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Friday, October 16th 2015
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Jimmy Horton explained how he found a ride at Syracuse and the fun he had with a new team.
Justin Haers offered up his thoughts as he got ready to climb in for the Syracuse 200 on Sunday.
Chris Raabe told me how his Super DIRT Week was going and how his season went up north.
Bob McGannon remembered how he got into the 150 lapper and how he did this year at OCFS.
Marc Johnson talked about his thoughts coming into the 150 and how they missed it in time trials.
Brian Swarthout did not race much this season and talked about racing his 358 at Syracuse.

What a great day it was on Thursday. It turned out to be a much nicer day than the weather people thought and I got to go out in the morning and get in 18 holes with some really nice guys, none of which I had golfed with before. I shot 41 on the front nine and we won’t talk about the back nine. I had an eagle putt but missed it. Darn.

Today I am planning to head out to Brewerton for their final show of the year. It is the completion of the Super DIRTcar Series race from September 19th and I hope the weather cooperates today.

And don’t forget Brockville Ontario Speedway hosts the Fall Nationals with 358’s tonight and big blocks tomorrow. It’s going to be a fun weekend alright.

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page starting with my final chats from Super DIRT Week. Jimmy Horton explained how he found a ride at Syracuse and the fun he had with a new team as well as how he ended up putting a 12a on the side of the car.  

Justin Haers offered up his thoughts as he got ready to climb in for the Syracuse 200 on Sunday as well as a decision he had to take after the hot lap session.  

Chris Raabe told me how his Super DIRT Week was going, described an issue they had in time trials and how his season went up north.

Bob McGannon remembered how he got into the 150 lapper and how he did this year at Orange County where he felt a few of the races got away from him.  

Marc Johnson talked about his thoughts coming into the 150 and how they missed it in time trials with a 358 Modified that was too free in the corners.  

Brian Swarthout did not race much this season and talked about racing his 358 at Syracuse while wondering what to do to his car after the morning hot laps.  

 
Thursday, October 15th 2015
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

David Reutimann shares some memories from Syracuse and talked about dad’s latest victory.
Jimmy Phelps meets with Allie Elkins after his 20 lap Modified qualifiers on Saturday at Syracuse.
Ronnie Johnson ran down how both of his Modifieds were doing as he got ready on Saturday.
Danny Creeden talks about his night time races during SDW that included a win at I-88 Speedway.
Brian McDonald prepared for the 150 lapper at Syracuse and talked about how his week went.
Tim Sears Jr. discussed strategy with his team and talked about what he learned from his uncle.

We’re back with lots of good stuff for you today as we get close to another race weekend. There won’t be too many left and I am hoping for a dry day tomorrow so I can head to Brewerton for the completion of their Super DIRTcar Series race that was interrupted by rain almost a month ago.

But before that I’ll have some real good stuff for you tomorrow as well including more from Super DIRT Week. I am hoping it stays dry today so I can get in one more round of golf and we are teeing off at 9:30 this morning.

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page starting with a man I have not seen in quite some time who was back in Central New York this past weekend. David Reutimann shares some memories from Syracuse and talked about dad’s latest victory as well as what he has been working on since leaving NASCAR.

Jimmy Phelps meets with Allie Elkins after his 20 lap Modified qualifiers on Saturday at Syracuse as well as how similar the racing surface was in each race.  

Ronnie Johnson ran down how both of his Modifieds were doing at Super DIRT Week as he got ready to race in the Salute to the Troops 150 on Saturday.

Danny Creeden talks about his night time races during SDW that included a win at I-88 Speedway and runs down his late season schedule that may include a trip to Charlotte.  

Brian McDonald prepared for the 150 lapper at Syracuse and talked about how his week went as well as the work his team did to fix his car in one of the twin 20’s.  

Tim Sears Jr. discussed strategy with his team for the Salute to the Troops 150 and talked about what he learned from his uncle who just raced his qualifier minutes before.  

 
Wednesday, October 14th 2015
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Buzzie Reutimann shares some stories about Super DIRT Week and talks about his recent win.
Kenny Tremont speaks with Allie Elkins and tells her how he did in his 20 lap qualifiers.
Danny O’Brien talks about his championship at Brockville as they get ready for the Fall Nationals.
Michael Parent explained why he has been running a 358 Modified north of the border in Canada.
Tommy Flannigan told me how close he came to missing the 150 and his last chance qualifier.
Tony Veneziano reports on a record setting night as the World of Outlaws raced at Rolling Wheels.

We are back today with lots of good stuff from the mile at Syracuse as well as the studio. Plus we have lots of good stuff still to come later this week with a minimum if five new interviews each and every day.

This weekend Brewerton Speedway finishes up their Super DIRTcar Series race from a few weeks back as they’ll pick up the action with the final Modified heat race. And Brockville Ontario Speedway runs their Fall Nationals with small blocks headlining on Friday and big blocks on Saturday.

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page starting out with one of the true gentlemen of our sport who is happens to be a top notch racecar driver to this day. Buzzie Reutimann shares some stories about Super DIRT Week after meeting with the press and talks about his recent win down in Florida in a UMP Modified.  

Kenny Tremont speaks with Allie Elkins and tells her how he did in his 20 lap qualifiers on Saturday as well as how the car acted on the racing surface.  

Danny O’Brien talks about his 358 Modified championship at Brockville Ontario Speedway as they get ready for the Fall Nationals this Friday and Saturday.  

Michael Parent explained why he has been running a 358 Modified north of the border in Canada, when they made the decision and what his hopes were for the mile at Syracuse.  

Tommy Flannigan told me how close he came to missing the Salute to the Troops 150 and his last chance qualifier as well as how he got behind earlier in the time trials.

Tony Veneziano reports on a record setting night as the World of Outlaws raced at Rolling Wheels. There are now just five races to go in their 2015 season which wraps up at the World Finals.  

 
Tuesday, October 13th 2015
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Hear from dozens of drivers as they get ready to walk across the stage for the final time at Syracuse.
Hear Brian Carter let the fans give the command to start engines for the final race at Syracuse.
Tommy Sears offers up his thoughts on the race as he prepared to race in the the Syracuse 200.
Jeff Rockefeller got his helmet ready on Sunday and explained why tears offs are important.

Like a lot of you guys I am catching up on the world outside of racing after the final Super DIRT Week at the New York State Fairgrounds. I got a lot done as we get into moving mode as we hope to be moved into our new house (new to us) by next week.

I have a lot of great stuff on the site today including a long clip as I talk to many of the Modified division’s top drivers as they prepared to walk across the stage for the final time in Syracuse. I know you’ll love this one so give it a listen. Hit play and get comfortable as it is almost a ½ hour long.

Now let’s talk more about that clip and the other stuff we have on the Audio Page as we remember the final Super DIRT Week on the mile. Hear from dozens of drivers as they get ready to walk across the stage for the final time at Syracuse. This is a great clip with lots of drivers sharing their thoughts. I know you’ll like it.

Hear Brian Carter let the fans give the command to start engines for the final race at Syracuse and hear the big block Modifieds warm up before heading out to the track for the final race.  

Tommy Sears offers up his thoughts on the race as he prepared to hop in his car for the Syracuse 200 and spoke about his concerns for the initial start of the event.  

Jeff Rockefeller got his helmet ready on Sunday and explained why tears offs are important on the mile as well as his strategy for the 200 lapper.  

 
Monday, October 12th 2015
   

New on the Audio Page from Sunday of Super DIRT Week:

James Michael Friesen led all 30 laps to win the Sportsman race and talked with the media.
Rocky Warner finished in second place in the Sportsman race and talked about chasing the winner.
Rob Yetman savored his victory in the Pro Stock race and spoke about winning three in a row.
Stewart Friesen led the final 27 laps and talked about winning the race for the 4th time in 6 starts.
Kenny Tremont finished in second place and explained where the race winner was better than him.
Jimmy Phelps spoke about how his car came and went at times on his way to a third place finish.
Brett Hearn came home in fourth place and spoke about how a broken brake line sealed his fate.
Billy Decker told me about his fifth place finish and why so many teams were having flat tires.

It was an emotional day for a lot of us as the final Super DIRT Week at the New York State Fairgrounds was held on Sunday. It was the biggest crowd I ever saw and a huge traffic jam took place on route 690 as fans came from all over to take in the final at the mile.

I had my moment as the cars were coming to the four wide salute and I tried real hard to keep back the tears…successfully I might add. It was sad for sure because if all this history had happened in a building anywhere else in Syracuse it would be declared a historic monument and been taken off the tax rolls. But that is another story for another day.

I have a lot of good stuff on the site today and tomorrow I’ll have the last interviews I did with the drivers as they got ready to walk across the stage for the last time. It’s a real good clip with dozens of drivers in it and I’ll have that for you tomorrow and I’ll have a Doug’s Thoughts for you later in the week

But for now lets talk about what we have on the Audio Page from the final day EVER on the Moody Mile. James Michael Friesen led all 30 laps to win the Sportsman race and talked with the media about his run and what it would mean if his cousin could win the Modified race too.  

Rocky Warner finished in second place in the Sportsman race and talked about chasing the winner as well as the moment where he hit the wall costing him the victory.  

Rob Yetman savored his victory in the Pro Stock race and spoke about winning three in a row as well as what he did to get the lead back after losing it on the white flag lap.  

Stewart Friesen led the final 27 laps and talked about winning the race for the 4th time in 6 starts as well as how some adjustments on the final pit stop helped.  

Kenny Tremont finished in second place and explained where the race winner was better than him as well as how happy he was to finish in the runner up spot.  

Jimmy Phelps spoke about how his car came and went at times on his way to a third place finish as well as how pleased he was to finish third and first in the final Super DIRT Week.  

Brett Hearn came home in fourth place and spoke about how a broken brake line sealed his fate while wondering how he would have finished if his car would not have broken.  

Billy Decker told me about his fifth place finish and why so many teams were having flat tires as well as how tough it was to see in the last half of the race.

 
Sunday, October 11th 2015
   

New on the Audio Page from Saturday of Super DIRT Week:

After the 20 lap heat races:

Larry Wight spoke about his win the first Triple 20 for the big block Modifieds leading every lap.
Brett Hearn told us about his win in the 358 20 lapper as well as his third place with the big block.
Billy Dunn talked about his win in the first 358 qualifier and his second place with the big block.
Stewart Friesen won the second big block 20 lapper and told us how hard his team is working.
Carey Terrance got the win in the final 20 lap heat race and talked about how he slipped up once.
Rich Scagliotta told me how he was feeling after being involved in a brutal crash in his heat.
Rob Yetman earned the pole for Sunday’s Pro Stock race and talked about keeping his streak alive.
Brian Papiez was fastest in Sportsman qualifying and talked about making his dream come true.
Shane Pecore talked about qualifying second and marveled at the accomplishment of Papiez.
Peter Britten was happy after winning the Last Chance Qualifier and explained how it helped.

After the Salute to the Troops 150:

Jimmy Phelps
talked about his pit strategy, what the win meant to him and his hopes for today.
Billy Dunn explained how hard he was driving as he picked up two spots late to finish in second.
Tim McCreadie finished in third place and talked about how restarts hurt his car for a few laps.
Brett Hearn spoke about his fourth place finish and talked about something his team noticed.
Marc Johnson raced his way from 13th to 5th and told me what it was like out of the rubber.
Michael Parent was the Rookie of the Race and talked about finishing 9th in his 1st start on the mile.

What a day it was on the mile at Syracuse as the track winds down its history that goes back well over 100 years. It was a long day but a fun one as well. I’m pretty whipped after a 13 hour day so I am going to write very little on the front page.

Be sure to check out the new stuff on the Audio Page and look for more tomorrow as we say goodbye to the mile with one final show. It will be tough to walk out of there today as I have my own history at the mile and I’ll be sure to do a Doug’s Thoughts on that later in the week.

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page starting with my first interview of the day. Larry Wight spoke about his win the first Triple 20 for the big block Modifieds leading every lap to take home the victory.  

Brett Hearn told us about his win in the 358 20 lap heat race as well as his third place with the big block the very next race on the track.  

Billy Dunn talked about his win in the first 358 qualifier and his second place with the big block two races later at Syracuse.  

Stewart Friesen won the second big block 20 lapper and told us how hard his team is working as well as his small block race earlier in the day.  

Carey Terrance got the win in the final 20 lap heat race and talked about how he slipped up once in the race as well as what he did to collect it.  

Rich Scagliotta told me how he was feeling after being involved in a brutal multi-car crash in his heat that destroyed several racecars on the backstretch.  

Rob Yetman earned the pole for Sunday’s Pro Stock race and talked about keeping his streak alive as well as what it would mean to be the final stock car winner at Syracuse.  

Brian Papiez was fastest in Sportsman qualifying and talked about making his dream come true while wondering if he could have been even faster.  

Shane Pecore talked about qualifying second and marveled at the accomplishment of Brian Papiez who was a first timer on the mile. Classy!  

Peter Britten was happy after winning the Modified Last Chance Qualifier at Syracuse and explained how it helped him overall.  

Jimmy Phelps talked about his pit strategy, what the win at Syracuse meant to him and his hopes for today’s Syracuse 200, the final race ever at the mile.  

Billy Dunn explained how hard he was driving as he picked up two spots late to finish in second and wondered if he was too concerned about getting enough fuel in the car.  

Tim McCreadie finished in third place and talked about how restarts hurt his car for a few laps especially that final restart where he lost a spot.  

Brett Hearn spoke about his fourth place finish and talked about something his team noticed as well as what he would do with that knowledge.  

Marc Johnson raced his way from 13th to 5th and told me what it was like out of the rubber as well as how tough it was to remember where it was.  

Michael Parent was the Rookie of the Race and talked about finishing 9th in his 1st start on the mile. Later in the week we’ll have one with him where he talks about moving to Modified.

 
Saturday, October 10th 2015
   
New on the Audio Page from a rainy Super DIRT Week:

Billy Dunn talked about why he still wanted to get on track despite being locked in for the weekend.
Dave Marcuccilli tells me about his two night races that yielded a win and a third place finish.
Gary Tomkins explained why he was not in a hurry to race even though he had limited laps.
Tyler Siri spoke about his Super DIRT Week so far and looks ahead to a twenty lap qualifier.
Kevin Britten is a first timer to the mile and spoke about racing on the big track at Syracuse.
Joey Ladouceur had yet to hit the track at Syracuse and talked about having unfinished business.

 New from Steve Ovens at Weedsport on Wednesday:

Danny Johnson spoke with Steve Ovens and how good his Modified was late in the race.
Brett Hearn had a second place at Weedsport and talked about leading only to finish runner up.
Pat Ward came home with a third place and told Steve Ovens about his run in Weedsport.
Billy Decker finished in fourth place and spoke about losing some spots at various times in the race.
Erick Rudolph rounded out the top five and told Steve Ovens about the high level of competition.

Rain was the big winner on Friday but we still have some stuff for you today. The rain stopped just past lunch time and the packers hit the track. They were making headway too until a few brief showers hit at about 3 p.m. or so. They tried to get the track back but just after 4 p.m. the day was ended.

Now that means an action packed day today with the twenty lap qualifiers set to go at 9:10 a.m. They have a lot on the schedule and you can see it at www.superdirtweekonline.com.

And we also have some bonus stuff today from Steve Ovens at Turn 5 Live as he checked out the action Wednesday in Weedsport. Thanks Steve!

Now let’s chat more about what we have on the Audio Page for today. Billy Dunn talked about why he still wanted to get on track on Friday for some laps despite being locked in for both Modified races this weekend.  

Dave Marcuccilli tells me about his two night races in his Sportsman that yielded a win at Weedsport and a third place finish at Brewerton. 

Gary Tomkins explained why he was not in a hurry to race on the mile track on Friday even though he had just two laps in his new Modified ride. 

Tyler Siri spoke about his Super DIRT Week so far and looks ahead to a twenty lap qualifier after time trialing in the 42nd spot out of 75 cars. 

Kevin Britten is a first timer to the mile and spoke about racing on the big track at Syracuse as well as the advice his older (not bigger) brother gave him beforehand. 

Joey Ladouceur had yet to hit the track at Syracuse and talked about having unfinished business on the mile as well as what it’s like to be on the track when it’s wet. 

Danny Johnson spoke with Steve Ovens and how good his Modified was late in the Modified feature after a late race restart. 

Brett Hearn had a second place at Weedsport and talked with Steve Ovens about what it was like to lead while being stalked by the eventual winner. 

Pat Ward came home with a third place and told Steve Ovens about his steady run in Weedsport while comparing himself to the drivers around him. 

Billy Decker finished in fourth place at Weedsport and spoke with Steve Ovens about losing some spots at various times in the race with the Scott Kerwin #7 car.

Erick Rudolph rounded out the top five and told Steve Ovens about the high level of competition as well as how he felt a late yellow could have helped. 
 










































 
     
 
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