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Sunday, July 21st 2019
    New on the Audio Page from Land of Legends Raceway:

Quinn Sutherland explained how the racing surface fooled him a little in his Street Stock heat win. 
Brad Steinruk led every lap to win his Street Stock heat and talked about some contact in the pits. 
David Ferguson told me how he won his CRSA heat race in just his first time back in the racecar. 
Jeff Trombley got the win in the second CRSA heat and described what it was like looking for bite.
Johnny Scarbrough watched the leader have a problem and talked about his CRSA heat victory. 
Andrew Smith described how the racetrack was different than he thought as he won his heat race. 
Paul Guererri won his heat race and talked about how the top and bottom grooves were different. 
Ricky Newton started on the pole and won his heat race while explaining why he started up front. 
C.J. Castelletti summed up how he has done the past few weeks as he won his Sportsman heat. 
Alan Johnson took the win in his Modified heat and talked about being fortunate in his starting spot. 
Gil Tegg had the big block back under his hood and described a last second change he made before. 
Jeff Daugherty got the early lead to win his Modified heat and talked about his first heat win of 2019.

After the featurer races:

Jimmy Grant took the lead on lap six and talked about getting his first ever win at Land of Legends. 
Ricky Newton pulled away to win the Sportsman race convincingly and talked about some off weeks. 
Matt Sheppard picked up win number 22 and dedicated the win to a man we lost earlier in the week. 
Zach Payne finished the night with a B- Feature win and talked about how close to came to qualifying.

It was a hot one on Saturday in Canandaigua but it was not nearly as bad as Friday was. We had some cloud cover to block the sun and a pretty good breeze blew in from the west which felt good and kept the dust off of the folks in the grandstand.

It was slick as you could imagine but the teams adjusted, stayed hydrated and put on a pretty good show. A good crowd was on hand and it was a quick night even with an autograph session after the heat races. We have a hard curfew there and we made it by about 4 minutes. Whew!

I've got a lot up for you today and we will have more tomorrow as I'll highlight some pre race chats. We'll be back to Land of Legends on Wednesday for a three division show with Sportsman, 305's and Street Stocks. I love county fairs and this one is like all should be with a race for the new fans to see. Hopefully they'll like it and come back next time.

It's late and I am extremely tired from two long days so I am gonna stop writing and call it a night...or morning in this case. Come back tomorrow for more and we hope you all have a great Sunday. 
 
Saturday, July 20th 2019
   New on the Audio Page for today:

Dylan Swinehart talks about winning his first career Modified feature one week ago at Grandview. 
Casey Williams told me about his Sportsman feature win at Fulton and how a new exhaust helped.
Ernie Saxton and I chat about the hot weekend, some stories followed at the national level and more. 

Saturday is here and if yesterday was any indication, to day is going to be a scorcher. Yesterday's hot temperature led to a lot of late day storms which got the hot rods at the Syracuse Nationals a little wet before heating up once again. It was a typical stormy hot, summer day with a few extra degress on the old thermometer just to make it interesting.

I'll be sweating it out tonight in Canandaigua as we are a go as of this morning. I see both sides of this cancelling because of the heat thing but there is one thing I do. I am glad I'm not the one who has to make the decision. 

Now let's chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page starting with a first time winner from Pennsylvania. Dylan Swinehart talks about winning his first career Modified feature one week ago at Grandview, recaps his racing past that started in Quarter Midgets and describes how a big set up changed helped his car. 

Casey Williams told me about his Sportsman feature win at Fulton one week ago, how nice it was to notch his first win in a crate engine powered car and how a new exhaust system helped.

Ernie Saxton and I chat about the hot weekend that led to several cancellations, some stories followed at the national level including NASCAR & Indy Car and much, much more. 
 
Friday, July 19th 2019
   New on the Audio Page for today:

Jared Umbenhauer told me about his first career Modified win at Big Diamond with a repaired car.
Andrew Ferguson spoke about some recent gains with his Mod and how much he loves his hauler. 
Nick Karuse talked about running a small block aganst the big blocks and how he is doing at 2 tracks.

We had a nice day on Thursday as we got Allie some practice laps on I-Racing, got a little work done in the studio and finished the night with a trip to the NYS Fairgrounds to watch our friends from the Syracuse Microd and Quarter MIdget Club as they ran togther for a pre-Syracuse Nationals event. It was a blast seeing everyone.

The only down side was that one of the new racers was taken to the hospital in an ambulance after a flip on the frontstretch. We're praying for a speedy recovery for her and hopeg she is back on the track soon. With HIPA laws you can't say anything so I can't elaborate more but get better fast young lady! We're pullin for you.

Now let's chat more about what is new for today on the Audio Page as we visit with three different Modified racers. Jared Umbenhauer told me about his first career Modified win at Big Diamond, explained why they had to clip the car during the week and also recapped his 8th place run the next night at Grandview.

Andrew Ferguson spoke about some recent gains with his big block program, describes what has been different of late and how much he loves his brnad new hauler while getting reflective on where he is today.

Nick Krause talked about running a small block aganst the big blocks at Brewerton, remembered a recent race where he couild have possiblly finished second and how he is doing at his two home tracks.
 
Thursday, July 18th 2019
   New on the Audio Page for today:

Chris Hile talks about the race engine heaters he builds and why that is so important in today's world. 
Jeremie Corcoran talks about Thursday Night Thunder tonight in Cicero and the work done at OCFS.
Joe Marotta tells me how things are going in Oswego and gets ready for Syracuse Nationals Weekend. 

It was a nice, cool day on Wednesday and I got some work done around the house and also got into the studio as well as two of the three interviews up todwere recorded yesterday. I'll be doing a show at Land og Legends Raceway on Saturday and possibly Utica Rome on Sunday. The weather could be an issue on any of the next few days so let's hope Mother Narure is a race fan.

Today Allie will be doing some on-line racing with our friend Jeff and I'll be in the studio again as I have three things set up. And I'm always looking for more to do so senc me your thoughts and anyone's name who you think I should call. Thanks!

Now let's chat in more detail about the stuff you can listen to on the Audio Page today starting with a driver who won a few hours after we spoke. Chris Hile talks about the race engine heaters he builds, explains why they are so important in today's world while remembering a jingle he was involved in the week before at Brewerton Speedway. 

Jeremie Corcoran talks about Thursday Night Thunder tonight in Cicero at ESTA Safety Park Dragstrip, what you can do to be a partofthe fun during the Syracuse Natiionals and the work did at Orange County Fair Speedway to make it a multi-groove track. PS-They race there tonight!

Joe Marotta tells me how things are going at Oswego Speedway on Saturday nights, remembers the big fire a few weeks ago and gets ready for Syracuse Nationals Weekend which begins officially today with the event in Cicero. 
 
Wednesday, July 17th 2019
   New on the Audio Page for today:

Danny Varin talks about his win at Fonda to finish his weekend and the tough luck he had before. 
Ben Bushaw talks about how he is doing with his Modified as he learns to drive Fulton Speedway. 
Kyle Inman talked about his Sportsman win at Ransomville and his big crash Saturday in Batavia. 
Dwight Nichols describes some repairs he had to make and his hopes to test today at Paradise.

Before we get started today we would like to extend our deepest sypathies to the Haers family after losing Gerald earlier this week. He was a great man who did a lot for racing and the business community. He was a hard working man who was loved by everyone who met him, myself included. His legacy lives on with his two sons, daughter and his grandkids. You will be sorely missed Gerald and may you rest in peace.

I stayed busy most of the day and visited Webmaster Andy at the hospital. He is getting better slowly and hopes to be out possibly next week. How well he will do and how well he will recover is still unknown but he is very opitimistic which is better than I would do after being laid up for two weeks. We're praying for you Andrew and hope you are back with us soon.

Now let's chat more about what is on the Audio Page today starting with a man who's weekend started badly but ended with a victory. Danny Varin talks about his Modified win at Fonda to finish his weekend, the tough luck he had before that as he wrecked in the first 20 lapper and lost a sprak plug wire while running 5th the night before with the All Star Sprints. 

Ben Bushaw talks about how he is doing with his 358 Modified as he learns to drive Fulton Speedway, a much more powerful car and what his goals were for Saturday night including the need to be better as the laps wind down. Good news is that he won his heat race about an hour after we spoke.

Kyle Inman talked about his Sportsman win at Ransomville on Friday, described how much better the track surface has been and described his big crash on a restart Saturday in Batavia while running in second place. Lots of work to do for Kyle and his crew to do this week. 

Dwight Nichols describes some frame repairs he had to make to his Sportsman, explains how they made sure there were no more problems than that and described his hopes to test today at Paradise weather permitting of course.
 
Tuesday, July 16th 2019
   New on the Audio Page for today:

Billy VanPelt talked about Saturday night's win at Woodhull and how he is liking his new coil car.
Mike Bowman spoke about his Mod wins at Utica Rome on Friday and Thunder Mountain Saturday.
Tim Hegarty talks about honoring Ovid Doiron with his latest Dirt Modified Nostalgia Tour racecar.
Tony Veneziano talks about the WoO Sprint Car races from Wilmot Raceway & Hartford Speedway. 

I had a nice day on Monday as I let my knee rest, hung out with some of my neighbors and did some work here in the studio. Three of the four you have to listen to today were recorded on Monday and I'll be getting more today.

I'll be back at Land of Legends Raceway this Saturday and will do either a Friday or Saturday show to go along with it. I'll decide that later this week as I see how I am doing and decide how much hoofing around is appropriate for the weekend. I'm having a blast, just wish my knee could keep up.

Now let's chat more about what is new for today on the Audio Page that you can listen to right now. Billy VanPelt talked about Saturday night's Modified feature win at Woodhull, how he is liking his new coil car and describes how a change in his exhaust led to a cut tire last Tuesday at Accord.

Mike Bowman spoke about his Modified feature wins at Utica Rome on Friday and Thunder Mountain Saturday while explaining why his engine choice was a big help on Friday and how cool it was to double up on the weekend, something he had not done since his Sportsman days.

Tim Hegarty talks about honoring Canadian racecar driver Ovid Doiron with his latest Dirt Modified Nostalgia Tour ride, why this Vega bodied car is so special to him and why it is so different than what he has driven in the past. It's a nice ride!

Tony Veneziano talks about the latest WoO Sprint Car races in Wilmot Raceway & Hartford Speedway, explains why the point race has tightened up and looks forward to five straight nights of racing in The Buckeye State. 


 
Monday, July 15th 2019
   New on the Audio Page for today:

Pat Ward talked about the value of pre-heating the water in the car and remembered his first races. 
Mike Prentice spoke about his recent Sportsman win and why his car is finally handling like he likes. 
Dave Brown showed off his new Sportsman and talked about what his hopes were for night number 1.

I laid low on Sunday as my left knee has been having a tough few weeks. So much so that I am going to call the doctor today and see what I can do to make it better. It has not been great for a few years but now I am limping on a constant basis and for me to seek help shows you how things are as I hate doctors. I always feel like they're gonna find something I don't like and it will break our family financially. Keep your fingers crossed.

I am going to be back in the studio today as no matter how badly I'm getting around I can still do that. We're off from the Dirt Modified Nostalgia Tour for the next two weekends but will be back on the road the first weekend in August as we hit Albany Saratoga and Thunder Moutain that weekend. It's gonna be fun. 

Now let's chat more about what is on the Audio Page for today starting with a look back at the beginning with a veteran Modified driver.  Pat Ward talked about the value of pre-heating the water in the engine before starting it, how nice it was to see his old car win at Fulton the week before and remembered his first few races as a teenager. 

Mike Prentice spoke about his recent Sportsman win at Brewerton Speedway, how happy he is to finally get rid of a nagging handling issue on the car while hinting at what he did to make it better. Way to stay with it Mike!

Dave Brown showed off his new Sportsman at Fulton Speedway on Saturday night, described what they did to get it together and talked about what his hopes were for night number one in a new class.

 
     
 
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