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|Friday, November 18th 2011
| New on the Audio Page for today:
Billy Pauch Jr. talks about his hopes for this weekend as he finishes he year out at Bridgeport.
Stephane LaFrance told me about the deals he is doing for racers at the Parts Peddler show.
Jeff Hachmann gets ready for a weekend that includes the DIRTcar Banquet and Parts Peddler.
I had a fun day on Thursday as I got some work done and headed over to the New York State Fairgrounds to see how the set up was going for the Parts Peddler Trade Show taking place today through Sunday.
I did not take too many pics as I want to make sure you guys show up to check it out for yourselves. And Modified and Sportsman guys, make sure you see Stephane LaFrance at Trick Race Parts and get some special deals on his small inventory of scratch and dent parts. Hey, we’re gonna scratch and dent them on the track anyway, so why not save a few bucks.
As for me, I’ll be there early and then again after dinnertime. I’ll be chatting with whoever I see and put up some photos later in the day. The interviews will air tomorrow as I am hoping to get a lot done. Then on Saturday I’ll be there during the afternoon before heading to the DIRTcar banquet later that night.
Now let’s chat more about what is new for today on the Audio Page. I begin with a man who will be racing in New Jersey on Sunday. Billy Pauch Jr. talks about his hopes for this weekend as he finishes he year out at Bridgeport. He told me about the last time he raced there, described the new motor they’ll have in the car for Sunday and how much his recent Sprint Car races have helped.
Stephane LaFrance told me about the deals he is doing for racers at this weekend’s Parts Peddler show. He talks about the types of parts he will be selling, how quickly his scratch & dent pile will go as well as his championship season in Canada. Look for him at the show today!
Jeff Hachmann gets ready for a weekend that includes the DIRTcar Banquet and the Parts Peddler Trade Show. He told me how much he is looking forward to meeting up with fans & drivers at the New York State Fairgrounds, why he feels the show is so important and previews Saturday’s promoter meetings at Turning Stone Resort & Casino.
|Thursday, November 17th 2011
| New on the Audio Page for today:
Ronnie Johnson talked about his year at Utica Rome and why it was different than Saturdays.
Ryan Simmons told me about his plans to race this weekend on the tiny track at Bridgeport.
Claude Hutchings Jr. had one of his worst years in racing and discussed some of what went wrong.
It was a good day for me on Wednesday although I did not get as much work done as I would have liked. I did write a new story for the Syracuse Post Standard that will go in today’s edition and headed out to Pilat Graphic Design to pick up some new stickers.
Along the way, I crossed paths with a truck driving friend of mine who was just a few miles behind us and got to show my youngest daughter Katie what the inside of an 18 wheeler looks like as we met up at a rest stop just down the road.
As I type this up at six o’clock I am hoping to another interview or two before I call it a day and also hoping to head out to pick up the latest Need for Speed video game for my PS3. And yes, I will be up late tonight as I race on my set-up till the wee hours of the morning.
Plus the Parts Peddler Racer’s Auction and Trade show begins tomorrow at the New York State Fairgrounds so plan to be at that! I know I will…all three days as a matter of fact.
Now let’s talk more about what is new for today on the Audio Page. I begin with a driver who is looking forward to returning to his former Friday night home this coming year. Ronnie Johnson talked about his year at Utica Rome and why it was different than Saturdays at Fonda. He spoke about winning a fifty lapper towards the end of the year, why he chose not to use a provisional at Five Mile Point where he will race on Fridays this coming season.
Ryan Simmons told me about his plans to race this weekend on the tiny ¼ mile track at Bridgeport. He talked about how his open motor Sportsman should do against the Modifieds, remembered how things went at his weekly home and the first time he went to Bridgeport.
Claude Hutchings Jr. had one of his worst years in racing and discussed some of what went wrong. He told me what they found out about their primary engine, how much he enjoyed his nights in a Four Cylinder Super Stock and looks forward to doing some ice racing this winter.
|Wednesday, November 16th 2011
| New on the Audio Page for today:
Bobby Varin talked about finishing third at Utica Rome after watching one of his big wins.
Mike Trapp reviewed his 2011 season in a Late Model and remembered surviving a plane crash.
Bill Knapp finished in the top five with his Pro Stock and talked about his pair of feature wins.
Jeremie Corcoran talked about three changes to the Street Stock rules at Canandaigua for 2012.
It was a busy day on Tuesday as I got a lot of new recordings done and defended the purpose of this website on my facebook page. It’s fun to listen to people when they get riled up and fortunately I was the target this time instead of the fine drivers, racetrack operators and others who make the sport what it is.
But when you are on an island like me, you have to expect shots to be taken at you by people in the sea. So I let that motivate me to get alot done in the studio and I did that very thing. In the can now are alot of good chats including Billy Pauch Jr. and Ronnie Johnson. So make sure to keep coming back.
And don't forget to check out the Parts Peddler Racer's Auction & Trade Show this weekend at the New York State Fairgrounds. Firsthand information on everything will be there so you won't have to rely on a buddy to tell you what is up, you can find out5 for yourself firsthand and in a face to face way which is so rare these days.
Now let’s chat more about what is new for today on the Audio Page. I begin with a man who sported a new look this past weekend. Bobby Varin talked about finishing third in the points at Utica Rome after watching one of his big wins on the big screen right before the banquet. He told me why he was trying out a new look, how cool it was to win both their big money races and discussed his tentative plans for 2012.
Mike Trapp reviewed his 2011 season in a Late Model and remembered surviving a plane crash in July that received national attention. He talked about winning with a motor that he knew was not going to pass tech, how crazy fast “Fastrack” motors are and explained what was going through his mind as he treaded water in Lake Huron. Good one!
Bill Knapp finished in the top five with his Pro Stock at Utica Rome and talked about his pair of feature wins. He told me about his unexpected birthday win at Fonda, what he learned about the big track and how important suspension is in the stock car world.
Jeremie Corcoran talked about three changes to the Street Stock rules at Canandaigua for 2012. He wondered why the rumor was out there that they were dropping the class, reaffirmed his commitment to the track and urged everyone to see him at the Parts Peddler show in Syracuse this weekend. Be there and be informed firsthand.
|Tuesday, November 15th 2011
| New on the Audio Page for today:
Jessica Zemken chatted about her year in a Sprint Car and doing her own deal next season.
Butch Green tells me about his win at Penn Can and his hopes to race his Sportsman more.
Dave Pope talked about his Pure Stock races at Utica Rome as well as the traveling he did.
Greg Smith explains why Thunder Alley Speedpark will continue to race on Saturdays in 2012.
It was a busy day for me on Monday as I wrote up another column for the Syracuse Post Standard and did some new interviews in the studio. Two of those chats are up for today as well as two more from the Utica Rome banquet on Saturday, so enjoy.
I also have a lot of things set up for today and hope to be able to really go to town in the studio. I am also getting to some overdue requests and wanted to publically yell at myself for not doing a better job. Sure, I have had a lot of distractions over the past six months, but that’s no excuse. Sorry, I got a little too wrapped up in my own fledgling career as a driver…and I use the term “driver” loosely when referring to myself.
And I have to thank my facebook friends for helping me get in touch with Butch Green. Within ten minutes of asking if anyone knew how to get ahold of him, I had his number. Ah, the power of facebook. If you are a driver and are not on there you really need to be.
Now let’s talk more about what is new on the site on the Audio Page today. I begin with a young lady who logged a lot of miles on the road this past summer. Jessica Zemken chatted about her year in a Sprint Car and doing her own deal next season. She talked some of the new racetracks she visited, what she learned about 410 racing and remembers some of the highlights she had at some of the most storied tracks out there.
Butch Green tells me about his win at Penn Can and his hopes to race his Sportsman more in 2012. He talked about how he went from third to first in one corner, how concerned he was about being stuck in third gear and what he’ll be looking for this weekend at the Parts Peddler show.
Dave Pope talked about his Pure Stock races at Utica Rome as well as the traveling he did. He told me where he felt he was lacking on the big half mile, how happy he was to finish in third place in the standings and compared the surface he saw in 2011 to the one he raced on years ago.
Greg Smith explains why Thunder Alley Speedpark will continue to race on Saturdays in 2012. He told me why Can Am switching to the same night should not affect them too much, described how well things are going at the track and encouraged dirt teams to come down on the Wednesday practices to give it a try before an actual race night.
|Monday, November 14th 2011
| New on the Audio Page for today:
Kenny Tremont described his struggles at Utica Rome and Albany Saratoga in 2012.
Sam Reakes IV talked about his late season Sprint Car races and this weekend’s Parts Peddler.
Matt Janczuk told me how he decided to use the Utica Rome banquet to propose to his girlfriend.
Brian Freese reviewed his 2011 season and tells me how he manages to stay within his budget.
It was another real nice day on Sunday and I had a nice time outside for a bit with my daughter before coming back inside and getting some actual work done in the studio. I recorded two new chats and have more set up for today. I also put up two of my Utica Rome Speedway banquet interviews up as well so you have a nice mix for a Monday.
I will be back in the studio today and will also have two more Utica Rome Speedway banquet chats up tomorrow as well as there are six more still in the can. Then later this week the Parts Peddler Racer’s Auction and Trade Show gets going at the New York State Fairgrounds at the Center of Progress Building.
I may even be able to sneak in a road trip this week for something very cool with my old friend George Kiskiel and if that happens, I know you will like it. So be sure to keep coming back and keep checking as we are going to have a fun week.
Plus the DIRTcar banquet is this Saturday and I’ll be doing my usual banquet thing there too so we will have a lot up on the site the following day and throughout the week. Plus we are going to do some chats on rules meetings that have taken place as well. So don’t miss a day or you’ll fall behind.
Now let’s chat more about what is new on the Audio Page for today. I begin with a man who is well known as one of the classiest and cleanest racers around. Kenny Tremont described his struggles at Utica Rome in 2011 and Albany Saratoga. He told me where he was off on the big half mile, how he won championships at his two other weekly homes and why he feels the transition to asphalt didn’t work at Malta.
Sam Reakes IV talked about his late season Sprint Car races and showing it off at this weekend’s Parts Peddler show. He told me what he learned in his three starts, how much different they are to drive and why a move to a Modified was not in the cards for him. C’mon out and see him this weekend at the New York State Fairgrounds.
Matt Janczuk told me how he decided to use the Utica Rome banquet to propose to his long time girlfriend. He talked about how he knew what ring to get, how he hid the money trail and why he feels so fortunate that she said yes. Way to go Matt and congratulations to both of you!
Brian Freese reviewed his 2011 season and tells me how he manages to stay within his limited budget. He talked about racing on $200 a night, remembered each of the tracks he competed at and explained why he is so happy to have a newer chassis to work on this off season.
|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.
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