This week, Jay Fish and Dean Reynolds fill in for John and Mike… and we welcome 16-year old Joe Trenca – the 2012 Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints Rookie of the Year – to the program to talk about driver safety and running a Mucci-owned 360. Then, Lyle DeVore – the GM of Lebanon Valley and Albany-Saratoga Speedways – comes in to share the inner workings of the track manager’s lifestyle. We finish up with Gil Tegg Jr., who talks about his motorcycle accident, and his new appreciation and list of goals as he returns to racing modifieds and late models.
This week, after a flurry of racing activity left us guest-less, we take a week from the hustle and hurry to enjoy a free-form Thursday, take questions from the live chat, and celebrate our new marketing partners, D’Amico Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep-Ram in Geneva, NY. Tony Stewart will be back at Canandaigua Motorsports Park July 16, the day before the Smoke will join Kasey Kahne in a sprint engagement at Fulton Speedway. The World of Outlaws Late Models will be at Canandaigua Motorsports Park on June 25. Black Rock races this SUnday afternoon, making up their rained-out Father’s Day show.
The historic car dealership will be part of the 31st Lap family for a calendar year starting with the first episode of July. Look for more news and information, and some revamped overlays and graphics on the upcoming podcasts!
This week, we sit as a full house, and chat with red-hot Empire Super Sprints racer Kevin Ward, fresh off his come-from-behind win at Granby, and his encore victory on the asphalt at Evans Mills. Then, we chat with Doug Emery, who ran second at Evans Mills, and wrap up with Bridgeport Modified winner Ryan Watt.
We also talk about the loss of Jason Leffler, who tragically lost his life in a 410 sprint car accident Wednesday night at Bridgeport in New Jersey.
FANS!! Delco Signs (McSherrytown, PA) will be selling Jason Leffler stickers for $5 each at their tracks this weekend. The proceeds will go to Charley, Leffler’s five-year-old son. Please, go support Delco Signs, www.delcosigns.com
Mike takes the week off to play baseball with Oswego, Jay Fish of the Dirt Motorsports Northeast Hall of Fame stops in to welcome Rich back to the show, and John remains grumpy as ever. Kevin Ridley pops in to talk about his win in the sportsman division at Canandaigua Motorsports Park, the competition in the division and we take questions and comments from the live chat about who is and isn’t in the Hall of Fame.
For the first time, Doug Manmiller visits the 31st Lap, and Dirt Motorsports Hall of Fame photographer and longtime friend of the show Jay Fish stops in for a live appearance. We also chat about our favorite tracks in and around the northeast, and career race/track/state counts.
For the first time, Bryan Clauson visits the 31st Lap, discussing his 2012 season and 2013 plans on the National Wingless Sprints stage. Clauson currently sits third in USAC’s National Sprint Standings. Clauson ran in the Indy 500 last year and currently drives for Tony Stewart Racing.
WE also look at the action from the past weekend, and ahead to a weather-plagued racing schedule. Fulton has already cancelled their Methanol Meltdown program for Saturday.
Picks for Five Mile:
Chris – Stewart Friesen
Mike – Bobby Varin
John – Danny Johnson
Rich – Brian Weaver
On the 61st Episode, we dive head-first into the schedules recently released by the Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints, and Utica-Rome Speedway. After that, we dive into our own 3-minute sprints hitting on all kinds of topics, from Donny Schatz to the Nascar’s Stenhouse-Patrick romance.
John Tiff – 15:00
Dean Reynolds – 35:00
On the web:
On the 60th Episode, we take a look at all the action upcoming at the DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park coming up next week, and then catch up with Stewart Friesen to talk about promoting big events. This season, he will join Brett Deyo to promote the Dirty Jersey 60 and Turnpike 25 June 18 at New Egypt Speedway in New Egypt, NJ.
Friesen also announced he will be headed down to race in the Modified events Feb 20-23 in Florida.
For details, visit www.bdmotorsportsmedia.com, or check out the Super DIRTcar Series page online at www.dirtmotorsports.com.
It was also announced the Empire Super Sprints will visit I-88 Speedway August 22 and will race on the asphalt at Evans Mills Raceway June 8.
25:00 – Stewart Friesen
A host of IMCA Modified drivers take us inside the IMCA Modified dynamic.
Rob Wilcox and partner in racing Dave Yehl come on to talk about their new social media venture, Liftin’ the Left Front, an IMCA Modified-dedicated fan page. They are using the site to help increase the visibility of the division.
East Region IMCA modified champion Kevan Cook also stops by, talking about how he has raced everything under the sun, yet always comes back to IMCA racing.
We also get into the topics of engines, tires and why IMCA mods don’t get the love the IMCA fans feel they deserve.
JJ Courcy and Phil Yaw drop in to discuss their IMCA racing.
Rob Wilcox 10:00
JJ Courcy 20:00
Kevan Cook 40:00
Dave Yehl 60:00
Walt Allen 70:00
We also have Sunny the SuperFan in studio to promote our upcoming live show at the Seneca Lake Duck Hunters Club at 2188 State Route 14, Penn Yan (14527 for GPS zipcodes).
Congrats to Kevin Swindell on his fourth straight Golden Driller, the headline trophy given to the winner of the annual Chili Bowl indoor midget race.
First, Roger Slack joins us for his first visit to the 31st Lap, talking about his past seasons flagging the Chili Bowl, and the Camping World Truck Series event at Eldora in July.
Slack’s resume includes several awards, such as the 2007 National Sprint Car Promoter of the Year, 2007 World of Outlaws Late Models Series Promoter of the Year, 2007 Humpy Wheeler Executive of the Year Award ,and 2006 Bruton Smith Department of the Year Award.
He was also on hand to help produce the racy conditions at the New York State Fairgrounds during Super DIRT Week XL in 2011.
Celebrating their 60th year, Eldora Speedway will release tickets to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event, scheduled for July 24th. Visit www.eldoraspeedway.com, or the backup site, www.eldoraspeedway.ticketforce.com. The web is the best way to secure tickets, with a server able to process 800 orders at once versus the hotline, which can support just 25 at one time.
Rolfe Schnur, of Schnur Motorsports Marketing, stops in to explain a little bit about his organization. Schnur is a nine-year modified owner, and used to be the director of Flemington Speedway. He helps put information about there using Ads on Demand and Motorsports on Demand. He’ll be hosting a webinar next Tuesday 8-9 pm, and furthermore, will host a live Marketing and Branding seminar at the Motorsports Expo in Atlantic City Jan 19. To get the web invite, email ROlfe at firstname.lastname@example.org
The 31st Lap will be back live for the IMCA special Jan 17, and then from the Finger Lakes Duck Club Jan. 27 for a racing party from 1-6. The show will go live at 2.
This week, Mike rides the high for another week, enjoying a visit from Daryn Pittman, Kasey Kahne Racing’s newest racing addition. Then John gets to realize a goal of his own, hosting the interview of Hoffman Racing’s newest full-time USAC driver, Brady Bacon.
We also break news of our next live show, scheduled for Jan. 27. We’ll be on beginning at 2 pm from the Finger Lakes Duck Hunters Club in Dresden.
Larry Wight and Steve Poirier stop by to discuss the Methanol Meltdown and their plans for the 2012 season, we catch up on our Fantasy Racing teams with DickDragonMotorsports, we discuss Jarrett Andretti’s upcoming test session at Oswego Speedway and Davey Hamilton’s plans to race the Oswego Opener.
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Also in Episode 24:
Dean Reynolds can’t let a sprint car discussion pass without chiming in, and becomes our second official spontaneous call-in (and helps spike our online viewership in the process).
We lose ourselves talking about the wonders of rental go-kart racing and the potential 31st Lap Outing at a local kart racing joint.
We also discuss a new ‘your topics’ segment… and need our listener’s input on Facebook.
Above all, we express our condolences to the family of Tom Ames, who passed away unexpectedly in a tragic car accident last week. Tom and Mike were friends way back in the Fire on Dirt days of Dirt Track Digest.