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Saturday, July 6th 2019
   New on the Audio Page for today:

Billy Pauch Sr. talks about his ride in the Ray Graham #1 and tells me what their plans are as of now. 
Mike Mahaney described some problems they had getting to the race and gives a grade on his season.
Danny Serrano tells me about his racing trip to Central New York and previews tonight at Bridgeport. 
Derrick Flynn describes how Allie Elkins has done in 3 races with the Dirt Modified Nostalgia Tour. 

I had a much needed day off on Friday after two hot nights of racing at Fonda and Land of Legends and I spent it by the pool and with my family. I was pretty whipped when I got home Thursday night and since it was still 84 degrees at midnight I cooled off in the pool before getting my work done.

I'll be back at Land of Legends Raceway tonight and hoping that the forecasts we are seeing for today are wrong. And if you were there Thursday night and have not been to a regular Saturday night show then you haven't see what we've been doing. With the Super DIRTcar Series in town for Thursday they take over and many of the people who work there are off, including myself. We interview heat race winners live on the big screen which gives you info on the cars, the track and other insghts one can't get by sitting in a tower all night. Come on out...I know you'll love it as we give you more at the track than most.

Now let's chat more about what is up for today on the Audio Page starting with a suprise in the pit area on Thursday night. Billy Pauch Sr. talks about his ride in the Ray Graham #1 on Thursday night in Canandaigua, analyzes how he did in the Super DIRTcar Series race and tells me what their plans are as of now. 

Mike Mahaney described some problems they had getting to the track and describes some of the work it takes to do what he does and gives himself a letter grade on his season so far.

Danny Serrano tells me about his racing trip to Central New York as he visited Fonda and Land of Legends and previews tonight at Bridgeport Speedway where they return to the big 5/8 mile track. 

Derrick Flynn describes how Allie Elkins has done in 3 races with the Dirt Modified Nostalgia Tour. explains what the goals are for each race and what he tells her to keep her focused and calm. 
 
Friday, July 5th 2019
   New on the Audio Page for today from Land of Legends Raceway:

Paulie Colagiovanni talked about his win in the first ESS heat and wondered how he would be later. 
Larry Wight brought out a brand new Sprint Car and talked about how the racetrack was in his win. 
Chuck Hebing looked to make a pill change on his Sprint Car and spoke about his win in his heat.
Jason Barney got the win in his ESS Heat race and compared the track to what he saw 2 weeks ago. 
Larry Wight spoke with Steve Ovens after he led every lap in his win with the Super DIRTcar boys.
Pat Ward made a Gypsum team sweep in the heats and talked about how good his big block is now. 
Matt Sheppard led every lap to win his heat and talked with Steve Ovens about his hopes for later. 
Top 3 finishers Paulie ColagiovanniShawn Donath and Chuck Hebing talked about the ESS race.
 
Thursday, July 4th 2019
   New on the Audio Page from the Fonda Speedway:

After the heat races:

Mike Gular spoke with me after his win in the first qualifying heat race for the Firecracker 50 at Fonda.
Erick Rudolph bounced his way into a heat win and told me what he learned about the racetrack. 
Anthony Perrego won the third qualifying heat race and talked about looking at the wall in turn four. 
Stewart Friesen explained how the third attempt to take the lead worked and earned him a heat win. 

After the Firecracker 50:

Stewart Friesen celebrated after coming from a flat with 19 to go and talked about his last lap pass.
Matt Sheppard spoke to the crowd after finishing second and talked about being happy with the run.
Erick Rudolph led six laps before fading back to 3rd and talked about how things went in the late laps. 
Anthony Perrego described how his car improved in a long green flag run to work his way up to 4th.
Rocky Warner started 1st, finished 5th and talked about how he lost a spot late while trying to hold on.
Jessica Friesen led the early laps of the race and talked about when he motor blew ending her night. 

We had a fun night as Allie and I headed to Fonda Speedway for a Short Track Super Series race and each of us were working on the MAV-TV crew. I was color commentator with my good friend Paul Szmal while Allie was a Production Assistent in charge of the in-car cameras. It was the first time we'd worked togther and both Allie and I had a great time although I think she may be enjoyed it even more than me. She said she loved being right there working with the teams. 

It was quite the race too as Stewart Friesen came from a flat tire while leading on lap 31 and passed Matt Sheppard in the final corner as the checkered flag waved to take the win and the $10,000 first place prize. The crowd went wild and victory lane was packed wirth well wishers and fans. Yeah, it was quite the race.

Since I was also helping the crew in the pits I was limited in what I could do so I did only get three pre-race chats before things got going. I did my heat race interviews after the TV crew and was able to get three more after the race. Today will be different however as I'll be at Land of Legends Raceway for a 100 lap Super DIRTcar Series race and race number two of five for the Empire Super Sprints as they compete in Speedweek.

I'll have a lot more tomorrow and I will be back there on Saturday as well. I know weather could be an issue so those plans could change if the Saturday forecast goes south. If that does like the case I may swing to Brewerton on Friday or maybe add a Sunday instead. We'll see I guess.

I hope you all have a great Fourth of July and I hope you get to see as much racing as you want this weekend. I'll see you tomorrow guys and gals. 

 
 
Wednesday, July 3rd 2019
   New on the Audio Page for today:

Rocky Warner talks about win number four at Fonda and looks ahead to today's STSS 50 lapper. 
Ryan Dolbear remembers his time in Quarter Midgets and talks about moving up to a Sportsman. 
In the latest Doug's Thoughts I talks about our third race of the season last weekend in Plattsburgh. 

We had a nice day as we did some work in the studio and watched a lot of summer league basketball. In between Allie got in some I-Racing laps with our friend Jeff Barker and the afterwards she worked out and shot some hoops as her summer camp for the Liverpool Girls teams is in three weeks. Yeah, we got a lot goin in.

Today we'll be on the road to Fonda for the Firecracker 50. Its going to be a MAV-TV race and I'm gonna be on it. Cool right? I've always wanted to do one of those. Then on Thursday it's off to Land of Legends Raceway for a Super DIRTCar Series/ESS double header. Talk about fun right? 

It's gonna be quite the time alright but before I get to that lat's chat about what you can listen to on the Audio Page starting with a driver who is suprising himself right now as well as everyone else at Fonda. Rocky Warner talks about win number four at Fonda this past Saturday night, how suprised he is at how well things are going in his second season in a Modified and looks ahead to today's Short Track Super Series 50 lapper. 

Ryan Dolbear remembers his time in Quarter Midgets, describes some of what he learned that has helped him as he now drives a Sportsman and explained why he got out of racing before just recently getting back in. 

In the latest Doug's Thoughts I talks about our third race of the season with the Dirt Modified Noastalgia Tour last weekend in Plattsburgh, how the day went for us and look forward to our next races on July 12 and 13th at Brewerton and Fulton Speedways. 
 
Tuesday, July 2nd 2019
    New on the Audio Page for today:

Rob Bellinger talked about a steering issue at Can Am last week and evaluated his season so far. 
Scott Gauthier talks about his victory in the Nostalgia class as the DMNT visited Plattsburgh Airborne.
Tony Veneziano reports on the World of Outlaw Sprint Car Series at the 3 night Jackson Nationals. 

I spent a good part of the day catching up on chores before heading to the hospital to see Webmaster Andy. We're still hoping for a speedy recovery and we hope to see him back on his feet and back on two wheels again soon. We love you Andy and we're praying for the best outcome possible. 

Of course this has hit me hard too as it is a reminder to all of us how fargle our lives are. One oops can change your life forever or worse. Take care of yourselves and treasure each day. I mean how fortunate are a lot of us to be a part of a sport than is so misunderstood by those who have not participated in it. If you're a part of it, thank your lucky stars and never forget how fortunate you are. And seeing some of those kids at the Children's Hospital will break your heart.

But enough about that for now as it makes me so depressed so let's talk more about the new stuff we have for you to listen to today on the Audio Page starting out with a conversation from Thursday night in Fulton. Rob Bellinger talked about an issue at Can Am last week, when it got to the point where he felt it was time to pull off the track and evaluated how his season in a pair of Modifieds has gone so far. 

Scott Gauthier talks about his victory in the Nostalgia class as the DMNT visited Plattsburgh Airborne, described an issue they had on corner exit as well as what they did in the few minutes between races.

Tony Veneziano reports on the World of Outlaw Sprint Car Series in the state of Minnesota for the 3 night Jackson Nationals, described how different this season is compared to the last few and looks ahead to 3 races in 4 days. 
 
Monday, July 1st 2019
   New on the Audio Page with clips from Saturday at Plattsburgh Airborne Speedway:

Bobby Herrington talked about his hopes for Fulton last Thursday and 109 versus 112 octane fuel. 
Lance Willix recapped his Wednesday at Can Am and looked ahead to racing Monday in Plattsburgh. 
Thomas Placey explains how changing his line late helped him win the DMNT feature at Airborne. 
Robby Knowles previews today's 10K to win Super DIRTcar Series at Plattsburgh Airborne Speedway. 

How nice was Sunday right? Well at least it was here in Liverpool. It was in the low 70's and felt nice after some hot weather last week. 

I spent the day relaxing after a long day on Saturday that saw Allie and I log nearly 500 miles. And when you figure in the laps she took at Plattsburgh on their half mile track that may have put us over the 500 mile mark. It was a great drive up as we chose the scenic way up route 8 and through the Adirondacks. I had not been up that way since the early 2000's and it was very relaxing.

We stopped at an Inn in Pleasent Lake for lunch. (Very well named by the way as it sure looked pretty pleasent to me.) We made it to the track at about 4:15 and found out that weather was on the way and as time wore on it became more and more evident that we were gonna have to hustle.

They ran our hot laps and heats first and went right into our feature. It was our best feature race so far as Thomas Placey came from third to first late for the win. All four of our shows with the Dirt Modified Nostalgia Tour have been the same but we have beaten Mother Nature all four times except for the rainout at Utica Rome that happened before we even left the house. 

I'll have more on that in a Doug's Thoughts tomorrow and I'll be sure to do a Facebook Live with Allie today. I tred to do one at the track but I guess the signal was not strong enough and it did not come out. I'll be at Fonda on Wednesday for a MAV-TV race and then at Land of Legends Raceway on Thursday for a Super DIRTcar Series big block race. It's gonna be a fun week.

Now let's chat more about what is on the Audio Page for today with a pair of drivers who will be racing later today at the same track we were at on Saturday night. Bobby Herrington talked about his hopes for Fulton Speedway's 358 Series race last Thursday night, described a motor issue they had and the differences he notices between 109 and 112 fuel. You can learn something here guys! 

Lance Willix recapped his Wednesday night at Can Am as well as his weekly homes and looked ahead to a day off on Saturday and some Super DIRTcar Series racing Monday on in Plattsburgh. That's today guys!

Thomas Placey explains how changing his line late helped him came from third to win the Dirt Modified Nostalgia Tour feature at Plattsburgh Airborne Speedway, wished his dad a happy birthday and explained what he did to make his Modified unique. 

Robby Knowles previews today's 10K to win Super DIRTcar Series at Plattsburgh Airborne Speedway, describes some work they did to the track and recaps the story of how the track changed from asphalt to clay three years ago. 
 
Sunday, June 30th 2019
   New on the Audio Page for today:

Ronnie Davis III gives himself a grade for the first half of the regular season and talked about his win.
Matt Janczuk is batting almost .500 on the season and talked about racing at three different tracks. 
Jessica Power tells me about his Sportsman win Wednesday night at Can Am and her season so far.

I hope you all are having a great Sunday and without the tracks running today I hope you find something fun to do. We were on the road late into the morning so I wrote this up on Friday night to make sure you had stuff to listen to today.

Tomorrow I'll have audio up from last night's trip to Plattsburg so be sure to look for that as I'm sure we had a great time at a new track. We'll be at Fonda this Wednesday for a Short Track Super Series race and then at Land of Legends on Thursday night for a Super DIRTcar Series race. Nice thing there is that should allow me to catch up with some folks I have not seen in a while. Very cool!

Now let's chat more about what's going on today on the Audio Page with a young Modified racer and two Sportsman drivers who have visited victory lane this season. Ronnie Davis III gives himself a grade for the first half of the regular season and talked about how things have gone since his win on opening night and how his small block has been specifically at Fulton.

Matt Janczuk is batting almost .500 on the season winning in nearly half of his Sportsman starts and talked about racing at three different tracks while giving himself a grade on how he has been doing so far. 

Jessica Power tells me about his Sportsman win Wednesday night at Can Am, how she knew how much of a lead she had while up front and evaluates her season so far while a coupe of members of her crew join in.

 
     
 
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