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Sunday, March 11th 2018
   New on the Audio Page from the Syracuse Motorsports Expo:
 
Brett Wright explains how he made it onto this year’s Smash N’ Crash video with his Sprinter.
Karl Spoonhower Jr. talks about a big $10,000 race for 602 crate Sportsman at Thunder Mountain.
Joe Skotnicki runs down the ROC schedule for five different series that begins soon in early May.
Paul Cole updates me on the latest from Land of Legends Raceway including some facility upgrades.
Tim Evans showed off items from Schaeffer’s Specialized Lubricants and talked a special show deal.
Mike Walton had his pull down machine at the show and explained how it can help your racecar.
Jeremie Corcoran thanked everyone for their help in making Saturday a big day at Motorsports Expo.

We had a great time as a family at the Syracuse Motorsports Expo on Saturday and boy was it packed. When I got there at 1:30 or so there was a line out to State Fair Boulevard just to get in and we had to park a long way away. Yeah, it was the busiest I have seen the show in many years.
 
I got right to work and did a bunch of interviews I put up some today with people I want you to see today as well as a driver who I watched on Friday night in the latest Smash N’ Crash video which is available this weekend at the Thomas Racing Video Booth.
 
I saved a whole bunch of stuff and will be there just after lunch time today to get more. If I miss you this weekend be sure to reach out to me on Facebook or at doug@dougsdirtdiary.com and we can do something from the studio.

Allie had a ball with her Kuleszo Racing #75 at the show. She loved having it there, hanging out with her team and talking about the fun she has racing with their family. Stop by and see her ride today and see all the other cool cars inside the Center of Progress Building.
 
Now let’s go into more detail on what we have for you on the Audio Page as we get ready to do it all over again today. Brett Wright explains how he made it onto this year’s Smash N’ Crash video with his Sprinter in a crash at Brewerton Speedway and how he is coming along as he gets ready for 2018.

Karl Spoonhower Jr. talks about a big $10,000 to win race for topless 602 crate Sportsman at Thunder Mountain in September and talked about Motorsports Expo. 
 
Joe Skotnicki runs down the schedule for the five different divisions that make up the Race of Champions Series for 2018. Check them out at www.rocmodifiedseries.com
 
Paul Cole updates me on the latest from Land of Legends Raceway including some facility upgrades as well as what will stay the same and what he would like to change. 
 
Tim Evans showed off items from Schaeffer’s Specialized Lubricants, explained why he feels these products are superior to the rest and talked a special show deal available today in Syracuse.  
 
Mike Walton had his pull down machine at the show and explained how it works, how it can help your racecar and why he likes being on this side of the racing business. 
 
Jeremie Corcoran thanked everyone for their help in making Saturday the biggest day at the Motorsports Expo in quite some time and previewed the final day today. The show is from 11-4 p.m. today. 
 
Saturday, March 10th 2018
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Tyler Walker talks about racing his 600 Micro Sprint this weekend at Southern Raceway.
Paul Szmal previews the Syracuse Motorsports Expo beginning today at the NYS Fairgrounds.
Mel Thomas tells me about the newest Smash N Crash video available for the first time today!

I had a nice time at the Syracuse Motorsports Expo set up last night as we got the Kuleszo Racing Microds in and on display and the 75 car that Allie will be driving as part of that team is on display. They worked so hard to get her car ready for the show and we could not be more appreciative. Make sure to stop by and see all the Microds and Quarter Midgets on display on the side room at the northwest part of the Center of Progress Building.

There is so much to see at this event and I will be there after lunch time today and will stick around until it wraps up later tonight. Then I’ll be there till close tomorrow too. I’ll have lots of new audio up so be sure to come back tomorrow.
 
Now let’s chat more about what is new for today on the Audio Page starting with a racer who is getting in his first show of the year. Tyler Walker talks about racing his 600 Micro Sprint this weekend at Southern Raceway on Middleton, Florida as part of the Lucas Oil Southern States 600 Series. The big one is tonight! 
 
Paul Szmal previews the Syracuse Motorsports Expo beginning today inside the Center of Progress Building at the NYS Fairgrounds. Hope to see you guys here today! 
 
Mel Thomas tells me about the newest Smash N Crash video available for the first time today and runs down some other special deals they have going on this weekend. 3 for $10 and 7 for $20 on selected videos. 
 
Friday, March 9th 2018
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Barry Kingsley talked about his Limited Supermodified and his quest to get back to victory lane.
Kinser Hill showed off his Sportsman last weekend and told me about some off season preparations.
Frank Doll Jr. runs down his family’s history in racing and talks about racing Microds with kids.
Dean Catlin highlights some changes at Skyline Raceway and tells me about a 4 race mini-series.
Mike Stolarcyk II told me how his family has been doing and how he got a ride in a Buck Baker car.

I had a really nice day on Thursday as I stopped by Bowman Automotive to get a headlight changed and then talked cars and racing for close to an hour with Mike, Jim and Tim Murphy. It was a nice time as I don’t get to be a guy much in the off-season and hanging out with them for a while was really fun. I need to do that more but I have been so busy with other things.

In between watching college basketball games, I did a little work and visited some old friends at the local bowling alley. I first bowled with them when I was eight years old and it was at the same alley we were at last night. Ah…memories.
 
Today I’ll be swinging by the NYS Fairgrounds for the Syracuse Motorsports Expo and I’ll do a quick Facebook live with Jeremie if I can slow him down for a few minutes. We’ll also get a few of the drivers as they check in so be sure to look for that. We’ll be there Saturday after lunch time till close and Sunday till close as well.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page starting with a driver who is in a class that is embracing change in 2018. Barry Kingsley talked about his Small Block Supermodified he had at Finger Lakes Speedworld, the move to crate engines in the division and his quest to get back to victory lane for the first time since 2011. 
 
Kinser Hill showed off his Sportsman last weekend and told me about some off season preparations as well as who helps him with set-up during the year. 
 
Frank Doll Jr. runs down his family’s history in racing and talks about racing Microds with kids in Syracuse as well as what he hopes the experience teaches them. 
 
Dean Catlin highlights some changes at Skyline Raceway starting with the track itself and tells me about a 4 race mini-series for IMCA’s as well as other news on the coming season. 
 
Mike Stolarcyk II told me how his family has been doing and how he got a ride in a Buck Baker car as well as a car he has in the nearby Northeast Classic Car Museum.  
 
Thursday, March 8th 2018
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Ken Titus showed off his Modified this past weekend and told me why he has a new look for ’18.
Cody Jackson explains why he moved from an Asphalt Modified to a dirt Sportsman this year.
Ronnie Ford previews the 2018 season at Afton and remembers a very rainy 2018 race season.
Dean Reynolds talks about the presence the Empire Super Sprints will have at M/Sports Expo.
Rom Messmer tells me about a book he is working on that highlights Glen Aubrey Raceway.

The big show in Syracuse just got a day closer and I cannot wait. I’ll be there for the set-up tomorrow and will get a few people as they set up shop for the 32nd Annual Motorsports Expo inside the Center of Progress Building at the New York State Fairgrounds.
 
We’re hoping all of you to our east and south are okay after the second big storm in a week. We got fairly lucky here to miss it and I am totally cool with that. If we are done with snow for the year that’s is just fine with me. C’mon race season!
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page for today as we have had a busy week here on the site. Ken Titus showed off his Modified this past weekend and told me why he has a new look for 2018 as well as where we will see him race this season. 
 
Cody Jackson explains why he moved from an Asphalt Modified to a dirt Sportsman, what helped him make the decision and how much he liked his first time in the car. 
 
Ronnie Ford previews the 2018 season at Afton Motorsports Park, highlights some special events on the calendar and remembers a very rainy 2018 race season.  
 
Dean Reynolds talks about the presence the Empire Super Sprints will have at the Syracuse Motorsports Expo and talks a little about the coming season. 
 
Rom Messmer tells me about a book he is working on that highlights Glen Aubrey Raceway, describes what the track was like and encourages folks to help tell the story.  
 
Wednesday, March 7th 2018
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Jeremie Corcoran previews this weekend’s Syracuse Motorsports Expo at the NYS Fairgrounds.
Byron Worthing tells me about the new car he is building and how his dad Doug is recovering.
Shayne Spoonhower talked about his season in a Sportsman and wondered about moving up.
Mel Thomas had some special deals going this weekend and looks forward to M/Sports Expo.
Dawn Maynard invites racers and fans to a bowling tournament to benefit the Spalding Foundation.

I enjoyed a nice day off on Tuesday and am now ready to get back to work today. I have a busy weekend planned as I will be at the Syracuse Motorsports Expo for set-up Friday and then both days of the show on Saturday and Sunday.
 
I have a whole bunch of stuff up today and lots more up in the next few days as me being at the two mall shows this past weekend allowed me to talk to a lot of people. And you know how much I enjoy talking to race drivers and racing people. I love it!
 
Now we’ll tell you more about what we have for you on the Audio Page today starting with a look ahead at one of my favorite weekends of the year. Jeremie Corcoran previews this weekend’s Syracuse Motorsports Expo at the NYS Fairgrounds and tells me about some of the activities that will be taking place this Saturday & Sunday. 
 
Byron Worthing tells me about the new car he is building with the help of the manufacturer, what he learned working with a full- time racer and how his dad Doug is recovering from his crash. You are in our prayers Doug! 
 
Shayne Spoonhower talked about growing up at the track with his racing family, his season in a Sportsman and wondered about moving up to a Modified for 2018. 
 
Mel Thomas described some of the special deals he has going this weekend and looks forward to getting back with all of us this weekend at the Syracuse Motorsports Expo. 
 
Dawn Maynard invites racers and fans to a bowling tournament to benefit the Spalding Foundation for Injured Drivers on March 25th at Valley Bowling Center in Waverly. Please do what you can to help this great organization everyone!   
 
Tuesday, March 6th 2018
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Jamie Moore talks about restored Jim Shampine Supermodified that he showed off last weekend.
Randy Gates showed off his Sportsman in Johnson City and told me about hoping to improve.
Eric Beach tells me about his four cylinder championship and his plans to race a Street Stock.
Tony Veneziano reports on the WoO Sprints from Las Vegas and looks ahead to this weekend.
Jennifer Martin talks about coming to Syracuse this weekend to represent Ransomville Speedway.

It is going to be a busy week here on the website so you better make sure to allocate a good deal of time daily if you wanna keep up. We have well over an hour’s worth of stuff for you today and are going to keep going in the studio as well so they’ll be a lot for you to keep you going during the off-season.

Of course we’re getting ready for the Syracuse Motorsports Expo this weekend at the NYS Fairgrounds. We’ll be there for set up on Friday night and we’ll be there both days this weekend as well. It is a great way to ease into the season and we hope to see all of you in Syracuse this weekend.
 
Now let’s tell you more about what’s on the Audio Page for today starting with news on an historic car you can see at the show this weekend. Jamie Moore talks about restored Jim Shampine Supermodified that he showed off last weekend in Auburn, how many people gave of their time & money to make it happen and how he it helped him in his own recovery from a heart attack and a stroke. If you missed it, the car will be at the Syracuse Motorsports Expo this weekend.   
 
Randy Gates showed off his Sportsman in Johnson City at Southern Tier Speedworld, what he loves so much about the sport and why racecar drivers are never content to rest on their laurels.

Eric Beach tells me about his four cylinder championship where he won 9 races in 2017, why he had to take some time off before last year and his plans to race a Street Stock in 2018.

Tony Veneziano reports on the WoO Sprint Cars from Las Vegas, looks ahead to this weekend’s races in Tulare, California and comments on the big surprise so far this year.  
 
Jennifer Martin talks about coming to Syracuse this weekend to represent Ransomville Speedway at Motorsports Expo, reminds fans about their mall show March 23-25th and runs down some off season work at the track.  
 
Monday, March 5th 2018
   New on the Audio Page from Finger Lakes Speedworld:
 
Gary Palone previewed the upcoming season at Paradise Speedway and highlighted some big days.
Mike Emhof ran down the coming races for both the Patriot Sprint Tour and the CRSA Sprint Cars.
Darryl Ruggles showed off a pair of Sprint Cars and talked about racing with his daughter again.
John Trenca explained how much he enjoyed showing off his new ride as he moves to a 305.
Ben Karlson told me about the rough way he ended his year and his hopes for the 2018 season.
Jim Olin thanked everyone for their help with the event and confirmed that he’ll be back in 2019.

It was another day for me and my family as we headed out to Finger Lakes Speedworld in Auburn. I got there late to catch people when the loaded up and it was a really nice turnout even late in the day on Sunday. Great job by everyone involved.

I did some interviews, chatted with some people I know from the Syracuse Microd Club and worked on an idea for a future story. Look for that after the big show in Syracuse.
 
I also had a nice chat with Jamie Moore who had the first radically off-set Jim Shampine Supermodified on display. It was the big draw at the show and it was great to see Jamie looking as good as he did. Come back tomorrow for that one and make sure you have some time to sit down and get comfortable as it is a long one. I know you’ll love it!
 
Now we switch our attention this weekend and the Syracuse Motorsports Expo at the NYS Fairgrounds at the Center of Progress Building. It is the big one in our area and I know we’ll see a lot of you there. I can’t wait. In the meantime we have a lot coming your way this week so be sure not to miss a day.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you onthe Audio Page as we get one week closer to the start of action here in the Northeast. Gary Palone previewed the upcoming season at Paradise Speedway and highlighted some big events they have on tap for 2018 while reminding racers about their weekly Wednesday night practices. 
 
Mike Emhof ran down the coming races for both the Patriot Sprint Tour and the CRSA Sprint Cars while reminding us how fortunate we are in NY State to have all the racing that we currently have. You’re right! 
 
Darryl Ruggles showed off a pair of Sprint Cars and talked about racing with his daughter again as well as how excited he is about Saturday night racing close to home.  
 
John Trenca explained how much he enjoyed showing off his new ride as he moves to a 305 Sprinter at Land of Legends and shares some advice he got from his older brother. 
 
Ben Karlson told me about the rough way he ended his year, the newer Sportsman car he picked up for Land of Legends and his hopes for the 2018 season.  
 
Jim Olin thanked everyone for their help with the event, looked ahead to this weekend’s Syracuse Motorsports Expo and confirmed that he’ll be back in Auburn in 2019. 
 
     
 
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