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Monday, May 18th 2015
   New on the Audio Page from the Weedsport Speedway:
 
Pre race conversations:
 
Jessica Zemken remembered her previous starts in Weedsport as she got ready for The Outlaws.
Stewart Friesen was doing double duty on Sunday and explained why he did not go to Utica Rome.
Chad Kemenah chatted about his new deal as a hired gun and what life is like for him back home.
Greg Hodnett came into the night with a win and a second place and talked about his recent shows.
Brett Hearn had a pair of 2nd place runs on the weekend and looked ahead to Merrittville today.
Tim McCreadie described the track he hot lapped on and his hopes to test with his Late Model.
 
After the heat races:
 
Johnny Gibson talks to the top runners in the four heat races for the World of Outlaw Sprinters.
Brett Hearn won the first Modified heat and talked about his pass for the lead early in the race.
Tim McCreadie led every lap on his way to a heat win and told me how much better his car was.
 
After the feature and the A-Main:
 
Stewart Friesen took the lead on a lap 15 restart and spoke about his win with Shane Andrews.
Donny Schatz led all 35 laps on his way to his 10th win in 26 starts and talked about his victory.
Kerry Madsen moved into second place with a move on lap 21 and spoke about finishing second.
Chad Kemenah fell back to finish in third place and spoke about the aggressive move that did it.
Greg Hodnett picked up three spots to come home 4th and told me where he could have been better.
Stewart Friesen explained why he fell back late to finish 5th and how happy he is with the effort.
Daryn Pittman told me how restarting on the inside several times led to his sixth place finish.
Danny Dietrich cut the field in half to finish 7th and when he really started to pick up some spots.
Jessica Zemken got rolling late in the race and explained how she gained at the end to finish 10th.
Kraig Kinser lost a few spots on his way to an eleventh place finish and talked about restarts.
 
I had a real nice time last night as The World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series and our DIRTcar Modifieds visited the newly renovated Weedsport Speedway. If you were there last season and thought you’d seen it, you really need to go back. It is really something.
 
The new clay that was put down after the first show held up very well and only a little grading was needed on the inside of turn three. After that the track was fine although there was some dust. As I always say, it is a lot easier to get a dusty track tackier than a rough track smooth. All in all you could not realistically have asked for any more.
 
There was a strong field of 35 Sprint Cars on hand as perhaps the rainout the night before at Williams Grove led to several of the Pa. Posse cars deciding to make the trip. Plus several teams with 360 laps at the track made their way there as well with several of them putting in 410’s for the show.
 
Donny Schatz continues to be the man with the Outlaws this year as he won his tenth race in twenty-six starts. He led all 35 laps on his way to a victory. I recorded the top three from victory lane and then got six of the next eight finishers as I hustled through the pit area afterwards.
 
Stewart Friesen won the Modified race with a pass on a restart on lap 15. He also had a top five with the World of Outlaws so it was quite the day for him.
 
As you can see we got a lot done and have lots of interviews in the car as well so it will be a lot of fun this week for you guys here on the website. I hope you stop back every day this week as we’ll have more from the Outlaws and our Modifieds as well.
 
Don’t forget that there is a special show today in Merrittville and The World of Outlaws travel to New Egypt on Tuesday. Plus Canandaigua has a Super DIRTcar Series race on Wednesday.
 
Hope you all have a great Monday and be sure to check us out all week long.

 
Sunday, May 17th 2015
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Chuck Bower explained why he was so tired on Friday and described his job as a line man.
Ronnie Davis III told me how his season has been going so far as he races a crate Sportsman.
Brandon Ford summed up how his season has gone so far as he got ready to race at Brewerton.
Lowell Zehr talked about how he picked up a new nickname and why it does not apply at the track.
 
We hope you all had a great Saturday. I got to spend time with the kids and today I will be heading to Weedsport as the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series makes their first appearance at the track since 1993. Our DIRTcar Modifieds will be there also so it will be quite a show.
 
I’ll have lots of stuff from the show here for you tomorrow and I will try to make it through the whole show as I guess there is a media area where I can see the track and stay inside. Yay!
 
So for today I have some conversations I recorded on Friday night for you on the Audio Page that you can listen to right now. Chuck Bower explained why he was so tired on Friday after some long days during the week and described his job as a line man. Yes, we did talk racing too!  
 
Ronnie Davis III told me how his 2015 season has been going so far as he races a crate Sportsman on the dirt tracks of Central New York. 
 
Brandon Ford summed up how his season has gone so far as he got ready to race his crate engine Sportsman at Brewerton on Friday. 
 
Lowell Zehr talked about how he picked up a new nickname, why it does not apply at the track and how thankful he is to have a teammate well versed in racing. 

 
Saturday, May 16th 2015
   New on the Audio Page for today from the Brewerton Speedway:
 
James Carlson talked about his rough start to the season and what they have been working on.
Sam Usborne has enjoyed all top ten finishes so far and talked about being in 3 different tracks.
Nick Krause summed up how his season has gone in 2015 as he got ready to hop in for hot laps.
Tim Axton gets ready for his first race of the season tonight and talks about his 360 Sprint Car.
 
I had only a small window last night to get some interviews in so I went to Brewerton early and got some interviews done before they tossed the pit area and then stayed until it started raining. I have things to do today as well but I did get enough done to have more for you tomorrow and I will be at Weedsport on Sunday for the World of Outlaws.
 
I’m still trying to make sure you guys have 15 minutes of new stuff each day at a minimum and we did do that today as well. Thanks to everyone who gave me some of their time and thanks to all the tracks that allow me to do my thing.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page from my quick trip last night. James Carlson talked about his rough start to the season as he got ready for a night of racing at Brewerton and what they have been working on with his Sportsman. 
 
Sam Usborne has enjoyed all top ten finishes so far and talked about being in 3 different tracks as well as how he is adapting to the new TUSA rules for Mod Lites.
 
Nick Krause summed up how his season has gone in 2015 as he got ready to hop in for hot laps and remembered an issue on opening night that was not nearly as bad as last year. 
 
Tim Axton gets ready for his first race of the season tonight and talks about his 360 Sprint Car, his hot laps at Paradise and wonders if he might make it to Weedsport on Sunday. 

 
Friday, May 15th 2015
    New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Bryan Howland describes his Sprint Car win at Woodhull as he fell back to fifth before moving up.
Donnie Lawson spoke about his Modified win at Woodhull and how he passed a young driver.
Joe Trenca talks about Sunday in Weedsport as he race for the first time in a 410 Sprint Car.
Josh VanBrocklin told me about his Sportsman win at Can Am and why he switched to the old car.
Corey Barker remembers his Sportsman win last Saturday at Fulton and the new motor he had.
 
We’ve got a lot for you again today as I was very busy in the studio this week. And a big thanks goes out to all the drivers you see here this week as they all took time out of their busy schedules to chat with me. Thanks so much guys!
 
I’ll be at Brewerton tonight and will be busy as I get there nice and early. They changed the pit windows around a little and they really get you in there fast. Nice!
 
I hope to see you at a track this weekend and I may have to take Saturday off as my wife is working. We’ll see how that goes.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have on the Audio Page starting out with a pair winners from the past weekend from one of the more unique tracks in our region. Bryan Howland describes his Sprint Car win at Woodhull as he fell back to fifth from the pole before moving up to the top side to set up a last lap pass. 
 
Donnie Lawson spoke about his Modified win at Woodhull, how he passed a talented young driver for the lead and how good it felt to get his first Modified win since 2013. 
 
Joe Trenca talks about his hopes for Sunday in Weedsport as he’ll race for the first time in a 410 Sprinter against the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series. 
 
Josh VanBrocklin told me about his Sportsman win at Can Am, how he did in his starts at Utica Rome and why he switched to the older of his two cars. 
 
Corey Barker remembers his Sportsman win last Saturday at Fulton, how close he came to losing the lead late and the new motor he had between the rails. 

 
Thursday, May 14th 2015
    New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Willy Decker talks about his Modified win at Glen Ridge and the new car he’ll be working on.
Ryan Krachun tells me howhe won the Modified race at New Egypt in just his second start.
Jack Meeks won the Sportsman feature at Brewerton in his third start and talked about his race.
John Cunningham made the move to Sportsman this year and talked about racing with his brother.
Dale Caswell picked up a lot of spots early and talked about his move for the win at Fulton.
 
I have been getting a lot of work done this week and most of the people I called got back to me so that is why we have five new chats for you today. Four of those are from the studio and we’ll be giving you at least four more tomorrow as well.
 
We have a pair of Modified winners up and each of them is an interesting story in it’s own right. And for young Ryan Krachun, he won in just his second start in a Modified. Plus a new ride for Willy Decker has gone very well so far at Glen Ridge with a win and a third place.
 
We also meet a pair of winners, one was a bit of a surprise and the other not so much. And we meet the second of two brothers who are now racing in the same division for the first time ever after decades apart in different classes.
 
I’ll be at Brewerton on Friday and Weedsport on Sunday as we are still trying to pace ourselves and not do too much too fast. I still feel very good and am getting better all the time but am still in that danger zone where it could come back. Hopefully in the next few weeks it won’t be an issue anymore and I can sit in the grandstand and get dirty with you guys.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have on the Audio Page starting with a pair of Modified winners from the weekend. Willy Decker talks about his Modified win at Glen Ridge, how he picked up a ride in the Erik Nelson owned car and the new car he ordered for himself that should arrive soon. 
 
Ryan Krachun tells me howhe won the Modified race at New Egypt in just his second start and tells me about his nine year career that started at age 7 in a Quarter Midget.  
 
Jack Meeks won the Sportsman feature at Brewerton in his third start and talked about his race as well as how he took over the lead with just six laps to go. 
 
John Cunningham made the move to Sportsman this year and talked about how his season has gone so far as well as what it is like racing with his brother for the first time. 
 
Dale Caswell picked up a lot of spots early in the Late Model feature race and talked about his move for the win at Fulton as he had to move to the outside to get the lead. 

 
Wednesday, May 13th 2015
    New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Tim Kerr talks about his decision to race Brewerton weekly as well as his finishes so far in 2015.
Ernie Saxton and I chat about NASCAR, the race at Kansas and speculate on why ratings were low.
Tony Veneziano reports on the World of Outlaw races from Eldora as they get ready to come east.
 
I had fun again on Tuesday as I did more interviews in the studio and took care of a long list of household chores. It was a productive day for sure.
 
I have a lot of stuff in the can so we’ll be back with at least three more tomorrow as we get closer to another race weekend. I have yet to make my plans for the weekend but know that we will be at Weedsport this Sunday for the World of Outlaw Sprint Cars.
 
And speaking of them, we have an easy way for you to get up to speed with them with out good friend Tony Veneziano. Listen to that and you’ll be in the know this Sunday when they come to the northeast.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have on the Audio Page starting with a Modified driver whom makes quite a drive to get to his Friday home. Tim Kerr talks about his decision to race Brewerton weekly, what it is like to come across the border so much as well as his finishes so far in 2015. 
 
Ernie Saxton and I chat about Indycar’s season so far, NASCAR, the race at Kansas and speculate on why ratings were low. 
 
Tony Veneziano reports on the World of Outlaw races from Eldora and the dominance of Donny Schatz so far as they get ready to come east. 

 
Tuesday, May 12th 2015
    New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Matt Sheppard talks about his pair of wins over the weekend as he won from 18th and 14th.
Mike Mahaney told me about his weekend that included a win at I-88 and a 3rd at Thunder Mountain.
Rich Townsend speaks about adapting to a crate Sportsman after many years in an open Sportsman.
 
It was another stormy day on Monday as a few lines of weather moved through the area. After a similar day today it sounds like cooler weather will follow giving our air conditioners a few days off perhaps.
 
I got a lot done in the studio and two of the interviews I recorded are on the site for today. I saved some too and have a long list of drivers I will be calling over the next few days. If I have not checked in with your favorite yet just send me a message at doug@dougsdirtdiary.com and I’ll get it done for you.
 
We have a pair of winners from the up as well as a chat from my Friday night at Brewerton. Tomorrow we’ll get up to speed with the latest World of Outlaw Sprint Car news as they hit the northeast this week with shows at Lincoln, Williams Grove, Weedsport and New Egypt.
 
Now let’s chat more about the new stuff on the Audio Page starting with one of the smartest and tech savvy drivers I know. Matt Sheppard talks about his pair of Modified wins over the weekend as he won from 18th at Brewerton and 14th at Canandaigua. 
 
Mike Mahaney told me about his weekend that included a win at I-88 and a 3rd at Thunder Mountain as well as the work he is doing to get ready for Kutztown on Wednesday. 
 
Rich Townsend speaks about adapting to a crate Sportsman after many years in an open Sportsman as well as why he made the switch to a track closer to home in Brewerton. 

 
     
 
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