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Gary Rowe of M.R. Gaebel, Inc.
Gates-Cole Associates SUNY Canton Automotive Technology program
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Friday, September 12th 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Danny Bouc talks about his season racing weekly at New Egypt and his hopes for the Freedom 76er.
Darryl Ruggles told me about his big crash at Brewerton and what he had to do to fix the Sprinter.
Mike Walton had a crate in his Sportsman for the Utica Rome finale and talked about his season.
Rob Hazer previews tonight’s North East Crate Nationals paying $2,225 to win at Albany Saratoga.
Craig Pritchard shares some memories from the Outlaw Circuit and his involvement today.
 
As you can see we did get a lot of work done on Thursday as we had hoped and we’ll have five interviews for you both today and tomorrow. Tonight is the Northeast Crate Nationals at Albany Saratoga and of course the Freedom 76er is also this weekend.
 
Locally Can Am and Skyline both run tomorrow while Oswego Speedway hosts RoC Weekend with everything you can possibly run on asphalt running both Saturday and Sunday.
 
As for me, I’ll be heading to Skyline on Saturday and will work in the studio on Sunday. I have a golf tournament on Monday and it will be the first Captain and Crew deal I have been in since the old DIRT tournaments of the 1990’s.
 
Now let’s chat about what we have for you on the Audio Page. I start with someone who we get to hear from the first time on this website. Danny Bouc talks about his season racing weekly at New Egypt and his hopes for the Freedom 76er. He told me why he had to take a season off in 2013, how close the racing is since the track switched to small blocks and thinks back to his start as a kid in go carts. 
 
Darryl Ruggles told me about his big crash at Brewerton and what he had to do to fix the Sprinter. He talked about how the car is now, remembers adjusting himself out of a recent race and how much he loves racing at his weekly home in Canandaigua. 
 
Mike Walton had a crate in his Sportsman for the Utica-Rome finale and talked about his season. He talked about the typical Utica-Rome surface he saw on Saturday, described a recent carburetor issue he had and wonders what 2014 might bring. 
 
Rob Hazer previews tonight’s North East Crate Nationals paying $2,225 to win at Albany Saratoga. He runs down the rules for competitors, tells me how strong the divisions is weekly at the track and reminds me that Pro Stocks and Street Stocks are also on the card. 
 
Craig Pritchard shares some memories from the Outlaw Circuit and talks about his involvement today. He told me when he got started, how he first met the Denton family and why he finally decided to get out of the driver’s seat. 

 
Thursday, September 11th 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Jason Shultz described the work he was doing as he got ready for the Friday night in Vernon.
Paul Kinney spoke about hopes for Cole Cup Weekend and remembered a recent wreck he had.
Joe Trenca got ready for the Cole Cup and talked about some gains he has made this year.
Ross Vleck talked about his winning season at Yates County and why the night he was very cool.
Glenn Forward ran down how he has been doing as he moves from Pro Stock to Sportsman.
 
I had a busy, busy day on Wednesday and I did not get a heck of a lot done. But I will get in the studio today and get a lot of work done. I did make some calls and have several things set up so be sure to come over the next two days as have some real good stuff  in the works.
 
To make sure that I did I emptied a lot of stuff from the can as an incentive. So now I have to. I know how to motivate myself and this is exactly the way to do it.
 
I also had a trip to my cardiologist on Wednesday and he was happy to see that I had lost 14 pounds. Yes, I knew this was coming up and did not want to hear them warn me as they have in the past. I’m feeling good and hope to keep going to feel better. And if I can lose a little more it will be good for my knees and good for everything.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you to listen to today on the Audio Page. I start with some Sprint Car hot shoes from the past weekend. Jason Shultz described the work he was doing as he got ready for the Friday night in Vernon. He talked about adding shock adjusters to the car, wondered if it would help or hurt and wondered what his new shocks would feel like later on. 
 
Paul Kinney spoke about hopes for Cole Cup Weekend and remembered a recent wreck he had. He told me about his wreck at a track that he won his first Sprint Car race at, how much work they had to do to get it ready and how much he would like to win at Utica-Rome. 
 
Joe Trenca got ready for the Cole Cup and talked about some gains he has made this year as a driver. He told me how things went at the event last year, how much fun it has been to run more this season and how much he has improved behind the wheel. 
 
Ross Vleck talked about his winning season at Yates County and why the night he was the one night he really wanted to win on. He described some tough luck they had early on, how much better things went later and shared some stories from his brother Rich’s wedding. 
 
Glenn Forward ran down how he has been doing as he moves from Pro Stock to Sportsman. He told me where he has gone to race it so far, how much his local knowledge helped when he ran it at Utica-Rome and what he has been learning so far. 

 
Wednesday, September 10th 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Cory Sparks looked back at his ESS race at Thunder Mountain and talked about dirty air.
Dave Axton told me how his brother was doing after a flip and how well Friday in Vernon went.
Jordan Thomas spoke about what he is learning this season about driving Sprint Cars.
Casey Williams got ready for his 3rd Sprint Car race and told me how the first two nights went.
 
Tuesday was a nice day as we celebrated my dad’s 79th birthday. And after the year we’ve had I can’t tell you how happy I am that he is still here and doing well. Great day guys…really!
 
I’ll be back in the studio today for sure after a quick check up in the afternoon. So for any of you that are racing this weekend, send me a message or call me and I’ll get you on to pump up the show.
 
Now let’s talk about what we have today on the Audio Page where we show love to Sprint Cars and the drivers who pilot them. Cory Sparks looked back at his ESS race at Thunder Mountain and talked about how dirty air hurt him. He explained how the top wing is the big factor, told me his hopes for the Kevin Ward Jr. Shootout and wondered if the Friday program might be different.
 
Dave Axton told me how his brother was doing after a flip and how well Friday in Vernon went. He talked about the nice story that unfolded on Friday night, how supportive the Ward family has been to him and his hopes for later on at Utica-Rome. 
 
Jordan Thomas spoke about what he is learning this season as he drives both 305’s and 360 Sprinters. He recalled the last time he raced in Vernon, what he needs to improve on when the track slicks up and the need for better right foot control. 
 
Casey Williams got ready for his 3rd Sprint Car race and told me how the first two nights went. He explained why he was black flagged his first week out, what made the rotor glow and what all that heat did to the fuel cell. 

 
Tuesday, September 9th 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Sam Reakes IV told me what he was looking for in the pit area and his past struggles in Vernon.
Paul Habeck had his 360 Sprint Car out for the first time in a month and talked about his season.
Casey Pavlick talked about his Sportsman championship at Yates County, his first ever on dirt.
Tom Denton won another Pro Stock title and talked about how well the racecar has survived.
Reed Miller previewed today’s rescheduled Hot Summer Night Special at Penn Can Speedway.
 
Today is a big day down in northern Pennsylvania as Penn Can Speedway hosts their Hot Summer Nights Special featuring a 60 lap Modified race paying $5000 to win as well as the GRIT Sportsman tour and Xcel Modified Tour race.
 
I have a lot of good stuff for you today and just got caught up with things Monday and was unable to get into the studio. I tried a few things but only had a small window to operate in. Sorry guys. I’ll do better today as I have less things to do to take me away.
 
Still firming up plans for this weekend as I need to go somewhere Friday, Saturday or both. If you have suggestions, send them my way.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page. I start with some Sprint Car drivers who were racing this past weekend. Sam Reakes IV told me what he was looking for in the pit area and his past struggles in Vernon. He talked about what he was seeing with a particular car, why it is tough to try to copy the set ups of others and the need for a magnifying glass. 
 
Paul Habeck had his 360 Sprint Car out for the first time in a month and talked about his season. He ran down some of his late race issues, remembered destroying a car a few weeks ago and described what he was seeing as he looked at the Utica Rome track early on. 
 
Casey Pavlick talked about his Sportsman championship at Yates County, his first ever on dirt. He told me about some of his wins, what was different at the track compared to the past and his plans to travel more at the end of the season. 
 
Tom Denton won another Pro Stock title and talked about how well the racecar has survived. He described some recent repairs they had to make, how long he has had the car and looks ahead to the Hondo race at Fonda in two weeks. 
 
Reed Miller previewed today’s rescheduled Hot Summer Night Special at Penn Can Speedway. He told me about the three divisions who will be racing, highlighted some of the Modified teams who will be in attendance and looks ahead to King of the Can Weekend in mid-October. 

 
Monday, September 8th 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Aaron Ott thought back to his start at Utica-Rome last year and talked about where he’s racing.
Dave Just explained why he got out of the Modified ranks and decided to go Sprint Car racing.
Matt Janczuk broke down how his rookie season went and what he hopes to do before it’s over.
Johnny Scarborough talks about the new car he had at Utica-Rome and his season on the asphalt.
Geoff Van Riper looked at the changing track on Saturday and told me why likes slick surfaces.
 
What a beautiful day it was on Sunday huh? I got to get out and do some things in between watching football and baseball on the TV. It was nice to have some times with the kids and my wife too as I had been busy Friday and Saturday.
 
We’ve got a lot of good stuff today including two new folks to the site today. Aaron Ott and Geoff VanRiper both did their first interviews with as we spent the early part of the weekend at Utica-Rome.
 
It’s back to school today and back to writing as I have a new story to write for the Syracuse Post Standard and www.syracuse.com. Fortunately for me good stories were all over the place this past weekend so it will be a lot of fun.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page. I start with a young man who was born into a well known racing family.  Aaron Ott thought back to his start at Utica-Rome last year and talked about where he’s racing these days. He told me what he has been running down home in Pennsylvania, recapped his last two races in New York and how easy these tracks are on tires. 
 
Dave Just explained why he got out of the Modified ranks and decided to go Sprint Car racing. He talked about when the decision was made, why they originally went with Modifieds and how dollars & cents became a big factor. 
 
Matt Janczuk broke down how his rookie season went and what he hopes to do before it’s over. He talked about how he did at the New Yorker, how much harder it is than the Sportsman division and the need for a fuel sponsor to race Outlaw Weekend. 
 
Johnny Scarborough talks about the new car he had at Utica-Rome and his season on the asphalt. He told me how fast he was in the car during a Saturday practice, reflects on his career in the sport and what his main goal is at the track. 
 
Geoff Van Riper looked at the changing track on Saturday and told me why likes slick surfaces. He talked about how much has changed since he got out of racing a few years back, thinks back on his days in the open Sportsman days and how much later people would stay at the track after the races were done. 

 
Sunday, September 7th 2014
   New on the Audio Page from the Utica Rome Speedway:
 
Pre race conversations:
 
Jessica Zemken talks about her wedding day on Thursday and spending the honeymoon at the track.
Corey Barker told me why he likes Utica-Rome and the many reasons it would be cool to win.
Stewart Friesen described his wedding day and his hopes to win the Cole Cup for the second time.
Steve Collins finished 2nd with the PST and talked about picking up his first A-main victory.
Jack Miller was fastest in his group in time trials and talked about the last crate race he ran in.
Rocco Leone ran down how his season went at Fulton and how nice it was to take a vacation.
 
After the heat races:
 
Mike Button interviews Rocco Leone in his own way after Rocco won the first Sportsman heat.
Corey Barker talked about his win in the second heat and how he changed up his racing line.
Matt Tanner made a late race move to win his heat and spoke about the need to stay patient.
Larry Wight came from 4th to win his heat and told me about a motor issue they were having.
Parker Evans led every lap to win his heat and talked about throwing away the set up from Friday.
Karl Reinhardt talked about his win in the final heat and how bad he was earlier in the evening.
 
After the feature and the A-Main:
 
Jack Miller took the lead with 8 laps to go and spoke with Mike Mallett about his big victory.
Stewart Friesen led every lap to win the Cole Cup for the 2nd year in a row and spoke with Mike.
Jessica Zemken picked up 2nd place with a move in the final corner and talked about her night.
Steve Poirier finished 3rd after a 2nd on Friday and told Mike Mallett about his good weekend.
Paul Kinney had a fourth place finish in the race and wondered if a change might come next year.
Matt Tanner come home in fifth place and explained how a fuel miscalculation hurt his car.
 
What a finale it was on Saturday at the Utica Rome Speedway as they wrapped up their season with the running of the Cole Cup for 360 Sprint Cars as well as a crate Sportsman race. And there were more than enough good stories to go around.
 
In the Cole Cup, Stewart Friesen dominated the 30 lapper to win the race for the second year in a row. And to make it that much better, his new bride Jessica Zemken made a move in the final corner to claim the runner up spot. Talk about a way to spend your honeymoon.
 
But think about it this way, most of us spend money on our honeymoon. Stewart and Jessica made money! Stewie made $10,000 plus lap money while his wife certainly made a good share of money too. Now they can afford an even nicer honeymoon when the season is over.
 
In the crate Sportsman race, Jack Miller won with a late race move around Johnny Scarborough. It was Jack’s first win in a year and his second with a crate engine in the cat.
 
We have lots of great audio and have 23 interviews in the can for this week. Plus we have some studio work we will be getting to on Monday so be sure not to miss a day this week as we’ll have a lot of good stuff for you guys.
 
Today of course is the first day of NFL so I will update the site somewhere along the way while watching game after game after game. It is one of my favorite days of the year and I know a lot of you feel the same way.
 
Have a great Sunday and we hope to see you tomorrow for more from the world of dirt track racing. 

 
Saturday, September 6th 2014
   New on the Audio Page from the Utica Rome Speedway:
 
Pre race conversations:
 
Parker Evans talks about his 3rd place at Brewerton and breaks down how his season is going.
Matt Tanner had extra motivation to do well and talked about how he has done with a new motor.
Mark Effner explained why he was in the older Pro Stock while the newer one had a new driver.
Tommy Wickham worked on some shock adjusters and spoke about the tough day coming today.
Jeff Cook told me about his fast lap in time trials and how tacky the surface was early in the night.
Robbie Stillwaggon set the fast time in time trials and talked about how different the track was.
 
After the heat races:
 
Russ Marsden won his Pure Stock heat race and talked about his nice championship season.
Mark Effner got the win in his heat race and spoke about beating the other car his dad owns.
Tommy Wickham described his win in the first heat race and how the wind affected his toss.
Matt Tanner walked me through the move he made to get the lead and the win in his heat race.
 
After the features and the Kevin Ward Jr. Shootout:
 
Glenn Forward won an entertaining Pro Stock race and talked about it in victory lane with Mike.
Russ Marsden won an even better Pure Stock feature and told Mike Mallett about the race.
Matt Tanner won the Kevin Ward Jr. Shootout with Kevin’s motor and talked about the big win.
Steve Poirier came home in 2nd place in the shootout and talked about what he did to try to win.
Davie Franek made a late race move to pick up a third place and described what he learned.
Kevin Ward Sr. talked about seeing his motor win and thanked all the racers for all their help.
 
What a night it was at the Utica Rome Speedway as Cole Cup Weekend kicked off with the Kevin Ward Jr. Shootout. The Pure Stocks and Pro Stocks also joined the show and both did an excellent job entertaining the crowd.
 
Well the story could not have better for media people like me, the fans and especially the Ward family as one of Kevin’s motors won the race with Matt Tanner behind the wheel of his family’s car. I mean what more could you ask for?
 
I know. I’m supposed to be a journalist who does not have favorites and does not root for drivers but how could you not root for this. And seeing Kevin Sr. climb up the wing with Matt was a sight I will never forget. Make sure to listen to my interview with him and hear what it meant to his family and how much the racers have helped him while in turn, he has been helping the racers.
 
What can I say? It was one of those special nights that only comes along a few times a season. And like I said, both the stock car divisions put on excellent shows with great side by side racing. Great job by everyone across the board!
 
Now today the weather should be out of here early so we do have a better than good chance to race the Cole Cup today. I mean sure, things can happen and we don’t know how big the line of storms will be today so keep your fingers crossed. If they run, I’ll be there!
 
I did save 11 pre race chats and will put those in the can for release later in the week. I hope to add lots more today so be sure to come back tomorrow for more and I hope you enjoy all the good stuff I have for you today.

 
     
 
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