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Saturday, November 17th 2018
   New on the Audio Page from the NE Racers Auction & Trade Show:

Mel Thomas talks about the Thomas Racing Videos booth and a new project they are starting.
Lenny Sammons tells me about the special edition of Area Auto Racing news and his indoor shows.
Ryan Watt stopped by on his way home and told me about the big Mod race today at Bridgeport.
Billy Colton shows off the new Troyer Cars for 2019 and tells me a little bit about each of them.
Brad Smith explains the products made by Velocita and tells me how his parents started the biz.
Pete Bicknell runs down some of what is in the Bicknell booth and how the day went on Friday.
Tim Evans describes the line of products in the Schaeffer Lubricants booth and the show deals.
 
I had a fun day on a snow day. My kids and my wife all had the day off and I got to clear 11 inches of wet snow from the driveway. Yeah, we got a really good amount of snow but by 11 a.m. the roads were clear and we were good to go.
 
Allie went with me to the Northeast Racer’s Auction & Trade Show and boy can she handle herself. I could not have been more proud. I got a lot of interviews done and each of the ones that is on today is with someone you should visit with today so be sure to stop by and see what’s inside.

It’s auction time today and there is a lot of good stuff that will roll across the block. I’ll get there right before that starts and then I need to back here at 5 p.m. to meet a friend who is in from out of town and then to the DIRTcar banquet in time for cocktails and some interviews at 6 p.m.

Yeah, we’re that tight today but you need to enjoy these good times when you can regardless of how busy it makes you. We’ve been to too many wakes & funerals this year and will have another one coming up this week so don’t sit home today, get out, enjoy life and tomorrow is not a guarantee for any of us. I hope to see some of you today.
 
Now let’s chat more about what is new for today on the Audio Page from the show in the order in which they were recorded. Mel Thomas talks about the Thomas Racing Videos booth, what they are selling at the show this weekend and a new project they are starting in Geneva. 
 
Lenny Sammons tells me about the special edition of Area Auto Racing news available at the show, the racecar builder’s guide inside and his indoor shows coming up soon. 
 
Ryan Watt stopped by on his way home and told me about the car he picked up beforehand, what he plans to do with it and he hopes happens today in the big Modified race today at Bridgeport.  
 
Billy Colton shows off the new Troyer Cars for 2019 and tells me a little bit about each of them as well as how exciting a time it is for chassis manufacturers.  
 
Brad Smith explains the products made by Velocita and tells me how his parents started the business back in 1970 and the trade shows he will be attending. Check them out at www.velocita-use.com
 
Pete Bicknell runs down some of what is in the Bicknell Racing Products booth at this year’s show, how the past year has gone foe them and how the day went on Friday.  
 
Tim Evans describes the line of products in the Schaeffer Specialized Lubricants booth, how they did with the racers on Friday  and the special show deals he is offering today.  
 
Friday, November 16th 2018
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Jeremy Wonderling talks about the Late Model he is showing off this weekend at the RUSH booth.
Mike Walton tells me about a change at Fastline Performance and shows me his pull down machine.
Phil Vigneri III explains how racers can win a free wrap for their car and how tough scheduling can be.
 
I had a quick day on Thursday as I headed over to see how the set up was going for the Northeast Racer’s Auction & Trade show at the NYS Fairgrounds. I got there about 3 and stayed till 4:30 or so and beat the snow which they say is fast approaching.

The good thing is that the snow will be out of here before most people wake up here in Central New York so the rest of the day will be good as they clear snow pretty well around these parts. I should be to the show by a little after 4 p.m. as I need to wait for my wife to get home from school before I can take off.
 
Allie and I will be there today and I will fly solo on Saturday as we’ll do the show in the afternoon and the DIRTcar Banquet at night. It’s gonna be a fun weekend and it is nice to be busy once again as we try o head off the off season let down.

Now let’s chat more about what we have fort you on the Audio Page starting with the three chats I had yesterday afternoon. Jeremy Wonderling talks about the Late Model he is showing off this weekend at the RUSH booth, tells me how the car did in the three races he ran it and what he is thinking about for next season.  
 
Mike Walton tells me about a change at Fastline Performance, explains why shocks are not always the first thing to change and shows me his pull down machine. 
 
Phil Vigneri III explains how racers can win a free wrap for their car for next season, how his business is going and how tough scheduling a race in the summer can be.  
 
Thursday, November 15th 2018
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Stephen Denton talks about his season that saw him win on dirt and in asphalt endurance races.
Phil Claussen tells me about his Dirt Modified Nostalgia Tour win and why he likes Vintage cars.
 
The big snow we were promised turned out to be just a few inches and by lunchtime it was melted off my driveway so I did not even have to fire up the snowblower. I am totally cool with that!
 
I’ll be checking in at the NYS Fairgrounds today as the NE Racing Products show is this weekend. I’ll grab a few people while they’re setting up and have those up for you tomorrow. And of course I’ll be at the show on Friday and Saturday as well as the DIRTCar banquet Saturday night. It will be a fun weekend that’s for sure.
 
Now let’s chat more about what is new for today on the Audio Page as we check in with a pair of winners from this past season. Stephen Denton talks about his season that saw him win on dirt and in asphalt endurance races, runs down some work he has to do this off season and explains a problem he had with valve springs. 
 
Phil Claussen tells me about his Dirt Modified Nostalgia Tour win, explains why he likes Vintage racing so much and describes some of the work he does outside of racing.  
 
Wednesday, November 14th 2018
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
A.J. Kingsley talks about his move to a Sportsman and wonders is that will lead to 358 Mod racing.
Jeremie Corcoran previews the Northeast Racing Products Trade Show this Friday and Saturday.

I had a fun but mellow day on Tuesday as I did some preparation for the weather they are predicting for later today. The snowblower is in the garage and has been test fired and is now ready for whatever we have to go. I am still hoping to do some mulching with the leaves so we’ll keep the lawn mower ready too just in case.
 
I have some writing to do today and will see if I can’t get a few more interviews done as well. I’ll be at the set up for the NE Products Trade Show tomorrow and chat with a few people with plans to be there both Friday and Saturday with the DIRT banquet finishing out our weekend.

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page starting out with a driver who will be in something he has not been in since 2009. A.J. Kingsley talks about his move to a Sportsman for 2019, explains why he had to make a change from Late Model racing and wonders is this move will eventually lead to 358 Modified racing.  
 
Jeremie Corcoran previews the Northeast Racing Products Trade Show taking place Friday & Saturday, tells me about some of the vendors that will be on hand as well as what is going through the auction.   
 
Tuesday, November 13th 2018
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Shaun Pangman explains why he will be taking a break from racing and what he will miss the most.
Tony Veneziano reports on the drivers who finished 7th-13th with the World of Outlaw Sprint Cars.
In the latest Doug’s Thoughts I talk about racing with your kids and what it did to help my daughter.

We had a nice day on Monday as I got some work done and then went out to dinner to celebrate our 24th wedding anniversary. Who knows how I would have turned out if not for my wife’s positive influences over the year. She showed me the value of hard work and not complaining about your situation…if you don’t like it, change it. Love you Camille and thanks for everything.
 
I will be in the studio for a bit today although I am off from bowling as my left foot continues to be an issue. I have started rehabbing it and hopefully I will be back soon as both me and my dad are currently on the DL.

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page as we begin with a man who is taking a pause from the sport for some very good reasons. Shaun Pangman explains why he will be taking a break from racing, when he first realized that is was time to hit the pause button and what he will miss most about it. 
 
Tony Veneziano reports on the drivers who finished 7th-13th with the World of Outlaw Sprint Car Series, ran down some highlights for each racer and described their plans for the 2019 season as of now.  
 
In the latest Doug’s Thoughts I talk about racing with your kids, what it did to help my daughter’s confidence and how it also helped her almost make her basketball team with just six months of practice.   
 
Monday, November 12th 2018
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Dave Marcuccilli talks about his move to a 358 Modified and what changed to make that happen.
Cody Manitta tells me about the Sportsman car they just purchased and his many years in a Microd.
 
I got a lot done on Sunday and was able to get ahead by a day on what should be a very busy week for me. Of course the Northeast Racer’s Auction & Trade Show is this coming weekend and I am very much looking forward to that. I’ll have more on that later this week.
 
Today we have a pair of drivers who are each moving up in class and each have had success in their previous form of racing and are hoping that success carries over to a successful 2019 season. I hope you like them both and we wish both of these drivers all the best in their new ventures.
 
I’ll be back in the studio and will do a talk about what we’ve learned these past few years thanks to our own Microd racing with the Kuleszo family and how that helped Allie and others in the club to do great things. I’ll have that up plus more tomorrow.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page for today starting with some news that just broke this past weekend. Dave Marcuccilli talks about his move to a 358 Modified for the 2019 race season, where he will race weekly and what changed to make the move possible.  
 
Cody Manitta tells me about the Sportsman car they just purchased, what his plans are for the car and how his many years and wins in a Microd helped. Best of luck Cody!  
 
Sunday, November 11th 2018
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Dave Axton talks about his 28 race season in a Sprint Car and what he is planning on for next year.
Ronnie Davis III remembered his early days in racing and his two win season in a 358 Modified.

We had fun last night as we headed out to Auburn as a family to see our friends with the Syracuse Microd Club and honor the drivers for their hard work and dedication this past season. I was honored to be a small part of the awards ceremony and I continue to be so impressed with the young racers, the parents and everyone else who keeps this whole thing going. We are so glad we met you and shared the last two seasons with you all. Thank you for having us.
 
We also got to see the Kuleszo’s and Allie got to thank them for all they did to make all this happen. They worked so hard and taught us so much. We are eternally in your debt and we will miss you so much. Hopefully we will still see them at the racetrack and maybe, just maybe Allie can race against Michele someday and they can have some fun out on the track together.
 
Now let’s chat more about what is new for today on the Audio Page as we begin with some conversations I had earlier in the day on Saturday. Dave Axton talks about his 28 race season in a Sprint Car, what gets worked on when a motor is freshened and what he is planning on for next year. 
 
Ronnie Davis III remembered his early days in racing, his two win rookie season in a 358 Modified and described some unofficial racing that was taking place in Weedsport on Sunday. 
 
     
 
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