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Thursday, May 14th 2015
    New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Willy Decker talks about his Modified win at Glen Ridge and the new car he’ll be working on.
Ryan Krachun tells me howhe won the Modified race at New Egypt in just his second start.
Jack Meeks won the Sportsman feature at Brewerton in his third start and talked about his race.
John Cunningham made the move to Sportsman this year and talked about racing with his brother.
Dale Caswell picked up a lot of spots early and talked about his move for the win at Fulton.
 
I have been getting a lot of work done this week and most of the people I called got back to me so that is why we have five new chats for you today. Four of those are from the studio and we’ll be giving you at least four more tomorrow as well.
 
We have a pair of Modified winners up and each of them is an interesting story in it’s own right. And for young Ryan Krachun, he won in just his second start in a Modified. Plus a new ride for Willy Decker has gone very well so far at Glen Ridge with a win and a third place.
 
We also meet a pair of winners, one was a bit of a surprise and the other not so much. And we meet the second of two brothers who are now racing in the same division for the first time ever after decades apart in different classes.
 
I’ll be at Brewerton on Friday and Weedsport on Sunday as we are still trying to pace ourselves and not do too much too fast. I still feel very good and am getting better all the time but am still in that danger zone where it could come back. Hopefully in the next few weeks it won’t be an issue anymore and I can sit in the grandstand and get dirty with you guys.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have on the Audio Page starting with a pair of Modified winners from the weekend. Willy Decker talks about his Modified win at Glen Ridge, how he picked up a ride in the Erik Nelson owned car and the new car he ordered for himself that should arrive soon. 
 
Ryan Krachun tells me howhe won the Modified race at New Egypt in just his second start and tells me about his nine year career that started at age 7 in a Quarter Midget.  
 
Jack Meeks won the Sportsman feature at Brewerton in his third start and talked about his race as well as how he took over the lead with just six laps to go. 
 
John Cunningham made the move to Sportsman this year and talked about how his season has gone so far as well as what it is like racing with his brother for the first time. 
 
Dale Caswell picked up a lot of spots early in the Late Model feature race and talked about his move for the win at Fulton as he had to move to the outside to get the lead. 

 
Wednesday, May 13th 2015
    New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Tim Kerr talks about his decision to race Brewerton weekly as well as his finishes so far in 2015.
Ernie Saxton and I chat about NASCAR, the race at Kansas and speculate on why ratings were low.
Tony Veneziano reports on the World of Outlaw races from Eldora as they get ready to come east.
 
I had fun again on Tuesday as I did more interviews in the studio and took care of a long list of household chores. It was a productive day for sure.
 
I have a lot of stuff in the can so we’ll be back with at least three more tomorrow as we get closer to another race weekend. I have yet to make my plans for the weekend but know that we will be at Weedsport this Sunday for the World of Outlaw Sprint Cars.
 
And speaking of them, we have an easy way for you to get up to speed with them with out good friend Tony Veneziano. Listen to that and you’ll be in the know this Sunday when they come to the northeast.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have on the Audio Page starting with a Modified driver whom makes quite a drive to get to his Friday home. Tim Kerr talks about his decision to race Brewerton weekly, what it is like to come across the border so much as well as his finishes so far in 2015. 
 
Ernie Saxton and I chat about Indycar’s season so far, NASCAR, the race at Kansas and speculate on why ratings were low. 
 
Tony Veneziano reports on the World of Outlaw races from Eldora and the dominance of Donny Schatz so far as they get ready to come east. 

 
Tuesday, May 12th 2015
    New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Matt Sheppard talks about his pair of wins over the weekend as he won from 18th and 14th.
Mike Mahaney told me about his weekend that included a win at I-88 and a 3rd at Thunder Mountain.
Rich Townsend speaks about adapting to a crate Sportsman after many years in an open Sportsman.
 
It was another stormy day on Monday as a few lines of weather moved through the area. After a similar day today it sounds like cooler weather will follow giving our air conditioners a few days off perhaps.
 
I got a lot done in the studio and two of the interviews I recorded are on the site for today. I saved some too and have a long list of drivers I will be calling over the next few days. If I have not checked in with your favorite yet just send me a message at doug@dougsdirtdiary.com and I’ll get it done for you.
 
We have a pair of winners from the up as well as a chat from my Friday night at Brewerton. Tomorrow we’ll get up to speed with the latest World of Outlaw Sprint Car news as they hit the northeast this week with shows at Lincoln, Williams Grove, Weedsport and New Egypt.
 
Now let’s chat more about the new stuff on the Audio Page starting with one of the smartest and tech savvy drivers I know. Matt Sheppard talks about his pair of Modified wins over the weekend as he won from 18th at Brewerton and 14th at Canandaigua. 
 
Mike Mahaney told me about his weekend that included a win at I-88 and a 3rd at Thunder Mountain as well as the work he is doing to get ready for Kutztown on Wednesday. 
 
Rich Townsend speaks about adapting to a crate Sportsman after many years in an open Sportsman as well as why he made the switch to a track closer to home in Brewerton. 

 
Monday, May 11th 2015
    New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Jimmy Phelps previews Sunday’s World of Outlaw Sprint race in Weedsport and talks about clay.
Dave Bartlett is back behind the wheel of a Modified after being out of the seat for fifteen years.
Colby Herzog described how his new Four Cylinder has been doing and the need for more power.
 
It was a rainy and stormy day on Sunday and the race I was going to be at was cancelled early giving teams some extra time with their moms on Mother’s Day. I could have gone into the studio but thought it would be better to let the racers get some time with family on a rain out day. Good call huh?
 
But we still have 15 minutes of stuff for you to listen to today including a new one with Dave Bartlett who has been helping his sons with their racing careers for the last 15 years. Now he is back behind the wheel and having fun. Make sure you give that one a listen.
 
I’ll be in the studio today and will be busy for sure writing up a new column and hoping to catch some people for interviews. It will be a fun day for sure.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you to listen to today on the Audio Page starting with a look ahead at a big race coming up this weekend. Jimmy Phelps previews Sunday’s World of Outlaw Sprint race in Weedsport, talks about the new clay they put down this past week and his strong runs so far in 2015. 
 
Dave Bartlett is back behind the wheel of a Modified after being out of the seat for fifteen years and told me how his two races so far have gone. 
 
Colby Herzog described how his new Four Cylinder has been doing, the need for more power and some different gearing so he can stop shifting. 

 
Sunday, May 10th 2015
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Matt Hulsizer talked about almost winning his first time out and what his plans are for 2015.
Vinnie Vitale told me why he will only run weekly at Brewerton and why he is adding a 358 Modified.
Mike Prentice explains why he is back running close to home and how good he has been feeling.
Stephen Denton was coming off his best career run in a Sportsman and talked about running a crate.
 
We’ll be off today to Utica Rome and we’re hopeful that Mother Nature keeps all those storms to our north. I am hopeful on getting in an entire day of racing as a laid low on Saturday and got lost of sleep last night to get ready for today. Allie will be coming with me as well so it should be a pretty good day.
 
Congrats to out to Utica Rome’s Barb Clark as she will be inducted into the DIRT Hall of Fame in Weedsport. I’ll give her a big hug and a hearty congratulations when I see her today.
 
Plus Donnie Wetmore Sr. will be going in as well. A lot of folks think of him and think of the Outlaw Circuit but he also had a quite a career in Weedsport winning more than his fair share of races there. Congrats go out to the entire class of 2015!
 
A big thanks goes out to Gary Rowe as he has re-upped his support of this website. Gary is one of our biggest supporters and has been helping us out since we first got started. Thanks Gary! We could not do this without you!
 
Now let’s chat about the new stuff we have for you on the Audio Page that you can listen to right now. Matt Hulsizer talked about almost winning his first time out, why he spends more on torsion bars and what his plans are for 2015. 
 
Vinnie Vitale told me why he will only run weekly at Brewerton, why he is adding a 358 Modified to his plans and how close he came to getting out altogether. 
 
Mike Prentice explains why he is back running close to home at Brewerton, why he has been going to Skyline and how good he has been feeling after some recent health scares. 
 
Stephen Denton was coming off his best career run in a Sportsman as he got ready Friday at Brewerton and talked about running a crate versus an open motor car. 

 
Saturday, May 9th 2015
   New on the Audio Page from the Brewerton Speedway:
 
Chris Mackey is in his sophomore season in a Modified and talked about his races so far in 2015.
Ryan Phelps is in his busiest time of the year and talked about his racecars as well as his 2015 plans.
Billy Decker summed up how his season has gone so far, his wreck at Malta and his SDS victory.
Jack Meeks has a new Friday home with his Sportsman and talked about his two Brewerton starts.
Joe Garafolo described an issue he had on opening night and how they went too far the other way.
 
I got to see a lot of folks last night in my quick two hour trip in the pit area at Brewerton. Many of the clips I did are very detailed and obviously I saved a good deal of them as I am planning on heading to Utica Rome next on Sunday and hopeful that I may make it the whole night.
 
I’ll have four more up tomorrow as I am trying to make sure I give you at least 15 minutes of new stuff every day as we continue to recover from pneumonia. I feel a lot better and sometimes I do too much and get a quick reminder that I am not back just yet and I need to be patient.
 
I was just about out of gas when I left the very hot pit area on Friday but heck, it was the first day of the hot weather that we’ll see this summer so overall I should be happy where I am at. Stay patient with me guys as I am still in that danger zone where it could all come back if I wear myself out too much.
 
At Utica Rome I’ll be able to use the golf cart from Claude Hutchings Sr. which will help and they have an air conditioned press area in the tower so I can stay out of the dust and cool at the same time. Keep your fingers crossed. And trust me that it is killing me that I have not seen a competitive lap yet this season. But I have to think long term
 
Now let’s chat more about the new recordings I have on the Audio Page for you to listen to today. Chris Mackey is in his sophomore season in a Modified and talked about his races so far in 2015 as well as what his personal goals are for the year. 
 
Ryan Phelps is in his busiest time of the year as he balances teaching, a second job, racing & family and talked about his racecars as well as his 2015 plans. 
 
Billy Decker summed up how his season has gone so far, his wreck at Malta and his Super DIRTcar Series victory at Fulton as he hopes to win it in back to back years. 
 
Jack Meeks has a new Friday home with his Sportsman and talked about his two Brewerton starts as well as why he decided to change things up a little for 2015. 
 
Joe Garafolo described an issue he had on opening night and how they went too far the other way to get his second night started at Brewerton. Oh man! 

 
Friday, May 8th 2015
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Mike Mahaney ran down how his weekend went as he won at Thunder Mountain and Utica Rome.
Matt Fink has a new car under him this year and told me about it as he got ready for Brewerton.
Adam Roberts described some issues he has had in his first few races as he got ready for Fulton.
Claude Hutchings Jr. talked about his second win in a row at Utica Rome and his big weekend.
Tony Veneziano reports on the World of Outlaw races from Salina, I-55 and Tri-State Speedways.
 
New from Steve Ovens from Turn 5 Podcast:
 
Matt Sheppard talks with Steve after his runner up finish in the Modified race from Canandaigua.
Tim Fuller came home in third place at Canandaigua and told Steve Ovens about his finish.
Justin Haers had a nice top five at Canandaigua opener and talked about gaining a lot of spots.
Bryan Howland discussed his third place finish in the A-Main for the Patriot Sprint Tour.
Shawn Donath told Steve Ovens about his 4th place  as the Patriot Sprinters raced Canandaigua.
Jason Barney rounded out the top five at Canandaigua and spoke about it with Steve Ovens.
Dave Marcuccilli spoke with Steve Ovens after winning his second Sportsman race of the weekend.
A.J. Lloyd led a lot of laps on his way to a 2nd place finish and spoke with Steve about the run.
James Henry had a fifth place finish in Canandaigua’s Sportsman feature and talked about it.
Matt Billings won the second Modified qualifier at Canandaigua and told Steve about his racecar.
Alysha Ruggles won the B-main for the Patriot Sprint Tour and talked about it with Steve Ovens.
 
Once again we have a lot for you today thanks to some work in the studio and our good friend Steve Ovens from Turn 5 Podcast. I have five of my own and we have a dozen from Steve so sit down, get comfortable and listen.
 
I’ll be heading to Brewerton tonight and Utica Rome on Sunday. Plus the World of Outlaw Sprint Cars will be heading east after spending the weekend at Eldora Speedway. They’ll be making their first appearance in Weedsport since the early 90’s and new clay is being put down.
 
I got a lot done on Thursday and also got the chance to get the Camaro tuned up as well thanks to a good friend. I’ll be out in that on Saturday for sure.
 
Now let’s chat about all the new stuff we have on the Audio Page for you to listen to right now. Mike Mahaney ran down how his weekend went as he won at Thunder Mountain and Utica Rome as well as his tough luck at both I-88 and Big Diamond. 
 
Matt Fink has a new car under him this year and told me how it was doing in his first few shows as he got ready for Brewerton. 
 
Adam Roberts described some issues he has had in his first few races as he got ready for Fulton and talked about his plans for the 2015 racing season. 
 
Claude Hutchings Jr. talked about his second win in a row at Utica Rome and his big day on Saturday where he will graduate from Clarkson with a big time degree. 
 
Tony Veneziano reports on the World of Outlaw races from Salina, I-55 and Tri-State Speedways as they get ready for an east coast swing starting next week. 
 
Matt Sheppard talks with Steve Ovens after his runner up finish in the opening day Modified race on Saturday from Canandaigua. 
 
Tim Fuller came home in third place at Canandaigua Motorsports Park on Saturday and told Steve Ovens about his finish. 
 
Justin Haers had a nice top five at Canandaigua opener and talked with Steve Ovens about gaining a lot of spots in a green to checkered feature race. 
 
Bryan Howland discussed his third place finish in the A-Main for the Patriot Sprint Tour as well as how the track and how motor changed in the race. 
 
Shawn Donath told Steve Ovens about his 4th place finish as the Patriot Sprinters raced Canandaigua as well as how happy he was with his first race with a new chassis. 
 
Jason Barney rounded out the top five at Canandaigua and spoke about the need to make more changes for the A-Main with Steve Ovens
 
Dave Marcuccilli spoke with Steve Ovens after winning his second Sportsman race of the weekend by using the outside groove on the racetrack. 
 
A.J. Lloyd led a lot of laps on his way to a 2nd place finish at Canandaigua and spoke with Steve Ovens about the run as well as his tight racecar. 
 
James Henry had a fifth place finish in Canandaigua’s Sportsman feature and talked about it afterwards with Steve Ovens. 
 
Matt Billings won the second Modified qualifying heat race at Canandaigua and told Steve Ovens about his racecar. 
 
Alysha Ruggles won the B-main for the Patriot Sprint Tour as they visited Canandaigua on Saturday and talked about it with Steve Ovens

 
     
 
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