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Gary Rowe of M.R. Gaebel, Inc.
Gates-Cole Associates SUNY Canton Automotive Technology program
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Monday, March 5th 2012
    New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Brian Weaver showed off a very unique looking Modified this past weekend and talked about 2012. 
Jenna David talked about her 2011 season in a Sportsman and her hopes to move up to a 358. 
J.R. Kennerup evaluates racing in the Southern Tier and talks about the importance of mall shows. 
 
We got back to the cold weather on Sunday after a day in the mid 50’s on Saturday and it looks like winter could once again make an appearance. That’s ok with me as we still have several indoor events coming up including this coming weekend’s Motorsports Expo at the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse.
 
This is making for a great month of March as we have cars shows almost every weekend right up through the March 31st opener at Black Rock which I am planning to make my first race of the year. And yes, I saw Dean Hoag yesterday at the Oakdale Mall and joked with him about the sign above their booth that said “Still Dean Hoag’s Black Rock Speedway.” And if I had a dime for every time I heard a racetrack was sold and it wasn’t, I’d have a pretty tall stack of dimes. 
 
I am also doing an unofficial poll about Central New York racing and I started it on my facebook page Sunday afternoon. At this time unless something unexpected happens, it does not look like the Cayuga County Fair Speedway will be open for weekly racing this year. If that is true, then how does it hurt the sport in our area or does it make the other tracks around it stronger?
 
I value your opinion so please send me your thoughts at doug@dougsdirtdiary.com. I would love to know what everyone thinks about this and I may use some of your thoughts in a future column I am going to write on the 2012 season locally here in Central New York. And no bashing of any of the parties involved please, just reaction and thoughts please.
 
Now let’s chat more about what is new for today on the Audio Page. I begin with a veteran racer who was having a little fun with a promoter this past weekend. Brian Weaver showed off a very unique looking Modified this past weekend at Southern Tier Speedworld and talked about 2012. He joked about a Five Mile Point inspection sticker they had on the side, reflected on his 2011 season and ran down what they have left to do to the Modified. 
 
Jenna David talked about her 2011 season in a Sportsman and her hopes to move up to a 358 Modified in the future. She told me about her start in the sport at age ten, her many off season activities and the fun she had racing at some new tracks last season including the mile at Syracuse. 
 
J.R. Kennerup evaluates racing in the Southern Tier and talks about the importance of mall shows. He spoke about the effects of a tight economy, how advertising helped one particular local track and highlighted some events on the schedules in 2012. 

 
Sunday, March 4th 2012
   New on the Audio Page from Southern Tier Speedworld:
 
Joel Batzel explained why he moved from Sportsman to IMCA and showed me his new car. 
Jamie Page reviewed the 2011 season at I-88 Speedway and talked about the new clay they have. 
J.R. Hurlburt remembered his year in a Mod and a Sprint Car including his win at Orange County. 
Keith Shay told me about the new addition to his family and wondered how much he’ll race in 2012. 
Bob Buono had his championship car on display and talked about the work he did in the off season. 
Matt Roberts told me how close his car was to being finished and why he is coming back in 2012. 
 
I had a great time yesterday as my dad and I headed down to Southern Tier Speedworld inside the Oakdale Mall. I saw a lot of beautiful racecars that looked way to good to actually get dirty. And you have one more day to see them today, so get on down to Johnson City. It’s easy to get to as it is right off route 17 west of the route 81 split and the exit says “mall” right on it so you really can’t miss it.
 
I spoke with so many people I had not seen in quite sometime and I recorded 17 new interviews and took 81 photos in my 3 hours at the show. I put all the pictures up today as well as 6 of the interviews. Look for the remaining 10 to show up 2 a day as well as the new stuff we get done in the studio this week.
 
Now I really got to take my hat off to the organizers of this event as it one of the, if not the best mall show around. They have a ton of cars, a stage to do events at and let’s face it, any time you can get us in front of people who do not know what we are, it is a great thing. Now we just need to make sure they come to the racetrack. That’s the next challenge.
 
Now let’s chat more about what is new on the Audio Page for today. I begin as always with the first interview I did after walking into the mall. Joel Batzel explained why he moved from Sportsman to IMCA Modified, showed me his new car and told me what it looked like a few short months ago. Look for him in my Southern Tier Speedworld photo bin. 
 
Jamie Page reviewed the 2011 season at I-88 Speedway, talked about the new clay they have and previewed some big races they have on tap for the 2012 season. 
 
J.R. Hurlburt remembered his year in a Mod & a Sprint Car including his win at Orange County and then ran down his plans for where he will race this coming season. 
 
Keith Shay told me about the new addition to his family, wondered how much he’ll race in 2012 and wondered if he might the chance to move up. 
 
Bob Buono had his championship car on display and talked about the work he did in the off season after finishing the year out on a rough late season racetrack. 
 
Matt Roberts told me how close his car was to being finished as he had it in the Oakdale Mall for Southern Tier Speedworld and how he managed to come back in 2012. 

 
Saturday, March 3rd 2012
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
John Lehmann updates us on the progress at CNY Raceway Park and its state of the art lighting. 
Michael Bush recaps his season racing a Sportsman on the asphalt and his plans to add Fonda. 
 
I had a fun day on Friday as I did a couple of interviews in the studio and made my plans to head down to Johnson City today for Southern Tier Speedworld. This is one of my favorite shows of the pre-season and I urge you to get down there, see some racecars and support the mall. The event is at Oakdale Mall and you can see it right from the Johnson City exit. See you there!
 
So look for some photos to show up later today and look for interviews from the event on Sunday and into next week. You can also look forward to a pair of 17 year olds next week as well as Sportsman racer Jenna David and Colby Herzog were my Friday chats. I know you’ll like both of them and they both did a great job. 
 
I also found out on Friday that one of our proud racing families in Central New York had a tragedy. The Hile family of Syracuse had their hauler and part of their garage burn down early Friday morning. This is a tough loss for a family that everyone likes and respects. 
 
If any of you have any ideas on how we all as a community can help, let me know with an email to doug@dougsdirtdiary.com.   They’re not asking for help but if there is a family out there who deserves it based on their actions and the way they carry themselves, this is the family. My heart goes out to you guys. I wish you the best. But really guys, lets see what we can do to help. 
 
Now let’s talk more about what is new for today on the Audio Page. I begin with more news on a big project that could transform Central New York and made it THE racing capital of the northeast. John Lehman updates ups on the progress at CNY Raceway Park and its state of the art lighting. He talked about the local companies involved in the project, what the next steps are to get ready for the big work this spring and confirmed that yes, the project is happening. 
 
Michael Bush recaps his season racing a Sportsman on the asphalt and his plans to run on the dirt at Fonda as well. He talked about destroying a car in his last race, a change in the rules for Devil’s Bowl and getting ready for Motorsports Expo next weekend in Syracuse. 

 
Friday, March 2nd 2012
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Kevin Albert talked about his season at Big Diamond and runs down where he will race this year. 
Claude Hutchings Jr. tells me about his six weekends of ice racing and this weekend in S. Carolina. 
 
I had a nice day on Thursday as I got a lot of new interviews recorded and am now ahead by a day. And I have a few things set up today with a pair of young drivers that I will be putting up on Sunday.
 
As you can see we have two more new interviews on the site for today and both are very good. We chat about Kevin Albert’s plans for this year and recap 2011 while Claude Jr. tells us about a fire extinguisher that went off at the wrong time and what he had to do to keep breathing when it happened. Scary stuff huh?
 
Tomorrow we’ll find out more about Central New York Raceway Park (yes, it is happening!!!) from VP John Lehman and find out how asphalt racer Michael Bush is going to add a dirt track to his plans this year. And both of them will be at Motorsports Expo next weekend so be sure to make your plans now to be there.
 
Now let’s chat more about what is new for today on the Audio Page. I begin with a young man who is really looking good for the coming season. Kevin Albert talked about his season at Big Diamond and runs down where he will race this year. He remembered destroying a car early in the season, his top five at the Coalcracker and wondered how his small block will do against the big blocks at New Egypt when he tries that track out for the first time. 
 
Claude Hutchings Jr. tells me about his six weekends of ice racing and this weekend in South Carolina. He explained why he had to bail from his Saab in a big hurry the last time out, the new car they built for this weekend’s 16 hour race and runs down how his Sportsman looks in the shop. 

 
Thursday, March 1st 2012
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Rob Bellinger tells me about his four races at Volusia including his feature win on the final night. 
Ronnie Tobias Jr. talks about his plans to become a rookie in the Modified division at Big Diamond. 
 
I had a fun day on Wednesday as I got to come into my oldest daughter’s classroom on Special Person Day. I talked about my jobs, dirt racing and of course I showed them my feature win in the Claude Hutchings 84jr. They had a ball and asked some very intelligent questions for third graders. I had as much fun as they did and my daughter was all smiles.
 
After that I got back to work and wrote up a story for the Syracuse Post Standard about three local racers who are going to race this weekend and got back in the studio. Read it to see who is racing and where they have to go to get in their racing fix.
 
Also I had the chance to chat with Black Rock Speedway’s Dean Hoag. Many of you have asked me to get ahold of him as there are rumors out there about the track being sold and here is what he had to say. 
 
“There are no papers signed,” Hoag explained, “no purchase order has been signed and no money transacted. At this time I am proceeding with my 8th season of ownership and promotion of Black Rock Speedway.”
 
We would have done an interview, but those two sentences pretty much say it all. And if something does change, know that we will chat again and I will have it for you right here on Doug’s Dirt Diary.
 
Now let’s chat more about what is new for today on the Audio Page. I begin with one of our winners from Volusia. Rob Bellinger tells me about his four races at Volusia including his feature win on the final night. He talked about some big changes they made right before the feature, the wreck they got into on the first night and thanked the people in the pits who gave him some great advice on what to do with his somewhat unfamiliar car. 
 
Ronnie Tobias Jr. talks about his plans to become a rookie in the Modified division at Big Diamond. He ran down his background in the sport that seemed to be grooming him for a Sprint Car, described some of the pressure associated with being a member of the Tobias family and remembers the day his famous father passed away. 

 
Wednesday, February 29th 2012
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Alan Johnson recaps his four races in Volusia and his feature win on a slick daytime racetrack. 
Johnny Mackison talked about his hopes for 2012 as he got ready to race Saturday at Lincoln. 
 
It was a nice sunny day here in Central New York and I have my work done early enough on Tuesday to get out and enjoy some of it. I have two new conversations on the site today and was able to save another one that I know you’re going to like for tomorrow. 
 
Still digesting Daytona as I am sure a lot of you are but one thing I can tell you is that it brought back a lot of memories from Super DIRT Week. I don’t know how many times we had to stay late and run under the lights after a long day and then boom, a big delay hits and you’re stuck. 
 
So my hat goes off to all the track workers at Daytona and everywhere for that matter. The only time we notice them is when things go wrong and 99% of the time they do everything right. So great job everyone!
 
Today is a day that only happens every four years as February 29th is a leap year date only. So for those of you who have your birthday today, happy birthday. And what do you do when your birthday is on the 29th of February? You still age right? 
 
Now let’s chat more about what is new for today on the Audio Page. I begin with a man who just picked up his first win of the season. Alan Johnson recaps his four races in Volusia and his feature win on a slick daytime racetrack. He told me how good his Modified was overall, how a broken weld cost him a good finish in race number three and tells me what he knows about where he will race this year. 
 
Johnny Mackison talked with Jeremiah Fish about his hopes for 2012 as he got ready to race Saturday at Lincoln. He also spoke about putting his son into one of his cars, the other son he’ll get racing in 2013 and thought back on his career that began in 1984. 
 
Tuesday, February 28th 2012
   New on the Audio Page from Jeremiah Fish at Lincoln Speedway:
 
Chad Criswell told J Fish about his hopes for the race as he came into his second season in the car.
Austin Reed spoke with J Fish about getting in his first ever laps in a 410 and his concerns. 
Brian Montieth talked with J Fish about his heat and how it felt to get the nerves out of the way. 
Bill Stine just raced in his heat and told J Fish about getting nipped at the line in the very end. 
Kevin Nouse finished in third place in the A-Main and told Jeremiah Fish about his 3rd place. 
 
We are back with more new drivers today from Jeremiah Fish’s trip to Lincoln Speedway on Saturday. We do still have one more left that will show up tomorrow and then we’ll get back to some studio stuff. 
 
Four of the five drivers on the site today are new to us and we welcome them on board and thank J Fish for all of his help contributing to the site. It is nice to hear a voice other than mine isn’t it? 
 
I will be in the studio today and will have more new content up tomorrow so be sure to come back and see who we get to chat with. And let’s hope they got Daytona in as my dvr is running out of options. 
 
Now let’s chat more about what is new for today on the Audio Page. I begin with more from the first race of the year in the northeast. 
 
Chad Criswell told J Fish about his hopes for the race at Lincoln as he came into his second season in the car. He talked about how cold it was at the event, described the concerns he had because of that and why he felt it was important to do well in this early show. 
 
Austin Reed spoke with J Fish about getting in his first ever laps in a 410 and his concerns coming into the event at Lincoln. He wondered about the high wind, remembered running some 360 shows in his past and remembered some of what he learned with his team last year. 
 
Brian Montieth talked with J Fish about his heat race and how it felt to get the nerves out of the way. He told him about his expectations coming into the race, how good the racetrack was and how tough the drivers are that he was going to be racing against. 
 
Bill Stine just raced in his heat and told J Fish about getting nipped at the line at the very end.    He told him what he saw with the top side of the racetrack, described the differences between the top & the bottom and thought back to his 2011 season. 
 
Kevin Nouse finished in third place in the A-Main and told Jeremiah Fish about his 3rd place. He talked about how happy he was with the finish, how starting on the pole may have hurt him a little and explained how this opportunity came about as well as the drivers who were up for the ride. 

 
     
 
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