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Sunday, September 2nd 2018
   New on the Audio Page for today from Land of Legends Raceway:
 
Marc Minutolo talked about his Street Stock feature win and why his front nose was falling off.
Adam DePuy won the Street Stock championship with his 8th place and described some problems.
Dave Marcuccilli got the win to pick up the Sportsman title and talked about how Friday helped.
Tyler Cartier spoke with me after picking up his first career A-main victory in a 305 Sprint Car.
Darryl Ruggles earned the 305 championship with his 2nd place and talked about some extra work.
Timmy Bordon Jr. got his first New Legends win and told me what they had to do to get back racing.
Steve Paine swept the weekend with his Modified win and talked about the new car that got it done.

It was a fun night but also a sad one as I announced the season finale at Land of Legends Raceway in Canandaigua. Fun as I did have a ball. Fun as Tim Downs let Allie try his Sportsman car to learn only how to shift it. But sad as this was the last race of the year in Canandaigua.

I have all the victory lanes up today as I was unable to get to the pits to do my usual heat race winner interviews as I was tied to the tower all night. I have all the feature winners and all the track champions too so we do still have cool stuff for you today.
 
I was also able to get some pre and post race chats that I saved to bring the total in the can to twenty. I’ll be in the studio late tonight as well and maybe late Monday although it is a holiday so I could be a little limited. And we may have more cool stuff coming too as everything just seems to be coming up roses these days.

Thanks to all of you who let me play in your world and I could not be happier. I’ll be back tomorrow too so be sure to stop back by for more from the racing world. I hope you have a great Sunday and Monday as well. 
 
Saturday, September 1st 2018
   New on the Audio Page for today from Brewerton Speedway:
 
After the heat races:
 
Danny Varin walked away to win his ESS heat race and talked about what he was seeing in the dash.  
Larry Wight made a late race pass to win his heat and told me how each of his racecars were doing.
Josh Azzi led all but one lap in his heat victory and explained why he was hoping the track stayed fast.
Tommy Sears ran the top side to get the lead and described why he went high and then stayed there.
Tim Sears Jr. stayed out front for every lap in his heat win and wondered if he might need to add fuel.
Gary Tomkins won a fun back and forth race out front and told me how a late caution helped him.
Steve Poirier spoke about his win in the ESS Dash for Cash and how some extra track time helped.
Hear some of the drivers who made it to the re-draw describe how their cars were in the heat races.
 
After the A-Main and the features:
 
Danny Varin dominated the 25 lap ESS A-Main and talked about some in car adjustments he made.
Larry Wight made a late race charge to finish second and spoke about why the top was a little better.
Jason Barney did a 360 spin under green on his way to a 3rd place and talked about a late race yellow.
Pat Ward took the lead before halfway and chatted about how good his car has been since a wreck.
Jimmy Phelps won the track championship with his 6th place and talked about what it meant to him.
Tyler Corcoran earned his first career Sportsman victory and spoke about how surprised he was.  
Dave Marcuccilli used a late race restart to get a win and talked about how well his fixed car raced.
Kevin Root picked up the Sportsman championship and spoke about the next thing he’d like to do.


A late day rain kept the racecars in the haulers a little longer than usual and made for a super fast night at Brewerton Speedway as the track stayed tacky and fast almost until the end on Friday night. There was some wild action as several Sprint Cars took wild rides but fortunately everyone was alright.

Danny Varin led every lap all night long on his way to his third Brewerton victory. Larry Wight, who was doing double duty with his Modified also, caught Varin late but could not get enough of a run off the bottom to get by and settled for second. Jason barney did a 360 spin during the race, fell back to fifth but worked his way back up to finish third. Good night huh?
 
Pat Ward grabbed the lead just before halfway on lap 17 and held off his teammate Larry Wight as Wight finished second in both of his races. And with Jimmy Phelps coming home in 6th it was enough for him to win the championship by single digits.

There was a first time winner in the first Sportsman race as Tyler Corcoran held off a charging Jeff Taylor who was also looking for his first win. Bonus points to Jeff for pulling up next to Tyler to congratulate him afterwards. Way to go both of you.
 
Dave Marcuccilli used a late race caution to get by Mike Stanton to win the second Sportsman race. I think Marcuccilli was going to get by Stanton under green but the yellow with five to go made it a little easier as Marcuccilli drove around him on the way into turn two and pulled away. With his fourth place finish in the first feature Kevin Root won the title easily over Mike Stanton who broke and did not finish.
 
And finally congrats to Mod Lite winner and champion Justin Williams. He won 9 of 13 starts on his way to the title and hopes to move to Sportsman some time down the road. Nice season Justin and we wish you all the best in the future.
 
We’ll be at Land of Legends raceway tonight as Allie will sing national anthems again and I will once again be handling announcer duties as I did two weeks ago. It’s a great tower to work with in Canandaigua and I am honored to close out the season there later tonight. I hope to see some of you there.
 
Regardless of where you go I hope you can pack a lot into this final weekend of summer. I hope you have fun and for all you racers please be safe and I hope that if you don’t win you can load your car back on the trailer easily and with no damage. Have fun guys and gals! 
 
Friday, August 31st 2018
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Rob Bellinger talked about his ninth place at Brewerton after being in a big crash two weeks ago.
Claude Hutchings Jr. told me about winning the Open Sportsman feature for the 2nd week in a row.
Jesse Pruchnik described how he won the CRSA race at Orange County and looks ahead to Saturday.
Jeff Ciglich recaps the final DIRT Modified Nostalgia Tour race of the year last week in Canandaigua.  
 
That was a nice day on Thursday wasn’t it? After a couple of really hot summer days we stayed in the low 70’s which seemed very nice as we got the kids over the fairgrounds to ride the rides and have a great time. They each brought a friend which made it that much better.
 
As for ma and I, we had some good food and watched as they smiled and had fun. It was nice and we were even able to sneak in a few buildings at the fair as well. It was a really nice day.
 
Today Allie and I will be heading to Brewerton Speedway as the Empire Super Sprints join the show and tomorrow I sub again at Canandaigua in their final race of the season. Where did it all go? I wish I knew!
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page today starting with a man who will race later tonight. Rob Bellinger talked about his ninth place at Brewerton after being in a big crash two weeks ago, described the work needed to fix it and how his small block is running.  
 
Claude Hutchings Jr. told me about winning the Open Sportsman feature for the second week in a row at Utica Rome, how quickly he got to the front and wonders what to do next season.  
 
Jesse Pruchnik described how he won the CRSA race at Orange County, how nice the racetrack was on his winning night and looks ahead to racing again this Saturday.

Jeff Ciglich recaps the final DIRT Modified Nostalgia Tour race of the year last week in Canandaigua, starts thinking about next season as well as some perfect storms that happened along the way.   
 
Thursday, August 30th 2018
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Joey Payne talks about his win last weekend at Wall Stadium and his plans to race again in a month.
Tony Komuda explains why we haven’t seen him much this year and what his late season plans are.
Robert Gage describes some of the differences as he moved from Novice to a full fledged Sportsman.
Quinn Wallis tells me about his move to Sportsman and how much different it is compared to Friday.

We had a busy day on Wednesday as we had a visit from family, visited a friend and got some work done. It was busy but fun as I got all my work done just before the line of storms hit our area. Whew!
 
We’ll be back to the NYS Fair today as it is ride day for my kids as they each get to bring a friend with them. We still have a few buildings that we missed that we’ll also see today but for the most part it is all about the kiddies today.
 
I’ll be at Brewerton Speedway with Allie on Friday as she will sing the national anthems and then again on Saturday at Land of Legends as I will be the substitute announcer again. Hope you guys have a great weekend and get to squeeze in all those late summer activities that you have not gotten in yet. Have fun!
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page starting with a driver who is smiling this week. Joey Payne talks about his win last weekend at Wall Stadium, how good it felt to win after his first winless season in decades and his plans to race again in a month. 
 
Tony Komuda explains why we haven’t seen him much this year, who is helping him get up to speed on the tracks and what his late season plans are.  
 
Robert Gage describes some of the differences as he moved from Novice to a full fledged Sportsman, when he was first exposed to racing and how running heavy equipment helps the learning curve.

Quinn Wallis tells me about his move to a Novice Sportsman, how much different it is compared to his front wheel drive ride on Friday and what he has been learning this year.   
 
Wednesday, August 29th 2018
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Donnie Lawson tells mehow he won his second in a row at Woodhull by switching to another engine.
Chris Mackey remembered a recent Fulton Speedway win and talked about having four wins in 2018.
Mark Yorker analyzes how his comeback has gone and why things have gone better than he thought.
Nicole Hoag prepared for her first laps at Fulton and talked about hitting the road a little more late.

It was a hot one on Tuesday and we hoofed around the NYS Fairgrounds while drinking lots of water and taking advantage of every bench and seat we saw. It was our see all the buildings and wander around day and we did have fun and got in a late night swim to cool off afterwards.
 
I’ll be back at it today and will be back in the studio as well. I’ll be writing a preview of this final weekend of summer and planning my weekend as I balance racing, golf and family. I think we’ve got it under control.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page as we begin with a man who is on a roll after a rough few months. Donnie Lawson tells mehow he won his second in a row at Woodhull by switching to another engine, explains why they engine works better and how he worked his way to the front from seventh. 
 
Chris Mackey remembered a recent Fulton Speedway win and talked about how he changed his line to stay up front and what it was like to watch a friend get a victory. 
 
Mark Yorker analyzes how his comeback has gone and why things have gone better than he thought as well as some adjustments they had to make after a wreck.  
 
Nicole Hoag prepared for her first laps at Fulton and talked about her last show at Outlaw Speedway and her hopes to be hitting the road a little more late in the season.   
 
Tuesday, August 28th 2018
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Tim Sears Jr. tells me about his win 10 days ago at Fulton and his 4th place at Brewerton on Friday.
Bret Belden shares what he was looking at as he watched the racing surface during the hot laps.
Matt Richardson just took his first ever laps in a Sportsman and talked about the stuff he learned.
Tony Veneziano reports on the World of Outlaw Sprint Cars out west as they got in races 49 & 50.  
 
I got a lot done on Monday as I did some writing and got five interviews done in the studio as we were in there for a long, long time. I’ll be at the NYS Fair today with my family to see all the buildings and fun stuff there before we got back on Thursday to ride the rides. It will be a fun week.
 
Not sure if I am going to a race this week or not as things are getting away from me and the “I better do this before summer is over” list still ha some things that are not checked off so we’ll see. I will be at Brewerton on Friday and back in the booth on Saturday in a substitute role announcing at Land of Legends Raceway.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page starting with an interview I missed last week that I got done on Saturday. Tim Sears Jr. tells me about his win 10 days ago at Fulton, his 4th place at Brewerton on Friday and the work they did to get an older car ready after a big wreck last time in the big block. 
 
Bret Belden shares what he was looking at as he watched the racing surface during the hot laps, how nice he thought the track was at Fulton after a rough week and how dry it was getting early. 
 
Matt Richardson just took his first ever laps in a Sportsman and talked about the stuff he just learned on the racetrack as well as how little time he had to think before the green came out. Nice job! 
 
Tony Veneziano reports on the World of Outlaw Sprint Cars out west as they got in races 49 & 50 and talked about some up and coming young talent while looking ahead to this weekend in Washington State.    
 
Monday, August 27th 2018
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Jordan McCreadie remembered his flip at Fulton last week and the work it took to get the car fixed.
Jessica Power recapped her wreck last Saturday night and the one she had at Can Am Speedway.
Dylan Zacharias told me about his new nickname and how tough local Sportsman racing is right now.
Kearra Backus thought back on her first win two weeks ago and her dad Aron offered his take also.
Hear the small block engine of Tommy Sears as it idles before the first hot lap session of the day.

The final week of summer is here and we are going to enjoy the heck out of it this week. We have a pair of trips to the NYS Fair coming up and we may be able to sneak a race in too. We’ll have to see. And we may have some other cool things coming up this week too.
 
I did get some worm done in the studio and will be at it again hard today and tonight. I may have to sneak out for a while if something comes together and if it does I’ll be sure to Facebook Live it for you. Keep your fingers crossed.
 
Now let’s chat more about what is on the Audio Page for today starting with a man who had a busy week after what happened to him last Saturday. Jordan McCreadie remembered his flip at Fulton last week, described the work it took to get the car fixed to race again and the lessons you can teach a youngster through racing.  
 
Jessica Power recapped her wreck last Saturday night at Fulton Speedway, the one she just had Friday night at Can Am Speedway and her hopes for some wreck free nights. 
 
Dylan Zacharias told me about his new nickname, explains why he is hearing it as he comes through the gate and how tough local Sportsman racing is right now.

Kearra Backus thought back on her first win two weeks ago, wondered if getting close earlier helped and then her dad Aron Backus offered his take on what it was like to see his daughter win. Nice!  
 
Hear the small block engine of Tommy Sears as it idles before the first hot lap session of the day and hear crew member Johnny Sacco offer his thoughts on how cool the engine sounds. Yeah, it’s bad ass alright!  
 
     
 
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