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Thursday, May 12th 2016
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Josh VanBrocklin spoke to me after hot laps at Can Am and told me where he’ll race this year.
Kyle DeMetro took a year off from racing last season and told me about his plain white Modified.
Preston Forbes explained why he only got out once in 2015 and why moved to a Pro Stock.
Joe Marotta shares some stories about Dutch Hoag and previews the opener at Oswego Speedway.
Steve Ovens previews Thursday Night Thunder in Dundee and the season so far at Woodhull.

I had a bit of an off day as our phone and internet were down and went down right as I was working. I missed my deadline for the paper but they were nice enough to extend it for me. I may need to look at my service provider as this is the second time they’ve been down for multiple hours in less than a week. Any suggestions?

So I was not able to get the work done that I wanted to but should be good for some chats tonight. I have a ride a long today that I can’t wait for and after I get back I will hit a small bucket of balls at the driving range and then hit the studio.

Let’s all hope for some dry weather tomorrow and if it does rain, let’s hope the impact is minimal and we can still have some fun Friday night. I hope you all have a great day and I wish all of you racing tonight in Dundee all the best.

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page for today including some sad news. Josh VanBrocklin spoke to me after hot laps at Can Am, described the racing surface he saw and told me where he’ll race this year.

Kyle DeMetro took a year off from racing last season and told me about his plain white Modified as well as what he hopes happens in his rookie year in the class.  

Preston Forbes explained why he only got out once in 2015, why moved to a Pro Stock for 2016 and ran down some of the advantages to running a crate.  

Joe Marotta shares some stories about Dutch Hoag after his passing on Wednesday and previews the opener at Oswego Speedway. Rest in peace Dutch and enjoy racing in heaven.  

Steve Ovens previews Thursday Night Thunder tonight in Dundee at Outlaw Speedway, the season so far at Woodhull and what he has coming up on Turn Five Live.  

 
Wednesday, May 11th 2016
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Brian McDonald talked about his recent run in a big block and wonders where he may race it.
Craig Collier competed in his first Modified race of the year at Can Am and talked about a change.
Jack Meeks had a rainout and talked about shaking a new car down at a track he knows well.
Pat LaPage recaps his first night behind the wheel in a Novice Sportsman as a rookie at age 45.

We have a pair of Modified racers and a pair of Sportsman up on the site today as we reach the mid week point. I will be back in the studio today after a busy day on Tuesday. I did get caught up on a lot of stuff so that is a good thing.

Is that forecast for Friday looking any better than it was? Man we just cannot catch a break on Fridays so far can we? Let’s hope for the best and hope the rest of the weekend will be okay.

I am still thinking about on where I will be going on Saturday and I do plan on Utica Rome on Sunday. If something changes I will let you know but as of now that is the plan.

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page today starting with a driver who will be running two separate cars this season. Brian McDonald talked about his recent run in a big block and wonders where he may race it while telling me about his small block Modified plans.  

Craig Collier competed in his first Modified race of the year at Can Am and talked about a chassis change for 2016 as well as how this car was different than what he had before.

Jack Meeks had a rainout on Friday at Brewerton and talked about shaking a new car down at a track he knows well at the Can Am opener.  

Pat LaPage recaps his first night behind the wheel in a Novice Sportsman as a rookie at age 45 and explains why he is not hooked on driving a racecar.

 
Tuesday, May 10th 2016
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Steve Poirier told me about his Patriot Sprint Tour win at Canandaigua, his second in three starts.
Jordan McCreadie got ready for his first race of the year and talked about his early practice.
Anthony Rasmussen prepared for his 2nd year in a Novice and talked about his hopes for a win.
Skylar Greenfield talked about his success in a four cylinder before moving to a Novice Sportsman.
Tony Veneziano reports on the last three World of Outlaw Sprint Car races including Eldora.

It was a nice day on Monday and I got to get out and do a few things and do some work in the studio as well. Plus I have a new column in today’s Syracuse Post Standard and an extended version online at www.syracuse.com/motorsports. Be sure to check them both out!

We have a lot of good stuff today including some for Sprint Car and Can Am fans. And we will be back in the studio later today and hoping to get in some more work after an afternoon round of golf. It will be just the fourth time out for me today so we are not expecting too much.

Now let’s chat more about what we have on the Audio Page starting with a man who is off to a great start so far. Steve Poirier told me about his Patriot Sprint Tour win at Canandaigua, his second in three starts and talked about an issue he had late in the race as well as his plans.  

Jordan McCreadie got ready for his first race of the year, talked about his early practice and the experienced racers he would compete with later in the night.  

Anthony Rasmussen prepared for his 2nd year in a Novice Sportsman at Can Am and talked about his hopes for a win as well as where he needs to improve.  

Skylar Greenfield talked about his success in a four cylinder winning 15 of 16 before moving to a Novice Sportsman and told me about his comfort level so far.  

Tony Veneziano reports on the last three World of Outlaw Sprint Car races including an Australian sweep at Eldora while looking ahead to this coming weekend.  

 
Monday, May 9th 2016
    New on the Audio Page for today:

Danny O’Brien shares some of his memories of Can Am and how nice it was to see familiar faces.
Joey Ladouceur is a 358 Modified rookie and told me about sharing his car with Billy Dunn.
Aaron Pugh told me what he likes about Can Am and where he will be racing this season.
Mike Prentice explained how the unlevel floor in his shop has hurt his set ups for many years.

I hope you all had a nice Mother’s Day. We took Camille out to dinner and had some nice gifts as well as a half a case of wine so she was really happy. Plus we now have some new flowers on the porch as well so yes, we had a nice day and I really hope you all did too.

I did not get into the studio as I did not want to bother anyone on a special day like this but I will be back today and hoping to talk to some of you about your weekend. If you want in, send me a message on Facebook or at doug@dougsdirtdiary.com and we’ll get you on the site.

Now let’s chat more about what we have on the Audio Page from my Saturday night at Can Am. Danny O’Brien shares some of his memories of Can Am, how nice it was to see familiar faces and talked about his plans for the 2016 season.  

Joey Ladouceur is a 358 Modified rookie and told me about his practice laps in the car so far and sharing his car with Billy Dunn who races it on Friday.  

Aaron Pugh told me what he likes about Can Am, where he will be racing this season and why he likes it when the racetracks slicken up. Come back later in the week to hear his interview after winning his heat later that same night.  

Mike Prentice explained how the unlevel floor in his shop has hurt his set ups for many years, what the car feels like now and described the surface he saw at Can Am.  

 
Sunday, May 8th 2016
    New on the Audio Page from the Can Am Motorsports Park opener:

After the heat races:

Tiger Chapman pulled away for a convincing Pro/Street win and talked about his hopes for later.
Roch Aubin explained how he was able to win his Pro/Street heat when the race leader had trouble.
Bobby Herrington led every lap to win his 358 heat and told me about the high line he was in.
Billy Dunn picked up the lead on a restart on his way to a win and talked about a hot lap issue.
Dylan Evoy was the final leader in his heat race and told me what he was seeing on the inside.
Taylor Caprara drove away to win his heat and explained why right foot control is so important.
Paul Pekkonen won his Vintage heat race with a Vega bodied car and told me about his racecar.
Phil Ross described his heat winning Vintage car and told me about his background on asphalt.

After the feature races:

Sid Harmer Jr. made a last lap, last corner pass to win the race and told me how he got up front.
Billy Dunn dominated the 25 lap 358 Modified feature and told Keith Zehr about his victory.
John Stanley earned his 1st career Vintage Car victory and explained how a shock changed helped.
Dylan Evoy got off to a slow start with 5 yellows in 5 laps and talked about his feature win.
Hunter Schwander extended his Can Am win streak to 3 and told me why he ran the outside.

I had a real good night as we beat the rain and got in a fun night of racing at Can Am. Small block Modifieds were back and they put on a real good show. It was fun to see Modifieds back at Can Am and fun for me to see a lot of folks I don’t get to see enough of. It was a darned good time.

Billy Dunn dominated the 25 lap 358 feature race winning by almost half a track. The racing from 2nd to 5th was real good as several of the best North Country and Canadian drivers were going at it.

Dylan Evoy pulled away to win the Sportsman feature by a healthy margin as they started 29 cars in the feature race. Despite a rash of early yellows, the race went the final 14 laps without a caution flag. Way to finish guys!

The Pro/Street race was the best on this night however as Sid Harmer Jr. made a last corner pass to win the race. It was an instant classic and one the fans are surely talking to their friends about when they ask what the best race of the evening was.

The Vintage cars put on an excellent show as these 14 cars were not just doing parade laps, they were racing and racing hard. The big thing now is to take old style bodies and attach them to older (90’s-2000’s) Modified frames. With parts still available they are not afraid to race them and they put on a top notch show. Nice job guys!

I had fun seeing a lot of my old co-workers in the tower too as I called Can Am my weekly home for several seasons. I always enjoy Can Am and can’t wait to get back.

Today I will be home for Mother’s Day to celebrate with my wife and if I can get the nerve up, I’ll go to mom’s grave to wish her a Happy Mother’s Day. In between I have so much needed chores to take care of.

I hope all of you who are racing today get to have some fun and I hope Mother Nature cuts us all some slack today. So whether you are going to the races or spending time with mom, I hope you all have a great day.  

 
Saturday, May 7th 2016
    New on the Audio Page for today:

Chip Burdick previews tonight’s season opener at Can Am and talks about some changes.
Jeff Empie talks about the Oswego County Quarter Midget Club and their promotional day.

Well that didn’t work out so well yesterday did it? The rains came early and they hit pretty hard with lots of pretty colors on the radar. And as usual people who know little about the sport were quick to go online to voice their displeasure.

Did you know that if your favorite track runs Modifieds as well as other support classes that they need to bring in at least $15,000 and maybe more. Do some quick math at $12 per person at the front gate at $30 per person at the pits and you’ll quickly see why tracks do what they do.

I was able to get some work done and am hoping for drier conditions today. If all goes well I will head north to Can Am but if the weather looks iffy I may stay closer to home. We’ll see what today brings but I am hopeful that we can see some racing today.

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page after a rainy Friday. Chip Burdick previews tonight’s season opener at Can Am and talks about some changes for 2016 that include the addition of small blocks to the weekly program.  

Jeff Empie talks about the Oswego County Quarter Midget Club in Fulton, their Annual Promotional Day on June 4th and encourages parents to bring their kids out for a some laps. Allie and I see you guys there!  

 
Friday, May 6th 2016
    New on the Audio Page for today:

Steve Poirier
ran down how his first race of the season went as he traveled west to Merrittville.
Tommy Sears
got ready for some practice on Friday and talked about the cars he’ll run in 2016.
Paul Kinney
told me about the outside line he ran in practice and how timed hot laps change things.
Mike Stelter
had a recent trip to the hospital and explained what happened and how he is now.
Adam Roberts
prepared for his first laps of the season and talked about his upcoming wedding.
Jeremy Pitcher
talked about his return to Fulton for 2016 and his hopes for another championship.
Jordan Bennett
showed a new look for 2016 and told me why he went with the powder blue paint.
Gregg Kimball
had an old body on his Sportsman for the opener and talked about his off season.

It was another overcast day out and it sounds like today is one we need to cross our fingers on. It could get a little wet later today but we hope it is not wet enough to affect what we need to do tonight.  

I am in a holding pattern as I wait to see how tonight goes and am hoping that Mother Nature allows us to have some fun tonight and get in some racing. If not, I’ll do what I can in the studio.

Tomorrow I plan on heading to Can Am for their season opener and see some small block modified racing at the big half mile. It’s been a long time since 358’s have headlined the show there and it should be a lot of fun.

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Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page for today. Steve Poirier ran down how his first Sprint Car race of the season went as he traveled west to Merrittville and explained what happens when you push the wing back.

Tommy Sears got ready for some practice on Friday and talked about the cars he’ll run in 2016 as well as what he did with his former Syracuse car.  

Paul Kinney told me about the outside line he ran in practice, how running timed hot laps change things and thinks back on some of his past at Fulton.  

Mike Stelter had a recent trip to the hospital and explained what happened, how he is now and what he has to do to prevent another trip to the doctor.  

Adam Roberts prepared for his first laps of the season, why he likes Modified racing so much and talked about his upcoming wedding in June.

Jeremy Pitcher talked about his return to Fulton for 2016, his shakedown run at Canandaigua and his hopes for another championship season.

Jordan Bennett showed a new look for 2016 and told me why he went with the powder blue paint as well as how he did in his first race of the season at Utica Rome.  

Gregg Kimball had an old body on his Sportsman for the opener and talked about his off season work on the car that included some frame welding.  

 
     
 
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