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Tuesday, April 4th 2017
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Chris Fleming talks about his hopes to repeat his championship and his plans to get married.
Tony Veneziano reports on the WoO in California and the strong runs by Pennsylvania racers.
Tom Collins Jr. tells me about his win in the GRIT Sportsman opener at Five Mile Point.

It was another really nice day on Monday as we enjoyed temperatures in the mid 60’s while to our east a major snow storm is taking place. I see some people were stranded in airports waiting out the storm and we hope all of you are back where you need to be today and that the storm does not do too much damage.

I got in the studio for a while and wrote up a nice long article for Syracuse.com and the Syracuse Post Standard. I just love this time of the year as each week something new happens and another new track or series starts out their season. It really is my favorite time of the year.

Also I had the chance to try dirt I-Racing on a virtual reality headset at a friend’s place. Oh my god! It is amazing. I can see how some people could go as far as saying, “I’m done with real racing and will now do this.” I know, that might be a little far but if you tried it you might say the same thing. Wow! It’s the real deal!

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page starting with a racer who is looking forward to another great season. Chris Fleming talks about his hopes to repeat his championship in the Late Model division at Fulton, the work he does during the week at Beyea Headers and his plans to get married one year from now.   

Tony Veneziano reports on the World of Outlaw Sprint Cars as they wrap up their swing in California, the strong runs by a pair of Pennsylvania racers and the nice runs by a well known rookie with a strong family history.  

Tom Collins Jr. tells me about his win in the GRIT Series opener on Sunday at Five Mile Point Speedway and why the decided at the last minute to add this race to their schedule.

 
Monday, April 3rd 2017
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Rusty Smith talks about his return to Afton Motorsports Park and his plans for the asphalt as well.
James Introne tells me about his season in a Sportsman and the small block racing he has planned.

Wow! What a beautiful day it was on Sunday and I sure do hope you got out and enjoyed it. I had a lot to do here and had to stay home but I got a lot done in the studio and half of what I did is up today. I’ll be back tomorrow with more good stuff too so be sure to stop back.

We’ve been trying to get things ready for Allie’s first practice this coming Sunday and it has been really interesting to see racing from yet another side as we see what it takes to get her rent a ride ready and get all the stuff she needs to do that. We only need arm restraints, a neck collar and the raceciever and we’ll be all set. If you want to help message me at doug@dougsdirtdiary.com and we’ll be so thankful for any help that can be provided.

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page starting with a driver who is good on both asphalt and dirt. Rusty Smith talks about his return to Afton Motorsports Park where was runner up in points last year, the new racecar he is working on and his plans for the asphalt as well.

James Introne tells me about his season in a Sportsman as he traveled to different racetracks, his plans to run Glen Ridge for points and the small block racing will be doing with the KOD Series.  

 
Sunday, April 2nd 2017
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Alex Hoag talks about his 2 races last year, his days in Charlotte and racing with his children.
Dave Axton tells me about the race gear he sells and the work he is doing to his Sprint Cars.

Allie and I had a fun day as we started out cleaning up the track at the New York State Fairgrounds and helping to build the wall that surrounds the speedway both inside and out. We met some super people and got all our paperwork done and are now ready for the practice next Sunday and the season that lies ahead.

Then we hit the road for Port Byron and met up with Dave Axton from Highside Racewear and got her a helmet, shoes and some gloves that match her race suit. Thanks to Jim and Nauti Girl Charters in Florida for their help in getting us what we needed. Thanks so much guys!

Today I still have some things I need to get done so I doubt that I will be heading to Five Mile Point as there is just so much to do still and so little time to get it done. And we have a sponsor stopping by this afternoon as well so we might have to wait to get in our first race. But you don’t so enjoy the show today in Kirkwood and let me know how it goes.

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page starting with a man whose family name has been well known in racing for generations. Alex Hoag talks about his 2 races last year in a Small Block Super at Oswego, his day in Charlotte at the dirt track and racing with his children at the NYS Fairgrounds.  

Dave Axton tells me about the racing gear he sells through his business Highside Racewear and the work he is doing to his Sprint Cars ready to race in just a few weeks. Look him up on Facebook guys!!!  

 
Saturday, April 1st 2017
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Paulie Colagiovanni showed me his Sprint Cars for 2017 and talked about his hopes for a win.
Dylan Zacharias talked about racing at Five Mile Point Sunday and a change in his race plans.

That was quite a bit of rain we got on Friday but I am not complaining as it could be worse. I see a lot of you to our east got snow instead of rain and we’re hoping it does not push the start of your season back even more.

Practice is still on at Five Mile Point as of the time I wrote this up but you may want to check out their website at 5milepointspeedway.com to be sure. I hope it did not get too wet and hope we can race tomorrow with the GRIT Series Sportsman opener headlining a four division show.

Now let’s chat more about what we have on the Audio Page for today starting with a Sprint Car driver who is heard at work getting his cars ready for the first race of the season. Paulie Colagiovanni showed me his Sprint Cars for 2017 and talked about his hopes for his first win as well as where he feels he still needs to improve as a driver.  

Dylan Zacharias talked about racing his Sportsman in the GRIT Series opener at Five Mile Point Speedway on Sunday and a change in his race plans for the coming season.  

 
Friday, March 31st 2017
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Elmo Reckner talks about the Modifieds he will race this year and his interest in the KOD Series.
Kyle Rohner tells me about his championship season and his hopes for Sundays show at 5 Mile Pt.
Ronnie Welch described the new Four Cylinder Stock Car he will race Sunday at 5 Mile Point.

We had a busy day as we got a lot done in the studio and visited the Paul Colagiovanni race shop in Central Square. Paulie’s chat with me will be up tomorrow as well as some others that I will be doing today.

I am hoping to get to Five Mile Point on Sunday and was shocked to hear what the weather forecast is to our east. Some places may get a foot of snow. Wow. We’re just going to get rain but hopefully not that much.

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page starting with a long time Modified racer who is just about ready to suit up. Elmo Reckner talks about the Modifieds he will race this year, how his three racecars look back at the shop and his interest in following   the new KOD Series for small blocks.  

Kyle Rohner tells me about his championship season in the Sportsman division, what he did this week to get ready and his hopes for Sunday’s GRIT show at Five Mile Point.  

Ronnie Welch described the new Four Cylinder Stock Car he will race Sunday at 5 Mile Point as well as the second car he will be building for Penn Can Speedway.  

 
Thursday, March 30th 2017
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Jack Lehner talks about his first full season in a Sportsman and the small block he’ll race in 2017.
Andrew Harpell previews this weekend at Five Mile Point with practice Saturday, racing Sunday.
Tom Wilcox tells me about the coming season for the Syracuse Microd Club starting in 2 weeks.

The snow is almost gone and now we just need some drying out to happen at your favorite track before we get things going. As you can see things look good in the Southern Tier as Five Mile Point is set to open this weekend to begin their 67th season of racing.

I hope to be there on Sunday if everything goes well to get in my first race of the year and hopefully things will work out and the weather will cooperate. Saturday morning Allie and I will be at the clean up day at the Syracuse Microd Club as she prepares to start her first season as a racer. It should be a lot of fun and she’ll surely learn a lot this summer.

Now let’s chat more about what is new for today on the Audio Page starting with a first timer to the website. Jack Lehner talks about his first full season in a Sportsman, the small block he’ll race on the King of Dirt Series in 2017 and recaps his 13 years in the sport starting with karts at age 5.  

Andrew Harpell previews this weekend at Five Mile Point with practice Saturday at 1 p.m., racing Sunday at 5 p.m. as well as how the track looks now after a windy week in Kirkwood.  

Tom Wilcox tells me about the coming season for the Syracuse Microd Club starting in 2 weeks as well as some of the racers who started their careers at the tiny 1/10 mile track.

 
Wednesday, March 29th 2017
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Matt DeLorenzo recaps his 2 win season last year and talks about where he’ll race this season.  
Cory Pike talks about his new role as car owner and tells me what their plans are for 2017.
Josh Verne tells me about his move to Sportsman and what he hopes happens at Can Am.

It’s hump day and we have three nice interviews for you to enjoy today as I got a lot done on Sunday and Monday. We’re hoping for some good weather this weekend so we can get out and see some racing so we’ll keep our fingers crossed and hope for the best.

Three drivers are what we have for you today as we get closer to starting things up here in the northeast. All three are ready for the season although one of these drivers will be watching more than the other two as he gets used to his new role as car owner.

We’ll be back at it again today after my standard day off on Tuesday so look for more good stuff tomorrow here on Doug’s Dirt Diary.

Now let’s tell you more about what is up on the Audio Page that you can listen to right now! Matt DeLorenzo recaps his two win season last year and talks about where he’ll race this season as well as some of what he learned in the two years he promoted Fonda Speedway.  

Cory Pike talks about his new role as car owner, what he likes so much about what he is doing now and tells me what their plans are for 2017.  

Josh Verne tells me about his move to Sportsman, explains why they decided to do this rather than get another stock car and what he hopes happens weekly at Can Am.

 
     
 
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