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Monday, May 9th 2016
    New on the Audio Page for today:

Danny O’Brien shares some of his memories of Can Am and how nice it was to see familiar faces.
Joey Ladouceur is a 358 Modified rookie and told me about sharing his car with Billy Dunn.
Aaron Pugh told me what he likes about Can Am and where he will be racing this season.
Mike Prentice explained how the unlevel floor in his shop has hurt his set ups for many years.

I hope you all had a nice Mother’s Day. We took Camille out to dinner and had some nice gifts as well as a half a case of wine so she was really happy. Plus we now have some new flowers on the porch as well so yes, we had a nice day and I really hope you all did too.

I did not get into the studio as I did not want to bother anyone on a special day like this but I will be back today and hoping to talk to some of you about your weekend. If you want in, send me a message on Facebook or at doug@dougsdirtdiary.com and we’ll get you on the site.

Now let’s chat more about what we have on the Audio Page from my Saturday night at Can Am. Danny O’Brien shares some of his memories of Can Am, how nice it was to see familiar faces and talked about his plans for the 2016 season.  

Joey Ladouceur is a 358 Modified rookie and told me about his practice laps in the car so far and sharing his car with Billy Dunn who races it on Friday.  

Aaron Pugh told me what he likes about Can Am, where he will be racing this season and why he likes it when the racetracks slicken up. Come back later in the week to hear his interview after winning his heat later that same night.  

Mike Prentice explained how the unlevel floor in his shop has hurt his set ups for many years, what the car feels like now and described the surface he saw at Can Am.  

 
Sunday, May 8th 2016
    New on the Audio Page from the Can Am Motorsports Park opener:

After the heat races:

Tiger Chapman pulled away for a convincing Pro/Street win and talked about his hopes for later.
Roch Aubin explained how he was able to win his Pro/Street heat when the race leader had trouble.
Bobby Herrington led every lap to win his 358 heat and told me about the high line he was in.
Billy Dunn picked up the lead on a restart on his way to a win and talked about a hot lap issue.
Dylan Evoy was the final leader in his heat race and told me what he was seeing on the inside.
Taylor Caprara drove away to win his heat and explained why right foot control is so important.
Paul Pekkonen won his Vintage heat race with a Vega bodied car and told me about his racecar.
Phil Ross described his heat winning Vintage car and told me about his background on asphalt.

After the feature races:

Sid Harmer Jr. made a last lap, last corner pass to win the race and told me how he got up front.
Billy Dunn dominated the 25 lap 358 Modified feature and told Keith Zehr about his victory.
John Stanley earned his 1st career Vintage Car victory and explained how a shock changed helped.
Dylan Evoy got off to a slow start with 5 yellows in 5 laps and talked about his feature win.
Hunter Schwander extended his Can Am win streak to 3 and told me why he ran the outside.

I had a real good night as we beat the rain and got in a fun night of racing at Can Am. Small block Modifieds were back and they put on a real good show. It was fun to see Modifieds back at Can Am and fun for me to see a lot of folks I don’t get to see enough of. It was a darned good time.

Billy Dunn dominated the 25 lap 358 feature race winning by almost half a track. The racing from 2nd to 5th was real good as several of the best North Country and Canadian drivers were going at it.

Dylan Evoy pulled away to win the Sportsman feature by a healthy margin as they started 29 cars in the feature race. Despite a rash of early yellows, the race went the final 14 laps without a caution flag. Way to finish guys!

The Pro/Street race was the best on this night however as Sid Harmer Jr. made a last corner pass to win the race. It was an instant classic and one the fans are surely talking to their friends about when they ask what the best race of the evening was.

The Vintage cars put on an excellent show as these 14 cars were not just doing parade laps, they were racing and racing hard. The big thing now is to take old style bodies and attach them to older (90’s-2000’s) Modified frames. With parts still available they are not afraid to race them and they put on a top notch show. Nice job guys!

I had fun seeing a lot of my old co-workers in the tower too as I called Can Am my weekly home for several seasons. I always enjoy Can Am and can’t wait to get back.

Today I will be home for Mother’s Day to celebrate with my wife and if I can get the nerve up, I’ll go to mom’s grave to wish her a Happy Mother’s Day. In between I have so much needed chores to take care of.

I hope all of you who are racing today get to have some fun and I hope Mother Nature cuts us all some slack today. So whether you are going to the races or spending time with mom, I hope you all have a great day.  

 
Saturday, May 7th 2016
    New on the Audio Page for today:

Chip Burdick previews tonight’s season opener at Can Am and talks about some changes.
Jeff Empie talks about the Oswego County Quarter Midget Club and their promotional day.

Well that didn’t work out so well yesterday did it? The rains came early and they hit pretty hard with lots of pretty colors on the radar. And as usual people who know little about the sport were quick to go online to voice their displeasure.

Did you know that if your favorite track runs Modifieds as well as other support classes that they need to bring in at least $15,000 and maybe more. Do some quick math at $12 per person at the front gate at $30 per person at the pits and you’ll quickly see why tracks do what they do.

I was able to get some work done and am hoping for drier conditions today. If all goes well I will head north to Can Am but if the weather looks iffy I may stay closer to home. We’ll see what today brings but I am hopeful that we can see some racing today.

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page after a rainy Friday. Chip Burdick previews tonight’s season opener at Can Am and talks about some changes for 2016 that include the addition of small blocks to the weekly program.  

Jeff Empie talks about the Oswego County Quarter Midget Club in Fulton, their Annual Promotional Day on June 4th and encourages parents to bring their kids out for a some laps. Allie and I see you guys there!  

 
Friday, May 6th 2016
    New on the Audio Page for today:

Steve Poirier
ran down how his first race of the season went as he traveled west to Merrittville.
Tommy Sears
got ready for some practice on Friday and talked about the cars he’ll run in 2016.
Paul Kinney
told me about the outside line he ran in practice and how timed hot laps change things.
Mike Stelter
had a recent trip to the hospital and explained what happened and how he is now.
Adam Roberts
prepared for his first laps of the season and talked about his upcoming wedding.
Jeremy Pitcher
talked about his return to Fulton for 2016 and his hopes for another championship.
Jordan Bennett
showed a new look for 2016 and told me why he went with the powder blue paint.
Gregg Kimball
had an old body on his Sportsman for the opener and talked about his off season.

It was another overcast day out and it sounds like today is one we need to cross our fingers on. It could get a little wet later today but we hope it is not wet enough to affect what we need to do tonight.  

I am in a holding pattern as I wait to see how tonight goes and am hoping that Mother Nature allows us to have some fun tonight and get in some racing. If not, I’ll do what I can in the studio.

Tomorrow I plan on heading to Can Am for their season opener and see some small block modified racing at the big half mile. It’s been a long time since 358’s have headlined the show there and it should be a lot of fun.

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Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page for today. Steve Poirier ran down how his first Sprint Car race of the season went as he traveled west to Merrittville and explained what happens when you push the wing back.

Tommy Sears got ready for some practice on Friday and talked about the cars he’ll run in 2016 as well as what he did with his former Syracuse car.  

Paul Kinney told me about the outside line he ran in practice, how running timed hot laps change things and thinks back on some of his past at Fulton.  

Mike Stelter had a recent trip to the hospital and explained what happened, how he is now and what he has to do to prevent another trip to the doctor.  

Adam Roberts prepared for his first laps of the season, why he likes Modified racing so much and talked about his upcoming wedding in June.

Jeremy Pitcher talked about his return to Fulton for 2016, his shakedown run at Canandaigua and his hopes for another championship season.

Jordan Bennett showed a new look for 2016 and told me why he went with the powder blue paint as well as how he did in his first race of the season at Utica Rome.  

Gregg Kimball had an old body on his Sportsman for the opener and talked about his off season work on the car that included some frame welding.  

 
Thursday, May 5th 2016
    New on the Audio Page for today:

Bryan Howland thought back to some of his past at Fulton and runs down his plans for 2016.
Justin Barger has several races under his belt and told me how his 2016 season has gone so far.
Tim Kerr got ready to race with the series at Fulton and recapped his trip to Volusia in February.
Matt Tanner prepared for his second race of the season and told me about his opener at Merrittville.
Sam Reakes IV returned to his old stomping ground and talked about staying closer to home.
Chad Miller talked about the heavy track he hot lapped on as he visited Fulton for the first time.
Dylan Zacharias told me about a recent trip to 5 Mile Point and how he is learning his new car.
Tony Veneziano talks about the World of Outlaws season to date and analyzes each driver.

We are back today with a lot more cool stuff from the world of racing. More season openers are set for this weekend the only question is whether Mother Nature is ready for it or not.

I’ve got eight interviews in the can and if the weather looks good I will put all of those up for tomorrow. My plans are t hit Brewerton on Friday but after that I am not sure as I may have to go where the weather isn’t. We’ll get in two shows this weekend for sure though that I do know.

Online you can ready my latest column at www.syracuse.com/motorsports and you can also get it on newsstands that sell the Syracuse Post Standard. I hope you like it.

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page and as you can see there is a lot there. Bryan Howland thought back to some of his past at Fulton, wondered what he would see in the ESS opener on Friday and runs down his plans for 2016.  

Justin Barger has several races under his belt and told me how his 2016 season has gone so far while recalling some of his past events at Fulton Speedway.  

Tim Kerr got ready to race with the series at Fulton and recapped his trip to Volusia in February as well as what he learned in Friday night’s practice.

Matt Tanner prepared for his second race of the season and told me about his opener at Merrittville as well as how a late race bobble hurt his finish.  

Sam Reakes IV returned to his old stomping ground on Friday night, described what it takes to be fast on the bottom and talked about staying closer to home.

Chad Miller talked about the heavy track he hot lapped on as he visited Fulton for the first time and offered his take on the 3/8 mile high banked oval.   Dylan Zacharias told me about a recent trip to 5 Mile Point, how a late flat hurt him in the closing laps and how he is learning his new car.

Tony Veneziano talks about the World of Outlaws season to date and analyzes each of the traveling drivers as they have a weekend off before swinging east.  

 
Wednesday, May 4th 2016
   

New on the Audio Page from the Brewerton Speedway practice:

Mike Mahaney recapped his first race night with the 88 and talked about his goals for the practice.
Max McLaughlin told me how his early races have gone and what he learned about Brewerton.
Earl Rudy hugged the bottom in the first practice session and told me how his Sportsman was.
Nick Krause explained why his Sportsman went up in smoke last Saturday at Fulton Speedway.
Rich Riggs just finished his Modified in time for practice and talked about what his plans are.
Rich Townsend just completed his first hot lap session and described some changes they made.
Billy Clark was coming off a tough weekend and told me what they found that was wrong.
Joe August described what was wrong his Modified and what they were trying to do to cool it.
Joe Sobotka is back after a 25 year absence and told me what it was that got him back into racing.

The rain ended late Monday night and we were able to get together for a practice session at the Brewerton Speedway on Tuesday night. There were around 30 cars in the pit area and they got a lot of laps with at least four sessions for each division on hand.

The track was nice although you could tell they had it sealed before the rains came so it did get slick quickly which is exactly what most of the teams wanted. Racers that had trouble in their first race this past weekend were able to get some much needed track time while others got in their first laps of the year.

I put up all nine interviews that I did and starting tomorrow we’ll get back to more from the weekend as well as more from the studio as well.

Now let’s chat more about what we have on the Audio Page from Tuesday’s open practice. Mike Mahaney recapped his first race night with the 88 and talked about his goals for the Brewerton practice while looking ahead to this coming weekend.

Max McLaughlin told me how his early races have gone and what he learned about Brewerton in a short period of time last year as well as how he came to run Modifieds.  

Earl Rudy hugged the bottom in the first practice session and told me how his Sportsman was as well as his first race night of the season last weekend in Fulton.  

Nick Krause explained why his Sportsman went up in smoke last Saturday at Fulton Speedway, what it felt like when it happened and what it took to fix it.  

Rich Riggs just finished his Modified in time for practice and talked about who he put in the car for the first hot laps as well as what his plans are for 2016 with his son.  

Rich Townsend just completed his first hot lap session at the Brewerton Speedway practice and described some changes they were making for session number two.  

Billy Clark was coming off a tough weekend at Fulton’s opener and told me what they found that was wrong. Well he almost told me anyway!

Joe August described what was wrong his Modified at the practice, what they were trying to do to cool it down and what went wrong at the Fulton opener.  

Joe Sobotka is back after a 25 year absence and told me what it was that got him back into racing as well as how it feels to get back behind the wheel.  

 
Tuesday, May 3rd 2016
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Chuck Bower spoke about what he learned in practice as he got ready for his first race of 2016.
Rob Bellinger summed up how his season has gone before this past weekend with four starts.
David Just explained why his Sprint Car was so colorful and thought back on his start in racing.
Jason Shipclark told me about his first Sportsman win last year and his past races down in Fulton.
Mike Phelps talked about his hopes for a nice run on his birthday and recapped his Friday night.

I had a lot to do on Monday and time just got away from me. I’ll try to get to the studio today but do have a lot of non-racing things to do. One way or another I will have new stuff for you tomorrow so be sure to check back.

Two more season openers this coming weekend at Brewerton and Can Am will open their gates for the first time. I am go to both we’ll see how it goes. We’ll do two race nights this weekend for sure and we’ll see of Mother Nature is a race fan or not.

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page for today. Chuck Bower spoke about what he learned in practice as he got ready for his first race of 2016 and talked about a big performance upgrade under the hood.  

Rob Bellinger summed up how his season has gone before this past weekend with four starts so far and told me about a chassis change they made this off season.  

David Just explained why his Sprint Car was so colorful and thought back on his start in auto racing at age 28 as well as what he raced as a kid.  

Jason Shipclark told me about his first Sportsman win last year at Brockville Ontario Speedway, his past races down in Fulton and his plans for 2016.  

Mike Phelps talked about his hopes for a nice run on his birthday and recapped his first Friday night race of the year with a new chassis.    

 
     
 
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