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Friday, April 7th 2017
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Joe Trenca talks about getting ready to race Williams Grove and Port Royal this weekend.
Joe “Geezer” Fanelli tells me about his move to Modified and Saturday’s opener at Grandview.
Brad Szulewski spoke about his winning season as a Modified rookie and Sunday at 5 Mile Point.

It was a fun day for me as I got to head to a local race shop to see how they fixed an issue they had the night before and did some interviews in the studio as well. Plus Allie and I went to Pole Position Raceway in Syracuse with a purpose in mind.

I wanted Allie to try her new helmet and shoes to see how they fit and get used to them. I also wanted her back in the seat again to see how she reacted. Now I know a lot of you have been to Pole Position before and those carts are fast and can give you headaches. She wished she did better of course and was very frustrated afterwards.

The positives were that she certainly wasn’t intimidated and was over driving at times. So I know she’s not scared. But being smooth takes time and it was just her second time behind the wheel. By the time we got halfway home she said she had fun and it led to a nice talk about keeping your emotions in check on race day just like every single one of us does…right? Well sometimes I guess. But all in all it was just what she needed leading up to Sunday’s practice.

Now let’s chat more about what we have on the Audio Page as we give you three chats on a Friday ahead of a busy weekend. Joe Trenca talks about getting ready to race Williams Grove and Port Royal this weekend while describing how they tracked down a problem they had when they tried to start the Sprinter.  

Joe “Geezer” Fanelli tells me about his move to Modified, his hopes for Saturday’s opener at Grandview and how he got the nickname Geezer at the age of 43. Have fun Joe!  

Brad Szulewski spoke about winning a feature race in his first season in a Modified rookie, describes some of the “stupid things that happened” last year and looks ahead to Sunday at 5 Mile Point.

 
Thursday, April 6th 2017
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Jimmy Horton talks about Sunday’s Hard Clay Open and his 4th place last weekend in Delaware.
Joey Colsten tells me about his hopes for Sunday’s Summer Slam race at Five Mile Point Speedway.

Today we look ahead to a couple of big Modified races taking place this weekend in New York State. These are the first race in the state in 2017 and they are sure to be well attended.

In addition the conversations we have up today I was also able to swing by a local sprint car shop to visit with a driver who will be racing this weekend. So look for that as well.

I will be back in studio today so if you wanna spend some time with me or have a suggestion just email it to me at doug@dougsdirtdiary.com or message me on Facebook. I hope to hear from you today!

Now let’s chat more about the two interviews we have up for you today on the Audio Page with a pair of drivers who race this weekend. Jimmy Horton talks about Sunday’s Hard Clay Open at Orange County Fair Speedway, his 4th place last weekend in Delaware and explains why moving the race to Sunday is just fine for him.  

Joey Colsten tells me about his hopes for Sunday’s Summer Slam race at Five Mile Point Speedway, his plans to run the entire series and the work they had to do Wednesday night to get dad’s car ready.  

 
Wednesday, April 5th 2017
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Scott Kreutter told me what he’s doing this season and encouraged racers to try Pole Position.
Rocco Leone describes a change to his weekly plans as well as a switch to a different chassis.

I’ll be back at it as I enjoyed a nice day off on Tuesday. We had our bowling banquet and the season is now over. I may try to sub a few times before golf season starts but as soon as the grass starts growing we will switch over to full golf mode. I can’t wait!

Today we are back in the studio and ready to get going as a lot is happening. There are races taking place this weekend and a lot of them as a matter of fact. If you are racing this weekend give me a call or hit me on facebook or my email (doug@dougsdirtdiary.com) and we’ll tell everyone what you have going on in your racing life.

Now let’s chat more about what is on the Audio Page for you to listen to today. Scott Kreutter told me what he’ll be doing this season, recapped some of his eight races last season and encouraged racers to try Pole Position Raceway in Buffalo, Rochester or Syracuse.    

Rocco Leone describes a change to his weekly plans as he returns to weekly competition at Brewerton Speedway, his off season switch to a different chassis and his hopes for his first win since 2014.  

 
Tuesday, April 4th 2017
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Chris Fleming talks about his hopes to repeat his championship and his plans to get married.
Tony Veneziano reports on the WoO in California and the strong runs by Pennsylvania racers.
Tom Collins Jr. tells me about his win in the GRIT Sportsman opener at Five Mile Point.

It was another really nice day on Monday as we enjoyed temperatures in the mid 60’s while to our east a major snow storm is taking place. I see some people were stranded in airports waiting out the storm and we hope all of you are back where you need to be today and that the storm does not do too much damage.

I got in the studio for a while and wrote up a nice long article for Syracuse.com and the Syracuse Post Standard. I just love this time of the year as each week something new happens and another new track or series starts out their season. It really is my favorite time of the year.

Also I had the chance to try dirt I-Racing on a virtual reality headset at a friend’s place. Oh my god! It is amazing. I can see how some people could go as far as saying, “I’m done with real racing and will now do this.” I know, that might be a little far but if you tried it you might say the same thing. Wow! It’s the real deal!

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page starting with a racer who is looking forward to another great season. Chris Fleming talks about his hopes to repeat his championship in the Late Model division at Fulton, the work he does during the week at Beyea Headers and his plans to get married one year from now.   

Tony Veneziano reports on the World of Outlaw Sprint Cars as they wrap up their swing in California, the strong runs by a pair of Pennsylvania racers and the nice runs by a well known rookie with a strong family history.  

Tom Collins Jr. tells me about his win in the GRIT Series opener on Sunday at Five Mile Point Speedway and why the decided at the last minute to add this race to their schedule.

 
Monday, April 3rd 2017
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Rusty Smith talks about his return to Afton Motorsports Park and his plans for the asphalt as well.
James Introne tells me about his season in a Sportsman and the small block racing he has planned.

Wow! What a beautiful day it was on Sunday and I sure do hope you got out and enjoyed it. I had a lot to do here and had to stay home but I got a lot done in the studio and half of what I did is up today. I’ll be back tomorrow with more good stuff too so be sure to stop back.

We’ve been trying to get things ready for Allie’s first practice this coming Sunday and it has been really interesting to see racing from yet another side as we see what it takes to get her rent a ride ready and get all the stuff she needs to do that. We only need arm restraints, a neck collar and the raceciever and we’ll be all set. If you want to help message me at doug@dougsdirtdiary.com and we’ll be so thankful for any help that can be provided.

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page starting with a driver who is good on both asphalt and dirt. Rusty Smith talks about his return to Afton Motorsports Park where was runner up in points last year, the new racecar he is working on and his plans for the asphalt as well.

James Introne tells me about his season in a Sportsman as he traveled to different racetracks, his plans to run Glen Ridge for points and the small block racing will be doing with the KOD Series.  

 
Sunday, April 2nd 2017
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Alex Hoag talks about his 2 races last year, his days in Charlotte and racing with his children.
Dave Axton tells me about the race gear he sells and the work he is doing to his Sprint Cars.

Allie and I had a fun day as we started out cleaning up the track at the New York State Fairgrounds and helping to build the wall that surrounds the speedway both inside and out. We met some super people and got all our paperwork done and are now ready for the practice next Sunday and the season that lies ahead.

Then we hit the road for Port Byron and met up with Dave Axton from Highside Racewear and got her a helmet, shoes and some gloves that match her race suit. Thanks to Jim and Nauti Girl Charters in Florida for their help in getting us what we needed. Thanks so much guys!

Today I still have some things I need to get done so I doubt that I will be heading to Five Mile Point as there is just so much to do still and so little time to get it done. And we have a sponsor stopping by this afternoon as well so we might have to wait to get in our first race. But you don’t so enjoy the show today in Kirkwood and let me know how it goes.

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page starting with a man whose family name has been well known in racing for generations. Alex Hoag talks about his 2 races last year in a Small Block Super at Oswego, his day in Charlotte at the dirt track and racing with his children at the NYS Fairgrounds.  

Dave Axton tells me about the racing gear he sells through his business Highside Racewear and the work he is doing to his Sprint Cars ready to race in just a few weeks. Look him up on Facebook guys!!!  

 
Saturday, April 1st 2017
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Paulie Colagiovanni showed me his Sprint Cars for 2017 and talked about his hopes for a win.
Dylan Zacharias talked about racing at Five Mile Point Sunday and a change in his race plans.

That was quite a bit of rain we got on Friday but I am not complaining as it could be worse. I see a lot of you to our east got snow instead of rain and we’re hoping it does not push the start of your season back even more.

Practice is still on at Five Mile Point as of the time I wrote this up but you may want to check out their website at 5milepointspeedway.com to be sure. I hope it did not get too wet and hope we can race tomorrow with the GRIT Series Sportsman opener headlining a four division show.

Now let’s chat more about what we have on the Audio Page for today starting with a Sprint Car driver who is heard at work getting his cars ready for the first race of the season. Paulie Colagiovanni showed me his Sprint Cars for 2017 and talked about his hopes for his first win as well as where he feels he still needs to improve as a driver.  

Dylan Zacharias talked about racing his Sportsman in the GRIT Series opener at Five Mile Point Speedway on Sunday and a change in his race plans for the coming season.  

 
     
 
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