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|Friday, May 18th 2012
| New on the Audio Page for today:
Tommy Sears told me about his recent second place at Fulton and how a yellow might have helped.
Danny Varin describes some of the struggleshe has had this year and recapped last weekend.
Roy Bresnahan has a new deal for himself this season and told me about his top ten at Brewerton.
Nick Rochinski just got off the track after hot laps and ran down how he has been doing so far.
Ken Titus has been getting top ten finishes so far and spoke about moving some weight around.
Adam Roberts had his new big block at Utica Rome and talked about the tacky track he saw.
Billy Thornton showed off a new look on his Modified and told me why he changed things up.
Adam MacGeorge is a Modified rookie at Penn Can Speedway and told me how he has been doing.
Jeremy Pitcher remembered how he swept the outside two weeks ago for a Fulton feature win.
Brandon Hagan won a pair of races last weekend and told me how each one was a little different.
Rick Miller was back behind the wheel Saturday night and talked about doing his own deal.
Jim Mahaney shared some memories of the times he raced against J.J Michaels at Utica Rome.
John Barker Jr. just got his son involved in the Novice Sportsman and spoke about his feature win.
Shane Andrews talks about his run in a demolition derby this Saturday night at Canandaigua.
As you can see we have another banner day here on the site with toms of new interviews. They come from Penn Can, Fulton, Utica Rome and one at Rolling Wheels on Wednesday. I hope you enjoyed this week as next week may not be as many, but there will still be lots of good stuff as I am going to do a two race weekend this time around and take Sunday off to spend with my family.
I’ll be at I-88 Speedway tonight as my dad and I will hit the road this afternoon to head south. I have only been to this track once before and it was just after the first flood several seasons ago. I hear nothing buy GREAT things about the season so far at I-88 and the clay they added. It was quite an investment and I applaud them for not doing the same thing while at the same time expecting different results.
I am not sure just yet about where I will be on Saturday. I may head to Canandaigua as I have not been to a regular show there. But I am just not sure yet. I will be at a show for sure so if you have any thoughts, send them along to me at email@example.com.
Now let’s chat more about what is new for today on the Audio Page. I begin with the first of thirteen chats up for today…wow! Tommy Sears told me about his recent second place at Fulton and how a yellow might have helped. He talked about how encouraged he was by the way the car ran in its first race after some major off season changes and where he made his moves as he came to the front.
Danny Varin describes some of the struggleshe has had this year and recapped last weekend. He explained how to know when a set of torsion bars has gone bad, how often they need to be changed and wondered how he abused a tire in the process.
Roy Bresnahan has a new deal for himself this season and told me about his top ten at Brewerton one week ago. He also talked about his tough week at Fulton, how it felt in the hot laps Saturday night and wondered how much the track might slicken off for later.
Nick Rochinski just got off the track after hot laps and ran down how he has been doing so far. He told me how the track was at Penn Can, looks ahead to a big mid week show at the track and what his goals were for last Friday night.
Ken Titus has been getting top ten finishes so far and spoke about moving some weight around. He talked about learning the newer car he just picked up, what he has been told to do to get more side bite and where you lose a little by doing that adjustment.
Adam Roberts had his new big block at Utica Rome and talked about the tacky track he saw in hot laps. He told me about an adjustment he was going to make, explained what raising the panhard bar would do and how much the cars roll over when the surfaces are heavy.
Billy Thornton showed off a new look on his Modified and told me why he changed things up. He talked about his first night out, the work they had to do during the week and explained why he missed a racenight. Congratulations on the new addition Billy!
Adam MacGeorge is a Modified rookie at Penn Can Speedway and told me how he has been doing. He talked about the crash they had on opening night, how much damage was done to the car and runs down the plans he has for the rest of the year.
Jeremy Pitcher remembered how he swept the outside two weeks ago for a Fulton feature win. He talked about getting knocked around early, wondered why more drivers do not show patience and how close the finish was at the line.
Brandon Hagan won a pair of races last weekend and told me how each one was a little different. He explained how he won with no brakes at Mohawk International, how he survived three green/white checkered finishes at Can Am and runs down how busy he will be this weekend.
Rick Miller was back behind the wheel Saturday night and talked about doing his own deal. He told me why he likes the crate Late Model class, described some issues they were trying to iron out on the 98 and what he is waiting on to finish up his own ride.
Jim Mahaney shared some memories of the times he raced against J.J Michaels at Utica Rome. He talked about how much he misses his family, how cleanly he ran on the track and how great the entire family was. He is missed terribly!
John Barker Jr. just got his son involved in the Novice Sportsman and spoke about his surprising feature win early in his career. He talked about how shocking it was to him, how well he followed the advice of others and why they wanted to run the number 31.
Shane Andrews talks about his run in a demolition derby this Saturday night at Canandaigua. He explains who helped put this together for him, shares some of what he learned by announcing them and how welcoming the fans of this track have been to the new guy in the tower. I knew you’d love it there Shane, I just knew it!
|Thursday, May 17th 2012
| New on the Audio Page from Rolling Wheels Raceway Park:
Pre race conversations:
Justin Barger had his 410 at the show and remembered the last few times he has had it out.
Jessica Zemken remembered her run at Oswego and talked about how tough the competition is.
Donny Schatz talked about last week’s races against the Pa. Posse and how things went for him.
Lance Dewease told me how he is feeling after last season’s crash and how he did last week.
Kraig Kinser spoke about the need to pick it up and how he feels he has fallen off a bit of late.
Fred Rahmer won the WoO A-Main Friday night at Williams Grove and told me how he did it.
Lucas Wolfe ran down how he has been doing this year and talked about the need for consistency.
George Suprick is off to a tough start in his first two races and told me why he came to Elbridge.
After the World of Outlaws hit the track:
Johnny Gibson interviews Cody Darrah, Craig Dollansky, Steve Kinser and Sammy Swindell.
Danny Lasoski talked about his pass for the win low in turn two in the first World of Outlaw heat.
Joey Saldana won the second heat race for the Outlaws and talked about how wide the track was.
After the features and A-Main:
Mike Welch told Shane Andrews about his Street Stock feature win and a problem they fixed.
Dan Wiesner made a nice inside move on lap 18 and talked with Shane Andrews about the win.
Paul McMahan spoke with Shane Andrews after getting his first World of Outlaw win of the year.
Craig Dollansky had a solid second place finish and talked about getting better in the dash.
Chad Kemenah talked about the family effort that got him a third place effort in the A-Main.
Steve Kinser finished fifth and talked about his feelings after falling back a bit with set ups.
It was a fun night on Wednesday as the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series visited Rolling Wheels Raceway. A real good crowd was on hand and as always the 410’s were fast. No track records were set but Kraig Kinser turned in the blistering fast lap in the time trials of 16.473 seconds at well over a 138 mph average. WOW!
It is always fun to watch these drivers race and nice to see some local flavor too as Jessica Zemken, Justin Barger, Michael Parent and April Wilson were at the show with their 410’s as well. Chuck Hebing brought his 360 out and also brought a new hauler on its maiden voyage. That thing was sharp.
Paul McMahan led every lap on his way to an A-Main win and shared what one of his past car owners had told him about his driving ability as he basked in the glow of victory lane. Check that out as well as lots more interviews on the Audio Page. I put up all but one of the eighteen clips I recorded up for today and saved only one for tomorrow.
I also took a lot of photos and many of the people who share their work with us here were there also so if I were you, I’d keep checking the filmstrip at the right side of the page for more pictures from this event. I’ll keep ya posted with a webmasters note as they send them in.
It was fun to see the Outlaws again and catch up with some of them. I need to keep calling them and following this series more as it is truly the most grueling on the planet…period! Nobody travels to and races at as many different tracks as they do. And it was nice this time to catch some of the Pennsylvania drivers as I don’t get to see them as much as I would like. So yeah, it was fun!
I have a lot coming up tomorrow for you as I have twelve interviews stashed away in the can for release on Friday. Plus I may do a few in the studio and have one set up for tonight with another one of last week’s winners. So be sure to check back tomorrow and again later today as you never know when new pics are going to go up. See ya tomorrow and thanks for trusting Doug’s Dirt Diary. You’re source for firsthand racing information!
|Wednesday, May 16th 2012
| New on the Audio Page for today:
Sammy Swindell is the WoO Sprint Car point leader and offered his thoughts on Rolling Wheels.
Steve Kinser told me about his 2 wins Saturday at Williams Grove and a problem they solved.
Joey Saldana recapped his races in Pennsylvania and told me the talented drivers he sees.
Tim McCreadie talked about his recent win in North Carolina and wished a Happy Mother’s Day.
Stewart Friesen explained how he won his 4th in a row at Fonda and 9th overall this season.
Bobby Varin has been having a tough go so far in 2012 and talked about his recent struggles.
Joey Colsten was in one of dad’s Modifieds Friday at Penn Can and talks about his DNF’s.
Brian Malcolm has a new deal for the 2012 season and told me how this opportunity came about.
Darwin Greene spoke about small blocks at Penn Can and how he has been doing at Fonda.
Tom Oleski showed me his new car and described a nagging fuel pressure issue they have had.
Jim Spano was under the weather Saturday at Fulton and described what it is like to race then.
Tommy Juhl remembered his last race at Fulton and get reflective on his 33 years behind the wheel.
Claude Hutchings Jr. walked me through his Sportsman win at Thunder Mountain, his career 1st.
Dick Stark talks about this week’s Pizza Logs Tour race and looks ahead at Thunder Mountain.
What a day we have for you today huh? This may be a record for the number of interviews for a weekday. And thanks to Shawn Miller from the World of Outlaws, we have three of the racers on the site who will be racing tonight at Rolling Wheels Raceway in Elbridge.
Of course I’ll be there for this special early season show at the super fast 5/8 mile and I can’t wait. And just in case some weather happens, they do have tomorrow as a rain date but I really don’t think they’ll need it.
Plus we added eleven other chats from the studio and my weekend travels. I told you this was going to be a busy week and I still have two more photo bins to put up and I’ll do those before I head to the track today.
Now much else to say so we’ll let the new stuff on the Audio Page do the talking. We begin with the three of the top four in WoO points as of right now. Sammy Swindell is the WoO Sprint Car point leader and offered his thoughts on Rolling Wheels. He also talked about his races in Pennsylvania, the work he was doing in Auburn on Tuesday and how close the series point standings are once again.
Steve Kinser won a pair of races last Saturday at Williams Grove and told me about a problem they solved. He talked about the areas they worked on to help get some grip, how tough the racing is against the Pa. Posse and remembered the last time he came to Rolling Wheels.
Joey Saldana recapped his races in Pennsylvania and told me the talented drivers he sees all over the country at World of Outlaw events. He talked about what has happened in his last four races, how close he feels he is to being back where he needs to be and who we know who built his 1929 Ford Roadster!
Tim McCreadie talked about his recent win in North Carolina and wished a Happy Mother’s Day to both his mom and his wife. He told me about the testing he did before the win, why he was happy with a fourth place the next night and how encouraged he is right now.
Stewart Friesen explained how he won his 4th in a row at Fonda and 9th overall this season. He talked about the lane he found to get some bite, how much he enjoys big half mile tracks and how a bad shock hurt himself Friday night at Albany Saratoga.
Bobby Varin has been having a tough go so far in 2012 and talked about his recent struggles. He told me where he has been lacking coming out of the corners, wondered what has changed and how he will know when they start getting it back.
Joey Colsten was in one of dad’s Modifieds Friday at Penn Can and talks about his DNF’s. He told me about a jingle he was in on the first night, the brake issue he had while running in the top three the next week and explained where his familiar 151 is right now.
Brian Malcolm has a new deal for the 2012 season and told me how this opportunity came about. He talked about the cars he runs at Penn Can & Five Mile, the new car bugs they worked on the week before and how long it takes to learn a car.
Darwin Greene spoke about small blocks at Penn Can and how he has been doing at Fonda. He remembered losing a car down in Florida, why he was using Saturday’s car on Friday and what he has done to research some set ups with Bicknell.
Tom Oleski showed me his new chassis and described a nagging fuel pressure issue they have had. He told me when they realized he had a problem, what they did to track it down and how fast they fell back through the field.
Jim Spano was under the weather Saturday at Fulton and described what it is like to race then. He told me how the air helmet helps, when the worst part of the night can be and how his season has been going so far.
Tommy Juhl remembered his last race at Fulton and got reflective on his 33 years behind the wheel. He told me how the track surface fooled him a little bit, why he is running one night a week as of now and his hopes that Weedsport comes back. I hope so too Tommy!
Claude Hutchings Jr. walked me through his Sportsman win at Thunder Mountain, his career 1st. He talked about getting the lead right away, the car he saw under his door once and how big the win was for him personally. Nice job!
Dick Stark talks about this Friday’s Pizza Logs Tour race and looks ahead at Thunder Mountain. He also told me about the different winners in the open Sportsman division, the three grooves they have had weekly and the ROC Sportsman race coming in June.
|Tuesday, May 15th 2012
| New on the Audio Page for today:
Brett Hearn described the two cars he was thinking about using in Sunday’s show at Utica Rome.
Gary Tomkins updates me on how he is doing with his own Modified running weekly at Canandaigua.
Kevin Hartnett remembered his Modified win on opening day as he got ready to race on Friday.
Jimmy Davis remembered his win from ten days ago and told me how his car felt on Sunday.
Jim Witko talked about his consecutive fourth place finishes at both Fulton and Brewerton.
Shane Donath had the family number on the side of his Modified and talked about his 2012 deal.
Grant Hilfiger had a busy night ahead of him at Penn Can as he prepared to run Sportsman & Mod.
Paul Rooney tells me how he won his first race in seven years this past Friday night at Penn Can.
Nick Krause is a rookie in the Novice Sportsman class and talked about his season so far at Fulton.
Lou Michaels shared some memories of his brother J.J. and thanked Utica Rome for the day.
Hear the engines idle and then hot lap the track at Penn Can in my latest Motor Sounds clip.
I had a busy Monday as usual as I did some work in the studio, put up some more photo bins and wrote up a new story for the Syracuse Post Standard. We were able to go a little longer too as we are not just talking about the weekend that was but also about the World of Outlaw Sprint Car show at Rolling Wheels tomorrow night. Hope to see you there!
So with that show tomorrow, more new audio coming and over 30 clips stored in the can from the weekend you know you are going to get alot this week. So you need to make sure not to miss a day as we really get cooking. And I’ll be busy in the studio again today, so you never know how much or who you’ll hear from tomorrow.
Now let’s chat more about what is new for today on the Audio Page. I start with a man who did something special this past weekend. Brett Hearn described the two cars he was thinking about using in Sunday’s big show at Utica Rome. He also talked about picking up career win number 100 at Albany Saratoga on Friday, why he thought he might never get to see the clay back on the track again and how he finished second twice at Lebanon Valley.
Gary Tomkins updates me on how he is doing with his own Modified running weekly at Canandaigua. He explained why the motor issue he had the first night out was going to happen anyway, ran down how he did in the next few weeks and why he likes Utica Rome so much.
Kevin Hartnett remembered his Modified win on opening day at Penn Can as he got ready to race on Friday. He talked about some issues he had in week number two, why he could not hold the bottom and what area he worked on to loosen his car up.
Jimmy Davis remembered his win from ten days ago and told me how his car felt on Sunday. He talked about how much fun he had on the super tacky track, how much fun he had after the win and how much the phone was ringing. Nice!
Jim Witko talked about his consecutive fourth place finishes at both Fulton and Brewerton. He explained what the car was doing wrong before this run, who helped him with some set up tips and described the track he hot lapped on Saturday night.
Shane Donath had the family number on the side of his Modified once again and talked about his deal for 2012. He told me how nice it is to be back in this position, the new Troyer car they picked up and described how things went in his first show of the year.
Grant Hilfiger had a busy night ahead of him at Penn Can as he prepared to run Sportsman & Mod. He described why he felt he was a little down on power with his 358, the new powerplant he has coming and recapped his recent Sportsman win.
Paul Rooney tells me how he won his first race in seven years this past Friday night at Penn Can. He talked about some recent set up gains they had made, explained why he got back into the crate Sportsman division and how his goal for the 2012 season just changed.
Nick Krause is a rookie in the Novice Sportsman class and talked about his season so far at Fulton. He told me about a crash he had in his first ever day in the car, how much better things went the second time out and what he has learned so far this year.
Lou Michaels shared some memories of his brother J.J. and thanked Utica Rome for having a day in J.J’s honor. He talked about how much has changed since he last raced, how impressed he was with the facility and why his brother loved the place so much.
Hear the engines idle and then hot lap the track at Penn Can Speedway in my latest Motor Sounds clip. I just love to crank these up and let my speakers sing. How about you?
|Monday, May 14th 2012
| New on the Audio Page from the Utica Rome Speedway:
Pre race conversations:
Mike Mahaney explained why he had a different number and his car the night before at Fulton.
Jimmy Phelps recapped his weekend that included a real good third place Saturday at Canandaigua.
Ryan Godown was at Utica Rome for the first time and told me why he made the tow on Sunday.
Steve Hulsizer remembered racing against J.J. Michaels and explained why switched cars.
Chris Cunningham changed his number to a yellow 31 for the event and talked about J.J. Michaels.
Alan Johnson told me about his win Friday night at Brewerton and his fifth place at Canandaigua.
After the heat races:
Jim Money reacted after leading every lap on his way to his first ever Pro Stock heat win.
Eddie Ostrander won the final Pro Stock heat and talked about the big cushion he ran up top.
Alan Johnson talked about his win in the first heat and the different lines he ran at each end.
Brett Hearn blew away the field in his heat race and explained why he went with the big block.
Ronnie Johnson told me about the extra gear they threw at the car and why he felt he needed it.
Tim Fuller led every lap on his way to a heat win and told me why was not ecstatic about his draw.
After the features:
Tom Denton spoke with Mike Mallett in victory lane after winning the Pro Stock feature race.
Jimmy Phelps explained why winning the 50 lap race remembering J.J. Michaels was so special.
Matt Sheppard told Mike Mallett about his second place and the time he finished second to J.J.
Alan Johnson finished third in the fifty lapper and talked about his weekend that was all top fives.
Brett Hearn came home in the number four spot and talked about how much fun he had in the race.
Mike Mahaney described how happy he was coming from nineteenth to fifth in the fifty lapper.
I had fun at the Utica Rome Speedway on Sunday as a fifty lap race was run in memory of J.J. Michaels who left us back in 2005. Family and friends of his were treated to a night in the tower and got the chance to see people they had not seen in many years. It was a great time and I enjoyed seeing his brother Louie as well as his mom Penny and enjoyed my chats with them.
And wouldn’t you know it…they were happy at the end of the Modified feature as a family member won! One of cousins (Kelly) of Jimmy Phelps married J.J. so they are family and Jimmy won the race. He even spoke before the start of the feature to the fans as the two shared some memories. It had to be as nice of a night for the family as it could have been.
The track was tacky and fast! Something we rarely see these days. And the Modifieds were flying. And all star field was on hand too as eight of the top ten in the Super DIRTcar Series were there as well as many feature winning stars from east of route 81. You could not have asked for much more!
The early part of this race saw the Modifieds use four lanes everywhere you looked. Three wide was so common it was not even funny. At one time the top six were all right together and if you blinked you missed a pass or two as I did several times. It’s safe to say Utica Rome Speedway is on top of their game right now as they have now had three EXCELLENT shows in a row. If you have not made it there yet, you gotta go!
Thirty six Modifieds attempted to qualify for this one and it took four heats and two consis to set the field. We also covered the Pro Stocks tonight and even though their race did have a few too many cautions in it, it was still a very entertaining race. We have heat winner chats on the Audio Page with the heat winners in both the Modified and Pro Stock divisions.
I took close to fifty pictures and did thirty recordings a I trudged through the pit area getting slower and slower by the step. (It was my first three race weekend of the year) I now have thirty interviews in the can for this week and I am going to Rolling Wheels this Wednesday. So that means you’ll get about ten a day this week and more on Thursday if all goes well.
I also have plans to hit I-88 this Friday, Albany Saratoga next Friday and possibly get in my first race of the year behind the wheel of the Claude Hutchings owned Tired Iron Repair Saab the following week. So now I need to buckle down in get into race shape. I’ll dig out the driving suit this week, give it a wash and lose the weight I need to so I can fit in it. I can’t wait!
Keep checking today as I will put more photos up sometime this afternoon and maybe again later in the night. I have a lot and am hoping to get more, so keep checking back as you never know when it is going to happen. Thanks for coming to this site and thanks to all the drivers and tracks for trusting me!
|Sunday, May 13th 2012
| New on the Audio Page from the Fulton Speedway:
Pre race conversations:
Matt Fink described his recent runs in his Modified and told me why he was happy with his car.
Mike Bowman remembered last week’s race at Fulton and his tough night Friday at Brewerton.
Chris Hile was going to do double duty and explained how a Late Model opportunity came about.
Bob Reis explained why he was happy with last week’s race after a good fifteenth place finish.
Bob Bennett almost won his first dirt race ever last week and told me how he lost the lead late.
Willy Decker shared some memories of J.J. Michaels as Utica Rome gets ready to honor him.
After the heats:
Andrew Ferguson led every lap on his way to a heat win and told me how awesome his car handled.
Bob Reis walked me through his pass for the lead that got him a win in the second Sportsman heat.
Katelyn Kane had some extra pressure on her and told me about her win in the final heat race.
Pat Ward won the first Modified heat race of the night and told me how fast his racecar was.
Larry Wight had two heat wins at Fulton and spoke about his Late Model as well as his Modified.
Willy Decker got the win in the final Modified heat race and told how hard his team was working.
After the Modified feature race:
Pat Ward talked about his second feature win of the year and how he made it around Matt Hulsizer.
Matt Hulsizer led eighteen laps on his way to a 2nd place finish and talked about racing in traffic.
Chris Hile told me how happy he was with his third place finish after making some big changes.
Chad Phelps had his second strong run in as many days and talked about his fourth place finish.
Mike Bowman spoke about his fifth place finish and wondered if a caution flag would have helped.
It was a fun night at the Fulton Speedway as I took in some action on the high banked 3/8 mile track. The racing was real good and I watched it with my family as they came in right before the heats started. Thank goodness for the 18 & under get in free policy or they would not have been there.
The Modified feature went green to checkered as Pat Ward was able to get by Matt Hulsizer in traffic to get the win, his second of the year. For a while it looked like Hulsizer was going to get the win but he got crossed up dealing with a slower car and that enabled Ward to shoot to the outside and get the win.
I did get the top five, the six open wheel heat winners and took some pictures as well. Although I am out of the habit of taking a lot of photos so I did not get that many, but the ones that are up are good. I also did fifteen pre race chats and six of those are up for today. The rest will show up sometime this coming week.
It was a fun night for me as I sat in the grandstand instead of the tower. It had been a long time since I had done that and I enjoyed it. Although I encouraged my girls to eat their nachos fast before the cheese got a dusting of clay on top of it.
As always, the track has the best view of any around and it was nice to know my girls could see the entire racetrack no matter who sat in front of them. If you are looking for a kid friendly track, I suggest this track as there is a lot of room for the stuff you need to bring with young kids and they do get in free and in these tough times (I’m right there with ya, believe me) it can often make the difference between going out or staying home.
Today I am planning on Utica Rome as J.J. Michaels will be honored with a race in his name I knew him very well and it was such a shame as I can guarantee you he would still be out there and still be wining races if he was still with us. If you have a story to share, flag me down today and I’ll be sure to let you tell it.
Now it is time for me to do some online racing and then try to wind down. Hope to see you today and hope Mother Nature lets us race. But if she were to cry and rain it out, I guess I could understand how she felt. Have a good one and I’ll see you soon.
And by the way, Katelyn Kane was awarded the Sportsman win after a problem with the winner in tech. Sorry Andrew, I can really feel for you!
|Saturday, May 12th 2012
| New on the Audio Page from Penn Can Speedway:
Pre race conversations:
Kevin Bates showed off a new look on his Modified and told me how his season has been going.
Michael Schane told me why his 8th place finish last week and why it was a good 8th place.
Mike Colsten had a small block under the hood and wondered if he had enough to get up front.
Joey Grammes recapped his recent races at Penn Can & Five Mile and how well things are going.
Steve Babicek is off to a tough start and told me about some of the things that have gone wrong.
Alan Rudalavage won the last Modified feature race and told me how he ended up on the pole.
Brett Tonkin explained why he was driving a car with the wrong name on it and how he was doing.
After the heat races:
Paul Rooney walked me through his move for the win and told me about the man who set it up.
Dusty Barton won Sportsman heat number two and talked about the need for forward drive.
Kevin Bates led every lap on his way to a heat win and explained why the high groove was good.
Brett Tonkin got the win in the first Modified heat and described what he did to get the lead.
Steve Babicek held on to get the win in his heat and spoke about the extremely close finish.
After the Modified feature:
Kevin Bates won his first feature at Penn Can since 2010 and told me how the fast groove moved.
Mike Colsten came home in second place and talked about the need to get his Modified looser.
Joey Grammes told me about his third place run and how much he enjoyed the battle for second.
Mike Nagel Jr. nailed down his second consecutive top five and talked about his fourth place finish.
Michael Schane came from 14th to 5th and told me how he missed a big crash in turn number two.
I took the drive south yesterday to head to one of my favorite tracks, Penn Can Speedway. I have always loved the atmosphere at this place as Reed Miller and Al Wilcox have done a great job at creating a welcoming environment for both fans and drivers. If you’ve never been, you really need to go!
I even got to do some announcing as Jim Murdock was nice enough to ask me to join him. We started by just talking on the microphone during the break but then he asked me to stick around and call the action with him. It was fun although I am a bit rusty. I only did it once last year.
I will always join in if asked but I will never ask. I was so protective of my turf at times when I was an announcer (16 years) and I never blame anyone who still is today. Hey, these jobs are hard to get and if you are at a track you really like, you’ll do almost anything to make sure you stay there. And it was great for Jim to welcome me in and share the booth with me. Thanks…I’ll remember that!
The racing was real good at Penn Can and the heavy rain they had during the week made for a super fast, super wide racetrack although there were a few soft spots. I saw drivers running higher on the track that I ever had before in the heats and the early features. The low lane was the last place you wanted to be early on and it made for some excellent racing.
I was able to get there nice and early so I recorded 18 pre race things including another Motor Sounds clip as I know you guys like those. I put 7 of those up today and will save the others for release during the coming week. I also took more pictures than I have been taking and all of those are up right now. Just look in the filmstrip at the right side of the page and scroll down.
I also got the open wheel heat winners although I missed Sportsman winner Paul Rooney as they were packed up by the time I got to the pit area. If any of you know him, please ask him to get ahold of me either at firstname.lastname@example.org or hit me on facebook. If you know his number or know mine, send it along and we’ll try to get that done this week. Darn it!
I did get the top five in the Modified feature as Kevin Bates led the final 25 laps to take the victory. I big crash in the feature took out a lot of good cars and sent a few more to the back. And you’ll notice in the interviews how some of the top five were able to get around it. Defending champion Kevin Hartnett was in it and had to be towed to the pits.
Today I will be heading to the Fulton Speedway and my kids may even come along later to watch with me in the grandstand...18 and under are always free there! It will be fun to take them to the place it all started at for me back in 1990 when I announced my first race and saw a Modified for the first time.
I remember asking, “What’s modified about it?” I truly did not get it at all. But I was mesmerized watching them go around that racetrack and a love affair began that is still stronger than ever today. As I met the guys and started to learn more about them I loved it even more. And now I get to help you meet them too and learn more just as I do every race I go to.
I guess I’ve come full circle huh? Now if we could only get everyone out to a dirt track once, meet the drivers, smell some race fuel and see why we love this so much. Ah…maybe someday we’ll get the together. See ya at the track soon I hope and have fun doing whatever you do today. I know I will.
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