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Sunday, August 13th 2017
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Helio Castroneves was in Syracuse last week and told me about Watkins Glen and his 2017 season.
Joel Thomas had two starts in so far this year and talked about the fun he is having on the track.
Brad Godshalk explained whywe have not seen him race much and what he does back in Michigan.
Ben Bushaw spoke about getting a Microd for his son to race and how they got him some seat time.
Jon Kuleszo told me about his Vintage win at Paradise and how he liked lapping his wife on track.  
Brad Williams got ready for his first ever Sportsman race and talked about background in motocross.
Keith Shay talked about getting back behind the wheel of his Four Cylinder and racing with his son.
Alexis Jacobs is a Rookie Sportsman racer and told Allie Elkins how her first season has been going.


I had another great day on Saturday as we went golfing and saw some friends who are grieving after the loss of their father. It’s been a sad day on our neighborhood as we lost my next door neighbor but his kids have been doing a great job taking care of their mom and we’ll be sure to do our part in the future. It is so sad!
 
I was able to lay low on Saturday because I had so much in the can for you guys. Today I’ll be on my way to Weedsport Speedway this afternoon for the ESS show. Many of the people who helped make this group what they are today will be on hand so it should be quite the day indeed!
 
Lots of good stuff for you to listen to including a chat with an Indy Car Legend who was in town recently. Plus I have some more from my recent travels so you have a lot to check out today.

Now let’s chat more about what we have on the Audio Page for you today starting with one that I was very fortunate to get. Helio Castroneves was in Syracuse last week and told me about the upcoming race at Watkins Glen on Labor Day Weekend and his hopes for his first ever Indy Car championship.

Joel Thomas had two starts in so far this year at Utica Rome and talked about the fun he is having on the track as well as what he has been working on with the Modified. 

Brad Godshalk explained whywe have not seen him race much, how happy he was with the last race result he had and what he does back in home Michigan with his engineering degree. 

Ben Bushaw spoke about getting a Microd for his son to race at the NYS Fairgrounds, how they got him some extra seat time and how nerve racking it can be to watch your kid race. 

Jon Kuleszo told me about his Vintage win at Paradise Speedway last weekend, how he enjoyed racing against his wife and how much e is enjoying racing with his daughter in Syracuse.

Brad Williams got ready for his first ever Sportsman race and talked about background in motocross as well as when they decided it was time to go racing at Utica Rome Speedway.

Keith Shay talked about getting back behind the wheel of his Four Cylinder this past Tuesday at Skyline and the two different forms of racing he is doing with his son.  
 
Alexis Jacobs is a Rookie Sportsman racer and told Allie Elkins how her first season has been going as she met fans in the frontstretch during the autograph session at Utica Rome.   
 
Saturday, August 12th 2017
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Danny Varin talked about his last race with the Empire Super Sprints last Saturday at Canandaigua.
Brian White picked up his 5th win of the year at Thunder Mountain and told me about his new engine.
Garett Rushlow describes how his summer vacation is going as he races a Sportsman at Skyline.
Dylan Zacharias was shaking down a car on Tuesday and told me who will race it tonight at Fulton.
Butch Green explained why he almost got out of racing last year and how he recently got back in.
Mike Welch described the night he had at Canandaigua last Saturday as he had a pair of problems.
Max Hill tells me about his first top ten finish in his Late Model and how the learning has been going.
 
We had a super fun day on Friday as I got to golf with some friends and go see some racing at the NYS Fairgrounds as the Syracuse Quarter Midget Club asked me to stop in and call a few laps at their big race on Friday.
 
It was very cool and I met a lot of new people and saw some others I had not seen in quite a while. Allie and Katie loved the racing and Allie got to sing the national anthem. It was a fun time while Camille stayed home and relaxed. Nice day top to bottom. Thanks everyone!
 
As you can see we have a lot for you today and we are loaded up for tomorrow as we will bring you my chat with Helio Castroneves as he looks for his first Indy Car championship. Plus we have six other chats form you as well so do not miss it!
 
Plus we’ll be at Weedsport Speedway Sunday for some 360 Sprint Car fun with the Empire Super Sprints as well as some serious Sportsman action. Look for pictures up late tomorrow night and lots of new chats on Monday. We’re looking to do a mid-week show this week too so if you have suggestions send them to me at doug@dougsdirtdiary.com.

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page as we get ready for hopefully a weather free day on Saturday. Danny Varin talked about his last race with the Empire Super Sprints last Saturday at Canandaigua, how good the racing was behind the leader as he started third and finished third. 

Brian White picked up his 5th win of the year at Thunder Mountain and told me about the new engine they had under the hood and how happy he was with the new powerplant. 

Garett Rushlow describes how his summer vacation is going as he races a Sportsman at Skyline and explained why they stopped experimenting and went back to basics. 

Dylan Zacharias was shaking down a car on Tuesday at Skyline, what his goals were for the night as an R&D driver and told me who will race it tonight at Fulton. Scoop alert here!

Butch Green explained why he almost got out of racing last year and how he recently got back in and how he has been doing after a late start in 2017. 

Mike Welch described the night he had at Canandaigua last Saturday as he had a pair of problems and ran down how each of the issues happened on two different racecars. 

Max Hill tells me about his first top ten finish in his Late Model last Saturday night at Fulton Speedway and how the learning has been going as a 14 year old rookie.   
 
Friday, August 11th 2017
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Bobby Varin tells me about his 2nd place finish at Fonda and how he was compared to the winner.
Marc Johnson had arough night at Albany Saratoga and told me what went wrong on the track.
Jim Rothwell leads the Open Sportsman points and talked aboutliking his brand new chassis.
Chuck Miller summed up how he has been doing at Skyline and remembers a recent 2nd place.
Devin Willis talked about his first races in a Sportsman and his extensive motocross background.
Donald Russell Jr. told me who has won in his Street Stock and when they lost the handle on it.
Tim Parker explained what he needed to do to get his car to turn and a win last Friday night.

We had a really fun night with Allie at the NYS Fairgrounds. She ran her fastest laps of the year in the Kuleszo Racing 48 car and got underneath cars a few times. She is so close right now we can all feel it. Thanks so much to Jon and Michele and everyone who has helped make this happen. You don’t know how thankful we truly are.
 
I have a lot for you today and later this weekend you’ll hear my chat with Helio Castroneves as he was in town on Thursday on a media tour to promote the Indy Car race at Watkins Glen September 1-3rd. What a cool guy and I hope you check in with us Sunday to hear it.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page as we have got a lot for you these next few days. Bobby Varin tells me about his 2nd place finish at Fonda and how he was compared to the winner as he got ready to race last Sunday at Utica Rome. 

Marc Johnson had arough night at Albany Saratoga and told me what went wrong on the track after taking the lead from his tenth place starting spot.  
 
Jim Rothwell leads the Open Sportsman points and talked aboutliking his brand new chassis as well as why he brought out his back up car with a new engine on Tuesday. 

Chuck Miller summed up how he has been doing at Skyline, what they’ve found that is preventing the car from fading and remembers a recent 2nd place.  
 
Devin Willis talked about his first races in a Sportsman, what was different than he thought before he got behind the wheel and his extensive motocross background.

Donald Russell Jr. told me who has won in his Street Stock, when they lost the handle on it and what they had to change to get the car back to where it needed to be. 

Tim Parker explained what he needed to do to get his car to turn better, how long it took him to be better once he made the changes and a win last Friday night.  
 
Thursday, August 10th 2017
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Mike Maresca recapped his weekend that included a rain out and a jingle he was involved in at Fonda.
Eddie White told me why he was at Skyline Tuesday and how well his son Brian has been doing.
Greg Doust spoke about a recent Sportsman feature win and how long it took him to get comfortable.
Earl Zimmer has four wins on the season in his Street Stock and talked about how his season has been.
Jerry Lobdell Jr. made just his fourth start of the year and when he decided to pick up a stock car.
Cooper Webb talks about his move to the 450 and remembers his win at Unadilla last season in a 250.
Matt Babbitt gets ready for this weekend’s big motocross race in Unadilla and his hopes for the race.

I had a nice day on Wednesday as I did some new interviews in the home studio and did some writing for Syracuse.com and the Syracuse Post Standard. We’ll be back at it again with Allie tonight as she will race again in Syracuse with the Kuleszo Racing Team. And Jon won last week at Paradise in a vintage car. Sounds like it’s time for an interview huh?
 
In some sad news we lost my long time neighbor on Monday and we spent a good deal of time next door with his wife and kids as they got ready for calling hours today and the funeral on Friday. Bob Klaus was a good man, a car guy, an engineer at GE and a really good golfer. Yep, he was the neighbor you always hoped for. Enjoy golfing in heaven Bob!
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page as we get closer to another full race weekend. Mike Maresca recapped his weekend that included a rain out and a jingle he was involved in at Fonda that put him back a bit before racing back up to seventh.

Eddie White told me why he was at Skyline Tuesday and how well his son Brian has been doing at Thunder Mountain as well as how he did this past weekend as well. 

Greg Doust spoke about a recent Sportsman feature win and how long it took him to get comfortable as well as what they had to do to get the car do drive better.

Earl Zimmer has four wins on the season in his Street Stock and talked about the stiff competition at Skyline on Tuesday night as well as how his season has been.  
 
Jerry Lobdell Jr. made just his fourth start of the year and when he decided to pick up a stock car of his own as well as where he has been racing it. 

Cooper Webb talks about his move to the 450 this year, his ride with the Yamaha factory team and remembers his win at Unadilla last season in a 250.

Matt Babbitt gets ready for this weekend’s big motocross race in Unadilla and explains why he hasn’t raced much this year compared to last as well as his hopes for this huge event.   
 
Wednesday, August 9th 2017
   New on the Audio Page from Skyline Raceway:
 
After the heat races:
 
Tyler Yeagle talked about his win in the first Street Stock heat and how well things have been going.
Bob Buono got teased about his initial start and told me about leading every lap to win his heat race.
Brian White pulled away to win his Sportsman heat and talked about how good his racecar was.
Bill Deckelman won the second heat race and told me how good his car was and where he is running.
Jimmy Zacharias beat the open motors with his crate and talked about what he had to do to win.
Chuck Miller evened the score for crates with his heat win and described what he needed to do later.

After the feature races:
 
Tyler Yeagle dominated the Street Stock feature for a win and talked about dealing with slower cars.
Brian White lead all but two laps on his way to a win and talked about how much the racetrack was.
Bill Deckelman picked up a lot of spots late to finish 2nd and compared himself to the race winner.
Jim Rothwell finished 3rd in his backup car and told me what he needed to do to be a little faster.
Chuck Miller led the first two laps before fading to fourth and spoke about how he fell back late.
Nate Powers won the final race of the night and celebrated with his CNY friends in victory lane.


Allie and I had a fun night as we headed south on route 81 to Skyline Raceway park just south of Cortland. As all of you probably know by now Skyline has always been one of my favorite tracks. I just love the family atmosphere and the uniqueness of the place. And it was fun last night.
 
A nice field of 26 Sportsman were on hand as the open engines took on the crates. They split the heat races 2-2 but the open motors had the top three spots in the feature. Brian White, who also won Saturday night at Thunder Mountain, took the lead on a lap three restart and won by a comfortable margin despite Bill Deckelman closing late.
 
As is the case with a lot of Sportsman racing these days there were just three cautions. When we look back at 2017 many years from now we’ll remember this as the golden age of Sportsman racing. With the costs of running a Modified higher than most can even think about, many great racers are stuck in Sportsman and the competition level is higher than it’s ever been in my opinion with talented new drivers joining the veterans.

Tyler Yeagle dominated the night with his Street Stock and the only problem he had was when his car shut off on its way to the scales. Let’s hope he does not have a problem that will show up this weekend huh?
 
Nate Powers took the Chris Bonoffski car to victory lane in a caution filled Four Cylinder feature race. He had some fans in his fellow racers in the stands and they got to celebrate in victory lane with Nate. As for Chris…I’ll have news on him up Saturday as someone was shaking down a new car for him in a new division. Hmmm.
 
I’ll be back in the studio today and will be joined by one of the best up and coming motocross racers as they get ready for Unadilla this weekend. I’ll put that one tomorrow as well as one I did with one of our local riders who hopes to do well this weekend. Plus I’ll have some with our dirt racers too so be sure to come back.  
 
Tuesday, August 8th 2017
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Mike Mahaney chats about his Saturday night at Grandview as well as last week’s big win at Fonda.
Tommy Collins discussed a gear change he was making as well as a fuel cell issue they had Saturday.
Kyle Inman remembers a frustrating night on Saturday and talked about racing on the cheap Sunday.
Dean Catlin previews tonight’s three division show at Skyline featuring 602 crates versus opens.
Tony Veneziano reports on the World of Outlaws from I-55 and looks ahead to the Knoxville Nationals.

I had a good day on Monday as I got some work done in the studio and did some writing for the Syracuse Post Standard and Syracuse.com. How about Joe Gosek at Oswego huh? And for the 61 year old to win on Retro Night just seemed right didn’t it? Nice job 00 Joe!
 
Two races for you to attend tonight as the SDS races at Ransomville and a three division show at Skyline. I need to be up early on Wednesday so I’ll be heading to Skyline with Allie so look for stuff from that race up here tomorrow. And Monday’s race at Merrittville was rained out and has been moved to Wednesday.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page starting with a racer who had a big win last week. Mike Mahaney chats about his Saturday night at Grandview, why we haven’t seen him in a 360 Sprint Car of late as well as last week’s big win at Fonda.

Tommy Collins discussed a gear change he was making as well as a fuel cell issue they had Saturday as well as how bad things seem to happen when you start towards the back. 

Kyle Inman remembers a frustrating night on Saturday at Genesee, why it seems only new tires get cut on the track instead of older rubber and talked about racing on the cheap Sunday. 

Dean Catlin previews tonight’s three division show at Skyline featuring 602 crates versus opens and tells me about a big change he is making for the 2018 season. 

Tony Veneziano reports on the World of Outlaws from I-55, looks ahead to the Knoxville Nationals later this week and gives us a schedule update on Ransomville. That date is October 16th.   
 
Monday, August 7th 2017
    New on the Audio Page for today from Utica Rome Speedway:

After the heat races:
 
Matt Janczuk spoke about winning the first Sportsman heat race and how fast the racetrack was.
Brent Joy walked me through the three wide move he made on the top to win with a last lap pass.
Bobby Varin won the first Modified heat race and told me how he made it to the front quickly.
Matt Sheppard remembered his win at Canandaigua on Saturday and spoke about his race victory.
Frank Hyatt led every lap to win his Pro Stock heat and talked about his love of tacky racetracks.
Brad Williams finished third in his first ever Sportsman heat and told me how wide he went once.


After the features:
 
Matt Janczuk told the crowd how he made a move in the final corner to get the Sportsman win.
Matt Sheppard won his 22nd feature of the year and spoke about seeing the leader have an issue.
Mike Maresca spoke about his third place finish and compared himself to the eventual race winner.
Bobby Varin went from ninth to fourth and told me why he thought he was a fourth place car.
Claude Hutchings Jr. talked about his eighth place finish and wished his sponsor a speedy recovery.
Danny Varin led the first 19 laps before going up in smoke and told me what he thinks went wrong.
Mike Welch won the Pro Stock race after a tough night on Saturday and talked about the fast track.
Jimmy Moyer got the win in the Novice Sportsman feature and spoke about his in car phone call.


I had a fun night as Allie and I went to Utica Rome Speedway on a night when the clay track surface was lightning fast. It was fun to see the cars hauling the mail around this track and the racing was really good too.
 
Matt Sheppard picked up his 22nd win of the season and went undefeated on the weekend as he also won on Saturday night at Canandaigua. Danny Varin led early but hurt an engine after crossing the line on lap 20 ending his night. Even though Varin was leading Sheppard was closing at the time and then had the lead on the restart pulling away from there for the victory.
 
Matt Janczuk made last corner pass of Mark Effner to win the Sportsman race although I found out later that Effner ran out of gas. I wondered how the gap shrunk so quickly in the final laps.

They also had Autograph Night so the fans got to meet the drivers up close and personal on the front stretch. As I chatted with drivers Allie took some photos for me so look for those and lots more on the Audio Page.
 
I also recorded another 13 chats that we will save for during the week so look for those to come up really soon.

And thanks to Aaron Jacobs and his crew for plugging a tire for me at the track. I pulled out and knew something was wrong. My right rear was almost flat as I ran over a screw. They pulled out the screw, used a plug kit we borrowed from another racer and then they put air in it and off we went. I knew the right thing to do was turn around and handle that in the pits. Thanks guy…really. If I had a flat on the Thruway it would have been really expensive.

I’ll be back in the studio today so look for chats from there up tomorrow as well as some of what we did on Sunday. I hope your week gets off to a great start and I hope to see you back here tomorrow. Sorry about yesterday!
 
     
 
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