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Gary Rowe of M.R. Gaebel, Inc.
Gates-Cole Associates SUNY Canton Automotive Technology program
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Thursday, August 6th 2015
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Gary Balough talked about going into the DIRT Hall of Fame and the revolutionary Batmobile.
Donnie Wetmore told me how he felt going into the DIRT HOF and how his brother helped.
Barb Clark got ready for her Hall of Fame Induction and talked about the women before her.
Jimmy Phelps previewed today’s Hall of Fame 100 and spoke about Super DIRT Week 2015.
 
I had fun last night as I drove out to Weedsport for the induction ceremonies for the DIRT Hall of Fame. Of course two of the people inducted this year are very special to me so there was no way I was missing this.
 
Shane Andrews and all the presenters did a great job and I thoroughly enjoyed the event. And if you have not been to the Hall of Fame in a while you really need to go as they moved a lot of things around which really improves the flow of the place. It looks great so again, if it has been more than a year since you have been there you really need to go.
 
I got to chat with four people there are all those are up for you today. As of now I’ll be looking at doing races tonight and Friday. The rest of the weekend is a question mark as I have so much to do here at the house and a friend from my college days is in town. So yes, it will be a busy weekend but a fun one.
 
And to top that off I have a hamstring strain again as my left hamstring is all black and blue almost one year to the day as the same time I did it last year. Man, it stinks to get old.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page starting out with a winner whose car changed everything in the Modified world. Gary Balough talked about his induction into the DIRT Hall of Fame, the revolutionary Batmobile and how he won the first race he ever participated in. 
 
Donnie Wetmore told me how he felt going into the DIRT Hall of Fame, how his brother helped by giving him his first racecar and shared some memories from his past. 
 
Barb Clark got ready for her Hall of Fame Induction and talked about the women before her who made it possible as well as how much she enjoyed the article written about her. 
 
Jimmy Phelps previewed today’s Hall of Fame 100, described some work they have been doing at the track and spoke about Super DIRT Week 2015.     

 
Wednesday, August 5th 2015
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Vic Coffey analyzes how he is doing this year and wonders what he can do to be a little faster.
Mike Bowman tells me how he likes his new car and remembers an almost big crash in Vernon.
Bob Henry Jr. explained why we have not seen him much this year as he got ready for race #2.
Mike Walton talked about how he landed a ride in an open Sportsman for two weeks at Utica Rome.
Tony Veneziano reports on the latest World of Outlaws races as the series headed north to Canada.
 
It was a stormy day on Tuesday and I got a lot done here at the house as we get ready to put our house on the market. Of course we still have a lot of work to do and it seems a little daunting at this stage as some of you could guess.
 
Today I will be writing up a new story for the Syracuse Post Standard and then heading to Weedsport for the DIRT Motorsports Hall of Fame induction ceremonies. It is always fun to go to the event once a year and even more fun when you know some of the people getting inducted. I hope to see some of you there as it will surely be a fun day.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page starting with a driver who is searching for speed right now. Vic Coffey analyzes how he is doing this year and wonders what he can do to be a little faster as he returns to weekly Modified racing for the first time in several years. 
 
Mike Bowman tells me how he likes his new car after a few races and remembers an almost big crash in Vernon as well as how it can shake you for a bit. 
 
Bob Henry Jr. explained why we have not seen him much this year with his small block Modified as he got ready for just his second race of the season. 
 
Mike Walton talked about how he landed a ride in an open Sportsman for two weeks at Utica Rome and how it felt the first night in the car where he picked up 7 spots. 
 
Tony Veneziano reports on the latest World of Outlaws races as the series headed north to Canada and looks ahead to some big races the new few weeks in the Midwest. 

 
Tuesday, August 4th 2015
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Stewart Friesen talked about his Fonda Speedway win on Saturday and his big win on Wednesday.
Tommy Sears tells me about his Modified win at Fulton and how close the race was at the end.
Pete Taylor remembered an anxious moment from a few weeks back and talked about his season.
Claude Hutchings Jr. described how he was feeling two weeks after the worse crash of his career.
Earl Rudy explained why he was racing on Sunday and looked ahead to Thursday in Weedsport.
 
It was a nice day on Monday as the big storms they predicted did not materialize, at least not where we were. I did some work in the studio and did some writing for the Syracuse Post Standard. It was a good day and a fun one as well.
 
I’ll be back tomorrow with more from the studio and more from the road. Then on Wednesday I will be in Weedsport for the first of two days as the DIRT Motorsports Hall of Fame inducts their class of 2015. And I have a close connection with two of the inductees so it will be a fun day for me as I watch some worthy people get honored by their peers.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page for today. Stewart Friesen talked about his Fonda Speedway win on Saturday, his big win on Wednesday at the Jack Johnson Tribute Race and looks ahead to a busy week with his Modified. 
 
Tommy Sears tells me about his Modified win at Fulton, how close the race was at the end and why he knew he could trust the man who was chasing him late. 
 
Pete Taylor remembered an anxious moment from a few weeks back and talked about his 2015 season at Utica Rome as well as why he got out for a few years. 
 
Claude Hutchings Jr. described how he was feeling two weeks after the worse crash of his career as well as the big block engine & new chassis back at his shop. 
 
Earl Rudy explained why he was racing on Sunday after a rainout on Friday and looked ahead to Thursday in Weedsport while reflecting on some of his past at the track. 

 
Monday, August 3rd 2015
   New on the Audio Page from the Utica Rome Speedway:
 
Pre race:
 
Tana Robinson previews the Alex Friesen Summer Nationals taking place Tuesday at Ransomville.
 
After the heat races:
 
Mike Mahaney tells me why his Modified caught on fire, how he is doing and how he stayed safe.
Chris Mackey talked about winning his Modified heat race and his concern for a fellow driver.
Larry Wight won convincingly in his heat race and spoke about looking around for some grip.
A.J. Filbeck ran down the leader to win his heat and told me how good it is to win like he did.
Rocky Warner described the move he made to get the lead and go on to win his qualifying heat.
Cody Clark spoke about his heat win and what they have found set up wise that seems to be working.
Jeremy Vunk gets interviewed by Heat Carney and tells him how his Sportsman was in his win.
Jack Miller explained how being patient helped him win his heat and what his rules are for racing.
 
After the feature races:
 
Eddie Ostrander got the win in the Pro/Street feature race and talked about it with Bill Foley.
Larry Wight won the Modified feature race going away and spoke about his victory with Bill Foley.
Rocky Warner pulled off an amazing move in turn four to get the lead and talked about his win.
Jeremy Vunk won in convincing fashion in the open Sportsman race and spoke with Camden Proud.
 
It was a fun night at the Utica Rome Speedway as I went and checked out the racing from the big half mile in Vernon. A nice field of races was on hand as the summer begins to wind down.
 
Scary moment in the heat race as Mike Mahaney’s Modified caught fire on the second lap of the event. He jumped out quickly but not before Matt Sheppard got caught up in the deal hitting Mahaney as he was slowing down. There was no place for Sheppard to go as Mahaney needed to get his car stopped as quickly as possible so he could get out.
 
Mahaney was alright although his race suit was singed badly. The car will need a lot of work as will Sheppards. Matt came back out to try to finish the race but had to switch to a back up car and start last in the feature race.
 
The Mods were all about Larry Wight as he dominated the race for a big win. Eddie Ostrander took the Mark Effner owned stock car to a win while Rocky Warner pulled off an amazing move to win the crate Sportsman race. Is there any question that this guy has the talent to run Modifieds? Not as far as I can tell and hopefully he will get the chance soon.
 
After a couple of rough weeks, Jeremy Vunk won the Open Sportsman race to finish out the night. It was a lot of fun and I will have more from the event up tomorrow and Wednesday. As for the rest of the week, I hope to hit the Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Wednesday and the Super DIRTcar Series race on Thursday in Weedsport.
 
We’re still chugging away here as we get ready for move and we’ll be very busy this week. Wish us well as we are still a long ways off from being able to show our house.

 
Sunday, August 2nd 2015
   New on the Audio Page from my quick trip to Fulton Speedway:
 
Larry Wight spoke about some changes at Fulton, the big week ahead and Wednesday at Fonda.
Chris Hile told me about the new car he is working with and shares some memories from Weedsport.
Jim Spano remembered his start in racing in Weedsport and tells me why his car has green on it.
Chuck Bower talked about a new sponsor, Friday’s rain out and getting back to a favorite track.
 
I only had a small window to get things done on Saturday as was only able to get a few minutes in the pit area at Fulton Speedway. I did get four nice interviews done and I put all those up for today.
 
My wife had a high school reunion so I was home with the kids. Heck, babysitters are expensive so it was just not feasible to do anything. But today is all clear and I will be heading to Utica Rome for some Sunday fun.
 
Now let’s chat more about what I have for you on the Audio Page for you as we wind our weekend down. Larry Wight spoke about some changes at Fulton & Brewerton, the big week ahead with three Super DIRTcar Series races and Wednesday’s show at Fonda. 
 
Chris Hile told me about the new car he is working with, shares some memories from Weedsport as they get ready for Thursday’s big show and comments on how his wife’s car is coming along. 
 
Jim Spano remembered his start in racing in Weedsport, explained how he won a championship in his first year there and tells me why his car now has green on it. 
 
Chuck Bower talked about a new sponsor he just added to his Modified, Friday’s rain out at Brewerton and getting back to one of his favorite tracks later this coming week. 

 
Saturday, August 1st 2015
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Bobby Varin found a ride for the Jack Johnson race and recalled some classic battles they had.
Gary Tomkins remembered when he first met Jack Johnson at his first job after finishing college.
A.J. Romano showed off a very special look on his Modified and explained how he kept it a secret.
Jeff Trombley has been at Fonda for almost 30 years and talked about racing against Jack Johnson.
Jimmy Davis recalled racing against Jack Johnson and how the family welcomed him after a win.
Danny Varin explained how he is healing after an in car fire and who the coolest guy was.
Brian Ross talked about his career and how it was different than Jack Johnson’s career initially.
 
A big race day is upon us today and let’s hope Mother Nature is a fan. I’m not sure where I am going just yet but I should be at a show today unless the weather is iffy so we’ll see.
 
But I have a lot of great stuff for you today as we continue to share stories about Jack Johnson. Again, this show was so much fun and I just loved hearing all the stories about Jack and how much he influenced people he didn’t even race against.
 
So let’s find out more about what we have on the Audio Page for all you fans of the legendary orange 12a. Bobby Varin found a ride for the Jack Johnson race and recalled some classic battles they had as well as how much it meant to him to beat the best. 
 
Gary Tomkins remembered when he first met Jack Johnson at his first job after finishing college as well as some of his favorite memories of his before starting his own career. 
 
A.J. Romano showed off a very special look on his Modified and explained how he kept it a secret as well as when he started watching Jack Johnson while making him a hero in his mind. 
 
Jeff Trombley has been at Fonda for almost 30 years and talked about racing against Jack Johnson as well as how much they traveled and raced together. 
 
Jimmy Davis recalled racing against Jack Johnson and how the family welcomed him after a win as well as one race where he beat him after a clean race up front. 
 
Danny Varin explained how he is healing after an in car fire and who the coolest guy was in the pit area at Fonda and why he wanted to emulate Jack Johnson. 
 
Brian Ross talked about his career and how it was different than Jack Johnson’s career initially as well as how much respect he had for him. 

 
Friday, July 31st 2015
    New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Pat Ward spoke about returning to his former home and how honored he was to be racing.
Elmo Reckner talked about the car he brought to Fonda and shared stories about Jack Johnson.
Craig Hanson prepared to race at Fonda and told me what it was like to race against Jack Johnson.
Tyler Dippel told me about the freak accident he had and how he is healing since it happened.
Jeff Rockefeller explained how a meeting with Jack Johnson helped him early in his race career.
Shaun Pangman spoke about getting his first win and watching Jack Johnson race as a kid.
Ronnie Davis III won a race at Brewerton last week with a flat tire and explained how he did it.
Jim King got ready to announce at the Jack Johnson Tribute Race and shared a few stories.
 
We’re back with lots more from the Jack Johnson Tribute race and we have lots more stories from drivers as they recall their interactions with him both on and off the track. I had so much fun there that night and I know a lot of you did too. I was certainly a show to be remembered fondly. Yes, that was an intentional pun.
 
After a long day on Thursday I am off today to try to hit the golf course and hopefully hit them straight and the right distance. Lately we’re all over the place so we need to the range more and work on things a little more.
 
And be sure to come back tomorrow as we empty out the can with lots more from Fonda and more great stories. But before that, let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page for today. Pat Ward spoke about returning to his former weekly home and how honored he was to be racing at the Jack Johnson Tribute Race while recalling a few battles they had for championships. 
 
Elmo Reckner talked about the car he brought to Fonda, described what makes this car different and shared stories about Jack Johnson. 
 
Craig Hanson prepared to race at Fonda and told me what it was like to race against Jack Johnson as well as how free he was with advice for his fellow drivers. 
 
Tyler Dippel told me about the freak accident he had, how it happened and how he is healing since it happened months ago. Yeah, he was fortunate in the long run.  
 
Jeff Rockefeller explained how a meeting with Jack Johnson helped him early in his race career as well as why he was happy he brought his small block to the tribute race. 
 
Shaun Pangman spoke about getting his first win a few weeks ago and remembered watching Jack Johnson race as a kid against his favorite driver. 
 
Ronnie Davis III won the Sportsman race at Brewerton last week with a flat tire and explained how he did it as well as how close it got at the end. 
 
Jim King got ready to announce at Fonda Speedway’s Jack Johnson Tribute Race and shared a few stories as from his years with the legendary drivers. 

 
     
 
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