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Gary Rowe of M.R. Gaebel, Inc.
Gates-Cole Associates SUNY Canton Automotive Technology program
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Thursday, March 21st 2019
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Ron Proctor talked about racing Sportsman at Devil’s Bowl and when he started racing at age 20.
Mike Jackson showed me his Sportsman in Rotterdam and talked about his racing apparel business.

It was such a nice day on Wednesday and it’s sad that the nice weather will be leaving us with snow in its place for Friday. Depending on where you live you may get a little, you may get more than a little so we’ll just have to wait and see. March never lets us off easy all month so I guess we should have expected it.

We’ll be in serious basketball mode for the next few days with the NCAA tournament kicking into high gear today. Allie and I will be watching hoops and we even had a chance to get in the driveway and shoot a little bit yesterday. It was fun and her jump shot has come a long way.

Now let’s talk more about racing and what we have for you on the Audio Page from this past weekend’s car show in Rotterdam. Ron Proctor talked about racing Sportsman at Devil’s Bowl, when he started racing a big car at age 20 and what it was like racing motorcycles as a younger man. 
 
Mike Jackson showed me his Sportsman in Rotterdam this past weekend at the mall show and talked about his racing apparel business as well as what they are doing for the Dirt Modified Nostalgia Tour.  
 
Wednesday, March 20th 2019
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Kenny Gates talked about his season in a Pro Stock at Fonda and his new plastic quarter panels.
Craig Pritchard explains why he is returning to Utica Rome to race his Sportsman on Sunday nights.
Mimi Lazzaro spoke about singing at the new Expo Center and remembers going to races with dad.

Wednesday is here and so is the warmer weather. The next few days sound nice and some are wondering if that four letter word we hate so much at this time of the year may be gone. I don’t know about that but I would not mind keeping that old Airens snowblower in the garage for a long time.
 
I’m going to be back at it again today as we are getting a little low in the can. As always suggestions are appreciated and after talking to a pair of drivers this past weekend who were both listeners and never reached out to me I need to encourage all of you racers out there to please do so.
 
I feel badly that I don’t get to talk to more of you but I don’t know you. Just send me an email at doug@dougsdirtdiary.com or message me on Facebook. I’d love to hear how you got started, how you are coming along as you learn and what you hope happens this year. Really, I wanna chat. So reach out please and let’s talk today so you can link it and let people know what you’re all about!
 
Now let’s talk more about what we have to listen to on the Audio Page today starting with a guy who is looking ahead to another fun season. Kenny Gates talked about his season in a Pro Stock at Fonda, the new plastic quarter panels he is trying for the first time and how much he enjoyed his races in Charlotte. 
 
Craig Pritchard explains why he is returning to Utica Rome to race his Sportsman on Sunday nights, remembers how much fun he had in a couple of late season races there and thinks back to the early 90’s. 
 
Mimi Lazzaro spoke about singing at the new Exposition Center in Syracuse for their inaugural show and remembers going to races with dad Lou Lazzaro.   
 
Tuesday, March 19th 2019
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Jeff Cook talks about the Sprint Cars he is working on for this season and runs down his plans for 2019.
Tony Farone shows off his Sportsman for 2019 and talked about this possibly being his final season.
Tony Veneziano reports on the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series as they visited Chico and Stockton.
 
I had a nice day with my kids on Monday as they had the day off from school. Dada and I took them to lunch at the famous B’Ville Diner and saw a couple sitting near us with their cat sitting in their booth. He was dressed for St. Patrick’s Day. “Pet me, I’m Irish,” his shirt said. And that was the car, not his owner. Just when you think you’ve seen it all right?
 
I’ve got a fun day ahead of me today as we’ll get to do some bowling later tonight and then watch the play-in games for the NCAA tournament. The biggest event in sports, period, begins tonight and I can’t wait. And neither can Allie as she is in full basketball mode.
 
Now let’s chat more about what you can listen to on the Audio Page beginning with one I saved from the big Motorsports Expo in Syracuse. Jeff Cook talks about the Sprint Cars he is working on for this season and runs down his plans for 2019 as well as why it seems more like a job to him nowadays. 
 
Tony Farone shows off his new Sportsman for 2019 and talked about this possibly being his final season and the realities of trying to run different brands and compounds with tires.

Tony Veneziano reports on the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series as they visited Chico and Stockton, California this past weekend and talks about the very tight point’s battle among the top three.  
 
Monday, March 18th 2019
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Jeff Rockefeller is going for it in 2019 and talked about the racecars he will be racing this season.
Bob Hackel remembers some of his racing career as he won 256 races in the 1960’s, 70’s and 80’s.
Jamie Page talks about his new job as GM at Fonda Speedway and his hopes for the coming season.

It was a nice day on Sunday as I got to sleep in after a late night on Saturday. I was also able to get a little work done in the studio and watch the NCAA selection show with Allie. It was a nice day.
 
The kids have today off so we’ll try to find something fun to do this afternoon as the teachers have meetings all day. So even though my kids are off my wife will have to work. Sorry honey!
 
Now let’s chat in more detail about what’s new on the Audio Page starting with a driver who is loaded for bear for 2019. Jeff Rockefeller is going for it in 2019 and talked about the racecars he will be racing this season while explaining why some drivers prefer a raised nose on their Modifieds as well as what it does.

Bob Hackel remembers some of his racing career winning 256 races in the 1960’s, 70’s and 80’s, tells me about a mid engine four cylinder car he won a lot of races with and what it’s like racing with his grandson. 
 
Jamie Page talks about his new job as GM at Fonda Speedway, his hopes for the coming season and describes some of the little things that many fans may not know about.  
 
Sunday, March 17th 2019
   New on the Audio Page from the Viaport Mall Car Show in Rotterdam:
 
Luke Horning talked about the car he had at the show and why he changed the number to the 97.
Buck Gasner spoke about winning a rookie of the year award at 40 and a special cause he supports.
Joe Williams remembers his time racing on asphalt and talked about his return to Sportsman racing.
Bob James thanks all the sponsors and the racers that made this year’s racecar show a big success.

I had a nice day as I traveled east to Rotterdam to their annual car at the Viaport Mall. It was fun to see all the racecars and boy there were a lot of them. Well over 70 cars were on hand and will still be there today for you to see so be sure to stop on by.
 
A big thanks to Crash Mender for his help as he fed me a lot of drivers, many of which I had never met before and some I had not seen in quite some time. And of course a big thank you to the drivers who I met who trusted me enough to chat with me. I means the world to me guys.
 
I was able to can a few of those interviews for later this week and I may get some from Steve Ovens as well as he is out at the Arnot Mall car show this weekend. That show also runs through today too so be sure to check that out if your out that way.
 
Now let’s talk more about how my day was and let you hear some things from the Audio Page that I recorded at the mall. Luke Horning talked about the car he had at the show, why he changed the number to the 97 on this car and what he has planned for his 2019 race season. 
 
Buck Gasner spoke about winning a rookie of the year award at 40 and a special cause he supports. Look for his number 99 at the show today and help if you are able to. 
 
Joe Williams remembers his time racing on asphalt, explained what cost him the most money doing that and talked about his return to Sportsman racing that’s started last year. 
 
Bob James thanks all the sponsors and the racers that made this year’s racecar show a big success at the Viaport Mall and tells me about some new equipment he has on order to make his videos look even better.   
 
Saturday, March 16th 2019
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Chuck Hebing showed off a new look on his Sprint Car and talked about his 2019 race plans.
Tim Sears Jr. walked the aisles at Motorsports Expo and told me how his cars are coming along.
Shane Andrews offered his take on the indoor races at Syracuse and shares some memories.
Jody London previews the Dave London Memorial for Super Stocks on Classic Weekend in Oswego.

I had another great day on Friday as I enjoyed the warm weather and had some friends stop by to say hi. Now today I will be on the road heading east to Rotterdam and the car show featuring cars from Fonda, Glen Ridge and Albany Saratoga. It should be a lot of fun and I can’t wait.

I’ll be making the trip myself as Allie is going to be glued to the TV watching the ACC tournament. That young lady watches more basketball and Sports Center than anyone I know. Wanna know something about college or NBA basketball? Just ask her. She’ll tell ya!
 
Now let’s find out more about what we have going on today on the Audio Page starting with a pair of drivers who are going to win more than a few races this coming season. Chuck Hebing showed off a new look on his Sprint Car at Motorsports Expo and talked about how his daughter Kelly did the design as well as his 2019 race plans.  
 
Tim Sears Jr. walked the aisles at Motorsports Expo and told me how his off season life is going, what keeps him going when things get tough and how his Modifieds are coming along at the shop.
 
Shane Andrews offered his take on the indoor races at Syracuse, tells us how much we may hear him this year at the races and shares some of our collective memories. “Great story Shane!” 
 
Jody London previews the Dave London Memorial for Super Stocks on Classic Weekend in Oswego, explains why he is excited to bring the race to this track and what he will race this coming season.  
 
Friday, March 15th 2019
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Eldon Payne Jr. talks about how he helps his sponsor at shows and racing with his 13 year old son.
Ryan Bartlett described how Friday was going for him as he raced his TQ Midget in Syracuse.
Jesse Pruchnik showed off his 305 Sprint Car last weekend and talked about his 2019 race plans.
In my latest Doug’s Thoughts I recap the weekend in Syracuse and talks about our racing in 2019.

It was a really nice day on Thursday and was made that much better thanks to a great comeback performance by our city’s college basketball team. It was quite the night on Wednesday and local basketball fans are feeling pretty good here in the Syracuse area. Nice job boys!
 
As I wrote this up I am getting ready for a full night, and weekend for that matter, of college basketball. Sure, we’ll be in Rotterdam on Saturday but every other minute will be spent watching hoops with Allie as she gets ready for full practices and games for her Unified team at Liverpool High School. And fortunately that ends May 24th which is the weekend before we first race. Perfect huh?
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page for today starting out with news on a long time driver that ties in with both me and my daughter. Eldon Payne Jr. talks about how he helps his sponsor at shows related to the product, racing with his 13 year old son and what the two of us are going to do together this summer. Thanks so much Eldon…really!  
 
Ryan Bartlett described how Friday was going for him as he raced his TQ Midget indoors at the NYS Fairgrounds in Syracuse and told me how things looked back at his race shop while looking ahead to the Can Am opener. 
 
Jesse Pruchnik showed off his 305 Sprint Car last weekend and talked about his 2019 race plans as well as what he needs to do in school to keep racing. 
 
In my latest Doug’s Thoughts I recap the weekend’s events at the NYS Fairgrounds in Syracuse, speak a little about each event and about the racing both my daughter and I will be doing in 2019.   
 
     
 
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