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Saturday, September 7th 2019
    New on the Audio Page from Can Am Speedway before the rain.

Taylor Caprara tells me about his win in the first Sportsman heat and why he wasn’t totally happy.
Jack Meeks finished second in his qualifying heat race and told me where he needs to be better.
Kevin Root looked over some tires after his heat win and talked about the limited options he has.
Addison Bowman and I hid from the rain and spoke about how they keep their checklist handy.
In the latest Doug’s Thoughts I run down how our night went at Can Am and what I now respect.

Well that was going to be a really fun night I’ll tell you that alright. We were up at Can Am as part of a real nice four division show featuring the Empire Super Sprints, DIRTcar Sportsman Series, Thunder Cars and our combined Dirt Modified Nostalgia Tour/Eastern Ontario Vintage Stock Car Cub Super Series. Heck, we had 25 cars in our class alone!

It was going to be a great night and things were moving along so well until we all started seeing big, block clouds roll in. We checked the radar on our phones and knew it was going to be a short night. They were just wrapping up some of the last heat races and a few of our drivers were starting to move towards the staging area when it started.

As usual it started off slowly but with five minutes it was outright raining and the scramble began for everyone with a racecar…us included! It also gave me a new respect for the people who race with open haulers. We all get really, really wet. I guess if you’re going to race vintage you do it like they did 30-50 years ago and I’ll bet they got wet a lot too.

Keeping our fingers crossed today and hoping for the best for all of you too. Now here is more about what is new for today on the Audio Page starting with a few Sportsman after the heats and a fresh Doug’s Thoughts recorded just before midnight. Taylor Caprara tells me about his win in the first Sportsman heat at Can Am Speedway, why he wasn’t totally happy afterwards as well as what he noticed from watching a video of the race. 

Jack Meeks finished second in his Sportsman qualifying heat race at Can Am and told me where he needs to be better as well where we will see him over the next month or so. 

Kevin Root looked over some tires after his heat win and talked about the limited stagger options he has as well as how proud he is of everyone who helped him win a pair of championships. 

Addison Bowman and I hid from the rain and spoke about how they keep their checklist handy while running down the specific items they need to check off. Good one here! 

In the latest Doug’s Thoughts I run down how our night went at Can Am before the rains came, what I now respect more than before and why I need to stop being dad so often at the racetrack. I know. You’re right so don’t even say it Jeff!!!!  

 
Friday, September 6th 2019
   New on the Audio Page for today:

Danny Creeden explained how he ended his winless season with a pair of wins at Five Mile Point.
Sam Reakes IV described what he learned in Quarter Midget racing and how it helps kids learn.
Alex Payne told me what went wrong when he finished last week at Outlaw and how they fixed it.
Tyler Bartlett previews the final race weekend at Can Am and remembers his move to a big block.

It was a rough day on Thursday and the kids had their first day of school with somewhat mixed results. I’m sure I was a pain in the butt to my parents on this day many years ago so I guess what goes around comes around. My parents always said they wished they had a kid like me and darned if that did not happen.

We’ll be on the road today and headed up to Can Am for the first of two shows back to back. We’ll be with the ESS Sprints tonight and then 358 tour tomorrow. Talk about good company huh?

Now let’s talk about what’s new on the Audio Page for today as we get ready for some big shows this first weekend of September. Danny Creeden explained how he ended his winless season with a pair of wins at Five Mile Point, described some big changes he was going to make while looking forward to a return to Orange County. 

Sam Reakes IV described what he learned in Quarter Midget/Microd/Go-kart racing and how it helps kids learn both how to become racecar drivers as well as better people when it comes to dealing with situations. Good one here guys and gals so give it a listen. 

Alex Payne told me what went wrong when he finished his Sportsman feature race at last week at Outlaw Speedway and how long it took them to fix it to get ready for Saturday night.   

Tyler Bartlett previews the final race weekend of the season at Can Am this Friday & Saturday and remembers his move to a big block Modified from karts the year before. Wow!  

 
Thursday, September 5th 2019
    New on the Audio Page for today:

Billy Pauch Jr. recaps his last race weekend that included a win, a fourth place and a flat on Sunday.
Marc Johnson explained how he won the Albany Saratoga Speedway championship with his 3rd place.
Jonathan Preston spoke about his dream season in a 360 Sprinter before winning two at Brewerton.
Ernie Saxton and I talk about IndyCar leaving Pocono, the downside of big tracks and Bobby Allen.
Paul Cole gives us details on the New York Nationals this Friday and Saturday at Land of Legends.

I got back to work on Wednesday getting a lot done in the studio before calling it a day at about 8 o’clock. It’s going to be a fun weekend for us as we have two races on back to back days at Can Am and they found some things wrong with the Dirt Modified Nostalgia Tour ride even after she notched her best finish. Yeah, it’s gonna be a fun weekend and thanks so much to Derrick and Pete for all their hard work.

Allie and her sister got to enjoy their last day of summer vacation as today they go back to school. Allie will be in 11th grade this year while our youngest begins middle school. It’s that time of the year alright and there is even an NFL game on tonight. Bye, bye summer. We’ll miss you.

Now let’s chat more about what is new for today on the Audio Page beginning with a winner from this past weekend who is becoming a weekly fixture here. Billy Pauch Jr. recaps his last race weekend that included a win, a fourth place and a flat on Sunday, told me where he’ll be this weekend and how much he’ll race in what’s left of 2019. 

Marc Johnson explained how he won the Albany Saratoga Speedway championship with his 3rd place, how he did at the big Super DIRTcar Series race at Lebanon Valley runs down his plans for Oswego. 

Jonathan Preston spoke about his dream season in a 360 Sprinter before winning two ESS A-Mains at Brewerton, the cool donut he did at Weedsport and how much of a reaction he got from it. 

Ernie Saxton and I talk about IndyCar leaving Pocono Raceway for the 2020 season, the downside of big racetracks and a column he read on WoO owner Bobby Allen plus lots more. Don’t miss this one! 

Paul Cole gives us details on the New York Nationals this Friday & Saturday at Land of Legends Raceway, describes how the format will work and reminds us about their season finale on September 28th. 

 
Wednesday, September 4th 2019
    New on the Audio Page for today:

Danny Varin described a handling condition he would like to get sorted out on his 360 Sprint Car.
Marc Minutolo told me how he won the Hobby Stock title at Outlaw for the second time in a row.
Tony Veneziano reports on the World of Outlaws Sprint Cars at Skagit and Grey’s Harbor Raceway.

It was back to reality for us after a few days partying with friends here at the house. I think we may have had a little too much fun on Monday though as I was clearly a step slower yesterday. Oh well.

I have a mix of stuff for you today and will be back at it again today as the weekend will be here before you know it. We’ll be at Can Am twice as the Super Series continues for us on the big half mile. I’m nervous obviously but know that Allie will drive within her limits and surely learn from this big test this weekend.

Now let’s chat more about what’s new on the Audio Page for today beginning with a driver who started the weekend off with a problem and finished with a victory. Danny Varin described a handling condition he would like to get sorted out on his 360 Sprint Car, explains what it feels like on the straightaways and who has been helping give him advice.

Marc Minutolo told me how he won the Hobby Stock title at Outlaw for the second time in a row, how tough these cars are to drive compared to some and how much he will race in the late season. 

Tony Veneziano reports on the World of Outlaws Sprint Cars at Skagit and Grey’s Harbor Raceway in Washington State, looks ahead to a show tonight in Oregon as well as the Gold Cup this weekend.  

 
Tuesday, September 3rd 2019
    New on the Audio Page for today:

Ryan Coniam explains why he recently got back in the seat and remembers his time in NASCAR.
Paulie Colagiovanni speaks about attacking a race night when you have heat races and two A-Mains.
Derrick Podsiadlo explains why we have not seen him much and what he’s been doing on Saturdays.
Sam Reakes IV tells me how his season has been going and compares this year to his best season.

Summer is officially over and we hope your Labor Day was a great finish to the weekend. We spent the time here with a friend from college who came up to stay we us. We had a great time catching up with her and stayed up way toooo late. It was fun but now it is time to get back to business today.

I’ll be back in the studio today and hoping to load up tonight. My kids don’t go back to school until Thursday so we’re hoping to have some fun today and tomorrow in their last days off.

Now let’s chat more about what is on the Audio Page for today starting with a man who has a long resume both on asphalt and dirt. Ryan Coniam explains why he recently got back behind the wheel of a racecar, explains why seat time is so important right now and remembers his time in NASCAR. 

Paulie Colagiovanni speaks about attacking a race night when you have heat races and two A-Mains, describes his mind set at this time of the year and what it is like to lead the point standings. 

Derrick Podsiadlo explains why we have not seen him much, what his hopes were for last Saturday night in Canandaigua and what he’s been doing on Saturdays that has kept him up on what’s been happening.   

Sam Reakes IV tells me how his season has been going, describes some of the bad luck he’s had the past few years and compares this year to his best season just a few years ago.  

 
Monday, September 2nd 2019
    New on the Audio Page for today:

Tyler Trump talks about the big block under the hood of his Modified and how it felt in hot laps.
Brett Wright explained why he had to take some races off and runs down this weekend’s tire bill.
Rich Townsend picked up a Sportsman win last weekend and told me how he got to the front.

It was a nice day for most of the time on Sunday although some weather did move in later in the day. It was enough to halt the action at Utica Rome and hopefully it will be out of here in time for Weedsport to have some fun today.

I’m laying low today as it is the last day of vacation for my wife and then tomorrow she’ll be back to school although the kids don’t have to make it until Thursday so we’ll find some fun stuff for them to do. Hope you all have some fun plans for today and that your work week is a good one.

Now let’s chat more about what is on the Audio Page for today starting with a man who was smiling ear to ear when we chatted on Friday. Tyler Trump talks about the big block under the hood of his Modified, how it felt in hot laps at Brewerton Speedway and compared it to the small block he’s driven the past two years. 

Brett Wright explained why he had to take some races off with his Sprint Car, runs down how much he will spend in tires this weekend and talks about a big change coming in his life. 

Rich Townsend picked up a Sportsman win last weekend at Brewerton for his first win in almost a year and told me how he got to the front as well as what he’ll be doing after Labor Day.  

 
Sunday, September 1st 2019
    New on the Audio Page from Land of Legends Raceway:

Parker Smith won the first Street Stock heat race and talked about what changes in the features.
Jason Quigley was all smiles as he spoke to me after winning his first career Street Stock heat race.
Matt Guererri finished first in the first Sportsman heat race and talked about his winless season.
Nick Guererri came from eighth to first quickly and described the big wreck he saw in front of him.
Alex Payne rebounded from a long night to win his heat and explained why he was up till 7 a.m.
Alan Johnson got his night off to a good start with a heat win and talked about change from earlier.
Justin Haers spoke to the crowd after winning the final heat and told me about looking around.
Marc Minutolo reacted after winning his first Street Stock feature race of the 2019 race season.
Adam DePuy had his first DNF of the season and spoke about holding on to win the championship.
Daryl Ruggles led every lap to win the 305 Sprint Car A-Main and dedicated it to Dan Willmes.
Kane Bristol pulled away to win the Sportsman feature and told me about doing what he intended.
Kevin Root won his second championship in as many days and spoke about his phenomenal year.
Alan Johnson spoke about keeping his 45 year winning season streak intact with his 1st of 2019.

It was a fun night and a darned right cold one as Allie and I headed out to Land of Legends Raceway. The track was racy and smooth and we had a darned good time.

Champions were crowned in the Street Stock, Sportsman and 305 Sprint Car divisions and all the drivers that came into the night with the point lead left as champions. We have all three of them up for you to listen to as well as the other winners on the final Saturday night of the summer in beautiful Canandaigua.

Alan Johnson kept his streak alive with his first win of the season and later in the week I’ll air the chat we had right before the night began where we talked about that very thing as well as why last night was the best chance left that he had to do it.

Darryl Ruggles had a very emotional win after his win and dedicated it to long time friend Danny Willmes. Unfortunately Danny has taken a turn for the worse and may not be with us much longer.

There are so many of us who will miss him myself included as Danny put me in his Vintage Modified back in the fall of 2011 and has been a fan of what I’m doing with Allie from day one. Danny has done a lot for a lot of people in the sport and we are going to miss his jokes at the track, his slicked up golf cart and his easy going attitude which for a guy who went through dialysis for longer than anyone I’ve ever heard about is nothing short amazing. We’ll miss you horribly buddy!!!

I’ll be home stretching and trying to get my back sorted out as each day is different than the last. Some better, some worse and some where I think I’m almost through it. We have a friend in from out of town for a few days and much talk about the 1980’s will take place in our house as well as some after midnight fun. It’s gonna be our goodbye to summer fling.

 I’ve got some really good stuff in the can before I get back in the studio on Tuesday so be sure to come back tomorrow. Have a great Sunday guys and gals!

 
     
 
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