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|Friday, June 17th 2011
| New on the Audio Page for today:
Bobby Varin talked about his Canandaigua hopes and remembered when he ran there weekly.
Steve Poirier avec Sylvain Mercier. This is one just for our French speaking audience!
Alain Bergeron described the veryloose Sprint Car he had last Friday at Mohawk International.
Justin Henderson explained why he was going to be racing dad’s car Tuesday at Canandaigua.
Mike Copper was getting ready for his second race of the year and told me where his focus is.
Colby Herzog told me why he had a different car on Friday and what happened to the other one.
Craig Revelle tells drivers and teams how they can get a website, hero cards and press releases.
In this Motor Sounds clip hear the DIRTcar big blocks as they idle in the staging area Tuesday.
I had a good day on Thursday as I got back in the studio and did some more work. Today I am hoping Mother Nature is a race fan as we have a raceday planned at Brewerton Speedway. And J Fish will be covering the ROC Modified race at Spencer.
The Syracuse Post Standard is sending a photographer out to Brewerton tonight to take pics of me and another racer for a future profile. Now I need some help from you guys too. I want some good human interest type stories. As always, I am looking to break stereotypes whenever possible, so send me your thoughts at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I am also looking for someone who is doing better than expected, or done something they have never done before or are just an interesting person. I think people can become fans of racing easier when they have a rooting interest of some kind. Now don’t let me down guys, I need your help!
Now let’s chat more about what is new for today on the Audio Page. I begin with a chat with a driver who enjoyed a homecoming of sorts on Tuesday. Bobby Varin talked about his Canandaigua hopes and remembered when he ran there weekly. He told me how excited he was to be back, how he got in a wreck early at Glen Ridge and how bad the damage was.
Steve Poirier avec Sylvain Mercier. This is one for our French speaking audience! I knew I should have paid attention in French class back in middle school.
Alain Bergeron described the veryloose Sprint Car he had last Friday at Mohawk International. He talked about how badly it drove, why he decided not to quit racing during the off season and how happy he is that he stayed.
Justin Henderson explained why he was going to be racing dad’s car Tuesday at Canandaigua. He talked about what he was hoping to accomplish in this situation, what they were hoping to learn and how frustrating it is to be chasing motor issues.
Mike Copper was getting ready for his second race of the year and told me where his focus is right now. He talked about helping his son establish his own identity, how good he of a driver he thinks he is and why he decided to bring the stock car out to Canandaigua.
Colby Herzog told me why he had a different car on Friday and what happened to the other one. He talked about his flip at Weedsport, how he was able to get another Four Cylinder Super Stock together and what his goals were for the night.
Craig Revelle tells drivers and teams how they can get a website, hero cards and press releases through his business, Finish Line Web Design. He talked about the two options he has for a website, what he handles at his end and what he is doing to help tracks and racing series.
In this Motor Sounds clip hear the DIRTcar big blocks as they idle in the staging area Tuesday. This one starts out a little slow but builds. I love to put these on in the background and listen. I love big blocks!
|Thursday, June 16th 2011
| New on the Audio Page for today:
Ryan Phelps talked about his hopes for Canandaigua why he had another driver in his new car.
Billy Dunn told me how he has been doing at his new weekly home as it hosted a series race.
Charlie Donk remembered his recent Micro Sprint race and offered his thoughts on Canandaigua.
Chuck Bower explained why he was so happy to be at a track and on a tire he knew very well.
Todd Henderson described the problems with new crate engines and wonders what’s wrong.
Darryl Ruggles has not been racing as much this year and explained why he is stepping back a bit.
Joe Trenca showed me his Micro Sprint and told me about his recent second place at Paradise.
It was a real nice day on Wednesday and I got a lot of work done here at home and wrote up a new column for the Syracuse Post Standard. And we would also like to welcome Terrell’s Potato Chips on board as our newest sponsor. Click on their ad when you see it floating on various pages and support a local business when you are at the store. And don’t forget that Jack Terrell is a racer so he is one of us!
On the site today are some real nice interviews from my weekend travels and Tuesday night at Canandaigua Motorsports Park. Still in the can are another seven chats and yes I will get back in the studio today. But I will tell you that I was a little sore after hoofing around Canandaigua on Tuesday. And 50 is pretty darned old you know.
We’re still working on our plans for this weekend so we are not quite sure where we will be just yet. Friday is a 50/50 day with storms predicted and there is even a chance on Saturday so I may just hit the closest available track. And as of now we are a go for next week at Big Diamond.
Now let’s chat more about what is new for today on the Audio Page. I begin with some chats with Modified drivers who we spoke to Tuesday night. Ryan Phelps talked about his hopes for Canandaigua why he had another driver in his new car. He described some of what he found wrong with the car, why he believes the trouble is not motor related and what happens to the handling when the track gets slick.
Billy Dunn told me how he has been doing at his new weekly home as it hosted a Super DIRTcar Series race. He talked about a motor issue he had with the new piece, described the carburetion issues he has been working on and what he has learned from running Canandaigua weekly.
Charlie Donk remembered his Micro Sprint race from Friday and offered his thoughts on Canandaigua. He wondered if a yellow flag might have helped his cause, explained why he did not mind losing to the driver who won and why getting off to a good start at a series race is so important.
Chuck Bower explained why he was so happy to be at a track and on a tire he knew very well. He talked about his goals for the series race at Canandaigua, wondered what effect the new types of tires he has been running have had on his performance elsewhere and described the good news he has been hearing about the new surface at the Land of Legends.
Todd Henderson described the problems he has had with new crate engines and wonders what’s going wrong back at the factory in Mexico. We are doing more research on this and are encouraging any other racers who have had similar issues to contact us here at email@example.com. Don’t forget for a second that these are not professionally built racing engines and are not built to the same tolerances as what a local engine builder can do!
Darryl Ruggles has not been racing as much this year and explained why he is stepping back a bit from the sport. He talked about doing other things this summer, how much he was looking forward to racing at Brewerton last weekend and what he sees his daughter getting into down the road. Yes, the prom is important Darryl!
Joe Trenca showed me his Micro Sprint and told me about his recent second place at Paradise. He also talked about how excited he was to race at Brewerton Speedway, looked ahead to racing at Cayuga County in the near future and thought back on how he originally got into racing.
|Wednesday, June 15th 2011
| New on the Audio Page from Canandaigua Motorsports Park:
Jimmy Phelps talked about his recent races and tells me about running the HBR small block.
Justin Haers spoke about his season so far at Canandaigua and described the racing surface.
Billy Decker won on Monday night at Five Mile Point and told me about his pass for the win.
Pat Ward explained why he was in the Ryan Phelps car and what his goals were for the night.
Brett Hearn told me about his runner up finish Friday at Accord and previews The Big Show III.
Lance Willix and I talked about his latest win at Glen Ridge and how his Modified felt in hot laps.
After the green flag waved:
Peter Britten reacted to earning his first ever fast time award at the Canandaigua series race.
Brett Hearn walked me through his pass on lap five that got him the win in the first Mod heat.
Justin Haers talked about his win in the second Modified heat and a problem they just found.
Jimmy Phelps won the third Modified heat race and described the different lines he was trying.
Mike Mahaney reacted to what he believes is his first ever Super DIRTcar Series heat win.
After the 64 lap Jan Corcoran Memorial:
Billy Decker spoke with announcer Paul Szmal after winning the Super DIRTcar Series race.
Brett Hearn worked his way up to finish in second place and spoke about it in victory lane.
Tim McCreadie talked about his third place finish down trackside with announcer Paul Szmal.
Stewart Friesen enjoyed a beverage after his 4th place run and talked about his late race move.
Justin Haers was up as high as second and explained what happened to his car to slow him down.
Steve Gray ran down the race leader on his way to a Sportsman win and told the crowd about it.
It was a very special night for promoter Jeremie Corcoran as he honored his late mother with the running of the Jan Corcoran Memorial at Canandaigua Motorsports Park. It turned out to be a beautiful night after a couple of soggy days and it turned out to be a real good night for the fans as well.
Now if Jeremie is anything like his mom was then I am sure she was a very driven, very motivated and hard working. Look at what he has done with this place and look at the table top smooth racetrack the teams had to work with last night. I am sure his mom was very proud as she looked down last night and I am sure Jeremie had a few moments when he looked skyward as well and smiled.
Before the racing began all the teams and drivers lined the racetrack in turns three and four to salute her memory and honor America on Flag Day. It was a nice sight and a great way to start out the evening.
Early on it looked like Matt Sheppard would run away and hide as he drew the pole at a track that he has won three out of four starts at this year. Of course, this was not the usual Saturday night crowd at the Land of Legends. The Super DIRTcar Series was in town so big name feature winning drivers and big stacker haulers were commonplace.
Sheppard blasted out to the lead and for a while it appeared he was on his way to win number four at Canandaigua. Justin Haers started putting pressure on Sheppard just past the halfway point of the 64 lapper although his car faded after a caution on lap 45. Got to my Audio Page and he’ll tell you why he thinks it happened.
After that same caution, Sheppard was not the same either and Billy Decker, who had won the night before at Five Mile Point, passed him on the inside of turn three and never looked back. It was the 55th career win on the series for Decker and his 4th at Canandaigua.
Brett Hearn Tim McCreadie and Stewart Friesen were also able to get by Sheppard and I got to speak with five of the top six finishers including Haers who eventually came home sixth. I also got the four heat winners, the fast time award winner and several pre race chats. I was also able to save nine of those and they will appear over the next two days.
Plus I took 90 pictures and all of those are up today as well as some from J Fish who rode with me as we took the new LeSabre on its first official road trip. Look for more pics today as I also have a bunch from Ty Garl as he was at Five Mile Point on Monday.
It was a really good show with an excellent crowd on hand (a good amount showed up at about 7:30 as they always do at Canandaigua) and as I said the racetrack, although it was slick early, was very racy especially in the closing laps as many positions were swapped.
All in all I had a wonderful time. Paul Szmal and Shane Andrews did the announcing together so you know that was great for the fans. A fine field of 39 Modifieds plus Sportsman and Street Stocks were on hand and the entire show was done right before 11 PM.
Thanks for everyone who contributed to what you see on here today and thanks for everyone at the Land of Legends for making it easy to do what I do. Come back tomorrow for more as we have a lot to come. Have a great Wednesday!
|Tuesday, June 14th 2011
| New on the Audio Page for today:
Matt Sheppard talks about his two wins this past weekend and looks ahead to today at Canandaigua.
Peter Britten remembered what happened last time at Canandaigua and how bad the wreck was.
Vinny Salerno gets ready to race with Tim McCreadie today and told me where his team is now.
Rob Keller explained how he deals with getting passed for the lead late and his current mindset.
Let’s hope that today stays dry as the Super DIRTcar Series is set to visit the Canandaigua Motorsports Park for race number two of the series. Three of the four interviews on the site today are about that race and the other is one I know you’ll really enjoy too as we get into the mind of a racer who just let a win he really wanted slip away from him. All four are excellent clips and ones I saved to air today.
Of course Matt Sheppard would have to be the favorite as he has won three of the four races run there this year, but when the big boys of the series come to town, anything can happen. Weather could be an issue so use our Track Links Page for up to the minute radar and a direct link to the track website.
J-Fish and I will be doing this show today and I may even be able to talk him into doing a few pre race chats while we are there. This is sure to be a good one so make your plans to get your butt on out there.
I also want your feedback on my Vinny Salerno chat. We discussed why the ROC Series is getting more cars than the Super DIRTcar Series and he brought up some excellent points. What do you think? Is it time trials, bigger & tackier tracks or is it something else? As always, send your thoughts to me at firstname.lastname@example.org or see me on facebook.
Now let’s chat more about what is new for today on the Audio Page. I begin with the man who is on a roll here in Central New York as he got ready to race last night at Five Mile Point. Matt Sheppard talks about his two wins this past weekend and looks ahead to the Super DIRTcar Series race today at Canandaigua. He told me about his last to first run at Brewerton, his green to checkered victory in Weedsport and wondered if 2011 could be better than his 2010. Could be huh?
Peter Britten remembered what happened to him last time at Canandaigua and how bad a wreck it was. He explained how he was a victim of circumstance to some degree, how he does not let a deal like that get him down and what he has learned by running the big half mile weekly compared to the 1/3 mile track he ran last year.
Vinny Salerno gets ready to race with driver Tim McCreadie at Canandaigua today and told me where his team is now as he gets closer to where he was before the theft of his hauler two years ago in Canada. He talked about the biggest things he lost, how he has recovered from that and why the ROC series seems to be more popular right now. Good one here!
Rob Keller explained how he deals with getting passed for the lead late and his current mindset. This is a real good clip that gets into the mind of a racer who last a race he really wanted in the closing laps. By the way, a few hours later he won the rainout out IMCA Modified feature at Brewerton.
|Monday, June 13th 2011
| New on the Audio Page for today:
Cory Sparks tells me about his Friday night at Mohawk International and his 2011 improvement.
Tony Steiner described the track he hot lapped on at Brewerton and why the session is important.
Alan Fink talked about his second place finish Friday as the Go Nuclear Series visited Can Am.
David Ferguson has been hot on the Pizza Logs Tour and told me about his two series wins.
Tyler Walker has come home second in each Pizza Log Series race and talked about his season.
Nick Cooper spoke about some of the misfortunes he has had and the last time he was at Brewerton.
Mike Jones showed me his IMCA Modified and talked about some of the nice finishes he’s enjoyed.
It will be a busy two days for the top Modified teams in our area as they have races tonight at Five Mile Point and tomorrow at Canandaigua. Tonight is a 40 lap race that was rained out on Saturday and there are ten qualifying spots for various shows on the line. Should be a real good one. For more into, go to my Track Links Page and click on Five Mile Point.
Then tomorrow the top DIRTCar teams will head to Canandaigua for the Jan Corcoran Memorial. It will be race # 2 for the Super DIRTcar Series and if you have not been to Canandaigua yet I must advise you to get out there as it is just as great as it once was. Big crowds, excellent track conditions and of course the racy configuration of this track always makes for good racing.
I’ll be back tomorrow with more on the Canandaigua race including interviews with some drivers who will be there that night. Plus we’ll empty out the rest of the can so we can start fresh on Wednesday.
On the site today we have some of my conversations from the weekend and we also show some love to the Pizza Logs Sprint Series as they visited Brewerton on Friday night. I hope you enjoy what we have today and as always keep checking back as you never know when new photos will show up. And thanks to everyone who takes time to send them.
Now let’s chat more about what is new on the Audio Page. I begin with a man who is off to a real nice start this year. Cory Sparks tells me about his Friday night at Mohawk International and his improvement here in 2011. We also chatted about the rain that seems to follow Sprint Cars to Fulton, how was picked up ten spots the night before and explains how being part of a two car team helps a lot.
Tony Steiner described the track he hot lapped on at Brewerton and why that three lap session is so important. He talked to me about his small block at Weedsport, explains why he is not going to go to Canandaigua on Tuesday and how tough it is to balance events for his daughter & racing. Only a few more weeks Tony!
Alan Fink talked about his second place finish Friday as the Go Nuclear Series visited Can Am. He told me about how much he enjoyed his race night, wondered what might have been if he had a few more laps and ran down how much he will race his Late Model & his Sportsman this year.
David Ferguson has been hot on the Pizza Logs Tour and told me about his two series wins in the two races they have had so far. He talked about his multiple second place finishes in 2010, how good he felt to do well at a track he has been struggling at and described where things have gotten better compared to last season.
Tyler Walker has come home second in each Pizza Log Series race and talked about his season to date. He also told me about his strong finishes so far, looks forward to racing at Brewerton on Friday and described where he feels he needs to improve.
Nick Cooper spoke about some of the misfortunes he has had and thought back to the last time he was at Brewerton. He told me how he likes to attack turns three & four, remembered a jingle he was in last week in a 600 Modified and how much he enjoys his Micro Sprint.
Mike Jones showed me his IMCA Modified in the pits at Brewerton and talked about some of the nice finishes he’s had. He told me about some set up gains he has made, how to know when to make a move and how opening his wallet helped him learn that very thing.
|Sunday, June 12th 2011
| New on the Audio Page from the Brewerton Speedway:
Pre race conversations before the rainout:
Lance Yonge told me how he guessed incorrectly and how it affected him at Mohawk International.
George Suprick recapped his 410 race at Fonda and looked forward to Utica Rome later today.
Steve Poirier became the first repeat winner on the ESS tour and talked about Friday’s victory.
Michael Parent led some laps early at Mohawk International and explained how a yellow hurt.
Shawn Donath kept the ESS point lead with a 2nd at MIR and spoke about racing for points.
Kevin Ward Jr. thought back to last weekend in Canada and his first ever ESS A-Main victory.
Bryan Howland described the tough start he has had this year and the need to get some laps in.
I guess it was just not meant to be for the racing community on Saturday. Rainouts were quite common as rain & storms were all over the radar map. I thought I might be able to dodge it at the Fulton Speedway but I was wrong.
Now I am sure that a lot of people are going to second guess the track on this one but as I sit here typing up this front page entry at 8 PM, the Fulton Speedway is just getting ready to hammered by rain and storms. It was the right call but it is only human nature I guess to second guess other’s decisions. But this show was not going to happen without a major marathon and that was the best case scenario.
I did however get a lot of interviews done. Eleven in fact and I put all but four of those up for you today. I also put up the photos I took before they pulled the plug and those are up as well as a bin from Alex Bruce at Ransomville and Jeff Karabin from Williams Grove and Fonda on Wednesday. Thanks guys and to everyone who sends us their work.
As for today, I am not sure what I am going to do yet as I have a lot of things happening that may keep me home. One way or another I will have new stuff for you as the can has fifteen interviews in it.
And don’t forget that there is a pair of shows today and both are sure to be good. The All Star Sprints join the Modifieds and the 305 Sprinters of the CRSA at Utica Rome and Cayuga County is going again with the vintage racers joining the regular show there. And since a lot of tracks rained out last night, expect car counts in the Modified and Sportsman divisions to be high as a lot of folks will be looking to race.
Now I am going to go and join my wife at a get together for some friends of hers that are retiring from the world of education. (Not bad timing for them huh?) So be sure to come back tomorrow and keep checking the site as new stuff is going up all the time. Have a great Sunday everyone!
|Saturday, June 11th 2011
| New on the Audio Page from the Brewerton Speedway:
Pre race conversations:
Willy Decker recapped his most recent races and talked about getting back to his Sunday home.
Chad Phelps talked about what broke on his Modified last weekend and how he made it to Brewerton.
J.J. Courcy told me how special it was to win the IMCA race last week honoring Dean Hubbs.
Charlie Donk was looking forward to his first Pizza Logs race and talked about his familiar ride.
Billy Decker described the win he had at Penn Can on Tuesday and how fortunate he is right now.
Stewart Friesen spoke about his winning streak at Five Mile Point and his recent Modified races.
Tim McCreadie was back in the Four Star Modified and ran down his schedule for the next week.
After the Modified heat races:
Stewart Friesen walked me through his pass for the win and how hard he hit a tire down in turn one.
Ted Lamb won the second heat race and talked about a brake problem they would have to fix.
Chad Phelps led every lap to win the final heat and described the changes he mad with his line.
After the feature races:
Rob Keller bounced back from last week to win the IMCA race and described his anxious moments.
Ben Kysor won his first ever Pizza Logs 600 Sprint A-Main and spoke about it down trackside.
Matt Sheppard told me what it felt like to come from last to first to win the Modified feature.
Stewart Friesen came home in second place and talked about how happy he was with the result.
Larry Wight led fourteen laps, finished third and described what his car did in the later laps.
Willy Decker talked about his 4th place finish and why he could not rotate the corners at the end.
I had another super fun night as I did reporting for the website and drove the Tired Iron Repair Saab for the fifth time this year. It was a very busy night at the Brewerton Speedway as the Pizza Logs Sprint Tour joined the regulars and a rained out make up IMCA Modified feature was also on the card.
Matt Sheppard came from last in his heat, last on the starting gird on the feature and won the 35 lap Modified race with a pass of Stewart Friesen with four laps to go. It was surely one for the time capsule as the track changed during the feature and became a battle on the bottom late.
This one surely had to be special for Matt and with his win he is now the eighth different winner in eight Modified races this year at the place known as the D-Shaped Dirt Demon. Four cautions slowed the pace of the race but this one was real fun for the huge crowd to watch as Brewerton continues to showcase some of the best racing around.
I did get to the top four afterwards and I tell you why in the Willy Decker post race chat and I also got the Modified heat winners, two other feature winners and eighteen pre race chats. I put seven of those pre race ones up for today and since I am not too sure whether Mother Nature will let us go today, it is good to know those are there. Several of them are specific to the Super DIRTcar Series race at Canandaigua and those will air Tuesday to coincide with that show.
It was a night when the track slickened up more than a lot of people thought it would be and as always the configuration at this place lends itself to side by side racing even when the track gets black and slippery.
The Pizza Logs Sprint Tour for 600 cc Micro Sprints was also on the card and they saw a first time winner as Ben Kysor held off veteran Charlie Donk to earn the trip to victory lane. It was also on his first night with a brand new car and from what I could tell it was a very popular win among his fellow Micro Sprint drivers. Congratulations Ben, you looked great out there!
Now since I did not see all the races, I cannot comment on those but I do understand there was another bad flip in the Mod Lites. I guess everyone was ok although one driver may have had an injury. It was not serious and we do wish him all the best. Those racecars are starting to scare me a little as we are almost seeing one bad flip weekly of late. I worry about you guys sometimes.
It is good the show moved along as it did although we did finish well past 11 0’clock. But with all the racing it was still a very good show. And as the final feature was pulling off the track rain drops began to fall. No, it was not much but I did have my wipers on all the way home. Whew, dodged one there huh?
Now today I have a busy day as my oldest daughter has a dance recital at 2PM and then after that I blast out to the Fulton Speedway for the big Sprint Car show. I saw 600 Micros last night, will see 360’s today and then 410’s tomorrow at Utica Rome. How fortunate am I? Hopefully we will all be fortunate and the predicted rain & storms will hold off. Keep your fingers crossed and know I am ready one way or the other.
As for me, I had an adventurous night to day the least in the Claude & Carol Hutchings owned Saab. I was right where I wanted to be in my heat and moving to the inside of first and second place in turn two when all of a sudden the steering wheel came off in my hands. Oh no!
I did not panic and lifted as I rolled down the backstretch. I could not wave my hands to let the racers behind me know I was in trouble as both my hands were furiously trying to put the steering wheel back on the nut. On the third try I was able to get it back on and turn the car as I drifted higher in turn four.
Fortunately for me the caution came out (they said later they thought I lost power) and I was able to catch up to the field, tug on the wheel a few times to make sure it was secure and then race my way back up from seventh to third getting a qualifying spot.
It was a moment I will never forget and I still remember looking down and seeing the end of the shaft and realizing that the wheel was no longer attached. I was lucky as the car was heading straight at the time and that nobody behind me made any contact with me. I knew I could not slam on the brakes and am counting my blessings that everything worked out as it did.
In the feature I actually got up as high as second at one point and passed Stephen Denton and Chuck Powelczyk in one move. I never did that before! But the car got loose under the longer green flag runs (we later found out the right front picked up about five pounds of air) and became a handful at times. But we came home fourth, were right with the leaders at most of the way and smiled all the way back to the home studio.
Thanks again to Claude, Craig, Bill and everyone in the division who always race this rookie cleanly. We did have the in car camera in for the feature and I will put that on You Tube sometime soon after I put up a few heat races from a few weeks back.
I hope you all have a great Saturday and I hope Mother Nature shines on you today. Keep checking back and feel free to send your thoughts to me at email@example.com. Now I am going to watch last week’s video from www.thomasracingvideos.com and see what I can learn from that. Take care and we’ll see you tomorrow.
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