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Wednesday, September 3rd 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Rob Bellinger walks me through his Modified win at Fulton and talks about a side bet he has.
Brad Godshalk explains why we have not seen him much and what he has been doing in Ohio.
Brady Fultz spoke with Steve Ovens as he prepared his Sportsman for the final points night.
Rich Karlnoski talked with Steve Ovens about what he wants to do on his nights at Yates County.
Brad Smith won the IMCA Modified feature at Yates County and talked about it with Steve Ovens.
Ross Vleck prepared for his Sportsman heat  and told Steve Ovens what he hoped would happen.
 
It was nice day for the first part of Tuesday as I had a lot of running around to do including a doctor’s appointment. Then some rain and storms moved through the state ending the day on a wet note. But that’s okay. Let it rain now and be dry this weekend as we have a big two days of action at Utica Rome as well as many other speedways as the second season begins.
 
Thanks again to Steve Ovens from blogtalkradio.com/turn5live as he helped us again with some great audio. It’s been so nice to have another voice to listen to here and it was I had always envisioned from the time I started this website. I always wanted multiple voices from all kinds of tracks. Hopefully somebody else will join us too and if you’re interested, just get ahold of we and we’ll get you started.
 
Now let’s talk about the six new chats we have for you guys on the Audio Page. I start with a man who just picked up his second win of the season. Rob Bellinger walks me through his Modified win at Fulton and talks about a side bet he has. He explained why a caution flag helped, how he went to the low side to get the lead late and what he has going on for Syracuse.
 
Brad Godshalk explains why we have not seen him much and what he has been doing in Ohio. He told me how often he gets behind the wheel, how tough it is when everyone around him has been racing all year and what his goals were for Saturday at Fulton. 
 
Brady Fultz spoke with Steve Ovens as he prepared his Sportsman for the final points night. He talked about how close the points were at Yates County, why he couldn’t lay back in the heat and what his focus has been on this year. 
 
Rich Karlnoski talked with Steve Ovens about what he wants to do on his race nights at Yates County. He spoke about the quality field he was racing against and the need for a solid finish to win the championship. 
 
Brad Smith won the IMCA Modified feature at Yates County and talked about it with Steve Ovens. He spoke about the need to be precise with his line, what it felt like when he missed it a little and who helped him get to victory lane. 
 
Ross Vleck prepared for his Sportsman heat race and told Steve Ovens what he hoped would happen. He talked about some of his bad luck in a rough year, how good it was to win a few weeks ago and how nice it was that it happened when his brother was there to see it. 

 
Tuesday, September 2nd 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Jimmy Phelps talked about the need for a win at Fulton and why the season has been so tough.
John Christian told me how he is doing with his Sportsman as he returns to racing after years off.
Jeremy Potrzebowski talked about taking the championship with his Street Stock on the final night.
Dylan Cecce got ready to race his Street Stock at Yates County and spoke about it with Steve Ovens.
Jeremy Lueck recalled his start in racing and explains how the army brought him to race with us.
Scott Bradley won the Four Cylinder track champions at Yates County and told Steve about it.
 
Well things didn’t work out quite like I had hoped on Monday as I screwed up something on the website and it took me most of the day to figure out what I had done. In the process of trying to fix it, I made another mistake but seem to have everything back up to speed.
 
By the time I got that figured out it was past 7 p.m. so home I stayed. I’ll make it up to you guys with lots of good stuff this week as I’ll be sure to get in the studio today and as much as I can this week. If you have some requests, send them to me as I know I have missed some of you lately. Send me names and info to doug@dougsdirtdiary.com. Make sure to tell me what you want me to ask and be as specific as you can and I’ll do my best to get them done.
 
A big thanks again goes out to Steve Ovens at Turn 5 Live. You can listen live tonight at 7:00 p.m. on the internet at Blogtalkradio.com/turn5live. Thanks again for all your help Steve.
 
Now let’s talk more about what we have for you guys to listen to today on the Audio Page. I start with a driver who had an outside chance at a championship on Saturday. Jimmy Phelps talked about the need for a win at Fulton and why the season has been so tough. He spoke about the high level of competition, described some equipment struggles they have had and how much better they have run in recent weeks. 
 
John Christian told me how he is doing with his Sportsman as he returns to racing after years off. He talked about the family he had in the meantime, how things changed with today’s crate engines and the handling issues he has been working on. 
 
Jeremy Potrzebowski talked about taking the championship with his Street Stock on the final night. He described to Steve Ovens how he missed a big wreck on his way to the front at Yates County. 
 
Dylan Cecce got ready to race his Street Stock at Yates County and spoke about it with Steve Ovens. He explained how he landed a different ride for the night, the big 100 lapper he will race with it later and how tough it would be on this night starting at the back. 
 
Jeremy Lueck recalled his start in racing and explains how the army brought him to race with us. He told me how he got started thanks to an ad on the radio on the state of Washington, what he learned working on IMCA Modifieds and describes the job he has fueling military helicopters. 
 
Scott Bradley won the Four Cylinder track champions at Yates County and told Steve about it. He talked about how close the racing was on Friday night, how it felt to win his first ever track title and looks ahead to 2015. 

 
Monday, September 1st 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Ted Barcomb talks about a car he is putting together for Syracuse to honor his dad Cliff Barcomb.
Alan Fink remembered his big crash at Can Am and compared Sportsman to Late Models.
Karen Finch spoke about her win in the ladie’s race in a Sportsman at the Fulton Speedway.
Brian Knowles speaks with Steve Ovens after winning the Late Model race at Yates County.
Casey Pavlick prepared to race his Sportsman at Yates County and told Steve about last week.
Dave Matwiejow got ready at Yates County and told Steve Ovens about recent improvements.
Josh Keesey won the Sportsman race at Yates County and told Steve Ovens and his up & down year.
 
Darn the rain. At first I thought we might be okay to run yesterday but the rain took care of that. It’s too bad as the whole family was coming with me on Sunday to see what I think is the best twosome in racing…Modifieds and Sprint Cars.
 
Now we’ll hope for better weather today as we are set to go to the New Yorker 200 at Utica Rome. Plus crate Sportsman are on the card. Let’s hope for better weather.
 
With not much else to say, let’s get right into what we have for you today on the Audio Page. I start with a nice story that will unfold this year at Super DIRT Week. Ted Barcomb talks about a car he is putting together for Syracuse to honor his dad Cliff Barcomb. He told me how the idea came about, how things look right now and describes the job he had working for Hendrick Motorsports for 8 years. And guess what, they won Friday night with Rob Bellinger. 
 
Alan Fink remembered his big crash at Can Am and compared Sportsman to Late Models. He told me what went wrong in the crash, how baldy damaged the car was and his hopes to get back out soon. Look for a new Atomic Power Racing Hour coming to Time Warner Cable this week in New York State. 
 
Karen Finch spoke about her win in the ladies’ race in a Sportsman at the Fulton Speedway. She talked about what she was most nervous about before getting in the car, why she thought something might be a little fishy with the leader and how she handled the two speed transmission.
 
Brian Knowles speaks with Steve Ovens after winning the Late Model race and the championship at Yates County on Friday night. 
 
Casey Pavlick prepared to race his Sportsman at Yates County and told Steve Ovens about last week as well as the close points battle he was involved in. 
 
Dave Matwiejow got ready for laps at Yates County and told Steve Ovens about recent improvements as well as how his season has gone in a Street Stock. 
 
Josh Keesey won the Sportsman race at Yates County and told Steve Ovens and his up & down year as well as how much he likes the top side of the racetrack. 

 
Sunday, August 31st 2014
   New on the Audio Page ffrom the Fulton Speedway:
 
Ronnie Davis III told me what he hoped would happen as he went for the Sportsman championship.
Jeremy Vunk just took his first laps in a crate Sportsman and talked about when he’ll do it again.
Tim Sears Jr. spoke about his two win Modified season and why a Late Model title would be okay.
Beth Schneider ran down what had to happen for her to win her second Sportsman championship.
Vinnie Vitale explained why he was racing at Fulton and why he had a Ninja Turtles band-aid on.
 
After the heat races:
 
Jason Occhino led every lap to win the first heat and talked about the typical Fulton surface.
Jeremy Pitcher won the second heat leading every lap and described the rough season he has had. 
Matt Hulsizer had some issues last time he raced and spoke about his win in the 1st Modified heat.
Tommy Sears enjoyed a nice race with his nephew and told me why he likes racing with Timmy.
Ryan Phelps wondered about a vibration he felt in his Modified after his win in the heat race.
A.J. Kingsley held on to win his heat and explained why he didn’t know someone was on him late.
 
After the feature races:
 
Nick Webb dedicated his win to fallen racer Brandon Hagan and recalled their last conversation.
Ronnie Davis earned the track championship with 6th place finish and spoke with Bill Foley.
Chuck Powelczyk won his second championship in as many days and chatted with Adam Buchanan.
Matt Hulsizer led every lap to win the Modified feature and spoke with announcer Bill Foley.
Larry Wight won the Modified championship with his 3rd place run and talked with Bill Foley.
Haiden Burdick won his second Novice race in a row and spoke about how good he was on restarts.
Tim Sears Jr. won the race and the championship and spoke about his love of Late Models.
 
It was a fun night at Fulton but a tough one too as word started to spread about the death of Sportsman racer Brandon Hagan. I first heard about it as I was interviewing heat race winners in the pit area. Then a tearful Nick Webb dedicated his Sportsman win to him and told the crowd what Brandon had told him earlier in the day. There were now a lot of folks who were tearful.
 
I knew Brandon and interviewed him many times over the past six years and watched him grow into a fine young man. When he found out he was going to be a father it changed him and gave him focus and purpose. We are so sad today for his family, friends and everyone who got to know him and saw him grow up right in front of their eyes.
 
I must admit that I got so into the racing that I kind of put it in the back of my mind as we racing people do, but then to hear Nick speak in victory lane brought it right back to the front. Once again a talented young man who had a bright future in front of him has left us way too soon. And he left a child that won’t get to really know him and have him in their life. It’s sad for so many reasons. Rest in peace Brandon and I pray that everyone who is hurting today finds the strength to go on as that is exactly what he would have wanted us to do. We’ll miss you buddy.
 
It does feel kind of uncomfortable going right from that into the racing but that is what we do. We race on as I’m sure Brandon would have wanted and championships were to be decided at Fulton.
 
Ronnie Davis III survived a spin in his heat race, had to run the consi and avoided the half dozen or so cautions as he came from 19th to 6th to win the Sportsman championship. All he had to do was finish 12th or better but for a while there it looked like that might be a stretch. Way to persevere Ronnie!
 
In the Modified race it was whoever finished ahead of the other that would win there and Larry Wight, who came into the night one point back, finished ahead of point leader Billy Decker to win the championship. Matt Hulsizer bounced back from a tough Friday at Brewerton to pick up his first at Fulton this year.
 
Tim Sears Jr. made it easy in the Late Model race as he came into the night with the point lead and won the race. He and Shawn Beardsley put on quite a show at the front but Timmer was able to get him in traffic late to get the win. It was fun watching these two at the front.
 
Today we’re hoping for a dry day as the whole family is going with me to Utica-Rome. The Empire Super Sprints will be joining the Modifieds and the rest of the regular classes for a regular season finale. Champions will be crowned and hopefully the rain will stay away so we can race.
 
We also have Utica-Rome on our schedule for Monday as well so we hope to see you both days in Vernon. Have a great Sunday and let’s hope Mother Nature is a race fan today. 

 
Saturday, August 30th 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Richie Tobias talks about getting his old ride back together as USAC joins Super DIRT Week.
Barb Clark previews the big two days of racing at Utica-Rome and looks ahead to The Cole Cup.
 
Keep your fingers crossed today as hopefully Mother Nature will be a racefan and allow us to get in some action today. I have a plan and a back up plan in case and am hopeful to get out after a long day at the NYS Fair on Friday.
 
I have two nice conversations up for today and hopefully will be back with action from the racetrack tomorrow. We’re planning on hitting Utica-Rome with the entire family tomorrow and by myself on Monday.
 
Hard to believe the summer is almost over and the kids will be going back to school soon. Let’s hope this weekend is good for all of us as we get one last hurrah for Summer 2014.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you guys on the Audio Page. I start with a man who has big plans for Syracuse. Richie Tobias talks about getting his old ride back together as USAC joins Super DIRT Week. He told me the work he has to do to get the car ready, where he will race these next few weeks and how happy he is with what he has created at Kutztown. 
 
Barb Clark previews the big two days of racing at Utica-Rome and looks ahead to The Cole Cup. She explained what teams can do if they do not have a NASCAR license for Sunday, the added show they have coming up this Friday and how they will present the Cole Cup to the winner. 

 
Friday, August 29th 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Peter Britten talks about his hopes for this big weekend and his aggressive plans for Syracuse.
Chris Stockham spoke about his ten win season and how it earned him a championship at Lime Rock.
Jeremy Potrzebowski talked with Steve Ovens about turning his season around late in the year.
Allison Teed speaks with Steve Ovens after her win in a Four Cylinder Stock Car at Yates County.
 
We’re getting ready for a busy Labor Day Weekend and getting ready for intense action on the track as champions will be crowned at several local speedways. Make sure to get out and show your support on this final weekend of the summer. Where did the time go?
 
I have a pair of studio interviews as well as more from our good friend Steve Ovens and Turn 5 Racing Podcasts. To hear more from Steve just go to http://turn5.podbean.com/ or http://www.creeksideentertainmentdj.com/turn_5_racing_podcast. He’s doing a great job and it is so nice of him to share his stuff here for you guys to hear. Thanks Steve!
 
And be sure to come back tomorrow for a preview of the big weekend at Utica-Rome and hear what Richie Tobias is doing to get a USAC car together for Syracuse.
 
But first, let’s chat more about what we have for you to listen to today on the Audio Page. I begin with a man who will be very busy these next four days. Peter Britten talks about his hopes for this big weekend and his aggressive plans for Syracuse. He ran down what could happen at each of his two weekly homes, the need for some extra seat time to get ready for the New Yorker 200 and thinks back on the sport he played as a young man back home in Australia. 
 
Chris Stockham spoke about his ten win season and how it earned him a championship at Lime Rock. He talked about how nice it was to win the title, where he will race the next few weeks and how racing online helps keep him sharp.
 
Jeremy Potrzebowski talked with Steve Ovens about turning his season around late in the year. He explained what they have done to make the car better, how tough it is to drive when the left front comes off the ground and what it will take for him to win the championship. 
 
Allison Teed speaks with Steve Ovens after her win in a Four Cylinder Stock Car at Yates County. She spoke about her perfect season, how good her car was and where she will go after this. 

 
Thursday, August 28th 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Billy Van Pelt came from 12th to the lead in 3 laps and talked about his win with Paul Harkenrider.
Mike White described his last lap pass of his son to win the Sportsman feature race at Five Mile. 
Casey Pavlick just packed the track at Yates County and spoke about his lead in the points.
Jared Spalding talked with Steve Ovens about his hopes to move into the point lead at Yates County.
 
We’ll be back in the studio today after a day at the NY State Fair on Wednesday. Since I wrote this up Tuesday night I can’t tell you much about it but I know we had fun and are probably a little sore today from all that walking around. We’ll be back again on Friday before thee straight days of racing to finish out Labor Day Weekend.
 
Helping us this week is our good friend Steve Ovens. Two of these are with him doing the interviewing and the other one is from one of the best racing announcers around as he chats with Billy Van Pelt in victory lane at Woodhull.
 
To hear more from Steve just go to http://turn5.podbean.com/ or listen top him right here
http://www.creeksideentertainmentdj.com/turn_5_racing_podcast. He’s doing a great job and it is so nice of him to share his stuff here for you guys to hear. Thanks Steve!
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you to listen to today on the Audio Page. I start with a pair of winners from the weekend. Billy Van Pelt came from 12th to the lead in 3 laps and talked about his win with Paul Harkenrider. He spoke about those first few laps, how clean the race was out front and how he managed to pull away at the end. 
 
Mike White described his last lap pass of his son to win the Sportsman feature race at Five Mile Point Speedway. He explained why he was having trouble seeing in the final laps, what was happening with his son’s car that helped him catch up and what he is doing to be safe when cutting firewood. Yeah, listen here guys as we almost lost Mike this past spring. 
 
Casey Pavlick just packed the track at Yates County and spoke with Steve Ovens about his lead in the points. He described what he saw out on the racetrack, how tough it is to point race as he tries for a Sportsman championship. 
 
Jared Spalding talked with Steve Ovens about his hopes to move into the point lead at Yates County. He spoke about some tough luck the past few weeks, his hopes to turn things around last week and how appropriate it is that the championship will come down to the last night. 

 
     
 
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