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Wednesday, January 15th 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Ricky Elliott talks about his 19 win season in a Late Model and why he stays close to home.
Matt Roberts tells me how his graphics business is doing and his move to a Street Stock for 2014.
 
I got a lot done on Tuesday as I recorded four interviews along the way on a busy, busy day. In addition to what we have today, we also have chats in the can from Tommy Sears, Jim Housworth and Dave Rogers.
 
We’ll be back in today before our usual day off on Thursday so be sure to keep coming back and keep those requests coming to doug@dougsdirtdiary.com and we’ll do our best to get you the drivers you want to hear from.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you to listen to on the Audio Page. I begin with a driver who won more than half the time he suited up last year. Ricky Elliott talks about his 19 win season in a Late Model and why he stays close to home these days. He explained where he feels he is better now as a driver than earlier in his career, how he reacts to boos from the crowd and why he likes the Late Model division so much. 
 
Matt Roberts tells me how his graphics business is doing and his move to a Street Stock for 2014. He explained why he had to sell his IMCA Modified, how this new deal came about and what his goals are for this new venture. If you need graphics, call Matt at 607-725-1423. 

 
Tuesday, January 14th 2014
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Joey Colsten talks about his 2014 season and why he likes to get ahead on work in the off season.
Joe Marotta describes some recent health issues and how much better he is feeling as of right now.
 
It was another balmy day on Monday as we get a little break from the weather here in Central New York. It was nice to go out without freezing your butts off and it sounds like we have a few more days of this before it is over. 
 
Racing begins tonight at The Chili Bowl and will continue through this Saturday. Some of the biggest names in both dirt and asphalt racing are there. I’m wishing all the drivers there the best as they try to make into one of if not the toughest race to qualify for. 
 
I have a column in the Syracuse Post Standard voicing what I feel NASCAR could do to make their product a little better. Get your copy today or read it online at www.syracuse.com/motorsports.  
 
Now let’s chat about what we have for you guys to listen to today on the Audio Page. I begin with a driver who has his race shop looking pretty good these days. Joey Colsten talks about his 2013 season and why he likes to get ahead on work in the off season. He told me what they are waiting on at this point, why he likes twin 20’s for traveling drivers and runs down his race plans for the upcoming year. 
 
Joe Marotta describes some recent health issues and how much better he is feeling as of right now. He told me about the two procedures he has had in the last two months, remembers his first job in racing and how he got hooked up with Glenn Donnelly.

 
Monday, January 13th 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Adam MacGeorge recapped his 2014 season that saw him pick up his first Modified feature win.
Shawn Burke talked about changes to the ARDC for 2014 and why the changes were necessary. 
 
I got a lot done on Sunday as I got busy in the studio. I recorded four new interviews and put half of those up for today. The other two will air tomorrow.
 
The 2014 season is already underway as the Chili Bowl has a practice tonight and the stock cars have been turning laps at Daytona getting ready for SpeedWeeks. And it sounds like NASCAR should have an announcement out any day on some tweaks they are making to their point system that in my opinion encourages teams to ride around instead of going for the win. Let’s hope it awards the winning driver as it should instead of just one point ahead of second…but that is just me. 
 
Today I am writing up a column on the six things I think NASCAR should do to increase viewership. And as I learned in my Season in Review, no racer in our area watches every lap so the first thing is to shorten the races which I don’t think NASCAR will ever do.
 
I’d like to know what you think. Send me your thoughts at doug@dougsdirtdiary.com and maybe you can influence the column.
 
Now let’s chat about what we have for you today on the Audio Page. I begin with a man who learned a lot last year in the super competitive Modified division. Adam MacGeorge recapped his 2014 season that saw him pick up his first Modified feature win. He told me how some set up advice from a fellow racer helped get rid of a nasty tight condition, how strong he was after that change and welcomes a new teammate in the crate division for this coming year. 
 
Shawn Burke talked about changes to the ARDC for 2014 and why the changes were necessary. He told me how the changes have been received by the teams, where the teams will race this season and what his big picture goal is for the group. 
 

 
Sunday, January 12th 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Rocky Warner recapped his 2013 season which saw him win in both Sportsman and Modified.
Chris Fleming is coming off his best season and talked about the work he was doing on Saturday.
 
It was a warm day on Saturday as temperatures in the 50’s got rid of a lot of the snow from the past week or so. I am hoping that all of you are alright as sometimes these thaws can lead to some regional flooding.
 
We have two new interviews up today as I only had a short window of time on Saturday to get some work done. I will be in the studio a good part of today and hoping to get a lot done so if you are around, call me or message me and we’ll chat.
 
In between of course we’ll be watching some playoff football and hoping for some good competitive games today in between recordings. And we are always looking for good stories for the Syracuse Post Standard so if you think you have one, message me at doug@dougsdirtdiary.com.
 
Now let’s chat more about what is new for today on the Audio Page for you to listen to. Rocky Warner recapped his 2013 season which saw him win in both Sportsman and Modified. He told me about running a big block at Glen Ridge, his tough streak in the middle of the season and what he learned from what happened after his race at Syracuse. 
 
Chris Fleming is coming off his best IMCA Modified season ever and talked about the work he was doing on Saturday. He told me about his hopes to update his equipment, how nice it was to win the Eastern Regional Championship and how his team will grow by one driver in 2014. 

 
Saturday, January 11th 2014
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Donnie Lawson gets ready to head to Motorsports 2014 and talks about his two championships.
Steve Drevicki talked about his hopes for The Chili Bowl and his season with the ARDC Midgets.
 
Things are warming up out there and it sounds like today we may be able to walk around with our jackets unzipped…something we would not have thought about just a few days ago.
 
I know a lot of you are heading down to Oaks, Pennsylvania for Motorsports 2014 and I hope you guys have a great time. This is one of the biggest shows around and someday soon I’ll make it down. If you want to find out more you can do so at www.aarn.com.
 
I’ll be back in the studio today and tomorrow as we continue to grind our way through the long off season. And if you want to catch me today, then send me a message at doug@dougsdirtdiary.com or message me on facebook.
 
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you to listen to on the Audio Page. I begin with a man who will be on the road today. Donnie Lawson gets ready to head to Motorsports 2014 and talks about his two championships. He told me what else he will do on his way to the show, how special the Modified championship at Woodhull was to him and his dad as well as his late season motor issues.
 
Steve Drevicki talked about his hopes for The Chili Bowl and his season with the ARDC Midgets. He told me how he did in his previous trips to Oklahoma, what makes this event so special and reacts to some changes in the rules for 2014.  

 
Friday, January 10th 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Billy Pauch tells me when he will be at Motorsports 2014 and looks ahead to indoor racing.
Joe Skotnicki gets ready for racing next month at Volusia and explains why teams make the trip.
 
We’re back on a Friday with more good stuff for you today as Motorsports 2014 kicks off down in Oaks, Pennsylvania. Three days of fun begins today and runs through Sunday so make your plans to get down and get caught up on what is happening. To find out more, go to www.aarn.com.
 
On the site today we have an interview with a driver who will be signing autographs tomorrow at the show and who will be racing indoors in a few weeks in Atlantic City. Plus we get up to speed on the latest DIRTcar news with Joe Skotnicki as Florida gets closer and closer.
 
We are also mourning the death of local racer and car owner Duane “Deek” Decker who passed away Wednesday morning after a short illness. Decker raced from age 16 to age 70 and was a car owner for 6 years after that. He had a long list of accomplishments and had some of the biggest names in the sport drive his equipment. He will be sorely missed.
 
Calling hours for Decker are tomorrow in Belleville at the Carpenter-Stoodley Funeral Home from 1-5 PM. May he rest in peace!
 
Billy Pauch tells me when he will be at Motorsports 2014 and looks ahead to indoor racing. He spoke about how much fun it will be to re-new old friendships this weekend, how a test session went a few weeks ago and his tentative plans for Modified racing outdoors. 
 
Joe Skotnicki gets ready for racing next month at Volusia and explains why teams make the trip. He also talked about some improvements they have made at the track, updates us on some new Super DIRTcar Series races and what makes northeast Modified racing so different. 

 
Thursday, January 9th 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Chris Stockham talks about his hopes for next week’s Chili Bowl and his last trip to Oklahoma.
Brett Deyo told me about his presence this weekend at Motorsports 2014 down in Pennsylvania.
 
Well it was nice not to be talking about temperatures in the negative numbers for a change as the arctic blast is finally out of out area. And it sounds like this weekend will be a lot better and just in time as Motorsports 2014 takes place this Friday, Saturday and Sunday inside the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center on Oaks, Pennsylvania.
 
We have a chat with Brett Deyo up today as he will have a booth at the event and he runs down just some of the big stuff happening at this show. To find out more go to www.aarn.com and plan your weekend.
 
Also up today is a driver who is hoping to make it into one of the toughest races in the country. Chris Stockham will make his second trip ever to Tulsa and you’ll hear in the interview what happened last time he tried to qualify for the Tulsa Shootout.
 
Then tomorrow, Billy Pauch joins us to talk about what he will do this weekend at Motorsports 2014 and Joe Skotnicki will also be up to talk about the big races at Volusia in February. So be sure to come back for that.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you to listen to on the Audio Page for today. Chris Stockham talks about his hopes for next week’s Chili Bowl and his last trip to Oklahoma. He told me how close he came to making it into the Tulsa Shootout, how his wreck in the b-main sidelined him for five months and what his goals are for his qualifying night on Wednesday. 
 
Brett Deyo spoke about his presence this weekend at Motorsports 2014 down in Oaks, Pennsylvania. He told me who will be in his booth at the show to sign autographs, how he put together a point fund for his new Short Track Super Series and his expansion into Sprint Car racing. 

 
     
 
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