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Friday, May 10th 2019
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Billy Van Pelt talks about his Modified win at Woodhull and recaps his first three races of 2019.
Dave Constantino tells me how he won the Modified feature in just his fourth big block start.
Jack Meeks started his season off with a win at Fulton and told me about his happy birthday.

We have a nice line-up for you today as we visit with some feature winners from the weekend and hope that today is not as rainy as the prognosticators say it will be. Brewerton pulled the plug yesterday afternoon and we hope your Friday night home fairs a little better. Best of luck guys and gals.
 
Now with a rainout in my forecast I got busy and even set up a few things for today so be sure to come back tomorrow as we may have four new chats for you. I’ll be back at Land of Legends and back in the pits as I love being where all the action is and with my friends. Sure, calling races is fun but I am totally grooving on this and I get to ride around in a cool four wheeler. Yep, sign me up! And thanks for trusting me with your ride Jim!
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page as we hope to see a lot of racing this weekend. Billy Van Pelt talks about his Modified win at Woodhull this past Saturday, explains what makes his new car different than before and recaps his first three races of 2019.   
 
Dave Constantino tells me how he won the Modified feature in just his fourth big block start, explains how he worked the outside to pass two experienced shoes and the new shop for DKM fabrication. 
 
Jack Meeks started his season off with his first ever win at Fulton and told me about the car they worked on since last summer as well as his happy birthday on Thursday.  
 
Thursday, May 9th 2019
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Matt Janczuk tells me about his Sportsman win at Fulton and his hopes for a rain free Sunday.
Nate Peckham spoke about his Sportsman efforts for this year and talked about his 2019 race plans.
Hear some of the Motor Sounds that were in the pit area Saturday at Land of Legends Raceway.

I had a nice semi-day off on Wednesday as we opened the pool, got in some basketball and got caught up on some much needed lawn work. With all that rain the lawn was tall and wet so there was a lot to do and it took a good amount of time.

I am now out of stuff and will be back at it again today with hopes to see some racing on Friday. I know, they say we have very little chance of seeing racing but you never know. I am getting desperate after having so much fun last Saturday that I wanna get right back at it but Mother Nature keeps getting in the way. At least I know I am not alone in my frustrations.

Now let’s chat more about what I have for you on the Audio Page finishing up with a long clip I know you’ll wanna put in the background and just listen to. Matt Janczuk tells me about his Sportsman win at Fulton Speedway on Saturday night, how good the racetrack was for their season opener and his hopes for a rain free Sunday. 
 
Nate Peckham spoke about his Sportsman efforts for this year and talked about his 2019 race plans that include some asphalt racing as well as his years running Enduros at Weedsport. 
 
Hear some of the Motor Sounds that were in the pit area Saturday at Land of Legends Raceway as they first fired up for the early practice laps on the still very tacky half mile. It’s a nice long one. Hit play and turn it up!!!   
 
Wednesday, May 8th 2019
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Derrick Podsiadlo offered his thoughts as we both stood in the mist Saturday night in Canandaigua.
Luke Horning talked about his Pro Stock win at Fonda Speedway and some changes to his racecar.
Matt Roberts is back behind the wheel of an IMCA Mod and talked about his Thunder Mountain win.
Lenny Sammons previews this week’s AARN and talks about some early season trends in the N. East.
 
Rain was once again the big story on Tuesday as the Super DIRTCar Series race was rained out at Outlaw Speedway in Dundee. For a while it looked like the weather was going to stay north but once it dropped south it pummeled the place. We had rain in the Syracuse area for hours on end and it was a lot. C’mon Mother Nature…cut us some slack please!
 
I used my time well getting a lot done in the studio and I still have a long list of people to call today. At least we have some Saturday action to talk about and we’re hoping for at least two days of racing this weekend. Keep your fingers crossed!
 
Now let’s chat more about what’s on the Audio Page starting with some racers who were at the racetracks this past Saturday. Derrick Podsiadlo offered his thoughts as we both stood in the mist Saturday night in Canandaigua and talked about switching up his cars for 2019 as well as how the weather is affecting his mood. 
 
Luke Horning talked about his Pro Stock win at Fonda Speedway, explained how he held off a good friend in the closing laps and describes some changes he made to his racecar during the off-season. 
 
Matt Roberts is back behind the wheel of an IMCA Modified and talked about his Thunder Mountain win on opening day while recapping what he has been doing the past few seasons. 
 
Lenny Sammons previews this week’s AARN and talks about some early season trends in the Northeast as well as how much of a factor the weather has been so far. C’mon sunshine!  
 
Tuesday, May 7th 2019
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Matt Sheppard talks about his winning month in April and what makes each of his wins different.  
Ryan Watt explains how he erased a straightaway lead and won with a last lap, last corner pass.
Billy Dunn tells me about the big block he had at Canandaigua and his hopes for Utica Rome as well.
Tony Veneziano reports on the World of Outlaw Sprint Car Series as they rained twice last weekend.
 
What a great day it was on Monday. I dug out my shorts and showed off my milky white legs because I could. I didn’t care how I looked I was just happy to be wearing shorts for the first time and hopefully not the last time anytime soon.
 
Keep your fingers crossed today as the Super DIRTcar Series is set to take on Outlaw Speedway. It will be a wide open show as the track does not run Hoosier Tires so even the regulars will not be able to use their regular Friday night set ups. There is supposed to be a line coming through with potentially damaging winds, hail and maybe even a tornado. Let’s hope they’re wrong as they have been on every other storm so far this spring. C’mon Mother Nature…cut us a break!
 
Now let’s chat more abut what’s on the Audio Page for today as we bring you an all-star line-up of Modified racers. Matt Sheppard talks about his winning month in April, the different combinations he has won at and how cool it was to win at tracks he doesn’t run much. It could be a tough year for the competition!
 
Ryan Watt explains how he erased a straightaway lead and won with a last lap, last corner pass at Bridgeport on Saturday as well as his plans to race today at Outlaw Speedway. 
 
Billy Dunn tells me about the big block he had at Canandaigua, his hopes for Utica Rome and the need to shake down the 358 Modified which has yet to hit the track. 
 
Tony Veneziano reports on the World of Outlaw Sprint Car Series as they rained twice last weekend and looks ahead to Eldora and a trip through Pennsylvania & New York.  
 
Monday, May 6th 2019
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Justin Haers spoke about the two Modifieds in his trailer and told me how he decided which one.
Jared Zimbardi told me about his 2018 season and the unique Sprint Car he was running Saturday.
Joe Trenca described the conditions he was seeing on Saturday and his hopes to get on the track.
Nick Cooper explained why his team took some time off and why they returned with a Sportsman.
 
Sunday once again saw some rain hit our area and depending on where you were you may have got a good amount of like we did in Liverpool, a somewhat steady drizzle. Weedsport Speedway got their practice in but once again Utica Rome fell victim to the weather. From what I heard they tried and tried but that rain from the south just kept coming.

I feel badly for everyone involved here as there is not much you can do when you get weather like this seemingly every Sunday. The track wants to race, the drivers want to race they just can’t catch a break. Let’s all hope this wet weather from April won’t hold over much longer.
 
Camille went to a re-union show for a band that used to play back in the early 80’s. We know a couple of the guys from Full Tilt and the show was under a tent at Ricky Breed’s property. Yeah, ex-racer and unofficial mayor of Memphis, New York Ricky Breed. We had a great time and stayed dry for the most part. It was a nice date night for me and my wife as we don’t get many of those, especially in the summer.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have on the Audio Page for today starting with an early conversation from last night as the mist was falling. Justin Haers spoke about the two Modifieds in his trailer for the season opener in Canandaigua and told me how he decided which one to use while thinking back on his first race up at Can Am. 
 
Jared Zimbardi told me about his 2018 season as he split time between 360’s & 410’s, his plans this year to focus more on 360’s and the unique Sprint Car he was debuting Saturday at Land of Legends. 
 
Joe Trenca described the conditions he was seeing on Saturday at Land of Legends, how happy he was with the promoter’s decision to go for it on a misty night and his hopes to get on the track. Yeah, Joe wanted to race! 
 
Nick Cooper explained why his team took some time off from the track, why they returned with a Sportsman and what they plan to do this season.  
 
Sunday, May 5th 2019
   New on the Audio Page from a wet and misty Land of Legends Raceway:
 
Before the features:
John Tiff talked about seeing his Sprint Car buddies and previewed today at Utica Rome Speedway.
Parker Smith spoke with me and the crowd at Land of Legends after his Street Stock heat victory. 
Adam DePuy walked us through his dramatic last lap pass to win the second Street Stock heat race.
Jeff Trombley won the first 305 Sprint Car heat race and told me how hard he raced the outside.
Justin Miles was on the video board speaking with me after his win in the second 305 Sprint race.
Mike Stanton chatted with me after getting off the scales and winning Sportsman heat number 1.
Kane Bristol took the win in the second Sportsman heat and talked about how good his car was.
Ricky Newton pulled away to win his Sportsman heat race from the outside pole starting spot.
Loren Lincoln finished first in the final Sportsman qualifier and talked about his off season work.
Thomas Radivoy was fastest in the first Patriot Sprint Tour heat and talked about his big win.
Shawn Donath never lifted in his Patriot Sprint Tour win and spoke about being on a tacky track.
Paulie Colagiovanni took the lead on a restart and spoke to me about winning heat number 3.
Pete Richardson got the win in his Patriot Sprint Tour heat and the man who builds his engines.
Erick Rudolph won the first Modified heat and spoke about how a problem he had in the race.
Adam Roberts spoke with me in his pit area after his Mod heat win and talked about being tight.
 
After the features and A-Main:
Adam DePuy defended his championship with an opening day win and spoke about the track.
Chuck Hebing blew away the field for a PST A-Main win and explained why he didn’t lift at all.
Matt Sheppard pulled away on a restart to win the feature and talked about winning 6 in a row.
Kane Bristol described how he did something he had never done before, win on opening day.
Johnny Kolosek got out of his car and greeted the fans after his career first 305 Sprint victory.
Alex Payne reacted to winning his first Sportsman B-Main and talked about how he stayed calm.
 
It was the season opener at Land of Legends Raceway and to say it got off to a good start would not be accurate. It was a muddy mess and a persistent drizzle greeted those of us who got there early and a traffic jam ensued as we had to detour around the regular route from the thruway.

Once we got in there were haulers everywhere including outside the racetrack. Many spots were just too wet to park but a bulldozer and a front loader were on hand to help things along both before and afterward. There were not a lot of smiles until they started to work that racetrack in and then things got better in a hurry.
 
A super fast, super tacky and surprisingly smooth surface saw some unbelievable racing and some unbelievable lap times. The Patriot Sprint Tour lap times were in the 14 second range which is anywhere from 120-130 mph average so they had to be darned close to 150 mph on the backstretch. They were flying in what has to be some of the fastest laps ever turned at the sweepy half mile. Yeah, I made a word up there or is my spellchecker wrong?
 
I did pit reporting and victory lanes and we broadcast live on the big screen as I spoke to the heat winners right after they got off the scales. After a few to get a rhythm going we sailed smoothly through the rest of the night. So you’ll notice these heat winning interviews are a little different than usual as I walk you through the whole thing as it happens. They had to be tight and fast as we only had a quick moment before the next race began.
 
All the night’s winners except one are on the page today and I’ll have some pre-race stuff up tomorrow and a Doug’s Thoughts on the whole night later in the week. Plus I did a super long motor sounds clip that I know some of you will like. I had a lot more fun that I thought I would and really enjoyed the fast pace as well as being in the middle of the action. I loved it!
 
I am going to a concert to hear some friends play in a much anticipated reunion show. But with lots of racing to talk about from the weekend I’ll have lots of people to call this week.

Enjoy your Sunday. Don’t forget Utica Rome has their opener today. Support local racing both with your dollars and your kind words on line. Have a great day. 
 
Saturday, May 4th 2019
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Ricky Breed remembers his stock car racing days and talks about his new job flagging at Fulton.
In the latest Doug’s Thoughts I wish all of you racing tonight and tomorrow all the best on the track.
 
Keep your fingers crossed for today and let’s hope Mother Nature is done with us for the weekend. I hope you all have a great time no matter where you go tonight and I hope the racing is good and safe as these early races always make me nervous.
 
I know you all have worked hard and I also know that all that hard work does not mean that everyone will have success tonight. It’s a long season and I hope it will be a great one for all of you. You guys work so hard it’s almost not fair that some of you are gonna wreck, some are gonna have a parts failure but some of you are going to start out with a run better than you thought too.

No matter what don’t let one night define your season. Do the best you can. Carry yourself with class and show respect to your fellow racers, the track you race at and the sport in general. And most of all…have fun.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page starting with a man many of you know from stock car racing in the 90’s and 2000’s. Ricky Breed remembers his stock car racing days, the time a mouse shared the spotlight with him in victory lane and talks about his new job flagging at Fulton. 
 
In the latest Doug’s Thoughts I wish all of youracing tonight and tomorrow all the best on the track. Be safe tonight boys and girls and have fun!  
 
     
 
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