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Wednesday, May 18th 2016
    New on the Audio Page for today:

Joey Saldana talks about the World of Outlaws East Coast swing starting tonight at Lincoln.
Mike Bowman has a new chassis for this season and recapped how things are going so far.
Sean Beardsley is helping Rich Riggs with his Modified and talked about racing it Friday night.
Joe Garafolo told me how his Mod Lite felt on the first race night and the new driver restraints.

I got a lot done on Tuesday and will be going to a get together later tonight that should get me more good stuff for tomorrow. And in the can I have a chat with Ronnie Johnson that will air tomorrow as well.

The World of Outlaws are in our area and race tonight at Lincoln Speedway before heading to Williams Grove, Weedsport and New Egypt. I need to clone myself for Sunday as there are two places I hope to be. Maybe I can still somehow do both. We’ll see.

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page starting with a big name from the Sprint Car world. Joey Saldana talks about the World of Outlaws East Coast swing starting tonight at Lincoln before heading to Williams Grove, Weedsport and New Egypt. Good stuff!

Mike Bowman has a new Modified chassis for this season and recapped how things are going so far as well as some changes he made for Friday at Brewerton.  

Sean Beardsley is helping Rich Riggs with his Modified and talked about racing it Friday night at Brewerton as well as the handling condition they are trying to fix.  

Joe Garafolo told me how his Mod Lite felt on the first race night how the new driver restraints felt and why he was not concerned that the car was a little tight. Sounds like I’m grilling out on Saturday.  

 
Tuesday, May 17th 2016
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Larry Wight talked about his season so far, his runner up at Fulton and starting a race up front.
Mike Button explained why he missed some time in his car and how tough it is to find a crate.
Tony Veneziano reports on the World of Outlaws from Indiana and looks ahead to the east coast.

It was a busy day for me as I wrote up new stuff for the Syracuse Post Standard and Syracuse.com while getting some work done in the studio as well. Plus I was able to tackle my lawn which grew a lot this past weekend with all the rain we’ve had.

I’ve got a few chats up from the weekend and have calls out to some folks so hopefully I can get cranking along today and get more cool stuff for you this week. I do have at least two Brewerton chats we’ll be able to have every day but we do need more.

If you have some suggestions, I’d be happy to get to them for you so send me a message at doug@dougsdirtdiary.com and we’ll get moving on that.

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page starting with some conversations from Friday’s opener at Brewerton. Larry Wight talked about his season so far, his runner up at Fulton and the occasional disadvantages of starting a race up front.   

Mike Button explained why he missed some time in his car, how tough it is to find a crate engine when you need one at this time of the year and why he feels they need a break in period.  

Tony Veneziano reports on the World of Outlaws from Indiana and looks ahead to the east coast swing that includes a race in Weedsport this Sunday.  

 
Monday, May 16th 2016
    New on the Audio Page for today:

Chad Phelps stood in the rain with me and talked about the two different cars he has run so far.
Jeff Blackburn prepared for just his 9th Modified start and talked about his nervous race day stomach.
Glenn Forward had never raced at Brewerton before and told me why he added this to his plans.
Tye Scott Rood explained why he came to Brewerton and remembered being unable to see.

What a cold and crappy day it was on Sunday huh? The cold night however did give me a chance to get a good night’s sleep as I had fallen behind. Unless it’s cold I can’t sleep so I do feel fully refreshed and ready to go.

I got caught up in golf on Sunday as the PGA boys were at TPC Sawgrass which is my favorite tournament of the year. I’d love to go there sometime and love to put my ball on the island green on 17 on my first shot. A man can dream can’t he?

I also wanted to say a big thank you to North Eastern Pool & Spa as they have just renewed with us once again. It is that time guys and gals so if you are looking to turn your backyard into the ultimate summer fun place they can help you. They serve Rochester and the surrounding areas so give them a call, click on their website and make this summer one to remember.

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page for today starting with my first chat Friday at Brewerton. Chad Phelps stood in the rain with me and talked about the two different cars he has run so far as well as how he has been doing four races into the season.

Jeff Blackburn prepared for just his 9th Modified start and talked about his nervous race day stomach as well as how tough it is on a day when you don’t know if you’re racing or not.  

Glenn Forward had never raced at Brewerton before and told me why he added this to his plans as well as a recent race he traveled to.  

Tye Scott Rood explained why he came to Brewerton and remembered being unable to see in an incident at Utica Rome as well as what he plans to be doing this season.  

 
Sunday, May 15th 2016
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Vic Coffey talks about coming back to Modifieds and explains what changed since the year 2007.
Jim Witko ran down how his first races have gone so far and remembered watching his dad race.
Tyler Trump told me how he is adapting to a Sportsman after running at the Oswego Kartway.

What a crappy day Saturday turned out to be huh? Rain hit once, his again and then the wind kicked in. Most tracks cancelled early but some stuck it out. As I type this up a 4 p.m. I see there is a window for later on so let’s hope the window stays open and the hearty, wet fans can see some racing.

I have some good stuff from Friday as I did a few longer interviews thinking that a rain out was inevitable on at least one day this weekend. I was so pumped up after a great night of racing in Brewerton that I could not sleep. It happens like that sometimes for me. But what a great night it truly was.

Now let’s chat about what we have for you on the Audio Page for today as we hope for better weather today. Vic Coffey talks about his first season coming back to Modifieds and explains how much has changed since he last ran them regularly in 2007 as well as how much better things have gone so far this year. Good one!  

Jim Witko ran down how his first races have gone so far, told me something he did at Fulton that he had never done before and remembered watching his dad race as a kid.

Tyler Trump told me how he is adapting to a Sportsman at age 15 after running at the Oswego Kartway and talked about how his friends react to his full size racecar.  

 

 
Saturday, May 14th 2016
   

New on the Audio Page from Brewerton Speedway:

After the heat races:

Nick Krause led every lap to win his Sportsman heat and talked about being a little under geared.
Billy Clark made some substantial suspension changes that led to a win in his Sportsman heat.
Stephen Denton took over first when the leader blew an engine and spoke about his heat victory.
Todd Root pondered a shock change on the right rear and told me about his win in the final heat.
Rob Bellinger told me about his battle with the X car as he stayed ahead to win his Modified heat.
Tim Kerr pulled away to win his Modified heat and told me what he saw in the Sportsman consi.
Chuck Bower won an excellent side by side race and talked about the fun he had in his victory.

After the feature races:

Nick Krause won his first race of the season and talked about how similar it was to last week.
Todd Root had to settle for second after leading a lot of laps and talked about sealing up a tire.
Jeff Sykes ran a nearly flawless race to earn the Mod Lite win and told Adam Buchanan about it.
Dave Brown flipped his Mod Lite, drove away and told me what it was that sidelined him late.
Ray Bechler dominated the Four Cylinder feature and talked about the win with Bill Foley.
Jimmy Phelps led all but two laps in his win and told Adam Buchanan about his versatile car.
Chris Hile went from eighth to second and talked about having a very maneuverable racecar.
Rob Bellinger finished in fourth place and told me how good his car was as he hugged the inside.
Max McLaughlin reacted to his first top five finish and talked about how tough the competition is.

What a great night it was at the Brewerton Speedway opener. Even though it rained a good part of the day and again at about 4:30, it turned to be an awesome night with a smooth racing surface.

Jimmy Phelps won the Modified feature race to make it two in a row, he won last week at Fulton, and the final laps were wild with several position changes as well as cars falling out of the race with mechanical issues. You would have thought it was Friday the 13th of something. Oh wait, it was!

Nick Krause bounced back after his tough night at Fulton although for a while it looked like he would get passed in traffic by the same driver, Todd Root. But Krause was able to get back by Root and claim the victory. Yeah, he felt pretty good about it. Come back later in the week as he mans up to talk about what happened last week at Fulton an explains what turned his runner up finish into a last place run.

It was good to see Jeff Sykes win the Mod Lite race especially after heavy contact with a car in the closing laps. Jeff is known as a small block Modified racer from the North Country but did you know he was also Doug Fuller’s crew chief on the Outlaw Circuit? If you want to get him going, ask how his first hot laps in Doug’s car went. Love you Jeff and it is quite a story.

First time winner Ray Bechler took home the victory in the Four Cylinder Super Stock race. His son won last week at Fulton so it is a good time to be a member of the racing Bechler family.

There was some sad news however as a person was hit on Route 11 right in front of the speedway. At the time I write this I have no idea of the person’s condition but they were doing a reconstruction when I left so let’s put them in our prayers and hope for the best.

Don’t know what if anything I will be doing today as I am so far behind on things here at the house. And with the weather turning colder and wetter today I am just hoping for some racing at your favorite Saturday home. Come back tomorrow and we’ll have more for you and we hope you all have a great weekend.

 
Friday, May 13th 2016
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Jimmy Phelps tells me about his Fulton Speedway Modified win and Sunday’s practice in Weedsport.
Dave Rogers prepared for some hot laps and talked about being excited to get back on the track.
Aaron Pugh won the final Sportsman heat Saturday at Can Am and talked about his race line.
Hunter Schwander told me about his two race win streak in the Novice Sportsman class at Can Am.
Michael Mandigo got his career started on Saturday and told me about his hopes for his first race.

I had a fun day as I got to do a ride along with a long time friend who works as a police officer. It was a lot of fun and I totally have a ton of respect for what law enforcement officials do. I wish you all could have gone along as it was a lot of fun and very eye opening as well. Thanks guys for making that happen.

Once I got home I was wiped out as I am not used to getting up so early in the morning and staying up all day. Yeah, I am firmly entrenched in a second shift mode and is hard to get out of it.

I did get a chat done in the studio and put that up with my four remaining chats from the Can Am opener. I am keeping my fingers crossed for this weekend and am hopeful for three straight days of racing. C’mon Mother Nature…Be a race fan this weekend please!

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page starting with a driver who won in his fourth start of the season. Jimmy Phelps tells me about his Fulton Speedway Modified win, his hopes for the Brewerton opener and this Sunday’s practice in Weedsport.   

Dave Rogers prepared for some hot laps and talked about being excited to get back on the track with a brand new car as well as an issue he had at Canandaigua.  

Aaron Pugh won the final Sportsman heat Saturday at Can Am and talked about his race line as well as what he was thinking as he stuck to the low line.  

Hunter Schwander told me about his two race win streak in the Novice Sportsman class at Can Am, some new parts they put on the car and why he is staying in Novice for now.  

Michael Mandigo got his career started on Saturday and told me about his hopes for his first race as well as why he decided not to start in the novice class.  

 
Thursday, May 12th 2016
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Josh VanBrocklin spoke to me after hot laps at Can Am and told me where he’ll race this year.
Kyle DeMetro took a year off from racing last season and told me about his plain white Modified.
Preston Forbes explained why he only got out once in 2015 and why moved to a Pro Stock.
Joe Marotta shares some stories about Dutch Hoag and previews the opener at Oswego Speedway.
Steve Ovens previews Thursday Night Thunder in Dundee and the season so far at Woodhull.

I had a bit of an off day as our phone and internet were down and went down right as I was working. I missed my deadline for the paper but they were nice enough to extend it for me. I may need to look at my service provider as this is the second time they’ve been down for multiple hours in less than a week. Any suggestions?

So I was not able to get the work done that I wanted to but should be good for some chats tonight. I have a ride a long today that I can’t wait for and after I get back I will hit a small bucket of balls at the driving range and then hit the studio.

Let’s all hope for some dry weather tomorrow and if it does rain, let’s hope the impact is minimal and we can still have some fun Friday night. I hope you all have a great day and I wish all of you racing tonight in Dundee all the best.

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page for today including some sad news. Josh VanBrocklin spoke to me after hot laps at Can Am, described the racing surface he saw and told me where he’ll race this year.

Kyle DeMetro took a year off from racing last season and told me about his plain white Modified as well as what he hopes happens in his rookie year in the class.  

Preston Forbes explained why he only got out once in 2015, why moved to a Pro Stock for 2016 and ran down some of the advantages to running a crate.  

Joe Marotta shares some stories about Dutch Hoag after his passing on Wednesday and previews the opener at Oswego Speedway. Rest in peace Dutch and enjoy racing in heaven.  

Steve Ovens previews Thursday Night Thunder tonight in Dundee at Outlaw Speedway, the season so far at Woodhull and what he has coming up on Turn Five Live.  

 
     
 
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