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Gary Rowe of M.R. Gaebel, Inc.
Gates-Cole Associates SUNY Canton Automotive Technology program
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Wednesday, February 12th 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Jerry Higbie talked about the Hig Fab Chassis he is building now and his plans for the 2014 season.
Bill “Moon” Mullin explained why his car had a push in 2013 and some changes they made late.
 
The snow just keeps coming and the snowblower had to come out yet again on Tuesday. Like I said, I love snow but could really use a day off from this.
 
On the site today we have a couple of experienced guys who won races last year. One will tell us about his expanding chassis business and how he balances the need to run well to help sales while still trying new stuff to experiment too. It can’t be an easy balancing act.
 
And we’ll hear how a car that was not what it was supposed to be ended up giving Bill Mullin headaches last year as he tried to get the car to turn. He did get going well at the end and will be back in 358s this year so watch out.
 
In the can we have chats with Joe Trenca as he outlines some team changes for 2014 as he gets ready to take on the tough 410 world and we’ll see how Rich Keller dealt with a weighty issue and may have what he needs to get back in victory lane.
 
But first, let’s go into more detail on what we have for you to listen to on the Audio Page for today. Jerry Higbie talked about the Hig Fab Chassis he is building now and his plans for the 2014 season. He told me some of what he has learned from chassis # 1 to # 85, described the characteristics of the cars he builds and how busy race nights are for him. I’ll bet! 
 
Bill “Moon” Mullin explained why his car had a push in 2013 and some changes they made late. He told me when the realized what the problem was, why they ended up putting a 358 in a different car for the finale at Mohawk and how much he enjoyed getting on the road.

 
Tuesday, February 11th 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Dave Rauscher gets ready to head to Volusia and talks about what makes the trip so special.
Rob Hazer talked about the expanded Grit Series for Sportsman and the 11 tracks they will be at.
 
It was another snowy one on Monday as a lot of us were surprised to see almost a half a foot of snow when we woke up. I know I was. And it sounds like a similar surprise could be waiting for us today. You guys know me, I love snow. But even I am hoping for a few days without having to fire up the snowblower.
 
We have our final interviews from Sunday up and in the can now are chats with Jerry Higbie and Bill “Moon” Mullin. Jerry is busy working on chassis number 85 while Bill is ready for a full season of 358 Modified action. Look for those and more to show up over the next few days.
 
I’m trying to loosen up my back today as I did something over the weekend. Darn it. We were doing so well up till then. If any of you have some quick fix remedies I’d be happy to hear them but for now we’ll use hot & cold while stretching. Usually this stuff goes away quickly so hopefully we’ll be back to 100% real soon.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you to listen to on the Audio Page for today. I begin with a man who is hitting the road very soon. Dave Rauscher gets ready to head to Volusia and talks about what makes the trip so special. He told me how he has done at this race in the past, his hopes to get into the top ten for the first time and what he is planning for the rest of the season as of now. 
 
Rob Hazer talked about the expanded Grit Series for Sportsman and the 11 tracks they will be at. He told me about the banquet they had for the series on Saturday night, what the big picture goal is for the series and how they make sure they don’t make it too big! Check them out online at www.gritracingseries.com.  

 
Monday, February 10th 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Ronnie Davis recapped his 2013 season at Fulton as he drove in both Sportsman and Late Model.
Chip Burdick talked about the 2014 season at Can Am and why they are switching tire brands. 
 
The snow came back again briefly last night but after what we have had this season so far, it was nom big deal at all. I got a lot done after some running around and have two more interviews to show for it. I also wanted you to hear how bad it is up north snow wise so I called Chip Burdick to tell us how things are. Sounds like the snow is piled pretty high up there and I hope to get there this week to shoot some pictures.
 
Also we have a young driver with a bright future as he discussed his plans for 2014 that include more races on the road. It’s fun for me to watch these young drivers improve and make their mark in the racing world. Best of luck Ronnie!
 
I will be back in today and will be doing a write up on the action that took place this past weekend both indoors and outdoors. Look for that in tomorrow’s Syracuse Post Standard or online later today at www.syracuse.com/motorsports.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you to listen to on the Audio Page for today. Ronnie Davis recapped his 2013 season at Fulton as he drove in both Sportsman and Late Model. He told me about the new roller he has coming in a few weeks, the new stacker hauler they will arrive at the track in and his hopes to do more traveling in 2014. 
 
Chip Burdick talked about the 2014 season at Can Am and why they are switching tire brands. He also told me about some mini series they are running, the Grit Series for Sportsman and how much snow the North Country has now. We forgot to mention that a new tech team is in place as well.
 

 
Sunday, February 9th 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Taylor Caprara remembered his two win season at Can Am and how he was better at late season.
Peter Broderson talked about his championship season at Fonda and why he may scale back now.
 
I got a lot done on Saturday as I got in the studio in the afternoon and plan to do the same today as I hope to get a little ahead. I have two good ones up today as we check in with a Sportsman racer from up north and a stock car guy from the Capital District. 
 
Now I’ve watched Taylor Caprara grow up and it is nice to see him doing well on the track and at the family business. In case you didn’t know, F.X. Caprara Harley Davidson is now in the old Iron Block Harley building in Adam Center. Not only do they sell Harleys, but they also sell all the snowmobile stuff you need as well. So stop by and see him the next time you are up north. Call them at 315-583-6177.
 
Pete Broderson has a new business catering to the towing and trailer industry and he is just getting started. A lot of you raceteams should give him a call if you have some specific needs. He can be reached at 518-888-4967.
 
And in the can right now and ready for release is a chat with Sportsman/Late Model racer Ronnie Davis III. He has a new car on the way and is excited to do some traveling this year. Come back tomorrow and you’ll hear from him as he wraps up his senior year in high school.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have to listen to on the Audio Page for today. Taylor Caprara remembered his two win season at Can Am and how he was better at late season. He told me how close he came to winning a championship, how fast the surface was up north and his hopes to one day take on the mile at Syracuse. 
 
Peter Broderson talked about his championship season at Fonda and why he may scale back now. He explained why trying to cut back the last few seasons didn’t work out, reacted to the changes at Fonda and told me about his new business called Capital Towing Supply. Best of luck Pete! 

 
Saturday, February 8th 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Jami Russell just got back from Australia and recapped his racing adventures from down under.
Sam Warren recapped his 4 win season at Evans Mills that included a flip on his graduation day.
 
It was a nice day on Friday as we thawed out a little and got to see bare asphalt on the roads after a big storm earlier in the week. It was nice to get out, do some things with the family before getting to work in the studio.
 
I have two nice chats for you today including one with a driver we know well who just got back from the trip of a lifetime. I just love hearing stories about Australia and hope to get there myself one day. But until then, I’ll listen to Jami and hear him tell it. And you’ll be surprised to hear his kangaroo stories. Sounds like they are like deer here in the states as you have to dodge them on the road.
 
Also we welcome someone new to the site as we chat with rookie Sam Warren. He is a graduate of SUNY Canton and is going for a Masters Degree now. He has a lot of good stories in his interview so go ahead and meet someone new on the Audio Page today.
 
I’ll be back in the studio today as I am going to get some work done this afternoon before heading out to see another old friend and his band play a local restaurant. It should be a lot of fun. So if you are around and want to chat, send me a message on facebook or at doug@dougsdirtdiary.com.
 
Now let’s go into more detail about the new stuff we have for you on the Audio Page for today. Jami Russell just got back from Australia and recapped his racing adventures from down under. He explained why he did not get to race as much as he would have liked, compared racing there to here in the states and remembered a good friend he lost while he was away. Rest in peace Danny!  
 
Sam Warren recapped his 4 win season at Evans Mills that included a flip on his graduation day. He explained how damage from that crash hurt him in a post race inspection, why he is changing his plans a little this year and what he hopes to in 2015 that would help him follow in his uncle’s footsteps. 

 
Friday, February 7th 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Kevin Albert spoke about his hopes for his first trip to Volusia and his 2013 season at Big Diamond.
Billy Pauch recaps his races at Atlantic City and looks forward to races in Trenton and Volusia.
 
Things got back to normal on Thursday as the snow was cleared and people felt a lot better driving on the roads. The snow piles are getting pretty big here and we hope everything worked out well for you as we braved another winter storm.
 
On the site today we have two drivers who will be racing very soon. One will go tonight at a new venue while the other is still getting ready for a Florida trip. Well, actually both are.
 
I enjoyed a somewhat day off on Thursday but you guys know me, I usually get bored an get some work done and yesterday was no exception as I spoke with Billy after a decent night on the lanes. Oh well. I guess there are bigger problems to have huh?
 
Now let’s talk about the two travelers I have on the Audio Page for you to listen to today. Kevin Albert spoke about his hopes for his first trip to Volusia and his 2013 season at Big Diamond. He told me what his big goal is for the DIRTcar Nationals, how he felt in his first laps in a big block at Syracuse and his plans to travel a bit more in 2014.
 
Billy Pauch recaps his races at Atlantic City and looks forward to races in Trenton and Volusia. He told me about some handling issues two weeks ago, how a sponsor stepping up is going to help get him to Florida and remembers his brief career in the truck series on asphalt. Excellent chat here! 
 
Thursday, February 6th 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Joe Skotnicki gets ready for Volusia and looks forward to what could be a big year for DIRTcar.
Tim Trimble remembers his three win season at Georgetown and his move to Delaware this year.
 
What a fun day it was on Wednesday huh? Well at least I hope it was for you. I love the snow and we got a lot of it. I don’t know how much you picked up but we got close to a foot. It took two trips with the snowblower and I went out and about with my car three times to have some fun.
 
I also got a lot of work done as I did three new interviews. I chatted with Joe Skotnicki first and then Jami Russell and Kevin Albert. Jami just got back from a trip to Australia and Kevin is getting ready for his first trip to Volusia which will also be his first big block Modified races as well. So be sure to stop back for that.
 
I have today off and hope do a little bit better a bowling tonight than I did last time out two weeks ago. That last time the emotions hit me a little hard and I was unable to concentrate as I fought back tears while thinking about mom. She always rooted me on with my bowling and the week before was when she got sick…right while we were bowling. So I guess I shouldn’t be that shocked that it hit me when it did huh?
 
But enough about that, let’s talk more now about the new stuff on the Audio Page for you to listen to today. Joe Skotnicki gets ready for Volusia and looks forward to what could be a big year for DIRTcar. He told me why he feels teams make the long trip south for the DIRTcar Nationals, how tight the racing community is now and why he still has to be on his toes even though things look rosy from the outside.
 
Tim Trimble remembers his three win season at Georgetown and his move to Delaware this year. He talked about his plans to run for points this year, how his shop work is coming along as he gets ready and one big change at the track in the area of tires. Interesting… 

 
     
 
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