|Monday, May 14th 2018
| New on the Audio Page for today:
Jimmy Phelps talks about his second place in Canandaigua and the influences of Maynard Troyer.
Tim Sears Jr. remembered his opening night win at Fulton and told me how the small block performed.
Jeff Sykes told me how it feels to be back in a Modified and how he was able to get a 358 together.
Ben Bushaw recapped his weekend that included a wreck at Malta and an 11th place at Skyline.
Adam DelGrosso explained how he came back from a serious crash to win the opener at Woodhull.
We had a fun Mother’s Day as we raced at the NYS Fairgrounds with Allie and the Syracuse Microd Club. We changed right rear shocks and the car was not the same as it was. We made some changes along the way but now with a week off this week we’ll have time to get it better and get it back where it was. You guys know how finicky racecars can be.
I have up a bunch of stuff from the weekend as I tried to give you a nice mix for your Monday. We’ll be in the studio again today and will be loading up as the season kicks into high gear this weekend with more tracks hosting openers.
Now let’s chat more about what is new for you on the Audio Page starting out with an experienced driver who was racing with his daughter on Sunday in Syracuse. Jimmy Phelps talks about his second place at Land of Legends Raceway, his pans for later on Sunday and reflected on the influences of Maynard Troyer.
Tim Sears Jr. remembered his opening night win at Fulton, explained how a late caution helped and told me how the small block performed.
Jeff Sykes told me how it feels to be back in a Modified, how thankful he was for his time in a Mod Lite and how he was able to get a 358 team together for the Can Am opener.
Ben Bushaw recapped his weekend that included a wreck at Malta on Friday, an 11th place at Skyline at Skyline on Saturday and chatted about his oldest son’s heat race in Syracuse.
Adam DelGrosso explained how he came back from a serious crash to win the opener at Woodhull, how little he knows about working on cars and why his overall view on racing has changed.
|Sunday, May 13th 2018
| New on the Audio Page from Fulton Speedway:
After the heat races:
Amy Holland made a nice move on lap 2 on her way to a heat win and talked about some improvement.
Scott Prentice described how he is adapting as he won his Sportsman heat in his second week back.
Stephen Marshall is off to a good start and talked about his first Sportsman heat win and last week.
Garett Rushlow made it two for two in heat wins at Fulton and talked about watching the racetrack.
Nate Higgins won the final Sportsman heat race and told me how good his car was on a fast surface.
Rick Richner led every lap to win his 358 Modified heat and wondered how long he’d stay at Fulton.
Jordan McCreadie took the lead with two to go to win his heat and described a brake problem.
After the feature races:
Kevan Cook won a very entertaining Late Model race and talked about the side by side race out front.
Larry Wight got the lead late to win the 358 Modified feature and remembered his 2nd place last week.
Tommy Sears led some laps before finishing second and talked about seeing his nephew to the inside.
Tim Sears Jr. worked his way from 14th to 3rd and explained how he got held up a little bit early on.
Pat Ward spoke about his fourth place finish and the need for him to get better in the small block.
Jordan McCreadie finished 5th in the feature race and talked about the need to read the track better.
Jessica Power came from fourteenth to win her 2nd race at Fulton and talked about her dedicated crew.
Tyler Thompson and Jackson Gill each spoke in victory lane as they both won their first at Fulton.
Tyler Murray told me how it felt to win the Novice Sportsman race in just his second start in the car.
I had another fun night as I went to Fulton for their third race of the year and second with DIRTcar 358 Modifieds headlining the show. They had nineteen cars and I think that’s pretty good as this is all very new in Central New York. Once again the Sportsman were strong with 63 cars compared to 65 last week. Each is the highest they have ever had for a regular show.
Larry Wight used a nice low move to get by Tommy Sears with eight laps to go to win his first of the year while it was a photo finish for third with Tommy edging out nephew Tim Sears Jr. by mere inches. Western New York’s Ricky Richner led early before Tommy got by on lap sixteen. It was a real good race with lots of side by side action.
Youth was served in Sportsman competition with teenagers Tyler Thompson, Jackson Gill and Tyler Murray all winning their races. Jessica Power came from 14th to win her second in the division and with her runner up finish last week is not tied for the point lead.
Kevan Cook and Bret Belden put on quite a show in their Late Model feature as Cook lost the lead to Belden but got it back with just three laps to go. Belden was trying to win his first ever in the division at Fulton and for the first time at the track since the mid 90’s.
I’ll be racing with Allie today ay the NYS Fairgrounds and trying to keep my head straight as the blood pressure medication is still getting me light headed at times. I’ll tough it out and if I am not too wiped out I may head to Utica Rome.
Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms and I hope all of you have a great day.
|Saturday, May 12th 2018
| New on the Audio Page from Can Am Speedway:
After the heat races:
Mike White won the second Pro/Street heat race and talked about how fast the racing surface was.
Rocky Warner talked about his tire selection for the feature after winning the first Modified heat race.
Jordan McCreadie described the trouble he had in his final corner as he won his eight lap qualifier.
Dave Rogers walked me through his pass for the lead in his heat win and his new deal for this season.
Anthony Stockman tried to stay warm after his heat win and how prepared they were for night.
Kevin Root made a move on a restart to win his qualifiers and ran down his plans for this weekend.
After the feature races:
Mike White dominated the Pro Street feature race and talked about it track side with Jeff Barrett.
Ryan Arbuthnot won his first race in two years in the 358 opener and talked about the yellow flags.
Billy Dunn finished in second place and talked about how it was still better than last year’s opener.
Rocky Warner started first, finished fourth and talked about some trouble he had early in the run.
Tyler Meeks came from last to fifth and told me what went wrong in the final laps of the feature.
Josh Herbert explained how he watched the first & second get together and won in the final corner.
Kevin Root got the win in the Sportsman opener and explained why this victory was so special.
It was a cold night but a fun one at the Can Am Speedway opener as I got to have some fun in the booth with announcer Jeff Barrett and still do my almost usual Doug’s Dirt Dairy thing. It was a lot of fun to work with Jeff again for the first time in over ten years and we had a great time.
Like I said it was a cold one so I give bonus points across the board to the fans especially to those who stayed till the end on what was a long night in The North Country. There were several improvements already visible to fans and outside of a few little things the night went off without a hitch.
Ryan Arbuthnot got to the front first and held of defending track champion Billy Dunn to win the opener. It was his first win in two years and he was pretty pumped up about. Listen to his victory lane with Jeff as well as all the others I have for you today.
Kevin Root won the Sportsman race handling lapped traffic very well and then told the crowd why this win was so special to him. I hope everything is alright Kevin and I hope you have a blast racing with your young son who will become a third generation racer when he hits the track this year.
I’ll be off to Fulton today and I’ll have lots of stuff up tomorrow from that show so be sure to come back. I may even get in the studio before I go to record a special one about a man we lost on Thursday who without what he did, the sport of Dirt Modified racing might look a little different.
Have a great day everyone and get out and show support for your favorite Saturday night track and I will see you tomorrow.
|Friday, May 11th 2018
| New on the Audio Page for today:
Alan Johnson recapped his Friday night in Dundee and reacted to the whole move to small blocks.
Cory Sparks ran down his Sprint Car plans for the season and told me why his team grew big beards.
Darryl Ruggles explains why he was practicing with his 305 Wednesday night and how things went.
Jim Moore Jr. talked about getting behind the wheel of his 4 Cylinder and a problem he had last week.
Bobby Thurston Jr. spoke about his new job as GM at Can Am and what his main goals are right now.
I had a semi day off on Thursday and it was my first in a week. It’s that time of the year right? I got a lot of other things done that needed to get done and I am staying the course on my big goals. It ain’t easy sometimes but we’re still moving forward.
Today I should be at Can Am but as I said we’re off on our blood pressure meds so if you see me looking a little green please pull me aside, make me sit down and offer me a beverage or a snack. I don’t have a hauler or base of operation like you guys do and am still working out the logistics on all that. Had great conversations with people I trust yesterday and motivation level is still very high. We’ll get there!
Now let’s chat more about what is new for today on the Audio Page as we get ready for another race weekend with more tracks opening their gates for the first time. Alan Johnson recapped his Friday night in Dundee and reacted to the whole move to small blocks as well how excited he was for opening night at Land of Legends Raceway.
Cory Sparks ran down his Sprint Car plans for the season, told me why his team grew big beards and described what he brought to the racetrack this past Saturday night.
Darryl Ruggles explains why he was practicing with his 305 Wednesday night, why he likes Paradise Speedway so much and how happy he is with the car count at Land of Legends Raceway.
Jim Moore Jr. talked about getting behind the wheel of his 4 Cylinder, a problem he had last week and what motivated him to follow his dad’s footsteps and begin a racing career. We miss ya Big Jim!
Bobby Thurston Jr. spoke about his new job as GM at Can Am, reminds me of some of the history of the speedway and what his main goals are right now.
|Thursday, May 10th 2018
| New on the Audio Page from the Paradise Speedway practice:
Zac Glaski talked about his Sportsman experience and what he was hoping to learn at the practice.
Steven Hutchinson recapped his Sprint Car races so far and talked about a problem with the 600.
Casey Williams was fast in his hot laps and told me what was different from what he raced last year.
Ronald Bundy told me how he got into racing at an older age and how his 1st race went last weekend.
Jon Ellsworth explained why he switched to a Late Model and where he will race later this year.
I had a great time last night heading to Paradise Speedway for the first time in several years. It was fun meeting new people and seeing all the different types of cars, karts and motorcycles that were there. I had fun.
The only thing was that I did not eat enough beforehand as I am serious weight loss mode and I did too much with too little food in my stomach. Live and learn I guess. Plus I think my blood pressure medicine to a little too much right now so I’ll get on the horn today and get their advice.
Lots of good stuff today and more coming tomorrow. Hoping to make it to Can Am and hoping I feel a little better today. I’ll find the right mix it just may take some time.
Now let’s chat more about what is new for today on the Audio Page as we introduce you to three new drivers. Zac Glaski talked about his Sportsman experience, what he was hoping to learn at the practice and how proud he is to a member of the Air Force. Thank you for your service Zac!
Steven Hutchinson recapped his Sprint Car races so far and talked about a problem with the 600 at the Paradise Speedway practice as well as what they were doing to fix it.
Casey Williams was fast in his hot laps and told me what was different from what he raced last year as well as how cool it was to have some real power under his right foot.
Ronald Bundy told me how he got into racing at an older age, how his 1st race went last weekend and why getting into a care this year is so special for him.
Jon Ellsworth explained why he switched to a Late Model, how he is adapting after several years in a Sportsman and where he will race later this year.
|Wednesday, May 9th 2018
| New on the Audio Page for today:
Otto Sitterly describes the work he is doing on his Supermodified to get ready for 2018 in Oswego.
Jimmy Phelps spoke about racing in Canandaigua and looked ahead to the opener in Weedsport.
Steve Collins reminded me why we won’t see him as much this year as he gets ready for an arrival.
Will Thomas ran down where he has been racing and why he made it to Canandaigua on Saturday.
Bill Shea tells me how the Utica Rome Speedway practice went and why they cancelled the race.
It was another beautiful day here in Central New York and it was also a beautiful day at my annual cardiologist as he gave me a clean bill of health and even suggested backing off my blood pressure medication. Yeah! Now I can push a little harder knowing I am good to go.
It is a nice day today to be here on the website as we have a really good mix of drivers for you today from three different disciplines. And with my daughter now an asphalt racer I need to listen to guys like Otto to learn how to help her on the track so you know I was paying close attention.
Today I am heading out to Paradise Speedway in Geneva to see who might be out practicing. It’s a cool deal as they do this every Wednesday during the season and you never know who you will find out there trying to get laps, work out an issue or just have some fun. Maybe I’ll see you there.
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page as we hit mid week. Otto Sitterly describes the work he is doing on his Supermodified to get ready for the Oswego Speedway opener on May 26th and tells me about his hopes for a win as well as why he likes this form of racing so much. Lots of really good stuff here!
Jimmy Phelps spoke about racing in Canandaigua this past Saturday night, looked ahead to the opener in Weedsport and offered his take on the move to small block Modifieds.
Steve Collins reminded me why we won’t see him as much this year as he gets ready for an arrival as he prepared to race with the Patriot Sprint Tour this past Saturday.
Will Thomas ran down where he has been racing, described his family’s long history in the sport and why he made it to Canandaigua on Saturday.
Bill Shea tells me how the Utica Rome Speedway practice went on Sunday, why they cancelled the race and we’re hearing that turns 3 & 4 are different than before.
|Tuesday, May 8th 2018
| New on the Audio Page for today:
Danny Bouc recapped his weekend that included a win at New Egypt and a blown motor in hot laps.
Rob Bellinger prepared for his first race on Saturday and talked about his equipment and his plans.
Jordan Thomas got ready for his first laps in Canandaigua and talked about how he prepared for it.
Kenny Hammond told me about his feature win at Thunder Mountain and his third place on Friday.
Tony Veneziano reports on the World of Outlaw Sprint Cars as they visited Missouri and Oklahoma.
It turned out to be a really nice day here in the home studio as the sun was shining and the short sleeve shirts were back out. It feels so good after a winter season that looked like it was never gonna end.
I have a really nice mix up for you today as we chat with people from all over and from several different disciplines. We have a goal of trying to teach you fans more about these racecars, what it takes to drive them and how hard racers work to keep them together and doing what they are supposed to do. I hope you enjoy it as much as I am as I am learning a lot too.
Now let’s go into more detail on these new chats on the Audio Page beginning with a driver who turned his bad luck around on Saturday night after a rough one on Friday. Danny Bouc recapped his weekend that included his first win of the season at New Egypt, a blown motor in hot laps at Georgetown and talked about his weekly maintenance routine.
Rob Bellinger prepared for his first race on Saturday at the Land of Legends Raceway opener and talked about his equipment, his plans and his thoughts on the coming season.
Jordan Thomas got ready for his first laps in Canandaigua with the Patriot Sprint Tour and talked about how he prepared for it as well as what his career goals are. Cool!
Kenny Hammond told me about his Saturday night feature win at Thunder Mountain, his third place on Friday at Outlaw Speedway and the newer car he will cycle in sometime this season.
Tony Veneziano reports on the World of Outlaw Sprint Cars as they visited Missouri and Oklahoma while looking forward to a pair of shows this weekend at Eldora as they share the stage with the USAC Sprints.
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