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Gary Rowe of M.R. Gaebel, Inc.
Gates-Cole Associates SUNY Canton Automotive Technology program
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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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. 

 
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. 

 
     
 
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