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Wednesday, June 26th 2013
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Jimmy Horton came to the front quickly to win at Bridgeport and described how the track was.
Pete Bicknell won at Merrittville on Saturday and looked ahead to having the ESS there this week.
Brett Tonkin tells me about his two race win streak at I-88 as he gets ready to race there tonight. 
Peter Britten talked about winning his first at Albany Saratoga and his two top fives at Canandaigua. 
Tim Dunn explains how he won his first Four Cylinder Super Stock win at Brewerton since 1995. 
Jeff Hachmann previews the Sprint Car Summer Shoot Out at Rolling Wheels on July 3rd
 
I was feeling better on Tuesday but not quite good enough yet to go huffing around a pit area on a 90 degree day. But I did get a lot done in the studio and I hope you enjoy what I did.
 
Like I said, my stomach bug kind of went away in the morning but as I sit here typing this up at dinner time I am still not ready to eat yet. I’m hungry, but nothing sounds good, so I guess we’ll see. But in times like this it is so nice to have the studio as I can get work done in the a/c as I get back to normal.
 
Today I’ll be out in Dewitt as Joe Trenca meets the local media to get ready for the July 3rd show at Rolling Wheels as the ESS, the 305 Sprinters and the stock cars will be there for the Sprint Car Summer Shootout. I’ll have that chat and more up tomorrow as I’ll get right back in the studio after that is done.
 
And as I was putting the audio up on the page it got me wondering if I could do more from the studio than I can on the road. Sure, I can’t get as many interviews in the studio as I can on a racenight but look at what we have for you today. We have drivers from New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Canada as well as Australia.
 
So here is a question to you, would I be better off staying home more and doing this or going to more racetracks? I really don’t know. And like I said, I really like what we have for you today, which is almost an hour of new audio. Let me know with an email to doug@dougsdirtdiary.com.  
 
Now let’s chat more about that new conversations for you to listen to on the Audio Page. I begin with a guy they call “the sensational one”. Jimmy Horton came to the front quickly to win at Bridgeport and described how the track was compared to earlier this year. He told me how wide the surface was, how he did last week at New Egypt and described the mood at the track after the loss of Jason Leffler. 
 
Pete Bicknell won at Merrittville on Saturday and looked ahead to having the ESS there this week. He talked about the new track record set with a small block, how tough the weather has been for them and looks ahead to a very busy streak of big races. 
 
Brett Tonkin tells me about his two race win streak at I-88 as he gets ready to race there tonight for an ROC Modified show. He talked about how some small adjustments helped his car turn in better, how quickly he picked up the top spot last Friday and speculates why it seems that more teams are traveling this year rather than racing weekly. 
 
Peter Britten talked about winning his first at Albany Saratoga and his two top fives at Canandaigua. He described the move he made to get the lead in the final corner, how nice it felt to win for a new car owner and what he is working on at the shop as he gets ready for a busy weekend. 
 
Tim Dunn explains how he won his first Four Cylinder Super Stock win at Brewerton since 1995. He told me how someone else’s misfortune helped him get the lead, how he has been doing on the asphalt at Evans Mills and thinks back on his start in racing back in the late 70’s. 
 
Jeff Hachmann previews the Sprint Car Summer Shoot Out at Rolling Wheels on July 3rd. He told me about the big fireworks show they have planned, how the response has been for the show so far and why being the first race in a multi-race series is desirable. I predict this thing is going to be big! 


 
Tuesday, June 25th 2013
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Chuck Bower ran down some of the tough luck he has had this year including his race hauler. 
Rick McCready came back to Brewerton after several years and told me when he did it last. 
Mike Prentice came back to a track he knows well and told me how his season up north is going. 
Dave DeNova is relatively new to the Four Cylinder division and told me how his first 3 races went. 
 
Yesterday was one of those days. When you work for yourself, there are no days off and for me there is nobody to do the work if I can’t. If I worked for someone else, I would have called in sick on Monday for sure.
 
I had a killer headache as well as stomach and body aches. I’m not sure what I got into but it was rough. But I did manage to get my story written for the Syracuse Post Standard and get the website updated. 
 
I’m hoping to feel better today and if I do I will be at Canandaigua for the World of Outlaws Late Model Series. But the studio is right here so one way or another I’ll have new stuff for you although like I said, I don’t know how much yet. Sorry guys.
 
Now let’s talk about the new stuff I have for you today on the Audio Page. It includes two drivers who have not been on the site before. Chuck Bower ran down some of the tough luck he has had this year including his race hauler. He told me about the good start he had initially, how a big wreck hurt and how a blown tire on his hauler caused a lot of damage. 
 
Rick McCready came back to Brewerton after several years and told me when he did it last. He told me what he remembered about the place, how he did on Wednesday at Can Am and where the car they have now came from. 
 
Mike Prentice came back to a track he knows well and told me how his season up north is going. He talked about his mid week special, why Brewerton is his favorite track and how tough it is to be good at both ends of the 1/3 mile track. 
 
Dave DeNova is relatively new to the Four Cylinder division and told me how his first 3 races went. He told me where he feels he needs to be better, what he did to get more power and ran down his level of experience in racing. 

 
Monday, June 24th 2013
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Jim Witko gets a re-jetted carburetor ready in case he needs it and talked about slick track racing. 
Rocco Leone remembered his first career Sportsman win and spoke about doing it for his dad. 
Jim Spano worked on his helmet and told me how he tried to psych out Rocco Leone at Fulton. 
Tim Devendorf told me how he has been doing at Oswego as he got ready Friday night at Brewerton. 
Jeff Davoli made the move up from a novice Sportsman and described how he has been doing. 
Bailey Groves explained why we have not seen her much and the other love she has in her life. 
 
It was a dark and stormy day on Sunday as a line of storms formed in the early afternoon. Yesterday the storms stayed north and we could see them from the graduation party we were at but on Sunday they were all around.
 
I have six nice chats for you including both sides of the end of a Sportsman race where a veteran driver tried to get into the head of a driver who had never won before. Listen to the Rocco Leone and Jim Spano chats to hear what each was thinking as the laps wound down.
 
I’ll be in the studio today as well and will also be writing another article foe the Syracuse Post Standard. There was not as much to write about as usual but I can also write a little about the World of Outlaw Late Model race at Canandaigua and get folks ready for that. 
 
Now let’s chat more about what I have for you today on the Audio Page. I begin with a driver who was trying to get a little ahead on a race night. Jim Witko gets a re-jetted carburetor ready in case he needs it and talked about slick track racing. He told me how big the job is, why he thought the track might get slicker and wondered if he might take a show in on his night off. 
 
Rocco Leone remembered his first career Sportsman win and spoke about doing it for his dad. He talked about doing it the night before Father’s Day, what he said to him in victory lane and how another competitor tried to psych him out. 
 
Jim Spano worked on his helmet and told me how he tried to psych out Rocco Leone at Fulton. He told me how Brewerton & Weedsport are different, why he likes the slicker surfaces and spoke about the head game he played at the end of the race last weekend. 
 
Tim Devendorf told me how he has been doing at Oswego as he got ready Friday night at Brewerton. He talked about how tough passing has been, how well he did in the first few weeks and some motor issues they have been working on. 
 
Jeff Davoli made the move up from a novice Sportsman and described how he has been doing. He talked about how tough the competition is, what his expectations are for this season and the need to show his fellow racers that they can race him cleanly. 
 
Bailey Groves explained why we have not seen her much and the other love she has in her life. She talked about how she has done in the three races she has run so far, where she feels she needs to improve and wonders if she will play lacrosse in college. 
 
Sunday, June 23rd 2013
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Willy Decker talks about balancing racing and the race parts business on very busy race nights. 
Dan Vauter told me what he would do with his day off on Saturday and how to dress for haying.
David Marcuccilli remembered his win from Wednesday and compared Brewerton to his favorite. 
Rick LaMont explained how his car got clay all over it after the Sportsman hot laps at Brewerton. 
Doug Williams won the Mod Lite race at Can Am on Wednesday and told me how that track is.
Matt Guererri ran down how he is doing so far at Canandaigua and his unpopular nickname. 
 
It was a hot one on Saturday and after getting my work done I headed out to a graduation party held by some of my high school friends. And how cool is it that these high school sweethearts are still together huh?
 
I did save some nice interviews for you today as I was at Brewerton on Friday night with a purpose in mind. I did some longer interviews taking a page from Jay Fish’s book and did so just so we would more to listen to today and tomorrow. 
 
Today I have a family thing and will be back tomorrow with more from Friday and maybe a studio interview or two if I can squeeze them in. I now understand why this weekend is so busy and why a lot of tracks decided to pack it in and go again next week.
 
Now let’s chat more about what is new for today on the Audio Page. I begin with a man who wears two hats every time he races. Willy Decker talks about balancing racing and the race parts business on very busy race nights. He also told me why he likes doing both, the need to be up on what is current in the racing business and how much better he is getting at his Sunday track. 
 
Dan Vauter told me what he would do with his day off on Saturday and how to dress for haying. He talked about the two options you have, why he hoped for a dry track on Friday and some bad luck he has had along the way. 
 
David Marcuccilli remembered his win from Wednesday and compared Brewerton to his favorite track. He talked about getting into a small block for the first time, how tough it is to go from 350hp to 800 and how difficult the move is. 
 
Rick LaMont explained how his car got clay all over it after the Sportsman hot laps at Brewerton. He talked about how cool it is to get sprayed with clay, how good he felt his car was early on and what his goals were for the night. 
 
Doug Williams won the Mod Lite race at Can Am on Wednesday and told me how that track is. He told me how well he has been doing this season so far, how much he has struggled at Brewerton and how consistent the results have been. 
 
Matt Guererri ran down how he is doing so far at Canandaigua and his unpopular nickname. He told me how he tracked down some different tires for Brewerton, how he did in his two races at Brewerton and ran down his plans for the rest of the year. 

 
Saturday, June 22nd 2013
   New on the Audio Page from the Brewerton Speedway:
 
After the heat races:
 
Frank Burnell told me about his flip on lap 1 of the first Sportsman heat and how he was feeling.
Jordan Bennett moved up quickly to win his Sportsman heat and told me that his car was “prefect”. 
Tony Finch II won the second Sportsman qualifier and explained why he had some work to do.
Kyle Fink talked about winning the final heat and the work they had to do after a crash at Fulton.
Chad Phelps described how close he came to wrecking in his heat win and a big problem he had.
Jack Taskey won his first ever Four Cylinder Super Stock heat and talked about how the win felt.
Chuck Powelczyk easily won the final Four Cylinder heat and told me about the big car count. 
 
After the features:
 
Jordan Bennett had the perfect car after all and talked about his wire to wire Sportsman feature win. 
Dave Emmons talked about his 2nd place finish, his bounce off the wall and holding off 3rd place. 
Beth Schneider picked 4 spots to finish 3rd and described what she tried to do to catch 2nd place. 
Billy Decker started 2nd and led all but 1 lap on his way to a win and talked with Adam Buchanan
Matt Sheppard used the outside to methodically make his way to 2nd and told me about the race. 
Dale Planck fell back to 3rd late in the feature and talked about how gear changes affect your line. 
 
The first day of summer was maybe the first hot day of the year, well at least it sure felt that was. I spent the night at the Brewerton Speedway which was packed because of the weather and fact that they had not raced in several weeks due to wet weather. 
 
As you figured, the track was slick and tough to pass on as is the case often on these hot summer days. The winners in both the Sportsman and Modified races came from the outside front row but the racing was still pretty good as it always is at Brewerton.
 
The Sportsman showed up 31 cars strong which was a little lower than I thought but this year is so tough to figure out as there seems to no rhyme or reason to the theory of car counts except for the big Modified shows which actually seem stronger than they have been in recent years.
 
Jordan Bennett told me after his heat win that he thought his car was perfect and even when I pushed him a little he still stuck with that word. When he won the feature in dominating fashion a while later the first thing he said to me when he got out of the car was, “I told you it was perfect.” Listen to his interview and he’ll tell you why.
 
After winning the opener, Billy Decker has had some tough luck leading to his outside pole position start in the 17 car Modified feature. He led all but one lap on his way to his 52nd career Brewerton win. Matt Sheppard was one of the few who dared to get off the bottom and he drove up to a 2nd place finish. Jimmy Phelps also used the top to go from 17th to 7th
 
As you can see we held on to all the pre race conversations as I have a graduation party today like so many of us do and I have family plans on Sunday. So I’ll use up those chats in the next two days or so and then get back in the studio on Monday as get ready for another mid week on Tuesday. 
 
I hope you all have a great Saturday. For those of you racing, we wish you the best and to all the graduates I say “congratulations”. If getting a degree or a diploma was so easy then everyone would have one. Great job, way to stick with it! And take my advice young folks, go to college and get a four year degree, you’ll be glad you did. If there was one thing I could change about myself, it would be to continue my education instead of deciding a two year degree was enough. Oh, what might have been! 
 
Have a great weekend and enjoy the first days of summer. 

 
Friday, June 21st 2013
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Nick Guererri remembered his last trip to Can Am and how close he came to winning the race. 
Brandon Hagan came into Wednesday as the point leader at Can Am and described his season.
Jessica Power ran down how she has been doing so far and some tough luck they have had.
Jeremy Pitcher described how he has done at Oswego and gets ready for some dirt racing.
Dean Patterson was back after a year off due to an injury and remembered how it happened.
Thomas Cook is a fifteen year old Sportsman driver and talked about advice grandpa gives him. 
Josh Verne described a handling issue he was dealing with and what they did to get it fixed.
 
It was another beautiful day on Thursday as it was almost summer like. I did not get as much done as I would have liked as I could not get ahold of the people I had hoped to. But thankfully I had a bunch of conversations from Wednesday to put up so I hope you all enjoy those.
 
Also, an article that I am very happy with was in the Thursday edition of the Syracuse Post Standard as well as online at www.syracuse.com/motorsports.  I’d love some feedback so if you get the chance, give it a read and let me know with an email to doug@dougsdirtdiary.com.  
 
Tonight I’ll be at the Brewerton Speedway for a special show featuring the crate Sportsman. And if the past is any indication, this should be very well attended. Saturday and Sunday are a little up in the air so we’ll see what happens. And there are some mid week shows next week too so we’ll have to see how things go.
 
What I do know is that there is a lot of new stuff up on the Audio Page. All are conversations from Wednesday’s big race up at Can Am. Nick Guererri remembered his last trip to Can Am and how close he came to winning the race. He told me how a mistake in traffic cost him the top spot, his hopes for that first win and how close he is to getting that trip to victory lane. 
 
Brandon Hagan came into Wednesday as the point leader at Can Am and described his season. He told me how the track has changed compared to last year, how a rule change has helped and why he had some color on his tires to remember some fallen racers. 
 
Jessica Power ran down how she has been doing so far and some tough luck they have had. She remembered the crash she was involved in at Rolling Wheels, why she had a feeling it might happen and how much she was looking forward to racing at Can Am on Wednesday. 
 
Jeremy Pitcher described how he has done at Oswego and gets ready for some dirt racing. He talked about his up & down results at Can Am, how much he enjoys it and how he ended up flipping a bunch of times on the backstretch. 
 
Dean Patterson was back after a year off due to an injury and remembered how it happened. He explained why they had to do some surgery, how he prepared for the race the night before and what his goals were in his first race back. 
 
Thomas Cook is a fifteen year old Sportsman driver and talked about advice grandpa gives him. He talked about how he is doing at his home track, Mohawk International and evaluates where he is as a driver right now. By the way, this is Billy Cook’s grandson. 
 
Josh Verne described a handling issue he was dealing with and what they did to get it fixed. He told me what the car had been doing, how it was in hot laps and who gave him the advice he needed to get it working better. 

 
Thursday, June 20th 2013
   New on the Audio Page from the Can Am Motorsports Park:
 
Pre race conversations:
 
David Marcuccilli remembered the last time he came to Can Am and his most recent Modified race.
Tony Finch II told me about the damage he had last Saturday at Fulton in two separate incidents. 
Dylan Evoy ran down how his season has been going and talked about changing his number back. 
Tyler Dippel offered his initial thoughts on Can Am as he prepared for his first night at the track. 
Taylor Caprara was coming off a feature win last Saturday and told me how he got to the front.
Sean Beardsley was hoping his bad luck ended early and told me why his hauler broke down. 
Bill “Moon” Mullin described the loose racecar he has had all year and the need for some laps. 
Billy Cook got ready to race against his grandson and talked about his legacy back in Akwesasne. 
Josh Van Brocklin came in to the show as a multi-time winner and described his season so far. 
 
After the heat races:
 
Jordan Keruskie won the first Sportsman heat race and talked about a push he had coming out.
Tyler Caprara prepared to draw for his starting spot and told me about his win in heat number two.
Anthony Stockman described how his Sportsman was in his win and why he was not changing.
Josh Van Brocklin wont he final Sportsman heat and described the high line he used on lap one.
 
After the features:
 
Charlie Sandercock won a competitive Late Model feature and discussed the victory trackside. 
Shawn Kirby made a late race pass to win the Pro Street feature and told Steve Malbouf about it.
David Marcuccilli walked me through his victory in the 40 lap Sportsman feature at Can Am.
Tyler Dippel had his second mid week runner up finish in a row and told me he was slowed up. 
Matt Janczuk is still learning crate Sportsman racing and talked about picking up 11 spots. 
Josh Van Brocklin faded after leading the first 26 laps and wondered if he sealed up a tire. 
 
We’re showing some love to the Sportsman today as we traveled up north to Can Am Motorsports Park for a mid week show featuring four divisions. It was long, yes but the racing was pretty good. 
 
The track was smooth as I had heard it would be and a total of 78 cars showed up including 35 Sportsman for a $2,000 to win show. I thought there might be a few more but you just never know what to expect with traveling shows this year. 
 
David Marcuccilli was part of a nice three car race out front and he made a move down low on lap 27 to get the lead and held off young Tyler Dippel in the closing laps for the victory. I did get the top four and a few victory lane interviews and those are up today as well as the Sportsman heat winners and nine prerace chats.
 
I put more up as I will be back at a track on Friday as I always love it when the Sportsman come to Brewerton. We’ll be off again on Saturday and then back at the track on Sunday. And I do have 8 chats in the can now and have a short list of folks to call today so be sure to keep coming back everyday to see what we have.
 
I spent the night up top with Mel Thomas as he shot the race for Thomas Racing Videos. Thank to Mel for putting up with me and for letting me hang out in the best seat in the house as far as I’m concerned. 
 
Like I said, I had a nice time and look forward to sleeping late as I just put this up at 2:45 AM. I should be in the studio in the late, late afternoon and I hope to be able to add a lot for Friday. 
 
Have a great Thursday and I hear the nice, summer like weather is finally coming. The thermometer in my car said 48 degrees when I left. Man, what was cold. See you tomorrow.

 
     
 
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