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Sunday, April 9th 2017
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Billy Pauch Jr. talked about getting rained out twice this weekend and today at Bridgeport.
Danny Creeden told me how his practice laps went at Orange County and today’s Hard Clay Open.

Finally we had a more spring like day on Saturday and it was just what was needed to dry out the racetracks and parking lots so we can race today. Orange County, Five Mile Point and Bridgeport all race later today and we wish all of you racers and fans all the best as the 2017 season gets started at more tracks.

Allie and I will be at the NYS Fairgrounds for the first practice for the Syracuse Geddes Microd Club and we’ll be there nice and early at 10 a.m. She is as excited as she can and I am kind of sitting back a little not really knowing what to expect. I’ll have a chat with Allie up for you tomorrow as I explore yet another side of the vast racing world.

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page for today as we check in with a pair of racers who will suit up later today. Billy Pauch Jr. talked about getting rained out twice this weekend, how he has done in four starts so far this year and looks forward to today at Bridgeport with URC Sprints, Mods and Sportsman.  

Danny Creeden told me how his practice laps went at Orange County on Saturday, why he thinks the small block is the way to go as he gets ready for today’s Hard Clay Open.

 
Saturday, April 8th 2017
   New on the Audio Page for today:

Ernie Saxton remembers Grandview’s Bruce Rogers and shares some stories of their time together.

Only one for you today as we dedicate the site today to the memory of Bruce Rogers who ran Grandview Speedway for 51 years. Of course today is opening day at Grandview and I am sure there will be a lot of mixed emotions for everyone today as they mourn his passing and remember their own time with one of people who made the sport of dirt racing what it is today.

Originally I was going to try to do another interview to pair with this but didn’t think it was fair so I decided to let this one stand on it’s own today. We’re very fortunate here in the Northeast to have what I consider to be the best racing in the country and it is because of men like Bruce Rogers. I hope you enjoy our chat and will smile today as you think back on his legacy which will be at full song later today in Bechtelsville.

Now let’s talk more about a special interview we have on the Audio Page for today with a man who knew Bruce Rogers better than most. Ernie Saxton remembers Grandview’s Bruce Rogers and shares some stories of their time together while looking forward to today’s opener. Lots of other great stuff in here too. Rest in Peace Bruce!  


 
Friday, April 7th 2017
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Joe Trenca talks about getting ready to race Williams Grove and Port Royal this weekend.
Joe “Geezer” Fanelli tells me about his move to Modified and Saturday’s opener at Grandview.
Brad Szulewski spoke about his winning season as a Modified rookie and Sunday at 5 Mile Point.

It was a fun day for me as I got to head to a local race shop to see how they fixed an issue they had the night before and did some interviews in the studio as well. Plus Allie and I went to Pole Position Raceway in Syracuse with a purpose in mind.

I wanted Allie to try her new helmet and shoes to see how they fit and get used to them. I also wanted her back in the seat again to see how she reacted. Now I know a lot of you have been to Pole Position before and those carts are fast and can give you headaches. She wished she did better of course and was very frustrated afterwards.

The positives were that she certainly wasn’t intimidated and was over driving at times. So I know she’s not scared. But being smooth takes time and it was just her second time behind the wheel. By the time we got halfway home she said she had fun and it led to a nice talk about keeping your emotions in check on race day just like every single one of us does…right? Well sometimes I guess. But all in all it was just what she needed leading up to Sunday’s practice.

Now let’s chat more about what we have on the Audio Page as we give you three chats on a Friday ahead of a busy weekend. Joe Trenca talks about getting ready to race Williams Grove and Port Royal this weekend while describing how they tracked down a problem they had when they tried to start the Sprinter.  

Joe “Geezer” Fanelli tells me about his move to Modified, his hopes for Saturday’s opener at Grandview and how he got the nickname Geezer at the age of 43. Have fun Joe!  

Brad Szulewski spoke about winning a feature race in his first season in a Modified rookie, describes some of the “stupid things that happened” last year and looks ahead to Sunday at 5 Mile Point.

 
Thursday, April 6th 2017
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Jimmy Horton talks about Sunday’s Hard Clay Open and his 4th place last weekend in Delaware.
Joey Colsten tells me about his hopes for Sunday’s Summer Slam race at Five Mile Point Speedway.

Today we look ahead to a couple of big Modified races taking place this weekend in New York State. These are the first race in the state in 2017 and they are sure to be well attended.

In addition the conversations we have up today I was also able to swing by a local sprint car shop to visit with a driver who will be racing this weekend. So look for that as well.

I will be back in studio today so if you wanna spend some time with me or have a suggestion just email it to me at doug@dougsdirtdiary.com or message me on Facebook. I hope to hear from you today!

Now let’s chat more about the two interviews we have up for you today on the Audio Page with a pair of drivers who race this weekend. Jimmy Horton talks about Sunday’s Hard Clay Open at Orange County Fair Speedway, his 4th place last weekend in Delaware and explains why moving the race to Sunday is just fine for him.  

Joey Colsten tells me about his hopes for Sunday’s Summer Slam race at Five Mile Point Speedway, his plans to run the entire series and the work they had to do Wednesday night to get dad’s car ready.  

 
Wednesday, April 5th 2017
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Scott Kreutter told me what he’s doing this season and encouraged racers to try Pole Position.
Rocco Leone describes a change to his weekly plans as well as a switch to a different chassis.

I’ll be back at it as I enjoyed a nice day off on Tuesday. We had our bowling banquet and the season is now over. I may try to sub a few times before golf season starts but as soon as the grass starts growing we will switch over to full golf mode. I can’t wait!

Today we are back in the studio and ready to get going as a lot is happening. There are races taking place this weekend and a lot of them as a matter of fact. If you are racing this weekend give me a call or hit me on facebook or my email (doug@dougsdirtdiary.com) and we’ll tell everyone what you have going on in your racing life.

Now let’s chat more about what is on the Audio Page for you to listen to today. Scott Kreutter told me what he’ll be doing this season, recapped some of his eight races last season and encouraged racers to try Pole Position Raceway in Buffalo, Rochester or Syracuse.    

Rocco Leone describes a change to his weekly plans as he returns to weekly competition at Brewerton Speedway, his off season switch to a different chassis and his hopes for his first win since 2014.  

 
Tuesday, April 4th 2017
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Chris Fleming talks about his hopes to repeat his championship and his plans to get married.
Tony Veneziano reports on the WoO in California and the strong runs by Pennsylvania racers.
Tom Collins Jr. tells me about his win in the GRIT Sportsman opener at Five Mile Point.

It was another really nice day on Monday as we enjoyed temperatures in the mid 60’s while to our east a major snow storm is taking place. I see some people were stranded in airports waiting out the storm and we hope all of you are back where you need to be today and that the storm does not do too much damage.

I got in the studio for a while and wrote up a nice long article for Syracuse.com and the Syracuse Post Standard. I just love this time of the year as each week something new happens and another new track or series starts out their season. It really is my favorite time of the year.

Also I had the chance to try dirt I-Racing on a virtual reality headset at a friend’s place. Oh my god! It is amazing. I can see how some people could go as far as saying, “I’m done with real racing and will now do this.” I know, that might be a little far but if you tried it you might say the same thing. Wow! It’s the real deal!

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page starting with a racer who is looking forward to another great season. Chris Fleming talks about his hopes to repeat his championship in the Late Model division at Fulton, the work he does during the week at Beyea Headers and his plans to get married one year from now.   

Tony Veneziano reports on the World of Outlaw Sprint Cars as they wrap up their swing in California, the strong runs by a pair of Pennsylvania racers and the nice runs by a well known rookie with a strong family history.  

Tom Collins Jr. tells me about his win in the GRIT Series opener on Sunday at Five Mile Point Speedway and why the decided at the last minute to add this race to their schedule.

 
Monday, April 3rd 2017
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Rusty Smith talks about his return to Afton Motorsports Park and his plans for the asphalt as well.
James Introne tells me about his season in a Sportsman and the small block racing he has planned.

Wow! What a beautiful day it was on Sunday and I sure do hope you got out and enjoyed it. I had a lot to do here and had to stay home but I got a lot done in the studio and half of what I did is up today. I’ll be back tomorrow with more good stuff too so be sure to stop back.

We’ve been trying to get things ready for Allie’s first practice this coming Sunday and it has been really interesting to see racing from yet another side as we see what it takes to get her rent a ride ready and get all the stuff she needs to do that. We only need arm restraints, a neck collar and the raceciever and we’ll be all set. If you want to help message me at doug@dougsdirtdiary.com and we’ll be so thankful for any help that can be provided.

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page starting with a driver who is good on both asphalt and dirt. Rusty Smith talks about his return to Afton Motorsports Park where was runner up in points last year, the new racecar he is working on and his plans for the asphalt as well.

James Introne tells me about his season in a Sportsman as he traveled to different racetracks, his plans to run Glen Ridge for points and the small block racing will be doing with the KOD Series.  

 
     
 
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