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Sunday, March 10th 2019
   New on the Audio Page from the 33rd Annual Syracuse Motorsports Expo:
 
Phil Vigneri III spoke about his plans to run 358's and big blocks and his growing graphics business.
Ivan Joslin reflected on his multi-win season and talks about the Pro Stocks he will be racing this year.
Mel Thomas previews the new Smash N Crash video just out this weekend and is available today.
Ronnie Davis III showed off the 358 Modified he will race at Fulton and talked about two other rides.
Ronnie Ford looked ahead at the coming season at Afton Motorsports Park and showed the new clay.
Pete Desalvo had four cars on display from ESTA Safety Park and talked some drag racing with me.
Kip Zieter spoke about Open Wheel Madness at the International Motor Racing Research Center.
Jeremie Corcoran summed up how Saturday went and encouraged you to see the Expo today.  
 
Well my Saturday went pretty much as planned as I stopped by the show after the SU game with Allie, came back for dinner at the house and then went back with my wife as we stayed right until the very end. I got a lot done and was able to save an additional 14 chats for release later this week.
 
As always it was so much fun but lately I end up chatting more off the mic than on it so I had to buckle down later in the day and get some work done.

Today is the final day so if you have missed it so far you need to get out here and see it for yourselves. There are a ton of cars and if you are here today when it ends you may head a few motors and get a whiff of some expensive race fuel. I can’t wait.
I’ll get there about 1 and stay till the end and I will have lots more for you tomorrow so be sure to check us out every day this week as we will have new stuff for you everyday. It’s gonna be fun.
 
Now let’s chat more about what’s on the Audio Page for today starting with a man who has had a booth at the show the past few seasons. Phil Vigneri III spoke about his plans to run small blocks & big blocks, how things look at his shop right now and his growing graphics business.

Ivan Joslin reflected on his multi-win season and talks about the Pro Stocks he will be racing this year as he got ready to see the TQ Midgets indoors at the Exposition Center.  
 
Mel Thomas previews the new Smash N Crash video that is available today at Motorsports Expo as well as the other videos that have available for purchase and Raceflix.com. 
 
Ronnie Davis III showed off the 358 Modified he will race at Fulton and talked about two other rides he will pilot this year as well as how fortunate he is compared to just a year and a half ago.  
 
Ronnie Ford looked ahead at the coming season at Afton Motorsports Park, showed me some of the new clay they will be putting down and ran down some of what it to like about this racetrack. 
 
Pete Desalvo had four drag racing cars on display from ESTA Safety Park and talked a little about each of them while thinking back on his days racing a quarter of a mile at a time back in the 80’s. 
 
Kip Zieter spoke about Open Wheel Madness at the International Motor Racing Research Center on March 23rd and told me more about his unique place right in the heart of scenic Watkins Glen.  
 
Jeremie Corcoran summed up how Saturday went at the 33rd Annual Syracuse Motorsports Expo and encouraged you to stop out today on the final day of this year’s event.  
 
Saturday, March 9th 2019
   New on the Audio Page for today from a busy day on Friday:
 
Tim Evans talks about Schaeffer Specialized Lubricants being at the 33rd Syracuse Motorsports Expo.
Jeremie Corcoran previews the 33rd Annual Syracuse Motorsports Expo beginning later on today.
 
From the early portion of the Indoor Racing Series event at the new Exposition Center:
 
Scott Kreutter was at his first race since becoming a dad and talked about a brake problem they had.
Lou Ciccone told me about the early part of his day with his TQ Midget at the new Exposition Center.
Patrick Emerling talked about some of his past in a TQ Midget and how he got back in for this race.
Joey Payne was racing with his son in Syracuse and talked about how much he will be racing this year.
Marc Johnson won the first TQ Midget qualifier and told me how he found his way into this racecar.
Ryan Tidman worked on his heat winning TQ Midget and described some changes they were making.
Andy Jankowiak became the first TQ Midget racer to work the outside and talked about his heat win.
Erick Rudolph got the win in the 4th heat race and spoke about how he came from 3rd to 1st quickly.
Jeremy Haudricourt made his first indoor race ever and talked about how he won the 5th heat race.
Matt Janisch went from 2nd to 1st in the first corner and described how much rubber was up top.
 
After the features:
 
T.J. Reed spoke about his win in the Champ Kart feature race coming from sixteenth to first place.
Jason Bonsignore explained how he had the lead, lost it and got it back to win the race at Syracuse.
Austin Silfee described how he took the lead with three laps to go to win the Slingshot feature.
Erick Rudolph led twelve laps before finishing second and compared his car to that of the winner.
Tim Solomito came from ninth to third and talked about how he got better as the day went on.
 
We had a fun day as Allie and I started out at the Center of Progress Building to see how set up was coming along for the 33rd Annual Syracuse Motorsports Expo. By the time we got there at 5:30 it was nearly full and there were still more cars, both big and small, still coming through the door. It’s going to be quite the show and we will be there for darned near the entire day after we watch the SU basketball game.

Allie will be with me for the afternoon shift and then my wife will join me after we eat dinner at home. Who can blame me right? I’m only at the other side of the lake. I’m sure you would too if you were in my shoes.
 
Now after Allie and I left the Center of Progress Building we headed over to the new Exposition Center. It is a very cool building and it was great to see the temporary track they set up. The video system above the floor was amazing and these cameras they have today are amazing. They had replays, live top three across the top and two of the best announcers around in Paul Szmal and Shane Andrews calling the action.
 
Both of us had never seen any other form of indoor racing except the NYS Indoor Championship for Karts at the Center of Progress Building. And Allie raced the past two seasons at the far end of the fairgrounds with the Syracuse Microd Club on a 1/10 mile asphalt track. So outside of what we knew at those two places, we were totally unsure of what we would see on Friday night.
 
Here is some of what we learned. The cars are crazy fast. Things happen even faster. And you can go from hero to zero in the blink of an eye. If you’ve never gone before we both highly suggest it. To see 22 TQ Midgets on a track that small go as fast as they do is jaw dropping. Yes, there are yellows. It’s fighter jets in a gymnasium as my friend Tony likes to say and sometimes it can get crazy.
 
The TV and video I had seen before does not do this justice. And we loved the Slingshots. Allie said they looked like Mini Vans going around a Microd track. Nice analogy. They are tall, turn on a dime and look like an absolute ball to drive. Yes, we’d love to try one by the way!
 
The Champ Karts have tons of room on the track and went three wide many times. A young lady did get taken off the track on a stretcher so we do have her in our prayers tonight as those concrete walls don’t give like the tire or plastic walls at many kart tracks. Nice race there as the winner came from 16th.
 
The only glitch was a power issue in the new building during the Slingshot feature. It did take a while to fix as they had to cycle the lights several times. I wonder if this was the first time the system was taxed as much as it was last night as high power blowers were working hard to help vent the building. I’m sure the people who run tings there learned from it and I’m sure it won’t happen again.
 
All in all, lots of fun. I was able to can five pre race chats that I’ll put up later this week and as you see, I talked to a lot of people including many first timers. Like I said we will be at the Expo twice today and we’ll be looking to say hi and record as many interviews as possible. And if I miss you this weekend please email me at doug@dougsdirtdiary.com and I can call you from the studio.

Have a great Saturday and I hope you enjoy all the options you have in front of you today. So get your butts to Syracuse today and I hope to see you at the New York State Fairgrounds.   
 
Friday, March 8th 2019
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Danny Sammons walks me around the indoor track in Syracuse and talks about the next 2 race nights.
Nick Guererri gets ready for his family’s race party on Saturday and the Syracuse Motorsports Expo.

I had a fun day as I headed over to the New York State Fairgrounds to scout out the new Exposition Center and meet with promoter Lenny Sammons and his son Danny. I have seen this place before as we checked it out at the NYS Fair when they had a hockey rink set up inside.
 
It’s quite the building and if you are on Facebook, the video I did with Danny as we walked the track is there and should be easy to find as I made it public for all to see. After a quick stop to the Center of Progress Building to see how the set up is going for the 33rd Annual Syracuse Motorsports Expo, Allie and I will head to the race there tonight and maybe do a few more live things before things get started.

So we’ll have some stuff from both the Expo and the race up for you tomorrow and then of course we’ll be at the fairgrounds on Saturday and Sunday too so look for a lot of cool stuff on the website.

Now let’s chat more about the cool stuff up on the Audio Page starting with a preview of the first ever auto race in the new venue in Syracuse. Danny Sammons walks me around the indoor track inside the new Exposition Center at the NYS Fairgrounds in Syracuse and talks about the next 2 nights of racing beginning tonight. 
 
Nick Guererri gets ready for his family’s annual race party Saturday at the Elks Lodge in Seneca Falls and talks about putting his Sportsman into the Syracuse Motorsports Expo later today.  
 
Thursday, March 7th 2019
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Craig Hanson talks about some repairs he had to make to his Modified and his plans for 2019.
Frank Doll Jr. spoke about racing Microds with his kids and the new car he is building right now.
Jerry Rice tells me about the snow mobile drag races he hosts and a big race coming up in 2 weeks.

Well the big snow storm that was predicted ended up being just a few inches for us but did make for a two hour delay for the kids. It’s probably for the best as we only have one more snow day left for the kiddies here in Liverpool while other schools nearby have none.
 
I did some work in the studio in the afternoon and early evening and will be at the NYS Fairgrounds today to meet with Lenny Sammons and see how the track is coming together at the new Expo Center. They race Friday and Saturday there and the 33rd Annual Syracuse Motorsports Expo is Saturday and Sunday so make your plans to make it to Syracuse this weekend.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page for today starting with a man who is coming off of a bad luck season. Craig Hanson talks about some repairs he had to make to his Modified after a season ending crash, how much support he has from his family and his plans for 2019.  
 
Frank Doll Jr. spoke about racing Microds with his kids at the New York State Fairgrounds, the new car he is building  for his daughter right now and his plans to get back behind the wheel of a Mod Lite. 
 
Jerry Rice tells me about the snow mobile drag races he hosts, describes the people who do this form of racing and a looks forward to a big race coming up in two weeks. Check out Jerry Rice Racing on Facebook for more.  
 
Wednesday, March 6th 2019
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Dave Marcuccilli showed off his new 358 Modified and talked about having new stuff for the 1st time.
Paul Cole talked about 2019 at Land of Legends Raceway as he gets ready for his second season.
Karl Spoonhower Jr. talked about Thunder Mountain Speedway at Southern Tier Speedworld.
 
I hope you like snow as it sounds like today could be a snow day today here in Central New York. They are predicting anywhere from 7-14 inches here and we are ready as the kids have just one more snow day left so let’s hope this all works out.
 
I took it easy on Tuesday as I hoped to bowl but my shoulder is not quite there yet. I may have to break down and see someone as it has gotten to a certain point and it has not gotten any better since then. We’ll see how it works out and go from there.

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page starting with a driver who is ready to take the next step in his career. Dave Marcuccilli showed off his new 358 Modified and talked about having new stuff for the first time while comparing it to the Sportsman he drove for several years. 
 
Paul Cole talked about the 2019 schedule at Land of Legends Raceway as he gets ready for his second season at the helm and ran down how each of the divisions looks for this season. 
 
Karl Spoonhower Jr. talked about Thunder Mountain Speedway’s presence at Southern Tier Speedworld this past weekend and ran down some of the dates on their 2019 schedule. Just added is the Dirt Modified Nostalgia Tour on August 3rd.   
 
Tuesday, March 5th 2019
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Alysha Ruggles showed off her 305 Sprint Car and talked about racing against her experienced dad.
Mike Emhof runs down the schedules for the Patriot Sprint Tour and the CRSA for the 2019 season.
Gary Palone previews the coming season at Paradise Speedway and reminds us about Wednesdays.
Tony Veneziano reports on the WoO Sprints from Las Vegas and looks ahead to the California swing.
 
I got a lot done on Monday and finished things off watching the SU basketball team take on second ranked Virginia. As I write this up, it is halftime and I am hoping the second half goes as well as the first for the boys in orange.
 
I’ll be off today as I will try to go back to bowling after two weeks off with an injury in my shoulder and neck. I hope I am not pushing it too much but we’ll see later today. Wish me well.
 
Oh, and my oldest daughter Allie got her braces off after 3 years and she could not stop smiling. She has a little lisp going with her new retainer but when she sings and races this summer she’ll just take it out. Good for her and we wish al of you with braces (I had them too) will have your off soon so you can smile without even a reason.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page starting with a young lady who is very busy during the race season. Alysha Ruggles showed off her 305 Sprint Car and talked about racing against her experienced dad as well as how she balances being a racecar driver, a business owner and a racecar driver.

Mike Emhof runs down the schedules for the Patriot Sprint Tour and the CRSA for the 2019 season while highlighting some dates and reminding everyone to see him this weekend at the Syracuse Motorsports Expo.  
 
Gary Palone previews the coming season at Paradise Speedway, reminds us about Wednesday’s practices open to any dirt car and wonders if he will be selling the track soon. 
 
Tony Veneziano reports on the WoO Sprints from Las Vegas, the star studded field that was on-hand and looks ahead to the California swing. Beginning this weekend in Tulare.  
 
Monday, March 4th 2019
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Dave Axton talks about Highside Racewear and his plans to race about 30 or so 360 Sprint Car races.
Dave Marcuccilli interviews Sportsman racer Ben Karlsen about his recent races down in Florida.
Carl Crawford tells me about his plans to race a TQ Midget this coming weekend indoors in Syracuse.
Greg Hixson remembers his racing days that included a Mr. DIRT title and his job at Canandaigua.

Allie and I had a nice day on Sunday at Finger Lakes Speedworld. We chatted with a lot of people, saw some great looking racecars and then went out to dinner afterwards. It was such a nice weekend as we got to know the people we will be seeing this summer a little more and they got to meet us too. It could not have gone much better.
 
Today I will be busy and trying to track down some more racers leading up to what is going to be quite the weekend here in Syracuse. The indoor race at the new building at the New York State Fairgrounds is Friday and Saturday while the 33rd Annual Syracuse Motorsports Expo is Saturday and Sunday. It is going to be a wild race weekend here so make your plans to come for at least one day or are three if you can.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have to listen to on the Audio Page as we start another race week and get one more week closer to the start of your racing season. Dave Axton talks about his business, Highside Racewear, his plans to race about 30 or so 360 Sprint Car races and wonders if he will check off a bucket list item with a trip to the west. Hmm! 
 
Dave Marcuccilli interviews Sportsman racer Ben Karlsen about his recent races down in Florida, what went wrong on the way down and how he felt the racing was at this multi-day venue.  
 
Carl Crawford tells me about his plans to race a TQ Midget this coming weekend indoors in Syracuse, runs down some of his racing background after 13 years off and talks about racing with his kids. 
 
Greg Hixson remembers his racing days that included a Mr. DIRT title in 1991, talked about getting back behind the wheel this past season and his job as Race Director at Canandaigua. 
 
     
 
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