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Wednesday, March 14th 2018
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Mike Mahaney talked about his plans to race at Georgetown this weekend and his 2018 plans.
Taylor Caprara recapped his Can Am Sportsman Championship and wondered about 358 racing.
Kelly Hebing described her busy plans for this year that include running the entire ESS Tour.
Alysha Baye is coming back to 305 Sprint Car racing this year and told me about being a mom.
Mike Watkins told me about racing with his grandson and what he hopes he learns from this.
Scott Strait showed off his Quarter Midget at the show and talked about his 2017 race season.

We are cranking along here with lots of good stuff from this past weekend in Syracuse. I spoke to so many people and had such a great time. And I just love it when a lot of you are in the same place as I can just roam and chat and roam and chat and you get the picture.

I had a fun day as I did some bowling and watched some basketball to finish out the day. Both Allie and I got our brackets filled out in time and now will watch and see how badly we do. It’s her first time and she doesn’t know much about college basketball. Watch her do better than any of us right? Sometimes the more you know the worse you do.

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page starting with a driver who has a lot going on this year. Mike Mahaney talked about his plans to race at Georgetown this weekend, where else we will see him race this year and how happy he was to see the mood at this year’s Motorsports Expo. He’s right ya know! 
 
Taylor Caprara recapped his Can Am Sportsman Championship, told me how fortunate he was to find some late season rides and wondered about 358 racing in the future. Hmm.  
 
Kelly Hebing described her busy plans for this year that include running the entire ESS Tour, looked ahead to racing at some new tracks for her and how close Sprint Car racers are after the race. 
 
Alysha Baye is coming back to 305 Sprint Car racing this year at Land of Legends Raceway and told me about her hopes for the season as well as what it’s like to be a new mom. 
 
Mike Watkins told me about racing with his grandson, how well things have been going on the track and what he hopes that he learns from this.  
 
Scott Strait showed off his Quarter Midget at the Syracuse Motorsports Expo and talked about his very successful 2017 race season as well as where he would like to be sometime down the road. 
 
Tuesday, March 13th 2018
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Jeff Cook interviews Jason Barney and asks him what it takes to become an ESS Champion.
Camden Proud talks about the coming season in Oswego, his race plans and his website.
Paulie Colagiovanni remembered his ESS win last year and told me what made it so special.
Nate Powers showed off his Four Cylinder Stock at the show and talked about his big plans.
Rich Vleck previews the coming season at Genesee Speedway and highlights some events.
Tony Veneziano reports on the World of Outlaw race from Tulare and the first time winner.

I had a nice day on Monday as I did a lot and in between got to do some fun stuff with my family. I’ll be off today but do have several things planned including something that is racing related. I am going to get interviewed on camera.

Only thing is that I am horrible at being interviewed. I think about what I say too much. I know…how can that be. Trust me. I’m better off on the side of the mic that I’m on now.

Good thing I have lot’s of recordings of me chatting with others up for you today as I have a lot of stuff saved from the weekend. I’ll be off today as usual but hope to get back at it Wednesday. I also am planning on hitting Rotterdam Square on Saturday to see some of my friends from the Fonda Speedway. Sure, we’re not racing yet but I do love this time of the year.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you to listen to today on the Audio Page as I give up the mic and let someone else take over. Jeff Cook interviews Jason Barney at the Syracuse Motorsports Expo and asks him what it takes to become an ESS Champion.  
 
Camden Proud talks about the coming season at Oswego Speedway, his race plans in the small block supermodified division and his website www.centralnewyorkmotorsports.com. Hard working young man here! 
 
Paulie Colagiovanni remembered his ESS win last year in Canada, told me what made it so special and how close he is to getting his braces off. 
 
Nate Powers showed off his Four Cylinder Stock at the show and talked about his big plans with some new drivers on-board as they travel to several different tracks. 
 
Rich Vleck tells me what has been keeping him busy this off-season, previews the coming season at Genesee Speedway and highlights some events.

Tony Veneziano reports on the World of Outlaw Sprint Car Series race from Tulare, the first time winner who graced victory lane and a big change in the all-time win list.    
 
Monday, March 12th 2018
   New on the Audio Page from the Syracuse Motorsports Expo:
 
Ronnie Davis III talked about his move up to a 358 Modified and his late season race in Charlotte.
Jennifer Martin told me how things went at the show as she previewed the season at Ransomville.
Bill Shea looked at the season schedule from Utica Rome and told me what he heard at the show.
Tyler Bartlett explained how things are going in his first few months of ownership at Can Am.
Pete Demitraszek goes over what’s new at Fonda Speedway this year and talked about the expo.
Cory Reed manned the Brewerton and Fulton Speedway booth and talked about each track.
Jeremie Corcoran thanked everyone for their help in making the Syracuse Motorsports Expo a hit.
 
What a fun weekend it was at the 32nd Annual Syracuse Motorsports Expo. Both days were huge hits and it was great seeing all of you in one place and now I can’t wait till the regular season. We put up seven new chats today and have ten that I saved from today to bring the total to 27 for the week.
 
I aired mostly the track and sanctioning body stiff these last two days but starting tomorrow we’ll be focusing more in drivers so do not miss a day this week or you’ll have some catching up to do.
 
The show was a huge success as it was packed like I have not seen it in quite some time. I feel a little bit of a resurgence happening in local short track racing as race fans look away from NASCAR and look more towards easy to understand racing with real people and more side by side by side action. Think I’m joking? Ask the fans. Local racing is on the upswing right now!
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page starting with the first interview I did on Sunday. Ronnie Davis III talked about his move up to a 358 Modified, what went wrong while leading in a late season race in Charlotte while fellow competitor Dave Marcuccilli adds his thoughts. Good stuff here!  
 
Jennifer Martin told me how things went at the show as she previewed the season at Ransomville and described some of the conversations she had all weekend long in Syracuse.

Bill Shea looked at the season schedule from Utica Rome which starts out with a big 358 special and told me what he heard at the show from racers and fans in the Syracuse area.

Tyler Bartlett explained how things are going in his first few months of ownership at Can Am, goes over some dates on their schedule and talks about his own racing efforts. 
 
Pete Demitraszek goes over what’s new at Fonda Speedway this year, runs down the big show they have to start the season and talked about his presence at the expo. 
 
Cory Reed manned the Brewerton and Fulton Speedway booth and talked about each track as well as what he is hearing from 358 Modified racers. 
 
Jeremie Corcoran thanked everyone for their help in making the Syracuse Motorsports Expo a hit and previewed a big motocross event taking place in two weeks.  
 
Sunday, March 11th 2018
   New on the Audio Page from the Syracuse Motorsports Expo:
 
Brett Wright explains how he made it onto this year’s Smash N’ Crash video with his Sprinter.
Karl Spoonhower Jr. talks about a big $10,000 race for 602 crate Sportsman at Thunder Mountain.
Joe Skotnicki runs down the ROC schedule for five different series that begins soon in early May.
Paul Cole updates me on the latest from Land of Legends Raceway including some facility upgrades.
Tim Evans showed off items from Schaeffer’s Specialized Lubricants and talked a special show deal.
Mike Walton had his pull down machine at the show and explained how it can help your racecar.
Jeremie Corcoran thanked everyone for their help in making Saturday a big day at Motorsports Expo.

We had a great time as a family at the Syracuse Motorsports Expo on Saturday and boy was it packed. When I got there at 1:30 or so there was a line out to State Fair Boulevard just to get in and we had to park a long way away. Yeah, it was the busiest I have seen the show in many years.
 
I got right to work and did a bunch of interviews I put up some today with people I want you to see today as well as a driver who I watched on Friday night in the latest Smash N’ Crash video which is available this weekend at the Thomas Racing Video Booth.
 
I saved a whole bunch of stuff and will be there just after lunch time today to get more. If I miss you this weekend be sure to reach out to me on Facebook or at doug@dougsdirtdiary.com and we can do something from the studio.

Allie had a ball with her Kuleszo Racing #75 at the show. She loved having it there, hanging out with her team and talking about the fun she has racing with their family. Stop by and see her ride today and see all the other cool cars inside the Center of Progress Building.
 
Now let’s go into more detail on what we have for you on the Audio Page as we get ready to do it all over again today. Brett Wright explains how he made it onto this year’s Smash N’ Crash video with his Sprinter in a crash at Brewerton Speedway and how he is coming along as he gets ready for 2018.

Karl Spoonhower Jr. talks about a big $10,000 to win race for topless 602 crate Sportsman at Thunder Mountain in September and talked about Motorsports Expo. 
 
Joe Skotnicki runs down the schedule for the five different divisions that make up the Race of Champions Series for 2018. Check them out at www.rocmodifiedseries.com
 
Paul Cole updates me on the latest from Land of Legends Raceway including some facility upgrades as well as what will stay the same and what he would like to change. 
 
Tim Evans showed off items from Schaeffer’s Specialized Lubricants, explained why he feels these products are superior to the rest and talked a special show deal available today in Syracuse.  
 
Mike Walton had his pull down machine at the show and explained how it works, how it can help your racecar and why he likes being on this side of the racing business. 
 
Jeremie Corcoran thanked everyone for their help in making Saturday the biggest day at the Motorsports Expo in quite some time and previewed the final day today. The show is from 11-4 p.m. today. 
 
Saturday, March 10th 2018
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Tyler Walker talks about racing his 600 Micro Sprint this weekend at Southern Raceway.
Paul Szmal previews the Syracuse Motorsports Expo beginning today at the NYS Fairgrounds.
Mel Thomas tells me about the newest Smash N Crash video available for the first time today!

I had a nice time at the Syracuse Motorsports Expo set up last night as we got the Kuleszo Racing Microds in and on display and the 75 car that Allie will be driving as part of that team is on display. They worked so hard to get her car ready for the show and we could not be more appreciative. Make sure to stop by and see all the Microds and Quarter Midgets on display on the side room at the northwest part of the Center of Progress Building.

There is so much to see at this event and I will be there after lunch time today and will stick around until it wraps up later tonight. Then I’ll be there till close tomorrow too. I’ll have lots of new audio up so be sure to come back tomorrow.
 
Now let’s chat more about what is new for today on the Audio Page starting with a racer who is getting in his first show of the year. Tyler Walker talks about racing his 600 Micro Sprint this weekend at Southern Raceway on Middleton, Florida as part of the Lucas Oil Southern States 600 Series. The big one is tonight! 
 
Paul Szmal previews the Syracuse Motorsports Expo beginning today inside the Center of Progress Building at the NYS Fairgrounds. Hope to see you guys here today! 
 
Mel Thomas tells me about the newest Smash N Crash video available for the first time today and runs down some other special deals they have going on this weekend. 3 for $10 and 7 for $20 on selected videos. 
 
Friday, March 9th 2018
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Barry Kingsley talked about his Limited Supermodified and his quest to get back to victory lane.
Kinser Hill showed off his Sportsman last weekend and told me about some off season preparations.
Frank Doll Jr. runs down his family’s history in racing and talks about racing Microds with kids.
Dean Catlin highlights some changes at Skyline Raceway and tells me about a 4 race mini-series.
Mike Stolarcyk II told me how his family has been doing and how he got a ride in a Buck Baker car.

I had a really nice day on Thursday as I stopped by Bowman Automotive to get a headlight changed and then talked cars and racing for close to an hour with Mike, Jim and Tim Murphy. It was a nice time as I don’t get to be a guy much in the off-season and hanging out with them for a while was really fun. I need to do that more but I have been so busy with other things.

In between watching college basketball games, I did a little work and visited some old friends at the local bowling alley. I first bowled with them when I was eight years old and it was at the same alley we were at last night. Ah…memories.
 
Today I’ll be swinging by the NYS Fairgrounds for the Syracuse Motorsports Expo and I’ll do a quick Facebook live with Jeremie if I can slow him down for a few minutes. We’ll also get a few of the drivers as they check in so be sure to look for that. We’ll be there Saturday after lunch time till close and Sunday till close as well.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page starting with a driver who is in a class that is embracing change in 2018. Barry Kingsley talked about his Small Block Supermodified he had at Finger Lakes Speedworld, the move to crate engines in the division and his quest to get back to victory lane for the first time since 2011. 
 
Kinser Hill showed off his Sportsman last weekend and told me about some off season preparations as well as who helps him with set-up during the year. 
 
Frank Doll Jr. runs down his family’s history in racing and talks about racing Microds with kids in Syracuse as well as what he hopes the experience teaches them. 
 
Dean Catlin highlights some changes at Skyline Raceway starting with the track itself and tells me about a 4 race mini-series for IMCA’s as well as other news on the coming season. 
 
Mike Stolarcyk II told me how his family has been doing and how he got a ride in a Buck Baker car as well as a car he has in the nearby Northeast Classic Car Museum.  
 
Thursday, March 8th 2018
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Ken Titus showed off his Modified this past weekend and told me why he has a new look for ’18.
Cody Jackson explains why he moved from an Asphalt Modified to a dirt Sportsman this year.
Ronnie Ford previews the 2018 season at Afton and remembers a very rainy 2018 race season.
Dean Reynolds talks about the presence the Empire Super Sprints will have at M/Sports Expo.
Rom Messmer tells me about a book he is working on that highlights Glen Aubrey Raceway.

The big show in Syracuse just got a day closer and I cannot wait. I’ll be there for the set-up tomorrow and will get a few people as they set up shop for the 32nd Annual Motorsports Expo inside the Center of Progress Building at the New York State Fairgrounds.
 
We’re hoping all of you to our east and south are okay after the second big storm in a week. We got fairly lucky here to miss it and I am totally cool with that. If we are done with snow for the year that’s is just fine with me. C’mon race season!
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page for today as we have had a busy week here on the site. Ken Titus showed off his Modified this past weekend and told me why he has a new look for 2018 as well as where we will see him race this season. 
 
Cody Jackson explains why he moved from an Asphalt Modified to a dirt Sportsman, what helped him make the decision and how much he liked his first time in the car. 
 
Ronnie Ford previews the 2018 season at Afton Motorsports Park, highlights some special events on the calendar and remembers a very rainy 2018 race season.  
 
Dean Reynolds talks about the presence the Empire Super Sprints will have at the Syracuse Motorsports Expo and talks a little about the coming season. 
 
Rom Messmer tells me about a book he is working on that highlights Glen Aubrey Raceway, describes what the track was like and encourages folks to help tell the story.  
 
     
 
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