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Sunday, September 21st 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Keith Flach told me how his Syracuse motor felt in hot laps and his hopes for Sunday at Fonda.
Alton Palmer talked about his season at Fonda and what he is doing as a car owner for Syracuse.
Elmo Reckner described what made his Modified different from the rest in the pit area on Friday.
Paul Kinney got ready for the Empire Super Sprints finale and talked about the need for a win.
Brandon Sweet recapped his 2014 season so far and explained why he has not been racing so much.
 
We’re back with more good stuff for you guys here on Doug’s Dirt Diary. It turned out to be a real nice day on Saturday and I hope you were able to have fun either at the races or with family & friends. My wife and I went to a get together and had a great time. But we’ll make sure you have new stuff to listen to tomorrow for sure.
 
In here today I have more from Friday night at Fonda as Mohawk Valley Weekend got started. And of course today the Super DIRTcar Series and The Hondo Classic for Pro Stocks are both on tap. It should be a real barn burner.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page. I start with some news for Super DIRT Week. Keith Flach told me how his Syracuse motor felt in hot laps and his hopes for Sunday at Fonda. He explained why he was parking this car for the rest of the weekend and what he was doing with the new chassis he had with him.
 
Alton Palmer talked about his season at Fonda and what he will be doing as a car owner for Syracuse. He told me what his goals were for the night, how the surface has been all year long and remembered last year at Super DIRT Week.  
 
Elmo Reckner described what made his Modified different from the rest in the pit area on Friday. He ran down the specifics on the motor between the rails, what his goals were for the night and wondered how the engine would do at the end of the long Fonda straight-aways. 
 
Paul Kinney got ready for the Empire Super Sprints finale and talked about the need for a win. He told me what his number one goal was for the night, recapped his trip to Canada last weekend and wondered what next season might bring. 
 
Brandon Sweet recapped his 2014 season so far and explained why he has not been racing so much. He talked about what it has been like not chasing points, hinted at when he’ll have a better plan for the future and explained why he likes being a dad. 

 
Saturday, September 20th 2014
   New on the Audio Page from the Fonda Speedway:
 
Pre race conversations:
 
Jessica Zemken talks about her win at the Canadian Sprint Car Nationals from the 14 starting spot.
Stewart Friesen got ready for double duty and talked about how well things have been going.
Jeff Trombley thought back to the first time her ever raced at Fonda with his home built Modified.
Danny Varin looked ahead to a busy night and spoke about running both a Modified and a Sprinter.
Jared Fink ran down what Sprint Car teams with their fuel/air mixture when the air is a little cooler.
Tony Farone described how his season has been going and wonders about bigger things in 2015.
 
After the heats:
 
Jessica Zemken set a new track record for a 360 Sprint Car and told me how fast her racecar felt.
Mike Stelter had his foot glued to the floor in his heat win and talked about late season improvements.
Stewart Friesen talked about his ESS Heat win and why some cars don’t bottom out in the turns.
Jared Fink was in a hard crash and flip in his heat and told me both he & the racecar were doing.
Matt DeLorenzo ran his first ever laps in a 360 Sprint Car and talked about how fast the racecar was.
 
After the features, the dash and the A-Main:
 
Tony Farone won his 2nd Sportsman feature of the season and spoke about it with Toby LaGrange.
Stewart Friesen spoke with Mike Mallett after winning the Dash for Cash and leading all 4 laps.
Jeff Trombley picked up his first Modified feature since 2011 and talked with Toby LaGrange.
Steve Poirier won his sixth ESS A-Main of the season and talked about the win with Mike Mallett.
Stewart Friesen finished in second place and told Mike Mallett why his car faded at the end.
Jeff Cook raced hard to earn a third place finish spoke about the battle he was in right till the end.
Larry Wight missed his heat but raced up to finish 4th and told me what went wrong early on.
Danny Varin got a top five in the ESS A-Main and talked about a motor stumble they had late. 
 
What a fun night I had last night at Fonda. The racetrack was smooth and fast as Jessica Zemken shattered the track record for a 360 Sprint Car with a lap of 15.415 seconds with a speed over 114 mph. The ESS finished out their season and the Night of Features wrapped up as well.
 
Like I said it was a real fun night as the track was in such great shape and the cars were flying in all the divisions. The groove moved out as the night went on and it was just flat out impressive to see the moves these drivers were making and the speeds at which they were doing especially in turns 3 & 4. If you are trying to figure out what to do today, check out Fonda for sure!
 
I got a lot of interviews done including 22 pre race chats. Plus we’ll be hearing from our friend Steve Ovens this week too so it should be a week packed with interviews.
 
But back to Fonda, Steve Poirier won for the sixth time with ESS this year as he wrapped up his 5th championship in style. Stewart Friesen was able to get from 10th to 2nd in 10 laps but had nothing for Mr. Poirier. By the way, they came in tied at the top of the ESS win lust with 5. They are not tied anymore.
 
As for Jessica, she had a flat left rear tire on lap 11 bringing out the final caution and did not return to the racetrack. Jared Fink and Russ Bennett each flipped but each was alright. A total of 27 Sprint Cars were on hand.
 
Jeff Trombley led all but 4 laps on his way to career win #35 and his first win since 2011. A.J. Romano was fast too chasing Jeff as the two lapped a lot of cars but he could not catch him. Jeremy Wilder had a strong run finished third followed by Danny Varin and Craig Hanson.
 
Tony Farone won his second feature of the year in the Sportsman race that was held over with the Modified race from their Night of Features. I guess the rain moved in before they could complete that one back in August. Listen to Tony’s pre race chat to hear about some good things that may be coming his way next year.
 
I had a ball like I said and got to help fill some time at the break with Jim King and Toby LaGrange while helping out a little with Mike Mallett as well. The stories were flying left and right and I know I had a real good time.
 
It was a long drive but an easy one after you have a good time and I had a real good time. There are two more days to go in Mohawk Valley Weekend so check out their website to see what is on tap on each day or listen to my Matt DeLorenzo interview. After he tells you how fast the Sprint Car he was driving felt, he’ll run down what is happening on each of the days.
 
Hope you all have a great Saturday. I’ve got a get together to go to today and maybe I’ll see some of you there. I’ll be back tomorrow with more from Fonda and them more again all week long from Steve as he visits Yates County and Woodhull. 

 
Friday, September 19th 2014
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Steve Poirier talks about winning the ESS Championship and how to get around Fonda Speedway.
Anthony Perrego runs down his hopes for the King of the Catskills and the 76er at Grandview.
Dan Harpell previews tonight’s Seneca Lake Shootout at Yates County Speedway in Dundee.

Another big race weekend is upon us and I’ll be on the road to Fonda tonight for the ESS race. Plus they have a pair of rained out races from the Night of Features on tap as well so I hope to see you there or at your favorite event this weekend as the season continues to wind down.

We’ve got three nice interviews on the site today that I hope you will listen to. One of with a now five time champion and the other is with one of the best young talents in Modified racing right now. Plus Anthony gives us some big news on his big plans for 2015 that will include a new race home. What is it? I’ll make you listen to find out…

Now let’s talk in more detail about the three chats we have for you to listen to on the Audio Page. I start with a driver who can win a title without even starting the final race in his series. Steve Poirier talks about winning the ESS Championship and how to get around Fonda Speedway. He told me how tough it is to get around both ends perfectly, recaps his race weekend at Ohsweken and why that 5th place felt better than his 3rd at The Cole Cup.  

Anthony Perrego runs down his hopes for the King of the Catskills and the 76er at Grandview. He told me about his pair of top five finishes last weekend, where he will race in the next two months and looks ahead to a new challenge for 2015. Big news here!!!  

Dan Harpell previews tonight’s Seneca Lake Shootout at Yates County Speedway in Dundee. He ran down specifics for each of the four divisions, told me some of the Modified drivers who are coming and looked ahead to the season finale at the track on late October. 

 
Thursday, September 18th 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Joey Ladouceur talks about his championship on asphalt and his sportsman races this weekend.
Mark Weaver gets ready for the Skyline finale and explains why he likes his racetrack so much.
 
We’re back with a couple more chats today as we get closer to the weekend. There is a lot going on this weekend and we’ll talk about one of those tracks that will wrap things up this weekend.
 
Plus we’ll see what it is like for a dirt guy when he switches to asphalt for a new challenge and how the laps he ran at some particular dirt tracks has helped him not just do well, but win.
 
I’ll be in the studio this afternoon and early evening as I need to get at least two more interviews done. If you know someone who would like to get on or maybe it is you, just send me a message at doug@dougsdirtdiary.com or message me on facebook.
 
Now let’s chat more about the two offerings we have on the Audio Page for you to check out today. Joey Ladouceur talks about his championship on asphalt and his sportsman races this weekend. He told me how he adjusted to the new surface, how he did in his one road course start and which dirt experiences helped him make the transition so quickly. 
 
Mark Weaver gets ready for the Skyline finale and explains why he likes his racetrack so much. He told me what makes the place different from the rest, how close he has come to winning there and looks over the pros& cons of returning for another season in 2015. 

 
Wednesday, September 17th 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Bobby Varin talks about winning a Modified championship at Glen Ridge with a feature win.
Jim Bogett runs down the TUSA rules changes for next year in the Mod Lites and what it means.
Matt DeLorenzo previews the three day Mohawk Valley Weekend starting Friday at Fonda. 
 
It was a nice, fall like day on Tuesday and I got to get out for a while and do some work in the studio after a day off for a golf tournament on Monday. No, I did not set the golfing world on it’s ear but we had several good shots. I got two birdies in a row for the first time ever but we also lost a few balls too. Golf can be that was but it was a great time!
 
On the website today we have a pair of interviews. One is with a driver who won yet another championship and the other is an informational piece for Mod Lite racers. We get very specific in the Jim Bogett interview and hopefully it helps all the teams out there who had questions. If we missed some things, let me know and I’ll get back with Jim and get it done.
 
Plus we look ahead to the big weekend at Fonda Speedway and get you lots of specifics on what happens on each of the three big days. And I plan on seeing you guys there on Friday. 
 
We’ll be back in the studio again today and all week long as we are tied up on Saturday and Sunday this week. But we’ll get a lot done between now and then. And we’re looking for thoughts and drivers to chat with so send me anything you’d like at doug@dougsdirtdiary.com or message me on facebook.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we do have for you to listen to today on the Audio Page. I start with a driver who had a winning weekend. Bobby Varin talks about winning a Modified championship at Glen Ridge with a feature win. He told me how fast his racecar was on that night, where he’ll be racing the next few weekends and recalled his one race in a Micro Sprint that ended in a trip to victory lane. 
 
Jim Bogett runs down the TUSA rules changes for next year in the Mod Lites and what it means. He compared the two engine options that are available for teams to run now, breaks it down into dollars and reminds teams that he has new & used cars available right now for teams looking to upgrade their equipment. 
 
Matt DeLorenzo previews the three day Mohawk Valley Weekend starting Friday at Fonda. He told me why he changed the name of the event, ran down the specifics for all three days and told me when he will race in the next few weeks starting with Sunday’s Super DIRTcar Series event. 

 
Tuesday, September 16th 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Ricky Elliott reviewed his 11 win season in a Late Model and talked about getting back in a Mod.
Jeremy Vunk talked about his Sportsman championship at Utica-Rome and his final races of 2014.
 
I enjoyed my semi day off on Monday but had to hustle to make my deadline for the Syracuse Post Standard and Syracuse.com. Now the can is empty and I need to get back at it today so look for some new stuff tomorrow from the studio later this afternoon and evening.
 
I am looking for suggestions and one of the two we have today was thanks to an email. I still have some folks to track down to the south and hope to get to some of them later today.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page. I start with a well known driver who got back to his roots a little this past season. Ricky Elliott reviewed his 11 win season in a Late Model and talked about getting back in a Mod. He told me what went wrong on Friday night while leading, where he’ll be the next few weekends and why Late Model chassis don’t wear out as quickly as the Modifieds do. 
 
Jeremy Vunk talked about his Sportsman championship at Utica-Rome and his final races of 2014. He told me how much he enjoyed winning his first ever title, why they need to upgrade their frame and how much different crate powered cars are compared to the more powerful open engines. 

 
Monday, September 15th 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Mike Bowman recaps his recent race at Woodhull and talks about his hopes for the Outlaw 200.
Johnny Hill talks about his season in a Crate Late Model and remembers his motocross days.
 
It was a nice day on Sunday and I was able to get some work done in the home studio. Or course a lot of folks were still racing and some had been up late the night before depending on where they raced.
 
So we should be able to get more work done later this week as we get ready for the second season to continue in local dirt racing circles. We have two for you today and two more tomorrow so be sure to keep checking back as we get closer to the big finale shows in the Syracuse area.
 
I have a golf tournament today at a local course that I have only heard about. It is supposed to be one of the best around and I am really looking forward to it although I am supposed to be the big hitter in our group. No pressure huh? Wish me well!!!
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page. I start with a man who will be off for racing for a few more weeks. Mike Bowman recaps his recent race at Woodhull and talks about his hopes for the Outlaw 200. He tells me how much he enjoys racing on the high banked Woodhull track, recaps his season to date and tells me why he needs to make sure he runs at least twice a week. 
 
Johnny Hill talks about his season in a Crate Late Model and remembers his motocross days. He tells me how he started riding as a teenager, how equipment doesn’t matter as much on two wheels and looks ahead to three more race weekends in 2014. 

 
     
 
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