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Friday, July 22nd 2016
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Danny Creeden talked about his win on Saturday at Thunder Mountain and how he lost weight.
Alan Barker told me about his ride for Sunday and his races last weekend and his home built car.
Jimmy Becker described how he is doing at Glen Ridge and thinks back on his start in racing.
Rusty Smith was fresh off a win at I-88 and talked about his first Super DIRTcar Series race.
Tyler Siri spoke about his tough night at Outlaw Speedway and Modifieds running at Skyline.

Today is all about Modifieds as we saved some conversations from the weekend with some drivers who run to the south. Two of these drivers today are coming off of wins as well so we really do have a nice group for you to listen to today.

Not sure what we’re doing just yet as we are still getting things retooled here with hopes that we won’t miss a day. Keep your fingers crossed for us as we go through this but again my computer and power supply are original ones we started with when we put this whole Doug’s Dirt Diary together so they sure did their job well and then some.

Now let’s chat more about what we have on the Audio Page as we get ready for some Friday night racing. Danny Creeden talked about his win on Saturday at Thunder Mountain and how he lost thirty pounds as well as what he does to cheat on his diet a little bit.

Alan Barker told me about his ride for Sunday at Skyline and his races this past weekend and the struggles he is having with his home built car.

Jimmy Becker described how he is doing at Glen Ridge, his hopes for his first top five of the season and thinks back on his start in racing on the Outlaw Circuit.  

Rusty Smith was fresh off a win at I-88 and talked about his first Super DIRTcar Series race where he qualified well but fell off late due to a brake issue.

Tyler Siri spoke about his tough night at Outlaw Speedway and Modifieds running at Skyline as well as how happy he was with the nice turnout for the race.

 
Thursday, July 21st 2016
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Brian Malcolm spoke about making his first start at Skyline and what set up he would use.
Brett Tonkin explained why he made the trip to Skyline and thought back to his last trip to the track.
Nick Nye was pulling double duty on Sunday and talked about how his season has been going.
Ryan Jordan explained how much work it took to change an engine overnight before Skyline.
Glenn Forward told me why his car looked a little worse for wear and why he took Sunday off.

We are still chugging along here updating the home studio and all is still going well. We have more from the can as we have been so busy getting ready for the updates and taking dad to places as he continues to recover from a pinched nerve. It had him down for a while but he is getting better everyday. Keep him and everyone else who needs some help in your prayers.

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page as we get closer to a new race weekend. Brian Malcolm spoke about making his first start at Skyline and what set up he would use as well as who gave him advice on the racetrack.  

Brett Tonkin explained why he made the trip to Skyline and thought back to his last trip to the track as well as how much things are better for him than earlier in the year.  

Nick Nye was pulling double duty on Sunday and talked about how his season has been going as well as some struggles he has had with his new car.  

Ryan Jordan explained how much work it took to change an engine overnight before Skyline and how an extra engine became available to him.  

Glenn Forward told me why his car looked a little worse for wear after a jingle last time out and why he took Sunday off although it was not by choice.

 
Wednesday, July 20th 2016
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Dale Welty pulled double duty at Skyline and told me about some engine issues with his Modified.
Gary Roberts told me about his IMCA win at I-88 and winning on the same night as his son.
Matt Roberts spoke about watching his dad win at I-88 and following it up with a win of his own.
Pat LaPage talks with Allie Elkins about returning to Skyline where he flagged in the mid 1990’s.
Tony Veneziano reports on the World of Outlaws Sprint Car races that finished with the King’s Royal.

It was a good day on Tuesday as the computer ran alright for another day and we put in the order on the new one which should be here any day now. It is possible that we may have to a day or two off for re-tooling but as of now we are alright.

I did get a new chat recorded in the studio and that one is up for today. And yes I will keep you posted on how things are going as we update the home studio. This computer and the UPS are twelve years old so they sure don’t owe me anything do they?

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page starting with some more from Skyline on Sunday with some folks I haven’t chatted with in a while.

Dale Welty pulled double duty at Skyline and told me about some engine issues with his Modified as well as why he likes the configuration at the track.  

Gary Roberts told me about his IMCA win at I-88 and winning on the same night as his son as well as how rare it is for a father and son to win on the same evening.  

Matt Roberts spoke about watching his dad win at I-88 with his IMCA Modified and following it up with a win of his own in a Sportsman.  

Pat LaPage talks with Allie Elkins about returning to Skyline where he flagged in the mid 1990’s and his run Saturday night at Fulton Speedway.  

Tony Veneziano reports on last week’s World of Outlaws Sprint Car races that started with the Brad Doty Classis and finished with the King’s Royal.

 
Tuesday, July 19th 2016
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Danny Johnson spoke with Allie Elkins before taking some laps at Skyline on Sunday night.
Mike Bills tells me about his winning season at Woodhull and his sixth place on Saturday night.
Cory Costa remembered some of his laps at Skyline and two finishes on Friday & Saturday.
Byron Worthing explained why he was not racing on Sunday and why he is changing his plans.
Brad Weaver told me how he has recovered from Leukemia and his new Sportsman ride.

I had an interesting day as a computer problem shut me down until late last night. It turned out to be the fan on my video card. We did a quick fix and today will order a new one so that if this happens again we are ready.

On the site today we have some stuff from our Sunday night trip to Skyline and if everything goes well today we’ll get back in the old studio and get some more work done.

Now let’s tell you some more of what we have for you on the Audio Page starting with one from Allie. Danny Johnson spoke with Allie Elkins before taking some laps at Skyline Raceway on their Sunday night Modified special.

Mike Bills tells me about his winning season at Woodhull and his sixth place on Saturday night after having a steering issue he had going on.  

Cory Costa remembered some of his laps at Skyline and two finishes on Friday at Outlaw Speedway & Saturday at Woodhull.

Byron Worthing explained why he was not racing on Sunday after two things that went wrong on Saturday and why he is changing his plans.

Brad Weaver told me how he has recovered from Leukemia, how a bone marrow transplant helped and how found his way into a Sportsman. So happy you are doing well Brad!

 
Monday, July 18th 2016
    New on the Audio Page from Skyline Raceway:

After the heat races:

Eddie Sites awoke from his nap to talk about his IMCA Modified heat win and the race surface.
Danny Johnson won the first Modified heat race and explained how he learned about the place.
Nick Nye told me about his Modified heat win, how the water was helping and his crate heat race.
Tyler Siri was surprised when the water truck came out before his heat win and talked about Skyline.
Sam Allen celebrated his heat win with a victory lap and talked about wining for the first time.
Taylor Lamb got the win in the first Sportsman heat and told me about some recent improvement.
Danny Creeden drove the Kinser Hill Sportsman to a heat win and compared it to a go cart.
Dustin Jordan told me how his numerous family members who helped him get a Sportsman win.
Casey Pavlick took the victory in the final heat race and talked about the groove he was running in.

After the heat races:

A.J. Ward came all the way from Michigan for an IMCA win and talked about his race up front.
Danny Creeden led the last half a lap to win the Modified race and spoke about the last lap.
Brett Tonkin talked about his second place finish and what he saw when the leader got spun out.

It was a fun night but a long one at Skyline Raceway as Modifieds raced on the track for the first time in over twenty years. I got see a lot of old friends I had not seen in a while and meet some new people which is always great!

There was a nice crowd on hand and over 100 cars in the pit area for this special four division Sunday special. The racetrack was less than ideal but when you haven’t had Modifieds at your track you might do things a little differently when it comes to preparing the surface and I am sure the folks at Skyline learned a lot last night.

We left at around midnight and there was still some racing to go but overall we had a nice time, sat with some real nice people and as usual I was impressed with this jewel on top of the mountains. And wow, they have some beautiful sunsets.

I felt badly for Danny Johnson who had the race in hand until a lapped car tapped him in the final corner. I don’t believe he did it on purpose but guys…when the leader comes up on you and you are getting lapped you need to get the hell away from them and not screw them up. I don’t like to throw people under the bus but it was a bad deal and hopefully this driver learned a valuable lesson although a hard one.

You had to give The Doctor a lot of credit as a lot of racers I know would have decked this guy, taken whatever penalty would come and send a message. He did none of that so way to go Danny. A lot of class was shown.

Johnny on the spot was Danny Creeden as he passed Brett Tonkin for second place with less than two laps to go and that pass ended up being the one for the win. Both Creeden and Tonkin missed Danny Johnson as he did a 360 before crossing the line in third place. And no, I didn’t have the heart to put a mic in Danny’s face afterwards. That would have been cruel. I mean what is he supposed to say?

And to the fans of the 27j who said a yellow should have been thrown, if it had Johnson would have had to go to the back for bringing out the yellow. That would have only made it worse. That’s the rules guys!

I got a lot of interviews in the can and will have them all up this week. Plus I have some calls to make in the studio too so be sure to cone back all week long as we’ll have a lot of great stuff for you including some first timers to the website.

 
Sunday, July 17th 2016
    New on the Audio Page for today:

Vic Coffey talks about the Super DIRTcar Series races and reacts to Super DIRT Week in Oswego.
Rich Scagliotta tells me how things went at Five Mile Point & Grandview and this week’s races.
Billy Whittaker explained why he will be at Brewerton for a few weeks and the need for seat time.
Jimmy Phelps recaps his pair of sixth places on the SDS and looks ahead to racing at Eldora.

What a nice day in was on Saturday with temperatures very comfortable in the high 70’s It was a nice change from some of the sweltering heat we have seen in recent weeks.

It was a prefect day to cruise and we did just that hitting the fairgrounds and some of the local roads later in the day. It was what I enjoy doing every Saturday of the Syracuse Nationals and we had a great time as a family.

Now today Allie and I will be heading to Skyline for a Sunday special featuring Modifieds, GRIT Sportsman, Empire State Series IMCA Modifieds and Four Cylinders. I love Skyline and can’t wait to see how the re-configured track changes the racing in turn three.

Now let’s chat about the stuff I recorded on Friday to put on the Audio Page for today. Vic Coffey talks about the Super DIRTcar Series races this past week, looks ahead to Eldora and reacts to Super DIRT Week in Oswego.

Rich Scagliotta tells me how things went at Five Mile Point & Grandview and this week’s races in Ohio as well as Super DIRT Week’s move to Oswego Speedway.

Billy Whittaker explained why he will be at Brewerton for a few weeks for seat time and thinks back on some of his past Modified races.  

Jimmy Phelps recaps his pair of sixth places on the Super DIRTcar Series and looks ahead to racing at Eldora, Sharon and Oswego in October.  

 
Saturday, July 16th 2016
   

New on the Audio Page from Brewerton Speedway:

After the heat races:

Kyle Fink talked about the close race he had in his heat win and wondered why he is called “Cat”.
Chuck Powelczyk told me about his Four Cylinder heat win and why he was honoring a friend.
Doug Williams talked about his Mod Lite heat win and his milestone feature win two weeks ago.
Ryan Bartlett had to work for his Modified heat win and talked about the new engine in the car.
Max McLaughlin spoke about his comfortable heat win and why it reminded him of another track.
Rich Scagliotta described what he saw in his heat win and how he knew where to put his car.  

After the feature races:

Ray Bechler won the Four Cylinder feature race and spoke about the back & forth battle up front.
Doug Williams made a late race pass to win the Mod Lite feature and spoke about 2 wins in a row.
Glenn Forward picked up the lead with seven laps to go and talked about the rough racetrack.
Ryan Bartlett led every lap to win his first at Brewerton and spoke about how good it felt to win.

I had a fun night at Brewerton as we saw a first time winner in the Modified division. Watertown’s Ryan Bartlett notched his first ever big block Modified victory and his first since 2006 when he won at Thunder Alley Speedpark. Remember that place guys?

The track was rough as new clay was put down the week before last. Hey, sometimes that happens as this is not an exact science. But I do know that Harvey and John will get it sorted out fast as they both know this track very well. The drivers put on a great show as they wrestled with their cars and it was a tribute to how good these racers really are. Well done!!

I did get there late as I had some work done to my Camaro and now have it ready to cruise today. It is all legal and everything works. Oh…and it’s sorta fast too. Not racecar fast, but enough to put you back in the seat a little.

So I will be cruising in Syracuse today as the Nationals ramps up but I did record five special interviews at Brewerton for you guys and gals to check out tomorrow. There is a lot to talk about and you’ll get to heat that tomorrow. Then I head to a Sunday special at Skyline and we’ll have lots from there up on Monday.

Have a great Saturday and I will see you tomorrow.

 
     
 
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