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Wednesday, March 23rd 2016
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Charlie Donk runs down his plans for the coming season that include more 360 Sprint starts.
Art Palmer showed off his racecar at Finger Lakes Speeworld and talked about his 2016 race plans.
Danny Serrano previewed the 4th Annual 60 Over Special taking place at Bridgeport this Saturday.

Hump day is here and we are getting closer and closer to start of the 2016 racing season at your favorite track. This weekend another tracks gets going with their season opener and we have news on that today.

Bridgeport Speedway hosts the 4th Annual 60 Over Special honoring the memory of Doug Hoffman this Saturday and Danny Serrano will tell us all about it including who is coming, how the practice last weekend went and lots more so give it a listen.

After my usual day off on Tuesday, I will be back at it in the studio today and already have a short list of folks I will be talking to. If you want to get on it, message me on Facebook or at doug@dougsdirtdiary.com and we’ll get you on the site for sure.

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page today starting with my final saved chat from Motorsports Expo 2016. Charlie Donk runs down his plans for the coming season that include more 360 Sprint starts, tells me how helped make it happen and ran down some of where he plans to race.  

Art Palmer showed off his Four Cylinder Stock car at Finger Lakes Speeworld and talked about his 2016 race plans as well as some of his racing background.    

Danny Serrano previewed the 4th Annual 60 Over Special honoring the memory of Doug Hoffman taking place at Bridgeport this Saturday and looked ahead at some big dates on the racetrack’s schedule.

 
Tuesday, March 22nd 2016
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Barry Kingsley showed off his Small Block Supermodified and talked about his hopes for 2016.
Dean Catlin talked about representing Skyline Raceway Park at Motorsports Expo 2016 in Syracuse.
Tony Veneziano reports on the World of Outlaw Sprint Car races this past weekend in Stockton.

I had a nice day on Monday as I got to get some more work done for the Syracuse Post Standard, Syracuse.com and the website as well. I will be off today as usual for bowling as we have one week to go before we bowl for the league championship taking on the same team that beat us last year. It will be an epic match next week for sure!

And tomorrow we’ll be back with more from the weekend and my final saved interview from Motorsports Expo 2016. Plus we’ll find out about the big race this weekend in New Jersey at Bridgeport Speedway as they kick off their season with a race honoring the memory of Doug Hoffman.

But first let’s chat more about what we have for you to listen to on the Audio Page for today starting off with a driver who is on a mission to get back to victory lane at his long time Saturday home. Barry Kingsley showed off his Small Block Supermodified and talked about his hopes for 2016 as well as what it is like to take laps at the famed Oswego Speedway.    

Dean Catlin talked about representing Skyline Raceway Park at Motorsports Expo 2016 in Syracuse and described how things were going in his new venture.  

Tony Veneziano reports on the World of Outlaw Sprint Car races this past weekend in Stockton and tells me how Donny Schatz rebounded after a DNQ the week before in Tulare.

 
Monday, March 21st 2016
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Kelly Hebing toured Motorsports Expo last weekend and told Steve Ovens about her 305 Sprinter.
Dane Keller Jr. talked about what he learned his Late Model starts and compared it an IMCA Mod.
Johnny Kolosek told me about his rookie season in a 600 Micro and his hopes for this season.

The mall shows are over for the most part and now the race teams of our area will get back in the shop to finish their racecars to get them ready for their first action of the year.

I had a great day on Sunday as I got to spend some time with my kids and fish out some babies from the fish tank. We started one a few weeks ago with live breeders and are hoping that soon we’ll have enough new fish to start a second tank for my youngest. It was an exciting day!

On the site we meet some young people who are heavily involved in the sport of auto racing. One of these young people I met for the first time and once again I am impressed with how well these young racers carry themselves. Nice job!

Now let’s chat more about each interview I have up for you today on the Audio Page as we get closer to the start of racing at your favorite speedway. Kelly Hebing toured Motorsports Expo last weekend and told Steve Ovens about her 305 Sprinter as well as how hard everyone is working right now.  

Dane Keller Jr. talked about what he learned his Late Model starts, how hard the car likes to be driven and compared it the IMCA Modified he drove previously.  

Johnny Kolosek told me about having his car in shows on back to back weekends, his rookie season in a 600 Micro at Paradise and his hopes for this season.

 
Sunday, March 20th 2016
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Jim Olin previews the final day of Finger Lakes Speedworld and talks about how happy he is.
Tori Kaplan showed off her 600 Micro Sprint and told me about a big change they made last season.
Gary Palone tells me how Paradise Speedway looks right now and looks ahead to the coming season.
Dylan Zacharias described some of the things he learned in his rookie season in a Sportsman.

We had a fun day although an abbreviated one as Allie was a little under the weather. But I was able to get to Finger Lakes Speed World at the Finger Lakes Mall in Auburn. The place was packed when I got there and there were cars all the way from one end of the mall to the other. I was impressed.

You still have one more day to go so get your butts out and have some fun. Plus the Rotterdam Mall show is still going today as is the Fontenac Mall (I hope I got that right.) with cars from Brockville Ontario Speedway. Show your support with dollars spent at the mall and we can keep these shows going for many more years to come.

And on the way home Allie and I stopped by the Firehouse Subs shop in Camillus on Genesee Street. I was impressed. Allie goes to another sub chain that is closer to our house but from here on in I think we’ll be taking more drives to Camillus. The place was spotless and the young employees were very vigilant in keeping it that way. Like I said I was impressed. And our friend Jim Bogett from Mod Lites is a big reason why it is there. Give it a try and let me know what you think.

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page for today from the mall show. Jim Olin previews the final day of Finger Lakes Speedworld and talks about how happy he is with the turnout as well as the support of the Finger Lakes Mall. Yeah guys, this is the best one yet!  

Tori Kaplan showed off her 600 Micro Sprint and told me about a big change they made last season under the hood while describing what it is like to race against the boys.  

Gary Palone tells me how Paradise Speedway looks right now, looks ahead to the coming season and remembers his first exposure to racing back in the late 60’s.  

Dylan Zacharias described some of the things he learned in his rookie season in a Sportsman and looks ahead to sharing some of that knowledge with his little sister.  

 
Saturday, March 19th 2016
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Darryl Ruggles talks about improving in his 360 and the plans to do less 305 racing in 2016.
Jeffery Cardinale showed off his IMCA Modified and talked about the work it took to get ready.
Mike Welch tells me how nice it is to be ahead with his Pro Stock and his 2016 race plans.
Tommy Juhl recaps his 2015 season in various cars and tells me why he likes racing Pure Stocks.
Andrew Harpell speaks with Steve Ovens about Five Mile Point Speedway and their practice.

The weekend is here and I hope you all get to go someplace fun today and either see some cars in a mall show or on the track as Selinsgrove is running and the ROC Modified tour will begin.

I will be at Finger Lakes Mall in Auburn for Finger Lakes Speedworld and I can’t wait to see what Jim Olin has done with this year’s show. As you know I love Auburn and it holds a special place in my heart so it will be fun to get there today and drive around town to point out the special places for both me and my wife.

Tomorrow I will be back in the studio again so if you have been wanting to chat with me that would be a great time to do so. Plus we still have a few in the can and will release those soon so keep coming back.

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page starting out with an award winner from last weekend’s Motorsports Expo 2016 in Syracuse. Darryl Ruggles talks about improving in his 360 and the plans to do less 305 racing in 2016 while recalling a very tough night at Freedom.

Jeffery Cardinale showed off his IMCA Modified and talked about the work it took to get the car ready for Motorsports Expo as well as how proud he is with the results.  

Mike Welch tells me how nice it is to be ahead with his Pro Stock and his 2016 race plans which include a change in his Saturday night race place.  

Tommy Juhl recaps his 2015 season in various cars, tells me how much he enjoyed racing a top notch Modified in the Outlaw 200 and tells me why he likes racing Pure Stocks at Paradise.

Andrew Harpell talks with Steve Ovens about Five Mile Point Speedway and their successful early practice while comparing it to last spring.  

 
Friday, March 18th 2016
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Chris Hile talks about teaming up with his wife for a two car Modified team for the 2016 season.
Kreig Heroth showed off his Small Block Super at Motorsports Expo and talked about his 2 racecars.
Alysha Ruggles-Bay told me about her plans to race more 360 stuff in 2016 and less 305 races.
Pat LaPage gets ready for his rookie season in a Crate Sportsman and talked about his goals.
Mike Emhof ran down the schedule for the CRSA & Patriot Sprint Tour and highlighted some dates.

I had a nice day as I did very little work and mostly watched NCAA basketball. I love that the tournament starts right after Motorsports Expo as it gives me an easy week and allows me to watch some hoops.

I will doing much of the same as I need to shuttle the kids around today but I will be able to head out to Auburn tomorrow for Finger Lakes Speedworld. I lived in Auburn for a time and I met my wife there at CCC so I always enjoy my trips to Auburn and I will see you there tomorrow.

Don’t forget that racecars will be in Rotterdam Square starting tonight and for more an each of these mall shows you can go back to yesterday to find out more.

Now let’s find out more about what we have on the Audio Page for today starting out with half of a husband and wife Modified team. Chris Hile talks about teaming up with his wife for a two car Modified team for the 2016 season as they showed off their racecars this past weekend at Motorsports Expo.  

Kreig Heroth showed off his Small Block Super at Motorsports Expo and talked about his 2 racecars as well as the new people they have on board for this season.  

Alysha Ruggles-Bay told me about her plans to race more 360 stuff in 2016 and less 305 races as well as how busy her salon has become as well as why that may curtail her efforts a little.  

Pat LaPage gets ready for his rookie season in a Crate Sportsman and talked about his goals as well as why the time is right to start his racing career.  

Mike Emhof ran down the schedule for the CRSA & Patriot Sprint Tour and highlighted some dates for each of the traveling series.  

 
Thursday, March 17th 2016
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Mike McLaughlin talks about the challenges that lie ahead as he will crew chief for his son Max.
Greg Birosh will be back racing a Modified this year at Canandaigua and told me how it is going.
Jim Olin previews this weekend’s Finger Lakes Speed World at Finger Lakes Mall in Auburn.
Pete Demitraszek tells me about the mall show at Rotterdam Square and who will have cars there.
Dan Harpell speaks about Penn Can’s 2016 season with Steve Ovens at Motorsports Expo 2016.

Storms rolled through our area on Wednesday and the sounds and smells of that first thunderstorm of the year signal that racing season is almost upon us. I got a lot done yesterday as I wrote up a new story and got some interviews done here in the home studio. Plus Steve Ovens sent us a few clips from the weekend that we begin airing today.

We’ll be back tomorrow and may be able to hit both mall shows this weekend if things work out. We may hit Rotterdam Square on Friday and Finger Lakes Mall on Saturday. We’ll let you know when the time gets closer.

Now let’s chat more about what we have on the Audio Page for you to listen to today starting out with a DIRT Hall of Famer. Mike McLaughlin talks about the challenges that lie ahead as he will be the crew chief for his son Max as they both learn the world of Dirt Modifieds.  

Greg Birosh will be back racing a Modified this year at Canandaigua and told me how it is going back at the shop as well as why they took the 2015 season off from racing.  

Jim Olin previews this weekend’s Finger Lakes Speed World at Finger Lakes Mall in Auburn and tells me some of the interactive aspect of this year’s show.  

Pete Demitraszek tells me about the mall show at Rotterdam Square, who will have their cars on display and the pit stop competition at the show.  

Dan Harpell speaks about Penn Can’s 2016 season with Steve Ovens at Motorsports Expo 2016 and updated him on some of the track work he has been able to get done.  

 
     
 
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