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Thursday, July 7th 2016
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Andrew Ferguson runs down how things have gone the last few weeks after some set up changes.
Chris Cunningham talks about crate engines and how his season is going at Brewerton & Fulton.
Jim King tells me how the first half of the season went at Glen Ridge Motorsports Park and Fonda.

It was another scorcher on Wednesday as the hot, dry weather continues to dominate the northeast. We should get some wet weather in the next four days which is much needed but hopefully will not affect our race plans for the weekend.

I have some morning golf today and then I am heading out to Kinney Kar Kare for some new tires for the Milan. They are much needed and Ned and his gang take good care of people including me. I also hope to see Paul when I get there too so we can chat about how this season has been going for him as well.

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page starting with a man who has been looking for a set up for today’s dry track conditions. Andrew Ferguson runs down some of his struggles on slick tracks the last few weeks after some set up changes and tells me some specific things he has done.  

Chris Cunningham talks about crate engines, his hopes to someday run a Mopar powered 360 crate and how his season is going at Brewerton & Fulton.

Jim King tells me how the first half of the season went at Glen Ridge Motorsports Park and Fonda while previewing this weekend’s events. See you at Glen Ridge this Friday!  

 
Wednesday, July 6th 2016
    New on the Audio Page for today:

Billy Pauch Jr. talks about his Modified win Saturday at New Egypt and his big block plans.
Mike Bowman told me about his flip Friday at Brewerton and how they fixed the car for Fulton.
Tony Veneziano reports on the latest World of Outlaw Sprint Car races as they pass halfway.

It was yet another beautiful day on Tuesday and after a morning round of golf I got some work done in the studio. I have both of those interviews up as well as one from the weekend with a driver who had a lot of work to do in a short period of time.

I will be back in the studio again today and already have a few things set up. Tonight the Super DIRTcar Series runs at Albany Saratoga in a show that was rained out last week. Then the series heads north to Mohawk International Raceway on Thursday. Yes, it is that time of the year alright.

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page starting with a racer who picked up his third win of the season this past weekend. Billy Pauch Jr. talks about his Modified win Saturday at New Egypt, his hopes for Big Diamond this Friday and his big block plans for later this month.

Mike Bowman told me about his flip Friday at Brewerton, explained how it happened and how they fixed the car in time for Fulton on Saturday.  

Tony Veneziano reports on the latest World of Outlaw Sprint Car races as they pass the halfway point of their 2016 racing season.  

 
Tuesday, July 5th 2016
    New on the Audio Page for today:

Matt Tanner recaps his ESS win at Canandaigua as well as the tough race on Wednesday.
Tim Sears Jr. told me about his sister’s wedding and why her husband is driving his dad’s Modified.
Adam Roberts talked about driving his brother in law’s Modified as he waits on an engine.
Brandon Ford has been pulling double duty of late and talked about driving the #37 Sportsman.

I hope you all had a great Fourth of July Weekend. I know I did. My wife’s family and my dad came over the a cookout on Monday so we had the nearly perfect day. As I write this up I am getting ready to hit the pool as my youngest is going off the diving board into the deep end for the first time. Yep, she’s a fish just like her daddy.

I will start today off with a morning round of golf with some good friends of mine who are retired. You see when you work nights and weekends like me you can’t golf with working folks as they are busy on Tuesdays and Thursdays which are my typical golf days.

When I get home I will get busy in the studio as I was not going to call anyone on Monday with it being a holiday and all. But I have a long list of weekend winners to track down and I will start on that today. If you won and want people to know about it send me a message on Facebook or at doug@dougsdirtdiary.com

Now let’s chat more about what you can listen to on the Audio Page for today. Matt Tanner recaps his ESS Speedweek win at Canandaigua Motorsports Park as well as the tough race on Wednesday night at Brewerton.  

Tim Sears Jr. told me about his sister’s wedding, why her husband Adam Roberts is driving his dad’s Modified and what it is like to see it on the racetrack.  

Adam Roberts talked about driving his brother in law’s Modified as he waits on an engine and how they instructed him on how to drive it.  

Brandon Ford has been pulling double duty of late and talked about driving the #37 Sportsman as the usual driver recovers from some surgery.  

 
Monday, July 4th 2016
    New on the Audio Page for today:

Chuck Bower talked about his Brewerton Speedway win on Friday, his first victory since 2013.
Matt Fink tells me about his role as a hired gun in the Phelps #99 and his hopes for the day.
John Strickler explains how he got into racing at age 46 as a Novice and how it is going so far.

It was a nice day on Sunday and I just got plain swamped with stuff to do around the house. The next thing I knew it was too late to go to the track so I stayed home. We are having a get together today at the house but if it wraps up in time I may be able to go to Weedsport later on…we’ll see.

We’ve got some good stuff for you today and we will surely be getting into the studio this week to track down some stories for you.

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page for today as we celebrate our nation’s birthday. Chuck Bower talked about his Brewerton Speedway win on Friday, his first victory since 2013 as well as how close he had been leading up to it.  

Chuck Bower talks about his Brewerton Speedway Modified win. Part two.  

Matt Fink tells me about his role as a hired gun in the Phelps #99, his hopes for the day and what he has been doing at Weedsport Speedway.  

John Strickler explains how he got into racing at age 46 in the Novice Sportsman division at Fulton and how it is going so far.  

 
Sunday, July 3rd 2016
    New on the Audio Page from Fulton Speedway:

After the heat races:

Wade Chrisman got the win in the first Sportsman heat and told me about the extra money.
Jeremy Dygert led every lap to win his heat and talked about some recent shock changes he’s made.
Joe Kline told me about his heat win and some rough luck he has had the last couple of weeks.
Bryan Howland does well at Fulton and talked about winning yet another heat race on the season.
Parker Evans described the low move he made to get the win in his heat and his favorite dinner.
Chuck Hebing saw second place in his heat win and talked about the good cars in his heat race.
Alan Fink benefitted from a caution at the right time and told me about making some gains.
Jason Parkhurst walked me through what he did as he made a last lap pass for a heat victory.
Tommy Sears had a different car at Fulton for his heat win and told me why he made the change.
Tim Kerr shot through the middle of a three wide deal to win his heat and talked about the track.
Chad Phelps had a car gaining on him in his heat win and talked about trying out some new shocks.
Torrey Stoughtenger had a bad crash in his Novice Sportsman race and told me how he was feeling.

After the features and the A-Main:

Jeremy Dygert won his first career Sportsman feature and talked about what he found early on.
Steve Poirier kept his lead in the Speedweeks points with a lead and talked about his victory.
Chuck Hebing talked about the battle he had to keep second and how tough the restarts were.  
Jason Barney finished in third place and talked about what went wrong on the last restart.  
Matt Parkhurst won his 1st Late Model feature and talked about how surprised he was to win early.
Jimmy Phelps came from 14th to 1st in 26 laps and spoke about some changes they made on Saturday.

What a night it was at Fulton Speedway as the Empire Super Sprints joined the regular show in front of a darned good crowd. The track was surprisingly tacky with the drought conditions we’ve had and it did throw a curve ball at a few of the teams.

It was a wild night with many hard crashes that caused the ambulance to come out on to the track on at least five occasions. There were no life threatening injuries thankfully but at least two people I know did take a trip to the hospital afterwards. We are praying and hoping everyone is alright.

Steve Poirier took home the win in the ESS race and extends his lead in the Donath Motor Worx Speedweeks standings although the $2,000 he won might be a fraction of what he is going to have to spend after this one. His engine went sour showing smoke after the final restart and when you hurt and engine is always costs more than that.

Jimmy Phelps had a strong run coming from 14th to the lead in 26 laps beating out Tommy Sears late in the race. It looked like Mike Bowman might come back from his flip to win the next night but his car faded and he finished tenth after running as high as second.

There were first time winners at Jeremy Dygert won the Sportsman race and Matt Parkhurst took home the Late Model victory. Nice job guys!

Today I should be at Utica Rome for the finale of Speedweeks as well as a Super DIRTcar Series race. There are two more SDS races this week with the rescheduled Albany Saratoga show on Wednesday and Mohwak International on Thursday.

 
Saturday, July 2nd 2016
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Bryan Howland is winless so far in 2016 and talked about how tough it is to get the first win.
Matt Tanner talks about his Empire Super Sprint win at Merrittville and Brewerton memories.
Dave Axton described the slick track he saw Wednesday at Brewerton and his hopes the event.
Todd Root tells me about his win at Utica Rome as well as when he found out he was the winner.
Keith Granholm tells me how he is doing after moving from a Micro Sprint to a 360 Sprinter.
Dylan Zacharias evaluated how he is doing halfway through his second season in a Sportsman.

I hope your Fourth of July Weekend is going well. Mine sure is! After a day on the links yesterday I am ready to get back at it today with a trip to the Fulton Speedway for my favorite double-header…Mods and Sprints.

I have a lot of good stuff for you today and I will be back with lots more tomorrow as we rehash the action from Fulton and head out to Utica Rome Speedway for the finale of Donath Motor Worx Speedweeks as well as another Super DIRTcar Series race.

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page today as we get ready for some Saturday night fun. Bryan Howland is winless so far in 2016 and talked about how tough it is to get the first win as well as how close he has come to that elusive trip to victory lane.  

Matt Tanner talks about his Empire Super Sprint win at Merrittville, what he remembers when he comes to Brewerton and how he came from 12th to win with a last lap pass.  

Dave Axton described the slick track he saw Wednesday at Brewerton, compared it to Weedsport and recapped his most recent race at Merrittville.  

Todd Root tells me about his win at Utica Rome, when he found out he was the winner and what he thought of the call to dock Rocky Warner a spot at the end.  

Keith Granholm tells me how he is doing after moving from a Micro Sprint to a 360 Sprinter and described what is like with so much more power under his right foot.  

Dylan Zacharias evaluated how he is doing halfway through his second season in a Sportsman and his hopes for that first feature win in the division.  

 
Friday, July 1st 2016
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Jason Barney explains why he doesn’t like to look at points and the pressure of running Brewerton.
Mike Mahaney recapped last weekend’s Modified races as he got ready to race at Brewerton.
Danny Varin tells me about his Modified win last week at Utica Rome and his 360 Sprint Car.
Paul Kinney ran down how he did at Merrittville and why he needed to take a break on Sunday.
Jeff Cook described the track he saw on hot laps and evaluated how his 2016 season has been going.
Joe Trenca talked about his plans for this weekend and ran down how he has done at those tracks.
Corey Barker remembers his last race at Brewerton and getting off the bottom to lose by .072.

The Fourth of July weekend is upon us and I hope you guys all have some great plans to hit some racetracks and spend some time with family and friends. I had a good day on Thursday as we voiced the next Atomic Power Racing hour with my buddy Rich Vleck and that show from Genesee Speedway will be on Time Warner Cable Sports in New York State very soon.

I am having a golf day today before hitting Fulton and Utica Rome to finish out the weekend. I’m still doing well and can’t wait to see the Empire Super Sprints at two of my favorite racetracks.

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page starting with some Sprint Car drivers from Wednesday night in Brewerton. Jason Barney explains why he doesn’t like to look at points and the pressure of running at Brewerton with many friends on hand as Speedweeks kicked off Wednesday.  

Mike Mahaney recapped last weekend’s Modified races including his first ever trip to Cornwall as he got ready to race the Doug Emery Sprinter at Brewerton.  

Danny Varin tells me about his Modified win last week at Utica Rome, how happy he was to see some new cars in the pit area and his 360 Sprint Car.  

Paul Kinney ran down how he did at Merrittville last weekend with the Empire Super Sprints and why he needed to take a break on Sunday and hit the lake.  

Jeff Cook described the track he saw on hot laps and evaluated how his 2016 season has been going after getting a bit of a rough start in the early going.  

Joe Trenca talked about his plans for this weekend and ran down how he has done at those tracks as well as the good momentum he has after notching his best finish so far.  

Corey Barker remembers his last race at Brewerton and getting off the bottom to lose by .072 seconds and wonders what he could have done differently.  

 
     
 
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