|Monday, June 17th 2019
| New on the Audio Page for today:
Jeff Crambo explains why he took some time off from racing and how he has been doing this season.
John Lutes talked about the three tracks he has been racing at and his quest for his first win since 2016.
Tommy Oleski Jr. got ready for just his fourth Sportsman race and tells me how he is doing in the car.
In my Doug's Thoughts I recap our first 3 races with Allie and wish you all a very Happy Father's Day.
I had a great Father's Day and a great weekend. I hope you all did too. I only did one clip yesterday as I did not wanna bother people on Father's Day especially when all of you were not at the tracks due to the rainy weather. I hope you all got time to spend with your dad, your kids and even your grandkids.
My wife made my favorite lasagna dinner and my dad came over to eat with us and watcn the US Open from Pebble Beach. We had a nice time and now today I am ready to get back at it and get busy in the studio. I could use some requests and already have a few other interviews on the docket so it should be a fun week.
Now let's chat more about what you can listen to on the Audio Page in a little more detail. Jeff Crambo explains why he took some time off from racing, why he decided it was time to race again and how he has been doing so far in 2019 as he wonders when he will be be racing with his young son.
John Lutes talked about the three tracks he has been racing at and how he is adjusting to American Racer tires after years on Hoosiers as well as his hopes to pick up his first feature win since 2016.
Tommy Oleski Jr. got ready for just his fourth Sportsman race and tells me how he is doing in the car after many years racing karts as well as what it is like racing against his brother with dad turning the wrenches.
In my latest Doug's Thoughts I recap our first 3 race nights with Allie at Paradise, Penn Can and Five Mile Point Speedways, explain why I feel so fortunate in so many different ways and wish you all a Happy Father's Day.
|Sunday, June 16th 2019
| New on the Audio Page from Five Mile Point Speedway:
Brandon Walters tells me how his season has been going so far as he has won three feature races.
Devon Zona talked about his Sportsman heat win and described how good the wet track surface was.
Alissa Cody led every lap to win her Modified heat race and talked about a big problem in hot laps.
Jesse Kline told me about his Modified heat race win and what they were seeing on the spark plugs.
Brad Weaver won his heat race from the outside pole and explained how he picked up a Mod ride.
It was a wet night with a few delays before a sudden stop but I never had so much fun at a track when multiple weather delays were in place. We went back to Five Mile Point for the first time since 2018 and we had a great time. The light rain made the track super fast and super fun. Sure, we had some delays but the racing was fun and fast. I know fans watch radar too and many stayed home but you missed a night that we don't often get too much.
You see I've always said that the perfect days for dirt racing are nights like last night although maybe with just a little less rain. If you could have a mist come in every few minutes and no sun you would have the ultimate dirt racing surface. Sure, you'll need to do a few mud laps here and there but boy that track works in fast and gets wide quickly too. Again, most fun I've had on a rainy night in quite some time.
It was nice to see the next generation of Harpell's running the track with their dads and thier grandma all there too. I had a great conversation with the matriarch of the Harpell family in the tower during the rain delay and I really, really enjoyed. She used to read my column and rememered when Allie sun the national anthem a few years ago at the track. Again, fun night!
As for Allie and the DMNT, the track worked with us and moved us up so we did only heats and a feature with no hot laps. Allie did well in her heat with no practice laps and even after asking directions throught the pits to get to the chute. She had a transmisssion issue again in the feature and some serious work is in order. But we believe we have a fix we can do today so she can shift into high but the good news is that there is a two week break from racing so Derrick and Pete will have time to get the tranny out and fix it by the time we hit Airborne on the 29th.
We are on the slate for today at Utica Rome but we'll see how the weather goes. Allie is really looking forward to this one as she knows a lot of folks who will race there later today. I'll try to get more done today and have a few interviews in the can. And I've set up lots more this week so we'll be fine.
I hope you all have a great Sunday and we hope to see you all back here tomorrow.
|Saturday, June 15th 2019
| New on the Audio Page from Penn Can Speedway:
Doug Stack talks about his Street Stock heat win and what he had to do to hold off second place.
Dominic Roselli got the win in the first Modified heat and talked about starting from 5th later on.
Brian Malcolm told me about his second place finish in his heat and how racing ATVs helped him.
Alan Barker worked the top to win his heat and talked about his Friday night ride in the 77 Modified.
Robert Johnson described how good he was as he pulled out to a big lead in his DMNT victory.
Brad Litzenberger won the Vintage portion of the DMNT feature and talked about changes to his ride.
Well I did not get nearly the work done that I was hoping to get done. Of course it was Allie's first race with the Dirt Modified Nostalgia Tour and she had some early troubles before an incident free, green to checkered feature. Plus I was in the booth to announce the races so I just need to find balance on these busy nights while keeping in mind that the DMNT is job number one on the nights they run.
We'll be at Five Mile Point Speedway tonight hoping that the weather forecasts they are talking about are wrong and hoping that Sunday is dry too as we head to Utica Rome Speedway. Penn Can was fun and Allie enjoyed getting to take laps at a track that she has been a fan of for a long time.
She had some transmission issues that probably were from her inexperince witrh the shifting but she learned a lot and is now ready to go tonight. A big thanks goes out to Promoter Chad Towner and everyone at the track for their assistance and patience. Allie felt badly as she did dealy the show but Chad came down and reassured her that everything was alright. It was very cool of him to do that and we cannot tell you how much we truly appreciate it. Thanks everyone!!!
Now today we are ready to go at it again as the whole family will be joining me later today and tomorrow. It's gonna be fun so look for more Facebook live videos and pictures as we live a totally different part of the sport than we ever have before. It's gonna be a wild summer and we are happy, thankful and stoked.
Best of luck to all of you who are racing today and we hope your day and night goes smoothly.
|Friday, June 14th 2019
| New on the Audio Page for today:
Kyle DeMetro tells me how he is doing so far in his small block and what it's like racing big blocks.
Tim Murphy told me about his two races at Brewerton and explains how he is gaining on the field.
A.J. Lloyd told me about his Sportsman at Land of Legends and looked ahead to a very busy day.
Chad Towner previews tonight at Penn Can Speedway and sums up the first four weeks of racing.
It was a rainy day on Thursday as The Gladaitor was rained out at Genesee Speedway. They have rescheduled that race for Thursday, July 25th which is good for me as I can go that day. And if you wondered, it rained several times after the annoucement as we had showers in the area till past midnight.
I'll be on the road today for Allie's first race with the Dirt Modified Nostalgia Tour as we visit Penn Can Speedway in Northern Pennsylvania. All three of the tracks we will visit this weekend have a special place in Allie's heart and mine too and we can't wait to hit the track...although she is nervous. Who could blame her right? And wait till you see the #75 Challenger she is driving. It kicks butt and looks great! Nice job guys.
Now let's chat more about what we have on the Audio Page for today starting with a pair of Modified drivers from here in Central New York. Kyle DeMetro tells me how he is doing so far in his small block and what it's like racing against big blocks at Brewerton as he hopes to get racing more on Sundays at Utica Rome.
Tim Murphy told me about his two races at Brewerton and explains how he is gaining on the field as he gets more seat time as well as what he does not worry about as he races against some of the sport's drivers.
A.J. Lloyd told me about his Sportsman at Land of Legends as he looked ahead to a very busy day, described what it is like with the peft side panhard bar and his hopes for a consolation race later in the evening.
Chad Towner previews tonight at Penn Can Speedway and sums up the first four weeks of racing while describing how much the car counts are up this year at the track. We'll see you there tonight!
|Thursday, June 13th 2019
| New on the Audio Page for today:
Tyler Trump just finished hot laps and talked about racing a 358 versus big blocks at Brewerton.
A.J. Kingsley described his first small block race at Fulton and wondered about levels in the fuel cell.
Willy Decker remembered his Fulton Speedway Sportsman win as he got ready to race at Brewerton.
Tyler Vinson tells me how his sophomore season is going after moving up to a full fledged Sportsman.
Carl Whittaker told me what got him into racing last season and how he's doing in his Street Stock.
Allie and I had a GREAT time on Wednesday as we met the #75 Dirt Modified Nostalgia Tour car at Paradise Speedway and got to turn some laps. Jeff Ciglich brought the car down from Canada and car builder Derrick Flynn met us at the track and we got into four sessions each eight laps long. She started slowly but got going faster quicker than we all thought, Allie included, and are now feeling much better as the tour goes to Penn Can, Five Mile Point and Utica Rome Speedways this weekend.
If you are a Facebook friend of mine check it out as we did two live hits that inlcuded some pre race thoughts from Allie, just like we've been doing with the Microd, and her second session on the track. We also saw a lot of friends there and thanks to all of you who came out to root Allie on. It meant the world to her. THANK YOU.
I'll be in the studio today and have a lot to do as I am way behind on calls. I was climbing the walls on Wednesday and so was Allie but as soon as we got out of the car the calmness took over and it was smooth sailing from there. I'll have the rest of my stuff from last weekend up as well as whatever I can do today in the studio.
Now here is more about what is on the Audio Page today as we begin with a pair of newer drivers to the 358 Modified division. Tyler Trump just finished hot laps and talked about racing a small block against the big blocks at Brewerton as well as the bigger than expected Modified cars counts at Fulton Speedway.
A.J. Kingsley described his first small block race at Fulton, explained why it was so much different from what he has ben doing in recent years and wondered about levels in the fuel cell as we asked members of the Sears family. Hmm, not sure if we figured that out or not?
Willy Decker remembered his Fulton Speedway Sportsman win as he got ready to race at Brewerton, wondered how much was the new car and how much was the driver as he notched his first ever win in the division.
Tyler Vinson tells me how his sophomore season is going after moving up to a full fledged Sportsman from Novice, how cool it felt to win a heat the race before and what he is learning right now as he races in tight confines against a full field.
Carl Whittaker told me what got him into racing last season as a 34 year old rookie, how he's doing in his Street Stock now and what they are trying to get the car to do as he races against a pair of his old high school friends. Nice one here especially for those of you who have always wanted to race!
|Wednesday, June 12th 2019
| New on the Audio Page for today:
Danny Varin recapped his weekend that included top 5's with the AllStars and a Modified featrure win.
Phil Vigneri previews The Gladiator at Genesee Speedway this Thursday and talked about the race.
Tim Devendorf talks about his return to dirt racing in a Sportsman at a track he knows from Mod Lites.
Brent Joy has six races under his belt so far this year and described what it like running on coil springs.
Aksul Jensen tells me about his Street Stock win at Outlaw, his first ever feature win in his career.
I had a nice day on Tuesday as I got caught up on som things here at the house and did some chatting in the studio. I'll be back with more tomorrow as we are heading to Paradise Speedway tonight to get Allier her first laps in the Vintage Modified. Come on out and join us and watch a young lady learn as she makes the move from a Microd to a full sized car.
Of course we're not sure how this will go but Derrick Flynn has a plan to teach her throttle control first as she will take her first ever laps on dirt. What a great opportunity for her and it's a great opportunity for you to see someone learn lap after lap as we have races this weekend at Penn Can, Five Mile Point and Utica Rome. One thing we do know is that both her and I will know alot more by this time next week...that's for sure.
Now let's chat more about what is new for today on the Audio Page starting with a young man who is coming off of a pretty darned good weekend. Danny Varin recapped his weekend that included a pair of top 5's with the All Stars, how close he came to winning at Weedsport and a Modified featrure win at Fonda Speedway as they ran two 20's.
Phil Vigneri previews The Gladiator at Genesee Speedway this Thursday and talked about the Modified rules for the race as well as the way the qualifying will work for this $2000 to win, $200 to statt event.
Tim Devendorf talks about his return to dirt racing in a Sportsman at a track he knows from Mod Lites, explains how he worked out a deal to do so and describes how things are going so far in 2019.
Brent Joy has six races under his belt so far this year and described what it like running on coil springs with a crate engine as well as what he is thinking as he evaluates what might be the best set up at all three of his tracks.
Aksul Jensen tells me about his Street Stock win at Outlaw, his first ever feature win in his career, described a handling condition he fixed and compared the cars of today to what they were fifteen years ago when he drove Super Stocks.
|Tuesday, June 11th 2019
| New on the Audio Page for today:
Willy Decker explains why he has been sidelined the last few weeks and when they hope to return.
Jeff Daugherty talked about getting ready for his second Modified race and how he finds balance.
Jason Doty tells me how he Street Stock is doing at Canandaigua and some tough luck so far in '19.
Tony Veneziano reports on the World of Outlaws and a change at the top of the series point stanings.
I had a good day on Monday although I forgot that we were celebrating my wife's birthday officially on Monday. I went and got her Mother and then brought her back home so I only got one interview done in the studio. Good news is that there is nothing on my planner today except an eye exam this afternoon so I should be good to go today.
We're excited about this weekend as the Dirt Modified Nostalgia Tour has races at Penn Can, Five Mile Point and Utica Rome Speedways. I'll be chatting alot about them as well as the other divisions on the card that night. Wee look forward to getting back to these places and are hopeful for some practice laps tomorrow at Paradise Speedway.
Now let's chat more about what we have on the Audio Page for today starting with a driver who is waiting on a motor. Willy Decker explains why he has been sidelined the last few weeks and when they hope to return to the racetrack as well as what it is like racing at a different Saturday night track than his son.
Jeff Daugherty talked about getting ready for just his second Modified race of the season, how he is enjoying his hgih school life and where we may see him race this season.
Jason Doty tells me how he Street Stock is doing at Canandaigua and some tough he has had in his first few weeks as well as how many people he races against that went to high school with him.
Tony Veneziano reports on the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series, a change at the top of the point stanings and how something that had not happened in years helped make that change happen.
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