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Wednesday, October 19th 2016
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Joey Colsten talked about his one win season and getting used to a chassis change for his Mod.
Nick Nye spoke about his two win weekend at I-88 Speedway and his late season race plans.  
Tony Veneziano reports on the WoO Sprint Car races from Williams Grove and Port Royal.

I’ve got a busy day ahead of me today and hope to talk with a lot of you so if you are racing this weekend please send me an email to doug@dougsdirtdiary.com and we’ll be sure to let everyone know what is up as we wind down the 2016 season.

Soon we will be doing Season in Review interviews and as always we are looking for new questions to add to our chats. If you give me a really good question that is original and I use it I will send you a free t-shirt so think hard, send me your questions and we’ll get those interviews going real soon.

Now let’s chat more about what we have on the Audio Page today as we start with my trip to Penn Can last Friday night. Joey Colsten talked about his one win season, getting used to a chassis change for his Modified and how close he came to winning the championship at Penn Can.  

Nick Nye spoke about his two win weekend at I-88 Speedway, how the track came him and his late season race plans as he prepared to race at Penn Can this past weekend.

Tony Veneziano reports on the WoO Sprint Car races from Williams Grove and Port Royal while looking ahead to this weekend’s races in the Midwest.  

 
Tuesday, October 18th 2016
    New on the Audio Page for today:

Billy Pauch Jr. talks about his Modified win at Grandview and what he has left for 2016.
Nick Branning raced for just the fifth time Friday night and told me about racing with his dad.
Ronnie Ford will be back at I-88 Speedway to co-promote and tells me what is new for 2017.

We are back with more good stuff for you today as we visit with a feature winner, meet someone new and find out about changes at I-88 Speedway for next season. And if things work out well we’ll be talking with someone new from NBC Sports who also works on their Mecum Auction coverage. Can you guess who? First correct guess to doug@dougsdirtdiary.com will get a free t shirt.

Tomorrow we’ll get up to speed on the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series as they head from Pennsylvania to the Midwest for a pair of races this weekend. Plus many of our own teams and teams from all over the country are heading to Charlotte this weekend for what may be the biggest show car count wise that track has ever seen.

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page starting with a driver who just earned his seventh win of the season. Billy Pauch Jr. talks about his Modified win at Grandview, described the battle for the lead that he was a part of and what he has left on his racing schedule for 2016.

Nick Branning raced for just the fifth time Friday night and told me about racing with his dad as well as why he stopped running in demolition derbies. Nice guy!  

Ronnie Ford will be back at I-88 Speedway to co-promote the new Afton Motorsports Park and tells me what is new for 2017 as well as why he feels the track is so special.  

 
Monday, October 17th 2016
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Danny Creeden runs down the rest of his 2016 schedule as he enjoys his best season ever!
Casey Pavlick spoke about winning the GRIT Sportsman championship and why it means a lot.
Randy Gates enjoyed a winning season and talked about his upcoming trip to Charlotte.

It was another nice day in our area and I sure hope it was where you are too. I spent the day getting a lot of outdoor things done as I just don’t know how many of these days we’ll have left. Then I was able to get some chats recorded in the studio for you guys to check out later.

Join us tomorrow as we will hear from Billy Pauch Jr. as he tells us about his Modified feature win at Grandview and the shows he still has on his calendar for the 2016 season which includes Charlotte in two weeks.

Plus we are looking for people who are going to race down in Charlotte this coming weekend so send me a message if you are going at doug@dougsdirtdiary.com and we’ll tell everyone all about it.

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page for today starting with a man who set new personal bests this season. Danny Creeden runs down the rest of his 2016 schedule as he enjoys his best season ever and tells me how he is feeling as he gets close to seventy starts on the year.  

Casey Pavlick spoke about winning the GRIT Sportsman championship, why it means a little more than a track title and described an adjustment he was making in the pits.  

Randy Gates enjoyed a winning season and talked about his upcoming trip to Charlotte as well as his hopes to someday get a chance to turn some laps at the place.  

 
Sunday, October 16th 2016
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Mike Colsten tells me how his health is these days and why he switched chassis at mid-season.
Donnie Elliott explained why we haven’t seen much of him this year and why his demeanor changed.
Leon Andrus talked about his new role for 2016 as co-promoter at the new Afton Motorsports Park.

I actually had a day off on Saturday as I stayed up late Saturday morning after Penn Can to get the site done for you today. It had been a couple of weeks since I had a day off and it was much needed. If everything went like I hoped I slept late, played some golf and watched some playoff baseball with friends. I will let you know tomorrow if it worked out as well as I hoped. And it has been a few weeks since I golfed so we were not expecting much except some fun with friends.

On the site today I have two really good driver chats that I really hope you listen to. I hope I don’t sound too preachy in the first one with Mike Colsten but his story is amazing and we are so happy he is with us, doing well and racing after getting as close to, well you know, as you’d like to get. And Donnie Elliott has also had his mind thinking some different things too, although not life and death, and he is having a lot more fun at the track these days. Nice!

Plus we get you the news firsthand on what is happening at I-88 Speedway next year including a new team co-promoting it and a new name. So sit back, take a break from the football and let’s talk some racing. I hope you like it.

I do hope to get in the studio a little today and if you had a great weekend or know of someone I should call on the phone for a chat please send me a message to doug@dougsdirtdiary.com and I’ll give it my best shot.

Now let’s chat more about what we have on the Audio Page beginning with a heart-warming story with a man whose life has been changed forever. Mike Colsten tells me how his health is these days, why he hasn’t seen his doctor in quite some time and why he switched chassis at mid-season. So happy you are doing well Mike!  

Donnie Elliott explained why we haven’t seen much of him until later this season, how his knee is doing these days and what he learned from racing with his son. Good one here!  

Leon Andrus talked about his new role for 2016 as co-promoter at the new Afton Motorsports Park and ran down some of his early thoughts on what they may do. Meet the second half tomorrow!  

 
Saturday, October 15th 2016
   

New on the Audio Page from Penn Can Speedway:

After the heat races:

Mike Schane got the win the 1st Sportsman heat race and spoke about moving from Modified.
Lem Atkins
won his Sportsman heat by mere inches and talked about running the Mod consi.
Ryan Stone finished second by working up top and told Allie Elkins when he found that line.
Darwin Greene won the first Modified heat race and described how hard he was driving.
Alan Rudalavage talks with Allie after his heat win as she tried to stay up with him in the chat.
Joey Grammes told me about his Modified heat win and why he felt he had to be better later.
Nick Rochinski explained how he won the final Mod heat and who picked the number one spot.

After the features:

Tommy Collins Jr. won a good back and forth battle and spoke about his Sportsman victory.
Nick Grist was victorious in a very entertaining 4 Cylinder race and apologized to second place.
Nick Rochinski picked up his first win of the season and talked about how good his Modified was.
Brian Malcolm finished in second place and spoke about the folks who helped this season.
Danny Creeden spoke about winning the STARS Series championship with his third place finish.

I had a good time last night as Allie and I headed into Pennsylvania for night one of King of the Can Weekend at Penn Can Speedway. A good field of Mods, Crate Sportsman, Factory Stocks and Four Cylinders were on hand and the racing was really good! Three and four wide were commonplace and we really had a great time…but.

When we got back to the car with one more feature to go, and apologies to the Factory Stocks who put on great shows down in the Southern Tier, and the thermometer inside read 35 degrees. Even though it was not freezing a layer of icy dust was on the car. Yeah it was cold! The only other time I have been that cold at a racetrack was when I was spotting for TV on the roof at Syracuse while snowflakes danced around me and my fear of heights overran my concern about the cold. Yeah, it was really, really cold.

But like I said we really had a good time, drank a lot of hot chocolate and met some new folks in the pit area and saw a lot of people I had not seen in a while. We also met a few of you who listen to the site and meeting a lot of you is what really keeps me going when I get tired in the early morning in front of my computer. And you guys say the nicest things and do so in front of my daughter. Thanks. You have no idea how much that means to me.

Action continues today at Penn Can on day two and there are six divisions that are competing including the CRSA Sprints. Plus Brockville Ontario Speedway has a lot going on too so get out and support your favorite track or series before the snow flies which felt on Friday night like it could have been at any minute.

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page from a very racy Penn Can Speedway on Friday. Mike Schane won the first Sportsman heat race and spoke about moving from Modified to a crate as well as what the adjustment was like for him as a driver.  

Lem Atkins won his Sportsman heat by mere inches and talked about running the Modified consolation race as well as some changes he made right before the race.

Ryan Stone finished second by working on the outside groove and told Allie Elkins when he found that line as well as a problem he had on the second lap.  

Darwin Greene won the first Modified heat race and described how hard he was driving as well as why he was being a little conservative while out front.  

Alan Rudalavage talks with Allie after his heat win as she tried to stay up with him in this chat. I had to throw her to the wolves here and let her try to interview a guy with more energy than most of us combined. Love ya Al!  

Joey Grammes told me about his Modified heat win, why he felt he had to be better later and what it was like to have a new teammate in the 2016 season.  

Nick Rochinski explained how he won the final Mod heat as he hoped to earn his first feature win of the season and told me who picked the number one spot for him in the draw.  

Tommy Collins Jr. won a good back and forth battle in the GRIT Sportsman finale and spoke about his Sportsman victory while thinking back to last week in Oswego.  

Nick Grist was victorious in a very entertaining 4 Cylinder race and apologized to the second place driver as he tried to keep his momentum up on the track.  

Nick Rochinski picked up his first win of the season and talked about how good his Modified was as well as how happy he is with the new torsion bars he has in his car. Teo guys…listen to this!  

Brian Malcolm finished in second place in the 50 lap Modified feature on day one of King of the Can Weekend and spoke about the folks who helped him this season.

Danny Creeden spoke about winning the STARS Series championship with his third place finish in the finale at Penn Can and wondered if a bounce off the wall hurt his chances at a win.  

 
Friday, October 14th 2016
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Alan Johnson had a brand new car at Oswego and spoke about his Super DIRT Week experience.
Eldon Payne Jr. prepared for Friday night at Oswego and spoke about driving when you can’t see.
Dave Allen showed off his winter look and spoke about how much he raced in the 2016 season.
Greg Martin spoke about his win in the Sportsman Futures race and described some adjustments.
Pete Stefanski took a break on Friday and talked about the racing surface he saw earlier in the day.  

The work week is done and it is time to go racing again. Allie and I will be at Penn Can tonight for the first day of King of the Can Weekend and we’ll have lots of good stuff up from there for you tomorrow.

Brockville Ontario Speedway is also racing this weekend and the 358 Modified and Sportsman DIRTcar Series titles are on the line. I hope you all get the chance to get out this weekend and for those of you who have called it a season I wish you all the best as you go through your cars and get them ready for sale or use again in 2017.

Now let’s chat more about what we have on the Audio Page as my final Super DIRT Week clips air today. Alan Johnson had a brand new car at Oswego and spoke about his Super DIRT Week experience as well as recapping his third place finish in the Outlaw 200 at Fulton.  

Eldon Payne Jr. prepared for Friday night at Oswego and told me the type of conditions he tends to struggle on and remembered driving when you can’t see.

Dave Allen showed off his winter look and spoke about how much he raced in the 2016 season as he traveled to some different racetracks with a small block Modified and racing at Oswego.  

Greg Martin spoke about his win in the Sportsman Futures race and described some adjustments they made as well as how nice it was to have shock support at the track.  

Pete Stefanski took a break on Friday and talked about the racing surface he saw earlier in the day as well as his impressions of racing on the 5/8 mile track at Oswego.  

 
Thursday, October 13th 2016
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Alan Rudalavage spoke about King of the Can Weekend at Penn Can this Friday and Saturday.
Jamie Mills told me what he thought would be the key to doing well Sunday at Oswego Speedway.
Mike Mahaney prepared to get introduced to the crowd and talked doing his 1st Super DIRT Week.
Rich Scagliotta looked forward to Sunday’s 200 lapper and told me what was most important.
Billy Whittaker offered his thoughts on his first Super DIRT Week and the boost to the economy.
Billy Clark remembered his week at Oswego and how they missed the set up for the time trials.
Kelli Stavast talks about her job pit reporting for NBC Sports, Charlotte and this weekend in Kansas.

We have lots of good stuff for you today as I made a calculation error and had more in the can than I thought I did. Plus I really didn’t know my weekend schedule yet so I was cautious to put too much up too soon so that’s why you are getting seven really nice chats today and five more tomorrow.

My plans include a Friday night trip for Allie and I as we will go down to Penn Can Speedway in Pennsylvania for day one of King of the Can Weekend. It will be a nice trip for her and I as I will pick her up at school and hit the road from there. We hope to see you down there too.

And don’t forget that the Northeast Fall Nationals takes place at Brockville Ontario Speedway this Friday and Saturday with Super DIRTcar Series races for the 358 Modifieds, big blocks and Sportsman. It should be quite the show.

Now let’s talk more about what we have o the Audio Page for today as we look ahead to what is up this weekend. Alan Rudalavage talks about King of the Can Weekend at Penn Can this Friday and Saturday as well as how much it meant to win his first championship at the track.  

Jamie Mills told me what he thought would be the key to doing well Sunday at Oswego Speedway, what his race day strategy would be and the need to pace yourself on the track.  

Mike Mahaney prepared to get introduced to the crowd and talked doing his 1st Super DIRT Week as well as where the key points were on the 5/8 mile clay track at Oswego.  

Rich Scagliotta looked forward to Sunday’s 200 lapper and told me what was the most important thing the car needs to do and how the driver needs to be flexible as well.  

Billy Whittaker offered his thoughts on his first Super DIRT Week, how he hoped it provided a boost to the local economy and how much he enjoyed being part of the parade.  

Billy Clark remembered his week at Oswego, how they missed the set up for the time trials and why he was sympathetic to what the track crews had to deal with.  

Kelli Stavast talks about her job pit reporting for the Sprint Cup Series on NBC Sports, remembers last Sunday at Charlotte and previews this weekend in Kansas.  

 
     
 
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