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Thursday, March 26th 2015
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Billy Pauch Sr. explains why he had to cancel his weekend plans and wonders about next weekend.
Tony Veneziano reports on the last weekend’s World of Outlaw Sprint Car races in California.
 
It was a cold and rainy day on Wednesday. It was a good day to stay inside and get some work done as the snow continues to melt. I did just that and have a new column to show for it in today’s Syracuse Post Standard and online at www.syracuse.com.
 
On the site today we have a pair of nice interviews for you. I don’t know about you but I did not know about Billy Pauch Sr.’s rib injury. If you have never broken a rib I can tell you that it hurts like the devil. So if you see Billy, don’t tell him any jokes as laughing, coughing and sneezing are quite painful…let alone trying to contort yourself to get into a Modified. We wish Billy all the best and hope he can make it to New Egypt’s opener on April 4th.
 
Plus we’ll update you on the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series as they continue their west coast swing. Fortunately the tracks they have been to in California have been warm and dry for the most part. Now if we can only get a little bit of that to come our way.
 
Tonight I’ll be heading out to Vernon for Utica Rome Speedway’s open house. Race teams can buy their NASCAR licenses, find out about rule changes, buy Hoosier Tires and meet new owners Bill & Kim Shea. The event runs from 6-9 p.m. Hope to see you there!
 
Let’s chat now about what we have for you on the Audio Page for you today. Billy Pauch Sr. explains why he had to cancel his weekend plans to get his season started locally and wonders if his ribs will be ready for next weekend’s opener at New Egypt. Get well soon Billy!
 
Tony Veneziano reports on the last weekend’s World of Outlaw Sprint Car races in California including a controversial finish and another win for Rico Abreu.  

 
Wednesday, March 25th 2015
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Bill Shea talks about Utica Rome Speedway’s Open House coming up this Thursday from 6-9 p.m.
Matt DeLorenzo explains why the Fonda Speedway opener has been pushed back to April 11th.
 
Today we are back with some updates on a pair of local speedways and a reminder for those of you who plan on running Utica Rome. Both of these are real good and I hope you enjoy them.
 
Tomorrow we’ll be back with Billy Pauch Sr. who will tell us why he won’t be racing this weekend and we’ll get an update on the west coast swing for the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series from our friend Tony Veneziano.
 
And for fans locally the Great Northern Mall will be hosting a car show this weekend with racecars on display that will be running at Fulton and Brewerton Speedways. As always, show your race colors if you are going and support the mall with your buying dollars.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page today starting with a pair of updates from two local speedways. Bill Shea talks about Utica Rome Speedway’s Open House coming up this Thursday from 6-9 p.m., describes how the speedway looks and his hopes to meet with more drivers. 
 
Matt DeLorenzo explains why the Fonda Speedway opener has been pushed back to April 11th and his hopes to race more this coming season including Saturdays. 

 
Tuesday, March 24th 2015
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Kelly Hebing explained why she had asphalt tires on her 305 and ran down her plans for 2015.
Dwight Johnson talked about the Pro Stock he drove last year and what his goals are for this year.
Jim Olin explained how his first year went as an announcer at Paradise and what he likes about it.
 
We’re back to work today after a couple of days laying low. I’ve been real tired and needed to catch up on some sleep. Let’s hope that brings me back a little.
 
We have three new clips for you today with two drivers and a racer turned announcer. And later today we’ll be back in the studio and I have a few things lined up already so be sure to come back tomorrow for lots more.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page starting with a young lady who had quite a presence at Motorsports Expo 2015. Kelly Hebing explained why she had asphalt tires on her 305, ran down her plans for 2015 and what it was like to race at Evans Mills. 
 
Dwight Johnson talked about the Pro Stock he drove last year and what his goals are for this year as well as his hopes to race more in 2015.
 
Jim Olin explained how his first year went as an announcer at Paradise, what he likes about the job and how his days as a driver have helped. 

 
Monday, March 23rd 2015
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Joe Marotta shares some memories of the time he spent with Andy Fusco at the local DIRT tracks.
Chuck Hebing runs down his plans for the year and talked about how strong the sport looks.
Claude Hutchings showed off his Sportsman last weekend and wondered if he’ll run Mod later.
Joe Trenca told me how his Sprint Cars are coming along and his plans to race more in a 410.
 
We start out the week with four new clips for today. A sad day for many as the wake for Andy Fusco takes place today in Auburn from 4-7 p.m. A lot of stories will be shared so we figured it would be good to let our good friend Joe Marotta share a few with you. I hope you like it and the other stuff we have for you today.
 
And tomorrow we’ll be back with more and we’ll get back in the studio as well so send me those requests and I’ll do my best to get them done.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page on this sad day. Joe Marotta shares some memories and tells a few stories about the time he spent with Andy Fusco at the local DIRT tracks. Rest in peace Andy! 
 
Chuck Hebing runs down his plans for the year and talked about how strong the sport looks especially in the Sprint Car ranks. 
 
Claude Hutchings showed off his Sportsman last weekend, told me when his first race of the season will be and wondered if he’ll run Modified later in 2015. 
 
Joe Trenca told me how his Sprint Cars are coming along, his plans to race more in a 410 and how busy the Motorsports Expo was last weekend.

 
Sunday, March 22nd 2015
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Kevin Ward Sr. talks about his family’s kart races in November and his plans to stay involved.
Paul Szmal talks about Fingerlakes Speedworld which wraps up today at the Fingerlakes Mall.
Mel Thomas runs down some special deals for people at the mall and his plans for the 2015 season.
 
We had a fun day on Saturday as we headed out to Auburn for Fingerlakes Speedworld. It was fun to see racecars and do a little shopping at Bass Pro Shops as I could spend thousands in there in one stop for sure.
 
I was hoping to run into some friends but that didn’t happen so dad and all of us stopped and got dinner on the way home. I love Chili’s and dad had never been there before. He had a good time and loved the enchiladas.
 
I also went in as a guest on Around the Tracks with Joe Marotta and we recorded something about Andy Fusco that will air tomorrow. This is a huge loss for a lot of us and he will surely be missed. Glenn Donnelly even called the show to share a few stories also. We’ll miss you a lot Andy!
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have on the Audio Page for you today starting with one from last weekend that I know you’ll like. Kevin Ward Sr. talks about his family’s kart races in November and his plans to stay involved in Sprint Car racing again this year while helping another driver. 
 
Paul Szmal talks about Fingerlakes Speedworld which wraps up today at the Fingerlakes Mall as well as many other things including some rumors that are flying concerning him and a local track. 
 
Mel Thomas runs down some special deals for people at the Fingerlakes Mall that will end today and his plans for the 2015 season that include breaking in a new announcer. 

 
Saturday, March 21st 2015
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Alan Johnson talks about his Saturday night ride for Canandaigua and the work he has been doing.
Shayne Tenace speaks about the Go Nuclear Late Model Series and shows his brand new racecar.
Brandan Warner told me about his new role as a car owner for one of his former teammates.
Colby Herzog showed off a new car at the Expo and talked about his hopes for the first win.
 
Another weekend is here and we’ll be hitting the road today to check out Fingerlakes Speedworld inside the Fingerlakes Mall in Auburn. Plus I’ll be a guest on Joe Marotta’s radio show this morning from 9-10 a.m. on talk radio 1390 AM in Syracuse.
 
We’ll surely have lots to talk about so be sure to join us as we share some memories of Andy Fusco on the air. It is still suck a shock to know that he is no longer with us and I shared some memories last night with a friend of mine. He went out of his way to welcome me when I joined the team in the mid 90’s and I will always remember that.
 
Of course once I get back I’ll be back watching the NCAA tourney as there have been lots of great games so far and some great stories associated with those games. My bracket does not look too good but I don’t know of anyone who could have predicted some of those upsets. This will help get me through the last of the off season before we start racing.
 
Now let’s chat about what we have for you on the Audio Page to get your Saturday started. Alan Johnson talks about his Saturday night ride for Canandaigua, the work he has been doing at the shop and his plans to run some small block series events. 
 
Shayne Tenace talks about the Go Nuclear Late Model Series, shows his brand new racecar and explains what makes the car different than ones before it. 
 
Brandan Warner told me about his new role as a car owner for one of his former teammates as well as how nice it is to have a new sponsor onboard. 
 
Colby Herzog showed off a new car at the Expo and talked about his hopes for the first win as well as what he likes about his year’s ride. 

 
Friday, March 20th 2015
   We are dark here today on Doug’s Dirt Diary out of respect for Andy Fusco who we lost early Thursday morning. Andy was a friend to racers everywhere and his legacy in racing is almost unparalleled.
 
As a judge and a racing person he brought a unique mix to the table and his counsel to racetrack owners and drivers was priceless. He was the co-host of This Week on DIRT working with broadcasting veteran Doug Logan. He promoted races with Dave Lape at various tracks. And as a judge he helped right the wrongs of society and did so for decades.
 
I first met Andy Fusco when I started working with DIRT Motorsports in 1995. I was a wide eyed kid from the Outlaw Circuit and Andy took the time to give me great advice and made sure I got a warm welcome from the people who would become some of my closest friends.
 
He called the final laps of my first actual race and had some fun with me on the mic as only he could. The last time I saw him he was so warm and caring as he asked how me and my family were doing. My wife had his son in class as a teacher and always remarked about what wonderful young man he was. They say great men leave a legacy through their kids and Andy’s legacy will live on.
 
Last year I saw him, Glenn Donnelly and Cory Reed in the tower at Utica Rome. We shared some stories from back in the day and had a great time. Gene Cole joined us of course and I thought afterwards about all the knowledge that was in that room that day and their place in racing history. Wow. What a room. 
 
This is a sad loss for the racing community and out of respect for Andy we leave the site empty today as our hearts are today thinking about him. Rest in peace Andy and enjoy the racing scene in heaven. They just got a guy who is a jack of all trades. Maybe that’s why the lord took him. Maybe he needed his services. Rest in peace Andy.

 
     
 
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