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Thursday, October 12th 2017
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Jackson Gill offered up his thoughts before Friday’s qualifiers and talked about dad’s facial hair.
Aron Backus his daughter Kearra share what it was like for them both to run at Super DIRT Week.
Ronnie Welch talked about his 2017 season that saw him win on dirt, asphalt and in demo derbies.

It was a cold and rainy day on Wednesday which made it easy to stay inside and get some work done. I have a lot going on as you heard in my Doug’s Thoughts yesterday and am very happy with the path that I am on. Big things are coming so stay tuned!
 
I did another article previewing the weekend which features a big weekend at Brockville Ontario Speedway and three World of Outlaws races. The Super DIRTcar Series wraps up for 358’s, Sportsman and Pro Stocks this weekend in Canada while the WoO visit Port Royal on Saturday, Weedsport on Sunday and Ransomville on Monday. We aint done just yet so get on our and see some racing.
 
Next weekend Outlaw Speedway and Orange County Fair Speedway have big shows and of course Charlotte is right around the corner. Snow stay away for a while as we need some cooperation to get in some late season shows.
 
Now let’s chat about what we have for today on the Audio Page as we highlight some young racers. Jackson Gill offered up his thoughts before Friday’s qualifiers, told me about some issues they found with the car and talked about how he got his dad to change his facial hair after losing a bet.

Aron Backus his daughter Kearra Backus share what it was like for them both to run at Super DIRT Week and talks about the plans to concentrate on one car for 2018. 

Ronnie Welch talked about his 2017 season that saw him win on dirt, asphalt and in demo derbies while wondering if he may go again this weekend in Susquehanna.   
 
Wednesday, October 11th 2017
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Alan Johnson talked about his 2nd place finish in the Last Chance Qualifier and what he was learning.
Lance Willix had a runner up finish in the LCQ and told me how he picked up a pair of spots on track.
Ryan Godown finished 5th in his LCQ and talked about getting in the show and the work stilt to do.
Nick Stone qualified fourth place for the Pro Stocks and told me why he’d rather be there than 1st.
In the latest Doug’s Thoughts I talk about Super DIRT Week, what’s up this weekend and lots more.

We’re back on a Wednesday with more good stuff for you as we continue to talk about Super DIRT Week and all that happened over the course of those six days. It was quite the experience and despite some little glitches on my end it went very well.

I did do a Doug’s Thoughts as you can see and I notice that a lot more of you listen to those than I knew. That’s cool. I’ll be back later in the week with a similar clip with a good friend as look at where we are, where I am and the exciting things that are going to happen over the course of this next year.

Now let’s chat more about what we have on the Audio Page starting with some clips from the LCA’s with some drivers who raced in them. Alan Johnson talked about his 2nd place finish in the Last Chance Qualifier, what he was learning about his car and what he did a few years ago starting way back. 

Lance Willix had a runner up finish in the LCQ and told me how he picked up a pair of spots on track as well as where he’d like to be a little better. 

Ryan Godown finished 5th in his LCQ and talked about getting in the show with his finish as well as where he needs to be better on the track.  
 
Nick Stone qualified fourth place for the Pro Stocks and told me why he’d rather be there than starting on the pole as well as the type of track conditions he prefers. 

In the latest Doug’s Thoughts I talk about Super DIRT Week, what’s up this weekend at the racetracks of the northeast and a little bit about what I am doing behind the scenes. I’m excited for the future.   
 
Tuesday, October 10th 2017
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Hear from many Modified drivers as they get ready to walk the stage Sunday at Oswego Speedway.
Marc Johnson offered up his thoughts as he prepared to race the Scott Kerwin owned 358 Mod.
Todd Root tells me how he put together a 358 ride and what his plans are for the 2018 season.
Tony Veneziano reports on the WoO Sprint race from Fulton and looks ahead to this weekend.

I was a little bit tired on Monday as I am sure a lot of you are after a busy stretch of racing at Super DIRT Week. It was quite the event and I hope you all had a great time watching one of the most exciting races ever at the event. Yeah, that was something alright!
 
I did a little work in the studio. Did some writing as well as we looked back at the week that was and did some work here as well. I have some fun things to do today and hope to get back in the studio later tonight. Racers, if you want in send me a message or an email and we’ll work you in.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page for today as we get back to reality after several days of nothing but racing. Hear from many Modified drivers as they get ready to walk the stage Sunday at Oswego Speedway. This is always one of the most popular clips we air all year long. Enjoy! 

Marc Johnson offered up his thoughts as he prepared to race the Scott Kerwin owned 358 Mod and told me how the opportunity came around to run the car at SDW.

Todd Root tells me how he put together a 358 ride as he prepared to race last Friday at Super DIRT Week and what his plans are for the 2018 season.

Tony Veneziano reports on the WoO Sprint race from Fulton and looks ahead to this weekend’s race in Pa. and NY while chatting about life on the road with the series.   
 
Monday, October 9th 2017
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Dave Marcuccilli spoke about winning the Chevy Performance 75 for the second year in a row.
Rob Yetman made it five in a row and spoke about his win in the 75 lap Pro Stock Championship.
Rick Laubach explained why he pulled his car behind the wall after bringing out a yellow flag.
Matt Sheppard spoke about his last lap pass to win the 200 lapper and take the SDS point lead.
Peter Britten described how he ended up finishing second after leading until the final lap.
Larry Wight talked about how he gained spots late and what teams did to counter act the rubber.
Danny Johnson won the Hard Charger Award and told me how he came from 33rd to finish 6th.
Brandon Walters was named Rookie of the Race and talked about he picked up over 20 spots.

After a fairly uneventful start to the day thing got very interesting very quickly in the last half of the last race of Super DIRT Week. Earlier in the day Dave Macuccilli and Rob Yetman won the Sportsman and Pro Stock races respectively leading every lap and after the first half of the Billy Whittaker Cars 200, it looked like that race was going to be a yawner too. But then things changed.
 
After being a bottom groove only racetrack for 100 laps the surface changed almost as fast as hitting a light switch. Multiple grooves opened up and from there it became one of the best 200 lap races Super DIRT Week has ever seen.
 
Matt Sheppard led early, cycled back around as the leader after pit stops were complete and seemed to be on cruise control. But then Peter Britten got rolling and picked up five spots in ten laps to take the lead. Teams were pitting for harder tires which worked the rubber off the track as the sun became hidden behind the clouds.

Listen to Larry Wight’s interview as he explained it pretty well. The hard tires basically scrub the surface clean which allowed the teams to switch to a softer tire and make moves. It was a Super DIRT Week race unlike any other and it was a dandy to watch.
Wight caught Britten and actually passed him with five to go but Britten was ready and got back around Wight before the lap was completed. Sheppard got by Wight one lap later and passed Britten on the last lap to sweep the weekend and notch a career high 39th victory. It was something alright.
 
I’ll have more up tomorrow from this but I am pretty beat even after being a good boy and coming home every night to my family. Believe me, I really wanted to hang around Saturday night. I really did. But I was good and did what I was there to do.
 
Now let’s chat more about what I have for you on the Audio Page and be sure to come back tomorrow for my traditional pre-race chat with the Modified drivers as they walk across the stage. I know you’ll really like it.
 
Dave Marcuccilli spoke about winning the Chevy Performance 75 for the second year in a row leading every lap in the process and surviving a restart with five laps to go. Sorry about my grandstanding at the end.  
 
Rob Yetman made it five in a row and spoke about his win in the 75 lap Pro Stock Championship as well as what it means to him to be so good at Super DIRT Week for so many years in a row.

Rick Laubach explained why he pulled his car behind the wall after bringing out a yellow flag with 50 laps to and tried to explain how the track surface changed then changed again. 

Matt Sheppard spoke about his last lap pass to win the 200 lapper, what they did on pit road to get better and with the win take the SDS point lead.

Peter Britten described how he ended up finishing second after leading until the final lap and how heartbreaking it was for him after coming so close to the big win. Some post race analysis here too! 

Larry Wight talked about how he gained spots late and what teams did to counter act the rubber as well as what they had to do once the rubber was no longer as big of a factor. Hmm. Interesting!

Danny Johnson won the Hard Charger Award and told me how he came from 33rd to finish 6th while describing his strategy with the tire changes that they made. Good one!

Brandon Walters was named Rookie of the Race and talked about he picked up over 20 spots after starting the race at the back in 40th place. Nice job!   
 
Sunday, October 8th 2017
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Michael Parent tells me about his win in the first last chance qualifier for the 358 Modifieds.
Carey Terrance spoke about his victory in the second last chance qualifier for the 358 Modifieds.
Rob Yetman set fast time in Pro Stock qualifying and told me how they fixed an engine issue.
Matt Sheppard explained how he lost the lead, got it back and made his car tighter in his win.
Mat Williamson told me how he grabbed the lead and what he did in the closing laps while 2nd.
Billy Dunn picked up a lot of spots early and explained how the track changed after going green.
Brett Hearn turned his week around for a 4th place and talked about the rubber down racetrack.
Kyle Inman won the first last chance Sportsman race and told me how he fell behind in time trials.
Tom Collins Jr. grabbed the win in the last LCQ and talked about how nervous he was beforehand.
 
It turned out to be another beautiful day on Saturday despite a heavy rain in the morning. Saturday at Super DIRT Week got off to a little bit of a late start but once they started moving they kept it moving. It was tough for me being stuck in the infield for five hours but it was great to see everyone and catch up on life and racing.
 
It was quite the day for Matt Sheppard as he led 167 of the last 173 laps to win the Great Outdoors RV 150 for small blocks. Mat Williamson was able to get by on lap 58 but by lap 63 Sheppard moved back around taking the lead for good.
 
The track did take rubber as many drivers expected so it was not one for the time capsule by any means as only two positions in the top ten changed over the last 100 laps. But there was very little dust and no hard, crunching crashes like last year.

I got the top four as with the way things are set-up here it is extremely tough to get access to the drivers. I have found the inspection area by turn two is the best.
 
Now let’s talk about what I was able to get today on the Audio Page on what was a busy, high stress day for a lot of people. Michael Parent tells me about his win in the first last chance qualifier for the 358 Modifieds and how the win helped him understand what to change for the 150 lapper.

Carey Terrence spoke about his victory in the second last chance qualifier for the 358 Modifieds while telling me how he ended up running the race initially.

Rob Yetman set fast time in Pro Stock qualifying and told me how they fixed an engine issue that had been nagging them for quite some time. 

Matt Sheppard explained how he lost the lead in the Great Outdoors RV 150, got it back a few laps later and made his car tighter overnight on his way to the win.

Mat Williamson told me how he grabbed the lead and what he did in the closing laps while 2nd and how happy he was overall after initially planning on skipping the Great Outdoors RV 150. 

Billy Dunn picked up a lot of spots early on his way to a third place finish and explained how the track changed just a few laps after every restart.

Brett Hearn turned his week around for a 4th place and talked about getting around the rubber down racetrack while comparing it to another event that often does the same thing.

Kyle Inman won the first last chance Sportsman race and told me how he fell behind in time trials as well as how he corrected for it in this race. 

Tom Collins Jr. grabbed the win in the last LCQ and talked about how nervous he was beforehand as well as what made him a little uncomfortable.   
 
Saturday, October 7th 2017
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Mark Sullivan tells me why Rocky Warner pitted while leading and what they did to the car.
Dave Marcuccilli explained why he took a scratch in his heat race and how fast the track was.
Tyler Trump inherited the lead to win his heat and told me about a big gear issue they had.
Ronnie Davis III talked about the tough week they had until they won their heat race Friday.
Connor Cleveland picked up the win in the final Sportsman race and talked about some changes.
Mat Williamson told me why he almost didn’t go to SDW and his win in the first 358 qualifier.
Justin Haers interviews Mat Williamson after his win and asked him about his winning night.
Peter Britten took the lead with 6 to go and told me how he was able to pass the race leader.
Matt Sheppard won the first big block heat and talked about his second place finish in the 358.
Max McLaughlin walked me through his pass for the lead and explained why they were risky.
Billy Decker led every lap to win the final qualifier and told me about working lapped traffic.

It was a really nice night at Super DIRT Week as the Sportsman, 358 Modified and big block Modifieds all had their heat races. As has been the case all week long the track was smooth, fast and racy. Just listen to the guys. They’ll tell you. Ask someone who has been. They’ll tell you. So get your butts out here before it’s over and have some fun with us.
 
It’s late so I am not going to write a lot as I am going to try to be there early. I was fortunate enough to park at Alan Rudalavage’s campsite which helps a lot. It’s a little closer and that media lot gets full fast on the weekend so that’s one less thing to worry about. And thanks Alan for the dinner and the quite sit down afterwards. I’ll see you for lunch today buddy!!!
 
Little things like that really make things easier. The teams have haulers to hang out in and relax when they need to and many have campsites or friends that do as sometimes you just need to sit down and take a breath during a hectic day. So just being there for even a few minutes really helped.

Today the 358’s race in the Great Outdoors RV 150 and Pro Stocks run their time trials and there are last chance qualifiers for 358’s, Sportsman and Pro Stocks. It is sure to be an action packed day so get your butts out here.

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page starting with an explanation on what happened to the leader in the first heat race. Mark Sullivan tells me why Rocky Warner pitted while leading in his Sportsman qualifier and what they did to the car to try to cool it down. Update: They believe the fixed the problem.

Dave Marcuccilli explained why he took a scratch in his Sportsman qualifying heat race, how impressed he was with the track and compared this year to last. 

Tyler Trump inherited the lead to win his heat and told me about a big gear issue they had and how that hurt their chances to run down the leader.   
 
Ronnie Davis III talked about the tough week they had until they won their heat race Friday and wondered what he would see for track conditions on Sunday. 

Connor Cleveland picked up the win in the final Sportsman race and talked about some changes they made right to the car before they went out. No, I wasn’t in victory lane. I leaned over the fence as gracefully as I could.  
 
Mat Williamson told me why he almost didn’t go to SDW at all, how he made a pass to win the first 358 qualifier and how much fun he had racing out front. What was that he said about the W-16 compared to his 358? 

Justin Haers interviews Mat Williamson after his win and asked him about his winning night as well as his big win at Utica Rome on Tuesday. 

Peter Britten took the lead with 6 to go and told me how he was able to pass the race leader on the bottom as well as what his strategy was while running in second. 

Matt Sheppard won the first big block heat and talked about his second place finish in the 358 as well as how much he wished that car drove like his big block. 

Max McLaughlin walked me through his pass for the lead and explained why they were “risky” as well as how you had to race the track as it got slicker as the night went on. 

Billy Decker led every lap to win the final qualifier and told me about working lapped traffic as well as how tight the track was at the end of the night.   
 
Friday, October 6th 2017
   New on the Audio Page from Super DIRT Week on Thursday:
 
Peter Britten talked about his morning practice sessions and reacted to his time on the clocks.
Tim Fuller set fast time for the small blocks and told me what was similar to his run last year.
Matt Sheppard was second fastest with his 358 and talked about an issue with his big block.
Mat Williamson will start third on Saturday and spoke about some work they had to get done.
Peter Britten time trialed 4th with his 358 and told me about being locked into Saturday’s race.
Pat Ward is locked into fifth position for Saturday and spoke about how little they did to the car.
Erick Rudolph set the 6th fastest time with his 358 and talked about how his focus now changes.
Matt Sheppard will start Sunday’s race on the pole and reacted to setting a new track record.
Rick Laubach talked about his young car owner who provided the second fastest big block.
Billy Decker watched the laps late time trialing third and talked about the changing track.
Keith Flach had the fast time for less than a few seconds and compared this year to last year.
Dominic Buffalino explained why he only had one lap to get himself into the fifth starting spot.
Tim McCreadie achieved his goal timing in 6th and described some major work the crew did.

Day two of Super DIRT Week went very well as the top six in both the Modified features is now set. I got the entire top six in each division for you to listen to today and I hope you like them. If you’ve been staying away worried about track conditions then you need to make your plans to come as it is beautiful.
 
Don’t take my word for it, listen to the drivers and they’ll tell you. The track got faster as the day went on and after the sun started to heat up the surface and it only took rubber in one little spot and right at the end of time trials.

Tonight is going to be fun so get on out to Oswego for some qualifying heat races under the lights. The weather forecast has improved so we should be, as Billy Whittaker likes to say, good to go. If you can’t make it I’ll have some facebook live stuff up and of course you can read my stuff at www.syracuse.com/motorsports.

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page as we get ready for a busy day at Oswego. Peter Britten talked about his morning practice sessions and reacted to his time on the clocks as they got ready for the first set of time trials. 

Tim Fuller set fast time for the small blocks and told me what was similar to his run last year and what was different this time around.
 
Matt Sheppard was second fastest with his 358 and will start Saturday’s race from the outside of the front row and talked about an issue with his big block.  
 
Mat Williamson will start third on Saturday with his small block Modified and spoke about some work they had to get done before that race. 

Peter Britten time trialed 4th with his 358 and told me about being locked into Saturday’s race while looking ahead to the next time trial session.

Pat Ward is locked into fifth position for Saturday and spoke about how little they did to the car to get ready for time trials as well as the conditions the car likes. 

Erick Rudolph set the 6th fastest time with his 358 and talked about how his focus now changes while describing the racetrack he was just racing on. 

Matt Sheppard will start Sunday’s race on the pole and reacted to setting a new track record after some major repairs under the hood.

Rick Laubach talked about his young car owner who provided the second fastest big block and how they kept the deal a secret until arriving at Super DIRT Week.

Billy Decker watched the laps late time trialing third and talked about the changing track surface as well as how happy he was with the way things changed late for him.  
 
Keith Flach had the fast time for less than a few seconds before ending up in fourth and compared this year to last year at Oswego Speedway. 

Dominic Buffalino explained why he only had one lap to get himself into the fifth starting spot and how surprised he was with the outcome. 

Tim McCreadie achieved his goal timing in 6th and described some major work the crew did after hit the wall not just once but twice.  
 
     
 
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