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Sunday, March 16th 2014
   New on the Audio Page from the Fonda car show at Rotterdam Square.
 
Cody Clark told me how his rookie season went in a Sportsman and his hopes for this season.
Jimmy Davis had a brand new car at the mall and told me about some big gains late in 2013.
Jeff Trombley explained why we did not see him much last year and the motor issues sidelined him.
Matt DeLorenzo updated me on the improvements at Fonda and the need for some warm weather.
Kenny Gates set a new record for wins in the Pro Stock division and told me how it meant to him.
Ronnie Johnson tells Allie how his Modified is right now and how excited he it to get going.
 
Allie and I had a great time as we headed east to Schenectady and Rotterdam Square to see some of the cars that will be competing at the Fonda Speedway this year. There were 71 cars in the mall and I did not even make it all the way around in the 4 hours we were there.
 
I recorded 19 new interviews and Allie got to do one again to with one of the most popular Modified drivers around. She stumbled a little at the end but otherwise did a fine job.
 
We took some photos as well although not as many as I thought we did. Darn. Wish I had that to do over again. But you can go today yourself and see the cars that are on display as there is one more day today! And be sure to buy something while you are there. We ate at the food court and purchased some DVD’s from FYE. I encourage you to go to and spend some money as that will ensure that this show comes back.
 
In the can right now are another 13 interviews. I’ll put a good amount up tomorrow depending on how much I get done in the studio. But it will be another good week for sure with lots of good stuff as we get closer and closer to the start of the 2014 season here in the northeast.
 
Now let’s chat more about the new stuff we have for you today on the Audio Page. I begin with my first interview of the day with a very respectful young driver who did very well last season winning twice. Cody Clark told me how his rookie season went in a Sportsman and his hopes for this season. He talked about how he was helping fans understand what these cars are and his pair of wins at Glen Ridge. 
 
Jimmy Davis had a brand new car at the mall and told me about some big gains they made late in 2013. He told me why they decided to get another car just like it and his hopes to run a substantial amount of Super DIRTcar Series shows. 
 
Jeff Trombley explained why we did not see him much last year and the motor issues sidelined him. He told me how he looks right now, why he thinks a big block may be the way to go at Fonda and how much has changed with the switch to DIRTcar. 
 
Matt DeLorenzo updated me on the improvements at Fonda and the need for some warm weather. He also talked about the people who were buying DIRTcar licenses at the mall and how being in line with a popular Friday track will help.  
 
Kenny Gates set a new record for wins in the Pro Stock division and told me how it meant to him. He explained why he thought he would never break it, what he is doing with his show car and how much has changed with the new rules for 2014. 
 
Ronnie Johnson tells Allie how his Modified is right now and how excited he it to get going. My extended interview with Ronnie will air later in the week.

 
Saturday, March 15th 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Mike Mahaney showed off his I-88 Speedway ride and ran down his plans for this coming season.
Chris Hile went with a new look on his Modified and told me about his own in house vinyl guy.
Paul Habeck has upped his game for 2014 and told me about his first brand new Sprint Car.
Dean Reynolds spoke about the Empire Super Sprint presence at the show and how they did.
Mike Emhof talked about the pair of hats he was wearing last weekend and how the show went.
 
What a turnaround we had huh? We went from single digits on Thursday to 40, almost 50 degrees on Friday. But still not warm enough as we will have to wait a few more weeks it seems for the season to start. But fortunately we have a mall show in Rotterdam, NASCAR, Formula 1, NHRA and lots of college basketball tournaments this weekend as well. So enjoy March while we can.
 
Allie and I will be on the road today as we head to Rotterdam and we’ll be doing interviews and taking photos. Plus we’ll be checking out all that the mall has to offer as we will shop and eat there too to say thanks. I encourage you to do the same. These malls don’t have to do this and we appreciate them allowing us into their world.
 
Today we focus on Modifieds and Sprints with our final five interviews from last weekend. I did get some studio work done but we’ll save those for release at a later time. So be sure to keep coming back today as I hope to get some new photos up early tonight.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page. I begin with a pair of Modified drivers. Mike Mahaney showed off his I-88 Speedway ride and ran down his plans for this coming season. He told me about the car, where his new Saturday home will be and looks forward to getting the family ride out on Sundays. 
 
Chris Hile went with a new look on his Modified and told me about his own in house vinyl guy. He told me a little history of the car, why he has some red on the car this time around and looks forward to going to some local series races. 
 
Paul Habeck has upped his game for 2014 and told me about his first brand new Sprint Car. He told me why he decided to go that way, where he plans to race this season and what he hopes to accomplish this year. 
 
Dean Reynolds spoke about the Empire Super Sprint presence at the show and how they did. He talked about the nine cars he had at the event, a pair of new drivers we will see this year and how impressed he was with the Cole Cup. 
 
Mike Emhof talked about the pair of hats he was wearing last weekend and how the show went. He told me about the chassis he has been selling, looked at the 2014 season for the Patriot Sprint Tour and how he can help Sprint Car drivers pick the right car for them. 

 
Friday, March 14th 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Elmo Reckner had his booth in the BD Motorsports Media booth and talked about last season.
Andrew Ferguson showed off a new sponsor and explained how that led to a color change.
Alysha Ruggles explained how her back is feeling after a crash last year and how she feels now.
Kyle Kiehn ran down how he did in the Novice Sportsman at Fulton and who helped him learn.
Barb Clark updated me on how Utica Rome drivers can get NASCAR licenses now to save time.
Jeremie Corcoran told me about the big presence he had at the show and the track work he did.
 
I hope you all are all dug out from the latest weather event. We’re okay here now and hopefully you guys are too. Now you guys know I love winter, but I have officially had enough of it for now. And nobody can complain about the heat this summer…nobody!
 
We’re back today with six more new interviews and will have about the same or maybe even more for tomorrow. And on Saturday we’re heading out to Rotterdam Square to see what is new for the Fonda Speedway this season. We’ll leave here at about noon so we’ll see you guys in the afternoon in Rotterdam.

And my streak of good bowling continues after having having to take a few weeks off due to a nagging back issue. But my friend Dr. Hulk gave me some new stretches to do and they are totally working. I had a 629 with a 182 for a final game. No, I did not adjust properly when the oil moved. Still, feels good to bwol pain free. Thanks Hulk!
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you to listen to today on the Audio Page. I begin with a man who is going to be at a new weekly home this season. Elmo Reckner had his booth in the BD Motorsports Media booth and talked about last season. He talked about his races at both Fonda & Glen Ridge and why he is changing things up this year by heading to Albany Saratoga. 
 
Andrew Ferguson showed off a new sponsor and explained how that led to a color change. He told me how happy he was with the look, how nice it feels to be ahead at this time of the year and how the extra help he has made the difference. 
 
Alysha Ruggles explained how her back is feeling after a crash last year and how she feels now. She told me how excited she got just sitting in the car and what the doctors are telling her now. 
 
Kyle Kiehn ran down how he did in the Novice Sportsman at Fulton and who helped him learn. He shared the advice he received and why he plans to return to the same division this season. 
 
Barb Clark updated me on how Utica Rome drivers can get NASCAR licenses now to save time. She explained what the benefits are and how things look right now at the speedway. Well, there may be a little more snow than when we spoke on Sunday. 
 
Jeremie Corcoran told me about the big presence he had at the show and the track work he did at Canandaigua. He talked about the 2014 schedule and some other special events he is working on at a different location. 

 
Thursday, March 13th 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Katelyn Kane had her Modified right up front at the show and told me about the new look.
Nick Guererri spoke about how nice his Sportsman car turned out and why he changed it up.
Mike Walton showed off his open motor Sportsman and talked about his rookie season in the class.
Tyler Graves will be a rookie in the 360 Sprint Car world and talked about the new challenge.
Brett Deyo told me about the big splash he made at the show and who helped with a banner.
Mike Mallett was hanging out at the Utica Rome booth and talked about the coming season.
 
Main, I can’t believe it. We looked so good just a few days ago. It was 50 degrees out and we were all so optimistic about things. Sure, we heard about this storm but these weather people have about the accuracy rating as a baseball player…wrong more than right. But not this time.
 
That was some real heavy snow and it is continuing into today for some folks. Of course we lost this weekend in Selinsgrove and you have to wonder about some of the other tracks. Even though most of the northeast did not get the snow we did, you have wonder about the long term effects of this latest blast. Darn it…I was so ready.
 
So now we’ll focus on the usual mall shows and such of which many are coming up. I’ll be at the Fonda show this weekend in Rotterdam as Allie and I will make the trip east. If you have not been to this one, I highly suggest it as there will be close to 70 cars in the mall for this one.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for today on the Audio Page. I begin with a young lady who is wondering if she may race more in 2014. Katelyn Kane had her Modified right up front at the show and told me about the new look. She told me about the two Modifieds she has, why one car will see more action and wonders of she may expand to include some specials. 
 
Nick Guererri spoke about how nice his Sportsman car turned out and why he changed it up a bit for this season. He talked about the newer car he picked up and how close he is to being ready. 
 
Mike Walton showed off his open motor Sportsman and talked about his rookie season in the class. He told me how surprised he was with his overall results and wonders how the big changes he made to the car will affect it. 
 
Tyler Graves will be a rookie in the 360 Sprint Car world and talked about the new challenge. He told me where he feels the car will act differently and runs down his goals for the coming year.
 
Brett Deyo told me about the big splash he made at the show and who helped with a banner. He talked about the people who stopped by the booth and looked forward to next weekend’s Hard Clay open at Orange County. 
 
Mike Mallett was hanging out at the Utica Rome booth and talked about the coming season. He offered his take on Motorsports Expo and how impressed he was with the Cole Cup. Yeah, that’s quite a cup. 

 
Wednesday, March 12th 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Anthony Perrego talked about his big block races in Florida as he showed off his Modified.
Charlie Donk showed off his Sprint Car at the show and talked about how ready his car is now.
Alan Fink recapped his Mod Lite races at East Bay and talked about the 3 racecars he will drive.
Mark Weaver remembered his tough start in 2013 and recapped his 21 race season in a Sportsman.
Marc Minutolo won a championship last year at Canandaigua and told me when it became real.
Gary Palone is back at the helm at Paradise Speedway this year and talked about his goals for 2014.
 
What a great day it was on Tuesday. So much so that I played hookey a little and got out in the bright sun. I washed the Milan and got her all shined up before driving her through some puddles on the way home. Well, at least she looked good for a few minutes anyway.
 
As for today, let’s hope this dose of weather is not too severe as we are still hoping to race this weekend at Selinsgrove in the ROC opener. I’ll keep my eyes on it and I’ll be chatting with promoter Andrew Harpell as well so I’ll keep you updated the best I can.
 
We’re back with lots of good stuff from Motorsports Expo and we’ll be doing that all week long through Saturday. And we will have more new stuff for you as I will buckle down today and get some interviews done. But after running around and letting the kids do some cool stuff outside, time just ran out.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page. I begin with a young man who raised some eyebrows down in Florida. Anthony Perrego talked about his big block races in Florida as he showed off his Modified this past weekend. He told me how well things went and what he hopes to learn in 2014. 
 
Charlie Donk showed off his Sprint Car at the show and talked about how ready his car is now. He ran down the few things he has to get done, the new motor he is waiting on and offered his take on the Monster Truck show at the dome. 
 
Alan Fink recapped his Mod Lite races at East Bay and talked about the 3 racecars he will drive. He also talked about adding more Sportsman races, the new Late Model he has back at the shop and how he flipped a brand new Mod Lite the first night out. 
 
Mark Weaver remembered his tough start past year and recapped his 21 race season in a Sportsman. He talked about a motor issue they had in week two and where he felt he improved as the season went on. 
 
Marc Minutolo won a championship last year at Canandaigua and told me when the chances of winning a title became real. He talked about staying consistent, how unexpected the championship was and how some friends kept him in it when things went bad. 
 
Gary Palone is back at the helm at Paradise Speedway this year and talked about his goals for 2014. He talked about the response he was getting at the Expo and what he hopes to accomplish early on. 

 
Tuesday, March 11th 2014
   New on the Audio Page from Motorsports Expo:
 
Vinnie Vitale will be back in a Modified exclusively this year and told me why he made the change.
Rick Miller showed off his crate Late Model and talked about his eight win season in the car.
Dan Wiesner explained why he is taking a year off from racing and what he hopes to do in 2015.
Darryl Ruggles had his 305 Sprint Car at the show and told me about a fund raiser on March 15th.
Reed Miller manned the Penn Can Speedway booth last weekend and described how things look.
Joe Marotta offered histake on Motorsports Expo 2014 as we watched the cars head out.
 
I had a fun day on Monday as I got digging and did a story on what we do know about Rolling Wheels at this time. You guys can view it online at www.syracuse.com/motorsports or read it in today’s Syracuse Post Standard.
 
On the site today we have more from the weekend and will highlight chats from Motorsports Expo 2014 all week long including Saturday. Then we’ll be off to Rotterdam Square to see some of the cars that will call the Fonda Speedway home in 2014. It is bound to be a real good show at a real nice mall and I hope to see a lot of you there.
 
We will be in the studio every day this week hoping to get even more conversations recorded as we still have 22 left to be divided over the next four days. Yep, let the good times roll.
 
Now let’s chat more about the new clips we have for you on the Audio Page. We begin with a driver who had his big block Modified in the Canandaigua booth. Vinnie Vitale will be back in a Modified exclusively this year and told me why he made the change. He talked about his hopes to run more races on the Super DIRTcar Series and how tough it was to race two totally different racecars last season. 
 
Rick Miller showed off his crate Late Model and talked about his eight win season in the car. He told me how much work there is to be done to the car and how the last race of the year caused them to make to make some much needed repairs. 
 
Dan Wiesner explained why he is taking a year off from racing and what he hopes to do in 2015. He spoke about some changes in his life away from the racetrack and how fortunate he is to have a lot of good people around him. 
 
Darryl Ruggles had his 305 Sprint Car at the show and told me about a fund raiser on March 15th. He also talked about a new graphics business they took on and his hopes to eventually move up to a 360. 
 
Reed Miller manned the Penn Can Speedway booth last weekend and described how things look. He told me about the season opener on April 18th and the one thing he saw last year that he had never seen before. 
 
Joe Marotta offered histake on Motorsports Expo 2014 as we watched the cars head out. He talked about the people he spoke with, how well attended the show was and how optimistic he is about the coming season. 

 
Monday, March 10th 2014
   New on the Audio Page from Motorsports Expo:
 
Chuck Hebing remembered his one win season in 2013 and talked about a shift in priorities.
Roy Sova reminded fans about the few available rides left in the 2 seat super before the feature.
Kenny Bell showed off his IMCA Modified and explained how it is different than last year.
Eldon Payne Jr. had his small block at the show and wondered if he might have to switch motors.
Kelly Hebing speaks with Allie Elkins about her 2013 season and her big goal for this year.
Joe Patrick recaps the weekend at Motorsports Expo and tells me how well everything went.
 
I had another great day as I headed to the New York State Fairgrounds for the final day of Motorsports 2014. It was another real nice turnout on Sunday and the show may have set a new record for the final day. We’ll find out officially about that real soon.
 
I did another 17 interviews and put 6 of those up today. That means we have 29 in the can that we’ll release over the next 5 days and that will carry us through the Fonda Speedway car show taking place this weekend inside Rotterdam Square.
 
Yes, it will be a busy week here as we get closer to the start of the 2014 season. Andrew Harpell will be checking in with us to let us know how things look for this weekend’s ROC shows at Selinsgrove. Last word he received was all positive so let’s keep our fingers crossed for this one.
 
I hope you enjoy all we did this weekend and we look forward to renewing our commitment this year to racing and this website. I should be freed up on more occasions that last year so I hope this is a great year for all of us.
 
And there should be a press conference this week with some news about a local track and as soon as I have things officially confirmed, we’ll talk about it. I’ll keep you posted on this.
 
Now let’s chat about what we have for you to listen to on the Audio Page for today. I start with a driver who is coming off of a tough season. Chuck Hebing remembered his one win season in 2013 and talked about a shift in priorities for the 2014 racing season. He had a brand new car at the show in Syracuse. 
 
Roy Sova reminded fans about the few available rides left in the 2 seat super before the feature. Don’t waste time on this one guys as I hear this is a wonderful experience. 
 
Kenny Bell showed off his IMCA Modified and explained how it is different than last year. Yep, there may be a little bit of a learning curve here but he surely has what he needs.
 
Eldon Payne Jr. had his small block at the show and wondered if he might have to switch motors. I don’t know about this guys…should I try the 358 at Canandaigua? Eldon says, “yes.” 
 
Kelly Hebing speaks with Allie Elkins about her 2013 season and her big goal for this year. Kelly also received a nice award for her car right after this was done…congrats! 
 
Joe Patrick recaps the weekend at Motorsports Expo and tells me how well everything went. Yes, it was quite a show and I was happy to help tell the stories. 

 
     
 
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