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Sunday, October 23rd 2011
   New on the Audio Page from the Black Rock Speedway:
 
Pre race conversations:
 
Mike O’Brien reflected on his solid finish at Syracuse and told me about his small block Modified.
Eldon Payne talked about his 2011 season and the need to add some more races to his 2012 schedule.
Alan Johnson thought back on his past at Black Rock and wondered about the changes to the track.
Steve Hulsizer tried to remember the last time he came to Dundee as he got ready on Saturday.
Jeremy Wonderling explained how he would approach his day as the BRP Late Model series leader. 
Casey Williams was ready to call it a season last weekend and told me why they decided to continue.
Jeremy Pitcher described the race surface he saw in hot laps and why he likes it much slicker. 
 
After the dashes and heats:
 
Jeremy Wonderling won the first BRP Can Am Late Model dash and talked about sharing set ups. 
Jason Knowles spun on lap two and explained to me how he got back up to win his five lap dash. 
Eric Fisher talked about how his Modified was working after winning the first heat of the night. 
Alan Johnson looked smooth in his Mod heat win and told me how hard he was driving the racecar.
Dylan Dewert led every lap on his way to a heat win and talked about small blocks on slick tracks. 
Ray Bliss Jr. swept the outside to get the win in his heat and told me about adjusting his racing line.
 
I had a fun day on Saturday as Jeremiah Fish and I headed out to the Black Rock Speedway for what was a very big show with 199 cars in the pit area. As you can imagine, we saw a lot of action but after seven hours we called it quits and came home about halfway through the consis.
 
I did get a lot of interviews done and took a lot of photos as well. Make sure to check out the early ones too as you can see how busy it was at this show as even getting hot laps done took a lot of work. Many of the teams got to the track before 8AM and it was a long day for them to say the least. But if you wanted to see race after race after race…Black Rock Speedway was the place to be. And the racing we saw was darned good!
 
I have worked long shows like this in the past and I must give a shout out to all the employees for all their hard work, especially the ones in the tower who really earned their pay on this one. They did time trials for well over 100 cars, ran over a dozen heat races, over a half a dozen consis and of course the five feature events. 
 
We would have loved to stay but after waking up early we were both pretty spent by the time we called it a night at 6PM after getting to the track just before 11 AM. And yes, I did wake up in the morning so mark that down on your calendar. 
 
In the pits for this show unofficially were 36 Modifieds, 28 BRP Can Am Late Models, 20 Micro Sprints, 48 Sportsman and 67 Street Stocks. It was also the first time I ever saw both the Sportsman and Street Stock winners get paid more than the Modified winner.
 
Now as I finish up writing this front page entry I am getting ready to head to “Kegs” in Jordan to see some friends of mine play on stage. They play HARD rock…the kind I love. So if you see this early enough, come out and join us as the show will run till close to 2AM I believe.
 
And be sure to come later in the week as we plan to have three new chats from Saturday on each day as I have fifteen in the can right now. A big thanks goes out to everyone for all their help and for coming here today to check this out. Next weekend we plan on heading to Five Mile Point so we hope to see you there. 

 
Saturday, October 22nd 2011
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Darwin Greene described his hopes for his small block and told me what has been going wrong. 
Rob Yetman remembers his race at Syracuse as well as his early season win at Orange County. 
Dave Pope explains why we have not seen him stay at one track for very long this race season. 
 
It was just downright cold on Friday as I never saw the temperature get above fifty degrees. So you better stack on the layers of clothing today if you are going to go see some racing. I know I am planning on that as I am set to head to Black Rock this morning.
 
I wish all of you down at Orange County nothing but the best as it is going to be a real good one down there. 358 Modifieds headline the show today so be sure to make your way either to Black Rock or Orange County because before you know it, it will be too late. 
 
It’s been a tough week for us as my wife’s father fell and had to be hospitalized. He is getting the help he needs and we are optimistic about his recovery. But with Camille at the hospital with her mom it has slowed me down on work and put me totally in the dad role. So sorry about not getting as much content as usual but at least now you know what we have been dealing with. And if you are in our boat, I understand and wish you well also.
 
Now let’s chat more about what is new for today on the Audio Page. I begin with a conversation from my trip to Penn Can last weekend. Darwin Greene described his hopes for his small block and told me what has been going wrong. He talked about the need for more side bite, explains what happens in the middle of the corner and what he learned on the mile at Syracuse. 
 
Rob Yetman remembers his race at Syracuse as well as his early season win at Orange County. He also told me what he was working on Thursday night, thanked all the guys who were there helping and described his hopes for tomorrow’s Pro Stock race at Eastern States. 
 
Dave Pope explains why we have not seen him stay at one track for very long this race season. He told me how little the points pay in the stock car divisions, how good his racecar has been this year and described some damage his Street Stock had the night before. 

 
Friday, October 21st 2011
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Bob McGannon talks about his season at Orange County and his hopes for Eastern States Weekend. 
Brett Tonkin was the lone driver from his family at Penn Can and wondered about the rain.
Brian Malcolm was in a somewhat unfamiliar car last weekend and told me about his new ride. 
Rich Vleck previews the 2 days of action at Black Rock and talks about the new Hot Wings TV.
 
It was a cold and rainy day once again on Thursday as some storms hit our area early in the morning. Those storms woke up my kids and we had some unexpected time together in the wee hours of the morning.
 
I was able to get some work done in the studio in between the little things that happen when you have aging parents and kids who need attention. It’s amazing that any of us get anything done some days as the demands on our time can be crushing. But somehow we all get through it as I did once again on Thursday.   
 
I’ll be going to Black Rock tomorrow if everything goes well and I plan on finishing out my year next weekend at Five Mile Point. I would go to Charlotte but there is no way I could absorb that cost and find a place to do the work I need to do as hotels do not allow you to upload…it’s download only so there is really no way for me to do it although I hope someday to work Charlotte and Florida into my plans. Hey, you gotta dream!
 
Now let’s chat more about what is new for today on the Audio Page. I begin with a man who is hoping to be very fast today. Bob McGannon talks about his season at Orange County and his hopes for Eastern States Weekend. He told me who he felt was riding with him in his feature win, how it felt to have the opportunity to run someone else’s car and remembers a battle with his brother in Charlotte. Good one! 
 
Brett Tonkin was the lone driver from his family at Penn Can and wondered about the rain he was seeing. He talked about his hopes to have the show rescheduled, how little time there is to race and explained how things went at the Super Nationals. 
 
Brian Malcolm was in a somewhat unfamiliar car last weekend and told me about his new ride. He talked about some bugs they worked out, described the condition they were dealing with and his experience level at Penn Can Speedway. 
 
Rich Vleck previews the two days of action at Black Rock today & tomorrow and also talks about the new Hot Wings TV that just premiered this week on Time Warner Sports. He told me about the busy day they have on Saturday, how nice it will be to see Modifieds back on the 4/10 mile show and looks ahead to their final race in early November. 

 
Thursday, October 20th 2011
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Butch Tittle remembers a recent Penn Can Modified win and talked about what he races against. 
Kevin Bates spoke about his run at Syracuse and described the problem they had in the qualifier. 
Ray Bliss Jr. was going to have a busy day on Sunday and told me about his pair of racecars. 
Bob Buono is enjoying his best year ever and tells me why this 2011 season has gone so well.
Michael Sanchelli previews Eastern States at Orange County Fair Speedway this weekend.
 
It was a super busy day on Wednesday as work and family issues on my wife’s side were front and center. I was able to get in some recordings, upload some new photos and write up another article for the Syracuse Post Standard.
 
Today I will be playing catch up and this weekend I’ll be going to the Black Rock Speedway in Dundee for their big five division show. As a matter of fact, two of the people on the site today will be going there this weekend…see Gary! And somewhere along the way we hope to get a day off but it has not materialized yet. 
 
I will save the interviews that I did Wednesday night for release on Friday and we have some real good ones done already including my final ones from Penn Can Speedway last Sunday.
 
Now let’s chat about what is new on the Audio Page. I begin with a well known veteran driver who always speaks his mind. Butch Tittle remembers a recent Penn Can Modified win and talked about what he races against. He told me how nice it was to win after an eight year drought, how he approached the show on Sunday and how he dealt with the long down period he had. 
 
Kevin Bates spoke about his run at Syracuse and described the problem they had in the qualifier. He told me how he knew something was wrong in the valve train, offered his thoughts on Sunday at Penn Can and wondered if the show would be a go or not. 
 
Ray Bliss Jr. was going to have a busy day on Sunday and told me about his pair of racecars. He talked about his eleven win season, how good he was at his home tracks and described each of the cars he had with him for Penn Can. See him at Black Rock this Saturday! 
 
Bob Buono is enjoying his best season ever and tells me why this 2011 season has gone so well. He talked about winning at some new tracks this year, wonders how much of a factor some good luck has been and if having the same car for several seasons is really paying off. 
 
Michael Sanchelli previews Eastern States at Orange County Fair Speedway this weekend. He told me how high the advance ticket sales have been, reminds fans that the open camping area will be open today and explains why one particular driver may be his best ticket seller for the event. www.orangecountyfairspeeday.net

 
Wednesday, October 19th 2011
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Alan Rudalavage watched the rain at Penn Can and told me why he knew it would rain out.
Casey Williams explained why he traveled to Penn Can and thought back to the last time. 
Bill Pascual talks about his rookie season in a Modified as he gets ready for Eastern States.
Kyle Rohner won the Sportsman championship again at Accord and chatted about his season. 
Allison Pierce had her truck at Penn Can to race against the street stocks and talked about it. 
 
It was a nice day for me on Tuesday as I got some work done and got some good quality time with the family. I was able to record some new stuff after putting up this front page entry and am busy working on the questions you guys submitted for my six pack in the upcoming Season in Review interviews. Keep them coming to doug@dougsdirtdiary.com
 
Also on the site today are two new drivers who we have never chatted with before. Kyle Rohner and Allison Pierce did their first interviews with me and both of those are up on the Audio Page right now. Plus we added some new photo bins so be sure to check those out as well.
 
And we will be in the studio again today so be sure to show up tomorrow to see who we chat with and what will also be showing up from my trip to Penn Can as we still have a lot of interviews in the can waiting to show up. 
 
Now let’s chat more about what is new for today on the Audio Page. I begin with a man who ended up having his whole weekend washed out my Mother Nature. Alan Rudalavage watched the rain at Penn Can and told me why he knew it would rain out because of the good draw he had. He also wondered if this would be his last show of the year, explained why he was not going to make it on Friday and how his whole weekend was rained out so far. 
 
Casey Williams explained why he traveled to Penn Can and thought back to the last time he towed to northern Pennsylvania. He also remembered his recent trip to Brewerton, explains how much different the short tracks are compared to his home track and why he would make this his final show of 2012. 
 
Bill Pascual talks about his rookie season in a Modified as he gets ready for Eastern States. He explained why this year was the right time to move up from Pro Stocks, why he feels the full fendered class is falling off so much and what he learned at the Sunday practice session. 
 
Kyle Rohner won the Sportsman championship again at Accord and chatted about his season. He talked about where they were better this year compared to years past, how much better he was on the bottom of the racetrack and why his usual Friday night set up should be fine at Penn Can. 
 
Allison Pierce had her truck at Penn Can to race against the street stocks and talked about it. She told me some of what she has learned in the truck, how long it took to get comfortable and how tough it was to switch from a front wheel driver car to a rear wheel drive. 

 
Tuesday, October 18th 2011
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Doug Manmiller commented on Mother Nature and told me why he likes short tracks so much.
Jessica Zemken tells me how much she enjoyed her laps at Oswego Speedway in a winged super. 
Joey Colsten talked about waiting out the rain and wondered if the race would be rescheduled. 
John Juhl had a Modified motor under his right foot on Sunday and told me how it happened. 
Bobby Boynton reflects on his 45 year racing career and talks about his role at the racetrack. 
 
I had a nice day on Monday as I was able to lay low at the home studio. I did get a chat recorded later in the day and also wrote up my new column for the Syracuse Post Standard. And of course I am still thinking about Dan Wheldon and his family. Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone who was fortunate enough to have Dan touch their lives.
 
Today I will be back in the studio and back doing more interviews. Although I still have twelve interviews saved from my rainout trip to Penn Can on Sunday so look for a minimum of four of those a day showing up between today and Friday.
 
Soon I will be doing Season in Review interviews and once again I am enlisting your help. I will be doing a six pack of questions again with the first two being the same as they have always been. What was your best night and of course the flip side, what was your worst night? But I need four more. I’ll give t-shirts away to anyone who suggests one that I use, so send me your thoughts at doug@dougsdirtdiary.com or friend me on Facebook.
 
And if you want to read my latest column and go through the archives, you can do so at www.syracuse.com/motorsports
 
Now let’s chat more about what is new for today on the Audio Page. I begin with a man who was stranding in the rain wondering if we were going to go just like many of us were doing on Sunday at Penn Can. Doug Manmiller commented on Mother Nature and told me why he likes short tracks like Penn Can. He talked about how good he was the week before at Five Mile Point, how well his equipment has been holding up and wonders about Delaware later this year. 
 
Jessica Zemken tells me how much she enjoyed her laps at Oswego Speedway in a winged Super Modified. She talked about getting rained out the day before at Brockville, looked ahead to her next race at Charlotte and evaluated how she felt she did at The Steel Palace as well as where that could lead. 
 
Joey Colsten talked about waiting out the rain and wondered if the race would be rescheduled. He told me how much he feels for the promoters after the rainy summer, the flood and how tough it is even when you do get a sunny Friday. Good points made by Joey here! 
 
John Juhl had a Modified motor under his right foot on Sunday and told me how it happened. He talked about how close he came to making the Mod show last week at Five Mile Point, described what the 358 feels like as well as how much faster things happen in a Modified. 
 
Bobby Boynton reflects on his 45 year racing career and talks about his current role at the racetrack. He told me why he does not want to get behind the wheel again, how important his wife was in his life and remembered his first few years that saw him land on his roof on several occasions. Nice one here! 

 
Monday, October 17th 2011
   New on the Audio Page from the rain out at Penn Can Speedway:
 
Brian Weaver talked about his 2010 season and how tough racing became after the flood. 
Mike Colsten just woke up from a nap and explained why his year seemed both long and short. 
Nick Rochinski told me about last Saturday at Five Mile Point and how much he enjoyed the ride. 
Stewart Friesen described the Modified he had at Penn Can and compared it to his Saturday home. 
Steve Babicek has been having a tough season and told me why he switched tracks along the way. 
Mitch Gibbs got ready for his 4th race of the year and talked about what he hopes happens in 2012. 
Duane Howard won the Saturday race at Grandview and explained how slower traffic helped. 
Bob Henry Jr. recapped his third place run from Saturday and talked about his Penn Can car. 
Danny Tyler explained what happened to him the night before and how close he is to winning. 
 
My Sunday started out on wet roads and ended on them as well as Penn Can Speedway rained out. I left my house as it was raining, hit some dry roads south of Cortland and then went back into the drizzle as soon as I got off the exit for Penn Can.
 
It never really got going too hard but as they finally pulled the plug at about 5PM it was just starting to really come down and the radar showed a lot more coming. It’s too bad too as they had a nice field of Modifieds, Sportsman and Street Stocks on hand. As of now they are going to move the show to Sunday, October 30th but keep checking their website to be sure.
 
I got a lot done down there in the two and a half hours I was there as I recorded 25 new conversations, 9 of which are up today and the rest will show up later this week. I also took over 50 photos and those are up as well as some from Ty Garl’s trip to New Egypt on Saturday night.
 
Of course the racing community is in mourning today with the death of Dan Wheldon at Las Vegas on Sunday. It has been a long time since this type of thing has happened in a major motorsports venue like Indy Car and we all feel their pain when this happens. Every driver knows the risk of racing but we all hope we never have to see it firsthand. Our deepest sympathies go out to his wife, his kids, his family and all his friends. 
 
Now let’s talk about what is new for today on the Audio Page. I begin with a chat with an old friend who I have not seen that much this year. Brian Weaver talked about his abbreviated 2010 season as he got ready at Penn Can and how tough racing became after the flood hit the southern tier. 
 
Mike Colsten just woke up from a nap, explained why his year seemed both long & short and how a bad draw put him behind early last week at Five Mile. 
 
Nick Rochinski told me about last Saturday at Five Mile Point where he drove the Tad Parks owned Modified and how much he enjoyed the ride. 
 
Stewart Friesen described the Modified he had at Penn Can, compared the track to his Saturday home and ran down his late season plans. 
 
Steve Babicek has been having a tough season and told me why he switched tracks along the way as well as some set up issues he has been working on. 
 
Mitch Gibbs got ready for his fourth race of the year and told me how many races he will run to finish the year as well as his hopes for the 2012 season. 
 
Duane Howard won the Saturday race at Grandview and explained how slower traffic helped jam up the leader so he could get by.   
 
Bob Henry Jr. recapped his third place run from Saturday night’s open Sportsman race and talked about the car he had at Penn Can on Sunday. 
 
Danny Tyler explained what happened to him the night before while leading a race with five laps to go and how close he is to winning his first Modified feature. 

 
     
 
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