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Wednesday, August 31st 2016
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Jimmy Phelps talks about how he took the point lead at Brewerton and Monday in Weedsport.
Ronnie Davis III tells me about his Sportsman win at Brewerton and his championship hopes.
Steve Abt describes the work he is doing to get a new car ready for some late season shows.
Dave Talbot got ready for his first laps in a Sportsman and explained why he made a change.
Tony Veneziano reports on the World of Outlaws race this past weekend in North Dakota.

I had another busy day on Tuesday and should have another one today before a day off Thursday to go to the fair with my family. I have some cool things set up today too so if everything works out we may have a surprise for you tomorrow.

We are having such a good time of late and getting to meet some new people. It has been great and I hope things keep going as well as they are now. I could freeze time right now and be very happy.

I have five new chats for you today and plan on getting in shows on Friday and Sunday with hopes to add Monday as well. We will have to see how it goes though as we are finally in the last weekend of the summer. Where did the time go?

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you to listen to on the Audio Page starting with a preview of the big Sprint/Mod show in Weedsport. Jimmy Phelps talks about how he took the point lead at Brewerton, what it has been like learning a new chassis and Monday’s big Labor Day show at Weedsport Speedway.

Ronnie Davis III tells me about his Sportsman win at Brewerton on Friday, how his results have flipped flopped from last year and how he did at Rolling Wheels last Thursday.  

Steve Abt describes the work he is doing to get a new Sportsman car ready for some late season shows with his main focus being Super DIRT Week at Oswego Speedway.  

Dave Talbot got ready for his first laps in a Sportsman at Fulton and explained why he made a change as well as why he didn’t know someone else was running his Late Model last Thursday.  

Tony Veneziano reports on the World of Outlaws race this past weekend in North Dakota and how the hometown racer went on to win both increasing his win total to 20 in 62 races.  

 
Tuesday, August 30th 2016
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Jimmy Horton tells me about his Modified win at Orange County and his race today in Delaware.
Chris Hile described a recent motor issue he had, how fortunate he was and the engine in the car now.
Craig Pope talks about his runner up finish at 1-88 and how brutally honest he is about his finishes.
A.J. Kingsley has been fast with his Late Model of late and spoke about his wedding day last weekend.
 
It was a nice day on Monday as it cooled off and made it a lot easier to get things done. I wrote up a new story for the Syracuse Post Standard and Syracuse.com which you can see either in print or online today. I also got a new chat done in the studio and have a few things set up for later today so be sure to come back tomorrow.

Georgetown runs tonight and that is where our first interviewee will be running today. Plus Lebanon Valley hosts Mr. DIRT Track USA on Thursday with big money on the line. And yes, it is a Super DIRTcar Series event so it will be a big one.

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page starting with a driver who just picked up his first victory of the season. Jimmy Horton tells me about his Modified win at Orange County Fair Speedway on Saturday night, how he found the fast lane on the outside with two laps to go and his race today in Delaware.

Chris Hile described a recent motor issue he had with head, how fortunate he was that he shut it down as quickly as he did and the more powerful engine he has in the car now.  

Craig Pope talks about his runner up finish at 1-88 Speedway in Friday, how brutally honest he is about his finishes with his friends and wondered if something he found would work on Sundays.   Good one here!  

A.J. Kingsley has been fast with his Late Model of late and spoke about his wedding day last weekend as well as a change they had to make at the last minute. Congratulations to the new couple!

 
Monday, August 29th 2016
   

New on the Audio Page from the Utica Rome Speedway before the storm hit:

 
Danny Varin told Allie Elkins what he was focused on for Sunday and looks ahead to this weekend.
Jack Miller shared some of the information he had about tires and the future of open Sportsman.
Claude Hutchings Jr.
talked with Allie about some recent motor issue he had at I-88 on Fridays.
Mike White explained how he liked his first race at Lebanon Valley and his late season race plans.

Well Mother Nature was not a racefan on Sunday as a couple of big storms hit Utica Rome Speedway which makes three weeks in a row that they have fallen victim to the weather. We were able to get in some interviews before the thunder and lightning hit the track and four of those chats are up for you today

They waited it out hoping it might blow over but it was not meant to be. I really feel for them as this has been a tough season. Let’s hope for better weather this coming Sunday as they have a big show on tap.

As you can see Allie is back on board today as half of the interviews are hers. She wants to justify the tracks letting her in so she is trying to do more for the tracks and more for the website. Yep, I raised her right!

We’ll be back in the studio again today and we have twelve interviews in the can right now and have a list of drivers to chat with so it should be a fun week. I hope to get in one more day at the NYS Fair this week as the kids have not hit the rides yet. Heck, I may even do a few myself and yes, bumper cars are mandatory!

Now let’s chat more about what we have on the Audio Page starting with a driver who won the last time he came to Utica Rome Speedway. Danny Varin told Allie Elkins what he was focused on for Sunday, talks about some set up stuff and looks ahead to getting back in the Sprint Car this coming weekend.   

Jack Miller shared some of the information he had about the sets of tires he uses with his Sportsman, a characteristic he noticed concerning the right rears and wonders about the future of open Sportsman.  

Claude Hutchings Jr. talked with Allie Elkins about some recent motor issue he had at I-88 on Fridays while thinking back to his last point race at Utica Rome in July.

Mike White explained how he liked his first race at Lebanon Valley, described how different it was compared to other tracks he’s run at and talks about his late season race plans.

 
Sunday, August 28th 2016
   

New on the Audio Page from the Fulton Speedway:

After the heat races:

Chris Fleming described a problem they had before his heat win and why they waited to fix it.
Kevan Cook led every lap to win his Late Model heat and talked about his recent tough luck.
Nick Krause won the first Sportsman heat race and explained why he was hoping for a win later.
Mike Phelps made a nice move in the high side to win his heat and talked about tough competition.
Billy Whittaker held off a charging Modified to win his heat and wondered if he’s ready for victory.
Tim Kerr bounced back from a tough night on Friday and spoke about winning his Modified heat.
Tim Sears Jr. made his pass for a heat win early and told me about his hopes for a slick racetrack.

After the feature races:

Torrey Stoughtenger won his first race after his big wreck and talked about who loaned him a car.
Kyle Perry picked up a Novice win for the second week in a row and described how he used the top.
Chris Bonoffski kept up his hot streak winning again in the 4 Cylinder race and spoke in victory lane.
Kevan Cook led all twenty laps to win the Late Model race and talked about who he saw up front.
Billy Whittaker won his first Modified race Fulton since 1994 and reflected on some of his racing past.
Ronnie Davis III wrapped up the Sportsman championship with his win and spoke about his race night.

We had a fun night as a family for the second night in a row as we checked out the action at Fulton Speedway. Billy Whittaker won his first race at the track since 1994 and there was a big crowd on hand to see him do it. And he relished in it too spending a good amount of time on his roof as I would certainly have done too!

The big crowd was on hand for a few reasons including that Oswego Speedway was off, there was a demolition derby on the card and let’s face it…the racing his been great at Fulton this year. Allie, my oldest, sung the national anthems although she did not think she did a very good job, and my youngest came to see the demolition derby. She is not into racing much but paid more attention to it than she ever has before so who knows…maybe there is hope!

Kevan Cook picked up a much needed Late Model win as he has had some real tough luck of late including last week when a piece or brake rotor punched a hole in his rim flattening a tire. I know. How often does that happen? Can’t be too much.

Ronnie Davis III wrapped up the track championship in the Sportsman class and did it like all drivers hope to do so, with a feature win with one week still to go. And he just took the point lead at Brewerton on Friday with a win so he could do it again next weekend. Wow!

Chris Bonoffski continues to dominate Four Cylinder action and won at least his sixth straight feature. We just need him to talk more in victory lane. You never know Chris, some people could want to help but you need to have as much fun in victory lane as you do on the track Call me, I can help!

Novice racer Kyle Perry found something and won his second in a row while Torrey Stoughtenger won his first race since his big crash. He also won one earlier in the year. Congratulations to all of the winners.

We’re hoping for some good weather today so Utica Rome can get a show in. I cannot believe how bad the weather has been on Sundays this year can you? We’ll throw some good thoughts their way and hope for the best. If not, I will get in the studio today as I was only able to get nine interviews for the can. So one way or another you’ll have new stuff for tomorrow and I will see you then.  

 
Saturday, August 27th 2016
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Adam Roberts had a new Modified with him on Saturday and thanked his brother in law.
Ryan Arbuthnot talks about coming to Fulton after a rainout and his late season race plans.
Casey Cunningham prepared for just his second race and told me how the first one went.
Paul Harkenrider recapped the PST race at Brockville and looked ahead to some combo races.

We’re going to get back after it after a few days off with the family. We are all going to Futon tonight as they have demo derbies on the card after everything else is done. Allie, my oldest, will go to any race anytime but my youngest, Katie, is not really a fan. But she does like demo derbies so each of them will have fun tonight.

We hope you all get to get out today and see some action at your favorite track as weekly racing will end after Labor Day Weekend. Where did the summer go? Now you see why I wanted to take a few days off.

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page starting with some conversations from last week at Fulton. Adam Roberts had a new Modified with him on Saturday, told me what the final things were that he was waiting on and thanked his brother in law for letting him use his back up car.  

Ryan Arbuthnot talks about coming to Fulton after a rainout earlier at Canandaigua, explains how he has done at Fulton in the past and ran down his late season race plans.  

Casey Cunningham prepared for just his second race this past Saturday and told me how the first one went as well what his goals are for the rest of the 2016 season.  

Paul Harkenrider recapped the PST race at Brockville, told me how his first season on the tour has been going as he visited several new racetracks and looked ahead to some combo races beginning September 2nd at Brewerton.  

 
Friday, August 26th 2016
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Larry Wight spoke about what he did with his weekend off to regroup after 26 races in 31 days.
Tommy Sears reacted to a sun shower at Fulton and described a problem they had with a head.
Ryan Phelps tells me about his top ten at Brewerton and looks forward to getting back to teaching.
Jack Meeks talks about running much better of late with 3 wins and why he made a chassis switch.

We have a good amount of new stuff for you and tonight is the start of a nice three day stretch. There are only two more weekends left before summer is over so get out and support your local racetrack.

I will be at the NYS Fair tonight as a college friend is coming into town with her mom. Her brother works at the fair so I am hoping to see him there too. We are not riding rides tonight as we will come back during the week to do that. The lines will be smaller. So tonight we will check out the buildings, eat dinner and see what changes have been done to the grounds. And yes, it will be strange not to see the racetrack there.

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page starting with some drivers who just had a weekend off thanks to Mother Nature.Larry Wight spoke about what he did with his weekend off to regroup after 26 races in 31 days and described some of the work he did in the shop as well as how busy things are at Gypsum Express.  

Tommy Sears reacted to a sun shower at Fulton and described a problem they had with a head as well as a win they had the week before with their back up Modified.

Ryan Phelps tells me about his top ten at Brewerton and looks forward to getting back to teaching while examining what he should have done differently on Friday night.   

Jack Meeks talks about running much better of late with 3 wins, why he made a chassis switch and how he plans to get ready for some big races after Labor Day.  

 
Thursday, August 25th 2016
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Kyle Petty previews this weekend’s Sprint Cup race at Michigan and talks about some surprises.
Vic Coffey spoke about having a weekend off from racing and what he did in the race shop.
Tim Kerr talked about winning at Brewerton with a brand new car and how long it took to ding it.
Tim Sears Jr. ran down what he did on his rainout weekend and how he enjoyed the Olympics.
Pat LaPage just took his first ever laps at Brewerton and described how he got around the track.

As you can see we had a real nice day on Sunday as I got to speak with somebody new here and somebody that I’m sure you guys all know a few things about. I was fortunate enough to be contacted by NBC Sports and you know I jumped at the chance to interview Kyle Petty. And luckily for me Allie and I have been watching the Sprint Cup races lately so I had some god stuff to talk to him about.

He could not have been nicer and I hope you all really enjoy this one. Hopefully I can chat with Kyle or more of the guys in the future but for today I am just gonna sit back and enjoy. I hope you do to.

I will be doing two tracks this weekend as we’ll hit Fulton on Saturday as Allie will sing the national anthems and then Sunday at Utica Rome which I feel like it has been forever since I have been there because of all these rainy Sundays. I am truly looking forward to this weekend.

Now here is more about what we have on the Audio Page for today starting with a man who truly does a great job in the booth for NBC SN. Kyle Petty previews this weekend’s Sprint Cup race at Michigan, what racing with the new low downforce package is like and talks about some surprises these past few races including the great runs by rookie Chris Buescher.   

Vic Coffey spoke about having a weekend off from racing and described what he did in the race shop as well as a problem he found with one of his Modifieds.  

Tim Kerr talked about winning at Brewerton with a brand new car, how little time it took to ding it and how he got caught up in someone else’s issue.  

Tim Sears Jr. ran down what he did on his rainout weekend, how much he enjoyed watching the Olympics and evaluated how things have been going this year behind the wheel.

Pat LaPage just took his first ever laps at Brewerton and described how he got around the track as well as what his goals were for the night.  

 
     
 
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