Gary Rowe - CPA
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Gary Rowe of M.R. Gaebel, Inc.
Gates-Cole Associates SUNY Canton Automotive Technology program
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Wednesday, October 9th 2013
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Joe Skotnicki told me how early bird inspections were going and how the racetrack looks.
Jeff Rockefeller talked about a problem they had in the tech line and how DIRTcar worked it out.
Willy Decker described the special concerns he has as he brings an untested car to Syracuse. 
 
I got a lot done on Tuesday as we babysat the website and got all our paperwork and stickers handled at Syracuse. Somewhere in the neighborhood of 100 cars went through the tech line and it seemed to be going very well when I last checked on it.
 
After a tough start in the morning, the website worked better in the mid afternoon which allowed me time to put this stuff up. And as usual, it will get better and faster as the week goes on it’s just that first day and the crush of hits we get that put us down.
 
Remember if you are getting your golf carts and do not want to get shutout, call Judy Watson from Mid-State Golf Car at 315-323-4187 and she’ll take care of it for you. Don’t forget that you still need your sticker to be able to take in either on the grounds or in the pits and that sticker can be obtained at the front gate windows.
 
I wish all the teams and fans well as they get themselves in to the facility and remember to be patient. And if you rent a golf cart, be nice to it. The new location is right behind the ticket window so it is right there.
 
Now let’s chat about what we have for you today on the Audio Page. I begin with an update from DIRTcar’s prespective.Joe Skotnicki told me how early bird inspections were going and how the racetrack looks. He also gave teams so advice and ex Joe Skotnicki talks about inspections and the racetrack explained how the drivers racing at Rolling Wheels were adjusting. 
 
Jeff Rockefeller talked about a problem they had in the tech line and how DIRTcar worked it out by not making them go back through the line again. 
 
Willy Decker described the special concerns he has as he brings an untested car to Syracuse. He also talked about how important the Wednesday hot lap session will be to him. 

 
Tuesday, October 8th 2013
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Tim Fuller talked about his hopes for the Outlaw 200 and reacted to the Late Model cancellation.
Darwin Greene thought back on his season at I-88 and spoke about his past the Fulton Speedway.
Brett Hearn remembered his Outlaw 200 win and told me why he likes the racetrack so much.
Peter Britten had his Albany Saratoga ride at Fulton and talked about drawing number one.
Pat O’Brien drew number 5 for the Outlaw 200 and talked about the DIRT legal 358 he had.
Stewart Friesen was smiling after his draw for the heat and told me about his last three draws.
Justin Wright ran down how his Friday night qualifiers went and why he could not run up high.
Brett Tonkin started on the pole in his qualifier on Friday and talked about getting used to Fulton.
Rich Townsend talked about his goals for Saturday and the new addition they have coming.
 
Super DIRT Week is here as inspections begin today outside gate 10 at the New York State Fairgrounds. I’ll be there at various times during the day to get new audio but that is all. We;re hoping things move smoothly today as we get hit today like no other day all year long. If you see an issue, please let meknow with an email to doug@dougsdirtdiary.com.
 
And don’t forget that tonight racing resumes at Rolling Wheels Raceway as the Stars & Stripes 100 runs the final 76 laps. Billy Decker leads.
 
We’ll do the best we can during the week but be ready for an issue here and there as we just can’t handle the volume we get for this six day period. Like I said, we’ll do the best we can and hope for the best. I hope you understand. When the season is over, we’ll take a real good look at things and see what we can do to prevent it in the future.

I can't wait to see all the cars today so I hope to see all of you at the fairgrounds today.
 
Now let’s talk about the real good interviews we have on the Audio Page for today. Tim Fuller talked about his hopes for the Outlaw 200 and reacted to the Late Model cancellation. He also told me how he did in the Friday night qualifier, where he felt he made a mistake and runs down his plans for Super DIRT week.
 
Darwin Greene thought back on his season at I-88 and spoke about his past the Fulton Speedway. He compared it to some track he races at weekly and talked about the work he has to do to get ready for Super DIRT Week. 
 
Brett Hearn remembered his Outlaw 200 win and told me why he likes the racetrack so much. He talked about his 5th place run in the Friday qualifier and what his first goal was for Saturday. 
 
Peter Britten had his Albany Saratoga ride at Fulton and talked about drawing number one. He explained why he did not make it to Friday’s qualifiers and described the work he still has to do to get ready for Syracuse. 
 
Pat O’Brien drew number 5 for the Outlaw 200 and talked about the DIRT legal 358 he had under the hood. He talked about how the morning rain could hurt him and how quickly the track comes back to him even though he only runs it once a year.  
 
Stewart Friesen was smiling after his draw for the heat and told me about his last three draws. He talked about the need for a good car no matter where you draw and the need to keep up with the racetrack along the way. 
 
Justin Wright ran down how his Friday night qualifiers went and why he could not run up high. He explained why he will be looking at a lot of cars when the green flies in his heat and how he is looking at the task he had ahead of him.
 
Brett Tonkin started on the pole in his qualifier on Friday and talked about getting used to Fulton. He wondered why his car was loading up early on and the need to make some changes after being a little off in hot laps. 
 
Rich Townsend talked about his goals for Saturday and the new addition they have coming. He told me why he likes the bottom side of the racetrack and why he will call it a season after the Outlaw 200. 

 
Monday, October 7th 2013
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Ronnie Johnson talked about his season so far and why he tamed his schedule down a little.
Craig Hanson got ready for his first Outlaw 200 and explained what he learned on Friday night.
Ty Scott Rood does not have a lot of Modified laps under his belt and talked about Fulton.
Tim McCreadie reacted to his good draw for the Outlaw 200 and how racy the track was.
Tommy Kinsella told me about his draw for Outlaw 200 and talked about the need for some luck.
Shane Donath had not raced yet in 2013 and told me how quickly things came to him on Friday.
Steve Hulsizer spoke about the good draw he had for Fulton how he is feeling after Friday night.
Justin Haers told me how his Syracuse stuff is coming along as he got ready for the Outlaw 200.
Rusty Smith switched to dirt for some late season specials and talked about how he is doing.
Willy Decker was not racing at Fulton on Saturday and explained why he is waiting till Syracuse.
 
We’re back today with lots of big name drivers as we get ready for Super DIRT Week. Now remember we are not doing pictures this year at the event but we will load up on as many interviews as I can.
 
I am still going back and forth on whether I should put the new interviews up on the same day or just wait till the following day as usual. I would not be able to get them up though until sometime after 8or 9 PM so I could use some help from you guys. Send me your thoughts and if enough people go for one side or the other, I will go that way.
 
Don’t forget inspections begin tomorrow at the New York State Fairgrounds and also they are running the conclusion of the Super DIRTcar Series race at Rolling Wheels tomorrow night. If I get done in time here I may swing over. We’ll see how busy things get.
 
And if you have not reserved your golf carts yet for Syracuse you need to call them today as they are going fast. Call the number on the ad at the right side of the main page and let Judy get you set up for Syracuse. I always have one and it is the only way to go!
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have new for today on the Audio Page. I begin with the first interview I did on Saturday at Fulton. Ronnie Johnson talked about his season so far and why he tamed his schedule down a little. He told me why he was saving a small block engine, how it has done in the past and where his focus is right now…Syracuse! 
 
Craig Hanson got ready for his first Outlaw 200 and explained what he learned on Friday night. He compared it to a track he runs weekly, ran down his plans for the late season and reacted to a change at Glen Ridge.
 
Ty Scott Rood does not have a lot of Modified laps under his belt and talked about Fulton. He told me how he has been doing with a big engine under the hood and how he did in Friday’s qualifier at Fulton. 
 
Tim McCreadie reacted to his good draw for the Outlaw 200 and how racy the track was. He also talked about the qualifiers the night before and what it was like to be part of a 1-2 Late Model Finish. 
 
Tommy Kinsella told me about his good draw for the Outlaw 200 and talked about the need for some luck in the race. He told me why he felt starting spot in the race didn’t matter what and how he did in his Friday night qualifier. 
 
Shane Donath had not raced yet in 2013 and told me how quickly things came to him on Friday. He talked about the laps he led and why he should have looked around a little more for a faster groove. 
 
Steve Hulsizer spoke about the good draw he had for Fulton how he is feeling after Friday night. He told me how he was compared to the leaders and how a left front flat held him back a little. 
 
Justin Haers told me how his Syracuse stuff is coming along as he got ready for the Outlaw 200. He talked about the tough draw he had for the heat and why starting spot does not matter too much in the feature. 
 
Rusty Smith switched to dirt for some late season specials and talked about how he is doing. He told me how a nice three week stretch earned him an asphalt championship and how he has struggled a little in the Modified on dirt. 
 
Willy Decker was not racing at Fulton on Saturday and explained why he is waiting till Syracuse. He described some of the work he has to do to get his car ready and his hopes to maybe sneak in a nighttime show. 

 
Sunday, October 6th 2013
   New on the Audio Page from the Fulton Speedway:
 
Winners from Friday:
 
Jimmy Phelps told me about his win in the first Modified Dash and what it meant for Saturday.
Dale Planck won the second Modified Dash and talked about being back at the Fulton Speedway.
Pat Ward came into the race as the defending champion and told me about his dash victory.
Vic Coffey was part of a 1-2 Late Model finish in his dash and talked about luck running out.
 
After the eight qualifying heat races:
 
Ronnie Johnson won the first Modified qualifier and told me why he thought the top was best.
Larry Wight explained how he came from 6th to 1st as well as the pass he made for the lead.
Tim McCreadie went high right at the drop of the green flag and talked about his heat win.
Pat O’Brien took his small block Ford to a heat win and explained why he stayed on the low side.
Matt Sheppard picked up three spots to win his heat and wondered how the 200 lapper would go.
Tommy Kinsella got the win in his heat race and explained why he was surprised at the outcome.
Tommy Sears was in the #38 for the race at Fulton and talked about his win in the 7th heat.
Rob Bellinger earned the victory in the final Modified heat and told me about the low lane.
 
After the heats:
 
Matt Janczuk spoke with Adam Buchanan after his win in a very entertaining Sportsman feature. 
Listen to the Modified drivers introduce themselves to the crowd prior to the start of the Outlaw 200. 
Jimmy Phelps talked about the wild final laps on his way to his first victory in the Outlaw 200. 
Matt Sheppard led early, fell back to 7th and told Bill Foley how he got back up to finish 2nd.
Stewart Friesen spoke with Bill Foley after finishing in third place in the Outlaw 200 at Fulton. 
Dale Planck told me how nice it was to finish 4th after some tough luck in the last few at Fulton.
Alan Johnson came home in the number 5 spot and talked about the battle he had with his brother.
Ryan Phelps finished 7th in the Outlaw 200 and told me why they did not change much at the break.
Peter Britten described the fun he had during his 8th place run and how wide the racetrack was.
Pat Ward explained how his car felt in both halves of the 200 as he came home in 12th place. 
 
What a great race it was on Saturday at the Fulton Speedway. Mother Nature cut us a break and it started to rain just as I was heading into the pits to interview drivers. Talk about perfect timing huh?
 
Jimmy Phelps held off a charging Matt Sheppard in the closing laps and even survived a slide job by Sheppard as the two saw the white flag coming off of turn four after a late yellow made for a green/white/checkered finish.
 
Yeah, it was quite a day with 72 Modifieds, 8 heats and 4 consis. I did get a total of 41 interviews recorded but no, we can’t put all those up today so we put up the dash winners from Friday as well as the 8 heat winners. We have a lot in the can and we’ll get to that over the next two days.
 
The racetrack was in super shape without a wisp of dust until the feature. And even then it was not dusty by any means. The track was black from top to bottom with all the lanes you could hope for. Once again this show never disappoints and in my mind, this is the best one day Modified show out there.
 
The nicest thing in this deal was the respect shown by Phelps and Sheppard as they raced up front. Sheppard could have taken Phelps out but did not. If he drove for one of the Waltrips in NASCAR he would be fired for not taking him out. That’s why I love local short track racing so much better as you just would not have seen an exciting finish like this in a NASCAR race.
 
The crowd was huge, loud and respectful to all the drivers although Brett Hearn did get a few boos as he asked the crowd for some acknowledgment in the introductions. And be sure to give those a listen as the drivers introduced themselves to the crowd. It was great! You’ll love Billy Decker’s introduction as he harkened back to the old Bob Hope College Football specials.
 
Be sure to come back tomorrow as we’ll have more from Fulton for you to listen to. And thanks to all the people who fed me on Saturday as I was flat busted. Thanks guys, you don’t know how much it meant to me.

 
Saturday, October 5th 2013
   New on the Audio Page from the Fulton Speedway:
 
Matt Pappa described his first ever laps at Fulton and some of what he learned this past season.
Bob Henry Jr. thought back to his crash in last year’s Outlaw 200 and his limited runs in 2013. 
Chuck Bower explained why he switched cars for this event and how it was doing early on.
Adam Roberts told me about a recent motor issue they had and what they had to do to fix it.
Jim Mahaney was at the first Outlaw 200 back in 1986 and shared some memories from the event.
Chad Phelps missed hot laps and told me why he was suitless as well as his late season plans. 
Elmo Reckner got ready for just his second time at Fulton and talked about changes out his way.
Mitch Gibbs made a last minute decision to come to Fulton and explained what made the difference.
Matt Janczuk spoke about the big block he had in his 33x and his hopes to do that big time in 2013.
Mike Maresca is a dirt rookie and talked about moving from asphalt to the slick track at Mohawk.
Shawn Donath had his #53 small block with him and talked about his busy week coming up.
 
Wow! What a packed pit area it was last night at the Fulton Speedway. They were pitted in areas I have never seen used before. What a great atmosphere it was.
 
Today of course is the Outlaw 200 which is probably my favorite day of racing out there. The Victoria 200 in 1990 was the first big race I ever saw so this event has a special place in my heart.
 
There were about 50 Modifieds in the pit area last night so imagine how many there will be today. It is going to be a great one as always. And if you’re worried about the track, when I left it was in great shape with no issues. Great job by everyone.
 
I was only able to do a quick hitter on Friday but I will be there all day today as I hope to get there at about 12:30 or so. I’ll be loading up as you can imagine as the big stretch of racing here in Central New York is just getting started.
 
Now let’s talk more about the 11 interviews I got done before I left. Matt Pappa described his first ever laps at Fulton and some of what he learned this past season running a Sportsman at Lebanon Valley & Albany Saratoga. 
 
Bob Henry Jr. thought back to his crash in last year’s Outlaw 200, which is featured in this year’s commercial for the event, and his limited runs in 2013. 
 
Chuck Bower explained why he switched cars for the Outlaw 200 at Fulton and how it was doing early in the first hot lap session. 
 
Adam Roberts told me about a recent motor issue they had with his Modified and what they had to do to fix it to get it ready for Outlaw 200 Weekend. 
 
Jim Mahaney was at the first Outlaw 200 at the Fulton Speedway back in 1986 and shared some memories from the event as well as his 2013 season. 
 
Chad Phelps missed hot laps and told me why he was suitless while others were on the track as well as his late season plans. 
 
Elmo Reckner got ready for just his second time at Fulton and talked about changes out his way that have happened as well as some others that may occur. 
 
Mitch Gibbs made a last minute decision to come to Fulton and explained what made the difference as well as how he has done in the past at this event. 
 
Matt Janczuk spoke about the big block he had in his 33x, his hopes to do that big time in 2013 as well as the multi-time winning Sportsman car he was driving. 
 
Mike Maresca is a dirt rookie and talked about moving from asphalt to the slick track at Mohawk International Raceway as well as his hopes to move to Modified. 
 
Shawn Donath had his #53 small block with him and talked about his busy week coming up that includes Cayuga County and Brewerton on Wednesday & Thursday. 

 
Friday, October 4th 2013
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Danny Creeden talked about winning the 358 championship at Orange County and last weekend.
Jeff Crambo described the tough luck he had to finish out his season and his hopes for Fulton.
Jim LaRock told me about his 6 win season and his hopes for Fulton with his open motor Sportsman.
Alan Johnson ran down his rides for Fulton, Syracuse and the two night time shows next week.
 
It was a nice day off for me on Thursday as I get a brief pause before Fulton and Super DIRT Week. I wrote this up on Wednesday and the good news is that mom may be coming home from the rehabilitation home today. She has been walking better (How good we’ll see) and hopefully she will be able to get around better and stay home for q long, long time.
 
Dad is still getting better as he is an amazing healer. Let’s hope I heal that fast although if the past is any indication of the future, maybe not. I have a lot of good interviews for you today as we get ready for the big weekend at Fulton and I plan on being there both days getting lots of audio to take us up to Super DIRT Week.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for today on the Audio Page. I begin with a man who is very happy about his Saturday night achievement. Danny Creeden talked about winning the 358 championship at Orange County and last weekend. He told me why he is not racing this weekend, wondered about Sundays in 2014 and updated me on the latest baby news. They are expecting later this month. 
 
Jeff Crambo described the tough luck he had to finish out his season and his hopes for Fulton. He talked about how he picked up 31 spots in last year’s Outlaw 200, where he will race to finish out the 2013 season and how he is dealing with a winless season so far. 
 
Jim LaRock told me about his 6 win season and his hopes for Fulton with his open motor Sportsman. He remembered how close he as come in the past by bolting a four barrel carb on his engine, his hopes for a slick racetrack and how close he came to losing an engine just recently. 
 
Alan Johnson ran down his rides for Fulton, Syracuse and the two night time shows next week. He told me when everything came together for him, described the work he has to do to the cars to get them ready and shares some memories he has from the mile including his first crash. 

 
Thursday, October 3rd 2013
   New on the Audio Page for today: 
 
Jimmy Phelps tells me who bought the Cayuga County Fairgrounds and his role at the track.
Billy Pauch talked about winning the track championship at New Egypt with win number 700. 
Mike Mahaney recapped his weekend that saw him finish fifth, second and second again.
 
It was a busy day for me on Wednesday as we put together a plan for coverage of Super DIRT Week at the Syracuse Post Standard and Syracuse.com. The guys down there are great and we will have coverage for you every day next week both in print and on line.
 
I also got another interview done in the studio and it is on the situation at Cayuga County Fair Speedway. Yes, the speedway is sold and there is a lot of work going on right now to get ready for this coming Wednesday. I asked all the questions I thought you guys would want answered and more will be coming on this at next week’s press conference at the New York State Fairgrounds. 
 
I also talked to Judy from Mid State Golf Car and she tells me that they are renting carts at pretty good clip right now and if you want to be sure to rent one for Super DIRT Week to call now. I made my reservations yesterday and you should too. Call her today at 315-386-5988. And click on their ad here on the front page to see more.
 
Now let’s find out more about what is new for today on the Audio Page. I begin with the news from Weedsport. Jimmy Phelps tells me who bought the Cayuga County Fairgrounds and his role at the track. He talked about how the work is coming along at the track, what he sees as the long term vision for the future and the challenges they will face initially. 
 
Billy Pauch talked about winning the track championship at New Egypt with win number 700. He told me how dominant his car was in the win, what went wrong in the second 20 lapper and gets ready for tonight’s big show at New Egypt. 
 
Mike Mahaney recapped his weekend that saw him finish fifth, second and second again. He told me how he lost the lead on Friday at Glen Ridge, how he almost caught the leader on Saturday at I-88 and his hopes for the 3 shows he will run in 4 days starting tonight at New Egypt. 

 
     
 
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