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Saturday, May 14th 2016
   

New on the Audio Page from Brewerton Speedway:

After the heat races:

Nick Krause led every lap to win his Sportsman heat and talked about being a little under geared.
Billy Clark made some substantial suspension changes that led to a win in his Sportsman heat.
Stephen Denton took over first when the leader blew an engine and spoke about his heat victory.
Todd Root pondered a shock change on the right rear and told me about his win in the final heat.
Rob Bellinger told me about his battle with the X car as he stayed ahead to win his Modified heat.
Tim Kerr pulled away to win his Modified heat and told me what he saw in the Sportsman consi.
Chuck Bower won an excellent side by side race and talked about the fun he had in his victory.

After the feature races:

Nick Krause won his first race of the season and talked about how similar it was to last week.
Todd Root had to settle for second after leading a lot of laps and talked about sealing up a tire.
Jeff Sykes ran a nearly flawless race to earn the Mod Lite win and told Adam Buchanan about it.
Dave Brown flipped his Mod Lite, drove away and told me what it was that sidelined him late.
Ray Bechler dominated the Four Cylinder feature and talked about the win with Bill Foley.
Jimmy Phelps led all but two laps in his win and told Adam Buchanan about his versatile car.
Chris Hile went from eighth to second and talked about having a very maneuverable racecar.
Rob Bellinger finished in fourth place and told me how good his car was as he hugged the inside.
Max McLaughlin reacted to his first top five finish and talked about how tough the competition is.

What a great night it was at the Brewerton Speedway opener. Even though it rained a good part of the day and again at about 4:30, it turned to be an awesome night with a smooth racing surface.

Jimmy Phelps won the Modified feature race to make it two in a row, he won last week at Fulton, and the final laps were wild with several position changes as well as cars falling out of the race with mechanical issues. You would have thought it was Friday the 13th of something. Oh wait, it was!

Nick Krause bounced back after his tough night at Fulton although for a while it looked like he would get passed in traffic by the same driver, Todd Root. But Krause was able to get back by Root and claim the victory. Yeah, he felt pretty good about it. Come back later in the week as he mans up to talk about what happened last week at Fulton an explains what turned his runner up finish into a last place run.

It was good to see Jeff Sykes win the Mod Lite race especially after heavy contact with a car in the closing laps. Jeff is known as a small block Modified racer from the North Country but did you know he was also Doug Fuller’s crew chief on the Outlaw Circuit? If you want to get him going, ask how his first hot laps in Doug’s car went. Love you Jeff and it is quite a story.

First time winner Ray Bechler took home the victory in the Four Cylinder Super Stock race. His son won last week at Fulton so it is a good time to be a member of the racing Bechler family.

There was some sad news however as a person was hit on Route 11 right in front of the speedway. At the time I write this I have no idea of the person’s condition but they were doing a reconstruction when I left so let’s put them in our prayers and hope for the best.

Don’t know what if anything I will be doing today as I am so far behind on things here at the house. And with the weather turning colder and wetter today I am just hoping for some racing at your favorite Saturday home. Come back tomorrow and we’ll have more for you and we hope you all have a great weekend.

 
Friday, May 13th 2016
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Jimmy Phelps tells me about his Fulton Speedway Modified win and Sunday’s practice in Weedsport.
Dave Rogers prepared for some hot laps and talked about being excited to get back on the track.
Aaron Pugh won the final Sportsman heat Saturday at Can Am and talked about his race line.
Hunter Schwander told me about his two race win streak in the Novice Sportsman class at Can Am.
Michael Mandigo got his career started on Saturday and told me about his hopes for his first race.

I had a fun day as I got to do a ride along with a long time friend who works as a police officer. It was a lot of fun and I totally have a ton of respect for what law enforcement officials do. I wish you all could have gone along as it was a lot of fun and very eye opening as well. Thanks guys for making that happen.

Once I got home I was wiped out as I am not used to getting up so early in the morning and staying up all day. Yeah, I am firmly entrenched in a second shift mode and is hard to get out of it.

I did get a chat done in the studio and put that up with my four remaining chats from the Can Am opener. I am keeping my fingers crossed for this weekend and am hopeful for three straight days of racing. C’mon Mother Nature…Be a race fan this weekend please!

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page starting with a driver who won in his fourth start of the season. Jimmy Phelps tells me about his Fulton Speedway Modified win, his hopes for the Brewerton opener and this Sunday’s practice in Weedsport.   

Dave Rogers prepared for some hot laps and talked about being excited to get back on the track with a brand new car as well as an issue he had at Canandaigua.  

Aaron Pugh won the final Sportsman heat Saturday at Can Am and talked about his race line as well as what he was thinking as he stuck to the low line.  

Hunter Schwander told me about his two race win streak in the Novice Sportsman class at Can Am, some new parts they put on the car and why he is staying in Novice for now.  

Michael Mandigo got his career started on Saturday and told me about his hopes for his first race as well as why he decided not to start in the novice class.  

 
Thursday, May 12th 2016
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Josh VanBrocklin spoke to me after hot laps at Can Am and told me where he’ll race this year.
Kyle DeMetro took a year off from racing last season and told me about his plain white Modified.
Preston Forbes explained why he only got out once in 2015 and why moved to a Pro Stock.
Joe Marotta shares some stories about Dutch Hoag and previews the opener at Oswego Speedway.
Steve Ovens previews Thursday Night Thunder in Dundee and the season so far at Woodhull.

I had a bit of an off day as our phone and internet were down and went down right as I was working. I missed my deadline for the paper but they were nice enough to extend it for me. I may need to look at my service provider as this is the second time they’ve been down for multiple hours in less than a week. Any suggestions?

So I was not able to get the work done that I wanted to but should be good for some chats tonight. I have a ride a long today that I can’t wait for and after I get back I will hit a small bucket of balls at the driving range and then hit the studio.

Let’s all hope for some dry weather tomorrow and if it does rain, let’s hope the impact is minimal and we can still have some fun Friday night. I hope you all have a great day and I wish all of you racing tonight in Dundee all the best.

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page for today including some sad news. Josh VanBrocklin spoke to me after hot laps at Can Am, described the racing surface he saw and told me where he’ll race this year.

Kyle DeMetro took a year off from racing last season and told me about his plain white Modified as well as what he hopes happens in his rookie year in the class.  

Preston Forbes explained why he only got out once in 2015, why moved to a Pro Stock for 2016 and ran down some of the advantages to running a crate.  

Joe Marotta shares some stories about Dutch Hoag after his passing on Wednesday and previews the opener at Oswego Speedway. Rest in peace Dutch and enjoy racing in heaven.  

Steve Ovens previews Thursday Night Thunder tonight in Dundee at Outlaw Speedway, the season so far at Woodhull and what he has coming up on Turn Five Live.  

 
Wednesday, May 11th 2016
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Brian McDonald talked about his recent run in a big block and wonders where he may race it.
Craig Collier competed in his first Modified race of the year at Can Am and talked about a change.
Jack Meeks had a rainout and talked about shaking a new car down at a track he knows well.
Pat LaPage recaps his first night behind the wheel in a Novice Sportsman as a rookie at age 45.

We have a pair of Modified racers and a pair of Sportsman up on the site today as we reach the mid week point. I will be back in the studio today after a busy day on Tuesday. I did get caught up on a lot of stuff so that is a good thing.

Is that forecast for Friday looking any better than it was? Man we just cannot catch a break on Fridays so far can we? Let’s hope for the best and hope the rest of the weekend will be okay.

I am still thinking about on where I will be going on Saturday and I do plan on Utica Rome on Sunday. If something changes I will let you know but as of now that is the plan.

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page today starting with a driver who will be running two separate cars this season. Brian McDonald talked about his recent run in a big block and wonders where he may race it while telling me about his small block Modified plans.  

Craig Collier competed in his first Modified race of the year at Can Am and talked about a chassis change for 2016 as well as how this car was different than what he had before.

Jack Meeks had a rainout on Friday at Brewerton and talked about shaking a new car down at a track he knows well at the Can Am opener.  

Pat LaPage recaps his first night behind the wheel in a Novice Sportsman as a rookie at age 45 and explains why he is not hooked on driving a racecar.

 
Tuesday, May 10th 2016
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Steve Poirier told me about his Patriot Sprint Tour win at Canandaigua, his second in three starts.
Jordan McCreadie got ready for his first race of the year and talked about his early practice.
Anthony Rasmussen prepared for his 2nd year in a Novice and talked about his hopes for a win.
Skylar Greenfield talked about his success in a four cylinder before moving to a Novice Sportsman.
Tony Veneziano reports on the last three World of Outlaw Sprint Car races including Eldora.

It was a nice day on Monday and I got to get out and do a few things and do some work in the studio as well. Plus I have a new column in today’s Syracuse Post Standard and an extended version online at www.syracuse.com/motorsports. Be sure to check them both out!

We have a lot of good stuff today including some for Sprint Car and Can Am fans. And we will be back in the studio later today and hoping to get in some more work after an afternoon round of golf. It will be just the fourth time out for me today so we are not expecting too much.

Now let’s chat more about what we have on the Audio Page starting with a man who is off to a great start so far. Steve Poirier told me about his Patriot Sprint Tour win at Canandaigua, his second in three starts and talked about an issue he had late in the race as well as his plans.  

Jordan McCreadie got ready for his first race of the year, talked about his early practice and the experienced racers he would compete with later in the night.  

Anthony Rasmussen prepared for his 2nd year in a Novice Sportsman at Can Am and talked about his hopes for a win as well as where he needs to improve.  

Skylar Greenfield talked about his success in a four cylinder winning 15 of 16 before moving to a Novice Sportsman and told me about his comfort level so far.  

Tony Veneziano reports on the last three World of Outlaw Sprint Car races including an Australian sweep at Eldora while looking ahead to this coming weekend.  

 
Monday, May 9th 2016
    New on the Audio Page for today:

Danny O’Brien shares some of his memories of Can Am and how nice it was to see familiar faces.
Joey Ladouceur is a 358 Modified rookie and told me about sharing his car with Billy Dunn.
Aaron Pugh told me what he likes about Can Am and where he will be racing this season.
Mike Prentice explained how the unlevel floor in his shop has hurt his set ups for many years.

I hope you all had a nice Mother’s Day. We took Camille out to dinner and had some nice gifts as well as a half a case of wine so she was really happy. Plus we now have some new flowers on the porch as well so yes, we had a nice day and I really hope you all did too.

I did not get into the studio as I did not want to bother anyone on a special day like this but I will be back today and hoping to talk to some of you about your weekend. If you want in, send me a message on Facebook or at doug@dougsdirtdiary.com and we’ll get you on the site.

Now let’s chat more about what we have on the Audio Page from my Saturday night at Can Am. Danny O’Brien shares some of his memories of Can Am, how nice it was to see familiar faces and talked about his plans for the 2016 season.  

Joey Ladouceur is a 358 Modified rookie and told me about his practice laps in the car so far and sharing his car with Billy Dunn who races it on Friday.  

Aaron Pugh told me what he likes about Can Am, where he will be racing this season and why he likes it when the racetracks slicken up. Come back later in the week to hear his interview after winning his heat later that same night.  

Mike Prentice explained how the unlevel floor in his shop has hurt his set ups for many years, what the car feels like now and described the surface he saw at Can Am.  

 
Sunday, May 8th 2016
    New on the Audio Page from the Can Am Motorsports Park opener:

After the heat races:

Tiger Chapman pulled away for a convincing Pro/Street win and talked about his hopes for later.
Roch Aubin explained how he was able to win his Pro/Street heat when the race leader had trouble.
Bobby Herrington led every lap to win his 358 heat and told me about the high line he was in.
Billy Dunn picked up the lead on a restart on his way to a win and talked about a hot lap issue.
Dylan Evoy was the final leader in his heat race and told me what he was seeing on the inside.
Taylor Caprara drove away to win his heat and explained why right foot control is so important.
Paul Pekkonen won his Vintage heat race with a Vega bodied car and told me about his racecar.
Phil Ross described his heat winning Vintage car and told me about his background on asphalt.

After the feature races:

Sid Harmer Jr. made a last lap, last corner pass to win the race and told me how he got up front.
Billy Dunn dominated the 25 lap 358 Modified feature and told Keith Zehr about his victory.
John Stanley earned his 1st career Vintage Car victory and explained how a shock changed helped.
Dylan Evoy got off to a slow start with 5 yellows in 5 laps and talked about his feature win.
Hunter Schwander extended his Can Am win streak to 3 and told me why he ran the outside.

I had a real good night as we beat the rain and got in a fun night of racing at Can Am. Small block Modifieds were back and they put on a real good show. It was fun to see Modifieds back at Can Am and fun for me to see a lot of folks I don’t get to see enough of. It was a darned good time.

Billy Dunn dominated the 25 lap 358 feature race winning by almost half a track. The racing from 2nd to 5th was real good as several of the best North Country and Canadian drivers were going at it.

Dylan Evoy pulled away to win the Sportsman feature by a healthy margin as they started 29 cars in the feature race. Despite a rash of early yellows, the race went the final 14 laps without a caution flag. Way to finish guys!

The Pro/Street race was the best on this night however as Sid Harmer Jr. made a last corner pass to win the race. It was an instant classic and one the fans are surely talking to their friends about when they ask what the best race of the evening was.

The Vintage cars put on an excellent show as these 14 cars were not just doing parade laps, they were racing and racing hard. The big thing now is to take old style bodies and attach them to older (90’s-2000’s) Modified frames. With parts still available they are not afraid to race them and they put on a top notch show. Nice job guys!

I had fun seeing a lot of my old co-workers in the tower too as I called Can Am my weekly home for several seasons. I always enjoy Can Am and can’t wait to get back.

Today I will be home for Mother’s Day to celebrate with my wife and if I can get the nerve up, I’ll go to mom’s grave to wish her a Happy Mother’s Day. In between I have so much needed chores to take care of.

I hope all of you who are racing today get to have some fun and I hope Mother Nature cuts us all some slack today. So whether you are going to the races or spending time with mom, I hope you all have a great day.  

 
     
 
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