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Saturday, May 12th 2018
   New on the Audio Page from Can Am Speedway:
 
After the heat races:
Mike White won the second Pro/Street heat race and talked about how fast the racing surface was.
Rocky Warner talked about his tire selection for the feature after winning the first Modified heat race.
Jordan McCreadie described the trouble he had in his final corner as he won his eight lap qualifier.
Dave Rogers walked me through his pass for the lead in his heat win and his new deal for this season.
Anthony Stockman tried to stay warm after his heat win and how prepared they were for night.  
Kevin Root made a move on a restart to win his qualifiers and ran down his plans for this weekend.
 
After the feature races:
Mike White dominated the Pro Street feature race and talked about it track side with Jeff Barrett.
Ryan Arbuthnot won his first race in two years in the 358 opener and talked about the yellow flags.
Billy Dunn finished in second place and talked about how it was still better than last year’s opener.
Rocky Warner started first, finished fourth and talked about some trouble he had early in the run.
Tyler Meeks came from last to fifth and told me what went wrong in the final laps of the feature.
Josh Herbert explained how he watched the first & second get together and won in the final corner.
Kevin Root got the win in the Sportsman opener and explained why this victory was so special. 
 
It was a cold night but a fun one at the Can Am Speedway opener as I got to have some fun in the booth with announcer Jeff Barrett and still do my almost usual Doug’s Dirt Dairy thing. It was a lot of fun to work with Jeff again for the first time in over ten years and we had a great time.
 
Like I said it was a cold one so I give bonus points across the board to the fans especially to those who stayed till the end on what was a long night in The North Country. There were several improvements already visible to fans and outside of a few little things the night went off without a hitch.

Ryan Arbuthnot got to the front first and held of defending track champion Billy Dunn to win the opener. It was his first win in two years and he was pretty pumped up about. Listen to his victory lane with Jeff as well as all the others I have for you today.
 
Kevin Root won the Sportsman race handling lapped traffic very well and then told the crowd why this win was so special to him. I hope everything is alright Kevin and I hope you have a blast racing with your young son who will become a third generation racer when he hits the track this year.
 
I’ll be off to Fulton today and I’ll have lots of stuff up tomorrow from that show so be sure to come back. I may even get in the studio before I go to record a special one about a man we lost on Thursday who without what he did, the sport of Dirt Modified racing might look a little different.

Have a great day everyone and get out and show support for your favorite Saturday night track and I will see you tomorrow. 
 
Friday, May 11th 2018
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Alan Johnson recapped his Friday night in Dundee and reacted to the whole move to small blocks.  
Cory Sparks ran down his Sprint Car plans for the season and told me why his team grew big beards.
Darryl Ruggles explains why he was practicing with his 305 Wednesday night and how things went.
Jim Moore Jr. talked about getting behind the wheel of his 4 Cylinder and a problem he had last week.
Bobby Thurston Jr. spoke about his new job as GM at Can Am and what his main goals are right now.
 
I had a semi day off on Thursday and it was my first in a week. It’s that time of the year right? I got a lot of other things done that needed to get done and I am staying the course on my big goals. It ain’t easy sometimes but we’re still moving forward.
 
Today I should be at Can Am but as I said we’re off on our blood pressure meds so if you see me looking a little green please pull me aside, make me sit down and offer me a beverage or a snack. I don’t have a hauler or base of operation like you guys do and am still working out the logistics on all that. Had great conversations with people I trust yesterday and motivation level is still very high. We’ll get there!
 
Now let’s chat more about what is new for today on the Audio Page as we get ready for another race weekend with more tracks opening their gates for the first time. Alan Johnson recapped his Friday night in Dundee and reacted to the whole move to small blocks as well how excited he was for opening night at Land of Legends Raceway. 
 
Cory Sparks ran down his Sprint Car plans for the season, told me why his team grew big beards and described what he brought to the racetrack this past Saturday night.

Darryl Ruggles explains why he was practicing with his 305 Wednesday night, why he likes Paradise Speedway so much and how happy he is with the car count at Land of Legends Raceway. 
 
Jim Moore Jr. talked about getting behind the wheel of his 4 Cylinder, a problem he had last week and what motivated him to follow his dad’s footsteps and begin a racing career. We miss ya Big Jim! 
 
Bobby Thurston Jr. spoke about his new job as GM at Can Am, reminds me of some of the history of the speedway and what his main goals are right now.  
 
Thursday, May 10th 2018
   New on the Audio Page from the  Paradise Speedway practice:
 
Zac Glaski talked about his Sportsman experience and what he was hoping to learn at the practice.
Steven Hutchinson recapped his Sprint Car races so far and talked about a problem with the 600.
Casey Williams was fast in his hot laps and told me what was different from what he raced last year.
Ronald Bundy told me how he got into racing at an older age and how his 1st race went last weekend.
Jon Ellsworth explained why he switched to a Late Model and where he will race later this year.
 
I had a great time last night heading to Paradise Speedway for the first time in several years. It was fun meeting new people and seeing all the different types of cars, karts and motorcycles that were there. I had fun.
 
The only thing was that I did not eat enough beforehand as I am serious weight loss mode and I did too much with too little food in my stomach. Live and learn I guess. Plus I think my blood pressure medicine to a little too much right now so I’ll get on the horn today and get their advice.
 
Lots of good stuff today and more coming tomorrow. Hoping to make it to Can Am and hoping I feel a little better today. I’ll find the right mix it just may take some time.
 
Now let’s chat more about what is new for today on the Audio Page as we introduce you to three new drivers. Zac Glaski talked about his Sportsman experience, what he was hoping to learn at the practice and how proud he is to a member of the Air Force. Thank you for your service Zac!

Steven Hutchinson recapped his Sprint Car races so far and talked about a problem with the 600 at the Paradise Speedway practice as well as what they were doing to fix it.

Casey Williams was fast in his hot laps and told me what was different from what he raced last year as well as how cool it was to have some real power under his right foot. 
 
Ronald Bundy told me how he got into racing at an older age, how his 1st race went last weekend and why getting into a care this year is so special for him. 
 
Jon Ellsworth explained why he switched to a Late Model, how he is adapting after several years in a Sportsman and where he will race later this year.  
 
Wednesday, May 9th 2018
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Otto Sitterly describes the work he is doing on his Supermodified to get ready for 2018 in Oswego.
Jimmy Phelps spoke about racing in Canandaigua and looked ahead to the opener in Weedsport.
Steve Collins reminded me why we won’t see him as much this year as he gets ready for an arrival.
Will Thomas ran down where he has been racing and why he made it to Canandaigua on Saturday.
Bill Shea tells me how the Utica Rome Speedway practice went and why they cancelled the race.

It was another beautiful day here in Central New York and it was also a beautiful day at my annual cardiologist as he gave me a clean bill of health and even suggested backing off my blood pressure medication. Yeah! Now I can push a little harder knowing I am good to go.
 
It is a nice day today to be here on the website as we have a really good mix of drivers for you today from three different disciplines. And with my daughter now an asphalt racer I need to listen to guys like Otto to learn how to help her on the track so you know I was paying close attention.
 
Today I am heading out to Paradise Speedway in Geneva to see who might be out practicing. It’s a cool deal as they do this every Wednesday during the season and you never know who you will find out there trying to get laps, work out an issue or just have some fun. Maybe I’ll see you there.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page as we hit mid week. Otto Sitterly describes the work he is doing on his Supermodified to get ready for the Oswego Speedway opener on May 26th and tells me about his hopes for a win as well as why he likes this form of racing so much. Lots of really good stuff here! 
 
Jimmy Phelps spoke about racing in Canandaigua this past Saturday night, looked ahead to the opener in Weedsport and offered his take on the move to small block Modifieds. 
 
Steve Collins reminded me why we won’t see him as much this year as he gets ready for an arrival as he prepared to race with the Patriot Sprint Tour this past Saturday. 
 
Will Thomas ran down where he has been racing, described his family’s long history in the sport and why he made it to Canandaigua on Saturday.

Bill Shea tells me how the Utica Rome Speedway practice went on Sunday, why they cancelled the race and we’re hearing that turns 3 & 4 are different than before.   
 
Tuesday, May 8th 2018
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Danny Bouc recapped his weekend that included a win at New Egypt and a blown motor in hot laps.
Rob Bellinger prepared for his first race on Saturday and talked about his equipment and his plans.
Jordan Thomas got ready for his first laps in Canandaigua and talked about how he prepared for it.
Kenny Hammond told me about his feature win at Thunder Mountain and his third place on Friday.
Tony Veneziano reports on the World of Outlaw Sprint Cars as they visited Missouri and Oklahoma.

It turned out to be a really nice day here in the home studio as the sun was shining and the short sleeve shirts were back out. It feels so good after a winter season that looked like it was never gonna end.
 
I have a really nice mix up for you today as we chat with people from all over and from several different disciplines. We have a goal of trying to teach you fans more about these racecars, what it takes to drive them and how hard racers work to keep them together and doing what they are supposed to do. I hope you enjoy it as much as I am as I am learning a lot too.
 
Now let’s go into more detail on these new chats on the Audio Page beginning with a driver who turned his bad luck around on Saturday night after a rough one on Friday. Danny Bouc recapped his weekend that included his first win of the season at New Egypt, a blown motor in hot laps at Georgetown and talked about his weekly maintenance routine.  
 
Rob Bellinger prepared for his first race on Saturday at the Land of Legends Raceway opener and talked about his equipment, his plans and his thoughts on the coming season.  
 
Jordan Thomas got ready for his first laps in Canandaigua with the Patriot Sprint Tour and talked about how he prepared for it as well as what his career goals are. Cool!  
 
Kenny Hammond told me about his Saturday night feature win at Thunder Mountain, his third place on Friday at Outlaw Speedway and the newer car he will cycle in sometime this season. 
 
Tony Veneziano reports on the World of Outlaw Sprint Cars as they visited Missouri and Oklahoma while looking forward to a pair of shows this weekend at Eldora as they share the stage with the USAC Sprints. 
 
Monday, May 7th 2018
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Glenn Styres tells me how getting back in shape and eating right got him back behind the wheel.
Jeffery Daugherty gets ready for his first big block race as well as his first laps at Land of Legends.
Billy Paine talked about how many Sportsman laps he has as got ready for his first actual race.
Paul Szmal recapped how things went at Outlaw Speedway as heavy rains delayed the start.

We had a nice day in Syracuse as Allie raced with the Syracuse Microd Club. After a slow start in the heat she came from 7th to 4th early in the feature before falling back eventually with a bad right rear shock. The shaft came out somewhere along the way and she was bouncing through the corners enough to make a milk shake in the car. Still a fun day all around.
 
I’ll be back in the studio today and have plans to hit Paradise Speedway Wednesday for a practice. I understand a good amount of cars have been taking advantage of these mid week practices so I’ll be heading out there and see who I can run into.

Now let’s chat more about what’s new on the Audio Page today as we offer up some nice chats from Saturday night in Ontario County. Glenn Styres tells me how getting back in shape and eating right got him back behind the wheel as he prepared for his first laps in a Sprint Car since a hard crash last year. I need to do the same thing! 
 
Jeffery Daugherty gets ready for his first big block race as well as his first laps at Land of Legends and tells me how his frame of mind was going into it. 
 
Billy Paine talked about how many Sportsman laps he has as got ready for his first actual race, how he would approach the night and how much he will race this year. 
 
Paul Szmal recapped how things went at Outlaw Speedway on Friday night as heavy rains delayed the start and made for a super fast racing surface. 
 
Sunday, May 6th 2018
   New on the Audio Page from Land of Legends Raceway:
 
After the heat races:
Eric Giguere led every lap to win the first Sportsman heat and talked about how he was at each end.
Kane Bristol won the second heat race and wondered if he learned much about his Sportsman.
Matt Guererri pulled away to win his Sportsman qualifier and described how hard he ran the car.
Steve Piorier walked me through the slide job he did to make a pass and win his PST heat race.
Dylan Westbrook wasted no time going from 3rd to 1st in the first turn and talked about his heat win.
Bryan Howland finished second in his heat and told me why he thought about retiring from racing.
Jeff Cook hugged the bottom to win his heat race and talked about some changes he was making.
Chuck Hebing described the inside move he made on lap four to win the final PST qualifying heat.
Steve Collins explained how he lost the lead in his heat and how close things were in turn three.
Kelly Hebing came from tenth to fourth in her heat race and explained why that meant so much.
 
After the features and the A-Main:
Adam DePuy started his season as he ended 2017 and talked about his Street Stock feature win.
David Ferguson re-took the lead after losing it early and told the crowd about his 305 Sprint win.
Jason Barney notched his second victory of the season and spoke about rebounding from last week.
Bryan Howland picked up a spot late to finish second and described how good the winner was late.
Chuck Hebing led early before finishing third and talked about the damage did to his suspension.
Steve Poirier grabbed a position at the end to finish fourth and explained how lots of fuel hurt.
Dylan Westbrook started first, finished fourth and told me how he missed the set up on his car.
 
I had a fun time last night as I traveled west to Canandaigua and Land of Legends Raceway. We did the first episode of Speedway Showcase for the season and it was great to see my fellow TV people and get re-aquatinted. Things went smoothly from that end and we all had a great time.
 
It was a packed house as the Patriot Sprint Tour was there for their first point race of the season. I covered the Sportsman and Sprints as the Modifieds ran last and I knew I would be pretty wiped out after getting there at 3 p.m. I am in early race season shape for sure but we’re working on that…trust me!
 
I have a lot of good stuff up for you today and did a good deal of pre-race chats so look for those to come up starting tomorrow. We’re racing with Allie today but won’t be able to make Utica Rome as they have cancelled their show and will do a practice instead. So if I have the energy I’ll try to get some more work done after we get back.
 
All in all it was a nice start to the new team in Canandaigua and it looks like good things are still to come for fans of this historic and storied racetrack. I’ll track down new promoter Paul Cole during the week and get his thoughts.
 
Have a great Sunday and we hope to see you back here tomorrow. If you’re new, search through our archives off the drop down window under audio and let me know if there is anything I can get for you. See you tomorrow. 
 
     
 
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