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Thursday, August 31st 2017
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Justin Haers explained why he would rather win the last race at Canandaigua than a championship.
Greg Birosh talked about his four races at Canandaigua and why they got off to a bit of a late start.
Paul Guererri chats with Matt Guererri right before going out for hot laps Saturday at Canandaigua.
Aaron Jacobs remembered a tough night at Fulton and talked about racing with his young daughter.
Kenny Gates won his sixth Pro Stock championship at Fonda and talked about why this was different.
Dick O’Brien previews Classic Weekend at Oswego and highlights some of the drivers to watch for.

I got a lot done on Wednesday as I worked in the studio and did a nice write up for the Syracuse Post Standard and Syracuse.com. It talks about the big race weekend in Oswego and some of the tight point battles that will unfold at the local dirt tracks. Give it a read and lemme know what you think.
 
I’ll be back at the NYS Fair today with the kids as we’ll make a quick trip to explore the buildings which we did not get to do on Tuesday. We always go on two days and even though my strained calf muscle is still barking at me a little bit I should be okay. It will be fun…that we know for sure.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you to listen to on the Audio Page as we get ready for the last weekend of summer. Justin Haers explained why he would rather win the last race at Canandaigua than a championship and ran down his plans for racing after Labor Day.

Greg Birosh talked about his four races at Canandaigua, explained why they got off to a bit of a late start and where he was better the last time out.

Paul Guererri chats with Matt Guererri right before going out for hot laps Saturday at Canandaigua. Sorry but this one was cut short as they both had to go. We’ll re-visit it! 

Aaron Jacobs remembered a tough night at Fulton, commented on the huge field of cars this past week and talked about racing with his young daughter.  
 
Kenny Gates won his sixth Pro Stock championship at Fonda and talked about why this was different as well as some of the work they had to do along the way on some tough nights.  
 
Dick O’Brien previews Classic Weekend at Oswego and highlights some of the drivers to watch for as well as some of the family history that will be on display this weekend.  
 
Wednesday, August 30th 2017
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Steve Paine spoke about racing with his son in Syracuse and runs down where he’ll race this fall.
Mike Mahaney recapped his weekend as he raced Friday at Brewerton and Saturday at Grandview.
Brad Alger explains why we haven’t seen him much this year and how busy life is away from racing.
Karl Comfort told me why he got back into racing a few years ago and his desire for a feature win.
Mike Welch described a pair of issues he had on Saturday night that sidelined him from the action.

I had a great day off on Tuesday and really enjoyed myself at the NYS Fair. It is a lot of walking and I am sore today, especially my still ailing calf muscle, but it was well worth it. We brought along a friend of my youngest daughter Katie and we had a great time. Week days are the best to go especially if you are riding rides.

Today I will be very busy with lots more to write and some people to chat with in the studio. I’ll be doing Brewerton, Fulton and Weedsport this weekend with a golf day penciled in for Sunday if my calf is good to go. I have found the perfect balance in my life between racing and family, am not raced out and am feeling good about everything. Yay!
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for today on the Audio Page as we get ready for a big four day Labor Day Weekend. Steve Paine spoke about racing with his son in Syracuse, why the nighttime conditions made the car handle differently and runs down where he’ll race this fall including his thoughts on Oswego. 

Mike Mahaney recapped his weekend as he raced Modifieds Friday at Brewerton and Saturday at Grandview while preparing to race Sunday in Vernon. 

Brad Alger explains why we haven’t seen him much this year and how busy life is away from racing for him and his new wife as well as some engine he is hoping to sell to put towards a house. 

Karl Comfort told me why he got back into racing a few years ago, his desire for a feature win this season and thought back on the racing at Canandaigua back in the 90’s. 

Mike Welch described a pair of issues he had on Saturday night that sidelined him from the action and talked about the different car he was running Sunday at Utica Rome.   
 
Tuesday, August 29th 2017
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Alan Johnson spoke about why he was running a 358 at Canandaigua and issues with the big block.  
Tim Fuller ran down how he did at Mohawk International and his chances at two championships.
Matt Janczuk described a problem he found in the pit area when he was changing the brake pads.
Kelly Smith talks about restarting his own deal and what his goals are for the rest of the 2017 season.
Tony Veneziano reports on the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series races in Wisconsin and Montana.

I had a busy day but a fun one on Monday as I got a lot done and got a little ahead to so I can go to the NYS Fair today with my family. The kids will ride the rides after we look around earlier in the day while my dad will stay here at our house to watch the kitty. Thanks Dad!
 
I have some really good stuff today and will have more good stuff tomorrow. I’ll be back in the studio again on Wednesday too so drivers, if you want to chat send me a message on facebook or to doug@dougsdirtdiary.com.
 
 And after I get done with this I am going to watch the IndyCar race from Gateway in Missouri. I am really getting into those cars as of now after the great show they put on at Pocono. And don’t forget they race this weekend at Watkins Glen.

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page starting with a Hall of Famer who was making a change that he would later reverse on Saturday night. Alan Johnson spoke about why he was running a 358 at Canandaigua, some recent issues with the big block and what he thinks about the possibility of a track running small blocks weekly. Good one here.

Tim Fuller ran down how he did at Mohawk International Raceway on Friday night, his chances to win two championships for the first time in many years and his late season plans. 

Matt Janczuk described a problem he found in the pit area when he was changing the brake pads and what could have happened had he not noticed the problem. 

Kelly Smith talks about restarting his own Sportsman deal, how he did the night before at Fulton Speedway and what his goals are for the rest of the 2017 season.  
 
Tony Veneziano reports on the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series races in Wisconsin and Montana while previewing three shows this weekend in Washington State.   
 
Monday, August 28th 2017
   New on the Audio Page from Utica Rome Speedway:
 
After the heat races:
 
Chris Mackey won the first heat race of the night and spoke about the victory with Mike Walton.
A.J. Miller got the win in the second Sportsman heat and described the racetrack he just won on.
Kyle Inman took the win in the final Sportsman qualifier and talked about advice he got beforehand.
Steve Way beat the big blocks with his small block in his heat and described the adjustments he makes.
Shane Henderson made the pass for a heat win on lap two and told me how much better his car was.

After the feature races:
 
Charlie Tibbitts celebrated his first win in the Sportsman and spoke about the many late cautions.
Larry Wight brought out Pat Ward’s back up car and talked about getting it down to victory lane.
Danny Varin finished in 2nd place and explained how he caught the leader and saw him drive away.
Mike Maresca led some laps before falling back to finish third and looked ahead to racing Thursday.
A.J. Walters won his first career Pro Stock feature and spoke about his up and down racing season.


It was an excellent night of racing at Utica Rome as we saw first time winners in the Sportsman, Pro Stock and Rookie Sportsman divisions. The track was in really good shape with no dust and the racing was really good.
 
The first feature race out saw thirteen year old Charlie Tibbitts pick up his first win in impressive fashion. Most races win their first from the pole and lead every lap often in a green to checkered race. Charlie started fifth, passed some top notch Sportsman racers and pulled away on each of the final cautions which there were three of in the final four laps. Yeah, he earned this one and the crowd loved it.
 
Next out Larry Wight, who came to Utica Rome originally to crew chief for Pat Ward, survived a late race challenge from Danny Varin who ran down Wight with ten to go. Wight moved up the track off the middle and pulled away to win comfortably.

First time winner A.J. Walters ran the top part of the track to win his first ever pro Stock race and celebrated with some donuts on the frontstretch. Travis Barrington won the Rookie Sportsman race beating out the other ten competitors. Nice to see some growth there in the rookie class.
 
Today I will be back in the studio and back writing again as it is a typical Monday for me. Tomorrow we take the kids and a friend to the NYS Fair for the first of two planned visits. So I hope to see you tomorrow.  
 
Sunday, August 27th 2017
   New on the Audio Page from victory lane at Canandaigua Motorsports Park:
 
Paul Guererri talked about his Sportsman win and what he did a little extra before the race to get ready.
Dave Marcuccilli told me about last week’s win at Canandaigua and what went wrong late in the race.
Bob Buono picked up his 5th win in the Street Stock feature race and told me about some changes.
Matt Sheppard spoke about winning number 300 at Canandaigua and what happened late in the race.
Marc Minutolo won last week’s Street Stock feature race and recapped how he got to the front to win.
Daryl Ruggles swept the pair of 305 Sprint Car features and spoke about getting back to the 360’s.


We had a really fun day as a family as we headed out to Canandaigua, hung out in town, got a bite to eat and headed to the racetrack as I was the substitute announcer for Paul Szmal. It’s always fun to get back to my former home and call some races. Always good to see Gary and Donna Spaid as they put Allie to work in the tower and she loves it!
 
I got to see Matt Sheppard win his 300th career Modified feature and along the way he took over the point lead from Justin Haers as he had a flat tire whole running second and may have even done a little more damage than that.

I did do a few pre race interviews but I saved those as I will need stuff this week. I am planning on Utica Rome today and boy did they have a good one last week. If you’re looking for some racing meet me out there and have some Sunday fun.

I’ll have more from Utica Rome tomorrow as well as some photos. I did take some Saturday but when I announce I can never do as much for the website as I can when I don’t but I’ll make up for it today. Hope to see you there and hope you have a great Sunday.  
 
Saturday, August 26th 2017
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Bobby Varin recapped his busy Saturday night at Fonda as he got ready for double duty on Sunday.
Jack Lehner explained why he moved to Sportsman to 358 and his plans to run a big block in 2018.
Rocky Warner spoke about winning his 20th race of the year and how they put a small block together.
Dave Marcuccilli won his 13th race of the season and described some motor trouble he had late.
Kyle Inman remembered a rainy night at Genesee and described what he did with his night off.
Chuck Dumblewski talked about his second place at Fonda and how he lost the lead in slower traffic.
Mike White told me how he is doing with his stock car at Can Am and the big field at Utica Rome.


Another beautiful day is ahead of us and I’ll be heading to Canandaigua with my whole family for some fun at a track that I called home for four seasons. I hope to see a lot of you there and I hope we have an entertaining and fun night.
 
I enjoyed a nice day off on Thursday and am now pumped up, relaxed and ready to go for today. We have some nice chats for you to listen to that I hope you enjoy and we’ll have more for you tomorrow from my day and night in Canandaigua.
 
Now let’s chat more about what you can listen to today on the Audio Page as you get ready to head out to yourfavorite Saturday track. Bobby Varin recapped his busy Saturday night at Fonda as he got ready for double duty on Sunday and talked about a jingle he was involved in early on. 

Jack Lehner explained why he moved to Sportsman to 358, some tough luck he has had with breakage and his plans to run a big block in 2018.  
 
Rocky Warner spoke about winning his 20th race of the year, how they put a small block together and how it felt in his hot laps at Fonda the night before. 

Dave Marcuccilli won his 13th race of the season and described some motor trouble he had late while wondering if something he did contributed to the problem.

Kyle Inman remembered a rainy night at Genesee and described what he did with his night off as well as the big field he was racing against on Sunday at Utica Rome. 

Chuck Dumblewski talked about his second place at Fonda and how he lost the lead in slower traffic as well as how he needs to bounce back after a heartbreaking loss. 

Mike White told me how he is doing with his stock car at Can Am, the big field on-hand at Utica Rome and remembered a recent feature win as well as one where he had two flats.   
 
Friday, August 25th 2017
   New on the Audio Page for today:


Marc Johnson entered Sundays race as the KOD point leader and spoke about who is chasing him.
Chad Phelps remembered his wreck at Brewerton one week ago and described what was damaged.
Tommy Sears was in a big crash at Brewerton and talked about why they missed the second feature.
Jessey Mueller recapped his Saturday night at Fonda and explained why a lost muffler sidelined him.
Andrew Ferguson had a pair of top tens last Friday and told me how he missed the big crash early.
Chuck Miller explained why he was at Fulton Speedway and the big plans they have for the ride.
Glenn Forward told me about his7th place at Brewerton and wonders what is going on with the car.

It was a cool day on Thursday but a nice one as we get in these last few days of summer. I did a lot of work and now can take today off to do some golf with a friend and my youngest daughter Katie. It should be fun and I’m hoping my strained calf muscle stays quiet and I can get a round in. It’s been over a week since I’ve been on the course so I am really looking forward to it.
 
Lot’s of good stuff up for you today and lots more tomorrow. I’ll be announcing at Canandaigua on Saturday and doing my usual thing Sunday at Utica Rome. It is going to be a fun weekend and I am looking forward to it. And look for my story on Helio Castroneves on Syracuse.com.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page as we get ready for three straight days of racing action. Marc Johnson entered Sundays race as the KOD point leader and spoke about who is chasing him in the points while wondering if his past experience at Utica Rome might help. 

Chad Phelps remembered his wreck at Brewerton one week ago and described what was damaged as he prepared to race his back-up car at Fulton Speedway. 

Tommy Sears was in a big crash at Brewerton and talked about why they missed the second feature while running down some of the damage they had to fix. 

Jessey Mueller recapped his Saturday night at Fonda and explained why a lost muffler sidelined him as well as how he has been doing on the King of Dirt Series.

Andrew Ferguson had a pair of top tens last Friday and told me how he missed the big crash early as well as why he almost anticipated that it would happen before it did. 

Chuck Miller explained why he was at Fulton Speedway and the big plans they have for the ride later this year as well as some of the car’s storied history. 

Glenn Forward told me about his7th place at Brewerton and wonders what is going on with the car as he works his way out of a slump by trying a different car.  
 
     
 
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