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Gary Rowe of M.R. Gaebel, Inc.
Gates-Cole Associates SUNY Canton Automotive Technology program
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Sunday, July 13th 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Ryan Phelps remembered driving the wrong way on the racetrack and his move to a Modified.
Jason Barney talked about starting his career in a Quarter Midget and switching gears at age twelve.
 
We have a couple of new guys up today at least in the big picture anyway. Both of them started at an early age and one was maybe a little too young. Each has had success as they advanced and each is now firmly established in their chosen form of racing.
 
We’re now more than halfway through our 11 day journey as we find out more about the people we watch race at the tracks in our area. Up tomorrow are chats with Willy Decker and Bryan Howland as we’ll learn how they go their careers started.
 
Now lets find out more about what we have for you to listen to on the Audio Page for today. Ryan Phelps remembered driving the wrong way on the racetrack and his move to a Modified. He told me why he might have been a little young the first time around, the fast car he drove at age 14 and the two years he had the most fun out at the racetrack. 
 
Jason Barney talked about starting his career in a Quarter Midget and switching gears at age twelve. He told me how much traveling he did early in his career, how tough it was for a young teenager to find a competitive class to race in and some of what he wishes he could do again. 

 
Saturday, July 12th 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Stewart Friesen remembers hanging out at grandpa’s racetrack and the packer trucks he drove.
Beth Schneider talks about driving anything she could find before getting into her first racecar.
 
Back today with a couple of young racers who are still making a name for themselves in the sport of racing. As we have learned each of the days we have done this so far, everyone’s route to the track is different and both of these today are too.
 
Stewart Friesen had the famous last name and maybe has the most talent behind of the wheel of anyone in his family. His reputation continues to grow and grew even more last weekend.
 
As for Beth Schneider, she became a champion last year at Fulton in the Sportsman division and she’ll tell you how driving construction equipment way before she was old enough to drive gave her real good hand eye coordination.
 
And tomorrow we’ll chat with Ryan Phelps and Jason Barney to find out how they got started in this crazy business. 
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have to listen to today on the Audio Page. I start with a man who won half of last week’s Speedweek events. Stewart Friesen remembers hanging out at grandpa’s racetrack and the packer trucks he drove. He talked about racing go carts at Ransomville, some of the other things he has driven over the years and how tough his first few years were in a big block Modified. 
 
Beth Schneider talks about driving anything she could find before getting into her first racecar. She told me about the many different things she learned to drive in her pre-teen years, how she got into a little trouble for lying about her age to drive an IMCA Modified and wonders what the future may hold for her. 

 
Friday, July 11th 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Mike Mahaney remembered growing up with a racing dad and how he carved out his own niche. 
Mike Stelter got a late start in racing and told me how he researched where he planned to race.
 
Back today as we hear how more drivers got their start in racing. Again, the two drivers we have today took different paths but each has ended up tasting success in the sport.
 
Mike Mahaney of course grew up in the sport and he’ll talk about how he got his career going as well as the year when things really took off. He will also tell you about his win last Saturday at Thunder Mountain.
 
As for Mike Stelter, his move to racing was more calculated. He had a plan and used his time in Oswego to learn about the sport from others. It’s really a pretty good plan he put together too.
 
Tomorrow we’ll hear from Stewart Friesen and Beth Schneider as they talk about how they each got on the track for the first time. 
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page. I start with a man who won two races last weekend including a dramatic one on Sunday. Mike Mahaney remembered growing up with a racing dad and how he carved out his own niche. He talked about going to the races with his mom & dad, what he learned in the slingshot class and the one year that really got his career well on his way. 
 
Mike Stelter got a late start in racing and told me how he researched where he planned to race. He talked about working on Supermodifieds while going to school in Oswego, how long it took him to get a racecar after he graduated and how surprised he was at how well he did in his first few Sprint Car races. 

 
Thursday, July 10th 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Pat Ward told me how he got started in racing, what he learned building cars and his future.
Sam Reakes IV talked about starting to race at age 4 and why his dad had to bribe him to race.
 
Modified and Sprint Car drivers is what we’ll hear from today as we find out how each of these drivers got their start in racing. Again, I chose a pair of drivers from different eras so you can see how their paths differ greatly.
 
Of course Pat Ward has more laps than 99% of the racecar drivers I know about and his story is a great one. His years at Show Car taught him a lot and you’ll hear how hard they worked to try to duplicate one of his favorite racecars. No, they never got it quite right.
 
Plus Sam Reakes IV tells us about his Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle’s collection that grew every time he won a race. I just love hearing these stories and I hope you do too. And tomorrow we’ll hear from Mike Mahaney and Mike Stelter. 
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have today on the Audio Page. I start with a guy who has been racing longer than a lot of you have been alive. Pat Ward told me how he got started in racing, what he learned building cars in the transformative years of Modified design and his future. He told me what his first love was, the car he used to steer when he couldn’t reach the pedals and the famous 1986 Show Car he drove for almost a decade. 
 
Sam Reakes IV talked about starting to race at age 4 and why his dad had to bribe him to race. He told me what the reward was to him, when it started to become real and why he made the move from Sportsman to a Sprint Car. 

 
Wednesday, July 9th 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Billy Dunn talked about his family’s long racing history and his start up north in the go cart division.
Bret Belden recapped his start in racing, how he moved up to Modified and a new challenge.
 
We’re back today as we find out how two well known racecar drivers in our area got their start. Both of these drivers took different paths on their career and you’ll hear how the times they lived in as they grew up made their stories so much different.
 
Tomorrow we’ll be back with Pat Ward and Sam Reakes IV. Pat was there as Modifieds evolved and became what we know of today while Sam has been part of a famous racing family in Central New York from the time he was born.
 
Now let’s find out more about how these two drivers got started as we continue our look on the Audio Page back to the early years. Billy Dunn talked about his family’s long racing history and his start up north in the go cart division. He wondered how much he really understood what was happening in his first few seasons, what he learned in an IMCA Modified and what he feels the future may hold for him. 
 
Bret Belden recapped his start in racing, how he moved up to Modified and a new challenge. He told me how he got going as a senior in high school, what tracks he went to as a kid and why he had to take it easy to make sure he could flat tow it home. 

 
Tuesday, July 8th 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Brett Hearn previews The Big Show 6 taking place tonight at Albany Saratoga Speedway.
Bobby Varin told me what he traded for his first racecar and what motivated him to start racing.
 
A big show takes place tonight and we begin our eleven day look at how your favorite drivers got their start in racing.
 
Brett Hearn gets us up to speed on The Big Show 6 which is part of the Super DIRTcar series. That race is tonight and I would expect a huge field of cars as the series is as strong as it has ever been.
 
Plus we’ll hear how Bobby Varin’s friends helped get him started in racing the thing he traded for his first racecar many years ago. I hope you enjoy this as much as I did listening and look for 20 more of these chats to show up over the next 10 days.
 
Now let’s talk more about what we have for you to listen to today on the Audio Page. I start with a look at the big race tonight. Brett Hearn previews The Big Show 6 taking place tonight at Albany Saratoga Speedway. He told me how surprised he is at how quickly the time has flown by, what the keys are to getting around the track well and gives the teams some specifics on the rules for this Super DIRTcar Series race. 
 
Bobby Varin told me what he traded for his first racecar and what motivated him to start racing. He talked about the field cars that they drove around, when he won his first race and some of the amazing race drivers he raced against in his first few seasons.

 
Monday, July 7th 2014
   New on the Audio Page from the Utica-Rome Speedway:
 
Pre race conversations:
 
Mike Mallett recapped the first races of SUNY Canton CNY Speedweek and who has done well.
Keith Stevenson explained why he was taking a break and how his Pure Stock is handling.
Jason Barney talked about his win the night before at Fulton and how Speedweek was going.
Jim Gleason prepared for his second ever Sprint Car race and told me how night one went.
Davie Franek told me about his Empire Super Sprint victory at Can Am in his first trip there.
Joel Thomas just got back in his Modified last weekend and told me why he came back this year.
 
After the heats and the Dash for Cash:
 
Sam Reakes IV ran the outside on his way to a heat win and spoke about taking different lines.
Steve Poirier told me how hard he worked to get by Darryl Ruggles who was in his 305 Sprinter.
Matt Tanner pulled away for a convincing win in his heat and talked about who he was chasing.
Stewart Friesen talked about his win in his ESS heat and why he knew Jessica was in trouble.
Willy Decker enjoyed a spirited battle up front to win his heat and spoke about recent improvement.
Ty-Scott Rood changed gears on his Modified and told me how good his car was in his heat win.
Stewart Friesen won the Dash for Cash and told Shane Andrews who makes his Sprint Car fast.
 
After the features and the ESS A-Main:
 
Glenn Forward made it four in a row as he won the Pro Stock feature and spoke with Shane Andrews.
Stewart Friesen made a late race pass to retake the lead and talked about his ESS A-Main victory.
Larry Wight led six laps on his way to a second place and told Mike how he has been improving.
Steve Poirier extended his ESS point lead with a third place and spoke about the top two finishers.
Jason Barney won Speedweek with his fifth place finish and spoke about achieving his goal.
Mike Walton earned the third Sportsman victory of his rookie season and talked about driving hard.
Mike Mahaney took the lead with two laps to go and talked about winning two nights in a row.
 
What a night of racing it was at the Utica-Rome Speedway as the finale of SUNY Canton ESS CNY Speedweek headlined a five division show on the very slick half mile oval. Stewart Friesen won a barn burner of an A-Main as he passed Larry Wight with just three laps to go. Wight had passed Friesen six laps before that. Yeah, it was that kind of race.
 
Friesen and Wight put on quite a show as the maneuvered their way through slower cars until Wight got Friesen on the low side on lap 17. Then on lap 23, Friesen blasted the outside in three and four getting by Wight to take the lead for good. The two were close for many laps and watching them work traffic had the crowd spellbound.
 
Even current ESS point leader Steve Poirier talked about how tough those two Modified guys were. Listen to the interviews that Mike Mallett did on my Audio Page and you’ll hear what I mean.
 
Congratulations go out to Jason Barney for winning the week and becoming Speedweek Champion. His 5th place finish was enough to get earn him one if his off season goals. Nice job by everyone involved in this show. What a great turnout and performance by everyone with ESS and Utica-Rome.
 
Then not to be outdone, Mike Mahaney got low on Ryan Phelps with two laps to go to win the Modified feature. Phelps was the third leader in five laps and would hold on to take second place. Oh, and it was Mahaney’s second win in as many nights as he won Saturday at Thunder Mountain.
 
Mike Walton showed how fast he can learn how to wheel a racecar around as he won his third race of the season…his ROOKIE season. He drove the wheels off his car taking it deeper than anyone else in the Sportsman feature. He told the crowd that the harder he drove the car the more she liked it. Okay then! And drive it hard he did pulling away in the final laps.
 
Glenn Forward kept his win streak alive making it four in a row in the Pro Stock race while Russ Marsden notched another one with his Pure Stock and teased the tower officials from victory lane thanking them for his win.
 
Allie went and loved the show as well as the fireworks afterwards. The night for the fans could not have gone much better. Feel bad for Kelly Hebing as she had a hard crash in her heat race. Glad to hear you’re okay Lil’ Cobra.  
 
Starting something new tomorrow for 11 days as we will learn how some of your favorite racers got started. I had a ball doing these and I know you’ll like them. Look for Bobby Varin’s story tomorrow as well as a preview of The Big Show 6 with Brett Hearn. You’ll never guess what he traded for his first racecar. Then you’ll be getting two of these, “How’d they get started?” interviews a day for 10 more days.
 
Have a great start to your work week and I hope to see you back tomorrow. I know you’re going to love these 21 interviews we did. 

 
     
 
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