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Wednesday, October 19th 2011
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Alan Rudalavage watched the rain at Penn Can and told me why he knew it would rain out.
Casey Williams explained why he traveled to Penn Can and thought back to the last time. 
Bill Pascual talks about his rookie season in a Modified as he gets ready for Eastern States.
Kyle Rohner won the Sportsman championship again at Accord and chatted about his season. 
Allison Pierce had her truck at Penn Can to race against the street stocks and talked about it. 
 
It was a nice day for me on Tuesday as I got some work done and got some good quality time with the family. I was able to record some new stuff after putting up this front page entry and am busy working on the questions you guys submitted for my six pack in the upcoming Season in Review interviews. Keep them coming to doug@dougsdirtdiary.com
 
Also on the site today are two new drivers who we have never chatted with before. Kyle Rohner and Allison Pierce did their first interviews with me and both of those are up on the Audio Page right now. Plus we added some new photo bins so be sure to check those out as well.
 
And we will be in the studio again today so be sure to show up tomorrow to see who we chat with and what will also be showing up from my trip to Penn Can as we still have a lot of interviews in the can waiting to show up. 
 
Now let’s chat more about what is new for today on the Audio Page. I begin with a man who ended up having his whole weekend washed out my Mother Nature. Alan Rudalavage watched the rain at Penn Can and told me why he knew it would rain out because of the good draw he had. He also wondered if this would be his last show of the year, explained why he was not going to make it on Friday and how his whole weekend was rained out so far. 
 
Casey Williams explained why he traveled to Penn Can and thought back to the last time he towed to northern Pennsylvania. He also remembered his recent trip to Brewerton, explains how much different the short tracks are compared to his home track and why he would make this his final show of 2012. 
 
Bill Pascual talks about his rookie season in a Modified as he gets ready for Eastern States. He explained why this year was the right time to move up from Pro Stocks, why he feels the full fendered class is falling off so much and what he learned at the Sunday practice session. 
 
Kyle Rohner won the Sportsman championship again at Accord and chatted about his season. He talked about where they were better this year compared to years past, how much better he was on the bottom of the racetrack and why his usual Friday night set up should be fine at Penn Can. 
 
Allison Pierce had her truck at Penn Can to race against the street stocks and talked about it. She told me some of what she has learned in the truck, how long it took to get comfortable and how tough it was to switch from a front wheel driver car to a rear wheel drive. 

 
Tuesday, October 18th 2011
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Doug Manmiller commented on Mother Nature and told me why he likes short tracks so much.
Jessica Zemken tells me how much she enjoyed her laps at Oswego Speedway in a winged super. 
Joey Colsten talked about waiting out the rain and wondered if the race would be rescheduled. 
John Juhl had a Modified motor under his right foot on Sunday and told me how it happened. 
Bobby Boynton reflects on his 45 year racing career and talks about his role at the racetrack. 
 
I had a nice day on Monday as I was able to lay low at the home studio. I did get a chat recorded later in the day and also wrote up my new column for the Syracuse Post Standard. And of course I am still thinking about Dan Wheldon and his family. Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone who was fortunate enough to have Dan touch their lives.
 
Today I will be back in the studio and back doing more interviews. Although I still have twelve interviews saved from my rainout trip to Penn Can on Sunday so look for a minimum of four of those a day showing up between today and Friday.
 
Soon I will be doing Season in Review interviews and once again I am enlisting your help. I will be doing a six pack of questions again with the first two being the same as they have always been. What was your best night and of course the flip side, what was your worst night? But I need four more. I’ll give t-shirts away to anyone who suggests one that I use, so send me your thoughts at doug@dougsdirtdiary.com or friend me on Facebook.
 
And if you want to read my latest column and go through the archives, you can do so at www.syracuse.com/motorsports
 
Now let’s chat more about what is new for today on the Audio Page. I begin with a man who was stranding in the rain wondering if we were going to go just like many of us were doing on Sunday at Penn Can. Doug Manmiller commented on Mother Nature and told me why he likes short tracks like Penn Can. He talked about how good he was the week before at Five Mile Point, how well his equipment has been holding up and wonders about Delaware later this year. 
 
Jessica Zemken tells me how much she enjoyed her laps at Oswego Speedway in a winged Super Modified. She talked about getting rained out the day before at Brockville, looked ahead to her next race at Charlotte and evaluated how she felt she did at The Steel Palace as well as where that could lead. 
 
Joey Colsten talked about waiting out the rain and wondered if the race would be rescheduled. He told me how much he feels for the promoters after the rainy summer, the flood and how tough it is even when you do get a sunny Friday. Good points made by Joey here! 
 
John Juhl had a Modified motor under his right foot on Sunday and told me how it happened. He talked about how close he came to making the Mod show last week at Five Mile Point, described what the 358 feels like as well as how much faster things happen in a Modified. 
 
Bobby Boynton reflects on his 45 year racing career and talks about his current role at the racetrack. He told me why he does not want to get behind the wheel again, how important his wife was in his life and remembered his first few years that saw him land on his roof on several occasions. Nice one here! 

 
Monday, October 17th 2011
   New on the Audio Page from the rain out at Penn Can Speedway:
 
Brian Weaver talked about his 2010 season and how tough racing became after the flood. 
Mike Colsten just woke up from a nap and explained why his year seemed both long and short. 
Nick Rochinski told me about last Saturday at Five Mile Point and how much he enjoyed the ride. 
Stewart Friesen described the Modified he had at Penn Can and compared it to his Saturday home. 
Steve Babicek has been having a tough season and told me why he switched tracks along the way. 
Mitch Gibbs got ready for his 4th race of the year and talked about what he hopes happens in 2012. 
Duane Howard won the Saturday race at Grandview and explained how slower traffic helped. 
Bob Henry Jr. recapped his third place run from Saturday and talked about his Penn Can car. 
Danny Tyler explained what happened to him the night before and how close he is to winning. 
 
My Sunday started out on wet roads and ended on them as well as Penn Can Speedway rained out. I left my house as it was raining, hit some dry roads south of Cortland and then went back into the drizzle as soon as I got off the exit for Penn Can.
 
It never really got going too hard but as they finally pulled the plug at about 5PM it was just starting to really come down and the radar showed a lot more coming. It’s too bad too as they had a nice field of Modifieds, Sportsman and Street Stocks on hand. As of now they are going to move the show to Sunday, October 30th but keep checking their website to be sure.
 
I got a lot done down there in the two and a half hours I was there as I recorded 25 new conversations, 9 of which are up today and the rest will show up later this week. I also took over 50 photos and those are up as well as some from Ty Garl’s trip to New Egypt on Saturday night.
 
Of course the racing community is in mourning today with the death of Dan Wheldon at Las Vegas on Sunday. It has been a long time since this type of thing has happened in a major motorsports venue like Indy Car and we all feel their pain when this happens. Every driver knows the risk of racing but we all hope we never have to see it firsthand. Our deepest sympathies go out to his wife, his kids, his family and all his friends. 
 
Now let’s talk about what is new for today on the Audio Page. I begin with a chat with an old friend who I have not seen that much this year. Brian Weaver talked about his abbreviated 2010 season as he got ready at Penn Can and how tough racing became after the flood hit the southern tier. 
 
Mike Colsten just woke up from a nap, explained why his year seemed both long & short and how a bad draw put him behind early last week at Five Mile. 
 
Nick Rochinski told me about last Saturday at Five Mile Point where he drove the Tad Parks owned Modified and how much he enjoyed the ride. 
 
Stewart Friesen described the Modified he had at Penn Can, compared the track to his Saturday home and ran down his late season plans. 
 
Steve Babicek has been having a tough season and told me why he switched tracks along the way as well as some set up issues he has been working on. 
 
Mitch Gibbs got ready for his fourth race of the year and told me how many races he will run to finish the year as well as his hopes for the 2012 season. 
 
Duane Howard won the Saturday race at Grandview and explained how slower traffic helped jam up the leader so he could get by.   
 
Bob Henry Jr. recapped his third place run from Saturday night’s open Sportsman race and talked about the car he had at Penn Can on Sunday. 
 
Danny Tyler explained what happened to him the night before while leading a race with five laps to go and how close he is to winning his first Modified feature. 

 
Sunday, October 16th 2011
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Dan Creeden talks about racing today at Penn Can and why he prefers an alcohol powered car. 
Tim Sears Jr. chats about winning the Mr. DIRTcar title and each type of racecar he drives. 
Paul Szmal runs down what is happening today at Frozen Ocean and describes the facility. 
 
It was a cold and rainy day in Central New York on Saturday and I spent it in the studio and at the YMCA with my oldest daughter. I did some interviews in the afternoon, went and shot baskets with her and then finished up my work after dinner. And I will tell you that for someone who could not even hit the rim 18 days ago, Allie is really catching on quickly. She does have the Elkins blood in her you know.
 
Today I will be heading to Penn Can Speedway for their final show of the year. The King of the Can will see lots of the area’s top Modified drivers at the track and all will be going for the $5,000 first prize. So it is going to be a good one for sure as these specials at Penn Can are always excellent.
 
And for all of you north of the border, you have Brockville Ontario Speedway to go to today. The Super DIRTcar Series for both Modifieds and Sportsman is on the card. And one of the interviews on the site today is with a champion as Tim Sears Jr. comes in with enough of a lead that he does not even need to take the green.
 
So be sure to come back tomorrow for some new stuff from Penn Can and of course we’ll be back in the studio this week so it should be a good one to make sure you check in each and every day.
 
Now let’s chat more about what is new for today on the Audio Page. I begin with a man who has several more race weekends to go. Dan Creeden talks about racing today at Penn Can and explains why he prefers an alcohol powered car. He also told me what they have to do to that alcohol motor during the week, how much the handling changes because of the extra weight the car sheds and runs down his late season plans. 
 
Tim Sears Jr. chats about winning the Mr. DIRTcar Sportsman title and each type of racecar he drives. He explains what he really likes about Late Models, wonders what he’ll do next year and thanks everyone who helped him win 25 races in 2011. 
 
Paul Szmal runs down what is happening today at Frozen Ocean and describes the facility. He talks about the two types of Micro Sprints that will be racing together, wonders which if any will have an advantage as well as what else is on the card for today. 

 
Saturday, October 15th 2011
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Danny O’Brien gets ready for the 358 series finale and tells me how he’ll approach the race.
Steve Poirier talks about his hopes to race his 360 Sprint Car at Brockville’s Northeast Fall Nationals. 
Ryan Phelps tells me how he flipped his Modified in hot laps and went on to win at Brewerton. 
Shane Pecore described his top six finish at Syracuse, his season at the BOS and a move up in 2012. 
Michael Sanchelli previews Eastern States Weekend and comments on Fulton Speedway’s situation. 
 
It was a cold and rainy day on Friday and because of that the Penn Can Speedway rained out the first day of King of the Can Weekend. But fear not racefans, the Friday Modified show has been moved to Sunday and I will have more on that tomorrow you can trust me on that one. And yes, I am still planning on going to Penn Can on Sunday.
 
So with an empty can of interviews staring me in the face, I got busy and recorded five new chats for you to listen to today. And since I am not going anywhere today I will be back in the studio again chatting with people for tomorrow’s Audio Page. So one way or another, we always have something for you.
 
I am hoping that the weather they have been talking about stays away and hoping that we will be okay today as both Penn Can and Brockville are slated to go. But like I said, I’ll be in the studio today and at Penn Can Sunday so you will have lots of new stuff to listen to.
 
Now let’s talk more about what you can listen to right now on the Audio Page. I begin with some people who are racing today. Danny O’Brien gets ready for the 358 series finale at Brockville and tells me how he’ll approach the race. He talked about how surprised he is that he still has a shot at the title, how tough it was to pull off the track at Syracuse and explains why his small block will be very competitive on Sunday against the big blocks. 
 
Steve Poirier talks about his hopes to race his 360 Sprint Car at Brockville’s Northeast Fall Nationals today. He told me how much different the Sprinter is to drive compared to a Modified, how tough it is to drive both on the same night and wonders how much 410 racing he may do in the future. 
 
Ryan Phelps tells me how he flipped his Modified in hot laps and went on to win a few hours later at Brewerton. He explained how he got in an accident in turn one, how badly damaged his car was and how tough it was to watch someone else drive one of his cars at Syracuse. 
 
Shane Pecore described his top six finish at Syracuse, his season at the BOS and a move up for 2012. He told me how much different the mile was this year compared to last, how much he learned as a driver this past season and how excited he is to be driving full time for Warrior Racing next year. 
 
Michael Sanchelli previews Eastern States Weekend and comments on Fulton Speedway’s situation. He talks about some schedule changes for this year’s event, the sprucing up of the facility that he undertook and explains what it means when an ordinance is tabled as happened with the Town of Volney noise ordinance. Good stuff! 

 
Friday, October 14th 2011
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Carey Terrance changed his pit stall on Saturday and told me how they blew an engine on Friday.
Larry Wight was in a jingle in his Friday 358 qualifier and described what happened in turn one.
Billy VanInwegen told me why his car would not take the green in Sunday’s race at Syracuse.
Tim Currier explained why he pulled off the race track during Sunday’s non-qualifiers race. 
Mike O’Brien described his week at Syracuse and talked about racing the mile for the first time.
Aaron Bartemy talked about his season on the asphalt and how good his racecar has been. 
 
We are back with six new chats for today and still hopeful that we will see a race tonight. As I type this up it is Thursday afternoon and the weather is a bit unsettled for today to say the least. So keep your fingers crossed as I am hoping to head to Penn Can tonight. 
 
I have my final interviews up from Syracuse and there are six real good ones up for you guys today. Now remember if Penn Can does rain out, the show for tonight will run on Sunday. And go back a few days to listen to my Paul Kirkland interview to hear what Brockville Ontario Speedway will do it they get wet but they will do everything they can to finish on Sunday.
 
As for me, my equipment is all back up to speed so there should be no audio issues from here on in. I also got some new cables so that should also put us in real good shape for the rest of the year.
 
Now let’s chat more about what is new for today on the Audio Page. I begin with a man who had some tough luck at Super DIRT Week. Carey Terrance changed his pit stall on Saturday and told me how they blew an engine on Friday. He talked about how good the back up motor was in the consolation race, why he feels dropping a few spots on the grid is not a big deal and what that move would do for him.  
 
Larry Wight was in a jingle in his Friday 358 qualifier and described what happened in turn one. He told me what it did to his car to send him to the pits, explained why he chose to pull it in and how important it was to have qualified in the top six. 
 
Billy VanInwegen told me why his car would not take the green in Sunday’s race at Syracuse. He talked about what he felt went wrong, when it happened and explained why what he learned this year will help him down the road. 
 
Tim Currier explained why he pulled off the race track during Sunday’s non-qualifiers race at Syracuse. He talked about the water that he saw on the track, what he learned in that race and how important those extra laps were. 
 
Mike O’Brien described his week at Syracuse and talked about racing the mile for the first time. He told me how much he enjoyed the track right away, compared it to what he did many years ago and described something they changed on the front end. 
 
Aaron Bartemy talked about his season on the asphalt and how good his racecar has been all year long. He told me who helped them dial in the car, what he would like to change with it and what it is that makes his car different than the rest. 

 
Thursday, October 13th 2011
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Paul Kirkland previews the Northeast Fall Nationals this weekend at Brockville Ontario Speedway. 
Reed Miller talks about the King of the Can taking place Friday and Saturday at Penn Can Speedway.  
Bobby Varin described how his small block was doing at Syracuse as he got ready on Saturday. 
Mark Flach would start Sunday’s race from 32nd spot and told me about his super tight racecar. 
Rob Bellinger helped get my day started on Sunday and talked about his pit stop strategy.
Travis Braun remembered his 20 lap qualifying race and explained what went wrong in the engine. 
Rob Yetman sat in his Pro Stock on Sunday told me what he did wrong in his qualifying laps. 
 
I had a good day on Wednesday as I did some more interviews in the studio, wrapped up my audio equipment overhauls and wrote up a column for the Syracuse Post Standard. Most of that column was about the meeting tonight at the Volney Town Hall concerning a new noise ordinance which would basically force the speedway to close its gates. 
 
The meeting tonight is at 5 PM at the corner of County Route 6 and State Route 3 and we are urging all racefans to wear your race gear, make signs and make your voice heard. Now of course we need to be respectful but at the same time vocal as these people who know nothing about our sport are trying to shut us down! WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT TONIGHT SO PLEASE BE THERE!
 
Also on the site today are some new interviews as well as five from my weekend at Super DIRT Week. I have five more saved for tomorrow and may get more recorded today so be sure to come back tomorrow. And I also have plans to head to Penn Can tomorrow so if Mother Nature cooperates, I’ll see you there. If not, the race will be run on Sunday and yes, I will make it there!
 
Now let’s chat more about what is new on the Audio Page for today. I begin with news on a pair of shows happening this weekend. Paul Kirkland previews the Northeast Fall Nationals this weekend at Brockville Ontario Speedway. He tells me what is on the card for each of the three days, wonders about Saturday’s weather and explains what they’ll do if rain is an issue. 
 
Reed Miller talks about the King of the Can taking place Friday and Saturday at Penn Can Speedway. He explains what they’ll do if they lose the Friday show, what time the Modified race would be on Sunday and how big the Saturday race is as well. 
 
Bobby Varin described how his small block was doing at Syracuse as he got ready on Saturday. He talked about what he learned over the week, how that could help his short track program and how much stuff they have been trying at the mile. 
 
Mark Flach would start Sunday’s race from 32nd spot and told me about his super tight racecar. He talked about the challenge of having a car without notes, why shearing the car in the corners hurts him and what they did to try to solve the problem. 
 
Rob Bellinger helped get my day started on Sunday and talked about his pit stop strategy. He talked about the options they had, described the track he saw in the morning practice and what he learned from watching Saturday’s race. 
 
Travis Braun remembered his 20 lap qualifying race and explained what went wrong in the engine. He explained what he heard from the motor first, how badly damaged it was and what he put in the car for Saturday’s 358 race. 
 
Rob Yetman sat in his Pro Stock on Sunday told me what he did wrong in his qualifying laps. He talked about the fast groove moving up high, explained when it happened and why he felt so good about his chances. 
 

 
     
 
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