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Tuesday, May 24th 2016
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Gil Tegg Jr. spoke about his Modified win at Canandaigua with a new car and a new engine.
Chris Carr prepared for his third race of the year and told me about adapting to DIRT’s tires.
Bill Knapp talks about his Ford powered Pro Stock and the battle between crates and open motors.
Charlie Tibbitts tells me how his rookie season is going so far and where he feels he is improving.
Tony Veneziano reports on the World of Outlaws races and looks ahead to New Egypt & Charlotte.

What a beautiful day it was on Monday. I took advantage of the weather and got a lot of outside work done. Man that lawn really grows here at the new place. It’s making my mower work extra hard.

It is going to be a fun week as I hope to golf in the afternoon today before getting in the studio sometime later after dinner. If you want in, send me a message on Facebook or at doug@dougsdirtdiary.com and we’ll be sure to get you in.

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page starting with a winner from Saturday. Gil Tegg Jr. spoke about his Modified win at Canandaigua with a new car and a new engine. This is the third win of his career. Congratulations!    

Chris Carr prepared for his third race of the year and told me about adapting to DIRT’s tires as well as what he had to do to get them to bite.  

Bill Knapp talks about his Ford powered Pro Stock he races at Utica Rome & Fonda and the continuing battle between crates and open motors.  

Charlie Tibbitts tells me how his rookie season is going so far, where he feels he is improving and how nice it was to get some track time alone in hot laps.  

Tony Veneziano reports on the World of Outlaws races from Lincoln, Williams Grove and Weedsport while looking ahead to New Egypt tonight and Charlotte this weekend.  

 
Monday, May 23rd 2016
   

New on the Audio Page from Utica Rome Speedway before the rains hit:

Marc Johnson talked about his second place finish in the first heat and what he saw on the track.
Danny Varin told me about his heat win, the low line he was running and why he stayed inside.
Vic Coffey, Ryan Arbuthnot and Larry Wight share how their cars were working in the heats.
Ryan Phelps spoke about his second place finish and described an issue they had in hot laps.
Billy Decker won the final RoC Modified heat and told me about his fifth place at Canandaigua.

I had a short night as the rain came at Utica Rome right before the features. When I left it was still raining but I knew if I left then I could get home and get my kids to bed. I had not been feeling good all day long and I was really fading when the weather hit.

I think I’ve been doing a little too much for my out of shape body and it caught up with me on Sunday. I’ll make some changes and hope to find balance.

Now let’s chat more about what I have for you today on the Audio Page for you. Marc Johnson talked about his second place finish in the first RoC Modified heat at Utica Rome and what he saw on the track.

Danny Varin told me about his RoC Modified heat win, the low line he was running on the track and wondered if he should have been running a little higher.  

Vic Coffey, Ryan Arbuthnot and Larry Wight share how their cars were working in their respective RoC heat races before the rain hit at Utica Rome.  

Ryan Phelps spoke about his second place finish in his RoC Modified heat race and described an issue they had in hot laps as they needed a push.  

Billy Decker won the final RoC Modified heat and told me about his fifth place at Canandaigua as well as why he started in 20th place.    

 
Sunday, May 22nd 2016
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Mike “Magic Shoes” McLaughlin shares some memories of his days racing in Weedsport.
Billy Pauch Sr. talks about his win at Kutztown, his son’s career and going into the DIRT HOF.
Pat Ward described what happened at Brewerton last week when he got together with his teammate.

I had a nice get together yesterday with some old friends and we had a great time catching up on things. But I did not forget about you as I saved three special interviews for today that I know you’ll like.

A lot of you have been requesting another chat with Bill Pauch Sr. and he called me right before I left for Brewerton on Friday so I was able to get that one done for you guys. Thanks for the call back Billy!

Today I wil be at Utica Rome as the Atomic Power Racing Hour crew will be back together again for episode two of the season featuring the Go Nuclear Late Models. It is always fun when these guys are in town and I can’t wait to get us all together for a fun day in Vernon.

Keep your fingers crossed for some good weather for both tracks today and let’s hope everyone is fast and most importantly safe.

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you o the Audio Page starting with a racer who returned to a pace he has a lot of history at. Mike “Magic Shoes” McLaughlin shares some memories of his days racing in Weedsport as the speedway shows off what is new for 2016.  

Billy Pauch Sr. talks about his win at Kutztown on wednesday, how proud he is of his son’s career so far and going into the DIRT Hall of Fame later this summer.

Pat Ward described what happened at Brewerton last week when he got together with his teammate Larry Wight as well as the conversation they had afterwards.    

 
Saturday, May 21st 2016
   

New on the Audio Page from the Brewerton Speedway:

After the heat races:

Tony Finch II led every lap to win the first heat race and told me why he started on the pole.
Glenn Forward talked about his heat win and about breaking old habits at his new Friday track.
Ronnie Davis III strapped in for the feature and told me what he learned in his heat race victory.
Mike Stanton told me about win in his heat race and described some early season brake issues.
Jim Witko ran the outside groove to win his heat and talked about racing Larry Wight up front.
Tim Kerr pulled away for a Modified heat win and told me about being strong the last few weeks.
Andrew Ferguson won his 1st ever Mod heat race and how he lost the lead before getting it back.

After the feature races:

Tony Finch II led every lap all night long winning the feature and talked about starting on the pole.
Beth Bellinger made up some spots late to finish second and told me where her car was improving.
Ray Bechler made it two in a row at Brewerton and wondered about who would catch him later.  
Larry Wight led the final 33 laps to win the Modified race and told Bill Foley about a tire issue.
Ryan Phelps picked up 18 spots to finish second and told me why they brought out a new car.
Chad Phelps told me about his third place finish as well as what went wrong last week while 2nd.
Tommy Sears enjoyed a fourth place finish and talked about the need to run some more races.
Tim Sears Jr. chopped the field in hall for a 5th place and described where his car has been better.

It was a fun night at Brewerton as the sun shined and the weather was almost summer like. A nice field of cars that included 33 Sportsman was on hand and filled the pit area to almost capacity.

Larry Wight won the Modified feature after being under some pretty serious pressure before the race’s final caution with 17 to go. Wight explained afterwards about a tire issue he was having that seemed to clear up after blasting his tires right before the final green flag waved. And for those of you who wondered about Larry and Pat Ward getting together last week…I’ll have more on that tomorrow.

Tony Finch came back from a DNQ in week one to win the Sportsman feature as he led every lap all night long. Jeff Isabell Jr. got the best of a back and forth race up front with Jim Bogett to pick up the Mod Lite win while Ray Bechler made it two in a row in the Four Cylinder race.

I was able to get some real good pre race stuff and one of those chats will be up tomorrow as well as interviews with Billy Pauch Sr. and Mike “Magic Shoes” McLaughlin. All three of the ones I am putting up for Sunday are ones I know you’ll like so be sure to come back for those.

I will be doing TV at Utica Rome on Sunday and we are hoping for a nice day so they and Weedsport can get in their shows. We’re hoping that Mother Nature will be our friend for the rest of the weekend and we can get in three days in a row. Keep your fingers crossed.

Make sure to come back tomorrow for more good stuff right here.

 
Friday, May 20th 2016
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Max McLaughlin analyzed how he is doing so far and remembered starting racing at age five.
Andrew Ferguson told me why his Modified had flames coming out and why it wasn’t that bad.
James Carlson explained why his car was without graphics and the bodies he has been building.
Billy Colton spoke about the fun he had watching his cars win and one Sportsman in particular.
Shane Andrews talked about his new role at his day job and why he had to scale back his announcing.

What a beautiful day it was on Thursday. I got to spend a lot of it on a golf course and shot a respectable and totally legitimate 92. No mulligans, didn’t move the ball to get a better lie and counted every stroke. Also had six pars…not bad. I’ll take it for early on.

Tonight I will be at Brewerton Speedway after heading up to Oswego today for some sausage from Garafolo’s Importing. I put in my order last week and will grill those out real soon. I got a new charcoal grill and can’t wait to try it out.

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page starting with a chat from Wednesday’s ribbon cutting in Weedsport. Max McLaughlin analyzed how he is doing so far and remembered starting racing at age five as well as what he has learned about driving a Dirt Modified versus a UMP Modified.  

Andrew Ferguson told me why his Modified had flames coming out, why it wasn’t that bad and why it was nice he did not have to use the fire extinguisher.  

James Carlson explained why his car was without graphics, when he hopes to have it looking sharp and the bodies he has been building.

Billy Colton spoke about the fun he had watching his cars win a pair of features last Friday night at Brewerton and one Sportsman in particular. Call him guys! He wants to help.  

Shane Andrews talked about his new role at his day job as Chief Operating Officer and why he had to scale back his announcing. We’re both happy and sad for you Shane but more happy than sad.

 
Thursday, May 19th 2016
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Jimmy Phelps talked about Wednesday’s ribbon cutting in Weedsport and Sunday’s WoO show.
Ronnie Johnson speaks about his 5 races so far and how this year has brought confidence back.
Chuck Hebing tells me how his shoulder is healing up and how it felt in his first race at Canandaigua.
Shawn Donath will bring a Syracuse built 410 to Weedsport and talked about his hopes for Sunday.
Todd Root remembers his recent win at Fulton and how the slower traffic helped him get up front.

I had a busy day on Wednesday as I wrote up some new stuff for the Syracuse Post Standard & Syracucse.com, traveled out to Weedsport for their ribbon cutting ceremony and still made it to my daughter’s concert with five minutes to spare. Whew! Made it just in time and got everything done I needed to get done.

Today we have a mix of interviews from the gathering in Weedsport, the home studio and last week at Brewerton. I hope to get back in the studio today after a golf outing today with a close friend and have even more for you tomorrow. Plus I still have some really good stuff in the can so be sure to come back for that.

Now let’s chat more about what is on the Audio Page today starting with a breakdown on what is new for this year in Weedsport. Jimmy Phelps talked about Wednesday’s ribbon cutting in Weedsport, what is new for fans this year at the speedway and Sunday’s World of Outlaw Sprint Car show.

Ronnie Johnson speaks about his 5 races so far, how his pair of wins this year has brought his confidence back and what his car owner is like in the shop and at the track.  

Chuck Hebing tells me how his shoulder injury is healing up, how it felt in his first race at Canandaigua and looks forward to being a fan this Sunday in Weedsport.

Shawn Donath will bring a Syracuse built 410 Sprint Car to Weedsport and talked about his hopes for Sunday as well as some of his past at the 1/3 mile track.   

Todd Root remembers his recent win at Fulton, how nice it was to get it done early and how the slower traffic helped him get up front.  

 
Wednesday, May 18th 2016
    New on the Audio Page for today:

Joey Saldana talks about the World of Outlaws East Coast swing starting tonight at Lincoln.
Mike Bowman has a new chassis for this season and recapped how things are going so far.
Sean Beardsley is helping Rich Riggs with his Modified and talked about racing it Friday night.
Joe Garafolo told me how his Mod Lite felt on the first race night and the new driver restraints.

I got a lot done on Tuesday and will be going to a get together later tonight that should get me more good stuff for tomorrow. And in the can I have a chat with Ronnie Johnson that will air tomorrow as well.

The World of Outlaws are in our area and race tonight at Lincoln Speedway before heading to Williams Grove, Weedsport and New Egypt. I need to clone myself for Sunday as there are two places I hope to be. Maybe I can still somehow do both. We’ll see.

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page starting with a big name from the Sprint Car world. Joey Saldana talks about the World of Outlaws East Coast swing starting tonight at Lincoln before heading to Williams Grove, Weedsport and New Egypt. Good stuff!

Mike Bowman has a new Modified chassis for this season and recapped how things are going so far as well as some changes he made for Friday at Brewerton.  

Sean Beardsley is helping Rich Riggs with his Modified and talked about racing it Friday night at Brewerton as well as the handling condition they are trying to fix.  

Joe Garafolo told me how his Mod Lite felt on the first race night how the new driver restraints felt and why he was not concerned that the car was a little tight. Sounds like I’m grilling out on Saturday.  

 
     
 
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