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Friday, July 13th 2012
   New on the Audio Page from the Utica Rome Speedway:
 
Pre race conversations:
 
Frank Hyatt tells me how his Pure Stock has been running as he goes for win number 1 of 2012. 
Chris Mackey remembered his save down in turn one last Sunday and why he was in the #28. 
Ty Scott Rood just moved up to Modified this week and talked about his first few laps in a big block. 
Stewart Friesen talked about his sixth place finish at Black Rock and why his car faded at the end.
Pete Stefanski switched back to an open motor in his Pro Stock and talked about his last two races. 
Dave Moyer is now running with the Modifieds and told me why this makes more sense financially. 
Steve Way spoke about the importance of stretching before getting yourself contorted in a racecar. 
 
After the heat races:
 
Steve Way told me how he got the lead on the last lap to win his Sportsman qualifying heat.
Matt Sheppard talked about the role of confidence after winning the first Modified qualifier.
Ryan Phelps led every lap on his way to a heat win and remembered his big wreck a few weeks ago. 
Pat Ward went from third to first in a flash and talked about winning the final Modified heat.
 
After the features:
 
Steve Way chatted with Mike Mallett in victory lane after winning the 20 lap Sportsman race. 
Matt Janczuk raced up to second place and told Mike Mallett how hard he worked on Steve. 
Claude Hutchings Jr. earned his second podium in a row and talked about learning the engine. 
Stewart Friesen won his third Modified feature in a row at Utica Rome and talked about the victory.
Larry Wight made some late race moves to finish second and told Mike why they switched cars. 
Ryan Phelps led six laps in the Modified feature and talked about running his Brewerton car. 
Tommy Denton took over the lead on lap eight and spoke with Mike Mallett about his win. 
Tim Janczuk won his first ever Pure Stock feature and explained how some phone advice helped. 
 
The whole family and I traveled east yesterday to Fan Appreciation Day at the Utica Rome Speedway in Vernon. It was nice to have my wife & kids with me and we truly had a great time. Thanks to Barb Clark and everyone for making our night so much fun and for letting the kids sit in the a/c for a while early on. 
 
But rest assured I was not going to let them sit in the cool tower all night. Oh no…that is not the full race experience. Don’t forget, I never had that fan experience as I did not go to dirt races until I started announcing them in 1990. And then, I started out sitting in the cool, cool tower for many years before getting to get dirty in the stands like everyone else.  
 
So I do not want them to miss the fun of being out with the crowd, feeling the speed of the cars, the crunch of sheet metal and occasional smells that only racing provides.   Ever smelled when a racecar burns up the rear end? Burning gear oil is a smell you never forget isn’t it?
 
Stewart Friesen won the Modified race for his third win in a row and did so with some nice moves through the field from his 13th starting spot. Casey Williams led the early part before Jason Rood took over for a few laps. Yes, Jason is going to get one soon, yes he is by the way. 
 
Then Ryan Phelps took the top spot until Friesen got by on lap 17. He pulled away while a spirited battle for second through fifth took place behind him. Larry Wight got by Phelps late for second while Matt Sheppard and Pat Ward rounded out the top five. 
 
Steve Way held off champion Matt Janczuk to win the Sportsman feature as well as his heat race earlier in the day. And he got the rare three peat of interviews today as he also talked to me in a pre race about the importance of stretching. You might laugh at that, but I’ve seen drivers cramp up in cars before and I myself did it last season once. It took months for it to go away too.
 
Tommy Denton won another one in the Pro Stocks as it seems like he is hot right at the right time of the year while Tim Janczuk (cousin of Matt) won his career first in the Pure Stock feature. 
 
It was fun to see the race through my kid’s eyes and see them react to things as they happen on the track. I try to point out the people they know or an interesting story. Like when Tim Janczuk was leading, I told them he had never won before. They immediately thought back on my quest for a win last year and had something to identify with right away. Consequently they were very happy when he won the race. 
 
Thanks also goes out to Rood Racing, George Kiskiel and Canadian Kevin Moffett plus a fan who wished not to have his name put here for showing support for the website. Thanks a lot guys. It helped put gas in our car and get the kids some food and drink at the track. Eventually the goldfish and Elfun cookies got old and they wanted track food. Hey, who could blame them? Thanks guys! If you want to help, you can send $20 to us at Doug Elkins, PO Box 2276, Liverpool, NY 13089. 
 
Today I’ll be at the Brewerton Speedway for a Friday night show. It is the third week on the new clay and my guess is that it’ll be a lot of fun. Plus they have the UNOH All Star Circuit of Champions show on Wednesday with Tony Stewart so you know they’ll have that place ready to go and ready to impress. 
 
Tomorrow I’ll be back to Fulton and then we’ll see about Sunday. I do need to get in the studio at some point as there are a lot of people out there I want to speak with. And if I go to a race, I won’t have time to do that. So we may go for a few days in a row in the studio before that 410 Sprint show just to catch up on some other racetracks and drivers. 
 
As always, send comments and suggestions to doug@dougsdirtdiary.com. We value what you think very much and want to hear from you. Good or bad. Have a great Friday and I’ll see you at the races soon I hope. 

 
Thursday, July 12th 2012
   New from the ROC at The Rock and from the home studio:

Pre race conversations:
 
Ryan Godown told me about his Tuesday race in Delaware and initial impressions of Black Rock. 
Alan Johnson thought back on his Black Rock win last year and his long time preteen crew chief. 
Jimmy Phelps described his up & down night at Albany Saratoga and his small block Modified. 
Billy Van Pelt spoke about some of his Black Rock past and how his 2012 has been going. 
Stu Sheppard won his first race since the 1980’s and told me how it almost slipped away late.
Matt Sheppard talked about seeing his dad win at Canandaigua and what he was yelling to him. 
 
After the heat races:
 
Jimmy Phelps passed Ryan Godown on lap four to win his heat and talked about the bottom. 
Stewart Friesen walked me through his pass for the lead right before he got to the checkered. 
Tommy Juhl told me how he got the lead, lost it and got it back when the leader had a problem. 
Matt Sheppard talked about winning the final heat and wondered what to do for later in the feature. 
Jon Carpenter led every lap on his way to a Street Stock win and talked about his new racecar.
Rich Green made a nice move to win his heat and told me about a problem they had with an axle.   
 
After the pair of ROC features:
 
Earl Zimmer talked about his Street Stock feature win and why this victory was special to him. 
Matt Sheppard took the lead on lap 22 going on to win and talked about it with Dan Turner. 
Alan Johnson had to settle for second on this night and told Dan Turner how a caution hurt him. 
Jimmy Phelps finished third in the 60 lap ROC Modified feature and spoke about it with Dan Turner
Ryan Godown explained why he pitted early and how he worked his way back up for a 4th place. 
Pat Ward made a pass in the final corner for 5th and told me why he felt he was best of the rest. 
 
And from the studio:
 
Mike Mahaney talks about his latest win at the Fulton Speedway as I write an article with his answers. 
 
Dad and I had a nice time last night as we headed down scenic route 14 in wine country on our way to the Black Rock Speedway for ROC at The Rock.  Of course dad knows this road well as he and mom have taken many wine tasting trips in the area before. If you are from outside the area and love that kind of thing like my wife does, then this should be a destination for you this summer. Exit 42 on the thruway and head south. 
 
This race featured the ROC Modifieds and Street Stocks as well as some Four Cylinders that were going for a guaranteed spot in their big $10,000 to win race later this year. There was a strong field of 32 Modifieds on hand and it was a nice mix from the ROC tour and from the nearby tracks as well.
 
Matt Sheppard passed early leader Stewart Friesen on lap 22 and went on for his fourth win in the last six days. He is now up to 17 this year. Alan Johnson was gaining on him until a lap 46 caution flag. He was able to get close once or twice after that but Sheppard held on to get the win.
 
We recorded the top three from victory lane with Dan Turner and I tracked down 4th and 5th in the pit area. We also got all the heat winners and seven pre race chats as well as the Street Stock winner…all are up on the site today as well as the photos I took.
 
Dad and I had a real good time watching from the pit bleachers closest to the road as that is a real good view from there. Plus we were in the shade on a sunny day. Food for the day was their Texas Hots and they were even better with some of the cherry pepper relish they had at the concession stand. Sweet & hot…I liked it a lot!
 
It was a good show that moved along very quickly. We were on the road back home before 11 pulling in the driveway just after midnight. And there was a good crowd on hand although I thought it was going to be a little bigger. These mid weeks are so tough to predict and there are so many of them this year. 
 
Today I will be taking the entire family to Utica Rome Speedway for Fan Appreciation Night. It’s just $5 to get in with the donation of a canned food item for the local food pantry. And I always like to think, these should not be the generic tomato soup at 39 cents a can. It should be the Chunky Soup, or Beefaroni, or chili or something good like that. No generic waxed beans please. Those are just plain nasty as far as I am concerned although they do sell them in stores, so some of you must like them I guess. Ok, maybe a few cans of waxed beans. Maybe…
 
As fortunate as we wonder we may be, there are those with a lot less. So let’s help them out today with a nice donation. We’re bringing in a full bag and hoping all of you do the same. Remember, this is a full show too with the regular four divisions. So let’s pack the place, set a new food donation record for the track and have some fun. 
 
I hope to see you there! 

 
Wednesday, July 11th 2012
   New on the Audio Page from Doug and Jeremiah Fish at Oswego Speedway:
 
Roy Tarbell explained why we have not seen him racing every week and what he is doing. 
Laurent Ladouceur talked about his new teammate and how much better things are of late.
Dylan Evoy came into Friday night as the Mohawk point leader and talked about his season.
Craig Pope explained a brake problem he had recently and how he missed on his gear choice. 
Mike Stiles updated us on his progress as a first year driver in his Sportsman at Utica Rome. 
Jim Money described some struggles with his Pro Stock and the new car they are working on. 
 
From Jeremiah Fish at the Oswego Speedway on Saturday:
 
Brian Gerster had never seen Oswego Speedway before and talked about his first practice session.
Dave Baumgartner told J Fish how his Xtreme Sprint Car felt once he put brand new tires on. 
Jacob Wilson summed up how he has been doing on the Xtreme Sprint Tour as he sits second. 
Mike Larrison told J Fish about his initial impressions of Oswego and his famous car owner. 
Mike Ordway talked about some of his past results at the King of Wings and his new racecar.
Rob Summers was in a different car for this event and talked about how happy he is in the ride.
 
We have another busy day here on the site as we bring you stuff from both the dirt and the asphalt world. Thanks to Jeremiah Fish we are also able to bring you some good stuff from the Oswego Speedway and their King of Wings show from last Saturday.
 
Today we’ll be on the road at the Black Rock Speedway for ROC at The Rock. This is the first ROC Modified show ever at the track and the ROC Street Stocks will also be on hand. Good new for us, we received more support yesterday in the mail and if you would like to support us with a gift of just $20, you can send it Doug Elkins, PO Box 2276, Liverpool, NY, 13089. 
 
It is going to be a fun day for us as my dad will be joining me on this trip to Dundee. It is a scenic drive on the fingerlakes and one I always enjoy on the way down. And it is fun to see the two sides of Geneva as you cruise south. 
 
Now let’s chat more about what is new for today on the Audio Page. I begin with some from my Friday night up north. Roy Tarbell explained why we have not seen him racing every week and what he is doing and why it is nice to not be worried about points. 
 
Laurent Ladouceur talked about his new teammate, how much better things are of late and how much Billy Dunn has contributed. 
 
Dylan Evoy came into Friday night as the Mohawk point leader and talked about his season as well as some tough luck they had along the way. 
 
Craig Pope explained a brake problem he had recently, how he missed on his gear choice and how quickly he figured out that he was in trouble. 
 
Mike Stiles updated us on his progress as a first year driver in his Sportsman at Utica Rome as he won his first ever heat race the week before. 
 
Jim Money described some struggles with his Pro Stock at Utica Rome Speedway and the new car they are working on back at the race shop. 
 
Brian Gerster had never seen Oswego Speedway before and talked with Jeremiah Fish about his first practice session as well as how the green racetrack was changing. 
 
Dave Baumgartner told Jeremiah Fish how his Xtreme Sprint Car felt once he put brand new tires on and what he felt the new track record would be later on. 
 
Jacob Wilson summed up how he has been doing on the Xtreme Sprint Tour as he sits second in the series standings and told Jeremiah Fish about his last trip to Oswego. 
 
Mike Larrison told Jeremiah Fish about his initial impressions of Oswego, his famous car owner and the conversations he has had about the track with Davey Hamilton. 
 
Mike Ordway talked with Jeremiah Fish about some of his past results at the King of Wings, his new racecar and how it has been doing in its last few starts. 
 
Rob Summers was in a different car for this event and talked with Jeremiah Fish about how happy he is in the ride and how big the shoes are that he is trying to fill.  

 
Tuesday, July 10th 2012
   New on the Audio Page from Doug’s travels and the studio:
 
Brett Hearn tells me about tonight’s Big Show 4 taking place at Albany Saratoga Speedway. 
Dan Harpell previews tomorrow’s first ever race for the ROC Modifieds at Black Rock Speedway. 
Brian McDonald watched the Sprints come out for warm ups and talked about his time in one. 
Casey Williams told me about his hot laps at Utica Rome and some mistakes he made last week. 
Greg Belyea ran down how he has been doing at Brighton Speedway and a shock change. 
A.J. Kingsley was ready to race Friday at Mohawk and remembered the stormy day last time. 
Rick Miller and I thought back to our past TV shows and some work they did in the pit area. 
Bobby Heintz reacted to watching a fellow racer and talked about what he learns from others.
 
From Jeremiah Fish at the Oswego Speedway on Saturday:
 
Dan Kapuscinski previews the big day ahead of him and talks about a possible new track record.
Aaron Pierce talked about his 2012 season so far and some motor issues he had early in the night.
A.J. Russell was just strapping in for time trials and talked about the differences in ISMA cars. 
Bobby Haynes Jr. explained how his winged car did in practice and the problems they were having. 
Jimmy McCune spoke about his initial laps at Oswego and how much better they got later. 
Lou Cicconi ran down how tough the field was at Oswego and why a win would be so special. 
Rich Reid remembered how fast the track was in hot laps even with the early day rain storm. 
Sondi Eden is the lone female on the Xtreme Sprint Series and talked about the racetrack she saw. 
Dave Gruel tells Jeremiah Fish about his surprising win in an ISMA car that had never won before. 
Johnny Benson Jr. finished second at the King of Wings and told Jeremiah Fish about his day. 
Charlie Schultz came home in third place at the Oswego Speedway and talked about his good car. 
 
Boy did I have a busy day on Monday. I did some website work that included all the audio you see today in one way or another and wrote up a new column for the Syracuse Post Standard. That column will be in today’s edition.
 
And as you can see we also have a lot from Jeremiah Fish as he covered the King of Wings show for us on Saturday at the Oswego Speedway. That is how we got to close to twenty for a count on the new audio files. 
 
We still have twelve more in the can and plan on getting more audio today in the studio. I am feeling rejuvenated after the support we received at Utica Rome on Sunday, Friday at Mohawk and today as we got nice things in the mail from former World of Outlaw Sprint Car PR Guru Tony Veneziano and fan of the site Kevin Bixler. Thanks so much guys!
 
We’ll be at Black Rock tomorrow hoping for more support and I may even be able to put together some deals where I may be able to do drawings amongst our supporters with prizes on the line or something like that. I’ll keep you posted there as the ideas come to me. And if you would like to help in that way, let me know as we are setting up a PO Box that you could send to. 
 
Again, all it costs to help us is $20 and I hope to see many of you show your support for this website this week at Black Rock and again at Utica Rome as we try to climb out of our financial hole and get on solid ground so we can keep going like this. If you can’t and are as tight as we are right now, I understand. You are not alone. We’re eating mac n cheese and hot dogs too! Hopefully we’ll all climb out together. 
 
I hope those of you in the Capital region enjoy tonight’s Big Show 4 at Albany Saratoga. And I hope you like our chat with promoter Brett Hearn. We’ll be back tomorrow with lots more and today we have several drivers who are new to the site.
 
Now let’s chat more about what is new for today on the Audio Page. I begin with more on tonight. Brett Hearn tells me about tonight’s Big Show 4 taking place at Albany Saratoga Speedway. He talked about how big it is to have the Super DIRTcar Series at this flourishing speedway, how good things have been on Friday nights and why he will be working hard in the shop the rest of the week. Hit them straight Brett! 
 
Dan Harpell previews tomorrow’s first ever race for the ROC Modifieds at Black Rock Speedway. He told me who he believes is coming, goes over the rules for the event and why he thinks the size of the motor should not matter at this track. I’ll see you guys there! 
 
Brian McDonald watched the Sprints come out for warm ups and talked about his time in one as well as how he has been doing of late in his Modified. 
 
Casey Williams told me about his hot laps at Utica Rome and some mistakes he made last week on his way to an eighth place finish. 
 
Greg Belyea ran down how he has been doing at Brighton Speedway, a shock package change and how it felt to win in his last start at the track. 
 
A.J. Kingsley was ready to race Friday at Mohawk International Raceway for the Go Nuclear Series and remembered the stormy day last time as well as his last race there back in 2011.    
 
Rick Miller and I thought back to our past TV shows and some work they did in the pit area to fix and nagging steering issue they had as the Go Nuclear Late Models visited Mohawk International.   
 
Bobby Heintz reacted to watching a fellow racer and talked about what he learns from others in the pit area as they share info and how to get in with a team. 
 
Dan Kapuscinski previews the big day ahead of him at the Oswego Speedway with Jeremiah Fish and talks about the possibility of a new track record. 
 
Aaron Pierce talked with Jeremiah Fish about his 2012 season so far with the Xtreme Sprint Series and described some motor issues he had early in the night. 
 
A.J. Russell was just strapping in for time trials at Oswego Speedway and talked with Jeremiah Fish about the differences in ISMA cars at each end of the country. 
 
Bobby Haynes Jr. explained how his winged car did in practice to Jeremiah Fish and the problems they were having as well as what they hoped would happen. 
 
Jimmy McCune spoke with Jeremiah Fish about his initial laps at Oswego, a problem they had with the engine and how much better they got later in the final practice. 
 
Lou Cicconi ran down how tough the field was at Oswego for the ISMA race and told Jeremiah Fish why a win on this night would be so special to him and his dad. 
 
Rich Reid remembered how fast the track was in hot laps at Oswego Speedway even with the early day rain storm and told Jeremiah Fish about his tough 2012 season. 
 
Sondi Eden is the lone female on the Xtreme Sprint Series and talked with Jeremiah Fish about the racetrack she saw as well as the handling issues she had in practice. 
 
Dave Gruel tells Jeremiah Fish about his surprising win at the Oswego Speedway in an ISMA car that had never won before for its car owner.  
 
Johnny Benson Jr. finished second at the King of Wings at the Oswego Speedway and told Jeremiah Fish about his day and how close he was to the leader. 
 
Charlie Schultz came home in third place at the Oswego Speedway and talked with Jeremiah Fish about how good his car was compared to his previous trips to the track.   

 
Monday, July 9th 2012
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Pre race conversations:
 
Johnny Scarborough talked about his Saturday at Fonda and the big crate race later this month. 
Willy Decker recapped his Friday night at Brewerton and his struggles on Sundays at Utica Rome.
Bret Belden told me about the help he gives to other teams and why he tries to make them better. 
Pat Ward spoke about his pair of top fours and the busy week he has with two mid week shows. 
Matt Janczuk came into the night with a plan and told me why he thinking about changing it. 
Chris Busta had a tough night on Friday and talked about the incident he was involved in. 
 
After the heat races:
 
Bill Knapp led every lap on his way to a Pro Stock win and wondered where the front row went. 
Jeff Pastorella walked me through the pass he made on lap 5 on his way to a Pro Stock heat win.
Jason Rood won the first Modified heat and ran down how his car tends to go away in the feature. 
Larry Wight was the third different leader in his heat and told me about late race pass for the win. 
Matt Janczuk spoke about his Sportsman heat win and how he decided which racecar to drive. 
Jeremy Vunk was the fourth different leader in his heat and predicted what would happen later.
 
After the features with Mike Mallett in victory lane:
 
Tom Denton picked up career Pro Stock win number 50 at Utica Rome and talked with Mike Mallett.
Stewart Friesen marched to the front from 14th and described the run to announcer Mike Mallett
Pat Ward earned his second runner up finish on the weekend and talked about his late race pass. 
Larry Wight had a new car on Sunday night and told Mike Mallett how well the racecar handled. 
Matt Janczuk enjoyed a methodical run through the field and described his move on the top side. 
Claude Hutchings Jr. led nine laps and talked with Mike Mallett about his second place finish. 
Steve Way came home in third place and told Mike Mallett about his recent streak of bad luck.
 
I had a fun night as I went east to the Utica Rome Speedway in Vernon. I was shown some pretty good support too as we brought in around $400 for the website. I want to thank Mike Stiles, Claude Hutchings Sr., John King, D.S. Detailing, Ken Busta Auto Sales, Had, Doug Andrews and a few others who wished not to be indentified. 
 
If we can have more nights like this we’ll get through the summer fine. And we have two mid weeks set for Black Rock on Wednesday and Utica Rome on Thursday. I hope to see many of you do the same as these people did and pull out a twenty dollar bill and give it to me. We have a lofty goal of 1000 teams and 1000 fans. If we do that…yeah baby! You’ll get coverage like you won’t believe! 
 
As for Sunday in Vernon, we recorded a lot, took a lot of photos and saw some great heat races. Most of the heats had passes for the lead and several had a bunch. It was a good night indeed. 
 
The car counts were down a little and from what I am hearing and seeing in the finish orders across the board, they are not alone. It’s past the halfway point and a lot has happened to the teams and a lot of that stuff has cost them extra money. Some teams what planned on running multiple nights are now having trouble just concentrating on one. It’s that time of the year alright! So fans, help out your favorite team too, I’m sure they could use it. And that does not always have to be money. 
 
Stewart Friesen put on quite a show in the Modified feature as he came from 14th to 1st in 23 laps passing Jason Rood coming out of turn four. Friesen was a lot of fun to watch as he passed both high and low on his way to the front. Rood had a real good run too but it did not end as well as he had hoped as he had contact with another car and spun.  Remember the good Jason, you were doing a great job there for a while…it will happen!
 
I felt bad for Johnny Hill when he exploded a motor in his heat race. I heard they found lots of parts on the frontstretch and a big hole where one should not have been in his motor. He had borrowed that motor too and that was the only reason he was able to race. Darn it! Here we go again with another “racing is just a cruel sport” story. Sorry Johnny…really. 
 
Claude Hutchings Jr. almost won his first Sportsman race at the track as he hugged the bottom to lead at the halfway mark. But Matt Janczuk went up high where nobody else could make it work, passed Hutchings and then went right back to the bottom. One word…experience! Nice run Matt. 
 
Tommy Denton won his 50th career Pro Stock feature putting him six behind Ronnie Holmes on the all time win list. Nice run Tommy and congrats. 50 is a huge number! Ron Hawker won the Pure Stock race although the hearts of many in the division were out for Bill Mason who lost his brother this past week after winning the week before. We’re so sorry Bill. A lot of us were thinking good thoughts for you. 
 
This week we’ll be at Black Rock Wednesday, Utica Rome Thursday and we want to remind you about Brett Hearn’s Big Show taking place tomorrow night at Albany Saratoga Speedway. It is a busy time and a fun time. Thanks to all of you who helped and offered encouragement and if things go well, we’ll be doing this more and more for a long, long time. 

 
Sunday, July 8th 2012
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Lee Ladouceur talked about his season so far in a 360 as he gets ready for fun at Mohawk.
Matt Billings had a big night ahead of him and told me why he would like to forget about June. 
Brent Kelsey spoke about his 2012 season so far and his hopes for a win and a championship.
Tim Sears Jr. remembered his last race at Mohawk and explained why the track is so much fun.
Charlie Sandercock ran down how his multi-win season has been going up at Brighton Speedway. 
 
I tried to catch up on sleep on Saturday after working till 6 in the morning after a long but fun night at Mohawk International. We put up three new photo bins from some Friday tracks and put up the five audio files you see today. 
 
Speaking of today, we’ll be at Utica Rome Speedway and my oldest daughter may accompany me. We’re hoping for a strong show of support but we also know how tough it is for all you race teams to keep going. But anything you can to do will be very helpful. We took some of the money from Friday and went shopping at Aldi and got a lot for what we spent. Although not everything there is a deal, so you have to shop carefully.
 
Plus Jeremiah Fish took my recorder to Oswego Speedway and some of that will start showing up on Tuesday. And if we can find a sponsor for a trip to Black Rock, we may go there this week.
 
Hope you all have a great Sunday and I hope to see you back here tomorrow. 
 
Lee Ladouceur talked about his season so far in a 360 as he got ready for some fun at Mohawk International. He told me how much he enjoys racing with the Empire Super Sprints, how he tends to do at this particular track and his quest for his first top five finish. 
 
Matt Billings had a big night ahead of him (later he won the 50 lapper) and told me why he would like to forget about June. He told me about his early season win in May, summed up what went wrong last month and why he did not get the finishes he was hoping for. 
 
Brent Kelsey spoke about his 2012 season so far and his hopes for a win and a championship. He talked about how hard they are working to get it and why he doesn’t feel so bad when he looks at who finishes ahead of him as he waits for his day to come. Thanks a lot Brent for the help!!! 
 
Tim Sears Jr. remembered his last race at Mohawk and explained why the track is so much fun. He told me how wide the groove can be, how he came from 6th to 1st last time and the line he used to get it. 
 
Charlie Sandercock ran down how his multi-win season has been going up at Brighton Speedway. He talked about starting out with a blown motor, a big crash he had and how much he is looking forward to his first ever laps at Mohawk International. 

 
Saturday, July 7th 2012
   New on the Audio Page from Mohawk International Raceway:
 
Pre race conversations:
 
Brandon Kidd recaps his latest road race and talks about his hopes for the Go Nuclear Series. 
Dale Caswell thought back on his last trip to Mohawk and remembered the big hail we saw. 
Paul Kinney recapped his tough day on Sunday at Utica Rome and how he came from 20th to 4th
Shawn Donath told me about his last two runs with the ESS at Utica Rome and Rolling Wheels. 
Billy Dunn had a two race win streak coming into the night and told me about his new Friday ride.
Danny O’Brien described how he healed from a recent injury and how the newer seats helped. 
 
After the heat races and dash:
 
Tommy Wickham told me about his ESS Heat win and wondered if he should buy a new tire. 
Chuck Hebing won the second ESS heat and described how he made the pass for the top spot. 
Brandon Warner got real close to hitting the wall while sliding sideways and talked about it. 
Alain Bergeron had a great start on his way to a heat win and looked forward to running the dash.
Aaron Jacobs led every lap on his way to a heat win and wondered about the big wreck behind him.
Sean Beardsley spoke to me and the TV camera about the fun track he won a heat race on.
Lance Yonge led every lap to win the ESS dash and talked about how the fast the four laps was. 
 
After the feature races:
 
Dylan Evoy watched the fireworks as his car went through tech and talked about his Sportsman win.
Kevin Ward Jr. picked up career Sprint Car win #2 and walked me through his late race pass.
Chuck Hebing felt refreshed after a shower in his hauler and talked about his second place finish.
Lance Yonge described how his car tightened up after restarts and wondered about being looser. 
Rob Mason flipped his car in the Go Nuclear Series race and told me how he got upside down. 
Dale Caswell won the Go Nuclear Late Model feature and told me why his car faded at the end. 
 
I had a fun day on Friday and into Saturday morning as Rich Vleck, Greg Birosh, Bob Miller and I traveled northeast to Mohawk International Raceway. We were there to put the Go Nuclear Late Model Series to TV at a later date on Time Warner Cable Sports. We had tried to do this about a month ago but a big hail storm got in the way if you remember correctly. 
 
No issue this time as there was no weather in the area although just like it was where you were last night, it was pretty darned hot. But I am sure we still made out better than most as we were a little further north and we enjoyed some of those breezes that being so close to the St. Lawrence can bring…although not nearly enough of them.
 
It was a real fun night but it was long. With the Empire Super Sprints joining the Late Models as guests, plus fireworks, four red flags and everything else, we left at 1:12AM and the Modifieds were still on the track for their 50 lapper. If you didn’t enjoy this one and get your fill of racing, then I don’t know what I can tell you. 
 
And the firework show ranks right up there with the best I have ever seen. Yeah…really! I might bring the kids up for this one next year. 
 
They just threw races at you all night long. The Four Cylinder Bandits put on a great show, the Sportsman did a good job while showcasing a lot of up & coming talent and the track was lightning fast. It did take a bit for the second groove to come in but it was smooth and lock down, foot to the floor & “leave it there till they tell you not to” for the Late Models and Sprints. 
 
There were three hard flips in the ESS A-Main and two of those happened on the first lap. Then Paul Kinney got passed for the lead by Kevin Ward Jr. and flipped after contact with a lapped car. He went from thinking he could win to possibly ending his season for a while in just under five seconds. It’s a cruel sport people. You have no idea!
 
Kevin Ward Jr. went on from there and won the A-Main although series champion Chuck Hebing gave him a run for his money as he got the inside for a peek after Kevin had to lift for a slower car. Listen to each of their chats and they’ll tell you all about it.
 
But fortunately for every bad story out there, there are good stories and solid runs for teams that have never won that happen every night at every racetrack in this country be it dirt, asphalt or drag, it’s all the same when you get right down to it and that is why I love it and hate it sometimes as well…but I still cannot turn away. 
 
Every one of those drivers has everything on the line every time they suit up and climb into that racecar. And every one of them could see it all come to an end in a split second either buy a mechanical failure they can’t afford to fix, a crash that destroys their racecar or something more severe which could end a lot more than a racing career. Again, I can’t turn away. 
 
And as I type here at 6:10 AM on Saturday, I am rejuvenated in a way after getting back on the horse that is this website and I truly hope to continue what I do for many years to come. 
 
It was nice of Brent Kelsey and Lance Yonge to help the site out last night and I truly appreciate what they did. If enough of you can do the same, (and I know how it is…if you can’t, cool, catch me somewhere down the road if you can.) I could be in good shape in a few months. I have a goal I am trying to get to and I’ll keep you posted as I set new marks on the chart. 
 
Again, I had a great time. Love those Pogo Corn Dogs. (Although, someone needs to tell me why they are called Pogo Dogs.) And love going to Mohawk International. So many great people but it’s just so far away! Plus we are still hopeful on doing the Pro Stock race there with my family in tow in a few after we get back on our feet a little. 
 
Today we’ll be sleeping most of the day but will be at Utica Rome on Sunday and possibly Black Rock during the week. I would love to find a sponsor for this one in Dundee, so send me a message at doug@dougsdirtdiary.com.  
 
Have a great Saturday everyone and think of my daughter today and wish her well as she got six stitches last night after a pool accident while I was up north. She’s a trooper and was more concerned about us being worried. Let’s hope she didn’t lose her nerve as she has come so far in swimming. If you have a tip there, send it along. Take care everyone. See ya tomorrow. 

 
     
 
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