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Tuesday, June 30th 2015
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Tom Sears Jr. talks about his Modified win at Brewerton Speedway, his second of the year.
Earl Rudy tells me how he went to the rear of the field and got back up front to win at Brewerton.
Tony Veneziano reports on the latest from the World of Outlaws and win #17 for Donny Schatz.
 
I got a lot done on Monday as I did some work in the studio, wrote up a new story for the Syracuse Post Standard and got some much needed yard work done. Yeah, with the rain my lawn has been growing like crazy and yesterday was the first dry day we’d had in quite a while.
 
Today I have a few things set up and hope to be able to get out and so some golf after I get all that done as it may be the only time I get to do so this week. So if I get my work done soon enough, that will be in the cards for me as we are finally improving.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page that you can check out right now. Tom Sears Jr. talks about his Modified win at Brewerton Speedway, his second of the year, as well the quick turnaround they are doing to get ready for Wednesday at Rolling Wheels. 
 
Earl Rudy tells me how he went to the rear of the field after a jingle on lap one and got back up front to win at Brewerton, his first ever at the track and first since 2008. 
 
Tony Veneziano reports on the latest from the World of Outlaws as the raced at I-96 & Beaver Dam and win #17 for Donny Schatz. That’s six of the last seven for him. 

 
Monday, June 29th 2015
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Ron Hornaday offered his thoughts at Utica Rome and his career on both dirt and asphalt.
Jimmy Davis explained why he has not been out much this year and ran down his limited schedule.
 
Let’s hope for a better week weather wise as we get ready for a big holiday stretch of racing starting Wednesday night with shows at Brewerton, Ransomville and Rolling Wheels. It’s a great time to be a race fan so let’s hope all the rain and weather is out of here for a while.
 
I got some much needed family time on Sunday as my wife was working giving me a day with the girls. Yes, I would much rather have taken them to Utica Rome but we still had fun.

And before I sign off on the front page, I wanted to say how much I enjoyed meeting Ron Hornaday last Wednesday at Utica Rome. What a nice guy he was. He even hung out and watched the races with us in the booth. I can see why he got the rides he did as he is just fun to be around. I hope you like our chat. 
 
Like I said, it’s going to be a fun week but before we get to that, let’s talk about the stuff we have for you to listen to on the Audio Page as a new week begins. Ron Hornaday offered his thoughts at Utica Rome and reflected on his career on both dirt and asphalt as well as the chassis business he has going. 
 
Jimmy Davis explained why he has not been out much this year and ran down his limited schedule that includes some big money races at several racetracks. 

 
Sunday, June 28th 2015
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Todd Town ran his first race in 6 years and spoke about the work it took to get ready for Weedsport.
Bret Belden got ready for the Go Nuclear Series opener and told me about racing some big names.
Mike Trapp summed up how his hot lap session went and why he has not raced much so far.
Mark Effner won on opening day and talked about the four race series he is competing in.
Bill Trexler III is a rookie stock car driver and told me about some recent gains he has made.
 
Let’s hope the weather forecasters are wrong today. They say it will rain but I am hoping that it won’t. I have plans to go to Utica Rome and bring both my kids along. So keep your fingers crossed.
 
If not, I will get back in the studio to make sure we have stuff for you tomorrow. We have a busy week ahead of us as Sprint Speed Weeks get going and Rolling Wheels offers up their first race of the season with Glenn Donnelly at the helm.
 
It’s going to be a fun week but before we get to that, let’s talk about the stuff we have for you to listen to on the Audio Page as our weekend winds down. Todd Town ran his first race in 6 years and spoke about the work it took to get ready for Weedsport as well as what his goals were for the day. 
 
Bret Belden got ready for the Go Nuclear Series opener at Can Am and told me about racing some big names on the big half mile. 
 
Mike Trapp summed up how his hot lap session went, why he has not raced much so far and how much he was looking forward to racing against some stiff competition. 
 
Mark Effner won on opening day and talked about the four race series he is competing in as well as how nice it was to see a full field of stock cars at Utica Rome. 
 
Bill Trexler III is a rookie stock car driver and told me about some recent gains he has made as he was coming off his first top ten finish of the season at Utica Rome.  

 
Saturday, June 27th 2015
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Gil Tegg Jr. told me about some recent improvements and where his Modified has been better.
Chad Homan recapped the rough start he had for the season and what he did to change things.
Adam Roberts summed up how he has been doing at Fulton as he returned to run at Utica Rome.
Josh VanBrocklin talked about a car switch he made and why he likes his older car a little better.
Steve Pesarek broke his winless streak three weeks ago and talked about how tough it is to win.
Blane Smith described his season so far and how not be able to two foot in the car hampers him.
Tiger Chapman explained why he was driving a Pro/Street car Wednesday night at Utica Rome.
 
It was a beautiful day on Friday and I got a lot of work done and still got to get out and get a few holes in as well. Today might be another story as we are hoping for the best as there is a lot of great racing on tap.
 
I have plans to go to Utica Rome on Sunday. My wife is working so I may get a chance to get my youngest daughter to the track with me. Again, hoping for some nice weather and hoping that we can get in more than one day of racing this weekend.
 
But no worries for us on the Audio Page as we have a lot for you today starting with a pair of Modified drivers who call Canandaigua home. Gil Tegg Jr. told me about some recent improvements, where his Modified has been better and how important it is to get into the corners well. 
 
Chad Homan recapped the rough start he had for the season and what he did to change things as well as how easy it is to make things worse while trying to make them better.
 
Adam Roberts summed up how he has been doing at Fulton as he returned to run at Utica Rome and spoke about what made Wednesday a little different. 
 
Josh VanBrocklin talked about a car switch he made and why he likes his older car a little better and what his plans are for the car now.
 
Steve Pesarek broke his winless streak three weeks ago and talked about how tough it is to win as well as how his health has been of late. We’ll keep you in our prayers Steve! 
 
Blane Smith described his season so far and how not be able to two foot in the car hampers him. You must give Blane a lot of credit although he wants no special treatment. 
 
Tiger Chapman explained why he was driving a Pro/Street car Wednesday night at Utica Rome as well as what his goals were for this one off race. 

 
Friday, June 26th 2015
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Billy Dunn talks about his weekly racing as he runs small blocks at Mohawk and Merrittville.
Anthony Perrego tells me why he did not race this past weekend and talked about his plans.
Mark Kislowski walked me through his races last weekend that included a win at Fonda Speedway.
A.J. Kingsley described a motor issue they had with his Late Model and why they changed engines.
Earl Rudy explained why Weedsport Speedway is so special for him as he got ready on Tuesday.
Steve Abt told me how surprised he is to pick up his first Sportsman feature win so soon in the year.
Mike White spoke about how his stock car has been running and some issues he has had of late.
 
Another weekend is upon us and a busy week next week with the holiday and so many other races going on at tracks all across the state. I hope you have some days off you can take from work as it is going to get crazy in a fun way here real soon.
 
I got a lot done in the studio and got work done on a piece I am writing about Joe Trenca for the Syracuse Post Standard. It’s going to talk about how much the young man has matured and how racing helped that maturation process along. Look for it in Sunday’s edition.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have today on the Audio Page as I get ready to hit another local golf course today with a good friend. Billy Dunn talks about his weekly racing efforts as he runs small blocks at Mohawk International & Merrittville as well as when he will be the big block out. 
 
Anthony Perrego tells me why he did not race this past weekend and talked about his plans for the next few weeks as well as a small block show tonight at Accord. 
 
Mark Kislowski walked me through his races last weekend that included a win at Fonda Speedway as well as the need to be faster Wednesday night at Utica Rome. 
 
A.J. Kingsley described a motor issue they had with his Late Model, why they changed engines and how quickly things can go wrong on the fast half mile at Can Am. 
 
Earl Rudy explained why Weedsport Speedway is so special for him as he got ready on Tuesday and looked forward to racing against his boss Todd Town. 
 
Steve Abt told me how surprised he is to pick up his first Sportsman feature win so soon in the year and how a wreck on Friday night led to getting the backup car in victory lane. 
 
Mike White spoke about how his stock car has been running and some issues he has had of late that has resulted in multiple dnf’s. 

 
Thursday, June 25th 2015
   New on the Audio Page from the Utica Rome Speedway:
 
Brett Hearn recapped his races from the weekend and talked about the future of Super DIRT Week.
Stewart Friesen talked about racing a series race at Utica Rome and the baby they are expecting.
Pete Stefanski told me how nice it was to have a mini series for the stock cars at four tracks.
Vance Vanderwal was making his first appearance at Utica Rome and described a handling issue.
Elmo Reckner just finished his time trial and spoke about how he is doing at how weekly homes.
 
After the Modified heat races:
 
Billy Decker won the first heat race and spoke about his up front run and his 11th place draw.
Larry Wight told me about the close race he had early in his heat win and his Fulton successes.
Pat Ward enjoyed a nice side by side battle up front and talked about swapping the race lead.
Danny Johnson just finished up his heat win and told me about some work they did at Bicknell.
Billy Whittaker was fastest in the final group and talked about keeping his part time racer status.
 
After the feature races:
 
Pete Stefanski led the last two laps and spoke with Mike Mallett about the excellent Pro/Street race.
Mark Effner spoke about his second place finish as well as what he apologized about afterwards.
Mike Welch came home in third place and spoke with Mike Mallett about the last few laps.
Billy Decker got by Stewart Friesen late to win the race and talked about it with Shane Andrews.
Jimmy Phelps worked his way up to finish second and talked about how even the too four were.
Larry Wight pitted for a tire, got back up to 3rd and spoke about how close he came to 2nd place.
Jimmy Davis picked up 19 spots to finish tenth and talked about how he lost some spots late.
 
I had another nice night as I traveled to the Utica Rome Speedway for the first Super DIRTcar Series race in over ten years. A real nice field of 36 Modifieds was on hand as well as 21 Pro/Street cars as well.
 
Those stock cars put on one heck of a show as they had a four car race right to the checkered flag as Pete Stefanski took home the win leading the final two laps. Early race leader Glenn Forward was shuffled from 1st to 4th in the last two laps. Wow!
 
Billy Decker picked up his second Super DIRTcar Series win of the season getting by Stewart Friesen with just ten laps to go after Friesen hit a ute tire with the left front of his Modified costing him a possible win.
 
Several cars made pit stops for flat tires and made their way back into the top ten with Larry Wight being the driver who moved up the most. It was a fun show with lots of drama and side by side racing.
 
I also met Ron Hornaday and had the chance to interview him. He was a great guy and was a lot of fun as he hung out with everyone in the tower and on the roof. You never know how these big time racers will be when you meet them but Ron could not have been nicer. Great to meet you Ron and I can see why a lot of people put you in their cars all those years.
 
That chat will be up on Sunday as I have alot do to the next few days and will not be back at the track until then. My wife works Sunday so both my girls will come with me to Utica Rome. It will be my youngest daughter’s first race since 2011 when she rooted me on at Brewerton when she was just four years old.
 
Now let’s chat more about the new stuff on the Audio Page starting out with a driver who is having another real nice season. Brett Hearn recapped his races from the weekend, looked ahead to The Big Show and talked about the future of Super DIRT Week. 
 
Stewart Friesen talked about racing a Super DIRTcar Series race at Utica Rome and the baby and wife Jessica Zemken are expecting. Nice cold war reference Stewie!  
 
Pete Stefanski told me how nice it was to have a mini series for the stock cars at four tracks as well as his most recent runner up finish at Canandaigua. 
 
Vance Vanderwal was making his first appearance at Utica Rome and described a handling issue he was having as well as how that affected his stock car. 
 
Elmo Reckner just finished his time trial laps and spoke about how he is doing at how weekly homes, one of which is new this season.
 
Billy Decker won the first heat race and spoke about his up front run and his 11th place draw. Sorry, I thought I hit the stop button so just advance this one to get to the next one.   
 
Larry Wight told me about the close race he had early in his Modified heat win and his Fulton successes. He has won four in a row there, three in the Modified. 
 
Pat Ward enjoyed a nice side by side battle up front in his Modified heat and talked about swapping the race lead several times with Eric Rudolph. 
 
Danny Johnson just finished up his heat win at Utica Rome and told me about some work they did at Bicknell shop during the week.  
 
Billy Whittaker was fastest in the final group and talked about how surprised he was and how he is keeping his part time racer status. 
 
Pete Stefanski led the last two laps and spoke with Mike Mallett about the excellent Pro/Street race at Utica Rome that saw the top four cars under a blanket for the final laps. 
 
Mark Effner spoke with Mike Mallett about his second place finish as well as what he apologized about afterwards. 
 
Mike Welch came home in third place and spoke with Mike Mallett about the last few laps where things got crazy inside the top four.
 
Billy Decker got by Stewart Friesen late to win the race with ten laps to go and talked about  his second win on the Super DIRTcar Series with Shane Andrews
 
Jimmy Phelps worked his way up to finish second and talked with Shane Andrews about how even the too four were as well as when he woke up. 
 
Larry Wight pitted for a tire after getting a flat, got back up to 3rd and spoke with Shane Andrews about how tough it is to patient with you are trying to push it. 
 
Jimmy Davis picked up 19 spots to finish tenth at Utica Rome and talked about how he lost some spots late to some drivers who pitted for tires. 

 
Wednesday, June 24th 2015
   New on the Audio Page from the Weedsport Speedway:
 
Shane Clanton talked about his win at Fonda, his 2nd place at Brighton and his WoO LM point lead.
Chub Frank told me about his crate race at Can Am and his top ten run at Brighton Speedway.
Dan Stone has not raced much this season and told me about his limited schedule so far in 2015.
Dave Zona worked on a tire and spoke with me about the differences between his two chassis.
Chase Junghans summed up how he has been doing with the Outlaws and his racing background.
Tim Fuller was back with his Outlaw buddies and talked about his run at Fonda and Canandaigua.
Ross Robinson remembered his years working with Tim Fuller and the interesting track at Fonda.
Tim McCreadie spoke about racing close to home and how his perspective changes with age.
 
I went to Weedsport Speedway last night for the World of Outlaws Late Model Series and spent about an hour and a half in the pit area. I had my daughter’s graduation ceremony and it of course ran late so I did not make it back as I got done at about 9 pm.
 
But I did get a lot done before I headed out and all the Late Model drivers I spoke with are up today. I did saved three Sportsman racers and will put those up on Friday and Saturday.
 
I got there nice and early and got to see the camaraderie that exists with these guys. They were teasing each other and giving each other a hard time as guys tend to do. It was fun.
 
And be sure to listen to my Tim McCreadie chat as he really got philosophical with me and it made for a great interview. So you think the life of a racecar driver is glamorous? Not quite. Give it and all the others a listen today and I know you will like it. 
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page for today. Shane Clanton talked about his win at Fonda, his 2nd place at Brighton, his WoO LM point lead and why he thinks things are going so well.  
 
Chub Frank told me about his crate race at Can Am, the tough start he had to the night and his top ten run at Brighton Speedway on Saturday. 
 
Dan Stone has not raced much this season with his Late Model and told me about his limited schedule so far in 2015 as he got ready in Weedsport. 
 
Dave Zona worked on a tire and spoke with me about the differences between his two chassis as well as how important it is to chose the right tire. 
 
Chase Junghans summed up how he has been doing with the Outlaws, how tough it can be to learn new tracks and his racing background back in Kansas.
 
Tim Fuller was back with his Outlaw buddies for the Late Model race in Weedsport and talked about his run at Fonda and the blown engine at Canandaigua.  
 
Ross Robinson remembered his years working with Tim Fuller and the interesting track at Fonda that he described as having a lot more than four turns. 
 
Tim McCreadie spoke about racing close to home in Weedsport on Tuesday and how his perspective changes with age. Real good one here guys! 
 

 
     
 
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