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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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).
This week, Mike John and Chris talk about the weekend’s racing, catch up with Bobby Varin his busy weekend out-of-state, and recount the action at NASCAR action at California Speedway that has left Denny Hamlin’s title hopes in question.
We also discuss the racing from Big Diamond and New Egypt, early season track conditions and make our picks for the race at Bridgeport.
Dean Reynolds: Brett Hearn
Race Fan Tina: Ryan Godown
Mike Mallett: Bobby Varin
John Baumes: Duane Howard
Chris Marquart: Billy Pauch
Rich Post: Keith Hoffman
Our live show at Dobber’s in Canandaiuga, scheduled for 3pm Saturday, has been temporarily placed on hold.
We recap the rain-shortened VP Small Engine Fuels 200 at Super DIRT Week, won by Brett Hearn. We talk about the decision to call the race, who it affected and the effects changes made by DIRTcar to Super DIRT Week.
Adam Ross from Dirt Track Digest also stops by and we look at the whole of Dirt Track Racing.
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.
We preview the Super DIRTcar Series 358-Modified Championship Gander Mountain 150, and catch up with Bobby Varin and stunt man Robbie Knievel, and discuss the weather forcing delays at Super DIRT Week.
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.
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.
We welcome another star-studded field to the 31st Lap. Birthday boy Rob Bellinger will be in to talk about his win at Brewerton last Friday, and Mike Mahaney will talk about his co-win Wednesday at Can-Am. Marc Minutolo will discuss his record-setting win Saturday at Canandaigua Motorsports Park, and Jay Fish comes in as the closer to talk about the newly revamped Dirt Motorsports Hall of Fame.
Shawn Donath: 31:00
Danny Varin: 47:00
Tracy Hines: 60:00
We also debate track preparation practices, and if that is the root cause of slick tracks, or if the cars make the tracks that way.
We recap the Dirt Northeast Modified Hall of Fame inductions, which preceded Matt Sheppard’s win in the All Star Weekend event at Rolling Wheels Raceway. We also discuss future live dates, including Super DIRT Week, Eastern States Weekend, and the Turkey Derby at Wall Stadium.
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Unfortunately, Jarrett Andretti had a practice session on short notice, and was running at Oswego during the show. He’s booked for next Thursday.
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.