Gary Rowe - CPA
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Gary Rowe of M.R. Gaebel, Inc.
Gates-Cole Associates SUNY Canton Automotive Technology program
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Wednesday, August 19th 2015
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Gordy Button explained why he switched to a new chassis and his hopes for his first top ten.
Chad Miller talked about his racing background and how he found a 360 ride for Sunday.
Shane Andrews shares the story of how he got started at Utica Rome as they honored Gene Cole.
Dick Sweet told me what he has been up to lately as he came back to Utica Rome on Sunday.
 
We’re back with more from my weekend here as we reach hump day. I did get in the studio after I had already updated the website so look for studio stuff tomorrow.
 
I am planning on Friday and Sunday races this week and am hoping to make the ESS show Tuesday at I-88 Speedway. I have yet to make it down this year so hopefully this will work out.
 
I am feeling better as my leg and back continue to heal. We may even be able to get out and golf this weekend if I get the okay to do so from my doctor. I am going to continue to rehab both of them this week and hopefully I will be close to 100% and good enough to get out and do something real soon.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page starting with a driver who made a big change. Gordy Button explained why he switched to a new chassis, what he was seeing that made him think he needed a change and his hopes for his first top ten of 2015. 
 
Chad Miller talked about his racing background, how he found a 360 ride for Sunday’s ESS show at Weedsport and what he has planned for the rest of the season. 
 
Shane Andrews shares the story of how he got started at Utica Rome as they honored Gene Cole with a luncheon Sunday as well as at the track later that night. 
 
Dick Sweet told me what he has been up to lately and recalled how he first got into racing as he came back to Utica Rome on Sunday. 

 
Tuesday, August 18th 2015
   New on the Audio Page from Steve Ovens at Turn 5 Live:
 
Cory Costa speaks with Steve Ovens in victory lane after his first Modified win at Black Rock.
Casey Pavlick chatted with Steve Ovens after his Sportsman win at Black Rock to extend his lead.
Gene Balmer got the Street Stock win at Black Rock and told Steve Ovens about win number 2.
Todd Stone won his heat and the IMCA Modified feature and got to speak about it with Steve Ovens.
Jeff Daugherty picked up his 13th win of the season in the Bandit division and spoke with Steve.
James Kreidler took home the win with his Four Cylinder and spoke about his dominating win.
Matt Sheppard spoke with Shane Andrews after picking up a Modified feature win at Canandaigua.
Dave Marcuccilli made it 3 in a row in his Sportsman and spoke about his win with Shane Andrews.
Darryl Ruggles earned the victory in the 305 Sprint Car race and told Shane Andrews about it.
Mike Welch told Shane Andrews about the work they did to get the car to victory lane Saturday.
Eric Chapman is enjoying the best season he ever had and told Shane about his Pure Stock win.
 
New from the studio with me on Monday:
 
Tony Veneziano reports on the Knoxville Nationals which saw over 110 cars go for $150,000.
 
We have a special treat for you today as we highlight some of the work Steve Ovens from Turn 5 Live has been doing lately. We have 11 winners on the site today as we have stuff from both Black Rock and Canandaigua thanks to Steve.
 
And don’t miss Steve tonight as he has his live show on tonight at 7:30 p.m. He is doing a great job promoting our sport so be sure to join him tonight and look for more from me tomorrow. Go to www.performancemotorsportsnetwork.com and click on Listen Live. He’ll have a report on the Knoxville Nationals from Jacob Seelman and a chat with Modified racer Cory Costa who is coming off a win at Black Rock and a runner up finish at Woodhull.
 
I got a lot done here as I wrote up a new column for the Syracuse Post Standard and I will be in the studio today getting to chat with some people about their weekend and more. Plus I was able to get a report on the Knoxville Nationals from former WoO P.R. Director Tony Veneziano. So sit back and get comfortable.
 
But for now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page thanks to our good friend. Cory Costa speaks with Steve Ovens in victory lane after his first career Modified win at Black Rock just a few days after qualifying for a big race at Woodhull. 
 
Casey Pavlick chatted with Steve Ovens after his Sportsman win at Black Rock to extend his lead and spoke about his race up front with Stacy Jackson. 
 
Gene Balmer got the Street Stock win at Black Rock and told Steve Ovens about his second win of the season after some tough luck finishing of late.
 
Todd Stone won his heat and the IMCA Modified feature for a sweep on the night and told Steve Ovens about a big break he got at the end of the race. 
 
Jeff Daugherty picked up his 13th win of the season in the Bandit division and spoke with Steve Ovens and explained how a restart helped him get the lead. 
 
James Kreidler took home the win with his Four Cylinder at Black Rock and spoke with Steve Ovens about his dominating feature win.  
 
Matt Sheppard spoke with Shane Andrews after picking up a Modified feature win at Canandaigua and explained how a $3 part sidelined him the week before. 
 
Dave Marcuccilli made it three in a row in his Sportsman and two in a row at Canandaigua and spoke about his win with Shane Andrews
 
Darryl Ruggles earned the victory in the 305 Sprint Car race and told Shane Andrews about it as well as who helped him go through the car during the week. 
 
Mike Welch told Shane Andrews about the work they did to get his Street Stock to victory lane Saturday as well as how he has been doing on Sundays.
 
Eric Chapman is enjoying the best season he ever had and told Shane Andrews about his 9th Pure Stock win at Canandaigua Motorsports Park. 
 
Tony Veneziano reports on the Knoxville Nationals which saw over 110 cars go for $150,000 and looks ahead to the next races on the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series. 
 
Monday, August 17th 2015
   New on the Audio Page from the Weedsport Speedway:
 
Pre race conversations:
 
Doug Emery explained why he was going to drive his own Sprint Car instead of a hired gun.
Dave Marcuccilli talked about his three race win streak that began less than a week ago in Weedsport.
 
After the heat races:
 
Jason Barney spoke about his win, what he was doing to the car and how to keep tires from growing.
Cory Sparks survived some early cautions to win his heat race and told me how good his car was.
Doug Emery told me about his heat win as well as how getting the outside on a restart helped.
Dave Marccuccilli explained how he won the first Sportsman heat and the good draw he had.
Rob Humphries won the second Sportsman heat and talked about how he missed the draw for later.
 
After the feature and the A-Main:
 
James Michael Friesen made a late pass to win the Sportsman race and spoke with Joe Marotta.
Jason Barney made a last lap pass to win the  A-Main and got to talk about it with Shane Andrews.
Sam Reakes IV finished second without a nose wing and talked about his run with Shane Andrews.
Steve Poirier talked about his third place as well as how they picked up 16 spots in the A-Main.
Bryan Howland told me why they had to pit early on and how he worked his way back up to fourth.
Cory Sparks walked me through his 5th place finish and talked about how tired he would be.
Mike Stelter described how he was doing after his flip and how little damage was done to the car.
Parker Evans stood his car up in a unique flip and told me how the safety crew got him out.
 
It was a long day and a hot one for Allie and me as we started out with the luncheon honoring Gene Cole in Vernon and finished out with a night time show at Weedsport Speedway.
 
I got to see a lot of friends in Vernon including former flagger, official and racecar driver Dick Sweet. I had not seen or spoken to Dick in years and it was great to catch up with one of my first friends in racing. I’ll have his chat and all the other interviews I did from early in the day up this week.
 
It was great to hear all the Gene Cole stories and everyone seemed to imitate him in their stories and the voices used were eerily similar. Seriously though it was a great time and I was honored not just to be there but also to get to speak to the gathering. Thanks guys!
 
From there we headed down the dreaded NYS Thruway where it seems all the bad drivers end up or at least they did on Sunday. We for a lot done in Weedsport but ran out of gas in the middle of the day. So we paused for ice cream and some cold drinks before the heat races.
 
There was a nice field of 34 Empire Super Sprints and just under 30 Sportsman. The track had a lot of bite early and the racing was fun to watch. I have the heat winners and lots of post race stuff from after the long ESS A-Main which took well over an hour due to cautions, red flags, flips and such.
 
Hey, you get these nights every now and then and last night was just an example of what happens sometimes in this crazy game. I’ll have more up during the week for you guys and I hope to be back in the studio a few times this week. We still have a lot to do here to get ready to show our house but not as much as one week ago so send me your requests and I’ll do my best to get them done.

 
Sunday, August 16th 2015
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Jason Barney explained why he was a little disappointed about Friday’s rainout at Brewerton.
Paul Kinney told me what he would do with his two days off and wonders what to do at Weedsport.
Tim Axton just got his newer Sprint Car back together and looked ahead to racing close to home.
 
We have a busy day on tap today as Allie and I will be on the road early for a luncheon honoring Gene Cole and then we’ll head back west to check out the Sprint Cars in Weedsport. Allie has never seen them at Weedsport and as a matter of fact she has never even been there so we are both ready for what should be a real fun day.
 
I hope all of you have been enjoying a great weekend so far and for those of you who did well, send me a message either on Facebook or to doug@dougsdirtdiary.com and we’ll get you this week as we will be back in the studio hard early this week.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page starting with the final interviews I did on Friday at Brewerton after the show was cancelled. Jason Barney explained why he was a little disappointed about Friday’s rainout at Brewerton, how many friends & family were coming and looks ahead to a big day on Sunday at Weedsport with another of his sponsors on hand. 
 
Paul Kinney told me what he would do with his two days off and wonders what to do at Weedsport as he has never raced there before. Yeah, he could have found out some on Friday is they raced. 
 
Tim Axton just got his newer Sprint Car back together, explained why he was really hoping to race on Friday and looked ahead to racing close to home in Weedsport on Sunday. 

 
Saturday, August 15th 2015
   New on the Audio Page from before the rain at Brewerton Speedway:
 
Bryan Howland reacts to the rain out and talks about why he was not so disappointed about it.
Jim Bogett tells me how he took over the point lead on the Mod Lite division after a victory.
Tyler Graves explained why he has been out of the seat for a while and when he will be back.
 
Well we did get to the track last night and got there nice and early so I could get some interviews prior to the weather moving in. When I got there a little after 4 p.m. the teams had yet to unload and were waiting it out.
 
Dane Keller came around just after 5 p.m. to let us know they had pulled the plug and nobody was surprised. Sure, they wanted to race but at this time of the year nobody is looking for a drawn out night where the track needs to be run in perhaps multiple times.
 
Fortunately I did get some stuff done and today I will be back here at the house working on getting it ready to show perhaps as early as next week. But we plan on a busy day7 on Sunday and we have some more from Friday that we can run for tomorrow.
 
But before all that let’s chat more about what we have for you to listen to today on the Audio Page starting with a two time winner in 2015. Bryan Howland reacts to the rain out and talks about why he was not so disappointed about it while looking forward to some boating on Saturday and Weedsport on Sunday. 
 
Jim Bogett tells me how he took over the point lead on the Mod Lite division after a victory the week before and looks ahead to breaking in a new car real soon. 
 
Tyler Graves explained why he has been out of the seat for a while, how he found a ride for Friday night at Brewerton and when he will be back with his own car. 

 
Friday, August 14th 2015
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Jimmy Phelps previews Sunday’s ESS show in Weedsport and talks about his win at Albany Saratoga.
Jeff Blackburn evaluates how he is doing as a first year rookie in a powerful big block Modified.
Steve Gray spoke about his GRIT Series win at Black Rock and how he worked his way up front.
 
We’re ready for the weekend and I am ready for two Sprint Car shows. I’ll be in Brewerton tonight for the ESS show and then Allie and I will head to Weedsport on Sunday to do it all over again.
 
It is a great time to be a race fan as there are great point’s battles taking place all over the racing world and in our own backyard. It’s going to be a great weekend and I hope to see you at the track real soon.
 
Now let’s talk more about what we have on the Audio Page for today starting with the winner of Brett Hearn’s Big Show VII. Jimmy Phelps previews Sunday’s ESS show in Weedsport which includes their annual Hall of Fame induction ceremony and talks about his Super DIRTcar Series win at Albany Saratoga on Wednesday. 
 
Jeff Blackburn evaluates how he is doing as a first year rookie in a powerful big block Modified and talked about where he feels most comfortable on the track. 
 
Steve Gray spoke about his GRIT Series win at Black Rock and how he worked his way up front with a nice move in traffic. 

 
Thursday, August 13th 2015
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Vinnie Vitale explained how a crash into the frontstretch wall in Weedsport cost him a chassis.
Dave Marcuccilli talked about looking forward to going back to the track he first got started at.
Chuck Powelczyk is going for his 12th championship at Brewerton and talked about a health scare.
 
It was a rough day for me on Wednesday as I wrecked my back on Tuesday. I started to feel it acting up late Tuesday night and all I did yesterday was apply cold and hot treatments while doing the stretches I need to do to get better.
 
I better get better fast as we are tackling the basement here at the house today as we get it ready to be shown to potential buyers. It will be a long day but I will get through it and we do have the dumpster until Monday as we should be able to get everything done.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page starting with a driver who just lost a car in a wreck that did not initially look that bad. Vinnie Vitale explained how a crash into the frontstretch wall in Weedsport cost him a chassis, how he felt it happened and how they had to rush to get another car ready for Friday. 
 
Dave Marcuccilli talked about looking forward to going back to the track he first got started at and explained why he likes Weedsport so much. 
 
Chuck Powelczyk is going for his 12th championship at Brewerton and talked about a mid season rule change that was rescinded as well as a recent health scare he had. 

 
     
 
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