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Gates-Cole Associates SUNY Canton Automotive Technology program
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Monday, March 16th 2015
   New on the Audio Page from Motorsports Expo 2015:
 
Alysha Ruggles talks about adding 360 Sprint racing to her schedule and her big day in October.
Tyler Walker explained why he got off to a late start last season and the fun he had with his dad.
Jeff Cook showed off the new car he won at the ESS banquet and talked about his 2015 race plans.
Greg Smith spoke about the racing at season at Adirondack International and looked ahead.
Joe Patrick thanked all the teams, the fans and the racetracks for a very successful race show.
Matt Sheppard recapped his five races so far this season and talked about a change in the air.
Jeremy Dygert had a beautiful car at the show and talked about his two seasons in a Sportsman.
 
What a great weekend it was at the New York State Fairgrounds as Motorsports Expo gave us all racing folks a chance to get together and find out what everyone has been working on all winter long. It was so awesome and I really did feel a mood change from years past as optimism rules.
 
I got a lot of interviews done and you’ll get a minimum of five per day through Saturday. And next weekend we’ll be heading out to Fingerlakes Mall in Auburn for Southern Tier Speedworld. That mall is special to me as it is where I took my wife to lunch for our first very unofficial date. So we always think about that when we go there and love to tell the kids the story on how she played hookie from her job at the preschool to go to lunch with me.
 
But enough about all that, let’s chat more about the new stuff on the Audio Page for you to listen to today. Alysha Ruggles talks about adding 360 Sprint racing to her schedule, who made the move possible and her big wedding day in October. 
 
Tyler Walker explained why he got off to a late start last season, how well things went once they got going and the fun he had going to the track with his dad. 
 
Jeff Cook showed off the new car he won at the ESS banquet, described the other cars he has at his shop and talked about his 2015 race plans.  
 
Greg Smith spoke about the racing at season at Adirondack International, looked ahead to 2015 and encouraged divisions interested in trying the track to get ahold of them. 
 
Joe Patrick thanked all the teams, the fans and the racetracks for a very successful Motorsports Expo show foe 2015 and reminds folks the show is back on for 2016. 
 
Matt Sheppard recapped his five races so far this season and talked about a change in the air that he felt all weekend long at Motorsports Expo 2015. I felt it too! 
 
Jeremy Dygert had a beautiful car at the show and talked about his two seasons in a Sportsman as well as how the novice class at Fulton helped.  

 
Sunday, March 15th 2015
   New on the Audio Page from Motorsports Expo 2015:
 
Dan Kapuscinski talks about the coming season at Oswego Speedway and highlights some dates.
Darryl Ruggles had four racecars at the show and ran down his aggressive plans for 2015.
Dick Stark previewed the coming season for the GRIT Series and some schedule changes.
Dale Caswell thought back on his 2014 season and explained why they were a little off early on.
Gary Palone talked about Paradise Speedway and what it is that makes this Saturday track special.
Ray Hendershot described the work he did to get his Sportsman ready for a pair of car shows.
Tommy Sears had three wins last year and talked about how getting better at one track helped.
 
I had a fun day but a long one as well on Saturday as I toured Motorsports Expo on Saturday. We also did some stand-ups for TV in between so we got a lot done. I recorded 27 new interviews and will be back today to get lots more.
 
It was so nice to get out of the house after a long winter and see some people that I have a tremendous amount of respect for. All the work, money and time it takes to race is one thing but to bring your car out early to help promote the sport gets bonus points from me. Great job by all the guys and gals who made it out.
 
I’ll have about two hours today so I will be hitting the ground running when I get there at 2. The show runs from 11-4 so be sure to get there early to find out what is new in the world of racing here in central New York. 
 
Now let’s chat more about the new stuff we have for you on the Audio Page today starting with a preview of Oswego County’s lone asphalt track. Dan Kapuscinski talks about the coming season at Oswego Speedway, the racecars they had on display at the show and highlights some big dates on the 2015 schedule. 
 
Darryl Ruggles had four racecars at the show and ran down his aggressive plans for the 2015 season in his 305 and 360 Sprint Cars. 
 
Dick Stark previewed the coming season for the GRIT Series and some upcoming schedule changes for the 2015 race season. 
 
Dale Caswell thought back on his 2014 season and explained why they were a little off early on. Get well soon Art!!! 
 
Gary Palone talked about Paradise Speedway and what it is that makes this Saturday track special. And yes, they are still doing Wednesday night practices for $15 a car. 
 
Ray Hendershot described the work he did to get his Sportsman ready for a pair of car shows as well as how he has been doing of late. 
 
Tommy Sears had three wins last year and talked about how getting better at one track ended up helping him across the board. 

 
Saturday, March 14th 2015
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Joe Patrick previewstoday at Motorsports Expo 2015 including a pair of autograph sessions.
Den Reynolds talks about the ESS booth and gives us the final piece of the Speedweek puzzle.
Cory Reed and Bill Shea speak about their speedways and the growth of the Sportsman class.
Gordy Button showed off his 360 Sprint Car and told me what it was that brought him back.
 
I had a fun time on Friday night as I headed over to watch the set up for Motorsports Expo 2015. When I left at 8 o’clock the place was just about full and only a few stragglers were left to fill those spots.
 
As you can see from following the news a lot has been happening behind the scenes and it will be interesting to see what these next few weeks will bring. Stay tuned as you never know what might happen next. But one thing I can say is that the Central New York alliance that was formed with Sportsman in mind is stronger than ever!!!
 
Today the show at the fairgrounds goes from 10-8 tonight and 11-4 on Sunday. As they say, be there or be square and be seen at this event where anybody who is anybody or wants to be somebody in this business is. And that’s the truth in more ways than you’ll know.
 
Now let’s chat more about what is new on the Audio Page from last night’s set up. Joe Patrick previewstoday at Motorsports Expo 2015 including a pair of autograph sessions and the auction to benefit the Spalding Injured Driver’s Fund. 
 
Den Reynolds talks about the ESS booth and gives us the final piece of the Speedweek puzzle that fills in their tba date with one at Canandaigua. 
 
Cory Reed and Bill Shea speak about their speedways and the growth of the crate Sportsman class as well as what it took to bring it back. 
 
Gordy Button showed off his 360 Sprint Car at Motorsports Expo and told me what it was that brought him back to race again this season. 

 
Friday, March 13th 2015
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Rich Vleck explains why he and Mike Emhof have decided to end their affiliation with Rolling Wheels.
Daylon Barr tells me about his efforts to save the moody mile and why it’s important to him.
Gary Tomkins chats with Steve Ovens as he attends the fundraiser for Nick Guererri Racing.
Jim Bogett recaps his Mod Lite races from down in East Bay and talks about the TUSA rules.
Bud Leizear talks about racing his 600 Modified more in 2015 and his hopes to do more traveling.
Tony Veneziano updates us on the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series as they get ready for Tulare.
 
Well we sure do have a lot for you today as we look both locally and nationally. There is a lot going on behind the scenes right now and more will happen and become clear this weekend at Motorsports Expo 2015 inside the Center of Progress Building at the New York State Fairgrounds.
 
Move in day is today from noon till 9 p.m. and we plan on being there to chat with some of the people who will be on hand this weekend. We’ll have audio up from that for tomorrow and audio from the event up in the days to follow. I can’t wait to see everyone and get caught up on what is happening in the local race scene.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have on the Audio Page starting with news from Thursday. Rich Vleck explains why he and Mike Emhof have decided to end their affiliation with Rolling Wheels effective immediately. 
 
Daylon Barr tells me about his efforts to save the moody mile, why it’s important to him and encourages fans to sign a petition at www.savethemoodymile.com or by using the #savethemoodymile. 
 
Gary Tomkins chats with Steve Ovens as he attends the fundraiser for Nick Guererri Racing and fills him in on what he will be doing this coming season. 
 
Jim Bogett recaps his Mod Lite races from down in East Bay and talks about the TUSA rules that were run during those races that will also be the norm here in Central New York. 
 
Bud Leizear talks about racing his 600 Modified more in 2015, his hopes to do more traveling in some big money races and why he likes the division so much. 
 
Tony Veneziano updates us on the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series as they get ready for Thunderbowl Raceway and a 14 race west coast swing. 

 
Thursday, March 12th 2015
   New on the Audio Page from our friend Steve Ovens:
 
Andrew Ferguson updates us on how he is doing as he gets ready to be a rookie in a Modified.
Eric Giguere speaks with Steve Ovens about how he manages his busy schedule and racing.
Frank Guererri talks with Steve Ovens about his plans for the 2015 season and his racing family.
Matt Guererri spoke about his family’s racing benefit and how big the event ended up being.
 
What a beautiful day we had again on Wednesday. We got over 50 degrees and the snow continues to melt at a pace that hopefully will not cause any problems. I spoke with Donna Patrick on the phone yesterday as she and the family get ready for Motorsports Expo 2015 and she tells me there is still a few openings for racecars. If you want to get in, call their office at 315-457-0175.
 
As for me, I got some more work done in the studio and will have that and the rest of Steve Oven’s interviews up for you tomorrow so be sure to come back for that. And we’ll be making a pair of trips to the Center of Progress Building on Friday so we’ll have audio from that up on Saturday.

I spoke with Jack Speno from the DIRT Hall of Fame and they will have several drivers at their autograph session on Saturday including Dutch Hoag, Ron Narducci, Guy "Shorty" Robinson, Frank Doll Sr., Johnny Podolak, Billy Dunn, Jimmy Phelps and Matt Sheppard.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page from Steve Ovens of Turn 5 Live. Andrew Ferguson updates us on how he is doing as he gets ready to be a rookie in a Modified as he attends a benefit for a weekly racer and runs down his background in the sport. 
 
Eric Giguere speaks with Steve Ovens about how he manages his busy schedule and racing and thanks all the people that help maintain the Sportsman during the week. 
 
Frank Guererri talks with Steve Ovens about his plans for the 2015 season and his racing family as well as how these benefits help keep him on the racetrack. 
 
Matt Guererri spoke about his family’s racing benefit and how big the event ended up being and thinks back to how many of these events he has been to over the years. 

 
Wednesday, March 11th 2015
   New on the Audio Page from Steve Ovens and Turn 5 Live:
 
Derrick Podsiadlo chatted with Steve Ovens about his plans to run at two different speedways.  
Matt Sheppard told Steve Ovens about his recent trip down south to Golden Isles and Volusia.
Tyler Siri ran down now things went for him as he headed down south for some early racing.
Kevin Ridley spoke with Steve Ovens about where he is running and the Sportsman division.
Ray Hendershot talked about the work he is doing to get his Sportsman to Motorsports Expo.
Marc Minutolo will be moving up to the Pro/Street division and told Steve Ovens all about it.
 
We’re back with a lot of great stuff from our friend Steve Ovens at Turn 5 Live. He was at the Nick Guererri racing party and sent us lots of great stuff. So much great stuff in fact that we will have more from him tomorrow.
 
So let’s jump into it and talk more about all the great stuff Steve has for you on the Audio Page today starting with three Modified drivers. Derrick Podsiadlo chatted with Steve Ovens about his plans to run at two different speedways and wonders if the start of the season might be delayed.
 
Matt Sheppard told Steve Ovens about his recent trip down south to Golden Isles and Volusia and broke down some of what happened at those races. 
 
Tyler Siri ran down how things went for him as he headed down south for some early racing at both Golden Isles and Volusia Speedways. 
 
Kevin Ridley spoke with Steve Ovens about where he is running and the Sportsman division as well as how many options they have for places to race. 
 
Ray Hendershot talked with Steve Ovens about the work he is doing to get his Sportsman to Motorsports Expo as well as how his cancer therapy is going.  
 
Marc Minutolo will be moving up to the Pro/Street division and told Steve Ovens all about it as well as how excited about the newer car he purchased. 

 
Tuesday, March 10th 2015
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Joe Marotta shares some memories of Syracuse both as a kid in the stands and as an announcer.
 
I wanted to air just one interview today as the subject is so important to us all in the racing community. And later this week I’ll add my own memories as I think back to my first time at the track as well as when I started working in the tower with Glenn Donnelly and Joe Marotta.
 
Of course none of what is planned is carved in stone yet so who knows, maybe we will have many more Super DIRT Weeks at the mile. Do your part and send letters to the County Executive and the New York State Fairgrounds to let them know what you think.
 
And is there a chance the property could be declared a historic site? Just think back at the all the history that is there starting in 1903. Think of all the great racecar drivers, hot just locally but nationally as well who have braved the mile track. Maybe there is something we could do there.
 
We’ll see what the future holds and get a glimpse back at the past with our only interview on the Audio Page today. Joe Marotta shares some memories of Syracuse both as a kid in the stands and as an announcer. He also talks about the drivers, the cars and the reputation the mile has in the racing world.

 
     
 
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