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Saturday, March 3rd 2012
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
John Lehmann updates us on the progress at CNY Raceway Park and its state of the art lighting. 
Michael Bush recaps his season racing a Sportsman on the asphalt and his plans to add Fonda. 
 
I had a fun day on Friday as I did a couple of interviews in the studio and made my plans to head down to Johnson City today for Southern Tier Speedworld. This is one of my favorite shows of the pre-season and I urge you to get down there, see some racecars and support the mall. The event is at Oakdale Mall and you can see it right from the Johnson City exit. See you there!
 
So look for some photos to show up later today and look for interviews from the event on Sunday and into next week. You can also look forward to a pair of 17 year olds next week as well as Sportsman racer Jenna David and Colby Herzog were my Friday chats. I know you’ll like both of them and they both did a great job. 
 
I also found out on Friday that one of our proud racing families in Central New York had a tragedy. The Hile family of Syracuse had their hauler and part of their garage burn down early Friday morning. This is a tough loss for a family that everyone likes and respects. 
 
If any of you have any ideas on how we all as a community can help, let me know with an email to doug@dougsdirtdiary.com.   They’re not asking for help but if there is a family out there who deserves it based on their actions and the way they carry themselves, this is the family. My heart goes out to you guys. I wish you the best. But really guys, lets see what we can do to help. 
 
Now let’s talk more about what is new for today on the Audio Page. I begin with more news on a big project that could transform Central New York and made it THE racing capital of the northeast. John Lehman updates ups on the progress at CNY Raceway Park and its state of the art lighting. He talked about the local companies involved in the project, what the next steps are to get ready for the big work this spring and confirmed that yes, the project is happening. 
 
Michael Bush recaps his season racing a Sportsman on the asphalt and his plans to run on the dirt at Fonda as well. He talked about destroying a car in his last race, a change in the rules for Devil’s Bowl and getting ready for Motorsports Expo next weekend in Syracuse. 

 
Friday, March 2nd 2012
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Kevin Albert talked about his season at Big Diamond and runs down where he will race this year. 
Claude Hutchings Jr. tells me about his six weekends of ice racing and this weekend in S. Carolina. 
 
I had a nice day on Thursday as I got a lot of new interviews recorded and am now ahead by a day. And I have a few things set up today with a pair of young drivers that I will be putting up on Sunday.
 
As you can see we have two more new interviews on the site for today and both are very good. We chat about Kevin Albert’s plans for this year and recap 2011 while Claude Jr. tells us about a fire extinguisher that went off at the wrong time and what he had to do to keep breathing when it happened. Scary stuff huh?
 
Tomorrow we’ll find out more about Central New York Raceway Park (yes, it is happening!!!) from VP John Lehman and find out how asphalt racer Michael Bush is going to add a dirt track to his plans this year. And both of them will be at Motorsports Expo next weekend so be sure to make your plans now to be there.
 
Now let’s chat more about what is new for today on the Audio Page. I begin with a young man who is really looking good for the coming season. Kevin Albert talked about his season at Big Diamond and runs down where he will race this year. He remembered destroying a car early in the season, his top five at the Coalcracker and wondered how his small block will do against the big blocks at New Egypt when he tries that track out for the first time. 
 
Claude Hutchings Jr. tells me about his six weekends of ice racing and this weekend in South Carolina. He explained why he had to bail from his Saab in a big hurry the last time out, the new car they built for this weekend’s 16 hour race and runs down how his Sportsman looks in the shop. 

 
Thursday, March 1st 2012
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Rob Bellinger tells me about his four races at Volusia including his feature win on the final night. 
Ronnie Tobias Jr. talks about his plans to become a rookie in the Modified division at Big Diamond. 
 
I had a fun day on Wednesday as I got to come into my oldest daughter’s classroom on Special Person Day. I talked about my jobs, dirt racing and of course I showed them my feature win in the Claude Hutchings 84jr. They had a ball and asked some very intelligent questions for third graders. I had as much fun as they did and my daughter was all smiles.
 
After that I got back to work and wrote up a story for the Syracuse Post Standard about three local racers who are going to race this weekend and got back in the studio. Read it to see who is racing and where they have to go to get in their racing fix.
 
Also I had the chance to chat with Black Rock Speedway’s Dean Hoag. Many of you have asked me to get ahold of him as there are rumors out there about the track being sold and here is what he had to say. 
 
“There are no papers signed,” Hoag explained, “no purchase order has been signed and no money transacted. At this time I am proceeding with my 8th season of ownership and promotion of Black Rock Speedway.”
 
We would have done an interview, but those two sentences pretty much say it all. And if something does change, know that we will chat again and I will have it for you right here on Doug’s Dirt Diary.
 
Now let’s chat more about what is new for today on the Audio Page. I begin with one of our winners from Volusia. Rob Bellinger tells me about his four races at Volusia including his feature win on the final night. He talked about some big changes they made right before the feature, the wreck they got into on the first night and thanked the people in the pits who gave him some great advice on what to do with his somewhat unfamiliar car. 
 
Ronnie Tobias Jr. talks about his plans to become a rookie in the Modified division at Big Diamond. He ran down his background in the sport that seemed to be grooming him for a Sprint Car, described some of the pressure associated with being a member of the Tobias family and remembers the day his famous father passed away. 

 
Wednesday, February 29th 2012
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Alan Johnson recaps his four races in Volusia and his feature win on a slick daytime racetrack. 
Johnny Mackison talked about his hopes for 2012 as he got ready to race Saturday at Lincoln. 
 
It was a nice sunny day here in Central New York and I have my work done early enough on Tuesday to get out and enjoy some of it. I have two new conversations on the site today and was able to save another one that I know you’re going to like for tomorrow. 
 
Still digesting Daytona as I am sure a lot of you are but one thing I can tell you is that it brought back a lot of memories from Super DIRT Week. I don’t know how many times we had to stay late and run under the lights after a long day and then boom, a big delay hits and you’re stuck. 
 
So my hat goes off to all the track workers at Daytona and everywhere for that matter. The only time we notice them is when things go wrong and 99% of the time they do everything right. So great job everyone!
 
Today is a day that only happens every four years as February 29th is a leap year date only. So for those of you who have your birthday today, happy birthday. And what do you do when your birthday is on the 29th of February? You still age right? 
 
Now let’s chat more about what is new for today on the Audio Page. I begin with a man who just picked up his first win of the season. Alan Johnson recaps his four races in Volusia and his feature win on a slick daytime racetrack. He told me how good his Modified was overall, how a broken weld cost him a good finish in race number three and tells me what he knows about where he will race this year. 
 
Johnny Mackison talked with Jeremiah Fish about his hopes for 2012 as he got ready to race Saturday at Lincoln. He also spoke about putting his son into one of his cars, the other son he’ll get racing in 2013 and thought back on his career that began in 1984. 
 
Tuesday, February 28th 2012
   New on the Audio Page from Jeremiah Fish at Lincoln Speedway:
 
Chad Criswell told J Fish about his hopes for the race as he came into his second season in the car.
Austin Reed spoke with J Fish about getting in his first ever laps in a 410 and his concerns. 
Brian Montieth talked with J Fish about his heat and how it felt to get the nerves out of the way. 
Bill Stine just raced in his heat and told J Fish about getting nipped at the line in the very end. 
Kevin Nouse finished in third place in the A-Main and told Jeremiah Fish about his 3rd place. 
 
We are back with more new drivers today from Jeremiah Fish’s trip to Lincoln Speedway on Saturday. We do still have one more left that will show up tomorrow and then we’ll get back to some studio stuff. 
 
Four of the five drivers on the site today are new to us and we welcome them on board and thank J Fish for all of his help contributing to the site. It is nice to hear a voice other than mine isn’t it? 
 
I will be in the studio today and will have more new content up tomorrow so be sure to come back and see who we get to chat with. And let’s hope they got Daytona in as my dvr is running out of options. 
 
Now let’s chat more about what is new for today on the Audio Page. I begin with more from the first race of the year in the northeast. 
 
Chad Criswell told J Fish about his hopes for the race at Lincoln as he came into his second season in the car. He talked about how cold it was at the event, described the concerns he had because of that and why he felt it was important to do well in this early show. 
 
Austin Reed spoke with J Fish about getting in his first ever laps in a 410 and his concerns coming into the event at Lincoln. He wondered about the high wind, remembered running some 360 shows in his past and remembered some of what he learned with his team last year. 
 
Brian Montieth talked with J Fish about his heat race and how it felt to get the nerves out of the way. He told him about his expectations coming into the race, how good the racetrack was and how tough the drivers are that he was going to be racing against. 
 
Bill Stine just raced in his heat and told J Fish about getting nipped at the line at the very end.    He told him what he saw with the top side of the racetrack, described the differences between the top & the bottom and thought back to his 2011 season. 
 
Kevin Nouse finished in third place in the A-Main and told Jeremiah Fish about his 3rd place. He talked about how happy he was with the finish, how starting on the pole may have hurt him a little and explained how this opportunity came about as well as the drivers who were up for the ride. 

 
Monday, February 27th 2012
   New on the Audio Page from Jeremiah Fish at Lincoln Speedway:
 
Gerard McIntyre tells Jeremiah Fish about the ride he had at Lincoln and his hopes for later.
Brent Marks talks with J Fish about some upgrades they did and the new team he is with. 
Brian Leppo spoke with J Fish about his expectations for his first race with a new race team. 
Hunter Mackison remembered the end of 2011 and told J Fish about some struggles he had. 
Adam Wilt offered his thoughts on the cold day ahead of and told J Fish about his areas of focus. 
 
Darned rain! As I sit here at 3:05 PM on Sunday, racefans all across the country are saying the same thing. So as the Daytona party I was at waited, I decided to come home and do some work with hopes that they might get back to it later. And I have Jeff Burton, Jeff Gordon and Juan Pablo in the pool, so I have a chance this time around.
 
As you can see we have five new drivers on the site today courtesy of Jeremiah Fish who took a trip down to Lincoln Speedway on Saturday with photographer John Meloling. Five of the eleven interviews he did are on the site today and many more will show up tomorrow.
 
Now while waiting on the race yesterday, I also put up some of the photos they took at the event and knowing J Fish like I do, I would think he would have more coming as well. As for today, I am not sure how much studio work I will get done, but I will give it a try. So one way or another, you will have more coming tomorrow, we know that for sure. 
 
Now let’s chat more about what is new for today on the Audio Page. I begin with the first conversation recorded on Saturday in a very cold pit area in the middle of Sprint Car country in Pennsylvania. Gerard McIntyre tells Jeremiah Fish about the ride he had at Lincoln and his hopes for later in the day. He also talked about some concerns about the cold, what they would do to keep the engine warm and how he does not fell the cold when he is in the racecar.  
 
Brent Marks talks with J Fish about some upgrades they did in the off season and the new team he is with. They also talked about the need to get good chemistry right away, how good the mood is at the shop and what happened in his 2011 season. 
 
Brian Leppo spoke with J Fish about his expectations for his first race with a new race team. He talked about working with a new mechanic, what his goals were for the day and described the pressure he is putting on himself with this beautiful ride. 
 
Hunter Mackison remembered the end of 2011 and told J Fish about some struggles he had along the way. He talked about what he was doing, when they learned something towards the end of the year and described what his relationship is like with his racing dad. 
 
Adam Wilt offered his thoughts on the cold day ahead of him at Lincoln Speedway and told J Fish about his main areas of focus. He talked about the equipment concerns on a chilly day, explained how it hurts a 410 Sprint Car motor and thought back on how he did in his 2011 season. 

 
Sunday, February 26th 2012
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Fred Woodward talks about the American Racer Cup and explains how tracks are added to the mix. 
Chad Homan remembers his abbreviated season in 2011 and told me where he race weekly. 
 
It was a return to winter here in Central New York as we got about five inches or so between early Saturday morning and yesterday afternoon. We got the snowblower out and it finally felt like winter around here. It was not all bad as far as I can tell and hopefully the snowmobiliers got to get out and have some fun as north of us got a lot more.
 
While I did some work in the studio, Jeremiah Fish and John Meloling headed down to Lincoln Speedway for their Saturday show. Somehow all the snow and cold did not make it down there and they were able to get in a quick 2 and a half hour show. He did have one of my recorders with him too, so look for interviews from that event right here tomorrow.
 
As for today, I will be heading to a Daytona Party like many of you will be. I have been going to the one at my high school friend Kelly Skinner’s house for decades and will go again today and see people that I do not see enough. I need to change that this year for sure. No predictions from me, but I hope that Nationwide finish is not what we get today.
 
Now let’s chat more about what is new for today on the Audio Page. I begin with some clarification on a story that recently was written in a racing publication concerning a track in the southern tier. Fred Woodward talks about the American Racer Cup and explains how tracks are added to the mix based on how close they are to other members. He told me about one situation that was recently written about, evaluated how the program has done as it gets ready for its third season and how two Central New York tracks helped make the Mod world a little smaller. www.dirtmodcup.com is how you can find out more.  
 
Chad Homan remembers his abbreviated season in 2011 and told me where he race weekly in 2012. He talked about blowing a motor at Tri City, how he did later in the year with a back up engine and ran down some show plans he has in the next few months. And thanks for all your help at Brewerton Chad!!!  

 
     
 
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