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Sunday, April 21st 2019
   New on the Audio Page from the Fulton Speedway practice:
 
Sam Reakes IV got ready for his first laps of the season and talked about some changes to his Sprinter.
Billy Clark Jr. told me how his first few sessions went and why he will miss this week’s Fulton opener.
Tom Juno loaded up after the rain picked up and told me what they had to fix at the racetrack.
In the latest Doug’s Thoughts I analyze the three practices I have seen and talk about big venues.

Well that was quite a day on Saturday. I woke up early thinking that Land of Legends Raceway would make an early call on their day with teams coming from far away and they did just that. After that I went back to bed thinking that the day was a wash.
 
Then after watching some of the Yankee game, they played my Kansas City Royals, I decided to cruise Facebook and saw Sam Reakes IV loaded up and ready to go to Fulton. “Oh no,” I shouted. I forgot to check their website assuming they had pulled the plug. Nope. They were a go so I hopped in the car and was able to see about an hour of action before the rain fell.
 
Darn! It could have been a better day but it is early in the season and like a lot of you, I am in early season mode. Good news is that I did get some stuff and do a Facebook Live as well so at least I did get there.

And we will be dark tomorrow on honor of my friend Jim Bassett who will be remembered on Monday here in North Syracuse. He was a good man, a hard working man, a passionate man and a man who died well before he should of. Stupid cancer! We’ll miss you J.B. and we’ll be sure to share some stories from your life tomorrow. Rest in peace Jim and enjoy seeing lots of great bands in heaven.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have on the Audio Page for today starting with the first interview I did in the pits on Saturday. Sam Reakes IV got ready for his first laps of the season at Saturday’s practice and talked about some changes to his Sprinter as well as his hopes for the ESS opener at Fulton Speedway this Friday. 
 
Billy Clark Jr. told me how his first few sessions went with his Sportsman on Saturday, what his goals were for the day and explains why he will miss this week’s Fulton opener.  
 
Tom Juno loaded up after the rain picked up and told me what they had to fix at the racetrack after he hit a uke tire and ran down his plans for the coming season. 
 
In the latest Doug’s Thoughts I analyze the three practices I have seen so far this year, why I was late on Saturday only seeing a few minutes of track time and talk about the problems with big venues including NASCAR, MLB and concerts. It’s not just NASCAR who has a big problem!  
 
Saturday, April 20th 2019
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Phil Vigneri III described how his first laps in a big block felt and a problem he had in the practice.
Tyler Thompson explained why he was shaking down his 358 and what went wrong with a weld.
Cale Ross tells me about his 2nd place finish at New Egypt and how he lost the lead late in the race.
Keith Stevenson recapped his racing background as he hot lapped his Sportsman in Canandaigua.
Zack Sam spoke about his practice one week ago and how close he is to that first feature win.

Keep your fingers crossed today as we hope all the weather that was around last night and early this morning is long gone and we can go racing today. A few venues have already cancelled and I am hoping that the rain is not so much that it causes the season opener to go away at Land of Legends where I will be tonight doing some work behind the mic.
 
I wasn’t sure though so I did save a couple of conversations from the can just in case. And on the site today we welcome to new people in Cale Ross and Zack Sam. And if we have not gotten to your favorite driver yet please let me know and we’ll track them down for you.
 
Now let’s chat more about what’s on the Audio Page today starting with three Modified drivers. Phil Vigneri III described how his first ever laps in a big block felt, a problem he had in the practice Wednesday and runs down his plans for the upcoming season. 
 
Tyler Thompson explained why he was shaking down his 358 and what went wrong with a weld on the panhard bar as well as what he has planned for this weekend and beyond. 
 
Cale Ross tells me about his 2nd place finish at New Egypt one week ago, how he lost the lead late in the race and how they got an engine in the car after problems the week before. 
 
Keith Stevenson recapped his racing background as he hot lapped his Sportsman in Canandaigua one week ago, described an issue they had with the carb and what he has planned this season. 
 
Zack Sam spoke about his practice one week ago, how close he feels he is to that first feature win and remembered his horrible start to the 2018 season at Genesee.  
 
Friday, April 19th 2019
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Eldon Payne Jr. recapped his fifth place finish at Outlaw Speedway and what he liked about his car.
Darryl Ruggles talked about a rear end issue he had at a recent practice and a stumbling engine.
Blane Smith got in his 1st laps of the year and told me about his goals with his son’s car on Wednesday.
Jennifer Martin previews the coming season at Ransomville Speedway as she watched practice laps.

Thursday was nice although we are really hoping today and the rest of the weekend are just as nice. The forecast is ever changing so we’ll just have to sit back and see what happens.

These are the times that make racers ger gray hair. When it is a 100% and everyone knows we aren’t racing it’s one thing. And obviously when there is very little chance of rain we can deal with that too but when it’s like it is for this weekend you just don’t know. Plus throw in soggy pit areas and parking lots and it makes it that much murkier.

So we’ll just sit back and roll with it. I still have some stuff in the can as Outlaw Speedway is the only local track running tonight where tomorrow is the Land of Legends Raceway opener. Keep your fingers crossed and we’ll see what happens.
 
Now let’s chat more about what is on the Audio Page for you today starting out with a man who is hoping to improve in one particular area this year. Eldon Payne Jr. recapped his fifth place finish at Outlaw Speedway this past Saturday, what he was most pleased with about the day and commented on his son’s first laps at Land of Legends. 
 
Darryl Ruggles talked about a rear end issue he had at a recent practice, a stumbling engine with his daughter’s car and his plans to race twice this weekend beginning tonight! 
 
Blane Smith got in his 1st laps of the year on Wednesday night and told me about his goals with his son’s car on Wednesday as well as how his own Street Stock is coming along. 
 
Jennifer Martin previews the coming season at Ransomville Speedway, highlights some of the dates including the first practice as she watched her husband and son take some practice laps.   
 
Thursday, April 18th 2019
   New on the Audio Page from the Land of Legends Raceway practice:
 
Steve Paine talked about getting a win in the 70 lap Modified race last Saturday at Outlaw Speedway.
Mike Welch looked fast in his practice sessions and talked about the Street Stock he’ll be driving.
Dave Marcuccilli recapped his 11th place last Saturday in the Super DIRTcar Series race at Can Am.
Rick Crego got ready for his very first laps of the season and talked about his goals for the practice.
Max Hill took his first laps ever at the track and described the warm welcome he had on the radio.

It was a really nice day on Wednesday and I got end it by going to another practice at Land of Legends Raceway in Canandaigua. There was a nice field of cars on hand and we had a ball. Nobody bounced off of anything either so it was a good day across the board.
 
I just hope we get a break this weekend as Mother Nature seems to be in her typical April mood. I am hoping we have a window on Saturday and then maybe later in the day on Sunday too as now that I have been to a few practices I am ready to see some racing. Keep your fingers crossed.
 
Now let’s chat more about what is on the Audio Page from last night at Land of Legends starting out with a request. Steve Paine talked about getting a win in the 70 lap Modified race last Saturday at Outlaw Speedway, how much he enjoys the car he won with as well as how impressed he was with his oldest son Billy. 
 
Mike Welch looked fast in his practice sessions and talked about the newer Street Stock he’ll be driving at Land of Legends as well as how it is different than what he has driven in the past. 
 
Dave Marcuccilli recapped his 11th place this past Saturday in the Super DIRTcar Series race at Can Am, explained how happy he was to race back up from the ack to that spot and what they were trying to learn on Wednesday night. 
 
Rick Crego got ready for his very first laps of the season and talked about his goals for the practice at Land of Legends Raceway as well as why he will not be running for points.  
 
Max Hill took his first laps ever at the track and described the warm welcome he had on the radio while pulling on to the track as well as how happy he was with his practice laps.  
 
Wednesday, April 17th 2019
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Scott Kerwin talked about the W-16 powered car he hot lapped and why his plans changed this year.
Kevin Root tells me how he won in his first start of the year Saturday at Outlaw Speedway in Dundee.
Sam Hoxie showed up with the plain white Sportsman and talked about his transition from karting.

We’ve got a nice mix for you today as we have three new chats up for you today on the Audio Page. I had a nice day off and am hoping to get another whiff or two of racefuel today at the Land of Legends Practice session. I hope to see you there!
 
I am so happy that we are where we are right now compared to a few months ago. Within the next few weeks all the tracks will be open and we’ll be at full song as a community. It has been so long it seems and I am so happy to finally be seeing some of you at the tracks. And I hope we have a great weekend.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page starting with a driver who was shaking down a car for a fellow driver this past weekend. Scott Kerwin talked about the W-16 powered car he hot lapped on Saturday, explained why his plans changed this year and remembered a freak rainstorm at Ransomville that took out almost the entire field. 
 
Kevin Root tells me how he won in his first start of the year Saturday at Outlaw Speedway in Dundee, describes an incident that happened after the first caution that took the cars off the track and runs down his plans for the season. 
 
Sam Hoxie showed up with the plain white Sportsman and talked about his transition from karting as well as how he did in his first season running in the New Legends division at Land of Legends.  
 
Tuesday, April 16th 2019
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Paul Habeck offered his thoughts after some hot laps and talked about his long road to the racetrack.
Wayne Bradley Jr. talked about getting paralyzed last summer and his comeback in a Street Stock.  
Tony Veneziano reports on the World of Outlaws Sprint Cars as they raced at Devil’s Bowl in Texas.
 
Ok, now the cold weather is out of here and we can get back to getting closer to spring and summer like weather. Heck, we may hit 70 degrees later this week. And some of the rain they were predicting is now not on the forecast so let’s hope this is the turning point for the year.
 
I have a couple of inspiring interviews up today as we meet with a pair of racers who are just happy to be at the track. Each has their own unique story and I know you’ll like them both. And of course we have our Tuesday special on the greatest Sprint Car drivers on the planet too.
 
I’ll be off today as we’re doing a few things with the kids today before hopefully heading out for practice number two at Land of Legends Raceway. I’m planning on either Friday or Sunday for race day this weekend so we’ll see how things look and make a decision as that day gets closer.
 
Now let’s chat more about what’s on the Audio Page with a friend we’ve known for a while and a new friend we met on Saturday. Paul Habeck offered his thoughts after some hot lapping his Sprint Car on Saturday and talked about his long road back to the racetrack after cancer as well as his hopes for this season. 
 
Wayne Bradley Jr. talked about getting paralyzed last summer in a demolition derby, described how he persevered afterwards and why he decided to race a Street Stock this season. We wish you all the best Wayne! 
 
Tony Veneziano reports on the World of Outlaws Sprint Cars as they raced at Devil’s Bowl in Texas, looks over the super tight three way point’s battle at the top and remembers the start of the WoO back in the late 70’s.  
 
Monday, April 15th 2019
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Billy Pauch Jr. talks about his win at New Egypt Speedway after finishing 2nd in their season opener.
Lance Dusett got ready for his first laps of the year and talked about how calm he was in the pits.  
Jeff Davoli summed up how his practice laps went at Land of Legends and why he went a little high.

You know it’s Sunday when it’s raining in Central New York. Yeah, once again that was the case yesterday as once again Utica Rome Speedway loses their season opener. Mother Nature is just being cruel isn’t she? Hopefully she’ll be in a better mood next weekend huh?
 
I got work done in the studio in between NBA playoff games as both Allie and I are laser focused after a bunch of upsets on Saturday. My kids are off this week as is my teacher wife so we’re gonna make sure we do some fun things with them on their spring break. And I don’t have to get up at 8 in the morning either. It’s gonna be a fun week!
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page beginning with a winner from Saturday night in New Jersey. Billy Pauch Jr. talks about his win at New Egypt Speedway after finishing 2nd in their season opener the week before, explained how good his car was after coming from 16th place and how he out-experienced the race leader for the victory. 
 
Lance Dusett got ready for his first laps of the year and talked about how calm he was in the pits beforehand as well as what he hoped would happen on Saturday. Tough luck for Lance as they headed back to the pits early with an apparent engine issue. Oh man! 
 
Jeff Davoli summed up how his practice laps went at Land of Legends and why he went a little high into the grass on one lap as well as how happy he was overall with his first laps of the season. And yeah, turning that spoiler around makes a HUGE difference.  
 
     
 
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