Gary Rowe - CPA
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Gary Rowe of M.R. Gaebel, Inc.
Gates-Cole Associates SUNY Canton Automotive Technology program
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Monday, March 12th 2012
    New on the Audio Page from Motorsports Expo:
 
Chris Hile talked about the fire that ruined their hauler and the help they are getting from racers. 
Matt Janczuk showed off his car in the Utica Rome booth and told me about his plans for 2012. 
J.J. Andrews will be back in a familiar Small Block Super and told me how that deal came about. 
Amy Catalano won a pair of championships last year and spoke about the newest racing Catalano. 
Tony Finch II gets ready for his first full season in Sportsman and talks about his racecars. 
Nick Nye had his Sportsman on display and remembered getting a feature win at Thunder Mountain. 
Chuck Hebing summed up how his Sprint Car races went in Florida and discussed his 2012 plans. 
 
Motorsports Expo 2012 is now history and what a show it was. After a packed day on Saturday, the show was still going strong on Sunday as things wrapped up at 4PM. I was there for a good part of the day and recorded several more interviews and took a lot more photos this time around.
 
As always the interviews are up in the order they were recorded in and in addition to the ones you see today, we now have twenty saved for release over the next five days. So you’ll get a minimum of four from the show everyday through Saturday. Yep, it will be a week you don’t want to miss here on DDD.
 
As always it was great to see all of you at the show and for those of you that I missed, please send me an email at doug@dougsdirtdiary.com and I’ll be sure to get it done. Plus we have a conference call with WRG on Wednesday and if you have a question you would like me to ask, send it to me or message me on Facebook. 
 
The nice thing is that now we have schedules and teams will now begin to make those tough decisions on where to race. I spoke with several drivers who said, “give me about a week” as they are still unsure of their specific plans. So look for more and more teams to announce their plans now that they now what is really going on.
 
Thanks as always to all the drivers who helped this past weekend and the fans who always keep me energized as they talk to me about this website. And thanks to the event organizers who always greet me with open arms. It’s a team effort to make this whole racing thing work all year long and I am happy to be a small part of that team.
 
Don’t forget too that Five Mile Point Speedway has a practice today. The weather should cooperate and when I saw Andy Harpell on Sunday he told me that everything looks good for today. Of course you can check it out for yourself by going to our Track Links page and clicking on their website. Have fun everyone!
 
Now let’s chat more about what is new for today on the Audio Page. I begin with my first interview once I got inside the building. Chris Hile talked about the fire that ruined their hauler, the help they are getting from racers at the Expo and at their upcoming fundraiser on March 31st. And yes, I am looking into this with some of my friends in the insurance business. 
 
Matt Janczuk showed off his Sportsman in the Utica Rome booth and told me about his plans for 2012 that include another new car they are just getting together. 
 
J.J. Andrews will be back in a familiar Small Block Super Modified at the Oswego Speedway after selling his stuff and told me how that deal came about. 
 
Amy Catalano won a pair of Asphalt Modified championships last year and spoke about racing against her son on the track this year for the first time. That’s right! One more Modified racing Catalano will hit the scene this year. 
 
Tony Finch II gets ready for his first full season in Sportsman after success in the novice division and talks about his racecars as well as his 2012 plans. 
 
Nick Nye had his Sportsman on display at Motorsports Expo, remembered getting a feature win at Thunder Mountain and told me how he got it. 
 
Chuck Hebing summed up how his Sprint Car races went in Florida, discussed his 2012 plans and looked forward to racing against his daughter Kelly. 

 
Sunday, March 11th 2012
    New on the Audio Page from Motorsports Expo:
 
Todd Morey talked about his abbreviated season at Fonda and what he has to do to get ready. 
Tony Steiner remembered a recent vacation and wondered where he will race on Saturdays. 
Larry Wight has run six races so far this year and ran down how he did in every one of them. 
Jimmy Phelps confirms he is STILL in the 98h and talked about his first races with the team. 
Charlie Donk showed off his new Sprint Car and remembered the winged races he ran last year. 
Dylan Swiernik had a new car & a new look at the show and talked about his almost win in 2011. 
Andrew Harpell reminded drivers about Five Mile Point’s practice session taking place tomorrow. 
Katelyn Kane told me how fundraising was going for Hile Motorsports and her broken nose. 
 
We are saddened today in the racing world with the passing of Paul Britten after earlier in the week losing local race enthusiast Andy Nolan. Both were great men who loved the sport of racing. 
 
Paul was Peter Britten’s father and he was one of the nicest people you would ever meet. His easy smile and Aussie accent made him a favorite over here in the states. I can only imagine how well liked he was back home. I last saw him at Super DIRT Week when he joked with me about needing a 2x t-shirt from the team. I’ll treasure that shirt forever! Peter, we are so sorry and we wish there was something we could do. May he rest in peace.
 
Also Andy Nolan passed away last Wednesday at the age of 48. “Binner” as he was known, was a sponsor and good friend of Modified driver Alan Johnson as well as his family.  My wife Camille and I went to college with him back in the mid 80’s and he was a good friend to both of us. Calling hours are today from 2-6 pm at Farrell’s Funeral Service in Auburn and a mass for him will be held Monday at 10:30 AM at Sacred Heart Church also in Auburn. Again, everyone who met Andy liked him as he was just one of those people. We’re so sorry to everyone who knew and loved them both.
 
I did not know this at all while at Motorsports Expo at the New York State Fairgrounds and it was a great day until I got home and found out the sad news. The place was packed and stayed that way until later in the evening. I got there about 2:30 and stayed till the place really cleared out at about 8:45. 
 
Along the way I took some photos and did 24 interviews. I put 8 of those up for today and saved the others for release beginning on Tuesday. Plus I will be talking more today as I plan to get there at about 1PM and stay until the cars start leaving as you never know when you might hear a professionally built racing engine fire up.  And I need to hear that…I mean really. And who knows, maybe I’ll even get in my first whiff of race fuel too. I’m excited!
 
I did not take as many photos on Saturday as I have in years past as I don’t want to show you too much. In some years I felt badly as we would have all the cars on our site before the doors even opened. That’s not good! Well, good if you can’t make it but not good for the show. So we’ll shoot lots more today and put those up over the course of the day later on Sunday. 
 
My family even met me out there as Camille and the kids are going to try to go to more races this year. And I want my kids to know what daddy does and meet the great people that daddy knows, so they were there too. Those are my two girls you see sitting in the Indy Car. See how lucky they are! They sit in cars at every show we hit!
 
Also be sure to stop by the Hile Racing Modified and give what you can to help them get a new hauler. I did not know that home built rigs like they had (in most cases) cannot get fire insurance…did you? I need to look into this. But stop by, pick up a ticket for the benefit on March 31st here in Syracuse or just throw a few dollars into the kitty. They are a great family and they could use the help. 
 
Now let’s chat more about what is new for today on the Audio Page. I begin with a very likeable racer who just happened to be my first interview when I walked into the show on Saturday. Todd Morey talked about his abbreviated season at Fonda in his Modified and described what he has to do in the shop to get ready for 2012. So sorry for your loss Todd!  
 
Tony Steiner remembered a recent family vacation, talked about his Friday plans and wondered where he will race on Saturday nights. 
 
Larry Wight has run six races so far this year down south and ran down how he did in every one of them including his violent flip. 
 
Jimmy Phelps confirms he is STILL in the 98h and talked about his first races with the team. See guys, you cannot believe everything you see on some forums. 
 
Charlie Donk showed off his new Sprint Car and remembered the winged races he ran last year after moving away from the big block Modified division. 
 
Dylan Swiernik had a new car & a new look at Motorsports Expo, talked about his almost win in 2011 and his plans to race on both local 360 tours. 
 
Andrew Harpell reminded drivers about Five Mile Point’s practice session taking place on Monday and previewed the upcoming season with both ROC series.  
 
Katelyn Kane told me how fundraising was going for the Hile Motorsports team at Motorsports Expo and how she broke her nose recently. Bad dog…no, good dog! 

 

 
Saturday, March 10th 2012
    New on the Audio Page from the set up at Motorsports Expo:
 
Joe Patrick runs down the events on the schedule today and tells me how set up was going. 
Michael Sanchelli talked about some dates at Orange County and described the new handicapping. 
John Tiff runs down what is happening at Utica Rome and tells me about a few changes for 2012. 
Kevin Ward told me about his go cart win three weeks ago and the Sprint Car he has in the show. 
Rob Keller showed off a new look for his IMCA Modified and talked about the growing class. 
 
It was a snowy day in Central New York and I spent a good portion of the day at the New York State Fairgrounds as Motorsports Expo was being set up. I hope you all have plans to go to the event today as there is a lot to see. And this year’s in color seems to be orange. You’ll see what I mean when you check it out today.
 
Of course I’ll be there today with my recorder and my camera to document the event. I’ll be talking to as many drivers as I can so look for those to come tomorrow and of course many will be saved for release next week.
 
I’m all bummed out with the loss by SU Friday night. But with the latest implications surrounding the program, you knew a loss like this was coming and you have to wonder if this might be the end of the Jim Boehiem era as you can only brush stuff off for so long. 
 
Now let’s chat more about what is new on the Audio Page for today. I begin with a breakdown of what is happening today. Joe Patrick runs down the events on the schedule today at Motorsports Expo, highlights the autograph sessions in the afternoon and tells me how set up was going on Friday. 
 
Michael Sanchelli talked about some special dates this year at Orange County Fair Speedway and described the new handicapping system for weekly racing. 
 
John Tiff runs down what is happening at Utica Rome and tells me about a few changes for 2012 including a bigger award for the Modified champion. 
 
Kevin Ward told me about his go cart win three weeks ago and the 360 Sprint Car he has at the show in the Empire Super Sprints booth. 
 
Rob Keller showed off a new look for his IMCA Modified, talked about how the class is growing in the Southern Tier and gave drivers some advice on life insurance. I need some!!! 

 
Friday, March 9th 2012
    New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Stephen Denton ran down how his team won the endurance road race last weekend down south.
Rob Slezak showed off his camouflaged IMCA Mod and told me about the new stuff he has. 
Beth Schneider talks about her plans to race more and her efforts to help out the Hile Racing Team.
Brad Weaver explains why he may take the year off from driving and what he will do at the track. 
Jake Maynard remembered his years in a Slingshot and gets ready to be an IMCA Modified rookie. 
 
I had a nice day off yesterday as I was able to get enough ahead and still have new interviews right through the end of the week. I was also able to do some off the record investigating into a big story here in Central New York. More on this in coming weeks.
 
Today I will be going over to the New York State Fairgrounds as set up begins for Motorsports Expo. I’ll take a few pictures and do a few interviews but the all out blitz begins tomorrow for me and will run through Sunday. 
 
I love this weekend and always have as I get to see what everyone has been doing all winter long and I get to see what big races are coming up as all that information should be out this weekend. And I hope to see you there!!!
 
Now let’s chat more about what is new for today on the Audio Page. I begin with a driver who was part of a winning team this past weekend. Stephen Denton ran down how his team won the endurance road race last weekend in South Carolina. He talked about his stint in the car on Saturday, how the team regained the lead on Sunday and looks forward to his ever time attending Motorsports Expo this weekend. 
 
Rob Slezak showed off his camouflaged IMCA Mod and told me about the new stuff he has to race with. He told me why he got rid of the car that had a four link suspension, how confusing it was for him and what type of handling condition he had to deal with most of the year. 
 
Beth Schneider talks about her plans to race more and her efforts to help out the Hile Racing Team. She tells us about the benefit for the team on March 31st in Syracuse, describes how her racecar looks right now and explains why racing Saturdays at Canandaigua appeals to her so much. 
 
Brad Weaver explains why he may take the year off from driving and what he will do at the track to stay close to the sport. He talked about the possibility of something coming along, how much he is looking forward to some time off and describes how much time it takes to work on a competitive racecar. Yep, it does take a toll on you.  
 
Jake Maynard remembered his years in a Slingshot as he gets ready to be an IMCA Modified rookie. He told me how he ended up in an IMCA, what he learned from his years in a Slingshot and ran down where he will race this year. 

 
Thursday, March 8th 2012
    New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Joe Marotta talks about this weekend’s Motorsports Expo at the New York State Fairgrounds. 
Gary Roberts showed off his IMCA Modified last weekend and talks about his plans for 2012. 
Tabatha Murphy described her weekend at Race 101 and thought back on her season at Brockville. 
Reed Miller previewed the upcoming season at Penn Can and highlighted some of their big shows. 
 
What a day on Thursday huh? I was walking around in short sleeves and it was great. Sure, I was a little chilly but not bad and I relished in it. Also on a positive note, the stomach bug that my oldest daughter had for two days is gone so we are back as a healthy family and just in time too!
 
Don’t know about you, but I am super psyched to have Motorsports Expo coming up this weekend at the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse. Right in my backyard too! I’ll be there for the set up on Friday, the big day on Saturday and of course the wrap up on Sunday. It will be a great time and I urge you guys to come and see what’s new for 2012.
 
Of course it will be a great time to pick up schedules and begin to plan your summer of racing. And anyone who is anyone in the racing world will be there so make your plans to come join us this weekend. 
 
Also in today’s Syracuse Post Standard I have a guide to the show for fans, racers, racetracks and vendors. Yes, all four groups can take away a lot from this show so regardless of your level of interest, you can learn and be more prepared for the coming season by showing up this weekend. 
 
Now let’s chat more about what is new for today on the Audio Page. I begin with a preview of this weekend from the voice we will hear over the speakers. Joe Marotta talks about this weekend’s Motorsports Expo at the New York State Fairgrounds. He tells me what he enjoys so much about the event, how important it is for racers & fans and explains why the show is two days in length this time around. 
 
Gary Roberts showed off his IMCA Modified last weekend and talks about his plans for 2012. He told me how he earned the nickname “fireball”, how little work he had to do to the car in the offseason and what he did to make sure the engine was ok. 
 
Tabatha Murphy described her weekend at Race 101 and thought back on her season at Brockville. She talked about the realities of being a female Sportsman racer, remembered how she got into circle track racing and ran down the areas she feels she needs to improve. Welcome to the site Tabatha.  
 
Reed Miller previewed the upcoming season at Penn Can and highlighted some of their big shows. Te talked about some changes they made on the fan side, how much the reputation of their track has grown in recent years and one big change concerning Late Models that was hard to do. 

 
Wednesday, March 7th 2012
    New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Billy Pauch talks about what drivers can learn at his racing school and his plans for the 2012 season.
Jeff Crambo remembered winning the ROC Sportsman title and talked about his first race. 
David LaTulip tells me about his new Small Block Super ride and his years at the kartway. 
Rich Green showed off his new stock car this past weekend and gave some tips on moving weight.
 
I got busy again yesterday after a few slower days and I got a lot of new interviews recorded. Four chats on the site today and two of them are from my ramblings in the home studio while the other two are from Southern Tier Speedworld this past weekend in Johnson City.
 
And for those of you who are still learning about the sport, I have two chats for you. Make sure to give Billy Pauch’s chat a listen as he talks about what he teaches at his driving school and I can’t think of a more experienced out there, so register for his school and learn more and get that first win. 
 
And for you stock car guys, give the Rich Green chat a listen as he gave some great advice on what to do as far as moving weight around. He was very candid and very informative and I know you’ll get a lot out of this one. Thanks Rich for helping!
 
Plus we chat with soon to be Modified driver Jeff Crambo and meet Small Block Super Modified driver David LaTulip. Not a bad selection for a Wednesday huh?   And I still have more new interviews in the can including Canadian Sportsman racer Tabatha Murphy as she tells us what she is learning in the Race 101 program.
 
Now let’s chat more about what is new for today on the Audio Page. I begin with a veteran driver who wants to help racers improve just in time for the start of the 2012 season. Billy Pauch talks about what drivers can learn at his racing school and his plans for the 2012 season. He told me about some of the advice he gives drivers, how important both set up & driving are and looks forward to racing this weekend in Rhode Island. Go to www.billypauchracingschool.com for more whether you are a driver or a fan who wants to know what it is like. 
 
Jeff Crambo remembered winning the ROC Sportsman title and talked about his first race down at New Egypt. He told me how he did last time at this show, his plans to run a Modified this season and how good he feels the car could be. This is great news for a guy who is more than qualified for a move up. 
 
David LaTulip tells me about his new Small Block Super Modified ride for Oswego Speedway and his years at the kartway out back. He also talked about what he learned in his three seasons of karting, how he did in his rookie season in a small block last year and how surprised he was to win in just his fifth race. 
 
Rich Green showed off his new stock car this past weekend at Oakdale Mall and gave some tips to drivers on moving weight around. He talked about how much more weight he has to move around with this new chassis, what his new car should do better and explained what coil cars do differently from a leaf spring car. This one is a must listen for stock car teams!!! 

 
Tuesday, March 6th 2012
    New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Glenn Knapp talked about his new Modified and something they found with their older chassis.
Kevan Cook looked over the IMCA’s at Southern Tier Speedworld and offered his thoughts.
Colby Herzog reflected on his season at Brewerton Speedway and talked about his current car.
 
I got a lot done on Monday although not as much as I would have liked as my day was broken up by bowling. I spent most of the day on the phone doing off the record conversations trying to find out more about the 2012 season. All I can say is that a lot will be clear as of this weekend at Motosports Expo as several tracks have schedules heading to the printers so just be patient and wait till Saturday.
 
Of course that is easier said than done as the teams are busy working on their own plans and sponsors. Sponsors are harder than ever to come by than ever and hopefully after this weekend the phones in the racing world will be buzzing as last minute deals are put in place as the start of our local season gets closer. 
 
Of course we’ll be chatting with some of the participants in this weekend’s show over the next few days and we will also be putting up more from Southern Tier Speedworld as I still have seven interviews in the can. 
 
Three good ones on here today, by the way. The top two are from the show while the third was recorded at the end of last week. In the can are chats with Brad Weaver, Jake “Mongo” Maynard, Rob Slezak, Reed Miller, Gary Roberts, Jeff Crambo and Rich Green. Look for those to show up between now and Friday.
 
Now let’s chat more about what is new for today on the Audio Page. I begin with a driver who was showing off a brand new ride this past weekend. Glenn Knapp talked about his new Modified and something they found with their older chassis. He told me what it was like to put together the newer car, how close the car was to being ready to hit the racetrack and how powerful today’s small block engines are compared to years past. 
 
Kevan Cook looked over the IMCA’s at Southern Tier Speedworld and offered his thoughts. He told me how his racecar is coming along right now, when his first race will be and gave some advice for the new drivers in the class. Good stuff here guys!  
 
Colby Herzog reflected on his season at Brewerton Speedway and talked about his current car. He remembered the two big wrecks he was involved in, described his hopes to someday race an IMCA Modified and wondered if that opportunity might come along this season. 

 
     
 
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