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Saturday, September 17th 2011
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Billy Pauch Jr. talks about his season in both a Mod and a Sprint and looks ahead to Grandview.  
Chad Homan explained why he ran a new track last weekend and how different it would be.
Jason Rood described an issue he had last weekend and explained why he had to apologize. 
Casey Williams spoke about his Friday at Utica Rome and how happy he was with his finish.
Matt Hulsizer told me about some recent gains he has made before last weekend at Utica Rome.
 
It was another nice day on Friday although it is very clear that fall is finally here. Leaves are falling on my driveway from my white birch tree and I am beginning to see other trees beginning to turn as well. And we know what’s next too don’t we? Ugh!
 
I had a mellow day on Friday as all I did was type of this frontpage entry and do the descriptions for the new stuff on the Audio Page. So it was nice to lay low and get ready for what will be a big day today at Mohawk International.
 
J Fish and I will be heading to Mohawk today so look for lots of new stuff on the site from the event to show up on Sunday. The Super DIRTcar Series for both Modifieds and Pro Stocks is on tap tonight so it is going to be a super fun night for sure!
 
Don’t forget that Fonda and Grandview are also going today and the Freedom 76’r at Grandview will be a who’s who of the Modified world south of the Thruway. So be sure to make your plans, fill a cooler and hit the road today!
 
Now let’s chat more about what is new for today on the Audio Page. I begin with a man who is really looking forward to today. Billy Pauch Jr. talks about his season in both a Mod and a Sprint and looks ahead to Grandview today.   He told me what he has learned in a season behind the wheel of a winged car, how well things went at Big Diamond in the Modified and runs down his late season schedule of events. 
 
Chad Homan explained why he ran a new track last weekend and how different it would be for him. He talked about needing to learn a lot quickly, what area he thought he really needed to focus on and what fellow drivers shared some set up advice with him. 
 
Jason Rood described an issue he had last weekend and explained why he had to apologize afterwards. He told me what it feels like when you break a left rear shock, what it does to the other corner of the Modified and why a track that is too fast is almost bad for side by side racing. 
 
Casey Williams spoke about his Friday at Utica Rome and how happy he was with his finish. He told me how he knew the track still had some bite in it, how surprised he was about what he saw in the pits and why sometimes it can be good when the big boys stay away. 
 
Matt Hulsizer told me about some recent gains he has made before last weekend at Utica Rome. The next day Matt ended up coming from the back for a sixth place finish in the New Yorker. Guess he is getting better huh? 

 
Friday, September 16th 2011
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Billy Pauch remembers some of his past successes at the Freedom 76’r and talks about Saturday.
Alan Barker talked about his Friday at Utica Rome and how he went too far with an adjustment. 
Joe August Jr. spoke about his season and how much he enjoys bringing his daughter with him.
Brent Kelsey described his season at Mohawk International as he gets ready for their big weekend. 
Chip Burdick previews Fan Appreciation Night at Can Am and tells me what will be on the track. 
 
It was a cool and rainy fall day in Central New York so I stayed inside after a lunch with a good friend of mine to talk business and then got into the studio. I recorded three more conversations and two of those are up today as well as lots more. And you’ll get five more tomorrow too!
 
Don’t forget that there is racing taking place tonight at Can Am and Mohawk International and there is also stuff going on tomorrow as well as MIR has their second day of racing in a row plus Grandview and Fond are both on. So get your butts out there and support your local track. And MIR is hosting four SDS races in two days. Not bad huh? I’ll be there on Saturday. 
 
As I write this up I am getting ready to watch the TORC event from Chicagoland Speedway in Chicago. The event is live on SPEED and it is so nice to see something else besides NASCAR hot laps or one of those American Idol type shows that they do from the racetrack. More racing on TV and less practice I say!
 
Now let’s chat more about what is new for today on the Audio Page. I begin with a man who is hoping that seven is his lucky number tomorrow. Billy Pauch remembers some of his past successes at the Freedom 76’r and talks about Saturday. He told me why he likes Grandview Speedway so much, explains why he has not been there the last few times and how he approaches big races from a mental standpoint. Good stuff here! And yes, he is looking for a ride for the Outlaw 200 at Fulton. 
 
Alan Barker talked about his Friday night at Utica Rome and how he went too far with his adjustments. He explained how the track fooled him a little, when his Modified picked up a throttle push and why there is not much you can do as a driver when this happens. 
 
Joe August Jr. spoke about his season and how much he enjoys bringing his young daughter with him. He talked about some of the struggles he has had of late, why he switched cars twice last season and why he got out of the last type of racecar he drove. 
 
Brent Kelsey described his season at Mohawk International Raceway as he gets ready for their big two day race weekend. He talked about how close he came to that first Sportsman feature win, what he is learning on the road with the Super DIRTcar Series and runs down his late season schedule. 
 
Chip Burdick previews Fan Appreciation Night this evening at Can Am Motorsports Park and tells me what will be on the track. He talked about the tire rules for Sportsman & Late Models, reminds me how well received this mixed rules event was last weekend and hints at some possible changes for 2012. 

 
Thursday, September 15th 2011
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Rob MacCachren talks about tonight’s TORC race from Chicagoland Speedway on Speed TV.
Kenny Tremont won a pair of Modified championships this year and told me all about them.
Doug Manmiller gets ready for this weekend’s 76’r at Grandview and recaps his 2011 season. 
Mike Ward explained what it was that made his Modified stumble on the track but not in the pits. 
Joey Ladouceur will be racing this weekend at Mohawk International and ttalked about his Pro Stock.
 
We have more good stuff for you today as the 2011 racing season continues to wind down. Plus we have a conversation with a driver new to the website that you can see race live tonight on SPEED.
 
Make sure to check out my chat with Rob MacCachren to learn about the world of stadium trucks and more. A big thanks goes out to former WoO employee Tony Veneziano for helping to set this up and an even bigger thanks goes out to Rob for trusting someone he has never met or talked with before. It’s a real good interview so be sure to give it a listen.
 
Plus we have a few Modified stars on the page as well as previews of some of this weekend’s big races. We also wrote up another article for the Syracuse Post Standard that will appear in today’s edition so be sure to get yours. If you are out of the area, you can read it at www.syracuse.com/motorsports
 
Now let’s chat more about the great conversations available for you to listen to on our Audio Page. I begin with a new driver that will be racing later tonight. Rob MacCachren talks about tonight’s TORC race from Chicagoland Speedway on Speed TV. He told me a little about the track they will be racing on, described the three divisions of racing we will see tonight and how his broken collar bone has been healing. Real nice one here! 
 
Kenny Tremont won a pair of Modified championships this year and told me all about them. He also talked about the engine problem he had on the Friday night of the New Yorker, what he was working on in the pit area last Saturday as well as they work they are doing to get ready for Super DIRT Week. 
 
Doug Manmiller tells me about this weekend’s Freedom 76’r at Grandview Speedway and recaps he 2011 season. He talked about his pair of feature wins, how a chassis change helped earn him a trip to victory lane and how tough it is to be beat the “big three” at the track. That’s this Saturday by the way. 
 
Mike Ward explained what it was that made his Modified stumble on the track at Utica Rome last weekend but not in the pits. He told me how they found the problem, remembered the incident that might have created the issue for them and how much better he was feeling about his chances on Saturday. 
 
Joey Ladouceur will be racing this weekend at Mohawk International and told me about his Pro Stock. He also talked about winning 11 of his 20 starts, how he made some changes in the driver’s cockpit to be safer and described how well his new chassis has been working. 

 
Wednesday, September 14th 2011
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Ronnie Johnson discussed the work he is doing for Super DIRT Week and his Fonda championship. 
Jeff Heotzler told me about the car he brought to Utica Rome and recapped his year at Accord. 
Chris Hile described how hopes for the New Yorker and the bitey track he saw on Friday night. 
Jeff Hachmann talks about Super DIRT Week and how fans can get a free pit pass for The Wheels.  
Ernie Saxton previews the Freedom 76er at Grandview as well as their 2011 regular season. 
 
It was another summer like day on Tuesday as we saw the mid 80’s here in Central New York. I did some running around town in the Camaro and did some recordings in the studio as well as participating in the DIRTcar conference call with Super Matt Sheppard. That interview is up right now on www.superdirtweekonline.com
 
Joining the three interviews I did yesterday is a pair of chats from over the weekend as well so you have a lot of good stuff to listen to. Also we added some more photos Tuesday afternoon so those are there waiting for you as well.
 
On a sad note, mom went back into the hospital again after eight weeks at home. The doctors really read her the riot act about taking better care of herself and hopefully this time it will take. So if you can, think good thoughts for her as she is so stubborn…guess I know where I got it from huh?
 
Now let’s chat more about what is new for today on the Audio Page. I begin with a man who just enjoyed his best season ever at his long time Saturday night home. Ronnie Johnson discussed the work he is doing for Super DIRT Week and his Fonda Modified championship. He told me about the car he will drive at Fonda this weekend, the new frame he is building for Syracuse and the fun he had winning on a tacky track Friday night at Utica Rome. 
 
Jeff Heotzler told me about the car he brought to Utica Rome and recapped his year at Accord. He talked about how the opportunity came about, how happy he is to maintain the car at his shop and how nice it was to get a feature win early in the year at one of the tougher tracks around. 
 
Chris Hile described how hopes for the New Yorker and the bitey track he saw on Friday night. He talked about what he would do to loosen up his tight racecar, how much stagger he could expect to see with his American Racer tires and what could go wrong if he goes too far with his adjustment. 
 
Jeff Hachmann talks about Super DIRT Week and how fans can get a free pit pass for The Wheels. He reminded us that today is the final day that a pit pass is included with a ticket for either WoO show, how excited they are about Friday night under the lights and reminds everyone about some special hotel deals at www.superdirtweekonline.com
 
Ernie Saxton previews the Freedom 76er at Grandview this Saturday and thinks back their 2011 regular season. He also talked about last weekend’s final point races, ran down some of the invaders showing up this weekend and reminded us about an open show the following week. 

 
Tuesday, September 13th 2011
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Bobby Varin told me why he had two cars unloaded on Friday and which one he would use.
Tim Fuller talked about the new motor he had between the rails of the Mod he was driving. 
Elmo Reckner reflected on his nice season at Fonda and how his Modified was in hot laps.
Alex Tonkin remembered his Friday night race and described the pushy condition he dealt with.
Claude Hutchings Jr. had a four barrel on his open motor Sportsman and told me how it felt.  
 
It was an absolutely beautiful day on Monday and I got a lot of things done both outside and inside. I got so much done in fact that the next thing I knew it was 9 PM and the day was almost done. 
 
I did write a new column on the weekend that was in today’s Syracuse Post Standard and I will also be participating in the weekly DIRTCar call in show as well. Go to www.superdirtweekonline.com to listen to the last two interview sessions as well as lots of other great information on the biggest event in Modified racing.
 
We put a lot of photos up Monday afternoon so all of you who check us out in the morning will have a lot to look at today. Seven new photo bins were added from Can Am, Drummond, Ransomville and of course Utica Rome. And it hard to believe that the season is now over at both Glen Ridge and Utica Rome. 
 
Not sure what I will be doing this weekend and I could use your help. Feel free to send your suggestions to doug@dougsdirtdiary.com and let me know where you would like me to be and who you would like to me to chat with. I’ll be sure to do my best and if I notice a trend, I’ll go with it. 
 
Now let’s chat more about what is new for today on the Audio Page. I begin with a man who ended up having a great finish to his weekend. Bobby Varin told me why he had two cars unloaded on Friday and which one he would use. He explained why he felt the car with less power might be the one to go with, how ironic it was that he was pitted next to a former winner of the Victoria 200 and how nice it is to have outsiders to compete with at the event. 
 
Tim Fuller talked about the new motor he had between the rails of the Mod he was driving in Vernon. He told me why he was hoping to get his small block dialed in for later dates, what his plans are for the rest of the year and what he will be racing this year at Super Dirt Week. As always, a nice, honest chat here! 
 
Elmo Reckner reflected on his nice season at Fonda and how his Modified was in hot laps on Friday at Utica Rome. He talked about why he was making a gear change, looked forward to running Sunday at Glen Ridge and informed me why he has been doing so much better here in 2011. 
 
Alex Tonkin remembered his Friday night race at Utica Rome and described the pushy condition he dealt with. He talked about how it improved as the night went on, how much they changed the Modified for Saturday’s New Yorker and how a draw somewhere in the middle could hurt him later on. 
 
Claude Hutchings Jr. had a four barrel on his open motor Sportsman and told me how it felt in his late Friday night hot lap session at Utica Rome. He also recapped his Friday night race, explained why he dropped back a little towards the end and why he likes sail panels so much. 

 
Monday, September 12th 2011
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Steve Paine thinks back to his win at Utica Rome last year and his hopes for the New Yorker. 
Matt DeLorenzo remembered his recent win at Fonda and talked about the weather back home. 
Derrick Podsiadlo talked about his surprising run at Utica Rome on Friday and how fast he was. 
Chris Busta told me about missing the show on Friday and his hopes for some big block power. 
Jeremy Vunk described what the 57 Modified was doing on Friday and how he was adjusting. 
Kenny Gates explained why the left front of his Pro Stock looked like it had been in a major crash. 
 
I had a nice day on Sunday as a friend of mine showed up unexpectedly in the afternoon. He had been living in Illinois so it was a nice surprise to see him. Yep, it was nice.
 
I also watched some football although that was not nice as my KC Chiefs were blown out by the almost always lowly Buffalo Bills. I know a lot of you in Western New York were happy with the outcome as you should be. But don’t get carried away as you beat a very bad football team in the Chiefs. 1-0 is better than 0-1 so enjoy.
 
I also uploaded some new photos on the site and still have more to put up today. The latest bunch went up at dinner time Sunday and more will be added this afternoon so keep checking back as we have at least two more photo bins to put up.
 
Another work/school week is upon us and I hope your Monday is a good one. I’ll be in the studio and writing up a new column for the Syracuse Post Standard as well. So come back tomorrow to see who we can get ahold of. 
 
Now let’s talk more about the six new clips up for you to listen to on the Audio Page. I begin with a man who I have not seen all that much this year. Steve Paine thinks back to his big win at Utica Rome last year and his hopes for New Yorker Weekend. He also talked about what happened on this weekend in 2010, explained why he thought he was better than his finish indicated and wonders if his Victoria win was really a surprise. 
 
Matt DeLorenzo remembered his recent win at Fonda and talked about the weather back home. He talked about how he has done lately at Utica Rome, describes what seems to happen in the feature and how hopeful he was about the experimental stuff on his big block. 
 
Derrick Podsiadlo talked about his surprising run at Utica Rome on Friday and how fast he was. He also told me how he liked the sail panels in his first race, how he adjusted to the American Racer tires and explained why it was nice to have a strong run after a tough season at Canandaigua. 
 
Chris Busta told me about missing the show on Friday and his hopes for some big block power. He talked about what he would do if some money fell from the sky, how tough the field was that he raced against and shared what it has been like for him adjusting to Utica Rome after running at Malta before. RIP Malta and I hope to see you back again. 
 
Jeremy Vunk described what the 57 Modified was doing on Friday and how he was adjusting to the extra power. He talked about how the hot lap session at the end of the night helped get him comfortable, wondered if the track would still be tacky for the New Yorker and which type of conditions he would rather see. 
 
Kenny Gates explained why the left front of his Pro Stock looked like it had been in a major crash. He described the incident in which it happened, how badly damaged it was and told me why a tire change has slowed him a little at Utica Rome as he learns the American Racers. 

 
Sunday, September 11th 2011
   New on the Audio Page from the Utica Rome Speedway:
 
Pre race conversations:
 
Steve Hulsizer reflected on his 2011 season and told me about the tired engine under the hood. 
Kevin Bates explained how he picked up a ride for the New Yorker and how things are back home. 
Andy Bachetti remembered how his Friday night went and talked about his Super DIRT Week plans. 
Todd Burley told me about his 50 lapper the night before and why he chose to run the outside. 
Mike Mahaney finished eighth on Friday night and wondered if he may have a new Sunday home.
Ryan Odasz talked about his ride for Utica Rome and evaluated his 2011 season at Fonda.
 
 
After the heat races:
 
Mike Mahaney walked me through his pass for the lead that led to him winning the first heat. 
Stewart Friesen led every lap to win his heat race and described the wild action in the first turn. 
Bill Trexler won the third heat race and thought back to his nice showing at this event last year. 
Todd Burley described the totally different racing lines he used as he led every lap in his win. 
Ronnie Johnson saved the best for last in his heat and talked about his pass on the final lap. 
 
After the 100 lap New Yorker feature:
 
Bobby Varin led the final 70 laps to take the $10,000 first prize and offered his take on sail panels. 
Stewart Friesen came home in second place and told Mike Mallet about his 100 lap feature.
Ryan Phelps had the early lead in the New Yorker and talked with Mike Mallett about his 3rd place. 
Todd Burley finished fourth in the 100 lapper and talked about the condition he was dealing with. 
Ronnie Johnson had a nice fifth place finish and explained where he started to lose fourth place. 
Matt Hulsizer was the hard charger of the race and talked about moving up from 24th to 6th
 
It is hard to believe that we are where we are right now. The 2011 season just ended last night for the Utica Rome Speedway as New Yorker Weekend brought it to a close. As always I had a fun time and as usual on the second day of this show, the track was totally different that it was on Friday.
 
Bobby Varin ran his big race win streak at Utica Rome to three as he won the New Yorker yet again. Remember he won this race last year and followed it up with a Victoria win in the spring. Yep, he tough to beat in these sail panel races and you’ll be surprised what he says about them afterwards in victory lane. 
 
That interview as well as sixteen others are on the site today for you to listen to as well as lots of new photos from both nights of racing at the big half mile. I have the standard six pre race chats up as well as all five heat winners and the entire top six finishers from the New Yorker. I had to show Matt Hulsizer some love as he drove from 24th to 6th. Great run for him huh?
 
Early on in the feature it looked like Ryan Phelps might be the guy to beat but Mike Mahaney was tough as the two swapped the lead several times. Then Mahaney chose the bottom in a four wide deal in slower traffic and clipped a utility tire with his left front sending him to the pit area and bringing out the first of two cautions on the day.
 
Before that it was a real good four car race as Phelps, Mahaney, Stewart Friesen and Varin were all right together. Phelps was able to hold the lead until lap 31 when Varin was able to slip by. After that, Varin was on a mission lapping all but two cars. Yeah, there were only three cars on the lead lap at the end. Wow!
 
Like I said, it was a sweet win for Varin and car owner Dover Dave and the $10,000 will surely come in handy at this time of the year with lots of big shows coming up over the next month and a half. 
 
My strategy for the day was to chat with the folks I did not get to on Friday and I did a pretty good job of that. So in the can right now are twenty one new interviews that will come out over the course of the next five days. I may also try to get in the studio today between football games but if I do not, I will hit it for sure on Monday.
 
I also took over 100 photos as I wandered through the pit area. All those are up today as well as many others that our friends sent us. I have at least one more bin waiting to put up and hopefully today you will see lots more appear. So keep checking.
 
As always, a big thanks goes out to everyone at Utica Rome. It all starts with owner Gene Cole who has always trusted me as much as he trusts the people he has working for him and it shows from top to bottom. He is surrounded by good people and it makes for an experience that is unique in the short track world. 
 
I am always proud to be a part of the races and thankful that the drivers who trust me enough to let them into their lives to help tell their stories. I will miss Utica Rome as it was the second track I ever went to. I can’t wait to get back next year and hope too much doesn’t change as the facility is for sale. And I’ll see you all at the banquet in a few months.
 
I hope you all have a great day and be sure to pause and think of the thousands of lives lost on this fateful date ten years ago when our country was attacked on our own soil. I’ll be showing my young daughters video of what happened ten years ago so they can understand what happened and who did it. There will surely be some great documentaries on TV today so be sure to share one with a loved one. 
 
Let’s just hope today goes well as there is a Terror Warning out right now. Stay alert, stay vigilant and stay safe. Have a great day everyone! 

 
     
 
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