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Tuesday, August 2nd 2016
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Bobby Varin tells me about his season at Glen Ridge and how his W-16 engine is performing.
Tyler Siri recaps his win and fifth place at Outlaw Speedway and looks ahead to Friday night.
Tony Veneziano reports on the latest WoO Sprint Car races leading up to I-55 this weekend.

We’re back at it again today and have a new column up online at www.syracuse.com/motorsports and also in print in today’s Syracuse Post Standard. Obviously with a lot of tracks off this past weekend there is not as much there as in some weeks but with less that gives me some time to get ahold of some new people this week as the regular season winds down.

I have a winner up from the weekend as well as my last Glen Ridge chat and an update on the World of Outlaws. All three aregood and I hope you enjoy them all. And I will have some extra time this week so if I have not chatted with your favorite driver in a while let me know and I will get it done. Either message me on Facebook or send me a message at doug@dougsdirtdiary.com.

And don’t forget later today the Super DIRTcar Series will visit Ransomville Speedway for the Alex Friesen Summernationals. There is big money on the line and a lot of drivers who really want to win this special event. Good luck to all of you going there tonight.

Now let’s chat more about what I have for you today on the Audio Page as we roll into August. Bobby Varin tells me about his season at Glen Ridge and how his W-16 engine is performing as well as how it matches up against other engines with more horsepower.  

Tyler Siri recaps his win and fifth place at Outlaw Speedway this past weekend and looks ahead to Friday night where some NASCAR folks will show up for some fun.  

Tony Veneziano reports on the latest WoO Sprint Car races leading up to Ironman 55 at I-55 Raceway in Missouri this weekend.

 
Monday, August 1st 2016
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Jeff Rockefeller tells me about a problem he had the week before and why he got out fast.
Shaun Pangman talks about putting wings on his Modified and what went wrong last Friday night.
Chris Schaffer described how his season is going as part of a 2 car team and a handling issue.

There was a lot of weather around on Sunday both early in the day and then again latter. Utica Rome was set to run their 4th Annual Cole Cup but early rains with the promise of more later led to an early cancellation. The show will now be made up in September.

Now today I will get in the studio as I only have one interview left from Friday at Glen Ridge so after we get some writing done we’ll get in and get the mics fired up.

Tomorrow we will have my latest story on Syracuse.com/motorsports and it will be available in print form as well. So look for that and be sure to come back here for more.

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you to listen to on the Audio Page from Friday at Glen Ridge. Jeff Rockefeller tells me about a problem he had the week before and why he got out of the Modified quickly as well as the recent hot streak he had before things started going wrong.  

Shaun Pangman talks about putting wings on his Modified, what happened last year when he tried something similar and what went wrong last Friday night.

Chris Schaffer described how his season is going as part of a 2 car team, some handling issues he has been dealing with and how his life is away from the race track.

 
Sunday, July 31st 2016
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Jeremy Wilder tells me about his recent win at Glen Ridge and how his 2016 season is going.
Craig Hanson spoke about the chances he could move up in points and a recent chassis change.
Rocky Warner talked about coming off a win on Friday’s and compares last years win total to now.

I had a nice day on Saturday as we went to my wife’s 30 high school reunion in Fulton. It was a lot of fun and it was nice to see some people I first met when Camille and I first started dating. I was even able to talk racing with some folks too. Yep, it was a fun night alright.

I will be back at the track today as Utica Rome Hosts the 4th Annual Cole Cup with 360 Sprint Cars. I just love Sprints at Utica Rome as the track gets so wide and these cars just run all over the high banked turns. So be sure to come back tomorrow for more from the action taking place later today.

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page from my Friday night at Glen Ridge. Jeremy Wilder tells me about his recent win at Glen Ridge, what he did for Run Whatcha Brung Night and talks about the new W-16 engine a competitor is using.

Craig Hanson spoke about the chances he could move up in points, a recent chassis change during the offseason and some recent carburetor troubles he has been working on.  

Rocky Warner talked about coming off a win on Friday’s and compares last years win total to now while wondering if he is winning at about the same rate.  

 
Saturday, July 30th 2016
   

New on the Audio Page from Glen Ridge Motorsports Park:

Josh Hohenforst talks about his point lead in the Modified division and how he is doing at Fonda.
Bob Vedder tells me how close he has come to picking up his first Modified win in his career.
Justin Knight won his Pro Stock qualifying heat and told me about the super tacky race surface.
Shaun Pangman speaks with Allie Elkins after winning his Modified heat with Sprint Car wings.
Nate Furman won the Midget race and spoke about what he did to get his car to handle better.
Luke Horning got the win in the Pro Stock feature and talked about why he’s been moving around.
Shaun Pangman won his 4th career feature at Glen Ridge and spoke about his dominating win.
Greg Pessolano celebrated his Sportsman win and talked about what he thought of the race surface.
Chris Andrew picked up his sixth Cruiser win of the season and explained how he found a ride.

Allie and I had fun as we traveled east to Glen Ridge Motorsports Park form some Friday night short track fun at the fast ¼ mile track. It was Run Whatcha Brung Night for the Modifieds and only one driver came in with the Sprint Car wing package and that was the driver who won.

Shaun Pangman won for the second time in the season and the fourth time in his career. And he did so in dominating fashion. I watched from the tower as I was announcing for Paul Szmal and will do so again this coming Friday. It was fun to work at a new track, meet some new people and share the experience with Allie. Before last weekend at Five Mile Point she had never heard me announce.

It was also fun to work with Jim King who I had never worked with before. Sure, we’ve worked at many of the same tracks but never at the same time. I had a ball Jim and can’t wait to do it all again next week.

I also met so many other nice folks who work at the track and they made me feel right at home like I’ve worked there for years. Thanks guys!

I did not get as much done for the website but will have some good stuff for you for tomorrow as I saved a few for you. My wife has her 30th high school reunion and I was told many months ago to leave tonight open to accompany her and that is what I will do.

Tomorrow we’ll be at Utica Rome for the Cole Cup and I hope to see a lot of you there too for this $10,000 to win event. I hope you enjoy your Saturday and come back tomorrow for more from Glen Ridge with some drivers you know well.

 
Friday, July 29th 2016
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Dan Creeden talks about winning his 3rd in a row at Thunder Mountain and Wednesday at I-88.
Pat LaPage tells me how he went from third to first in the final corner to win Saturday at Fulton.
Meckenzie Marsh leads the Slingshot points at Five Mile and talked about meeting Danica Patrick.
Dalton Maynard spoke about his championship hopes for 2016 as he goes for back to back titles.

We’re back with a pretty good line up of guests for you on a Friday including a young lady I met this past weekend who is a pretty good racer and a good talker as well. I hope you like the Meckenzie Marsh interview as she is quite a young lady. My daughter Allie helped in this one too.

Plus we met a few winners from the weekend and spoke with another racer who is going for another track championship. It’s all good stuff and yes, I LOVE talking with first time winners like Pat LaPage who picked up his first win this past weekend as a 45 year old rookie. Way to go buddy!

And tonight Allie and I will heading out to Glen Ridge Motorsports Park for the first of two consecutive Fridays as the back up announcer for Jim King. Believe it or not, but Jim and I have never worked together before even though we have many of the same tracks on our resumes. I look forward to having a fun night and I hope to see some of you there too!

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page starting out with some winning drivers. Dan Creeden talks about winning his 3rd in a row at Thunder Mountain and his tough night on Wednesday at I-88 and looks ahead to tonight at Accord.  

Pat LaPage tells me how he went from third to first in the final corner to win his first race in just his 15th start on Saturday at Fulton and how he felt afterwards.  

Meckenzie Marsh leads the Slingshot points at Five Mile Point Speedway at age twelve and talked about meeting Danica Patrick on the Ellen Degeneres Show. Allie joins us here too!  

Dalton Maynard spoke about his championship hopes for 2016 as he goes for back to back titles and how close the points are in the Slingshot division at Five Mile Point.  

 
Thursday, July 28th 2016
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Kyle Rohner leads the Sportsman points at Five Mile Point and talked about the chassis he likes.
J.J. Courcy told me how he got the ride in the 34 Sportsman and what the original goal was.
Cliff Pierce talked about his extensive racing background as he races as a Sportsman rookie.
Mike Austin explained how he picked up a free chassis and how he is doing in his Hig Fab.

We’re back today after another steamy day on Wednesday. A lot of Modified racers were on the track last night with the Super DIRTcar Series in Canada and the STSS cars at I-88 Speedway. I hope you all beat the heat and had a great night.

I will be back in the studio today as we are almost empty in the can. And with a lot of those Modified drivers back home we should have more success than if we tried last night. So we will be very busy today.

Now let’s chat more about the four new interviews we have up on the Audio Page as we continue to highlight the Sportsman division. Kyle Rohner leads the Sportsman points at Five Mile Point and talked about the chassis he likes that he picked up last year as well as some nice victories he has enjoyed this season.

J.J. Courcy told me how he got the ride in the 34 Sportsman, what the original goal was when he first got behind the wheel and remembered when his wife passed him the week before.

Cliff Pierce talked about his extensive racing background as he races as a crate Sportsman rookie as well as some of his history at Five Mile Point.  

Mike Austin explained how he picked up a free chassis, how he is doing in that Hig Fab chassis and why he moved to a crate when his home track dropped the open class.  

 
Wednesday, July 27th 2016
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Brad Cicio tells me how his racing career started and how good it felt to get a win back in May.
Tanner Harpell has won races in each of the last two years and talked about adjusting to a Sportsman.
Tom Hampton talked about how his rookie Sportsman season is going and what he did in the 90’s.
Brent Joy has been running much better lately and spoke about getting closer to his first win.

We have had some nice days so far this week in Central New York. Sure, we got the big storms that rolled through Monday afternoon but also got a bonus as a late night soaking hit right around midnight. We really need the rain and hopefully that all helped!

We are showing some love to the Sportsman teams that are the backbone of racing in our area. At most speedways now the Sportsman are the most popular division so today we have all Sportsman drivers on the page for you. They don’t often get the headlines that other classes do but they work just as hard and put on some great shows. Way to go guys & gals!

Now let’s chat more about those hard working Sportsman drivers on the Audio Page today as we reach mid week. Brad Cicio tells me how his racing career started, how good it felt to get his first win back in May as well as how his friends & family help him every Saturday.  

Tanner Harpell has won races in each of the last two years and talked about adjusting to a Sportsman after several years in an IMCA Modified as well as how some motor issues hurt.  

Tom Hampton talked about how his rookie Sportsman season is going, what he drove in the 90’s and why he had to take twenty years off from racing.  

Brent Joy has been running much better lately and spoke about getting closer to his first win as well as how being a part of a multi-car team has been helping.  

 
     
 
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