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Sunday, March 18th 2018
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Kenny Gates talked about his Fonda Pro Stock Championship and the new fuel cell rules for 2018.
Ronnie Johnson told me about his new deal for 2018 and remembered working on dad’s pit crew.
Kim Duell showed off his beautiful Pro Stock and remembered a late race restart at Super DIRT Week.
Willy Decker explained why he did not race much in 2017 and his new Modified ride for this year.
Nick Stone spoke about his move to Sportsman and why he thinks this is a good move for him.

I had a great time yesterday as I went to Schenectady for the Fonda Speedway car show held at Rotterdam Square. The place was packed and I stayed until the end getting 18 interviews total on what was a busy day for me.
 
I barely made it back in time to put stuff up at Midnight and at 11:55 p.m. I am typing this hastily trying to make sure it is here for those of you who check his 12 a.m. It was great to see all of you and to meet some new people. I know the numbers say thousands visit this page every day and it was nice to finally meet some of you who do. It was nice…thanks!
 
Now let’s chat more about what’s new on the Audio Page as I make my midnight deadline by a mere two minutes. Kenny Gates talked about his Fonda Pro Stock Championship, the new fuel cell rules for the division for 2018 and ran down what he had to do to get it to comply. 
 
Ronnie Johnson told me about his new deal for 2018 and remembered working on dad’s pit crew as well as some of what he learned from his early days in racing. 
 
Kim Duell showed off his beautiful Pro Stock and remembered a late race restart at Super DIRT Week and told me about an issue he had during the race.  
   
Willy Decker explained why he did not race much in 2017 and his new Modified ride for this year as well as how the opportunity came about last fall. 
 
Nick Stone spoke about his move to Sportsman for 2018, remembered a few laps he took last year and why he thinks this is a good move for him as well as his business. Good point Nick! 
 
Saturday, March 17th 2018
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Billy Dunn talked about his ten win season at Can Am and told me about the car he had at the show.
Jeff Cook described the new car he will drive this year and ran down where we will see him race.
David Ferguson showed off his 305 Sprint Car and talked about the big year planned in Canandaigua.
Greg Strait explained why he races Quarter Midgets with his son and the many ways it has helped.
Mel Thomas tells me about his successful weekend at Motorsports Expo and where he will be next.


It’s going to be a fun day for me today as I head east to Rotterdam Square to check out some racecars at their annual mall show. Fonda Speedway will be the main focus of this show and it has been a tradition of mine for several years now. Can’t wait to see you all later today.
 
Of course we’ll be back in the studio tomorrow and I was able to save a few interviews and put them in the can just in case. And if have not spoken to your favorite driver yet just let me know with a message on Facebook or to doug@dougsdirtdiary.com. We’ll give it A1 priority and get it done for you as fast as I can.
 
 Now let’s chat more about what is new on the Audio Page as we hope that next big storm stays off to our east and doesn’t hit any of you. Billy Dunn talked about his ten win season at Can Am and told me about the car he had at the show while comparing a built 358 to a 327 cubic inch W-16. 
 
Jeff Cook described the new car he will drive this year and ran down where we will see him race while telling me how fortunate he is to have a wife that supports him in many ways. 
 
David Ferguson showed off his 305 Sprint Car and talked about the big year planned for the division at Land of Legends Raceway as well as why there was a 360 in the car for the show. 
 
Greg Strait explained why he races Quarter Midgets with his son at the New York State Fairgrounds, described the many ways it has helped his away from the track and recaps his own race background. 
 
Mel Thomas tells me about his successful weekend at Motorsports Expo, how well sales of the new Smash N’ Crash went and where he will be next. Get your new copy today as it is excellent!  
 
Friday, March 16th 2018
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Shawn Fitzpatrick talks about his plans for the season and why we did not see him much last year.
Joe Trenca described a new package for his 410 Sprint and a change they made with their shocks.
Dave Marcuccilli runs down his 2018 race plans and remembers his race last year in Charlotte.
Phil Vigneri III told me about a new track he has added this year and how his graphics business is.
Cory Barker explained why he may need a new race suit and wondered about a possible move up.
Tyler Thompson recapped a recent road course race and showed off three cars at the expo.

It was a snowy start to the day here in Liverpool as the kids got a two hour delay in the morning. But you’ve got to give our plow operators a lot of credit as the roads were snow free and wet by 8:30. And that was after about 7 inches overnight. No problem for us snow hearty folks in Central New York.
 
I have a bunch of stuff up for you and we’ll be back with lots more tomorrow. I am still planning on hitting the Fonda Speedway car show at Rotterdam Square tomorrow as this is one of my yearly stops. I hope to chat with a bunch of you guys and see how everyone is doing. If you see me there and want me to do an interview with you just say the word and it will be done.
 
Now let’s talk about what I have done for you on the Audio Page as we get closer to another weekend of mall shows. Shawn Fitzpatrick talks about his plans for the season at Big Diamond, why we did not see him much last year and why his racecars are orange. 
 
Joe Trenca described a new package for his 410 Sprint, a change they made with their shocks and why he feels confident coming into the 2018 race season.

Dave Marcuccilli runs down his 2018 race plans, wonders about a possible move to a 358 and remembers his race last year in Charlotte. Ron Davis III also joins us here.

Phil Vigneri III told me about a new track he has added this year to his plans, why he wants to come east to race more and how his graphics business is doing.  
 
Cory Barker explained why he may need a new race suit and wondered about a possible move up while wondering which engine combination will be the one to go with. 
 
Tyler Thompson recapped a recent road course race as showed off three cars at the expo and described the winged Champ Kart that he enjoys.  
 
Thursday, March 15th 2018
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Jimmy Phelps previewed the coming season in Weedsport and ran down his plans for the season.
Paul Kinney showed off his Sprint Car last weekend and told me about the pair of cars in his shop.
Bret Belden will be back in a Late Model this year and described how good things are going for him.
Tim Schneider talks about his move to Sprint Cars for 2018 and the need to get seat time early on.
Mike Martin gets ready for a return to Sportsman and talked about being out of racing for a time.

The big storm fizzled out for us in Central New York and most of the kids got a snow day that maybe they didn’t need to take off. We only had about three inches of snow as I look outside at 6 p.m. Just enough to have to deal with but not enough to mess us up at all.
 
I will be back at it today around dinner time and will be watching the NCAA tournament in before and afterwards like a lot of you. It is going to be a fun weekend with basketball and the Rotterdam Square Mall Show. We hope to see you there Saturday afternoon.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for today on the Audio Page as we begin with one of the busiest men in racing. Jimmy Phelps previewed the coming season in Weedsport, ran down his plans for the season and talked about adding a new Saturday night home. 
 
Paul Kinney showed off his Sprint Car last weekend and told me about the pair of cars in his shop as well as the need to get back to basics in 2018. 
 
Bret Belden will be back in a Late Model this year and described how good things are going for him after quitting a long time habit as well as his hopes to get back to victory lane this year. 
 
Tim Schneider talks about his move to Sprint Cars for 2018 and the need to get seat time early on as well as the new tracks he’ll race at the first time this season. 
 
Mike Martin gets ready for a return to Sportsman and talked about being out of racing for a while as well as what he has been doing to stay in racing while out of the seat.  
 
Wednesday, March 14th 2018
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Mike Mahaney talked about his plans to race at Georgetown this weekend and his 2018 plans.
Taylor Caprara recapped his Can Am Sportsman Championship and wondered about 358 racing.
Kelly Hebing described her busy plans for this year that include running the entire ESS Tour.
Alysha Baye is coming back to 305 Sprint Car racing this year and told me about being a mom.
Mike Watkins told me about racing with his grandson and what he hopes he learns from this.
Scott Strait showed off his Quarter Midget at the show and talked about his 2017 race season.

We are cranking along here with lots of good stuff from this past weekend in Syracuse. I spoke to so many people and had such a great time. And I just love it when a lot of you are in the same place as I can just roam and chat and roam and chat and you get the picture.

I had a fun day as I did some bowling and watched some basketball to finish out the day. Both Allie and I got our brackets filled out in time and now will watch and see how badly we do. It’s her first time and she doesn’t know much about college basketball. Watch her do better than any of us right? Sometimes the more you know the worse you do.

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page starting with a driver who has a lot going on this year. Mike Mahaney talked about his plans to race at Georgetown this weekend, where else we will see him race this year and how happy he was to see the mood at this year’s Motorsports Expo. He’s right ya know! 
 
Taylor Caprara recapped his Can Am Sportsman Championship, told me how fortunate he was to find some late season rides and wondered about 358 racing in the future. Hmm.  
 
Kelly Hebing described her busy plans for this year that include running the entire ESS Tour, looked ahead to racing at some new tracks for her and how close Sprint Car racers are after the race. 
 
Alysha Baye is coming back to 305 Sprint Car racing this year at Land of Legends Raceway and told me about her hopes for the season as well as what it’s like to be a new mom. 
 
Mike Watkins told me about racing with his grandson, how well things have been going on the track and what he hopes that he learns from this.  
 
Scott Strait showed off his Quarter Midget at the Syracuse Motorsports Expo and talked about his very successful 2017 race season as well as where he would like to be sometime down the road. 
 
Tuesday, March 13th 2018
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Jeff Cook interviews Jason Barney and asks him what it takes to become an ESS Champion.
Camden Proud talks about the coming season in Oswego, his race plans and his website.
Paulie Colagiovanni remembered his ESS win last year and told me what made it so special.
Nate Powers showed off his Four Cylinder Stock at the show and talked about his big plans.
Rich Vleck previews the coming season at Genesee Speedway and highlights some events.
Tony Veneziano reports on the World of Outlaw race from Tulare and the first time winner.

I had a nice day on Monday as I did a lot and in between got to do some fun stuff with my family. I’ll be off today but do have several things planned including something that is racing related. I am going to get interviewed on camera.

Only thing is that I am horrible at being interviewed. I think about what I say too much. I know…how can that be. Trust me. I’m better off on the side of the mic that I’m on now.

Good thing I have lot’s of recordings of me chatting with others up for you today as I have a lot of stuff saved from the weekend. I’ll be off today as usual but hope to get back at it Wednesday. I also am planning on hitting Rotterdam Square on Saturday to see some of my friends from the Fonda Speedway. Sure, we’re not racing yet but I do love this time of the year.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you to listen to today on the Audio Page as I give up the mic and let someone else take over. Jeff Cook interviews Jason Barney at the Syracuse Motorsports Expo and asks him what it takes to become an ESS Champion.  
 
Camden Proud talks about the coming season at Oswego Speedway, his race plans in the small block supermodified division and his website www.centralnewyorkmotorsports.com. Hard working young man here! 
 
Paulie Colagiovanni remembered his ESS win last year in Canada, told me what made it so special and how close he is to getting his braces off. 
 
Nate Powers showed off his Four Cylinder Stock at the show and talked about his big plans with some new drivers on-board as they travel to several different tracks. 
 
Rich Vleck tells me what has been keeping him busy this off-season, previews the coming season at Genesee Speedway and highlights some events.

Tony Veneziano reports on the World of Outlaw Sprint Car Series race from Tulare, the first time winner who graced victory lane and a big change in the all-time win list.    
 
Monday, March 12th 2018
   New on the Audio Page from the Syracuse Motorsports Expo:
 
Ronnie Davis III talked about his move up to a 358 Modified and his late season race in Charlotte.
Jennifer Martin told me how things went at the show as she previewed the season at Ransomville.
Bill Shea looked at the season schedule from Utica Rome and told me what he heard at the show.
Tyler Bartlett explained how things are going in his first few months of ownership at Can Am.
Pete Demitraszek goes over what’s new at Fonda Speedway this year and talked about the expo.
Cory Reed manned the Brewerton and Fulton Speedway booth and talked about each track.
Jeremie Corcoran thanked everyone for their help in making the Syracuse Motorsports Expo a hit.
 
What a fun weekend it was at the 32nd Annual Syracuse Motorsports Expo. Both days were huge hits and it was great seeing all of you in one place and now I can’t wait till the regular season. We put up seven new chats today and have ten that I saved from today to bring the total to 27 for the week.
 
I aired mostly the track and sanctioning body stiff these last two days but starting tomorrow we’ll be focusing more in drivers so do not miss a day this week or you’ll have some catching up to do.
 
The show was a huge success as it was packed like I have not seen it in quite some time. I feel a little bit of a resurgence happening in local short track racing as race fans look away from NASCAR and look more towards easy to understand racing with real people and more side by side by side action. Think I’m joking? Ask the fans. Local racing is on the upswing right now!
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page starting with the first interview I did on Sunday. Ronnie Davis III talked about his move up to a 358 Modified, what went wrong while leading in a late season race in Charlotte while fellow competitor Dave Marcuccilli adds his thoughts. Good stuff here!  
 
Jennifer Martin told me how things went at the show as she previewed the season at Ransomville and described some of the conversations she had all weekend long in Syracuse.

Bill Shea looked at the season schedule from Utica Rome which starts out with a big 358 special and told me what he heard at the show from racers and fans in the Syracuse area.

Tyler Bartlett explained how things are going in his first few months of ownership at Can Am, goes over some dates on their schedule and talks about his own racing efforts. 
 
Pete Demitraszek goes over what’s new at Fonda Speedway this year, runs down the big show they have to start the season and talked about his presence at the expo. 
 
Cory Reed manned the Brewerton and Fulton Speedway booth and talked about each track as well as what he is hearing from 358 Modified racers. 
 
Jeremie Corcoran thanked everyone for their help in making the Syracuse Motorsports Expo a hit and previewed a big motocross event taking place in two weeks.  
 
     
 
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