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Tuesday, May 13th 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Matt Billings got ready for some action at Brewerton and compared it to his old Saturday home.
Tony Finch II got to the track a little late and told me about his solid run the last time he raced.
Kevan Cook talked about the big field of IMCA Modifieds and how he is helping other drivers.
James Carlson just moved up to the Sportsman division and talked about changing up his look.
Dan Harpell tells me about tonight’s ROC Modified race at Yates County Speedway in Dundee.
 
I got a lot done on Monday as we wrote up a new story for the Syracuse Post Standard, did some results for the paper as well and got some work done in the studio. In between we were tackling a big plumbing issue at our house that has set us back a bit but we are hoping everything is now set and we’re good to go for a while. Hey, it’s reality when you have a 53 year old house.
 
We’re hoping for some good weather today as Yates County Speedway in Dundee, New York has the Race of Champions Dirt Modified Tour coming to town for a show tonight at 7:30. I know, Mother Nature could step in and ruin this for us so we’ll have to see what happens and be sure to check out www.blackrockspeedway.net for more info.
 
If they do go, I will be there and have my schedule clear so I can do it. If not, I’ll get back in the studio and I do still have many things in the can now too so one way or another you’ll get new stuff from us tomorrow. Hopefully it is from a racy Tuesday night!
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page today. I start out with stuff from my weekend travels. Matt Billings got ready for some action at Brewerton and compared it to his old Saturday home. He also told me how his car felt in hot laps, how helpful his fellow competitors were in helping him with his gear selection and who he has to wave to while he is out there. 
 
Tony Finch II got to the track a little late and told me about his solid run the last time he raced. He talked about a car switch he made last season, where he plans to race this season and his hopes to get out on the road more. 
 
Kevan Cook talked about the big field of IMCA Modifieds and how he is helping other drivers. He told me about some bad luck he had on his way to the track, wondered if it would affect the rest of his weekend and described a handling issue he was dealing with. 
 
James Carlson just moved up to the Sportsman division and talked about changing up his look. He talked about an upgrade he made to be safer in the car, wondered about a vibration he felt in the car and explained why the novice division is not as tough as the regular class. 
 
Dan Harpell tells me about tonight’s ROC Modified race at Yates County Speedway in Dundee. He talked about what he was working on for the event, how the weather could end up being a big factor and how the rest of his weekend went at Five Mile Point & Utica Rome Speedways. 

 
Monday, May 12th 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Tom Sears Jr. had a pair of Modifieds on Friday and explained what he was doing with each.
Tommy Kinsella got ready to race Saturday at Fulton and talked about his first race earlier.
John Cunningham was part of an Outlaw Circuit reunion and spoke about Fulton Speedway.
Jim Spano talked about his hopes for Saturday and wonders if his Hoosier knowledge will help.
Mike Button is back for a full season in a crate Sportsman and told me what keeps him going.
Todd Root just ran his first ever laps in a Sportsman and talked about his go cart background.
Jim Bogett explained how the two types of Mod Lites are different and this Friday’s special.
 
With the promise of a good time with my family, I decided to stay home on Sunday. My dad came over and Camille’s mom came over as well for dinner so rather than try to stay busy as I had originally planned, I decided to stay home to get some family time on Mother’s Day.
 
Fortunately we had a lot of interviews in the can and were able to dip into it to get you new stuff to listen to today. Plus we’ll be heading to Yates County on Tuesday for an ROC show and we’ll be able to get a lot done there.
 
So now we’ll watch some of the TPC from Sawgrass and Allie and I will start to watch the NASCAR Cup race from Kansas. Both events are my favorites so I am looking forward to that.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page. I start with an interview from the Brewerton opener.
 
Tom Sears Jr. had a pair of Modifieds on Friday and explained what he was doing with each. He talked about an issue with the older car, what his plans are for the new car and where the Syracuse car is sleeping until October. 
 
Tommy Kinsella got ready to race Saturday at Fulton and talked about his first race earlier. He told me how that first night went, how he is doing as he get used to a big block and how his teammate helps him get the car they way he likes it. 
 
John Cunningham was part of an Outlaw Circuit reunion and spoke about Fulton Speedway. He told me why he had to take two years off due to an injury, how he is feeling now and his hopes to run the track weekly in 2014. 
 
Jim Spano talked about his hopes for Saturday and wonders if his Hoosier knowledge will help. He told me why he got to the track a little late and who is helping him to get the car ready on race day. 
 
Mike Button is back for a full season in a crate Sportsman and told me what keeps him going after close to 30 years. He tells me about the people he runs into, what part of racing he does not miss and how experience helps. 
 
Todd Root just ran his first ever laps in a Sportsman and talked about his go cart background. He told me about the little things he needs to learn, when they made the decision to make the move and who helped him put it together. 
 
Jim Bogett explained how the two types of Mod Lites are different and this Friday’s special. He told me how he crinkled his roof line in the first race of the year, how to tell the difference between the two types of cars and how many in the division are in each class. 

 
Sunday, May 11th 2014
   New on the Audio Page from Fulton Speedway
 
Pre race conversations:
 
Chris Hulsizer has a few races under his belt this season and told me how things were going.
Nick Krause talked about his practice laps at Brewerton and his hopes for the night at Fulton.
Greg Martin explained why he towed to Fulton from Wilson and how ready he was to get racing.
A.J. Kingsley had his Late Model at the track and told me about some tough luck in 2013.
Sam Reakes IV was the only 360 in the pit area and talked about getting some hot laps on Saturday.
Gordy Button turned a bare chassis into a racecar in 7 days and told me about the 305 Sprinter.
 
After the heat races:
 
Jason Occhino won the first Sportsman heat race and told me what he was doing for the dash.
Gregg Kimball took the win in heat number two and what he was changing for his 2nd dash ever.
Sean Beardsley was a surprise entry in the Sportsman and talked about his novice teammate.
Billy Decker talked about his win in the first Modified heat and his plans to follow the series.
Jimmy Phelps spoke about his heat win and the damage they had to fix after a lap one jingle.
Willy Decker was a busy man after his heat win and told me about the multiple fixes taking place.
 
After the feature races:
 
Greg Martin made a pass with two to go to win the Sportsman race and talked with Bill Foley.
Gordy Button won in dominating fashion in the 305 feature and spoke to Adam Buchanan.
Larry Wight led every lap to win his first of the season and talked about traffic with Adam Buchanan.
Jimmy Phelps came home in second place and talked about the work his crew did after the heat.
Rob Bellinger picked up 6 spots to finish 3rd and told me how good he was late in the feature.
Tim Currier had a nice fourth place run and talked about how good his Modified was all night.
Pat Ward moved from 19th to 5th and told me how good his car was especially in the middle.
Wayne Christman won his first ever in the Novice Sportsman class and had fun with Bill Foley.
Justin Buskey also won his first career race and talked about how close he came to doing it before.
 
Well finally I got to go to the racetrack without having to look at the weather radar all night to see if we were going to race. The moon was visible all night long on what was a pretty good night of racing on the Saturday opener at the Fulton Speedway.
 
Allie and I sat in the grandstand with friends and watched the action on the high banks while recording 31 interviews along the way including 10 pre race chats that I saved for later in the week. We had a ball!
 
The fields were strong as 31 Sportsman and 24 Modifieds took to the track on this night. A real good crowd was also on hand and the racing was real good. We had a few new winners and some new people are therefore on the site today including Greg Martin, Wayne Christman and Justin Buskey. All three were first time winners at Fulton.
 
Larry Wight dominated the Modified feature as he ran the high groove for most of the race and handled lapped traffic well on his way to a win. The 21 year old held off Jimmy Phelps who had a lot of work to do after a crash on the first lap of his qualifying heat. Go to the Audio Page to hear what happened.
 
But the moment a lot of people will be talking about was Billy Decker’s hard crash in turn three. I did not see him until he was already over but reports were that he nosed into the wall hard and flipped after getting the rear end several feet in the air. Billy seemed okay afterwards and walked away from the crash although he did seem to limping just a bit. Crew Chief Scott Jeffery told me that the throttle stuck which caused the crash. Hope you’re feeling okay today Billy and thank god it was not more severe.
 
Wilson New York’s Greg Martin towed out to Fulton after two rainouts in a row at Ransomville and passed James Carlson with two to go to win his first at the track. Carlson just moved up from the Novice division and was hoping for his first win. You’ll get it James so keep working hard!
 
I hope you enjoy all the new audio and know that there will be more from both Brewerton and Fulton showing up later in the week. We’ll be at Utica Rome today and Yates County on Tuesday. So look for this to be a busy week. It’s my first Mother’s Day without my mom around so I will keep busy today to keep my mind on other things. 
 
I hope you have a great day and give your mom an extra big hug today. See you soon guys.

 
Saturday, May 10th 2014
   New on the Audio Page from Brewerton Speedway before the rain:
 
Pre race conversations:
 
Rob Bellinger got ready for the opener and talked about the two races he has run this year.
Matt Hulsizer had a new piece at Brewerton and told me about his 12th place in the Fulton opener.
Willy Decker went up in smoke in his last race at Utica Rome and told me what went wrong.
Rob Keller sponsored the night of action and talked about the big field at the Dean Hubbs Memorial. 
Pat O’Brien brought his small block down for a shakedown and talked about tonight in Brockville.
 
After the heat races:
 
Chris Fleming led every lap to win the first IMCA heat and told me about a shock change.
Jason Amidon took the lead late in his heat win and talked about the need to keep things cool.
Pat Ward led the final 8 laps to win his heat and told me about the nice racing surface he was on.
Vinnie Vitale watched his heat win with Steve Ovens on his lap top and told him what he saw.
Jimmy Phelps got ready to draw for his starting spot and talked about his win in the final Mod heat.
 
Well we hustled last night but fell short as big rain and a wall cloud hit the Brewerton Speedway just past 8:30 as the IMCA Modifieds were five laps into the Dean Hubbs Memorial. They moved things along as quickly as they could as everyone with radar on their smart phone could see what was coming but when you only get about an hour of track time, there is not much you can do.
 
It’s really too bad too as a nice field of 26 Modifieds, 26 IMCA Modifieds and strong fields also for the Mod Lites and Four Cylinder Super Stocks were on hand the this season opener. I did get 16 pre race interviews done as well as 5 of the 6 heat winners in the Modified division. Again, they were hustling things along in an attempt to get things in and it is too bad as they did the best they possibly could under the circumstances.
 
I did save a bunch of my pre race conversations as today is a little iffy. My plan is to hit Fulton and then Utica Rome tomorrow. But if it does rain, I’ll watch some NASCAR from Kansas with Allie and call it a night.
 
Again, kudos to the track. They ran fast, the track was smooth and a good crowd was on hand. More information will be coming on when the features will be made up so keep checking www.brewertonspeedway.com to see what they will do.
 
Enjoy the new audio and hopefully we’ll be up with more new audio from today. If not, I have some in the can right now and may be able to hit the studio as well. One way or another, we’ll be back with more tomorrow. 

 
Friday, May 9th 2014
   New on the Audio Page from Steve Ovens at Yates County:
 
Ray Bliss tells Steve Ovens about his second place finish in the Sportsman race at Yates County.
Josh Keesey finished third in the Sportsman race at Yates County and talked with Steve Ovens.
Chuck Winslow spoke with Steve Ovens about his second place with his Street Stock in Dundee.
Jeremy Potrzebowksi earned a top five with his Street Stock and talked about an issue he had.
Cory Costa talked with Steve Ovens after his 5th place and wondered about a vibration he felt.
 
New from the studio with Doug Elkins:
 
Nick Krause updates us on how he is doing after his crash and how the put together another car.
Nick Rochinski talks about his first ever win at Penn Can and a motor issue they found on Thursday.
 
We’re back today with lots of good stuff from out buddy Steve Ovens at Turn 5 Racing Podcast. He only sent us part of the more than 30 interviews he did last Friday so be sure to go www.turn5.podbean.com to hear more as we just have a tease for you today.
 
He did a lot of work at the Yates County opener and we hope to hear more from Steve in the future as he is doing a great job. Welcome to the community Steve and keep up the great work.
 
I am hoping for a three day weekend that will include Brewerton, Fulton and Utica Rome. There could be some weather early today but it may be just enough to save the track crews an early morning watering. Let’s keep our fingers crossed that it is no more than that.
 
Saturday looks like the iffy day of the weekend while Sunday looks real good. Let’s hope for the best and hope when that front comes through on Saturday it does little or nothing to hurt our chances at seeing some racing.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you to listen to on the Audio Page. I start with some from one week ago at the Yates County Speedway opener. Ray Bliss tells Steve Ovens about his second place finish in the Sportsman race at Yates County. He talked about how his car was in the long run, how nice the racing surface was and runs down his plans for 2014. 
 
Josh Keesey finished third in the Sportsman race at Yates County and talked with Steve Ovens. He told him about his strong night in Dundee and how happy he was with his opening night run. 
 
Chuck Winslow spoke with Steve Ovens about his second place with his Street Stock in Dundee. He talked about a change they could have made, why he was holding on at the end and the fun he had on the track. 
 
Jeremy Potrzebowksi earned a top five with his Street Stock and talked about an issue he had with the throttle. He told Steve Ovens about the great track conditions he saw, where his car could have been better and what he needs to do before the next race. 
 
Cory Costa talked with Steve Ovens after his 5th place and wondered about a vibration he felt in his Street Stock race at Yates County one week ago. 
 
Nick Krause updates us on how he is doing after his crash and how the put together another car. He talked about a trip he made to the doctor earlier this week, why they decided to use a different car than they originally planned and what he is doing to race safer next time out. 
 
Nick Rochinski talks about his first ever win at Penn Can and a motor issue they found on Thursday. He told me what he was thinking about as he made his way through lapped traffic, what would have happened had they raced the next day and looks forward to getting a new chassis in the near future. 

 
Thursday, May 8th 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Dan Harpell talks about the opener at Yates County and evaluates how things went on the night.
Matt Spencer told me about his first race of the year and his desire to get back to victory lane.
 
We’re back today with more good stuff for you on Doug’s Dirt Diary. We have busy plans for this weekend as we hope to hit three shows if Mother Nature lets us. Things do sound better than they did last weekend and hopefully we’ll get in an entire weekend of fun. Yeah! I need it.
 
We have an update today on Yates County from the new promoter and I think you’ll like his candid analysis of where he is and where he would like to be very soon. And for those of you who know Dan Harpell, you know he’ll get it done and done right!
 
Also we meet someone new today thanks to a facebook request from a long time racefan from the Southern Tier. Thanks Val! I always enjoy chatting with new drivers in all divisions as every one of them has a story unique to only them. I hope you enjoy this one too.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page. I begin with news from Dundee.  Dan Harpell talks about the opener at Yates County and evaluates how things went on the night. He told me how pleased he was with the racing surface, the work still to be done in the concession area and looks ahead to next week’s ROC Modified show. 
 
Matt Spencer told me about his first race of the year and his desire to get back to victory lane. He talked about some damage he had last week at Penn Can, why he is switching to Thunder Mountain this season and the need for some good racing luck. 

 
Wednesday, May 7th 2014
   We are dark here today out of respect for Steve Hulsizer who we lost last week to cancer. Today is the calling hours for Steve and my wife Camille and I will be in Bridgeport tonight along with hundreds of others to pay our respect to a man who personified what a hard nosed racer really is.
 
I did not meet Steve right away but heard him speak my first night announcing at the Fulton Speedway back in 1990. After hitting the wall and wrecking his new Street Stock, I just happened to be in the pay line right behind him later than night and it did not take long to find out what kind of a person he was.
 
Now I’m paraphrasing here, but what he said was something to the effect of, “I hit the wall and I wasn’t going to lift. It was either going to bounce off or I was gonna wreck it good. And I wrecked it good!” And he and his buddies started to laugh about it. I remember saying to myself at the time, “I think I’m going to like this.”
 
Over the years I saw Steve win a lot of races and wreck a lot of cars. And no matter how bad the wreck, he always found a way to make it back to the track. I saw him move up through the ranks into the super tough Modified division where he also showed his ability to drive a racecar.
 
Steve was the kind of racer who would go anywhere the car was fast even if it meant blasting the cushion or in some cases driving right over it to find the tackier, faster clay. He left a last impression on every person he met and lived his life with a foot to the floor attitude both on and off the track.
 
I had some of the best times of my life with Steve after the races as he was well known for partying it up like a lot of us did on the old Outlaw Circuit. There were many nights (actually morning I guess) where we closed Gigi’s, RFH’s or Gordies Double Play.
 
I will treasure my memories of Steve and I know a lot of you will too. And after we say goodbye tonight we’ll have a few adult beverages as Steve truly would have wanted it that way. As much as we will be sad, we’ll try our best to tell stories and smile as Steve would not want us all maudlin and sad.
 
It will be a hard day today but we’ll all get through it. I have stacks of vhs tapes with Steve on them and I am going through them and remembering what a talent he was.
 
We’ll miss you Steve and I know you’ll be looking down on all of us today and it will be tough for him too as he watches us grieve. But Steve is in a better place and his suffering is over. Than we can be thankful for. And the memories we have also make us thankful that we knew somebody like Steve and got to bask in his reflected glory. Rest in peace Steve and go kick some butt in heaven as they just got a great racer admitted to their ranks.

 
     
 
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