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Sunday, August 7th 2016
   

New on the Audio Page from Fulton Speedway:

After the heats:

Wade Chrisman watched the changing race surface and talked about his win in the first heat race.
Jeremy Pitcher won his Sportsman heat from the front row and explained why he started out front.
Mike Stanton got the win in the final Sportsman heat and told me who was catching him late.  
Johnny Hill led every lap to win his Late Model heat and talked about his old, tired 604 motor.
Jason Occhino survived a ragged start he had and told me how he held on in the last few laps.
Mike Bowman ran the high side for a Modified heat win and explained what he saw on the track.
Adam Roberts showed a new look in the pit area and told me about his fast laps in his heat victory.
Chuck Bower put a new memory in his heat with a heat win and talked about making good choices.

After the features:

A.J. Kingsley ran the outside to get a Late Model feature win and spoke about why he ran up high.
Chad Phelps led early, lost the lead, got it back and spoke about some recent bad luck they’ve had.
Larry Wight finished second in a great Modified feature and talked about how close he came.
Mike Bowman led five laps in the feature finishing third and explained what went wrong late.

I had fun last night as I stayed close to him hitting Fulton Speedway for some Saturday night fun on the high banks. It was a classic Modified race as Chad Phelps beat Larry Wight by just over a car length after crossing the line together on the two to go and white flag laps.

It was a great four car race with Phelps, Wight, Mike Bowman and Jimmy Phelps for a good portion of the caution free 35 lap feature race. This was a great one alright and it was so much fun for both me and the fans to watch it. Yep, it was another classic alright.

I did get a lot of the heat winners and some pretty good pre race interviews which will start showing up tomorrow as well as some from Glen Ridge and Skyline. I will be off today as I have so many things to take care of here at the house and I do want to try to get out for a round of golf if I can get everything done here first.

I already have the site undated for Monday with six new chats coming your way that I know you’ll like. Two from Fulton, two from Glen Ridge and two from Skyline so be sure to come back for those.

 
Saturday, August 6th 2016
   

New on the Audio Page from Glen Ridge Motorsports Park:

Nick Stone spoke about racing against a good friend and the work he did to get his car ready.
JaMike Sowle talked about the 86 Showcar he was working on and how his 2016 season is going.
Shaun Pangman thought back on last week’s win and talked about the two cars he unloaded.
Bobby Varin won the first 20 lap Modified race and told Ed Bittig about his hopes for later on.
Justin Knight got the win in the 1st 20 lap Pro Stock feature and spoke about starting with a win.
Chris Adams spoke about winning the Vintage feature and getting his second ever feature win.
Chris Curtis was moved from second to first and talked about how his car handled in the race.
Luke Horning won the second 20 lap Pro Stock race and explained why he was DQ’d in the first.
Dave Constantino picked up the win in the 2nd Sportsman feature and talked about his nice car.
Bobby Varin wins the second 20 lap feature and talked about what could happen if he wins again.
Jeremy Wilder won the final Modified feature race and dedicated his victory to a special friend.
Justin Knight wins two of three Pro Stock races and described how he was able to win twice.
Rocky Warner earned his 13th victory of the season and talked about how he grabbed 2 spots early.

It was a late one at Glen Ridge as the yellow flags got a workout as each weekly division ran triple features. There was a real nice crowd on hand on a beautiful night for racing and they got more than their fill on what was a long, long night.

Hey, you get these kind of nights every now and again but I still had a great time working with Jim King and everyone else in the tower on what was a long night for everyone involved with the final checkered flag waving just after midnight.

I am sorry the victory lane interviews don’t sound as good as they usually do as I guess I had the mic a little too close to the speaker in the tower. Ed Bittig did a great job and I was happy to have him up on the site for the second Saturday in a row.

I will be on the road today although it will be a much quicker trip as I will head to Fulton where it seems like I have not been in forever. Then Tuesday we’ll head to Weedsport for the Hall of Fame Classic on what will be a fun trip for me as I always enjoy going back to tracks I used to work at. And who knows, maybe Fulton or Weedsport will ask me to sub some night just like Five Mile Point and Glen Ridge did. Hey, a guy can hope can’t he?

I did save some chats for the can and if my old computer can make it ill Wednesday maybe I can re-do the studio without missing any days. Maybe…so keep your fingers crossed.

 
Friday, August 5th 2016
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Randy Gates told me about his Skyline Sportsman win last Saturday and his hectic final laps.
Dayton Coney tells me how he is doing in his 2nd season in a Sportsman and his racing background.
Tommy Ferguson ran Skyline for the second race in a row and talked about how he is learning.
Tyler Ward described a recent chassis switch he did and why each party is happy afterwards.

Today we meet a few new drivers to the site and to the Sportsman division. Both Dayton and his friend Tommy are each in their second year in the class and I think you’ll like their stories.

Plus we have feature winner Randy Gates on the site (I called him Kenny in the interview…sorry Randy!) and find out about an interesting car swap that seems to be working out well.

Tonight I will be back at Glen Ridge as they have triple 20’s for each of the weekly divisions. It should be a blast and it will be fun for Allie and I to head back after the wonderful time we had last week. Then we’ll head to Fulton on Saturday.

Now let’s chat more about what we have up for you today on the Audio Page starting with a driver who just won his first race of the season. Randy Gates told me about his Skyline Sportsman win last Saturday, his hectic final laps as he tried to hold on as well as why he skipped Wednesday’s mid week show.

Dayton Coney tells me how he is doing in his 2nd season in a Sportsman, his motorcycle racing background and what finally convinced him to get a car with a cage.  

Tommy Ferguson ran Skyline for the second race in a row and talked about what he is learning in his second season as well as the tough start he had to the season.  

Tyler Ward described a recent chassis switch he did, how the deal went down initially and why each party seems to be happy afterwards.

 
Thursday, August 4th 2016
   

New on the Audio Page from Skyline Raceway Park:

After the heat races:

Earl Zimmer wondered what happened to the leader as he snuck by on the bottom to win his heat.
Teddy Morseman Jr. won his first Street Stock heat ever at Skyline and talked about changes.
Nick Nye spoke about winning his Sportsman heat race and how he finally got a good draw.
Gary Card Jr. led every lap to win his Sportsman heat and told me about a problem he had.
Kevin Jordan finished third in his heat race and talked about drawing the outside pole position.

After the feature races:

Jonathon Carpenter won the 30 lap Street Stock race and talked about his late race pass for the lead.
Earl Zimmer lost a heartbreaker with just four to go and explained what went wrong up front.
Teddy Morseman Jr. finished 3rd in his first Skyline feature and spoke about the tight points.
Mike Robinson
won the STAR Series Four Cylinder race and talked about his dominant race.
Kevin Jordan led every lap to win the Sportsman race and spoke about his old tired engine.

I had a fun night on Wednesday as I traveled south of Cortland for a mid week show at Skyline Raceway, one of my favorite tracks from back in the day. I was first exposed to Skyline back in the early 90’s as they used to run a lot of late season specials so it was fun to go there for a mid week special in August.

Jonathon Carpenter to the Boynton owned Street Stock to victory in the 30 lap Fight Night Series race and had Earl Zimmer right there as the two raced out front. It was a classic battle and I forgot how fast these Southern Tier Street Stocks are.

Kevin Jordan took an engine back from the builder that he had planned to freshen up and it was good enough to get him the win in the 30 lap Sportsman race. Nick Nye was on him and if Jordan had slipped at all it may have been a different story altogether but he didn’t and got a big win.

And Mike Robinson took out a great looking Pontiac Sunfire and was clearly the fastest car in the STAR Series Four Cylinder feature race. The show was run off quickly and they were done by 9:45 which got me and everyone else home well in time to get a good night sleep for today.

Now my old computer is moaning and groaning but we do have another one. The bad news is that the monitors are so big that I am going to have to gut my studio and start all over again. So when this old one does die expect us to be down for a few days as I make the necessary changes here. I will keep you posted.

Be sure to come back tomorrow for more from Skyline. I will be at Glen Ridge again on Friday to announce and Fulton on Saturday. See you guys soon.

 
Wednesday, August 3rd 2016
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Kevin Jordan talks about tonight’s open versus crate Sportsman Shootout at Skyline Raceway.
Dean Catlin previews tonight’s three division show at Skyline with a special guest flag man.

Today is going to be a fun day as I will be heading down to Skyline for some mid week fun. I was there a few weeks ago and look forward to seeing this show tonight at one of my favorite short tracks. And yes, I do need to remember to bring my lawn chair!!!

I have a couple of people up today who will have something to do with this show tonight and tomorrow we’ll have some audio up from this show for you to check out.

Now for more on what is happening tonight let’s talk more about our new stuff on the Audio Page that is all about Skyline! Kevin Jordan talks about tonight’s open versus crate Sportsman Shootout at Skyline Raceway and gives some valuable advice for racers who don’t run there regularly. Good stuff here guys!  

Dean Catlin previews tonight’s three division show at Skyline featuring a Sportsman Shootout, Street Stocks and STAR Series Four Cylinders with a special guest flag man that a lot of us know well.  

 
Tuesday, August 2nd 2016
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Bobby Varin tells me about his season at Glen Ridge and how his W-16 engine is performing.
Tyler Siri recaps his win and fifth place at Outlaw Speedway and looks ahead to Friday night.
Tony Veneziano reports on the latest WoO Sprint Car races leading up to I-55 this weekend.

We’re back at it again today and have a new column up online at www.syracuse.com/motorsports and also in print in today’s Syracuse Post Standard. Obviously with a lot of tracks off this past weekend there is not as much there as in some weeks but with less that gives me some time to get ahold of some new people this week as the regular season winds down.

I have a winner up from the weekend as well as my last Glen Ridge chat and an update on the World of Outlaws. All three aregood and I hope you enjoy them all. And I will have some extra time this week so if I have not chatted with your favorite driver in a while let me know and I will get it done. Either message me on Facebook or send me a message at doug@dougsdirtdiary.com.

And don’t forget later today the Super DIRTcar Series will visit Ransomville Speedway for the Alex Friesen Summernationals. There is big money on the line and a lot of drivers who really want to win this special event. Good luck to all of you going there tonight.

Now let’s chat more about what I have for you today on the Audio Page as we roll into August. Bobby Varin tells me about his season at Glen Ridge and how his W-16 engine is performing as well as how it matches up against other engines with more horsepower.  

Tyler Siri recaps his win and fifth place at Outlaw Speedway this past weekend and looks ahead to Friday night where some NASCAR folks will show up for some fun.  

Tony Veneziano reports on the latest WoO Sprint Car races leading up to Ironman 55 at I-55 Raceway in Missouri this weekend.

 
Monday, August 1st 2016
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Jeff Rockefeller tells me about a problem he had the week before and why he got out fast.
Shaun Pangman talks about putting wings on his Modified and what went wrong last Friday night.
Chris Schaffer described how his season is going as part of a 2 car team and a handling issue.

There was a lot of weather around on Sunday both early in the day and then again latter. Utica Rome was set to run their 4th Annual Cole Cup but early rains with the promise of more later led to an early cancellation. The show will now be made up in September.

Now today I will get in the studio as I only have one interview left from Friday at Glen Ridge so after we get some writing done we’ll get in and get the mics fired up.

Tomorrow we will have my latest story on Syracuse.com/motorsports and it will be available in print form as well. So look for that and be sure to come back here for more.

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you to listen to on the Audio Page from Friday at Glen Ridge. Jeff Rockefeller tells me about a problem he had the week before and why he got out of the Modified quickly as well as the recent hot streak he had before things started going wrong.  

Shaun Pangman talks about putting wings on his Modified, what happened last year when he tried something similar and what went wrong last Friday night.

Chris Schaffer described how his season is going as part of a 2 car team, some handling issues he has been dealing with and how his life is away from the race track.

 
     
 
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