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Sunday, July 24th 2016
   

New on the Audio Page from Five Mile Point Speedway:

After the heat races:

Travis Smith talked about his win in the first Sportsman heat and why he switched from an open.
Brad Weaver won the second Sportsman heat race and told me about some of his recent bad luck.
Tyler Singleton got a much needed heat win and talked about the good start he had to his season.  
Ryan Brockner spoke about his Factory Stock win, what the car is and where he found his body.
Jeremy Williams took home the checkered flag in his heat and talked about the Factory Stock class.

After the feature races:

Brad Weaver led every lap to win the first Sportsman feature and spoke about what it meant.
Charlie Towner spoke about winning his first career Factory Stock feature running the outside.
Dalton Maynard talked about his Slingshot victory as he hopes for back to back championships.
Tanner Harpell finished off the night with a Sportsman win and talked about win number two.

We had a ball last night as Allie and I headed south to Five Mile Point Speedway. For the rest of the summer we are gonna try like heck to get to a track we have not been to yet this year and now we have done that on back to back weekends.

Allie sung the national anthem from the booth and did a fine job. She was nervous of course but I was there and since she did not have to do it in front of the crowd and in front of people she knows well it was the best way to get her first time in. Now she wants to do it one more time from the tower before standing out in front of everyone.

I also got some mic time as they needed an extra voice in the booth. I shared mics with Dan and Andrew Harpell and the three of us old veterans had a darned good time. It was a good time all the way around.

And the racing was real good including the Factory Stocks which put on the best racing of the night. These cars were a blast and the racing was top notch with 14 year old Charlie Towner taking the win.

The Sportsman were really good too and caution free for the most part. I had not seen Slingshots in quite some time and they put on a nice show plus the four cylinder Lightning Cats were plentiful and very racy.

They are racing tonight with their Summer Slam Series for Modifieds with a 6:30 start time so if you are looking for some Sunday fun because your favorite track is off then give them a try.

We got to meet a lot of new people and those conversations will start showing up Tuesday. Tomorrow we’ll chat with some Modified drivers about last week’s Super DIRTcar Series races on Monday and have more from Five Mile Point the next day.

I hope you all have a great Sunday and I hope to see you back tomorrow for more stuff from my weekend travels.

 
Saturday, July 23rd 2016
   

New on the Audio Page from Brewerton Speedway:

Early in the night:

Dave Brown tells me about a fundraiser he is having today at 5:30 at Shelly’s in DeRuyter.
Mike Stanton talked about winning the 1st Sportsman qualifier as he checked out spectator races.
J.J. Courcy led every lap to win the second heat and told me how he kept the car down low.
Nick Krause won the final Sportsman heat and talked about what he saw as he tried many lines.
Vic Coffey explained how he won his heat in his son’s car and recapped his week in Ohio.
Mike Bowman pulled away to win his heat comfortably and told me why he kept the car low.
Jimmy Phelps won his heat by .031 seconds and walked me through his pass for the victory.

After the feature races:

Ray Bechler talked about his Four Cylinder feature win and the strategy he used to get out front.
Josh Kinney picked up his first career Mod Lite win and talked about liking the new race surface.
Billy Clark won his first career Sportsman race at Brewerton and spoke about his struggles.  
Mike Bowman led all but one lap and talked about the pressure he felt especially on restarts.
Tim Sears Jr. spoke about his second place finish and the battle he had just to keep that spot.
Chris Hile got a spot late to finish in third and spoke about getting some momentum he got late.
Max McLaughlin faded to finish fourth and told me about his battle up front where he led one lap.

It was a hot one alright on Friday and we all sweated a lot at Brewerton Speedway on Friday night. There were three first time Brewerton winners on the night as Mike Bowman and Billy Clark Jr. won their first at the track while Moe Lite rookie Josh Kinney won his career first anywhere! Nice.

Now in the Modified division there are nine different winners in nine races so far. Pretty cool huh? And we are so happy that Joe Isabell was okay after his Mod Lite flipped and caught fire. From the stands it looked like Joe was right in the fire but actually it was contained to the engine compartment and his suit wasn’t even singed. Whew!

It was a bottom groove track in the Modified feature as Mike Bowman stayed down low and held on fir his first win at Brewerton and fourth of his career. Rookie Max McLaughlin was able to get by for one lap but wound up fourth. Tim Sears Jr. worked hard in the closing laps to get the top spot but would have to settle for second.

Today Allie and I are heading down to Five Mile Point which could turn out to a night she will never forget. I don’t want to say too much more until it happens but keep your fingers crossed for her as she will surly be nervous tonight. I know she’ll be fine!

So be sure to come back tomorrow for more as we head into the meat of our season. I hope you have a great day at whatever track you choose to go to and I hope to see you back here tomorrow.

 
Friday, July 22nd 2016
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Danny Creeden talked about his win on Saturday at Thunder Mountain and how he lost weight.
Alan Barker told me about his ride for Sunday and his races last weekend and his home built car.
Jimmy Becker described how he is doing at Glen Ridge and thinks back on his start in racing.
Rusty Smith was fresh off a win at I-88 and talked about his first Super DIRTcar Series race.
Tyler Siri spoke about his tough night at Outlaw Speedway and Modifieds running at Skyline.

Today is all about Modifieds as we saved some conversations from the weekend with some drivers who run to the south. Two of these drivers today are coming off of wins as well so we really do have a nice group for you to listen to today.

Not sure what we’re doing just yet as we are still getting things retooled here with hopes that we won’t miss a day. Keep your fingers crossed for us as we go through this but again my computer and power supply are original ones we started with when we put this whole Doug’s Dirt Diary together so they sure did their job well and then some.

Now let’s chat more about what we have on the Audio Page as we get ready for some Friday night racing. Danny Creeden talked about his win on Saturday at Thunder Mountain and how he lost thirty pounds as well as what he does to cheat on his diet a little bit.

Alan Barker told me about his ride for Sunday at Skyline and his races this past weekend and the struggles he is having with his home built car.

Jimmy Becker described how he is doing at Glen Ridge, his hopes for his first top five of the season and thinks back on his start in racing on the Outlaw Circuit.  

Rusty Smith was fresh off a win at I-88 and talked about his first Super DIRTcar Series race where he qualified well but fell off late due to a brake issue.

Tyler Siri spoke about his tough night at Outlaw Speedway and Modifieds running at Skyline as well as how happy he was with the nice turnout for the race.

 
Thursday, July 21st 2016
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Brian Malcolm spoke about making his first start at Skyline and what set up he would use.
Brett Tonkin explained why he made the trip to Skyline and thought back to his last trip to the track.
Nick Nye was pulling double duty on Sunday and talked about how his season has been going.
Ryan Jordan explained how much work it took to change an engine overnight before Skyline.
Glenn Forward told me why his car looked a little worse for wear and why he took Sunday off.

We are still chugging along here updating the home studio and all is still going well. We have more from the can as we have been so busy getting ready for the updates and taking dad to places as he continues to recover from a pinched nerve. It had him down for a while but he is getting better everyday. Keep him and everyone else who needs some help in your prayers.

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page as we get closer to a new race weekend. Brian Malcolm spoke about making his first start at Skyline and what set up he would use as well as who gave him advice on the racetrack.  

Brett Tonkin explained why he made the trip to Skyline and thought back to his last trip to the track as well as how much things are better for him than earlier in the year.  

Nick Nye was pulling double duty on Sunday and talked about how his season has been going as well as some struggles he has had with his new car.  

Ryan Jordan explained how much work it took to change an engine overnight before Skyline and how an extra engine became available to him.  

Glenn Forward told me why his car looked a little worse for wear after a jingle last time out and why he took Sunday off although it was not by choice.

 
Wednesday, July 20th 2016
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Dale Welty pulled double duty at Skyline and told me about some engine issues with his Modified.
Gary Roberts told me about his IMCA win at I-88 and winning on the same night as his son.
Matt Roberts spoke about watching his dad win at I-88 and following it up with a win of his own.
Pat LaPage talks with Allie Elkins about returning to Skyline where he flagged in the mid 1990’s.
Tony Veneziano reports on the World of Outlaws Sprint Car races that finished with the King’s Royal.

It was a good day on Tuesday as the computer ran alright for another day and we put in the order on the new one which should be here any day now. It is possible that we may have to a day or two off for re-tooling but as of now we are alright.

I did get a new chat recorded in the studio and that one is up for today. And yes I will keep you posted on how things are going as we update the home studio. This computer and the UPS are twelve years old so they sure don’t owe me anything do they?

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page starting with some more from Skyline on Sunday with some folks I haven’t chatted with in a while.

Dale Welty pulled double duty at Skyline and told me about some engine issues with his Modified as well as why he likes the configuration at the track.  

Gary Roberts told me about his IMCA win at I-88 and winning on the same night as his son as well as how rare it is for a father and son to win on the same evening.  

Matt Roberts spoke about watching his dad win at I-88 with his IMCA Modified and following it up with a win of his own in a Sportsman.  

Pat LaPage talks with Allie Elkins about returning to Skyline where he flagged in the mid 1990’s and his run Saturday night at Fulton Speedway.  

Tony Veneziano reports on last week’s World of Outlaws Sprint Car races that started with the Brad Doty Classis and finished with the King’s Royal.

 
Tuesday, July 19th 2016
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Danny Johnson spoke with Allie Elkins before taking some laps at Skyline on Sunday night.
Mike Bills tells me about his winning season at Woodhull and his sixth place on Saturday night.
Cory Costa remembered some of his laps at Skyline and two finishes on Friday & Saturday.
Byron Worthing explained why he was not racing on Sunday and why he is changing his plans.
Brad Weaver told me how he has recovered from Leukemia and his new Sportsman ride.

I had an interesting day as a computer problem shut me down until late last night. It turned out to be the fan on my video card. We did a quick fix and today will order a new one so that if this happens again we are ready.

On the site today we have some stuff from our Sunday night trip to Skyline and if everything goes well today we’ll get back in the old studio and get some more work done.

Now let’s tell you some more of what we have for you on the Audio Page starting with one from Allie. Danny Johnson spoke with Allie Elkins before taking some laps at Skyline Raceway on their Sunday night Modified special.

Mike Bills tells me about his winning season at Woodhull and his sixth place on Saturday night after having a steering issue he had going on.  

Cory Costa remembered some of his laps at Skyline and two finishes on Friday at Outlaw Speedway & Saturday at Woodhull.

Byron Worthing explained why he was not racing on Sunday after two things that went wrong on Saturday and why he is changing his plans.

Brad Weaver told me how he has recovered from Leukemia, how a bone marrow transplant helped and how found his way into a Sportsman. So happy you are doing well Brad!

 
Monday, July 18th 2016
    New on the Audio Page from Skyline Raceway:

After the heat races:

Eddie Sites awoke from his nap to talk about his IMCA Modified heat win and the race surface.
Danny Johnson won the first Modified heat race and explained how he learned about the place.
Nick Nye told me about his Modified heat win, how the water was helping and his crate heat race.
Tyler Siri was surprised when the water truck came out before his heat win and talked about Skyline.
Sam Allen celebrated his heat win with a victory lap and talked about wining for the first time.
Taylor Lamb got the win in the first Sportsman heat and told me about some recent improvement.
Danny Creeden drove the Kinser Hill Sportsman to a heat win and compared it to a go cart.
Dustin Jordan told me how his numerous family members who helped him get a Sportsman win.
Casey Pavlick took the victory in the final heat race and talked about the groove he was running in.

After the heat races:

A.J. Ward came all the way from Michigan for an IMCA win and talked about his race up front.
Danny Creeden led the last half a lap to win the Modified race and spoke about the last lap.
Brett Tonkin talked about his second place finish and what he saw when the leader got spun out.

It was a fun night but a long one at Skyline Raceway as Modifieds raced on the track for the first time in over twenty years. I got see a lot of old friends I had not seen in a while and meet some new people which is always great!

There was a nice crowd on hand and over 100 cars in the pit area for this special four division Sunday special. The racetrack was less than ideal but when you haven’t had Modifieds at your track you might do things a little differently when it comes to preparing the surface and I am sure the folks at Skyline learned a lot last night.

We left at around midnight and there was still some racing to go but overall we had a nice time, sat with some real nice people and as usual I was impressed with this jewel on top of the mountains. And wow, they have some beautiful sunsets.

I felt badly for Danny Johnson who had the race in hand until a lapped car tapped him in the final corner. I don’t believe he did it on purpose but guys…when the leader comes up on you and you are getting lapped you need to get the hell away from them and not screw them up. I don’t like to throw people under the bus but it was a bad deal and hopefully this driver learned a valuable lesson although a hard one.

You had to give The Doctor a lot of credit as a lot of racers I know would have decked this guy, taken whatever penalty would come and send a message. He did none of that so way to go Danny. A lot of class was shown.

Johnny on the spot was Danny Creeden as he passed Brett Tonkin for second place with less than two laps to go and that pass ended up being the one for the win. Both Creeden and Tonkin missed Danny Johnson as he did a 360 before crossing the line in third place. And no, I didn’t have the heart to put a mic in Danny’s face afterwards. That would have been cruel. I mean what is he supposed to say?

And to the fans of the 27j who said a yellow should have been thrown, if it had Johnson would have had to go to the back for bringing out the yellow. That would have only made it worse. That’s the rules guys!

I got a lot of interviews in the can and will have them all up this week. Plus I have some calls to make in the studio too so be sure to cone back all week long as we’ll have a lot of great stuff for you including some first timers to the website.

 
     
 
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