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Monday, August 25th 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
In the latest Doug’s Thoughts I explain why I am gun shy right now and one real good story.
 
We have one thing up today and one thing only as I really need some feedback on some of what is going on in my head now. I want you guys to listen to this and let me know what you think about what I am throwing out there. Many of you have a lot more experience that I do in this game so I really want to know what you think one way or another.
 
I realized that for one thing I am a little gun shy and have been since…well you know. I have the upmost respect for what it takes to race. And not just big time stuff but anybody who races anything, anywhere. I hate to see when bad things happen as…
 
A-Crashes hurt.
B-They are expensive.
C-They can end your season, your career or worse.
 
Yes, we all know that but are we racing as safely as we can be? Are there still some areas we could address? In my clip I throw out a few things that I have been thinking about and in many cases discussed with some of you. We know from past experience that it can and probably will happen again. Can we learn more from this latest deal that we already have? I don’t truly know. So that is why I am asking for your feedback.
 
Take some time today to listen to this clip and then take another moment to send me some thoughts of your own. Maybe some more good can come from this and maybe we can avoid the next tragedy.
 
Now I’ll tell you more about what I have for on the Audio Page. And this is from my heart to all of you who race or are related or close to someone who does. In the latest Doug’s Thoughts I explain why I am gun shy right now and one real good story from the Sprint Car world up in Canada. I talk about why this brought back a lot of bad memories for me, point out a conversation I’d like to have on being safe versus being able to get out of the racecar quickly and why we may be too hard on the media at times…although not this past two weeks. 

 
Sunday, August 24th 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Willy Decker talks about last week’s win at Utica-Rome and what he is doing for Syracuse.
Tommy Sears tells me how running more races makes you better and remembers last year on the mile.
 
It was a cool overcast day on Saturday and I had a get together to attend with the family. And today I have something too but we’ll have some audio from Steve Ovens and Turn 5 Racing Podcasts. He’ll be sending me some stuff from Yates County that you guys can listen to as I have a super busy week coming up just like a lot of you.
 
Next weekend we hope to hit at least two tracks but I have had a rough time lately as the nights I can go have been rainy. I lost Wednesday at Utica Rome and Friday night at Brewerton. But don’t worry, we’ll keep good stuff coming up every day one way or another.
 
Now let’s talk about the two nice chats I have for you today on the Audio Page with a couple of Modified drivers that are each doing well right now. Willy Decker talks about last week’s win at Utica-Rome and what he is doing for Syracuse. He tells me how much better they have been running of late, what makes twin 20’s tough on the race teams and his hopes to maybe find a big block to pull double duty on the moody mile. 
 
Tommy Sears tells me how running more races makes you better and remembers last year on the mile. He talked about how a motor issue sidelined him at Syracuse after just 20 laps, why they don’t have a lot of work to do to get ready for Super DIRT Week this time around and why teams need to double check to make sure they haven’t forgotten anything. 

 
Saturday, August 23rd 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Matt Sheppard talks about his hopes for three championships and what he is doing for Syracuse.
Chris Fleming told me why he was driving to Yates County and looks ahead to going to Iowa.
 
I was hopeful on getting in a show last night until about 4:30 when the storm cells that were hovering just west and north of Brewerton moved in. They were going to give it a go too as it would have been a fast track too but that last bit of rain was just too much.
 
I did get a few interviews done right after that announcement was made and those are up for you today. I’ll be back in the studio today too so look for more up tomorrow as we wind down the 2014 season.
 
Now let’s talk more about what I have for you to listen to on the Audio Page for today. I have a pair of drivers up today who are each having a very special season. Matt Sheppard talks about his hopes for three championships and what he is doing for Syracuse. He told me how he is doing at each of his weekly homes, his hopes to pick up a small block ride for Super DIRT Week and what he will race on Tuesday at Georgetown. 
 
Chris Fleming told me why he was driving to Yates County and looks ahead to going to Iowa. He talked about having his win streak ended at Skyline, how he felt about it afterwards and how he could be the national point leader coming into Boone. 

 
Friday, August 22nd 2014
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Alan Rudalavage talks about his recent win, his job as an EMT and his hopes for a championship.
Jeff Rockefeller told me about his season so far and what he is doing this year at Super DIRT Week.
Billy Pauch Jr. recaps his weekend that included a feature win and his first ever championship.

We’re slowly but surely getting back to normal here in the home studio after a horrible stretch. I think I am finally getting better and am thankful to all of you who helped especially Kevin Sr. and his wife Pam. Plus a big shout out goes to Mark Garrow at Performance Racing Network for his solid advice. Thanks guys.

We have a real god one up today with Alan Rudalavage who I did not know is a first responder and an EMT. Someone we didn’t think about were those brave people on the safety truck at Canandaigua. I know those guys. They work hard and I am sure they are still hurting. Wanna know how they deal with things like this as a group? Then listen to my chat with him to see.

Also I have my last chat from Utica Rome as we talk with last year’s Super DIRT Week surprise Jeff Rockefeller. I hope you like them and if we are dry today, I will be at Brewerton.

Plus we added a chat with Billy Pauch Jr. that we did after I had this front page updated. It was quite a weekend for the young man and he also offers us some perspective the nature of our sport and the special relationship he has with his famous father. Great stuff!

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page. I start with a real good one with a real good man.   Alan Rudalavage talks about his recent win, his job as an EMT and his hopes for a championship. He tells me why he has never won a title before, what he does at the race shop to help the team and what keeps first responders going when things don’t turn out well. Thank God for folks like Alan who risk everything to help others!  

Jeff Rockefeller told me about his season so far and what he is doing this year at Super DIRT Week. He described how badly things have gone overall, how he trashed a car at Glen Ridge and why he won’t be disappointed if he does not qualify in the top six in October on the mile.  

Billy Pauch Jr. recaps his weekend that included a feature win and his first ever championship. He told me how he beat out his dad for the title at Kutztown, how he got some redemption at Big Diamond and runs down his tentative late season plans.  

 
Thursday, August 21st 2014
   New on the Audio Page from Utica-Rome Speedway before the rain fell:
 
Dan Harpell talks about preparing a track for a rainy night and updates me on Yates County.
Bobby Varin tells me how his two weekly tracks are going and his plans for October at Syracuse.
Mike Walton explains how he is coping after losing a friend and how unified the Sprint world is.
 
It was a busy day on Wednesday with lots of things to sort out during the day. Everything I needed to get done with one exception was taken care of but I was so late I was lucky to make it out the door on time after being gone for most of the day.
 
I traveled to Utica Rome hoping they might catch a break and beat Mother Nature but that didn’t happen. They held off a bit after the rain started but it rained hard and rivers of mud were flowing in the pit area. They had no choice. And today’s rain date was also cancelled so unfortunately this show is going away. Hey, maybe we’ll see it back for next year huh?
 
I did get a few done before heading for cover and all but one of those is up for today. I’ll be in the studio today hoping to get some work done and at a show on Friday for sure. I have other things going on the next two days after that but I’ll make sure you have lots of good stuff to listen to. 
 
And don’t miss my latest column on why racers race at www.syracuse.com/motorsports. It’s up this morning. 
 
Now let’s talk about the new stuff you can listen to on the Audio Page right now. Dan Harpell talks about preparing a track for a rainy night, explains how it is different from a normal race day and updates me on his progress at Yates County. 
 
Bobby Varin tells me how his two weekly tracks are going, his hopes for a championship at Glen Ridge and his plans for October in Syracuse.  
 
Mike Walton explains how he is coping after losing a friend, how unified the Sprint world is and how tough it was last Friday night at the Brewerton Speedway. 

 
Wednesday, August 20th 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
In my latest Doug’s Thoughts I remember my start on the Outlaw Circuit and recent tragedies.
Chuck Bower recapped his recent races and talked about the conditions Friday at Brewerton.
Stewart Friesen spoke about the hot laps at Brewerton and how nice it has been to travel on Fridays.
Eric Kingsley remembered the Outlaw Circuit and explained what it was that made it so special.
 
It has been a tough week for a lot of us and for me too. I took my best friend to the emergency room late Monday. Luckily he is going to be alright. Plus a family member had a procedure done last week and we finally and fortunately found out that the word benign was the final outcome. Now throw everything else in the mix and you can see why I am not myself and may not be for a while.
 
I did a Doug’s Thoughts today to try to clear my head and get some perspective. I love all you guys but don’t know if everything I have done this past week and a half has been right or not. I always want to help the non-racing public understand who we are but they don’t want to understand. They only show up when things go wrong and then they as always look for the quote that will be sensational enough to keep people watching, listening or reading.
 
I am sick to death over this, can’t sleep and pray that nothing like this happens again. There are so many people who are hurting and need to heal, but pressure is coming at them from all angles. I just wish the media would move on to the next story and leave us alone.
 
Now let’s talk about the stuff I hope you will listen to today on the Audio Page as I pour my heart out in this first clip. In my latest Doug’s Thoughts I remember my start on the Outlaw Circuit and recent tragedies. I tell you what I learned the first few years, how my level of respect for racers continued to rise and lay it all on the line as to how I feel about the sport we all love! 
 
Chuck Bower recapped his recent races and talked about the conditions Friday at Brewerton. He talked about some recent gains the team has made, how he lost some spots late in a race and comments on what happened in the Sprint Car race at Canandaigua. 
 
Stewart Friesen spoke about the hot laps at Brewerton and how nice it has been to travel on Fridays. He talked about some of his travels on his off day, his past at the challenging Brewerton Speedway and remembers being a young fan on the Outlaw Circuit. 
 
Eric Kingsley remembered the Outlaw Circuit and explained what it was that made it so special. He talked about what made it different that what else was out there, how much fun it was and what made the circuit work so well. 

 
Tuesday, August 19th 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Mike Stelter remembered a recent conversation with Kevin Ward Jr. where they talked racecars.
Joe Trenca talked about the racetrack he would see on Friday and when he first met Kevin Ward Jr.
Danny Varin described the tacky surface he was on in practice and the big wheelie he did in turn 2.
Bobby Podolak thought back to the Outlaw Circuit which will be remembered Wednesday at U-R.
 
I did not get the front page entry up until early Tuesday morning as I had to take a friend to the emergency room. We left at 10:00 p.m. and just got back at about 6 this morning. So I am in need of serious sleep.
 
We have a lot of good stuff for you today including some talks with some folks from Friday night and a preview of what will happen Wednesday at Utica Rome. Sorry I did not get this up sooner, but we had to do what we had to do to help a friend.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have today on the Audio Page for you to listen to. Mike Stelter remembered a recent conversation with Kevin Ward Jr. where they talked racecars. He told me how much knowledge this young man had, how impressed he was with Kevin’s ideas and what changes he was making to get ready for the heavy racetrack. 
 
Joe Trenca talked about the racetrack he would see on Friday and when he first met Kevin Ward Jr. He told me about the conversations they had, how good Kevin was on the racetrack and how tough he was on the top of the racetrack. 
 
Danny Varin described the tacky surface he was on in practice and the big wheelie he did in turn 2. He described what it felt like when the front end lifts up, how he got a 360 between the rails and how he & his Modified crew are doing as they learn Sprint Cars. 
 
Bobby Podolak thought back to the Outlaw Circuit which will be remembered Wednesday at Utica-Rome. He talked about how much fun those days were, what made the cars fun to drive and remembered a few specific nights both bad and good. 

 
     
 
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