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Gary Rowe of M.R. Gaebel, Inc.
Gates-Cole Associates SUNY Canton Automotive Technology program
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Saturday, April 13th 2019
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Charlie Tibbitts and his dad Charles spoke about the 2 cars they shook down last weekend in Vernon.
C.J. Castelletti spoke about his life after college and the new set up they were trying this past Sunday.
Frank Nortz talks about the Saturday and Sunday practices this weekend at Adirondack International.
 
What a nice day it was on Friday. I actually went outside in shorts for my walk just because I could. Then the rains came but the good news is that it should be out of her really fast and should not be a factor today at all.
 
Can Am stats their season off with a big Super DIRTcar Series race on the big half mile and they have big money on the line with $10,000 going to the winner. Plus big money is also there for Sportsman and Four Cylinders as well.
 
Allie and I will be at Land of Legends Raceway as they have their first practice of the year on tap. We’ll also be at their Wednesday practice as well so we hope to see a lot of you there.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have on the Audio Page today as we start out with a father and son team that are all in for this season. Charlie Tibbitts and his dad Charles spoke about the 2 cars they shook down last weekend in Vernon, what their plans are for the year and how important it is to have good help. 
 
C.J. Castelletti spoke about his life after college, the new set up they were trying this past Sunday and what they had to do to make it a little better as the day went on. 
 
Frank Nortz talks about the Saturday and Sunday practices this weekend at Adirondack International, describes the work he did to get the asphalt ready and explains why their opener is pushed back to the 27th.  
 
Friday, April 12th 2019
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Ryan Godown recaps his family’s big day at New Egypt and offers his take on engine combinations.
Brian Calabrese described how his Sportsman did in Sunday’s practice and how last year’s set up did.
Mike Richmond practiced last Sunday at Utica Rome and explained how he cycles in some new tires.

It sounds like we could have a very rainy day on tap for today and I’m hoping that it is not enough rain to mess with tomorrow as there is a lot on the card for Saturday. Keep your fingers crossed and let’s hope for the best.
 
I got on the road on Thursday as I stopped by to see some friends in Geneva to get an idea of what kind of equipment I would need to do some videos. I learned a lot and had fun sharing stories. Who knows, maybe I can get going what I have been hoping for and start a new chapter. We’ll see I guess.
 
Now let’s chat more about what I have for you on the Audio Page starting with a man who got to smile twice this past weekend. Ryan Godown recaps his family’s winning day at New Egypt as both he and his son visited victory lane and offers his take on many engine combinations that Modifieds can run nowadays. 
 
Brian Calabrese described how his Sportsman did in Sunday’s practice, described how last year’s set up did and what switching the location on the panhard bar did to the car. 
 
Mike Richmond practiced last Sunday at Utica Rome and explained how he cycles in new tires and what he looks at after the sessions were complete.  
 
Thursday, April 11th 2019
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Ryan Arbuthnot talked about his plans to race his big block at Can Am and his 2019 race schedule.
Randy Shantel improved as the Utica Rome practice rolled on and described what his day was like.
John Ramsey described how his hot lap session went in a crate Sportsman and a problem they had.
Brandon Gibbons offered his take on racing after his first ever hot laps and the tree he hit off turn 4.

We actually had a little snow in the morning up here although I only heard about and did not see it so I will not be confirming that ugly rumor. But boy it did stay cold on Wednesday despite the fact that it looked nice outside. Better days are coming that we do know for sure.
 
I’m hoping for a good weekend as Saturday’s forecast is now looking better as Can Am has a Super DIRTcar Series race and Land of Legends Raceway has a practice that Allie and I will be attending. We’re hoping to so a little research on head and neck restraint systems as I have never tried one on and am very reluctant to if I’m being totally honest with you.

Hopefully I’ll feel better about it after Saturday but if I can get by without it I will. Only one track I am planning on running requires them so we’ll see. I’m sure they slow down the time it takes you to get out of the car if you had to and that is my number one fear. Am I wrong? Suggestions would be appreciated.

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page starting with a driver getting ready for a big show on Saturday. Ryan Arbuthnot talked about his plans to race his big block at Can Am in their Super DIRTcar Series race on Saturday, described some last minute things he had to finish up and his 2019 race schedule.   
 
Randy Shantel improved as the Utica Rome practice rolled on and described what his day was like with the car as well as some of the things he changed to make his small block Modified better.
 
John Ramsey described how his hot lap session went in a crate Sportsman, a problem they had in those first few laps and wonders now if he may have to chart a return to racing. Listen your wife John!!! 
 
Brandon Gibbons offered his take on racing after his first ever hot laps this past Sunday at Utica Rome, explained how he hit a tree while spinning off the track and how much fun he had behind the wheel.  
 
Wednesday, April 10th 2019
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Paulie Colagiovanni got ready for his first laps since his season ending crash and talked about nerves.
Coleby Felber offered his thoughts as he finished for his first ever laps on dirt in a crate Sportsman.
Tyler Bartlett previewed this Saturday’s big block Super DIRTcar Series race at Can Am Speedway.
Dean Reynolds went over the latest competitor notes for this Saturday’s big SDS race at Can Am.

I had a nice day off on Tuesday and am ready to get back at it again today. I have some things on my list today and some requests I hope to be able to get the ball rolling on so be sure to come back tomorrow as we should have four more chats up for you.
 
Lots going on this weekend and we look at Can Am’s big show today. I’ll be at the Land of Legends practice this Saturday and then at Utica Rome on Sunday for their season opener. It’s gonna be great to get out twice this weekend to see some racing so let’s hope Mother Nature s nice to us.
 
Now let’s chat more about what’s n the Audio Page for today starting with a driver who has not been in the car since a big crash cut his season short last year. Paulie Colagiovanni got ready for his first laps since his season ending crash and talked about keeping that nervous stomach under control as well as what his goals were for Sunday’s practice. 
 
Coleby Felber offered his thoughts as he finished his first ever laps on dirt in a crate Sportsman at Utica Rome’s practice on Sunday and described how he got through the corners while comparing it to other forms of racing he has done. 
 
Tyler Bartlett previewed this Saturday’s big block Super DIRTcar Series race at Can Am Speedway, described some work they did over the weekend on both the big half mile and the kart track. That’s a 5 p.m. start time racers! 
 
Dean Reynolds went over the latest competitor notes for this Saturday’s big SDS race at Can Am, explained why it means to be a Platinum Driver and described the benefits of the DIRTcar license.    
 
Tuesday, April 9th 2019
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Max McLaughlin tells me about his 13th place run in the NASCAR K&N Series on Saturday at Bristol.
A.J. Filbeck gets ready for his first practice laps and tells me about the familiar Sportsman he’ll race.
Brandon Gibbons took his first laps ever on Sunday and talked about some of his racing background.
Tony Veneziano reports on the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series as they raced twice in Arizona.

I had a nice day on Monday as I got a lot of little things done that really needed to get done. Things went fairly smooth so I am good shape and have a few more things checked off my Spring To Do List.

After that I got busy in the studio as I am hoping to take today off to go to the bowling banquet and say goodbye to all my bowling friends who I won’t see again till late September. It was a fun year. I had my first 279 in many years but my average was down a few pins as my pesky knees and an old shoulder injury made it tough. But we had fun and that’s what really matters.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page beginning with one of our own who is making a name for himself on the asphalt at one of the most storied tracks on the circuit. Max McLaughlin tells me about his 13th place finish in the NASCAR K&N Series from Saturday at Bristol, describes the part that broke while he was racing for 5th and looks ahead to this weekend at Hickory in a Late Model. 
 
A.J. Filbeck gets ready for his first practice laps at Utica Rome Speedway and tells me about the familiar Sportsman he’ll race as well as how his off season went. 
 
Brandon Gibbons took his first laps ever on Sunday and talked about some of his racing background as well as what his goals were for his afternoon at Utica Rome Speedway. 
 
Tony Veneziano reports on the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series as they raced twice in Arizona and talks about the super tight points battle at the top of the standings.  
 
Monday, April 8th 2019
   New on the Audio Page from Sunday’s practice at Utica Rome Speedway:
 
Addison Bowman talked about his Sportsman plans and the two jobs he has that keep him busy.
John Ramsey explained why he had a driver’s suit on and why he recently got out of asphalt racing.
Zach Sobotka watched some hot laps from the grandstand and talked about how his Sportsman was.
Craig Pritchard was the first one who had to make repairs and explained why he hit the wall in two.
Casey Williams was back behind the wheel and told me how it felt after two years off from racing.

I had a blast on Sunday as I got to smell some race fuel and see my first on track action at the Utica Rome Speedway practice. It was quite a day as they stayed on the track till 5:30 or so as some teams got as many as six sessions on the big half mile.
 
The track was in great shape too, as you’ll hear from the drivers, and everything went very smooth with only a few drivers having some extra work to do due to on track action. Although the track was backwards from a normal Sunday as turns one and two were tacky while turns three and four were slick. The leaves are not on the trees yet so that may have played a part in it but it did throw a few guys off as almost always you can charge into turn three harder. Not on this day however!
 
I also chatted with several new drivers and we’ll have a few of those up for you tomorrow. And then we’ll follow up with them later in the week to compare what they said before their first laps versus afterwards. So look for a lot of god stuff this week as we get ready some season openers this weekend.
 
Now let’s chat more about what is new on the Audio Page for today starting with some of my early interviews from Sunday. Addison Bowman talked about his Sportsman plans for 2019, the two jobs he has that keep him busy while attending high school and a crash last year that caused a lot of damage. 
 
John Ramsey explained why he had a driver’s suit on at the Utica Rome Speedway practice, why he got out of asphalt racing and wondered if he might get back in behind the wheel of a Sportsman. Hmm.  

Craig Pritchard was the first one who had to make repairs at the track and explained why he hit the wall in turn two as well as what he was going to have to fix before Sunday’s season opener. 
 
Zach Sobotka watched some hot laps from the grandstand and talked about how his Sportsman was in his practice laps as well as how different the surface was compared to a regular Sunday. 
 
Casey Williams was back behind the wheel of a Sportsman at the Utica Rome practice and told me how it felt after two years off from racing as well as why he had mismatching body panels on the car.    
 
Sunday, April 7th 2019
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Dylan Zacharias runs down his Sportsman plans and talked about his full time daily racing job.
In the latest Doug’s Thoughts I talk about seeing cars on the track today and my plans for 2019.

I enjoyed a beautiful day on Saturday and I hope you all did too. My youngest daughter Katie had her dance recital in the afternoon and then we got some pizzas and had guests over to watch the Final Four. As I type this up tip off time is in 40 minutes and I can’t wait.
 
I also can’t wait for today as I will be heading out to Utica Rome Speedway for their open practice session. They waited until late Friday to announce that it was still a go and I cannot wait to see you guys, talk racing and get a big whiff of race fuel. It’s gonna be a blast and I hope it goes well for everyone.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page starting with a man who is all about racing every day of the week. Dylan Zacharias runs down his Sportsman plans for the coming season, the new car he put together and talked about his full time daily racing job. 
 
In the latest Doug’s Thoughts I talk about seeing cars on the track today at Utica Rome Speedway’s practice, why I have so much respect for local dirt track racing and my plans for 2019.   
 
     
 
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