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Sunday, April 30th 2017
   

New on the Audio Page from Canandaigua Motorsports Park:

Early in the night:

Justin Wright summed up how his first two races went and who helped him get some points.
Justin Haers told me about the new Modified he was debuting and what he hoped would happen.
Ray Bliss Jr. shared some memories with me and explained why he was driving his son’s car.

From victory lane:

Paul Guererri held on to win the Sportsman feature and told me why he was smoking late.
Jason Whipple told me how he did the spin and win thing with a late race pass with his 305.
Steve Paine described how he changed his lane from low to high to win the Modified feature.
Bob Buono won his first career feature at Canandaigua and talked about his fast Street Stock.
Ben Karlsen talked about going 3 wide on the outside to make his winning last corner pass.

I had another wonderful night as I headed out to Canandaigua as the substitute announcer for Paul Szmal. I’m not sure exactly when the last time was that I announced at Canandaigua but I can tell you that it has been a long time. The memories were everywhere I looked and even though the tower is different it still seemed pretty much the same to me. Good times!

The racing was top notch as every feature seemed to have its own drama. Justin Haers had the Modified field covered until he cut down a right rear leaving Eldon Payne Jr. in the top spot. But Steve Paine, who had been chasing Payne on the bottom, switched to the top side and rocketed away for the win.

Paul Guererri had the field covered with his Sportsman but started to smoke, a victim of a power steering failure. Somehow he held on as the field was all over him in traffic but he held on the victory.  

Bob Buono won his career first at Canandaigua with an outside pass just past halfway while James Whipple spun while trying to run down the leader and came back to win. And finally in the last race of the night the New Legends Sportsman went three wide in the final corner with Ben Karlsen choosing the high side and missing the spin below him to pick up his second career win.

As for me, I was rusty to say the least but it was a lot of fun. Allie sung the national anthems and them helped with some scoring working with Donna Spaid. I never would have thought that twenty years ago! She had fun and made me proud.

Today we’re hoping for a good day and a dry one as we are set to race again at the NYS Fairgrounds with her open wheel Microd. The Kuleszo’s have worked hard all week long to fix the car after her first hard crash and we are so appreciative. It’s so nice to make new friends and watch our girls on the track. Thanks to them and everyone who has helped her live her dream of racing. THANK YOU!

Justin Wright summed up how his first two races went at Outlaw Speedway, who helped him get some points when needed and how his first Canandaigua practice went.  

Justin Haers told me about the new Modified he was debuting, what makes it different than the car he had a lot of success with in the past and what he hoped would happen.  

Ray Bliss Jr. shared some memories with me from his past at Canandaigua, talked about his trouble on Friday night and explained why he was driving his son’s car.  

Paul Guererri held on to win the Sportsman feature as the field caught him late and told me why he was smoking as well as how hard the car was to drive after that. Whew! He barely held on.  

Jason Whipple told me how he did the spin and win thing coming from third to make a late race pass with his 305 Sprint Car to earn himself a victory at Canandaigua.  

Steve Paine described how he changed his lane from low to high after a caution with ten laps to go to win the Modified feature at Canandaigua Motorsports Park.  

Bob Buono won his first career feature at Canandaigua and talked about his fast Street Stock that he put to the outside on a restart to get to the top spot with seven laps to go.  

Ben Karlsen talked about going 3 wide on the outside to make his winning last corner pass in the New Legends Sportsman race at Canandaigua.  

 
Saturday, April 29th 2017
   

New on the Audio Page from the Fulton Speedway opener:

From early in the night:

Jimmy Phelps talked about Weedsport’s Sunday practice and today’s SDS race at Fulton.
Glenn Styres
told me about his win in the second ESS Heat and what the key was on the track.
Paul Kinney hugged the bottom for a heat win and told me why he decided to change that late.
Bryan Howland watched the b-mains in turn 3 and talked about his win in the final ESS heat race.
Todd Root won the first Sportsman heat race and who he was most concerned about the race.
Mike Phelps walked me through his Sportsman heat win as he made the pass in the last corners.
Shane Pecore led every lap to win his heat race and talked about running CNY’s softer tire.
Dave Marcuccilli described how he made his pass for the lead and how his Sportsman felt.
Billy Clark had a brand new Sportsman in his heat win and talked about changing nothing.

After the A-Main and feature:

Chuck Hebing spoke with Mike Mallett after leading all 25 laps to win the ESS A-Main.
Danny Varin came from 5th to 2nd in the 25 lap A-Main and talked about being a little loose.
Cory Turner had a nice third place finish and spoke about how happy he was to be top three.
Todd Root talked with Bill Foley about his Sportsman Super DIRTcar Series win in race one.
Tyler Trump finished in second place and told Bill Foley about the different lanes on the track.
Dave Marcuccilli explained why his car was better on the longer runs as he finished in third.
Jeremy Dygert fell back one spot to finish 4th and told me about some changes he made this year.
Shane Pecore told me why he fell back early, got better late on his way to a fifth place finish.

I had such a fun time last night as the Fulton Speedway got their season started with the second race of the season for the Empire Super Sprints and the first of the year for the Central Region DIRTcar Sportsman Tour. There were 51 Sportsman and 41 Sprints making for a wonderful night.

The track was nice and was very much like it gets on Outlaw Weekend although not quite as wide and not quite as black. But it was smooth and the night was fairly incident free. The only flip was Larry Wight in the ESS A-Main but thankfully he was okay.

Chuck Hebing won the ESS A-Main after getting passed in the final corner the last time he raced last Sunday at Utica Rome. Chuck led all 25 laps and was the dominant car on a night that saw many of the top 360 drivers in the northeast on the track.

Todd Root passed Mike Phelps 15 laps into the 40 lap Sportsman feature race to pick up the victory. Tyler Trump ran a strong second while Dave Marcuccilli picked up six spots to finish third. There were only two cautions in the race as just getting into this show was tough. Nice job by the Sportsman.

Today I will be on the road subbing for Paul Szmal at Canandaigua and Allie will be joining me to do the national anthems. I’ll get as much done as I can before I head to the tower and I’ll get the victory lanes as well. I do need to hustle home as we do have race day number two of the regular season for Allie Sunday morning so I need to get home, get work done quickly and get to bed. We’ll make it.

It was so good to see so many of you Friday at Fulton and for those of you I missed I’ll be sure to track you down soon. If you wanna get on send me a message to doug@dougsdirtdiary.com or message me on Facebook. I hope you guys enjoy all the new audio clips and have a great Saturday at whatever track you call home today. Be safe, be fast and have fun!!!

 
Friday, April 28th 2017
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Johnny Hill talked about getting his son his first ever laps in a Crate Late Model at Fulton.
A.J. Kingsley shook down his Crate Late Model and told me who he compares himself to on track.
Jeff Taylor described how he has done in his first three times behind the wheel of a Sportsman.
Dave Richmond just moved from FWD to Sportsman and talked about his first race in the class.
Mick Seeley went back to Street Stocks for 2017 and told Steve Ovens why he made the move.
Brandon Clark spoke with Steve Ovens about his last race at Woodhull and a problem he had early.
Corky Grant talks about his Gremlin bodied car with Steve Ovens and why it was important to him.

I had a nice day on Thursday as I headed out to see Dan at Pilat Graphic Design and pick up some stickers for the website as well as Allie’s graphic with her name on it for her car. We also stopped by to see Stu Sheppard and say hi as he was closing up shop for the day. Stu’s a fun guy and someone who you would really want at your weekend bbq that’s for sure. Good to see you!

On the site we have seven more for you today. Three are from me and four are from Steve Ovens. They are all pre-race conversations so it’s a chance to learn a little bit about what these racers are doing this year. We hope you enjoy them.

I’ll be at Fulton tonight for the ESS and Sportsman SDS race. Tomorrow I’m subbing for Paul at Canandaigua and then Sunday we race with Allie in the morning and if there is time I may try to his Utica Rome. We’ll see how that goes.

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page starting with my chats from the Fulton Speedway practice last Saturday. Johnny Hill talked about getting his son his first ever laps in a Crate Late Model at Fulton, why the car was smoking on the track and why they decided to call it a day early to get ready for this weekend.  

A.J. Kingsley shook down his Crate Late Model at the Fulton practice and told me who he compares himself to on track and why he switched to a blue front end for 2017.  

Jeff Taylor described how he has done in his first three times behind the wheel of a Sportsman, how he enjoyed his laps at Fulton and how each of his three sessions have gone.    

Dave Richmond just moved from FWD to Sportsman and talked with Steve Ovens about his first race in the class and how much he wondered if they had done all their work correctly.    

Mick Seeley went back to Street Stocks for 2017 and told Steve Ovens why he made the move, how much different the class is from the last time he raced in it and the problems they had in week one.  

Brandon Clark spoke with Steve Ovens about his last race at Woodhull and a problem he had early, how disappointed he was afterwards and what he did to make sure the problem was fixed.  

Corky Grant talks about his Gremlin bodied car with Steve Ovens and why it was important to him, why this may be his final season and what he’ll do after this. Nice one here guys!   

 
Thursday, April 27th 2017
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Danny Creeden tells me about his win at Five Mile Point and his big crash at Orange County.
Dale Welty spoke to Steve Ovens after his Sportsman win at Woodhull that was worth $1000.
John Waters ran away with the Crate Late Model feature and talked about some help he had.
Dylan Cecce won the Street Stock feature at Woodhull pulling away and spoke with Steve Ovens.
Shawn Gleason took the win in the Front Wheel Drive class at Woodhull and talked about his line.
Chris Woodard talks to Steve Ovens about his Mini Stock win at Woodhull Raceway Saturday.
Cory Reed previews Fulton Speedway’s Highbank Holdup with two big nights of racing.

What a nice streak of weather we’ve been having around here huh? Today we are supposed to make it into the mid 80’s so summer time here we come. And I don’t want to hear anybody complaining about the heat. Remember that big snow storm not so long ago? I do. So no talking about the heat till at least July how’s that?

We have a lot of good chats for you to listen to today thanks to our Friend Steve Ovens who sent us some winning interviews from Woodhull Raceway’s first point night. It’s great stuff and two of these folks are making their debut on this site. Welcome aboard gentlemen, hope to hear from you again soon.

Tomorrow I’ll have my final pre race chats from Fulton and Steve will have some pre race chats from Woodhull. There’s a lot to learn as everything has changed somewhere for each of our drivers so now is the time I like to catch up and see what’s going on. So I;’ll get a lot of those tomorrow at Fulton, as many I can at Canandaigua before I hit the tower to announce and we’ll take it from there.

Now let’s chat about what we have for you to listen to on the Audio Page as we get ready for a big weekend with more tracks opening for the first time. Danny Creeden tells me about his win at Five Mile Point after the original race winner came up light, describes what different fuels do in different ways and his big crash at Orange County. So there is a lot to learn about fuel these days huh?  

Dale Welty spoke to Steve Ovens after his Sportsman win at Woodhull that was worth $1000, why he was better on the long runs and why he gets a little ragged early on.  

John Waters ran away with the Crate Late Model feature at Woodhull Raceway and talked with Steve Ovens about some help he had from an unlikely source away from the track.  

Dylan Cecce won the Street Stock feature at Woodhull pulling away in the closing laps and spoke with Steve Ovens about his rough first week as well as how different his car is compared to others.  

Shawn Gleason took the win in the Front Wheel Drive class at Woodhull and talked with Steve Ovens about his line he ran as well as what they did to the car in the off season.  

Chris Woodard talks to Steve Ovens about his Mini Stock win at Woodhull Raceway Saturday, what went wrong the week before and how he held off a strong field for the victory.  

Cory Reed previews Fulton Speedway’s Highbank Holdup with two big nights of racing including the Empire Super Sprints & Sportsman SDS on Friday and the big block SDS race on Saturday.  

 
Wednesday, April 26th 2017
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Mike Bowman told me about his recent practice laps and looked ahead to a busy weekend.
Andrew Ferguson
took his first laps of the season in a new car and told me how practice went.
Donnie Lawson spoke about his runner up finish in the Sportsman feature at Outlaw Speedway.
Chris Fisher had a good third place finish at Outlaw Speedway and where his Sportsman was fast.
Quinn Sutherland talks with Steve Ovens about his Street Stock win Friday at Outlaw Speedway.

We’re back after our standard Tuesday off and boy do I have work to do today! I have several things set up and will be busy most of the day writing and talking about the racing we love best.

Thanks to our good friend Steve Ovens we have his final clips from Outlaw Speedway on Friday night and we may get some Woodhull audio too so we’ll hopefully have that up real soon too. I am hoping that the weather forecast that’s out there now is not coming true as they have us under a cloud till Sunday. Be wrong for once guys…please!

Now let’s chat more about what we have on the Audio Page for today as we talk to some people who have turned in some laps. Mike Bowman told me about his recent practice laps, the new chassis he has for the 2017 season and looked ahead to a busy weekend with two days of racing at Fulton.  

Andrew Ferguson took his first laps of the season in a new car and told me how practice went, explained how a new steering box kept him on his toes and the work he has to do this week.  

Donnie Lawson spoke to Steve Ovens about his runner up finish in the Sportsman feature at Outlaw Speedway, how he found a lane to run in late and what it was like on the track.  

Chris Fisher had a good third place finish at Outlaw Speedway, told Steve Ovens where his Sportsman was fast and how his car was in the same groove that was faster earlier.  

Quinn Sutherland talks with Steve Ovens about his Street Stock win Friday at Outlaw Speedway, thanked all the people who helped make it happen and what it is that makes the car unique.  

 
Tuesday, April 25th 2017
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Alan Johnson talks about his Outlaw Speedway victory and a problem they had early in the night.
Jared Zimbardi tells Steve Ovens about his win in the Empire Super Sprints first A-Main of 2017.
Dave Marcuccilli spoke about his win in the curfew shortened GRIT Sportsman race at Outlaw.
Rick Raner describes his first laps in a Sportsman and talked about his new role at Frozen Ocean.
Tony Veneziano updates us on the first 17 races for the WoO Sprints as they rained out two shows.

I had a really nice day on Monday as I got some work done and ran the lawnmower for the first time after taking the snowblower out of the garage and moving it to the backyard shed. From the sound of it I may need a boat for the rest of the week as rain is in the forecast for most days.

I have some good stuff up from our friend Steve Ovens as he covered racing at Outlaw Speedway on Friday night. So nice to see Alan Johnson keep his streak intact with wins now in 43 straight years. It is quite an accomplishment and I wonder if it is without parallel in racing. Anybody know for sure? If so, send me a message.

Now let’s chat more about what we have on the Audio Page for today starting with a man who has won more Modified races than many have ever competed in. Alan Johnson talks to Steve Ovens about his Outlaw Speedway victory, how tough it was out there on the racetrack and described problem they had early in the night that forced them to change cars.    

Jared Zimbardi tells Steve Ovens about his win in the Empire Super Sprints first A-Main of 2017, how hard he had to race in his heat to get a redraw spot and how big track position was.  

Dave Marcuccilli spoke about his win in the curfew shortened GRIT Sportsman race at Outlaw, how he raced his way around the early season track conditions and took it easy when needed.  

Rick Rainer describes his first laps in a Sportsman as he did some practice at Fulton Speedway, how different it was from what he thought going into it and talked about his new role at Frozen Ocean.

Tony Veneziano updates us on the first 17 races for the WoO Sprints as they rained out two shows this past weekend and comments on each of the teams following the tour this season.  

 
Monday, April 24th 2017
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Sam Reakes IV ran down how his Saturday practice went and talked about his new car and job.
Max McLaughlin spoke about his early practice laps and looks ahead to Fulton’s big race Saturday.
Adam Roberts
explained why his Modified was not at practice and the game they played in the pits.
Allie Elkins talks about her Sunday race day, her wreck in the heat and some of what she learned.

It was a beautiful day on Sunday and Allie and I got to spend it at the NYS Fairgrounds racing with the Syracuse Microd Club. It was an eventful day with a lot of ups and downs. Allie will tell you all about it in her clip but she finished 6th, 2 laps down which was much better than her practice race two weeks ago when she was 6 laps down. Small steps right?

By the time we got done it was too late to head to Vernon and that will probably be the case this Sunday too but once they move to their usual 6 p.m. start time I will be able to make it although probably not till just about the time the heat races start.

I will be in studio today looking to track down some racecar drivers and racing people so if you see me on your caller ID pick up and we’ll talk.

Now let’s tell you more about what I have for you on the Audio Page as we get closer again to every track you know being open. Sam Reakes IV ran down how his Saturday practice went despite the one issue they had, and talked about the new car he was shaking down and a cause he is trying to support with his racing efforts.    

Max McLaughlin spoke about his early practice laps, looks ahead to Fulton’s big Super DIRTcar Series race Saturday and tells me how the new I-Racing game is helping him learn.  

Adam Roberts explained why his Modified was not at the Fulton Speedway practice, the game they played in the pits in between sessions and the work they had to do after Oswego.    

Allie Elkins talks about her Sunday race day with the Syracuse Microd Club, her wreck in the heat and some of what she learned in her sixth place finish.

 
     
 
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