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Gary Rowe of M.R. Gaebel, Inc.
Gates-Cole Associates SUNY Canton Automotive Technology program
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Thursday, September 13th 2018
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Steve Poirier described when things changed for him and when he decided to go for the ESS crown.
Jeremy Smith explained how he picked up his 8th win of the season last week at Thunder Mountain.
Rocky Warner recapped his third place last Friday in Malta and talked about why it was so special.
Denny Peebles spoke with Allie about how his car was handling in the hot lap session at Can Am.
Ronnie Davis III talked about the need to find some speed and how his rookie season in 358 went.
Jeff Hachmann told me about the work going on at Oswego Speedway as the clay goes down today.

Lots to listen to today as we have been very busy this week. Plus I am taking a trip up north to see how things are going at Oswego Speedway will see it’s first loads of clay today. I’ll do a Facebook live sometime this afternoon so look for that if you are one of my Facebook friends.
 
After that I’ll be in the studio looking to get some work done and will be at Brewerton Speedway tomorrow, with Allie at Thunder Mountain on Saturday and then again with Allie Sunday as she is going to try some announcing with the Syracuse Microd Club.
 
Now let’s chat about what we have for you on the Audio Page starting with a driver who has a chance at a championship with a tough touring series. Steve Poirier told me when things changed for him, when he decided to go for the ESS crown and looked ahead to this weekend’s Canadian Sprint Car Nationals at Ohsweken.  
 
Jeremy Smith explained how he picked up his 8th win of the season last week at Thunder Mountain, ran down his plans for the rest of the season and spoke about the new style transmissions in today’s Modifieds. 
 
Rocky Warner recapped his third place last Friday in Malta and talked about why it was so important for him to be at the race as well as wondering how good he would be last Saturday at Can Am. 
 
Ronnie Davis III talked about the need to find some speed this past Saturday at Can Am, looks ahead to an off weekend this time around and how his rookie season in 358 went.  
 
Denny Peebles spoke with Allie about how his car was handling in the hot lap session at Can Am, explained a change they were making to the right rear and how happy he was with his time trial effort.

Jeff Hachmann told me about the work going on at Oswego Speedway as the clay goes down today to prepare for Super DIRT Week and describes some of the changes for this year.   
 
Wednesday, September 12th 2018
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Justin Haers explained why he was in the #11 with a W-16 engine and how the first practice went.
Sam Reakes IV told me how he was feeling after his hard landing the week before at Brewerton.
Kenny Hammond explains how he came from the back twice to win the 602 Crate Topless 100.
Bob Henry Jr. talked about how he won his first DIRTcar Sportsman Series race since the early 2000’s.
Karl Spoonhower Jr. previews this weekend’s Wade Decker Memorial and the rest of the season.

It was a rainy day for the early part of the day so we moved our Tuesday plans to today and we should have lots of fun today as we will visit with a friend in our final shooting lesson of the season. I plan on being at Brewerton on Friday, please don’t rain as I love this show, and then Allie will join me at Thunder Mountain on Saturday as the weather looks good for Saturday as of now.

Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone who is bracing for the hurricane today and we hope that it is not as bad as they are saying. I know a lot of people who fly will be affected by this and hopefully won’t be stuck in airports for an extended time.

And we’ll wrap up our weekend on Sunday as Allie will be announcing for the Syracuse Microd Club. If she does victory lane interviews I will share them with you. Let’s hope Mother Nature does not mess us up this weekend.
 
Now let’s chat more about what is new for today on the Audio Page as we show some love to a pair of Sportsman winners this past weekend. Justin Haers explained why he was in the #11 with a W-16 engine, how the first practice went on Friday night and what he learned about his two big blocks at the Land of Legends finale.  
 
Sam Reakes IV told me how he was feeling after his hard landing the week before at Brewerton, how trying to mow the lawn let him know how hurt he was and listens to Billy Whittaker as he adds his thoughts. Note: He did not finish the night at Can Am as his back still bothered him.  
 
Kenny Hammond explains how he came from the back twice to win the 602 Crate Topless 100 at Thunder Mountain Speedway, why he missed seeing the flagger in the closing laps and runs down his late season race plans.

Bob Henry Jr. talked about how he won his first DIRTcar Sportsman Series race since the early 2000’s Friday night at Can Am, what went wrong the next night and how much he’ll race in the next few weeks. 
 
Karl Spoonhower Jr. previews this weekend’s Wade Decker Memorial at Thunder Mountain, looks ahead to the rest of the season and runs down some upgrades they have made in recent years. 
 
Tuesday, September 11th 2018
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Jimmy Phelps recapped his weekend that included a win on Friday and a big wreck on Saturday night.
Ryan Susice told me about his win at Ransomville on Friday and his SOS win in Canada last weekend.
Larry Welling explained why he cut his season short and his plans to finish out at Super Dirt Week.
Allie Elkins talks about her new ride for the 2019 as she’ll be with the Dirt Modified Nostalgia Tour.
Tony Veneziano reports on the World of Outlaws Sprint Cars as they raced in Oregon and California.
 
It was a great day for us on Monday as we officially announced Allie’s plans to run with the Dirt Modified Nostalgia Tour next year. There are press releases up on Dirt Track Digest and Centralnewyorkmotorsports.com. And if you are a facebook friend of mine you saw that hit at mid afternoon on Monday. It is going to be something alright and we could not be happier.
 
Also we have more good interviews to listen to today starting with a couple of big winners from this past weekend. And we were able to get some more for the can and I have a lot of messages out there with others so it should be a fun week.

We’ll be going to Brewerton on Friday and somewhere on Saturday although I have not decided where yet. And Allie has been invited to announce this Sunday with the Syracuse Microd Club so she really wants to give that a try and see her friends. It should be a ball.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page starting with a driver who had the ultimate up & down weekend. Jimmy Phelps recapped his weekend that included a win on Friday, a big wreck on Saturday night that trashed his racecar and looked ahead to a pair of late season shows at Weedsport Speedway. 
 
Ryan Susice told me about his win at Ransomville on Friday in the Sid Jeffery Memorial, his SOS win in Canada last weekend and his plans to race in the Canadian Sprint Car Nationals at Ohsweken Speedway this weekend.  
 
Larry Welling explained why he cut his season short, his plans to race three more times finishing at Super Dirt Week and looks ahead to racing karts with his son in 2019. 
 
Allie Elkins talks about her new ride for the 2019 with the Dirt Modified Nostalgia Tour, tells me what she likes about this particular form of racing and how much her time with Kuleszo Racing and the Syracuse Microd Club helped prepare her. 
 
Tony Veneziano reports on the World of Outlaws Sprint Cars as they raced at Willamette Speedway in Oregon and twice at Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico, California.  
 
Monday, September 10th 2018
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Brian McDonald talked about his quest for win number one on the season and his new nickname.
Mike Maresca told me about his BRP Modified win in Pennsylvania and his fifth place at Sharon.
Tyler Corcoran explained what it was like to get his first Sportsman win and what made it special.
In the latest Doug’s Thoughts I talk about a possible return to announcing and why I stepped back.

We had a nice day on Sunday as we celebrated my dad’s 83rd birthday. I made what he wanted for dinner, my famous fried boneless chicken thighs, and we spent some quality time watching golf and comparing how Allie is doing with the same brain as me versus what I was doing at the same time. You don’t want to know about that but it is night and day.
 
I will be back to work hard today doing some writing and doing some interviews in the studio. I have a list of people to call and hopefully I will be a little more successful this week compared to last. Hey, people are busy with school back and summer over so I get that. I still have a lot of nice chats in the can too.
 
And I want your feedback on my latest Doug’s Thoughts. I did get a lot from my Facebook friends but I know that many of you do not do that and may have some thoughts too. Please let me know what you think with a note to me at doug@dougsdirtdiary.com.
 
Now let’s tell you more about the new stuff you can listen to on the Audio Page that is new for today. Brian McDonald talked about his quest for win number one on the season, ran down his late race schedule and told me about his new nickname.  
 
Mike Maresca told me about his BRP Modified win in Pennsylvania last weekend, his fifth place at Sharon Speedway in Ohio and reacts to a story I shared about his teammate Tim Fuller.  
 
Tyler Corcoran explained what it was like to get his first Sportsman win, why he was surprised that it happened so soon and what made the night even more special. 
 
In the latest Doug’s Thoughts I talk about a possible return to announcing, why I stepped back from the booth after sixteen years in 2005 and what I have learned in those years that helps when on the mic. 
 
Sunday, September 9th 2018
   New on the Audio Page from the season ender at Can Am Speedway:
 
After the heat races:
Jason Barney won the first ESS heat race and talked about his win as well as his history at Can Am.
Danny Varin talked about adjusting to the racetrack as well as what he saw in his heat race victory.
Billy VanInwegen prepared some tires for the A-Main and described his race up front in his win.
Billy Dunn and Tim Fuller watched the consolation races and talked about their heat race wins.
Tim Sears Jr. talked about his heat win and explained why being good middle off is the key to win.
Jordan McCreadie explained why we saw sparks coming from his Modified in his winning heat race.
 
After the features and the A-Main:
Dave Rogers chats with me in victory lane after winning the Sportsman feature by 0.098 seconds.
Larry Wight won the Empire Super Sprint A-Main and talked about stepping up his efforts in 2018.
Matt Tanner finished second in the ESS Race and spoke about picking up the place with late pass.
Paul Kinney described what he saw in front of his late as he came home with a third place finish.
Tim Fuller dominated the DIRTcar 358 Series race and spoke about bringing his Mohawk Modified.
Billy Dunn came from sixth to second and told the crowd about the hard race he had for the spot.
Ryan Arbuthnot grabbed eleven spots to finish third and talked about finding speed on the outside.
 
We had a really fun night at Can Am Speedway as I got to help on the microphone, Allie got to sing national anthems and I got to do my usual Doug’s Dirt Diary thing. It was a fun night top to bottom and we consider ourselves so fortunate to be a small part of their season finale.
 
The track was raced on the night before but you wouldn’t have known it early on. It was fast but changed quickly once the heat races began. The track did take some rubber in the ESS A-Main but the racing will still pretty good.
 
Dave Rogers got the features races off to a nice start winning the race by 0.098 seconds over Kevin Root who ran him down in the final laps as they hit slower traffic at the back of the field. I got to speak with him in victory lane and that chat as well as twelve others are up on the Audio Page today.
 
The Sprint Car race was a little over 8 minutes long as they ran green to checkered with Larry Wight leading every lap despite a glowing rear brake that seemed to be orange all the way through the corners.

The DIRTcar 358 Series race was all Tim Fuller as he took the lead on the outside on a lap fifteen restart and held off close friend Billy Dunn in the closing laps. Ryan Arbuthnot used the extreme outside when nearly every other car was hugging the inside and worked his way up to second briefly before falling back to third.
 
I had fun as a friend met us up there and we also got to find out what size seat Allie fits in best. Why would we be doing that? If you follow me on Facebook you may have an idea. And you’ll find out everything later this week so stay tuned.

I also got 15 interviews in the can to spread out between now and Friday when we head to Brewerton. Plus I’ll be in the studio later today after we wish my dad a happy 83rd birthday. I wouldn’t be the outgoing, easy talking SOB I am today with his influence and gene pool. Thanks dad. I think…just kidding.
 
See you tomorrow and have a great Sunday. 
 
Saturday, September 8th 2018
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Billy Whittaker told me why he had his small block at Brewerton and his late season race plans.
Justin Wright remembered a recent hard crash and talked about trying some new stuff Saturday.
Andrew Ferguson spoke about his hopes to finish out the regular season with a strong finish.
Rick Raner talks about racing with his son and what it is like being a morning show radio host.
Steve Ovens ran down how the championship battles went at Woodhull and previews tonight.

I had a nice day off and am now ready to get back at it today with a trip north to Can Am. Allie will sing anthems and I will be doing my usual thing so look for lots on the site tomorrow. I’m gonna get there nice and early too as I need to load up and get Allie in a seat to see what size she needs for something possibly down the road.
 
 So if you help, flag us down. We will have her bag with her too, as is now standard procedure, so you never know I guess. I’ll be home I think on Sunday although there is a possibility I could squeeze something different in. And if not, I’ll be in the studio reaching out to drivers. Either way it will be a fun day tonight and tomorrow.
 
Now let’s chat more about what is up for you on the Audio Page as we get ready to head out nice and early today. Billy Whittaker told me why he had his small block at Brewerton to race against the big blocks, why he wished it hadn’t rained earlier and ran down his late season race plans.

Justin Wright remembered a recent hard crash and talked about trying some new stuff last Saturday at Land of Legends as well as where we will see him the rest of this season.

Andrew Ferguson spoke about his hopes to finish out the regular season at Brewerton Speedway with a strong finish, how tricky the track can be and the new car he has on order.  
 
Rick Raner talks about racing with his son, why he feels that his involvement in the sport helps him away from the track and what it is like being a morning show radio host. Honest chat with two racing dads here! 
 
Steve Ovens ran down how the championship battles went at Woodhull one week ago and previews the next two shows at the track as the 2018 season winds down.  
 
Friday, September 7th 2018
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Willy Decker explained why his Modified was hiking the right front and what he would do to fix it.
Tim Kerr eared his first win of the season at Brewerton and told me how he got an engine to borrow.
Phil Vigneri III added sail panels last Saturday and talked about going to back to race at Canandaigua.
Joey Buonagurio described his up & down season so far and some of the struggles he has endured.
Marc Minutolo told me about his Friday night championship and his hopes for last Saturday’s race.
Tony Kulesza talks about the BEI Lightning Series as they get ready to race two more times in ’18.

Well I think summer is officially over as our thermometers went down yesterday and are set to be pretty fall like this weekend. I’m
going to take advantage of the nice day today and hit the golf course after I get some work done and then off to Can Am tomorrow.
 
We got some really good news on Thursday but we’ll hold off on making that public for a little bit here. The girls both had their first day of school and things went very well. After another day today they will get to relax for a couple of days before getting back at it. Nice job by the schools here in Liverpool to let them ease in that way.
 
Now let’s chat more about what is new for today on the Audio Page as we begin with three Modified racers. Willy Decker explained why his Modified was hiking the right front tire off the ground on the tacky Brewerton surface, what he would do to keep it lower and how Sprint Cars would change the surface. 
 
Tim Kerr eared his first win of the season at Brewerton two weeks ago today and told me how he got an engine to borrow as well as his plans for once the regular season is complete. 
 
Phil Vigneri III added sail panels last Saturday and talked about going to back to race at Canandaigua while recapping how he did as a weekly racer at Freedom.  
 
Joey Buonagurio described his up & down season so far and some of the struggles he has endured as well as some things he did to his Sportsman to free it up a bit. 
 
Marc Minutolo told me about his Friday night championship at Outlaw Speedway, his hopes for last Saturday’s race while wondering what races he will do before 2018 is over. 
 
Tony Kulesza talks about the BEI Lightning Series as they get ready to race two more times in 2018 and talks about the big 602 Crate Nationals in Florida in February.   
 
     
 
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