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Friday, January 24th 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Jamie Mills talks about his runner up finish in the points at Delaware and his upcoming trip to Florida.
Shawn Donath talks about a problem they solved at the end of 2013 and his hopes for 2014.
Darwin Greene describes the work he needs to get done as he gets ready for Volusia in February.
 
We’re back on a Friday with more good stuff today including a bonus interview because we got so much done on Thursday. Like I said, it has been great to be back at it and it helps keep my mind busy. Which is awesome.
 
On the site today we have three real good interviews. Two of them were requests so keep those coming with an email to doug@dougsdirtdiary.com or message me on facebook and I’ll do my best to get them done.
 
We’ll also be in studio today so any of you racers out there, just get ahold of me and we’ll work you into the mix.
 
Now let’s talk about what we have for you on the Audio Page for today. Jamie Mills talks about his runner up finish in the points at Delaware and his upcoming trip to Florida. He told me how close he came after winning the final points race, how the pill draw can both help and hurt you at times as well as some key changes he has made for the 2014 season. 
 
Shawn Donath talks about a problem they solved at the end of 2013 and his hopes for 2014. He told me how long it took to track down a bad mag, how busy they are at Donath Motor Works and wonders if they might build a Sprint Car of their own design. 
 
Darwin Greene describes the work he needs to get done as he gets ready for Volusia in February. He told me what he feels is most important for Florida, the big changes at his Saturday home and why he likes to experiment at Utica Rome to learn things for other tracks. 

 
Thursday, January 23rd 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Joey Payne talks about the new car he’ll race this weekend in Atlantic City and his Supermodified.
Alan Rudalavage told me about his deal for the 2014 season and why he sold his own racecar.
 
Well I did not plan on working on Wednesday but as the afternoon rolled on I decided to make a few calls with the goal of getting a little ahead for Friday. The next thing I knew I had done five new interviews and decided to go ahead and put some up for today.
 
It was nice getting back to work after a tough week and I can see why people who have lost someone close to them often speak about how work helps them through their pain. I totally get it and would encourage anyone else in a similar situation to pour themselves into something, anything actually as it is better than sitting around alone with your thoughts.
 
I want to thank everyone who sent messages, called or sent cards in the mail. It has been great to see and it means the world to all of us. So now we’re going to just push forward, keep our eyes on dad to make sure he is okay and keep doing what we’re supposed to be doing as writing was something that mom encouraged me to do.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page for today. Joey Payne talks about the new car he’ll race this weekend in Atlantic City and how his new Supermodified is coming together. He told me what his goals were for Thursday’s practice session, offered some advice for newcomers to the event and reminded fans about a benefit for the Supermodified on February 15th at Lighthouse Lanes in Oswego. 
 
Alan Rudalavage told me about his deal for the 2014 season and why he sold his own racecar. He also spoke a little about the tracks he ran last year, why he likes Woodhull so much and runs down some events & tracks he would love to get back to. 

 
Wednesday, January 22nd 2014
                  It was another tough day on Tuesday as we laid mom to rest. The people we had around us made it a lot easier to take and they kept dad busy afterwards as a big get together happened at the house. That was something mom would never let happen as she never thought the house was clean enough. But in this situation, who cares…let’s just get together and share memories.
 
Today we have so many things to get done so I will have to push my work back by another day. I do apologize for that but I had no idea how much work it takes after something like this happens and I don’t want dad to have to do it all.
 
I will be back in Thursday for sure and will have new stuff for you to listen to on Friday. And we are sending out prayers to Bobby Varin and his loved ones as he recovers from injuries on a ski slope. Bobby, our thoughts and prayers are with during this way too tough off season. Be well my friend!

 
Tuesday, January 21st 2014
   It was a tough day on Monday as we had calling hours for mom at a local funeral home. It turned out to be a lot better than I thought as many friends, neighbors and people from the racing community showed up. Several were from far away too. It meant the world to me and to dad.
 
Now today is the toughest day from what I understand. The funeral is this morning and I hear this is the worst part. Having our extended family here helps a lot as the last few years have not been easy. And seeing all the people who helped mom this past few years will make it better still.
 
Thanks again to everyone who came out yesterday and to those who sent messages and emails. I must be doing something right to have so many caring about me. Thanks so much for your understanding in this tough time.
 
Rest in peace Mom.

 
Monday, January 20th 2014
   We had a nice family day on Sunday as my dad’s brother and his wife came up from South Carolina to be with us. It was so great that they made the trip and it was wonderful to spend time, go through old photos and share memories of mom.
 
Today will be tough and Tuesday even tougher I fear. The wake is today at the Maurer Funeral Home in Baldwinsville and it will be nice to see some people and do the same types of things. We get to say goodbye beforehand as we get a viewing at 3 PM and I am still not sure what I want to do.
 
I’m not that sure if I want that to be my last memory but let’s face it, the last memory I have of mom right now is when we left the room after she died so maybe I should try to replace that with another thought. Any advice, send it my way as this is new territory for me.
 
I’ll be back in the studio on Wednesday and will be pouring myself into work and family from here on in. Thanks again to everyone who has messaged me and called. It means the world to me.
 
Thanks again everyone for understanding.

 
Sunday, January 19th 2014
   It was the first full day without Mom on Saturday and Dad and I made arrangements for the calling hours and the funeral. Calling hours will be on Monday from 4-7 PM at Maurer Funeral Home in Baldwinsville, New York at 3451 Rt 31.
 
Out of respect for my Mom, I will leave the site dark until her funeral on Tuesday. I will try to get a few interviews done today and I’ll save those for Wednesday.
 
I appreciate all the kind words in emails and on facebook. They mean a lot to us and my father who up until now thought that 5 or 6 responses was great! Thanks guys.
 
I wish all you the best and encourage you to give hugs to the people you love and to call that person that maybe you had a disagreement with and have been reluctant to get ahold of. Life’s too short so make that call and feel better.

 
Saturday, January 18th 2014
   It was a tough day for the Elkins family as I lost my mom yesterday. Both dad and I were at her side and she did not suffer as they made her as comfortable as possible.
 
It’s hard to believe she is gone after having her around my whole life. She was a wonderful mother who loved her kids and marveled at watching her grandkids grow up. She helped my dad get through college and without her help and guidance he would not have been the successful man he was.
 
As for me, she taught me about determination and hard work. She always encouraged me to do my best and without her I would never have had the confidence to do the things I do now.
 
I will miss her greatly and will treasure the memories I have of her. I’ll let you know about the arrangements when they happen if there are any of you who would like to pay your respects. We’ll be taking some time to grieve on the site but I’ll keep you posted every day as to how we are doing.
 
Rest in peace mom and enjoy your life in heaven!

 
     
 
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