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Gary Rowe of M.R. Gaebel, Inc.
Gates-Cole Associates SUNY Canton Automotive Technology program
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Sunday, September 10th 2017
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Billy Whittakker tells me about his Fulton Speedway win and his sponsorship at Super DIRT Week.
Luke Horning spoke his chances for a championship and who is the best ball buster in racing.
Paul Cole talks about his new role at Land of Legends Speedway and why his business is so busy.

We had a busy day as we closed our pool for the season in what is always a sad day as by closing our pool we now have admitted that fall is coming. And of course we all know what’s after that don’t we. Shudder!
 
Today we’ll be racing with Allie at the NYS Fairgrounds in the Kuleszo Racing #48 and it is her first time back in the car in nearly a month. She can’t wait and after getting some hot laps in Friday she is psyched up and ready to go.
 
If I get done in time I may try to head to Utica Rome and if not I’ll get right in the studio. I do have two interviews in the can so we’ll see but you’ll more good stuff to listen to tomorrow for sure.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have on the Audio Page for today including a talk with the new promoter in Canandaigua. Billy Whittakker tells me about his Fulton Speedway win, how close he was the week before and his sponsorship of the big race at Super DIRT Week.

Luke Horning spoke his chances for a championship, who is the best ball buster in racing talk and how cool it was to set fast time in Weedsport on Monday. 

Paul Cole talks about his new role at Land of Legends Speedway, the move to DIRTcar sanctioning for 2018 and why his business is so busy right now.    
 
Saturday, September 9th 2017
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Danny Varin talks about his dramatic win at Brewerton and how he likes to run at Weedsport.
Sam Reakes IV summed up how he did last weekend at a pair of racetracks that he really likes.
Nick Stone described a change he was making to his Pro Stock and compared 2017 to others.


It turned out to be a nice day on Friday as the sun showed up later in the day. Can Am cancelled but is on today as the first two drivers on the Audio Page will be running there. The ESS is part of a big show tonight so do not miss it.
 
Allie got to take some hot laps in a Quarter Midget last night in Syracuse which will surely help her on Sunday as she gets back behind the wheel of the Kuleszo Racing Microd. We still have the fall series to go and we look forward to getting back out there and to what the future holds down the road. It has been a great experience and I encourage you to get your son or daughter involved.
 
News out on Thursday that Canandaigua Motorsports Park will become Land of Legends Speedway and be DIRTcar sanctioned. And with Fulton going 358 on Saturdays many will use the track in Canandaigua to get their home track bonus points. Best of luck to new promoter Paul Cole.

Now let’s chat more about what you can listen to on the Audio Page starting with a pair of drivers expected to race tonight at Can Am. Danny Varin talks about his dramatic win at Brewerton, why he decided to add Monday’s race in Weedsport to his plans and how he likes to run at Weedsport.  
 
Sam Reakes IV summed up how he did last weekend at a pair of racetracks that he really likes, how fast it was on Friday and how fast he was early on at Fulton. 

Nick Stone described a change he was making to his Pro Stock and compared 2017 to some of his others while looking at where he is in the King of Dirt points.   
 
Friday, September 8th 2017
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Joe Trenca recapped his Sprint Car race Saturday at Fulton and his race Friday at Williams Grove.
Paulie Colagiovanni told me about his races at Brewerton & Fulton and his move to a back up car.
Dave Axton spoke about racing his Sprint Car in Weedsport and his recent top five up in Canada.
Jack Lehner runs down some numbers for us as he talks about his move from Sportsman to 358.

It was the first day of school for my girls on Thursday and each of them had a pretty good first day. I hope those if you who are in similar situations had a good first day as well as it can be pretty stressful at times.
 
I got some work done in the studio and may be in all weekend long as I feel I need to rest my calf muscle as it is finally feeling a little better. I still have some stuff in the can and I plan on racing with Allie on Sunday. She may even get some hot laps tonight too but we’ll have to see about that.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have on the Audio Page including an interview for you Sportsman teams to listen to if you’re thinking about moving up to a 358. Joe Trenca recapped his Sprint Car race Saturday at Fulton, why he felt he was just sitting on top of the track and his race Friday night at Williams Grove. 

Paulie Colagiovanni told me about his races at Brewerton & Fulton, a problem they had on Friday related to an issue the week before and his move to a back up car for Monday.

Dave Axton spoke about racing his Sprint Car in Weedsport, his recent top five finish up in Canada and how he did with a pair of shows last weekend in Central New York. 

Jack Lehner runs down some numbers for us as he talks about his move from a crate Sportsman to a 358 and explains why small block racing was better for his team’s bottom line.   
 
Thursday, September 7th 2017
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Chad Brachmann talked about his Merrittville Speedway championship and his late season race plans.
Brandon Kidd recapped his races at Brewerton & Fulton while thinking back to his laps in Weedsport.
Taylor Caprara explained how he won the Can Am Championship and why he had to borrow a ride.
Rob Yetman described a nagging motor issue he has been dealing with even when he won recently.


I got alot done on Wednesday as I wrote about the move to small blocks at Fulton and Utica Rome and did some research on the possible effects of this. It could be really good and from what I hear several Sportsman teams have already decided to go small block racing in 2018.

If you are one of those guys met me know either on Facebook or message me at doug@dougsdirtdiary.com and we’ll work you into our conversations. I’ll be in the studio today and early Friday too so give me a shout and we’ll talk.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have on the Audio Page starting with a track champion from north of the border. Chad Brachmann talked about his Merrittville Speedway championship, what his hopes were for his big block series race Monday in Weedsport and his late season race plans.

Brandon Kidd recapped his ESS race at Brewerton & Fulton, why he got on two wheels at one race while thinking back to his limited amount of laps in Weedsport plus this weekend at Can Am. 

Taylor Caprara explained how he won the Can Am Sportsman Championship, why he had to borrow a ride for the final point race while wondering why he blew up a brand new crate engine after 5 laps. 

Rob Yetman described a nagging motor issue he has been dealing with on his Pro Stock, his championship at Lebanon Valley and what he thought of his first laps in Weedsport.   
 
Wednesday, September 6th 2017
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Coleman Gullick talked about a problem at Brewerton and how they hustled to make it to Fulton.
Shawn Donath recapped his rough weekend as he raced his 360 Sprinter at Brewerton & Fulton.
Chris Steele explains why he was sidelined for a while and what he was able to do while down.
Pete Stefanski dusted off his Pro Stock for Monday and talked about Street Stock racing on Fridays.
Tony Veneziano reports on the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series as they visited Washington State.

I had a great day on Tuesday as got to do some studio work and put stage 1 of my master plan in place. Of course the big news on Tuesday was Utica Rome and Fulton Speedways announced that they would be headlining with 358 Modifieds in 2017. Reaction was mixed to say the least.
 
I’ll be looking into that and if you have comments or thoughts send them to me at doug@dougsdirtdiary.com or message me on facebook. I feel badly for the CNY teams heavily invested in big blocks but fell good for the Sportsman teams as some may now be able to afford to move up. It will be fun to see how this plays out.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page for you to listen to right now. Coleman Gullick talked about a problem at Brewerton, how they hustled to put a motor in to make it to Fulton and explained why he was putting a slick track set up in for Weedsport.

Shawn Donath recapped his rough weekend as he raced his 360 Sprinter at Brewerton & Fulton, offered his thoughts on Weedsport as well as how his business is doing. 

Chris Steele explains why he was sidelined for a while, how he did in the first race back and what he was able to do while he was away from the track for many weeks. 

Pete Stefanski dusted off his Pro Stock for Monday, wondered how much he would race it in the reminder of the season and talked about Street Stock racing on Fridays.

Tony Veneziano reports on the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series as they visited Washington State while looking ahead to Oregon tonight at Silver Dollar Speedway this weekend.  
 
Tuesday, September 5th 2017
   New on the Audio Page from Weedsport Speedway:
 
After the heat races:
 
Jason Barney won the first 360 qualifier and talked about where he needed to improve for later.
Paulie Colagiovanni got the win in the second heat and told me about getting a little high in turn 2.
Danny Varin explained why his car was turning to the right on the frontstretch in his heat race win.
Bobby Varin reacted to drawing the pole for the A-Main after leading every lap to win his heat race.
Nick Stone and Luke Horning talked about their heat wins and offered their first take on Weedsport.
Jim Normoyle led every lap to win his Pro Stock heat and tried to psych out a fellow racecar driver.  
Pat Ward got come encouragement from the next pit over after setting fast time and a heat win.
Tim McCreadie talked about his draw for the feature and how he made a pass to get a heat victory.
Jimmy Phelps climbed from his car after his heat win and talked about how good his new car was.


After the A-Main and Super DIRTcar Series race:
 
Danny Varin celebrated his birthday with his 2nd Weedsport win in a row and spoke to the crowd.
Jason Barney finished in second place and spoke about why his car needed a few laps to get going.
Billy VanInwegen talked about his third place finish and when he decided to race Sprint Cars more.
Matt Sheppard is hot on the Super DIRTcar Series and spoke about the green/white/checkered finish.
Stewart Friesen led 45 laps before finishing second and talked about what he did on the last restart.
Jimmy Phelps ran as high as 2nd before finishing 3rd and explained why the last caution hurt him.

It was quite the night in Weedsport as a big crowd and a packed pit area made for a good time. Mother Nature behaved despite a brief sprinkle in the heat races and it was a jacket free race night. Hopefully not our last of the season right?
 
Matt Sheppard and Stewart Friesen put on quite the show out front and a green/white/checkered finish only added to the dram with Sheppard winning by mere inches. Danny Varin made a bold outside move with nine laps to passing ESS Champion Jason Barney for his second Weedsport win in row and second win of the holiday weekend. Great way to spend a birthday wasn’t it Danny?
 
The Pro Stocks had not been to Weedsport in many years, some say mid 1990’s, so they got off to a rough start but rebounded well with a nice race in the feature after a rough start there too. The track was super slick but they adapted well and I’m sure can’t wait to come back. Nick Stone beat former Mr. DIRT Pro Stock Champion Pete Stefanski in the feature race.
 
I put up all my race stuff and saved 16 pre race chats. I really had to work to get those too as they were in extreme hustle mode with weather on the radar and a lot to do. Somehow the first bit of rain missed us altogether so I drove on rainy roads heading east on the way home. Yep, I smiled when I did too saying to myself, ‘Hah! Nice try.’
 
I have a busy day today away from racing and the day after tomorrow my kids go back to school. Everything is changing and I am excited about the fall and excited about getting my off season plan in motion. I’m gonna make damn sure that what happened to me in the spring will not happen again. Proper introspection with a focus on the future can be a great thing. I’m hoping it works that way for me.

I’ll be at a Friday or Saturday show and Allie races again this Sunday so it will be a fun weekend for sure. I’ll see you guys at the racetrack soon I hope. Enjoy the first few days of the rest of the year and I hope you’re feeling as good about things as I am.  
 
Monday, September 4th 2017
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Jimmy Horton talked about winning the Orange County Modified championship with just one win.
Tim Sears Jr. explained how he had to race hard on the final lap to win the Fulton Speedway title.
Peter Britten told me how he won the final point race to win the championship at Albany Saratoga.
Nick Krause spoke about his 2 wins this past weekend and how a bad brake bias adjuster hurt them.
 
I had a nice day on Sunday as I got a lot done in the studio and got some writing done as well. As soon as I get done with all that I am going to watch Watkins Glen with Allie. Yes, it was a fun day on Sunday despite Mother Nature’s interference.

I will be in Weedsport today for the Labor Day Double Play featuring the Super DIRTcar series for Modifieds and Pro Stock as well as 360 Sprint Cars. It should be a really fun day and I hope to see alot of you there as this should be a really good show.

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page starting with three drivers who won championships this past weekend. Jimmy Horton talked about winning the Orange County Modified championship after leading the points from start to finish, how they cut down on DNF’s and his plans for the rest of the year. 

Tim Sears Jr. explained how he had to race hard on the final lap to win the Fulton Speedway Modified championship and how getting a loaner for a few weeks made the difference. 

Peter Britten told me how he won the final point race to win the championship at Albany Saratoga and looked ahead to racing on the Super DIRTcar Series today in Weedsport.  
 
Nick Krause spoke about his 2 wins this past weekend, how a bad brake bias adjuster hurt them earlier in the year and explained how good it felt to win after almost a year and a half.   
 
     
 
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