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Thursday, July 14th 2016
    New on the Audio Page for today:

Mike Mahaney recapped his weekend heading into Sunday and reflected on his Sprint Car win.
Danny Varin talked about how he is doing on Sundays and the need to be consistent race to race.
Steve Way came into Sunday leading the Open Sportsman points and talked about season so far.
Matt Janczuk prepared for a cool & rainy day on Sunday and told me about the bitey race track.
Claude Hutchings Jr. spoke with Allie Elkins about his hopes for a victory later in the afternoon.
Ernie Saxton previewed tonight’s Super DIRTcar Series race at Grandview and much, much more.

It was a stormy day on Wednesday as we got a little break from the heat after a line of strong weather moved through the area. I actually shut everything down for a little while as I was worried about a lightning strike burning up my studio. Fortunately everything was alright.

I have my plans for the weekend as I will check out Brewerton Speedway on Friday before heading to Skyline Raceway on Sunday for their special featuring Modifieds, GRIT Series Sportsman, Empire State IMCA Modifieds and Four Cylinders. They run Sunday night at 6 p.m. and Allie and I will be there.

Now let’s chat more about what we have on the Audio Page starting with a driver who did something a few weeks ago that he had never done before. Mike Mahaney recapped his weekend heading into Sunday and reflected on his surprising Sprint Car win a few weeks ago at Brewerton Speedway with the ESS.  

Danny Varin talked about how he is doing on Sundays with his Modified, the need to be consistent race to race and how Speedweeks went with his Sprint Car.  

Steve Way came into Sunday leading the Open Sportsman points and talked about season so far while explaining why he is not looking at the numbers just yet.  

Matt Janczuk prepared for a cool & rainy day on Sunday and told me about the bitey race track as well as how tough it can be on a crate engine.  

Claude Hutchings Jr. spoke with Allie Elkins about his hopes for a victory later in the afternoon as well as how he has been doing running weekly at I-88 Speedway.  

Ernie Saxton previewed tonight’s Super DIRTcar Series race at Grandview and talked about NASCAR, INDYCar, NHRA and much, much more.  

 
Wednesday, July 13th 2016
    New on the Audio Page for today:

Larry Wight spoke about his Modified win at Fulton, what was happening late and new clay.
Alan Barker
signed autographs and told me why his Modified is leaning to the right too much.
Tom Tophoven
talked about his battle for forward bite and why the tacky track didn’t help.
Craig Pope describes something he found wrong with his Sportsman and what he hopes will happen.
Mark Effner switched to a Sportsman after 19 years in stock cars and told me how it is going.

After a couple of cooler days the mercury soared on Tuesday and it may even soar higher today. I spent a good amount of time under water and in the pool with my kids as it was the kind of day where you were happy to have one in the backyard. It’s the main reason I moved back into the house I grew up and we were darned happy about it on Tuesday.

It is also Syracuse Nationals Week here in Central New York as fast cars will be all over the roads here in town. It is my favorite week of the year. Tonight there is a burnout competition and I will check out races on either Friday or Saturday plus Sunday for sure as all the cars start heading out then.

Now let’s chat about the fastest cars I know and the people who drive them as we preview what is on the Audio Page for you to listen to today. Larry Wight spoke about his Modified win at Fulton, what was happening in the closing laps and the new clay that was put down at Brewerton Speedway.  

Alan Barker signed autographs and told me why his Modified is leaning to the right too much as well as how much of a handful the car was on the tacky track at Utica Rome.  

Tom Tophoven talked about his battle for forward bite and why the tacky track didn’t help him figure out of he solved the problem and how hard the engine was pulling.  

Craig Pope describes something he found wrong with his Sportsman, how he decided to look at his shock slider on the right front and what the change will do.  

Mark Effner switched to a Sportsman after 19 years in stock cars and told me how it is going as well as where his comfort level is after a half a season.  

 
Tuesday, July 12th 2016
    New on the Audio Page for today:

Alan Johnson told me about his win at Outlaw Speedway which keeps his win streak alive.
Rob Bellinger had a night off on Friday and talked about what he and his wife did with the time.
Taylor Jackson describes the injury she had in a crash at Fulton and how it has altered her plans.
Torrey Stoughtenger talks about his hard crash and who stepped up go get him back on the track.
Andrew Harpell previews tonight’s Super DIRTcar Series race at Five Mile Point Speedway.
Tony Veneziano reports on the latest WoO Sprint Car races as the Month of Money begins.

It was nice again on Monday after a weekend of colder temperatures and rain. I got a lot done as I wrote up a new column for the Syracuse Post Standard and Syracuse.com that you can read on the newsstands or online. I hope you like it!

I also got some work done in the studio and both of the conversations I recorded are up for you to enjoy today. Plus I hope to get back in the studio again today to do some more. Plus we have a lot in the can too so we should have a nice week for you here on the site.

Now let’s chat more about what is new for today on the Audio Page as we get ready for the Super DIRTcar Series to resume tonight at Five Mile Point Speedway. Alan Johnson told me about his win at Outlaw Speedway which keeps his streak of winning at least one race a year going for another season. That streak started in 1975.  

Rob Bellinger had a night off on Friday and talked about what he and his racing wife Beth did with the time. Nice to see you two had fun!  

Taylor Jackson describes the injury she had in a crash last Saturday at Fulton and how it has altered her plans to join the Marines later this summer. Get well soon Tay!  

Torrey Stoughtenger talks about his hard crash at Fulton in a Novice Sportsman and who stepped up go get him back on the track this past Saturday.

Andrew Harpell previews tonight’s Super DIRTcar Series race at Five Mile Point Speedway, tells me who is coming and how the track has been so far in 2016.  

Tony Veneziano reports on the latest WoO Sprint Car races from Wisconsin as the Month of Money begins and looks ahead to Eldora and the King’s Royal.  

 
Monday, July 11th 2016
   

New on the Audio Page from Utica Rome Speedway:

After the heat races:

Charlie Tibbitts talks with Allie after leading every lap to win his second crate Sportsman heat.
Casey Williams got the win in the second crate Sportsman race and talked with Camden Proud.
Rocky Warner moved to the front quickly in his heat win and told me about his two big passes.
Jack Miller told me about the low move he made in turn two to get the lead and win in his heat.
Randy Shantel led every lap to win his heat and talked about his win as well as his second place.
Matt Hulsizer pulled away early to win his heat and told me about the car that chased him late.
Larry Wight described the low move he made to get the lead and why he moved up afterwards.
Mike Welch explained how he missed a lap one crash and how he came from 5th to 1st in his heat.
Gus Hollner spoke about his win in the final Pro Stock heat race and how off he was with gearing.

After the feature races:

Rocky Warner won his eighth Sportsman feature of the year and spoke about being a little tight.
Matt Janczuk finished in 2nd place but kept the point lead and talked about chasing the winner.
Claude Hutchings Jr. explained how a lapped car helped him get a win and a problem in hot laps.
Steve Way kept the point lead after his second place finish and talked about how he lost the lead.
Larry Wight earned his 2nd win of the weekend and described his battle up front with Tim Mayne.
Tim Mayne led 11 laps before finishing eighth and talked about what went wrong while leading.
Mike Welch told me how he won the Pro Stock feature race and the pass that earned him win #2.

It’s nice to see that Mother Nature was a race fan once again on Sunday night as Utica Rome dodged the weather to get in a nice show on a fast, tacky racing surface. The racing was intense and the fans got a good value for their admission with some of the fastest laps of the season.

Allie went with me and one of her chats is up today with another one coming later this week. And she will be doing national anthems soon so look for her to do that any time now. She’ll do the first few from the tower before going on the frontstretch for all to see.

It was also autograph night so fans got the chance to meet with drivers and chat about the racing. That is one of the biggest things I love about local racing is that the drivers are so available for fans and almost all of them are just like us and have a job to do tomorrow while racing as a secondary activity.

I felt badly for Tim Mayne as he led 11 laps in the Modified feature before getting a little nervous while leading. He and Larry Wight had a great side by side battle and never touched as they raced lap after lap for the lead.

Rocky Warner and Matt Janczuk had their own private race up front in the crate Sportsman race as they were well ahead of the rest of the field. Janczuk keeps his point lead but does see it trimmed to six after finishing second to Warner. I have a feeling this one is coming down to the last lap.

Claude Huctchings Jr. won the open Sportsman race as leader Steve Way was held up by a slower car that was running the bottom, the same lane Way was in while leading. Hutchings did not waste any time getting to the outside to seal the deal and win his third of the season. And he spit out a spark plug in hot laps thinking he blew his motor. Whew!

And finally Mike Welch won the Pro Stock race, his second win of the weekend and in the process trimmed Pete Stefanski’s point lead to 12. Stefanski may have hurt an engine finishing third but does have another one back at his shop if it is needed. We’ll see what happens there.

I hope you all have a great start to your work week and be sure to stop back as we have 18 interviews in the can for the week plus whatever I get in the studio. See you all tomorrow.  

 
Sunday, July 10th 2016
   

New on the Audio Page from Fulton Speedway:

Michelle Courcy won her first career Novice Sportsman feature and described a problem she had.
Tyler Thompson won his third Novice Sportsman race of the season and spoke about the victory.
Dakota Belcher described the race he had up front with a veteran in his Four Cylinder feature win.
Mike Stanton got the win in the caution free Sportsman race and talked about racing in traffic.
A.J. Kingsley led all but 2 laps in his Late Model win and spoke about winning on Dad’s birthday.
Larry Wight benefitted from a late race yellow and talked about winning the Modified feature.
Chad Phelps picked up some spots late to finish second and told me how he was in the late laps.
Mike Bowman lost the lead after a late race yellow and talked about turning things around.

I had a busy, busy day but a real fun one too as I beat the weather twice. I beat in on the golf course although it did make me late to the racetrack and we all beat it at Fulton getting everything in despite two rain delays.

The first rain delay came right before the show started and after hot laps so they did not start the heat races until after 7:30. (The track was beautiful by the way!) I got there as the autograph session was wrapping up so I was able to shoot to the pits quickly to chat with the two drivers who went to the hospital last week. I will have my chats up with Torrey Stoughtenger and Taylor Jackson on Tuesday so look for those. Great to see you both at the track!

Then the rains came again during the Late Model feature and they were doing very well staying ahead of it until a caution flew eight laps into it. It was barely raining but when the cars run around slowly that’s all it takes. The cars stayed on the track joined by the packer trucks and less than ten minutes later they went green.

There were three teenage winners, a first timer for her career, a man who won on his dad’s birthday and another who had a late race yellow help him get the lead and the win. Plus I was able to get to the second and third place finishers in the Modified feature before they shut the lights off.

Today Allie and I will be off to Utica Rome and it will be Allie’s first race of the season. She is pumped up and ready to get back behind the mic to do some interviews. It will be a fun day to say the least and I can’t wait to see all of you as it seems like forever since I have been there.

See you all today in Vernon and have a great Sunday!

 
Saturday, July 9th 2016
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Dan Creeden talks about last week’s win at Thunder Mountain and his 4th at Accord on Tuesday.
Pete Stefanski tells me about his three race win streak at Utica Rome and what made his car better.
Jim Olin previews tonight at Can Am where the have a bounty out for 7 time winner Billy Dunn.

I had a tough choice to make on Friday afternoon. I was watching the radar as I do on questionable race days and wondering if it would rain at Glen Ridge which was my destination. A little rain moved through but the amateur meteorologist in me told me more was coming so I got busy in the studio.

Today looks a little on the iffy side so we’ll wait to see how it goes but let’s be honest…yes it sucks to have rainouts I know. But we really need the rain. So regardless of what happens this weekend it is all good. I know a lot of you have been racing non-stop these past few weeks and every now and then a rain out is a good thing.

Now let’s chat about the three conversations on the Audio Page that I did as the rain and storms moved into Central New York right before dinner time. Dan Creeden talks about last week’s win at Thunder Mountain, his 4th place without brakes at Accord on Tuesday and what he will do with his Friday night off.  

Pete Stefanski tells me about his three race win streak at Utica Rome, what made his car better after some early season struggles and how good life is for him these days.  

Jim Olin previews tonight at Can Am where the have a bounty out for seven time winner Billy Dunn and tells me how the season has gone so far at the big half mile.

 
Friday, July 8th 2016
    New on the Audio Page for today:

Paul Kinney recapped his races during CNY Speedweeks and described how grueling it can be.
Brandon Kidd told me how his 1st full season in a Sprint Car is going and reacted to his team’s win.
Steve Doell talked about a problem that sidelined him at Fulton and how close he came to being hurt.

I had a busy but a fun day on Thursday as I got in a morning round of golf tournament style and saw Ned and Paul Kinney at Kinney Kar Kare in Oneida. It was great catching up with the Kinneys and with my new tires my Milan rides like a cloud once again.

And racers Ned has almost everything you need from specialty fuels, lubricants and tires so when you are in need give him a call at 315-363-1780. Plus he also has tires and more at Utica Rome on Sundays and if he does not have what you need he’ll get it for you.

Allie and I will be on the road today weather permitting as we hope to hit Glen Ridge for some Friday night fun. Of course we’ll be watching the radar is there could be some big storms in our area so that plan could change. But I figured the more east I go the better my chances are.

Now let’s chat more about what we have on the Audio Page for today starting with an afternoon conversation from Oneida. Paul Kinney recapped his races during CNY Speedweeks and described how grueling it can be as well as a major engine issue he had at Canandaigua.  

Brandon Kidd told me how his 1st full season in a Sprint Car is going, explained where he needs to improve and reacted to his teammate’s win at Brewerton.  

Steve Doell talked about a problem that sidelined him at Fulton, how close he came to being hurt and wondered if he would race the next day at Utica Rome.  

 
     
 
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