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Gary Rowe of M.R. Gaebel, Inc.
Gates-Cole Associates SUNY Canton Automotive Technology program
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Sunday, February 12th 2012
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Chad Phelps remembers his 2011 season and talks about the parity in Modified racing right now. 
Jon Rohacevich speaks about his abbreviated season in 2011 and what wins Late Model races. 
 
I got a lot done on Saturday as I recorded three new conversations and am now enough ahead today that I can go check out some of the match play at a local bowling tournament. 
 
On the site today are two real good conversations. One is with a driver who won a race last year at his long time home while the other did not get in as many shows as he would have liked. But like I said each of these is real good and I know you will like them. 
 
In the can right now are conversations with announcer/radio personality Paul Szmal and 358 Modified racer Zach Aubertine. One or both of those will be up tomorrow so keep checking back as we put up new stuff everyday. And after we get back today, we’ll get back in the studio.
 
And keep those emails coming as I am working hard on new drivers and to make sure we get your favorites on here. Send me your thoughts at doug@dougsdirtdiary.com. Thanks. 
 
Now let’s chat more about the new stuff on the Audio Page today. I begin with a man who races regularly against three members of his own family. Chad Phelps remembers his 2011 season and talks about the parity in Modified racing in Central New York. He evaluated each of his weekly homes, recalled his feature win at Fulton Speedway and talked about the shop work he is doing right now. 
 
Jon Rohacevich speaks about his abbreviated season in 2011 and what wins Late Model races. He told me why shocks & tires are so important, describes some of what he learned in testing last year and how an injury in a pick up basketball game cost him well over a month of seat time. 

 
Saturday, February 11th 2012
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Alton Palmer talked about his year at Fonda and remembers when he lost interest in racing. 
John Wilber recapped his 2011 season and talked about his plans to run weekly at Canandaigua.
 
I had another good day on Friday as I got back to work in the studio and recorded three new interviews. One of those is up today while the others will show up tomorrow. And don’t forget that Late Models are racing this weekend in Georgia, so hopefully we’ll have more on that early next week.
 
On the site today is a pair of drivers, one with many years of experience and many feature wins under his belt while the other is getting ready for what should be his busiest year yet as he continues to learn and improve. Give both of these a listen as they are both real good!
 
I’ll be working today for a good portion of the day and I do know that Central New York Modified racer Chad Phelps will be up tomorrow. We have stopped the Season in Reviews as I usually like to end them in February and switch over to what are you doing now. 
 
Now let’s chat more about what is new for today on the Audio Page. I begin with a man who had a very good year as a driver and a car owner. Alton Palmer talked about his year at Fonda, remembers when he lost interest in racing a few years back and who helped him fall in love with it again. He also told me how happy he was overall with what they did in 2011, how the cars look in the shop and why we don’t see him race more than one night a weekend. 
 
John Wilber recapped his 2011 season and talked about his plans to run his Sportsman weekly at Canandaigua. He told me what he likes about The Land of Legends, why he is upgrading to a new crate engine and how tough it is to race competitively on a tight budget. 

 
Friday, February 10th 2012
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Phil Burkhart talked about his Modified season at Utica Rome and his Nostalgia Funny Car.
Joe Trenca told me about the work he is doing as he gets ready for his rookie year in a 360 Sprinter. 
 
I had a GREAT day on Thursday as my health concerns were cleared up and I feel great! When you don’t know what is going on, sometimes that it the worst time and it can affect everything, your mood, the way you feel about yourself and other things I don’t want to go into. But to be told I was fine, was a relief like never before.
 
So I got into the studio with renewed vigor and got alot of work done. I have two of the interviews I did up for today and each of them is real good as both drivers are very good talkers. Give them both a listen and I know you will enjoy them. 
 
I have a few things set up for today so be sure to come back tomorrow for lots more from the world of dirt track racing. I may also have a shop shoot in the works, so keep looking for that as well.
 
Now let’s chat more about what is new for today on the Audio Page. I begin with a man who is re-inventing himself in a form of racing that is totally new to him. Phil Burkhart talked about his Modified season at Utica Rome and his Nostalgia Funny Car. He told me where he feels he needs the most improvement, what he learned over the course of 2011 and encourages everyone to check out a national drag race event. You’ll be shocked at how fast 300 mph looks in person! 
 
Joe Trenca told me about the work he is doing as he gets ready for his rookie year in a 360 Sprinter. He talked a little about his Micro Sprint races in 2011, what excites him about full size Sprint Cars and how he will be honoring his family’s history with a new look in 2012. 

 
Thursday, February 9th 2012
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Mike Perrotte talks about Dirt Modifieds on asphalt and gives tips to drivers on change-overs. 
Joe Marotta does a Season in Review with Doug Elkins and his winning year in a 4 Cylinder. 
 
We hope your Wednesday was a good one and hope today is also a good one for you as well. We have a pair of chats up today that were recorded earlier in the week. We hope you enjoy them both and keep those requests coming to doug@dougsdirtdiary.com.
 
Hopefully we sailed through our procedure yesterday and as I write this up on Tuesday, know that I cannot wait for today to get here soon enough. If there is any news to report I’ll be sure to put it on here. But every guy out there gets nervous on this one so hopefully everything went ok.
 
We’ll be back in the studio today and back recording new interviews. I have one set up already and hopefully I’ll breeze through the studio work today. And by the way, the Boonville Snowfest will not happen this weekend as it is just not cold enough. I’ll keep tabs on that and when I hear about rescheduling, I’ll be sure to let you know.
 
Now let’s chat more about what is new for today on the Audio Page. I begin with news on one of the latest “in things” in Modified racing. Mike Perrotte talks about Dirt Modifieds on asphalt and gives tips to drivers on change-overs. He told me why he feels small blocks may be better on the harder surface, describes how things are going at Airborne Speedway and how he did the last time he got behind the wheel. 
 
Joe Marotta does a Season in Review with Doug Elkins and his winning year in a 4 Cylinder. He asks Doug how the deal to drive the Claude Hutchings 84 came about, what he learned along the way and what he has in store for this year if everything goes well. 

 
Wednesday, February 8th 2012
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Ricky Elliott remembers his 2012 Late Model season and told me how he chooses his races. 
Craig Revelle tells drivers how to get a website for very little money and his newest creations. 
 
Hump day is here and I hope all of you get over it fine and the end of your work week gets off to a good start. We’re back today with a couple of new conversations including one with a big name Late Model talent and a reminder to all of you teams out there to get your websites ready for 2012.
 
Tomorrow I’ll chat with promoter Mike Perrotte about Dirt Modifieds on asphalt and a new series taking place this year for this growing form of racing. Plus I’ll get interviewed about my 10 race season by the dean of announcers in Central New York, Joe Marotta. 
 
Today will not be a fun day for me as I have that fun procedure that every 50 year old man gets and hopefully by the time you read this, it is over. But for those of you having coffee with me this morning, offer up some good thoughts for me as you know how I am feeling right about now…ugh!

But right beforehand I went to our stats page and took a look around.  I did not realize that we are doing tyhe numbers we are doing right now.  We are averaging over 46,000 page views a day and have been averaging over a million actual page views a month since September of last year.  Thanks so much everyone.  Now I need to use this news and run with it. 
 
Let’s find out more about what is new on the Audio Page for today. I begin with a driver who won 18% percent of the time last year. Ricky Elliott remembers his 2012 Late Model season and told me how he chooses his races. He explains why he does not like to follow a specific series, describes some of the advantages to that type of schedule and compares the sports two top Late Model traveling series. 
 
Craig Revelle tells drivers how to get a website without breaking the bank and his newest creations. He talked about the new look he gave to a pair of track websites, explains how ESS drivers can save money with him and gets ready for Motorsports Expo 2012 next month. 

 
Tuesday, February 7th 2012
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Jason Meyers tells me why he is taking a break from racing and what influenced his decision. 
Dale Caswell remembers his six win season and compares crate engines to Fasttrack motors. 
 
Well we have a big one for you today on the website as Jason Meyers and I chatted yesterday about his surprising decision to take a break from racing after a fourteen race string to start the year. It is a very honest and straight forward chat with a driver who just made one of the biggest decisions of his life. And you have to admire any man who puts his family first and that is exactly what Jason has done. We wish you all the best in whatever endeavor you choose!
 
Also on today is one of the big Late Model drivers from here in Central New York. Dale Caswell joins us in a chat I recorded last Friday. It is a full blown season in review so I know you will like it.
 
I did a lot yesterday as I needed to get ahead so in the can now are chats with Late Model driver Ricky Elliott, asphalt Modified promoter & driver Mike Perrotte and Joe Marotta does a season in review with me as a driver. Ricky and Joe will be up tomorrow while Mike will show up here on Wednesday.
 
As for me, I have a procedure coming up that every 50 year old man has to do and I am not ecstatic about it in the slightest. I drink the drinks today and have it done tomorrow. I am very nervous as I hope they don’t find anything but from what I hear, the worst time is the 24 hours beforehand. If any of you have any advice or encouraging words, send them to me at doug@dougsdirtdiary.com. I could use them. And thanks!
 
Now let’s chat more about what is new for today on the Audio Page. I begin with a driver who just made a big decision on his career and life in general. Jason Meyers tells me why he is taking a break from racing and what influenced his decision to put his family first. He ran down the races he will do in his Allstar Appreciation Tour, wonders what he will do after that and explains what it is that he will miss most later this summer. 
 
Dale Caswell remembers his six win Late Model season and compares crate engines to Fasttrack motors. He talked about being down a little in the win column, described the work he is doing right now in the shop and wondered if he might do some more Mod Lite racing this year at Brewerton. 

 
Monday, February 6th 2012
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Danny O’Brien remembers his championship season and talks about the current 358 package. 
Val Stephens talks about her Mini Stock title at Raceway 5 and the awards she got from Black Rock.
 
Another work week is upon us and I have a couple of nice interviews on the page to help get you through it. One is with a popular veteran driver with a big family history and the other is with a talented young lady who is also keeping family tradition alive. Give them both a listen as I know you’ll like them.
 
I hope you all had a great time on Sunday and I hope you are not paying for it today. As for me on this fine Monday, I have work to do after a day off on Sunday. I need to write up a new story for the Syracuse Post Standard and get some more interviews done as well. I am off for bowling and have a procedure on Wednesday, so I need to get stuff done today.
 
Now let’s chat more about what is new for today on the Audio Page. I begin with a man who is coming off of a real good year. Danny O’Brien remembers his championship season in Canada and talks about the current 358 engine package. He told me why he likes small block racing so much, explained why his Merrittville win early on was so special and ran down his tentative plans for the 2012 season. 
 
Val Stephens talks about her Mini Stock title at Raceway 5 and the awards she got from Black Rock.  She also told me about a planned move up to a 600 Micro Sprint, her hopes to eventually get behind the wheel of a 360 Late Model and how each of those racecars look right now. 

 
     
 
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