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Tuesday, June 16th 2015
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Brett Wright summed up how his season has been going running at Albany Saratoga and Utica Rome.
Barb Clark talked about her induction into the DIRT Hall of Fame and her start in racing.
 
It turned out to be a nice day on Monday after a rainy Sunday night. I saw some photos and see that some of you are dealing with some flooding today. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you and let’s hope the water recedes soon.
 
I have some new stuff for you today as we chat with a driver who was dealing with a rainout on Sunday and meet one of the members of the new class of inductees to the DIRT Motorsports Hall of Fame.
 
All of us have our own stories as to how we first came to this great sport of ours and I know you’ll enjoy hearing Barb Clark’s story. So make sure to give that a listen and be there when she and the other members of this year’s class take their place in history at the home of DIRT in Weedsport.
 
I’ll be back in the studio today and the can is empty so we’ll be looking to put lots of good stuff into it. Drivers, message me or call as I can sure use some content this week.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page that you can listen to right now. Brett Wright summed up how his season has been going running at Albany Saratoga and Utica Rome after the show rained out this past Sunday. 
 
Barb Clark talked about her induction into the DIRT Motorsports Hall of Fame later this summer, her first job in racing and how she worked her way up to become Director of Operations at Utica Rome Speedway. Good one here!!! 

 
Monday, June 15th 2015
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Danny Varin talked about his most recent races and what he was going to do with his rainout.
Bill Shea explained why he held out for a while on Sunday and why he really wanted to race.
 
Well that didn’t work out like I had hoped. I tried to not look at the weather radar but when my friend called to tell me he was not going to seal our driveway and that it was going to rain later, I finally bit the bullet and looked. What I saw was not good but I still had hope to race and would have been happy even if I only got to see a few heats. You know what? I was not the only one.
 
I did get lucky and caught three people at the track as I got there within minutes of them making their decision at Utica Rome. I made the left hand turn onto route 5 from route 31 and saw two race haulers heading away from the track and said, “Oh crap!”
 
If you want to know why Bill Shea held out as long as he did and why he waited to make the call, just listen to my interview with him and put yourself in his shoes. So you want to be a race track owner? Listen to this and go back to my chat with Dan Harpell from Saturday and you may rethink your decision especially in a time when every decision a track owner makes is Monday morning quarterbacked by keyboard commandos on the internet who have never run a business let alone a racetrack. Yeah, it is not easy!
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page starting with the first conversation I had once I got out my vehicle at the track. Danny Varin talked about his most recent races, remembers a mistake he made at Fulton and wondered what he was going to do with his rainout on Sunday. 
 
Bill Shea explained why he held out for a while on Sunday before bowing to Mother Nature, what he has learned so far and why he likes to spend time working the racetrack. 

 
Sunday, June 14th 2015
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Danny Creeden tells me about his big win at New Egypt on Thursday that was worth $10,120.
Matt Janczuk talked about his season at Utica Rome and why he is not worried about being winless.
 
I will be at a track today as Allie and I will be at the Utica Rome Speedway for the second time this season. I can’t wait and I know that Allie is very excited too. Allie will also be doing some interviews today so drivers if you’d like to have Allie chat with you instead of me, then just say so and we’ll make that happen.
 
I was busy yesterday as Saturday was my golf day and as you have been reading I am going to get better at golf this year if it kills me and yes, it might.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page from my conversations on Friday night. Danny Creeden tells me about his big win at New Egypt on Thursday that was worth $10,120 and talks about the big name drivers he passed on his way to the front. 
 
Matt Janczuk talked about his season at Utica Rome and why he is not worried about being winless which is not as uncommon as you would think for him in early June. 

 
Saturday, June 13th 2015
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Paul Habeck talks about his season in a 305 Sprint Car, and the one win that got away at Canandaigua.
Dan Harpell tells me about the rescheduled show from Tuesday and how his 3 tracks are doing.
 
That was quite a stormy day on Friday wasn’t it? For a while we even had tornado watches and warning although I do not believe any actually touched down. So with plans for today I got busy in the studio and have two for you today and two more for tomorrow.
 
Now today and tomorrow are a different deal altogether as both days should be real nice. Today will be a little cooler and tomorrow will be like a good old fashioned summer day. About time huh?
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page that you can listen to right now. Paul Habeck talks about his season in a 305 Sprint Car, and the one win that got away at Canandaigua as well as how his weekend plans changed thanks to Mother Nature. Sorry, we lost Paul’s cell phone at the end here.  
 
Dan Harpell tells me about the rescheduled show from Tuesday and how the three tracks he is involved in are doing. 

 
Friday, June 12th 2015
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Willy Decker talks about his latest win at Glen Ridge and how he fell back to 3rd before leading.
Gordy Button shared some memories of his past at Fulton as he prepared for some laps on Saturday.
Steve Collins explains how he went from being a mechanic to a doctor who drives a Sprint Car.
Bret Belden was making just his fifth start of the season and talked about the RUSH rules.
Tyler Walker gets ready for tonight at Brewerton and tells me about his 600 cc Micro Sprint.
 
I had a nice day on Thursday as I got some work done in the studio and went to hit some golf balls as I continue to get comfortable with my new grip and swing. Saturday we’ll hit the course after some fun tonight at Brewerton and before a Sunday at Utica Rome. Yeah, when you see me not at a racetrack on a weekend, you’ll know where I am.
 
I have some interviews up to get you ready for tonight too as we talk about Glen Ridge and Brewerton. And I have been hearing nothing but good things about the tiny track at Glen Ridge and I do plan to be there soon. Plus at Brewerton they have double features for the Mod Lites and Four Cylinders plus the 600 Micro Sprints of the NY6A Tour will be there and they always put on a good show at this track.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you to listen to today on the Audio Page starting with a three time Friday night winner. Willy Decker talks about his latest win at Glen Ridge and how he fell back to 3rd before taking the lead with an inside move. 
 
Gordy Button shared some memories of his past at Fulton in Modified and Sprint Cars as he prepared for some laps this past Saturday with the Patriot Sprint Tour. 
 
Steve Collins explains how he went from being a mechanic to a doctor who drives a Sprint Car and the rare occasions where he has had to be both in the same night. Real good one here!!! 5:07 
 
Bret Belden was making just his fifth start of the season and talked about the RUSH Series Late Model rules as well as what they were looking for in the inspection. 
 
Tyler Walker gets ready for tonight at Brewerton and tells me how he has won two of three starts with his 600 cc Micro Sprint. 

 
Thursday, June 11th 2015
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Randy Glenski tells me what he has been up to the last 20 years and remembers racing in New York.
Nick Guererri previews today’s GRIT race at Canandaigua and the dozens of special awards.
Tony Finch II is still looking for his first win this season and talked about how close he has come.
Kelly Smith told me how his season has been going running a Novice Sportsman at Fulton.
 
It was another stormy day on Wednesday but that should let up and become a nice day today as the UNOH All Star Circuit of Champions visits Canandaigua Motorsports Park with the GRIT Series Sportsman also on the card.
 
Sportsman drivers, make sure to listen to the chat with Nick Guererri as he really went all out to get you guys some very valuable contingency awards for this show. Like even the heat winners get a free generator. And I know some of you could use one of those as your old one may be on it’s last legs. So give it a listen and get your butts out to Canandaigua tonight.
 
I also got the chance to catch up with former Modified and Late Model racer Randy Glenski. I few weeks ago a friend told me that he knew Randy and had been chatting with him on and off. He gave Randy my number and we connected yesterday. It’s a real nice chat with a guy who is not the same as he was when we knew him. Health scares will do that to you. So make sure to give that a listen too.
 
Now let’s chat more about the other stuff we have on the Audio Page starting with a chat with an old friend I have not seen in decades. Randy Glenski tells me what he has been up to the last 20 years since he relocated to North Carolina, his health scare a few years back and remembers how he got started racing in New York in the 1970’s. 
 
Nick Guererri previews today’s GRIT race at Canandaigua as they share the stage with the UNOH All Star Circuit of Champions and the dozens of special awards he helped put together for the Sportsman teams. 
 
Tony Finch II is still looking for his first win this season and talked about how close he has come to being victorious and recalled a tough night at Brewerton two weeks ago. 
 
Kelly Smith told me how his season has been going running a Novice Sportsman at Fulton as he got ready this past Friday at the Brewerton Speedway. 

 
Wednesday, June 10th 2015
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Bobby Varin talks about his 2nd place at Glen Ridge, his win and his blown motor at Fonda.
George Suprick reflected on his past at the Fulton Speedway as he got ready to race on Saturday.
Rick McCready explained why he was at Brewerton and how he has been doing at Can Am.
Mike Prentice updated me on how he has been doing as he works on his set up for Brewerton.
Tony Veneziano reports on the World of Outlaw Sprint races from Kokomo and I-80 Speedways.
 
It was another rainy day on Tuesday which led to a rainout out at Penn Can as they were hoping to get in a mid week show. They have not announced a date to make up the show yet but I would think that news should be coming soon.
 
I got some work done in the studio before I headed out to my daughter’s play last night. Both Allie and Katie are growing up so fast as kids tend to do.
 
I will be back in the studio today and have a list of people to chat with so if I have not checked in with your favorite driver yet, send me an email and I will do so. Send your requests to doug@dougsdirtdiary.com.  
 
Now let’s chat more about what is on the Audio Page for you to listen to today. Bobby Varin talks about his 2nd place at Glen Ridge, his win in the rained out feature and his blown motor in the second race at Fonda. 
 
George Suprick reflected on his past in both a Modified and a Sprint Car at the Fulton Speedway as he got ready to race with the Patriots on Saturday. 
 
Rick McCready explained why he was at Brewerton on Friday, why he likes the place so much and how he has been doing running weekly at Can Am. 
 
Mike Prentice updated me on how he has been doing as he works on his set up for Brewerton as well as the most recent adjustments he has made. 
 
Tony Veneziano reports on the World of Outlaw Sprint Car races from Kokomo and I-80 Speedways that saw first time winners on the 2015 season. 

 
     
 
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