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Sunday, June 8th 2014
   New on the Audio Page from the Fulton Speedway:
 
After the heat races:
 
Beth Schneider won the first heat race of the night and told me why she likes the slick racetrack.
Rocco Leone blew his engine up last weekend and told me how it felt to win in his heat race.
Earl Rudy got the win in the final Sportsman heat and described his battle at the front of the pack.
Jason Barney almost didn’t make tor his heat and talked about what was wrong in the pit area.
Cory Sparks walked me through his pass for the lead on a restart as he won the second heat.
Shawn Donath told me about his Sprint Car heat win and what went wrong the night before.
Dan Vauter won the second Modified heat race at Fulton and talked about going slowly to go fast.
Pat Ward took the win in the final Modified heat and wondered how good he was on the track.
 
After the features and A-Main:
 
Rocco Leone led every lap on his way to his second career win in the Sportsman division at Fulton.
Jason Barney got emotional in victory lane after his win and told Rich Vleck about his tough start.
Shawn Donath finished in second place in the PST A-Main and talked about it with Rich Vleck.
Matt Fink won his second career Modified feature at Fulton and spoke with Adam Buchanan.
Matt Hulsizer was gaining at the end on his way to a second place and talked about chasing.
Dan Vauter ran the inside on his way to a 3rd place finish and talked about how brakes matter.
Chad Phelps had another top five as he came home fourth and reflected on his night at Fulton.
 
I had a fun night last night at the Fulton Speedway as the Patriot Sprint Tour joined the Modifieds, Sportsman and Late Models. I mean think about it for a second. Mods, Sprints and Late Models. Those are the big three! Who says New York State is not a racing state? WE have it all because we have what the rest of the country has plus our Dirt Modifieds which are still my all time favorite!
 
As you might have guessed, it was a dry, slick and blacker by the lap kind of track. A lot of people love those tracks and those were the people who did well. And there were so many good stories around.
 
After his win in the Patriot Sprint Tour A-Main, Jason Barney talked about taking the route to the track that he and his dad used to take. He stopped along the way for ice cream and spoke with his departed father as he relaxed.
 
Then after putting heat in his engine, the car wouldn’t fire. The first fix didn’t work but the second one did. Jason’s voice clearly cracked several times in victory lane and you could tell the win mean the world to him.
 
Matt Fink won just his second career race at Fulton and the third of his career. The race had only one caution and it was on lap two. Fink built up a healthy lead and held off Matt Hulsizer in the closing laps to get the victory. He had some close calls along the way too including on the last lap when he almost ran out of room while sneaking under a slower car.
 
Rocco Leone blew the motor in his Sportsman last Saturday at Fulton and had a lot of help to get another one and get it in before the race. He had a big lead until a series of yellows slowed things.
 
Tony Finch was on Leone after the final restart but he had contact on the right front of his car breaking his shock clean off at the top He held on to the spot for a lap but eventually fell back to 4th.
 
I have a lot of audio from the heats and the features and saved all my pre race stuff. I have plans to go to Penn Can on Tuesday but want to be sure I save some stuff just in case Mother Nature doesn’t get the rain out of here in time.
 
Plus Rich Vleck and I did some stand ups for the Atomic Power Racing Hour so I did not get as many pre race chats done as I normally would have. It’s great to back on the team again and we are having a lot of fun. And I’ll have news on when that first show from Utica Rome will be on Time Warner Cable Sports. I’ll tell you that tomorrow.
 
I’m staying home today as my wife’s birthday was last night. We’ll go out to dinner as a family for steak and then come home for gifts and cake. Sure, it is a day late but we’ve been moving birthdays around since I started racing 25 years ago and I rarely get to celebrate mine at home on the actual day. Hey, that’s racing.
 
Hope you guys have a great Sunday. I will get in the studio sometime today as I have some things set up so be sure to come back for that plus more from my weekend. See you later.

 
Saturday, June 7th 2014
   New on the Audio Page from the Brewerton Speedway:
 
Pre race conversations:
 
Dan Vauter recalled last weekend’s Modified races which saw him finish in the top ten each night.
Mike Bowman explained why he was at Brewerton and wondered if his weekly plans could change.
Gary Jeffries talked about adapting his Mod Lite to TUSA rules and what he has to change.
Chris Mackey has a few weeks of Modified racing under his belt and told me how he is doing.
 
After the make up feature and the heat races:
 
Vinnie Vitale won his 2nd career Modified feature leading every lap and spoke with Adam Buchanan.
Justin Williams took the victory in the first Mod Lite heat and talked about his borrowed engine.
Clayton Brewer III got the win in the last Mod Lite heat and told me why he was a substitute.
Chuck Bower looked good in his Modified heat win and told me about some damage in the feature.
Chris Mackey won his qualifying heat race for the second week in a row and told me about it.
 
After the regularly scheduled features:
 
Chuck Powelczyk won his 66th feature race at the track and spoke about it with Adam Buchanan.
Matt Sheppard took the lead on lap 34 to score his second win and talked about it with Bill Foley.
Larry Wight finished in second place after leading 20 laps and explained how he lost the lead late.
Chuck Bower led 13 laps early and told me how his Modified raced on his way to a 3rd place.
Chad Phelps ran as high as second before falling back to 4th and talked about his Modified finish.
Chris Hile had a tight racecar and told me how he fought that condition in his fifth place finish.
Chris Fleming won his ninth IMCA feature on the year and celebrated career win number fifty.
 
It was an excellent night of racing at the Brewerton Speedway as side by side racing was the name of the game. They ran double features for the Modifieds with Vinnie Vitale taking the make up feature and Matt Sheppard winning the regular race.
 
For Vinnie it was his second career win at the track although neither Vinnie or myself remember the other one. Matt Sheppard passed Larry Wight with two laps to go in traffic to win the second feature in one of the best races I have seen so far this season.
 
Big number were put up by Chuck Powelczyk and Chris Fleming in their victories. For Chuck it was his 66th career win at Brewerton Speedway. Chris won the 50th IMCA Modified feature of his career and is now 9 for 12 so far this year in his new car. Wow!
 
Like I said earlier, it was an excellent show and a fast one too as even with the rainout they were well under the magic three hour window that tracks strive for. And they did take an intermission too so way to go Brewerton and way to go racers as the fans sure got their money’s worth on this night. 
 
Today I will head to the Fulton Speedway as the Patriot Sprint Tour joins the regular divisions. For Oswego County race fans, it will be a tough decision to make today as Oswego has the ISMA cars on the tracks. It’s a real win fest in Oswego County and I’m sure many wish they had a clone so they could see both.
 
Have a great Saturday wherever you decide to go and show your support. It is going to be a great weekend so get out, get dirty and have some fun.

 
Friday, June 6th 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Pete Bicknell talks about what he is seeing in racing now and how to handle better on slick tracks.
Mitch Gibbs tells me how he is doing at I-88 and remembers his start in racing back in 1980.
Johnny Hill explains how he got into racing Late Models and recaps his three race weekend.
 
We got busy yesterday and got some more work done in the studio. So we have more interviews for you today on the Audio Page. I have some advice for some of you who may be having issues on slick tracks, plus we think back on the start of a career and visit with another racer who has found a new home in a division that is new to him.
 
Tonight I’ll be at Brewerton Speedway for some fun and tomorrow I’ll see Sprints and Modifieds on the high banks of Fulton. It is always a great draw to see these two classes together and I really look forward to getting out this weekend now that I finally have some things taken care of here.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page. I start with advice for you racers out there. Pete Bicknell talks about what he is seeing in racing now and how to handle better on slick tracks. He spoke about the growth of the Sportsman class, how to change percentages to be better when the track gets slick and why we are seeing these conditions more and more. Good one! 
 
Mitch Gibbs tells me how he is doing at I-88 and remembers his start in racing back in 1980. He told me about the Mercury Late Model he built with a friend, how they decided who would drive it the first night out and shares some stories of his time with Alex Friesen. Another real good one here. 
 
Johnny Hill explains how he got into racing Late Models and recaps his three race weekend. He talked about how the car is different than what he has driven in the past, how big the footprint if the car is and looks forward to his first ever race at Cornwall this Sunday. 

 
Thursday, June 5th 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Jamie Mills tells me about his two race win streak and his latest win on Saturday in Delaware.
Chris Fleming talked about his IMCA wins at Brewerton and Skyline that make him 8 for 11 so far.
 
Busy day for me on Wednesday as I had work to do for the Syracuse Post Standard and for the Atomic Power Racing Hour. Rich Vleck came over and we put the final touches on the show that will air from Utica Rome. I’ll have some times up for you soon so look for that on Time Warner Cable Sports in New York.
 
I have some new clips up for you as well as we got busy in the studio on Tuesday. Both of these drivers are off to great starts so I hope you enjoy listening to them as they talk about their wonderful seasons so far.
 
I’ll be back in the studio today and will be at races tomorrow. I know…things have been crazy for us here but I believe we have turned the corner and will be able to put more focus on working instead of putting out fires as we have been for several days now.
 
Now let’s chat about what we do have for you today on the Audio Page. I start with a driver who has been doing well to our south. Jamie Mills tells me about his two race win streak and his latest win on Saturday in Delaware. He talked about why he didn’t have to touch his Modified all night, how he was making his passes and why teams should take a look at upgrading their shock program. 
 
Chris Fleming talked about his IMCA wins at Brewerton and Skyline that make him 8 for 11 so far. He told me how he passed a rival on Friday, why he had to start at the rear on Saturday and where his new chassis is better than what he had before. 

 
Wednesday, June 4th 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Danny O’Brien recaps his weekend that saw him win at Mohawk International and Brockville.
Ryan Phelps talked about his Modified feature win at Fulton and his pair of 4th place finishes.
 
Well Mother Nature stepped in and put a stop to the action we were hoping to see last night at Yates County Speedway. Big storms in the morning and then pop up storms after that led to the cancellation of that RoC show. No word yet on whether they make take another shot at this or not. Check the speedway website.
 
So I got to work in the studio on a hot day and I finally think we have all our issues handled. The Danny O’Brien chat was the last one I did with a few glitches but Dan was nice enough to stay on the line with me to help me sort them out. The final glitches were handled with my Ryan Phelps chat. Thanks for helping guys.
 
We’ll be back tomorrow with a driver who has won 8 of his 11 starts so far. Plus we’ll have more for you as well.
 
Now let’s chat about what we have for you to listen to today on the Audio Page. I start with a driver who went undefeated on the weekend. Danny O’Brien recaps his weekend that saw him win at Mohawk International and Brockville. He told me how nice it was to finally be back to racing on Friday in an extra distance race, how he got the lead on a black track in Canada and the work he was doing in the shop on Monday. 
 
Ryan Phelps talked about his Modified feature win at Fulton and his pair of 4th place finishes. He told me about his side by side battle up front, how much better his new car is feeling to him and some gains they made with some big changes to his Sunday car. 

 
Tuesday, June 3rd 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Billy Pauch Jr. talks about his win at Big Diamond and his multiple races tonight at Grandview.
Donnie Lawson told me about his tough season so far as he gets ready for tonight at Yates County.
Dan Harpell previews tonight’s RoC Modified and Sportsman show at Yates County Speedway.
 
Boy did I have a busy day? Yes I did. I did write ups and stats for the Syracuse Post Standard and Syracuse.com as well as got some work done in the studio. And the way things have been going continued as I had a phone box issue.
 
I got it squared away by the fourth interview I did as Danny O’Brien was nice enough to stay on the line to help me sort it out. So that interview as well as the Donnie Lawson and Dan Harpell interviews don’t sound that great but if you listen to Billy Pauch’s you’ll see that we got it fixed. Thanks Danny!
 
I have plans to go to Yates County tonight and let’s hope Mother Nature is a fan today as we could use a break. This is a rescheduled race too so let’s hope the second time is the charm. 
 
Now let’s chat about what we have for you to listen to today on the Audio Page. I start with a man who is driving a lot of different cars these days and winning in his own. Billy Pauch Jr. talks about his win at Big Diamond and his multiple races tonight at Grandview. He also told me how he came from the back to get a fourth at New Egypt, remembers breaking while leading last week at Kutztown and tells me how cool it will be to race 5 different cars in 5 days of racing. 
 
Donnie Lawson told me about his tough season so far as he gets ready for tonight at Yates County. He talked about another tough night Saturday at Woodhull, describes the keys to getting around Yates County and wishes his father well as he recovers in the hospital. Get well soon! 
 
Dan Harpell previews tonight’s RoC Modified and Sportsman show at Yates County Speedway. He talked about the work he did on Monday to get ready, how the last show went and runs down some rules for competitors. 

 
Monday, June 2nd 2014
   New on the Audio Page from Yates County Speedway:
 
Brian Knowles talked with Tyler Harpell after winning the Late Model feature race on Friday.
Fran Hilton keeps his unbeaten streak alive ands talked about his win with announcer Tyler Harpell.
Jake Karlnoski won the Street Stock feature race and spoke with Tyler Harpell in victory lane.
Jonathon Preston picked up his first win of the season and talked about it with Tyler Harpell.
Scott Bradley takes the victory in the Four Cylinder class and told Tyler Harpell about the win.
 
I had a tough weekend as computer problems kept me home on Sunday. As I sit here on Sunday night I think I have things fixed and if you are seeing this now then I guess I do. To say it was frustrating would be an understatement.
 
It will mean a busy week for me as I really need to get going in the studio to get you guys some new stuff to listen to. But we’ve been here before and made it work so I am hopeful that everything will work out fine.
 
Tomorrow I will head to Yates County for a mid week RoC show and next Sunday I will make my plans to go to Glen Ridge as I should have yesterday. I am so sorry that I have had these two bad days in a row but I’ll figure out what went wrong on Sunday and make sure it does not happen again.
 
Now let’s talk about what we do have thanks to Steve Ovens at Turn 5 Racing Podcast. He sent us what we have on the Audio Page for today. 
 
Brian Knowles talked with Tyler Harpell after winning the Late Model feature race on Friday. He spoke about his hopes for more cars, how he adapted to the changing track conditions and who helped him do it. 
 
Fran Hilton keeps his unbeaten streak alive ands talked about his win with announcer Tyler Harpell. He talked about the line he ran, the cautions that kept coming and how he got out of the corners well. 
 
Jake Karlnoski won the Street Stock feature race and spoke with Tyler Harpell in victory lane. He talked about seeing someone spin out right next to him and what went through his mind as he came through turn four. 
 
Jonathon Preston picked up his first win of the season and talked about it with Tyler Harpell. He talked about some changes he made before the feature, how he stayed focused and who helped his efforts. 
 
Scott Bradley takes the victory in the Four Cylinder class and told Tyler Harpell about the win. He talked about the clean racing he was a part of, how he got the lead and what was going through his mind at the time. 

 
     
 
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