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Friday, May 26th 2017
   New on the Audio Page for today:

Billy Van Pelt talks about his win at Woodhull and some tough luck he had early in the season.
Billy Pauch Jr. described how he won his third race in four starts at New Egypt and Wednesday.
Dave Marcuccilli talked about his Sportsman feature win last Saturday night at Canandaigua.

 
Thursday, May 25th 2017
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Danny O’Brien tells me how he won the Brockville opener after spinning on his opening lap.
Rocky Warner talks about his Tuesday win at Can Am as well as his win at Fonda and 3rd at Malta.
Nick Krause described how the visor he put on his wind screen fell down and blocked his vision.

I had a nice day as I got some work done and finished off my day listening to Allie and her fellow musicians in their latest string concert. Allie and her quartet actually entertained at the break too so once again I am one proud papa.

I’m making my plans for the weekend and since I don’t have to get up early either day I am going to hit the road to see some racing at tracks I have not been to yet this year. We’re going to Skyline on Friday and Can Am on Saturday. Once again the weather looks iffy for Sunday but I am optimistic and hoping to go to Utica Rome for Mods and the ESS. Let’s hope for dry weather so we can have fun all three nights.

I’m supposed to golf this afternoon but that does not look good as we have a 90% chance of rain. But hat should get out of here by Friday morning so hopefully it won’t be too much to wash out Friday night’s action. We hope!

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page starting with some drivers who are fresh off a trip to victory lane. Danny O’Brien tells me how he won the caution free Brockville Modified opener after spinning on his opening lap in his heat race and talked about his top ten at Mohawk International.  

Rocky Warner talks about his GRIT Sportsman series win on Tuesday at Can Am as well as his win at Fonda on Saturday and his 3rd place finish at Malta last Friday.  

Nick Krause described how the visor he put on his wind screen fell down and blocked his vision as well as how he compensated for it as he drove around the racetrack.   

 
Wednesday, May 24th 2017
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Stewart Friesen talks about his win at Fonda, his hopes for Sunday and his NASCAR truck racing.
Colemen Gulick spoke about his ESS A-Main victory at Outlaw Speedway and his Weedsport past.
Joe Trenca prepared to race with the Outlaws Sunday and talked about his improvement in the car.
Dan Kapuscinski told me about his new job in Weedsport as well as his own racing efforts in 2017.

I had my usual semi-day off on Tuesday but did get some work done in the studio as the can is not very full right now. We still have a few things from the weekend but need to fill it back up again.

We are still working on our plans for the coming weekend and hope to have them solidified soon. I need to get on the road at least once and I’ll figure that out by tomorrow although it does look like weather could be an issue again. Where are you summer?

Now let’s chat more about what we have on the Audio Page for today starting with a very busy driver who is driving three different racecars this season. Stewart Friesen talks about his Modified feature win at Fonda on Saturday, his hopes for Sunday with the World of Outlaws and his NASCAR Camping World truck races.  

Colemen Gulick spoke about his ESS A-Main victory at Outlaw Speedway on Friday night and some of his Weedsport past as he got ready to take on the World of Outlaws on Sunday.  

Joe Trenca prepared to race with the Outlaws Sunday and talked about his improvement in the car as well as how racing down in Pennsylvania more has helped.  

Dan Kapuscinski told me about his new job in Weedsport as well as his own racing efforts in 2017 while describing how his life has changed since a new addition arrived.  

 
Tuesday, May 23rd 2017
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Dave Blaney got ready for his fourth race of the season and talked about being at Weedsport.
Kraig Kinser spoke about his season so far with the Outlaws and the competition in Pennsylvania.
Paulie Colagiovanni prepared for his first laps in a 410 Sprinter and talked about his hopes.
Ronnie Davis III recapped his weekend that included a Sportsman feature win at Fulton Speedway.

What a bummer! I was hoping to get in another race today but Mother Nature had other ideas. After heavy overnight rains Weedsport Speedway was forced to cancel their Monday show with the Super DIRTcar Series on the schedule.

That’s too bad for a number of reasons first of which was that I was ready for another show. And secondly Allie was going to sing the national anthems. I’m hoping we can reschedule her to do that as I can’t wait for her to see this track.

There is racing tonight up at Can Am as they have a big four division show on tap with the GRIT Sportsman Series headlining the show there. They have a lot on the card for a mid week so you’ll get your money’s worth for sure.

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you to listen to today on the Audio Page as we give you some chats from Sunday in Weedsport. Dave Blaney got ready for his fourth race of the season and talked about being back at Weedsport after a weekend at Williams Grove and described what it is like coming back from a concussion.  

Kraig Kinser spoke about his season so far with the Outlaws, the high level of competition in Pennsylvania and the realities of being on the road with the most grueling racing series on the planet.  

Paulie Colagiovanni prepared for his first laps in a 410 Sprinter as the Outlaws visited Weedsport and talked about his hopes as well as his race Friday night at Outlaw Speedway.  

Ronnie Davis III recapped his weekend that included a Sportsman feature win at Fulton Speedway and described how he used the bottom groove to work his way to the front.  

 
Monday, May 22nd 2017
   

New on the Audio Page from the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series:

Jason Johnson talked about his fast time in hot laps and his 7th place in time trials in Weedsport.
Donny Schatz was 11th in time trials despite a tough draw and talked about his hopes to stay dry.
Brad Sweet set fast time with the Outlaws and talked about how his early pill draw helped.
Brent Marks spoke about being a rookie with the WoO and described how things are going so far.
Clyde Knipp explained how he ended up with a WoO ride after just one year in a 360 Sprinter.
Sheldon Haudenschild is the best running rookie so far and talked about where he can improve.
Daryn Pittman was fresh off a good run on Saturday and talked about his hopes for Tuesday.
Paul McMahan came into Weedsport 12th with the WoO and told me about some team changes.
Tony Veneziano recaps the World of Outlaws races at Lincoln Speedway and Williams Grove.

We had some fun for a little while last night in Weedsport as the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series rolled into town. There were some sprinkles early in the night but we powered through it until right before heat number three when it picked up.

A car had spun and lost power and while they were picking it up the cars in heat three waited and the track got wetter. They pushed of heat number three and then directed them back to the pits and that was it.

The track waited until the rain really picked up and as I type this up an hour and half later the radar shows that it is still coming down in Weedsport. There was a small window between the big green blob and the next bout of precipitation but there was no way they were getting this one in.  

That show has been rescheduled for October 15th and that will be an entirely new show so anything that did happen in time trials or the heats now goes away. Today’s Super DIRTcar Series race is still a go and we’ll be there to do some TV as we were set to do last night. Allie will be singing the national anthems and I can’t wait to hear her. I’m so proud!

So we hope to see you later today and I hope you like the clips we have on the Audio Page all recorded yesterday either at the track or here in the home studio. Jason Johnson talked about his fast time in hot laps, his 7th place in time trials in Weedsport and what he thought of New York State before he visited it.  

Donny Schatz was 11th in time trials with the World of Outlaws despite a tough draw and talked about his hopes to stay dry as well as how he feels about how his car handled.    

Brad Sweet set fast time with the Outlaws and talked about how his early pill draw helped as well as how he did down at Williams Grove Friday and Saturday.  

Brent Marks spoke about being a rookie with the WoO and described how things are going so far as well as why he was really hoping that the rain would hold off after a good start in Weedsport.  

Clyde Knipp explained how he ended up with a WoO ride after just one year in a 360 Sprinter back in Missouri and described what his car owner saw in him before they hit the road.  

Sheldon Haudenschild is the best running rookie so far with the World of Outlaws and talked about where he can improve as well as how much he communicates with his father.

Daryn Pittman was fresh off a good run on Saturday with a second place at Williams Grove and talked about his hopes for Tuesday as he will try for his fifth win in a row at New Egypt.

Paul McMahan came into Weedsport 12th with the WoO and told me about some off season team changes as well as why he was also hoping the rain would hold off.  

Tony Veneziano recaps the World of Outlaws races at Lincoln Speedway and Williams Grove while looking ahead to New Egypt Tuesday as well as Charlotte on Friday and Indiana on Memorial Day.  

 
Sunday, May 21st 2017
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Pat Ward recaps his Super DIRTcar Series race at Bridgeport and looks ahead to Monday.
Mike Mahaney had a tough week and talked about his wreck on Tuesday and a blown engine.
Tim Kerr told me about his two races last weekend and how much he may travel in 2017.
Todd Root got ready for a five day race streak and spoke about why teams are wrapping tires.

I enjoyed my Saturday very much as I got on the golf course for the first time this year. There were some good shots in there and really I did much better than I thought I would. Color me optimistic although there is work to do although as they said in Animal House, “Don’t think of it as work. They key is to have fun!”

I’ll be back at speedways now for two days in a row as we head to Weedsport today and tomorrow. The World of Outlaw Sprint Cars are there tonight and the Super DIRTcar Series is there tomorrow. Plus Sportsman are there both days.

We’ll be doing TV today with the Sportsman as out new Speedway Showcase hits the ground running. We’re excited and happy with what we have going on for this year and I’ll be sure to let you know when the first episode airs.

Now let’s chat more about what we have on the Audio Page for you today as we get ready for the Greatest Show on Dirt. Pat Ward recaps his Super DIRTcar Series race at Bridgeport, explains why it was a struggle for him and looks ahead to crewing Sunday and racing Monday.  

Mike Mahaney had a tough week and talked about his wreck on Tuesday, his blown engine on Wednesday and looks ahead to going back to Weedsport on Monday.  

Tim Kerr told me about his two races last weekend at Fulton and Brewerton as well as how much he may travel in 2017.  

Todd Root got ready for a five day race streak and spoke about getting his season started with a victory as well as why teams are wrapping tires.

 
Saturday, May 20th 2017
   

New on the Audio Page from Brewerton Speedway:

After the heat races:

Jack Meeks talks about his win in the first Sportsman while Alan Fink joins our conversation.
Ronnie Davis reacts to a bad Modified crash and talks about his heat win while Todd Root joins.
Bobby Varin led every lap to win his heat race and explained why he is not running the track weekly.
Tim Sears Jr. won the final Modified heat race and talked the improved surface after the grader.

After the feature races:

Jeff Sykes won his first feature race of the season and spoke about his hopes for his teammate.
Chuck Powelczyk picked up his Brewerton Four Cylinder win in a row and spoke about his car.
Larry Wight came from 18th to win his second race in a row and talked about the racetrack he saw.
Alan Fink also won his second in a row and spoke about what his hopes were before the green.

Well it was not exactly one for the time capsule last night as rough track conditions and many on track incidents turned a lot of racers early season smiles upside down. The track was rough despite multiple efforts to fix it, (They really did work hard.) it just would not stay smooth down in turn one.

On nights like this I get a little gun shy to put microphones into racer’s faces because what can they say? Like I said at the end of my interview with Alan Fink at the end of the night, no track tries to put out a rough surface.

  Just like racers, track groomers feel badly when the surface is rough and costs team’s money. It stays with them maybe more than a bad run for a racer because they know it affects everyone and not just one team.

And then we I see guys I know getting together and bad things happening it upsets me. I never want to help pour more gasoline on the fire so I tend to sit back and choose carefully when to stick my microphone in there. I politely declined a few offers because as my dad drilled into me as a kid, “Don’t ever give anybody enough rope to hang themselves.” So I don’t!

Today I will go golfing and it’s probably a good thing. I won’t be keeping score and won’t really care how I do. It is that first time out on the course in 2017 so I know I will be all over the place. I’ll just concentrate on the good shots and take it how it comes.

I’ll be back tomorrow with some pre-race conversations and we’ll be back to Weedsport both tomorrow and Monday. Have a great Saturday guys. We’ve got a lot of season to go. Be safe, be fast, run cleanly like the car next to you is your child (I added that part.) and have fun!

 
     
 
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