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Friday, March 30th 2012
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Jimmy Horton gets ready for Bridgeport’s ROC Mod race and thinks back on New Egypt. 
Mike Smith talks about his hopes for tomorrow at Black Rock and offers tips to new IMCA drivers.
Jake Smulley describes his roles at Big Diamond as they get ready for their opener on Sunday. 
 
I had a busy day as I felt a little better after a couple of days of heavy medication. As of 6 o’clock I have not taken anything so maybe that is behind me. I’ll keep my fingers crossed. 
 
As you can see we’re back in a big way today with three real good interviews that I know you’ll like as well as three ore tomorrow.  And as you can see we have news on three shows that are happening this weekend as the 2012 season begins to pick up a little. 
 
Of course they did mention the four letter word that starts with s, (I mean snow…stop it!) for Saturday so you might want to keep checking the Black Rock site. But if any track can get it in, they can as they have a real good track record in the past. And they are only saying 40% as I look here today. 
 
So keep your fingers crossed there too and hopefully Bridgeport, Big Diamond and Five Mile Point will all get in their shows this weekend too. And I’ll have news on the Five Mile Point show up tomorrow. So be sure to come back for that.
 
Now let’s chat about what is new for tomorrow on the Audio Page. I begin with a driver who is coming off of a solid run this past weekend in New Jersey. Jimmy Horton gets ready for Bridgeport’s ROC Mod race on Saturday and thinks back on New Egypt. He told me how good the small blocks were as the race went on, the importance of tires on that slick track and runs down what he does know about where he will race here in 2012. 
 
Mike Smith talks about his hopes for tomorrow at Black Rock and offers tips to new IMCA drivers. He told me about winning 26 of 42 races last season, how much IMCA is growing as of now and how he is hoping to have a car of his own design available soon. Driver tips are 12:41 into the interview. 
 
Jake Smulley describes his roles at Big Diamond as they get ready for their opener this Sunday. He talked about balancing his two jobs, remembers his years as a driver and the huge practice session they had last week that saw 99 cars hit the racetrack. 

 
Thursday, March 29th 2012
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Alan Johnson remembers his Black Rock win from last year as he gets ready to race there Saturday.
Beth Schneider talks about the Hile Racing Benefit on Saturday and her hopes to race more. 
 
It was a slow day for me on Wednesday as I did one interview in the studio, paired it with one I did earlier on Tuesday and wrote up a new column for the Syracuse Post Standard. It previews what is coming up this weekend and there is a lot going on for sure.
 
All of you newbie Sportsman racers should give the Alan Johnson interview a listen as he gives some tips to you towards the latter part of the conversation. No, it is not too specific as every handling problem creates its own issues, but I know you’ll get some good info out of it. And as Rick Crego told me in a pre interview conversation, “Why would I not want to listen to a multi time champion?” 
 
As for me, I have been told to take it easy for a few days as an issue I had from a surgery many years ago is rearing its ugly head. No big problem though, its just pain. But thanks to a trip to the doctors yesterday I now have what I need to work through it although I may be a little slow here for a few days…but they told me to do that.
 
Now let’s chat more about what is new for today on the Audio Page. I begin with a chat with DIRTCar’s all time Modified feature win leader. Alan Johnson remembers his Black Rock win from last year as he gets ready to race there this Saturday. He told me what he feels are the most important things to do to get around the track well, ran down his tentative 2012 plans and gives tips to Sportsman drivers who are just getting started. 
 
Beth Schneider talks about the Hile Racing Benefit on Saturday and her hopes to race more this coming season. The benefit is from 12-4PM at Barbagallo’s Restaurant at 6344 E. Malloy Road and kids 12 and under are free! 

 
Wednesday, March 28th 2012
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Billy VanPelt talks about a fundraiser for his team this Saturday and remembers his first race.
Neal Williams tells Jeremiah Fish about his Modified and how he got a ride for New Egypt. 
Rich Vleck previews Saturday at Black Rock and goes over the rules for Mods and Sportsman.
 
It was a real nice day on Tuesday as we got back to some warmer weather. And it sounds like this weekend is shaping up very well weather wise also and just in time for some racing. 
 
There are a lot of events taking place this weekend as Bridgeport hosts the third ROC race, Black Rock hosts a Modified race and Five Mile Point gets things going with a Sunday show. Also Grandview Speedway has a free practice on Saturday and an Enduro after that. And Sunday Big Diamond gets the go with their first race of the season. 
 
It’s a great time to be a race fan and I hope all of you get out this weekend and have some fun. We’ll have more interviews about activities taking place this weekend as the week goes on so keep coming back. And if you are racing this weekend, send me an email at doug@dougsdirtdiary.com and we can talk about it. 

I'll have some catching up to as well as I did not feel well later in the day.  It's related to a surgery I had a few years back.  So I laid low, took some pain meds and gritted through it.  Hopefully it will be better today.  Sorry for missing the people I missed on Tuesday. 
 
Now let’s talk more about what is new for today on the Audio Page. I begin with a man who is still licking his wounds after a crash two weekends ago. Billy VanPelt talks about a fundraiser for his team this Saturday and remembers his first race of the season two weeks ago at Selinsgrove. He told us what events are taking place at the Colonial Hotel for himself, Kevin Chilson & Fred Amen, what broke in his Modified that sent him into the wall and described how badly damaged the racecar was. Tough way to start the year off huh? 
 
Neal Williams tells Jeremiah Fish about his Modified and how he got a ride for New Egypt. He talked about how quickly the deal came together, how he lost some study time that night and how excited they are to be racing in this situation. Nice! 
 
Rich Vleck previews Saturdays show at Black Rock and goes over the rules for Mods and Sportsman. He talked about tires, weights for the different engine combinations and looked ahead at some other shows on the 2012 schedule for the track. 

 
Tuesday, March 27th 2012
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Richie Pratt Jr. talks with Jeremiah Fish about his hopes for New Egypt and his familiar ride.
Danny Tyler spoke with J Fish about his Sportsman and why he is going to follow the ROC Series.
Joe “Geezer” Fanelli ran down his plans for 2012  including small car Sundays at Grandview. 
 
I had a good day on Monday and as I type this up my work is done nice and early, even before my daughter gets off the bus. I still have one more interview left in the can and you’ll get to hear that one tomorrow as well as whatever I can get done today in the studio.
 
I also wrote up another column for the Syracuse Post Standard and you can read it in today’s edition. It is all about the race this past weekend in New Egypt and thanks to Jeremiah Fish, I had lots of quotes from winner Stewart Friesen to use. Thanks J Fish!
 
I will also get back on photos today too as I have a few to put up from Rick Young. Plus I have some business to take care of also so it will be a busy day.
 
Now let’s chat more about what is new for today on the Audio Page. We begin with a long conversation with a driver who wins a lot of races in the New Jersey area. Richie Pratt Jr. talks with Jeremiah Fish about his hopes for New Egypt and his familiar ride. He also talked about a newer car they are building for his weekly track, what they’ll bring to Bridgeport this week and ran down his plans for the 2012 season. 
 
Danny Tyler spoke with J Fish about his Sportsman and why he is going to follow the ROC Series. He talked about the work they had to do to fix the car after a crash last year, why he feels racing this series will help him and where he feels he needs to improve. 
 
Joe “Geezer” Fanelli ran down where he will race this year including small car Sundays at Grandview. He told me what else will be running at these special Sunday shows, how his 600 Modified looks right now and reminded everyone to check out his new updated website at www.22racing.com

 
Monday, March 26th 2012
   New on the Audio Page from Jeremiah Fish at New Egypt Speedway:
 
Ryan Godown talked about racing in his home state and described his hopes to Jeremiah Fish. 
Danny Creeden remembered his races at Selinsgrove and told J Fish how he did on each night. 
James Cornell told J Fish about his practice and the brand new chassis he brought to New Jersey. 
Stewart Friesen won the Cabin Fever 60 at New Egypt and told J Fish how he got to the front. 
 
It was a cold and rainy day on Sunday here in Central New York and it looked the same on both the races I watched too as I switched back and forth between the NASCAR race in California and the Formula 1 race. The F1 cars ran in the rain and as I type this up, the rain has delayed the racing in California.
 
We have four new offerings for today as Jeremiah Fish was able to make it down to New Egypt Speedway for race number two of the ROC Modified Tour. We have four up today and three more that will come out tomorrow or Wednesday at the latest. And in the can are chats with Neal Williams, Richie Pratt and Danny Tyler. 
 
Once again we need to thank J Fish for all the work he does for us here on the site. It is so great to hear another voice besides myself so let him know how much you appreciate him the next time you see him. 
 
Now let’s chat more about what is new for today on the Audio Page. We begin with his first conversation in the pit area at New Egypt. Ryan Godown talked about racing in his home state and described his hopes to Jeremiah Fish. He explained why he is waiting on a big block, how he did in his last weekend at Selinsgrove and ran down where we will see him weekly in 2012. 
 
Danny Creeden remembered his races at Selinsgrove and told J Fish how he did on each night. He talked about a parts failure they had on Friday, wondered if he should have left the big block home and explains why he feels more comfortable with a small block engine under his right foot. 
 
James Cornell told J Fish about his first practice and the brand new chassis he brought to New Jersey. He talked about the car owner he will be driving for this year, how much he will be racing it and wonders if he might do some big money Sportsman races as well. 
 
Stewart Friesen won the Cabin Fever 60 at New Egypt and told J Fish how he got to the front. He talked about the work they did the night before to get the car ready, why he thought a small block would be perfect for this show and how happy he was with how well everything went. 

 
Sunday, March 25th 2012
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Ronnie Davis III talked about winning the Novice Sportsman Championship and his move up. 
Bailey Groves remembered her Novice races from last year and described her hopes for 2012. 
Scott Ford showed off his Sportsman at the mall and told about the night that a win slipped away.
Andy Kieffer explained how a chat on Facebook with a fellow driver led to some set up changes. 
 
I had a good day on Saturday as the rain around the area kept me closer to home. I went to the Great Northern Mall to see the racecars and chat with a few drivers. All four of the interviews I recorded are up today and some pictures from the event will show up today as well, so keep checking back for those.
 
We have four new ones for you today including one new driver to the site. Make sure to listen to the Bailey Groves interview as this young lady tells you what she learned last year in her first attempts in a Sportsman. Plus we have a pair of drivers that raced against her as well as an IMCA Modified driver, so there is a lot of good stuff to listen to.
 
Not sure what today will bring just yet but know that we will be back here tomorrow with more. And be sure to hit the mall today as the cars will be coming out at closing time today.  Say thanks to the store owners too when you go in and make sure they know you were there for the racecars.
 
Now let’s chat more about what is new on the Audio Page for today. I begin with my first chat on Saturday afternoon in Clay, New York. Ronnie Davis III talked about winning the Novice Sportsman Championship at Fulton Speedway and his move up to a full fledged Sportsman. He told me about the tough start he had to his 2011 season, when things turned around and where he feels he needs to improve as a driver. 
 
Bailey Groves remembered her Novice Sportsman races from last year and described her hopes for 2012.   She told me about her first night in the racecar, how much more comfortable she is in the car now and how important footwork is. No guys, you don’t just floor these cars and leave your foot there! 
 
Scott Ford showed off his Sportsman at the mall and told about the night that a win slipped away. He told me what he was thinking about before he overdrove the car into the corner, why he switched from the Novice class and why he changed his chassis during the off season. 
 
Andy Kieffer explained how a chat on Facebook with a fellow driver led to some significant set up changes. He told me what they found wrong with his IMCA Modified, what those changes did to the car and how excited he is to get back on the track with his new set up. I’ll bet! 

 
Saturday, March 24th 2012
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
David Marcuccilli talked about his new Sportsman and looks ahead to the Canandaigua practice.
Caley Weese tells me what she has been learning at Race 101 as she gets her Late Model ready. 
Mike Vaughn showed off his Crate Late Model and explained why they went with the black & white.
Colby Herzog had a new 4 Cylinder on display at Great Northern Mall and talked about his hopes. 
 
I had another fun day on Friday as I went to the Great Northern Mall in Clay for a show featuring cars that will compete at the Brewerton and Fulton Speedways. I did just a couple of interviews and will take some photos today. But I want you guys to go to the show, so I am holding off a bit on the pictures.
 
Today the show continues and also Canandaigua Motorsports Park has a practice that has been moved up as of 8PM last night to 2 PM today. Keep checking their web page as there is a chance of some weather and they could even move it up again perhaps, so check when you wake up today.
 
As for the mall show, Cory Reed will be there from 11AM-6PM and he will be giving away six packs of tickets on the hour. So be sure to get there and maybe see some races for free. And local radio station WOLF will be on hand from 1-3 PM so look for a lot to happen then too.
 
The ROC Modified Tour continues today with a show down at New Egypt Speedway in New Jersey. Our J Fish is there so look for audio from him on Monday as I am sure he won’t get back till real late tomorrow morning.
 
Now let’s chat about the new stuff on the Audio Page for today. I begin with a couple of studio conversations followed by two from the mall show.  David Marcuccilli talked about his new Sportsman and looks ahead to the Canandaigua practice later today.  He told me why he went with a tall cage/driver back car, how his crash at Syracuse last year led to that decision and explains why he has a new weekly home this year after several seasons as a regular at Weedsport. 
 
Caley Weese tells me what she has been learning at Race 101 as she gets her Late Model ready. She talked about what they did this past weekend, how she broke her thumb in a crash last season and why she is going all pink this year on her racecar. 
 
Mike Vaughn showed off his Crate Late Model and explained why they went with the black & white. He told me who really wanted it to look that way, where they will race weekly and how much he was enjoying meeting some folks at the Great Northern Mall. 
 
Colby Herzog had a new 4 Cylinder on display at Great Northern Mall and talked about his hopes. He told me how proud he was to be named the Rookie of the Year at Brewerton Speedway, why he likes Hondas so much and what he hopes this car does better than last year’s edition. 

 
     
 
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