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Friday, September 20th 2019
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Billy Van Pelt talks about his win in the Lyle Sherwood Memorial and why this was so special.
Tori Kaplin remembers her second place finish at Paradise and looks ahead to racing Limerock.
Pete MacDonald previews the rest of the season at New Egypt Speedway including this Saturday.

The great days just keep on coming don’t they? And the good news is that those great days should stay with us through the weekend. Albany Saratoga and Outlaw each have big shows locally so be sure to get out and support those racetracks this weekend.

I’ll be laying low continuing to get my leg better and will actually be doing something later today that should give me a better idea of where I am exactly. It will be fun and I hope it goes well.

I have three studio chats up for today and will be back tomorrow with more including one from last weekend as well. I’ll try to get some done before the day is out but will be back at it again tomorrow for sure.

Now let’s chat more about what is new for today on the Audio Page starting with a big winner from this past weekend. Billy Van Pelt talks about his win in the Lyle Sherwood Memorial at Woodhull Raceway, why this victory was so special and looks ahead to a weekend off from racing before a busy stretch later.   

Tori Kaplin remembers her second place finish at Paradise Speedway in her 600 Micro Sprint, tells me where the leader was just a bit better than she was and looks ahead to racing Limerock this Friday & Saturday. 

Pete MacDonald previews the rest of the season at New Egypt Speedway including the crowning of champions this Saturday as well as some of the non-racing shows they have left.  
 
Thursday, September 19th 2019
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Billy Pauch Jr. tells me how he won the New Egypt Speedway track championship last weekend.
Rich Murtaugh spoke about racing karts, Sportsman and why he was a little nervous at Brewerton.
Randy Williamson talks about the new set up options available and reminds teams about basics.

It was another great day in Central New York on Wednesday and it sounds like the next four days is going to be just like it. You know I’m happy as I wanna see 80 degrees every day. Forget fall and winter…they’re overrated in my book.

I got a lot done again as I have been very busy this week in the studio. No races for me this weekend as they are too fay away for me and I need to get my leg in better shape. I’[m gonna try something Friday that I haven’t done in a while and hope that everything goes alright. Keep your fingers crossed.

Now let’s chat more about what is up for you today on the Audio Page starting with a man we’ve chatted with a lot recently. Billy Pauch Jr. tells me how he won the New Egypt Speedway track championship last weekend, how nice it was to come into the event knowing he already had it wrapped up and looks ahead to the Freedom 76er at Grandview this Saturday. 

Rich Murtaugh spoke about racing karts & Sportsman this season, explained why he was a little nervous at Brewerton last Friday and evaluated where he needs to improve at this point in his career. 

Randy Williamson talks about the new set up options available for Modified and Sportsman teams, reminds teams not to change for the sake of change and reacts to his son Mat’s two win weekend.  
 
Wednesday, September 18th 2019
    New on the Audio Page for today:

Scott Kreutter tells me how he won the Canadian Sprint Car Nationals at Ohsweken Speedway.
Chris Raabe remembers his weekend that included a big win at Cornwall and a DNF on Friday.
A.J. Miller speaks about his future move to a 358 Modified and told me how he did at Can Am.

What a nice day it was on Tuesday as the sun was shining and the temps were up over 80 degrees. I guess this is that second summer everyone was talking about. It’s fine with me. I’ll take 85 degrees everyday all year round. That would be just fine in my book.

Allie spent the day home from school again as her cold turned into a “massive ear infection” according to the doctor. But the good news is that she’ll be back to school tomorrow and should be feeling more like herself too. Get better soon honey!

After getting some busy work done I got to the studio and recorded some new conversations. Two of the ones I did yesterday are up today and I do still have some in the can as well so be sure to check back in with us tomorrow.

Now let’s chat more about what you can listen to on the Audio Page beginning with two big winners from this past weekend. Scott Kreutter tells me how he won the Canadian Sprint Car Nationals at Ohsweken Speedway, how he fell back initially in the race as well as a how fun, yet nerve racking it was working through slower traffic. 

Chris Raabe remembers his weekend that included a big win at Cornwall, what the changed at the lap 75 break in this 125 lapper and described the rough night he had on Friday at Mohawk International. 

A.J. Miller speaks about his future move to a 358 Modified and told me how he did at Can Am the weekend before with that small block as well as what he will be doing for the rest of the season. 

 
Tuesday, September 17th 2019
    New on the Audio Page for today:

Jesse Mueller talks about his small block win at Albany Saratoga and their big three race weekend.
Tony Veneziano reports on the World of Outlaw Sprints as they wrapped up this California swing.
Hear some of the Motor Sounds from the pit area on Friday night as the big blocks raced Brewerton.

It was a nice day on Monday and even though I did not get as much done as I had hoped it was still a very good day. Felt badly for Allie as she was home sick from school. She took a turn on Sunday but is hoping today to be feeling better as it I the first open gym for Liverpool Girl’s Basketball. Go Allie!

I’ll be back in the studio today and looking to get back at it as I will be off from racing this weekend. Nothing going on close to here so I’ll stay in the studio and keep trying to get my leg better.

Now let’s chat more about what is on the Audio Page today starting with a winner from Friday night. Jesse Mueller talks about his small block win at Albany Saratoga last Friday, remembered some trouble he had early in the qualifying heat race and looked ahead to their big three race weekend beginning this Thursday.

Tony Veneziano reports on the World of Outlaw Sprints as they wrapped up this California swing, talked about the back & forth battle at the top of the point standings and a clean sweep on Saturday. 

Hear some of the Motor Sounds from the pit area on Friday night as the big blocks raced Brewerton. I know alto of you guys really like these so I aired this one early.  

 
Monday, September 16th 2019
    New on the Audio Page for today:

Mat Williamson spoke about his recent successes on the track as he prepared to race at Brewerton.
Max McLaughlin told me where he has been racing of late and remembered his win at Watkins Glen.
Chip Gauther talked about getting his girlfriend involved next season and his new Vintage Modified.

I was pretty wiped out on Sunday and spent the day laying low, going out for breakfast and watching football with friends. It was a fun day and now today I have to buckle down and get to work.

I know you’ll like the new stuff we have for you today and we have a long list of people to call today and this week. I’ll be off from racing this weekend as my leg is improving and its needs a weekend off from hoofing around. Hopefully soon I’ll be as good as new.

Now let’s chat more about what is new on the Audio Page starting with the hottest driver in dirt Modified competition right now. Mat Williamson spoke about his recent successes on the track as he prepared to race at Brewerton, what people are buying right now at Bicknell and told me about his past at each of the tracks the Super DIRTcar series visited this past weekend. 

Max McLaughlin told me where he has been racing of late, looked forward to getting back into his big block Friday night at Brewerton and remembered his win at Watkins Glen.

Chip Gauther talked about getting his girlfriend involved next year in the car he drove this past season, the new Vintage Modified he is working on and looks ahead to moving up in class.  

 
Sunday, September 15th 2019
   

New on the Audio Page from Paradise Speedway:

After the Dirt Modified Nostalgia Tour heat races:
Jason Powers won the first Modified heat race and talked about how close his pass for the lead was.
Denzil Billings Jr. described the back and forth battle he had with his brother as he won his heat race.
Allie Elkins reacted to her first heat race win with the DMNT and told me what she did on the last lap.
Scott Gauthier led every lap to win his heat race and explained why he was trying to go a little too low.

After the Dirt Modified Nostalgia Tour feature races:
Jason Powers got the win in the Modified feature and explained how he got through the slick corners.
Robert Johnson finished second winning the Modified championship and spoke about his 2019 travels.
Scott Gauthier was out front for all but one lap in his feature and talked about finishing with a victory.
Brad Litzenberger celebrated his Nostalgia division championship and talked about a return for 2020.

The early morning rain moved through the area pretty quickly and was done well before the weather forecasters said it would which was great news for all of us racers as what could have been a rainout turned into a beautiful 80 degree day. Alright!

We traveled west to Paradise Speedway in Geneva for the final point’s race for the Dirt Modified Nostalgia Tour. Our championships were already decided and we celebrated their accomplishments on the front stretch as well as our feature winners. You can listen to the champs as well as all the other winners on the night on the Audio Page today.

Okay sure, yes, I have to mention it because I am a dad, Allie did very well winning her first heat race and finishing a career best second place in the feature after leading the first lap from the pole. Nostalgia division champion Scott Gauthier lined up on her outside after a lap one caution and pulled around her on the drop of the green and pulled away for a convincing win.

Allie raced hard to hold on to second spot and finished in that position after pulling away a bit at the end. We did all but one of the sixteen races and Allie finished third in the points in her division. The season could not have gone any better and we have car owners Derrick Flynn, Pete Stapper, everyone on the DMNT including al the great tracks that welcomed us into their homes and some of you have helped us behind the scenes. Thank you so much.

Paradise as always is consistently one of the smoothest tracks around. Extremely well prepared and from what everyone I talked to said, fun and challenging to drive. I’ve always loved coming to this place as you see a nice mix of kids, teens and adults racing darned near everything else that you probably don’t see at your local track. If you’ve never checked it out you owe it to yourself to bring your kids, go in the pits (It’s on $15) and have some fun.

 

That will wrap things up for me as I’ll be laying low today, watching football and firing up the studio here and there as the day goes by. I’ve been doing a lot of suggestions lately so be sure to email me yours at doug@dougsdirtdiary.com or just hit me up on Facebook. Enjoy your Sunday and we’ll see you back here tomorrow for more from the sport we all love so much! 
 
Saturday, September 14th 2019
    New on the Audio Page from Brewerton Speedway:

After the Modified heat races:

Ryan Godown finished second in the first Modified heat and told me about his small block past.
Keith Flach lost a spot to finished third in the heat and spoke about slowing down to run down low.
Tommy Sears won the 2nd Modified heat race and spoke about saving a tire for late in the race.
Chris Hile looked over a pile of tires in the pit next to him and told me about his 2nd place finish.
Rob Bellinger fell from first to third and talked about what happened to cause him to fall back.
Tim Sears Jr. borrowed a drink from his son and told me how he won the third Modified heat race.
Tyler Trump raced his way from 5th to 2nd in his heat and spoke about getting to make the draw.

After the feature races:

Mat Williamson picked up his first SDS win of the season and talked about fading at the very end.
Chris Hile finished second in the series race and wondered if he may have needed a few more laps.
Larry Wight led early, fell back and spoke about racing his way back up to finish in third place.
Matt Sheppard came from eleventh and told me why his progress stopped after reaching fourth.
Tim Sears Jr. explained why his car fell back as the track changed and how he ended up in sixth.
Peter Britten was the Hard Charger finishing 7th from 25th and talked about when the car improved.
Ryan Godown explained what happened during the final caution that caused him to fall to tenth.
Kyle Inman told me how he won the Sportsman Series race and why he changed his engine again.

Lots of audio up today from a really good show last night as the big block Super DIRTcar Series shared the bill with a Super DIRTcar Sportsman race. There 35 big blocks and 46 Sportsman so each division was well represented on a track surface that black, smooth and wide…old school if you will compared to what the track has been like the last few months.

There was a pretty good sized crowd on hand as well as the races are winding down as are the chances to each track we love so much one more time. Fortunately Brewerton has a night show during Super DIRT Week so they’re not done yet and if you were there last you are now a little happier that they still have a show to go as the racing was really good.

Mat Williamson is now one win away from tying his career high as he passed Brewerton Speedway’s 2019 Modified champion Larry Wight on lap ten and went unchallenged from there. Brewerton regular Chris Hile was able to close to within a few car lengths in the final laps as they hit slower traffic but this one was all Mat!

I got interviews with many of the drivers both in the heat races and after the features as my leg didn’t fell as badly as it has and I was able to do some walking around almost like the good old days at times. That was nice!

The Sportsman race was excellent despite some post race friction as Kyle Inman and Kevin Root put on quite a show up front swapping the lead three times in the last nine laps with Inman coming out on top. I did not do a lot of interviews as you may have been able to hear some of the friction in the background of Inman’s interview.

I’m off to Paradise Speedway today for Allie’s and the Dirt Modified Nostalgia Tour’s final race. Where did the season go? They are calling for rain early and hopefully it is not enough to cause a cancellation of this show. Keep your fingers crossed for me as I am so hoping for one more race and one more chance to see all the new friends I made this year.

The season could have not gone any better for us as we exceeded expectations at every level. I can’t thank everyone enough from the people in the club, the tracks that welcomed us, the fans that rooted us on and all of you for all your support on so many levels. It’s been great and we can’t wait to do it again next year!

I hope you all have a great Saturday and safe one too. See you tomorrow with more. 

 
     
 
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