Gary Rowe - CPA
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Gary Rowe of M.R. Gaebel, Inc.
Gates-Cole Associates SUNY Canton Automotive Technology program
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Saturday, December 1st 2018
   New on the Audio Page from the NYS Indoor Kart Championship:
 
Max McLaughlin offered his take on indoor racing after taking his very first laps in the coke syrup.
Rich Bentley won the 1st Unlimited heat race and told me about working out the bugs on the chassis.
Joey Scanlon got the win in the 2nd Unlimited heat race and talked about what he races back home.
Tyler Thompson spoke about his win in the Stock Medium race and how good his racecar was.
Joey Scanlon led every lap to win the Unlimited feature and told me how little they changed.
Mike Walton watched his son win his first at Syracuse while Colt Walton talked about the race.
Tyler Brown won the Pro 4 race for the 3rd time in 4 years and told me how his kart improved.

We had a ball last night as we headed to the Center of Progress Building at the NYS Fairgrounds for day one of the NYS Indoor Kart Championship. As always this has long been one of my favorite events of the off season and it was quite a night of racing.
 
Unlike in year’s past this was a day one of what is now a two day show as flatheads were the rule on Friday and Clones will be the deal today. If you have yet to take in this event please do so as the racing is awesome indoors and the carts are so fast…especially the Unlimited class which is nothing short of crazy!
 
Action starts nice and early today with practice at 10 a.m. followed immediately by heat races. It’s gonna be a fun day so be sure to stop by and bring the kids as there are several as young as 8 competing. And if you were thinking about doing some karting this would be a great way to do some research.
 
Allie and I will be in Vernon tonight for the Empire Super Sprints banquet which is also a favorite. I’ll be getting as much pre-banquet chatter as I can and will have a lot of it up for you tomorrow. Although if you usually check us out at midnight you might have to wait a few minutes but we’ll be sure to have new stuff up by morning.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page from the action Friday night in Syracuse. Max McLaughlin offered his take on indoor racing after taking his very first laps in the coke syrup and talked about what they are doing at the shop to get ready for 2019.  
 
Rich Bentley won the 1st Unlimited heat race and told me about working out the bugs on the chassis while explaining the front ends are shaking so much on corner entry. 
 
Joey Scanlon got the win in the 2nd Unlimited heat race and talked about the indoor races he has done in his past and the 350 Supermodified races back home at Star Speedway. 
 
Tyler Thompson spoke about his win in the Stock Medium race and how good his racecar was in the race while looking forward to getting out one more time on Saturday.  
 
Joey Scanlon led every lap to win the Unlimited feature and told me how what was going on in the final laps as well as how much grip there was on the concrete.  
 
Mike Walton watched his son win his first at Syracuse and told me how it felt to watch from the sidelines while 8 year old Colt Walton talked about the race. 
 
Tyler Brown won the Pro 4 race for the 3rd time in 4 years and told me how his kart improved in the race as well as what he will be racing today on Saturday. 
 
Friday, November 30th 2018
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Wade Chrisman talks about his two win season at Fulton and why things went much better in 2018.
Kevin Ward Sr. tells me about his role in the NYS Indoor Kart race and why he is going to race again.
Rick Martell runs down the specifics of the NYS Indoor Kart Championship that starts later today.

I was three for five on the calls I made on Thursday and all three of the chats I recorded are up today. The first was a request from the email at doug@dougsdirtdiary.com and the others are related to the big 26th Annual NYS Indoor Kart Championship that begins today at the NYS Fairgrounds inside the Center of Progress Building.
 
Allie and I will be at the event and helping the Kevin Ward team when we can and chatting with others as time allows. So we’ll have stuff up from that event for you tomorrow so be sure to come back for that. We’ll be at the ESS Banquet in Vernon on Saturday too so we’ll have lots of good stuff coming up here in the next few days.
 
Now let’s chat a little about what we have for you today on the Audio Page starting with a request from one of you. Wade Chrisman talks about his two win season at Fulton, why he believes things went much better in 2018 and what he is working on now to get ready for next season. 
 
Kevin Ward Sr. tells me about his role in the NYS Indoor Kart Championship beginning tonight , what makes the two day/two race format different and why he is going to race again.  
 
Rick Martell runs down the specifics of the 26th Annual NYS Indoor Kart Championship that starts later today and gives the teams some needed information. www.syracuseindoor.com   
 
Thursday, November 29th 2018
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Paul Szmal talks about returning as an announcer to both Glen Ridge and Fonda Speedways for 2019.
In the latest Doug’s Thoughts I talk about the pros and cons of times trials, handicapping & uke tires.

I had a nice day on Wednesday as I did some more writing, chatted in the studio and dealt with the few inches of snow we had overnight and into the morning. I hope you guys didn’t get dumped on too much and for those of you who like it for snowmobiling I hope you got just enough o make it fun and not so much where it made it tough to go.
 
Those of you who follow me on Facebook know but I almost got a perfect game in bowling on Tuesday night. I had the first nine strikes and buried the tenth one but the pesky ten pin stood as I did not get fingers in the ball like I had the previous nine. Yes, I was nervous and I am sure that was a factor. Hey, it had been a long time since I had done that.
 
Now let’s get off of that and talk about what is new for today on the Audio Page with another popular Doug’s Thoughts. Paul Szmal talks about returning as an announcer to both Glen Ridge and Fonda Speedways for 2019, explains what he likes about both of the speedways and looks ahead to calling some indoor action. 
 
In the latest Doug’s Thoughts I talk about the pros and cons of times trials, handicapping and uke tires. You’ll see after listening to this how there are no easy answers that work everywhere, every time.  
 
Wednesday, November 28th 2018
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Nick Guererri talks about the Cabin Fever 40 for Sportsman to start the year at Land of Legends.
Karl Spoonhower Jr. runs down the 2019 schedule for Thunder Mountain and offers highlights.

I had an easy day on Tuesday as I only had a few minutes of work to get done. I like to have one light day a week and come into bowling without work on my mind. Thanks to everyone who spent time with me on Monday to make that happen.

I’ll be back at it again today and will be at the indoor event on Friday before a banquet Saturday night. It will be a fun weekend for Allie and myself and I can’t wait to get things started on Friday inside the Center of Progress Building. The sounds and smells of that event make us feel at home every time we go and we hope to see you there.
 
Now let’s chat more about what is new for today on the Audio Page starting with a driver who will try a new role early next season. Nick Guererri talks about the Cabin Fever 40 for Sportsman to start the year at Land of Legends, what makes this race so special and why he is taking on the role of promoter.  
 
Karl Spoonhower Jr. runs down the 2019 schedule for Thunder Mountain and offers some highlights of the special dates while commenting on some of the weekly divisions.   
 
Tuesday, November 27th 2018
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Ronnie Davis III tells me about his big block ride for Brewerton and what else he plans on for 2019.
Erica Bicknell ran down some of her history in racing and what she does now at Bicknell Race Cars.
Tony Veneziano talks about the new Sprint Car Council and the Midget race on Thanksgiving nite.
 
Like a lot of you I was pretty tired on Monday after several days off and lots of turkey and stuffing but I powered through the day finishing at about 7:15 in the evening. I was also able to get a little ahead to I can bowl tonight without having to worry about work. It should be fun! At last until I see my score that is.
 
I got some requests yesterday too and will be trying to get those done in the next few days. Remember, I take requests seriously so don’t be bashful and send me a message either on Facebook or at doug@dougsdirtdiary.com. Thanks.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page starting with some news that came out on Monday. Ronnie Davis III tells me about his big block ride for Brewerton, what his expectations are for his new deal and what else he plans on for 2019 with the family owned small blocks.   
 
Erica Bicknell ran down some of her history in racing at Merrittville, shares some stories from the mile at Syracuse and describes what she does now at Bicknell Race Cars. 
 
Tony Veneziano talks about the new Sprint Car Council, wonders what role it will play in the future and describes the Midget race on Thanksgiving night that had a familiar feel out front.  
 
Monday, November 26th 2018
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Kenny Tremont tells me about his winning season in a Modified and some off season changes.
Shawn Donath talks about Panther Frameworx, and the new engine shop at Donath Motor Worx.
Bob Henry Jr. explained how he found a late season Sportsman ride and what next season will be.

Well we’re all back to work today and I hope it’s not too rough on you. I know I’ll be dragging a little bit as I get back at it after a five day vacation but soon we’ll get more time off as the holidays are right around the corner.
 
Today we air the final interviews from banquet and show weekend and I already have a list of people I plan on talking to today. I’ll be back with more off-season stiuf tomorrow and if you have requests please pass them on at doug@dougsdirtdiary.com.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have on the Audio Page today as we have four real good ones up for you. Kenny Tremont tells me about his winning season in a Modified and some off season changes they are going to do as well as what he is learning from teaching young people how to work on cars.  
 
Shawn Donath talks about Panther Frameworx, and the new engine shop at Donath Motor Worx as well as what they do to crate engines before they go into racer’s cars. 
 
Bob Henry Jr. explained how he found a late season Sportsman ride, what he is thinking about for next season and a new exhaust he has that conforms to new rules for 2019. 
 

 
Sunday, November 25th 2018
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Billy Dunn talks about changes for next season and thanks the team he drove for this past season.
Jack Miller told me about the car he was selling this past weekend and his move to a crate for 2019.
Jack Lehner described what he was going at the parts show and the new Teo Car he has on order.
Randy Williamson chats about the innovations in the chassis business and why Mod racing works.

Enjoy today as for most of us it will be our last day off. It’s back to the weekly grind tomorrow and we hope you all had a great holiday weekend and did not gain too much weight. My wife and father make a great turkey and now I need to get back to eating right to get ready for some cool things that I have coming up down the road.
 
Don’t stress this holiday season and remember what is truly important. It’s family, friends and the passions that we all have. Most people never find out what they truly love and we in racing are fortunate that we found what we love and have lots of people like us to share it with. Remember, we’re all in this together.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for today on the Audio Page starting with a driver who is set up very well for 2019. Billy Dunn talks about some big changes for next season, thanks the team he drove for this past season and tells me how excited he is for the coming racing season.  
 
Jack Miller told me about the car he was selling this past weekend in Syracuse, describes the two cars he still has back at the shop and his move to a crate for 2019. 
 
Jack Lehner described what he was going at the parts show, the new Teo Car he has on order and what he has planned for next year including the big block Super DIRTcar Series. 
 
Randy Williamson chats about the innovations in the chassis business not just at Bicknell but across the board and tells me why he thinks Modified racing is doing so well right now. Good one here guys!   
 
     
 
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