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Friday, May 27th 2016
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Pete Bicknell told me about his Modified win at Merrittville and his three races this weekend.
Chris Hile interviews Tim Sears Jr. and talks with him about his hopes for Friday at Brewerton.
Jim Graham explained why he brought his Four Cylinder to Brewerton and who put him up to it.

It was another scorcher on Thursday and for many people their Memorial Weekend off starts today so enjoy the weekend and show your support for your favorite racetrack. I will be at Genesee Speedway on Saturday and Utica Rome on Sunday.

I got the chance to golf with a good friend on Thursday and I’d like to tell you that we tore the course up but I can’t lie. I was horrible bit we had fun and Marcia, you’ve got a real nice swing. I can’t wait till we can do it again and hopefully I will do a little better.

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page starting with a winning driver from this past weekend. Pete Bicknell told me about his Modified win at Merrittville and his three races this weekend that include a 358 Super DIRTcar Series race Monday at Ransomville.  

Chris Hile interviews Tim Sears Jr. and talks with him about his hopes for Friday at Brewerton as well as how his car has been so far in 2016.  

Jim Graham explained why he brought his Four Cylinder to Brewerton, who put him up to it as well as where his racecar came from.  

 
Thursday, May 26th 2016
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Marc Johnson picked up his second win in a row at Albany Saratoga and talked about his night.
Bobby Varin recapped his weekend that included a 2nd at Glen Ridge and an 11th at Fonda.
Dave Brown explained how he got a motor for his Mod Liter after losing one in a flip last week.
Tana Robinson previews the weekend at Ransomville that includes a 358 SDS race on Memorial Day.
Jim Olin looks ahead to this weekend at Can Am as they have two 15 lap small block features.

It was a hot one on Wednesday and our new house does not have central air conditioning. We are meeting with someone today to try to figure out what to do and the studio room where I do my work is the hottest in the whole house. C’mon A/C…I need ya badly.

I did get some more work done in the studio and tomorrow I have some things set up that I know you’ll like so be sure not to miss what we will have for you on Friday.

A big weekend is ahead of us so be ready to celebrate and remember the fine servicemen and women who gave their lives for the freedom we hold dearly today. So be sure to pause sometime this weekend and give thanks to those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page starting with a man who is on a roll in the capital district.

Marc Johnson picked up his second win in a row at Albany Saratoga and talked about winning on the same night as his brother as well as what made it so special.  

Bobby Varin recapped his weekend that included a 2nd at Glen Ridge, an 11th at Fonda and what his hopes were for Sunday’s show at Utica Rome which rained out after the heats.

Dave Brown explained how he got a motor for his Mod Liter after losing one in a flip last week and talked about the different power plant options they have in the division.  

Tana Robinson previews the weekend at Ransomville that includes a 358 SDS race on Memorial Day, autograph night on Friday and tells me how they are doing three races into the season.  

Jim Olin looks ahead to this weekend at Can Am as they have two 15 lap small block features and tells me how the racing has been so far in 2016.   

 
Wednesday, May 25th 2016
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Dale Planck spoke about his new role in racing where he works with several teams to help.
Tim Gareau explains why he switched his weekly home and what he will do if he gets a win.
Billy Trexler talks about how he is adapting to a Sportsman after starting his career in a stock car.

What a great day it was on Tuesday and it is now starting to feel a lot more like summer and will for the next few days at least. The big holiday weekend is upon us and this is the first big weekend for racing as well with big races taking place all over this great country of ours.

I have a lot of good stuff for you today and will be back in the studio after I do some writing here at home. You can read my columns at www.syracuse.com/motorsports so be sure to check those out online.

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page starting with an update on someone who is very busy these days in an effort to help the people who make our sport happen.   Dale Planck spoke about his new role in racing where he works with several teams to help them with set up information, coaching and much, much more.  

Tim Gareau explains why he switched his weekly home to Brewerton Speedway on Fridays and what he will do immediately once he gets a feature win. Cool!  

Billy Trexler talks about how he is adapting to a Sportsman after starting his career in a stock car and why he likes his new open wheel ride so much.  

 
Tuesday, May 24th 2016
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Gil Tegg Jr. spoke about his Modified win at Canandaigua with a new car and a new engine.
Chris Carr prepared for his third race of the year and told me about adapting to DIRT’s tires.
Bill Knapp talks about his Ford powered Pro Stock and the battle between crates and open motors.
Charlie Tibbitts tells me how his rookie season is going so far and where he feels he is improving.
Tony Veneziano reports on the World of Outlaws races and looks ahead to New Egypt & Charlotte.

What a beautiful day it was on Monday. I took advantage of the weather and got a lot of outside work done. Man that lawn really grows here at the new place. It’s making my mower work extra hard.

It is going to be a fun week as I hope to golf in the afternoon today before getting in the studio sometime later after dinner. If you want in, send me a message on Facebook or at doug@dougsdirtdiary.com and we’ll be sure to get you in.

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page starting with a winner from Saturday. Gil Tegg Jr. spoke about his Modified win at Canandaigua with a new car and a new engine. This is the third win of his career. Congratulations!    

Chris Carr prepared for his third race of the year and told me about adapting to DIRT’s tires as well as what he had to do to get them to bite.  

Bill Knapp talks about his Ford powered Pro Stock he races at Utica Rome & Fonda and the continuing battle between crates and open motors.  

Charlie Tibbitts tells me how his rookie season is going so far, where he feels he is improving and how nice it was to get some track time alone in hot laps.  

Tony Veneziano reports on the World of Outlaws races from Lincoln, Williams Grove and Weedsport while looking ahead to New Egypt tonight and Charlotte this weekend.  

 
Monday, May 23rd 2016
   

New on the Audio Page from Utica Rome Speedway before the rains hit:

Marc Johnson talked about his second place finish in the first heat and what he saw on the track.
Danny Varin told me about his heat win, the low line he was running and why he stayed inside.
Vic Coffey, Ryan Arbuthnot and Larry Wight share how their cars were working in the heats.
Ryan Phelps spoke about his second place finish and described an issue they had in hot laps.
Billy Decker won the final RoC Modified heat and told me about his fifth place at Canandaigua.

I had a short night as the rain came at Utica Rome right before the features. When I left it was still raining but I knew if I left then I could get home and get my kids to bed. I had not been feeling good all day long and I was really fading when the weather hit.

I think I’ve been doing a little too much for my out of shape body and it caught up with me on Sunday. I’ll make some changes and hope to find balance.

Now let’s chat more about what I have for you today on the Audio Page for you. Marc Johnson talked about his second place finish in the first RoC Modified heat at Utica Rome and what he saw on the track.

Danny Varin told me about his RoC Modified heat win, the low line he was running on the track and wondered if he should have been running a little higher.  

Vic Coffey, Ryan Arbuthnot and Larry Wight share how their cars were working in their respective RoC heat races before the rain hit at Utica Rome.  

Ryan Phelps spoke about his second place finish in his RoC Modified heat race and described an issue they had in hot laps as they needed a push.  

Billy Decker won the final RoC Modified heat and told me about his fifth place at Canandaigua as well as why he started in 20th place.    

 
Sunday, May 22nd 2016
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Mike “Magic Shoes” McLaughlin shares some memories of his days racing in Weedsport.
Billy Pauch Sr. talks about his win at Kutztown, his son’s career and going into the DIRT HOF.
Pat Ward described what happened at Brewerton last week when he got together with his teammate.

I had a nice get together yesterday with some old friends and we had a great time catching up on things. But I did not forget about you as I saved three special interviews for today that I know you’ll like.

A lot of you have been requesting another chat with Bill Pauch Sr. and he called me right before I left for Brewerton on Friday so I was able to get that one done for you guys. Thanks for the call back Billy!

Today I wil be at Utica Rome as the Atomic Power Racing Hour crew will be back together again for episode two of the season featuring the Go Nuclear Late Models. It is always fun when these guys are in town and I can’t wait to get us all together for a fun day in Vernon.

Keep your fingers crossed for some good weather for both tracks today and let’s hope everyone is fast and most importantly safe.

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you o the Audio Page starting with a racer who returned to a pace he has a lot of history at. Mike “Magic Shoes” McLaughlin shares some memories of his days racing in Weedsport as the speedway shows off what is new for 2016.  

Billy Pauch Sr. talks about his win at Kutztown on wednesday, how proud he is of his son’s career so far and going into the DIRT Hall of Fame later this summer.

Pat Ward described what happened at Brewerton last week when he got together with his teammate Larry Wight as well as the conversation they had afterwards.    

 
Saturday, May 21st 2016
   

New on the Audio Page from the Brewerton Speedway:

After the heat races:

Tony Finch II led every lap to win the first heat race and told me why he started on the pole.
Glenn Forward talked about his heat win and about breaking old habits at his new Friday track.
Ronnie Davis III strapped in for the feature and told me what he learned in his heat race victory.
Mike Stanton told me about win in his heat race and described some early season brake issues.
Jim Witko ran the outside groove to win his heat and talked about racing Larry Wight up front.
Tim Kerr pulled away for a Modified heat win and told me about being strong the last few weeks.
Andrew Ferguson won his 1st ever Mod heat race and how he lost the lead before getting it back.

After the feature races:

Tony Finch II led every lap all night long winning the feature and talked about starting on the pole.
Beth Bellinger made up some spots late to finish second and told me where her car was improving.
Ray Bechler made it two in a row at Brewerton and wondered about who would catch him later.  
Larry Wight led the final 33 laps to win the Modified race and told Bill Foley about a tire issue.
Ryan Phelps picked up 18 spots to finish second and told me why they brought out a new car.
Chad Phelps told me about his third place finish as well as what went wrong last week while 2nd.
Tommy Sears enjoyed a fourth place finish and talked about the need to run some more races.
Tim Sears Jr. chopped the field in hall for a 5th place and described where his car has been better.

It was a fun night at Brewerton as the sun shined and the weather was almost summer like. A nice field of cars that included 33 Sportsman was on hand and filled the pit area to almost capacity.

Larry Wight won the Modified feature after being under some pretty serious pressure before the race’s final caution with 17 to go. Wight explained afterwards about a tire issue he was having that seemed to clear up after blasting his tires right before the final green flag waved. And for those of you who wondered about Larry and Pat Ward getting together last week…I’ll have more on that tomorrow.

Tony Finch came back from a DNQ in week one to win the Sportsman feature as he led every lap all night long. Jeff Isabell Jr. got the best of a back and forth race up front with Jim Bogett to pick up the Mod Lite win while Ray Bechler made it two in a row in the Four Cylinder race.

I was able to get some real good pre race stuff and one of those chats will be up tomorrow as well as interviews with Billy Pauch Sr. and Mike “Magic Shoes” McLaughlin. All three of the ones I am putting up for Sunday are ones I know you’ll like so be sure to come back for those.

I will be doing TV at Utica Rome on Sunday and we are hoping for a nice day so they and Weedsport can get in their shows. We’re hoping that Mother Nature will be our friend for the rest of the weekend and we can get in three days in a row. Keep your fingers crossed.

Make sure to come back tomorrow for more good stuff right here.

 
     
 
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