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Saturday, November 5th 2011
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Corky Stockham previews the Parts Peddler Trade Show and explains why you need to be there!
Claude Hutchings Sr. talks about the rookie driver he had in his Four Cylinder at Brewerton. 
 
It was a cold day on Friday as your breath was visible all day long. Yeah, it was that cold. But today is supposed to be a little warmer and the weather looks good down in Charlotte and in Dundee.
 
Of course the World Finals is tonight on SPEED TV and Black Rock Speedway has a 1PM show today with Sportsman, IMCA’s, an Enduro and Demo Derbies galore. I hope to do some interviews in the studio and be done with work in time to watch the races tonight. 
 
And don’t forget that Penn Can will finish out their season next weekend with the twice rescheduled King of the Can. Utica Rome Speedway and the ESS will host their banquets next weekend and the DIRTcar NE banquet and the Parts Peddler show are also on that same weekend. So yes, there is a lot going on.
 
Now let’s talk more about what is new for today on the Audio Page. I begin with more on an event that is so important to any racer, racetrack or vendor. Corky Stockham previews the Parts Peddler Trade Show and explains why you need to be there! He talks about what will be on display, how important face to face meetings are in today’s world and how fortunate we are to be in the northeast. 
 
Claude Hutchings Sr. talks about the rookie driver he had in his Four Cylinder Super Stock at Brewerton Speedway. He remembered the jingles, described the progression the driver made and why he decided to put an unproven 50 year old media guy in his racecar. Thanks Claude, love ya man! 

 
Friday, November 4th 2011
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Ernie Saxton tells racers why now is the best time to begin your sponsorship search for 2012. 
Jim LaRock remembers his last race weekend at Black Rock Speedway and gets ready for Saturday. 
John Venuto led laps in his last Black Rock race and talked about when his car started to fade. 
 
We have another real good day for you here on Doug’s Dirt Diary and we also have a real good interview with Ernie Saxton to tell all of us how to go about getting sponsors, give them the best bang for their buck and how to make it a long lasting relationship that is beneficial to both parties. So be sure to give it a listen.
 
Also we have a couple of interviews with drivers who will be racing this weekend at the Black Rock Speedway as they finish out their season Saturday with a $10,000 to win Enduro as well as $1,000 to win Sportsman and IMCA Modified races. It is going to be a good one so if you are staying local this weekend and looking for a good show, Black Rock will be the place.
 
I also spoke with media guy Rich Vleck and he reminded me that crate Sportsman can also run in the open division of they pay the entry fee which by the way is half of what you get for taking the green. So why not? Give it a try as for many this weekend will be their final race of the year.
 
Now let’s chat more about what is new for today on the Audio Page. I begin with a great interview that all of you drivers should listen to. Ernie Saxton tells racers why now is the best time to begin your sponsorship search for 2012. He walks us through the process from first impression to getting the check, reminds racers what their obligation is once you have a sponsor and explains how a website can both hurt & help your chances depending on how often it is updated. For more from Ernie, check out www.saxtonsponsormarket.com.  YES, THIS IS A MUST LISTEN! 
 
Jim LaRock remembers his last race weekend at Black Rock Speedway and gets ready for Saturday. He told me about his two race results from two weeks ago, how close he came to getting his first ever win at the track and explained why he likes the new configuration. 
 
John Venuto led laps in his last Black Rock race and talked about when his car started to fade. He told me how he was holding on at the end to get a 4th place finish, how he did weekly at Raceway 5 and what he has learned about crate engines after putting several of them on his dyno. Good stuff here guys! 

 
Thursday, November 3rd 2011
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Brett Hearn talks about what makes Charlotte so special and the work he had to do Wednesday. 
Matt Sheppard described the racing surface he’ll see this weekend and how big the event is. 
Jimmy Phelps has wins in each of the last two weekends and offered up his thoughts on Charlotte. 
Rob Bellinger was loading up for his first ever trip to Charlotte and talked about his high hopes. 
 
It was another real nice fall day in Central New York and I was able to get a lot of work done on the website and also for the Syracuse Post Standard. I was fortunate enough to catch the drivers that you see on this site today and they were kind enough to give me some time so you guys could hear from them. 
 
All four of the drivers on the site today are going to be part of The World Finals in Charlotte that begins later on today. Time trials and heat races are on the card for Thursday with c’s, b’s and the first features up for tomorrow. And of course the big show in Saturday night live on SPEED TV.
 
And I have some things set up for today as well but would like to add some folks who are planning on racing this weekend at Black Rock. So if you still have a race to go on your schedule, give me a call or send me a message and we’ll work you in.
 
Now let’s chat more about what is new for today on the Audio Page. I begin with a man who eclipsed a milestone mark earlier this year. Brett Hearn talks about what makes Charlotte so special and the work he had to do Wednesday. He told me what the track races like, compared it to one he almost won at recently and explains what he likes about each of the three divisions that will be competing at The World Finals. 
 
Matt Sheppard described the racing surface he’ll see this weekend and how big the event is in the dirt racing community. He told me what he was doing on Wednesday, what he did the night before and how big The World Finals has become. 
 
Jimmy Phelps has wins in each of the last two weekends and offered up his thoughts on Charlotte. He talked about the special small block car that got him those wins, thought back on his win at the World Finals last year and explained where he hopes to race next weekend. 
 
Rob Bellinger was loading up for his first ever trip to Charlotte and talked about his high hopes. He told me about the last minute preparations they were making, how he’ll try to get in some sleep along the way and which track set up he will begin with as he tries to figure out a track he has never been on before. 

 
Wednesday, November 2nd 2011
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Rich Vleck talks about this Saturday’s 2011 season finale at the Black Rock Speedway in Dundee.
Chip Burdick explains why Can Am will run on Saturdays in 2012 and asks for Late Model feedback. 
In the latest Doug’s Thoughts in get ready to watch Charlotte on TV and agree with Tony Stewart. 
 
It was a real nice day on Tuesday and I spent it on the phone and in the studio. I did not get as much recorded as I would have liked but I was able to set up a lot of things for down the road including a chat with Utica Rome Speedway owner Gene Cole. We’ll sit down with him next week and I have been told that nothing is off the table. I’ve been waiting for this one for a while and I am so happy to be able to bring it to you.
 
If you want more information on the Utica Rome Speedway’s future sale, just go to www.uticaromespeedway.net/forsale . And I’ll tell you this, if I had an extra two million dollars sitting around I would buy it in a heartbeat. It’s not often that someone can go into a situation like Utica Rome and I hope that the right buyer is found and the vibe that is at that track weekly continues as the feel at this place is unique in the industry. 
 
And I also have a much requested Doug’s Thoughts up today and as usual I jump all over the place. Yes, I have only watched part of the race from Syracuse and I do talk about two things I noticed and I also wish aloud that we could get a short track race on TV with our Modifieds as that is the situation that they really shine on. I mean Syracuse is Syracuse right? Great atmosphere, great history, great event but the racing is not nearly what it is at a weekly short track. That’s for sure. 
 
But the nice thing is that fans all around the country that might not have caught that race will be able to see us this weekend on a racier configuration as SPEED TV has increased their coverage of the World Finals by an hour. Our DIRTcar Modifieds are a part of this show and I cannot wait to see it this weekend.  And I often wonder what people in other parts of the country think when they see these Modifieds as I still believe they are the coolest car out there…period. 
 
Now let’s chat more about what is new for today on the Audio Page. I begin with a preview of the final dirt track race of the 2011 season in New York State. Rich Vleck talks about this Saturday’s 2011 season finale at the Black Rock Speedway in Dundee. He gives a lot of the event specifics for fans & teams, predicted how good the racing surface will be for this four division show and encouraged fans to stay later for the demolition derbies. 
 
Chip Burdick explains why Can Am will run on Saturdays next year and asks for Late Model feedback. He talked about what they were up against on Friday nights, how the border situation figures in and talks about the awards banquet coming up on January 5th.  
 
In the latest Doug’s Thoughts in get ready to watch Charlotte on TV and agree with Tony Stewart. I tell you why I think he is spot on when it comes to retaliatory crashes, make fun of the latest Fast n’ Furious movie and why I feel Viagra needs to work on the accuracy of their commercials. Keep in mind, no TV productions racing or otherwise have the budgets they had a few years ago. I know…I need a psychiatrist don’t I? 

 
Tuesday, November 1st 2011
   New on the Audio Page for today from Jeremiah Fish:
 
Mitch Gibbs spoke about his 2011 season and how busy he has been away from the racetrack.
Ricky Wegner told Jeremiah Fish about his expectations for the Southern Tier 100 at Five Mile. 
Gary Smith had his IMCA Modified at Five Mile Point and talked about a tough 2 week stretch. 
Patti Simpson explained why she had a message on her racecar and how the flood affected her. 
 
It was a nice Halloween on Monday and I got to go trick or treating with my two girls. Its nights like this that make me so happy to be a dad and so proud of my daughters for the manners and character they are showing at this early age. Yeah, I’m a proud pappa alright!
 
I did some work yesterday although the studio did stay quiet. With all I had to get done the next thing I knew the doorbell was ringing and my day was basically done. But thanks to Jeremiah Fish we have lots of new content today. I will now however have to get in the studio today as the can is empty.
 
I also wrote up a new story for the Syracuse Post Standard but with no official press release out from the event as of 4PM on Monday, I had to wing it based on eyewitness accounts. And with many of the top teams hitting the road for Charlotte today, it will be almost impossible to track them down. Ah…such is life.
 
Now let’s chat more about what is new on the Audio Page for today. I begin with a man who is really looking forward to returning to his form from the past. Mitch Gibbs spoke to Jeremiah Fish about his 2011 season and how busy he has been away from the racetrack. He talked about the need to race more than he is now, how he is hoping to change that next year and offered his feelings on where he is driver wise as he got ready to race Sunday. 
 
Ricky Wegner told Jeremiah Fish about his expectations for the Southern Tier 100 at Five Mile. He talked about how his year went at his weekly tracks, wondered if he would race in November and his biggest accomplishment in the 2011 race season.  
 
Gary Smith had his IMCA Modified at Five Mile Point and talked about a tough two week stretch. He told Jeremiah Fish about how unfamiliar he was with the tracks he was racing on, how some advice from out west could help and looked ahead to getting back to Black Rock this weekend. 
 
Patti Simpson explained why she had a message on the roof of her racecar and how the flood affected her. She told Jeremiah Fish about her season down at I-88 Speedway, how long she has been racing and described the transition from a Slingshot to an IMCA Modified. 

 
Monday, October 31st 2011
   New on the Audio Page from Jeremiah Fish and his trip to Five Mile Point:
 
Dan Vauter told Jeremiah Fish about his goals for the day and the car he brought with him. 
Nick Rochinski talked about the good start he had to his day and the last time he came to Kirkwood. 
Jimmy Phelps described his Orange County Fair Speedway small block win to Jeremiah Fish
Kevan Cook spoke about what he had to do to take the Empire State Series title for IMCA Modifieds.
Bumps Scutt has followed the Empire State Series for the first time and talked about getting a win.
Ronnie Johnson won the Fonda Speedway track champion and talked about it with Jeremiah Fish
 
It was a nice day on Sunday and that nice weather allowed the Five Mile Point Speedway a chance to finish what they started Friday night. Of course the snow took care of Saturday’s program but Sunday they were able to race and it was a great one from what I heard.
 
Jeremiah Fish went down and was gracious enough to record ten new interviews for us. I put six of those up for today and the rest will show up over the next two days. In the can right now are chats with Mitch Gibbs, Gary Smith and newcomers to the site Ricky Wagner and Patti Simpson.
 
Be sure to keep checking back as J Fish will probably send us some photos along the way too. And like I said I heard it was a great race with a pretty good crowd on hand. I guess a lot of folks aren’t ready to call it a season yet.
 
I’ll get going on talking to people from that show today and I will also get going on the people who will be racing in Charlotte this weekend as well. Plus I have some requests to get to so it should be a pretty good week here on the website. 
 
But the big thing for today is Halloween! My two girls and I will be working the neighborhood tonight while my wife stays back to hand out candy. We live in a middle class area with a lot of houses so we see pretty good traffic around here and it is a lot of fun for me. It reminds me of my childhood in the 60’s and 70’s. Yes, Halloween is a great time to live in a housing development!
 
I hope you all have a great day and get it started by listening to what is new for today on the Audio Page. And again a big thanks goes out to Jeremiah Fish for all his work for us. Dan Vauter told Jeremiah Fish about his goals for the day and the car he brought with him that was different than the one he drove for most of the year. 
 
Nick Rochinski talked to Jeremiah Fish about the good start he had to his day, the last time he came to Kirkwood and how he is dealing with a runny nose inside his helmet.   
 
Jimmy Phelps described his Orange County Fair Speedway small block Modified to Jeremiah Fish as they got ready for the season finale at Five Mile Point. 
 
Kevan Cook spoke to Jeremiah Fish about what he had to do to take the Empire State Series title for IMCA Mods in the final race at Five Mile Point Speedway.  
 
Bumps Scutt has followed the Empire State Series for the first time and talked to Jeremiah Fish about getting a win as well as his move up from a Four Cylinder Super Stock. 
 
Ronnie Johnson won the Fonda Speedway track champion in a tight point battle on the final night and talked about it with Jeremiah Fish as he got ready on Sunday. 

 
Sunday, October 30th 2011
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Tommy Sears tells me what he is doing to get ready for Charlotte and thinks back on Orange County. 
Jeff Crambo talks about the six things that went wrong and how he won the ROC Sportsman title. 
Joe Skotnicki offers the teams some advice on Charlotte and runs down the Modified schedule. 
 
Well we never did get to start the Season in Review interviews as I thought as I was able to get some stuff that talks about what is going on right now. I was able to speak with a champion, a driver who still has some racing to do and get you Modified teams some valuable information on the biggest dirt show around…The World Finals.
 
So now I am not going to promise you some Season in Review chats today because if I am able to continue to talk about what is coming up and talk about this weekend, I will do so. But rest assured that one way or another I will have new stuff for you on the site for tomorrow.
 
I also put up some new photos as well from Scott Seward who was at Five Mile Point on Friday night. Now they did get some snow but they are planning on making a go of it today, so go to my Track Links Page and see what is up before you head out the door. 
 
Now let’s chat more about what is new for today on the Audio Page. I begin with a man who still has a big three day weekend ahead of him. Tommy Sears tells me what he is doing to get ready for Charlotte next week and thinks back on Orange County. He talked about the wreck he was in during the closing laps of Eastern States Weekend, described how badly damaged the car was and spoke about the atmosphere at The World Finals. 
 
Jeff Crambo talks about the six things that went wrong in a 24 hour stretch and how he won the ROC Sportsman title with a 14th place finish. He explained what happened the night before, what sent him to the pit area for good on Friday night and wonders if he’ll race today in a Crate Sportsman at Five Mile Point. 
 
Joe Skotnicki offers the teams some advice on Charlotte and runs down the Modified schedule. He talked about what happens on each of the three days, how big The World Finals is for dirt racing in general and how nice it is to have an extra hour of coverage on Speed TV.   For more into, go to www.charlottemotorspeedway.com/dirt/   

 
     
 
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