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Thursday, May 5th 2016
    New on the Audio Page for today:

Bryan Howland thought back to some of his past at Fulton and runs down his plans for 2016.
Justin Barger has several races under his belt and told me how his 2016 season has gone so far.
Tim Kerr got ready to race with the series at Fulton and recapped his trip to Volusia in February.
Matt Tanner prepared for his second race of the season and told me about his opener at Merrittville.
Sam Reakes IV returned to his old stomping ground and talked about staying closer to home.
Chad Miller talked about the heavy track he hot lapped on as he visited Fulton for the first time.
Dylan Zacharias told me about a recent trip to 5 Mile Point and how he is learning his new car.
Tony Veneziano talks about the World of Outlaws season to date and analyzes each driver.

We are back today with a lot more cool stuff from the world of racing. More season openers are set for this weekend the only question is whether Mother Nature is ready for it or not.

I’ve got eight interviews in the can and if the weather looks good I will put all of those up for tomorrow. My plans are t hit Brewerton on Friday but after that I am not sure as I may have to go where the weather isn’t. We’ll get in two shows this weekend for sure though that I do know.

Online you can ready my latest column at www.syracuse.com/motorsports and you can also get it on newsstands that sell the Syracuse Post Standard. I hope you like it.

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page and as you can see there is a lot there. Bryan Howland thought back to some of his past at Fulton, wondered what he would see in the ESS opener on Friday and runs down his plans for 2016.  

Justin Barger has several races under his belt and told me how his 2016 season has gone so far while recalling some of his past events at Fulton Speedway.  

Tim Kerr got ready to race with the series at Fulton and recapped his trip to Volusia in February as well as what he learned in Friday night’s practice.

Matt Tanner prepared for his second race of the season and told me about his opener at Merrittville as well as how a late race bobble hurt his finish.  

Sam Reakes IV returned to his old stomping ground on Friday night, described what it takes to be fast on the bottom and talked about staying closer to home.

Chad Miller talked about the heavy track he hot lapped on as he visited Fulton for the first time and offered his take on the 3/8 mile high banked oval.   Dylan Zacharias told me about a recent trip to 5 Mile Point, how a late flat hurt him in the closing laps and how he is learning his new car.

Tony Veneziano talks about the World of Outlaws season to date and analyzes each of the traveling drivers as they have a weekend off before swinging east.  

 
Wednesday, May 4th 2016
   

New on the Audio Page from the Brewerton Speedway practice:

Mike Mahaney recapped his first race night with the 88 and talked about his goals for the practice.
Max McLaughlin told me how his early races have gone and what he learned about Brewerton.
Earl Rudy hugged the bottom in the first practice session and told me how his Sportsman was.
Nick Krause explained why his Sportsman went up in smoke last Saturday at Fulton Speedway.
Rich Riggs just finished his Modified in time for practice and talked about what his plans are.
Rich Townsend just completed his first hot lap session and described some changes they made.
Billy Clark was coming off a tough weekend and told me what they found that was wrong.
Joe August described what was wrong his Modified and what they were trying to do to cool it.
Joe Sobotka is back after a 25 year absence and told me what it was that got him back into racing.

The rain ended late Monday night and we were able to get together for a practice session at the Brewerton Speedway on Tuesday night. There were around 30 cars in the pit area and they got a lot of laps with at least four sessions for each division on hand.

The track was nice although you could tell they had it sealed before the rains came so it did get slick quickly which is exactly what most of the teams wanted. Racers that had trouble in their first race this past weekend were able to get some much needed track time while others got in their first laps of the year.

I put up all nine interviews that I did and starting tomorrow we’ll get back to more from the weekend as well as more from the studio as well.

Now let’s chat more about what we have on the Audio Page from Tuesday’s open practice. Mike Mahaney recapped his first race night with the 88 and talked about his goals for the Brewerton practice while looking ahead to this coming weekend.

Max McLaughlin told me how his early races have gone and what he learned about Brewerton in a short period of time last year as well as how he came to run Modifieds.  

Earl Rudy hugged the bottom in the first practice session and told me how his Sportsman was as well as his first race night of the season last weekend in Fulton.  

Nick Krause explained why his Sportsman went up in smoke last Saturday at Fulton Speedway, what it felt like when it happened and what it took to fix it.  

Rich Riggs just finished his Modified in time for practice and talked about who he put in the car for the first hot laps as well as what his plans are for 2016 with his son.  

Rich Townsend just completed his first hot lap session at the Brewerton Speedway practice and described some changes they were making for session number two.  

Billy Clark was coming off a tough weekend at Fulton’s opener and told me what they found that was wrong. Well he almost told me anyway!

Joe August described what was wrong his Modified at the practice, what they were trying to do to cool it down and what went wrong at the Fulton opener.  

Joe Sobotka is back after a 25 year absence and told me what it was that got him back into racing as well as how it feels to get back behind the wheel.  

 
Tuesday, May 3rd 2016
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Chuck Bower spoke about what he learned in practice as he got ready for his first race of 2016.
Rob Bellinger summed up how his season has gone before this past weekend with four starts.
David Just explained why his Sprint Car was so colorful and thought back on his start in racing.
Jason Shipclark told me about his first Sportsman win last year and his past races down in Fulton.
Mike Phelps talked about his hopes for a nice run on his birthday and recapped his Friday night.

I had a lot to do on Monday and time just got away from me. I’ll try to get to the studio today but do have a lot of non-racing things to do. One way or another I will have new stuff for you tomorrow so be sure to check back.

Two more season openers this coming weekend at Brewerton and Can Am will open their gates for the first time. I am go to both we’ll see how it goes. We’ll do two race nights this weekend for sure and we’ll see of Mother Nature is a race fan or not.

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page for today. Chuck Bower spoke about what he learned in practice as he got ready for his first race of 2016 and talked about a big performance upgrade under the hood.  

Rob Bellinger summed up how his season has gone before this past weekend with four starts so far and told me about a chassis change they made this off season.  

David Just explained why his Sprint Car was so colorful and thought back on his start in auto racing at age 28 as well as what he raced as a kid.  

Jason Shipclark told me about his first Sportsman win last year at Brockville Ontario Speedway, his past races down in Fulton and his plans for 2016.  

Mike Phelps talked about his hopes for a nice run on his birthday and recapped his first Friday night race of the year with a new chassis.    

 
Monday, May 2nd 2016
    New on the Audio Page for today:

Darryl Ruggles told me about his decision to keep racing and a second trip he took to the hospital.
Mike Mahaney talked about why he was in the Doug Emery Sprint Car at the last minute on Friday.
Mike Button prepared for his first race of the season and explained he can’t seem to give it up.
Shane Pecore traditionally starts his season at Fulton and talked about why he likes the track.
Tony Finch II explained how he came from 29th to 6th on Friday and how much fun it was.
Randy Gates recaps a tough night on Friday and explains why he drives all the way to Fulton.

I had a fun day on Sunday celebrating my birthday with my family and playing some strat-o-matic baseball to finish out the night. Today I will be back at it and working and hoping to track down some folks who did well this past weekend. I will be in the studio after dinner tonight so if you want in, send me a message on Facebook or at doug@dougsdirtdiary.com.

We have some of my chats from the weekend up right now for you and I hope you had the chance to listen to what we had for you on Saturday and Sunday. There is a lot of good stuff in there that I know you’ll like.

So let’s chat more about what we do have for you to listen to today on the Audio Page as we start another work week. Darryl Ruggles told me about his decision to keep racing, how he was feeling on Friday night almost two weeks after the crash and described a second trip he took to the hospital.

Mike Mahaney talked about why he was asked to drive the Doug Emery Sprint Car at the last minute on Friday for the ESS opener at Fulton.  

Mike Button prepared for his first race of the season and explained he can’t seem to give it up as well as his plans to do some updating his shock program.  

Shane Pecore traditionally starts his season at Fulton and talked about why he likes the track as well as how much different it is to run on the softer tires.  

Tony Finch II explained how he came from 29th to 6th on Friday and how much fun it was passing lots of cars over the course of the 40 lap feature.  

Randy Gates recaps a tough night on Friday against the Super DIRTcar Series Sportsman and explains why he drives all the way to Fulton to race weekly.

 
Sunday, May 1st 2016
   

New on the Audio Page from the Fulton Speedway:

After the heat races:

Tom Sears Jr. won the first Modified qualifier and explained why he was using a coil over car.
Larry Wight passed for the lead late in his heat and told me what he saw in the middle groove.
Jimmy Phelps led every lap from the pole to win his heat and talked about being in good shape.
Brett Hearn worked the middle at one end to get a heat win and described the line he was running.
Tim Fuller held off Billy Decker for a heat win and got interviewed by the racer he beat. Good one!
Ronnie Davis III won his heat for the 2nd day in a row and talked about his hopes for a win later.
Greg Martin came from third to first to win his heat and told me about looking for the right stagger.
Jordan Bennett explained what they did to fix a nagging issue as he won his qualifying heat.
Jessica Power won a nice side by side race in her heat and predicted what might happen later.
Brandon Ford started outside pole in his heat win and wondered what to do to get more side bite.
Bret Belden went low to take the lead on lap two and told me how good his Late Model felt.

After the feature races:

Bryce Davis picked up the lead on lap three on his way to a win and spoke with Adam Buchanan.
Billy Decker worked the bottom to win at Fulton and talked about doing so with a new race team.
Tim Fuller explained to Shane Andrews why he would rather have finished 2nd to anyone else.
Jimmy Phelps finished in 3rd place and told Shane Andrews how he was compared to the top 2.
Ronnie Davis III spoke with Adam Buchanan after leading the 2nd half to win the Sportsman.

What a difference a day made? After tacky conditions with a heavy cushion on Friday, the surface at Fulton Speedway was much like the Saturday portion of Outlaw Weekend. It was slick, wide and the dust from earlier went away as the track got blacker and wider.

The Super DIRTcar Series was in town for race number one and Billy Decker ran the bottom exclusively to pick up the win at the track he was the champion at in 2015. And to do so at the track your former car owns had to feel good.

It was quite a race too between Decker and Tim Fuller. Fuller started up front and after re-taking the lead from Larry Wight on lap 36 he looked to be out front for good. Billy Decker raced the track and stayed low until he caught Fuller in slower traffic in lap 89. One lap later Decker got the lead and Fuller actually fell back to third at one point as Jimmy Phelps worked his way by.

A caution with five laps to go would set up a fantastic finish and one that would not be determined by who raced through traffic better. Decker stayed low and held off Fuller who was able to pull to the outside with two to go but just didn’t have enough to get the win.

Make sure to check out the victory lane interviews as Decker and Fuller get pretty silly when they are together. And don’t miss Billy interviewing Tim after his heat win. It’s funny stuff for sure.

Plus we have the Late Model and Sportsman winners up. There were 44 Sportsman and surprisingly 21 Late Models. We’ll see how many of them remain as Fulton regulars.

I was hoping to get a ton of interviews done but actually ended up chatting off the mic more than on it. I had not seen a lot of these folks in a long time so some catching up was in order. We’ll still have a lot for you this week starting tomorrow so be sure to come back for lots more.

 
Saturday, April 30th 2016
   

New on the Audio Page from the Fulton Speedway opener:

After the heat races:

Matt Farnham won the first Sportsman qualifier and told me how the racetrack came to him late.
Ronnie Davis III got off to a tough start and explained how he came from third to first in his heat.
Jeremy Pitcher led every lap from the pole to win his heat and told me that the car didn’t feel fast.
David Marcuccilli had to hold on to win his heat race and described some issues he was having.
Bryan Howland drove away for a convincing heat win and talked about the fast groove up on top.
Steve Poirier came from 6th to 1st to win his heat and wondered why the leader changed lines.
Matt Tanner told me why he switched his line from middle to top right after the yellow flag waved.
Paul Kinney hit the ute tire on lap one, popped a frustration wheelie and talked about his heat win.

After the Sportsman feature and ESS A-Main:

Brad Rouse earned the win in a classic side by side battle and talked about it with Bill Foley.
Jeremy Pitcher finished in second place after leading a lot of laps and spoke with Bill Foley.
Ronnie Davis III picked up 7spots to finish third and told Bill Foley about his race to the front.
Steve Poirier told Mike Mallett about his ESS A-Main win, the 54th of his Sprint Car career.
Danny Varin led the first 17 laps before finishing in second and talked about a slower lapped car.
Brian Howland spoke with Mike Mallett after his 3rd place and told him how hard his crew worked.

I had a fun night as I traveled the 20 minutes up Route 57 to the Fulton Speedway on a cold and rainy afternoon. Fortunately the rain subsided and the big area of rain that we all saw on the radar stayed south and never affected us.

The track actually benefitted from the conditions and was maybe the best opening day surface the speedway has ever had. There was a cushion and it was tall but there were three good grooves of racing with a ripple or bump nowhere to be found. It was the perfect storm so to speak and it led to some great racing.

I was able to get there right after the rain stopped and was able to record 21 pre race interviews. I hope to get to Fulton early today as well and hope to add at least 15 more to that total. If that happens, you’ll get a minimum of 7 new clips every day next week. Keep your fingers crossed and don’t miss a day.

The Sportsman Super DIRTcar Series kicked off with 54 cars in the pit area. I got to four of the five heat winners and by the time I got to Brad Rouse’s car he was in it and pulling out for the feature. Yeah they were moving things along alright.

Brad Rouse and Jeremy Pitcher had a classic side by side battle with Pitcher up high and Rouse running the middle to the bottom. Each led a lot of laps and they seemed to spend forever right next to each other but Rouse was the victor on this night and extended his Fulton Speedway winning streak to two.

Steve Poirier was the show in the ESS opener as he ran down early leader Danny Varin in traffic. Varin had the lead but hit a slower car that stayed on the cushion, right where Varin was running, and affected the outcome. Varin could not get his car to like the bottom and Poirier was a little better in that lower lane. Poirier got by, Varin never caught up and the race was over.

Today I will be back as the Super DIRTcar Series for Modifieds headlines the show. The Sportsman will also be on hand as their first point race for Fulton is tonight. And I would not be surprised if a lot of teams from Friday stay over and run today.

It is going to be an action packed day and I’m sure the tracks nearest to you will be running as well and they would love it if you stopped by. The best racing and the best stories are not on TV, they are at racetracks in our own backyards. So get out today and show your support while seeing some wonderful racing.

 
Friday, April 29th 2016
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Tim Fuller talked about his second place at Canandaigua and how good he feels right now.
Heath Carney told me why he had an old body on his Sportsman and when it got banged up.
Johnny Hill prepared for his first race of the season and talked about getting behind in 2015.
Zach Sobotka got ready for some practice laps at Fulton and remembered a big crash from 2016.
Tony Veneziano tells me how Jason Sides won race # 20 on the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Tour.

Before we get going today we’d like to thank Picture Perfect Pools and Gary Rowe for their continued support of this website. We’d also like to welcome Ransomville Speedway on board as well. Without their help and the help of all of our wonderful sponsors we would not be here today so always please give them the first shot at your business.

We have more good stuff today and will be at Fulton Speedway tonight as the ESS and the Super DIRTcar Series for Sportsman all kick off their season. And tomorrow night the Super DIRTcar Series for big blocks headlines the show on the high banked 3/8 mile track. And yes, I will be there for both days.

Now let’s talk more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page starting with a driver who is smiling more these days after a solid start. Tim Fuller talked about his second place at Canandaigua, wondered how he was compared to the winner and how good he feels right now about his nice start.  

Heath Carney told me why he had an old body on his Sportsman, when it got banged up and looks forward to getting a new car real soon.  

Johnny Hill prepared for his first race of the season after a practice the day before and talked about getting behind early last year do to an off track incident.  

Zach Sobotka got ready for some practice laps at Fulton with a different car from last year and remembered a big crash from 2016 at Can Am.

Tony Veneziano tells me how Jason Sides won race # 20 on the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Tour and previews this weekend in Oklahoma and Missouri.

 
     
 
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