoyed it to the max. We were down for a little bit Thursday morning as our server company had some maintenance work to do on the website and that is a good thing overall as our speed will increase and you guys will be able to see and hear what you want faster. But sorry about the down time but it was scheduled and I just forget about it. Sorry!
 
Today we will be back at it at the Brewerton Speedway as we will be racing and reporting on the events. It has been a great season for me as I am learning more about the sport every time I strap myself in the Tired Iron Repair Saab. And it sounds like I may be doing some other types of cars at other venues in the future. I’ll keep you posted on that.
 
On the website today we have four chats from me and four from our good friend Jeremiah Fish as he gives us some stuff from Dunn Tire Raceway Park on Tuesday. He’ll be going to Can Am tonight too so look for more from him on Sunday as I will be doing three shows this weekend while spending time with my family on Saturday.
 
Now let’s chat more about what is new for today on the Audio Page. I begin with four from the asphalt world. Chad Brachmann tells J Fish his thoughts as he got ready for his first ever laps on asphalt. He told him who helped give him some advice, how he knew where the fast groove was by looking at the track and expressed how well his 2011 season has been going overall. 
 
Patrick Dupree talked about his excitement level as he looked at Dunn Tire Raceway Park for the first time. He told Jeremiah Fish about the baseline set up he had in the car, wondered what to do with the gearing and spoke about his desire to do more racing on clay. 
 
Jim “Timex” Morgan spoke with Jeremiah Fish about his 2011 season driving his TQ Midgets. He talked about how tough the cars are to drive, described some issues he has had this year and looked forward to getting a new car out in a few weeks. 
 
Andy Jankowiak chatted about running his TQ Midget and how busy he is on double duty nights. He talked about how he has been doing with his SST Modified, how the new motor in his Midget felt in hot laps and described the work they do during the week to keep him racing. 
 
Peter Britten talked about meeting the media on Tuesday and this weekend’s big Super DIRTcar Series races. He told me about the new car he is wrapping up back at Troyer Race Cars, the last minute things he was working on to get the ride ready for this weekend and comments on the big Fourth of July holiday. 
 
Tim Currier was looking for his first top five of the year and told me how the season is going. He talked about what he did to try to get a show in on Saturday, described how his small block does against the big blocks at Cayuga County and remembered a recent heat win. 
 
David Marcuccilli wondered why it was raining on Sunday and if we would race at Weedsport. He also talked about what happened to the car after his early season win, the need to up his game a little and described where he wants his Sportsman to be better. 
 
Mike Vaughn described some recent gains he has been making with his Crate powered Late Model. He talked about how some bad luck in the heats has hurt him, what he has learned about driving the car and how comfortable he is at Cayuga County. 

 
Thursday, June 30th 2011
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Danny O’Brien tells me about his win Saturday in Brockville and his early season struggles.
Tony Steiner described his Run What Ya Brung Modified and the work it took to put together.
Justin Wright summed up how his two win season has gone so far at his three weekly homes.
Brian Freese ran down what he did when his Saturday track rained out and what he learned.
Joe Marotta previews the coming holiday weekend at Oswego, Cayuga County and Rolling Wheels.
 
From Jeremiah Fish’s trip to Dunn Tire Raceway Park on Tuesday:
 
Keith Flach talks with J Fish about his long drive west and offered up his first impressions.
Adam Bartemy told J Fish about his brand new car and how it has done in its starts so far.
Adam Bartemy won the Modified feature race and talked about picking up a spot for Syracuse.
James Henry earned a guaranteed  spot for Syracuse and talked about his 1st asphalt show.
 
As you can see we have a very busy day on the site today as we have five interviews from me and four more from Jeremiah Fish as he headed out to Dunn Tire Raceway Park on Tuesday. Plus we have four more from that show tomorrow as well as four more from me. So be sure to come back tomorrow for that.
 
Also there is a new column from me in the Syracuse Post Standard as well as a nice article written by my editor Roury Williams. He sat down with Peter Britten and chatted with him as Peter enjoyed a whirlwind day of media activities. My interview with him will air tomorrow. And you can read those stories at www.syracuse.com/motorsports .
 
Today I only have about an hour’s worth of work ahead of me as I will enjoy some time with the family before the busy Fourth of July weekend. I will be at Brewerton to race & report on Friday then I will go to Utica Rome on Sunday for some Sprint Car fun (as well as work on two internet shows) and wrap things up with a trip to Rolling Wheels on Monday.
 
Now let’s chat more about the new stuff that is on the Audio Page for today. I begin with a conversation with a man who is coming off a much needed win at his Saturday home. Danny O’Brien tells me about his win Saturday in Brockville and his early season struggles. He talked about how his car was handling before this past week, how tough one particular driver has been at the BOS and how tough it can be to have a helmet on when you have allergies. 
 
Tony Steiner described his brand new Run What Ya Brung Modified and the work it took to make it to the track last Sunday. Look in my bin from Weedsport as well as Mike Johnson’s to see what we are talking about it. It was fast and you can see it run this Sunday at Cayuga County. 
 
Justin Wright summed up how his two win season has gone so far at his three weekly homes. He told me where he would like his Sportsman to be better, how easy it is to out-think yourself and what he hoped would happen later on in Weedsport. 
 
Brian Freese ran down what he did when his Saturday track rained out and what he learned at his first ever laps at Raceway 7. He also talked about an error they made with gearing, how they got the wrong left rear on the car after a flat and compared the layout to what he has seen in videos from Australia. 
 
Joe Marotta previews the coming holiday weekend at Oswego, Cayuga County and Rolling Wheels. He talked about the special driver joining the show at The Steel Palace, the Run What Ya Brung show in Weedsport and the turnaround at The Fast Track. 
 
Keith Flach talks with J Fish about his long drive west and offered up his first impressions of Dunn Tire Raceway Park. He also told him about his asphalt background, how challenging it is to come to a new racetrack and wonders if this show may get the asphalt bug to bite him again after his Friday home dropped Modifieds. 
 
Adam Bartemy told J Fish about his brand new car and how it has done in its starts so far. He also wondered how much bite they would get coming out of turn four because of the drag strip on the front stretch, remembered being light across the scales last week at Airborne and described the fun he has been having on Saturdays. 
 
Adam Bartemy won the Modified feature race at Dunn Tire Raceway Park and talked to J Fish about picking up a spot for Syracuse. He told him what he learned about driving the track, how a good starting spot helped him in the heat and how good things have been going in the last few weeks. 
 
James Henry earned a guaranteed starting spot for Syracuse and talked about racing his first asphalt show ever. He told J Fish about the good money he earned from his finish, summed up how his season has gone at Ransomville and how much he has been improving week to week. 

 
Wednesday, June 29th 2011
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Ernie Saxton and I discuss media rights concerning racetracks and intellectual property issues.
Gil Tegg talks about the small block racing at Woodhull on Saturdays and his return to a big block.
Gordy Button explained why he has his old Late Model at Weedsport and shared some memories.
Justin Boehler told me about how he is dong at his weekly homes and why he was at Weedsport.
Dan Searles spoke about how his season has gone in Weedsport and his recent feature win.
 
It was stormy day on Tuesday and as I write this I am trying to beat the storm with my fast typing fingers. We got a lot done in the studio and most of that will show up tomorrow as I was hustling in case the weather shuts down our power.
 
I encourage you guys to check out my Ernie Saxton chat as you will learn about some legal rights with media coverage and even the music you may hear at a racetrack. There are a lot of good issues here so I suggest that all of you give that one a listen.
 
We also welcome two new people on the site today as we say hello to Dan Searles and Justin Boehler. So let’s go right into that as the lightning is now on top of me. But be sure to come back tomorrow for lots more and check out all of the new photos.

And later in the day I recorded more conversations that will be showing up tomorrow.  Danny O'Brien will talk about his win up in Brockville and Joe Marotta will preview the weekend at Oswego, Weedsport and Rolling Wheels.  So be sure to come back for that.
 
Now let’s chat more about what is new for today on the Audio Page. I begin with a must listen to conversation. Ernie Saxton and I discuss media rights concerning racetracks and intellectual property issues including the use of copyrighted music at sporting events. This is real good conversation here and that is why I put it at the top of the page for today. And thanks Ernie for trusting me with this! 
 
Gil Tegg talks about the small block racing at Woodhull on Saturdays and his return to a big block.  He told me how he has been doing with the 467 cubic incher, what his hopes were for Weedsport on Sunday and described what he has been working on. 
 
Gordy Button explained why he has his old Late Model at Weedsport and shared some memories of the first time I tried to drive a racecar. The key word here is “tried” as my wife said, a fast dog could have passed me. I say he could have been lame and he still would have caught me. 
 
Justin Boehler told me about how he is dong at his weekly homes and why he was at Weedsport. He talked about the rainy start he had to his weekend, shared what he heard about Cayuga County and how he will attack a track he had never seen before. 
 
Dan Searles spoke about how his season has gone in Weedsport and his recent feature win. He talked about why he moved his racing from the Southern Tier to Central New York, compares the cars down there to the cars up my way and remembered coming to Cayuga County as a kid. 

 
Tuesday, June 28th 2011
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Matt DeLorenzo remembers a recent win at Fonda as he gets ready for today at I-88 Speedway.
Shawn Donath described the work he and his brother did on a “Run whatcha brung” Modified.
Ricky Newton told me about his Modified season so far in 2011 and the fun he has at Raceway 7.
Brandon Kidd talked about his Crate Late Model races and his upcoming shows with ARCA.
Art Halliday had a brand new Late Model at Weedsport on Sunday and talked about his goals.
 
We had a nice day on Monday and hopefully today will be just as good. Although there is the possibility of some strong storms so be sure to stay alert today as some of them could pack a punch.
 
I have five new chats up for you today including one that was done in the home studio. And I also have calls out to many more racers and hopefully we will track them down here in the next few days. 
 
I may head down to I-88 today although I will check the radar first. If it looks like rain will hit them I will probably stay here and get some more work done so I don’t get stuck like I did on Saturday.
 
Also in the Syracuse Post Standard is my Tuesday column focusing on Sunday action at New Cayuga County Speedway and also at Utica Rome. And as I type this up, I am getting ready to add some more photo bins so be sure to click on the filmstrip to see if you have missed any.
 
Now let’s chat more about the new stuff for today on the Audio Page. I begin with a man who is racing later tonight. Matt DeLorenzo remembers a recent win at Fonda as he gets ready for today at I-88 Speedway. He talked about his race earlier in the year down in Afton, described the car that he will be using and also recalls last week’s big show at Orange County. 
 
Shawn Donath described the work he and his brother Shane did on a “Run whatcha brung” Modified for Tony Steiner. They talked about the car they were trying to emulate with the design, how much work went into the Superbird style wing and how much he would like to get in a race with it. Good luck with the wrist Shawn! 
 
Ricky Newton told me about his Modified season so far and the fun he has at Raceway 7 with a Sportsman. He talked about his eighth place finish he had on Saturday night, why it was better than it has been in recent weeks and what happened on his two DNF’s. 
 
Brandon Kidd talked about his Crate Late Model races and his upcoming shows with ARCA. He told me why this year has been a bit of a struggle on the clay, why he is hoping the experience will help him as a driver and looked forward to his first ever race at Cayuga County. 
 
Art Halliday had a brand new Late Model at Weedsport on Sunday with his name on the roof and talked about his goals for later in the night. He talked about what the new car should do, why it is nice to have a fresh ride at mid season and who will drive the car most of the time. 

 
Monday, June 27th 2011
   New on the Audio Page from the New Cayuga County Speedway:
 
Pre race conversations:
 
Billy Dunn told me what he did on the last few rainy days and spoke about Orange County.
Sam Reakes IV wondered why Weedsport is still a mystery to him as he got ready to race.
Justin Haers talked about what they were doing to switch his Canandaigua set up to Weedsport.
Sean Beardsley has never won a feature in Central New York and talked about changing that.
Mike Welch has won many stock car races so far and told me about his trip to a track on Saturday.
Rob Bellinger took a trip to Troyer Race Cars this week and described some of what they found.
 
After the heat races:
 
Ryan Phelps won the first Modified heat leading every lap and talked about the set up he had.
Larry Wight talked about his pass for the lead in his heat and the need for a light right foot.
Eric Fisher led every lap on his way to a heat win and explained why he was not looking back.
Alan Fink watched the Sportsman heat races and relaxed while telling me about is Late Model win.
Sean Beardsley was off to a great start on this night and told how good his car was in his heat win.
 
After the feature races:
 
Larry Wight told me how it felt to win the Modified feature and why he likes Weedsport so much.
Matt Sheppard led a few laps early and told me where the winner’s Modified was better than his.
Ryan Phelps came home with a third place finish and described the battle he had with his cousin.
Jimmy Phelps had a fourth place finish and explained how sticky the racetrack was early on.
Rob Bellinger finished fifth and talked to me about the late race move he made to get a top five.
Sean Beardsley explained how good it felt to finally win a feature after thirteen years of trying.
Tim Sears Jr. had his five race win streak snapped and talked about getting another one started.
 
We were finally able to get in a race here in Central New York on Sunday after back to back rainouts and it was a good one at the New Cayuga County Speedway. It started out dark and dreary as a mist in the air kept a lot of the racecars in their haulers for an extended time, but Mother Nature eventually surrendered and the sun was allowed to come out.
 
A late arriving crowd made it a good show for the promoter and the racing was pretty good on what is always one of the smoothest racetracks around. With a lot of tracks raining out the nights before this one, the car counts were good as well with the Sportsman numbers up significantly.
 
It was a tight three hour show even with a break after the heats for some track work and for the sun to go down. Yes, it was bright after it got out from behind the clouds. There were five divisions with the Crate Late Models joining the usual Modifieds, Sportsman, Stock Cars and Four Cylinders. 
 
And I like that the Four Cylinders are not being called Battlecarz anymore. The name itself I always thought could lead to dirty driving. Picture this conversation taking place, “What do you drive”, “A Battlecar”, “Those things slam into each other a lot huh? That’s why the call them Balltecarz right?” See what I mean. So I am all in favor of calling them Four Cylinders. 
 
It was a great night for recent high school graduate Larry Wight as he won the Modified feature with a lap four pass of the leading DIRTcar feature winner in Central New York, Matt Sheppard. Wight was able to hold off Sheppard late and win his third career Modified feature. And all of them have come at Cayuga County! Here is where I do my Mel Allen impersonation with a “How about that?” This Week in Baseball fans know what I mean. 
 
Of course I spoke with Larry afterwards as well as the top five in the Modified feature, the Sportsman and Late Model winners as well as many heat winners and a total of thirty two conversations total. I saved twelve of those. I am not sure if I will hit a mid week this week or not so I was on a mission to load up on interviews and I did. Yeah!
 
I was happy of course but nothing compared to Crate Late Model winner Sean Beardsley. Earlier in the night I chatted with him and recorded an interview before the heat races. That was when he told me he had never won a feature in all his years of racing. Thirteen years as a matter of fact. Well he can’t say that anymore as he won the feature Sunday night. Nice job Sean. 
 
Tim Sears Jr. came into the night with a four race win streak going back to last weekend. He did not win the aforementioned Late Model race but he did get to victory lane with his Sportsman. He held off Justin Wright in the end to pick up with win and maybe begin another win streak.
 
The DIRTcar Stock Car feature showed that if you stay with it, you can get a win. Russ Marsden had a win in the bag as he had slowly pulled away from Nate Peckham leading him by at least five car lengths as they took the white flag. But then Marsden’s car popped and sputtered at the end of the backstretch allowing Peckham to get by and take the win.
 
It was a tough moment for Marsden and a lesson to all the racers and fans to stay with it and never leave till the race is over. What was Yogi Berra’s line? “It ain’t over till its over.” Ain’t that the truth! But bonus points go out to Marsden as he pulled low as soon as it happened and watched Peckham speed by. Car owner Tim told me it was probably electrical. Let’s hope so and not something more than that.
 
So all in all it was another great night at a track that I still think has potential to be a “can’t miss” Sunday destination for both racers and fans. Even with the clouds, the drizzle and all that, the crowd ended up being better than it has been on some mid summer nights when sunshine and warmth is abundant. I still think Weedsport can work and that it is starting its climb back up the racing ladder. Nice job guys!
 
Now today I have some writing to do for the Syracuse Post Standard and this time around I only have one day of action to write about. So I may also look ahead at what will be a busy weekend coming up as there is a lot going on leading up to the fourth of July. 
 
Come back tomorrow as I will also be back in the studio today tracking down people that you will love to hear from. I may hit a show tomorrow if the weather looks safe. But if the chance of rain is good, then I will stay home because if I get caught out on the road like I did on Saturday and don’t get back home in time to do new recordings, it can really mess me up and cause me to empty the can too early. Hey, it’s tough making sure you have new stuff everyday. 
 
Have a great Monday and enjoy the new pictures that we put up last night. And I will see you back here tomorrow with a lot more.  Oh, and I did see my video from last week at Brewerton and the 44c did hit a ute tire that sent him up the track and into me.  Thanks to Thomas Racing Videos for the dvd and helping me see what really happened.  Make sure to get your and see what you missed and do so in widescreen HD.  They look great. 

 
Sunday, June 26th 2011
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Larry Wight talks about his high school graduation and his run this past week at Orange County.
Eric Kingsley spoke about the big crowd in Weedsport last week and hints at a possible change.
Barb Clark told me how the weather affected Utica Rome on Saturday as they get ready for tonight.
 
Well it happened yet again. I looked at the radar all afternoon and with most of the rain south of Central New York, I decided to go to the Fulton Speedway. I checked their website before I left but by the time I got to the gates, they had cancelled. Darn…second day in a row for me. 
 
But on the way home I swung by the Gypsum Express Race Shop and was fortunate enough to run into Larry Wight before he went fishing.  We talked about a lot of stuff and that chat is up today. Give it a listen as it is a real good one with a young man who is going to be somebody in this world outside of racing. 
 
And college level physics is tough, I don’t care who you are. I dropped it before the drop/add date as it was too much for me. Plus I knew it would not help me in my broadcast major. 
 
Then when I got home, I called two more folks to make sure you guys know what is going on today. I will be at Weedsport as I am basically going back and forth between Cayuga County and Utica Rome on a weekly basis. And with a lot of tracks raining out this weekend, the fields should be big at both places today.
 
Now let’s chat more about the new stuff I have for you on the Audio Page today. I begin with the first conversation I recorded yesterday. Larry Wight talks about his high school graduation and his run this past week at Orange County.   He told me when the track took rubber, described his relationships with his teammates and which one of them calms him down when it becomes necessary. How did I know that one? 
 
Eric Kingsley spoke about the big crowd in Weedsport last week and hints at a possible change in the Sportsman division. He also wondered where the Canandaigua Sportsman teams have gone, described a change he made to the racing surface and gets ready for a big show with the Late Models added to the card tonight. 
 
Barb Clark told me how the weather affected Utica Rome on Saturday as they got ready for tonight. She talked about the big money Pro Stock race that will go today, how big the open motor Sportsman division has become and looks forward to seeing Vernon Little Leaguers in the stands this evening. 

 
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. 

 
     
 
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