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Friday, March 14th 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Elmo Reckner had his booth in the BD Motorsports Media booth and talked about last season.
Andrew Ferguson showed off a new sponsor and explained how that led to a color change.
Alysha Ruggles explained how her back is feeling after a crash last year and how she feels now.
Kyle Kiehn ran down how he did in the Novice Sportsman at Fulton and who helped him learn.
Barb Clark updated me on how Utica Rome drivers can get NASCAR licenses now to save time.
Jeremie Corcoran told me about the big presence he had at the show and the track work he did.
 
I hope you all are all dug out from the latest weather event. We’re okay here now and hopefully you guys are too. Now you guys know I love winter, but I have officially had enough of it for now. And nobody can complain about the heat this summer…nobody!
 
We’re back today with six more new interviews and will have about the same or maybe even more for tomorrow. And on Saturday we’re heading out to Rotterdam Square to see what is new for the Fonda Speedway this season. We’ll leave here at about noon so we’ll see you guys in the afternoon in Rotterdam.

And my streak of good bowling continues after having having to take a few weeks off due to a nagging back issue. But my friend Dr. Hulk gave me some new stretches to do and they are totally working. I had a 629 with a 182 for a final game. No, I did not adjust properly when the oil moved. Still, feels good to bwol pain free. Thanks Hulk!
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you to listen to today on the Audio Page. I begin with a man who is going to be at a new weekly home this season. Elmo Reckner had his booth in the BD Motorsports Media booth and talked about last season. He talked about his races at both Fonda & Glen Ridge and why he is changing things up this year by heading to Albany Saratoga. 
 
Andrew Ferguson showed off a new sponsor and explained how that led to a color change. He told me how happy he was with the look, how nice it feels to be ahead at this time of the year and how the extra help he has made the difference. 
 
Alysha Ruggles explained how her back is feeling after a crash last year and how she feels now. She told me how excited she got just sitting in the car and what the doctors are telling her now. 
 
Kyle Kiehn ran down how he did in the Novice Sportsman at Fulton and who helped him learn. He shared the advice he received and why he plans to return to the same division this season. 
 
Barb Clark updated me on how Utica Rome drivers can get NASCAR licenses now to save time. She explained what the benefits are and how things look right now at the speedway. Well, there may be a little more snow than when we spoke on Sunday. 
 
Jeremie Corcoran told me about the big presence he had at the show and the track work he did at Canandaigua. He talked about the 2014 schedule and some other special events he is working on at a different location. 

 
Thursday, March 13th 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Katelyn Kane had her Modified right up front at the show and told me about the new look.
Nick Guererri spoke about how nice his Sportsman car turned out and why he changed it up.
Mike Walton showed off his open motor Sportsman and talked about his rookie season in the class.
Tyler Graves will be a rookie in the 360 Sprint Car world and talked about the new challenge.
Brett Deyo told me about the big splash he made at the show and who helped with a banner.
Mike Mallett was hanging out at the Utica Rome booth and talked about the coming season.
 
Main, I can’t believe it. We looked so good just a few days ago. It was 50 degrees out and we were all so optimistic about things. Sure, we heard about this storm but these weather people have about the accuracy rating as a baseball player…wrong more than right. But not this time.
 
That was some real heavy snow and it is continuing into today for some folks. Of course we lost this weekend in Selinsgrove and you have to wonder about some of the other tracks. Even though most of the northeast did not get the snow we did, you have wonder about the long term effects of this latest blast. Darn it…I was so ready.
 
So now we’ll focus on the usual mall shows and such of which many are coming up. I’ll be at the Fonda show this weekend in Rotterdam as Allie and I will make the trip east. If you have not been to this one, I highly suggest it as there will be close to 70 cars in the mall for this one.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for today on the Audio Page. I begin with a young lady who is wondering if she may race more in 2014. Katelyn Kane had her Modified right up front at the show and told me about the new look. She told me about the two Modifieds she has, why one car will see more action and wonders of she may expand to include some specials. 
 
Nick Guererri spoke about how nice his Sportsman car turned out and why he changed it up a bit for this season. He talked about the newer car he picked up and how close he is to being ready. 
 
Mike Walton showed off his open motor Sportsman and talked about his rookie season in the class. He told me how surprised he was with his overall results and wonders how the big changes he made to the car will affect it. 
 
Tyler Graves will be a rookie in the 360 Sprint Car world and talked about the new challenge. He told me where he feels the car will act differently and runs down his goals for the coming year.
 
Brett Deyo told me about the big splash he made at the show and who helped with a banner. He talked about the people who stopped by the booth and looked forward to next weekend’s Hard Clay open at Orange County. 
 
Mike Mallett was hanging out at the Utica Rome booth and talked about the coming season. He offered his take on Motorsports Expo and how impressed he was with the Cole Cup. Yeah, that’s quite a cup. 

 
Wednesday, March 12th 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Anthony Perrego talked about his big block races in Florida as he showed off his Modified.
Charlie Donk showed off his Sprint Car at the show and talked about how ready his car is now.
Alan Fink recapped his Mod Lite races at East Bay and talked about the 3 racecars he will drive.
Mark Weaver remembered his tough start in 2013 and recapped his 21 race season in a Sportsman.
Marc Minutolo won a championship last year at Canandaigua and told me when it became real.
Gary Palone is back at the helm at Paradise Speedway this year and talked about his goals for 2014.
 
What a great day it was on Tuesday. So much so that I played hookey a little and got out in the bright sun. I washed the Milan and got her all shined up before driving her through some puddles on the way home. Well, at least she looked good for a few minutes anyway.
 
As for today, let’s hope this dose of weather is not too severe as we are still hoping to race this weekend at Selinsgrove in the ROC opener. I’ll keep my eyes on it and I’ll be chatting with promoter Andrew Harpell as well so I’ll keep you updated the best I can.
 
We’re back with lots of good stuff from Motorsports Expo and we’ll be doing that all week long through Saturday. And we will have more new stuff for you as I will buckle down today and get some interviews done. But after running around and letting the kids do some cool stuff outside, time just ran out.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page. I begin with a young man who raised some eyebrows down in Florida. Anthony Perrego talked about his big block races in Florida as he showed off his Modified this past weekend. He told me how well things went and what he hopes to learn in 2014. 
 
Charlie Donk showed off his Sprint Car at the show and talked about how ready his car is now. He ran down the few things he has to get done, the new motor he is waiting on and offered his take on the Monster Truck show at the dome. 
 
Alan Fink recapped his Mod Lite races at East Bay and talked about the 3 racecars he will drive. He also talked about adding more Sportsman races, the new Late Model he has back at the shop and how he flipped a brand new Mod Lite the first night out. 
 
Mark Weaver remembered his tough start past year and recapped his 21 race season in a Sportsman. He talked about a motor issue they had in week two and where he felt he improved as the season went on. 
 
Marc Minutolo won a championship last year at Canandaigua and told me when the chances of winning a title became real. He talked about staying consistent, how unexpected the championship was and how some friends kept him in it when things went bad. 
 
Gary Palone is back at the helm at Paradise Speedway this year and talked about his goals for 2014. He talked about the response he was getting at the Expo and what he hopes to accomplish early on. 

 
Tuesday, March 11th 2014
   New on the Audio Page from Motorsports Expo:
 
Vinnie Vitale will be back in a Modified exclusively this year and told me why he made the change.
Rick Miller showed off his crate Late Model and talked about his eight win season in the car.
Dan Wiesner explained why he is taking a year off from racing and what he hopes to do in 2015.
Darryl Ruggles had his 305 Sprint Car at the show and told me about a fund raiser on March 15th.
Reed Miller manned the Penn Can Speedway booth last weekend and described how things look.
Joe Marotta offered histake on Motorsports Expo 2014 as we watched the cars head out.
 
I had a fun day on Monday as I got digging and did a story on what we do know about Rolling Wheels at this time. You guys can view it online at www.syracuse.com/motorsports or read it in today’s Syracuse Post Standard.
 
On the site today we have more from the weekend and will highlight chats from Motorsports Expo 2014 all week long including Saturday. Then we’ll be off to Rotterdam Square to see some of the cars that will call the Fonda Speedway home in 2014. It is bound to be a real good show at a real nice mall and I hope to see a lot of you there.
 
We will be in the studio every day this week hoping to get even more conversations recorded as we still have 22 left to be divided over the next four days. Yep, let the good times roll.
 
Now let’s chat more about the new clips we have for you on the Audio Page. We begin with a driver who had his big block Modified in the Canandaigua booth. Vinnie Vitale will be back in a Modified exclusively this year and told me why he made the change. He talked about his hopes to run more races on the Super DIRTcar Series and how tough it was to race two totally different racecars last season. 
 
Rick Miller showed off his crate Late Model and talked about his eight win season in the car. He told me how much work there is to be done to the car and how the last race of the year caused them to make to make some much needed repairs. 
 
Dan Wiesner explained why he is taking a year off from racing and what he hopes to do in 2015. He spoke about some changes in his life away from the racetrack and how fortunate he is to have a lot of good people around him. 
 
Darryl Ruggles had his 305 Sprint Car at the show and told me about a fund raiser on March 15th. He also talked about a new graphics business they took on and his hopes to eventually move up to a 360. 
 
Reed Miller manned the Penn Can Speedway booth last weekend and described how things look. He told me about the season opener on April 18th and the one thing he saw last year that he had never seen before. 
 
Joe Marotta offered histake on Motorsports Expo 2014 as we watched the cars head out. He talked about the people he spoke with, how well attended the show was and how optimistic he is about the coming season. 

 
Monday, March 10th 2014
   New on the Audio Page from Motorsports Expo:
 
Chuck Hebing remembered his one win season in 2013 and talked about a shift in priorities.
Roy Sova reminded fans about the few available rides left in the 2 seat super before the feature.
Kenny Bell showed off his IMCA Modified and explained how it is different than last year.
Eldon Payne Jr. had his small block at the show and wondered if he might have to switch motors.
Kelly Hebing speaks with Allie Elkins about her 2013 season and her big goal for this year.
Joe Patrick recaps the weekend at Motorsports Expo and tells me how well everything went.
 
I had another great day as I headed to the New York State Fairgrounds for the final day of Motorsports 2014. It was another real nice turnout on Sunday and the show may have set a new record for the final day. We’ll find out officially about that real soon.
 
I did another 17 interviews and put 6 of those up today. That means we have 29 in the can that we’ll release over the next 5 days and that will carry us through the Fonda Speedway car show taking place this weekend inside Rotterdam Square.
 
Yes, it will be a busy week here as we get closer to the start of the 2014 season. Andrew Harpell will be checking in with us to let us know how things look for this weekend’s ROC shows at Selinsgrove. Last word he received was all positive so let’s keep our fingers crossed for this one.
 
I hope you enjoy all we did this weekend and we look forward to renewing our commitment this year to racing and this website. I should be freed up on more occasions that last year so I hope this is a great year for all of us.
 
And there should be a press conference this week with some news about a local track and as soon as I have things officially confirmed, we’ll talk about it. I’ll keep you posted on this.
 
Now let’s chat about what we have for you to listen to on the Audio Page for today. I start with a driver who is coming off of a tough season. Chuck Hebing remembered his one win season in 2013 and talked about a shift in priorities for the 2014 racing season. He had a brand new car at the show in Syracuse. 
 
Roy Sova reminded fans about the few available rides left in the 2 seat super before the feature. Don’t waste time on this one guys as I hear this is a wonderful experience. 
 
Kenny Bell showed off his IMCA Modified and explained how it is different than last year. Yep, there may be a little bit of a learning curve here but he surely has what he needs.
 
Eldon Payne Jr. had his small block at the show and wondered if he might have to switch motors. I don’t know about this guys…should I try the 358 at Canandaigua? Eldon says, “yes.” 
 
Kelly Hebing speaks with Allie Elkins about her 2013 season and her big goal for this year. Kelly also received a nice award for her car right after this was done…congrats! 
 
Joe Patrick recaps the weekend at Motorsports Expo and tells me how well everything went. Yes, it was quite a show and I was happy to help tell the stories. 

 
Sunday, March 9th 2014
   New on the Audio Page from Motorsports Expo:
 
Paul Kinney showed off his Sprint Car in the ESS booth and talked about his runner up finish.
A.J. Kingsley looked good at the show and talked about his Late Model plans for the coming season.
Jeff Hoetzler remembered his season and told me about the great deals on race apparel at the show.
Leon Andrus recalled Southern Tier Speedworld last weekend and talked about new Saturday home.
Mike Bowman had his # 16 Modified at the show and explained how much has changed back home.
Joe Patrick thanked everyone for coming out on Saturday and previewed the final day today.
 
I had a great time on Saturday as I headed out to the New York State Fairgrounds for day one of Motorsports Expo 2014. It was hopping when I got there and it stayed busy until dinner time. There were so many beautiful racecars on display and it had you feeling a little sad that these cars that have been massaged, polished and worried about for months now will soon be out there and have the living crap beat out of them. No wait, actually that is the coolest part.
 
It was great to catch up on everything, see what is happening and one potential change that if it is announced officially, could be the very, very big! More on that later.
 
I talked to alot of folks and recorded 24 new interviews. I put up 6 of those today and will add more today as I hope to get there at about 1 PM or so. Look for me and I’ll get you on the site and if you have a request or two send me an email and I’ll do my best to get it in.
 
The show runs from 11-4 today so get there early and stay late as there are always a motor or two that will fire as they make their way from the building to the trailer. I did also take some photos but will hold on to those until later today after I finish my work on the audio side.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page today. I start with my first interview of the day. Paul Kinney showed off his Sprint Car in the ESS booth and talked about his runner up finish on the series. Go today and see his car as well as many more at the New York State Fairgrounds. 
 
A.J. Kingsley looked good at the show and talked about his Late Model plans for the coming season. Congratulations A.J. on losing the weight, you looked great! 
 
Jeff Hoetzler remembered his 4 win season and told me about the great deals on race apparel. He reminded racers to stop by the Behrents booth today to get yourself suited up for 2014.
 
Leon Andrus recalled Southern Tier Speedworld last weekend and talked about new Saturday home. Sounds like it could be a great year at Thunder Mountain.
 
Mike Bowman had his # 16 Modified at the show and explained how much has changed back home with his new neighbor and new race shop. Nice! 
 
Joe Patrick thanked everyone for coming out on Saturday and previewed the final day today. Yeah, the Center of Progress Building was hopping during the afternoon! 

 
Saturday, March 8th 2014
   New on the Audio Page from Motorsports Expo 2014 set up:
 
Megan Allen told me about her three top ten finishes with her 600 Micro Sprint at East Bay.
Dane Keller Jr. had his IMCA Modified at the show and talked about a big change for 2014.
Andrew Harpell talked about Five Mile Point Speedway and looked ahead to Selinsgrove.
Mike Martin showed off his Sportsman and explained why we have not seen him in it too much.
Mel Thomas ran down some of what they have for sale in the Thomas Racing Videos booth.
Joe Patrick tells me how set up has gone so far and runs down some of today’s show activities.
 
Motorsports Expo 2014 starts today at the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse inside the Center of Progress Building. There will be a ton of racecars in the building and racecar drivers everywhere you look. If you want to get a head start on the new season, your first stop should be at this event. I hope to see you there.
 
I have five interviews from the set up on Friday for you to listen to and I’ll be there sometime this afternoon to get more. I’ll be there both days and looking to chat with as many racers and race people as possible. And racers, if you have not been interviewed by me yet, please wave me over and we’ll chat.
 
Now let’s talk more about the new stuff we have for you on the Audio Page. I begin with a young lady who has already gotten her season off to a nice start. Megan Allen told me about her three top ten finishes with her 600 Micro Sprint at East Bay. She also talked about her plans for 2014 and her hopes to travel down to Pennsylvania. Look for her 12 car at the show this weekend. 
 
Dane Keller Jr. had his IMCA Modified at the show and talked about a big change for 2014. He told me why he went with the flat back look and some of what he learned last season. Look for his 22 car as soon as you walk through the door. 
 
Andrew Harpell talked about Five Mile Point Speedway and looked ahead to the ROC opener at Selinsgrove next weekend. He also talked about some special deals he has for this weekend and encourages drivers & fans to sop by the booth this weekend. 
 
Mike Martin showed off his Sportsman and explained why we have not seen him in it too much. He told me how busy he has been working with his son and wonders if he might get back to a schedule similar to what he ran in his stock cars days. See his number 99 in the show this weekend. 
 
Mel Thomas ran down some of what they have for sale in the Thomas Racing Videos booth. Make sure to get the new Smash n’ Crash video and take advantage of the great deals they have on last year’s races. They are in the back right corner in the last row. 
 
Joe Patrick tells me how set up has gone so far and runs down some of today’s show activities. There are a lot of driver autograph sessions on tap this afternoon so be sure to get there early. For ½ price ticket locations go to www.gaternews.com.  

 
     
 
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