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Friday, May 20th 2011
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Jimmy Davis tells me about his Friday ride in the 18j and how much he will be in the racecar. 
Tim Mayne told me how he was able to win his first ever Modified feature at Thunder Mountain. 
Mike Mahaney looked over his Modified after hot laps and wondered if he had a big problem. 
Erica Bicknell talks about the Victoria Day Weekend at Merrittville and their two big shows. 
 
Another Friday is upon us and hopefully we will be embarking on our first complete three day race weekend. I am slated to go to Brewerton tonight to race & report, Canandaigua tomorrow and Utica Rome on Sunday. I am pumped up and ready!
 
This has been so tough of a start for the racing promoters in our area and I hope that they are not falling too far behind. Promoting is a thankless job sometimes and I know that these guys & gals need to open the doors to make money and they really need some sunshine. I wish you all well!
 
Since I took a day off yesterday and wrote this up Wednesday night, there is not a lot to write about so I’ll just let the interviews do the talking. Two of these were recorded on Wednesday while the others were from Friday night at Brewerton. 
 
Let’s find out more about those new chats on the Audio Page. I begin with a man who has a new Friday home this year. Jimmy Davis tells me about his Friday ride in the 18j at the Brewerton Speedway and how much he will be in the racecar this year. He talked about a jingle he was involved in recently, how he did in his last race at Fonda and offered his take on the synthetic surface as he looked it over for the first time. 
 
Tim Mayne told me how he was able to win his first ever Modified feature at Thunder Mountain. He talked about how nice it was to lead every lap of the race, summed up how his season has gone so far and shared the only thing that did not happen that night that he wishes he could change. 
 
Mike Mahaney looked over his Modified after hot laps at Brewerton and wondered if he had a big problem. He talked about some of the nice runs he has had of late, described what was wrong with his motor on this night and explained what he would do if the issue becomes even bigger. 
 
Erica Bicknell talks about the Victoria Day Weekend at Merrittville and their two big shows. She told me about the popular BRP Can Am Late Model Series race on Saturday, the 358 series race on Monday and comments on the big crash at Ransomville. 

 
Thursday, May 19th 2011
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Alan Rudalavage recaps his weekend that included a second at Penn Can and a win at Woodhull. 
Elmo Reckner talked about his Modified win at Glen Ridge and the problem he found at the shop. 
Peter Britten reflected on his first ever Modified win in America after having a week to digest it. 
Cory Reed described changes that were made to Brewerton’s surface and the addition of Sportsman.
Roger Slack reminded fans to get their All Star Weekend tickets now to get a free pit pass. 
 
Boy it is nice to finally be back to normal. After struggling with a sinus infection for over a week, I am finally feeling more like myself after switching medication. The doctor said that the zithromax is not having the effect on people it once did, so after switching to something more powerful I am back now. I can only imagine how I’ll feel after I finish the script. Yeah baby!
 
So with that newfound energy I was able to get a lot done in the home studio on Wednesday as I recorded six new clips. Four of those are up today and tomorrow I will have conversations with new Modified winner Tim Mayne, Jimmy Davis, Mike Mahaney and Merrittville’s Erica Bicknell. Yeah, these Bicknell women are pretty sharp alright. Pete and Nancy did well huh?
 
Today I am hoping to take a day off from racing to catch up on the all the other stuff that I have not been able to do this week. Then tomorrow we’ll be back behind the wheel and behind the mic at Brewerton. It does make for a busy night, but I am having more fun than ever at the racetrack. Thanks Claude and Carol!
 
So now let’s find out more about what is new for today on the Audio Page. I begin with a man who almost won twice this past weekend. Alan Rudalavage recaps his weekend that included a second place at Penn Can and a win at Woodhull. He told me how he lost the lead on Friday, described the line he used to take the lead on the high banks on Saturday and how good it feels to have two wins already this season. 
 
Elmo Reckner talked about his Modified win at Glen Ridge and the problem he found at the shop this week. He told me how good the track surface has been this year, the importance of a good handling racecar and how big it is for him to win a feature race at age 50.  
 
Peter Britten reflected on his first ever Modified win in America after having a week to digest it. He talked about what he was thinking during the final restart, how the situation helped him concentrate better and how great it feels when your racecar is right where you want it to be. 
 
Cory Reed described changes that were made to Brewerton Speedway’s surface and the addition of Sportsman. He told me how supportive fans were to the situation last week, how tough the decision to make a change was and looked ahead to racing at a pair of tracks this weekend. Boy that would be nice huh?  
 
Roger Slack reminded fans to get their All Star Weekend tickets now to get a free pit pass for the event. He also talked about the new track groomer at Rolling Wheels, the affects the weather is having on dirt track racing nationwide and offered his take on the big crash at Ransomville. 

 
Wednesday, May 18th 2011
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Billy Pauch Jr. talks about his races in both Modified & Sprint Cars and his college graduation. 
Matt Fink and I discuss what to do on starts & restarts and how important that aspect is to success. 
Matt Janczuk described his two outings so far and his hopes to race Sunday at Utica Rome. 
Rich Leahey explained how his season has been going behind the wheel of a Four Cylinder. 
 
It was another rainy day on Tuesday although the sunshine did make a brief appearance. Still hopeful for the weekend as Friday is looking better and better the closer we get to it. And as of now Saturday and Sunday could be rain free. 
 
I have a tough choice to make for Saturday though as there are three places I really want to be at. I am thinking about Fulton, Canandaigua or Woodhull. Send me emails with your suggestions and if I notice a trend, I will go where you guys tell me to.  doug@dougsdirtdiary.com is how you can send me a message or find me on facebook. 
 
On the site today we have four more new conversations. Two were recorded in the studio on Tuesday while the other two were from Friday night at Brewerton. We still have a lost of people to chat with and I am hoping to hear back from many of them today.  So keep coming back.
 
We are also very optimistic about the Utica Rome Speedway getting in their first show of the season this Sunday. They also have a practice set for tomorrow night and if it is a go, I will probably be there. But I will be there thus Sunday for sure.
 
Now let’s chat more about the new stuff that is on the Audio Page for today. I begin with a conversation with a young man who just made his family very proud because of something he did away from the track. Billy Pauch Jr. talks about his races in both Modified and Sprint Cars and his recent college graduation. He told me how he battled up front with a legendary driver at Big Diamond, how well he is adapting to a new type of car on Saturdays and who taught him to work hard at anything you do. Congratulations Mr. Pauch!   
 
Matt Fink and I discuss what to do on starts & restarts and how important that aspect is to success on the track. He talked about where he needs to improve, gives a few examples of what has happened to him recently in those situations and how the experienced drivers use these moments to pick up spots. 
 
Matt Janczuk described his two outings so far and his hopes to race Sunday at Utica Rome. He talked about racing against the 525’s at Fulton, the open Sportsman at Five Mile Point and updates me on his busy life away from the racetrack. 
 
Rich Leahey explained how his season has been going behind the wheel of a Four Cylinder Super Stock at the Brewerton Speedway. He talked about the unique car he has, where he finds parts for this uncommon car and described what his goals are on the race nights.   

 
Tuesday, May 17th 2011
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Mike Iles talks about his New Egypt Speedway Modified win and the big changes he made.
Rich Keller ran down how his season has been going in his IMCA at Brewerton Speedway. 
Jim Murdoch explains how he mixes his jobs in racing with his gig as a local TV reporter. 
Robby Eastman recapped how his Karting season has gone so far and his Friday at Oswego. 
 
It was yet another rainy and miserable day in Central New York. And it sounds like it will be like this all week long. Hopefully it will be out of here by Friday and we can actually, maybe get in three straight days of racing.
 
On the site today we are showing some love to New Egypt as I hear the racetrack and the racing down there has been the best maybe ever! And we also welcome somebody new to the site today as well. Although for those of you in the Scranton area, he is no stranger to you. Enjoy the chat with Jim Murdoch and as you can tell by listening to it, he and I have a lot in common.
 
A big thanks goes out to my facebook friends for helping me get some ideas and especially to Ty for all his help. If you have not friended me yet, do so as I am getting a lot out from your posts. And if you are not on yet, you really need to be.
 
Today we will be back in the studio recording more new clips and hearing more about what is going on. I have a few things set up and more that I am hoping to get done as there are some great stories out there right now. 
 
On a personal note I think my wife now has the sinus/ear thing going that I had. As I write this she is at urgent care as our provider could not get her in tonight (A sign of things to come I fear.) so we are not exactly the healthiest household out there right now. But I am doing much better and should be darned near 100% when we suit up this Friday. 
 
Now let’s talk more about what is new on the Audio Page for today. I begin with a chat with a winner from the past weekend who is coming into this year with a new attitude. Mike Iles talks about his New Egypt Speedway Modified win and the big changes he made to cure a tight condition. He described how well the car worked on Saturday, who was chasing him in the final laps and why he does not run for points anymore, just wins! Real nice interview here.   
 
Rich Keller ran down how his season has been going in his IMCA at Brewerton Speedway. He talked about some suspension changes they made, what the changes have done to it and wonders how his car would work on the new slicker racing surface. 
 
Jim Murdoch explains how he mixes his jobs in racing with his gig as a local TV reporter. He also spoke about the fun he is having announcing with a legend on Fridays at Penn Can, how he started shooting races at age twelve and where he would like to be several years down the road. Hope the wings were good Jim. 
 
Robby Eastman recapped how his Karting season has gone so far and his Friday at Oswego. He told me what sidelined him early this past weekend, how he helped a fellow racer on Saturday and what he is hoping to get behind the wheel of someday. 

 
Monday, May 16th 2011
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Chad Brachmann tells me what he saw when he hit a wall of water on a restart at Ransomville.
Scott Kerwin described the wild ride he took in the Ransomville crash and how he is doing now. 
Dan Vauter spoke about some of the struggles he has had at Brewerton as he got ready on Friday.
Dean Reynolds talks about his 18th place finish with the CRSA at they visited I-88 Speedway. 
 
I don’t know about you but I am officially sick of all this rain. Once again we lost most of the weekend to Mother Nature and this week does not sound much better. But the good thing is they are saying the coming weekend could be a good one. God I hope so. I miss Sunday racing. And some Saturday stuff too.
 
I got a lot of work done on Sunday in between family outings. I recorded four new conversations and was able to save one of those. Now you won’t be getting the volume of interviews this week that you have gotten recently because I only got in one show this past weekend, but I will keep busy in the studio and make sure we have lots of new stuff everyday. 
 
I am back to feeling human again after three rough days of a sinus infection. No, I am not 100% yet but we are certainly much better. Hopefully in another day or two we’ll be back where we like to be. We are racing again this Friday at Brewerton on what I am sure will be a much improved surface and we may be there a lot this year from the way car owner Claude is talking. Boy I am fortunate or what?
 
But not everyone is feeling as good about things as I am and that is too bad. There are a lot of angry people out there and they are using a multitude of forums to spew their hatred of three speedways in particular. Let me ask you angry posters something. Do you think these tracks want poor surfaces, bad racing and big crashes that cause drivers thousands of dollars in damage? Do you really think that? 

Now with that in mind, let’s talk about what is on the Audio Page. I begin with two people who were on the track at Ransomville and can actually talk about from firsthand knowledge. Chad Brachmann tells me what he saw when he hit a wall of water on a restart at Ransomville in their season opener on Friday. He talked about how the track was before he got on the gas on the backstretch, what he did to try not to nose into the wall too hard in turn one and why he does not think there was anything the track could have done to prevent it. 
 
Scott Kerwin described the wild ride he took in the Ransomville crash and how he is doing now. He also told me what he heard on the radio beforehand, what it felt like to be upside down for several minutes and how thankful he is that he had good safety equipment on.  
 
Dan Vauter spoke about some of the struggles he has had at Brewerton this season so far as he got ready to race on Friday. He talked about what the car has not been doing, what he did during the week to try to remedy the situation and ran down his plans for 2011. 
 
Dean Reynolds talks about his 18th place finish with the CRSA at they visited I-88 Speedway. He told me how the opportunity came along to get behind the wheel, what his goals were coming into the event and wonders when he might do it again. Oh, and some baseball talk at the end too for all you Yankee fans. No, I am not one of them but I do love to follow the drama associated with this team. 

 
Sunday, May 15th 2011
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Chuck Bower told me what he learned last week at Fulton and wondered if it would carry over. 
Brandon Hagan won the Sportsman feature at Can Am and talked about his march to the front. 
Keith Shay talked about how his season has been going in his 4 Cylinder Super Stock at Brewerton.
In my latest Doug’s Thoughts I talk about my Friday race, V8 Supercars and the glut of reality TV. 
 
Well we were wondering about Saturday and it was not a good day here in Central New York as on & off showers and the threat for more led to many cancellations. I was however happy to see that there was not a lot of promoter bashing going on in the forum world so I guess more and more of you are beginning to understand how tough it is to promote racetracks. 
 
Unlike your local minor league baseball, hockey or football team, they get no tax breaks, they pay property taxes all year long like any other for profit business and get no subsidies of any kind from any level of government. They sink or swim on their own and if they fail, that is it! So I am glad to see some sympathy out there for what is a tough venture for anyone especially with the rainy weather that has been going on. 
 
Hopefully today we will be able to see some racing at the New Cayuga County Speedway as the Patriot Sprint Tour is scheduled to race. Of course Canandaigua cancelled early and that was a good thing as some Canadian drivers and some from Pennsylvania as well were coming. So you don’t want to wait till 3PM in a situation like we had yesterday. 
 
I’m working on a bunch of stuff behind the scenes and will have a lot of good things up this week. If we do rainout today, I will get on the horn and see who I can track down. But I have been in a slump there of late. I hope to pull out of it today and tomorrow.
 
We’re still fighting the sinus infection and the meds are helping although slower than I would have liked. I have been unable to sleep because of the steroids and I am so tired. Anyone who has taken them can tell you that they give you hot flashes followed by cold spells. I guess I know how my mom felt at one time huh?
 
We had fun as a family as we went to a local arena to see our neighbor in a roller derby bout. I had never seen one in person before although they were all over TV when I grew up in the 70’s. It was a blast and I never would have thought that a roller derby chick could be sexy. Yesterday changed my mind. If you get a chance to see it in person, take it. That’s my advice. 
 
Now let’s talk about what is new on the Audio Page. I begin with a common storyline at both Brewerton and Fulton Speedways. Chuck Bower told me what he learned last week at Fulton and wondered if it would carry over to Brewerton on Friday. He described some changes they made to the car, how the felt when he was on the track and what it has been like figuring out a new brand of tire. 
 
Brandon Hagan won the Sportsman feature at Can Am and talked about his march to the front. He told me when he started to get a little nervous, how nice it is to be in the hunt points wise and why changes in his life away from racing may affect his season. That’s right Brandon, together everyone achieves more. 
 
Keith Shay talked about how his season has been going in his Four Cylinder Super Stock at Brewerton. He told me about the racecar he has under him, how he dodged the wrecks the week before and described a problem he has been working on. 
 
In my latest Doug’s Thoughts I talk about my Friday race, V8 Supercars and the glut of reality TV. I also wonder what happened to the bubble cars we were supposed to be driving by now and remind everyone why reality shows became essential due to a writer’s strike! Hey, the show must go on. 

 
Saturday, May 14th 2011
   New on the Audio Page from the Brewerton Speedway:
 
Pre race conversations:
 
Shawn Donath talked about his most recent Sprint Car race and looked forward to this weekend.
Dale Caswell described some changes he made to his Late Model that earned him a Fulton win.
Jessica Herbert told me how she is adjusting after moving from a Four Cylinder to a Mod Lite.
Doug Williams remembered a crash he was in last weekend and wondered about his ability. 
Stewart Friesen recapped his races last weekend and told me how much he misses Utica Rome.
Chris Fleming came into the night on a three race win streak and talked about his recent victories. 
 
After the heat races:
 
Stewart Friesen walked me through his Modified heat race and his pass for the lead in turn two. 
Ted Lamb won a heat race for the second week in a row and commented on how his racecar was.
Jason Rood talked about his heat win and wondered if the small block motor helped him a little.
 
After the features:
 
Doug Williams talked about his Mod Lite win and how much better his car was towards the end. 
Dale Planck told announcer Adam Buchanan about his Modified win as he celebrated in victory lane.
Rich Scagliotta led a lap late in the feature and explained how happy he was after finishing 3rd. 
Dale Caswell spoke with me about his Crate Late Model win which was his second win in a row. 
Chris Fleming ran his IMCA winning streak up to four and told me about his pass in the final corner. 
 
It was back to the “D-Shaped Dirt Demon” last night as once again I was doing double duty as a media member and a rookie driver. The show was rushed along as weather was coming so I did not get as many in-race interviews as I would have liked but I still did 24 recorded chats overall on the night and put most of them up for you today.
 
It was however not the night they were hoping for from a track surface perspective as there was dust and it was hard and slick. As they say, Rome wasn’t built in a day and when you are trying something that nobody else has done before, there is no blueprint for how to do it. But I also feel confident that they will make adjustments and it WILL get better. 
 
As for the racing, it was nice to see Dale Planck back in victory lane after fracturing his sternum a few weeks ago in a Late Model. I guarantee you that he was feeling no pain while he was in the lead. As for today...that might be another story. But it had to feel good for Dale after a tough season in 2010. Way to go. 
 
It was also a nice turnaround for Billy Decker as he did not qualify through his heat race and came from last to second. He started 25th on the grid and moved into second place on lap 32 and almost tracked down the leader. Yep, it was a nice night for Decker after all. That is now three runner up finishes in a row. So you know what he wants to do next don’t you?
 
It was also a real good night for New Jersey driver Rich Scagliotta as he led a lap late in the feature and came home with a real nice third place. He and Decker put on a real nice show for second and for the second week in a row, a Troyer was in the top three. Its ok Mr. Colton, you can smile!
 
So even though the surface was less than ideal, it was still a fun night. Dale Caswell won his second in a row after getting to victory lane last weekend at Fulton and now he seems to have his Crate Late Model figured out. And that can’t be good for the rest of the division. Listen to his chat as he has something up his sleeve. I wonder what it could be. And no, I don’t know.
 
How about Dougie Williams? He sounded so dejected in his pre race interview and you could tell he was doubting himself. He ran a great race on the outside of the track and went from third to first late in the 20 lap Mod Lite feature. Nice job Dougie!
 
There was a bad crash in that race as Clayton Brewer III barrel rolled his Mod Lite several times. He was ok thankfully but I am not so sure about the car. Good luck getting her back together Clay.
 
And speaking of winning streaks, Chris Fleming continued his in style as he won the IMCA Modified feature with a pass in the final corner. That is four in a row for him. He’ll try to make it five today at Skyline. 
 
Stephen Denton continued his winning ways as he won his 4th race in a row in the Four Cylinder Super Stock feature. He was originally planning to race his open motor Sportsman at I-88 but ran into some difficulties during the week. But look for him to get his first laps in a rear wheel driver eight cylinder race car soon. 
 
As fore me, I struggled a bit early on the super slick, super hard racing surface. After hot laps I thought the car seemed loose so car owner extraordinaire Claude Hutchings Sr. tightened it up for me. I pushed so badly in the heat and it was definitely the wrong move. See, that is why you don’t listen to a guy who is in his fifth actual race!
 
Before the feature, he loosened the car up and I just sat back and trusted him. And he was right. It took a few laps to get used to but now I know that loose is fast. I came from 7th to 3rd in the heat and 9th to 3rd in the feature. I was pleased and so was the Hutchings family. 
 
I learned a lot from listening to then in the pit area and without their support I would not be doing this. I was sick as a dog too with my sinus infection and could barely breathe inside the helmet. But the cool air helmet was a godsend. Although we did drive into the staging area with it off and only put it on at the last possible moment. 
 
I’ll put a Doug’s Thoughts up in a few days on it but I also want to thank all the drivers in the division for making me feel so welcome. Trust is a must is racing and these guys (and lady) are great! Thanks for trusting a rookie like me and for racing me cleanly. And yes, we finally brought the car home without a scratch in a caution free feature although I wondered a few times there as I was working lapped traffic.  
 
Today Canandaigua is on my card and I hope Mother Nature is a race fan. Use my Track Links Page to check out your favorite track. If it rains out there, I have Fulton as a backup. So keep your fingers crossed and keep checking back as you never know when new pics are coming. Thanks for stopping by and I hope to see you tomorrow. 

 
     
 
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