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Sunday, August 26th 2018
   New on the Audio Page from Fulton Speedway:
 
After the heat races:
 
Sean Beardsley talked about the low move he made to win his heat and why he was light 2 weeks ago.
Dale Caswell walked me through his Late Mode heat win and told me how different the turns were.
Larry Wight led every lap to win his heat race and spoke about cycling in a new set of Hoosier tires.
Ronnie Davis III watched the first feature race after his heat win and described what he was seeing.
Nick Krause won the first Sportsman heat race and told me about some very big changes they made.
Nate Higgins survived some late challengers to win his heat and talked about a small handing issue.
Mark Yorker ran the bottom to win his heat and talked about a little contact as he took the lead.
Scott Prentice described his heat win and the work his crew had to do to get him back on the track.
 
After the feature races:
 
Tim Sears Jr. won a nice back and forth battle up front and spoke about his RUSH Late Model victory.
Larry Wight pulled away with ten to go to win the Modified race and talked about leading points.
Scott Prentice completed his comeback from last week with a win and talked about good he was.
Nate Higgins picked up his second career Sportsman win and described how win number two felt.
 
I had a nice night as I went to Fulton Speedway on one of the last summer, Saturday nights we’ll have all year long. I will admit I was dragging tail a little as my knees have been a little sore of late. I hoofed around and did as much as I could and was able to put some extras in the can as I did get there nice and early.
 
It was a classic smooth, black and wide Fulton surface on this night. Remember last week the track was rough in a few spots with all the rain leading up to the event so you knew what you were going to get last night and it was exactly like it needed to be.

Larry Wight dominated the 35 lap small block race after a good battle with Bobby Herrington as they exchanged the lead a few times before Wight pulled away late to win comfortably. Wight now extends his point lead on Tim Sears Jr. unofficially to 9 with one race to go.
 
Tim had his moment however as he won a very entertaining RUSH Late Model race passing Dale Caswell on the bottom to pick u his first win in three starts this year. Remember Tim did his fair share of Late Model racing a few years ago and from the sound of it last night won’t be his last.

After bringing his car back to the pit area on a front loader last week, Scott Prentice had better luck this time in a different car as he won the first Sportsman feature. All they were able to save from the wrecked car were the seat and the hood. His crew picked up the car on Monday and assembled it during the week. How good do they feel today huh? Nice work guys!
 
And Nate Higgins earned his second career win the second Sportsman feature race. (Sorry guys. Only 52 cars tonight so just two features. I know…only 52!) He was pretty stoked afterwards after putting in a ton of hours on the car this past week. Hard work pays off doesn’t it?
 
I’ll be in the studio late today and icing my knees down in the meantime. Oh those clay based wraps in the freezer really do the job. I’ll see you tomorrow and we’ll have more cool stuff for you tomorrow. And don’t forget Utica Rome Speedway is running later today so go on and sow your support and see some racing on the big, fast half mile. We’ll see you tomorrow. 
 
Saturday, August 25th 2018
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Donnie Elliott remembered a recent win at Five Mile Point and told me why he likes it so much.
Rocky Warner talks about his Fonda Speedway Modified win and his rough race day on Sunday.
Ryan Gustin spoke about his Novice Sportsman win and looks ahead to a move up next season.
Ronald Metcalf tells me some of what he has learned in his first ever season as a racecar driver.

We had a nice day on Friday after seeing a ball game Thursday night in Syracuse. As I write this up we are just getting ready to leave for Candor for Allie’s first laps at a new track. I would have written about it but did not know how late we might get back as it is a good drive to get there. I’ll talk with Allie on the mic about it and put that up later.
 
I have some studio stuff up for you today with people who are racing tonight as well as one I did at the track a week ago. I’m having a ball and will be at another track tonight and again on Wednesday. It is so hard to believe that the regular season is almost done. Where did Summer go?
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page starting with a driver who seems pretty happy and thankful with his life right now. Donnie Elliott remembered a recent win at Five Mile Point and told me why he likes the place so much and goes over some etiquette for slower cars when the leaders are approaching.

Rocky Warner talks about his Fonda Speedway Modified win last Saturday, how he knew someone was catching him late in the race and his rough race day on Sunday pulling double duty. 
 
Ryan Gustin spoke about his Novice Sportsman win at Fulton Speedway, explains how some new shocks from a friend helped and looks ahead to a move up next season.

Ronald Metcalf tells me some of what he has learned in his first ever season as a racecar driver, why it is more precise than people think and the advice he has been getting. 
 
Friday, August 24th 2018
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Erick Rudolph talked about his season so far in Canandaigua and how well the series races have gone.
Tyler Thompson spoke about being named the Rookie of the Year in his Supermodified at Oswego.
Ben Karlsen explains why he's called The Chicken King and how others are reacting to the nickname.
Adam DePuy leads the Street Stock points at Land of Legends and tells me how good he was early.

It was another nice day and we enjoyed it as a family as we headed out to see some baseball at NBT Stadium in Syracuse. We had not been to a baseball game this year and with it being dollar day we decided to go out and enjoy America’s favorite pastime under the lights.
 
I’ll be out of town today with Allie as we will race down in Candor at a track we have never been to before. It will be fun to watch Allie learn this track and if we get a signal down there I may do a Facebook live. Keep watching my feed and I’ll get something done there for sure if we can.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you tomorrow on the Audio Page starting with a Modified racer who has a chance at a couple of championships this year. Erick Rudolph talked about his season so far in Canandaigua, how well the series races have gone and why that is a bit of a surprise to him.  
 
Tyler Thompson spoke about being named Rookie of the Year in the Supermodified division at Oswego, what he has learned about these very fast racecars and runs down his schedule for this weekend. 
 
Ben Karlsen explains why they call him The Chicken King, described how others are reacting to the nickname and runs down some things he had to fix on his Sportsman after last week.  
 
Adam DePuy leads the Street Stock points at Land of Legends and tells me how good he was right out of the box while wondering what can make a nice handling car fall off without changing anything.   
 
Thursday, August 23rd 2018
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Mike Bowman explains why he is stopping small block racing in two weeks and what he’ll do next.
Justin Wright thinks back on his first Modified win and what it was like coming back the next week.
David LaTulip tells me about his Small Block Super win at Oswego and why he was out for a bit.
Kevin Root spoke about his plans last Saturday and how tough it would be coming from the back.
Paul Guererri talked about how his season has been going and his hopes for a 3 car family sweep.
 
We got a lot done on Wednesday and now you guys have an extra bonus clip for today. I’m going to try to do a few today but we have family coming into town today so we’ll have to see but we are set for 5 tomorrow and 4 for Saturday.
 
We’ll be racing this weekend with Allie down in Candor as she will try out that track for the first time. I am hitting a track on Saturday and then we’ll see how things go on Sunday. Stupid weather. I thought it was supposed to be a rain free weekend. C’mon Mother Nature!
 
Now let’s chat more about what is up for today on the Audio Page starting with a driver who just made a very big decision on his future. Mike Bowman explains why he is stopping small block racing in two weeks after the final races at Merrittville, what he plans to do next season and why he feels he needs to spend less on racing in the future.  
 
Justin Wright thinks back on his first Modified win at Land of Legends Raceway, what he has been working on in recent weeks and what it was like coming back the next week after his victory.  
 
David LaTulip tells me about his Small Block Super win at Oswego Speedway, why he was out of racing for two seasons and looks ahead to Classic Weekend coming next weekend.  
 
Kevin Root spoke about his plans last Saturday, how tough it would be coming from the back with no handicap and why he decided to undo the changes he made to his Sportsman.  
 
Paul Guererri talked about how his season has been going and his hopes for a 3 car family sweep at the front of the Sportsman feature as well as what his thoughts are on cutting up tires.  
 
Wednesday, August 22nd 2018
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Otto Sitterly talked about his eighth track championship at Oswego and looks ahead to The Classic.
Donnie Lawson tells me how he picked up his first win of the season last Saturday night at Woodhull.
Steve Pesarek was running for just the second time this year and told me about his race 3 weeks ago.
Cody Wolfe describes how he has been doing at his weekly homes and his hopes for Canandaigua.

It was a stormy day in our area on Tuesday but it sounds like all that wet weather will be out of here well before the weekend and won’t affect us at all so let the good time roll as the regular season winds down.

We begin today showing more love to Oswego Speedway as we visit with the first eight time champion and then tomorrow we’ll meet Saturday’s Small Block Super winner. Classic Weekend is in two weekends so they are off this weekend.
 
We also got a lot of other work done today as I need to get ahead as Allie will be racing a new track this Friday. It will be fun to see her learning a new track and we’ll see if this is her last race of the season or not. Part of me wants to keep her racing but part of me also wants her focused on school. Either way we win.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page as we begin with a man who has been peaking at exactly the right time of the year. Otto Sitterly talked about his eighth Supermodified track championship at Oswego Speedway, describes his mindset coming into the final two weeks of the regular season and looks ahead to The Classic.  
 
Donnie Lawson tells me how he picked up his first win of the season last Saturday night at Woodhull, how bringing back an older car helped and runs down his now altered plans for September. 
 
Steve Pesarek was running for just the second time this year and told me about his race 3 weeks ago as well as why we have not seen him on the track as much as in the past. We’re thinking good thoughts about you Steve and wish you all the best.  
 
Cody Wolfe describes what got him back into racing this past season in a Sportsman, what he learned in his early days and how he has been doing at his weekly homes.  
 
Tuesday, August 21st 2018
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Justin Haers tells me what he is learning about his new car and the new things that are on the car.
Kane Bristol summed up how his season has been going in Canandaigua and how it has been rough.
Luke Horning recapped his latest weekend as he finished first at Glen Ridge and second at Fonda.
John Nicotra talked about winning Otto Sitterly’s eighth championship last Saturday in Oswego.
Tony Veneziano reports on the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series from last weekend in N. Dakota.

I had a nice day on Monday as I did some writing and then got to work in the studio. Three of the chats I did on Monday are up today and we’ve got more people to call today and through the rest of the week.
 
I’ll be busy today again and hope to get my work done before the storms hit tomorrow night. But at this point the coming weekend sounds like it is going to be great weather so we should have tons of fun down the road.
 
Now let’s chat more about what’s on the Audio Page for today as we start with a Modified racer who was in learning mode this past weekend. Justin Haers tells me what he is learning about his new car, the new things that are on the car that seem to be the norm these days as well as why the tacky track was not a big concern with that set up.  
 
Kane Bristol summed up how his season has been going in Canandaigua and how it has been rougher than usual as well as why what works for others may not work for him set up wise.  
 
Luke Horning recapped his latest weekend as he finished first at Glen Ridge on Sunday, second at Fonda on Saturday and talks about his job which sounds a little riskier on reality TV. Good one! 
 
John Nicotra talked about his role as car owner for Otto Sitterly as they won their eighth championship last Saturday in Oswego and talks about his start in racing as well as what he values most about their relationship. 
 
Tony Veneziano reports on the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series from last weekend in North Dakota where a local driver won both races including a Late Model special. Wow!   
 
Monday, August 20th 2018
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Alan Johnson talks about his Saturday night, his hopes for a championship and his late season plans.
Jeffery Daugherty told me some of what he has been learning as a 1st year big block Modified driver.
Jesse Pruchnik tells me how he is doing in a 305 Sprint Car and remembers his first days as a racer.
Mike Emhof runs down some upcoming shows with both the Patriot Sprint Tour and the CRSA 305s.

I had a nice day on Sunday as I golfed in the early afternoon and then got some work done in the studio after that. I have a lot to do this week and plan on hitting races all three days this weekend after racing with Allie on Friday at a new track to her.
 
I do have some stuff in the can but need to load up this week so if any of you have any suggestions please send them along to me at doug@dougsdirtdiary.com or message me on Facebook.
 
 Let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page as we begin with a pair of big block Modified drivers. Alan Johnson talks about his Saturday night at Land of Legends Raceway, his hopes for a championship at Outlaw Speedway and ran down his late season plans.

Jeffery Daugherty told me some of what he has been learning as a 1st year big block Modified driver, what types of racetracks he prefers to race on and ran down some of his late season plans.  
 
Jesse Pruchnik tells me how he is doing in a 305 Sprint Car and remembers his first days as a racer on asphalt and where he would like to be somewhere down the road.   
 
Mike Emhof runs down some upcoming shows with both the Patriot Sprint Tour and the CRSA 305s as well as some of the rained out shows they hope to get in this coming weekend.  
 
     
 
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