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Monday, January 8th 2018
   New on the Audio Page for today:

In the latest Doug’s Thoughts I talk about life after DIRT and how we got the idea for this website.

It finally quit snowing here at the home studio and it is quite the winter wonderland out there. Snow banks are high and the whir of snowblowers filled the air as people dug out after 2 ½ days of snow.

I did my clean up in the afternoon and then did some running around before doing a household repair. I fixed a door. Well, not fixed but works for now. Any of you experts in this area? If so call me as I could really use some help. Those of you who know me know that tools and I don’t get along. Maybe that is one of the reasons I respect all you racers so much.

I am hopeful that my new phone box arrives today as the tracking info is telling me and I can get back to interviews here in the studio. I should also be doing a facebook live soon so those of you who are friends of mine there can see. If you have not send me a friend request please do so as I will be using that a lot this year for all kinds of things.

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page as we talk about life after DIRT and the start of another new chapter. In the latest Doug’s Thoughts I talk about life after DIRT in 2006, why I needed to get out of the booth in the tower and how we got the idea for this website.   
 
Sunday, January 7th 2018
   New on the Audio Page for today:

In the latest Doug’s Thoughts I talk about how I got hooked up with DIRT in 1995 and WCNY.

Hopefully Saturday was the last day of the zero degree temperatures and the twenty below wind chill. It might not have been so bad but throw in a foot and a half of snow that needs to be dealt with and it becomes a major pain.

I had the snowblower out twice on Friday and then on Saturday as well. There is a good amount of snow out there although still nothing compared to Oswego County, Wayne County and of course the traditional snow belt areas to our north. I could surely use a few days off from that and I know you could too.
 
With our new phone box still a day away from being delivered we continue our journey through how I got to where I am today. I pick it up in 1994 and go from there as I really got to fulfill a dream after dreaming it for a year. It was an exciting time in racing and I was right in the thick of it.

Now let’s chat more about that new clip on the Audio Page as we take a break from the snow today…hopefully. In the latest Doug’s Thoughts I talk about how I got hooked up with DIRT in 1995, how much I enjoyed working for Glenn Donnelly and how that led to a full time job at WCNY in 1998.   
 
Saturday, January 6th 2018
   New on the Audio Page for today:

In the latest Doug’s Thoughts I talk about how I got involved in racing with the Outlaw Circuit.

It appears that the storm has slowed down the delivery of my new phone box leaving me without the ability to do phone interviews. It is on the way and they are now telling me that it should be here by Monday at the latest. So rather than leave you with nothing to listen to I figured I’d recap some of my racing history to get you something to listen to if you so desire.
 
A lot of you younger racers have often asked me how I got stated in racing so I figured I’d start there today. Cover my days with DIRT in the 90’s and early 2000’s tomorrow and then go from there on Monday. I hope you enjoy it!
 
We’re thinking about all the people who work outdoors as it has to be just brutal in these conditions. Plow operators, power & sewer workers, police & fire and everyone else who has to be outside to make a living. Stay warm guys and gals and we wish you all the best.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have on the Audio Page for today as I recap my earliest involvement in racing in the yeas from 1990-1993. In the latest Doug’s Thoughts I talk about how I got involved in racing with the Outlaw Circuit, how I got my first TV gig and why I decided to make a change at the end of 1993.   
 
Friday, January 5th 2018
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In the latest Doug’s Thoughts I talk a little about 2017 and explain why I am very optimistic.

It’s nice to be back with you today and I figured I’d start the new year with a look back and a look ahead as I see great things coming in 2018. I did however have a problem in the studio as my phone box died preventing me from doing phone interviews. The good new is that I have another one, the exact same one by the way, on the way and that could arrive today or tomorrow.

I hope you all had a great holiday and that your 2018 is off to a good start. Mindset is very important in life and staying positive, although not always easy to do, is a key. I’ve made big changes in my life to combat my sometimes negative attitude and am trying to surround myself with positive people who have goals and are not afraid to put in the hard work to get them.

I’ll be back tomorrow either solo or with someone as we have to see how soon I get my new part. The last phone box lasted 12 years so there was no reason to get a different one. Right?
 
Now let’s talk more about what I have for you on the Audio Page as I jump all over the landscape on our first new cut of the year. In the latest Doug’s Thoughts I talk a little about 2017 and explain why I am very optimistic about 2018 as well as a big change I’d like to see in NASCAR racing down the road.   
 
Thursday, January 4th 2018
   Top Five downloaded interviews of December 2017:

Alan Rudalavage talks a little about his season, Super DIRT Week and where his Modified is now.
Billy Whittaker recaps his 2017 season that included a win at Fulton and a big one at Eldora.
Kraig Kinser reviews his season with the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series as he finished eighth.
Steve Post talks about his appearance at the International Motor Racing Research Center Dec 16th.
Rocky Warner reviews his 25 win season and looks ahead to 358’s and big blocks for next season.
 
Alan Rudalavage talks a little about his season running at Penn Can, Super DIRT Week at Oswego Speedway and where his Modified is now.    

Billy Whittaker recaps his 2017 season that included a win at Fulton and a big one at Eldora, how he kept his cool at Oswego Speedway and reflects on his racing past. Good one here!   

Kraig Kinser reviews his season with the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series as he finished 8th in points and tells me who took him to the races when he was young as well as his mid season victory.  
 
Steve Post talks about his appearance at the International Motor Racing Research Center on December 16th and tells me how he knew what he wanted to early in life as well as how he made it happen.    

Rocky Warner reviews his 25 win season in a crate Sportsman, wonders why he fell off a little late in the year and looks ahead to full season in 358’s and big blocks in 2018.      
 
Wednesday, January 3rd 2018
   Top Five downloaded interviews of November 2017:

Billy Pauch Sr. talks about his 2017 season that saw him go winless trying to figure out a new car.
Alan Johnson reviews his five win season and talked about the two tracks he competed at weekly.
Billy VanPelt talks about winning his 19th track championship at Woodhull and his 2017 season.
Joe Marotta and I share some memories of days gone by and think of our friend Gary Montgomery.
Joey Saldana told me about his ride with Rudeen Racing for 2018 and reflected on his 2017 season.
 
Billy Pauch Sr. talks about his 2017 season that saw him go winless trying to figure out a new car of his own design and explains some of what went wrong with this coil over Modified.   

Alan Johnson reviews his five win season and talked about the two tracks he competed at weekly while reflecting on his 35 years behind the wheel of a Modified.    

Billy VanPelt talks about winning his 19th track championship at Woodhull, how his 2017 season went as he raced at two weekly tracks and explained why he enjoys helping young racers.  

Joe Marotta and I talk about what he is doing today, share some memories of days gone by and think of our friend Gary Montgomery who we lost last year. Rest in Peace Gary!  

Joey Saldana told me about his ride with Rudeen Racing for 2018, reflected on his 2017 season and offered his take on what Donny Schatz is doing right now while comparing it to the past.     
 
Tuesday, January 2nd 2018
   Top Five downloaded interviews of October 2017:

Tim McCreadie talks about his hopes to win the Lucas Oil Late Model championship this weekend.
Hear from many Modified drivers as they get ready to walk the stage Sunday at Oswego Speedway.
Peter Britten described how he ended up finishing second after leading until the final lap.
Matt Sheppard spoke about his last lap pass to win the 200 lapper and take the SDS point lead.
Joe Gosek tells me about his three dirt Sportsman races and how much fun he had in the racecar.

Tim McCreadie talks about his hopes to win the Lucas Oil Late Model championship this weekend, what his goals are for the two day event and what it would mean being a Modified guy from New York.    

Hear from many Modified drivers as they get ready to walk the stage Sunday at Oswego Speedway. This is always one of the most popular clips we air all year long. Enjoy!  

Peter Britten described how he ended up finishing second after leading until the final lap and how heartbreaking it was for him after coming so close to the big win. Some post race analysis here too!    

Matt Sheppard spoke about his last lap pass to win the 200 lapper, what they did on pit road to get better and with the win take the SDS point lead.   

Joe Gosek tells me about his three late season dirt Sportsman races, how the opportunity came about and how much fun he had in the racecar. Stay tuned for 2018!      
 
     
 
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