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Friday, August 5th 2016
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Randy Gates told me about his Skyline Sportsman win last Saturday and his hectic final laps.
Dayton Coney tells me how he is doing in his 2nd season in a Sportsman and his racing background.
Tommy Ferguson ran Skyline for the second race in a row and talked about how he is learning.
Tyler Ward described a recent chassis switch he did and why each party is happy afterwards.

Today we meet a few new drivers to the site and to the Sportsman division. Both Dayton and his friend Tommy are each in their second year in the class and I think you’ll like their stories.

Plus we have feature winner Randy Gates on the site (I called him Kenny in the interview…sorry Randy!) and find out about an interesting car swap that seems to be working out well.

Tonight I will be back at Glen Ridge as they have triple 20’s for each of the weekly divisions. It should be a blast and it will be fun for Allie and I to head back after the wonderful time we had last week. Then we’ll head to Fulton on Saturday.

Now let’s chat more about what we have up for you today on the Audio Page starting with a driver who just won his first race of the season. Randy Gates told me about his Skyline Sportsman win last Saturday, his hectic final laps as he tried to hold on as well as why he skipped Wednesday’s mid week show.

Dayton Coney tells me how he is doing in his 2nd season in a Sportsman, his motorcycle racing background and what finally convinced him to get a car with a cage.  

Tommy Ferguson ran Skyline for the second race in a row and talked about what he is learning in his second season as well as the tough start he had to the season.  

Tyler Ward described a recent chassis switch he did, how the deal went down initially and why each party seems to be happy afterwards.

 
Thursday, August 4th 2016
   

New on the Audio Page from Skyline Raceway Park:

After the heat races:

Earl Zimmer wondered what happened to the leader as he snuck by on the bottom to win his heat.
Teddy Morseman Jr. won his first Street Stock heat ever at Skyline and talked about changes.
Nick Nye spoke about winning his Sportsman heat race and how he finally got a good draw.
Gary Card Jr. led every lap to win his Sportsman heat and told me about a problem he had.
Kevin Jordan finished third in his heat race and talked about drawing the outside pole position.

After the feature races:

Jonathon Carpenter won the 30 lap Street Stock race and talked about his late race pass for the lead.
Earl Zimmer lost a heartbreaker with just four to go and explained what went wrong up front.
Teddy Morseman Jr. finished 3rd in his first Skyline feature and spoke about the tight points.
Mike Robinson
won the STAR Series Four Cylinder race and talked about his dominant race.
Kevin Jordan led every lap to win the Sportsman race and spoke about his old tired engine.

I had a fun night on Wednesday as I traveled south of Cortland for a mid week show at Skyline Raceway, one of my favorite tracks from back in the day. I was first exposed to Skyline back in the early 90’s as they used to run a lot of late season specials so it was fun to go there for a mid week special in August.

Jonathon Carpenter to the Boynton owned Street Stock to victory in the 30 lap Fight Night Series race and had Earl Zimmer right there as the two raced out front. It was a classic battle and I forgot how fast these Southern Tier Street Stocks are.

Kevin Jordan took an engine back from the builder that he had planned to freshen up and it was good enough to get him the win in the 30 lap Sportsman race. Nick Nye was on him and if Jordan had slipped at all it may have been a different story altogether but he didn’t and got a big win.

And Mike Robinson took out a great looking Pontiac Sunfire and was clearly the fastest car in the STAR Series Four Cylinder feature race. The show was run off quickly and they were done by 9:45 which got me and everyone else home well in time to get a good night sleep for today.

Now my old computer is moaning and groaning but we do have another one. The bad news is that the monitors are so big that I am going to have to gut my studio and start all over again. So when this old one does die expect us to be down for a few days as I make the necessary changes here. I will keep you posted.

Be sure to come back tomorrow for more from Skyline. I will be at Glen Ridge again on Friday to announce and Fulton on Saturday. See you guys soon.

 
Wednesday, August 3rd 2016
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Kevin Jordan talks about tonight’s open versus crate Sportsman Shootout at Skyline Raceway.
Dean Catlin previews tonight’s three division show at Skyline with a special guest flag man.

Today is going to be a fun day as I will be heading down to Skyline for some mid week fun. I was there a few weeks ago and look forward to seeing this show tonight at one of my favorite short tracks. And yes, I do need to remember to bring my lawn chair!!!

I have a couple of people up today who will have something to do with this show tonight and tomorrow we’ll have some audio up from this show for you to check out.

Now for more on what is happening tonight let’s talk more about our new stuff on the Audio Page that is all about Skyline! Kevin Jordan talks about tonight’s open versus crate Sportsman Shootout at Skyline Raceway and gives some valuable advice for racers who don’t run there regularly. Good stuff here guys!  

Dean Catlin previews tonight’s three division show at Skyline featuring a Sportsman Shootout, Street Stocks and STAR Series Four Cylinders with a special guest flag man that a lot of us know well.  

 
Tuesday, August 2nd 2016
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Bobby Varin tells me about his season at Glen Ridge and how his W-16 engine is performing.
Tyler Siri recaps his win and fifth place at Outlaw Speedway and looks ahead to Friday night.
Tony Veneziano reports on the latest WoO Sprint Car races leading up to I-55 this weekend.

We’re back at it again today and have a new column up online at www.syracuse.com/motorsports and also in print in today’s Syracuse Post Standard. Obviously with a lot of tracks off this past weekend there is not as much there as in some weeks but with less that gives me some time to get ahold of some new people this week as the regular season winds down.

I have a winner up from the weekend as well as my last Glen Ridge chat and an update on the World of Outlaws. All three aregood and I hope you enjoy them all. And I will have some extra time this week so if I have not chatted with your favorite driver in a while let me know and I will get it done. Either message me on Facebook or send me a message at doug@dougsdirtdiary.com.

And don’t forget later today the Super DIRTcar Series will visit Ransomville Speedway for the Alex Friesen Summernationals. There is big money on the line and a lot of drivers who really want to win this special event. Good luck to all of you going there tonight.

Now let’s chat more about what I have for you today on the Audio Page as we roll into August. Bobby Varin tells me about his season at Glen Ridge and how his W-16 engine is performing as well as how it matches up against other engines with more horsepower.  

Tyler Siri recaps his win and fifth place at Outlaw Speedway this past weekend and looks ahead to Friday night where some NASCAR folks will show up for some fun.  

Tony Veneziano reports on the latest WoO Sprint Car races leading up to Ironman 55 at I-55 Raceway in Missouri this weekend.

 
Monday, August 1st 2016
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Jeff Rockefeller tells me about a problem he had the week before and why he got out fast.
Shaun Pangman talks about putting wings on his Modified and what went wrong last Friday night.
Chris Schaffer described how his season is going as part of a 2 car team and a handling issue.

There was a lot of weather around on Sunday both early in the day and then again latter. Utica Rome was set to run their 4th Annual Cole Cup but early rains with the promise of more later led to an early cancellation. The show will now be made up in September.

Now today I will get in the studio as I only have one interview left from Friday at Glen Ridge so after we get some writing done we’ll get in and get the mics fired up.

Tomorrow we will have my latest story on Syracuse.com/motorsports and it will be available in print form as well. So look for that and be sure to come back here for more.

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you to listen to on the Audio Page from Friday at Glen Ridge. Jeff Rockefeller tells me about a problem he had the week before and why he got out of the Modified quickly as well as the recent hot streak he had before things started going wrong.  

Shaun Pangman talks about putting wings on his Modified, what happened last year when he tried something similar and what went wrong last Friday night.

Chris Schaffer described how his season is going as part of a 2 car team, some handling issues he has been dealing with and how his life is away from the race track.

 
Sunday, July 31st 2016
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Jeremy Wilder tells me about his recent win at Glen Ridge and how his 2016 season is going.
Craig Hanson spoke about the chances he could move up in points and a recent chassis change.
Rocky Warner talked about coming off a win on Friday’s and compares last years win total to now.

I had a nice day on Saturday as we went to my wife’s 30 high school reunion in Fulton. It was a lot of fun and it was nice to see some people I first met when Camille and I first started dating. I was even able to talk racing with some folks too. Yep, it was a fun night alright.

I will be back at the track today as Utica Rome Hosts the 4th Annual Cole Cup with 360 Sprint Cars. I just love Sprints at Utica Rome as the track gets so wide and these cars just run all over the high banked turns. So be sure to come back tomorrow for more from the action taking place later today.

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page from my Friday night at Glen Ridge. Jeremy Wilder tells me about his recent win at Glen Ridge, what he did for Run Whatcha Brung Night and talks about the new W-16 engine a competitor is using.

Craig Hanson spoke about the chances he could move up in points, a recent chassis change during the offseason and some recent carburetor troubles he has been working on.  

Rocky Warner talked about coming off a win on Friday’s and compares last years win total to now while wondering if he is winning at about the same rate.  

 
Saturday, July 30th 2016
   

New on the Audio Page from Glen Ridge Motorsports Park:

Josh Hohenforst talks about his point lead in the Modified division and how he is doing at Fonda.
Bob Vedder tells me how close he has come to picking up his first Modified win in his career.
Justin Knight won his Pro Stock qualifying heat and told me about the super tacky race surface.
Shaun Pangman speaks with Allie Elkins after winning his Modified heat with Sprint Car wings.
Nate Furman won the Midget race and spoke about what he did to get his car to handle better.
Luke Horning got the win in the Pro Stock feature and talked about why he’s been moving around.
Shaun Pangman won his 4th career feature at Glen Ridge and spoke about his dominating win.
Greg Pessolano celebrated his Sportsman win and talked about what he thought of the race surface.
Chris Andrew picked up his sixth Cruiser win of the season and explained how he found a ride.

Allie and I had fun as we traveled east to Glen Ridge Motorsports Park form some Friday night short track fun at the fast ¼ mile track. It was Run Whatcha Brung Night for the Modifieds and only one driver came in with the Sprint Car wing package and that was the driver who won.

Shaun Pangman won for the second time in the season and the fourth time in his career. And he did so in dominating fashion. I watched from the tower as I was announcing for Paul Szmal and will do so again this coming Friday. It was fun to work at a new track, meet some new people and share the experience with Allie. Before last weekend at Five Mile Point she had never heard me announce.

It was also fun to work with Jim King who I had never worked with before. Sure, we’ve worked at many of the same tracks but never at the same time. I had a ball Jim and can’t wait to do it all again next week.

I also met so many other nice folks who work at the track and they made me feel right at home like I’ve worked there for years. Thanks guys!

I did not get as much done for the website but will have some good stuff for you for tomorrow as I saved a few for you. My wife has her 30th high school reunion and I was told many months ago to leave tonight open to accompany her and that is what I will do.

Tomorrow we’ll be at Utica Rome for the Cole Cup and I hope to see a lot of you there too for this $10,000 to win event. I hope you enjoy your Saturday and come back tomorrow for more from Glen Ridge with some drivers you know well.

 
     
 
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