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Friday, August 30th 2019
   New on the Audio Page for today:

Mike Maresca remembers how he lost the lead late and finished 2nd in the 150 lapper in Cornwall.
Louie Jackson Jr. talked about winning his third 358 Modified race ever and his first at Mohawk.
Billy Cook tells me about his start in racing back in 1970 and how it caught on up in Akwesasne.
Ben Wheeler explains why he changed his weekly home and updated me on his new racetrack.
Robby Knowles describes some of what he’s learned as a rookie promoter at Plattsburgh Airborne.
Marty Preis talks about Marty’s Motorized Mayhem and the videos he has on his Youtube channel.

It was a beautiful day on Thursday as I laid low after hoofing around the NYS Fair the night before. I was shocked how much the rain earlier in the day kept the crowd down as the kids were able to get off and right back on most of the rides without a wait. Yeah, it was a fun day as we dodged the puddles more than the crowd.

Last night we did voice tracks for the MAV-TV race from Fonda earlier this year. Paul Szmal and I had a blast covering the race and I’ll be sure to let you know when it will air. I’m hearing some time in September but when I know for sure you will be among the first to know.

I’m off to Brewerton tonight and Canandaigua tomorrow before spending time with a friend from college the rest of the weekend. I hope you all enjoy the last weekend of the summer…Where did it al go?

Now let’s chat more about what is new on the Audio Page for today starting with a pair of Modified racers from up north. Mike Maresca remembers how he lost the lead late before finishing 2nd in the 150 lapper in Cornwall, described what changed with his car with five to go and wonders what could have been different. 

Louie Jackson Jr. talked about winning his third 358 Modified race ever and his first ever at Mohawk International Raceway, looked ahead to their big race in September and wonders how much he’ll travel after that. 

Billy Cook tells me about his start in racing back in 1970, how the sport caught on with others in Akwesasne and remembers the early days of Frogtown Speedway before if became Mohawk International Raceway. 

Ben Wheeler explains why he changed his weekly home, what makes racing up at MIR a little different and how much an adjustment it has been getting used to the surfaces up north. 

Robby Knowles describes some of what he’s learned as a rookie promoter at Plattsburgh Airborne Speedway, looks ahead to the final two shows of 2019 and a new year in 2020. 

Marty Preis talks about Marty’s Motorized Mayhem, the videos he has on his Youtube channel and the different types of motorsports related events he covers. Look him up on Youtube and follow him on Facebook.   

 
Thursday, August 29th 2019
    New on the Audio Page for today:

Billy Pauch Jr. talks about his win at Georgetown on Tuesday night and how fast he was off the trailer.
Billy Whittaker told me about his first win of the season at Fulton and how close he came on Sunday.
Shane Pecore summed up how his Sportsman season has been going and why he changed his colors
Kenny Polite won his second race in a row on Sunday at Cornwall and talked about his weekend.
Megan Ciglich spoke about his win at Cornwall and how close things got in the final lap of the race.
Kenny Hunt described how he won his first heat race of the season and what went wrong later on.

We had a nice day on Wednesday as we waited out the rain and then headed over to the NYS Fair. Not sure if it will be our only day at the fair as we’ll wait on making that decision but at least we were able to do most of the things we always are sure to do at the venue including looking at where the mile used to be and seeing all the empty space that they have yet to figure out what to do with. Sigh…

Before I left I chatted with Billy Pauch Jr. who I joked with him on Tuesday saying that when he won later that night I would call him the next day. He won, we chatted about and then laughed saying that we would chat about his next win on Monday. We’ll see if that happens. See Dave, you didn’t even need to send the email this time!

Now let’s chat more about what is up for you to listen to today on the Audio Page starting with the interview I was just writing about. Billy Pauch Jr. talks about his win at Georgetown on Tuesday night, how fast he was right off of the trailer and why this one meant so much because of who he ran down to get the lead. 

Billy Whittaker told me about his first win of the season at Fulton Speedway, how many laps they ran side by side up front and how close he came to winning again on Sunday at Utica Rome. 

Shane Pecore summed up how his Sportsman season has been going, talked about what needs to happen for him to earn a track championship and why he changed his colors this season. 

Kenny Polite won his second race of the season on Sunday at Cornwall and talked about his wonderful weekend as well as what he will do for the rest of the 2019 season. 

Megan Ciglich spoke about his win at Cornwall and how close things got in the final lap of the race as she heard the second place car right on her heels. 

Kenny Hunt described how he won his first Hobby Stock heat race of the season, how he celebrated unintentionally afterwards and what went wrong later in the feature.  

 
Wednesday, August 28th 2019
    New on the Audio Page for today:

Billy Pauch Jr. talked about Saturday night’s win at New Egypt and a problem they had on Friday night
Mike Bowman recapped his weekend that included a win in Merrittville and a 5th place at Ransomville.
Brian McDonald prepared for a night of fun at Mohawk International and talked about his 2019 season
Josh Powers spoke about his Super Series win in the Modified division Saturday night in Plattsburgh.
Tim McColman earned his third win of the season at Plattsburgh and talked about a move up for 2019
In this Doug’s Thoughts I recap our weekend at Mohawk International, Plattsburgh and Cornwall.

As you can see we’ve been busy the last two days in the studio and now you get six new interviews to listen to today. We’re going to the NYS Fair with my kids and a few of their friends and we should have a wonderful day.

I will be back in the studio again tomorrow and be back at Brewerton Speedway on Friday and Land of Legends Raceway on Saturday. We have a friend coming in from out of town on Sunday and we look forward to spending time with her.

Still can’t believe that it is Labor Day Weekend time already as I have no idea where the summer went. Look for lots more tomorrow and Friday as we still have a lot of stuff in the can. Support your local racetracks this weekend as I’m sure they all have something special going on.

Now let’s chat more about what you can listen to on the Audio Page starting with a pair of conversations from my time in the studio on Tuesday. Billy Pauch Jr. talked about Saturday night’s win at New Egypt, described a problem they had on Friday night at Big Diamond that resulted in a DNS and looks ahead to a busy Labor Day Weekend. 

Mike Bowman recapped his weekend that included a win in Merrittville Speedway on Saturday, a 5th place at Ransomville Speedway on Friday and ran down what would have to happen for him to earn a championship.   

Brian McDonald prepared for a night of fun at Mohawk International and talked about his 2019 season up north as well as how much he’ll race after this weekend as well as his hopes for a captain’s license. 

Josh Powers spoke about his Super Series win in the Modified division Saturday night in Plattsburgh, how late in the day the made the choice to make the trip and how he liked his first race at the track. 

Tim McColman earned his third win of the season at Plattsburgh and talked about a change they made to the car, what it did to the way it handled and a move up to Modified for 2019. 

In this Doug’s Thoughts I recap our weekend at Mohawk International, Plattsburgh & Cornwall while describing how we did on each night as well as my take on each facility. Wow! What a weekend it was!  

 
Tuesday, August 27th 2019
    New on the Audio Page for today:

Jeremy Smith talked about his wins at Afton and Thunder Mountain and looked ahead to Georgetown.
Robert Delormier spoke about his Sportsman win at Cornwall on Thursday and how patience helped.
Matt Barbour won a squeaker at Mohawk International and told me how he adjusted his race line.
Scott Gauthier held on for a win in his recently repaired vintage car and described what it was doing.
Matt Zira came into Friday night on a good streak and spoke about what he needed to do to win it all.
Tony Veneziano reports on the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series from South Dakota and Montana.

We’re back today with a mix of stuff from my weekend up north as well as a few from the studio on Monday. It was nice to back home for a full day and catch up on all the stuff that you need to catch up on after a three race weekend. I’ll have a Doug’s Thoughts up for you tomorrow on that as it was quite the weekend.

I have a long list of folks to call and already have some things set up for today. Don’t forget they race at Georgetown later today and of course many track championships will be decided this weekend as Labor Day is almost here. Where did the summer go?

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page starting with a driver who just tripled his yearly win total. Jeremy Smith talked about his Modified wins at Afton and Thunder Mountain this past weekend, described a problem they had in a rained out make up feature and looked ahead to Georgetown later today.  11:06 

Robert Delormier spoke about his Sportsman win at Cornwall on Thursday and how patience helped him run down the leader as well as what happened in a late race restart. 

Matt Barbour won a squeaker at Mohawk International Raceway as the Dirt Modified Nostalgia Tour visited the track and told me how he adjusted his race line as well as how he used slower traffic while up front.

Scott Gauthier held on for a win in his recently repaired vintage car at Mohawk International Raceway and described what it was doing as the laps wound down as well as how unpredictable it was lap after lap. 

Matt Zira came into Friday night on a good streak with his four cylinder winning six of his last seven and spoke about what he needed to do to win the championship as well as his background in racing.  

Tony Veneziano reports on the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series from South Dakota and Montana, explains why the car counts for this part of the country are lower than many others and looks ahead to three races in Washington State this weekend.  

 
Monday, August 26th 2019
   We are dark here today on the website as we pay our respects to long time racing announcer John Burr who passed away on Friday after a long illness. John was one of the first announcers I ever worked with and he helped groom me my first year as we shared the mic together at Utica Rome Speedway way back in 1990.

John taught me a lot and helped shape me into the announcer I am today. Just being able to ask questions and hear how it was supposed to be done by someone with the level of experience that he possessed was priceless and for that I am eternally grateful.

If any of you have any stories you would like to share please reach out to me and we can chat today. I have a few folks in mind and will be pursuing that today.

Let this be a reminder to us all to treasure every day that we are on this Earth. Treasure the people that are fortunate to have in your life and try not to let the little stuff stress you out and cause you to be anything but the best person you can be.

Often the people that we think have it all going on are often the most fragile. Don’t judge and don’t carry grudges as they are not healthy. I wonder what John would have been doing today if he was fortunate enough to still be here and able to do the things he loved like being at the races.

Count your blessings, hug your loved ones today and tell them why you value them in your life and I’ll be back tomorrow with more for you to listen to. We don’t leave the site dark for a day very often but any of you who knew John know how much he will be missed and this is the least I could do.

Rest in peace John and we miss you already!

 
Sunday, August 25th 2019
    New on the Audio Page for today:

Kyle Inman gets ready for today’s 100 lapper at Utica Rome and talked about helping a racing friend.  

Only one for you today but it is a really good one. I started out wanting to talk about the big Sportsman race at Utica Rome Speedway taking place later today and ended up going all over the place with Kyle Inman as he was getting ready to try and diagnose what was wrong with his buddy’s car.

It's a really good one too so that is why I wanted it to stand on its own today. I’ll be staying up till the wee hours of the morning to get some of the stuff I recorded this weekend up for you today so be sure to come back for that and much more on what should be a busy. I’m gonna sleep late on Monday and try to catch up on what was surely a wild weekend.

Now let’s chat more about what’s on the Audio Page as I really went a lot of places that I know you’ll like in this one so give it a listen. Kyle Inman gets ready for today’s 100 lap Sportsman race at Utica Rome Speedway and talked about helping a racing friend out with his racecar as well as what areas of the car they would focus on.  

 
Saturday, August 24th 2019
    New on the Audio Page for today:

David Van Horn Jr. tells me how he earned his 3rd Modified win of the season Tuesday at New Egypt.
Scott Holcomb remembered his ESS win last Saturday night in a special race up north at Evans Mills.

We hope you all had a great Friday night and are looking forward to some more fun tonight. I’m on the road a lot this weekend so I have updated the site ahead of time so I can come home and sleep. It’s a lot of miles in a short period of time but I’m sure we’ll be fine.

We are at Plattsburgh Airborne Speedway tonight for the second time this season and it will be fun to see a lot of you that I don’t get to see very much. It’s gonna be fun and we are hoping for a smooth night for everyone regardless of where you call home tonight.

Now let’s chat more about what is new on the Audio Page for today starting with a man who had a big win during the weekend in a rainout/make-up show from a while back. David Van Horn Jr. tells me how he picked up his 3rd Modified win of the season Tuesday at New Egypt, how he came from fourth to the lead before halfway and what has been keeping him busy during the week.

Scott Holcomb remembered his ESS win last Saturday night in a special race up north at Evans Mills, how important a late race restart was and what it was like racing on the asphalt.  

 
     
 
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