|Friday, July 17th 2015
| New on the Audio Page for today:
Jimmy Phelps picked up his first win of the year last weekend and talked about a 7th at Five Mile.
Bobby Varin remembers his win at the Fonda Speedway and his second place run at Glen Ridge.
Jamie Paige tells me about the season so far at I-88 and looks forward to their Crazy 8’s show.
Geoff VanRiper discusses what he has been working on and why it’s best to take small swings.
Brent Joy talks about his rookie season in a Sportsman and how well things have been progressing.
We’re ready for another race weekend and I will be doing a pair of shows. Allie and I will head out to Glen Ridge today and then I will do a solo at Utica Rome as Allie has a birthday party then. Hey, she’s 12. We want her doing that kind of stuff.
I have a nice mix for you today as we chat with a couple of veteran drivers who are used to winning races and a pair of relative newcomers who are still looking for that first Sportsman win. Plus we look ahead to a big show coming up at I-88 Speedway.
Of course tomorrow I will be cruising in Syracuse as The Nationals are in town and fast cars are here from all over the northeast. If you have some time before racing this weekend, head over to the event or just drive the streets of our area and you’ll see more cool cars than you ever have before.
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you to listen to on the Audio Page starting with a driver who is feeling relief after his run last Saturday. Jimmy Phelps picked up his first win of the year last weekend and talked about how relieved he was after the victory as well as his 7th at Five Mile’s series race on Wednesday.
Bobby Varin remembers his win at the Fonda Speedway, described how he ran down a veteran and his second place finish at Glen Ridge one week ago.
Jamie Page tells me about the season so far at I-88 as he enjoyed a night off by taking in a show at Brewerton Speedway and looks forward to their Crazy 8’s show.
Geoff VanRiper discusses some things he has been figuring out as he makes some gains with his Sportsman and why it’s best to take small swings instead of just trying something.
Brent Joy talks about his rookie season in a Sportsman after moving up from the Novice class and how well things have been progressing.
|Thursday, July 16th 2015
| New on the Audio Page for today:
Joe Marotta talks about balancing his racing duties and his duties at the Syracuse Nationals.
Brandon Kuhn tells me about a different car he is learning and where he is with the ride right now.
Mike Taylor is struggling a bit so far this year and described some motor problems he has had.
Kelly Smith has had a recurring issue with his Sportsman and told me how he is trying to improve.
Today we talk about why this weekend is my favorite of the entire summer and introduce you to some drivers you may not know too well as they try to make a name for themselves in this crazy business. I know you’ve seen these drivers at the track and now you’ll know what they are doing to try to be faster and become a feature winner in central New York.
I did some studio work and will have more for you tomorrow from the studio as well as my travels last weekend. Friday we are heading to Glen Ridge and Sunday Allie and I will be at Utica Rome. Saturday is for the Syracuse Nationals as it has been for several years now.
If you are not familiar with this car show, come into Syracuse and just drive around. You’ll see hot rods and classic cars everywhere you turn and of course the show at the New York State Fairgrounds is where you can see over 8,000 cars.
The hot spots around town are 7th North Street in Liverpool, Route 11 all the way up & down in the area as well as Erie Boulevard. But like I said you can see them everywhere this weekend so make sure you take a day and do some cruising. It is really something
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page starting with a break down of what is happening for car lovers this weekend in Syracuse. Joe Marotta talks about balancing his racing duties and his duties at the Syracuse Nationals on what is his and my favorite weekend of the entire year. It’s Christmas in July baby!
Brandon Kuhn tells me about a different car he is learning, where he is with the ride right now and what makes this car different from the one he had before.
Mike Taylor is struggling a bit so far this year and described some motor problems he has had as well as what the car has been doing in the corners.
Kelly Smith has had a recurring issue with his Sportsman and told me how he is trying to improve as well as some things he has changed with the car.
|Wednesday, July 15th 2015
| New on the Audio Page for today:
Glenn Donnelly talks about the July 1st show at Rolling Wheels and what he learned on that night.
Tim Sears Jr. told me what it is like racing without his uncle in the pits and where he can improve.
Mike Welch spoke about the Pro/Street Series between Utica Rome, Canandaigua and Can Am.
It was a stormy day on Tuesday leading to the postponement of the Super DIRTcar Series race at Five Mile Point Speedway. That race will be run tonight so for those of you who could not go yesterday, this could be a blessing in disguise.
I got some work done in the studio although most of the people I was trying to get ahold of were unavailable. It happens that way some days. Sometimes I can get going and everyone picks up the phone when I call. Keep in mind I am kind of like a cold call salesperson. I have to talk someone into speaking with me everyday. So some days when it is not happening you have to call it a day and move on. That’s when it is nice to have interviews in the can from the weekend and thank goodness I still have some left in there.
I start out today on the Audio Page with a man we all know well as he reflects on his first show in over a decade. Glenn Donnelly talks about the July 1st show at Rolling Wheels, what he learned on that night and how pleased he was with the entire venture.
Tim Sears Jr. told me what it is like racing without his uncle in the pits, where he can improve on the slick surfaces and what the value is to running hot laps on a slippery, wet racetrack.
Mike Welch spoke about the Pro/Street Series between Utica Rome, Canandaigua and Can Am, how pleased he was with the opener and his hopes to add another track.
|Tuesday, July 14th 2015
| New on the Audio Page for today:
Pat Ward spoke about his weekend coming into Sunday and looked ahead to Five Mile Point.
Claude Hutchings Jr. has had a tough year engine wise and told me about his current combination.
Dan Harpell talks about tonight’s Super DIRTcar Series race at Five Mile Point Speedway.
Tony Veneziano reports on the pair of World of Outlaw Sprint Car races from Cedar Lake Speedway.
Dylanne Hodge tells me about a health scare she had and encourages women to do self examinations.
We’re back today with two new interviews from the studio and three from my weekend travels. And ladies, we have a special interview for you with Dylanne Hodge who is Ms. AARN. She will encourage all of you to do self examinations of your breasts and get your physicals in a timely fashion. This is serious stuff guys and we need all of you to healthy so please give it a listen!
Tonight I will be heading to Five Mile Point Speedway in Kirkwood for their first Super DIRTcar Series race in over 20 years. It should be quite a show and I am excited to see this. There could be some weather issues so if in doubt, use our Track Links Page or call the speedway at 1-607-775-5555.
Now let’s chat more about what we have on the Audio Page starting with a driver who will be at Five Mile Point tonight. Pat Ward spoke about his weekend coming into Sunday, what he saw happening with the track at Utica Rome and looked ahead to Five Mile Point’s SDS race tonight.
Claude Hutchings Jr. has had a tough year engine wise and told me about his current combination as well as some purchases he has made for the Sportsman.
Dan Harpell talks about tonight’s Super DIRTcar Series race at Five Mile Point Speedway, the first time the series has visited the track in over 20 years.
Tony Veneziano reports on the pair of World of Outlaw Sprint Car races from Cedar Lake Speedway and previewed the big races coming up as the Month of Money begins. Note: The Brad Doty Classic has been pushed back to Thursday.
Dylanne Hodge tells me about a health scare she had, how she is doing now and encourages women to do self examinations of their breasts. Ladies, this one is for you!
|Monday, July 13th 2015
| New on the Audio Page from Utica Rome Speedway:
After the heat races:
Steve Way talked about winning his first heat of the year and when ne noticed he had to do so.
Heath Carney told me about his win in the second open Sportsman heat while a friend helped.
Stewart Friesen walked me through his last lap pass as he won the first Modified heat race.
Pat Ward made a nice outside move to win his heat and told me what he saw on the outside.
Rocky Warner spoke about his win in the second crate Sportsman race and his weekday plans.
Billy Whittaker came home last in his heat and explained why racing Utica Rome is so tricky.
After the feature races:
Steve Way picked up his first win of the season and spoke about it in victory lane with Mike Mallett.
Aaron Jacobs won the Go Nuclear Late Model feature and talked about some help he had.
Billy Eisele had a nice second place finish and talked about how he was compared to the leader.
Greg Belyea moved his way up from last to 3rd and spoke about how bad he was early in the night.
Matt Sheppard celebrated his birthday with a win and told Bill Foley about his two win weekend.
Stewart Friesen made a last lap pass for 2nd and talked about going to Five Mile Point Tuesday.
Mike Mahaney led some laps before falling back to third and told me how he lost a spot late.
Alan Fink picked up his 3rd win of the season and told me who helped make his Sportsman better.
What a busy day it was for me. We started out doing voice tracks in the studio for the next Atomic Power Racing Hour and then headed out to do another two episodes of the show from Utica Rome. I did a lot of stand ups at the track with Rich Vleck and had a great time.
And when this airs on Time Warner Cable Sports in Rochester, Syracuse and Albany you guys will be surprised. We updated the graphics and the music and boy is it sharp. National quality I think and who knows, we may even be able to get it into some new markets. More on that on a later date.
As the racing it was real good. But because I was so busy I got there late and only got a handful of pre race interviews. Some of them will show up tomorrow as well as some studio stuff I have set up for today.
The shocker on the night was Aaron Jacobs winning the Go Nuclear Late Model event. He even survived a late race caution and drove away for his first win since 2011. He was as happy as could be and was clearly the fastest car on this night. Congrats Aaron. I am so happy for you.
Matt Sheppard celebrated his 33rd birthday with a win as he drove away from the field to win the Modified race. The race for second was a darned good one as Stewart Friesen got by Mike Mahaney on the last lap in traffic to take the runner up spot.
Like I said, I’ll have more tomorrow and hope to be able to go to Five Mile Point on Tuesday for their first Super DIRTcar Series race in twenty years. And if all goes well I hope to make it to Glen Ridge on Friday. I’ll keep you posted.
|Sunday, July 12th 2015
| New on the Audio Page for today:
Jeff Blackburn tells me how he is doing as he got ready for his fourth race in a big block Modified.
Joel Hargrave explained why he towed to Brewerton on Friday and how he is doing at Mohawk.
Dylan Zacharias ran down how he is doing as he tries to learn how to race on a clay surface.
James Carlson spoke about some recent gains he's made as he continues to improve in a Sportsman.
I had a fun day on Saturday as I hit dad’s pool in the afternoon and then headed to the ball park to hear my daughter and her orchestra friends play the national anthem. Boy, did they do a great job.
Today we will be at Utica Rome doing TV for the Go Nuclear Late Model Series and it is always fun to do that. Plus we are voicing our show from earlier at Can Am so look for that on Time Warner Sports affiliates in New York State real soon.
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page and it is four real good ones. Jeff Blackburn tells me how he is doing as he got ready for his fourth race in a big block Modified and why he got off to a bit of a late start.
Joel Hargrave explained why he towed to Brewerton on Friday, wondered what his first race at the track would be like and how he is doing at Mohawk International Raceway.
Dylan Zacharias ran down how he is doing as he tries to learn how to race on a clay surface and compares it to racing on asphalt.
James Carlson spoke about some recent gains he has made as he continues to improve in a Sportsman as well as what he has been doing to learn.
|Saturday, July 11th 2015
| New on the Audio Page from the Brewerton Speedway:
Pre race conversations:
Colby Herzog told me how it felt to win his first feature race ever at Brewerton the week before.
Tim Kerr won his first ever Modified feature race last week and talked about when it sunk in.
After the heat races:
Sam Curcie explained why his heat win was so special and how his four cylinder family helped.
Vinnie Vitale looked over his notes and talked about his win in the first Modified heat race.
Chuck Bower pulled away in his Modified heat win and talked about what would change later.
Jim Witko dug out an old Modified from 2008 to win his heat and explained why he did the switch.
Gregg Kimball described a problem he was having and how his car was in his Sportsman heat win.
Steve Abt ground up his rear tire and told me about some things they found on his heat winning car.
After the features:
Chuck Powelczyk got back into victory lane with a convincing win and spoke with Bill Foley.
Vinnie Vitale won his first Modified feature since back in 2012 and talked about the close finish.
Chuck Bower came home in third place and told me why he was a little down about the result.
Chad Phelps talked about the positives he took away from his fourth place finish in the feature.
Jack Meeks made a pair of late race moves to win the Sportsman race and spoke with Mike Mallett.
It was a fun night at the D-Shaped Dirt Demon although not for all as a big crash in the Modified feature race involved at least 11 cars and damaged some of them severely. It was a track blocker and last week’s winner Tim Kerr came in late and ended up on his roof. It was a scary crash but fortunately nobody was hurt. Whew!
Vinnie Vitale held off a determined charge from Matt Sheppard, who avoided the wreck and came fro 23rd to 2nd, and won his first race since 2012 and the 7th of his career. I got three of the top four and they are on the Audio Page as well as many of the race night’s heat winners.
Jack Meeks swept the outside of Corey Barker just one lap after Barker had taken the lead. Meeks held on to win the Sportsman race and I have that victory lane chat up today for you too.
Track was nice and a good sized crowd was on hand too for a warm night next to the lake. I will be off today as my daughter and her summer camp orchestra is playing the national anthem at the Syracuse Chiefs game tonight. I missed it last time she did it and told myself I would not miss it if she did it again.
Of course baseball was my first love and a gig announcing in minor league baseball was the first thing on my post college resume. So I will have fun and get some time with the kids as well.
Tomorrow I will be doing some TV here at the house in the afternoon before heading to Utica Rome to do some more TV with Rich Vleck, Paul Szmal, Matt Thomas and the Go Nuclear Late Models. It will be a busy day but a fun one for sure.
And we will have some chats I saved from Friday up for you tomorrow so there will still be lots of new stuff up for you as you get ready for your weekend ender on Sunday.
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