|Sunday, October 20th 2013
| New on the Audio Page for today:
Jimmy Davis talked about the track he saw in hot laps and wondered which changes to make.
Bobby Trapper got ready for hot laps Friday night and talked about his season in the 30 plus.
Shawn Walker told me why his car was far from perfect early on and wondered what to do.
Anthony Perrego explained how he ended up in the #55 and what their plans are as of right now.
Jeff Shaw just moved to a Modified in recent weeks and told me why he made the switch from 305’s.
I was a busy boy on Saturday as the family kept me hopping around town. We have a birthday party today too so I’ll be up early and plan to be in the studio Sunday afternoon.
I have some new interviews up from my Friday night at Penn Can and still have a half a dozen others to put up tomorrow and Tuesday.
Don’t forget that Brockville Ontario Speedway is running today so be sure to go show some support for that show if you can.
Now let’s cha more about what we have on the Audio Page for you today. Jimmy Davis talked about the track he saw in hot laps and wondered which changes to make. He told me about his limited experience at Penn Can, why could not make it down earlier and his hopes for next weekend at Orange County.
Bobby Trapper got ready for hot laps Friday night and talked about his season in the 30 plus. He told me how well things went overall, what they tried with a different driver in the car and what drivers like to “cry” about.
Shawn Walker told me why his car was far from perfect early on and wondered what to do. He talked about how little he had been to Penn Can, how much he enjoyed his past two seasons at I-88 Speedway and looks ahead to finishing out his season at Five Mile Point in two weeks.
Anthony Perrego explained how he ended up in the #55 and what their plans are as of right now. He talked about his last race night, how close he came to winning and how a flat tire hurt him in the closing laps.
Jeff Shaw just moved to a Modified in recent weeks and told me why he made the switch from 305’s. He talked about the biggest adjustments he has had to make as a driver, what it felt like when the car rolled to the right and what his plans are as of now.
|Saturday, October 19th 2013
| New on the Audio Page from Penn Can Speedway:
Danny Creeden updated me on the baby watch and talked about the races he hopes to make.
Elmo Reckner talked about how his car handled in hot laps and what he won at the driver’s meeting.
Nick Rochinski remembered Super DIRT Week and talked about his hopes for later at Penn Can.
Craig Hanson told me how the racetrack was and how he won the Short Track Super Nationals.
C.G. Morey spoke about the weekly tracks he ran at and why he decided to tow to Penn Can.
After the qualifying heat races:
Stewart Friesen had the lights go out in his heat win and told Allie what he was thinking at that time.
Matt Sheppard won his heat race in dominating fashion and talked about the busy weekend ahead.
Elmo Reckner picked up $50 for his heat win and talked about the tight condition he had on entry.
Joey Grammes talked about his win in the final heat and what he learned watching the consis.
Allie and I headed out last night and went south to Penn Can Speedway in northern Pennsylvania. Of course we hit the Sonic on the way down. Boy it is good there is not one close to me or I would hit 300 lbs real fast. Those cheesecake bites are wayyyy too good.
I did not however make it through the night as my Ibuprofen 800 wore off earlier than anticipated and my ankles and knees starting killing me. It’s too bad too as I heard this was a good one with Billy Decker beating out Matt Sheppard to take the win. Local racer Joey Grammes was 3rd followed by Brian Weaver and Bobby Varin.
I’ll do my best to track down some of them in the studio today and see who I can get. Plus I was able to save 11 interviews before I started to slow down and I’ll put a few of those up as well.
There was a solid field there for this one as 20 cars were sent home without running the feature race. And since it was a Brett Deyo production, there were lots of bonuses and many walked out with some cash and special prizes. This guy really knows what to do.
Of course the night was not problem free as the lights on the track went out twice. Once under yellow in the first heat and again under yellow. But right as the lights went out a second time you could see a nice, big generator on the back of a trailer heading down pit road. After that everything was fine. Way to react guys! Nice…
They also ran out of food which is a good thing and a bad one. It’s good because you sold everything you had but bad as you could have made a few bucks with a bit more food. I’m so glad I don’t have to make that decision as it has got to be tough. Order too much for your final race weekend and you can get stuck with it. Order not enough and at least you sell it and don’t lose money on it. Again, I would not want that job but if I had it, I would rather sell it all then get stuck.
Congrats also go out to Ryan Olsommer and Jonathan Carpenter as they each won the Sportsman and Street Stock features respectively. Again, we had a great time but my beat up old body gave out on me. I’m so sorry.
But it does serve to remind me what I need to do this off season. And feel free to give me a hard time about it as I need to get in better shape. I ran out of gas at bowling on Thursday too so it is time.
Like I said, I’ll be in the studio today. Drivers, if you are available send me a message on facebook and we’ll get together. Have a great Saturday and don’t forget Penn Can and Brockville are running today.
|Friday, October 18th 2013
| New on the Audio Page for today:
Kenny Tremont started Saturday in 13th place and talked about his concerns for the 150 lapper.
Andy Bachetti spoke about his strategy for the 200 lapper and what he learned on Saturday.
Dale Planck got ready for the 150 and talked about what he noticed in the last chance qualifier.
Alan Rudalavage talks about tonight’s Modified race at Penn Can and his job at Syracuse.
Chris Raabe remembered his qualifier from Friday and explained why he fell out before the end.
Kenny Hammond told me how he led every lap to win Friday’s Sportsman race at Five Mile Point.
Glenn Forward talked about his Pro Stock time trial and how well the Utica Rome guys did.
I got a lot done on Thursday as I got up early and was done working by 4 PM. I have the rest of my stuff from Syracuse up as well as a couple of studio interviews from the past few days. And tonight Allie and I are heading to Penn Can for the start of their big weekend.
Modifieds and Sportsman take on the paper clip shaped track tonight on the first night of King of the Can Weekend and tomorrow Street Stocks and 305 Sprinters are on the card. It will be two fun days so come on out and join us.
North of the border it will be three days of action at Brockville Ontario Speedway with the DIRTcar Sportsman series tonight, 358’s & Sprints tomorrow and big blocks on Sunday. All three of the DIRTcar Series are winding down so take a trip up, have some poutine and see some great racing.
Now let’s chat about the new stuff we have on the Audio Page for you to listen to. Kenny Tremont started Saturday in 13th place and talked about his concerns for the 150 lapper. He described how he felt he was off on Friday, wondered how those changes would work and what is still the most important thing at Syracuse…fuel mileage.
Andy Bachetti spoke about his strategy for the 200 lapper and what he learned on Saturday. He talked about the good finish he had in the 150, explained why he did not think the outside would be there and how you pass when it gets like that at Syracuse.
Dale Planck got ready for the 150 and talked about what he noticed in the last chance qualifier. He told me what he heard about the racetrack, what he thought would happen in the race and what it was like earlier in the day.
Alan Rudalavage talks about tonight’s Modified race at Penn Can and his job at Syracuse. He remembered the tough luck he had the last time at the track, how he won a race in a borrowed car and how he ended up being the gas man for Mike Payne’s crew on Sunday.
Chris Raabe remembered his qualifier from Friday and explained why he fell out before the end. He wondered why the car ran out of gas, how the yellow flag periods hurt his cause and the adjustments he made after that for Saturday.
Kenny Hammond told me how he led every lap to win Friday’s Sportsman race at Five Mile Point. He talked about how much he learned this season, his hopes for this weekend at Penn Can and how nice it is to be part of a three car team at these events.
Glenn Forward talked about his Pro Stock time trial and how well the Utica Rome guys did. He told me why they had a different look for Syracuse, how free the car was in the qualifying laps and the need to change the set up just a bit.
|Thursday, October 17th 2013
| New on the Audio Page for today:
Pat O’Brien talks about his races at Brockville Ontario Speedway this Saturday and Sunday.
Pat Ward had some work to do on Sunday at Syracuse and spoke about his strategy for the 200.
Erick Rudolph prepared for Saturday’s 150 lapper and talked about how much dirt he raced.
Andrew Krause spoke about his hopes for Saturday and how his morning practice helped.
Jamike Sowle summed up some of what he learned in his first ever trip to race on the mile.
In my latest Doug’s Thoughts I talks about Super DIRT Week and why I love New York State
I got a lot done on Wednesday as I wrote up another column for the Syracuse Post Standard that will come out today and did some work in the studio. And if you are outside the area, you can read it at www.syracuse.com/motorsports. Yes, I am very fortunate that they love racing and give me the opportunity to tell the masses about it.
I also have some Syracuse interviews, a new studio interview and the Doug’s Thoughts I had been promising you. I go all over in this one so I hope you like it.
Don’t forget that there are two shows this weekend. Brockville Ontario Speedway runs Friday, Saturday and Sunday with the DIRTcar Sportsman, 358’s and Modifieds all on. Plus Penn Can Speedway has two days of fun starting Friday with Modifieds and then Sportsman and Street Stocks on Saturday. Plus they have Sunday set up as a rain date if they need it, let’s hope they don’t.
Now let’s chat more about what I have for you for today on the Audio Page. I begin with some Syracuse stuff. Pat Ward had some work to do on Sunday at Syracuse and spoke about his race strategy for the 200. He talked about the options he had for the race, why he missed the practice the night before and how his car had handled at the mile.
Erick Rudolph prepared for Saturday’s 150 lapper and talked about how much dirt he raced. He told me how he did in 2013, what he learned in the 20 lap qualifier the night before and how he likes racing at the mile.
Andrew Krause spoke about his hopes for Saturday and how his morning practice helped. He wondered how the track would change over the course of the 150, how good they were at the start and runs down his late season plans on both dirt & asphalt.
Jamike Sowle summed up some of what he learned in his first ever trip to race on the mile. He explained why he was a little more confident coming into Sunday, what his big goal was for the Syracuse 200 and looks ahead to finishing his season in Charlotte.
In my latest Doug’s Thoughts I talks about Super DIRT Week and why I love New York State & northeast racing. I also speak about why I thought the event was a big picture success, how NASCAR’s foibles could help or hurt us and why we all should feel a great sense of pride in what we do!
|Wednesday, October 16th 2013
| New on the Audio Page for today:
Richie Tobias spoke about his hopes to find a ride for Syracuse and Wednesday’s at Kutztown.
Bobby Varin talked about his hopes for Sunday and described the work they did to the new car.
Mat Williamson prepared for the Salute to the Troops 150 and talked about his Friday night.
Larry Wight explained why he chose a pit stall next to the access road and the benefits of it.
Marc Johnson would start third on Saturday and told me about his hopes for the 150 lapper.
Pete Stefanski told me what sent him to the hospital twice and how he is feeling these days.
Well I did not get done nearly as much as I had planned on Tuesday as the kids were off from school and my wife worked. So that meant a day of fun for me and my girls. We did a lot of cool things and I finally got caught up on everything here that I had neglected last week.
I have more from Super DIRT Week up for today and will be in studio so I can begin to talk about what we still have coming up as the 2013 season is not over yet. Don’t forget Penn Can Speedway is running Friday and Saturday with mods headlining the first day followed by Sportsman and 305 Sprints the next. Allie and I should be down on Friday if all works out well.
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page to listen to today. Richie Tobias spoke about his hopes to find a ride for Syracuse and Wednesday’s at Kutztown. He remembered the deal he had for last year, who had fun with his SpeedSTR’s and how well the crowd responded to the show.
Bobby Varin talked about his hopes for Sunday and described the work they did to the new car. He told me how happy he was with the qualifying effort and the top notch crew he had with him.
Larry Wight explained why he chose a pit stall next to the access road and the benefits of it. He talked about the need to get some extra fuel mileage and how little he learned from Saturday morning’s practice.
Mat Williamson prepared for the Salute to the Troops 150 and talked about his Friday night. He told me how got behind a little in qualifying and why he had to think big picture for the race as he is running for the 358 title.
Marc Johnson would start third on Saturday and told me about his hopes for the 150 lapper. He talked about how happy he was with the week so far and what would make for as good day on the mile for him and his team.
Pete Stefanski told me what sent him to the hospital twice and how he is feeling these days. He talked about how it felt to get back behind the wheel of his Pro Stock, how the week has been going so far and how his long term health looks now. And for those of you who have not had your colonoscopy please get it done.
|Tuesday, October 15th 2013
| New on the Audio Page for today:
Rick Laubach explained how an ignition problem with the small block hurt across the board.
Justin Haers summed up how his week went at Syracuse and what they did to get a little better.
Wayne Jelly spoke about his hopes for Saturday’s race and some suspension changes they made.
Rich Scagliotta finished a snack and told me about a noisy issue he had while on the racetrack.
Tim Sears Jr. got ready for Saturday’s race and told me how his car was in the 20 lap qualifier.
Vinnie Vitale made a last minute decision to go to Rolling Wheels and talked about his big win.
Jeff Sykes told me how happy he was with his time trial and how comfortable his car felt.
I hope you all are feeling back to normal after a great Super DIRT Week. I am still in a fog a little bit but usually by Tuesday I am back to normal. My knees are a little sore today as they always are but we’ll be back up to speed in time for bowling on Thursday.
I did do some more writing as I did an overview of the event for the Syracuse Post Standard and you can also read it online at www.syracuse.com/motorsports. After writing in specifics all week long, I tried to do this one as a fly on the wall. Let me know what you think if you can please.
I have a lot of new audio up for you today and we’ll have a lot for you this week from the event. We’ll also get back in the studio later this week and we have plans to go to Penn Can on Friday. We’ll do some more races when we can and I am more into racing a now than I have been for quite some time. Not that we weren’t before, but the level of excitement is high as it always is after a successful Super DIRT Week. I am pumped up!
But I am going to spend some extra time with my kids as all I did during Super DIRT Week was wake up, go the event, write about the event, do the website and go to bed. Now I can have some extra daddy time with my girls and as soon as I finish this, that is what I am going to do.
Now let’s chat more about the new stuff on the Audio Page from Super DIRT Week. Rick Laubach explained how an ignition problem with the small block hurt across the board. He told me how that hurt the big block effort and how fast he feels his car are despite the lack of laps.
Justin Haers summed up how his week went at Syracuse and what they did to get a little better. He talked about how a big change in the format could change things and why you still need to be there at the end.
Wayne Jelly spoke about his hopes for Saturday’s race and some suspension changes they made. He explained why he would go for it early and how much different the track was compared to the night before.
Rich Scagliotta finished a snack and told me about a noisy issue he had while on the racetrack. He talked about how that problem cost him a win and how good his car felt in the race.
Tim Sears Jr. got ready for Saturday’s race and told me how his car was in the 20 lap qualifier. He talked about the need for some laps and how the lighting on Friday night made it tough to see at times.
Vinnie Vitale made a last minute decision to go to Rolling Wheels and talked about his win that earned him the final starting spot in the Syracuse 200. He told me how nice it was to win his first ever at the track and remembered some of his tough luck past in Elbridge.
Jeff Sykes told me how happy he was with his time trial and how comfortable his car felt. He remembered going three wide at the start and described how the morning practice went with his small block.
|Monday, October 14th 2013
| New on the Audio Page from Super DIRT Week XLII:
Rob Yetman won for the first time at Syracuse and talked about what a great season he has had.
Pete Stefanski finished 2nd in the Pro Stock race and told me how long it took for his car to improve.
Glenn Forward talked about his third place finish and how happy he was with the end result.
Ryan Godown would start 30th in Sunday’s Syracuse 300 and analyzed the track he was seeing.
Jeff Rockefeller told me some of what he learned on Friday and what his plans were for Sunday.
Matt Sheppard spoke with Race Pro Weekly about the motor problem he had in the 200 lapper.
Peter Britten described the heavy crash he had in turn three and how he was feeling afterwards.
Billy Dunn spoke about his sleepless night and what it felt like to win the big one at Syracuse.
Larry Wight explained how his pit strategy changed and how he knew he was okay on fuel.
Ryan Godown picked up 27 spots to finish 3rd and explained how he made it 117 laps at the end.
Tim Hindley sat in his Modified and talked about how a late pit stop earned him a 4th place.
Duane Howard talked about his fifth place finish and a change with the race team he drove for.
Kevin Albert reacted to watching Duane Howard drive his dad’s Modified to a 5th place finish.
Stewart Friesen shared his thoughts on his tough day at Syracuse as he ran out of fuel late.
Brett Hearn talked about the end of the 200 lapper and how it played out like he thought it would.
Kenny Tremont told me about his race strategy and wondered why they ran out of fuel early.
Jimmy Horton had a racecar that sounded sick and told me when the header on his car broke.
Jeff Rockefeller came home in 12th place and talked about the next stop for his Syracuse car.
Super DIRT Week XLII is now history and what a week it was. The weather could not have been better and we went the whole week without a drop of rain. How many times has that happened? It can’t be too many.
Billy Dunn made up for the heartbreak from the day before by winning the Syracuse 200. And while he watched Brett Hearn go by on the last lap on Saturday, Dunn got to be the one speeding by everyone as he pitted late and won the biggest race of his career.
Of course late race drama is nothing new to this event. The hopes of turning this into something other than a fuel mileage race were dashed as multiple teams ran out in the closing laps, but the result made for a loud grandstand as the fans who watched Billy’s heartbreaker on Saturday were more than happy to celebrate with him on Sunday.
I got the entire top five as well as many other finishers at the end of this one. Plus I was able to save lots from the past few days so we will have more from the event for you this week. Hey, it’s just too much so it is always best to save some rather than put it all up and have you miss it.
Congrats also goes out to Rob Yetman who also won his first race on the mile as he took home the victory in the Pro Stock Championship. I could have sworn he had won before but he had not so it had to feel great to him to finally get it done at Syracuse.
We are also hoping for a speedy recovery for Pro Stock racer Milo Campbell as he was t-boned on the backstretch and had to cut from his car. He was taken for an ambulance ride and may have been transported to a local hospital. His team worked hard just to get him in the race after a wreck on Friday so this is the last thing they needed. We wish you a speedy recovery Milo and hopefully you and your team will be back to Syracuse again.
I need to sleep and get my thoughts together so I will be back tomorrow with more including a Doug’s Thoughts on the event. And I’ll put some more pics on facebook tomorrow as well but I am spent as of now. Hope you all had a great time and I’ll see you tomorrow.
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