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Sunday, May 14th 2017
   

New on the Audio Page from Fulton Speedway:

After the heat races:

Nick Krause won the second Sportsman heat race and explained how he handled a tight racecar.
Tyler Thompson described how well his Sportsman ran and why he likes a tacky, fast racetrack.
Chris Mackey walked me through the low line he used to win his heat and why it takes patience.
Chris Fleming took the lead on lap two to win his heat and explained how the inside opened up.
Bret Belden drove a well handling racecar to his win and talked about how starting spot helped.
Billy Whittaker told me how his strong run a few weeks ago helped give him some confidence.
Chad Phelps earned a heat win with his spec engine and talked keeping the engine would up high.

After the Modified feature race:

Tim Sears Jr. talked about the work his team did to fix a wrecked car and get it to victory lane.
Billy Whittaker finished in third place and told me why he does not prefer tracks with a cushion.
Jimmy Phelps described the final restart and explained when he had to move up to the high side.
Andrew Ferguson told me why he was happy after a tenth at Fulton and a 14th at Brewerton.

What a busy day I had on Saturday. I started out at the NYS Fairgrounds with Allie and her Open Wheel Microd. We had a bit of a delay which allowed me a chance to try to come home and take a nap but it didn’t take. Allie ran her fastest laps yet and for the first time so far she did not get lapped in her heat although the leader was halfway up her car the line. Little victories right? I was so proud!

Then I headed up to Fulton Speedway fearing that today would not be a good weather day and did the best I could. I was pretty beat I’ll tell you that. I am wicked out of shape and it showed last night as I was stuck in low gear all night long.

I had a feeling it was going to be a night not to miss and it was. The track was tacky and fast with a cushion that reminded me of the tracks I used to see back in the 90’s. The Modified feature was a really good one too as Tim Sears Jr. got around Larry Wight on a restart past halfway and the two of them put on a show for the rest of the laps each running the car as hard and fast as they could into the foot high cushion. Yeah…it was a great show for the fans.

I did save some pre race and post heat interviews because like I said, I just don’t know today is going to go. The people at the Syracuse MIcrod Club are very serious when it comes to getting shows in and I know they are gonna wait as long as it takes to do this today do let’s hope the weather prognosticators are wrong.

We have the feature race to do today with Allie and in a perfect world I’ll go right from there to Utica Rome so keep your fingers crossed.

 
Saturday, May 13th 2017
   

New on the Audio Page from the Brewerton Speedway opener:

After the heat races:

Ronnie Davis III talked about his win in the first Sportsman heat and how he made a pass down low.
Rocco Leone pulled away to win his Sportsman heat and talked about returning to Brewerton weekly.
Earl Rudy was second in heat number two and told me why he backed out of it on the first lap.
Brent Joy just barely won the final Sportsman heat and explained what happened on the last lap.
Dave Marcuccilli walked me through his second place finish as he came up a few inches short.
Pat Ward won the second Modified heat race and spoke about how he made the pass for the lead.
Mike Bowman picked up a comfortable win his Mod heat and talked about the race line he ran.

After the feature races:

Zack Babcock celebrated with his team as he spoke about his first career Mod Lite victory.
Chuck Powelczyk started off his 2017 season with a win and talked about his off season work.
Larry Wight passed his teammate for the Mod victory and spoke about the track he raced on.
Jimmy Phelps finished in second place in the Mod feature and told me about the final restart.
Matt Hulsizer told me about his fourth place finish and the jingle he had in his heat race earlier.
Max McLaughlin picked up fifteen spots to finish fifth and described his very busy race night.

I had a fun night as I dropped Allie off at the NYS Fairgrounds for some hot laps and then headed to Brewerton Speedway for their opener. It was a great night of racing and I got a lot recorded, half of which is up today.

There was a first time winner in the Mod Lite feature race as Zack Babcock picked up his first win. I know...technically he won before when the class was split in two but on that night he was not the first car across the line so I am calling it his first win.

Larry Wight won his heat and the Modified feature passing teammate Pat Ward on lap 13 and holding off Jimmy Phelps on a late race restart with eight laps to go. We’ve got his victory lane interview so enjoy that was well as four of the top five.

I left after the Modified feature as it rained and I really did not think they would get back to racing but they did with Alan Fink winning from his number three starting spot. And Chuck Powelczyk won the Four Cylinder race as he hopes for another championship.

This morning I’ll be heading to the NYS Fairgrounds again to work with Allie and the Kuleszo Race Team as we have qualifying heat races on tap later this afternoon. We’re a little short staffed this morning and anyone who knows me well knows I can’t do ANYTHING when it comes to doing anything with a tool in my hand. I’m just hoping to get through it and have an incident free day as Allie continues to learn.

After that if everything works out I will head to Fulton and then do it again tomorrow as we race with Allie in the afternoon and then hopefully they’ll get done in time so I can go to Utica Rome. I know it’s asking a lot with the weather forecast we’ve got but I’ll hope for the best and take it as it comes.

I hope you all have a great day today and I hope you all get to go to your favorite Saturday night track and have fun.

 
Friday, May 12th 2017
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Ryan Jordan recaps his first big block race and gets ready for Afton and Fulton this weekend.
Jack Meeks told me how his first practice went as he plans to race both Brewerton and Can Am.

The forecast for today is now much better than it was a few days ago and it looks like we are a full go tonight. It’s about time huh? I’ll be at Brewerton while my family will be with Allie as she has practice laps at Syracuse. It will be a little weird but Allie has great people around her so I know she’ll be fine.

I’ll have new audio up from Brewerton for you to listen to tomorrow and then we’ll keep our fingers crossed the rest of the weekend. It is not a given that we won’t race so let’s plan for some fun and hope for the best.

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page as we visit with a pair of racers who will suit up tonight. Ryan Jordan recaps his first big block race at a Super DIRTcar Series event and gets ready to race his 358 tonight in Afton and the big block Saturday at Fulton.  

Jack Meeks told me how his first practice went as he plans to race both Brewerton and Can Am, why he struggled at times in 2017 and where he might be on select Sundays.  

 
Thursday, May 11th 2017
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Camden Proud previews opening weekend at Oswego and the 10 race Triple Crown Series.
Tom Coughlin encourages us to become members of the NYSSCA and talks about the benefits.
Megan Dupuy tells me about her internship at Woodhull and her early years as a kart racer.

We are back today with a few new people for you to listen to. Every now and then I like to take a day and tell you about some of the folks who make our sport happen and today is one of those days.

As for my day, I had a real good one. I did some work in the studio, wrote a new column and got to hit a big bucket of golf balls at a local course. Actually it was two small ones as the range was too wet for them to go out and collect the balls but it was a great time and I did better than I thought as this was the first time swinging the clubs since last fall.

If we can get some dry days maybe I can go but first we need a dry weekend so we can all get our racing fix. Friday looks like we can go if we hustle although but Saturday is iffy at best. The forecast does not look as bad so maybe we have a chance. Stay positive and let’s hope the weather gets out of here by sometime on Sunday so we can have some fun.

Now let’s chat more about what you can listen to on the Audio Page as we welcome a pair of new guests to the show today. Camden Proud previews opening weekend at Oswego this Saturday, the 10 race Triple Crown Series and how to get your prom date to say yes! Trust me…this young man knows.  

Tom Coughlin encourages us to become members of the New York State Sock Car Association and talks about the benefits. Join today and visit www.nyssca.com. I sent my membership in today. You should too!  

Megan Dupuy tells me about her internship at Woodhull Raceway, describes some of her job duties and remembers her early years as a kart racer with a racing father. Nice job Megan and good luck on your final exam today!

 
Wednesday, May 10th 2017
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Joey Payne tells me about his return to Supermodified racing that will start this weekend in Oswego.
Andrew Harpell explains why he held out till late on Saturday hoping to get a night of racing done.

I enjoyed my usual semi-day off on Tuesday and today we will be back at it talking in the studio and letting my fingers do the talking with a weekend preview for the Syracuse Post Standard and Syracuse.com. I had a fun day and hope to be very busy today as we get closer to a weekend without rain…right guys?

I have big plans this weekend as well as we will hit Brewerton on Friday, Fulton and Syracuse on Saturday and hopefully Syracuse and Utica Rome on Sunday. It will be busy but fun as we start to get into the heart of the season with all the weekly tracks in our area slated to race.

Now let’s chat more about what we have on the Audio Page for you as we begin with a racer who will be back in the suit again after a semi-retirement. Joey Payne tells me about his return to Supermodified racing that will start this weekend in Oswego, explains why he retired in the first place as well as why now is the right time to come back.  

Andrew Harpell explains why he held out till late on Saturday hoping to get a night of racing done at Five Mile Point and what changed that forced him to eventually pull the plug.

 
Tuesday, May 9th 2017
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Billy Pauch Sr. told me about his 2nd place finish at Bridgeport in a car he cut up and rebuilt himself.
Tony Veneziano reports on Donny Schatz’s big comeback this past weekend in Missouri & Kansas.

We’re back on a Tuesday with more good stuff for you here on the website was were able to get a lot of work done on Monday. Still hoping for a better weekend coming up as it was frustrating to sit back and not race this past weekend. Keep your fingers crossed guys.

Got a pair of good ones up for you today as we visit with a living legend to hear about his latest creation and check in with news on the World of Outlaws as they get closer to the northeast. And tomorrow we’ll hear from a promoter who tried to wait it out on Saturday as well as a driver who is back in the racecar he loves most.

I’ll be somewhat off today as I do have a few things planned and already have the website updated for tomorrow but if everything works out we have a little more tomorrow for you. And if you want to reach me guys you can do so at doug@dougsdirtdiary.com.

Now let’s chat about what we have for you today on the Audio Page as we start with a man who just brought out his own homemade altered creation. Billy Pauch Sr. told me about his 2nd place finish at Bridgeport in a car he cut up and rebuilt himself, described what makes this car so different and looks ahead to racing it next Tuesday.

Tony Veneziano reports on Donny Schatz’s big comeback this past weekend in Missouri & Kansas while looking ahead to a return to the east coast for a busy stretch.  

 
Monday, May 8th 2017
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Steve Poirier tells me about a car he was showing off on Facebook and how he is doing so far.
Jim Olin looks forward to the Can Am opener and talks about activities at the DIRT Hall of Fame.

It sounds like the rain my finally be done and it is about time. Our race weekend was totally rained out as we were washed out on Sunday with the Syracuse Microd Club. This coming week is the first State Race and we are excited and ready.

After that we spent some time with the Kuleszo’s and had a nice lunch at a local restaurant. They are so nice and Allie is having a blast getting to know them and their young daughter who is Allie’s teammate. I’ll be back in the studio again today and will have more for you tomorrow.

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page starting with a driver who had a tough start to the season. Steve Poirier tells me about a car he was showing off on Facebook, explained why he was going with something a little different and how he is doing so far.

Jim Olin looks forward to the Can Am opener and talks about activities at the DIRT Hall of Fame as well as his Four Cylinder race.  

 
     
 
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