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Friday, May 27th 2011
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Randy Chrysler explains why he was saw him racing last weekend and how it was going.
Mitch Brown tells Jeremiah Fish about his long haul from Canada to Woodhulll Raceway.
Paul Habeck described how he has been doing at Canandaigua and his hopes for his Sprinter. 
Johnny Scarborough had never been to the Brewerton Speedway before and offered his opinion. 
Dave Allen missed the Canandaigua opener and talked about how he did in the second show. 
Mike O’Brien has had some motor issues and told me about some of the good runs he has had. 
Brandon Hagan talks about winning his 2nd in a row and Can Am and gets reflective with me.
Justin Henderson spoke about his motor issues and how a fellow racer kept him on the track. 
Rob Keller has not been out all the much this year and talked about leading some laps earlier. 
J.J. Courcy ran down how he has been doing on the track this year with his IMCA Modified.
In my latest Motor Sounds clip hear the big block Modifieds as they warm up at Canandaigua. 
John Tiff previews the pair of big Memorial Day weekend shows at the Utica Rome Speedway. 
 
It was another stormy day in Central New York as many pop up thunderstorms dotted the area. So far as I write this up at 5:30, we have not had a drop of rain this afternoon here in Liverpool and hopefully we’ll still be able to say this by the time you read this.
 
I’m hoping for a dry Friday so I can head out to Brewerton tonight to see some racing. The forecast is not all that great but I have raced on days with 80% chance of rain and have gone home early when they didn’t even mention the word. 
 
So keep checking the track websites for your favorite Friday night home and we’ll all hope for the best.
 
As you can see we have a lot on the site today as we hit three races last weekend. The can is now empty and needs to be refilled today. I also added three new photo bins Thursday afternoon as well and those are up ready for you to view today.
 
Now let’s talk more about what is new for today on the Audio Page. I begin with a man we don’t see all that much in Central New York. Randy Chrysler explains why he was saw him racing last weekend in Central New York and how it was going. He talked about his Saturday night at Canandaigua, his hopes for Sunday in Weedsport and how his lacrosse team is playing. 
 
Mitch Brown tells Jeremiah Fish about his long haul from Canada to Woodhulll Raceway. He talked about his background in racing that began in a mini stock, his years on the asphalt and how tough the transition was coming back to dirt. 
 
This one is part two with Jeremiah Fish as he speaks with Mitch Brown last Saturday at Woodhull Raceway. 
 
Paul Habeck described how he has been doing at Canandaigua and his hopes for his Sprinter. He told me where he feels he needs the racecar to be better, how tight the car has been and how good the racing surface has been. 
 
Dave Allen missed the Canandaigua opener and talked about how he did in the second show. He talked about adjusting to the tacky surface, the earlier start time for the Modifieds and the new car he has. 
 
Mike O’Brien has had some motor issues and told me about some of the good runs he has had. He talked about adjusting to the power of his new motor, the car he picked up from a fellow Modified competitor and what happened to his other engines. 
 
Johnny Scarborough had never been to the Brewerton Speedway before and offered up his initial opinion. He told me why he made the trip down from Vermont, what else he had going on last weekend and how he has done at other tracks he has never seen before. 
 
Brandon Hagan talks about winning his 2nd in a row and Can Am and gets reflective with me about where he is right now. He talked about being humbled by the help he gets, how he saw a competitor getting closer in the late laps and how much he is enjoying his points lead. 
 
Justin Henderson spoke about his motor issues and how a fellow racer kept him on the track at a time when he really needed the help. He explained what happened internally, what he does with the motor now and how many others had a similar situation. 
 
Rob Keller has not been out all the much this year and talked about leading some laps earlier the week before. He told me what broke on the car while leading, what he did wrong when he rebuilt the transmission and thought back on a similar situation back in the day. 
 
J.J. Courcy ran down how he has been doing on the track this year with his IMCA Modified. He talked about his up & down finishes, remembered his struggles from the week before and why he felt better after hot lapping it Friday night. 
 
In my latest Motor Sounds clip hear the big block Modifieds as they warm up at Canandaigua. This was done this past Saturday as they sat in the staging area. 
 
John Tiff previews the pair of big Memorial Day weekend shows at the Utica Rome Speedway. He talked about the Sprint Car show on Sunday, the Victoria 200 on Monday and how the track was at the Wednesday practice. 

 
Thursday, May 26th 2011
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Alton Palmer explained how he won his first Modified feature in eight years Saturday at Fonda. 
Charlie Donk ran down how he has been doing at Canandaigua and how his 360 Sprint Car felt. 
Gary Troutman spoke with Jeremiah Fish about getting his 2011 season started at Woodhull.
Steve Collins told J Fish about his Enduro days at Woodhull Raceway back in the 1980’s. 
Eric Fisher has a new Modified under him this season and explained how it has been handling.
David Marcuccilli explained how a blown motor has set his program back here in the 2011 season. 
Eric Giguere has had a tough time so far at Canandaigua and told me what has been going on. 
Sam Reakes III was behind the wheel of a Sportsman at Brewerton and talked about his past. 
Jeff Isabell remembered his recent Mod Lite win at Brewerton and talked about having fun.
Brad Weaver towed up to Brewerton with his IMCA Modified and told me about his season.
Terry Lapham has four starts at Brewerton this year and told me what he learned in a DNF. 
Bill Carista showed me his Four Cylinder Super Stock and talked about his quest for a new motor. 
 
It was another beautiful day on Central New York on Wednesday although today sounds like it could be a different deal altogether. Watch the radar and the weather websites as today could be an active weather day to say the least.
 
As you can see we have a lot of new stuff on the site today as we were very busy this past weekend. And be sure to come back tomorrow for at least ten new interviews and more. Yep, it is a great time of the year.
 
It is also a great time to be a racefan this weekend as there is a lot of great options out there. Of course All Star Weekend takes place on Sunday at Rolling Wheels and new track prep man Larry Fink should have a real good handle on the place. The Super DIRTCar Series is on tap so the best of the best will be there. And they have a lot of family fun events taking place beforehand so get there early and bring the kids!
 
I also found out that Syracuse Basketball Assistant Coach Mike Hopkins will be the Grand Marshal for the event. This is the same guy who will eventually take over for Jim Boeheim, so get there early and get his take on next year’s team. 
 
Plus Utica Rome will go twice this weekend. Sunday they will have the Empire Super Sprints as well as the Modifieds and then on Monday the Victoria 200 takes to the track. I have been waiting to get back to the big half mile and I will see you guys there on both days as I am doing TV on Sunday and the usual ddd thing on Monday. 
 
To see what is happening at your favorite dirt track, just go to my Track Links Page and see for yourself. And if there are any weather concerns, you can check out our maps to see what is going on. 
 
Now let’s talk more about what is new on the Audio Page. I start with the first interview I did in the studio on Wednesday.   Alton Palmer told me how he won his first Modified feature in eight years Saturday at Fonda. He explained how he worked his way through the field, why he felt good about his racecar coming into the night and how he adjusted his line late in the race after getting some advice from the infield. 
 
Charlie Donk ran down how he has been doing at Canandaigua and how his 360 Sprint Car felt in a recent hot lap session. He talked about leading some laps with his Modified, how a brake rotor from someone else sidelined him in the opener and where he will race the Sprinter this weekend. 
 
Gary Troutman spoke with Jeremiah Fish about getting his 2011 season started at Woodhull. He explained why he got off to a late start, why he feels he is better at the short tracks and how he keeps his budget low by doing a lot of the work himself. 
 
Steve Collins told Jeremiah Fish about his Enduro days at Woodhull Raceway back in the 1980’s. He talked about how he did back then, recapped how his Sprint Car races have gone this year and remembered running his first ever A-Main a few weeks ago at Black Rock. 
 
Eric Fisher has a new Modified under him this season and explained how it has been handling. He told me how it has reacted to some changes he has made, wondered if the clay in Weedsport was tackier than usual and how slick it could get by feature time. 
 
David Marcuccilli explained how a blown motor has set his program back here in the 2011 season. He talked about what went wrong, looked ahead to getting it out at the Brewerton Speedway and remembered the last time he ran at the track. 
 
Eric Giguere has had a tough time so far at Canandaigua and told me what has been going on. He explains the difference between a good 4th & a bad 4th, wonders why he is lacking speed so far and described the racetrack he has been on weekly at The Land of Legends. 
 
Sam Reakes III was behind the wheel of a Sportsman at Brewerton and talked about his past at the track. He told me why he thought it was so important to support the class at this show, what his goals were for the night and recapped how he has done in a Sportsman so far. 
 
Jeff Isabell remembered his recent Mod Lite win at Brewerton and talked about having fun with a multi-car team. He told me why he got back into racing, how much he enjoys racing with his family and compared the cars he drives now to what was out there a few years ago. 
 
Brad Weaver towed up to Brewerton with his IMCA Modified and told me about his season so far in the Southern Tier. He remembered a feature win he had early on at I-88, how a lapped car hurt him the next week and his top four finishes at Five Mile Point. 
 
Terry Lapham has four starts at Brewerton this year and told me what he learned in a recent DNF. He talked about how close the racing has been, how the bottom has become the place to be and how he broke an axle after driving through some water on the track. 
 
Bill Carista showed me his Four Cylinder Super Stock and talked about his quest for a new more powerful motor. He told me where he got the car, described how it has been working and why a Mazda engine from a Ford Probe could change everything. If you have one, let me know at doug@dougsdirtdiary.com and let’s get Bill to the front! 

 
Wednesday, May 25th 2011
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Derrick Podsiadlo was just getting ready for hot laps at Canandaigua and talked about his racecar. 
Ryan Bartlett ran down how he has been doing in his Modified at the Brewerton Speedway. 
Scott Krueter was at Woodhull Raceway on Saturday and spoke his new ride for this season. 
Dan Wiesner talked about winning the Canandaigua opener and how good his Sportsman was. 
Gordy Button was getting ready to race Sunday in Weedsport and remembered some of his past. 
Jerry Lobdell Jr. remembered a feature win he had with his IMCA Modified at Skyline Raceway. 
A.J. Lloyd looked at his finishes in the Legends Sportsman division and smiled about the results.
Brian Freese spoke about his run at Canandaigua on Saturday and his goals for Sunday in Weedsport. 
Lorraine Powelczyk talked about her recent top five in the Four Cylinders at Brewerton Speedway. 
Mike Mallett told me about his big weekend that includes Fonda and back to back shows in Vernon. 
 
I just don’t where yesterday went. I know you all have had a day like that and it seemed like after I got all my busy work done, it was 10 o’clock and too late to do any new interviews. But fortunately there was a lot in the can and that is what is on the site today with the exception of the Mike Mallet chat which was recorded Monday night in the massive home studio. (It’s not really that big, but I like to fib a bit to create the illusion that no expense was spared.)
 
I swapped my 2000 Buick Century for a 2004 Buick Lesabre and did so at Roger Phelps Used Cars. I was not necessarily looking for something but my dad stumbled on this car the very day it came in and convinced me to check it out. It’s bigger, newer, cleaner, has a bigger engine and still gets 30 mph on the highway. What’s not to like? 
 
I’d drive that before one of those death trap Honda Fit’s that gets about the same mileage. That was an easy choice there for a six foot tall guy like me who let’s be honest would be sent to the hospital in a 30 mile an hour crash in one of those little tiny toy cars that are built for people 5”5’ tall and weighing 125 pounds. Not big Americans like me! 
 
Then once I got home I got the Camaro out of the garage to wash it and realized the inspection was up. Oops. Looks like I need to take care of that before my first official cruise of the year. 
 
But today I will be back in the home studio and back working again as there a lot of people I want to talk to about their weekend. So be sure to keep checking back as I also have two new photo bins at add today at some time as well. 
 
And I am also going to get my eyes examined and may have to get glasses. The only thing holding me back at this time has been pride. But I need to realize that I am 50 and not in my 20’s anymore. Darn! 
 
Now let’s talk more about what is new for today on the Audio Page. I begin with a pair of Modified drivers. Derrick Podisadlo was just getting ready for hot laps at Canandaigua and talked about his racecar. He told me about some work they had to do before this past Saturday, how he wishes the track would slow down just a bit and why a tacky half mile is not always the best for racing. 
 
Ryan Bartlett ran down how he has been doing in his Modified at the Brewerton Speedway. He talked about his recent top five, how he felt while he was running as high as second and evaluated how the surface was on the super slick night two weeks ago. 
 
Scott Kruetter was at Woodhull Raceway on Saturday and spoke his new ride for this season. He told Jeremiah Fish how the opportunity came about, how his first race went at Black Rock and where he will be racing this coming weekend. Note: The audio is a little low here so be ready with your volume button. 
 
Dan Wiesner talked about winning the Canandaigua opener and how good his Sportsman is right now. He described a problem he had in hot laps, wondered what the track would do later and why he may be cut back his schedule a little this year. 
 
Gordy Button was getting ready to race Sunday in Weedsport and remembered some of his past at the speedway including a big Sprint Car win. He told me how many cars were there on that night, recapped how his son in law did in the crate powered car at Fulton and wondered if he might drive a 360 Sprinter someday down the road. 
 
Jerry Lobdell Jr. remembered a feature win he had with his IMCA Modified at Skyline Raceway a few weeks back. He told me why he felt he got a break by getting to victory lane, described a motor issue he has been hoping to sort out and why he had to run the top while being down a cylinder. 
 
A.J. Lloyd looked at his finishes in the Legends Sportsman division at Canandaigua and smiled about the results. He told me why he thinks he has been doing so well, how much his teammates help him and remembers finishing second in his very first start. 
 
Brian Freese talked about his run at Canandaigua on Saturday and his goals for Sunday in Weedsport. He told me which track he will focus on weekly, where his main focus is right now away from the racetrack and why the racecar is number two on his “to do list” at this time. 
 
Lorraine Powelczyk talked about her recent top five in the Four Cylinders at Brewerton Speedway. She told me which end of the racetrack she has been having difficulties with, which part has been breaking on her VW and how close everyone in the division is in the pit area. She’s right about that you know. 
 
Mike Mallett talked about his big weekend that includes Fonda and back to back shows in Vernon. He spoke about the Empire Super Sprints doubleheader, the Victoria 200 and how nice it will be to finally be back racing at Utica Rome. 

 
Tuesday, May 24th 2011
   New on the Audio Page from J Fish’s trip to Woodhull Raceway:
 
Chuck Hebing discusses his Patriot Sprint Tour win down in victory lane with Jeremiah Fish
Bryan Howland bounced back after a tough opener to finish in second place and talked about it. 
Tim Kelly spoke about some motor problems he had on the night and his third place finish. 
Don Adamczyk finished fourth in the PST A-Main and spoke about the tracks he’ll race at next. 
Jared Zimbardi had a fifth place at Woodhull and talked about how tough the high banks are. 
 
From Doug’s weekend travels:
 
Gary Tomkins was in the #10 Modified at Brewerton and told me how the deal came about. 
Steve Gray recaps his Canandaigua Sportsman finishes and tells me how good the surface is. 
Fran Hilton won the Sportsman feature at Black Rock Friday night and told me how he did it. 
Jack Terrell talked about his Street Stock races and the need to grow his business to the west.  
Jim Money told me about his Four Cylinder Super Stock and how he has been doing at Brewerton. 
 
I told you we were going to have a lot up each day this week and as it looks now we will have a minimum of ten new clips everyday and that is not counting what I will be getting done in the studio. The studio did stay quiet for the website for a day on Monday but Mike Mallett is on his way here to do some voice tracks for the next ESS Web TV show.
 
I also added a lot of photo bins. Twelve in all I believe so you guys are going to have to show up late for work today or stay up extra late tonight to see them all. Hey, then you’ll be like me. And I do still have a few more to put up so keep your eyes on the filmstrip at the right side of page for new additions although I will wait until later today to put them up. 
 
We have another busy day ahead of us and a busy weekend too. The Utica Rome Speedway has back to back shows set for Sunday and Memorial Day while Rolling Wheels hosts the first Super DIRTcar Series race on Sunday as All Star Weekend enjoys a new location.
 
It is a great time to be a racefan. And don’t forget that Utica Rome has a practice set for tomorrow night and the weather sounds like it could allow it to happen. Let’s keep our fingers crossed on that one as they could really use a break!
 
Now let’s chat more about what is new for today on the Audio Page. I begin with some work from a good friend of the site who was gracious enough to take my back up recorder to Woodhull. Chuck Hebing discusses his Patriot Sprint Tour win down in victory lane with Jeremiah Fish. He talked about how good it felt to win in one of his sponsor’s back yard, thinks back on his past successes at the track and how unique the high banks are. 
 
Bryan Howland bounced back after a tough opener to finish in second place and talked about it with reporter Jeremiah Fish. He told him how good his car was early, how it changed later in the race and what he did to try to help the situation get better. 
 
Tim Kelly spoke about some motor problems he had on the night and his third place finish. He told Jeremiah Fish how happy he was to get a top five finish, what went wrong the week before at Black Rock and looked ahead to a busy Memorial Day weekend. 
 
Don Adamczyk finished fourth in the PST A-Main and spoke about the tracks he’ll race at next. He talked with Jeremiah Fish about his concerns with where he’ll race at this coming weekend, which tracks he likes better and described how he picked up four spots at Woodhull. 
 
Jared Zimbardi had a fifth place at Woodhull and talked about how tough the high banks are. He told Jeremiah Fish about the extreme inside line he ran, how good he feels about equaling his best finish ever at the track and recapped his consistent season to date. 
 
Gary Tomkins was in the #10 Modified at Brewerton on Friday and told me how the deal came about. He talked about getting fitted into the car during the week, how much he is looking forward to returning to a track he has had success at in the past and how well things have been going at Orange County. 
 
Steve Gray recaps his Canandaigua Sportsman finishes and tells me how good the surface has been. He talked about the one that got away on opening night, what happened when he hit some water and his hopes to learn from the experience. Oh man! 
 
Fran Hilton won the Sportsman feature at Black Rock Friday night and told me how he did it. He described the lines he used to pick up five spots in eight laps, how he held off the field on three restarts and what he was telling himself as he drove under the white
 
Jack Terrell talked about his Street Stock races at Canandaigua and the need to grow his business to the west. He told me about the work the driver needs to do, how tough it is to balance his family business and what he was doing to get ready for the heat races. 
 
Jim Money told me about his Four Cylinder Super Stock and how he has been doing at Brewerton Speedway. He described how the car has been doing on the track, what he has done to try to loosen it up and the video games he races back at home. 

 
Monday, May 23rd 2011
   New on the Audio Page from the New Cayuga County Speedway:
 
Pre race conversations:
 
Justin Wright recaps his finish from Saturday at Canandaigua and talked about leaving the 1970’s. 
Jimmy Phelps ran down how he did at Brewerton and Fulton and wondered about the weather. 
Alan Johnson was ready for his third race of the weekend and described his pair of tenth place runs.
Tommy Sears talked about his solid finish at Fulton the night before and how his car was late. 
Roy Bresnahan is two for two in the 525 division at Fulton and told me a story about his main rival. 
Brett Hearn told me why he had to go to a back up car at The Valley and how he came up to second. 
Stewart Friesen spoke about his weekend at Brewerton & Fonda and looked ahead to Merrittville. 
Tommy Juhl has been to four races so far this season and talked about the track he hot lapped on.
 
After the heat races:
 
Justin Haers speaks with Andy Fusco about his win in the first Modified heat race of the night. 
Brett Hearn walked me through the pass he made to get a heat win and talked about a hot lap issue. 
Dave Rauscher won a heat race for the second night in a row and described his focus on the track.
Tommy Juhl pounded his chip in his heat win and got some advice from chassis man Doug Phelps
 
After the features:
 
Jimmy Phelps won his second in a row at Cayuga County and told me why he chose the big block. 
Matt Sheppard described his third place finish and how happy he was to pick up 9 spots in 35 laps.  
Pat Ward picked up a lot of places to come home fourth and talked about his very basic set up. 
Larry Wight talked about the wild finish and how loose his racecar was in the last few laps. 
Dale Caswell ran in second for most of the Crate Late Model race and talked about his win. 
David Marcuccilli spoke with Roy Sova about his Sportsman win and the new motor he had. 
 
I had my third straight race night in a row for the first time this season and once again I had a great time. I went to the New Cayuga County Speedway with my dad to do some TV on the internet and of course the usual Doug’s Dirt Diary thing. It was good he was there as he took a lot of the pictures you see in my bin till I was able to free myself up more. 
 
A brief shower hit before the gates opened and then again as the teams were unloading. Now you never know how much something like this will affect the track but the teams were ready and many were making gear changes for what they expected to be a tackier than normal surface.
 
The track was indeed fast early on and we were getting pelted with what I have always referred to as “clay worms” in the pit grandstand. My dad had never seen those before and marveled at the sticky clay he brushed off his fleece. “That is what is supposed to feel like” I told him as I threw the small pieces of clay back onto the racetrack. Now you see why new clay is needed from time to time. 
 
It was a real nice night at the track as the Modifieds are just so much fun to watch on a surface like this. Jimmy Phelps looked at the track and loaded up his small block in favor of the 467 cubic incher. It was the correct decision too as he won the 35 lap feature event although it was not easy by any means. 
 
Early on Justin Haers looked to have the race in hand but on a lap 22 restart he got his car sideways and lost several spots. Steve Paine would take over the lead but would not be able to pull away from Phelps. Seven laps later, Phelps would make the high side work off of turn four and power by for the lead. A lead he would not give up.
 
Paine would settle for second place and he was the only guy who finished in the top five that I did not get to speak with. (He hides from me sometimes I think!) But I did get the rest and they are on the Audio Page along with 4 of the 5 open wheel heat winners (Tim Jr. was just hopping in his Late Model when I got to the infield) and eight pre race chats. 
 
Plus we have my pics up and more that I did last night. I’ll get still more of them up today as we have work from our photographer friends who were at Can Am, Thunder Alley, Skyline and Cornwall. So keep checking back for more. 
 
Once again it was a nice night in Weedsport and once again the show was run off in a very quick fashion. My dad and I were back on the road by a little after 9 PM and there was only one more race to go. I really think the Kingsley family is on the right track with what they are doing and I hope more of you come out to check out this place as there is a lot to like. 
 
And thanks to them also for letting us come in early to record some stand ups for the next ESS Web TV show. Check out the first show at www.esswebtv.com and tell me what you think. And unlike TV on the TV, we have a box at the right that allows you to hear the entire interviews and not just the clips we use in the shows. It is a real cool deal that I am doing with Mike Mallett, Mickey Ellis and Matt Thomas. And it is shot in HD. Uh oh, watch out for those close ups. 
 
Keep checking back today as I will be putting up more photos soon. And look for a busy week on the site as we have 31 clips in the can. And with four days left to put them up, that means you’ll get a minimum of 7 a day. So do not miss a day this week or you’ll be missing a lot from the world of dirt track racing. See you tomorrow and have a great Monday.  

 
Sunday, May 22nd 2011
   New on the Audio Page from the Canandaigua Speedway:
 
Pre race conversations:
 
Richard Swarthout tells me how he is doing as he is back behind the wheel after many years off.
Rob Bellinger had a brand new racecar at the show and told me what he hoped it would do. 
Matt Sheppard recapped his second place finish at Brewerton and what he did on the last lap. 
Justin Haers finished second in both races so far and talked about how his car has been working.
Vic Coffey told me why he was at Canandaigua and remembered one that got away in Georgia. 
Billy Dunn was coming off of a win at Can Am Friday and described how he got to the front. 
 
After the heat races:
 
Adam Roberts led every lap on his way to a heat win and told me about starting on the hammer. 
Dave Rauscher won his heat race by holding off a legend and talked about bouncing in turn two. 
Tim Currier talked about his Modified heat win and the work they were doing to loosen the car.
Nick Guererri was feeling better after his heat win and told me about a carburetor swap they did. 
Paul Guererri made to two for two for the family name and walked me through his heat win.
Kane Bristol told me about his Sportsman heat win and the tough luck he had the first two weeks.
 
After the feature races:
 
Matt Sheppard showed me his used up right rear tire and talked about his Modified feature win. 
Steve Paine told me about his runner up finish and the need to make sure he saved his tires.   
Justin Haers explained what happened to send him pitside and how he got back up to third. 
Rob Bellinger described the racing he was doing late in the race on his way to a fourth place. 
Billy Dunn worked his way up to a fifth place and told me how good his car was late in the race.
Peter Britten led a lot of laps in the Modified race and wondered what happened to his right rear. 
 
I had another real nice night last night as I traveled west to Canandaigua Motorsports Park. And after what I saw, I can tell you without a doubt that The Land of Legends is back!
 
A late arriving crowd really filled in the place and it reminded me of what it was like back when I worked there in the mid to late 90’s. The racing was real good, the track was racy and there was a buzz in the air. It did get a little slick in the Modified feature and the need to be thinking about your tires was there. 
 
Australian Modified Champion Peter Britten looked to be headed for his second win in the United States and his first ever at Canandaigua. He was blasting the high side and even was able to get back around Matt Sheppard after briefly losing the lead in turn two on lap 24. 
 
But with just six laps to go, Britten lost his right rear tire while leading in turn two. He was not sure if he cut it down or if he overheated it. I did see Matt Sheppard’s right rear after the race and it showed a lot of wear and even chunked up a little. And he was not blasting the outside like Britten was. Hmm. Guess we may never know.
 
Make sure to listen to both of the Matt Sheppard chats as he talks about winning his third Canandaigua race in a row and in the first one he runs down what happened on that last lap the night before at Brewerton. I’ve heard racers say that they race people the way they are raced against. You’ll know what that means after listening to the interview. And yes, there is honor and respect among racers!
 
I also got interviews with the entire top five from the Modified feature as well as Mr. Britten. I also recorded a lot of pre race interviews, got all the open wheel heat winners and shot almost 100 photographs. I am hoping to put more up today but am having an email issue. I can send out, but not receive. I believe the problem is not at my end and I am hopeful to have it fixed today. Until then, you can reach me on facebook.
 
The night was a real good one at Canandaigua like I said and it really seems like new promoter Jeremie Corcoran is on the right track. He did a lot of off season work and now he is seeing the fruits of his labor. The crowd has come back, there were a lot of racecars in the pits and the track is back to its racy self. 
 
The fans of the Land of Legends are some of the most loyal around and they must be very happy with what they are seeing. Plus with the talented fan favorites in the Modified division that they are seeing weekly, it really does seem like the place is fully back. And they also were fortunate to fill one very important position with one of the best around. 
 
Paul Szmal worked with Gary Montgomery for many years in the early 90’s and he is back behind the microphone at a track that must seem like an old friend to him. I have always said that a good announcer is a key to a successful race night and a great announcer can help make a track a true racefans destination. 
 
Paul is one of those guys and his professionalism and laid back style as an announcer will surely help this place along. I enjoyed listening to him and I urge you to check the place out in the next few weeks. It is a truly wonderful experience. 
 
Today I am slated to head to the New Cayuga County Speedway. I am going to do a few stand ups for TV and then do my usual thing. My dad will be with me to help as I will be extra busy and I am supposed to avoid the sun when I can because of the medication I am on. I was able to seek shade whenever possible last night but still got out there a little too much.
 
In case you missed it, Utica Rome Speedway has already cancelled for today. I wish them all the best as they try to get in their first show of the year. It sounds like that heavy rain on Wednesday and Thursday did them in as there is still a lot of water around. They do however have a practice set for this Wednesday and hopefully everything will work out. Keep checking the Track Links Page to visit their site and keep up to date.
 
Now I need to crash and get some sleep as I am still having trouble with it after I race. I hit the pillow and start re-running the laps I did on the track. Thanks to everyone who helped tonight and Friday. I could not do this without the support of the racetracks, the drivers and of course all of you who come here. Thanks guys. 

 
Saturday, May 21st 2011
   New on the Audio Page from the Brewerton Speedway:
 
Pre race conversations:
 
Mike Mahaney told me what went wrong with his motor and what he will be doing about it.
Willy Decker spoke about his season so far and the new frame he hopes to have under him soon.
Pat Ward remembered how he did last week at Brewerton and his hopes for a tacky surface. 
Dale Planck thought back on his win last week and explained why he didn’t feel his injury.
Katelyn Kane had a new chassis at the race and told me what she hoped would happen with it. 
Pat O’Brien is a Brewerton regular this year and described some of the gains he has been making.
 
After the heat races:
 
Rob Humphreys won the first Sportsman heat race of the night and talked about his victory. 
Johnny Scarborough took the win in the second heat race and offered his take on the track. 
Tony Steiner led every lap to win the first Modified heat and told me how good his car was. 
Alan Johnson talked about his win in the second Mod heat and how his starting spot helped. 
Jimmy Phelps walked me through the move he made late in his heat to get the lead and the win.
 
After the features:
 
Tim Sears won the Sportsman feature race and spoke about it  trackside with Adam Buchanan
Willy Decker talked about his pass in the final corner in victory lane with announcer Bill Foley
Pat Ward rebounded after a tough week with a third place finish and spoke about his racecar. 
Pat O’Brien earned his best Brewerton finish of the year coming home fourth and talked about it. 
Dale Planck had a conversation with Mike Mallett about his fifth place finish in the Mod feature. 
Stephen Denton told me about his win in the Four Cylinder Super Stock race and his Sportsman.
 
It was a great night at the Brewerton Speedway on Friday as they were one of the few tracks to get in a show. There was rain all over the radar and it actually did rain for a few minutes just as they working in the track after a post hot lap watering session. You must give the teams a lot of credit for burning expensive race fuel as they worked in the surface. But the night would get much better after that. It did make for a delay, but the rest of the night made with wait well worth it. 
 
Conditions were back to the usual Brewerton as there were multiple grooves on the track with some divisions going four & five wide at few times. In the Modified feature it was a classic battle between Willy Decker and Matt Sheppard. 
 
After getting by early leader Jimmy Davis, Decker moved into the lead on lap fourteen. But Sheppard was coming through the pack in wholesale fashion and dogged Decker after three straight yellows on lap twenty. The two ran side by side for six laps before Sheppard took control of the race. 
 
Sheppard swapped lines on the final restart taking the bottom groove and for a while it seemed like that would win him the race as Decker seemed unable to catch him. But with two to go, he caught Sheppard and in the final corner, swept the outside and got the victory by less than a car length. 
 
It was one of those fantastic finishes that happen every so often. And one of those races where it sucks to have a loser as both men did an exceptional job behind the wheel. Sheppard could have come up and chopped Decker out of the final corner to seal the win but he didn’t and I commend him for that. 
 
Willy Decker was pounding the wheel of his car as he pulled into victory lane knowing that this was a win that he would remember for a long time. And it was a finish that the fans will be talking about on Monday when they see their friends that decided to stay home and not chance it on a rainy night. 
 
I did to record chats with four of the top five but did not have the heart to go over and talk to Matt. He drove one heck of a race and I feel badly for him. And if you read farther down the page you’ll see how I did much worse and almost did something very bad. 
 
The Sportsman were also on hand with thirteen cars and their race was a good one although Tim Sears Jr. did pull away a little towards the end. It was his second win of the year. The other one came in a Late Model. 
 
The race behind him was real good as Johnny Scarborough, Greg Kimball and David Marcuccilli put on quite a show with Kimball going from fourth to third in the final corner. Look for this division to really take off as more and more cars find their way to Brewerton in the next few weeks.
 
I recorded thirty new clips as I really went to town last night. I saved fourteen pre race conversations and if we go all three nights this weekend, I may be able to have some big days next week with all the saved stuff. I also took a lot of photos too and those are up and ready for you to view right now.
 
Now since I was driving and reporting, I was only able to watch the Mods and Sportsman. I will however do my best to track down the other winners this week. On nights like this I wish I had a clone. Of course he would not be driving the racecar, he would be doing the interviews. 
 
I did well early on in the Tired Iron Repair Saab as I came from seventh to second in the heat. I actually was gaining on race winner Jim Money at the end and it would have been cool to have one more lap to see if I could have passed him. But Jim ran great and I fell one car length short at the line. Yeah, I was pumped.
 
In the feature we did well early coming from twelfth to fourth in two laps. I actually passed second place Chuck Powelczyk and stayed with the leader with for a few laps. But then I pushed it too hard in turn four and had a real close look at the ute tire. I corrected and shot up the racetrack eventually hit the front stretch wall.
 
I could not believe what I had done. I worked on Chuck for several laps and of course when I got into the wall he was able to get by me and retake second spot. I caught him a little at the end overdriving again so much that I drove into his left rear quarter. I lifted, let him recover (AS I SHOULD HAVE), yelled at myself using words I would never say or write on the site and settled for a third place finish.
 
I know third place is a fine respectable finish and I am happy. But I felt I gave one away late in the race and I must tell you that this feeling I have now is one I have not felt before. Well, I take that back. It’s like missing a game winning free throw, striking out with the bases loaded or shanking one into the woods when you are having your best golf game ever. Yeah, like that!
 
But someone must have been watching over me because I bent the right front rim baldy and I cannot believe it held air for the final laps. So we learned a lot tonight. Learned I need to get better still and need to find that balance of how hard is too hard to push. They say you have to get close several times before you win and boy I can really see why now. 
 
I drove over my head in the feature with the thought in my head that I could win in just my fourth race. I’m just lucky to have finished in third and have a car owner who is still smiling and telling me I am improving every race. So that is a victory in itself and that is more than I would have ever hoped for three weeks ago when I was freaking out taking my first laps of the year. Thanks again go to Claude, Carol and everyone in the division for welcoming me with open arms. 
 
Now I am going to watch the video last week from Thomas Video Productions and remind you to get your dvds when you get to the track. You’ll see something that you missed and if you are like me, you’ll learn something too. 
 
Hope to see you today at the track if everything goes well from my end. And I hope to see you tomorrow at Utica Rome as I am really ready to see the first show of the year there. Take care, enjoy the new stuff and I will see you back here again tomorrow. 

 
     
 
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