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Tuesday, August 16th 2016
   

New on the Audio Page for today:


In my latest edition of Doug’s Thoughts I look at the local points and talk about our studio upgrades.


I had a busy day on Monday as I wrote up a new column for the Syracuse Post Standard and did some voice tracks for the next Atomic Power Racing Hour. Today we will be doing the rest of the show and what a show it is coming from Ohsweken Speedway in Canada. It’s a four division show with a big name winning the big race in the end. Look for it soon on Time Warner Cable Sports.


As for my learning curve here I still cringe a certain times telling myself to keep calm as files appear and disappear for no apparent reason. It does get to me at times but I know in the long run that I will be fine I just need to be patient.


Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page with an overall view on where we are with just a few weeks to go in the regular season. In my latest edition of Doug’s Thoughts I look at the local points, talk about our studio upgrades while I learn new software and remind you all about one of our racing tomorrow night in the Camping World Truck Series race at Bristol.  


 
Monday, August 15th 2016
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

 Matt Janczuk talks about the close points battle he is in and the need to get racing some more.
Tony Veneziano reports on the Knoxville Nationals and the finish that people will talk about for years.

After some last minute issues we are back in the new digs here but still have a lot to do as there are a few little things I need to get taken care of. We are not totally comfortable by any means and if something looks wrong today be sure to let me know with an email to doug@dougsdirtdiary.com.

I only did two new chats as I had some other things I had to get done just to get everything uploaded and into the computer in the first place. We’ll get better everyday I’m sure and we’ll be back up to full speed here any day.

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page as we get back to weekly activities with only a little bit of summer left.   Matt Janczuk talks about the close points battle he is in and the need to get racing some more with only 12 shows under his belt all year long. 7:45  

Tony Veneziano reports on every night of the Knoxville Nationals, the finish that people will be talking about for years and looks ahead to a change in the schedule for the coming weekend.

 
Sunday, August 14th 2016
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Jessica Power updates me on how she has been doing at Fulton and back home at Cornwall.
Jonathon Carpenter tells me all about his Fight Night Street Stock and how he landed a good ride.

I am still learning the new system and need another day of time to do so. I saved a few interviews and out them up today so you could have some new stuff to listen to. If all goes well I should either be at a race today or in the new studio. One way or another I will do my best to get you new stuff for tomorrow
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have on the Audio Page for today starting with a driver who made a big change this season. Jessica Power updates me on how she has been doing at Fulton and back home at Cornwall as well as her hopes for that first victory of the season.  

Jonathon Carpenter
tells me all about his Fight Night Street Stock, gets into a lot of specifics and explained how he landed a long standing ride.

 
Saturday, August 13th 2016
   

New on the Audio Page for today:  

Jimmy Horton thinks back to his past at Weedsport twenty years ago and talked about his season.
Tommy Kinsella runs down how he has done in his limited time and what his plans are for later.
Chris Fleming described how he ran down the leader and made a last corner pass for a Fulton win.
Taylor Caprara talks about the Caprara family’s involvement at Can Am and his season so far.

Another Saturday is here and let’s hope it is a dry one as we can use all the help we can get according to the people who work on it for a living. Let’s all hope they are wrong and we can get in some racing today. Keep your fingers crossed.

Also keep your fingers crossed for me as today is the first day that I will be working officially with my new computer and studio. I hate learning new things but am excited to be spending less time waiting for script errors and other slow downs that my old system was famous for. Wish me well.

Now let’s chat more about the new stuff we have for you today on the Audio Page starting with a true veteran of racing who has been there and done that. Jimmy Horton thinks back to his past at Weedsport twenty years ago s he prepared to race there again on Tuesday and talked about his 2016 season.  

Tommy Kinsella runs down how he has done in his limited time behind the wheel of a big block Modified this season and what his plans are for later.

Chris Fleming described how he ran down the leader and made a last corner pass for a Fulton Late Model win as well as the reaction the other driver had afterwards.

Taylor Caprara talks about the Caprara family’s involvement at Can Am, his season so far in a Sportsman and a change at the dealerships that most won’t even notice.  

 
Friday, August 12th 2016
   

New on the Audio Page for today:   

Stewart Friesen thinks back on his NASCAR truck race at Eldora and looks ahead to Bristol.
Billy Pauch Jr. talked about his dad’s induction into the DIRT Hall of Fame and a new Modified.
Billy Whittaker remembered his finishes from this past weekend and his one race in Weedsport.
Luke Horning offers his take on the state of Pro Stock racing as he got ready to race on Friday.
Randy Williamson gives some advice to teams on slick track set ups as we hit the dog days.
Jerrod Dennis talks about the Fight Night Street Stocks and his time as a soldier fighting overseas.

Here is to hoping the weather people are wrong and we can get in some racing today. I am hopefully fully engrossed in my new computer and if you see me on Facebook then everything is going well.

I am off of racing today but will probably try to hit a show on Saturday and possibly Sunday. But we’ll see how things go as there is a lot of weather around. So keep your fingers crossed. One way or another we still have a lot of good stuff up for you today.

Let’s talk in more detail about the cool stuff on the Audio Page starting out with big news for one of our Modified racers. Stewart Friesen thinks back on his NASCAR truck race at Eldora, tells me what went wrong when he was running in fifth and looks ahead to joining the series again at Bristol next weekend.

Billy Pauch Jr. talked about his dad’s induction into the DIRT Hall of Fame on Monday, how his 2016 season has been going and a new Modified they’re working on for Big Diamond.  

Billy Whittaker remembered his finishes from this past weekend, his one race in Weedsport twenty years ago while looking ahead to his night at Fulton where $20 bucks gets a car load in.

Luke Horning offers his take on the state of Pro Stock racing as he got ready to race on Friday night at Glen Ridge Motorsports Park.  

Jerrod Dennis talks about the Fight Night Street Stocks as he got ready to race at Skyline and his time as a soldier fighting for our country overseas. Real good one here!  

Randy Williamson gives some advice to teams on slick track set ups as we hit the dog days of August while reminding us that the new 2017 Bicknell will be out soon.

 
Thursday, August 11th 2016
   

New on the Audio Page for today:   

Brett Hearn pulled into the infield on Tuesday and told me what went wrong with his Modified.
Pete Bicknell tells me about his Friday night win at Ransomville and Saturday at Merrittville.
Alton Palmer talks about putting Bobby Varin in his Modified for Weedsport and his last race.
Mike Button recalls his recent Sportsman win and tells me what he does after the races are over.
Jason Occhino lost a heartbreaker in his Late Model and talked about that final set of corners.
Chris Curtis is a 16 year old Sportsman racer and tells me how he is doing on Friday nights.
Jason Casey talks about being part of a father/son team and how they’re 2016 season is going.

If you’re reading this than things went well for me with the old and slow computer I was trying to nurse through one last day of action. I have two more days of stuff from my last four shows and those should be up for you tomorrow and Saturday.

I am ripping apart my old studio and building a new one with a friend today. Then Andy will bring the new computer over later tonight and the learning will begin. Let’s hope it all goes well as it is tough to teach an old dog new tricks.

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page that is packed with great stuff today. Brett Hearn pulled into the infield in Tuesday’s Hall of Fame 100 in Weedsport and told me what went wrong with his Modified.

Pete Bicknell tells me about his Friday night win at Ransomville and Saturday at Merrittville as he checked out the action in Weedsport on Thursday.  

Alton Palmer talks about putting Bobby Varin in his Modified for Weedsport, where else they plan to race and his plans as a driver for the rest of 2016.  

Mike Button recalls his recent Sportsman win at Fulton, why it was nice to get one in July and tells me what he does after the races are over.  

Jason Occhino lost a heartbreaker in his Late Model and talked about that final set of corners as well as when he knew he was in trouble.  

Chris Curtis is a 16 year old Sportsman racer and tells me how he is doing on Friday nights at Glen Ridge as well as how his friends react to him being a teenage racer.  

 Jason Casey talks about being part of a father/son Pro Stock team and how they’re 2016 season is going while remembering when he almost caught dad for a win.  

 
Wednesday, August 10th 2016
   

New on the Audio Page from Weedsport Speedway:

After the heat races:

Casey Williams talked about his win in the first Sportsman heat and some of his past in Weedsport.
Rocky Warner won the second Sportsman heat and talked about he bad draw he had for later on.
Adam Hilton spoke about his win in Sportsman heat #3 and how he could get more rear percentage.
David Marcuccilli got the win in the final heat and talked about having to start in twelfth place.
Stewart Friesen made a low move to turn 1 to win his heat and explained where he saw a hole.
Brett Hearn told me about his win in the second Modified heat and wondered about win number 900.
Erick Rudolph started second, took the lead right away and explained what happened to the leader.
Matt Sheppard led every lap to win the final heat and talked about the keys to doing well later.

After the feature races:

Adam Hilton described what he saw happening to the leader in his pass for the lead and the win.
Gary Tomkins led only one lap to win the Hall of Fame 100 and spoke about his big victory.
Erick Rudolph spoke to Dan Kapuscinski after leading 99 of 100 laps and finishing in second.
Stewart Friesen ran as high as 2nd before falling to third and described a handling issue he had.
Matt Sheppard told me about his fourth place finish and how happy he was to still lead the points.
Danny Johnson picked up ten spots to finish fifth and told me how he could have been better.
Rob Bellinger raced his way from 9th to 6th and talked about why he didn’t over-tighten the car.
Pat Ward
came from 21st to 8th and told me how he got some breaks starting down low on restarts.
Chris Hile enjoyed a ninth place finish and talked about being fast as soon as they unloaded.

It was a fun night last night in Weedsport as the Super DIRTcar Series came to town for the Hall of Fame 100. A nice field of 41 cars was on hand for the Modified race while 38 Sportsman were also in the pits as well as some Vintage Modifieds.

The race had all the drama you could have wanted with Erick Rudolph leading every lap until the final one as Gary Tomkins was able to get to the outside on the final lap and take the win in one of the more exciting Weedsport races in quite some time.

It was a packed house as well as a lot of people chose to come out and have some fun on a hot night. As always, the facility provides quite an experience. The food is real good for track food and the prices are affordable enough so you don’t have to be sure to hit the drive through or pack a few sandwiches. I got the Port Burger and it was restaurant quality!

Beforehand I met Rich Vleck and we did some TV work for our next Atomic Power Racing Hour. And it is going to be a good one. I’ll keep you posted on that.

I did a lot of work afterwards and was one of the last people out of the pit area which means you get a lot of past race coverage as we have interviews with eight out of the top nine Modified finishers. We were also able to get some good pre race chats too and those as well as many others will begin showing up tomorrow if everything goes well today.

My computer only needs to make it through today and we will start installing the new one and build the new studio. It is quite an undertaking but I am optimistic although a little cautious about learning new software and a new operating system. Wish me well as I have two long days ahead of me and Friday to learn. OH NO!

Be sure to come back tomorrow for more as I have alot of good ones in the can and keep your fingers crossed that all goes well here and my 11 year old computer can hold on for one more day. Please!!!

 
     
 
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