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Thursday, December 3rd 2015
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Mark Weaver explains why he is getting out of Sportsman racing after getting back in 2 years ago.
Ron Cartwright Jr. speaks with Steve Ovens after winning the Turkey Bowl at Black Rock.
J.J. Courcy won the IMCA Modified race in dominating style and told Steve Ovens about the win.
Jared Hill talked with Steve Ovens after winning the Turkey Bowl Street Stock race at Black Rock.

We had a busy day on Wednesday as some car issues kept us hopping. But the good news is that snow tires we picked up from our friend Ned Kinney are on the cars and we are ready for it to snow. So go ahead Mother Nature, do your worse! But wait till next week as we have some racing to get in still.

I will be at the NYS Indoor Championships on Friday and will look forward to seeing a lot of you at the event which will have practice on Friday and heats & features on Saturday. It’s a fun event and one I know you’ll like so I hope to see a lot of you there. And yes, I will have more on that tomorrow.

Now let’s chat about what we have for you today on the Audio Page including three clips from Steve Ovens from Turn 5 Live. Thanks Steve!Mark Weaver explains why he is getting out of Sportsman racing after getting back in 2 years ago but hints that he might accept a ride if it became available.  

Ron Cartwright Jr. speaks with Steve Ovens after winning the Turkey Bowl at Black Rock with a full lap lead over everyone else on the track.  

J.J. Courcy won the IMCA Modified race in dominating style and told Steve Ovens about the win as well as what his thoughts were after hot laps.  

Jared Hill celebrated with Steve Ovens after winning the Turkey Bowl Street Stock race at Black Rock and explained how a radiator problem had him smoking in the late laps.  

 
Wednesday, December 2nd 2015
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Matt Hulsizer told me about his season at Utica Rome Speedway as he celebrated at the banquet.
James Carlson spoke about a big purchase he was going to make and his season in a Sportsman.
Chris Leone talked with Steve Ovens after his win on Sunday at Black Rock in his Four Cylinder.

The rain that was predicted in our area hit on Tuesday making for an extra cold day. I did some running around and got some work done as well in between stops. In addition to my own content that is up for today I also have one from our friend Steve Ovens from Turn 5 Live. And we’ll have more from Steve later in the week.

Today I get busy again in the studio and am looking to chat with some folks who are racing this weekend in Syracuse. Karts are at the top of my list today so if you are running this weekend, please message me at doug@dougsdirtdiary.com.

I was also hoping maybe Allie could get a few laps on the track Friday night. She would need everything apparel wise but I am just hoping to get her one, maybe two sessions just so she can see what it is like and I can make a decision on whether I want her to do this. Message me guys if you want to help. Thanks.

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page starting with a driver who was celebrating on Saturday night in Oneida. Matt Hulsizer told me about his season at Utica Rome Speedway in a Modified, his runs weekly at Brewerton and described some things he figured out about what the car liked.

James Carlson spoke about a big purchase he was going to make, what he has to do to get his racecar ready for 2016 and his season in a Sportsman at Brewerton & Fulton.  

Chris Leone talked with Steve Ovens after his win on Sunday at Black Rock Speedway’s Turkey Bowl show in his Four Cylinder.  

 
Tuesday, December 1st 2015
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

John Wight talks about the promoter’s meetings and the racing at Brewerton & Fulton Speedways.
Claude Hutchings Jr. tells me about his season at Utica Rome and wonders about big block racing.

I had a fun day on Monday after a real good day on Sunday. Feeling like a weight has been lifted as we continue to get a lot of things done here to complete our move and sell the old homestead.

Big news came out on Monday as it was announced that HBR Racing and Matt Sheppard will be parting ways. Jimmy Phelps will still be on the team and I am sure Sheppard will land on his feet as his talent and knowledge about the sport are off the chart. We wish everyone the best here.

Now let’s chat more about what we have on the Audio Page as we get ready for a Tuesday filled with possibilities. John Wight talks about the promoter’s meetings and the racing at Brewerton & Fulton Speedways as well as the comebacks on Saturday and the Sportsman divisions. Good one here!  

Claude Hutchings Jr. tells me about his season at Utica Rome, shares some memories of his summer in Vernon and wonders about big block racing in the future.

 
Monday, November 30th 2015
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Lance Willix described how he did in a small block Modified at a pair of Canadian speedways.
Chris Mackey told me about his move to a Sportsman and what he learned in just two races.
Chris Carr spoke with Mike Mallet at the Utica Rome banquet about his 3rd place in Pro Stocks.
Mike Welch talked with Mike Mallett on stage about his runner up finish in Pro Stock points.
Glenn Forward was the Pro Stock champion at Utica Rome and spoke about his championship.

We had a busy day on Sunday as we did some work at the old house and now have it clean inside and ready for paint. We still have a few things in the garage and the shed but that is it. Yay!

I’ll be working today as I have a new column to write for the Syracuse Post Standard and Syracxuse.com. And if I get time in between I’ll see if I can dig up a few interviews although I do still have six in the can.

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page starting with a driver who made a big change in his weekly routine.   Lance Willix described how he did in a small block Modified at a pair of Canadian speedways, explained why he moved to the 358’s and how close he came to a win.

Chris Mackey told me about his move to a Sportsman and what he learned in just two races as h adjusted to a crate engine for the first time.  

Chris Carr spoke with Mike Mallet at the Utica Rome banquet about his 3rd place finish in Pro Stock division at the speedway.  

Mike Welch talked with Mike Mallett on stage about his runner up finish in Pro Stock points as well as what a challenge it was to run at Utica Rome weekly.

Glenn Forward was the Pro Stock champion at Utica Rome and spoke with Mike Mallett about his championship season in 2016.  

 
Sunday, November 29th 2015
   

New on the Audio Page from the Utica Rome Speedway banquet:

Mike Welch talks about his first full season at Utica Rome and some changes to Pro Stocks.
Mike Bowman spoke about his seasons at Utica Rome & Brewerton and a chassis change for 2016.
Matt Janczuk and Rocky Warner speak with Mike Mallett on stage at the Utica Rome banquet.
Jack Miller, Claude Hutchings Jr. and champion Steve Way talk to Mike Mallett at the banquet.  
Mike Mahaney, Larry Wight and Matt Sheppard talk about finishing 1,2,3 in the Modifieds.
John Tiff goes over some rule changes for 2016 and highlights some dates on the schedule.

It was another fun night for me and Camille as we headed to the Utica Rome banquet at Turning Stone Casino. As always it was fun to see all the drivers dressed up all nice, their supportive families and their beautiful wives & girlfriends. Everyone looked great. Nice job everyone!

As well as some chats I did beforehand, I also recorded some of the stage banter plus my yearly chat with John Tiff about changes for 2016 as well as some dates to circle on your calendar. As always the folks at Utica Rome do a great job and the atmosphere there is always positive. We were so happy to be invited and loved seeing some of you again. We just need more time so I can see you all.

There were a lot of you who I did not get to interview and I’d like to correct that. Plus there were a lot of you there who I’ve never interviewed. I need to correct that too. If you are a driver, come here and I have never chatted with you please get ahold of me and we’ll change that real fast. You can reach me at doug@dougsdirtdiary.com.

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page today starting with my first official chat of the night. (Yeah, a lot of the talks I have at banquets are unofficial and off the record.) Mike Welch talks about finishing 2nd in his first full season at Utica Rome and some changes to Pro Stocks that will put them in line with tracks to the east.  

Mike Bowman spoke about his seasons at Utica Rome & Brewerton, how tough it is to win in the Modified division at those two tracks and a chassis change for 2016.  

Matt Janczuk and Rocky Warner speak with Mike Mallett on stage at the Utica Rome banquet and thank the people that helped them race in 2015.  

Jack Miller, Claude Hutchings Jr. and Open Sportsman champion Steve Way talk to Mike Mallett about their 2015 seasons at the Utica Rome banquet.  

Mike Mahaney, Larry Wight and Matt Sheppard talk with Mike Mallett about finishing 1,2,3 in the Modified division at the Utica Rome Speedway.  

John Tiff goes over some rule changes for both Sportsman divisions and Pro Stocks at Utica Rome Speedway in 2016 and highlights some dates on next seasons schedule.

 
Saturday, November 28th 2015
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Pat Ward gets ready to celebrate at the DIRTcar banquet and talked about the work at the shop.
Todd Burley tells me how he stays involved in racing with his business while resisting temptation.
Mike Button gets interviewed by Earl Rudy and they talk candidly about racing against each other.
Chris Hulsizer ran down how he did last year in limited action and his hopes to race more in 2016.
Paul Kirkland updated me on Brockville Ontario Speedway and the DIRTcar promoter’s meetings.

It’s banquet tine for Camille and I as we are heading out to the Utica Rome Speedway banquet at Turning Stone. And of course if the weather was 60 degrees or so I’d be looking to get in a quick 18 on one of their wonderful golf courses.

It is always fun to head to this venue for us as we have been going there for close to 20 years. We always went to the DIRT banquets in the Glenn Donnelly era and ALWAYS had a great time…probably too good when I stop and think about it but it was certainly legendary.

Be sure to look for stuff tomorrow from that banquet as I will stay up late tonight to get it for you. I’ll have news from the banquet plus as many drivers I can bet before they seat us.

Now let’s talk about what I have today on the Audio Page starting with a driver who runs at the track we will be celebrating tonight.
Pat Ward
gets ready to celebrate at the DIRTcar banquet and talked about the work he has looking at him at the shop and the comeback we are seeing at Fulton Speedway.  

Todd Burley tells me how he stays involved in racing with his business while resisting the temptation to spend tens of thousands of dollars to get back in the seat again. I’m just teasing Todd. I’m happy for you!  

Mike Button gets interviewed by Earl Rudy and they talk candidly about racing against each other. I love you drivers interview each other as the truth really comes out!!!  

Chris Hulsizer ran down how he did last year in limited action in the Sportsman division,   his hopes to race more in 2016 and what he can bring to a potential deal. 

Paul Kirkland updated me on Brockville Ontario Speedway, the DIRTcar promoter’s meetings and the date for the Northeast Fall Nationals.  

 
Friday, November 27th 2015
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Kenny Tremont compared this 18 win season with others and explained why he did so well.
Richie Tobias talks about the value of networking and how he ended up with 17 on his racecars.
Chris Hile brought out a new car late in 2015 and explained why he chose to use that strategy.
Kelly Hebing told me some of what she learned this past season and her hopes for wins in 2016.
Rich Murtaugh describes his new role with the NYS Indoor Championships and karts in general.

It’s a crazy day for a lot of people today as Black Friday is upon us. Shoppers looking for bargains will be on the loose today reminding me to stay as far away from the local malls as possible. And maybe certain areas like Route 31 near my house need to be avoided at all costs.

I hope your Thanksgiving Day was a good one and I hope you all are enjoying a day off today. And to my friends in Canada, sorry about all the lazy day off talk.

I’ll be busy today as I have along list of stuff to do here. This past weekend was great because it allows me the time to get stuff done without having to bother my racing buddies on what is usually one of the busiest stretches of the year.

I still have a lot of great stuff in the can and will be at the Utica Rome Speedway banquet tomorrow to get lots more. As much as I miss racing right now I love this time of the year as I get to catch up with folks and get a little pause to get the rest of our lives in order. You know what I mean!

Now let’s chat more about the new stuff I have today on the Audio Page as we get right into the holiday season with the accelerator pedal pushed to the floor. Kenny Tremont compared this 18 win season with others and explained why he went with a different manufacturer and what he is getting for the 2016 season.

Richie Tobias talks about the value of networking at shows like the Parts Peddler, what he has in store next season at The Action Track and how he ended up with 17 on his racecars. Really?

Chris Hile brought out a new car late in 2015 and explained why he chose to use that strategy as well as what he is doing in his race shop right now.  

Kelly Hebing told me some of what she learned this past season, how her dad helps her to know where she should be on the track and her hopes for wins in 2016.  

Rich Murtaugh describes his new role with the NYS Indoor Championships starting this December, some changes he may make and the state of karts in general.  

 
     
 
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