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Tuesday, June 24th 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Adam Roberts is running better these days and spoke about getting some top tens with his Modified.
Mike Prentice has been in a bit of a slump this year and talked about how tight the car is on entrance.
Tony Finch II summed up how his last few weeks have been and remembered a recent jingle.
Jeff Stevenson was making just his 2nd start of the season and told me why he is starting late.
Craig Collier is back after many years off from racing and compares the car of today to his Modified.
Jeff Hunter got back into racing after several years away and talked about some early struggles.
Mike White is off to a tough start and described some of what he is working on with his stock car.
 
We’re back today with more new stuff for you to listen to and there are a few new people on for you to meet and learn about today as well. Of course we are sad to hear of the death of mini stock driver Danny Lefebvre.
 
According to reports, Lefebvre hit the wall in turn two on lap 11 of a 12 lap mini stock feature at Cornwall Motor Speedway in Ontario, Canada. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends as well as everyone who saw the accident and may be shook up over it today.
 
Recently other forms of racing have seen fatalities but this points out that every racer in every division at every track out there shares the same risks as the forms of racing we usually consider to be most dangerous. I mean this was a four cylinder car at a 14 mile track. So yes, race safe everyone and double check your safety equipment as yes, it can happen to any of us.
 
Now let’s talk more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page. I start with a man who is looking good on the track. Adam Roberts is running better these days and spoke about getting some top tens with his Modified. He talked about a wreck he was involved in two weeks ago, why they had to take a trip to Canada to get it fixed and how happy he was with the good advice they picked up as well. 
 
Mike Prentice has been in a bit of a slump this year and talked about how tight the car is on entrance. He told me what they did to try to loosen the car up, how nice the track surface has been at Can Am and thinks back on his early days of racing as well as how he first got started.
 
Tony Finch II summed up how his last few weeks have been and remembered a recent jingle. He told me how he knocked a shock off on his way to a fifth place finish, how much he hopes to race this week and what he hopes to be learning next fall.
 
Jeff Stevenson was making just his 2nd start of the season and told me why he is starting late. He talked about adjusting to a new car, a new driver’s seat and his hopes to be on the track more in the future. 
 
Craig Collier is back after several years off from racing and compares the car of today to his Modified. He told me why he chose the crate powered Sportsman route, when he made the decision to come back and how much has changed in five years. 
 
Jeff Hunter got back into racing after several years away and talked about some early struggles. He told me how much fun he is having as he learns, how much he ran seven years ago and how he is doing on the racetrack. 
 
Mike White is off to a tough start and described some of what he is working on with his stock car. He told me about the four racetracks he has been to so far, how busy life has been away from racing and his hopes to learn something with two features on the docket last Friday. 

 
Monday, June 23rd 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Tommy Sears talks about his Friday night at Brewerton and his hopes for Thursday in Elbridge.
Brandon Hagan got ready for week number 4 at Can Am and looked ahead to a big night on Tuesday.
Andy Howard told me about his season so far in a Sportsman and his recent victory at Can Am.
Sid Harmer Jr. was Can Am’s Pro Stock champion and told me about his move up to a Sportsman.
Jordan Miller remembered moving from a Thunder Car to a Sportsman and how he adapted.
Taylor Jackson explained how she found her way into a Sportsman and how the season is going.
Chip Burdick reminded racefans about the Tuesday show at Can Am featuring the GRIT Series.
 
I had a fun day off on Sunday as I went golfing with a long time friend. I wish I could tell you that we both kicked butt and golfed well but I’d be lying if I said that. I feel badly for all the trees we hit. It’s surprising we didn’t knock any down.
 
I have more stuff from the weekend that we’ve saved and we have a few new people on the site today. I hope you enjoy the chats with Jordan Miller and Taylor Jackson as they both make their debut on the website today.
 
 Plus we have lots more as we get ready for a busy week. Don’t forget Can Am has a GRIT Series race for Sportsman on the card for Tuesday, Utica Rome welcomes back the Super DIRTcar Series on Wednesday and Rolling Wheels opens their gates for the first time on Thursday.
 
I’ll hopefully be at Utica Rome and Rolling Wheels this week although Wednesday is not a definite as my wife has to work. We’ll keep our fingers crossed on that one.
 
Now let’s chat more about the new stuff we have for you on the Audio Page for today. Tommy Sears talks about his Friday night at Brewerton and his hopes for Thursday in Elbridge. He told me about his love of motorcycles, remembers some of his close finishes in his past and how well his new car is handling as of now. 
 
Brandon Hagan got ready for week number 4 at Can Am and looked ahead to a big night on Tuesday. He talked about getting a win early in the season, remembered a mistake they made last time out and his hopes to hit Can Am, Rolling Wheels and Mohawk International later this week. 
 
Andy Howard told me about his season so far in a Sportsman and his recent victory at Can Am. He talked about why he came back this year, who has been helping him out and reflects on his days racing a 358 Modified. 
 
Sid Harmer Jr. was Can Am’s Pro Stock champion and told me about his move up to a Sportsman. He explained why that championship made the decision to move up easier, the one thing he would still like to do in the stock car and how he has been doing in the open wheel division.
 
Jordan Miller remembered moving from a Thunder Car to a Sportsman and how he adapted. He told me about the need to be better at set ups, how the driver has been doing and his hopes for his first top ten finish in the division. 
 
Taylor Jackson explained how she found her way into a Sportsman and how the season is going. She talked about the people who she knew who were already racing, where she is as a driver right now and what she needs to work on.  
 
Chip Burdick reminded racefans about the Tuesday show at Can Am featuring the GRIT Series. That race is tomorrow night (Tuesday) so make your plans now to attend. 

 
Sunday, June 22nd 2014
   New on the Audio Page from Fulton Speedway:
 
Pre race conversations:
 
Nick Webb talked abouthis Friday night at Can Am and described why he fell back a little.
Dan Vauter recapped his night at the Brewerton Speedway and the hard hit he took in the feature.
Ronnie Davis III ran down how his new car is been doing and his hopes to keep making progress.
Mike Button chatted about his win at Fulton last week and the reaction he got from a friend.
Scott Ford is learning his Crate Late Model and told me about a dust up he had with his son.
Tim Sears Jr. told me how he lost by .003 seconds on Friday and his win with his Late Model.
 
After the heat races:
 
Nick Webb led every lap to a win in the first Sportsman heat and how nice the racetrack was.
Gary Hoppins won his heat race on a tacky track and talked about how much fun he had out there.
Jordan Bennett talked about blowing a motor the week before and his win in heat number three.
Tim Sears Jr. told me about his wins in the Modified & Late Model heats and evaluated each.
Jimmy Phelps came from fifth to win his Modified heat and updated me on progress in Weedsport.
Larry Wight ran his Modified about as hard as one can in his heat win and talked about the high lane.
Rick Miller spoke about his Late Model heat win and a handling condition he was trying to cure.
 
After the feature races:
 
Jordan Bennett led all but one lap to win the Sportsman feature race and spoke with Bill Foley.
Joe Isabell spoke with Adam Buchanan after his Mod Lite win in a nice side by side battle.
Nick Graziano celebrated his Mod Lite stock win and talked about why this was better than his 1st.
Tim Currier picked up his first career win at Fulton and told Adam Buchanan about his hot ride.
Tim Sears Jr. came across the line second and spoke about being awarded the Late Model victory.
Skip DeGroff took a new car to victory lane in the 4 Cylinder race and talked with Adam Buchanan.
 
I had a fun night at the Fulton Speedway and saw some real good racing. I heard how good the track was the week before so I had to check it out for myself. Yeah, it was real good and tacky.
 
It was nice to see a first time winner in the Modified division as Tim Currier picked up his first win at the Fulton Speedway in his first year as a regular. He won earlier at I-88 Speedway and has won at Canandaigua as well but this was number one at Fulton.
 
His car worked the top well and his engine was steaming in victory lane. Tim said it was because the motor worked so hard as his car grabbed the tacky surface. Hey, they’ll do that when you get them grunting and grabbing like they were last night.
 
I recorded almost all the victory lane interviews and did a lot of heat winners as well as 14 pre race interviews. I have been trying all weekend to try to go to some new people and some that I don’t chat with as much. So be sure to check us out over the next three days as we’ll welcome a lot of new folks to the Audio Page and find out how some old friends have been doing.
 
Again, what a fun night it was and a nice crowd was on hand as well. I watched the races with former Modified racer Louie Michaels and it is always a blast to watch with a real racecar driver, especially one like Louie who has a lot of laps at Fulton. Even though he says no, I bet we could get him back on the racetrack one more time if the situation was right. Hmmm.
 
I put up all but 9 of the interviews I did on Saturday and will put those up over the next three days because we have a busy streak next week with racing Wednesday at Utica Rome and Thursday at Rolling Wheels.
 
I am only working a little later tonight after I golf with one of my longtime friends. I was surprised by the way I played on the first time out in three years so you know that now that I have expectations, I’ll play like crap today. That’s golf.
 
Keep coming back as I have a lot of good stuff from the weekend for you guys. I’ll have at least 7 a day for the next 3 so don’t miss a day or you’ll miss a lot.

 
Saturday, June 21st 2014
   New on the Audio Page from Can Am Motorsports Park:
 
Pre race conversations:
 
Phil Potts tells me about his season in a crate Late Model and a win he’ll never forget at Cornwall.
Anthony Stockman has 3 wins down at Skyline this year and wonders when he’ll win at Can Am.
Nick Krause is learning a car that is new to him and told me about gaining on things slowly. 
Taylor Caprara described the track he saw in hot laps and his three finishes so far this year.
Josh VanBrocklin was back at his weekly home and spoke about the high level of competition.
Jack Meeks explains why he took some time off from racing and how he has been doing lately.
 
After the rained out feature and the heat races:
 
Rob Martin picked up his first win in the Pro/Street division and spoke about it with Rob Thackston.
Jack Meeks walked me through his pass for the lead on lap 4 that got him a heat race victory.
Taylor Caprara led all but one lap in his heat win and told me how his Sportsman felt out there.
Dave Rogers made a late race pass for a Pro/Street heat win and talked about the strange racetrack. 
Shawn Kirby was out front in every lap and talked about his heat win and his earlier feature.
 
After the feature races:
 
Josh VanBrocklin picked up his second Sportsman win and spoke about it with Rob Thackston.
Jack Meeks had the lead for most of the Sportsman feature and told me what happened late.
Luke Whitteker came home in third place and told me how tough it was to run down the leader.
Charlie Sandercock won the Late Model feature race and got to talk with announcer John Burr.
Dave Rogers told me how he took the lead on lap seven and the mistake he saw the leader make.
 
I had a fun time as I traveled back to my old stomping grounds on Friday night. I worked at Can Am as an announcer with Paul Szmal for a few years back in the early 2000’s. A lot of the people that raced up there then still race there today and there were familiar faces everywhere I looked. Even a few guys out front in the parking lot are still in the same place they were years ago although I’m not sure if they’re drinking the same brand as back then.
 
The track was really good and really racy. It was uncommon to see someone lead every lap in the heat races which tells you how racy the track was. According to the racers it was a little slicker than in previous races but they all said the track has been excellent all year long. Well, in the three complete nights they have gotten in thanks to Mother Nature.
 
Now the big reason I went was to help promote the show they have coming up this Tuesday. The GRIT Sportsman Tour will headline the Thunder in the 100 Islands Series. In addition to the series race, the Sportsman regulars will run a make up race to get the night started. Plus the stock cars and both Thunder Car divisions will also be on hand.
 
I can’t be there on Tuesday so I wanted to chat with some people who will be and you’ll see lots of those interviews coming up starting Monday as we help get you ready for that Tuesday show.
 
I have a lot of interviews up for today and was able to save an addition eleven that I will hold on to. I also was able to speak with several people who will make their first appearance here and as always, I save those for during the week so you don’t miss them.
 
It was nice to see Dave Rogers pick up his first win in the Pro/Street class. It was emotional for him to say the least. If you know anything about him, things have been tough for him off the track and next month they are having a memorial race for Sara Rogers. I’m sure she was looking down and helping in his win. Congratulations Dave!
 
The Sportsman put on a real good show with Josh Van Brocklin making a low move for the lead and the win with just 8 laps to go. He and Jack Meeks put on a show at the front of the field running side by side for several laps before Van Brocklin took off after the race’s only caution. This was a good one.
 
I also got the winners in the Pro Street and Late Model divisions. Plus we got almost all the heat winners as well. And thanks goes out to John Burr who plugged the website several times. Thanks John. It was good to see you again.
 
Today I will be going to a racetrack but I have a lot to get done here first. I may not get out till late but I will be going to show and it will probably be Fulton. I heard the track was super last week.
 
Then I will be off Sunday for golf and will hit Utica Rome on Wednesday for a Super DIRTcar Series race and Rolling Wheels on Thursday for their first show of the season. It’s a great time to be a race fan so get out and show your support for your favorite Saturday night racetrack. 

 
Friday, June 20th 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Dave Danzer met fans on the frontstretch and talked about starting the season with a victory.
Brian Sweeney has had a tough start to the season and told me how he hurt his engine last week.
Tim Devendorf is in his 3rd year back in a Supermodified and talked about some set up work.
Matt Janczuk updated me on his knee injury and spoke about his hopes to be back real soon.
Dave Moyer missed some weeks with a motor issue and told me how his last two races went.
Dana Camenga talked about how his 2014 season is going in the Pro Stock class at Utica Rome.
Jeff Hachmann previews the next two shows at Rolling Wheels on June 26th and later on July 3rd.
 
Friday is here and it is race day. It sounds like the weekend should be a good one too as we may actually get in three days of racing. Not sure where I am going today but come back tomorrow as we will be going somewhere for sure.
 
Remember, Glen Ridge is running tonight as they have switched their race day from Sunday to Friday leaving just one Sunday track in our area. It will be interesting to see how things change if at all.
 
Still not sure where I will go on Saturday either so if you have a suggestion, let me know and maybe I’ll take you up on it. Send your thoughts on either today or tomorrow to doug@dougsdirtdiary.com.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you to listen to on the Audio Page today. Again, I start with three Supermodified drivers. Dave Danzer met fans on the front stretch and talked about starting the season with a victory. He talked about what went wrong the following week, what broke that ended up putting him in the fence and looks forward to working in a new car in the near future. 
 
Brian Sweeney has had a tough start to the season and told me how he hurt his engine last week. He spoke about how fortunate he was to get it back within a week, the need to fix a tight condition and what he may do to try to loosen it up a little. 
 
Tim Devendorf is in his 3rd year back in a Supermodified and talked about some set up work. He told me how much better the car has been the last few weeks, how up & down it can be week to week and looks ahead to a new car in a few weeks. 
 
Matt Janczuk updated me on his knee injury and spoke about his hopes to be back in the driver’s seat real soon. He told me what the diagnosis was for his injury, what he has to do to get better and how tough it has been for him to sit after years of wanting to drive a Modified weekly. 
 
Dave Moyer missed some weeks with a motor issue and told me how his last two races went. He told me about a head change they made, what it has done to the car’s power and what he had to do in the rear end to compensate for the extra power. He showed smoke at the end of the night on Sunday so we hope the motor is okay Dave! 
 
Dana Camenga talked about how his 2014 season is going in the Pro Stock class at Utica Rome. He told me what he was seeing in the racetrack, what they have been changing with set ups and what they are hoping those changes do. 
 
Jeff Hachmann previews the next two shows at Rolling Wheels on June 26th and later on July 3rd. He talked about what is on tap for each show, how the ended up racing on back to back Thursdays and looks back at the SDS race New Egypt on Tuesday. 


 
Thursday, June 19th 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Pat Lavery came into Oswego fifth in Supermodified points and talked about a bent shock.
Stephen Gioia III is back this year after an injury and described how he is feeling at age thirty.
Dan Connors is learning a new Supermodified and told me about the struggles they’ve had so far.
Tim Mayne told me how his season has been going and why he decided to change his weekly home.
Ken McGuire Jr. explained what went wrong on opening night and how he hurt his racing engine.
Bret Belden tells me how he is doing as he learns Late Models and recaps his recent road trips.
Cameron Black is a pure rookie in the Small Block Super division and talked about his season.
 
We’re back on a Thursday with lots of goof stuff for you to listen to today. I am off today as dad and I will get in our first round of golf this season. Let’s hope we hit them straight and keep it out of the woods.
 
Still thinking about where to go this weekend and I’ll make that decision probably later today. The kids only have another week of school to go so we will hit the road more after that and hit some tracks we don’t normally go to. We’ll keep ya posted on that.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page. We start with three Supermodified drivers from this past Saturday. Pat Lavery came into Oswego fifth in Supermodified points and talked about a bent shock. He told me what that bad shock did to the handling, how much better it was in the early practice on old tires and wondered how it would do with new rubber on. 
 
Stephen Gioia III is back this year after an injury and described how he is feeling at age thirty. He told me how he got a reminder of his age, where he feels he is better than in his early days and how he has been doing in the Supermodified. 
 
Dan Connors is learning a new Supermodified and told me about the struggles they’ve had so far. He talked about how tough it can be the first week out, how much they changed after that and how much better it is now compared to week one. 
 
Tim Mayne told me how his season has been going and why he decided to change his weekly home. He talked about learning a new car to him, how sail panels are different on big tracks compared to short tracks and what he is working on right now. 
 
Ken McGuire Jr. explained what went wrong on opening night and how he hurt his racing engine. He described the two separate issues that happened, how baldy damaged the motor was and how nice it was to be back at Utica Rome with his Modified. 
 
Bret Belden tells me how he is doing as he learns Late Models and recaps his recent road trips. He talked about a heat win at Humberstone, his return to Cornwall where he raced in 2003 and who kept his Pro Stock on the track at Utica Rome while he was on the road. 
 
Cameron Black is a pure rookie in the Small Block Super division and talked about his season so far. He told me why his dad made the decision to put him in a car at Oswego, what they have been working on in the handling department and what it was like the first laps he took. 

 
Wednesday, June 18th 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Jessica Zemken talks about how she is doing as a rookie in a Supermodified at Oswego Speedway.
Jeff Abold is learning a new Supermodified and talked about some big off season changes.
Rusty Smith told me about racing both dirt & asphalt and how he was injured in the pit area.
Jack Miller got ready for the RoC Sportsman race at Utica Rome and recalled a second place.
Clay Butler Jr. described how he is doing at Big Diamond and remembered his RoC victory.
Camden Proud is a rookie in the Small Block Super division and talked about recent gains.
 
We welcome three new racers to the site today in Jeff Abold, Clay Butler Jr. and Camden Proud. I hope you enjoy hearing from some new drivers and I hope we get to talk to them again in victory lane.
 
We are going to be busy today and are still making our plans for this weekend as we’ll be doing Friday and Saturday this time around. Not sure if you guys saw this or not but there was a statement regarding Glen Ridge that came out from DIRTcar on Tuesday. It goes as follows.
 
“Pursuant to Glen Ridge Motorsports Park's announcement modifying its night for weekly racing, DIRTcar has withdrawn its sanction of all DIRTcar divisions. In addition, the Super DIRTcar Big-Block Modified Series event, scheduled for Wednesday, July 16, 2014, has been cancelled and will not be rescheduled.
 
DIRTcar points toward the "Best 16" finishes will be counted toward the season ending point fund awards throughout the Sunday, June 15, event, however a home track bonus will not be awarded.”
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you to listen to today on the Audio Page. I start with a driver who is embracing a new challenge this year. Jessica Zemken talks about how she is doing as a rookie in a Supermodified at Oswego Speedway. She told me what she has been learning, how her comfort level in the car is right now and the troubles they were having early this past Saturday. 
 
Jeff Abold is learning a new Supermodified and talked about some big off season changes. He spoke about where they made those changes, how nice it has been to work with his family as they put it together and how much better the car is working compared to last season. 
 
Rusty Smith told me about racing both dirt & asphalt and how he was injured in the pit area. He talked about a recent pick up race on Friday night, why he feels a little “outclassed” in the dirt Modified division and how he is recovering after having the racecar fall on him. Whew! 
 
Clay Butler Jr. described how he is doing at Big Diamond and remembered his RoC victory. He told me how an error he made hurt him at the last RoC show, the need to find bite at Utica Rome and how big the changes were that he made to try to compensate for it. 
 
Jack Miller got ready for the RoC Sportsman race at Utica Rome and recalled a second place. He told me how close he came to getting the win, how he gained a little in the points and the need to fix a tight condition. 
 
Camden Proud is a rookie in the Small Block Super division and talked about recent gains. He told me how close he came to getting that first win, how he lost second place in the final laps and described his background in the sport. Nice young man! 

 
     
 
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