One of our first-ever guests – two-time Super DIRT Week Champion Stewart Frisen – returns to talk about his season, which thus far includes a coveted track title at Fonda Speedway. We also catch up with Jeff Hachmann to talk about Super DIRT Week developments at Cayuga County Fair Speedway and Canandaigua Motorsports Park and Shawn Donath returns to the 31st Lap following his run from 19th to the win with the Empire Super Sprints at Utica-Rome Speedway.
On this episode, Rich Post is reunited with his brother Mitch Post, and Mike Mallett returns after his summer of travel. Josh Decker stops in to talk about his first career derby win in Fulton, Jeff Hachmann of DIRTcar stops in for a chat about Super DIRT Week, we announce our Super DIRT Week plans and J.J. Yeley stops in for his second time through the 31st Lap. Stuntman Chris Morena and Mr. Sprint Car Champion Kyle Larson also makes some time for us.
We are giving away Super DIRT Week tickets every Thursday night through SUPER DIRT WEEK! Thanks to Jeff Hachmann and DIRTcar Northeast!
Matt Guererri won this week’s tickets; Thursday at RWR – World of Outlaws Late Models and 358 Mod SDS – 2 tickets to that event! 1st correct answer thru twitter: First Driver to Break 100 mph average speed at Syracuse? Wes Moody.
Rich Post, returning to the studio after a summer of soccer, John Baumes and Chris Marquart welcome Bobby Varin back to the 31st Lap again, and then chat with legendary Joe Plazek, driver of the Maple Leaf No. 1. Jeff Hachmann of DIRTcar NorthEast stops in to pump Super DIRT Week, and Daryl Barrett acts as our field reporter at the Spalding Foundation’s Challenge of Champions II at the Seneca Grand Prix in Watkins Glen, featuring Allen Bestwick, Jeff Green, and Erik Darnell. He won his heat race, and then we lost track of him!
FLESHBURN provided the tunes under the Results Portion (38:00)
Thoughts go out to Randy Adams, a derby driver in Pennsylvania. Adams’ father was seriously injured when a fuel cell exploded on a truck they were preparing to run Saturday night. Pete is doing well following a series of surgeries, but doctors are continuing to caution everyone. There is a benefit going on… please call Homer Swanson at 330-277-6529 for details or for more information on how to contribute.
This week, we welcome Betty Sherwood of the Spaulding Foundation for Injured Drivers to the 31st Lap to talk a little bit about the plight of race drivers and what lies ahead for them if injured. Beth also talks about an upcoming fundraiser regarding for the Spaulding Foundation in Watkins Glen.
Mike Payne drops in by phone to talk about the season as owner of the successful No. 27J driven by Danny Johnson on the DIRTcar Circuit and at Canandaigua Motorsports Park.
We also catch up with Jamie St. Mary, a member of the reknown PowerTeam in northern NY as he prepares for the upcoming Franklin County Fair in Malone, NY. There will be a full-size derby up there on Saturday August 4.
The Spalding Foundation will host the Celebrity Challenge race at Seneca Grand Prix Carts next Thursday Night, featuring Alan Bestwick and Jeff Green and Eric Darnell. Be sure to visit spaldingfoundation.org for details
A Denny Decker Benefit Golf Tournament is scheduled for Aug. 26 at 1 pm at Belden Hill Golf Course near Port Crane, NY. Cost is $60/person or $240/team. Contact Luke Miller at (607) 221-8045 or through Facebook, or Tim Hayes at (607) 237-7768 for more details.
P-Spot of the Musical Viral Spiral stops in to talk about his endeavors on Fingerlakes1.com and fills in for Rich Post while he’s on the soccer field. Mike Mallet makes a ‘guest appearance’ along with Baumes. Jeremie Corcoran comes in to talk about Tony Stewart’s scheduled appearance at Canandaigua Motorsports Park Aug. 11, and Daryl Hilkert and A.J. Lloyd talk about their weekly battles at Canandaigua. We also talk about the accident at the Wade Decker Memorial.
Tonight, we welcome the Guererri family to the 31st Lap.
Paul Guererri picked up his 31st career win at Canandaigua Motorsports Park. We catch up with him before Nick Guererri, and then Matt Guererri. Matt is a regular in the sportsman divison at Canandaigua Motorsports Park after moving out of the New Legends division last year. Frankie Guererri Jr. rounds out the quartet, and talks about his weekly battles in the New Legends Sportsman and pro stock ranks.
In a twist, Justin Henderson joins Dean Reynolds in studio while Mike Mallett and John Baumes are off chasing racecars. Rich was out at a Soccer game. We visit with John Lazore of Mohawk International, Lance Yonge (2003, 04 ESS Champion), and Oswego two-seat SuperModified coordinator Roy Sova. Watch our most recent episode on FingerLakes1.tv | Listen on Stitcher
Lance won the last sanctioned race at Rolling Wheels, and is currently tied with Mal Lane for third with 36 career ESS wins. He’s looking forward to the July 3 event at Rolling Wheels, running in conjunction with the Tom Ames Dedication to Racing full-fendered event.
John Lazore talks about the challenges of renovating and running a racetrack, and discusses a different approach to promotions, being a former driver himself.
Roy Sova discusses the two-seater, and the Make A Wish program that will be working with an area youngster this weekend.
Larry Wight was schedule, but after a tough outing with the Late Model, we could not reach him and hope to get with him down the line.
Don’t forget the Live show July 12 at Amy’s Checkered Flag, and next week we’ll welcome Vic Coffey and Cody Bleau.
Welcome to the first of four episodes presented by Finish Line Web Design. In what will be our busiest episode yet, we welcome Joey Saldana, Jimmy Davis, and Shane Andrews through the course of the evening. We also break the news of the date and location of our upcoming live remote.
We”ll be live for a pre- and post-race show at Utica-Rome Speedway on Memorial Day.
Joey Saldana particiapted in the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series event at Rolling Wheels Wednesday Night.
Jimmy Davis talks about his win at Utica Rome and the coming season.
‘The Voice’ Shane Andrews talks about his new home at Canandaigua Motorsports Park, and his upcoming point-of-view change as he prepares to announce Saturday’s 30+ car compact derby from the passenger seat of one of the competitor’s cars.
We go a little off the beaten path in this episode, visiting first with Mike Welch, a storied stock division racer with many Canandaigua Motorsports Park accolades to his credit before chatting with Ryan DeLong, the winner of the first derby Chris went to this season. We dive head-first into the debate: Is combative motorsports welcome in the realm of racing-style motorsports?
We also break some major news for the 31st Lap:
Finish Line Web Design will be presenting the podcast over the next several weeks, and will also be a primary supporter in helping us make our on-track debut when we do our first ’31st Lap Live’ remote pre- and post-race shows on location at one of the major racing events later this month.
We’re also proud to announce World of Outlaws star Joey Saldana will be joining us next week.
Due to a rained-out baseball game, Mike could not join us, but we anticipate his return next week for the Joey Saldana interview and more announcements regarding ‘The 31st Lap Live.’
We look at the upcoming schedule for Rolling Wheels Raceway, argue the value of handicapping versus open draws at weekly venues, and welcome multi-time 2012 winner Brett Hearn and first-time ESS winner Sammy Reakes IV to the program. Watch our most recent episode on FingerLakes1.tv | Listen on Stitcher
Sammy woke up Sunday with thinking his win was a dream and talks about his upcoming season in a 360 Sprint Car. Brett won his third straight at Lebanon Valley, and is the first driver to do that in 10 years. He also talks about the move of his ‘The Big One’ event to Albany-Saratoga.
In breaking news, Mike announces the Tom Ames Dedication to Racing event scheduled for full-fendered cars at Rolling Wheels Raceway July 3. The event will be for full-fendered cars, and will be 27 laps in distance, in honor of Tom’s favorite driver’s number, Danny Johnson (27J). DIRTcar is also working with Dirt Track Digest to make the event happen, and Mike expressed deep appreciation for that.
Three guests helped make a slow start quite lively… we chatted with DIRTcar legend Alan Johnson about his plans for 2012, visited with Canadian racer Luke Whittaker after wrong-numbering one of his closest neighbors, and Kyle Weiss shared insight into having Johnson drive his car in the Freedom 76’er and unveiled some of his racing nicknames.