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Saturday, December 3rd 2016
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Rich Murtaugh previews today NYS Indoor Championship at the NYS Fairgrounds in Syracuse.
Kevin Ward Sr. talked about preparing the surface and the four karts he had at the show.

Today is going to be a really fun day as Allie and I are heading to the NYS Fairgrounds in Syracuse for the 24th Annual NYS Indoor Championship. I was there last night for a few minutes and I had a great time watching the track get faster and the action more intense.

If you have not seen this event before you really need to come and check this one out as these karts are fast and the action happens even quicker. Allie and I will get there in the early afternoon and will be there until the cation ends early in the evening. Gates open at 8 a.m. Practice starts at 8 a.m. and racing begins at 11:30 a.m.

If you read this and are going to be there today please tell Allie how important school is as she is technically grounded but getting a one day pass to attend this event. I had trouble in middle school too so if you even have an encouraging word for her please feel free to throw it out there.

I know nobody could have said anything to me at the time that would have made a darned bit of difference and as you know I truly wish I could do my education over again. I’d get a real degree instead one on broadcasting and I would have paid a lot more attention to the classes that did not excite me. I knew it all (yeah right) and I don’t want her to fall into the same trap. Anything you can do thanks!!!

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page for today starting with a look at what is on tap for today. Rich Murtaugh previews today NYS Indoor Championship at the NYS Fairgrounds in Syracuse, tells me how quickly the track was running in on Friday night and who the people are who are racing today.  

Kevin Ward Sr. talked about preparing the surface and the four super fast karts he had at the show and how the family is doing back home with a dirt track in their back yard.  

 
Friday, December 2nd 2016
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Brad Duhow previews this weekend’s indoor kart racing at the NYS Fairgrounds in Syracuse.
Chad Jacobson talks about racing indoors on coke syrup and his first laps on the concrete.

I am ready for tonight and tomorrow here in Syracuse and I hope you are too. Tonight, I will be at the practice for the 24th Annual NYS Indoor Championship inside the Center of Progress Building at the fairgrounds and will be sure to talk to some racers about this unique experience. It is going to be a lot of fun and I can’t wait to see the feature races on Saturday.

And don’t forget that Accord is running the rescheduled Gobbler event tomorrow as well with four divisions on tap including a day ending Enduro. This weekend is going to be your last chance this year to see racing in New York State so be sure to get out there and root for your favorites or find some new ones.

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page starting with a pair of drivers who will be racing on the tacky concrete this weekend. Brad Duhow previews this weekend’s indoor kart racing at the NYS Fairgrounds in Syracuse, tells me about his finishes last year at the event and describes what it is that makes this event so different.  

Chad Jacobson talks about turning six second laps while racing indoors on coke syrup, his first laps on the concrete at Syracuse and a new indoor dirt facility that is almost ready to open in Fulton.  

 
Thursday, December 1st 2016
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Pete Bicknell talks about the sale of Merrittville Speedway and who will run it in 2017.
Jason Simmons recaps how things went for his four race teams at Super DIRT Week.

I had a nice day on Wednesday as I got some work done and wrote up a new column previewing the Indoor Championships this Saturday at the Center of Progress Building at the NYS Fairgrounds. I will be there both days so look for audio from this event on Saturday and Sunday.

Also up is news on the sale of Merrittville Speedway to local businessman and racer Don Spiece. I hope to chat with Don soon but Pete does run down a lot of specifics as it seems like the average fan won’t even notice a difference when they come through the gate which is exactly what both parties want. Good news here guys.

I will be in the studio again today and hoping to chat with some of you who may be racing this weekend in Syracuse. Message me on Facebook or at doug@dougsdirtdiary.com and we’ll get you on and promote the event at the same time.

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page starting with news from north of the border. Pete Bicknell talks about the sale of Merrittville Speedway, who will run it in 2017 and how the whole thing came to be after several other offers fell through. Good stuff here at the end of this chat too as we talk chassis and the new W-16 engine!

Jason Simmons recaps how things went for his four race teams at Super DIRT Week, how the event was received by the locals and wonders if he may see one of his Modifieds run with a well known driver at a Sunday track. Hmm.

 
Wednesday, November 30th 2016
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Tyler Thompson talks about racing indoors at Syracuse and his season in a crate Sportsman.
Ronnie Welch ran down how his season went driving Four Cylinders down in the Southern Tier.

I had a nice day off on Tuesday as I dedicate the day to bowling and online racing. And in the can right now is a chat with car owner Jason Simmons as he recalls what it was like to see Super DIRT Week at the Oswego Speedway, a track he knows very well. Plus we’ll hear what he is thinking about for next year.

Today we have a pair of young guns on the site, one of which is racing this weekend in Syracuse. I hope to be at the event and am waiting to hear from organizer Rich Murtaugh. If you see him guys, have him message me at doug@dougsdirtdiary.com.

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page starting with someone who raced indoors on the coke syrup for the first time last year. Tyler Thompson talks about racing indoors at Syracuse, how surprised he was to win in his first attempt last year and his season in a crate Sportsman at the local dirt tracks.

Ronnie Welch ran down how his season went driving Four Cylinders down in the Southern Tier, remembers a pair of scary crashes and looks ahead to adding a teammate for 2017.   

 
Tuesday, November 29th 2016
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Johnny Hill reviewed his season in a Late Model and told me about a change for 2017.
Tony Veneziano gives us some Silly Season news from the world of 410 Sprint Car racing.

The snow is melting as we type up this front page entry on Monday and a lot of things are happening behind the scenes in the racing world. It was announced on Monday that Joey Saldana will team up with Matt Wood and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. for 2017 in their potent #17 car. So happy to see that he was able to put something together as he looks forward to his 100th win with the WoO. He is at 99 now.

We hope that Monday was not a tough one for you after five days off in a row. I know I was a little slow myself but hopefully by today we’ll be back in the rhythm and ready to go. The nice weather that the Midwest had all weekend long is now here and it sounds like the snowblowers we ran last week will be quiet for a few more days. I’m okay with that!

  Now let’s chat more about what we have on the Audio Page for today starting with a local driver who had a lot of work to do to put his car back together after a late season crash ended things early for him. Johnny Hill reviewed his season in a Late Model and told me about a change for 2017 as well as the advice he would give someone who was thinking about getting their first racecar.

Tony Veneziano gives us some Silly Season news from the world of 410 Sprint Car racing leading up to the PRI show in Indianapolis December 8-10th. News: Since our recording it was announced on Monday that Joey Saldana will drive for Matt Wood and Ricky Stenhouse in 2017.  

 
Monday, November 28th 2016
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Shaun Pangman has a new car back at the shop and talked a little about his three win season.
Jeff Blackburn spoke about his season in a Modified and explained why he took some time off.

We are back on a Monday with a pair of chats for you today. I got a little busy over the weekend with family in town and had to extend my time off by one day. But I do have lots to do and lots to get out this week so be sure to come back for lots more.

I hope you all enjoyed your Thanksgiving Weekend and still have a few pieces of turkey left in the fridge to munch on. We had such a good time with members of my wife’s that we wish it could have lasted much longer. If you guys had half as much fun as we did I know you had a great holiday.

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page starting with a pair of Modified drivers, one who has just started to win races and one who will be doing the same soon. Shaun Pangman has a new car back at the shop and talked a little about his three win season as well as his hopes to travel a little more in 2017.  

Jeff Blackburn spoke about his season in a Modified and explained why he took some time off at mid season while encouraging all of us to become organ donors.  

 
Sunday, November 27th 2016
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Justin Wright told me about his season in a Modified as he added a new Friday night home.
Rusty Smith won races on dirt and asphalt and talked about his plans to do the same in 2017.
Darryl Ruggles talks about a new family member on the way and his 2016 racing season.

My mini vacation is over and it is back to work for me today. But you know me, I love my job and can’t wait actually to get back at it today. And knowing me I probably already did a few interviews and am already ahead I am sure.

If you are home racers send me an email to doug@dougsdirtdiary.com and we’ll work you into the mix today. Don’t be bashful guys. And of course I will be looking at my Facebook messages too so you can always reach me there.

Now let’s talk about what I have for you on the Audio Page as we have four Modified races and a Sprint Car shoe up for you today. Justin Wright told me about his winning season in a Modified as he added a new Friday night home and what it is like racing against some of the biggest names in Modified racing.  

Rusty Smith won races on dirt and asphalt and talked about his plans to do the same in 2017 as he checked out the latest stuff at Parts Peddler 2016 in Syracuse.  

Darryl Ruggles talks about a new family member on the way, his 2016 racing season and what he was looking for at Parts Peddler in Syracuse.  

 
     
 
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