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Sunday, July 15th 2018
   New on the Audio Page from Fulton Speedway:
 
Wade Chrisman won the first Sportsman heat of the night and talked about a big wreck last week.
Chris Mackey ran the cushion to make a late race pass and told me how he won the 2nd heat race.
Nate Higgins led every lap to win his heat race and wondered if his nice start was a little too good.
Alan Fink told me about his win in Sportsman heat number four and his feature win at Brewerton.
Tyler Trump kept his 358 Modified up high in his heat win and talked about why he was bouncing.
Todd Root was the second rookie to win a 358 heat race and told me how good his lap times were.
Jason Parkhurst talked about his Late Model heat win and the super fast racing surface he was on.
Chris Fleming got the win in the final heat race and told me what has happened on similar nights.
 
After the feature races:
 
Austin Germinio picked up his first Novice Sportsman win and talked about adjusting from 4 cyl.
Chris Mackey and Mike Phelps talked about their dramatic Sportsman feature wins in Fulton.
Bobby Herrington made the bottom work and spoke about his first career Modified win at Fulton.
Todd Root finished 2nd in the 358 Modified feature and told me about some slide jobs out front.
Tommy Sears moved up 8 spots to finish 3rd and described a problem he had late in the race.
Jason Parkhurst won a caution free feature and talked about closing the gap on his two sons.

What a night it was at Fulton Speedway as late race passing and a super wide racetrack were the rules of the evening. We didn’t even know if we would race early as there was a lot of green on the radar and it rained a little several times before hot laps which kept many cars in their trailers until the call went out from the pit shack.
 
So what you had early on was a tacky track with lots of bite and a growing cushion of clay around the outside groove. The heat races were a lot of fun to watch and both Sportsman features had last lap action for fans to watch.
 
Chris Mackey pulled off a last lap, last corner pass on the top to win the first race while Mike Phelps lost the lead and got it back all on the last lap to win his first of the year after wrecking the week before. Yep, it was some great racing!
 
Bobby Herrington won just his second race in the states as the Canadian simply raced the track and went down low where the leaders weren’t and went slow to go fast. It was his second win in a short period of time so he was really pumped up as he should have been.

Jason Parkhurst got his second of the year with a late race move in the RUSH Late Model feature while Austin Germinio won the Novice Sportsman race in just his second start in the class.

I was able to save some nice pre-race chats and plan on airingthose during the week. After doing some voice tracks for the next Speedway Showcase TV show I’ll head out to Utica Rome to finish out my weekend. So be sure to come back tomorrow for more. 
 
Saturday, July 14th 2018
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Ryan Harrison described the F1 Stock Cars he drives in England and his initial take on Sprint Cars.
Jeff Trombley recaps how he is doing this year as he splits tie between 360 and 305 Sprint Cars.
Ryan Jordan runs down how he picked up a win at Thunder Mountain and how good it felt to win.
Matt Janczuk talks about getting his first win of the season at Utica Rome and a last minute problem.
Steve Petty tells me how the season’s going at Humberstone and previews some upcoming shows.

Lots more good stuff on the website today as we introduce you to a few new folks and get you ready to hit your favorite Speedway later tonight. It’s gonna be a fun day for all of us so let’s keep our fingers crossed for Mother Nature to be in a good mood and let’s go out and have some fun.
 
We had a fun week as Allie threw herself to the wolves at the Liverpool High School Girls Basketball Camp and she did a great job and hopefully left a good impression. She is new and has only been shooting in the driveway since the snow melted but she is hoping to make the JV team this fall. Best of luck Allie!
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page for today starting with a driver who came to our country to try something new this past week. Ryan Harrison described the F1 Stock Cars he drives back home in England, offers his initial take on Sprint Cars here in the states and compares life here to what he sees back home. Good one! 
 
Jeff Trombley recaps how he is doing this year as he splits tie between 360 and 305 Sprint Cars, remembers his last time racing at Brewerton and how much fun he is having this year. 
 
Ryan Jordan runs down how he picked up a win at Thunder Mountain and talked about how good it felt to win after a bit of a rough go and described some motor issue they are having. 
 
Matt Janczuk talks about getting his first win of the season at Utica Rome, remembers some of his road trips so far and describes a last minute problem he found on race day morning. 
 
Steve Petty tells me how the season’s going at Humberstone Speedway and previews some upcoming shows while describing what the racing is like at this 3/10 mile track.   
 
Friday, July 13th 2018
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Jason Barney described what makes Speedweek so special and how tight the bond is with drivers.
Danny Varin spoke about his early win in Speedweek and how nice it is to occasionally eat track food.
Shawn Donath explains what happens when they put heat in the engine of a 360 Sprint Car early on.
Darwin Greene tells me about his win at Afton on Friday and some tough luck in the engine dept.
Jack Lehner just moved up to a big block Modified and described how it differs from his small block.
Alex Yankowski talked about his eighth win of the season and how he did in his first SpeedSTR race.
 
It was another nice day on Thursday as the summer of 2018 keeps getting better and better. We had fun racing with Allie last night and will cherish every chance we get to go to the track together as a family. Hey, you never know when it could end so enjoy every day like it’s your last.
 
I’ll be off today for some golf and have a race planned for tomorrow night and for Sunday too. It’s been a while since I have had a total day off to worry about nothing so I am going to enjoy this day no matter how poorly I golf. I hope you have a great day too.

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page starting with some Sprint Car drivers who had a very busy week. Jason Barney described what makes Speedweek so special, what can make it tough for out of towners and how tight the bond is with drivers.

Danny Varin spoke about his early win in Speedweek, how he was in the second race of the week and how nice it is to occasionally eat track food.

Shawn Donath explains what happens when they put heat in the engine of a 360 Sprint Car, how they bring it up to temperature and how quickly it comes back later on. 
 
Darwin Greene tells me about his Modified feature win at Afton on Friday, some tough luck in the engine dept and what he had to do on Thursday to be ready for tonight. 
 
Jack Lehner just moved up to a big block Modified this season and described how it differs from his small block as well as how tough the longer distance races can be.  

Alex Yankowski talked about his eighth win of the season, his third place at Five Mile Point and recaped his first ever race in a SpeedSTR at Kutztown. 
 
Thursday, July 12th 2018
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Ryan Susice tells me about his Modified win at Ransomville as well as why he was in his Saturday ride.
Jordan Poirier talked about his ESS victory at Fulton and how surprising it was after Friday night.
Ivan Joslin recaps his weekend that included a win at Glen Ridge and a second place run at Fonda.
Brett Wright explained why his Sprinter was off early at Brewerton and a memory he hopes to erase.
Mandee Pauch describes her recent Vlogs and previews the Pauch Racing Open House this Sunday.

The great weather just keeps coming and we took advantage of it hitting the pool late in the day and doing some running around. It was a really fun day.
 
I also got a lot done in the studio and have two of the four chats I recorded up today. I am going to race with Allie tonight before taking a day off on Friday. Then we’ll hit tracks Saturday and Sunday with a voice over session for Speedway Showcase thrown in the middle. Yep, it’s going to be a fun four day stretch.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page starting with three winners from this past weekend. Ryan Susice tells me about his Modified win at Ransomville, explains why he was in his Saturday ride on Friday and describes some recent motor issues they have had. 
 
Jordan Poirier talked about his ESS A-Main win at Fulton and how surprising it was after Friday night as well as how good his car was in his first visit to the track. 
 
Ivan Joslin recaps his weekend that included a win at Glen Ridge on Sunday, a second place run at Fonda on Saturday and explains how going back to basics made his car handle better.

Brett Wright explained why his Sprinter was off early at Brewerton, describes what you do with stagger on a slick racetrack and remembered some races from earlier in the week.

Mandee Pauch describes her recent Vlogs and previews the Pauch Racing Open House this Sunday while explaining what it was like to grow up with a dad who is a famous racecar driver. Good one here!  
 
Wednesday, July 11th 2018
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Rusty Smith tells me about his win at Five Mile Point Speedway and his fifth place finish at Afton.
Butch Tittle explains why he just got back behind the wheel and what he has been doing of late.
Tyler Trump got ready to race his Sprinter at Brewerton and described his plans for the car in ’18.
A.J. Filbeck updates me on his three Sportsman races at Utica Rome and trouble on the 2nd week.
Tyler Corcoran talked about winning his 1st heat race at Fulton and what it was like to lead laps.

I had another nice day on Tuesday as I got more work done in the studio and got to work with Allie on some basketball stuff. I was able to record some chats and will have some of those up in the next few days. Still thinking about where to go this weekend and am looking for suggestions so feel free to send me your thoughts at doug@dougsdirtdiary.com.
 
Now let’s chat more about your options on the Audio Page for today as we start with a driver who carried on a family tradition with his victory.Rusty Smith tells me about his win at Five Mile Point Speedway, his fifth place finish at Afton and explains why his win at Five Mile Point was so special to him and his family. Nice! 
 
Butch Tittle explains why he just got back behind the wheel of a Modified, how he has been doing on the track so far and what he has been up to in his time away from racing. 
 
Tyler Trump got ready to race his Sprinter at Brewerton and described his plans for the car in 2018 while explaining how he is doing as he learns to drive something totally different. 
 
A.J. Filbeck updates me on his three Sportsman races at Utica Rome. Some trouble they had in the second week and how much better things went the last time out.

Tyler Corcoran talked about winning his first Sportsman heat race at Fulton and what it was like to lead laps in the feature and remembers his start in racing with the Syracuse Quarter Midget Club.  
 
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. 
 
     
 
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