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Monday, June 12th 2017
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Larry Wight describes what it was like hot lapping a wingless 360 Sprint and what made it different.
Bret Belden explained how he dodged the biggest piece of clay he has ever seen get airborne.
Jim Rothwell is enjoying a nice start to the season and talked about liking his brand new Sportsman.
Jimmy Zacharias spoke about his move to dirt racing and how he has done in just a few races.
Ernie Saxton talks about Ryan Blaney, INDY Cars in Texas and the rarity of on time press releases.

Boy was it a hot one on Sunday? It’s like Mother Nature just hit the switch for Summer and skipped spring altogether. We went from 50’s and rain to 80’s and 90’s and heat just like that. Don’t get me wrong. I am not complaining but it would have been nice to ease into it a little.

I got a lot done on Sunday as we opened our pool with the help of a friend. It went smoothly and I love the smell of chlorine as we had to shock it to deal with an algea issue. It cleared up in about an hour and we should be swimming in a couple of days. Yay!

We’ve got a lot of good stuff for you today and if everything goes well we should be at Skyline tomorrow for a three division show featuring the Kenny Moore Classic for big block and small block Modifieds. So I hope to see you there.

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page starting with a racer who did something he had never done before this past weekend. Larry Wight describes what it was like hot lapping a wingless 360 Sprint after the show was over Saturday night at Fulton and what made it different from anything he has driven before. 

Bret Belden
explained how he dodged the biggest piece of clay he has ever seen get airborne in his Late Model heat and wondered what would have happened if it hit him. It was big guys! 

Jimmy Zacharias
spoke about his move to dirt racing while still doing some asphalt, how he has done in just a few races as well as when it was that he first got the urge to try a Sportsman. 

Jim Rothwell
is enjoying a nice start to the season and talked about liking his brand new Sportsman as well as how busy his life is away from racing as he runs his own repair/car business. 

Ernie Saxton
talks about Ryan Blaney’s big win in Pocono, ho entertaining the INDY Cars were in Texas and the rarity of on time press releases on today’s world.   
 
Sunday, June 11th 2017
   New on the Audio Page for today from Fulton Speedway:

Early in the night:

Tom Juno
reflected on his first career win the week before and described what his week was like.
Pat Ward talked about racing at Five Mile Point Speedway today at the Super DIRTcar Series race.

After the heat races:
Mike Stanton talked about his win in the first heat while Willy Decker Jr. talks about a bad battery.
Nick Krause explained how a brake bias issue has been troubling them and his heat race victory.
Todd Root went from eighth to first in one lap and explained how he ran the outside to a win.
Billy Clark rode the outside to a heat race win and told me what happens when he hits the chip.
A.J. Kingsley walked me through his Late Model heat win and talked about left side percentages.
Jason Parkhurst told me about his pass down low for a heat win and the new car they have this year.
Matt Hulsizer described the first lap pass he made in turn three as he won his Modified heat race.
Mike Bowman led every lap to win his heat and talked about the trouble they had with the start.
Andrew Ferguson went three wide on his way to a heat win and talked about making some changes.

After the feature races:

A.J. Kingsley
talked about his Late Model feature win and what helped everything come together.
Larry Wight came from 17th to pick up his 5th win of the season and talked getting up front fast.
Jeremy Pitcher won a caution free Sportsman feature and spoke about his last season as a racer.
Alan Fink pulled away for a Sportsman win and talked about getting a hard time the night before.
Colby Herzog won his career first in the Novice Sportsman race and talked about the big victory.
Tom Juno won his second Novice race in a row and described how he was getting around the track.

I had another fun night last night as I traveled to where it all began for me…the Fulton Speedway. It was the first hot summer night like night at Fulton and once again the track was in great shape and the racing was really, really good. And for the people that stayed till the end they got a special treat as Modified winner Larry Wight took some practice laps in his wingless Sprint Car. I’ll have that interview up later in the week.

I’ve got to give the track a lot of credit as they still ran a pair of features for the Sportsman even though there were only 36 of them. I know that you’re thinking. Only 36. But originally they said they would only run double features when they had more than 40 so give them a lot of credit for not sending twelve cars home without a feature. They didn’t have to do it but they did. Nice!

I have a lot of new audio as well as bunch of clips I’ll save for during the week. Plus I took more photos and I hope you like them. I tried to get a lot of candid shot as my camera and my skill level with it do not allow me to take the standard race shots you see other places so I hope you like seeing the racers in the pits as they get ready for a night of fun.

Today I will be home as I am still not 100% from being sick but am getting closer. We are opening our pool today and I have people coming over to help. My youngest daughter is ready to swim so if I did not get this done today we would have to wait another week as it is a half day project for sure.

Don’t forget the Super DIRTcar Series is at Five Mile Point today so I hope you get to go down and show your support and check out the racing at this tiny ¼ mile track. If you’ve never been I highly recommend it. It’s a fun place and it will be nice to see the stars of the series joined by a lot of racers who don’t normally run these races. Best of luck to all.

Have a great Sunday and be sure to come back tomorrow. Our next show is Tuesday at Skyline and we hope to see you there too.  

 
Saturday, June 10th 2017
   New on the Audio Page for today from Skyline Raceway Park:
 
After the heats:
 
Tyler Yeagle won the Street Stock qualifier and talked about some issues he has had so far in 2017.  
Billy Shantel Jr. got the win in his Open Sportsman heat race and described some late race pressure.
Ben Bushaw recently got back behind the wheel and spoke about how close things got at the end.
James Cornell walked away in his heat for a victory and talked about the racetrack he raced on.
Tim Guild led every lap to win his 602 Sportsman heat and told me how the surface surprised him.
Chuck Miller watched his teammate in his heat and told me how he pulled away for a heat win.
Buck Mills Sr. was fast in his heat race victory and explained why he ran so high in the first corner.
Buck Mills Jr. had an issue with his Pure Stock in his heat win and told me how he would fix it.

After the feature races:
Earl Zimmer took a borrowed car to victory lane and spoke about his Street Stock feature win.
John Morse led every lap to win the Open Sportsman feature and talked down in victory lane.
James Cornell dominated the STP Modified feature race and spoke about how fast his car was.
Garett Rushlow pulled off a last corner pass for the win and talked about how good the win felt.
Pat Jordan lost a heartbreaker getting passed in the final corner and told me why he wasn’t mad.
Andrew Smith finished in 3rd with his 602 Sportsman and talked about how could have been better.

I had a fun night as I met a lot of new people in my first trip to Skyline Raceway Park this year. It was a beautiful day and finally I was able to wear a short sleeved shirt and a shorts to the track although I did change later.
 
I’ve always like Skyline as it is so different than any other track I’ve been to. People sit in lawn chairs and have a great view as they watch the races. Bring a hat though as you do look right into the sun and this time I was ready and did not have to borrow one like the last time I went.
 
The racing was really good especially in the 602 Sportsman feature when 15 year old Garett Rushlow passed veteran Pat Jordan in the final corner after the two ran side by side for lap after lap in the closing laps never once touching. Be sure to listen to both Garett’s and Pat Jordan’s interviews as they are both very good. And what sportsmanship Jordan showed in my interview and afterwards as he rushed over to congratulate the young man who beat him. Wow!
 
I was able to get a lot of interviews before the race and those will show up later in the week. Don’t forget they have a show this Tuesday as the Kenny Moore Classic will now be a small block/big block shootout. Joining them will be a Sportsman invitational and Street Stocks. I am going to try to make it so I hope to see you there.
 
I also took some photos as we continue to work on that with the goal of getting back to where we were before with lots of new photos every day. We’re learning something new every day as we are changing a lot of the way we do things behind the scenes and logging what happens as we try to figure out what went wrong three years ago. If you see something you think we should know about let us know with a message to doug@dougsdirtdiary.com.
 
I’ll be at Fulton Speedway today with Allie and we’ll have lots of good stuff up from that show tomorrow for you and if everything works out more photos too. Have a great day and we’ll see you at the races.  
 
Friday, June 9th 2017
   New on the Audio Page for today:

Rusty Smith talks about his season so far and his hopes for Sunday’s SDS race at 5 Mile Point.  
Claude Hutchings Jr. tells me about his latest I-88 Sportsman win and how racing helps at work.
Dean Catlin previews tonight at Skyline and looks ahead to a big Tuesday night race next week.

Finally some nice summer like weather is here and just in time for a big racing weekend. It’s going to be over 80 degrees for several days in a row so be sure to get out to your favorite track this weekend and leave the winter jacket at home…finally right?
 
I’ll be at Skyline Raceway Park tonight by myself and Allie will accompany me to Fulton Speedway on Saturday. Like me she is coming off of being sick so she is not ready to belt out the national anthems yet but she will be very soon.
 
Sunday we’ll open up the pool as we anticipate what should be quite the summer. It will take a bit to warm up but hopefully it will be ready for swimming by the end of the week or the at weekend.

Now let’s talk more about what we have on the Audio Page as we get ready for the first really nice weekend of the season. Rusty Smith talks about his season so far at a pair of local dirt tracks, his hopes for Sunday’s SDS race at 5 Mile Point as well as next weekend’s asphalt Modified race.  
 
Claude Hutchings Jr. tells me about his latest I-88 Sportsman win, how he changed his line on a restart to get the lead and how what he learns at racing helps him at work.

Dean Catlin previews tonight at Skyline and looks ahead to a big Tuesday night race next week featuring the Kenny Moore Classic for Modifieds as well as Sportsman and Street Stocks.  
 
Thursday, June 8th 2017
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Jessica Power won her first ever Sportsman feature at Fulton Speedway and recapped her night.
Kelly Hebing tells me about her best race weekend ever finishing 5th at Ransomville and 10th at Fulton.
Aaryn Moody talks about going racing with her dad and what she does to help her boyfriend race.

Today we meet up with some young ladies who love to get dirty at the racetrack. Two of them are coming off of great weekends where they did something they had never done before where the other may know more about racing than you may have initially thought.

I hope you like these and I love to do theme days when I can. I love these stories and since I am racing with my daughter I want her to know that she can do things in racing and not be limited because she is a girl. I know a lot of you have daughters too and in today’s world they truly can do anything. So play these for your daughters and encourage them to reach for the stars and never to let anyone tell them what they can’t do…only what they can do.

Now let’s get into more detail on these three interviews on the Audio Page that I know you’ll like starting with a new winner from Saturday night.

Jessica Power won her first ever Sportsman feature at Fulton Speedway and recapped her night while telling me where we will see her race in the next few weeks.  

Kelly Hebing tells me about her best race weekend ever finishing 5th at Ransomville and 10th at Fulton while thinking back to her start in racing running a 270 Micro at Paradise Speedway.  

Aaryn Moody talks about learning how to work on Sprint Cars with her dad, what she does to help her boyfriend race and how her gig as Ms. Motorsports helped her in the racing world.  

 
Wednesday, June 7th 2017
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Jimmy Phelps recaps his racing weekend, talks about Weedsport and his young brother’s victory.
Tom Juno talks about his Novice Sportsman win at Fulton in just his fifth race in the division.
Tony Veneziano reports on the latest World of Outlaw Sprint Car races in Indiana and Minnesota.

We’re back with more good stuff for you today and it is a special day here today as it is my wife’s birthday. We’ll be doing the usual going out to dinner thing and we’ll be having some fun here later. If you are friends with her Facebook be sure to wish her a happy birthday.

I’ll be doing some work during the day as I write up another article for the Syracuse Post Standard and Syracuse.com. If you’re not in the area and want to read about racing here in Central New York just go to www.syracuse.com/motorsports. They added a lot of bonus stuff to my Tuesday column so be sure to check it out.

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page as we finally get out of the wet weather today…I hope. Jimmy Phelps recaps his racing weekend that included a pair of top five finishes, talks about Weedsport rescheduling Sunday’s small block/big block shootout and his young brother’s victory at Fulton.    

Tom Juno talks about his Novice Sportsman win at Fulton in just his fifth race in the division as well as what else made his Saturday night so special. What a nice story here!  

Tony Veneziano reports on the latest World of Outlaw Sprint Car races in Indiana and Minnesota as the teams get ready for their first trip to Knoxville this weekend.  

 
Tuesday, June 6th 2017
   New on the Audio Page for today:

Tim Sears Jr. tells me about his Modified win at Fulton on Saturday and his 9th place at Brewerton.
Mike Phelps talks about his first career Sportsman victory and what it meant to his family team.
Dave Just offered his thoughts on racing a Sprint Car at Ransomville where he raced Sportsman.

The rain just keeps coming here in Central New York and it sounds like this week will be like many others we have had so far…cold and rainy. I stayed inside for most of the day trying to shake this cold & cough and did a lot of interviews along the way. I have a pair of winners up for today and many more to come in the next few days.

We’re doing a lot of behind the scenes as we are fixing some long term issues with the goal of bringing pictures back at full speed. We did something else on Monday so let us know if you notice anything. Please let us know with a message to doug@dougsdirtdiary.com.

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page as we start with a repeat winner. Tim Sears Jr. tells me about his Modified win at Fulton on Saturday, his 9th place at Brewerton on Friday and what he had to do to loosen the car up for his victory.

Mike Phelps talks about his first career Sportsman victory, why the win meant so much to him & his family while recalling why he got into racing himself back in 2014. Mike also wanted to help Mohawk Northeast for all their help!     

Dave Just offered his thoughts on racing a Sprint Car at Ransomville where he raced Sportsman for many years and explained why he felt his past experience may not help on this night.

 
     
 
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