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Tuesday, March 19th 2019
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Jeff Cook talks about the Sprint Cars he is working on for this season and runs down his plans for 2019.
Tony Farone shows off his Sportsman for 2019 and talked about this possibly being his final season.
Tony Veneziano reports on the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series as they visited Chico and Stockton.
 
I had a nice day with my kids on Monday as they had the day off from school. Dada and I took them to lunch at the famous B’Ville Diner and saw a couple sitting near us with their cat sitting in their booth. He was dressed for St. Patrick’s Day. “Pet me, I’m Irish,” his shirt said. And that was the car, not his owner. Just when you think you’ve seen it all right?
 
I’ve got a fun day ahead of me today as we’ll get to do some bowling later tonight and then watch the play-in games for the NCAA tournament. The biggest event in sports, period, begins tonight and I can’t wait. And neither can Allie as she is in full basketball mode.
 
Now let’s chat more about what you can listen to on the Audio Page beginning with one I saved from the big Motorsports Expo in Syracuse. Jeff Cook talks about the Sprint Cars he is working on for this season and runs down his plans for 2019 as well as why it seems more like a job to him nowadays. 
 
Tony Farone shows off his new Sportsman for 2019 and talked about this possibly being his final season and the realities of trying to run different brands and compounds with tires.

Tony Veneziano reports on the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series as they visited Chico and Stockton, California this past weekend and talks about the very tight point’s battle among the top three.  
 
Monday, March 18th 2019
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Jeff Rockefeller is going for it in 2019 and talked about the racecars he will be racing this season.
Bob Hackel remembers some of his racing career as he won 256 races in the 1960’s, 70’s and 80’s.
Jamie Page talks about his new job as GM at Fonda Speedway and his hopes for the coming season.

It was a nice day on Sunday as I got to sleep in after a late night on Saturday. I was also able to get a little work done in the studio and watch the NCAA selection show with Allie. It was a nice day.
 
The kids have today off so we’ll try to find something fun to do this afternoon as the teachers have meetings all day. So even though my kids are off my wife will have to work. Sorry honey!
 
Now let’s chat in more detail about what’s new on the Audio Page starting with a driver who is loaded for bear for 2019. Jeff Rockefeller is going for it in 2019 and talked about the racecars he will be racing this season while explaining why some drivers prefer a raised nose on their Modifieds as well as what it does.

Bob Hackel remembers some of his racing career winning 256 races in the 1960’s, 70’s and 80’s, tells me about a mid engine four cylinder car he won a lot of races with and what it’s like racing with his grandson. 
 
Jamie Page talks about his new job as GM at Fonda Speedway, his hopes for the coming season and describes some of the little things that many fans may not know about.  
 
Sunday, March 17th 2019
   New on the Audio Page from the Viaport Mall Car Show in Rotterdam:
 
Luke Horning talked about the car he had at the show and why he changed the number to the 97.
Buck Gasner spoke about winning a rookie of the year award at 40 and a special cause he supports.
Joe Williams remembers his time racing on asphalt and talked about his return to Sportsman racing.
Bob James thanks all the sponsors and the racers that made this year’s racecar show a big success.

I had a nice day as I traveled east to Rotterdam to their annual car at the Viaport Mall. It was fun to see all the racecars and boy there were a lot of them. Well over 70 cars were on hand and will still be there today for you to see so be sure to stop on by.
 
A big thanks to Crash Mender for his help as he fed me a lot of drivers, many of which I had never met before and some I had not seen in quite some time. And of course a big thank you to the drivers who I met who trusted me enough to chat with me. I means the world to me guys.
 
I was able to can a few of those interviews for later this week and I may get some from Steve Ovens as well as he is out at the Arnot Mall car show this weekend. That show also runs through today too so be sure to check that out if your out that way.
 
Now let’s talk more about how my day was and let you hear some things from the Audio Page that I recorded at the mall. Luke Horning talked about the car he had at the show, why he changed the number to the 97 on this car and what he has planned for his 2019 race season. 
 
Buck Gasner spoke about winning a rookie of the year award at 40 and a special cause he supports. Look for his number 99 at the show today and help if you are able to. 
 
Joe Williams remembers his time racing on asphalt, explained what cost him the most money doing that and talked about his return to Sportsman racing that’s started last year. 
 
Bob James thanks all the sponsors and the racers that made this year’s racecar show a big success at the Viaport Mall and tells me about some new equipment he has on order to make his videos look even better.   
 
Saturday, March 16th 2019
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Chuck Hebing showed off a new look on his Sprint Car and talked about his 2019 race plans.
Tim Sears Jr. walked the aisles at Motorsports Expo and told me how his cars are coming along.
Shane Andrews offered his take on the indoor races at Syracuse and shares some memories.
Jody London previews the Dave London Memorial for Super Stocks on Classic Weekend in Oswego.

I had another great day on Friday as I enjoyed the warm weather and had some friends stop by to say hi. Now today I will be on the road heading east to Rotterdam and the car show featuring cars from Fonda, Glen Ridge and Albany Saratoga. It should be a lot of fun and I can’t wait.

I’ll be making the trip myself as Allie is going to be glued to the TV watching the ACC tournament. That young lady watches more basketball and Sports Center than anyone I know. Wanna know something about college or NBA basketball? Just ask her. She’ll tell ya!
 
Now let’s find out more about what we have going on today on the Audio Page starting with a pair of drivers who are going to win more than a few races this coming season. Chuck Hebing showed off a new look on his Sprint Car at Motorsports Expo and talked about how his daughter Kelly did the design as well as his 2019 race plans.  
 
Tim Sears Jr. walked the aisles at Motorsports Expo and told me how his off season life is going, what keeps him going when things get tough and how his Modifieds are coming along at the shop.
 
Shane Andrews offered his take on the indoor races at Syracuse, tells us how much we may hear him this year at the races and shares some of our collective memories. “Great story Shane!” 
 
Jody London previews the Dave London Memorial for Super Stocks on Classic Weekend in Oswego, explains why he is excited to bring the race to this track and what he will race this coming season.  
 
Friday, March 15th 2019
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Eldon Payne Jr. talks about how he helps his sponsor at shows and racing with his 13 year old son.
Ryan Bartlett described how Friday was going for him as he raced his TQ Midget in Syracuse.
Jesse Pruchnik showed off his 305 Sprint Car last weekend and talked about his 2019 race plans.
In my latest Doug’s Thoughts I recap the weekend in Syracuse and talks about our racing in 2019.

It was a really nice day on Thursday and was made that much better thanks to a great comeback performance by our city’s college basketball team. It was quite the night on Wednesday and local basketball fans are feeling pretty good here in the Syracuse area. Nice job boys!
 
As I wrote this up I am getting ready for a full night, and weekend for that matter, of college basketball. Sure, we’ll be in Rotterdam on Saturday but every other minute will be spent watching hoops with Allie as she gets ready for full practices and games for her Unified team at Liverpool High School. And fortunately that ends May 24th which is the weekend before we first race. Perfect huh?
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page for today starting out with news on a long time driver that ties in with both me and my daughter. Eldon Payne Jr. talks about how he helps his sponsor at shows related to the product, racing with his 13 year old son and what the two of us are going to do together this summer. Thanks so much Eldon…really!  
 
Ryan Bartlett described how Friday was going for him as he raced his TQ Midget indoors at the NYS Fairgrounds in Syracuse and told me how things looked back at his race shop while looking ahead to the Can Am opener. 
 
Jesse Pruchnik showed off his 305 Sprint Car last weekend and talked about his 2019 race plans as well as what he needs to do in school to keep racing. 
 
In my latest Doug’s Thoughts I recap the weekend’s events at the NYS Fairgrounds in Syracuse, speak a little about each event and about the racing both my daughter and I will be doing in 2019.   
 
Thursday, March 14th 2019
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Al Heinke tells me how his time in the Army shaped his life and made him the man he is today.
Brett Wright talks with Andrew McGill about his 360 Sprint Car and his recent races in Florida.
Greg Birosh spoke about racing his Ford powered Modified at Outlaw and shared some memories.
Carl Crawford just ran his first laps in thirteen years and told me how his TQ midget was handling.

It sounds like today could be the first short sleeve day of the year with temperatures predicted in the high 50’s for us today. Sounds like Allie will be able to play a little basketball in the driveway for a bit before her unofficial Friday practice. And it could stay warm through Thursday too. Yay!
 
I plan on being on the road this weekend to hit the car show in Rotterdam and see some people I don’t get to see enough. I plan on hitting the road about noon on Saturday and staying until just past diner time. Hope to see you guys there.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have on the Audio Page for today starting with the man who has made the big changes happen at one of our favorite racetracks in Central New York. Al Heinke, Weedsport Speedway’s owner,tells me how his time in the Army shaped his life, helped him become a Civil Engineer and made him the man he is today.

Brett Wright talks with Andrew McGill about his 360 Sprint Car in 2018, what his hopes are for the coming season and recapped his recent races in Florida. How bout Andrew? Heck of a job huh? 
 
Greg Birosh spoke about racing his Ford powered Modified weekly at Outlaw Speedway, described how the car is coming along back at the shop and shared some memories.

Carl Crawford just ran his first laps in thirteen years and told me how his TQ midget was handling in the inaugural race in Syracuse as well as what his expectations were for the weekend.  
 
Wednesday, March 13th 2019
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Billy Van Pelt swung by the Expo on his way home and gave some advice on buying a new helmet.
Josh Flint showed off his #41 Sprint Car and talked about what he learned last season with the ESS.
Tyler Thompson told me how he liked the TQ Midget at Syracuse and why he has a new mustache.
Taylor Caprara was racing a Champ Kart this past weekend and told me how things were going.
Ben Bushaw is moving up this year from Sportsman and talked about running a 358 Mod at Fulton.

I had a nice day off on Tuesday and hopefully had a great time at bowling. I wrote this up on Monday night so we can only hope what I just wrote was true. And I hope you are having a nice week too.

I’ve got more good stuff up for you today and will be back tomorrow with more from the weekend and the studio as I do have some things planned for today. I hope to head out to Rotterdam on Saturday as usual and if the weather cooperates I’m pretty sure that’s gonna happen. Now how long I stay is up for debate. I know you guys like to party out there so I may have to make arrangements so I can stay and not have to worry about driving. We’ll see.

Now let’s chat more about what I have for you on the Audio Page today beginning with a man who stopped in Syracuse for a reason on Saturday night. Billy Van Pelt swung by the Expo on his way home from some snowmobiling and gave some advice on buying a new helmet while explaining why he felt it was time for a new one. 
 
Josh Flint showed off his #41 Sprint Car and talked about what he learned last season with the ESS as he visited some new tracks and remembered a big crash he had in a Modified at Fonda. 
 
Tyler Thompson told me how he liked the TQ Midget at Syracuse, why he has a new mustache and what he plans on doing on both asphalt and dirt in the coming season. He rocks it alright! 
 
Taylor Caprara was racing a Champ Kart indoors this past weekend in Syracuse and told me how things were going as well as how his Sportsman cars are coming along. 
 
Ben Bushaw is moving up this year from Sportsman and talked about running a 358 Modified weekly at Fulton as well as what it will be like working on racecars for both of his young sons.  
 
     
 
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