|Saturday, May 10th 2014
| New on the Audio Page from Brewerton Speedway before the rain:
Pre race conversations:
Rob Bellinger got ready for the opener and talked about the two races he has run this year.
Matt Hulsizer had a new piece at Brewerton and told me about his 12th place in the Fulton opener.
Willy Decker went up in smoke in his last race at Utica Rome and told me what went wrong.
Rob Keller sponsored the night of action and talked about the big field at the Dean Hubbs Memorial.
Pat O’Brien brought his small block down for a shakedown and talked about tonight in Brockville.
After the heat races:
Chris Fleming led every lap to win the first IMCA heat and told me about a shock change.
Jason Amidon took the lead late in his heat win and talked about the need to keep things cool.
Pat Ward led the final 8 laps to win his heat and told me about the nice racing surface he was on.
Vinnie Vitale watched his heat win with Steve Ovens on his lap top and told him what he saw.
Jimmy Phelps got ready to draw for his starting spot and talked about his win in the final Mod heat.
Well we hustled last night but fell short as big rain and a wall cloud hit the Brewerton Speedway just past 8:30 as the IMCA Modifieds were five laps into the Dean Hubbs Memorial. They moved things along as quickly as they could as everyone with radar on their smart phone could see what was coming but when you only get about an hour of track time, there is not much you can do.
It’s really too bad too as a nice field of 26 Modifieds, 26 IMCA Modifieds and strong fields also for the Mod Lites and Four Cylinder Super Stocks were on hand the this season opener. I did get 16 pre race interviews done as well as 5 of the 6 heat winners in the Modified division. Again, they were hustling things along in an attempt to get things in and it is too bad as they did the best they possibly could under the circumstances.
I did save a bunch of my pre race conversations as today is a little iffy. My plan is to hit Fulton and then Utica Rome tomorrow. But if it does rain, I’ll watch some NASCAR from Kansas with Allie and call it a night.
Again, kudos to the track. They ran fast, the track was smooth and a good crowd was on hand. More information will be coming on when the features will be made up so keep checking www.brewertonspeedway.com to see what they will do.
Enjoy the new audio and hopefully we’ll be up with more new audio from today. If not, I have some in the can right now and may be able to hit the studio as well. One way or another, we’ll be back with more tomorrow.
|Friday, May 9th 2014
| New on the Audio Page from Steve Ovens at Yates County:
Ray Bliss tells Steve Ovens about his second place finish in the Sportsman race at Yates County.
Josh Keesey finished third in the Sportsman race at Yates County and talked with Steve Ovens.
Chuck Winslow spoke with Steve Ovens about his second place with his Street Stock in Dundee.
Jeremy Potrzebowksi earned a top five with his Street Stock and talked about an issue he had.
Cory Costa talked with Steve Ovens after his 5th place and wondered about a vibration he felt.
New from the studio with Doug Elkins:
Nick Krause updates us on how he is doing after his crash and how the put together another car.
Nick Rochinski talks about his first ever win at Penn Can and a motor issue they found on Thursday.
We’re back today with lots of good stuff from out buddy Steve Ovens at Turn 5 Racing Podcast. He only sent us part of the more than 30 interviews he did last Friday so be sure to go www.turn5.podbean.com to hear more as we just have a tease for you today.
He did a lot of work at the Yates County opener and we hope to hear more from Steve in the future as he is doing a great job. Welcome to the community Steve and keep up the great work.
I am hoping for a three day weekend that will include Brewerton, Fulton and Utica Rome. There could be some weather early today but it may be just enough to save the track crews an early morning watering. Let’s keep our fingers crossed that it is no more than that.
Saturday looks like the iffy day of the weekend while Sunday looks real good. Let’s hope for the best and hope when that front comes through on Saturday it does little or nothing to hurt our chances at seeing some racing.
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you to listen to on the Audio Page. I start with some from one week ago at the Yates County Speedway opener. Ray Bliss tells Steve Ovens about his second place finish in the Sportsman race at Yates County. He talked about how his car was in the long run, how nice the racing surface was and runs down his plans for 2014.
Josh Keesey finished third in the Sportsman race at Yates County and talked with Steve Ovens. He told him about his strong night in Dundee and how happy he was with his opening night run.
Chuck Winslow spoke with Steve Ovens about his second place with his Street Stock in Dundee. He talked about a change they could have made, why he was holding on at the end and the fun he had on the track.
Jeremy Potrzebowksi earned a top five with his Street Stock and talked about an issue he had with the throttle. He told Steve Ovens about the great track conditions he saw, where his car could have been better and what he needs to do before the next race.
Cory Costa talked with Steve Ovens after his 5th place and wondered about a vibration he felt in his Street Stock race at Yates County one week ago.
Nick Krause updates us on how he is doing after his crash and how the put together another car. He talked about a trip he made to the doctor earlier this week, why they decided to use a different car than they originally planned and what he is doing to race safer next time out.
Nick Rochinski talks about his first ever win at Penn Can and a motor issue they found on Thursday. He told me what he was thinking about as he made his way through lapped traffic, what would have happened had they raced the next day and looks forward to getting a new chassis in the near future.
|Thursday, May 8th 2014
| New on the Audio Page for today:
Dan Harpell talks about the opener at Yates County and evaluates how things went on the night.
Matt Spencer told me about his first race of the year and his desire to get back to victory lane.
We’re back today with more good stuff for you on Doug’s Dirt Diary. We have busy plans for this weekend as we hope to hit three shows if Mother Nature lets us. Things do sound better than they did last weekend and hopefully we’ll get in an entire weekend of fun. Yeah! I need it.
We have an update today on Yates County from the new promoter and I think you’ll like his candid analysis of where he is and where he would like to be very soon. And for those of you who know Dan Harpell, you know he’ll get it done and done right!
Also we meet someone new today thanks to a facebook request from a long time racefan from the Southern Tier. Thanks Val! I always enjoy chatting with new drivers in all divisions as every one of them has a story unique to only them. I hope you enjoy this one too.
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page. I begin with news from Dundee. Dan Harpell talks about the opener at Yates County and evaluates how things went on the night. He told me how pleased he was with the racing surface, the work still to be done in the concession area and looks ahead to next week’s ROC Modified show.
Matt Spencer told me about his first race of the year and his desire to get back to victory lane. He talked about some damage he had last week at Penn Can, why he is switching to Thunder Mountain this season and the need for some good racing luck.
|Wednesday, May 7th 2014
| We are dark here today out of respect for Steve Hulsizer who we lost last week to cancer. Today is the calling hours for Steve and my wife Camille and I will be in Bridgeport tonight along with hundreds of others to pay our respect to a man who personified what a hard nosed racer really is.
I did not meet Steve right away but heard him speak my first night announcing at the Fulton Speedway back in 1990. After hitting the wall and wrecking his new Street Stock, I just happened to be in the pay line right behind him later than night and it did not take long to find out what kind of a person he was.
Now I’m paraphrasing here, but what he said was something to the effect of, “I hit the wall and I wasn’t going to lift. It was either going to bounce off or I was gonna wreck it good. And I wrecked it good!” And he and his buddies started to laugh about it. I remember saying to myself at the time, “I think I’m going to like this.”
Over the years I saw Steve win a lot of races and wreck a lot of cars. And no matter how bad the wreck, he always found a way to make it back to the track. I saw him move up through the ranks into the super tough Modified division where he also showed his ability to drive a racecar.
Steve was the kind of racer who would go anywhere the car was fast even if it meant blasting the cushion or in some cases driving right over it to find the tackier, faster clay. He left a last impression on every person he met and lived his life with a foot to the floor attitude both on and off the track.
I had some of the best times of my life with Steve after the races as he was well known for partying it up like a lot of us did on the old Outlaw Circuit. There were many nights (actually morning I guess) where we closed Gigi’s, RFH’s or Gordies Double Play.
I will treasure my memories of Steve and I know a lot of you will too. And after we say goodbye tonight we’ll have a few adult beverages as Steve truly would have wanted it that way. As much as we will be sad, we’ll try our best to tell stories and smile as Steve would not want us all maudlin and sad.
It will be a hard day today but we’ll all get through it. I have stacks of vhs tapes with Steve on them and I am going through them and remembering what a talent he was.
We’ll miss you Steve and I know you’ll be looking down on all of us today and it will be tough for him too as he watches us grieve. But Steve is in a better place and his suffering is over. Than we can be thankful for. And the memories we have also make us thankful that we knew somebody like Steve and got to bask in his reflected glory. Rest in peace Steve and go kick some butt in heaven as they just got a great racer admitted to their ranks.
|Tuesday, May 6th 2014
| New on the Audio Page for today:
Kenny Hammond talks about his Sportsman feature win Saturday night at Five Mile Point.
Jordan Bennett explained how he got a car together so he can race again at Fulton Speedway.
What a bad mood Mother Nature is in huh? She gives us a crappy weekend that saw only a few tracks get in racing and then she throws us a nice day on Monday. Hopefully she’ll be in a better mood soon and hopefully we can get some racing going.
I did some work in the studio on Monday and you’ll hear those interviews come up on Thursday as we will be dark tomorrow in honor of fallen racer Steve Hulsizer. My wife and I will be at the calling hours and at any activity that make take place afterwards. If you want to, you can join us as well to pay tribute to Steve at the Traub Funeral Home in Bridgeport. Calling hours are from 3-7 PM.
It was a sad day for us on Monday as we laid my father in law Gordon “Skip” Sheldon to rest in Fulton. A small gathering of family were on hand and it was indeed a somber occasion. May he rest in peace and may he also know that his family and friends think of his frequently and smile when we do.
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page. Today we show some love to the Sportsman. Kenny Hammond talks about his Sportsman feature win Saturday night at Five Mile Point. He told me about some problems his teammate had before the race, some work they had to do after the heat and how nice it was for his team to sweep the top three positions.
Jordan Bennett explained how he got a car together so he can race again at Fulton Speedway. He talked about when things changed, what he was originally going to do this season and shared some childhood memories of Steve Hulsizer.
|Monday, May 5th 2014
| New on the Audio Page for today:
Rick Miller shares some memories of Steve Hulsizer and talks about his legacy as a driver.
Bret Belden talks about racing Steve Hulsizer and remembers their time together on & off the track.
With the weekend being close to a total wash out, I decided I would dedicate the site today to the memory of Steve Hulsizer who we lost to cancer last week. If you met Steve, you were a friend of Steve. If you watched him race, you were a fan of his and even f he beat your favorite driver, you’d surely be talking about him afterwards…he was that kind of a guy.
I hope you all enjoy out chat about Steve and I’d like to do more with some of you as well as there are so many stories out there. It will be tough this week when we officially say goodbye and I know Steve would not want us to be sad. No he would not. So we’ll try our best on Wednesday at his wake as we know he would want us to share stories and toasty his memory rather than shed tears. But I think we’ll probably end up doing both.
Now let’s chat more about what we have on the Audio Page as we remember a racer who was loved and respected by so many people. Rick Miller shares some memories of Steve Hulsizer and talks about his legacy as a driver. He told me how Steve helped him as he was coming up, when they became close friends and how he left an impression on everyone he met. We’ll miss you so much Steve and our thoughts are with his family and friends.
Bret Belden talks about racing Steve Hulsizer and remembers their time together on & off the track. He told me when he first noticed him at the track, remembers racing him for a championship and the infamous green frog that only rode with Steve once but may have influenced his decision to put green on the car.
|Sunday, May 4th 2014
| New on the Audio Page for today:
Billy Pauch Jr. talked about his Modified win at Big Diamond and doing double duty today.
Tim Currier told me about his Modified win at I-88 Speedway and his rainy day on Saturday.
Leon Andrus tells us about Friday at I-88 and how optimistic folks are about Thunder Mountain.
It was a rainy Saturday in New York State and as I type this up several tracks have already cancelled while others are going to give it a go. There is as much green on the radar as I look at it as there is non-green so it is a crap shoot to say the least.
So with my two first choices rained out and the chances of more rain to come, I decided to go with what I know works and went into the studio to do some work there. I was fortunate enough to run into a pair of winners from Friday and I put those up as well as a chat I had with announcer/writer Leon Andrus.
I am hopeful for Utica Rome today and will go if they go. I was originally going up north to do some TV with the Go Nuclear Late Models but they pulled the plug on that earlier in the day. So now I’ll head to Vernon today and have my hand warmers ready if needed.
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page. I start with a pair of winners from Friday. Billy Pauch Jr. talked about his Modified win at Big Diamond and doing double duty today at Grandview. He remembered getting the lead quickly, explained how his laps on Hoosier a few weeks ago helped and how nice it was to win in his own Modified.
Tim Currier told me about his Modified win at I-88 Speedway and his rainy day on Saturday. He described the line he ran with his small block on Friday, where he has decided to race weekly on Saturdays and looks forward to getting in his first ever laps at Thunder Mountain soon.
Leon Andrus tells us about Friday at I-88 and how optimistic folks are about Thunder Mountain. He recalled the battle up front in the Modified race, explained why his Saturday home rained out and looks back at last week’s Utica Rome opener.
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