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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“Pursuant to Glen Ridge Motorsports Park's announcement modifying its night for weekly racing, DIRTcar has withdrawn its sanction of all DIRTcar divisions.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! 

 
Tuesday, June 17th 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Joe Skotnicki previews today’s Dirty Jersey 60 at New Egypt and looks ahead to a busy schedule.
Ray Graham was fastest in the final practice at Oswego and told me where his new car is now.
Alan Barker had a Modified with him Sunday at Utica Rome and talked about when he’ll race it.
Alex Hoag explained how he got back into racing this year and why they chose to run at Oswego.
Kreig Heroth came into Saturday night 5th in points and talked about turning his fastest lap.
Mike Butler told me how his season has been going at New Egypt and his two races on Saturday.
Andrew Ferguson talked about the great back and forth battle was a part of in his win at Skyline.
 
It was a super nice day on Monday and I got off to an early start getting the kids up and on the bus. Before they got off at the end of the day I had my column written and turned in for you to see in today’s Syracuse Post Standard or online at www.syracuse.com/motorsports. I hope you like it.
 
I also got in the studio although mostly played phone tag. I did get a preview of today’s Dirty Jersey 60 recorded with Joe Skotnicki as a reminder so make your plans to go. The weather will be great tonight from what I am hearing although it is always best to check your local forecast. But it does sound good for tonight.
 
On the page we also have a nice balance of dirt and asphalt today as we have three from Utica Rome and three from Oswego. Again, I had so much fun this past weekend but did run out of gas a little on Sunday. I don’t have to get up early today so I hope to be well rested and back to 100% by the time I wake up.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you to listen to on the Audio Page today. I start with a reminder about tonight. Joe Skotnicki previews today’s Dirty Jersey 60 at New Egypt and looks ahead to a busy schedule. He talked about who we may see at tonight’s Super DIRTcar Series race, reminds fans that Sprint Cars are also on the card and looks ahead to Utica Rome, Cornwall and Rolling Wheels all before July 4th
 
Ray Graham was fastest in the final practice at Oswego and told me where his new car is now. He talked about the need to slow it down to improve drivability, the need to run consistent lap times and what they did to the car doing the week. 
 
Alan Barker had a pretty clean looking Modified with him Sunday at Utica Rome and talked about when he’ll race it. He told me when they got the car ready, how well things have been going in the Sportsman division at I-88 Speedway and how a rainout helped him get the car ready for Sunday. 
 
Alex Hoag explained how he got back into racing this year and why they chose to run at Oswego. He recalled working in his wife’s racing career the past few seasons, compared the small block super to the asphalt Modified he drove before in both handling and cost. Good one here! 
 
Kreig Heroth came into Saturday night 5th in points and talked about turning his fastest lap. He spoke about learning the new tire for this year, how everyone else is doing in the learning process and his hopes to make the move to a Supermodified. 
 
Mike Butler told me how his season has been going at New Egypt and his two races on Saturday. He talked about being black flagged after losing his rear bumper, how he did at the RoC race at Utica Rome last year and what it would take to make the day successful. 
 
Andrew Ferguson talked about the great back and forth battle was a part of in his win at Skyline. He told me how good it felt to pick up his first win of the season, how he picked up the lead initially and how he finally got it back for the final time. 

 
Monday, June 16th 2014
   New on the Audio Page from the Utica Rome Speedway:
 
Pre race conversations:
 
Tom Denton has all wins and one second place this season and talked about his fast Pro Stock.
Mike Walton discovered a problem during the week and wondered how his car could change.
Eddie Ostrander summed up how his season has been going and a problem on corner entry.
Butch Green explained why he pulled out of line and headed back to his pits before hot laps.
Shannon Whaley picked up his first win the night before and talked about moving to Sportsman.
Mike Mahaney spoke about his 4th place at Thunder Mountain and his flip in a SpeedSTR.
 
After the heat races:
 
Heath Carney won the first RoC Sportsman heat and thought back on his win the week before.
Claude Hutchings Jr. explained why he was in such a hurry to get to the top in his heat win.
Larry Wight ran the inside lane on his way to a heat win and had some dinner before the feature.
Willy Decker got the win in the final Modified heat and told me how much he likes his Modified.
Mark Effner walked me through his pass for the lead and explained why he is using an older car.
Eddie Ostrander looked good in his heat win and wondered if his handling issue may be fixed.
 
After the feature races:
 
Claude Hutchings Jr. won his first feature of the season and told Mike Mallett about the victory.
Jeremy Vunk kept his point lead with a second place finish and compared himself to the winner.
Steve Way raced his way to a third place finish and told Mike how his car faded at the end.
Stewart Friesen passed for the top spot with two to go and talked about his tenth win so far.
Mike Mahaney spoke about his fourth place finish and why he had to start the race in last place.
 
I hope you all had a nice Father’s Day whether you were wishing it to your dad or receiving well wishes from family. We had a nice day on a very sunny Sunday afternoon as Allie and I rolled out to the Utica Rome Speedway.
 
The Race of Champions Sportsman Tour was onhand and 21 cars were set to go for it on the big, slick half mile track. Claude Hutchings Jr. got a yellow right at the right time on his way to his first win of the season.
 
You see, on a lap 13 restart he lost the lead to Jeremy Vunk. Hutchings chose the outside, a lane that had been good to him all day long, and Vunk was simply able to drive away. But fortunately for Hutchings, the yellow flag waved before the lap was completed giving him his first place spot back.
 
On the second restart, Hutchings chose the bottom groove and was able to hold off Vunk for the lead and the eventual win. Thirteen cautions slowed the pace of this race as it took forever to complete. Utica Rome regulars swept the top five positions.
 
In the Modified race, Stewart Friesen ran down Pat Ward and got to the inside of him in turn one to complete the pass and get his tenth win of the season. Ward would hold on for second followed by Matt Sheppard, Mike Mahaney and Ryan Phelps.
 
I did save 12 chats from before things go started and I’ll throw those up this week with the 13 interviews I saved from Oswego on Saturday to give you at least six a day every day this week.
 
I am however very tired so I am going to cut this short. I’ll be in the studio today as I have a few things on the docket to get done. If you have any requests, send them to me at doug@dougsdirtdiary.com or message me on facebook.
 
Have a great start to your work week. And thanks for checking is out. 

 
Sunday, June 15th 2014
   New on the Audio Page from the Oswego Speedway:
 
Pre race conversations:
 
Randy Ritskes spoke about his recent win in a Supermodified and how his day was going.
Jack Patrick came into the night 3rd in Small Block Super points and spoke about consistency.
Andrew Schartner was the point leader in the small blocks and talked about his good start.
Dave Gruel is working with a new Supermodified this season and summed up how it is going.
Tim Snyder missed the first week at Oswego and told me how his new car has been racing.
Otto Sitterly leads the Supermodified points and talked about coming from back in the field.
 
After the heat races:
 
Jack Patrick made his pass for the lead on lap six and told me why the number 9 may be lucky.
Mark Castiglia won his heat race and explained how he got the lead when the leader had trouble.
Barry Kingsley got settled for the feature race and spoke about his win in the final qualifier.
Dave Gruel described the move he made up high in turn four to go from third to first in one corner.
Shaun Gosselin got the win in the second heat and talked about an accident he had in practice.
Tim Snyder earned his first Oswego win in his heat and wondered how good his racecar was.
 
After the features:
 
Jason Simmons held on to win the small block feature and spoke about it with Dan Kapuscinski.
Andrew Schartner came from 11th to 2nd in the 30 lapper and talked about his philosophy.
Barry Kingsley finished in third place and told Dan Kapuscinski about the nice night for his team.
Michael Barnes pulled away late for his first win of the season and told the crowd how he did it.
Otto Sitterly was the runner up in the 50 lapper and told Dan how he picked up nine spots.
Dave Gruel brought a damaged racecar home in third and talked about how his car was affected.
 
I had a great night at the Oswego Speedway on Saturday and every time I go there I leave saying the same thing, “I need to come here more!” I always have a great time there and the people could not be nicer or better at helping me understand the nuances of asphalt racing. It is so much fun and thanks so much everybody. I’m truly humbled!
 
As for the racing, it was real good too. Jason Simmons won his first of the season and second of his career in the Small Block Supermodified feature. Former dirt racer Andrew Schartner (who also leads the points) worked his way from 11th to 2nd but could not find a way around Simmons.
 
He tried too! On several occasions he went to the outside in three and four but just could not get ahead. There was a bad crash on lap number 20 that saw only four cars drive away. There were a few at the back that missed the contact but it damaged a lot of cars and a few racecar drivers.
 
Both Mike Bond and Mark Castiglia were transported to the hospital in an ambulance after they came together. Castiglia was slowing when Bond got airborne and drove into the cage of his car. There was nothing either could have done. It was a scary deal to say the least and we are hoping they are both feeling well today.
 
In the Supermodified feature, it was all Michael Barnes. He passed early leader Brandon Bellinger on lap 9 and held off Otto Sittterly for a few laps before pulling away in the end. Barnes started in ninth too and came to the front very quickly while Sitterly’s march to the front was more methodical.
 
Dave Gruel was involved in a lap two crash the red flagged the field leading to a refuel of the cars left on the frontstretch just in case. He worked his way up to third with both wings damaged. Only three yellows slowed the pace of this one with the final 34 laps being run under green which led to just 6 cars on the lead lap when the checkered flag waved.
 
I did 19 pre race interviews and got all 6 of the heat winners. I let Dan Kapuscinski handle the load and aired his chats from victory lane with the top three finishers in each division. I got to tell ya, they are so fortunate to have a guy like Dan working for them.
 
His on track reporting is about as good as it gets and he knows more about the sport than alot of guys who race now. Plus he can write, sell sponsors, run a race and wield a car around pretty well too. What more could you want? Way to go Dan! You are the man!!! And I’m sure a lot of tracks would like to get you at their place.
 
Like I said, I could not have had a better time. Well, I take that back. It could have been a warmer day. I had my winter jacket on as it is always cold next to the lake. But the fact that they did autograph nite really helped me. I did 15 interviews in the 45 minutes or so they were on the track greeting the fans.
 
Usually I don’t get as many done at Oswego as I do at other tracks because there are usually cars on the track and it becomes tough to interview drivers with the loud engines. (Maybe that has kept me away a little in the past as I always leave there feeling like I didn’t get enough done.) So with the autograph session, I was able to get a lot done. Maybe more than I ever have there. Sounds like I’ll be at their next autograph nite for sure and maybe before then.
 
Today Allie will join me as we head to Utica Rome Speedway for Father’s Day. I have not been there in a few weeks so it will be fun to go and catch up on what I missed. I’ll be at Glen Ridge next Sunday and then we’ll start expanding out a little more from there.
 
Remember today is Father’s Day so do something nice for your dad like taking him to a speedway or whatever his favorite activity may be. And for those of you who lost your dad, I hope you have nice thoughts today as you remember. I’ll give my kids and my dad big hugs today so be sure to do the same.
 
Have a great Sunday and be sure to come back for more tomorrow. 

 
Saturday, June 14th 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Vic Coffey tells me about his recent Late Model races in Pennsylvania and taking a weekend off.
Ray Jashembowski described how he has been doing at Orange County and the need for balance.
Charlie Donk remembered some of his Modified past at Fulton as he got ready last Saturday.
Katelyn Kane just did a brake fix and talked about how her days in the Novice class helped.
Sean Beardsley just got a Late Model back together two weeks ago and told me how it happened.
Kyle Demetro talked about picking up his first career Sportsman win at Glen Ridge on Sunday.
Joe Kline is a graduate of the Novice Sportsman division and talked about what he learned there.
Jeremy Warren recalled his two race winning streak and told me what has gone wrong since then.
 
Hopefully your Friday night track dodged the rain and got one in last night. I know the weather looked bad and that was one of the reasons I decided to load up during the week so I could take Friday off.
 
I have a lot of great stuff on the page today and some of these are nice, long chats so if you’re going to listen to them all then you’d better sit down and get comfortable. I’m not going to write a lot today but I will tell you my plans are to go to Oswego Speedway for my first time this year as they have Autograph Night on tap.
 
Tomorrow I’ll be back at Utica Rome and next Sunday I hope to hit Glen Ridge for the first time this season. Plus I will be in studio on Monday and Tuesday with a similar goal for the week.
 
Now let’s chat more about the new stuff on the Audio Page for you to listen to today. Vic Coffey tells me about his recent Late Model races in Pennsylvania and taking a weekend off. He explains why he likes events like the ones he ran in last week, what his goals were for Tuesday at Penn Can and why it is so important to him to make sure to strike a balance between racing & family. 
 
Ray Jashembowski described how he has been doing at Orange County and the need for balance. He talked about the fine tuning he has been doing, why he chose to hit Penn Can on Tuesday and how he learned something about it while crewing at the track before. 
 
Charlie Donk remembered some of his Modified past at Fulton as he got ready last Saturday. He talked about how good he was in his Modified days, how he did the night before at Ransomville and how a crash early ended his night. 
 
Katelyn Kane just did a brake fix and talked about how her days in the Novice class helped. She also talked about what to do when you put new brake pads in the car, what she learned in her early days and why she thinks the Sportsman class is thriving at Fulton. 
 
Sean Beardsley just got a Late Model back together two weeks ago and told me how it happened. He told me how he did up north at Humberstone, what went wrong in the consi and an issue he had with his msd box. 
 
Kyle Demetro talked about picking up his first career Sportsman win at Glen Ridge on Sunday. He told me when he knew that he had someone on his tail, how almost made a mistake on the final lap and how it felt to get the victory. 
 
Joe Kline is a graduate of the Novice Sportsman division and talked about what he learned there. He described a brake bias issue they just fixed, how much different things look from the seat compared to the grandstand and the need to be consistent lap after lap. 
 
Jeremy Warren recalled his two race winning streak in a Four Cylinder at Five Mile Point and told me what has gone wrong since then. He told me what broke the next week out, what division he hopes to race in next and how much he enjoys shooting races with a video camera. 

 
Friday, June 13th 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Andy Bachetti summed up how his 2014 season has been going at Accord and Lebanon Valley.
Danny Creeden spoke about being a new dad and recapped his up & down weekend last time.
Sam Crogan runs down how he has been doing at Ransomville and remembers his first night.
Sam Reakes IV talks about how much his dad has helped get the car ready while he was working.
Brian White had his Sportsman at Penn Can and talked about winning 3 of 4 at Five Mile Point.
Claude Hutchings Jr. described what he had with him at Penn Can and how he has done before.
Alec Gennarelli was making his 8th start ever on Tuesday and summed up how he is doing.
Mike Mullen tells me why he has not driven so far this season and his hopes to change that today.
 
From victory lane at Yates County Speedway:
 
Allison Teed speaks with Tyler Harpell after her feature win last Friday in the Bandit division.
Casey Pavlick talks to the crowd after his feature win in the crate Sportsman feature event.
Daryl Ruggles told Tyler Harpell after his second win of the season in the 305 Sprint Car race.
Jake Karnoski also won his second in a row in the Street Stocks and talked about his car’s handling.
Jared Spaulding got the chance to celebrate in victory lane after his IMCA Modified win.
Jason Knowles took home the victory in the Late Model feature and told Tyler Harpell about it.
Scott Bradley ran away from the field for a Four Cylinder win and thanked all his helpers.
 
Boy do we have a lot for you today or what? Yep, we’ve got a lot from my recent travels as well as some victory lanes from Yates County Speedway that our friend Steve Ovens sent us. Of course you can check out what he does at http://turn5.podbean.com/ and
http://www.creeksideentertainmentdj.com/turn_5_racing_podcast.
 
I am off today but we have eight new clips showing up tomorrow as we hopefully will get out of this wet weather long before then. But if you got rained out today, spend some time on the Audio Page as we have a lot there from the past few days.
 
Now let’s talk more about what is on the Audio Page for today and yes it is a lot more than a normal Friday. Andy Bachetti summed up how his 2014 season has been going at Accord and Lebanon Valley. He told me about his win early on, how good the racing has been on Saturday night and his hopes for the new car he had at Penn Can. 
 
Danny Creeden spoke about being a new dad and recapped his up & down weekend last time. He talked about the nice run he had on Friday, the wreck he was in on Saturday and how much traveling he will do this season. 
 
Sam Crogan runs down how he has been doing at Ransomville and remembers his first night behind the wheel. He told me how an injury to his uncle helped get him started, how important tire prep is these days and why he cut his season short a few years ago after a night one crash. 
 
Sam Reakes IV talks about how much his dad has helped get the car ready while he was working. He talked about why he was looking forward to getting back to Fulton last Saturday, how happy he was to see the track slick and the need for that perfect set up. 
 
Brian White had his Sportsman at Penn Can and talked about winning 3 of 4 at Five Mile Point. He told me how good his car was right out of the box, how well the three car team is doing as a whole and why he was the only one in the pit area on this night.
 
Claude Hutchings Jr. described what he had with him at Penn Can and how he has done before. He talked about where he tends to get in trouble, what happened in the race last year and how competitive crates are against the open motors at this 1/3 mile track. 
 
Alec Gennarelli was making his 8th start ever on Tuesday at Penn Can and summed up how he is doing. He told me some of what he leas learned so far, what the toughest thing was on the first nights and explains why the people around him wanted to get a cage around him.
 
Mike Mullen tells me why he has not driven so far this season and his hopes to change that today. He talked about how his injury is doing now, who helped get the car on the track and how badly he feels to relieve him of his duties.
 
Allison Teed speaks with Tyler Harpell after her feature win last Friday in the Bandit division at Yates County Speedway. 
 
Casey Pavlick talks to the crowd and Tyler Harpell after his feature win in the crate Sportsman feature event at Yates County Speedway. 
 
Darryl Ruggles told Tyler Harpell after his second win of the season in the 305 Sprint Car race at Yates County and how much he hopes more cars come. 
 
Jake Karnoski also won his second in a row in the Street Stock class at Yates County and talked about his car’s handling with Tyler Harpell
 
Jared Spaulding got the chance to celebrate in victory lane after his IMCA Modified win at Yates County and got the chance to speak with Tyler Harpell
 
Jason Knowles took home the victory in the Late Model feature and told Tyler Harpell about it as well as what went wrong the week before at Yates County. 
 
Scott Bradley ran away from the field for a Four Cylinder win and thanked all his helpers as ht spoke with Tyler Harpell in victory lane at Yates County.

 
Thursday, June 12th 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Pat O’Brien told me why he has changed his plans up this year to run weekly at Brewerton.
Erick Rudolph recapped his win last week at Ransomville and his second place asphalt finish.
Danny Tyler explains why he had to cut back on his racing efforts to run one night a week.
Dale Welty made the trip to Penn Can and talked about racing both Modifieds and crate Sportsman.
Matt Fink described some issues he has been having with his Modified and how his car handles.
Butch Green has had a tough season to this point and told me how he is doing at Thunder Mountain.
Rich Keller is learning a new chassis this year and talked about how his IMCA Mod was handling.
Todd Titus just moved up to the Sportsman division and tells me how he has been doing so far.
 
I got a lot done on Wednesday as I wrote up a story on the Penn Can show for the Syracuse Post Standard and got some studio work dine as well. We recorded three new clips to go with the ones we recorded at out last three shows plus we’ll have some victory lanes from Yates County up tomorrow and Saturday.
 
I need to take a couple of days off to take care of a few things so it was nice to be a little ahead. And with the weather forecasts for the next two days, it is probably best although I was hoping to do outdoor activities with my kids the next two nights. Hey, we’ll make it work.
 
Be sure to come back tomorrow and Saturday as we’ll have ten or more on each day. We have a lot from Brewerton, Fulton and the mid week show at Penn Can. So keep coming back and don’t miss a day.
 
Now let’s chat about what we have for you to listen to today on the Audio Page. I start with driver who has a new home track this season. Pat O’Brien told me why he has changed his plans up this year to run weekly at Brewerton. He talked about having a big block under his foot for the first time in several years, how he is adjusting to that and described some of what he is working on as he strives for a better heat set up. 
 
Erick Rudolph recapped his win last week at Ransomville and his second place asphalt finish. He told me how well he has been running on Fridays, how close he came to winning on Saturday and wonders how things will go in his first ever start at Penn Can. 
 
Danny Tyler explains why he had to cut back on his racing efforts to run one night a week. He talked about the good start he had at Orange County, when he overheated his engine and how he decided on which track to stay at for the rest of the season. 
 
Dale Welty made the trip to Penn Can and talked about racing both Modifieds and crate Sportsman. He told me why he got off to a late start, how he did at a recent mid week at Thunder Mountain and talks about some of his racing past. 
 
Matt Fink described some issues he has been having with his Modified and how his car handles. He explained the evil things it has been doing on corner entry, what they did during the week and an issue they found in the brake system. 
 
Butch Green has had a tough season to this point and told me how he is doing at Thunder Mountain. He remembers letting one get away at Five Mile Point to start the season, talks about the need for a little racing luck and runs down his road trips so far this year. 
 
Rich Keller is learning a new chassis this year and talked about how his IMCA Mod was handling. He talked about his three finishes so far, some things he should have paid more attention to and how optimistic he is about how good the car can do. 
 
Todd Titus just moved up to the Sportsman division and tells me how he has been doing so far. He talked about how he cut his teeth in a 4 cylinder class, what he learned in the division and how important it is to be respectful while having the proper attitude. 

 
     
 
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