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Tuesday, August 1st 2017
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Andy Bachetti talked about his season so far as he leads at Afton and wins races at Lebanon Valley.
Mike Phelps told me how things have been going after picking up his first win a few weeks ago.
Dan Burman describes how he has been doing as he got back into racing Sportsman Fridays at Afton.
Michelle Courcy explained how she found a ride for Saturday night and what her goals were for later.
Dave Marcuccilli spoke with Steve Ovens after winning the first Sportsman race at Paradise Speedway.
A.J. Lloyd won the 2nd heat race at Paradise and told Steve Ovens about his limited laps at the track.
Adam Leslie got the win in the third heat at Paradise and talked about where he races weekly.
Casey Pavlick talked about moving to the redraw and talked to Steve Ovens about his laps at Paradise.
Doug Smith finished second in his heat race and told Steve why his past laps may not help later on.
Tony Veneziano reports on the latest WoO Sprint Car races from Canada, Wisconsin and Michigan.

We have a lot for you on the page today as our friend Steve Ovens sent us some clips from Paradise Speedway where they ran their first Sportsman race in 21 years. Sounds like it went well and tomorrow we’ll have the top finishers from the race up for you to listen to.
 
I’ll be heading to Syracuse to do the next voice tracks for the 75 lap Sportsman Classic at Weedsport on Jul 3rd. It will be a lot of fun and I can’t wait to get down there.

Now let’s chat more about what is new for you on the Audio Page for today with a special thanks going out to Steve Ovens. Andy Bachetti talked about his season so far as he leads at Afton and wins races at Lebanon Valley as well as how much he wishes he could be racing more. Thanks Mother Nature. 

Mike Phelps told me how things have been going after picking up his first Sportsman win a few weeks ago as well as how big a factor confidence can be behind the wheel. 

Dan Burman describes how he has been doing as he got back into racing Sportsman Fridays at Afton while describing where he wishes his car could be a little better. 

Michelle Courcy explained how she found a ride for Saturday night, why her husband had to turn down the ride and what her goals were for later.

Dave Marcuccilli spoke with Steve Ovens after winning the first Sportsman race at Paradise Speedway and offered his impressions of the racetrack. 

A.J. Lloyd won the second heat race at Paradise and told Steve Ovens about his limited laps at the track as well as how important the draw for starting position is going to be. 

Adam Leslie got the win in the third heat at Paradise and talked about where he races his Sportsman weekly while comparing it to another track he knows well. 

Casey Pavlick talked about moving to the redraw and talked to Steve Ovens about his laps at Paradise and described the bitey racetrack he was on in his heat race.  
 
Doug Smith finished second in his heat race and told Steve Ovens why his past laps at Paradise may not help later on as well as how he planned to work forward after drawing starting spot number 7.

Tony Veneziano reports on the latest WoO Sprint Car races from Canada, Wisconsin and Michigan as the teams get ready for I-55 and Knoxville.   
 
Monday, July 31st 2017
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Rusty Smith summed up how his season has been going as well as a how a brake issue hurt him.
Matt Roberts explained why his Modified looks a little beaten up in his first season in the division.
Alan Fink talked about his Sportsman win at Brewerton and why he thinks things are going so well.
Jason Parkhurst leads the Late Model points at Fulton and talked about his best season yet in the class.
Nate Higgins spoke about his finishes since his first win and his hopes to be consistent on the track.
Craig Pritchard tells me how he is doing in his first season back in racing in after fourteen years off.


I had a nice day on Sunday as I got a lot done, spent time with the family and planned out what is going to be a very busy seven day stretch for me. I recharged the batteries and am ready to go. Yeah baby!
 
I have six really good conversations on the page today and I know you’ll like them so just hit auto play and sit back or get some work done as you listen. I’ve been having so much fun lately and have found the balance I need between family, racing and other activities. I could not be happier.
 
There a good deal of work to do as I need to do some writing on both the racing weekend locally and my chat with Rusty Wallace leading up to this weekend’s NASCAR races at Watkins Glen. A lot of you asked me this weekend how he was. He is the same guy you see smiling on TV and could not have been nicer.

He met some people from the station, posed for pictures and signed autographs while smiling the whole time. It’s nice to meet someone you’ve looked up to and find out they are just a regular, but very cool, guy. (Who also happens to be in the NASCAR Hall ofFame.) It was refreshing to say the least.

Now let’s chat more about what you can listen to on the Audio Page as I bring out a half a dozen chats from my weekend at Afton and Fulton. Rusty Smith summed up how his season has been going as well as a how a brake bias problem hurt him in a recent race as well as what he does to adjust to dirt after starting on asphalt. Good one here guys!

Matt Roberts explained why his Modified looks a little beaten up in his first season in the division as well some trouble he has had recently just finishing races. 

Alan Fink talked about his Sportsman win at Brewerton on Friday night, why he thinks things are going so well and an adjustment he was making before his heat race at Fulton. 

Jason Parkhurst leads the Late Model points at Fulton and talked about how little time it took for them to dial in a new car as he enjoys his best season yet in the class.  
 
Nate Higgins spoke about his finishes since his first win and his hopes to be consistent on the track instead of trying to think too much about his situation.  
 
Craig Pritchard tells me how he is doing in his first season back in racing in after fourteen years off, what he has been doing with tires and where he made a mistake the week before.   
 
Sunday, July 30th 2017
   New on the Audio Page from Fulton Speedway:

 
After the heat races:

 
Mike Mullen tells me about his win in the first Mod Lite heat race and his second place Friday night.
Wade Chrisman won the first Sportsman heat race and told me how much the track has changed.
Ronnie Davis III cringes as he talks about his Sportsman heat win with fellow competitor Todd Root.
Jessica Power worked the outside for her heat win and explained why she prefers to race down low.
Corey Barker explained how he took the lead on the final lap to win his Sportsman qualifying race.
Bret Belden led every lap to win his Late Model race and told me why a win this night would be special.
Kevan Cook recapped his heat win and told me what happened last time he was good in his heat race.
Tim Sears Jr. had to switch his line to get the lead and talked about winning his Modified qualifier.
Ryan Jordan just got his big block back in his car and told me how he won the second Modified heat.
Matt Hulsizer walked me through his last lap pass for a heat win and his Modified win on Friday.

 
After the feature races:

 
Casey Sykes won his first career feature at Fulton and spoke about the first time he was there to race.
Kevan Cook tightened up the Late Model points with his win and talked about his race up front early.
Larry Wight came from 10th to 1st in four laps and spoke about some work they did at the race shop.
Jimmy Phelps spoke about his third place Modified finish and the quality of Sportsman racing today.
Ryan Jordan raced as high as second before fading late to fourth and spoke about his top five finish.
Will Shields survived a great three car race at the front and talked about his late race pass for a win.
Mike Stanton got the win in the second Sportsman feature and spoke about some bad racing luck.

 It was a beautiful night for a race and Fulton Speedway was very racy! Racers were passing like mad in the heat races and every feature saw some really good side by side racing on one of the widest dirt tracks around. Really, it was some top notch racing!

I got a lot done and have almost all the heat winners as well as all but the novice race winners up for you today. I also remembered to bring my camera and added some shots for you to enjoy.

 The Mod Lites had some new friends down from north of the border and they made up half of the 14 car field. Casey Sykes won his first ever at Fulton on just his second appearance at the track as his wonderful season continues. And nice job not getting sucked into saying something you might regret later in the victory lane interview. Yeah!

 The Late Models went topless and winless in 2017 racer Kevan Cook picked up his first win as he tries to tighten up the points in the division. They had a nice field on this night and it was a really good showing for the Late Models that look very cool without the roofs and side panels by the way.

 Larry Wight wasted no time going from tenth to first only needing four laps to get there. After that it was all Larry Wight as he went on for the win while the race between positions 2,3 and 4 was a really good one. Only one yellow for the Mods in what was a quickly done, well run race for the fans to enjoy.

They ran a pair of Sportsman races and between the two of the there was just one yellow flag. I know… Sportsman racing is not what it used to be by any means. Congrats to Will Shields and Mike Stanton on their wins.

I’ll be catching up on some things today and if I have time I may swing the clubs a little. I have a busy week and weekend coming up so I need to get some things done and today is that day. I’ll have more on that later. Enjoy your Sunday and we’ll see you back tomorrow.  
 
Saturday, July 29th 2017
   New on the Audio Page from Afton Motorsports Park:


After the heat races:
 
Claude Hutchings Jr. made an early pass to win his heat and told me about using the inside groove.
Dave Rosa led every lap to win his Sportsman heat and talked about his rough season so far in 2017.
Nick Nye had a problem in his heat win and told me how it affected his car in the last few laps.
Alan Barker was not smiling after his heat win and described a problem that he had in his heat race.
Paul Jensen won the final modified heat race and told me how some engine woes have set him back.
Dustin Harris explained why he was working on his winning car and what they were doing to fix it.
Doug Polhamus got into lapped traffic in his Street Stock win and described a spring change he made.
 
After the feature races:
 
Claude Hutchings Jr. won the Open Sportsman feature and talked about getting by on the inside.
Dave Rosa led 16 laps before finishing second and spoke about seeing the leader late in the race.
Damon Decker went from third to first late and talked about the pair of incidents he had on track.
Andy Bachetti won his sixth of the year at Afton and spoke about getting an Outlaw 200 spot.  
Mitch Gibbs finished in second place and talked about how he lost the lead with seven laps to go.
 
I had a fun night as I headed out to Outlaw Speedway for a regular Friday night show. So many times I only go to some of these tracks when they have mid week specials so I really don’t get a feel for what it is like most of the time. At Afton they really move the show along quickly and the racing was really good with lots of late race action.
Andy Bachetti continued his excellent season passing Mitch Gibbs late to win the Modified feature race. Gibbs had a new car and Bachetti had a new engine so each was on a mission. I also did pre race interviews with both of them so look for those later in the week.
 
Claude Hutchings Jr. passed Dave Rosa to the Open Sportsman race against a 21 car field. That’s right by the way…they had 21 Open Sportsman for a regular Friday night show. Impressive!
 
The Street Stocks put on an excellent race with point leader Damon Decker inheriting the lead after the second place car got into the first place car. Even though the restarted with Decker in the lead his car was badly damaged in that incident and somehow he kept it pointing straight and won with a very beat up racecar.
 
I always have fun at Afton as the view is so beautiful as you look around from almost anywhere on the property. I saw a lot of people I had not seen in quite some time and got to hang out with the NYSSCA folks in their tower room. I even got a free sandwich that was very needed at the time. And an attractive young girl asked me to do a selfie with her on my way back to the pit area. What do you know huh? That was a first!
 
I did however not have my camera with me as I misplaced it and could not find it before I had to leave. I found it after a much more exhaustive search once I got home and will have it with me tonight at Fulton. Sorry guys! And Allie was supposed to go but did not feel well enough to go. She must have had a bug or something as she slept most of the day on the couch but got back to normal a few hours later. Yay!
 
Come back tomorrow and we’ll have some Fulton stuff for you and of course I did a lot of pre race interviews in the pits that you can hear later in the week. I hope you all have a great night at your favorite Saturday track and I hope to see you back here again tomorrow.  
 
Friday, July 28th 2017
   New on the Audio Page for today:


Rusty Wallace talks about racing at Watkins Glen and what the year 2017 will be remembered for.
Tony Farone told me about his win at Fonda, why he switched home tracks and his racing future.


I had a great day on Thursday that started early with a ride to the News Channel 9 studios in Syracuse where I got to interview Rusty Wallace before his appearance in Bridge Street to help promote next weekend’s NASCAR races at Watkins Glen.

I must say he could not have been nicer and he is truly a great ambassador for the sport and has all the stories that you’d love him to tell to all your friends at your next barbeque. Great guy and I hope you like our conversation.
 
Today Allie and I will hit the road with a trip to Afton Motorsports Park to see some people we have not seen in a while. It’s gonna be a fun day and whenever we go to Afton we do not eat first as the food is really god and reasonably priced. Chick Spiedie sandwich here I come!
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have on the Audio Page for today starting out with a chat with a NASCAR Hall of Famer. Rusty Wallace talks about racing at Watkins Glen, why he looked forward to coming to NY State so much and what the year 2017 will be remembered for.

Tony Farone told me about picking up his first Sportsman win of the season at Fonda, why he switched home tracks and wonders if this may be his last year as a driver.   
 
Thursday, July 27th 2017
   New on the Audio Page for today:


Ryan Susice talked about 7th place with the World of Outlaws, his 6th with the 360 and 2nd on Friday.
Jason Barney remembered a tough five day stretch and looked ahead to Outlaw Speedway Friday.
Grant Buck reminded about a pair of Old Timer’s Nights at Penn Can and Five Mile Point Speedways.
Leon Andrus previewed this Friday at Afton Motorsports Park as the Mod winner gets a special bonus.

It was a good day on Wednesday I was able to get a lot of work done in the studio and do some writing for both the Syracuse Post Standard and Syracuse.com. Today my day starts early and if things work out the way I hope we could have a nice surprise for you tomorrow. Keep your fingers crossed okay?
 
In between interviews I was able to cruise a little with my oldest daughter Allie as we looked over some tuners at Heid’s of Liverpool. We did not get a dog but did get some frozen custard at the ice cream stand. It was fun and I did run into someone I knew from racing. Good times!
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you to listen to on the Audio Page as we feature stuff done in the studio yesterday afternoon and into early evening. Ryan Susice talked about 7th place with the World of Outlaws at Ohsweken, his 6th the night before with the 360 and his 2nd place with the Modified Friday at Ransomville. 

Jason Barney remembered a tough five day stretch where a lot of things didn’t go as planned, looked ahead to racing with the All Stars at Outlaw Speedway this Friday as well as his days in a Quarter Midget.

Grant Buck reminded about a pair of Old Timer’s Nights coming up this weekend at both Penn Can and Five Mile Point Speedways. Sounds like a great time for you veteran fans! 

Leon Andrus previewed this Friday at Afton Motorsports Park as the Mod winner gets a spot in Fulton Speedway’s Outlaw 200 and runs down who has been fast in all the weekly divisions. See you there Leon!   
 
Wednesday, July 26th 2017
   New on the Audio Page for today:


Billy Pauch Jr. tells me about his win at Georgetown Speedway and his latest SpeedSTR victory.
Billy Dunn talks about his wins at Mohawk International and Can Am as well as a change with the 49.
Bryan Howland explains how some slower traffic helped him get a PST win at Woodhull Raceway.


We had a nice day on Tuesday as I got some work done in the studio and hit the range to swing the golf clubs for a few minutes. I did not have time to get in a round but it was still fun as my two summer passions could not be farther apart.
 
I am still making my plans for the weekend and may hit a track that I have not been to yet this year. If you have any suggestions please send them along to me at doug@dougsdirtdiary.com. I will probably go Friday and Saturday if it works out with Sunday as a family day but we’ll see if the weather makes my decisions for me.

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page for today as I check in with three winning drivers from this past weekend. Billy Pauch Jr. tells me how he earned his first ever win at Georgetown Speedway in Delaware, his latest SpeedSTR victory at Kutztown one week ago and ran down his busy plans for the weekend.   
 
Billy Dunn talks about his first win of the season at Mohawk International, how me made a late pass to win his fifth at Can Am as well as differences between racing small blocks and big blocks. 

Bryan Howland explains how some slower traffic helped him get a Patriot Sprint Tour win at Woodhull Raceway and looks ahead to his next race coming up in two weeks at Ohsweken Speedway.   
 
     
 
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