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Thursday, April 25th 2019
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Pete Bicknell gives tips to drivers and talks about running this weekend at Ransomville and Merritville.
Brent Cross told me how his small block was on Saturday and remembered his days racing ARCA.
Cory Reed previews Highbank Holdup Weekend at Fulton with racing on both Friday and Saturday.

We had a nice day on Wednesday as Allie and the Liverpool High School Unified Basketball team had a massive scrimmage at West Genesee High School. It was great and Allie and her whole team played very well. It’s been fun to watch her get better at this just like she did at racing.
 
I’m getting ready for what will hopefully be a busy weekend for all of us as a lot of tracks are doing season openers this weekend. I’ll be at Fulton to report on Friday, I’ll be the pit reporter on Saturday at Canandaigua and we’ll see what Sunday brings. It will be a fun weekend for sure.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have on the Audio Page for today starting with a man who is getting ready for two shows this weekend. Pete Bicknell gives tips to drivers about how to drive on early season conditions and talks about running this weekend at Ransomville’s practice Friday and Merritville’s season opener on Saturday. 
 
Brent Cross told me how his small block was at Fulton’s practice on Saturday, runs down what he plans to do this season and remembered his days racing with ARCA. 
 
Cory Reed previews Highbank Holdup Weekend at Fulton with racing Friday with the Empire Super Sprints headlining and Saturday’s big Super DIRTcar Series race.  
 
Wednesday, April 24th 2019
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Steve Poirier gets ready for the ESS at Fulton on Friday and talks about his hopes for title number 9.
Rusty Smith explained how he came from the consolation race to victory lane at Five Mile Point.
Brett Deyo previews the Fonda’s opener this Saturday that pays the Modified winner $8,000.

It was a nice day on Tuesday but as is usually the case at this time of the year we did get rain which the racetracks in our area do not need any more of. Darn. Well, we’ll keep our fingers crossed and hope for the best this weekend. Again…darn!
 
I’ve got some good stuff up today as we were very busy in the studio on Tuesday. Allie has a scrimmage today and I am helping a little so I’ll be at that till after dinner time and then get back in the studio again after that. It’s gonna be a fun day.
 
This weekend I have plans to be at Fulton Speedway on Friday and then announce at Land of Legends Raceway on Saturday. I’ll be there every week till Allie’s racing starts in June and then Steve Ovens will move into the seat on the dates that she races. The track will be in good hands and for that I am grateful.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page today beginning with a racer who is hoping for a record breaking season. Steve Poirier gets ready for the ESS at Fulton on Friday and talks about his hopes for a ninth ESS championship as well as what he did to try to shake some rust off. 
 
Rusty Smith explained how he came from the consolation race to victory lane at Five Mile Point, how he took the lead with one lap to go as well as what it means to star his season with a win. First time ever in 26 years that he has done that!  
 
Brett Deyo previews the Fonda’s opener this Saturday that pays the Modified winner $8,000, runs down some of the drivers who should be in attendance as well as how their practice went two weeks ago.   
 
Tuesday, April 23rd 2019
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Greg Martin analyzed his practice in a W-16 Mod and told me how he got dirtier than he thought.  
Chris Mackey had a pair of Sportsman at the Fulton practice and talked about what each car will do.
Tony Veneziano reports on some World of Outlaw Sprint Car news and some racing last weekend.

I had a tough day on Monday as we got together to remember a good friend who passed away well before his time. We only had an hour at the funeral home but we all got together again afterwards to share stories and shed a few tears. It was rough!
 
But when you’re feeling blue the best thing they say to do is pour yourself into your work and I will be doing that today as I have both racing and non-racing stuff to do. I’ll stay busy and give the people I love an extra hug today too and tell them that I love them. I urge you to do the same! You never know what can happen I today’s crazy world.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page starting with a driver who had an eventful off-season. Greg Martin analyzed his practice in a W-16 and told me how he got dirtier than he thought when the steering box broke as well as why he needs to get a new suit. Don’t worry, it’s a good reason!  
 
Chris Mackey had a pair of Sportsman cars at the Fulton practice and talked about what each car will do as well as how the go around the track differently. 
 
Tony Veneziano reports on some World of Outlaw Sprint Car news, a victory for a WoO Series regular last weekend and looks ahead to three shows this coming weekend.  
 
Monday, April 22nd 2019
   We are dark here today in the memory of my friend Jim Bassett. He passed away last Sunday and today he will be remembered by many of us here in Liverpool. It is a sad day indeed as he passed away way before his time. He was younger than me.

I hope you all have a great Monday and take some extra time to say thank you to the people in your life who have meaning to you. We never know how long we’re on this Earth so make the most of your time.

We’ll be back tomorrow with more. 
 
Sunday, April 21st 2019
   New on the Audio Page from the Fulton Speedway practice:
 
Sam Reakes IV got ready for his first laps of the season and talked about some changes to his Sprinter.
Billy Clark Jr. told me how his first few sessions went and why he will miss this week’s Fulton opener.
Tom Juno loaded up after the rain picked up and told me what they had to fix at the racetrack.
In the latest Doug’s Thoughts I analyze the three practices I have seen and talk about big venues.

Well that was quite a day on Saturday. I woke up early thinking that Land of Legends Raceway would make an early call on their day with teams coming from far away and they did just that. After that I went back to bed thinking that the day was a wash.
 
Then after watching some of the Yankee game, they played my Kansas City Royals, I decided to cruise Facebook and saw Sam Reakes IV loaded up and ready to go to Fulton. “Oh no,” I shouted. I forgot to check their website assuming they had pulled the plug. Nope. They were a go so I hopped in the car and was able to see about an hour of action before the rain fell.
 
Darn! It could have been a better day but it is early in the season and like a lot of you, I am in early season mode. Good news is that I did get some stuff and do a Facebook Live as well so at least I did get there.

And we will be dark tomorrow on honor of my friend Jim Bassett who will be remembered on Monday here in North Syracuse. He was a good man, a hard working man, a passionate man and a man who died well before he should of. Stupid cancer! We’ll miss you J.B. and we’ll be sure to share some stories from your life tomorrow. Rest in peace Jim and enjoy seeing lots of great bands in heaven.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have on the Audio Page for today starting with the first interview I did in the pits on Saturday. Sam Reakes IV got ready for his first laps of the season at Saturday’s practice and talked about some changes to his Sprinter as well as his hopes for the ESS opener at Fulton Speedway this Friday. 
 
Billy Clark Jr. told me how his first few sessions went with his Sportsman on Saturday, what his goals were for the day and explains why he will miss this week’s Fulton opener.  
 
Tom Juno loaded up after the rain picked up and told me what they had to fix at the racetrack after he hit a uke tire and ran down his plans for the coming season. 
 
In the latest Doug’s Thoughts I analyze the three practices I have seen so far this year, why I was late on Saturday only seeing a few minutes of track time and talk about the problems with big venues including NASCAR, MLB and concerts. It’s not just NASCAR who has a big problem!  
 
Saturday, April 20th 2019
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Phil Vigneri III described how his first laps in a big block felt and a problem he had in the practice.
Tyler Thompson explained why he was shaking down his 358 and what went wrong with a weld.
Cale Ross tells me about his 2nd place finish at New Egypt and how he lost the lead late in the race.
Keith Stevenson recapped his racing background as he hot lapped his Sportsman in Canandaigua.
Zack Sam spoke about his practice one week ago and how close he is to that first feature win.

Keep your fingers crossed today as we hope all the weather that was around last night and early this morning is long gone and we can go racing today. A few venues have already cancelled and I am hoping that the rain is not so much that it causes the season opener to go away at Land of Legends where I will be tonight doing some work behind the mic.
 
I wasn’t sure though so I did save a couple of conversations from the can just in case. And on the site today we welcome to new people in Cale Ross and Zack Sam. And if we have not gotten to your favorite driver yet please let me know and we’ll track them down for you.
 
Now let’s chat more about what’s on the Audio Page today starting with three Modified drivers. Phil Vigneri III described how his first ever laps in a big block felt, a problem he had in the practice Wednesday and runs down his plans for the upcoming season. 
 
Tyler Thompson explained why he was shaking down his 358 and what went wrong with a weld on the panhard bar as well as what he has planned for this weekend and beyond. 
 
Cale Ross tells me about his 2nd place finish at New Egypt one week ago, how he lost the lead late in the race and how they got an engine in the car after problems the week before. 
 
Keith Stevenson recapped his racing background as he hot lapped his Sportsman in Canandaigua one week ago, described an issue they had with the carb and what he has planned this season. 
 
Zack Sam spoke about his practice one week ago, how close he feels he is to that first feature win and remembered his horrible start to the 2018 season at Genesee.  
 
Friday, April 19th 2019
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Eldon Payne Jr. recapped his fifth place finish at Outlaw Speedway and what he liked about his car.
Darryl Ruggles talked about a rear end issue he had at a recent practice and a stumbling engine.
Blane Smith got in his 1st laps of the year and told me about his goals with his son’s car on Wednesday.
Jennifer Martin previews the coming season at Ransomville Speedway as she watched practice laps.

Thursday was nice although we are really hoping today and the rest of the weekend are just as nice. The forecast is ever changing so we’ll just have to sit back and see what happens.

These are the times that make racers ger gray hair. When it is a 100% and everyone knows we aren’t racing it’s one thing. And obviously when there is very little chance of rain we can deal with that too but when it’s like it is for this weekend you just don’t know. Plus throw in soggy pit areas and parking lots and it makes it that much murkier.

So we’ll just sit back and roll with it. I still have some stuff in the can as Outlaw Speedway is the only local track running tonight where tomorrow is the Land of Legends Raceway opener. Keep your fingers crossed and we’ll see what happens.
 
Now let’s chat more about what is on the Audio Page for you today starting out with a man who is hoping to improve in one particular area this year. Eldon Payne Jr. recapped his fifth place finish at Outlaw Speedway this past Saturday, what he was most pleased with about the day and commented on his son’s first laps at Land of Legends. 
 
Darryl Ruggles talked about a rear end issue he had at a recent practice, a stumbling engine with his daughter’s car and his plans to race twice this weekend beginning tonight! 
 
Blane Smith got in his 1st laps of the year on Wednesday night and told me about his goals with his son’s car on Wednesday as well as how his own Street Stock is coming along. 
 
Jennifer Martin previews the coming season at Ransomville Speedway, highlights some of the dates including the first practice as she watched her husband and son take some practice laps.   
 
     
 
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