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Saturday, July 19th 2014
   New on the Audio Page from Can Am Motorsports Park:
 
Dave Rogers told me how the idea came about for the memorial race and who helped it along.
Bret Belden updates us on how he has been doing as he is halfway through his rookie season.
Taylor Caprara remembered his feature win from last weekend and how good it was to win.
Pete Stefanski talked about winning 9 of 11 at Canandaigua and some of his Can Am history.
P.J. Peters hasn’t raced a lot this season and talked about the temperamental motor he had.
Steve Pesarek spoke about his recent races and thought back on his past up north at Can Am.
 
After the rained out feature and heat races:
 
Luke Whitteker won the held over Sportsman feature and talked about his last Sportsman win.
Matt Parkhurst got ready for the draw and spoke about his win in the first qualifying heat race.
P.J. Peters talked about his heat race win and why he was not going to loosen up his tight racecar.
Dave Rogers got the win in the 3rd stock car heat and told me where he felt the fast groove was.
Shawn Kirky told me about his win in heat number 4 and how he has earned the Can Am point lead.
Sid Harmer Sr. would start 6th after winning the last heat and talked about the long 40 lapper.
Steve Pesarek reacted after drawing the pole for the feature for the first time in his long career.
A.J. Kingsley celebrated his birthday with a heat win and talked about staying out front every lap.
Bryce Davis talked about his run in heat number three and compared it to his BRP Can Am days.
Alan Fink won heat number three and talked about why he didn’t think his car was that great.
Corey Earl earned the victory in the final Late Model heat and spoke about his poor re-draws.
 
After the feature races:
 
Pete Stefanski talked with Paul Szmal after his win in what was originally called a second place.
Charlie Sandercock dominated the Go Nuclear Late Model feature and spoke about his victory.
Corey Earl made late race charge to finish second and talked about being fast in a new groove.
Greg Belyea came home in third place and remembered the tough start he had to his race day.
Josh Van Brocklin made a late race move to win the Sportsman feature and talked about his race.
 
It was a fun night on my first day back to work but it was a busy one too. We headed to Can Am Motorsports Park to do TV for the Go Nuclear Late Models and ended up doing a lot more than that. It was a three division show with the Sportsman, the aforementioned Late Models and the Sara Martin Memorial for Pro/Street Stocks.
 
It was the largest stock car field I have seen assembled in quite some time with over 40 cars in the pit area. Plus there were 33 Late Models and over 20 Sportsman. There was also a real nice crowd on hand and they got their money’s worth alright.
 
There was a great finish in the Sara Martin Memorial as Pete Stefanski passed Matt Parkhurst in the final corner to win by inches. Originally Parkhurst was declared the winner but video replays and other information had Stefanski ahead and he was awarded the victory. 
 
The transponder showed Parkhurst as the winner by .040 but his transponder was reported to be in a different location, ahead of that on Stefanski’s car. And since the race did not require the drivers to run transponders, you could not use those to determine the finish. Then they would have been inspected beforehand. I’ll betcha this race will require them next year. What do you think?
 
The Go Nuclear Late Models were on hand so Paul Szmal, Matt Thomas and Rich Vleck were there also. But with Paul helping announce and shooting video during the Late Model races, I was put into action announcing in the booth. Yes, I was rusty but it was fun and my daughter finally got to hear me announce.
 
Charlie Sandercock ran away and drove to a run away victory to solidify his lead in the series. A big crash on a lap 16 restart damaged a lot of good cars and I am sure that as you read this, many of them are still being worked on.
 
I got a lot done as you can see and was still able to save 16 additional interviews. Now tomorrow you’ll hear from Steve Ovens as he’ll bring us some action from the BRP Can Am race at Raceway 5. I’ll be cruising after a long sleep as I did not finish the website until after 4 AM. I know…what a long day for a first day back.
 
Allie and I will be at Utica Rome on Sunday, Fulton on Wednesday and Rolling Wheels on Thursday. Have a great Saturday and look for me and the Camaro as we cruise the Syracuse Nationals scene today.

 
Friday, July 18th 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today: 
 
Jessica Zemken told me how she got started in racing and talked about her first efforts at age eight.
Matt Janczuk is now running a Modified and remembered how he got his racing career started.
 
It’s our final day getting to know how many of the racers in our area got their start many years ago. I hope you’ve enjoyed this too. I know I have. Today I will be back at a racetrack or in the studio so be sure to look for more good stuff on here on way or another.
 
Today we meet a couple of drivers who took different routes to get to where they are today. Each has embraced new challenges and each has their own story as to how they got their career started.
 
Like I said I am happy to bring this to you and wanted to thank you all for being so patient as we took a much needed summer vacation.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page. I start with a lady who grew up going to the track with her racing dad. Jessica Zemken told me how she got started in racing and talked about her first efforts at age eight. She talked about growing up going to the races with dad, what she did in her early years and why she is bowing out at Oswego. 
 
Matt Janczuk is now running a Modified and remembered how he got his racing career started. He talked about his long time in the Sportsman division, why he decided to begin in an open wheel division and who helped him learn some things about set ups. 

 
Thursday, July 17th 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
John Barker Jr. helps his son Corey race today but told me about his long and storied career.
Tommy Denton talked about getting his start in a Street Stock and how he got his first racecar.
 
Only one more day left to see how your favorite drivers got their careers started. We’ll finish things up with Jessica Zemken and Matt Janczuk. And today we’ll travel back to the past with John Barker Jr. and remember the old days of the Outlaw Circuit where coincidentally I got my career started as well.
 
John will tell you how instrumental his dad was in his career and how some advice he received from his dad is still being shared with his son today. Then Tommy Denton will tell you how he got his first racecar and how the man who sold it to him is still involved in his racing efforts today.
 
Now let’s chat more about the two drivers we’ll learn about today on the Audio Page. I start with a veteran who is still involved many years after getting out of the seat. John Barker Jr. helps his son Corey race today but told me about his long and storied career. He told me about some great advice his dad gave him early, remembered his days on the Outlaw Circuit and who he learned from early on. 
 
Tommy Denton talked about getting his start in a Street Stock and how he got his first racecar. He told me how he paid for the car weekly, how he did initially and when he started to keep up and eventually win some races. 

 
Wednesday, July 16th 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Steve Poirier talked about his days making left & right turns and when he switched to Modifieds.
Matt Billings is making a name for himself in the states and talked about his start ten years ago.
 
Only three more days to go as we find out how the racers we watch on the track today got their start in some cases decades ago. You’ll be surprised to heat the early directions that Steve Poirier went in his career and how a failed effort turned him in a different direction.
 
As for Matt Billings, he sure sounds like a pretty driven young man to me. He saved his money at age ten to get a go cart. How many kids do that? The driven and smart ones do.
 
Plus we’ll be back tomorrow with John Barker Jr. and stock car ace Tom Denton. Then we’ll finish up on Friday before getting back to some racing this weekend. 
 
Now let’s chat more about the new stuff we have for you on the Audio Page for Wednesday. Steve Poirier talked about his days making left & right turns in off road racing and when he switched to Modifieds. He told me how different his first race vehicle was, how tough it was to get his second deal together and why he decided to move up to a 360 Sprint Car. 
 
Matt Billings is making a name for himself in the states and talked about his start ten years ago. He told me why he wasn’t going to follow in dad’s footsteps on the ice, remembers going to Brockville as a kid and how he saved up $400 as a ten year old to get a go cart. 

 
Tuesday, July 15th 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Darryl Ruggles talked about his rise to a Modified and how he took a step back to help his daughter.
Larry Wight can drive just about anything and here you’ll see how he got started nice and early. 
 
We have a nice mix for you today as we check in with a driver with a long racing history and another who still has decades to go in what could be one of the most successful careers in Central New York.
 
Listen as Darryl Ruggles will tell you how quickly he moved up and how many races he won early in his career. He’ll also tell you how tough it was to compete with the big dogs of the Modified world by using a credit card.
 
As for Larry Wight, his career is really starting to take off and every year now he is still improving. And while some drovers concentrate on one car, Larry drives Modifieds, Sprints and Late Models.
 
I know you’ll like both of these and be sure to come back tomorrow as we’ll meet Matt Billings and Steve Poirier as we go with a Canadian feel for Wednesday.
 
Now let’s chat more about what you can listen to on the Audio Page today. Darryl Ruggles talked about his rise to a Modified and how he took a step back to help his daughter. He told me how he got started 32 years ago, how his body shop work got him involved initially and how broke they were trying to keep up in the Modified division. 
 
Larry Wight can drive just about anything and here you’ll see how he got started nice and early. He talked about starting in Microds at age six, when he knew he wanted to be a racecar driver and getting used to the power of the bigger cars. 

 
Monday, July 14th 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Bryan Howland talked about starting at age 6 at Paradise and his dad’s racing at Oswego.
Willy Decker told me about his start in Street Stocks and the stiff competition he had early.
 
Only a few more days left in our, “How’d they get there?” segments as again we talk to a pair of well known Sprint Car and Modified drivers. I am having so much fun listening to these myself and I thought I knew a few things about how to get a racing career started.
 
For Utica Rome fans, you’ll love Willy Decker’s story especially when he tells you about a flat tire he had at one particular track. And Bryan Howland I am sure a lot of you saw in his early days at the Paradise Speedway.
 
Tomorrow Larry Wight and Darryl Ruggles will tell us about their early days. I know you’ll like that.
 
Now let’s chat more about the new stuff we have for you to listen to on the Audio Page for today. Bryan Howland talked about starting at age 6 at Paradise and his dad’s racing at Oswego. He told me when his dad got out of the sport as a driver, the first few types of racecars he drove and when he moved up to a full sized 360 Sprint Car. 
 
Willy Decker told me about his start in Street Stocks and the stiff competition he had early on in his career. He remembered one particular night at Brookfield, why he had to take it easy in his early years and how he made it up to the Modified division. 

 
Sunday, July 13th 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Ryan Phelps remembered driving the wrong way on the racetrack and his move to a Modified.
Jason Barney talked about starting his career in a Quarter Midget and switching gears at age twelve.
 
We have a couple of new guys up today at least in the big picture anyway. Both of them started at an early age and one was maybe a little too young. Each has had success as they advanced and each is now firmly established in their chosen form of racing.
 
We’re now more than halfway through our 11 day journey as we find out more about the people we watch race at the tracks in our area. Up tomorrow are chats with Willy Decker and Bryan Howland as we’ll learn how they go their careers started.
 
Now lets find out more about what we have for you to listen to on the Audio Page for today. Ryan Phelps remembered driving the wrong way on the racetrack and his move to a Modified. He told me why he might have been a little young the first time around, the fast car he drove at age 14 and the two years he had the most fun out at the racetrack. 
 
Jason Barney talked about starting his career in a Quarter Midget and switching gears at age twelve. He told me how much traveling he did early in his career, how tough it was for a young teenager to find a competitive class to race in and some of what he wishes he could do again. 

 
     
 
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