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Friday, December 2nd 2011
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Danny Creeden tells me why 2011 was his best year in a Modified and why things went so well.
Matt Billings reviewed his three win season in 2011 and remembered wrecking someone else’s car. 
 
We are back today with a couple of season in review chats with a pair of young drivers who are each coming off of multi-win years. Each of these is real good to so I hope you enjoy them. Plus we changed one of our six questions and in the Matt Billings chat you’ll hear what that new question is.
 
Also in the can is a conversation with Sprint Car driver Kevin Ward Jr. as he prepares for next weekend’s big indoor race at the New York State Fairgrounds. And if any of you are doing this race, let me know as I would love to chat with you.
 
I am also researching another story on women racecar drivers. Can you guys help? I think I have a pretty good handle on it but know that there are some that I may be missing. So if you can email me at doug@dougsdirtdiary.com and help me out. That would be great! 
 
Now let’s discuss in more detail what we have for you on the Audio Page. I begin with a man who smiled a lot this past season. Danny Creeden tells me why 2011 was his best year ever in a Modified and why he feels that things went so well. He told me how nice it was to start his season out with a win in an eight day old racecar, how having a crew chief really helped things along and how nice it was to have a wreck free year for the first time ever. 
 
Matt Billings reviewed his three win season in 2011 and remembered wrecking someone else’s car. He talked about the veterans he races against on Saturday, learning a new racetrack on Fridays and thinks back on his race at Syracuse where he went from 33rd to 9th.  

 
Thursday, December 1st 2011
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Al Wilcox talks about his co-promoter role at Penn Can and his years behind the wheel as a driver. 
Rick Martell previews next weekend’s 19th Annual Indoor Karting Championship by FX Caprara. 
 
I had another good day on Wednesday as I did some more writing for the Syracuse Post Standard and got to work in the studio as well. The latest article talks about the premier divisions in the dirt world in New York State and next week we’ll try to find an affordable form of entry level racing. Feedback from you is needed, so talk to me on facebook or send an email to doug@dougsdirtdiary.com.
 
I know you’ll enjoy the interview with Penn Can co-promoter Al Wilcox as he brings a lot to the table. Most of the time when you have a pair of promoters one is usually very reserved while the other one is more outgoing. In this case, Al may be the more vocal and I did not expect that coming into it. 
 
We’ll be back with more tomorrow as I am getting back in the studio after I put up this front page entry. So be sure to come back and keep coming back to hear firsthand from the people who make this sport happen. No second hand information or speculation here, just the facts from the people who know. 
 
Now let’s chat more about what is new for today on the Audio Page. I begin with a man who I just met a few weeks ago at the Parts Peddler show. Al Wilcox talks about his co-promoter role at Penn Can Speedway and his years behind the wheel as a driver. He told me how the track has been doing of late, what he enjoys best about his job and remembers his years as one of Glenn Donnelly’s Late Model boys. 
 
Rick Martell previews next weekend’s 19th Annual Indoor Karting Championship by FX Caprara at the New York State Fairgrounds. He told me about the new teams that will be coming for the first time, the experienced drivers who will be looking for wins and the new clone motors that are making this type of racing even more affordable. 

 
Wednesday, November 30th 2011
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Bobby Varin tells me the differences and characteristics of Hoosier and American Racer Tires. 
Nick Cooper talks about his Pizza Logs Tour Championship and the one he recently won on-line. 
 
I had a good day on Tuesday after a semi day off on Monday. I did end up doing some work and got a lot done yesterday as well. And I know you guys are going to like the Bobby Varin chat we did as he gave us some great insider info on the two main tires that Modifieds run in the northeast. 
 
I had originally called Bobby for another reason but somehow we got talking about tires and we both came up with the idea to do this piece. And no we did not throw in any politics or make any judgments’ on what tracks can do, should do or might do, we just talked tires. Although many tracks right now are making decisions on what they are doing next year and yes, tire deals play a big part in that as each has a different way of reimbursement. But that is a chat for another day…
 
Today I will be back in the studio and also writing another article for the Syracuse Post Standard. Thursday’s writing will be about the different types of dirt cars in our area and the outlook for the future. I’ll be taking feedback on facebook and at my email account at doug@dougsdirtdiary.com so feel free to add your thoughts.
 
Now let’s chat more about what is new for today on the Audio Page. I begin with a conversation that I know will enlighten you about tires and help you understand why a “universal type Modified” that is the same at every track will NEVER happen. Bobby Varin tells me the differences and characteristics of Hoosier and American Racer Tires. He got very specific about the compounds that are run at several local tracks, explained how he can tell the difference just by taking a few laps and gave some advice to teams that are switching from one to the other. Excellent chat here that you can really learn from! 
 
Nick Cooper talks about his Pizza Logs Tour Championship and the one he recently won on-line. He told me about some of his seven feature wins, his hopes to someday move up to a 360 Sprinter and talked about the role his racing dad Mike plays on racedays. 

 
Tuesday, November 29th 2011
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Brian McDonald walked me through his 2011 season and ran down his plans for next season. 
Brian Peterson told me about his two win season at Lebanon Valley and his start in a Mod Lite. 
 
I hope you all had a great start to your week on Monday and I am glad you’re back with us again today. We have a pair of Season in Review interviews up and are looking for more ideas on who you would like to hear from next. So either send me an email to doug@dougsdirtdiary.com or message me on facebook and I’ll do my best to get to them.
 
Everything going alright here and I hope you all are doing well as we get ready for a very busy time of the year for all of us. Just remember what is important and make sure to prioritize your life accordingly. Its people that are important, not things and the best thing about the holiday is the time with family & friends…don’t forget that!
 
And be sure to come back tomorrow for more from the world of dirt track racing and beyond as we have some asphalt things to talk about soon as well. 
 
Now let’s chat more about what is new for today on the Audio Page. I begin with a man who is hoping for a change in 2012. Brian McDonald walked me through his 2011 season and ran down his plans for next season. He told me why he sold off his Sprint Car stuff, reacted to his first winless season since 1996 and remembers his big crash towards the end of the season at Brockville. 
 
Brian Peterson told me about his two win season in a crate Sportsman at Lebanon Valley and his start in a Mod Lite ten years ago at Whip City. He talked about doubling his win total from the previous year, described what his first laps were like on the big high banked half mile and one particular thing he saw that he had never seen before.   

 
Monday, November 28th 2011
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Tim McCreadie recapped his 2011 season that saw him win in both Late Models and Modifieds. 
Tim Trimble talked about his year that saw him finish strong with a newer motor in Delaware.
 
I had a busy day on Sunday although I was wicked tired after staying up way too long racing the new Need for Speed video game the morning before. Yeah, it was AM, not PM when we stopped. But I got a lot of work done anyway recording four more Season in Review interviews and putting up two more bins of photos. 
 
Already all set for tomorrow are interviews with Canadian racer Brian McDonald and Lebanon Valley’s Brian Peterson. Then tomorrow we’ll be back in the studio and get more for you guys to listen to on Wednesday. 
 
Thanks to everyone who responded to my facebook posts and I highly encourage all of you drivers out there to friend me so I can keep up with what you are doing and get ahold of you when I need to. It made it real easy for me this past year and it is helping now as well. But make sure you have some racing listed on your wall as I am trying to weed out the spammers.
 
Now let’s chat more about what is new for today on the Audio Page. I begin with a driver who is a big fan favorite at the racetracks of New York State. Tim McCreadie recapped his 2011 season that saw him win in both Late Models and Modifieds. He talked about the struggles he had getting his full fendered car to be consistent, how much he enjoyed his two wins at the World Finals and explains why today’s racing games are so accurate compared to those in the past. 
 
Tim Trimble talked about his year that saw him finish strong with a newer motor in his Modified at Delaware International Raceway. He told me why he cut his season short after seven races, how he was able to come back for the final five and why he had to change his driving style after the motor change. 

 
Sunday, November 27th 2011
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Shawn Donath recaps his 2011 season that saw him finish 3rd with the Empire Super Sprints.
Roy Tarbell remembered his year in a 358 Modified up north at Mohawk International Raceway. 
 
I had a fun day on Saturday and it was good to get back to work after three days off. We had a great thanksgiving even though there was one person we were missing at the table. Hopefully my wife’s dad and now my mom will get out of the hospital soon and get better to join us for future gatherings.
 
On the site today are two of the conversations I recorded on Saturday and I also have a few set up for today as I try to get a little ahead for Monday. Obviously this is now Season in Review time so even though you are not going to get the volume of chats you have been getting, they are long and are of high quality when it comes to content.
 
I am also going to introduce you to some of the contributors to the site as well as without these folks, you would not have as many new photos to look at as you do. I’ll start those up soon and of course we are also working on requests so keep them coming at facebook and also with emails to me at doug@dougsdirtdiary.com. And if you friend me on facebook, make sure there is a racing mention on your wall or I will not friend you. There are some people using photos of pretty girls to get info on people and I will not do that!
 
Now let’s chat more about what is new for today on the Audio Page. I begin with a man who I have known since I started as an announcer back in 1990. Shawn Donath recaps his season in a 360 Sprinter that saw him finish 3rd with the Empire Super Sprints. He told me how much he enjoyed picking up two A-Main wins, how having a teammate really helped and why he enjoys the atmosphere associated with 360 Sprint Car racing here in the northeast. 
 
Roy Tarbell remembered his year in a 358 Modified up north at Mohawk International Raceway. He talked about how he struggled when the surface was slicker, how he found a fast groove up top to win his first race since 2009 and what type of car he has always wanted to try. Are you listening Carey? 

 
Saturday, November 26th 2011
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Doug Emery thought back on his two starts in 2011 and talked about how well his team did. 
Billy Dunn won seven races on his way to a track championship and described running a 358. 
Mike Mahaney thought back on his early days in racing as he hung out at the Slingshot booth. 
Justin Wright just missed the Sportsman championship and spoke about his hopes to move up.
Earl Rudy listened to some music and described the consistent season he had with his Sportsman. 
Reed Miller toured the Parts Peddler Trade Show and talked about the season at Penn Can. 
 
My mini vacation is up and I am going to get back into the studio today. It was nice to have some time off after a long season and it was great to have all these fine racing people spend some time with me so we could have new things to listen to everyday as well as some much needed time off. Thanks guys.
 
I have a lot of good things coming up including some shop shoots, so keep checking back as I should be able to get one done sometime this coming week. I hope you are all ready for a good weekend and are getting your holiday shopping started or in some cases wrapped up.
 
But since I wrote this up on Tuesday before my vacation, I don’t have much else to say, so let’s talk more about what is up for today on the Audio Page. I begin with a guy who had a pretty good year as a car owner. Doug Emery thought back on his two Sprint Car starts in 2011 and talked about how well his team did. He told me how he met the two big goals he had set, remembered when the bad luck kicked in and how tough it was to try to catch a pair of drivers who just did not fall off at all. 
 
Billy Dunn won seven races on his way to a track championship and described running a 358 versus a big block. He talked about how long it took for him to get the hang of it, how he enjoyed his Sprint Car races and tells me where he will get Modified points in 2012. 
 
Mike Mahaney thought back on his early days in racing as he hung out at the Slingshot booth this past weekend. He ran down his tentative plans for 2012, described the new chassis he is working on back at the shop and how much he enjoyed his new home, Utica Rome Speedway. 
 
Justin Wright just missed the Mr. DIRTcar Sportsman championship and spoke about his hopes to move up. He talked about some of the lumps he endured along the way, described what he was doing at the Parts Peddler show as well as his hopes for next season. 
 
Earl Rudy listened to some music and described the consistent season he enjoyed with his Sportsman. He talked about the tracks he raced at, how wild things can get at one particular half mile track and how tough it was for him to adjust to the American Racer tire. 
 
Reed Miller toured the Parts Peddler Trade Show and talked about the season at Penn Can. He told me how tough it was to get the final show in, how happy he has been with the track’s standing in the racing world and how a change at two Central New York tracks helped him at his special shows. You’re next Al! 

 
     
 
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