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Monday, March 19th 2012
   New on the Audio Page for today from Jeremiah Fish at Selinsgrove Speedway:
 
Andy Bachetti recapped his races from Florida and told J Fish what his expectations were. 
Dan Vauter was in the 42 on Saturday and remembered the tough night he had on Friday. 
Jackie Brown Jr. spoke with J Fish about his first ever race in a small block and how he liked it. 
Joey Colsten talked with J Fish as he got ready for his first race with a 358 against the big blocks. 
Jeff Strunk spoke with J Fish after finishing in third place in the big block race Saturday night. 
Jimmy Phelps finished in second place and told J Fish what it was like to finish behind a legend. 
Billy Pauch spoke to the media after winning the big block ROC feature at Selinsgrove. 
 
Thanks to Jeremiah Fish we have lots of new audio up today from Selinsgrove Speedway as the Race of Champions Modified Tour kicked off. From what I have heard it was two great days of racing and the nice weather only made things that much better. I hope all of you who went had fun and for all the rest of us, we’ll be at our first race of the year soon.
 
I put up seven of the fourteen chats he recorded and will save the rest for release tomorrow and Wednesday. I’ll put up five more tomorrow and the final two on Wednesday. 
 
I am so fortunate to have someone like him to help and I always envisioned a fleet of reporters out in the field doing this so I would not have to be the only voice you had to listen to. Maybe if more people hear what a good job he does, they might try it themselves. If you are interested, send me an email at doug@dougsdirtdiary.com.  
 
Now let’s chat more about what our good friend did this past weekend that is on the Audio Page. We begin with a chat with a driver who already has some races under his belt. Andy Bachetti recapped his races from Florida and told Jeremiah Fish what his expectations were for the trip as well as the fun he had. 
 
Dan Vauter was in the 42 on Saturday and described to Jeremiah Fish the tough night he had on Friday with his small block. 
 
Jackie Brown Jr. spoke with Jeremiah Fish about his first ever race in a small block on Friday and explained why he thought the alcohol cars were faster. 
 
Joey Colsten talked with J Fish as he got ready for his first race with a 358 against the big blocks and told him about his concerns coming into the night. 
 
Jeff Strunk spoke with J Fish after finishing in third place in the big block ROC race Saturday night at Selinsgrove and explained how fast the two leaders were early on. 
 
Jimmy Phelps finished in second place and told J Fish what it was like to finish behind a legend and what he did to try to run down the leader. 
 
Billy Pauch spoke to the media after winning the big block ROC feature at Selinsgrove and explained what his goals are for the 2012 season.   

 
Sunday, March 18th 2012
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Jeff Cook had a brand new Sprint Car at the Expo and described the weekend he had in Syracuse. 
Alan Fink talked about his six Late Model races in Florida and the work his crate car needs. 
 
It was a good day for central New Yorkers as Syracuse advanced to the Sweet 16 in the NCAA tourney. Another full day is on tap today so hopefully your favorite teams play well and advance too.
 
I was unable to hit the road on Saturday due to a temporary depletion of funds. Hopefully we can remedy this situation soon but staying home in the studio is always an option.  What can I say, things are a little tough right now. And I know many of you are feeling it too so I wish you well and know that you are not alone!
 
Tomorrow we’ll have stuff from Selinsgrove as Jeremiah Fish was kind enough to take a recorder down with him. Look for that tomorrow. 
 
Now let’s chat more about what is new for today on the Audio Page. Up is a pair of drivers who have already raced this year. Jeff Cook had a brand new Sprint Car at the Expo and described the weekend he had in Syracuse. He talked about the bench racing he did at the show, the racing he did down in Florida and why he upgraded his shock program this year. 
 
Alan Fink talked about his six Late Model races in Florida and the work his crate powered car needs. He told me where he plans to race to start, when he might get the Super Late Model out again and wonders if he’ll race weekly or travel more. 

 
Saturday, March 17th 2012
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Mike Bowman talked about his recent marriage to his longtime sweetheart and his Modifieds.
Ricky Newton ran down how he did in the 2011 season and what he will do with his Modified. 
Tom Cummings told me about a benefit for Al Robinson at Shangri-La 2 on May 11th and 12th
 
I had a nice day off yesterday and even thought I am writing this up on Thursday night, I know what I did for most of the day…watched NCAA basketball. Why college football does not do something similar is beyond me!
 
I have a lot on the page today as you can see including a benefit for Al Robinson. You’ve probably heard Al announce a race before or been at an event where he was working behind the scenes. He could really use our help so do what you can. He is a great guy and we wish him well in his recovery from a stroke.
 
Now let’s talk more about what is new for today on the Audio Page. I begin with a man who has had a lot of good things happen I his life of late. Mike Bowman talked about his recent marriage to his longtime sweetheart and his two Modifieds. He told me how much he enjoyed his wedding day, how his racecars are coming along and his recent 300 on the bowling lanes. Nice time to be Mike huh? 
 
Ricky Newton ran down how he did in the 2011 season and what he will do with his former Modified. He also talked about a return to the Sportsman division at Raceway 5, how close his show car is to being ready and looked ahead to starting his season in early May. 
 
Tom Cummings told me about a benefit for Al Robinson at Shangri-La 2 on May 11th and 12th. He talked about how Al is doing now, described some of the activities taking place and how people can contribute to help now. Make checks or money orders to The Spaulding Foundation with Al Robinson Fund on the memo line and mail them to Betty Sherwood, 1074 Sulpher Springs Rd, Owego, NY 13827 or call the track at 607-330-2622. Get well soon Al!!! 

 
Friday, March 16th 2012
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Gary Tomkins talks about owning his own Modified this year and his return to Canandaigua. 
Doug Emery told me how much he will drive this year as well as his duties as a crew chief. 
Claude Hutchings Jr. summed up how he has done on the ice and on the road course in 2012. 
Chris Fleming had a new look on his IMCA Modified and talked about several changes he made. 
Alysha Ruggles showed off her Micro Sprint at the Expo and talked about the coming season. 
Glenn Rowan talks about his history in the Road Runner class at Big Diamond and his 2012 plans. 
 
It was a beautiful day on Thursday and I went all over town and beyond in an effort to stay busy during the SU game. I shut the game off on the way home when they were behind and soon here I will muster up the courage to fire up the dvr and see how they did. Hopefully I’m happy. 
 
As you can see we have a lot on the site today and we will also be back tomorrow with five more conversations. Jeremiah Fish took one of my recorders down to Selinsgrove and he will be covering the ROC opener for us so look for that to show up perhaps as early as Monday. 
 
I am set to hit at least one car show this weekend and we’ll see how we do on the other day. But each is a bit away from the home studio so we’ll see if we get to one or both. Eastview Mall in Victor and Rotterdam Square are both having car shows this weekend so make sure to get out and show your support with your purchases at the stores. Trust me, they look at things like that when rescheduling next year so let your voice be heard loudly!
 
Now let’s chat more about what is new for today on the Audio Page. I begin with a man who is doing something this year that he had said in the past that he would never do. Gary Tomkins talks about owning his own Modified this year and his return to Canandaigua. He told me about the car he is working on now, wonders how many specials he may hit and described the look he will have on the car which is similar to one he drove a few years ago. 
 
Doug Emery told me how much he will drive this year as well as his duties as a crew chief. He talked about how many Sprint Cars he saw at Motorsports Expo, remarked as to why the division is so successful these days and looked forward to being at more 410 shows as well. 
 
Claude Hutchings Jr. summed up how he has done on the ice and on the road course in 2012. He talked about how they did recently in a show down in South Carolina, described the work they still have to do to get their Sportsman ready and his hopes to get his first win at Utica Rome. 
 
Chris Fleming had a new look on his IMCA Modified and talked about several changes he made besides the color. He explained why they re-clipped the back of his car, wondered why he went with red as the primary color and where he is thinking about racing this season. 
 
Alysha Ruggles showed off her Micro Sprint at Motorsports Expo and talked about the coming season. She talked about expanding their team to four cars, described the role her & her dad will play with the new racers and what she has learned in the past few seasons. 
 
Glenn Rowan talks about his history in the Road Runner class at Big Diamond and his plans for this year. He explained why he is going to race more in 2012, what he learned after several years away from stock cars and how nice it is to be part of a three car team this time around. Nice guy, nice chat! 

 
Thursday, March 15th 2012
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Tom Deery, Joe Skotnicki and Jeff Hachmann discuss the future of Weedsport and much more. 
Mark Tychoniewicz is finally living his dream and told me how he got together a 360 Sprinter. 
Chris Herbison remembers his pair of track championships as well as his early days in racing. 
Jim LaRock showed off a pair of Sportsman at Motorsports Expo and told me about each of them. 
Loren Lincoln thought back on his year at Black Rock and how crashes early on set him back. 
 
One more time I said! Another beautiful spring greeted us on Wednesday and after I got my work done, I was out and about. I had a good day as I started early in the studio with a conference call with World Racing Group to discuss Weedsport and other issues you guys wanted me to address. 
 
That interview is up today and I hope you get a lot from it. I got a lot of questions through facebook, emails and in person this past weekend so thanks for all of your input. And we will do this again soon, so keep those questions coming and know that we will get it done for you. Thanks also goes out to the guys from DIRTcar for making time for us. The audio levels are a little low in spots as this was recorded on a conference call, but it is all there for you.
 
Also on are two drivers new to the site, Both Chris Herbison and Mark Tychoiewicz did their first interviews with me and both are up and ready to listen to today. Plus we still have ten interviews in the can for release tomorrow and Saturday so there is still a lot more to come.
 
Today like a lot of you, I’ll be glued to the TV for the NCAA tournament and if the First Four games from Tuesday are any indication of what we’ll see this year, then look out. Keep the faith in your team, root them on like crazy and know that just making it to the tourney is an accomplishment in itself, so be proud one way or another. Here in Syracuse, we’ll do the best we can and pat the players on the back who did what they were supposed to and represented us well…unlike Mr. Melo!
 
Now let’s chat more about what is new for today in the Audio Page. I begin with a conversation I know a lot of you are looking forward to. Tom Deery, Joe Skotnicki and Jeff Hachmann discuss the future of Cayuga County Fair Speedway and much more. We talked about the hope they have that it can still open this year, the situation with the property taxes and answer your questions. The audio level is a little up & down at times, but a lot of good information here! 
 
Mark Tychoniewicz is finally living his dream and told me how he got together a 360 Sprinter for the 2012 season. He told me about the chassis he picked up, where he will race locally and compared the experience to the Micro Sprint he has driven most recently. 
 
Chris Herbison remembers his pair of track championships as well as his early days in racing. He told me how unsure he was about his finish in the final race at Brockville, how solid he was at Cornwall and why he had to get out of racing after digging himself a bit of a financial hole with a short but expensive Busch North effort. 
 
Jim LaRock showed off a pair of Sportsman at Motorsports Expo and told me about each of them. He talked about some of the work he has to do to get them race ready, why he changed the look a little this season and ran down his plans for both cars, one open and one crate. 
 
Loren Lincoln thought back on his year at Black Rock and how crashes early on set him back. He told me how much damage it did to the rearend, explained why it would have been cheaper if all he had to do was clip the car and talked about the frame be bought that he is working on back at the shop. 

 
Wednesday, March 14th 2012
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Ryan Watt talks about his races this weekend at Selinsgrove and his plans to return to Bridgeport. 
Shane Donath told me about the new Modified he has back home and where he plans to race it. 
Bret Belden spoke about the new chassis he’ll run this year and wonders how long he’ll keep racing. 
Daryl Ruggles remembered his 2011 season and described the issues he has had with his health. 
 
It was another super nice day on Tuesday and I was once again able to get out there and enjoy some of it. I was also able to do some work in the studio although I think a lot of people were out doing stuff as I was only able to make two happen.  One of those is ujp today while the other one will air on Thursday.
 
Teams are busy right now as many of them will race this weekend at the two day ROC Modified Tour opener at Selinsgrove Speedway in Pennsylvania. And of course there are two big car shows this weekend too at Rotterdam Square and Eastview Mall in Victor. 
 
I am still trying to figure out how to make both of these shows as I can’t go to Rotterdam on Friday as many drivers will be working and won’t be there. Looks like I’ll have to do one on Saturday and one on Sunday. If you have any suggestions or are putting a car in either of these shows, send me an email at doug@dougsdirtdiary.com and we’ll get you on.
 
Now let’s chat more about what I have for you on the Audio Page. I begin with a driver who is getting ready for his first races of the season. Ryan Watt talks about his races this weekend at Selinsgrove and his plans to return to Bridgeport. He told me about each of the racecars he will run in the ROC opener, what he learned from winning a crate championship last year and wonders how many races he will travel to this year. 
 
Shane Donath told me about the new Modified he has back home and where he plans to race it. He ran down what he still has to do to be race ready, how tough it is to race against the big boys in the division and how every race now seems to be as tough as a touring show. 

Bret Belden spoke about the new chassis he’ll run this year and wonders how long he’ll keep racing. He talked about what he did with his older chassis, what he’ll have to do to finish the new car up and why he had to get reflective about the future this past off season. 
 
Darryl Ruggles remembered his 2011 season and described the issues he has had with his health. He told me how he ran into complications after a big surgery, how close he came to not being here and how the experience has changed his outlook on life. Wish you the best buddy! 

 
Tuesday, March 13th 2012
    New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Justin Haers talks about the work he has to do to get ready for his first race of the 2012 season. 
April Wilson spoke about what she is learning with the Race 101 program and recapped 2011. 
Dillon Sallows was missing one very big thing with his Sportsman and talked about his hopes. 
Gordy Button is busy contemplating his racing future and wondered where he may end up. 
Joe Casper showed off his company’s LED lighting at the show and talked about the future. 
 
It was another great day on Monday with temperatures in the mid 60’s. It may not officially be Sprint yet but it sure feels that way right now and I am all for it. Nice!
 
Five Mile Point Speedway had some racecars on the clay on Monday as they beat the incoming weather to become the first track in New York State to get cars on the track. As I type this up at dinnertime, I see some weather moving in but it sounds like many laps were turned last night as teams get ready for their opener April 1st
 
Also several teams that are going to race this weekend in Selinsgrove were also on hand so it is indeed that time and after the fun we had this past weekend at Motorsports Expo, I am happy that more of you got your first racing fix of the year.
 
On the site today are a lot more photos and some new audio as well. All of these clips are from the show this past weekend and the photos that will come up this afternoon are from actual races so be sure to look for those. 
 
Now let’s talk more about those new clips on the Audio Page. I begin with a man who has a busy few weeks ahead of him. Justin Haers talks about the work he still has to do to get ready for his first race of the 2012 season. He told me how common this situation is year to year, explained why he is not overly concerned and ran down his specific plan to get his new Modified done. 
 
April Wilson spoke about what she is learning with the Race 101 program and recapped 2011. She told me how close she came to picking up his first ever Sprint Car A-Main win, how she liked running with out the wing and what she did when she forgot she did not have that wing. Uh oh! 
 
Dillon Sallows was missing one very big thing with his Sportsman this past weekend and talked about his hopes to fill that hole in the front of his racecar. He told me about the quest for some funding for a motor, stressed how good the help he has is and described where he will race when this all gets sorted out.
 
Gordy Button is busy contemplating his racing future and wondered what type of racecar he may end up in. He told me about putting someone else in one of his Late Models, reaffirmed that he is not done as a driver and talked a little bit about his abbreviated 2011 season. 
 
Joe Casper showed off his company’s LED lighting at the show and talked about the future. He talked about the involvement of Ephesus Technologies, broke down how much energy savings are with LED’s and how excited he was to be a part of Central New York Raceway Park. 

 
     
 
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