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Sunday, November 30th 2014
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Stewart Friesen won 29 times this past year and spoke about getting a big win in Charlotte.
Kenny Tremont had an off season in 2014 and talked about some engine woes that caused DNFs.
Tim Sears Jr. recapped his up & down season and told me about his wins at the Fulton Speedway.
Gil Tegg Jr. ran down how he did at Canandaigua and talked about how his season went in a Mod.
Barry White spoke about his rough season at Five Mile Point and compared it to his expectations.
 
We have a nice lineup for you today as another football Sunday is upon is as well as the off season. Pretty much everything with a few exceptions has happened and we’ll officially wrap things up next weekend in Syracuse with the Indoor Championships.
 
As usual I will be there and am looking to turn in some hot laps on Friday night as they work the track in. If you are interested, just get ahold of me and we’ll make it happen.
 
I will be back in the studio today and will have some good stuff from the Utica Rome Speedway banquet up for you to listen to tomorrow. Plus we’ll be getting back to Season in Reviews. Of you ant to do one, send me a message at doug@dougsdirtdiary.com.
 
Now let’s talk about what you can listen to if you go to the Audio Page right now. Stewart Friesen won 29 times this past year and spoke about getting a big win in Charlotte as well as some of the other nice things that happened in 2014. 
 
Kenny Tremont had an off season in 2014 and talked about some engine woes that caused DNFs as well as what it was like to run on the dirt at Devil’s Bowl. 
 
Tim Sears Jr. recapped his up & down season and told me about his wins at the Fulton Speedway as well as how some equipment issues hurt. 
 
Gil Tegg Jr. ran down how he did at Canandaigua and talked about how his season went in a Modified as well as what he is doing to help his girlfriend who runs a Sportsman. 
 
Barry White spoke about his rough season at Five Mile Point, explained where the biggest issues were and compared it to what his expectations were. 

 
Saturday, November 29th 2014
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Darryl Ruggles talked about what he was getting at Parts Peddler and invited folks to his party.
Danny Creeden tells me what he likes best about Thanksgiving as he gets ready for Saturday.
Billy Dunn explained why he cut his season short and some of the bad luck that happened late.
Matt Billings just missed the top 12 in SDS points and told me what he was doing at Parts Peddler.
Mitch Gibbs finished 2nd at I-88 this past season and talked about seeing all the new race stuff.
 
Tonight will be a fun one for my wife and I as we head over to the Utica Rome Speedway banquet. It will be both happy and sad as we say goodbye to Gene and Gloria Cole who have run the speedway for the last 13 years.
 
It was quite a run for the Cole family and we hope that we continue to see them around at the races. But the good news is that two of our own, Bill and Kim Shea are now the new owners and they are race people who are committed to the sport and have been for quite some time.
 
I hope to see a lot of you there as we celebrate the season that was and look towards for future at a track we all know and love.
 
Now let’s talk about what we have for you to listen to on the Audio Page as the first weekend of the holiday season kicks off. Darryl Ruggles talked about what he was getting at Parts Peddler, what he is doing in 2015 and invited folks to his racing party in December. 
 
Danny Creeden tells me what he likes best about Thanksgiving as he gets ready for Saturday’s season ender at the Accord Speedway. 
 
Billy Dunn explained why he cut his season short after a tough weekend at Syracuse and some of the bad luck that happened late as he looks ahead to 2015. 
 
Matt Billings just missed the top 12 in Super DIRTCar Series points and told me what he was doing at Parts Peddler and what he was looking at. 
 
Mitch Gibbs finished 2nd at I-88 this past season and talked about seeing all the new racing stuff as well as what he was picking up at Parts Peddler. 

 
Friday, November 28th 2014
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Charlie Donk explained why we did not see him at the end of 2014 and what he is doing for 2015.
Jordan Bennett won a feature at Fulton this year and talked about the motor issues they had.
Dale Planck explained how his role changed as he moved back up north with a familiar team.
Bret Belden watched the new Smash N’ Crash and remembered a crash he was in that made it.
Dave Bartlett is coming back to the driver’s seat in 2015 and explained why he wants to race again.
 
Black Friday is upon us as shoppers all over the country will take to the malls and stores to get the best bargains of the season. Hail to al of you who will brave the long lines, traffic jams and all the other things that go with this famous day.
 
As for me, I’ll be as far away from the malls as possible and will be having some fun with the family as we eat leftovers from Thanksgiving at some time today. We have more good stuff for you to listen to as I try to give you an escape from the busy holiday shopping season.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you to listen to on the Audio Page on the busiest shopping day of the year. Charlie Donk explained why we did not see him much in the second half of 2014 and what he is planning on doing for 2015. 
 
Jordan Bennett won a feature at Fulton this year and talked about the motor issues they had that forced them to end the season earlier than they wanted. 
 
Dale Planck explained how his role changed as he moved back up north with a familiar team as well as what got him thinking it was time for a change. 
 
Bret Belden watched the new Smash N’ Crash and remembered a crash he was in that made it to the dvd as well as what he could have done to miss the accident. 
 
Dave Bartlett is coming back to the driver’s seat in 2015 and explained why he wants to race again as well as what he will find himself driving. 

 
Thursday, November 27th 2014
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Bob Dreste recapped his season in a 305 at Canandaigua and told me how close he came to winning.
Rick Miller spoke about running with the Go Nuclear Series and wondered about next season.
Tim Sears Sr. talked about racing with his son and how his role on the team has changed over time.
Rusty Smith won another championship at Spencer Speedway and talked about going to Accord.
Aaron Jacobs just chatted with Bill Shea and offered his take on the new Utica Rome owners.
 
I hope you all have a very Happy Thanksgiving and get to see all the family members you love and cherish. But I also know that at some point things may get quiet and you may want to find out more about racing, so we’re here and we’ll be back tomorrow with lots more stories from the world of racing.
 
I am so thankful for everything I have and yes, it will be a sad day as it is our first Thanksgiving with my mom and my father in law. So even though we will be happy to all sit at the table here at our house today, we will surely be sad as well as we remember the loved ones we lost this year.
 
Some of you may be in the same boat as us and I hope you can focus on the positives you have in your life and at the same time remember how fragile life can be. Cherish every moment and enjoy this day meant to give thanks. Yes, I am thankful.
 
I am also thankful that the people you see on the Audio Page today took time to chat with me so you can enjoy their stories. Thank you so much!
 
So here is what we have on the Audio Page for you to listen to on this national holiday. 
Bob Dreste recapped his season in a 305 at Canandaigua, explained why the division works so well at the track and told me how close he came to winning his first A-Main in the class. 
 
Rick Miller spoke about running with the Go Nuclear Series, explains what he enjoys the most about it and wondered about next season. 
 
Tim Sears Sr. talked about racing with his son and how his role on the team has changed over time as well as where he feels his son can improve a little. 
 
Rusty Smith won another championship at Spencer Speedway, told me how his season went on the asphalt and talked about getting back on the clay this weekend at Accord. 
 
Aaron Jacobs just chatted with Bill Shea and offered his take on the new Utica Rome owners as well as what he is planning on for the 2015 season. 

 
Wednesday, November 26th 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Kelly Hebing talked about her season in a 305 Sprint Car and some of what she learned at the track.
Anthony Perrego spoke about having his car in the Teo Pro booth and looks ahead to Accord.
Fran Hilton told me about the great start he got off to as he won a lot early at Yates County.
John Cunningham thanked the Fulton Speedway for running 305’s and staying with them so long.
Dean Reynolds walked around Parts Peddler and looked ahead to the ESS banquet in January.
 
Today will be a busy day for a lot of folks. Some will be getting the prep work done on a Thanksgiving dinner while others will be on the road for their holiday destination. Whatever you are doing I wish you all the best as you prepare to give thanks for what we have.
 
I am fortunate to be able to work in this business and be able to help tell the stories of the racers you love and even some that might not be on your Christmas card list. One way or another, you can find out more about the racers who put on the shows at the tracks we love so much.
 
Now let’s find out more about the racers you will hear from today on the Audio Page. I start with a young lady who is making a name for herself in the open wheel world. Kelly Hebing talked about her season in a 305 Sprint Car and some of what she learned at the track as well as in the shop as she continues her get closer to her goal of a 360. 
 
Anthony Perrego spoke about having his car in the Teo Pro booth, remembered his last two runs the weekend before and looks ahead to Accord. 
 
Fran Hilton told me about the great start he got off to as he won a lot early at Yates County and talked about what went wrong after getting three victories. 
 
John Cunningham thanked the Fulton Speedway for running 305’s and staying with them so long as well as how nice it was for him to back at his former weekly home. 
 
Dean Reynolds walked around Parts Peddler Friday night, spoke about his presence at the show and looked ahead to the ESS banquet in January. 

 
Tuesday, November 25th 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Brett Deyo talks about this Saturday’s Gobbler taking place at Accord and the big money on the line.
Paul Habeck runs down how his season went in a 360 Sprinter and explains why he stays local.
Earl Rudy spoke about the nice finish he had to his season and when his results got a little better.
Joe Trenca explained what he was doing at Parts Peddler and how busy life will get next year.
Dan Harpell remembered how busy he was this past year and wonders what he’ll do for now.
 
It’s a good day here on the site as we talk to more racing people that were in Syracuse this past weekend at the Parts Peddler show. We have five chats up each day this week through Sunday as I have a lot of non-racing stuff to take care of this week.
 
Today we look ahead to the final race of the season this weekend at Accord and review what has happened with some racers as they think back on their season and what they may be doing in the future. It is going to be a nice stretch for you guys as we wrap up the season that was.
 
Now let’s chat more about what is new for you to listen to today on the Audio Page for today. Brett Deyo talks about this Saturday’s Gobbler taking place at Accord, the big money on the line and who is coming to this season ending race.  
 
Paul Habeck runs down how his season went in a 360 Sprinter and explains why he stays local rather than following an entire racing series. 
 
Earl Rudy spoke about the nice finish he had to his season in a Sportsman, when his results got a little better and why the class is so strong at Fulton. 
 
Joe Trenca explained what he was doing at Parts Peddler, how busy life will get next year and how he did in his 410 starts. 
 
Dan Harpell remembered how busy he was this past year and wonders what he’ll do for now that he has a lot more time on his hands. 

 
Monday, November 24th 2014
   New on the Audio Page from the Parts Peddler and the DIRTcar Banquet:
 
Joe Skotnicki talked about being snowed in this past week and how good Modified racing is now.
Billy Decker won the Super DIRTcar Series crown and recapped the final weekend in Charlotte.
Carey Terrance thought back to how Super DIRT Week went for him and what was different.
Jessica Power explained why they cut back a little in 2014 and how that affected her finishes.
Bobby Henry Jr. told me how Parts Peddler went for his business and how he did on the track.
Corky Stockham summed up how this year’s Parts Peddler show went as tear down began.
 
It was a whirlwind weekend with lots going on with the Parts Peddler and the DIRTcar banquet. The big news of course was about the sale of the Utica Rome Speedway to Bill and Kim Shea and if you missed my chat with him be sure to go back to tomorrow’s audio and get caught up.
 
I did a few interviews on Sunday and paired them up with a few from the DIRTcar banquet on Saturday night. For the next six days you’ll get at least five new clips as Thanksgiving week is always a tough one to get ahold of folks.
 
I hope you enjoy all the new audio and if you want to jump on board, just send me an email at doug@dougsdirtdiary.com or message me on facebook.
 
Now let’s find out more about all the good stuff we have on the Audio Page from this past weekend. Joe Skotnicki talked about being snowed in this past week, how the community came together to help and how good Modified racing is right now. 
 
Billy Decker won the Super DIRTcar Series crown and recapped the final weekend in Charlotte as well as how nerve racking it was to be that close in the points chase. 
 
Carey Terrance thought back to how Super DIRT Week went for him and what was different compared to years past as well as when he knew how fast he was. 
 
Jessica Power explained why they cut back a little in 2014 and how that affected her finishes. We also have a nice chat about the role of trophy girls and wonder if it is time to let that tradition go pr update it to include a trophy by too! 
 
Bobby Henry Jr. told me how Parts Peddler went for his business and how he did on the track when he could find some time to get his racecar ready. 
 
Corky Stockham summed up how this year’s Parts Peddler show went as tear down began on Sunday afternoon. 

 
     
 
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