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Friday, March 3rd 2017
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Shawn Donath walks me through M & W Aluminum and talks about the parts they make.
Dan Harpell previews Southern Tier Speedworld starting today at Oakdale Mall in Johnson City.

I had another great day as I once again got out of the house and saw something new. On Thursday I visited M & W Aluminum and saw how they make Sprint Car parts. Yep, pretty much everything except engines, transmissions and rear ends are made right here in Syracuse and some of those bolt on parts go to some of the biggest names in the sport. And it is all happening right here in Syracuse. Who Knew?

Well as of next week more people are going to know as I just got an idea for next week’s column in the Syracuse Post Standard. I did get there a little late but will be there earlier on Monday so I can see the whole operation at work. Thanks Shawn for the invite!

Today I will be back in the studio and then back on the road Saturday for Southern Tier Speedworld and Sunday it will be Fingerlakes Speedworld. It will be great to get out and see some familiar faces and I hope you’re one of them. Wave to me and say hi please as it is tough to recognize some of you guys when you’re al cleaned up and out of your race suits.

Now let’s talk more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page starting with my trip to a place that left me pretty darned impressed.   Shawn Donath walks me through M & W Aluminum and talks about the Sprint Car parts they make, where some of those parts go and recaps his trip to East Bay last week. This is quite an operation boys and girls!  

Dan Harpell previews Southern Tier Speedworld starting today at Oakdale Mall in Johnson City and tells me what you can see while hinting that some news for Five Mile Point will come out as well.  

 
Thursday, March 2nd 2017
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Phil Burkart Jr. talks about being back on the NHRA tour fox 6 races with a Top Fuel Funny Car.
Torrey Stoughtenger tells me about his two cars and this weekend’s Fingerlakes Speedworld.

I had another nice day on Wednesday and was able to get more work done and write up a story on the driver you’ll hear from first on the Audio Page. It is so great to see Phil Burkart Jr. back in a Top Fuel Funny Car and it was great to catch up with him. And don’t forget he did race Modifieds at Utica Rome a while back too is he is truly one of us and more!

I’ll be busy this weekend as I plan on checking out Southern Tier Speedworld on Saturday and then Fingerlakes Speedworld on Sunday. It is going to be a fun weekend and I can’t wait to see some of you guys and gals. I’m getting out more and doing something fun every day and am really looking forward to these activities this weekend.

Now let’s chat more about what we have on the Audio Page as start out by talking about drag racing at the highest level. Phil Burkart Jr. talks about being back on the NHRA tour fox 6 races with a Top Fuel Funny Car, explained how the ride became available and how he has done in his first two starts.  

Torrey Stoughtenger tells me about his two Sportsman cars, what his plans are for those cars and gets ready for this weekend’s Fingerlakes Speedworld at the Fingerlakes Mall in Auburn, NY.  

 
Wednesday, March 1st 2017
   New on the Audio Page for today:

Tim Fuller tells me about his two races in Florida and the work he is doing in the shop now.
Billy Whittaker recaps his races at Volusia and talks about the need for a good practice session.

We’re back today with a pair of drivers who raced this past weekend in Florida and I hope to do more of these conversations as the week rolls on. There is a lot going on right now and racing really starts to pick up now. Great time to be a fan isn’t it?

After a semi-day off on Tuesday I am back at it full bore today and hope to get a lot done. Of course there are two cars shows this weekend one in Johnson City and another in Auburn. We’ll be at Southern Tier Speedworld on Saturday and Fingerlakes Speedworld on Sunday. And I hope to see some of you there. I can’t wait!

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page starting with a man who came close to winning this past Saturday. Tim Fuller tells me about his two races in Florida, how different each night was and the work he is doing in the shop now to get things ready for 2017.  

Billy Whittaker recaps his two races at Volusia, tells me about some tire issues they had on the final day and talks about the need for a good practice session before the season starts.  

 
Tuesday, February 28th 2017
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Alan Johnson recapped his two races in Florida and told me what he learned on the trip south.
Jeremie Corcoran talks about cancelling Syracuse Snocross and the other ventures he has going.

I got a lot done on Monday both work related and in other areas as well. I am excited about what the future holds and have many different ways I can depending on how the next few months go. One way or another I’ll be fine and now have a solid plan in place to get my head to a much better place. Yes, I am excited and feeling positive about what is going to happen down the road. Yeah!

Tomorrow come back to hear from another Florida racer and even though I usually take today off I am going to do some work in the afternoon before bowling to keep things rolling along in a positive direction.

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page starting with who came back to New York State with a smile on his face. Alan Johnson recapped his two races in Florida and told me what he learned on the trip south as well as how different each of the nights were.  

Jeremie Corcoran talks about cancelling this weekend’s Syracuse Snocross for obvious reasons, the work he is doing to get ready for his Stadium Cross show in late March and Canandaigua’s opener.  

 
Monday, February 27th 2017
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Tony Veneziano reports on Sprint Car racing from East Bay Raceway and Lincoln Speedway.
In my latest Doug’s Thoughts I talks about the Daytona 500 and the new rules for this season.

I hope you all had a fun Daytona Day on Sunday. I know we all did here at the house as Allie made a nice snack for us and yelled at the TV rooting on Chase Elliott. I am curious to know what you all think about the new format and would love to hear your thoughts so send them to me at doug@dougsdirtdiary.com.

I have a long list of people to chat with today and I will get to work on that later this afternoon and into this evening as I hope to get a lot done. It is so nice to know that the season has started and that in the next few weeks more racetracks and racing series will get started. It is an exciting time to be a race fan and I hope you are as pumped up about things picking up as I am.

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page starting with some 360 news from Florida where a lot of people we know from the northeast were on hand. Tony Veneziano reports on 360 Sprint Car racing from East Bay Raceway in Florida, a stormy Lincoln Speedway in Pennsylvania and looks ahead to the next races for the World of Outlaws this weekend in Texas.

In my latest Doug’s Thoughts I talks about Sunday’s Daytona 500, the new rules for this season and who has to be feeling pretty good after it was done.  

 
Sunday, February 26th 2017
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Dave Marcuccilli talks about getting his new Sportsman ready for Fingerlakes Speedworld.
Jim Rothwell recaps his 2016 season and talks about the new cars he is working on now.

It was a rainy and stormy day on Saturday and I don’t know about you but I just love these early in the year thunderstorms. I know we’re not done with the snow and I know we’ll be sure to have more to come but it has been great to have some nice, warm weather so early in the year.

I got busy in the studio on Saturday and will be doing the same today. Of course today is Daytona Day with the 500 set to go off later this afternoon. It should be a fun day and I hope a safe one too. I hope you all have a great day and I hope to see a lot of you this coming weekend with mall shows in Johnson City and Auburn.

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page starting with a man who is busy in his race shop right now. Dave Marcuccilli talks about getting his new Sportsman ready for Fingerlakes Speedworld in Auburn next weekend, describes the work he still has to do and remembers watching his SDW win on TV last Thursday.  

Jim Rothwell recaps his five win season in 2016, talks about the new cars he is working on now and recalls early days in racing running Late Models, 320’s and Sportsman. Great to see you on Friday Jim!  

 
Saturday, February 25th 2017
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Mitch Gibbs shows me pictures of his first racecars and remembers that very first season.
Bob Wightman walks me through the wonderful North East Classic Car Museum in Norwich.

We had a fun day as a family as we headed south to Norwich to visit the North East Classic Car Museum and see my younger than me friend Mitch Gibbs. We had a wonderful time and really it could not have gone any better.

The museum is fantastic and has well over 170 cars on display. There are five buildings and each highlights either a different era or a different type of car. It is well worth the drive and the people are really knowledgeable. Click on the link below to check out their website and remember they are open from 9-5 every day except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. Trust me, you’ll love it!

Then we went into downtown Norwich and ate dinner. Drivers stopped at crosswalks to let you go across the street and everyone we met was so nice. I mean people just waved you across not like at Wegmans where if you cross away from a stop sigh you take your life into your own hands. Yes, it was refreshing to say the least.

We finished out our day visiting with Mitch Gibbs and seeing some photos of his first racecars as well as some of his dads. We saw his business and got to chat about all kinds of things. It was a perfect day for a whole lot of reasons.

Now let’s chat more about what we have on the Audio Page starting with a veteran racer who walked with me down memory lane. Mitch Gibbs shows me pictures of his first racecars, remembers that very first season driving a Camaro stock car and hints at what he will be doing this coming season.  

Bob Wightman walks me through the North East Classic Car Museum in Norwich, describes some of the vehicles inside and remembers his past lettering racecars by hand decades ago. This is really worth the drive guys! Check them out at www.classiccarmuseum.org.  

 
     
 
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