|My pics from a packed house at Utica Rome Speedway are up!
|Monday, July 3rd 2017
| New on the Audio Page from Utica Rome Speedway:
After the heat races:
Mark Smith won the first ESS heat race and told me about what he was seeing on the slick racetrack.
Matt Tanner talked about his win in the second ESS race and wondered about some possible weather.
Coleman Gulick watched the dash and the b-main and told me about his hopes to rebound after a flip.
Yan Biladeau led every lap to win his heat race and talked about driving slowly to turn some fast laps.
Jason Barney came in from his ESS dash win on the hook and told me about his right rear flat tire.
Larry Wight described the grooves he ran in his heat win and why the Sprint Car was back at the shop.
Matt Sheppard reacted to drawing the pole and told me why starting position would not matter.
Tim Fuller smiled after his heat win and talked about how an early yellow flag may have helped him.
Stewart Friesen wondered if his past experience would help him after winning his qualifying heat.
After the A-Main and Modified Super DIRTcar Series race:
Chuck Hebing passed Danny Varin for the ESS A-Main win and talked about how he made the move.
Danny Varin won Speedweeks with his second place finish and spoke about the lesson he learned.
Matt Tanner finished in third place and spoke about two things he wished would have been different.
Stewart Friesen spoke to the crowd after his win in the New Yorker 100 at Utica Rome Speedway.
Pat Ward led eight laps before finishing second and spoke about how good he thought his car was.
Tim Fuller spoke about his third place finish and what he was really wondering about afterwards.
Danny Varin told me about his picking up 14 spots to finish 4th and reacted to his Sprint Car title.
It was a wild night to finish out the weekend at Utica Rome as the ESS wrapped up Speedweek and the Super DIRTcar Series driers competed in the New Yorker 100. But at the end of the day many will not be talking about Chuck Hebing’s pass just past halfway to win the ESS A-Main or Stewart Friesen’s big win at a track he used to run as a regular. Nope! They’ll be talking about the fight!
In the Modified feature both Matt Sheppard and Larry Wight were working feverishly trying to work their way back up after early race pit stops. They were racing hard for 7th place. Really hard. After some close calls the two got together at the end of the backstretch and Wight’s car flipped violently. The cars sat for a second and then Sheppard ran from his car to Wight’s pulling Wight from the car as he was attempting to exit.It got pretty ugly after that with video of the incident showing the two rolling around on the ground.
Both were done for the night and later on the NYS Troopers showed up. It is not clear at this time if penalties may be forthcoming as both the Super DIRTcar Series and Utica Rome Speedway will have clear video to show exactly what happened and make their decisions. I know some race fans like this kind of stuff and wish it happened more. I’m not one of those fans.
I know what it is like to feel like someone is not racing you cleanly or has shown disrespect in some way to you. The first time it happened to be on the track I acted poorly and wished later that I had had a cooler head. But all you see at the time is red! So I get it! Lives are on the line and people do get hurt and worse in these type of incidents but I don’t think it is what we need to bring our more fans.
The racing was pretty good and we dodged a storm that went to our south on two occasions. It was fun to see a big crowd on hand at Utica Rome as the fans clearly liked the Super DIRTcar Series and Sprints on the card. And everyone loves fireworks. As I left people were parked all around the speedway waiting for the firework show. I only wish that they would have come in the gates and joined us. I know they would have had fun!
Today we’re off to Weedsport Speedway for a three division show featuring the NY6A Micro Sprint Tour, the Sportsman Shootout Series and Mod Lites. It’s a $20 a car load show so bring all your non-racing friends and let’s try to convert them. Plus my oldest daughter Allie will be singing the national anthems so come on out and have some fun with us. Oh, and there are fireworks afterwards too so bring all the neighborhood kids!
|Sunday, July 2nd 2017
| New on the Audio Page for today:
Mark Smith spoke about his wingless win in Weedsport and what he does with his chassis business.
Sam Reakes IV talked about being very busy this weekend and how racing helps at his daily job.
Matt Tanner was deep in thought at Can Am and told me what to do with stagger on a slick track.
Paulie Colagiovanni described the slick track on Wednesday and why the bottom was the fast lane.
Emily VanInwegen prepared for his 2nd 360 Sprint Car race and talked about her early days as a kid.
I’ll be back at it today and tomorrow as well as we are all rested, recovered and ready after a much needed day to re-cooperate. We’ve been going at things pretty hard of late and have so much I want to accomplish this summer. I hope to see you all today at Utica Rome and tomorrow in Weedsport.
I don’t how these race teams do it especially the ones who work 40 plus hour jobs. The time, dedication and driver it takes to do what they do amazes me and makes me admire what they do even more. We love and respect you guys and hope you are having a good weekend.
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page starting with a hard working man who is also a tremendous Sprint Car racer. Mark Smith spoke about his wingless win in Weedsport a week ago, his plans to compete in the entire speedway schedule and what he does with his business, Mach 1 Chassis.
Sam Reakes IV talked about being very busy this weekend at his favorite racetracks, how busy speedweeks can be and how racing helps at his daily job selling tools.
Matt Tanner was deep in thought at Can Am and told me what to do with stagger on a slick track as well as the balance needed to be fast on the straights and the turns.
Paulie Colagiovanni described the slick track on Wednesday and why the bottom was the fast lane as well as the need to some luck & consistency this season.
Emily VanInwegen prepared for his 2nd 360 Sprint Car race Wednesday at Can Am and told me what the biggest differences are from her 305 and talked about her early days racing as a youngster.
|Saturday, July 1st 2017
| New on the Audio Page for today:
Dave Marcuccilli has enjoyed a good season so far and compared this year to his best year in 2015.
Nick Guererri told me about his recent feature win and how well his racing family is doing so far.
Tim Baker tells me how he is doing as he enters his fourth year of Sportsman racing at Canandaigua.
Brett Buono is often mistaken for his father and talked about how he is doing racing a Sportsman.
Dylan Cecee talked with Steve Ovens after his Street Stock feature win after a move with 7 to go.
Steve Simpson won the Hobby Stock race at Woodhull and told Steve Ovens about his 1st race.
John Hand picked up his second Mini Stock feature in a row and spoke about putting it all together.
Jason Kethrow spoke with Steve Ovens after winning the backwards dash turning right on the track.
I am hoping for a nice day today as Mother Nature has not been too happy with us of late. I’ll be off today while making plans to head to Utica Rome tomorrow and Weedsport on Monday. I got tide up with too many things on Friday and could not make it to a race but we’ll be going back two days in a row starting tomorrow.
I have some good stuff up from a pair of tracks that will be racing later today. And our good friend Steve Ovens has some stuff for us from Woodhull. You can really tell what a great time he is having and what a great addition he has been to our sport.
Now let’s chat more about what we have on the Audio Page today starting with some folks who will be racing later tonight at Canandaigua. Dave Marcuccilli has enjoyed a good season so far and compared this year to his best year in 2015 while explained why he feels that things are going so well.
Nick Guererri told me about his recent feature win and how well his racing family is doing so far and how you feel all week long after both good nights and bad.
Tim Baker tells me how he is doing as he enters his fourth year of Sportsman racing at Canandaigua and compares himself to the winning racers he competes against weekly.
Brett Buono is often mistaken for his father and talked about how he is doing racing a Sportsman as well as what he was doing with a shake down run last Saturday at Canandaigua.
Dylan Cecee talked with Steve Ovens after his Street Stock feature win after a move with 7 to go and described what he saw as he stalked the leader in the late race stages.
Steve Simpson won the Hobby Stock race at Woodhull and told Steve Ovens about his 1st race at the track as well as what his goals were as he headed away from his weekly homes for a week.
John Hand picked up his second Mini Stock feature in a row and spoke to Steve Ovens about putting it all together after working on nearly every aspect of the car in recent weeks.
Jason Kethrow spoke with Steve Ovens after winning the backwards dash turning right on the track at Woodhull after finishing in second place earlier in the night.
|Friday, June 30th 2017
| New on the Audio Page for today:
Paul Kinney explained why racing on five nights at five different tracks can really poop you out.
Joe Trenca described his crash at Ransomville that you can watch on today’s Speedway Showcase.
Ryan Bartlett got to enjoy his Brewerton win for an extra week and told me how much fun it was.
Taylor Caprara leads the Sportsman points at Can Am and talked about his consistent season so far.
Jack Meeks told me about the tight points battle in the Sportsman division at Can Am on Saturday.
Donnie Lawson took home the win in the Modified feature and talked to Steve Ovens about the race.
Codie Baker took the lead on a late race restart and told Steve Ovens how good he was on restarts.
A.J. Costley spoke with Steve Ovens as they celebrated down in victory lane at Woodhull Raceway.
Cole Youse returned to victory lane for the second time and told Steve Ovens about catching a break
We had a fun day again on Thursday as we went racing with Allie and the Kuleszo Racing team at the NYS Fairgrounds in Syracuse. Allie is improving every race now and in a green to checkered feature she was only one lap down and the entire field did not lap her. That’s the first time that’s happened. It is so much fun to watch her improve and thanks to the Kuleszo’s for some extra smoke under her right foot.
We’ve got a lot up for you today including pictures from my last two race nights. I am going to Brewerton tonight and will have good stuff up tomorrow from there so be sure to come back. Plus we still have some of last week’s winners from Woodhull thanks to Steve Ovens and we’ll have four more of those clips tomorrow.
I’m so happy right now things literally could not be better. I hope all of you are rocking and rolling too. Now we just need the weather to cooperate this weekend so I can do three nights of racing and one day of golf. Oh m’mon…make Doug happy Mother Nature.
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page starting with a mix of clips from all over the place that we hope you enjoy. Paul Kinney explained why racing on five nights at five different tracks can really poop you out, how grueling it can be and looked forward to running his brand new 360 engine.
Joe Trenca described his crash at Ransomville that you can watch on today’s Speedway Showcase on Spectrum Sports beginning today in Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse and Albany.
Ryan Bartlett got to enjoy his Brewerton win for an extra week and told me how much fun it was as he checked out Wednesday nights’ ESS race at Can Am.
Taylor Caprara leads the Sportsman points at Can Am and talked about his consistent but winless season so far as well as why he likes it when the track gets slick.
Jack Meeks told me about the tight points battle in the Sportsman division at Can Am on Saturday and explained why an uneven floor in his race shop that caused a tough season for him in 2016.
Donnie Lawson took home the win in the Modified feature at Woodhull and talked to Steve Ovens about the race as well as how he bounced back after a tough race weekend.
A.J. Costley spoke with Steve Ovens as they celebrated down in victory lane at Woodhull Raceway after some recent hardships at the track. Love the energy in this clip!
Codie Baker took the lead on a late race restart and told Steve Ovens how good he was on restarts as well as how close the racing was at the front at Woodhull.
Cole Youse returned to victory lane for the second time and told Steve Ovens about catching a break late to win the Warriors feature race at Woodhull.
|Thursday, June 29th 2017
| New on the Audio Page from Can Am Motorsports Park:
After the heat races:
Kevin Root won the first Sportsman heat race and explained how he picked up the lead in turn 4.
Mike Stacey talked about his heat race win and told me about some new things on his Sportsman.
Shane Pecore led every lap to win his heat at Can Am and wondered what to do for the feature.
Jack Meeks looked good winning his heat race and talked about why he liked this night’s surface.
Paulie Colagiovanni worked on some tires after his heat win and told me why his car was a little tight.
Steve Poirier explained how he took the lead on turn four and how he was able to pull away late.
Danny Varin described the foot work he did in his heat win and why he bobbled once coming out of 4.
Brett Wright was happy after his heat win and talked about what happened to three of his four tires.
Shawn Donath looked at the track again after his dash win and talked about which tracks wear tires.
After the feature and A-Main:
Dave Marcuccilli won his 8th race of 2017 and talked his big Super DIRT Car Sportsman Series victory.
Taylor Caprara led a lot of laps but lost it on a late race restart and spoke about his 2nd place finish.
Rocky Warner came from 20th to 3rd and described how much the track changed over the race night.
Lucas Wolfe led every lap to win the ESS A-Main and talked about how much better the track was.
Mark Smith was gaining on the leader late finishing second and explained why he wanted a yellow.
Danny Varin went from first to third and explained why he was happy especially with who was ahead.
Mike Mahaney told me why he was so happy to finish in 4th and looked ahead to a very busy stretch.
Paul Kinney lost a spot on the last lap to finish sixth and told me how he did financially on the night.
I had a fun night at one of my old homes as a I traveled north to Can Am Motorsports Park as they kicked off Donath Motorworx Speedweek with the ESS and the Sportsman Super DIRTcar Series. It was fun and there was a big crowd on hand as well as a packed pit area that had to be expanded into the infield as well as the parking lot. Yeah…It was a big show indeed!
Lucas Wolfe started on the pole and led every lap on his way to the victory in the ESS A-Main although another Pennsylvania guy was catching him late. Mark Smith of Mach 1 Chassis fame was closing fast and seemed to be turning the fastest laps. A late race caution would have made it interesting as Smith joked that he wished he had some debris in the car he could have tossed on the track ala Jimmy Spencer. Just kidding he was guys!
It was a heartbreaker for Taylor Caprara as he did not survive a late race caution that erased his big lead and saw Dave Marcuccilli go by not once but twice on a green, white checkered finish that extended the race length by one lap. It was quite a show but many people today will be talking something else that happened in that race.
Todd Root got tapped from behind in turn four on lap three and spun up the track backwards in front of the field. Josh Reome was part of the four car crash that ensued and ended up on top of Root’s car upside down. It was a brutal crash that could have been a lot worse. Thankfully both drivers walked away and were able to crawl around their cars afterwards to access the damage. Whew! I have a couple of pics of low quality that I took after the incident. Click on the filmstrip.
Allie and I race today at the NYS Fairgrounds as the Summer Series rolls on. We start at 7 p.m. if the weather cooperates and we hope it does. She’s a little frustrated that she is not picking it up quicker but she is racing against young people who have been racing for years and is gaining a reputation of bringing the car back like she took it out. Patience Allie and keep doing what you’re doing and we’ll be fine.
Come on out tonight and meet our team as we bring three cars to the track. Jon and Michele Kuleszo are super people, own the cars and their daughter drives two of the cars and like Allie, is improving every week. It’s good racing and it’s fun to watch the kids learn how to race.
Don’t forget that Canandaigua races with the ESS tonight, Brewerton has them on Friday followed by Fulton and Utica Rome. Get your butts to the track and support your local track and the talented, hard working drivers who risk everything they have for the thrill that only speed can provide.
|Wednesday, June 28th 2017
| New on the Audio Page for today:
Pat Ward described his race free weekend and what he hoped would happen last night in Malta.
Kody Graham talked about his switch to dirt racing and explained how he is doing so far in 2017.
Kane Bristol told me how he is doing at Canandaigua and how he picked up his first win of the year.
Bobby Gardner explained how he saved his car in the heat and his reaction to his spin afterwards.
I had a nice slow day yesterday as I let my knees get back to normal after a busy 36 hour stretch over the weekend. I’m feeling better today and should be good to go tonight for Can Am as the ESS starts Speedweeks.
We race with Allie tomorrow so I won’t be able to see the Sprints but we’ll be doing two of the next three days for sure. Just not sure which ones just yet. Click on the Where’s Doug logo at the top of the page to see my plans.
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page as things really start to get busy now that school is out for the kids. Pat Ward described his race free weekend and what he hoped would happen last night in Malta. Sorry guys I made a mistake and aired this a day late.
Kody Graham talked about his switch to dirt racing after years on the asphalt, why he made the change and explained how he is doing so far in 2017 as he learns to race on clay.
Kane Bristol told me how he is doing at Canandaigua, how he picked up his first win of the year be beating the defending champion and how his new chassis has helped.
Bobby Gardner explained how he saved his car in the heat after spinning into the weeds off turn two at Canandaigua, why he wanted to make sure he got out of the weeds and his reaction to his spin afterwards.
|Tuesday, June 27th 2017
| New on the Audio Page for today:
Steve Paine talked about his 2017 season to date and shared some memories of Gary Montgomery.
Billy Dunn told me how things are going at Can Am and offered some thoughts on Gary Montgomery.
Derrick Podsiadlo spoke about his rough season before Saturday and talked about Gary Montgomery.
Steve Pesarek prepared for his second race night of 2017 and spoke about his friend Gary Montgomery.
Tony Veneziano reports on recent World of Outlaw Races and a big change at Stenhouse/Wood Racing.
It was a sad day on Monday as we found out about a loss in our racing community. Jeff Stevenson lost one of his son’s in a tragic accident over the weekend and our hearts and prayers go out to the entire family and everyone who knew his son Andrew.
These is the toughest thing for a parent to go through from what I understand and I am thinking about all of his family and only wish there was something we call could do to roll back the clock and prevent this from happening. I am so sad right now as he was a great kid and part of a loving family who did everything together. We are so sorry.
I have some memories up today from Saturday at Canandaigua as I got to chat with some people who knew Gary Montgomery very well. We miss Gary terribly too and think about him often. It was great to see his brother and some of his close friends at the track on Saturday and we hope everyone enjoyed sharing stories about Gary. If you didn’t know him hopefully the interviews we have up today will help you understand why he was so loved and respected.
Now let’s chat more about those interviews on the Audio Page as we feel sad today for multiple reasons. Steve Paine talked about his 2017 season to date and shared some memories of Gary Montgomery at Canandaigua Motorsports Park on a night honoring the former announcer, promoter and race fan.
Billy Dunn told me how things are going at Can Am and offered some thoughts on Gary Montgomery and what he remembers most about the legendary announcer.
Derrick Podsiadlo spoke about his rough season before Saturday and talked about getting to know Gary Montgomery as well as what they would talk about away from the racetrack.
Steve Pesarek prepared for his second race night of 2017 and spoke about his friend Gary Montgomery and some of what it was that made the man so special to all of us in the racing community.
Tony Veneziano reports on recent World of Outlaw Races, how tight the point standings have become lately and a big change at Stenhouse/Wood Racing. We wish Joey Saldana well in his quest for win #100.
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