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Friday, March 23rd 2012
   New on the Audio Page for today
 
Mike Stelter talked about what a great situation he is in this year with his 360 Sprint Cars. 
Billy VanInwegen remembered last weeks crash at Selinsgrove and talked about his plans to travel. 
Tiger Chapman tells us why Can Am will not be DIRTcar Sanctioned in 2012 and what the rules are. 
 
I got a lot done on Thursday as I recorded a lot of new interviews and was able to put some in the can for future release. Then later in the day I was able to chat with Can Am Motorsports Park owner Tiger Chapman about why they will be independent this season. The reason that chat is third is it was recorded after I had already updated the site for Friday.
 
And don’t forget to check out the Great Northern Mall this weekend as cars from the Brewerton and Fulton Speedways will be on hand for viewing. And for you fans who are going, make sure to buy something while you are there and show your support. This is a two way street you know, so let’s make sure that this show returns next year. 
 
Also New Egypt runs tomorrow with race #2 of the Race of Champions Modified Tour. Many of the top teams from all across the northeast will be on hand and so will J Fish. He’ll have one of my recorders with him so look for stuff from him to show up perhaps as early as Monday.
 
Now let’s chat more about what is new for today on the Audio Page. I begin with a man who can’t wait to get back on the track. Mike Stelter talked about what a great situation he is in this year with his 360 Sprint Cars. He told me who stepped up to get him some extra power, how he managed to endure his worst year ever in 2011 and remembered some of what went wrong last season. 
 
Billy VanInwegen remembered last weeks crash at Selinsgrove and talked about his plans to travel with the Super DIRTcar Series. He told me how badly damaged his Modified was, looked ahead to a return to Orange County Fair Speedway and wonders if he’ll race a 305 next weekend at Black Rock. 
 
Tiger Chapman tells us why Can Am will not be DIRTcar Sanctioned in 2012 and what the rules are. He ran down what happened over the last few weeks, why they will still run Hoosier tires and talks directly to the teams affected by the decision. 

 
Thursday, March 22nd 2012
   New on the Audio Page for today
 
Cory Reed talks about the Brewerton and Fulton Speedway Car show at Great Northern Mall. 
Ray Woodall remembered his abbreviated season at Big Diamond and talks about Sunday’s practice.
Jeremie Corcoran gets ready for this Saturday’s practice at Canandaigua Motorsports Park. 
 
I had a good day on Wednesday although as I was four for four on the interviews I wanted to get done. I had a few extra things set up in hopes of getting a little ahead, but guys get busy and I understand. The season is here for some and right around the corner for others so I get what I can when I can. So thanks to everyone who took time out to chat with me yesterday. 
 
I do have lots of things set up for today and also have a new column out in the Syracuse Post Standard that talks about New Egypt, the car show in Clay, New York and Canandaigua’s practice on Saturday which I may be able to make it out for.
 
Plus Jeremiah Fish called and he may be heading to New Egypt with one of my recorders and his cameras. It is so great to have him helping and I hope you all enjoyed his interviews which we highlighted the last three days. And in looking at the numbers, I can see you did!
 
Now let’s chat more about what is new for today on the Audio Page. I begin with news on a free car show this weekend in Central New York. Cory Reed talks about the Brewerton and Fulton Speedway Car show at Great Northern Mall this Friday, Saturday and Sunday. He told me why he thinks these mall shows are so important for racetracks, described some of the activities taking place and looks ahead to the season opener at Fulton on April 14th with the Patriot Sprint Tour. 
 
Ray Woodall remembered his abbreviated season at Big Diamond and talks about Sunday’s practice. He talked about an issue he had with his motor after an early season race, how he first got into racing at age seven and how a career ending football injury led him to Sportsman racing with his dad’s help. Welcome aboard Ray! 
 
Jeremie Corcoran gets ready for this Saturday’s practice at Canandaigua Motorsports Park. He talked about the possibility of the time (3-6 PM) being moved up due to weather, looked ahead to the season starter on April 7th and remembered how he felt last year at this same time. 


 
Wednesday, March 21st 2012
   New on the Audio Page for today from Jeremiah Fish at Selinsgrove Speedway:
 
Dale Planck talks with J Fish about turning a frame into a racecar in seven days and his bad draw. 
Billy Pauch Jr. spoke with J Fish about his hopes coming into the ROC opener in Pennsylvania. 
Michael Storms thought back on his trip to Florida and told J Fish about his special guest.
 
The final chats from Jeremiah Fish’s trip to Selinsgrove are up today and all three are real good. I saved these three on purpose for today and each is over 5 minutes long and each is packed with great info on how these three drivers made it to the track this past weekend and how fortunate they all feel they are.
 
Sometimes we all get wrapped up in numbers and sanctioning bodies and all kinds of other stuff instead of keeping our focus on what is important…the racing. We live in an area that most of the country thinks of as city. But the northeast and New York State are racing country and it is my job to point that out!
 
Yes, I’m getting reflective again and who could blame me? I love my job and just want to do it better. We’re working on that and with all of your help, we’ll continue to do that. 
 
Now let’s chat more about those three new chats on the Audio Page. I begin with a man who worked real hard to make it to the track this past weekend. Dale Planck talks with J Fish about turning a frame into a racecar in seven days and his bad draw for the ROC opener. He also chatted about his mindset coming from the back, his win last year that went away after a trip across the scales and how quickly you can lose the handle on a racecar. 
 
Billy Pauch Jr. spoke with J Fish about his hopes coming into the ROC opener in Pennsylvania. He talked about some of his past at Selinsgrove, explained how his ride for the event came together and why he is so fortunate with the rides he has for this season. 
 
Michael Storms thought back on his trip to Florida and told J Fish about his special guest in the pits. He talked about why that was so important to him & his brother, why he likes the relationship he has with his current team so much and how that relationship has progressed since last year. 

 
Tuesday, March 20th 2012
   New on the Audio Page for today from Jeremiah Fish at Selinsgrove Speedway:
 
Brett Deyo talks about he races he will promote this year and the new tracks that are on board.  
Mike Barone told J Fish about the new Modified he had with him and ran down his 2012 plans. 
Kevin Brady spoke with J. Fish about his hopes for Icbreaker V and how tough it would be to qualify.
Mike Colsten has done some work on his Modified and told J Fish about the medium block engine. 
 
It was another real nice day on Monday and I was able to get out and enjoy some of it. We have another big weekend coming up and there’s a pair of car shows and a big race down at New Egypt as the ROC Modified tour continues.
 
We have more on the site from J Fish as we continue to deal with some issues behind the scenes. We do still have three more chats from him to come up tomorrow. A big thanks again goes out to him.
 
Plus we must thank all the sponsors you see on here as without them we would not have been able to keep going as long as we have. Plus all the drivers and all of you who get me motivated on the tough days. 
 
I’ll be doing the best I can to push on and will make whatever adjustments I need to along the way to keep this thing going. And if you would like to help, please email me at doug@dougsdirtdairy.com.  Thank you!
 
Now let’s chat more about what is new for today on the Audio Page. I begin with a young promoter who is making a name for himself. Brett Deyo talks to Jeremiah Fish about he races he will promote this year and the new tracks that are on board. He told me about the Road to the Super Nationals, how much the purse has been raised and thinks back on the first race he promoted five years ago. 
 
Mike Barone told J Fish about the new Modified he had with him and ran down his 2012 plans. He described his expectations for the show at Selinsgrove, thought back to how he did the first time he came down two years ago and talked about the need for more experience. 
 
Kevin Brady spoke with J. Fish about his hopes for Icbreaker V and how tough it would be to qualify. He talked about where he will race this year, his unique car number, Oink and how it has managed to stick after some time now. 
 
Mike Colsten has done some work on his Modified and told J Fish about the medium block engine under the hood. He talked about getting ready to start his 44th season, how the sport has changed from those early days and why it is more fun now that it used to be. No kidding! Good interview here. 

 
Monday, March 19th 2012
   New on the Audio Page for today from Jeremiah Fish at Selinsgrove Speedway:
 
Andy Bachetti recapped his races from Florida and told J Fish what his expectations were. 
Dan Vauter was in the 42 on Saturday and remembered the tough night he had on Friday. 
Jackie Brown Jr. spoke with J Fish about his first ever race in a small block and how he liked it. 
Joey Colsten talked with J Fish as he got ready for his first race with a 358 against the big blocks. 
Jeff Strunk spoke with J Fish after finishing in third place in the big block race Saturday night. 
Jimmy Phelps finished in second place and told J Fish what it was like to finish behind a legend. 
Billy Pauch spoke to the media after winning the big block ROC feature at Selinsgrove. 
 
Thanks to Jeremiah Fish we have lots of new audio up today from Selinsgrove Speedway as the Race of Champions Modified Tour kicked off. From what I have heard it was two great days of racing and the nice weather only made things that much better. I hope all of you who went had fun and for all the rest of us, we’ll be at our first race of the year soon.
 
I put up seven of the fourteen chats he recorded and will save the rest for release tomorrow and Wednesday. I’ll put up five more tomorrow and the final two on Wednesday. 
 
I am so fortunate to have someone like him to help and I always envisioned a fleet of reporters out in the field doing this so I would not have to be the only voice you had to listen to. Maybe if more people hear what a good job he does, they might try it themselves. If you are interested, send me an email at doug@dougsdirtdiary.com.  
 
Now let’s chat more about what our good friend did this past weekend that is on the Audio Page. We begin with a chat with a driver who already has some races under his belt. Andy Bachetti recapped his races from Florida and told Jeremiah Fish what his expectations were for the trip as well as the fun he had. 
 
Dan Vauter was in the 42 on Saturday and described to Jeremiah Fish the tough night he had on Friday with his small block. 
 
Jackie Brown Jr. spoke with Jeremiah Fish about his first ever race in a small block on Friday and explained why he thought the alcohol cars were faster. 
 
Joey Colsten talked with J Fish as he got ready for his first race with a 358 against the big blocks and told him about his concerns coming into the night. 
 
Jeff Strunk spoke with J Fish after finishing in third place in the big block ROC race Saturday night at Selinsgrove and explained how fast the two leaders were early on. 
 
Jimmy Phelps finished in second place and told J Fish what it was like to finish behind a legend and what he did to try to run down the leader. 
 
Billy Pauch spoke to the media after winning the big block ROC feature at Selinsgrove and explained what his goals are for the 2012 season.   

 
Sunday, March 18th 2012
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Jeff Cook had a brand new Sprint Car at the Expo and described the weekend he had in Syracuse. 
Alan Fink talked about his six Late Model races in Florida and the work his crate car needs. 
 
It was a good day for central New Yorkers as Syracuse advanced to the Sweet 16 in the NCAA tourney. Another full day is on tap today so hopefully your favorite teams play well and advance too.
 
I was unable to hit the road on Saturday due to a temporary depletion of funds. Hopefully we can remedy this situation soon but staying home in the studio is always an option.  What can I say, things are a little tough right now. And I know many of you are feeling it too so I wish you well and know that you are not alone!
 
Tomorrow we’ll have stuff from Selinsgrove as Jeremiah Fish was kind enough to take a recorder down with him. Look for that tomorrow. 
 
Now let’s chat more about what is new for today on the Audio Page. Up is a pair of drivers who have already raced this year. Jeff Cook had a brand new Sprint Car at the Expo and described the weekend he had in Syracuse. He talked about the bench racing he did at the show, the racing he did down in Florida and why he upgraded his shock program this year. 
 
Alan Fink talked about his six Late Model races in Florida and the work his crate powered car needs. He told me where he plans to race to start, when he might get the Super Late Model out again and wonders if he’ll race weekly or travel more. 

 
Saturday, March 17th 2012
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Mike Bowman talked about his recent marriage to his longtime sweetheart and his Modifieds.
Ricky Newton ran down how he did in the 2011 season and what he will do with his Modified. 
Tom Cummings told me about a benefit for Al Robinson at Shangri-La 2 on May 11th and 12th
 
I had a nice day off yesterday and even thought I am writing this up on Thursday night, I know what I did for most of the day…watched NCAA basketball. Why college football does not do something similar is beyond me!
 
I have a lot on the page today as you can see including a benefit for Al Robinson. You’ve probably heard Al announce a race before or been at an event where he was working behind the scenes. He could really use our help so do what you can. He is a great guy and we wish him well in his recovery from a stroke.
 
Now let’s talk more about what is new for today on the Audio Page. I begin with a man who has had a lot of good things happen I his life of late. Mike Bowman talked about his recent marriage to his longtime sweetheart and his two Modifieds. He told me how much he enjoyed his wedding day, how his racecars are coming along and his recent 300 on the bowling lanes. Nice time to be Mike huh? 
 
Ricky Newton ran down how he did in the 2011 season and what he will do with his former Modified. He also talked about a return to the Sportsman division at Raceway 5, how close his show car is to being ready and looked ahead to starting his season in early May. 
 
Tom Cummings told me about a benefit for Al Robinson at Shangri-La 2 on May 11th and 12th. He talked about how Al is doing now, described some of the activities taking place and how people can contribute to help now. Make checks or money orders to The Spaulding Foundation with Al Robinson Fund on the memo line and mail them to Betty Sherwood, 1074 Sulpher Springs Rd, Owego, NY 13827 or call the track at 607-330-2622. Get well soon Al!!! 

 
     
 
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