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Saturday, May 21st 2016
   

New on the Audio Page from the Brewerton Speedway:

After the heat races:

Tony Finch II led every lap to win the first heat race and told me why he started on the pole.
Glenn Forward talked about his heat win and about breaking old habits at his new Friday track.
Ronnie Davis III strapped in for the feature and told me what he learned in his heat race victory.
Mike Stanton told me about win in his heat race and described some early season brake issues.
Jim Witko ran the outside groove to win his heat and talked about racing Larry Wight up front.
Tim Kerr pulled away for a Modified heat win and told me about being strong the last few weeks.
Andrew Ferguson won his 1st ever Mod heat race and how he lost the lead before getting it back.

After the feature races:

Tony Finch II led every lap all night long winning the feature and talked about starting on the pole.
Beth Bellinger made up some spots late to finish second and told me where her car was improving.
Ray Bechler made it two in a row at Brewerton and wondered about who would catch him later.  
Larry Wight led the final 33 laps to win the Modified race and told Bill Foley about a tire issue.
Ryan Phelps picked up 18 spots to finish second and told me why they brought out a new car.
Chad Phelps told me about his third place finish as well as what went wrong last week while 2nd.
Tommy Sears enjoyed a fourth place finish and talked about the need to run some more races.
Tim Sears Jr. chopped the field in hall for a 5th place and described where his car has been better.

It was a fun night at Brewerton as the sun shined and the weather was almost summer like. A nice field of cars that included 33 Sportsman was on hand and filled the pit area to almost capacity.

Larry Wight won the Modified feature after being under some pretty serious pressure before the race’s final caution with 17 to go. Wight explained afterwards about a tire issue he was having that seemed to clear up after blasting his tires right before the final green flag waved. And for those of you who wondered about Larry and Pat Ward getting together last week…I’ll have more on that tomorrow.

Tony Finch came back from a DNQ in week one to win the Sportsman feature as he led every lap all night long. Jeff Isabell Jr. got the best of a back and forth race up front with Jim Bogett to pick up the Mod Lite win while Ray Bechler made it two in a row in the Four Cylinder race.

I was able to get some real good pre race stuff and one of those chats will be up tomorrow as well as interviews with Billy Pauch Sr. and Mike “Magic Shoes” McLaughlin. All three of the ones I am putting up for Sunday are ones I know you’ll like so be sure to come back for those.

I will be doing TV at Utica Rome on Sunday and we are hoping for a nice day so they and Weedsport can get in their shows. We’re hoping that Mother Nature will be our friend for the rest of the weekend and we can get in three days in a row. Keep your fingers crossed.

Make sure to come back tomorrow for more good stuff right here.

 
Friday, May 20th 2016
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Max McLaughlin analyzed how he is doing so far and remembered starting racing at age five.
Andrew Ferguson told me why his Modified had flames coming out and why it wasn’t that bad.
James Carlson explained why his car was without graphics and the bodies he has been building.
Billy Colton spoke about the fun he had watching his cars win and one Sportsman in particular.
Shane Andrews talked about his new role at his day job and why he had to scale back his announcing.

What a beautiful day it was on Thursday. I got to spend a lot of it on a golf course and shot a respectable and totally legitimate 92. No mulligans, didn’t move the ball to get a better lie and counted every stroke. Also had six pars…not bad. I’ll take it for early on.

Tonight I will be at Brewerton Speedway after heading up to Oswego today for some sausage from Garafolo’s Importing. I put in my order last week and will grill those out real soon. I got a new charcoal grill and can’t wait to try it out.

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page starting with a chat from Wednesday’s ribbon cutting in Weedsport. Max McLaughlin analyzed how he is doing so far and remembered starting racing at age five as well as what he has learned about driving a Dirt Modified versus a UMP Modified.  

Andrew Ferguson told me why his Modified had flames coming out, why it wasn’t that bad and why it was nice he did not have to use the fire extinguisher.  

James Carlson explained why his car was without graphics, when he hopes to have it looking sharp and the bodies he has been building.

Billy Colton spoke about the fun he had watching his cars win a pair of features last Friday night at Brewerton and one Sportsman in particular. Call him guys! He wants to help.  

Shane Andrews talked about his new role at his day job as Chief Operating Officer and why he had to scale back his announcing. We’re both happy and sad for you Shane but more happy than sad.

 
Thursday, May 19th 2016
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Jimmy Phelps talked about Wednesday’s ribbon cutting in Weedsport and Sunday’s WoO show.
Ronnie Johnson speaks about his 5 races so far and how this year has brought confidence back.
Chuck Hebing tells me how his shoulder is healing up and how it felt in his first race at Canandaigua.
Shawn Donath will bring a Syracuse built 410 to Weedsport and talked about his hopes for Sunday.
Todd Root remembers his recent win at Fulton and how the slower traffic helped him get up front.

I had a busy day on Wednesday as I wrote up some new stuff for the Syracuse Post Standard & Syracucse.com, traveled out to Weedsport for their ribbon cutting ceremony and still made it to my daughter’s concert with five minutes to spare. Whew! Made it just in time and got everything done I needed to get done.

Today we have a mix of interviews from the gathering in Weedsport, the home studio and last week at Brewerton. I hope to get back in the studio today after a golf outing today with a close friend and have even more for you tomorrow. Plus I still have some really good stuff in the can so be sure to come back for that.

Now let’s chat more about what is on the Audio Page today starting with a breakdown on what is new for this year in Weedsport. Jimmy Phelps talked about Wednesday’s ribbon cutting in Weedsport, what is new for fans this year at the speedway and Sunday’s World of Outlaw Sprint Car show.

Ronnie Johnson speaks about his 5 races so far, how his pair of wins this year has brought his confidence back and what his car owner is like in the shop and at the track.  

Chuck Hebing tells me how his shoulder injury is healing up, how it felt in his first race at Canandaigua and looks forward to being a fan this Sunday in Weedsport.

Shawn Donath will bring a Syracuse built 410 Sprint Car to Weedsport and talked about his hopes for Sunday as well as some of his past at the 1/3 mile track.   

Todd Root remembers his recent win at Fulton, how nice it was to get it done early and how the slower traffic helped him get up front.  

 
Wednesday, May 18th 2016
    New on the Audio Page for today:

Joey Saldana talks about the World of Outlaws East Coast swing starting tonight at Lincoln.
Mike Bowman has a new chassis for this season and recapped how things are going so far.
Sean Beardsley is helping Rich Riggs with his Modified and talked about racing it Friday night.
Joe Garafolo told me how his Mod Lite felt on the first race night and the new driver restraints.

I got a lot done on Tuesday and will be going to a get together later tonight that should get me more good stuff for tomorrow. And in the can I have a chat with Ronnie Johnson that will air tomorrow as well.

The World of Outlaws are in our area and race tonight at Lincoln Speedway before heading to Williams Grove, Weedsport and New Egypt. I need to clone myself for Sunday as there are two places I hope to be. Maybe I can still somehow do both. We’ll see.

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page starting with a big name from the Sprint Car world. Joey Saldana talks about the World of Outlaws East Coast swing starting tonight at Lincoln before heading to Williams Grove, Weedsport and New Egypt. Good stuff!

Mike Bowman has a new Modified chassis for this season and recapped how things are going so far as well as some changes he made for Friday at Brewerton.  

Sean Beardsley is helping Rich Riggs with his Modified and talked about racing it Friday night at Brewerton as well as the handling condition they are trying to fix.  

Joe Garafolo told me how his Mod Lite felt on the first race night how the new driver restraints felt and why he was not concerned that the car was a little tight. Sounds like I’m grilling out on Saturday.  

 
Tuesday, May 17th 2016
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Larry Wight talked about his season so far, his runner up at Fulton and starting a race up front.
Mike Button explained why he missed some time in his car and how tough it is to find a crate.
Tony Veneziano reports on the World of Outlaws from Indiana and looks ahead to the east coast.

It was a busy day for me as I wrote up new stuff for the Syracuse Post Standard and Syracuse.com while getting some work done in the studio as well. Plus I was able to tackle my lawn which grew a lot this past weekend with all the rain we’ve had.

I’ve got a few chats up from the weekend and have calls out to some folks so hopefully I can get cranking along today and get more cool stuff for you this week. I do have at least two Brewerton chats we’ll be able to have every day but we do need more.

If you have some suggestions, I’d be happy to get to them for you so send me a message at doug@dougsdirtdiary.com and we’ll get moving on that.

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page starting with some conversations from Friday’s opener at Brewerton. Larry Wight talked about his season so far, his runner up at Fulton and the occasional disadvantages of starting a race up front.   

Mike Button explained why he missed some time in his car, how tough it is to find a crate engine when you need one at this time of the year and why he feels they need a break in period.  

Tony Veneziano reports on the World of Outlaws from Indiana and looks ahead to the east coast swing that includes a race in Weedsport this Sunday.  

 
Monday, May 16th 2016
    New on the Audio Page for today:

Chad Phelps stood in the rain with me and talked about the two different cars he has run so far.
Jeff Blackburn prepared for just his 9th Modified start and talked about his nervous race day stomach.
Glenn Forward had never raced at Brewerton before and told me why he added this to his plans.
Tye Scott Rood explained why he came to Brewerton and remembered being unable to see.

What a cold and crappy day it was on Sunday huh? The cold night however did give me a chance to get a good night’s sleep as I had fallen behind. Unless it’s cold I can’t sleep so I do feel fully refreshed and ready to go.

I got caught up in golf on Sunday as the PGA boys were at TPC Sawgrass which is my favorite tournament of the year. I’d love to go there sometime and love to put my ball on the island green on 17 on my first shot. A man can dream can’t he?

I also wanted to say a big thank you to North Eastern Pool & Spa as they have just renewed with us once again. It is that time guys and gals so if you are looking to turn your backyard into the ultimate summer fun place they can help you. They serve Rochester and the surrounding areas so give them a call, click on their website and make this summer one to remember.

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page for today starting with my first chat Friday at Brewerton. Chad Phelps stood in the rain with me and talked about the two different cars he has run so far as well as how he has been doing four races into the season.

Jeff Blackburn prepared for just his 9th Modified start and talked about his nervous race day stomach as well as how tough it is on a day when you don’t know if you’re racing or not.  

Glenn Forward had never raced at Brewerton before and told me why he added this to his plans as well as a recent race he traveled to.  

Tye Scott Rood explained why he came to Brewerton and remembered being unable to see in an incident at Utica Rome as well as what he plans to be doing this season.  

 
Sunday, May 15th 2016
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Vic Coffey talks about coming back to Modifieds and explains what changed since the year 2007.
Jim Witko ran down how his first races have gone so far and remembered watching his dad race.
Tyler Trump told me how he is adapting to a Sportsman after running at the Oswego Kartway.

What a crappy day Saturday turned out to be huh? Rain hit once, his again and then the wind kicked in. Most tracks cancelled early but some stuck it out. As I type this up a 4 p.m. I see there is a window for later on so let’s hope the window stays open and the hearty, wet fans can see some racing.

I have some good stuff from Friday as I did a few longer interviews thinking that a rain out was inevitable on at least one day this weekend. I was so pumped up after a great night of racing in Brewerton that I could not sleep. It happens like that sometimes for me. But what a great night it truly was.

Now let’s chat about what we have for you on the Audio Page for today as we hope for better weather today. Vic Coffey talks about his first season coming back to Modifieds and explains how much has changed since he last ran them regularly in 2007 as well as how much better things have gone so far this year. Good one!  

Jim Witko ran down how his first races have gone so far, told me something he did at Fulton that he had never done before and remembered watching his dad race as a kid.

Tyler Trump told me how he is adapting to a Sportsman at age 15 after running at the Oswego Kartway and talked about how his friends react to his full size racecar.  

 

 
     
 
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