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Friday, January 30th 2015
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Joey Ladouceur talks about his championship in the Pro Cam Super Truck Series and his Sportsman.
Mike Stelter remembered his season with a Sprint Car and talked about getting ready for 2015.
Rich Sharpsteen and Jeremy Trank speak with Steve Ovens about their move to a new division.
 
We are back with three new chats for you today as we took the day yesterday to honor the memory of Jon Button who we lost earlier in the week. If you missed it, go back to yesterday on the Audio Page and look for my column on his career at www.syracuse.com/motorsports.
 
Today we have three good ones for you to close out the work week. I had a special thing to do last night that I’ll tell you about on Facebook so I was off on Thursday. But I’ll be back in the studio today and this weekend so if you want to get on, message me on Facebook or at doug@dougsdirtdiary.com.
 
And another big thanks goes out to Steve Ovens for his help. Steve may be doing even more this year in our racing world and we are so lucky to have a guy like him contributing to the sport we all love in so many ways. Thanks Steve!
 
Now let’s go into more detail and talk about the new stuff on the Audio Page for you to listen to today. Joey Ladouceur talks about his championship in the Pro Cam Super Truck Series, how he adapted to the asphalt and how he did with his Sportsman at Cornwall and on the tour. 
 
Mike Stelter remembered his season with a Sprint Car and talked about getting ready for 2015 as well as how prepared he feels he is this time around. The audio is a little hot early but gets better as it goes on. Sorry! 
 
Rich Sharpsteen and Jeremy Trank speak with Steve Ovens about their move to a new division as well as how last year affected their decision race four cylinders. 

 
Thursday, January 29th 2015
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Joe Marotta tells some stories about Jon Button and remembers the first time he met him in Fulton. 
 
We have just one new interview to listen to today as we mourn the loss of Jon Button. I’m sure many of you knew him from his days as a racer, a track inspector and an ambassador for vintage racing.
 
You’ll hear in the interview how much Jon did on the tracks. Drag strips, asphalt tracks and dirt tracks were his playground and he did well in all three disciplines. It is rare to see someone be able to do all three well and Jon was that kind of a guy.
 
I first met Jon when he was an inspector for DIRT Motorsports when Glenn Donnelly was at the helm. He was often in the pit area when I was first starting with DIRT and he helped me tremendously. The stories he would tell were so great to listen to and he really helped me understand where the sport came from. I’ll always be thankful for that!
 
But Joe knew him a lot better than I did so I thought it best to enlist him to help tell his story. I hope you like it as well as the story I did on him for today’s Syracuse Post Standard. If you don’t get it delivered to your door or at work, you can read it at www.syracuse.com/motorsports.
 
Now let’s talk a little more about the special interview on the Audio Page for you to listen to today. Joe Marotta tells some stories about Jon Button, remembers the first time he met him in Fulton and runs down some of his accomplishments over his long racing career. Rest in Peace Jon! 

 
Wednesday, January 28th 2015
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Greg Hixson is the new Race Director for Black Rock and talked about his new position for 2015.
Pat LaPage remembers his days as a flagger and tells me he hopes racing can help his business.
 
I had a good day on Tuesday getting a lot of work done after a mellow day on Monday. I recorded three new chats, one of which is up today and the others will show up between now and Friday.
 
Condolences go out to the Button family on the loss of Jon Button. He was very instrumental in the early days of racing here in Central New York and beyond. His sons Gordy and Mike each have contributed in significant ways to the racing in our area and our thoughts and prayers are with them as they deal with the loss of their father.
 
I plan on chatting with Joe Marotta today and we will share some stories about Jon and hopefully ease the pain a little for all of his family and friends. Those Midget racecars he would show off were just the coolest things and you have to admire the people who took those cars around the racetracks as they were not the safest things by any means.
 
We’ll miss you Jon, we’ll miss your stories and the memories that you gave us will last forever. May he rest in peace.
 
Now let’s chat more about the new stuff we have for you today on the Audio Page starting with some news from Black Rock Speedway as they prepared for their rules meeting. Greg Hixson is the new Race Director for Black Rock and talked with Steve Ovens about his new position for 2015 and what he hopes will happen in the coming season. 
 
Pat LaPage remembers his days as a flagger, some of the situations that happen when you are up on the flag stand and tells me he hopes racing can help his new business. Check out 911 Restoration for water, mold, smoke or fire damage. 

 
Tuesday, January 27th 2015
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Brian Ross inducts Wes Moody into the NYSSCA Hall of Fame and chats with him afterwards.
Mike Bowman talks about his tentative plans for 2015 and how much of racing has to do with tires.
 
I hope you all are getting your work week off to a great start and I hope you check out the new stuff we have for you today. We’ll get more from the NYSSCA Hall of Fame ceremony and find out what a local CNY driver has cooked up for this year.
 
Tomorrow we’ll give you our final interview from the weekend and whatever I get done at the studio. We’ll hear from former racer Donnie Wetmore Jr. as he reacts to his mom’s Hall of Fame induction and tells us what he does for the Richard Petty Driving Experience. Yeah, when I lose weight and get things together I am going to do that for sure! And yes I will take a ride along but I also want to drive one myself.
 
If any of you have done this, please send me a message as I’d like to chat with you about what it is like.
 
Now let’s chat more about the new stuff we have for you on the Audio Page for today. Brian Ross inducts Wes Moody into the NYSSCA Hall of Fame at the Saratoga Automobile Museum and chats with him about it afterwards. 
 
Mike Bowman talks about his tentative plans for 2015, how much of racing has to do with tires and how if differs from track to track in Central New York. Good one here!

 
Monday, January 26th 2015
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Kenny Brightbill talks about his induction into the NYSSCA Hall of Fame and his 2014 season.
Brian Bedell does the intro and talks about Howard Commander’s addition to the NYSSCA HOF.
 
Back to start our work week with a few interviews from the weekend’s New York State Stock Car Hall of Fame induction at the Saratoga Automobile Museum. And I’ll be back with more tomorrow from the event as well a chat with a Modified driver who is getting ready to hit the shop hard as he looks ahead to 2015.
 
How about Kyle Larson huh? Is there any doubt left that he is this generation’s Mario Andretti and A.J. Foyt rolled into one? There has not been a driver as versatile as him since the days when the best drivers in the world raced multiple divisions on dirt and asphalt. Color me impressed!
 
I will also be writing today as there is a lot of local news in Central New York to talk about and you can read my stuff online at www.syracuse.com/motorsports. This coming season is really shaping up and some trends are already developing. It is going to be alot of fun to cover.
 
Now let’s chat about what is new on the Audio Page for this Monday starting with a chat I had at the Saratoga Automobile Museum. Kenny Brightbill talks about his induction into the NYSSCA Hall of Fame and his 2014 season driving at SpeedSTR at Kutztown.  
 
Brian Bedell does the introduction and talks about Howard Commander’s addition to the NYSSCA HOF. Howard also joins the conversation at the end. 

 
Sunday, January 25th 2015
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Pete Bicknell talks about his induction into the NYSSCA Hall of Fame and his early racing years.
Marcia Wetmore talked about going into the NYSSCA Hall of Fame and the Victoria 200.
Mark Krosky, President of the NYSSCA, addressed the crowd and thanked everyone for coming.
 
I have some new audio up today from Saturday’s New York State Stock Car Association Hall of Fame ceremony at the Saratoga Automobile Museum. I had a great time seeing the exhibits and getting to help induct Pete Bicknell and Marcia Wetmore.
 
If you have not had a chance to get out to the museum you really need to go. There were some great classic cars downstairs and then some equally great racecars upstairs. It is a trip you’ll surely want to make so add that to your summer to do list. It’s well worth the trip.
 
I was so honored to be there and get in front of the crowd. I rode out and back with Pete, Nancy and Pete’s older brother Art. In the car, at dinner and in the time in between I got to know them better and I can’t tell you how nice they are, especially when I started feeling a little under the weather after the morning ceremony.
 
I don’t know if it was a left over effect from the bug I caught on Wednesday or something else. But the message is clear. I need to take better care of myself. I have been better the past few weeks but have yet to fully embrace a new lifestyle. Guess what? I need to fully embrace it and now!
 
Now let’s chat in more detail about the new stuff I have on the Audio Page from this wonderful event. And I’ll have more from this in the next few days. Pete Bicknell talks about his induction into the NYSSCA Hall of Fame, his early racing years and how he starting building cars while still in school. 
 
Marcia Wetmore talked about going into the NYSSCA Hall of Fame how the Victoria 200 helped her career get going and how many people helped her along the way. 
 
Mark Krosky, President of the NYSSCA, addressed the crowd and thanked everyone for coming to their annual Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Saratoga Springs. 

 
Saturday, January 24th 2015
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Jason Occhino talked about his move to a Late Model and how he did in his one race with the car.
 
We’re back today with the interview I did on my sick day on Thursday. Yeah, no calling in sick for me huh? I hope you enjoy it and be ready as tomorrow we’ll have some interviews with the people I see today at the NYSSCA Hall of Fame induction ceremonies.
 
Don’t forget that today there is racing in Daytona as the Rolex 24 officially gets the 2015 racing season started. My DVR will be working overtime over the next 24 hours as Allie and I will be watching as much of this as we can. She is so race starved right now.
 
I’ll be back in the studio tomorrow so for any of you who want to get the word out, just send me a message and we’ll work you in.
 
Now let’s talk more about the new interview we have for you today on the Audio Page with a driver who made a change at the end of the 2014 season. Jason Occhino talked about his move to a Late Model, how he did in his one race with the car and how he did in his fifth season in a crate Sportsman. 

 
     
 
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