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Friday, May 5th 2017
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Jimmy Horton talks about his win at Orange County and his 10th place at Bridgeport on Sunday.
Shawn Donath returned to Fulton last Friday and talked about how his car felt early on.
Brandon Kidd told me about his first race weekend of the season and his top ten on the night.
Mike O’Brien showed off a new look for 2017 and talked about racing a fairly new Modified.

I got a lot done yesterday but was reluctant to put some of it up today as the weather looks so crappy the next few days. I mean heck, we could lose the whole weekend from the sounds of things.

Brewerton Speedway already pushed back their opener and that decision was made early on Thursday and I can see the same things happening today as most promoters will cancel early when they know and let teams make other non-racing plans.

I’ll be back in the studio again today and possibly on Saturday as well. I am working through a list of winners from last weekend and will be hitting up as many of them as I can so be sure to come back tomorrow.

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page today as we begin with a veteran who is off to a nice start in 2017. Jimmy Horton talks about his win at Orange County, how good it felt wo pick up his second win of the season so early and recapped his 10th place at Bridgeport on Sunday.

Shawn Donath returned to Fulton last Friday with the ESS and talked about how his car felt early on and the three tracks he has the most laps at.  

Brandon Kidd told me about his first race weekend of the season, his top ten to start the Empire Super Sprints Tour and   his hopes to make the A-Main on Friday at Fulton.  

Mike O’Brien showed off a new look for 2017 at the Canandaigua opener and talked about racing a fairly new Modified that used to be a #91 and what would make for a successful opener.  

 
Thursday, May 4th 2017
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Pat Ward talked about getting in shape this off season and how he did in the Utica Rome opener.
Chad Phelps
brought a new Modified to Fulton last weekend and talked about his spec engine.
Dave Allen got ready for his first race of 2017 and explained why he had a lot of off season work.
Brett Wright has moved from Mods to Sprint Cars and told me when he made the decision to switch.
Glenn Forward told me why he missed opening weekend and how he is healing after an injury.

It turned out to be a nice day after all on Wednesday as the rains seem to just keep coming. Don’t look at that weather forecast either as it does not look that great. I’m hoping they are wrong and hoping we don’t lose multiple days of racing this weekend. Keep your fingers crossed guys!

I plan on Brewerton, Fulton, Syracuse and Utica Rome this weekend with hopes to do double duty on Sunday if Mother Nature allows. Allie has signed up to do the national anthems on Monday, May 22nd at Weedsport Speedway for their Super DIRTcar Series race. Like I have said publicly, she may outshine us all in this game!

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page for today as we get closer to the weekend. Pat Ward talked about getting in shape this off season and how he did in the Utica Rome opener and wonders when he will race his brand new car.  

Chad Phelps brought a new Modified to Fulton last weekend and talked about the less expensive spec engine he runs and how he gets around the track with it.

Dave Allen got ready for his first race of 2017 and explained why he had a lot of off season work as well as why he dug out an older car for Canandaigua on Saturdays.  

Brett Wright has moved from Mods to Sprint Cars and told me when he made the decision to switch as well as how he did on the opening weekend.

Glenn Forward told me why he missed opening weekend with his Sportsman, how he is healing after an off season snowmobile injury and why he originally thought it would sideline him longer.

 
Wednesday, May 3rd 2017
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Gary Tomkins talked about his Brewerton Speedway Modified as he got ready for hot laps Friday.
Rich Richner spoke about his recent big block travels, his small block racing and his 2017 race plans.
Jim Witko brought a brand new Modified to Fulton and explained why he did many upgrades.
Kyle Inman spoke about adding a Sunday track to his plans and his hopes for Fulton on Saturday.
Allie Elkins recaps her race weekend that included racing in Syracuse and singing in Canandaigua.

I had another nice day on Tuesday as we got to have a special day late birthday dinner and spent a lot of time with my family. It was really nice.

I have more good stuff up for you today and will be back tomorrow as well as I need to get into the studio today. I have a long list of drivers to get ahold of and if I miss you today be sure to send me a message and we’ll work you in.

Brewerton this Friday and Fulton on Saturday is the tentative plan. I need to stay fairly close to home on Saturdays with racing Sunday mornings here in Syracuse but once school lets out they move to Thursday and that means I’ll be hitting the road more. And if they get out in time on Sunday I’ll try to make it to Utica Rome as they push their start time back to 6 p.m. this Sunday.

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page starting with a pair of Modified racers who were out this past weekend. Gary Tomkins talked about his Brewerton Speedway Modified as he got ready for hot laps Friday, how much he was looking forward to Saturday’s SDS opener at Fulton.  

Rich Richner spoke about his recent big block travels to Ohio, his small block racing and his 2017 race plans that include weekly racing at Canandaigua and Ransomville.  

Jim Witko brought a brand new Modified to Fulton and explained why he did many upgrades for 2017 and why we didn’t see him after the halfway mark of the 2016 season.  

Kyle Inman spoke about adding a Sunday track to his plans, his hopes for Fulton on Saturday and how long it has been since he had been to the high banked 3/8 mile track.  

Allie Elkins recaps her race weekend that included racing Sunday in Syracuse and singing the national anthems at Canandaigua before working in the tower with Donna Spaid.  

 
Tuesday, May 2nd 2017
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Danny O’Brien brought his 358 to Canandaigua for a shake down and talked about his plans.
Andy Noto is racing Modifieds on dirt this year and explained why he made the switch.
Tom Keyes spoke about adapting to dirt with his Modified after several years on the asphalt.
Corey Barker talked about an issue they had at tech and where we will see him this season.  
Tony Veneziano reports on David Gravel’s World of Outlaw Sprint Car victory in Indiana.

I had a really nice day on Monday and thanks to all of you who sent birthday wishes. They mean the world to me. No time however for a celebration as we had work to do and more work to do today. I’ll be heading out to Brewerton for their test and tune if all goes well and we’ll have audio from that up on Thursday.

I hope all of you had a great weekend and if your favorite track is not open yet it sure will be soon so stay patient, travel to your south to see some shows and support your local speedways.

Now let’s chat more about what is up on the Audio Page for today as I try to hurry to get this typed up before the storm gets here. Danny O’Brien brought his 358 to Canandaigua for a shake down and explained why he preferred a race to a practice and talked about his plans for the coming season.  

Andy Noto is racing Modifieds on dirt this year and explained why he made the switch as well as how he is doing as he adapts to a new surface with a blue oval in the hood.  

Tom Keyes spoke about adapting to dirt with his Modified after several years on the asphalt as he got ready for the first Modified race of the year at Canandaigua.  

Corey Barker talked about an issue they had at tech, who he thought would have the advantage in the Sportsman Series race at Futon and where we will see him this season.  

Tony Veneziano reports on David Gravel’s 5th World of Outlaw Sprint Car victory of the season on Saturday in Indiana and looks ahead to two races this weekend in the midwest.  

 
Monday, May 1st 2017
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Glenn Styres told me why he had to take some time off from racing and how he is doing as of now.
Randy Chrysler talked about his early season races so far and his hopes for Canandaigua Saturday.
Matt Billings described how his first two Sprint Car races went and how he is adapting to a Sprint.
Dale Caswell explained why we did not see him much in 2016 and will see him more this season.
Mike Stacey recapped his Sportsman season at Mohawk International and looked ahead to Fulton.

We had a fun day on Sunday as we went racing with Allie in the Kuleszo Racing #48 at the Syracuse Microd Club. It was week two and Allie was faster once again finishing two laps down in 7th place. She’s racing in the second fastest division in the club and is racing against young people who in some cases have been racing for 5-7 years and she is a green as the grass at your favorite golf course.

It’s going to take time and laps before she finishes on the lead lap and makes her first competitive pass but she is learning a lot about racing and meeting some great people. The Kuleszo’s have been so nice and thanks to so many other people we are able to do this and not break the bank. Without al that help we would not be able to do this and that is 100% true. Thank you.

I’ll be in studio today and writing as well before I take a day off on Tuesday to play strat-o-matic baseball, do some online racing and have a few cold ones. I look forward to Tuesday every week as I can’t do those things on the weekend especially now that the season is here. Believe me when I say I feel great and am more motivated than anytime in recent memory.

Now let’s chat about the conversations we have for you on the Audio Page and if you think I’m stretching the truth a little about how I feel then notice the genuine level of talk in these interviews. I’m having a ball seeing old friend again and making new ones. Glenn Styres told me why he had to take some time off from racing, how he is doing as of now as he gets back behind the wheel and how things look for this season at Ohsweken.  

Randy Chrysler talked about his early season races so far outside of New York, the types of lacrosse players he is looking for and his hopes for Canandaigua Saturday.  

Matt Billings described how his first two Sprint Car races went, how he is adapting to a Sprint in his first full season as well as how much we will see him on the track this year.  

Dale Caswell explained why we did not see him much in 2016, why we will see him more this season and what he was bringing to the track this past weekend at Fulton.    

Mike Stacey recapped his Sportsman season at Mohawk International, explained how he fell back three spots on the final night and what he was doing to cure a push at Fulton.  

 
Sunday, April 30th 2017
   

New on the Audio Page from Canandaigua Motorsports Park:

Early in the night:

Justin Wright summed up how his first two races went and who helped him get some points.
Justin Haers told me about the new Modified he was debuting and what he hoped would happen.
Ray Bliss Jr. shared some memories with me and explained why he was driving his son’s car.

From victory lane:

Paul Guererri held on to win the Sportsman feature and told me why he was smoking late.
Jason Whipple told me how he did the spin and win thing with a late race pass with his 305.
Steve Paine described how he changed his lane from low to high to win the Modified feature.
Bob Buono won his first career feature at Canandaigua and talked about his fast Street Stock.
Ben Karlsen talked about going 3 wide on the outside to make his winning last corner pass.

I had another wonderful night as I headed out to Canandaigua as the substitute announcer for Paul Szmal. I’m not sure exactly when the last time was that I announced at Canandaigua but I can tell you that it has been a long time. The memories were everywhere I looked and even though the tower is different it still seemed pretty much the same to me. Good times!

The racing was top notch as every feature seemed to have its own drama. Justin Haers had the Modified field covered until he cut down a right rear leaving Eldon Payne Jr. in the top spot. But Steve Paine, who had been chasing Payne on the bottom, switched to the top side and rocketed away for the win.

Paul Guererri had the field covered with his Sportsman but started to smoke, a victim of a power steering failure. Somehow he held on as the field was all over him in traffic but he held on the victory.  

Bob Buono won his career first at Canandaigua with an outside pass just past halfway while James Whipple spun while trying to run down the leader and came back to win. And finally in the last race of the night the New Legends Sportsman went three wide in the final corner with Ben Karlsen choosing the high side and missing the spin below him to pick up his second career win.

As for me, I was rusty to say the least but it was a lot of fun. Allie sung the national anthems and them helped with some scoring working with Donna Spaid. I never would have thought that twenty years ago! She had fun and made me proud.

Today we’re hoping for a good day and a dry one as we are set to race again at the NYS Fairgrounds with her open wheel Microd. The Kuleszo’s have worked hard all week long to fix the car after her first hard crash and we are so appreciative. It’s so nice to make new friends and watch our girls on the track. Thanks to them and everyone who has helped her live her dream of racing. THANK YOU!

Justin Wright summed up how his first two races went at Outlaw Speedway, who helped him get some points when needed and how his first Canandaigua practice went.  

Justin Haers told me about the new Modified he was debuting, what makes it different than the car he had a lot of success with in the past and what he hoped would happen.  

Ray Bliss Jr. shared some memories with me from his past at Canandaigua, talked about his trouble on Friday night and explained why he was driving his son’s car.  

Paul Guererri held on to win the Sportsman feature as the field caught him late and told me why he was smoking as well as how hard the car was to drive after that. Whew! He barely held on.  

Jason Whipple told me how he did the spin and win thing coming from third to make a late race pass with his 305 Sprint Car to earn himself a victory at Canandaigua.  

Steve Paine described how he changed his lane from low to high after a caution with ten laps to go to win the Modified feature at Canandaigua Motorsports Park.  

Bob Buono won his first career feature at Canandaigua and talked about his fast Street Stock that he put to the outside on a restart to get to the top spot with seven laps to go.  

Ben Karlsen talked about going 3 wide on the outside to make his winning last corner pass in the New Legends Sportsman race at Canandaigua.  

 
Saturday, April 29th 2017
   

New on the Audio Page from the Fulton Speedway opener:

From early in the night:

Jimmy Phelps talked about Weedsport’s Sunday practice and today’s SDS race at Fulton.
Glenn Styres
told me about his win in the second ESS Heat and what the key was on the track.
Paul Kinney hugged the bottom for a heat win and told me why he decided to change that late.
Bryan Howland watched the b-mains in turn 3 and talked about his win in the final ESS heat race.
Todd Root won the first Sportsman heat race and who he was most concerned about the race.
Mike Phelps walked me through his Sportsman heat win as he made the pass in the last corners.
Shane Pecore led every lap to win his heat race and talked about running CNY’s softer tire.
Dave Marcuccilli described how he made his pass for the lead and how his Sportsman felt.
Billy Clark had a brand new Sportsman in his heat win and talked about changing nothing.

After the A-Main and feature:

Chuck Hebing spoke with Mike Mallett after leading all 25 laps to win the ESS A-Main.
Danny Varin came from 5th to 2nd in the 25 lap A-Main and talked about being a little loose.
Cory Turner had a nice third place finish and spoke about how happy he was to be top three.
Todd Root talked with Bill Foley about his Sportsman Super DIRTcar Series win in race one.
Tyler Trump finished in second place and told Bill Foley about the different lanes on the track.
Dave Marcuccilli explained why his car was better on the longer runs as he finished in third.
Jeremy Dygert fell back one spot to finish 4th and told me about some changes he made this year.
Shane Pecore told me why he fell back early, got better late on his way to a fifth place finish.

I had such a fun time last night as the Fulton Speedway got their season started with the second race of the season for the Empire Super Sprints and the first of the year for the Central Region DIRTcar Sportsman Tour. There were 51 Sportsman and 41 Sprints making for a wonderful night.

The track was nice and was very much like it gets on Outlaw Weekend although not quite as wide and not quite as black. But it was smooth and the night was fairly incident free. The only flip was Larry Wight in the ESS A-Main but thankfully he was okay.

Chuck Hebing won the ESS A-Main after getting passed in the final corner the last time he raced last Sunday at Utica Rome. Chuck led all 25 laps and was the dominant car on a night that saw many of the top 360 drivers in the northeast on the track.

Todd Root passed Mike Phelps 15 laps into the 40 lap Sportsman feature race to pick up the victory. Tyler Trump ran a strong second while Dave Marcuccilli picked up six spots to finish third. There were only two cautions in the race as just getting into this show was tough. Nice job by the Sportsman.

Today I will be on the road subbing for Paul Szmal at Canandaigua and Allie will be joining me to do the national anthems. I’ll get as much done as I can before I head to the tower and I’ll get the victory lanes as well. I do need to hustle home as we do have race day number two of the regular season for Allie Sunday morning so I need to get home, get work done quickly and get to bed. We’ll make it.

It was so good to see so many of you Friday at Fulton and for those of you I missed I’ll be sure to track you down soon. If you wanna get on send me a message to doug@dougsdirtdiary.com or message me on Facebook. I hope you guys enjoy all the new audio clips and have a great Saturday at whatever track you call home today. Be safe, be fast and have fun!!!

 
     
 
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