|Saturday, July 7th 2018
| New on the Audio Page from Brewerton Speedway:
After the heat races:
Coleman Gulick talked about his win in the first ESS heat race and the new slogan they have adopted.
Danny Varin won the second ESS heat race and talked about how good his car was early in the night.
Steve Poirier had a tough race for the final draw spot and talked about his battle to finish in third.
Jason Barney reacted to his comfortable win in the heat and drawing the pole position for later on.
Larry Wight worked the bottom in both his heats and talked about winning in the Mod and the Sprint.
Scott Kreutter spoke about his third place in a loaded heat and how his brand new Sprint car handled.
Willy Decker led every lap to win the first Modified heat race and explained why that meant nothing.
Tommy Sears told me how he ran down the race leader and made the pass for a win with two to go.
After the ESS A-Main and feature races:
Steve Poirier explained how he got the lead, lost it and got it back to win against a loaded ESS field.
Chuck Hebing finished second in the ESS A-Main and talked about the fun he had with slide jobs.
Larry Wight came from eleventh to third and described how he made a lot of passes down low.
Jimmy Phelps won his first Brewerton win of the season and what changed on this night from others.
Tim Kerr led 28 laps before finishing second and told me what the handling on his Modified changed.
Ronnie Davis picked up four spots late to finish third and talked about his second top five in a row.
Pat Ward fell from second to fourth late and told me what happened to his car in the 35 lap race.
Tommy Sears lost a bunch of spots in the first corner and told me how he recovered to finish 5th.
Tony Finch II bounced back from some rough weeks and talked about his 1st win of the 2018 season.
Brent Joy earned his first ever Sportsman feature win and told me how he stayed calm out front.
We had a great time at Brewerton Speedway on Friday night as my family and some friends from the Midwest joined me for some Sprint Car, Modified and Sportsman fun. The track was slick as can be and as smooth and can be which really made for a fun night.
Steve Poirier had a nice back and forth battle with Chuck Hebing as maybe the two most experienced drivers in the pit area put on quite a show out front. Larry Wight made it from 11th to 3rd running the bottom in what was a very entertaining race.
In the Modified race Jimmy Phelps scored his first Brewerton win of the year after a bunch of second and third place finishes. He passed Canadian Steve Kerr with six to go to get the win. This race went green to checkered.
There were a pair of new winners in the Sportsman and each had an interesting story. Tony Finch III dug out a car from his garage and won his first of the year after three bad weeks in a row and a rough off season. This had to feel great for him. Nice comeback young man.
And Brent Joy won his first ever holding off multi-time winner Kevin Root who finished second. Joy stayed glued to the bottom and never looked nervous as he picked up his first win since his Novice days. This was great to see for both of these drivers.
Today I will spend some time with friends before they head out on Sunday and then we’ll hit Utica Rome after that. I hope you all have a safe and fun night at the track tonight and we hope to see some of you on Sunday for the ESS Speedweek finale which also has a Super DIRTcar Series race on the card. It should be quite the show.
|Friday, July 6th 2018
| New on the Audio Page for today:
Matt Janczuk described something he had not done in 17 years and his first ever race at Brewerton.
Connor Cleveland recapped his weekend that saw him take the lead in the King of Dirt Sportsman.
Kevin Root talked about being on the cover of Turn Left and remembered his double races on Friday.
Jackson Gill ran down his pair of top 5’s over the weekend and talked about the comeback at Can Am.
Jessica Power spoke with me about her top ten weekend while Rich Vleck talks Speedway Showcase.
Zach Sobotka explained why he had to switch cars unexpectedly and how good their back up car was.
D.J. Forbes told me how much it cost and how much work it took to fix his car after a Friday crash.
Jeff Hays is getting back into racing and described his new deal in a 358 with Rob Bellinger driving.
It was another hot one on Thursday and we had fun here in the pool and showing some friends around who are in town from the Midwest. We had a really fun day and are looking forward to showing them Brewerton Speedway tonight for night number three of Donath MotorWorx Speedweek.
Our next race after that will be Sunday at Utica Rome Speedway as Speedweeks wraps up. Not sure what I am doing Saturday as our guests will pretty much decide if we want to go to a race or something else. I’m good either way. So stay tuned!
Now let’s chat more about what is on the Audio Page for today as we give some of the area’s top Sportsman teams a day to shine here. Matt Janczuk described something he had not done in 17 years at his first ever race at Brewerton and spoke about the fun he had going to a track he had not been to before.
Connor Cleveland recapped his weekend that included a win on Friday at Malta and talked about being in the Modified pit area in Weedsport as well as what a win in the Sportsman Classic would mean.
Kevin Root talked about being on the cover of Turn Left and remembered his double races on Friday as while offering his take on how fast the 358 division will grow in the future.
Jackson Gill ran down his pair of top 5’s over the weekend and talked about the comeback at Can Am as well as how good his Sportsman was all weekend long.
Jessica Power spoke with me about her top ten weekend while getting ready for the driver’s meeting plus Rich Vleck talks about the latest Speedway Showcase.
Zach Sobotka explained why he had to switch cars unexpectedly and how good their back up car was as well as the work they had to do to get that car ready for the second feature at Brewerton.
D.J. Forbes told me how much it cost and how much work it took to fix his car after a Friday crash as well as how much better things went the next night at Fulton.
Jeff Hays is getting back into racing and described his new deal in a 358 with Rob Bellinger driving at Fulton as well as why he decided it was the right time to get back in as a car owner.
|Thursday, July 5th 2018
| New on the Audio Page for today:
Billy Pauch Sr. talks about his most recent feature win and what was most important when he started.
Billy VanPelt recaps his two win weekend and describes the work he does to turn his Modified around.
Jim Johnson raced for the first time in three years on Tuesday and explained why he has scaled back.
Bret Belden walked me through his RUSH Late Model win at Fulton, his 1st at the track since the 90’s.
Andrew Smith described how he has been doing at Ransomville and what his goals were for Tuesday.
Amy Holland spoke about her nice weekend on the track and told me what she is learning with the car.
Jonathan Reid told me how he has been doing at Ransomville and his plans to travel more in 2018.
Charlie Tibbitts ran down how his 2018 season is going and talked about racing weekly at Fonda.
I hope you all had a nice fourth of July on Wednesday. I worked for a good portion of the day and will celebrate a little today as I will only have a few minutes of work to get done instead of a few hours.
I plan on Brewerton Speedway Friday night and Utica Rome Speedway on Sunday as things should cool off a little for the weekend. I have a friend in from out of town so we want to make sure to spend time with him and his fiancée before they head back. It’s nice!
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page starting with a pair of veteran drivers who are so much fun to talk with. Billy Pauch Sr. talks about his most recent feature win and what was most important when he started and invites fans to his open house at the race shop on July 15th. Really good one here!
Billy VanPelt recaps his two win weekend and describes the work he does on Saturday morning to turn his Modified around as well as how much experience matters most of the time. Good one here for the teams!
Jim Johnson raced for the first time in three years on Tuesday and explained why he has scaled his racing efforts back while telling me about some big shows coming up at Genesee Speedway.
Bret Belden walked me through his RUSH Late Model win at Fulton, his first at the track since the early 1990’s and described everything that made the night so special.
Andrew Smith described how he has been doing at Ransomville and what his goals were for Tuesday night in Weedsport as well as what he has planned for this coming weekend.
Amy Holland spoke about her nice weekend on the track and told me what she is learning with the car as well as how tough it can be to race on a super hot night.
Jonathan Reid told me how he has been doing at Ransomville with his Sportsman, his plans to travel more later this year and ran down some of the history of his racecar.
Charlie Tibbitts ran down how his 2018 season is going in a Sportsman and talked about racing weekly at Fonda as well as what he hoped would happen Tuesday in Weedsport.
|Wednesday, July 4th 2018
| New on the Audio Page from Weedsport Speedway:
Connor Cleveland won the very first Sportsman qualifier and talked about the changes to the track.
Will Shields talked about his win in the second heat race and compared himself to who finished 2nd.
Matt Guererri ran down some of the changes he would make for later after winning his heat race.
Ben Wheeler led the final lap to win his heat race and ran down some of the history of his Sportsman.
D.J. Forbes Jr. rebounded nicely from the weekend and talked about his win in heat race number 7.
Zach Sobotka got the win in the final Sportsman heat and spoke about the tough start to this race.
Chad Homan wondered what to change on his Late Model after leading very lap to win his heat.
Charlie Sandercock described what he saw that made him go to the outside to win his heat race.
Dale Caswell started on the pole, won his heat race and talked about learning his new racecar.
John Waters made a nice move on a restart and told the crowd about his RUSH Late Model win.
It was another hot one on Wednesday as we were well into he 90’s once again. I was out in Weedsport sweating with over a hundred racecar teams for the Sportsman Classic. I had fun as I did some of my usual Doug’s Dirt Diary thing, did my co-hosting duties for Speedway Showcase and of course took good notes so I can write about it today for Syracuse.com and the Syracuse Post Standard.
I did get a lot but did take off before the Sportsman Classic as I like to announce that cold. You see we do the play by play for the TV show at a later time and I like to call the race without seeing it first. I know…I have a terrible memory, growing up in the 70’s and all, but I do remember certain things and never want to act like I know too much. So now I can come into the recording session clean with very little prior knowledge of the specifics.
It was fun as there is a lot to like about Weedsport. The Sportsman car count was 64, the Late Models were 29 and a full field of 600 Micro Sprints were also on hand. A nice crowd was there too with just $20 for an entire car load. The fireworks went off without a hitch and Brian Spaid did a real nice job calling the RUSH Tour event.
I was able to get a lot for the can and have interviews coming up tomorrow with Billy Pauch Sr. and Billy Van Pelt. Plus we’ll throw some in from last night as well as there will be a good amount to listen to on Thursday and Friday.
I hope you all have a great Wednesday and stay hydrated if you spend much time outside. It is going to brutal for two more days before cooling off on Friday.
|Tuesday, July 3rd 2018
| New on the Audio Page for today:
Larry Wight talks about Speedweek with the Empire Super Sprints and what makes it so special.
Jimmy Phelps talks about tonight in Weedsport and the big weekend with the AMA Motorcycles.
Alan Barker told me about his win on Saturday at Thunder Mountain and a fuel pressure issue.
Dean Reynolds previews Donath MotorWorx Speedweek and tells me about some surprises.
Tony Veneziano reports on the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series as they raced at Knoxville.
I had a nice day on Monday as some big storms rolled through our area. Of course the power only went out for a second and it did cost me a paragraph or two but thank goodness I saved it a few times along that way.
I got a lot done and will be off to a racetrack tonight as we are doing TV with the Sportsman Classic 75 tonight in Weedsport. It is going to be quite the show with a $20 bill getting you and everyone in your car into the show. I hope we see you there.
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page starting with a look ahead at a big week here in Central New York. Larry Wight talks about Speedweek with the Empire Super Sprints beginning tomorrow night at Can Am and describes what makes it so special as well as why so many Modified drivers switched to Sprints.
Jimmy Phelps talks about tonight in Weedsport and the big weekend with the AMA Motorcycles that includes a free event on Friday and recaps his own three day race weekend.
Alan Barker told me about his win on Saturday at Thunder Mountain, how they tracked down a fuel pressure issue with the car and his plans to race twice this weekend adding Utica Rome on Sunday.
Dean Reynolds previews Donath MotorWorx Speedweek with races at Can Am, Land of Legends, Brewerton, Fulton & Utica Rome and tells me who is coming as well as a surprise from England.
Tony Veneziano reports on the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series as they raced at Knoxville and talked about the big memorial service last Wednesday for fallen racer Jason Johnson.
|Monday, July 2nd 2018
| New on the Audio Page for today:
Gary Tomkins described an issue he had at Brewerton and what it is like racing when it is hot out.
Rob Bellinger remembered his recent crash at Brewerton and told me when he should be back.
Tyler Trump explained how he is adapting to a 358 Modified after many years in a Sportsman car.
Rich Townsend talked about a chassis change he made and what this current chassis tends to do.
These last few days have been brutal haven’t they? I don’t know how all you racers do it. I really don’t. Hope you all stayed hydrated and had a good weekend.
I attended a club party with he family and had some great bbq at Jim Olin’s house. The kids got to swim and I got to chat and have a good time. The search for shade was on all day as it was close to 100 degrees.
I’ll be working today and be at Weedsport Speedway tomorrow as we are doing TV with the Sportsman Classsic. It’s a $20 a car load night so bring your friends and support your local speedways.
Now lets’ chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page as we begin a big week of racing in Central New York with races every night but tonight. Gary Tomkins described an issue he had at Brewerton the week before, what it is like racing when it is hot out and what air helmets do to help.
Rob Bellinger remembered his recent crash at Brewerton and told me when how much damage was done to the car and when he should be back.
Tyler Trump explained how he is adapting to a 358 Modified after many years in a Sportsman car, described what’s different with the right foot and how to learn running the cushion.
Rich Townsend talked about a chassis change he made explained what this current chassis tends to do compared to the other car as he walks me around the racetrack at Brewerton.
|Sunday, July 1st 2018
| New on the Audio Page for today:
Glenn Forward talked about why he was at Brewerton on Friday and where his car could be better.
Andrew Ferguson described a problem they had the day before and where he is now as a driver.
Tyler Thompson compared driving a Super Modified at Oswego to driving a Sportsman on dirt.
Brent Joy spoke about the different track conditions he saw on Friday and why he likes to stay low.
Boy is it hot or what? Wow. What a day it was on Saturday. I did too much too early and ran out of gas fast. But fortunately I had some extra stuff from Friday that I could put up today.
Now today I am gong to a get together for the Syracuse Microd Club and am going to have some of Jim Olin’s famous bbq. I know. It’s a hot day for that but the food is well worth the heat we’ll have to deal with.
I’ll be at Weedsport on Tuesday, Brewerton on Friday and then Utica Rome on Sunday. I have a friend coming out this week to stay with us for a few days and it will be fun to show him around central New York.
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page starting with a pair of Modified drivers still finding their way in the division. Glenn Forward talked about why he was at Brewerton on Friday, what they did on Thursday at a friend’s shop and where his car could be better.
Andrew Ferguson described a problem they had the day before when trying to get his big block started, where he is now as a driver and the proper etiquette for getting lapped.
Tyler Thompson compared driving a Super Modified at Oswego to driving a Sportsman on dirt, how you can adapt with an ill handling car on dirt and what it is like going back & forth between two surfaces.
Brent Joy spoke about the different track conditions he saw on Friday and why he likes to stay low with his Sportsman and what can happen when you try to bang it off the cushion.
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