|Thursday, June 29th 2017
| New on the Audio Page from Can Am Motorsports Park:
After the heat races:
Kevin Root won the first Sportsman heat race and explained how he picked up the lead in turn 4.
Mike Stacey talked about his heat race win and told me about some new things on his Sportsman.
Shane Pecore led every lap to win his heat at Can Am and wondered what to do for the feature.
Jack Meeks looked good winning his heat race and talked about why he liked this night’s surface.
Paulie Colagiovanni worked on some tires after his heat win and told me why his car was a little tight.
Steve Poirier explained how he took the lead on turn four and how he was able to pull away late.
Danny Varin described the foot work he did in his heat win and why he bobbled once coming out of 4.
Brett Wright was happy after his heat win and talked about what happened to three of his four tires.
Shawn Donath looked at the track again after his dash win and talked about which tracks wear tires.
After the feature and A-Main:
Dave Marcuccilli won his 8th race of 2017 and talked his big Super DIRT Car Sportsman Series victory.
Taylor Caprara led a lot of laps but lost it on a late race restart and spoke about his 2nd place finish.
Rocky Warner came from 20th to 3rd and described how much the track changed over the race night.
Lucas Wolfe led every lap to win the ESS A-Main and talked about how much better the track was.
Mark Smith was gaining on the leader late finishing second and explained why he wanted a yellow.
Danny Varin went from first to third and explained why he was happy especially with who was ahead.
Mike Mahaney told me why he was so happy to finish in 4th and looked ahead to a very busy stretch.
Paul Kinney lost a spot on the last lap to finish sixth and told me how he did financially on the night.
I had a fun night at one of my old homes as a I traveled north to Can Am Motorsports Park as they kicked off Donath Motorworx Speedweek with the ESS and the Sportsman Super DIRTcar Series. It was fun and there was a big crowd on hand as well as a packed pit area that had to be expanded into the infield as well as the parking lot. Yeah…It was a big show indeed!
Lucas Wolfe started on the pole and led every lap on his way to the victory in the ESS A-Main although another Pennsylvania guy was catching him late. Mark Smith of Mach 1 Chassis fame was closing fast and seemed to be turning the fastest laps. A late race caution would have made it interesting as Smith joked that he wished he had some debris in the car he could have tossed on the track ala Jimmy Spencer. Just kidding he was guys!
It was a heartbreaker for Taylor Caprara as he did not survive a late race caution that erased his big lead and saw Dave Marcuccilli go by not once but twice on a green, white checkered finish that extended the race length by one lap. It was quite a show but many people today will be talking something else that happened in that race.
Todd Root got tapped from behind in turn four on lap three and spun up the track backwards in front of the field. Josh Reome was part of the four car crash that ensued and ended up on top of Root’s car upside down. It was a brutal crash that could have been a lot worse. Thankfully both drivers walked away and were able to crawl around their cars afterwards to access the damage. Whew! I have a couple of pics of low quality that I took after the incident. Click on the filmstrip.
Allie and I race today at the NYS Fairgrounds as the Summer Series rolls on. We start at 7 p.m. if the weather cooperates and we hope it does. She’s a little frustrated that she is not picking it up quicker but she is racing against young people who have been racing for years and is gaining a reputation of bringing the car back like she took it out. Patience Allie and keep doing what you’re doing and we’ll be fine.
Come on out tonight and meet our team as we bring three cars to the track. Jon and Michele Kuleszo are super people, own the cars and their daughter drives two of the cars and like Allie, is improving every week. It’s good racing and it’s fun to watch the kids learn how to race.
Don’t forget that Canandaigua races with the ESS tonight, Brewerton has them on Friday followed by Fulton and Utica Rome. Get your butts to the track and support your local track and the talented, hard working drivers who risk everything they have for the thrill that only speed can provide.
|Wednesday, June 28th 2017
| New on the Audio Page for today:
Pat Ward described his race free weekend and what he hoped would happen last night in Malta.
Kody Graham talked about his switch to dirt racing and explained how he is doing so far in 2017.
Kane Bristol told me how he is doing at Canandaigua and how he picked up his first win of the year.
Bobby Gardner explained how he saved his car in the heat and his reaction to his spin afterwards.
I had a nice slow day yesterday as I let my knees get back to normal after a busy 36 hour stretch over the weekend. I’m feeling better today and should be good to go tonight for Can Am as the ESS starts Speedweeks.
We race with Allie tomorrow so I won’t be able to see the Sprints but we’ll be doing two of the next three days for sure. Just not sure which ones just yet. Click on the Where’s Doug logo at the top of the page to see my plans.
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page as things really start to get busy now that school is out for the kids. Pat Ward described his race free weekend and what he hoped would happen last night in Malta. Sorry guys I made a mistake and aired this a day late.
Kody Graham talked about his switch to dirt racing after years on the asphalt, why he made the change and explained how he is doing so far in 2017 as he learns to race on clay.
Kane Bristol told me how he is doing at Canandaigua, how he picked up his first win of the year be beating the defending champion and how his new chassis has helped.
Bobby Gardner explained how he saved his car in the heat after spinning into the weeds off turn two at Canandaigua, why he wanted to make sure he got out of the weeds and his reaction to his spin afterwards.
|Tuesday, June 27th 2017
| New on the Audio Page for today:
Steve Paine talked about his 2017 season to date and shared some memories of Gary Montgomery.
Billy Dunn told me how things are going at Can Am and offered some thoughts on Gary Montgomery.
Derrick Podsiadlo spoke about his rough season before Saturday and talked about Gary Montgomery.
Steve Pesarek prepared for his second race night of 2017 and spoke about his friend Gary Montgomery.
Tony Veneziano reports on recent World of Outlaw Races and a big change at Stenhouse/Wood Racing.
It was a sad day on Monday as we found out about a loss in our racing community. Jeff Stevenson lost one of his son’s in a tragic accident over the weekend and our hearts and prayers go out to the entire family and everyone who knew his son Andrew.
These is the toughest thing for a parent to go through from what I understand and I am thinking about all of his family and only wish there was something we call could do to roll back the clock and prevent this from happening. I am so sad right now as he was a great kid and part of a loving family who did everything together. We are so sorry.
I have some memories up today from Saturday at Canandaigua as I got to chat with some people who knew Gary Montgomery very well. We miss Gary terribly too and think about him often. It was great to see his brother and some of his close friends at the track on Saturday and we hope everyone enjoyed sharing stories about Gary. If you didn’t know him hopefully the interviews we have up today will help you understand why he was so loved and respected.
Now let’s chat more about those interviews on the Audio Page as we feel sad today for multiple reasons. Steve Paine talked about his 2017 season to date and shared some memories of Gary Montgomery at Canandaigua Motorsports Park on a night honoring the former announcer, promoter and race fan.
Billy Dunn told me how things are going at Can Am and offered some thoughts on Gary Montgomery and what he remembers most about the legendary announcer.
Derrick Podsiadlo spoke about his rough season before Saturday and talked about getting to know Gary Montgomery as well as what they would talk about away from the racetrack.
Steve Pesarek prepared for his second race night of 2017 and spoke about his friend Gary Montgomery and some of what it was that made the man so special to all of us in the racing community.
Tony Veneziano reports on recent World of Outlaw Races, how tight the point standings have become lately and a big change at Stenhouse/Wood Racing. We wish Joey Saldana well in his quest for win #100.
|Monday, June 26th 2017
| New on the Audio Page from my quick trip to Weedsport Speedway:
Chuck Hebing talked about running his first ever 360 Sprint Car race with the front and top wings.
Mark Smith told me about his seven win season and how driving without wings is very different.
Lee Ladouceur spoke about his three wingless races and what it would be like for the first timers.
Kelly Hebing described her wingless hot lap session and how much fun it was without the wings.
Coleman Gulick reflected on his time running wingless Sprint Cars years ago at age 14 in Indiana.
Lucas Wolfe is a former wingless racer but told me how long it has been since he’s been wingless.
Tommy Collins recapped his second place at Thunder Mountain and his four win season to date.
Eric Giguere explained why he was making his first start so late and remembered some of his past.
I had a long, long 36 hour period there and my knees kind of got the best of me as the night wore on in Weedsport. I was having real trouble getting around the pit area as a combination of a big footprint the night before at Canandaigua, the lifting of cars and such at the NYS Fairgrounds and then the busy show in Weedsport was just too much for my four time surgically repaired knees so I had to call it a day early.
As I type this up I am icing my knees down and will continue to do so properly throughout the night. They are not broken just very sore. Sorry guys but I’ll be fine by my next race Wednesday night at Can Am.
I put pictures up from the NYS Fairgrounds with Alllie and a small bin from Weedsport. I did TV and then it rained and that was when my knees tightened up and I started limping. I hope you like the interviews I got for you and look for more in the coming days.
Now let’s chat more about what you can listen to today on the Audio Page starting with some racers who were not that familiar with racing with wings on their Sprint Cars and some who are more familiar. Chuck Hebing talked about running his first ever 360 Sprint Car race with the front and top wings as well as some adjustments he made to the car for the show in Weedsport.
Mark Smith told me about his seven win season and how driving without wings is very different as well as where he will be racing over this next busy stretch of holiday Sprint Car season.
Lee Ladouceur spoke about his three wingless races and described what it would be like for the first timers as well as how the family Modified team is doing on Friday nights.
Kelly Hebing described her wingless hot lap session and how much fun it was without the wings as well as how wild it was in the first session on the track.
Coleman Gulick reflected on his time running wingless Sprint Cars years ago at age 14 in Indiana and wondered how much that experience would help him at Weedsport.
Lucas Wolfe is a former wingless racer but told me how long it has been since he’s been wingless as well as how much he was looking ahead for this wingless race at Weedsport.
Tommy Collins recapped his second place at Thunder Mountain and his four win Sportsman season to date as well as why he was making an educated guess on his gear change.
Eric Giguere explained why he was making his first start so late and remembered some of his past at Weedsport while as well as why he circled this date on his calendar.
|Sunday, June 25th 2017
| New on the Audio Page from Canandaigua Motorsports Park:
After the heat races:
Bob Buono pulled away to win his Street Stock heat and told me why winning later would mean a lot.
Anthony Kimble won the first Sportsman heat race and talked about who he heard in the closing laps.
Dave Marcuccilli explained how he came from fourth to first in seven laps and why his suit was tight.
Ricky Newton led every lap to win his Sportsman heat and spoke about his hopes for a feature win.
Lance Dusett picked up his first ever Modified heat win and described why he was off early in 2017.
Steve Paine was the third different leader as he won his heat and talked about a recent engine issue.
After the feature races:
Bob Buono explained why he really wanted to win his feature as they honored Gary Montgomery.
Kevin Ridley made a late race pass to win the Sportsman race and talked about his first of 2017.
Justin Haers described the pass he made in the final set of turns to win the Modified feature race.
Gary Tomkins lost a heartbreaker and explained why he was only able to race at half throttle late.
Alan Johnson finished in fourth place and described a combination change they made for the race.
Derrick Podsiadlo led some laps before finishing fifth and explained why he was happy on this night.
We had a great time last night as we went out to Canandaigua Motorsports Park to honor a great friend in Gary Montgomery. A lot of people from Gary’s life including family, friends and co-workers were on hand to talk about Gary, how much we miss him and how much he gave to the sport of auto racing. We miss you Gary!
Gary would have loved the racing too as the Modified feature came down to a last corner pass as Justin Haers snuck by the inside of Gary Tomkins to take the win. Haers tried a few slide jobs in turns one & two earlier but made the power move down low in the final corner to get the victory. Afterwards, as you can hear on the audio page for yourself, Gary had an overheating issue and was nursing the car around hoping to save the hot engine.
Kevin Ridley got by Paul Guererri with five laps to go and held on after a green and white finish to earn his first victory of the season. Bob Buono got an emotional win and one he really wanted as he knew Gary Montgomery very well. It was a fun night from top to bottom and it was great to see a lot of people I had not seen in quite some time.
Allie rode out with Joe Marotta in his SSR and I have a few photos up from that was well as lots of other things I saw and experienced in my night at The Land of Legends. Allie sung the national anthem, scored and then ran the My Laps computer for the Sportsman and Modified races. Thanks Donna, Gary and Sheila! To say she had fun would be an extreme understatement.
Today we start out with Allie racing in the Open Wheel Microd class at the 1/10 mile asphalt track at the NYS Fairgrounds. And yes I’d be lying to you if I said I was not totally happy that she is racing there as the storied location that once housed the one mile track. I love that she is racing there and that racing is still taking place in Syracuse. As for the mile and how that was handled…don’t get me started.
After that we’ll be doing our No Rain Dance as we hope the fourth time in the charm in Weedsport as we are doing the Sportsman race for the next Speedway Showcase. Plus wingless 360 Sprints are on the card too so it will be a fun day.
Don’t forget that Utica Rome is also running and they have an extra treat as they have double Modified races as the Mod feature rained out last week. If you haven’t been this year it would be a great one to see as you get some extra racing for your money.
No rain and let’s have a great Sunday guys!
|Saturday, June 24th 2017
| New on the Audio Page for today:
Chris and Katelyn Hile talk about racing on track and working on racecars as a married couple.
Rich Vleck previews the next Speedway Showcase from Ransomville Speedway airing June 30th.
Allie Elkins recaps her race night Thursday at the New York State Fairgrounds where she finished 5th.
We had a rainout on Friday night so we got some work done in the studio and watched a movie as a family. It was a fun night and one that was made extra special as both the kids are now on summer vacation. It’s gonna be great and it will surely be a summer to remember as we have lots of fun things planned.
On the site today we have two chats I recorded yesterday and one I have been holding on to for a day just like what we had on Friday. I’m going to turn the Hile story into a piece for the Syracuse Post Standard and Syracuse.com so look for that one to show up soon.
Allie and I will be going to Canandaigua today for the Gary Montgomery Tribute race. I spoke with his brother Dick on Friday and can’t wait to see everyone later today. It will be a fun night but a tough one too as we miss Gary so much. He influenced me in so many ways as I treasure the time I got spend with him both at the track and away from it. We miss you terribly Gary!
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page for today as we get ready for what they say is going to be a beautiful day. Chris and Katelyn Hile talk about racing on track and working on racecars as a married couple as well as how the sport keeps them together and what they think when the other has a wreck.
Rich Vleck previews the next Speedway Showcase featuring the Patriot Sprint Tour from Ransomville Speedway which begins airing on Spectrum Sports statewide on June 30th.
Allie Elkins recaps her race night Thursday at the New York State Fairgrounds where she finished 5th and explained what she learned from a problem early on, her spins in the heat and how tough it can be to run a caution free 25 lap feature.
|Friday, June 23rd 2017
| New on the Audio Page for today:
Pete Bicknell talked about win at Ransomville and gives racers some great tips on set-up & tires.
Ben Bushaw tells me about his pair of races at Skyline that included a win and a fifth place finish.
Josh Reome walks me through his Sportsman feature win at Can Am and looked to a weekend off.
We had a fun day as Allie and I went racing at the 1/10 mile asphalt track at the NYS Fairgrounds with the Kuleszo Racing and the Syracuse Microd Club. She had not been in the car in over a month and she finished fifth in a caution free 25 lap feature. She didn’t touch a car all night long and ran probably her fastest laps yet. Great job by all the young people to run without a yellow with a margin of victory at the line of maybe two niches at the most. It was impressive.
I have some photos up from the night and hope to be at Brewerton tonight, Canandaigua for the Gary Montgomery Tribute Night and then the NYS Fairgrounds and Weedsport on Sunday. Yeah…I’ve got a busy weekend in front of me.
Keep your fingers crossed for today although the forecast is looking better. I hope you all get to hit your favorite track this weekend and I hope you all have as much fun as Allie and I did on Thursday. Best of luck to all you racers too. May your cars stay together, may you keep away from contact with others, get a good finish and roll your car onto the trailer with no extra work to do. That is a good night!
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page starting with one I know you Mod and Sportsman racers are gonna want to listen to. Pete Bicknell talked about win at Ransomville, his pair of features at Merrittville and gives racers some great tips on set-up & tires. This is a must listen racers…really! The set up stuff starts just before 11 minutes into this clip.
Ben Bushaw tells me about his pair of races at Skyline that included a win and a fifth place finish while offering his first take on the Syracuse Microd Club as he watched them race for the first time.
Josh Reome walks me through his Sportsman feature win at Can Am last Saturday night, looked ahead to a weekend off and Wednesday’s Super DIRTcar Sportsman Series race with the ESS also on the card.
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