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Gary Rowe of M.R. Gaebel, Inc.
Gates-Cole Associates SUNY Canton Automotive Technology program
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Sunday, March 22nd 2015
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Kevin Ward Sr. talks about his family’s kart races in November and his plans to stay involved.
Paul Szmal talks about Fingerlakes Speedworld which wraps up today at the Fingerlakes Mall.
Mel Thomas runs down some special deals for people at the mall and his plans for the 2015 season.
 
We had a fun day on Saturday as we headed out to Auburn for Fingerlakes Speedworld. It was fun to see racecars and do a little shopping at Bass Pro Shops as I could spend thousands in there in one stop for sure.
 
I was hoping to run into some friends but that didn’t happen so dad and all of us stopped and got dinner on the way home. I love Chili’s and dad had never been there before. He had a good time and loved the enchiladas.
 
I also went in as a guest on Around the Tracks with Joe Marotta and we recorded something about Andy Fusco that will air tomorrow. This is a huge loss for a lot of us and he will surely be missed. Glenn Donnelly even called the show to share a few stories also. We’ll miss you a lot Andy!
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have on the Audio Page for you today starting with one from last weekend that I know you’ll like. Kevin Ward Sr. talks about his family’s kart races in November and his plans to stay involved in Sprint Car racing again this year while helping another driver. 
 
Paul Szmal talks about Fingerlakes Speedworld which wraps up today at the Fingerlakes Mall as well as many other things including some rumors that are flying concerning him and a local track. 
 
Mel Thomas runs down some special deals for people at the Fingerlakes Mall that will end today and his plans for the 2015 season that include breaking in a new announcer. 

 
Saturday, March 21st 2015
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Alan Johnson talks about his Saturday night ride for Canandaigua and the work he has been doing.
Shayne Tenace speaks about the Go Nuclear Late Model Series and shows his brand new racecar.
Brandan Warner told me about his new role as a car owner for one of his former teammates.
Colby Herzog showed off a new car at the Expo and talked about his hopes for the first win.
 
Another weekend is here and we’ll be hitting the road today to check out Fingerlakes Speedworld inside the Fingerlakes Mall in Auburn. Plus I’ll be a guest on Joe Marotta’s radio show this morning from 9-10 a.m. on talk radio 1390 AM in Syracuse.
 
We’ll surely have lots to talk about so be sure to join us as we share some memories of Andy Fusco on the air. It is still suck a shock to know that he is no longer with us and I shared some memories last night with a friend of mine. He went out of his way to welcome me when I joined the team in the mid 90’s and I will always remember that.
 
Of course once I get back I’ll be back watching the NCAA tourney as there have been lots of great games so far and some great stories associated with those games. My bracket does not look too good but I don’t know of anyone who could have predicted some of those upsets. This will help get me through the last of the off season before we start racing.
 
Now let’s chat about what we have for you on the Audio Page to get your Saturday started. Alan Johnson talks about his Saturday night ride for Canandaigua, the work he has been doing at the shop and his plans to run some small block series events. 
 
Shayne Tenace talks about the Go Nuclear Late Model Series, shows his brand new racecar and explains what makes the car different than ones before it. 
 
Brandan Warner told me about his new role as a car owner for one of his former teammates as well as how nice it is to have a new sponsor onboard. 
 
Colby Herzog showed off a new car at the Expo and talked about his hopes for the first win as well as what he likes about his year’s ride. 

 
Friday, March 20th 2015
   We are dark here today on Doug’s Dirt Diary out of respect for Andy Fusco who we lost early Thursday morning. Andy was a friend to racers everywhere and his legacy in racing is almost unparalleled.
 
As a judge and a racing person he brought a unique mix to the table and his counsel to racetrack owners and drivers was priceless. He was the co-host of This Week on DIRT working with broadcasting veteran Doug Logan. He promoted races with Dave Lape at various tracks. And as a judge he helped right the wrongs of society and did so for decades.
 
I first met Andy Fusco when I started working with DIRT Motorsports in 1995. I was a wide eyed kid from the Outlaw Circuit and Andy took the time to give me great advice and made sure I got a warm welcome from the people who would become some of my closest friends.
 
He called the final laps of my first actual race and had some fun with me on the mic as only he could. The last time I saw him he was so warm and caring as he asked how me and my family were doing. My wife had his son in class as a teacher and always remarked about what wonderful young man he was. They say great men leave a legacy through their kids and Andy’s legacy will live on.
 
Last year I saw him, Glenn Donnelly and Cory Reed in the tower at Utica Rome. We shared some stories from back in the day and had a great time. Gene Cole joined us of course and I thought afterwards about all the knowledge that was in that room that day and their place in racing history. Wow. What a room. 
 
This is a sad loss for the racing community and out of respect for Andy we leave the site empty today as our hearts are today thinking about him. Rest in peace Andy and enjoy the racing scene in heaven. They just got a guy who is a jack of all trades. Maybe that’s why the lord took him. Maybe he needed his services. Rest in peace Andy.

 
Thursday, March 19th 2015
   New on the Audio Page from Motorsports Expo 2015:
 
Stewart Friesen showed off the Sprint Car he will drive this year and talked about a new venture.
Billy VanPelt had his Modified at the show and told me how much he will race the 78 car this season.
Jason Barney spoke about his three win season and told me how his Sprint Cars look at his shop.
Kelly Skinner talked about the work he still needs to do to get back and the new rules package.
Nick McGill won a championship last year at Paradise Speedway and talked about his background.
 
The start of the season is getting closer and soon we will all be back at a racetrack of our choice smelling race fuel, getting dirty and having a darned good time. I can’t wait.
 
But until then we have a pair of mall shows to keep us happy. This weekend is Fingerlakes Speedworld at the Fingerlakes Mall in Auburn and then next weekend cars from the Brewerton and Fulton Speedway will be at the Great Northern Mall in Clay. So make your plans now to attend both of these shows and show your support at the cash registers.
 
And I think some of the advice my dad used to tell me as a kid would go far right about now. He used to tell me, “Don’t tell me what you’re gonna do. Tell me what you’ve done after you’ve done it.” That’s good advice isn’t it?
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page today starting with a driver who has already won this season. Stewart Friesen showed off the Sprint Car he will drive this year, recapped his trip to Florida with a new car and talked about a new venture with his wife Jessica. 
 
Billy VanPelt had his Modified at the show and told me how much he will race the 78 car this season as well as how little it would take to get the car back on the track.  
 
Jason Barney spoke about his three win season, how his Sprint Cars look at his shop and hops hopes to race even more than he has in recent seasons. 
 
Kelly Skinner talked about the work he still needs to do to get back to the track with his Mod Lite and the new rules package as well as some upgrades he hopes to do. 
 
Nick McGill won a championship last year at Paradise Speedway and talked about his background as well as his hopes to possibly run a Sportsman in 2015. 

 
Wednesday, March 18th 2015
   New on the Audio Page from Motorsports Expo 2015:
 
Alan Rudalavage talks about his two win season at Penn Can and his presence at the expo.
Jim Gleason had his 360 Sprint Car at the show and talked about his two starts back in 2014.
David Marcuccilli got ready to load up from the Expo and gave me his impressions of the show.
Brandyn Griffin talks about his championship in the 600 Pro division at Paradise Speedway.
Chip Burdick tells me about a new series at Can Am and how nice it is to be DIRTcar sanctioned.
 
We’re still plugging along here as the start of the 2015 racing season gets closer. We have a lot more audio for you today from the show last weekend and it certainly was quite the event. Optimism is high and our area is more united than ever before.
 
I have another column to pen today and have a pair of mall shows to go to in each of the next two weekends. Fingerlakes Mall in Auburn will host Fingerlakes Speedworld this weekend while the Great Northern Mall in Clay goes next weekend. The next thing you know we’ll be racing and I for one can’t wait.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page starting with a driver who really needs to open up and stop being so shy…lol. Alan Rudalavage talks about his two win season at Penn Can and his presence at the expo and teases me about possibly losing his ride to his car owner. 
 
Jim Gleason had his 360 Sprint Car at the show and talked about his two starts back in 2014 as well as why he decided to upgrade this off season. 
 
David Marcuccilli got ready to load up from the Expo and gave me his impressions of the show as well as the excitement level he felt at the show. 
 
Brandyn Griffin talks about his championship in the 600 Pro division at Paradise Speedway and showed off a new look for his car for 2015.
 
Chip Burdick tells me about a new series at Can Am Motorsports Park and how nice it is to be DIRTcar sanctioned once again in the Sportsman division. 

 
Tuesday, March 17th 2015
   New on the Audio Page from Motorsports Expo 2015:
 
Shawn Donath talks about the new Panther Chassis he will be running which was made in Syracuse.
Tommy Kinsella looks over the cars at the expo and talks about his start in racing back in the 1980’s.
Mark Weaver tells me what his plans are for 2015 and his hopes to maybe get a crate car together.
Nick Krause showed off his Sportsman at the show and talked about being in good shape for 2015.
Tana Robinson previewed the coming year at the Ransomville Speedway and their big races.
 
Well what a weekend it was huh? I’m still so happy with the way things went this past weekend and the united front that was put on by the local racetracks. Are there still a lot of questions? Yes, but most seem to be around one track only and hopefully we’ll know more soon.
 
I have a lot of new audio up today and I hope you enjoy it. I’ll be using audio from the show for the rest of the week and may also fire up the old studio as well.
 
Let’s go into more detail on what we have for you today on the Audio Page starting with a driver who is never afraid to try something new and untested. Shawn Donath talks about the new Panther Chassis he will be running, why he wanted to go with something local and how much testing & sharing of information will be taking place to learn this new car. 
 
Tommy Kinsella looks over the cars at the expo, talks about his start in racing back in the 1980’s and explains how he keeps from getting too involved in the sport while still getting to race. 
 
Mark Weaver tells me what his plans are for 2015, his hopes to maybe get a crate car together and how things look right now at his race shop.  
 
Nick Krause showed off a new look on his Sportsman at the show and talked about being in good shape for 2015 with a pair of racecars back at the shop. 
 
Tana Robinson previewed the coming year at the Ransomville Speedway and highlighted some of the big shows they have on the card for this season. 

 
Monday, March 16th 2015
   New on the Audio Page from Motorsports Expo 2015:
 
Alysha Ruggles talks about adding 360 Sprint racing to her schedule and her big day in October.
Tyler Walker explained why he got off to a late start last season and the fun he had with his dad.
Jeff Cook showed off the new car he won at the ESS banquet and talked about his 2015 race plans.
Greg Smith spoke about the racing at season at Adirondack International and looked ahead.
Joe Patrick thanked all the teams, the fans and the racetracks for a very successful race show.
Matt Sheppard recapped his five races so far this season and talked about a change in the air.
Jeremy Dygert had a beautiful car at the show and talked about his two seasons in a Sportsman.
 
What a great weekend it was at the New York State Fairgrounds as Motorsports Expo gave us all racing folks a chance to get together and find out what everyone has been working on all winter long. It was so awesome and I really did feel a mood change from years past as optimism rules.
 
I got a lot of interviews done and you’ll get a minimum of five per day through Saturday. And next weekend we’ll be heading out to Fingerlakes Mall in Auburn for Southern Tier Speedworld. That mall is special to me as it is where I took my wife to lunch for our first very unofficial date. So we always think about that when we go there and love to tell the kids the story on how she played hookie from her job at the preschool to go to lunch with me.
 
But enough about all that, let’s chat more about the new stuff on the Audio Page for you to listen to today. Alysha Ruggles talks about adding 360 Sprint racing to her schedule, who made the move possible and her big wedding day in October. 
 
Tyler Walker explained why he got off to a late start last season, how well things went once they got going and the fun he had going to the track with his dad. 
 
Jeff Cook showed off the new car he won at the ESS banquet, described the other cars he has at his shop and talked about his 2015 race plans.  
 
Greg Smith spoke about the racing at season at Adirondack International, looked ahead to 2015 and encouraged divisions interested in trying the track to get ahold of them. 
 
Joe Patrick thanked all the teams, the fans and the racetracks for a very successful Motorsports Expo show foe 2015 and reminds folks the show is back on for 2016. 
 
Matt Sheppard recapped his five races so far this season and talked about a change in the air that he felt all weekend long at Motorsports Expo 2015. I felt it too! 
 
Jeremy Dygert had a beautiful car at the show and talked about his two seasons in a Sportsman as well as how the novice class at Fulton helped.  

 
     
 
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