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Thursday, October 3rd 2019
    New on the Audio Page for today:

Mike Mahaney talks about his third place in the Fonda 200 and gets ready for Fulton and Oswego.
Chad Brachmann described what he needed to do on Saturday and runs down his late season plans.
Tim Hartman Jr. told me about his Sportsman win at Fonda and why he knew the top would be fast.
Pete MacDonald previews the Legends of the Fall 75 for Modifieds this Saturday at New Egypt.

I got a lot done n a cold day in Central New York as it now looks like we’ve seen 80 degrees for the last time till after the snow flies this winter. It was fun to have a nice day on Tuesday but it did make it seem that much colder yesterday.

It’s gonna rain for most of the day today and into tomorrow but the good news is that it will be out of here well before the actions starts at Fulton Speedway. I’ll be making a quick trip up there on Friday and then spend the whole day there on Saturday.

Now let’s chat more about what is new on the Audio Page for today starting with a man who got enjoyed his best pay day ever for a third place run. Mike Mahaney talks about his lucrative third place in the Fonda 200 and describes what he is doing in the shop right now as his team gets four cars ready for Fulton, Oswego and the satellite shows. 

Chad Brachmann described what he needed to do on Saturday to make the field at Land of Legends, what he thought would happen later that day and runs down his late season plans for Fulton and the satellite shows during Super DIRT Week. 

Tim Hartman Jr. told me about his Sportsman win at Fonda, why he knew the top would be fast for the first few laps and looks ahead to a potential series championship if all goes well two weeks from now at Afton. 

Pete MacDonald previews the Legends of the Fall 75 for Modifieds this Saturday at New Egypt, talks about the rules for the Mods and runs down the races they still have left for 2019.   

 
Wednesday, October 2nd 2019
    New on the Audio Page for today:

Billy VanPelt still had some work to do on Sunday and talked about some changes to the Modified. 
 Peter Britten looked forward to running a dash on Sunday and told me how that could help later.
David Schilling described his 9th place finish at Fonda and remembered a big crash from 2 weeks ago.

I had a nice day off on Tuesday although I did do some recordings in the studio but did not have to worry about updating the site for today as I already did that on Monday. I also did my usual time online racing last night and had a good time.

Now we’re back at it today and feeling better about the weekend as the forecast did get better than it was on Sunday. I’ll be at Fulton for at least Saturday but may go for a while on Friday too. We’ll see. The kids always have something going which is good, especially for young girls, so we’ll see how it goes.

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page starting with a driver who was searching for a better set up on Sunday afternoon. Billy VanPelt still had some work to do on Sunday in Canandaigua and talked about some changes he was making to the Modified while reminding teams to stop and see him at Super DIRT Week in the Bicknell tent. 

Peter Britten looked forward to running a dash on Sunday and told me how that could help later as well as the need to find the right balance with his racecar. 

David Schilling described his 9th place finish at Fonda and remembered a big crash from 2 weeks ago that was the scariest of his career while explaining what he was doing on Monday to get ready for Super DIRT Week.  

 
Tuesday, October 1st 2019
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Ryan Watt talks about his big block Modified win at Bridgeport and talks about his work for SDW.
Mike Stanton spoke about his move from Sportsman to a 358 as he got ready for his first laps in it.
Tony Veneziano reports on the latest WoO Sprint Car races and gets us ready for the National Open.

Make sure you get outside today as it sounds like this may be our last 80 degree day of the year. After a crappy and cold day on Monday it sounds like we better enjoy this one today. I am off so I know I’ll be out there finding something fun to do.

I got some studio work done in the afternoon and again after dinner and will maybe get a few more done today if I can find a few people to chat with. Then tomorrow we’ll be back at it again. I may do both days this weekend in Fulton as the Outlaw 200 Weekend is soon to be upon us. I hope you all get to go see some racing this weekend and get to get a little dirty at the same time.

Now let’s chat more about what is new on the Audio Page for today as we begin with a winner from the weekend. Ryan Watt talks about his big block Modified win at Bridgeport on Saturday night, described the unique format for the teams that qualified through their heat races and talks about the work he was doing on Monday for Super DIRT Week. 

Mike Stanton spoke about his move from Sportsman to a 358 as he got ready for his first laps with the new under his foot and wondered what to expect as he prepared for Land of Legends on Sunday. 

Tony Veneziano reports on the latest WoO Sprint Car races, runs down how a 74 point swing at the top has altered the points and gets us ready for the National Open.   
 
Monday, September 30th 2019
   

New on the Audio Page from Land of Legends Raceway:

Kevin Root spoke about his win in the 50 lap series race and his back & forth battle at the front.
Matt Janczuk led a lot of laps before finishing second and described what he was doing in turn 2.
Kane Bristol came home in third after starting second and explained where he was having issues.
Hear from some of the drivers and a well known photographer as I walk along the front stretch.
Erick Rudolph led all but one lap on his way to a 50 lap win and talked about how good his team is.
Larry Wight finished in 2nd place and explained where he needed to be better to catch the leader.
Mat Williamson spoke about his race night as he came from the LCQ to 4th to be the Hard Charger.
Gary Lindberg was the fastest small block finishing 4th and talked about how the slick track helped.
Justin Haers told me about his 5th place finish and described a handling condition that didn’t help.
Alan Johnson gained 8 spots to finish 6th and told me what it was like on the daytime slick track.

We had a fun day as Allie and I traveled to Canandaigua and Land of Legends Raceway for the completion of the Jerry Haers Memorial that was rain shortened on Saturday night. They got all the heat races but had consis, last chance qualifiers, a dash and of course the two feature races associated with it.

It was an emotional day for the Haers family and close friends as they celebrated the life of their patriarch with racing in his honor. You know Jerry would have wanted that right? But it was tough. You could see that and I must give the entire family a lot of credit. We are so sorry for your loss and we wish you all the best moving forward.

Erick Rudolph led all but one lap on his way to the Modified win against a star studded field that included many surprises. Larry Wight could stay with him and at times would gain on him a little in traffic. With about 10 to go Rudolph hit some slower traffic that allowed the gap to shrink to the smallest of the night but once he got through that the race was essentially over.

The first race in the DIRTcar Sportsman Fall Championship Series was one worthy of inclusion into a time capsule. Kevin Root and Matt Janczuk swapped the lead five times before Root got by for good with just three laps to go. It was one of the best races I’ve seen all year and like I said it was time capsule worthy indeed!

I saved some of my stuff from the pre-race and will start putting some of that up today. I’ll be in the studio later and again tomorrow. I’m planning on Fulton Speedway next weekend and a pair of SDW satellite shows next week. We’re also working on lots of things for down the road so be sure to keep stopping back every day.

We hope you had a great weekend, enjoy your Monday and stop back to see us again tomorrow. See ya later! 
 
Sunday, September 29th 2019
    New on the Audio Page for today:

Paul Cole talks about a rainy Saturday in Canandaigua and runs down how they’ll finish it today.
John Stanley tells me about his Dirt Modified Nostalgia Tour win and the car that almost got him. 
 Chip Gauthier won the Nostalgia portion of the DMNT feature and spoke about a change for 2020
Robert Johnson explained what broke on his Modified right as he was going for the top spot.

We were fortunate last night as we squeezed in our feature race at Paradise Speedway just before the rains set in. It never got going too much but it was enough to delay the rest of the show. The radar changed quickly so rather than run heats with a bit of a short field we just went right to the feature and got it done.

Congrats to John and Chip on their victories and once again Allie rolled the car onto the trailer without a scratch. There were some things we wished we cold have gotten done on the car and yes, a heat race would have been nice but the track was not as it was two weeks ago and she struggled a bit but still finished sixth overall and fifth in the mod.

Now let’s chat more about what’s new on the Audio Page for today starting with an update on how things will progress today at Land of Legends Raceway after rain shut them down a little early. Paul Cole talks about a rainy Saturday in Canandaigua and runs down how much racing they got in last night as well as specifics on how they’ll finish it today. 

John Stanley tells me about his Dirt Modified Nostalgia Tour win in their final race of the season, how he got the race lead and how close the car was that almost got him.   

Chip Gauthier won the Nostalgia portion of the Dirt Modified Nostalgia Tour feature and spoke about a change for 2020 while wondering if he could have won if his brother was there. Hmmm. 

Robert Johnson explained what broke on his Modified right as he was getting under the leader for first place and what went through his head at that very moment as he pulled off the track.  

 
Saturday, September 28th 2019
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Danny Creeden talks about last weekend’s win at Accord and how much he likes his new racecar.
Kevin Warren tells me about his year at Can Am, his asphalt race and his season ender in Fulton.
Jared Haers describes his role in Saturday’s Jerry Haers Memorial and his recent Sportsman practices.

I had a nice day off on Friday as I got together with several friends including Webmaster Andy as I went up to see how he is doing. It’s nice to see him getting around better and smiling. It was a fun day for sure.

Now today we’re off to see Allie at Paradise Speedway in the Fall Brawl. It’s a special race for us and it will be Allie’s first race officially as a Modified. She’ll be back to taking some scratches for a while but she was going to make that move next year anyway so why not get a jump on that in this bonus race that was not originally on the schedule? I know. Right?

We wish all of you racing for the big bucks all the best as there are two really good Modified shows taking place. The Fonda 200 and the Jerry Haers Memorial are each going to be big, big shows so make sure to show your support and root on your favorite drivers. And if you’re in the Geneva area stop by and see us. It’s just $15 for a pit pass.

Now let’s chat about what is new for you on the Audio Page as we begin with a follow up interview with a driver who went through some changes just recently. Danny Creeden talks about last Friday’s win at Accord, how driver error caused him to finish fourth the next night at Woodhull and tells me how much he likes his new racecar. 4th, 4th and 1st are his three finishes in the new ride. 

Kevin Warren tells me about his year racing a Sportsman at Can Am, his tenth place on the asphalt at Adirondack  and his upcoming season ender in Fulton on Outlaw Weekend. Nice to talk with you again Kevin! 

Jared Haers describes his role in Saturday’s Jerry Haers Memorial at Land of Legends Raceway, how he has done in his recent Sportsman practices at Paradise Speedway and explains how his time in Microds and Quarter Midgets is helping today. Very well spoken young man isn’t he?  
 
Friday, September 27th 2019
   New on the Audio Page for today: 

 Dave Constantino talks about the Fonda 200 and the work he is doing to make DKM Chassis grow.
 Ryan Jordan explains why he is bringing his big block to Canandaigua and where he’ll race next.
Cory Reed previews Canandaigua and the first of the DIRTcar Sportsman Fall Championship Series.

It was another day that seemed like every minute was planned. We had an open house for Allie and that went much longer than I thought. I guess I should have read the schedule but you know me. Schedules, forms, proper procedures…never was good at that. I just show up, figure out what to do and go. Now I remember why I was terrible in school. Well, that was one of the reasons anyway.

I must give Liverpool Schools and specifically the teachers that deal with kids that are not the standard issue. Allie’s teachers and counselors have been great! To remember where she was 3 years ago and to see how well she is doing today brings a tear to my eye and it is thanks to all these great people who do truly car about these kid’s well being.

Don’t be afraid if the school says that your child might need more help. To see Allie happy and doing well with clear goals and objectives as well as a path to achieve them is beyond my wildest dreams. I only wish that they knew about these things when I went to school in the 70’s.

Being in those classrooms brought back a lot of memories as well as those uncomfortable feelings I had sitting at a desk when I was in school. There was nothing I hated more. If you felt like that too and your child is struggling or just getting by in school have them tested. ADHD was an unknown when I went to school. They just said, “He’s more than smart enough. He just needs to apply himself.” If only it were that simple.

What is simple and fun for me is talking racing and I have three new chats up for you today on the Audio Page starting with a pair of Modified racers who will be at big events at opposite ends of New York State. Dave Constantino talks about his hopes for the Fonda 200 this weekend, the work he is doing to make DKM Chassis grow and runs down the background he has that made this all possible. Nice story! 

Ryan Jordan explains why he is bringing his big block to Canandaigua this Saturday, remembers the last time he raced there over 10 years ago and runs down where he’ll race to finish out his season. 

Cory Reed previews race number one of the DIRTcar Sportsman Fall Championship Series this Saturday at Land of Legends Raceway and goes over some of the specifics for the teams. BTW…those races are at Land of Legends, Fulton, Utica Rome, Weedsport, Brewerton, Super DIRT Week and Brockville.   

 
     
 
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