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Monday, March 13th 2017
   

New on the Audio Page from Motorsports Expo 2017:

Joe Patrick thanked everyone for their attendance at Motorsports Expo and talked about 2018.
Tommy Collins showed off one of his Sportsman and ran down his aggressive plans for 2017.
Bill Shea went over some news from the Utica Rome banquet and looked ahead to April 2nd.
Katelyn Hile told me how close her Modified is to being ready and talked about her plans.
Kelly Hebing had her wingless Sprint in the Weedsport booth and talked about her hopes.
Dean Reynolds goes over some Empire Super Sprint news including an expansion to 24 cars.

What a fun weekend it was. I had so much fun seeing all of you again and the time just flew by. I hope you all had a chance to get out to the show this past weekend and if you didn’t I will do my best to give you a feel for what happened all week long as I have a ton of interviews in the can.

Today we give you six and will give you at least five a day through Sunday. I have some things set up in the studio this week too so it will be quite the week as we get ready for the season to start up here. We are supposed to get a storm tonight and tomorrow so we’ll wait to see how big it can be and what, if any, affect it will have on local racing.

Now let’s chat more about what we have going on today on the Audio Page starting out with a thank you to everyone who made the show this week happen. Joe Patrick thanked everyone for their attendance at Motorsports Expo, commented on getting his first whiff of race fuel and talked about the dates for the 2018 edition.  

Tommy Collins showed off one of his Sportsman at Motorsports Expo, talked about the need to be better on Hoosiers and ran down his aggressive plans for 2017.

Bill Shea went over some news from the Utica Rome banquet including the addition of go cart racing and motocross while looking ahead to their opener on April 2nd.   

Katelyn Hile told me how close her Modified is to being ready for the Utica Rome opener, explained why it can be tough to get work done in their shop and talked about her 2017 race plans.  

Kelly Hebing had her wingless Sprint in the Weedsport booth and talked about her hopes for that particular race as well as how each of her parents react to different situations on the track.  

Dean Reynolds goes over some Empire Super Sprint news including an expansion to 24 cars in the A-Main and thanks all the teams that helped out in their booth this past weekend.  

 
Sunday, March 12th 2017
   

New on the Audio Page from Motorsports Expo 2017:

Joe Patrick reacted to Saturday’s crowd at Motorsports Expo and looked ahead to today.
Denny Peebles
showed off his 360 Sprint Car and talked about where he will race it in 2017.  
Lew Boyd talked about the racing videos and books has he for sale at this year’s Motorsports Expo.
J.J. Courcy ran down his plans for 2017 that will see him race Sportsman and IMCA Modifieds.
Chris Bonoffski remembered the tough start he had last season and showed off his 4 Cylinder.
Joe Marotta sat at the Oswego Speedway booth and talked about Saturday at Motorsports Expo.

I had a long day but a very fun one on Saturday as I cruised the aisles at Motorsports Expo 2017. Once again it was great to see all of you and I hope that I can do it again today and see just as many folks. I got a lot done and saved a lot of it for release later this week. And some of what I record today will be up tomorrow.

Don’t miss a day this week as there will be a lot on here each and every day. Plus I already have some studio stuff set up and will start on that on Monday. But first we’ll have some fun today and get as much done as we can on a short day.

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page as we wandered around the Expo on Saturday. Joe Patrick reacted to Saturday’s crowd at Motorsports Expo 2017 in Syracuse and looked ahead to the final day today. Don’t forget to set your clocks ahead. It is from 11a.m.-4 p.m. today.  

Denny Peebles showed off his 360 Sprint Car at Motorsports Expo 2017 and talked about where he will race it in 2017 while remembering the last time he was inside the Center of Progress Building.  

Lew Boyd talked about the racing videos and books has he for sale at this year’s Motorsports Expo. I have stuff reserved to pick up today and you guys really need to check his booth out!!!  

J.J. Courcy ran down his plans for 2017 that will see him race Sportsman and IMCA Modifieds and sometimes on the very same night at Skyline.  

Chris Bonoffski remembered the tough start he had last season as he went through a lot of engines in a short period of time and showed off his 4 Cylinder Super Stock at Motorsports Expo 2017.  

Joe Marotta sat at the Oswego Speedway booth and talked about Saturday at Motorsports Expo while getting ready for the final day today on Sunday.  

 
Saturday, March 11th 2017
   

New on the Audio Page from the Motorsports Expo 2017 set up:

Joe Patrick goes over some of the events on tap for today’s Motorsports Expo 2017 show.
Andrew Harpell talks about the coming season at Five Mile Point starting in just 2 weeks.
Nick Krause shows off his new Sportsman at the show and talks about his hopes for 2017.
Cory Reed explains how the new regional points will work for the DIRTcar Sportsman tour.

I had a fun time yesterday afternoon at the set up of Motorsports Expo 2017 and had some nice off the record conversations too. I want to thank all of you had heart to heart cats with me yesterday and it means the world to me to hear you say the things you say. Thank you! Don’t worry about me. I’m not going anywhere!

I have a teaser up for you today as we checked in with a few folks before heading home to watch Allie in her middle school production of Legally Blonde Jr. She has a solo and like her dad is not shy in front of people. I can’t wait to see her and can’t wait to see all of you this weekend.

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page as we get ready for one of my favorite events of the year. Joe Patrick goes over some of the events on tap for today’s Motorsports Expo 2017 show and reacts to seeing the Center of Progress Building fill up with racecars of all kinds.      

Andrew Harpell talks about the coming season at Five Mile Point, runs down what they have in their first show in two weeks and his attempts to sell the track in the off season.  

Nick Krause shows off his new Sportsman at the show, explains why they changed things up a bit and talks about his hopes for a very busy 2017 season.  

Cory Reed explains how the new regional points will work for the DIRTcar Sportsman tour and highlights the five big end of the season events that will decide the champion.  

 
Friday, March 10th 2017
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Geoff Power remembered his tough season in 2016 and wondered if this year is his last one.
Leon Andrus talks about Afton Motorsports Park and his plans to be in Syracuse this weekend.
Ken Brewer runs down his involvement in racing and explains why he helps out racers with rides.

I had a nice day again on Thursday as I stopped by a local race shop and was able to talk racing with a good friend of mine. I also stopped at the bowling alley to inquire about the new urethane balls that are out now and taking the tour by storm. With the way the lanes change so quickly nowadays it might be nice to have something that barely moves to I can go up the outside. We’ll see I guess.

Today I will stop by the New York State Fairgrounds to watch the set up for Motorsports Expo 2017 and I’ll be sure to grab an interview or two along the way. I will be there for most of the day on Saturday and then back again after lunch time on Sunday. It’s is going to be so much fun to see all of you again and I cannot wait.

Till then though I still have some really good stuff on the Audio Page today that I know you’re gonna like. Geoff Power remembered his tough season in 2016, ran down his plans for 2017 and explained why this year may be his last one as a driver. Yeah, I get it Geoff!  

Leon Andrus talks about his new role as co-promoter at Afton Motorsports Park, what they have in store for 2017 and his plans to be in Syracuse this weekend.

Ken Brewer runs down his involvement in racing both this season and in years past, what he does on Friday nights on Oneida Lake and why he likes to help young talent.  

 
Thursday, March 9th 2017
    New on the Audio Page for today:

Ken Titus talks about his season at I-88 Speedway and talked about his best run of the year.
Torrey Stoughtenger showed off his new look in Auburn and talked about Motorsports Expo.
Dean Catlin updated us on Skyline Raceway and how the move to Friday nights is received.
Karl Spoonhower thought back on last season at Thunder Mountain and looked ahead to 2017.
James Eggleston tells me what he was doing at the mall show and his plans to do video in 2017.

What a windy day it was for a lot of us on Wednesday. I got my work done nice and early as I was worried that the power would go out. Actually my youngest said the power went off at her school so we hope all of you are okay and doing well today.

Motorsports Expo 2017 is this weekend inside the Center of Progress Building at the New York State Fairgrounds and I will be there tomorrow for the set up and both days this weekend chatting with as many people as I can. For more information go to www.gatermews.com.

Also Can Am put together a schedule for 2017 and did so on Wednesday. Opening day will be on May 6th and the track will run as an independent. For schedules see Taylor Caprara, the Harley riding man, this weekend at the show and he’ll have them for you. Good news for all of you up north to say the least!

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page starting with some chats from the mall shows I went to last weekend. Ken Titus talks about his season at I-88 Speedway and talked about his best run of the year and evaluated his effort as well as how a fuel issue set them back early.  

Torrey Stoughtenger showed off his new look on his Sportsman in Auburn at Fingerlakes Speedworld and talked about showing it off again this weekend at Motorsports Expo. Nice!  

Dean Catlin updated us on Skyline Raceway as he met racefans at Southern Tier Speedworld, how the move to Friday nights is received and highlighted some dates for 2017.  

Karl Spoonhower thought back on last season at Thunder Mountain and looked ahead to some changes for 2017 while reflecting on when he first built the track.

James Eggleston tells me what he was doing at the mall show with a camera and a microphone, why he likes local racing so much and his plans to do race videos in 2017.  

 
Wednesday, March 8th 2017
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Steve Babicek talked about his season at I-88 Speedway and told me about his hopes for a win.
Matt Roberts showed off his Modified for 2017 and told me how good his business is doing.
Cody Jackson had his asphalt Modified out this past weekend and talked about his 2017 hopes.
Matt Brewer told me about his multi-win season and how he got hooked up with Ken Brewer.  
Paul Harkenrider previewed the coming season with the Patriot Sprint Tour while in Auburn.

Its back to work for me today after a bit of a slow day on Tuesday. I am looking for people who are participating in this weekend’s Motorsports Expo show in Syracuse so if you are bringing up a car please call me or message me at doug@dougsdirtdiary.com. Thanks!

I will be in the studio today and tomorrow and looking to get a lot done so fill up my inbox please and let’s tell everyone what you’re doing this year. I am excited and can’t wait for the next few days. It’s gonna be great!

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page starting with some drivers who we’ll see this year in the highly competitive Modified world. Steve Babicek talked about his season at I-88 Speedway and told me about his hopes for a win as well as the two racecars he will have ready for 2017.  

Matt Roberts showed off his Modified for 2017 and told me how good his business is doing as he had to put the wrap on the car inside the Oakdale Mall right before the show.  

Cody Jackson had his asphalt Modified out this past weekend and talked about his 2017 hopes as well as what sidelined them for as bit last season.  

Matt Brewer told me about his multi-win season and how he got hooked up with Ken Brewer as well as how much Ken’s many years of experience is helping.  

Paul Harkenrider previewed the coming season with the Patriot Sprint Tour while in Auburn at Fingerlakes Speedworld and talked about some of the new racetracks he saw as the series announcer.  

 
Tuesday, March 7th 2017
    New on the Audio Page for today:

Darwin Greene recaps his races in Florida and tells me about some changes for this season.
Gregg Turner remembered his rough season last year and talked some upgrades for this year.
Jacob Fowlston
talked about his 2016 season in a Street Stock and why he switched racetracks.
Steve Ovens previews tonight’s edition of Turn Five Live and talks about Fingerlakes Speedworld.
Tony Veneziano reports on race number 4 for the WoO Sprints and looks ahead to Las Vegas.

We’ve got a lot of good stuff for you today as we mix a studio interview from Monday with some of my chats from the weekend. It was a great weekend too as I got to get on the road a little and see some passionate racing folks. Thanks to everyone who chatted with me. It means so much!

Today I may take the day off as usual but will try to get a few things done this afternoon before I head out to the bowling lanes. Things have been going very well here and I can’t see anything getting in the way from here on in. Thanks to all of you for your support and kind words.

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page with the final chat I did on Saturday in Johnson City. Darwin Greene recaps his races in Florida at Volusia, describes how different each day was and tells me about some changes in his weekly race plans for this season.  

Jacob Fowlston talked about his 2016 season in a Street Stock, why he switched racetracks along the way and recapped some of his racing background that included time in a Sportsman.  

Gregg Turner remembered his rough season last year that included six DNF’s in a row and talked some upgrades for this year while his dad Pete joined our chat.  

Steve Ovens previews tonight’s edition of Turn Five Live on the Performance Motorsports Network and talks about Fingerlakes Speedworld this past weekend in Auburn.  

Tony Veneziano reports on race number 4 for the WoO Sprints in Texas, updates us on a schedule change after Saturday’s rain out and looks ahead to Las Vegas this Thursday & Friday.  

 
     
 
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