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Saturday, July 9th 2016
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Dan Creeden talks about last week’s win at Thunder Mountain and his 4th at Accord on Tuesday.
Pete Stefanski tells me about his three race win streak at Utica Rome and what made his car better.
Jim Olin previews tonight at Can Am where the have a bounty out for 7 time winner Billy Dunn.

I had a tough choice to make on Friday afternoon. I was watching the radar as I do on questionable race days and wondering if it would rain at Glen Ridge which was my destination. A little rain moved through but the amateur meteorologist in me told me more was coming so I got busy in the studio.

Today looks a little on the iffy side so we’ll wait to see how it goes but let’s be honest…yes it sucks to have rainouts I know. But we really need the rain. So regardless of what happens this weekend it is all good. I know a lot of you have been racing non-stop these past few weeks and every now and then a rain out is a good thing.

Now let’s chat about the three conversations on the Audio Page that I did as the rain and storms moved into Central New York right before dinner time. Dan Creeden talks about last week’s win at Thunder Mountain, his 4th place without brakes at Accord on Tuesday and what he will do with his Friday night off.  

Pete Stefanski tells me about his three race win streak at Utica Rome, what made his car better after some early season struggles and how good life is for him these days.  

Jim Olin previews tonight at Can Am where the have a bounty out for seven time winner Billy Dunn and tells me how the season has gone so far at the big half mile.

 
Friday, July 8th 2016
    New on the Audio Page for today:

Paul Kinney recapped his races during CNY Speedweeks and described how grueling it can be.
Brandon Kidd told me how his 1st full season in a Sprint Car is going and reacted to his team’s win.
Steve Doell talked about a problem that sidelined him at Fulton and how close he came to being hurt.

I had a busy but a fun day on Thursday as I got in a morning round of golf tournament style and saw Ned and Paul Kinney at Kinney Kar Kare in Oneida. It was great catching up with the Kinneys and with my new tires my Milan rides like a cloud once again.

And racers Ned has almost everything you need from specialty fuels, lubricants and tires so when you are in need give him a call at 315-363-1780. Plus he also has tires and more at Utica Rome on Sundays and if he does not have what you need he’ll get it for you.

Allie and I will be on the road today weather permitting as we hope to hit Glen Ridge for some Friday night fun. Of course we’ll be watching the radar is there could be some big storms in our area so that plan could change. But I figured the more east I go the better my chances are.

Now let’s chat more about what we have on the Audio Page for today starting with an afternoon conversation from Oneida. Paul Kinney recapped his races during CNY Speedweeks and described how grueling it can be as well as a major engine issue he had at Canandaigua.  

Brandon Kidd told me how his 1st full season in a Sprint Car is going, explained where he needs to improve and reacted to his teammate’s win at Brewerton.  

Steve Doell talked about a problem that sidelined him at Fulton, how close he came to being hurt and wondered if he would race the next day at Utica Rome.  

 
Thursday, July 7th 2016
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Andrew Ferguson runs down how things have gone the last few weeks after some set up changes.
Chris Cunningham talks about crate engines and how his season is going at Brewerton & Fulton.
Jim King tells me how the first half of the season went at Glen Ridge Motorsports Park and Fonda.

It was another scorcher on Wednesday as the hot, dry weather continues to dominate the northeast. We should get some wet weather in the next four days which is much needed but hopefully will not affect our race plans for the weekend.

I have some morning golf today and then I am heading out to Kinney Kar Kare for some new tires for the Milan. They are much needed and Ned and his gang take good care of people including me. I also hope to see Paul when I get there too so we can chat about how this season has been going for him as well.

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page starting with a man who has been looking for a set up for today’s dry track conditions. Andrew Ferguson runs down some of his struggles on slick tracks the last few weeks after some set up changes and tells me some specific things he has done.  

Chris Cunningham talks about crate engines, his hopes to someday run a Mopar powered 360 crate and how his season is going at Brewerton & Fulton.

Jim King tells me how the first half of the season went at Glen Ridge Motorsports Park and Fonda while previewing this weekend’s events. See you at Glen Ridge this Friday!  

 
Wednesday, July 6th 2016
    New on the Audio Page for today:

Billy Pauch Jr. talks about his Modified win Saturday at New Egypt and his big block plans.
Mike Bowman told me about his flip Friday at Brewerton and how they fixed the car for Fulton.
Tony Veneziano reports on the latest World of Outlaw Sprint Car races as they pass halfway.

It was yet another beautiful day on Tuesday and after a morning round of golf I got some work done in the studio. I have both of those interviews up as well as one from the weekend with a driver who had a lot of work to do in a short period of time.

I will be back in the studio again today and already have a few things set up. Tonight the Super DIRTcar Series runs at Albany Saratoga in a show that was rained out last week. Then the series heads north to Mohawk International Raceway on Thursday. Yes, it is that time of the year alright.

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page starting with a racer who picked up his third win of the season this past weekend. Billy Pauch Jr. talks about his Modified win Saturday at New Egypt, his hopes for Big Diamond this Friday and his big block plans for later this month.

Mike Bowman told me about his flip Friday at Brewerton, explained how it happened and how they fixed the car in time for Fulton on Saturday.  

Tony Veneziano reports on the latest World of Outlaw Sprint Car races as they pass the halfway point of their 2016 racing season.  

 
Tuesday, July 5th 2016
    New on the Audio Page for today:

Matt Tanner recaps his ESS win at Canandaigua as well as the tough race on Wednesday.
Tim Sears Jr. told me about his sister’s wedding and why her husband is driving his dad’s Modified.
Adam Roberts talked about driving his brother in law’s Modified as he waits on an engine.
Brandon Ford has been pulling double duty of late and talked about driving the #37 Sportsman.

I hope you all had a great Fourth of July Weekend. I know I did. My wife’s family and my dad came over the a cookout on Monday so we had the nearly perfect day. As I write this up I am getting ready to hit the pool as my youngest is going off the diving board into the deep end for the first time. Yep, she’s a fish just like her daddy.

I will start today off with a morning round of golf with some good friends of mine who are retired. You see when you work nights and weekends like me you can’t golf with working folks as they are busy on Tuesdays and Thursdays which are my typical golf days.

When I get home I will get busy in the studio as I was not going to call anyone on Monday with it being a holiday and all. But I have a long list of weekend winners to track down and I will start on that today. If you won and want people to know about it send me a message on Facebook or at doug@dougsdirtdiary.com

Now let’s chat more about what you can listen to on the Audio Page for today. Matt Tanner recaps his ESS Speedweek win at Canandaigua Motorsports Park as well as the tough race on Wednesday night at Brewerton.  

Tim Sears Jr. told me about his sister’s wedding, why her husband Adam Roberts is driving his dad’s Modified and what it is like to see it on the racetrack.  

Adam Roberts talked about driving his brother in law’s Modified as he waits on an engine and how they instructed him on how to drive it.  

Brandon Ford has been pulling double duty of late and talked about driving the #37 Sportsman as the usual driver recovers from some surgery.  

 
Monday, July 4th 2016
    New on the Audio Page for today:

Chuck Bower talked about his Brewerton Speedway win on Friday, his first victory since 2013.
Matt Fink tells me about his role as a hired gun in the Phelps #99 and his hopes for the day.
John Strickler explains how he got into racing at age 46 as a Novice and how it is going so far.

It was a nice day on Sunday and I just got plain swamped with stuff to do around the house. The next thing I knew it was too late to go to the track so I stayed home. We are having a get together today at the house but if it wraps up in time I may be able to go to Weedsport later on…we’ll see.

We’ve got some good stuff for you today and we will surely be getting into the studio this week to track down some stories for you.

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page for today as we celebrate our nation’s birthday. Chuck Bower talked about his Brewerton Speedway win on Friday, his first victory since 2013 as well as how close he had been leading up to it.  

Chuck Bower talks about his Brewerton Speedway Modified win. Part two.  

Matt Fink tells me about his role as a hired gun in the Phelps #99, his hopes for the day and what he has been doing at Weedsport Speedway.  

John Strickler explains how he got into racing at age 46 in the Novice Sportsman division at Fulton and how it is going so far.  

 
Sunday, July 3rd 2016
    New on the Audio Page from Fulton Speedway:

After the heat races:

Wade Chrisman got the win in the first Sportsman heat and told me about the extra money.
Jeremy Dygert led every lap to win his heat and talked about some recent shock changes he’s made.
Joe Kline told me about his heat win and some rough luck he has had the last couple of weeks.
Bryan Howland does well at Fulton and talked about winning yet another heat race on the season.
Parker Evans described the low move he made to get the win in his heat and his favorite dinner.
Chuck Hebing saw second place in his heat win and talked about the good cars in his heat race.
Alan Fink benefitted from a caution at the right time and told me about making some gains.
Jason Parkhurst walked me through what he did as he made a last lap pass for a heat victory.
Tommy Sears had a different car at Fulton for his heat win and told me why he made the change.
Tim Kerr shot through the middle of a three wide deal to win his heat and talked about the track.
Chad Phelps had a car gaining on him in his heat win and talked about trying out some new shocks.
Torrey Stoughtenger had a bad crash in his Novice Sportsman race and told me how he was feeling.

After the features and the A-Main:

Jeremy Dygert won his first career Sportsman feature and talked about what he found early on.
Steve Poirier kept his lead in the Speedweeks points with a lead and talked about his victory.
Chuck Hebing talked about the battle he had to keep second and how tough the restarts were.  
Jason Barney finished in third place and talked about what went wrong on the last restart.  
Matt Parkhurst won his 1st Late Model feature and talked about how surprised he was to win early.
Jimmy Phelps came from 14th to 1st in 26 laps and spoke about some changes they made on Saturday.

What a night it was at Fulton Speedway as the Empire Super Sprints joined the regular show in front of a darned good crowd. The track was surprisingly tacky with the drought conditions we’ve had and it did throw a curve ball at a few of the teams.

It was a wild night with many hard crashes that caused the ambulance to come out on to the track on at least five occasions. There were no life threatening injuries thankfully but at least two people I know did take a trip to the hospital afterwards. We are praying and hoping everyone is alright.

Steve Poirier took home the win in the ESS race and extends his lead in the Donath Motor Worx Speedweeks standings although the $2,000 he won might be a fraction of what he is going to have to spend after this one. His engine went sour showing smoke after the final restart and when you hurt and engine is always costs more than that.

Jimmy Phelps had a strong run coming from 14th to the lead in 26 laps beating out Tommy Sears late in the race. It looked like Mike Bowman might come back from his flip to win the next night but his car faded and he finished tenth after running as high as second.

There were first time winners at Jeremy Dygert won the Sportsman race and Matt Parkhurst took home the Late Model victory. Nice job guys!

Today I should be at Utica Rome for the finale of Speedweeks as well as a Super DIRTcar Series race. There are two more SDS races this week with the rescheduled Albany Saratoga show on Wednesday and Mohwak International on Thursday.

 
     
 
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