|Saturday, August 8th 2015
| New on the Audio Page from the Brewerton Speedway:
After the heat races:
Steve Abt talked about his last lap pass for the heat win and how he knew he had to go low.
Chris Cunningham gets interviewed by fellow driver Mike Button after his Sportsman heat win.
Earl Rudy won the final Sportsman heat race and talked about the need to make some changes.
Ricky Yelle wrecked in the final corner of his heat race and explained why he had to load up.
Larry Wight told me about the low line he used in his heat win and why went up to the top late.
Chris Hile got the win in the second Modified heat and told me how an old Go Pro camera helped.
After the feature races:
Earl Rudy picked up his 2nd Brewerton win of the season and spoke about it with Adam Buchanan.
Matt Fink won his first race at Brewerton in four years and talked with Bill Foley about traffic.
Tim Sears Jr. finished in second place and talked about gaining late as well as how his car handled.
Chris Hile led the first lap before finishing third and told me why he should have run up high.
I had a fun night at the Brewerton Speedway as I got to see some darned good racing done in a very quick fashion too. They really run these shows along at Brewerton and the Modifieds are done most nights well before ten o’clock so for those who had a long day they have the option of going home early if they need to without missing the headline class.
I’ve also been real impressed with the Sportsman division at Brewerton not just because of their consistent car counts (22-25) but also the quality of the racing. Once again it was a real good show on Friday with Earl Rudy picking up his second win of the season. The heat races were also very good with lots of passing up front and back through the field. Way to go Sportsman teams!
In the Modified race it was nice to see Matt Fink get the win, his first at the track since August 5th in 2011. He held off a determined Tim Sears Jr. who actually gained on Fink a little in the closing laps.
I did get a lot of interviews done although less pre race than usual as I tried to go a little longer. Of course I am always looking to change things up a little and am looking for your feedback. Would you rather have less interviews of longer length or more interviews of the shorter variety? Send me your thoughts guys.
It was also great to see my friend Dr. Phillip Claussen race here in central New York. This guy works with athletes from the Bahamas who compete in games like the Olympics and the Pan American Games. And he is a racer like us. He came to town to run with the Vintage Cars at Weedsport and Brewerton this weekend. He finished 4th and 3rd in an unfamiliar car. I’ll have my interview with him up later in the week so look for that and his interview from Thursday where he gives some great tips to drivers on how to properly stretch before getting in the racecar.
He also was nice enough to work with me on my golf swing Friday afternoon. I am still nursing a tendon strain on my left leg but hope to get back on the course next weekend. If I can use what he taught me I should be much improved. Thanks for all your help Phil and I can’t wait to see you again.
I’ll have more for tomorrow but I need to get busy this next few days as we have a dumpster coming Monday as we get ready for our big move to a super nice house. I’ll be a little down on content this week as I will be so busy but know that this will only be temporary and we’ll be back up to speed on and off over the next few months. But we’re not going anywhere as I love what I do and enjoy it more than you’ll ever know.
|Friday, August 7th 2015
|New on the Audio Page
from Weedsport Speedway
Pre race conversations:
and David Marcuccilli
tease each other before they go out for their heat races.
talks about the Vintage car he is driving and offers drivers some tips on stretching.
finished sixth in his time trial group and explained how tight it was in his group.
watched the first few laps of the first heat and spoke about his fast time award.
After the heat races:
Phil Vigneri III
won the first Sportsman heat race and talked about his season at Raceway 5.
sat in the grandstand as a fan and told me about his victory in the 1st
pulled away to win his Sportsman heat and compared himself to other winners.
explained why he was going to go with a standard slick track Weedsport set up.
switched lanes at the start of his heat win and talked about his battle up front.
talked about his Modified heat win and another big race he’ll be following Saturday.
After the feature races:
spoke with Shane Andrews
on Victory Hill after his Sportsman feature win.
took over the lead on lap 55 and spoke about his big series win with Shane Andrews
made it a 1-2 sweep for his team finishing 2nd and thanked fans for their support.
had a solid third place run and spoke about his race night with Shane Andrews
came home in 4th
place in the race and wondered if he and his team turned the corner.
finished in 5th
and told me how his car was as well as the troubles they had early.
picked up 3 spots to finish 7th
and wondered if he had a bind somewhere in the car.
salvaged a 9th
place after a tough start to his day and talked about being better next time.
ran as high as 2nd
early and talked about his jingle and how he worked up to 10th
I had a fun night as the Hall of Fame 100 headlined the show at the Weedsport Speedway. Dave Marcuccilli won the Sportsman main while Matt Sheppard led a 1-2 HBR team sweep in the 100 lap Super DIRTcar Series race.
There was a good crowd on hand and a nice field of cars including the Vintage Stock Cars which did a real good job entertaining the fans. It was a fun night and I got a lot done over the course of the evening and met some new folks.
I did put up a lot of new audio as the teams stuck around a few minutes more than usual giving me a chance to get the greater portion of the top ten. I will be at Brewerton tonight and will have more from that show up tomorrow.
Be sure to check out all the new stuff on the Audio Page and we hope to be back tomorrow with more. We did save some interviews too and those will go up starting on Sunday.
|Thursday, August 6th 2015
| New on the Audio Page for today:
Gary Balough talked about going into the DIRT Hall of Fame and the revolutionary Batmobile.
Donnie Wetmore told me how he felt going into the DIRT HOF and how his brother helped.
Barb Clark got ready for her Hall of Fame Induction and talked about the women before her.
Jimmy Phelps previewed today’s Hall of Fame 100 and spoke about Super DIRT Week 2015.
I had fun last night as I drove out to Weedsport for the induction ceremonies for the DIRT Hall of Fame. Of course two of the people inducted this year are very special to me so there was no way I was missing this.
Shane Andrews and all the presenters did a great job and I thoroughly enjoyed the event. And if you have not been to the Hall of Fame in a while you really need to go as they moved a lot of things around which really improves the flow of the place. It looks great so again, if it has been more than a year since you have been there you really need to go.
I got to chat with four people there are all those are up for you today. As of now I’ll be looking at doing races tonight and Friday. The rest of the weekend is a question mark as I have so much to do here at the house and a friend from my college days is in town. So yes, it will be a busy weekend but a fun one.
And to top that off I have a hamstring strain again as my left hamstring is all black and blue almost one year to the day as the same time I did it last year. Man, it stinks to get old.
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page starting out with a winner whose car changed everything in the Modified world. Gary Balough talked about his induction into the DIRT Hall of Fame, the revolutionary Batmobile and how he won the first race he ever participated in.
Donnie Wetmore told me how he felt going into the DIRT Hall of Fame, how his brother helped by giving him his first racecar and shared some memories from his past.
Barb Clark got ready for her Hall of Fame Induction and talked about the women before her who made it possible as well as how much she enjoyed the article written about her.
Jimmy Phelps previewed today’s Hall of Fame 100, described some work they have been doing at the track and spoke about Super DIRT Week 2015.
|Wednesday, August 5th 2015
| New on the Audio Page for today:
Vic Coffey analyzes how he is doing this year and wonders what he can do to be a little faster.
Mike Bowman tells me how he likes his new car and remembers an almost big crash in Vernon.
Bob Henry Jr. explained why we have not seen him much this year as he got ready for race #2.
Mike Walton talked about how he landed a ride in an open Sportsman for two weeks at Utica Rome.
Tony Veneziano reports on the latest World of Outlaws races as the series headed north to Canada.
It was a stormy day on Tuesday and I got a lot done here at the house as we get ready to put our house on the market. Of course we still have a lot of work to do and it seems a little daunting at this stage as some of you could guess.
Today I will be writing up a new story for the Syracuse Post Standard and then heading to Weedsport for the DIRT Motorsports Hall of Fame induction ceremonies. It is always fun to go to the event once a year and even more fun when you know some of the people getting inducted. I hope to see some of you there as it will surely be a fun day.
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page starting with a driver who is searching for speed right now. Vic Coffey analyzes how he is doing this year and wonders what he can do to be a little faster as he returns to weekly Modified racing for the first time in several years.
Mike Bowman tells me how he likes his new car after a few races and remembers an almost big crash in Vernon as well as how it can shake you for a bit.
Bob Henry Jr. explained why we have not seen him much this year with his small block Modified as he got ready for just his second race of the season.
Mike Walton talked about how he landed a ride in an open Sportsman for two weeks at Utica Rome and how it felt the first night in the car where he picked up 7 spots.
Tony Veneziano reports on the latest World of Outlaws races as the series headed north to Canada and looks ahead to some big races the new few weeks in the Midwest.
|Tuesday, August 4th 2015
| New on the Audio Page for today:
Stewart Friesen talked about his Fonda Speedway win on Saturday and his big win on Wednesday.
Tommy Sears tells me about his Modified win at Fulton and how close the race was at the end.
Pete Taylor remembered an anxious moment from a few weeks back and talked about his season.
Claude Hutchings Jr. described how he was feeling two weeks after the worse crash of his career.
Earl Rudy explained why he was racing on Sunday and looked ahead to Thursday in Weedsport.
It was a nice day on Monday as the big storms they predicted did not materialize, at least not where we were. I did some work in the studio and did some writing for the Syracuse Post Standard. It was a good day and a fun one as well.
I’ll be back tomorrow with more from the studio and more from the road. Then on Wednesday I will be in Weedsport for the first of two days as the DIRT Motorsports Hall of Fame inducts their class of 2015. And I have a close connection with two of the inductees so it will be a fun day for me as I watch some worthy people get honored by their peers.
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page for today. Stewart Friesen talked about his Fonda Speedway win on Saturday, his big win on Wednesday at the Jack Johnson Tribute Race and looks ahead to a busy week with his Modified.
Tommy Sears tells me about his Modified win at Fulton, how close the race was at the end and why he knew he could trust the man who was chasing him late.
Pete Taylor remembered an anxious moment from a few weeks back and talked about his 2015 season at Utica Rome as well as why he got out for a few years.
Claude Hutchings Jr. described how he was feeling two weeks after the worse crash of his career as well as the big block engine & new chassis back at his shop.
Earl Rudy explained why he was racing on Sunday after a rainout on Friday and looked ahead to Thursday in Weedsport while reflecting on some of his past at the track.
|Monday, August 3rd 2015
| New on the Audio Page from the Utica Rome Speedway:
Tana Robinson previews the Alex Friesen Summer Nationals taking place Tuesday at Ransomville.
After the heat races:
Mike Mahaney tells me why his Modified caught on fire, how he is doing and how he stayed safe.
Chris Mackey talked about winning his Modified heat race and his concern for a fellow driver.
Larry Wight won convincingly in his heat race and spoke about looking around for some grip.
A.J. Filbeck ran down the leader to win his heat and told me how good it is to win like he did.
Rocky Warner described the move he made to get the lead and go on to win his qualifying heat.
Cody Clark spoke about his heat win and what they have found set up wise that seems to be working.
Jeremy Vunk gets interviewed by Heat Carney and tells him how his Sportsman was in his win.
Jack Miller explained how being patient helped him win his heat and what his rules are for racing.
After the feature races:
Eddie Ostrander got the win in the Pro/Street feature race and talked about it with Bill Foley.
Larry Wight won the Modified feature race going away and spoke about his victory with Bill Foley.
Rocky Warner pulled off an amazing move in turn four to get the lead and talked about his win.
Jeremy Vunk won in convincing fashion in the open Sportsman race and spoke with Camden Proud.
It was a fun night at the Utica Rome Speedway as I went and checked out the racing from the big half mile in Vernon. A nice field of races was on hand as the summer begins to wind down.
Scary moment in the heat race as Mike Mahaney’s Modified caught fire on the second lap of the event. He jumped out quickly but not before Matt Sheppard got caught up in the deal hitting Mahaney as he was slowing down. There was no place for Sheppard to go as Mahaney needed to get his car stopped as quickly as possible so he could get out.
Mahaney was alright although his race suit was singed badly. The car will need a lot of work as will Sheppards. Matt came back out to try to finish the race but had to switch to a back up car and start last in the feature race.
The Mods were all about Larry Wight as he dominated the race for a big win. Eddie Ostrander took the Mark Effner owned stock car to a win while Rocky Warner pulled off an amazing move to win the crate Sportsman race. Is there any question that this guy has the talent to run Modifieds? Not as far as I can tell and hopefully he will get the chance soon.
After a couple of rough weeks, Jeremy Vunk won the Open Sportsman race to finish out the night. It was a lot of fun and I will have more from the event up tomorrow and Wednesday. As for the rest of the week, I hope to hit the Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Wednesday and the Super DIRTcar Series race on Thursday in Weedsport.
We’re still chugging away here as we get ready for move and we’ll be very busy this week. Wish us well as we are still a long ways off from being able to show our house.
|Sunday, August 2nd 2015
| New on the Audio Page from my quick trip to Fulton Speedway:
Larry Wight spoke about some changes at Fulton, the big week ahead and Wednesday at Fonda.
Chris Hile told me about the new car he is working with and shares some memories from Weedsport.
Jim Spano remembered his start in racing in Weedsport and tells me why his car has green on it.
Chuck Bower talked about a new sponsor, Friday’s rain out and getting back to a favorite track.
I only had a small window to get things done on Saturday as was only able to get a few minutes in the pit area at Fulton Speedway. I did get four nice interviews done and I put all those up for today.
My wife had a high school reunion so I was home with the kids. Heck, babysitters are expensive so it was just not feasible to do anything. But today is all clear and I will be heading to Utica Rome for some Sunday fun.
Now let’s chat more about what I have for you on the Audio Page for you as we wind our weekend down. Larry Wight spoke about some changes at Fulton & Brewerton, the big week ahead with three Super DIRTcar Series races and Wednesday’s show at Fonda.
Chris Hile told me about the new car he is working with, shares some memories from Weedsport as they get ready for Thursday’s big show and comments on how his wife’s car is coming along.
Jim Spano remembered his start in racing in Weedsport, explained how he won a championship in his first year there and tells me why his car now has green on it.
Chuck Bower talked about a new sponsor he just added to his Modified, Friday’s rain out at Brewerton and getting back to one of his favorite tracks later this coming week.
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