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Thursday, December 10th 2015
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Nick Guererri reviews his 2015 season in a Sportsman and his hopes to win early next season.
J.J. Courcy explains how he put together a late IMCA deal and what he will do with it next year.

I got a lot done yesterday although I may be getting a cold. And the last one I had turned to pneumonia so I am a little nervous to say the least. Keep your fingers crossed as I do not want to go through that again.

I have a Season in Review chat for you as well as more on a lat season winner and the deal he put together that will go well into next year. I am playing phone tag with a few folks too so I hope to nail them down today.

I’ll be back in the studio after dinner time tonight so if you are around and want to get in on the action just email me at doug@dougsdirtdiary.com.

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page starting with a driver who is coming off a tough year. Nick Guererri reviews his 2015 season in a Sportsman, describes some of the troubles they had in the first half of the year and some changes he had made for next season.  

J.J. Courcy explains how he put together a late IMCA Modified deal, what they did to get the car to handle the way he liked it and what he will do with it next year.  

 
Wednesday, December 9th 2015
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Bobby Varin reviews his season that included a championship and wins in multiple racecars.
Chad Homan tells me about a kart he picked up for the weekend and some changes for 2016.

We’re back on a Tuesday with more good stuff for you here. One is a full blown Season in Review while the other has some news on a big change for a Modified driver we know well.

I’ll be off today and back in the studio tomorrow and I have a few people to call already. And I also have some requests to get done as well and I’ll start those later today.

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page starting with a driver who won a lot of races last season. Bobby Varin reviews his 2015 season that included a championship at Glen Ridge, wins at Fonda and a win from the back in a Micro Sprint.  

Chad Homan tells me about a kart he picked up for the weekend, how his off season has been treating him so far and some big changes for 2016.  

 
Tuesday, December 8th 2015
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Paul Szmal previews tonight’s Dorschel Upstate Championship at Pole Position in Rochester.
Kevin Ward Sr. told me about the multi-kart team he assembled this past weekend in Syracuse.

I got a lot done on Monday as we wrote up a column on the kart racing for the Syracuse Post Standard and Syracuse.com. I also got in the studio to get some work done so I can lay low today.

And don’t forget that the final night of the Dorschel Upstate Championship is tonight in Rochester at Market Place Mall as the nine top drivers will be competing for the $500 first place prize.

I also had the chance to chat with Kevin Ward Sr. to hear how he and his family are doing now as he was in town to race some karts this past weekend. And tomorrow we’ll review 2015 with Bobby Varin and talk karts with Shawn Donath who I caught right after he got out of his ride this past weekend.

But first let’s find out more about what we have for you to listen to today on the Audio Page as I check in with a long time friend.

Paul Szmal previews tonight’s Dorschel Upstate Championship at Pole Position Raceway in Rochester and tells me about the nine competitors that will be racing.  

Kevin Ward Sr. told me about the multi-kart team he assembled this past weekend in Syracuse for the NYS Indoor Karting Championship.  

 
Monday, December 7th 2015
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Shawn Donath told me about his 2nd place in the 4 Cycle Unlimited race and how scary it was.
Derrick McGrew summed up how his son was doing in karts and why he will race less in 2016.
Mike Button offers his take on kart racing and how he has picked up an appreciation for it.
Rick Raner talked about announcing this past weekend as well as the wild finish he witnessed.

We had a good day on Sunday as I got some more non-racing stuff done at the houses and put up some new stuff from the weekend. I’ll have more tomorrow and should get back in the studio either today or tomorrow.

I’m still digesting the weekend that was as I myself got a new appreciation and level of respect for karting. And if you were at the show this past weekend you know what I am talking about. Great job by everyone involved and I hope to see more of you all real soon.

Now let’s chat more about what we have on the Audio Page for Monday. Shawn Donath told me about his 2nd place in the 4 Cycle Unlimited race and how scary it was on the track as well as the new found respect he has for karts.  

Derrick McGrew summed up how his son was doing in karts, their plans to race more with him next year and why he will race less with his Sportsman in 2016.  

Mike Button offers his take on kart racing as he took in the indoor racing at the NYS Fairgrounds and how he has picked up an appreciation for it.  

Rick Raner talked about announcing this past weekend as well as the wild finish he witnessed as a driver who the race while taking out the wall with his helmet while on two wheels. It was wild!  

 
Sunday, December 6th 2015
   

New on the Audio Page from the 23rd Annual NYS Indoor Kart Championship:

Chad Homan told me about his feature win in the Super Heavy division on the concrete in Syracuse.
Brad Duhow won the Clone Light feature and told me how he went from fourth to the front.
Jordan Hill got the win in the Junior Stock feature and talked about it afterwards with Allie Elkins.
Clark McCollum explained how he got on 2 wheels and won while taking the wall out with his head.
Aaron Roof led every lap to win the Unlimited 4 Stroke race and talked about his super fast kart.
Tyler Thompson spoke about his Blue Clone victory and his plans to run Sportsman at Fulton.
Ryan Schwartz led every lap to win the Pro Clone race and told me why he slowed late in the race.
Tyler Brown led all but one lap in his way to a Pro 4 Cycle win and talked about his 25 lap race.
Rich Murtaugh told me how the race weekend went for him and thanked all the participants.

Allie and I had a great time on Saturday as watched the feature races at the 23rd Annual NYS Indoor Kart Championship. I thought some of our local dirt tracks ran their shows along quickly but this was impressive. There was very little down time and we had a great time watching some great racing on the tacky concrete track.

Now we could not get all the winners and we’re sorry but in some cases in the time it took me to find the previous winner, another race was already finishing. It was quite the show.

Now we’ll have more on this in the coming days and more on what is going on in the dirt world and boy things are changing for sure. So be sure to keep checking back and be sure to send us your requests for Season in Review interviews which we will get back to real soon.

But until then let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page for today from yesterday’s big kart races in Syracuse. Chad Homan told me about his feature win in the Super Heavy division on the concrete in Syracuse as well as how disappointed he was to miss the Pro 4 feature.  

Brad Duhow won the Clone Light feature and told me how he went from fourth to the front to get the feature victory in Syracuse indoors.  

Jordan Hill got the win in the Junior Stock feature at the 23rd Annual NYS Indoor Kart Championship and talked about it afterwards with Allie Elkins.  

Clark McCollum explained how he got on 2 wheels and won the Master’s feature while taking the wall out with his head right at the finish line. Never seen anything like that before…glad you’re okay!

Aaron Roof led every lap to win the Unlimited 4 stroke race and talked about his super fast kart as well as the need to get it handling a little better.

Tyler Thompson spoke about his Blue Clone victory on the concrete in Syracuse and his plans to run Novice Sportsman next season at Fulton.  

Ryan Schwartz led every lap to win the Pro Clone race and told me why he slowed late in the race as well as his hopes to win again in the Pro 4 Cycle. He finished 2nd there.  

Tyler Brown led all but one lap in his way to a Pro 4 Cycle win in the final event of the 23rd Annual NYS Indoor Kart Championship and talked about his 25 lap race.  

Rich Murtaugh told me how the race weekend went for him and thanked all the participants who helped make it a successful event.  

 

 
Saturday, December 5th 2015
   

New on the Audio Page from the 23rd Annual NYS Indoor Kart Championship:

Bryan Wooten told me about his recent kart races and thinks back on his days on the Outlaw Circuit.
Shawn Donath got ready for his first laps on the concrete and explained how he got a ride.
Steve Derrigo is relatively new to karting and told me about his two stroke open modified.
Aaron Roof described what it was like in his kart that is made to look like a Supermodified.
Rich Murtaugh runs down what happens today at the 23rd Annual NYS Indoor Kart Championship.

Allie and I had a fin night as we headed over to the NYS Indoor Kart Championship practice session at the NYS Fairgrounds in Syracuse. I love this event and it was great to see some old friends and meet some new ones as well.

I also saved interviews with Chad Homan and Kevin Ward Sr. and will have them up either Sunday or Monday.

This is a great event and one that is not to be missed. There are karters that are some of the best in the Northeast as well as younger racers who are just getting their careers started. Heat races get underway today at 11:30 and features begin at 3:30.

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page today starting with a racer I used to see race 25 years ago at Utica Rome Speeedway.

Bryan Wooten told me about his recent kart races and thinks back on his days on the Outlaw Circuit as he got ready for practice Friday night at the NYS Indoor Kart Championship.  

Shawn Donath got ready for his first laps on the concrete surface indoors at Syracuse and explained how he got a ride for the event.  

Steve Derrigo is relatively new to karting and told me about his two stroke open modified as well as where he runs it during the summer.  

Aaron Roof described what it was like in his kart that is made to look like an Oswego Speedway Supermodified and why he got back into racing after 18 years off.

Rich Murtaugh runs down what happens today at the 23rd Annual NYS Indoor Kart Championship and encourages everyone to stop by the NYS Fairgrounds today.  

 
Friday, December 4th 2015
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Glenn Forward tells me about his season that included races in both Pro Stocks and Sportsman.
Rick Martell previews the 23rd Annual NYS Indoor Kart Championship this weekend in Syracuse.

Today will be a fun day as Allie and I will be checking out the practice for the 23rd Annual NYS Indoor Kart Championship taking place today and tomorrow inside the Center of Progress Building at the New York State Fairgrounds.

Karting is hot right now and growing so you really need to check this out and see what is happening in this particular form of racing. I was hoping to get Allie a few laps but it does not look like that will happen but we’ll still have fun and gets to see some incredibly fast karts on a super tight, super fast racetrack. It is something to see alright!

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page starting with my final interview from our banquet last weekend. Glenn Forward tells me about his season that included races in both Pro Stocks and Sportsman as he prepared to celebrate his championship at the Utica Rome banquet.  

Rick Martell previews the 23rd Annual NYS Indoor Kart Championship this weekend in Syracuse and offers his thoughts on why karting is growing so much right now.  

 
     
 
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