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Monday, January 6th 2014
   We are dark here today on Doug’s Dirt Diary to honor the memory of Kory Rauscher, the son of Modified driver Dave Rauscher who we lost early Friday morning in a snowmobile accident in Wayne County. Kory will be laid to rest today so while his family grieves , we will be silent on the Audio Page.
 
A lot of you may have never met Kory and some of you have not met his dad Dave either. Dave is one of those larger than life individuals whose easy smile and “ah shucks” demeanor makes him a fan favorite both in the grandstand and in the pit area.
 
I never had the pleasure of meeting Kory myself but learned a lot about him as I listened to folks chat while we waited in line in the cold rain to pay our respects. A friend of mine told me that, “If you knew Dave, you knew Kory too.”
 
Kory also had an easy smile, a hard work ethic and he loved racing. Kory went to the track when his busy job working for D.C Rauscher Inc. allowed and he was often seen working with multi-time Super DIRTcar Series champion Matt Sheppard who is always pitted near the Rauscher number 48 too.  
 
As I walked through the funeral home, I studied the photos they had scattered about and saw an All American kid who lived life to the fullest. He graduated from SUNY Oswego with a degree in business and was learning from his dad as he became more and more involved in the family business.
 
I met his sisters and his younger brother and his mom. And I gave Dave a big hug when I saw him and told him how sorry we all were. I hope and pray that the big turnout helps ease the family’s pain and the pain that all those who were fortunate enough to have him in their life are going through today.
 
I know the next few days, weeks and years will be tough for everyone involved. I’m sure gonna do my best to help in any way I can and I urge you all to do the same. It is gonna be rough and I hope the family knows that they have a lot of support out there. Lean on any of us when you need to. We’re here for you with anything you need.
 
I shed some tears as I walked to my car but then smiled a little when I saw there were still a lot of folks waiting to see the family and help them in their time of need. I only wished I had met him and had the chance to see him shine in person.
 
So the lesson we take away I guess is to remind ourselves that life is fragile and we are all so fortunate to have good people in our lives that make us feel complete, tolerate us when we are not at our best and revel in our successes when we are. So give an extra hug to the people in your life today and tell them how happy you are to have them around.And don't be afraid to let someone new into your world. Who knows, maybe they're a future best friend.
 
We’ll be back tomorrow but after seeing and feeling all the love and heartbreak in that funeral home yesterday, I knew I could not go on as if nothing had happened. We’ll miss you Kory and may you rest in peace and enjoy heaven where snowmobiles never crash, never run out of gas and you always travel the trails with the people you love. God speed!  

 
Sunday, January 5th 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Pete Bicknell invites racers to come to his open house at Bicknell Racing Products on January 18th.
Kenny Hammond talked about his three win season and wonders where he’ll race weekly in 2014.
 
It was a balmy day on Saturday as temperatures got above freezing for a brief time allowing the snow and ice to melt just a bit. And after the past few days, it almost felt like short sleeve weather as I walked around with my jacket unzipped.
 
I got some work done in the afternoon and again after dinnertime as I try to get a little ahead. I have two nice ones up for you today and we’ll be back tomorrow with at least that many more as we keep things going here in the long off season.
 
Now let’s chat more about what is new for today on the Audio Page. I begin with news on a big event for drivers coming up in two weeks. Pete Bicknell invites racers to come to his open house at Bicknell Racing Products on January 18th. He talks about the two seminars taking place on that day, reminds racers that it is free of cost and what is selling right now. Good one! 
 
Kenny Hammond talked about his three win season and wonders where he’ll race weekly in 2014. He told me how nice it was to start with a win on the road at New Egypt, where he is in his race shop right now and runs down the positives of the tracks he has to choose from. 

 
Saturday, January 4th 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Ryan Watt talked about his six win season that included a Modified title and a big road win.
Tony Farone told me what is new for him in 2014 and recapped his year at two different tracks.
 
It was a sad day in the local racing community on Friday as Modified racer Dave Rauscher lost his son earlier in the morning in a snowmobile crash. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the entire group of family and friends who were saddened by this terrible tragedy. We are so sorry!
 
Before I found out the news, I was able to get in the studio and put up two new interviews for you to listen to today. I’ll be back in today as well so if any of you are around please message me on facebook or at doug@dougsdirtdiary.com.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have to listen to today on the Audio Page. I begin with a man who had a breakout season in 2013. Ryan Watt talked about his six win season that included a Modified title and a big road win. He told me how it felt to win the championship at Bridgeport against many experienced racers, how a ROC win at Penn Can gave him new found confidence and looks ahead to getting his five year old son started in Quarter Midgets.
 
Tony Farone told me what is new for him in 2014 and recapped his year at two different tracks. He talked about a surgery he will have in a few weeks, explained how he lost a race & a motor while sitting on the scales at Fonda and how a new sponsor should help things along this coming season. 

 
Friday, January 3rd 2014
   Top five downloads from December 2013:
 
Ryan Phelps told me about the new addition to his family and a little about his 2013 season.
Beth Schneider talks about her Fulton Speedway Sportsman championship and her breakout season.
Anthony Perrego told me how he survived a late caution to win his first Modified feature ever.
Cory Pike walks me through his rookie season in a Sportsman and what he learned from crewing.
Jon Williams tells me about his break out season at Evans Mills driving a Four Cylinder Thunder Car.
 
 
 
Ryan Phelps told me about the new addition to his family and a little about his 2013 season. He talked about how his new daughter is doing, reacted to some big changes in Central New York and his plans to get back on the Super DIRTcar Series in 2014. 
 
Beth Schneider talks about her Fulton Speedway Sportsman championship and her breakout season. She remembered her first career feature win, how a fellow competitor’s kindness helped her race when her car could not and how well things are going for her away from the racetrack. Nice! 
 
Anthony Perrego told me how he survived a late caution to win his first Modified feature ever. He explained how he lost the lead on a restart, how good his car was all day long at Accord and runs down his tentative plans for 2014.  
 
Cory Pike walks me through his rookie season in a Sportsman and what he learned from crewing for an established Modified team. He told me how soon he picked up a top ten finish, how an engine problem sidelined him for a few weeks and how a four wide move backfired on him. Good one here! 
 
Jon Williams tells me about his break out season at Evans Mills driving a Four Cylinder Thunder Car. He talked about getting to victory lane six times in 2013, how he first became involved in racing and looks ahead to having a different car in 2014. 

 
Thursday, January 2nd 2014
   Top five downloads from November 2013:
 
Billy Pauch Jr. talked about the 305 Sprint Car he will drive tonight and his late season plans.
Todd Burley tells me why he is retiring from Modified racing and what he’ll miss the most.
Joey Payne talks about his new Supermodified deal for 2014 and looks ahead to the Turkey Derby.
Matt DeLorenzo is the new Promoter at Fonda and told me what he hopes to accomplish.
John Tiff ran down the changes for Utica Rome for 2014 and why they felt NASCAR was right.
 
 
Billy Pauch Jr. talked about the 305 Sprint Car he will drive tonight and his late season plans. He told me how this opportunity came about, why he felt he may have served too many masters this past season and some changes in his area. 
 
Todd Burley tells me why he is retiring from Modified racing and what he’ll miss the most. He also told me what he won’t miss and what he will do more of now on summer nights. We wish you the best Todd! 
 
Joey Payne talks about his new Supermodified deal for 2014 and looks ahead to the Turkey Derby. He tells me how this deal came about to be teamed up with Ray Graham, how much he missed coming to Oswego weekly and describes the new indoor car he will be racing in January. 
 
Matt DeLorenzo is the new Promoter at Fonda and told me what he hopes to accomplish. He talked about DIRTcar sanctioning, the need to make the place more fan friendly and what he is hearing from both racers & fans. Oh yeah, he’ll be racing in Charlotte this weekend too! 
 
John Tiff ran down the changes for Utica Rome for 2014 and why they felt going with NASCAR sanctioning was the right move. He talked about how that would affect teams, what the benefits are as well as other changes for next season. 

 
Wednesday, January 1st 2014
   Top five downloads from October 2013:
 
Jimmy Horton had a racecar that sounded sick and told me when the header on his car broke. 
Jimmy Phelps tells me who bought the Cayuga County Fairgrounds and his role at the track.
Brett Hearn talked about the end of the 200 lapper and how it played out like he thought it would.
Stewart Friesen shared his thoughts on his tough day at Syracuse as he ran out of fuel late.
Matt DeLorenzo talks about the proposal he hopes will earn him the job as promoter at Fonda.
 
 
Jimmy Horton had a racecar that sounded sick and told me when the header on his car broke as well as how his day went at Syracuse. 
 
Jimmy Phelps tells me who bought the Cayuga County Fairgrounds and his role at the track. He talked about how the work is coming along at the track, what he sees as the long term vision for the future and the challenges they will face initially. 
 
Brett Hearn talked about the end of the 200 lapper, how it played out like he thought it would and why they decided to take a risk. 
 
Stewart Friesen shared his thoughts on his tough day at Syracuse as he ran out of fuel late while leading the Syracuse 200. 
 
Matt DeLorenzo talks about the proposal he hopes will earn him the job as promoter at Fonda. He told me when the idea came about, who is with him on the venture and runs down his late season plans that include racing on back to back weekends. 

 
Tuesday, December 31st 2013
   Top five downloads from September 2013:
  
Brian Swartzlander told me what happened last time in Elbridge and how his season was.
Matt Sheppard told me how he won two track championships and why he needed a helicopter.
Charlie Caprara previews the next two Saturdays at Evans Mills featuring Dirt Mods on asphalt.
Matt Sheppard talks about his two wins at Mohawk International and his Syracuse prep work.
Pete Bicknell gives some very specific tips on set and driving style for the mile at Syracuse.
 
 
Brian Schwartzlander told me what happened last time in Elbridge and how his season was. He talked about how many series races we will see him at, wonders if he’ll run the last change race during Super DIRT Week and how his five win season went at Lernerville. Note: In a bit of a surprise, this was the most requested interview in 2013 by a substantial margin.
 
Matt Sheppard told me how he won track championships at Brewerton and Canandaigua and why he looked into getting a helicopter for Sunday. Yeah, it’s true! 
 
Charlie Caprara previews the next two Saturdays at Evans Mills featuring Dirt Mods on asphalt. He told me about the big car count he is expecting, how well the season has gone at The Mills and the extra lap money available for teams. 
 
Matt Sheppard talks about his two wins at Mohawk International and his Syracuse prep work. He told me the great battle he enjoyed up front with MIR champion Billy Dunn, when the track took rubber on Sunday and looks ahead to this weekend. 
 
Pete Bicknell gives some very specific tips on set and driving style for the mile at Syracuse. He talked about weight changes, suspension changes and how each end of the track drives differently. Great tips here for both newcomers and drivers with laps under their belts. 

 
     
 
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