|Sunday, July 22nd 2018
| New on the Audio Page from Paradise Speedway:
After the heat races:
Kevin Doll talked about his win in the Mod Lite heat race and what he noticed as he moved around.
Mitchell Bard told me about his 600 Micro Sprint heat win and described the injury to his left foot.
Charles Hunt won his 600 Micro heat and explained why he was going to go for a bonus starting last.
Jon Kuleszo led every lap to win his heat race and talked about a problem he had under the hood.
Megan Ciglich earned her first heat race win and told me what she was worried about on lap one.
Matt Larrivee described his win in the final DMNT heat and why he was very concerned about rain.
After the feature races:
Kevin Doll won the Mod Lite feature and talked about how he took the lead and stayed focused.
Charles Hunt came from last to win the 600 Micro Sprint and talked about getting an extra $100.
Matt Larrivee won the first Dirt Modified Nostalgia Tour feature and told me about his big lead.
John Stanley made a late race move to win the 2nd DMNT race and talked about the wild finish.
Bob Johnson moved up late to finish second late and told me why he was better in the feature.
I had a really nice time last night as Allie and I headed west to Paradise Speedway as the Mod Lites and Dirt Modified Nostalgia Tour were on-hand with the regulars. I forgot how much I like this place. The track is smooth as glass and they have so many different types of racers on the track it really does make for a fun night.
I was able to get a lot done as a light rain kept everybody on their toes all night long and the track crew really moved things along. There was no intermission and rain did cut the final race of the night short by a few laps and we were done by just past 9:30. Nice job everyone!
It was fun to meet lots of new people as all but three of the people you hear on the site make their first appearance here. And I did ten pre race chats that I will be airing during the week so look for lots of new people and people you may not have heard about in a while on the site this week.
If you haven’t checked out this track yet please do as it is a lot of fun. And don’t forget that they run Wednesday night practices with just $15 for the driver. You usually get three sessions and you’ll see everything from a four cylinder to a stock car to even a Modified or Sprint depending on the night you go. It’s pretty cool for fans too who want to learn!
I’ll be at home today as I am just plain beat! After we got back last night I uploaded the files and headed right over to 7th North Street to see all the hot rods. It was the final night of the Syracuse Nationals and there was no way I was missing that. So I am in need of some sleep but will get into the studio later today and see how much I can get done. No alarm clock today. When I get up, I get up. Oh well!
Hope to see you back tomorrow and look forward to meeting some new people this week on Doug’s Dirt Diary.
|Saturday, July 21st 2018
| New on the Audio Page for today:
Dave DuBois was undefeated coming into Thursday night and talked about some of his road travels.
Ricky Newton added Thursday at Genesee to his plans and explained why he wanted to show support.
Ray Bliss III tells me the work they did to turn a school bus into hauler and why his plans changed.
Marc Minutolo told me about his Street Stock for Saturdays and the Hobby Stock for Friday night.
Ryan Gustin describes how he is doing in the Novice Sportsman ranks and how much he is learning.
It’s just a little before 8 p.m. as I write this up on Friday and we’ve already cruised once with dad and will head out at least two more times tonight. We’ll take the whole family to Denny’s for desert and then Allie and I will be hitting the road for our usual Syracuse Nationals Cruise.
If you are a fan of classic cars and hot rods you need to come to Syracuse. Just get off exit 37 off the thruway and go straight to the hotel parking lot. That’s a good place to start and then just go cruising. I know, I love racecars too but my weekend cruise on this particular date is one of my favorite days of the year.
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page as we get to hear some of what I did on Thursday as well as a studio chat with someone new. Dave DuBois was undefeated coming into Thursday night and talked about some of his road travels as well as the need to find more traction while rotating less.
Ricky Newton added Thursday at Genesee to his plans, explained why he wanted to show his support for the show and remembers his days as a regular in Batavia.
Ray Bliss III tells me the work they did to turn a school bus into hauler and why his plans changed after a motor issue early on as well as how he is doing with a crate powered Sportsman.
Marc Minutolo told me about his Street Stock he races on Saturdays, the Hobby Stock he runs on Friday night and talked about the track conditions he saw last Saturday night.
Ryan Gustin describes how he is doing in the Novice Sportsman ranks at Fulton Speedway, how much he is learning as he goes and why he had to sell the first racecar he bought.
|Friday, July 20th 2018
| New on the Audio Page from Genesee Speedway:
After the heat races:
J.J. Mazur talked about his win in the 1st RUSH Late Model heat and described how the high line was.
John Waters led every lap in his Late Model win and told me what he thought would happen later.
Jason Knowles enjoyed a massage after his win and talked about being behind his brother in the dash.
Brad Rouse took the lead on a restart to win his heat and spoke about how equal the 2 grooves were.
Scott George pulled away to win his heat and talked about how little he has raced so far this year.
Adam Leslie won his heat and told me why he was running a chip even though it was not required.
Kyle Inman got the win in the final heat and described what he was doing different on this night.
Jason Genco led every lap to win the dash and talked about what he’s learned in the last few weeks.
After the features:
James Henry won the GRIT Sportsman feature and spoke about why he didn’t push it a little more.
Jason Genco led them all to win the RUSG Late Model race and talked about racing hard every lap.
Jon Waters came from sixth to second and told the crowd how race the racetrack ended up being.
David Pangrazio finished third and explained what happened to his car after the late race caution.
I had a fun night at a county fair as I headed west to Genesee Speedway for a Thursday night five division show. There was a lot of racing and a Saturday night line-up on the track as it was a long night but a fun one as there were still multiple features to go when I left at 11 p.m.
The RUSH Late Models headlined the show along with the GRIT Sportsman series. Jason Genco led every lap to win the Late Model race despite a caution late in the race that erased his lead which was more than a half a track at that point. The yellow didn’t matter as he pulled away again to win convincingly.
James Henry led all but two laps to win the GRIT Sportsman feature race as a nice field of 33 cars were on hand on this night. The consi for the division was a little wild but fortunately everyone was alright.
The track was super slick and super dry early but the track crew disked (Spellchecker says that is not a word btw.) the track, watered it and packed it down which really made a huge difference. The teams were ready for it and the night got better real fast.
We did our final Speedway Showcase TV show of the season and had a blast doing it. I even got to call some laps for the fans briefly as Rich Vleck directed the TV cameras during the Sportsman feature.
It was a long drive at just under two hours but it was fun as the county fair race nights have long been favorites of mine. Yep, I just love the whole idea top to bottom.
I was able to put some interviews in the can to run tomorrow and save for next week. I’m going to Paradise on Saturday with Allie to see the DIRT Modified Nostalgia Tour as I can’t wait to see these cars on a tiny quarter mile track. And if anyone wanted to put Allie in a car for hot laps at that track somewhere down the road we’d be all for that!
Come back tomorrow for more and I hope you have a great Friday. I am cruising tonight in the crate powered Camaro as the Syracuse Nationals are in town but will make sure you have good stuff to listen to on Saturday.
|Thursday, July 19th 2018
| New on the Audio Page for today:
Ryan Truex talks about his next three races in the Northeast and how his older brother helps him.
Glenn Forward is halfway through his rookie season in a 358 and talked about some recent changes.
Matt Janczuk won his second in a row at Utica Rome Speedway and told me how traveling helps.
Mike Phelps recaps his flip at Fulton Speedway and explained the work they did to get it back.
Megan Ciglich gets ready for Paradise Speedway on Saturday and talks about driving a vintage car.
I had a nice day as I got to begin with a chat with Xfinity racer Ryan Truex. He was in town the throw out the first pitch at the Syracuse Chiefs game on Wednesday and since I got there early I was able to sit down with him for a good amount of time and have a really nice talk with him. That leads off today’s interviews. Thanks to NASCAR and Watkins Glen for thinking of me.
I’ll be on the road today as we head to Genesee Speedway in Batavia for some Thursday night fun. We are doing a Speedway Showcase from there but it does mean that I will miss Allie’s race in Syracuse. It will be the first one that I’ve ever missed but you have to do what you have to do. I hope everyone at both locations has a safe and productive night.
Now let’s chat more about what is on the Audio Page today starting with a young man who is on the rise in the NASCAR ranks who was also in town in Wednesday. Ryan Truex talks about his next three races in the Northeast, examines each of the tracks we will see NASCAR at over the next three weekends and explains how his older brother helps him.
Matt Janczuk won his second in a row at Utica Rome Speedway and told me how traveling more this season helps while running down some upcoming events he has off the track to promote racing.
Glenn Forward is halfway through his rookie season in a 358 and talked about some recent changes they made to the car as well as the need to get more laps to see how it works.
Mike Phelps recaps his flip at Fulton Speedway, describes how he ended up on his roof and explained the work they did to get the car back on Saturday. Note: He won later that night!
Megan Ciglich gets ready for Paradise Speedway on Saturday and talks about driving a vintage car as well as how she got started in go carts on dirt at a young age.
|Wednesday, July 18th 2018
| New on the Audio Page for today:
Andy Noto talked about why he always plans to race and a problem he had while running up top.
Dale Caswell describes how he has been doing with his Late Model and two recent feature wins.
Wily Decker Jr. tells me about a brake issue he had at Fulton, why it happened and how they’ll fix it.
Michele Payne Kuleszo gets ready for racing at Paradise Saturday and talked about racing with Allie.
Tony Veneziano reports on the World of Outlaw Sprint Cars from Attica Raceway Park and Eldora.
I had a really nice day on Tuesday as I got some studio work done and got to take a nice drive in the Camaro as we got it running right thanks to Bob Bennett. I’ll be cruising today as it is Syracuse Nationals Week and with the car now running as it should and sounding good with the new Bob Henry Jr. exhaust we are ready to go!
Along the way we’ll be doing some writing and if everything goes to plan I may have a surprise for you tomorrow and if we do it should be something. So be sure to come back tomorrow with more from the world of racing.
Now let’s chat more about what we have today on the Audio Page as we begin with some chats from my Saturday night at Fulton Speedway. Andy Noto talked about why he always plans to race, what can happen when you expect a rainout that doesn’t happen and described a problem he had while running up on the cushion.
Dale Caswell describes how he has been doing with his Late Model as he got ready for a night of fun at Fulton Speedway and two recent feature wins at two different tracks
Wily Decker Jr. tells me about a brake issue he had at Fulton that caused the rears to lock up while glowing red, why it happened and how they’ll fix it at the shop this week.
Michele Payne Kuleszo gets ready for racing this Saturday at Paradise and talked about her two previous races with the Dirt Modified Nostalgia Tour and her time racing with Allie.
Tony Veneziano reports on the World of Outlaw Sprint Cars from Attica Raceway Park and Eldora, tells us how Donny Schatz extended his point lead and some of the surprises along the way.
|Tuesday, July 17th 2018
| New on the Audio Page for today:
Alan Rudalavage talks about his third win of the season at Penn Can and how well things are going.
Max McLaughlin tells me about his Brewerton win and runs down his schedule for Eldora Speedway.
Travis Welch explained how a caution with two to go helped get him his second win of the season.
Kyle Demetro describes how things have been going of late and wondered how tires can seal up.
Jeremy Corcoran speaks about an event for hot rodders this Thursday at ESTA Safety Park Dragstrip.
It was another brutally hot day in Syracuse on Monday and I got all my work done before the early evening thunderstorm so I could go on the deck and watch it. I know I’m not the only one who loves a good thunderstorm am I? Of course we don’t want it to be too bad but enough where there is something to watch.
I did some writing earlier and then hit the studio with the top three chats on the site coming from that time I spend on the phone on Monday. I still have a list of people to call and will be busy again today. My next race event in Thursday as we do TV at Genesee Speedway. I’ll miss Allie’s race night unfortunately but you have to do what you have to do.
Now let’s chat more about what we have on the Audio Page starting out with three winning drivers from this past weekend. Alan Rudalavage talks about his third win of the season at Penn Can, how well things are going for him this year and confirms my theory on why car counts have fallen off these past few weeks.
Max McLaughlin tells me about his Modified feature win at Brewerton, describes how things were Saturday at Land of Legends Raceway and runs down his schedule for Eldora Speedway as he gets his first start in a Camping World Truck.
Travis Welch explained how a caution with two to go helped get him his second win of the season in the Pro Stock division at Utica Rome as well as what he’ll do with his week off from work.
Kyle Demetro describes how things have been going of late, wonders how he sealed a tire in a recent race and why he and many other racers wrap their tires before they get to the track.
Jeremy Corcoran speaks about an event for hot rodders this Thursday at ESTA Safety Park Dragstrip and tells both fans and drivers of street cars how they can participate in this Syracuse Nationals related event.
|Monday, July 16th 2018
| New on the Audio Page for today:
Paul Cole talks about what happened Saturday in Canandaigua and what he’ll do to try to fix it.
Tim Sears Jr. recapped his rough night Friday at Brewerton and explained why he had no steering.
Larry Welling spoke about how he has been doing at Fulton and ran down his racing background.
Rich Vleck previews the next Speedway Showcase from Weedsport and Thursday at Genesee.
Allie Elkins reacts to getting her first feature win and tells me what was going through her head.
The day kind of got away from me on Sunday but I di still get a lot done and got my Camaro back from getting it’s new exhaust. Thanks to Bob Henry Jr. for waking the old girl up and making her sound more like what she is.
I’ll be working hard today doing my usual Monday thing with some writing and some time in the studio. It’s gonna be a fun day and one what will surely see a trip to the pool somewhere along the way as summer is here and kicking our butts.
Now let’s chat more about what is on the Audio Page for today starting with how that hot summer weather affected one local track. Paul Cole talks about what happened Saturday night at Land of Legends Raceway in Canandaigua, what he’ll do to try to fix it as well as why it happened in the first place.
Tim Sears Jr. recapped his rough night Friday at Brewerton and explained why he had no steering as well as what a pittman arm is on a Modified.
Larry Welling spoke about how he has been doing in his small block at Fulton Speedway, some advice he got from a friend and ran down his racing background that started in a kart.
Rich Vleck previews the next Speedway Showcase from Weedsport featuring the Sportsman Classic and reminds fans about this Thursday at Genesee Speedway.
Allie Elkins reacts to getting her first feature win and tells me what was going through her head as the lap wound down as well as how much fun she is having on the track.
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