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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.  

 
Monday, March 6th 2017
    New on the Audio Page from Fingerlakes Speedworld:

Dave Axton tells me about the work he had to do on his Sprint Car and his booming business.
Darryl Ruggles showed off a new look for 2017 and talked about a chassis change he made.
Josh Reome told me about his two win season at Can Am and looked ahead to getting back.
Jim Olin speaks with Paul Harkenrider and thanks all the teams that helped this past weekend.

Allie and I had another fun day as we headed west to Auburn and Fingerlakes Speedworld. We had a great time seeing some old friends and meeting someone new as well. We did seven interview and aired all but three of those today so be sure to come back as we have a lot for you this week.

I have some more chats I will be doing today too so it is going to be quite the week. And don’t forget that this weekend is Motorsports Expo at the New York State Fairgrounds so make your plans now to be in Syracuse this weekend to get your schedules, see the new racecars and get pumped up for the coming season.

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page starting with my first interview on Sunday with a man who grew up at the dirt tracks of Central New York. Dave Axton tells me about the work he had to do on his Sprint Car, why he has not had the time so far to get it done and how busy he has been with his business Highside Racewear.

Darryl Ruggles showed off a new look for 2017 and talked about a chassis change he made as well as how much he is looking forward to running his 360 without a wing.  

Josh Reome told me about his two win season at Can Am, how consistent the track surface was last year and how winning early made those top fives later seem not as special.  

Jim Olin speaks with Paul Harkenrider and thanks all the teams that helped this past weekend at Fingerlakes Speedworld and confirms the dates for next year’s show in Auburn.  

 
Sunday, March 5th 2017
   

New on the Audio Page f rom Southern Tier Speedworld:

Glenn Knapp talks about his season at Five Mile Point and the one win that slipped away.
Dan Harpell looks over the Five Mile Point schedule and highlights some of their race nights.
Chuck Akulis reacts to seeing a tribute car in his name and talks about his early days in racing.
Dan Burman explains why he got back into racing after 20 years off and his 2017 race plans.

Allie and I had a great time yesterday as we traveled south to Southern Tier Speedworld at Oakdale Mall in Johnson City. We had a great time catching up with old friends and meeting lots of news ones. The day literally could not have gone better.

Of course there is still one more day for this show and the one I’m going to today in Auburn. Today I will be going to Fingerlakes Speedworld at the Fingerlakes Mall and we’ll be sure to have lots of clips up from that for you tomorrow. Once again I can’t wait and hope to be in Auburn before 3 o’clock so I can check out the R/C demo derby and catch the teams before they load up.

I did get a lot of extra interviews done on Saturday and have 14 in the can right now. I hope to add even more to that today so you should have a lot to listen to this week as we get ready for Motorsports Expo this Saturday and Sunday in Syracuse. Yep, we’re almost there guys so hang in there a few more weeks.

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page as we run the first three interviews I did and the second to last one. Glenn Knapp talks about his season in a Modified at Five Mile Point Speedway, the one win that slipped away and thinks back on his start in racing at a young age in a different time.  

Dan Harpell looks over the Five Mile point schedule for 2017 and highlights some of their race nights as they get ready for their opener in just three weeks.

Chuck Akulis reacts to seeing a tribute car in his name and talks about his early days in racing while looking over another car that is close to what he ran in the 70’s.  

Dan Burman explains why he got back into racing after 20 years off, runs down his 2017 race plans and tells me how he lost a race in the final corner last season. Oh man!  

 
Saturday, March 4th 2017
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Jim Olin talks about the racecars at Fingerlakes Speedworld and the activities this weekend.
Kenny Peoples Jr. talks with Steve Ovens about the work he has to do and his 2017 race plans.

Today and tomorrow are going to be a lot of fun for me as I get to check out mall shows on back to back days. Today I will be heading to the Oakdale Mall in Johnson City for Southern Tier Speedworld and tomorrow I’ll be off to Auburn for Fingerlakes Speedworld inside the Fingerlakes Mall. So be sure to look for lots of new audio up tomorrow and for many days to come.

I always love these shows and feel they are so important to the growth of our sport. I don’t want to sound like the old man who yells at kids to get off his lawn but most of today’s kids don’t know what fast cars are all about. Putting a loud muffler on your dad’s Honda does not make a hot rod and these mall shows give kids of all ages and their parents a chance to see what it is that excites us so much about racecars.

  Be on your best behavior, wear racing shirts and jackets to they know who we are and spend some money. That will ensure that these types of events continue.

Now let’s chat more about what we have today on the Audio Page starting with a breakdown of what is happening today. Jim Olin talks about some of the racecars at Fingerlakes Speedworld inside the Fingerlakes Mall in Auburn and the activities taking place today and tomorrow. I’ll see you there!  

Kenny Peoples Jr. talks with Steve Ovens about the work he has to do as he rebuilds his racecar, when he hopes to have it done and what he plans on doing this season.  

 
Friday, March 3rd 2017
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Shawn Donath walks me through M & W Aluminum and talks about the parts they make.
Dan Harpell previews Southern Tier Speedworld starting today at Oakdale Mall in Johnson City.

I had another great day as I once again got out of the house and saw something new. On Thursday I visited M & W Aluminum and saw how they make Sprint Car parts. Yep, pretty much everything except engines, transmissions and rear ends are made right here in Syracuse and some of those bolt on parts go to some of the biggest names in the sport. And it is all happening right here in Syracuse. Who Knew?

Well as of next week more people are going to know as I just got an idea for next week’s column in the Syracuse Post Standard. I did get there a little late but will be there earlier on Monday so I can see the whole operation at work. Thanks Shawn for the invite!

Today I will be back in the studio and then back on the road Saturday for Southern Tier Speedworld and Sunday it will be Fingerlakes Speedworld. It will be great to get out and see some familiar faces and I hope you’re one of them. Wave to me and say hi please as it is tough to recognize some of you guys when you’re al cleaned up and out of your race suits.

Now let’s talk more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page starting with my trip to a place that left me pretty darned impressed.   Shawn Donath walks me through M & W Aluminum and talks about the Sprint Car parts they make, where some of those parts go and recaps his trip to East Bay last week. This is quite an operation boys and girls!  

Dan Harpell previews Southern Tier Speedworld starting today at Oakdale Mall in Johnson City and tells me what you can see while hinting that some news for Five Mile Point will come out as well.  

 
Thursday, March 2nd 2017
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Phil Burkart Jr. talks about being back on the NHRA tour fox 6 races with a Top Fuel Funny Car.
Torrey Stoughtenger tells me about his two cars and this weekend’s Fingerlakes Speedworld.

I had another nice day on Wednesday and was able to get more work done and write up a story on the driver you’ll hear from first on the Audio Page. It is so great to see Phil Burkart Jr. back in a Top Fuel Funny Car and it was great to catch up with him. And don’t forget he did race Modifieds at Utica Rome a while back too is he is truly one of us and more!

I’ll be busy this weekend as I plan on checking out Southern Tier Speedworld on Saturday and then Fingerlakes Speedworld on Sunday. It is going to be a fun weekend and I can’t wait to see some of you guys and gals. I’m getting out more and doing something fun every day and am really looking forward to these activities this weekend.

Now let’s chat more about what we have on the Audio Page as start out by talking about drag racing at the highest level. Phil Burkart Jr. talks about being back on the NHRA tour fox 6 races with a Top Fuel Funny Car, explained how the ride became available and how he has done in his first two starts.  

Torrey Stoughtenger tells me about his two Sportsman cars, what his plans are for those cars and gets ready for this weekend’s Fingerlakes Speedworld at the Fingerlakes Mall in Auburn, NY.  

 
     
 
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