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
Matt Tanner stops by for his first 31st Lap visit to discuss the upcoming Empire Super Sprints event, scheduled for Saturday April 6 at Selinsgrove Speedway. We also get into it over Tyler Walker’s rumored full time ride in the wake of his alleged drug problems and conflicts.
Baumes: Steve Paine (Canandaigua), Bobby Varin (Fonda), Jeff Strunk (Big Diamond).
Rich: Danny Johnson (Canandaigua), Brett Hearn (Fonda), Ryan Godown (Big Diamond).
Mike: Matt Sheppard (Canandaigua), Stewart Friesen (Fonda), Duane Howard (Big Diamond).
Chris: Jimmy Phelps (Canandaigua), Mike Mahaney (Fonda), Billy Pauch (Big Diamond).
We jump into the racing season with an all-out sprint through the Florida racing action. Three time Empire Super Sprints Champion Steve Poirier joins us on the phone.
John Baumes also breaks down his fantasy racing season with a look ahead at the DickDragonMotorsports.com schedule, and the prizes on deck. We also take a look at the upcoming International Motor Racing Research Center discussion that will focus on Oswego Speedway next month.
Release on SUper Modified Racing at Oswego: http://www.racingarchives.org/news_events.php
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!