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Friday, June 3rd 2011
    New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Jimmy Phelps offers his thoughts to Jeremiah Fish before hitting the track on All Star Weekend. 
Charlie Donk remembered his Modified race at Canandaigua as he got his Sprint Car ready. 
Brett Tonkin had his big block at Utica Rome and told me about his two starts in the Modified. 
Pete Taylor told me how his Sunday went at Utica Rome as got ready to race the Victoria 200. 
Jason Rood thought back on the first Utica Rome race of the year and the nice finish he enjoyed. 
Bill Trexler has five Modified shows under his belt this year and talked about how rookie season.
Jimmy Spellman spoke with J-Fish about his racing down south and offered his take on The Wheels.
Mike Jeffries explained how he got behind the wheel of his younger brother’s IMCA Modified.
Sam Morse has one of the more different looking Mod Lites at Brewerton and talked about it.   
Andy Fusco talks with Jeremiah Fish about some good news regarding the DIRCar HOF.
Brett Ryan gets ready for his new announcing job at Accord and tells me how it came about.
Jeff Hachmann recaps Sunday’s big show at Rolling Wheels and looks forward to going again. 
 
It was a nice day on Thursday although a little chillier than we have experienced of late. I got a lot done as I uploaded a lot of pictures and did some other website work as well. I also realized that we have three new people on the site today. So welcome aboard!
 
I am going to be at Brewerton Speedway tonight to race and report so it should be a great night. Driving an actual racecar at a track I have known about for years has been very eye opening and sometime next week I’ll put up some of my races on You Tube so you guys can see what it is like. That backstretch is not straight for a second!
 
Not sure yet about the rest of the weekend as I will do either Fulton or Weedsport. Not sure which one just yet but I will make that decision early tomorrow. I have not been to Fulton yet so that is probably what I will do, but you never know.
 
And of course next week I will be at Penn Can for their Tuesday special as it is the biggest purse they have ever offered for a show like this. A big $8,000 check will go to the winner so anyone who is anybody will be at this show. 
 
I hope you guys get to get out this weekend to your favorite track and as I have seen on bumper stickers, “support your favorite track before it is too late”. The landscape in the northeast has changed a lot in recent years so do your part and show your support.
 
Now let’s talk about what is new for today on the Audio Page. I begin with a chat from J-Fish’s Sunday in Elbridge. Jimmy Phelps offers his thoughts to Jeremiah Fish before hitting the track at Rolling Wheels on All Star Weekend. He talked about getting back on the more familiar Hoosier tires, how good he was on American Racers the night before at Fulton and how much work it has been to run on two sets of tires. 
 
Charlie Donk remembered his Modified race at Canandaigua as he got his Sprint Car ready to race Sunday at Utica Rome. He thought back to his last race in a 360 back in the early 2000’s, the last 100 lapper he ran at the track with his Modified and what he hoped would happen at the big half mile. 
 
 
Brett Tonkin had his big block at Utica Rome and told me about his two starts in the Modified. He talked about his goals for the Sunday show, remembered coming back up to Vernon last year and defined what would make the night a success. 
 
Pete Taylor told me how his Sunday went at Utica Rome as got ready to race the Victoria 200. He talked about getting his set up right early on, how bad it was after they made some changes and how badly it handled after that. 
 
Jason Rood thought back on the first Utica Rome race of the year and the nice finish he enjoyed. He described how he did in his heat race, compared the result to last year and how he has improved since his rookie year in 2010. 
 
Bill Trexler has five Modified shows under his belt this year and talked about how rookie season. He told me about some bugs he worked out in those races, wondered how Utica Rome would turn out in the first actual race and looked ahead to the Victoria 200 on Monday. 
 
Jimmy Spellman spoke with J-Fish about his racing down south and offered his take on The Wheels. He talked about his 7th place the night before at Orange County, how the worked All Star Weekend into their schedule and thought back to his trip to Syracuse last year. 
 
Mike Jeffries explained how he got behind the wheel of his younger brother’s IMCA Modified. He talked about a motor issue he had, what he had to do to fix it and described how his season has been going in his four link car. 
 
Sam Morse has one of the more different looking Mod Lites at Brewerton and talked about how similar to the other cars it really is. He told me about his recent second place, how much he likes the older body style and wonders what the typical body does aerodynamically. 
 
Andy Fusco talks with Jeremiah Fish about some good news regarding the DIRCar HOF. He told him about a charitable organization they have formed, what that means to fans and how it should make the future brighter for this museum & Hall of Fame. 
 
Brett Ryan gets ready for his new announcing job at Accord and tells me how it came about. He talked about what he missed most about not being in the tower, the moment when he knew he had to get back and ran down what is happening at the track tonight. 
 
Jeff Hachmann recaps Sunday’s big show at Rolling Wheels and looks forward to going again on July 4th. He talked about the work they did to get the place to really shine, how the free pit pass deal worked out and reacted to feedback he has received. Rolling Wheels is back! 

 
Thursday, June 2nd 2011
    New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Eric Kingsley gets me up to speed on what is going on at Cayuga County and quells some rumors. 
Ronnie Johnson walked me through his Modified win at Fonda and his best season start ever. 
Jimmy Horton recapped his fourth place finish at New Egypt and who he followed to the front. 
Rick Laubach has been struggling these past few weeks and described what has been going on. 
Jerry Higbie was in a new ride for Sunday at Rolling Wheels and told J Fish how it came together. 
Lance Yonge told me about a motor problem he had at Fonda and how much respect means. 
Matt DeLorenzo remembered his Sunday at Fonda as he spoke about it Monday with Mike Mallett.
Paul Kinney explained why he was at Utica Rome without his car and how much work they did. 
Vinnie Vitale tells me how he held off one of the best in the business to win at Canandaigua. 
Sam Reakes IV tells J Fish how he got to the front to win the Sportsman opener at Rolling Wheels.
Bret Belden was getting ready for his first race and explained why he had an old body on the racecar.
Tim Devendorf leads the points in the Mod Lite division at Brewerton and spoke about his season.
Joe Marotta talks with Jeremiah Fish about the class of inductees into the DIRTcar Hall of Fame. 
Jerry Cook explains to J Fish what being inducted into the DIRTcar Hall of Fame means to him. 
 
It was a busy Wednesday for me as I recorded some more interviews in the studio and set more up for today. I also uploaded several new photo bins and will be putting up at least four more today so keep checking back as that will probably happen sometime this afternoon.
 
I had a lot of great conversations both on the mic and off and I see a lot of positives out there right now. Sure, there is a lot of work to be done and not every track is where they want to be right now for a variety of reasons, but I do see a lot taking place that makes me think we are going to be fine.
 
On the site today are fourteen interviews including four from Jeremiah Fish as he attended the DIRTcar Hall of Fame ceremony and the race at Rolling Wheels. Plus we have three more from him that will air tomorrow as well as seven more from my weekend travels. So enjoy what we have today as we have a lot going on.
 
And how about the line up for today? What a mix of established super stars, up and comers and people who have a long history in the sport. Come back tomorrow for more as we are super busy this week.
 
Now let’s chat more about what is new for today on the Audio Page. I begin with some confirmation on the situation at the New Cayuga County Speedway with the man who hired me for my first racing job back in 1990. Eric Kingsley gets me up to speed on what is going on at Cayuga County and quells some rumors about the tracks future. He explains why he is still committed to running weekly, how tough the first few shows have been and offers his take on Sunday’s show at Rolling Wheels.   
 
Ronnie Johnson walked me through his Modified win at Fonda and told me how 2011 is fast becoming his best season start ever. He talked about how he got to the front, reminded me when they learned something that is helping him win races today and how much he was looking forward to Utica Rome. 
 
Jimmy Horton recapped his fourth place finish at New Egypt and who he followed to the front. He explained why overall he has happy with the run, compared himself to the man he was following and talked about his hopes for the Victoria 200 at Utica Rome. 
 
Rick Laubach has been struggling these past few weeks and described what has been going on. He told how his races back in Pennsylvania went last Friday & Saturday, how he has been off at Utica Rome in the past and why his crew is happy that May is over! 3:27 UR Rick Laubach Mod pre race May 30.MP3
 
Jerry Higbie was in a new ride for Sunday at Rolling Wheels and told J Fish how it came together. He spoke about his relationship with car owner Del Rougeux, why Del will not be in the car as much and how his year has been going at his weekly tracks. 
 
Lance Yonge told me about a motor problem he had at Fonda and how much respect from your fellow drivers means to him. He explained why he now has a pair of engines that need work, reacted to an interview I did with a racer he has known for years and why your reputation in the community means everything! Real good one here. 
 
Matt DeLorenzo remembered his Sunday at Fonda as he spoke about it beforehand with Mike Mallett. He told Mike what broke the night before, what they were doing in the pit area to get ready and how happy he was with how the car was the night before. 
 
Paul Kinney explained why he was at Utica Rome without his car and how much work they did at the last minute to get it there. He told me what they did earlier that day, why they fell a little behind and described how he has been doing on Fridays at Glen Ridge. 
 
Vinnie Vitale tells me how he held off one of the best in the business to win at Canandaigua. He told me how badly the first three races went, why he didn’t think the car was as fast as it was and what he was thinking about as he was out front. Congratulations Vinnie! 
 
Sam Reakes IV tells J Fish how he got to the front to win the Sportsman opener at Rolling Wheels. He talked about the car he saw on the outside in the closing laps, what he told himself as it was happening and summed up how his season has gone so far. 
 
Bret Belden was getting ready for his first race and explained why he had an old body on the racecar. He told me when he would put the new skin on, how he would tie that in to a sponsor appearance and what he has been doing with his free Sundays up till last weekend. 
 
Tim Devendorf leads the points in the Mod Lite division at Brewerton and spoke about his season. He talked about how well the car has been running, remembered a recent wall whack and what it took to fix it. 
 
Joe Marotta talks with Jeremiah Fish about the new class of inductees into the DIRTcar Hall of Fame. This is a real nice chat with a man who has forgotten more about the sport than many of us know. Nice one here! 
 
Jerry Cook explains to J Fish what being inducted into the DIRTcar Hall of Fame means to him. He told him what a surprise it was for him to be included, how much dirt racing he did before the DIRT organization began and remembered showing up at Syracuse with an asphalt car. Nice one here too! 

 
Wednesday, June 1st 2011
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Justin Barger talked about winning the Empire Super Sprint A-Main Saturday night at Fonda. 
Danny Creeden recapped his weekend and explained why he has switched his Saturday home. 
Justin Holland tells me how his season has been going with his Modified in the Southern Tier. 
Danny Varin remembered his crash Saturday at Fonda and what they did to repair the damage. 
Chris Busta was enjoying his first race weekend of the year and explained why he did not travel. 
Matt Janczuk talked about his Sportsman run on Sunday and his hopes to qualify on Monday. 
Claude Hutchings Jr. explained what he had to do to get a motor fixed after hot laps on Wednesday.
Jeremy Vunk was back at Utica Rome on Sunday and talked about his ride in a Pro Stock.
 
I had a great day on Tuesday as I chaperoned my daughter’s school trip to the Burnett Park Zoo, hit my parents pool and enjoyed what was probably the best weather day we have had so far. Yeah, it was an excellent day. Although with all the money they are spending at that zoo you would have thought they would have put in a water fountain! Then you can’t charge for water, so maybe I just figured that one out. 
 
By the time I knew it, the clock said 10 PM and I could not get any new interviews done. But I will be in the studio today and will get some work done…I promise! Plus I got some new chats from Jeremiah Fish at the Hall of Fame Induction & Rolling Wheels and half of those will show up tomorrow, the other half on Friday. 
 
I also got my new glasses as it has been tough to see the numbers on the cars on the back stretch for several years now. I can tell you that I had no idea how bad my eyes were before I put these glasses on. Originally I was only going to wear them at the track, but now it looks like I will be wearing them often. Vanity be damned…I can see!!!
 
Since the day slipped away from me again, not much else to report on so let’s go right into what is new on the Audio Page. And yes, more photos will be going up today. Justin Barger talked about winning the Empire Super Sprint A-Main Saturday night at Fonda as he got ready at Utica Rome. He told me what it is about the place that makes it so special to him, why it fits his driving style so well and described the big crashes he saw happening around him. 
 
Danny Creeden recapped his weekend and explained why he has switched his Saturday home. He also told me about the pair of racecars he had with him at Utica Rome, who would run the second car and how good Accord has been to him this year. 
 
Justin Holland tells me how his season has been going with his Modified in the Southern Tier. He talked about winning a feature race at Five Mile Point, how he did this past Saturday night and wonders what he could have done to pick up one more position. 
 
Danny Varin remembered his crash Saturday at Fonda and described what they did to repair the extensive damage. He talked about how fast the car was before the incident, how a flat tire sent him to the back and what he hoped would happen Monday at Utica Rome. 
 
Chris Busta was enjoying his first race weekend of the year and explained why he did not travel while he was waiting for Utica Rome to open. He told me how much he enjoys racing in Vernon, why it is tough to start at the back at an unfamiliar track and how tempting it was to hit a Friday track close to home. 
 
Matt Janczuk talked about his Sportsman run on Sunday and his hopes to qualify on Monday. He told me how tough it was to choose a car on Sunday, why he went with the more familiar chassis and why he decided to try his Sportsman against the Mods at the Victoria 200. 
 
Claude Hutchings Jr. explained what he had to do to get a motor fixed after hot laps last Wednesday at Utica Rome. He told me when he realized he had a problem, what they did to fix it and how fortunate he was that the damage was not more severe. 
 
Jeremy Vunk was back at Utica Rome on Sunday and talked about his ride in a Pro Stock for this season. He told me how much adjusting he has to do to get comfortable in the car, how much differently it drives compared to his Sportsman and wonders if he may go open wheel racing again. 

 
Tuesday, May 31st 2011
   New on the Audio Page from the Victoria 200 at the Utica Rome Speedway:
 
Andy Bachetti told me how his weekend has been going at both Accord and Lebanon Valley. 
Kenny Tremont talked about how his season has been going and his struggles the night before. 
Mitch Gibbs remembered a recent Sportsman win at Skyline and told me about his Utica Rome ride. 
Jeff Strunk recapped his weekend in Pennsylvania as we looked at the racing surface in turn one.
Brett Hearn summed up how his race weekend went and his run in the Super DIRTCar Series. 
Bobby Varin won the Modified race the night before and told me what he learned along the way. 
 
After the six heat races:
 
Matt Sheppard got a break in his heat win and told me what he saw the leader do in turn four.
Pat Ward led every lap to win his heat race and explained why he was driving the big block.
Tim Fuller kept his winning weekend going with a heat win and spoke about racing with friends.
Jeff Strunk had a good run winning his Modified heat race and described the track he was on.
Ronnie Johnson never looked back in his heat win and talked about the lines he was running.
Ryan Phelps won his heat race from the pole and wondered what the track would do later on.
 
After the Victoria 200:
 
Bobby Varin led the final 60 laps to win the Victoria 200 and told Mike Mallett all about it. 
Billy Decker almost caught the leader late and told Mike Mallett about his second place finish. 
Ronnie Johnson finished third in the race and spoke about how his racecar faded in the final laps. 
Stewart Friesen picked up fourteen spots to finish fourth and described his battle at the end. 
Ryan Phelps led eleven laps early and talked with me about how happy he was finishing fifth. 
 
I had another fun night as I went to the Utica Rome Speedway for the second day in a row. It was the Victoria 200 and it was a real good time. An excellent field of 60 Modifieds was on hand for six heats, three consolation races, a b-main and a 100 lap feature, so actually 210 and ten laps were run overall.
 
The quality of this field was really something as the DIRTcar series, the Race of Champions and of course many other speedways were represented making it diverse as well. Early on it looked like the track conditions could be an issue, but once they got racing the dust settled and there multiple racing grooves available.
 
Bobby Varin completed his two day sweep as he won for the second day in a row to bring his two day total to $12,000. He passed Billy Decker on lap 41 and held off the former Mr. DIRT Champion in heavy traffic in the final laps to get the win. It was special too as he came from 17th to do it after finishing third in his heat and just missing the redraw.
 
Larry Wight led the first 11 laps until Ronnie Johnson was able to get by. Johnson would only lead one lap however as Ryan Phelps got by the very next lap. He would lead till lap 24 when Decker took over the top spot. But after lap 41 it was all Varin.
 
There were several drivers who had good runs including fourth place Stewart Friesen. He started next to Varin in 18th and worked hard to get around Phelps in the final laps to get that fourth place finish. Jimmy Davis was also fast coming from 21st to the top five before a flat left rear tire sent him pitside. He was coming! 
 
Only five yellows slowed the pace of this race with the final 32 laps going caution free. Decker as I said really gained on Varin as traffic became an issue for him late as the drivers in front of him were too busy racing to get out of the way. And on a track with that many grooves, that stuff can happen. 
 
On the site today are some great pre race interviews with some very big names in the Modified world, chats with each heat winner and the top five as well. Plus we took over 90 photos and those are up as well. I was able to save seven interviews to go with the fifteen I already had so it is going to be a busy week once again on the Audio Page
 
And Jeremiah Fish did do some interviews at Rolling Wheels and I will get those in my hands today. So those are coming up too. Plus I have some photos saved as I wanted to give you guys a day to catch up. Later tonight or early tomorrow I will be adding more. Keep checking for those.
 
Now I need to get some sleep as this morning I am one of the chaperones for my oldest daughter Allie’s class as they take a field trip to the zoo. So I need to hurry up and get to sleep to be ready for that. It will be a good time as the kids in her class are good kids and Allie cares about them dearly. She is such a good kid. I hope she keeps her cheerful and helpful spirit just like her mom as she is truly a joy to be around. 
 
See you tomorrow and enjoy your short week. I’ll be back with more on Wednesday. 

 
Monday, May 30th 2011
   New on the Audio Page from the Utica Rome Speedway:
 
Pre race conversations:
 
Chuck Hebing tells me about his Saturday night at Fonda and what happened to the car in the end.
Cory Sparks had a nice run at Fonda the night before and compared it to the Utica Rome Speedway. 
Todd Burley remembered the big one at Ransomville and talked about getting another car ready. 
Alan Johnson talked about leading when the rain came at Brewerton and his Fulton victory. 
Steve Poirier showed me his wrecked Sprint Car from Fonda and described how it happened.
Bobby Varin recapped his two day weekend so far that included races at Fonda and Glen Ridge. 
 
After the heat races and dash:
 
Chuck Hebing talked about his early race spin and how he recovered to win the first heat. 
Steve Poirier rebounded from a tough night at Fonda talked about his back up car’s performance. 
Michael Parent won the final ESS heat race and told me why he had damage on the right rear. 
Pat Ward got the win in the first Modified heat race and described how his big block handled. 
Bobby Varin told me how well his Modified worked as he won the second Modified heat race.
Todd Burley walked me through his pass for the lead on lap 5 that earned him a heat victory.
Willy Decker found some bite in the middle of turn two and told me how it helped him win. 
Cory Sparks won the ESS Dash and talked about how cool it was to pass the defending champion. 
 
Interviews from victory lane after the features:
 
Steve Poirier led every lap on his way to an A-Main win and described the race to Mike Mallett
Chuck Hebing made a late race move to finish in second place and told the crowd how he did it.
Shawn Donath ran second for most of the A-Main and spoke about his third place in victory lane.
Bobby Varin dominated the 30 lap Modified feature and celebrated on the track with Jeff Barrett
Pat Ward led the first eight laps finishing second and wondered if his small block was better. 
Stewart Friesen told the crowd about his third place run and which car he will be in for today. 
 
It was a busy Sunday in Central New York as a pair of dirt tracks raced for the first time this year. Utica Rome and Rolling Wheels were both on Sunday and both had successful openers. I was at Utica Rome as we were doing another episode of ESS Web TV while J-Fish was at Rolling Wheels with my other recorder so look for stuff from him to show up on Wednesday.
 
I had a real nice time as Utica Rome broke its streak of six straight rainouts. The track was slick as you would have imagined with an early start time and the combination of Sprints & Modifieds as well as the three other weekly divisions but considering everything, it turned out well. And once again, it is the best looking crowd around. Yeah, my head was on a pivot as it always is at this place. 
 
Steve Poirier recovered from a flip at Fonda the night before and made it to victory lane in his back up car. Although the car he drove to the win on Sunday had a lot of laps on it last year so he was very familiar with it. And the one he wrecked on Saturday was a brand new one.
 
For a while it looked like Shawn Donath would get by as the two worked traffic in a caution free A-Main, but a lane change by Poirier sealed the deal. Donath would have to settle for third as Chuck Hebing would get him for second spot.
 
And how about Hebing? He spun in his heat race and still won it. And he started 11th in the A-Main and came up to second in a race that went green to checkered. Now that is a good way to turn a night around.
 
The Modifieds were on hand and many of them were staying for today’s Victoria 200. There were 40 Modifieds so four heats and two consolation races were needed to set the 24 car field. Not a bad car count for a regular show with a regular purse huh?
 
I took a lot of pictures along the way and did thirty interviews. I was able to save 12 of those and put them in the can to go with the three chats I saved from Brewerton. Now today I will be heading back to Utica Rome for the Victoria 200 and I hope to see a lot of you there.
 
And on a side note, I heard the Rolling Wheels show went very well. There was a good crowd on hand and the racing was good according to reporter J-Fish. That is good for them because track conditions the last few seasons have left the grandstands less than full on many occasions outside of Super DIRT Week. Hopefully this is the start of a turnaround for a track that really needs it. Good job guys!
 
Now I need to crash as I have a quick turnaround. And I am also trying to beat the storms that I can hear off in the distance. I’ll see you today and be sure to pause to remember the men & women who died so that we can enjoy the freedoms we have today. We are still the best country to live in and it is because of their sacrifices that we can say that. God bless America and the fine citizens that defend it.  

 
Sunday, May 29th 2011
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Ryan Phelps remembers his big All Star Weekend moment two years ago that was worth $23,000.
Pat Ward talked about his runner up finish in last year’s Victoria 200 and how good his racecar is.
Peter Britten speaks about his recent races and how big the Rolling Wheels would be in Australia.
Stewart Friesen gets ready for back to back shows at Utica Rome and talks about the practice. 
Larry Wight will be at Rolling Wheels on Sunday, Utica on Monday and spoke about his hopes. 
Shawn Donath has been racing at Utica Rome for over 20 years and talks about his Sprinter. 
 
Well as you can see we have dedicated the site today to the two big races that take place in the next two days. Rolling Wheels Raceway hosts race number one of the Super DIRTCar Series today while Utica Rome has the Victoria 200 on tap for tomorrow. 
 
So I chatted with some of the drivers who will be at these shows and asked them what was so special about these shows. I hope you enjoy these and I hope you are able to get out to one or both of these races as they are both big time events.
 
I’ll be at Utica Rome today for TV and Jeremiah Fish will be covering the action in Elbridge. So you will get stuff from both these tracks as they each host big shows. And the Empire Super Sprints are at Utica Rome today and that is the reason I will be there as we will be recording another edition of ESS Web TV. Look us up at www.esswebtv.com to see our first show. More are coming too so put it on your favorites now.
 
I stayed home on Saturday but as you can see I was ready for today. Now I get back to back shows in today and tomorrow (God I hope it does not rain!) which will also mean a busy week on the site as I will be sure to can many of my interviews. 
 
Now let’s talk more about the six new chats I have on the Audio Page. I begin with a man who has fond memories of the first All Star Weekend. Ryan Phelps remembers his big All Star Weekend moments two years ago that were worth $23,000. He also recapped his last weekend out, described some changes they made during the week and looks forward to getting back to Rolling Wheels. 
 
Pat Ward talked about his runner up finish in last year’s Victoria 200 and how good his racecar is. He remembered chasing Tim McCreadie for fifty laps, shared what he saw at the Utica Rome practice on Wednesday and how tight sail panels make a Modified. 
 
Peter Britten speaks about his recent races and how big the Rolling Wheels would be back home in Australia. He told me what he learned from racing the outside at Canandaigua, how his racing here helped him back home and how racing more months a year than most has helped. 
 
Stewart Friesen gets ready for back to back shows at Utica Rome and talks about the practice session he was at on Wednesday. He described the racing surface he saw, who has been helping them with the clay and why he is not a big fan of sail panels at a big track. 
 
Larry Wight will be at Rolling Wheels on Sunday, Utica Rome on Monday and spoke about his hopes. He talked about his struggles in a Modified at The Fast Track, wonders how much better it might be with a new track groomer at the helm and thinks back on his early days in Vernon. 
 
Shawn Donath has been racing at Utica Rome for over 20 years and talks about the Sprinter he will race there today. He told me about an issue he had at a recent practice session, how much he enjoys racing with the ESS and how much room there is to race on the half mile. 

 
Saturday, May 28th 2011
   New on the Audio Page from a rainy Brewerton Speedway:
 
Pre race conversations:
 
Dan Vauter talked about some of the big changes he made to his Modified during the week.
Willy Decker thought back on last weeks Modified feature and looked ahead to a busy weekend.
Sam Reakes IV told me about his only race so far and how he would have to beat dad’s finish.
Greg Mrzywka recently won his first ever Sportsman feature race and told me how he did it. 
Earl Rudy returned to Brewerton and told me why he hoped the track would slick up later on.
Mike Bowman made a motor swap during the week and described how it felt during hot laps.
 
After the heat races:
 
Sam Reakes IV won the first Sportsman heat with his low line and described his pass for the lead.
Rob Humphreys led every lap on his way to a Sportsman heat win and wondered what to change. 
Stewart Friesen walked me through his pass for the lead as he won the first Modified heat race. 
Dan Vauter won the 2nd heat in convincing fashion and told me how happy he was with the car. 
Matt Fink led every lap on his way to a Modified heat win and talked about how well his car worked.
 
After the one and only completed feature race:
 
Stephen Denton spoke with Mike Mallett about winning his sixth Four Cylinder race in a row. 
 
Well you have to give the Brewerton Speedway lot of credit. They knew there was a good chance it was going to rain sometime Friday night. But the track had dodged most of the rain the last few days and the chances were good that they could dodge it again. A lot of what we have seen in the last 48 hours has broken up when it hit Central New York. Not on this night though.
 
It was a tacky and fast night at the Brewerton Speedway and the Modifieds were just rolling out for their 35 lap feature. Stephen Denton had just celebrated his sixth win in a row in the Four Cylinder Super Stock feature and it was just starting to spit rain just a little. 
 
For a while it looked like the rain would hold off, but after a pair of cautions right before halfway on lap 16, the rain really began to pick up. A quick look at the radar showed that it was only going to get worse so they pulled the cars off the track for a few minutes, waited to see if it would get worse and sure enough it did. 
 
Rain began falling harder and soon after that the thunder & lightning followed. They did announce that the remaining 20 laps will be made up this coming Friday so the fans that get there for that one are going to get a real treat. The rest of the races (IMCA, Sportsman and Mod Lite) will also be made up at a later time. Keep checking their website for more details.
 
When they go back to green flag racing, Alan Johnson will be in the top spot with Dan Vauter, Mike Mahaney and Chad Phelps right behind him. And with an early evening racetrack and a 20 lap dash to the finish, anything can happen. It should be a real dandy!
 
I did get a lot of pre race interviews and put up six of those today along with five open wheel heat winners and the victory lane interview from the Four Cylinder Super Stock feature. I also put up almost 100 photos from the event and was able to save six real nice Modified interviews with drivers who will be running either at Utica Rome or Rolling Wheels for their big shows.
 
Come back tomorrow to hear from Pat Ward, Ryan Phelps, Peter Britten, Stewart Friesen, Shawn Donath and Larry Wight as they talk about the big shows at those tracks that include the Victoria 200 and the first race of the Super DIRTCar Series. 
 
I’ll be home today but will be at Utica Rome for TV on Sunday (ESS Web TV) and again on Monday. But fear not Rolling Wheels fans, Jeremiah Fish will be covering the action for us on Sunday in Elbridge and of course his interviews and photos will show up right here. So thanks to J Fish, we have it covered!
 
As for me, I did not race Friday night as the Hutchings family had engine trouble at Utica Rome on Wednesday and had to go down to JPM near Middletown to pick up their freshly repaired motor. I’m only racing their Four Cylinder Super Stock when they can do it and obviously they were very busy getting Jr. set to run on Sunday at Utica Rome. 
 
I hope they are ready for Sunday and wish them all the best as they scramble back at the shop. We’ll be back soon though with the Saab. Check my facebook page for more info on our next race day.
 
Now I am going to relax, maybe have a cold beverage and watch my races from last week. Of course the good folks at Thomas Racing Videos shot the dvd and they were kind enough to give me one. Remember to get yours either look for their booth at the track or go to www.thomasracingvideos.com today.
 
Have a great Saturday and be sure to come back tomorrow and keep checking as you never know when new stuff may show up.   

 
     
 
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