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Monday, August 24th 2015
    New on the Audio Page from the Utica Rome Speedway:
 
After the heat races:
 
Tim Mayne talked about his win in the first Modified heat race as he met fans on the frontstretch.
Ryan Phelps won the second Modified heat race and explained why he switched to a different car.
Vic Coffey dug out an older car for Sunday and told me about his win in the final Mod heat.
A.J. Filbeck signed autographs and spoke about being the third leader in his Sportsman heat win.
Nick Krause described something they found wrong with his Sportsman as he won his heat race.
Corey Barker got the win in his heat after a flip on Friday and talked about getting the car back.
Jack Miller told me about his win in the first open Sportsman heat and his race with the Modifieds.
Steve Way went from third to first quickly and described how the inside opened up right away.
 
After the heat races:
 
Glenn Forward won the Pro Street feature race and told Cameron Proud about the race up front.
Mike Mahaney used the top to get his 18th win of the season and spoke about it with Mike Mallett.
Danny Varin made a late race pass to finish in 2nd place and talked about some good clean racing.
Corey Barker swept the night and talked about how good it felt to win at Utica for the first time.
Jack Miller won the final race of the night and talked about what this win means for the future.
Tom Tophoven completed a wild 360 after getting taken out and told me how reflexes helped.
 
It was a beautiful day for racing on Sunday and a nice field or cars was assembled at the Utica Rome Speedway. The racing was real good and the fans got to meet their favorite drivers on Autograph Night.
 
There was a real good story in the 602 Sportsman class as Corey Barker won with the same car that he flipped on Friday night at the Brewerton Speedway. He won his heat and the feature race for his first ever win at Utica Rome and did it with J.J. Michaels number 31 on the side of the car. It was a special night for Corey and I am so happy for him.
 
Mike Mahaney won the Modified race but sent a scare into his parents on the last lap as he almost made a mistake high on the cushion on his entrance into turn one. A quick flick of the wheel got the car back to where it needed to be and he went on for the victory.
 
Mahaney now has 11 Modified wins, two with the SpeedSTR and five with his Micro Sprint. Quite a feat isn’t it?
 
The Pro Street race was a real good one as three cars battled at the front with Glenn Forward holding off a late race charge from Chris Carr to take the win. And Jack Miller picked up his first win of the season making it tougher for him to decide when it might be time to hang up the helmet. Obviously Jack we’re good to go for another year eh?
 
Today I have a lot to do and hope to make it to I-88 Speedway on Tuesday for the Empire Super Sprints show. And don’t forget the Super DIRTcar Series heads to Lebanon Valley for Mr. Dirt Track USA. It’s a great time to be a race fan for sure.

 
Sunday, August 23rd 2015
    New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Corey Barker talked about how racing in the Novice Sportsman division helped him as a driver.
James Carlson is still looking for his first win but told me how racing in the Novice class helped.
Dorian Wahdan has been in the Novice division for almost two years and talked about improving.
 
We have a theme going for you as I begin my research on how the Novice Sportsman division has not just helped some inexperienced racers get off to a good start but has also helped the division grow.
 
I am early in this and the story will either show up in this week or next week’s edition of the Syracuse Post Standard. I am eager to hear from some of you who have went this route so please get ahold of me at doug@dougsdirtdiary.com and we’ll see if we can’t include you in the conversation as well.
 
Now let’s talk in more detail about what we have for you on the Audio Page starting out with a pair of graduates from the Novice Sportsman ranks. Corey Barker talked about how racing in the Novice Sportsman division helped him as a driver and described some of what he learned while in the class. 
 
James Carlson is still looking for his first win but told me how racing in the Novice class helped his development as a 27 year old rookie driver. 
 
Dorian Wahdan has been in the Novice division for almost two years and talked about the areas where he feels he has improved in that time frame. 

 
Saturday, August 22nd 2015
   New on the Audio Page from the Brewerton Speedway:
 
Pre race:
 
Tim Sears Jr. talked about his Modified feature win one week ago at Fulton and his new racecar.
 
After the heat races:
 
Steve Abt walked me through his Sportsman heat win ad he worked the inside to get the race lead.
Tony Finch II told me how he took the lead in his heat and how he fixed a nagging carburetor issue.
Gregg Kimball sampled the candy he was giving out and talked about his Sportsman heat win.
Chuck Bower had his first solid run in weeks and explained how they found something on Thursday.
Jim Witko held on to win his Modified heat and told me why he got too high early on in turn one.
Ryan Phelps explained how changing his line and moving to the top helped him win his heat.
 
After the feature races:
 
Tony Finch II spoke with Adam Buchanan after leading the final 21 laps to win the feature.
Matt Hulsizer held off a charging Matt Sheppard to win the Modified race and spoke with Bill Foley.
Matt Sheppard told me how he finished second in the Modified feature and talked about his run.
Chris Hile was happy about his 4th place finish and wondered where the fastest groove was.
Ryan Bartlett took home a fifth place finish and explained how going back to basics helped.
Vic Coffey led 24 laps before finishing 6th and described how his car changed in the last laps.
 
I had a fun night at Brewerton and so did a lot of fans as it was Autograph Night. Kids of all ages both big and small headed down on the track at the break to meet their favorite drivers and get a sweet treat as well.
 
The racing was pretty good too as Matt Huslizer picked up just his 4th career Modified win and did so by beating a charging Matt Sheppard in the closing laps. Sheppard had beaten Hulsizer on two other occasions this year, a fact that each of them acknowledged afterwards.
 
I got five of the top six and all the open wheel heat winners in the Modified and Sportsman divisions. So there is a lot of good stuff on for you today and some good stuff in the can for tomorrow also as I am doing a story on how the novice Sportsman class has helped the division become the only class growing today.
 
I’ll be at Utica Rome on Sunday so look for some stuff from there on Monday and I hope to hit I-88 Speedway in Afton on Tuesday as the ESS visits the track. I have some work to do early today and I hope to get out and golf for the first time in two weeks as I feel I am ready after some recent back and hamstring issues. Wish me well.
 
I’ll have more for you tomorrow so look for that. Have a great Saturday and I will see you tomorrow I hope in Vernon.

 
Friday, August 21st 2015
    New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Steve Poirier explained how an issue with tire sizes has caused some trouble finding stagger.
Justin Barger talked about a tough night he had at Selinsgrove and why the came to Weedsport.
Paul Habeck thought back on his past in Weedsport running three different types of racecars.
Jamie Page tells me about this Tuesday’s special Empire Super Sprints show at I-88 Speedway.
 
We had a busy day as the real estate people swung by to tell us what we should be doing with our house and in the process it now looks like we may vacate this house before we put it on the market.
 
Now we’re going to need some help as I have hurt my back on multiple occasions just moving boxes around so we are hoping maybe some of you might want to help. It will be in mid September and I will keep you posted on the dates. ‘
 
Again, this will be a great move for us as I will have a more private and bigger space for my studio and bigger rooms all the way around. The kids get to stay in the same school and they already know the kids in the new neighborhood. We’ve just got to get through the next three weeks or so.
 
Now let’s talk racing and yes I will be at a show tonight and again on Sunday if all works out. Good things are coming in the future and we’ll be here no matter what!
 
Here is more about the new stuff we have for you on the Audio Page that you can listen to right now. Steve Poirier explained how an issue with tire sizes has caused some trouble finding the proper stagger when needed. You can learn something here fans! 
 
Justin Barger talked about a tough night he had at Selinsgrove and why the came to Weedsport and how much fun he is having with a new member of his family. 
 
Paul Habeck thought back on his past in Weedsport running three different types of racecars and wondered how he would do on the new configuration. 
 
Jamie Page tells me about this Tuesday’s special Empire Super Sprints show at I-88 Speedway as well as how good the weekly racing has been. 

 
Thursday, August 20th 2015
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Shawn Donath explained why he was back in his own car and recalled his past in Weedsport.
Tommy Wickham is still looking for his first win in 2015 and spoke about his luck at short tracks.
Darryl Ruggles was fresh off a win at Canandaigua and spoke about racing a 360 in Weedsport.
Matt Janczuk talked about first working for Gene Cole as a teenager and some of what he learned.
Joe Trenca got ready to race Sunday in Weedsport and wondered if his 410 laps would help.
 
We got a lot done on the house on Wednesday as an area I had been putting off was finally tackled. Well maybe not tackled but certainly addressed more than it had been in the past. It is now starting to seem like we have gotten over the hump and it feels good.
 
I’ll be around today and hope to get ahold of some people for Friday. I was not as successful as I had hoped on Wednesday as I started a little later than I should have but I am optimistic about today.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have on the Audio Page for you today starting with a driver I met in my first year involved with the sport. Shawn Donath explained why he was back in his own car and recalled his past in Weedsport in a pair of different divisions as well as how his daughter is helping now. 
 
Tommy Wickham is still looking for his first win in 2015 and spoke about his luck at short tracks as well as what he is doing to help out his young teammate. 
 
Darryl Ruggles was fresh off a win at Canandaigua and spoke about racing a 360 in Weedsport for the very first time this past Sunday. 
 
Matt Janczuk talked about first working for Gene Cole as a teenager and some of what he learned while sharing a story about one of their earliest encounters. 
 
Joe Trenca got ready to race Sunday in Weedsport and wondered if his 410 laps would help while telling me what he did with his rainout on Friday and day off on Saturday. 

 
Wednesday, August 19th 2015
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Gordy Button explained why he switched to a new chassis and his hopes for his first top ten.
Chad Miller talked about his racing background and how he found a 360 ride for Sunday.
Shane Andrews shares the story of how he got started at Utica Rome as they honored Gene Cole.
Dick Sweet told me what he has been up to lately as he came back to Utica Rome on Sunday.
 
We’re back with more from my weekend here as we reach hump day. I did get in the studio after I had already updated the website so look for studio stuff tomorrow.
 
I am planning on Friday and Sunday races this week and am hoping to make the ESS show Tuesday at I-88 Speedway. I have yet to make it down this year so hopefully this will work out.
 
I am feeling better as my leg and back continue to heal. We may even be able to get out and golf this weekend if I get the okay to do so from my doctor. I am going to continue to rehab both of them this week and hopefully I will be close to 100% and good enough to get out and do something real soon.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page starting with a driver who made a big change. Gordy Button explained why he switched to a new chassis, what he was seeing that made him think he needed a change and his hopes for his first top ten of 2015. 
 
Chad Miller talked about his racing background, how he found a 360 ride for Sunday’s ESS show at Weedsport and what he has planned for the rest of the season. 
 
Shane Andrews shares the story of how he got started at Utica Rome as they honored Gene Cole with a luncheon Sunday as well as at the track later that night. 
 
Dick Sweet told me what he has been up to lately and recalled how he first got into racing as he came back to Utica Rome on Sunday. 

 
Tuesday, August 18th 2015
   New on the Audio Page from Steve Ovens at Turn 5 Live:
 
Cory Costa speaks with Steve Ovens in victory lane after his first Modified win at Black Rock.
Casey Pavlick chatted with Steve Ovens after his Sportsman win at Black Rock to extend his lead.
Gene Balmer got the Street Stock win at Black Rock and told Steve Ovens about win number 2.
Todd Stone won his heat and the IMCA Modified feature and got to speak about it with Steve Ovens.
Jeff Daugherty picked up his 13th win of the season in the Bandit division and spoke with Steve.
James Kreidler took home the win with his Four Cylinder and spoke about his dominating win.
Matt Sheppard spoke with Shane Andrews after picking up a Modified feature win at Canandaigua.
Dave Marcuccilli made it 3 in a row in his Sportsman and spoke about his win with Shane Andrews.
Darryl Ruggles earned the victory in the 305 Sprint Car race and told Shane Andrews about it.
Mike Welch told Shane Andrews about the work they did to get the car to victory lane Saturday.
Eric Chapman is enjoying the best season he ever had and told Shane about his Pure Stock win.
 
New from the studio with me on Monday:
 
Tony Veneziano reports on the Knoxville Nationals which saw over 110 cars go for $150,000.
 
We have a special treat for you today as we highlight some of the work Steve Ovens from Turn 5 Live has been doing lately. We have 11 winners on the site today as we have stuff from both Black Rock and Canandaigua thanks to Steve.
 
And don’t miss Steve tonight as he has his live show on tonight at 7:30 p.m. He is doing a great job promoting our sport so be sure to join him tonight and look for more from me tomorrow. Go to www.performancemotorsportsnetwork.com and click on Listen Live. He’ll have a report on the Knoxville Nationals from Jacob Seelman and a chat with Modified racer Cory Costa who is coming off a win at Black Rock and a runner up finish at Woodhull.
 
I got a lot done here as I wrote up a new column for the Syracuse Post Standard and I will be in the studio today getting to chat with some people about their weekend and more. Plus I was able to get a report on the Knoxville Nationals from former WoO P.R. Director Tony Veneziano. So sit back and get comfortable.
 
But for now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page thanks to our good friend. Cory Costa speaks with Steve Ovens in victory lane after his first career Modified win at Black Rock just a few days after qualifying for a big race at Woodhull. 
 
Casey Pavlick chatted with Steve Ovens after his Sportsman win at Black Rock to extend his lead and spoke about his race up front with Stacy Jackson. 
 
Gene Balmer got the Street Stock win at Black Rock and told Steve Ovens about his second win of the season after some tough luck finishing of late.
 
Todd Stone won his heat and the IMCA Modified feature for a sweep on the night and told Steve Ovens about a big break he got at the end of the race. 
 
Jeff Daugherty picked up his 13th win of the season in the Bandit division and spoke with Steve Ovens and explained how a restart helped him get the lead. 
 
James Kreidler took home the win with his Four Cylinder at Black Rock and spoke with Steve Ovens about his dominating feature win.  
 
Matt Sheppard spoke with Shane Andrews after picking up a Modified feature win at Canandaigua and explained how a $3 part sidelined him the week before. 
 
Dave Marcuccilli made it three in a row in his Sportsman and two in a row at Canandaigua and spoke about his win with Shane Andrews
 
Darryl Ruggles earned the victory in the 305 Sprint Car race and told Shane Andrews about it as well as who helped him go through the car during the week. 
 
Mike Welch told Shane Andrews about the work they did to get his Street Stock to victory lane Saturday as well as how he has been doing on Sundays.
 
Eric Chapman is enjoying the best season he ever had and told Shane Andrews about his 9th Pure Stock win at Canandaigua Motorsports Park. 
 
Tony Veneziano reports on the Knoxville Nationals which saw over 110 cars go for $150,000 and looks ahead to the next races on the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series. 
 
     
 
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