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Sunday, September 3rd 2017
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Jimmy Phelps described a problem form hot laps and previewed Monday’s show in Weedsport.
Dan Vauter explained why he was back at Brewerton with his Modified and what he missed most.
Jeff Blackburn described a set us issue he had as well as how they tracked down a fuel problem.
Earl Rudy was coming off his best finish of the season and talked about how he fell back to 3rd.

Well let’s hope the weather people are wrong when describing what is going to happen today. It’s the final weekend of the summer and people need to race while they still can. Things get busy after this week with kids back in school and all and we really could some help today. Keep your fingers crossed and let’s hope for the best.
 
I will be in the studio today doing interviews and am always looking for suggestions so send them to me either through Facebook or at doug@dougsdirtdiary.com. I’ll do the best I can and will see you in Weedsport tomorrow.
 
Now let’s chat about what we have for you today on the Audio Page as we hope for dry conditions state wide today. Jimmy Phelps described a problem form hot laps and previewed Monday’s show in Weedsport featuring the Super DIRTcar Series, 360 Sprints and the DIRTcar Pro Stock Series. 

Dan Vauter explained why he was back at Brewerton Friday night with his Modified, where he started the year racing and what he missed most about his former Friday home. 

Jeff Blackburn described a set us issue he was working to correct as well as how they tracked down a fuel pressure problem as he got ready to race Friday night at Brewerton. 

Earl Rudy was coming off his best finish of the season and talked about how he worked by the leader to take the top spot before he fell back to 3rd at the checkered flag.   
 
Saturday, September 2nd 2017
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Chris Hile tells me about the damage from a recent crash and why they needed some time to fix it.
Paulie Colagiovanni talked about winning his career first with the ESS and what the win meant to him.
Tim Kerr explained why he had some extra work to do during the week and his recent 3rd place finish.
Adam Roberts caught me up on some news in his life as well as how much time he spends on the road.
 
I had a rough day on Friday as I was cruising along at Brewerton until I felt that all too familiar feeling in my side. I passed a kidney stone sometime after I got home and am feeling a little better as I type this up.

This is about the fifth or sixth one although none of them since the first has sent to the ER. I guess I need to drink more water and bring pain pills with me to the track. It gets scary as you never know how big they are going to be and if you are going to need someone to drive you to a hospital. I took the Ibuprofen I had in my pocket and headed home.
 
I’m going to lay low today and plan in getting into the studio on Sunday in preparation for Monday’s big race in Weedsport. And if all goes well and the past is any indication of the future I’ll be fine and ready to go on Monday.

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page starting with a racer who had a lot of work to do to get back to the track. Chris Hile tells me about the damage from a recent crash, why they needed some extra time to fix it and ran down his plans for the rest of the season.  
 
Paulie Colagiovanni talked about winning his career first with the ESS, what the win at Autodrome Granby meant to him and how much he is looking forward to getting back to school. 

Tim Kerr explained why he had some extra work to do during the week, his recent 3rd place finish he had after leading some laps while wondering how much racing he will do in the month or so. 

Adam Roberts caught me up on some news in his life as he checks the final thing off his to do list, how much time he spends on the road and how much he will race to finish out the year.   
 
Friday, September 1st 2017
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Marc Johnson spoke about his 2nd place Friday at Albany Saratoga and how the race winner got by.
Mike O’Brien told me how close he came to a Canandaigua Modified win and how he lost the lead.
Jack Miller was coming off a pair of races at Utica Rome and recapped his night of double duty.
Ricky Newton talked about wanting to get his first Canandaigua win and how he is doing on Fridays.
Cory White is a rookie in Sportsman competition at Fonda and talked about what he is learning.

We’re going to be back at it again today as I will be heading to Brewerton Speedway for their final point night of the season. The Empire Super Sprints will also be on the card so it should be a very fun night with my two favorite divisions on tap.
 
It will be a rough weekend for some who will see their championship hopes disappear and a joyful weekend for other who either get that championship or a place in the standings that they were hoping for. Either way we wish you all the best as you race for what for some, may be the final race of the season.
 
Now let’s chat about the five clip we have for you on the Audio Page as we get ready for some Friday night racing fun. Marc Johnson spoke about his 2nd place Friday at Albany Saratoga and how the race winner got by him as well as the race to the line he had for the runner up spot. 

Jack Miller was coming off a pair of races at Utica Rome and recapped his night of double duty while wondering why he made the moves he did as he was searching for the fast groove. 

Mike O’Brien told me how close he came to a Canandaigua Modified a few weeks back, how he lost the lead to an established racer and how he felt about it afterwards.

Ricky Newton talked about wanting to get his first Canandaigua win, described what they are working on to try to change that and how he has been doing on Fridays.  
 
Cory White is a rookie in Sportsman competition at Fonda and talked about what he is learning on the track and how he won the track championship without a feature win.   
 
Thursday, August 31st 2017
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Justin Haers explained why he would rather win the last race at Canandaigua than a championship.
Greg Birosh talked about his four races at Canandaigua and why they got off to a bit of a late start.
Paul Guererri chats with Matt Guererri right before going out for hot laps Saturday at Canandaigua.
Aaron Jacobs remembered a tough night at Fulton and talked about racing with his young daughter.
Kenny Gates won his sixth Pro Stock championship at Fonda and talked about why this was different.
Dick O’Brien previews Classic Weekend at Oswego and highlights some of the drivers to watch for.

I got a lot done on Wednesday as I worked in the studio and did a nice write up for the Syracuse Post Standard and Syracuse.com. It talks about the big race weekend in Oswego and some of the tight point battles that will unfold at the local dirt tracks. Give it a read and lemme know what you think.
 
I’ll be back at the NYS Fair today with the kids as we’ll make a quick trip to explore the buildings which we did not get to do on Tuesday. We always go on two days and even though my strained calf muscle is still barking at me a little bit I should be okay. It will be fun…that we know for sure.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you to listen to on the Audio Page as we get ready for the last weekend of summer. Justin Haers explained why he would rather win the last race at Canandaigua than a championship and ran down his plans for racing after Labor Day.

Greg Birosh talked about his four races at Canandaigua, explained why they got off to a bit of a late start and where he was better the last time out.

Paul Guererri chats with Matt Guererri right before going out for hot laps Saturday at Canandaigua. Sorry but this one was cut short as they both had to go. We’ll re-visit it! 

Aaron Jacobs remembered a tough night at Fulton, commented on the huge field of cars this past week and talked about racing with his young daughter.  
 
Kenny Gates won his sixth Pro Stock championship at Fonda and talked about why this was different as well as some of the work they had to do along the way on some tough nights.  
 
Dick O’Brien previews Classic Weekend at Oswego and highlights some of the drivers to watch for as well as some of the family history that will be on display this weekend.  
 
Wednesday, August 30th 2017
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Steve Paine spoke about racing with his son in Syracuse and runs down where he’ll race this fall.
Mike Mahaney recapped his weekend as he raced Friday at Brewerton and Saturday at Grandview.
Brad Alger explains why we haven’t seen him much this year and how busy life is away from racing.
Karl Comfort told me why he got back into racing a few years ago and his desire for a feature win.
Mike Welch described a pair of issues he had on Saturday night that sidelined him from the action.

I had a great day off on Tuesday and really enjoyed myself at the NYS Fair. It is a lot of walking and I am sore today, especially my still ailing calf muscle, but it was well worth it. We brought along a friend of my youngest daughter Katie and we had a great time. Week days are the best to go especially if you are riding rides.

Today I will be very busy with lots more to write and some people to chat with in the studio. I’ll be doing Brewerton, Fulton and Weedsport this weekend with a golf day penciled in for Sunday if my calf is good to go. I have found the perfect balance in my life between racing and family, am not raced out and am feeling good about everything. Yay!
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for today on the Audio Page as we get ready for a big four day Labor Day Weekend. Steve Paine spoke about racing with his son in Syracuse, why the nighttime conditions made the car handle differently and runs down where he’ll race this fall including his thoughts on Oswego. 

Mike Mahaney recapped his weekend as he raced Modifieds Friday at Brewerton and Saturday at Grandview while preparing to race Sunday in Vernon. 

Brad Alger explains why we haven’t seen him much this year and how busy life is away from racing for him and his new wife as well as some engine he is hoping to sell to put towards a house. 

Karl Comfort told me why he got back into racing a few years ago, his desire for a feature win this season and thought back on the racing at Canandaigua back in the 90’s. 

Mike Welch described a pair of issues he had on Saturday night that sidelined him from the action and talked about the different car he was running Sunday at Utica Rome.   
 
Tuesday, August 29th 2017
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Alan Johnson spoke about why he was running a 358 at Canandaigua and issues with the big block.  
Tim Fuller ran down how he did at Mohawk International and his chances at two championships.
Matt Janczuk described a problem he found in the pit area when he was changing the brake pads.
Kelly Smith talks about restarting his own deal and what his goals are for the rest of the 2017 season.
Tony Veneziano reports on the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series races in Wisconsin and Montana.

I had a busy day but a fun one on Monday as I got a lot done and got a little ahead to so I can go to the NYS Fair today with my family. The kids will ride the rides after we look around earlier in the day while my dad will stay here at our house to watch the kitty. Thanks Dad!
 
I have some really good stuff today and will have more good stuff tomorrow. I’ll be back in the studio again on Wednesday too so drivers, if you want to chat send me a message on facebook or to doug@dougsdirtdiary.com.
 
 And after I get done with this I am going to watch the IndyCar race from Gateway in Missouri. I am really getting into those cars as of now after the great show they put on at Pocono. And don’t forget they race this weekend at Watkins Glen.

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page starting with a Hall of Famer who was making a change that he would later reverse on Saturday night. Alan Johnson spoke about why he was running a 358 at Canandaigua, some recent issues with the big block and what he thinks about the possibility of a track running small blocks weekly. Good one here.

Tim Fuller ran down how he did at Mohawk International Raceway on Friday night, his chances to win two championships for the first time in many years and his late season plans. 

Matt Janczuk described a problem he found in the pit area when he was changing the brake pads and what could have happened had he not noticed the problem. 

Kelly Smith talks about restarting his own Sportsman deal, how he did the night before at Fulton Speedway and what his goals are for the rest of the 2017 season.  
 
Tony Veneziano reports on the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series races in Wisconsin and Montana while previewing three shows this weekend in Washington State.   
 
Monday, August 28th 2017
   New on the Audio Page from Utica Rome Speedway:
 
After the heat races:
 
Chris Mackey won the first heat race of the night and spoke about the victory with Mike Walton.
A.J. Miller got the win in the second Sportsman heat and described the racetrack he just won on.
Kyle Inman took the win in the final Sportsman qualifier and talked about advice he got beforehand.
Steve Way beat the big blocks with his small block in his heat and described the adjustments he makes.
Shane Henderson made the pass for a heat win on lap two and told me how much better his car was.

After the feature races:
 
Charlie Tibbitts celebrated his first win in the Sportsman and spoke about the many late cautions.
Larry Wight brought out Pat Ward’s back up car and talked about getting it down to victory lane.
Danny Varin finished in 2nd place and explained how he caught the leader and saw him drive away.
Mike Maresca led some laps before falling back to finish third and looked ahead to racing Thursday.
A.J. Walters won his first career Pro Stock feature and spoke about his up and down racing season.


It was an excellent night of racing at Utica Rome as we saw first time winners in the Sportsman, Pro Stock and Rookie Sportsman divisions. The track was in really good shape with no dust and the racing was really good.
 
The first feature race out saw thirteen year old Charlie Tibbitts pick up his first win in impressive fashion. Most races win their first from the pole and lead every lap often in a green to checkered race. Charlie started fifth, passed some top notch Sportsman racers and pulled away on each of the final cautions which there were three of in the final four laps. Yeah, he earned this one and the crowd loved it.
 
Next out Larry Wight, who came to Utica Rome originally to crew chief for Pat Ward, survived a late race challenge from Danny Varin who ran down Wight with ten to go. Wight moved up the track off the middle and pulled away to win comfortably.

First time winner A.J. Walters ran the top part of the track to win his first ever pro Stock race and celebrated with some donuts on the frontstretch. Travis Barrington won the Rookie Sportsman race beating out the other ten competitors. Nice to see some growth there in the rookie class.
 
Today I will be back in the studio and back writing again as it is a typical Monday for me. Tomorrow we take the kids and a friend to the NYS Fair for the first of two planned visits. So I hope to see you tomorrow.  
 
     
 
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