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Sunday, December 7th 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Tyler Graves recaps his rookie season in a 360 Sprinter and talked about how up & down it was.
Rob Hazer tells me about the new six race Sportsman series he is working on for next season.
 
It was a busy day on Saturday as we did a lot of running around. I did not get into the studio until just before dinner time but I was still able to do some interviews and have a few more set up for today. Plus we’ll be getting to some requests too.
 
If we have not talked to your favorite driver in a while, let me know either with an email to doug@dougsdirtdiary.com or on facebook.
 
Today we meet a young man who had quite a challenge this past season and talk about a new series for Sportsman in the Capital District. And like I said, we’ll be back tomorrow with lots more.
 
Now let’s go into more detail on what we have for you on the Audio Page for today. Tyler Graves recaps his rookie season in a 360 Sprinter and talked about how up & down it was as well as what he feels he needs to work on as a driver and what he learned about these racecars. 
 
Rob Hazer tells me about the new six race Sportsman series he is working on for next season, what tracks he will race at and what the rules will be. For more go to www.speedzoneonline.org.

 
Saturday, December 6th 2014
   New on the Audio Page from the practice for the Indoor Championship:
 
Chad Homan offers up his thoughts as he gets ready for his first ever laps indoors at Syracuse.
Kevin Ward Sr. described the work he did to get the surface ready for the weekend of racing.
Tim Nye just ran his first laps indoors on the coke syrup and told me how he got around the track.
Dylan Swiernik talked about his first session on the track and some of his background at the event.
Johnny Podolak remembered his first kart race indoors last year and talked about why he likes it.
Chad Homan evaluated his first hot lap session and told me what it was like to mix it up out there.
 
I had a fun time as I was indoors at the Center of Progress Building for the night of practice for the Indoor Championships Presented by the Nye Automotive Group. I love the sounds and smells of kart racing and this event is unique in so many ways.
 
Today the real fun begins with qualifying heat races at 11:30 a.m. and feature races at 4 p.m. If you have never been to this event I must encourage you to check it out as these karts are fast and things happen fast on this tiny track made extra tacky by spreading coke syrup on the track and letting it bake.
 
Friday night was all about getting the track run in correctly and getting your kart running well. The set ups the teams found on Friday won’t work today so the morning practice is key. And if you want to learn more about what it took to get the track ready, listen to my Kevin Ward Sr. interview and he’ll explain it for you.
 
To find out more about this event go to www.syracuseindoor.com.
 
Now let’s chat more about the conversations we have for you on the Audio Page from this practice session on Friday. Chad Homan offers up his thoughts as he gets ready for his first ever laps indoors at Syracuse and talks about some changes he had to make to the Kart. 
 
Kevin Ward Sr. described the work he did to get the surface ready for the weekend of racing, how it was looking early on and who was driving his karts. 
 
Tim Nye just ran his first laps indoors on the coke syrup and told me how he got around the track as well as what he has been doing since getting out of racing in 2010. 
 
Dylan Swiernik talked about his first session on the track, some of his background at the event and how he is dealing with the loss he feels inside. 
 
Johnny Podolak remembered his first kart race indoors last year, talked about why he likes it as well as how intense the racing is at Syracuse. 
 
Chad Homan evaluated his first hot lap session and told me what it was like to mix it up out there on the concrete with two other drivers. 

 
Friday, December 5th 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Brian Houseknecht talked about his season at Grandview and how an accident led to an addiction.
Tony Finch II recapped his season in a Sportsman and talked about expanding his program in 2015.
 
I had a good day on Thursday as I continue to recover from a back issue. I’m stretching as I have been advised to do and like I said, I’m getting better every day. Thanks Hulk!
 
We have a pair of Season in Review interviews up for you today that I hope you’ll like including one with someone I have never spoken to before. I hope you give the Brian Houseknecht interview a listen as he is quite frank about an issue he had after a motorcycle accident.
 
It’s a story that is probably more common than any of us know and one that I hope will help any of you who may be dealing with a similar issue. I commend him on his candor especially when talking to someone like me for the first time. But it’s a great story and I hope you like it. Now when you see his #323 on the track at Grandview next season you’ll know what it took for him to get where he is today!
 
Also Tony Finch II, who has quite a story in his past as well, (search my archives) tells us about his season and what he is doing to get ready for next year. And yeah, add his name to the long list of Sportsman drivers who is very happy that Brewerton is running Sportsman next year.
 
Today I’ll be checking out the hot laps as the Indoor Championships begin at the New York State Fairgrounds. Tonight is practice and tomorrow the heats and features take place inside the Center if Progress Building. If you are race starved right now this is going to be exactly what you need. Go back to yesterday and listen to my interview with Rick Martell to find out more
 
But for now, let’s talk more about what we have on the Audio Page with a driver who has quite a story to tell. Brian Houseknecht talked about his season at Grandview, how a trip to a go-cart with dad got him started and how a motorcycle accident led to a pain pill addiction. Real nice interview here!
 
Tony Finch II recapped his season in a Sportsman and talked about expanding his program for 2015 as well as how much he is looking forward to racing weekly at Brewerton. 

 
Thursday, December 4th 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Bobby Varin recaps his 7 win season, his final race of the year and who was his first race hero. 
Rick Martell previews the NYS Indoor Championship taking place this weekend in Syracuse.
 
We were back in the studio on Wednesday and will be back in there today too. I did a nice Season in Review for you and helped preview the big indoor kart race this weekend at the New York State Fairgrounds.
 
I’ll be there on Friday with my kids to check out the practice and maybe hop behind the wheel if I can find a ride. If you are willing to let a novice take your kart out on those early laps, just email me at doug@dougsdirtdiary.com and we’ll chat about it.
 
If you have never seen this event before I highly encourage you to check it out as these karts are amazing at this race. Go to my Jones Cam link off my Video Page to see me attempt to run some laps at this event. It is intense and fast so we hope to see you guys here in Syracuse this weekend. Go to www.syracuseindoor.com for more.
 
But before we chat more about karts, let’s find out more about what is on the Audio Page for you to listen to beginning with a Season in Review chat. Bobby Varin recaps his 7 win season, his final race of the year and who was his first race hero. He tells a few nice stories here about Jack Johnson as well.
 
Rick Martell previews the NYS Indoor Championship taking place this weekend in Syracuse, tells us who is competing and what makes this event so unique. 

 
Wednesday, December 3rd 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Pat Ward recapped his races in Charlotte and how tough it was for him away from the racetrack.
Randy Shantel talked about his season at Utica Rome and his travels with the RoC series.
 
It was a rough day for me on Tuesday as my back was hurting pretty good after a night of bowling on Monday. I thought I had it under control but may have done too much too soon. I did a bunch of treatments and stretches on Tuesday and hope to be doing much better today.
 
I have my final interviews from the banquet and today I’ll be back in the studio and back writing again as we have a story due for Thursday. I’ll power through this and get back to where I was soon and then I’ll get off medication and be able to think a little clearer. Sorry!
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page to listen to today. Pat Ward recapped his races in Charlotte, how he fell behind early on and how tough it was for him away from the racetrack in 2014. 
 
Randy Shantel talked about his season at Utica Rome, his struggles in the middle part of the season and his travels with the RoC Sportsman series.

 
Tuesday, December 2nd 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Andrew Ferguson talked about his move to a big block Modified and what he is doing right now.
Jack Miller finished his season with a crate Sportsman win and wondered if he is coming back.
Mike Mahaney talked about the Accord rain out and his two win season at Utica Rome Speedway.
 
More for you today from the Utica Rome Speedway banquet this past weekend and we still have chats with Pat Ward and Randy Shantel in the can and ready to put up later this week.
 
I’ll be back in the studio this week starting today and am still looking for requests to get those started as we have about three weeks of new content until we do our season in review. Get those requests typed up and send them to doug@dougsdirtdiary.com. I have a few I’ll be getting to this week but I am always looking to give you more of what you want.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you to listen to on the Audio Page. I begin with a driver who made a big decision on what he is doing for next year. 
 
Andrew Ferguson talked about his move to a big block Modified, what he is doing in his race shop right now and who he has been consulting with on what to expect in 2015. 
 
Jack Miller finished his season with a crate Sportsman win, talked about his thoughts on the division and wondered if he is coming back for 2015. 
 
Mike Mahaney talked about the Accord rain out earlier on Saturday, remembered his last race of the season and his two win season at Utica Rome Speedway. 
 

 
Monday, December 1st 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Bill Shea updates meon how his first week went and what issues he is working out right now.
Danny Varin spoke about his season at Utica Rome, remembers a crash and looks ahead to 2015.
Tom Denton explained why his championship car was not at the banquet and what he’s doing.
 
We’re back at the start of another work week and the last month of the year with lots of good stuff from Saturday night’s Utica Rome Speedway banquet. After hurting my back somehow on Friday, I was a little stiff on Saturday night but made it through thanks to some pharmaceuticals that helped ease my pain and allow me to go to this event.
 
I was a little better on Sunday but am iffy coming into bowling tonight. I am hoping I am okay as I am having one of my best years on the lanes since way back in the 1990’s. Let’s hope my back loosens up and I can bowl well for my team.
 
We have an update from Bill Shea on how things are going at Utica Rome as well as a couple of drivers who raced there this past season. We have more from the event coming up tomorrow as well as we’ll get back in the studio.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you to listen to on the Audio Page for today. I start with my final interview of the night. Bill Shea updates meon how his first week went as the new owner of Utica Rome Speedway and what issues he is working out right now. 
 
Danny Varin spoke about his season at Utica Rome, remembers a crash he had that trashed a car & made it on to Smash N’ Crash and looks ahead to 2015. 
 
Tom Denton explained why his championship car was not at the banquet, what he’s doing to it back at the shop and change he is making for the 2015 season.

 
     
 
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