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Friday, March 16th 2012
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Gary Tomkins talks about owning his own Modified this year and his return to Canandaigua. 
Doug Emery told me how much he will drive this year as well as his duties as a crew chief. 
Claude Hutchings Jr. summed up how he has done on the ice and on the road course in 2012. 
Chris Fleming had a new look on his IMCA Modified and talked about several changes he made. 
Alysha Ruggles showed off her Micro Sprint at the Expo and talked about the coming season. 
Glenn Rowan talks about his history in the Road Runner class at Big Diamond and his 2012 plans. 
 
It was a beautiful day on Thursday and I went all over town and beyond in an effort to stay busy during the SU game. I shut the game off on the way home when they were behind and soon here I will muster up the courage to fire up the dvr and see how they did. Hopefully I’m happy. 
 
As you can see we have a lot on the site today and we will also be back tomorrow with five more conversations. Jeremiah Fish took one of my recorders down to Selinsgrove and he will be covering the ROC opener for us so look for that to show up perhaps as early as Monday. 
 
I am set to hit at least one car show this weekend and we’ll see how we do on the other day. But each is a bit away from the home studio so we’ll see if we get to one or both. Eastview Mall in Victor and Rotterdam Square are both having car shows this weekend so make sure to get out and show your support with your purchases at the stores. Trust me, they look at things like that when rescheduling next year so let your voice be heard loudly!
 
Now let’s chat more about what is new for today on the Audio Page. I begin with a man who is doing something this year that he had said in the past that he would never do. Gary Tomkins talks about owning his own Modified this year and his return to Canandaigua. He told me about the car he is working on now, wonders how many specials he may hit and described the look he will have on the car which is similar to one he drove a few years ago. 
 
Doug Emery told me how much he will drive this year as well as his duties as a crew chief. He talked about how many Sprint Cars he saw at Motorsports Expo, remarked as to why the division is so successful these days and looked forward to being at more 410 shows as well. 
 
Claude Hutchings Jr. summed up how he has done on the ice and on the road course in 2012. He talked about how they did recently in a show down in South Carolina, described the work they still have to do to get their Sportsman ready and his hopes to get his first win at Utica Rome. 
 
Chris Fleming had a new look on his IMCA Modified and talked about several changes he made besides the color. He explained why they re-clipped the back of his car, wondered why he went with red as the primary color and where he is thinking about racing this season. 
 
Alysha Ruggles showed off her Micro Sprint at Motorsports Expo and talked about the coming season. She talked about expanding their team to four cars, described the role her & her dad will play with the new racers and what she has learned in the past few seasons. 
 
Glenn Rowan talks about his history in the Road Runner class at Big Diamond and his plans for this year. He explained why he is going to race more in 2012, what he learned after several years away from stock cars and how nice it is to be part of a three car team this time around. Nice guy, nice chat! 

 
Thursday, March 15th 2012
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Tom Deery, Joe Skotnicki and Jeff Hachmann discuss the future of Weedsport and much more. 
Mark Tychoniewicz is finally living his dream and told me how he got together a 360 Sprinter. 
Chris Herbison remembers his pair of track championships as well as his early days in racing. 
Jim LaRock showed off a pair of Sportsman at Motorsports Expo and told me about each of them. 
Loren Lincoln thought back on his year at Black Rock and how crashes early on set him back. 
 
One more time I said! Another beautiful spring greeted us on Wednesday and after I got my work done, I was out and about. I had a good day as I started early in the studio with a conference call with World Racing Group to discuss Weedsport and other issues you guys wanted me to address. 
 
That interview is up today and I hope you get a lot from it. I got a lot of questions through facebook, emails and in person this past weekend so thanks for all of your input. And we will do this again soon, so keep those questions coming and know that we will get it done for you. Thanks also goes out to the guys from DIRTcar for making time for us. The audio levels are a little low in spots as this was recorded on a conference call, but it is all there for you.
 
Also on are two drivers new to the site, Both Chris Herbison and Mark Tychoiewicz did their first interviews with me and both are up and ready to listen to today. Plus we still have ten interviews in the can for release tomorrow and Saturday so there is still a lot more to come.
 
Today like a lot of you, I’ll be glued to the TV for the NCAA tournament and if the First Four games from Tuesday are any indication of what we’ll see this year, then look out. Keep the faith in your team, root them on like crazy and know that just making it to the tourney is an accomplishment in itself, so be proud one way or another. Here in Syracuse, we’ll do the best we can and pat the players on the back who did what they were supposed to and represented us well…unlike Mr. Melo!
 
Now let’s chat more about what is new for today in the Audio Page. I begin with a conversation I know a lot of you are looking forward to. Tom Deery, Joe Skotnicki and Jeff Hachmann discuss the future of Cayuga County Fair Speedway and much more. We talked about the hope they have that it can still open this year, the situation with the property taxes and answer your questions. The audio level is a little up & down at times, but a lot of good information here! 
 
Mark Tychoniewicz is finally living his dream and told me how he got together a 360 Sprinter for the 2012 season. He told me about the chassis he picked up, where he will race locally and compared the experience to the Micro Sprint he has driven most recently. 
 
Chris Herbison remembers his pair of track championships as well as his early days in racing. He told me how unsure he was about his finish in the final race at Brockville, how solid he was at Cornwall and why he had to get out of racing after digging himself a bit of a financial hole with a short but expensive Busch North effort. 
 
Jim LaRock showed off a pair of Sportsman at Motorsports Expo and told me about each of them. He talked about some of the work he has to do to get them race ready, why he changed the look a little this season and ran down his plans for both cars, one open and one crate. 
 
Loren Lincoln thought back on his year at Black Rock and how crashes early on set him back. He told me how much damage it did to the rearend, explained why it would have been cheaper if all he had to do was clip the car and talked about the frame be bought that he is working on back at the shop. 

 
Wednesday, March 14th 2012
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Ryan Watt talks about his races this weekend at Selinsgrove and his plans to return to Bridgeport. 
Shane Donath told me about the new Modified he has back home and where he plans to race it. 
Bret Belden spoke about the new chassis he’ll run this year and wonders how long he’ll keep racing. 
Daryl Ruggles remembered his 2011 season and described the issues he has had with his health. 
 
It was another super nice day on Tuesday and I was once again able to get out there and enjoy some of it. I was also able to do some work in the studio although I think a lot of people were out doing stuff as I was only able to make two happen.  One of those is ujp today while the other one will air on Thursday.
 
Teams are busy right now as many of them will race this weekend at the two day ROC Modified Tour opener at Selinsgrove Speedway in Pennsylvania. And of course there are two big car shows this weekend too at Rotterdam Square and Eastview Mall in Victor. 
 
I am still trying to figure out how to make both of these shows as I can’t go to Rotterdam on Friday as many drivers will be working and won’t be there. Looks like I’ll have to do one on Saturday and one on Sunday. If you have any suggestions or are putting a car in either of these shows, send me an email at doug@dougsdirtdiary.com and we’ll get you on.
 
Now let’s chat more about what I have for you on the Audio Page. I begin with a driver who is getting ready for his first races of the season. Ryan Watt talks about his races this weekend at Selinsgrove and his plans to return to Bridgeport. He told me about each of the racecars he will run in the ROC opener, what he learned from winning a crate championship last year and wonders how many races he will travel to this year. 
 
Shane Donath told me about the new Modified he has back home and where he plans to race it. He ran down what he still has to do to be race ready, how tough it is to race against the big boys in the division and how every race now seems to be as tough as a touring show. 

Bret Belden spoke about the new chassis he’ll run this year and wonders how long he’ll keep racing. He talked about what he did with his older chassis, what he’ll have to do to finish the new car up and why he had to get reflective about the future this past off season. 
 
Darryl Ruggles remembered his 2011 season and described the issues he has had with his health. He told me how he ran into complications after a big surgery, how close he came to not being here and how the experience has changed his outlook on life. Wish you the best buddy! 

 
Tuesday, March 13th 2012
    New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Justin Haers talks about the work he has to do to get ready for his first race of the 2012 season. 
April Wilson spoke about what she is learning with the Race 101 program and recapped 2011. 
Dillon Sallows was missing one very big thing with his Sportsman and talked about his hopes. 
Gordy Button is busy contemplating his racing future and wondered where he may end up. 
Joe Casper showed off his company’s LED lighting at the show and talked about the future. 
 
It was another great day on Monday with temperatures in the mid 60’s. It may not officially be Sprint yet but it sure feels that way right now and I am all for it. Nice!
 
Five Mile Point Speedway had some racecars on the clay on Monday as they beat the incoming weather to become the first track in New York State to get cars on the track. As I type this up at dinnertime, I see some weather moving in but it sounds like many laps were turned last night as teams get ready for their opener April 1st
 
Also several teams that are going to race this weekend in Selinsgrove were also on hand so it is indeed that time and after the fun we had this past weekend at Motorsports Expo, I am happy that more of you got your first racing fix of the year.
 
On the site today are a lot more photos and some new audio as well. All of these clips are from the show this past weekend and the photos that will come up this afternoon are from actual races so be sure to look for those. 
 
Now let’s talk more about those new clips on the Audio Page. I begin with a man who has a busy few weeks ahead of him. Justin Haers talks about the work he still has to do to get ready for his first race of the 2012 season. He told me how common this situation is year to year, explained why he is not overly concerned and ran down his specific plan to get his new Modified done. 
 
April Wilson spoke about what she is learning with the Race 101 program and recapped 2011. She told me how close she came to picking up his first ever Sprint Car A-Main win, how she liked running with out the wing and what she did when she forgot she did not have that wing. Uh oh! 
 
Dillon Sallows was missing one very big thing with his Sportsman this past weekend and talked about his hopes to fill that hole in the front of his racecar. He told me about the quest for some funding for a motor, stressed how good the help he has is and described where he will race when this all gets sorted out.
 
Gordy Button is busy contemplating his racing future and wondered what type of racecar he may end up in. He told me about putting someone else in one of his Late Models, reaffirmed that he is not done as a driver and talked a little bit about his abbreviated 2011 season. 
 
Joe Casper showed off his company’s LED lighting at the show and talked about the future. He talked about the involvement of Ephesus Technologies, broke down how much energy savings are with LED’s and how excited he was to be a part of Central New York Raceway Park. 

 
Monday, March 12th 2012
    New on the Audio Page from Motorsports Expo:
 
Chris Hile talked about the fire that ruined their hauler and the help they are getting from racers. 
Matt Janczuk showed off his car in the Utica Rome booth and told me about his plans for 2012. 
J.J. Andrews will be back in a familiar Small Block Super and told me how that deal came about. 
Amy Catalano won a pair of championships last year and spoke about the newest racing Catalano. 
Tony Finch II gets ready for his first full season in Sportsman and talks about his racecars. 
Nick Nye had his Sportsman on display and remembered getting a feature win at Thunder Mountain. 
Chuck Hebing summed up how his Sprint Car races went in Florida and discussed his 2012 plans. 
 
Motorsports Expo 2012 is now history and what a show it was. After a packed day on Saturday, the show was still going strong on Sunday as things wrapped up at 4PM. I was there for a good part of the day and recorded several more interviews and took a lot more photos this time around.
 
As always the interviews are up in the order they were recorded in and in addition to the ones you see today, we now have twenty saved for release over the next five days. So you’ll get a minimum of four from the show everyday through Saturday. Yep, it will be a week you don’t want to miss here on DDD.
 
As always it was great to see all of you at the show and for those of you that I missed, please send me an email at doug@dougsdirtdiary.com and I’ll be sure to get it done. Plus we have a conference call with WRG on Wednesday and if you have a question you would like me to ask, send it to me or message me on Facebook. 
 
The nice thing is that now we have schedules and teams will now begin to make those tough decisions on where to race. I spoke with several drivers who said, “give me about a week” as they are still unsure of their specific plans. So look for more and more teams to announce their plans now that they now what is really going on.
 
Thanks as always to all the drivers who helped this past weekend and the fans who always keep me energized as they talk to me about this website. And thanks to the event organizers who always greet me with open arms. It’s a team effort to make this whole racing thing work all year long and I am happy to be a small part of that team.
 
Don’t forget too that Five Mile Point Speedway has a practice today. The weather should cooperate and when I saw Andy Harpell on Sunday he told me that everything looks good for today. Of course you can check it out for yourself by going to our Track Links page and clicking on their website. Have fun everyone!
 
Now let’s chat more about what is new for today on the Audio Page. I begin with my first interview once I got inside the building. Chris Hile talked about the fire that ruined their hauler, the help they are getting from racers at the Expo and at their upcoming fundraiser on March 31st. And yes, I am looking into this with some of my friends in the insurance business. 
 
Matt Janczuk showed off his Sportsman in the Utica Rome booth and told me about his plans for 2012 that include another new car they are just getting together. 
 
J.J. Andrews will be back in a familiar Small Block Super Modified at the Oswego Speedway after selling his stuff and told me how that deal came about. 
 
Amy Catalano won a pair of Asphalt Modified championships last year and spoke about racing against her son on the track this year for the first time. That’s right! One more Modified racing Catalano will hit the scene this year. 
 
Tony Finch II gets ready for his first full season in Sportsman after success in the novice division and talks about his racecars as well as his 2012 plans. 
 
Nick Nye had his Sportsman on display at Motorsports Expo, remembered getting a feature win at Thunder Mountain and told me how he got it. 
 
Chuck Hebing summed up how his Sprint Car races went in Florida, discussed his 2012 plans and looked forward to racing against his daughter Kelly. 

 
Sunday, March 11th 2012
    New on the Audio Page from Motorsports Expo:
 
Todd Morey talked about his abbreviated season at Fonda and what he has to do to get ready. 
Tony Steiner remembered a recent vacation and wondered where he will race on Saturdays. 
Larry Wight has run six races so far this year and ran down how he did in every one of them. 
Jimmy Phelps confirms he is STILL in the 98h and talked about his first races with the team. 
Charlie Donk showed off his new Sprint Car and remembered the winged races he ran last year. 
Dylan Swiernik had a new car & a new look at the show and talked about his almost win in 2011. 
Andrew Harpell reminded drivers about Five Mile Point’s practice session taking place tomorrow. 
Katelyn Kane told me how fundraising was going for Hile Motorsports and her broken nose. 
 
We are saddened today in the racing world with the passing of Paul Britten after earlier in the week losing local race enthusiast Andy Nolan. Both were great men who loved the sport of racing. 
 
Paul was Peter Britten’s father and he was one of the nicest people you would ever meet. His easy smile and Aussie accent made him a favorite over here in the states. I can only imagine how well liked he was back home. I last saw him at Super DIRT Week when he joked with me about needing a 2x t-shirt from the team. I’ll treasure that shirt forever! Peter, we are so sorry and we wish there was something we could do. May he rest in peace.
 
Also Andy Nolan passed away last Wednesday at the age of 48. “Binner” as he was known, was a sponsor and good friend of Modified driver Alan Johnson as well as his family.  My wife Camille and I went to college with him back in the mid 80’s and he was a good friend to both of us. Calling hours are today from 2-6 pm at Farrell’s Funeral Service in Auburn and a mass for him will be held Monday at 10:30 AM at Sacred Heart Church also in Auburn. Again, everyone who met Andy liked him as he was just one of those people. We’re so sorry to everyone who knew and loved them both.
 
I did not know this at all while at Motorsports Expo at the New York State Fairgrounds and it was a great day until I got home and found out the sad news. The place was packed and stayed that way until later in the evening. I got there about 2:30 and stayed till the place really cleared out at about 8:45. 
 
Along the way I took some photos and did 24 interviews. I put 8 of those up for today and saved the others for release beginning on Tuesday. Plus I will be talking more today as I plan to get there at about 1PM and stay until the cars start leaving as you never know when you might hear a professionally built racing engine fire up.  And I need to hear that…I mean really. And who knows, maybe I’ll even get in my first whiff of race fuel too. I’m excited!
 
I did not take as many photos on Saturday as I have in years past as I don’t want to show you too much. In some years I felt badly as we would have all the cars on our site before the doors even opened. That’s not good! Well, good if you can’t make it but not good for the show. So we’ll shoot lots more today and put those up over the course of the day later on Sunday. 
 
My family even met me out there as Camille and the kids are going to try to go to more races this year. And I want my kids to know what daddy does and meet the great people that daddy knows, so they were there too. Those are my two girls you see sitting in the Indy Car. See how lucky they are! They sit in cars at every show we hit!
 
Also be sure to stop by the Hile Racing Modified and give what you can to help them get a new hauler. I did not know that home built rigs like they had (in most cases) cannot get fire insurance…did you? I need to look into this. But stop by, pick up a ticket for the benefit on March 31st here in Syracuse or just throw a few dollars into the kitty. They are a great family and they could use the help. 
 
Now let’s chat more about what is new for today on the Audio Page. I begin with a very likeable racer who just happened to be my first interview when I walked into the show on Saturday. Todd Morey talked about his abbreviated season at Fonda in his Modified and described what he has to do in the shop to get ready for 2012. So sorry for your loss Todd!  
 
Tony Steiner remembered a recent family vacation, talked about his Friday plans and wondered where he will race on Saturday nights. 
 
Larry Wight has run six races so far this year down south and ran down how he did in every one of them including his violent flip. 
 
Jimmy Phelps confirms he is STILL in the 98h and talked about his first races with the team. See guys, you cannot believe everything you see on some forums. 
 
Charlie Donk showed off his new Sprint Car and remembered the winged races he ran last year after moving away from the big block Modified division. 
 
Dylan Swiernik had a new car & a new look at Motorsports Expo, talked about his almost win in 2011 and his plans to race on both local 360 tours. 
 
Andrew Harpell reminded drivers about Five Mile Point’s practice session taking place on Monday and previewed the upcoming season with both ROC series.  
 
Katelyn Kane told me how fundraising was going for the Hile Motorsports team at Motorsports Expo and how she broke her nose recently. Bad dog…no, good dog! 

 

 
Saturday, March 10th 2012
    New on the Audio Page from the set up at Motorsports Expo:
 
Joe Patrick runs down the events on the schedule today and tells me how set up was going. 
Michael Sanchelli talked about some dates at Orange County and described the new handicapping. 
John Tiff runs down what is happening at Utica Rome and tells me about a few changes for 2012. 
Kevin Ward told me about his go cart win three weeks ago and the Sprint Car he has in the show. 
Rob Keller showed off a new look for his IMCA Modified and talked about the growing class. 
 
It was a snowy day in Central New York and I spent a good portion of the day at the New York State Fairgrounds as Motorsports Expo was being set up. I hope you all have plans to go to the event today as there is a lot to see. And this year’s in color seems to be orange. You’ll see what I mean when you check it out today.
 
Of course I’ll be there today with my recorder and my camera to document the event. I’ll be talking to as many drivers as I can so look for those to come tomorrow and of course many will be saved for release next week.
 
I’m all bummed out with the loss by SU Friday night. But with the latest implications surrounding the program, you knew a loss like this was coming and you have to wonder if this might be the end of the Jim Boehiem era as you can only brush stuff off for so long. 
 
Now let’s chat more about what is new on the Audio Page for today. I begin with a breakdown of what is happening today. Joe Patrick runs down the events on the schedule today at Motorsports Expo, highlights the autograph sessions in the afternoon and tells me how set up was going on Friday. 
 
Michael Sanchelli talked about some special dates this year at Orange County Fair Speedway and described the new handicapping system for weekly racing. 
 
John Tiff runs down what is happening at Utica Rome and tells me about a few changes for 2012 including a bigger award for the Modified champion. 
 
Kevin Ward told me about his go cart win three weeks ago and the 360 Sprint Car he has at the show in the Empire Super Sprints booth. 
 
Rob Keller showed off a new look for his IMCA Modified, talked about how the class is growing in the Southern Tier and gave drivers some advice on life insurance. I need some!!! 

 
     
 
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