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|Friday, April 27th 2012
New on the Audio Page for today:
Dan Vauter explained how badly things have been going and his hopes to change it for the better.
Tony Steiner tells me how his 2012 plans and the hot lap sessions he got in before Friday.
Matt Hulsizer had his Mod at the Brewerton opener and talked about what he learned last year.
Neal Williams breaks down how last weekend’s racing went and what his team hopes to prove.
Ray Richer talks about getting his season started this Saturday at Evans Mills with his truck.
Tana Robinson runs down the awards on the line at tonight’s Test & Tune at Ransomville.
I had a nice day off yesterday and now we will sit back and see what today brings us. Be sure to check our Track Links Page to see what is going on at your favorite track and see if they are racing or not.
On the site are a few interviews from the Brewerton opener one week ago as well as a couple of in studio interviews from Wednesday. There is a lot of good stuff on there and we are so thankful that these drivers chose to be here to tell their stories.
I have Brewerton on my card for tonight, Can Am for tomorrow and Utica Rome for Sunday. I am hopeful for all three and will make the needed adjustments as we go along as the weather does whatever it is going to do.
We wish all the racers, promoters and fans all the best this weekend. Dress warmly and bring lots of layers as I fear you are going to need them. But be sure to show your support as the racetracks could all use it.
Now let’s chat more about what is new for today on the Audio Page. I begin with one of my first interviews from the Brewerton opener as we stood in the sign up line. Dan Vauter explained how badly things have been going so far in 2012 and his hopes for a change at the Brewerton opener. He wondered if one person may be responsible for his bad luck (no), ran down the incidents he has been involved in so far and why he is always watching the gauges in the racecar.
Tony Steiner tells me how his off season has been and the hot lap sessions he got in before Friday. He talked about the need for seat time, his plans to race twice weekly and get his asphalt car on the road for a four race touring series.
Matt Hulsizer had his Modified at the Brewerton opener and talked about what he learned last year during his rookie season. He told me how his car felt in hot laps, explained what they did to make it better and why he is so happy with his smooth motor.
Neal Williams breaks down how last weekend’s racing went and what his team hopes to prove. He told me how his car got better as the race went on at New Egypt, the tough luck he had at Big Diamond and reminded me how this opportunity came about.
Ray Richer talks about getting his season started this Saturday at Evans Mills with his truck. He described what a Light Truck Stock 4 Cylinder entails, thinks back on how he did at the track last year and his years as a spotter at the old Adirondack Speedway.
Tana Robinson runs down the awards on the line at tonight’s Test & Tune at Ransomville. She also told me how those times tonight will affect next week’s starting line up, how the Friendship Pass makes it easier for teams to travel to Canandaigua (and visa versa) and how easy it will be to use. Nice!
|Thursday, April 26th 2012
| New on the Audio Page for today:
Jarett Andretti talks about his upcoming test in a Super Modified at the Oswego Speedway.
Steve Poirier gets ready for the ESS show at Can Am and thinks back to his win at Fulton.
Dr. Steve Collins explains why he became a Sprint Car rookie at the ripe old age of 44 years old.
Mike Bowman offered his thoughts on the Brewerton opener and his tough Canandaigua race.
Matt Janczuk spoke about his hopes to defend his Sportsman championship at Utica Rome.
I had another fun day on Wednesday as I got some work done in the studio and put up a lot of new photos. I am trying to stagger the photos a little and not release them all at one time. And we are so happy to get the contributions we get as these photographers are not paid to send them in and we never tell them what to do with their work, we’re just happy to have it. We are so fortunate they share their work with us to help promote the sport to the masses. And that is what WE are all about…promoting the sport. Not just a website.
As you can see we have a lot of folks on today who will be racing this weekend. Can Am and Utica Rome are set for their first race and we have stuff promoting their races on the site today. I know the weather seems horrible now, but the weekend looks better. Stay optimistic and support your local track whenever possible.
Congratulations to Heather Price as she correctly answered our question. She will get a free Doug’s Dirt Diary t-shirt sent to her house. And thanks for listening Heather!
Now let’s chat more about what is new for today on the Audio Page. I begin with a young man who from a famous racing family who will soon be racing in our neck of the woods. Jarett Andretti talks about his upcoming test in a Super Modified at the Oswego Speedway. He told me what appeals to him about this type of car, when he would race it and how that could help him get to his ultimate goal, the Indy 500!
Steve Poirier gets ready for the ESS show at Can Am and thinks back to his win at Fulton. He told me how much better his left knee has been feeling since then, why he likes the fast half mile so much and why handling is so important at the track.
Dr. Steve Collins explains why he became a Sprint Car rookie at the ripe old age of 44 as he prepares for the Patriot Sprint Tour show at Glen Ridge. He talked about his years as a crew chief for Tom Taber, how he did in his first few starts in 2011 and how close he came to trashing a new car at the Fulton Speedway opener.
Mike Bowman offered his thoughts on the Brewerton opener and his tough race at Canandaigua. He talked about ripping a shock tower off of a brand new car, how good of a job his dad did fixing it and how good it felt to get the pre season jitters out.
Matt Janczuk spoke about his hopes to defend his Sportsman championship at Utica Rome Speedway. He talked about the new shop that just went up, the new car they just picked up and wonders which car they will use in the opener this Sunday.
|Wednesday, April 25th 2012
| New on the Audio Page for today:
Bobby Varin talks about his races so far as he gets ready for the Utica Rome opener on Sunday.
Jim Witko told me his hopes for the Brewerton opener and the new Bicknell he had with him.
Jeremy Wonderling describes the work he was doing to dad’s car as they get ready for Woodhull.
Chip Burdick tells me about the ESS show at Can Am as well as the Modified dash that was added.
Stephen Denton spoke about his plans for 2012 and what he had to do to get his car ready.
It was another wet and cold day in Central New York but through all of this we had no measurable snow and that is a great thing. One of the racers I spoke with today had a foot of snow at his home. Listen and figure out who it was and I’ll send a t-shirt out to the first person to send me the correct answer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I got a lot done in the studio yesterday and put most of that up along with a pair of interviews from my Friday at the Brewerton Speedway. Of course this weekend I have Can Am and Utica Rome on my schedule and we’ll see how Friday works out as the weather is supposed to clear sometime later on Thursday. But does that give the Friday tracks enough time to do their prep work? That may be the question right there!
We’ll be back tomorrow of course with lots more including more photos from the Brewerton opener as we’ll put up a big bin from J Fish. And I will something special for you Oswego Speedway fans as well, so be sure to come on back.
Now let’s chat more about what is new for today on the Audio Page. I begin with a man who is hoping to race three times this coming weekend. Bobby Varin talks about his races so far as he gets ready for the Utica Rome opener this Sunday. He told me about his three third place finishes at Glen Ridge, his runner up finish in the latest Fonda race and what makes Utica Rome so special in the dirt racing world.
Jim Witko told me his hopes for the Brewerton opener and the new Bicknell he had with him. He talked about the extra room he has inside the car, what would make for a nice night for him and joked about the role his wife/crew chief plays on the team. Be nice Jim, you’ve got a great one there!
Jeremy Wonderling describes the work he was doing to dad’s car on Tuesday as they get ready for Woodhull and the BRP Can Am Late Model Series opener. He talked about the race he did with dad’s car two weeks ago, what the problem is that they are still working on and explains why he likes the high banked track so much.
Chip Burdick tells me about the ESS show at Can Am this Saturday as well as the Modified dash that was added. He remembered some of the close finishes the Sprinters have had at the track in the past, the bonuses he has in place for this show and describes what the last month has been like at the track after going the independent route.
Stephen Denton spoke about his plans for 2012 and what he had to do to get his car ready for the Brewerton opener. He talked about one big change he had to make at the track, the fun he had at Pittsburgh International Raceway and how great it was to win as part of a multi-car team.
|Tuesday, April 24th 2012
| New on the Audio Page for today:
Mitch Gibbs talked about winning the I-88 Speedway opener and the great surface he raced on.
Ryan Godown won the Modified feature at New Egypt Speedway and told me how he did it.
Chad Phelps got ready for his first race Friday at Brewerton and spoke about his hopes for later.
Ryan Bartlett told me about the bad luck he had earlier and the two things that went wrong.
Wow, what a day some of you had Sunday into Monday. I heard reports from my truck driving friends about snow as high as a foot in some spots. Heavy wet snow and heavy rain soaked almost all of us and now we wait to see what the week will bring and if it will mess things up for this weekend or not. Let’s hope not!
I wrote up a new column for the Syracuse Post Standard and did some work in the studio as well. Half of my interviews for today were done in the studio and the other two were from Friday at Brewerton. And if all works out well today, I could have someone new on tomorrow with a famous racing bloodline. Keep your fingers crossed!
Now let’s chat more about the new stuff on the Audio Page for today. I begin with a man who won in his first start of the year. Mitch Gibbs talked about winning the I-88 Speedway opener and the great surface he raced on. He told me how he took the lead, how good his car was in slower traffic and how packed the place was this past Friday. Sounds like I-88 hit a homerun doesn’t it!
Ryan Godown won the Modified feature at New Egypt Speedway and told me how he did it. He talked about making his way to the front behind a multi-time feature winner, how he won with a small block on a slick surface and how much he enjoyed his rainout day on Sunday as he got to see his son do something he had never done before.
Chad Phelps got ready for his first race Friday at Brewerton and spoke about his hopes for later. He talked about his “pretty much” new car, his plans for the 2012 season and explained why doing a three race weekend would be tough.
Ryan Bartlett told me about the bad luck he had earlier in the day and the two things that went wrong. He explained why they missed hot laps, described the work they did the day before to get it ready to race and his hopes to race twice a week this season.
|Monday, April 23rd 2012
| New on the Audio Page for today:
Willy Decker told me how he picked a ride in “the deuce” and looks ahead to Utica’s opener.
Matt Fink talked about his Brewerton practice, how good the surface was and his hopes for Friday.
Kevan Cook reflected on his nice season in 2011 talked about what he will be doing this season.
In my latest Motor Sounds clip hear the Brewerton Modifieds staging and on the racetrack.
Hear what I thought about the Brewerton opener, big time racing and more in my Doug’s Thoughts.
Well that was a crappy weekend for most of us wasn’t it? Bad weather rained out almost everything Saturday although Brett Hearn picked up win number 70 at the valley and Ryan Godown picked one up down at New Egypt. But outside of that, not much happened including Five Mile Point yesterday which had their ROC show rained out and moved to July.
Luckily I had some extra interviews canned for release this week and added a Doug’s Thoughts as well. I do have some things set up for today so be sure to keep coming back to see what I can get done and who I can chat with this week.
More tracks open this weekend as Can Am and Utica Rome are set for show number one. Can Am of course was supposed to race this past Saturday but the heavy rains made that an impossibility.
This coming week I plan on being at Can Am for the ESS opener and then at Utica Rome on Sunday. I know this week the weather sounds crappy all week long but as of now they are optimistic about the weekend. Let’s hope it stays like that.
Now let’s chat more about what is new for today on the Audio Page. I begin with a man who has a new ride for his Friday night track. Willy Decker told me how he picked a ride in “the deuce” car for Fridays and looks ahead to Utica Rome Speedway’s opener this Sunday. He talked about when the conversation began, when we will see him race it and what they will be working on today with the 1x.
Matt Fink talked about his Brewerton practice, how good the surface was and his hopes for Friday. He told me what he learned in the hot laps, wondered how good he was compared to everyone else and if the surface would be the same for the opener. Nope…it wasn’t!
Kevan Cook reflected on his nice season in 2011 talked about what he will be doing this season. He told me about some changes they made to his familiar car, why he did not get a new chassis and recalled how he did the weekend before at Clinton County.
In my latest Motor Sounds clip hear the Brewerton Modifieds staging and on the racetrack. This is another good one to test your speakers and see who around you knows what you are listening to. Best sound in the world right here!
Hear what I thought about the Brewerton opener, big time racing and more in mylatest installment of Doug’s Thoughts. I alsotalk about what I noticed watching some big time races on TV, why I think NHRA is on the right track and why I think Fast, Furious and Fifty could be a big thing! What do you think?
|Sunday, April 22nd 2012
| New on the Audio Page for today:
Pat Ward got ready for the Brewerton opener and talked about his hopes for the ROC show today.
Mike Mahaney talked about his latest trip to Fonda and the reaction he got this time around.
Rich Keller showed off a new look on his IMCA Modified and talked about the slick surface.
Joe Garafolo shared what he learned having someone else hot lap his car at the Tuesday practice.
Keith Shay explained how he was able to get his Four Cylinder ready for the Brewerton opener.
Well the rain did come and there was a lot of it on Saturday forcing numerous cancellations. The two places I was thinking about both rained out so I went with some clips from Friday for today.
I will be in the studio today as I need to get ahold of some folks who did well this weekend. The nice thing is that there was a lot of racing on Friday night and I’ll do my best to track down some of the people who had fun this weekend. Plus we need to check in with some other folks to see how their season has been going so far.
And I still have twelve more clips in the can including a motor sounds clip that takes you from the staging area to the racetrack. It’s a good one. And yes, I will watch a little NASCAR today as Kansas is one of my favorite tracks on the video games. Let’s hope they didn’t ruin it from the last time like they did with Bristol.
Now let’s chat more about what is new for today on the Audio Page. I begin with a man who is really hoping for a dry day today. Pat Ward got ready for the Brewerton opener, told me what he likes best about the track and how changeable it can be. He also talked about his hopes for the ROC show today at Five Mile Point, how the weekend forecast changed and how excited he is to be back at the tiny ¼ mile track.
Mike Mahaney talked about his latest trip to Fonda and the reaction he got this time around. He told me about finishing sixth, explained how much different the track was in the night time show and wondered if they missed the gearing a little.
Rich Keller showed off a new look on his IMCA Modified and talked about the slick surface at the Brewerton opener. He told me about a loose condition he had going in, how many changes they made in the off season and why he was pleased overall with the way it worked.
Joe Garafolo shared what he learned having someone else hot lap his car at the Tuesday practice. He told me why he could not make it there himself, what advice he had for the driver and what his hopes were for later on in the night.
Keith Shay explained how he was able to get his Four Cylinder ready for the Brewerton opener. He talked about how busy he has been away from the track, what he was checking after hot laps and wonders what it will be like racing without looking at the points.
|Saturday, April 21st 2012
| New on the Audio Page from the Brewerton Speedway opener:
Pre race conversations:
Jimmy Phelps talked to me about his last race and the power steering issue they had at Canandaigua.
Alan Johnson thought back to his run at Canandaigua last week as he went from 15th to a top five.
Tom Sears Jr. evaluated how his first race of the year went and racing against guys with many laps.
Chris Hile explained how they took care of a major issue and found a rig to get them to the track.
Ryan Phelps showed off a new look and told me about the practice laps he had so far this year.
After the heat races:
Tom Sears Jr. led every lap to win the first Modified heat and talked about how good his car was.
Jimmy Phelps made a nice move on lap three to get the win and told me about his pass for the lead.
Alan Johnson won the final Modified heat race and talked about how a good draw helped him.
Rob Keller went from 6th to 1st in the blink of an eye and spoke about how well his car rotated.
Chris Fleming took the lead on the final lap in his IMCA Modified heat and talked about the pass.
After the features:
Tim Devendorf went to the top spot on lap six and told Adam Buchanan about his feature win.
Ryan Phelps spoke with Bill Foley in victory lane after winning in his first start of the season.
Chris Hile earned his best ever Modified finish coming home 3rd and talked about his late race pass.
Jimmy Phelps spoke about his fourth place finish and how happy he was for his winning cousin.
Peter Britten came from the consi to finish fifth and told me how happy he was afterwards.
Tom Sears Jr. fell back a bit to finish 6th and described how he tried too hard in one corner.
Ryan Scott took the lead with 3 laps to go and told Bill Foley about getting his second Brewerton win.
Stephen Denton did a four wide pass on the bottom on the first lap and talked about it trackside.
I had a great time last night as I went to the Brewerton Speedway for their season opener. A strong field of 26 Modifieds was on hand as well as the IMCA Modifieds, Mod Lites and Four Cylinder Super Stocks.
Ryan Phelps had not run a race so far this year and was going against many other drivers who had several shows in and in some cases even a win or two so far this year. So when he started outside of Billy Decker on the front row when the green flag waved, many in the crowd were probably thinking the red #91 would be in victory lane…but it was not.
Decker led the first lap before Phelps swept by him on the outside on lap two. Decker did not move all the way up right away but after a few more laps he was on the extreme outside as well chasing the red 99 of Phelps.
Phelps hit traffic and dealt with it well in the race and went on for the feature win over Decker, a surprising Chris Hile, Jimmy Phelps and Peter Britten who had to qualify through the consolation race and started 24th. Only two cautions slowed the pace of this race and it was a good one as there was a lot of racing going on including several passes in the final two laps.
I got interviews with five of the top six finishers as well as the feature winners, the Modified and IMCA heat winners and 21 pre race chats including another motor sounds clip that includes on track action. Those interviews that did not make it on the site today will show up over the next few days depending on what today does weather wise.
I also took some photos (although not as much as before as we are focusing on interviews this year and leaving the picture taking to the experts) and those are up as well as some from Jeremiah Fish who sent them to me early this morning.
It was a strong night for the track as the place was packed. It was not squeeze in tight, but it was darned close to it. And now with the extra grandstands in turn four, I wonder if it may have been their strongest opener…ever! I’ll check on that for you. But it was BIG!
It was great to be back but tough to be there as a reporter only. After ten race nights there last year, that was the only thing that was missing. But having ten race nights at the track makes me better at my job and at this track I feel like I have a good bead on it and love to watch and discuss it with the drivers afterwards. Yep, I just love Brewerton for so many reasons.
The track was slick but it was table top smooth. It was racy and as always, the fast groove moves around at Brewerton and you have to be on your toes to make it work.
Congratulations to all the winners. Ryan Scott made a late race pass to win his feature and his somewhat heavy Canadian accent was noticed by announcer Bill Foley in victory lane. And he passed Rob Keller at the end to win that race. It was a nice win for Ryan, the second at the track in his career.
Tim Devendorf was fast in his Mod Lite win as he drove away after taking the lead on lap six of the twenty lapper. And you’ll see him at Oswego this year in a Super Modified. So it was a lot of fun for him no doubt as he got to race with his buddies in the division at Brewerton.
Stephen Denton made it look easy as he made a four wide move in the first set of corners to win the Four Cylinder Super Stock feature. Stephanie Seeley had a hard crash late in the race and had to be carried from her car by the safety crew. She did take an ambulance ride and we are wishing her all the best. Get well soon!
Now today I am not sure what I am going to do. It will be cold and rainy in a lot of places but there will be tracks that will race. Check the Track Links Page to go to the websites directly and use the radar maps to see what is going on. Keep your fingers crossed and we’ll all hope for the best.
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