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Friday, June 22nd 2012
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Tim Fuller talked about being light on the scales at Can Am and how he confirmed that at his shop. 
Chip Burdick tells me what the issues were with tech at Can Am and what they did afterwards. 
Keith Hoffman told me about his Big Diamond win and a big off season suspension change.
Billy Dunn spoke to me before the race and remembered his win in the last mid week at Can Am. 
Willy Decker recalled some of his history at Can Am and talked about some of his past successes. 
Rob Bellinger remembered his Brewerton Speedway win and told me where he is as a driver. 
Lance Willix had a second place last weekend at Can Am and talked about his struggles elsewhere. 
Tyler Siri tried something 100% new last week at Canandaigua and explained why it didn’t work. 
Jeremy Pitcher will have this weekend off from racing and thought back on his last Can Am win. 
 
I had a good day on Thursday as I recorded several new conversations and cleared up some of what happened Wednesday night at Can Am. Be sure to listen to the first two chats to hear from one of the guys who was light and what the track did to try to remedy the situation. 
 
I also got a real good one with Keith Hoffman. We started out talking about his win and the big suspension change they made but as happens so much with me, we went back to his childhood on the farm to get some insight on his background. I know you guys are really going to love this one so give it a listen. Although I was shocked to find out that I had not talked to him on this site before…wow! Glad I was able to change that.
 
Plus we have some more of my chats from Can Am on Wednesday and will be back tomorrow with more from that show and more from the studio as well as we visit with recent ESS winner Chuck Hebing and find out why Super Modified car owner Bob Hoefer does what he does…guess what, it is about the same reason as the drivers! Boy that was a long sentence huh? My English teachers would be cringing wouldn’t they?
 
We’ll be home tonight, Skyline tomorrow, Utica Rome Sunday and Canandaigua Tuesday. It’s a busy time and a great time to be a race person like me. And my Pro Stock race in the Mike White 1x is back on as B&B Auto Salvage in Brasheir Falls and Action Race Parts in Hogansburg are going to help make that happen. Still would like to find someone top cover my costs for the day and you can reach me at doug@dougsdirtdiary.com to do that. $100 is all I need.  I'm like a racing junkie looking for a fix...please help!  Thanks.
 
Now let’s chat more about what is new for today on the Audio Page. I begin with some clarification from Wednesday at Can Am.   Tim Fuller talked about being light on the scales at Can Am and how he confirmed that at his shop. He remembered how the changed a carburetor beforehand, how much more fuel he used in the 45 lapper than he thought and the call he made to the track on Thursday to share his findings. 
 
Chip Burdick tells me what the issues were with tech at Can Am on Wednesday night and what they did afterwards. He talked about who was disqualified, why and the extra money they paid out to Billy Dunn. 
 
Keith Hoffman told me about his Big Diamond win and a big off season suspension change. He explained how tough the season has been before last week’s win, reflected on his days on the farm as the youngest of five brothers as well as their escapades in field cars. Yeah, you can guess where that went huh? Really good one here! 
 
Billy Dunn spoke to me before the race and remembered his win in the last mid week at Can Am. He talked about the fast track he saw before he headed out, remembered his last weekend that included his second place at Canandaigua. 
 
Willy Decker recalled some of his past at Can Am and talked about some of his past successes. He told me what he likes about the track, why these non point mid weeks are fun and remembered his sixth place at Utica Rome as well as his good race at Brewerton.   
 
Rob Bellinger remembered his Brewerton Speedway win and told me where he is as a driver. He explained why his right front was locking up, what he did during the week to make it better for this weekend and his hopes for two big shows at Canandaigua. 
 
Lance Willix had a second place last weekend at Can Am and talked about his struggles elsewhere. He told me about trying to chase down the small block that was in front of him, why he could have used a caution and how tight things were at the beginning of the year. 
 
Tyler Siri tried something 100% new last week at Canandaigua and explained why it didn’t work. He told me what they hoped this new set up would do, what it did when he got it on the track and what he did for his set up for Can Am on Wednesday. 
 
Jeremy Pitcher will have this weekend off from racing and thought back on his last Can Am win. He talked about his goals for Wednesday, what he’ll do with some extra time off from the seat and how nice it will be to have that week & a half off. 

 
Thursday, June 21st 2012
   New on the Audio Page from Can Am Motorsports Park :
 
Pre race conversations:
 
Brian McDonald talked about tonight’s 358 Super DIRTcar Series race at Mohawk International. 
Gary Tomkins spoke about last week at Canandaigua and running a different tire at Can Am. 
Mike Mahaney reviewed his three races last weekend and how close he came to a win on Sunday. 
Mike Adderly remembered the last mid week show his 99 came to and how bad the car really was.  
Chris Raabe spoke about tonight’s 358 series race at Mohawk and his win there last weekend. 
Brandon Hagan has a six race win streak at Can Am and talked about his go cart win last Sunday. 
Jeremy Wilder has a pair of wins this yearand talked about how he did this past weekend.  
 
 
After the Modified heat races:
 
Matt Sheppard won the first Modified heat race and talked about how hard he drove into the corners. 
Larry Wight talked about his heat win and the second time he tired not to lift in turn one. 
Gary Tomkins spoke about his heat win and how nice it was let the motor stretch its legs. 
Mike Mahaney earned his first ever heat win at Can Am and talked about how fast the track was. 
 
Well as you can see we only have heat winners and pre race conversations up from the open tire Modified show at Can Am last night. It was something like I never have seen in my 23 years in the sport. 
 
Matt Sheppard had just won the 45 lap Modified race at Can Am and I was at the wall waiting to record the actual victory lane interview. One minute turned into two and so on until we saw Sheppard come out and circle back around towards the tech area. At that point I headed down as I knew something was going on.
 
On the way I saw Tim Fuller and stopped to chat about his 5th place finish. He informed me that was a light on the scales and not by just one or two pounds. We chatted for a few and then I headed to the tech area where a big crowd was gathering.
 
When I got there, three other cars were initially found to be light although later one did make weight. Tensions were high as the drivers talked with the tech crew. Matt Sheppard and the top finishing small block, Chris Raabe were also dq’d for being light. 
 
Then the conversation shifted to the right rear tire on the Mike Mahaney car which finished second. I took a picture of his tire and the tire of Billy Dunn who was the top finisher who did not have a tech issue. He was third. 
 
Those pictures are up in the photo bin and you can see that the patterns are different. Traditional Modified tires have a wavy pattern on them while the Mahaney tire had what I heard described as a block pattern or something to that effect. 
 
A big conversation was going on about that and eventually Mahaney was sent to victory lane while the 3rd and 4th place finishers argued their case. Now I don’t know who said what and as I copy and paste the tire rules off the website for this race, they read as so…
 
BIG BLOCK/358/SPORTSMAN-any Big Block or 358 or Sportsman traditional Can Am style and tread pattern as determined by Can Am tech.
 
I am not a Modified racer and not a tech guy but this left a lot of people frustrated and confused. I’ll be looking into this more today and hope to be able to clarify the whole thing while at the same time I don’t want to jump to any conclusions. 
 
Some tracks when promoting open tire shows will say, “No Late Model Tires”. Was this a Late Model tire? I don’t know. Was it a “traditional Can Am style and tread pattern as determined by Can Am tech.”  I don’t know that either although as you can see by the photos, it is different. But it sounds like something a team of legal experts could argue over for a long, long time. 
 
Like I said, I’ll do some more research on this today but was not going to stick a microphone in anybody’s face with tensions as high as they were. People can say things they might regret later and once it is out on the internet, it is out there for good! 
 
I’m sure the forums will have a field day with this today and I hope the already fragile existence we have in the Modified world does not take a hit here. A pair of shows in Pennsylvania drew a lot less cars than expected on Tuesday and Wednesday and I don’t think any of us fully understand how fragile everything is right now in our sport at this level.
 
That’s all I am going to say at this time as this is all I know right now. Anything else would be speculation except my comment on the fragile nature of where we are right now especially when it comes to mid weeks. It’s hard to know what to expect car count and fan wise this year. You just don’t know! But I’ll get on it and see what I can find out. In the meantime, enjoy what we do have for today and come back tomorrow.  Sorry guys!

 
Wednesday, June 20th 2012
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Tim Fuller recaps his latestrecent Late Model races as he gets ready for tonight at Can Am. 
Clint Smith evaluated his season to date and explained how a driveline issue hurt him one day later. 
Bobby Varin talks about his Modified win at Glen Ridge and his tenth place Saturday at Fonda. 
Kevin Bates gets ready for today at Dunn Hill 2 and talked about his recent win at Five Mile Point.
Mike Wonderling tells me about his two race win streak and how cool it was to pass his son. 
 
I had a busy day in the studio as we recorded six new clips. Five of those are up today and the other with car owner Bob Hoefer will be up on Thursday to coincide with the story on him that will be in the Syracuse Post Standard.
 
Tonight I will be at Can Am for a mid week Modified, Sportsman, Pro Stock, Thunder Car special. Dad will be taking the ride with me and I am looking forward to it. Look for photos from today to show up late tonight or after midnight. 
 
Two of the people on the page will also be there. One to race and one to test so be sure to come on up and see some racing on the big half mile. It will be a blast so come on up. 
 
Now let’s chat more about the new stuff we have on the Audio Page. I begin with a man who will be racing tonight. Tim Fuller recaps his latestrecent Late Model races as he gets ready for tonight at Can Am. He also talked about some things he is missing for his own Modified team, how he has done in his three starts this year and looks ahead to World of Outlaw races at Granby, Cornwall and Canandaigua. 
 
Clint Smith evaluated his season to date and explained how a driveline issue hurt him again one day later. He told me what he was working on at the Tim Fuller race shop, why he might shake that car down at Can Am later today and his hopes for the next three shows. 
 
Bobby Varin talks about his Modified win at Glen Ridge and his tenth place Saturday at Fonda. He told me how smooth the racetrack was on Sunday, how he is struggling to find bite on Saturdays and why it is so tough for him to make these mid week shows. 
 
Kevin Bates gets ready for today at Dunn Hill 2 and talked about his recent win at Five Mile Point. He wondered what to expect as he visits a track for the first time later today, described the new car he is putting together and how a recent wreck trashed an older chassis. 
 
Mike Wonderling tells me about his two race win streak and how cool it was to pass his son for the lead. He also told me how much credit has to go to his son for all the work he did to his car this past off season, how valuable one particular speed shop is to the BRP Can Am Late Models and remembers his start in racing back in 1979. 

 
Tuesday, June 19th 2012
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Danny Creeden talks about his win at Accord Speedway and his second place at Five Mile Point. 
Brandon Sweet tells me about his Can Am Modified win and a big issue they solved with the car. 
Chris Hile evaluates his season so far in the Modified and wonders how close he is to a win. 
Jessica Power walked me through her Sportsman win at Brockville and the battle up front. 
Chip Burdick previews the SUNY Canton Shootout taking place tomorrow night at Can Am. 
 
I got busy on Monday and wrote up a new article for the Syracuse Post Standard and did some studio work as well. I did four new chats and put them up with one I did from Friday at Brewerton. And I have calls out to a lot of people and hopefully I’ll hear back from them today.
 
Tomorrow I will be going to Can Am for the SUNY Canton Shootout and Chip Burdick is one of the folks on today to chat about that race. It is an open tire race for Modifieds and Sportsman so it will be fun to see who shows up for this one.
 
I also put up a lot of new photos on Monday so if you checked us out yesterday morning, you have some catching up to do. I do have one more bin to put up as well and that will go up this afternoon. 
 
Now let’s find out more about the new stuff up for today on the Audio Page. I begin with a man who almost had a perfect weekend. Danny Creeden talks about his win at Accord Speedway and his second place at Five Mile Point. He told me about a car switch he made on Friday, when he wondered if he might be in the wrong car and how careful he had to be when he passed his future father in law for second. 
 
Brandon Sweet tells me about his Can Am Modified win and a big issue they solved with the car. He explained what they found wrong in the rear end, how much better the car handled afterwards and how nice it was to pick cross the line first for the first time this year. 
 
Chris Hile evaluates his season so far in the Modified and wonders how close he is to a win. He compared this year to years past, how consistent they have been week in & week out and how proud he is of what they have done so far. 
 
Jessica Power walked me through her Sportsman win at Brockville and the battle up front. She told me about her pass for the lead, the late race caution as she was in turn three on the final lap and her sixth place at Mohawk International the night before. 
 
Chip Burdick previews the SUNY Canton Shootout taking place tomorrow night at Can Am. He talks about the four divisions that will be competing, how the track was this past weekend and the upcoming Monster Truck show on July 5th.  

 
Monday, June 18th 2012
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Kraig Kinser talks about his weekend that included a win and a fifth place in North Dakota. 
Mike Colsten walks me through his Modified win at Five Mile Point as he celebrated on Sunday. 
Matt Hulsizer won his first career Modified feature race and told me about a brake issue he had.
Ryan Scott ran down how his season has been going as he battles for a title at Brewerton Speedway. 
Zak Petrie explained why the car he had won in several times was not with him on Friday night. 
 
I had a nice Father’s Day on Sunday and I hope all you other dads out there did too. I was going to head out but as my girls got back from seeing grandpa and we got ready to see my dad I said, “why are you hustling to get away from this?” So I stayed home, spent time with my family and did some work in the studio. 
 
So that means we’ll be busy in the studio this week as we have two more days before the mid week show at Can Am which we will hit for sure. I also added lots of photos that you guys found right away and there are still more to go.
 
I was also surprised when a letter to the editor in the Syracuse Post Standard praised my work as their motorsports writer. When John Hill left us it did create quite a void as my knowledge of the history of the sport paled in comparison to his. But he helped groom me and showed me the ropes and for that I am eternally grateful. It’s too bad he left us too soon as all that knowledge left with him. We miss ya John and I am honored to be mentioned in the same breath as him.
 
Now before I get misty eyes, let’s talk about what is new for today on the Audio Page. I begin with a young man who just did something he won’t forget for quite some time. Kraig Kinser talks about his weekend with the World of Outlaw Sprints that included a win and a fifth place in North Dakota. He told me when his car started to come in on Friday night, what it was like to pass dad for the lead in traffic and what he’ll do before his next race in Dodge City next weekend. 
 
Mike Colsten walks me through his Modified win at Five Mile Point as he celebrated on Father’s Day with his family on Sunday. He told me what he was thinking when he saw the white flag, what it was like to win on his sponsor’s night and how a bad decision on a heat race set up put him way behind the night before. 
 
Matt Hulsizer won his first career Modified feature race at Fulton Speedway and told me about a brake issue he had in the closing laps. He talked about when the pedal went to the floor, what he did to try to get it back and when he decided it was time to just go for it. 
 
Ryan Scott ran down how his season has been going as he battles for an IMCA Modified title at Brewerton Speedway. He told me how he fell back from the lead, how tough last year’s track champion has been and how each knows what each other is doing as they pit right next to each other. 
 
Zak Petrie explained why the car he had won in several times was not with him on Friday night. He talked about the only piece that was transferred over to the older car, thought back on some of his successes with it and wondered how it would do later. In the feature, he came home ninth. 

 
Sunday, June 17th 2012
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Peter Britten summed up how his season has been going and how to know how hard to race. 
Tim Sears Jr. talks about his move to big block and watching another member of the family win. 
Johnny Hill is back behind the wheel of a Modified and told me who loaned him an engine. 
Rob Keller discussed last weeks win at Brewerton and offered tips to IMCA Modified drivers. 
Chuck Powelczyk talks about his return to racing as his wife Lorraine Powelczyk joins in. 
 
It was a nice day for me on Saturday as I spent some time with the family and put up many new photos as well as the new audio clips you see here today. Father’s Day is upon us today so do something nice for dad like take him to a race. There are two to choose from in our area as Utica Rome and Glen Ridge are both in action.
 
I’ll be at Utica Rome and I’ll be very busy looking to get enough pre race interviews canned so that I can be ready for two days before heading to Can Am on Wednesday. We’ve had a lot of real good mid week shows so far and this is sure to be another real good one. 
 
Keep checking back today as I will put up more photos before I go to the track today and of course later tonight you’ll see my Utica Rome photos go up. So there is a lot of good things going on right now so be sure to keep coming back and support your local racetrack. 
 
Peter Britten summed up how his season has been going and how to know how hard to race. He told me about a race he fell out of too early last week, how well he did at Canandaigua last week and wonders what work he’ll need to do to be right with the guys who win there. 
 
Tim Sears Jr. talks about his move to big block and watching another member of the family win last weekend at Fulton. He told me how he feels he has improved, how the chip helped him know when to lift in the Sportsman and learning the competitors around him. 
 
Johnny Hill is back behind the wheel of a Modified and told me who loaned him an engine. He talked about a carb issue they had with it last week, described how it felt at a certain rpm and why he loves Brewerton Speedway so much. 
 
Rob Keller discussed last weeks win at Brewerton and offered tips to IMCA Modified drivers. He talked about some suspension changes he made, why it is important not to change too much at one time and tells drivers where they can go to get some good baseline setups. Good stuff here guys! 
 
Chuck Powelczyk talks about his return to racing as his wife Lorraine Powelczyk joins in. They talked about the work they did to get back to the track, why racing just lawnmowers was not cutting it anymore and disagreed on who is better in that world. 

 
Saturday, June 16th 2012
   New on the Audio Page from the Brewerton Speedway:
 
After the heat races:
 
Gary Jeffries talked about his Mod Lite win and an adjustment he made to another racecar. 
Jim Witko won the first Modified heat and told me who loaned him an engine for the weekend.
Rob Bellinger celebrated his 23rd birthday with a Modified heat win and told me how he did it. 
Chad Phelps spoke about winning the final Modified heat and a problem he felt in the racecar. 
Colby Herzog reacted to winning his first ever heat race in the Four Cylinder Super Stocks. 
Rich Keller got the win in the first IMCA Modified heat and showed me some damage to his car. 
Rob Keller explained how fortunate he was for his left rear tire to hold on during his heat win. 
 
 
After the first two feature races:
 
Joe Isabell spoke with Adam Buchanan in victory lane after his win in the Mod Lite feature. 
Rob Bellinger had a perfect day for his birthday and told Bill Foley about his Modified win. 
Jimmy Phelps finished second and talked about his charge forward and the late race restart. 
Jim Witko led the first six laps before finishing third and described how his car was in the feature. 
Chad Phelps told me about his fourth place finish and what it was that was causing a vibration. 
 
I had a good time last night at the Brewerton Speedway as I made it back to my former racing home for the first time since April. I’ve often heard from former racers how hard it is to go back to a place you once raced at without a racecar in tow but did not fully understand it till now. Yeah, it’s hard!
 
The night got off to a tough start as the front stretch was too wet early on. They dug it up a few times before hot laps and it was not the smoothest race track they’ve had in the heat races but after the graded from top to bottom before the features it was much better. These things happen! I’ve never seen a racetrack with a perfect surface every week and I know they’ll get this taken care of.
 
It was quite a day for the birthday boy as Rob Bellinger celebrated his 23rd with a pair of wins in the heat and later in the feature. He got a break too as right before the only caution of the race came out with one to go, his right front brake was glowing red. Under caution it locked up a few times and he actually brushed the front stretch wall. 
 
So when they went back to green with one to go, a lot of folks thought that Jimmy Phelps (who had worked his way up high and low from 13th to 2nd) would get him. But Rob got a real nice run off of four as the final green flag waved and Jimmy Phelps saw his chances for the win go away.
 
I did get chats with the top four from that race and always like to use the actual victory lane interviews when I can get them. I like the energy that you hear right when the winners get out of their car. I also got the winner of the Mod Lite feature as well as seven heat winners. 
 
I did save the pre race chats as I am not going to a show today and will spend it home with my family. I’ll be at Utica Rome on Father’s Day and may actually bring dad along if the family allows it. I mean it is Father’s Day, so we’ll see if we can pull that off or not. 
 
There are also some new photos from the event and as things usually go, more should come in along the way today. I’ll be checking the emails and looking so you know they’ll go up sometime this afternoon. 
 
Sorry I bailed early, but my knees were killing me and I had a show to check out early Saturday morning. But like I said, I do have eight pre race chats and most of those will go up tomorrow. It was hard getting around and maybe I need to go and have them checked out as taking Tylenol 800’s on the weekends is not going to work for very long. 
 
Have a great weekend, have fun today and I’ll see you Sunday in Vernon as I catch up with the long weekend and see how everyone did. 

 
     
 
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