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Friday, June 9th 2017
   New on the Audio Page for today:

Rusty Smith talks about his season so far and his hopes for Sunday’s SDS race at 5 Mile Point.  
Claude Hutchings Jr. tells me about his latest I-88 Sportsman win and how racing helps at work.
Dean Catlin previews tonight at Skyline and looks ahead to a big Tuesday night race next week.

Finally some nice summer like weather is here and just in time for a big racing weekend. It’s going to be over 80 degrees for several days in a row so be sure to get out to your favorite track this weekend and leave the winter jacket at home…finally right?
 
I’ll be at Skyline Raceway Park tonight by myself and Allie will accompany me to Fulton Speedway on Saturday. Like me she is coming off of being sick so she is not ready to belt out the national anthems yet but she will be very soon.
 
Sunday we’ll open up the pool as we anticipate what should be quite the summer. It will take a bit to warm up but hopefully it will be ready for swimming by the end of the week or the at weekend.

Now let’s talk more about what we have on the Audio Page as we get ready for the first really nice weekend of the season. Rusty Smith talks about his season so far at a pair of local dirt tracks, his hopes for Sunday’s SDS race at 5 Mile Point as well as next weekend’s asphalt Modified race.  
 
Claude Hutchings Jr. tells me about his latest I-88 Sportsman win, how he changed his line on a restart to get the lead and how what he learns at racing helps him at work.

Dean Catlin previews tonight at Skyline and looks ahead to a big Tuesday night race next week featuring the Kenny Moore Classic for Modifieds as well as Sportsman and Street Stocks.  
 
Thursday, June 8th 2017
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Jessica Power won her first ever Sportsman feature at Fulton Speedway and recapped her night.
Kelly Hebing tells me about her best race weekend ever finishing 5th at Ransomville and 10th at Fulton.
Aaryn Moody talks about going racing with her dad and what she does to help her boyfriend race.

Today we meet up with some young ladies who love to get dirty at the racetrack. Two of them are coming off of great weekends where they did something they had never done before where the other may know more about racing than you may have initially thought.

I hope you like these and I love to do theme days when I can. I love these stories and since I am racing with my daughter I want her to know that she can do things in racing and not be limited because she is a girl. I know a lot of you have daughters too and in today’s world they truly can do anything. So play these for your daughters and encourage them to reach for the stars and never to let anyone tell them what they can’t do…only what they can do.

Now let’s get into more detail on these three interviews on the Audio Page that I know you’ll like starting with a new winner from Saturday night.

Jessica Power won her first ever Sportsman feature at Fulton Speedway and recapped her night while telling me where we will see her race in the next few weeks.  

Kelly Hebing tells me about her best race weekend ever finishing 5th at Ransomville and 10th at Fulton while thinking back to her start in racing running a 270 Micro at Paradise Speedway.  

Aaryn Moody talks about learning how to work on Sprint Cars with her dad, what she does to help her boyfriend race and how her gig as Ms. Motorsports helped her in the racing world.  

 
Wednesday, June 7th 2017
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Jimmy Phelps recaps his racing weekend, talks about Weedsport and his young brother’s victory.
Tom Juno talks about his Novice Sportsman win at Fulton in just his fifth race in the division.
Tony Veneziano reports on the latest World of Outlaw Sprint Car races in Indiana and Minnesota.

We’re back with more good stuff for you today and it is a special day here today as it is my wife’s birthday. We’ll be doing the usual going out to dinner thing and we’ll be having some fun here later. If you are friends with her Facebook be sure to wish her a happy birthday.

I’ll be doing some work during the day as I write up another article for the Syracuse Post Standard and Syracuse.com. If you’re not in the area and want to read about racing here in Central New York just go to www.syracuse.com/motorsports. They added a lot of bonus stuff to my Tuesday column so be sure to check it out.

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page as we finally get out of the wet weather today…I hope. Jimmy Phelps recaps his racing weekend that included a pair of top five finishes, talks about Weedsport rescheduling Sunday’s small block/big block shootout and his young brother’s victory at Fulton.    

Tom Juno talks about his Novice Sportsman win at Fulton in just his fifth race in the division as well as what else made his Saturday night so special. What a nice story here!  

Tony Veneziano reports on the latest World of Outlaw Sprint Car races in Indiana and Minnesota as the teams get ready for their first trip to Knoxville this weekend.  

 
Tuesday, June 6th 2017
   New on the Audio Page for today:

Tim Sears Jr. tells me about his Modified win at Fulton on Saturday and his 9th place at Brewerton.
Mike Phelps talks about his first career Sportsman victory and what it meant to his family team.
Dave Just offered his thoughts on racing a Sprint Car at Ransomville where he raced Sportsman.

The rain just keeps coming here in Central New York and it sounds like this week will be like many others we have had so far…cold and rainy. I stayed inside for most of the day trying to shake this cold & cough and did a lot of interviews along the way. I have a pair of winners up for today and many more to come in the next few days.

We’re doing a lot of behind the scenes as we are fixing some long term issues with the goal of bringing pictures back at full speed. We did something else on Monday so let us know if you notice anything. Please let us know with a message to doug@dougsdirtdiary.com.

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page as we start with a repeat winner. Tim Sears Jr. tells me about his Modified win at Fulton on Saturday, his 9th place at Brewerton on Friday and what he had to do to loosen the car up for his victory.

Mike Phelps talks about his first career Sportsman victory, why the win meant so much to him & his family while recalling why he got into racing himself back in 2014. Mike also wanted to help Mohawk Northeast for all their help!     

Dave Just offered his thoughts on racing a Sprint Car at Ransomville where he raced Sportsman for many years and explained why he felt his past experience may not help on this night.

 
Monday, June 5th 2017
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Steve Collins talks about his job as a General Practitioner and how his season with the PST is going.
Jordan Givler tells me about racing his 358 against the 360 Sprints and his supporting girlfriend.
Greg Martin got ready for a busy night and talked about his hopes for his first feature of 2017.

It was yet another rainy Sunday as everything in our area was washed out once again. Man this is really starting to get old isn’t it? I was psyched and ready to go so since we rained out I stayed home to try to sake this cold which does not want to go away…kind of like the rain we’ve been getting.

I’ll be back in the studio today and am going to lay low for a few days so I can get better. I have a few things already set up and am putting together a list of people I’d like to call. If you’d like to help me with that list please do so with a message to doug@dougsdirtdiary.com.

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page starting with a man who has a job that not many other racecar drivers have. Steve Collins talks about his job as a General Practitioner and how his season with the PST is going as well as an issue he had the last time out.  

Jordan Givler tells me about racing his 358 against the 360 Sprints and his girlfriend who is not only a former Ms. Motorsports but also a great asset with the wrenches.  

Greg Martin got ready for a busy night and talked about his hopes for his first feature of 2017 at Ransomville while telling me how his two races elsewhere went.  

 
Sunday, June 4th 2017
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Chris Steele talked about his Sprint Car races so far and explained what the move from Mods was like.
Jordan Thomas tells me how long he has been running Sprints and what he is doing away from racing.
Claude Hutchings Jr. summed up how he is doing as a Modified rookie and a recent rib injury he had.
A.J. Filbeck described how he is doing so far as he gets ready for just his third race of the 2017 season.

I had a fun day with some old buddies of mine on Saturday. I had hoped maybe we’d wrap up in time to head to Fulton but as usual when you get old friends together the time just flies by and that is exactly what happened.

I am hoping once again that all the people who predict the weather are wrong today and we can see our first show of the season at Weedsport Speedway. We have a TV show on tap and are hoping to see everyone and have the fun that doing TV is to all us of. Keep your fingers crossed.

Also we have a few people up today who are hoping the same thing for Utica Rome Speedway as they will try to beat Mother Nature too. I also added a few from Friday night and if we do rain out today I will be hitting the studio later in the day. If you have any suggestions be sure to send them along.

Now let’s chat more about what we have on the Audio Page for today starting with some of my Friday conversations from Ransomville Speedway. Chris Steele talked about his Sprint Car races so far and explained what the move from Mods was like as well as why he made the change in the first place.  

Jordan Thomas tells me how long he has been running Sprints, the big jump he made from karting to 360’s and what he is doing with his life away from racing.  

Claude Hutchings Jr. summed up how he is doing as a Modified rookie, how he is compensating for a recent rib injury he had and what they had to do to fix the car they wrecked.  

A.J. Filbeck described how he is doing so far as he gets ready for just his third race of the 2017 season and talked a little about the competition he is facing this year.  

 
Saturday, June 3rd 2017
   

New on the Audio Page from Ransomville Speedway:

Brett Senek talked about his win in the rained out Sportsman feature and why his car is the 111.
Matt Farnham chased the leader in the final laps and told me about his second place finish.
Brian Monahan won the first Street Stock heat race and described some work they were doing.
Brandon Sherwood pulled away to win his Street Stock heat and told me about some changes.
Billy Bleich Jr. spoke about his Street Stock feature win and talked about his race up front.
Jaren Israel came from the back to finish in second and thanked his crew for their fast pit stop.
Brandon Sherwood fell back from the lead to finish third and explained why he was running high.
Ryan Hoolihan picked up six spots to finish fourth and told me when he knew the top was fast.
Steve Collins earned his third career PST A-Main win and talked about an adjustment he made.
Kyle Drum finished in second place in the PST race and described some late race issues he had.
Jared Zimbardi enjoyed a third place finish and explained why he was conserving a little bit.
Kelly Hebing led the first 14 laps and talked about her career best 360 Sprint Car finish so far.
Jordan Givler went to Ransomville for the very first time and talked about his fifth place finish.

I had a great time last night as I headed out to Ransomville Speedway to do some TV with Rich Vleck, Paul Szmal and a trimmed down Speedway Showcase crew. We covered the Patriot Sprint Tour A-Main for air later on Time Warner Cable Sports and had a great time seeing some familiar faces and meeting lots and lots of new ones.

The Flying Physician Steve Collins picked up the win passing Kelly Hebing with ten laps to go while Hebing held on for her career best finish in fourth place. Kyle Drum made a run for the lead late but was unable to get by the doc and had to settle for second. I have the entire top five from the finish for you to listen to, two of which had never raced at the track before. I love that don’t you?

I also covered the Street Stocks which were very racy and looked like real stock cars. Camaros and Monte Carlos were the order of the day and I was very impressed not just with the racing but with the camaraderie I saw as the top four spoke in the tech area after the race. Yeah, I was impressed with them top to bottom.

I would have done more but was were doing TV and my help was needed elsewhere. We got a lot done, worked as a true team and had so much fun. Between all of us who do the show we have a lot of racing under our belts and do whatever needs to be done. It was a blast! We’re supposed to do it again Sunday so I am really hoping all those people who make a living predicting the weather are dead wrong about tomorrow, We’ll have to see I guess.

Now I can’t wait to get back there with Allie on a night when I can do my Doug’s Dirt Diary thing only and really give you guys a taste of what is going on there. I met so many new people and I hope you enjoying hearing from them today.

  I may try to hit Fulton late with Allie today but we’ll see what time I get done with an afternoon activity. One way or another we’ll have lots of good stuff up for you tomorrow so be sure to check back. And thanks to everyone who chatted with me on the mic last night. I truly enjoyed it!

 
     
 
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