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Wednesday, July 9th 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Billy Dunn talked about his family’s long racing history and his start up north in the go cart division.
Bret Belden recapped his start in racing, how he moved up to Modified and a new challenge.
 
We’re back today as we find out how two well known racecar drivers in our area got their start. Both of these drivers took different paths on their career and you’ll hear how the times they lived in as they grew up made their stories so much different.
 
Tomorrow we’ll be back with Pat Ward and Sam Reakes IV. Pat was there as Modifieds evolved and became what we know of today while Sam has been part of a famous racing family in Central New York from the time he was born.
 
Now let’s find out more about how these two drivers got started as we continue our look on the Audio Page back to the early years. Billy Dunn talked about his family’s long racing history and his start up north in the go cart division. He wondered how much he really understood what was happening in his first few seasons, what he learned in an IMCA Modified and what he feels the future may hold for him. 
 
Bret Belden recapped his start in racing, how he moved up to Modified and a new challenge. He told me how he got going as a senior in high school, what tracks he went to as a kid and why he had to take it easy to make sure he could flat tow it home. 

 
Tuesday, July 8th 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Brett Hearn previews The Big Show 6 taking place tonight at Albany Saratoga Speedway.
Bobby Varin told me what he traded for his first racecar and what motivated him to start racing.
 
A big show takes place tonight and we begin our eleven day look at how your favorite drivers got their start in racing.
 
Brett Hearn gets us up to speed on The Big Show 6 which is part of the Super DIRTcar series. That race is tonight and I would expect a huge field of cars as the series is as strong as it has ever been.
 
Plus we’ll hear how Bobby Varin’s friends helped get him started in racing the thing he traded for his first racecar many years ago. I hope you enjoy this as much as I did listening and look for 20 more of these chats to show up over the next 10 days.
 
Now let’s talk more about what we have for you to listen to today on the Audio Page. I start with a look at the big race tonight. Brett Hearn previews The Big Show 6 taking place tonight at Albany Saratoga Speedway. He told me how surprised he is at how quickly the time has flown by, what the keys are to getting around the track well and gives the teams some specifics on the rules for this Super DIRTcar Series race. 
 
Bobby Varin told me what he traded for his first racecar and what motivated him to start racing. He talked about the field cars that they drove around, when he won his first race and some of the amazing race drivers he raced against in his first few seasons.

 
Monday, July 7th 2014
   New on the Audio Page from the Utica-Rome Speedway:
 
Pre race conversations:
 
Mike Mallett recapped the first races of SUNY Canton CNY Speedweek and who has done well.
Keith Stevenson explained why he was taking a break and how his Pure Stock is handling.
Jason Barney talked about his win the night before at Fulton and how Speedweek was going.
Jim Gleason prepared for his second ever Sprint Car race and told me how night one went.
Davie Franek told me about his Empire Super Sprint victory at Can Am in his first trip there.
Joel Thomas just got back in his Modified last weekend and told me why he came back this year.
 
After the heats and the Dash for Cash:
 
Sam Reakes IV ran the outside on his way to a heat win and spoke about taking different lines.
Steve Poirier told me how hard he worked to get by Darryl Ruggles who was in his 305 Sprinter.
Matt Tanner pulled away for a convincing win in his heat and talked about who he was chasing.
Stewart Friesen talked about his win in his ESS heat and why he knew Jessica was in trouble.
Willy Decker enjoyed a spirited battle up front to win his heat and spoke about recent improvement.
Ty-Scott Rood changed gears on his Modified and told me how good his car was in his heat win.
Stewart Friesen won the Dash for Cash and told Shane Andrews who makes his Sprint Car fast.
 
After the features and the ESS A-Main:
 
Glenn Forward made it four in a row as he won the Pro Stock feature and spoke with Shane Andrews.
Stewart Friesen made a late race pass to retake the lead and talked about his ESS A-Main victory.
Larry Wight led six laps on his way to a second place and told Mike how he has been improving.
Steve Poirier extended his ESS point lead with a third place and spoke about the top two finishers.
Jason Barney won Speedweek with his fifth place finish and spoke about achieving his goal.
Mike Walton earned the third Sportsman victory of his rookie season and talked about driving hard.
Mike Mahaney took the lead with two laps to go and talked about winning two nights in a row.
 
What a night of racing it was at the Utica-Rome Speedway as the finale of SUNY Canton ESS CNY Speedweek headlined a five division show on the very slick half mile oval. Stewart Friesen won a barn burner of an A-Main as he passed Larry Wight with just three laps to go. Wight had passed Friesen six laps before that. Yeah, it was that kind of race.
 
Friesen and Wight put on quite a show as the maneuvered their way through slower cars until Wight got Friesen on the low side on lap 17. Then on lap 23, Friesen blasted the outside in three and four getting by Wight to take the lead for good. The two were close for many laps and watching them work traffic had the crowd spellbound.
 
Even current ESS point leader Steve Poirier talked about how tough those two Modified guys were. Listen to the interviews that Mike Mallett did on my Audio Page and you’ll hear what I mean.
 
Congratulations go out to Jason Barney for winning the week and becoming Speedweek Champion. His 5th place finish was enough to get earn him one if his off season goals. Nice job by everyone involved in this show. What a great turnout and performance by everyone with ESS and Utica-Rome.
 
Then not to be outdone, Mike Mahaney got low on Ryan Phelps with two laps to go to win the Modified feature. Phelps was the third leader in five laps and would hold on to take second place. Oh, and it was Mahaney’s second win in as many nights as he won Saturday at Thunder Mountain.
 
Mike Walton showed how fast he can learn how to wheel a racecar around as he won his third race of the season…his ROOKIE season. He drove the wheels off his car taking it deeper than anyone else in the Sportsman feature. He told the crowd that the harder he drove the car the more she liked it. Okay then! And drive it hard he did pulling away in the final laps.
 
Glenn Forward kept his win streak alive making it four in a row in the Pro Stock race while Russ Marsden notched another one with his Pure Stock and teased the tower officials from victory lane thanking them for his win.
 
Allie went and loved the show as well as the fireworks afterwards. The night for the fans could not have gone much better. Feel bad for Kelly Hebing as she had a hard crash in her heat race. Glad to hear you’re okay Lil’ Cobra.  
 
Starting something new tomorrow for 11 days as we will learn how some of your favorite racers got started. I had a ball doing these and I know you’ll like them. Look for Bobby Varin’s story tomorrow as well as a preview of The Big Show 6 with Brett Hearn. You’ll never guess what he traded for his first racecar. Then you’ll be getting two of these, “How’d they get started?” interviews a day for 10 more days.
 
Have a great start to your work week and I hope to see you back tomorrow. I know you’re going to love these 21 interviews we did. 

 
Sunday, July 6th 2014
   New on the Audio Page from the travels of Steve Ovens:
 
From Yates County Speedway:
 
James Kreidler talked with Steve Ovens as he got teased by his fellow Street Stock drivers.
Nate Daggett got ready for his qualifier and spoke with Steve Ovens about recent improvements.
Shayne Tenace took his Late Model to Yates County and told Steve what he thought of the track.
Chris Mashewske talked with Steve Ovens after picking up his very first Four Cylinder win.
Ted Morseman earned his 1st win of the season and told Steve Ovens why he almost didn’t come.
Fran Hilton won his third Sportsman win of the year and talked about how he took the lead.
 
From Ransomville Speedway’s Battle at the Border:
 
Ryan Susice was fastest in his time trial group and told Steve Ovens about the racing surface.
Todd Gordon had the fastest lap of any driver in time trials and told Steve about his nice lap.
Tim McCreadie set the fast time in his group and told Steve Ovens how good he was early on.
Danny Johnson won the first Modified heat race and talked with Steve Ovens about his racecar.
Erick Rudolph was going to draw for his starting spot and spoke about his heat race victory.
Ryan Susice had a win in his qualifying heat race and told Steve about his plan for the feature.
Tim McCreadie won heat race number four and told Steve Ovens about the need to be tighter.
Alan Johnson got ready for the feature race and told Steve Ovens how his night has been going.
Billy VanPelt prepared for the Battle at the Border and talked about the balance on his Modified.
Chad Brachmann watched the racetrack and told Steve Ovens about his game plan for the feature.
Jeff McGinnis drew the pole for the race and talked with Steve Ovens about his recent win.
Randy Chrysler talked with Steve Ovens about the nice night’s he has been having at Ransomville.
 
After the feature race:
 
Danny Johnson won the Battle at the Border at Ransomville and spoke about a lap 49 restart.
Stewart Friesen was second in the race and told Steve Ovens about a mistake on a restart.
Erick Rudolph came home in third place and spoke about the two guys he watched in front.
Ryan Susice finished in fourth place and talked about losing some ground earlier in the race.
Pete Bicknell had a fifth place finish and spoke with Steve Ovens when he lost his brakes.
 
Boy do we have a lot for you today thanks to our good friend Steve Ovens at Turn Five Racing Podcast. I did not realize he had sent us so much stuff and with a lot of these racers already racing again this weekend I thought it was best to put it up today.
 
We have stuff from Steve at Yates County Speedway on Friday night as well as last week’s Battle at the Border from Ransomville. As you can see Steve is very thorough and really does some great interviews. I hope you like them.
 
And if you do you can catch more of what Steve does at http://turn5.podbean.com/ or look him up on facebook. I am happy to have Steve on the site and wish him all the best. Hey, some day you might say, “I remember him when…” Thanks Steve.
 
Allie and I will be at Utica Rome today for some ESS fun as they join the other four divisions. Race time is a little earlier at 5:30 so be sure to get there on time to see the action on the big half mile oval. We’ll have lots from there up tomorrow. 
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have on the Audio Page for you to listen to thanks to a great fiend of the site. James Kreidler talked with Steve Ovens as he got teased by his fellow Street Stock drivers and spoke about his feature win the last time out. 
 
Nate Daggett got ready for his qualifier and spoke with Steve Ovens about recent improvements as well as how tough it has been to do some fine tuning. 
 
Shayne Tenace took his Late Models to Yates County and told Steve Ovens what he thought of the track and how he thought it would change later on. 

Chris Mashewske talked with Steve Ovens after picking up his very first Four Cylinder win as well as some of the struggles they had with their new racecar. 
 
Ted Morseman earned his first Street Stock win of the season at Yates County and told Steve Ovens why he almost didn’t make it to the racetrack. 
 
Fran Hilton won his third Sportsman win of the year at Yates County and talked with Steve Ovens about how he took the lead as well as a motor issue they found.
 
Ryan Susice was fastest in his time trial group and told Steve Ovens about the racing surface as well as why he thought the tire choice would be a key. 
 
Todd Gordon had the fastest lap of any driver in time trials and told Steve Ovens about his nice lap as well as how happy he was to be listed at the top. 
 
Tim McCreadie set the fast time in his group and told Steve Ovens how good he was early on as well as the need to keep adjusting on the set up. 
 
Danny Johnson won the first Modified heat race and talked with Steve Ovens about his racecar as well as the racetrack he was seeing so far. 
 
Erick Rudolph was going to draw for his starting spot and spoke with Steve Ovens about his heat race victory as well as his hopes for a good starting spot. 
 
Ryan Susice had a win in his qualifying heat race and told Steve about his plan for the feature as well as the thoughts he was hearing from his teammate.   
 
Tim McCreadie won heat race number four and told Steve Ovens about the need to be tighter as well as how the track was different from last time. 
 
Alan Johnson got ready for the feature race and told Steve Ovens how his night has been going as well as some of his past at Ransomville. 
 
Billy VanPelt prepared for the Battle at the Border and talked with Steve Ovens about the balance on his Modified as well as what he saw in his qualifier. 
 
Chad Brachmann watched the racetrack and told Steve Ovens about his game plan for the feature as well as what changes he makes to be able to run the cushion. 
 
Jeff McGinnis drew the pole for the race and talked with Steve Ovens about his recent win and the tough luck in the week’s prior to it. 
 
Randy Chrysler talked with Steve Ovens about the nice night’s he has been having at Ransomville and thought back on how he has been doing overall.
 
Danny Johnson won the Battle at the Border at Ransomville and spoke about a lap 49 restart as well as how well his car took off from the outside. 
 
Stewart Friesen was second in the race and told Steve Ovens about a mistake on a restart as well as how happy he was to finish 2nd to his favorite driver as a kid. 
 
Erick Rudolph came home in third place and spoke with Steve Ovens about the two guys he watched in front as well as his hopes to run better on the rubbered up surface. 
 
Ryan Susice finished in fourth place and talked with Steve Ovens about losing some ground earlier in the race as well as when he found the fast groove. 
 
Pete Bicknell had a fifth place finish and spoke with Steve Ovens when he lost his brakes as well as what he did to compensate for it. 
 
Saturday, July 5th 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Tim McCreadie described his last races on the WoO Late Model Series and being back in CNY.
Danny Varin had a Sprint Car with him on Thursday and told me about a new Modified back home.
Matt Janczuk talks about getting cleared to get back in the seat of his Modified this Sunday.
Matt DeLorenzo ran down how things are going at Fonda and some of what he’s learned so far.
 
From Steve Ovens at Rolling Wheels Raceway:
 
Brett Hearn talks about his win in the first Modified heat race at the Super DIRTCar Series event.
Steve Poirier won the first heat for the Empire Super Sprints and told Steve Ovens about his win.
Jeff Cook got the win in the second Empire Super Sprints het race and spoke with Steve Ovens.
Matt Tanner finished first in the third ESS qualifier and told Steve Ovens about his victory.
Stewart Friesen chats with Mike Mallett after winning the ESS A-Main at Rolling Wheels.
Billy Decker talked about his win in the 100 lap Super DIRTcar Series race at Rolling Wheels.
 
Well I hope you guys all had a nice Fourth of July on Friday. I know I did. We had a family get together at my mother in-laws house and even though I got there late I still had a great time. I got there late because I had some work to do to get this page ready for you guys and we do have a lot for you to listen to today.
 
We also got some new stuff in from Steve Ovens at Turn 5 Racing Podcast. I only put up his stuff from Rolling Wheels but on Tuesday you’ll hear a lot more from Steve as he also sent us some stuff from the Battle at the Border. So there is a lot more to come.
 
To check out what Steve does, go tohttp://turn5.podbean.com/ or http://www.creeksideentertainmentdj.com/turn_5_racing_podcast. He does some real nice work and we’re happy to showcase some of it here. Thanks Steve.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page. I start with some more of my interviews from Thursday at Rolling Wheels. Tim McCreadie described his last races on the WoO Late Model Series down in Pennsylvania and being back in Central New York for the holiday weekend. 
 
Danny Varin had a Sprint Car with him on Thursday and told me about a new Modified back home. I had a feeling that they wouldn’t be gone for too long! 
 
Matt Janczuk talks about getting cleared to get back in the seat of his Modified this Sunday. He told me what he did to it over two months ago, what he learned from putting Jimmy Davis in his car for a few weeks and what his goals are for this first time back. 
 
Matt DeLorenzo ran down how things are going at Fonda and some of what he’s learned so far. Nice honest interview here that I know you’ll like. 
 
Brett Hearn talks with Steve Ovens about his win in the first Modified heat race at the Super DIRTCar Series event. 
 
Steve Poirier won the first heat for the Empire Super Sprints at Rolling Wheels Raceway and told Steve Ovens about his win. 
 
Jeff Cook got the win in the second Empire Super Sprints heat race at Rolling Wheels Raceway on Thursday night and spoke with Steve Ovens
 
Matt Tanner finished first in the third ESS qualifier at Rolling Wheels Raceway during Sprint Speedweeks and told Steve Ovens about his victory. 
 
Stewart Friesen chats with Mike Mallett after winning the ESS A-Main at Rolling Wheels and described what he saw happen to a series veteran. 
 
Billy Decker talked with Shane Andrews about his win in the 100 lap Super DIRTcar Series race at Rolling Wheels and when he noticed that the leader was not on the track. 

 
Friday, July 4th 2014
   New on the Audio Page from Rolling Wheels Raceway Park:
 
Keith Flach told me about his Modified win at Lebanon Valley and his big wreck the week before.
Tyler Siri recently won his first race at Five Mile Point and talked about getting the big block out.
Tim Currier recapped last weekend’s races which saw him finish 4th in his first start at Utica Rome.
Alton Palmer talked about bringing his car to Elbridge and how he has been doing at Fonda.
Chris Hile has been strong at the Brewerton Speedway this season and spoke about his last race.
Mark Kislowski made his first trip to Rolling Wheels and told me why he decided to try it out.
 
Well Mother Nature delayed the show on Thursday at Rolling Wheels and with my wife working and my babysitter done at 9 p.m. I was unable to stay and see cars on the track. When I left at a little past 8, there were Sprint Cars putting heat in the motor and running the track in but it was going to be a while before they ran.
 
There was a pretty good crowd there too especially when you consider that it rained for most of the day all around the track. It was going to be tacky and fast too so we hope the night went well for everyone and everyone finished the night okay. You know how those nights can be sometimes.
 
I got some interviews for you to listen to today plus some “How did the get started?” chats for next week. I also saved three chats that I will be putting up tomorrow so look for more. I have a lot to do today and will not be at a race tonight but will be at Fulton on Saturday and Utica Rome on Sunday. Allie will be with me and I have no issues so I will be able to make the entire show on both days…yay!
 
Again, sorry for this but my wife and I are continuing to climb out of our financial hole so she has to take work when she can get it. And if you do the math (Our sponsorships sell for $500-$1500) you’ll see how little money we make on this site.
 
I’m trying to figure out another source of income but will keep the site going. But I need to get some more money coming in and do something besides race related stuff 24/7. If you have any ideas, I’d love to hear them so send me a message at doug@dougsdirtdairy.com.  
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page. I start with a man who won last weekend. Keith Flach told me about his Modified win at Lebanon Valley and his big wreck the week before as he got ready to race Thursday at Rolling Wheels.  
 
Tyler Siri recently won his first race at Five Mile Point and talked about getting the big block out for the Super DIRTcar Series race at Rolling Wheels. 
 
Tim Currier recapped last weekend’s races which saw him finish 4th in his first start at Utica Rome as he got ready on Thursday night for a series race at Rolling Wheels. 
 
Alton Palmer talked about bringing his car to Elbridge for driver Ronnie Johnson and how he has been doing weekly at the Fonda Speedway. 
 
Chris Hile has been strong at the Brewerton Speedway this season and spoke about his 4th place finish last time out and his hopes for Thursday night at Rolling Wheels. 
 
Mark Kislowski made his first trip to Rolling Wheels ever and told me why he decided to try it out at the Super DIRTcar Series race on Thursday. 

 
Thursday, July 3rd 2014
   New on the Audio Page from the Brewerton Speedway:
 
Glenn Styres talked about his season in a Sprint Car and how well things are going at Ohsweken.
Davie Franek is the URC point leader and talked about coming up to CNY to race Speedweeks.
Joe Trenca got on his roof for the first time and told me how his season has been going so far.
Rob Bellinger told me how he got the lead early and won last week’s Modified feature at Brewerton.
Paul Kinney remembered his last race at Merrittville and how close he came to a last lap pass.
Steve Poirier spoke about his win at Merrittville and his point lead with the Empire Super Sprints.
 
Speedweeks got off to a wet start at the Brewerton Speedway as rain hit the area just as hot laps were getting started and right when the Empire Super Sprints were just getting ready to go. It was tough for me as I only had a small window to go last night as my kids were at a friend’s house as my wife was working.
 
So I was hoping originally to be able to at least catch the ESS A-Main before I left but the weather and then the second shower ended my chances to do that. Man! I would have brought them with me but my youngest is just too young to trust in the pit area. In a few years perhaps, but not now. Allie knows what to do and where to go but not Katie.
 
I did get a few chats done for today and did 8 of my evergreen chats for my vacation. I am up to 11 now and my goal is to have two a day for that time. So far I love the way they are going and we were able to chat with Larry Wight, Sam Reakes IV, Jason Barney, Mike Stelter, Beth Schneider, John Barker Jr., Bryan Howland, Darryl Ruggles, Jessica Zemken, and Steve Poirier.
 
Now let’s talk about what we do have for you today on the Audio Page. I start with a driver/promoter who is enjoying a wonderful year so far. Glenn Styres talked about his season in a Sprint Car and how well things are going at Ohsweken as he got ready for some fun as SUNY Canton ESS Speedweek kicked off. 
 
Davie Franek is the URC point leader and talked about coming up to CNY to race Speedweeks where the surfaces are much slicker than down in Pennsylvania. 
 
Joe Trenca recently got on his roof for the first time in a Sprint Car and told me how his season has been going so far as he got ready for Speedweek. 
 
Rob Bellinger told me how he got the lead early and won last week’s Modified feature at Brewerton to earn his first victory of the 2014 racing season. 
 
Paul Kinney remembered his last race at Merrittville this past Saturday night and how close he came to a last lap pass of a multi-time champion. 
 
Steve Poirier spoke about his win at Merrittville, how close the finish was at the line and his point lead with the Empire Super Sprints. 

 
     
 
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