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Friday, April 6th 2012
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Kraig Kinser talks about the good start he is off to with the World of Outlaw Sprint Car Series.   
Matt Sheppard remembers his win last week at Black Rock and previews Glen Ridge & Canandaigua.
Ken Titus spoke about his practice sessions and his plans to race both Sportsman and Modified. 
Dale Welty spoke with J Fish about the pair of racecars he was driving last week at Black Rock. 
Shawn Bruce told J Fish about his IMCA Modified and how it went at the end of the 2011 season. 
Brad Steinruck thought back on last year at Canandaigua as he gets ready for Saturday’s opener. 
 
Well we got a lot done yesterday as we recorded eight new conversations in the studio. Thanks to facebook too as most of the interviews were set up that way. I may get a few more done today but I can tell you now that up tomorrow will be Peter Britten, Danny Varin, Billy Pauch Jr., John Wilbur, Scott Bennett and Tommy Martocci. 
 
I will make Canandaigua my first race of the year and will be there Saturday. We will be focusing more on interviews this year instead of my own photos as I started this site initially to do interviews and some days I swear I worry more about the photos that I should…I’ll leave those to the professionals. You’ll get some, yes, but not as many as in the past. 
 
Be sure to check my Track Links Page as a lot of tracks are racing this weekend. So be sure to get out and show your support for your local dirt track as they all need to get off to a good start. Not much else to say as I am going to let the interviews do the talking for me. 
 
Let’s chat more about those new interviews up on the Audio Page for today. I begin with a man who is smiling ear to ear right now. Kraig Kinser talks about the good start he is off to with the World of Outlaw Sprint Car Series. He remembered his top five finish last weekend in California, how much better he has been in time trials and what he will do with some time off this coming week. 
 
Matt Sheppard remembers his win last week at Black Rock and previews this weekend at both Glen Ridge and Canandaigua. He talked about how cold he was in the car last week, how fast things happen at Glen Ridge and how much he enjoys his Saturday night home. 
 
Ken Titus spoke about his practice sessions and his plans to race both Sportsman and Modified this year. He talked about his goals for tonight’s practice session at Five Mile Point, the Sportsman he will drive there tomorrow and why he likes his Modified to breath with alcohol instead of gasoline. 
 
Dale Welty spoke with Jeremiah Fish about the pair of racecars he was driving last Saturday at Black Rock. He talked about the work they did to the Sportsman the night before, described his hopes for the 60 lapper as well as the Modified race. 
 
Shawn Bruce told Jeremiah Fish about his IMCA Modified and how it went at the end of the 2011 season. He talked about a crash they had that bent the frame, his long history in the sport and some of the highlights of his thirty year career. 
 
Brad Steinruck thought back on last year at Canandaigua as he gets ready for Saturday’s opener. He talked about the last minute work he had to do to get his Pure Stock ready, compared leaf springs to coils and explained why he feels a rule change made last year will help the car counts this year. Happy Anniversary! 

 
Thursday, April 5th 2012
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Brock Moore tells J Fish how happy he is with the support he saw for the Kenny Moore Classic. 
Josh Sawyer talked with J Fish about his new Friday home at Black Rock with his IMCA Modified. 
Jarod Keeney spoke with J Fish about his 2011 season and explained why he switched to IMCA.
 
After a couple of days of laying low and doing some non racing stuff, we will be back in the studio today and looking to chat with people who will be racing this weekend. And since I wrote this up on Tuesday, I may have already gotten that taken care of to some degree but am always looking to do more. So if you are racing this weekend, send me an email to doug@dougsdirtdiary.com and we’ll get ya on.
 
Showing some love to Jeremiah Fish today as we have three of his interviews from last weekend at Black Rock. Plus we have a pair of new drivers to the site so I hope you enjoy those as well. And after today we still have four more of his chats from that race and they will be joined by some preview interviews for this weekend’s events.
 
Yesterday we went to Clinton, New York to meet with some members of my wife’s family who are opening a new restaurant in town. We’ll have a full report on that later and we encourage you to check out Cosmo’s and tell them that Doug sent ya.
 
Now we’ll talk more about what is new for today on the Audio Page. I begin with a man who just promoted his first race of the year and did a good job in doing so. Brock Moore tells J Fish how happy he is with the support he saw for the Kenny Moore Classic. He talked about the increase in car count for the event, the bonuses he had for some of the competitors and his hopes to return to Black Rock next season. 
 
Josh Sawyer talked with J Fish about his new Friday home at Black Rock with his IMCA Modified. He spoke about the work they did during the winter months, recapped some of his background in racing including a big win he had in an Empire State Series race. 
 
Jarod Keeney spoke with J Fish about his 2011 season and explained why he switched to IMCA. He talked about how much money he is saving compared to a dirt Modified, how much differently the IMCA Modifieds drive and why he likes the way they drive so much. 

 
Wednesday, April 4th 2012
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Chris Hile thanks everyone for their help at the team’s fundraiser and at Motorsports Expo. 
Doug Kline told J Fish about his hopes for Saturday’s Kenny Moore Classic at Black Rock. 
Scott Waters spoke with J Fish as he got ready for his first ever race day in a crate Sportsman. 
 
We have more good stuff on the site today including one from the studio and two from Jeremiah Fish’s trip to the Black Rock Speedway on Saturday. Plus we still have an additional ten chats that are still in the can from that event so look for more of those to show up between tomorrow and Saturday.
 
There is a lot coming up this weekend including the first Super DIRTcar Series race of the 2012 season. Canandaigua Motorsports Park is coming off their best season in years and they will get it started this Saturday. 
 
Also up this weekend, Glen Ridge and Fonda will get things going with The Ridge running on Friday and Fonda on Saturday. The Five Mile Point show that was rained out on Sunday will be run this coming Sunday, April 7th
 
Now let’s chat more about what is new for today on the Audio Page. I begin with a man who is felling pretty thankful right about now. Chris Hile thanks everyone for their help at the team’s fundraiser and at Motorsports Expo. He told me how humbled he has been throughout this whole thing, how big the event was on Saturday and what they are doing this week to get ready for the Fulton practice. 
 
Doug Kline told Jeremiah Fish about his hopes for Saturday’s Kenny Moore Classic at Black Rock. He talked about his mindset coming into his first race at the 4/10 mile track, thought back on his 2011 season and how he did with an older crate car at Woodhull. 
 
Scott Waters spoke with J Fish as he got ready for his first ever race day in a crate Sportsman. He talked about how he got ready for the show after years racing on two wheels, ran down what he plans to do with the car this year and who helped him put his deal together. 

 
Tuesday, April 3rd 2012
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Tyler Siri talks about his Saturday at Black Rock and where he is in his plans to buy the speedway. 
Jeff Frasier was getting his season started with his 305 and talked about his goals for the day.
Adam Leslie told J Fish about his hopes for Saturday and why he towed down from Canada.
Ryan Tracy had his Sportsman at Black Rock and told J Fish about his expectations for Saturday.
Dean Reynolds previews the upcoming ESS season and looks ahead to their opener at Can Am.
 
I had a real fun day on Monday as I continue to feel better and continue to get a lot of work done. I did two new interviews, one of which is up today and also put up some chats from Jeremiah Fish had with three drivers who have never been on this site before. Nice huh?
 
And I also have a chat that a lot of you guys have been asking for as Tyler Siri joins me to talk about where he stands on buying the Black Rock Speedway. This happened after I called him Sunday night to thank him for trusting J Fish in the interview the two of them did on Saturday. 
 
Had J Fish bombarded him with that question at that time and pulled a Jim Gray/Pete Rose type of stunt, it might not have happened. But he was interviewing driver Tyler Siri, not the guy who was trying to buy the track. And that led to my chat that you can hear today. There’s a time and place for everything people!
 
I also wrote up an article on the weekend’s racing for the Syracuse Post Standard and you can read that in today’s edition. This Thursday we’ll preview the SDS race at Canandaigua and everything else that kicks off this weekend. Glen Ridge and Fonda are also set to open. Am I missing anyone else here in CNY? Let me know if you can with an email.
 
Now let’s chat more about what is new for today on the Audio Page. I begin with a much requested interview. Tyler Siri talks about his Saturday at Black Rock and where he is in his plans to buy the speedway. He told me about getting spun in the feature, the problems he had at tech and explains why he is still hoping to be running the racetrack soon. 
 
Jeff Frasier was getting his season started with his 305 and talked with Jeremiah Fish about his goals for the day. He talked about running weekly at Canandaigua, why he needs to stay closer to home this year and ran down some of the crazy life he has away from the racetrack. 
 
Adam Leslie told Jeremiah Fish about his hopes for Saturday and why he drove all the way down from Canada to Black Rock. He spoke about the back up car he brought down to the show, who will drive it weekly at Merrittville and thinks back on his 2011 season. 
 
Ryan Tracy had his Sportsman at Black Rock and told J Fish about his expectations for Saturday. They talked about the conditions they saw early on, what they did to the racecar during the off season and why they went with a newer chassis with lots of new parts on it. 
 
Dean Reynolds previews the upcoming ESS season and looks ahead to their opener at Can Am on April 28th. He also talked about some tracks that are returning to the schedule this year, how well a change they made from handicap to draw has worked out and tells me how four ESS drivers did this past weekend at Selinsgrove. 

 
Monday, April 2nd 2012
   New on the Audio Page from Jeremiah Fish’s trip to Black Rock Speedway:
 
Pre race conversations:
 
Cory Sparks talked about the 305 Sprinter he was driving and described his goals for the day. 
Chris Ostrowski had a newer Modified at Black Rock and told J Fish about his racing trip to Florida. 
Geoff Powell was ready for the Kenny Moore Classic and talked about his reasons for returning.
Stephen Swarthout spoke about the work he did to get ready for Saturday and why they were late. 
Danny Varin was at Black Rock for the first time and offered up his initial impressions to J Fish.
 
After the Kenny Moore Classic:
 
Ajay Potrzebowksi talked about his big win in the event and why he felt it was not about the money. 
Donnie Lawson led a lot of laps in the 60 lapper and told J Fish how he lost the lead at the end. 
Tyler Siri raced his way from the back after an incident to finish third and told J Fish all about it.
 
It was a cold and rainy day in Central New York and that rainy weather ended up moving the season opener at Five Mile Point back to this coming Sunday, April 7th. At least Saturday was a successful day with Black Rock and Bridgeport getting in their season openers.
 
On the site today we have a lot of stuff from Jeremiah Fish as he took the trip to Black Rock on Saturday. He did 19 pre race interviews (Wow) and got the top three finishers from the Kenny Moore Classic honoring the Flyin’ Milkman. It was a fun day of racing and J Fish was there for us…thanks. 
 
So up today are some of his pre race chats as well as the top three from the Sportsman race. We’ll have more of them up tomorrow as well as some other stuff as well as I may be able to get back in the studio. 
 
Now let’s chat more about what is new for today on the Audio Page. We begin with the first conversation that was recorded Saturday in Dundee. Cory Sparks talked to Jeremiah Fish about the 305 Sprinter he was driving at the Black Rock Speedway opener and described his goals for the day. 
 
Chris Ostrowski had a newer Modified at Black Rock for their opener and told Jeremiah Fish about his racing trip to Florida as well as an issue they discovered when they got back home. 
 
Geoff Powell was ready for the Kenny Moore Classic and talked with Jeremiah Fish about his reasons for returning to the seat as well as why this particular race was so important to him. 
 
Stephen Swarthout spoke to Jeremiah Fish about the work he did to get ready for Saturday and why they were a little bit behind due to other obligations. 
 
Danny Varin was at Black Rock for the first time and offered up his initial impressions to J Fish and talked about the different racecars he will be running this year. 
 
Ajay Potrzebowksi talked with J Fish about his big win in the event, why he felt it was not about the money and how happy he was with his new rubber floor car. 
 
Donnie Lawson led a lot of laps in the 60 lapper before finishing second and told J Fish how he lost the lead towards the end due to a parts failure. 
 
Tyler Siri raced his way from the back after an incident in the Kenny Moore Classic at Black Rock to finish third and told J Fish all about his charge to the front. 

Now...wait for it! 

 
Sunday, April 1st 2012
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Bobby Varin was getting ready for the practice at Glen Ridge and talked about his weekly homes. 
Dan Hineline talked about today’s opener at Big Diamond and how well his car did in practice. 
Rich Green told me how his Saturday practice went as he gets ready for today at Five Mile Point. 
 
It was a chilly day on Saturday but Mother Nature cut us a break and ended the rain early enough for some racing to take place. Jeremiah Fish was at Black Rock and had one of my recorders with me so look for stuff from him to show up tomorrow.
 
I was busy in the studio and busy on some new ideas that I had. After a great day on Friday I am now ready to go. Every now and then you have a day when ideas just come to you and they keep coming. Friday night those ideas were flowing and I’m going to go with them.
 
Also I was able to make a bit of a breakthrough with an issue I’ve been dealing with and I feel very good right now. A doctor friend of mine (who is also a racer) gave me some great advice on how to fix and issue I have been dealing with for years and that advice already has me feeling better just hours after getting it. Thanks “Hulk”.
 
Now let’s chat more about what is new for today on the Audio Page. I begin with a driver who was about ready to get suited up when I called. Bobby Varin was getting ready for the practice at Glen Ridge and talked about his weekly homes. He told me what makes each of them so special, described the pair of cars he had at the practice and remembers a moment he had recently that reminded him how fortunate he truly is. Nice! 
 
Dan Hineline talked about today’s opener at Big Diamond and how well his new car did in last week’s practice. He told me why he made a manufacturer change, what he forgot to bring with him last week and described his hopes for the first show at his Friday night home. 
 
Rich Green told me how his Saturday practice went as he gets ready for today at Five Mile Point. He described a problem he had early on with his Street Stock, explained how happy he was with his lap times and thought back on some of his past at the tiny ¼ mile track. 

 
Saturday, March 31st 2012
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Danny Hieber talks about racing at Big Diamond’s opener and his tough season back in 2011. 
Jeff Crambo gets ready for tomorrow at Five Mile Point and tells me how to get around the place. 
Donnie Lawson will do double duty at Black Rock and talked about going back and forth.
 
After a busy day on Thursday where I recorded five new interviews, I was able to take a day off yesterday and lay low. Today is a big day and hopefully Mother Nature will cooperate. If you are wondering if your destination today is running, go to our Track Links Page and see for yourself.
 
There are three big interviews on the site today so be sure to sit down, get comfortable and get listening. Not sure what we have tomorrow but know that we will be back for sure. And J Fish is set to take a recorder with him to Black Rock if all goes well so we’ll just wait and see I guess.
 
Don’t forget that tomorrow Five Mile Point and Big Diamond host their first shows of the year so make sure to get on out and show your support. Both shows start in the late afternoon so you should be home in plenty of time to be ready for work on Sunday.
 
Now let’s chat more about the new stuff we have for you on the Audio Page. I begin with a man who is ready for an injury free year in 2012. Danny Hieber talks about racing at Big Diamond’s opener and remembers his tough season in 2012. He told me about the familiar car he will run tomorrow, how he did in his first few ROC Modified races of the season and wonders where he’ll run the big block. 
 
Jeff Crambo gets ready for tomorrow at Five Mile Point and tells me how to get around the place. He described the work he did on Thursday to get his car all set, compared crate cars to open Sportsman and talked about tire stagger. Good stuff for you new drivers here! 
 
Donnie Lawson will do double duty at Black Rock and talked about going back and forth between a Sportsman and a Modified. He also told me why he may not run for points on Fridays, remembers what he was doing at age nine and wonders if some kids start racing too early. Hmm… 

 
     
 
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