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Wednesday, November 27th 2013
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Bobby Varin finished some hunting and told me what he was hunting for at Parts Peddler.
Rich Scagliotta talked about his travels on the Super DIRTcar Series and the tough season he had.
Tim Sears Jr. checked out stuff at Parts Peddler and spoke about his late season Sportsman races.
Jenna David spoke about her touring Sportsman races as she gets ready for 358’s next season.
Dave Wickham described the crash pad he designed and told me how it can keep drivers safe.
Ron Mucci reacted to the news that USAC will be part of Super DIRT Week at Syracuse next year.
Jim Bogett describes changes to the Mod Lite division as they adopt the rules of Team USA.
 
We hope all of you are doing okay as a storm is hitting our area right now. The timing could not have been worse for travelers so we hope you guys are all safe as you go to spend time with family and friends.
 
We have a lot of good stuff up for today and will be back each day through Saturday with six new interviews today. We even have a bonus clip for you today as we chat about some rule changes to the Mod Lite division here locally. 
 
I hope all of you have a great day tomorrow and don’t panic if everything does not go as planned. The important thing is family and people you care about. Who cares if the gravy is a little thin or the mashed potatoes are a little lumpy. It’s the people you celebrate with that make the holiday. I hope you have a great one!
 
Now let’s chat more about what is new for today on the Audio Page. I begin with a man who was fresh from the great outdoors. Bobby Varin finished some hunting and told me what he was hunting for at Parts Peddler. He told me about the positive developments at the tracks in his area, reacted to the wall being removed at Fonda and what it make take to make big blocks win at the Track of Champions. 
 
Rich Scagliotta talked about his travels on the Super DIRTcar Series and the tough season he had. He also told me why he was happy to see the season end, who is helping to turn things around and the importance of shocks. 
 
Tim Sears Jr. checked out stuff at Parts Peddler and spoke about his late season Sportsman races. He talked about how he gained a little with his Modified towards the end, the need for some luck on Saturdays and how some late wins helped his confidence level. 
 
Jenna David spoke about her touring Sportsman races as she gets ready for 358’s next season. She explained how set up gains helped her run up front more, how her confidence soared and the need for more seat time with the move up to Modified. 
 
Dave Wickham described the crash pad he designed and told me how it can keep drivers safe. He told me what motivated him to do this, how frequent back injuries were and what the cost is for these devices. Check them out at www.802solutions.com.  
 
Ron Mucci reacted to the news that USAC will be part of Super DIRT Week at Syracuse next year. He told me who texted him first about the story and confirmed that he does still have a chassis at his shop. Hmm. 
 
Jim Bogett describes changes to the Mod Lite division at Brewerton & Fulton Speedways as they adopt the rules of Team USA. He talked about the tire change, the engine change and predicted what would happen after the ZX1200 is no longer allowed. Note: Cars powered by ZX1200’s won every race last year! 

 
Tuesday, November 26th 2013
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Billy Dunn gets a little reflective as he comes back to Syracuse for the first time since his big win.
Paul Habeck reflected on his 2013 season and remembered a very special night at Rolling Wheels.
Heath Carney spoke about his win at the Utica Rome Speedway and how a phone call helped.
Lisa Williams talked about her return to racing and how it felt to drive an open motor Sportsman.
Rick Martell previewed the 21st Annual Indoor Championship coming up December 6th and 7th.
Joe Patrick told me about the special holiday deal he is offering on a subscription to Gater.
 
I had a fun day on Monday as I did some running around town after clearing some snow from the driveway. I don’t know about you guys but we had three inches of light fluffy snow to clear but the roads were bone dry and that was a good thing.
 
I also went over to Benwood Auto Parts to pick up the steel rims that will go on my car along with the new snow tires I am picking up from Kinney’s Kar Kare. I highly suggest you do the same as the confidence that snow tires provide are worth their weight in gold. Talk to both of these folks and get yourself safe on the roads this winter as I did. I know you’ll be glad you did.
 
We’re back today with six new conversations from my weekend and we’ll have at least that many up daily through Saturday as we worked hard over the three day stretch so we could take it easy this week and concentrate on family.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you to listen to today on the Audio Page. I begin with the driver who almost had the perfect Super DIRT Week. Billy Dunn gets a little reflective as he comes back to Syracuse for the first time since his big win in the Syracuse 200. He told me how it felt to drive through the gates at the New York State Fairgrounds and what he was looking for at the Parts Peddler show. 
 
Paul Habeck reflected on his 2013 season and remembered a very special night at Rolling Wheels. He explained how he picked up the lead late in the 305 feature to get the win, how happy he was to almost win two races and wonders how much he will race in 2014. 
 
Heath Carney spoke about his win at the Utica Rome Speedway and how a phone call helped. He told me about the stuff his chassis manufacturer found when he brought the car to him and the need to get ahold of them when you have questions on handling. 
 
Lisa Williams talked about her return to racing and how it felt to drive an open motor Sportsman. She compared it to the Mod Lite she drove for many years, how the experience helped and how she did in the limited shows she drove it in. 
 
Rick Martell previewed the 21st Annual Indoor Championship coming up December 6th and 7th. He told me the advantages of pre-entering, how fans can get involved and how intense the racing is inside the Center of Progress Building. 
 
Joe Patrick told me about the special holiday deal he is offering on a subscription to Gater Racing Photo News. He talked about the benefits of a getting this in the mail, how the online effort is doing and tells us the dates of the Motorsports Expo in early March.

 
Monday, November 25th 2013
   New on the Audio Page from the Parts Peddler show in Syracuse:
 
Corie Locke talked about winning Most Improved in the Pro Stock division at Utica Rome.
Justin Barger remembered his crash in his final race of 2013 last weekend down in Pennsylvania.
Rocco Leone told me how nice it was for him to accomplish both the goals he had set for himself.
Shawn Donath thought back on his tough 2013 season and how nice it was to finish out strong.
Joe Marotta announced the show all weekend long and talked about the fun he had in Syracuse.
Corky Stockham recapped a successful Parts Peddler show and thanked all who participated.
 
Another milestone weekend is behind us and what a weekend it was. I spent three days at the Parts Peddler show in Syracuse and have 30 interviews in the can for the next five days. That means you’ll get a minimum of six per day until Saturday which will give me a bit of a break and give you a bunch of stuff to listen to on this busy week.
 
I do have a few things set up for the next two days but this is historically a tough week to get ahold of people so this show comes at a perfect time for me as I can load up and see all my friends who I wish I could see more.
 
I miss you guys! I see you all summer and then nothing. So if I missed you this weekend, please message me on facebook or send me an email at doug@dougsdirtdiary.com. It was a great time and like I said, I have a lot for you to listen to this week so don’t miss a day.
 
Now let’s talk more about what is new for today on the Audio Page from the final day of the Parts Peddler show. Corie Locke talked about winning Most Improved in the Pro Stock division at Utica Rome. He explained what happened when the changed the right front, who suggested the changes and how happy he was to get advice from someone he watched as a fan. 
 
Justin Barger remembered his crash in his final race of 2013 last weekend down in Pennsylvania. He told me how he avoided a big impact, what was damaged when he backed her into the wall and wonders if he may do more 410 stuff in 2014. 
 
Rocco Leone told me how nice it was for him to accomplish both the goals he had set for himself. He talked about winning a race on Father’s Day Weekend, what he was doing at the show and how his Mod Lite background helped. 
 
Shawn Donath thought back on his tough 2013 season and how nice it was to finish out strong. He wondered if some of the early problems were related to ignition, how frustrating it was to see new parts break and what he is working on back at the shop. 
 
Joe Marotta announced the show all weekend long and talked about the fun he had in Syracuse. He also told me about a health scare he had a few weeks ago and how much better he is feeling now. Glad you’re doing well Joe! 
 
Corky Stockham recapped a successful Parts Peddler show and thanked all the folks who participated. He compared it to other years, remarked on how the snow did not hurt attendance and gave us the dates for next year’s show. Nov 21,22 and 23rd

 
Sunday, November 24th 2013
   New on the Audio Page from the Parts Peddler show and the DIRTcar Banquet:
 
Jeff Hoeztler talked about the Behrents deals at Parts Peddler and his multi win season on dirt.
Chris Hulsizer explained how the stuff he was buying at Parts Peddler would keep him safe.
Mike Emhof showed me the crash pads he is selling as well as everything else at his booth.
Corky Stockham told me how the show was going so far as well as some special deals for Sunday.
Brett Hearn won the Super DIRTcar Series and told me how well the 2014 season went overall.
Tom Deery offered his thoughts before the banquet and talked about some new additions for 2014.
 
It was a very busy day as I split time between the New York State Fairgrounds and the Parts Peddler Show and the DIRTcar banquet a few miles away from the house in Liverpool.
 
It’s so nice when both of the events are within 10 miles of my house and it is so nice not to have to battle the show too much. Although it really wasn’t that bad especially with the Cooper snow tires we got from Kinney’s Kar Kare and the steel wheels we got from Benwood Auto Parts. I highly encourage you to call and get yourself the meats you need to get through anything like we do now.
 
The Parts Peddler show wraps up today as it runs from 10 AM-3 PM. Sunday is deal day so be sure to stop out even if you can’t buy now. Do your research and be ready for when you do have the cash. There is NO PLACE where you can find out this much information for $15. I hope to see you there.
 
I’ll get there just after lunch time and will be there until it wraps up later that day. I have a goal for today so if you see me and want to let everyone know how things are going for you, then wave me over. I hope to see you guys today.
 
The DIRTcar Banquet was very nice. We sat at the table of 358 Modified Champion Erick Rudolph and got to meet his family. The video presentations were slick and we had a great time and a great meal. It was just right.
 
We have 16 interviews in the can from Saturday7 and hope to get a good dozen or so today which will make for a “can’t miss week” here on the website. So come back tomorrow for more and like I said, I hope to see you today in Syracuse. 
 
Now let’s chat more about what is new on the Audio Page from two separate venues. Jeff Hoeztler talked about the Behrents deals at Parts Peddler and his multi win season on dirt. He told me what people have been buying, ran down the prices and how happy he was with the way the season went for him on the track. 
 
Chris Hulsizer explained how the stuff he was buying at Parts Peddler would keep him safe. He also talked about his last time at Syracuse and how badly the motor he hurt on the mile was damaged.
 
Mike Emhof showed me the crash pads he is selling as well as everything else at his booth. He talked about the special show deals he is doing, how a crash pad works and how busy he is working on the 2014 schedule for the Patriot Sprint Tour.  
 
Corky Stockham told me how the show was going so far as well as some special deals for Sunday. He talked about the Late Model he was hoping to sell on Sunday as well as the benefits of visiting the show on the final day. 
 
Brett Hearn won the Super DIRTcar Series and told me how well the 2014 season went overall. He talked about how nice it was to win everything he tried to run and how 2012 helped set up his championship season. 
 
Tom Deery offered his thoughts before the banquet and talked about some new additions for 2014. He also talked about how fortunate we are in the northeast as well as how successful Super DIRT Week and The World Finals were. 

 
Saturday, November 23rd 2013
   New on the Audio Page from the Parts Peddler show in Syracuse:
 
Pat Ward talked about what he was seeing at the show, his hopes for accord and weekly changes.
Shayne Tenace was at the Go Nuclear Late Model Series booth and talked about the big opener.
Matt Hearn told me about the new Teo Pro cars at the show and why these new cars are so good.
Cory Reed encouraged 305 Sprint drivers interested Brewerton & Fulton to attend a meeting.
Pete Bicknell runs down all the new running gear available at the Bicknell Racing Products booth.
Craig Revelle spoke about he can help race teams get the word out with Finish Line Web Design.
 
I had a real nice time last night at the Parts Peddler Racer’s Auction & Trade show inside the Center of Progress Building at the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse. There was a nice crowd of folks there and I got 15 interviews done in the 3 hours that I was there.
 
It is so nice to see everyone at these events and to see the new stuff we’ll be seeing in victory lane next season. There is something for everybody at the show and I encourage all racers and fans to come out and tour the building, see your friends and get up to speed on the world of racing.
 
Of course the auction is today so some of you will get some great deals. As always, get there early as the early bird gets the worm at these shows. I’ll be there just after lunch and will be there until about 5 PM when I’ll come home to get ready for the DIRTcar banquet later tonight.
 
And I’ll be back at the show on Sunday for the final day and looking to load up as this week is always tough to get people with Thanksgiving only a few days away.
 
Now let’s chat more about what is new for today on the Audio Page. I begin with the first interview I did when I got to the show. Pat Ward talked about what he was seeing at the show, his hopes for accord and weekly changes. He also told me about the car he will race next weekend and how the rest of the cars look in his shop. 
 
Shayne Tenace was at the Go Nuclear Late Model Series booth and talked about the big opener taking place in April at Mohawk International Raceway. He also told me about some new Late Models in the area and why he feels the series is doing so well. 
 
Matt Hearn told me about the new Teo Pro cars at the show and why these new cars are so good. He also talked about some small block/Sportsman specific models and encouraged people to call if they are interested in a used chassis so he can help you trace the car’s history. 
 
Cory Reed encouraged 305 Sprint drivers interested Brewerton & Fulton to attend a meeting at the Parts Peddler show at 11AM today. He explained why they are looking in to the possibility of adding them, what the reaction has been to the change to DIRTcar and his recent engagement. Congratulations Cory!!! 
 
Pete Bicknell runs down all the new running gear available at the Bicknell Racing Products booth. He explained how these new parts work, showed off the new car he will drive next year and how well things have been going so far. 
 
Craig Revelle spoke about he can help race teams get the word out with Finish Line Web Design. He told me about the many services he can provide, some new websites he is working on and encouraged teams to stop by to see him at the Parts Peddler show in Syracuse. 

 
Friday, November 22nd 2013
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Richie Tobias talks about his presence at Parts Peddler and the return of USAC to Syracuse.
Rick Miller told me about his eight win season and how fortunate he is to back racing again.
Billy Colton spoke about the Troyer Racecar booth and the cars he had for asphalt and dirt.
Larry Birtell tells me what he’ll be doing at Parts Peddler and the fun he has working on a crew.
 
Today is day one of the Parts Peddler Racer’s Auction & Trade Show at the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse. Lots of racers will be on hand checking out what is new in the world of racing so you really need to be there.
 
I have a few interviews up from my quick trip to the show as they set up last night and will be there tonight after dinner time and again each day this weekend. For fans it is a great time to learn more about the sport and see some drivers in the relaxed atmosphere that this show provides.
 
And continued thanks goes out to Gates Cole Insurance for their support. They just re-upped their support of this website and I am eternally grateful to be part of their team. Clink on their ad on the front page to deal with someone local who knows our area and what we go through. Tell ‘em Doug sent ya and they’ll take extra good care of you as they do all their valued customers.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have on the Audio Page for today. I begin with a man who got some great news just a day or so ago. Richie Tobias talks about his presence at Parts Peddler and the return of USAC to Syracuse. He told me how well things went at Kutztown, how Slingshots continue to be a great starter car and wonders if he can put together his USAC car by Super DIRT Week. 
 
Rick Miller told me about his eight win season and how fortunate he is to back racing again. He recalled the initial conversation he had about his return to the driver’s seat, how much he has enjoyed getting to new tracks and how great the atmosphere is in the Late Model pit area. 
 
Billy Colton spoke about the Troyer Racecar booth and the cars he had for asphalt and dirt. He talked about the drivers who will be at the show this weekend, why he feels team should be sure to stop by and how sales of the new cars have been going so far. 
 
Larry Birtell tells me what he’ll be doing at Parts Peddler and the fun he has working on a crew. He talked about the specific things he hopes to accomplish this weekend at the show, how nice it will be to catch up with folks and described what an average week is like for him during the racing season. 

 
Thursday, November 21st 2013
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Corey Barker talks about his specific goals for this weekend Parts Peddler show in Syracuse.
Darrick Eaton explained what he is picking up at the show this weekend and the need to be looser.
Tyler Brehm remembered his 2013 racing season that saw him drive nine different racecars.
 
I had a good day on Wednesday as I did some writing and caught up on some other things here at home. I have three nice conversations up today and will be at the Parts Peddler set up tonight to get a few folks for you.
 
I also have a nice one with a crew member from Pennsylvania who is coming up to the show this weekend and I cannot stress enough how important it is for teams and fans to get to this show.
 
The chance to see what will be in victory lane next year is well worth the admission price and the chance to meet drivers and the people who make the sport work are also well worth the time and money it costs.
 
I’ll be there all three days and will also make it to the DIRTcar Banquet on Saturday so I hope to see you guys over the course of the weekend. Make sure to stop me and say “hi” as I love to hear your feedback and suggestions.
 
Now let’s chat more about what is new for today on the Audio Page. I begin with two drivers with a plan for this weekend. Corey Barker talks about his specific goals for this weekend Parts Peddler show in Syracuse. He told me about his hopes to get his name out there, make some connections with manufacturers and what they found was wrong with his Sportsman after dad took it out for a few laps. 
 
Darrick Eaton explained what he is picking up at the show this weekend and the need to be looser. He told me about some parts he has on order, the need to do so research and where he feels he needs to be better to get his Street Stock back in victory lane at Brockville Ontario Speedway. 
 
Tyler Brehm remembered his 2013 racing season that saw him drive nine different racecars. He explained how he managed to do as much as he did, his plans to run in the Chili Bowl in January and how he did in his one practice session in a Midget. 

 
     
 
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