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Saturday, March 14th 2015
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Joe Patrick previewstoday at Motorsports Expo 2015 including a pair of autograph sessions.
Den Reynolds talks about the ESS booth and gives us the final piece of the Speedweek puzzle.
Cory Reed and Bill Shea speak about their speedways and the growth of the Sportsman class.
Gordy Button showed off his 360 Sprint Car and told me what it was that brought him back.
 
I had a fun time on Friday night as I headed over to watch the set up for Motorsports Expo 2015. When I left at 8 o’clock the place was just about full and only a few stragglers were left to fill those spots.
 
As you can see from following the news a lot has been happening behind the scenes and it will be interesting to see what these next few weeks will bring. Stay tuned as you never know what might happen next. But one thing I can say is that the Central New York alliance that was formed with Sportsman in mind is stronger than ever!!!
 
Today the show at the fairgrounds goes from 10-8 tonight and 11-4 on Sunday. As they say, be there or be square and be seen at this event where anybody who is anybody or wants to be somebody in this business is. And that’s the truth in more ways than you’ll know.
 
Now let’s chat more about what is new on the Audio Page from last night’s set up. Joe Patrick previewstoday at Motorsports Expo 2015 including a pair of autograph sessions and the auction to benefit the Spalding Injured Driver’s Fund. 
 
Den Reynolds talks about the ESS booth and gives us the final piece of the Speedweek puzzle that fills in their tba date with one at Canandaigua. 
 
Cory Reed and Bill Shea speak about their speedways and the growth of the crate Sportsman class as well as what it took to bring it back. 
 
Gordy Button showed off his 360 Sprint Car at Motorsports Expo and told me what it was that brought him back to race again this season. 

 
Friday, March 13th 2015
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Rich Vleck explains why he and Mike Emhof have decided to end their affiliation with Rolling Wheels.
Daylon Barr tells me about his efforts to save the moody mile and why it’s important to him.
Gary Tomkins chats with Steve Ovens as he attends the fundraiser for Nick Guererri Racing.
Jim Bogett recaps his Mod Lite races from down in East Bay and talks about the TUSA rules.
Bud Leizear talks about racing his 600 Modified more in 2015 and his hopes to do more traveling.
Tony Veneziano updates us on the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series as they get ready for Tulare.
 
Well we sure do have a lot for you today as we look both locally and nationally. There is a lot going on behind the scenes right now and more will happen and become clear this weekend at Motorsports Expo 2015 inside the Center of Progress Building at the New York State Fairgrounds.
 
Move in day is today from noon till 9 p.m. and we plan on being there to chat with some of the people who will be on hand this weekend. We’ll have audio up from that for tomorrow and audio from the event up in the days to follow. I can’t wait to see everyone and get caught up on what is happening in the local race scene.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have on the Audio Page starting with news from Thursday. Rich Vleck explains why he and Mike Emhof have decided to end their affiliation with Rolling Wheels effective immediately. 
 
Daylon Barr tells me about his efforts to save the moody mile, why it’s important to him and encourages fans to sign a petition at www.savethemoodymile.com or by using the #savethemoodymile. 
 
Gary Tomkins chats with Steve Ovens as he attends the fundraiser for Nick Guererri Racing and fills him in on what he will be doing this coming season. 
 
Jim Bogett recaps his Mod Lite races from down in East Bay and talks about the TUSA rules that were run during those races that will also be the norm here in Central New York. 
 
Bud Leizear talks about racing his 600 Modified more in 2015, his hopes to do more traveling in some big money races and why he likes the division so much. 
 
Tony Veneziano updates us on the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series as they get ready for Thunderbowl Raceway and a 14 race west coast swing. 

 
Thursday, March 12th 2015
   New on the Audio Page from our friend Steve Ovens:
 
Andrew Ferguson updates us on how he is doing as he gets ready to be a rookie in a Modified.
Eric Giguere speaks with Steve Ovens about how he manages his busy schedule and racing.
Frank Guererri talks with Steve Ovens about his plans for the 2015 season and his racing family.
Matt Guererri spoke about his family’s racing benefit and how big the event ended up being.
 
What a beautiful day we had again on Wednesday. We got over 50 degrees and the snow continues to melt at a pace that hopefully will not cause any problems. I spoke with Donna Patrick on the phone yesterday as she and the family get ready for Motorsports Expo 2015 and she tells me there is still a few openings for racecars. If you want to get in, call their office at 315-457-0175.
 
As for me, I got some more work done in the studio and will have that and the rest of Steve Oven’s interviews up for you tomorrow so be sure to come back for that. And we’ll be making a pair of trips to the Center of Progress Building on Friday so we’ll have audio from that up on Saturday.

I spoke with Jack Speno from the DIRT Hall of Fame and they will have several drivers at their autograph session on Saturday including Dutch Hoag, Ron Narducci, Guy "Shorty" Robinson, Frank Doll Sr., Johnny Podolak, Billy Dunn, Jimmy Phelps and Matt Sheppard.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page from Steve Ovens of Turn 5 Live. Andrew Ferguson updates us on how he is doing as he gets ready to be a rookie in a Modified as he attends a benefit for a weekly racer and runs down his background in the sport. 
 
Eric Giguere speaks with Steve Ovens about how he manages his busy schedule and racing and thanks all the people that help maintain the Sportsman during the week. 
 
Frank Guererri talks with Steve Ovens about his plans for the 2015 season and his racing family as well as how these benefits help keep him on the racetrack. 
 
Matt Guererri spoke about his family’s racing benefit and how big the event ended up being and thinks back to how many of these events he has been to over the years. 

 
Wednesday, March 11th 2015
   New on the Audio Page from Steve Ovens and Turn 5 Live:
 
Derrick Podsiadlo chatted with Steve Ovens about his plans to run at two different speedways.  
Matt Sheppard told Steve Ovens about his recent trip down south to Golden Isles and Volusia.
Tyler Siri ran down now things went for him as he headed down south for some early racing.
Kevin Ridley spoke with Steve Ovens about where he is running and the Sportsman division.
Ray Hendershot talked about the work he is doing to get his Sportsman to Motorsports Expo.
Marc Minutolo will be moving up to the Pro/Street division and told Steve Ovens all about it.
 
We’re back with a lot of great stuff from our friend Steve Ovens at Turn 5 Live. He was at the Nick Guererri racing party and sent us lots of great stuff. So much great stuff in fact that we will have more from him tomorrow.
 
So let’s jump into it and talk more about all the great stuff Steve has for you on the Audio Page today starting with three Modified drivers. Derrick Podsiadlo chatted with Steve Ovens about his plans to run at two different speedways and wonders if the start of the season might be delayed.
 
Matt Sheppard told Steve Ovens about his recent trip down south to Golden Isles and Volusia and broke down some of what happened at those races. 
 
Tyler Siri ran down how things went for him as he headed down south for some early racing at both Golden Isles and Volusia Speedways. 
 
Kevin Ridley spoke with Steve Ovens about where he is running and the Sportsman division as well as how many options they have for places to race. 
 
Ray Hendershot talked with Steve Ovens about the work he is doing to get his Sportsman to Motorsports Expo as well as how his cancer therapy is going.  
 
Marc Minutolo will be moving up to the Pro/Street division and told Steve Ovens all about it as well as how excited about the newer car he purchased. 

 
Tuesday, March 10th 2015
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Joe Marotta shares some memories of Syracuse both as a kid in the stands and as an announcer.
 
I wanted to air just one interview today as the subject is so important to us all in the racing community. And later this week I’ll add my own memories as I think back to my first time at the track as well as when I started working in the tower with Glenn Donnelly and Joe Marotta.
 
Of course none of what is planned is carved in stone yet so who knows, maybe we will have many more Super DIRT Weeks at the mile. Do your part and send letters to the County Executive and the New York State Fairgrounds to let them know what you think.
 
And is there a chance the property could be declared a historic site? Just think back at the all the history that is there starting in 1903. Think of all the great racecar drivers, hot just locally but nationally as well who have braved the mile track. Maybe there is something we could do there.
 
We’ll see what the future holds and get a glimpse back at the past with our only interview on the Audio Page today. Joe Marotta shares some memories of Syracuse both as a kid in the stands and as an announcer. He also talks about the drivers, the cars and the reputation the mile has in the racing world.

 
Monday, March 9th 2015
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Mitch Gibbs talks about the new Modified he is building and how close he came to a championship.
Brady Fultz tells me how excited he is to finally be able to run a Modified weekly at Black Rock.
 
We’re back with more good stuff today from a pair of Modified drivers as they get ready for the coming season. And tomorrow we’ll hear some memories from Joe Marotta as we wonder about the future of the mile at Syracuse.
 
That of course will be my Tuesday column and at this weekend’s Motorsports Expo we’ll be asking everyone to share their thoughts as well. If you’d like to weigh in, just drop me a note at doug@dougsdirtdiary.com and we’ll be sure to add your voice to the conversation.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page starting with a veteran driver who is upping his game for 2015. Mitch Gibbs talks about the new Modified he is building, how close he came to a championship at I-88 Speedway and his hopes to hit the Outlaw 200 one more time. 
 
Brady Fultz tells me how excited he is to finally be able to run a Modified weekly at Black Rock and how he is adjusting his plans to be able to do so. 

 
Sunday, March 8th 2015
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Matt Billings tells me how his Modifieds look right now and runs down his plans for 2015.
Rich Vleck previews the coming season with the Patriot Sprint Tour and the Go Nuclear TV shows.
 
We got a lot done yesterday in the studio and will look to do a lot more today as well. It was also nice to see the temperature rise a little and get into the 30’s for a change. Nice.
 
If you want to get in on the action today in the studio just email me at doug@dougsdirtdiary.com or hit me up on facebook. I always take requests seriously and hope to have your favorite driver on soon.
 
And don’t forget that Motorsports Expo will be next weekend inside the Center of Progress Building and we are looking for racers who will have their cars in the show.
 
Also, I am following the story on the grandstand at the NYS Fairgrounds and will have reaction in a column next week. I hope to get a lot of quotes at Motorsports Expo this weekend and am looking for feedback from racers and fans alike.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you to listen to on the Audio Page starting with a man who was on the road a lot last season. Matt Billings tells me how his Modifieds look right now, runs down his plans for 2015 and explains some of what he has learned on the road with the Super DIRTcar Series. 
 
Rich Vleck previews the coming season with the Patriot Sprint Tour and the Go Nuclear TV shows which begin at the end of April at Mohawk International Raceway. 

 
     
 
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