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Friday, December 18th 2015
   New on the Audio Page for today:

Ernie Saxton and I talk about auto racing at the local and national levels as well as Grandview.

I had another busy day on Thursday as I ran around town shopping until dinner time. I was fortunate enough to catch Ernie Saxton for one of our chats where as always we jump all over the board. We talk about many forms of racing here and I hope you like listening to us talk as much as we like to.

It was my oldest daughter’s birthday as she if officially a teenager. Uh oh! But she is a great kid and has a real good head on her shoulders. We had a great time and tomorrow she will be having a party with some of her friends here at the house.

Today I will be buckling down and trying to do as many interviews as possible. I might be calling you so look out and be ready as I need to get a little ahead before we begin our best of’s starting next week.

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page. I only have one for you today but it is a good one with a man who has become a very good friend of mine.   Ernie Saxton and I talk about auto racing at the local and national levels as well as Grandview. As usual we jump all over the place in a conversation we hope you like.  


 
Thursday, December 17th 2015
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Doug Manmiller tells me about his new ride for Grandview and what he has planned for 2016.
Darryl Ruggles reviews his season in 305 and 360 Sprint Cars and remembers a two wreck night.

We had a busy day on Wednesday as I played catch up here at the house and in the home studio. I only had about an hour and a half do get interviews done but fortunately Doug and Darryl were able to give me some of their time and now we have those chats up for you today. Thanks guys for helping me out in a pinch.

Today should be a more normal day as we continue to do new stuff for a few more days before we switch to our top five interviews for each month as we remember the year that was here at Doug’s Dirt Diary.

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page starting with some news from Pennsylvania. Doug Manmiller tells me about his new ride for Grandview, how close he came to a feature win at the track last season and what he has planned for 2016.  

Darryl Ruggles reviews his season in 305 and 360 Sprint Cars and remembers a two wreck night at Freedom as well as the trouble his family had planning a surprise party.  

 
Wednesday, December 16th 2015
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Vinnie Vitale talks about partnering up with Dale Planck for the 2016 and the team’s big goals.
Tony Veneziano reports on some news from PRI, the WoO schedule and the upcoming Chili Bowl.

Well I had an interesting 30 hours or so as we took care of a loved one but everything worked out great and we are back happy and all set once again. I can’t say enough about the people at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Syracuse who were great throughout the whole thing. Thanks to all those dedicated professionals who have one of the toughest jobs around. Thank you.

Fortunately before this happened I was ahead by a day and now we’ll hope to get enough done today to give you two more interviews tomorrow. I have a ton of stuff going on but I’ll do the best I can. And if you have some time today and want to help out just message me at doug@dougsdirtdiary.com.

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page starting with some news from Central New York. Vinnie Vitale talks about partnering up with Dale Planck for the 2016, what Planck’s role will be with and the team’s big goals for next year.    

Tony Veneziano reports on some news from PRI show in Indianapolis, the release of the World of Outlaws schedule for 2016 and the upcoming Chili Bowl.

 
Tuesday, December 15th 2015
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Billy Pauch Jr. reviews his 2015 season that saw him win twelve races in four different racecars.
Cory Barker talked about his 72 races this past season and how good it felt to win at three tracks.

It was a crazy day on Monday as I had to take a loved one to an emergency room yesterday. I must tell you that St. Joseph’s Hospital in Syracuse was great and they got us right in and we saw a doctor within minutes. As I type this up at 8 p.m. my wife is down there now and I will relieve her right after I finish typing this up.

We have a pair of really nice interviews for you today and both are Season in Reviews that I know you will like. And for all of you who sent the questions we are using please send me your address so I can get a t-shirt out to you. I have them now and they are ready to ship. Sorry for the delay!

And be sure to check us out tomorrow as we’ll find out about a new pairing for next year in central New York as I check in with Vinnie Vitale. So don’t miss that.

Now let’s chat more about what I have for you on the Audio Page starting with a very versatile second generation driver.

Billy Pauch Jr. reviews his 2015 season that saw him win twelve races in four different racecars and tells me about his hard crash at Fulton as well as doing double duty on Saturday nights.  

Cory Barker talked about his 72 races this past season, how good it felt to win at all three of his weekly tracks and the brand new car he has in his shop.    

 
Monday, December 14th 2015
   New on the Audio Page for today:

Tim Mayne reviews his season driving a Modified at Utica Rome and talks about his new car.
Pete Stefanski talks about his season in a Pro Stock, rule changes for 2016 and crates vs opens.

I had a great day on Sunday as I got to watch some early football before getting into the studio and working well into the night. I’m trying to stay a day ahead and I am on track for that now. I am feeling better every day from my cold and am knocking on wood as I hope it does not turn into a sinus infection as they so often do.

We have a pair of Season in Review chats for you today and tomorrow we’ll hear from 12 time winner Billy Pauch Jr. as he tells is about his 2015 race season as well as the special delivery he and his wife are expecting soon.

But first let’s talk more about what we have on the Audio Page for you to listen to today starting with a real good one with a guy who has been racing for decades. Tim Mayne reviews his season driving a Modified at Utica Rome and talks about his new car as well as the one superstition he has for race days.  

Pete Stefanski talks about his season in a Pro Stock, offers his thoughts on some rule changes for 2016 and compares crates to opens motors.  

 
Sunday, December 13th 2015
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Steve Abt reviews his rookie year in a Sportsman and explains why he is happy with the change.
Shayne Tenace talks about the Go Nuclear Late Model Series and the other passions in his life.

I was finally feeling more like myself yesterday as I fight off what I hope remains to be just a common cold. But so often colds for me turn into other things so I have been being a good boy and getting lots of rest and drinking lots of fluids. And we’re talking Vitamin Waters and juice not the other stuff.

I did get a lot done yesterday both before and after dinnertime and you can listen to two of the chats I did today. Each of them are really good and will teach you a lot about the two people we have up today. I’ve always said that if you have 50 cars in a pit area there are 50 stories to go with them and these today totally fit into that category.

I’ll be back in studio today too so look for more tomorrow. And look for some news to come out too as PRI is this weekend in Indy. Be sure to keep an eye out as it is a “who’s who” at this show.

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page starting out with a man who is embracing change these days. Steve Abt reviews his rookie year in a Sportsman and explains why he is happy with the change to a new division on a new surface as well as why he buys new socks every week.

Shayne Tenace talks about the Go Nuclear Late Model Series, how he came to like Late Models so much after growing up in the northeast and the other passions in his life.

 
Saturday, December 12th 2015
   New on the Audio Page for today:

Ray Hendershot talks about his season in a Sportsman and updates me on how his health is now.

I had a busy day as I took a family member to have a procedure done and the good news is that everything went very well. And on days like that it can get you thinking and sometimes when I think too much it makes me upset and a little cynical. So to cure that I called one of the most optimistic people I know…Ray Hendershot.

If you don’t know Ray’s story then I suggest you give this one a listen as I will do once I finish writing up this main page entry. I just found out that a member of my extended family is going through that right now. Cancer is a terrible thing but it did not stop Ray from living and doing the things he wanted to do and if anything I think it may have motivated him to do more and get it done now.

Give this one a listen and take Ray’s advice. Don’t put off the things you want to do. Stay positive and embrace the good things that life brings you while trying hard not to focus too much on all the other crap. You know me, I am a not a glass if half full guy I am a there’s hardly anything in the glass at all guy. But I am hoping to change that.

That’s one of the big reasons I stay in racing and have for 26 years. There is a lot of good in racing and the people I meet in the sport remind me of what you can do with your life is you stay with it. I have more respect for racers than a lot of other people and truly admire what they do. So when I have a bad day, I go to the track and focus on the positives I see there.

So now let’s focus on the positives with a chat with a man that I have a ton of respect for and his interview is the lone one for today on the Audio Page. I hope you enjoy it and I hope it makes you feel a little better about things today.

Ray Hendershot talks about his season in a Sportsman, updates me on how his health is now and explains what he does to stay positive when things look bad.


 
     
 
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