Gary Rowe - CPA
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Gary Rowe of M.R. Gaebel, Inc.
Gates-Cole Associates SUNY Canton Automotive Technology program
Mid-State Golf Car
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Sunday, October 12th 2014
   New on the Audio Page from Super DIRT Week: 
 
Kody Swanson explained how he won the USAC feature as well as their season championship.
A.J. Fike talked about his second place finish in the USAC race plus how close it was late.
Bobby East came home in third in the USAC race and talked about his first race at Syracuse.
Stewart Friesen described how he picked up spots late and avoided trouble to finish in fifth.
Richie Tobias finished in eighth place and told me what went wrong with his car with 20 laps to go.
Brett Hearn took the lead on lap 146 and explained how he spilt the middle to get the race lead.
Tim McCreadie walked me through what happened with four to go on his way to a second place.
Carey Terrance put on a show on the outside and explained how he found the groove to finish 3rd.
Chris Raabe spoke about his fourth place finish and told me where he feels he needs to be better.
Wayne Jelley had an eighth place run and explained why he could not seem to work the outside.
 
It was a great day at Syracuse as taking the night off to work on my sore neck really helped. Thanks to a good friend of mine, Dr. Hulk in Chicago, I was able to treat it and be much better on Saturday. Was I still a little sore, absolutely! But I was able to get things done!
 
In the Salute to the Troops 150, it looked like Billy Decker would take the win but he ran out of gas coming out of turn four with four laps to go ending his day. Tim McCreadie was on his back bumper and was too close as he caught the back of Decker as he pulled into the pit area.
 
The two split and Brett Hearn ran through the middle to get the lead and the eventual win. Listen to the audio I have for you and he’ll tell you what he as concerned about after that. Yeah, it was certainly a legitimate concern indeed.
 
Carey Terrance was the show for a good deal of this race as he worked the outside like Richie Tobias used to back in the day. He worked his was up from 10th and tried to pass Decker on a lap 105 restart and fell back to fourth. But he did come him in third and yes, they knew he was there for sure.
 
Congrats to Kody Swanson who came into the day as the USAC point leader as he won the race and therefore the series as well. Stewart Friesen came from way back to finish in fifth while Richie Tobias came home in eighth.
 
I saved a lot of what I did today for during the week as I know some of you are going other places for new this week and that’s just fine. I am only one guy where some of these other sites have an entire crew of people. It’s great for the sport and my ego is small enough in this area so it does not bother me at all. Really!
 
So be sure to check out DTD, Race Pro Weekly, 360 Nitro and Turn 5 Live as they all were doing some great work today. I am happy to work with them on the biggest dirt race in the northeast.
 
I’ll be back today with lots more from the Sportsman, Pro Stocks and of course the Syracuse 200. It will be a lot of fun and I can’t wait. 
 
Now let’s chat more about what I have for you on the Audio Page. I start with some USAC stuff. Kody Swanson explained to announcer Dan Martin how he won the USAC feature as well as their season long championship in the season finale at Syracuse. 
 
A.J. Fike talked with Dan Martin about his second place finish in the USAC race plus how close it was late in the race as he tried to run down the race leader. 
 
Bobby East came home in third in the USAC race and talked about his first race at Syracuse as well as how disappointed he was not to win the series title.
 
Stewart Friesen described how he picked up spots late and avoided trouble down in turn one to finish in fifth in his first USAC Silver Crown race ever. 
 
Richie Tobias finished in eighth place in the USAC race at Super DIRT Week and told me what went wrong with his car with 20 laps to go.
 
Brett Hearn took the lead on lap 146 when the leader ran out of fuel and explained how he spilt the middle to get the top spot  and the win in the Salute to the Troops 150. 
 
Tim McCreadie walked me through what happened with four to go at Syracuse on his way to a second place finish in the Salute to the Troops 150. 
 
Carey Terrance put on a show on the outside passing several cars who pitted before him and explained why he should have been a little more patient on his way to a 3rd place. 
 
Chris Raabe spoke about his fourth place finish and told me where he feels he needs to be better as well as how the timing of the second yellow hurt a little. 
 
Wayne Jelley had an eighth place run in the Salute to the Troops 150 and explained why he could not seem to work the outside like many of the cars who finished ahead of him. 

 
Saturday, October 11th 2014
   I am so sorry. That crash I was in on Thursday may have done some damage after all. I woke up stiff and the back of my head is hurting big time. As I wrote this I am making the proper appointments and hoping that some medication I can take at home will help me enough to make today tolerable.
 
I WILL get there today if it kills me. Don’t worry it won’t. But we figured I’d be better treating this Friday rather than toughing it out and making it worse for the big days. If I have to stay close to the media center then that will have to be the way it is.
 
I’ll be alright I’m sure as I am not the first person to feel this way the day after an accident. But I am also 53 years old and don’t bounce back as quickly as I did 20 years ago. I will see you guys today and I hope everything went well last night.
 
A big thanks goes out to everyone at the Syracuse Media Group for their understanding and to Dick O’Brien for writing the column you see today. Thanks so much guys! Wish me well and if you have any magic potions or magic cures, let me know and I’ll get on it. So sorry guys.

 
Friday, October 10th 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today from Super DIRT Week:
 
Billy Decker talked about earning the pole for the Salute to the Troops 150 for small blocks.
Carey Terrance will start on the front row on Saturday and talked about his second place effort.
Chris Raabe time trialed in third place and talked about the racecar and the racetrack he saw.
Ronnie Johnson timed in 4th place and told us about the narrow track and the need to analyze.
Tim McCreadie will start in row 3 after time trialing 5th and explained why he was not comfortable.
Stewart Friesen grabbed the final guaranteed spot and talked about how he got a USAC ride.
Matt Sheppard did something he has never done before and talked about setting the fast time.
Brett Hearn talked about his second place time trial effort as well as what went wrong on the scales.
Jimmy Phelps is locked in with his 3rd place run and told me about the racetrack he raced on.
Billy Decker finished 4th in the small block time trials and explained why he wanted to do better.
Billy Dunn had the 5th fastest big block time and talked about what was going on in turn four.
Duane Howard explained how he knocked something off his bucket list with a sixth place run.
Dan Wiesner was on the front stretch with his big block for a bit and explained how it came together.
 
It was a cold but sunny day in Syracuse on Thursday and both the big blocks and small blocks took to the track for time trials. The track was fast too with 15 teams breaking the 30 second barrier in the big block division.
 
Matt Sheppard continued with his year of firsts as he took home his first pole at Syracuse with a lap of 29.410 just .002 second ahead of second place Brett Hearn in one of the closest margins in recent memory.
 
Billy Decker nailed down the pole in the Salute to the Troops 150 and he and 10 other drivers are now locked in for their respective races. Tonight’s qualifiers will set the rest of the field and today’s Future’s Races will see fist timers take to the mile in what can often provide some of the best results of the whole week.
 
I have the top six in each division up today for you as well as one surprise entry from a driver we know well in Central New York. Today we’ll be there to cover those Futures Races as well as the qualifiers. Now this race does usually run late so be patient as my new stuff tomorrow may not be up until well after midnight.
 
I had some off track drama too as I was rear ended by a lady who dropped her GPS and looked down to pick it up. I saw it happening but with cars all around me there was nothing I could do. The car is damaged by drivable so look for me in the not no nice Mercury later today.
 
Now let’s talk more about what we have for you on the Audio Page for today. I start with early time trial action. Billy Decker talked about earning the pole for the Salute to the Troops 150 for small blocks as well as how little they had to change on the car from practice. 
 
Carey Terrance will start on the front row on Saturday for the Salute to the Troops 150 for small blocks and talked about his second place effort. 
 
Chris Raabe time trialed in third place and talked about the racecar, the racetrack he saw and why third could hurt on Friday while helping on Saturday.
 
Ronnie Johnson timed in 4th place and told us about the narrow track and the need to analyze things a little more after their 20 lap qualifier later today. 
 
Tim McCreadie will start in row 3 after time trialing 5th and explained why he was not comfortable as well as what the track felt like it was “bolted up”. 
 
Stewart Friesen grabbed the final guaranteed spot and talked about how he messed up in one corner and how he nabbed a USAC ride for the weekend. 
 
Matt Sheppard did something he has never done before and talked about setting the fast time in the big block time trials after being 18th on the grid after practice. 
 
Brett Hearn talked about his second place time trial effort for the Syracuse 200 as well as what went wrong on the scales with his small block. 
 
Jimmy Phelps is locked in with his 3rd place run and told me about the racetrack he raced on and wondered how much running later in the time trial order helped. 
 
Billy Decker finished 4th in the small block time trials and explained why he wanted to do better despite the fact that he now locked in to both races. 
 
Billy Dunn had the 5th fastest big block time and talked about what was going on in turn four where he felt his car was a little looser. 
 
Duane Howard explained how he knocked something off his bucket list with a sixth place run putting him in the Syracuse 200 no matter what happens later today. 
 
Dan Wiesner was on the front stretch with his big block for a bit and explained how this ride came together as well as how it felt compared to his Sportsman. 
 

 
Thursday, October 9th 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today from Super DIRT Week:
 
Chris Cunningham talked about the pair of Pro Stocks he has and his open motor package.
Dave Allen told me about the newer car he had and what went wrong early in the season with it.
Eldon Payne Jr. had a pair of Modifieds at the track and talked specifics about each of them.
Jeff Rockefeller thought back on his break out run last season and shared advice he received.
 
Well what was predicted to happen by the meteorologists did happen on Wednesday as early morning showers followed by more in the afternoon put a halt to the first practice session on the mile at Super DIRT Week.
 
I watched the radar from my home not ten minutes away from the track and then headed over after it stopped. The teams were still moving in and many were already out of the pit area and heading to Weedsport Speedway for the night show.
 
I was only able to get a few chats recorded as several teams were thrashing and I did not want to interrupt them. They’ll be more time for that later. And several teams I saw were guys I just saw a few days ago so not much had changed with them. But I’ll get more today as we’ll surely get in some action in on Thursday.
 
I did get a chance to go around the cinder track to look at the surface and it did not look bad at all. In fact, had it rained a little earlier they probably could have gotten some laps in. But there were a few spots down low that were wet so maybe it is best that we kept the track quiet.
 
Now let’s talk about what I do have for you on the Audio Page from today in the pit area at Syracuse. Chris Cunningham talked about the pair of Pro Stocks he has, his open motor package and where he will be showing the Breast Cancer Awareness car today. 
 
Dave Allen told me about the newer car he had and what went wrong early in the season with it as well as how simple the fix was once they found it. 
 
Eldon Payne Jr. had a pair of Modifieds at the track and talked specifics about each of them as he got his pita area all set for Super DIRT Week. 
 
Jeff Rockefeller thought back on his break out run last season and shared some advice he received on now to know when to lift off the gas pedal. 
 
Jeff Rockefeller in part two of this chat at Syracuse. Sorry, I hit the stop button on the recorder by mistake. 

 
Wednesday, October 8th 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today from the inspection line at Syracuse :
 
Tommy Sears explained why he took last weekend off and how inspection went at Syracuse.
Billy VanInwegen talked about the car he brought to Super DIRT Week and how it did in 2014.
Stephane Lafrance has not raced on Syracuse in many years and told me he is doing it this year.
Dan Vauter has never raced on the mile and talked about when they decided to race Syracuse.
Peter Britten described the pair of Modifieds he had and wondered if a cold would slow him down.
Joe Skotnicki told me how many cars made it through tech and gave advice to the race teams.
Joe Marotta has announced every Super DIRT Week and told me what makes Syracuse special.
 
Super DIRT Week is here and it began on Tuesday with inspections at the New York State Fairgrounds. The teams are moving in today as campers get to get to their spots and hopefully the Modifieds will hit the track later today for their first laps of the year on the mile.
 
The weather could be an issue early today and if there is some rain the practice may not happen as you’d hate to mess up the track on the first day. And don’t forget later tonight they will race at the newly renovated Weedsport Speedway. If you missed the other shows you’ll want to hit this one for sure. And take my advice…get there early!
 
I spoke to Judy from Mid State Golf Car and they do still have some two seat golf carts available. Get there early today and be sure to check with them on availability before you get your sticker. But hurry and you’ll be cruising in style at the mile just like me. Thanks guys!
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page from the inspection line at Syracuse. Tommy Sears explained why he took last weekend off, how inspection went at Syracuse and what his goals are for the start of Super DIRT Week. 3:22 
 
Billy VanInwegen talked about the car he brought to Super DIRT Week, how it did in 2014 and why he added a lot of pink to the Ten car. 
 
Stephane Lafrance has not raced on Syracuse in many years and told me he is doing it this year as well as the special challenges he has running a unique racecar. 
 
Dan Vauter has never raced on the mile and talked about when they decided to race Syracuse as well as what his goals are for his first Super DIRT Week. 
 
Peter Britten described the pair of Modifieds he had in the tech line at Syracuse and wondered if his fall cold would slow him down. 
 
Joe Skotnicki told me how many cars made it through tech and gave advice to the race teams on what to expect as they go through the line. For more go to www.superdirtweekonline.com.  
 
Joe Marotta has announced every Super DIRT Week and told me what makes Syracuse special while sharing some memories of his past at the track. 

 
Tuesday, October 7th 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Billy Decker tells mehow he looks for Super DIRT Week and his friendship with Tim Fuller.
Stewart Friesen ran down how much money he and his wife have made since they got married.
Justin Haers reminded me why he likes Fulton and ran down how his Syracuse car looks now.
Mat Williamson explained why he stayed close to home and what he will be doing at Syracuse.
Mike Bowman came back to his former home on Saturday and talked about being back at Fulton.
Justin Wright hit the road a little his year and spoke about the competition in Central New York.
Jordan McCreadie attempted to qualify for the Outlaw 200 and spoke about his 2014 season.
Tim Kerr spoke about his hopes for the Outlaw 200 and how many racecars he saw in the pits.
Katelyn Kane had some time off before Fulton and told me what the have been working on.
Rick Miller started the night off well and told me why the regulars don’t have an advantage.
Beth Schneider ran down what would have to happen for her to win the Industrial Tire Series.
Jordan Bennett had a guaranteed starting spot for the race and explained how he got an engine.
 
It’s finally here! Super DIRT Week begins today with early bird inspections until 6 p.m. today. Those inspections continue tomorrow and if all goes well the racecars will hit the racetrack for the first time. 
 
To get you ready I have a lot of stuff from this past weekend at Fulton and several drivers on the page today will be at Syracuse today. So give them a listen and get yourself ready for Racing’s Biggest Party. 
 
I’ll be at the inspection this afternoon and will have pictures up on my Facebook page. We still need to fix our photo script and will do so this off season if we are able to secure enough sponsorship to pay for the extra bandwidth needed to take on the extra traffic.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you to listen to on the Audio Page for today. I start with three drivers who will race on the mile this week. Billy Decker tells mehow he looks for Super DIRT Week and how his friendship with Tim Fuller began as well as how they started hanging out. 
 
Stewart Friesen ran down how much money he and his wife have made since they got married about a month ago as he looked ahead to Fulton & Super DIRT Week. 
 
Justin Haers reminded me why he likes Fulton, thinks back to his win in the season opener and ran down how his Syracuse car looks now. 
 
Mat Williamson explained why he stayed close to home and what he will be doing at Syracuse as well as his hoped would happen in his first Outlaw 200 qualifying effort.  
 
Mike Bowman came back to his former home on Saturday and talked about being back at Fulton as well as how good the track was on Friday night. 
 
Justin Wright hit the road a little his year and spoke about the competition in Central New York as well as what he likes best about this ten day stretch of heavy action.
 
Jordan McCreadie attempted to qualify for the Outlaw 200 and spoke about his 2014 season as well as how close he came to getting his first Modified win. 
 
Tim Kerr spoke about his hopes for the Outlaw 200 and how many racecars he saw in the pits as well as why he likes the race at Fulton so much. 
 
Katelyn Kane had some time off before Fulton’s finale and told me how cool it was to run the 5h car at Sharon Speedway in Ohio. 
 
Rick Miller started the night off well and told me why the regulars don’t have an advantage as the Go Nuclear Late Models visited the Fulton Speedway. 
 
Beth Schneider explained what would have to happen for her to win the Industrial Tire Series as well as how she ended up finishing second in the points at Fulton. 
 
Jordan Bennett had a guaranteed starting spot for the race and explained how he got into the race as well as he worked a deal to get an engine for the finale at Fulton. 

 
Monday, October 6th 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Bob McCreadie talked about the family reunion at Fulton and what he sees in racing today.
Danny O’Brien runs down his late season plans and talks about the loss of a friend of racing.
Tommy Kinsella had hopes for a third win in the 200 and explains what the toughest part is.
Vinnie Vitale thought back on his racing past at Fulton and tells how he looks for Syracuse.
Brian Malcolm told me how close he has come to making the Outlaw 200 feature at Fulton.
Darwin Greene recapped his last few races at Fonda, I-88 and his hopes for Fulton’s Outlaw 200.
Dan Humes was finishing his season at Fulton and told me about a big problem they were chasing.
David Marcuccilli explained why he likes the track at Fulton and reacts to a new driver’s success. 
Anthony Stockman had 6 wins this past season and remembered the last time he was at Outlaw 200.
Shayne Tenace reacted to the big field of Late Models and talked about the costs to run the class.
J.J. Courcy talked about racing several classes in 2014 and his hopes to trim it down for 2015.
 
I’m still sore on Sunday after a long day on Saturday that saw a lot of the people there for over 12 hours. It was quite a day and again you can’t stress enough how great of a job everyone did to get that show in. From the track prep crew to the employees in the tower and all the race teams and fans, everyone should be proud of what they accomplished on a cold, wet day.
 
I have half of my stuff from the weekend up today and the other half will come up tomorrow. Speaking of tomorrow, Early Bird Inspections are taking place and I’ll be there a few times during the day to chat with drivers and take a few photos that I’ll put up on my facebook page.
 
Not much else to chat about so let’s jump right into the new stuff on the Audio Page. I begin with a candid chat with a DIRT Hall of Famer. Bob McCreadie talked about the family reunion at Fulton, what he sees in racing today and how little he has seen of his oldest son of late. Honest chat here with a guy who’s been there, done that and did not want his sons to follow in his footsteps!
 
Danny O’Brien talks about the loss of a friend of racing, the role Craig Revelle played in the community and where he will race at the end of his 2014 season. 
 
Tommy Kinsella had hopes for a third win in the 200 and explains what the toughest part of the day is as well as how tough it is to race every few weeks. 
 
Vinnie Vitale thought back on his racing past at Fulton, how good his record is there considering the number of laps he has and tells how he looks for next week.
 
Brian Malcolm told me how close he has come to making the Outlaw 200 feature at Fulton as well as how much he likes the racy Fulton configuration. 
 
Darwin Greene recapped his last few races at Fonda, I-88 and his hopes for Fulton’s Outlaw 200 as well as where he’ll race at the end of the year. 
 
Dan Humes was finishing his season at Fulton and told me about a big problem they were chasing as well as a problem they had on the way to the track. Oh no. 
 
David Marcuccilli explained why he likes the track at Fulton and reacts to a new driver’s success with the big block team he drove with last season. 
 
Anthony Stockman had 6 wins this past season and remembered the last time he was at Outlaw 200 as well as why he cut his season short on Saturdays. 
 
Shayne Tenace reacted to the big field of Late Models and talked about the costs to run the class as well as why he does not have any numbers on his racecar. 
 
J.J. Courcy talked about racing several classes in 2014, his hopes to trim it down for 2015 and what would be his ideal situation. 

 
     
 
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