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Sunday, January 8th 2017
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Danny Varin talks about his new book, Smokescreen: The Tony Stewart-Kevin Ward Incident.
Nick Krause remembers his one win season in 2016 and talks about the new car he will have.

I had a fun day on Saturday as I got to do some work in the studio and hang out with an old friend Saturday to play some strat-o-matic baseball. It was a fun day to say the least.

  I did not get my new bowling ball however as it was not in yet. Tried to get in some practice but the lanes were scrubbed clean. My first shot went off the lane just past the 7 pin. After a few frames with my plastic ball breaking 20 boards I call it quits.

Also in the can is an interview with veteran Late Model racer Ricky Elliott that will be up on Monday. Plus I will be in the studio most of the day as we follow some playoff football. It will be a fun day as there are some great matchups. My Chiefs play next week and are hoping to have another chance at New England. We’ll see how that goes.

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page starting with a racer who wrote a book to clear his head from the memories of seeing someone killed on a racetrack. Danny Varin talks about his new book, Smokescreen: The Tony Stewart-Kevin Ward Incident, what motivated him to write it and his dad’s role in getting the book done. Order it on Amazon today! I already did.  

Nick Krause remembers his one win season in 2016, describes how tough it was to win early on before falling off late and talks about the new car he will have in his shop.  

 
Saturday, January 7th 2017
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Blane Smith talks about his season at Canandaigua and teaching his teenage son how to race.
Darren Forbes remembers his racing days and talks about helping his son in a 600 Micro Sprint.

The weekend is here and what a weekend it promises to be. For a lot of folks this weekend is all about working on racecars as The Chili Bowl begins in just a few days. And some racers are very busy in their shops as the start of the new year brings a certain amount of pressure to get that racecar done to be ready for the start of a new season.

On the site today we have a pair of racing dads who have been able to share tier love of racing with their sons and in the process have even more fun than they did when they first started. Both of these are good and within the next few weeks we’ll chat with the sons and get their take on racing with dad.

Plus tomorrow we’ll visit with Sportsman racer Nick Krause who is picking up his first brand new racecar today. And we will be back in the studio after I go and pick up a new bowling ball and try it out. It’s been probably about four years since I have done that so it is probably about time. Just like racecars, there is nothing like new.

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page starting with a stock car racing veteran. Blane Smith talks about his season at Canandaigua in a Pure Stock, teaching his teenage son how to race in the same division and realities of racing with just one leg. I’ll bet some of you didn’t know that did you?

Darren Forbes remembers his racing days in the Dwarf/Mod Lite division, explains why he got out of motocross earlier in life and talks about helping his son in a 600 Micro Sprint.

 
Friday, January 6th 2017
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Billy Van Pelt talks about Bicknell’s Open House and his new/old ride for 2017 at Woodhull.
Peter Britten tells me about his ride for Albany Saratoga and his hopes for his own equipment.

We had a good day on Thursday as we got some work done in the studio in between taking the kids to various activities. It’s nice that they are busy but Thursdays are always a busy day so thanks to Peter and Billy for making time for me.

I already have a pair of things set up for today and am always looking to do more so racers, if you are going to have a few free minutes message me and I’ll get you on.

Wishing all of you in the lake effect snow band all the best as they are piling the snow up in feet in the Tug Hill Plateau and other areas off of Lake Ontario. Did you see some of those pictures of the lake from Oswego? Man that lake is angry isn’t it?

Now let’s chat more about what is on the Audio Page as we visit with a pair of winning drivers from the Modified division. Billy Van Pelt talks about his role on the panel for Bicknell’s Open House, gives teams some valuable set up advice and tells me about his new/old ride for 2017 at Woodhull that we saw at Parts Peddler.  

Peter Britten tells me about his ride with Andy Romano for Albany Saratoga on Fridays, and his hopes for his own equipment as well as how thankful he was for HBR to provide it to him.    

 
Thursday, January 5th 2017
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Bob Slack talks about the Bicknell Racing Products Open House on Saturday January 14th.
Tony Veneziano reports on Sprint Car racing from Australia and looks ahead to the Chili Bowl.

I got back to work yesterday after mu holiday vacation and had a lot of fun getting back n the studio. I have both the conversations I recorded up for you today so I hope you enjoy what we have for you.

It was a great vacation and I will have a Doug’s Thoughts coming up any day where I will talk about the coming season and all kinds of other stuff that is rolling around my ADHD brain. I also have a column up today on Syracuse.com/motorsports and in the Post Standard about the racing from Australia and next week’s big Chili Bowl which will see a record number of entries this time around.

We also have somebody new on the site today and anytime I meet someone new I like to see how they got to where they are today. Make sure to listen to my Bob Slack interview as we look ahead to the Bicknell Open House and talk about how he made a name for himself in this business. It’s a great chat and one I know you will like.

Now let’s chat more about that chat on the Audio Page and more as we get back to new stuff today. Bob Slack talks about the Bicknell Racing Products Open House on Saturday January 14th, describes some of the activities and tells me how he made his way into the racing business. Good one here guys!  

Tony Veneziano reports on Sprint Car racing from Australia and looks ahead to next week’s Chili Bowl while giving me some perspective on why this one event has become so popular.  

 
Wednesday, January 4th 2017
   

Most listened to of December 2016:

Jeremie Corcoran talks about some new ventures for 2017 and Canandaigua’s status for 2017.
Kevin Ward Sr. talked about preparing the surface and the four karts he had at the show.
Pete Bicknell talks about the sale of Merrittville Speedway and who will run it in 2017.
Alan Rudalavage reviews his championship season and talked about winning his first title.
Jeremy Wilder talks about having his best season ever and how they cut down on DNF’s.

Jeremie Corcoran talks about three new ventures for 2017 at the New York State Fairgrounds, why Canandaigua Motorsports Park will be independent next season and recalls a life changing moment that affected his life tremendously. Hit the play button and get comfortable guys!   

Kevin Ward Sr. talked about preparing the surface and the four super fast karts he had at the show and how the family is doing back home with a dirt track in their back yard.  

Pete Bicknell talks about the sale of Merrittville Speedway, who will run it in 2017 and how the whole thing came to be after several other offers fell through. Good stuff here at the end of this chat too as we talk chassis and the new W-16 engine!  

Alan Rudalavage reviews his first ever championship season and talked about doing so in front of his family & friends as well as what he is thinking about for next year. As always it’s a lot of fun to talk to Alan even though he is so bashful!  

Jeremy Wilder talks about having his best season ever with seven wins, ran down the two things you need to do to cut down on DNF’s and remembers one very special night at Fonda.  

 
Tuesday, January 3rd 2017
   

Most listened to of November 2016:

Joe Marotta talks about Gary Montgomery and his long career in racing and business.
Richie Tobias talked about his racing business and shared some great stories from his past.
Steve Poirier talks about winning his 7th ESS Championship and remembers one interview.
Ronnie Johnson hung out the Teo booth last weekend and talked about his championship.
Marc Johnson reviews his championship season that saw his win four feature races.

Joe Marotta talks about losing Gary Montgomery on Wednesday, his long career in racing and how they kept in touch while working at different speedways.  

Richie Tobias talked about his racing business and shared some great stories from his past. Really good one here guys that you really need to sit back and listen to.  

Steve Poirier talks about winning his 7th ESS Championship, when he decided to race more rather than scale back and remembers one particular interview where he tried to be a little more colorful. Oops!  

Ronnie Johnson hung out the Teo booth last weekend and talked about his championship season, how well things went with a new car owner and looks ahead to this season.  

Marc Johnson reviews his championship season that saw his win four feature races at his Friday home, which of those wins mean the most to him and wonders about a big block for 2017.  

 
Monday, January 2nd 2017
   

Most listened to of October 2016:

Tim Fuller led every lap to win the Salute to the Troops 100 and talked about his fast little motor.
Stewart Friesen won the big one at Super DIRT Week for the 5th time and talked about the win.
Jimmy Phelps spoke to the crowd after winning the Outlaw 200 in a shorter 188 lap version.
Kyle Petty takes a look back at Dover on Sunday and looks ahead to Charlotte on Saturday.Hear from many of the big block drivers as I chat with them as they are introduced on Sunday.

Tim Fuller led every lap to win the Salute to the Troops 100 at Super DIRT Week and talked about his fast little motor as well as what this win could mean to 358 racing.  

Stewart Friesen won the big one at Super DIRT Week for the 5th time although at Oswego Speedway this time and talked about the win as well as the pass that got him the lead.   

Jimmy Phelps spoke to the crowd after winning the Outlaw 200 after rain shortened the event to 188 laps, what it is like to win it for the second time and what a boost it is for his team. 

Kyle Petty takes a look back on the Sprint Cup Series race at Dover last Sunday and previews Charlotte on Saturday and gives me some tips on how to get around this unique racetrack.  

Hear from many of the big block drivers as I chat with them as they are introduced to the crowd on Sunday and get ready for the Bud Light 200 at Super DIRT Week. Lots of drivers here so don’t miss it.  

 
     
 
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