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Sunday, January 15th 2012
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Kenny Tremont talks about his pair of track championships and why his neck was sore on Fridays.
Dan Hineline recapped his season at Big Diamond and told me about the new Troyer in his shop. 
 
We have another real good day on the website today with a pair of well known Modified drivers. Both of these are very detailed Season in Review chats so there is a lot to listen to. 
 
We have been on a good roll of late and tomorrow you’ll hear from second generation Canadian racer Joel Doiron and rookie Modified driver Sam Piazza. Plus we have several things set up today so we are really looking good of late. I also got in some new photos from Scott Seward and I’ll put those up sometime today.
 
A big thanks goes out to Diamond Dog for his help in setting up some interviews for me with the Pa/NJ contingent. He suggested both the Hineline and Piazza interviews and I have several others from him that I’ll be tracking down over the next few days. Thanks buddy. 
 
And of course we’re looking for more suggestions to doug@dougsdirtdiary.com as my last shout out and last few messages to drivers on Facebook went nowhere. I guess there is only so much you can do with but it was surprising to get nothing back from my last inquiry there. Oh well…I won’t be relying Facebook as much anymore.
 
Now let’s chat more about what is new on the Audio Page for today. I begin with one of the classier guys in our sport. Kenny Tremont talks about his pair of track championships in a Season in Review chat and explains why his neck was sore on Fridays. He also told me about the drama on the final point night at Lebanon Valley, why he struggled at Utica Rome and ran down his plans for the 2012 season. 
 
Dan Hineline recapped his season at Big Diamond and told me about the new Troyer in his shop. He explained the handling condition he dealt with on most nights in 2011, how a blown motor cost him three point races and why he feels some tracks miss the mark when it comes to the concession stand. 

 
Saturday, January 14th 2012
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Billy Van Pelt talks about his championship season at Woodhull and the new frame at his shop.
Kevin Vaclavicek described his year in a Sportsman at New Egypt including his motor woes. 
 
Winter was back here in Central and Western New York as well as north of the border in Canada. Many kids had school off and here in Liverpool we had a good 5 inches of wet snow. As I write this up at 9:15 Friday night, the Lake Effect Machine is just getting started so we’ll see how much we have when this morning rolls around.
 
I took advantage of the snowy day and got real busy in the studio recording four Season in Review interviews. Two of those are up today and in the can are chats with Kenny Tremont and Joel Doiron. Kenny’s will air tomorrow while Joel will be on the site on Monday.
 
Today I’ll be back in the studio and back recording new interviews so I can get a little ahead. This past week was a tough one for me as I just could not seem to get ahold of many people so I am hoping to make up for it this weekend. 
 
And don’t forget that today is the Bicknell Open House so make sure to get up and see what is new for 2012 with them. If some of you have cameras with you and want to take a few shots, send them to me and I’ll put them up for tomorrow. Thanks.
 
Now let’s chat more about what is new for today on the Audio Page. I begin with a man who got a serious challenge this year at his long time Saturday home. Billy Van Pelt talks about his championship season at Woodhull and the new frame at his shop. He told me who gave him a run for the title, how fortunate he feels he was to finish in first place and why he likes to help the younger drivers in both Modified and Sportsman divisions. 
 
Kevin Vaclavicek described his year in a Sportsman at New Egypt including his motor woes on back to back weeks. He wondered if he made too many off season changes to the car, explained how rough things were after an opening day second place and how much different he felt the surface was this past year.   

 
Friday, January 13th 2012
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Frank Cozze talks about his move to 410 Sprints at age 55 and why he decided to make the change.
Shawn Donath runs down a change with his Sprint Car team and the new chassis they switched to. 
 
As you can see we have a bit of a theme today on the site as we have a pair of Sprint Car drivers who used to race Modifieds. I am researching a story on the movement and am trying to put a list together of the drivers who have made this move, so if you know of any please send them to me at doug@dougsdirtdiary.com.  
 
I hope you enjoy both of these interviews and be sure to come back tomorrow as I have a few things set up for today. Plus I am taking requests and have calls out to several of the drivers and promoters you have been asking for and I hope to have them up soon.
 
Don’t forget there is racing taking place this weekend in Oklahoma and Arizona as Midgets and Late Models are on the card.  Next weekend is the big Motorsports 2012 show in New Jersey so it is definitely getting closer to that time of the year alright. 
 
And to keep you going till that time arrives, we have more good stuff for you on the Audio Page. Beginning with a long time Modified driver who tried something different this past season. Frank Cozze talks about his move to 410 Sprints at age 55 and why he decided to make the change. He told me how different that world it is compared to Modifieds, what the biggest things were that he had to get used to and how much he learned in 2011 at Williams Grove and Lincoln. Good one here!  
 
Shawn Donath runs down a change with his Sprint Car team and talks about the new chassis they switched to. He explained how it call came about, how much he is looking forward to working with a rookie driver and why the 360’s are so much easier to work on compared to Modifieds. 

 
Thursday, January 12th 2012
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Willy Decker talks about his three win season in 2011 and how an early crash hurt his team. 
Jessica Power remembers her Sportsman season and how great it felt to win a feature at Brockville. 
 
I got a lot done again yesterday and wrote up another article for the Syracuse Post Standard about the two big race events taking place this weekend. Of course the Chili Bowl is happening now while the Wild West Shootout for Late Models begins tomorrow night in Tucson.
 
On the website today are a pair of Season in Reviews with drivers that won races in 2011. Both of these are real good too so be sure to give each a listen. I’ll be back in the studio today so be sure to check back tomorrow to see who we are lucky enough to get ahold of.
 
And for those of you in Central New York, you can vote for Sportsman racer Matt Janczuk in a promotion that 93Q is running.  He and his fiancée and in the running for a free reception and you can go to their website to vote.  www.93q.com is how you can help.
 
Now let’s chat more about what is new for today on the Audio Page.  I begin with a man who is hoping to get off to a better start in 2012.  Willy Decker talks about his three win season in 2011 and how an early crash hurt his team in a couple of different ways. He also told me about one particular win that sticks in his memory, how close he came to winning on several other occasions and how racing on a budget affects you on the track. 
 
Jessica Power remembers her Sportsman season and how great it felt to win a feature at Brockville. She talked about the car she saw chasing her in the final laps, how she held on to get the win and shares some of her experiences on the road with the DIRTcar Sportsman Series. 

 
Wednesday, January 11th 2012
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Bob Reis talks about his Sprint Car races in 2011 and his plans to run asphalt and dirt in 2012. 
Justin Wright talks about his plans to run a 358 at Ransomville and a big block at Canandaigua. 
 
I had a great day on Tuesday as I did several interviews in the home studio and took my daughter to a local high school basketball game. She’s playing now and learning so I am enjoying this probably more than she is to tell you the truth.
 
On the site today is a pair of interviews with drivers who will be doing some different things this year. Each tried the car they will be driving this year at the end of 2011 so it will be a lot of fun for each of them.
 
Make sure to give both a listen as they are each real good and in each you can also hear the excitement level of the drivers as they get ready for new challenges. These are the stories I love hearing about and the types of things I like to watch at the track. It will be fun to see them improve week to week and I hope you guys enjoy hearing their stories.
 
So let’s chat more about the two new chats on the Audio Page. I begin with a man who has a lot going on at his race shop right now. Bob Reis talks about his Sprint Car races in 2011 as well as his plans to run asphalt and dirt in 2012. He explained how a Facebook post by his daughter convinced him to stay on the clay, why he decided to sell the Sprint Car and wonders if he may be able to cross an item off his bucket list this fall at Syracuse. 
 
Justin Wright talks about his plans to run a 358 at Ransomville and a big block at Canandaigua in 2012. He told me how each deal came about, how a pair of veteran dirt racers helped him make the right decisions and how excited he is to see his lifelong dream coming together. 

 
Tuesday, January 10th 2012
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Lance Yonge remembered his season with the ESS and some motor issues had had early on. 
Joe Skotnicki talks about the new DIRTCar Asphalt Modified Series and where it will race. 
 
It was a busy Monday for me as I wrote up another column for the Syracuse Post Standard and did the interview to go with it right beforehand. This week we’re going to let everyone know about Modifieds on asphalt, a trend that we see growing if anything.
 
I also put up the extra interview I did on Sunday with one of the good guys of racing, Lance Yonge. I know you’ll really like this one as I did as he just has an easy going way about him. And of course you guys know how much respect I have for Sprint Car drivers. Plus they guys and gals are great in the pit area and so helpful to new drivers. 
 
Today I will be back in the home studio as the can is empty and work needs to get done. So Monday night I am going to relax, have some fun and be ready to get at it today. 
 
Speaking of today, let’s chat more about what is new on the Audio Page. I begin with another Season in Review. Lance Yonge remembered his season with the ESS and some motor issues had had early on. He told me about blowing a motor in someone else’s Sprint Car, where he felt he was lacking on the track last season and how a small change in his new car could help make the difference. 
 
Joe Skotnicki talks about the new DIRTCar Asphalt Modified Series for 2012 and where it will race. He told me what he learned from the test race they ran last year at Lancaster, how pleasantly surprised he was with the way the cars got around the track and what his goals are for the four race series. 

 
Monday, January 9th 2012
    New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Tiger Chapman talks about some changes at Can Am and what he has learned in two seasons.
Justin Henderson remembers his season at Canandaigua that saw him visit victory lane twice. 
 
I had a nice day on Sunday as I watched a pair of playoff games, did a few interviews along the way and had my folks over for some homemade stew courtesy of my loving wife. It was a great day and one that I thoroughly enjoyed.
 
On the site today are the first two interviews I recorded and tomorrow we’ll get to hear a Season in Review with ESS’s Lance Yonge. I’m still looking for requests too, so if you have any either send them to doug@dougsdirtdiary.com or send me a message on Facebook.
 
Today I will be back in the studio as I have a few things set up for the afternoon and back writing a new column for the Syracuse Post Standard. Then later tonight we are back on the bowling lanes after several weeks off for the holidays.
 
Now let’s chat more about what is new for today on the Audio Page. I begin with the man who makes dirt racing happen in the North Country. Tiger Chapman talks about some changes at Can Am and what he has learned in two seasons as owner/promoter. He also explained why they are moving to Saturday nights, why they are running big blocks & small blocks combined and his hopes to bring back some events the track has not seen in a while. 
 
Justin Henderson remembers his season at Canandaigua that saw him visit victory lane twice. He described some motor issues he had in the first few weeks, described what he learned about the newer crate engines and what was different about the motors made available after January 2011. 

 
     
 
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