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Tuesday, March 24th 2015
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Kelly Hebing explained why she had asphalt tires on her 305 and ran down her plans for 2015.
Dwight Johnson talked about the Pro Stock he drove last year and what his goals are for this year.
Jim Olin explained how his first year went as an announcer at Paradise and what he likes about it.
 
We’re back to work today after a couple of days laying low. I’ve been real tired and needed to catch up on some sleep. Let’s hope that brings me back a little.
 
We have three new clips for you today with two drivers and a racer turned announcer. And later today we’ll be back in the studio and I have a few things lined up already so be sure to come back tomorrow for lots more.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page starting with a young lady who had quite a presence at Motorsports Expo 2015. Kelly Hebing explained why she had asphalt tires on her 305, ran down her plans for 2015 and what it was like to race at Evans Mills. 
 
Dwight Johnson talked about the Pro Stock he drove last year and what his goals are for this year as well as his hopes to race more in 2015.
 
Jim Olin explained how his first year went as an announcer at Paradise, what he likes about the job and how his days as a driver have helped. 

 
Monday, March 23rd 2015
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Joe Marotta shares some memories of the time he spent with Andy Fusco at the local DIRT tracks.
Chuck Hebing runs down his plans for the year and talked about how strong the sport looks.
Claude Hutchings showed off his Sportsman last weekend and wondered if he’ll run Mod later.
Joe Trenca told me how his Sprint Cars are coming along and his plans to race more in a 410.
 
We start out the week with four new clips for today. A sad day for many as the wake for Andy Fusco takes place today in Auburn from 4-7 p.m. A lot of stories will be shared so we figured it would be good to let our good friend Joe Marotta share a few with you. I hope you like it and the other stuff we have for you today.
 
And tomorrow we’ll be back with more and we’ll get back in the studio as well so send me those requests and I’ll do my best to get them done.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page on this sad day. Joe Marotta shares some memories and tells a few stories about the time he spent with Andy Fusco at the local DIRT tracks. Rest in peace Andy! 
 
Chuck Hebing runs down his plans for the year and talked about how strong the sport looks especially in the Sprint Car ranks. 
 
Claude Hutchings showed off his Sportsman last weekend, told me when his first race of the season will be and wondered if he’ll run Modified later in 2015. 
 
Joe Trenca told me how his Sprint Cars are coming along, his plans to race more in a 410 and how busy the Motorsports Expo was last weekend.

 
Sunday, March 22nd 2015
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Kevin Ward Sr. talks about his family’s kart races in November and his plans to stay involved.
Paul Szmal talks about Fingerlakes Speedworld which wraps up today at the Fingerlakes Mall.
Mel Thomas runs down some special deals for people at the mall and his plans for the 2015 season.
 
We had a fun day on Saturday as we headed out to Auburn for Fingerlakes Speedworld. It was fun to see racecars and do a little shopping at Bass Pro Shops as I could spend thousands in there in one stop for sure.
 
I was hoping to run into some friends but that didn’t happen so dad and all of us stopped and got dinner on the way home. I love Chili’s and dad had never been there before. He had a good time and loved the enchiladas.
 
I also went in as a guest on Around the Tracks with Joe Marotta and we recorded something about Andy Fusco that will air tomorrow. This is a huge loss for a lot of us and he will surely be missed. Glenn Donnelly even called the show to share a few stories also. We’ll miss you a lot Andy!
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have on the Audio Page for you today starting with one from last weekend that I know you’ll like. Kevin Ward Sr. talks about his family’s kart races in November and his plans to stay involved in Sprint Car racing again this year while helping another driver. 
 
Paul Szmal talks about Fingerlakes Speedworld which wraps up today at the Fingerlakes Mall as well as many other things including some rumors that are flying concerning him and a local track. 
 
Mel Thomas runs down some special deals for people at the Fingerlakes Mall that will end today and his plans for the 2015 season that include breaking in a new announcer. 

 
Saturday, March 21st 2015
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Alan Johnson talks about his Saturday night ride for Canandaigua and the work he has been doing.
Shayne Tenace speaks about the Go Nuclear Late Model Series and shows his brand new racecar.
Brandan Warner told me about his new role as a car owner for one of his former teammates.
Colby Herzog showed off a new car at the Expo and talked about his hopes for the first win.
 
Another weekend is here and we’ll be hitting the road today to check out Fingerlakes Speedworld inside the Fingerlakes Mall in Auburn. Plus I’ll be a guest on Joe Marotta’s radio show this morning from 9-10 a.m. on talk radio 1390 AM in Syracuse.
 
We’ll surely have lots to talk about so be sure to join us as we share some memories of Andy Fusco on the air. It is still suck a shock to know that he is no longer with us and I shared some memories last night with a friend of mine. He went out of his way to welcome me when I joined the team in the mid 90’s and I will always remember that.
 
Of course once I get back I’ll be back watching the NCAA tourney as there have been lots of great games so far and some great stories associated with those games. My bracket does not look too good but I don’t know of anyone who could have predicted some of those upsets. This will help get me through the last of the off season before we start racing.
 
Now let’s chat about what we have for you on the Audio Page to get your Saturday started. Alan Johnson talks about his Saturday night ride for Canandaigua, the work he has been doing at the shop and his plans to run some small block series events. 
 
Shayne Tenace talks about the Go Nuclear Late Model Series, shows his brand new racecar and explains what makes the car different than ones before it. 
 
Brandan Warner told me about his new role as a car owner for one of his former teammates as well as how nice it is to have a new sponsor onboard. 
 
Colby Herzog showed off a new car at the Expo and talked about his hopes for the first win as well as what he likes about his year’s ride. 

 
Friday, March 20th 2015
   We are dark here today on Doug’s Dirt Diary out of respect for Andy Fusco who we lost early Thursday morning. Andy was a friend to racers everywhere and his legacy in racing is almost unparalleled.
 
As a judge and a racing person he brought a unique mix to the table and his counsel to racetrack owners and drivers was priceless. He was the co-host of This Week on DIRT working with broadcasting veteran Doug Logan. He promoted races with Dave Lape at various tracks. And as a judge he helped right the wrongs of society and did so for decades.
 
I first met Andy Fusco when I started working with DIRT Motorsports in 1995. I was a wide eyed kid from the Outlaw Circuit and Andy took the time to give me great advice and made sure I got a warm welcome from the people who would become some of my closest friends.
 
He called the final laps of my first actual race and had some fun with me on the mic as only he could. The last time I saw him he was so warm and caring as he asked how me and my family were doing. My wife had his son in class as a teacher and always remarked about what wonderful young man he was. They say great men leave a legacy through their kids and Andy’s legacy will live on.
 
Last year I saw him, Glenn Donnelly and Cory Reed in the tower at Utica Rome. We shared some stories from back in the day and had a great time. Gene Cole joined us of course and I thought afterwards about all the knowledge that was in that room that day and their place in racing history. Wow. What a room. 
 
This is a sad loss for the racing community and out of respect for Andy we leave the site empty today as our hearts are today thinking about him. Rest in peace Andy and enjoy the racing scene in heaven. They just got a guy who is a jack of all trades. Maybe that’s why the lord took him. Maybe he needed his services. Rest in peace Andy.

 
Thursday, March 19th 2015
   New on the Audio Page from Motorsports Expo 2015:
 
Stewart Friesen showed off the Sprint Car he will drive this year and talked about a new venture.
Billy VanPelt had his Modified at the show and told me how much he will race the 78 car this season.
Jason Barney spoke about his three win season and told me how his Sprint Cars look at his shop.
Kelly Skinner talked about the work he still needs to do to get back and the new rules package.
Nick McGill won a championship last year at Paradise Speedway and talked about his background.
 
The start of the season is getting closer and soon we will all be back at a racetrack of our choice smelling race fuel, getting dirty and having a darned good time. I can’t wait.
 
But until then we have a pair of mall shows to keep us happy. This weekend is Fingerlakes Speedworld at the Fingerlakes Mall in Auburn and then next weekend cars from the Brewerton and Fulton Speedway will be at the Great Northern Mall in Clay. So make your plans now to attend both of these shows and show your support at the cash registers.
 
And I think some of the advice my dad used to tell me as a kid would go far right about now. He used to tell me, “Don’t tell me what you’re gonna do. Tell me what you’ve done after you’ve done it.” That’s good advice isn’t it?
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page today starting with a driver who has already won this season. Stewart Friesen showed off the Sprint Car he will drive this year, recapped his trip to Florida with a new car and talked about a new venture with his wife Jessica. 
 
Billy VanPelt had his Modified at the show and told me how much he will race the 78 car this season as well as how little it would take to get the car back on the track.  
 
Jason Barney spoke about his three win season, how his Sprint Cars look at his shop and hops hopes to race even more than he has in recent seasons. 
 
Kelly Skinner talked about the work he still needs to do to get back to the track with his Mod Lite and the new rules package as well as some upgrades he hopes to do. 
 
Nick McGill won a championship last year at Paradise Speedway and talked about his background as well as his hopes to possibly run a Sportsman in 2015. 

 
Wednesday, March 18th 2015
   New on the Audio Page from Motorsports Expo 2015:
 
Alan Rudalavage talks about his two win season at Penn Can and his presence at the expo.
Jim Gleason had his 360 Sprint Car at the show and talked about his two starts back in 2014.
David Marcuccilli got ready to load up from the Expo and gave me his impressions of the show.
Brandyn Griffin talks about his championship in the 600 Pro division at Paradise Speedway.
Chip Burdick tells me about a new series at Can Am and how nice it is to be DIRTcar sanctioned.
 
We’re still plugging along here as the start of the 2015 racing season gets closer. We have a lot more audio for you today from the show last weekend and it certainly was quite the event. Optimism is high and our area is more united than ever before.
 
I have another column to pen today and have a pair of mall shows to go to in each of the next two weekends. Fingerlakes Mall in Auburn will host Fingerlakes Speedworld this weekend while the Great Northern Mall in Clay goes next weekend. The next thing you know we’ll be racing and I for one can’t wait.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page starting with a driver who really needs to open up and stop being so shy…lol. Alan Rudalavage talks about his two win season at Penn Can and his presence at the expo and teases me about possibly losing his ride to his car owner. 
 
Jim Gleason had his 360 Sprint Car at the show and talked about his two starts back in 2014 as well as why he decided to upgrade this off season. 
 
David Marcuccilli got ready to load up from the Expo and gave me his impressions of the show as well as the excitement level he felt at the show. 
 
Brandyn Griffin talks about his championship in the 600 Pro division at Paradise Speedway and showed off a new look for his car for 2015.
 
Chip Burdick tells me about a new series at Can Am Motorsports Park and how nice it is to be DIRTcar sanctioned once again in the Sportsman division. 

 
     
 
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