Gary Rowe - CPA
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Gary Rowe of M.R. Gaebel, Inc.
Gates-Cole Associates SUNY Canton Automotive Technology program
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Wednesday, October 26th 2011
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Chad Homan talked about his hopes for Black Rock as he prepared for his 9th race of the season. 
Gary Roberts tells me about his IMCA Modified win at Black Rock and gets ready for Five Mile. 
Katelyn Kane came back to a track she knows well this past weekend and talked about her hopes.
Matt Smith offered his thoughts on his day on Saturday and looked ahead to racing this weekend.
Craig Revelle explains how easy it is for him to create driver websites, hero cards and much more. 
 
It was a good day for me as I got some work done in the studio and actually got a little ahead work wise. And it’s a good thing too as I found out that I have another sinus infection. I kind of thought that was happening and it good to see my suspicions were correct.
 
So now today we begin the steroid/anti-biotic deal again with hopes of getting better by the weekend so I can go to Five Mile Point. And I am also looking to do some interviews with people who are going to race there this weekend, so if you are in that boat, send me an email at doug@dougsdirtdiary.com or message me on facebook and we’ll get it done.
 
Today I will be back in the studio and writing again as I have a column due for tomorrow’s Syracuse Post Standard. Which by the way has been a great help to the local community as they allow me total freedom and my editor has become a racefan and frequently adds columns of his own. Thanks so much for all your support of local racing. 
 
Now let’s chat more about what is new for today on the Audio Page. I begin with a man who is busy trying to make up for lost time this summer. Chad Homan talked about his hopes for Black Rock as he prepared for his 9th race of the season. He told me how the track was in hot laps, remembered the last time he came to the track with his Micro Sprint and how much differently he had to drive it with his Modified. 
 
Gary Roberts tells me about his IMCA Modified win at Black Rock and gets ready for Five Mile Point Speedway this weekend. He talked about getting together with a slower with just three laps to go, described how that contact changed the way his car handled and how the southern tier is dealing with its second flood in five years. Wish you all nothing but the best down there! 
 
Katelyn Kane came back to a track she knows well this past weekend and talked about her hopes for the day. She told me about a carburetor issue she had early on, reflected on her breakout season and how big it was for her to earn her first Sportsman feature win. 
 
Matt Smith offered his thoughts on his day on Saturday and looked ahead to racing this weekend at Frozen Ocean. He talked about racing in the cold temperatures, how much the track might change later on and how the changes to the speedway opened things up. 
 
Craig Revelle explains how easy it is for him to create driver websites, hero cards and much more. He talked about what is included in the cost for a website, how racers can see examples of his work and why now is the best time to get set for the 2012 season. Check him out at www.finishlinewebdesign.ca

 
Tuesday, October 25th 2011
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Phil Vigneri had his Modified at Black Rock and told me what he has been doing this season.
Donnie Lawson described the pair of racecars he hadthis past weekend and how he is doing. 
Dusty Waters talks about his rookie season in a BRP Can Am Late Model and his feature win.
Cory Reed thanks the racing community for their support of Fulton Speedway and previews 2012. 
Charlie Donk tells me about the Paradise Speedway Racers Swap meet taking place this Sunday. 
 
It was a cold and rainy day on Monday as I stayed inside to do some work and got my first night of bowling in at my long time league. After the knee problems I have had for the past year, it was great to be able to come into the alley ready to roll.
 
On the site today we have five new conversations. Two were recorded yesterday and the other three were from my Saturday at Black Rock. I also wrote up a new racing column for the Syracuse Post Standard that you can read in today’s edition. 
 
It was a sad weekend for the MotoGP Motorcycles as long time racer Marco Simoncelli was killed in a crash in Malaysia. It was the second death in as many weekends and has really shook up his home country of Italy. It’s a tough time to be a race fan and let’s hope this is the last story like this that we hear for quite some time.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to all who knew him. Rest in peace!
 
Today I will be back in the studio as I try to ignore everything going on around me and concentrate on my work.  That is what they tell you to do when you have a lot on your mind. As of Monday both my mom and my father in law are in the hospital so we are very distracted right now as our thoughts are with them. 
 
Now let’s chat about what keeps me going right now…racing. Here is more about what is new on the Audio Page for today. Phil Vigneri had his Modified at Black Rock and told me what he has been doing this season. He explained why he has not been out as much as in years past, how well he did when he did get out and how nice it is not to be chasing points at a weekly track. 
 
Donnie Lawson described the pair of racecars he hadthis past weekend and how he has been doing. He told me why he feels his win total is down a little compared to last season, how his big block felt in the time trials and why he would rather see the car a little loose instead of a little tight. 
 
Dusty Waters talks about his rookie season in a BRP Can Am Late Model and his feature win. He told me what his goals were coming into the year, how unexpected his Little Valley Speedway win was and how the people around him helped him do as well as he could. 
 
Cory Reed thanks the racing community for their support of Fulton Speedway and previews 2012. He told me how pleasantly surprised he was at the turnout for the public hearing on the proposed noise ordinance, how well the track did as the season went on and confirmed that Modifieds will be back at Fulton next season. Yes! 
 
Charlie Donk tells me about the Paradise Speedway Racers Swap Meet taking place this Sunday. He talked about what vendors have to do to be a part of it, described some of what is usually available at this event and reminds us of what he’ll be driving next year. Set up is from 8-9AM with the meet running from 9AM till 1PM. 

 
Monday, October 24th 2011
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Dave Allen described how his Modified felt after hot lapping it with sail panels for the first time.
Jim LaRock had a pair of racecars in the pit area and talked with me about his busy race day. 
Jeremy Wonderling talked about winning the BRP Can Am Late Model championship with a win.
Rich Green chatted about his World 100 Street Stock win and how nerve racking the restarts were. 
Mike Cooper did not race much this year and explained why he will be running more in 2012. 
 
I had a nice day on Sunday as I spent some time with my family, went to Olive Garden with my mother in law and got some work done in the studio as well. It could not have been a better day and I am thankful to be where I am.
 
On the site today we have three interviews from my Saturday at Black Rock and two from the studio on Sunday. And both of the studio interviews are really good too so be sure to give a listen to everything we have on the site today. 
 
I also put up some new photos after dinner time last night and those are up and ready for you to view today. Thanks to J Fish and Jeff Martz for sharing their stuff for all of us to see. We are very fortunate that them and many other great photographers choose to show their work here…thanks guys!
 
And a special thanks goes out to Ernie Kreis for helping us with our furnace which for some reason stopped working. They cleaned it up for us and got us back above 60 degrees by Sunday morning. Fortunately nothing major was wrong and with as poor as we are now, that was a good thing. Thanks guys! 
 
Now let’s chat more about the new stuff that is on the Audio Page for today. I begin with a racer who had a shorter season than he would have liked due to some motor issues. Dave Allen described how his Modified felt after hot lapping it with sail panels for the first time ever at Black Rock. He told me about his hopes to free his car up for the heat races, his tough year at Canandaigua and how he is adjusting to some new stuff he picked up later in the season. 
 
Jim LaRock had a pair of racecars in the pit area and talked with me about his busy race day at Black Rock. He told me about some bugs he had to work out with his open motor Sportsman car, described some changes they had to make and how things felt to him in time trials. 
 
Jeremy Wonderling talked about Black Rock and winning the BRP Can Am Late Model championship. He told me how good his CRS chassis was in the feature, how much he enjoyed the format for the race and what made this season such a special one for him. 
 
Rich Green chatted about his World 100 Street Stock win and how nerve racking the late race restarts were. He walked me through his final lap, talked about the racecar that got him the victory and how helpful one veteran driver was with his coaching. Nice one!  
 
Mike Cooper did not race much this year and explained why he will be running much more in 2012. He talked about helping his son in his quest for an Original Pizza Logs 600 series title, how his car felt earlier at Black Rock and wonders if his son will be able to move up to a 360 Sprinter next year. 

 
Sunday, October 23rd 2011
   New on the Audio Page from the Black Rock Speedway:
 
Pre race conversations:
 
Mike O’Brien reflected on his solid finish at Syracuse and told me about his small block Modified.
Eldon Payne talked about his 2011 season and the need to add some more races to his 2012 schedule.
Alan Johnson thought back on his past at Black Rock and wondered about the changes to the track.
Steve Hulsizer tried to remember the last time he came to Dundee as he got ready on Saturday.
Jeremy Wonderling explained how he would approach his day as the BRP Late Model series leader. 
Casey Williams was ready to call it a season last weekend and told me why they decided to continue.
Jeremy Pitcher described the race surface he saw in hot laps and why he likes it much slicker. 
 
After the dashes and heats:
 
Jeremy Wonderling won the first BRP Can Am Late Model dash and talked about sharing set ups. 
Jason Knowles spun on lap two and explained to me how he got back up to win his five lap dash. 
Eric Fisher talked about how his Modified was working after winning the first heat of the night. 
Alan Johnson looked smooth in his Mod heat win and told me how hard he was driving the racecar.
Dylan Dewert led every lap on his way to a heat win and talked about small blocks on slick tracks. 
Ray Bliss Jr. swept the outside to get the win in his heat and told me about adjusting his racing line.
 
I had a fun day on Saturday as Jeremiah Fish and I headed out to the Black Rock Speedway for what was a very big show with 199 cars in the pit area. As you can imagine, we saw a lot of action but after seven hours we called it quits and came home about halfway through the consis.
 
I did get a lot of interviews done and took a lot of photos as well. Make sure to check out the early ones too as you can see how busy it was at this show as even getting hot laps done took a lot of work. Many of the teams got to the track before 8AM and it was a long day for them to say the least. But if you wanted to see race after race after race…Black Rock Speedway was the place to be. And the racing we saw was darned good!
 
I have worked long shows like this in the past and I must give a shout out to all the employees for all their hard work, especially the ones in the tower who really earned their pay on this one. They did time trials for well over 100 cars, ran over a dozen heat races, over a half a dozen consis and of course the five feature events. 
 
We would have loved to stay but after waking up early we were both pretty spent by the time we called it a night at 6PM after getting to the track just before 11 AM. And yes, I did wake up in the morning so mark that down on your calendar. 
 
In the pits for this show unofficially were 36 Modifieds, 28 BRP Can Am Late Models, 20 Micro Sprints, 48 Sportsman and 67 Street Stocks. It was also the first time I ever saw both the Sportsman and Street Stock winners get paid more than the Modified winner.
 
Now as I finish up writing this front page entry I am getting ready to head to “Kegs” in Jordan to see some friends of mine play on stage. They play HARD rock…the kind I love. So if you see this early enough, come out and join us as the show will run till close to 2AM I believe.
 
And be sure to come later in the week as we plan to have three new chats from Saturday on each day as I have fifteen in the can right now. A big thanks goes out to everyone for all their help and for coming here today to check this out. Next weekend we plan on heading to Five Mile Point so we hope to see you there. 

 
Saturday, October 22nd 2011
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Darwin Greene described his hopes for his small block and told me what has been going wrong. 
Rob Yetman remembers his race at Syracuse as well as his early season win at Orange County. 
Dave Pope explains why we have not seen him stay at one track for very long this race season. 
 
It was just downright cold on Friday as I never saw the temperature get above fifty degrees. So you better stack on the layers of clothing today if you are going to go see some racing. I know I am planning on that as I am set to head to Black Rock this morning.
 
I wish all of you down at Orange County nothing but the best as it is going to be a real good one down there. 358 Modifieds headline the show today so be sure to make your way either to Black Rock or Orange County because before you know it, it will be too late. 
 
It’s been a tough week for us as my wife’s father fell and had to be hospitalized. He is getting the help he needs and we are optimistic about his recovery. But with Camille at the hospital with her mom it has slowed me down on work and put me totally in the dad role. So sorry about not getting as much content as usual but at least now you know what we have been dealing with. And if you are in our boat, I understand and wish you well also.
 
Now let’s chat more about what is new for today on the Audio Page. I begin with a conversation from my trip to Penn Can last weekend. Darwin Greene described his hopes for his small block and told me what has been going wrong. He talked about the need for more side bite, explains what happens in the middle of the corner and what he learned on the mile at Syracuse. 
 
Rob Yetman remembers his race at Syracuse as well as his early season win at Orange County. He also told me what he was working on Thursday night, thanked all the guys who were there helping and described his hopes for tomorrow’s Pro Stock race at Eastern States. 
 
Dave Pope explains why we have not seen him stay at one track for very long this race season. He told me how little the points pay in the stock car divisions, how good his racecar has been this year and described some damage his Street Stock had the night before. 

 
Friday, October 21st 2011
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Bob McGannon talks about his season at Orange County and his hopes for Eastern States Weekend. 
Brett Tonkin was the lone driver from his family at Penn Can and wondered about the rain.
Brian Malcolm was in a somewhat unfamiliar car last weekend and told me about his new ride. 
Rich Vleck previews the 2 days of action at Black Rock and talks about the new Hot Wings TV.
 
It was a cold and rainy day once again on Thursday as some storms hit our area early in the morning. Those storms woke up my kids and we had some unexpected time together in the wee hours of the morning.
 
I was able to get some work done in the studio in between the little things that happen when you have aging parents and kids who need attention. It’s amazing that any of us get anything done some days as the demands on our time can be crushing. But somehow we all get through it as I did once again on Thursday.   
 
I’ll be going to Black Rock tomorrow if everything goes well and I plan on finishing out my year next weekend at Five Mile Point. I would go to Charlotte but there is no way I could absorb that cost and find a place to do the work I need to do as hotels do not allow you to upload…it’s download only so there is really no way for me to do it although I hope someday to work Charlotte and Florida into my plans. Hey, you gotta dream!
 
Now let’s chat more about what is new for today on the Audio Page. I begin with a man who is hoping to be very fast today. Bob McGannon talks about his season at Orange County and his hopes for Eastern States Weekend. He told me who he felt was riding with him in his feature win, how it felt to have the opportunity to run someone else’s car and remembers a battle with his brother in Charlotte. Good one! 
 
Brett Tonkin was the lone driver from his family at Penn Can and wondered about the rain he was seeing. He talked about his hopes to have the show rescheduled, how little time there is to race and explained how things went at the Super Nationals. 
 
Brian Malcolm was in a somewhat unfamiliar car last weekend and told me about his new ride. He talked about some bugs they worked out, described the condition they were dealing with and his experience level at Penn Can Speedway. 
 
Rich Vleck previews the two days of action at Black Rock today & tomorrow and also talks about the new Hot Wings TV that just premiered this week on Time Warner Sports. He told me about the busy day they have on Saturday, how nice it will be to see Modifieds back on the 4/10 mile show and looks ahead to their final race in early November. 

 
Thursday, October 20th 2011
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Butch Tittle remembers a recent Penn Can Modified win and talked about what he races against. 
Kevin Bates spoke about his run at Syracuse and described the problem they had in the qualifier. 
Ray Bliss Jr. was going to have a busy day on Sunday and told me about his pair of racecars. 
Bob Buono is enjoying his best year ever and tells me why this 2011 season has gone so well.
Michael Sanchelli previews Eastern States at Orange County Fair Speedway this weekend.
 
It was a super busy day on Wednesday as work and family issues on my wife’s side were front and center. I was able to get in some recordings, upload some new photos and write up another article for the Syracuse Post Standard.
 
Today I will be playing catch up and this weekend I’ll be going to the Black Rock Speedway in Dundee for their big five division show. As a matter of fact, two of the people on the site today will be going there this weekend…see Gary! And somewhere along the way we hope to get a day off but it has not materialized yet. 
 
I will save the interviews that I did Wednesday night for release on Friday and we have some real good ones done already including my final ones from Penn Can Speedway last Sunday.
 
Now let’s chat about what is new on the Audio Page. I begin with a well known veteran driver who always speaks his mind. Butch Tittle remembers a recent Penn Can Modified win and talked about what he races against. He told me how nice it was to win after an eight year drought, how he approached the show on Sunday and how he dealt with the long down period he had. 
 
Kevin Bates spoke about his run at Syracuse and described the problem they had in the qualifier. He told me how he knew something was wrong in the valve train, offered his thoughts on Sunday at Penn Can and wondered if the show would be a go or not. 
 
Ray Bliss Jr. was going to have a busy day on Sunday and told me about his pair of racecars. He talked about his eleven win season, how good he was at his home tracks and described each of the cars he had with him for Penn Can. See him at Black Rock this Saturday! 
 
Bob Buono is enjoying his best season ever and tells me why this 2011 season has gone so well. He talked about winning at some new tracks this year, wonders how much of a factor some good luck has been and if having the same car for several seasons is really paying off. 
 
Michael Sanchelli previews Eastern States at Orange County Fair Speedway this weekend. He told me how high the advance ticket sales have been, reminds fans that the open camping area will be open today and explains why one particular driver may be his best ticket seller for the event. www.orangecountyfairspeeday.net

 
     
 
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