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Saturday, June 22nd 2019
    I had a rough day on Friday as a kidney stone sidelined me for the second half of the day. I've been getting them here and there since back in 2016 and I chart them to see how often they happen. It was only the second one this year, which is good, and as they go, this one was not as bad as some but it stuck around for a good 10 hours or so. As I sit here at just past ten o'clock it is letting up and I'll know for sure when I hit the bathroom later. Anyone who has had them knows the telltale signs and earlier I could tell that it was not done messing with me yet.

I'm sure I'll be fine for today and as I pound water I know that the worse is over and I'll be fine. Once you're done with it, it's like it never happened. So I'll see ou guys today at Canandaigua and I am now also planning on doing both of the 358 series races next week.

I hope you all have a great Saturday and don't worry about me. I've been here before, will be here again and unless the severity and frequency of these changes, I'll be fine. Just something I've got to deal with. We all have something don't we? 
 
Friday, June 21st 2019
   New on the Audio Page for today:

Nick Nye talked about his recent feature win at Penn Can Speedway and the late race drama out front.
Mike Schane has won 3 races at Penn Can Speedway so far and talked about the nice start to 2019.
Tyler Yeagle told me about his 2 race wins so far and what has gone on during the other race nights.
Jeff Mitchell talks about his Dirt Modified Noastlgia Tour win and how he got into driving at age 60. 

We had a nice day and somehow I slept right through the storms that came through our area. We were fine but several areas had big flooding and the inevitable person driving around barriers and getting stuck in the flooded areas. Be smart and don't be that person. ''

I'll be on the road today and heading north to Can Am Speedway for their $20 a carload promotion. It should be a big night and I have not been up there yet this season so it will be a great time. I've always been into Can Am as it is fast, smooth and sometimes a little crazy. They don't call it The Nasty Track of the North without reason although hopefully tonight racecars will be on the ground at all times and everyone will load their cars without assitance at the end of the night. 

Now let's talk more about what is on the Audio Page for you to listen to with some of my chats from one week ago at Penn Can to lead us off. Nick Nye talked about his recent feature win at Penn Can Speedway, the late race drama out front with his victory and described some of the troubles they had earlier in the season.

Mike Schane has won 3 races at Penn Can Speedway so far and talked about the nice start he has enjoyed to the 2019 season as well as how drawing for starting position has helped his win total.  

Tyler Yeagle told me about his 2 race wins so far  including on the week before at Penn Can that broke a driver's win streak, what they talked about afterwards and looks ahead to getting his young son in a racecar later.

Jeff Mitchell talks about his Dirt Modified Noastlgia Tour win at Five Mile Point Speedwas last Saturday, and how he got into driving a vintage racecar at age 60 and how he was first exposed to the sport at age 37. Better late than never right? 
 
Thursday, June 20th 2019
   New on the Audio Page for today:

Alissa Cody talked about getting started in racing at age 7 and how she is doing now in a Modified.
Todd Titus tells me how he picked up his 2nd win of the season and he he works with his racing dad.
Brandon Oleski prepared for his fifth Sportsman start and explained where he is trying to improve.

I had a great day on Wednesday as I got Allie several hours of practice at a friend's house as he really put her through the paces. She learned alot and really progressed as she got more and more laps. Thanks to Jeff for his time and we look forward to getting back there next week ahead of her next race June 29th at Airborne.

I was also able to visit with some friends in the Brewerton/Central Square area and a big thanks for everyone for making some time for me on a busy Wednesday night. I'll be here today and hope to get more work done. Still not sure where I'll be on Friday but I will be going somewhere and hoping that the big rains they are predicting for today are not as bad as they say it will be.

Now let's chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page today starting with a young lady we met this past weekend at Five Mile Point. Alissa Cody talked about getting started in racing at age 7, remembers going to racetracks with her family at an early and and how she is doing in now in her second year in a Modified.

Todd Titus tells me how he picked up his 2nd win of the season last Friday at Afton, how much better the surface is there now compared to last year and he he works with his racing dad swapping roles on Friday & Saturdays.

Brandon Oleski prepared for his fifth Sportsman start and explained where he is trying to improve as of right now and described how muc he is having after moving up from a go-cart.
 
Wednesday, June 19th 2019
   New on the Audio Page for today:

Tim Sears Jr. talks about his Modified win at Brewerton Speedway and some issues they had to fix. 
Brett Tonkin told me about his win on Friday night at Afton and his plans to race at Outlaw tonight. 
Nicholas Mady described how his season has been going as he trys to find his way in a Modified. 

I had a nice day on Tuesday as I got some work done, went to my youngest Daughter Katie's school play and then came back to get more work done. Two of the chats I did last night are up today as well as one from my Saturday night at Five Mile Point Speedway.

I'll be doing some online laps today as we had to move our video game racing session to today. (I forgot about the play.) I was also able to get back in the studio after that and get more work done as I try to figure out my weekend. I'll be back at Land of Legends Raceway this Saturday and am either gonna do a race Friday or Sunday. Not sure yet as I wonder hw much rain we'll get these next few days. I'll keep you posted. 

Now let's chat more about what is new on the Audio Page for today as we visit with three Modified drivers. Tim Sears Jr. talks about he raun the topside on his way to a Modified win at Brewerton Speedway, describes some issues they had to fix before Friday and some other things they need to do to get the small block faster for Saturdays.   

Brett Tonkin told me about his Modified feature win on Friday night at Afton, how much better the racing surface is this season compared to last and looked ahead to the Short Track Super Series race today at Outlaw Speedway.

Nicholas Mady described how his season has been going as he trys to find his way in a Modified after years of Sportsman racing, explained why they had to take a few weeks off and his hopes for Five Mile Point on Saturday. He had a tough night later so we wish you all the best Nicholas and hope you get back real soon. 
 
Tuesday, June 18th 2019
   New on the Audio Page for today:

Mike Butler tells me how he won his first Modified feature ever this past Saturday night at New Egypt.
Aleia Geisler tells me about her second career Modified win at Five Mile Point and her start at age 10.
Tony Veneziano reports on the World of Outlaws Sprint Car series as they visited Knoxville Raceway.

It turned out to be a nice day on Monday as the sun came out and the temperatures rose. It was nice. I did some running around and did some interviews in between stops. All three of the chats I did are up today and I have more set up for today so be sure to come back tomorrow.

Allie and I will visit a friend today to do some online I-Racing. She could use some tips by an established racer and that's what she'll be getting today. Thanks Jeff and we'll see you later today after she finishes a final exam.

Now let's chat more about what is on the Audio Page for today starting with a pair of winners from the weekend. Mike Butler tells me how he won his first Modified feature ever this past Saturday night at New Egypt, why he feels hard work as well as attention to details helped make it happen and recaps some of his racing background.

Aleia Geisler tells me about her second career Modified win at Five Mile Point and her quick start in a Quarter Midget on dirt at age 10 and how good the ractrack was even after two rain delays.  

Tony Veneziano reports on the World of Outlaws Sprint Car series as they visited Knoxville Raceway in Iowa, tells me about the driver who won his fourth in a row at the track on Friday and how the point standings have changed after Saturday's race.
 
Monday, June 17th 2019
   New on the Audio Page for today:

Jeff Crambo explains why he took some time off from racing and how he has been doing this season.
John Lutes talked about the three tracks he has been racing at and his quest for his first win since 2016.
Tommy Oleski Jr. got ready for just his fourth Sportsman race and tells me how he is doing in the car.
In my Doug's Thoughts I recap our first 3 races with Allie and wish you all a very Happy Father's Day. 

I had a great Father's Day and a great weekend. I hope you all did too. I only did one clip yesterday as I did not wanna bother people on Father's Day especially when all of you were not at the tracks due to the rainy weather. I hope you all got time to spend with your dad, your kids and even your grandkids.

My wife made my favorite lasagna dinner and my dad came over to eat with us and watcn the US Open from Pebble Beach. We had a nice time and now today I am ready to get back at it and get busy in the studio. I could use some requests and already have a few other interviews on the docket so it should be a fun week.

Now let's chat more about what you can listen to on the Audio Page in a little more detail. Jeff Crambo explains why he took some time off from racing, why he decided it was time to race again and how he has been doing so far in 2019 as he wonders when he will be be racing with his young son.

John Lutes talked about the three tracks he has been racing at and how he is adjusting to American Racer tires after years on Hoosiers as well as his hopes to pick up his first feature win since 2016.

Tommy Oleski Jr. got ready for just his fourth Sportsman race and tells me how he is doing in the car after many years racing karts as well as what it is like racing against his brother with dad turning the wrenches.

In my latest Doug's Thoughts I recap our first 3 race nights with Allie at Paradise, Penn Can and Five Mile Point Speedways, explain why I feel so fortunate in so many different ways and wish you all a Happy Father's Day. 
 
Sunday, June 16th 2019
   New on the Audio Page from Five Mile Point Speedway:

Brandon Walters tells me how his season has been going so far as he has won three feature races. 
Devon Zona talked about his Sportsman heat win and described how good the wet track surface was.
Alissa Cody led every lap to win her Modified heat race and talked about a big problem in hot laps. 
Jesse Kline told me about his Modified heat race win and what they were seeing on the spark plugs.
Brad Weaver won his heat race from the outside pole and explained how he picked up a Mod ride.

It was a wet night with a few delays before a sudden stop but I never had so much fun at a track when multiple weather delays were in place. We went back to Five Mile Point for the first time since 2018 and we had a great time. The light rain made the track super fast and super fun. Sure, we had some delays but the racing was fun and fast. I know fans watch radar too and many stayed home but you missed a night that we don't often get too much.

You see I've always said that the perfect days for dirt racing are nights like last night although maybe with just a little less rain. If you could have a mist come in every few minutes and no sun you would have the ultimate dirt racing surface. Sure, you'll need to do a few mud laps here and there but boy that track works in fast and gets wide quickly too. Again, most fun I've had on a rainy night in quite some time.

It was nice to see the next generation of Harpell's running the track with their dads and thier grandma all there too. I had a great conversation with the matriarch of the Harpell family in the tower during the rain delay and I really, really enjoyed. She used to read my column and rememered when Allie sun the national anthem a few years ago at the track. Again, fun night!

As for Allie and the DMNT, the track worked with us and moved us up so we did only heats and a feature with no hot laps. Allie did well in her heat with no practice laps and even after asking directions throught the pits to get to the chute. She had a transmisssion issue again in the feature and some serious work is in order. But we believe we have a fix we can do today so she can shift into high but the good news is that there is a two week break from racing so Derrick and Pete will have time to get the tranny out and fix it by the time we hit Airborne on the 29th.

We are on the slate for today at Utica Rome but we'll see how the weather goes. Allie is really looking forward to this one as she knows a lot of folks who will race there later today. I'll try to get more done today and have a few interviews in the can. And I've set up lots more this week so we'll be fine.

I hope you all have a great Sunday and we hope to see you all back here tomorrow.
 
     
 
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