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Saturday, March 22nd 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Andrew Harpell previews today’s Cabin Fever 60 at New Egypt with ROC Mods and Sportsman.
Ronnie Johnson showed off his Modified in Schenectady and talked about his 2014 race plans.
 
Finally we’ll get to see some Modified racing as New Egypt is set to run today with the Cabin Fever 60 for Mods and Sportsman. I spoke with Andrew Harpell yesterday and he said there is no reason to cal the track, just come on down as the weather is supposed to be close to 70 degrees making for a perfect race day. Race time by the way is 4 PM with the grandstand opening at 2 PM and the pits at 10 AM.
 
The plan for today was to be on the road today heading up north with Allie to check out Thunder in the Thousand Islands at the Clayton Ice Arena just north and west of Watertown. But my father in law is in ICU and Camille will be going up there this morning while the kids will be with me. Not sure if we'll be able to make it or not on this one as things are happening fast. Please add Camille's Dad to your prayers as he could sure use some right now and I'll do the best I can.
 
As for me, I got sick and am fighting a terrible cold. If I had a dollar for every time I sneezed yesterday, I'd have hundreds of one dollar bills staring me in the face. It started last weekend but did not really get going until late Thursday night. But we’ll do the best we can today while recording the SU game and hoping they don’t have a similar fate to some of the other big seeds that have already lost. What an event this NCAA tournament is.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page. I begin with a look at what will happen today in New Jersey. Andrew Harpell previews today’s Cabin Fever 60 at New Egypt that features ROC Mods and Sportsman. He told me how nice the weather will be today in New Jersey, how things look right now at Five Mile Point and then we talk some hoops. Andrew did have a PR stint with the Nets back in the early 90’s. 
 
Ronnie Johnson showed off his Modified in Schenectady and talked about his 2014 race plans. He told me about the brand new car his car owner will have for Fonda, wonders which engine combination will be best at Fonda and why he may head to some more DIRTcar Series races. Our thoughts and payers are with you guys on the loss of Jo Jo. May he rest in peace!

 
Friday, March 21st 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today.
 
Mark Mortensen spoke about his 6 win Sportsman season and talked about his hopes for 2014.
Ricky Quick finished in the top five in the points at Fonda and told me about his solid season.
J.J. Courcy told me about the three different types of racecars he hopes to drive this coming year.
 
We’re back today after a day off on Thursday and will be getting in the studio around dinner time and after the early games today. I have a great chat with Ronnie Johnson that we will be airing tomorrow and we’ll see who we get ahold of today to join him.
 
Today Allie and I will be heading up north to the Thunder in the Thousand Islands show at the Clayton Ice Arena. There will be a lot of cars there not just from Can Am but from all the area tracks. We’ll be taking photos and doing interviews so be sure to stop back later today to see what we will be seeing later this afternoon.
 
Now let’s chat about what we have on the Audio Page. We have three good ones up for you today. Mark Mortensen spoke about his 6 win Sportsman season and talked about his hopes for 2014. He told me why he was a little off at the beginning of the year, how the finally tightened his racecar up and why they did not put the engine in for the mall show at Rotterdam. 
 
Ricky Quick finished in the top five in the points at Fonda and told me about his solid season. He told me how close his car was to being ready to race, how well things went for him at Syracuse and looks forward to putting together a new car in the next few weeks. 
 
J.J. Courcy told me about the three different types of racecars he hopes to drive this coming year. He talked about the Late Model ride he has for some specials, his own Sportsman deal, his IMCA hopes and the new arrival they have coming soon. Congratulations guys! 
 

 
Thursday, March 20th 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Vinnie Sanganetti explained why he did not get out much last season and why he was at the show.
Rocky Warner showed off a new look to his Sportsman and talked about winning at 5 racetracks.
Barb Clark updated me on how the track looks at Utica Rome and talked about the open house.
 
Another storm is set to hit our area today and hopefully it will be more rain than snow. A lot of snow has melted and we sure don’t need any more. Keep your fingers crossed on this one and keep on your toes today as it could be a little tricky when it switches from rain and sleet to snow. Be careful guys.
 
Speaking of snow and weather, that is what my latest column is about in today’s Syracuse Post Standard. I have quotes from several tracks inside the story and you can read it in print form or online at www.syracuse.com/motorsports.
 
I am off today as I will be watching basketball all day long with a brief break in between for the bowling league which we only have two weeks left in now. I am on a goo streak of late and unlike most years, I wish it would go on for a while longer as I am bowling that well.
 
Now let’s chat more about the new stuff we have for you to listen to on the Audio Page for today. Vinnie Sanganetti explained why he did not get out much last season and why he was at the show. He told me how a wreck sidelined them at mid season, how a new sponsor helped get them back on the track and what kind of questions he was fielding at Rotterdam Square. 
 
Rocky Warner showed off a new look to his Sportsman and talked about winning at 5 different tracks. He told me why he was hoping for one more victory, what he will be doing this year and some changes they made for 2014. 
 
Barb Clark updated me on how the track looks at Utica Rome and talked about the open house on April 16th. She reminded teams that this open house would be the perfect time to get NASCAR licenses, talked about having tires available also and encouraged teams to RSVP for the event if possible. The open house will be behind turn two at 4580 Wood Road. 

 
Wednesday, March 19th 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Bobby Varin updated us on how his injury is healing as he showed the 1j he will drive at Fonda.
Trevor Kobylarz told me what he picked up on a trip to Indiana and how his racecars are doing.
Mike VanDusen updates on the latest news on the CRSA tour and wondered if he may drive again.
 
I was busy on Tuesday as I got some new interviews recorded in the studio and went to a pair of local speedways to see how much snow was on the ground. There looked like there was a lot of snow at Fulton but Allie measured it at somewhere between 6-8 inches depending on where you looked. At Brewerton there was less but the ground looked a lot wetter. Hey, we’re still a lot better off than I thought we would be as we get close to the official start of spring.
 
I put up one of the new interviews I did for today and put up two more chats from the Fonda Speedway car show as well. We’ll have three a day through Friday and we are planning a trip north to Clayton on Saturday to cover the Thunder in the Thousand Islands show at the Clayton Ice Arena. If you are interested in getting your car in, check my interview with Chip Burdick from yesterday and he’ll tell you how easy it will be to do that.  
 
Now let’s chat more about the three chats we have for you to listen to on the Audio Page. I begin with a driver who is getting better every day after an off season skiing accident. Bobby Varin updated us on how his injury is healing as he showed the Jake Spraker owned 1j he will drive at Fonda. He told me about a humbling moment he had at the gym, how tough it was to get out of the car at the mall show and how optimistic he is to be ready for the opener in early April. 
 
Trevor Kobylarz told me what he picked up on a trip to Indiana and how his racecars are doing. He explained why he wants to give wingless 410 racing a try, looks ahead to the Eastern Storm Series in June and described the work they were doing in the shop on Tuesday. If you see Trevor today, wish him a happy 21st birthday! 
 
Mike VanDusen updates on the latest news on the CRSA tour and wondered if he may drive again. He talked about their aggressive schedule for 2014, looks forward to a new track and how well the 305 Sprint Car world is doing right now. 

 
Tuesday, March 18th 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Justin Boehler showed off his Modified this past weekend and talked about his move up to Mods.
Mark Sullivan has been out of the driver’s seat for 10 years and tells me how he got back in.
Chip Burdick previews the Thunder in the Thousand Island show this weekend in Clayton.
Paul Szmal looks ahead to next weekend’s Fingerlakes Speedworld at Fingerlakes Mall in Auburn.
 
It was a nice day on Monday as the sun was bright most of the day and hopefully it was enough to start to melt some of the snow we still have on the ground. And let’s ne honest, we still have a lot that needs to go away before we can start racing here in Central New York.
 
I was busy in the studio and recorded a few new conversations focusing on a pair of car shows coming up here in New York State. The first is this weekend in Clayton followed by another one next weekend in Auburn.
 
Plus we still have some stuff left from Rotterdam Square last weekend and we put up a couple of those for today too. Plus we have some calls out and are waiting to hear back from a few folks. It will be a good week here for sure so keep checking back.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page. I begin with two chats from the big mall show. Justin Boehler showed off his Modified this past weekend and talked about his move up to Mods. He told me how last season went, how big the jump is to a big block and how much changes because of the extra power. 
 
Mark Sullivan has been out of the driver’s seat for 10 years and tells me how he got back in for 2014. He talked about why he got out back in 2001, why now the time is right to get back and what he hopes will happen this year with his stock car. 
 
Chip Burdick previews the Thunder in the Thousand Island show this weekend in Clayton. He told teams how they can be a part of this even at the last minute, how things looks at the track and a purse change for the Sportsman weekly.
 
Paul Szmal looks ahead to next weekend’s Fingerlakes Speedworld at Fingerlakes Mall in Auburn. He told me about the racetracks that are participating, how many different forms of racing will be represented and how teams can still get their racecars into the show. 

 
Monday, March 17th 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Marc Johnson will return to Fonda after a 3 year absence and thinks back on his races at Syracuse.
Jeff Rockefeller reflected on his break through season in 2013 and tells me how anxious he is.
Michael Peek talked about his move up to Sportsman for 2014 after five races in a Street Stock.
Toby LaGrange gets ready for his new job announcing at Fonda and talked about his latest writings.
 
I’d like to sit here and tell you that I got a lot done on Sunday but I can’t lie. I got started watching tournament basketball, watched some of Bristol with Allie and the next thing I knew, it was too late. Darn. But I’ll get going today as I have a lot to do now.
 
We do have however four real good interviews for you today that include a couple of drivers who love the mile at Syracuse as well as a new Sportsman racers and Fonda’s new co-announcer who will sit with Jim King in the tower. Yep, lot’s of good stuff today.
 
Great job by the way to everyone who showed off their cars at the Fonda show at Rotterdam Square. Let’s hope we picked up a few new fans or even a few who are a little more curious about what we do thanks to the hard work everyone did over the weekend. Way to go!
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you to check out on the Audio Page. I begin with a winner from last October at the mile. Marc Johnson will return to Fonda after a 3 year absence and thinks back on his races at Syracuse. He also talked about his 2013 season at Albany Saratoga, his hopes to have similar success this coming year and wonders if his small block will be the ticket. 
 
Jeff Rockefeller reflected on his break through season in 2013 and tells me how anxious he is. He explained why he is so ready to race, what they did with the Syracuse car and runs down his plans for this coming season. 
 
Michael Peek talked about his move up to Sportsman for 2014 after five races in a Street Stock. He told me about the trouble he had in those five starts, how potential rule changes led to the move and thanked the people who helped make this happen.
 
Toby LaGrange gets ready for his new job announcing at Fonda and talked about his latest writings for AARN. He told me how the opportunity happened, how excited he is to get the chance to announce and remembers getting sponsor hats at the track as a kid. 

 
Sunday, March 16th 2014
   New on the Audio Page from the Fonda car show at Rotterdam Square.
 
Cody Clark told me how his rookie season went in a Sportsman and his hopes for this season.
Jimmy Davis had a brand new car at the mall and told me about some big gains late in 2013.
Jeff Trombley explained why we did not see him much last year and the motor issues sidelined him.
Matt DeLorenzo updated me on the improvements at Fonda and the need for some warm weather.
Kenny Gates set a new record for wins in the Pro Stock division and told me how it meant to him.
Ronnie Johnson tells Allie how his Modified is right now and how excited he it to get going.
 
Allie and I had a great time as we headed east to Schenectady and Rotterdam Square to see some of the cars that will be competing at the Fonda Speedway this year. There were 71 cars in the mall and I did not even make it all the way around in the 4 hours we were there.
 
I recorded 19 new interviews and Allie got to do one again to with one of the most popular Modified drivers around. She stumbled a little at the end but otherwise did a fine job.
 
We took some photos as well although not as many as I thought we did. Darn. Wish I had that to do over again. But you can go today yourself and see the cars that are on display as there is one more day today! And be sure to buy something while you are there. We ate at the food court and purchased some DVD’s from FYE. I encourage you to go to and spend some money as that will ensure that this show comes back.
 
In the can right now are another 13 interviews. I’ll put a good amount up tomorrow depending on how much I get done in the studio. But it will be another good week for sure with lots of good stuff as we get closer and closer to the start of the 2014 season here in the northeast.
 
Now let’s chat more about the new stuff we have for you today on the Audio Page. I begin with my first interview of the day with a very respectful young driver who did very well last season winning twice. Cody Clark told me how his rookie season went in a Sportsman and his hopes for this season. He talked about how he was helping fans understand what these cars are and his pair of wins at Glen Ridge. 
 
Jimmy Davis had a brand new car at the mall and told me about some big gains they made late in 2013. He told me why they decided to get another car just like it and his hopes to run a substantial amount of Super DIRTcar Series shows. 
 
Jeff Trombley explained why we did not see him much last year and the motor issues sidelined him. He told me how he looks right now, why he thinks a big block may be the way to go at Fonda and how much has changed with the switch to DIRTcar. 
 
Matt DeLorenzo updated me on the improvements at Fonda and the need for some warm weather. He also talked about the people who were buying DIRTcar licenses at the mall and how being in line with a popular Friday track will help.  
 
Kenny Gates set a new record for wins in the Pro Stock division and told me how it meant to him. He explained why he thought he would never break it, what he is doing with his show car and how much has changed with the new rules for 2014. 
 
Ronnie Johnson tells Allie how his Modified is right now and how excited he it to get going. My extended interview with Ronnie will air later in the week.

 
     
 
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