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Gary Rowe of M.R. Gaebel, Inc.
Gates-Cole Associates SUNY Canton Automotive Technology program
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Sunday, February 5th 2012
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Danny Serrano talks about adding small blocks at New Egypt and a friend at a nearby track. 
Dave Rauscher recaps his races at Canandaigua and described his hopes for later at Volusia. 
 
It was a real nice day on Saturday and I had it pretty easy with only some work to do putting audio files up. I was able to get ahead by a few days on Thursday & Friday so I was able to lay low on Super Bowl Weekend. 
 
And like a lot of you I have plans for the big game as I have a few people stopping over the house. We just got HD from Time Warner so it will be my first time watching the game in this way so I am really looking forward to it.
 
Yes, I will give you a prediction too. Giants win in my mind 28-17. If it does happen that way, it will make my father in law very happy as it has always been his team. I do not have rooting interest myself so I am just hoping for a competitive game.
 
Now let’s chat more about what is new for today on the Audio Page. Both of these are really good as each of the folks I have on today is a joy to speak with. Danny Serrano talks about adding small blocks at New Egypt and a friend he has at a nearby track. He also told me what gets wins at the track, remembers one particular night when a driver predicted where he would pass cars and explained why he feels it is so important for tracks to work together. 
 
Dave Rauscher recaps his races at Canandaigua and described his hopes for later at Volusia. He also talked about the changeable nature of the Florida track, a new chassis they just picked up and described the relationship he has with his crew chief. 

 
Saturday, February 4th 2012
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Danny Hieber remembered his abbreviated season in 2011 and a new challenge he has this year. 
Jeff Rockefeller talked about his rookie season in Sportsman and what he learned along the way. 
 
We’re back with another real good day to start your Super Bowl Weekend here on Doug’s Dirt Diary. We have another day filled with listener requests and I hope you enjoy our chats with drivers we have not spoken to in quite sometime.
 
I got a lot done on Friday and as I type this up I am getting ready to go out for the second night in a row. I am going to see some music by some friends of mine at a local club. I know I’ll have a great time. 
 
I also got enough interviews done to take me through Monday so that means I have Sunday off to watch the game after I cheer on a teammate who will be bowling in a bog local tournament.  And new interviews done on Friday include New Egypt General Manager Danny Serrano and four cylinder driver Val Stephens. 
 
Now let’s chat about what I have on the Audio Page for today. And again, it has been quite sometime since I have chatted with either of them so thanks for the reminders. Danny Hieber remembered his abbreviated season in 2011 and a new challenge he has this year. He told me how a toothache turned into something more, what he is doing to get in shape for the coming season and how Modifieds have changed over the course of his career. 
 
Jeff Rockefeller talked about his rookie season in Sportsman and what he learned along the way. He told me how he hit the ground running after a session at Pete Bicknell’s driving school, how hew almost won in his first race at Glen Ridge and how much he enjoyed the big mile track at Syracuse. 

 
Friday, February 3rd 2012
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Jason Rood talks about Utica Rome and some of what he learned in his 2nd season in a Modified. 
Nick LaGoy describes his 440 Champ Sled and looks ahead to racing it on back to back weekends. 
 
I had another real good day on Thursday as mom came back from her latest stint in the hospital and I got a lot of work done too. I got four new interviews recorded as I try to get ahead for Super Bowl Weekend. As of now, I am right where I want to be.
 
Tomorrow you’ll hear from Pennsylvania’s Danny Hieber and Sunday Dave Rauscher checks in with us as he gets ready for a trip to Florida. Both of those were requests so keep them coming to doug@dougsdirtdiary.com and we’ll get your favorite drivers on as soon as we can.
 
And don’t forget that racing action begins tonight in Atlantic City as the Gamblers Classic runs both Friday & Saturday. Plus the snowmobiles are Ontario, Canada at Manitoulin Island and next weekend are in Boonville. Get a preview of the snowmobiling world by checking out my conversation with Nick LaGoy and go to www.boonvillesnowfestival.com for more on that event.
 
Now let’s chat more about what is new for today on the Audio Page. I begin with a driver who is ready for a breakout season at his long time Sunday home. Jason Rood talks about Utica Rome and some of what he learned in his 2nd season in a Modified. He told me what he learned about with tires, explained how important shock knowledge is and described a health issue he dealt with that kept him from traveling more. 
 
Nick LaGoy describes his 440 Champ Sled and looks ahead to racing it on back to back weekends. He ran down what it is that makes these expensive sleds so different than what you see on the trails, how fast they can go on the bigger tracks and offers his take on the new Outlaw 600’s. To see what these look like, go to www.wahlracing.com and select photos. 

 
Thursday, February 2nd 2012
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Joey Payne gets ready for Atlantic City this weekend and talks about his background indoors. 
Jordan Bennett talks about his races last year at Fulton Speedway and the work taking place now. 
 
I had another productive day on Wednesday as I wrote up another article for the Syracuse Post Standard and did some more interviews in the home studio. I am ahead by a day and with Super Bowl Sunday coming up, that puts me in good shape as I don’t think I’ll be getting any interviews done on that day. 
 
On the site are a pair of nice chats, one is with a driver who will be racing this weekend while the other is with one who is busy now getting ready to begin his season. And if you are a fan of indoor racing and of Pine Brook Speedway in New Jersey, make sure to give Joey’s interview a listen as it will surely bring back some memories.
 
Tomorrow we’ll be back with snowmobile racer Nick LaGoy as he gets ready for races this weekend in Canada and next weekend in Boonville. Plus Jason Rood will show up soon too as we chat about his 2011 season and a health scare he had along the way. 
 
But now let’s talk more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page. I begin with a driver who pilots a Super Modified at Oswego who will also be very busy this weekend.  Joey Payne gets ready for Atlantic City this weekend and talks about his background indoors. He told me how close he came to winning the last two races at Boardwalk Hall, describes what makes indoor racing so tough and runs down his tentative plans for the 2012 race season.  
 
Jordan Bennett talks about his races last year at Fulton Speedway and the work taking place now in the shop. He told me about the new motors they will be installing soon, described what it is like to run for points and wondered where he might end up in a few seasons from now. 

 
Wednesday, February 1st 2012
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Tim Currier remembered his season in a Modified and what he learned on the road with the Series.
Kyle DeMetro tells me how he won in his first two races ever and his plans for the 2012 season.  
 
I got a lot done on Tuesday as I recorded three new interviews and got to get some facts on what I am dealing with concerning my family. Thanks to all of you who sent emails and thanks for all your encouraging words. 
 
On the site today are a pair of chats I recorded yesterday and I have three now in the can for release over the next few days. I also talked snowmobile racing with young Nick LaGoy as he gets me up to speed on the 440 Champ Sleds. These sound great and they race this weekend in Manitoulin Island on Ontario and next weekend in Boonville. 
 
I also have a lot set up for today and a new column to write on some local racers who will be racing indoors this weekend in Atlantic City. It’s not too late to make your plans to be at the race, so get your butts on down there to see what makes indoor racing so special.
 
Now let’s chat more about what is new for today on the Audio Page including one new driver to the site and young man who is carving out a name for himself in the super competitive Modified world. Tim Currier remembered his season in a Modified and what he learned on the road with the Super DIRTcar Series. He talked about getting to some new racetracks, the heartbreaker he had at Eastern States and his hopes for Florida in a few weeks. 
 
Kyle DeMetro tells me how he won in the first two races he ever ran and his plans for the 2012 season. He talked about his how college experience helped him learn set ups, what he experienced when he traveled to some different tracks and how he enjoyed watching a NASCAR driver wheel his car around Black Rock. 

 
Tuesday, January 31st 2012
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Stephane LaFrance talked about his championship season and some changes he is making. 
Brandon Hagan remembers his 2011 season as well as the big crash he had a Mohawk International. 
 
I had a busy day on Monday and then throw in snow removal duties and you can see why my day went real fast. On the site today is a pair of interviews from my Sunday as well as some new photos from Smith’s Racing Photos and Dale Smith. Both are real good too so be sure to check those out by clicking on our photo bin on the right side of the main and audio pages.
 
I also recorded a chat with Joey Payne about this weekend’s indoor race in Atlantic City and that one will air on Thursday to coincide with an article I am writing about it for the Syracuse Post Standard. Speaking of the paper, be sure to check out the article I have in there today as we talk about Modified drivers moving to 360 Sprint Cars. I hope you like it.
 
Also a big thanks goes out to everyone who sent me emails about Alzheimer’s. It’s nice to know I can count on you guys and I knew that this was the best way to solicit advice compared to facebook where everything is there for everybody to see. I need to put up a wall there and not let out every excruciating detail of my everyday life. So thanks to everyone for your advice. It’s sad to see a loved one deteriorate so fast and your advice will help us greatly…thanks.
 
Now let’s chat more about what is new for today on the Audio Page. I begin with a man who is hard at work right now. Stephane LaFrance talked about his championship season and some changes he is making to a car of his own design. He told me how a rule change made the changes necessary, what he feels makes a car a winning car and thinks back on the days watching his dad race as a child. 
 
Brandon Hagan remembers his 2011 season as well as the big crash he had a Mohawk International Raceway. He also told me about learning a new racetrack, how fast he was at Syracuse and how close he is to being ready to go here in 2012. 

 
Monday, January 30th 2012
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Johnny Guarino talked about his abbreviated season and the switch to a 500 cubic inch motor. 
Matt Smith remembers his year in a 600 Micro Sprint and told me about two big changes he made. 
 
I had a busy day on Sunday as I got four new interviews recorded and got my HD box from Time Warner to go with the new TV. It was a good day and as I write this up I am getting ready for another night of TV and video games. Yeah!
 
On the site today are a pair of interviews from my Sunday and they are both real good. Both of these were requests, one from Diamond Dog and one from the driver himself. And if you want your favorite driver or even yourself on, just send me an email to doug@dougsdirtdiary.com.
 
Be sure to come back tomorrow as we chat with car builder and racer Stephane LaFrance and Sportsman racer Brandon Hagan. Plus I have a good one set up for this afternoon as well so be sure to keep checking back. And I also have a photo bin to add this afternoon, so look for that as well.
 
On a personal note, have any of you had to deal with a loved one with alzheimers or dementia? I could use some advice so if you have, send me an email as it is one of several things I am dealing with here behind the scenes.
 
Now let’s chat more about what is new for today on the Audio Page. I begin with a young man who is very driven and very committed to his racing as well as his education. Johnny Guarino talked about his abbreviated season in 2011 and the success he had late in the year with a 500 cubic inch engine. He told me about the tough start he had at New Egypt, the nice finish he had at some big shows and runs down his plans for the 2012 race season. 
 
Matt Smith remembers his year in a 600 Micro Sprint and told me about two big changes he made for 2012. He talked about his weekly racing, his runs on the Pizza Logs Tour and looked forward to being crew chief for his dad for the indoor races at Atlantic City. 

 
     
 
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