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Tuesday, May 6th 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Kenny Hammond talks about his Sportsman feature win Saturday night at Five Mile Point.
Jordan Bennett explained how he got a car together so he can race again at Fulton Speedway.
 
What a bad mood Mother Nature is in huh? She gives us a crappy weekend that saw only a few tracks get in racing and then she throws us a nice day on Monday. Hopefully she’ll be in a better mood soon and hopefully we can get some racing going.
 
I did some work in the studio on Monday and you’ll hear those interviews come up on Thursday as we will be dark tomorrow in honor of fallen racer Steve Hulsizer. My wife and I will be at the calling hours and at any activity that make take place afterwards. If you want to, you can join us as well to pay tribute to Steve at the Traub Funeral Home in Bridgeport. Calling hours are from 3-7 PM.
 
It was a sad day for us on Monday as we laid my father in law Gordon “Skip” Sheldon to rest in Fulton. A small gathering of family were on hand and it was indeed a somber occasion. May he rest in peace and may he also know that his family and friends think of his frequently and smile when we do.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page. Today we show some love to the Sportsman. Kenny Hammond talks about his Sportsman feature win Saturday night at Five Mile Point. He told me about some problems his teammate had before the race, some work they had to do after the heat and how nice it was for his team to sweep the top three positions. 
 
Jordan Bennett explained how he got a car together so he can race again at Fulton Speedway. He talked about when things changed, what he was originally going to do this season and shared some childhood memories of Steve Hulsizer. 

 
Monday, May 5th 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Rick Miller shares some memories of Steve Hulsizer and talks about his legacy as a driver.
Bret Belden talks about racing Steve Hulsizer and remembers their time together on & off the track.
 
With the weekend being close to a total wash out, I decided I would dedicate the site today to the memory of Steve Hulsizer who we lost to cancer last week. If you met Steve, you were a friend of Steve. If you watched him race, you were a fan of his and even f he beat your favorite driver, you’d surely be talking about him afterwards…he was that kind of a guy.
 
I hope you all enjoy out chat about Steve and I’d like to do more with some of you as well as there are so many stories out there. It will be tough this week when we officially say goodbye and I know Steve would not want us to be sad. No he would not. So we’ll try our best on Wednesday at his wake as we know he would want us to share stories and toasty his memory rather than shed tears. But I think we’ll probably end up doing both.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have on the Audio Page as we remember a racer who was loved and respected by so many people. Rick Miller shares some memories of Steve Hulsizer and talks about his legacy as a driver. He told me how Steve helped him as he was coming up, when they became close friends and how he left an impression on everyone he met. We’ll miss you so much Steve and our thoughts are with his family and friends. 
 
Bret Belden talks about racing Steve Hulsizer and remembers their time together on & off the track. He told me when he first noticed him at the track, remembers racing him for a championship and the infamous green frog that only rode with Steve once but may have influenced his decision to put green on the car. 

 
Sunday, May 4th 2014
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Billy Pauch Jr. talked about his Modified win at Big Diamond and doing double duty today.
Tim Currier told me about his Modified win at I-88 Speedway and his rainy day on Saturday.
Leon Andrus tells us about Friday at I-88 and how optimistic folks are about Thunder Mountain.
 
It was a rainy Saturday in New York State and as I type this up several tracks have already cancelled while others are going to give it a go. There is as much green on the radar as I look at it as there is non-green so it is a crap shoot to say the least.
 
So with my two first choices rained out and the chances of more rain to come, I decided to go with what I know works and went into the studio to do some work there. I was fortunate enough to run into a pair of winners from Friday and I put those up as well as a chat I had with announcer/writer Leon Andrus.
 
I am hopeful for Utica Rome today and will go if they go. I was originally going up north to do some TV with the Go Nuclear Late Models but they pulled the plug on that earlier in the day. So now I’ll head to Vernon today and have my hand warmers ready if needed.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page. I start with a pair of winners from Friday. Billy Pauch Jr. talked about his Modified win at Big Diamond and doing double duty today at Grandview. He remembered getting the lead quickly, explained how his laps on Hoosier a few weeks ago helped and how nice it was to win in his own Modified. 
 
Tim Currier told me about his Modified win at I-88 Speedway and his rainy day on Saturday. He described the line he ran with his small block on Friday, where he has decided to race weekly on Saturdays and looks forward to getting in his first ever laps at Thunder Mountain soon. 
 
Leon Andrus tells us about Friday at I-88 and how optimistic folks are about Thunder Mountain. He recalled the battle up front in the Modified race, explained why his Saturday home rained out and looks back at last week’s Utica Rome opener. 

 
Saturday, May 3rd 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Pat Ward described the racing surface he hot lapped on at Utica and talked about his Friday.
Dean Reynolds recaps the ESS opener at Can Am and looks ahead to Sunday’s race at MIR.
 
Well Mother Nature is sure trying hard to mess up the start of the racing season here in the Northeast. Brewerton cancelled early and now Fulton has done the same. I know we got a lot of rain out there these last few days and I’m sure that has not helped the local tracks at all.
 
So we can hope for the best for today and we’ll see how it goes. I am starved for racing now that I have been to a couple of shows and am hopeful that somebody gets something in today. Keep your fingers crossed.
 
Now let’s chat about what we do have for you today on the Audio Page. I start with a man who has been in the racing business a long time. Pat Ward described the racing surface he hot lapped on at Utica and talked about his Friday. He wondered how much it would change over the course of the night, told me why he used Friday at Fulton as a test session and the other shows he has run so far this season. 
 
Dean Reynolds recaps the ESS opener at Can Am and looks ahead to Sunday’s race at MIR. He talked about how the beat the rain to get in a complete show last Friday, how the event at Mohawk International Raceway came to be and his new position as race Director for the Go Nuclear Late Model Series. 

 
Friday, May 2nd 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Stewart Friesen reflected on his three win season so far as well as his Sprint race at Can Am.
Chris Fisher spoke with Steve Ovens after his practice laps in his Modified at Yates County.
Gary Roberts picked up his first ever IMCA Modified win at Skyline and told me how he did it.
Claude Hutchings Jr. brought out a brand new car and talked about a tough day at Five Mile.
 
Another weekend is upon us and we’ve got a whole lot of new stuff for you guys to listen to today to get ready for it. There are season openers on tap as well as a lot of other special shows so let’s hope Mother Nature is a racefan.
 
We took yesterday off as it was my birthday. Of course now with facebook you can’t keep it a secret anymore although I just tried to get through the day. And the way we’ve been losing people close to us this year I guess the best thing is that we did still have another birthday and that’s much better than the alternative.
 
In our plans we were going to Brewerton but they cancelled on Thursday. So we'll hope for, Fulton and Mohawk International Raceway on Saturday and Sunday. We’ll do our usual thing on Friday and Saturday before adding TV to the mix on Sunday. I’m set up for a great weekend we just need a little cooperation from the weather.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page. I start with a man who already has a lot of races under his belt. Stewart Friesen reflected on his three win season so far as well as his Sprint race at Can Am. He told me what sidelined him at the halfway point, how well they were doing when the problem happened and talked about where he will race this weekend.
 
Chris Fisher spoke with Steve Ovens after his practice laps in his Modified at Yates County. He talked about watching the rain cut the practice short, what he did learn in his laps and where we will see him race this season. 
 
Gary Roberts picked up his first ever IMCA Modified win at Skyline and told me how he did it. He talked about leading ever lap in the feature, why he was looking over his shoulder at times and looks ahead to a show later tonight at I-88. 
 
Claude Hutchings Jr. brought out a brand new car and talked about a tough day at Five Mile. He explained why he had to take it easy in his first laps at Utica Rome, wondered what he might have to do to fix the issue and remembered last time he had a new piece under him. 


 
Thursday, May 1st 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Doug Manmiller picked up win number three at Grandview and talked about coming from 16th.
Jimmy Phelps described the track he saw at Utica Rome and his top ten run at Fulton on Friday.
Larry Wight was making a shock change and explained what he was doing to cure a push.
Ken McGuire Jr. talked about his plans that include Modified racing as well as flat track motorcycles.
Stephen Denton told me about the newer chassis he picked up and how happy he is with it so far.
 
It was another cold and rainy day on Wednesday and that weather kind of fit the mood around here as we remember racer Steve Hulsizer who passed away on Tuesday after a battle with colon cancer. I wrote up an article on him for the Syracuse Post Standard that will be in today’s edition and it will also be online at www.syracuse.com/motorsports.
 
This is surely a hard one for a lot of us as we knew about his battle with cancer last summer. He did not want anyone to treat him differently and only asked that everyone talk with him as they always did. I tried but it was not easy. He was bigger than life and everyone who came in contact with him left with a smile on their face.
 
I’ll put together some thoughts over the next few days and I have some of his fellow racers doing the same so between now and his funeral next week, we’ll address that. The calling hours will be next Wednesday, May 7th from 4-7 at Traub Funeral Home in Bridgeport.
 
We’ll keep the site going until that day but as we have done in the past, we will be dark that day out of respect for Steve. If any of you would like to share some memories just send me an email at doug@dougsdirtdiary.com or hit me up on facebook.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you to listen to today on the Audio Page. I start with a big winner from down in Pa. Doug Manmiller picked up win number three at Grandview and talked about coming from 16th. He told me how he dodged a wreck early on, how he almost caught the wall in turn three and gives fellow racers some good advice on what to check in the shop when the car seems to be fine. 
 
Jimmy Phelps described the track he saw at Utica Rome and his top ten run at Fulton on Friday. He told me what he thought would happen later on, why the track seems more changeable at times and how a tough draw made his night a little tougher. 
 
Larry Wight was making a shock change and explained what he was doing to cure a push in the middle of the corner. He told me about a characteristic he sees at Utica Rome, which corner he will adjust and what it does to the opposite corner. Good stuff for you guys here! 
 
Ken McGuire Jr. talked about his plans that include Modified racing as well as flat track motorcycles. He told me how his car did last season, remembers some of his better nights at Utica Rome and why he continues to run bikes at age 65. 
 
Stephen Denton told me about the newer chassis he picked up and how happy he is with it so far. He talked about his practice laps two weeks ago at I-88, how adjustable the car is and looks forward to getting back on the road courses for some endurance races. 

 
Wednesday, April 30th 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Ryan Phelps talked about his tough draw Friday night at Fulton and adjusting to new stuff.
Danny Varin spoke about his two races before last weekend and how one got away at Fonda.
Mark Weaver got ready for the Utica Rome opener and talked about upgrading his equipment.
Nate Daggett and Jeremy Trank speak with Steve Ovens about their pair of Street Stocks.
Nicole Spalding chats with Steve Ovens after her practice laps on Friday at Yates County Speedway.
 
It was a rainy day on Tuesday which led to the cancellation of the practice session at the Brewerton Speedway. They pulled the plug nice and early to save the teams gas and hopefully the crappy forecast the weather people are talking about now gets a little better by the weekend.
 
I have some of what I did this past weekend as well as more from Steve Ovens from Turn 5 Racing Podcast. Search for them online at I-Tunes or You Tube or go to www.turn5.podbean.com.
 
I’ll be back in the studio today after a busy Tuesday and I am putting plans together for the next step in my career. There will be some racing involved but I also want to get back to some of what I did in my TV days. This site is not going anywhere but I need to branch out a bit.

Also, later in the day I spoke with three time Grandview winner Doug Manmiller and first time Skyline winner Gary Roberts. Those two will show up on Thursday and Friday so be sure to come back for those.
 
Now let’s chat about what we have for you today on the Audio Page. I start with some stuff from the Utica Rome opener. Ryan Phelps talked about his tough draw Friday night at Fulton and adjusting to new stuff. He told me how they were with all the new things, how happy he was to learn a lot over the course of the night and the need to get on the track at Brewerton this Friday. 
 
Danny Varin spoke about his two races before last weekend and how one got away at Fonda. He told me how close he came to winning it, why he would have preferred to be second on that last restart and what he beat up on the car last time he took it out at Fonda. 
 
Mark Weaver got ready for the Utica Rome opener and talked about upgrading his equipment. He told me how the first night of the season went at Skyline, how his teammate did at the same show and how good his car felt right out of the box.
 
Nate Daggett and Jeremy Trank speak with Steve Ovens about their pair of Street Stocks. They spoke about what the took away from their practice laps at Yates County, the increased purse for their division and how to adjust from a front wheel drive four cylinder. 
 
Nicole Spalding chats with Steve Ovens after her practice laps on Friday at Yates County Speedway. She offered her initial take on the speedway after her first ever laps at the place, described how her car was running and the need to get used to the car a little more. 

 
     
 
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