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Gary Rowe of M.R. Gaebel, Inc.
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Saturday, January 17th 2015
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Mike Jackson talks about his new job as promoter at Black Rock and what he hopes to accomplish.
Mike Mallett updates us on some Sprint Car news and recaps his recent trip to see racing in Arizona.
 
A coupe of Mikes are on the page today as we find out about a big change at the Black Rock Speedway and get an update on some early season Sprint Car races in the southwest.
 
It will be a fun day but a tough one as well as I will try to stay busy and keep my mind occupied. It has been one year to the day that we lost my mom and so today I need to keep my mind on other things so I don’t think about it too much. We miss her still everyday and hope she is in a better place.
 
So to keep me busy I will be at a friend’s house to play some poker and watch the Chili Bowl tonight on Mav TV. They are showing the race live and the people I will be watching it with are Sprint Car folks so I won’t miss a thing and will be able to ask questions if I need to. I am really looking forward to this and it should be a great way for me to enjoy the day and not get sad.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page for today. I start with news on a change in Dundee. Mike Jackson talks about his new job as promoter at Black Rock, the addition of Modifieds to weekly competition what he hopes to accomplish in 2015. 
 
Mike Mallett updates us on some Sprint Car news, recaps his recent trip to see racing in Arizona and looks ahead to some indoor racing in Atlantic City at the end of January. 

 
Friday, January 16th 2015
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Wade Hendrickson talked about his two win season at Bridgeport and the new car he is building.
Dan Harpell tells me about his new job as Promoter at Penn Can and how much he’ll miss Dundee.
 
I have more good stuff for you today as we check in with a driver who is having fun with a new team for him and a new situation for one of the more experienced promoters in our area as he takes on a new challenge for 2015.
 
And tomorrow we’ll be back with the new promoter at Black Rock Speedway to hear what he has in store for this year and Mike Mallett will update is on some early season Sprint Car action.
 
I’ll be back in the studio today and again on Sunday so if you would like to jump on the spread the word on what is going on in your racing world, just send us am email or hit us up on facebook.
 
Now let’s talk in more detail about what we have on the Audio Page for you to listen to today. I start with a veteran racer who HAS driven a Ford lately. Wade Hendrickson talked about his two win season at Bridgeport, how nice it was to give his car owner’s their first feature wins and the new car he is building in his new shop. 
 
Dan Harpell tells me about his new job as Promoter at Penn Can, what his goals are for the next few weeks and how much he’ll miss the new friends he made last year in Dundee. 

 
Thursday, January 15th 2015
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Tommy Collins Jr. talks about his move up to a Modified and how he did in 2 Mod races last year.
Corey Barker answers the 7 questions as he looks back on his 2014 season in a Sportsman.
 
It was a busy Wednesday and another cold one as the kids had another two hour delay for school thanks to the sub zero temperatures. I was able to work around that and still get my work done which in addition to the two new interviews includes a new column for the Syracuse Post Standard where I look ahead to what the Oswego Speedway has on tap for 2015.
 
Two nice interviews are here for you today too including the story of a new driver in the Modified division in the Southern Tier that we know well from the Sportsman ranks. I love to hear the stories of drivers who make the move to Modified and love to watch them improve as they up their game. And it will be fun to see how Tommy does this year.
 
And we had an issue with the Season in Review I did with Corey Barker right before the holidays so I did the end of the interview again. Over all the years I have had my digital recorder it only crapped out twice and Corey’s interview in December was the second one. No worries though as we will be ordering a new one real soon as soon as I figure out what to get.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you to listen to on the Audio Page starting with one of my favorite storylines. Tommy Collins Jr. talks about his move up to a Modified, why now seems like the right time to make the change and how he did in 2 Modified races last year. 
 
Corey Barker answers the 7 questions as he looks back on his 2014 season in a Sportsman. Earlier we had done a Season in Review but had an issue with the end of the recording. 

 
Wednesday, January 14th 2015
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Pete Broderson talks about the new King of Dirt Pro Stock Series and how it could help the class.
Joe Skotnicki runs down some changes in the rules for the DIRTcar Modified and Sportsman.
 
It was a cold one on Tuesday as schools all across the state were delayed to give it some time to warm up. My kids got to stay at the house for an extra two hours which gave me some extra sleep too as my wife was delayed too at her job. Nice!!
 
What wasn’t nice was single digit temperature which makes the racing season seem so far away. But the DIRTcar Nationals are less than a month away in sunny Florida and the next thing you know we’ll be back at our local tracks and old man winter will be sleeping for the summer.
 
To keep you psyched I have a pair of interviews today. One is to talk about what a new series and the return of one we know could mean to the Pro Stock division in New York State. And the second one is in response to some messages I have received asking for more on some rule changes with DIRTcar. I hope you like them.
 
So now let’s go into more detail on the new stuff you can listen to on the Audio Page today. Pete Broderson talks about the new King of Dirt Pro Stock Series, the return of the Super DIRTcar Series to the Capital District and how it could help the class grow. 
 
Joe Skotnicki runs down some changes in the rules for the DIRTcar Modified and Sportsman while looking forward to the DIRTcar Nationals in Florida in February. 

 
Tuesday, January 13th 2015
   New Season in Review interviews on the Audio Page for today:
 
Doug Manmiller talked about his five win season at Grandview and a change for him in 2015.
Lance Willix told me about his small block races up north and how good it felt to win at Syracuse.
 
We have a pair of Season in Reviews up for you today from the studio on Sunday. Both of these drivers have something in common too and the first one of you who can point it out will win a free t-shirt. And no, it is not that they both drive Modifieds. Give it a listen and let me know.
 
I was off on Monday as usual and today, as usual we’ll have another racing article up on www.syracuse.com/motorsports as well as in today’s Syracuse Post Standard. They have made some exciting changes to the Sunday edition as I found out so be sure to grab one at the newsstand or have it delivered to your home.
 
Now let’s chat more about the new stuff we have for you to listen to on the Audio Page as you go through your Tuesday. Doug Manmiller talked about his five win season at Grandview, a change for him in 2015 and looks ahead to a brand new chassis in his sop in the near future. 
 
Lance Willix told me about his small block races up north, how good it felt to win at Syracuse in the non-qualifiers race and why he moved from a big block to a 358.

 
Monday, January 12th 2015
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Joey Colsten talked about his three win season and how gains in set up and driving helped.
Danny Tyler chatted about his season at Accord and the newer car he is working on right now.
 
We are back today with a pair of young Modified racers who each won races this past season. We talk to them about their seasons, how their racecars look right now in the shop and lots more.
 
I was also back in the studio again yesterday and will take today off. But we’ll be back in the studio tomorrow so be sure to send us your requests and we’ll get to them as soon as we can.
 
And don’t forget to send us your thoughts on our redesign as we are getting close to getting that started with hopes of having it ready by the time the local season begins. Go back to last week’s Doug’s Thoughts on the Audio Page to hear what we are thinking now and then send us your thoughts at doug@dougsdirtdiary.com.
 
Now let’s chat about what we have on the Audio Page for you to listen to today. Joey Colsten talked about his three win season and how gains in set up and driving helped him enjoy his best season ever behind the wheel of a Modified. 
 
Danny Tyler chatted about his season at Accord, the newer car he is working on right now and why it was tough for him to drive someone else’s racecar. 

 
Sunday, January 11th 2015
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Danny Varin talks about his 2014 season that saw him race in both Modifieds and Sprint Cars.
Ray Hendershot tells me why he got back into a racecar after almost 40 years out of the seat.
 
We have more good stuff for you today as we get ready for another work week to begin on Monday. I have a Season in Review with a second generation driver and a great story about how cancer motivated Ray Hendershot to get back in a racecar for the first time since the 1970’s.
 
I truly hope I did that interview justice as it is always tough to interview someone in that type of situation. But I must tell you that talking to Ray has lifted my spirits and I hope it does the same for you. And I know we’d all like to think we would be as gracious and motivated as he is if we were in the same situation but I don’t really know. What I do know is that he is a strong man and one that we can all learn from.
 
I’ll be back tomorrow with a pair of young Modified drivers as Danny Tyler and Joey Colsten chat with us about their winning seasons.
 
Now let’s go into more detail on what we have for you today on the Audio Page. I start with a Season in Review. Danny Varin talks about his 2014 season that saw him race in both Modifieds & Sprint Cars as well as the big crash he had at Utica Rome Speedway. 
 
Ray Hendershot tells me why he got back into a racecar after almost 40 years out of the seat, how he has been doing after two seasons back and what his goals are for the 2015 season. Great story here guys!!! 

 
     
 
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