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Sunday, July 1st 2018
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Glenn Forward talked about why he was at Brewerton on Friday and where his car could be better.
Andrew Ferguson described a problem they had the day before and where he is now as a driver.
Tyler Thompson compared driving a Super Modified at Oswego to driving a Sportsman on dirt.
Brent Joy spoke about the different track conditions he saw on Friday and why he likes to stay low.

Boy is it hot or what? Wow. What a day it was on Saturday. I did too much too early and ran out of gas fast. But fortunately I had some extra stuff from Friday that I could put up today.
 
Now today I am gong to a get together for the Syracuse Microd Club and am going to have some of Jim Olin’s famous bbq. I know. It’s a hot day for that but the food is well worth the heat we’ll have to deal with.
 
I’ll be at Weedsport on Tuesday, Brewerton on Friday and then Utica Rome on Sunday. I have a friend coming out this week to stay with us for a few days and it will be fun to show him around central New York.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page starting with a pair of Modified drivers still finding their way in the division. Glenn Forward talked about why he was at Brewerton on Friday, what they did on Thursday at a friend’s shop and where his car could be better.

Andrew Ferguson described a problem they had the day before when trying to get his big block started, where he is now as a driver and the proper etiquette for getting lapped. 
 
Tyler Thompson compared driving a Super Modified at Oswego to driving a Sportsman on dirt, how you can adapt with an ill handling car on dirt and what it is like going back & forth between two surfaces. 
 
Brent Joy spoke about the different track conditions he saw on Friday and why he likes to stay low with his Sportsman and what can happen when you try to bang it off the cushion.  
 
Saturday, June 30th 2018
   New on the Audio Page from Brewerton Speedway:
 
Mark Yorker worked the bottom groove and talked about his 1st ever Sportsman win at the track.
Tim Sears Jr. passed for the lead on lap two and told me about his win in the first Modified heat race.
Tommy Sears made a 3 wide move to win his heat and spoke about the slippery, hot race surface.
Pat Ward won a nice back and forth battle up front and talked about why he wanted to try down low.
Earl Rudy explained why he came out late for his heat and how he led every lap to get the victory.
Rich Townsend talked about the delayed start to his heat race win and the first feature from earlier.
Kevin Root led every lap to win his Sportsman heat and talked about why he stayed up to the top.
Nick Krause watched his heat race win on his mom’s phone and told me what he saw in the clip.
 
After the feature races:
Evan Wright spoke about winning his first career 4 Cylinder feature as Dave Farney joins the chat.
Tim Sears Jr. took over the lead on lap 23 and talked about Mod win #1 of the year at Brewerton.
Ronnie Davis III made a late move race to finish second and told me how his car kept getting better.
Tyler Trump led 22 laps before finishing 3rd and talked about what happened in the last few laps.
Gary Tomkins raced as high as second before falling to fourth and talked about too much stagger.
Rich Townsend earned his first Sportsman win of the season and wished a friend all the best.
Chris Mackey won the final Sportsman race and talked about a change they made in the pit area.
 
I had a fun night as I headed to Brewerton Speedway for a good time on a hot night. They had an extra Sportsman feature from the week before and we got to see some new winners as well as one that had never won before.
 
Another big field of Sportsman was on hand as five heats were needed to set the field. The track was dry and slick which made for some really good racing. Remember…fast lap times do not usually make for good racing. The slower a track is the better it is more times than not.
 
Congrats to recent high school graduate and first time winner Evan Wright. It was a really nice scene with him, his family and his friends in victory lane. And it turns out that flagger Dave Farney knows Mr. Wright through his job at Cicero North Syracuse Schools. He added a little at the end to give us some clarity. Nice story!
 
The Modified feature was a good one as rookie Tyler Trump led the first 22 laps running as high on the racetrack as he could. Tim Sears Jr. used the power of his big block to get by the 358 of Trump and earn his first Brewerton win of the season. I did get the entire top five on the Audio Page too so I hope you like it.
 
Rich Townsend and Chris Mackey each notched their first wins of the year and shared victory lane to celebrate it. I left before the demo derbies and all of that but very few left with me as I saw a lot of new faces in the crowd and they stayed to see the carnage. I beat the crowd and headed home to get this ready for you guys at midnight.
 
Now today I am heading to Fulton as my bum knee is slowing me down a little bit. I’m working on it and usually it gets better with a week or two. So be sure to come back tomorrow to see who I chat with and who wins on the high banks in the first E-Cigs race. It’s 50 laps tonight.
 
Have a great Saturday, stay hydrated and support your local racetrack.   
 
Friday, June 29th 2018
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Jimmy Phelps talks about his 3rd place at Albany Saratoga and previews Tuesday’s race in Weedsport.
Donnie Elliott describes how things are going at 5 Mile Point and looks ahead to a big race Saturday.
Joey Ladouceur tells me about his season so far at Cornwall and Sunday’s Super DIRTcar Series race.
Bret Belden shares some Brewerton Speedway memories as he got ready to race his Late Model.
Michelle Kuleszo spoke with Allie about her feature win last week and her heat win on Thursday.
 
We had a fun night as always as the NYS Fairgrounds running with the Syracuse Microd Club. Allie had a solid run and continues to improve in the Modified division. But like I tell her, it’s like she is a winless cup rookie with limited experience running against Kevin Harvick and Joey Logano.

It’s gonna take a long time for her to beat these other two kids who have been doing it for a lot of years so be patient and enjoy the little victories along the way. Like not getting lapped, like staying on their bumper and taking a look inside, like knowing you ran a good line & raced cleanly at every moment. That’s what I want to see and yes, it’ is gonna take time!
 
I’ll be at Brewerton tonight as my knees are in search of places where I don’t need to walk as much to cover. They start the night 15 minutes earlier with a Sportsman make up to begin the night and it should be a lot of fun. Not sure on the rest of the weekend but I will be somewhere on Saturday.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have on the Audio Page for today as a busy ten day stretch of racing awaits. Jimmy Phelps talks about his 3rd place at Albany Saratoga’s Big Race X, discusses the proper etiquette when lapping a car as well as when you are being lapped and previews Tuesday’s race in Weedsport.  
 
Donnie Elliott describes how things are going at 5 Mile Point Speedway, looks forward to Saturday’s Heath Memorial and tells me about all the work happening at Orange County Fair Speedway. 
 
Joey Ladouceur tells me about his season so far at Cornwall, explains why he feels his results don’t reflect his level of performance and gets ready for Sunday’s Super DIRTcar Series race.  
 
Bret Belden shares some Brewerton Speedway memories from the 1980’s, explains why turns one & two are the key and remembers his Ford Mustang Mach 1 stock car that he won a lot of races with. 
 
Isabelle Kuleszo spoke with Allie Elkins about her feature win last week with the Syracuse Microd Club, her heat win earlier in the night on Thursday as well as how her current car handles.  
 
Thursday, June 28th 2018
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Max McLaughlin talked about his second place at Albany Saratoga and the truck he’ll drive in July.
Alex Yankowski reviewed his seven win season to date and told me about his most recent victory.
Dale Caswell spoke about his Late Model win at Fulton and his return to Brewerton last Friday.
Rich Vleck previewed some future shows at Genesee Speedway and the next Speedway Showcase.

I had a good day on Wednesday as we did some writing, did some voice tracks for the next episode of Speedway Showcase and then got to work in the studio. Three of the four chats I did on Wednesday are up today and we’ll have more for you tomorrow.
 
We’ll be racing today as we are now on Thursday nights at the NYS Fairgrounds. Allie loves night racing and her car was right where she wanted it last week before the rain came and washed away her heat. But as we all know just because it was good last week does not mean it will be as good today. You know how finicky racecars of all kinds can be.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page starting with a driver who is improving vast right now. Max McLaughlin talked about his second place at Albany Saratoga, a major change they made at Land of Legends Raceway last Saturday and the truck he’ll drive in July at Eldora. 
 
Alex Yankowski reviewed his seven win season to date and told me about his most recent victory at Big Diamond this past Friday as well as his plans to race twice this coming weekend. 
 
Dale Caswell spoke about his Late Model win at Fulton two weeks ago, his return to Brewerton last Friday and talked about how little track has changed over the years. He went out and won later! 
 
Rich Vleck previewed some future shows at Genesee Speedway, reminds the fans about some of their Thursday night specials and the reminds us about the next Speedway Showcase show from Ransomville.  
 
Wednesday, June 27th 2018
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Tommy Sears remembers his 358 Modified win at Fulton and talked about learning to drive again.
Willy Decker describes what it is like to try to get your car to run better and what they are working on.
Brandon Kuhn tells me about his Sportsman at Afton and how a change they made has helped the car.
Drake Troutman talks about his season so far driving an E-Mod and recaps his latest win last weekend.

I got out and enjoyed a nice day on Tuesday as we did some work in the studio and then hit the road with dad to a local car cruise. Boy does my Camaro need a tune up! Ugh! We need to work on that for sure.
 
I have a nice mix of stuff up for you today as we get closet to a big stretch here with Fourth of July and all that comes with happening next week. I’ll try to balance family and racing during that week and have fun. Although my youngest does love Sprint Cars…hmm.
 
Now let’s talk more about the new clips we have for you on the Audio Page including a new driver who at age 13 is making quite a name for himself as our final interview today. Tommy Sears remembers his 358 Modified win at Fulton and talked about learning to drive the lower horsepower small block after many years at the track in a big block.

Willy Decker describes what it is like to try to get your car to run better at your weekly home, how frustrating it can be in the moment and what they are working on to try to improve. 
 
Brandon Kuhn tells me about his Sportsman at Afton this past Friday, how a change they made has helped the car and how he still tries to recapture his younger days by playing softball.  
 
Drake Troutman talks about his season so far driving an E-Mod, recaps his most recent win last weekend and remembers starting his career at age three in karting.  
 
Tuesday, June 26th 2018
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Tony Veneziano reports on the tragic weekend for the World of Outlaws as we lost Jason Johnson.
Peter Britten talked about racing at The Big Show X happening tonight at Albany Saratoga Speedway.
Brian McDonald runs down how he did on Friday at Mohawk and looks ahead to Sunday at Cornwall.
Teddy Starr told me how he lost over half his body weight to get behind the wheel of a Sportsman.

It is race day as tonight the Super DIRTcar Series will head to Albany Saratoga for The Big Show X promoted by racer Brett Hearn. It should be quite the night at one of the northeast’s most well attended racetracks both by fans and drivers alike. We hope you all have a great time.
 
I’ll be working today and again tomorrow as we’ll be doing voice tracks for the next Speedway Showcase Wednesday morning. I am going to have to shut down golf for a few weeks as my left leg is bothering me. I was lazy on my workout and am paying for it now. We’ll get back on track this week.
 
We’ll start today on the Audio Page however on a sad note as we continue to mourn the loss of Sprint Car racer Jason Johnson with a man who knew him well. Tony Veneziano reports on the tragic weekend for the World of Outlaws as we lost Jason Johnson on Sunday morning and shares some memories of the type of person he was both on & off the racetrack. Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone he touched in his 41 years.
  
Peter Britten talked about racing at The Big Show X taking place tonight at Albany Saratoga Speedway, describes how the tracks has been this year and looks ahead to a three day race weekend. 
 
Brian McDonald runs down how he did on Friday at Mohawk, looks ahead to Sunday’s Super DIRTcar Series race at Cornwall and tells me what the top cars are using in their rear suspensions. 
 
Teddy Starr told me how he lost over half his body weight to get behind the wheel of a Sportsman, how he has been doing behind the wheel and when the moment was that he knew he had to change his life. Real nice one here guys and gals. 
 
Monday, June 25th 2018
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Tim Mayne tells me how hewon his second career Modified feature ever this past Friday at Afton.
Kyle Inman talked about his first ever win at Land of Legends Raceway and the traits of Hoosier Tires.
Nick Krause ran down how he picked up his third win of the year and offered his take on the NHRA.
Clayton Koch described some of the history of the AMC Spirit Four Cylinder he drove this past Friday.
 
We, like a lot of you, were shocked to hear about the death of Sprint Car driver Jason Johnson at a World of Outlaws Sprint Car race on Saturday night. Our deepest sympathies and condolences go out to all his family, friends, fellow competitors and fans who are still probably trying to grab a hold of everything that has happened. It’s a cruel reminder of how dangerous this sport can be and we wish we could heal their pain today. We are so very sorry.
 
I found out at the track when we were under a rain delay and could not believe it when I saw it. He was having a great season and was one of the up and coming young guns in the sport. I love Sprint Car racing when everything goes right but this is when I hate it. I wish all of you who do this all the best and we continue to pray for your safety on a daily basis.
 
Now let’s chat more about what is on the site for you to listen to today on the Audio Page starting with some folks that did well this past weekend. Tim Mayne tells me how hewon his second career Modified feature ever this past Friday at Afton, how close he came to getting it the week before and described a problem they found on Saturday. 
 
Kyle Inman talked about his first ever win at Land of Legends Raceway, described the traits of Hoosier Tires and explained why he was disqualified from a series race at Utica Rome a few weeks ago. 
 
Nick Krause ran down how he picked up his third Sportsman win of the year on Friday, described what happened between the top two cars and offered his take on seeing his first NHRA race in person. 
 
Clayton Koch described some of the history of the AMC Spirit Four Cylinder he drove this past Friday, what they had to do to get it race ready and how it felt in his first competitive laps.  
 
     
 
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