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Sunday, December 13th 2015
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Steve Abt reviews his rookie year in a Sportsman and explains why he is happy with the change.
Shayne Tenace talks about the Go Nuclear Late Model Series and the other passions in his life.

I was finally feeling more like myself yesterday as I fight off what I hope remains to be just a common cold. But so often colds for me turn into other things so I have been being a good boy and getting lots of rest and drinking lots of fluids. And we’re talking Vitamin Waters and juice not the other stuff.

I did get a lot done yesterday both before and after dinnertime and you can listen to two of the chats I did today. Each of them are really good and will teach you a lot about the two people we have up today. I’ve always said that if you have 50 cars in a pit area there are 50 stories to go with them and these today totally fit into that category.

I’ll be back in studio today too so look for more tomorrow. And look for some news to come out too as PRI is this weekend in Indy. Be sure to keep an eye out as it is a “who’s who” at this show.

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page starting out with a man who is embracing change these days. Steve Abt reviews his rookie year in a Sportsman and explains why he is happy with the change to a new division on a new surface as well as why he buys new socks every week.

Shayne Tenace talks about the Go Nuclear Late Model Series, how he came to like Late Models so much after growing up in the northeast and the other passions in his life.

 
Saturday, December 12th 2015
   New on the Audio Page for today:

Ray Hendershot talks about his season in a Sportsman and updates me on how his health is now.

I had a busy day as I took a family member to have a procedure done and the good news is that everything went very well. And on days like that it can get you thinking and sometimes when I think too much it makes me upset and a little cynical. So to cure that I called one of the most optimistic people I know…Ray Hendershot.

If you don’t know Ray’s story then I suggest you give this one a listen as I will do once I finish writing up this main page entry. I just found out that a member of my extended family is going through that right now. Cancer is a terrible thing but it did not stop Ray from living and doing the things he wanted to do and if anything I think it may have motivated him to do more and get it done now.

Give this one a listen and take Ray’s advice. Don’t put off the things you want to do. Stay positive and embrace the good things that life brings you while trying hard not to focus too much on all the other crap. You know me, I am a not a glass if half full guy I am a there’s hardly anything in the glass at all guy. But I am hoping to change that.

That’s one of the big reasons I stay in racing and have for 26 years. There is a lot of good in racing and the people I meet in the sport remind me of what you can do with your life is you stay with it. I have more respect for racers than a lot of other people and truly admire what they do. So when I have a bad day, I go to the track and focus on the positives I see there.

So now let’s focus on the positives with a chat with a man that I have a ton of respect for and his interview is the lone one for today on the Audio Page. I hope you enjoy it and I hope it makes you feel a little better about things today.

Ray Hendershot talks about his season in a Sportsman, updates me on how his health is now and explains what he does to stay positive when things look bad.


 
Friday, December 11th 2015
   New on the Audio Page for today:

Adam Roberts reviews his 2015 season in a Modified and talks about late season improvement.

We’re back today with another Season in Review interview and it is a good one with a young driver who is still establishing himself in the very tough Modified division. I only had a small window to get in some work on Thursday and again today I have a lot going on but will find some time to get into the studio.

A big thanks to Gary Rowe for his continued support of Doug’s Dirt Diary as he has once again shown his commitment to the website. Thanks so much Gary and be sure to click on his ad right here on the front page to see the many ways he can help you and don’t forget tax time is right around the corner and Gary is certainly a great guy to call.

I felt a lot better on Friday as it looks like this time around I am only going to get the standard cold instead of a sinus infection or worse. Whew!

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page that you can listen to right now. Adam Roberts reviews his 2015 season in a Modified and talks about some early season motor issues as well as some late season improvement.  


 
Thursday, December 10th 2015
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Nick Guererri reviews his 2015 season in a Sportsman and his hopes to win early next season.
J.J. Courcy explains how he put together a late IMCA deal and what he will do with it next year.

I got a lot done yesterday although I may be getting a cold. And the last one I had turned to pneumonia so I am a little nervous to say the least. Keep your fingers crossed as I do not want to go through that again.

I have a Season in Review chat for you as well as more on a lat season winner and the deal he put together that will go well into next year. I am playing phone tag with a few folks too so I hope to nail them down today.

I’ll be back in the studio after dinner time tonight so if you are around and want to get in on the action just email me at doug@dougsdirtdiary.com.

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page starting with a driver who is coming off a tough year. Nick Guererri reviews his 2015 season in a Sportsman, describes some of the troubles they had in the first half of the year and some changes he had made for next season.  

J.J. Courcy explains how he put together a late IMCA Modified deal, what they did to get the car to handle the way he liked it and what he will do with it next year.  

 
Wednesday, December 9th 2015
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Bobby Varin reviews his season that included a championship and wins in multiple racecars.
Chad Homan tells me about a kart he picked up for the weekend and some changes for 2016.

We’re back on a Tuesday with more good stuff for you here. One is a full blown Season in Review while the other has some news on a big change for a Modified driver we know well.

I’ll be off today and back in the studio tomorrow and I have a few people to call already. And I also have some requests to get done as well and I’ll start those later today.

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page starting with a driver who won a lot of races last season. Bobby Varin reviews his 2015 season that included a championship at Glen Ridge, wins at Fonda and a win from the back in a Micro Sprint.  

Chad Homan tells me about a kart he picked up for the weekend, how his off season has been treating him so far and some big changes for 2016.  

 
Tuesday, December 8th 2015
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Paul Szmal previews tonight’s Dorschel Upstate Championship at Pole Position in Rochester.
Kevin Ward Sr. told me about the multi-kart team he assembled this past weekend in Syracuse.

I got a lot done on Monday as we wrote up a column on the kart racing for the Syracuse Post Standard and Syracuse.com. I also got in the studio to get some work done so I can lay low today.

And don’t forget that the final night of the Dorschel Upstate Championship is tonight in Rochester at Market Place Mall as the nine top drivers will be competing for the $500 first place prize.

I also had the chance to chat with Kevin Ward Sr. to hear how he and his family are doing now as he was in town to race some karts this past weekend. And tomorrow we’ll review 2015 with Bobby Varin and talk karts with Shawn Donath who I caught right after he got out of his ride this past weekend.

But first let’s find out more about what we have for you to listen to today on the Audio Page as I check in with a long time friend.

Paul Szmal previews tonight’s Dorschel Upstate Championship at Pole Position Raceway in Rochester and tells me about the nine competitors that will be racing.  

Kevin Ward Sr. told me about the multi-kart team he assembled this past weekend in Syracuse for the NYS Indoor Karting Championship.  

 
Monday, December 7th 2015
   

New on the Audio Page for today:

Shawn Donath told me about his 2nd place in the 4 Cycle Unlimited race and how scary it was.
Derrick McGrew summed up how his son was doing in karts and why he will race less in 2016.
Mike Button offers his take on kart racing and how he has picked up an appreciation for it.
Rick Raner talked about announcing this past weekend as well as the wild finish he witnessed.

We had a good day on Sunday as I got some more non-racing stuff done at the houses and put up some new stuff from the weekend. I’ll have more tomorrow and should get back in the studio either today or tomorrow.

I’m still digesting the weekend that was as I myself got a new appreciation and level of respect for karting. And if you were at the show this past weekend you know what I am talking about. Great job by everyone involved and I hope to see more of you all real soon.

Now let’s chat more about what we have on the Audio Page for Monday. Shawn Donath told me about his 2nd place in the 4 Cycle Unlimited race and how scary it was on the track as well as the new found respect he has for karts.  

Derrick McGrew summed up how his son was doing in karts, their plans to race more with him next year and why he will race less with his Sportsman in 2016.  

Mike Button offers his take on kart racing as he took in the indoor racing at the NYS Fairgrounds and how he has picked up an appreciation for it.  

Rick Raner talked about announcing this past weekend as well as the wild finish he witnessed as a driver who the race while taking out the wall with his helmet while on two wheels. It was wild!  

 
     
 
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