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Wednesday, April 9th 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Andy Bachetti talked with Steve Ovens about his win and his decision on which engine to use.
Tim Hindley spoke about his second place finish at Orange County and his struggles early on.
Danny Tyler finished third at the Hard Clay Open and the flat tire he had on the front of the car.
Jeff Hoetzler came from 15th to 5th and talked about how he saved his tires in a methodical run.
Tom Mackey had his IMCA Modified at Great Northern Mall and talked about his return to racing.
 
As you can see we have some new audio from our friend Steve Ovens as he and Clint Miller were down in Middletown to cover the Hard Clay Open. We have their post race interviews up today and will have some pre race and post heat chats up later in the week so be sure to come back for those.
 
If you like what you hear, and I’m sure you do like to listen to someone besides myself all the time, you can hear more from them on Turn 5 Racing Podcast which airs on Thursday nights and is available in podcast form at www.turn5.podbean.com. A big thanks goes out to those guys and we wish them all the best! You can never have too many people shining the light on this great sport of ours and I am happy to welcome them onboard.
 
I wrote this up early in the day as I had the Time Warner people coming over to upgrade our service. I should be faster now and will get more channels for a lower rate thanks to a new deal they have going on right now. Maybe you should give them a call yourself and maybe you can save like we did.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page. I begin with the winner from Sunday at Orange County as he spoke with the guys from Turn 5 Racing Podcast. Andy Bachetti talked with Steve Ovens about his win and his decision on which engine to use. He spoke about the track he saw, how tire wear was and how big the win is for him at this time. 
 
Tim Hindley spoke about his second place finish at Orange County and his struggles early on. He talked about why he took his sail panels off for a bit, why he was not sure how it would affect the car and why he chose the tires he did.
 
Danny Tyler finished third at the Hard Clay Open and the flat tire he had on the front of the car. He talked about the help he had to get the finish he did, how he handled the restarts and where he will race next.
 
Jeff Hoetzler came from 15th to 5th and talked about how he saved his tires in a methodical run. He spoke about how happy he was to get a top five, what his race strategy was and what he told his guys after the race. 
 
Tom Mackey had his IMCA Modified at Great Northern Mall and talked about his return to racing. He told me about his past in the sport, how long it took to get his racecar together and the people who will help him on occasion. 

 
Tuesday, April 8th 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Brandon Ford showed off his Late Model at Great Northern Mall and talked about racing with dad.
Rocco Leone had his girls working the mall show on Saturday and told me about his Sportsman.
Carmen Vona Jr. will race for the first time in four years and talked about his IMCA Modified.
 
It was a nice but rainy day on Monday as another work week kicks off. But we are now racing in New York State and today I hope to track down some of the folks who got to get on the track this weekend. Monday did get away from me a little so I went into the can for new interviews. But today should be better and I should be able to get back in the studio.
 
I have a nice write up on the weekend’s activity in New York State in today’s Syracuse Post Standard and online at www.syracuse.com/motorsports. I hope you enjoy it and know that more is coming as we get going more and more in New York.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page. I begin with a young man who gets to do what only a few of us ever do, compete against dad. Brandon Ford showed off his Late Model at Great Northern Mall and talked about racing with dad. He told how his father did the first time in the car and what his goals are for the coming season as he plans to race both Sportsman and Late Models.
 
Rocco Leone had his girls working the mall show on Saturday and told me about his Sportsman. He spoke about some changes he made to the car, how anxious he is to get the car on the track and his thoughts on the tires he can run early in the season. 
 
Carmen Vona Jr. will race for the first time in 4 years and talked about his IMCA Modified. He explained why now is the right time to get back behind the wheel, how happy he is to have a proven car and ran down what he hopes will happen this season. 

 
Monday, April 7th 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Johnny Bell showed off his IMCA Modified and told me about a problem they found on the car.
Andy Kiefer talked about what he learned as a track official when he had to take a year off.
Tony Finch II explained how his auto accident and recovery helped him to refocus his priorities.
Andrew Ferguson had his open motor Sportsman at the mall and talked about his big sponsor.
 
What a beautiful day it was on Sunday. We got out and about showing my girls the cars in the Great Northern Mall in Clay. There were a few people I missed on Saturday and I wanted to make sure I got more done so we went back.
 
After that we headed to Heids for dinner. There was a long line outside as we were not the only folks who thought a meal outdoors at our favorite hot dog place was a great idea. I know a lot of you who moved from the area miss it as you can’t find white hots anywhere else. We were thinking about you.
 
I added some new audio from the mall as well as some banquet photos from Rick Young who was at the Brockville and Cornwall banquets. I hope you enjoy those. Plus we have 8 interviews from the mall in the can and they will show up 2 a day through Friday as well as any new stuff we get done in the studio.
 
Now let’s chat more about what is new for today on the Audio Page. I start with a man who is happy that they went over his racecar one more time. Johnny Bell showed off his IMCA Modified and told me about a problem they found on the car when they went through it. He talked about the need to shake the car down at a practice and how being in front of the FYE store was better than one other store. Good one guys! 
 
Andy Kiefer talked about what he learned as a track official when he had to take a year off. He told me why he thinks every driver should work behind the scenes for a night and described his hopes for his crate engine powered IMCA Modified. 
 
Tony Finch II explained how his auto accident and subsequent recovery helped him to refocus his priorities. He talked about his big goals for after high school as well as his goals for the coming season in his crate Sportsman. 
 
Andrew Ferguson had his open motor Sportsman at the mall and talked about his big sponsor. He told me about his plans for the year and how having more people involved adds some extra pressure to perform. 

 
Sunday, April 6th 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Nick Krause showed off his Sportsman and talked about his plans to run at Fulton and Utica Rome.
Colby Herzog talked about the 4 Cylinder Super Stock he built and his quest for his first feature win.
Cory Reed updated us on how Fulton & Brewerton look now and how the mall show was going.
Joe August Jr. toured the mall with his family and talked about his 15 race season back in 2013.
 
I had a fun day as I watched my Kansas City Royals win and then headed to the Great Northern Mall to see the cars and drivers who are showing off their stuff. It was a real nice turnout of 20 cars and you can still go today and check it out for yourself. This is a real nice mall and it was great to see the people checking out these fine looking racecars.
 
Like I said, you have one more day to go so get your butts out there to see the cars and shops inside. They have a real good food court, a Dick’s Sporting Goods and Sears plus lots of other great stores. I actually worked at Sears back in the late 80’s and early 90’s. I sold computers before windows and the mouse came along. So you know I was good.
 
I did a total of 10 interviews and put up some photos from the event from Mike Johnson as well. It is great to see Mike doing well and we are so happy his health is better. We need you around Mike so you can’t go anywhere yet. But seriously, we’re so happy for him.
 
I’ll be in the studio today so if any of you want to jump on board, just send me a message or call me and I’ll be sure to get ahold of you.
 
Now let’s chat more about what is new on the Audio Page from the Great Northern Mall in Clay, New York. Nick Krause showed off his Sportsman and talked about his plans to run at Fulton and Utica Rome. He told me how he got a new nickname, recalled his 2013 season and some changes they made in an effort to step things up for 2014. 
 
Colby Herzog talked about the 4 Cylinder Super Stock he built and his quest for his first feature win. He told me about the work it took to build his car, why he feels this is the car that can take him to victory lane and how close he is to having it ready to race. 
 
Cory Reed updated us on how Fulton & Brewerton look now and how the mall show was going. He told how he felt about the scheduled openers, how the changes for 2014 have been received and the feedback he got from the folks at Great Northern Mall. 
 
Joe August Jr. toured the mall with his family and talked about his 15 race season back in 2013. He told me why he will stay close to home this year, reacted to a tire change for this season and how tough it is to make the show when the Super DIRTcar Series comes to town. 

 
Saturday, April 5th 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Matt Fink talks about the work he has to do to finish his Modified and his unsure plans for 2014.
Jenna David tells me about her move to a 358 Modified and how much faster the car is than before.
 
I only had a small window of time on Friday to get some interviews done and I was fortunate enough to get a pair of them done for you. I hope you enjoy them both and I hope to see some of you today at the Great Northern Mall in Clay, New York as we have the final mall show of the season here in Central New York.
 
I’ll get there today after lunch time and will be taking photos and chatting with any of the drivers who are there with their cars. And if you want to chat with me, just send me a message on facebook, at doug@dougsdirtdiary.com or flag me down when you see me.
 
And we will be doing some shopping as well as my oldest needs some bombing around sneakers and I need a few things at Dick’s Sporting Goods. And the garden bar is calling me at Ruby Tuesday’s also so we will be there for a while for sure.
 
Again, a big thanks goes out to both Matt and Jenna for making time for me. Matt took a timeout at work and Jenna ducked out of the library to talk so thanks a lot guys. I only had about an hour and a half to get interviews done and because of them you have two interviews to listen to today.
 
Now let’s chat in more detail about those two chats I have for you on the Audio Page. I begin with a driver who is not surprised with how his car looks now. Matt Fink talks about the work he has to do to finish his Modified and his unsure plans for 2014. He told me about the one big thing he hopes to get done this weekend, discussed the pros & cons of running weekly and why running more than once a weekend helps in so many ways.
 
Jenna David tells me about her move to a 358 Modified and how much faster the car is than before. She told me how her one time in a Modified went last year, shared some of the advice she received from her experienced teammate and what her goals are for her rookie season. 

 
Friday, April 4th 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Mike Cooper thinks back on last year’s career ending crash and tells me what he is doing now.
Greg Emerson looks ahead to the start of the season at Canandaigua as he meets fans in Auburn.
 
Well we’re finally caught up on all the little things I had to take care of in a busy but sad week for us. Today I should finally be able to get in the studio and get some new recordings done. And don’t forget that racecars will be inside the Great Northern Mall in Clay all weekend long starting today.
 
I’ll be at the mall tomorrow and will take some photos and chat with some of the drivers who have their cars there. These mall shows are huge as they are our best recruiting tool to bring in new fans. The new fans don’t stumble on racetrack websites and many have no idea what a modified is.
 
I hope you all have fun at the show and for those of you who are hoping to get on the track this weekend we wish you all the best. You know someone will wreck a new racecar this weekend. It is sure to happen. So we wish you some good racing luck as hopefully your 2014 season will get off to a great start or at least an inexpensive one.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for today on the Audio Page. I begin with a driver who ended his 2013 season in spectacular form. Mike Cooper thinks back on last year’s career ending crash and tells me what he is doing now. He told me how helping his son has made the transition easier and tells me who will be driving the car this year. Notice the hesitation in his voice when I ask if he is done…maybe huh? 
 
Greg Emerson looks ahead to the start of the season at Canandaigua as he meets fans in Auburn. He talked about the people he was seeing at the mall and the need to get those fans to the racetrack to see what we are doing. 

 
Thursday, April 3rd 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
David Marcuccilli showed off his Sportsman last weekend and talked about his off season.
Gary Palone gives us on the latest news from Paradise Speedway and how the track looks now.
 
It was another nice day on Wednesday as I got some work done late in the day in the studio and went to get our taxes done. No, I did not wait until the last minute, I still had a few days to go before that. And we did well and what we get back will help us tremendously over the course of the long summer if it ever gets here.
 
We stayed pretty busy on Wednesday although I was behind all day and not able to do all that I had hoped. But today should be a little better and hopefully I’ll get all caught up on everything.
 
A big thanks goes out to everyone who sent messages to me and my wife in emails or on facebook. It meant the world to us. Let’s hope the rest of the year is relatively incident free as the last 7 months or so has not been great by any means.
 
Now let’s talk more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page. I begin with a man who had his car at Fingerlakes Speedworld. David Marcuccilli showed off his Sportsman last weekend and talked about his off season. He told me about getting his twin brother back in the car a few times, ran down his plans for the season and how nice it is to have several big money shows to compete in. 
 
Gary Palone gives us on the latest news from Paradise Speedway and how the track looks now. He talked about how some drainage work helps them keep the track dry, some of the phone calls he receives and a new 4 cylinder truck class he is trying to get going on a weekly basis.

 
     
 
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