|Wednesday, October 16th 2013
| New on the Audio Page for today:
Richie Tobias spoke about his hopes to find a ride for Syracuse and Wednesday’s at Kutztown.
Bobby Varin talked about his hopes for Sunday and described the work they did to the new car.
Mat Williamson prepared for the Salute to the Troops 150 and talked about his Friday night.
Larry Wight explained why he chose a pit stall next to the access road and the benefits of it.
Marc Johnson would start third on Saturday and told me about his hopes for the 150 lapper.
Pete Stefanski told me what sent him to the hospital twice and how he is feeling these days.
Well I did not get done nearly as much as I had planned on Tuesday as the kids were off from school and my wife worked. So that meant a day of fun for me and my girls. We did a lot of cool things and I finally got caught up on everything here that I had neglected last week.
I have more from Super DIRT Week up for today and will be in studio so I can begin to talk about what we still have coming up as the 2013 season is not over yet. Don’t forget Penn Can Speedway is running Friday and Saturday with mods headlining the first day followed by Sportsman and 305 Sprints the next. Allie and I should be down on Friday if all works out well.
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page to listen to today. Richie Tobias spoke about his hopes to find a ride for Syracuse and Wednesday’s at Kutztown. He remembered the deal he had for last year, who had fun with his SpeedSTR’s and how well the crowd responded to the show.
Bobby Varin talked about his hopes for Sunday and described the work they did to the new car. He told me how happy he was with the qualifying effort and the top notch crew he had with him.
Larry Wight explained why he chose a pit stall next to the access road and the benefits of it. He talked about the need to get some extra fuel mileage and how little he learned from Saturday morning’s practice.
Mat Williamson prepared for the Salute to the Troops 150 and talked about his Friday night. He told me how got behind a little in qualifying and why he had to think big picture for the race as he is running for the 358 title.
Marc Johnson would start third on Saturday and told me about his hopes for the 150 lapper. He talked about how happy he was with the week so far and what would make for as good day on the mile for him and his team.
Pete Stefanski told me what sent him to the hospital twice and how he is feeling these days. He talked about how it felt to get back behind the wheel of his Pro Stock, how the week has been going so far and how his long term health looks now. And for those of you who have not had your colonoscopy please get it done.
|Tuesday, October 15th 2013
| New on the Audio Page for today:
Rick Laubach explained how an ignition problem with the small block hurt across the board.
Justin Haers summed up how his week went at Syracuse and what they did to get a little better.
Wayne Jelly spoke about his hopes for Saturday’s race and some suspension changes they made.
Rich Scagliotta finished a snack and told me about a noisy issue he had while on the racetrack.
Tim Sears Jr. got ready for Saturday’s race and told me how his car was in the 20 lap qualifier.
Vinnie Vitale made a last minute decision to go to Rolling Wheels and talked about his big win.
Jeff Sykes told me how happy he was with his time trial and how comfortable his car felt.
I hope you all are feeling back to normal after a great Super DIRT Week. I am still in a fog a little bit but usually by Tuesday I am back to normal. My knees are a little sore today as they always are but we’ll be back up to speed in time for bowling on Thursday.
I did do some more writing as I did an overview of the event for the Syracuse Post Standard and you can also read it online at www.syracuse.com/motorsports. After writing in specifics all week long, I tried to do this one as a fly on the wall. Let me know what you think if you can please.
I have a lot of new audio up for you today and we’ll have a lot for you this week from the event. We’ll also get back in the studio later this week and we have plans to go to Penn Can on Friday. We’ll do some more races when we can and I am more into racing a now than I have been for quite some time. Not that we weren’t before, but the level of excitement is high as it always is after a successful Super DIRT Week. I am pumped up!
But I am going to spend some extra time with my kids as all I did during Super DIRT Week was wake up, go the event, write about the event, do the website and go to bed. Now I can have some extra daddy time with my girls and as soon as I finish this, that is what I am going to do.
Now let’s chat more about the new stuff on the Audio Page from Super DIRT Week. Rick Laubach explained how an ignition problem with the small block hurt across the board. He told me how that hurt the big block effort and how fast he feels his car are despite the lack of laps.
Justin Haers summed up how his week went at Syracuse and what they did to get a little better. He talked about how a big change in the format could change things and why you still need to be there at the end.
Wayne Jelly spoke about his hopes for Saturday’s race and some suspension changes they made. He explained why he would go for it early and how much different the track was compared to the night before.
Rich Scagliotta finished a snack and told me about a noisy issue he had while on the racetrack. He talked about how that problem cost him a win and how good his car felt in the race.
Tim Sears Jr. got ready for Saturday’s race and told me how his car was in the 20 lap qualifier. He talked about the need for some laps and how the lighting on Friday night made it tough to see at times.
Vinnie Vitale made a last minute decision to go to Rolling Wheels and talked about his win that earned him the final starting spot in the Syracuse 200. He told me how nice it was to win his first ever at the track and remembered some of his tough luck past in Elbridge.
Jeff Sykes told me how happy he was with his time trial and how comfortable his car felt. He remembered going three wide at the start and described how the morning practice went with his small block.
|Monday, October 14th 2013
| New on the Audio Page from Super DIRT Week XLII:
Rob Yetman won for the first time at Syracuse and talked about what a great season he has had.
Pete Stefanski finished 2nd in the Pro Stock race and told me how long it took for his car to improve.
Glenn Forward talked about his third place finish and how happy he was with the end result.
Ryan Godown would start 30th in Sunday’s Syracuse 300 and analyzed the track he was seeing.
Jeff Rockefeller told me some of what he learned on Friday and what his plans were for Sunday.
Matt Sheppard spoke with Race Pro Weekly about the motor problem he had in the 200 lapper.
Peter Britten described the heavy crash he had in turn three and how he was feeling afterwards.
Billy Dunn spoke about his sleepless night and what it felt like to win the big one at Syracuse.
Larry Wight explained how his pit strategy changed and how he knew he was okay on fuel.
Ryan Godown picked up 27 spots to finish 3rd and explained how he made it 117 laps at the end.
Tim Hindley sat in his Modified and talked about how a late pit stop earned him a 4th place.
Duane Howard talked about his fifth place finish and a change with the race team he drove for.
Kevin Albert reacted to watching Duane Howard drive his dad’s Modified to a 5th place finish.
Stewart Friesen shared his thoughts on his tough day at Syracuse as he ran out of fuel late.
Brett Hearn talked about the end of the 200 lapper and how it played out like he thought it would.
Kenny Tremont told me about his race strategy and wondered why they ran out of fuel early.
Jimmy Horton had a racecar that sounded sick and told me when the header on his car broke.
Jeff Rockefeller came home in 12th place and talked about the next stop for his Syracuse car.
Super DIRT Week XLII is now history and what a week it was. The weather could not have been better and we went the whole week without a drop of rain. How many times has that happened? It can’t be too many.
Billy Dunn made up for the heartbreak from the day before by winning the Syracuse 200. And while he watched Brett Hearn go by on the last lap on Saturday, Dunn got to be the one speeding by everyone as he pitted late and won the biggest race of his career.
Of course late race drama is nothing new to this event. The hopes of turning this into something other than a fuel mileage race were dashed as multiple teams ran out in the closing laps, but the result made for a loud grandstand as the fans who watched Billy’s heartbreaker on Saturday were more than happy to celebrate with him on Sunday.
I got the entire top five as well as many other finishers at the end of this one. Plus I was able to save lots from the past few days so we will have more from the event for you this week. Hey, it’s just too much so it is always best to save some rather than put it all up and have you miss it.
Congrats also goes out to Rob Yetman who also won his first race on the mile as he took home the victory in the Pro Stock Championship. I could have sworn he had won before but he had not so it had to feel great to him to finally get it done at Syracuse.
We are also hoping for a speedy recovery for Pro Stock racer Milo Campbell as he was t-boned on the backstretch and had to cut from his car. He was taken for an ambulance ride and may have been transported to a local hospital. His team worked hard just to get him in the race after a wreck on Friday so this is the last thing they needed. We wish you a speedy recovery Milo and hopefully you and your team will be back to Syracuse again.
I need to sleep and get my thoughts together so I will be back tomorrow with more including a Doug’s Thoughts on the event. And I’ll put some more pics on facebook tomorrow as well but I am spent as of now. Hope you all had a great time and I’ll see you tomorrow.
|Sunday, October 13th 2013
| New on the Audio Page from Super DIRT Week XLII:
Rocky Warner spoke about his win in the second Sportsman non-qualifiers race at Syracuse.
David Marcuccilli won the final Sportsman non-qualifier and talked about his first Syracuse win.
Brian McDonald took home the win in the second 358 qualifier and told me how he did it.
Rob Yetman earned the pole for today’s Pro Stock race and talked about some big changes.
Hear the 358’s idle on pit road, run on the track and head down pit road before the 358 feature.
Chris Raabe told me why he pulled his car behind the wall while running in second place.
Stewart Friesen explained what he thought happened to his motor while leading the 150 lapper.
Ronnie Johnson pulled behind the wall with a left front flat tire and told me how it happened.
Brett Hearn picked up his 5th win in the Salute to the Troops 150 and talked about the last lap.
Tim Fuller told me who he was rooting for to get the win as he came home in second place.
Alain Boisvert was very happy after his third place finish and talked about the gamble he took.
Jimmy Horton was surprised with his 4th place finish and told me about the deteriorating track.
Matt Billings was the Hard Charger of the race and told me how he picked up 31 spots to finish 5th.
Billy Dunn spoke about running out of gas on the final lap while leading and the heartbreak.
Dan Wiesner described how he was feeling after a hard crash in turn three in the Sportsman race.
Brad Rouse talked about his emotional victory with a car done in the memory of Bob St. Amond.
It was a wild day at Syracuse as Super DIRT Week XLII winds down today with the running of the Syracuse 200 as well as the BAAC Off Pro Stock Championship. The Salute to the Troops 150 had all the drama you would want and more as the lead was not the place to be until the final lap.
Early on Ronnie Johnson was right on point as he took off from the pole and led the first 24 laps. He and many other frontrunners pitted on lap 25 and before things cycled back around Stewart Friesen had worked his way to the top spot and seemed to be on his way to his first 358 win at Syracuse.
But he pitted on lap 99 and pulled immediately behind the wall with motor problems. What a story it would have been after coming from the rear in his Friday night qualifier with a borrowed motor.
After that, Johnson inherited the lead but he too ran into trouble when there was contact between himself and Billy Dunn as Dunn worked the inside on the backstretch. The contact caused Johnson’s left front tire to go flat and he would also pull it back behind the wall done for the day.
Now that left Billy Dunn as the leader and he looked to be on his way to his first Syracuse win. But as he drove under the white flag, his car sputtered and slowed in turn one as Hearn swept by on the outside. It was a heartbreaker for Dunn and a big win for Hearn. Don’t forget that Hearn lost last year in a similar situation when he ran out of gas late.
Hearn was followed by Tim Fuller, Alain Boisvert, Jimmy Horton and Canadian Matt Billings who came from 36th to 5th after racing in the non-qualifiers race earlier that day.
In the Sportsman race, Brad Rouse won in a Bob St. Amond tribute car as Amond’s granddaughter, Rouse’s wife, watched. It was quite a scene as the family celebrated with the root beer colored #30 in victory lane.
I got a lot of new audio and most of that is up. I did save some pre-race stuff for release during the week and will so the same today as I hope to get there at about 11:30.
And be sure to check my facebook page as I am putting up some more photos there from my day at Super DIRT Week XLII. There is just one day left so be sure to get there to see what drama unfolds today. And you know it will.
|Saturday, October 12th 2013
| New on the Audio Page from Super DIRT Week XLII:
Adam Hilton described the track he saw as he sat on pit road after his Sportsman time trial.
Steve Barber talked about how his Sportsman ran in his time trial as he sat on the early pole.
Jessica Power got better as the day went on and told me how much she picked up in time trials.
Brett Wright set fast time for the DIRTcar Sportsman and explained why they held off on gear.
Andrew Krause won the 358 Futures Race at Syracuse and talked about his excitement level.
Ricky Quick was reminded about a hard wreck as he spoke about his Sportsman Futures win.
Mike Maresca did not cross the line first but was awarded the win after the winner was light.
Byron Wescott spoke about winning the Pro Stock Futures Race and compared it to his Friday home.
Jeff Rockefeller led every lap to win the Modified Futures Race and reacted to the victory.
Carey Terrance picked up his first ever win at Syracuse and talked about using the outside lane.
Marc Johnson also became a first time winner at Syracuse and described the wreck he missed.
Stewart Friesen came from last to third in his 20 lap qualifier and talked about the journey.
Shawn Wood from The Dirt Track Channel interviews Sportsman Triple 10 winner Brett Wright.
Jeremy Pitts won the 2nd Sportsman qualifier and talked about his win as well as the championship.
Jenna David enjoyed her best Syracuse finish ever and spoke about coming home in second.
Mathieu Desjardins shared what happened in his Sportsman race and his hopes for Saturday.
Stewart Friesen won going away in his 20 lap qualifier and thanked the people who helped.
Brett Hearn won his 15th Twin 20 race at Syracuse and talked about the perils of night racing.
Larry Wight made a nice move on lap 19 and described how he got to the inside to get the win.
I had a great time at Syracuse but wow, what a long day it was. And it did get cold as the night went on. We got done with the final race at just around 11 PM and somehow I made my deadline at the Syracuse Post Standard.
Friday is a fun day like I said as we get to see all four divisions on the track with qualifiers and time trials. For the most part it was an incident free day although there were two hard wrecks in the heat races at night.
We got all the winners from the day and all of the interviews we did are on the site right now. We’ll be back today although we will can some of those for release next week as we always do on Saturday and Sunday before the big races.
You can also check my facebook page as after I get done with this, I’ll start to put up some photos there for you to view. And I am friending anyone who sends me a request at this time so get on and see what I saw as I traveled the fairgrounds.
Thanks goes out to DTD as they sponsored some of the night time activity and fed all the press people in the John Hill Media Center. Thanks guys. It was GREAT!
Like I said we’ll be back today to do it all over again and be sure to check out www.syracuse.com/motorsports to read what I wrote for the Syracuse market in the Post Standard. And get your copy today and share it.
Now I need to put up those photos and get some sleep. I hope to see you there today and if not, I’ll be sure to get lots of new stuff for you to check out tomorrow.
|Friday, October 11th 2013
| New on the Audio Page from the New York State Fairgrounds:
Billy Decker and Billy Dunn meet the media at the press conference and answer some questions.
Joe Skotnicki talked about the 2014 Super DIRTcar Series schedule that includes some changes.
Joe Marotta received the Buzzie Reutimann Outstanding Contribution to Super DIRT Week Award.
John Tiff talks about the Super DIRTcar Series race at Utica Rome and hints at more news later.
John Wight discussed the sanctioning body change at Brewerton and the negotiations at Fulton.
Brian Carter spoke about changes for 2014 on the Super DIRTcar Series and how it came about.
Neal Williams described the car he had in time trials for 358’s as he sat on the pole temporarily.
Ronnie Johnson talked about his fast lap of 31.754 that was good enough for the 358 pole position.
Chris Raabe time trialed second with a lap of 32.236 and explained what he did wrong on lap one.
Carey Terrance turned in a lap of 32.289 placing him 3rd and talked about how his car handled.
Marc Johnson was happy after time trialing fourth and told me about his reactions afterwards.
Larry Wight was fifth fastest in his 358 and talked about how he changed his line after lap one.
Willy Decker told me how happy he was to make it into the top six and be locked in for Saturday.
Stewart Friesen ran down what happened to his small block and what they would do on Friday.
Stewart Friesen explained how well his car handled as he earned the pole for the Syracuse 200.
Brett Hearn will start on the front row on Sunday and explained why he didn’t think he was fast.
Jimmy Phelps had a balanced racecar as he time trialed 3rd and told me how the racetrack changed.
Jeff Rockefeller shocked the DIRTcar world and talked about how he time trialed in 4th place.
Matt Sheppard is locked in with a 5th place run and told me about an un-needed change they made.
Carey Terrance qualified sixth for Sunday and talked about being the only guy locked in for both.
It was a fun day at Syracuse as the front three rows are now set for both the 358 and big block Modified features. There were some surprises and a few blown motors as both Ronnie Johnson and Stewart Friesen were among those who had issues under the hood.
After blowing the motor in his small block after setting fast time in the morning practice, Stewart Friesen earned the pole for the Syracuse 200 with a lap of 30.237. He was followed by Brett Hearn, Jimmy Phelps, Jeff Rockefeller, Matt Sheppard and Carey Terrance.
Ronnie Johnson won the small block pole with a lap of 31.754 but then when out and blew up his big block before completing a lap in time trials. Behind Ronnie were Chris Raabe, Carey Terrance, Marc Johnson, Larry Wight and Willy Decker.
The biggest surprise of the day was Scotia’s Jeff Rockefeller who was sitting on the pole with his Modified for along time before getting bumped back to 4th. It was just the second time he has ever sat in a big block so it was as big a shocker as we have ever had in time trials. And be sure to check out his interview on my audio page as he gets choked up about mid way through. That’s why I love racing, you don’t see emotions flowing like this everyday.
I also got some stuff at the press conference as they announced next year’s Super DIRTcar Series schedule. Also it was announced that Brewerton will be DIRTcar sanctioned and negotiations are taking place about Fulton. Glen Ridge was also officially announced as a DIRTcar track and even though Utica Rome will have a series race, they are not going to change their status at this time.
And if you one of my facebook friends, check out the photos I put up last night. I’ll do the same later today so keep checking my page. If we are not friends, just send me a message and I’ll friend you back.
Now we get ready for the long day today with Sportsman time trials, Futures Races and the 20 lap qualifiers for Mods as well as the Sportsman heats. I hope to see you there.
|Thursday, October 10th 2013
| New on the Audio Page from the New York State Fairgrounds:
Peter Britten talked about the work he had to do to turn around cars to get them ready for Syracuse.
Tim Fuller explained why he was wanting some track time and what he would do on Wednesday.
Rick Laubach told me about the pair of cars he had with him and the last minute work they did.
Bobby Varin ran down what he did to make sure his brand new car was ready for Thursday.
Ronnie Johnson described a transmission issue he was dealing with and how they would fix it.
Darwin Greene remembered his run at the Outlaw 200 and described the work they did since then.
Kevin Albert Jr. had a pair of cars with him at Syracuse and talked about his season at Big Diamond.
Chris Raabe had some work to do on Wednesday and told me how he used the cinder track.
Billy Dunn was one of the last to leave and described the work he was doing in his pit area.
It was a quiet day on the mile at Syracuse as practice was cancelled due to wet track conditions. I took a ride around the cinder track to see for myself and turn 1 and the backstretch before turn 3 were wet. Turn 1 was actually very wet so do not think that the dryness you saw on the frontstretch is the way the entire racetrack is, oh no.
But Mother Nature was busy doing her job while the graders were doing theirs. Today will be a busy day and we will know the front row starters after today’s qualifying so get on out and watch time trials this afternoon.
Also there may be some news coming out of the press conference at noon and if there is, I will have it for you here. Plus we’ll be doing more in the Syracuse Post Standard and at www.syracuse.com/motorsports as they have me writing each day this week. Cool huh? Yeah, I’m a lucky guy.
I did do some new interviews and all of those are up today. Plus I put some more photos on facebook as well so be sure to go to my page to see some of what the place looked like today. I’ll try to do that each day this week so if you have not friended me yet, please do so and I’ll friend anyone who asks this week.
Oh and I talked to Judy at Mid State Golf Car and they are sold out. If you did get a reservation you are all set but for those that did not call, I’m sorry but they have no more to rent. I’m so glad I took care of mine earlier.
Now let’s chat about what we have on the Audio Page from the pit area at Syracuse. Peter Britten talked about the work he had to do to turn around cars to get them ready for Syracuse. He also told me what he was doing with the track quiet on Wednesday and why he thought the lack of practice time might not hurt him too badly.
Tim Fuller explained why he was wanting some track time and what he would do on Wednesday. He told me what is different this year compared to last and what his goal is on those first few laps. Bravery is needed for sure Tim!
Rick Laubach told me about the pair of cars he had with him and the last minute work they did. He told me about their late hours the night before and a little bit about his 2013 season.
Bobby Varin ran down what he did to make sure his brand new car was ready for Wednesday. He told me how he checked out the driveline and how confident he feels about the new team he is a part of.
Ronnie Johnson described a transmission issue he was dealing with and how they would fix it. He told me when the problem would be most noticeable and why he could have still run on the track on Wednesday if he had the chance.
Darwin Greene remembered his run at the Outlaw 200 and described the work they did since then. He talked about the fun he had at Fulton as well as how the lack of practice might hurt some of the newer guys.
Kevin Albert Jr. had a pair of cars with him at Syracuse and talked about his season at Big Diamond. He talked about how prepared they were for the event this year and how the time off the track affected them as he gets ready for his second time at Syracuse.
Chris Raabe had some work to do on Wednesday and told me how he used the cinder track to see how he was. He told me about getting the brakes broken in correctly and described his comfort level at the mile.
Billy Dunn was one of the last to leave and described the work he was doing in his pit area. He talked about his familiar big block car and how far ahead they were with the small block.
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