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Friday, January 31st 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Alton Palmer talked about the cars he will race this year at Fonda and remembers his start in racing.
Brian Mulligan previewed this weekend’s snowmobile races in Bancroft and next week at Boonville.
 
I have two good ones for you today as we chat with a driver who has a long history in the sport and find out about some racing taking place this weekend and next on some big, fast, snowy tracks.
 
Yesterday we heard about the snocross event at Fonda and today we’ll talk roundy round stuff in the snowmobile world. I have heard that both of these forms of racing are very entertaining and we are encouraging you to get out this weekend and see some racing in person and not on TV.

And be sure to come back tomorrow as we chat retirement with Ernie Saxton and racing with Pennsylvania hot shoe Brian Swartzlander. Both of there are really good so be sure to check them out on Saturday.
 
I’ll be in the studio hard today as I need to get ahead for Super Bowl Sunday. So drivers, if you are around either call me or message me and we’ll get you on.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you to listen to on the Audio Page for today. Alton Palmer talked about the cars he will race this year at Fonda and remembers his start in racing back in the late 1970’s. He also told me how his 2013 season went, offered his thoughts on the off season changes and explained how he got hooked up with the Johnson family. 
 
Brian Mulligan previewed this weekend’s snowmobile races in Bancroft and next week at Boonville. He talked about the legendary rider who will be competing, the young talent that will give him a run for his money and how fast these sleds are compared to other vehicles.

 
Thursday, January 30th 2014
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Kevin Ward Jr. talked about his upcoming trip to East Bay Raceway to race his 360 Sprinter.
Matt DeLorenzo previews this weekend’s snocross race at Fonda as well as the latest changes.
 
We’re back today with news on a race taking place on the snow this weekend in Fonda and a driver who will be racing in just a few weeks at a track that will be new to him.
 
And we also got back in the studio last night as well so it will be a busy few days here as we get ready for the start of the racing season down in sunny and somewhat warmer Florida. One of these years I’ll have to make it down there and see it for myself.
 
It sounds like today we may finally get a break from the brutally cold weather we have been having. It’s been a winter to remember so far and I don’t want to hear anyone complain about the heat this summer and if you hear me do it, remind me of how it felt in January…brutal.
 
Now let’s chat more about the new stuff we have for you to listen to on the Audio Page for today. Kevin Ward Jr. talked about his upcoming trip to East Bay Raceway to race his 360 Sprinter. He told me why he likes to combine racing with vacation time, explained why he’d like to get some time on his new chassis and thinks back on his 2013 season that saw him win north of the border in Canada.  
 
Matt DeLorenzo previews this weekend’s snocross race at Fonda as well as the latest changes. He told me about the two X-Games stars who will race this Saturday & Sunday, remembers the last time they came to the track three weeks ago and explained how he changed the frontstretch for the racing in April. 

 
Wednesday, January 29th 2014
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Jeff Hachmann talks about the DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park February 11th- 14th.
Rob Keller remembered his most emotional win to date and talked about motor options for IMCA’s.
 
It was another cold one here in the northeast although it was 80 degrees down in Florida where many of the countries best dirt drivers will be heading in a few weeks. I have an update on how things are going down there so be sure to listen to the Jeff Hachmann interview and get your free fan pit pass with any ticket sale.
 
Plus we talk about an emotional night and get updated on some trends in the IMCA Modified vision with Rob Keller who won 3 of his 9 starts last year. There is a lot of real good stuff in this one so be sure to check it out.
 
Also we’ll be back in the studio today as well and trying to get more of your requests done. I’m always looking for more too so be sure to hit me up at doug@dougsdirtdiary.com.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page for today. I begin with news from Florida. Jeff Hachmann talks about the DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park February 11th- 14th. He told me about the work they did to the racetrack this week, reminded racers about the practice this Saturday and how fans can get a free pit pass with a general admission ticket. Go to www.dirtcarnationals.com for more.
 
Rob Keller remembered his most emotional win to date and talked about motor options for IMCA’s. He told me why his winning night at Fulton was so special, how much he liked his crate engine and why teams started going to smaller engines on the national level. 

 
Tuesday, January 28th 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Bobby Varin tells me about the injuries he suffered in a skiing accident and how he is doing now.
Colby Herzog talks about his season running a 4 Cylinder at both Brewerton and Fulton Speedways.
 
We’re back today with a coupe of nice interviews for you including an update on racer Bobby Varin is doing after his skiing accident on January 16th. I tried to ask all the questions that you guys would have wanted me to and followed it up with an article on him for the Syracuse Post Standard.
 
That article will be in today’s edition and if you are outside the area you can read it at www.syracuse.com/motorsports. Get well soon Bobby and I hope to see you at the track all healed up very soon.
 
In the can right now is a chat with IMCA Modified racer Rob Keller as he will tell us about his most emotional win ever that came with a 604 crate engine under the hood. Yep, a crate in an IMCA Modified. Sounds like we may see more of those in the future huh?
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have to listen to on the Audio Page for today. I begin with a much requested interview. Bobby Varin tells me about the injuries he suffered in a skiing accident and how he is doing now. He explained how he ended up taking a tumble, how he felt immediately afterwards and what the prognosis is for his recovery. 
 
Colby Herzog talks about his season running a 4 Cylinder at both Brewerton and Fulton Speedways. He explained why he did a car switch along the way, told me how close he came to picking up his first win and what he is working on for the 2014 racing season. 

 
Monday, January 27th 2014
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Mike Iles talks about his pair of top ten finishes in Atlantic City and his scaled down plans.
Wayne Jelley remembered his abbreviated season in 2013 and told me about a chassis change.
 
Another work week is upon us and we have a couple of nice interviews up today for you with some guys we haven’t chatted with in a while. The last time I spoke with Wayne Jelley was at Syracuse and it has been years since I talked with Mike Iles and thanks to an email request to remind me about it, that happened for you today.
 
Mike gives us a great run down from Atlantic City and explains how hard indoor racing can be for a multitude of reasons. He also talked about a big change for this year. And Wayne recaps a tough season at The Valley as well as his run at Syracuse in a 358.
 
And tomorrow we’ll hear from Bobby Varin as he recovers from injuries he suffered in a skiing crash on the family vacation in New Hampshire. Bobby will be up tomorrow. He also wanted to thank everyone from the racing community for all their help and support. It means the world to him.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you to listen to on the Audio Page for today. Mike Iles talks about his pair of top ten finishes in Atlantic City and his scaled down plans for the coming season on dirt. He told me about a handling issue they had early on, how he lost spots on a late restart on Saturday and why he will not be racing weekly in 2014. 
 
Wayne Jelley remembered his abbreviated season in 2013 and told me about a chassis change. He explained why he had to shut down his weekly race schedule in July, how he was able to get together a deal for Syracuse and the new race shop they are building at his home. 

 
Sunday, January 26th 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Chris Hile talked about winning his first career Modified feature and his aggressive plans for 2014.
Kevan Cook told me about his Brewerton Speedway championship and how he lost by 1 at Skyline.
 
Back on a Sunday with two more conversations as we focus on Central New York here today. And be sure to come back tomorrow to hear from Wayne Jelley as he makes his plans for 2014.
 
I got busy in the studio after the end of the SU basketball game and was able to get three chats done. I will be in studio today and have a few things set up already and are hoping to get a lot done as we get ready for another work week.
 
I got the chance to go out Friday night and went to a local club to see a friend of mine in his new band. They were great and I had a wonderful time. Late Model star Rick Miller also met me out there and we shared some stories. I know he was checking on me to see how I was doing after a tough day on Thursday and I am truly thankful for that. Thanks buddy!
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have on the Audio Page for today. I chat with a driver who did something last year he had never done before. Chris Hile talked about winning his first career Modified feature and his aggressive plans for 2014. He also told me about the work still to do at Brewerton, his hopes for the Super DIRTcar Series and how the work is coming along at the shop as they get a pair of racecars ready for the coming season. 
 
Kevan Cook told me about his Brewerton Speedway championship and how he lost by 1 point at Skyline as he got a flat while leading on the final race night. He also told me about the tough luck he had on the series, how close he came to putting a Late Model deal together and the surprise they had at home after their vacation. Wishing you guys the best! 

 
Saturday, January 25th 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Kyle Borror talked about his move to a 358 last year and his plans to stay there in the 2014 season.
John Bell told me why he got back into IMCA Modified racing last year and his offseason work.
 
I got busy yesterday and recorded two new conversations while setting up three for today. And both of the interviews on the site today are requests so I am doing well at keeping up with what you want to hear.
 
After a tough day on Thursday, it was nice to get back in the studio as I still need to keep busy to keep my mind active and off other things. I guess I thought I could just slide right back into life after losing mom but it is not that easy. If any of you have advice, I’d be happy to take it so send it my way at doug@dougsdirtdiary.com.
 
And like I said, I am still taking requests so get yours in now and I’ll do my best to get to them. If everything works out today I should be able to get a little ahead and maybe even out up more than the usual two as I did yesterday.
 
Now let’s chat more about what is new for today on the Audio Page. I begin with a driver who is new to the site thanks to Diamond Dog! Kyle Borror talked about his move to a 358 last year and his plans to stay there in the 2014 season. He told me why his plans changed after a tough start in his Sportsman, how he almost won the Poker Series at Bridgeport and how his family helps keep him racing. 
 
John Bell told me why he got back into IMCA Modified racing last year and his offseason work. He talked about how different the class was compared to back in 2004, what they did to update a car for this season and why he likes the IMCA Modified division so much. 

 
     
 
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