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Wednesday, March 5th 2014
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Kevin Bates looks over his options for 2014 and compares running weekly to traveling only.
Jon Rohacevich told me about a car he is selling and how he upgraded his program for 2014.
 
Boy was it cold yesterday morning or what? Single digits are tough especially when you’ve pretty much had enough of winter like most of you have. And you have to wonder if all this snow could delay the start of the season here in the northeast. I wonder…
 
I explored that in an interview you’ll get tomorrow with Neal Williams as he was supposed to race this weekend in New Egypt. Plus I’ll be back in the studio again today hoping to get three more interviews done.
 
Of course this is a big weekend here in our area as Motorsports Expo 2014 runs this Saturday and Sunday at the New York State Fairgrounds. Lots of questions will be answered this weekend as the community comes together at one of my favorite events. I hope to see you guys there!
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page. I begin with a man who has some thinking to do before he heads out for his first race. Kevin Bates looks over his options for 2014 and compares running weekly to traveling only. He went over the pros & cons of each scenario, explained why he does not have much work to do in the shop and why he scaled back a bit on his efforts last season. Good stuff in here guys!!! 
 
Jon Rohacevich told me about a car he is selling and how he upgraded his program for 2014. He explained why the car he is selling would be a perfect crate car, shared some advice he got from a big name driver and compared racing Late Models to the IMCA Modified he first started with. 

 
Tuesday, March 4th 2014
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Bobby Varin updates us on how his recovery from a skiing accident is coming almost 2 months later.
Dan Hineline talked about Big Diamond changing to DIRTcar and what that means for teams.
 
It was a cold one on Monday and today they are saying we could get into negative temperatures early this morning. I don’t know about you, but for someone like me who likes winter, I have just about had it.
 
It was a busy weekend and I got a good amount of work done on Monday as I wrote up a new column for the Syracuse Post Standard and did two interviews in the studio. Both of those are up for today.
 
Also one of the interviews was a request and since I am all caught up requests, I am looking for more so send me your thoughts at doug@dougsdirtdiary.com.
 
This weekend will be a big one here in Syracuse as Gater Racing Photo News presents the 28th Annual Motorsports Expo at the New York State Fairgrounds. I hope a lot of you are planning on coming and if you are, go to www.gaternews.com and find out where you can get ½ price tickets for the event.
 
We will take a few photos this weekend too and see how it affects our site. We had to make the site cost less to operate and we hope the photos go up smoothly and don’t cause a hiccup. If it does, we may have to rework the entire photo page. We’ll figure it out as now we are finally caught up here financially.
 
Now we’ll talk more about the new stuff we have for you on the Audio Page. I begin with a chat with a driver who is working hard on his comeback from what could have been a career ending injury. Bobby Varin updates us on how his recovery from a skiing accident is coming almost 2 months later. He told me about the rehabbing he is doing to get stronger, what his plans are for the coming season and thanks everyone who called or sent cards. 
 
Dan Hineline talked about Big Diamond changing to DIRTcar and what that means for teams. He told me his thoughts on the Hooiser tires he will be running, how different the DIRTcar 358 engines are and what his number one goal is for the coming season.

 
Monday, March 3rd 2014
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Billy VanInwegen recapped his races in Florida and told me bad his crash was on the final night.
Joe Patrick previews this weekend’s Motorsports Expo in Syracuse and tells fans how to save 50%.
 
What a busy weekend it was for us here as we had family things on both days. Obviously with everything that has happened this year, we’re focusing a lot more on family but this coming weekend I will be freed up and ready to take on Motorsports Expo 2014 on both days.
 
If you forgot, it happens this Saturday and Sunday inside the Center of Progress Building at the New York State Fairgrounds. Joe Patrick from Gater Racing Photo News is on today to talk to us about it too so be sure to give his chat a listen and learn more about what is happening this weekend. And if you hustle, you may be able to get your car in there but don’t waste time, call today at 315-457-0174.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page. I begin with a racer who had a tough ending to his trip south. Billy VanInwegen recapped his races in Florida and told me bad his crash was on the final night. He talked about his top ten finish on night two, described the work he has to do at the shop and some tracks he is looking do go to for the first time this year on the Super DIRTcar Series. 
 
Joe Patrick previews this weekend’s Motorsports Expo in Syracuse and tells fans how to save 50%. He told me that there may still be space for a few more racecars, explained what his big goal is for the show and encouraged people to check them out online at www.gaternews.com. You can reach the office at 315-457-0175.

 
Sunday, March 2nd 2014
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Gil Tegg recaps his season at Canandaigua Motorsports Park that included a Modified feature win.
Mike Schane talked about his season racing weekly at Penn Can and his plans to scale back a bit.
 
We had a nice day on Saturday as we headed to Clinton for a birthday party for my wife’s uncle. We don’t see that side of the family as much as we should so it was great to get together with them and hear stories from Utica.
 
I have two Modified drivers for you to listen to today as we continue to get closer to the start of the season here in Central New York. And don’t forget this coming weekend is Motorsports Expo 2014 at the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse so make your plans to come out and see what is new. The show is this coming Saturday and Sunday.
 
Today I will be at my youngest daughter’s birthday party and there are a lot of kids coming. Then we’ll get in the studio after that and be sure to have more new stuff for you to check out tomorrow.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page. I begin with a driver who is getting ready for a return to his long time Saturday home. Gil Tegg recaps his season at Canandaigua Motorsports Park that included a Modified feature win. He explained why he likes the car he has now, how he is doing physically after a serious motorcycle crash and looks ahead to a trip to Bike Week in Florida.
 
Mike Schane talked about his season racing weekly at Penn Can and his plans to scale back a bit. He told me how things look in his shop right now, something he saw in a heat race that he had never seen before and wonders if parity has arrived in Modified racing. 

 
Saturday, March 1st 2014
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Jim King talks about his upcoming announcing gigs at Fonda & Accord and his first time on the mic.
Val Stephens recaps her 2013 season which saw her race a Mini Stock on dirt and an Asphalt Mod.
 
Boy I got a lot done on Friday as I was able to record five new interviews. In the can are chats with Mike Schane, Gil Tegg Jr. and Billy VanInwegen. And I have a few things set up for later today as well so even though I have a lot going on this weekend away from racing you’ll still be able to hear a lot of good stuff here.
 
And if you are looking for something to do today, don’t forget about the mall show in Reading as it is there for one more day, but also Jim King will be announcing at the Eastern Nationals in Bouckville. This is a 500 foot snowmobile drag track and these sleds will hit 135 miles an hour in that time. Wow! Go check it out and I know you will not be disappointed.
 
Also Jim tells some great stories in his interview as all us announcers have more than a few. And give the Val Stephens chat a listen too as this young 17 year old has already accomplished a good deal in racing and is poised to do a lot more. She has big goals so hit the play button and hear from a very driven young lady.
 
I’ll be at a family get together today in Clinton and will be at my daughter’s birthday party tomorrow. I should be able to get in interviews later in the day on both occasions, so if you want in, send me an email at doug@dougsdirtdiary.com and we’ll talk to you this weekend.
 
Now let’s chat more about the new stiff we have for you today on the Audio Page. I begin with a man who is excited to be back at his old home this coming season. Jim King talks about his announcing gigs at Fonda & Accord for this year and thinks back to his first time. He told me about his brief career as a driver, shares some stories about the people he has worked with and looks ahead to the Eastern Nationals today in Bouckville. A lot of good stuff here!
 
Val Stephens recaps her 2013 season which saw her race a Mini Stock on dirt and an Asphalt Mod. She told me about her recent trip to Florida, how the cars in her race shop look now and what she learned about safety from her crash at Spencer. 
 
Friday, February 28th 2014
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Jamie Mills told me about some issues he had in Florida and where his next race will be at.
Mat Williamson got better each night at Volusia and told me where he could have been better.
 
We wrap up the week here with more from last week in Volusia as we chat with a pair of drivers who ran there all four nights. Both of them had some issues which is very common and I know you can learn a little from each of these conversations.
 
But now the can is empty and after a day off on Thursday I need to get back to work today. I’ll be in the studio this afternoon and this evening and am looking for some more requests as I am all caught up there. Send me your thoughts at doug@dougsdirtdiary.com and I’ll be sure to get on it as soon as possible, maybe even today.
 
It will be a fun weekend as my youngest is having what will surely be a huge birthday party for her on Sunday. She is a little social butterfly and 18 kids have rsvp’d that they will be there. Wow! Wish me well as I try to wrangle them up on the bowling lanes. Wow!
 
Now let’s chat more about what I have for you to check on out on the Audio Page. I begin with a veteran driver who was on an unfamiliar tire last week. Jamie Mills told me about some issues he had in Florida and where his next race will be at. He explained why they had to change an engine after the Tuesday practice, what he learned about shocks while at Volusia and how much he enjoys being at the track with his daughters on Saturdays in Delaware. 
 
Mat Williamson got better each night at Volusia and told me where he could have been better. He explained how they got rid of a throttle push, why an early pit stop could have helped on Wednesday and looks ahead to getting back to his two weekly homes in Ontario & Pennsylvania.

 
Thursday, February 27th 2014
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Jimmy Phelps walked me through his races in Florida and talked about the work in Weedsport.
Doug Manmiller gets ready to bartend tonight in Applebee’s at the Fairgrounds Square Mall.
 
More good stuff for you today as we talk about what is going on right now. Jimmy Phelps and others have been busy at the track in Weedsport and today he’ll tell us the work they have been doing, what they hope to accomplish this season and where the hope to go in the future. I know you’ll like what you hear.
 
Plus we’ll talk to Doug Manmiller as he gets ready to bartend tonight in support of the car show at the Fairgrounds Square Mall in Reading, Pennsylvania. No, Doug won’t be making any wild drinks but he will pour you a cold beer and provide a sympathetic bartender ear so go on out tonight and see him at the Applebee’s.
 
As for the rest of the week, we’ll be back talking about Florida tomorrow with Jamie Mills and Mat Williamson as they recap their races at Volusia as well as what they are doing now.
 
But first, let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page. I start with news from both down south and here in Central New York. Jimmy Phelps walked me through his races in Florida and talked about the work taking place right now at the Weedsport Speedway. He told me how a test in Georgia helped get them ready for Florida, what it was like to have Matt Sheppard as a new teammate and runs down some changes they are making in Weedsport. 
 
Doug Manmiller gets ready to bartend tonight in Applebee’s at the Fairgrounds Square Mall. He told me how he has done behind the bar in the past, reminded folks about the interview session taking place at 7 PM tonight at center court and describes a new deal he has for some shows at Big Diamond. 

 
     
 
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