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Friday, January 27th 2012
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Larry Wight talks about his plans to race a Micro Sprint next weekend down in Atlantic City. 
Tony Farone recapped his season that included a win at Glen Ridge and some major flood damage.
 
I had a good day on Thursday as I recorded three new interviews while at the same time setting up more for today. Originally I was going to air the Tony Farone interview on Saturday, but after I missed one I had planned, I moved it up.
 
Tomorrow you can hear from Central New York Modified racer Matt Fink as he talks about winning his first ever feature. Like I said I’ll be back in the studio today hoping to get ahead by a day.
 
We dodged the weather here in Liverpool and all we got was rain after a brief change over. I understand some of you to the east got more weather so we wish you well today as you deal with it.
 
On a personal note we finally spent our Christmas money on a new TV after waiting for what we really wanted. We were able to get a nice one for the low price we had set. (I have heard that these TV’s of today don’t last very long, so we were not going to spend a lot)  These 1080p TV’s are amazing and we don’t even have the HD set up yet. And boy do those Playstation games pop. Yep, I’ll be up late tonight as well. 
 
Now let’s chat more about what is new on the Audio Page for today. I begin with a young man who will try something new in about seven days. Larry Wight talks about his plans to race a Micro Sprint next weekend down in Atlantic City. He told me how the opportunity came about, thought back on his indoor days as a youngster and looked ahead to bringing his Modified down to Volusia next month. 
 
Tony Farone recapped his season that included a win at Glen Ridge and some major flood damage.  He also talked about the crash he was in on the first night of the year, explained why he had to scale back on his Saturday efforts and described how the community came together after the hurricane. 

 
Thursday, January 26th 2012
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Cory Reed talks about the nice season the Fulton Speedway enjoyed and why it happened. 
Dana Camenga gets ready for a return to racing and described the special motivation he has. 
 
I had a good day on Wednesday as I got some work done in the studio and wrote about the comeback at two Oswego County racetracks. Both Fulton and Oswego Speedways are coming off of real good seasons and we looked into why that happened. Get your copy of the Syracuse Post Standard today to read it for yourself.
 
I also recorded a couple of interviews and as I wrote this up at 6 PM, I am hopeful that I can get back in the studio and get even more. I am also researching my story on Modified drivers that have moved to Sprint Cars and am hoping to write that up next week. 
 
As I look at this and look at the Empire Super Sprints point standings as well as the Patriot Sprint Tour from last year, I know that Chuck Hebing, Steve Poirier and Shawn Donath all have a Modified background. As I look down the list, I see that Lance Yonge, Jason Barney, Tyler Rand, Charlie Donk, Paul Habeck, Bobby Varin, Chris Jones, Rick Wilson and Billy Dunn all have a Modified background. 
 
Am I missing some folks? I also know that Mal Lane and Bobby Podolok were also Modified drivers. So I can use the help. If you know of any, please send me an email to doug@dougsdirtdiary.com and I’ll include them in my story. Thanks a lot.
 
Now let’s chat more about what is new for today on the Audio Page. I begin with a breakdown of the good things that happened at one Central New York track. Cory Reed talks about the nice season the Fulton Speedway enjoyed and explained why he feels it happened. He told me when they noticed an uptick in attendance, how that led to the saving of weekly Modified racing and ran down some events that are coming up for the track.  
 
Dana Camenga gets ready for a return to racing and described the special motivation he has for this year. He told me how he did in his past effort eight years ago, explained how his Pro Stock may already know its way around Utica Rome and why the number 110 on the side is special to his family. 

 
Wednesday, January 25th 2012
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Matt Hulsizer recaps his rookie season in a Modified and tells me what the adjustment was like. 
Matt Carman just showed off his new Sportsman and talked about his winning season in 2011. 
 
I had a busy day on Tuesday as I was up early and running all over town. I had a lunch meeting with a good friend of mine from my WCNY days and we each threw ideas at each other. It was a meeting like this many years ago that led to the creation of Doug’s Dirt Diary so you never know what might have come from yesterday.

I also did some racing online last night with a long time friend.  We had our moments but had a great time.  I will be back in the studio today and back doing some writing as well.  It should be a fund day.
 
Now let’s talk more about my offerings on the Audio Page for today. I begin with a driver who did something this past summer he had never done before. Matt Hulsizer recaps his rookie season in a Modified and tells me what the adjustment was like. He remembered his first night with a big block under his right foot, coming from 24th to 6th in the New Yorker 100 at Utica Rome and described the work he is doing right now is his race shop. 
 
Matt Carman just showed off his new Sportsman and talked about his winning season in 2011. He told me how he did in the 600 Modified & Slingshot divisions, how close he came to winning a pair of championships and looks forward to racing indoors at Boardwalk Hall in a few weeks. 

 
Tuesday, January 24th 2012
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Matt Sheppard talks about getting ready for the DIRTcar Nationals and his tentative 2012 plans.
Darwin R. Greene runs down how he did running weekly at both Penn Can and Fonda Speedways. 
 
It was a good start to the week for me as I wrote up another article for the Syracuse Post Standard, did some work in the studio and brought out my newly re-surfaced bowling ball to my Monday league. I have doing horribly this year and hope this turns things around…I’ll know in a few hours.
 
On the site today is a pair of nice interviews. Matt Sheppard joins us to talk about his hopes for his upcoming trip to Florida and Darwin Greene does a nice Season in Review with me. I hope you enjoy them both.
 
I also have another interview set for when I get back from bowling so hopefully it will be another real good week on the site. I am still looking for more requests and have calls out to several drivers right now. 
 
Plus we added a lot of new photos these past few days. You can check those out by clicking on the filmstrip at the right side of the page. For you young people, filmstrips were like powerpoint presentations (and yes, boring people read every single word aloud back then too) before computers came out. The high tech ones had audio cassette tapes with them that would beep when it was time to advance to the next slide. It was cutting edge at the time. 
 
Now let’s chat more about what is new on the Audio Page for today. First up, I chat with a driver who has had enjoyed three 20 win seasons in a row. Matt Sheppard talks about getting ready for the DIRTcar Nationals and his tentative 2012 plans. He told me how he usually does at this event, explains why both your motor & handling packages are so important and described the work he still needs to get done before he heads south. 
 
Darwin R. Greene runs down how he did running weekly at both Penn Can and Fonda Speedways. He remembered one very hard crash in turn one at Fonda, described some of the good finishes he had at Penn Can and thought back on his first experience on the mile track at Syracuse. 

 
Monday, January 23rd 2012
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Charlie Donk talks about his move from Modified to Sprint Cars and the adjustments he made. 
Brad Alger explained why he missed a few months of racing and how he ended up in a bad crash. 
 
I had a good day on Sunday as I took my daughter to her first ever hockey game at the War Memorial in Syracuse. She really liked it and learned about the wars that were memorialized within. It was a great day and hockey fan Webmaster Andy joined us as well. The Crunch lost 4-3 but it was close right till the end. 
 
Then I got back in the studio and got an interview done for Tuesday with Pennsylvania racer Darwin R. Green. That one will be up tomorrow as well as more. I have bowling tonight so I am hopeful to get one done either before or afterwards. 
 
I also have a new column to write for Tuesday and I’ll get that done sometime this afternoon. It will be about several things as I will update the community on some news including Matt Janczuk’s win in the Bridal Idol contest. 
 
Now let’s chat more about what is new for today on the Audio Page. I begin with a man who made a big change at mid season. Charlie Donk talks about his move from Modified to Sprint Cars and the adjustments he made to get used to the winged car. He told how hard the decision was, how well he did with the 360 and what they are working on now to get ready for the 2012 season.   
 
Brad Alger explained why he missed a few months of racing and how he ended up in a bad crash at Skyline. He talked about the injury he sustained in the incident, how long it took to get better and how he did in a few late season Sportsman shows after that. 
 
Sunday, January 22nd 2012
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Scott Kerwin remembered his two win season at Ransomville and the big crash he had on night one. 
Matt Janczuk told me how he and his fiancée won a local contest for a free wedding reception. 
Brock Moore runs down what will happen at this year’s Kenny Moore Classic at Black Rock. 

I had a busy day on Saturday and as I am typing this up I am getting ready to watch the SU/Notre Dame game. I have a good amount of fast forward built up so I should be able to zip through the commercials and catch up right at the end. Sweet!
 
I got a lot done on Saturday as I recorded four new conversations. I have today all set and in the can are chats with Charlie Donk and Brad Alger. I am going to a birthday party here after the game and then tomorrow will take my daughter to her first ever hockey game. 
 
I am however looking to get back in the studio afterwards as I need some stuff for Tuesday, so racers if you are around Sunday night after dinner time, shoot me an email at doug@dougsdirtdiary.com and let’s get it done. I’ll try facebook again too so hopefully everything will work out for me.
 
Now let’s chat more about what is new for today on the Audio Page. I begin with a man who almost did something he had never done before. Scott Kerwin remembered his two win season at Ransomville and the big crash he had on night one. He talked about his first ever time stuck inside the racecar upside down, how quickly he rebounded with a feature win and how two tough finishes late cost him a chance at his first Modified championship. 
 
Matt Janczuk told me how he and his fiancée won a local radio contest for a free wedding reception worth $10,000. He talked about going on the air at 93Q this week, described their reaction to the news and thanked all the people who voted for them online. Congratulations Matt! First win came early this year. 
 
Brock Moore runs down what will happen at this year’s Kenny Moore Classic at Black Rock Speedway March 31st. He talked about the move to a new speedway, the divisions that will be running and previews a series for Slingshots that he is also involved with. 

 
Saturday, January 21st 2012
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Richie Eurich recaps his season racing at Orange County & Accord and his pair of feature wins. 
Lorraine Powelczyk explains why she almost retired from racing and told me why she is staying.  
 
Another weekend is upon us and I have a pair of chats for you to listen to today. Both are Season in Review interviews and both are very good. I was back in the studio on Friday although the big snows everyone keeps predicting have not materialized as of 2 PM on Friday.
 
Today I will be back in the studio and at a birthday party tonight. Tomorrow I am taking my oldest daughter to the Syracuse Crunch game. It will be her first hockey game and her second event of the weekend as we took in a girls basketball game on Friday night.
 
I am still having a lot of fun doing this website and am doing my best to get to the requests you guys have been sending me. Most of the interviews you are hearing these past few weeks are from requests from you so keep them coming to doug@dougsdirtdiary.com
 
A big “thank-you” goes out to Town Mechanical for their continued support of this website. They are one of our original sponsors and I am so proud to have them still on board. So when you need them for a plumbing emergency, call the number on their ad and tell them that Doug sent you. 
 
Now let’s chat more about what is new for today on the Audio Page. I begin with a driver who just passed Will Cagle in wins at his Saturday home. Richie Eurich recaps his season racing at Orange County & Accord and his pair of feature wins. He talked about a motor issue they had early on, the tough race day he had at Eastern States and described what they are working on at his shop for 2012.  
 
Lorraine Powelczyk explains why she almost retired from racing and told me why she is staying put after meeting a young fan. She talked about one hard crash she had at Brewerton, the need for a little more power under the hood and described what would be her ultimate way to win a feature. 

 
     
 
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