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Sunday, August 11th 2019
   New on the Audio Page for today from Land of Legends Raceway:

Darryl Ruggles talked with me about his win in the 305 heat race and remembered a rough Friday. 
Andrew Smith won the first Sportsman heat race and spoke about wanting to see me later that nite. 
Mike Stanton described what he was doing in his heat win and the lines he used to pass other cars. 
Paul Guererri has been a bit lost of late with set ups and talked about what changes helped him win. 
Tim Baker earned just his 2nd heat race win of the season and spoke about turning things around.
Alan Johnson told me what he saw at the bottom of the racetrack as he came up fast to win his heat. 
Dillon Groover spoke live to the crowd with me after winning the final Modified qualifying heat race. 
Tim Colman won his first Dirt Modified Nostalgia Tour feature and expained why it was bittersweet. 
Robert Johnson added to his point lead with his DMNT win and spoke about winning close to home.
Adam DePuy made it 8 wins on the season on Saturday and told me how well his racecar was rolling.
Andrew Smith got his wish with a feature win and told me how his earlier joke ended up working out. 
Alysha Baye stayed smooth and calm in her win and talked about getting by some late race traffic.
Matt Sheppard picked up win number 7 in Canandaigua and explained why he was nervous early on.

We had fun as a family as we traveled out to Land of Legends Raceway in Canandaigua. Our friend Mark Sabatine rode with us so we had a packed car as we rolled into the Ontario County Fairgrounds. We were all there because Allie was racing with the Dirt Modified Nostalgia Tour and of course I work there on nights that the tour does not so I got to do my DMNT job as well as my LOLR job too. So yeah, I had a blast getting to announce, do interviews after the heats and in victory lane as well. Fun, fun, fun.

Bad news is that we had our first serious crash on the tour as Nostalgia point leader Scott Gauthier got together with a slower car and flipped violently in turn one. He was sore but okay and that is the good news. But as he loaded his car you could tell that it was in rough shape. We are so happy you're okay Scott and we hope we see you back soon.

Matt Sheppard put on a clinic in the Modified feature race as he stayed low for the most part and came through the field quickly passing improving newbie Dillon Groover. A late race restart with five to go saw Sheppard pull away to win comfortably while Groover fell back to fifth as he continues to impress in his first year as a Canandaigua regular.

Andrew Smith won his first in the Sportsman feauture as he dueled it out wih Paul Guererri late even playing games a little on the race's final restart. He joked with me eariler that he would make it to victory lane and he did. But listen to the interview and you'll see why it didnt happen without a lot of hard work.

As for Allie she looked great in hot laps but fell back quickly from fourth in her heat almost spinning out right after moving up to third. The big, slick surface was challenging for her but she did have her good moments making all her passes on the outside. In the feature however was a moment that I thought was going to be really bad.

She got loose in turn four, turned to the wall, picked up the throttle again, went left before turning right again and got an even better look at that frontstretch wall. Ahhh! She drove out of it while a car she passed earlier went to her outside, took it a little easier and finished the race without a scratch on the car. 

Listen to those victory lane interviews and you get a feel for what it takes to win at Canandaigua. And when the track does have "some character" as it did last night it makes it that much tougher. Nice job everyone and we hope to see some of you again today as we race Weedsport Speedway later today.

We are so happy to be racing at the old home of DIRT which is now a show place for the sport and from what we're hearing our car count should be strong. Plus the Empire Sprints celebrate their new Hall of Fame inductees with a special race night while the DIRTcar Sportsman will be showing up with a huge field of cars as they always do at "The Port".

Have a great Sunday everyone and a better day tomorrow. Be safe, be fast and have fun as always!!



 
Saturday, August 10th 2019
    New on the Audio Page for today:

Wade Hendrickson talks about his recent win at Bridgeport and the future of big block Modifieds.
Shaun Walker entered last weekend as the point leader at Thunder Mountain and spoke about 2019.
Brandon Grosso told me how he picked up his 1st New Egypt win and remembered his early years.

It was a nice, cool day on Friday as I laid low getting ready for a pair of race nights this weekend as we're heading to Canandaigua tonight and Weedsport tomorrow with the Dirt Modified Nostalgia Tour. I saw a few tracks fell victim to weather last night as it was pretty rainy to our north and east. Sorry you missed out on a race night.

Sounds like we'll need to et out the hoodies this weekend as it is gonna be cool after the sun goes down. It will warm up again as the week gets going so summer is not over yeat. Thank goodness as I am not doen with it yet myself.

Now let's chat more about what's on the Audio Page for today with a driver who just got back to victory lane last week. Wade Hendrickson talks about his recent win at Bridgeport Speedway, how up & down this 2019 season has been and wonders and the future of big block Modified racing in his area.

Shaun Walker entered last weekend as the point leader at Thunder Mountain and spoke about having to make some changes early in the year and how consistent he has been in the 2019 race season. 

Brandon Grosso told me how he picked up his first Modified win at New Egypt, described the line he was running one week ago and remembered how he first started in racing at an early age.
 
Friday, August 9th 2019
   New on the Audio Page for today:

Jim Witko Jr. told me how he took a brand new car with a new engine to victory lane at Brewerton.
Bobby Herrington recapped his weekend that included a win at Fulton and a 3rd place at Can Am.
Karl Spoonhower Jr. talked about last Saturday's races at Thunder Mountain and the rest of 2019. 

It was yet another stormy day in Central New York as we survived a few storms on Thursday. And now it has really cooled off which should make this weekend a lot more bearable for all of us who are heading to the racetracks.

We'll be at Land of Legends Raceway tomorrow and Weedsport Speedway on Sunday for a pair of Dirt Modified Nostalgia Tour races. It is so hard to beleive that we are already just a few weeks away from the end of the regular season so enjoy this weekend and let the little stuff slide as before you know it we'll be sitting home missing everything we love about this sport so much.

Now let's chat more about what is new on the Audio Page for today starting with a pair of Modified winners fwho each traveled a long way to win in Central New York. Jim Witko Jr. told me how he took a brand new car with a new engine to victory lane at Brewerton Speedway last week, described what he was thinking as the laps wound down and ran down his late season plans.

Bobby Herrington recapped his weekend that included a win at Fulton on Saturday night running the outside, a 3rd place at Can Am Speedway on Friday night and looked ahead to three feature races this weekend.

Karl Spoonhower Jr. talked about last Saturday's races at Thunder Mountain Speedway, remarked on what it is that makes the track so unique and explains why they are calling it a season a little earlier this year. Don't worry...it's good news!
 
Thursday, August 8th 2019
   New on the Audio Page for today:

Lance Willix recapped his weekend that included a soul searching moment and a Modified feature win.
Brian Berger walked me through his two races last weekend including a special night on Saturday. 
Tim McColman talked about his back to back 2nd place runs and remembers the cars he has driven.

It was a stormy day on Wednesday and it seems like we'll have another one today before we get going this weekend. The good news is that the weekend is gonna be a good one as we continue to have some nice luck of late. Paradise Speedway rained out as did Ransomville on Tuesday so let's hope that word won't be used again for a few days anyway.

I got some work done but not as much as I would have hoped so we'll be back at it again today with laying low on Friday as a plan. We'll see how that goes. We'll be at Land of Legends Raceway on Saturday and Weedsport Speedway on Sunday racing with Allie on both days and we hope to see you guys there.

Now let's chat more about what is on the Audio Page for today beginning with a winner from last Saturday night. Lance Willix recapped his weekend that included a soul searching moment after a rough Friday night, a Modified feature win on Saturday and a 7th place on Sunday against a mixed field of cars.

Brian Berger walked me through his two races last weekend including a special night on Saturday as he brought back some memories for his uncle and told me how racing two nights a week has helped. 

Tim McColman talked about his back to back 2nd place runs with the Dirt Modified Nostalgia Tour and talked about his why he is running a Vintage racecar and remembers the different things he has raced over the years.
 
Wednesday, August 7th 2019
    New on the Audio Page for today:

Jeff Rockefeller explained why he was making just his second start of the season Friday in Malta.
Ivan Joslin remembered his Pro Stock win on Sunday and explained why he's ending his season early.
Gary Folk Jr.  talks about his job as a flagger and what he learned from his only time as a driver. 

It was a stormy day for most on Tuesday but all we got was a little rain here so we dodged the heavy stuff. I got three interviews done in the studio and am hoping to get more today we hit hump day and get one day closer to the race weekend.

I took care of a few requests today and will take care of another one tomorrow. I still can't believe it's early August as the summer has flown by like never before. For a while it seemed like summer was never gonna get here and now it's seems like it's coming to an end way too fast. Enjoy wheile you can boys and girls as it will be gone before you know it.

Now let's chat more about what is on the Audio Page for today starting with a pair of drivers who have had injuries alter their season plans. Jeff Rockefeller explained why he was making just his second start of the season this past Friday night in Malta, remembered his big crash at Fonda to start the season and told me how he was feeling after several months off from driving.

Ivan Joslin remembered his Pro Stock win on Sunday at The Ridge, his fifth place the night before at Fonda and explained why he's ending his season early after getting in one more weekend in a few days. Get better soon Ivan!

Gary Folk Jr.  talks about his job as a flagger at Thunder Mountain and Penn Can, remembers getting hurt on the stand a few times and explained what he learned from his only time as a racecar driver. 
 
Tuesday, August 6th 2019
   New on the Audio Page for today:

Jeremy Smith tells me how his season is going at Thunder Mountain and how I can recognize him. 
Jessey Mueller talked about playing catch up at Albany Saratoga and how the race surface has been.
Matt Janczuk recaps his weekend as he won Sportsman races at Fulton and Utica Rome Speedways.
Tony Veneziano reports on the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series as they raced at  I-55 Raceway.

It was another beautiful day on Monday and I had a great time hanging out with Webmaster Andy as he gets used to life with a walker. He is doing well and we surely hope that continues and I'm gonna do everything I can to help which means I need to get more sponsors on this site and do a better job for the ones I have now. I am ready for the challenge Andy!

I got back a little later than I thought but was still able to get some recording done and set up more things for today. It's gonna be a stormy one they say but hopefully will not affect any of the racing we have set for today. Keep your fingers crossed.

Now let's chat more about what we have that is new for today on the Audio Page starting with a pair of Modified drivers I chatted with this past weekend. Jeremy Smith tells me how his season is going at Thunder Mountain and how I can recognize him when I get to the hauler as well as how much fun he is having on the track and his team. 

Jessey Mueller talked about playing catch up at Albany Saratoga, how changeable the race surface has been the last few weeks and what they found out that prevented them from heading to Eldora.

Matt Janczuk recaps his weekend as he won Sportsman races at Fulton and Utica Rome Speedways, tells me how he got to the front on each night and wonders if he'll be getting into a 358 Modified anytime soon. 

Tony Veneziano reports on the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series as they raced at  I-55 Raceway, talks about each of the two race nights and looks at how close the battle is at the top of the point standings.
 
Monday, August 5th 2019
   New on the Audio Page for today:

Keith Flach spoke about how some recent DNF's have hurt him and his up and down 2019 season. 
Mike Colsten tells me how he is feeling these days and how he is trying to adjust to a coil spring car.
In my latest Doug's Thoughts I recap our weekend racing at Albany Saratoga and Thunder Mountain.

I laid low on Sunday after a busy weekend and enjoyed sleeping late and being a litle lazy. I did get some work done and plan on loading up today but I was so beat after Friday and Saturday. We had a blast but it was rough.

I have a long list of folks to begin calling today and I hope I can take a big bite out of that list. We'll be back tomorrow with our weekly World of Outlaw Report with Tony and in the can I still have a few chats from our weekend.

Now let's chat more about what is on the Audio Page starting with a driver who is hoping to get things turned around here real soon. Keith Flach spoke about how some recent DNF's have hurt him at Albany Saratoga, describes how things have been going and looks ahead to a new addition to his family coming up in a few months.

Mike Colsten tells me how he is feeling these days after beating a huge medical issue a few years back, how he is trying to adjust to a coil spring car and how much he enjoyed his trip to Italy & France. We'll keep you in our prayers still Mike!

In my latest Doug's Thoughts I recap our weekend racing at Albany Saratoga and Thunder Mountain, tell you how each race night went and reflect on how much fun we are having with the Dirt Modified Nostalgia Tour.
 
     
 
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