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Monday, August 11th 2014
   We are dark today here on Doug’s Dirt Diary out of respect for Kevin Ward Jr., his family, friends and fellow racers. Losing him Saturday night at Canandaigua Motorsports Park the way we did is a tragedy of epic proportions and one that is invoking a lot of emotions amongst hard core racers, non-racing people and everyone in between.
 
I knew Kevin very well and watched him get better and improve at Sprint Car racing. He and his dad were some of the best people in racing and his loss is more than tough for so many reasons. I remember hanging out with them at Syracuse as they prepared the surface for the Indoor Championship.
 
Even though Kevin was a well established Sprint Car driver, he liked getting back into the cart and renewing old friendships. He could drive anything as he did start as a young kid in his parent’s back yard racing carts on a make shift track.
 
As we were wandering around the Utica-Rome Speedway last night you could tell who Kevin had touched just by looking at their faces. Like I said last night on facebook, none of us really wanted to be there but we wanted to be with each other at the same time. To say it was tough would be an understatement.
 
I pray for Kevin’s family, his friends and all his fellow racers. This is not going to be easy as we deal with this tragedy. As his family plans arrangements, I hope they know that their extended racing family is here for them and available whenever needed.
 
I hope you take a moment today to think of Kevin especially if you did not know him. Know that life is fragile and can be taken away at any moment so live life to the fullest like Kevin did. Don’t put off till tomorrow what you can do today and don’t ever give up on your dreams or ignore your true passions. Wondering what could have been is a terrible thing so turn that around and give life the best you can as well as all the people around you who you care for and in turn care for you. You get our of life what you put into it, so give it your all!
 
We’ll miss you terribly Kevin and may you rest in peace. I am so sorry…

 
Sunday, August 10th 2014
   New on the Audio Page from the DIRT Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony:
 
Lloyd Holt talked about his days coming to Central New York and his start in a Jalopy Class.
Mike Colsten remembered starting in a Late Model in 1969 and talked about being so honored.
Charlie Rudolph tells me about his days on dirt and asphalt as well as his Winston Cup starts.
Brett Hearn introduces his brother Bobby Hearn before his induction and each tell some stories.
Howard Commander speaks with Shane Andrews about his years as a successful racing promoter.
Erica Bicknell-Jones spoke about her early days as a General Manager at Merrittville Speedway.
 
We have some more great audio today as I take you back to Wednesday’s Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at the DIRT Motorsports Hall of Fame. I always enjoy these events as I always learn something about our past and I learned a lot this time as well.
 
Of course Shane Andrews and Joe Marotta do a great job as emcees for this and each of them would know as they are both in already. What a great bunch that went in this season and I hope you enjoy hearing their stories as much as I did. So without a lot of other stuff, I’ll let them tell the stories.
 
So let’s read a little more about each clip we have for you today on the Audio Page. I start with a gentleman that had not been back to the US in quite some time. Lloyd Holt talked about his days coming to Central New York and his start in a Jalopy Class. He told me how much he enjoyed his weekends in the states, how much it meant to be the first champion at Rolling Wheels and how long it has been since he had been to Weedsport. 
 
Mike Colsten remembered starting in a Late Model in 1969 and talked about being honored to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. He tells me how much better he is doing physically at this time, thought back to his first race night and why he always runs Fords. 
 
Charlie Rudolph tells me about his days on dirt and asphalt as well as his Winston Cup starts. He talked about working on racecars as a kid, how he first got behind the wheel at Lancaster and which season was the best of his career. 
 
Brett Hearn introduces his brother Bobby Hearn before his induction and each tell some stories. They talk about Bobby’s suspension idea, how much it changed dirt Modified racing and how that same idea is still being used today. What a story! 
 
Howard Commander speaks with Shane Andrews about his years as a successful racing promoter. He talked about what he feels is most important, who paid him a nice compliment last season and why he is still learning more every day.
 
Erica Bicknell-Jones spoke about her early days as a General Manager at Merrittville Speedway. She remembered her first job at the track in the concession area, reminded me of all the help she had as she moved to a new position and how honored she was to be the third member of her family to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. 

 
Saturday, August 9th 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Vic Coffey talked about his recent Modified win and what his plans are for his son’s career.
Peter Britten recapped his Super DIRTcar Series races from Merrittville and Ransomville.
Kevin Bates remembered some of his Weedsport past and how much he likes wingless 600’s.
Steve Gray was pulling double duty on Thursday and told me how a Modified ride came about.
 
Back today with four real nice conversations from the Super DIRTcar Series race at Weedsport on Thursday. Then tomorrow I’ll be back with more from the Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Wednesday. I have six real strong clips and I know you’ll like them.
 
Tomorrow the family will head out to Utica Rome for some fun on Autograph Night. Katie was ready for her first race last Sunday but Mother Nature was not and rained it out. They are doing twin 20’s so she’ll get to see an extra feature race.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page for today. I start with a nice chat with a driver who is having fun at the track while balancing family as well. Vic Coffey talked about his recent Modified win and what his plans are for his son’s career. He told me how nice it was to pick up his first Mod win in several years, shared some memories from Weedsport and the one time he won on TV. 
 
Peter Britten recapped his Super DIRTcar Series races from Merrittville and Ransomville. He told me how cool it was to finally be on the track in Weedsport, how he liked being a track official in the opener and how his younger brother did in his first Sportsman race. 
 
Kevin Bates remembered some of his Weedsport past and how much he likes wingless 600’s. He explained why he is traveling more this season, why he likes the tiny track in Weedsport and where he will race next. 
 
Steve Gray was pulling double duty on Thursday and told me how a Modified ride came about. He told me when they first started talking about it, wonders if it might be for more than one race and why he was happy it was happening in Weedsport. 

 
Friday, August 8th 2014
   New on the Audio Page from the Weedsport Speedway:
 
Brett Hearn talked about the breakthrough design of the first Teo Pro Cars and when he got one.
Ray Bliss Jr. remembers his TV win at Weedsport when the motor blew up on the final lap.
Alan Johnson thinks back to his first laps at Cayuga County when he went off the track in turn 1.
Lance Willix cut his teeth in the Sportsman class in Weedsport and talked moving to a Modified.
Willy Decker cut up a tire and thought back on his runs at the track in his early Sportsman days.
Mark Kislowski brought his Modified to the show and talked about racing the track in spec cars.
Justin Wright has both Modified and Sportsman laps at the track and talked about the old days.
Tim Currier explained why he was not missing this show and thought back on his first races.
 
I’ve got a lot of great audio from last night in Weedsport as I tried to hunt down drivers that I knew had a past at the track. I also talked about the Super DIRTcar Series races earlier in the week with some drivers too. I had a family obligation last night from 7-9 p.m. so I did had to leave but it was looking like a great show indeed.
 
I was able to save some extra audio which I will put up tomorrow along with some of what Steve Ovens did as well last weekend. I’ll be at Utica Rome next on Sunday for Autograph night as Katie was really excited to see the cars until it rained out last week. So yes, we have unfinished business there for sure!
 
Now let’s talk more about the really nice stuff you have to listen to today on the Audio Page. There are some great stories here so make sure to check them all out.
 
Brett Hearn talked about the breakthrough design of the first Teo Pro Cars and when he got one. He told me how optimistic his brother was about his new idea, when it became clear to him that the car was innovative and remembered some of his past in Weedsport. 
 
Ray Bliss Jr. remembers his TV win at Weedsport when the motor blew up on the final lap. He told me when he knew the motor might have an issue, what happened in the final corner and how important that night was in his career.
 
Alan Johnson thinks back to his first laps at Cayuga County when he went off the track in turn 1. He told me how it felt to spin out in his second lap in a Modified, how he did the next week and when he got his first top five in Weedsport. Good one here! 
 
Lance Willix cut his teeth in the Sportsman class in Weedsport and talked moving to a Modified. He told me his initial impressions of the renovation, why he is happy the racetrack didn’t change and how he has been doing running a 358 at Mohawk International. 
 
Willy Decker cut up a tire and thought back on his runs at the track in his early Sportsman days. He remembered running well at the track, told me some of the guys he used to run against who are now also in Modified and when they made the decision to make it part of their day on Thursday. 
 
Mark Kislowski brought his Modified to the show and talked about racing the track in spec cars. He told me how much he enjoyed his laps at the track, when he first started in racing and where we’ll see him race for the rest of the year. 
 
Justin Wright has both Modified and Sportsman laps at the track and talked about the old days. He remembered his early struggles he had that first year, who showed him that slow is fast at the track and what the keys are to being fast at the always slick surface.
 
Tim Currier explained why he was not missing this show and thought back on his days in a Sportsman. He talked about running Weedsport weekly in 2006, how tough it was as he tried to run the outside and one bad wreck he had a few years later. 

 
Thursday, August 7th 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Tommy Sears thought back to his days racing in Weedsport and looks ahead to racing there tonight.
Danny Varin prepared to race a new Modified at Utica Rome and told me about Rolling Wheels.
Matt Janczuk updated me on how he has been doing as he returns to the driver’s seat in his Modified.
Brad Knab talked with Steve Ovens after his win in the first heat as the Patriot’s visited Woodhull.
Bruce Miller won the Late Model feature at Woodhull and talked to the crowd in victory lane.
Bryan Howland spoke with Steve Ovens after his third place in his heat race at Woodhull Raceway.
George Suprick picked up the win in his Patriot heat at Woodhull and told Steve Ovens about it.
 
It was a fun day as I headed out to Weedsport for the DIRT Hall of Fame inductions for 2014. It was great to see everyone and I’ll have the interviews I did last night up for you on Sunday.
 
Today will be a good one too as I will head to Weedsport again, this time for the Hall of Fame 100 which is part of the Super DIRTcar Series. It will be the first time the big blocks have been on the track since 2011 and to say excitement is high would be an understatement.
 
In addition to some audio I did over the weekend, we have more from Steve Ovens at Turn 5 Racing Podcast. We have stuff from Woodhull as the Patriot Sprint Tour visited the high banked track. We’ll have more on Saturday and Sunday from Steve so be sure to come back for that.
 
And you can listen to more from Steve by going to http://turn5.podbean.com/ or you can go to http://www.creeksideentertainmentdj.com/turn_5_racing_podcast. He also does a live show on Tuesday nights. Thanks for all the help Steve!
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have on the Audio Page for today. I start with a driver who is really looking forward to tonight. Tommy Sears thought back to his days racing in Weedsport and looks ahead to racing there tonight. He talked about picking up his first career Modified win at the track, compared it to the similarly shaped track in Brewerton and why he feels Weedsport is more technical. 
 
Danny Varin got ready to race a new Modified at Utica Rome and told me what went wrong at Rolling Wheels. He told me how much work it was to get the new car together, why they went with a Hig Fab car and how it felt to run out of gas while leading at The Fast Track. 
 
Matt Janczuk updated me on how he has been doing as he returns to the driver’s seat in his Modified. He talked about his three top ten finishes, how good he felt about coming from the back the week before and what broke that caused them to go home to get the back up car. 
 
Brad Knab talked with Steve Ovens after his win in the first heat as the Patriot’s visited Woodhull. He told him who was gaining on him in the race and why he was hoping he did not draw the pole. Interesting! 
 
Bruce Miller won the Late Model feature at Woodhull and talked to the crowd in victory lane. He talked about picking up win number one, how long it had been since he had won and what type of conditions he has been struggling on. 
 
Bryan Howland spoke with Steve Ovens after his third place in his heat race at Woodhull Raceway. He told him about his hopes for the dash, how good the racing surface as and the need to make some set up changes to get better. 
 
George Suprick picked up the win in his Patriot heat at Woodhull and told Steve Ovens about it. He talked about the importance of the draw, how nice the track was and why he figured it would not slow down too much as the night goes on. 

 
Wednesday, August 6th 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Jimmy Phelps analyzed how the first show went at Weedsport Speedway as Thursday approaches.
Ryan Phelps talked about racing two of his cousins on Friday and getting the win at Brewerton.
Dwight Johnson came back for his first race of 2014 and told me why he took a few years off.
Brady Fultz got ready with a pair of racecars at Yates County and talked with Steve Ovens.
Chris Fisher offered to do some beat box audio as he got ready to race his crate Sportsman.
Derrick Podsiadlo brought his Modified to Yates County and spoke about running different tires.
Derrick Podsiadlo talked with Steve Ovens after drawing the pole for the show at Yates County.
Scott Boudinot and Chris Mashewske spoke with Steve Ovens before a show at Yates County.
Alysha Ruggles prepared for her first race ever at Woodhull and wondered about her set up.
 
We hit the mid way point of the week and I’ll be writing today for tomorrow’s Syracuse Post Standard and heading out to the DIRT Hall of Fame in Weedsport for their annual induction ceremonies. It will be a fun night for sure and I hope to see you there. They will be letting folks in for cocktails at 6 p.m. with the actual ceremony starting at 7 p.m.
 
We have some audio from me as well as Steve Ovens who continues to send us a lot of great stuff. Check out more from him at Turn 5 Racing Podcasts. You can listen to more of what he does by going to http://turn5.podbean.com/ or you can also check him out at
http://www.creeksideentertainmentdj.com/turn_5_racing_podcast. Thanks again for all you help Steve and great job!
 
Then of course tomorrow we’ll be heading to Weedsport Speedway for their Super DIRTcar Series race. The Hall of Fame 100 should see the top Modified drivers in the northeast all at the tine 1/3 mile track. If you missed the opener, then you need to come check this out.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page for today. I start with some of mine from this past weekend. Jimmy Phelps analyzed how the first show went at Weedsport Speedway as Thursday’s Super DIRTcar Series race approaches. He talked about what went well, what is still to be done and how fortunate they are to have a lot of good people helping.
 
Ryan Phelps talked about racing two of his cousins on Friday and getting the win at Brewerton. He told me when he felt his car start to come in, when he realized that he had a shot at the victory and how conscious he was about who he was racing with. 
 
Dwight Johnson came back for his first race of 2014 and told me why he took a few years off. He talked about what is the same, what he did to get his Pro Stock ready for Sunday and remembered some handling issues they dealt with before. 
 
Brady Fultz got ready with a pair of racecars at Yates County and talked with Steve Ovens. He talked about a weight break he got, how tough it is to pull weight off a car properly to keep it handling properly and offered his first take of the racetrack he saw. 
 
Chris Fisher offered to do some beat box audio for Steve Ovens as he got ready to race his crate Sportsman. He talked about the advantages of racing weekly versus every other week and how long it has been since his brother has had his small block at Yates County. 
 
Derrick Podsiadlo brought his Modified to Yates County and spoke about running different tires. He told Steve Ovens about what he saw on the racetrack, what he found at a recent practice and how he drew for later on. 
 
Derrick Podsiadlo talked with Steve Ovens after drawing the pole for the show at Yates County. This is a quick one here! 
 
Scott Boudinot and Chris Mashewske spoke with Steve Ovens before a show at Yates County. Nice fun interview for you here!
 
Alysha Ruggles prepared for her first race ever at Woodhull as she spoke with Steve Ovens and wondered about her set up as she got ready for both the dash and the feature race. 

 
Tuesday, August 5th 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Tana Robinson previewed tonight’s Alex Friesen Summer Nationals race at Ransomville.
Matt Sheppard recalls watching the Weedsport Speedway transformation take place from his shop.
Chris Hile thinks back on some memories from Weedsport and talked about his Friday fortunes.
Jim Money is back with a Pro Stock at Utica Rome and spoke about an overheating issue on night 1.
 
New from the travels of Steve Ovens from Turn 5 Racing Podcasts:
 
Vic Coffey tells Steve Ovens about his win in the big block/small block shootout on July 22nd.
Billy Van Pelt spoke to the crowd at Woodhull on July 26th after his Modified feature victory.
Bob Buono told the fans how he won his 1st Street Stock race of the season at Woodhull on July 26th.
Chris Mashewske talks about his win in the Four Cylinder race on July 22nd at Yates County.
 
We’ve got a good amount of new stuff for you today with four from me and four from Steve Ovens at Turn 5 Racing Podcast. We have a lot from Steve as he sent us a ton of new stuff on Sunday so we’ll start with his older stuff and move forward from there. So be sure to come back for lots of great audio this week. And to listen to more from Steve go to http://turn5.podbean.com/ or check him out at his other location at http://www.creeksideentertainmentdj.com/turn_5_racing_podcast.
 
Don’t forget about tonight’s Alex Friesen Sumer Nationals at Ransomville and this year the big blocks will be in town along with the Super DIRTcar Series. And I’ll be in Weedsport on Tuesday for the series race there.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page. I start with a preview of what’s happening tonight in Western New York. Tana Robinson previewed tonight’s Alex Friesen Summer Nationals race at Ransomville. This race tonight is part of the Super DIRTcar Series and if needed a rain date has been added for tomorrow. 
 
Matt Sheppard recalls watching the Weedsport Speedway transformation take place from his shop. He told me how fun it was to see it happen on a daily basis and how much he is looking forward to a busy week that wraps up on Thursday with a Hall of Fame 100 in Weedsport. 
 
Chris Hile thinks back on some memories from Weedsport and talked about his Friday fortunes. He told me how happy he is to be fifth in points at Brewerton and how much he is looking ahead to Thursday night in Weedsport. 
 
Jim Money is back with a Pro Stock at Utica Rome and spoke about an overheating issue on night 1. He told me what he thinks caused the issue and his hopes for the next time out. 
 
Vic Coffey tells Steve Ovens about his win in the big block/small block shootout on July 22nd as well as how different the two ends of the track were at Yates County. 
 
Billy Van Pelt spoke to the crowd at Woodhull on July 26th after his Modified feature victory as well as how hard things got at the end of the race with many yellow flags. 
 
Bob Buono told the fans how he won his 1st Street Stock race of the season at Woodhull on July 26th and thanked everyone who helped him get to victory lane. 
 
Chris Mashewske talks with Steve Ovens about his win in the Four Cylinder race on July 22nd at Yates County as well as how hard he had to drive in the final laps. 

 
     
 
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