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Monday, February 2nd 2015
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Justin Barger talks about his season running 410 Sprints in Pennsylvania and his new addition.
Tom Denton tells me why he is changing things up this year and running weekly at Fonda.
 
I hope you all enjoyed the big game last night and I hope your get together went smoothly. We had a nice time breaking in dad’s new TV and it was nice to have people together for the big game.
 
I was smart and did a lot of work on Saturday so I did not have to hustle yesterday to catch people on what was a very busy day. The two chats I have up for today were recorded then as well as the two you’ll get today. I hope you like them.
 
And be sure to see my facebook page to see our new logo for the new site. You fans of Late Models, Sprint Cars and Stock Cars will like that you are now included on t he new logo.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you to listen to on the Audio Page. I start with a man who has had a wonderful new person come into his life. Justin Barger talks about his season running 410 Sprints in Pennsylvania, what his big goal is by running those shows and his new addition to the family. 
 
Tom Denton tells me why he is changing things up this year to run weekly at Fonda as well as what he needs to change on his Pro Stock to do so. 

 
Sunday, February 1st 2015
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Brian White does some walleye fishing and talks about his championship season and 2015.
Dustin Purdy discussed his season with the CRSA and what he has learned these past two seasons.
 
Super Sunday is here and I hope you all have a great time getting together with friends and family. I have no rooting interest as of now and sometimes that makes the day a little better. Heck, if your team loses, it is not gong to be a fun day so I’ll have fun one way or another.
 
We’re heading to dad’s house today and some friends will come as well. We’re not going to worry what we eat today (I’ve been trying to eat a little better.) but we’ll go back to that tomorrow.
 
Up today we have a pair of chats we did on Friday and the next two days we’ll hear from Justin Barger, Eldon Payne Jr., Tom Denton and find out what Lance Yonge has been doing since he got out of the seat after the 2013 season.
 
Now though let’s talk more about what we have for you on the Audio Page for today starting with a driver who was doing some relaxing when he tracked him down on Friday. Brian White does some walleye fishing and talks about his championship season at Five Mile Point as well as what has changed for 2015. No, hi didn’t catch dinner as far as I know.  
 
Dustin Purdy discussed his season with the CRSA, remembered the night he won a heat as well as the feature and what he has learned these past two seasons. 

 
Saturday, January 31st 2015
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Scott Duell talks about moving up to Modified for 2015 and how to know when the time is right. 
Colby Herzog looks back in his season in a Four Cylinder and tells me about the car he is building.
 
I got a lot done on Friday as I recorded four new interviews in the home studio. I hope to do pretty much the same today as I have a feeling Sunday might be a tough day to get ahold of people. I hear something about a football game…
 
Up tomorrow we’ll hear from Sportsman driver Brian White as he chatted with me while ice fishing on the Susquehanna River and we’ll check in with Sprint Car driver Dustin Purdy and see if we can stump him with a math question. He’s a 6th grade math teacher.
 
Like I said I need to get four chats done today so if you are available and want to chat, let me know and we’ll get you on.
 
Now let’s talk in more detail about what we have for you today on the Audio Page starting with the first interview I did on Friday. Scott Duell talks about moving up to Modified for 2015, how tough it was to make the show in a Sportsman at Albany Saratoga and how to know when the time is right to move up. Do you agree that you need to learn to win first in any class before moving up? 
 
Colby Herzog looks back in his season in a Four Cylinder, explains how close he came to getting his first win describes the work he is doing on the car he is building right now. 

 
Friday, January 30th 2015
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Joey Ladouceur talks about his championship in the Pro Cam Super Truck Series and his Sportsman.
Mike Stelter remembered his season with a Sprint Car and talked about getting ready for 2015.
Rich Sharpsteen and Jeremy Trank speak with Steve Ovens about their move to a new division.
 
We are back with three new chats for you today as we took the day yesterday to honor the memory of Jon Button who we lost earlier in the week. If you missed it, go back to yesterday on the Audio Page and look for my column on his career at www.syracuse.com/motorsports.
 
Today we have three good ones for you to close out the work week. I had a special thing to do last night that I’ll tell you about on Facebook so I was off on Thursday. But I’ll be back in the studio today and this weekend so if you want to get on, message me on Facebook or at doug@dougsdirtdiary.com.
 
And another big thanks goes out to Steve Ovens for his help. Steve may be doing even more this year in our racing world and we are so lucky to have a guy like him contributing to the sport we all love in so many ways. Thanks Steve!
 
Now let’s go into more detail and talk about the new stuff on the Audio Page for you to listen to today. Joey Ladouceur talks about his championship in the Pro Cam Super Truck Series, how he adapted to the asphalt and how he did with his Sportsman at Cornwall and on the tour. 
 
Mike Stelter remembered his season with a Sprint Car and talked about getting ready for 2015 as well as how prepared he feels he is this time around. The audio is a little hot early but gets better as it goes on. Sorry! 
 
Rich Sharpsteen and Jeremy Trank speak with Steve Ovens about their move to a new division as well as how last year affected their decision race four cylinders. 

 
Thursday, January 29th 2015
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Joe Marotta tells some stories about Jon Button and remembers the first time he met him in Fulton. 
 
We have just one new interview to listen to today as we mourn the loss of Jon Button. I’m sure many of you knew him from his days as a racer, a track inspector and an ambassador for vintage racing.
 
You’ll hear in the interview how much Jon did on the tracks. Drag strips, asphalt tracks and dirt tracks were his playground and he did well in all three disciplines. It is rare to see someone be able to do all three well and Jon was that kind of a guy.
 
I first met Jon when he was an inspector for DIRT Motorsports when Glenn Donnelly was at the helm. He was often in the pit area when I was first starting with DIRT and he helped me tremendously. The stories he would tell were so great to listen to and he really helped me understand where the sport came from. I’ll always be thankful for that!
 
But Joe knew him a lot better than I did so I thought it best to enlist him to help tell his story. I hope you like it as well as the story I did on him for today’s Syracuse Post Standard. If you don’t get it delivered to your door or at work, you can read it at www.syracuse.com/motorsports.
 
Now let’s talk a little more about the special interview on the Audio Page for you to listen to today. Joe Marotta tells some stories about Jon Button, remembers the first time he met him in Fulton and runs down some of his accomplishments over his long racing career. Rest in Peace Jon! 

 
Wednesday, January 28th 2015
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Greg Hixson is the new Race Director for Black Rock and talked about his new position for 2015.
Pat LaPage remembers his days as a flagger and tells me he hopes racing can help his business.
 
I had a good day on Tuesday getting a lot of work done after a mellow day on Monday. I recorded three new chats, one of which is up today and the others will show up between now and Friday.
 
Condolences go out to the Button family on the loss of Jon Button. He was very instrumental in the early days of racing here in Central New York and beyond. His sons Gordy and Mike each have contributed in significant ways to the racing in our area and our thoughts and prayers are with them as they deal with the loss of their father.
 
I plan on chatting with Joe Marotta today and we will share some stories about Jon and hopefully ease the pain a little for all of his family and friends. Those Midget racecars he would show off were just the coolest things and you have to admire the people who took those cars around the racetracks as they were not the safest things by any means.
 
We’ll miss you Jon, we’ll miss your stories and the memories that you gave us will last forever. May he rest in peace.
 
Now let’s chat more about the new stuff we have for you today on the Audio Page starting with some news from Black Rock Speedway as they prepared for their rules meeting. Greg Hixson is the new Race Director for Black Rock and talked with Steve Ovens about his new position for 2015 and what he hopes will happen in the coming season. 
 
Pat LaPage remembers his days as a flagger, some of the situations that happen when you are up on the flag stand and tells me he hopes racing can help his new business. Check out 911 Restoration for water, mold, smoke or fire damage. 

 
Tuesday, January 27th 2015
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Brian Ross inducts Wes Moody into the NYSSCA Hall of Fame and chats with him afterwards.
Mike Bowman talks about his tentative plans for 2015 and how much of racing has to do with tires.
 
I hope you all are getting your work week off to a great start and I hope you check out the new stuff we have for you today. We’ll get more from the NYSSCA Hall of Fame ceremony and find out what a local CNY driver has cooked up for this year.
 
Tomorrow we’ll give you our final interview from the weekend and whatever I get done at the studio. We’ll hear from former racer Donnie Wetmore Jr. as he reacts to his mom’s Hall of Fame induction and tells us what he does for the Richard Petty Driving Experience. Yeah, when I lose weight and get things together I am going to do that for sure! And yes I will take a ride along but I also want to drive one myself.
 
If any of you have done this, please send me a message as I’d like to chat with you about what it is like.
 
Now let’s chat more about the new stuff we have for you on the Audio Page for today. Brian Ross inducts Wes Moody into the NYSSCA Hall of Fame at the Saratoga Automobile Museum and chats with him about it afterwards. 
 
Mike Bowman talks about his tentative plans for 2015, how much of racing has to do with tires and how if differs from track to track in Central New York. Good one here!

 
     
 
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