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Friday, July 4th 2014
   New on the Audio Page from Rolling Wheels Raceway Park:
 
Keith Flach told me about his Modified win at Lebanon Valley and his big wreck the week before.
Tyler Siri recently won his first race at Five Mile Point and talked about getting the big block out.
Tim Currier recapped last weekend’s races which saw him finish 4th in his first start at Utica Rome.
Alton Palmer talked about bringing his car to Elbridge and how he has been doing at Fonda.
Chris Hile has been strong at the Brewerton Speedway this season and spoke about his last race.
Mark Kislowski made his first trip to Rolling Wheels and told me why he decided to try it out.
 
Well Mother Nature delayed the show on Thursday at Rolling Wheels and with my wife working and my babysitter done at 9 p.m. I was unable to stay and see cars on the track. When I left at a little past 8, there were Sprint Cars putting heat in the motor and running the track in but it was going to be a while before they ran.
 
There was a pretty good crowd there too especially when you consider that it rained for most of the day all around the track. It was going to be tacky and fast too so we hope the night went well for everyone and everyone finished the night okay. You know how those nights can be sometimes.
 
I got some interviews for you to listen to today plus some “How did the get started?” chats for next week. I also saved three chats that I will be putting up tomorrow so look for more. I have a lot to do today and will not be at a race tonight but will be at Fulton on Saturday and Utica Rome on Sunday. Allie will be with me and I have no issues so I will be able to make the entire show on both days…yay!
 
Again, sorry for this but my wife and I are continuing to climb out of our financial hole so she has to take work when she can get it. And if you do the math (Our sponsorships sell for $500-$1500) you’ll see how little money we make on this site.
 
I’m trying to figure out another source of income but will keep the site going. But I need to get some more money coming in and do something besides race related stuff 24/7. If you have any ideas, I’d love to hear them so send me a message at doug@dougsdirtdairy.com.  
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page. I start with a man who won last weekend. Keith Flach told me about his Modified win at Lebanon Valley and his big wreck the week before as he got ready to race Thursday at Rolling Wheels.  
 
Tyler Siri recently won his first race at Five Mile Point and talked about getting the big block out for the Super DIRTcar Series race at Rolling Wheels. 
 
Tim Currier recapped last weekend’s races which saw him finish 4th in his first start at Utica Rome as he got ready on Thursday night for a series race at Rolling Wheels. 
 
Alton Palmer talked about bringing his car to Elbridge for driver Ronnie Johnson and how he has been doing weekly at the Fonda Speedway. 
 
Chris Hile has been strong at the Brewerton Speedway this season and spoke about his 4th place finish last time out and his hopes for Thursday night at Rolling Wheels. 
 
Mark Kislowski made his first trip to Rolling Wheels ever and told me why he decided to try it out at the Super DIRTcar Series race on Thursday. 

 
Thursday, July 3rd 2014
   New on the Audio Page from the Brewerton Speedway:
 
Glenn Styres talked about his season in a Sprint Car and how well things are going at Ohsweken.
Davie Franek is the URC point leader and talked about coming up to CNY to race Speedweeks.
Joe Trenca got on his roof for the first time and told me how his season has been going so far.
Rob Bellinger told me how he got the lead early and won last week’s Modified feature at Brewerton.
Paul Kinney remembered his last race at Merrittville and how close he came to a last lap pass.
Steve Poirier spoke about his win at Merrittville and his point lead with the Empire Super Sprints.
 
Speedweeks got off to a wet start at the Brewerton Speedway as rain hit the area just as hot laps were getting started and right when the Empire Super Sprints were just getting ready to go. It was tough for me as I only had a small window to go last night as my kids were at a friend’s house as my wife was working.
 
So I was hoping originally to be able to at least catch the ESS A-Main before I left but the weather and then the second shower ended my chances to do that. Man! I would have brought them with me but my youngest is just too young to trust in the pit area. In a few years perhaps, but not now. Allie knows what to do and where to go but not Katie.
 
I did get a few chats done for today and did 8 of my evergreen chats for my vacation. I am up to 11 now and my goal is to have two a day for that time. So far I love the way they are going and we were able to chat with Larry Wight, Sam Reakes IV, Jason Barney, Mike Stelter, Beth Schneider, John Barker Jr., Bryan Howland, Darryl Ruggles, Jessica Zemken, and Steve Poirier.
 
Now let’s talk about what we do have for you today on the Audio Page. I start with a driver/promoter who is enjoying a wonderful year so far. Glenn Styres talked about his season in a Sprint Car and how well things are going at Ohsweken as he got ready for some fun as SUNY Canton ESS Speedweek kicked off. 
 
Davie Franek is the URC point leader and talked about coming up to CNY to race Speedweeks where the surfaces are much slicker than down in Pennsylvania. 
 
Joe Trenca recently got on his roof for the first time in a Sprint Car and told me how his season has been going so far as he got ready for Speedweek. 
 
Rob Bellinger told me how he got the lead early and won last week’s Modified feature at Brewerton to earn his first victory of the 2014 racing season. 
 
Paul Kinney remembered his last race at Merrittville this past Saturday night and how close he came to a last lap pass of a multi-time champion. 
 
Steve Poirier spoke about his win at Merrittville, how close the finish was at the line and his point lead with the Empire Super Sprints. 

 
Wednesday, July 2nd 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Peter Britten gets ready for Thursday’s SDS at Rolling Wheels and talked about Weedsport.
Mike Mahaney summed up how his races went on Friday and Saturday as well as an almost win.
Dave Axton talked about his hopes for SUNY Canton CNY Speedweek and racing close to home.
Andrew Ferguson told me what he forgot to bring with him on Sunday and his race at Skyline.
Stephen Denton talked about his Four Cylinder Super Stock win and who is the man to beat there.
Chris Cunningham discussed some of what makes running a Mopar different than a Chevrolet.
Mike Kaslauskas explained what he did to convert an asphalt stock car to a dirt Pure Stock.
 
I had a fun day as I got a tour of the new Weedsport Speedway along with several other members of the CNY media. To say that what is going on there is impressive would be an understatement. I took some photos and put them up on my facebook page so if you have not friended me yet, do so and you can see what the place looked like yesterday.
 
Plus I have a pair of interviews up for you to listen to as Dave Axton and Peter Britten were there for the media to chat with. I know both of them are excited and now I am too with what I saw on Tuesday.
 
I also have my final chats from the weekend up as get ready to head to the Brewerton Speedway later today for some Sprint Car fun. It is the first day of SUNY Canton CNY Speedweek and I plan on being at four of the five events. 
 
Now let’s chat more about what I have for you today on the Audio Page. I start with one of my chats from Tuesday in Weedsport. Peter Britten gets ready for Thursday’s SDS at Rolling Wheels and talked about Weedsport. He talked about how little they raced last week, how well he has adapted to The Fast Track and how much fun it has been to see the transformation at Weedsport Speedway taking place on a daily basis. 
 
Mike Mahaney summed up how his races went on Friday and Saturday as well as an almost win. He told me how fortunate he was to get second with a tire going down on Saturday, what slowed him down on Friday and wonders what surprises he might get on his birthday! 
 
Dave Axton talked about his hopes for SUNY Canton CNY Speedweek and racing close to home. He told me what makes each of the five racetracks different, how little of his knowledge from his Modified days he uses with the 360 Sprint Car and how much he is looking forward to seeing Weedsport Speedway when it is finished. 
 
Andrew Ferguson told me what he forgot to bring with him on Sunday and his race at Skyline. He talked about getting better on the slick stuff at Utica Rome, how happy he was that everyone now weighs the same in the Sportsman class and what he had to do to get it to weigh less without losing the percentages he likes. 
 
Stephen Denton talked about his Four Cylinder Super Stock win and who is the man to beat there. He told me how nice it is to have an established person to measure yourself against in the class, how nice it is when you can finally beat him and how nice it is to drive his car after battling week after week. That someone is Chuck Powelczyk by the way! 
 
Chris Cunningham discussed some of what makes running a Mopar different than a Chevrolet. He told me why he has always liked Mopars, what parts he has to bring with him to the track that he can’t borrow from the Chevy guys and why patience is a key in the off season as you wait for parts. 
 
Mike Kaslauskas explained what he did to convert an asphalt stock car to a dirt Pure Stock. He told me how he road tested the car, what his hopes are fore the car and why he likes to run at Utica Rome Speedway. 
 

 
Tuesday, July 1st 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Stewart Friesen told me about his win in a new car at Fonda and his sixth place at Big Diamond.
A.J. Filbeck missed some weeks of racing and told me how hail storm created alot of work.
Randy Shantel tells me why he had to scale back his Saturdays and how Sundays have been going.
Chad Ray explained why he passed on hot laps Sunday and how tough it is to race on hot days.
Bryan Owens talks about his season driving a Pure Stock and what learned from the scales.
 
I have a busy day on tap today as I will be heading out to Weedsport to see how the renovations are coming along. It is a media event put on by DIRTcar and it will be fun to see how the old girl is shaping up as they get ready for their opener on July 13th.
 
I’ll take a few photos and put them up on my facebook page so look for those later today. Weedsport has always been a special place to me as I announced there for 11 seasons. I can’t wait to see her return to a state that will be well beyond her past glory.
 
I’ll interview Jeff Hachmann and put that one up tomorrow as we get ready for SUNY Canton CNY Speedweek. I plan to be at all but one of the events and the weather is going to get better each day this week as we get closer to Sunday. Yeah!
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page. I start with a big winner from the weekend. Stewart Friesen told me about his win in a new car at Fonda and his sixth place at Big Diamond. He talked about how happy he was to pick up 12 spots on Friday, how good his new car was in the win and his plans to drive a Sprint Car four times this week. 
 
A.J. Filbeck missed some weeks of racing and told me how hail storm created alot of work back at the family business. He explained what they have been doing the last few weeks, how many days a week they are working and when they might be caught up. You need to work to be able to race guys! 
 
Randy Shantel tells me why he had to scale back his Saturdays and how Sundays have been going. He talked about the need to be safe at the track, the need to keep your stuff up to date and some miscues the last few weeks. 
 
Chad Ray explained why he passed on hot laps Sunday and how tough it is to race on hot days. He told me what he was seeing as he watched the Sportsman hot laps, his hopes to run the outside in his heat and the need for some more drive off the corner. 
 
Bryan Owens talks about his season driving a Pure Stock and what learned from the scales. He told me about a recent motor issue he survived, where the fast cars are better than him on the track and what he feels is the most important thing he needs to do. 

 
Monday, June 30th 2014
   New on the Audio Page from the Utica Rome Speedway:
 
After the heat races:
 
Chad Ray talked about his Sportsman heat win, how good his car was and how the track raced.
Jack Miller dominated his heat to get the win and wondered what he should change for the feature.
Willy Decker spoke about his win in the first Modified heat and his two weeks at Glen Ridge.
Ryan Phelps told me about his Mod heat win and what he was watching before making changes.
Tom Denton made a late race move to win his Pro Stock heat and spoke about having patience.
Glenn Forward walked me through his last corner pass for the win and talked about the future.
Bill Mason won the first Pure Stock heat race and told me when he will finally paint his racecar.
 
After the feature races:
 
Jeremy Vunk took the lead on lap three on a restart and told Mike Mallett about his feature win.
Stewart Friesen picked up his 50th career Modified win at the track and spoke with Mike Mallett.
Glenn Forward won his third Pro Stock feature race in a row and told the crowd all about it.
Russ Marsden held off the field to win the Pure Stock race and told Mike Mallett how he did it.
 
It was a hot one on Sunday, maybe the hottest day we’ve had so far. At least it sure felt that way. I got a lot of interviews done but saved a good portion of them as we’ve got a busy week coming up.
 
The Utica Rome Speedway was where we were and the racing was real good on the big half mile. We were missing a few Modified drivers with the Super DIRTcar Series up in Cornwall, Ontario but don’t tell that to Stewart Friesen who picked up his 50th career win at the track in the Modified feature. And its 52 total at the track if you add in his two Sprint Car wins.
 
He’ll be busy this week too with ESS Sprint Speedweek as he’ll race the Doug Emery owned Sprinter Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. I also had a nice chat with him before the race where we plug what’s coming up as well as one where we go back to his start in racing in go carts and packer trucks at Ransomville.
 
Actually I did three of those and will do lots more as I am taking a trip here in a few weeks. We’re going out to Illinois to see my dad’s side of the family. My best estimates on how many cousins and second cousins I have out there is somewhere around 50. Most of them I have never met and the one’s I have met I have not seen in 34 years. Yeah, it is much needed.
 
But we’re going to have lots of stuff on the site while I’m away and Webmaster Andy is going to stay at our house to take care of my cat Tiger and help me with another project I am looking to get off the ground. No, not the picture fix! That is going to be a huge job that will have to wait till the off season but it will nice to have him here to stay with our cat to keep him company. Plus I have lots of channels for him to watch on the TV so he will be just fine.
 
I’ll be at all but one of the Sprint Car races this week and will be in Weedsport on Tuesday for a media event so we see where they are as they basically rebuild this speedway from the ground up. I can’t wait for that and to see the guys in the Peter Britten and Rich Scagliotta shops. They’re great guys!
 
So even though we have a potentially life changing trip back to where the Elkins family got started, we’ll have lots of good stuff for you with “how they got here” chats with the drivers plus as many as I can save over the next four races I do. Hey, you may even like what we do during that time more than what we do now. And if that is the case…hmmm.
 
Have a great week guys and I hope to see you tomorrow. 

 
Sunday, June 29th 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Brian Malcolm talked about his win at Penn Can and why it was so special for his car owner.
Ronnie Davis III skipped his high school graduation and told how it paid off with a feature win.
 
I had a fun day on Saturday as we spent the day with old friends reminiscing. It was a great graduation weekend and today we are ready to get back to the racetrack as Allie and I will head to Utica Rome Speedway.
 
I did get some work done in the studio for the website and also for the next Atomic Power Racing Hour as we’ll bring you Late Model action from Humberstone. Look for that one to begin showing up in a few weeks on Time Warner Cable Sports.
 
I have a busy week coming up as I plan on hitting 4 races in 5 days. SUNY Canton Sprint Speedweeks is coming up and I’ll be at Brewerton, Rolling Wheels, Fulton and Utica Rome.
 
Now let’s chat about the two chats I have for you to listen to on the Audio Page. I start with a pair of winners from Friday night. Brian Malcolm talked about his win at Penn Can and why it was so special for his car owner. He told me about the accident his car owner had during the week, how he held on in the final laps to get the victory and his hopes to keep it rolling last night at Thunder Mountain.
 
Ronnie Davis III skipped his high school graduation and told how it paid off with a feature win. He told me how he came from last to first to win his heat, how he got by two very experienced drivers to win and looks ahead to racing at Brewerton again on Wednesday. 

 
Saturday, June 28th 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Nick Guererri won his first race of the season and talked about winning on his sponsor’s night.
Mike Walton talks about picking up his second win of the season and what helped him get it.
Joe Krause just drove a crate Sportsman for the first time and described how the car felt to him.
 
It was a real nice day on Friday and I had a great time at a graduation party for a long time friend’s daughter. It will make you feel old for sure but it was still great to see some old friends and celebrate.
 
Not sure what I am doing today as something has come up. Not sure if I will be going to a race of doing some work in the studio. We’ll have to see but we will make sure we have some new stuff for you guys to listen to tomorrow one way or another.
 
Heading to Utica Rome tomorrow and hoping to chat with more people I have yet to speak with this year. That’s one of my goals for Sunday. Speaking of Sunday, don’t forget about the Super DIRTcar Series race in Cornwall, Ontario.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page. I start with a pair of winners from last weekend. Nick Guererri won his first race of the season and talked about winning on his sponsor’s night. He told me how he grabbed the lead on a lap 9 restart, how close he had come on several other occasions and where he plans to race next week. 11:45 
 
Mike Walton talks about picking up his second win of the season and what helped him get it. He described a motor issue they fixed, explained why he fell back at the start if the race and how his many years in a go cart are still helping him today. 
 
Joe Krause just drove a crate Sportsman for the first time and described how the car felt to him. He explained how the car seemed to be turning on its own, what his son Nick said to him afterwards and how happy he was to get a new perspective on the sport. 

 
     
 
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