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Saturday, October 15th 2016
   

New on the Audio Page from Penn Can Speedway:

After the heat races:

Mike Schane got the win the 1st Sportsman heat race and spoke about moving from Modified.
Lem Atkins
won his Sportsman heat by mere inches and talked about running the Mod consi.
Ryan Stone finished second by working up top and told Allie Elkins when he found that line.
Darwin Greene won the first Modified heat race and described how hard he was driving.
Alan Rudalavage talks with Allie after his heat win as she tried to stay up with him in the chat.
Joey Grammes told me about his Modified heat win and why he felt he had to be better later.
Nick Rochinski explained how he won the final Mod heat and who picked the number one spot.

After the features:

Tommy Collins Jr. won a good back and forth battle and spoke about his Sportsman victory.
Nick Grist was victorious in a very entertaining 4 Cylinder race and apologized to second place.
Nick Rochinski picked up his first win of the season and talked about how good his Modified was.
Brian Malcolm finished in second place and spoke about the folks who helped this season.
Danny Creeden spoke about winning the STARS Series championship with his third place finish.

I had a good time last night as Allie and I headed into Pennsylvania for night one of King of the Can Weekend at Penn Can Speedway. A good field of Mods, Crate Sportsman, Factory Stocks and Four Cylinders were on hand and the racing was really good! Three and four wide were commonplace and we really had a great time…but.

When we got back to the car with one more feature to go, and apologies to the Factory Stocks who put on great shows down in the Southern Tier, and the thermometer inside read 35 degrees. Even though it was not freezing a layer of icy dust was on the car. Yeah it was cold! The only other time I have been that cold at a racetrack was when I was spotting for TV on the roof at Syracuse while snowflakes danced around me and my fear of heights overran my concern about the cold. Yeah, it was really, really cold.

But like I said we really had a good time, drank a lot of hot chocolate and met some new folks in the pit area and saw a lot of people I had not seen in a while. We also met a few of you who listen to the site and meeting a lot of you is what really keeps me going when I get tired in the early morning in front of my computer. And you guys say the nicest things and do so in front of my daughter. Thanks. You have no idea how much that means to me.

Action continues today at Penn Can on day two and there are six divisions that are competing including the CRSA Sprints. Plus Brockville Ontario Speedway has a lot going on too so get out and support your favorite track or series before the snow flies which felt on Friday night like it could have been at any minute.

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page from a very racy Penn Can Speedway on Friday. Mike Schane won the first Sportsman heat race and spoke about moving from Modified to a crate as well as what the adjustment was like for him as a driver.  

Lem Atkins won his Sportsman heat by mere inches and talked about running the Modified consolation race as well as some changes he made right before the race.

Ryan Stone finished second by working on the outside groove and told Allie Elkins when he found that line as well as a problem he had on the second lap.  

Darwin Greene won the first Modified heat race and described how hard he was driving as well as why he was being a little conservative while out front.  

Alan Rudalavage talks with Allie after his heat win as she tried to stay up with him in this chat. I had to throw her to the wolves here and let her try to interview a guy with more energy than most of us combined. Love ya Al!  

Joey Grammes told me about his Modified heat win, why he felt he had to be better later and what it was like to have a new teammate in the 2016 season.  

Nick Rochinski explained how he won the final Mod heat as he hoped to earn his first feature win of the season and told me who picked the number one spot for him in the draw.  

Tommy Collins Jr. won a good back and forth battle in the GRIT Sportsman finale and spoke about his Sportsman victory while thinking back to last week in Oswego.  

Nick Grist was victorious in a very entertaining 4 Cylinder race and apologized to the second place driver as he tried to keep his momentum up on the track.  

Nick Rochinski picked up his first win of the season and talked about how good his Modified was as well as how happy he is with the new torsion bars he has in his car. Teo guys…listen to this!  

Brian Malcolm finished in second place in the 50 lap Modified feature on day one of King of the Can Weekend and spoke about the folks who helped him this season.

Danny Creeden spoke about winning the STARS Series championship with his third place finish in the finale at Penn Can and wondered if a bounce off the wall hurt his chances at a win.  

 
Friday, October 14th 2016
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Alan Johnson had a brand new car at Oswego and spoke about his Super DIRT Week experience.
Eldon Payne Jr. prepared for Friday night at Oswego and spoke about driving when you can’t see.
Dave Allen showed off his winter look and spoke about how much he raced in the 2016 season.
Greg Martin spoke about his win in the Sportsman Futures race and described some adjustments.
Pete Stefanski took a break on Friday and talked about the racing surface he saw earlier in the day.  

The work week is done and it is time to go racing again. Allie and I will be at Penn Can tonight for the first day of King of the Can Weekend and we’ll have lots of good stuff up from there for you tomorrow.

Brockville Ontario Speedway is also racing this weekend and the 358 Modified and Sportsman DIRTcar Series titles are on the line. I hope you all get the chance to get out this weekend and for those of you who have called it a season I wish you all the best as you go through your cars and get them ready for sale or use again in 2017.

Now let’s chat more about what we have on the Audio Page as my final Super DIRT Week clips air today. Alan Johnson had a brand new car at Oswego and spoke about his Super DIRT Week experience as well as recapping his third place finish in the Outlaw 200 at Fulton.  

Eldon Payne Jr. prepared for Friday night at Oswego and told me the type of conditions he tends to struggle on and remembered driving when you can’t see.

Dave Allen showed off his winter look and spoke about how much he raced in the 2016 season as he traveled to some different racetracks with a small block Modified and racing at Oswego.  

Greg Martin spoke about his win in the Sportsman Futures race and described some adjustments they made as well as how nice it was to have shock support at the track.  

Pete Stefanski took a break on Friday and talked about the racing surface he saw earlier in the day as well as his impressions of racing on the 5/8 mile track at Oswego.  

 
Thursday, October 13th 2016
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Alan Rudalavage spoke about King of the Can Weekend at Penn Can this Friday and Saturday.
Jamie Mills told me what he thought would be the key to doing well Sunday at Oswego Speedway.
Mike Mahaney prepared to get introduced to the crowd and talked doing his 1st Super DIRT Week.
Rich Scagliotta looked forward to Sunday’s 200 lapper and told me what was most important.
Billy Whittaker offered his thoughts on his first Super DIRT Week and the boost to the economy.
Billy Clark remembered his week at Oswego and how they missed the set up for the time trials.
Kelli Stavast talks about her job pit reporting for NBC Sports, Charlotte and this weekend in Kansas.

We have lots of good stuff for you today as I made a calculation error and had more in the can than I thought I did. Plus I really didn’t know my weekend schedule yet so I was cautious to put too much up too soon so that’s why you are getting seven really nice chats today and five more tomorrow.

My plans include a Friday night trip for Allie and I as we will go down to Penn Can Speedway in Pennsylvania for day one of King of the Can Weekend. It will be a nice trip for her and I as I will pick her up at school and hit the road from there. We hope to see you down there too.

And don’t forget that the Northeast Fall Nationals takes place at Brockville Ontario Speedway this Friday and Saturday with Super DIRTcar Series races for the 358 Modifieds, big blocks and Sportsman. It should be quite the show.

Now let’s talk more about what we have o the Audio Page for today as we look ahead to what is up this weekend. Alan Rudalavage talks about King of the Can Weekend at Penn Can this Friday and Saturday as well as how much it meant to win his first championship at the track.  

Jamie Mills told me what he thought would be the key to doing well Sunday at Oswego Speedway, what his race day strategy would be and the need to pace yourself on the track.  

Mike Mahaney prepared to get introduced to the crowd and talked doing his 1st Super DIRT Week as well as where the key points were on the 5/8 mile clay track at Oswego.  

Rich Scagliotta looked forward to Sunday’s 200 lapper and told me what was the most important thing the car needs to do and how the driver needs to be flexible as well.  

Billy Whittaker offered his thoughts on his first Super DIRT Week, how he hoped it provided a boost to the local economy and how much he enjoyed being part of the parade.  

Billy Clark remembered his week at Oswego, how they missed the set up for the time trials and why he was sympathetic to what the track crews had to deal with.  

Kelli Stavast talks about her job pit reporting for the Sprint Cup Series on NBC Sports, remembers last Sunday at Charlotte and previews this weekend in Kansas.  

 
Wednesday, October 12th 2016
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

In this edition of Doug’s Thoughts I give you my take on Super DIRT Week and the future.
Hear from many of the big block drivers as I chat with them as they are introduced on Sunday.
Chris Hile talked about his victory at Fulton Speedway on Saturday at the Win and You’re in race.

I’m finally feeling a little better in the leg department as all that time on my feet on Sunday really wore out the old knees. I’ve been icing them and they are doing much better although certainly not good enough for golf or bowling. I’ll try golf first maybe Thursday and go from there.

We’re still wrapping up Super DIRT Week in our brains and I am sure a lot of you are too. I put up my Doug’s Thoughts today as promised and I really hope you al give it a listen. I know I get long winded but there is so much to talk about and almost all of it is positive.

I will be back at work today in the studio and will have some stuff from there up for you tomorrow as well as more from Oswego Speedway so be sure to come back for that.

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page as we remember what we all just experienced at racing’s biggest party. And that it was! In this edition of Doug’s Thoughts I give you my take on Super DIRT Week and the future of the event and some of what I picked up on in my six days at Oswego Speedway.  

Hear from many of the big block drivers as I chat with them as they are introduced to the crowd on Sunday and get ready for the Bud Light 200 at Super DIRT Week. Lots of drivers here so don’t miss it.  

Chris Hile talked about his victory at Fulton Speedway on Saturday at the Win and You’re in race and wondered how long he would race on Sunday without a quick fill set up in the car.  

 
Tuesday, October 11th 2016
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Stewart Friesen tells me how close he came to winning the 358 race at SDW finishing in 2nd.
Marc Johnson finished 3rd in the 358 race and explained how he fell back early and was fast late.
Greg Martin made a late move to finish 2nd in the Sportsman race and talked about his late charge.
Rocky Warner explained what went wrong during his race and why his throttle was stuck open.
Gus Hollner won the last chance Pro Stock race and talked about how fast the track was at Oswego.
Tony Veneziano reports on the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series from Fulton Speedway.

Boy was I sore on Monday after pirouetting in the infield on my feet on Sunday for some 400 laps or so. I was going on nervous energy all night and all week long and now on Monday the tiredness hit e and hit me hard.

I did get some work done in the studio and for Syracuse.com and the Syracuse Post Standard. Today I will be back at it again with hopes of taking a day off later in the week and maybe get in a round of golf if my knees are up to it.

Now let’s chat more about what we have on the Audio Page starting with some other finishers from Sunday’s action. Stewart Friesen tells me how close he came to winning the 358 race at SDW finishing in 2nd, how hard his team worked and his hopes that they might get into some lapped traffic.  

Marc Johnson finished 3rd in the 358 race and explained how he fell back early as he had some problems inside the car and wondered how he lost communication with his sponsor.  

Greg Martin made a late move to finish 2nd in the Sportsman race and talked about his late charge as well as how he was compared to the race winner.  

Rocky Warner explained what went wrong during his third place finish in the SDW Sportsman race, why his throttle was stuck open and how much of a handful it was to drive.  

Gus Hollner won the last chance Pro Stock race and talked about how fast the track was at Oswego and described what it was like to hit that hole in turn one.

Tony Veneziano reports on the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series from Fulton Speedway where 28 of the 32 drivers broke the existing track record.  

 
Monday, October 10th 2016
   

New on the Audio Page from Super DIRT Week:

Hear the engines fire as they get ready to start the Bud Light 200 at Super DIRT Week.
Dave Blaney explained what took him out of the race and told me how he is doing these days.
Danny Varin caught some serious air in turn one and described what happened to his racecar.
Eldon Payne Jr. ended up in his side after a crash and told me what went wrong on the track.
Alan Johnson was involved in a heavy crash and explained why it caught him by surprise.
Billy Whittaker described how he felt after a bad crash and offered his thoughts on the event.
Stewart Friesen won the big one at Super DIRT Week for the 5th time and talked about the win.
Brett Hearn came home in 2nd place and talked about how some bad luck early may have helped.
Carey Terrance finished third and explained why the last restart was the key point of the race.
Rob Yetman made it four wins in a row at Super DIRT Week and why he almost didn’t come.
Tim Fuller led every lap to win the Salute to the Troops 100 and talked about his fast little motor.
Dave Marcuccilli picked up the biggest win of his career and told me how some luck went his way.

I had a fun day but a long, long one at Super DIRT Week. It was one of those fall days in Oswego close to the lake that locals know all too well. We knew we would get one of those and Sunday was it. It was cold, it sprinkled a few times and there was a lot to do and not a lot of time to do it.

Two days of action were packed into one so the big races all had to be shortened or we might still be there now. I hustled and barely made it out to grab a bite at dinnertime and back into the infield at the break.

Yes, the track was rough. Yes, a lot of teams tore up a lot of stuff but DIRTcar worked their butts off their whole time and they are going to learn from this and be better prepared next year. You can count on that. Don’t believe me? Listen to the interviews. I never prod people or tell that what to say. That’s why the guys talk to me. So hear it from yourself and remember this year so we can marvel at what it becomes later.

You can read press releases at lots of other places so I will let the interviews speak for themselves. I was totally wiped out and have a lot of stuff in the can so be sure to come back as I am wiped out after all those hours in the infield. I will do a Doug’s Thoughts on this whole thing in a day or two after I get time to digest it all myself. It happens so fast and with my ADHD personality I quickly forget and move on to what is next.

Oh, and I got a big help early from Henry and Al from Canada who let me park at their campsite when I was darned near out of options. (I knew that media lot was too small and not patrolled enough.) They knew who I was as soon as I got out to talk to them and then we walked up the track together. It’s always nice to meet racefans and they are fans of Boyd McTavish and Hig Fab Chassis. What a break huh? Thanks a lot guys. You got me out of a big jam! Hope to see you again.

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page as we start at the beginning of the biggest race of the weekend. Hear the engines fire as they get ready to start the Bud Light 200 at Super DIRT Week. I just love pre-race ceremonies when they are done well and this one was!  

Dave Blaney explained what took him out of the race and told me how he is doing these days as well as where he will be racing this coming weekend.  

Danny Varin caught some serious air in turn one and described what happened to his racecar to cause the frame to break as well as why he would still smile on the way home.  

Eldon Payne Jr. ended up in his side after a crash on the backstretch and told me what went wrong on the track while offering his thoughts on the surface he raced on.  

Alan Johnson was involved in a heavy crash and explained why it caught him by surprise as he was hit while sitting on top of another car.  

Billy Whittaker described how he felt after flipping in a bad crash on the backstretch and offered his thoughts on the event as well as why he was still very thankful for the fun he had.  

Stewart Friesen won the big one at Super DIRT Week for the 5th time although at Oswego Speedway this time and talked about the win as well as the pass that got him the lead.  

Brett Hearn came home in 2nd place and talked about how some bad luck early may have helped as well as why his car sounded a little sick afterwards.  

Carey Terrance finished third at Super DIRT Week and explained why the last restart was the key point of the race as well as what their race strategy was.  

Rob Yetman made it four wins in a row at Super DIRT Week with his Pro Stock and explained why he almost didn’t come to the race as well as why it was great to carry it over to Oswego.  

Tim Fuller led every lap to win the Salute to the Troops 100 at Super DIRT Week and talked about his fast little motor as well as what this win could mean to 358 racing.  

Dave Marcuccilli picked up the biggest win of his career and told me how some luck went his way as how close he came to flipping his car in turn one.  

 
Sunday, October 9th 2016
   

New on the Audio Page from Super DIRT Week:

Jeff Hachmann talked about Saturday’s rain out and the busy day it sets up for Sunday.
Dan Wiesner recapped his Friday night on the track and offered his opinion on the racing.

Saturday didn’t work out like we had hoped but now it sets up a day today with all four of DIRTcar’s premier divisions on the track for one long day of fun. It all starts at 10 a.m. and will run well into the night.

I waited at home like a lot of people did and once I saw it had stopped I headed out only to find out that the action was postponed. I headed up anyway to see how things looked for myself and it would have taken a lot to get the track ready and with a limited amount of clay on the track, only a few inches in some spots, it needed to dry and that takes time.

Now we will get to see all four divisions in action today and it will be quite the day. I hope to get there by 10 a.m. so I can sit in the back grandstands for a bit and see what it looks like. I was in there for the first laps on Wednesday and I must tell you that the view is spectacular. I had sat on the frontstretch and in the tower at Oswego in the past and the view from the backstretch trumps both of those. It is the lace to be!

Now since there is not much else to talk about let’s go in more detail about the two interviews on the Audio Page that I was able to get before I headed back home. Jeff Hachmann talked about Saturday’s rain out, why they decided to pull the plug and the busy day it sets up for Sunday.

Dan Wiesner recapped his Friday night on the track as he finished third in the Future’s race but blew up in the 30 lap Modified qualifier and offered his opinion on the racing as well as the line he liked to run.  

 
     
 
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