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Saturday, October 1st 2016
   

New on the Audio Page from Fulton Speedway:

Ryan Godown told me about a recent win and the big block he brought up to run at Fulton.
Chuck Bower talked about his goals for the Friday night program and his hopes for the Outlaw 200.
Brett Tonkin is used to running sail panels but explained why he may not have an advantage.
Chris Hile
reflected on his best season to date and described what a hot box does to save engines.
Tim Sears Jr. thought back on his best SDS finish ever and explained why he was hot lapping a 358.
Billy Whittaker explains why he feels more comfortable lately and his history at the Outlaw 200.
Ronnie Davis III spoke about his recent success on the road as he hopes to win the series title.
Mitch Gibbs added the Outlaw 200 to his schedule and thought about his past at the race in the 90’s.

I had a fun time at Fulton Speedway as I got there early and got some interviews and did some TV before heading home to see my girls. Today is going to be a great day but a long one so I always skate out early on the Friday show as the next nine days is going to be busy.

The track surface was great last night end even though a few sprinkles hit the track during some of the heat races it stayed nice and racy. There were over 200 cars in the pit area and the folks that were there saw a lot of racing at a track is as wide and racy as it has ever been.

I got some people you will see racing there today so be sure to add this one to your plans as I still call this the best one day show in racing. Don’t let the fact that there could be a little weather stop you from going as whatever happens today is supposed to be light and short lived. Heck it might not do anything at all so get your butt out and come see this show.

Now let’s chat more about what we have on the Audio Page starting with my first interview of the day with a driver who was making his first start at Fulton. Ryan Godown told me about a recent win, the big block he brought up to run at Fulton to race in the Outlaw 200 and his Canadian Crew Chief joins us later in the chat.

Chuck Bower talked about his goals for the Friday night program at Fulton, how god the racing was this season and his hopes for the Outlaw 200later today.  

Brett Tonkin is used to running sail panels as he runs them at a weekly track but explained why he may not have an advantage because of his lack of knowledge on Hoosier tires.  

Chris Hile reflected on his best season to date, how finishing a season well can roll into next year and described what a hot box does to save engine wear.  

Tim Sears Jr. thought back on his best SDS finish ever and explained why he was hot lapping a 358 instead of the big block he plans to run in the Outlaw 200.  

Billy Whittaker explains why he feels more comfortable lately in a big block Modified, his history at the Outlaw 200 and why he feels the traveling teams might have an advantage.  

 
Friday, September 30th 2016
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Jimmy Davis explains why we haven’t seen much of him this year and what the future holds.
Max McLaughlin spoke about racing tracks he’s never seen and looks ahead to Oswego.
Steve Glover posed next to his Sprint Car and talked about the benefits of starting back a little.
Krista Voda talks about last week in Loudon, this week in Dover and her duties with NBC.

The big weekend is upon us and tonight at Fulton Speedway there will be so many cars in the pit area that it won’t even be funny. The first night of Outlaw Weekend is here and there is a lot on tap tonight. I will be there doing some TV for the Atomic Power Racing Hour as the Go Nuclear Late Models have a 50 lap feature race as part of a six division show.

Don’t even bother looking at the weather forecast as you can see pretty much whatever you want. Best bet is just to go to the track and get comfortable for what is my favorite weekend of the year. The racing is always top notch at Fulton when the track gets wide and slick so if you have never taken in this show I highly recommend it.

Now let’s talk about what we have for you today on the Audio Page including a preview of the Sprint Cup race this weekend in Dover. Man do I wish I had a clone as I’d love to be in two places this weekend.

Jimmy Davis explains why we haven’t seen much of him on the tracks this year as he got ready for Fonda last Saturday, how he landed a ride in the #34 Modified and what the future holds for him.  

Max McLaughlin spoke about racing tracks he’s never seen as he prepared to run the Super DIRTcar Series race at Fonda, who helped him with some advice on the place and looks ahead to Oswego.  

Steve Glover posed next to his Sprint Car and talked about the benefits of starting back a little versus on the front row as well as how he did his first time at Fonda.  

Krista Voda talks about last week’s Sprint Cup Series race in Loudon, what to look for this week in Dover and her duties with NBC as their host of pre- and post-race coverage with Kyle Petty and Dale Jarrett.  

 
Thursday, September 29th 2016
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Tim Fuller made a change after hot laps at Fonda and talked about the big races of the next 2 weeks.
Gary Tomkins talks about his big win at Rolling Wheels and looks ahead to the Outlaw 200 at Fulton.
Cory Gurney explained why we haven’t seen much of him and why he was calling it a season.
Dave Just spoke about his DNF on Friday and why he might be winning a hard luck award this year.
Rob Yetman told me about his Pro Stock Series win at Mohawk and looks forward to Oswego.

It is getting closer by the day. The biggest races of the year in our area begin this weekend at Fulton Speedway and end at Super DIRT Week which begins in just a few days. It’s still hard to believe that we are here as the season just flew by but it is going to be a great stretch of races at some of the best tracks around.

I have some good interviews up today to help get you ready as well as a new column on Fulton in the Post Standard that you can pick up on newsstands today or read at Syracuse.com/motorsports. I am stoked and can’t wait for it to start.

Now let’s talk more about what we do have for you to listen to today on the Audio Page as we get ready for the best time of the year in local dirt track racing. Tim Fuller made a change after hot laps at Fonda and talked about the big races of the next 2 weeks starting this weekend at Fulton and ending with Super DIRT Week at Oswego Speedway.    

Gary Tomkins talks about his big win at Rolling Wheels last Sunday and looks ahead to the Outlaw 200 at Fulton Speedway while explaining what makes this event so special.  

Cory Gurney explained why we haven’t seen much of him this season, why he was calling it a season after last Saturday at Fonda and ran down what they are thinking about for next year.  

Dave Just spoke about his DNF on Friday at Outlaw Speedway, how scary it was to be bathed in race fuel and why he might be winning a hard luck award this year.

Rob Yetman told me about his Pro Stock Series win at Mohawk, how he won the championship at Lebanon Valley and looks ahead to the unknowns of this year’s Super DIRT Week.  

 
Wednesday, September 28th 2016
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Jimmy Phelps tells me about his limited laps at Fonda, The Outlaw 200 and Super DIRT Week.
Danny Creeden runs down his weekend that included a win at Thunder Mountain and a 4th place.
Elmo Reckner brought out a car with not many runs on it and talked about what makes it different.
Devon Camenga spoke about his three years in a Pro Stock and how he took over the family ride.
Cory Reed previews this weekend in Fulton and the final five races in the Sportsman Series.

The big push here in Central New York is in full swing as driver prepare for some big events that begin this Friday a Fulton. We have two days at Fulton and then we switch to Super DIRT Week races which start early this year at Utica Rome this coming Tuesday.

It is hard to believe that we are here as the season has just flown by. I will be at Fulton both days and I will be covering the daytime race at Oswego while Dick O’Brien will be doing the night time shows. It will be a lot of fun and a new challenge for all involved including drivers and media people like me who will all be getting used to soemthing new for the first time.

And we did fix our audio and it now works on all devices and the auto play button now works too. Great job by Andy to fix that and he will get on pictures next. Hopefully we can get that figured out this off season so we can ease into it a little to see how we handle the volume.

Now let’s chat more about what we have on the Audio Page starting with Saturday’s SDS winner as he spoke before taking to the track. Jimmy Phelps tells me about his limited amount of laps at Fonda, looks ahead to this Saturday’s Outlaw 200 at Fulton and Super DIRT Week at Oswego Speedway.  

Danny Creeden runs down his weekend that included a win at Thunder Mountain, a 4th place at Outlaw Speedway and why he feels he has done so well this season.  

Elmo Reckner brought out a car with not many runs on it, talked about what makes it different and how he liked it when he put a small block engine in it.  

Devon Camenga spoke about his three years in the Albany area, how he took over the family ride from his brother and how he has been doing behind the wheel.  

New on the Audio Page for today:

Ronnie Johnson spoke about his seven win season, his win in Malta and Super DIRT Week.
Jeremy Wilder set a personal best with seven wins and talks about winning a pair at Fonda.
Gus Hollmer was fastest in his group at Fonda and told me about his Pro Stock race at Mohawk.
Tony Veneziano reports on the World of Outlaw Sprint Cars as they get closer to the NE.

I had a really good day on Monday as I got some work done here in the studio and got out to do some chipping and putting to try to stay sharp. Today I hope to get a few done before bowling and maybe even afterwards too. I’ll be in the studio till about 4:30 and then again after 8 so if you want to get in send me a message and we’ll do that.

A big weekend is coming up with the Outlaw 200 at Fulton and the National Open at Williams Grove and we are talking in the interviews today about each of those. Good time to be a race fan isn’t it?

Now let’s chat more about what we have on the Audio Page for today that should be working on any device out there now. If not let us know. Ronnie Johnson spoke about his recent win in Albany Saratoga, his hopes for this week with a new car at Fulton for the Outlaw 200 and Super DIRT Week at Oswego.  

Jeremy Wilder set a personal best with seven wins and talks about winning a pair of features the week before at Fonda as well as how consistent they have been with zero DNF’s this year.  

Gus Hollmer was fastest in his group at Fonda and told me about his top ten in the DIRTcar Pro Stock Series race at Mohawk while looking ahead to taking his first laps at Oswego at Super DIRT Week.  

Tony Veneziano reports on the World of Outlaw Sprint Cars as they get closer to the North East and get ready for the National Open this weekend at Williams Grove.

 
Monday, September 26th 2016
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Matt Sheppard talks about his hopes for Fonda, Oswego and how 26 wins ranks for him.
Brett Hearn spoke about his past at Fonda, how much he likes the Outlaw 200 and Oswego.
Jeff Rockefeller explained why he was going to shut down his season after this weekend.
Felecia Williamson shared some stories about her dad Kramer Williamson at his memorial race.

We are back on a Monday and we are in the middle of making some changes that we hope you’ll like. Webmaster Andy now has the audio working on other devices so you won’t need flash player any more. Rather than work on the photos (Which we hope to get to next) we figured we would work on getting the clips to play on all devices including tablets, I-Pads, I-Phones and I-pods.

Please let us know at doug@dougsdirtdiary.com if you are having any issues. The auto-play button is not working but we hope to have that fixed any time now. Of course on any website when you make one change it often affects other things, sometime things that you don’t even think are related so please let us know if you see anything out of the ordinary.

Now let’s chat more about what we have to listen to on the Audio Page starting out with the Modified world’s hottest driver on the track right now. Matt Sheppard talks about his hopes for Fonda, looks ahead to Fulton & Oswego and how his 26 win season ranks for him compared to recent years.  

Brett Hearn spoke about his past at Fonda, how much he likes the Outlaw 200 and the need to hit on something a little better for his set ups.

Jeff Rockefeller explained how he spun his car in hot laps, why he was going to shut down his season after Sunday at Rolling Wheels and what he is thinking about for 2017.  

Felecia Williamson shared some stories about her dad Kramer Williamson at his memorial race, explained how nervous she is as she paces the field in his last Sprint Car and how her family is doing now. Good one here guys. We miss you Kramer!  

 
Sunday, September 25th 2016
   

New on the Audio Page from Fonda Speedway:

Stewart Friesen tells me about his 13th place finish in the Camping World Truck Series race.
Darwin Greene remembered his Fonda win last weekend and talks about his late season plans.
Jeff Cook told me about a problem he had on the parade lap on Friday and recent motor woes.
Joe Trenca spoke about Fonda and looked ahead to Sunday night at Rolling Wheels Raceway.
Paulie Colagiovanni described some tough luck he had Friday night while running in third place.

We were feeling a little better on Saturday but obviously not well enough to make it through a whole show. I was optimistic but was still unable to keep food down so I ran out of gas very quickly at Fonda. It’s too bad too because after the rainout they had on Friday it was a packed house in the pit area with lots of divisions and lots of great racing on tap.

I did a bunch before I started to fade and will have a lot of those up this week along with some studio chats that I will get done this week. But yes, we are doing better and I am sure within the next 24-36 hours I will be back at full song.

And how about our own Stewart Friesen finishing thirteenth at Loudon? Wow! Not bad for just his third Truck series race.

As a matter of fact, let’s talk more about that and all the other stuff you can listen to on the Audio Page for today. Stewart Friesen tells me about his 13th place finish in the Camping World Truck Series race at New Hampshire, how happy he was with the result and looks ahead to next weekend in Las Vegas.  

Darwin Greene remembered his Fonda win last weekend, where the roof from that winning car will end up and talks about his late season plans. Great news for one of the good guys in racing!

Jeff Cook told me about a problem he had on the parade lap on Friday, why he pulled in when the leader got behind him and some recent motor woes he has had.  

Joe Trenca spoke about Fonda and looked ahead to long weekend as well as Sunday night at Rolling Wheels Raceway for a PST/URC/ESS combo show.  

Paulie Colagiovanni described some tough luck he had Friday night at Outlaw Speedway while running in third place and wonders if today at Rolling Wheels might be his last race of the season.  

 
     
 
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