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Tuesday, November 18th 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:

Steve Ovens talks about covering racing, his new exclusive deal and encourages you to do the same.
Rich Vleck tells me who bought Rolling Wheels, what the tentative plan is and describes his role.
 
We have a scoop for you today as I speak with Rich Vleck about the new team in place at Rolling Wheels Raceway. There is a lot in this interview and I tried to ask the questions you guys would want answered. Now Rich and Mike Emhof will be at Parts Peddler this weekend but in an unofficial capacity (no booth). They want to hear from you.
 
And you can also access them on facebook as well by typing in Rolling Wheels Raceway. They want your feedback there too so give the interview a listen and let them know what you think.

Also, I wanted to take the time today to share a story with you on how one man made a name for himself in racing and now has a pretty good deal coming his way. It’s no secret that I’ve always hoped to have an army of reporters out in the field chatting with drivers and sharing their interviews here.
 
Today we meet a man who you guys have listened to before on this website and he’ll tell you how he got started doing interviews, what it took to do it and what he has learned this past year or so.
 
We are so happy for Steve as he begins his new venture and I am hoping that some of you might accept my challenge to do the same thing at your favorite racetrack. The drivers, the track and racing general would benefit and you could actually become a part of the sport driving it forward while telling the great stories that every racecar driver out there has to tell.
 
Email me at doug@dougsdirtdiary.com or see me this weekend at Parts Peddler and we’ll do what we can to get you started. The sport needs all the help it can get so I hope you accept the challenge to do something about it instead of sitting on the sidelines. Become a part of something that is bigger than all of us…and I’ll help you to do so.
 
Now let’s chat more about the interview we have for you today on the Audio Page. Listen closely as this could be you in a year from now. Steve Ovens talks about covering racing, his new exclusive deal with Performance Motorsports Network and encourages others to do the same. I’ll help any of you that want to try it. 
 
Rich Vleck tells me who bought Rolling Wheels, what the tentative plan is and describes his role. Both Rich and Mike Emhof will be at Parts Peddler this weekend and they are looking for your thoughts.


 
Monday, November 17th 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:

Chris Fleming talks about picking up his 30th win of the season and his move to a Late Model.
 
The off season is officially on for many more drivers as yesterday finished off the season for some of the most talented drivers out there in NASCAR and NHRA. I’m still playing catch up on the NHRA finale and will hope to finish that up this week. Maybe I’ll have Allie join me as female racers win all the time on the ¼ mile.
 
The crew was in full swing as they are fixing some issues we had with our house so I am probably very tired today and maybe a little cranky. You know me, I like to keep late hours so switching to earlier hours has not been easy. But I will get back in the studio tomorrow for sure.
 
I’ll have a new column on tomorrow’s Post Standard as I will evaluate the Chase and how things turned out with NASCAR in 2014. I know, I have not been a fan since the 1990’s when stock cars were cars you could buy at the dealership, but watching with my daughter Allie has turned me back to a fan.
 
Now let’s chat about the clip we have for you on the Audio Page for today. Chris Fleming talks about picking up his 30th win of the season, his move to a Late Model and why he is still keeping his IMCA Modified.

 
Sunday, November 16th 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:

Alan Johnson talks about his 2014 season that saw him win a race for the 40th year in a row.
 
It is a somewhat sad day in racing as the season comes to an end for NASCAR and NHRA. We’re having some friends over today to watch the race and Allie is so excited to actually watch one live instead of on the DVR.
 
It would be hard to be against Kevin Harvick as he seems to be on top of his game these last few races but Miami is a racy track as we saw on Friday so anything could happen. As I type this up I am watching the Nationwide race as I am trying to get in as much as I can while I can.
 
But never fear, there is still a lot to do with Parts Peddler next weekend and a series of banquets as well. We’ll find out a lot about 2015 in the next few weeks and from what I am hearing, there is a lot of news out there so stay tuned.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page. Not so much for the next few days as contractors are working on our house just feet away from the studio. Alan Johnson talks about his 2014 season that saw him win a race for the 40th year in a row, how good it was to finish the year with three strong finishes and tackles our series of seven questions. 

 
Saturday, November 15th 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:

Matt Janczuk reviewed his abbreviated season as a rookie at Utica Rome in the Modified division.
Doug Elkins asks race teams for their help with a column on going from a fan to a racecar driver.
 
We got a lot done last night and will be back in the studio today working hard as I need to be off tomorrow as we have a get together for the final NASCAR race from Homestead. My oldest daughter Allie has watched pretty close to every lap so far this year and wants to watch a race live instead of over the course of a week on the DVR. So we’re having friends over and their kids are fans too. It should be alot of fun.
 
On the site today we have another Season in Review interview and we’ll be back with another one tomorrow with Alan Johnson who with his last season win at Yates County brought his streak of seasons with a win to 40. Yeah…40! It’s quite an accomplishment to say the least.
 
Plus I ask for your help with a column I am writing before the Parts Peddler Show next weekend. I think I have this under control but wanted to check in with you guys first. Let me know if you think I have missed something here as I am trying to list what would be needed to go from the grandstand to the racetrack. Thanks in advance. Send me your thoughts to doug@dougsdirtdiary.com.
 
Now let’s chat in more detail about what we have for you to listen to today on the Audio Page. I start with a man who moved up in class this past year. Matt Janczuk reviewed his abbreviated season as a rookie at Utica Rome in the Modified division, remembered one particular night that had its highs & lows and talked about what he is doing to get ready for next year.  The 7 questions begin at 8:45. 
 
Doug Elkins asks race teams for their help with a column on going from a fan to a racecar driver. I have a short list of what I think you need and want to know if you think I am forgetting anything or not emphasizing a particular aspect enough. This column will be this coming Thursday. Thanks! 

 
Friday, November 14th 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:

Gary Tomkins reviewed his two win season and summed up how things went in Charlotte.
Claude Hutchings Jr. reviews his season that saw him win the RoC Championship again.
 
We being our Season in Review interviews today with two drivers I know quite well. Each had their ups and downs as every racer does and each will share with us how things went and what they are thinking about for next season.
 
We came up with 7 questions this year that each driver will get and they are as follows. And of course the first 2 are the same every year since we started these.
 
1-What was your best night of the year?
2-What was your worse night of the year?
3-If you were gifted money and had to use it to buy an existing racetrack and run it, what track would it be?
4-What was the best or worst thing you ate either at the track or on the road this past season?
5-If you had to take a job at the racetrack which would it be? Flagger, race director, scorer, pit steward or announcer?
6-What was the first racecar driver you became a fan of?
7-If you were not a racecar driver, what sport or activity would you do to fulfill your competitive nature?
 
Now these may change but as of now the feedback I have been getting has been positive. And we’ll be doing more of these in the next few weeks so if you want to get in, send me a message at doug@dougsdirtdiary.com or message me on facebook.
 
Now let’s chat more about the Season in Review interviews we have for you today on the Audio Page. I start with a driver I have known for 20 years. Gary Tomkins reviewed his two win season, summed up how things went in Charlotte and what he is thinking about for 2015. Yes, this is a Season in Review interview and the 7 questions begin at 7:29 into the chat. 
 
Claude Hutchings Jr. reviews his season that saw him win the RoC Championship for the second time in a row and do so with a win in his final race. The 7 questions begin at 7:37 into the interview. 

 
Thursday, November 13th 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:

Brett Hearn talks about his runner up finishes in Charlotte and how close he came a championship.
Mark Weaver explains why he was thinking of calling it quits and why he will now come back.
 
We’re back with more good stuff today as we continue to get closer to knowing more about what some tracks are doing in 2015. Lots of news will be coming out and some will be pretty big from what I am hearing from behind the scenes conversations. Stay tuned as we’ll be here for the news and the analysis afterwards.
 
I have two nice ones up today for you including the story of how Brett Hearn almost made up 52 points in the final two Super DIRTcar Series races and almost came away with the title. Hearn ended up 14 points back of Billy Decker with Matt Sheppard sandwiched in between 6 back.
 
So let’s go ahead and start right out with that one on the Audio Page. I make sure to listen to Mark Weaver to see how close he came to hanging it up…again. Brett Hearn talks abouthis runner up finishes in Charlotte, how close he came to winning the Super DIRTcar championship and what he’ll be working on in his shops the next few weeks. 
 
Mark Weaver explains why he was thinking of calling it quits after his first season racing in 20 years, why he decided to keep going and wonders about adding a second car. 

 
Wednesday, November 12th 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:

Billy Pauch Jr. talked about helping his dad in Charlotte and the two races he will finish with.
Shayne Tenace speaks about the growth of Late Models and how he first found the class in Michigan.
 
Today will be a special day for me as my wife Camille and I celebrate our 20th anniversary. So I got some extra work done last night so I could be off tonight in the studio so we can go out for a special dinner.
 
I have two nice chats up today and tomorrow we’ll hear from Brett Hearn and Mark Weaver. I’ll be back in the studio on Thursday and will have a column up for Thursday on how the dropping of IMCA Modifieds at Brewerton could help the Late Model class at Fulton.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you to listen to today on the Audio Page. I start with a man who still has some racing to do in 2014. Billy Pauch Jr. talked about helping his dad in Charlotte and the two races he will finish out the season with and the work he is doing to get ahead for next season. 
 
Shayne Tenace speaks about the growth of Late Models in Central New York, how he first found the class in Michigan and what he is doing to help it along.  

 
     
 
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