|Wednesday, May 15th 2013
| New on the Audio Page for today:
Jimmy Phelps told Jeremiah Fish about his Saturday night and how his car felt in hot laps.
Bryan Howland won his PST heat race at Woodhull and talked about how tough the track is.
Cory Sparks won his heat as the PST visited Woodhull and told Jay Fish how good his car was.
Brad Alger was hoping to turn his luck around on Sunday and what went wrong in the opener.
Tony Steiner spoke about how his Super Modified was in hot laps and how fast these cars are.
Bryce Davis ran down how his Modified heat race went at Woodhull and an issue they had.
Dave Dubois talked about his heat race win and wondered how much the track might change.
Jeremy Pitcher described an issue he was having with his Small Block Super at Oswego.
Well we did make a bunch of changes over the course of Monday and into Tuesday and so far so good. All the feedback we received yesterday was positive and from what I am hearing from you and seeing on our usage graphs, we are okay right now. Are our audio issues fixed totally? Not sure yet but today will tell us a lot.
So once again we ask you to hit us hard today and click on everything you can to see how we do. Nothing bad will happen at your end as the issues are database related at our end. We think we may have found a big issue that may have been troubling us for years and led to the issues we always seem to have at Super DIRT Week and other high volume times.
We do have a few more things to do and will begin work on our photo issue as soon as we feel we have this audio issue solved. And a big thanks goes to Webmaster Andy as he has been working super hard and keeping me updated as he makes changes. Also Jeremiah Fish is a true friend and ran with the ball this weekend while Andy and I were busy trying to figure out what was wrong.
So now let’s talk more about the new stuff on the Audio Page that I really want you guys to hit hard. Jimmy Phelps told Jeremiah Fish about his Saturday night and how his car felt in hot laps. He talked about the car he brought to the big show at the Brewerton Speedway, how the car did the last time he had it out and when he will start to race more.
Bryan Howland won his PST heat race at Woodhull and talked with Jay Fish about how tough the track is. He told him about the bite he found, the need to keep your eye on the track and how hard he had to drive in turn four.
Cory Sparks won his heat as the PST visited Woodhull and told Jay Fish how good his car was. He spoke about how much he enjoyed his side by side battle up front, how optimistic he is about later on and what would make his night a successful one.
Brad Alger was hoping to turn his luck around on Sunday and what went wrong in the opener. He told Jeremiah Fish how much better things went the second time out, how a bad shield on his helmet led to him getting the car off the track and why he likes Utica Rome so much.
Tony Steiner spoke about how his Super Modified was in hot laps and how fast these cars are. He talked about how many laps he has at the Oswego Speedway, compares this car to the dirt Modified he drove for so many years and how to get the cars through the corners.
Bryce Davis ran down how his Modified heat race went at Woodhull and an issue they had. He told Jay Fish how it differs from his Late Model, which he prefers at this point and how much he enjoys the extra power.
Dave Dubois talked about his heat race win and wondered how much the track might change. He told Jay Fish what he thought might happen, where he felt he could be better and who helped him get to the track.
Jeremy Pitcher described an issue he was having with his Small Block Super at the Oswego Speedway. He told me what they were doing to tighten up the car, why he can’t do what he could with his Dirt Sportsman and looks ahead to getting back to Fulton this weekend.
|Tuesday, May 14th 2013
| New on the Audio Page for today:
Stewart Friesen told Jeremiah Fish how running the consi helped him with the 75 lapper in Vernon.
Mike Mahaney spoke to Jay Fish about his firth place finish and how exciting the race was.
Well I got two audio files to go up before we ran into problems. Let me know if these work for you or not as I am not sure where we are at the moment you come here to check us out. We are working feverishly trying to solve this problem and will keep you updated.
I thank all of you for your patience and I hope to have this solved soon. Again, let us know any messages you may get or trouble you may run into. The issues are at our end, not yours so feel free to poke around and let me know what you find out.
You can reach me at email@example.com. Thanks for understanding.
|Monday, May 13th 2013
| What a crappy day I had on Sunday! The only fun was seeing my mom and celebrating Mother’s Day at her house and here with my wife. When you are having a tough time it is always best to pour yourself into family and that is what I did on Sunday.
It all started Saturday night when I was updating the site for Sunday. Things were moving slowly as I added new audio files…something that has happened before for sure, but not at a low volume time like we are in now. I sent our server company a message and did not hear back from them before I went to bed.
Sunday I hear from them and they send me another laundry list of things we need to fix. This time for the Audio Page. And of course Webmaster Andy is working on the photo fix now and this is the last thing we needed. We’ll evaluate everything and see if the two problems are related and then put together a game plan on how to fix it.
Of course fixes take money and that is not something we have in large supplies. So to say I am bummed out would be an understatement. There are of course big things we could do but those would only apply in a “there is no other way out” type of situation.
I love racing, love doing this website and love chatting with all of you. I am hopeful but also with my limited background I am not quite sure how big the problems we have are. I’ll keep you updated and keep checking back as maybe this issue is not as big as I think it is, but I was not going to add to it today by adding more audio that might further slow things down.
Send me messages please at firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know if you are having any issues. I’ll do my best to try to remedy this and again I am not ruling anything out. I thank you for your patience and hopefully we will look back at this and laugh.
|Sunday, May 12th 2013
| New on the Audio Page from the Oswego Speedway:
Pre race conversations:
Pat Lavery was fast in the early practice sessions and talked about how hard he was pushing.
Andrew Schartner told me about his 5th place in the opener and what he learned early on Saturday.
A.J. Bernys won the Small Block Super opener and described an issue they were working on.
Jason Simmons is hoping for his first Oswego win and told me how he was in the practice.
Joe Gosek was 2nd in the time trial session and spoke about why he was happy with the time.
Michael Barnes was third fastest in time trials and explained what they did to make the car better.
After the Super Modified heat races:
Davey Hamilton talked about his win in the first heat and when he decided to fly to Oswego.
Dan Connors spoke about his victory in the second heat and described the work they did earlier.
Timmy Jedrzesek won the final heat and spoke about earning his first non-winged win at Oswego.
After the feature races:
Davey Hamilton spoke with announcer Keith Zehr after leading the last 60 laps to get the win.
Michael Barnes picked up spots late to finish in second and talked about it with Keith Zehr.
Dave Danzer started third, finished 3rd and told Keith Zehr how some damage changed his car.
Mark Castiglia led every lap to win the Small Block feature and spoke about it with Keith Zehr.
Jason Simmons earned another second place and talked with Keith Zehr about getting close again.
Cameron Rowe finished in 3rd place and told Keith Zehr about some jingling he was involved in.
I had a great time last night as I headed north on Route 481 to go to the Oswego Speedway for the opener for the Super Modifieds. The previous week the ISMA cars and the Small Block Supers were on the card but on this night the weekly headliners would get their chance to show off in a 75 lap feature.
Davey Hamilton of IndyCar fame was the class of the field as he led the last 60 laps to win his first at The Steel Palace since 1997 when he won The Classic. Hamilton had a little help as the second and third place cars got together with each ending up going to the back.
There were a couple of tough crashes. First in practice Lou Levea Jr. hit the wall in turn three and had to be backboarded into the ambulance for a trip to the Urgent Care Facility in Oswego and then in the feature Jarod Bellinger somehow had a stuck throttle and hit the turn one wall hard after folding up his right front with a front stretch wall hit.
This one was really a hard hit as you could see that Jarod appeared motionless right after the crash. They actually had to cut off the cage as the local fire department helped. As he was going into the ambulance he gave the crowd a “thumbs up” so hopefully he and Lou will be okay.
The Small Block Supers put on a great show with only a pair of yellows to slow them down. Mark Castiglia led every lap but Jason Simmons gave him a good run for a while after picking up second place with just seven laps to go.
The racing back in the middle of the pack was intense and these drivers must be commended for how cleanly they ran each other in some super tight confines. Nice job guys!
As always, the Oswego Speedway is a class operation and they make it super easy for me to do my job with help everywhere I look. Every time I go there I get more and more comfortable with the asphalt world and the drivers I spoke with could not have been more accommodating.
I was able to save seven chats from my Saturday night and will be at the Utica Rome Speedway today. Plus Jay Fish was down at Woodhull for the PST race and he got about thirteen or so done himself. I’ll put a good amount of those up on Tuesday as well as stuff tomorrow from Utica Rome.
I know you guys are dying for more pictures and I have gotten your emails and facebook messages. We’re working on it and I will keep you posted as we get closer. I’m not ruling out anything big if we need to do it and hopefully it will lower my stress level which is up there pretty good right now!
Have a great Sunday and I hope your weekend so far has been a great one like mine has. Except for the Yankees beating KC again, everything is fine. I tell myself that all the time. Relax Doug…you’ll get it. You always do!
|Saturday, May 11th 2013
| New on the Audio Page for today:
Scott Kreutter gets ready for Saturday’s Patriot Sprint Tout race at Woodhull and talks about it.
Mike Ward described the last minute work he did to make it on Sunday and what his plans are.
Bobby Heintz has been struggling a little this season and talked about switching to one night.
Robbie Barker talked about his season to date and how he is doing with about 20 starts so far.
Joe Palmer explained why someone else drives his car and how he found a ride for himself.
Well I didn’t know how last night was going to go so I went ahead and put up some stuff from the week and from last weekend. The weather is still a little iffy today but you know there will be some tracks that will race. Use my Track Links page to see who is going and what the weather is doing in your area.
I am slated to go to the Oswego Speedway tonight for their first Super Modified show of the season. The more I see these cars the more I learn about them and the better I enjoy them. It will be a blast and I hope to see some of you dirt folks there.
Be sure to do your non-rain dances today and if enough of us do it we should be fine. Tomorrow I’ll make it to Utica Rome with hopes of catching up with folks who were fortunate enough to race this weekend.
Now let’s chat more about what is new for today on the Audio Page. I begin with a preview of a race taking place tonight at one of my all time favorite tracks. Scott Kreutter gets ready for Saturday’s Patriot Sprint Tout race at Woodhull and talks about this unique racetrack. He described the way he likes to get around this high banked paper clip shaped track, how he has done in his first two outings this year and the big day he had this week! Congrats on the house Scott!
Mike Ward described the last minute work he did to make it on Sunday and what his plans are. He explained how a good run the night before by his daughter made it possible, why he had a small block in the car and wonders if he may eventually run an open motor Sportsman in the future.
Bobby Heintz has been struggling a little this season and talked about switching to one night. He explained why he had to make the change, where his car is spinning its tires and wonders what is different compared to last year.
Robbie Barker talked about his season to date and how he is doing with about 20 starts so far. He told me how close he came to making the Utica Rome ROC show, where he feels he needs to improve and looks ahead to getting his primary motor back.
Joe Palmer explained why someone else drives his car and how he found a ride for himself. He talked about his two starts so far in the car, what he did to try to make the car faster and where he was moving some weight.
|Friday, May 10th 2013
| New on the Audio Page for today:
Chad Brachmann picked up his third win of 2013 and told me about his night at Ransomville.
Mark Kislowski tells me how he won his first ever Modified feature Saturday night at Fonda.
Chad Ray explained why he recently got back into racing and why he chose the Sportsman class.
Corey Barker spoke about his move up to Sportsman and why he liked the number he drew.
Matt Brandle talks about the American Racer Cup and how easy it us for teams to participate.
It was a nice day on Thursday as I got some more work done and spent a lot of time with the kids while my wife was busy at work. I had my work done by 5 PM and got to spend the rest of the night playing with them and getting together with a good friend after that. It was a nice day.
We have a lot of good stuff for you today including interviews with a pair of drivers who won last weekend. For one it was his third of the year while the other was a first time Modified feature winner. Enjoy them all and come back tomorrow as we will have five more for you.
Webmaster Andy is still busy going through the site and implementing the laundry list of fixes our hosting company suggested. But I saw the list and to say it is long would be an understatement. Stay patient guys, we’ll get it and the new fix will make putting the photos up a lot easier and will make the site flow better during his traffic times. Trust me, you’ll be glad we did it once it is done.
Now let’s chat more about what is new for today on the Audio Page. I begin with a man who is on a roll early in 2013. Chad Brachmann picked up win number three of the season and told me about his night at Ransomville. He explained how his fast lap in the practice the week before earned him an outside front row starting spot, described the work he had to do in the shop this week and how his job prevents him from running as much as he once did.
Mark Kislowski tells me how he won his first ever Modified feature Saturday night at Fonda. He talked about how quickly he went from 5th to 1st, an anxious moment on the final lap and why he was more relieved than excited when it was all over. Congratulations Mark!
Chad Ray explained why he recently got back into racing and why he chose the Sportsman class. He told me how he is doing in his return, how close he came to making the ROC race and why he likes the slick track conditions.
Corey Barker spoke about his move up to Sportsman and why he liked the number he drew. He talked about an adjustment they made after hot laps, explained why he felt he had more power and how good the car pulled off the corner.
Matt Brandle talks about the American Racer Cup and how easy it us for teams to participate. He told me what he was doing at Fulton, explained the specifics of the programs and reminds teams that the deadline for signing up in on May 13th. Got to www.dirtmodcup.com.
|Thursday, May 9th 2013
| New on the Audio Page for today:
Mat Williamson talks about his pair of wins this past weekend at Lernerville and at Merrittville.
Dan Vauter got ready for the Fulton opener and explained how he cut down a tire the night before.
Joe August Jr. ran down how his season is going so far and told me about his run at Brewerton.
Don Stark told me how he hurt an engine and how he came to have Chris Stockham in the car.
Bill Knapp spoke with me about his Ford powered Pro Stock and his early season struggles.
I had a busy day as I visited the tax man and did a bunch of interviews in the home studio. I hope to get a few more done as Friday looks a little iffy Justin case I need an extra day’s worth of stuff.
Of course I have anew column in today’s Syracuse Post Standard and it is also available online at www.syracuse.com/motorsports. We talk a lot about the Oswego Speedway Super Modified opener this Saturday and we will be there for that one.
And like I said I hope to get back in the studio today so I can get more interviews done and keep a lot of new stuff coming your way. So do your anti-rain dances and let’s hope for a dry weekend.
Now let’s chat more about what is new for today on the Audio Page. I begin with a young man who is really on a roll here in the early season. Mat Williamson talks about his pair of wins this past weekend at Lernerville and at Merrittville. He told me about his two race win streak on Fridays, how he benefited from others misfortune and how he helped the Sportsman winner last Sunday at Utica Rome. See, Mat says it himself, if you are struggling then call your chassis manufacturer.
Dan Vauter got ready for the Fulton opener and explained how he cut down a tire the night before. He told me why he didn’t even know that someone had hit his tire, what the etiquette is in this situation and when he found out exactly what happened. Good one!
Joe August Jr. ran down how his season is going so far and told me about his run at Brewerton. He talked about some mistakes he felt he made, described how his car was doing and how happy he is when he can race side by side with the big guys in the class.
Don Stark told me how he hurt an engine and how he came to have Chris Stockham in the car. He talked about the help he received put his car back on the track, how he thought his driver did last week at Five Mile Point and remembers his drag racing past.
Bill Knapp spoke with me about his Ford powered Pro Stock and his early season struggles. He told me about an issue he had at Accord Speedway, how he did the next time out and why he was working on the tape on his grill. Tough luck later for Bill as he lost an engine. Best of luck in getting back out Bill.
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