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Monday, November 7th 2016
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Kyle Rohner talks about his win at Five Mile Point on Saturday that was worth a cool $3,000.
Steve Ovens tells me how he first met Gary Montgomery and how Gary helped his career.

It was another nice day on Sunday although a little too cold to dig out the old golf clubs. So instead I watched some football, waited out the rain delay in Texas and did some interviews in the studio.

Half of those chats are up today and the other half will be tomorrow as I try to stay one day ahead so I can have a day off on Tuesday. And tomorrow we’ll meet the STARS Sportsman champion and find out about what Stephane Lafrance will be bringing to the Parts Peddler show in two weeks. And yes, he has a couple of surprises as well as his popular scratch and dent items which always go fast.

If you are planning to go to Part Peddler as a vendor or as a purchaser or just to walk around then send me a message and we’ll do what we can to pump up this show as it is a must attend for racer types and educated fans as well.

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page starting with a victorious driver from the weekend. Kyle Rohner talks about his win at Five Mile Point on Saturday that was worth a cool $3,000, how that money will help this off season and how happy he was to win eight feature races total.

Steve Ovens tells me how he first met Gary Montgomery and how Gary helped his career. Steve will be giving the eulogy, as Gary wanted, at the service this Saturday at 1 p.m. at the First Presbyterian in Penn Yan at 211 Main Street. Rest in peace Gary and enjoy heaven!  

 
Sunday, November 6th 2016
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Adam Roberts reviews his 2016 season that had its ups and downs including a hospital trip.
In this Doug’s Thoughts I look at how we are doing locally and at the national level as well.

It was a beautiful day on Saturday and I heard things went well at the racetracks and at the swap meet in Weedsport. I hope you guys all have a great Sunday and get the chance to maybe watch some racing on TV or get out and get some fall yard work done. Those leaves just keep falling don’t they?

I will be back in the studio today after some running around to start my day. You guys with kids know what I mean. And hopefully I will be able to watch the NASCAR race from Texas before the end of the day so I can be ready for our chat this weekend with the folks from NBC.

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page starting with a Season in Review with a driver who had an interesting year both on and off the track. Adam Roberts reviews his 2016 season that had its ups and downs including a trip to the hospital at Super DIRT Week and a stint in an unfamiliar car at Fulton that really helped in the long run.   

  In this Doug’s Thoughts I look at how racing is doing locally and at the national level and wonder how long it will be before we have to seriously look for a class in between Sportsman and big blocks. It’s gonna be sooner than later!  

 
Saturday, November 5th 2016
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Joe Marotta talks about Gary Montgomery and his long career in racing and business.
Brad Steinruck tells me about last week’s win at 5 Mile Point and his hopes for today.

I had a nice day on Friday as I got some work done in the studio and got a few chores done around the yard as well. Today should be a fun day as Five Mile Point Speedway finishes out their 2016 season with the Great Crate Race and several more divisions as well. Race time today is 3 p.m.

I also had the chance to speak with Joe Marotta as he shared some memories from his past with Gary Montgomery. We miss you already Gary and are praying for those close to you in their time of grief. Rest in peace my friend and enjoy all that heaven has to offer.

I will be back in the studio today and if any of you have memories you’d like to share send me a message to doug@dougsdirtdiary.com and we’ll get to you today.

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page starting with a trip down memory lane. Joe Marotta talks about losing Gary Montgomery on Wednesday, his long career in racing and how they kept in touch while working at different speedways.

Brad Steinruck tells me about last week’s win at 5 Mile Point Speedway in the Factory Stock feature, his hopes to do it again today and described an electrical problem that had him stumped.  

 
Friday, November 4th 2016
   

We are dark today on the website in memory and out of respect for Gary Montgomery who we lost on Wednesday. For those of you who didn’t know Gary he was one of the most knowledgeable, most dedicated and classiest person in racing that I ever met. He was a passionate man who fortunately shared the same passion for racing that we all did. We were fortunate to have him in our lives as long as we did.

Gary was the voice of Canandaigua Speedway for many years and in my opinion was the best announcer in the business. Glenn Donnelly agreed and had Gary on his Rush Hour on DIRT TV shows as color commentator with legendary announcer Doug Logan. Gary was perfect in the role and did a great job not just telling you how a racer was doing on the track but all kinds of details that made it easy for fans to find a favorite. He did his homework and was more than ready anytime he put a microphone in his hand.

I was fortunate enough to work with him at Canandaigua from 1995-1998 and I was so excited to join him in the booth after listening to him the year before. My wife and I went to Canandaigua every week while I was trying to get into DIRT. I thought I was pretty darned good and didn’t think that anyone could top me but then I heard Gary Montgomery and was blown away. I thought I did my homework and knew the guys pretty well. Nope. Gary knew a lot more and was great at getting it out to the fans.

I know I can speak for the announcers out there when I say that the racing world has lost a true talent, a gentleman and a man who exuded class without seeming above it all. He had a real job and was well respected there too! So the fact that he worked as hard as he did to be a part of the racing world and do it with 100% hard work and dedication while helping all who came in contact with him says volumes about his character.

John Wooden once said something about character and reputation and I’m paraphrasing a little here so don’t quote the exact words. He said something like your reputation is something you can’t control. It’s what people think about you. Character is who you are when nobody is looking. Work on your character and your reputation is sure to follow. Gary had the great reputation he did because he had character. He was a mentor to me and I am sure many of you too!

As we remember Gary I will remember his easy smile, the way he had of explaining things and his passion to get things done. I’m sure a lot of people especially his wife and brother are hurting today and I am so sorry. It’s not fair when the good lord takes good people from us way too soon. It always seems to work that way doesn’t it?

So many people will miss you Gary, racing will miss you and I will miss you terribly. All those phone calls and face to face conversations when I needed somebody to tell me the deal and to bury my ego. I always got great advice from Gary and will miss hearing his voice and his steady logic. Rest in peace my friend. And my deepest thoughts and sympathies go out to his family and close friends. We’ll miss you my friend!


 
Thursday, November 3rd 2016
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Dan Harpell tells me why he is leaving as promoter at Penn Can Speedway after 2 seasons.
Marty Snider talked about last week’s Sprint Cup race at Martinsville and this Sunday in Texas.

I had a nice day on Wednesday as I got some news out about a local speedway and got to chat with somebody new. It was fun and I hope you enjoy what we have up for you today.

I have had so much fun working with the NBC Sports people and I’ve been having fun watching the races on the weekends with Allie. This past weekend at Martinsville was one of the best races of the year and I am really getting into following the top series in North America. So don’t miss this Sunday at Texas. I know I won’t.

I’ll be back in the studio today and back doing Season in Reviews and hoping to chat with somebody racing this Saturday at Five Mile Point. The way the weather is this maybe the last race anyone gets to see in person in New York State so make sure to support this show. Last time we were there it was a great show.

Now let’s chat more about what is on the Audio Page today starting with news about a long time Friday night track. Dan Harpell tells me why he is leaving as promoter at Penn Can Speedway after 2 seasons, thanks all the people who help and looks ahead to racing this Saturday at Five Mile Point.  

Marty Snider talked about last week’s Sprint Cup race at Martinsville, this Sunday in Texas and some of the storylines for fans to follow as the round of eight continues.  

 
Wednesday, November 2nd 2016
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Joey Ladouceur talks about his rookie season in a small block and his win at Super DIRT Week.
Tony Veneziano reports on the World Finals and the 8th championship for Donny Schatz.

I enjoyed a nice day off yesterday and have a busy day planned today. I may get in one more race this weekend and of course Parts Peddler is coming up in three weeks and we plan on being there all three days. This year is on November 18,19 and 20th so make your plans now.

Back with more good stuff today from my marathon studio session on Sunday. We are hoping to meet some folks who still have racing to do this season and for those of you who are done, Season in Review interviews are cranking along well.

Now let’s talk about what we have for you today on the Audio Page starting with a Season in Review. Joey Ladouceur talks about his rookie season in a small block at Cornwall, his win at Super DIRT Week and why best night of the year and his worse were just hours apart.  

Tony Veneziano reports on the World Finals and the 8th championship for Donny Schatz in the last 10 years as well as what is in store for the next few weeks.

 
Tuesday, November 1st 2016
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Rob Yetman reviews his 2016 racing season that saw him win Super DIRT Week yet again.
Beau Ballard told me about his win at Five Mile Point in the final Empire State Series race.

I hope you all had a great Halloween as I know I did. I went with my youngest, Katie, here in our neighborhood while Allie went with a friend of hers and they stayed close as well. It was a lot of fun and our neighborhood has a lot of action on this holiday.

I will be off today although may get one done if I can get something this afternoon. In the can and up tomorrow are chats with Joey Ladouceur and Tony Veneziano as he offers his take on the final races of the year for the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series.

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page starting with a Season in Review interview. Rob Yetman reviews his 2016 racing season that saw him win Super DIRT Week for the fourth time in a row, his championship at Lebanon Valley and the moment his year turned around.  

Beau Ballard told me about his win at Five Mile Point in the final Empire State Series race, how he let one slip away on the last lap at Rolling Wheels and his hopes to rectify that in a few weeks.  

 
     
 
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