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Tuesday, December 10th 2013
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Dave Allen talks about his 2013 season at Utica Rome & Canandaigua as well as what he learned.
Mark Weaver told me how his comeback season went after 21 years off from the sport of racing.
 
Well once again we dodged the weather and are snow free here in Central New York. The little bit we got Monday morning was gone after an afternoon rain and we now have less snow than a lot of places. See what happened when I got my new snow tires on. I knew this would happen.
 
I got a lot done on Monday and am now ahead by a day. In the can is a chat with Billy Pauch Jr. so look for that to show up over the next few days plus whatever else I happen to get done.
 
I have a nice article in today’s Syracuse Post Standard about Mark Weaver as I found his story very interesting. We talked about his comeback season and the ups and downs that every racer in that situation goes through. I hope you like it. So get your copy on newsstands today.
 
Now let’s chat about what is new on the Audio Page including the interview that got me thinking about writing that column. Dave Allen talks about his 2013 season at Utica Rome & Canandaigua as well as what he learned. He also told me how he started his career in Enduros, why he moved up to an open wheel car and thought back on one very hard crash right in front of the fans at Utica Rome. 
 
Mark Weaver told me how his comeback season went after 21 years off from the sport of racing. He talked about why he got out in 1992, what was different when he got back this year and what he is doing to try to get a feature win in 2014. 

 
Monday, December 9th 2013
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Brian Malcolm talked about his two win season and the work they are doing to get ready for 2014.
Joey Ladouceur spoke about winning the DIRTcar Rookie of the Year award for the Sportsman. 
 
Well I got a lot done on Sunday as I watched the Philly game as I was in the studio doing work. I can’t believe how much snow fell in just a few hours in this game. They were saying that there were 8 inches on the field which made me think about what it must have been like getting out of there afterwards. Can you say brutal?
 
Up here in Central New York we are snow free as of 5 PM on Sunday and yes I knew that as soon as I put snow tires on my car it would be a while before I used them. So for all of you in our area who hate snow…you’re welcome!
 
We have a pair of Season in Review chats up for you today and both are real good. Plus we’ll be back tomorrow to get the thoughts of someone who has been out of the sport for a few decades and get his take on what is the same and what has changed in racing. I hope you’ll like it.
 
Now let’s chat about what we have to for you to listen to on the Audio Page for today. Brian Malcolm talked about his two win season and the work they are doing to get ready for 2014. He explained how it felt to win his career first at Penn Can, how close he came to finishing second in the points at Five Mile Point and how he took the front end out on two different cars on back to back nights. 
 
Joey Ladouceur spoke about winning the DIRTcar Rookie of the Year award for the Sportsman. He talked about learning to drive his first open wheel car after several years in stock cars, how surprised he was to win the series race at Ransomville and how some bad lick late in the year ended his chances of winning the Mr. DIRT Title. 

 
Sunday, December 8th 2013
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Mike Colsten talks about winning the Modified championship at Five Mile Point Speedway.
Trevor Kobylarz told me how he won the ARDC Midget title and talks about changes for 2014.
 
I had a good day on Saturday as I got a lot of things done away from work and got to do some interviews in the studio as well. The kids kept us running around for most of the day but it was fun and now I can sit down later tonight and do some video game racing.
 
I know some of you are into those too and I must say that the new Grand Turismo 6 is one of the best racing games I have ever done. Webmaster Andy and I had a marathon session Friday night and later here on Saturday we’ll hit it again. If you have a Playstation 3 and love racing games my I STRONGLY suggest you get this game.
 
On the site today we have a pair of champions! Both Mike Colsten and Trevor Kobylarz did what they set out to do and in Mike’s case I think he may have even surpassed his expectations.
 
We’ll be in the studio this afternoon right after the half time of the early football games and hoping to get a lot done. So if you are going to be around, send me a message on facebook or to doug@dougsdirtdiary.com and we’ll work you into the mix.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have new on the Audio Page for you to listen to today. Mike Colsten talks about winning the Modified championship at Five Mile Point Speedway. He told me how much stronger he got physically as the season went on, why the night he finished second to his son was the best of the year and why he uses the number 51 on the side of his Ford powered car. You’re in our prayers Mike. Hope Wednesday goes well!
 
Trevor Kobylarz told me how he won the ARDC Midget title and talks about changes for 2014. He explained how a 15th place finish in the final point race was enough to clinch the championship, his hopes to match something his dad did several years ago and looks forward to the Chili Bowl in January. 

 
Saturday, December 7th 2013
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Mark Whooten talked about his racing background and why he got his kid involved in karting.
Jeff Hunter explained why he got into karting after years in many other divisions in dirt racing.
Kevin Ward Jr. described the early track surface he saw on Friday and the racing in his back yard.
Bryan Whooten told me how he got into karting just a few months ago after many years off.
 
I had a fun day on Friday as I checked out some of the practice laps for the 21st Annual New York State Indoor Championships by FX Caprara at the New York State Fairgrounds. Last night they ran in the cola syrup on the track getting faster with each lap turned and today they race starting at 11:30 this morning.
 
If you have never seen this event and think it is a piece of cake, you could not be more wrong. Listen to the interview with Kevin Ward Jr. and he’ll tell you how much more demanding these karts are than the Sprint Car he drives dozens of times throughout the summer.
 
The racing is intense and fast! They turn lap times in the 7 second range and if you blink you’ll be sure to miss something. So come on out and check out this unique event with racers from 7-70 years old.
 
Now let’s chat about the conversations I had Friday night that are on the Audio Page today. I start with one for you parents who may be thinking about getting your child involved in karting. Mark Whooten talked about his racing background and why he got his kid involved in karting. He talked about the tracks they raced, the cost and the family atmosphere they saw in the pits. 
 
Jeff Hunter explained why he got into karting after years in many other divisions in dirt racing. He told me what he likes about the karting world and his involvement with the track at Can Am which will run on Thursdays this year. 
 
Kevin Ward Jr. described the early track surface he saw on Friday and the racing in his back yard. He told me about the pair of karts he will drive this weekend and how much tougher it is to drive indoors at Syracuse compared to his Sprint Car. 
 
Bryan Whooten told me how he got into karting just a few months ago after many years off. He told me some of what he has learned this season and thought back to his years driving a stock car on the old Outlaw Circuit. 

 
Friday, December 6th 2013
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Tim Buckwalter reviewed his 2013 season in a Modified that included wins in three divisions.
Pete Van Noordt talked about the new Thunder Truck division debuting next year at OCFS.
 
The end of the work week is here and just in time to go see some racing this weekend in Syracuse as the Indoor Championship begins tonight with hot laps. It is a nice way to see what it is like and if you were thinking about Kart racing, this would be a great way to find out what it is about tonight. 
 
The heats and feature are tomorrow and there are ways for fans to win as well. So bring mom out, drop her off at Destiny USA and then go to the track. And if you’re all pumped up afterwards, then go up to the 3rd floor of the new wing at Destiny and do some racing of your own at Pole Position Raceway.
 
Now let’s chat more about the new stuff we have for you on the Audio Page. I begin with a season in review. Tim Buckwalter reviewed his 2013 season in a Modified that included wins in three divisions. He explained how he passed an established star at Big Diamond on his way to his first Mod win, how his business helps him understand the importance of shocks and how running on alcohol changes your car’s handling more than gas. 
 
Pete Van Noordt talked about the new Thunder Truck division debuting next year at OCFS. He told me when the idea first hit him, what rules he is using for the class and how the claimer should keep things under control cost wise. 

 
Thursday, December 5th 2013
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Anthony Perrego told me how he survived a late caution to win his first Modified feature ever.
Joey Delacruz remembered his indoor race last year at Syracuse and how his 2013 season went.
 
I am back today with a few more conversations for you including one that helps preview the NY State Indoor Championship by FX Caprara taking place Friday and Saturday at the New York State Fairgrounds.
 
I’ll be there on Friday night for sure as I love to watch the teams run laps and run the track in. It is quite a deal and these methanol powered karts are a heck of a lot faster than you can imagine so make your plans to check out the races on Saturday.
 
Also up today is the big winner from Accord and the Gobbler. What a nice story it was to see a young first year driver in Modifieds take the win in this one. And he held off a 20 plus win driver to do so. Nice job Anthony!
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you to listen to on and Audio Page. I begin with a nice story from the weekend. Anthony Perrego told me how he survived a late caution to win his first Modified feature ever. He explained how he lost the lead on a restart, how good his car was all day long at Accord and runs down his tentative plans for 2014. 
 
Joey Delacruz remembered his indoor race last year at Syracuse and how his 2013 season went. He talked about what he was changing on his cart to get ready for the indoor show, what he feels is the most important thing and how different this race is from any other. 

 
Wednesday, December 4th 2013
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Mat Williamson talked about his move up sharing the DIRTCar Modified Rookie of the Year award.
Brett Kressley spoke about moving up to a Modified at Big Diamond and why the time is right.
Rick Martell previews the 21st Annual NYS Indoor Championships taking place in Syracuse.
 
The snow is melting and the weather looks like we could have maybe gotten in one more race in after all. I got a lot done on Tuesday after stumbling to start my day and it is nice to be breathing easier again as things really turned around for me.
 
Still looking for more interviews and hoping to get more done today as we get closer to the New York State Indoor Championships this weekend inside the Center of Progress Building in Syracuse. I hope to get a few more racers up and hope to be there Friday to see them work in the syrup on the track.
 
And keep those requests coming as one of those will go up tomorrow as we chat with Pennsylvania Sportsman racer Brett Kressley about his move up to Modified for Friday night at Big Diamond.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page. I begin with a racer who recently picked up an award he will covet for a long time. Mat Williamson talked about his move up sharing the DIRTCar Modified Rookie of the Year award. He told me how surprised he was to win a track championship at Lernerville, how helpful his fellow racers were and how nice it was to celebrate the season at the banquet. 
 
Brett Kressley spoke about moving up to a Modified at Big Diamond and why the time is right. He told me how he did in his Modified starts this past season, how he adjusted to the extra power and runs down his plans for the 2014 season.
 
Rick Martell previews the 21st Annual NYS Indoor Championships taking place in Syracuse. He talked about the pre-entries he has been receiving, how much cleaner the air inside will be with the improved ventilation system and what it is that makes this race so tough. 

 
     
 
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