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Thursday, June 12th 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Pat O’Brien told me why he has changed his plans up this year to run weekly at Brewerton.
Erick Rudolph recapped his win last week at Ransomville and his second place asphalt finish.
Danny Tyler explains why he had to cut back on his racing efforts to run one night a week.
Dale Welty made the trip to Penn Can and talked about racing both Modifieds and crate Sportsman.
Matt Fink described some issues he has been having with his Modified and how his car handles.
Butch Green has had a tough season to this point and told me how he is doing at Thunder Mountain.
Rich Keller is learning a new chassis this year and talked about how his IMCA Mod was handling.
Todd Titus just moved up to the Sportsman division and tells me how he has been doing so far.
 
I got a lot done on Wednesday as I wrote up a story on the Penn Can show for the Syracuse Post Standard and got some studio work dine as well. We recorded three new clips to go with the ones we recorded at out last three shows plus we’ll have some victory lanes from Yates County up tomorrow and Saturday.
 
I need to take a couple of days off to take care of a few things so it was nice to be a little ahead. And with the weather forecasts for the next two days, it is probably best although I was hoping to do outdoor activities with my kids the next two nights. Hey, we’ll make it work.
 
Be sure to come back tomorrow and Saturday as we’ll have ten or more on each day. We have a lot from Brewerton, Fulton and the mid week show at Penn Can. So keep coming back and don’t miss a day.
 
Now let’s chat about what we have for you to listen to today on the Audio Page. I start with driver who has a new home track this season. Pat O’Brien told me why he has changed his plans up this year to run weekly at Brewerton. He talked about having a big block under his foot for the first time in several years, how he is adjusting to that and described some of what he is working on as he strives for a better heat set up. 
 
Erick Rudolph recapped his win last week at Ransomville and his second place asphalt finish. He told me how well he has been running on Fridays, how close he came to winning on Saturday and wonders how things will go in his first ever start at Penn Can. 
 
Danny Tyler explains why he had to cut back on his racing efforts to run one night a week. He talked about the good start he had at Orange County, when he overheated his engine and how he decided on which track to stay at for the rest of the season. 
 
Dale Welty made the trip to Penn Can and talked about racing both Modifieds and crate Sportsman. He told me why he got off to a late start, how he did at a recent mid week at Thunder Mountain and talks about some of his racing past. 
 
Matt Fink described some issues he has been having with his Modified and how his car handles. He explained the evil things it has been doing on corner entry, what they did during the week and an issue they found in the brake system. 
 
Butch Green has had a tough season to this point and told me how he is doing at Thunder Mountain. He remembers letting one get away at Five Mile Point to start the season, talks about the need for a little racing luck and runs down his road trips so far this year. 
 
Rich Keller is learning a new chassis this year and talked about how his IMCA Mod was handling. He talked about his three finishes so far, some things he should have paid more attention to and how optimistic he is about how good the car can do. 
 
Todd Titus just moved up to the Sportsman division and tells me how he has been doing so far. He talked about how he cut his teeth in a 4 cylinder class, what he learned in the division and how important it is to be respectful while having the proper attitude. 

 
Wednesday, June 11th 2014
   New on the Audio Page from Penn Can Speedway:
 
Pre race conversations:
 
Kevin Hartnett is the defending Modified champion at Penn Can and spoke about his 2014 season.
Rick Laubach told me about his results last weekend at Big Diamond and Bridgeport Speedways.
Adam MacGeorge described how he did in his last feature race as he lost the lead to finish 2nd.
Brian Malcolm has had a tough season so far and ran down some of what has gone wrong.
Mike Colsten explained how he is feeling these days, how he got a new car and his tough luck.
Anthony Perrego has a winning streak at Five Mile Point and spoke about his last two victories.
Nick Rochinski came into the night as the Modified point leader and talked about his nice runs.
Stewart Friesen picked up some extra money at the meeting and spoke about today in Canandaigua.
Alan Rudlavage was the last Modified feature winner at Penn Can and talked about his late pass.
 
After the Modified heat races:
 
Adam MacGeorge walked me through his pass for the lead that earned him a victory in heat one.
Brian Malcolm pulled away in his heat win and told me how he was seeing the racetrack change.
Danny Johnson drove a car that knows Penn Can well to a heat win and told me how it went.
Rick Laubach led every lap to win the final qualifier and talked about changes after warm-ups. 
 
After the 60 lap Clash at the Can:
 
Hear the announcers chat as the crowd waits to heat who won the race after a super close finish.
Kevin Harnett and Danny Johnson speak in victory lane after their dead heat in the feature.
Ryan Watt came from 21st to finish 3rd and told the crowd how he wished a yellow came out late.
Anthony Perrego led the first two laps before finishing 4th and told me about finding the outside.
Tyler Dippel chopped the field in half to finish 5th and talked about the lane his car liked most.
 
Last night at Penn Can Speedway’s Clash at the Can I saw something I had never, ever, seen before. A dead heat! I’ve been in racing for a while and this is my 25th season working in it and I have never seen that before.
 
It was a real good night at Penn Can and this race has a history of interesting things happening but this one has to top the others. Danny Johnson was out front after taking the lead from Anthony Perrego on lap 3 using the outside groove. He was cruising on a long 32 lap green flag run but defending track champion Kevin Hartnett perhaps used a little local knowledge and gained on Johnson late.
 
As they drove under the white flag it looked like Hartnett might indeed have something for Johnson. He had moved his line up from the bottom where he had been while chasing Johnson through traffic and now was ready to try to try the outside.
 
The two went into three and four with Danny low and Kevin high. As they came to the line it got close, real close. The people around me jumped and about half were saying their guy won while the other half was saying the same.
 
The place grew silent after the final finisher had crossed the line and we waited to hear who had won. It did take a few minutes as the tower officials chatted while the announcers updated us on the other finishers. Like Ryan Watt!
 
Watt had to come from the consolation race and started the race in 21st spot. He was 12th by lap 40, 5th by lap 24 and moved to 3rd with 13 laps to go. It was a real nice run for last year’s winner and I did get to chat with him and many other drivers both before the race and after. I did save 12 chats there and they will show up along with 9 others over the next 3 days.
 
So we waited we watched as both cars pulled into victory lane and each driver got out of their car to await the decision. I did record what the announcers told the crowd as this was a first time experience for me although I am sure many of you long time fans saw this more back in the day. Or did you?
 
When they announced who the winner was there was obviously a mixed reaction to say the least. I guess half the scorers had it one way, the other not that way and it was the same between the two flaggers. So what else can you do with the cards you are dealt in that situation? And I do not know of Penn Can has a transponder loop or not.
 
So while a few folks were not so pleased with a tie, in what I thought was a great race with a lot of excitement late as drivers moved into and out of the top five, I was ecstatic. I had never seen a dead heat before. So I’ll remember this one and reference it down the road.
 
As for the event itself, there were 33 Modifieds and 22 Sportsman of a mixed variety. The track was maybe the best I have ever seen it in and had a lot of bite. The overcast skies helped keep moisture in it longer than if the sun would have been beating down on it all day so yeah, it was an excellent show.
 
I will be in studio today and doing three days of work so we can do a few things as a family Thursday and Friday. Plus the weather does not look all the great so we may not be able to do what we want but at least I have a lot of new clips to put up and I will do at least 7 a day for the next 3 days. And I will be at shows on Saturday and Sunday which do sound the best weather days.
 
If you missed this one, you missed a real good one. Hope you enjoy all the new stuff we have for you to listen to today so at least you can hear what it was like at a show people will be talking about for a while. 

 
Tuesday, June 10th 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Bobby Varin told me how he lost the lead late and came back to win his 3rd at Glen Ridge.
George Suprick explained why he was changing his wing angle after seeing Fulton’s slick track.
Matt Billings talks about the Wednesday night show at Canandaigua with the All Star Sprints.
Ryan Arbuthnot towed down to Brewerton on Friday and told me how is doing at his home tracks.
Wade Chrisman just moved up from the Novice Sportsman and talked about what he learned.
 
It was a cloudy and overcast day on Monday. Kind of gloomy which I am sure matched the mood a lot of you felt when your alarm clock went on Monday morning huh?
 
We’re hoping that weather gets out of here in time to go racing tonight as we have RoC Modifieds and Sportsman ready to go at Penn Can tonight for the Clash at the Can. There are a lot of teams who will be there tonight and hopefully the weather is out of here in time. Go to www.penncan.com to find out more.
 
If that show is a little far aawy for you, you can check out Canandaigua tomorrow as the All Star Sprints and in town and will be joined by the Modifieds and Sportsman. Both shows start at 7:30.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you to listen to today on the Audio Page. I start with a winner from the weekend. Bobby Varin told me how he lost the lead late and came back to win his 3rd at Glen Ridge. He talked about how the driver who passed him showed him the line he would use later to get the lead back, how quickly his soft tires came back after the yellow and runs down his plans for special shows over the next few months. 
 
George Suprick explained why he was changing his wing angle after seeing Fulton’s slick track. He told me what raising the back of the wing would do, recalled his heart attack last year and described how good he is feeling now. Glad you’re alright George! 
 
Matt Billings talks about the Wednesday night show at Canandaigua with the All Star Sprints. He explained why he is happy it is a show up point event, wonders if he might play with some set ups at the race and how well things have been going overall this season. 
 
Ryan Arbuthnot towed down to Brewerton on Friday and told me how is doing at his home tracks. He talked about how tough it was to get the season going on Fridays, how he did in his first time out with the big block at Brockville and wonders if the track will race differently with more power than the 358 he had last time at the track. 
 
Wade Chrisman just moved up from the Novice Sportsman and talked about what he learned. He told me about winning three in a row in the division, how much different he expects things to be in the Sportsman class and what it was like when he ran hot laps with them the week before. 

 
Monday, June 9th 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Reed Miller previews Tuesday’s Clash at the Can at Penn Can featuring RoC Mods and Sportsman.
Jeremie Corcoran reminds fans about Wednesday’s All Star Sprint Car show at Canandaigua.
Rob Bellinger explained what went wrong on Friday at Brewerton when his car came to a stop.
Ryan Bartlett has had a tough start to his season and talked about his three DNF’s in three starts.
Gregg Kimball told me how he fell back from 6th to 10th the week before to get a win at Fulton.
Tommy Juhl talked about why he picked up a Mod Lite to race and compares it to other cars.
 
I had a real nice day on Sunday as we celebrated my wife’s birthday after I got a little work done in the studio. We have a preview of the mid week shows in the northeast and some of what I did this past weekend.
 
I will be back in the studio today and hopeful that the rain will be out of our area by tomorrow so we can race at Penn Can. I will be at that race and will have lots of new audio up on Wednesday from that.
 
Now let’s chat in more detail about what we have for you today on the Audio Page. I start with a look ahead at this week’s mid week offerings. Reed Miller previews Tuesday’s Clash at the Can at Penn Can featuring RoC Mods and Sportsman. He told me when everything gets going, reminds me of who won last year’s event and how bitey the track has been of late. See you there guys! 
 
Jeremie Corcoran reminds fans about Wednesday’s All Star Sprint Car show at Canandaigua. He talked about how many winged cars he is expecting, why he decided to add Modifieds to the event and described some of the work he was doing on Sunday to spruce the place up even more. 
 
Rob Bellinger explained what went wrong on Friday at Brewerton when his car came to a stop a few hundred feet after he took the lead. This is a short one but does tell you what it was and how the found the problem.
 
Ryan Bartlett has had a tough start to his season and talked about his three DNF’s in three starts. He told me about a jungle in his first race, why he pulled in on race two and what broke the weekend before. 
 
Gregg Kimball told me how he fell back from 6th to 10th the week before to get a win at Fulton. He explained why he was so intent on getting to the bottom and when he started to think he had a chance at the victory. 
 
Tommy Juhl talked about why he picked up a Mod Lite to race and compares it to other cars he has driven in his past. He told me how he has been doing in the car, why he went with the stock configuration and reminds me that he does still have plans to get out again in a Sportsman. 

 
Sunday, June 8th 2014
   New on the Audio Page from the Fulton Speedway:
 
After the heat races:
 
Beth Schneider won the first heat race of the night and told me why she likes the slick racetrack.
Rocco Leone blew his engine up last weekend and told me how it felt to win in his heat race.
Earl Rudy got the win in the final Sportsman heat and described his battle at the front of the pack.
Jason Barney almost didn’t make tor his heat and talked about what was wrong in the pit area.
Cory Sparks walked me through his pass for the lead on a restart as he won the second heat.
Shawn Donath told me about his Sprint Car heat win and what went wrong the night before.
Dan Vauter won the second Modified heat race at Fulton and talked about going slowly to go fast.
Pat Ward took the win in the final Modified heat and wondered how good he was on the track.
 
After the features and A-Main:
 
Rocco Leone led every lap on his way to his second career win in the Sportsman division at Fulton.
Jason Barney got emotional in victory lane after his win and told Rich Vleck about his tough start.
Shawn Donath finished in second place in the PST A-Main and talked about it with Rich Vleck.
Matt Fink won his second career Modified feature at Fulton and spoke with Adam Buchanan.
Matt Hulsizer was gaining at the end on his way to a second place and talked about chasing.
Dan Vauter ran the inside on his way to a 3rd place finish and talked about how brakes matter.
Chad Phelps had another top five as he came home fourth and reflected on his night at Fulton.
 
I had a fun night last night at the Fulton Speedway as the Patriot Sprint Tour joined the Modifieds, Sportsman and Late Models. I mean think about it for a second. Mods, Sprints and Late Models. Those are the big three! Who says New York State is not a racing state? WE have it all because we have what the rest of the country has plus our Dirt Modifieds which are still my all time favorite!
 
As you might have guessed, it was a dry, slick and blacker by the lap kind of track. A lot of people love those tracks and those were the people who did well. And there were so many good stories around.
 
After his win in the Patriot Sprint Tour A-Main, Jason Barney talked about taking the route to the track that he and his dad used to take. He stopped along the way for ice cream and spoke with his departed father as he relaxed.
 
Then after putting heat in his engine, the car wouldn’t fire. The first fix didn’t work but the second one did. Jason’s voice clearly cracked several times in victory lane and you could tell the win mean the world to him.
 
Matt Fink won just his second career race at Fulton and the third of his career. The race had only one caution and it was on lap two. Fink built up a healthy lead and held off Matt Hulsizer in the closing laps to get the victory. He had some close calls along the way too including on the last lap when he almost ran out of room while sneaking under a slower car.
 
Rocco Leone blew the motor in his Sportsman last Saturday at Fulton and had a lot of help to get another one and get it in before the race. He had a big lead until a series of yellows slowed things.
 
Tony Finch was on Leone after the final restart but he had contact on the right front of his car breaking his shock clean off at the top He held on to the spot for a lap but eventually fell back to 4th.
 
I have a lot of audio from the heats and the features and saved all my pre race stuff. I have plans to go to Penn Can on Tuesday but want to be sure I save some stuff just in case Mother Nature doesn’t get the rain out of here in time.
 
Plus Rich Vleck and I did some stand ups for the Atomic Power Racing Hour so I did not get as many pre race chats done as I normally would have. It’s great to back on the team again and we are having a lot of fun. And I’ll have news on when that first show from Utica Rome will be on Time Warner Cable Sports. I’ll tell you that tomorrow.
 
I’m staying home today as my wife’s birthday was last night. We’ll go out to dinner as a family for steak and then come home for gifts and cake. Sure, it is a day late but we’ve been moving birthdays around since I started racing 25 years ago and I rarely get to celebrate mine at home on the actual day. Hey, that’s racing.
 
Hope you guys have a great Sunday. I will get in the studio sometime today as I have some things set up so be sure to come back for that plus more from my weekend. See you later.

 
Saturday, June 7th 2014
   New on the Audio Page from the Brewerton Speedway:
 
Pre race conversations:
 
Dan Vauter recalled last weekend’s Modified races which saw him finish in the top ten each night.
Mike Bowman explained why he was at Brewerton and wondered if his weekly plans could change.
Gary Jeffries talked about adapting his Mod Lite to TUSA rules and what he has to change.
Chris Mackey has a few weeks of Modified racing under his belt and told me how he is doing.
 
After the make up feature and the heat races:
 
Vinnie Vitale won his 2nd career Modified feature leading every lap and spoke with Adam Buchanan.
Justin Williams took the victory in the first Mod Lite heat and talked about his borrowed engine.
Clayton Brewer III got the win in the last Mod Lite heat and told me why he was a substitute.
Chuck Bower looked good in his Modified heat win and told me about some damage in the feature.
Chris Mackey won his qualifying heat race for the second week in a row and told me about it.
 
After the regularly scheduled features:
 
Chuck Powelczyk won his 66th feature race at the track and spoke about it with Adam Buchanan.
Matt Sheppard took the lead on lap 34 to score his second win and talked about it with Bill Foley.
Larry Wight finished in second place after leading 20 laps and explained how he lost the lead late.
Chuck Bower led 13 laps early and told me how his Modified raced on his way to a 3rd place.
Chad Phelps ran as high as second before falling back to 4th and talked about his Modified finish.
Chris Hile had a tight racecar and told me how he fought that condition in his fifth place finish.
Chris Fleming won his ninth IMCA feature on the year and celebrated career win number fifty.
 
It was an excellent night of racing at the Brewerton Speedway as side by side racing was the name of the game. They ran double features for the Modifieds with Vinnie Vitale taking the make up feature and Matt Sheppard winning the regular race.
 
For Vinnie it was his second career win at the track although neither Vinnie or myself remember the other one. Matt Sheppard passed Larry Wight with two laps to go in traffic to win the second feature in one of the best races I have seen so far this season.
 
Big number were put up by Chuck Powelczyk and Chris Fleming in their victories. For Chuck it was his 66th career win at Brewerton Speedway. Chris won the 50th IMCA Modified feature of his career and is now 9 for 12 so far this year in his new car. Wow!
 
Like I said earlier, it was an excellent show and a fast one too as even with the rainout they were well under the magic three hour window that tracks strive for. And they did take an intermission too so way to go Brewerton and way to go racers as the fans sure got their money’s worth on this night. 
 
Today I will head to the Fulton Speedway as the Patriot Sprint Tour joins the regular divisions. For Oswego County race fans, it will be a tough decision to make today as Oswego has the ISMA cars on the tracks. It’s a real win fest in Oswego County and I’m sure many wish they had a clone so they could see both.
 
Have a great Saturday wherever you decide to go and show your support. It is going to be a great weekend so get out, get dirty and have some fun.

 
Friday, June 6th 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Pete Bicknell talks about what he is seeing in racing now and how to handle better on slick tracks.
Mitch Gibbs tells me how he is doing at I-88 and remembers his start in racing back in 1980.
Johnny Hill explains how he got into racing Late Models and recaps his three race weekend.
 
We got busy yesterday and got some more work done in the studio. So we have more interviews for you today on the Audio Page. I have some advice for some of you who may be having issues on slick tracks, plus we think back on the start of a career and visit with another racer who has found a new home in a division that is new to him.
 
Tonight I’ll be at Brewerton Speedway for some fun and tomorrow I’ll see Sprints and Modifieds on the high banks of Fulton. It is always a great draw to see these two classes together and I really look forward to getting out this weekend now that I finally have some things taken care of here.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page. I start with advice for you racers out there. Pete Bicknell talks about what he is seeing in racing now and how to handle better on slick tracks. He spoke about the growth of the Sportsman class, how to change percentages to be better when the track gets slick and why we are seeing these conditions more and more. Good one! 
 
Mitch Gibbs tells me how he is doing at I-88 and remembers his start in racing back in 1980. He told me about the Mercury Late Model he built with a friend, how they decided who would drive it the first night out and shares some stories of his time with Alex Friesen. Another real good one here. 
 
Johnny Hill explains how he got into racing Late Models and recaps his three race weekend. He talked about how the car is different than what he has driven in the past, how big the footprint if the car is and looks forward to his first ever race at Cornwall this Sunday. 

 
     
 
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