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Sunday, August 12th 2018
   New on the Audio Page from Fulton Speedway:

After the heat races:
 
Jason Parkhurst won the first topless Late Model heat and talked about why he was staring out front.
Bobby Herrington explained how he used the outside to get the lead and what he saw on the bottom.
Todd Root brought out a new car with a new engine and told me how it felt in his 358 heat victory.
Wade Chrisman walked me through the high side pass he made to win the first Sportsman heat race.
Stephen Marshall drove away to win his Sportsman heat and talked about trying to get more drive.
Torrey Stoughtenger was fast in his 3rd heat win in a row and talked about the need to be better later.
Dorian Wahdan worked the inside groove exclusively in his heat win and spoke about a brake issue.
Nick Krause speaks with fellow driver Matt Janczuk about his win in the final Sportsman heat race.

After the feature races:
 
Scott Mallette grabbed the win in the first Novice Sportsman race and talked about running low.
Kearra Backus picked up her very first Novice Sportsman win and got excited talking in victory lane.
Chris Fleming was 2nd across the line and talked about getting 1st after the winner came up light.
Todd Root led every lap for his first ever 358 Modified win and talked about how new his car was.
Tim Sears Jr. spoke about the need for a yellow in a race without one as he came home in 2nd place.
Jeff McGinnis had a nice 3rd place finish and talked about his race as well as why he missed Friday.
Bobby Herrington ran down low on is way to a 4th place and wondered if he should have moved up.

It was a fun night at Fulton Speedway in front of a huge crowd as the World Famous Trailer Race was on the card as a night ender. There were a lot of new fans and a great atmosphere in this one as the track put it in high gear and moved this show along like a big storm was only minutes away. Nice work everyone!
 
Todd Root brought out a brand new car with a brand new 358 engine under the hood that they just finished putting together earlier Saturday morning. And that car was lights out leading every lap it turned on the way to Todd’s first Modified win. I have his victory land and his heat winning interview up so you can hear about some fixes they had to make after the qualifier. Nice story.
 
There were two new winners in the Novice Sportsman class as Scott Mallette won the first one and Kearra Backus won the second. Even though she had to wait in the infield alone until after the Late Model race she still jumped out of the car and celebrated on her own while the few people that noticed, like me, cheered. It was also a nice story.
 
Not a nice night however for Sean Beardsley as he won a great side by side Late Model race but came up light on the scales handing the victory to Chris Fleming. Nobody plans to be light so we really feel badly for Sean and so did Chris. It’s just a miscalculation, or a part falling off or just not adding enough fuel are just some of the ways this happens and it is always hardest on the driver themselves as he will beat himself up over this one. Really, sorry Sean.

I did leave after the Modified feature as I am getting up early this morning for what could be Allie’s last race this season at the Syracuse Microd Club. We have practice at 9:15 as the cars are heading to Utica Rome Speedway after that for a special appearance. Isn’t that great? Oswego Speedway last night and now Utica Rome today. Make the most of it guys and gals.
 
I’ll be back tomorrow as I do hope to get in the studio after I get home and grab a few people that I have written down on my “must call list”. I’ll see you tomorrow and have a great Sunday no matter what you decide to do while of course remembering that the regular season will be over before you know it. 
 
Saturday, August 11th 2018
   New on the Audio Page from Can Am Speedway:
 
After the heat races:
 
Ryan Arbuthnot won the first 358 Modified heat race and talked about what Sprints do to a track.
Billy Dunn moved from third to first quickly and told me about the super fast racetrack he was on.
Paulie Colagiovanni got the win in the first ESS heat and wondered how much to adjust on his car.
Paul Kinney pulled away to win heat three and described how his Sprinter changed late in the race.
Matt Tanner used a restart to win his qualifying heat race and speculated on why he was up high.
Steve Poirier led every lap to win his heat and told me what he learned about using the inside line.
Billy Van Inwegen was your dash winner and spoke about how he used the outside in two to lead.

After the feature races:
 
Shawn Kirby spoke about his Pro Street win and explained why he enjoyed racing with 2nd place.
Billy Dunn grabbed the lead on a restart and spoke in victory lane about his 358 Modified victory.
Danny Varin described how good his winning ESS car was and how he avoided a big wreck early.
Paul Kinney finished second in the ESS A-Main and told me about a stumble he had on restarts.
Billy Van Inwegen had a nice third place run and talked about finding what he likes with the car.
Jackson Gill used the outside to come from 3rd to 1st late and spoke about the very fast top lane.
Jessica Power led 11 laps before finishing second and talked about her mindset while out front.
Anthony Stockman lost a spot late to finish 3rd and told me how he was trying to find a fast lane.

Allie and I had a ball last night as we headed up route 81 almost to Canada to see some Empire Super Sprints action on the big, fast half mile. I did my usual thing and helped out calling the ESS races while Allie sung the national anthems and took a few photos. She’ll find herself there no problem.
 
It was a fast night too as the track was, as Steve Poirier would say, “Super fast.” Danny Varin made it two in a row as he dodged an early crash, restarted up front and never looked back surviving a late race restart to boot. There was a rough crash on lap eight that brought out a red flag but fortunately everyone was aright.
 
The 358 Modifieds had a non-point night with a small block series race on the other aide of the border. Billy Dunn got by early leader Ryan Arbuthnot on a lap 19 restart and won convincingly. Something went wrong with Arbuthnot as by the time I wrote down who the new leader was and looked back up he was in the pits.

Shawn Kibry won a very entertaining Pro Street race in an exciting two car battle while Jackson Gill used the extreme outside lane to go from third to first late. Yeah, he was out there alright. Just listen to the two people who finished behind him.

We’ll be at Fulton Speedway tonight as the old knees are gonna be pretty sore tonight. The new recorder worked well although I need to up the levels on the victory lanes recorded off the speakers. But overall it worked pretty well.

If you wanna hear Allie sing the national anthems go to my Facebook page as I did a live shot with her. She enjoys doing it but wishes to do more at the track so that’s why I gave her a camera. She’ll get better with it as I told her not to shoot too much to start with. Maybe I’ll even bring it out today and take a few shots.

I’ll see you again tomorrow and we wish everyone who puts on a suit today all the best. And we have all you track owners and promoters get a nice full grandstand and a nice smooth racetrack. We’ll see you tomorrow and have a great Saturday. 
 
Friday, August 10th 2018
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Steve Poirier talked about his last race of Speedweek and the nice start to his night in Canandaigua.
Kyle Coffey got ready for hot laps on Saturday and talked about how close he is to his firs Mod win.
Dave Marcuccilli wondered how man wins he has and told me how well both his cars are handling.
Steve Gray explained how he got back behind the wheel after a few years off and why he was away.
Kenny Hammond walked me through his win at Thunder Mtn. and wondered about running Mod.
A.J. Lloyd described how close he is to his first win of the year and his plans for the make-up race.

We had a nice day on Thursday as I picked up a new digital audio recorder and went racing with Allie. She was thinking too much and got second place. She didn’t do well right after her first win either. There are so many things to think about when you’re on the track and sometimes she just thinks too darned much.
 
Thanks to The Kuleszo family for all their hard work and of course all our great sponsors that got us here. We race again Sunday and are planning on adding a date later in the month at a new track. And I’d love to get her in something else before we call it a season so message me if you’re interested.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page starting out with some chats from last Saturday night. Steve Poirier talked about his last race of Speedweek and the nice start to his night in Canandaigua as well as describing the types of racetracks he does best at. 
 
Kyle Coffey got ready for hot laps on Saturday and talked about how close he is to earning his firs Modified feature win as well as who he gets good advice from when he needs it. 
 
Dave Marcuccilli wondered how man wins he has and told me how well both his cars are handling as he looks ahead to a pair of features last Saturday.  
 
Steve Gray explained how he got back behind the wheel after a few years off, why he was away for a few years and wonders if he may be in a Modified sometime soon. 
 
Kenny Hammond walked me through his win second win of the season at Thunder Mountain, tells me where he will be racing this weekend and wondered about running Modified later in the year.  
 
A.J. Lloyd described how close he is to his first win of the year, his plans for the make-up race and the difference between driving into someone and driving over someone. Note: He won that race about two hours later!  
 
Thursday, August 9th 2018
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Ryan Susice won his first ever Super DIRTcar Series and recapped doing so with a W-16 engine.
Danny Varin remembers his Empire Super Sprints win at Can Am and looks ahead to this Friday.
Josh Pieniazek evaluates where he is as a driver right nowand the need to get off the bottom.
Jessica Power tells me about her most recent victory and a local TV show she was a guest on.
Tony Finch II talked about his Fulton Speedway win last Saturday and why he liked this win best.
Allie Elkins describes her second feature win and why she felt the Microd was so much faster.

We had a nice day as I got a lot of work done and was in the studio well into the night. I ended getting enough done where I could put up six for today and six for tomorrow as well. I've been very busy which is good. Keeps my noisey brain from getting off track. 
 
I’ll be racing with Allie tonight in what may be her second to last race of the year with Kuleszo Racing. I am hopeful to somehow get her in the 75 again this fall and again in select events next year but I'd also like her to try some kind of a big car this season. Or a Quarter Midget, or a kart on dirt or something else before it ends as she is on a good streak right now.

You guys know her, she takes care of the car, respects the people who work on it (and pay for it) and is improving fast. And she speaks and represents her team very well. Just ask her current car owners. They just love her and the feeling is mutual. Shout out to all of you that I know. It's been a great season. We just want to keep it going. Message me please at  doug@dougsdirtdiary.com. She's bumming right now as she was hoping to run the fall series here so let's help turn her frown upsidedown. 
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page for today as we being with a surprise winner from Monday. Ryan Susice won his first ever Super DIRTcar Series Monday at Merrittville Speedway and told me why he almost didn’t make it to the starting grid and how he beat the big blocks with a W-16 engine.

Danny Varin remembers his Empire Super Sprints win at Can Am Speedway the last time the series visited the track and looks ahead to going back to try to do it again this Friday.   
 
Josh Pieniazek evaluates where he is as a Sprint Car driver right now, the need to get off the bottom more than he does and how hard the people with him to work to keep him on the track. 
 
Jessica Power tells me about her most Sportsman recent victory, recapped her two races this past weekend and a described what it was like to be a guest on a local TV morning show. 
 
Tony Finch II talked about his Fulton Speedway Sportsman win last Saturday, explained why he liked win #3 on the season the best so far and why he had to switch cars a few weeks back. 
 
Allie Elkins describes her second feature win with the Syracuse Microd Club, why she felt that it was faster this time out and compared it to win number one. 3:01   
 
Wednesday, August 8th 2018
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Justin Haers tells me how his last few races have been going and the new car they debuted Saturday.
Jeremy Smith described his latest win at Thunder Mountain and looks forward to Woodhull Thursday.
Joe Trenca recaps his recent run with the World of Outlaws and talked about the super slick track.
Max Hill speaks about his third place finish at Fulton Speedway and the advice his dad gives to him.
Allie Elkins talks about winning her second heat race of the season and what happened at the end.

I got a lot done on Tuesday after a long night on Monday. I did sleep late I’ll confess to that but I made up for it doing interviews well into the evening hours. It was fun catching up and nice to get off my sore toe for a few days.
 
I’ll be in the studio early today and then will go hang out and fish with some friends and Allie. We’ll be doing some other stuff to and I’ll have some photos up on Facebook showing what we are doing as both Allie and I hope t learn a lot today.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you guys on the Audio Page today as the end of the regular season gets another day closer. Justin Haers tells me how his last few races have been going, how he is doing since his big heat race crash at Land of Legends and the new car they debuted Saturday.

Jeremy Smith described his latest win at Thunder Mountain, explains how the track was a little different on his third win in a row and looks forward to racing at Woodhull this Thursday.   
 
Joe Trenca recaps his recent run with the World of Outlaws and talked about the super slick track while wondering if the 410’s or the 360’s had the advantage on this night in Weedsport. 
 
Max Hill tells me about his career best third place finish in the RUSH Late Model feature at Fulton Speedway, describes how the race went and shares some of the advice his dad gives to him. 
 
Allie Elkins talks about winning her second heat race of the season in the Modified division with the Syracuse Microd Club, compared how her car was to how it was in her first win and what happened at the end.   
 
Tuesday, August 7th 2018
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Billy Dunn told me about his 358 Modified win at Can Am and compares this season to last year.
Sam Reakes IV hadn’t raced in a month and talked about the new car they were shaking down.
Ricky Newton spoke about his quest for his first win of 2018 and told me how close he may be.
Pete Stefanski talked about his Pro Stock win on his birthday and the accident he had on Tuesday.
Tony Veneziano reports on the two night Ironman 55 and looks ahead to this weekend in Knoxville.


We had an excellent night on Monday as we waited out the rain and got to pick up heat win and feature win number two for Allie. Thanks so much to the Kuleszo family for all their help and thanks to everyone who made it possible for us to do this. Great job Allie!
 
It was a tough night however for Allie’s youngest teammate as she flipped in her feature race. It really shook her up and she almost didn’t drive her open wheel car but we convinced her to get back in the car and she did very well. Very proud of her. These are the big lessons that racing teaches. When you flip you get back in the car just like falling off the horse. So proud.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page starting with a winning driver from last Friday night. Billy Dunn told me about his 358 Modified win at Can Am, compares this season to last year and remembers his Super DIRTcar series race at Weedsport last weekend. 
 
Sam Reakes IV hadn’t raced in a month and talked about the new car they were shaking down in Canandaigua on Saturday as well as what happened to his former car after he sold it. Oh really? 
 
Ricky Newton spoke about his quest for his first win of 2018 and told me how close he may be to getting it as well as what he plans to do for the rest of the season. 
 
Pete Stefanski talked about his Pro Stock win on his birthday at Utica Rome Speedway, his plans to race tonight as part of the Super DIRTcar Series race at Ransomville and the accident he had on Tuesday.

Tony Veneziano reports on the two night Ironman 55 in Missouri, tells me what some of the Outlaws did on Sunday night and looks ahead to this weekend in Knoxville.    
 
Monday, August 6th 2018
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Alan Johnson talks about his last few starts and the only other kind of racing he was thinking about.
Coleman Gulick told me how he celebrated his birthday and how he gained confidence as a youngster.
Brian Sage raced his small block on Saturday night and talked about getting a big block in the car soon.
Keith Granholm offered his first take on Canandaigua and the young people he saw race on Thursday.  
 
Boy that was a hot one on Sunday wasn’t it? I stayed cool and did some work in the studio in between dips in the pool. It was a lazy day but a much needed day as I was just wiped out after Saturday night in the heat.
 
I have four nice chats for you to listen to today and I’ll be in the studio early on Monday before heading to the NYS Fairgrounds to race with Allie. It’s a rain out make up from a Monday a while back and we race again on Thursday so we have a busy stretch ahead of us.

Now let’s chat more about what’s new on the Audio Page for today starting with a veteran who tells me a form of racing he really wanted to try and it is probably not one you’re thinking about. Alan Johnson talks about his last few starts in a Modified, remembers an opportunity to try something different that he would have liked to have tried and what track gave him the most butterflies. 
 
Coleman Gulick told me how he celebrated his birthday, how he gained confidence as a youngster and how racing brought him out of his shell as a racecar driver. 
 
Brian Sage raced his small block on Saturday night and talked about getting a big block in the car soon while telling me the big end of the year shows he plans on using it at. 
 
Keith Granholm offered his first take on Canandaigua after his very first laps on the track, described how he was doing at each end and spoke about the young people he saw race on Thursday.   
 
     
 
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