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Thursday, May 7th 2015
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Matt Billings ran down how his series race went at Fulton and what he plans to do this season.
Chad Phelps has had a tough start to the season and ran down some of what has gone wrong.
David Marcuccilli spoke about his weekend where he won at Brewerton, Canandaigua and Weedsport.
Aron Backus got ready for his first Late Model race of the season and talked about his hopes.
 
New from Steve Ovens from Turn 5 Podcast:
 
Ron Cartwright speaks with Steve Ovens after winning the Modified race at Black Rock Speedway.
Casey Pavlick talked about his Sportsman win and Rich Karlnoski also talks about his victory.
Craig Mahrt won the front wheel drive feature at Black Rock and talked about it with Steve Ovens.
James Kreidler III got the win in the 4 cylinder feature at Black Rock and spoke to Steve Ovens.
Jeff Daugherty won the bandit race at Black Rock and got to speak about it in victory lane.
Gary Tomkins won his Modified heat race at Canandaigua and spoke about it with Steve Ovens.
Gary Tomkins picked up his 50th career Modified feature win at Canandaigua and talked about it.
Darryl Ruggles won the 305 Sprint Car heat at Canandaigua and talked about working on 4 racecars.
Darryl Ruggles won the 305 Sprint Car A-Main and told Steve Ovens how he got the big victory.
Dr. Steve Collins won the Patriot Sprint Car Dash at Canandaigua and talked with Steve Ovens.
Chuck Hebing won the Patriot Sprint Car A-Main with a late race pass and spoke about the victory.
Steve Poirier finished in second place in the Patriot Sprint Tour race and talked about his run.
 
What a day we have for you today as we have racers from Brewerton, Fulton, Black Rock, Canandaigua and Weedsport. Plus we’ll be back with the same amount tomorrow as Steve Ovens from Turn 5 Podcasts sent us a bunch of stuff from his weekend travels.
 
Also I have a nice article today in the Syracuse Post Standard previewing the first race of the season at the Oswego Speedway as the RoC Modifieds join the Supermodifieds and Small Block Supers. It is going to be a heck of a show to say the least.
 
I’ll be at Brewerton on Friday and Utica Rome on Sunday and will try to make it through an entire race night. I need to stay inside still when the cars are racing but it will be great to finally do an entire night and see some actual racing. I’m doing very well right now and am the happiest I have been in quite some time.
 
Now let’s talk about the new stuff on the Audio Page starting with some stuff from my travels last weekend. Matt Billings ran down how his series race went at Fulton as he got ready for the Brewerton opener and what he plans to do this season. 
 
Chad Phelps has had a tough start to the season and ran down some of what has gone wrong so far as he got ready for a night of racing at Fulton. 
 
David Marcuccilli spoke about his weekend where he won Sportsman features at Brewerton, Canandaigua and Weedsport.  
 
Aron Backus got ready for his first Late Model race of the season and talked about his hopes for Fulton and his plans to get a more powerful engine in the racecar.
 
Ron Cartwright speaks with Steve Ovens in victory lane after winning the Modified feature at Black Rock Speedway. 
 
Casey Pavlick talked with Steve Ovens about his Sportsman win at Black Rock and Rich Karlnoski also talks about his victory in the IMCA Modified feature. 
 
Craig Mahrt won the front wheel drive feature at Black Rock after dragging a car out of the weeds and talked about it with Steve Ovens as he celebrated in victory lane. 
 
James Kreidler III got the win in the 4 cylinder feature at Black Rock and spoke to Steve Ovens about getting that first victory of the year. 
 
Jeff Daugherty won the bandit race at Black Rock and got to speak about it in victory lane with Steve Ovens. Yep, sometimes that audio equipment can give you headaches Steve! 
 
Gary Tomkins won his Modified heat race at Canandaigua after starting from the pole and spoke about it with Steve Ovens
 
Gary Tomkins picked up his 50th career Modified feature win at Canandaigua and talked about the victory and how little they have had to do to the car.
 
Darryl Ruggles won the 305 Sprint Car heat at Canandaigua and talked about working on 4 different racecars at his home track. 
 
Darryl Ruggles won the 305 Sprint Car A-Main and told Steve Ovens how he got the big victory after a busy off season that kept them humming. 
 
Dr. Steve Collins won the Patriot Sprint Car Dash at Canandaigua and talked about the line he ran to get it with Steve Ovens
 
Chuck Hebing won the Patriot Sprint Car A-Main with a daring late race pass and spoke about the victory with Steve Ovens
 
Steve Poirier finished in second place in the Patriot Sprint Tour race and talked about his run as well as the “crazy move” Chuck Hebing did to get by him. 

 
Wednesday, May 6th 2015
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Gary Tomkins talks about his big win at Canandaigua and how he got into the #93 Modified.
Pat O’Brien told me about his goals for the Brewerton opener and where he will race this season.
Mike Phelps gets ready for his first full season in a Sportsman and talked about his first race.
Dan Kapuscinski previews opening night at the Oswego Speedway which will feature three divisions.
 
I had a fun day on Tuesday as I took a ride up north to the Oswego Speedway to get some firsthand information on their season opener taking place this Saturday. It was great to see the city of Oswego again although I forgot how much colder it gets up there thanks to Lake Ontario.
 
Sounds like it will be quite the show this weekend with the RoC Modifieds joining the Supermodifieds and Small Block Supers and it will be the first time in recent memory that the supers will run on opening day.
 
I also have a chat with a driver who reached a milestone at Canandaigua winning his 50th Modified feature there plus a few chats from my weekend travels. I have lots of good stuff today and more coming tomorrow as I will be back in the studio in the afternoon.
 
Now let’s chat in more detail about what we have for you on the Audio Page starting with a driver who is running a car he has not run prior to the season. Gary Tomkins talks about his opening night win at Canandaigua, how he got a ride in the #93 Modified as well as how his five races have gone so far this season. 
 
Pat O’Brien told me about his goals for the Brewerton opener, where he will race this season and how cool it will be to race against his brother on a weekly basis. 
 
Mike Phelps gets ready for his first full season in a Sportsman and talked about his first race of the season at the Fulton Speedway opener. 
 
Dan Kapuscinski previews the 65th opening night of racing at the Oswego Speedway which will feature three divisions of action. 

 
Tuesday, May 5th 2015
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Billy Whittaker described how things went in his first Modified race in many, many years.
Kenny Hammond talks about winning the Sportsman race at Thunder Mountain, his 3rd of the season.
Chris Cunningham is a rookie Sportsman driver and told me how he is doing as he adapts.
Rich Keller tells me about the NE IMCA Modified Shootout and how well things went in Weedsport.
 
I got a lot done on Monday as there was a lot of racing that took place this past weekend. All the dirt tracks that will race this year in New York State -yes..all- did so and there was a lot of great races out there. I did get ahold of a few people and will try more today as well so be sure to keep checking back daily as we’re getting back slowly to where we need to be.
 
Actually for me I am doing much better and feel the best that I have felt in a long, long time. Yes, there is still a ways to go and I am excited to finally be close to where I need to be. I do still need to stay indoors and out of the dust until my follow up later this month but I am much more optimistic that I have been in quite some time. Yay!
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page starting with a driver who is on the learn as you turn laps program after being out of racing for quite some time. Billy Whittaker described how things went in his first Modified race in many, many years as well as what his expectations were for Saturday at Fulton. 
 
Kenny Hammond talks about winning the Sportsman race at Thunder Mountain, how packed the pits were on Saturday and how great it is to have 3 wins in 4 starts so far. 
 
Chris Cunningham is a rookie Sportsman driver and told me how he is doing as he is adapting to the car after an entire career in stock cars. 
 
Rich Keller tells me about the NE IMCA Modified Shootout, how well things went in Weedsport and how impressed he was with the upgrades at the facility. 

 
Monday, May 4th 2015
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Danny O’Brien talked about his shakedown Friday at Brewerton and his plans to race Saturdays.
J.J. Courcy just hot lapped his Sportsman at Brewerton and told me how his racecar was doing.
Jim Bogett told me how the Mod Lites looked on Friday and predicted a bright future for the class.
Jeremy Lueck described how his racecar was in the practice and the new one he is working on.
Karen Finch is back in a 4 cylinder after 23 years off and explained how her deal came together.
 
I hope you all had a great weekend. I know I did. I took it easy yesterday after going to a pair of shows and will be busy today writing and doing interviews in the home studio.
 
There was a lot of action this past weekend as every track that will run in the northeast this year was able to get one in finally. So if you did well and want to get in just send me an email at doug@dougsdirtdiary.com or message me on facebook.
 
Now let’s talk about the five new interviews we have for you today on the Audio Page starting with a driver from north of the border. Danny O’Brien talked about his shakedown Friday at Brewerton, his plans to race Saturdays at Brockville and how good it was to be back at the track. 
 
J.J. Courcy just hot lapped his Sportsman at Brewerton and told me how his racecar was doing as well as why he was going to stay home on Sunday. Good reason indeed! 
 
Jim Bogett told me how the Mod Lites looked on Friday and predicted a bright future for the class with the new TUSA rules in place across the board. 
 
Jeremy Lueck described how his racecar was in the practice, an issue he would like to correct and the new one he is working on. 
 
Karen Finch is back in a 4 cylinder after 23 years off and explained how her deal came together as well as some issues they were having early on. 

 
Sunday, May 3rd 2015
   
New on the Audio Page from the Fulton Speedway:
 
Kevan Cook prepared for his third Late Model race ever and talked about his 2015 race plans.
Ronnie Davis told me about his runner up finish on Friday at Brewerton and the Fulton series race.
Tim Sears Jr. talked about being on his roof for the first time and how he rebounded with a top 5.
Pat Ward will come into today tied for the point lead at Utica Rome and talked about his season.
Mike Button ran down how his first race went at Fulton and why he pulled off Friday at Brewerton.
 
I did another quick trip last night to the Fulton Speedway and was able to chat with some folks before the racing got started. There was a nice field of racecars on hand and it was certainly shaping up to be a great night at the track that started it all for me 26 years ago.
 
Yes, it was tough to walk out before the heats but soon I will be able to go all night and get back to where I was before.
 
I was able to can a bunch of interviews and you’ll get 5 more tomorrow and a minimum of 3 a day all day next week.
 
Now let’s chat more about the five chats we have for you to listen to on the Audio Page as we finish out the first warm weekend of the year later today. Kevan Cook prepared for his third Late Model race ever, explained why he moved into the division and talked about his 2015 race plans. 
 
Ronnie Davis told me about his runner up finish on Friday at Brewerton, how close he came to running down the leader and the Fulton series race the week before. 
 
Tim Sears Jr. talked about being on his roof for the first time, how it felt to be upside down for so long and how he rebounded with a top 5 the next night out. 
 
Pat Ward will come into today tied for the Modified point lead at Utica Rome and talked about his season so far as well as where he’d like to be better. 
 
Mike Button ran down how his first race went at Fulton, explained why he pulled off Friday at Brewerton and how much better his car was in Saturday’s hot laps. 
 
Saturday, May 2nd 2015
   New on the Audio Page from the Brewerton Speedway opener:
 
Mike Bowman recapped his up and down weekend as he ran both Fulton and Utica Rome Speedways.
Larry Wight told me what went wrong at Fulton Super DIRTcar Series race while he was up front.
Dave Marcuccilli has had all top five finishes to start the season and looked ahead to Weedsport.
Vic Coffey explained how he picked up a ride for Fridays and his plans to run Modifieds more.
Jimmy Phelps updated me on the work they did this week to get ready for Sunday’s opener.
 
Last night I went to the Brewerton Speedway and hung out for a while before heading home. I did get a bunch of interviews done and will be doing the same thing today at Fulton. I even made it back home to have some birthday cake with the kids.
 
There was a real nice field of cars in the pit area and things seem very healthy at the track in all the divisions. WIXT TV 9 also had a live truck at the track and did a live feed during their newscast so hopefully some people saw that and made their way out to the track.
 
I also had the chance to speak to several people who have battled and are still battling pneumonia. I was feeling a little down (maybe more than a little) this past week as I was expecting to feel substantially better five days after finishing a ten day does of antibiotics. But from what I heard last night it takes months to fully recover. Thanks to everyone who shared their stories with me as it really helped me gain some perspective.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you to listen to today on the Audio Page starting with some drivers who raced this past weekend. Mike Bowman recapped his up and down weekend as he ran both Fulton and Utica Rome Speedways and ran down his plans for the 2015 season. 
 
Larry Wight told me what went wrong at Fulton Super DIRTcar Series race while he was up front and how things went on Sunday at Utica Rome. 
 
Dave Marcuccilli talked about his streak of top five finishes to start the season and looked ahead to go back to Weedsport on Sunday where his racing career started in an Enduro. 
 
Vic Coffey explained how he picked up a ride for Fridays, his run at Fulton last Saturday and his plans to run Modifieds more and Late Models less. 
 
Jimmy Phelps updated me on the work they did this week to get ready for Sunday’s opener at the Weedsport Speedway and recapped last Saturday’s Super DIRTcar Series race. 

 
Friday, May 1st 2015
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Rich Keller talks about Sunday’s IMCA Modified North East Shootout at Weedsport Speedway.
Pete MacDonald previews the month of May at New Egypt including the Modified Madness Series.
 
Back to finish up the week here on Doug’s Dirt Diary with a preview of some of the action taking place this weekend. Today I’ll be making a quick trip to Brewerton to see how things go in their opener and we’ll do the same at Fulton on Saturday as try to pace ourselves in our recovery.
 
A big thanks to VP Racing Fuel as they renewed their commitment to us here and a big thanks to all the folks you see on this site as without their help we would not be doing what we are doing now. Thank you so much guys!
 
Today is going to be a fun day for me as it is my birthday. The years keep clicking and after what I went through in April I am just happy to be here. It’s an overused cliché for sure, but totally true in this case.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page starting with a man who is tackling his first venture as a promoter. Rich Keller talks about Sunday’s IMCA Modified North East Shootout at Weedsport Speedway and runs down the big money and contingencies for the drivers. 
 
Pete MacDonald previews the month of May at New Egypt including the Modified Madness Series, the World of Outlaw Sprint Cars and more. 

 
     
 
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