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Saturday, April 16th 2016
   

New on the Audio Page from the Canandaigua Motorsports Park opener:

  Pre race conversations:

Chad Homan talked about his move to a Crate Late Model and why he decided to make a change.
Ronnie Davis III
spoke with announcer Shane Andrews about the last minute work they did.
Billy Dunn told Paul Szmal about the Modified he brought to Canandaigua and his 2016 race plans.

After the heat races:

Karl Comfort lied about his age and told me about his win the first Sportsman heat race of 2016.
Rocky Warner told me how he felt after winning in his first heat race after his off season surgery.
Tyler Meeks brought a brand new Sportsman to Canandaigua and told me about his heat win.
David Schilling had never been to Canandaigua and talked about winning in his first heat race.
Darryl Ruggles talked about his win in the first 305 heat and why he had a bandage on his hand.
Charlie Donk walked me through his last lap pass on the bottom that got him a 305 heat win.

Well it didn’t take long for racers and race fans to remember how violent and unforgiving this sport can be. On lap two of the 305 Sprint Car feature Darryl Ruggles and Charlie Donk were engaged in a duel for the lead. Ruggles was low and Donk was high. It was going to be a classic battle between a pair of drivers who each have thousands of laps under their belts at Canandaigua.

Then Ruggles hit the ute tire on the inside of turns 1 & 2 folding up his left front. Up the track he went which was exactly where Charlie Donk was. The two had hard contact flipping both and sending Donk out of the speedway and airborne for what seemed like an eternity.

Both ended up leaving the track for the hospital. Mercy Flight Central landed right in the pits and Donk went with them. Ruggles was taken to the hospital by ambulance. It was a scary crash but early reports are telling us both drivers should be okay. Keep them in your prayers though as I am sure they could use all the good thoughts and well wishes we could send them.

I’ve known both these drivers since 1995 when I started at Canandaigua so it was very hard to watch. And I just could not stay after that so I left. I get gun shy sometimes and this realty shook up a lot of people including of course their immediate families and friends.

I hope you enjoy the stuff I did get done and be sure to come back tomorrow for some more from Canandaigua. I will be at Utica Rome tomorrow so look for interviews from there up on the site on Monday.

Now let’s chat more about what we have on the Audio Page starting with my first conversation of the day. Chad Homan talked about his move to a Crate Late Model as he prepared for his first laps in the car and told why he decided to make a change after many years in a Modified.  

Ronnie Davis III spoke with announcer Shane Andrews about the last minute work they did to get ready for the Canandaigua opener. The laughter was when David Marcuccilli tickled Shane.  

Billy Dunn told Paul Szmal about the Modified he brought to Canandaigua and his 2016 race plans that include a return to Can Am on Saturdays.  

Karl Comfort lied about his age and told me about his win the first Sportsman heat race of 2016 while thinking back on his start in racing back in the 80’s.

Rocky Warner told me how he felt after winning in his first heat race after his off season surgery. Sounds like Rocky is doing well on and off the racetrack.  

Tyler Meeks brought a brand new Sportsman to Canandaigua and told me about his heat win as well as where he plans to race this coming season.  

David Schilling had never been to Canandaigua and talked about winning in his first heat race as well as his home track, Albany Saratoga Speedway.

Darryl Ruggles talked about his win in the first 305 heat, analyzed his daughter’s second place run and explained why he had a bandage on his hand. Prayers going out to Darryl and his family! We love ya buddy.

Charlie Donk walked me through his last lap pass on the bottom that got him a 305 heat win and explained why he thought that was the fast way around. Prayers going out to Charlie and his family! We love ya buddy.  

 
Friday, April 15th 2016
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Jeremie Corcoran previews opening weekend in Canandaigua and talks about who will be there.
Frank Del Vecchio talks about his role in The Men Behind the Mic this weekend in Watkins Glen.

I enjoyed a rare Thursday off after getting a lot of work done on Wednesday. The weekend still looks good and we should finally get to see some racing and I cannot wait.

I will be at Canandaigua on Friday and Utica Rome on Sunday. I updated the Where’s Doug on the front page as some of you reminded me that I have not been doing that automatically. I will from here on in.

I can’t wait to see some of you tonight and to finally smell some race fuel and get dirty. I cannot wait and I will be there nice an early if everything goes well here.

Now let’s talk more about what’s on the Audio Page today starting with the man who is promoting tonight’s race. Jeremie Corcoran previews opening weekend in Canandaigua and talks about who will be there Friday & Saturday as well as restaurant he bought in Brewerton.  

Frank Del Vecchio talks about his role in The Men Behind the Mic this weekend in Watkins Glen and shares some stories from his time behind the wheel and as an announcer.

 
Thursday, April 14th 2016
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Tim Fuller talks about his successful trip to Florida and his plans to race three days this weekend.
Rocky Warner tells me about his plans to race three shows this weekend and how he is feeling.

What do you know? We finally had a rain free day and it now sounds like we may have a bunch of rain free days coming our way. Finally huh?

I plan on going to Canandaigua on Friday and Utica Rome on Sunday and who knows, maybe I’ll be able to swing the clubs on Saturday and do my two favorite summer things all on the same weekend. Keep your fingers crossed.

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page for today as we visit with two drivers who can’t wait to get back on the track.   Tim Fuller talks about his successful trip to Florida, his plans to race three days this weekend and how the racing surface at Canandaigua has improved since he ran as a regular 8 years ago.  

Rocky Warner tells me about his plans to race three shows this weekend, how much better he is feeling these last few weeks and how he knew he was ready to race again.  

 
Wednesday, April 13th 2016
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Bobby Varin describes what he needs to get done for the Glen Ridge opener and Fonda’s practice.
Charlie Tibbitts talks about his goals for his rookie season at Utica Rome and his background.

I will be back in the studio today after a day off on Tuesday. And we officially closed on the house we are in now and officially sold the old one as well. It will be nice to have one National Grid bill instead of two that’s for sure.

On the site today we have a driver who has raced for decades and another one who is just getting started in the highly competitive Sportsman division. I hope you enjoy them both.

I am still holding out hope that we can get to the track this weekend as it should dry out in the next couple of days. Keep your fingers crossed and hopefully the long off season will finally be over and not a minute to soon I might add.

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you to listen to on the Audio Page for today. Bobby Varin describes what he needs to get done for the Glen Ridge opener on Friday, Fonda’s practice on Saturday and runs down where we will see him race in 2016.  

Charlie Tibbitts talks about his goals for his rookie season as a 12 year old in the Sportsman division at Utica Rome and his background as a driver.  

 
Tuesday, April 12th 2016
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Nick Krause explains how the rain & snow has actually helped him get his Sportsman ready.
Tony Veneziano gives us an overview of the World of Outlaws season so far after two rainouts.

It was yet another rainy day on Monday but the good news is that things look to be better later this week. A lot of tracks have their openers on tap and hopefully it won’t rain too much and saturate the ground too much and we can finally go racing.

If everything works out I plan on hitting Canandaigua either Friday or Saturday and then Utica Rome on Sunday. Like I’ve been saying, this off season has been more of a grind than most to me so I cannot wait to get back out to the tracks and see all of you. I miss it so much!

Now let’s chat more about what we have on the Audio Page for today starting with the interview that gave me the idea for today’s column in the Syracuse Post Standard and online at Syracuse.com. Nick Krause explains how the rain & snow has actually helped him get his Sportsman ready as he prepares for the Canandaigua opener this weekend.  

Tony Veneziano gives us an overview of the World of Outlaws season so far after two rainouts and evaluates how the top drivers are doing as well as how the new format is working.  

 
Monday, April 11th 2016
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Bret Belden tells me how he is feeling after suffering from clogged arteries and quitting smoking.
Frank Hyatt talks about his converted Pro Stock, the work he has to do and how he does with it.

We made it through another weekend without racing here in Central New York but we do have a lot on the docket for the coming weekend so let’s all hope we get a break and can finally get out and see some real racing.

I was able to get some work done while watching The Masters and drooling over the fact that people are outside enjoying the weather. I have two things I love to do in the summer and they are racing and golf and now I can’t do either.

The off season gets harder for me at this time of the year and I really need to get out more. If some of you are looking form some company in the shop this week please get ahold of me as I going a little stir crazy. I love my new house but I do need to get out of it more. Message me guys!

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page starting with a man who has made some big lifestyle changes recently and for all the right reasons. Bret Belden tells me how he is feeling after suffering from clogged arteries and quitting smoking as he gets ready to get racing again in the Late Model division.  

Frank Hyatt talks about his Pure Stock that he converted to a Pro Stock, the work he has to do and wonders about a tire change for the coming season.

 
Sunday, April 10th 2016
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Doug Manmiller tells me about his win in the Big Diamond opener and his 13th at Grandview.
Nick Nye talks about running more Modified races in 2016 and thinks back on his start in racing.

I had a fun day on Saturday as I was able to get out for a while and do so on a sunny day. Hey, it didn’t snow so yes, it was cold but it didn’t snow. I’ll take that for now ok?

On the site today we have a pair of drivers that have already raced this year but are off this weekend for obvious reasons. I have yet to see anything live so far and hope this weekend we can change that because I really do need to get out of my little rut here. This time of year is always tough as I am ready to go but Mother Nature is not.

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page as we wind down our weekend. Doug Manmiller tells me about his win in the Big Diamond opener, his 13th at Grandview the next night and describes how an early victory can boost a driver’s spirits.

Nick Nye talks about running more Modified races in 2016, what broke at The Hard Clay Open last weekend and thinks back on his start in racing at Skyline in a stock car.  

 
     
 
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