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Saturday, April 30th 2016
   

New on the Audio Page from the Fulton Speedway opener:

After the heat races:

Matt Farnham won the first Sportsman qualifier and told me how the racetrack came to him late.
Ronnie Davis III got off to a tough start and explained how he came from third to first in his heat.
Jeremy Pitcher led every lap from the pole to win his heat and told me that the car didn’t feel fast.
David Marcuccilli had to hold on to win his heat race and described some issues he was having.
Bryan Howland drove away for a convincing heat win and talked about the fast groove up on top.
Steve Poirier came from 6th to 1st to win his heat and wondered why the leader changed lines.
Matt Tanner told me why he switched his line from middle to top right after the yellow flag waved.
Paul Kinney hit the ute tire on lap one, popped a frustration wheelie and talked about his heat win.

After the Sportsman feature and ESS A-Main:

Brad Rouse earned the win in a classic side by side battle and talked about it with Bill Foley.
Jeremy Pitcher finished in second place after leading a lot of laps and spoke with Bill Foley.
Ronnie Davis III picked up 7spots to finish third and told Bill Foley about his race to the front.
Steve Poirier told Mike Mallett about his ESS A-Main win, the 54th of his Sprint Car career.
Danny Varin led the first 17 laps before finishing in second and talked about a slower lapped car.
Brian Howland spoke with Mike Mallett after his 3rd place and told him how hard his crew worked.

I had a fun night as I traveled the 20 minutes up Route 57 to the Fulton Speedway on a cold and rainy afternoon. Fortunately the rain subsided and the big area of rain that we all saw on the radar stayed south and never affected us.

The track actually benefitted from the conditions and was maybe the best opening day surface the speedway has ever had. There was a cushion and it was tall but there were three good grooves of racing with a ripple or bump nowhere to be found. It was the perfect storm so to speak and it led to some great racing.

I was able to get there right after the rain stopped and was able to record 21 pre race interviews. I hope to get to Fulton early today as well and hope to add at least 15 more to that total. If that happens, you’ll get a minimum of 7 new clips every day next week. Keep your fingers crossed and don’t miss a day.

The Sportsman Super DIRTcar Series kicked off with 54 cars in the pit area. I got to four of the five heat winners and by the time I got to Brad Rouse’s car he was in it and pulling out for the feature. Yeah they were moving things along alright.

Brad Rouse and Jeremy Pitcher had a classic side by side battle with Pitcher up high and Rouse running the middle to the bottom. Each led a lot of laps and they seemed to spend forever right next to each other but Rouse was the victor on this night and extended his Fulton Speedway winning streak to two.

Steve Poirier was the show in the ESS opener as he ran down early leader Danny Varin in traffic. Varin had the lead but hit a slower car that stayed on the cushion, right where Varin was running, and affected the outcome. Varin could not get his car to like the bottom and Poirier was a little better in that lower lane. Poirier got by, Varin never caught up and the race was over.

Today I will be back as the Super DIRTcar Series for Modifieds headlines the show. The Sportsman will also be on hand as their first point race for Fulton is tonight. And I would not be surprised if a lot of teams from Friday stay over and run today.

It is going to be an action packed day and I’m sure the tracks nearest to you will be running as well and they would love it if you stopped by. The best racing and the best stories are not on TV, they are at racetracks in our own backyards. So get out today and show your support while seeing some wonderful racing.

 
Friday, April 29th 2016
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Tim Fuller talked about his second place at Canandaigua and how good he feels right now.
Heath Carney told me why he had an old body on his Sportsman and when it got banged up.
Johnny Hill prepared for his first race of the season and talked about getting behind in 2015.
Zach Sobotka got ready for some practice laps at Fulton and remembered a big crash from 2016.
Tony Veneziano tells me how Jason Sides won race # 20 on the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Tour.

Before we get going today we’d like to thank Picture Perfect Pools and Gary Rowe for their continued support of this website. We’d also like to welcome Ransomville Speedway on board as well. Without their help and the help of all of our wonderful sponsors we would not be here today so always please give them the first shot at your business.

We have more good stuff today and will be at Fulton Speedway tonight as the ESS and the Super DIRTcar Series for Sportsman all kick off their season. And tomorrow night the Super DIRTcar Series for big blocks headlines the show on the high banked 3/8 mile track. And yes, I will be there for both days.

Now let’s talk more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page starting with a driver who is smiling more these days after a solid start. Tim Fuller talked about his second place at Canandaigua, wondered how he was compared to the winner and how good he feels right now about his nice start.  

Heath Carney told me why he had an old body on his Sportsman, when it got banged up and looks forward to getting a new car real soon.  

Johnny Hill prepared for his first race of the season after a practice the day before and talked about getting behind early last year do to an off track incident.  

Zach Sobotka got ready for some practice laps at Fulton with a different car from last year and remembered a big crash from 2016 at Can Am.

Tony Veneziano tells me how Jason Sides won race # 20 on the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Tour and previews this weekend in Oklahoma and Missouri.

 
Thursday, April 28th 2016
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Peter Britten talked about his win last Friday at Albany Saratoga and helping his new teammate.
Mike Bowman told me about the new Modified he had at practice and his race plans for 2016.
Claude Hutchings Jr. explained what happened to their new engine and how they got another one.
Lucas Heintz was coming off a good race in week one and talked about his improving skills.

I had a good day on Wednesday as we wrote up some new stuff for the Syracuse Post Standard and Syracuse.com previewing what will happen this weekend at Fulton as both the Super DIRTcar Series for Modifieds and Sportsman kick off as well as the Empire Super Sprints.

I will be at both days before my family kidnaps me on my birthday this Sunday. It’s a big one too as I hit 55. I already got a senior discount at the golf course last week and it saved me $5. And now I can get the senior deals all over town. At least there is one positive to it. Oh wait, we’re still having birthdays so that is a positive too!

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page today starting with a chat I had late Sunday night at Utica Rome. Peter Britten talked about his win last Friday at Albany Saratoga, how good it felt to go in and win early and how he is helping his new teammate. Real good one here!

Mike Bowman told me about the new Modified he had at practice, why he made the chassis choice he did and ran down his race plans for 2016.

Claude Hutchings Jr. explained what happened to their new engine the week before, how they got another one and how early they had to wake up to get it.  

Lucas Heintz was coming off a good race in week one in his Sportsman at Utica Rome and talked about his improving skills in his sophomore season.  

 
Wednesday, April 27th 2016
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Danny Varin talked about his opening night races and runs down where he will race Sprint Cars.
Brandon Kidd has a ride with Doug Emery in a Sprint Car and talked about his goals for 2016.
Brian Knowles explained why he had tires marks on his racecar and why they call him Pork Chop.
John Christian told me why he got out of racing many years back and why just got back in.
Paul Szmal recaps opening night at Fonda and explains why racers are digging out old set ups.

What the heck was that? I don’t think it ever got over 50 here in the Syracuse area on Tuesday. Well I guess it is good that we are getting all that out of the way today and not having any of that this weekend.

I had an easy day as usual on Tuesday although I did do a little bit of work along the way. The kids are off se we had some fun running around town on Tuesday and it was nice, very nice.

I will be back in the studio today and may be doing something real fun on Thursday. More on that later if it happens.

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you all to listen to on the Audio Page as we reach hump day. Danny Varin talked about his opening night races and runs down where he will race his Sprint Cars while recapping his trip to Lincoln Speedway.  

Brandon Kidd has a ride with Doug Emery in a Sprint Car and talked about his goals for 2016 as he gets ready for the big show this weekend at Fulton.

Brian Knowles explained why he had tires marks on his racecar after just one race night and why they call him Pork Chop. Sounds like it should be Stuffed Pork Chop. Now I’m hungry!  

John Christian told me why he got out of racing many years back, why just got back in with a Sportsman in 2015 and how long it took him to get it back.

Paul Szmal recaps opening night at Fonda, explains why racers are digging out old set up sheets and comments on working with veteran announcer Jim King.    

 
Tuesday, April 26th 2016
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Stewart Friesen returned to Fonda on Saturday and told me how he managed to get a victory.
Scott Kerwin had a big block at Fulton’s practice and explained what his plans were for the car.
Ryan Phelps talked about his first races of the season and the need to clean off some cob webs.
Glenn Forward recapped his first race night at Utica Rome as he adapts to driving a Sportsman.
Tony Veneziano reports on the pair of World of Outlaw Sprint Car races from Devils Bowl.

We are back on a Tuesday with lots of great stuff for you to listen to today. We are almost at full capacity in the racing world with more and more tracks set for season openers this weekend. It’s a great time to be a fan and we are excited to still be giving you all this first hand information on a daily basis.

If you did well this past weekend send me a message at doug@dougsdirtdiary.com and we’ll be sure to work you into our conversations this week. Or you could message me on Facebook as well.

Like I said, Sunday night was a reminder to me of why I like local racing s much more than the white washed, bland national stuff where drivers to not have the freedom to tell their stories or analyze the world they race in. I love local racing and would not trade anything to move up to the big time. It’s just not for me!

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page for today starting with a wining driver from this past weekend. Stewart Friesen returned to Fonda on Saturday and told me how he managed to get a victory while explaining why he made the trip to his old home to a familiar track surface.  

Scott Kerwin had a big block at Fulton’s practice on Saturday and explained what his plans were for the car as well as his expectations for the afternoon.  

Ryan Phelps talked about his first races of the season and the need to clean off some cob webs with the car as well as the driver while looking ahead to Fulton’s opener this weekend.  

Glenn Forward recapped his first race night at Utica Rome as he adapts to driving his new Sportsman after several years racing stock cars.  

Tony Veneziano reports on the pair of World of Outlaw Sprint Car races from Devils Bowl Speedway in Texas while looking ahead to tonight in Little Rock Arkansas.

 
Monday, April 25th 2016
   

New on the Audio Page from Utica Rome Speedway:

After the heat races:

Marc Johnson won his Modified heat for the 2nd week in a row and told me about his early move.
Mike Mahaney walked me through his pass for the lead on the last lap to get a heat victory.
Jason Rood won the first crate Sportsman heat and told me why he moved down from a Modified.
Kyle Kiehn made a nice low move to get a Sportsman heat win and talked about improving.
Corey Barker brought out his new Sportsman for the first race and told me about his heat win.
Jack Miller looked over some lap time after his heat win and talked about a motor issue last week.
Claude Hutchings Jr. talked about his heat win and the borrowed engine they installed that morning.

After the features:

Jim Normoyle won career feature number 17 with his Pro Stock and talked about it with Bill Foley.
Pete Stefanski was all by himself and talked about his 2nd place as well as his 2016 racing plans.
Russ Marsden started his season with a third place finish and told me when he dug the car out.
Matt Sheppard explained why he had trouble getting his helmet off after his Modified victory.
Jason Rood survived a wild finish to win his first race in years and talked about having fun again.
Claude Hutchings Jr. went three wide for his win in traffic and thanked his engine builder.

It was a cold one last night at Utica Rome as we doubled, tripled and quadrupled up on our layers of clothing for what turned out to be a night with a lot of real good stories in it.

We also did the next installment of the Atomic Power Racing Hour featuring the Go Nuclear Late Models with myself, Rich Vleck, Paul Szmal and Matt Thomas. Things went very well and you can look for that to show up on Time Warner Cable Sports in about 6 weeks or so.

I don’t watch the Late Model heats or the features on TV nights as we call the audio at a later time and I like to surprised. So sorry, no heat winners or victory lanes from these guys tonight but you will see them on Time Warner so stay tuned. If you can’t get the show and want to see it search Atomic Power Racing Hour on You Tube.

Matt Sheppard won with no power steering which in today’s world is incredibly hard. He also went two for two on the weekend and is has won four of five races between Utica Rome and Canandaigua.

Jason Rood won for the first time in many years as his move to a Sportsman has brought back fun once again. Listen to his heat race interview as he really opens up about how tough it was to realize that Modified racing just wasn’t working out for him and why he just wasn’t having fun anymore. I thought it was nice that just after he told me that he went out and won. He must be having fun now huh? I’m happy for you Jason and thanks for trusting me with the interview. And oh by the way, he was coming of a DNQ last week.

And after blowing up a brand new engine the week before while going for the lead, Claude Hutchings Jr. won with a loaned motor from the same builder and did so with a three wide move through traffic with three laps to go.

Why do I love local racing so much? Do you really have to ask after that? Yeah, the storylines are so much better here aren’t they? Gotta go but know we’ll have more during the week. Got 17 interviews in the can and we plan on hitting shows Friday and Saturday this weekend before taking my birthday off on Sunday! See you later and thanks to all the guys who chatted with me tonight. Lovin life and love racing!  

 
Sunday, April 24th 2016
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Wade Hendrickson talked about his Modified win one week ago at Bridgeport in New Jersey.
Pat Ward recapped his first race of the season and told me about his hopes for last week in Vernon.
Jeremy Vunk told me about the new chassis he had in the pit area and why he changed the look.
Bret Belden got his first laps of the year and talked about the need to change his driving style.

We’re back for another Sunday with a lot of good stuff including four racers who will all be on a track today. I will be at Utica Rome today after a brief trip to Fulton on Saturday for a practice. The sun may have been out but it was darned cold. I only had about an hour so I did what I could before heading back.

Today we do some TV as the Atomic Power Racing Hour kicks off their season with the Go Nuclear Late Models. It will be a five feature show and I hope to see a lot of you there.

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page starting with a winner from last weekend. Wade Hendrickson talked about his Modified win one week ago at Bridgeport in New Jersey as well as what happened right after the checkered flag waved. Whew!  

Pat Ward recapped his first race of the season and told me about his hopes for last week in Vernon as well as what to do to get around a choppy track.

Jeremy Vunk told me about the new chassis he had in the pit area, why he changed the look and his plans to race twice weekly in 2016.  

Bret Belden got his first laps of the year and talked about the need to change his driving style for the different Late Model chassis he will race later today in Vernon.  

 
     
 
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