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Wednesday, March 21st 2018
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Andrew Ferguson talked a recent cruise he enjoyed and how nice it is to have his sponsor back in ’18.
Rocky Warner shared some of what he learned at the end of last year and looked ahead to a big year.
Anthony Cardamone showed off his Dave Lape tribute car and explained why he did the car that way.
Tyler Thompson told me about his tenth place finish Saturday night in his Sportsman in Delaware.  
 
We’ll be back at it again today as we come back after a nice day off on Tuesday. As always we bowl, play strat-o-matic baseball and do some online racing on Tuesday nights. I get to enjoy a cold one or two and get to have some fun. I can’t take days off on the weekends so Tuesday has become my fun day.
 
I have four nice ones for you today and will be back in the studio today. If you want or have a suggestion then send me a message at doug@dougsdirtdiary.com or message me on Facebook. I have a racing party to go to on Saturday but will be in the studio ever day this week.
 
Now let’s find out a little more about what we have for you to listen to on the Audio Page as we wish all you people affected by this latest storm all the best. Andrew Ferguson talked a recent cruise he enjoyed, how nice it is to have his sponsor back in ’18 and how his Modified is coming a long as he gets ready for the season. 
 
Rocky Warner shared some of what he learned at the end of last season in his Modified starts, what he knows about his plans as of now and compares what he’ll do now to what he’s done in the past. 
 
Anthony Cardamone showed off his Dave Lape tribute car and explained why he did the car that way as well as what the man who used to drive the 22 thinks about it. Nice! 
 
Tyler Thompson told me about his tenth place finish Saturday night in his Sportsman in Delaware, how their choice of tire may have hurt them early on and looks ahead to his next show in New Jersey.  
 
Tuesday, March 20th 2018
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Ryan Watt talks about his win at Georgetown on Saturday and the trouble the night before.
Alex Yankowski told me how he won Saturday’s Sportsman race in his 1st trip to Georgetown.
Willy Decker Jr. remembered coming to racing green and talked about racing against his dad.
Tony Veneziano reports on the World of Outlaws Sprint Car race from Stockton, California.

I got a lot done on Monday as I was fortunate enough to catch the two winners from Georgetown Speedway on Saturday night. Plus we have our weekly World of Outlaws update and some more from my weekend at Rotterdam Square.
 
I’ll be off today as usual as we only have two more weeks of the bowling league. It ends just in time for things to get busy. We are in next week’s championship match regardless of what we do today so wish us well as we got for our second title in the last three years. Yeah, we’re the Yankees of our bowling league.

Our sympathies go out to family and friends of car owner Tom Hood who passed away on Saturday. His drivers won a lot of races and the cars always looked show ready even a week after a wreck. It's sad to lose on our own and we will miss him. His legacy as a car owner will live on and we wish everyone who was around him all the best these next few days and years. 
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page starting with a pair of winners from Delaware. Ryan Watt talks about his win at Georgetown on Saturday, described his race out front with the defending Super DIRTcar Series champion and the trouble they had on Friday with the small block. 
 
Alex Yankowski told me how he won Saturday’s Sportsman race in his first trip to Georgetown, who helped him at the event and what his fellow classmates thought of the big check he brought to school. Nice!  
 
Willy Decker Jr. remembered coming to racing green while getting a runner up finish his first time out, shared the advice his dad gives him and ran down their plans for the coming season. 
 
Tony Veneziano reports on the World of Outlaws Sprint Car race from Stockton, California, the first time winner who made it to victory lane and previews the next two shows from the west coast this weekend.  
 
Monday, March 19th 2018
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Bobby Varin talked about the racecars he will drive as he showed one of them off in Rotterdam.
Ivan Joslin spoke about his six win season and remembered his early days working with his dad.
Charlie Tibbitts told me some of what he learned last year and how the pull down machine helped.
Tim Abate explained how he came to racing late and how surprised he was to win in his first year.

I slept late on Sunday and had a ball watching college basketball games while getting a little work done. Still can’t believe Syracuse won that game after losing their point guard with five minutes left. How did they do that? It’s a tournament like no other that’s for sure. And it sure helps me get through this last part of the off season too.
 
I’ll be working today as I have a lot to write about. I’ll be back in the studio again and have lots of stuff still in the car for you guys so don’t miss a day or you’ll fall behind. Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page starting with some conversations from the Rotterdam Square Car Show.

Bobby Varin talked about the racecars he will drive as he showed one of them off in Rotterdam and evaluated the current move towards small block Modifieds. 
 
Ivan Joslin spoke about his six win season, remembered his early days working with his dad on his first racecar and how he moved up from there. 
 
Charlie Tibbitts told me some of what he learned last year, how the pull down machine helped his set ups and remembered his win last year at Utica Rome Speedway. 
 
Tim Abate explained how he came to dirt racing racing late, how surprised he was to win in his first year and wonders how much his motocross background helped. 
 
Sunday, March 18th 2018
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Kenny Gates talked about his Fonda Pro Stock Championship and the new fuel cell rules for 2018.
Ronnie Johnson told me about his new deal for 2018 and remembered working on dad’s pit crew.
Kim Duell showed off his beautiful Pro Stock and remembered a late race restart at Super DIRT Week.
Willy Decker explained why he did not race much in 2017 and his new Modified ride for this year.
Nick Stone spoke about his move to Sportsman and why he thinks this is a good move for him.

I had a great time yesterday as I went to Schenectady for the Fonda Speedway car show held at Rotterdam Square. The place was packed and I stayed until the end getting 18 interviews total on what was a busy day for me.
 
I barely made it back in time to put stuff up at Midnight and at 11:55 p.m. I am typing this hastily trying to make sure it is here for those of you who check his 12 a.m. It was great to see all of you and to meet some new people. I know the numbers say thousands visit this page every day and it was nice to finally meet some of you who do. It was nice…thanks!
 
Now let’s chat more about what’s new on the Audio Page as I make my midnight deadline by a mere two minutes. Kenny Gates talked about his Fonda Pro Stock Championship, the new fuel cell rules for the division for 2018 and ran down what he had to do to get it to comply. 
 
Ronnie Johnson told me about his new deal for 2018 and remembered working on dad’s pit crew as well as some of what he learned from his early days in racing. 
 
Kim Duell showed off his beautiful Pro Stock and remembered a late race restart at Super DIRT Week and told me about an issue he had during the race.  
   
Willy Decker explained why he did not race much in 2017 and his new Modified ride for this year as well as how the opportunity came about last fall. 
 
Nick Stone spoke about his move to Sportsman for 2018, remembered a few laps he took last year and why he thinks this is a good move for him as well as his business. Good point Nick! 
 
Saturday, March 17th 2018
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Billy Dunn talked about his ten win season at Can Am and told me about the car he had at the show.
Jeff Cook described the new car he will drive this year and ran down where we will see him race.
David Ferguson showed off his 305 Sprint Car and talked about the big year planned in Canandaigua.
Greg Strait explained why he races Quarter Midgets with his son and the many ways it has helped.
Mel Thomas tells me about his successful weekend at Motorsports Expo and where he will be next.


It’s going to be a fun day for me today as I head east to Rotterdam Square to check out some racecars at their annual mall show. Fonda Speedway will be the main focus of this show and it has been a tradition of mine for several years now. Can’t wait to see you all later today.
 
Of course we’ll be back in the studio tomorrow and I was able to save a few interviews and put them in the can just in case. And if have not spoken to your favorite driver yet just let me know with a message on Facebook or to doug@dougsdirtdiary.com. We’ll give it A1 priority and get it done for you as fast as I can.
 
 Now let’s chat more about what is new on the Audio Page as we hope that next big storm stays off to our east and doesn’t hit any of you. Billy Dunn talked about his ten win season at Can Am and told me about the car he had at the show while comparing a built 358 to a 327 cubic inch W-16. 
 
Jeff Cook described the new car he will drive this year and ran down where we will see him race while telling me how fortunate he is to have a wife that supports him in many ways. 
 
David Ferguson showed off his 305 Sprint Car and talked about the big year planned for the division at Land of Legends Raceway as well as why there was a 360 in the car for the show. 
 
Greg Strait explained why he races Quarter Midgets with his son at the New York State Fairgrounds, described the many ways it has helped his away from the track and recaps his own race background. 
 
Mel Thomas tells me about his successful weekend at Motorsports Expo, how well sales of the new Smash N’ Crash went and where he will be next. Get your new copy today as it is excellent!  
 
Friday, March 16th 2018
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Shawn Fitzpatrick talks about his plans for the season and why we did not see him much last year.
Joe Trenca described a new package for his 410 Sprint and a change they made with their shocks.
Dave Marcuccilli runs down his 2018 race plans and remembers his race last year in Charlotte.
Phil Vigneri III told me about a new track he has added this year and how his graphics business is.
Cory Barker explained why he may need a new race suit and wondered about a possible move up.
Tyler Thompson recapped a recent road course race and showed off three cars at the expo.

It was a snowy start to the day here in Liverpool as the kids got a two hour delay in the morning. But you’ve got to give our plow operators a lot of credit as the roads were snow free and wet by 8:30. And that was after about 7 inches overnight. No problem for us snow hearty folks in Central New York.
 
I have a bunch of stuff up for you and we’ll be back with lots more tomorrow. I am still planning on hitting the Fonda Speedway car show at Rotterdam Square tomorrow as this is one of my yearly stops. I hope to chat with a bunch of you guys and see how everyone is doing. If you see me there and want me to do an interview with you just say the word and it will be done.
 
Now let’s talk about what I have done for you on the Audio Page as we get closer to another weekend of mall shows. Shawn Fitzpatrick talks about his plans for the season at Big Diamond, why we did not see him much last year and why his racecars are orange. 
 
Joe Trenca described a new package for his 410 Sprint, a change they made with their shocks and why he feels confident coming into the 2018 race season.

Dave Marcuccilli runs down his 2018 race plans, wonders about a possible move to a 358 and remembers his race last year in Charlotte. Ron Davis III also joins us here.

Phil Vigneri III told me about a new track he has added this year to his plans, why he wants to come east to race more and how his graphics business is doing.  
 
Cory Barker explained why he may need a new race suit and wondered about a possible move up while wondering which engine combination will be the one to go with. 
 
Tyler Thompson recapped a recent road course race as showed off three cars at the expo and described the winged Champ Kart that he enjoys.  
 
Thursday, March 15th 2018
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Jimmy Phelps previewed the coming season in Weedsport and ran down his plans for the season.
Paul Kinney showed off his Sprint Car last weekend and told me about the pair of cars in his shop.
Bret Belden will be back in a Late Model this year and described how good things are going for him.
Tim Schneider talks about his move to Sprint Cars for 2018 and the need to get seat time early on.
Mike Martin gets ready for a return to Sportsman and talked about being out of racing for a time.

The big storm fizzled out for us in Central New York and most of the kids got a snow day that maybe they didn’t need to take off. We only had about three inches of snow as I look outside at 6 p.m. Just enough to have to deal with but not enough to mess us up at all.
 
I will be back at it today around dinner time and will be watching the NCAA tournament in before and afterwards like a lot of you. It is going to be a fun weekend with basketball and the Rotterdam Square Mall Show. We hope to see you there Saturday afternoon.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for today on the Audio Page as we begin with one of the busiest men in racing. Jimmy Phelps previewed the coming season in Weedsport, ran down his plans for the season and talked about adding a new Saturday night home. 
 
Paul Kinney showed off his Sprint Car last weekend and told me about the pair of cars in his shop as well as the need to get back to basics in 2018. 
 
Bret Belden will be back in a Late Model this year and described how good things are going for him after quitting a long time habit as well as his hopes to get back to victory lane this year. 
 
Tim Schneider talks about his move to Sprint Cars for 2018 and the need to get seat time early on as well as the new tracks he’ll race at the first time this season. 
 
Mike Martin gets ready for a return to Sportsman and talked about being out of racing for a while as well as what he has been doing to stay in racing while out of the seat.  
 
     
 
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