New on the Audio Page from Utica Rome Speedway:
After the heat races:
Marc Johnson won his Modified heat for the 2nd week in a row and told me about his early move.
Mike Mahaney walked me through his pass for the lead on the last lap to get a heat victory.
Jason Rood won the first crate Sportsman heat and told me why he moved down from a Modified.
Kyle Kiehn made a nice low move to get a Sportsman heat win and talked about improving.
Corey Barker brought out his new Sportsman for the first race and told me about his heat win.
Jack Miller looked over some lap time after his heat win and talked about a motor issue last week.
Claude Hutchings Jr. talked about his heat win and the borrowed engine they installed that morning.
After the features:
Jim Normoyle won career feature number 17 with his Pro Stock and talked about it with Bill Foley.
Pete Stefanski was all by himself and talked about his 2nd place as well as his 2016 racing plans.
Russ Marsden started his season with a third place finish and told me when he dug the car out.
Matt Sheppard explained why he had trouble getting his helmet off after his Modified victory.
Jason Rood survived a wild finish to win his first race in years and talked about having fun again.
Claude Hutchings Jr. went three wide for his win in traffic and thanked his engine builder.
It was a cold one last night at Utica Rome as we doubled, tripled and quadrupled up on our layers of clothing for what turned out to be a night with a lot of real good stories in it.
We also did the next installment of the Atomic Power Racing Hour featuring the Go Nuclear Late Models with myself, Rich Vleck, Paul Szmal and Matt Thomas. Things went very well and you can look for that to show up on Time Warner Cable Sports in about 6 weeks or so.
I don’t watch the Late Model heats or the features on TV nights as we call the audio at a later time and I like to surprised. So sorry, no heat winners or victory lanes from these guys tonight but you will see them on Time Warner so stay tuned. If you can’t get the show and want to see it search Atomic Power Racing Hour on You Tube.
Matt Sheppard won with no power steering which in today’s world is incredibly hard. He also went two for two on the weekend and is has won four of five races between Utica Rome and Canandaigua.
Jason Rood won for the first time in many years as his move to a Sportsman has brought back fun once again. Listen to his heat race interview as he really opens up about how tough it was to realize that Modified racing just wasn’t working out for him and why he just wasn’t having fun anymore. I thought it was nice that just after he told me that he went out and won. He must be having fun now huh? I’m happy for you Jason and thanks for trusting me with the interview. And oh by the way, he was coming of a DNQ last week.
And after blowing up a brand new engine the week before while going for the lead, Claude Hutchings Jr. won with a loaned motor from the same builder and did so with a three wide move through traffic with three laps to go.
Why do I love local racing so much? Do you really have to ask after that? Yeah, the storylines are so much better here aren’t they? Gotta go but know we’ll have more during the week. Got 17 interviews in the can and we plan on hitting shows Friday and Saturday this weekend before taking my birthday off on Sunday! See you later and thanks to all the guys who chatted with me tonight. Lovin life and love racing!