Gary Rowe - CPA
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Gary Rowe of M.R. Gaebel, Inc.
Gates-Cole Associates SUNY Canton Automotive Technology program
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Monday, July 27th 2015
    New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Jimmy Phelps tells me about his Modified win at Brewerton and the next shows in Weedsport.
Greg Doust spoke about how he picked up a ride for Rolling Wheels and why it was so important.
Randy Gates described his background in racing as well as why he took several years off.
Mike Ward talked about what he hoped to learn as he was driving his daughter’s Sportsman.
Dennis Beaudette explained why he was giving an extra $100 to each Sportsman team at Fulton.
 
I hope you all had a great weekend. I know I did. I have some stuff up today from my weekend and will be back tomorrow with lots more.
 
I have plans to hit Fonda on Wednesday for the Jack Johnson Tribute race and will have Billy Decker on tomorrow to tell why this race is so special to him. From what I am hearing this is going to be the race to go to and will be well attended by both fans and teams.
 
Now let’s chat more about what I have for you on the Audio Page for today. Jimmy Phelps tells me about his Modified win at Brewerton on Friday night and the next shows in Weedsport that will celebrate the DIRT Hall of Fame. 
 
Greg Doust spoke about how he picked up a ride for Rolling Wheels and why it was so important for him to be a part of the Sportsman race in honor of his mother. 
 
Randy Gates described his background in racing, some of his past at the Fulton Speedway as well as why he took several years off from the sport. 
 
Mike Ward talked about what he hoped to learn as he was driving his daughter’s Sportsman and a problem he had on Thursday at Rolling Wheels. 
 
Dennis Beaudette explained why he was giving an extra $100 to each Sportsman team at Fulton and spoke about his business Industrial Tire. 

 
Sunday, July 26th 2015
    New on the Audio Page from the Fulton Speedway:
 
After the heat races:
 
Todd Root won his qualifier in the Sportsman division and told me about his low move for first.
Bret Belden tells me about his Late Model win and discussed it with former racer Tommy Barron.
Jason Occhino got the win in the 2nd Late Model heat and told me about the new RUSH tires.
Taylor Jackson survived a late race caution to win her heat and described some issues in turn four.
Zach Sobotka led every lap to win his Novice Sportsman heat and told me how his car was.
Jim Witko had the Modifieds all over him and explained how he held on to win his qualifier.
Danny Johnson talked about having to change motors before his Modified heat win running low.
Larry Wight described the rough racetrack he saw in his win and their plans to add more clay.
 
After the feature races:
 
David Marcuccilli won the 30 lap Sportsman race and told Adam Buchanan about the race up front.
Sean Beardsley won his 2nd race in as 2 weeks and talked about it trackside with Adam Buchanan.
Amy Holland picked up her sixth win of the season and told Adam Buchahan how she did it.
Larry Wight led the final 20 laps to win the Modified feature and talked about points racing.
Chad Phelps had a strong finish coming home 4th and told me how a slower car messed him up.
 
It was a fun night on a hot day at Fulton Speedway as somehow Mother Nature cut us a break and sent rain and storms to our north and to our south. So close was the rain that not even two miles south of the track on my drive home the roads were wet. Yep, we got a little bit lucky last night.
 
At one point after the heat races all eyes went to the sky as a round cloud hovered over the speedway. It was like nothing I had ever seen before and a few minutes after that you could see it cloud up big time to our east. I’m sure those folks got some weather. But yeah, it was something to see alright.
 
The racing was real good as I got to talk with a lot of the heat winners although not all of them. Many of the teams brought new bikes to give away to Junior Fan Club members so the ones I missed were the ones on the frontstretch with their cars and bikes. Great job guys…way to give a nice memory to a young fan. “Hey, where’d ya get the bike?” “Fulton Speedway!” Great public relations move!
 
I have a lot of stuff I saved from this race too that is in the can so look for that over the next three days as well as a couple I have saved from Rolling Wheels. I’ll be heading to Fonda on Wednesday for the Jack Johnson Tribute Race and from what I hear a lot of teams will be there. And I have two interviews already about that race with more to come.
 
I’ll be home today as we have so much work to do. We’re moving to a bigger house which will also mean a killer room for my new studio. So I really need to get busy today getting some things done for the move. We hope to make the move within the month so you can imagine how much work we have to do. 
 
Have a great Sunday and I’ll see you guys with more tomorrow. 

 
Saturday, July 25th 2015
    New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Tommy Sears explained why he likes TheWheels and gives some advice to people about contractors.
Rocky Warner tells me about his big goal for the season and his hopes for a Rolling Wheels win.
David Marcuccilli had always enjoyed Rolling Wheels and why the place is so prestigious.
Eric Giguere explained why a crash at Canandaigua brought back some unpleasant memories.
Jeremy Pitts got ready for his first show at Rolling Wheels and talked about trying a new track.
Glenn Forward talks about learning the Sportsman class and the fun he has with his Pro Stock.
 
It was another beautiful day on Friday and we got a lot done on our project here at the house. It was a busy day but one that was needed as we get ready for a big change in our lives. I’ll fill you in more later but it is all good here.
 
I have some stuff from my trip to Rolling Wheels on Thursday and plan on attending Fulton tonight. We’ll be back on the project again on Sunday and will try to work in a mid week next week.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page starting with a driver who talks racing and his job. Tommy Sears explained why he likes Rolling Wheels so much, recalls some of his past at the track and gives some advice to people about contractors. 
 
Rocky Warner tells me about his big goal for the season, what the magic number would be and his hopes for his first ever Rolling Wheels win. 
 
David Marcuccilli had always enjoyed Rolling Wheels, why the place is so prestigious and remembers racing the 5/8 mile track in his Street Stock. 
 
Eric Giguere explained why a recent crash at Canandaigua brought back some unpleasant memories and who is helping him out with some set up issues. 
 
Jeremy Pitts got ready for his first show at Rolling Wheels and talked about trying a new track as well as the advice he got from a friend. 
 
Glenn Forward talks about learning the Sportsman class, the need for more seat time in the car and the fun he has with his Pro Stock. 

 
Friday, July 24th 2015
    New on the Audio Page from Rolling Wheels Raceway:
 
Pre race conversations:
 
Chip Burdick tells me about a free night at Can Am for fans in the grandstand and the pit area.
Stewart Friesen got ready to do double duty on the night and talked about a 360 hot streak.
Pat Ward spoke about his big win at Utica Rome and how close he came to a win at Five Mile.
Rocky Warner was in the first group on the track and told me how the SYNDI surface felt.
Rob Humphreys told me how his car looked after being in the 2nd session on the new surface.
Danny Johnson was fastest in time trials and told me why his car sputtered coming off the track.
 
After the heat races:
 
Larry Wight won the first Modified heat race and talked about his victory and his Sprint Car.
Ryan Phelps led every lap in his Modified heat win and told me why he was in a different car.
Brett Hearn finished up his dinner and told me how impressed he was with the track in his win.
Pat Ward drove away from the field to win his heat and told me about the nice start he enjoyed.
Jessica Zemken analyzed how her husband Stewie did as he won his heat and an issue they had.
Stewart Friesen talked about his Sprint Car heat win and what race officials reminded him about.
Tommy Wickham spoke about his heat win and why he needed to get a new chassis under him.
Rob Dietrick got the win in the final 360 heat race and predicted what would happen to the track.
 
After the features and A-Main:
 
Jeremy Pitts won in his first time at Rolling Wheels and spoke with Joe Marotta about his night.
Stewart Friesen picked up his 3rd Sprint Car win in a row and thanked his wife’s team for helping.
Bryan Howland spoke with Rich Vleck about his 2nd place finish and how free his Sprinter was.
Justin Barger told Rich Vleck about his third place run and how hard he battled for his spot.
Brett Hearn won the 50 lap Modified race and told Roy Sova why he liked the racetrack surface.
Larry Wight led early before finishing 2nd and spoke with Roy Sova about his loose racecar.
Stewart Friesen picked up ten spots to finish third and spoke with Roy Sova about his race.
 
It was a long night but a good one at Rolling Wheels Raceway as they ran their second race of the season and the first one with the SYNDI surface on a sunny day. A big field of cars was there as they ran Mods, the Patriot Sprint Tour and Sportsman for a RUSH Hour Live TV show for MAV TV.
 
Now the new surface was not dust free by any means and when the first group of cars screeched their way around the track you could see the concern on the driver’s faces who were watching. But when those first cars came off the track and the teams did not see the tire wear they expected, the thought process changed.
 
The track had a lot more bite in it than anyone had predicted and many went to work on their cars to try to accommodate the conditions. Listen to my interviews after the cars were on the track and you’ll hear for yourself.
 
It did get real dusty in the final race of the night and from what I hear the surface is not fully coated as it will be soon. It’s a learning process for everyone involved and I’m sure there are conversations going on about it today for sure. But overall the teams were very pleased with the track surface they raced on.
 
I have a lot of interviews up for you and some I have saved for release tomorrow as I am heading to Fulton on Saturday and possibly a mid week next week. We’ll see.
 
As for my job helping the announcers for TV, it is going very well. I was not sure if I was going to do it initially as everyone knows I really was hoping to have a mic in my hand somehow for this deal but it is actually a lot of fun. I throw tidbits of information at them including who is on their way to the front and any other interesting facts I have about the drivers. Hopefully they like what I am doing too. But yeah, it is a lot of fun and I am happy to be a part of this team. 
 
Now I need to get some sleep as I see 2:37 a.m. on the clock. It was along day like I said but a fun one. Now I need to get myself onto some non racing stuff today. 

 
Thursday, July 23rd 2015
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Brett Hearn talked about his Super DIRTcar Series win at Drummondville and tonight in Elbridge.
Brian Nelson is a rookie driver in the Sportsman division at Glen Ridge and spoke about his season.
Steve Ovens previews Friday’s big 305 Sprint Car race at Black Rock as well as other specials.
 
Tonight the weekend starts early with a big show at Rolling Wheels featuring Modifieds, GRIT Sportsman and the Patriot Sprint Tour. And unlike the last time we went to The Wheels, the weather looks great so we won’t be tromping around in the mud like last time.
 
I’ll be there doing my Doug’s Dirt Diary thing as well as helping out in the booth alerting them to stuff on the track as well as anything else interesting that I feel the viewers might want to know about. I had a ball working the gig last time and am looking forward to tonight.
 
Now let’s talk more about what we have on the Audio Page starting with a driver who is coming off a big win and will be at Rolling Wheels tonight. Brett Hearn talked about his Super DIRTcar Series win at Drummondville and his plans for the next week that include midweek specials tonight in Elbridge and next week at Fonda. 
 
Brian Nelson is a rookie driver in the Sportsman division at Glen Ridge and spoke about his season as well as what it was like moving from a go-cart to a big car. 
 
Steve Ovens previews Friday’s big 305 Sprint Car race at Black Rock as well as other specials including the GRIT Series and 360 Sprint Cars in August. 

 
Wednesday, July 22nd 2015
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Mike Mahaney talked about his 3rd win in a row at I-88 as he gets ready for tonight’s special.
Shaun Pangman reflects on winning his first career Modified feature Friday night at Glen Ridge.
Jim Introne Jr. tells me how he has been doing at Glen Ridge and why he switched from asphalt.
 
We’re back with more good stuff for you on a Wednesday. I also have one to get you ready for tonight’s Crazy 8’s Special at I-88 Speedway featuring Mods, 600 Mods and the GRIT Sportsman Series. It is going to be quite a night so if you have never gone before, make your plans now and get down for what is going to be a star studded show.
 
We also checked in with our new friend Shaun Pangman to hear about his first career win at Glen Ridge. I love seeing first time winners and hear about how they got to where they are now. I hope you like it too. Plus we have another driver on the site in Jim Introne Jr. who just picked up his first win a few weeks ago.
 
Get well wishes go out to Claude Hutchings Jr. after a brutal crash Sunday at Utica Rome. I did not go to Facebook for a couple of days and missed that it had happened. I guess he is going to be okay and all the safety equipment did its job. Whew! Get well soon buddy!!!
 
Now let’s talk more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page starting with a preview of the big show tonight in Afton. Mike Mahaney talked about his 3rd win in a row at I-88 as he gets ready for tonight’s Crazy 8’s Special, the special giveaway from his sponsor and the fun he has racing with his dad Jim. 
 
Shaun Pangman reflects on winning his first career Modified feature Friday night at Glen Ridge and tells other drivers to make sure to chat with their chassis manufacturer like he did. 
 
Jim Introne Jr. tells me how he has been doing at Glen Ridge with his Sportsman, why he switched from asphalt and how nice it was to pick up a win with his newer car. 
 
Tuesday, July 21st 2015
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Bob Vedder told me about his quest to win his first ever Modified race after decades of trying.
Tony Finch II tells me how he picked up his third win of the season and some car issues he has.
Tony Veneziano reports on the Kings Royal and the Knight Before the Kings Royal at Eldora.
 
I had a nice day on Monday as I wrote up a new column for the Syracuse Post Standard and Syracuse.com. Look for that on newsstands and online today.
 
I did get some work done although I only had a small window to get my work done. We are making a big change here at home although I can’t fully discuss what it is yet. But it will mean a lot of work over the next 5-6 weeks or so. I’ll do the best I can to keep up here and this is a positive thing long term, it may mean less time in the studio for a while though. And like I said, I’ll tell you more about this when the date gets closer.
 
Now though let’s chat more about what we have for you to listen to on the Audio Page today starting with a driver who never gives up and hopes to get a reward for his perseverance soon. Bob Vedder told me about his quest to win his first ever Modified race after decades of trying and what has kept him going all these years. 
 
Tony Finch II tells me how he picked up his third win of the season, how he benefited from another driver’s misfortune and described some car issues he has to get fixed this week. 
 
Tony Veneziano reports on the Kings Royal and the Knight Before the Kings Royal at Eldora and how Shane Stewart enjoyed the best weekend of his racing career to date. 

 
     
 
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