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Gary Rowe of M.R. Gaebel, Inc.
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Friday, October 3rd 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Jimmy Phelps talks with Bill Foley in victory lane after his win in the Outlaw 200 in 2013.  
Pat Ward celebrated and spoke with Bill Foley after winning the Outlaw 200 for his biggest win.
Brett Hearn came from deep in the field to win in 2010 and spoke about it with Bill Foley.
 
With big races all over the place for the next ten days, I decided not to bug the drivers as they were getting ready and instead look back at the big winners the past three seasons at the Outlaw 200. All three of these racers won their first 200’s at Fulton and new winners have won the event in each of the last three years. Will it continue tomorrow? We’ll have to wait and see.
 
I’ll be there nice and early today and hope to get a lot of interviews done. Plus we are doing TV as the Atomic Power Racing Hour crew will be on hand to record the Go Nuclear Late Models in one of their biggest races of the season. It’s going to be a lot of fun!
 
Be sure to come back tomorrow as we’ll have lots of stuff from the event and more tomorrow as we concentrate on the Modifieds. It’s going to be a great weekend and I hope to see all of you there.
 
Now let’s chat about the interviews we have on the Audio Page today from the last three Outlaw 200’s. Jimmy Phelps talks with Bill Foley in victory lane after his first career win in the Outlaw 200 at the Fulton Speedway one year ago in 2013.
 
Pat Ward celebrated in victory lane in Fulton and spoke with Bill Foley after winning the Outlaw 200 for his biggest win back in 2012. 
 
Brett Hearn came from deep in the field to win his first Outlaw 200 after several years of trying back in 2010 and spoke about it trackside with Bill Foley

 
Thursday, October 2nd 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Tim Fuller talks about getting ready for Super DIRT Week and what it is like to race a friend.
Steve Paine speaks with Paul Harkenrider after winning the Bullring Challenge at Woodhull.
Rich Keller gets ready for Fulton on Friday and tells me what he hopes will happen next season.
Bud Leizear talks about his job as a tech inspector at I-88 and his season in a 600cc Modified.
 
We’re back today with some good stuff from the studio. It has been tough to get ahold of guys this week as they are so busy getting ready to race either this weekend at Fulton, next week at Syracuse or both. So actually I was fortunate to get what I got and I hope you like it.
 
Of course we’ll be at the Fulton Speedway tomorrow for the first day of Outlaw 200 Weekend and we’ll have lots of stuff on the site from that starting on Saturday. Then we’ll put out foot to the floor through next week and do the best we can to give you the inside scoop on the big races that are on tap in this wonderful 10 day period.
 
Now let’s chat more about the new chats we have for you on the Audio Page. I start with a driver who is working on his Syracuse stuff maybe as you listen to this today. Tim Fuller talks about getting ready for Super DIRT Week, what it is like to race against a close friend and how he has done with his Late Model after a chassis change. 
 
Steve Paine speaks with Paul Harkenrider after winning the Bullring Challenge at Woodhull. A big thanks goes Steve Ovens for sending us this interview. 
 
Rich Keller gets ready for Fulton on Friday with his IMCA Modified, examines what happened that led to Brewerton dropping the class for next year and tells me what he hopes will happen in 2015 with the division. 
 
Bud Leizear talks about his job as a tech inspector at I-88, his season in a 600cc Modified and reminds everyone about the Short Track SuperNationals in two weeks. 

 
Wednesday, October 1st 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Jim Rothwell talked about his season and how racing used to be as he got ready for hot laps.
Butch Green prepared to race a pair of racecars and talked about the need for a Sportsman win.
Eric Leet walked me through his first two years in a Sportsman and how things went on Saturdays.
 
We’re back today with our final conversations from the weekend. I had so much fun catching up with folks and meeting some new people that I wanted to make sure these stood out on their own. I did get some work done last night but am saving it so we can have two days of different stuff leading into Outlaw Weekend at Fulton.
 
I’ll be at Fulton both days and we’ll be recording our next Atomic Power Racing Hour on Friday from the event. Of course we’ll be there early on Saturday and hoping to get as many chats as we can as we got ready for the big push here in Central New York.
 
Now I wrote this up in the afternoon so I do not know how my Kansas City Royals did but one way or another I am a proud fan. Many years ago I went on a KC Royals forum and asked if the team had a plan or was just selling off young players to save money. They told me what the team was doing and it has happened just like the fans told me it would.
 
Whether they won or lost last night is somewhat irrelevant as they made the playoffs for the first time in 29 years. They are building for the future and doing it the right way with young talent that has come up for the most part through their minor league system, which by the way won the AAA championship for the second year in a row, and not by getting veteran players who are past their prime. I am happy one way or another.
 
Now let’s get off baseball (sorry guys, but it has been a long time) and talked about what we have on the Audio Page for you to listen to today. Jim Rothwell talked about his season racing at I-88 Speedway, how important the right tire choice it and how racing used to be as he got ready for hot laps. 
 
Butch Green prepared to race a pair of racecars and talked about how well the season has gone with the Street Stock the need for a Sportsman feature win.  
 
Eric Leet walked me through his first two years in a Sportsman and how things went on Saturdays as he raced at Thunder Mountain Speedway. 

 
Tuesday, September 30th 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Kenny Hammond talked about sweeping the top three spots with his teammates at Five Mile Point.
Mike Austin spoke about the need to get a win and what went wrong the last time he went racing.
Cory Pike is fairly new to Sportsman racing and talked about getting a win and a motor issue.
 
It was another real nice day on Monday as our streak of really nice weather continued. It was way too nice to be inside bowling but it was the first week of our league so we had to go and get it done. I don’t know if I was the only one but I would have rather been golfing. 
 
I spent much of the day working and dealing with an uncooperative computer. What should have taken me about an hour and a half ended up taking much longer than that…about three times longer. So unfortunately I was unable to get any new interviews done and was lucky to get anything done.
 
I have three more real good ones as we took a lot of time in the pit area with folks on Friday. I did not want to rip through the interviews and so each one is at least five minutes long. I hope you like them as each tells a real good story.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page to listen to today. Kenny Hammond talked about sweeping the top three spots with his teammates at Five Mile Point as he got ready to race at I-88 Speedway on Friday. 
 
Mike Austin spoke about the need to get a win and what went wrong the last time he went racing as well as what he did to try to see if the issue was fixed. 
 
Cory Pike is fairly new to Sportsman racing at I-88 Speedway and talked about getting a win fairly early in the season and a motor issue that sidelined him for a while. 

 
Monday, September 29th 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Kevin Jordan talked about a mid season change of plans and how some blown motors happened.
Mike Richmond explained what went wrong at Utica Rome and how he researched his racing.
Skip Pickwick told me how his season went at I-88 and remembered his start in four cylinders.
 
We have three really good interviews up on the site today as we get ready for the big finale here in Central New York starting this Friday at Fulton and ending next Sunday in Syracuse. This is truly the calm before the storm and I am taking advantage of it to get things done that I won’t be able to do very soon.
 
Like I said, all three of the chats I have today were hand selected because each tells a nice story. One tells you how a driver found a nagging problem that ended up costing him three engines. The second one talks about the issues drivers can have when they go to the hospital for a crash and the final one tells the story of a driver who likes to stay local and made a big move up after his start. They are all very good!
 
I hope you all liked the great weather we had this past weekend and let’s hope we can ride this out for about 13 more days. I’d love a Super DIRT Week like that wouldn’t you?
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page for today. I start with a veteran driver who later that night bagged a top three finish. Kevin Jordan talked about a mid season change of plans, how he blew three engines due to a bad distributor and when they finally figured out what was going wrong. 
 
Mike Richmond explained what went wrong at Utica Rome that cost him a chassis, the problems he had at the hospital because of it and how he researched his racing by helping others beforehand. 
 
Skip Pickwick told me how his season went at I-88, remembered his start in four cylinders and how he adapted when he moved to a V-8 powered Sportsman car. 
 

 
Sunday, September 28th 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Andrew Ferguson talked about his 2014 racing season and his plans to move up to Modified.
Craig Pope told me what he usually does on Friday nights at I-88 Speedway without his racecar.
Rich Townsend summed up how his season has gone and told me why he may switch to a crate.
Bob Buono started the year in Sportsman and explained why he is now back in a Street Stock.
 
It was another absolutely beautiful day on Saturday and I was able to get out and enjoy it with my family. Then Camille and I had a night on the town with an old college friend. It was a great day.
 
We’ve got a pretty good day for you here as well with four new conversations. I took more time with each interview on Friday at I-88 so instead of ripping through 20 or so I spent some extra time with each driver. I hope you like it. Let me know with an email to doug@dougsdirtdiary.com or hit me on facebook.
 
Now let’s chat more about the new stuff we have to listen to today on the Audio Page starting with a driver who has big plans for next year. Andrew Ferguson talked about his 2014 racing season with an open motor Sportsman and his plans to move up to Modified for the 2015 race season. 
 
Craig Pope told me what he usually does on Friday nights at I-88 Speedway without his racecar as well as how he has done the past few weeks with his Sportsman. 
 
Rich Townsend summed up how his season has gone in an open motor Sportsman and told me why he may switch to a crate for the 2015 season. 
 
Bob Buono started the year in Sportsman and explained why he is now back in a Street Stock which he seems to prefer more than the open wheel variety. 
 
Saturday, September 27th 2014
   New on the Audio Page from I-88 Speedway:
 
Leon Andrus describes the racing action that will take place today on the track at I-88 Speedway.
 
After the heat races:
 
Earl Zimmer led every lap to win the first Street Stock heat and told me who helped with the set up.
Jake Karlnoski talked about his Street Stock heat win and what he was working on in the pits.
Butch Green told me what went right in his Sportsman win and what didn’t with the Street Stock.
Lee Dewitt described his Sportsman heat win, how good the track was and what he heard behind him.
Nick Nye made an inside move to win his heat race and talked about how good his car has been.
Eric Leet won his qualifying heat race at I-88 Speedway and explained how he drove his tight car.
 
After the feature races:
 
Shane Wolf Jr. used some late race restarts to pick up the win and talked with Steve Clapperton.
Randy Fox was fast late but came up short finishing 2nd and spoke about it with Steve Clapperton.
Gene Sharpsteen came home in 3rd place in the Street Stock race and spoke to Steve Clapperton.
Charlie Hendrickson led the 25 laps of the Sportsman feature and talked with Steve Clapperton.
Nick Nye led a lot of laps on his way to a 2nd place and talked about hanging on at the end.
Kevin Jordan had some trouble early and explained how he raced his way back to finish third.
 
I had a real nice time on a really nice fall day on Friday as I traveled south and east to I-88 Speedway for the first day of a two day show. If you want to know what is going on tonight, just listen to the Leon Andrus interview at the top of the Audio Page and he’ll talk about the show that has Modifieds as a headliner.
 
There was a nice crowd on hand as well as 33 Sportsman, 19 Street Stocks and almost a full field of 600 micros. The racing was good too as Shane Wolf Jr. took advantage of some late race restarts to win the Street Stock race while Charlie Hendrickson Jr. led the final 25 laps to win the Flyin’ Milkman Kenny Moore Classic.
 
I sat in the grandstand for the night and had fun with Shawn Shields and the Woodchuck Group who were having a great time at the races and a great time teasing Shawn who gave it right back. Thanks to my daughter Allie, who always likes to sit in the grandstand, I now avoid the tower a lot as you catch a lot more sitting in the stands.
 
Don’t forget that they are going again today as is Paradise Speedway in Geneva and New Egypt Speedway in New Jersey. And tomorrow the Friends of Mike Race is taking place at Bridgeport Speedway. Check out my Danny Serrano chat from earlier in the week for more on that show at Bridgeport.
 
I saved all my pre race chats and did 13 of them. I went longer as I wanted to try something different. Four of those will show up tomorrow as I hope to get in the studio for a while this afternoon before going out tonight. A college friend is in town so Camille and I will go out tonight and have some fun in our old stomping ground.
 
Have a great Saturday and make sure you get outside today and enjoy this great weather. There are some races going on so support your local track while rooting on your favorite drivers.

 
     
 
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