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Friday, May 19th 2017
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Justin Haers remembered his heartbreaking loss at Canandaigua and his hopes for Fulton.
Matt Hulsizer told me about his rough start in race one and how tough the big series races are.
Rob Bellinger had three races in before last weekend and summed up how it has gone so far.
Tim Mayne explained why he was at Fulton Speedway last week and wonders about his plans.
Andrew Ferguson tells us how tough it can be when you have just 30 starts in a Modified.
Nick Krause prepared for action on Saturday and talked about how his first few races have gone.

Another weekend is upon us and unfortunately the warm weather we had these past two days is gone. It was fun and as I write this up I am trying to beat the big storm coming our way so I can shut my system down.

I’ll be at Brewerton tonight and then Weedsport on Sunday and Monday. In between we hope to hit the golf course for the first time this year and those of you who golf know how humbling that first round can be. We’ll see I guess.

Now let’s chat more about the chats I have for you today on the Audio Page all from the pit area this past weekend. Justin Haers remembered his heartbreaking loss at Canandaigua when he had a tire go down while leading and his hopes for Fulton’s show this past Saturday with his new car.  

Matt Hulsizer told me about his rough start in race one and how tough the big series races are especially when you have a brand new car you’re trying to learn.  

Rob Bellinger had three races in before last weekend and summed up how it has gone so far as well as what he has been working on set up wise on his Modified.  

Tim Mayne explained why he was at Fulton Speedway last week and wonders about his plans for the year as well as how the track came back to him after 20 years off.

Andrew Ferguson tells us how tough it can be when you have just 30 starts in a Modified and you’re racing against drivers who been racing longer than you’ve been alive.  

Nick Krause prepared for some Sportsman action on Saturday and talked about how his first few races have gone as well as why he thinks the Sportsman numbers are so high.  

 
Thursday, May 18th 2017
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Ryan Watt talks about his Super DIRTcar Series win at Bridgeport, his first ever win on the series.
Jeremy Pitcher tells me about his early win and why he is going to call it a career after this season.
Scott Duell explained why he came to Fulton as he was ready for his first race at the speedway.
Allie Elkins recaps her weekend at the State’s Race and runs down how all three days went.

From victory lane at Woodhull Raceway:

Hear from top three PST finishers Bryan Howland, Steve Collins and George Suprick in this clip.
Brady Fultz speaks with Steve Ovens about the familiar Modified he won with on Saturday night.
Brian Knowles
celebrates his Late Model win with Steve Ovens and talks about win number one.
Kurt Stebbins won the Street Stock feature and talked about the battle he had for the race lead.
Brian Grant Sr. talked about his Mini Stock win down in victory lane at Woodhull with Steve Ovens.

Summer is finally here! Well at least for a couple of days anyway. I hope you were able to get out yesterday and today to do some outdoor activities and I hope you all are doing well. I had the A/C on in the studio and the car for the first time this year and no…I’m not complaining at all!

We have a lot for you today and will have a good deal of stuff up tomorrow. I did get a few studio interviews done ad hope to do more today. Plus we have victory lane chats up from Steve Ovens at Woodhull so we hope you like those too!

Now let’s go ahead and talk more about the good stuff we have for you on the Audio Page as we get ready for a big weekend. Ryan Watt talks about his Super DIRTcar Series win at Bridgeport on Tuesday night for his first ever win on the series and runs down where we will see him next.  

Jeremy Pitcher tells me about his early win, what he is bringing to the track weekly and why he is going to call it a career after this season.  

Scott Duell explained why he came to Fulton as he was ready for his first race at the speedway as well as what they had in the car for a set up based on what he had heard from others.  

Allie Elkins recaps her weekend at the State’s Race for the Syracuse Microd Club and runs down how all three days went while looking forward to singing the national anthems at Weedsport Monday.  

Hear from top three PST finishers Bryan Howland, Steve Collins and George Suprick in this clip from Woodhull Raceway on Saturday night.

Brady Fultz speaks with Steve Ovens about the familiar Modified he won with on Saturday night as well as how a pair of late cautions altered his thinking.  

Brian Knowles celebrates his Late Model win with Steve Ovens at Woodhull and talks about win number one after thanking all the fans for sticking around on a cold night.

Kurt Stebbins won the Street Stock feature and talked about the battle he had for the race lead as well as how having Sprint Cars at the track did not change his plan of attack.

Brian Grant Sr. talked about his Mini Stock win down in victory lane at Woodhull with Steve Ovens while wondering if it might be his last feature win.  

 
Wednesday, May 17th 2017
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Lee Gill explained why he was driving his son’s car on Friday and how close he came to flipping it.
Chris Hile
is off to a tough start so far this year and talked about life both on and off the racetrack.
Zach Sobotka thought back to his days racing as a child and how that experience has helped him.
Max Hill ran his first heat race in a Late Model and explained why the car was pushing up the track.
Chris Mackey got ready for his 5th show of the year and summed up how he is doing so far in 2017.

I had a nice semi-day off on Tuesday and am now ready to get back at it today. I ran myself pretty ragged over the weekend and really need a day to unwind and think about some things other than racing. But you know me…it’s still all I think about.

We’ve got some good stuff up for you today as we get closer to a big weekend that includes the World of Outlaw Sprint Cars. They are at Lincoln Speedway tonight and then Williams Grove Friday and Saturday. Then on Sunday I’ll be in Weedsport to chat with them and see them take on one of the premier facilities in the northeast.

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page starting with a driver who had an anxious moment on Friday night. Lee Gill explained why he was driving his son’s car on Friday, what he has planned for Friday nights during the regular season and how close he came to flipping it in the heat.  

Chris Hile is off to a tough start so far this year and talked about life both on and off the racetrack as he got ready for the Brewerton opener on Friday night.  

Zach Sobotka thought back to his days racing as a child and how that experience has helped him and how long it took for him to get a feel for it initially.  

Max Hill ran his first heat race in a Late Model and explained why the car was pushing up the track as well as what he had to do to get it to go through the corners correctly.  

Chris Mackey got ready for his 5th show of the year at Fulton on Saturday and summed up how he is doing so far in 2017 as he adjusts to a new chassis.  

 
Tuesday, May 16th 2017
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Tommy Sears prepared for his third race of the year and talked about what he learned early on.
Adam Roberts
talked about their new baby girl, how they are doing now and how racing is so far.
Bob Bennett goes over three different tech issues for Brewerton and Fulton Speedway drivers.
Tony Veneziano reports on the World of Outlaw Sprint races from Eldora and Tri City Speedways.
Danny Serrano previews tonight’s Super DIRTcar Series race at Bridgeport Speedway in New Jersey.

Tommy Sears prepared for his third race of the year at the Brewerton opener and talked about what he learned early on as well as how tough it is to get up to speed with limited laps.

Adam Roberts talked about their new baby girl back home, how they are doing now as young parents and how he has been doing on the track so far this year.

Bob Bennett goes over three different tech issues for Brewerton and Fulton Speedway drivers concerning fuel cells, head & neck restraint systems and air filters. It’s a must listen drivers!  

Tony Veneziano reports on the World of Outlaw Sprint races from Eldora and Tri City Speedways while looking ahead to races this week in Pennsylvania and Weedsport on Sunday.  

I had a busy but fin day on Monday as I got a lot done both here and for the Syracuse Post Standard and Syracuse.com. I even worked late into the night to get you ready for today’s Friend’s of Mike Race at Bridgeport Speedway which this year is part of the Super DIRTcar Series.

  I really wish I could go but midweeks that aren’t local are out of the picture for me during the school year. But this summer…look out as I will be everywhere!

Now let’s chat more about what we have on the Audio Page today as we get ready for a big night in New Jersey. Tommy Sears prepared for his third race of the year at the Brewerton opener and talked about what he learned early on as well as how tough it is to get up to speed with limited laps.

Adam Roberts talked about their new baby girl back home, how they are doing now as young parents and how he has been doing on the track so far this year.

Bob Bennett goes over three different tech issues for Brewerton and Fulton Speedway drivers concerning fuel cells, head & neck restraint systems and air filters. It’s a must listen drivers!  

Tony Veneziano reports on the World of Outlaw Sprint races from Eldora and Tri City Speedways while looking ahead to races this week in Pennsylvania and Weedsport on Sunday. 

Danny Serrano previews tonight’s Super DIRTcar Series race at Bridgeport Speedway in New Jersey, explains why this is the final Friend’s of Mike race while reporting on Monday at Georgetown.

 
Monday, May 15th 2017
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Bobby Varin told me why he towed east to Brewerton and where his own 00 car was racing.
Ryan Watt explained why he was in New York State to run a big block Modified at Brewerton.
Will Shields walked me through his heat race cross-over move and how much he enjoyed it.
Stephen Denton spoke about starting his 10th year at Brewerton and recapped his season so far.
Dorian Wahdan talked about his move up from the novice class and described how tough it is.

We wrapped up a busy weekend at the NYS Fairgrounds on Sunday for the State’s Race for the Syracuse Microd Club and it was a very fun day. We are meeting so many new people and good people at that. Allie finished 9th but ran her fastest laps of the day at the beginning of the feature. For a few laps there we thought she was going to make her first competitive pass! I’ll have my chat with her up tomorrow.

Utica Rome rained out early so we ended our day early as we headed out to beat the rain that ended up skipping over the track. I had to drop my car off to get some work done to it so I missed the post race presentations. Sorry guys, I didn’t even know you did that.

So up today we have some chats from my weekend and I’ll be busy in the studio today. And unlike last Monday when I had nothing to talk about but rainouts, this Monday will be different with lots to talk and write about. And don’t forget that the Super DIRTcar Series visits Bridgeport Speedway in New Jersey tomorrow.

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page for today starting with a few surprises from the pit area on Friday night. Bobby Varin told me why he towed east to Brewerton on Friday, where his own 00 car was racing and how much came back to him after an almost 15 year break.

Ryan Watt explained why he was in New York State to run a big block Modified at Brewerton and why he hoped to pick up some knowledge to help him in Tuesday’s SDS race at Bridgeport. I did not hit the stop button correctly so you do pick up some chatter at the end of this…sorry!  

Will Shields walked me through his heat race cross-over move to finish second, how much he enjoyed it and what he saw that convinced him it was the right move at the time.  

Stephen Denton spoke about starting his 10th year at Brewerton, explained why it is his favorite speedway and recapped how he has done in two starts so far this year.  

Dorian Wahdan talked about his move up from the novice class and described how tough the competition level is as well as what his plans are while he is still in school.

 
Sunday, May 14th 2017
   

New on the Audio Page from Fulton Speedway:

After the heat races:

Nick Krause won the second Sportsman heat race and explained how he handled a tight racecar.
Tyler Thompson described how well his Sportsman ran and why he likes a tacky, fast racetrack.
Chris Mackey walked me through the low line he used to win his heat and why it takes patience.
Chris Fleming took the lead on lap two to win his heat and explained how the inside opened up.
Bret Belden drove a well handling racecar to his win and talked about how starting spot helped.
Billy Whittaker told me how his strong run a few weeks ago helped give him some confidence.
Chad Phelps earned a heat win with his spec engine and talked keeping the engine would up high.

After the Modified feature race:

Tim Sears Jr. talked about the work his team did to fix a wrecked car and get it to victory lane.
Billy Whittaker finished in third place and told me why he does not prefer tracks with a cushion.
Jimmy Phelps described the final restart and explained when he had to move up to the high side.
Andrew Ferguson told me why he was happy after a tenth at Fulton and a 14th at Brewerton.

What a busy day I had on Saturday. I started out at the NYS Fairgrounds with Allie and her Open Wheel Microd. We had a bit of a delay which allowed me a chance to try to come home and take a nap but it didn’t take. Allie ran her fastest laps yet and for the first time so far she did not get lapped in her heat although the leader was halfway up her car the line. Little victories right? I was so proud!

Then I headed up to Fulton Speedway fearing that today would not be a good weather day and did the best I could. I was pretty beat I’ll tell you that. I am wicked out of shape and it showed last night as I was stuck in low gear all night long.

I had a feeling it was going to be a night not to miss and it was. The track was tacky and fast with a cushion that reminded me of the tracks I used to see back in the 90’s. The Modified feature was a really good one too as Tim Sears Jr. got around Larry Wight on a restart past halfway and the two of them put on a show for the rest of the laps each running the car as hard and fast as they could into the foot high cushion. Yeah…it was a great show for the fans.

I did save some pre race and post heat interviews because like I said, I just don’t know today is going to go. The people at the Syracuse MIcrod Club are very serious when it comes to getting shows in and I know they are gonna wait as long as it takes to do this today do let’s hope the weather prognosticators are wrong.

We have the feature race to do today with Allie and in a perfect world I’ll go right from there to Utica Rome so keep your fingers crossed.

 
Saturday, May 13th 2017
   

New on the Audio Page from the Brewerton Speedway opener:

After the heat races:

Ronnie Davis III talked about his win in the first Sportsman heat and how he made a pass down low.
Rocco Leone pulled away to win his Sportsman heat and talked about returning to Brewerton weekly.
Earl Rudy was second in heat number two and told me why he backed out of it on the first lap.
Brent Joy just barely won the final Sportsman heat and explained what happened on the last lap.
Dave Marcuccilli walked me through his second place finish as he came up a few inches short.
Pat Ward won the second Modified heat race and spoke about how he made the pass for the lead.
Mike Bowman picked up a comfortable win his Mod heat and talked about the race line he ran.

After the feature races:

Zack Babcock celebrated with his team as he spoke about his first career Mod Lite victory.
Chuck Powelczyk started off his 2017 season with a win and talked about his off season work.
Larry Wight passed his teammate for the Mod victory and spoke about the track he raced on.
Jimmy Phelps finished in second place in the Mod feature and told me about the final restart.
Matt Hulsizer told me about his fourth place finish and the jingle he had in his heat race earlier.
Max McLaughlin picked up fifteen spots to finish fifth and described his very busy race night.

I had a fun night as I dropped Allie off at the NYS Fairgrounds for some hot laps and then headed to Brewerton Speedway for their opener. It was a great night of racing and I got a lot recorded, half of which is up today.

There was a first time winner in the Mod Lite feature race as Zack Babcock picked up his first win. I know...technically he won before when the class was split in two but on that night he was not the first car across the line so I am calling it his first win.

Larry Wight won his heat and the Modified feature passing teammate Pat Ward on lap 13 and holding off Jimmy Phelps on a late race restart with eight laps to go. We’ve got his victory lane interview so enjoy that was well as four of the top five.

I left after the Modified feature as it rained and I really did not think they would get back to racing but they did with Alan Fink winning from his number three starting spot. And Chuck Powelczyk won the Four Cylinder race as he hopes for another championship.

This morning I’ll be heading to the NYS Fairgrounds again to work with Allie and the Kuleszo Race Team as we have qualifying heat races on tap later this afternoon. We’re a little short staffed this morning and anyone who knows me well knows I can’t do ANYTHING when it comes to doing anything with a tool in my hand. I’m just hoping to get through it and have an incident free day as Allie continues to learn.

After that if everything works out I will head to Fulton and then do it again tomorrow as we race with Allie in the afternoon and then hopefully they’ll get done in time so I can go to Utica Rome. I know it’s asking a lot with the weather forecast we’ve got but I’ll hope for the best and take it as it comes.

I hope you all have a great day today and I hope you all get to go to your favorite Saturday night track and have fun.

 
     
 
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