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Thursday, March 14th 2019
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Al Heinke tells me how his time in the Army shaped his life and made him the man he is today.
Brett Wright talks with Andrew McGill about his 360 Sprint Car and his recent races in Florida.
Greg Birosh spoke about racing his Ford powered Modified at Outlaw and shared some memories.
Carl Crawford just ran his first laps in thirteen years and told me how his TQ midget was handling.

It sounds like today could be the first short sleeve day of the year with temperatures predicted in the high 50’s for us today. Sounds like Allie will be able to play a little basketball in the driveway for a bit before her unofficial Friday practice. And it could stay warm through Thursday too. Yay!
 
I plan on being on the road this weekend to hit the car show in Rotterdam and see some people I don’t get to see enough. I plan on hitting the road about noon on Saturday and staying until just past diner time. Hope to see you guys there.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have on the Audio Page for today starting with the man who has made the big changes happen at one of our favorite racetracks in Central New York. Al Heinke, Weedsport Speedway’s owner,tells me how his time in the Army shaped his life, helped him become a Civil Engineer and made him the man he is today.

Brett Wright talks with Andrew McGill about his 360 Sprint Car in 2018, what his hopes are for the coming season and recapped his recent races in Florida. How bout Andrew? Heck of a job huh? 
 
Greg Birosh spoke about racing his Ford powered Modified weekly at Outlaw Speedway, described how the car is coming along back at the shop and shared some memories.

Carl Crawford just ran his first laps in thirteen years and told me how his TQ midget was handling in the inaugural race in Syracuse as well as what his expectations were for the weekend.  
 
Wednesday, March 13th 2019
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Billy Van Pelt swung by the Expo on his way home and gave some advice on buying a new helmet.
Josh Flint showed off his #41 Sprint Car and talked about what he learned last season with the ESS.
Tyler Thompson told me how he liked the TQ Midget at Syracuse and why he has a new mustache.
Taylor Caprara was racing a Champ Kart this past weekend and told me how things were going.
Ben Bushaw is moving up this year from Sportsman and talked about running a 358 Mod at Fulton.

I had a nice day off on Tuesday and hopefully had a great time at bowling. I wrote this up on Monday night so we can only hope what I just wrote was true. And I hope you are having a nice week too.

I’ve got more good stuff up for you today and will be back tomorrow with more from the weekend and the studio as I do have some things planned for today. I hope to head out to Rotterdam on Saturday as usual and if the weather cooperates I’m pretty sure that’s gonna happen. Now how long I stay is up for debate. I know you guys like to party out there so I may have to make arrangements so I can stay and not have to worry about driving. We’ll see.

Now let’s chat more about what I have for you on the Audio Page today beginning with a man who stopped in Syracuse for a reason on Saturday night. Billy Van Pelt swung by the Expo on his way home from some snowmobiling and gave some advice on buying a new helmet while explaining why he felt it was time for a new one. 
 
Josh Flint showed off his #41 Sprint Car and talked about what he learned last season with the ESS as he visited some new tracks and remembered a big crash he had in a Modified at Fonda. 
 
Tyler Thompson told me how he liked the TQ Midget at Syracuse, why he has a new mustache and what he plans on doing on both asphalt and dirt in the coming season. He rocks it alright! 
 
Taylor Caprara was racing a Champ Kart indoors this past weekend in Syracuse and told me how things were going as well as how his Sportsman cars are coming along. 
 
Ben Bushaw is moving up this year from Sportsman and talked about running a 358 Modified weekly at Fulton as well as what it will be like working on racecars for both of his young sons.  
 
Tuesday, March 12th 2019
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Tommy Sears remembered his 1 win season and talked about running big blocks and small blocks.
Jonathan Reid talks about the TQ Midget he was driving and how cool it was to be at Syracuse.
Mike Welch tells me about the two different racecars he will drive this year and his racing future.
Kyle Keenan describes the various Zamp Racing Helmets and some of his own racing background.
Tony Veneziano reports on race # 5 for the World of Outlaw Sprint Cars at Thunderbowl Raceway.

I don’t know about you but I was pretty tired after the busy weekend. Hoofing around those concrete floors can be brutal but I got better as the day went on and even had enough energy to get in my workout.

We’re going to try to bowl tonight as my ailing shoulder and neck are about 90 some percent right now. I’m gonna stretch beforehand and do what I need to do afterwards while hoping for the best. Keep your fingers crossed for me. There are only three weeks left and it would be night to be able to finish it out as our team is still in the hunt.
 
On the site are some conversations from the weekend as well as one I did in the studio on Monday. We still have a lot to come so be sure to keep checking back with us. And I’ll do a Doug’s Thoughts here later in the week too so look for that as well.
 
Now let’s chat more about what is going on today on the Audio Page and the brand new stuff you can listen to now. Tommy Sears remembered his 1 win season and talked about running big blocks and small blocks, tells me what he has been doing in the off season and describes how his cars look right now.  
 
Jonathan Reid talks about the TQ Midget he was driving this past weekend, how cool it was to be involved in the first indoor race at the new venue and what he’ll race during the regular season. 
 
Mike Welch tells me about the two different racecars he will drive this year at Land of Legends Raceway and Utica Rome while wondering a little about his racing future.

Kyle Keenan describes the various Zamp Racing Helmets and other products they had available at Motorsports Expo as well as some of his own racing background from behind the wheel. 
 
Tony Veneziano reports on race # 5 for the World of Outlaw Sprint Cars at Thunderbowl Raceway in California and describes a runaway victory and the tight point standings.  
 
Monday, March 11th 2019
   New on the Audio Page from the 33rd Annual Syracuse Motorsports Expo:
 
Tyler Bartlett offers his take on the indoor races and looks ahead to his second season at Can Am.
Lenny Sammons describes how the indoor show went from his end and recaps his very long night.
Cory Reed talks about 2019 at Brewerton and Fulton Speedways as well as his Expo experience.
Frank Nortz tells me about his recent race at Adirondack International and their plans for 2019.
Jimmy Phelps runs down how the weekend went at the Weedsport Speedway both at the Expo.
Bill Shea is looking ahead this year at Utica Rome and talked about why he is not looking back.

It was a whirlwind weekend as we visited the Center of Progress Building three days in a row and saw the very first indoor race ever in the Exposition Center on Friday night. What a GREAT weekend it was.

On Sunday I tried to focus on the tracks a little more and all of the interviews I put up today are all about the racetracks here in New York State. I still believe we are one of the best kept secrets in the racing world and later this week I’ll let you hear from someone who will back me up on that as he came all the way out from his home in the state of Washington. They’ll be that plus loads more so do not miss a day this week.
 
We also met some new friends at Velocita Premium Motorsports Apparel and both Allie and I got some new gear from them. They have great looking stuff and I love the story of how this company was formed. I’ll talk more about that as we go here as we have more exciting news coming for both Allie and myself. Big thanks to everyone at Velocita as we now safer than we were and look better too!

Also a big thanks to everyone who made our weekend so much fun. I could have recorded more but it was just so great to see some of you this weekend and get caught up on our lives away from racing. We wish all of the best and we hope it is a great season, and a safe season, for all of us.

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page as we begin with my first interview as I came through the front gate at 2:30 and still saw a lot of people milling around. Tyler Bartlett offers his take on the indoor races as he watched his brother & friends race and looks ahead to his second season as owner at Can Am Speedway. You’ll never guess what he learned! 
 
Lenny Sammons describes how the indoor races went from his perspective, recaps his very long night on Saturday and tells me how much fun he had at a very busy Motorsports Expo. 
 
Cory Reed talks about the coming 2019 seasons at Brewerton and Fulton Speedways, how small block racing is growing and how things went for him at Motorsports Expo. 
 
Frank Nortz tells me about his recent race in the snow at Adirondack International, how it was different than the first race and runs down some of their plans for 2019.  
 
Jimmy Phelps runs down how the weekend went at the Weedsport Speedway both at Motorsports Expo, highlighted some coming races and ran down some of the he’ll be doing in the 98h car. 
 
Bill Shea is looking ahead this year at Utica Rome Speedway after getting in just eight races in 2018 and talked about what fans have been saying to him about their rough luck as well as some of what they have coming up this year.  
 
Sunday, March 10th 2019
   New on the Audio Page from the 33rd Annual Syracuse Motorsports Expo:
 
Phil Vigneri III spoke about his plans to run 358's and big blocks and his growing graphics business.
Ivan Joslin reflected on his multi-win season and talks about the Pro Stocks he will be racing this year.
Mel Thomas previews the new Smash N Crash video just out this weekend and is available today.
Ronnie Davis III showed off the 358 Modified he will race at Fulton and talked about two other rides.
Ronnie Ford looked ahead at the coming season at Afton Motorsports Park and showed the new clay.
Pete Desalvo had four cars on display from ESTA Safety Park and talked some drag racing with me.
Kip Zieter spoke about Open Wheel Madness at the International Motor Racing Research Center.
Jeremie Corcoran summed up how Saturday went and encouraged you to see the Expo today.  
 
Well my Saturday went pretty much as planned as I stopped by the show after the SU game with Allie, came back for dinner at the house and then went back with my wife as we stayed right until the very end. I got a lot done and was able to save an additional 14 chats for release later this week.
 
As always it was so much fun but lately I end up chatting more off the mic than on it so I had to buckle down later in the day and get some work done.

Today is the final day so if you have missed it so far you need to get out here and see it for yourselves. There are a ton of cars and if you are here today when it ends you may head a few motors and get a whiff of some expensive race fuel. I can’t wait.
I’ll get there about 1 and stay till the end and I will have lots more for you tomorrow so be sure to check us out every day this week as we will have new stuff for you everyday. It’s gonna be fun.
 
Now let’s chat more about what’s on the Audio Page for today starting with a man who has had a booth at the show the past few seasons. Phil Vigneri III spoke about his plans to run small blocks & big blocks, how things look at his shop right now and his growing graphics business.

Ivan Joslin reflected on his multi-win season and talks about the Pro Stocks he will be racing this year as he got ready to see the TQ Midgets indoors at the Exposition Center.  
 
Mel Thomas previews the new Smash N Crash video that is available today at Motorsports Expo as well as the other videos that have available for purchase and Raceflix.com. 
 
Ronnie Davis III showed off the 358 Modified he will race at Fulton and talked about two other rides he will pilot this year as well as how fortunate he is compared to just a year and a half ago.  
 
Ronnie Ford looked ahead at the coming season at Afton Motorsports Park, showed me some of the new clay they will be putting down and ran down some of what it to like about this racetrack. 
 
Pete Desalvo had four drag racing cars on display from ESTA Safety Park and talked a little about each of them while thinking back on his days racing a quarter of a mile at a time back in the 80’s. 
 
Kip Zieter spoke about Open Wheel Madness at the International Motor Racing Research Center on March 23rd and told me more about his unique place right in the heart of scenic Watkins Glen.  
 
Jeremie Corcoran summed up how Saturday went at the 33rd Annual Syracuse Motorsports Expo and encouraged you to stop out today on the final day of this year’s event.  
 
Saturday, March 9th 2019
   New on the Audio Page for today from a busy day on Friday:
 
Tim Evans talks about Schaeffer Specialized Lubricants being at the 33rd Syracuse Motorsports Expo.
Jeremie Corcoran previews the 33rd Annual Syracuse Motorsports Expo beginning later on today.
 
From the early portion of the Indoor Racing Series event at the new Exposition Center:
 
Scott Kreutter was at his first race since becoming a dad and talked about a brake problem they had.
Lou Ciccone told me about the early part of his day with his TQ Midget at the new Exposition Center.
Patrick Emerling talked about some of his past in a TQ Midget and how he got back in for this race.
Joey Payne was racing with his son in Syracuse and talked about how much he will be racing this year.
Marc Johnson won the first TQ Midget qualifier and told me how he found his way into this racecar.
Ryan Tidman worked on his heat winning TQ Midget and described some changes they were making.
Andy Jankowiak became the first TQ Midget racer to work the outside and talked about his heat win.
Erick Rudolph got the win in the 4th heat race and spoke about how he came from 3rd to 1st quickly.
Jeremy Haudricourt made his first indoor race ever and talked about how he won the 5th heat race.
Matt Janisch went from 2nd to 1st in the first corner and described how much rubber was up top.
 
After the features:
 
T.J. Reed spoke about his win in the Champ Kart feature race coming from sixteenth to first place.
Jason Bonsignore explained how he had the lead, lost it and got it back to win the race at Syracuse.
Austin Silfee described how he took the lead with three laps to go to win the Slingshot feature.
Erick Rudolph led twelve laps before finishing second and compared his car to that of the winner.
Tim Solomito came from ninth to third and talked about how he got better as the day went on.
 
We had a fun day as Allie and I started out at the Center of Progress Building to see how set up was coming along for the 33rd Annual Syracuse Motorsports Expo. By the time we got there at 5:30 it was nearly full and there were still more cars, both big and small, still coming through the door. It’s going to be quite the show and we will be there for darned near the entire day after we watch the SU basketball game.

Allie will be with me for the afternoon shift and then my wife will join me after we eat dinner at home. Who can blame me right? I’m only at the other side of the lake. I’m sure you would too if you were in my shoes.
 
Now after Allie and I left the Center of Progress Building we headed over to the new Exposition Center. It is a very cool building and it was great to see the temporary track they set up. The video system above the floor was amazing and these cameras they have today are amazing. They had replays, live top three across the top and two of the best announcers around in Paul Szmal and Shane Andrews calling the action.
 
Both of us had never seen any other form of indoor racing except the NYS Indoor Championship for Karts at the Center of Progress Building. And Allie raced the past two seasons at the far end of the fairgrounds with the Syracuse Microd Club on a 1/10 mile asphalt track. So outside of what we knew at those two places, we were totally unsure of what we would see on Friday night.
 
Here is some of what we learned. The cars are crazy fast. Things happen even faster. And you can go from hero to zero in the blink of an eye. If you’ve never gone before we both highly suggest it. To see 22 TQ Midgets on a track that small go as fast as they do is jaw dropping. Yes, there are yellows. It’s fighter jets in a gymnasium as my friend Tony likes to say and sometimes it can get crazy.
 
The TV and video I had seen before does not do this justice. And we loved the Slingshots. Allie said they looked like Mini Vans going around a Microd track. Nice analogy. They are tall, turn on a dime and look like an absolute ball to drive. Yes, we’d love to try one by the way!
 
The Champ Karts have tons of room on the track and went three wide many times. A young lady did get taken off the track on a stretcher so we do have her in our prayers tonight as those concrete walls don’t give like the tire or plastic walls at many kart tracks. Nice race there as the winner came from 16th.
 
The only glitch was a power issue in the new building during the Slingshot feature. It did take a while to fix as they had to cycle the lights several times. I wonder if this was the first time the system was taxed as much as it was last night as high power blowers were working hard to help vent the building. I’m sure the people who run tings there learned from it and I’m sure it won’t happen again.
 
All in all, lots of fun. I was able to can five pre race chats that I’ll put up later this week and as you see, I talked to a lot of people including many first timers. Like I said we will be at the Expo twice today and we’ll be looking to say hi and record as many interviews as possible. And if I miss you this weekend please email me at doug@dougsdirtdiary.com and I can call you from the studio.

Have a great Saturday and I hope you enjoy all the options you have in front of you today. So get your butts to Syracuse today and I hope to see you at the New York State Fairgrounds.   
 
Friday, March 8th 2019
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Danny Sammons walks me around the indoor track in Syracuse and talks about the next 2 race nights.
Nick Guererri gets ready for his family’s race party on Saturday and the Syracuse Motorsports Expo.

I had a fun day as I headed over to the New York State Fairgrounds to scout out the new Exposition Center and meet with promoter Lenny Sammons and his son Danny. I have seen this place before as we checked it out at the NYS Fair when they had a hockey rink set up inside.
 
It’s quite the building and if you are on Facebook, the video I did with Danny as we walked the track is there and should be easy to find as I made it public for all to see. After a quick stop to the Center of Progress Building to see how the set up is going for the 33rd Annual Syracuse Motorsports Expo, Allie and I will head to the race there tonight and maybe do a few more live things before things get started.

So we’ll have some stuff from both the Expo and the race up for you tomorrow and then of course we’ll be at the fairgrounds on Saturday and Sunday too so look for a lot of cool stuff on the website.

Now let’s chat more about the cool stuff up on the Audio Page starting with a preview of the first ever auto race in the new venue in Syracuse. Danny Sammons walks me around the indoor track inside the new Exposition Center at the NYS Fairgrounds in Syracuse and talks about the next 2 nights of racing beginning tonight. 
 
Nick Guererri gets ready for his family’s annual race party Saturday at the Elks Lodge in Seneca Falls and talks about putting his Sportsman into the Syracuse Motorsports Expo later today.  
 
     
 
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