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Saturday, January 18th 2014
   It was a tough day for the Elkins family as I lost my mom yesterday. Both dad and I were at her side and she did not suffer as they made her as comfortable as possible.
 
It’s hard to believe she is gone after having her around my whole life. She was a wonderful mother who loved her kids and marveled at watching her grandkids grow up. She helped my dad get through college and without her help and guidance he would not have been the successful man he was.
 
As for me, she taught me about determination and hard work. She always encouraged me to do my best and without her I would never have had the confidence to do the things I do now.
 
I will miss her greatly and will treasure the memories I have of her. I’ll let you know about the arrangements when they happen if there are any of you who would like to pay your respects. We’ll be taking some time to grieve on the site but I’ll keep you posted every day as to how we are doing.
 
Rest in peace mom and enjoy your life in heaven!

 
Friday, January 17th 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Richie Pratt Jr. gets ready for some indoor races in a Midget and talks about his hopes for a title.
Carmen Vona Jr. talks about his return to IMCA Modified racing after retiring for three years.
 
Back today with a couple of drivers who will be doing something different. For Richie Pratt, he will be in just his second indoor Midget race next weekend and he’ll tell you how last year went at Atlantic City and what he learned about racing these super quick racecars.
 
Plus another driver is coming back after some time off and Carmen Vona Jr. will tell you about his hopes as he gets back into the highly competitive world of IMCA Modified racing.
 
We’ll be back in the studio today after a day off on Friday and we’ll be looking to get in some more of your requests. I am chopping away at the list and hope to do a few from it today.
 
And don’t forget the Chili Bowl is tomorrow and it is available on pay per view on Mav TV. Former Wind Tunnel host Dave Despain will talk you through the action from Tulsa.
 
Richie Pratt Jr. gets ready for some indoor races in a Midget and talks about his hopes for a title at Bridgeport after three years finishing in the runner up spot. He told me how he did in Atlantic City last year, described how aggressive you gave to be to pick up spots and tells us about the new addition they welcomed to their family last Friday. 
 
Carmen Vona Jr. talks about his return to IMCA Modified racing after retiring for three years. He explained why he had to take some time off from the sport, why now feels like the right time to get back in and how happy he is to be paired with championship driver Chris Fleming. 

 
Thursday, January 16th 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Tommy Sears described the work he was doing at his shop and ran down his tentative plans.
Jim Housworth talked about his four win season at New Egypt and a change in weekly venues.
 
If all went well I have been enjoying a day off today and hopefully will be bowling well later tonight at league night. It’s been an up & down season so far as I bowl well when my knees feel well and not so well when they don’t. Darn it. I should’ve done what the doctors told me all those years ago.
 
As you can see we’re back with a pair of winning drivers from last year. Both are very experienced and each is adding something new or different to their plans for this year. You’ll have to listen though to find out what.
 
And we’ll be back on Friday with more and more of your requests as well as we are getting some in on a regular basis of late. So don’t miss your chance. If I have not gotten to your favorite driver yet, just send me a message and I’ll do my best to get to them.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page. I begin with a man who is busy getting ready for 2014. Tommy Sears described the work he was doing at his shop and ran down his tentative plans. He told me about the new chassis he picked up towards the end of the 2013 season, how consistent he was at the Fulton Speedway and how much he is looking forward to a return to Weedsport. 
 
Jim Housworth talked about his four win season at New Egypt and a change in weekly venues. He told me why he is switching to Grandview Speedway, how much he liked visiting some new racetracks last season and what he has been working on at his race shop. 

 
Wednesday, January 15th 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Ricky Elliott talks about his 19 win season in a Late Model and why he stays close to home.
Matt Roberts tells me how his graphics business is doing and his move to a Street Stock for 2014.
 
I got a lot done on Tuesday as I recorded four interviews along the way on a busy, busy day. In addition to what we have today, we also have chats in the can from Tommy Sears, Jim Housworth and Dave Rogers.
 
We’ll be back in today before our usual day off on Thursday so be sure to keep coming back and keep those requests coming to doug@dougsdirtdiary.com and we’ll do our best to get you the drivers you want to hear from.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you to listen to on the Audio Page. I begin with a driver who won more than half the time he suited up last year. Ricky Elliott talks about his 19 win season in a Late Model and why he stays close to home these days. He explained where he feels he is better now as a driver than earlier in his career, how he reacts to boos from the crowd and why he likes the Late Model division so much. 
 
Matt Roberts tells me how his graphics business is doing and his move to a Street Stock for 2014. He explained why he had to sell his IMCA Modified, how this new deal came about and what his goals are for this new venture. If you need graphics, call Matt at 607-725-1423. 

 
Tuesday, January 14th 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Joey Colsten talks about his 2014 season and why he likes to get ahead on work in the off season.
Joe Marotta describes some recent health issues and how much better he is feeling as of right now.
 
It was another balmy day on Monday as we get a little break from the weather here in Central New York. It was nice to go out without freezing your butts off and it sounds like we have a few more days of this before it is over. 
 
Racing begins tonight at The Chili Bowl and will continue through this Saturday. Some of the biggest names in both dirt and asphalt racing are there. I’m wishing all the drivers there the best as they try to make into one of if not the toughest race to qualify for. 
 
I have a column in the Syracuse Post Standard voicing what I feel NASCAR could do to make their product a little better. Get your copy today or read it online at www.syracuse.com/motorsports.  
 
Now let’s chat about what we have for you guys to listen to today on the Audio Page. I begin with a driver who has his race shop looking pretty good these days. Joey Colsten talks about his 2013 season and why he likes to get ahead on work in the off season. He told me what they are waiting on at this point, why he likes twin 20’s for traveling drivers and runs down his race plans for the upcoming year. 
 
Joe Marotta describes some recent health issues and how much better he is feeling as of right now. He told me about the two procedures he has had in the last two months, remembers his first job in racing and how he got hooked up with Glenn Donnelly.

 
Monday, January 13th 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Adam MacGeorge recapped his 2014 season that saw him pick up his first Modified feature win.
Shawn Burke talked about changes to the ARDC for 2014 and why the changes were necessary. 
 
I got a lot done on Sunday as I got busy in the studio. I recorded four new interviews and put half of those up for today. The other two will air tomorrow.
 
The 2014 season is already underway as the Chili Bowl has a practice tonight and the stock cars have been turning laps at Daytona getting ready for SpeedWeeks. And it sounds like NASCAR should have an announcement out any day on some tweaks they are making to their point system that in my opinion encourages teams to ride around instead of going for the win. Let’s hope it awards the winning driver as it should instead of just one point ahead of second…but that is just me. 
 
Today I am writing up a column on the six things I think NASCAR should do to increase viewership. And as I learned in my Season in Review, no racer in our area watches every lap so the first thing is to shorten the races which I don’t think NASCAR will ever do.
 
I’d like to know what you think. Send me your thoughts at doug@dougsdirtdiary.com and maybe you can influence the column.
 
Now let’s chat about what we have for you today on the Audio Page. I begin with a man who learned a lot last year in the super competitive Modified division. Adam MacGeorge recapped his 2014 season that saw him pick up his first Modified feature win. He told me how some set up advice from a fellow racer helped get rid of a nasty tight condition, how strong he was after that change and welcomes a new teammate in the crate division for this coming year. 
 
Shawn Burke talked about changes to the ARDC for 2014 and why the changes were necessary. He told me how the changes have been received by the teams, where the teams will race this season and what his big picture goal is for the group. 
 

 
Sunday, January 12th 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Rocky Warner recapped his 2013 season which saw him win in both Sportsman and Modified.
Chris Fleming is coming off his best season and talked about the work he was doing on Saturday.
 
It was a warm day on Saturday as temperatures in the 50’s got rid of a lot of the snow from the past week or so. I am hoping that all of you are alright as sometimes these thaws can lead to some regional flooding.
 
We have two new interviews up today as I only had a short window of time on Saturday to get some work done. I will be in the studio a good part of today and hoping to get a lot done so if you are around, call me or message me and we’ll chat.
 
In between of course we’ll be watching some playoff football and hoping for some good competitive games today in between recordings. And we are always looking for good stories for the Syracuse Post Standard so if you think you have one, message me at doug@dougsdirtdiary.com.
 
Now let’s chat more about what is new for today on the Audio Page for you to listen to. Rocky Warner recapped his 2013 season which saw him win in both Sportsman and Modified. He told me about running a big block at Glen Ridge, his tough streak in the middle of the season and what he learned from what happened after his race at Syracuse. 
 
Chris Fleming is coming off his best IMCA Modified season ever and talked about the work he was doing on Saturday. He told me about his hopes to update his equipment, how nice it was to win the Eastern Regional Championship and how his team will grow by one driver in 2014. 

 
     
 
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