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Wednesday, April 27th 2016
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Danny Varin talked about his opening night races and runs down where he will race Sprint Cars.
Brandon Kidd has a ride with Doug Emery in a Sprint Car and talked about his goals for 2016.
Brian Knowles explained why he had tires marks on his racecar and why they call him Pork Chop.
John Christian told me why he got out of racing many years back and why just got back in.
Paul Szmal recaps opening night at Fonda and explains why racers are digging out old set ups.

What the heck was that? I don’t think it ever got over 50 here in the Syracuse area on Tuesday. Well I guess it is good that we are getting all that out of the way today and not having any of that this weekend.

I had an easy day as usual on Tuesday although I did do a little bit of work along the way. The kids are off se we had some fun running around town on Tuesday and it was nice, very nice.

I will be back in the studio today and may be doing something real fun on Thursday. More on that later if it happens.

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you all to listen to on the Audio Page as we reach hump day. Danny Varin talked about his opening night races and runs down where he will race his Sprint Cars while recapping his trip to Lincoln Speedway.  

Brandon Kidd has a ride with Doug Emery in a Sprint Car and talked about his goals for 2016 as he gets ready for the big show this weekend at Fulton.

Brian Knowles explained why he had tires marks on his racecar after just one race night and why they call him Pork Chop. Sounds like it should be Stuffed Pork Chop. Now I’m hungry!  

John Christian told me why he got out of racing many years back, why just got back in with a Sportsman in 2015 and how long it took him to get it back.

Paul Szmal recaps opening night at Fonda, explains why racers are digging out old set up sheets and comments on working with veteran announcer Jim King.    

 
Tuesday, April 26th 2016
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Stewart Friesen returned to Fonda on Saturday and told me how he managed to get a victory.
Scott Kerwin had a big block at Fulton’s practice and explained what his plans were for the car.
Ryan Phelps talked about his first races of the season and the need to clean off some cob webs.
Glenn Forward recapped his first race night at Utica Rome as he adapts to driving a Sportsman.
Tony Veneziano reports on the pair of World of Outlaw Sprint Car races from Devils Bowl.

We are back on a Tuesday with lots of great stuff for you to listen to today. We are almost at full capacity in the racing world with more and more tracks set for season openers this weekend. It’s a great time to be a fan and we are excited to still be giving you all this first hand information on a daily basis.

If you did well this past weekend send me a message at doug@dougsdirtdiary.com and we’ll be sure to work you into our conversations this week. Or you could message me on Facebook as well.

Like I said, Sunday night was a reminder to me of why I like local racing s much more than the white washed, bland national stuff where drivers to not have the freedom to tell their stories or analyze the world they race in. I love local racing and would not trade anything to move up to the big time. It’s just not for me!

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page for today starting with a wining driver from this past weekend. Stewart Friesen returned to Fonda on Saturday and told me how he managed to get a victory while explaining why he made the trip to his old home to a familiar track surface.  

Scott Kerwin had a big block at Fulton’s practice on Saturday and explained what his plans were for the car as well as his expectations for the afternoon.  

Ryan Phelps talked about his first races of the season and the need to clean off some cob webs with the car as well as the driver while looking ahead to Fulton’s opener this weekend.  

Glenn Forward recapped his first race night at Utica Rome as he adapts to driving his new Sportsman after several years racing stock cars.  

Tony Veneziano reports on the pair of World of Outlaw Sprint Car races from Devils Bowl Speedway in Texas while looking ahead to tonight in Little Rock Arkansas.

 
Monday, April 25th 2016
   

New on the Audio Page from Utica Rome Speedway:

After the heat races:

Marc Johnson won his Modified heat for the 2nd week in a row and told me about his early move.
Mike Mahaney walked me through his pass for the lead on the last lap to get a heat victory.
Jason Rood won the first crate Sportsman heat and told me why he moved down from a Modified.
Kyle Kiehn made a nice low move to get a Sportsman heat win and talked about improving.
Corey Barker brought out his new Sportsman for the first race and told me about his heat win.
Jack Miller looked over some lap time after his heat win and talked about a motor issue last week.
Claude Hutchings Jr. talked about his heat win and the borrowed engine they installed that morning.

After the features:

Jim Normoyle won career feature number 17 with his Pro Stock and talked about it with Bill Foley.
Pete Stefanski was all by himself and talked about his 2nd place as well as his 2016 racing plans.
Russ Marsden started his season with a third place finish and told me when he dug the car out.
Matt Sheppard explained why he had trouble getting his helmet off after his Modified victory.
Jason Rood survived a wild finish to win his first race in years and talked about having fun again.
Claude Hutchings Jr. went three wide for his win in traffic and thanked his engine builder.

It was a cold one last night at Utica Rome as we doubled, tripled and quadrupled up on our layers of clothing for what turned out to be a night with a lot of real good stories in it.

We also did the next installment of the Atomic Power Racing Hour featuring the Go Nuclear Late Models with myself, Rich Vleck, Paul Szmal and Matt Thomas. Things went very well and you can look for that to show up on Time Warner Cable Sports in about 6 weeks or so.

I don’t watch the Late Model heats or the features on TV nights as we call the audio at a later time and I like to surprised. So sorry, no heat winners or victory lanes from these guys tonight but you will see them on Time Warner so stay tuned. If you can’t get the show and want to see it search Atomic Power Racing Hour on You Tube.

Matt Sheppard won with no power steering which in today’s world is incredibly hard. He also went two for two on the weekend and is has won four of five races between Utica Rome and Canandaigua.

Jason Rood won for the first time in many years as his move to a Sportsman has brought back fun once again. Listen to his heat race interview as he really opens up about how tough it was to realize that Modified racing just wasn’t working out for him and why he just wasn’t having fun anymore. I thought it was nice that just after he told me that he went out and won. He must be having fun now huh? I’m happy for you Jason and thanks for trusting me with the interview. And oh by the way, he was coming of a DNQ last week.

And after blowing up a brand new engine the week before while going for the lead, Claude Hutchings Jr. won with a loaned motor from the same builder and did so with a three wide move through traffic with three laps to go.

Why do I love local racing so much? Do you really have to ask after that? Yeah, the storylines are so much better here aren’t they? Gotta go but know we’ll have more during the week. Got 17 interviews in the can and we plan on hitting shows Friday and Saturday this weekend before taking my birthday off on Sunday! See you later and thanks to all the guys who chatted with me tonight. Lovin life and love racing!  

 
Sunday, April 24th 2016
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Wade Hendrickson talked about his Modified win one week ago at Bridgeport in New Jersey.
Pat Ward recapped his first race of the season and told me about his hopes for last week in Vernon.
Jeremy Vunk told me about the new chassis he had in the pit area and why he changed the look.
Bret Belden got his first laps of the year and talked about the need to change his driving style.

We’re back for another Sunday with a lot of good stuff including four racers who will all be on a track today. I will be at Utica Rome today after a brief trip to Fulton on Saturday for a practice. The sun may have been out but it was darned cold. I only had about an hour so I did what I could before heading back.

Today we do some TV as the Atomic Power Racing Hour kicks off their season with the Go Nuclear Late Models. It will be a five feature show and I hope to see a lot of you there.

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page starting with a winner from last weekend. Wade Hendrickson talked about his Modified win one week ago at Bridgeport in New Jersey as well as what happened right after the checkered flag waved. Whew!  

Pat Ward recapped his first race of the season and told me about his hopes for last week in Vernon as well as what to do to get around a choppy track.

Jeremy Vunk told me about the new chassis he had in the pit area, why he changed the look and his plans to race twice weekly in 2016.  

Bret Belden got his first laps of the year and talked about the need to change his driving style for the different Late Model chassis he will race later today in Vernon.  

 
Saturday, April 23rd 2016
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Billy Whittaker returned to Utica Rome last Sunday and remembered his races there last season.
Ryan Arbuthnot talks about learning a big block and how his first laps went at Canandaigua.
Chris Mackey is adapting to a crate Sportsman and described how his team will work together.
Claude Hutchings Jr. had a new piece with him on Sunday and told me about some late work.  
Beth Bellinger recapped her first race at Canandaigua and described an issue they needed to fix.

We are back today with some race day interviews as we get ready to go at it here on what may be a somewhat chilly Saturday. I am going to head to Fulton today for some practice laps and have some stuff up from there as well as some other chats I’ve been holding on to.

Sunday we are doing our first TV show of the year as Atomic Power Racing Hour kicks off with the Go Nuclear Late Models from Utica Rome. It will be great to see the guys again and have some fun bringing the races to the Time Warner Cable Sports audience.

Now let’s chat about what we have for you today on the Audio Page starting with a racer who may be changing things up this season. Billy Whittaker returned to Utica Rome last Sunday and remembered his races there last season and talked about his goals for the afternoon in Vernon.  

Ryan Arbuthnot talks about learning a big block, how his first laps went at Canandaigua and why sometimes you can’t help racing when you said you wouldn’t.

Chris Mackey is adapting to a crate Sportsman after some time in a Modified and described how his four car team will work together.

Claude Hutchings Jr. had a new piece with him on Sunday and told me about some late work they did to get it ready as well as when he will get his big block out.  

Beth Bellinger recapped her first race at Canandaigua and described an issue they needed to fix as well as some changes they made for Utica Rome.  

 
Friday, April 22nd 2016
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Steve Poirier tells me about his hopes to race twice this weekend and why he is scaling back.
Stephen Denton talks about his race last Friday at I-88, his road racing and his 2016 race plans.
Dean Catlin gets ready for his first race as Skyline’s owner and how today’s rain might help him.
Paul Szmal spoke about announcing at Glen Ridge and Fonda as he gets ready for race number one.

If all went well I got a day off yesterday after going at it pretty hard this past week. It was fun to be busy again and even more fun to have some actual racing to talk about. I’ll be back in the studio again today and have family plans for Saturday.

Balancing work, racing and family is something a lot of us deal with and I am still working on doing that myself. So is the driver in our first interview today. It’s not easy when the sport you love means time away from your family not just at the events but in the shop as well.

I hope you like all that we have today and be sure to come back as we’ll have more each day and Monday you’ll get a lot from Utica Rome as we are recording our first Atomic Power Racing Hour of the season. I can’t wait!

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page starting with a man who is ready to hit the track. Steve Poirier tells me about his hopes to race twice this weekend, how much it costs to drive to a rain out and why he is scaling back a little this season.  

Stephen Denton talks about his top ten finish in his first race of the year race last Friday at I-88, his road racing efforts and his 2016 race plans.

Dean Catlin gets ready for his first race as Skyline’s owner, how today’s rain might help the racing surface and runs down some of his long term goals.  

Paul Szmal spoke about announcing this year at Glen Ridge and Fonda as he gets ready for his first race weekend behind the mic. See ya Sunday Paul!  

 
Thursday, April 21st 2016
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Tony Veneziano reports on the most recent WoO Sprint Car races as the California swing ends.
Max McLaughlin is a Modified rookie this year and talked about learning the cars with his dad.
Tony Farone was at Utica Rome on Sunday with his Sportsman and talked about Fonda’s practice.
Tyler Meeks prepared for hot laps at Canandaigua and told me about his new Sportsman car.
A.J. Digsby took his first laps in a Sportsman and spoke about why he got out of stock cars.
Dean Reynolds previews the ESS opener on Friday at the newly named Outlaw Speedway.

It was another beautiful day in Central New York and hopefully all the weather we are hearing about for tomorrow will stay away so we can get some Friday night racing in.

I’ve been cranking along pretty well here in the home studio and, we have one conversation from there and lots more to come as I try to figure out what to save, what to air now and what to do if Friday goes away. One way or another you’ll get a minimum four new chats till Sunday when we will be back at Utica Rome for some TV fun.

Now let’s chat more about what we have for today on the Audio Page starting with an update from the busiest racing series on the planet. Tony Veneziano reports on the most recent WoO Sprint Car races as the California swing ends and Kasey Kahne Racing continues to dominate the season so far.  

Max McLaughlin is a Modified rookie this year and talked about learning the cars with his dad while analyzing his first ever laps at Canandaigua.  

Tony Farone was at Utica Rome on Sunday with his Sportsman and talked about Fonda’s practice the day before as well as why he likes it when the track gets slick.  

Tyler Meeks prepared for hot laps at Canandaigua and told me about his new Sportsman car, the first brand new car he has ever had.  

A.J. Digsby took his first laps in a Sportsman last Sunday at Utica Rome and spoke about why he got out of stock cars after 18 years in the division.  

Dean Reynolds previews Friday’s ESS opener at Outlaw Speedway as they start season number 33 and highlights some big races on their schedule.

 
     
 
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