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Monday, June 5th 2017
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Steve Collins talks about his job as a General Practitioner and how his season with the PST is going.
Jordan Givler tells me about racing his 358 against the 360 Sprints and his supporting girlfriend.
Greg Martin got ready for a busy night and talked about his hopes for his first feature of 2017.

It was yet another rainy Sunday as everything in our area was washed out once again. Man this is really starting to get old isn’t it? I was psyched and ready to go so since we rained out I stayed home to try to sake this cold which does not want to go away…kind of like the rain we’ve been getting.

I’ll be back in the studio today and am going to lay low for a few days so I can get better. I have a few things already set up and am putting together a list of people I’d like to call. If you’d like to help me with that list please do so with a message to doug@dougsdirtdiary.com.

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page starting with a man who has a job that not many other racecar drivers have. Steve Collins talks about his job as a General Practitioner and how his season with the PST is going as well as an issue he had the last time out.  

Jordan Givler tells me about racing his 358 against the 360 Sprints and his girlfriend who is not only a former Ms. Motorsports but also a great asset with the wrenches.  

Greg Martin got ready for a busy night and talked about his hopes for his first feature of 2017 at Ransomville while telling me how his two races elsewhere went.  

 
Sunday, June 4th 2017
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Chris Steele talked about his Sprint Car races so far and explained what the move from Mods was like.
Jordan Thomas tells me how long he has been running Sprints and what he is doing away from racing.
Claude Hutchings Jr. summed up how he is doing as a Modified rookie and a recent rib injury he had.
A.J. Filbeck described how he is doing so far as he gets ready for just his third race of the 2017 season.

I had a fun day with some old buddies of mine on Saturday. I had hoped maybe we’d wrap up in time to head to Fulton but as usual when you get old friends together the time just flies by and that is exactly what happened.

I am hoping once again that all the people who predict the weather are wrong today and we can see our first show of the season at Weedsport Speedway. We have a TV show on tap and are hoping to see everyone and have the fun that doing TV is to all us of. Keep your fingers crossed.

Also we have a few people up today who are hoping the same thing for Utica Rome Speedway as they will try to beat Mother Nature too. I also added a few from Friday night and if we do rain out today I will be hitting the studio later in the day. If you have any suggestions be sure to send them along.

Now let’s chat more about what we have on the Audio Page for today starting with some of my Friday conversations from Ransomville Speedway. Chris Steele talked about his Sprint Car races so far and explained what the move from Mods was like as well as why he made the change in the first place.  

Jordan Thomas tells me how long he has been running Sprints, the big jump he made from karting to 360’s and what he is doing with his life away from racing.  

Claude Hutchings Jr. summed up how he is doing as a Modified rookie, how he is compensating for a recent rib injury he had and what they had to do to fix the car they wrecked.  

A.J. Filbeck described how he is doing so far as he gets ready for just his third race of the 2017 season and talked a little about the competition he is facing this year.  

 
Saturday, June 3rd 2017
   

New on the Audio Page from Ransomville Speedway:

Brett Senek talked about his win in the rained out Sportsman feature and why his car is the 111.
Matt Farnham chased the leader in the final laps and told me about his second place finish.
Brian Monahan won the first Street Stock heat race and described some work they were doing.
Brandon Sherwood pulled away to win his Street Stock heat and told me about some changes.
Billy Bleich Jr. spoke about his Street Stock feature win and talked about his race up front.
Jaren Israel came from the back to finish in second and thanked his crew for their fast pit stop.
Brandon Sherwood fell back from the lead to finish third and explained why he was running high.
Ryan Hoolihan picked up six spots to finish fourth and told me when he knew the top was fast.
Steve Collins earned his third career PST A-Main win and talked about an adjustment he made.
Kyle Drum finished in second place in the PST race and described some late race issues he had.
Jared Zimbardi enjoyed a third place finish and explained why he was conserving a little bit.
Kelly Hebing led the first 14 laps and talked about her career best 360 Sprint Car finish so far.
Jordan Givler went to Ransomville for the very first time and talked about his fifth place finish.

I had a great time last night as I headed out to Ransomville Speedway to do some TV with Rich Vleck, Paul Szmal and a trimmed down Speedway Showcase crew. We covered the Patriot Sprint Tour A-Main for air later on Time Warner Cable Sports and had a great time seeing some familiar faces and meeting lots and lots of new ones.

The Flying Physician Steve Collins picked up the win passing Kelly Hebing with ten laps to go while Hebing held on for her career best finish in fourth place. Kyle Drum made a run for the lead late but was unable to get by the doc and had to settle for second. I have the entire top five from the finish for you to listen to, two of which had never raced at the track before. I love that don’t you?

I also covered the Street Stocks which were very racy and looked like real stock cars. Camaros and Monte Carlos were the order of the day and I was very impressed not just with the racing but with the camaraderie I saw as the top four spoke in the tech area after the race. Yeah, I was impressed with them top to bottom.

I would have done more but was were doing TV and my help was needed elsewhere. We got a lot done, worked as a true team and had so much fun. Between all of us who do the show we have a lot of racing under our belts and do whatever needs to be done. It was a blast! We’re supposed to do it again Sunday so I am really hoping all those people who make a living predicting the weather are dead wrong about tomorrow, We’ll have to see I guess.

Now I can’t wait to get back there with Allie on a night when I can do my Doug’s Dirt Diary thing only and really give you guys a taste of what is going on there. I met so many new people and I hope you enjoying hearing from them today.

  I may try to hit Fulton late with Allie today but we’ll see what time I get done with an afternoon activity. One way or another we’ll have lots of good stuff up for you tomorrow so be sure to check back. And thanks to everyone who chatted with me on the mic last night. I truly enjoyed it!

 
Friday, June 2nd 2017
   New on the Audio Page for today:

Billy Dunn tells me how he is doing at Mohawk International and who has been beating him.
Glenn Styres remembers his Sprint Car race at Ohsweken and highlights some of their specials.
Mike Maresca described how he has been doing in weekly competition and some of his bad luck.
Taylor Caprara remembers his GRIT Series race at Can Am and why he prefers a dry, slick track.
Skylar Greenfield talks about winning his first race in 2017 and what it is like to have a teammate.

From Steve Ovens at Woodhull Raceway:

Billy Van Pelt won his second Modified race in a row at Woodhull and talks about the big victory.
John Waters got the win in the Late Model feature and some things they did differently on the night.
Brett Marlatt spoke in victory lane after winning the Street Stock feature after a long week.  
Jeffrey Daugherty celebrated his first ever Sportsman win and talked about how he got it done.
Carter Dennis won his fifth race in a row and explained how he caught a break to get the lead.
Chris Woodard picked up the Mini Stock feature race and told Steve how he got his 2nd in a row.
Jordan Bacon was fastest in the Woodhull Warrior division and spoke about the last few laps.
Nate Freeland took his Four Cylinder to victory land and got to celebrate with Steve Ovens.
Adam DelGrosso and Codie Baker spoke with Steve Ovens about how their season has been going.
Art Goodier finished third two weeks ago at Woodhull and talked about how fast the Mods are.
Casey Pavlick made a rare Woodhull appearance and told Steve about his unique tow vehicle.
Dylan Gleason is off to a nice start in his rookie season and spoke about his many top 5 finishes.
Russell Morseman got ready to race last Saturday night and spoke about his runner up finish.
Stevie Hartman III has been very consistent this season and explained why they have been so good.

Boy do we have a lot for you today? Thanks to Steve Ovens we have a lot for you to listen to today to get you ready for your weekend so sit down, get comfortable and enjoy.

I’ll be at Ransomville tonight for a little TV with the PST and we’ll have that show up on our new show, Speedway Showcase, very soon. I’ll keep you posted on that. And we’ll be at Weedsport on Sunday too and hoping that the people who predict the weather are wrong.

As you could see we are working on getting pictures back. Our first attempt did not totally succeed as yes the pictures went up, but it created some other issues that we need to sort out. We’ll get it and we are trying hard. We may even need to shut it down for a day or two to fully get it right and again I’ll keep you posted on that.

Now let’s chat more about what is on the Audio Page today starting with some of my conversations from last weekend. Billy Dunn tells me how he is doing at Mohawk International, who has been beating him on Friday nights and what he will be doing with his big block as he stays primarily with 358’s.

Glenn Styres remembers his Sprint Car race at Ohsweken, describes what it is like when the front wing doesn’t work and highlights some of their specials.

Mike Maresca described how he has been doing in weekly competition, how close he came to winning at Fonda last week and why he was at Utica Rome on Sunday.  

Taylor Caprara remembers his GRIT Series race at Can Am, why he prefers a dry, slick track and what he does to the set up when the track does slow down.  

Skylar Greenfield talks about winning his first race in 2017, why he had a good feeling coming into the race and what it is like to have a teammate.

Billy Van Pelt won his second Modified race in a row at Woodhull and talks about the big victory in this special memorial race and why it meant so much to him.  

John Waters got the win in the Late Model feature and some things they did differently on the night as well as how nice the racing surface was.

Brett Marlatt spoke in victory lane after winning the Street Stock feature after a long week in the shop after having to re-clip the front and rear.  

Jeffrey Daugherty celebrated his first ever Sportsman win and talked about how he got it done as well as all the people who helped after a slow start to the season.  

Carter Dennis won his fifth race in a row in his Hobby Stock and explained how he caught a break to get the lead and go on to the victory.    

Chris Woodard picked up the Mini Stock feature race and told Steve how he got his 2nd in a row as well as what they did after last week to make the car better.

Jordan Bacon was fastest in the Woodhull Warrior division and spoke about the last few laps as well as what was going wrong there at the end.

Nate Freeland took his Four Cylinder to victory land and got to celebrate with Steve Ovens after getting so close the week before.  

Adam DelGrosso and Codie Baker spoke with Steve Ovens about how their season has been going and how tight the competition has been in his division.  

Art Goodier finished third two weeks ago at Woodhull and talked about how fast the Mods are as well as what he brings to the track on Saturday nights.  

Casey Pavlick made a rare Woodhull appearance and told Steve about his unique tow vehicle that gives him a lot of space on race day.  

Dylan Gleason is off to a nice start in his rookie season and spoke about his many top 5 finishes as well as how surprised he is that things are going so well.  

Russell Morseman got ready to race last Saturday night and spoke about his runner up finish despite the fact that the car started to fall off after a soft tire wore out.  

Stevie Hartman III has been very consistent this season and explained why they have been so good as well as how a little good luck has helped.  

 
Thursday, June 1st 2017
    New on the Audio Page for today:

Tim Fuller talked about his season so far at Mohawk International Speedway and Fonda Speedway.
Dave Rogers is off to a tough start in 2017 and explained some of what has been going on so far.
Mike Prentice finally has a car that handles and talked about how well life is going away from racing.
Rick McCready spoke about his Sportsman ride for Can Am and his job as a mentor for a young shoe.
Stephen Denton told me about his weekend with the Chump Car World Series at Watkins Glen.
Tiger Chapman described how his off season was as he gets ready for his new role as a driver only.

Well at least it didn’t rain all day long on Wednesday and I finally had enough dry time to mow my very out of control lawn. I had to raise it up all the way but we got it done about a half an hour before the next storm rolled through.

Today I have golf on my mind and will get work done when I get home from that. I’m not sure how it is gonna be as I might need hip waiters to do so but I am going to get out if it kills me. I am in serious golf withdrawal and need it to keep my sanity. Wish me well.

We’re doing TV two days this weekend with a sprint car show Friday at Ransomville and then Weedsport on Sunday. It will be fun and I just hope the weather cooperates as this is getting pretty old already. Right?

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page as we get one day closer to what I hope is a three day race weekend. Tim Fuller talked about his two win season so far at Mohawk International Speedway and Fonda Speedway while explaining how some good starting spots have helped.

Dave Rogers is off to a tough start in 2017 and explained some of what has been going on so far as well as the rough luck he had at last week’s GRIT Series race. Sorry to hear about your flip on Saturday!  

Mike Prentice finally has a car that handles and talked about how well life is going away from racing as well as some inside information on the plowing for the county he works in.  

Rick McCready spoke about his Sportsman ride for Can Am, how he did in the recent GRIT Series race and his job as a mentor for a young shoe in the rookie class.  

Stephen Denton talked about his winning weekend with the Chump Car World Series at Watkins Glen as well as how he has been doing with his crate Sportsman.  

Tiger Chapman described how his off season was as he gets ready for his new role as a driver only and talks about his role on the Dave Rogers Sportsman team.  

 
Wednesday, May 31st 2017
   New on the Audio Page for today:

Alan Johnson recapped his 119th feature win Saturday at Canandaigua and his last few laps.
Jason Barney picked up his second win of the season at Canandaigua and described his season.
Josh Van Brocklin talked about his move to a 358 Modified and what the adjustment was like.
Craig Pritchard tells me how he is doing in his first four races after fifteen years off from racing.
Amy Holland told me how her Sportsman season is going and remembers her start at age five.

Hopefully I enjoyed a nice day off on Tuesday although unlike most days I just laid low trying to shake this spring cold. Hopefully we’re doing a lot better today and hopefully we’ll get to hit a golf course soon as I am really itching to get back out there.

We’re back with lots of good stuff today as we continue to see how our racing friends are doing in the early part of the season. I’m a fan just like a lot of you I just happen to know a lot of people after 16 years announcing at some of the biggest races in the northeast. I am a very fortunate man that is for sure!

Now let’s chat more about what we have on the Audio Page for today as we get another day closer to race day. Alan Johnson recapped his 119th feature win Saturday at Canandaigua, the competition he held off in the final laps as well as how nice this 2017 season has been going so far.  

Jason Barney picked up his second win of the season at Canandaigua and described his season so far and how long it had been since he had won at The Land of Legends.  

Josh Van Brocklin talked about his move to a 358 Modified and what the adjustment process was like as well as how he did in his 2016 season as a small block rookie.

Craig Pritchard tells me how he is doing in his first four races after fifteen years off from racing and describes a nagging problem they are having with gears. Anybody have any advice? I’ve never heard this one before.  

Amy Holland told me how her Sportsman season is going and remembers her start at age five while telling about the nice things she is doing away from the track. Wow. What a driven and compassionate young lady!  

 
Tuesday, May 30th 2017
   New on the Audio Page for today:

Peter Britten recapped his Saturday show at Sharon Speedway and why he decided to race Sunday.
Darwin Greene told me about his Friday and Saturday races as he prepared to race Utica Rome.
Jason Rood explained why he is having fun now and thought back on his days running a big block.
Josh Reome is in his third year in Sportsman and summed up how his two races have gone so far.
Mike White explained why he had to do some work Friday and how often to change valve springs.
Tony Veneziano reports on the World of Outlaws from New Egypt and the Dirt Track at Charlotte.

I had a nice day on Memorial Day although you know how it goes when you’re sick, nothing comes together as you’d like. But I powered through it and got everything done. Today will be a much needed day off with nothing but sleep, fluids and Dayquil and Nyquil dosages all day and night long.

I have lots of good stuff up today and even more tomorrow so be sure to come by as we have a lot from Utica Rome and Can Am. I had a great weekend and it was so wonderful to run into so many of you. I can’t wait to do it again this weekend.

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page for today starting with a pair of Modified racers. Peter Britten recapped his Saturday show at Sharon Speedway, how he found himself into a car in Ohio and why he decided to race Sunday at Utica Rome.  

Darwin Greene told me about his Friday and Saturday races at Penn Can and Fonda as he prepared to race Sunday night at Utica Rome.

Jason Rood explained why he is having fun now, when he realized that something needed to change and thought back on his days running a big block.

Josh Reome is in his third year in Sportsman and summed up how his two races have gone so far as well as some driveline work they had to get done before Saturday.  

Mike White explained why he had to do some work Friday and how often to change valve springs on crate engines as well as how long it takes to do the work.  

Tony Veneziano reports on the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series from New Egypt and the Dirt Track at Charlotte as well as some interesting stories that happened.  

 
     
 
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