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Tuesday, October 13th 2015
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Hear from dozens of drivers as they get ready to walk across the stage for the final time at Syracuse.
Hear Brian Carter let the fans give the command to start engines for the final race at Syracuse.
Tommy Sears offers up his thoughts on the race as he prepared to race in the the Syracuse 200.
Jeff Rockefeller got his helmet ready on Sunday and explained why tears offs are important.

Like a lot of you guys I am catching up on the world outside of racing after the final Super DIRT Week at the New York State Fairgrounds. I got a lot done as we get into moving mode as we hope to be moved into our new house (new to us) by next week.

I have a lot of great stuff on the site today including a long clip as I talk to many of the Modified division’s top drivers as they prepared to walk across the stage for the final time in Syracuse. I know you’ll love this one so give it a listen. Hit play and get comfortable as it is almost a ½ hour long.

Now let’s talk more about that clip and the other stuff we have on the Audio Page as we remember the final Super DIRT Week on the mile. Hear from dozens of drivers as they get ready to walk across the stage for the final time at Syracuse. This is a great clip with lots of drivers sharing their thoughts. I know you’ll like it.

Hear Brian Carter let the fans give the command to start engines for the final race at Syracuse and hear the big block Modifieds warm up before heading out to the track for the final race.  

Tommy Sears offers up his thoughts on the race as he prepared to hop in his car for the Syracuse 200 and spoke about his concerns for the initial start of the event.  

Jeff Rockefeller got his helmet ready on Sunday and explained why tears offs are important on the mile as well as his strategy for the 200 lapper.  

 
Monday, October 12th 2015
   

New on the Audio Page from Sunday of Super DIRT Week:

James Michael Friesen led all 30 laps to win the Sportsman race and talked with the media.
Rocky Warner finished in second place in the Sportsman race and talked about chasing the winner.
Rob Yetman savored his victory in the Pro Stock race and spoke about winning three in a row.
Stewart Friesen led the final 27 laps and talked about winning the race for the 4th time in 6 starts.
Kenny Tremont finished in second place and explained where the race winner was better than him.
Jimmy Phelps spoke about how his car came and went at times on his way to a third place finish.
Brett Hearn came home in fourth place and spoke about how a broken brake line sealed his fate.
Billy Decker told me about his fifth place finish and why so many teams were having flat tires.

It was an emotional day for a lot of us as the final Super DIRT Week at the New York State Fairgrounds was held on Sunday. It was the biggest crowd I ever saw and a huge traffic jam took place on route 690 as fans came from all over to take in the final at the mile.

I had my moment as the cars were coming to the four wide salute and I tried real hard to keep back the tears…successfully I might add. It was sad for sure because if all this history had happened in a building anywhere else in Syracuse it would be declared a historic monument and been taken off the tax rolls. But that is another story for another day.

I have a lot of good stuff on the site today and tomorrow I’ll have the last interviews I did with the drivers as they got ready to walk across the stage for the last time. It’s a real good clip with dozens of drivers in it and I’ll have that for you tomorrow and I’ll have a Doug’s Thoughts for you later in the week

But for now lets talk about what we have on the Audio Page from the final day EVER on the Moody Mile. James Michael Friesen led all 30 laps to win the Sportsman race and talked with the media about his run and what it would mean if his cousin could win the Modified race too.  

Rocky Warner finished in second place in the Sportsman race and talked about chasing the winner as well as the moment where he hit the wall costing him the victory.  

Rob Yetman savored his victory in the Pro Stock race and spoke about winning three in a row as well as what he did to get the lead back after losing it on the white flag lap.  

Stewart Friesen led the final 27 laps and talked about winning the race for the 4th time in 6 starts as well as how some adjustments on the final pit stop helped.  

Kenny Tremont finished in second place and explained where the race winner was better than him as well as how happy he was to finish in the runner up spot.  

Jimmy Phelps spoke about how his car came and went at times on his way to a third place finish as well as how pleased he was to finish third and first in the final Super DIRT Week.  

Brett Hearn came home in fourth place and spoke about how a broken brake line sealed his fate while wondering how he would have finished if his car would not have broken.  

Billy Decker told me about his fifth place finish and why so many teams were having flat tires as well as how tough it was to see in the last half of the race.

 
Sunday, October 11th 2015
   

New on the Audio Page from Saturday of Super DIRT Week:

After the 20 lap heat races:

Larry Wight spoke about his win the first Triple 20 for the big block Modifieds leading every lap.
Brett Hearn told us about his win in the 358 20 lapper as well as his third place with the big block.
Billy Dunn talked about his win in the first 358 qualifier and his second place with the big block.
Stewart Friesen won the second big block 20 lapper and told us how hard his team is working.
Carey Terrance got the win in the final 20 lap heat race and talked about how he slipped up once.
Rich Scagliotta told me how he was feeling after being involved in a brutal crash in his heat.
Rob Yetman earned the pole for Sunday’s Pro Stock race and talked about keeping his streak alive.
Brian Papiez was fastest in Sportsman qualifying and talked about making his dream come true.
Shane Pecore talked about qualifying second and marveled at the accomplishment of Papiez.
Peter Britten was happy after winning the Last Chance Qualifier and explained how it helped.

After the Salute to the Troops 150:

Jimmy Phelps
talked about his pit strategy, what the win meant to him and his hopes for today.
Billy Dunn explained how hard he was driving as he picked up two spots late to finish in second.
Tim McCreadie finished in third place and talked about how restarts hurt his car for a few laps.
Brett Hearn spoke about his fourth place finish and talked about something his team noticed.
Marc Johnson raced his way from 13th to 5th and told me what it was like out of the rubber.
Michael Parent was the Rookie of the Race and talked about finishing 9th in his 1st start on the mile.

What a day it was on the mile at Syracuse as the track winds down its history that goes back well over 100 years. It was a long day but a fun one as well. I’m pretty whipped after a 13 hour day so I am going to write very little on the front page.

Be sure to check out the new stuff on the Audio Page and look for more tomorrow as we say goodbye to the mile with one final show. It will be tough to walk out of there today as I have my own history at the mile and I’ll be sure to do a Doug’s Thoughts on that later in the week.

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page starting with my first interview of the day. Larry Wight spoke about his win the first Triple 20 for the big block Modifieds leading every lap to take home the victory.  

Brett Hearn told us about his win in the 358 20 lap heat race as well as his third place with the big block the very next race on the track.  

Billy Dunn talked about his win in the first 358 qualifier and his second place with the big block two races later at Syracuse.  

Stewart Friesen won the second big block 20 lapper and told us how hard his team is working as well as his small block race earlier in the day.  

Carey Terrance got the win in the final 20 lap heat race and talked about how he slipped up once in the race as well as what he did to collect it.  

Rich Scagliotta told me how he was feeling after being involved in a brutal multi-car crash in his heat that destroyed several racecars on the backstretch.  

Rob Yetman earned the pole for Sunday’s Pro Stock race and talked about keeping his streak alive as well as what it would mean to be the final stock car winner at Syracuse.  

Brian Papiez was fastest in Sportsman qualifying and talked about making his dream come true while wondering if he could have been even faster.  

Shane Pecore talked about qualifying second and marveled at the accomplishment of Brian Papiez who was a first timer on the mile. Classy!  

Peter Britten was happy after winning the Modified Last Chance Qualifier at Syracuse and explained how it helped him overall.  

Jimmy Phelps talked about his pit strategy, what the win at Syracuse meant to him and his hopes for today’s Syracuse 200, the final race ever at the mile.  

Billy Dunn explained how hard he was driving as he picked up two spots late to finish in second and wondered if he was too concerned about getting enough fuel in the car.  

Tim McCreadie finished in third place and talked about how restarts hurt his car for a few laps especially that final restart where he lost a spot.  

Brett Hearn spoke about his fourth place finish and talked about something his team noticed as well as what he would do with that knowledge.  

Marc Johnson raced his way from 13th to 5th and told me what it was like out of the rubber as well as how tough it was to remember where it was.  

Michael Parent was the Rookie of the Race and talked about finishing 9th in his 1st start on the mile. Later in the week we’ll have one with him where he talks about moving to Modified.

 
Saturday, October 10th 2015
   
New on the Audio Page from a rainy Super DIRT Week:

Billy Dunn talked about why he still wanted to get on track despite being locked in for the weekend.
Dave Marcuccilli tells me about his two night races that yielded a win and a third place finish.
Gary Tomkins explained why he was not in a hurry to race even though he had limited laps.
Tyler Siri spoke about his Super DIRT Week so far and looks ahead to a twenty lap qualifier.
Kevin Britten is a first timer to the mile and spoke about racing on the big track at Syracuse.
Joey Ladouceur had yet to hit the track at Syracuse and talked about having unfinished business.

 New from Steve Ovens at Weedsport on Wednesday:

Danny Johnson spoke with Steve Ovens and how good his Modified was late in the race.
Brett Hearn had a second place at Weedsport and talked about leading only to finish runner up.
Pat Ward came home with a third place and told Steve Ovens about his run in Weedsport.
Billy Decker finished in fourth place and spoke about losing some spots at various times in the race.
Erick Rudolph rounded out the top five and told Steve Ovens about the high level of competition.

Rain was the big winner on Friday but we still have some stuff for you today. The rain stopped just past lunch time and the packers hit the track. They were making headway too until a few brief showers hit at about 3 p.m. or so. They tried to get the track back but just after 4 p.m. the day was ended.

Now that means an action packed day today with the twenty lap qualifiers set to go at 9:10 a.m. They have a lot on the schedule and you can see it at www.superdirtweekonline.com.

And we also have some bonus stuff today from Steve Ovens at Turn 5 Live as he checked out the action Wednesday in Weedsport. Thanks Steve!

Now let’s chat more about what we have on the Audio Page for today. Billy Dunn talked about why he still wanted to get on track on Friday for some laps despite being locked in for both Modified races this weekend.  

Dave Marcuccilli tells me about his two night races in his Sportsman that yielded a win at Weedsport and a third place finish at Brewerton. 

Gary Tomkins explained why he was not in a hurry to race on the mile track on Friday even though he had just two laps in his new Modified ride. 

Tyler Siri spoke about his Super DIRT Week so far and looks ahead to a twenty lap qualifier after time trialing in the 42nd spot out of 75 cars. 

Kevin Britten is a first timer to the mile and spoke about racing on the big track at Syracuse as well as the advice his older (not bigger) brother gave him beforehand. 

Joey Ladouceur had yet to hit the track at Syracuse and talked about having unfinished business on the mile as well as what it’s like to be on the track when it’s wet. 

Danny Johnson spoke with Steve Ovens and how good his Modified was late in the Modified feature after a late race restart. 

Brett Hearn had a second place at Weedsport and talked with Steve Ovens about what it was like to lead while being stalked by the eventual winner. 

Pat Ward came home with a third place and told Steve Ovens about his steady run in Weedsport while comparing himself to the drivers around him. 

Billy Decker finished in fourth place at Weedsport and spoke with Steve Ovens about losing some spots at various times in the race with the Scott Kerwin #7 car.

Erick Rudolph rounded out the top five and told Steve Ovens about the high level of competition as well as how he felt a late yellow could have helped. 
 










































 
Friday, October 9th 2015
   New on the Audio Page for today
 
Billy Dunn set fast time in the 358 Modified time trials and spoke about finally getting a pole.
Tyler Dippel timed 2nd to become the youngest driver to start on a front row at Super DIRT Week.
Brett Hearn told me how happy he was to be third fastest and be locked into Saturday’s race.
Kenny Tremont time trialed fourth in his 358 and told me how good his car was from lap one.
Billy Decker was fifth fastest in his 358 and reacted to Billy Dunn getting the pole position.
J.R. Heffner was the final driver to lock himself in Saturday’s race and talked about his 358.
Gary Tomkins was the first big block to take time and explained how he found a ride in the 7z.
Larry Wight talked about how fast his big block was as he earned the pole for the Syracuse 200.
Stewart Friesen spoke about time trialing 2nd and why he will miss the mile track at the fairgrounds.
Carey Terrance was third fastest in his big block and explained why his second lap was a wash.
Billy Dunn was he only driver to lock himself into two races and spoke about being 4th in his 358.
Pat Ward drive his dad’s tribute car to a 5th place run and told me about his nice qualifying run.
Matt Sheppard locked himself into 6th place for Sunday and talked about being a little inconsistent.
 
What a fun day it was on Thursday as we got to see a lot of laps turned in at the first full day of Super DIRT Week. I got the top six in each of the Modified divisions and will be back today if the weather cooperates. I sure hope it does but we’ll see how it goes and how DIRTcar alters their schedule to get it all in.
 
I know it stinks and yes it sure does but what would Super DIRT Week be without some typical Central New York fall weather. But at least it is only one day and heck, who knows, maybe we can get it in and if so, I’ll be there and be ready to go.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have on the Audio Page from an absolutely beautiful day in Syracuse. Billy Dunn set fast time in the 358 Modified time trials and spoke about finally getting a pole at Syracuse as well as how much it meant to him to do so in the final event on the mile.
 
Tyler Dippel timed 2nd to become the youngest driver (age 15) to start on a front row at Super DIRT Week and talked about the two laps he ran on the mile track.
 
Brett Hearn told me how happy he was to be third fastest and be locked into Saturday’s Salute to the Troops 150 at Syracuse. 
 
Kenny Tremont time trialed fourth in his 358 at Super DIRT Week and told me how good his car was right from the time they unloaded it. 
 
Billy Decker was fifth fastest in his 358 in time trials for the Salute to the troops 150 and reacted to Billy Dunn getting the pole position. 
 
J.R. Heffner was the final driver to lock himself in Saturday’s 150 lap race at Super DIRT Week and talked about his 358 as well as his hopes for the big block. 
 
Gary Tomkins was the first big block to take time and explained how he found a ride in the Mike Payne the 7z as well as how good the car was with no practice laps.   
 
Larry Wight talked about how fast his big block was as he earned the pole for the Syracuse 200 becoming the youngest Modified pole sitter ever at Super DIRT Week. 
 
Stewart Friesen spoke about time trialing 2nd and why he will miss the mile track at the fairgrounds as well as his hopes for the future of Super DIRT Week. 
 
Carey Terrance was third fastest in his big block and explained why his second lap was a wash as well as why he needs to keep his eyes on the changeable racing surface.
 
Billy Dunn was he only driver to lock himself into two races and spoke about being 4th in his 358 while wondering if he could have been a heck of a lot better. 
 
Pat Ward drive his dad’s tribute car to a 5th place run and told me about his nice qualifying run as well as how proud he was to honor his dad with a fast lap.
 
Matt Sheppard locked himself into 6th place for Sunday and talked about being a little inconsistent at each end of the track in both of his laps.

 
Thursday, October 8th 2015
   New on the Audio Page for today
 
Billy VanIwegen talked about an issue they were having with radios and how he got in the 5 car.
Eldon Payne Jr. shared some memories of coming to the mile as he got ready for his first hot laps.
Justin Haers explained why he ran an old school paint scheme honoring his dad and Doug Hoffman.
Stu Sheppard reacts to his son Matt running a car that looks just like the Modified he ran in 1990.
Pat Ward explained how car owner Larry Wight surprised him with a tribute car to his dad Bud.
Billy Decker was fastest in the practice with a lap of 31.478 second and talked about the track.
Larry Wight turned in the second fastest lap and talked about it and his surprise to Pat Ward.
Rick Laubach was the first car on the track and told me why being a little tight was ok for now.
Jeff Hoetzler stared down his racecar and wondered if he should adjust his loose car for Thursday.
Jeff Rockefeller was right in the middle of the pack and talked about the car he had mothballed.
Todd Milton told me how his Modified handled and some issues they had with the nose on the car.
Billy Dunn was third fastest in hot laps and shared some memories of coming to the track as a kid.
 
The first laps of the final Super DIRT Week at the New York State Fairgrounds were yesterday and 78 cars took to the one mile oval. It was the biggest Wednesday turnout in recent memory and it was great to be back at Syracuse and back to a place that is so special to so many people.
 
As usual, I am not writing too much here as I am swamped like crazy with writing for the paper every day. So as usual I’ll let the interviews speak for themselves. I have all the interviews I recorded up today for you and will have lots more tomorrow as Super DIRT Week rolls on.
 
Now here is more about the stuff we do have for you to listen to today on the Audio Page in the order I recorded them. Billy VanIwegen talked about an issue they were having with radios early in the day on Wednesday and how he got a ride in the 5 car for Super DIRT Week.
 
Eldon Payne Jr. shared some memories of coming to the mile as he got ready for his some hot laps in the first practice session of the week on Wednesday in Syracuse. 
 
Justin Haers explained why he ran an old school paint scheme honoring his dad’s continued involvement in racing and fallen racer Doug Hoffman among others. 
 
Stu Sheppard reacts to his son Matt running a car that looks just like the Modified he ran in 1990 while explaining why he chose the 999 as his number. 
 
Pat Ward explained how car owner Larry Wight surprised him with a tribute car to his dad Bud and told me how he got the idea to make it the Flyin’ 42 with wings and all. 
 
Billy Decker was fastest in the practice with a lap of 31.478 second and talked about the track as well as how hard he pushed it to turn in a lap at that speed. 
 
Larry Wight turned in the second fastest lap and talked about the racing surface he saw as well as his big surprise to teammate Pat Ward.  
 
Rick Laubach was the first car on the track and told me why being a little tight was ok for now as well as how much the surface changed over the two hour practice session. 
 
Jeff Hoetzler stared down his racecar and wondered if he should adjust his loose car for Thursday or wait until then when the track might tighten up a little. 
 
Jeff Rockefeller was right in the middle of the pack and talked about the car he had mothballed as well as the work they did to get it ready for Super DIRT Week. 
 
Todd Milton told me how his Modified handled and some issues they had with the nose on the car in the tech line before Wednesday’s hot lap session.
 
Billy Dunn was third fastest in hot laps on Wednesday at Syracuse and spoke about his racecar while sharing some memories of coming to the track as a kid.  

 
Wednesday, October 7th 2015
   New on the Audio Page for today
 
Stewart Friesen reacted to his tough draw at Fulton and told me how ahead he is for Syracuse.
Gary Tomkins showed off an old school look at Fulton and talked about his late season plans.
Bobby Varin spoke about his hot laps at Fulton, what he had to change and where he’ll race next.
Bob Henry Jr. talked about his Modified heat win at Fulton and wondered if they fixed a problem.
Andrew Ferguson prepared for the Outlaw 200 and told me about an issue he had with sail panels.
Rocky Warner remembered his Sportsman heat win at Fulton and talked about slick racetracks.
Tony Veneziano reports on the WoO from Williams Grove and talks about Rolling Wheels.
 
I had a fun day on Tuesday as I got a lot of work done both for the website and for the Syracuse Post Standard and their online presence at Syracuse.com. Today I’ll be checking in at the New York State Fairgrounds as the Modifieds hit the track for the first time later today with a 3 p.m. hot lap session on the card.
 
Tonight is the first of three straight nite shows for the 358 Modified Super DIRTcar Series as they hit Weedsport tonight, Brewerton on Thursday and Rolling Wheels on Friday. And Saturday’s Salute to the Troops 150 is also a series race so the title in that could be decided in this four race streak.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page starting with my last interviews from Fulton this past weekend as well as an update on the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series. Stewart Friesen reacted to his tough draw at Fulton for the Outlaw 200, his hopes to make up for that late on and told me how ahead he is for Syracuse. 
 
Gary Tomkins showed off an old school look at Fulton and talked about his ride for the Outlaw 200 as well as his late season plans. 
 
Bobby Varin spoke about his hot laps at Fulton, what he had to change after getting out on the track and where he’ll race in the next few weeks. 
 
Bob Henry Jr. talked about his Modified heat win at Fulton and wondered if they fixed a problem that he had in the last half of the 15 lap qualifier. 
 
Andrew Ferguson prepared for the Outlaw 200 and told me about an issue he had getting his car to turn with sail panels and wondered if he would race again in 2015. 
 
Rocky Warner remembered his Sportsman heat win at Fulton and talked about slick racetracks as well as the two types of tires he has won on this year. 
 
Tony Veneziano reports on the WoO from Williams Grove, Donny Schatz clinching championship number seven and talks about Rolling Wheels this Saturday as well as the close points battle for 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th in the series standings. 

 
     
 
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