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Gary Rowe of M.R. Gaebel, Inc.
Gates-Cole Associates SUNY Canton Automotive Technology program
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Monday, January 20th 2014
   We had a nice family day on Sunday as my dad’s brother and his wife came up from South Carolina to be with us. It was so great that they made the trip and it was wonderful to spend time, go through old photos and share memories of mom.
 
Today will be tough and Tuesday even tougher I fear. The wake is today at the Maurer Funeral Home in Baldwinsville and it will be nice to see some people and do the same types of things. We get to say goodbye beforehand as we get a viewing at 3 PM and I am still not sure what I want to do.
 
I’m not that sure if I want that to be my last memory but let’s face it, the last memory I have of mom right now is when we left the room after she died so maybe I should try to replace that with another thought. Any advice, send it my way as this is new territory for me.
 
I’ll be back in the studio on Wednesday and will be pouring myself into work and family from here on in. Thanks again to everyone who has messaged me and called. It means the world to me.
 
Thanks again everyone for understanding.

 
Sunday, January 19th 2014
   It was the first full day without Mom on Saturday and Dad and I made arrangements for the calling hours and the funeral. Calling hours will be on Monday from 4-7 PM at Maurer Funeral Home in Baldwinsville, New York at 3451 Rt 31.
 
Out of respect for my Mom, I will leave the site dark until her funeral on Tuesday. I will try to get a few interviews done today and I’ll save those for Wednesday.
 
I appreciate all the kind words in emails and on facebook. They mean a lot to us and my father who up until now thought that 5 or 6 responses was great! Thanks guys.
 
I wish all you the best and encourage you to give hugs to the people you love and to call that person that maybe you had a disagreement with and have been reluctant to get ahold of. Life’s too short so make that call and feel better.

 
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.

 
     
 
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