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Tuesday, June 9th 2015
   New on the Audio Page for today from my weekend travels:
 
Shawn Donath told me about his four Sprint Car starts in 2015 and why likes Fulton so much.
Sam Reakes IV had Saturday circled on his calendar and spoke about how a number changed helped.
Mike Bowman thought back to a big crash he had at Utica Rome and the work it took go get back.
Ronnie Davis III talked about his Sportsman win on Friday and his hopes race against his girlfriend.
Dave Rogers just turned in his first laps ever at Brewerton and talked the move to a Sportsman.
 
I forgot that yesterday was when we were celebrating my wife’s birthday so I was unable to get into the studio. But I did get a new column written for the Syracuse Post Standard & Syracuse.com and that is ready for you to give it a read today.
 
Tonight the only thing I have outside of work is a play that my daughter is in. I’ll be working before that so look for some new studio stuff up tomorrow as well as a couple of things from the weekend.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have on the site for you to listen to today on the Audio Page starting with a pair of Sprint Car racers who were coming back to a track they one ran weekly. Shawn Donath told me about his four Sprint Car starts in 2015, why likes Fulton so much and what makes for a good Sprint Car track. 
 
Sam Reakes IV had Saturday circled on his calendar and spoke about how a number changed helped his confidence as well as what he saw in the hot laps at Fulton. 
 
Mike Bowman thought back to a big crash he had at Utica Rome, the work it took go get back and how happy he was to finish 7th with a broken intake rocker arm. 
 
Ronnie Davis III talked about his Sportsman win on Friday, how he got to the inside of turn four to get the top spot and his hopes to someday race against his girlfriend who is currently in the novice class. 
 
Dave Rogers just turned in his first laps ever at Brewerton and talked how he liked the track as well as the work he had to do after a big crash at Canandaigua. 

 
Monday, June 8th 2015
   New on the Audio Page for today from my weekend travels:
 
Tim Sears Jr. blew a pair of motors Friday at Brewerton and talked about getting back to Fulton.
Billy Clark took some time off from racing and told me why he was not planning on running weekly.
Rich Townsend explains how he is adapting as he is now running a crate at Brewerton Speedway.
Chuck DeMott made his first show of the year at Brewerton and talked about why he started late.
Keith Stevenson just made the move to a Mod Lite and talked about some big handling changes.
 
We’re back with more from my weekend after I took Sunday off to go golfing. I had my first eagle putt of the year, which I missed, but I did well. I changed my grip two weeks ago and now just need to get to the range more to get better. But it was encouraging.
 
I have chats from my Friday and Saturday and will be back in the studio today getting more new stuff to go with the 13 chats I have in the can from the weekend
 
So let’s chat more about the new stuff on the Audio Page starting with a guy who was hoping to bounce back from am expensive night on Friday. Tim Sears Jr. blew a pair of motors Friday at Brewerton and talked about the work they had to do to get back to Fulton with a pair of 62s Modifieds. 
 
Billy Clark took some time off from racing and told me why he was not planning on running weekly until taking the Sportsman point lead at the Fulton Speedway. 
 
Rich Townsend explains how he is adapting as he is now running a crate at Brewerton Speedway and what the biggest issues have been so far. 
 
Chuck DeMott made his first show of the year at Brewerton with his Sportsman and talked about why he started late as well as his racing background. 
 
Keith Stevenson just made the move to a Mod Lite after several years in a Pure Stock and talked about some big handling changes they made for Brewerton. 

 
Sunday, June 7th 2015
   New on the Audio Page from the Fulton Speedway:
 
Pre race conversations:
 
Billy Whittaker talked about his top ten finish the last time out and how he is doing so far.
Steve Poirier was fresh off a rain out and talked about why he was so well rested on Saturday.
Bryan Howland thought back on some of his past at Fulton as he just finished the hot laps.
 
After the heat races:
 
Mike Button told me about his Sportsman heat win and the need to be better in the feature.
Jeremy Dygert sat in his car as he got ready for the feature and talked about his heat race victory.
Tyler Meeks won the final Sportsman qualifier and talked about driving away in the last laps.
Steve Poirier described the fun he had racing out front with Shawn Donath as he won his heat.
Larry Wight got the front quickly in his Sprint Car heat win and talked about how things opened up.
Bryan Howland pulled away in his heat win and told me how much the racing surface changed.
Billy Whittaker talked with Allie Elkins after his win in the first Modified qualifying heat race.
Matt Hulsizer made a nice move on lap four to win his heat and talked about how fast the track was.
Pat Ward worked on some tires and talked about getting the lead, losing it and getting it back.
 
After the features and A-Main:
 
Mike Button held off the challenges of two drivers and talked about his win with Adam Buchanan.
Larry Wight made a nice late race move to get the lead and talked with Rich Vleck about his win.
Shawn Donath talked about the fun he had finishing second and what would have made it better.
Sam Reakes IV led 15 of the 25 laps in the A-Main and explained why he faded to finish in third.
Larry Wight came from 18th to 1st in a one caution race and talked about winning twice in one night.
Chuck Bower was happy with a fifth place finish and talked about how his car is a little different.
Billy Whittaker led 25 laps at Fulton and talked with Allie Elkins about how good the run felt.
 
What a night it was at the Fulton Speedway as Larry Wight doubled up on the night winning the Patriot Sprint Tour A-Main and the Modified feature race each in dramatic fashion.
 
Of course Fulton Speedway is in my opinion an under-rated track for Sprint Cars and it made me look good as the finish in this one was spectacular. Steve Poirier and Sam Reakes IV were the show early swapping the lead until Poirier got by with four laps to go. Then he shot to the bottom opening up the outside for Larry Wight who took the lead and the win.
 
Then in the Modified race, which was right after the Sprint Car A-Main, Wight came from 18th to first in 28 laps taking the top spot with a three wide move in turn four. It was the first time in his career that he won twice in one night and maybe the first to ever do so. Wow!
 
Allie got back on the mic interviewing Billy Whittaker twice and each of her chats are on the site today. She wants to do more so drivers, if you want her to do the interview instead of me, just say so and we’ll be happy to do so.
 
Now let’s chat more about the stuff on the Audio Page as I take a day off today to golf. Billy Whittaker talked about his top ten finish the last time out and how he is doing so far as he gets back into Modified racing for the first time since 2003. 
 
Steve Poirier was fresh off a rain out and talked about why he was so well rested on Saturday unlike some of the other folks who were at Mohawk International on Friday. 
 
Bryan Howland thought back on some of his past at Fulton which includes some victories as he just finished the hot lap session. 
 
Mike Button told me about his Sportsman heat win at the Fulton Speedway and the need to be better in the feature race later on. 
 
Jeremy Dygert sat in his car as he got ready for the Sportsman feature and talked about his heat race victory as well as what he saw happening with the track. 
 
Tyler Meeks won the final Sportsman qualifier and talked about driving away in the last laps as well as how he knew that he could try some different lines. 
 
Steve Poirier described the fun he had racing out front with Shawn Donath as he won his Patriot Sprint Car heat race at Fulton. 
 
Larry Wight got the front quickly in his Sprint Car heat win and talked about how things opened up quickly allowing him to go from 5th to 1st in two laps. 
 
Bryan Howland pulled away in his heat win and told me how much the racing surface changed from what he saw earlier in the night at Fulton.  
 
Billy Whittaker talked with Allie Elkins after leading every lap in the first Modified qualifying heat race at the Fulton Speedway.  
 
Matt Hulsizer made a nice move on lap four to win his heat and talked about how fast the track was while wondering what it would do later in the feature. 
 
Pat Ward worked on some tires and talked about getting the lead, losing it and finally getting it back in his Modified heat win at Fulton. 
 
Mike Button held off the challenges of two young drivers and talked about his emotional win down trackside with Adam Buchanan
 
Larry Wight made a nice late race move to get the lead in the Patriot Sprint Tour A-Main and talked with Rich Vleck about his first ever Sprint Car win at Fulton. 2:15 
 
Shawn Donath talked with Rich Vleck about the fun he had finishing second and the only thing that could have made it better. Yeah, I know right? 
 
Sam Reakes IV led 15 of the 25 laps in the Patriot Sprint Tour A-Main at the Fulton Speedway and explained to Rich Vleck why he faded to finish in third place. 
 
Larry Wight came from 18th to 1st in a one caution race and talked with Bill Foley about winning twice in one night, a first in his young career. 
 
Chuck Bower was happy with a fifth place finish and talked about how he felt his car was a little different than the other cars in the top five at Fulton. 
 
Billy Whittaker led 25 laps at Fulton and talked with Allie Elkins about how good the run felt as he notched his second top ten finish in a row at Fulton. 

 
Saturday, June 6th 2015
   New on the Audio Page from the Brewerton Speedway:
 
Pre race conversations:
 
Steve Abt had his best career finish last week and told me how quickly the good feelings faded.
Ricky Yelle Jr. talked about blowing up his crate motor and an overheating issue with the new one.
Mark Weaver told me about a motor change he made as he gets ready for 2 races tonight at Skyline.
 
After the heat races:
 
Ricky Yelle Jr. won the first Sportsman heat race and told me about how good the new motor was.
Gregg Kimball led every lap to win his Sportsman race and talked about how his car fades.
Alan Fink enjoyed winning a close race in his heat and told me about a brake issue he was having.
Tim Sears Sr. explained why his son was on the road picking up another car after his heat win.
Billy Decker explained where his car was best in his heat win and why he was starting up front.
Chuck Bower used the outside to win his Modified heat and talked about his car getting better.
 
After the features and before the rain came:
 
Billy Decker talked about his Modified feature win and how badly he felt about the cars that wrecked.
Jimmy Phelps came from 16th to 2nd and told me how close he is to getting a Modified feature win.
Ryan Phelps started third, finished third and talked about some gains he figured he made on the night.
Ronnie Davis III made a late race pass to win the Sportsman race and talked about the inside move.
 
I had a fun night although a rain shortened one at Brewerton as the droplets started falling during the tail end of the Sportsman feature, held off a little in the Modified race and then picked up again. Later the bigger rain came so the Mod Lite and Four Cylinder features will have to be made up later.
 
Sportsman feature was a real good one between race winner Ronnie Davis III and early leader Gregg Kimball. Davis worked the inside of turn four for three laps and finally made the pass with just three laps left to go to pick up the win. It was a really good race!
 
In the Modifieds it was all Billy Decker although Jimmy Phelps did give him a run for his money late coming from 16th starting spot. Felt badly for Matt Billings as he flipped violently on the backstretch. The car was toast but Matt told me he was fine afterwards after being checked out in the ambulance. Their appearance tonight at Canandaigua is in serious jeopardy. I am so glad you are okay Matt!
 
Today I will be heading to Fulton with Allie as the Patriot Sprint Tour joins the Modifieds for what promises to be a real hum dinger indeed to coin an old phrase broadcasters used with I was a kid. So I hope to see some of you there tonight.
 
Here is more about what is new on the Audio Page that you can listen to right now. Steve Abt had his best career finish in a Sportsman at Brewerton last week and told me how quickly the good feelings from the run faded.
 
Ricky Yelle Jr. talked about blowing up his crate motor a few weeks ago and an overheating issue with the new one in the first race out with it. 
 
Mark Weaver told me about a motor change he made as he gets ready for a pair of Sportsman feature races tonight at Skyline Raceway in Cortland.  
 
Ricky Yelle Jr. won the first Sportsman heat race at Brewerton and told me about how good the new motor was as he watched the temperature gauge. 
 
Gregg Kimball led every lap to win his Sportsman race and talked about how his car fades as the racetrack slickens up later in the night. 
 
Alan Fink enjoyed winning a close back & forth race in his heat and told me about a pretty substantial brake issue he was having. 
 
Tim Sears Sr. explained why his son Tim Sears Jr. was on the road picking up another car after smoking at the end of his Modified heat win. 
 
Billy Decker explained where his car was best in his heat win, why he was starting up on the front row and why the person interviewing him was not better looking. I know…what’s up with that? 
 
Chuck Bower used the outside to win his Modified heat at Brewerton and talked about where he felt his car was getting better. 
 
Billy Decker talked with Adam Buchanan about his Modified feature win, how badly he felt about the cars that wrecked behind him and where he found the line he used to get the victory. 
 
Jimmy Phelps came from 16th to 2nd and told me how close he is to getting a Modified feature win as he records yet another runner up finish at Brewerton. 
 
Ryan Phelps started third, finished third and talked about some gains he figured he made on the night as he was part of a four car pack at the front of the field. 
 
Ronnie Davis III made a late race pass to win the Sportsman race at Brewerton and talked with Adam Buchanan about the inside move in turn four.

 
Friday, June 5th 2015
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Billy VanPelt tells me about his Modified win at Black Rock and his deal as a hired gun in the 78.
Mike Mahaney explained how he came from his 11th place starting spot to get the win at Kutztown.
Rocky Warner talked about his Sportsman Super DIRTcar win in a caution free race at Can Am.
 
We’re back today with some winners from this past week’s action. I hope you enjoyed my chat with Glenn Donnelly yesterday and I’m sure you’ll like the three we have up for you today.
 
I’ll be hoping to dodge the raindrops today and hit another show at Brewerton and then Allie may join me tomorrow night at Fulton. Not sure yet about Sunday as we’ll see how we’re doing before we make that call
 
Thanks to the folks at Ferris Mowers as they renewed their support of Doug’s Dirt Diary yesterday. They make their mowers right here in New York State an employ folks like you and me to do so. Next time you are looking for a commercial grade mower, give them the first chance to earn your trust and your business. Thanks guys!!! And with my knees I may need one in a few years.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page starting with a winner from Tuesday followed by a pair of drivers who won on Wednesday night. Billy VanPelt tells me about his Modified win at Black Rock, how he worked the inside groove to get the victory his deal as a hired gun in Grant Hilfiger’s 78. No kidding! 
 
Mike Mahaney explained how he came from his 11th place starting spot to get the win at Kutztown, his three race win streak in a 600 Modified and his plans for this coming weekend. 
 
Rocky Warner talked about his Sportsman Super DIRTcar Series win in a caution free race at Can Am as well as how starting on the pole was a disadvantage early on. 

 
Thursday, June 4th 2015
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Glenn Donnelly talks about work taking place at Rolling Wheels and CNY Raceway Park.
 
We have just one interview for you today but what an interview it is. I know a lot of you have been wanting to hear from Glenn Donnelly and I was fortunate enough to be able to get ahold of him on Wednesday.
 
We went over a lot here including the two tracks he is involved in as well as Super DIRT Week and what the future may hold. I did try to ask all the questions you guys wanted and if I missed a few I am meeting with him next week so I can get to them then. Give it a listen and give me your feedback and any future questions you have for him. I hope you find it as informative as I did.
 
Glenn Donnelly talks about work taking place at Rolling Wheels, CNY Raceway Park and what the future holds for both of these venues. I tried to ask all the questions you guys would. I hope you enjoy it and I hope it answers your questions. 

 
Wednesday, June 3rd 2015
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Chris Hile and I get reflective on how fortunate we are to have some great speedways locally.
Josh VanBrocklin gets ready for tonight’s Super DIRTcar Sportsman Series race at Can Am.
Tim Dunn has won some features so far this year and talked about the old Honda that gets them.
 
The rain finally let up yesterday giving things a change to dry out and a chance for my lawn to get a little too tall. I hope you all got out last night to see some racing and if not, you can still get out tonight as Can Am is hosting their first Super DIRTcar Sportsman race in many years.
 
I hope to make it there although my wife and oldest daughter are on a field trip to Albany. If they get back in time I will hit the road. If not I’ll get to work in the studio instead. One way or another I will have new stuff for you tomorrow.
 
Now let’s tell you more about what we have for you on the Audio Page starting out with one that should make Central New Yorkers feel pretty good about what we have racing wise. Chris Hile and I get reflective on how fortunate we are to have some great speedways locally and look at some improvements happening now at Brewerton. 
 
Josh VanBrocklin gets ready for tonight’s Super DIRTcar Sportsman Series race at Can Am, talks about his pair of feature wins and how changeable the surface has been so far. 
 
Tim Dunn has won some features so far this year and talked about the old Honda that gets them as well as how his automotive business is doing in Watertown.

 
     
 
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