|Monday, July 28th 2014
| New on the Audio Page from the Weedsport Speedway opener:
Pre race conversations:
Kevin Britten told me how he got a crate Sportsman together and compared it to back home.
Jimmy Spano won a lot of championships in Weedsport and thought back to his first racecar.
Rob Pratt shared some of his past racing at Weedsport and tells me about Saturdays at Raceway 5.
Tommy Juhl remembered starting his career at Cayuga County and his hopes for later in the night.
Nate Peckham had his Sportsman in the pits at Weedsport and remembers the 40 lap Enduros.
Darryl Ruggles thought back on his win at Rolling Wheels and reminds me who was fastest!
After the heat races:
Greg Martin walked me through his pass for the lead and the win on the outside of the last corner.
Kevin Britten led every lap to win the second heat and told me how hot laps got him comfortable.
James Michael Friesen explained why his car was a little tight in his win in heat race number 3.
Eric Giguere walked to the draw after his heat win and told me how he made up with the wall.
Rocky Warner told me about his pass for the lead and the win with just two laps left in the heat.
Jonathon Preston won the final 305 Sprint Car heat and told me some of his dad’s Weedsport past.
After the feature races:
Nick Cooper chats with Joe Marotta after leading all 20 laps to win the 305 Sprint Car A-Main.
Steve Dole finished in 2nd place and told Joe Marotta how much better his season is getting.
Jonathon Preston came home in 3rd place and spoke with Joe Marotta about his loose racecar.
James Michael Friesen won the 75 lap Sportsman Classic and spoke about it with Shane Andrews.
Rocky Warner led a lot of laps on his way to a 2nd place and told Shane about losing to a Friesen.
David Marcuccilli moved up 14 spots to finish 3rd and explained how a poor draw hurt his night.
I had a real fun last night as did thousands of others as we finally got to see the new Weedsport Speedway hold their first race of the season and their new era. I was away on vacation when the first show was rained out two weeks ago so I may have been the only one who was happy about that but there were happy faces all over the place last night.
Not only was the facility nicer than maybe it ever was, but it was new, well laid out and they had a top notch team in place to run it. The racing was like I remembered as the track got slicker as the night went on but the new grandstands are closer to the track than before and at a steeper angle making viewing easier.
The stage in the infield was gone and it just seemed so weird not to have to crane your neck to see the cars came out of turn two. Of course us hard cores from the past got used to the great view quickly and really didn’t give it another thought until I went down on the track for the Sportsman draw. It was nice.
A great field of 49 cars were on hand as well as 14 Sprint Cars of the 305 variety. Some were expecting more but field like that and a nice crowd like that for a Sportsman headlined race does not happen every day. It was fun to be a part of it and many more will say they were there but I have the audio to prove it.
I stayed pretty much with people I knew had a past at the track as I wanted to let the stories fly for this first show. So next time at the track I’ll branch out a little and do more but for this one I wanted to keep it pretty much to people I knew had a lot of laps on the track.
I was able to save 12 pre race interviews and still have a small handful in the can. Plus I saw Steve Ovens and he will be sending us lots of great stuff from his travels so look for that any day now.
But again what a great show this was. The Sportsman did a great job as did the 305 Sprint Cars which a lot of people are predicting are going to take off around here. And the speedway already has something different about it and that was in victory lane.
I dubbed it Victory Hill in my clip but the winner of the Sportsman Classic got to drive up on the mound in the infield and celebrate while second and third place were talked to below. It could be a thing now as drivers will look forward to their first drive up the hill. See, it could be a thing! And maybe it’s already starting.
I’ll be at Canandaigua on Wednesday and don’t forget about the Big Show 6 at Albany Saratoga on Wednesday. Then on Thursday we’re going to the Microd and Quarter Midget track in Syracuse for a special night. We’ll have a lot going on this week sandwiched around my Saturday golf so keep coming back as we’ll be very busy this week!!!
|Sunday, July 27th 2014
| New on the Audio Page for today:
David Marcuccilli returned to Fulton on Wednesday and spoke about getting back to Weedsport.
Eric Giguere told me about winning his first race in 3 years and shares a memory from Weedsport.
Mike Walton talked about his ride for Wednesday at Fulton and gets ready for today in Vernon.
Ronnie Davis III spoke about his history in Weedsport and looks ahead to going back there today.
Matt Smith explained how he picked up a ride for 2014 and how his half dozen starts have gone.
Hilary Ward has been racing in the 602 class at Skyline and talked about leading the points.
James Sweeting describes how he is doing as a rookie in the Novice Sportsman at Canandaigua.
Sunday is here and there are a pair of racetracks you can check out today. Utica-Rome has a great show on tap and the Weedsport Speedway is set to open their gates for the first time. It’s a great day to be a racefan and I hope you make it out to see some live racing today.
In honor of the Sportsman Classic, we show that division some love today as all 7 interviews are with drivers who plan on racing today at each speedway. I’ll be in Weedsport as I did work there for 11 years and it will be fun to see all the changes at the track.
Now let’s talk more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page. I start with a few drivers who will share some Weedsport memories. David Marcuccilli returned to Fulton on Wednesday and spoke about getting back to Weedsport. He talked about seeing a new driver win in his old Modified ride, how well he is doing and thinks back on his days running an Enduro on Sundays.
Eric Giguere told me about winning his first race in 3 years and shares a memory from Weedsport. He explained why he was almost done after wrecking the first night out in 2014, who has helped him get a handle on his new Hig Fab car and how nice it is to have a coach at the racetrack.
Mike Walton talked about his ride for Wednesday at Fulton and gets ready for today in Vernon. He told me about the bitey racetrack he saw last Sunday at Utica-Rome, how happy he was with his 6th place finish with the Race of Champions and the need to get better on tacky tracks.
Ronnie Davis III spoke about his history in Weedsport and looks ahead to going back there today. He told me how that first night in a racecar went, how much better he got as that night went on and what makes the track so tricky.
Hilary Ward has been racing in the 602 class at Skyline and talked about leading the points. She talked about the need to drive the car harder into the corner, why she chose to race at a short track weekly and looks ahead to going to Weedsport on Sunday.
Matt Smith explained how he picked up a ride for 2014 and how his half dozen starts have gone. He told me how he has been doing running at Canandaigua, what he is learning about the car after a few years off and how he ended up running at Rolling Wheels on Thursday.
James Sweeting describes how he is doing as a rookie in the Novice Sportsman at Canandaigua. He talked about how seat time has helped, the veteran Sportsman racer who has been helping and looks ahead to a mid week July 30th at Canandaigua.
|Saturday, July 26th 2014
| New on the Audio Page for today:
Kerry Madsen had a shot at a win last time out and talked about giving one away on a restart.
Brad Sweet spoke about his top five at Lebanon Valley and his initial thoughts on Fulton.
Logan Schuchart remembered his race at Lebanon Valley with the World of Outlaw Sprints.
Lucas Wolfe ran down which WoO races he will hit as he concentrates on racing back home.
Justin Barger told me how he has been doing in Central Pennsylvania running his 410 Sprint Car.
Chad Brachmann talked about getting his big block out for the first time on Thursday in Elbridge.
Alan Fink was coming off a bad crash last weekend and talked about what he’ll race this weekend.
We’re back with lots of good stuff to listen to today including five from the World of Outlaws Sprint Car show on Wednesday night at the Fulton Speedway. Remember, the Outlaws are in Canada this weekend and head to Knoxville next weekend. Make sure to check them out before the head back out to the Midwest again.
I’ll be off today but will be at Weedsport Speedway tomorrow for their Sportsman Classic. 305 Sprint Cars are also on the card and the pits open at 4 p.m. I’ll be there early and ready to load up and I hope you all get to check out a race there or to the east at Utica-Rome Speedway. It’s going to be a great day tomorrow.
Let’s keep our fingers crossed today as we hope Mother Nature does not throw a monkey wrench into our plans. Check out your favorite track on our Track Links page and know for sure before you head out.
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page. I start with some chats with the World of Outlaws. Kerry Madsen had a shot at a win last time out and talked about giving one away on a restart. He talked about how close he was able to run behind the leader, offered his first take on the Fulton Speedway and how much he wishes he could throw a truck around Eldora.
Brad Sweet spoke about his top five at Lebanon Valley and his initial thoughts on Fulton. He talked about taking on a new track, what he learned from watching from the grandstands last season and evaluated how he is doing compared to the big dogs with the World of Outlaws.
Logan Schuchart remembered his race at Lebanon Valley with the World of Outlaw Sprints. He told me about a problem they had early on, how happy he was with his 9th place run and how things have been going overall for him in 2014.
Lucas Wolfe ran down which WoO races he will hit as he concentrates on racing back home. He talked about the races he has run so far, how nice it is to get back racing with the guys and how running a lot of races helps keep you focused more than being a weekly racer.
Justin Barger told me how he has been doing in Central Pennsylvania running his 410 Sprint Car. He explained why now was the time to up his game, what makes 401 racing so much tougher than 360’s and remembers a bad crash he had a few weeks back.
Chad Brachmann talked about getting his big block out for the first time on Thursday in Elbridge. He told me how work commitments kept him closer to home, what his goals were for the first night and looks ahead to a pair of big block races at his weekly homes.
Alan Fink was coming off a bad crash last weekend and talked about what he’ll race this weekend. He told me how the crash happened, apologized for how things went and wonders if his Late Model survived to race another day or not.
|Friday, July 25th 2014
| New on the Audio Page from Rolling Wheels Raceway Park:
Pre race conversations:
Alan Johnson talked about the ? mark car he was driving and looks ahead to today at Ransomville.
Vinnie Vitale told me about the new engine he was trying out and gets ready for Brewerton.
Peter Britten explained why he was driving his Friday night car and what his involvement is.
Jimmy Phelps remembered his Super DIRTcar Series races in Canada and talks about Weedsport.
Danny Varin won the last time he raced and talked about his new Modified as his new baby girl.
After the heat races:
Steve Glover won the first 305 Sprint Car heat race and talked about the wing he had up top.
Danny Varin walked me through his pass for the lead and looks ahead to the 305 Sprint feature.
Dan Wiesner told me about his Sportsman heat win and the 358 Modified ride he has set up.
Peter Britten described how good his Modified was in his win in the first qualifying heat race.
Jimmy Phelps talked about his win in the final Modified heat and how he got the pole position.
After the feature races:
Darryl Ruggles talked with Joe Marotta about his 305 Sprint Car win and the leader’s misfortune.
David Marcuccilli spoke with Joe Marotta after his dominating victory in the Sportsman race.
Jimmy Phelps led all 35 laps on his way to a Modified victory and told Shane Andrews about it.
I had another fun night as I headed to Rolling Wheels for a quick Thursday Night Thunder Show. There were 16 Modifieds, 8 Sportsman and 9 305 Sprint Cars. I know. I was surprised too but things do go like this sometimes. Mid week shows are numerous these days and tough to predict. That’s racing.
The track was nice and Jimmy Phelps liked it a lot as he led all 35 laps of the Modified feature to pick up what sounded like a much needed win. Peter Britten was strong as he ran second and Steve Paine got by Pat Ward to pick up the final podium spot.
Jeff Brownell Jr. was also on hand and finished in fifth place in the feature after third place in his heat race. It was good to see him back at the track and feeling good. He had a tough spring and you’ll hear about that on Sunday as I did get a chance to record something with him beforehand.
Danny Varin had the 305 Sprint Car feature wrapped up until his car slowed in turn three as he was coming around to get the parallel flags. Darryl Ruggles inherited the lead and held on for the victory. He also threw some praise Danny’s way and you can hear him do that on the Audio Page. He’s been around and he knew!
David Marcuccilli reversed his fortunes from the heat race and beat fellow Canandaigua regular Dan Wiesner for the victory. (Wiesner beat him the heat.) Both he and Darryl Ruggles are eligible for the bonuses from Dig Safely New York if they can win again Sunday in Weedsport. It’s nice of the folks from 811 to do that huh?
I was able to save 5 interviews from tonight and as of now the can swells with 20 clips in it. All but 1 will come up between tomorrow and Sunday so keep coming back for that.
Like I said these mid week shows are tough to predict and I’m sure that there were a lot of factors involved of which I am not going to talk about here as they are so numerous. But on a positive note, I'll bet the folks at Rolling Wheels did take some comfort in having a quick, incident free show after the rain delayed marathon last time out. See, there is always a good way to look at things.
Come back tomorrow as we’ll have the final World of Outlaws interviews I did plus lots more. Have a great Friday and we’ll see you tomorrow.
|Thursday, July 24th 2014
| New on the Audio Page from the World of Outlaws Sprint Car show at Fulton Speedway:
Pre race conversations:
Jason Sides talked about his last race at Lebanon Valley and how his 2014 season has been going.
Jessica Zemken told me about an issue she had last time out and her Sprint Car past at Fulton.
Donny Schatz came into the night as the point leader and remembered his third place last time.
David Gravel was fresh off a win at Lebanon Valley and talked about winning in front of friends.
Joey Saldana has more quick time awards than anyone else and talked about his fast run on Sunday.
Kraig Kinser spoke about his tough season in 2014 and his dad’s retirement at the end of the season.
Steve Kinser told me what went wrong last time while in 2nd and how he is feeling about retirement.
After the heat races and dashes:
Todd Root won the first Sportsman heat, the dash and talked about all the help he had with him.
Beth Schneider wondered what to do with her Sportsman after winning her heat race earlier.
Earl Rudy talked about his Sportsman heat win and explained where he’d like to be better.
Johnny Gibson interviewed all the World of Outlaw heat winners and the dash participants.
After the feature and the A-Main:
Beth Schneider spoke with Bill Foley about running the top on her way to a Sportsman win.
Daryn Pittman led all 25 laps to pick up the World of Outlaw win and spoke with Johnny Gibson.
Donny Schatz gained several spots late to finish in 2nd and talked about it with Johnny Gibson.
Jessica Zemken moved up three spots to finish third and spoke about her career best Outlaw finish.
David Gravel finished in fourth place and told me how the changeable track changes the lanes.
Kraig Kinser explained how a timing issue gave his team time to change the motor in his 410.
Larry Wight moved up five spots to finish in 9th place and talked about when he’ll race the 410 next.
Jason Sides talked about his tight racecar and how late it was before the car loosened up a little.
It was a fun night as Allie and I headed up to the Fulton Speedway for the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series event. The weather might have scared a few people away early on but the place filled up quickly on what turned out to be a very nice night of racing.
The 18 car field did the 25 laps without a caution as Daryn Pittman led ever lap on his way to his 11th win on the series, more than anyone else. Donny Schatz was fast late and gained on Pittman but was unable to make the pass. It would have been interesting if a yellow had come out as that may have been the break Schatz needed.
Local racer Jessica Zemken enjoyed her best finish ever with the World of Outlaws as she came home in third picking up 3 spots in the final 15 laps. You can hear the top three interviewed by Johnny Gibson on the Audio Page plus lots more from what turned out to be a really fun evening in Fulton.
I put up a lot of my pre race interviews with the Outlaws and will put up chats with Logan Schuchart, Brad Sweet, Lucas Wolfe and Kerry Madsen on Saturday along with lots more so be sure to keep checking back for that.
I also had a nice chat with Steve Kinser who leads the series with 577 A-Main victories. It was his last race at Fulton as he enjoys a well deserved farewell tour but if you did miss this you can catch him during Super DIRT Week at Rolling Wheels Raceway…which by the way is racing today. And yes, I’ll be at that too!
The Sportsman also were on hand as they ran a non-point show. Current point leader and defending champion Beth Schneider won the feature race as she and rookie Todd Root put on quite a show at the front of the pack. Beth was happy to have won that race running the outside. I had never considered her as a low only runner but from her reaction you can tell that is where she is more comfortable and it is definitely not on the outside.
All in all it was a very good show. It did get off to a slow start as the timing system or something in that area quit working right during the time trials. They had to start time trials again which proved to benefit both Kraig Kinser and Justin Barger as each used the extra few minutes to change motors. I’ll tell ya, these guys are good!
Today we’ll be heading to Rolling Wheels and have non-racing plans for Friday and Saturday. Sunday we’ll be at the Weedsport Speedway opener hoping for dry weather. I’ll be back tomorrow with stuff from Rolling Wheels and we already have a lot in the can for Saturday and Sunday.
Have a great Thursday and I hope to see you tonight in Elbridge.
|Wednesday, July 23rd 2014
| New on the Audio Page for today:
Jeff Hachmann previews tonight at Fulton, tomorrow at Rolling Wheels and Sunday in Weedsport.
Adam Turner answered our five questions for TV and talked about being down a little on power.
Chris Thurston got ready for a pair of features and told me how his car felt early in the night.
Johnny Hill updated me on how he is doing as a rookie with the Go Nuclear Late Model Series.
Matt Parkhurst talked about the Syracuse Nationals and how he has been doing with his stock car.
We have a nice two day stretch of racing starting tonight as we will see the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series take on the high banks of Fulton Speedway. Then we see Mods, Sportsman and 305 Sprint Cars at Rolling Wheels on Thursday. I plan to be at both shows and will have lots of audio up for you tomorrow.
I know some of you might be wondering about the weather today but know that back in 2010 a late day thunderstorm hit Fulton when the Outlaws were there and it led to record lap times in time trials as they showed us just how good they really are. So make your plans now to be at Fulton and maybe, we’ll see a repeat performance and some of the fastest laps that have ever been turned in at the place.
Rolling Wheels is offering $3 off with any ticket stub from any DIRTcar track this season. And pit passes are $20 and $25. That’s cheaper than a regular show!
And don’t forget that rescheduled Sportsman/305 show is back on this Sunday at Weedsport Speedway. Yes, I will be there and as a former employee for 16 years, I can’t wait to see the finished product.
Now though let’s talk about what I have on the Audio Page for you to listen to today. Jeff Hachmann previews tonight at Fulton, tomorrow at Rolling Wheels and Sunday in Weedsport. He talked about how nice it will be to see Steve Kinser in one of his final appearances in our area, how affordable the show is Thursday in Elbridge and how the Dig Safely Double could make a driver some extra money.
Adam Turner answered our five questions for TV and talked about being down a little on power. Later we will turn these answers into a piece for the Atomic Power Racing Hour.
Chris Thurston got ready for a pair of features and told me how his car felt early in the night. He talked about some issues he had the last time out, described a carburetor issue they were dealing with and how different the track was this past Friday.
Johnny Hill updated me on how he is doing as a rookie with the Go Nuclear Late Model Series. He talked about how he had to adapt his driving style initially, compared it to the IMCA Modified he drove and how pleased he is overall with his progress.
Matt Parkhurst talked about the Syracuse Nationals and how he has been doing with his stock car. He told me about the car his dad has that they have some fun with, some recent mechanical failures they have been working on with his racecar and how close they came to winning when it was running better.
|Tuesday, July 22nd 2014
| New on the Audio Page for today:
Dan Harpell talks about tonight’s big block/small block shootout at Yates County Speedway.
Cory Reed previews the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series race at Fulton Speedway on Wednesday.
Chris Fleming talked about his pair of IMCA wins this past weekend that brings his total to twenty.
Jack Meeks summed up how his last few weeks have been going with his Sportsman at Can Am.
Blane Smith explained why he towed to Can Am on Friday and how he has been doing weekly.
Jason Knowles helps us out for the Atomic Power Racing Hour and answers a series of 5 questions.
Caley Weese answers the 5 questions for the Atomic Power Racing Hour and talks about her season.
We were back at it on Monday as we did some writing for the Syracuse Post Standard and Syracuse.com and got some interviews done in the studio too. It was nice to get back at it and I even recorded more interviews after watching Allie’s soccer game as well so look for a lot this week.
Don’t forget that tonight is a Super DIRTcar Series up north in Canada and also there is a Big block/small block shootout at Yates County. Race of Champions Sportsman and Four Cylinders also join the show in Dundee tonight. Drivers, be sure to listen to Dan Harpell’s interview to hear about the many cash bonuses in place as well as guaranteed starting spots for their big show October 10th and 11th at Five Mile Point.
We also have a preview of the World of Outlaws Sprint Car show at Fulton on Wednesday as Steve Kinser will race there for the final time in his storied career. I’ll be there for sure and I’ll get there nice and early to bring you guys a lot. And if you buy your reserved tickets by midnight tonight, you will get a free fan pit pass. So act now by buying on the Fulton Speedway website or stop by before 5 p.m. today.
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page. I start with a look ahead at action tonight and tomorrow. Dan Harpell talks about tonight’s big block/small block shootout at Yates County Speedway. He told me why he scheduled this race on the same night as the Super DIRTcar Series race in Canada, how nice it will be to see the RoC Sportsman race there for the first time ever and describes some of the many bonuses in place for the event. That’s tonight at 7:30 p.m.
Cory Reed previews the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series race at Fulton Speedway on Wednesday. He told me how fans can get a great deal on a reserved seat that includes a pit pass if they buy today, thinks back on the last time the series raced at Fulton after a mid day thunderstorm and how nice it will be to see Steve Kinser on his farewell tour.
Chris Fleming talked about his pair of IMCA wins this past weekend that brings his total to twenty. He told me about a repair he had to make right before his heat at Brewerton, how he has run his win streak to 12 at Skyline and his hopes for a possible national championship.
Jack Meeks summed up how his last few weeks have been going with his Sportsman at Can Am. He talked about what happens when tires seal up, what you can do once a tire seals and what his hopes were for this past Friday.
Blane Smith explained why he towed to Can Am on Friday and how he has been doing weekly. He talked about what he felt was most important at the Sara Martin Memorial, how nice it was to see a big turnout for the event and thinks back on some of his past at The Nasty Track of the North.
Jason Knowles helps us out for the Atomic Power Racing Hour and answers a series of 5 questions. Look for these answers to show up on future episodes of the show featuring the Go Nuclear Late Model Series.
Caley Weese answers the 5 questions for the Atomic Power Racing Hour and talks about her season. We’ll have more of these clips up for you tomorrow.
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