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|Tuesday, July 10th 2018
| New on the Audio Page for today:
Alan Johnson recapped his win on Friday at Outlaw and gets ready for today’s SDS race at the track.
Mat Williamson ran down how his last few races went including his second place at LOLR Thursday.
Rob Bellinger explained what they did to fix his big block and how his small block for is coming along.
Max McLaughlin talked about winning his first in Canandaigua and his late race charge at Utica Rome.
Jordan Poirier tells me about his 360 experience and his uncle Steve Poirier remembers a bad word.
Tony Veneziano reports on the pair of Outlaw races from Cedar Lake and offers his take on Brewerton.
The great weather just keeps coming here in Central New York and Monday was another beautiful day. I got to get out in it later in the day and did some studio and writing work before that. We’ve got a nice mix for you today to listen to and I hope you all enjoy them.
Tonight the Super DIRTcar Series visits Outlaw Speedway in Dundee where Matt Sheppard, Alan Johnson and Steve Paine race weekly although on different tires than they’ll be using tonight. It should be quite the show so be sure to support this one and have a great time doing it.
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page starting with a driver who won there the last time they raced. Alan Johnson recapped his win on Friday at Outlaw Speedway, offers his take on the new left side panhard bar set up he ran on Saturday and gets ready for today’s SDS race at Outlaw.
Mat Williamson ran down how his last few races went including his second place at LOLR Thursday, talked about the latest fad in Modified racing and why it may not be the fix everyone is thinking it may be.
Rob Bellinger explained what they did to fix his big block, why it wasn’t as bad as they initially thought and how his small block ride for Fulton is coming along.
Max McLaughlin talked about winning his first in Canandaigua, his late race charge at Utica Rome that resulted in a fourth place finish and looks ahead to next week’s truck race at Eldora.
Jordan Poirier tells me about his 360 experience and his uncle Steve Poirier describes how his nephew is doing while remembering the night he said a bad word on the mic at Fulton. I knew it was Mallett LOL!
Tony Veneziano reports on the pair of Outlaw races from Cedar Lake, looks ahead to the Month of Money which starts one week from today and offers his take on Brewerton Speedway after watching the action this past Friday.
|Monday, July 9th 2018
| New on the Audio Page from Utica Rome Speedway:
Dylan Westbrook talked about his win in the first ESS heat and how patient he had to be to stay low.
Cory Sparks won the second ESS heat race and talked about the driver he saw on the outside lane.
Steve Poirier came from fifth to first in one lap to win his heat and explained how he made it work.
Jordan Poirier told me why he really had to slow his Sprint Car down to keep it low in his heat win.
Matt Tanner made the top work to win the ESS A-Main and talked about his 2nd Speedweek victory.
Danny Varin finished 2nd in the ESS A-Main and spoke about winning the Speedweek championship.
Chuck Hebing came from the b-main to finish third and wondered if he used his car up too early.
Jimmy Phelps led every lap to win the SDS race and told Shane how some well timed yellows helped.
Danny Johnson was strong late to finish second and talked about his second solid SDS finish in a row.
Erick Rudolph raced his way to third from thirteenth and spoke about being patient in the race.
It was quite the night at Utica Rome Speedway as both he Empire Super Sprints and the Super DIRTcar Series were both on hand. A nice crowd was there too on what was an absolutely beautiful Sunday summer day.
Of course those kinds of days mean that the racetrack can take a beating from these two classes when it is hot and timed hot laps under a bright sun are thrown in as well. It was a race to the bottom in the heat races but it was impressive to see how these drivers get a round a super slick half mile track.
Things changed after the sun went down and Matt Tanner came from 12th to 1st to win the ESS A-Main. See what I mean? Danny Varin came from 9th to second and chased Tanner for the last 15 laps. After just missing a qualifying spot by one in his heat, Chuck Hebing worked his way from 22nd to 3rd.
The Super DIRTcar Series also saw some drivers make charges although nobody had anything for Jimmy Phelps. He led them all and pulled away a little at the end. Danny Johnson came up to second, fell back to fourth but made up some spots late and at times was a tick faster than Jimmy as they worked traffic. Erick Rudolph was racy too as he came from 13th to 3rd. Nice.
As for me, I didn't say anthing to anybody but I was a little slow as something I ate or something just didn’t sit well with me and I was not myself. I was cautious after a good start but did not get as much done as I would gave liked. Sorry about that. But I did get some real nice pre race chats and I’ll start putting some of those up tomorrow as well as some studio stuff I hope to get done today.
It was quite the stretch and I’m sure the return to normalcy for some of you might be looked forward to. I am constantly amazed by what the racers, the tracks and the fans do in these busy points of the year and. My hat is off to every one of you. My respect for what it takes to race continues to grow. Thank you all for what you do.
|Sunday, July 8th 2018
| New on the Audio Page for today:
Chris Hile talked about the new left side panhard bar option and explained what it is supposed to do.
Sam Reakes IV spoke about doing something at Can Am that he had only done just twice in 7 years.
Denny Peebles ran down how he did in the first two races of Speedweeks and his hopes for Friday.
Rich Townsend remembered his win last weekend and told me why he had a feeling that it was coming.
Rick Rogala told me how a crash that looked real bad ended up not being as bad they initially thought.
We had a nice day on Saturday as our friends from the Midwest spent their last full day in Central New York. They stayed in our spare apartment and really seemed to have a nice time. Now today they are on the road and so am I as I will hit Utica Rome later tonight for the ESS Speedweek finale and the Super DIRTcar Series.
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page as we get ready for the final races of the weekend. Chris Hile talked about the new left side panhard bar option, explained what it is supposed to do to help the car and told me how it felt when he did it to his car Thursday at Land of Legends.
Sam Reakes IV spoke about doing something at Can Am that he had only done just twice in seven years and why that left him shaking his head more than a little.
Denny Peebles ran down how he did in the first two races of Speedweeks, why these races are so tough and his hopes for Friday at Brewerton.
Rich Townsend remembered his win last Friday night at Brewerton Speedway and told me why he had a feeling that it was coming as well as how trying some new things helped it stay hooked up.
Rick Rogala told me how a crash that looked really bad ended up not being as bad they initially thought while explaining how little it cost to fix it. I know…stupid racecars sometimes!
|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.
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