We talk with Steven Ovens about the situations at Black Rock, Oven’s new job at Woodhull. We also touch on the engine situations with Fulton & Brewerton, and the W-16 on the DIRTcar Tour, along with the coronation of Matt Sheppard as a NASCAR Champion.
We celebrate out second anniversary with Syracuse 200 winner Billy Dunn, and also catch up with Short Track Supernationals Champion Craig Hanson. Jeff Hachmann also stops in for a short Super DIRT Week recap.
A full house welcomes Mike’s return to the 31st Lap Studio. Jimmy Blewett stops in to talk about his two-win weekend, taking dirt modified wins Thursday at Bridgeport and then backed that up Saturday at New Egypt. We also catch up with DIRTcar NE Marketing Director Jeff Hachmann, and a local race fan calls in to give his perspective on Rolling Wheels.
Tonight, we welcome a full house back to the studio (minus Mike), to chat with Pete Stefanski (Pro Stock winner from Utica-Rome) and the winner from East Bay Raceway in Floriday, Buzzie Reutimann. Reutimann is a 1997 Dirt Motorsports Hall of Fame inductee.
This week, John comes back to the studio and is joined by RaceChaser Online columnist Steven Ovens and Dirt Motorsports Hall of Fame photographer Jay Fish. The night kicks off with Billy Dunn, fresh off a win at Canandaigua and a solid showing in the Modified Super DIRTcar Series events this week. Then, on the local level, we catch up with Brady Fultz, who rattled off a pair of wins at Black Rock in the same night. We conclude with Dan Creeden, winner of the Battle for the Bull Ring.
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We preview the VP Small Engine Fuels 200, breakdown race plans, pick our winners and chat with ARCA Racer Sean Corr, Berkie Sausage from Jeremy Wilder’s crew. We also recap the week’s racing action, along with Saturday’s action during the Gander Mountain 150.
In a full show, we welcome esteemed guest Derak Covey, the track photographer at Utica-Rome Speedway and Fonda Speedway. Derak spent the whole night on the mic, and was part of the interviews with Frank Cozze, Matt Sheppard, and Kreig Heroth. Cozze, after winning Super DIRT Week moved to 410 sprints. He was third behind Daryn Pittman and Logan Schuchart at New Egypt Speedway. Sheppard won the Race of Champions Dirt Tour event Wednesday night at Utica-Rome Speedway. By way of two straight wins, Heroth sewed up his first career track championship in the Small Block Super Modified division at Oswego Speedway.
Congrats to Stewart Frisen on winning the Summer Nationals at Ransomville, and the 2012 Track Championship at Five Mile Point.
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!
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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.
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 an adventurous 35th episode, we welcome a total of six guests to the program! Vic Coffey is expected to be on, along with sit-in co-host Justin Henderson, Dan Harpell, Cody Bleau, Cory Reed and Luke Whitteker.
Justin backed up his first co-host endeavor with a win in Saturday’s heat and Sportsman feature at Canandaigua Motorsports Park. Dan Harpell stops by to pump the July 11 RoC event at Black Rock Speedway and Cory Reed stops in to talk about Tony Stewart’s appearance at Brewerton Speedway on July 18. Coffey chats up Canandaigua Motorsports Park, and Cody Bleau stops in to talk about his season at Fonda Speedway.
Driver of the Week: Justin Henderson, as co-host and winner (by default)
And we also fielded our third-ever call-in guest, DanDan from Dirt Track Digest’s forums!
Many thanks to DIRTcar and Rolling Wheels Raceway management for all their help, promotion and cooperation in making the Tom Ames Dedication to Racing event Tuesday July 3 at Rolling Wheels. It was a memorable event that was most appropriate in honoring Tom, a dear friend to the racing community and a dyed-in-the-wool supporter of the full-fender racers.
We’ll be live from Amy’s Checkered Flag on July 12. Make sure you stop in and say hi! The guest list includes (by phone) Bobby Allison, Mike McLaughlin, and Buzzie Reutimann, and in-person: Tom Fletcher, Stu Sheppard, John McArdle, John Podolak, Dave Rauscher, Bobby Parrow, Mike Stelter, Chuck Ciprich, Rollie Velte, Ron Narducci and many more. Racecars are welcome!
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.
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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.
Mike misses the event due to a baseball game, but we press on and welcome Chris Hile and Billy Dunn to the studio. Hile discusses how his third-place showing is like a victory following the off-season fire that claimed the team’s hauler. Dunn talks about running modifieds and sprint cars; we chat with him about the upcoming 360 Empire Super Sprints opener at Can-Am Motorsports Park.
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In the newly-launched topic segment, we look at ‘why go to the races, anyway?’ and cover all sorts of results and upcoming local events, and take a deep look into the mailbag.
And of course, we touch on the wonders of fantasy modified racing (and the 31st Lap Team is doing mighty well).