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Friday, January 10th 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Billy Pauch tells me when he will be at Motorsports 2014 and looks ahead to indoor racing.
Joe Skotnicki gets ready for racing next month at Volusia and explains why teams make the trip.
 
We’re back on a Friday with more good stuff for you today as Motorsports 2014 kicks off down in Oaks, Pennsylvania. Three days of fun begins today and runs through Sunday so make your plans to get down and get caught up on what is happening. To find out more, go to www.aarn.com.
 
On the site today we have an interview with a driver who will be signing autographs tomorrow at the show and who will be racing indoors in a few weeks in Atlantic City. Plus we get up to speed on the latest DIRTcar news with Joe Skotnicki as Florida gets closer and closer.
 
We are also mourning the death of local racer and car owner Duane “Deek” Decker who passed away Wednesday morning after a short illness. Decker raced from age 16 to age 70 and was a car owner for 6 years after that. He had a long list of accomplishments and had some of the biggest names in the sport drive his equipment. He will be sorely missed.
 
Calling hours for Decker are tomorrow in Belleville at the Carpenter-Stoodley Funeral Home from 1-5 PM. May he rest in peace!
 
Billy Pauch tells me when he will be at Motorsports 2014 and looks ahead to indoor racing. He spoke about how much fun it will be to re-new old friendships this weekend, how a test session went a few weeks ago and his tentative plans for Modified racing outdoors. 
 
Joe Skotnicki gets ready for racing next month at Volusia and explains why teams make the trip. He also talked about some improvements they have made at the track, updates us on some new Super DIRTcar Series races and what makes northeast Modified racing so different. 

 
Thursday, January 9th 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Chris Stockham talks about his hopes for next week’s Chili Bowl and his last trip to Oklahoma.
Brett Deyo told me about his presence this weekend at Motorsports 2014 down in Pennsylvania.
 
Well it was nice not to be talking about temperatures in the negative numbers for a change as the arctic blast is finally out of out area. And it sounds like this weekend will be a lot better and just in time as Motorsports 2014 takes place this Friday, Saturday and Sunday inside the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center on Oaks, Pennsylvania.
 
We have a chat with Brett Deyo up today as he will have a booth at the event and he runs down just some of the big stuff happening at this show. To find out more go to www.aarn.com and plan your weekend.
 
Also up today is a driver who is hoping to make it into one of the toughest races in the country. Chris Stockham will make his second trip ever to Tulsa and you’ll hear in the interview what happened last time he tried to qualify for the Tulsa Shootout.
 
Then tomorrow, Billy Pauch joins us to talk about what he will do this weekend at Motorsports 2014 and Joe Skotnicki will also be up to talk about the big races at Volusia in February. So be sure to come back for that.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you to listen to on the Audio Page for today. Chris Stockham talks about his hopes for next week’s Chili Bowl and his last trip to Oklahoma. He told me how close he came to making it into the Tulsa Shootout, how his wreck in the b-main sidelined him for five months and what his goals are for his qualifying night on Wednesday. 
 
Brett Deyo spoke about his presence this weekend at Motorsports 2014 down in Oaks, Pennsylvania. He told me who will be in his booth at the show to sign autographs, how he put together a point fund for his new Short Track Super Series and his expansion into Sprint Car racing. 

 
Wednesday, January 8th 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Billy VanPelt tells me about a ride he has landed for three special shows at Ransomville Speedway.
Stephen Denton describes the car they are working on to take on the road course at Road Atlanta.
 
I got a lot done on the cold day that was Tuesday. I don’t know about where you are but we were cold enough to give the kids a day off from school. Here in Liverpool we have now had snow or cold days off on three of the four days so far in 2014. Let’s hope the next few are a lot better.
 
It’s hard to believe but the 2014 season starts soon for many racers including one that we have up today and another that we’ll speak with tomorrow. And for others the work continues at the shop and at the track as racers everywhere get ready for what is shaping up to be a great 2014 season.
 
In the can now are interviews with Chris Stockham as he gets ready for his first attempt at The Chili Bowl and Joe Skotnicki as he gets ready for Volusia in just over 30 days. 
 
But first let’s check in with someone who will be at Ransomville’s big races thanks to a new deal and it is first up on the Audio Page for today. Billy VanPelt tells me about a ride he has landed for three special shows at Ransomville Speedway. He explained how the deal came together, what he enjoys about working with other drivers and his hopes to run a Modified weekly at Woodhull. 
 
Stephen Denton describes the car they are working on to take on the road course at Road Atlanta. He told me how the work was coming along, why he likes that particular track the best of any he has been on and a change for his Sportsman team for the 2014 season. 

 
Tuesday, January 7th 2014
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Jeff Rockefeller talked about his 2014 season that saw him win and qualify 4th at Syracuse.
Pete Stefanski tells me how he is doing after his recent surgery and his hopes for the 2014 season.
 
We’re back with new stuff today on Doug’s Dirt Diary but the bad news keeps coming. News has come out on the death of racer Danny Ody this past weekend as the racing community takes another punch to the gut.
 
I met Danny many years ago when I was a guest announcer at Fonda. He had a passion for the sport and especially the history of racing and was instrumental in telling the stories of many lost speedways.
 
I know a lot of you are hurting today and it will not be easy. We wish all his family and friends the best over the next few weeks and months as it sinks in. Sure, the initial shock is tough to deal with but those moments alone when we think of the people we lost can be tough too. I wish you all the best and will pray for you and Danny. May he rest in peace.
 
Now let’s chat about what I do have on the Audio Page for today and be sure to come back tomorrow for a nice interview with Billy VanPelt as he tells me about a new deal he has for some special shows at Ransomville. Jeff Rockefeller talked about his 2014 season that saw him win and qualify 4th at Syracuse. He told me how strange it was to stand in the group of top 6 qualifiers for the Syracuse 200, how surprised they were to be that fast after some problems earlier and what they are working on at the shop right now. 
 
Pete Stefanski tells me how he is doing after his recent surgery and his hopes for the 2014 season. He explained what they did in the procedure, when he is cleared to go back at it 100% and wonders where he will race weekly in the coming year. Pete has a lot of good people around him thank god. 

 
Monday, January 6th 2014
   We are dark here today on Doug’s Dirt Diary to honor the memory of Kory Rauscher, the son of Modified driver Dave Rauscher who we lost early Friday morning in a snowmobile accident in Wayne County. Kory will be laid to rest today so while his family grieves , we will be silent on the Audio Page.
 
A lot of you may have never met Kory and some of you have not met his dad Dave either. Dave is one of those larger than life individuals whose easy smile and “ah shucks” demeanor makes him a fan favorite both in the grandstand and in the pit area.
 
I never had the pleasure of meeting Kory myself but learned a lot about him as I listened to folks chat while we waited in line in the cold rain to pay our respects. A friend of mine told me that, “If you knew Dave, you knew Kory too.”
 
Kory also had an easy smile, a hard work ethic and he loved racing. Kory went to the track when his busy job working for D.C Rauscher Inc. allowed and he was often seen working with multi-time Super DIRTcar Series champion Matt Sheppard who is always pitted near the Rauscher number 48 too.  
 
As I walked through the funeral home, I studied the photos they had scattered about and saw an All American kid who lived life to the fullest. He graduated from SUNY Oswego with a degree in business and was learning from his dad as he became more and more involved in the family business.
 
I met his sisters and his younger brother and his mom. And I gave Dave a big hug when I saw him and told him how sorry we all were. I hope and pray that the big turnout helps ease the family’s pain and the pain that all those who were fortunate enough to have him in their life are going through today.
 
I know the next few days, weeks and years will be tough for everyone involved. I’m sure gonna do my best to help in any way I can and I urge you all to do the same. It is gonna be rough and I hope the family knows that they have a lot of support out there. Lean on any of us when you need to. We’re here for you with anything you need.
 
I shed some tears as I walked to my car but then smiled a little when I saw there were still a lot of folks waiting to see the family and help them in their time of need. I only wished I had met him and had the chance to see him shine in person.
 
So the lesson we take away I guess is to remind ourselves that life is fragile and we are all so fortunate to have good people in our lives that make us feel complete, tolerate us when we are not at our best and revel in our successes when we are. So give an extra hug to the people in your life today and tell them how happy you are to have them around.And don't be afraid to let someone new into your world. Who knows, maybe they're a future best friend.
 
We’ll be back tomorrow but after seeing and feeling all the love and heartbreak in that funeral home yesterday, I knew I could not go on as if nothing had happened. We’ll miss you Kory and may you rest in peace and enjoy heaven where snowmobiles never crash, never run out of gas and you always travel the trails with the people you love. God speed!  

 
Sunday, January 5th 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Pete Bicknell invites racers to come to his open house at Bicknell Racing Products on January 18th.
Kenny Hammond talked about his three win season and wonders where he’ll race weekly in 2014.
 
It was a balmy day on Saturday as temperatures got above freezing for a brief time allowing the snow and ice to melt just a bit. And after the past few days, it almost felt like short sleeve weather as I walked around with my jacket unzipped.
 
I got some work done in the afternoon and again after dinnertime as I try to get a little ahead. I have two nice ones up for you today and we’ll be back tomorrow with at least that many more as we keep things going here in the long off season.
 
Now let’s chat more about what is new for today on the Audio Page. I begin with news on a big event for drivers coming up in two weeks. Pete Bicknell invites racers to come to his open house at Bicknell Racing Products on January 18th. He talks about the two seminars taking place on that day, reminds racers that it is free of cost and what is selling right now. Good one! 
 
Kenny Hammond talked about his three win season and wonders where he’ll race weekly in 2014. He told me how nice it was to start with a win on the road at New Egypt, where he is in his race shop right now and runs down the positives of the tracks he has to choose from. 

 
Saturday, January 4th 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Ryan Watt talked about his six win season that included a Modified title and a big road win.
Tony Farone told me what is new for him in 2014 and recapped his year at two different tracks.
 
It was a sad day in the local racing community on Friday as Modified racer Dave Rauscher lost his son earlier in the morning in a snowmobile crash. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the entire group of family and friends who were saddened by this terrible tragedy. We are so sorry!
 
Before I found out the news, I was able to get in the studio and put up two new interviews for you to listen to today. I’ll be back in today as well so if any of you are around please message me on facebook or at doug@dougsdirtdiary.com.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have to listen to today on the Audio Page. I begin with a man who had a breakout season in 2013. Ryan Watt talked about his six win season that included a Modified title and a big road win. He told me how it felt to win the championship at Bridgeport against many experienced racers, how a ROC win at Penn Can gave him new found confidence and looks ahead to getting his five year old son started in Quarter Midgets.
 
Tony Farone told me what is new for him in 2014 and recapped his year at two different tracks. He talked about a surgery he will have in a few weeks, explained how he lost a race & a motor while sitting on the scales at Fonda and how a new sponsor should help things along this coming season. 

 
     
 
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