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Friday, February 17th 2012
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Sam Reakes IV remembered his Sprint Car races from last year and compared it to his Sportsman. 
Dillon Sallows talked about his winning season and the heartbreak he had at Super DIRT Week.
 
I had another busy day on Thursday as I got a lot of new interviews recorded and was able to get ahead by a day. Now today I can take my girls to the new car show in Syracuse and let them see what the new 2012 line looks like. Yep, I’m raising a couple of car girls that’s for sure. Let’s see those boys try to impress them in a few years with their dad’s Hondas with a fart can and cheesy vinyl. Not gonna happen!
 
I have two nice chats for you today and both of them are real good. And in the Sam Reakes conversation we each talk about Sprints of course, but we also talk about why NASCAR just doesn’t excite us. I know a lot of you love it but what does it say when a lot of racing people don’t follow what is supposed to be the premier series in this country?
 
For me, it is just too long. And I think guaranteeing the top 35 in points every week is just plain stupid. Why would I field a car if I did not finish in the top 35 when one of those 35 only takes a few laps and pulls in. It’s a joke in my mind and this year expect to see some short fields as that policy will finally bite them. Make them all qualify like in NHRA. It’s the ultimate closed shop/good ole boys network if you ask me and I would rather spend my time at a local short track. 
 
But with that said, I am so race starved that I will watch this weekend’s shootout as well as the ARCA race earlier on Saturday. And yes, I will watch Daytona next weekend as I need to watch anything right now. I just watched the Continental Tire Series from the road course and I loved it! Great racing, real stock cars (Try to buy an 8 cylinder, 2 door Toyota Sedan) and drivers who were actually allowed to talk truthfully to the media. How refreshing!
 
Now let’s chat more about what is new for today on the Audio Page. I begin with a man who learned a lot in a short period of time last year. Sam Reakes IV remembered his Sprint Car races from last year and compared to his Sportsman. He talked about getting in another driver’s wake, what makes pulling into the pit area so tricky and why he is going to revert to one of his old nicknames for 2012. Nice relaxed chat here! 
 
Dillon Sallows talked about his winning season and the heartbreak he had at Super DIRT Week last year. He told me about getting his first ever feature win at Cornwall, how some motor issues hurt him on the mile and explained why he likes his Friday home so much. 

 
Thursday, February 16th 2012
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Kraig Kinser talked about his Volusia practice sessions and the new chassis he is learning. 
Kevin Beach described his Sportsman season at Big Diamond and possibly adding Grandview. 
 
We have another good day for you here on Doug’s Dirt Diary as we talk to a driver who is racing now in Florida and another who is working now to get ready to race at a pair of Pennsylvania tracks.
 
I hope you enjoy both of these as much as I did recording them. And be sure to come back tomorrow for more as I have several more interviews I am going to do here Wednesday night after I get done writing up this frontpage entry. 
 
I’m still looking for testimonials from you guys. I can use them in my advertising portfolio as we hope to get more race businesses involved here on Doug’s Dirt Diary. If you want racing people, we have them for you here and do over a million actual page downloads a month. Not to shabby huh?
 
Also be sure to get your copy of the Syracuse Post Standard today as I preview all the action taking place this weekend on the dirt and the asphalt in Florida. It’s finally here and I am so happy!
 
Now let’s talk about what is new for today on the Audio Page. I begin with a driver who is starting his season down in Florida.  Kraig Kinser talked about his Volusia practice sessions and the new, roomier chassis he is learning. He remembered some of his past at the track, explained what it is that makes the surface a little different and thought back on his start in racing at age thirteen. Good one here! 
 
Kevin Beach described his Sportsman season at Big Diamond and possibly adding Grandview on occasion in 2012. He talked about some bad luck he had along the way, the new car they are building at the shop and why he wants to have a pair of cars ready every weekend.   

 
Wednesday, February 15th 2012
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Tim Fuller talked about his World of Outlaw race in Georgia and how his tire choice hurt him. 
Michael Weinert chatted about his Modified season at Big Diamond and his hopes for 2012. 
 
I hope you all had a great Valentines Day. I know I did. I did get some work done beforehand and we had a great dinner. My wife loved the card and the wine that I got her. It was a real nice day!
 
Two of the three interviews I did along the way are up today and tomorrow we’ll meet former Big Diamond Sportsman champion Kevin Beach and hear about his plans to double his racing efforts this year. 
 
Plus we have a nice chat with Tim Fuller up today as he chats about his race last weekend in Georgia and how his tire choice for the heat hurt him. He’ll be racing this weekend too and next week so look for him on the tracks in Florida.
 
We also caught up with young Michael Weinert and found out about his season and his plans for this year. And both Michael and Kevin’s interviews were because of one man so a big thanks goes out to Diamond Dog. Thanks buddy! You are helping a lot more than you’ll ever know. 
 
And I could use so help from you guys too! We are putting together a new advertising package and could use some testimonials from you guys. Why you like us, when you listen and how much it means to you to have this information everyday. Please send me your thoughts at doug@dougsdirtdiary.com and we want to hear from fans and drivers. Thanks!
 
Now let’s chat more about what is new for today on the Audio Page. I begin with a man who just finished his first race of the year. Tim Fuller talked about his World of Outlaw Late Model race in Georgia and how his tire choice hurt him.   He told me when he knew he was in trouble in the heat race, how good he felt about the power under his right foot and runs down where he will race over the next few weeks. 
 
Michael Weinert chatted about his Modified season at Big Diamond and his hopes for 2012. He talked about a set up issue they had early on, described something they found in the shop this off season and looks ahead to getting his season started with his first ever race at Selinsgrove. 

 
Tuesday, February 14th 2012
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Jason Sides recaps his All Star races in Georgia including one that slipped away on Saturday.
Doug Williams tells me how he picked up his first ever Mod Lite win down at East Bay Raceway. 
Jeff Hachmann gets ready for the DIRTCar Nationals and tells fans how to get special deals. 
 
I had a good start to my work week as I got some work done and also wrote up another article for the Syracuse Post Standard that will be in today’s edition. I was able to write about some actual racing including the races that today’s guests were in.
 
I hope you enjoy both of these racer chats as each of these drivers had fun last weekend, although one I think had a lot more fun than the other. I also have a couple of things set up for today so be sure to come back tomorrow as you never know who we may get ahold of.
 
Of course our Modified teams are working right now to get ready for their tow down to Florida and you can find out more on the 41st Annual DIRTcar Nationals in my interview with Jeff Hachmann. And yes, special deals are still available. Go to www.dirtcarnationals.com for more. It begins tonight!
 
Now let’s chat more about what is new for today on the Audio Page. I begin with a chat with a driver who will be doing something different this year. Jason Sides recaps his All Star races in Georgia that saw him finish in tenth and second place. He told me how he lost the lead on the final lap on Saturday, what he saw that caused him to lift a little and ran down what he will do this year as he will not be following a specific series.
 
Doug Williams tells me how he picked up his first ever Mod Lite win down at East Bay Raceway. He talked about watching the leaders take each other out, how the opportunity came about to run this race and how being in the right place at the right time helped make it happen. 
 
Jeff Hachmann gets ready for the DIRTCar Nationals beginning tonight and tells fans how to get special deals. We talked about how fans can get a free pit pass, how to save money on hotel rooms and reminded everyone to check out www.dirtcarnationals.com for more. 

 
Monday, February 13th 2012
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Zach Aubertine tells me about his winning season in 2011 and his hopes to travel more in 2012. 
Paul Szmal talks about Ransomville’s Hangover Race and his season as an announcer at Canandaigua. 
 
It was a snowy day in Central New York on Sunday and I was just plain beat! My dad and I went to watch a local bowling tournament and then I made a few calls before calling it a day. Some days it is just hard to get going and yesterday was one of those days.
 
Now today I need to get a lot done as I need some more interviews and need to write another article for the Syracuse Post Standard. The nice thing is that there was some actual racing this past weekend so at least that part will be easy.
 
There is racing taking place this week at Volusia as well so after a way too long off season, we will soon have lots of current news to chat about. So be sure to keep checking back and keep those requests coming to doug@dougsdirtdiary.com
 
Now let’s talk more about what is new for today on the Audio Page. I begin with a man who was hard at work this past weekend. Zach Aubertine tells me about his winning season in 2011 and his hopes to travel more in 2012. He talked about his embarrassing moment at Wall Stadium, the night he won with his employer watching and why you will never see any red on his racecars again. 
 
Paul Szmal talks about Ransomville’s Hangover Race and his season as an announcer at Canandaigua. He told me how nice it was to return to a track he had not been to in years, how much he enjoyed his return to The Land of Legends and his recent announcing gig in Daytona. 

 
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. 

 
     
 
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