|Sunday, November 13th 2011
| New on the Audio Page for from the Utica Rome Speedway Banquet:
Rocky Warner talked about his wonderful Pro Stock season and his 2012 Sportsman plans.
Bill Trexler reacted to winning the Rookie of the Year award in the Modified class at Utica Rome.
Stewart Friesen won the Modified championship at Utica Rome and talked about today’s race.
Pat Ward described his season at Utica Rome, the effect two other tracks had and today at Penn Can.
Casey Williams wondered about racing more next year and talked about today in Pennsylvania.
John Tiff told me about a pair of changes for 2012 at Utica Rome and his job in the tower.
My wife and I celebrated our 17th wedding anniversary by attending the Utica Rome Speedway Banquet at the always nice Turning Stone Resort & Casino. We got there nice & early after dropping our kids off at my parent’s house and I was able to record 14 interviews over the course of the evening.
I put six of those chats up today and three of those drivers will be racing today at Penn Can Speedway as the King of the Can goes green with heat races at 1PM today. And of course Hagerstown Speedway in Maryland also has day two of their rescheduled Octoberfest with 410’s, Late Models and Modifieds.
As always we have a great time at the Utica Rome Speedway at any affair they do as the atmosphere among the people there is unmatched anywhere in racing from what I can tell. Sure, come of the clubs out there are pretty chummy, but the Utica Rome folks are unique in the industry.
Of course it was bittersweet as well as everyone knows that owner Gene Cole is hoping to sell the track this off season. So this was clearly in the back of everyone’s mind as we all wondered quietly to ourselves, “Will it be like this next year at this time…or not?” Hopefully the answer will be a resounding “Yes!”
There are only two changes planned for next year outside of the obvious that we just talked about, one is that now only 8 inch American Racer tires will be allowed for the Pure Stocks. I guess a few guys showed up with 10 inch tires on 8 inch rims and it ruffled a few feathers. Now that will not be the case in 2012.
The other one was not announced at the banquet although John Tiff did confirm it with me in our conversation afterwards. Utica Rome is not planning on participating in the Thunder on the Thruway Series in 2012. That was not announced as I said, but I had heard about it in confidence a few days before and John was able to confirm it publically now.
As always, the women that follow the racing at Utica Rome are the most beautiful in racing that I know of and they were turning heads all night long as many husband or boyfriend was surely jabbed or punched in the leg for their frequent head turning. Hey, it’s in our DNA! But remember, even though we look, (my wife knows and understands) we love the one’s we’re with exclusively…but damn! You had to see it to believe it…right guys?
Today I am not sure if I am going to a race at Penn Can or not. My knees are killing me after hoofing up and down the SU hill Friday night for the football game. Anyone who saw me last night saw me a step slow and with the rocky pit area at Penn Can, I’m just not sure I can do it. But don’t worry, if I do stay home I will get busy in the studio so you’ll be all set anyway. I promise.
I hope you all had a great night and I hope today is a good one for all the Doug’s Dirt Diary listeners. Season in Review time gets going more this week for me and we’ll have some races from the weekend to talk about as well as some Parts Peddler show info with people who will be there. Will you? Hope so. Take care and see you tomorrow.
|Saturday, November 12th 2011
| New on the Audio Page for today:
Alan Rudalavage talks about Penn Can on Sunday and the keys to getting around the track.
Gene Cole told me why he purchased Utica Rome Speedway and what the first few years were like.
Well I finally got enough to take a day off yesterday. Our plans for the day included my oldest daughter’s first trip to the Carrier Dome for an SU football game with an old friend of mine and his daughter. Hopefully I had a good time as you never know which SU team will show up.
I guess by the time you read this you’ll know if I had a great time or an ok time. But one way or another, it was sharing something new with my daughter so it will be good one way or another I guess.
There are two good ones on the site today including my part two with Utica Rome Speedway owner Gene Cole. There is a lot of good stuff in each of the interviews and I am so happy that he trusted me enough to do it. And we’ll be turning that around in two weeks for a column in the Syracuse Post Standard.
Also the never bashful Alan Rudalavage joins us to talk about his hopes for the King of the Can show Sunday at Penn Can. And one of these times I am going to let the recorder go before we talk so you can hear how silly we get. Remember the Jerky Boys bits from the early 1990’s? Alan and I do…
Tonight I’ll be at the Utica Rome banquet at Turning Stone Casino in Oneida. I’ll have new audio up from that tomorrow and I hope to go to Penn Can on Sunday for my final race of the season. So keep coming back as we have a lot going on.
Now let’s chat more about the new content on the Audio Page for today. I begin with a driver who is hoping for a win tomorrow. Alan Rudalavage talks about Penn Can on Sunday and the keys to getting around the tight paper clip shaped track. He told me what he thought was the preferred combination, what he’ll do after this weekend to get ready for 2012 and described the mood of Penn State football fans right now.
Gene Cole told me why he purchased Utica Rome Speedway before the 2002 season and what the first few years were like. He also talked about the key people who helped make it work, what he takes the most pride in and why he is making sure the place is ready to go for whatever happens next year.
|Friday, November 11th 2011
| New on the Audio Page for today:
Mitch Gibbs tells me about his hopes for Sunday at Penn Can as well as for the 2012 season.
Matt Jester won the Modified championship in Delaware and talked about the veteran who helped.
Gene Cole explains why he is selling Utica Rome Speedway and remembers his years as a driver.
I had a busy day as I went to my daughter’s school for “donuts for dads” and had breakfast before heading out to Vernon to meet with Utica Rome Speedway’s Gene Cole for a much anticipated interview. Upon returning home, I recorded another interview that you’ll get right here tomorrow.
Gene was very candid and nothing was off the table for our chat. And anyone who knows me knows I have been waiting for this one for a long time as I have a tremendous amount of respect for the man and consider him a friend. Heck, he knew me for a year before he found out about this website.
Tomorrow we’ll be back with part two where we will talk more about the early years of his ownership of the track and lots more. So be sure to come back for that a chat with Alan Rudalavage who is getting ready to finish out his season at Penn Can this Sunday.
Mitch Gibbs will be there and you can hear from him today as well as Delaware International Speedway Modified Champion Matt Jester who does his first ever interview with me. And thanks to Brett Deyo for helping to set that one up. And I am looking for more new drivers to interview, so if you are interested or have a request, send it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Now let’s chat more about what is new for today on the Audio Page. I begin with a man who hopes to race a lot more in 2012. Mitch Gibbs tells me about his hopes for Sunday at Penn Can as well as for the 2012 season. He talked about leading laps his last time out at Five Mile Point, described how quickly his car fell off and thinks back on last year’s runner up finish at the King of the Can.
Matt Jester won the Modified championship in Delaware this year and talked about the veteran driver who helped. He told me when he first began to chat with Kenny Brightbill, what he learned from him and evaluated his 2011 season in detail. Welcome aboard Matt!
Gene Cole explains why he is selling Utica Rome Speedway and remembers his years as a racecar driver. He talked about his first time in the seat, his time in the military and how he grew his insurance business into what it is today. Part two tomorrow!
|Thursday, November 10th 2011
| New on the Audio Page for today:
Jimmy Phelps recaps his pair of top fives in Charlotte and describes his hopes for Penn Can.
Randy Hall talked about his season in an E-Mod and his big IMCA race this week in Las Vegas.
Dean Reynolds previews this weekend’s ESS banquet and talks about their successful 2011 season.
As you can see we have another real nice day here on Doug’s Dirt Diary and we have another good one coming at you tomorrow as I was very busy again in the studio. Today I have my lunch interview with Gene Cole and then I will be talking with Alan Rudalavage in the afternoon.
Also in the can right now and due for release tomorrow are chats with Mitch Gibbs and Delaware International Speedway Modified champion Matt Jester. Matt is new to the site and I know you’ll like his first interview with us as we cover a lot of ground and find out how one veteran racer really helped him at his home track.
This weekend we’ll be at the Utica Rome Speedway banquet and if all goes well, Penn Can the next day. And don’t forget that Hagerstown is running their rescheduled Octoberfest as it was snowed out in that last weekend of October. So be sure to get on out there and support your local racetracks on this final race weekend.
Now let’s chat more about what is new for today on the Audio Page. I begin with a man who will be racing for one last time this weekend in Pennsylvania. Jimmy Phelps recaps his pair of top fives in Charlotte and describes his hopes for Penn Can Speedway this Sunday. He told me where he was off at The World Finals, how happy he was overall with their runs and explained why he is so excited to get his winning small block back on the track this weekend.
Randy Hall talked about his season in an E-Mod and his big IMCA race this week in Las Vegas. He told me how the opportunity came about to compete at the Duel in the Desert, thought back on his past at the event and described his realistic goals for this show that will see over 300 teams attempt to qualify.
Dean Reynolds previews this weekend’s ESS banquet and talks about their successful 2011 season. He told me about the tight point battle they for the championship, some new teams that will be joining the tour in 2012 and how fortunate they were to get in all but one show this year.
|Wednesday, November 9th 2011
| New on the Audio Page for today:
Jason Meyers talks about winning the World of Outlaw Sprint Car Championship yet again.
Mike Smith told me how he capped off his 26 win season with a victory last weekend at Black Rock.
Brett Deyo previews the King of the Can Modified show taking place this Sunday at Penn Can.
It was another great day on Tuesday as the summer like temperatures stayed with us for another day. I got a lot of work done too and all three of the new interviews you see on the site today were done in the studio on Tuesday. Plus we have more cool stuff on tap for today so be sure to come back for more.
Also on the card today I will be writing another column for the Syracuse Post Standard and getting ready for my interview with Utica Rome Speedway owner Gene Cole tomorrow. Of course I have been waiting for that one for a while and would like to include a few questions from you, so be sure to send me your ideas at email@example.com.
That interview will be turned onto a column for next week’s Post Standard as the off season will officially be upon us then. I am going to do one more race this weekend as I plan to hit Penn Can on Sunday after the Utica Rome banquet the night before. So it will be a busy week next week here on the site you can count on that.
Now let’s talk more about what is new on the Audio Page for today. I begin with the man who took first place in the most demanding racing series on the planet. Jason Meyers talks about winning the World of Outlaw Sprint Car Championship for the second year in a row. He told me what it was like coming into the World Finals knowing he had the title already wrapped up, described each night of racing and tackled a few of my Season in Review questions. Good one here!
Mike Smith told me how he capped off his 26 win season with a victory last weekend at Black Rock. He talked about the groove he chose at the high side of the speedway, reacted to winning his first ever regional championship and explained why he chose to race weekly in Dundee.
Brett Deyo previews the King of the Can Modified show taking place this Sunday at Penn Can. He remembered the last two attempts to get this show in, runs down some of the big name talent that will be at this race and reminded me that next year’s mid summer classic at the track will now pay a whopping $10,000.
|Tuesday, November 8th 2011
| New on the Audio Page for today:
Matt Sheppard talks about winning the Super DIRTcar Series title with a pair of 2nd place finishes.
Brady Fultz tells me about his crate Sportsman win at Black Rock and how he found the outside.
In my latest Doug’s Thoughts I tell you why we should all be mad at Kyle Busch for what he did.
It was another beautiful fall day in Central New York on Monday as jackets were optional and shorts were even seen about town for maybe the final time this year. I got lucky and caught two people who had great weekends in the afternoon and then recorded another Doug’s Thoughts after bowling.
I could not help but notice that the clip of Kyle Busch’s bonehead move in the track race on Friday was all over the sports talk shows on Monday. I wish it was for something positive instead of showcasing a move that I feel should have resulted in a season ending suspension. So now we all have a black eye because of a guy who was cherry picking and felt he was wronged when he clearly was not.
So enjoy what I have today and keep checking back as I am going to be putting up some new photos later on today. I have two batches and they should go up sometime this afternoon. And yes I will be back in the studio today so look for more new stuff there as I have several interviews planned.
Now let’s chat more about the three new clips on the Audio Page for today. I begin with a man who just won a big championship for the second straight year. Matt Sheppard talks about winning the Super DIRTcar Series title with a pair of 2nd place finishes in Charlotte. He told me how fast the track was on Friday, how his car faded on Saturday and what he is doing to get ready to race at Hagerstown this weekend. Congratulations Matt!
Brady Fultz tells me about his crate Sportsman win at Black Rock and how he found the outside in the parade laps. He talked about how he briefly lost the lead, how he got it back and what he’ll do now that his 2011 season is complete.
In my latest Doug’s Thoughts I tell you why we should all be mad at Kyle Busch for what he did in Friday’s truck race. I talk about how it makes all us racers look bad as a group, why the penalty should be harsher and explain why I was smiling all night long as I watched The World Finals on TV.
|Monday, November 7th 2011
| New on the Audio Page for today:
Ryan Odasz remembers his season at Fonda and how well he did the second half of the year.
Richard Swarthout tells me how he won a sportsman feature with his crate against open motors.
It was a great day on Sunday as a light jacket was all that was needed. And it sounds like we have some more good days coming up so get out and enjoy them before the snow covers the ground which I am sure will be soon enough.
On the site today we have a pair of interviews, one Season in Review and one with a driver who won this past weekend. Both are excellent chats with guys who are good talkers so I know you will enjoy them.
As I type this up at just past 5 o’clock, I plan on getting back in the studio to try to get more chats for Tuesday. And don’t forget that Penn Can is on for this weekend as they hope to finish their season out with a good one. Make your plans now!
And tomorrow I’ll have another Doug’s Thoughts for you and this one will be why I feel that Kyle Busch is bad for racing. I got fired up on my Facebook page the other night and am still fired up as I write this. So come back tomorrow for that.
Now let’s chat more about what is new on the Audio Page for today. I begin with a man who had his best year ever at his Saturday night home. Ryan Odasz remembers his season at Fonda and how well he did the second half of the year. He told me where he feels he is as a driver right now, described something he had never seen before and explains why small blocks are faster than big blocks at a lot of places.
Richard Swarthout tells me how he won a sportsman feature with his crate against open motors. He talked about how fast they drove away from him in the opening laps, how he ran them down after that and how nerve racking the final two laps were after a late restart.
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