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Tuesday, March 11th 2014
   New on the Audio Page from Motorsports Expo:
 
Vinnie Vitale will be back in a Modified exclusively this year and told me why he made the change.
Rick Miller showed off his crate Late Model and talked about his eight win season in the car.
Dan Wiesner explained why he is taking a year off from racing and what he hopes to do in 2015.
Darryl Ruggles had his 305 Sprint Car at the show and told me about a fund raiser on March 15th.
Reed Miller manned the Penn Can Speedway booth last weekend and described how things look.
Joe Marotta offered histake on Motorsports Expo 2014 as we watched the cars head out.
 
I had a fun day on Monday as I got digging and did a story on what we do know about Rolling Wheels at this time. You guys can view it online at www.syracuse.com/motorsports or read it in today’s Syracuse Post Standard.
 
On the site today we have more from the weekend and will highlight chats from Motorsports Expo 2014 all week long including Saturday. Then we’ll be off to Rotterdam Square to see some of the cars that will call the Fonda Speedway home in 2014. It is bound to be a real good show at a real nice mall and I hope to see a lot of you there.
 
We will be in the studio every day this week hoping to get even more conversations recorded as we still have 22 left to be divided over the next four days. Yep, let the good times roll.
 
Now let’s chat more about the new clips we have for you on the Audio Page. We begin with a driver who had his big block Modified in the Canandaigua booth. Vinnie Vitale will be back in a Modified exclusively this year and told me why he made the change. He talked about his hopes to run more races on the Super DIRTcar Series and how tough it was to race two totally different racecars last season. 
 
Rick Miller showed off his crate Late Model and talked about his eight win season in the car. He told me how much work there is to be done to the car and how the last race of the year caused them to make to make some much needed repairs. 
 
Dan Wiesner explained why he is taking a year off from racing and what he hopes to do in 2015. He spoke about some changes in his life away from the racetrack and how fortunate he is to have a lot of good people around him. 
 
Darryl Ruggles had his 305 Sprint Car at the show and told me about a fund raiser on March 15th. He also talked about a new graphics business they took on and his hopes to eventually move up to a 360. 
 
Reed Miller manned the Penn Can Speedway booth last weekend and described how things look. He told me about the season opener on April 18th and the one thing he saw last year that he had never seen before. 
 
Joe Marotta offered histake on Motorsports Expo 2014 as we watched the cars head out. He talked about the people he spoke with, how well attended the show was and how optimistic he is about the coming season. 

 
Monday, March 10th 2014
   New on the Audio Page from Motorsports Expo:
 
Chuck Hebing remembered his one win season in 2013 and talked about a shift in priorities.
Roy Sova reminded fans about the few available rides left in the 2 seat super before the feature.
Kenny Bell showed off his IMCA Modified and explained how it is different than last year.
Eldon Payne Jr. had his small block at the show and wondered if he might have to switch motors.
Kelly Hebing speaks with Allie Elkins about her 2013 season and her big goal for this year.
Joe Patrick recaps the weekend at Motorsports Expo and tells me how well everything went.
 
I had another great day as I headed to the New York State Fairgrounds for the final day of Motorsports 2014. It was another real nice turnout on Sunday and the show may have set a new record for the final day. We’ll find out officially about that real soon.
 
I did another 17 interviews and put 6 of those up today. That means we have 29 in the can that we’ll release over the next 5 days and that will carry us through the Fonda Speedway car show taking place this weekend inside Rotterdam Square.
 
Yes, it will be a busy week here as we get closer to the start of the 2014 season. Andrew Harpell will be checking in with us to let us know how things look for this weekend’s ROC shows at Selinsgrove. Last word he received was all positive so let’s keep our fingers crossed for this one.
 
I hope you enjoy all we did this weekend and we look forward to renewing our commitment this year to racing and this website. I should be freed up on more occasions that last year so I hope this is a great year for all of us.
 
And there should be a press conference this week with some news about a local track and as soon as I have things officially confirmed, we’ll talk about it. I’ll keep you posted on this.
 
Now let’s chat about what we have for you to listen to on the Audio Page for today. I start with a driver who is coming off of a tough season. Chuck Hebing remembered his one win season in 2013 and talked about a shift in priorities for the 2014 racing season. He had a brand new car at the show in Syracuse. 
 
Roy Sova reminded fans about the few available rides left in the 2 seat super before the feature. Don’t waste time on this one guys as I hear this is a wonderful experience. 
 
Kenny Bell showed off his IMCA Modified and explained how it is different than last year. Yep, there may be a little bit of a learning curve here but he surely has what he needs.
 
Eldon Payne Jr. had his small block at the show and wondered if he might have to switch motors. I don’t know about this guys…should I try the 358 at Canandaigua? Eldon says, “yes.” 
 
Kelly Hebing speaks with Allie Elkins about her 2013 season and her big goal for this year. Kelly also received a nice award for her car right after this was done…congrats! 
 
Joe Patrick recaps the weekend at Motorsports Expo and tells me how well everything went. Yes, it was quite a show and I was happy to help tell the stories. 

 
Sunday, March 9th 2014
   New on the Audio Page from Motorsports Expo:
 
Paul Kinney showed off his Sprint Car in the ESS booth and talked about his runner up finish.
A.J. Kingsley looked good at the show and talked about his Late Model plans for the coming season.
Jeff Hoetzler remembered his season and told me about the great deals on race apparel at the show.
Leon Andrus recalled Southern Tier Speedworld last weekend and talked about new Saturday home.
Mike Bowman had his # 16 Modified at the show and explained how much has changed back home.
Joe Patrick thanked everyone for coming out on Saturday and previewed the final day today.
 
I had a great time on Saturday as I headed out to the New York State Fairgrounds for day one of Motorsports Expo 2014. It was hopping when I got there and it stayed busy until dinner time. There were so many beautiful racecars on display and it had you feeling a little sad that these cars that have been massaged, polished and worried about for months now will soon be out there and have the living crap beat out of them. No wait, actually that is the coolest part.
 
It was great to catch up on everything, see what is happening and one potential change that if it is announced officially, could be the very, very big! More on that later.
 
I talked to alot of folks and recorded 24 new interviews. I put up 6 of those today and will add more today as I hope to get there at about 1 PM or so. Look for me and I’ll get you on the site and if you have a request or two send me an email and I’ll do my best to get it in.
 
The show runs from 11-4 today so get there early and stay late as there are always a motor or two that will fire as they make their way from the building to the trailer. I did also take some photos but will hold on to those until later today after I finish my work on the audio side.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page today. I start with my first interview of the day. Paul Kinney showed off his Sprint Car in the ESS booth and talked about his runner up finish on the series. Go today and see his car as well as many more at the New York State Fairgrounds. 
 
A.J. Kingsley looked good at the show and talked about his Late Model plans for the coming season. Congratulations A.J. on losing the weight, you looked great! 
 
Jeff Hoetzler remembered his 4 win season and told me about the great deals on race apparel. He reminded racers to stop by the Behrents booth today to get yourself suited up for 2014.
 
Leon Andrus recalled Southern Tier Speedworld last weekend and talked about new Saturday home. Sounds like it could be a great year at Thunder Mountain.
 
Mike Bowman had his # 16 Modified at the show and explained how much has changed back home with his new neighbor and new race shop. Nice! 
 
Joe Patrick thanked everyone for coming out on Saturday and previewed the final day today. Yeah, the Center of Progress Building was hopping during the afternoon! 

 
Saturday, March 8th 2014
   New on the Audio Page from Motorsports Expo 2014 set up:
 
Megan Allen told me about her three top ten finishes with her 600 Micro Sprint at East Bay.
Dane Keller Jr. had his IMCA Modified at the show and talked about a big change for 2014.
Andrew Harpell talked about Five Mile Point Speedway and looked ahead to Selinsgrove.
Mike Martin showed off his Sportsman and explained why we have not seen him in it too much.
Mel Thomas ran down some of what they have for sale in the Thomas Racing Videos booth.
Joe Patrick tells me how set up has gone so far and runs down some of today’s show activities.
 
Motorsports Expo 2014 starts today at the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse inside the Center of Progress Building. There will be a ton of racecars in the building and racecar drivers everywhere you look. If you want to get a head start on the new season, your first stop should be at this event. I hope to see you there.
 
I have five interviews from the set up on Friday for you to listen to and I’ll be there sometime this afternoon to get more. I’ll be there both days and looking to chat with as many racers and race people as possible. And racers, if you have not been interviewed by me yet, please wave me over and we’ll chat.
 
Now let’s talk more about the new stuff we have for you on the Audio Page. I begin with a young lady who has already gotten her season off to a nice start. Megan Allen told me about her three top ten finishes with her 600 Micro Sprint at East Bay. She also talked about her plans for 2014 and her hopes to travel down to Pennsylvania. Look for her 12 car at the show this weekend. 
 
Dane Keller Jr. had his IMCA Modified at the show and talked about a big change for 2014. He told me why he went with the flat back look and some of what he learned last season. Look for his 22 car as soon as you walk through the door. 
 
Andrew Harpell talked about Five Mile Point Speedway and looked ahead to the ROC opener at Selinsgrove next weekend. He also talked about some special deals he has for this weekend and encourages drivers & fans to sop by the booth this weekend. 
 
Mike Martin showed off his Sportsman and explained why we have not seen him in it too much. He told me how busy he has been working with his son and wonders if he might get back to a schedule similar to what he ran in his stock cars days. See his number 99 in the show this weekend. 
 
Mel Thomas ran down some of what they have for sale in the Thomas Racing Videos booth. Make sure to get the new Smash n’ Crash video and take advantage of the great deals they have on last year’s races. They are in the back right corner in the last row. 
 
Joe Patrick tells me how set up has gone so far and runs down some of today’s show activities. There are a lot of driver autograph sessions on tap this afternoon so be sure to get there early. For ½ price ticket locations go to www.gaternews.com.  

 
Friday, March 7th 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Joe Gosek talked about his runner up finish at Oswego last year and a handling issue he needs to fix.
Craig Hanson spoke about his five win season in 2014 as well as the big day happening next week.
 
I enjoyed a nice day off on Thursday and today Allie and I will be heading over to the set up for Motorsports Expo 2014 inside the Center of Progress Building at the New York State Fairgrounds. I am so excited about getting back together with everyone and I can’t wait for tomorrow. Hope to see you all here for that.
 
I will also try to put up some photos today for you guys to view but I need you guys to let me know if you see any issues. We had to stop doing them for a while to save money and we hope that some of the issues we had in the past don’t pop up again. You can let me know of anything you see with an email to doug@dougsdirtdiary.com.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page for today. I begin with a veteran driver who has a lot of work ahead of him. Joe Gosek talked about his runner up finish at Oswego last year and a handling issue he needs to fix. He explained what areas he felt he has to work on to make the car better, how much work he still has left to do and the research he is doing now to try to fix the problem. 
 
Craig Hanson spoke about his five win season in 2013 as well as the big day happening next week. He told me about a handling issue they figured out in Five Mile Point, the new car he’ll show off next weekend in Rotterdam and how he did at each of his weekly homes last year. 

 
Thursday, March 6th 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Neal Williams talks about New Egypt’s cancellation for Saturday and wonders about snowfall.
Cory Reed talks about Brewerton & Fulton Speedway and their presence at Motorsports Expo. 
 
I had a good day on Wednesday as I did two days worth of work so I could take a day off today. Things get busy tomorrow and through the weekend as Motorsports Expo 2014 sets up on Friday and runs both Saturday and Sunday.
 
This is going to be a great weekend as it is so much to fun to see everyone after what seems like the longest off season we have ever had. With all the snow and all, the start of the season can seem like it is so far away when in reality it is not that far off according to the calendar on my wall.
 
I’ll be at the set up on Friday to get a few interviews and take a few photos to see how well we react to that. We have started working on a new photo script so if we can’t get what we have now to work better and run more efficiently, we’ll just re-do it and start from scratch.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page. I begin with a man who was hoping to race this weekend. Neal Williams talks about New Egypt’s cancellation for Saturday and wonders about snowfall and it’s affects on potential openings. He talked about the off season work he has done to his Modified program, how his indoor racing went and how popular New Jersey is for a backdrop for TV. 
 
Cory Reed talks about Brewerton & Fulton Speedway and their presence at Motorsports Expo. He told me what he saw went he went to Brewerton on Wednesday, how the changes at the track have been received and what his goals are for this weekend. 

 
Wednesday, March 5th 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Kevin Bates looks over his options for 2014 and compares running weekly to traveling only.
Jon Rohacevich told me about a car he is selling and how he upgraded his program for 2014.
 
Boy was it cold yesterday morning or what? Single digits are tough especially when you’ve pretty much had enough of winter like most of you have. And you have to wonder if all this snow could delay the start of the season here in the northeast. I wonder…
 
I explored that in an interview you’ll get tomorrow with Neal Williams as he was supposed to race this weekend in New Egypt. Plus I’ll be back in the studio again today hoping to get three more interviews done.
 
Of course this is a big weekend here in our area as Motorsports Expo 2014 runs this Saturday and Sunday at the New York State Fairgrounds. Lots of questions will be answered this weekend as the community comes together at one of my favorite events. I hope to see you guys there!
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page. I begin with a man who has some thinking to do before he heads out for his first race. Kevin Bates looks over his options for 2014 and compares running weekly to traveling only. He went over the pros & cons of each scenario, explained why he does not have much work to do in the shop and why he scaled back a bit on his efforts last season. Good stuff in here guys!!! 
 
Jon Rohacevich told me about a car he is selling and how he upgraded his program for 2014. He explained why the car he is selling would be a perfect crate car, shared some advice he got from a big name driver and compared racing Late Models to the IMCA Modified he first started with. 

 
     
 
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