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|Friday, September 23rd 2011
| New on the Audio Page for today:
Bobby Varin gets ready for a three day race weekend and talks about what he will be driving.
Ryan Phelps remembered his race in Vernon and told me what he hoped would happen at Mohawk.
Billy Dunn talked about his season in a big block and what makes tires important at MIR.
Peter Britten was going to run his first ever laps at MIR and talked about the show's atmosphere.
Nick Cooper leads the points in the Pizza Logs 600 Micro Series and talked about Saturday’s race.
It was another nice day on Thursday but as it went on the rain moved in and may stay a while. There are a couple of different weather models for the forecasters to choose from and hopefully the drier one will be the one we get!
I was very busy in the studio on Thursday as I recorded five new interviews. Two of those are up today as well as the final interviews from Mohawk International last Saturday. Tomorrow we’ll hear more about the two places I will be going this weekend with some drivers who will be racing there.
I’ll be starting tomorrow at Paradise Speedway in Geneva as the Pizza Logs 600 Micro Sprint Tour will headline the show there. (No, I’m not driving this time out) We will have our Hot Wings TV staff there for this one and will be putting together a show that will air on a future date on Time Warner Cable Sports. I’ll keep you posted on that!
Then on Sunday I will head to the Fonda Speedway for the finale of McDonalds Weekend. The Modifieds and Pro Stocks will be on hand for this one and so will I. So if the weather cooperates, we should have a great weekend. Keep your fingers crossed.
Now let’s chat more about what is new for today on the Audio Page. I begin with a man who will be very, very busy all three days this weekend. Bobby Varin gets ready for a three day race weekend and talks about what he will be driving. He told me why he likes doing double duty with a Mod & a Sprint, what he will be racing in the weeks following McDonalds Weekend and how shocked he is that we are this late in the year already.
Ryan Phelps remembered his race in Vernon and told me what he hoped would happen last Saturday at Mohawk International Raceway. He talked about the keys to getting around the track, how important it is to keep your speed up and wondered how much of a factor tires would be later on.
Billy Dunn talked about his season in a big block and what makes tires important at MIR. He told me what he was going to run in time trials, what he has done at Mohawk in the past and ran down his late season plans that include Fonda with the ESS tomorrow.
Peter Britten was going to run his first ever laps at MIR this past Saturday and talked about the atmosphere of the show. He told me some of what he learned as a crew chief for someone else at the track, shared some of the advice fellow drivers gave him and how tough he anticipates it getting later when the track slicks up.
Nick Cooper leads the points in the Pizza Logs 600 Micro Series and talked about Saturday’s race at Paradise Speedway in Geneva. He told me about his successful season to date, looks ahead to the final two races in the series after this weekend and described his hopes to move up to a full size Sprint Car.
|Thursday, September 22nd 2011
| New on the Audio Page for today:
Matt DeLorenzo remembered his run at Fonda last weekend and looked ahead to this weekend.
Justin Haers talked about being at Mohawk International and compared it to the old Frogtown.
Luke Whitteker ran down how his small block did on Friday and described his hopes for Saturday.
Dan Humes is following the Super DIRTcar Series this year and went over his racing background.
Jeff Hachmann tells us how fans can get free pit passes for SDW specials and other news.
Summer made a brief return appearance on Wednesday as we were close to 80 degrees here in Central New York. And since I was ahead on my work, I was able to get the Camaro out on the road and put some miles on her. She is running well and is as fast as a 602 crate engine can be.
It was also a nice day as my mom came back from her week long stay in the hospital. They ballooned an artery to her kidney (the only working one she has) and you have to believe that this was really hurting her. So we are optimistic as we have been in quite some time. And thanks too all of you who had her in your prayers.
Also along the way I wrote up another column for the Syracuse Post Standard previewing the next three weekends of action here in Central New York. If you are outside the area you can read it at www.syracuse.com.motorsports .
Now let’s find out more about the five clips that are new today on the Audio Page. I begin with a man who has a big two day race weekend coming up. Matt DeLorenzo remembered his run at Fonda last weekend and looked ahead to this weekend’s season finale at the track. He told me how he was trying hard to hold on to second place in the end, how he misinterpreted some hand signals that were given to the leader and ran down his plans for after McDonalds Weekend.
Justin Haers talked about being at Mohawk International and compared it to the old Frogtown Speedway. He remembered one particular rainy night that saw teams pit for a helmet change, explained why the track reminds him a little of Canandaigua and walked me through each end of the track. Good one!
Luke Whitteker ran down how his small block did on Friday at Mohawk International and described his hopes for Saturday. He talked about how well his racecar did earlier in the night, how he fought for an 11th place finish in the 358 series race and wondered if his smaller motor could have an advantage over the big blocks.
Dan Humes is following the Super DIRTcar Series this year as a rookie and went over his racing background. He told me about the scenic route he took to get to Mohawk International, what his goals are for this season and explained how much his chassis manufacturer has helped with set up advice.
Jeff Hachmann tells us how fans can get free pit passes for Super Dirt Week specials at Rolling Wheels and other news. He talked about the interview with Ted Christopher now up at www.superdirtweekonline.com as well as many other things happening during this year’s festivities.
|Wednesday, September 21st 2011
| New on the Audio Page for today:
Sam Hafertepe Jr. talks about his win in the Canadian Sprint Car Nationals and this weekend.
Pat Ward remembered his Friday night race at Mohawk and how cold it was in the pace laps.
Pierre Dagenais spoke about running his small block against the big blocks at Mohawk International.
Danny Varin described his “fantastic season” at Fonda and looked ahead to McDonalds Weekend.
Louie Jackson showed off his trim frame and summed up what he has been doing this season.
I got a lot done on Tuesday as I made some calls for the business, for Super DIRT Week and waited out mom’s surgery at the hospital. They did find an artery that was blocked so we are now more hopeful than we have been in a while that she can get better now. Whew! What a long week it has been.
But the nice thing for me is that I have a job I love that is a great distraction from the realities of everyday life. And when I feel the weight of everything upon me, it is nice to head to the studio and get my mind off that and onto my biggest love outside of my family…racing!
There is a lot of good stuff today and more coming as I still have more recordings to do. We will be at Paradise this Saturday and Fonda on Sunday so it will be nice to do a two race weekend at two totally different racetracks.
Now let’s chat more about what is new for today on the Audio Page. I begin with a man who just won a big show north of the border. Sam Hafertepe Jr. talks about his win in the Canadian Sprint Car Nationals and this weekend’s races at Eldora and Lernerville. He explained why he watched the races the two nights before Saturday, how he was able to run a line nobody else was running to get to the front and explained why he likes to hop around rather than follow a particular series.
Pat Ward remembered his Friday night race at Mohawk in his 358 Modified and described how cold it was in the pace laps. He explained how he ended up in the consi, how good he felt his Modified was and why he wished he had put a soft tire on the right rear.
Pierre Dagenais spoke about running his small block against the big blocks at Mohawk International. He explained why he has not been running as much this week, described where someone like him is compared to guys who race more and talked about his concerns for the Super DIRTcar Series race.
Danny Varin described his “fantastic season” at Fonda and looked ahead to McDonalds Weekend. He also talked about why believes things have gone so well for him this year, what went wrong last time he was in the 93 car and what ended is race last weekend while running in fifth.
Louie Jackson showed off his new trimmer frame and summed up what he has been doing this season. He told me why he lost so much weight, how his Pro Stock did the week before at Utica Rome and how much he has enjoyed getting his son’s career started in a Sportsman.
|Tuesday, September 20th 2011
| New on the Audio Page for today:
Ronnie Johnson told me about getting win number six at Fonda and who he held off to do it.
Rich Scagliotta talked about what he checks right before a race and explained his tire concerns.
Roy Tarbell spoke about his new chassis and his up & down season at Mohawk International.
Mike Adderly described the work they had to do to change motors right before the race on Saturday.
Ernie Saxton reported on the Freedom 76’r from Grandview and reacted to the big news for 2012.
I had a good day on Monday as I got some more work done in the studio and wrote up a new story for the Syracuse Post Standard. If you are out of the area, you can read it at www.syracuse.com/motorsports. It’s all about the Super DIRTcar Series race at Mohawk International and how tires ended up being the key. I hope you like it!
On the site today are two new interviews from the home studio and three from my night up north at Mohawk International. Plus I will be giving you three more a day from that show every day this week and lots more so be sure to keep coming back.
It will be a nerve racking day for me as mom is having an operation this morning so I will keep her in my prayers and hope for the best. She has been going in the hospital about every two months or so and we are hoping that this might be the last time for quite a while. So wish our small family well as we get through this today and hope for the best.
Now let’s chat about what is new for today on the Audio Page. I begin with a man who is enjoying his best season ever at his Saturday night home. Ronnie Johnson told me about getting win number six at Fonda and who he held off in the closing laps to do it. He also talked about what he learns from watching his races afterwards, how that helped him as a young racer and explained why his dad would often limit the number of questions he could ask him. Real good one here!
Rich Scagliotta talked about what he checks right before a race and explained his tire concerns for the series race at Mohawk International. He also told me about learning from others, how different driving styles make it tougher to use another’s set up and how much the Troyer guys share information in the pit area.
Roy Tarbell spoke about his new chassis and how well he has been doing at Mohawk International. He told me how busy he has been away from the track, how he did on the Friday 358 race and wondered who has the advantage when his home track slickens up.
Mike Adderly described the work they had to do to change motors right before the race on Saturday. He talked about why they made the change before the series race, where they will run it next and how much the extra weight in the front does to set ups.
Ernie Saxton reported on the Freedom 76’r from Grandview and reacted to the big news for next year that makes the winner’s share $50,000. He told me how Duane Howard held on after a late race caution, how Alan Johnson was almost able to run him down and looked ahead to an open competition Modified race this Saturday.
|Monday, September 19th 2011
| New on the Audio Page for today:
Brett Tonkin tells me how he went to victory lane in the Modified feature race at Penn Can.
Tommy Sears remembered his SDS race at Drummond and talked about an early race incident.
Brian McDonald talks to Jeremiah Fish about his time behind the wheel of a Modified this year.
Tim O’Brien led some laps on Friday at Mohawk and talked about racing against his brother.
Tim Currier ran down how his 2011 season has been going and his plans for the rest of the year.
I slept late on Sunday after a late night on Saturday and into Sunday morning. I was able to get in the studio and as I write this up I have a football game on pause on the DVR and will switch over to NFL mode as soon as I put this up.
On the page is one of the two studio interviews from Sunday as well as four of my saved chats from Mohawk International on Saturday. We also put up more new photos as well so be sure to check out the filmstrip at the right side of the page. And tomorrow I'll air the Ronnie Johnson chat I recorded last night. It's a real good one!
Today I will be back in the studio and will put some of what I record up with another three chats from my Saturday trip. My plan is to put at least of three of those up per day and add whatever I get to that total. Not a bad plan I think.
I also have some busy work to do today for some future races and hope to get all that done today. The next few weeks are always a little crazy, not just for me but for the race teams as well. So swing by your favorite racers shop and see if they need anything or buy them a right rear tire. Things are tight right now and they could sure use your help.
Now let’s chat more about what is new for today on the Audio Page. I begin with a man who just won a regular season finale. Brett Tonkin tells me how he went to victory lane in the Modified feature race Friday night at Penn Can. He talked about how good it felt to pick up win number two on the year, shared some advice he received from a friend and describes the relationship he has with his brothers on race nights.
Tommy Sears remembered his SDS race at Drummond last weekend and talked about an early race incident. He told me how he worked his way back up through the field, described how he keeps his emotions in check while concentrating on what he should be doing and what can make those emotions go away. Good one here!
Brian McDonald talks to Jeremiah Fish about his time behind the wheel of a Modified this year. He told him about his good run on Friday in the 358 race at Mohawk International, wondered if what he learned might help on Saturday and described his game plan was for the Super DIRTcar Series race.
Tim O’Brien led some laps on Friday night at Mohawk and talked about racing against his brother. He talked about how he lost the lead in the 358 series race, how his car changed in the final laps and how he ended up falling back to finish third.
Tim Currier ran down how his 2011 season has been going and his plans for the rest of the year. He also talked about his hopes to finish in the top twelve in Super DIRTcar Series points, remembered his 18th place finish at Mohawk International on Friday and how much he enjoyed his first trip to place.
|Sunday, September 18th 2011
| New on the Audio Page from Mohawk International Raceway:
Pre race conversations:
Jimmy Phelps told me how he did with his small block on Friday and what he learned about tires.
Clayton Benedict talked about his new Modified and how he earned his first feature win this year.
Carey Terrance was getting ready to run his big block in time trials and told me about his 358.
Joey Ladouceur explained how he lost the point lead the night before and what went wrong.
Corey Wheeler just became the Mr. DIRT Pro Stock point leader and thanked the driver who helped.
Pat O’Brien remembered his small block race from Friday and what went wrong with his tire.
Brett Hearn was the fast timer for the DIRTcar Modifieds and talked about his very fast racecar.
Joey Ladouceur took the fast time award in the Pro Stocks and described the set up he used.
After the heat races:
Brett Hearn won the first Modified qualifier and told me how hard he was driving with his right foot.
Clayton Benedict took his new Troyer to the front to win his heat and talked about how good it was.
Rob Bellinger waited to draw for his starting spot and told me about his Modified heat win.
Laurent Ladouceur got the win in the final heat race and described some big changes they made.
After the feature races:
Jimmy Phelps talked about his last lap pass for the win and when the leader started to get bigger.
Brett Hearn told me when his car started to shake and what he had to do to hold on to second place.
Carey Terrance finished in fourth place and explained why they switched to the small block.
Danny Johnson was one of several drivers who pitted for a tire change and talked about his strategy.
Pat O’Brien came home in 6th place and told me how it felt to have power steering fluid everywhere.
Corey Wheeler described how he came home first to win his first ever Pro Stock Series race.
As I wrote on my Facebook Page last night, I am very fortunate guy to do what I do for a living and every now and then I get a reminder of that. Last night I got several reminders as I traveled north and east to Mohawk International Raceway to hang out with my Native American friends from Akwesasne.
I had such a great time as the Super DIRTcar Series was in town for both the Pro Stocks and the DIRTcar Modifieds. I met friendly faces everywhere I went and got to renew some old friendships as well. I forgot how many people I know who call this wonderful facility their weekly home and it was great to see all of you again.
It was also a reminder that I need to go to MIR more in the future but with me racing on Fridays a lot this year, other Friday night tracks became scarce to me. Sorry about that guys. I’ll make more of an effort next year I swear. And I will be up this off season for a day of work visiting shops and a night of fun. You can count on that!!!
There was a big show/fall atmosphere as campers and camp fires greeted us as we pulled down Frogtown Road. There was a lot do for the racefans too as a band kept people entertained and as always the on-site bar is one of the best track bars I have ever seen. Plus the food is excellent with a lot of choices. I went with the Poutine and Corn Dogs or Pogs as they called them.
The racing was real good and I had a great vantage point from the birds nest above the grandstand at the start/finish line. Videographer Gene was great to chat with and very helpful as well. Plus the series officials and other staff really helped and answered every question I had. They made it super easy!
I recorded twenty two pre race conversations as Jeremiah Fish and I got there nice and early at about 4:30 for the show that began at 7:45. I put up six of those pre race chats and saved a whopping sixteen for release beginning tomorrow. So look for those and be sure to check out the new photos added from myself and J Fish. More are coming today too so keep checking back.
In the Super DIRTcar Series feature it looked like Brett Hearn was going to run away and hide after passing early leader Billy Decker (Friday night’s winner as well) on lap 36. Hearn was cruising through traffic but trouble was soon to be on the way for the fast timer from earlier in the night.
Listen to my post race interview with him on the Audio Page and he’ll tell you that he first felt his car begin the change with 14 laps to go. Turns out he was chunking up a right rear tire and it was making the car shake more and more with every lap he turned.
Jimmy Phelps had just moved around Decker and was beginning to gain on Hearn. I noticed the gap narrowing with about five to go and it was one of those deals that kept you guessing if there would be enough time to see the two of them get side by side. There was!
Phelps was able to catch Hearn and as the two dove under the white flag, the 98h went low and by the time they came out of turn two there was a new leader. Phelps made it the rest of the way around to record his first Super DIRTcar Series win of the year. Hearn held on to second while Decker, Carey Terrance and Danny Johnson rounded out the top five.
We got four of the top five afterwards as I rushed to get as many of them as I could on the microphone. Since I missed one, I decided to get sixth place Pat O’Brien and boy am I glad I did. He lost his power steering with forty laps to go and got sprayed with fluid inside the car until there was none left to be sprayed. Listen to his chat with me on the audio page and hear what it was like as he muscled the car around in the last twenty laps.
I also chatted with Pro Stock winner Corey Wheeler after he won his first ever race on the series after taking the Super DIRTcar point lead the night before with a second place at Granby. What a two days for him huh? And yes I did get pictures of him and a lot of the drivers featured on the site today and in the coming week.
Also in the bin are photos of me trying out the inside of the Joey Ladouceur Pro Stock. He spoke with me about his full containment seat and some other safety changes he has made so I wanted to sit in it and feel what it was like. But Joey is about two inches shorter than me and not nearly as thick around the waist. (Yeah, he’s not fat like me) So it was a squeeze but it was great so see what he sees when he drives. And yes, that’s a H-pattern four speed in there!
Like I said I had a great time and even got into a convoy on the road coming back on Rt81. I got behind a trio of race haulers and just tucked in the back. Two were from Mohawk and one from Thunder Alley. Plus we passed several other haulers as it was a late night for us racer types as many of us got home after 2 AM. Like me. I got home at 2:08AM and finished this at 4:45. Not bad.
Today I will obviously be sleeping later than usual and then I hope to get a few interviews done in the home studio. Plus like I said, I will be putting some more pics up along the way and choose a few interviews from the sixteen I have in the can to put up for tomorrow. I’ll do four of those and save three a day for the rest of the week so I can remember my fun night at Mohawk International Raceway.
Thanks again to everyone who made my night so special and thanks to all the racers for participating in Doug’s Dirt Diary. I could not do it without you! Thank you.
|Saturday, September 17th 2011
| New on the Audio Page for today:
Billy Pauch Jr. talks about his season in both a Mod and a Sprint and looks ahead to Grandview.
Chad Homan explained why he ran a new track last weekend and how different it would be.
Jason Rood described an issue he had last weekend and explained why he had to apologize.
Casey Williams spoke about his Friday at Utica Rome and how happy he was with his finish.
Matt Hulsizer told me about some recent gains he has made before last weekend at Utica Rome.
It was another nice day on Friday although it is very clear that fall is finally here. Leaves are falling on my driveway from my white birch tree and I am beginning to see other trees beginning to turn as well. And we know what’s next too don’t we? Ugh!
I had a mellow day on Friday as all I did was type of this frontpage entry and do the descriptions for the new stuff on the Audio Page. So it was nice to lay low and get ready for what will be a big day today at Mohawk International.
J Fish and I will be heading to Mohawk today so look for lots of new stuff on the site from the event to show up on Sunday. The Super DIRTcar Series for both Modifieds and Pro Stocks is on tap tonight so it is going to be a super fun night for sure!
Don’t forget that Fonda and Grandview are also going today and the Freedom 76’r at Grandview will be a who’s who of the Modified world south of the Thruway. So be sure to make your plans, fill a cooler and hit the road today!
Now let’s chat more about what is new for today on the Audio Page. I begin with a man who is really looking forward to today. Billy Pauch Jr. talks about his season in both a Mod and a Sprint and looks ahead to Grandview today. He told me what he has learned in a season behind the wheel of a winged car, how well things went at Big Diamond in the Modified and runs down his late season schedule of events.
Chad Homan explained why he ran a new track last weekend and how different it would be for him. He talked about needing to learn a lot quickly, what area he thought he really needed to focus on and what fellow drivers shared some set up advice with him.
Jason Rood described an issue he had last weekend and explained why he had to apologize afterwards. He told me what it feels like when you break a left rear shock, what it does to the other corner of the Modified and why a track that is too fast is almost bad for side by side racing.
Casey Williams spoke about his Friday at Utica Rome and how happy he was with his finish. He told me how he knew the track still had some bite in it, how surprised he was about what he saw in the pits and why sometimes it can be good when the big boys stay away.
Matt Hulsizer told me about some recent gains he has made before last weekend at Utica Rome. The next day Matt ended up coming from the back for a sixth place finish in the New Yorker. Guess he is getting better huh?
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