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Monday, September 9th 2013
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Michael Parent told me how he is doing as recovers from a crash at Canandaigua a few weeks ago.
Robbie Stillwaggon talked about his past at Utica Rome as he got ready for the Inaugural Cole Cup.
Dylan Swiernik remembered a recent A-Main win and talked about the tacky racetrack he saw.
Jim Spano has yet to win in 2013 and told me about his hopes to get one before it is all over.
Jeremiah Munson explained how he picked up a ride on Saturday and wondered about his future.
 
It was a bright and sunny day on Sunday although you could feel the fall chill in the air. Yes, it is coming and it will be here soon so it more reason for you guys to get out the racetrack before it is too late.
 
I was sore on Sunday from my fall on Saturday night so I layed low while dealing with a few website issues. We are going through a tough time now so keep us up to date with everything you are seeing at your end as we continue to work on it from our end.
 
I hope to get back going today but do have a lot of stuff from Saturday to release if we get busy on repair work. I do apologize as we are working with out server company to fix these issues once and for all. Thanks for understanding and know that you can reach me at doug@dougsdirtdiary.com.
 
Now let’s chat more about what is new for today on the Audio Page. I begin with a man who has had a lot of prayers come his way of late. Michael Parent told me how he is doing as recovers from a crash at Canandaigua a few weeks ago. He explained what happened in the crash, what damage it did to him and how optimistic he is about the future. 
 
Robbie Stillwaggon talked about his past at Utica Rome as he got ready for the Inaugural Cole Cup. He told me what happened last time he was in Vernon, how impressed he was with the turnout and his hopes that the event will continue in the future. 
 
Dylan Swiernik remembered a recent A-Main win and talked about the tacky racetrack he saw early at Utica Rome. He thought back to the last time he saw the track like this, what he thought the surface would do and how last week went.
 
Jim Spano has yet to win in 2013 and told me about his hopes to get one before it is all over. He told me how close he has comer this year, what Utica Rome reminds him of and why he was taking the spoiler off his Sportsman. 
 
Jeremiah Munson explained how he picked up a ride on Saturday and wondered about his future. He talked about how the first time in the car went, what his goals were for the day and how little he has been at the big half mile in Vernon. 

 
Sunday, September 8th 2013
   New on the Audio Page from the Utica Rome Speedway
 
Pre race conversations:
 
Jack Miller told me how he won last week’s Sportsman feature, his first since way back in 1999. 
Mike Walton got ready for his 7th race of his career and talked about his hopes for later in the day.
Casey Williams explained why he sold all his Modified equipment and why he was in a Sprint.
Stewart Friesen remembered last time he had a Sprint at Utica Rome and how he missed the scales.
Billy Pauch Jr. told me about his multi-win season and how he ended up in a Sprint at Utica. 
Steve Poirier will be the ESS Champion for 2013 and talked about some changes they made. 
 
After the heat races and before the rain:
 
Jack Miller won the first crate Sportsman heat and offered his take on the power of the motor.
Rocky Warner spoke about his win in the second heat and passing tech a while back at Brewerton.
Mike Walton explained how he used the outside line to get the lead and the win in the final heat.
Steve Poirier came from 6th to 1st and told me about the fun he had as he raced down low early.
Jason Barney took the win in the second heat and reflected on what he learned in last week’s win.
Stewart Friesen described how he used the inside part of the track to come from 6th to the win.
Kevin Ward Jr. got the win his heat number four and talked about the slick spots on the track. 
 
It was a wet night at the Utica Rome Speedway as rain hit early and then after the fourth qualifying heat for the 360 Sprint Cars. I had just finished interviewing the final heat winner and was on my way to the car when I fell after tripping on a rock. I hurt my right hand and my left knee ruining one of my favorite pairs of pants. There was some cleanup needed as I got myself pretty good.
 
I went to the ambulance to get the blood cleaned up and then headed home. I’m going to be sore today but everything is alright. My hand is loosening up although typing is a problem so I may not write too much here tonight. Sorry about that but at least the recorder survived the fall. That was the big thing as that is expensive.
 
I did get a lot of new interviews done and set a new personal record with 26 pre race chats as we waited out the rain before getting things started. The track was amazing and the 360 Sprint Cars were flying. The heat races were exceptional with the winners coming from 6th, 4th, 6th and 5th respectively. So that tells you how racy it was and how well the format worked for this event that started with group time trials.
 
There was a great field of 52 cars on hand with the ESS, URC and the PST all represented. It was a tough day though with weather all around so I hope that does not deter the track from doing this show again. I think if it was a nice day there would have been a packed house. But even I delayed my departure as I saw green on the radar only to get the track and find it mostly dry. You can’t trust that radar guys! It’s always best to call the speedway yourself of one of your friends who is at the track.
 
We had some issues last night as the photo bin fix created some other problems that we will be looking into. We are still searching for exactly what to do as we are constantly in touch with our server company. We apologize for any downtime you may have experienced and we hope to nail the problem down for good here real soon. 
 
Photographers, keep sending us your stuff as we’ll need pictures to put up to test what we do. So keep them coming and I’ll keep you updated in emails. Thanks.
 
Have a great Sunday and I hope you all enjoy the first week of the NFL. I’ll be doing some work in between as I watch games. Webmaster Andy will be busy today working on that and be sure to let us know if you notice anything. If you get any error messages they will not hurt your computer so don’t worry. But if you could copy them and send them to doug@dougsdirtdiary.com that would be great.

 
Saturday, September 7th 2013
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Billy VanInwegen told me how he did at Orange County and what his late season plans are.
Chuck Bower talked about his last race at Brewerton and the damage he had in an on track jingle.
Tim Kerr had a brand new racecar with him last week and told me why he was a little late.
Joe August Jr. spoke about his nightly routine and his hopes to make it to Syracuse in October.
David Marcuccilli was part of a two car team at Rolling Wheels and told me about his hopes.
 
It was day two for the school kids in our area and my kids have now had their first two days of school so far. I hope all is going well with all of you students out there whether you are continuing your education or going back after several years off. Put forth your best effort and we wish you well.
 
We are back today with five Modified drivers and we’ll be back tomorrow with more from Utica Rome as I’ll be heading there today for the inaugural Cole Cup. Expect to see many of the northeast’s top Sprint Car teams in action as well as crate Sportsman. It should be a real good show.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have on the Audio Page as we continue to work hard behind the scenes. Billy VanInwegen told me how he did at Orange County and what his late season plans are. He talked about his up & down season in Middletown, how he has done on the Super DIRTcar Series and how nice it feels to be in the top 15 in points. 
 
Chuck Bower talked about his last race at Brewerton and the damage he had in an on track jingle. He told me about the work they did Saturday morning after finding something late, why they missed hot laps and his hopes that everything turns out okay. 
 
Tim Kerr had a brand new racecar with him last week and told me why he was a little late with his start. He talked about how a crash at Charlotte held him back, why he decided to wait a little longer before coming out and how nice it is to be up to date equipment wise. 
 
Joe August Jr. spoke about his nightly routine and his hopes to make it to Syracuse in October. He told me who he hopes to take with him, why he feels the time is right now to take this off his bucket list and how living nearby helps minimize costs. 
 
David Marcuccilli was part of a two car team at Rolling Wheels and told me about his hopes. He told me how his season finale went at Canandaigua, how fortunate he was to miss the big wreck and how nervous he might be watching his twin brother drive his racecar. 

 
Friday, September 6th 2013
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Ryan Susice tells me how he won the Modified finale at Ransomville and his late season plans.
Randy Chrysler was back in Central New York last weekend and explained why he was at Fulton.
Nick Guererri was hitting the chip pretty good at Rolling Wheels and told me he was not worried.
Steve Pesarek shares some memories of his time with Les Whyte as we honor his this weekend.
Jim Bogett told me about the new Mod Lite he raced last Friday and looks ahead to Merrittville.
 
Well we tried a fix yesterday to try to help some if the issues we are having with photo uploads and it did not work. It created a new set of issues so we had to undo those changes and regroup which we are doing now. I’ll keep you posted but be sure to let us know if you see anything out of the ordinary.
 
We have a lot of good stuff today including an interview with Steve Pesarek as he shares some stories about Les Whyte who will be remembered this Saturday at Canandaigua with a big Street Stock race in his honor. I hope you like this one as much as I enjoyed doing it.
 
We’re hoping to get to the studio again today and to cover the Cole Cup Saturday at Utica Rome. We are hopeful that we will figure out what is going on with the website and hopefully we’ll get everything back humming along real soon. They are just like racecars, you can’t just keep using them without some upgrades and massaging along the way. We’ll get it, we always do.
 
Now let’s chat more about what is new for today on the Audio Page for you to listen to. Ryan Susice tells me how he won the Modified finale at Ransomville and his late season plans. He talked about the multiple rain delays that slowed the show, how nice it was to pick up some extra cash and how he figured his small block would do against the big blocks at Rolling Wheels. 
 
Randy Chrysler was back in Central New York last weekend and explained why he was at Fulton. He told me a little about his past at the track, when he hopes to come back again and the fun he had running down in Pennsylvania this summer. 
 
Nick Guererri was hitting the chip pretty good at Rolling Wheels and told me he was not worried about it. He wondered what else he might change with the car on the tacky surface, how the track was in hot laps and how much he’ll race in the late season including tonight at Can Am. 
 
Steve Pesarek shares some memories of his time with Les Whyte as we honor his this weekend with a race at Canandaigua on Saturday. He told me how they met many years before racing, when they first started to race each other as teens and shares some stories of their racing on the track. Real nice one here guys! We miss you Les. 
 
Jim Bogett told me about the new Mod Lite he raced last Friday and looks ahead to Merrittville on Friday & Saturday. He explains where this new Pro AFX car is better, how you can get in a raffle to win one of your own and encourages teams to check out his business for both new & used racecars. Check them out at www.proracecars.com.  

 
Thursday, September 5th 2013
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Dale Planck talked about his 2nd place at Fulton in a back up car and spoke about Rolling Wheels.
Tommy Sears put some Hoosier tires on for Rolling Wheels and chatted about his past at the track.
Matt Hulsizer had a tough night Friday at Brewerton and described the damage he had in a crash.
Rick Miller explained what needed to happen on Saturday for him to win a track championship.
Andrew Ferguson tells me about his first open Sportsman win at Skyline Raceway last Saturday.
James Carlson spoke about his recent feature win at Fulton and how cool it felt to get the victory.
 
Today life will change for many youngsters as school starts for most today. We had the chance to go and meet our kid’s teachers yesterday and they are excited to get back to school again starting today. It will be sad officially say goodbye to summer but we had a great time and I hope you all did too.
 
We have six new chats for you today as I was once again able to get in the studio and put up some of what I did this past weekend as well. We’re hoping you get the chance to get out this weekend as there is still a lot of great racing to take place out there.
 
Remember, they are all big shows now so be sure to get out because before you know it, the 2013 season will be over. So show your support to your favorite race track and race team as some of them are pretty low on funding at this point.
 
Now let’s chat more about what is new for today on the Audio Page. I begin with a driver who is enjoying being back in Central New York. Dale Planck talked about his 2nd place at Fulton in a back up car and talked about Rolling Wheels. He told me the work he had to do to get the back up car ready, how happy he is with where he is on the Super DIRTcar Series and how fortunate he was to find a quality ride for the races. 
 
Tommy Sears put some Hoosier tires on for Rolling Wheels and chatted about his past at the track. He remembered the struggles they had last time out, how the new car felt to him the night before at Fulton and why they put an older body on the car. Smart! 
 
Matt Hulsizer had a tough night Friday at Brewerton and described the damage he had in a lap 1 crash. He explained how it all happened, what they did to get the car ready on Saturday and wondered how some new shocks might work. 
 
Rick Miller explained what needed to happen on Saturday for him to win a track championship. He told me how tough it would be to make up 18 points, how much he has enjoyed his season in a crate Late Model and how streaky things were for a while. 
 
Andrew Ferguson tells me about his first open Sportsman win at Skyline Raceway last Saturday. He described some changes he made after his heat race, why he likes Skyline so much and runs down his plans for the rest of the 2013 season. 
 
James Carlson spoke about his recent feature win at Fulton and how cool it felt to get the victory. He recalled the late race moves he made to get the lead, how comfortable he was once he got out front and what he was focused on while looking at a clean race track. 

 
Wednesday, September 4th 2013
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Joe Skotnicki talks about the unique weather situations that happened Sunday at Rolling Wheels.
Alan Johnson remembered his run Saturday at Canandaigua and how little he changed for Sunday.
Gary Tomkins had a bandage on his left leg and told me what went wrong Saturday at Canandaigua.
Mike Marcuccilli got ready for his fourth Sportsman race and talked about his two feature wins.
Dale Caswell told me what would have to happen for him to claim the Late Model title at Fulton.
 
It was a cooler day on Tuesday as we are now in a fall like weather pattern for a few days here before it heats up a bit this weekend. I did some recordings in the studio and participated in the DIRTcar conference call where we got to interview Brett Hearn as we continue to get ready for Super DIRT Week.
 
I have a nice one up today with Joe Skotnicki as he explains how the night went for him Sunday at Rolling Wheels and how we ended up getting rained on just 24 laps into the 100 lap Super DIRTcar Series race. He is very honest and candid and I hope this helps you understand what goes on in the towers and how decisions on what to do on race days is done. I hope this helps!
 
I also added some from my weekend and I will be back in the studio tomorrow. We are working on something behind the scenes as well and I’ll let you know how things go. But if you seen anything strange or different, please alert me by email at doug@dougsdirtdiary.com.
 
Now let’s chat more about what is new on the Audio Page. I begin with a chat about what happened this past Sunday in Elbridge. Joe Skotnicki talks about the unique weather situations that happened Sunday at Rolling Wheels. He tells me about the late starting time, the track prep that needed to be done and the humid conditions that contributed to the heavy track. 
 
Alan Johnson remembered his run Saturday at Canandaigua and how little he changed for Sunday. He talked about looking for some races to do in September, his recent past at Rolling Wheels and thinks back on one race from the past in his 37 year history at the track. 
 
Gary Tomkins had a bandage on his left leg and told me what went wrong Saturday at Canandaigua. He described how he felt coming into Sunday, what he thought happened when the driveline hit his leg and how he has done in the past at Rolling Wheels. 
 
Mike Marcuccilli got ready for his fourth Sportsman race and talked about his two feature wins. He told me about his big goal for the day, how surprised he was at how quickly he picked it up and how much easier it can be to drive compared to a stock car. 
 
Dale Caswell told me what would have to happen for him to claim the Late Model title at Fulton. He explained a problem that he had in hot laps and what he was thinking to fix it. Later he finished second and won the championship! 

 
Tuesday, September 3rd 2013
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Brian Swartzlander told me what happened last time in Elbridge and how his season was.
Tim Sears Jr. talked about his past at Rolling Wheels and remembered some past successes.
Matt Billings just finished his rookie season in a big block at Canandaigua and talked about it.
George Dyer explained how a car change has helped him run better and his almost top ten.
Joe Reeves runs only at The Wheels with his Street Stock and told me about a carburetor change.
Chuck Powelczyk won another 4 Cylinder championship at Brewerton and talked about the title.
Sean Smith tells me about his run in a mechanic’s race and his hopes to race Sportsman next year.
 
I’m not sure what it was like at your house, but we had one storm after another on Monday. It is real wet out there and hopefully all of you are alright as some of these storms packed quite a punch.
 
I did a lot on Monday as I wrote up another article for the Syracuse Post Standard and did some website work as well. But the computer stayed off most of the day as the lightning was intense and I wanted to make sure I did not get a surge. As I write this, I’m going to shut it off after this as another round of storms is upon me here at 5 PM.
 
I’ll be back at it today so look for lots more as I will be in studio today. If you have any requests, let me know and I’ll do my best to get them done for you.
 
Now let’s chat more about what is new for you to listen to on the Audio Page. I begin with a driver we don’t see much in Central New York. Brian Schwartzlander told me what happened last time in Elbridge and how his season was. He talked about how many series races we will see him at, wonders if he’ll run the last change race during Super DIRT Week and how his five win season went at Lernerville. 
 
Tim Sears Jr. talked about his past at Rolling Wheels and remembered some past successes. He told me what it was like in his first race at the 5/8 mile in a big block, what he felt was the key and the tough weekend he had at his weekly tracks. 
 
Matt Billings just finished his rookie season in a big block at Canandaigua and talked about it. He told me what would have made things a little better, looks ahead to the next race on the Super DIRTcar Series and what he learned last time at Rolling Wheels. 
 
George Dyer explained how a car change has helped him run better and his almost top ten at Brewerton. He described what his other car was doing, who advised him to get something different and how much he was looking forward to getting back on the track at Fulton. 
 
Joe Reeves runs only at Rolling Wheels with his Street Stock and told me about a carburetor change. He told me where his car was lacking, how he did last time at The Fast Track and how hot his motor was before shutting it down.
 
Chuck Powelczyk won another 4 Cylinder championship at Brewerton and talked about the title. He wondered when they will make up the race after rain washed out the feature from Friday, described the car he picked up at mid season and why he uses that car exclusively at Fulton. 
 
Sean Smith tells me about his run in a mechanic’s race and his hopes to race Sportsman next year. He told me how his third place finish helped his resume, how it felt to be the first of the true mechanics in the race and how an established veteran got by him late. 

 
     
 
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