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Monday, December 5th 2016
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Tony Veneziano updates us on some Sprint Car driver news and some big dates in 2017.
Kayla Joseph talks about her qualifying heat at Syracuse and racing back home in Ransomville.
Logan Crisafulli tells me about his heat win at Syracuse and how he is doing in his 2nd season.
Rich Maurtaugh speaks about the NYS Indoor Championship and thanks everyone involved.

I had a busy day on Sunday as I watched the early NFL games and then got to work in the studio after watching my favorite team win in dramatic fashion. How many times does an interception return on a two point conversion make the difference in a game? Not very often I would say.

I did get four conversations recorded and will be back in the studio today before my usual day off on Tuesday for bowling and on-line racing. I am still doing Season in Reviews and we’ll have one of those up for you in the next couple of days.

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you to listen to on the Audio Page starting out with news from the 410 Sprint Car world. Tony Veneziano updates us on some Sprint Car driver news concerning Joey Saldana & Dale Blaney and runs down some of the big dates on the schedule for 2017. More to come next week guys!  

Kayla Joseph talks about her qualifying heats at Syracuse, what it is like racing on the sticky concrete and racing back home in Ransomville.

Logan Crisafulli tells me about his heat win at Syracuse, how he is doing in his 2nd season as a racer and how he first came to race at Oswego Kartway.  

Rich Maurtaugh speaks about this year’s NYS Indoor Championship in Syracuse and thanks everyone involved for helping the weekend run so smoothly.  

 
Sunday, December 4th 2016
   

New on the Audio Page from the NYS Indoor Championships:

Tyler Thompson tells me about his win in the Clone Heavy division, the 1st feature of the night.
Jordan Hill talked about her win in the Stock Light division and some trouble at the start.
Katelyn Carroll got the win in the Sr. Champ Clone race and told me how much fun she had.
Tyler Thompson explained how he went from 1st to 3rd on the last lap to get the victory.
Brad Duhow won the Clone Light feature and talked about a problem he had in the race.
Denny Peebles spoke to me about his strategy as he won the Unlimited 4 Cycle feature.
Dan Marsden earned the win in the Pro 4 Cycle race and how he dealt with the slower traffic.
Jon Keister took home the win in the final race of the day and looked ahead to the KOC.

We’ve got a lot of good stuff for you today as we visited the NYS Indoor Championships inside the Center of Progress Building at the NYS Fairgrounds. It was a great day and Allie and I had a great time while seeing some extremely fast racing on the tack coke syrup coated track.

We got to almost half the winners on this day and hustled to do it as it all happens so fast. Hats off to all in this one from the crews to the drivers to the officials on what is a long day for everyone involved. I did save a few from earlier in the day and I will break those up into two days so look for some of those on Monday and Tuesday as well as whatever I can get done in the studio today.

Now let’s talk about what we have on the Audio Page as we chatted with some of the big winners on Saturday. Tyler Thompson tells me about his win in the Clone Heavy division, the 1st feature of the night, as well as what went wrong on the first set of corners.

Jordan Hill talked about her win in the Stock Light division and some trouble she had at the start of the race and why the steering wheel was shaking at one end of the track.   

Katelyn Carroll got the win in the Sr. Champ Clone race and told me how much fun she had getting back on the concrete as well as what her racing background is.  

Tyler Thompson explained how he went from 1st to 3rd on the last lap to get the victory in the Sr. Champ Kart division as well as what he did when he took the lead.

Brad Duhow won the Clone Light feature at Syracuse and talked about a problem he had in the race as well as what he had left on his card for Saturday.  

Denny Peebles spoke to me about his strategy as he won the Unlimited 4 Cycle feature, why he fell off a little bit late and why he was reaching behind him under yellow.  

Dan Marsden earned the win in the Pro 4 Cycle race, how he dealt with the slower traffic and how whew knew he had a comfortable lead while out front.

Jon Keister took home the win in the final race of the day in the Pro Clone class, compared this win to some of his others and looked ahead to the KOC after picking up his first win in NYS.  

 
Saturday, December 3rd 2016
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Rich Murtaugh previews today NYS Indoor Championship at the NYS Fairgrounds in Syracuse.
Kevin Ward Sr. talked about preparing the surface and the four karts he had at the show.

Today is going to be a really fun day as Allie and I are heading to the NYS Fairgrounds in Syracuse for the 24th Annual NYS Indoor Championship. I was there last night for a few minutes and I had a great time watching the track get faster and the action more intense.

If you have not seen this event before you really need to come and check this one out as these karts are fast and the action happens even quicker. Allie and I will get there in the early afternoon and will be there until the cation ends early in the evening. Gates open at 8 a.m. Practice starts at 8 a.m. and racing begins at 11:30 a.m.

If you read this and are going to be there today please tell Allie how important school is as she is technically grounded but getting a one day pass to attend this event. I had trouble in middle school too so if you even have an encouraging word for her please feel free to throw it out there.

I know nobody could have said anything to me at the time that would have made a darned bit of difference and as you know I truly wish I could do my education over again. I’d get a real degree instead one on broadcasting and I would have paid a lot more attention to the classes that did not excite me. I knew it all (yeah right) and I don’t want her to fall into the same trap. Anything you can do thanks!!!

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page for today starting with a look at what is on tap for today. Rich Murtaugh previews today NYS Indoor Championship at the NYS Fairgrounds in Syracuse, tells me how quickly the track was running in on Friday night and who the people are who are racing today.  

Kevin Ward Sr. talked about preparing the surface and the four super fast karts he had at the show and how the family is doing back home with a dirt track in their back yard.  

 
Friday, December 2nd 2016
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Brad Duhow previews this weekend’s indoor kart racing at the NYS Fairgrounds in Syracuse.
Chad Jacobson talks about racing indoors on coke syrup and his first laps on the concrete.

I am ready for tonight and tomorrow here in Syracuse and I hope you are too. Tonight, I will be at the practice for the 24th Annual NYS Indoor Championship inside the Center of Progress Building at the fairgrounds and will be sure to talk to some racers about this unique experience. It is going to be a lot of fun and I can’t wait to see the feature races on Saturday.

And don’t forget that Accord is running the rescheduled Gobbler event tomorrow as well with four divisions on tap including a day ending Enduro. This weekend is going to be your last chance this year to see racing in New York State so be sure to get out there and root for your favorites or find some new ones.

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page starting with a pair of drivers who will be racing on the tacky concrete this weekend. Brad Duhow previews this weekend’s indoor kart racing at the NYS Fairgrounds in Syracuse, tells me about his finishes last year at the event and describes what it is that makes this event so different.  

Chad Jacobson talks about turning six second laps while racing indoors on coke syrup, his first laps on the concrete at Syracuse and a new indoor dirt facility that is almost ready to open in Fulton.  

 
Thursday, December 1st 2016
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Pete Bicknell talks about the sale of Merrittville Speedway and who will run it in 2017.
Jason Simmons recaps how things went for his four race teams at Super DIRT Week.

I had a nice day on Wednesday as I got some work done and wrote up a new column previewing the Indoor Championships this Saturday at the Center of Progress Building at the NYS Fairgrounds. I will be there both days so look for audio from this event on Saturday and Sunday.

Also up is news on the sale of Merrittville Speedway to local businessman and racer Don Spiece. I hope to chat with Don soon but Pete does run down a lot of specifics as it seems like the average fan won’t even notice a difference when they come through the gate which is exactly what both parties want. Good news here guys.

I will be in the studio again today and hoping to chat with some of you who may be racing this weekend in Syracuse. Message me on Facebook or at doug@dougsdirtdiary.com and we’ll get you on and promote the event at the same time.

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page starting with news from north of the border. Pete Bicknell talks about the sale of Merrittville Speedway, who will run it in 2017 and how the whole thing came to be after several other offers fell through. Good stuff here at the end of this chat too as we talk chassis and the new W-16 engine!

Jason Simmons recaps how things went for his four race teams at Super DIRT Week, how the event was received by the locals and wonders if he may see one of his Modifieds run with a well known driver at a Sunday track. Hmm.

 
Wednesday, November 30th 2016
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Tyler Thompson talks about racing indoors at Syracuse and his season in a crate Sportsman.
Ronnie Welch ran down how his season went driving Four Cylinders down in the Southern Tier.

I had a nice day off on Tuesday as I dedicate the day to bowling and online racing. And in the can right now is a chat with car owner Jason Simmons as he recalls what it was like to see Super DIRT Week at the Oswego Speedway, a track he knows very well. Plus we’ll hear what he is thinking about for next year.

Today we have a pair of young guns on the site, one of which is racing this weekend in Syracuse. I hope to be at the event and am waiting to hear from organizer Rich Murtaugh. If you see him guys, have him message me at doug@dougsdirtdiary.com.

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page starting with someone who raced indoors on the coke syrup for the first time last year. Tyler Thompson talks about racing indoors at Syracuse, how surprised he was to win in his first attempt last year and his season in a crate Sportsman at the local dirt tracks.

Ronnie Welch ran down how his season went driving Four Cylinders down in the Southern Tier, remembers a pair of scary crashes and looks ahead to adding a teammate for 2017.   

 
Tuesday, November 29th 2016
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Johnny Hill reviewed his season in a Late Model and told me about a change for 2017.
Tony Veneziano gives us some Silly Season news from the world of 410 Sprint Car racing.

The snow is melting as we type up this front page entry on Monday and a lot of things are happening behind the scenes in the racing world. It was announced on Monday that Joey Saldana will team up with Matt Wood and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. for 2017 in their potent #17 car. So happy to see that he was able to put something together as he looks forward to his 100th win with the WoO. He is at 99 now.

We hope that Monday was not a tough one for you after five days off in a row. I know I was a little slow myself but hopefully by today we’ll be back in the rhythm and ready to go. The nice weather that the Midwest had all weekend long is now here and it sounds like the snowblowers we ran last week will be quiet for a few more days. I’m okay with that!

  Now let’s chat more about what we have on the Audio Page for today starting with a local driver who had a lot of work to do to put his car back together after a late season crash ended things early for him. Johnny Hill reviewed his season in a Late Model and told me about a change for 2017 as well as the advice he would give someone who was thinking about getting their first racecar.

Tony Veneziano gives us some Silly Season news from the world of 410 Sprint Car racing leading up to the PRI show in Indianapolis December 8-10th. News: Since our recording it was announced on Monday that Joey Saldana will drive for Matt Wood and Ricky Stenhouse in 2017.  

 
     
 
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