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Friday, June 8th 2012
   New on the Audio Page
 
Shawn Donath gets ready for the ESS show at Mohawk International and talks about his season. 
Mike Mahaney reflects on his season so far, his 3 weekly homes and the point lead at Utica Rome. 
John Kovath IV talked about the bad luck he had early this year and what they learned from it. 
Brian White told me about the nice season he is having and how it feels to be ahead of his dad. 
Chris Wood discussed a streak of second place finishes and talked about his two weekly homes. 
Ryan Jordan had a new car with him on Wednesday and explained why they got off to a slow start. 
Mike Austin ran down how its been doing at Five Mile Point as he returned to Thunder Mountain. 
Tom Collins Jr. leads the points at Skyline and talked about how much he likes Thunder Mountain. 
Stephen Denton just recently got a motor back together and talked about his hopes for Wednesday. 
 
It was a bright and sunny day here at the home studio and a fun day as well as my wife celebrated her birthday. We went out to eat with my folks and had some ice cream cake here at the house afterwards. It was a fun day.
 
Today we are scheduled to head north to cover the Go Nuclear Late Model Series race for TV at Mohawk International Raceway. It is always a fun drive and a beautiful drive next to the St. Lawrence. And of course the atmosphere at Mohawk is great so if you are looking for something to do tonight, c’mon out and see as the Empire Super Sprints are also on the card.
 
We also have some new drivers on the site from my trip to Thunder Mountain on Wednesday night….three of them as a matter of fact. So give those a listen as well as the two new studio chats we have for you. 
 
Another weekend is upon us and it sounds like we are going to have some great racing ahead of us. So get out there and support your local dirt track. 
 
Now let’s chat more about the new stuff on the Audio Page for today. I begin with a pair of studio interviews from Thursday. Shawn Donath gets ready for the ESS show at Mohawk International and talks about his season so far that has his second in the points. He told me how he did the last time he went up, how much he enjoys the place and how he fell back in the last race at Autodrome Granby. 
 
Mike Mahaney reflects on his season so far, his three weekly homes and being the point lead at Utica Rome. He talked about being invited to race an unfamiliar car a few weeks back, how he did at Fulton last week and who he tends to be racing against a lot on Friday & Saturdays. 
 
John Kovath IV talked about the bad luck he had early this year and what they learned from it. He told me what his not so fresh engine did, how he ended up rolling over and described his hopes for his first time ever at Thunder Mountain. 
 
Brian White told me about the nice season he is having and how it feels to be ahead of his dad. He also talked about what he was looking over as he got ready for the ROC race at Thunder Mountain, how well things have been going and what happens when he sees the number 20 next to him. 
 
Chris Wood discussed a streak of second place finishes and talked about his two weekly homes. He explained how he recently lost due to a slide job on the final lap, when he saw the move happening and how he reacted afterwards. 
 
Ryan Jordan had a new car with him on Wednesday and explained why they got off to a slow start with it. He talked about some recent top fives at Skyline, why they had to throw away last year’s notes and the need for new set ups for it. 
 
Mike Austin ran down how he has been doing at Five Mile Point as he returned to Thunder Mountain. He talked about a distributor issue they had early on, when the problem came to a head and how he recovered for a win the very next week. 
 
Tom Collins Jr. leads the points at Skyline and talked about how much he likes Thunder Mountain. He told me about his fourth place last Saturday night, how close he is to getting that first win of the year and described how he would like his car to come in a little quicker. 
 
Stephen Denton just recently got a motor back together for his Sportsman and talked about his hopes for Wednesday. He explained what went wrong to create the problem, what happened inside and how happy he was with his good draw coming through the gate at Thunder Mountain. 

 
Thursday, June 7th 2012
   New on the Audio Page from Thunder Mountain Raceway Park:
 
Pre race conversations:
 
Nick Nye came into the night as the Sportsman point leader at the track and talked about his season. 
Alan Barker explained how he found a ride for the event and wondered if it was a reward. 
Danny Tyler has been having a good season so far and talked a winning streak in Kirkwood. 
Jared Umbenhauer made a long tow and told me how things were going back home at Grandview. 
Nick Petrilak described his tough night at Five Mile Point and why you need to pace yourself. 
Eddie White spoke about being the driver that all the touring teams wanted information from. 
Randy Green was coming back from a bad wreck and talked about unfamiliar car under him. 
Claude Hutchings Jr. became a regular at the track this year and told me how it happened gradually. 
 
After the ROC Sportsman heat races:
 
Jeff Crambo came from fourth to first to win his heat and told me how well his car was handling. 
Alan Barker won the second heat race and talked about what he thought the track would do later. 
Ken Titus talked about his heat win and how it felt when the steering wheel came off under yellow. 
 
After the 40 lap ROC Sportsman feature:
 
Jeff Crambo led every lap on his way to a win and explained how he got through turn four. 
Eddie White finished second and told me how tough it was for him to try it on the outside. 
Anthony Perrego fell back to third and talked about a tight condition he dealt with early on. 
Nick Petrilak told me about the fun he had finishing fourth and how fast the cars were out front. 
Danny Tyler came home in fifth place and described what it was like in the narrow fast groove. 
 
Last night was a lot of fun. Refreshing actually! It was great to see a lot of the Sportsman guys I don’t see as much as I’d like and great to highlight them with an ROC Sportsman show at one of my favorite short tracks.
 
Although as Dad and I were getting close to the track early on, it began to rain and came down hard enough to keep us in the car for a few minutes when we got to the parking lot. And as we drove up the hill to the track dad said, “Whoa!” At that point I reminded him, “This is Thunder Mountain!” 
 
Once the rain slowed down we signed in and began to make our way through the puddles to check out how things looked. In my photo bin you can see my pics from right after the rain until early in the early heat races. It was a wet track to say the least and some tracks might have pulled the plug, but Dick Stark and his crew pushed on!
 
The track came in quicker than I thought it would and I was blown away when I saw the quality of the clay coming off the cars as they brought them back from packing the track. This is some really good clay and I guess it comes from somewhere near by. I bring it up with the guys in some of the interviews to get their thoughts on it too, so give them a listen. 
 
And rule number one on track conditions goes like this. Don’t let me or anyone in the stands tell you about the track anytime, ask the drivers…they are the only ones who are out there. Nobody else was! 
 
I recorded fifteen pre race chats and put eight of those up for today. Also we got the heat winners and the top five at the end of the forty lapper. And yes we spoke truthfully about the track that did get rough in turn four. You could see the wet clay moving at times and it made two ridges at the very end of turn four.
 
Dad and I marveled at the way these drivers handled the conditions in turn four. The rest of the track was real good. The only problem was turn four. But to watch the way these guys corrected when they got shot out to the wall or snapped loose was amazing. Like Danny Tyler said in his post race chat, these kind of tracks make you better. Darn right it does! 
 
So when you get down to it, this was a real fun show to watch and I commend the powers that be for getting it in and the drivers in all the classes that helped pack it in and did not complain about it afterwards. They knew what they were getting into and could have parked their cars at any time, but they wanted to race!
 
Anytime it rains for a good twenty minutes just two hours before race time, you never really know what you are going to get. And on a regular Friday night they might have graded the track at the break and took a lot more time to get it as good as they could have. But on a Wednesday night that already started a few minutes late for obvious reasons, you gotta go with it sometimes and get people home.
 
Then you throw in the other thing that happened and you just go, “nothing you could have done in this case.” All of a sudden during a lap nine caution, flagger Nick Stark goes running to the EMT down in the infield as the red flag waved. Then they both run out of the track and out the front gate.
 
It turns out that a motorcyclist was blasting through the wet, rocky, dark parking lot (on a dirt bike with no plate) and wiped out. He was on the ground in obvious pain and when some on the scene smelled his breath, they knew why! The proper authorities were called and I was the first to point out his condition and the fact that the bike was unlicensed and should not have been there in the first place.
 
This caused a fifteen minute delay but fortunately he did not hit any other cars or anyone who might have been walking in the parking lot. But this was a new one for me. Never saw that before. Although I bet you folks at Woodhull can top that one huh? 
 
As for the race, Jeff Crambo led every lap but had to work hard to hold off former champion Eddie White who is a Thunder Mountain master. Five cautions slowed the pace but it was a very entertaining race without any dust on you at all. It is fun to watch open motor Sportsman on a tacky track. I love the sound of professionally built 500 horsepower racing engines. Yes I do!
 
I hope you enjoy the new stuff on the page today and come back tomorrow for more from this show as well as what I can get done in the studio this afternoon. It is my wife’s birthday so I need to shut down at 5 PM and get to the important family stuff. I hope you all have a great day and I hope as always to see you back here tomorrow. 

 
Wednesday, June 6th 2012
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Sean Beardsley talks about his hopes for Friday as the Go Nuclear Late Models visit MIR. 
Jeff Crambo offers his thoughts as he prepares for tonight’s ROC  show at Thunder Mountain.
Rich Keller tells me about a fundraiser taking place this Sunday from 2-6 PM at Doc’s Grill. 
Rich Green describes his season so far as he gets ready to race his ROC Street Stock tonight. 
In my latest Doug’s Thoughts I talk about the latest Kurt Busch incident and the lack of punishment.
 
It was a better day on Tuesday as for the first time in several days it was not raining pretty much non-stop. And now today looks a little better once again and it is a good thing as dad and I are heading to Thunder Mountain for an ROC Sportsman and Street Stock race.
 
I have one chat on here today to pump you up for this show and it is with the defending ROC Sportsman champion who from the sound of our interview, can drive just about anything. Plus we also talk about some events coming up this weekend too so head on over and find out what is going on.
 
I’m still busy trying to cook up some driving opportunities and I will keep you posted when and if something comes up. I may have something soon, so I will let you know when we get that carved in stone. I’m hoping for a sponsorship for it to cover the car owner’s costs and mine so if you interested, send me an email or hit me on facebook. And I thought quitting smoking and cigarettes were tough. 
 
Now let’s chat more about the new stuff we have for you today on the Audio Page. I begin with the first of five things I recorded yesterday in the home studio. Sean Beardsley talks about his hopes for Friday as the Go Nuclear Late Models visit Mohawk International Raceway. He told me how he found out some information about the speedway beforehand, how he used some inline tools to figure out gearing and how much he enjoys going to a new racetrack for the first time. 
 
Jeff Crambo offers his thoughts as he prepares for tonight’s ROC Sportsman show at Thunder Mountain. He told me how he did in the first two shows on the series, how he has been doing in a Modified on Saturdays at Five Mile Point and wonders if his job operating heavy equipment helps him in the racecar. Has to right? 
 
Rich Keller tells me about a fundraiser taking place this Sunday from 2-6 PM at Doc’s Grill on Horseshoe Island in Clay, New York. He talks about the activities taking place, the 7 drivers who will benefit from it and how happy he is with the offseason changes he made to his IMCA Modified as he runs it weekly in Brewerton. 
 
Rich Green describes his season so far as he gets ready to race his ROC Street Stock tonight. He told me how well this new car has been handling it, how he did in his trip to Thunder Mountain earlier this season and compares each of his weekly homes. 
 
In my latest Doug’s Thoughts I talk about the latest Kurt Busch incident and the lack of a significant punishment by NASCAR. I explain why I feel he should be parked for longer than 1 week, why I feel this is totally over the line and compare it to a real example of “ambush journalism” from years ago. No, Kurt did not get ambushed! It was a legitimate question.   

 
Tuesday, June 5th 2012
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Chris Raabe talks about his Modified feature win at Can Am and how he is doing at other tracks. 
Bobby Herrington won his first race of the year at Brockville and talked about a chassis change.  
Tim Sears Jr. walked me through his first career Modified feature win this past Saturday night. 
Dusty Waters remembered a recent win at Little Valley as the BRP Dart Series returns there Friday.
Dick Stark previews Wednesday’s ROC Sportsman and Street Stock show at Thunder Mountain. 
 
I got back at it on Tuesday and with nothing in the can, everything you see today was recorded in the studio back home. It was a lot of fun chatting with people I have not chatted with in a while and I hope you enjoy all we have for you today. 
 
I also wrote up a local story for the Syracuse Post Standard highlighting the action at Fulton and Oswego Speedways as they were the only ones in the paper’s coverage range who raced. 
 
Along the way on Monday I also put up some more photos from some of our photographer friends and those are up right now. Don’t expect as many this week as a lot of tracks rained out this past weekend. 
 
If all goes well I’ll be back on the road tomorrow as the ROC Sportsman and Street Stocks visit Thunder Mountain Speedway in Center Lisle, New York south of Cortland. Dad may be taking the trip with me and I always enjoy my visits to Dick Stark’s place. Hope to see you there!
 
Now let’s chat more about what is new on the Audio Page for today. I begin with a pair of winners from north of the border. Chris Raabe talks about his Modified feature win at Can Am and how he is doing at his other weekly tracks. He tells me how he made the pass for the win on Saturday, how his car changed during a red flag and how he is enjoying his three night a week schedule. 
 
Bobby Herrington won his first race of the year at Brockville and talked about a chassis change they made for this season. He told me how they changed a shock to help the car run the outside, how he used the inside to get the lead and how well he did in a recent 358 series race at Cornwall. He also wanted to thank Bill Willman for all his help! 
 
Tim Sears Jr. walked me through his first career Modified feature win this past Saturday night at the Fulton Speedway. He explained why he fell back to third after leading early, how he passed his uncle for the lead later on and how it felt to see his family greet him in victory lane. 
 
Dusty Waters remembered a recent win at Little Valley as the BRP Dart Series returns there Friday. He told me what he likes so much about the place, his 7th place this past Saturday at Woodhull and how much his older brother John helps. 
 
Dick Stark previews Wednesday’s ROC Sportsman and Street Stock show at Thunder Mountain. He told mw how good the racing surface has been so far, how tight the competition has been and we both encourage you to hit this first ever deal down in Center Lisle. 

 
Monday, June 4th 2012
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Justin Barger talks about his A-Main win at Autodrome Granby with the Empire Super Sprints. 
Paul Kinney recorded his second straight third place finish and described a nagging motor issue. 
Jarett Andretti recapped his night at Oswego Speedway and the crash that ended it early. 
Justin Henderson walked me through his Sportsman feature win Saturday at Canandaigua. 
 
It was a rainy day on Sunday although I fully expected to be at Utica Rome as they rarely rain out. But there was a lot of rain that came down so I am sure it was pretty wet in Vernon.
 
So that set up a busy day and a busy week for me as the can is empty. I got to work as soon as the rainout was called and will be working hard this week to get you guys new stuff. And since there were not a lot of races to talk about, we’ll be checking in with some drivers to see how things are going so far.
 
The nice thing is that everything will be longer in length this week without any at the track interviews so look for a lot of good stuff this week. I also put up some new photos too and may get more today.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we do have for you today on the Audio Page. I begin with some drivers who did well in Canada this past weekend.  Justin Barger talks about his A-Main win at Autodrome Granby with the Empire Super Sprints. He told me how he used the top side to pass ten cars, how consistent he has been of late and looks forward to racing a 360 & 410 this coming weekend.  
 
Paul Kinney recorded his second straight third place finish and described a nagging motor issue they are still trying to fix. He explained how he shut the car down hard to run the extreme inside, how cool it was to stand on an actual podium for the first time and how much he enjoyed the atmosphere in Canada. 
 
Jarett Andretti recapped his night at the Oswego Speedway and the crash that ended it early. He talked about picking up three spots in his heat, when the throttle stuck on the parade lap and the choice he had to make on what to hit. I think he made the right choice there! 
 
Justin Henderson walked me through his Sportsman feature win Saturday night at Canandaigua. He told me about a problem he had when he pulled in after his heat win, how nice it was to cover the cost of that with a dash for cash win and when he knew he had a chance at a feature win. 

 
Sunday, June 3rd 2012
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Bobby Varin talks about his Victoria 200 win and when his super tight car started to come around. 
Jeremy Vunk explained how a coin flip helped him get a Sportsman win last week at Utica Rome. 
 
Well I had a horrible day on Saturday as something I ate just did not agree with me. I won’t go into details, but you can imagine what my day was like. So rather than put up nothing (which is not an option) I got a few racers on the phone and got you some new stuff to listen to as I was able to do some work in between bathroom trips.
 
I added this paragraph later at about 10:30 PM or so and I am eating and feeling a little better. I am hopeful about going to a show today but one way or another I will have something for you. I’m going to try like heck though to go today.
 
These things happen every now and again when you are a one man band like I am and I am thankful that you guys understand. It is rare for me to miss a raceday and I feel horrible about it. Sorry!
 
Now let’s chat about what I do have for you to listen to on the Audio Page. I begin with a man who just won a huge race this past week and always has time for me when I need an interview. Thanks! Bobby Varin talks about his Victoria 200 win and when his super tight car started to come around. He also told me how he felt coming into the race after a second place the night before, how the caution at lap 79 hurt him a little and how good the track was after the rain. 
 
Jeremy Vunk explained how a coin flip helped him get a Sportsman win last week at Utica Rome. He told me how he would not have won without the late race caution that put him on the leader, how he adjusted the brake bias to get the car to go into the corners better and how much he had to turn it under that last yellow. 

 
Saturday, June 2nd 2012
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Dylan Swienik explained how motor issues have been a problem and where they are right now.
Sam Reakes IV recapped his Saturday night race at Fonda and how well he is doing overall.
Johnny Scarborough won his second in a row at Fonda last week and told me how he did it. 
Rocco Leone has a handful of races in so far this year and talked about learning his Sportsman.  
Dianne Tobias talks with Jeremiah Fish about her induction into the DIRT Motorsports HOF. 
Jack Speno goes over the happenings this past week at the DIRT Motorsports Hall of Fame. 
 
The rain that was predicted did hit and there were a ton of rain outs because of it. I took advantage of the day and spent some time with my family as I had a semi day off. Sure, I wrote this up and put up new audio files, but that was about it.  It was less than a half an hour.  Not bad for a rainy day I guess.
 
Today I will be heading to the Oswego Speedway to check out the Super Modifieds and Small Block Supers. I am still learning more about it every time I go and today should be a fun day. Although I wonder how much of a factor a rain the day before has on the track…I guess I’ll find out huh?
 
Tomorrow I’ll be back to Utica Rome to make it a two show weekend and then on Wednesday I’ll be down to Thunder Mountain Speedway for a Sportsman and Street Stock ROC show. I’ve always liked the track at Thunder Mountain so this will be a fun one for me. 
 
Now let’s chat more about what is new for today on the Audio Page. I begin with a man who was just happy to be at the track on Sunday. Dylan Swienik explained how motor issues have been a problem and where they are right now. He told me what went wrong at Can Am, what parts they are waiting on and how he managed to make it to Utica Rome on Sunday. 
 
Sam Reakes IV recapped his Saturday night race at Fonda and how well he is doing overall. He told me how he fell from 1st to 7th, how he did with slower traffic and how he learned Fonda as it went along in his first time to the track. 
 
Johnny Scarborough won his second in a row at Fonda last week and told me how he did it. He talked about how the solved a nagging handling issue, what he learned from the chassis builder and wonders if he’ll race twice this weekend. 
 
Rocco Leone has a handful of races in so far this year and talked about learning his Sportsman. He described an issue he had when he picked up the throttle, what he did to fix it and the need for more seat time at Fulton. 
 
Dianne Tobias talks with Jeremiah Fish about her induction into the DIRT Motorsports HOF. She told him why it was so amazing to be a part of it, reflected on her part in the role of women in the sport and how it was always just to help her husband initially. 
 
Jack Speno goes over the happenings this past week at the DIRT Motorsports Hall of Fame. He talked with Jeremiah Fish about the early days, the search for memorabilia and how much he has enjoyed being part of it from the start. 

 
     
 
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