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Sunday, September 24th 2017
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Eddie White explained how he got a crate engine in his car and how he did in the two races he ran it.
Pete Stefanski told me about his season ender at Ransomville and his Pro Stock plans for Oswego.
J.J. Courcy talked about racing today at Glen Ridge and his Pro Stock plans for Super DIRT Week.

I had a really fun day on Saturday and hope it rolls right into today as we race again with my daughter and the Kuleszo Race Team at the NYS Fairgrounds in Syracuse. There are only a few weeks to go and we’re hoping for a good finish today where we can roll the car onto the trailer at the end of the day. Yep. That’s where we’re at these days.

It’s been a great experience for her as she’s learned a lot. Life is a lot like running a 25 lap feature. Don’t think too much about the corner you just did right or wrong. Learn from what you did but stay focused on the next turn not the last. Be aware that you’re running 25 laps but stay focused on what’s next.

After today’s race we’ll get back to the home studio and if it’s not too late get back into the studio. One way or another we have more good stuff for you tomorrow so be sure to keep checking back every day as things are gonna get real intense really fast!
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page for you as we check in with some folks who still have some big races to go.  Eddie White explained how he got a crate engine in his Sportsman, how he did in the two races he ran it and when he plans to get it out again. 

Pete Stefanski told me about his season ending win at Ransomville, how much he enjoyed racing against his nephew in the Street Stock division and his Pro Stock plans for Oswego.  
 
J.J. Courcy talked about racing later today at Glen Ridge, his ride for Outlaw 200 Weekend at Fulton Speedway and his Pro Stock plans for Super DIRT Week.   
 
Saturday, September 23rd 2017
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Dominic Scelzi talks about his recent World of Outlaw Sprint Car races and growing up on the road.
Shaun Pangman tells me about this weekend’s plans and looks ahead to running at Super DIRT Week.
Steve Ovens previews tonight’s race at Woodhull and looks ahead to a two day show next weekend.

I was a very busy boy on Friday as I got six new interviews done in the studio. It was a really fun day as I spent a lot of time off the mic with everyone I spoke with. It was great…really!
 
Today I get together with an old friend who is in town for a few days as we will re-live our wild days back in the early to mid 80’s. We were two single guys, making great money in the factory at GE and lived in his brand new house. To say we have fun would be a gross understatement. It will be fun to reminisce today indeed.
 
Tomorrow we race at the NYS Fairgrounds with Allie and I may need a little help as my back will not allow me to do as much as I usually do. I looked into getting a Go Pro for this weekend but by the time you buy everything you need you’re over $500. Guess that will have to wait.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page on a big racing Saturday starting with a young man you’ll surely be hearing more about in the coming years. Dominic Scelzi talks about his recent World of Outlaw Sprint Car races, growing up with the NHRA on the road with his dad Gary Scelzi and how he got interested in Sprints instead of dragsters.

Shaun Pangman tells me about this weekend’s plans at Fonda today and Glen Ridge tomorrow while looking ahead to running at Super DIRT Week as a two car team. 

Steve Ovens previews tonight’s race at Woodhull and looks ahead to a two day show next weekend while reminding fans that they will be combining big blocks & small blocks in 2018.  
 
Friday, September 22nd 2017
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Bobby Varin tells me about his pair of wins last weekend and looks ahead to two days at Fonda.
Taylor Caprara reminds racers about Can Am’s Saturday practice taking place from 2 p.m. till dusk.

I got a lot done on Thursday as I spent a lot of time in the studio. I plan to do the same today as I have a busy weekend away from racing. A good friend is in town on Saturday so we’ll see he and his wife before we race with Allie on Sunday.
 
Somehow I woke up with a messed up back. I’m hoping it gets better soon but Thursday was not a fun day at all. I kept busy which helped but every time I got up out of my chair I was reminded that my back was not up to speed.

Now let’s chat more about what we have for today on the Audio Page as the season winds down here in the northeast.  Bobby Varin tells me about his pair of wins last weekend at Albany Saratoga & Fonda and looks ahead to two days at Fonda this weekend with Mods and Sprints both on the card.  

Taylor Caprara reminds racers about Can Am’s Saturday practice taking place from 2 p.m. till dusk and the work he is doing to get ready for some late season 358 Modified events.   
 
Thursday, September 21st 2017
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Tim Sears Jr. tells me why he re-skinned his big blockand offers his take on the 358 Modified switch.
Ryan Susice recaps his two nights at the Canadian Sprint Car Nationals and talks about this weekend.
Mike Mahaney talks about his Buzzchew team and gave me his thoughts on the W-16 engine he ran.

We have three really good ones for you today as we visit with you on your Thursday. I’m back in the studio today to get more work done after a few days of hard work and am back with you with more new stuff tomorrow.
 
Of course, we’ll be looking at engine options for Modified teams with the 358’s now headlining at Fulton and Utica Rome this coming season. If you’d like to join in send me a message at doug@dougsdirtdiary.com or message me on facebook.

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page as we visit with some high profile drivers who are working hard on their racing right now. Tim Sears Jr. tells me why he re-skinned his big block, reflected on the help he had in a very good season andoffers his take on the 358 Modified switch in CNY.  
 
Ryan Susice recaps his two nights at the Canadian Sprint Car Nationals and talks about this weekend while running down his late season race plans with Sprints and Mods. 

Mike Mahaney talks about his Buzzchew team and gave me his thoughts on the W-16 engine he ran recently while comparing it to a big block on the track.   
 
Wednesday, September 20th 2017
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Max McLaughlin talks about his recent streak of top ten finishes on the SDS and his brand new car.
Ricky Newton recapped his weekend that saw him pick up his second Sportsman win of the season.
Jason Simmons chatted about the idea of moving his son up to a 358 and how things are in Oswego.

I had a fun day on Tuesday as I continue to learn new things and work on my away from the track skill set. It’s been a blast and I am really feeling good about things. I have some big plans but just need some background knowledge. If everything continues as it is I’ll be good to go come June or so. Think long term as short term fixes never last. Just like in racing!
 
I’ll be back in the studio tomorrow as the can will be empty buy then and I can’t wait to see who I’ll be able to speak with as the week goes on. It’s a fun time of the year with all big sows on the schedule but it is also sad as we know the season is almost complete so get out as much as you can before Mother Nature shuts us down for winter.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page as we hit hump day and get one day closer to the weekend. Max McLaughlin talks about his recent streak of top ten finishes on the SDS, his brand new car they debuted on Friday and speculated on what things have been going so well. 

Ricky Newton recapped his weekend that saw him pick up his second Sportsman win of the season, remembered his 4th place run on Saturday and reminded racers about his swap meet at Genesee Speedway on October 21st.   
 
Jason Simmons chatted about the idea of moving his son up to a 358, explained why they needed to think about the idea a little more and how things are coming along at Oswego Speedway.   
 
Tuesday, September 19th 2017
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Tony Veneziano reports on the World of Outlaws in California and gives us some driver news as well.
Dave Marcuccilli talks about 358 Mod racing while Randy Williamson gives drivers some set up tips.
Billy Clark Jr. tells me what he thinks about 358’s at Fulton and examines some different scenarios.

I had a very productive day on Monday as I did some writing and some interviews in the studio You can read what I wrote in today’s Post Standard and online at www.syracuse.com/motorsports. I hope you like what we did.
 
I have a couple of busy days coming up with some non-racing stuff as I try to knock tings off my career to do list and work out some computer issues here at the house. I’m not sure what I’ll be doing this weekend but we’ll get in a show Friday if we can and then get back with Allie to race on Sunday.

Now let’s chat about what we have on the Audio Page as we start out with an update on the busiest racing series on the planet. Tony Veneziano reports on the World of Outlaws in California, a big race night at the Clay County Fair and gives us some driver news as well.  

Dave Marcuccilli talks about 358 Mod racing while Randy Williamson gives drivers some set up tips as he stopped by to say hi and the need for racers to not be afraid to ask for help. 

Billy Clark Jr. tells me what he thinks about 358’s at Fulton and examines some different scenarios while looking at the pros and cons of making the move up from Sportsman.  
 
Monday, September 18th 2017
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Tommy Sears talked about his races at Brewerton and offered his take on 358 Modifieds at Fulton.
Beth Bellinger shared the advice Dale Planck gave her as she got ready for her first race at Brewerton.
Larry Fink tells me about his job at Oswego Speedway and how the clay looks for Super DIRT Week.


Allie and I had a tough day as she got caught up in a wreck that happened in front of her and damaged the car pretty badly. Jon Kuleszo, with very little help from me because I can’t do anything with tools, got the car back together enough where she could take a lap and get some points. Some people weren’t even fortunate enough to do that as wrecks and flips were common on Sunday.
 
Life lessons in racing right? And of course the two cars that were in the wreck first drove away. Isn’t that the way it always goes? Once again…it’s a cruel sport.
 
Today is another day however and I’ll be busy writing and doing work in the home studio. And of course I’ll be icing down my legs and knees as they are bad today. I need to get in better shape or at least some kind of shape.

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you to listen to on the Audio Page starting with a good conversation on the big change in Central New York. Tommy Sears talked about his races at Brewerton, explained why time trials can be tough for a weekly racer and offered his take on 358 Modifieds at Fulton.

Beth Bellinger shared the advice Dale Planck gave her as she got ready for her first race at Brewerton and explained why she added this show to her late season plans. 

Larry Fink tells me about his job at Oswego Speedway, how the clay looks for Super DIRT Week and who has been helping to get the track ready for racing biggest party.   
 
     
 
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