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Tuesday, July 7th 2015
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Billy Pauch Jr. told me about the new baby he and his wife are expecting this holiday season.
Chris Hile ran down his tough night at Brewerton and spoke about learning the new Modified.
Tim Mayne talked about his season so far at Utica Rome and the one area he is working on.
Tim Axton explained why he had to take some time off and his hopes to get in the racecar soon.
Mike Walton made his first race start of the season and talked about his goals for Utica Rome.
 
I had a busy day on Monday as I fought with my computer for much of the day. I was able to somehow get all my work done but it took a lot longer than I had hoped. I really need to upgrade my equipment...I mean really.
 
We have some good stories for you today including the first of two famous racing families that are expecting babys. Tomorrow you’ll hear from Jessica Zemken and hear about all the extra work she had to do to make sure her sponsorship obligations were taken care of while she waits for her baby’s arrival in December.
 
I will get in the studio today but got so backed up I did not have time to do much else besides wrestle with my stone age computer. I have a list of folks to chat with but feel free to send me your suggestions at doug@dougsdirtdiary.com.
 
Now let’s chat more about what is new on the Audio Page starting with a man who will have his life change dramatically in about five months. Billy Pauch Jr. told me about the new baby he and his wife are expecting this holiday season as well as how his 2015 race season has gone so far. 
 
Chris Hile ran down his tough night at Brewerton and spoke about learning his new Modified after three races as well as what his overall plans are for down the road. 
 
Tim Mayne talked about his season so far at Utica Rome in a Modified and the one area he is working on where he would like to get better. 
 
Tim Axton explained why he had to take some time off after a bad crash at Lebanon Valley and his hopes to get back in the racecar soon. 
 
Mike Walton made his first race start of the season and talked about his goals for Utica Rome as well as a funny story from his girlfriend’s time manning the store. 

 
Monday, July 6th 2015
   New on the Audio Page from the Utica Rome Speedway:
 
Pre race conversations:
 
Stewart Friesen told me about his Modified win at Fonda and what it is like to drive the 1z Sprinter.
Mike Mahaney recapped his weekend that included at win at I-88 and a wreck at Thunder Mountain.
Steve Poirier walked me through his win the night before at Fulton which makes two in a row.
Matt Janczuk came into the night winless and told Allie Elkins how his 2015 season is going.
Shawn Donath was back in the 33 car and told me why he was in the ride for Sunday in Vernon.
 
After the heats and B-Main:
 
Nick Stone talked about his win in a crate stock car in the first heat and his win the night before.
Glenn Forward came to the front quickly and talked about his stock car win and Sportsman DQ.
Bryan Howland won the first ESS heat and wondered if he was better than the car he passed.
Matt Tanner benefited from a late race restart to win his heat and talked about the last lap.
Mike Stelter led every lap to win his heat and talked about why he liked the slick racetrack.
Pat Ward finished grinding a tire and told me about his late race pass to win his Modified heat.
A.J. Filbeck talked about his heat race win and the small changes he would make to his Sportsman.
Joe Trenca spoke about his b-main win and the big flip he had the night before at Fulton Speedway.
 
After the features and A-Main:
 
Stewart Friesen told Mike Mallett about the move he made with 2 laps to go to win the A-Main.
Paul Kinney led eight laps in the A-Main and talked about his runner up finish with Mike Mallett.
Larry Wight picked up a spot late to finish in third and spoke about the high level of competition.
Steve Poirier was crowned the Speedweek champion and talked about his down then up week.
Matt Janczuk picked up his first win of the season and talked about the victory with Bill Foley.
Mike Mahaney won his second race of the weekend and told Bill Foley about his last lap pass.
Claude Hutchings Jr. got the win in a caution free feature and talked about the lines he was running.
 
What a finish it was to the weekend at the Utica Rome Speedway. It was the finale of SUNY Canton CNY Speedweek and the racing was great! There were last lap passes and some wild action on the wide, slick half mile track.
 
Stewart Friesen took wife Jessica Zemken’s Sprint Car to victory lane after a back and forth battle up front with local favorite Paul Kinney. Kinney ran the bottom and ran down Friesen in traffic before a yellow with two to go gave Friesen the opportunity to fun the top alone and claim the victory. Wow!
 
Not to be outdone, the Modified feature came down to the last lap as Mike Mahaney passed Larry Wight in traffic with a move on the low side of the racetrack. It was Mahaney’s second win of the weekend. Oh, and it was Stewie’s second as well.
 
We’ve got a lot of audio up today and ten we saved for release during the week as well as stories about famous racing families who will be welcoming new additions this holiday season. And my daughter Allie was back on the mic on Sunday with some help from dad with questions to ask but I think she is doing a good job. No, I don’t want her to get into broadcasting as a career but some of the skills it teaches can help her in other areas. 
 
If I get time, I will get in the studio today as I have a short list of drivers to call. If you think of one I should chat with just send me a message and I’ll try to get it done. Have a great Monday and be sure to come back tomorrow for lots more.

 
Sunday, July 5th 2015
   New on the Audio Page from the Fulton Speedway:
 
Steve Poirier talked about his ESS Sprint Car win at Can Am that he did with a last lap pass.
Chuck Hebing told me about his three races so far that included two wins and a third place.
Dylan Swiernik came into the night in 2nd in the points and talked about the one that got away.
Justin Barger explained why he altered his weekend schedule and therace he’ll run later today.
Mike Mallett reported on the first three races of CNY Speedweek and looked ahead to today.
 
It was a short night for me as I tweaked my knee on Saturday. Going up and down the hill in the pit area got harder each time I did it so I headed home, got the ice packs out and did what I do when this happens and believe me it happens more than I tell you.
 
So I called Claude Hutchings Sr. before I left the track to see if I could use his golf cart today at Utica Rome. Yes, I should be able to get around okay with that and should be able to do a full night. But with the big hill and all the walking required at Fulton I just headed home.
 
I have some new stuff for you and was able to save a few chats just in case, but don’t worry about me. This is an old basketball injury and I still have some frayed pieces of cartilage that make it easy to buckle. And then once those pieces get moving around it plain hurts and that’s all there is to it.
 
Now enough about me and my bad knees, let’s chat more about what we have on the Audio Page for you today starting with a winner from Friday. Steve Poirier talked about his ESS Sprint Car win at Can Am that he did with a last lap pass as he got ready for night 4 of 5 of CNY Speedweek. 
 
Chuck Hebing told me about his three SUNY Canton CNY Speedweek races so far that included two wins and a third place finish at Can Am. 
 
Dylan Swiernik came into the night in 2nd in the CNY Speedweek points and talked about the one that got away as well as his pair of 6th places. 
 
Justin Barger explained why he altered his weekend schedule thanks to the rain in Pennsylvania and the 410 race he’ll run later today. 
 
Mike Mallett reported on the first three races of CNY Speedweek including a serious crash at Can Am and looked ahead to today at Utica Rome. 

 
Saturday, July 4th 2015
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Alan Johnson reacts to winning for the 41st year in a row and looks ahead to his racing future.
Brett Hearn looks ahead to the Big Show 7 on Tuesday at Albany Saratoga and talks Canandaigua.
L.J. Lombardo told me about his racing background and how he picked up a Modified ride.
Henry Maier tells me why he has not raced much this season and what he has been doing.
Nick Guererri explains why this season has been a tough one as he gets ready to race tonight.
Lenny Sammons gave out some Area Auto Racing News magazines and talked about the publication.
 
Yesterday was golf day so I am coming into tonight at Fulton Speedway refreshed and ready to go. It will be night four of SUNY Canton CNY Speedweek and I can’t wait. The racing on this series has been sensational so far and tonight should be no exception.
 
Of course when I got sick this spring I told myself that if I got better this summer would be all about racing, golf and family. And so far I am sticking to the plan and improving at golf at a pace I am very pleased with. I’m coming for you Hachmann!!! Just kidding, he’d kick my butt no matter how much I play.
 
Now let’s chat more about what I have for you on the Audio Page starting with a couple of racers who know a thing or two about winning. Alan Johnson reacts to winning for the 41st year in a row and looks ahead to his racing future while I ask him how much longer he may do this.  
 
Brett Hearn looks ahead to the Big Show 7 on Tuesday at Albany Saratoga featuring the Super DIRTcar Series as well as Kenny Wallace in a big block and talks Canandaigua. 
 
L.J. Lombardo told me about his racing background including a Sportsman championship in 2014 and how he picked up a Modified ride just a few weeks ago. 
 
Nick Guererri explains why this season has been a tough one at Canandaigua as he gets ready to race his Sportsman again tonight. 
 
Lenny Sammons gave out some Area Auto Racing News magazines and talked about the publication as well as some stories that are in this week’s edition.

 
Friday, July 3rd 2015
   New on the Audio Page from Canandaigua Motorsports Park:
 
Pre race conversations:
 
Dale Planck remembered a muddy night in Elbridge and talked about getting back in the 66x.
Danny Varin led a lot of laps at Brewerton on Wednesday and explained how he lost the lead late.
Matt Tanner described his season so far as well as his night at Brewerton on Wednesday.
Paul Kinney came into the night with three races under his belt and talked about Wednesday.
Steve Poirier described the flip he had in his heat on Wednesday and how he raced to a top ten.
Doug Emery explained why Stewart Friesen is not in the 33 and why he picked up Bryan Howland.
 
After the heat races:
 
Justin Barger came from 9th to 1st in 5 laps to win his heat and talked about the moves he made.
Bryan Howland ran down the early race leader to get a heat win and told me about the 33 Sprinter.
Danny Varin won his ESS heat race and talked about what he heard behind him on the last lap.
Steve Poirier walked me through his ESS heat win and described how light he had to be on the gas.
Billy Decker and Larry Wight told me about their heat wins as they won the first & second races.
Danny Johnson explained why he was surprised to win his Modified heat race after last time.
Dale Planck got ready for a draw for starting spot and talked about his win in the final heat race.
 
After the A-Main and the feature:
 
Chuck Hebing won for the 2nd night in a row and talked with Mike Mallett about his late race pass.
Dylan Swiernik finished in second place and spoke with Mike Mallett about his heartbreaker.
Matt Sheppard made a last lap pass for the win and talked about the victory with Shane Andrews.
Larry Wight spoke with Shane Andrews after finishing second in Canandaigua’s SDS race.
Jimmy Phelps made a late race move to finish in 3rd place and told me when he had a tire going down.
 
What a night of racing it was at Canandaigua Motorsports Park. The ESS A-Main saw Chuck Hebing speed by Dylan Swirenik after a yellow bunched the field up with three laps to go. Hebing went to the outside, as he usually does and did in his last Canandaigua win, and passed Swiernik for the victory. But that wasn’t all.
 
In the Super DIRTcar Series race, Matt Sheppard passed Larry Wight down low in the final corner to win that race as the two swapped the lead three times. Yeah, it was one of those nights alright. The racing was just great…end of story.
 
I have a lot of stuff up for you today and will be back with more tomorrow from my last two nights at the track. I’ll be golfing today before heading to Fulton and Utica Rome for the final two nights of SUNY Canton CNY Speedweek.
 
Now let’s find out more about what we have for yon on the Audio Page that you can listen to right now. Dale Planck remembered a muddy night in Elbridge and talked about getting back in the 66x as well as why he hates it when he draws the pole position. 
 
Danny Varin led a lot of laps at Brewerton on Wednesday and explained how he lost the lead late when a caution flag fell with one lap to go.
 
Matt Tanner described his season so far as well as his night with the ESS at Brewerton on Wednesday as he fell back to finish in tenth place. 
 
Paul Kinney came into the night with three races under his belt and talked about Wednesday night when he moved from 15th to 5th at Brewerton. 
 
Steve Poirier described the flip he had in his heat on Wednesday, how badly it damaged his Sprint Car and how he raced to a top ten in the back up car. 
 
Doug Emery explained why Stewart Friesen is not in the 33 car this weekend and why he picked up Bryan Howland to fill the seat. Don’t worry guys. It’s all good! 
 
Justin Barger came from 9th to 1st in 5 laps to win his heat and talked about the moves he made to get to the front at Canandaigua. 
 
Bryan Howland ran down the early race leader to get a heat win and told me how good the 33 Sprinter was at Canandaigua. 
 
Danny Varin won his ESS heat race at Canandaigua and talked about what he heard behind him on the last lap as he held on for the victory. Good to see you back at the track Dover Dave!!! 
 
Steve Poirier walked me through his ESS heat win and described how light he had to be on the gas as he worked his way around the big half mile in Canandaigua. 
 
Billy Decker and Larry Wight told me about their heat wins at Canandaigua’s Super DIRTcar Series event as they won the first & second races respectively. 
 
Danny Johnson explained why he was surprised to win his Modified heat race after last time he came out to Canandaigua and why he wasn’t changing a thing. 
 
Dale Planck got ready for a draw for starting spot and talked about his win in the final heat race. By the way he did not draw up front, he drew 12th
 
Chuck Hebing won for the 2nd night in a row and talked with Mike Mallett about his late race pass with just three laps to go. 
 
Dylan Swiernik finished in second place after leading a majority of the A-Main at Canandaigua and spoke with Mike Mallett about his heartbreaker. 
 
Matt Sheppard made a last lap pass down low in the final corner for the win at Canandaigua and talked about the victory with Shane Andrews
 
Larry Wight spoke with Shane Andrews after getting passed in the final corner and finishing second in Canandaigua’s Super DIRTcar Series race. 
 
Jimmy Phelps made a late race move to finish in 3rd place and told me when he had a tire going down as well as what that did to his chances of winning the race. 

 
Thursday, July 2nd 2015
   New on the Audio Page from Rolling Wheels Raceway:
 
Pre race conversations:
 
Rick Laubach told me why he towed up to Rolling Wheels and a little about his season so far.
Chad Phelps talked about the new SNDY surface and remembered some of his past in Elbridge.
David Van Horn has been running at New Egypt and told me about a string of 2nd place finishes.
Billy Dunn finished 8th the night before at Ohsweken and explained why it was a rough night.
Dan Wiesner has always like Rolling Wheels and thought back on  his Sportsman successes.
Henry Maier explained why we have not seen him much due to the seasonal driving job he has.
Tim Kerr recalled his run at Ohsweken and told me about his busy plans for the next few days.
 
After the heat races:
 
Billy Dunn led every lap to win his qualifying heat and told me how his draw helped on a wet surface.
Dan Wiesner won his first career Modified heat race and got reflective about the race he had.
Jessey Mueller reacted to winning his first heat race at in just his sixteenth race on the clay.
Eldon Payne Jr. took the win in the consolation race and described how the racetrack had changed.
 
After the 50 lap Modified feature:
 
Tim McCreadie led all but three laps to get the victory and talked about getting a win in the 4* car.
Billy Dunn came home in 2nd place and told me how he snuck by to lead a lap in the middle.
Rick Laubach finished in 3rd and talked about an issue he had with some clay inside the Modified.
Mike Bowman went from 9th to 4th and spoke about how tough it was to pass on the wet track.
Roy Bresnahan described a vibration he had with his car and wondered if it caught him two spots.
Jessey Mueller explained how he flipped in turn three and compared it to a rougher one he had.
 
I had a very fun night but a muddy one as well as I went to Rolling Wheels for their season opener. I went for two reasons actually, first of course to do the ddd thing we always and secondly to help with the Rush Hour on DIRT TV show.
 
I was fortunate enough to be asked to help in the booth and relay information to the announcers who were doing the play by play. I worked all night with Doug Logan, Shane Andrews and a rookie color commentator named Bob McCreadie. I had so much fun working with the guys and they did a great job. And for a first time, Mr. McCreadie was excellent as you guys will see for yourself next month on Mav TV.
 
The racetrack was wet obviously as it rained in Elbridge until late in the afternoon. The new SYNDI surface was down but it was so wet and humid I don’t really think we got a good look at what it can do just yet.
 
Tim McCreadie won and led all but three laps of the 50 lap Modified feature race in front of a very good crowd. A much better crowd than probably most people expected including me. So it was a lot of fun and I can’t wait to go back and be a part of the production on July 23rd.
 
For those of us who worked for Glenn Donnelly it was like a family reunion. We all spent a lot of time shaking hands and catching up on how we all were doing. It was a fun night all around I just wish it wasn’t so darned muddy.
 
I got the muddiest I got in a long time and made the mistake of walking across the carpet at home getting it muddy too. Sorry Camille!
 
Today I will be at Canandaigua followed by Fulton on Saturday and Utica Rome on Sunday. I saved some stuff for Saturday and will save a few more tomorrow for release then as well. Have a great Thursday and maybe I will see you at The Land of Legends tonight. 

 
Wednesday, July 1st 2015
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Steve Poirier looks ahead to CNY Speedweek and tells me a little about all five racetracks.
Dean Reynolds previews SUNY Canton’s CNY Speedweek and talks about who will be racing.
 
From Steve Ovens at Black Rock:
 
Alan Johnson talks with Steve Ovens after his Modified feature win as well as his 41 year streak.
Chuck Winslow won the Street Stock make up race at Black Rock and spoke about it with Steve.
Codie Baker won the four cylinder feature for the second time and explained when he got better.
Eddie Sites spoke about how starting up front helped him to get an IMCA Modified feature win.
Jake Karlnoski got the win in the regular Street Stock race and spoke about the battle up front.
Jason Benjamin talked about winning his second IMCA race of the season last week at Black Rock.
Jeff Daugherty earned the victory in the Bandit feature race and spoke about it with Steve Ovens.
Rich Sharpsteen picked up the four cylinder win and told Steve about his win last Friday night.
Steve Gray got the win in the rain out Sportsman feature and talked about the rough surface.
Steve Gray won a pair of races on the night and spoke with Steve about his second win on Friday.
 
Sorry about yesterday. I got real busy at the end of the day and thought that I had finished all my work on the website. Well, I almost did. I wrote up my front page entry but forgot to submit it. Sorry about that. But even when I do, the new audio is always up as one of you found out. But again…sorry.
 
Today is a big day as we have a lot for you on the website and a lot going on at racetracks in New York State. The SUNY Canton CNY Speedweeks shows begin tonight at Brewerton. Rolling Wheels runs their first event of the year and Ransomville also has a big money Modified show. Here is where I wish I could clone myself and be in three places at once.
 
So tonight I will be in Rolling Wheels doing my usual thing and helping out with a very small role on the TV show. No, you won’t hear or see me but I will be there helping out with information while hoping it could turn into an on camera or on mic deal more down the road. You can always hope right?
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have on the Audio Page for you to listen to today including alot of stuff from our friend Steve Ovens from Turn 5 Live. Thanks so much Steve and great to hear from you again.
 
Steve Poirier looks ahead to CNY Speedweek, beginning tonight in Brewerton, and tells me a little about all five racetracks as well as what the keys are to doing well. 
 
Dean Reynolds previews SUNY Canton’s CNY Speedweek and talks about who will be racing as well as how the series has caught on entering its third go around. 
 
Alan Johnson talks with Steve Ovens after his Modified feature win as well as his 41 year streak where he was at least one feature in each season. 
 
Chuck Winslow won the Street Stock make up race at Black Rock and spoke about the tough conditions he saw with Steve in victory lane. 
 
Codie Baker won the four cylinder feature for the second time this season and explained when his racecar got better and when he wondered if he would finish. 
 
Eddie Sites spoke about how starting up front helped him to get an IMCA Modified feature win as well as what groove he found was the best for him. 
 
Jake Karlnoski got the win in the regular Street Stock race and spoke about the battle up front which saw a nice side by side race right till the end. 
 
Jason Benjamin talked about winning his second IMCA race of the season last week at Black Rock as well as why he felt it is best to be lucky rather than good. 
 
Jeff Daugherty earned the victory in the Bandit feature race and spoke about it with Steve Ovens as well as what grooves the car stuck well in.
 
Rich Sharpsteen picked up the four cylinder win and told Steve about his win last Friday night as well as what it meant to win the memorial race for a friend. 
 
Steve Gray got the win in the rain out Sportsman feature and talked about the rough surface. And Steve was only just getting started. 
 
Steve Gray won a pair of races on the night and spoke with Steve about his second win on Friday as well as why he waited to go to the top side of the track. 

 
     
 
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