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Wednesday, August 27th 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Joe Skotnicki looks ahead to Super DIRT Week and talked about what is new & different this time.
Dale Welty won the crate Sportsman race at Yates County and told Steve Ovens about win # 1.
Darryl Ruggles talked with Steve Ovens after his 305 Sprint Car win last Friday at Yates County.
Allison Teed got ready to race as the point leader at Yates County and spoke about her great season.
 
We’re back with more good stuff as the last weekend of the summer of 2014 approaches. A lot of champions will be crowned this weekend as the dreams of some will be fulfilled while many others will see them dashed.
 
Then the second season as I like to call it will begin with big races taking place all over for September and October. I can’t believe the summer went by as fast as it did and just like Joe Marotta told me years ago, “They go faster every year.” He is right!
 
We’re going to the State Fair today so the kids can ride rides and then we’ll be back on Friday to see all the other stuff. We always go twice and today will be our first day of fun at a place I’ve been going to since I was a kid.
 
On Tuesday, Rich Vleck and I put the final touches on the next Atomic Power Racing Hour which will air beginning next week on Time Warner Cable Sports. This is the race from Can Am and I know you’ll like it. I’m so happy and proud to be part of the team with the best pit reporter around in Paul Szmal and veteran shooter Matt Thomas.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have today on the Audio Page. I start with a look ahead to the biggest party in racing. Joe Skotnicki looks ahead to Super DIRT Week and talked about what is new & different this time. He told me about the addition of the USAC Sprint Cars, the features only day on Sunday and the King’s last appearance in Central New York at Rolling Wheels. 
 
Dale Welty won the crate Sportsman race at Yates County and told Steve Ovens about win # 1. He talked about how tricky it is to set up these crate powered cars, how he was compared to the second place car and how the proper gear helped him get out of the corners well. 
 
Darryl Ruggles talked with Steve Ovens after his 305 Sprint Car win last Friday at Yates County. He described his battle at the front of the field, why he had to change his line to run down low and when his car seemed to get better. 
 
Allison Teed got ready to race as the point leader at Yates County and spoke with Steve Ovens about her great season. She spoke about changing things up this week, the bigger car she hopes to run next year and where she eventually wants to end up. 

 
Tuesday, August 26th 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Matt DeLorenzo tells me some of what he learned this year at Fonda as get ready for the fair.
Mike Walton explained how he came from 7th place top win his fourth of the year at Utica-Rome.
Brian Knowles spoke with Steve Ovens after winning the Late Model feature at Yates County.
James Kreidler III won the Street Stock race at Yates County and spoke about it with Steve Ovens.
 
We’re back with some more good stuff for you to listen to as we got some work done on Monday. As usual, we wrote up a new story for the Syracuse Post Standard that will be on newsstands today and will also be available online at www.syracuse.com/motorsports. I hope you like it.
 
I also hope you like what we have for you today on the Audio Page. Two of the chats are mine from the studio on Monday and two are from our good friend Steve Ovens who was at Yates County Speedway on Friday. His stuff is real good so give it a listen as he is in deep with the folks just like I am.
 
As a matter of fact, his Tuesday night show is live on-location from Oswego Speedway as they do a Budweiser Classic Preview show with Danny K. and Tom Baker from Race Chaser Online.
 
To listen live go to http://www.blogtalkradio.com/turn5live every Tuesday night from 7-8:3o. And they do have archived shows there as well so go, have fun and learn more about racing.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page. I start with a look back at the regular season that was with a Modified driver turned promoter. Matt DeLorenzo tells me some of what he learned this year at Fonda as get ready for the fair which starts today. He talked about what he had to do to get the facility fair ready, what he learned about racetrack prep and what he was thinking when things went badly early on. Next race at Fonda is September 13th with McDonald’s Weekend following. 
 
Mike Walton explained how he came from 7th place top win his fourth of the year at Utica-Rome Speedway. He told me how good it felt to win on a track that is not slick, how tough it is to sleep after a win and how happy he was to see Matt Tanner run well in Canada with a borrowed motor. Whose motor was it? You’ll have to listen to see. 
 
Brian Knowles spoke with Steve Ovens after winning the Late Model feature at Yates County. He told Steve about the unpredictable racetrack he saw, how surprised he was that the show was completed and how the class is doing these days. 
 
James Kreidler III won the Street Stock race at Yates County and spoke about it with Steve Ovens. He spoke about the battle he was in the final five laps, how the win helped his status in the points and then visited with Four Cylinder winner Chris Mashewske

 
Monday, August 25th 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
In the latest Doug’s Thoughts I explain why I am gun shy right now and one real good story.
 
We have one thing up today and one thing only as I really need some feedback on some of what is going on in my head now. I want you guys to listen to this and let me know what you think about what I am throwing out there. Many of you have a lot more experience that I do in this game so I really want to know what you think one way or another.
 
I realized that for one thing I am a little gun shy and have been since…well you know. I have the upmost respect for what it takes to race. And not just big time stuff but anybody who races anything, anywhere. I hate to see when bad things happen as…
 
A-Crashes hurt.
B-They are expensive.
C-They can end your season, your career or worse.
 
Yes, we all know that but are we racing as safely as we can be? Are there still some areas we could address? In my clip I throw out a few things that I have been thinking about and in many cases discussed with some of you. We know from past experience that it can and probably will happen again. Can we learn more from this latest deal that we already have? I don’t truly know. So that is why I am asking for your feedback.
 
Take some time today to listen to this clip and then take another moment to send me some thoughts of your own. Maybe some more good can come from this and maybe we can avoid the next tragedy.
 
Now I’ll tell you more about what I have for on the Audio Page. And this is from my heart to all of you who race or are related or close to someone who does. In the latest Doug’s Thoughts I explain why I am gun shy right now and one real good story from the Sprint Car world up in Canada. I talk about why this brought back a lot of bad memories for me, point out a conversation I’d like to have on being safe versus being able to get out of the racecar quickly and why we may be too hard on the media at times…although not this past two weeks. 

 
Sunday, August 24th 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Willy Decker talks about last week’s win at Utica-Rome and what he is doing for Syracuse.
Tommy Sears tells me how running more races makes you better and remembers last year on the mile.
 
It was a cool overcast day on Saturday and I had a get together to attend with the family. And today I have something too but we’ll have some audio from Steve Ovens and Turn 5 Racing Podcasts. He’ll be sending me some stuff from Yates County that you guys can listen to as I have a super busy week coming up just like a lot of you.
 
Next weekend we hope to hit at least two tracks but I have had a rough time lately as the nights I can go have been rainy. I lost Wednesday at Utica Rome and Friday night at Brewerton. But don’t worry, we’ll keep good stuff coming up every day one way or another.
 
Now let’s talk about the two nice chats I have for you today on the Audio Page with a couple of Modified drivers that are each doing well right now. Willy Decker talks about last week’s win at Utica-Rome and what he is doing for Syracuse. He tells me how much better they have been running of late, what makes twin 20’s tough on the race teams and his hopes to maybe find a big block to pull double duty on the moody mile. 
 
Tommy Sears tells me how running more races makes you better and remembers last year on the mile. He talked about how a motor issue sidelined him at Syracuse after just 20 laps, why they don’t have a lot of work to do to get ready for Super DIRT Week this time around and why teams need to double check to make sure they haven’t forgotten anything. 

 
Saturday, August 23rd 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Matt Sheppard talks about his hopes for three championships and what he is doing for Syracuse.
Chris Fleming told me why he was driving to Yates County and looks ahead to going to Iowa.
 
I was hopeful on getting in a show last night until about 4:30 when the storm cells that were hovering just west and north of Brewerton moved in. They were going to give it a go too as it would have been a fast track too but that last bit of rain was just too much.
 
I did get a few interviews done right after that announcement was made and those are up for you today. I’ll be back in the studio today too so look for more up tomorrow as we wind down the 2014 season.
 
Now let’s talk more about what I have for you to listen to on the Audio Page for today. I have a pair of drivers up today who are each having a very special season. Matt Sheppard talks about his hopes for three championships and what he is doing for Syracuse. He told me how he is doing at each of his weekly homes, his hopes to pick up a small block ride for Super DIRT Week and what he will race on Tuesday at Georgetown. 
 
Chris Fleming told me why he was driving to Yates County and looks ahead to going to Iowa. He talked about having his win streak ended at Skyline, how he felt about it afterwards and how he could be the national point leader coming into Boone. 

 
Friday, August 22nd 2014
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Alan Rudalavage talks about his recent win, his job as an EMT and his hopes for a championship.
Jeff Rockefeller told me about his season so far and what he is doing this year at Super DIRT Week.
Billy Pauch Jr. recaps his weekend that included a feature win and his first ever championship.

We’re slowly but surely getting back to normal here in the home studio after a horrible stretch. I think I am finally getting better and am thankful to all of you who helped especially Kevin Sr. and his wife Pam. Plus a big shout out goes to Mark Garrow at Performance Racing Network for his solid advice. Thanks guys.

We have a real god one up today with Alan Rudalavage who I did not know is a first responder and an EMT. Someone we didn’t think about were those brave people on the safety truck at Canandaigua. I know those guys. They work hard and I am sure they are still hurting. Wanna know how they deal with things like this as a group? Then listen to my chat with him to see.

Also I have my last chat from Utica Rome as we talk with last year’s Super DIRT Week surprise Jeff Rockefeller. I hope you like them and if we are dry today, I will be at Brewerton.

Plus we added a chat with Billy Pauch Jr. that we did after I had this front page updated. It was quite a weekend for the young man and he also offers us some perspective the nature of our sport and the special relationship he has with his famous father. Great stuff!

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page. I start with a real good one with a real good man.   Alan Rudalavage talks about his recent win, his job as an EMT and his hopes for a championship. He tells me why he has never won a title before, what he does at the race shop to help the team and what keeps first responders going when things don’t turn out well. Thank God for folks like Alan who risk everything to help others!  

Jeff Rockefeller told me about his season so far and what he is doing this year at Super DIRT Week. He described how badly things have gone overall, how he trashed a car at Glen Ridge and why he won’t be disappointed if he does not qualify in the top six in October on the mile.  

Billy Pauch Jr. recaps his weekend that included a feature win and his first ever championship. He told me how he beat out his dad for the title at Kutztown, how he got some redemption at Big Diamond and runs down his tentative late season plans.  

 
Thursday, August 21st 2014
   New on the Audio Page from Utica-Rome Speedway before the rain fell:
 
Dan Harpell talks about preparing a track for a rainy night and updates me on Yates County.
Bobby Varin tells me how his two weekly tracks are going and his plans for October at Syracuse.
Mike Walton explains how he is coping after losing a friend and how unified the Sprint world is.
 
It was a busy day on Wednesday with lots of things to sort out during the day. Everything I needed to get done with one exception was taken care of but I was so late I was lucky to make it out the door on time after being gone for most of the day.
 
I traveled to Utica Rome hoping they might catch a break and beat Mother Nature but that didn’t happen. They held off a bit after the rain started but it rained hard and rivers of mud were flowing in the pit area. They had no choice. And today’s rain date was also cancelled so unfortunately this show is going away. Hey, maybe we’ll see it back for next year huh?
 
I did get a few done before heading for cover and all but one of those is up for today. I’ll be in the studio today hoping to get some work done and at a show on Friday for sure. I have other things going on the next two days after that but I’ll make sure you have lots of good stuff to listen to. 
 
And don’t miss my latest column on why racers race at www.syracuse.com/motorsports. It’s up this morning. 
 
Now let’s talk about the new stuff you can listen to on the Audio Page right now. Dan Harpell talks about preparing a track for a rainy night, explains how it is different from a normal race day and updates me on his progress at Yates County. 
 
Bobby Varin tells me how his two weekly tracks are going, his hopes for a championship at Glen Ridge and his plans for October in Syracuse.  
 
Mike Walton explains how he is coping after losing a friend, how unified the Sprint world is and how tough it was last Friday night at the Brewerton Speedway. 

 
     
 
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