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Friday, February 21st 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Brad Arnold recaps his second season in a Modified at Big Diamond as he gets ready for a mall show.
Andrew Ferguson tells me his expanded plans for 2014 and how some extra sponsors are helping.
 
After a day off on Thursday, I am going to be back in the studio today and looking to do more interviews here for Doug’s Dirt Diary. Up today are my final interviews from Tuesday when I got six done in a marathon session in the afternoon and early evening.
 
We welcome someone new to the site today and I urge you to listen to the Brad Arnold interview. He is a young 21 year old who races at Big Diamond against some of the best Modified racers Pennsylvania has to offer. You’ll like his story and how he came up. I hope you guys like it as much as I did meeting him for the first time.
 
And Andrew Ferguson is going for it this year! He is doubling his weekly efforts and has some good advice to those of you who feel that if you aren’t winning, you are of no value to a potential sponsor. NOT TRUE! Listen to his chat and hear the realization he came to thanks to a good friend of his.
 
Now let’s chat more about what is new on the Audio Page. I begin by welcoming a new driver to the site. Brad Arnold recaps his second season in a Modified at Big Diamond as he gets ready for a mall show. He told me about the night he led some laps in the feature only to hurt a motor while running third, what his goals are for the 2014 season and remembers years running a Slingshot. Yep, they are great trainers for any form of racing.
 
Andrew Ferguson tells me his expanded plans for 2014 and how some extra sponsors are helping. He explained how a friend helped convince him of his value to businesses, what he did to his Sportsman in the off season and how easy it was to get his car into the Motorsports Expo in Syracuse. It’s not too late for you either! 

 
Thursday, February 20th 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Dylan Swiernik explained why he may be sidelined this year and his hopes to find a ride for 2014.
Adam Hilton told me why he will scale back his efforts this year and some tracks he will be at.
 
We’re back again on a Thursday with a pair of drivers who are in interesting situations. For young Dylan Swiernik he may not be able to race at all this year but is hopeful that he can find a place either with an established team, a young team or even something that takes him to a different surface.
 
Give it a listen and share the news with people you know as this 19 year old did win two A-Mains with the Empire Super Sprints which is no small accomplishment. It would be a shame if he had to take a year off so do what you can to help.
 
As for soon to be 31 year old Adam Hilton, it is more a case of life getting in the way of racing. With a job that keeps him super busy, he may have to scale back for a different reason altogether. You’ll hear from him as he gets ready to try some new tracks this year.
 
I’ll be at bowling tonight I believe as my sore back may be good enough to go tonight. My good friend “Hulk” from Illinois has been helping with some great advice and I am getting looser and more comfortable every day. Thanks bud!
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you to listen to today on the Audio Page. I begin with a young man who has big talent. Dylan Swiernik explained why he may be sidelined this year and his hopes to find a ride for 2014. He told me how a blown engine at the end of 2013 hurt their plans for this year, what he does have at his disposal at his race shop and what he can contribute to a team willing to work with him. Best of luck Dylan! 
 
Adam Hilton told me why he will scale back his efforts this year and some tracks he will be at. He told me about his season running weekly at Ransomville, described the work he needs to get done to get his Sportsman ready and the unfinished business he has on the mile at Syracuse. 

 
Wednesday, February 19th 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Peter Britten talked about his four races in Australia as he got ready for practice laps at Volusia.
Rich Scagliotta told me about a suspension change to his Modified and a change in race plans.
 
I got busy on Tuesday as was fortunate enough to catch a pair of our DIRTcar Modified drivers as they got ready for Tuesday’s practice at Volusia. I also kept going after that and am now ahead for a few days as Speedweeks rolls on in Florida.
 
Don’t forget that tonight the Modifieds hit the track at Volusia for real in four straight nights of action. There is a real good car count down there too so it sounds like a lot of fun will be had as the folks in The Sunshine State get to see what it is that we all love so much about Modifieds.
 
Today is my youngest daughter’s birthday so we will have a small get together at the house before her big bowling party coming up next weekend. I remember when she first got on the bus for school and now here she is a big 7 year old. Where did the time go?
 
Now let’s chat more about what I have for you on the Audio Page. I begin with a man who was just getting his racecars unloaded. Peter Britten talked about his four races in Australia as he got ready for practice laps at Volusia. He told me how good it felt to win in his first start back home, the work he did to get ready for Florida once he got back to New York and how his injured wrist is feeling right now.
 
Rich Scagliotta told me about a suspension change to his Modified and a change in race plans for 2014. He explained why he went with something he used earlier in his career, how he shook the dust off at a track in Georgia and why the race shop will be moving east. 

 
Tuesday, February 18th 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Sean Beardsley talks about his plans for the 2014 season that include a return to Sportsman.
Shayne Tenace tells me about this year’s Go Nuclear Late Model Series and their big point fund.
 
We have been doing a lot of themed days here on the site and today we go with a Late Model feel as we talk about the expanded Go Nuclear Series and chat with an old friend of mine who sounds like me may have just the right amount of things set up for this year.
 
I got thinking about Late Models as I was digesting the action from Florida and Late Models will be on for the remaining days at Volusia. I did a write up on the weekend action too that will be in tomorrow’s Syracuse Post Standard and online at www.syracuse.com/motorsports.
 
And that website by the way was named the best in the country for online content. So you know I feel some pride in that knowing I am a small part of that team. Check out the front page too for your local news at www.syracuse.com and see why it was voted best in the land.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page. I begin with a real nice chat with a guy who has been in racing for many years. Sean Beardsley talks about his plans for the 2014 season that include a return to Sportsman. He told me how much he enjoys helping races with limited experience, how much he would love to race his Super Late Model again and compares 602 & 604 crate engines. Real good stuff in here guys! 
 
Shayne Tenace tells me about this year’s Go Nuclear Late Model Series and their big point fund. He also talked about the big events he has on the schedule, reminds teams about getting their cars into Motorsports Expo and the big two day series opener they have at Mohawk International where fans can win big too! 

 
Monday, February 17th 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Mike Bowman described the work he was doing his the shop and what he will do here in 2014.
Joe Patrick previewed the 28th Annual Motorsports Expo and encouraged teams to contact them.
 
I was busy yesterday after a night out on Saturday and have a pair of new interviews up for you to listen to today. I’ll be back in there today and don’t have to get up early today as the kids are off this week. Yay!
 
Also on today we have news about Motorsports Expo 2014 as it is just three weeks away. Joe says there is still time to get your racecars in the show and all you have to do is either go to www.gaternews.com and get the form or call them at the home office. We have that information inside the write up for the interview. Don’t wait! Call now and don’t be shut out of this great opportunity.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page. I begin with a driver who was very busy on Sunday preparing for the new season. Mike Bowman described the work he was doing his the shop and what he will do here in 2014. He talked about where each of his Modifieds will race this year, how much better he was at Utica Rome as the year went on and why he’ll try the new car at Canandaigua. 
 
Joe Patrick previewed the 28th Annual Motorsports Expo and encouraged teams & vendors to contact them now. He told me how easy it is to get your racecar in the show, why now is the perfect time to do so and how to get half price tickets. Get ahold of them at www.gaternews.com.  

 
Sunday, February 16th 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Mike Stelter talked about the brand new chassis he is working on and why he may start late.
Jim Gleason looks forward to his first laps in a Sprint Car and remembers his drag racing past.
 
It was nice not to have to move any snow on Saturday and it was nice to get to the sledding hill with my kids as they begin their winter break. There was a lot of snow on the hill, maybe too much, but we powered through it they had a great time as did I.
 
We have a couple of Sprint Car drivers on the site today. Well, actually one that has done it and one that will get his first experience at it later this year.
 
Each are real good stories and that’s why I put them both up today so give them a listen. Mike talks about one real tough day in Canada where everything seemed to go wrong except for the people around him who helped ease the pain of maybe the worse racing day he has ever had. It’s a good listen.
 
And you may not know who Jim Gleason is but he has gone faster in a racecar than most people in racing. He did Pro Modifieds on the drag racing circuit and has gone 0-230 in 6 seconds. Now he will try Sprint Cars this year and you’ll hear why he made the switch and why the cost of those cars was a lot less than he is used to spending. Yeah…those Pro Mods are $300,000 racecars now that run for $10,000 to win.
 
Now let’s talk in more detail about what we have to listen to on the Audio Page for today. Mike Stelter talked about the brand new chassis he is working on and why he may get off to a late start. He explained how that new car ended up in his possession, thought back on a tough season in 2013 and how friends made his horrible day in Canada a little easier to stomach.  
 
Jim Gleason looks forward to his first laps in a Sprint Car and remembers his drag racing past. He explained why the cost of a Sprint Car is minimal compared to what he spent on his Pro Modified, how easy it is to put a Sprint Car together compared to the Modified he ran briefly in 2012 and what things he will have to learn once he straps in the first time.

 
Saturday, February 15th 2014
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Gary Tomkins talks about the work he is doing in his shop and what he has set up for 2014.
Tim Sears Jr. thought back in his 2013 season which saw him struggle in Mod but not Sportsman.
 
Boy that was quite a snow storm on Friday huh? What was supposed to be 2-4 inches turned out to be 9-12. Even snow blowing the driveway was a chore so I can only imagine what ht must have been like to shovel. Brutal.
 
The kids were delayed two hours on Friday and if they were not out of snow days you have to wonder if this would have been a snow day if they had them to spare.
 
Today a lot of people will be reminded about the start of the racing season as they channel surf. That Sprint Unlimited will air tonight and many will stumble on it and hopefully they’ll stay and watch. Will it be pack racing or pods? We’ll see later tonight I guess.
 
On the site today we have a pair of Modified racers and tomorrow we’ll have a pair of Sprint Car guys. The start of the season is getting very close for us in the northeast and out own DIRTcar Modifieds hit the track in Florida next week. What a great time it is to be a race fan.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you to listen to on the Audio Page. I begin with a real good one with a man with a lot of laps under his belt. Gary Tomkins talks about the work he is doing in his shop and what he has set up for 2014. He spoke about being in about the same place at this time last year, how proud he was to finish as well as he did with his family team and wondered if today my one day be remembered as the “good old days” for Modified racing. They could very well be Gary! 
 
Tim Sears Jr. thought back in his 2013 season which saw him struggle in Mod but not Sportsman. He told me about some handling issues they had last year, how great it was to win three big Sportsman races on the road and remembered one track he really enjoyed.

 
     
 
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