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|Friday, July 15th 2011
| New on the Audio Page from the Utica Rome Speedway:
Pre race conversations:
Bill Trexler remembered his second place finish from last week and reflected on his good fortune.
Matt Janczuk told me about last week’s Sportsman win and the motor he had under the hood.
Pat Ward talked about his top five finish at Lincoln on Tuesday and described the racetrack.
Jimmy Phelps explained why he was at Utica Rome and what he was hoping to learn on this night.
Bobby Varin spun out last week in the Modified feature and told me why he went around.
Rocco Leone just moved into a Sportsman and talked about how he has been doing in the car.
After the heat races:
Todd Burley walked me through his heat win that saw him get to the front using the extreme top.
Ronnie Johnson won the second Modified heat and talked to me about how fast the track was.
Ted Lamb led every lap to win the final heat and told me about an issue they had last week.
Claude Hutchings Jr. won the first Sportsman heat and described how good his back up car was.
Joe Harrington got the win in the second heat and told me why he switched to an open motor.
A.J. Filbeck took the checkered flag in the last heat and talked about how he ended up in the lead.
After the feature races:
Stewart Friesen chatted with Mike Mallett after his Modified win that tied him with a legend.
Bobby Varin told Mike Mallett about his 2nd place finish and apologized for his spin last week.
Ronnie Johnson led thirteen laps, finished in third and told announcer Mike Mallett about it.
Ted Lamb came home in fourth place and talked about the race he had with his teammate.
Mark Kislowski had a good day and told me about his 5th place in the feature as well as his heat.
A.J. Filbeck won his first ever Sportsman feature race and described how it felt to him and his crew.
I had a fun night on a Thursday as I headed to Utica Rome Speedway for their annual Fan Appreciation Night. It was just five bucks to get in with a canned good so hopefully a lot of people who can’t even think about going to the races will get some much needed food thanks to the racefans in attendance last night.
The track was tacky and did get a bit unruly early in the night, but after a grooming session at the break it was much improved and still pretty fast! I recorded a bunch of interviews and unlike most days, I put them all up today as I have races the next two days and Utica Rome runs again this Sunday. So if I held onto some, they would be old by then. Therefore I put them all up!
The Modified race saw Stewart Friesen tie Lou Lazzaro on the all time feature win list as he won his fourth race of the season and fourteenth overall this year. Yeah, Stewart is having quite a year. Bobby Varin tried to catch him late but would have to settle for second place.
I recorded the top three chats with Mike Mallett in victory lane and got the rest of the top five in the pit area afterwards. I also got to chat with A. J. Filbeck after he won his first ever Sportsman feature. He and his family were all smiles in the pit area and deservingly so. It is always nice to interview a first time winner and I was damned happy to do it! Nice job A.J.
All in all it was areal good night at the track despite the break at halftime. Now I would think that a few people might bash them for the break, but the track work had to be done and it was better racing in the feature because of it. In my 22 years I have never seen a track go from super slick to super tacky in a week without some roughness. They will get it down…mark my words!
As always it is fun to see all the Utica Rome people including the wonderful people that work there and the fans who always show up for races at this popular track. It was a warm day, so my head was on a pivot looking at all the scenery. Did I mention how much I enjoy going to Utica Rome? Yeah, I think I did.
Now today I will head to Brewerton to race and report. Then on Saturday I will be at Fulton for an ESS show while Jeremiah Fish will work the Oswego Speedway for us. His asphalt stuff will be up on Monday.
Have a great Friday and I hope to see you at a racetrack this weekend. And if you go here and like it, be sure to tell me as I always enjoy hearing from listeners.
|Thursday, July 14th 2011
| NOTE: There are two separate bins of audio. One is from Lincoln on Tuesday.
New on the Audio Page from racetracks and the home studio:
Davey Hamilton talks about returning to Oswego Speedway this weekend and why he likes it.
Tom Deery responds to our interview with Eric Kingsley and talks about Sportsman at Weedsport.
Kevin Ward Jr. remembered his race last Friday at Black Rock and how he picked up a spot.
Michael Parent spoke to Jeremiah Fish about some concerns he has for the later laps in the A-Main.
Michael Parent finished ninth at Black Rock last week and described how his Sprint Car felt.
Tommy Wickham recapped a busy weekend and talked about hot laps Sunday in Weedsport.
Matt Tanner told J Fish about his up & down season and how he is adjusting to a 360 from a 305.
Ben Wheeler was getting ready to climb into his Sportsman and told me about changes he made.
Josh Van Tassell summed up how tough his season has been and how badly it started on night one.
Frank Sobotka explained why he was in the 771 Mod Lite and how he is hoping to help sell it.
Jessica Redhead told me why she dug out her Four Cylinder Super Stock instead of the Mod Lite.
New from Jeremiah Fish at Lincoln Speedway on Tuesday in the order recorded:
Andrew Harpell talked about the show at Lincoln and the pair of roles he was in on this night.
Mark Smith speaks with J Fish about the significance of the show and the 360’s & 358 Sprints.
Stewart Friesen offered up his first impressions of Lincoln Speedway and how nice the facility was.
Curt Michael remembered his last weekend at Bridgeport and losing a motor while running 2nd.
Kevin Nouse makes his 1st appearance on the site and told J Fish about getting into a new 360.
Jay Galloway spoke about the level of 358 competition and his hopes to eventually move up.
Ryan Godown talked with J Fish about a fuel issue he had on Saturday and his rough season.
Rusty Smith was fielding two racecars at Lincoln and told J Fish about having a teammate.
Larry Wight shared his reaction to his hot lap session and wondered if he needed his big block.
Brett Hearn spoke with Jeremiah Fish after his win in the first Modified heat at Lincoln Speedway.
Pat Ward won his heat race on Tuesday night and paused to chat with J Fish after some work.
Ryan Watt talked about an incident he was involved in during the heat as he prepared for the consi.
Tommy Scheetz reacted to making the show in his heat and the wall bounce he did in the race.
Danny Johnson spoke with J Fish about his 2nd place finish in the ROC Modified feature at Lincoln.
Ryan Godown won the North vs. South Battle at Lincoln and told Jeremiah Fish all about it.
As you can see we have an extremely busy day here at Doug’s Dirt Diary. We also have three people on the site today that we have never had on before including Davey Hamilton of Indy Car fame.
I had never spoken to Davey before yesterday and his car owner Dave Nicotra helped set it up with a call to me in the afternoon. He will joining the field this weekend at Oswego Speedway and I got to have a nice chat with him about the track, his recent Indy Car races and what he loves so much about Super Modifieds. I know you are going to like it. And yes, what a nice guy to speak with. You can see why he is where he is today!
In addition to that one, we have a total of eleven interviews from the studio and from our travels last weekend as well as fifteen more that Jeremiah Fish recorded Tuesday night at Lincoln Speedway as Modifieds visited the track for the first time in 25 years.
This is a record for us on a mid week as we have twenty six total interviews up for you today. And we are heading to Utica Rome Speedway tonight for a Fan Appreciation show. It is $5 to get in with a canned good and $7 without. Now do a good thing today and bring some good stuff with you and leave the can of cream of celery soup at home. And be super fan by bringing a full bag.
Now since I had such a long, long day yesterday, I will now let the sheer number of interviews speak for themselves. Yeah, you have a lot to listen to and know that it was the result of a lot of help from our good friend Jeremiah Fish. Thanks buddy!
So let’s talk more about what is new on the Audio Page for today. I begin with a man who we will get to see race in Central New York this weekend. Davey Hamilton talks about returning to Oswego Speedway this weekend and why he likes the track and the Super Modifieds so much. Nice interview here!
Tom Deery responds to our interview with Eric Kingsley and talks about the situation with Sportsman sanctioning at Weedsport now as well as down the road.
Kevin Ward Jr. remembered his race last Friday at Black Rock and how he picked up a spot after a post race inspection DQ’ed the car that finished ahead of him.
Michael Parent spoke to Jeremiah Fish about some concerns he has for the later laps in the A-Main at Black Rock as he hoped to pick up his first ESS win.
Michael Parent finished ninth at Black Rock last week and described how his Sprint Car felt as they continue to learn more about the racecar.
Tommy Wickham recapped a busy weekend he had recently, talked about hot laps on Sunday in Weedsport and why they had baby powder on the right rear tire.
Matt Tanner told J Fish about his up & down season, how he is adjusting to a 360 from a 305 and remembered some of his recent races including a top ten at Utica Rome.
Ben Wheeler was getting ready to climb into his Sportsman in Weedsport and told me about changes he made to improve the balance on his new racecar.
Josh Van Tassell summed up how tough his season has been and how badly it started on night one when he rolled the car then drove it back up to a top ten.
Frank Sobotka explained why he was in the 771 Mod Lite, how he is hoping to help sell it and why he was not going to baby it later that night at Brewerton.
Jessica Redhead told me why she dug out her Four Cylinder Super Stock this past Friday night at Brewerton instead of the Mod Lite she normally drives.
Andrew Harpell talked with Jeremiah Fish about the show at Lincoln on Tuesday and how big it was for the Modifieds to be showcased at the track.
Mark Smith speaks with J Fish about the significance of the show at Lincoln and describes the difference between the wings on the 360’s & 358 Sprints.
Stewart Friesen offered up his first impressions of Lincoln Speedway as the ROC visited it for the first time and told J Fish how nice the facility was.
Curt Michael remembered his last weekend at Bridgeport, losing a motor while running second and explains to J Fish why next year he may not run for points.
Kevin Nouse makes his 1st appearance on the site and told J Fish about getting into an unfamiliar ride for the Tuesday show at Lincoln.
Jay Galloway spoke with J Fish about the level of 358 Sprint Car competition in his area and his hopes to eventually move up to a 410 Sprinter.
Ryan Godown talked with J Fish about a fuel issue he had on Saturday and his rough season that he has had that caused them to scale back a little.
Rusty Smith was fielding two racecars at Lincoln and told J Fish about having a teammate to bounce stuff off of as he got ready to run his big block.
Larry Wight shared his reaction to his hot lap session at Lincoln Speedway and wondered if he should have brought his big block Modified.
Brett Hearn spoke with Jeremiah Fish after his win in the first Modified heat at Lincoln Speedway and offered his take of the racetrack he just raced on.
Pat Ward won his heat race on Tuesday night and paused to chat with J Fish after some work to get his car ready for his first ever feature race at Lincoln.
Ryan Watt talked about an incident he was involved in during the heat as he prepared for the consi and wondered if his past experiences at Lincoln helped him.
Tommy Scheetz reacted to making the show in his heat, the wall bounce he did in the race and described the strategy he has for the 60 lap ROC feature.
Danny Johnson spoke with J Fish about his 2nd place finish in the ROC Modified feature at Lincoln Speedway on Tuesday night.
Ryan Godown won the North vs. South Battle at Lincoln Speedway on Tuesday night as part of the ROC Series and told Jeremiah Fish all about it.
|Wednesday, July 13th 2011
| New on the Audio Page for today:
Chad Phelps described how his brand new Modified felt as it went through its first weekend.
Cory Sparks had an up & down night at Black Rock and told me what went wrong in Dundee.
Jared Fink has only five starts under his belt this year and talked about some parts failures.
Tyler Rand was helping a competitor after he hit the wall and told me why he was helping.
Brad Knab told Jeremiah Fish about a recent weekend and how top tens are helping his points.
Brady Fultz recapped his three win season driving a Sportsman at Black Rock and Woodhull.
Jeff Amidon talked with me about his hopes to make it into the top ten in IMCA Modified points.
Chad Homan gives me some advice on what I could have done differently while leading on Friday.
Eric Kinsgley tells me about some changes he has made in the Sportsman class at Cayuga County.
It was another super nice day on Tuesday and we got to get out and enjoy it a bit. The downside was that mom is back in the hospital again with a breathing problem. She has been dealing with this for several years now and we are hopeful that she can get better this time for good and get back to doing the things she should be doing with her grandkids.
Today on the site we have a lot of things from my weekend trips as well as Jeremiah Fish’s Friday jaunt to Black Rock for the ESS?PST Tour doubleheader. Plus he went to Lincoln Speedway last night so look for interviews and stuff from that race to show up tomorrow.
Then I will be heading to Utica Rome on Thursday for their Fan Appreciation Night. Of course they got off to a tough start with the weather pushing the season opener back well over a month, so I am sure all the weekly racers are glad to have this extra show on the card.
And this show in Vernon on Thursday is only $7 to get in. If you bring a canned good it will be $5. But I think we all need to do more. How about dropping off a bad full of food for a family that can’t afford to do the things we enjoy so much. Now the nice thing with canned food drives like this is that you know where it is going. Not into some politicians budget for his office staff. So dig deep and let’s make this a big one.
Now let’s chat more about what is new for today on the Audio Page. I begin with a driver who did something a lot of teams wish they could do at this time of the year.
Chad Phelps described how his brand new Modified felt as it went through its first weekend. He talked about some minor adjustments he wishes he would have made, why he felt a shock change would help and where in the corners the car could have been better.
Cory Sparks had an up & down night at Black Rock and told me what went wrong in Dundee. He talked about how well things went early on, how a crash took him out early and how he deals with a night start that starts out as a potential winner only to turn into an early exit.
Jared Fink has only five starts under his belt this year and talked about some parts failures he has had of late. He explained how those failures have hurt his ability to learn about the car, why he hoped his new baseline set up would work and how he has been battling a loose condition.
Tyler Rand was helping a competitor after he hit the wall and told me why he was lending a hand. He also talked about some problems he has had in his last few starts, wondered which changes he made the day before that seemed to help and described how nice it was to be comfortable after hot laps.
Brad Knab told Jeremiah Fish about a recent weekend and how top tens are helping his standing in the points. He talked about why he is watching the numbers more than he did before, why he has had trouble at Black Rock and his hopes to finally make an A-Main at the track for the first time.
Brady Fultz recapped his three win season driving a Sportsman at Black Rock and Woodhull. He also told Jeremiah Fish about his start back in 2002, remembers watching his dad race in Dundee and explained how his daily job helps his racing efforts.
Jeff Amidon talked with me about his hopes to make it into the top ten in IMCA Modified points at Brewerton. He also spoke about his crash the week before, how badly damaged the racecar was and how he approaches another race night with a newly repaired car.
Chad Homan gives me some advice on what I could have done differently while leading on Friday. He talked about the lines I was running, how to handle lapped traffic as the leader and how aggressive is too aggressive in that situation.
Eric Kinsgley tells me about some rule changes he had made in the Sportsman class at Cayuga County. He explained why he felt he needed to do something, what happened after he announced the change and how nice it has been to see the crowds returning to Weedsport.
|Tuesday, July 12th 2011
| New on the Audio Page for today:
Scott Kreutter spoke with Jeremiah Fish about why we have not see him much this season.
Shane Donath told me how his Run Whatcha Brung Modified did and talked about Fulton.
Paul Habeck is in his rookie season in a 360 Sprint Car and told Jeremiah Fish how it is going.
Tyler Rand was getting ready to start his heat from the pole and remembered a battle last weekend.
Steve Collins talked with Jeremiah Fish about his expectations coming into Black Rock on Friday.
Shayne Ely was getting ready to race on Sunday and talked about the need to tighten up his car.
Tyler Walker thought back on some of his past in Weedsport as he got ready to race on Sunday.
Lorraine Powelczyk tells me why she had one of her back up cars number with an 84 on the side.
It was a hot one on Monday as the mercury soared to over 90 degrees. In between work my family and I was able to hit my parent’s pool and have a great time as my oldest daughter is actually swimming. It may only be a short distance but it is a great first step.
I did another column for the Syracuse Post Standard before we got wet and then did some website work after that. As you can see, we loaded a lot of new photos up yesterday and I hope to have more up for you to see later today.
Today Jeremiah Fish is heading down to Lincoln Speedway in Pennsylvania to cover the ROC Modified show. Of course the Mods have never been down there so it will be very interesting to see how the fans react to this show at a track they are more used to seeing Sprint Cars on.
We’ll have stuff up from that probably by Thursday as J Fish won’t get back till very late tomorrow morning. But I’ll make sure we have a lot of that up and of course he always takes a lot of photos, so look for those too.
Now let’s chat more about what is new for today on the Audio Page. I begin with some from his trip to Black Rock Speedway on Friday. Scott Kreutter spoke with Jeremiah Fish about why we have not seen him much this season. He also talked about his nice run at Little Valley last weekend, thought back on a big wreck and told him why he feels he has made a lot of progress with his 360 Sprint Car.
Shane Donath told me how his Run Whatcha Brung Modified did and talked about his hopes to run the rest of the year Fulton. He also talked about how well the winged Modified felt to him, how a yellow flag could have helped his cause and why his goals the first night at Fulton were different than usual.
Paul Habeck is in his rookie season in a 360 Sprint Car and told Jeremiah Fish how it has been going. He spoke about his goals for Black Rock Speedway on Friday, compared the car he drives now to the Micro Sprint he drove before and explains why 700 horsepower is a lot tougher to handle.
Tyler Rand was getting ready to start his heat from the pole and remembered a battle he was in last weekend. He talked with J Fish about some motor issues he had, how he learned something from getting someone else in his car and evaluated how his Sprinter felt in hot laps.
Steve Collins talked with Jeremiah Fish about his expectations coming into Black Rock on Friday. He told him about his nice draw, how badly he has been doing at that earlier this season and recapped his last race weekend.
Shayne Ely was getting ready to race on Sunday and talked about the need to tighten up his car. He told me what they did at the shop to get the car tighter, how his season has gone so far and how much he was hoping to have a good run in front of family & friends.
Tyler Walker thought back on some of his past in Weedsport as he got ready to race on Sunday. He told me about his recent feature win at Raceway 5, how he has been doing on the Pizza Logs tour and how close he has come to winning on the series this year.
Lorraine Powelczyk tells me why she had one of her back up cars numbered with an 84 on the side. She talked about racing against a driver she ran against for years and wondered how that driver would do against me and the other racers in the Four Cylinder Super Stock division.
|Monday, July 11th 2011
| New on the Audio Page from the New Cayuga County Speedway:
Pre race conversations:
Charlie Donk talked about his Sprint Car races so far this year and saying goodbye to Modifieds.
Bryan Howland spoke about his season to date and the effect bad draws had had the last few races.
Shawn Donath had his worst finish of the year on Friday and talked about his healing left wrist.
Lance Yonge ran down some of the motor problems he has had and his recent top five finish.
Jeff Cook told me how his Friday night went and how he picked up 7 spots in the A-Main.
Jared Zimbardi turned the fastest time in hot laps and described a shock problem they found.
After the heat races:
Shawn Donath won the first ESS qualifier and talked about the pass he made to get the lead.
Bryan Howland made a nice move to get the lead in his heat and walked me through the pass.
Matt Tanner took the win in the last ESS heat race and spoke about the need to change gears.
After the feature races:
David Marcuccilli reacted to winning the Sportsman feature to get wins on back to back weekends.
Lance Yonge won his first A-Main since last August and told me about the low line he ran.
Jason Barney led one lap on his way to a second place finish and talked about what he learned.
Jeff Cook finished in third place in the A-Main and told me about holding off the car behind.
Shawn Donath talked about his fourth place finish and how his wrist was feeling afterwards.
Steve Poirier made a late race move to get a fifth place finish and described how he got the spot.
I had a fun night on Sunday as I headed back to the New Cayuga County Speedway as the Empire Super Sprints and the Pizza Logs 600 Sprint Tour headlined the show. It was a nice night at the races although a hot one as the drivers were sweating on this one under the hot sun.
Lance Yonge won the 25 lap A-Main after leading all but one lap. Jason Barney was able to get by on lap 13, but Yonge was able to retake the lead and go on for the victory. Listen to his chat with me as he thinks back on the tough season he has endured as he’s had a pair of motor issues and blown up a powerplant in a borrowed ride as well.
After a yellow for a flip by Shayne Ely on the first lap, the rest of the race went caution free. I was able to chat with the entire top five although I was unable to record any victory lane interviews because of an issue I would rather not discuss.
I also took a lot of photos and did a lot of pre race interviews as well. All but ten of the chats I recorded last night are on the site today and the rest will show up during the week. Plus I have a lot of other recordings from my trip to Brewerton on Friday and Jeremiah Fish’s visit to Black Rock. So it will be a good week on the site.
As usual the New Cayuga County Speedway is a very racy Sprint Car track and as always, the cars put on a real good show there. The 600’s had a little trouble at the end of their race but the ending made the wait well worth it.
Mark Tychoniewicz (I hope I spelled that right) had the lead as the multiple yellow flags showed up with one to go, but on the last and final restart his car just didn’t go and Nick Cooper (son of Mike) was able to get by and go on to the win. I’ll get with Nick this week as they were pitted in the infield and I simply could not get to them…sorry guys!
A big thanks as always goes out to Eric and Giselle Kingsley for letting me do my thing at the track they promote at. I owe them a debt of gratitude as they were the ones who got me into this sport back in 1990. And I was terrible when I first started.
Keep checking today as I may get more new photos in. And be sure to come back tomorrow for more from the world of dirt track racing. I hope your week gets off to a great start and I hope to see you back here tomorrow.
|Sunday, July 10th 2011
| New on the Audio Page from Jeremiah Fish at the Black Rock Speedway on Friday:
Jared Zimbardi came into the event as the PST point leader and spoke about his season so far.
Bryan Howland won his heat race at Black Rock and described the track surface he was just on.
Don Adamczyk talked about how his car was in his heat and a problem they had with the wing.
Lance Yonge finished fourth in the A Main and talked about the tough season he has been having.
Steve Poirier usually does not fare well at Black Rock but did on this night as he came home 2nd.
Chuck Hebing won the A Main and talked about a problem everyone could see in victory lane.’
From the 100 lap Enduro at the Cayuga County Fair:
Zak Petrie told me about his win in the race that saw him finish as the only car on the lead lap.
Matt Dawson talked about his second place finish in the 100 lapper and a problem he had.
Last night was a change for me as I went to the Cayuga County Fair with my family to announce the demo derby/enduro race. I did take a few photos and those are up right now and I also chatted with the top two in the 100 lapper.
Today I will be heading back to Weedsport as the Empire Super Sprints headline the show there. These cars are always a lot of fun on the high banks so be sure to join me there today if you love Sprint Cars.
Also on the site today is some work from Jeremiah Fish who attended the Sprint Car race at Black Rock Friday while I was busy racing at Brewerton. I do have more from J Fish and more from my Friday night. That stuff will begin showing up on Tuesday and then throughout the week so keep checking back.
I can’t begin to tell you how much fun it was to get back behind the mic for a night of fun at Cayuga County. It was fun to work with Eric & Giselle Kingsley again as they were the first people I worked for when I got started in racing back in 1990. It was just like old times, except it was at a speedway that we didn’t talk about back on the Outlaw Circuit. We were not DIRT back them and we were darned proud of it!
Now let’s find out more about what is new on the Audio Page for today. We begin with some good stuff from J Fish at Black Rock from Friday night. Jared Zimbardi came into the event as the PST point leader and spoke about his season so far with Jeremiah Fish before the Black Rock event.
Bryan Howland won his heat race at Black Rock, described the track surface he was just on and explained to Jeremiah Fish why his draw made his night tougher.
Don Adamczyk talked with J Fish about how his car was in his second place run in his heat and a problem they had with the wing that was moving during the race.
Lance Yonge finished fourth in the A Main, talked with J Fish about the tough season he has been having and wondered if he should have bought a new tire beforehand.
Steve Poirier usually does not fare well at Black Rock but did on this night as he came home 2nd and told Jeremiah Fish how much he is looking forward to today at Weedsport.
Chuck Hebing won the A Main at Black Rock Speedway and talked with Jeremiah Fish about a problem he had that everyone could see in victory lane. 1:13 BLK Chuck Hebing A Main winner Jul 8 with J Fish.MP3
Zak Petrie told me about his big win in the race that saw him as the only car on the lead lap when the 100 lap event was complete.
Matt Dawson talked about his second place finish in the 100 lap Enduro at the Cayuga County Fair and a problem he had with the right front.
|Saturday, July 9th 2011
| New on the Audio Page for today from the Brewerton Speedway:
Pre race conversations:
Tony Steiner described how his Run What Ya Brung Modified did in the race last week in Weedsport.
Chris Hile talked about how he is doing at Fulton and why they have cut back on racing a little.
Claude Hutchings Jr. remembered his mid week show as he raced Five Mile for the first time.
Chris Fleming thought back on his up and down weekend than included a second place on Saturday.
Willy Decker told me about his win last week at Utica Rome and how slick the racetrack was.
Dale Planck described the tough luck he had at Cornwall last week and his run at Rolling Wheels.
After the heat races:
Mike Mahaney led every lap to win his heat and described the tight car he had on the tacky clay.
Billy Decker spoke about his Modified heat win as well as his ROC victory Tuesday at Five Mile.
Pat O’Brien talked about some of the gains he has been making as he won his Modified heat race.
Chuck Powelcyzk has been on a roll of late with his Four Cylinder and talked about his heat win.
Doug Elkins gets interviewed by Mike Mahaney after Elkins led every lap to win his heat race.
After the feature races:
Kevan Cook could be on his way to a title and spoke with Adam Buchanan about his IMCA win.
Billy Decker led all but seven laps on his way to a win and spoke about it with Bill Foley.
Alan Johnson talked about his third place finish, how he got the lead and how he fell back.
Jimmy Phelps walked me through his fourth place run and described how fast the track was.
We had a super fun night at the Brewerton Speedway as a thunderstorm late in the afternoon made for the fastest track conditions they have seen all year. But unlike the other night this year when the track was tacky, this time the cars were a lot more under control and not nearly as many incidents happened. You know how it goes, fast track, everyone is fast and sometimes yellows can be frequent.
The hot laps were pushed back a few times as the maintenance crew worked in the wet racing surface but they were able to get the clay in real good shape and the racing was top notch.
In the Modified feature Billy Decker started from the pole and with the momentum he has had at other places in recent weeks it would have been tough to bet against him. But as good as he has been at other tracks, the fact that he started on the pole shows you have rough the last three weeks have been for him at the D Shaped Dirt Demon.
Alan Johnson was able to get Billy in traffic on lap 13 and was able to keep the lead for 6 laps, but Decker was able to get back by and go on for the win. In the process he became the first repeat winner in the Modified division this year. And did you know that there have been 19 different heat winners this year in the Modified class? Wow. And if you are keeping track, that’s in 33 heat races total by my math anyway.
I did get to chat with three of the top five, but with the races moving so quickly I missed both Pat Ward and Ryan Phelps as they were changing when I came by. Sure, we ended up waiting in the staging area a little as you always do, but when you see everyone else getting in their cars, you gotta go too. So I did! Sorry guys.
I also got 13 pre race chats and put 6 of those up for today. I’ll put some of them up for tomorrow as well as a lot of what Jeremiah Fish did last night at Black Rock Speedway. He had my recorder but no microphone as I forgot to put it in his bag. Rich Vleck helped out with a mic from the track and saved us. So thank Rich when you see him as well as J Fish as he is really going to town on this thing…great!
Back to Brewerton, Kevan Cook won the IMCA Modified feature and in the process boosted his point lead to 39. And with IMCA points only going down one for each position, it will be tough for Josh and Brandon to make up 39 spots in two months. But we race for a reason and every lap counts, so nothing is outside the realm of possibility.
Josh Desantis Jr. won what I believe was his first ever Mod Lite feature so a big congrats goes out to him. Unfortunately I never get to see their race as it usually run right before ours, so I hear a few things on the one way radio and see the wrecked cars towed off the track. But I heard they put on a great show last night. And glad to hear Rick Demo was ok as his car caught fire briefly right after he exited. Whew!
In our division, a rookie led the early part of the race until he (me) hit slower traffic. He balked, got tagged from behind in a racing deal which caused his car to jump out of gear. He (me) ended up pulling into the infield furiously trying to get the car to go back into gear, any gear at all for that matter.
Finally after the yellow came out and the two truck started approaching, I (now I’ll talk about myself in the first person) was able to get it in first gear and drive away. Then I couldn’t get it into second but eventually it went. I decided not to touch the shifter after that and raced back up from the rear to finish sixth. Could have used a bungee cord huh Claude Jr.?
It was a good run for the Claude Hutchings owned Tired Iron Repair Saab and we led our first ever laps in the feature after leading every lap in a heat win earlier. If I would not have balked in traffic, who knows? But we learned a lot, made a mistake in lapped traffic like a lot of rookies do and still came back for a nice sixth place finish after being at the tail end of the lead lap. We’re learning a lot each and every lap I turn.
And congrats to Jim Money on his win. Although I must say there was a lot of contact out there in our division…a little too much in my mind. I hope everyone learns from this week and comes back this next week to put on a great show. I know all of you and I know we can do it.
Today I will be in Weedsport at the Cayuga County Fair to announce a demo derby/enduro event for promoter Eric Kingsley who was the first guy I ever worked for in racing. I am taking my family and my dad so it should be a great time.
My kids have never heard me announce a race before so I know they will like that since they enjoy themselves when they do make it out to Brewerton to watch daddy race. And they have no idea what is in store for them with the enduro and demo derby. I know they are going to have a great time.
Tomorrow I will have the winners from that event on the site as well as some of what J-Fish did for us at Black Rock. Keep checking too as you never know when new photos are going to go up. And I hope you support your favorite track tonight and have a great time doing it. I’ll see ya tomorrow.
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