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Friday, January 20th 2012
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Bobby Varin recaps his season racing weekly at three tracks as well as his first 360 Sprint win. 
Ernie Saxton talks about the addition of Sportsman at Grandview and possibly driving again. 
 
I got a lot done yesterday as I was back in the studio and on the road visiting with potential sponsors. It was a productive day and I am now ahead by a day with conversations up tomorrow with Richie Eurich and Brewerton Speedway racer Lorraine Powelczyk. 
 
As you can see we have two big names on the site today and both of these chats are real good so I know you will enjoy them. Both of these guys are good friends of mine (Bobby and I are too much alike) and both have been at this game a long time. Ernie turns 70 tomorrow too so be sure to pass along your birthday wishes. Happy Birthday Ernie! 
 
Today I will be back in the studio and I have a few things set up including one for a story I will be writing next week about the comeback of Fulton and Oswego Speedways last year. Both had their best year in quite some time and I want to make sure that the non-racing public here in Central New York knows that. It was great to see!
 
On Saturday I will be in the studio in the afternoon and then at Beth Schneider’s birthday party that night at the Thompson Road Tavern. I will be seeing a lot of my racing friends there and I hear they make some real good chicken wings too. So I hope to see you guys there too!
 
Now let’s chat more about what is new for today on the Audio Page. I begin with a driver who did something this past year that he had never done before. Bobby Varin recaps his season racing weekly at three tracks as well as his first ever 360 Sprint Car win. He told me about his pair of $10,000 Modified wins, explains why he seems to do better in the longer races and remembers when he was heard both boos & cheers in victory lane on the very same night. 
 
Ernie Saxton talks about the addition of Sportsman weekly at Grandview and the possibility of driving a racecar again this year. He reminded drivers to stop by the Grandview booth this weekend at Motorsports 2012, thought back to a match race he did against a media type a few years back and tells us what we can read about in his latest column in Area Auto Racing News. 

 
Thursday, January 19th 2012
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Casey Williams remembers his season racing weekly at Utica Rome and talks about his feature win.
Brett Deyo talks about the races he is promoting as well as the Reading Fairgrounds Reunion. 
Rob Mortier tells me how fans and racers can get 1:16 scale models of their favorite Modifieds. 
 
We got a lot done in the studio yesterday as you can see and we have three new chats for you today because of that. I also wrote up a new article for the Syracuse Post Standard running down the nightly costs a modified race team has. It’s more than you might think especially if you throw in the hours in the shop.
 
I have three good ones on the site today as we meet a racer who turned his season around after a trip to his chassis manufacturer. Plus a young promoter who is really making a name for himself and I also tell you how you can get 1:12 scale models of your favorite Modified teams. Give them all a listen and go to www.rpmcollectables.net to see some of the great work that Rob Mortier does. It’s pretty impressive.
 
We had a few issues yesterday with the site as our server company had some issues. I know they will get it fixed as they always have in the past so no worries here. And as I write this up at dinnertime, I still have a few more conversations to record so look for another great day on the site tomorrow.  

Speaking of tomorrow, Bobby Varin will be up with a very honest Season in Review followed by a real nice chat witrh Richie Eurich on Saturday.  So alot of good things are still to come your way. 
 
Now let’s chat in more detail about what is new on the Audio Page. I begin with a driver who just missed the top ten in points at his weekly home. Casey Williams remembers his season racing weekly at Utica Rome Speedway and talks about his feature win. He told me how his second career Modified win felt different than his first, how he enjoyed doing some traveling last year and what he is working on in his shop right now. 
 
Brett Deyo talks about the races he will promote this year as well as the Reading Fairgrounds Reunion next month. He told me how pleased he was with the results he saw last season, wonders if he may add a date this year and comments on how the news from Bridgeport Speedway is changing things down in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. For more go to www.bdmotorsportsmedia.com .
 
Rob Mortier tells me how fans and racers can get 1:16 scale models of their favorite Modified drivers. He talks about the cost for each car, explains how he gets them to look so accurate and how slot car racers can also add Modified bodies to their cars at a very low cost. Go to www.rpmcollectables.net for more. 

 
Wednesday, January 18th 2012
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Stewart Friesen remembers his 22 win season in 2011 and talks about his upcoming shows. 
Lenny Sammons previews Motorsports 2012 taking place this weekend down in Oaks, Pennsylvania. 
 
It was a cold and rainy day in Central New on Tuesday and a lot of the snow we picked up over the last few days is now sitting in puddles on the grass. But another front is coming through so we should be back to typical winter weather real soon. Fret not snowmobilers. 
 
Two real nice ones are on the site today including one with a driver who has won 47 times over the last few years and a preview of Motorsports 2012 with the man who makes that event happen. That takes place this Friday, Saturday and Sunday the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center on Oaks, Pennsylvania. 
 
Today I’ll be back in the studio and as I write this up just before dinner time I am going to get back on the phone and see if I can’t get a little ahead. And I will also be writing up a new column for the Syracuse Post Standard although I am not quite sure what it will be just yet. 
 
Now let’s chat more about the two conversations I have for you today on the Audio Page. I begin with a driver who has really come into his own the past few seasons. Stewart Friesen remembers his 22 win season in 2011 and talks about his upcoming shows. He told me how Sunday at Syracuse was both his best & worst day of the year, described how he did at each of his three weekly homes and the new shop he is in right now.  
 
Lenny Sammons previews Motorsports 2012 taking place this weekend down in Oaks, Pennsylvania. He talked about the events taking place on all three days, looked ahead to the Gamblers Classic in Atlantic City February 3rd & 4th and explained how fans can get involved in the Ms. Motorsports Pageant Saturday night. 

 
Tuesday, January 17th 2012
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Lance Willix remembered his 2011 season that saw him win features on both dirt and asphalt. 
Katelyn Kane had a breakout year in 2011 and explained how up & down her season really was.
 
It was finally a little warmer here in Central New York on Monday as the thermometer almost got back up to the freezing mark. Even though it was just 29 degrees outside, it sure felt warmer than that after a couple of days in single digits. 
 
I wrote up a new article for the Syracuse Post Standard that will appear in today’s edition and did some busy work around the house. The day just got away from me but fortunately I was ahead by a day in the studio so it was no big deal at all. 
 
On the site today is another pair of Season in Review interviews with drivers who won races in 2011. Both of these are real good chats too so be sure to give them a listen. I have been getting some requests at doug@dougsdirtdiray.com and I am working on those for later this week. Keep them coming. 
 
Now let’s chat more about what is new for today on the Audio Page. I begin with a driver from the North Country who had a tough year motor wise. Lance Willix remembered his 2011 season that saw him win features on both dirt and asphalt. He talked about learning the super fast ¼ mile at Glen Ridge, described how easy it was to overdrive at Thunder Alley and explained how much money it takes to have fun on an incident free race night. Wow! 
 
Katelyn Kane had a breakout year in 2011 and explained how up & down her season really was. She told me how great it felt to finally win her first Sportsman feature, wondered if her third place finish on Outlaw Weekend at Fulton may have been her best run of the year and described this past weekend in Canada at the Bicknell Open House.
 
Monday, January 16th 2012
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Joel Doiron talks about his season at Cornwall and explained when he turned his year around.
Sam Piazza remembered 2011 and explained why he moved from Sportsman to Modified. 
 
We had a nice day on Sunday as I watched some football, took the kids sledding and did some work in the studio. I recorded two new chats and both of those will show up tomorrow. In the can now are Season in Review interviews with Lance Willix and Katelyn Kane.
 
Up today is a pair of chats I did over the weekend. Both of these are Season in Reviews as well so sit down, grab your beverage of choice and give them a listen. Today I will be back in the studio before bowling and will also be writing up my latest column for the Syracuse Post Standard. 
 
It will be nice to actually write about some racing this time around as I have the Chili Bowl, the Wild West Shootout and the Dakar Rally to write about. Did you guys hear that Robby Gordon finished fifth in the in the Dakar Rally? He actually won the final stage on Sunday. Way to go!
 
Now let’s chat more about what is new for today on the Audio Page as I get ready to sit down and watch the Giants/Green Bay on my DVR. Joel Doiron talks about his season at Cornwall and explained when he turned his year around. He told me about some of his superstitions, described what he does for the Ontario Provincial Police and the new car that he was convinced to pick up this off season.  
 
Sam Piazza remembered 2011 and explained why he moved from Sportsman to Modified. He told me how close he came to winning the ROC Sportsman championship, what he learned along the way and ran down his plans for this coming season. 

 
Sunday, January 15th 2012
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Kenny Tremont talks about his pair of track championships and why his neck was sore on Fridays.
Dan Hineline recapped his season at Big Diamond and told me about the new Troyer in his shop. 
 
We have another real good day on the website today with a pair of well known Modified drivers. Both of these are very detailed Season in Review chats so there is a lot to listen to. 
 
We have been on a good roll of late and tomorrow you’ll hear from second generation Canadian racer Joel Doiron and rookie Modified driver Sam Piazza. Plus we have several things set up today so we are really looking good of late. I also got in some new photos from Scott Seward and I’ll put those up sometime today.
 
A big thanks goes out to Diamond Dog for his help in setting up some interviews for me with the Pa/NJ contingent. He suggested both the Hineline and Piazza interviews and I have several others from him that I’ll be tracking down over the next few days. Thanks buddy. 
 
And of course we’re looking for more suggestions to doug@dougsdirtdiary.com as my last shout out and last few messages to drivers on Facebook went nowhere. I guess there is only so much you can do with but it was surprising to get nothing back from my last inquiry there. Oh well…I won’t be relying Facebook as much anymore.
 
Now let’s chat more about what is new on the Audio Page for today. I begin with one of the classier guys in our sport. Kenny Tremont talks about his pair of track championships in a Season in Review chat and explains why his neck was sore on Fridays. He also told me about the drama on the final point night at Lebanon Valley, why he struggled at Utica Rome and ran down his plans for the 2012 season. 
 
Dan Hineline recapped his season at Big Diamond and told me about the new Troyer in his shop. He explained the handling condition he dealt with on most nights in 2011, how a blown motor cost him three point races and why he feels some tracks miss the mark when it comes to the concession stand. 

 
Saturday, January 14th 2012
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Billy Van Pelt talks about his championship season at Woodhull and the new frame at his shop.
Kevin Vaclavicek described his year in a Sportsman at New Egypt including his motor woes. 
 
Winter was back here in Central and Western New York as well as north of the border in Canada. Many kids had school off and here in Liverpool we had a good 5 inches of wet snow. As I write this up at 9:15 Friday night, the Lake Effect Machine is just getting started so we’ll see how much we have when this morning rolls around.
 
I took advantage of the snowy day and got real busy in the studio recording four Season in Review interviews. Two of those are up today and in the can are chats with Kenny Tremont and Joel Doiron. Kenny’s will air tomorrow while Joel will be on the site on Monday.
 
Today I’ll be back in the studio and back recording new interviews so I can get a little ahead. This past week was a tough one for me as I just could not seem to get ahold of many people so I am hoping to make up for it this weekend. 
 
And don’t forget that today is the Bicknell Open House so make sure to get up and see what is new for 2012 with them. If some of you have cameras with you and want to take a few shots, send them to me and I’ll put them up for tomorrow. Thanks.
 
Now let’s chat more about what is new for today on the Audio Page. I begin with a man who got a serious challenge this year at his long time Saturday home. Billy Van Pelt talks about his championship season at Woodhull and the new frame at his shop. He told me who gave him a run for the title, how fortunate he feels he was to finish in first place and why he likes to help the younger drivers in both Modified and Sportsman divisions. 
 
Kevin Vaclavicek described his year in a Sportsman at New Egypt including his motor woes on back to back weeks. He wondered if he made too many off season changes to the car, explained how rough things were after an opening day second place and how much different he felt the surface was this past year.   

 
     
 
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