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Saturday, January 10th 2015
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Andrew Ferguson updates us on his progress as he gets ready for the move up to a Modified.
Connor Cleveland tells me how his second season went in a Sportsman and his plans for 2015.
 
It was a much better day on Friday as the temperatures got well in the twenties today. I even had my jacket unzipped for a bit until reality set in but it was certainly better than what we had earlier in the week. Brrr.
 
We’ve been busy in the studio and are a day ahead so I can tell you that tomorrow we’ll hear from Sprint Car/Modified racer Danny Varin in a Season in Review and we’ll meet Canandaigua Sportsman racer Ray Hendershot to see what motivated him to get back in a racecar after almost 40 years out of the sport. It is a heart tugger so be ready!
 
I’ll be back in the studio today and tomorrow as well so if we have not talked to your favorite driver yet, please let us know and we’ll get right on it. And thanks again for your messages on our re-design. You guys are bringing up some great points and many of you have simply said, “I just want to see pictures again.” Yeah, so do I!
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page. I start with a man who has high hopes for the coming season. Andrew Ferguson updates us on his progress as he gets ready for the move up to a Modified, explains why he feels the time is right and encourages fans to check out his fundraiser on Daytona Sunday.  
 
Connor Cleveland tells me how his second season went in a Sportsman, what he learned by going on the road with the GRIT Series and his plans for 2015. 

 
Friday, January 9th 2015
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Tim McCreadie reviews his 7 win season and looks forward to The Chili Bowl and testing.
Tim Mayne tells me about his races at Utica Rome and why he switched tracks four races in.
 
We’re back today with two more interviews for you to listen to as we finish out the work week. We get to hear about Tim McCreadie’s season in his chat and we find out how Tim Maybe got his start in the sport.
 
Thanks to everyone who sent me suggestions on our redesign yesterday. It was great to hear from you and for those who did not reply yet please take some time to do so as the point of no return on our new site will be here before you know it.
 
Last night we went out and shot some pool at a local pool hall. You can’t beat $5 a man for as long as you want. It was fun and got me out of the house on a super cold day.
 
The kids had a two hour delay and enjoyed a shorter than usual day in class. Let’s hope today it warms up a little as it was just too darned cold yesterday which reminds me how far away we are from racing here in New York State.
 
Now let’s tell you more about what we have on the Audio Page for you to listen to today. Tim McCreadie reviews his 7 win season in Late Models & Modifieds and looks forward to The Chili Bowl and testing later this month down south. 
 
Tim Mayne tells me about his races at Utica Rome, why he switched tracks four races into the season and thinks back on his start in racing in a stock car at Brookfield. 

 
Thursday, January 8th 2015
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
In my latest Doug’s Thoughts I talk our upcoming redesign and ask you all for some feedback.
 
I hate to only have one thing for you guys to listen to today but I wanted to grab your attention and get some much need advice from all of you who go to the site. We have a basic idea of what we are doing and in the clip I go through it all explaining what will be different and how you can navigate the new website.
 
I spoke to several people and got great suggestions from each of them so I felt I needed to dedicate a day to speak directly to all of you and ask for your advice. We’re keeping all the stuff you love and of course fixing our issues with the photo page as only a brand new website can do.
 
Plus we are adding some things too so please give this a listen and let me know what you think. We are not past the point of no return yet and won’t be for a while yet so as they say at weddings, “Speak now or forever hold your peace.” So give it a listen and let me know what you think either by email or by messaging me on Facebook

 
Wednesday, January 7th 2015
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Steve Poirier spoke about his championship with the ESS and how preparation made the difference.
Tommy Wickham ran down how he did with the ESS and in his races in a 600 Micro Sprint.
Robbie Speed talks about his Pro Stock Championship and how running a short track helped.
 
We get you through hump day with three more interviews to listen to. Two are from the Empire Super Sprints Banquet on Saturday and the other is with a first timer on the site that we spoke to on Sunday in the studio.
 
Tomorrow we’ll be back with more and like I have been saying, I am looking for new drivers to chat with. I enjoyed meeting Robbie Speed on Sunday and hearing about his racing. I love meeting new folks and need your help so I can interview more drivers.
 
There are so many great stories out there and I rely on you guys to help get me in touch with some of those great stories. So I shout out to you in Western New York, Pennsylvania, Canada and everywhere else to help me in my quest. Send me a request to doug@dougsdirtdiary.com and I’ll get right on it. 
 
Now let’s talk more about what is on the Audio Page today starting with a series champion that ran every lap the series ran. Steve Poirier spoke about his championship with the ESS and how preparation made the difference allowing them to win it by almost 300 points. 
 
Tommy Wickham ran down how he did with the ESS and in his races in a 600 Micro Sprint which he believes helped him do better in a 360. 
 
Robbie Speed talks about his Pro Stock Championship at Lebanon Valley, how running a short track at Malta helped and his plans to travel more in 2015.

 
Tuesday, January 6th 2015
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Jessica Zemken reviewed her two win season in 2014 that included a big win and marriage.
Paul Kinney talked about his season in a Sprint Car that included a lot of second place finishes. 
Shawn Donath ran down how his 2014 race season went in both a Sprint Car and a Modified.
 
We’re back with you for a Tuesday with a Season in Review as well as more from the ESS Banquet that took place last Saturday in Vernon. I was able to save two more from that banquet and those will be up tomorrow as well as another interview from Sunday with someone new to the site.
 
That new driver we’ll meet tomorrow was done because of a Facebook request. I hope we have had your favorite driver on but if not, send me a message either on Facebook or to doug@dougsdirtdiary.com and we’ll do our best to get them on for you. Don’t be bashful. Let me know your thoughts now.
 
And we have been getting suggestions for our redesign but are always looking for more. Don’t worry, we’re not reinventing the wheel but we feel we need to update our look. And the current photo script is not repairable so in order to do photos again we need to totally revamp the site. We hope to have that up by the time local racing starts here in Central New York.
 
Now lets’ find out more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page. I start with a driver who had a memorable year for many reasons. Jessica Zemken reviewed her two win season in 2014 that included the biggest win in her career as well as a marriage to her best friend. 
 
Paul Kinney talked about his season in a Sprint Car with the Empire Super Sprints that included a lot of second place finishes. 
 
Shawn Donath ran down how his 2014 race season went in both a Sprint Car and a Modified and talked about his how race shop and engine business are looking. 

 
Monday, January 5th 2015
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Jason Barney talked about his season with the ESS and his late season trip to race down south.
Matt Tanner spoke about his breakout season in 2014 and how help from friends made it possible.
Dean Reynolds ran down the news from the ESS Meeting concerning heads and bolt on weight.
 
It was a fun day on Sunday as I got back in the studio and back in the swing of things after some time off for the holidays. We went to the ESS Banquet on Saturday night in Vernon on what was a tough night for driving.
 
The drive out was brutal but by the time we headed back it had warmed up and the roads were just wet. We had a great time seeing some of out Sprint Car friends and were able to get some interviews done before the festivities began.
 
We have three of those up today and will have more from the banquet over the next two days. Plus we were able to get in the studio on Sunday and get some more interviews done there including a Season in Review with Jessica Zemken which will air tomorrow.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you to listen to on the Audio Page. I start with a man who finished second in the series championship. Jason Barney talked about his season with the ESS and his late season trip to race down south as he got ready to celebrate with his fellow drivers at the annual banquet. 
 
Matt Tanner spoke about his breakout season in 2014, his biggest win to date and how help from friends made it possible for him to finish out the year. 
 
Dean Reynolds ran down the news from the ESS Meeting concerning heads and bolt on weight as well as what is on tap for the 2015 race season. 

 
Sunday, January 4th 2015
   Top five downloaded interviews for December 2014:
 
Tim Fuller talks about why he is coming back to Modifieds after eight seasons in Late Models.
Jimmy Horton reviews his championship season and talked about an encounter with a legend.
Pat Ward recapped his races in Charlotte and how tough it was for him away from the racetrack.
Bobby Varin recaps his 7 win season, his final race of the year and who was his first race hero. 
Ryan Watt reviews his six win season and tells me about winning half his races in the first month.
 
Tim Fuller talks about why he is coming back to Modifieds after eight seasons in Late Models, explains how this new opportunity came around and what his plans are as of now. 
 
Jimmy Horton reviews his championship season at Bridgeport, his travels that included a hard crash at Syracuse and talked about an encounter with a legend in his NASCAR days. Real good one here! 
 
Pat Ward recapped his races in Charlotte, how he fell behind early on and how tough it was for him away from the racetrack in 2014. 
 
Bobby Varin recaps his 7 win season, his final race of the year and who was his first race hero. He tells a few nice stories here about Jack Johnson as well. 
 
Ryan Watt reviews his six win season and tells me about winning half his races in the first month as well as the two new cars he’ll have in his race shop next week. 

 
     
 
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