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Sunday, December 18th 2016
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Ryan Susice tells me about his new ride for Merrittville and his race party on February 25th.
Cody Bleau reviews his one win season in 2016 and tells me about his one ride for 2017.

It was another snowy Saturday as the whir of snowblowers was heard here in Central New York. WE got about 4-5 inches of wet snow but as usual our snow plow crews took care of it quickly and before noon we were driving on wet pavement and not snow. Great job!

After clearing my driveway, I got to work in the studio and recorded a pair of new interviews for you. I will be after it again today as the indoor kart races were cancelled at Great Bear Indoor Kartway. I will keep you posted as to how they are doing and the stats of their New Year’s Eve show soon.

Now let’s chat more about what is new on the Audio Page for today as we get closer to the holiday season. Ryan Susice tells me about his new ride for Merrittville with a team that won at Super DIRT Week, how flattered he is to have the opportunity and tells us about his race party on February 25th.  

Cody Bleau reviews his one win season in 2016 that saw him take two trips to the hospital, the one ride he has for 2017 and his hopes to possibly find another ride for weekly competition.  

 
Saturday, December 17th 2016
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Corey Barker thinks back on his 2016 racing season and wonders if he was trying too hard.
Charlie Tibbitts tells me some of what he learned as a 12 year old Sportsman rookie driver.

The weekend is here and we’ll get it started with a pair of interviews with Sportsman drivers. Let’s be honest, this is a super tough division and one that is still growing so any wins by anybody nowadays is really something. Hat’s off to both these racers who are up today.

I will be back in the studio again today to get some more work done so if you want in or want me to talk to your favorite just send me a message on Facebook and I will do my best to get it done. My email is doug@dougsdirtdiary.com.

Tomorrow afternoon I will check out Great Bear Indoor Kartway as they run their first show. It will be a non-point race but it is sure to be a lot of fun as drivers try to figure out the best way around this new indoor clay track. I am looking forward it!’

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page on the first day of the weekend. Corey Barker thinks back on his 2016 racing season in a crate powered Sportsman and wonders if he was trying too hard while remembering his best run of the season against the sport’s best.  

Charlie Tibbitts tells me some of what he learned as a 12 year old Sportsman rookie driver, shared some of the advice he received and described how scary it was the first few times he did it.  

 
Friday, December 16th 2016
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Nick Guererri reviews his one win season and tells me about a change of plans for 2017.
D.J. Shuman gets ready for Great Bear Indoor Kartway and talks about racing on the clay.

Back today with more good stuff as we continue or Season in Review chats and look forward to a new venue opening this weekend just south of Fulton. Both are real good so I hope you enjoy them.

We had a snow day on Thursday although it did not get going as much in the morning as the forecasters said. But we made up for it in the late afternoon as a half a foot or more fell on us. It made for some fun driving on the unplowed roads as I did not let it affect my plans and I kept going.

I got a lot done right at dinner time and hope to do the same later today as we are going out for Allie’s birthday and then I am getting right back to work. It will be a fun day and a fun weekend as I plan on checking out Great Bear Indoor Kartway Sunday afternoon. And yes, I do need to get some laps in at this place sometime soon as I have never run a kart on clay.

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page as we get ready to get the weekend started. Nick Guererri reviews his one win season, how much he enjoyed racing on the big track at Charlotte and tells me about a change of his weekly plans for 2017.   

D.J. Shuman gets ready for Great Bear Indoor Kartway’s first show this Sunday and talks about racing a kart on the clay as well as his plans to run some Micro Sprint races in 2017.  

 
Thursday, December 15th 2016
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Jeremie Corcoran talks about some new ventures for 2017 and Canandaigua’s status for 2017.
Claude Hutchings Jr. reviews his 2016 race season and talks about his plans for next season.

I had a busy day on Wednesday as I got back to work in the studio and did some more writing for the Syracuse Post Standard and Syracuse.com. I wrote about a pair of indoor events taking place this weekend. One is locally at Great Bear Indoor Kartway and the other of course is in St. Louis. Let’s hope all these indoor events do well so many more can come to life down the road.

I have a soul searching interview with Jeremie Corcoran as he talks about what he has going on for 2017 and reveals something that happened to him and his family earlier this year that probably not a lot of you know about. I know I sure didn’t know anything about it.

He says several times in this interview that he is not looking for sympathy and he really isn’t. But I don’t know how any of us would react if we saw what he saw. I know I would be a mess and probably unable to function for a while so I wish him well as he tries to deal with this tragedy. Wow! You think you know what is going on in people’s lives. Understanding…pass it on!

I also have a Season in Review with a good friend who helped me a lot in my one season of racing and for that I am eternally grateful. I know you’ll like this one too.

I will be back in the studio today and will have new stuff till sometime before Christmas when we will switch gears and look back at the year that was. I enjoy that and I hope you do too!

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page starting with a chat with a man who will be very busy this coming season. Jeremie Corcoran talks about three new ventures for 2017 at the New York State Fairgrounds, why Canandaigua Motorsports Park will be independent next season and recalls a life changing moment that affected his life tremendously. Hit the play button and get comfortable guys!

Claude Hutchings Jr. reviews his 2016 race season that saw him pick up nine wins, talks about his plans for next season that include Modified racing on Sunday and how much he enjoyed the Outlaw 200.  

 
Wednesday, December 14th 2016
   New on the Audio Page for today:

Joey Payne talks about his crash this past weekend and how he and the racecar are doing.

I had trouble getting new interviews so all I have for you today is this one but it is a real good one with a driver who is hopefully feeling a little better today after a hard crash this past weekend. If you go to Joey’s Facebook page you’ll see a video of the crash and you’ll see how hard the hit was and how this could have been a lot worse.

I will be back in the studio again today and am looking for people to interview. Some days are tougher than others and the closer it gets to Christmas the tougher it gets. I’ll figure something out and make sure we have something for you everyday but it may be more days like today. We’ll see.

Now let’s chat more about what I have for you on the Audio Page as we look back at the first of three big indoor races here in the Northeast. Joey Payne talks about his crash this past weekend in a TQ Midget, how he and the racecar are doing and tells me what he has in store for the 2017 season.  


 
Tuesday, December 13th 2016
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Jeremy Wilder talks about having his best season ever and how they cut down on DNF’s.
Tony Veneziano reports on the new WoO Sprint Car schedule and the big news they announced.

If everything is going well this should be my day off for the week. I don’t know if I am bowling yet as Dad is scheduled but may need another week off for a nagging injury so we’ll see how that goes. I’ll be racing later tonight too and if any of you local racers are ever free on a Tuesday gimme a shout and we’ll get you over here to have some fun online with me.

We’ll have more tomorrow and look for my new column online at www.syracuse.com/motorsports or on newsstands in the Syracuse area today. We talk about some news from the PRI show, the indoor races and much more I hope you like it.

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page starting with a driver who is coming off a championship season. Jeremy Wilder talks about having his best season ever with seven wins, ran down the two things you need to do to cut down on DNF’s and remembers one very special night at Fonda.  

Tony Veneziano reports on the new WoO Sprint Car schedule for 2017, the big news they announced last Thursday and gives us some updated driver news as well.  

 
Monday, December 12th 2016
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Lance Willix tells me about his season at Cornwall and on the road with the 358 series.
Ernie Saxton talks about NASCAR’s new sponsor, a surprising F1 retirement and much more.

We have close to an hour of stuff for you to listen to today with a pair of conversations from different end of the spectrum. We have a Season in Review with a driver who won for the first time on dirt since the mid 2000’s and of course lots of stuff from all over with our friend and AARN Columnist Ernie Saxton.

Lots of good stuff will be coming out this week as news from PRI gets around and we’ll do the best we can to cover that for you as it happens. There are still a lot of questions out there and hopefully answers will be coming soon.

And be sure to come back tomorrow as we get the latest on the World of Outlaw Sprint Cars and do a Season in Review with a Modified track champion. It will be a fun day for you so be sure to come back for that. And if we haven’t gotten to your favorite driver yet just send me a message and we’ll get it done for you.

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page as we start out another work week.

Lance Willix tells me about his two win season at Cornwall, how he did on the road with the 358 series and his rough night at Oswego during Super DIRT Week.  

Ernie Saxton talks about NASCAR’s new sponsor, a surprising F1 retirement and much more as we jump all over the racing landscape both local & national.

 
     
 
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