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Sunday, January 25th 2015
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Pete Bicknell talks about his induction into the NYSSCA Hall of Fame and his early racing years.
Marcia Wetmore talked about going into the NYSSCA Hall of Fame and the Victoria 200.
Mark Krosky, President of the NYSSCA, addressed the crowd and thanked everyone for coming.
 
I have some new audio up today from Saturday’s New York State Stock Car Association Hall of Fame ceremony at the Saratoga Automobile Museum. I had a great time seeing the exhibits and getting to help induct Pete Bicknell and Marcia Wetmore.
 
If you have not had a chance to get out to the museum you really need to go. There were some great classic cars downstairs and then some equally great racecars upstairs. It is a trip you’ll surely want to make so add that to your summer to do list. It’s well worth the trip.
 
I was so honored to be there and get in front of the crowd. I rode out and back with Pete, Nancy and Pete’s older brother Art. In the car, at dinner and in the time in between I got to know them better and I can’t tell you how nice they are, especially when I started feeling a little under the weather after the morning ceremony.
 
I don’t know if it was a left over effect from the bug I caught on Wednesday or something else. But the message is clear. I need to take better care of myself. I have been better the past few weeks but have yet to fully embrace a new lifestyle. Guess what? I need to fully embrace it and now!
 
Now let’s chat in more detail about the new stuff I have on the Audio Page from this wonderful event. And I’ll have more from this in the next few days. Pete Bicknell talks about his induction into the NYSSCA Hall of Fame, his early racing years and how he starting building cars while still in school. 
 
Marcia Wetmore talked about going into the NYSSCA Hall of Fame how the Victoria 200 helped her career get going and how many people helped her along the way. 
 
Mark Krosky, President of the NYSSCA, addressed the crowd and thanked everyone for coming to their annual Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Saratoga Springs. 

 
Saturday, January 24th 2015
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Jason Occhino talked about his move to a Late Model and how he did in his one race with the car.
 
We’re back today with the interview I did on my sick day on Thursday. Yeah, no calling in sick for me huh? I hope you enjoy it and be ready as tomorrow we’ll have some interviews with the people I see today at the NYSSCA Hall of Fame induction ceremonies.
 
Don’t forget that today there is racing in Daytona as the Rolex 24 officially gets the 2015 racing season started. My DVR will be working overtime over the next 24 hours as Allie and I will be watching as much of this as we can. She is so race starved right now.
 
I’ll be back in the studio tomorrow so for any of you who want to get the word out, just send me a message and we’ll work you in.
 
Now let’s talk more about the new interview we have for you today on the Audio Page with a driver who made a change at the end of the 2014 season. Jason Occhino talked about his move to a Late Model, how he did in his one race with the car and how he did in his fifth season in a crate Sportsman. 

 
Friday, January 23rd 2015
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Sam Crogan talks about his season in a Modified at Ransomville and how he first got in a racecar.
 
Wow. I don’t know what is hitting me but I am hoping it is just a bug of some sorts. My daughter started feeling badly Wednesday morning and now as I type this up at 5 p.m. she is feeling much better after taking a day off from school. I started feeling badly late Wednesday night and did nothing but sleep since then so I am hoping I follow her lead and get back to normal today.
 
So that is why we have just one new interview for you today and one tomorrow too. I struggled to get the one done that you’ll hear tomorrow so if it is not my best I do apologize. But hey, I gutted it out and got some stuff done.
 
The entry for Sunday will come late as I may not get back from Albany until after midnight. So if you are one of those folks who checks us out at midnight, be patient. We’ll get it.
 
Now let’s talk about the interview I have for you today on the Audio Page as I continue to touch base with folks I have not chatted with in a while. Sam Crogan talks about his season in a Modified at Ransomville, what he learned at Bicknell’s open house and how he first got in a racecar back in 1993.

 
Thursday, January 22nd 2015
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Dave Bissonnette talks about the state of Pro Stock racing in Canada and down here in the states.
Rich Keller tells me about the IMCA Modified Northeast Shootout running at Weedsport in May.
 
We have a bit of a theme today as a couple of racers will share for us what is going on in their respective divisions and their reason for optimism down the road. Pro Stocks and IMCA Modifieds are the topic today and we’ll discuss what can happen to get these divisions to grow once again.
 
I’d like to keep the conversations going so for any of you guys who are in these two classes, please get ahold of me and let’s talk about this. As always you can message me on Facebook or with an email to doug@dougsdirtdiary.com. The interview with Dave Bissonnettte was due to a Facebook message so don’t be bashful.
 
We’ll be back tomorrow with anew column in the Syracuse Post Standard talking about the Rolex 24, the NYSSCA Hall of Fame inductions and the four race Sprint Car series at Brewerton and Fulton Speedways.
 
Now lets chat more about what we have for you to listen to on the Audio Page staring with a series talk about one of my favorite divisions.Dave Bissonnette talks about the state of Pro Stock racing in Canada and down here in the states as well as what he feels could help the division grow again. Good stuff guys!!!
 
Rich Keller tells me about the IMCA Modified Northeast Shootout running at Weedsport in May, how he put the whole thing together and why he feels so strongly about the class. 

 
Wednesday, January 21st 2015
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Tim Axton talks about winning the Rookie of the Year award with ESS after 22 years off from racing.
Cory Pike told me about his win in an Open Sportsman and how he is upping his game for 2015.
 
It was a cool day for me as I got some work done and got to check in with some old friends as well. I’ll be in Albany this weekend to induct Pete Bicknell and Marcia Wetmore into the NYSSCA Hall of Fame and I could not be more honored to be able to do so. Hopefully some of you can join us this weekend as we celebrate.
 
I was also able to get some new interviews recorded and will try to make sure I have enough for you for Saturday as I need to hustle this week for sure. Plus I got some great advice on how to deal with a couple of nagging injuries and hopefully I will be back to 100% and back trying to get my bowling average up over the magic 200 number.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you to listen to today on the Audio Page starting out with a driver I just met this past weekend. Tim Axton talks about winning the Rookie of the Year award with ESS, why he got back into the sport after 22 years off from racing and how he felt he did in his starts. 
 
Cory Pike told me about his win in an Open Sportsman at I-88 Speedway, how he is upping his game for 2015 and why he keeps an extra steering wheel in his hauler. 

 
Tuesday, January 20th 2015
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Tyler Siri talks about teaming up with Stewart Friesen on the Super DIRTcar Series and Florida.
Matt Janczuk tells me about his recent knee surgery and his hopes for this season in a Modified.
 
I took the day off from bowling as a nurse a couple of nagging injuries although I did stop by to root my team on as they swept the night. Yeah! We’re in first place in the second half and are hoping to make it to the roll off. I just hope to be back on the lanes next week.
 
I got some work done as I wrote up a new column for the Syracuse Post Standard and Syracuse.com. You can go to www.syracuse.com/motorsports to see what I wrote.
 
This week was a fun one as I wrote about Rico Abreu’s big win in the Chili Bowl. Who knows, maybe this win will propel him into the national spotlight. And yes, I am surprised that more people in the national media have not grabbed ahold of this one yet. It is a great story to say the least.
 
Now let’s chat about what we have for you today on the Audio Page starting out with the driver I got ahold of last night when I had reached panic time at 8:15. Tyler Siri talks about teaming up with Stewart Friesen on the Super DIRTcar Series, starting his season at Golden Isles & Volusia and looks back at his nice season at Five Mile Point. 
 
Matt Janczuk tells me about his recent knee surgery, his hopes for his second season in a big block Modified and what he learned at the Bicknell Racing Products Open House. 

 
Monday, January 19th 2015
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Bernie Lukas runs down the rules for all four divisions this year at the Utica Rome Speedway.
Andy Kiefer explains how he worked out a deal to trade his IMCA Modified for a Late Model.
 
I had a nice Sunday as I was able to watch some football with dad and get some work done as well. We’ve got two new ones for you today and tomorrow we’ll find out how Matt Janczuk is doing as he gets ready for his first full season in a Modified after an injury sidelined him in 2014.
 
I heard about a rules meeting for Utica Rome and decided to get tech inspector Bernie Lukas on the like to discuss it for you. If we missed anything, you can call him at 315-271-3068. But give it a listen first as I think we’ve got a pretty good handle on it. But just in case, call if you need anything.
 
I had a nice weekend although I did tweak something shoveling my driveway earlier in the week and may have to miss bowling today. I’m going to do some icing and heat to see if it helps but we may be off for a week. Darn! 
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page. I start with news for you drivers out there. Bernie Lukas runs down the rules for all four divisions this year at the Utica Rome Speedway. This is real fresh guys as the meeting was on Saturday.  
 
Andy Kiefer explains how he worked out a deal to trade his IMCA Modified for a Late Model, how the car looks right now and what he plans to do with it. 

 
     
 
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