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Saturday, June 6th 2015
   New on the Audio Page from the Brewerton Speedway:
 
Pre race conversations:
 
Steve Abt had his best career finish last week and told me how quickly the good feelings faded.
Ricky Yelle Jr. talked about blowing up his crate motor and an overheating issue with the new one.
Mark Weaver told me about a motor change he made as he gets ready for 2 races tonight at Skyline.
 
After the heat races:
 
Ricky Yelle Jr. won the first Sportsman heat race and told me about how good the new motor was.
Gregg Kimball led every lap to win his Sportsman race and talked about how his car fades.
Alan Fink enjoyed winning a close race in his heat and told me about a brake issue he was having.
Tim Sears Sr. explained why his son was on the road picking up another car after his heat win.
Billy Decker explained where his car was best in his heat win and why he was starting up front.
Chuck Bower used the outside to win his Modified heat and talked about his car getting better.
 
After the features and before the rain came:
 
Billy Decker talked about his Modified feature win and how badly he felt about the cars that wrecked.
Jimmy Phelps came from 16th to 2nd and told me how close he is to getting a Modified feature win.
Ryan Phelps started third, finished third and talked about some gains he figured he made on the night.
Ronnie Davis III made a late race pass to win the Sportsman race and talked about the inside move.
 
I had a fun night although a rain shortened one at Brewerton as the droplets started falling during the tail end of the Sportsman feature, held off a little in the Modified race and then picked up again. Later the bigger rain came so the Mod Lite and Four Cylinder features will have to be made up later.
 
Sportsman feature was a real good one between race winner Ronnie Davis III and early leader Gregg Kimball. Davis worked the inside of turn four for three laps and finally made the pass with just three laps left to go to pick up the win. It was a really good race!
 
In the Modifieds it was all Billy Decker although Jimmy Phelps did give him a run for his money late coming from 16th starting spot. Felt badly for Matt Billings as he flipped violently on the backstretch. The car was toast but Matt told me he was fine afterwards after being checked out in the ambulance. Their appearance tonight at Canandaigua is in serious jeopardy. I am so glad you are okay Matt!
 
Today I will be heading to Fulton with Allie as the Patriot Sprint Tour joins the Modifieds for what promises to be a real hum dinger indeed to coin an old phrase broadcasters used with I was a kid. So I hope to see some of you there tonight.
 
Here is more about what is new on the Audio Page that you can listen to right now. Steve Abt had his best career finish in a Sportsman at Brewerton last week and told me how quickly the good feelings from the run faded.
 
Ricky Yelle Jr. talked about blowing up his crate motor a few weeks ago and an overheating issue with the new one in the first race out with it. 
 
Mark Weaver told me about a motor change he made as he gets ready for a pair of Sportsman feature races tonight at Skyline Raceway in Cortland.  
 
Ricky Yelle Jr. won the first Sportsman heat race at Brewerton and told me about how good the new motor was as he watched the temperature gauge. 
 
Gregg Kimball led every lap to win his Sportsman race and talked about how his car fades as the racetrack slickens up later in the night. 
 
Alan Fink enjoyed winning a close back & forth race in his heat and told me about a pretty substantial brake issue he was having. 
 
Tim Sears Sr. explained why his son Tim Sears Jr. was on the road picking up another car after smoking at the end of his Modified heat win. 
 
Billy Decker explained where his car was best in his heat win, why he was starting up on the front row and why the person interviewing him was not better looking. I know…what’s up with that? 
 
Chuck Bower used the outside to win his Modified heat at Brewerton and talked about where he felt his car was getting better. 
 
Billy Decker talked with Adam Buchanan about his Modified feature win, how badly he felt about the cars that wrecked behind him and where he found the line he used to get the victory. 
 
Jimmy Phelps came from 16th to 2nd and told me how close he is to getting a Modified feature win as he records yet another runner up finish at Brewerton. 
 
Ryan Phelps started third, finished third and talked about some gains he figured he made on the night as he was part of a four car pack at the front of the field. 
 
Ronnie Davis III made a late race pass to win the Sportsman race at Brewerton and talked with Adam Buchanan about the inside move in turn four.

 
Friday, June 5th 2015
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Billy VanPelt tells me about his Modified win at Black Rock and his deal as a hired gun in the 78.
Mike Mahaney explained how he came from his 11th place starting spot to get the win at Kutztown.
Rocky Warner talked about his Sportsman Super DIRTcar win in a caution free race at Can Am.
 
We’re back today with some winners from this past week’s action. I hope you enjoyed my chat with Glenn Donnelly yesterday and I’m sure you’ll like the three we have up for you today.
 
I’ll be hoping to dodge the raindrops today and hit another show at Brewerton and then Allie may join me tomorrow night at Fulton. Not sure yet about Sunday as we’ll see how we’re doing before we make that call
 
Thanks to the folks at Ferris Mowers as they renewed their support of Doug’s Dirt Diary yesterday. They make their mowers right here in New York State an employ folks like you and me to do so. Next time you are looking for a commercial grade mower, give them the first chance to earn your trust and your business. Thanks guys!!! And with my knees I may need one in a few years.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page starting with a winner from Tuesday followed by a pair of drivers who won on Wednesday night. Billy VanPelt tells me about his Modified win at Black Rock, how he worked the inside groove to get the victory his deal as a hired gun in Grant Hilfiger’s 78. No kidding! 
 
Mike Mahaney explained how he came from his 11th place starting spot to get the win at Kutztown, his three race win streak in a 600 Modified and his plans for this coming weekend. 
 
Rocky Warner talked about his Sportsman Super DIRTcar Series win in a caution free race at Can Am as well as how starting on the pole was a disadvantage early on. 

 
Thursday, June 4th 2015
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Glenn Donnelly talks about work taking place at Rolling Wheels and CNY Raceway Park.
 
We have just one interview for you today but what an interview it is. I know a lot of you have been wanting to hear from Glenn Donnelly and I was fortunate enough to be able to get ahold of him on Wednesday.
 
We went over a lot here including the two tracks he is involved in as well as Super DIRT Week and what the future may hold. I did try to ask all the questions you guys wanted and if I missed a few I am meeting with him next week so I can get to them then. Give it a listen and give me your feedback and any future questions you have for him. I hope you find it as informative as I did.
 
Glenn Donnelly talks about work taking place at Rolling Wheels, CNY Raceway Park and what the future holds for both of these venues. I tried to ask all the questions you guys would. I hope you enjoy it and I hope it answers your questions. 

 
Wednesday, June 3rd 2015
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Chris Hile and I get reflective on how fortunate we are to have some great speedways locally.
Josh VanBrocklin gets ready for tonight’s Super DIRTcar Sportsman Series race at Can Am.
Tim Dunn has won some features so far this year and talked about the old Honda that gets them.
 
The rain finally let up yesterday giving things a change to dry out and a chance for my lawn to get a little too tall. I hope you all got out last night to see some racing and if not, you can still get out tonight as Can Am is hosting their first Super DIRTcar Sportsman race in many years.
 
I hope to make it there although my wife and oldest daughter are on a field trip to Albany. If they get back in time I will hit the road. If not I’ll get to work in the studio instead. One way or another I will have new stuff for you tomorrow.
 
Now let’s tell you more about what we have for you on the Audio Page starting out with one that should make Central New Yorkers feel pretty good about what we have racing wise. Chris Hile and I get reflective on how fortunate we are to have some great speedways locally and look at some improvements happening now at Brewerton. 
 
Josh VanBrocklin gets ready for tonight’s Super DIRTcar Sportsman Series race at Can Am, talks about his pair of feature wins and how changeable the surface has been so far. 
 
Tim Dunn has won some features so far this year and talked about the old Honda that gets them as well as how his automotive business is doing in Watertown.

 
Tuesday, June 2nd 2015
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Ryan Susice tells me about his Modified win at Ransomville and some future traveling on Saturday.
Tyler Siri remembers his Modified win at Black Rock and talks about tonight’s big 50 lapper.
Ivan Joslin talked about his victory at Glen Ridge and looked ahead to the GRIT show tonight.
Tony Veneziano reports on the World of Outlaws race from Attica and gets ready for Kokomo.
 
I got busy on a rainy day on Monday and you now have four new interviews to listen to. Plus there are two big shows to choose from tonight for race fans as Black Rock runs a 50 lap Modified race paying $5,000 to win while Glen Ridge has the GRIT Series for Sportsman on tap. And don’t forget that Can Am has the Sportsman Super DIRTcar Series on Wednesday which I may be able to go to of everything works out here.
 
Plus I still have a few interviews in the can from the weekend that we’ll get to soon and we’ll be back in the studio again today. I’d go tonight but these mid weeks are tough when the kids are in school. Yeah, I know…I’m not the only one.
 
Now let’s chat more about the new stuff on the Audio Page starting with a pair of Modified winners from the weekend. Ryan Susice tells me about his Modified win at Ransomville, how he used the outside by necessity to get the lead and some future traveling on Saturdays to some new racetracks. 
 
Tyler Siri remembers his Modified win at Black Rock, talks about tonight’s big 50 lapper at the track as well as the need to get some motors back after some early season woes. 
 
Ivan Joslin talked about his Sportsman win at Glen Ridge, the unique chassis that got his the victory and looked ahead to the GRIT show tonight in Fultonville. 
 
Tony Veneziano reports on the World of Outlaws race from Attica Raceway Park and gets ready for Kokomo on Wednesday which begins a streak of 12 races in 24 days for the Sprint Cars. 

 
Monday, June 1st 2015
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Willy Decker told me how a late restart gave him the opportunity he needed to win at Glen Ridge.
Joe August Jr. summed up how his 2015 season has been so far running a big block Modified.
Stephen Denton talked about his Chump Car World Series win on the road course at Daytona.
 
Well that didn’t work out like we had hoped at all did it. We were hopeful that we might get in some racing on Saturday and actually Skyline did rush things along and got a lot in but they were the only local track to do so. 
 
Sunday was a total wash as the saturated ground and the threat of more rain shut things down at Utica Rome. So I tried to get some studio work done and was only able to get two interviews done as we played catch up with a lot of non-racing stuff.
 
So that means I will have a busy day ahead of me today and may work on Can Am’s Sportsman Super DIRTcar Series race later this week. I know a lot of teams will be heading to the big half mile and the track is very happy to have the series back so it should be quite a show.
 
Now let’s talk about what we have on the Audio Page starting with a winner from Friday night. Willy Decker told me how a late restart gave him the opportunity he needed to win the Modified feature at Glen Ridge and how the big block differed from the small block he won with a few weeks earlier. 
 
Joe August Jr. summed up how his 2015 season has been so far running a big block Modified as he got ready for a night of fun at Brewerton. Later he would end up with a top ten finish. 
 
Stephen Denton talked about his Chump Car World Series win on the road course at Daytona International Speedway as well as his hopes for his Sportsman at Brewerton. 

 
Sunday, May 31st 2015
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Tommy Sears talked about his first win of the season and how he almost won two in a row.
Matt Billings explained why things did not go as he had hoped in the series race at Brockville.
Jack Meeks won two of the first three Sportsman races at Brewerton and looked ahead to Can Am.
Dorian Wahdan told me about his Novice Sportsman win at Fulton and an award he won at school.
 
Well that was quite the weather day on Saturday huh? Big storms rolled all across New York State shutting down a lot of speedways. I saw the radar map at lunch time and headed to a local golf course for some fun. We did get all 18 in but only had fun on a few holes. I need some help!
 
Today I will be hoping that it stays dry and I can go to Utica Rome Speedway. I paced myself well on Friday and need to do the same thing today so I don’t run out of gas. If you see me running around too much, tell me to take it easy!
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page to listen to this Sunday. Tommy Sears talked about his first win of the season, how he almost won two in a row and where he had made his Modified a little better. 
 
Matt Billings explained why things did not go as he had hoped in the series race at Brockville and what it was like once the track took rubber later in the 100 lapper. 
 
Jack Meeks won two of the first three Sportsman races at Brewerton and looked ahead to Can Am’s Super DIRTcar Series race for his division. 
 
Dorian Wahdan told me about his Novice Sportsman win at Fulton, an award he won at school for his grades and where he would like to be down the road in racing & in life. 

 
     
 
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