|Saturday, October 1st 2011
| New on the Audio Page from the Fulton Speedway:
Mike Bowman talked about his goals for Friday night and his hopes for tomorrow’s Outlaw 200.
Kevan Cook reflected on his championship year and ran down his late season racing plans.
Jeremy Pitcher won the Fulton title and told me how it gave his race team new enthusiasm.
Gary Roberts described his motor woes this season and wondered if he was going to retire.
Sam Reakes IV got ready for what may be his final Sportsman race and talked about Sprint Cars.
Willy Decker was going to hot lap his 358 Modified and wondered if it had enough power.
After the Sportsman heat races:
Johnny Scarborough got the win in the first heat race and told me how he came from 8th to 1st.
Bob Bennett explained how he took advantage of an early race restart to get to the top spot.
Katelyn Kane led every lap to win her heat race and talked about her schoolmates in the stands.
Douglas Cook took the win in the fourth heat race and told me about his move up from Novice.
Mike Teachout talked about recently getting a handle on his car and his Sportsman heat win.
Jeremy Pitcher told me how he went from 3rd to 1st in one corner to get the final heat win.
After the features:
Mike Smith won the 25 lap IMCA Modified race and talked about it in victory lane with Bill Foley.
Gary Roberts told Bill Foley about his second place finish and possibly rethinking his retirement.
Kevan Cook came home in third place and talked with Bill Foley about his 2011 race season.
Jeremy Pitcher talked about taking the lead twice and how happy he was to pull the motor.
Johnny Scarborough finished in second place and explained why he was not pulling his engine.
Katelyn Kane picked up eight spots to finish third and reflected on her wonderful race day.
I had a fun night at the Fulton Speedway and I am hoping that the meteorologist is wrong about what they are saying today. Last night was the first night of Outlaw Weekend and it was a great night of racing. And as I write this up it is not raining at the Fulton Speedway and these people who predict weather are often wrong, so don’t think today is a done deal either way.
Of course don’t forget to use my Track Links Page for the latest track info and radar of the weather. I know they will do everything they can to get this in and they do have Sunday as a rain date if they need it. But there are no dates to fit this in after this weekend, so again know that they will be doing everything they can to do this. So be ready! Always plan to race.
In the Sportsman race, track champion Jeremy Pitcher won the 30 lap feature and there was a lot of action and a lot of yellow flags. The action was non-stop, a great field of 55 cars ran six heats, three consolation events and several cars that got airborne. Yeah, it was wild!
I was able to get all six heat race winners as well as eighteen pre race chats and a bunch of new photos as well. I was able to save twelve of those pre race chats and will release them in the next few days as we will be doing more at Syracuse on Tuesday at inspections as we always do.
It could be an early turnaround for me so I am not going to write as much as usual as it is already after 1AM and I will be up this morning, ready to go. The track last night was real good. The run by Katelyn Kane coming from 11th to 3rd really shows her growth as a driver. Mike Smith drove the wheels off his IMCA to win his 25th race in 45 shows…amazing.
I also gave out the rare Doug’s Dirt Diary Bonus Point sticker to Justin Thompson, driver of the 945 Sportsman. He was aiming right at the outside wall in turn one in his heat race and somehow gave it gas, got it sideways and drove out of it. It was on hell of a save. Journalist Don Davies and I both agreed that an award was deserved. Nice job Justin!
I wish everyone well today and once again pray that the meteorologist is wrong. I also talked to a few of you off the mic about some issues happening away from the racetrack and I will add you to my prayers. As we get older more things are happening to ourselves and the people we love and care deeply about. So I wish you all well as you deal with the things that life hands you that are out of your control. Hug your loved ones today and tell them how you feel. See you later and take each day as a gift!
|Friday, September 30th 2011
| New on the Audio Page for today:
Beth Schneider told me how she is helping to raise money for cancer research at Fulton Speedway.
Matt Smith explained why he is in a 600 Micro now and how he has enjoyed his three years.
Tyler Walker ran down what the controls were in a Micro Sprint and how adjustments are made.
Kevin Carlson came into Saturday 6th in the Pizza Logs points and described his season so far.
Cory Gramlich talked about his season in a Micro Sprint and how he fell off a bit in the middle.
It was a rainy day on Thursday and I got a lot of stuff done inside the house as we get ready to welcome a new friend here any day now. Today I will be heading to the Fulton Speedway as Outlaw Weekend begins with Sportsman, IMCA Modifieds, Crate Late Models and Mod Lites.
This is always one of my favorite weekends of the year as Fulton Speedway is a very racy place and this 200 weekend was the first big race I was ever associated with back in 1991. So there will be a lot of memories and a lot of fun had this weekend.
And with the weather being the way it is, expect the track to be tacky and fast all weekend long. It is going to be great and I am super excited. This is a two day show of course with the Outlaw 200 happening tomorrow featuring the top Modified talent anywhere in a $20,000 to win show plus lap money.
I wish all you race teams out there the best too as you have a busy stretch coming up over the next ten days. It is my favorite time of the year and I wish all of you the best as you deal with the stress of these big shows.
Now let’s chat more about what is new for today on the Audio Page. I begin with a young lady who is giving of herself this weekend for a cause. Beth Schneider told me how she is helping to raise money for cancer research at Fulton Speedway during Outlaw 200 Weekend. She talked about the new goal they have set, what she will do on Sunday to finish the job and why this cause is so special to her. She’ll be at Fulton this weekend so be ready to help if you can!
Matt Smith explained why he is in a 600 Micro Sprint now and how he has enjoyed his last three years in the class. He told me why the atmosphere in the division appeals to him, talked about his four win season and how a flip a few weeks ago caused them to make some major repairs.
Tyler Walker ran down what the controls were in a Micro Sprint and how adjustments are made. He told me how to get the car rolling, how to shift it and how changes can be made to accommodate a larger person like me. You can learn something here so give it a listen.
Kevin Carlson came into Saturday 6th in the Pizza Logs points and described his season so far. He talked about his hopes to move up in the points, some changes they made to make the car better and shared some advice his dad gave him when he was younger. Good advice here!
Cory Gramlich talked about his season in a Micro Sprint and how he fell off a bit in the middle of it. He described some handling issues they had, what they did to finally fix it and how it felt to pick up his first ever win in the pro series.
|Thursday, September 29th 2011
| New on the Audio Page for today:
Jason Meyers tells me about his WoO win at Lernerville and looks ahead to Williams Grove.
Katelyn Kane talks about her winning season at Fulton and who she shares information with.
Billy Coffey explains why we have not seen him much this year as he unloaded at Paradise.
Nate Hendrix just started his racing career at age 35 and talks about why he decided to race now.
Chad Ayers ran down how his season has been going in his Four Cylinder at Paradise Speedway.
Jeff Hachmann describes the work going on for Super DIRT Week XL and previews each day.
Yesterday was a better day for us as things got a little more like normal. I did some work in the studio and wrote up another column for the Syracuse Post Standard. In between I did some more work to get ready for next week at Syracuse and am actually a little ahead of where I normally am at this time…so it’s all good!
We have a lot of great interviews on the site today including one with Jason Meyers who is the current leader in the World of Outlaw Sprint Car Series. Katelyn Kane talks about how her relationship helps her on the track and of course Jeff Hachmann from DIRTCar updates up on everything happening for Super DIRT Week.
Plus you can listen to some new people on the site and our old friend Billy Coffey who just welcomed a new addition to his family over the summer. Remember what I always say about the mating habits of racecar drivers? Summer birth means…well, do the math people. I’m not gonna spell it out any better except to say that during racing season, it’s all about racing.
As for us here, we are doing better today after the death of our beloved cat Indy Tuesday morning. I want to thank Dr. Phil Claussen (who I am also looking forward to racing against next year in the Vintage Class) for sending me the story of Rainbow Bridge. My oldest daughter loved it and it really did help her deal with it. Plus she has good friends at school and they helped too.
Thanks to everyone who sent emails and conversed with me on facebook. We are not going to rush into getting another kitty just yet but at the same time we are kitty-proofing our home to make it ready when we do decide to get one. And that may be any day now. We’ll get another male tiger kitty as I am the only male in our house and need all the help I can get. But seriously, thanks so much!
Now let’s chat more about what is new for today on the Audio Page. I begin with a man who we will see in Central New York next weekend and Williams Grove tomorrow. Jason Meyers tells me about his World of Outlaw Sprint Car win at Lernerville and looks ahead to Williams Grove this Friday & Saturday. He told me about some advice he took during the race that helped him find the fast line, why he feels he has unfinished business at the National Open and described the work they just finished up to get ready for Australia.
Katelyn Kane talks about her winning season at the Fulton Speedway as she gets ready for Outlaw 200 Weekend. She also talks about her relationship with boyfriend Chris Hile, how much they help each other at the track and what she did on Monday in an attempt to get other young people to come to the speedway.
Billy Coffey explains why we have not seen him much this year as he unloaded at Paradise Speedway this past Sunday. He talked about some motor issues he had in his first race, how well the new motor did the last week and how much he is enjoying his new baby girl back home. Yes, he did thank his wife as he should!
Nate Hendrix just started his racing career at age 35 and talks about why he decided to race now. He told me about a recent heat win he enjoyed, explained some things he has learned in the last six months and looks ahead to getting a brand new chassis next season.
Chad Ayers ran down how his season has been going in his Four Cylinder at Paradise Speedway. He talked about the new motor he had to put into his Mustang, described the work they can do to make them faster and explained how he fixed a steering issue he had with the car.
Jeff Hachmann describes some of the work going on for Super DIRT Week XL and previews each day. He talked about the Wednesday night show in Weedsport, the changes in the Friday schedule and the new pit rules for the SEF 200 on Sunday. Lots of accurate info here for fans and teams. Go to www.superdirtweekonline.com for more.
|Wednesday, September 28th 2011
| New on the Audio Page for today:
Duane Howard tells me about his win in the Freedom 76’r as well as his plans to run at Fulton.
Matt DeLorenzo talks about his win at McDonalds Weekend and running 100 green flag laps.
Darryl Ruggles has not been racing in a few months and told me about a recent health issue.
Ryan Greth made a trip to Paradise from Pennsylvania and talked about his tracks back home.
Cody Shurgot summed up how his season has gone as he follows the Pizza Logs Sprint Tour.
Jason Doty explained why he made the move from a two wheeler to something with a cage.
It was a sad day at the Elkins house as our beloved cat of fifteen years passed away. Indy had a seizure two weeks ago and was doing ok since then but we lost him right in front of my girls on Tuesday morning. He will be sorely missed.
We got him back in 1996 when I knew I was going to be on the road with my job with DIRT. He kept my wife company when I was gone and me company when I got home late and could not sleep. He was our best friend and was so good with our young girls. I am sad that they were that here to see it but they did get to pet him goodbye as it was happening.
Now we have a void here at the house and it feels very empty here. I know a lot of you have gone through this and if you have some advice on how to cope with it, please pass it on as we are hurting and trying to ease the pain with pleasant memories as best we can. I guess that is about all you can do. And time does heal all wounds. But it will be too lonely next time I come home late at night and he is not here to greet me.
Rest in peace Indy. Rest in peace my friend!
As for the website, we have a lot of good stuff on today including a chat with a pair of drivers who are each coming off big wins. I hope you enjoy those as well as the other interviews on the site from my Saturday night at Paradise Speedway.
Now let’s chat more about what is new for today on the Audio Page. I begin with a man who is going to be very busy this coming weekend. Duane Howard tells me about his win in the Freedom 76’r as well as his plans to run at Accord and Fulton this weekend. He talked about how a restart with three laps to go set up a fantastic finish at Grandview, why he will not be at Syracuse this year and thought back to the last time he raced in the 200 lapper at Fulton.
Matt DeLorenzo talks about his win at McDonalds Weekend and running 100 green flag laps without a yellow flag. He told me how consistent his racecar was in the event, the high level of competition at the show and described the little noises he heard in the closing laps.
Darryl Ruggles has not been racing much of late and described a recent surgical procedure he had. He told me when he knew he had a problem, what they did to fix it and how was feeling as he got ready to race this past Saturday at Paradise. Get well soon Darryl!
Ryan Greth made a trip to Paradise from Pennsylvania and talked about his tracks he races at back home. He told me what makes this ¼ mile track so tough, remembered what happened last time he towed to Geneva and how important the break at lap 25 would be.
Cody Shurgot summed up how his season has gone as he follows the Pizza Logs Sprint Tour. He talked about how well his year has been at Paradise, described the keys to getting around the ¼ mile track and how different each end is.
Jason Doty explained why he made the move from a two wheeler to something with a cage. He talked about the final injury that caused him to call it quits, how that injury feels today and how he has been adapting to a 600 cc Micro Sprint.
|Tuesday, September 27th 2011
| New on the Audio Page for today:
Cory Reed talks about Outlaw Weekend at the Fulton Speedway and issues a call to action.
Jimmy Phelps gets ready for Fulton this weekend and runs down his Super DIRT Week plans.
Tyler Walker offered up his thoughts as he got ready for the Pizza Logs Series race at Paradise.
Nick Cooper came into Paradise as the Pizza Logs Series leader and talked about his hopes.
David Ferguson was third in the points coming into Saturday and reflected on his 2011 season.
A.J. Bogino told me about his Micro Sprint and described some of the bad luck he has had.
We have more good stuff on the website today including a call to action from Fulton Speedway’s Cory Reed. Make sure to listen to his chat as we cover the specifics of this weekend first and then talk about a new noise ordinance that could mean the end of racing at the track.
So with that in mind, the speedway is asking for fans, drivers, teams and local businesses for help by either signing a petition at the track this weekend or by attending the meeting on this issue on October 13th. This is a familiar story for racetracks all over the country and one that is usually won by the racetrack. But we cannot assume it will turn out this way this time. So we need your help! For more into, call the speedway office at 315-593-6531.
Also on the site today is a driver who is coming off of a big win and some more Micro Sprint drivers who competed Saturday night at Paradise Speedway. We have more from that group and will have more about Fulton and Super DIRT Week as the next few days unfold.
Now let’s talk more about what is new for today on the Audio Page. I begin with an important story for racetracks everywhere and we all need to help! Cory Reed talks about Outlaw Weekend at the Fulton Speedway and issues a call to action to save the speedway’s future. He talks about rule specifics for the race teams, explains why they are allowing both Hoosier & American Racer tires and explains why they need the help of the racing community to help fight a new local noise ordinance. Oh…and no sail panels for Mods!
Jimmy Phelps gets ready for Fulton this weekend and runs down his Super DIRT Week plans. He talked about how tough it is just to get into the Outlaw 200, how important the break is at halfway and explains how big the series win at MIR was to his race team.
Tyler Walker offered up his thoughts as he got ready for the Pizza Logs Series race at Paradise. He talked about his goals for the day, how a good draw could help him later on and why he feels he has unfinished business at the track.
Nick Cooper came into Paradise as the Pizza Logs Series leader and talked about his hopes. He told me what he figured would happen to the racetrack over the course of the night, how important it is to stay ahead of the changing conditions and how he would focus on the job at hand.
David Ferguson was third in the points coming into Saturday and reflected on his 2011 season. He remembered the great start he got off to, when the bad luck started to happen and how a recent strong showing has them back on track as a team.
A.J. Bogino told me about his Micro Sprint and described some of the bad luck he has had along the way. He remembered what went wrong while he was leading at Brewerton Speedway, described each end of the ¼ mile track at Paradise and how the pit stop in the middle of the 50 lapper could be a key.
|Monday, September 26th 2011
| New on the Audio Page for today:
Chuck Hebing talks about winning the ESS title and how he evaluates his off season moves.
Vic Coffey tells me how he is getting his oldest son started in racing and what he’ll do at Syracuse.
Johnny Scarborough won the Sportsman race at Fonda on Saturday and talked about Fulton.
Tori Kaplin was the champion in the 600 amateur division at Paradise and talked about moving up.
Dave Donk Jr. spoke about his familiar looking Micro Sprint and how it made its way to him.
Carrie Brown earned her first championship ever in the 270 class and told me how she did it.
I got a lot done on Sunday as I did some catching up here at the house and gave my sore knees & back a much needed rest. I did get some work done in the studio in between projects and both of those chats are up today as well as four from Paradise Speedway on Saturday.
You are going to meet a lot of new people this week on Doug’s Dirt Diary so be sure to give them a listen. There are three new people on the site today too and we welcome them to the ddd family.
Sorry I needed to change my plans but there was so much I needed to get done. And with the kids getting older it is getting tougher and tougher especially once school begins. But we will be back in the studio today and back writing again as I have another column due for tomorrow’s Syracuse Post Standard. We always give you new stuff, not matter what!
Now let’s chat more about what is new for today on the Audio Page. I begin with the first of many champions on the site today. Chuck Hebing talks about winning the ESS Championship with his finish at Fonda and how he evaluates his off season moves. He told me how his car faded after a red flag, how close he came to seeing a good friend of his win the title and how important it is to keep up with new suspension technology.
Vic Coffey tells me how he is getting his oldest son started in racing and what he’ll do at Syracuse. He talked about why he felt the 600 Micro Sprint was a good trainer, how he his son has done in his races this year and how tough it is to race against other people when your experience is limited.
Johnny Scarborough won the Sportsman race at Fonda on Saturday and talked about racing at Fulton Speedway this Friday. He told me how a late race caution gave him the opportunity to go for the win, how the outside line just opened up and looks forward to getting a new chassis here soon.
Tori Kaplin was the champion in the 600 amateur division at Paradise and talked about moving up to the pro class. She also told me what motivated her to begin her racing career at age 14, what was the toughest thing she needed to learn once she got behind the wheel and how much better her vocabulary is these days.
Dave Donk Jr. spoke about his familiar looking Micro Sprint and how it made its way to him. He described the hard work he had to do to free up his schedule to get time to race, ran down where he will race in the next few weeks and why he feels the amateur division is the right place for him at this time. Later he won!
Carrie Brown earned her first championship ever in the 270 class at Paradise and told me how she did it. She talked about the rocky start they had to the season, the multiple engine issues they had and how one fix they did helped solve a lot of the problems they had with engines. Nice!
|Sunday, September 25th 2011
| New on the Audio Page from Paradise Speedway:
Paul Szmal talks about his role at Frozen Ocean and what is happening at the track later today.
After the heat races, b-main and dash.
Dan Neagele won the first Pizza Logs 600 Tour heat race and talked about when he raced on water.
Kevin Carlson took the win in heat number two and told Greg Birosh how he got a little lucky.
Nick Cooper spoke with Greg Birosh about the outside line he used to get a win in his heat race.
Tyler Walker drove away for a convincing win in his heat and talked about it with Greg Birosh.
Cody Shurgot talked about his win in the b-main and what his car was doing wrong in the heat.
Darryl Ruggles rebounded from a broken axle and talked about finishing 2nd in the b-main.
Matt Farnham told Greg Birosh how he was able to race his way to the last transfer spot in the b.
Alysha Ruggles described her last lap pass in the final corner that gave her a win in the dash.
During and after the 50 lap Pizza Logs Micro Sprint Tour A-Main:
Darryl Ruggles walked us through the crash he had on the front stretch and how he was feeling.
Ryan Greth told Greg Birosh about being the leader at the fuel stop and restarting in third.
Alysha Ruggles talked about her first twenty five laps and how it felt to be out front at the end.
Nick Cooper would start the second 25 in first place and talked about his car with Greg Birosh.
Nick Cooper described his win in the 50 lap Pizza Logs race to me as well as what he heard late.
Ryan Greth finished second in the A-Main and told me how close he came to winning the race.
David Ferguson ran down how his day went and described what he was hoping the leaders would do.
A.J. Bogino had a solid run coming home in fourth and talked about the fast line he found late.
Tyler Walker had a fifth place finish and told me how his racecar felt after a tire glazed over.
I did something a little different with the way I put up the Audio Files today so be sure to let me know what you think. I had twenty pre race chats and eighteen during the action so since I had so much in race action I decided to shelve the pre race chats till tomorrow (and during the week) and let you hear more from Greg Birosh as I recorded his pit interviews that will be chopped up later for an episode of Hot Wings TV.
It was fun as Greg is our pit reporter (I am the host and Rich Vleck is the co-host/executive producer) so it was great to work with him and watch him do his job. We recorded the audio to my website and did video with a camera that did not have the capacity to get good audio in a noisy pit area. Now executive producer Rich Vleck will marry them together in his edit suite to make the clips for the next TV show. Cool huh?
As always Paradise Speedway is a great time and I enjoy seeing all the different classes of racing that call this place home. The people are great and many of them I have worked with at other racetracks. And lately many of the racers I know are having kids and a lot of them race at Paradise. That means I am getting old. No wait. I am already old. Older then…how’s that?
Also on the page are a bunch of new pictures from my night in Geneva and all of those are free for download as well. I know a lot of you are checking this out for the first time today so just click on the filmstrip at the right side of this page. Then click on the thumbnail you want to see. When it appears full screen hit the download button right about the photo. Tell it where you want it saved and it is yours.
The 600 Pizza Logs Tour race was a darned good one as Nick Cooper held off a late race charge from Pennsylvania’s Ryan Greth to get the win. Greth made a pass for second with three laps to go and in about twenty more feet he might have drove right around Cooper. But it is hard to say as things happen out there and there is a reason we run in a defined number of laps! Somebody is always gaining or fading at the end.
One way or another it was a lot of fun to watch and as always the surface at Paradise was table top smooth with no dust. And watching the ATV’s on the infield track, or the TT as they call it, was great. And no, that is not on my “I need to try that list”. Again…I’m too old at age 50. But if I was a young man again…hell yeah! Then I’d break a few bones and get a cage. But it would be fun for a while!
I have nineteen interviews saved from my day at Paradise and will be in the studio today. I originally planned to go to Fonda but I just can’t get away today. I am way behind some how and need to be here in Central New York. But I will be working in the studio and already have a few things set up for this afternoon. And I’ll be giving you a bunch of pre race interviews including one with a World of Outlaw Late Model driver who is now a crew chief and dad to his son.
Ah, the cycle of life in racing! Where’s Disney on this one huh? Droppin’ the ball they are! But seeing what Hollywood has done with racing maybe it is best to leave it alone for now. There hasn’t been a great racing since Grand Prix and that was in the 1960’s. Get it sometime at the video store and I’m sure you’ll agree. Sure, Days of Thunder had it’s moments but it was Top Gun on Wheels. Anyway…I digress!
Have a great Sunday everyone and make sure to get out to Fonda today or Frozen Ocean or the New York State Fairgrounds as the CNY chapter of the SCCA is holding an Autocross event in the parking lot by where we enter for Super DIRT Week. I may even make it over there today as I do have a few minutes in the middle open.
But get off your butts and do something before the snow gets here and it is too late! Take care and I hope to see you back tomorrow.
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