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Friday, September 23rd 2016
    New on the Audio Page for today:

Willy Decker spoke about his winning season at Fulton and what his plans are for the future.
Jim Johnson talked about his time behind the wheel of a Late Model and promoting at Genesee.
Jessica Power spoke about what she learned with soft tires and her season at Fulton Speedway.
Steve Pesarek described how he is adjusting to a Late Model and his days in the Vietnam War.  
Wyatt Walker explains how he is doing in his rookie season in a 600 Micro Sprint on the dirt.

We have a nice mix of interviews for you today as we get ready for a big three day weekend with lots of big races all over the landscape. I will be at Outlaw Speedway tonight and Fonda tomorrow. So be sure to come back for more from both of those events not just Saturday and Sunday but all week long.

It is going to be fun talking to some folks I have not seen in a while and getting back on the road again for a few days. Of course Sunday will be my family day as all of us need to do that especially those of us with young kids. Mine are 13 and 9.

Now let’s talk about the good stuff we have for you on the Audio Page starting with a driver who was being a crew chief Sunday night in Weedsport. Willy Decker spoke about his winning season at Fulton and what his plans are for the future as well as what it is like teaching his son about the sport.  

Jim Johnson talked about his time behind the wheel of a Late Model, how happy he was about his win at Rolling Wheels and how things went while promoting at Genesee Speedway.  

Jessica Power spoke about what she learned with soft tires at her season at Fulton Speedway as well as what it did to her races back home with the harder tires.  

Steve Pesarek described how he is adjusting to a Late Model, why he has a lot of respect for the best drivers in the division and how his days in the Vietnam War affect him today.  

Wyatt Walker explains how he is doing in his rookie season in a 600 Micro Sprint on the dirt and shares the advice his older brother gives him as a driver.  

 
Thursday, September 22nd 2016
    New on the Audio Page for today:

Jeff Hachmann talks about the clay being put on Oswego Speedway and a new TV deal for SDW.  
Steve Ovens previews the 2 day Outlaw Fall Nationals at Outlaw Speedway Friday and Saturday.
Tommy Sears prepared to race at Brewerton and spoke about how close he came to a victory.
A.J. Kingsley spoke about the nice finish he had to the season and how good things are now.
Bret Belden told me how consistent his season was and how tough it is to make up ground in points.

What a nice week we have had huh? It was summer like again on Wednesday and that is good news for the people putting clay down on the asphalt at Oswego Speedway. Get an update from Wednesday afternoon from DIRTcar’s Jeff Hachmann and hear for yourself how things are going. It does sound like things could not being going any better.

Plus we look ahead to what is happening this weekend as I will be at Outlaw Speedway on Friday followed by Fonda on Saturday. My daughter has an event on Sunday so I will be at that but hope to lead up well before that at two tracks I have not been to yet this year.

I hope to turn around the Rick Allen Q&A column today so look for that online at Syracuse.com and possibly in the paper as well. It has been so great talking with the NBC folks and I hope it continues for a long time to come.

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page starting with an update from Oswego. Jeff Hachmann talks about the clay being put on Oswego Speedway, how some fans have reacted to the work being done and a new TV deal for the event which will showcase all four DIRTcar divisions.

Steve Ovens previews the two-day Outlaw Fall Nationals at Outlaw Speedway Friday and Saturday while running down the specifics for the big event in Dundee.  

Tommy Sears prepared to race at Brewerton and spoke about how close he came to a victory as well as how tough it can be to run a hundred laps at the track.  

A.J. Kingsley spoke about the nice finish he had to the season, how good things are now off the track and how those good feelings have translated over to the Late Model.

Bret Belden told me how consistent his season was, how tough it is to make up ground in points with the way the RUSH Late Models set it up and how happy he is with his move to the division.  

 
Wednesday, September 21st 2016
    New on the Audio Page for today:

Rick Allen talks about his Sprint Cup Series play by play duties for NBC and talks about The Chase.
Stewart Friesen spoke about getting some momentum back and looked ahead to racing at Loudon.
Chris Fleming told me how he won a track championship and how he got to victory lane five times.
Kevan Cook ran down some of the bad luck he had at Fulton and why the noses lower on Late Models.
Torrey Stoughtenger brought his Sportsman to Weedsport and spoke about the tough competition.

We have another new guest on the website today as we meet NBC’s NASCAR play by play man Rick Allen and talk with him about last week’s race and what could happen this weekend in New Hampshire. We also add one of our own who will be racing there on Saturday as we check in with Stewart Friesen who will race a Camping World Truck there.

I was able to get in the studio again later and you’ll be able to check that out at a later time. I plan on hitting Outlaw Speedway on Friday but am looking for another race to see this weekend. Any suggestions just send them to me at doug@dougsdirtdiary.com.

Now let’s chat more about what we have going on today on the Audio Page starting out with a man who has what I would consider to be THE dream job! Rick Allen talks about his play by play duties for NBC’s NASCAR Sprint Cup races, Martin Truex Jr.’s big win at Chicagoland and looks ahead to this week’s race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.  

Stewart Friesen spoke about getting some momentum back and looked ahead to racing at in the Camping World Truck Series race at Loudon while describing how different it is on that series.  

Chris Fleming told me how he won a track championship, how he got to victory lane five times at Fulton and how he did at Mohawk International Raceway on Friday & Saturday.  

Kevan Cook ran down some of the bad luck he had at Fulton, explained why the noses lower on Late Models and how much he will race at the end of the 2016 season.  

Torrey Stoughtenger brought his Sportsman to Weedsport and spoke about the tough competition in the regular Sportsman versus the Novice as well as what he plans to do in the next few weeks.  

 
Tuesday, September 20th 2016
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Billy Whittaker talked about getting behind the wheel of an asphalt Modified for the first time.
Charlie Sandercock walked me through his win on Saturday and how he finished 2nd and 1st.
Eric Giguere explained why we haven’t seen him much and ran down his late season plans.
Paul Szmal runs down how Saturday’s race went at Fonda and some late night surprises.
Tony Veneziano reports on the World of Outlaws as they are now 70 races into the season.

Here we go with more good stuff for you today on the Audio Page and more to come this week. We have a list of people we are going to try to get ahold of and we will begin chopping away at that list today.

Plus we have to make plans for this weekend as there is a lot going on in our area as the late season specials roll on. A big thanks goes out to Ferris Mowers as they have re-upped their sponsorship with us. Ferris mowers are built in NY State and are well known for their state of the art suspension which provides a smooth ride on those long days in the seat. Thanks so much guys!

Now let’s chat more about what we have new on the Audio Page as we roll into a beautiful Tuesday in Central New York. Billy Whittaker talked about getting behind the wheel of an asphalt Modified for the first time and compared it to some other cars he has driven as he got ready to race Friday at Brewerton.  

Charlie Sandercock walked me through his win on Saturday and how he finished 2nd and 1st as well as how one bit of bad luck hurt him on Friday.  

Eric Giguere explained why we haven’t seen him much on the track this year, talks about balancing his very busy life and ran down his late season plans.

Paul Szmal runs down how Saturday’s race went at Fonda and some late night surprises at the track as we got ready for some Sunday fun in Weedsport.  

Tony Veneziano reports on the World of Outlaws as they work their way east and looks ahead to this weekend at Eldora and Lernerville.

 
Monday, September 19th 2016
   

New on the Audio Page from Weedsport Speedway before the storms came:

After the heat races:

Bryce Davis talked about his win in the first Late Model heat and switching to Chevy engines.
Chris Fleming described the slick racetrack he won his heat on and some rear end changes.
Chad Homan told me how he set fast time with flames shooting from his car and is 3rd place.
Charlie Sandercock hugged the inside for a heat win and explained why he it was the fast way.
Rocky Warner won the 1st Sportsman heat race and told me about running 2 tracks on Saturday.
Corey Barker held off the field for a heat win and ran down how little the rain affected the track.
Connor Cleveland took the win in the third heat and spoke about holding off a driver who is hot.
David Marcuccilli explained why the groove moved up a little in his win and who made the top work.

Mother Nature was the big winner on Sunday as Weedsport Speedway fell victim to the weather as big storms rolled through the area right as the NY6A Micro Sprints were heading out for their heat races.

It sprinkled a bit during the Sportsman and Late Model heats so I figured I’d get the winners there just in case and as I walked to the pit area you could see rain and big block clouds to the southwest which was the way the weather moved all day long. It started slowly but then really picked up and as I write this at 9:30 p.m. it is still storming there with what looks like another round to go.

The Sportsman and Micro Sprints will come back on October 5th during Super DIRT Week while the Late Models decided to call it a show. Wristbands will get you $15 off your pit entry fee on the 5th and even the grandstand tickets will count towards admission on that night too.

Now keep in mind the track did not have to do this as technically the show was more than half over. So give them a ton of credit for doing this because they didn’t really have to.

I did get a bunch of pre race chats done and I will air those this week as well as some I got done at Brewerton on Friday so you will get at least five new chats per day.

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you to listen to on the Audio Page as we review who did well in the qualifiers before the rain washed us out. Bryce Davis talked about his win in the first Go Nuclear Late Model heat race at Weedsport and switching to Chevy engines after many years of running Fords.  

Chris Fleming described the slick racetrack he won his heat on and some rear end changes he was planning as well as one change he wasn’t so sure about.  

Chad Homan told me how he set fast time with flames shooting from underneath his car after he spun out and is 3rd place finish in his qualifying heat race.

Charlie Sandercock hugged the inside for a heat win and explained why he it was the fast way as well as his hopes that it would stay dry later on.  

Rocky Warner won the 1st Sportsman heat race at Weedsport on Sunday and told me about running 2 tracks on Saturday as well as his three top 5 finishes.

Corey Barker held off the field for a heat win and ran down how little the rain affected the track while explaining how a late race yellow caused him some concern.  

Connor Cleveland took the win in the third heat and spoke about holding off a driver who is hot on the racetrack as well as why he does not like to look at the scoring tower.  

David Marcuccilli explained why the groove moved up a little in his win, who made the top work and watched as the rain outside the hauler started to pick up after a better forecast than yesterday.    

 
Sunday, September 18th 2016
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Chad Brachmann talks about his season at Merrittville and his cash crop farming business.
Keith Flach told me how he finished out the season at the Valley with a win and Brewerton.
Mike Bowman spoke about the birth of his baby daughter and how the first two weeks went.

I had a day off from racing on Saturday as the honey do list got really long here and really fast. Some of the things I had to get done had to be done without rain so I had to take the day. Sorry guys. You homeowners with a family know how it gets.

But I did save three good ones from Friday night for you to listen to and for those of you who have been in the delivery room to watch your son or daughter be born, you really need to listen to the Mike Bowman chat. I was in there for both of my kid’s births and guys, if you have not been there and done that you have no idea what it is like. Just like racing on TV, video does not do it justice. So happy for Mike and his family and happier that everything went well.

I will be at Weedsport today as we will be doing an edition of the Atomic Power Racing Hour featuring the Go Nuclear Late Models. Sportsman and 600 Micro Sprints will be with us and I will be hitting this one hard and looking to load up for the week. If Mother Nature gets the best (Stay away now) of us I will hit the studio hard as well.

Now let’s talk about what we have on the Audio Page today as we look at each clip with a little more detail. Chad Brachmann talks about his season at Merrittville, his cash crop farming business and his late season race plans as he prepared to race Friday night at Brewerton Speedway.

Keith Flach told me how he finished out the season at the Valley with a win, how much different Malta and Brewerton are and ran down his plans for the next few weeks.  

Mike Bowman spoke about the birth of his baby daughter, how the first two weeks have gone so far and what a unique experience it was for all three of them!  

 
Saturday, September 17th 2016
   

New on the Audio Page from Brewerton Speedway:

 After time trials and the heats:

Matt Sheppard turned in the fastest lap in Modified time trials and spoke about how fast he was.
Todd Root was fastest among the Sportsman and talked about having to fix a wrecked racecar.
Max McLaughlin spoke about leading all but one lap to win the first Modified heat race of the night.
Matt Sheppard pulled away to win the second heat race and talked about hugging the tires inside.
Peter Britten got the win in the third heat race and talked about why the locals have an advantage.
Tim Fuller led every lap to win the final Modified heat as we shared some memories of his past.
David Marcuccilli picked up the win in the 1st Sportsman heat and talked about today’s race.
Ronnie Davis III told me about his win in heat number two and a pair of wins he had on the road.
Shane Pecore just drew for his starting spot and talked about a big break he got on the initial start.
Todd Root watched the consolation races and told me what his heat winning car needs for later. 

After the feature races:

Matt Sheppard came from 12th to 1st in 40 laps and spoke about his fourth series win in a row.
Tm Sears Jr. passed four cars in the final 10 laps to finish 2nd and talked about his late race speed.
Billy Decker led some laps before fading to third and explained why his car wasn’t good enough.
Stewart Friesen fell from 1st to 4th and talked about why Brewerton has been tough for him so far.
Ronnie Davis III made a late race move to get the win and spoke about winning 3 races in a row.
Brad Rouse finished in third place at Brewerton and compared the track to one he runs back home.
Shane Pecore keeps his lead on the series with a 3rd place and spoke about running a different tire.

It was an instant classic at Brewerton as 82 cars packed the pit area for a pair of Super DIRTcar Series races. There were 41 Modifieds and 41 Sportsman so each class was well represented.

Matt Sheppard is just untouchable right now as he worked his way from 12th to 1st in 40 laps and dominated the 100 lap series race. Tim Sears Jr. was the show late as he passed Stewart Friesen, Larry Wight and Billy Decker late to finish in second place which is his best finish ever on the series. Nice huh?

Ronnie Davis III went from 4th to 1st in the last twelve laps to win his third race in a row on the series. The Sportsman also only had three cautions, the same as the Modifieds so it was a great show all across the board.

Today the series visits Weedsport Speedway for the first of two days in a row there while the Sportsman can either join the Mods at Weedsport or head north for a series race at Mohawk International Raceway. Plus Sportsman, Go Nuclear Late Models and the NY6A Tour race at Weedsport on Sunday which is where I will be next.

Let’s all think dry thoughts and get in two more days of racing here in early fall. I have a long list of things that need to get done today so I will do that and be back at the tracks tomorrow. Have a great Saturday guys and gals and I will see you back here tomorrow.

 
     
 
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