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Wednesday, October 1st 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Jim Rothwell talked about his season and how racing used to be as he got ready for hot laps.
Butch Green prepared to race a pair of racecars and talked about the need for a Sportsman win.
Eric Leet walked me through his first two years in a Sportsman and how things went on Saturdays.
 
We’re back today with our final conversations from the weekend. I had so much fun catching up with folks and meeting some new people that I wanted to make sure these stood out on their own. I did get some work done last night but am saving it so we can have two days of different stuff leading into Outlaw Weekend at Fulton.
 
I’ll be at Fulton both days and we’ll be recording our next Atomic Power Racing Hour on Friday from the event. Of course we’ll be there early on Saturday and hoping to get as many chats as we can as we got ready for the big push here in Central New York.
 
Now I wrote this up in the afternoon so I do not know how my Kansas City Royals did but one way or another I am a proud fan. Many years ago I went on a KC Royals forum and asked if the team had a plan or was just selling off young players to save money. They told me what the team was doing and it has happened just like the fans told me it would.
 
Whether they won or lost last night is somewhat irrelevant as they made the playoffs for the first time in 29 years. They are building for the future and doing it the right way with young talent that has come up for the most part through their minor league system, which by the way won the AAA championship for the second year in a row, and not by getting veteran players who are past their prime. I am happy one way or another.
 
Now let’s get off baseball (sorry guys, but it has been a long time) and talked about what we have on the Audio Page for you to listen to today. Jim Rothwell talked about his season racing at I-88 Speedway, how important the right tire choice it and how racing used to be as he got ready for hot laps. 
 
Butch Green prepared to race a pair of racecars and talked about how well the season has gone with the Street Stock the need for a Sportsman feature win.  
 
Eric Leet walked me through his first two years in a Sportsman and how things went on Saturdays as he raced at Thunder Mountain Speedway. 

 
Tuesday, September 30th 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Kenny Hammond talked about sweeping the top three spots with his teammates at Five Mile Point.
Mike Austin spoke about the need to get a win and what went wrong the last time he went racing.
Cory Pike is fairly new to Sportsman racing and talked about getting a win and a motor issue.
 
It was another real nice day on Monday as our streak of really nice weather continued. It was way too nice to be inside bowling but it was the first week of our league so we had to go and get it done. I don’t know if I was the only one but I would have rather been golfing. 
 
I spent much of the day working and dealing with an uncooperative computer. What should have taken me about an hour and a half ended up taking much longer than that…about three times longer. So unfortunately I was unable to get any new interviews done and was lucky to get anything done.
 
I have three more real good ones as we took a lot of time in the pit area with folks on Friday. I did not want to rip through the interviews and so each one is at least five minutes long. I hope you like them as each tells a real good story.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page to listen to today. Kenny Hammond talked about sweeping the top three spots with his teammates at Five Mile Point as he got ready to race at I-88 Speedway on Friday. 
 
Mike Austin spoke about the need to get a win and what went wrong the last time he went racing as well as what he did to try to see if the issue was fixed. 
 
Cory Pike is fairly new to Sportsman racing at I-88 Speedway and talked about getting a win fairly early in the season and a motor issue that sidelined him for a while. 

 
Monday, September 29th 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Kevin Jordan talked about a mid season change of plans and how some blown motors happened.
Mike Richmond explained what went wrong at Utica Rome and how he researched his racing.
Skip Pickwick told me how his season went at I-88 and remembered his start in four cylinders.
 
We have three really good interviews up on the site today as we get ready for the big finale here in Central New York starting this Friday at Fulton and ending next Sunday in Syracuse. This is truly the calm before the storm and I am taking advantage of it to get things done that I won’t be able to do very soon.
 
Like I said, all three of the chats I have today were hand selected because each tells a nice story. One tells you how a driver found a nagging problem that ended up costing him three engines. The second one talks about the issues drivers can have when they go to the hospital for a crash and the final one tells the story of a driver who likes to stay local and made a big move up after his start. They are all very good!
 
I hope you all liked the great weather we had this past weekend and let’s hope we can ride this out for about 13 more days. I’d love a Super DIRT Week like that wouldn’t you?
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page for today. I start with a veteran driver who later that night bagged a top three finish. Kevin Jordan talked about a mid season change of plans, how he blew three engines due to a bad distributor and when they finally figured out what was going wrong. 
 
Mike Richmond explained what went wrong at Utica Rome that cost him a chassis, the problems he had at the hospital because of it and how he researched his racing by helping others beforehand. 
 
Skip Pickwick told me how his season went at I-88, remembered his start in four cylinders and how he adapted when he moved to a V-8 powered Sportsman car. 
 

 
Sunday, September 28th 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Andrew Ferguson talked about his 2014 racing season and his plans to move up to Modified.
Craig Pope told me what he usually does on Friday nights at I-88 Speedway without his racecar.
Rich Townsend summed up how his season has gone and told me why he may switch to a crate.
Bob Buono started the year in Sportsman and explained why he is now back in a Street Stock.
 
It was another absolutely beautiful day on Saturday and I was able to get out and enjoy it with my family. Then Camille and I had a night on the town with an old college friend. It was a great day.
 
We’ve got a pretty good day for you here as well with four new conversations. I took more time with each interview on Friday at I-88 so instead of ripping through 20 or so I spent some extra time with each driver. I hope you like it. Let me know with an email to doug@dougsdirtdiary.com or hit me on facebook.
 
Now let’s chat more about the new stuff we have to listen to today on the Audio Page starting with a driver who has big plans for next year. Andrew Ferguson talked about his 2014 racing season with an open motor Sportsman and his plans to move up to Modified for the 2015 race season. 
 
Craig Pope told me what he usually does on Friday nights at I-88 Speedway without his racecar as well as how he has done the past few weeks with his Sportsman. 
 
Rich Townsend summed up how his season has gone in an open motor Sportsman and told me why he may switch to a crate for the 2015 season. 
 
Bob Buono started the year in Sportsman and explained why he is now back in a Street Stock which he seems to prefer more than the open wheel variety. 
 
Saturday, September 27th 2014
   New on the Audio Page from I-88 Speedway:
 
Leon Andrus describes the racing action that will take place today on the track at I-88 Speedway.
 
After the heat races:
 
Earl Zimmer led every lap to win the first Street Stock heat and told me who helped with the set up.
Jake Karlnoski talked about his Street Stock heat win and what he was working on in the pits.
Butch Green told me what went right in his Sportsman win and what didn’t with the Street Stock.
Lee Dewitt described his Sportsman heat win, how good the track was and what he heard behind him.
Nick Nye made an inside move to win his heat race and talked about how good his car has been.
Eric Leet won his qualifying heat race at I-88 Speedway and explained how he drove his tight car.
 
After the feature races:
 
Shane Wolf Jr. used some late race restarts to pick up the win and talked with Steve Clapperton.
Randy Fox was fast late but came up short finishing 2nd and spoke about it with Steve Clapperton.
Gene Sharpsteen came home in 3rd place in the Street Stock race and spoke to Steve Clapperton.
Charlie Hendrickson led the 25 laps of the Sportsman feature and talked with Steve Clapperton.
Nick Nye led a lot of laps on his way to a 2nd place and talked about hanging on at the end.
Kevin Jordan had some trouble early and explained how he raced his way back to finish third.
 
I had a real nice time on a really nice fall day on Friday as I traveled south and east to I-88 Speedway for the first day of a two day show. If you want to know what is going on tonight, just listen to the Leon Andrus interview at the top of the Audio Page and he’ll talk about the show that has Modifieds as a headliner.
 
There was a nice crowd on hand as well as 33 Sportsman, 19 Street Stocks and almost a full field of 600 micros. The racing was good too as Shane Wolf Jr. took advantage of some late race restarts to win the Street Stock race while Charlie Hendrickson Jr. led the final 25 laps to win the Flyin’ Milkman Kenny Moore Classic.
 
I sat in the grandstand for the night and had fun with Shawn Shields and the Woodchuck Group who were having a great time at the races and a great time teasing Shawn who gave it right back. Thanks to my daughter Allie, who always likes to sit in the grandstand, I now avoid the tower a lot as you catch a lot more sitting in the stands.
 
Don’t forget that they are going again today as is Paradise Speedway in Geneva and New Egypt Speedway in New Jersey. And tomorrow the Friends of Mike Race is taking place at Bridgeport Speedway. Check out my Danny Serrano chat from earlier in the week for more on that show at Bridgeport.
 
I saved all my pre race chats and did 13 of them. I went longer as I wanted to try something different. Four of those will show up tomorrow as I hope to get in the studio for a while this afternoon before going out tonight. A college friend is in town so Camille and I will go out tonight and have some fun in our old stomping ground.
 
Have a great Saturday and make sure you get outside today and enjoy this great weather. There are some races going on so support your local track while rooting on your favorite drivers.

 
Friday, September 26th 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Matt Sheppard talked about the work he has to do to get a brand new Modified ready for Syracuse.
Matt Tanner explained why he missed the Canadian Sprint Car Nationals due to a motor issue.
Kory Gurney told me why we have not seen him much as he looks forward to some 305 races.
 
From the travels of Steve Ovens at Yates County Speedway:
 
Alan Johnson spoke with Steve Ovens after his win in the Modified heat race at Yates County.
Dylan Dewert won the second Modified heat at Yates County and told Steve about some struggles.
Jimmy Phelps told Steve Ovens about his past at Yates County and compared it to others.
Donnie Lawson got into the redraw with his 3rd place finish and told Steve what went wrong.
 
From the travels of Steve Ovens at Woodhull Raceway:
 
Glen Whritenour spoke to Steve Ovens about his track championship and his 7th place starting spot.
Bill Holmes got ready for the Isky Cams Championship and told Steve Ovens about his hopes.
J.J. Kreidler won the night before at Yates County and talked about his Street Stock ride for Saturday.
 
We’re back on a Friday with lots of cool stuff for you to listen to as we get ready for the weekend. I’ll be at I-88 Speedway tonight and we’ll have new audio from that up tomorrow.
 
I was off on Thursday as I am trying to squeeze in as much golf as I can before we can’t golf anymore. It will happen soon and I am still improving as we try to get closer to where we were a few years ago. We’re better around the green but still a little wild on tee shots and with my long irons. Improvement is needed there!
 
Now let’s chat about the new stuff we have from myself and Steve Ovens on the Audio Page. I start with a chat from the Media Challenge on Tuesday. Matt Sheppard talked about the work he has to do to get a brand new Modified ready for Syracuse as well as what happened on the racetrack for him this past weekend. 
 
Matt Tanner explained why he missed the Canadian Sprint Car Nationals due to a motor issue as well as how long it would have taken to make the drive late. 
 
Kory Gurney told me why we have not seen him much on the track this year as he looks forward to some 305 races at the end of the 2014 season. 
 
Alan Johnson spoke with Steve Ovens after his win in the Modified heat race at Yates County and how little he had to adjust for the car he was in on this night.
 
Dylan Dewert won the second Modified heat at Yates County and told Steve Ovens about some struggles he has earlier as well as what he needed to do for later. 
 
Jimmy Phelps told Steve Ovens about his past at Yates County and compared it to others he races on as well as how a bad redraw has set him back a little for later. Later on he won by the way! 
 
Donnie Lawson got into the redraw with his 3rd place finish and told Steve Ovens what went wrong as well as how much he’d like to race a Modified at Yates County next year. 
 
Glen Whritenour spoke to Steve Ovens about his track championship and his 7th place starting spot while comparing the set up he’ll use versus a normal Saturday night. 
 
J.J. Kreidler won the night before at Yates County and talked with Steve Ovens about his Street Stock ride for Saturday as well as his nice move for the win on Friday. 
 
Bill Holmes got ready for the Isky Cams Championship and told Steve Ovens about his hopes considering how long it has been since he has been to Woodhull Raceway. 

 
Thursday, September 25th 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Jason Barney got ready for the ESS finale at Fonda and told me why he will finish 2nd in the points.
Larry Wight told me about his win at Fonda on Saturday and his hopes for the Media Challenge.
Darwin Greene spoke about his season at I-88 Speedway on Friday and Fonda on Saturdays.
Danny Serrano talks about the activities surrounding the Friends of Mike race Sunday at Bridgeport.
 
New from Steve Ovens:
 
Justin Wright won the fourth Modified heat at Yates County and told Steve how his racecar was.
Derrick Podsiadlo told Steve Ovens about his third place in his heat and who impressed him.
Mike Wondering and Dave DuBois told Steve Ovens about their hopes for the race at Woodhull.
John Waters got ready for his Late Model qualifier and told Steve Ovens about his chances.
Jay McConnell prepared for the 50 lap BRP finale and talked about his third place starting spot.
Glenn Whritenour talked about his 3rd place run in the BRP Late Model finale at Woodhull.
Dan Harpell spoke with Steve Ovens after Friday’s show at Yates County and evaluated the night.
 
Once again we have a ton of new stuff today as we get closer to another big weekend. I’ll be heading to I-88 Speedway on Friday for the Flyin’ Milkman Kenny Moore Classic and I’m sure I’ll have a great time meeting some new folks and seeing others I have not seen in a while.
 
Steve Ovens has helped us out today and has a lot of good stuff on here for you as well as he went to Yates County and Woodhull this past weekend. Not sure if he’s going anywhere but I am sure we’ll have more from him tomorrow. 
 
If you want hear more of what Steve does at the racetrack and you want to hear it now, go to Blogtalkradio.com/turn5live. Thanks again to Steve and all the drivers who took time out from their busy race night to speak with him.
 
Now let’s chat more about the new stuff we have for you on the Audio Page for today. I start with a chat from my Friday night travels. Jason Barney got ready for the ESS finale at Fonda and told me why he will finish 2nd in the points as well as what his goals were for this past Friday night at a track he has not done well at in the past. 
 
Larry Wight told me about his win at Fonda on Saturday, how his Syracuse stuff is coming along and his hopes for the Media Challenge at Pole Position Raceway. 
 
Darwin Greene spoke about his season at I-88 Speedway on Friday and Fonda on Saturdays as he got ready for the final show at the Track of Champions. 
 
Danny Serrano talks about the activities surrounding the Friends of Mike race Sunday at Bridgeport. He ran down all that is happening before the race and how teams that don’t win can double their money won. 
 
Justin Wright won the fourth Modified heat at Yates County and told Steve Ovens how his racecar was while praising the race he had with a veteran up front. 
 
Derrick Podsiadlo told Steve Ovens about his third place in his heat and who impressed him on this night while thinking back to a strong run earlier in the season at Yates County.
 
Mike Wondering and Dave DuBois told Steve Ovens about their hopes for the race at Woodhull as well as what has happened so far in each of their seasons.
 
John Waters got ready for his Late Model qualifier and told Steve Ovens about his chances in what would be a very tough 50 lap feature at Woodhull. 
 
Jay McConnell prepared for the 50 lap BRP finale and talked with Steve Ovens about his third place starting spot at Woodhull as well as the need to be patient. 
 
Glenn Whritenour talked with Steve Ovens about his 3rd place run in the BRP Late Model finale at Woodhull as well as how a late race caution hurt his chances. 
 
Dan Harpell spoke with Steve Ovens after Friday’s show at Yates County and evaluated the night as well as how the car counts exceeded his expectations across the board. 
 

 
     
 
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