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Thursday, August 24th 2017
   New on the Audio Page for today:


Jeremy Wilder recapped his two features at Fonda and why he brought out a 358 Modified to Vernon.
Max McLaughlin walked me through his Friday at Brewerton where he won his 2nd Modified feature.
Brent Cross showed up at Fulton with his 358 Modified and told me who he was supporting at the race.  
Connor Cleveland explained how close he came to a win on Saturday and how he is doing this season.
Corey Barker talked abouthis first Sportsman win since 2015 and why he cut his hair right after it.
Kim Duell told me about his 3 win season at Albany Saratoga and his hopes for Utica Rome Sunday.
Shane Henderson is second in the Pro Stock points at U/R and talked about the need for some luck.
Robert Jeffrey shows me some of the great cars inside the Northeast Classic Car Museum in Norwich.
 
I had a great day on Wednesday as I wrote up a new column for the Syracuse Post Standard and Syracuse.com and did some website work as well. Lots of new interviews are up today and yes I did get my dates a little messed up and found no way to fix it but we’re back at full steam today.
 
In addition to the new audio I have a couple of new photo bins to view and one is tied to an interview I have up today. I know a lot of you watched How the Automobile Built America last week on History Channel and some of you may want to see some of these cars up close. Well there is a place in our own backyard where you can do so.

I visited the Northeast Classic Car Museum on Tuesday with Allie and my dad and he was blown away. I took a few photos, although not too many as I really want you guys to check this place out, and put those into a photo bin. For more info go to www.classiccarmuseum.org to find out more.

Now let’s chat about what we have for you to listen to on the Audio Page starting with some of my chats from this past weekend with many races you already know. Jeremy Wilder recapped his two features at Fonda, how much work they had to do during the week to bring out a 358 Modified to Vernon as well as why he likes to keep his hair long.

Max McLaughlin walked me through his Friday at Brewerton where he won his 2nd Modified feature, how close he came to winning the second race as well as how dramatic his win was at the end. 

Brent Cross showed up at Fulton with his 358 Modified and told me who he was supporting at the race as well as how he did in his first two shows earlier this season. 

Connor Cleveland explained how close he came to a win on Saturday and how he is doing this season at Airborne as well as who he will be chasing later at Utica Rome. 

Corey Barker talked abouthis first Sportsman win since 2015 as he won a race Saturday night at Fulton Speedway and why he had owner Laura Wight cut his hair right after it. 

Kim Duell told me about his three win season at Albany Saratoga and his hopes for Utica Rome Sunday as they had double features on the card as well as where he has improved later in 2017. 

Shane Henderson is second in the Pro Stock points at U/R and talked about the need for some luck to run down the leader as well as his times in the military with the Marines. 

Robert Jeffrey shows me some of the great cars inside the Northeast Classic Car Museum in Norwich and encourages car buffs to come to the museum and see the history inside.  www.classiccarmuseum.org.   
 
Wednesday, August 23rd 2017
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Mike Bowman recapped his rough night on Friday and what he had to do to the car to race Saturday.
Bodie Bellinger explained why he was at Utica Rome on Sunday and what he hoped he would learn.
Kevin Poitras told me about his first season on dirt as he made the move from Sportsman to a 358.  
Stephen Marshall spoke about his move up from novice and how things are going in his Sportsman.
Tony Finch thinks about how long it has been since he raced as he got ready to try his grandson’s car.
Tony Veneziano reports on the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series as they had 3 races in N. Dakota.  
 
I had a really good day on Monday as some relatives stopped over to see us and enjoy the pool. We had a great time and of course I did my usual Monday work in between catching up and even got some studio work done as well.
 
Today we’ll be on the road to the Northeast Classic Car Museum in Norwich as my dad and Allie will join me. I’ll record an interview when I’m down there and will air that on Thursday as well as the pictures I will take. I’ve been there before and it is well worth the trip for all you car buffs. Can’t wait. It’s gonna be a fun day.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page starting with some of my interviews from this past weekend. Mike Bowman recapped his rough night on Friday, described the big crash he was part of after a restart and what he had to do to the car to race Saturday.  
 
Bodie Bellinger explained why he was at Utica Rome on Sunday and what he hoped he would learn on this day as well as how he has been doing in the 2017 race season. 

Kevin Poitras told me about his first season on dirt as he made the move from Sportsman to a 358 Modified as well as why he decided he needed a little more power than he had in his crate. 

Stephen Marshall spoke about his move up from novice, how things are going in his Sportsman and ran down his racing background that started early with a multi-year break in between. 

Tony Finch thinks about how long it has been since he raced as he got ready to try his grandson’s car Saturday night at Fulton as well as what his goals were for the night. 

Tony Veneziano reports on the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series as they had 3 races in N. Dakota and 3 different winners while they prepare for two races this coming weekend.   
 
Tuesday, August 22nd 2017
   New on the Audio Page from Utica Rome Speedway:
 
After the heat races:
 
A.J. Miller talked about his win in the first KOD Sportsman heat and talked about the changing track.
Brian Pessolano won the third Sportsman heat and told me about some adjustments he was making.
Chris Mackey got the win in the 4th heat and described what made the track different on this night.
Marc Johnson told me about his win in the 358 heat race as well as his third place in the big block.
Allison Ricci spoke about her second place finish to Alan Johnson and reacted to drawing the pole.
Nick Stone led every lap to win his KOD Pro Stock heat and compared himself to another racer.
Luke Horning made a last lap pass to win his heat and talked about what the pass meant to him.


After the feature races:
 
Rob Yetman won the rained out KOD Pro Stock race and spoke about winning his first on the series.
Matt Sheppard dominated the Modified feature to win his fifth in a row and spoke about his race.
Rocky Warner talked about winning the KOD Sportsman race and the awesome track he raced on.
Chucky Dumblewski talked about win in the KOD Pro Stock race while Luke Horning joined in.  
Matt Sheppard swept the night with a KOD 358 Mod win and told me when he picked up the ride.
Erick Rudolph spoke about his 2nd place finish while Marc Johnson talked about finishing in third.

It was a late night but a super fun one at Utica Rome as they had 125 cars in the pit area for a King of Dirt Series triple header with the weekly big block Modifieds in there too just in case that wasn’t enough. Not only was the pit area packed but there was a really good crowd on hand too. It was fun.
 
Now we all knew this could be a late night and it was, but the track personal and officials really moved this thing along. They ran the rained out Pro Stock feature first on a track surface that reminded me of the old Outlaw Circuit days.

The track was tacky, fast and the cushion was tall. The Pro Stocks put on a great show and they are really good at Utica Rome. Last year’s Super DIRT Week winner Rob Yetman won that one.
 
Then they got moving on heats. There were fifteen altogether and they ran those off like clockwork. And here’s where I got messed up. I thought they would take a break but they just kept going. So I hustled and tried to chat with people in between heat races and yellow flags as they just went and went and went.

Must have been a great show for the fans as there was never a dull moment. Just race after race after race. Then once the features came there no break either. The track was so good that they never really had to do anything to it. Hats off guys. Nice work.
Matt Sheppard swept the night wining both the big block and 358 Modified races. He is on top of his game right now after an electrical issue sent him to the pits in his big block heat. He also won Friday night at Outlaw Speedway and was leading early in the Modified race at Canandaigua when the rains came. That will be made up later.
 
Chucky Dumblewski won the KOD Pro Stock race after a crash at the front jingled up the field. Dumblewski passed Luke Horning with ten laps to go and held on from there to get the win. The Pro Stocks were strong all night long and it was great to see a big field.
As for the Sportsman this one was all Rocky Warner who was pulling double duty with a 358 as well. He passed Connor Cleveland on lap four and drove away from the field. Kevin Root could keep up with Warner here and there before finishing second while Matt Janczuk came from way back racing up to third.

Afterwards we checked in with a few people in the pit area who had rough nights and made sure they were doing alright. Jessey, we’re thinking about your dad and praying for him to feel better real soon. Hope you get good news today and glad you’re better than okay after that flip. Not only did he drive away, he kept racing and finished 25th.
 
I’ll be in studio today and doing some writing as well for Syracuse.com and the Syracuse Post Standard. On Tuesday we’ll be heading to the Northeast Classic Car Museum in Norwich. Dad has never been and is hard core into classic cars like me and Allie, who you know is into cars, just watched How the Automobile Changed America with me on History Channel. So she is ready and excited to go to.

Allie and I went earlier this spring while it will be the first time for dad. There is a really good Italian restaurant on the main drag in Norwich and we’ll stop by there on our way back. Plan your visit by going to http://www.classiccarmuseum.org/ and don’t let the tiny façade fool you. It’s huge inside!
 
See you tomorrow with our Tuesday World of Outlaws update and more from my weekend.  
 
Monday, August 21st 2017
   New on the Audio Page from Fulton Speedway:
 
After the heat races:
 
Kearra Backus explained how she lost the lead and got it back on the last lap to win her heat race.
Corey Barker was the third different leader in his heat race and talked about how slippery it was.
Todd Root made a last lap, last corner pass to win his heat and explained why his car was not right.
Jessica Power was smooth in her heat win and told me how little she was moving her hands inside.
Billy Clark led every lap to win his heat and explained why he was staring down his brand new engine.
Jason Occhino won his Late Model heat race and talked about the history of the newer car he drove.
Tim Kerr fixed his wrecked car from Friday night, won his heat and described what they had to fix.
Chad Phelps rebounded from a tough night Friday and told me what he found low in his heat win.
Jim Witko ran the low line to win his heat race and told me about his win in the final Mod qualifier.
 
After the feature races:
 
Dale Caswell won his second Late Model feature of the year and talked about how fast the top was.
Jimmy Phelps came from 17th to 2nd and wondered why his car was a little free after the last yellow.
Jim Witko finished in third place and told me about running low and the work they did to fix the car.
Tommy Sears had a fourth place finish and described how his car was after working on it all day.
Max McLaughlin told me how he picked up a spot on the last lap after falling all the way to the back.

Somehow Fulton dodged the weather that was around our area (20% chance) and got in almost every lap of their show. The rains came just as the final Sportsman feature approached halfway and then once the field took the crossed flag it picked up and the night was done and since it was past halfway it was completed as well.
 
It was $20 a car load night with a fan fest behind the grandstand as several racers brought their cars up and greeted the fans. It was a nice promotion and the fans who were there I’m sure had a great time. Some stayed home because of the potential of some weather and they missed a fun night.
 
Tim Sears Jr. has had a busy few days as he and his wife had their first child on Thursday, he had two top five finishes on Friday and then won on Saturday in a loaner car from Larry Wight. Sears broke an engine the Friday before and Wight offered him a ride in one of his cars. How cool is that? What a great gesture to just let someone take out your $80,000 racecar and then let them drive the wheels off it. Cool indeed.

Sears had the field covered and even a restart with 9 laps to go meant nothing as he drove away for his third win of the season, all at Fulton Speedway. I got the top five afterwards and most of the heat race winners so enjoy all those and come back on Tuesday as I also got some pre-race chats as well.
 
Thanks to everyone at Fulton for letting Allie sing the national anthems. She did them in front of the crowd and did the best job she has done so far in a father’s opinion. I appreciate all of you putting up with all my talk about what she is doing these days as I am so happy for her and happy to see what putting her behind the wheel of a racecar has done for her confidence across the board. Thank you for putting up with me and encouraging me as I brag about her. Really…thank you!
 
Off to Utica Rome today for what has the potential to be a really big show with three King of Dirt races on tap. Don’t miss this one guys. It’s going to be something alright. I hope to see you there.  
 
Sunday, August 20th 2017
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Danny Varin talks about his ESS win Saturday night at Fonda and why he was missing Utica Rome.  
Rocky Warner explained why he was not at his race hauler and what he bought in Weedsport.
Ronnie Davis III told me how he won a pair of feature races last Friday night at Brewerton Speedway.
Kurt Stebbins spoke with Steve Ovens after his Crate Late Model win one week ago at Woodhull.
Stone Keller won the 270 Micro Sprint feature and spoke about his victory with Steve Ovens.
Tess Johnson got the win in the Warrior feature race at Woodhull and talked about her first win.

It was a rainy day on Friday although not everyplace saw some rain. We hope you all had a good day as I used it to get a lot of things done for the fall. I’ll have more on that later as I have some big things planned.
 
I’ll be at Fulton Speedway today and Utica Rome tomorrow so look for loads of good stuff from there over the next few days. There are a lot of good shows on tap tonight at tracks all around so be sure to get out and show your support.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page as a busy Saturday awaits us all. Danny Varin talks about his ESS win Saturday night at Fonda, why he was missing Utica Rome to attend Weedsport and how little experience he had at the track in a Sprint Car. 

Rocky Warner explained why he was not at his race hauler and what he bought in The Gear Box at Weedsport Speedway and how his weekend was at other tracks. 

Ronnie Davis III told me how he won a pair of feature races last Friday night at Brewerton Speedway and explained how he came from 14th to first in each race.  
 
Kurt Stebbins spoke with Steve Ovens after his Crate Late Model win one week ago at Woodhull as well as the night before to sweep the weekend. 

Stone Keller won the 270 Micro Sprint feature and spoke about his victory with Steve Ovens as well as how he re-took the lead after losing it late at Woodhull.  
 
Tess Johnson got the win in the Warrior feature race at Woodhull and talked with Steve Ovens about her first ever feature race win as well as what happened on the last lap.   
 
Saturday, August 19th 2017
   
 
Friday, August 18th 2017
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Jonathon Preston told me about his late night at Fonda and how he fell back to finish in fourth.
Dave Axton somehow finished Saturday on a flat and told me about getting back to run Weedsport.
Dylan Cecce won the Street Stock feature at Woodhull and talked about his tight race up front.
Dayton Brewer spoke with Steve Ovens after winning the Woodhull Raceway King of the Ring.
Shawn Gleason picked up the win in the FWD Four Cylinder feature and talked about is competitors.
Rich Vleck talked about the new edition of Speedway Showcase debuting this weekend on Spectrum.
Michael Vaters previews the Monster Truck Show this Saturday night at Can Am Motorsports Park.  
 
It has been an absolutely beautiful week here in Syracuse. The kids have been active and been in the pool every day this week as has my dad. He may have sold us this house but the pool is his perhaps still. I hope you all a great week just like we did.
Lots of good stuff on the Audio Page for you today as we relive my weekend travels, play some studio stuff and hear from or friend Steve Ovens as he sent us some Woodhull raceway clips. I hope you enkoy them.
 
I have some work to do today away from racing but will be at Fulton Speedway on Saturday as Allie will be singing the national anthems. It is $20 a car load night so bring your non-racing friends and show tem what it is like in our world.
 
Can Am has Monster Trucks on Saturday and some of the trucks will be on display today at FX Caprara Honda in Watertown so get on out there and see what these things look like up close. And as they say, Go Team Honda!
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page starting with a racer who ended up with a pair of top five finishes this past weekend. Jonathon Preston told me about his late night at Fonda with the Empire Super Sprints, how he fell back to finish in fourth and how fast the track was after some rain.
 
Dave Axton somehow finished Saturday on a flat, explained how it affected the car during the A-Main at Fonda and how much he was looking forward to getting back to run Weedsport.

Dylan Cecce won the Street Stock feature at Woodhull and talked with Steve Ovens about his tight race up front while thanking the fans for both their cheers and boos as well. 

Dayton Brewer spoke with Steve Ovens after winning the Woodhull Raceway King of the Ring as well as who showed him the best way to get into turn one at the track.

Shawn Gleason picked up the win in the FWD Four Cylinder feature and talked about is competitors as well as how tough it can be to run the cushion late in the night.  
 
Rich Vleck talked about the new edition of Speedway Showcase debuting this weekend on Spectrum and what is coming up this Saturday at Genesee Speedway in Batavia. 

Michael Vaters previews the Monster Truck Show this Saturday night at Can Am Motorsports Park and reminds fans to come to Fx Caprara Honda today from 12-6 p.m. to see the trucks up close.   
 
     
 
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