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Friday, April 13th 2012
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Scott Kreutter told me about last weeks practice and his hopes for the Methanol Meltdown. 
Vinnie Vitale described the work he did right till the last minute to race Saturday at Canandaigua. 
Tyler Siri talked about his hopes for the series race at Canandaigua as he got ready for his big block. 
Jason Knowles will race this Saturday at Woodhull and spoke about the BRP Can Am Late Models. 
Joe Trenca offered up his thoughts as he gets ready for his first ever Sprint Car race this Saturday. 
 
I got a lot done in a quick session Thursday night and we have five new chats today because of it. Three of these are from the studio last night and the other two were from Saturday at Canandaigua. I’ll be back in there today and hoping to get a few done before I head out to make sure I can fit into a Factory Five Roadster that we hope to do some Autocross with in two weeks. More on that later!!!
 
On the site tomorrow will be Nate Reynolds, Rob Bellinger, Todd Hoddick and Rich Vleck plus whoever we can get to today in the two hour window I have this afternoon. If you are going to be around from 3-5PM, send me an email to doug@dougsdirdiary.com or message me on facebook. But I will be done by 5PM!
 
Tomorrow I will be heading to the Fulton Speedway as they get their season started with the Methanol Meltdown, part of the Patriot Sprint Tour for 2012. Expect a huge car count for this one and I hope to see some of you there. But whatever you do, go see a show this weekend and support your local racetrack.
 
Now let’s chat more about what is new for today on the Audio Page. I begin with a man who was just wrapping up work on the car he will drive this weekend. Scott Kreutter told me about last weeks practice and his hopes for the Methanol Meltdown at Fulton. He talked about how big this Patriot Sprint Tour show should be, how excited he is about the situation he is in this year and described the work they did Thursday night to be ready. 
 
Vinnie Vitale described the work he did right till the last minute to race Saturday at Canandaigua. He talked about the new car they put together, wondered how much series racing they may do and explained how nice it is for him and his dad to get together on race days. Nice! 
 
Tyler Siri talked about his hopes for the series race at Canandaigua as he got ready for his first time in a big block. He told me what happened to that motor when they brought it to Florida, what his goals were for the Jan Corcoran Memorial and thought back on his last trip to The Land of Legends.
 
Jason Knowles will race this Saturday at Woodhull and spoke about the BRP Can Am Late Models. He told me what he likes best about this high banked track, how tough it is to race against members of his family and why he feels it is when he races the hardest. 
 
Joe Trenca offered up his thoughts as he gets ready for his first ever Sprint Car race this Saturday at Fulton. He talked about what he learned at last week’s practice, what would have to happen this weekend to make it a success and shared some advice his grandfather gave him. Pretty impressive young man isn’t he? 

 
Thursday, April 12th 2012
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Billy Pauch tells me about his win last week at New Egypt and a new deal that is in the works. 
Gil Tegg will be back at Canandaigua this season and talked about his hopes for Saturday’s opener.
Dan Weisner came into Saturday as the defending champion and talked about the race surface. 
Tana Robinson talked about some big doings at Ransomville as they get closer to the start of 2012. 
 
It was a nice day on Wednesday as I got my work done early and headed out to see an old friend of mine for dinner. We had a great time and the girls got to learn a little more about daddy. Although we kept some of the stories tucked away for when they get older. Hey, it was the 80’s! 
 
I have four chats on the site today and still many more to come over the next few days. Once again I’ll be doing a long session in the studio today so I’ll be using facebook once again to help me set up interviews. So if you raced last weekend or are going to go this weekend, send me a message or an email to doug@dougsdirtdiary.com
 
I also wrote up a preview of the Saturday opener at the Fulton Speedway which I think is going to be very big. From what I am hearing, a lot of Sprint Car teams are already making their plans to attend this Patriot Sprint Tour show so get ready for 40 plus cars on Saturday I predict.
 
Now let’s chat more about what is new for today on the Audio Page. I begin with a man who already has two trips to victory lane so far this year. Billy Pauch tells me about his win last week at New Egypt and a new deal that is in the works for the future. He talked about racing to the front from 12th place, how sometimes being in second while approaching traffic can be beneficial and how a late race restart helped his chances. 
 
Gil Tegg will be back at Canandaigua this season and talked about his hopes for Saturday’s season opener. He told me about the new chassis they put together, what he missed about racing at The Land of Legends and the need to have fun once again. Welcome back Gil! 
 
Dan Weisner came into Saturday as the defending Canandaigua Sportsman champion and talked about the race surface he saw in hot laps. He told me about the great people he has around him, describes the conditions you tend to see weekly at the track and wonders how much traveling he will do this year. 
 
Tana Robinson talked about some big doings at Ransomville as they get closer to the start of their 2012 season. She told me about the higher than last year car counts she is already seeing, the construction going on for a new party deck and a big bonus the fast timers at the practice will get. Nice! 

 
Wednesday, April 11th 2012
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Matt DeLorenzo remembers his second place run at Fonda and talks about the Malta practice. 
Chuck Bower spoke about his goals for Canandaigua as he got ready for the big series race. 
Derrick Podsiadlo talked about the last minute work he did to get his new Modified ready to run. 
Rich Swarthout looked totally different from last year and told me how he got in great shape. 
 
We have a lot more good stuff on the site for you today including three from Canandaigua on Saturday as well as one from the studio as well. Lots of action set for this weekend too, so if you have yet to get out, there are a lot of options for you.
 
It’s going to be a busy day today as I hope to get a lot done in the studio and write up a new column for the local paper. I also hope to track down more of you who will be racing this weekend or did so this past weekend. So hit me with those emails please at doug@dougsdirtdiary.com
 
This weekend I will be at the Fulton Speedway for the big PST race and if their practice was any indication, I think they will have well over 40 Sprint Cars in the pit area for this one.
 
Now let’s chat more about what is new for today on the Audio Page. I start with a man who had a shot at a win this past Saturday. Matt DeLorenzo remembers his second place run at Fonda and talks about the Malta practice on Sunday. He told me what makes Fonda unique in the world of half mile racetracks, how tight the battle up front was the last two laps and describes what will make Albany Saratoga different this time around. 
 
Chuck Bower spoke about his goals for Canandaigua as he got ready for the big series race last Saturday. He talked about the racecar he brought to the track, some work they did to the car over the winter months and reminded me where he will be racing weekly this season. 
 
Derrick Podsiadlo talked about the last minute work he did to get his new Modified ready for Saturday. He told me how roomy his new ride is, how moving the driver back changes the set ups and wonders how well it will get around the racetrack. 
 
Rich Swarthout looked totally different from last year and told me how he got in great shape during the off season. He talked about the program we see on TV that helped him change his body, how nice it feels to have a new chassis under him and ran down his goals for the 2012 season. 

 
Tuesday, April 10th 2012
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Paul Kinney talked about running his Sprint Car at the Fulton practice and his hopes for Saturday. 
Rich Scagliotta was getting ready for the SDS race at Canandaigua and talked about last season. 
Jessica Power offered her initial impressions of Canandaigua as she got ready for race number one. 
Shane Andrews filled me in on his off season surgery as he got ready to be a regular at Canandaigua. 
 
I had a good day on Monday as school is off and we get lots of time this week together as a family. We have some activities we are going to do and I have three interviews a day from my time in Canandaigua this weekend to fall back on. Plus I’ll try to add at least one new one a day to go with them so be sure to keep checking back as we have a lot of good stuff in the can.
 
On the site today we have three more of those Canandaigua chats as well as one with former Modified racer Paul Kinney who will run his first ever Sprint Car race this coming weekend at Fulton. There is a lot going on and if you need help in promoting where you are going to be or wanna chat about what you’ve done so far, send me an email at doug@dougsdirtdiary.com and I’ll get ya on.
 
I do have some photos to put up and those will go up sometime today so keep checking back for those. As of now I have four to put up and I will hopefully get that done today.
 
Now let’s chat more about what is new for today on the Audio Page. I begin with a man who is already getting pumped up about what he’ll do this weekend. Paul Kinney talked about running his Sprint Car at the Fulton practice last weekend and his hopes for this Saturday. He described some of the little things that make running a Sprint Car so different, how his comfort level is in the car right now and what would make for a successful debut in the Patriot Sprint Tour opener. 
 
Rich Scagliotta was getting ready for the SDS race at Canandaigua and talked about last year’s breakout season. He told me how excited he is about 2012, ran down his plans for the coming year and explained why he is starting out with the car that he had success in last year. Can’t blame you there Rich!   
 
Jessica Power offered her initial impressions of Canandaigua as she got ready for race number one of the year. She told me why they towed down from Canada for the show, compared it to a track she knows up north and explained what would have to happen to make the trip a success. 
 
Shane Andrews filled me in on his off season surgery as he got ready to be a regular announcer at Canandaigua. He talked about the situation he was stepping into at the track, how well he knows many of the drivers from other tracks and how happy he was to start the season out with a series race at his new Saturday home. 

 
Monday, April 9th 2012
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Mike Mahaney talks about his surprising win at Fonda and how the locals reacted to his victory. 
Dale Planck told me about the borrowed motor he had in the car and who loaned him an engine. 
Justin Wright described his excitement level as he got ready for his first ever laps in a big block. 
Frank Burnell was ready for a return to a Sportsman and explained why he was light on the scales.
In my first Motor Sounds clip, hear the Sportsman and big blocks as they idle in the staging area. 
 
I had a great day on Easter and hopefully you did too. My parents came over and we made prime rib. The kids found the eggs the Easter Bunny had left behind and we could not have asked for a better day.
 
The only work I did was the interview at the top of the page and of course the write ups to go with everything you see today. I have some photo bins to put up and I will get to those sometime today as well. And it is so nice to have some actual racing to talk about so my write up for tomorrow’s Post Standard will be a fun one.
 
Now since I need to get back upstairs for desert, I’ll tell you more about what is new for today on the Audio Page. I begin with a man who enjoyed his trip to Fultonville on Saturday like never before. Mike Mahaney talks about his surprising win at Fonda and how the locals reacted to his victory. He told me how he got the lead late in a three car battle at the front, how poorly he had done the two times he had raced at Fonda previously and how nice everyone was to the invader who won at their track. Hear the excitement in his voice? Isn’t it great to hear? 
 
Dale Planck told me about the borrowed motor he had in his Modified and who loaned him an engine to make it to Canandaigua. He talked about the need to get some laps, how tough turns three & four are for the non-regulars and wondered how much he will race this year. 
 
Justin Wright described his excitement level as he got ready for his first ever laps in a big block. He told me what he was doing to stay calm, what would make for a successful night for him at Canandaigua and shared some of the advice he has received from his friends at Coffey/McCreadie Enterprises. 
 
Frank Burnell was ready for a return to a Sportsman and explained why he was light on the scales beforehand for the first time ever. He explained why he made the move from a Street Stock, described a problem they had with their brand new crate engine at the shop and how good he feels now that he has lost a huge amount of weight. Look in my photo bin to see! 
 
In my first Motor Sounds clip, hear the Sportsman and big blocks as they idle in the staging area. The audio is real good on this one so have some fun with this one at work and see how many people come running when you crank it up!!! PS-We are not responsible for any negative actions that may come your way! 

 
Sunday, April 8th 2012
   New on the Audio Page from Canandaigua Motorsports Park
 
Pre race conversations:
 
Chad Homan talked about his plans for the 2012 season as he got ready at the Canandaigua opener. 
Justin Haers had a new car at the show and told me how well things went at the practice earlier. 
Jimmy Phelps talked about the races he has in so far this year and the nice weather on Saturday. 
Brett Hearn showed off a new look for himself and thought back on his past at Canandaigua. 
Tim Fuller described his hopes for Canandaigua and talked about how his races have been going. 
Eric Giguere remembered his tough season in 2011 and why he had his focus away from the track. 
Justin Haers grinded up a right rear and told me about earning his fourth ever fast time award.
 
After the heat races:
 
Todd Henderson won his heat and told me about the fast car he would share the front row with. 
Justin Henderson took the win in heat number two and talked about his pass for the top spot.
Greg Cool walked me through the move he made on lap 3 that earned him a Sportsman heat win
Cody McPherson got the win in the final Sportsman heat and talked about his ride for 2012. 
Billy Decker talked about winning the first Modified heat race and how fast he was in time trials. 
Danny Johnson made a late race pass to win his heat and told me how happy he was with the car.
 
After the feature races:
 
Dan Wiesner began the defense of his championship with a win and told Mel Thomas all about it. 
Danny Johnson passed Tim McCreadie on lap 7 for the win and alked about it with Shane Andrews.
Brett Hearn made a late race charge to come from 17th to 2nd and talked about it down trackside. 
Justin Haers picked up third with a last lap pass and spoke about his podium finish in victory lane. 
Jimmy Phelps finished in fifth place and told me about getting up as high as 3rd at one point. 
 
I caught my first race of the 2012 season last night as I headed west to Canandaigua Motorsports Park for the running of the Jan Corcoran Memorial. It was their season opener and the first point race of the Super DIRTcar Series.
 
A strong field of 40 Modifieds and 41 Sportsman were on hand as well as Street Stocks and Pure Stocks. The track was as you would figure, slick and black but the racing was very good as there was passing in the heats and a lot of swapping of positions in the features as well.
 
The fans came in a little late but the next thing you knew, they were asking people to squeeze in as things got tight leading to a standing room only crowd. I don’t think you could have asked for much more in this one and promoter Jeremie Corcoran must have been smiling ear to ear when it was done. 
 
I did 34 interviews and 21 pre races to get myself off to a solid start. Many of those are up for today but there are still 16 clips in the can including my first Motor Sounds clip with both Sportsman and Modifieds in it. It’s a long one too so look for that to show up tomorrow and wake everyone up at work with it.
 
It was quite a night for Danny Johnson as he won his heat and the 64 lap feature race. He passed Tim McCreadie on lap five in his heat and lap seven in the feature. He survived three cautions on lap 42, 47 and 58. While positions changed behind him, The Doctor stayed focused and came away with his first SDS win at The Land of Legends since 1995. How about that?
 
I did get the top three from victory lane as well as fifth place runner Jimmy Phelps. I did not take a lot of pictures as I am focusing more on audio this year (I was so worried about hit count before but now we are so high it doesn’t matter as much now) and I almost got all the heat winners but there were 9 of them and only so much time. 
 
I had a great time but am wicked out of shape. I need to change that and after seeing some of you last night (Bubba, Rich and Brooke) I know I need to join that club. And congrats to all of you who did the tough work needed to change your appearance. 
 
Today I’ll be doing Easter with the family and maybe even squeeze in an interview or two. I know one particular person I need to chat with after his big win last night and I will do all I can to get that one to you soon.
 
Hope you all have a great Sunday and be sure to come back as I have more photos going up as well as more new audio from the Super DIRTcar Series opener. Happy Easter! 

 
Saturday, April 7th 2012
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Peter Britten talks about the loss of his father and his big series race later today in Canandaigua.
Billy Pauch Jr. recapped his two races so far this year and looked ahead to two more this weekend.
Danny Varin remembered his Sprint Car win from Black Rock and chatted about today at Fonda. 
John Wilbur explained why he will be calling Canandaigua his new weekly home this season. 
Scott Bennett spoke with J Fish about his hopes for his opener and the brand new car they had. 
Tommy Martocci had his 305 Sprint Car at Black Rock and told J Fish about his 2011 season. 
 
As you can see we have a lot for you today as a big day awaits us. I’ll be going to Canandaigua for the Super DIRTcar Series race and I am sure that many of you will be seeing your first race of the year today as well. I hope it goes great and let’s hope everyone brings their racecars home the same way they took them out. Good luck everyone!
 
In addition to the people on here that you know well, I also want to encourage you to listen to the final two as these are with people who have not been on the site before. And of course we have four from the studio as I did a marathon session Thursday. Thanks to everyone who helped.
 
In addition to Canandaigua, Fonda hosts their annual Ice Jam as they get their 2012 season started. And for fans of the Fulton Speedway, they have a practice on tap as well with free grandstand admission. New Egypt runs tonight and Big Diamond tomorrow as well as Five Mile Point. 
 
Now let’s chat more about what is new for today on the Audio Page. I begin with a man who we have all been thinking about lately. Peter Britten talks about the loss of his father and his big series race later today in Canandaigua.  He told me about the outpouring of support his family enjoyed from both sides of the ocean, the need to shake out the cobwebs and what he learned about getting around the big fast half mile after he raced there weekly last season. 
 
Billy Pauch Jr. recapped his two races so far this year and looked ahead to two more this weekend. He told me about the tough night they had at Selinsgrove, the dry track conditions he has been seeing and explains why he enjoys racing on dirt much more than on asphalt. I’ve heard many similar stories from drivers who have done both. 
 
Danny Varin remembered his 305 Sprint Car win from Black Rock last weekend and chatted about today at Fonda. He told me how cool it was to win his first ever race at the track, how great it is to start the year with a win and how much different his Fonda car will look this season. 
 
John Wilbur explained why he will be calling Canandaigua his new weekly home this season. He recalled how he did the last time he was there with his Sportsman, how much he learned driving the packer truck at the practice and what he did to his racecar in the offseason. 
 
Scott Bennett spoke with Jeremiah Fish about his hopes for his opener and the brand new car they had with them at Black Rock. He described his goals for the night, his hopes to stay out of trouble and remembered the opener last year.   
 
Tommy Martocci had his 305 Sprint Car at Black Rock and told Jeremiah Fish about his 2011 season. He talked about some of the successes he had towards the end of the year, how it felt to win a big show with 40 cars in the pit area and how much he is enjoying racing with the 305’s. 

 
     
 
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