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Thursday, October 10th 2019
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Kevin Britten talks about winning another Australian Modified Championship and his role this week.  
Mitch Gibbs told me what he brought to the Outlaw 200 and explains why he missed a few races.
Rob Bellinger tells me how he stays skinny and ran down some of the shop work they did back home.
Tyler Siri came into Fulton on Saturday for the 1st time in a while and talked about Outlaw Speedway.
Chuck Miller qualified his Sportsman for Fulton and told me how he has done racing out on the road.

I was a glorified taxi driver on Wednesday as I shuttled Allie and her friend to and from boxing and got Katie from gymnastics. As we figured there was just too much going on and my wife got held up so off I went and went and went and went.

We have those things worked out for today though as I will be able to go to Brewerton Speedway tonight to cover the pair of Super DIRTcar Series races for both 358 Modifieds and Sportsman. It’s been a long time since I have been to this particular show and if everything works out I should be there by 4 p.m. so I can load up.

I’ll have some stuff from Brewerton up tomorrow and then some pre race stuff for Saturday. Then I’ll hit Fulton Saturday night and call it a season. I’ll be doing the things I need to do with even more dedication after I beat up my leg and back one more time. I’ll be alright and hopefully back to full speed in 2020 as we have a lot of cool things in the works.

Now let’s chat more about what is going on today on the Audio Page with one of my favorite guys to talk to from the other side of the world and boy would I like to see how he would do if he could run a season over here. Kevin Britten talks about winning another Australian Modified Championship, what he likes best about visiting America to see his older brother race and describes his role this week as well as his hopes to maybe get his driver’s suit some use.    

Mitch Gibbs told me what he brought to the Outlaw 200 and explains why he was hoping for a slick racetrack in Fulton as well as why he missed a few races after a hard crash in Afton. 

Rob Bellinger tells me how he stays skinny and ran down some of the shop work they did back home to get his cars ready for both Fulton Speedway and Super DIRT Week. 

Tyler Siri came into Fulton on Saturday for the first time in a while and talked about some of the changes they did to get the car right for the Hoosier tires as well as the finish coming at Outlaw Speedway next weekend. 

Chuck Miller qualified his Sportsman for Fulton and told me how he has done racing out on the road as well as his plans to finish out his season with his car One World Championship at The Dirt Track at Charlotte.    
 
Wednesday, October 9th 2019
    New on the Audio Page for today:

Rocky Warner told me about his Friday at Fulton and ran down some changes he was going to make. 
 Phil Vigneri III picked up his third win of the season and told me how he won the Mod race at Mercer.
Jimmy Spano showed us some hunting pics and talked about his win in a Sportsman heat at Fulton.
Jack Meeks spoke about his Sportsman qualifier and described the race surface he saw in hot laps.
Remington Hamm talked about starting on the pole on Saturday at Fulton and how he has improved.

Today is a big day indeed as the cars will hit the track in Oswego for the first time as Super DIRT Week officially kicks off. Plus there are Sportsman and small blocks participating in series races tonight in Weedsport. I hope both events go well and I you all are getting settled in nicely and are ready to enjoy the best week in racing in all of the northeast and Canada.

I have some good stuff up for you today and will be heading to Brewerton on Thursday to limp around and see who I can chat with. It will be fun and I’ll have a day to recuperate on Friday before going again Saturday at Fulton. I have not been to these two nighttime shows in many years and I wanna do what everyone else is not doing this week. It will be a blast.

Now let’s chat more about what is on the Audio Page for today as we get ready for Super DIRT Week once again. Rocky Warner told me about his Friday at Fulton, how big it would be for him just to make the Outlaw 200 and remembered how things went in his previous race the year before. 

Phil Vigneri III picked up his third win of the season this past weekend and told me how he won the Modified feature at Mercer Raceway as well as his plans for the rest of the season that continue Thursday at Brewerton. 

Jimmy Spano showed us some hunting pics as he wandered the pit area and talked about his win a Sportsman heat at Fulton as well as what his strategy was for the 50 lap series race. 

Jack Meeks spoke about his Sportsman qualifier and described the race surface he saw in hot laps as well as why he was not going to change anything from what he did the night before. 

Remington Hamm talked about starting on the pole on Saturday at Fulton, how he did during the regular season at Can Am and what he has learned these past three seasons in a Sportsman.  

 
Tuesday, October 8th 2019
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Billy Pauch Jr. talked about his 6th win of the season at New Egypt and how he picks where to race.
Jim Witko explained why he was feeling good coming into Saturday and why no changes for 2020.
Gary Folk tells me about his family’s plan as they take over as Penn Can Speedway’s new promoter.
Jeremie Corcoran reminds us about the Racer’s Auction & Trade Show and for drivers to register.
Tony Veneziano reports on the National Open from Williams Grove and the tight WoO points race.

I had a fun day on Monday as I got a lot done both for the website and my life in general. I had putting something off and I got that done as I tend to procrastinate when something is around the corner that I either don’t really wanna do or am afraid of how it might turn out. I know…I need to work on that.

I have some more things on that list and every day this week I will address one of them and by the end of the week I’ll be good. I’m sure that will make me feel a lot better and relieve some of that stressful feeling I get every night when my head hits the pillow.

And to finish off my day I got to be a guest on Wheel People with Ed Lamberton. Ed runs these shows on Facebook and he always has an impressive list of guests every Monday. Go online to see some of Ed’s work as he is very passionate about racing. And thanks for having me on Ed! I had fun.

Now let’s chat more about what is new for you guys and gals to listen to on the Audio Page as Super DIRT Week kicks off tonight at Utica Rome Speedway. Billy Pauch Jr. talked about his 6th win of the season at New Egypt, how he survived a flurry of restarts after taking the lead and the factors he considers when he picks where to race. Good one! 

Jim Witko explained why he was feeling good coming into Saturday’s Outlaw 200, described home much better things went towards the end of the regular season and why he’s making no changes for 2020.  

Gary Folk tells me about his family’s plan as they take over as Penn Can Speedway’s new promoter, what they hope to get done in the next few weeks and describes some changes for 2020. 

Jeremie Corcoran reminds us about the Racer’s Auction & Trade Show on November 22nd and 23rd as he raced with his son on Saturday and reminded drivers to register for their free pass to the event. Drivers can register at www.northestracingproducts.com.  

Tony Veneziano reports on the two days of action from the National Open at Williams Grove, the driver who changed his engine program late in the season and the tight three-way WoO point race.   
 
Monday, October 7th 2019
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Hear from many of the Modified drivers at Fulton Speedway as they draw for their starting positions.
Tim Fuller spoke about a brake issue he was fixing and spoke about his five win season in a Modified.
Sean Beardsley talked about his weekend at Fulton Speedway as he raced Sportsman & Late Models.
In my latest Doug’s Thoughts I recap my Saturday at Fulton Speedway for my favorite one day show.

I had a good day on Sunday as I did some studio work and set up more things for today. It is going to be quite the week isn’t it? Super DIRT Week is one day away so we w9ish all you race teams all the best as you get ready for the busiest week of the year,

And if my leg was better I’d be right there with you guys and hopefully I’ll be able to make the necessary changes this off season to be there with you guys next time out. Have fun but be smart as some of you can get a little rowdy. I worry about you so be smart and have fun but again…be smart!

Now let’s chat more about what is new for today on the Audio Page starting with a clip I do every year at the Outlaw 200. Hear from many of the Modified drivers at Fulton Speedway as they draw for their starting positions in this long clip done right in front of the fans. 

Tim Fuller spoke about a brake issue he was fixing and spoke about his five win season in a Modified as well as why he changed his mind bringing a small block to Fulton instead of a big block. 

Sean Beardsley talked about his weekend at Fulton Speedway as he raced with both the Sportsman & Late Models, described his Friday in the Late Model while wondering how much he will do in the rest of the season. 

In my latest Doug’s Thoughts I recap my Saturday at Fulton Speedway for my favorite one day show, run down some of the race day action and wish you all the best heading into a very busy week.    
 
Sunday, October 6th 2019
   

New on the Audio Page from Fulton Speedway:

Michael Storms took his spec small block to a heat win and talked about why he was nervous before
Ronnie Davis III won the second Modified heat race and told about a problem they thought they had.
Billy Whittaker was the first car to make the outside work and described what he found finishing 2nd.
Mike Maresca got the win in the third heat race and described the move he made on a veteran driver.
Erick Rudolph made the move of the heats and told me how he went from 9th to 4th in a just over a lap.  
Gary Tomkins drove his car hard coming from 6th to 1st and told me why he chose to run the outside.
Chris Hile did not have a good draw earlier and talked about how he came from ninth to finish second.
A.J. Kingsley nursed an injured car across the line to qualify in 4th and told me how bad the car was.
Billy Dunn held off a fellow North Country driver to win his heat and spoke about a shock problem.
Rob Bellinger gained five spots to win his heat and told me how he avoided a jingle along the way.
Tim Sears Jr. got spun out in his heat and explained what he noticed as he raced back up to fourth.
Rocky Warner led his consi before finishing 2nd and told me what was happening to the surface..
Kyle Inman spoke to the crowd in victory lane after winning the 50 lap Sportsman Shootout race.
Matt Janczuk led 43 laps before finishing second and spoke about his back to back runner ups.
Brad Rouse was the Hard Charger coming from 29th to 3rd and spoke about how he did so well.
Matt Sheppard came across as the leader after the first 100 laps and a described his racecar.
Mike Maresca picked up the surprise win and talked about why he had to be careful on the top.
Mat Williamson almost ran down the leader and spoke about his second place finish in the 200.
Tim Sears Jr. charged from 31st to 3rd and celebrated after his career best Outlaw 200 finish.

I had a really fun day at the one day show that I enjoy the most…the Outlaw 200 at Fulton Speedway. I first went to this race in 1990 and saw a guy from New Jersey named Billy Pauch come in and beat all the drivers I had been watching in my first year as an announcer at the trac. I’ve only missed a few since then and this one on was a classic.

After Gary Tomkins jumped out to an early lead after his heat win to start the day Matt Sheppard took the lead on the outside of turn four on lap 47. Fellow heat winner Mike Maresca worked his way to second getting by Tomkins and would finish second to Sheppard at the lap 100 break. Sheppard spoke about the need to tighten up his car for the second half of the race as he headed to the pit area.

Sheppard started the second half in the lead but just 20 laps into the run Maresca was able to get by Sheppard on the high side and take off. While Maresca tried to pull away Sheppard was trying to hold on. His car was not as good in the second half as Mat Williamson, Tim Sears Jr., Stewart Friesen and Tim Fuller would all find their way by to finish in the top five.

As for Maresca, things got really interesting in the closing laps as both Wiliamson and Sears were on his tail as they worked through slower traffic, which did get tougher to get through as the race wore on. Maresca would go on for the biggest win in his career and he almost didn’t know what to say in victory land leading to a very open and honest interview with announcer Bill Foley.

This race totally lived up to the hype and a packed house was on hand. If you saw pictures from the heat races don’t let those fool you. It was a full house come feature time as fans like to hang out in the sun during the day before they hit their seats at night. This event has always been that way.

I’ve got a lot for you today as I stayed busy to try to forget about how bad my leg was feeling. I toughed it out and will pay for it today but I got some really good stuff that I know you’ll like. Plus I saved a lot of pre-race stuff too and will be in the studio today getting more.

Enjoy the new stuff and have a great Sunday. Best of luck to all of you who are in your race shops today. Hope it goes smoothly, no excessive wrenching is needed and that you have all the parts you need so you dot have to dip into that thin wallet that we all have at this time of the year. I’ll talk to you guys tomorrow. 
 
Saturday, October 5th 2019
    New on the Audio Page from Fulton Speedway:

Cory Reed looks over the packed pit area in Fulton and ran down what it on the card for later today.
Tyler Thompson talked about his breakout season on asphalt and his hopes for the Modified team.
Tim Sears Jr. described what he brought to the Outlaw 200 and talked about his top five in 2018. 
 Michael Storms tells me what he has been doing the last few years and how got back into racing
David Marcuccilli spoke about his hopes for the Outlaw 200 and runs down his late season schedule
Matt Janczuk thought back to last week’s 2nd place in Canandaigua and talked about racing at Fulton.
Bret Belden won three races this season in two different cars and spoke about coming back for 2020.
Will Shields will race today in the Joe Beyea owned 121 Modified and told me how it came together.

I had fun as I went up north to Fulton Speedway to do my usual check in at the Outlaw 200. It always seems that I have things to on this Friday night as I had to be free to pick up Allie from basketball practice. So I left a about six so I would have plenty of time to pick her up at 7.

I’ll be at Fulton all day today hoping to load up on interviews and check out what I consider to be the best one day show in racing. It’s gonna be nice although maybe a little chilly after the sun goes down but this is the big one for me as drivers can win from anywhere on this track and especially on this particular weekend.

Come on out and see your favorite drivers as it was a packed house yesterday. I heard the Sportsman count was 88 and they will be doing last chance races today as well as their 50 lap feature. It’s gonna be a blast and I hope to see you there.

Now let’s chat about what is new on the Audio Page for today as we get ready for the big finish here in Central New York. Cory Reed looks over the packed pit area in Fulton and ran down what it on the card for later today at Outlaw 200 Weekend as both Modifieds and Sportsman hit the track. 

Tyler Thompson talked about his breakout season on asphalt and his hopes for the Modified team at the Outlaw 200 while remembering how he did in his first hot laps at the track. He’s come a long way guys and gals! 

Tim Sears Jr. described what he brought to the Outlaw 200 and talked about his top five finish in last year’s event as well as why this particular race is such a draw for both racers & fans.

Michael Storms tells me what he has been doing the last few years away from racing, how he recently got back into racing and how things have been going for him 0n the track.  

David Marcuccilli spoke about his hopes for the Outlaw 200 at Fulton, remembers some of his past at the track and runs down his late season schedule that includes big block and small block races. 

Matt Janczuk thought back to last week’s 2nd place in Canandaigua, explained why he lost the lead late in the race and talked about racing at Fulton in race number 2 of the DIRT Sportsman Fall Championship Series. 

Bret Belden won three races this season in two different cars and spoke why he has done so much better this season as well as how excited he is to come back to race Late Models again in 2020. 

Will Shields will race today in a Joe Beyea owned 121 Modified and told me how recently the whole deal came together as well as why he had to say, “let me check on something first” before accepting the ride.  

 
Friday, October 4th 2019
    New on the Audio Page for today:

Ronnie Johnson explained why he chose to run at Canandaigua last weekend and ran down his plans.  
Jack Lehner talks about his hopes for Land of Legends and why running a dash beforehand could help.
Jessica Power got ready for a consolation race on Saturday and explained the problem they had early. 
 Tommy Juhl tells me why he was at Paradise Speedway  and how he is doing down in Tennessee.

Man yesterday sucked didn’t it? Cold and rain were the words for the day but the good news is that all that should be out of here this morning with sunshine to follow. It will still be cold but racing will go on today as Fulton Speedway begins Outlaw Weekend.

I’ll get there early and get some interviews and then come home before dark as I have some running around to do with the kids after 8 p.m. I’ll be at Fulton nice and early tomorrow and ready for my favorite race of the season.

It was the first big race I ever heard about back in 1990 and I still believe it is the best of the bunch as track position does not matter at Fulton. You can come from last and win it. I love that! And with it being a draw show, the heat races are often the best drama of the night.

Now let’s chat about what’s on the Audio Page today as we bring you all interviews from my travels in the pit area on this Friday. Ronnie Johnson explained why he chose to race in Canandaigua last weekend, remembers coming to the track as a kid with his dad and ran down his late season plans.  

Jack Lehner talks about his hopes for Land of Legends and why running a dash beforehand could help in a couple of ways and told me what he learns about what he watches racing. 

Jessica Power got ready for a consolation race on Saturday and explained the problem they had in time trials while explaining what she did to try to fix the problem before they went green. 

Tommy Juhl tells me why he was at Paradise Speedway on Saturday, how much he was looking forward to driving a Four Cylinder that night and remembers some stories from the Outlaw Circuit days.     

 
     
 
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