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Thursday, July 21st 2011
    New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Billy Pauch Sr. talked about winning his tenth of the year at New Egypt and the fun he is having.
Jason Barney had a top five Friday night at Glen Ridge and spoke about the track he saw at Fulton.
Dan Connors Jr. spoke to J. Fish about his 2011 season driving a Super Modified at Oswego.
Guard Nearbin is hoping for a rookie of the year award and talked about his Super Modified.
Alan Rudalavage interviews Doug Elkins about his feature win in a Four Cylinder Super Stock. 
A.J. Bernys is in his first year in a Small Block Super and told J Fish about his 11 year history. 
Otto Graham told me how he got the idea to create Otto’s Race Action and what the website is.
Jeff Hachmann previews this weekend's Fast Track Sprint Car Summer Shootout  at Rolling Wheels.
 
I had a fun day on Wednesday although I can tell you I did not go outside for much. I went out to get dinner, coach my daughter with her running and then hit the pool with her to cool off afterwards. Yep, that was about it for outside activities.
 
I was busy in the studio and with the keyboard as well as I wrote up a story for the Syracuse Post Standard concerning the situation in Weedsport. If you are not in the area and want to read it, you can go to www.syracuse.com.motorpsorts. And we have eight more interviews set for tomorrow including a chat with Jessica Zemken. 
 
On the site today are lots of conversations including four with people who are making their first appearance on Doug’s Dirt Diary. Do you know who they are? Three of them are from Jeremiah Fish as he continues to do some great work for us here on the site. And I will be at Oswego Speedway this weekend myself so look for more from the Steel Palace next week.
 
Now since I am ready to go out the door for that swimming I told you about, I’ll go ahead and tell you more about the new stuff on the Audio Page today. It begins with an icon of Modified racing who I caught just as he was getting ready to head out.   Billy Pauch Sr. talked about winning his tenth Modified race of the year at New Egypt and the fun he is having. He also told me how he came from 18th this past weekend, how a late race restart helped him get the opportunity to go for the lead and explained why winning number 100 at the track will be just another night for him. 
 
Jason Barney had a top five Friday night at Glen Ridge and spoke about the track he saw at Fulton. He told me how much he remembers about Fulton after starting his career there in a Sportsman, described how happy he was with his finish the night before and how he made up for a bad draw with a strong run. 
 
Dan Connors Jr. spoke to J. Fish about his 2011 season driving a Super Modified at Oswego. He explained how a recent race helped get some confidence back, how the competition level has been increased this season and what it is like to wonder if you’ll make it into the feature. 
 
Guard Nearbin is hoping for a rookie of the year award and talked about his Super Modified. He told Jeremiah Fish how his experience in a Limited Super didn’t help much, how he did when he got back behind the wheel of one recently and how sloe it felt compared to the Super. 
 
Alan Rudalavage interviews Doug Elkins about his feature win in a Four Cylinder Super Stock at the Brewerton Speedway. He asked him how it felt to win a race, how the opportunity came about as well as a series of eight prepared questions that he put together many months ago. Thanks for your time on this one Alan! 
 
A.J. Bernys is in his first year in a Small Block Super and told J Fish about his 11 year history. He talked with him about his start in a Quarter Midget, how he reacted to a bad string of luck to start the year at Oswego and how important it is not to dwell on the negatives. 
 
Otto Graham told me how he got the idea to create Otto’s Race Action and what the website is all about. I know you guys are going to love this so be sure to go to www.ottosraceaction.com and do some poking around. Great website! And you can also access it on my Friends Links page. 
 
Jeff Hachmann previews the Fast Track Sprint Car Summer Shootout this weekend at Rolling Wheels. He told me who is set to compete at this two day event, what else is on the card both days and how fans can get a free pit pass for Friday with advance sale purchase today. Call 315-834-6606 or go to www.dirtcar.com/tickets.  

 
Wednesday, July 20th 2011
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Bobby Varin talks about his weekend that included a pair of wins Friday night at Glen Ridge.
Craig Rayvals was on his way to the consi at Oswego and talked with J Fish about his struggles. 
Chuck Hebing thinks back on his two ESS races and looks ahead to Rolling Wheels this weekend.
Dan Vauter has had a tough 2011 season and explained what has been going on in recent weeks.
Paul Habeck explains why he is getting out of Modified racing and why he likes Sprint Cars.
Brian Sobus spoke with J Fish about moving from a small block to a powerful Super Modified.
Art Halliday told me why someone was driving the car with his name on the roof while he wasn’t.
Claude Hutchings Sr. discusses the costs associated with running a top notch open Sportsman. 
 
It was a busy day for me on Tuesday as I did a lot of work in the studio as well as some busy work. It was another hot one so we made sure to take a dip in the folk’s pool at dinnertime and again after I mowed my overgrown lawn.
 
On the site today we have a lot of new stuff including interviews with some people who have never been on before thanks to Jeremiah Fish. And tomorrow I have my much anticipated interview with Alan Rudalavage as he turns the tables on me with his series or prepared questions. We did that yesterday afternoon and we both had a lot of fun. And you know Alan, he is so reserved and shy…not!
 
Today I hope to buckle down and get a lot more done as I would like to lay low on Thursday and maybe take the girls out to Car Owner Claude’s to clean the racecar. It needs it after last week although part of me wants to keep the winning dirt on the racecar for the next time.
 
I don’t know about you but the heat just has me whipped something fierce. As I sit here typing at 11PM, I almost didn’t make it back down to the studio as I was just being lazy with my wife watching Caddyshack. But I made the midnight deadline no problem. 
 
So be sure to come back tomorrow as we have a lot more coming your way including a website you are gonna love. Try www.ottosraceaction.com and come back tomorrow to meet the man responsible for it. And again, I know you are gonna love it. 
 
Now let’s chat more about what is new for today on the Audio Page. I begin with a man who did something this past weekend he had never done before. Bobby Varin talks about his weekend that included a pair of wins Friday night at Glen Ridge. He told me how cool it was to earn his first ever victory in a 360 Sprint Car, how they missed the set up on Saturday and how slick & smooth the track was on Sunday. 
 
Craig Rayvals was on his way to the consi at Oswego and talked about his struggles with Jeremiah Fish. He explained how the car was off, what they were going to do before the last chance race and why he was hoping to get the car a little tighter in the next race. 
 
Chuck Hebing thinks back on his two ESS races at Glen Ridge & Fulton and looks ahead to Rolling Wheels this weekend.  He talked about why he will not be worrying about points this Friday & Saturday, why many drivers from other forms of racing have been getting Sprinters and compares the cost to a Modified. 
 
Dan Vauter has had a tough 2011 season and explained what has been going on in recent weeks. He talked about the effect a broken motor & rear end has had, how busy he is during the week and how having just one car to work on will free him up for the family business. Yeah, golf and 95 degree weather do not mix well. 
 
Paul Habeck explains why he is getting out of Modified racing and why he likes Sprint Cars more right now. He talked about his hard charger award at Glen Ridge, why Sprint Car racing has to be cleaner just because of what it is and how much he enjoyed his first trip to Utica Rome. 
 
Brian Sobus spoke with J Fish about moving from a small block to a powerful Super Modified. He compared the feeling to what he did before, described some of the problems they had at the beginning of the year and what the team was working on during that day’s practice sessions. 
 
Art Halliday told me why someone was driving the car with his name on the roof while he was not. He also offered his impressions on the newer Late Model chassis they picked up, how he tore it up on the first night out and how he managed to forget for a moment that he was in the racecar. That’s a good one! 
 
Claude Hutchings Sr. discusses the costs associated with running an open Sportsman in dollars & cents. He talked about how much a recent wreck at Five Mile Point Speedway cost to fix, how much open Sportsman motors are going for these days and the total money you would need for a winning car. Real honest chat here! Wanna race one? Better have lots of extra $$$. 

 
Tuesday, July 19th 2011
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Paul Kinney talks with me about his Utica Rome Modified win, his first since the year 2006.
Lance Yonge remembered his ninth place finish with the ESS when they visited Glen Ridge.
Rod Sauter spoke with Jeremiah Fish about how his car felt in his hot lap sessions at Oswego.
Michael Muldoon told J Fish what they were doing to try to loosen up his Super Modified.
Bob Henry Jr. was at the Fulton Speedway in a Sportsman and told me how it all came about.
Rich Keller explained why he had to take a week off and how proud he was of his nephew.
Eric Kingsley tells us why he is no longer promoting at the New Cayuga County Speedway.
 
It was a dark and stormy day in Central New York as thunderstorms hit us in the morning and then again at 7:30 as I type up this front page entry. Fortunately my uninterruptable power supply will keep me working even if the power goes off. And yes, it has happened before. Best one hundred bucks I ever spent right there!!!
 
I got a lot of work done on Monday, recorded some new interviews and set up even more for today.  Plus I put up a lot of new photo bins as well with still more to do today. And as you guys know, I only put so many up at a time so you guys who only check once a day or every other day don’t miss too much.
 
The rest of my day was very good too as we spent some good time together as a family as we watched the storms. And my girls are not nearly as afraid of thunder as they once were. As for me, I love storms and will watch them whenever I can. I always wanted one of those old houses with the widow’s watch on top as I could have a great time watching the weather in one of those.
 
Today I have a lot going on so be sure to come back tomorrow as we will have new stuff from the studio and from the weekend which includes my race events at Brewerton and Fulton as well a Jeremiah Fish’s trip to Oswego Speedway. And he is doing a great job with the interviews isn’t he? I always knew he could do it.
 
Now let’s talk more about what is new on the Audio Page for today. I begin with a man who rebounded from a tough Thursday with a big win. Paul Kinney talks with me about his Utica Rome Modified win, his first since the year 2006. He told me about the intense battle he was in the final lap in the final corner, explained what went wrong while he was leading on Thursday and recapped his ninth place finish Friday at Glen Ridge. 
 
Lance Yonge remembered his ninth place finish with the ESS as they visited Glen Ridge on Friday. He explained how the night could have been much worse, how much better his motors have been running and thinks back on a bad heat race crash many years ago that had long lasting effects. 
 
Rod Sauter spoke with Jeremiah Fish about how his car felt in his hot lap sessions at the Oswego Speedway. He talked about his goals for the older chassis he was running, described some of the history of his racecar and how his lap times compare to the cars he is competing against. 
 
Michael Muldoon told J Fish what they were doing to try to loosen up his Super Modified Saturday at Oswego. He talked about how the car’s handling would change after the sun goes down, ran down some of his racing background and explained why he moved up to the ultra fast, ultra technical world of Super Modifieds. 
 
Bob Henry Jr. was at the Fulton Speedway in a Sportsman and told me how it all came about. He compared the crate powered car to what he has driven in the past, talked about the finishes he has had so far and looks ahead to getting the Modified back out here in the next few weeks perhaps. 
 
Rich Keller explained why he had to take a week off and how proud he was of his nephew who subbed for him in the car. He also talked about why it was not a big deal for him to miss a week, how his new “have fun” attitude allowed him to do that and wonders how he would do later that night. 
 
Eric Kingsley tells us why he is no longer promoting races at the New Cayuga County Speedway. This was recorded at 8:30 PM Monday night after the site was already updated, that is why it is at the bottom of the page. 

 
Monday, July 18th 2011
   New on the Audio Page from Jeremiah Fish at the Oswego Speedway:
 
Randy Ritskes won the second Super Modified heat and told J Fish about his move on the outside.
Dave McKnight came into the night as the point leader and talked about how his season has gone.
Jack Patrick talked with Jeremiah Fish about the start he had and how tough his competition is.
Kreig Heroth won the first Small Block Super heat race and spoke about getting in first quickly.
Joe Gosek got the win in his Super Modified heat and described some changes he made earlier.
Jeff Holbrook tells J Fish why we have not seen as much of him this year compared to the past.
Kreig Heroth got the win in the Small Block Super Modified feature and told J Fish about it.
Mike Bond came home in the runner up finish with his Small Block and talked about the run.
Otto Sitterly picked up another Super Modified win and talked about picking his way through.
Tim Snyder finished second in the feature and told him how hairy the race was in the first laps.
Joey Payne talked about his race night at Oswego and how the season changed two weeks ago.
 
Another work week is upon us and I figured I start things out with some much deserved attention to a track that has really turned the corner this year…the Oswego Speedway. Thanks to Jeremiah Fish and the good folks up in Oswego, we have a lot of stuff from their Saturday night show on the site today with even more to come later this week.
 
I spent the day hanging out with my family and then at my parent’s house after that as it was a great day for swimming. (We also had cake with a nice message on it to celebrate my first win.) My oldest is really progressing nicely with her swimming and her running as she is getting in shape for basketball this winter. Yep, that’s my girl. Let’s just hope she did not inherit my bad knees. 
 
A lot of photos were added and more should be coming today if all goes well. And during the week we have a lot of people to track down so it should be a good one here with a minimum of five new chats per day.
 
I also plan on bringing the kids out to Car Owner Claude’s place, Tired Iron Repair to see the Saab Guys and help clean the winning dirt off the winning car. And if we have time, we may even see if the fish are biting in the pond. I’ll talk pictures too and make sure I put those up.
 
Now let’s chat more about what is on the Audio Page today from our good friend Jeremiah Fish who recorded 20 clips on Saturday. Randy Ritskes won the second Super Modified heat and told J Fish about his move on the outside. He talked with him about how his hot laps the day before helped, discussed the need to tighten his racecar for the feature and described how his car would change over the course of 50 laps. 
 
Dave McKnight came into the night as the point leader in the Super Modified division and talked to J Fish about how his season has gone. He also spoke about racing with more cars, how his heat race went and how tough it is to come from last after having some good runs of late. 
 
Jack Patrick talked with J Fish about the start he had to his night with his Small Block Super at Oswego and how tough the class is. He described the energy level he sees at the track this season, how much he likes seeing the stands fuller and how much improvement has been done at the track this year. 
 
Kreig Heroth won the first Small Block Super heat race and spoke with J Fish about the good start he had. He also talked about being in the hunt for a championship, how last week’s finish hurt him a bit and how confident he was feeling after his heat win. 
 
Joe Gosek got the win in his Super Modified heat and described some changes he made earlier in practice. He talked about the role the hot temperatures play, how good he feels about the comeback the track is enjoying this year and how excited he is to be a part of the resurgence. 
 
Jeff Holbrook tells J Fish why we have not seen as much of him this year compared to the past. He told him how he lost his spot in the seat of the winged car, ran down his plans for the rest of 2011 and how an injury in the off season has set him back a bit physically. 
 
Kreig Heroth got the win in the Small Block Super Modified feature and told J Fish about it. He also thought back to last week’s misfortune, explained how much a mid season win can help momentum and what they did to get some advice on the chassis along the way. 
 
Mike Bond came home in the runner up finish with his Small Block and talked about the run. He spoke about the need for a caution at some point, explained how tough it is to come from the back and how the second place keeps his championship hopes alive. 
 
Otto Sitterly picked up another Super Modified win and talked about picking his way through the field. He remembered some close calls with some lapped car, how the victory does not change his team’s game plan and what the goals are on any race night. 
 
Tim Snyder finished second in the feature and how hairy the race was in the first few laps. He talked about a handling condition he was dealing with, explained how the eventual race winner got by him and wondered if the leader was running out of fuel late. 
 
Joey Payne talked about his race night at Oswego and how the season changed two weeks ago. He told J Fish about how fast he was after going to the back, how good his racecar felt and how it felt to pass some of the big name drivers in the feature. 

 
Sunday, July 17th 2011
   New on the Audio Page from the Fulton Speedway:
 
Pre race conversations:
 
Jeremy Pitcher told me about his Sportsman win at Fulton, his first victory of the 2011 season.
Shawn Donath talked about his Friday night at Glen Ridge and his hopes for later at Fulton.
Kevin Ward Jr. recapped his Friday night race as he got ready for his first ever race at Fulton.
Chuck Hebing had a runner up finish on Friday night and described his battle for that spot.
Gordy Button debuted his brand new Crate Late Model and talked about getting it ready in time.
Steve Poirier remembered his race the night before and told me about a fuel issue he was fixing.
 
After the heat races:
 
Sean Beardsley made a mid race move for a win in his heat and talked about his race out front.
Dale Caswell told me about his Crate Late Model win and how he compensated for a tight car.
Steve Poirier won the first ESS heat race and updated me on their fuel pressure/delivery problem. 
Tommy Wickham talked about his ESS heat win and the experimenting they did in the dash.
Chuck Hebing won his heat as well as the dash and talked about a fuel issue he was working on.
Kevin Ward Jr. picked up some spots late to finish fifth and recapped his first Fulton race.
 
After the feature races:
 
Sean Beardsley won his first ever race at the Fulton Speedway and spoke with Bill Foley.
Steve Poirier led all 25 laps of the ESS A-Main and talked with Mike Mallett in victory lane.
Cory Sparks finished in second place in the A-Main and basked in his pair of podium finishes.
Chuck Hebing came into the night as the ESS point leader and spoke to Mike about his 3rd place. 
Kevin Ward Jr. picked up some spots late to finish fifth and recapped his first Fulton race.
Tim Sears Jr. made a late race move to win his 15th race overall and talked about how he felt.
 
I had a nice time last night as I visited the Fulton Speedway as the Empire Super Sprints made up a rained out show from a while back. There was a nice crowd on hand but if you went to the parking lot for too long, you might have missed the ESS A-Main as it went green to checkered and was over in well under ten minutes.
 
Steve Poirier who had been chasing down a fuel pressure problem with his 360 Sprinter would lead all 25 laps to take the win. I did get to record interviews with almost the entire top five but my Larry Wight interview did not come out somehow so I only got four of the five. Darn it! Not sure what went wrong there.
 
In the Sportsman feature, Tim Sears Jr. was fast in the corners and got by Billy Clark just after the two to go flags waved and went on for his 15th win of the year. Plus Sean Beardsley won the Late Model race and battled with Sears right until the checkered flag waved. There are chats with both of them on the Audio Page.
 
I also took well over 100 photos on a hot day in the sun in Oswego County. All of those are up right now and I was also able to save seven pre race chats to join the five I saved the night before and all of those will go into the can.
 
It was fun night as the Sprint Cars are always a good time on the high banked Fulton Speedway track and I was also impressed with young Tony Finch II as he ran away and hid in the Novice Crate Sportsman race. Hopefully I will be able to track that young man down this week sometime.
 
While I was at Fulton, Jeremiah Fish was at the Oswego Speedway taking pictures and talking with drivers. He recorded 19 clips up there and a lot of those will be up tomorrow as I will dedicate my Monday to the Oswego Speedway which is enjoying a renaissance of sorts this year with the biggest car and fan counts they have had in quite sometime.
 
See you back tomorrow and keep checking today as I may get new photo bins in. Have a great Sunday!

 
Saturday, July 16th 2011
   New on the Audio Page from the Brewerton Speedway:
 
Pre race conversations:
 
Ryan Scott has been at the last two races in Brewerton and talked about how he has been doing.
Gary Tomkins looked over the new car he would be driving and told me how it all came about.
Ryan Phelps was watching the racetrack and told me what the surface characteristics have been.
Larry Wight will be racing a Sprint Car at Fulton today and talked about his recent hot lap session.
Jimmy Phelps had a short night at Utica Rome on Thursday and described what went wrong.
Rich Scagliotta celebrated his birthday on Friday night as we discussed the virtues of age.
 
After the heat races:
 
Pat O’Brien won the first Modified heat race and thought back to what happened last week.
Matt Fink got the win in his heat with a late race pass and compared that feat to a feature win.
Mike Mahaney saw a fast car on his inside and explained how that might have helped him out.
Jim Money passed a lot of cars winning his Four Cylinder heat from the back and talked about it.
Willy Decker interviews Doug Elkins after winning his second heat race in as many weeks.
 
After the feature races:
 
Matt Sheppard spoke with announcer Bill Foley after notching his second Brewerton win of 2011.
Jimmy Davis had a nice side by side battle late in the race and talked about finishing second.
Alan Johnson finished in third place and wondered if a slower car on the last lap hurt his chances.
Brian Freese interviews Doug Elkins after leading every lap to win his first ever feature race.
 
It was another great night at the Brewerton Speedway and for me personally, it was a night I will NEVER Forget…more on me later.
 
The track was a little slicker than it had been in recent weeks on what was a beautiful summer day near the shores of Oneida Lake in Oswego County. If you have never been there except for the racetrack, you really need to make it a day and go. Just make a circle around the lake…you’ll see something you like.
 
Another strong field of Modifieds was on hand and I was able to chat with several of them beforehand, after the heats and then again after the feature. Many of those interviews and several more are up right now on the Audio Page. Plus there lots of photos you can see now as well. Yeah, it was a fun night!
 
In the Modified feature race, Mike Mahaney looked strong out front and after a heat win earlier in the night I was beginning to wonder if he might get to victory lane after he endured a couple of early race cautions and restarts. Then the yellow came out on lap 11 and I searched the racetrack to see who it was for and sure enough, it was for Mahaney. 
 
In the pits, they were working under the rearend so you can take a few guesses at what might have happened and one of those would probably be right. It was a tough break for a nice young man. On the next restart, Chad Phelps was the leader in his brand new car till Matt Sheppard motored by on the outside of turn four.
 
From there is was relatively smooth sailing for Sheppard as he won his second feature race of the year at the D-Shaped Dirt Demon. Jimmy Davis and Alan Johnson had a great side by side battle for second right to the checkered flag with Davis edging out the AJ at the line. It was fun too watch.
 
Earlier Kevan Cook extended his point lead with his IMCA Modified win after early leader Rob Keller broke on a restart handing the top spot to Cook. His big point lead extends as he is really on a roll at Brewerton. 
 
In the Mod Lite feature Joe Isabell held off his dad Jeff in the closing laps to win the Mod Lite feature race. It was the first win for Joe while dad’s win total will now have to stay at four for now anyway. Sorry to say however that I have yet to see many of their features as they are right before mine, so I do get to listen in the staging area. 
 
Then the Four Cylinder Super Stocks came out and I was able to take advantage of my outside row two starting spot and get into the lead right away. I was able to keep the lead this time around and used something I learned last week to get me through what caused me to stumble the week before. 
 
Last week I balked while leading and it caused an incident that saw my car jump out of gear and eventually see me fall to the rear after bringing out a caution. This time around, that traffic was fun and screwing up last week actually helped as alot of people gave me some great advice on how to be the leader in traffic.
 
Stephen Denton caught me in traffic and got on my bumper (from what observers told me) but once I got through it I was able to pull away as Denton eventually had a problem with his car that was so bad fire extinguishers were needed. 
 
I cannot believe we held on an actually won a feature race at Brewerton. I knew we were close with three heat wins and all, but I just did not want to think about winning last night until we got to that point. I truly took it one corner at a time and one lapped car at a time. 
 
The next thing I knew I saw ten on the lap counter and knew we had five to go. (I missed flagger Dave Farney on that one I guess as trust me, you don’t see him every lap as you eyes are a bit busy.) I just buckled down and raced the track. Next thing I knew I saw the white. Yes I was talking to myself on the last lap. 
 
“Stay aggressive, hit your marks!” I said to myself. Next thing I knew I was in victory lane which is an experience in itself. I cannot thank Claude Hutchings Sr. and his wife Carol enough for putting me in the car and staying with me as I melted down emotionally after a few bad runs. 
 
Plus Claude Jr. and Stephen Denton have been instrumental as well all along the way. Stephen even gave me a tip after the heat race on how to get into turn three better. I was using that advice in the feature.
 
I still cannot believe we did this and how fortunate I am to be in a top notch Four Cylinder Super Stock with a car owner who I consider to be a great friend. I’m sure I will get no sleep tonight but now I need to get off the keyboard and attempt to do so as I am doing TV at Fulton Speedway today. 
 
Thanks to everyone including the speedway, the officials and all the drivers who have shared their knowledge with me over my 22 years in the sport. It all came together last night in an evening of racing that I will never forget. 

 
Friday, July 15th 2011
   New on the Audio Page from the Utica Rome Speedway:
 
Pre race conversations:
 
Bill Trexler remembered his second place finish from last week and reflected on his good fortune.
Matt Janczuk told me about last week’s Sportsman win and the motor he had under the hood.
Pat Ward talked about his top five finish at Lincoln on Tuesday and described the racetrack.
Jimmy Phelps explained why he was at Utica Rome and what he was hoping to learn on this night.
Bobby Varin spun out last week in the Modified feature and told me why he went around.
Rocco Leone just moved into a Sportsman and talked about how he has been doing in the car.
 
After the heat races:
 
Todd Burley walked me through his heat win that saw him get to the front using the extreme top.
Ronnie Johnson won the second Modified heat and talked to me about how fast the track was.
Ted Lamb led every lap to win the final heat and told me about an issue they had last week.
Claude Hutchings Jr. won the first Sportsman heat and described how good his back up car was.
Joe Harrington got the win in the second heat and told me why he switched to an open motor. 
A.J. Filbeck took the checkered flag in the last heat and talked about how he ended up in the lead.
 
After the feature races:
 
Stewart Friesen chatted with Mike Mallett after his Modified win that tied him with a legend. 
Bobby Varin told Mike Mallett about his 2nd place finish and apologized for his spin last week.
Ronnie Johnson led thirteen laps, finished in third and told announcer Mike Mallett about it.
Ted Lamb came home in fourth place and talked about the race he had with his teammate.
Mark Kislowski had a good day and told me about his 5th place in the feature as well as his heat. 
A.J. Filbeck won his first ever Sportsman feature race and described how it felt to him and his crew.
 
I had a fun night on a Thursday as I headed to Utica Rome Speedway for their annual Fan Appreciation Night. It was just five bucks to get in with a canned good so hopefully a lot of people who can’t even think about going to the races will get some much needed food thanks to the racefans in attendance last night. 
 
The track was tacky and did get a bit unruly early in the night, but after a grooming session at the break it was much improved and still pretty fast! I recorded a bunch of interviews and unlike most days, I put them all up today as I have races the next two days and Utica Rome runs again this Sunday. So if I held onto some, they would be old by then. Therefore I put them all up!
 
The Modified race saw Stewart Friesen tie Lou Lazzaro on the all time feature win list as he won his fourth race of the season and fourteenth overall this year. Yeah, Stewart is having quite a year. Bobby Varin tried to catch him late but would have to settle for second place.
 
I recorded the top three chats with Mike Mallett in victory lane and got the rest of the top five in the pit area afterwards. I also got to chat with A. J. Filbeck after he won his first ever Sportsman feature. He and his family were all smiles in the pit area and deservingly so. It is always nice to interview a first time winner and I was damned happy to do it! Nice job A.J. 
 
All in all it was areal good night at the track despite the break at halftime. Now I would think that a few people might bash them for the break, but the track work had to be done and it was better racing in the feature because of it. In my 22 years I have never seen a track go from super slick to super tacky in a week without some roughness. They will get it down…mark my words!
 
As always it is fun to see all the Utica Rome people including the wonderful people that work there and the fans who always show up for races at this popular track. It was a warm day, so my head was on a pivot looking at all the scenery. Did I mention how much I enjoy going to Utica Rome? Yeah, I think I did. 
 
Now today I will head to Brewerton to race and report. Then on Saturday I will be at Fulton for an ESS show while Jeremiah Fish will work the Oswego Speedway for us. His asphalt stuff will be up on Monday. 
 
Have a great Friday and I hope to see you at a racetrack this weekend. And if you go here and like it, be sure to tell me as I always enjoy hearing from listeners. 

 
     
 
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